The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit talks bargain shopping, the 52 Week Club, and bringing the hootenanny to Don Quixote’s
Backstage at a local dive bar, in the small town of Oakdale, Calif., Will Taylor calls his band into a huddle. It's time for one of Taylor's pep talks, a locker room-type speech, as if the sextet is about play a ball game instead of a concert. But there's no need for the inspirational sermon—The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit calls this bar, The Cow Track, home.
Singer Chris Doud describes how the band got its start at the bar: “We would play at least every month, maybe even twice a month. All these people were looking to have a good time, do a little drinking, do a little dancin'. We just became the band for that bar.” With foot stomping fiddles and bar hopping banjo, they're like a hoe-down and a hootenanny rolled into one. “That's what our music is all about,” adds Doud, “providing a sound for people to move their feet to.”
Renowned jazz pianist Keiko Matsui is on a journey to find and share hope
For Japanese jazz pianist Keiko Matsui, life's a journey. Her 23rd album is characterized by the ellipsis after the title: The Road ... Matsui says the three dots represent the idea that the road is like a journey that never ends. “We are the owner and creator of the road, each one of us.”
In a renaissance town like Santa Cruz—where every other resident is in a band, or paints, or writes poetry—standing out from the crowd is not necessarily an easy gig. Getting a chance to share your talent with the community can present an even bigger challenge.
Denise Gallant, a video editing teacher at Cabrillo College and co-producer of the recently released documentary “The Catalyst,” hopes to change all that.
Decorate a chair and support classical music in Santa Cruz. The plan is simple: for a $25 donation, you get to decorate a chair that will then be auctioned off at the "Rare Chair Affair" Gala. This is to raise money to support the Santa Cruz County Symphony and the Youth and Family programs that introduce over 4,000 young people to classical music each year. They aren't too picky on how you decorate it, they only ask that the chair is decorated in good taste and that it isn't too heavy to move around.
My second year at college I was introduced to tea through my girlfriend. I got a cold during the rainy season and I needed something to get through the day since the world doesn't stop for a sick college student. She suggested drinking black tea with honey and lemon. Not only would it help with my cold, it would get me through the day no problem. I tried it one morning and it changed my life.
Black and green tea contains 10 times more antioxidants than fruits and vegetables. For me, tea seemed more natural than coffee. It went down much smoother, though I know some would disagree with me. Tea is good and healthy for you, though one cup of black tea has half the caffeine as one cup of coffee. For me it's perfect.
For me, what places Burger aside from Betty's or any other place I know of is its environment. Once you walk in, you're confronted with one of the most creative menus around. All their entrees are named after popular celebrities or characters. I've ordered "The Dude," a burger with jack cheese, avocado, and bacon, the "Johnny Marzetti" which is a burger with macaroni piled on, and the "Phatty" a burger with grilled cheese sandwiches for buns.