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Café Pergolesi: A Constant Art Exhibit

Café Pergolesi: A Constant Art ExhibitAccording to Café Pergolesi owner Karl Heiman, there are only two restrictions for local artists who wish to be featured at his establishment: their work must have a certain level of quality, and it must not depict any rotten or bad food, as this would prove rather unappetizing for the eatery's patrons.
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The Outfit Makes the Band

The Outfit Makes the Band

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.”

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Walk This Way

Walk This Way

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.”

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Art & Technology Find Voice on CTV

Art & Technology Find Voice on CTV

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.

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Behold the Camera Olympics

Behold the Camera Olympics

Cinematic Syndicate hosts the first ever Santa Cruz Camera Olympics

Most of the time, commercials just annoy us. But sometimes, they just might inspire us.

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A Day for Nopales

A Day for NopalesThe prickly pear cactus, or “nopal” in Spanish, is a common vegetable used in Mexican recipes and dishes. Traditionally, it is eaten in tacos, salads, or with eggs, and most Mexican restaurants have it on their menu in some combination or alone (which tastes great, too). But this past Sunday, July 24, the vegetable appeared in some more unusual incarnations—like “nopales tuna con pastel de queso,” or cactus and tuna with cheesecake.
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A Rare Chair Affair

A Rare Chair Affair

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.

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Why I Drink Tea

Why I Drink TeaI was told when I first started college that I will end up drinking large amounts of coffee. The first year I didn't need the caffeine, I was able to handle the work that my professors were giving me. I also didn't touch coffee because I didn't like it, it was too strong. Plus there seems to be a ritual that goes along with making coffee, a certain amount of sugar and milk that one has to put in it. I didn't know how I liked my coffee.

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.

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Burger

BurgerOver the summer I've visited the restaurant Burger on Mission Street three times.  Every time I'm there I always end up loving the place a little bit more. The two big burger places I've been told about recently are Betty Burger, which is located in many places throughout Santa Cruz, and Burger.

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.

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The Tipper Experience

The Tipper Experience

I had a lot of high expectations in tow when I attended the Tipper Sound Experience show at the Cocoanut Grove on Saturday, July 2. For one, it was put on by Raindance Presents—and with longtime local party thrower DJ Little John at the helm, Raindance gatherings are always guaranteed to be a good time.

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Santa Cruz Restaurant Week

A huge part of Santa Cruz Restaurant Week has always been about offering a great dining experience for an affordable price. For some locals, the $25 flat-rate cost has provided the opportunity (or the excuse!) to try new spots, and indulge in Santa Cruz fine dining in a way they might have thought too pricey before.

 

Scorpio Sun, New Moon Eclipse, Mercury Direct

The Sun enters Scorpio’s mysteries Thursday under a new moon and partial solar eclipse (something essential has come to an end, its purpose completed). In Scorpio we harbor secrets, are devoted to something deep, dark and hidden. Sometimes it’s ourselves. We can bring great suspect to our assessment of others. Scorpio is the scorpion, the serpent and the eagle—three levels of development. As the serpent we take shelter in our beliefs. Sometimes we bite (or sting). The eagle vanquishes old beliefs through its sharp intellect, soaring high in the air, seeking to understand through perspective. Understanding releases us from the bondage of fear. The eagle is like the mother soothing feelings of mistrust, offering protection. Knowledge does this, too.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Docs Without Borders

United Nations Association Film Festival showcases documentaries from around the globe
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Back Porch

Austin Kaye on backyard dinners and why it’s his favorite time of year to be a chef

 

What’s the most outrageous situation you ever saw at a restaurant?

Damani Thomas, Santa Cruz, Chef/Owner

 

Wine Lust

The Spanish Godello grape, plus arancinis, tender butter lettuce and pork schnitzel at Soif

 

What artist or artists participating in the encore weekend of Open Studios should not be missed?

Santa Cruz | Teacher