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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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Reflecting Glass

Composer Philip Glass’ first trip to Big Sur was by motorcycle; little did he know that he’d establish a music festival there six decades later.

 

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, occurs this year during Libra, the sign of creating right relations with all aspects life and with earth’s kingdoms. We contemplate (the Libra meditation) forgiveness, which means, “to give for another.” Forgiveness is not pardon. It’s a sacrifice (fire in the heart, giving from the heart). Forgiveness is giving up for the good of the other. This is the law of evolution (the path of return).

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of September 26

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Wurst Case Scenario

Venus Spirits releases agave spirit, Renee Shepherd on planting garlic, Sausagefest 2014, and wine harvest in full swing

 

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Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Apricot Wine for Dessert

Thomas Kruse Winery, a participant in the new Santa Clara Wine Trail, has been around for a long time—since 1971, to be exact. When our little group arrived to try some wine at the Kruses’ low-key tasting room, Thomas Kruse and his wife Karen were there to greet us. Theirs is a small operation, and they’re proud to offer quality wine at affordable prices. “Because we are small and low-tech, it’s easy to relate to the whole winemaking process,” says Karen—and the Kruses take pride in making wine “just like it has been made for centuries.”