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Fear Of Art

Fear Of Art

This was the scene at the recent Capitola Art and Wine Festival. Wine was selling as briskly as ever (one of the few truly recession-proof commodities). But many artists, especially among the stalwarts who do this show every year, had to depend on smaller items—cards and prints instead of original art, earrings instead of more elaborate pieces of jewelry—whose sales added up to a show that was good, but not as sensational as in palmier days of yore.

Despite sluggish sales at outdoor shows or in galleries, however, there's a slight uptick in commissions, mostly from private collectors who know exactly what they want and aren't afraid to ask for it. By "collectors," I don't mean philanthropic billionaires cruising in stretch limos, or swanky nobles, à la the Medicis, throwing around purses of gold (not that every artist alive wouldn't love to have a patron like that, but let's try to stay on track, here). In real life, especially here in Santa Cruz, collectors are ordinary working folks with mortgages, families, and property taxes, just like the rest of us. In tough economic times, an artist's best friend can be the collector who already knows and appreciates his or her work.

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Astrology

(Safe)”Guard the Change”

(Safe)”Guard the Change”

In Washington, Saturday, Sept. 18, President Obama spoke to Congressional Black Caucus leaders saying, "I need everybody here to go back to your neighborhoods, and workplaces, to your churches, and barbershops, and beauty shops. Tell them we have more work to do. Tell them we can't wait to organize. Tell them that the time for action is now.”

President Obama is correct. We know astrologically change and transformation are everywhere with a simultaneous powerful resistance to those changes by the forces of retrogression. So not only the Black Caucus leaders but all of us are called to action and to (safe)“guard the change.”

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to Good Times

Fall has arrived and so, too, has an increased tempo that will take us toward the end of 2010, and into another new year. Not so fast—there’s a lot to explore between now and December. And this week, in our annual Fall Home & Garden issue, we do just that. In crafting this year’s issue, we were particularly  impressed with gardens, and “growers” for that matter. As we move into an abundant time of harvest, take note of a few locals spotlighted this week who’ve mastered the art of generating lush gardens, particularly Cynthia Sandberg of Love Apple Farm (page 16). There are a few garden-related events taking place in the coming weeks that stand out, too, so it’s a bonanza out there. Check out more H&G stories online at goodtimessantacruz.com, as well exclusive tips for your home and garden by a well-known local designer and grower. Dig in.

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Local Talk

What are your thoughts on building a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero?

What are your thoughts on building a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero?

 

I think that it's ridiculous that people are protesting it and that it's a racist and stereotyping kind of a thing.  Just because certain factions of the Islamic state committed violent acts against Americans it doesn't condemn all the people that are American citizens and have a right to practice their faith. Forgiveness is much more powerful than holding resentment and it would help everybody.
Alethea Hasbrouck
Santa Cruz | PhD Student

 

 

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Opinion

Rock Me Like a False Alarm

Rock Me Like a False Alarm

(Note: Writing humorous essays involving hurricanes during hurricane season is insensitive, reckless and ill-advised. The author recognizes this. She is currently planning a series of pieces on drunk Santas, so clearly has no perception of social boundaries. She feels awful about this.) 

September is underway, another school year has begun, and I, along with legions of my writing peers, had planned an annual ritual dripping with nostalgia: a poignant, amusing column on the back-to-school miracle affecting anyone past the age of … back-to-school, waxing poetic about sharpened pencils and fresh lined paper. I had even undertaken a project to empathize with my kids’ hours of mind-numbing boredom during less than interesting academic subjects. (FYI, I intended to study a topic about which I have absolutely no curiosity whatsoever, find chillingly dull, and causes my eyeballs to melt from lack of interest: What to Expect When I’m Expecting. This took much consideration. My list also included Other People’s Drug Trips and Hedge Funds. Also note— it’s very difficult to think of things about which one doesn’t give a hoot. It’s elementally counterintuitive.)

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Astrology

Autumn Festivals, Full Moon, (Temporary Dwellings)

Autumn Festivals, Full Moon, (Temporary Dwellings)Autumn arrived in the northern hemisphere as Sun entered Libra, sign of balance, equilibrium, Right Relations, justice and harmony. As the dark half of the year begins, we look forward to Halloween, Thanksgiving, pumpkins, festivals of Light (Diwali, winter solstice, Christmas) and another Mercury retro, (Dec. 10-29 in Capricorn—difficult). But we’re at the beginning of Autumn now with harvest festivals, images of Persephone entering the underworld, Pluto as bad guy and Demeter, (Ceres) in search of her daughter, held in such grief at her loss that all the trees drop their leaves. Sorrow has taken hold of the plant kingdom. We know this story to be ancient, the tale told to early humanity by Teachers of the race to explain the growing darkness of autumn and approaching winter.
Two festivals this Thursday: Jewish Sukkoth (huts, temporary dwellings, remembering 40 years wandering in the desert) and Libra solar festival, Aries full moon, 0 degrees. Saturn (restructure, discipline, intelligence, the Dweller) joins the Sun. The Soul in Libra says, “I choose the way which leads between two great lines of force.” We learned discrimination in Virgo. Now in Libra choices must be made. Will we choose this (new) or that (previous) reality? For clarity, we align with the Will-to-Good, the Will of God creating Goodwill. Our judgment is tested. We choose to cultivate Goodwill. We eat pomegranates. The persimmons ripen.
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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to Good Times

Last weekend, I attended the annual benefit for Life Lab’s Science Program and was impressed with everything that actually goes on at The Farm at UC Santa Cruz. Now celebrating 31 years, this lush garden is really an Eden for the community. Many things stand out, but you can’t help but be impressed with what Life Lab does for youth in this county. There’s something about working in the Earth, with the Earth and for the Earth that feeds the soul, and I suspect that the kids who’ve experienced some part of this program have gone on to appreciate life, people, living in a new way. Catch my on-the-scene interviews at GTv on our website, goodtimessantacruz.com. In the meantime, kudos to chef Jon Dickinson and his mighty crew for serving up some of the freshest, most delicious foods I’ve tasted all year. Dickinson, who impresses at Cafe Cruz, donates all of his time for the event.

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Local Talk

What should Arnold Schwarzenegger's next job be?

What should Arnold Schwarzenegger's next job be?

 

I'd like to see Arnold take a job in teaching or healthcare and then have pay reduced to the federal minimum wage durring the budget crisis.
Jorie Henrickson
Santa Cruz | Copywriter

 

 

 

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Opinion

Release the Hounds: The great house hunt

Release the Hounds: The great house hunt

Recently I moved again. This morning I tacked up a map and grabbed some push-pins and determined that this will be the 19th place I’ve lived in Santa Cruz County. Even serial killers don’t inspire maps with that many pins. And now with all those holes in my wall, I’ve probably violated my lease.

Not that I’m a bad tenant. I pay on time and I’m considerate and I can fix stuff and I only bark when fire engines go by. But when I meet potential landlords with whom I want to make a good impression, I feel the same kind of nervousness I get on first dates or job interviews. I struggle to think of just the right thing to say.

“No pets? Do bedbugs count?”

See now, right there, that’s a good example. In these situations, in what my therapist hand puppet says is an attempt to defuse discomfort with humor, I channel my inner sitcom writer and think up loads of sort of funny but inappropriate comments that I struggle not to say.

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Astrology

Persephone Enters the Underworld

Persephone Enters the Underworld

Jupiter joins Uranus in Pisces, Saturday. These are the two major planets influencing the unfolding Aquarian Age. Jupiter is Love/Wisdom and Uranus revolution and new archetypes, foundations for the new culture and civilization and emerging through the collaboration of humanity (the world disciple) and the New Group of World Servers. Humanity, unknown to itself, is the World Disciple. Within humanity are men and women of Goodwill and the New Group of World Servers. Most of us do not yet realize that we belong to one of these groups. Identification is by aspiration and intention.

The Aquarian Age, through Jupiter & Uranus, is creating within humanity (moon, the masses) groups of aspirants seeking to understand present needs and thus serve all of Earth kingdoms (permaculture), create peace on earth, build intentional communities (like Findhorn) and cooperatives (like Mondragan in Spain), build everything that self sufficient and sustainable. This is the new culture & civilization.

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Gate Openers

Up-and-coming artists like Ryan Bingham are a great reason to show up early to the Santa Cruz American Music Festival

 

Gemini Sun, Pentecost, Shavuot—Enlightenment and Gladness

As the sun enters Gemini on Sunday, sign of speaking, communication, thinking, inter-relations, writing and understanding languages, the feast days of Pentecost & Shavuot (Catholic and Jewish festivals) occur. During Pentecost’s 50 days after Easter, tongues of fire appear above the heads of the disciples, providing them with the ability to understand all languages and all feelings hidden in the minds and hearts of humanity. It’s recorded that Pentecost began with a loud noise, which happened in an upper room (signifying the mind). The Christ (World Teacher) told his disciples (after his ascension) when encountering a man at a well carrying a water pot (signs for Age of Aquarius) to follow him to an upper room. There, the Holy Spirit (Ray 3 of Divine Intelligence) would overshadow them, expand their minds, give them courage and enable them to teach throughout the world, speaking all languages and thus able to minister to the true needs of a “seeking” humanity. Pentecost (50 days, pentagram, Ray 5, Venus, concrete and scientific knowledge, the Ray of Aquarius) sounds dramatic, impressive and scary: The loud noise, a thunderous rush of wind and then “tongues of fire” above the heads of each disciple (men and women). Fire has purpose. It purifies, disintegrates, purges, transforms and liberates (frees) us from the past. This was the Holy Spirit (Ray 3, love and wisdom) being received by the disciples, so they would teach in the world and inform humanity of the Messiah (Christ), who initiated the new age (Pisces) and gave humanity the new law (adding to the 10 Commandments of the Aries Age) to Love (Ray 2) one another. Note: Gemini is also Ray 2. Shavuot is the Jewish Festival of Gladness, the First Fruits Festival celebrating the giving of the 10 Commandments to Moses as the Aries Age was initiated. Thus, we have two developmental stages here, Jewish festival of the Old Testament. Pentecost of the New Testament. We have gladness, integrating both.

 

The New Tech Nexus

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

 

Off Her Meds

Kristin Wiig runs wild—and transcends her sketch comedy roots—as a truly strange character ‘Welcome to Me’
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