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Prop 8 Court Decision - Santa Cruz Response

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Carina Moreno GTv Clip of the Week

Carina Moreno GTv Clip of the WeekCarina Moreno, heiress to the cherished Tacos Moreno in Santa Cruz, certainly packs a punch. The unbeatable No. 1 Female Boxing champ--and the gal voted Best Female Boxer in the Best of Santa Cruz edition—is the highlight of our GTv Clip of the Week. Here, Editor Greg Archer dares Moreno to, well, hit him with her best shot.
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Gospel Hill Director Giancarlo Esposito at The Santa Cruz Film Festival

The Santa Cruz Film Festival unravels in a burst of creative energy this week. (Closing Night is Friday, May 15.) On opening night, GT caught up with Director Giancarlo Esposito, whose film, Gospel Hill, riveted audiences. Hear what everybody had to say about all that hope and inspiration at the post-screening gala, hosted by the Museum of Art and History.
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Karaoke at I Love Sushi in Santa Cruz

Here’s a high note—or low one, depending on how you look at: GT and SoWat TV wandered over to I Love Sushi in Santa Cruz, which nabbed the Best Karaoke prize in our recent readers’ poll. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.
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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

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >


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.
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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.”