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Honoring innovation and creative people are good things, and if there’s anybody that knows how to do it really well, it’s Santa Cruz NEXT. In its annual celebration, The NEXTies, this year’s honorees include a diverse bunch: Plantronics product designer Darrin Caddes, Megan Joseph of United Way, Rogelio Ponce of Cal-Pacific Berries and Nina Simon of the Museum of Art & History.  Why these creative beasts stand out is interesting to note, so dive in. See you at The NEXTies on May 11.



Elsewhere, this week’s News section is packed with intrguing reads. First, take note of a story on page 8 that revolves around the idea of a self-contained communal homeless area. Writer Joel Hersch captures the issues at hand with depth. Send your thoughts to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Elsewhere, there’s an update on the group of individuals who occupied the former Wells Fargo building on River Street more than 18 months ago and how felony charges are lingering. And there’s a compelling report on perinatal depression awareness, which is on the radar during the month of May. Read on ...

Over in Film, take note of one of the best films of the year, Disconnect, currently playing at The Nick. And check out Lisa Jensen’s online review of another fascinating film, Mud. Two great films in one week. Don’t miss them.

And, fresh off of National Dance Week, a new dance production hits Motion Pacific and locals may find the topic captivating—motherhood.

In between, you’ll find more news, and other arts and entertainment stories. This week’s calendar is particularly full, so dive in. And take note of the First Friday insert. This month’s event should be particularly inviting.

More soon.


Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


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The Allure of Cecile Andrews
Regarding local author Cecile Andrews (GT 4/25), I am one of her success stories from “T Living Room Revolution.” We have created several community groups in Seattle's Greenwood Phinney neighborhood. Great connections and support come from all these groups. I love getting together in different conversation circles, I have many friends now that give me energy and help me tackle the problems of the world. Congratulations Cecile on your new book!
Anne Engstrom
Santa Cruz

 



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SAND DOLLAR FOR YOUR THOUGHTS Nature never fails to impress. This sand dollar was discovered at Sunset Beach State Park. It was placed on a moss-covered stump for this photo. photo/Tracy Mongold




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Motion and Movement
Kudos to Abra Allan and her creative team for making National Dance Week in Santa Cruz the big hit that it was. From its “Dancing in the Streets” series to the wildly inventive “Dance in Unlikely Places,” this year’s festival surpassed expectations and drew in many crowds and participants who took part in the many free dance classes offered. It’s just another wonderful example of not just how creative Santa Cruz can be, but how well the creative souls here can channel that creativity. Onward ...


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Every Show In The Glen
Summer’s about to arrive and Shakespeare Santa Cruz is upon us. But here’s the twist. This year every show is the Sinsheimer-Stanley Festival Glen. A grand idea, indeed. On the roster this year: “The Taming of the Shrew,” “Henry V” and “Tom Jones.” Tickets go on sale May 7. The season begins July 23 and runs through Sept. 1. In the meantime, if you’re looking to get your theater groove on, take note of the Harold Pinter one-act plays running at Jewel Theatre through May 19. Learn more about SSC at  shakespearesantacruz.org.


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“I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay." I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, 'I'm different.' If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand.”
—Jason Collins


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On ‘Living Room Revolution/Cecile Andrews’ ...
April Short did a wonderful job. Great journalism! And we're lucky to have Good Times to inspire us to get involved in Santa Cruz!
—Paul Andrews


On ‘Artistic Expression or Safety Hazard’ ...
The art was not the only thing that was red-tagged. The planning department also cited many other things. They are way out of bounds.
—Dan Bogan
    
The county is way out of line. The neighbors always have recourse in the courts...code enforcement people shouldn't be allowed to be judges, juries and enforcers. That is way, way too much power for a single government entity. I believe our forefathers would agree.
—Jim Vocelka
    
On ‘Still Here/Community Snapshots’ ...
I wish that Santa Cruzans in the past had done something like this: to record a moment in time of who "we" are as "Santa Cruz." It is sad to remember true, and what a record the filmmakers have made for future Santa Cruzans.
—Linda Rosewood


On ‘The Psychedelic Science Conference’ ...
I belong to Love Film. Although the company says it will get any film on DVD, I have tried in the past to order titles such as The Spirit Molecule or Vine of Souls without any success, and I would love to watch Aya. Because I live in the U.K. DVDs need to be the correct ones to play on my machine, but even if I can't watch them, I am sure there must be a market for spiritual films to be rented or streamed, and I would like to think that they are available to people who do not have a good understanding of psychedelics.
—Maggie Cox

Hi all, please visit aya-awakenings for more info on our film and the Global Shamanic Resurgence with power plants like ayahuasca and DMT. Aya: Awakenings is a narrative documentary into the world and visions of Amazonian shamanism. By blending narration with video footage, interviews with practicing curanderos and Western shamans, samples of traditional icaros or magic songs, photographs and cutting edge special effects, Aya: Awakenings reproduces the inner landscape of the visionary state in unprecedented detail, invoking a spiritual awakening in the viewer.
—Rak Razam

On ‘Breaking The Silence ‘...
So great to hear Debra's voice and excited to see Jane when
it happens.
—Terry


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Dancing In the Rain

District Attorney Bob Lee’s death in October stunned the Santa Cruz community, but he had battled cancer fiercely—and privately—for more than a decade. Now one of his closest friends reveals the remarkable inside story

 

Our Gifts - Fiery Sacrificial Lights to One Another

Wednesday is Christmas Eve, Hanukkah ends and the Moon is in Aquarius, calling for the new world to take shape at midnight. Thursday morning, the sun, at the Tropic of Capricorn, begins moving northward. The desire currents are stilled. A great benediction of spiritual force (Capricorn’s Rays 1, 3, 7) streams into Earth. Temple bells ring out. The heavens bend low; the Earth is lifted up to the Light. Angels and Archangels chant, “On Earth, peace, goodwill to all.” As these forces stream into the Earth they assume long swirling lines of light, in the likeness of the Madonna and Child. The holy child is born. Let our hearts be “impressed” with and hold this picture, especially because Christmas may be difficult this year. Christmas Day is void of course moon (v/c moon), which means we may feel somewhat disconnected from one another. It’s difficult to connect in a v/c moon. Try anyway. Mercury joins Pluto in Capricorn. Uh oh … we don’t bring up the past containing any dark and difficult issues. We are to attempt new ways of communicating—expressing aspirations and love for one another, replacing wounding, sadness, lostness, and hurts of the past. Play soothing music, pray together, have the intention for peace, harmony and goodwill. Don’t be surprised if things feel out of control and/or arguments arise. We remember, before a new harmony emerges, chaos and crisis come first to clear the air. We are to be the harmonizers. Christmas evening is more harmonious, less difficult, more of what Christmas should be— radiations of love, sharing, kindness, compassion and care. Sunday, Feast Day of the Holy Family, is surprising. Wednesday is New Year’s Eve, the last day of 2014. Taurus moon, a stabilizing energy, ushers in the New Year. Happy New Year, everyone! Peace to everyone. Let us realize we are gifts radiating diamond light to one another. Living sacrificial flames!

 

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