The pace toward Memorial Day weekend is picking up and there’s no shortage of festivities beforehand, either. But for many locals staying in the area, the Santa Cruz Blues Festival remains one of best events to experience. This week, we take a look at this year’s fest, shining the light on one group in particular: Tedeschi Trucks Band. The bold, 11-piece, husband-and-wife-led ensemble headlines the fest and GT’s J.D. Ramey chats with Susan Tedeschi and delivers the full report.
Elsewhere, turn your attention to this week’s News section (page 6). Writer Joel Hersch offers a fascinating look at one local nonprofit and its efforts to help educate and generate unique opportunities for indiginous communities in Guatemala. Also in News, locals may be interested in learning more about an upcoming TEDx event held by teens. Behold: TEDxYouth@Watsonville. It all unfolds Sunday, May 19 at the Henry J. Mello Center for the Performing Arts in Watsonville. I appreciate the lineup, which features speakers younger than 19 years old, covering a wide range of topics—from renewable energy to racial stereotypes. Sounds captivating. Read on ...
Good chat happened in a recent taping of GTv (see page 3), we chatted with local teen sensation and all-around super trooper, Tess Dunn. Over the years, many of us have come to know and appreciate Dunn’s artistic naunces—she’s a wonderful singer/songwriter and performer. During our interview, which can be seen at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 22 on Community TV (with repeats throughout the month), Dunn shed light upcoming gigs as well as Cystic Fibrosis—she had opened up to GT about having the condition in a cover story last year, and May is Cystic Fibrosis Month. More than 30,000 children and adults in the U.S. have the condition, which affects 70,000 worldwide. I was struck with Dunn’s wonderful balance of grace and tenacity. We can all learn a great deal from this teenager. In the meantime, visit cff.org to learn more.
Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief
History Is A Hit
Thank You Geoffrey Dunn for “Spirit Weavers: Dancing on the Brink of the World” (GT 5/9). Thank you doing your level best (again again) to unravel the twisted yarn of local lore. With your characteristic tenacity, you do us a great service, especially to anchor in a history that is thankfully not "the propaganda of the victors."
No, Really: Thank You
We, the students of the UCSC “Change 4 Good” program at Live Oak Elementary School, would like to thank everyone who voted for our mural, “Live Oak Stories,” for the Best Public Art Award. We are honored to have won this award because we worked hard in organizing and planning the mural.
Currently we are in the process of evaluating the mural by distributing questionnaires to students, teachers, and parents from Live Oak Elementary School, as well as to the Live Oak community. We want to know how people feel about the mural and if they feel connected to it. We would like as much help as possible from the community to help us evaluate the mural. We would be very happy if Live Oak residents filled out our questionnaire, which can be found at the Live Oak Family Resource Center, at 1740 17th Ave. If you can, please fill it out by May 23. Again, we thank you for voting for our mural, Live Oak Stories.
Change 4 Good Students
IN CHARGE Marie Bowe, widow of John Bowe, the unofficial "mayor of Seabright," sits on her porch at 603 Seabright Avenue while sporting an "I j Seabright" T-shirt. Marie has lived there for the past 46 years, since 1967. The home was previously her and John's honeymoon cottage. photo/Bradley Allen.
United Nations Recap
Jane Weed-Pomerantz, the former Santa Cruz mayor and fierce advocate for the Community Action Board and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), recently spoke at the 57th United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women. It was an elightening endeavor, which deserves some kudos. In the meantime, learn more about how it all unraveled when Weed-Pomerantz shares her experiences at a local event on Tuesday, May 21. More details in this week’s News section.
There’s good news coming from the creative folks over at The Boardwalk. Its first ever Kids Expo is already generating buzz. The June 1 event (1-4 p.m.) promises to offer, well, “everything” for the younger set—at least enough to keep them interested for an entire afternoon. If you’re searching for the right summer camp or sports league, you may find it at this expo. All that and—what’s this?—robots and Legos and much more. Visit beachboardwalk.com/events for more details.
“Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”
On the‘Spinning Our Wheels’...
I made public records requests to the City and County of Santa Cruz to discern who funds, operates and administers 180/180. Beyond discovering that 180/180 is a charitable project under the auspices of the Homeless Services Center (as its nonprofit sponsor), I received only evasive answers.
I asked Don Lane, Monica Martinez, Phil Kramer, Christine Sippl and Ken Cole to participate in a public discussion about this to educate the public—they ignored me. Apparently they don't want 180/180 to be open, transparent and accountable to applicants and the community.
On ‘Islands in the Sun’ ...
We will look back in horror at these insistently ignorant and utterly devastating poisoning approaches. But then who will restore the rare creatures that you scientists, supposedly so intent on restoration and conservation, have killed by your greed. It's Dr. Strangelove stuff. Worth billions and yet and yet and yet—corruption and elite lifestyles prosper on the back of this gross negligence!
On ‘Filling the Gaps’ ...
I applaud the City of Santa Cruz for using First Alarm to supplement the police force. Thank you also First Alarm. I hope they work toward this as part of a permanent strategy. Micah Posner is inaccurate when he says you get what you pay for. Public employees do not compete in a competitive market; retirement and medical benefits are far in excess of those for private employees. The City Council should add more First Alarm patrols to achieve the right balance for success!
In the May 9 lit feature, we incorrectly spelled Craig Harwood’s name. We regret the error.
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