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It’s that time of year again:  Theater, theater, theater—and more performances than you could ever imagine in a summer in Santa Cruz County. Let’s start with Cabrillo Stage.

This week, the popular performing arts portal at Cabrillo College opens up its summer season with a robust production of “La Cage Aux Folles.” “Oklahoma” opens July 26 and then, back by popular demand—and revamped a bit—is local Joseph Ortiz’s “Escaping Queens” (July 25).

Meanwhile, this month also boasts two additional engaging outings that will surely cause excitement. The Santa Cruz Fringe Festival opens July 11 with various acts performing around Santa Cruz through July 20. See page 24 for details on the industrious females headlining some of these events.

If that isn’t enough to keep you busy, there is, of course, the first-ever Santa Cruz Music Festival—one day, 11 stages around town and more than 90 artists. Are you game? It all unfolds July 20. Take a look at this week’s cover story where we highlight several must-sees. And be sure to visit gtweekly.com for additional articles on the festival.
Not to be left out: Shakespeare Santa Cruz unravels July 19. Stay tuned for more details on those shows in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, turn to News (page 8). This week, we look at the one-year anniversary of Assembly Bill 341, the state’s recycling mandate. What do local leaders think—and want to do—about it as they assess the one-year marker.

There’s plenty more to savor in between, but let me give a couple of mid-summer shout outs to some local entities whose work deserves some recognition: concert promoter Michael Horne, whose hard work never ceases to amaze—go see Bruce Cockburn Friday at The Rio. And also, the Downtown Association of Santa Cruz—from information kiosk to visitor-friendly trolley and helping to organize/oversee many other events, it deserves some kudos.

More soon. Onward ...




Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


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Marriage For All
Regarding Rev. Deborah Johnson’s column last week (“It's About Justice For All, Not Marriage For Some”),  how many passionate proponents and opponents of Prop 8 are also concerned about the “separation of Church and State” implied in the First Amendment? A careful reading of the First Amendment shows that it is as much, or possibly more, about keeping government out of religion as it is keeping religion out of government. Marriage, as a religious sacrament, predates the existence of any secular government in the world today. What business does the State have in defining what is a spiritual relationship?
All of that energy to pass and overturn Prop 8 was misplaced: it should have been directed toward getting the State out of the marriage business altogether. The only role the State should play is to grant a certificate of “Civil Union” to any desirous couple, with the same privileges and restrictions of “marriage.” If the couple then wanted to be “married” they could find a religious institution or individual, such as Rev. Johnson, who would gladly perform the ceremony. This would grant all couples equal “civil rights,” and leave the definition of “marriage” to religion, where it belongs.
Edgar Darwin | Santa Cruz

Naked’ is Good
Thanks for the article on the new book “The Rise of the Naked Economy.” I agree with the authors—that the times are changing and we’re becoming a more entrepreneurial society. Let’s support each other in this shift.
Tammy Watson | Santa Cruz

Oh, That Monsato
It’s enough. We all need to gather together and bring down this giant because it’s just enough! I appreciated your article, “A Turning Tide?” (GT 6/25) and urge locals to learn more about what’s happening behind the scenes. I, for one, will be looking into learning more about the organization GMO-Free Santa Cruz. Let’s build even more momentum. Thanks.
Julie Garrison | Soquel


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Celebrating The Crepe Place
Santa Cruz boasts a number of establishments that locals hold dear to their hearts. Music venues like Moe’s Alley, The Rio and The Catalyst continue to attract the masses—but oh, Palookaville, how we miss you. And then there’s The Crepe Place, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this summer. GT’s J.D. Ramey writes about the venerable portal’s evolution this week on page 25, so be sure to get an update on how one of the area’s more unique enterprises manages to not only morph into more than just a popular eatery, but also one of Santa Cruz’s most lively establishments for popular music acts. A good thing indeed.


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Keeping That Light Shining
Cheers to Bill Simpkins and Jim Thoits, two Live Oak residents who really dig lighthouses. The duo approached the Parks and Recreation Department about getting a solid light beam back after officials had replaced the light with a strobe. A strobe? The action generated a great ripple effect and, just recently, the Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Commission recommended that City Council give a thumbs up on the City’s official the ownership of the hsitoric lighthouse. The light would still be used as an aid to mariners but the official status would revert to private ownership.


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On ‘To Arm or Disarm’ ...
Enlightened Rogue, June 30, 2013
If you really want to get guns off the streets and from true criminals who have and will use them in violent acts criminally, then go to Oakland or San Jose and do your buy back program there, Start there first,Or if you do go ahead with this, advertise it to only buy-back guns illegally obtained,guns illegally altered guns from violent felons, no questions asked. Any other way to start this would not be respectable.
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In any sports game, or other things where there are many people gathering in one place, they have many types of entertainment. These types of things are very interesting and add more value. They allow people to know more and enjoy themselves.
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A Different Revolution

Aries Moon late Wednesday and Thursday. We think new thoughts and initiate new ideas. Sun in Virgo with Saturn in Scorpio help disciples to create orderly structures to anchor and bring forth new ideas. Stabilizing Taurus moon Friday and Saturday. We anchor new ideas into form and matter, like seeds planted in the soil. We tend them, waiting for green shoots to emerge. Like the gestating Virgo Sun Madonna, awaiting the birth of the holy child, the Soul, the new light at winter solstice. Mercury and Chiron converse about what hurts and what heals.Saturday is a complex day with Mercury (communication), Mars (action!) and Uranus (revolution). Mercury in Libra is opposite Uranus in Aries. Oppositions (recognizing something new appearing over there somewhere) eventually synthesize. Mercury in Libra calls for Right Action and Right Relations, especially with money. Uranus in Aries—the revolution this time must be different.  Also on Saturday, Mars enters Sagittarius. Where are we going, what are our goals, where’s justice, where’s the mountain, do we have good shoes? Sunday Venus trines Pluto—in-depth assessment of money, values and resources. Gemini moon Monday; we talk a lot, tending to tasks in gardens and neighborhoods. Cancer Moon Tuesday and Wednesday; we nurture and nourish. The stars and planets remind us.Note: William Meader, esoteric author & international teacher, will be speaking on “The Soul of Humanity Evolving Through Crisis” at Meditation Mount, 7pm, Friday, Sept. 12.

 

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