Plus Letters To the Editor
It’s a festive week ahead as we officially head into the fall season. Topping the list may be all the happenings unfolding in nearby Monterey, where the Monterey Jazz Festival comes to life beginning Sept. 20. GT highlights the fest and chats with music icon Charlie Hunter, whose brilliance on the guitar, as well his breadth of musical talents—blues, jazz, funk and more—certainly stand out. No doubt the man will a showstopper this year.
Over in News, GT’s Joel Hersch reports on bottom trawling, which has sparked the interest of locals hoping to preserve the dynamic nature of the Monterey Bay. For those who may not yet know, bottom trawling is a traditional method of fishing that finds heavy nets being dragged along the sea floor. Various fish are caught in the process but there has been growing concern over how the practive affects a number of ecosystems. Turn to page 6 for more details. Send us your thoughts to
Also in News, you may take pride in the fact that the Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center hits a major milestone with its 40th anniversary. Downright unique in the number of services the center offers—from counseling to housing assistance—few local entities have managed to assist locals with such fervor as SCCCC. This week, learn more about its inner workings and how you may be able to become a part of it.
In other matters, September seems to be a busy marriage month. I have attended two weddings so far—and another one is just around the corner. Meanwhile, other individuals, from points near and far, phone me for relationship advice. Me! “Marry yourself—first!” I tell them, but will they listen? True, it seemed to work for me. (Athough this year, my partner and I are taking separate vacations.) Regardless, all of these new life events seem to play into the seasonal changes that can also enhance personal shifts during the fall. So, what shifts do you want to make? Onward ...
Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief
‘The Play’ is The Thing
Regarding UCSC dropping Shakespeare Santa Cruz (GT 9/11), as a longtime SSC threategoer and UCSC alumnus, I will be earmarking all future donations to SSC and not UCSC. I am ashamed that my University is so underhanded, and shortsighted, as well as purposely tricky in their accounting. They don't deserve the renown and prestige that SSC brought them. Long Live Shakespeare Santa Cruz! UCSC, not so much ...
Lynette Witwer | Santa Cruz
On ‘Therin Lies The Rub’ ...
Dean Yager's math is circumspect, apparently adding money intended for debt reduction onto the debt. And he uses a fiscal year that ended on June 30, weeks before our first performance. The theatre obviously has an economic, as well as cultural, effect on the community of Santa Cruz. Three students are eloquently quoted in this article as to how SSC affected their lives.
An independent auditor should look at the SSC budget (including analysis of charges by UCSC for use of the theatre, etc.) It could provide suggestions on how to cut expenses and a face-saving way for SSC to continue. Is SSC spending too much? Is the University charging too much? I'd like an independent opinion and open books.
What happened to the $420,000 raised in 2008? In the dean's public explanations I have seen no mention of how it was used. I would like a professional accounting. That was real cash, unlike many of the other UCSC "contributions" to SSC. (Much of UCSC's other "contributions" that increased SSC's deficit actually went right back to UCSC in the form of payments for in-kind facility use, or costumes and props bought by SSC but that belong, after the season closes, to UCSC, not SSC.) Where has the $420,000 in real cash gone?
—Nancy Ellen Abrams
I have worked as an actor nationally for 15 years. My career started at SSC as a Theater Arts major. SSC was the main reason I chose UCSC, even though I'd been offered better financial aid elsewhere. I learned as much during my four summers with the festival than my entire four years at UCSC—if not more. This is not to denigrate the amazing faculty in the theater arts department. This to highlight the fact that in a live art form such as theater, students can only learn so much in a classroom setting.
—Sam J. Misner
On ‘Gangaji’ ...
Gangaji: "I stopped hoping that those things that come and go would not come and go." That's exactly what comes to mind as I eat my morning curds. If one were to follow this seer's advocacy, one of non-involvement and self-study, no good acts would come to fruition. Gangaji's philosophy, if one can follow where she's not going or coming, is quite self-indulgent, People being tortured have great difficulty zeroing in on being free, at least most people. Why, if she's so influential, did she return to Santa Cruz? This is a very small pond and the world is in great pain.
—Kathy C. Cheer
Regarding the last comment, Gangaji is highly involved in actions that benefit others and actively brings awakening to people globally. This includes those living in prison. (That's torture to which you refer.) Her message is not to stop living. It is to dissolve into the peace, or rather notice the peace, which holds all living beings so that action is born of peace, rather in the frenzy of fear or seeking of something "outside" that has always been right here in the heart. From this, many people have created acts of planetary service.
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Open Studios: Unleashed
It’s a bit early to deliver congratulations to an event that doesn’t begin until October, but by the looks of it, this year’s Open Studios Art tour in Santa Cruz looks to be memorable. The tour sprang to life back in 1986 in the hopes of connecting artists directly with art lovers. Other art tours were birthed around the country as a result. More than 300+ artists across the county will showcase their work this year. Take note: North county artists open their studios Oct. 5 and 6; south county Oct. 12 and 13, and the Encore Weekend takes place Oct. 19 and 20. Learn more at artscouncilsc.org.
Why Kobo is Cool
It wasn’t that long ago that Bookshop Santa Cruz partnered with Kobo. Think of it as an easy-breezy eReading adventure. About 3 million eBook titles are available on this unique eReading accessory. Locals can create an account through Bookshop Santa Cruz and then simply shop for books, just as you would in the store. Good news: Kobo is compatible with tablets, eReaders, computers and smart phones. Something that hit our radar: the Kobo Mini and Kobo Glo, in which can store up to about 1,000 eBooks. Download. Carry on. And happy reading ...
“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”
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