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Dead Meadow
Trading in slow grooves, raw guitarwork and heavy basslines, Dead Meadow is a straight-down-the-chute stoner rock band. With roots in Washington, D.C., the sludgy-riff-loving outfit crafts tripped-out soundscapes that lend themselves to losing oneself in unconstrained imagery. But, much like the metal pioneers of Black Sabbath, these guys know how to balance the unexplored with the beautiful, and always bring listeners back to familiar ground. | CJ
INFO: 8:30 p.m. Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $10/adv, $12/door. 423-1338.

cal regRegina Carter
There just aren’t enough jazz violinists. There are a handful of standouts, including Stéphane Grappelli, Jean-Luc Ponty, Billy Bang and Stuff Smith, but after that, my mental list gets pretty hazy. Regina Carter is remedying that. An international representative of the art, Carter possesses the style, improv skills, and shred-ability to be a modern-day torchbearer of the tradition. She’s worked with big names, including Aretha Franklin and Max Roach, but it was when she struck out on her own that she earned a place as a jazz innovator bringing unexpected style and welcome sounds to the genre. | CJ
INFO: 7 p.m. 9 p.m. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $26/adv, $31/door. 427-2227.

Doug Fine
“Turns out your roommate with the lava lamp was right,” reads the promotional website for Doug Fine’s book, Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution. Indeed. And who in Santa Cruz has not, at one point or another, cohabitated with a lava lamp? We expect local audiences will appreciate the message journalist and author Doug Fine has to share, which is that hemp has the capability to simultaneously feed the world, free us from our dependence on fossil fuels, and revitalize the agricultural economy. Fine will be on-hand for a reading, signing, and audience Q&A session.
INFO: 7:30 p.m. Free. Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. 831.423.0900.

Tuesday | 22

Because of a number of diversions for agriculture and cities, the Colorado River current runs dry before reaching its natural end in California. While it used to be a lush ecosystem for all kinds of plant and animal life, it is currently kind of an endangered species of its own. In this film produced and narrated by Robert Redford, viewers will learn about how small commitments to conservation can restore the Colorado River to its former glory. Following the viewing at the Rio, there will be a question and answer period with the film’s director, Mark Decena.
INFO: 7 p.m. The Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz. Free with preregistration at, or $5 at the door.

Thursday | 24

cal coupThe Coup and Lyrics Born
It’s a night of Bay Area lyrical legends, including Oakland’s The Coup, which brings electronic and hip-hop flavors to funk without sacrificing any of the raw energy that makes funk fresh. The music is fun, the lyrics are often socially conscious and beats are innovative. Sharing the bill with that group is Lyrics Born out of Berkeley. The product of Tom Shimura’s mind, Lyrics Born is expanding its sound and getting more into synthesizers with its latest release As U Were. | JP
INFO: 8:30 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $15/adv, $20/door. 479-1854.

This prolific California punk band has a bevy of albums under its belt, the most recent being 2012’s All or Nothing. Known for strong doses of power punk with potent messages (who can forget “Fuck Authority” from 2001?) and high-energy performances, the group has made its mark on the punk scene and beyond since forming in 1988.
INFO: 7 p.m., Thursday, April 24. The Catalyst, 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz. $20/adv, $24/door. 423-1338.


Be our Guest

bog caliThe California Honeydrops
Born in Warsaw, Poland, Lech Wierzynski developed a love of Sam Cooke and Louis Armstrong at a young age. Later in life, after getting popular in the Bay Area, Wierzynski helped create the California Honeydrops, largely because the singer/trumpeter missed street performing. The new group was soon playing at BART stations—and making good tips, too. Drummer Ben Malament’s background in West African and New Orleans drumming give the band funky rhythms behind Wierzynski’s soulful vocals. The keyboards and horn sections bring jazzier flavors to the laid-back, Oakland-based rock group, which plays shows all over the Bay Area and has become a favorite at Moe’s Alley. | JP
INFO: 9pm, Thursday, May 8, Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, $12 adv, $15/door, 479-1854. WANT TO GO? Visit the Good Times’ Facebook page before 11 a.m. on Friday, April 18, to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the show.

Ongoing Events...

Bookshop Santa Cruz will be teeming with activity through April as more than a dozen renowned authors are scheduled to stop by in promotion of their latest books. From poetry, to short stories, to nail-biting novels, to informative nonfiction, there’s an author event for every reader to enjoy. Take a look.

April 4-July 20
Planet Ord
The newest exhibition at the MAH, “Planet Ord,” explores the contemporary experience and historical echoes of the now-abandoned Fort Ord—once the largest military base in the American West—relating it to the many lost places in contemporary America. This multimedia exhibition is guest-curated by Enid Baxter Ryce, who reveals the artwork and stories within this ever-changing icon of Monterey County. With the help of the students and alumni of California State University Monterey Bay, Enid documents Fort Ord through film, photo, and painted maps of the military base, where more than one million people once lived and worked. | JB
INFO: Exhibit runs through July 20. Museum of Art & History, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz. 429-1964.

April 19-May 4

What would happen if a restless city boy moved to a small town where dancing was outlawed? We all know the answer to this: He would give a moving speech at city council that cites passages from the Bible that talk about dancing, then throw a raucous (but completely clean and sober) prom, restoring to the town its love of joy. Come see students from the San Lorenzo Valley High Drama Department in conjunction with Mountain Community Theatre take on this classic 1980’s wonder. “Slaughterhouse-Five, it’s a classic!”
INFO: Saturday, April 19 – Sunday, May 4. Thu, Fri & Sat shows at 7 p.m. Sun shows at 2 p.m. Park Hall, 9400 Mill St., Ben Lomond. Tickets $15 general; $10 students/seniors.

Santa Cruz Challenge
It’s not too late to join the Santa Cruz Challenge! The 12-week program, which kicked off on Feb. 22, gives participants the opportunity to explore and discover health and fitness locally—and, best of all, rewards them for their efforts. All participants may take a fitness strength and endurance test and have their body composition evaluated using a Bioimpedence Analysis (BIA). At the end of the 12 weeks, the same evaluation will be given and the person with the greatest percentage of improvement will be awarded the grand prize. The challenge benefits all participants, regardless of fitness and health levels. Throughout the challenge, participants will gain tools including relaxation, reducing household toxins, shopping locally and organically, stress management, nutritional detoxification, increased flexibility and more. | JB
INFO: To join, call the Santa Cruz Challenge Headquarters at 229-0189 to go over program details and fill out the registration form online at Note, late entries do not qualify for the grand prize.

event offWallOff the Wall’
Six local artists, including Cynthia Siegel and Johnathon Schmuck, explore the beauty and space of the three-dimensional world in Santa Cruz County Bank’s latest art exhibition, “Off the Wall.” The artistic mediums used include sculpture, ceramics, glass, wood, and other three-dimensional works specifically designed to hang on the wall. Wall installations created with multiple hand-blown glass sculptures complement sculptural works with simple classic forms. | JB
INFO: Exhibit runs Through-May 2. All five Santa Cruz County Bank locations. For location information, visit Photo: Cynthia Siegel

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Cardinal Grand Cross in the Sky

Following Holy Week (passion, death and burial of the Pisces World Teacher) and Easter Sunday (Resurrection Festival), from April 19 to the 23, the long-awaited and discussed Cardinal Cross of Change appears in the sky, composed of Cardinal signs Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn, with planets (13-14 degrees) Uranus (in Aries), Jupiter (in Cancer), Mars (in Libra) and Pluto (in Capricorn), an actual geometrical square or cross configuration. Cardinal signs mark the seasons of change, initiating new realities.


Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.


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Aries Solar Festival

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