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The Film Issue 08, SoWat TV

chipifestChip & Jeff Dinnell/SoWat TV

Who needs SNL when we have two local guys with a serious manbrows poking fun at Santa Cruz politics—and more—under the guise of hosting a show about the arts in Santa Cruz County? When it first debuted on Community Television back in 2004, the bi-monthly talk show—and, really some would just call it, plain ol’ bi—known as “SoWat” spotlighted locals making a difference in the arts community. It still does that, but in the course of three years, the popular show has added a number of curious elements. It’s now morphed into a modern day “Late Night with David Letterman” by way of a more youthful—or is it euphemized?—“John Stewart.” Hosts Jeff Dinnell (a local actor with delicious wit) and Chip (an über supporter of local arts) work off each other with such a graceful splash of inventiveness, you can’t but be taken in by their

offerings. Their comedy is often beautifully underplayed but can’t escape the feeling that, at any moment, something wild is about to crawl under the covers with you—mentally that is. Incidentally, for newbies, the SoWat in the title refers to the South of Water Street district. But the duo’s creative libidos reach far beyond that. Sam Farr recently popped up in a short filmed stint. Santa Cruz Mayor Ryan Coonerty followed similar suit. (Proving that some politicians aren’t afraid to show their sense of humor.) In other filmed segments for the show, Dinnell and Chip can be found parading around various art and film fests—a shameless montage of Dinnell’s David Arquette/Pee Wee Herman interview stands out. Actually, their most recent if not scandalous endeavor finds them trying to recreate every imaginable Annie Lebowitz photo—note the picture above in which the duo do (in)justice to A.L.’s famous Yoko Ono-John Lennon shot. However you want to spin it, at the very least SoWat TV is one of the most inventive offerings to hit local TV since … (Is it rude to stop there?)  Catch them both (clothed) Wednesdays and Sundays at 8 p.m. on Community TV, Channel 25, 26 or 27 or 71, 72 or 73. | Greg Archer
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Best of Santa Cruz County 2014

The 2014 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll Come on in, and have a look around. There’s a lot to see—hundreds of winners selected by thousands of GT readers across Santa Cruz County. So if some of this looks familiar, it’s probably because you helped make it happen. But there are always new things to discover, too—you could go to a different winner or runner-up every day in the Food and Drink category alone, and you’d be booked just about until next year’s Best of Santa Cruz County issue comes out.

 

Something Essential Disappears

Lunar and solar eclipses follow one another. Lunar eclipses occur at full moons, and solar eclipses at new moons. Two weeks ago at the full moon we had the blood red moon—a total lunar eclipse (the next one is Oct. 8). On Monday night, April 28 (new moon), as the Sun, Moon and Earth align, a solar eclipse (Sun obscured) occurs. Eclipses signify something irrevocably is changed in our world. The Sun is our essential life force. Monday’s new moon, 9 degrees Taurus, is also an annular solar eclipse when the Moon moves centrally in front of the Sun, yet does not cover the Sun completely. The Sun's outer edges, still visible, form a “ring of fire” around the Moon.

 

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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