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Tuesday | April 15

Seymour Marine Discovery Center
The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is one of the best places on the California coast to learn about marine conservation. And now, it’s encouraging energy conservation, too—patrons who bike, walk or take public transportation to the Seymour Center between Tuesday, April 15 and Saturday, April 19 will be treated to free admission. While there, don’t miss the moon jellies exhibit, which features moon jellies in three different stages of evolution.
INFO: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 Shaffer Road., Santa Cruz. 459.3800.

In the Queue

A$AP Ferg
Rapper from Harlem’s A$AP Mob went solo with last year’s ‘Trap Lord’
Wednesday at Catalyst

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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.

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 15-19
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is one of the best places on the California coast to learn about marine conservation. And now, it’s encouraging energy conservation, too—patrons who bike, walk or take public transportation to the Seymour Center between Tuesday, April 15 and Saturday, April 19 will be treated to free admission. While there, don’t miss the moon jellies exhibit, which features moon jellies in three different stages of evolution.
INFO: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 Shaffer Road., Santa Cruz. 459.3800.

March 5-April 19
Printmaking: On and Off the Wall

The Pajaro Valley Arts Council’s newest exhibition, “Printmaking On and Off the Wall,” features two- and three-dimensional artwork by 50 members of The MPC Printmakers. Working in a variety of mediums, including print installations, scrolls, handmade books, sculptures, framed art, and more, the participating artists’ images range from the abstract to the familiar. All artworks feature elements created using fine art printmaking techniques, such as etching, woodcut, screenprint and monotype. | JB
INFO: Exhibit runs March 5-April 19. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Pajaro Valley Arts Council, 37 Sudden St., Watsonville. Free admission.
Visit mpcprintmakers.org.

Now-May
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 santacruzchallenge.com. 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 sccountybank.com. Photo: Cynthia Siegel

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Aries Solar Festival

Sunday is Palm Sunday. Symbolizing victory and triumph, paradise, sacrifice and martyrdom, the Pisces World Teacher entered Jerusalem (City of Peace) on a donkey (signifying humility).

 

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.

 

Animal Magnetism

Bear, mouse dare to be friends in charming ‘Ernest and Celestine’ It’s not exactly Romeo and Juliet. It’s not even a romance, although it is a love story about two individuals separated by prejudice who find the courage to form an unshakable bond despite the rules and traditions that keep them apart.

 

Printer's Devil

Iconic editor Buz Bezore, who died last month at the age of 68, left a huge mark on Santa Cruz journalism   Eventually, it’s all a blur. You live long enough, and maybe a little too hard at times, so that when you hit the rewind button of faded memory, it moves so fast that you can hardly sort and gather the details. One scene skips to the next, and to the next, without proper editing or sequencing. Chronologies get distorted. Which came first: stealing the chickens or coloring the eggs?
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Foodie File: Yan Flower

Yan Belleville has owned Yan Flower, an affordable Chinese restaurant in Downtown Santa Cruz, with her husband Raymond for eight years, and it’s a family affair. Her brother, sister, sister-in-law, and cousins work there too. Locals know the joint for its massive lunch specials starting at $4.

 

How would you feel about a tech industry boom in Santa Cruz?

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Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Comanche Cellars

Pinot Noir 2010 I first tasted Comanche Cellars Pinot when a friend brought a bottle to share over lunch at Center Street Grill in Santa Cruz. Upon trying it, I knew I had to find out more about it.