August 15 – September 1, 2015

THE OLD PACIFIC AVENUE 1960. This is the Hotel St. George originally built in 1893. There were many versions of this hotel due to fires and earthquakes. The one we know today is a Barry Swenson Builders creation.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE AUGUST 17, 2015
COMBINED WITH DATELINE AUGUST 24, 2015

COLUMN CONFUSION. Once again Gunilla Leavitt and I are forced to combine the weekly columns which are always written every Monday. Hopefully next week there we can get back to a regular new column online as soon as possible each week on or after Mondays.

[Gunilla speaks: It is ALL MY FAULT, please don’t fault Bruce for this. And bear with me, I *will* get back on a normal schedule. I’m just going through some stuff. Thank you for your patience.]

PRISON “FLASH MOB” DOES Michael Jackson. As one reader pointed out prisons can’t exactly do a “flash mob”. And does dancing to Michael Jackson music equal water boarding?
Cabrillo Fest Future??? Another one of those staged “flash mob” cutesy concerts

FAREWELL FRED KEELEY. There may be a farewll party at the Highway 17 Santa Cruz County Boundary for Fred Keeley by folks who offer to pay his gas fare… one way. We’ll have to wait and see. Then again others have started calling him the Man From Unctuous, but that isn’t kind.

Fred’s giving up his push and pull job working as the Sempervirens Fund President and his connection with the proposed National Monument campaign. As The Sentinel (8/6) said “As a contract democracy consultant for Santa Clara, Keeley, a former California assemblyman and former Santa Cruz County Supervisor, will help expand the city’s award-winning Community Outreach/Vote Ethics Program, which puts ethical campaign strategies at the forefront of elections, asking voters to pay attention to the candidates’ conduct. He also will teach a graduate seminar in the Public Administration Department at San Jose State University and continue serving as chair a special task force, commissioned by State Treasurer John Chiang, to develop best practices on the fiduciary care and use of state and local bond proceeds”. Local subterranean voices are saying he was advised to switch jobs, and even get something out of the county due to some near –totally- unproven rumors. I’ll remain poised to add to all of this…stay in position.

MORE ABOUT TEEN AGERS, LIFE IMPRISONMENT AND DEATH SENTENCES!!!

Last time I wrote in this space…”THE TANNERY MURDER, A THOUGHT. Now that we know that 15 year old teenager will be tried and sentenced as a adult doesn’t it seem “strange” that at 15 we don’t believe he’s mature enough to drink, he’s too young to know how to vote, and he certainly can’t think fast enough to drive a car…but he is definitely qualified to face life imprisonment for that one decision???” Whew, lots of reactions to what I just meant as something to think about. Well it turns out some folks think that stuffing the body in the dumpster closest to your house and then hanging out near it and bugging the police is adult thinking!!! Others think that because that 15 year old kid killed somebody that we should hire prison staff to kill him. It’s really hard to justify this killing thing. Then again we all know what happens to young boys/men in prison especially if they were sick enough to murder a child.

It’s another slower version of a death sentence. There are many articles lately on youths and solitary confinement. A reader sent this link..

The New York Times had an editorial Sunday (8/16) titled “Indefinite Imprisonment, on a Hunch”. I can’t get a link to it, but it says, “despite the public perception that all sex offenders are recidivists sex re-offense rates are in fact lower than those for other crimes”. It concludes, ” Public Safety would be better served if resources were directed toward community supervision and other services for those leaving prison, rather than skirting the Constitution to keep locked away”. One reader/writer wrote, “What bothers me about the crimes that took Maddy Middleton’s life was that AJ Gonzalez was let down by so many systems in his life: familial, social, educational. Somewhere throughout his young life there had to have been many warnings signs that should have been detected and not ignored”.

FAREWELL LOIS MUHLY. Lois and Bert Muhly were among my earliest Santa Cruz friends when I moved here in 1970. For nearly 45 years we worked on an infinite number of causes, campaigns, fund raisers, musicals, and protests. Davenports Nuclear Power Plant, stopping 10,000 homes onto Wilder Ranch…and on and on. Bert and Lois defined what it means to be a beautiful, giving and very loving couple. We will fell the loss for decades. Services will be held September 26, 2015, at 3:00pm at the Peace United Church of Christ (formerly First Congregational Church), 900 High St, Santa Cruz, Ca In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Resource Center for Non-Violence, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz, Ca, 95060 or Three Americas, Inc. PO Box 711, Santa Cruz, Ca 95061-0711

KUSP HISTORY. For a completely different reason some readers searched online for some of my old columns in Metro Weekly. I happened to find this from JANUARY 22, 2003 Metro Weekly…

“As listeners probably know, KUSP-FM is starting its biggest schedule change in 20 years on Feb. 3, 2003. There’s a new lineup of programs from 9am to 9:30 pm weekdays, including the canceling of the seniors’ Prime Time program. (Full disclosure: that show contained my little eight-minute movie critiques that used to be aired every other week.) The station is cutting out Johnny Simmons’ Lost Highway and Wallace Baine’s Talking Pictures on Sundays. It’s adding Pacifica’s Democracy Now at 3pm on weekdays and expanding a lot of NPR programming, such as All Things Considered and Fresh Air. Changes in any medium (even newspapers) are rarely taken lightly, and KUSP’s changes have caused a near civil war among programmers, supporters and volunteers. Station manager Peter Troxell, who has seven months left (if he leaves on schedule), says these are tough financial times for the station. Along with KAZU’s recent switch to NPR programming, which cost some amount of KUSP listeners, the debt from an expensive station remodeling has also hurt KUSP’s budget. So KUSP has reduced staff hours, not replaced some staff members who’ve left and even gotten a discount on NPR’s program costs. Grants and station-sponsoring clients have dwindled, and now program director Howard Feldstein and Troxell say the station’s healthy. “We’re not going away; we’ll stay here. Membership is OK; these are just program changes that were overdue,” Troxell and Feldstein add. What you need to do is go online to www.kusp.org and see the complete new schedule”. So much for KUSP history and that “expensive remodeling” plus the $6500 monthly rent that seldom gets talked about.

CLOSING PACIFIC AVENUE FOR $800. It’s a good thing Mayor Don Lane and The Santa Cruz City Council approved the closing down of Pacific Avenue and Lincoln Streets last Friday morning for a Helmann’s Mayonnaise commercial. We learned that to cover the cost of blocking all traffic, bringing in extra police and preventing the use of all the parking meters for FOUR HOURS on Pacific Avenue and Lincoln streets costs only $800. That’s the amount that Helmann’s Mayonaise had to pay. As most of us know, Hellmann’s is owned by Unilever, probably the largest commercial institution of its kind in the world. If you go to Unilever’s website you’ll read such stuff as…”On any given day, two billion people use Unilever products to look good, feel good and get more out of life” and, “With more than 400 brands focused on health and wellbeing, no company touches so many people’s lives in so many different ways”. Still more, “Our portfolio ranges from nutritionally balanced foods to indulgent ice creams, affordable soaps, luxurious shampoos and everyday household care products. We produce world-leading brands including Lipton, Knorr, Dove, Axe, Hellmann’s and Omo, alongside trusted local names such as Mazola, Ben & Jerry’s, Popsicle, Rinso and Suave. With the generosity shown to UNILEVER by our City Council we should surely see a more honest appraisal when any local residents disrupt traffic hereabouts. As The Sentinel article says, “There’s a flat fee of $100 to shut down any street”. We can only assume that anarchists and others would pay that same fee.

CABRILLO FESTIVAL SAYS GOODBYE TO MISSION CONCERTS. Marin Alsop has decreed No more San Juan Bautista Mission concerts! Besides all the problems with traffic, weather, cramped space, bad acoustics, and rigid church officials, the Mission gigs cost the Festival an extra $20,000 to move all their gear there.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Mr Paul Elerick of Aptos writes…

LOT SPLITS AND ADU’S ON TOP OF GARAGES.

Neighbors in the Winkle Dr. neighborhoods have succeeded in appealing building permits granted by the County Planners. Item 47 on last week’s Board of Supervisors agenda resulted in the Board agreeing with the neighbors and will be taking jurisdiction in these appeals at a later meeting this year. My guess is that this issue will be the first of many like it, now that our county has been tasked to accept denser, higher multi-family homes and more accessory dwelling units to make room for more people to live here. The Winkle Ave. neighbors take issue with all this being crammed into an existing residential neighborhood, including accessory units built as second stories of new garages.

You can read and hear all about Item 47 on the August 18th BOS agenda here.

http://sccounty01.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/BDS/Govstream2/Bdsvdata/non_legacy_2.0/agendas/2015/20150818-666/PDF/047.pdf If you live in Santa Cruz County you should take a few minutes and see what’s happening to us. (Paul Elerick is co-chair with Peter Scott of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org , and he’s a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).

FOOD TRUCKS & WHAT TRUCKS?? Restaurateur Ted Burke swears a friend sent this to him… There should be a margarita truck that plays Mariachi music as it drives around the neighborhood in the evening. And we would hear it and run out with our money and stand on the curb, waiting for it. Like an ice cream truck, but, you know, with margaritas”. We’d probably have to vote on that.

TESLA MURAL PLANS. Nikola Tesla can get some much needed publicity and recognition here in our enlightened city. Peter Bartczak noted muralist says, “My latest public art project is a 22’x12′ mural featuring Nikola Tesla, your favorite cult hero/genius inventor/visionary. I hope to put paint to the wall at a local longtime (35 years) Santa Cruz institution – John’s Electric Motor Service on May Street. That’s over off Water and Orielly’s Auto Parts and near where the old DMV offices used to be , remember? The mural will depict Tesla as an electrical magician and shows a few of his inventions – A.C. Current, broadcast power, fluorescent lights, remote controls, and, of course, the Tesla coil. Peter is a long time Santa Cruzan and is responsible for murals on the west side’s Upper Crust Pizza on Mission St., the dancing figures downtown by the clock tower, and the portraits that used to grace the wall of the Silver Spur restaurant on Soquel Drive. He has also done work for such companies as Disney, Universal Studio Tours, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Dell Publishing, Annieglass, and many local businesses. You can see more of his work at www.clownbankstudio.com

Funding is thru the Indiegogo crowd funding website All sorts of goodies are given to contributors, including postcards, fine art prints, keychains, and original art, depending on how much you contribute. Please contribute whatever you can to this project so we can inspire more people with Tesla’s genius and vision.

PETER McGETTIGAN SAYS GOODBYE TO COMMUNITY TV. After decades of erstwhile camera work at Santa Cruz Community Television these two entities said goodbye to each other under circumstances which aren’t entirely clear. But Peter is now available to do any and all video work. mcgettiganfilms@gmail.com or 831 469-9501.

HIGHWAY 6 Benefit Dinner August 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m. London Nelson Center. The invitation reads, “There’s a time when you can’t even passively take part! And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus — and you’ve got to make it stop!” – Mario Savio, UC Berkeley Sproul Plaza, 1964.

Please join us for an evening of delicious food and inspiring music in a benefit dinner for the UCSC Highway 6. Members of the UCSC Highway 6 and the Santa Cruz community are organizing to raise funds to further the fight against UC political repression of student activism, at a time when students all over the country are rising against police brutality and inequality in education. We would love to have you be a part of this important movement-building event!The six students who took the highway on March 3rd have met unprecedented repression by the state and the university, including several violations of constitutional rights by the UC administration during the judicial process. The Hwy 6 will be filing a civil suit against the university with the goal of minimizing further repression of student activists across the UC system. This event is also an opportunity for you to connect with other community activists, to learn more about recent student activism at UCSC and why things have escalated to the point that they have. There will be a catered dinner, a silent auction, and several inspiring performances. Please RSVP with your name/s and the number of people attending in your party to: <ucschwy6@gmail.com>

GREENSITE’S INSIGHT. Gillian writes…

DOGGONE:

The public howls of protest may have subsided but no doubt feelings remain high. Even my hero DeCinzo recently weighed in. I understand the fuss. Terrace Point is a Santa Cruz coastal treasure. If you’ve been walking or running your dog there for a number of years, the news that this activity has an ending date is not likely to be well-received, whatever the reasons. Charges of UCSC hypocrisy, insensitivity, arrogance and being a bad neighbor have been pitched with gusto. Letters and online comments challenge with: “How can UCSC ban dogs in the interest of protecting sensitive habitat while simultaneously ripping up the land to build their Marine Sciences campus?” At first sight this contradiction has some appeal. But historical context is important and reasons, if valid, should not be dismissed without thought.

In 1988, Wells Fargo bought the land with plans to build 350 housing units. They repossessed the land from an owner who had leased it to a Brussels sprouts farmer. Wells Fargo refused to renew the farmer’s lease and he claimed they filled in his well to make farming impossible and development more attractive. The then water director Bill Kocher maintained such filling in of unused wells was appropriate. The plan for 350 housing units was scrapped as too large and the second plan put forward by Wells Fargo in1989 was for 144 rental units, 46 for-sale homes plus a marine lab. Many claimed the marine lab was a Trojan horse for developers since no marine entity had committed to occupy the site. Neighbors, environmentalists and farmers organized into the Terrace Point Action Network. City planning meetings, council meetings and neighborhood meetings were attended by scores of vocal opponents until 1999 when UCSC brokered a deal to purchase the 55 acres from Wells Fargo for $4 million for a Marine Sciences campus. By this time, the wetlands and sensitive habitats on the property had been identified and UCSC committed to their permanent protection. So we lost the battle to save Terrace Point as open marine terrace for habitat protection and farming but won the fight to preserve the sensitive habitat areas and wetlands. In this context the charge of hypocrisy against UCSC is meaningless. They are required to protect these areas and the fact that they are prepared to do so should be supported not undermined.

Dog owners need to take more responsibility for losing the privilege of dog access at Terrace Point. If every dog owner understood the impact canines have on sensitive habitats, on flora and fauna (and on other people) and knowing this, kept their dogs leashed at all times and picked up their dog’s poop, it may have been possible to co-exist. But that didn’t happen. Nor does it ever happen. Far too many dog owners not only allowed their dogs to run at large, marking their territory, but felt entitled to do so and affronted if a steward of the natural reserve tried to explain the problem. This is becoming the norm on our beaches and open spaces. Maybe Terrace Point is a harbinger of things to come? The city, county and state have apparently abandoned their role as protectors of the environment. Let’s give a small cheer to UCSC for doing the right thing, even if they were required to do so.

( Gillian Greensite is a long time local activist, member of Save Our Big Trees and the Santa Cruz chapter of IDA ( International Dark Sky Association). Plus she’s an avid ocean swimmer, hiker and lover of all things wild).

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary states on his KUSP broadcasts…August 24-28. He talks about plans to vibrate Salinas and developing CSUMB. Then he talks about Cal-Am and their control of the Monterey Peninsula’s water supply. Hard to believe but there’s a “Canine Sports Center,” proposed to be located on a 43-acre site near Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley. Gary mentions that too. Fort Ord development will be dealt with by the City Of Marina Planning Commission. Like Santa Cruz, he says, “There is a more Marina-specific item on the agenda, too; namely, the proposal by Shea Homes to cut down two healthy cypress trees. The Planning Director said that was “ok.” The Marinatacrifice

Tree Committee said it was “ok,” and now the Planning Commission will consider the issue on an appeal. From the City of Santa Cruz to the City of Marina, public officials are usually willing to sacrifice trees to aid the desires of the developers. ficials are usually

ABOUT PLACING WIRELESS TOWERS AND SUCH…to aid the desires of the developers”. He closes telling us about the placement of Wireless Facilities

As listeners may know, federal law has largely preempted the field of wireless regulation, and this federal preemption has made it quite difficult for local governments to have any say on the location of these facilities. For instance, while the health impacts of wireless facilities are of concern to many local residents, federal legislation has pretty much made it impossible for local governments to regulate wireless facilities based on health concerns.The visual impacts of such facilities, and other land use impacts, are still a basis for local regulation. However, there is a bill now being considered in the California State Legislature that might undermine such local regulation. Assembly Bill 57, now in the State Senate, would provide that proposed wireless facilities will be “deemed approved” if not acted upon within either 90 or 150 days. I note that Assembly Member Mark Stone voted “no” on this bill in the Assembly. Assembly Member Alejo is recorded as “not voting.” Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opions expressed are Mr. Patton’s \. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. A National Monument by any other name would smell… etc. etc scroll downwards!!!

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim Eagan looks at the many sides of Trump…see below.

MACBETH. I wrote on my Facebook page last week…”I’ve been urging everybody to go see Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s “The Liar”,. It’s the best and funniest play I’ve ever seen them perform. I saw Macbeth last night(8/13). It’s the worst, most poorly acted Macbeth I’ve seen in a long lifetime. Macbeth forgets his lines, the audience laughs at every tragic scene, it’s so poorly performed. The Equity actors must be from the bottom of the barrel. Macbeth got more laughs than their production of Much Ado About Nothing!!!” I got many thnk-yous for that but UCSC’s Patty Gallagher who is an EQUITY Actor and a witch in Macbeth felt bad. Patty’s consistently one of the best actors I’ve seen, even though this production plays the witches as bar maids/whores instead of powerful demons from hell. I should have said that 99% of all the actors were all bad and never mind about Equity.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: Lisa writes: “This is the last season for Santa Cruz Shakespeare in the fabulous Sinsheimer-Stanley Festival Glen at UCSC. So if you want to bask one more time in this unique playgoing experience, make plans to see a play (or two) before the season ends on August 30. I recommend the rambunctious, hysterically funny comedy, The Liar, the absolute jewel in the crown of this year’s SCS season, and there are only a few performances left! Read all about it this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com).” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

MERU. This is much more than a mountain climbing documentary, it’s a no-holds barred examination of the human psyche. Three men climb an un-climable mountain peak in the Himalayas. The photography is bowel grabbing, the beauty is awesome, and these guys personalities and humanness is truly one for the books. The film forces you to also go deep inside and ask your own self many questions. Go se it, by all means…if you care!!

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER does Hamlet!!!

END OF THE TOUR. Jesse Eisenberg plays a real life Rolling Stone reporter and Jason Segel plays author David Foster Wallace. And neither of them are people you’d want to have an espresso with. Egos abound, fame, money, fandom, shyness and deep personal problems are the entire plot. Mamie Gummer and Joan Cusack add some genuine humaness and a likability but if you’ve ever though about writing a book…see this movie it’ll cure you!!!

SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE. If you too are a Wallace and Gromit fan you’ll miss the intelligence, wit, pacing and wildly funny situations IF you go see Shaun. It’s really quite boring, it aims at a much dumber audience and doesn’t succeed. Go to the website http://www.wallaceandgromit.com and you’ll remember just how funny Aardman Productions can be.

AMERICAN ULTRA. Why anyone would want to take Kristin Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Bill Pullman and John Leguizamo and keep them stoned for as long as it took to make this “stoner” movie is beyond me. Even if I had been stoned at 10:25 am on Friday morning when I went, I couldn’t have enjoyed this sump of a film.( I mean SUMP). Save your money and your stash and don’t go. It may have had a plot but I couldn’t figure it out.

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US
FROM BEST TO REALLY BAD

JIMMY’S HALL. Ken Loach like Woody Allen, makes both great and near terrible films. His great ones include Kes, Family Life, The Gamekeeper, Riff-Raff, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, and now Jimmy’s Hall seen all year . It’s just about the best film I’ve seen all year. A true story, it’s also a lesson for every protester/free speech/ anti-establishment citizen. It’s about people’s power when they organize…see it and bring friends, and hurry. It’ll probably close Thursday (8/20)…never mind, it did close!!!

BEST OF ENEMIES. To again watch this very personal debete/fight between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, jr. is to re-live the late 60’s, and an age where news, television, and intellect changed radically. Just to watch Buckley say to Vidal , “Now listen you queer, stop calling me a crypto-Nazi or I’ll sock you in your goddamned face, and you’ll stay plastered.” There’s even a scene showing my old producers chair at KGO radio in San Francisco. These brilliant wordsmiths and political mouthpieces are just a delight to watch. See it quickly…at the Nick.

MAN FROM UNCLE. Napoleon Solo is back, but nowhere near as clever as Robert Vaughn and David McCallum in the original 1968 TV series. Those same guys made a movie-copy of the same plot in 1983 which bombed. This “new” flick is just another insanely ridiculous, hard to follow plot about atomic bombs, and much blood. Don’t go. I’ve forgotten who the “stars” are (after a lot of work).

RICKI AND THE FLASH. It’s totally true Meryl Streep can play any role. She does a 60+ near failure rock singer about perfectly. As the publicity says, “Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer, who plays her fictional daughter; Rick Springfield, who takes on the role of a Flash member in love with Ricki; and Kevin Kline, who portrays Ricki’s long-suffering ex-husband”. The movie won’t change your life, but it’ll keep you attentive for two hours…don’t miss it.

THE GIFT. Jason Batemen tops this “near Hitchcock” thrill/murder movie. Joel Edgerton plays his long lost”buddy” and wrote and directed it. You’ll stay awake and thank about the movie long after you leave the theatre. There are a few plot holes, but go see it IF you like thrillers with lots of suspense.

Mr. HOLMES. Ian McKellen is “sort of interesting” as a retired 93 year old Sherlock Holmes. But the script takes cheap shots when they claim he never wore a Deerstalker hat or smoked a cigar instead of a pipe. The plot meanders in time from 1947 to now and includes a visit to Hiroshima as well as telling us that he never really lived at 221B Baker Street !!!. Laura Linney gained a few pounds and does her usual brilliant job of acting as his housekeeper. I liked Jeremy Britt, Benedict Cumberbatch and Basil Rathbone (not Robert Downey jr.) much better than McKellen. According to Guiness’s book of Records Sherlock has been played on screen 247 times by 75 actors including Sir Christopher Lee, Charlton Heston, Peter O’Toole, Christopher Plummer, Peter Cook, Roger Moore, and John Cleese. That’s more than Hamlet!!!

IRRATIONAL MAN. You take Woody Allen, Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, and the seldom seen Parker Posey, put them together and whatcha got??? A confused, pointless, humorless Woody Allen repeat mess!!! How Woody can make so many good films then do a bomb like this, will never be known. IF you do go, see if you don’t thnk about Woody and Mia Farrow’s love life, you’ll remember too about: Soon-Yi Previn (m. 1997-present), Louise Lasser (m. 1966-1970), Harlene Rosen (m. 1956-1962) . Is Woody trying to work out those past loves, who knows??? Go here if you want to remember even more about his love life http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/woody-allen-thought-wife-soon-yi-previn-fling-article-1.2309170

INSIDE OUT. I saw this in L.A. at one of those mega movie houses. We were in theatre #17 and there were lots more movies down different hallways. My two grandsons (ages 15 and 11) didn’t seem to like it as muich as their mom and I did. It is a Pixar/Disney animated creation, and has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Lots of San Francisco footage and lots of half assed psychological muck that manages to be inventive, spot on, dumb, clever, inventive, cruel, and dopey, sleepy, plus grumpy with no doctors present. Wait and rent it.

COP CAR. Kevin Bacon, is usually a fine actor but the material in this flop is just plain nuts and non-sensical. In spite of the fact that two production team members are children of an long time Los Angeles-Berkeley friend, this film could have been brilliant…but it sucks. It’s not serious when it should be and it’s not funny when (I think) it tries to be, Everybody was laughing at the wrong times. Like Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s Macbeth we can’t be sure if it’s a tragedy or a parody. Plus, Camyrn Manheim is in it (she shouldn’t have been ) she’s a UCSC graduate, and was in Clint Eastwood’s Sudden Impact, while she was here. It too closed after 7 days, but you didn’t miss much!!

ANT-MAN. Another Marvel Comic Book hero movie and just as idiotic as all the rest. But try to remember that we’re talking comic books here not great literature. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas give half-hearted attempts at playing cartoon characters. The film is full of age-old tricks, way over used plots and about zero imagination involved in any 5 seconds of this bore.

JURASSIC WORLD. Speaking of “Dumbing Down”, Jurassic World became the world’s biggest box office opener. I’d never seen such lines on Friday mornings (when I usually go) at the Regal Cinema 9. It has nowhere near the class, dignity, fun or terror that the original had about 14 years ago. Remember Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum??? Well you won’t remember anybody in Jurassic World 5 minutes after you leave the theatre.

TRAINWRECK. This entire film (if you can call it a film) hangs on Amy Schumer. I had and have no idea who she is and care less. The film being a Judd Apatow production is gross, vulgar, mean-spirited, and full of “miss-directed” sex. Liking this film is probably a generational thing, for which I’m grateful.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION. Tom Cruise again.This sure isn’t of Mad Max quality but it beats the hell out of the Marvel Comic film industry and 99% of the dumber action films. Like the title and most of this ilk, no one could follow the absolutely useless plot. Like all other big selling films for kids it’s about how you have to kill people to save the world. And we wonder what drives kids to kill!!!

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE RADIO PROGRAM
KZSC 88.1 FM or live online at
www.KZSC.ORG TUESDAYS 7-8 P.M.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to http://www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/bruce-bratton August 25 has Bruce Van Allen talking about UCSC’s Highway 6 and a fund raiser on 8/29 as a very hot topic. After that Sharon D. Payne and Kosher Assault tell us inside secrets about the Santa Cruz Derby Girls. Sept. 1st Tom Karwin talking about The UCSC Friends of the Arboretum after which environmentalist Grey Hayes discusses new nature issues that need attention. On Sept 8 Kimberly Perm from the Pajaro Valley Shelter Services talks about their programs and their successes. Then Julie Callahan returns with Rosemarie Alles discussing The March For Elephants. Joseph Sekon guests on September 15 to talk about an upcoming concert. After Josef, Jewel Theatre’s Julie James returns to reveal their 2015-16 season. September 22 has emcee and Santa Cruz Voice Kim Luke discussing this years FashionArt Show happening September 26. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com .

NEW UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVE FEATURE. Stuff changes at KZSC a lot. If you missed either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go herehttp://www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/bruce-bratton You have to listen to about 4 minutes of that week’s KPFA news first, then Grapevine happens.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 9 years here’s a chronological list of some past broadcasts. Such a wide range of folks such as Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson-Darrow, Wendy Mayer-Lochtefeld, Rachel Goodman, George Newell, Tubten Pende, Gina Marie Hayes, Rebecca Ronay-Hazleton, Miriam Ellis, Deb Mc Arthur, The Great Morgani on Street performing, and Paul Whitworth on Krapps Last Tape. Jodi McGraw on Sandhills, Bruce Daniels on area water problems. Mike Pappas on the Olive Connection, Sandy Lydon on County History. Paul Johnston on political organizing, Rick Longinotti on De-Sal. Dan Haifley on Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Dan Harder on Santa Cruz City Museum. Sara Wilbourne on Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Brian Spencer on SEE Theatre Co. Paula Kenyon and Karen Massaro on MAH and Big Creek Pottery. Carolyn Burke on Edith Piaf. Peggy Dolgenos on Cruzio. Julie James on Jewel Theatre Company. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Burdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha, John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011.

QUOTES. “The preface is the most important part of a book. Even reviewers read the preface”, Philip Guedalla. “I did so enjoy your book, darling. Everything that everybody writes in it is so good”, Mrs. Patrick Campbell. “It was a book to kill time for those who like it better dead”, Rose MacAulay.

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August 5 – 18, 2015

TOM SCRIBNER October 28 1964, Davenport CA. Here’s a photo of Tom doing what he loved the most, editing and creating the Redwood Ripsaw Review. The Review was a hard hitting opinion generated “newspaper” . Known mostly as the subject of the Musical Saw player in front of the Bookshop Santa Cruz which was placed there in 1978. Tom was a staunch member of the Industrial Workers of the World (The Wobblies). He fought for labor and labor unions all his life. The Musical Saw was barely a hobby for him. He did play on Pacific Avenue when he lived in the St. George Hotel…but he never “busked” (played for money). He died in 1982.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE August 3, 2015
DATELINE August 10, 2015

RACIST SANTA CRUZ. Preparing for and Interviewing Ann Lopez, Executive Director of The Center For Farmworker Families last week (July 28) on Universal Grapevine taught me a lot about the problems our neighbors, the Farmworkers in South County have to live with. I learned that California is the deadliest state in the USA for Mexican workers. 2 billion pounds of LICENSED pesticides are used in the USA every year . The average life expectancy of farmowrkers is only 49 years. Mexicans are 80% more likely to die on the job than any native workers. With all those dangers Farmworking is still the SECOND most dangerous job….construction is number one!!! More than that, researchers have found that farmworkers would e be healthier over the long run if they stayed in Mexico. There are an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 cases of physician-diagnosed pestcide poinioning among USA farmworkers. Anyone trying to help our Santa Cruz farmowrkers gets a more positive and frequent response from outside our county. These helpers, organizations, agencies, usually blame local racism for our lack of caring!! They wonder how and why so many Santa Cruzans will work for assistance to starving and suffering populations in Cuba, India, Iraq and around the world and turn a blind eye to Watsonville and South County, what is that other than RACISM?? The Center for Farmworkers is offering Farmworker Reality Tours of local farmworker farms, “homes” this Sunday (8/08) and Sunday 8/16 at 3 p.m. Go to their website http://www.farmworkerfamily.org and enroll.

MBIRA (thumb piano) A 5 chord progression improvised on an Array mbira, 5 octave model

MUSICAL SAW & THERAMIN DUET. I’ve built and played both these “instruments” and could not believe how well these two guys play Halvorsen’s 1893 classic composition. Try it..

MARIN ALSOP GOING TO CUBA. In addition to conducting the annual Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music that’s closing this week (August 12-16) was the announcemnet that Marin Alsop is going to conduct Cuba’s Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional for Havana’s 500th Anniversary. One of her websites I went to said…”Perhaps this is one more piece of evidence to support the mended relationship between the United States and Cuba. Marin Alsop, music director of both the Baltimore and São Paulo Symphony Orchestras, will conduct the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba in celebration of Havana’s quincentenary”.That’s a real big deal. Better get your tickets quickly, even at the Civic Aud. box office!!

“12” AN UNIQUE RUSSIAN MOVIE. Remember that 1997 film “12 Angry Men” starring Henry Fonda, and Lee’J. Cobb?? Russian film director Mikhalkov created a new version in 2007 (available at Westside Video next to Omei Rstaurant). It’s still 12 men trying to agree on how to sentence a teenager who commited a murder. It’s got ethnic hatred, great insight into human reasoning, even humor. Rent it, think about where a teenage boy’s real reasons and problems lead him. Then give a moment to think what you’d do and decide if you were on that jury.

THE TANNERY MURDER, A THOUGHT. Now that we know that 15 year old teenager will be tried and sentenced as a adult doesn’t it seem “strange” that at 15 we don’t believe he’s mature enough to drink, he’s too young to know how to vote, and he certainly can’t think fast enough to drive a car…but he is definitely qualified to face life imprisonment for that one decision???

McPHERSON EVENT CENTER. Oddly enough some readers (also writers) have come up with what sounds like a great idea. Why not simply re-name it The McPherson Event Center? The center has had many proven successful events, and it looks likely it’ll continue that way. Then folks who expect to see or visit a genuine Art and History location won’t be so disapointed.

CRUZIO’S POWER PLANS. As you know by now Windows 10 is out and has been getting good reviews. What this means is obvious… we’ll all need more computer power. Cruzio has been working with the City Of Santa Cruz on a partnership to bring in optical fiber cable that will carry an almost infinite power load. Go to Cruzio.com and take their GIGABIT FIBER survey to illustrate where the power lines (buried) should go. And don’t worry, the list of subscription choices at the survey’s end isn’t binding.

A reader writes… Imagine if Santa Cruz motel owners restored some of the funky beach hotels to a chic “retro” look instead of having them modernized in a nondescript way. (I’m not talking about LaBahia, however) Check this out…http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/23/mark-havens-photos-new-jersey-motels

ELERICK’S INPUT. Mr. Paul Elerick of Aptos writes…

THAT APTOS VILLAGE PLAN – AGAIN!!

A group of Aptosians continue to meet weekly to seek a way to reduce the density of the Aptos Village Plan (subdivision). Accomplishments so far have been to research the history of this project’s approval. One of the proponents claims is that there were more than 20 public meetings held to keep us apprised of what they were up to. This proved to be not true, there were five, with other presentations made by the developer at Aptos Chamber of Commerce breakfasts. These were not public meetings, i.e. non-chamber members were required to pay to attend.

Our appeal to the County for a current traffic study was rejected, with the comment that the traffic study (last updated in 2009) was valid, that the developer couldn’t be required to do another one. What we asked was for a new County sponsored traffic study, taking into consideration the changes in traffic patterns since 2009, and to be done at intersections that were not included in the developers study.

There are many more questions that should have been answered during the Aptos Village Plan approval process that took place prior to our current supervisor’s term of office. Sadly, what was approved then will probably go down as an example of why people need to pay closer attention to what’s being slipped through the planning process. (Paul Elerick is co-chair with Peter Scott of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org , and he’s a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).

Judy Riva submits and suggests…Maybe readers would be interested in these innovative SMALL houses. Maybe city and county planners should purchase the book mentioned and seek out similar innovative designs to expand our housing stock. Here’s the link to the book on Amazon, but of course it should be purchased at a local bookstore!

GREENSITE’S INSIGHT. .
SMART GROWTH IS AN OXYMORON

Having read the 77 page document prepared for the Santa Cruz City Council by the San Francisco urban and regional planning firm of Dyett and Bhatia, I was left with more than a few concerns. For one, why would the city spend money on outside urban consultants to write a detailed description of Mission, Ocean and Water streets plus Soquel Avenue when city planning staff (or any long-term resident) could probably pull that together in a day or two? The document, labeled “Corridor Planning and Zoning Code Updates: Site Analysis and Assessment”, is the core of the city’s plan to rezone the above streets to conform to the 2030 General Plan that calls for increased density and mixed uses on strategic areas along the city’s four primary corridors. This is Phase 1 and the process is expected to take 18 months before reaching council for the final vote.

So-called “change areas” will provide new mixed uses and “nodes” which are focal points along the “corridors” will create “opportunity areas for intensive infill development, supported by infrastructure and transportation investments that promote sustainability and Complete Streets.” Having a low tolerance for “smart growth” jargon, I was more attentive when this was translated to familiar sites on the ground.

There are 3 “nodes” envisioned for Mission Street. The intersection and surrounding area at Bay and Mission is one of these “nodes” slated for intensive infill development. The urban planners from San Francisco have analyzed that this site contains a school, a strip mall and surface parking, the last two being anathema to “smart growth” proponents. It took me a while to realize that their strip mall is our Palm Place, a sweet spot for many of us who have lived here a while. Imagine all the familiar low-key, low-rise, long-term establishments in this “node”, such as Larry’s Photography and Sylvan Music razed and replaced with high rise modern retail and dense residential units? All the other “nodes” on the other “corridors” earmarked for intensive infill have similar familiar, small-scale older businesses which give a sense of place and continuity along with great service. They will be pressured to sell to developers who are likely chomping at the bit to give our local small businesses an offer they can’t refuse. Only in one paragraph on the last of 77 pages do the SF urban planners admit to any constraints and challenges to this vision, or nightmare depending on your perspective. One is that there is little vacant land in these corridors. Another is the small size of the current parcels. Dense infilling requires larger sized footprints. A further constraint is that most of the parcels are already in use. What a nuisance! The planners state that, “it may require incentives if property owners are reluctant to changing their property.” Translated, this may mean a small business we know and love will not have its lease renewed if the owner is lured by big development bucks. Or the current owner of a familiar store may be unable to resist the fat check held out on the rezoning stick.

There are many other issues of concern. Where’s the water coming from for all this dense development? What about traffic congestion at these “nodes?” Portland, the model for “smart growth”, found that traffic congestion increased with infilling despite additions of bike lanes and mass transit. Greater density housing has not proved to lower the cost of housing according to the CA Dept. of Housing and Community Development. It just adds to population density and the predicted increase in crime.

It is tempting to give up, since the General Plan with its inclusion of dense infilling on “corridors” has passed and the city seems willing to fund outside planners to tell it what it wants to hear. However, the city of Santa Monica has recently turned its back on such infilling despite a commitment to “smart growth” policies. With well-organized neighborhood opposition, the city council voted down a specific infill project, one far less problematic than these “nodes” envisioned for Santa Cruz. The Zoning change process provides us an 18 month window of opportunity to debate the issue of “smart growth” which is appearing less and less smart as the appealing rhetoric is replaced by an assessment of the real impacts on our sense of place, quality of life and livable neighborhoods.

(Gillian Greensite is a long time local activist, member of Save Our Big Trees and the Santa Cruz chapter of IDA, International Dark Sky Association. Plus she’s an avid ocean swimmer, hiker and lover of all things wild).

Check your dental fillings first then click on this duet…

Musical Saw & Glass Harp (I think it’s really a glass harmonica) with Felice Pantone & Robert Tiso

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary speaks about Mobile Home park resident rights, “If you happen to be a mobile home park resident, worried that you may be ousted from your mobilehome by the conversion of the park from a rental park to an ownership park, a recent decision of the Second District Court of Appeal is good news. In Carson Harbor Village v. City of Carson the court held that the General Plan policies of the City of Carson trumped the desire of the mobilehome park owners to convert their park, which would probably have displaced many lower income tenants. This decision strongly affirms what I have often said about the local community General Plan. Here’s the court speaking: Cities must have general plans governing development, including the protection of open space, and must also deny proposed subdivisions that are inconsistent with their general plans. Then he talks about the WSAC (Water Supply Advisory Committee) and their presentation to the City Council on 8/11.

The Water Supply Advisory Committee is going to hold two sessions this week. The first session is scheduled for Thursday August 13th, at 5:00 p.m. A second session will be held on Friday, August 14th, at 2:00 p.m. Both sessions will be held at the City’s Police Community Room, located at 155 Center Street. All members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend.

The Water Supply Advisory Committee is due to present their recommendations to the City Council in October. Currently, WSAC members are working as individuals and in groups to put together portfolios of solutions to address the City’s water supply challenges. These proposals will be presented and discussed at the two meetings I just mentioned. These meetings, in other words, are quite likely going to be both interesting and lively, as WSAC works on strategies for decision-making around implementation of the final proposal. He closes with local territory lesson…. There are four cities in Santa Cruz County, and the City of Capitola is one of them, though everyone should note that at least half the population of Santa Cruz County doesn’t live in any city at all. Sometimes, people get confused, and think that the various “place names” we know, and use, mean that the designated locations are cities, but that’s not true. Aptos, Soquel, Boulder Creek, Live Oak, Freedom, Bonny Doon, and Davenport (to name a few) are not cities at all. Those unincorporated areas are under the jurisdiction of the Board of Supervisors. There are only four cities, with their own city councils, and Capitola is the smallest. Size, however, does not equate to importance! Read the complete scripts of the above at Gary Patton’s KUSP Land Use site http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse . Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmenatl issues. The opions expressed are Mr. Patton’s \. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds/365” – www.gapatton.net

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. Those pesky South County students…see below.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Tim Eagan shows us the Circus Circuit…scroll down.

More than that, Tim’s website has two new cartoons posted at TimEagan.com: http://www.timeagan.com/?deepcover http://www.timeagan.com/?subconscious_comics And the latest EaganBlog, Prime Suspects: http://www.timeagan.com/?eagabnlog LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Put down that hand-held device! High summer is high time to dive into a real book, and this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), I share some of my all-time favorite summer reads!” Then she reviews Macbeth. Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

“THE LIAR” BY SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE. I sent out a Facebook alert Sunday (8/9) saying, “Any Santa Cruzans who need a laugh should go see Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s The Liar…now playing. I’ve seen every production in their history and never have I heard such audience applause and such laughs from any of their plays. It is clever, bawdy, easy to follow…bring your friends.. ” I meant exactly that!!! It reminded me of the early San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Commedia Del Arte days. Fast, raucous, well timed, nicely acted. Go for it, especially if you’ve never seen/heard a play in the UCSC Stanley-Sinshimer Glen.

SAN FRANCISCO MIME TROUPE.(August 15 & 16) San Lorenzo Park.

“Are the police out of control? What happened to “innocent until proven guilty”? IsMalcolm’s neighbor Luis (an undocumented immigrant,) actually a SNORF-lord? And canMalcolm convince his grandson that it is safer to re-up and fight overseas than totry to survive here at home, in Freedomland?” That’s the plot…it continues…”A door is blown off its hinges! Into a blasted room of scarred walls and shattered windows, armed with M-16’s, America’s bravest duck and dodge for cover, finally training their deadly gunsights on… an old black man watching TV on his couch?”. SPECIAL ADDED SANTA CRUZ ATTRACTIONS…Post Show discussions associated with SF Mime Troupe’s production of FREEDOMLANDAfter several shows, the Mime Troupe has invited guest speakers to participate in a post-show talkback about the militarization of police and police targeting of people of color. Our invited guests will join Freedomland’s playwright Michael Gene Sullivan for a 30 minute post-show talkback for each of the performances: Pietro Calogero, Lecturer in Planning and Policy, University of California, Berkeley and Willow Katz from Sin Barras and Keith McHenry, SCRAM! (Santa Cruz Resistance Against Militarization). Don’t miss the wild, wooly, bizarre and incredible Mime Troupe 2:30 for the music and 3 p.m. for the show.

THAT IS THE QUESTION
(IN ORDER OF PERFECTION)

RIKKI AND THE FLASH. It’s totally true Meryl Streep can play any role. She does a 60+ near failure rock singer about perfectly. As the publicity says, “Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer, who plays her fictional daughter; Rick Springfield, who takes on the role of a Flash member in love with Ricki; and Kevin Kline, who portrays Ricki’s long-suffering ex-husband”. The movie won’t change your life, but it’ll keep you attentive for two hours…don’t miss it.

THE GIFT. Jason Batemen tops this “near Hitchcock” thrill/murder movie. Joel Edgerton plays his long lost”buddy” and wrote and directed it. You’ll stay awake and thank about the movie long after you leave the theatre. There are a few plot holes, but go see it IF you like thrillers with lots of suspense.

DARK PLACES. Charlize Theron does the best she can and nearly makes this an excellent devil-scare-ghost-evil memories movie. It’s oddly edited, and hard to connect or identify which time frame we’re watching. It even has a few seconds of my old friend Anton LeVay ,founder and leader of the Satanic Church of America. The movie does wrap it all up (pretty much) at the end but I wouldn’t go if I were you.

STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT. If you feel a need to be sickened, puzzled, disturbed, and very afraid of anyone you know go see The Stanford Experiment. It is a fine documentary and boring too. I’m just glad I went to Berkeley and the mandatory Psych experiments we had to enroll in were only about eye-movements. This Stanford perverted experiment has had at least three films centered on it. As I mentioned you’ll wonder just how far, how deep, and how perverse are our “other selves” or do we even have other selves? You’re on your own and I’m very glad I sat through it.

IRRATIONAL MAN. You take Woody Allen, Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, and the seldom seen Parker Posey, put them together and whatcha got??? A confused, pointless, humorless Woody Allen repeat mess!!! How Woody can make so many good films then do a bomb like this, will never be known. IF you do go, see if you don’t thnk about Woody and Mia Farrow’s love life, you’ll remember too about: Soon-Yi Previn (m. 1997-present), Louise Lasser (m. 1966-1970), Harlene Rosen (m. 1956-1962) . Is Woody trying to work out those past loves, who knows??? Go here if you want to remember even more about his love life http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/woody-allen-thought-wife-soon-yi-previn-fling-article-1.2309170

THE YOUNG AND PRODIGIOUS T.S. SPIVET. Jean-Pierre Jeunet directed this film and also the excellent Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children. But he also did Amelie and some other sappy, too cute losers. This is another loser. It’s long, meaningless, well acted, and the boy star-lead Kyle Catlett is one of the finest child actors since Shirley Temple. He was born in New Jersey!!!

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION. Tom Cruise again.This sure isn’t of Mad Max quality but it beats the hell out of the Marvel Comic film industry and 99% of the dumber action films. Like the title and most of this ilk, noone could follow the absolutely useless plot. Like all other big selling films for kids it’s about how you have to kill people to save the world. And we wonder what drives kids to kill!!!

A LEGO BRICKUMENTARY. This is just like a two hour version of “Thank You Doctor Klim” advertisement. There are no mentions of traditional and legendary children learning toys such as Lincoln Logs, Erector Sets, Tinker-Toys. It also proves that, except for one exception, no gilrs or women play with Legos. The narration is cutesy, the whole film is just a pitch….don’t go. What’s even more odd is that the film never mentions any of the world wide Legolands!!! is like an extended “Thank you Doctor Klim” advertisement. Not a mention of Lincoln Logs, Erector Sets, Tinker Toys or any other legendary predecessors. The 2 hour ercial also proves that except for one execption, no girls or women play with Legos.

STILL PLAYING AT A THEATRE NEAR US

FROM BEST TO REALLY BAD

AMY. I hardly knew who Amy Winehouse was before seeing this documentary. She was a genuine marvel. Great voice, vulnerable, had a terrible father and this is one excellent film. It’s the very bad side of fame and fortune. She drank and drugged herself to death at the very ripe age of 27. See this film quickly…it’s at the Nick.

PAPER TOWNS. A teen age saga- pseudo- mystery that will keep you glued to the screen. It really doesn’t go anywhere, but you’ll admire the pace of the film and the acting. Go for it.

Mr. HOLMES. Ian McKellen is “sort of interesting” as a retired 93 year old Sherlock Holmes. But the script takes cheap shots when they claim he never wore a Deerstalker hat or smoked a cigar instead of a pipe. The plot meanders in time from 1947 to now and includes a visit to Hiroshima as well as telling us that he never really lived at 221B Baker Street !!!. Laura Linney gained a few pounds and does her usual brilliant job of acting as his housekeeper. I liked Jeremy Britt, Benedict Cumberbatch and Basil Rathbone (not Robert Downey jr.) much better than McKellen. According to Guiness’s book of Records Sherlock has been played on screen 247 times by 75 actors including Sir Christopher Lee, Charlton Heston, Peter O’Toole, Christopher Plummer, Peter Cook, Roger Moore, and John Cleese. That’s more than Hamlet!!!

JEREMY BRETT AS SHERLOCK HOLMES.

INSIDE OUT. I saw this in L.A. at one of those mega movie houses. We were in theatre #17 and there were lots more movies down different hallways. My two grandsons (ages 15 and 11) didn’t seem to like it as muich as their mom and I did. It is a Pixar/Disney animated creation, and has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Lots of San Francisco footage and lots of half assed psychological muck that manages to be inventive, spot on, dumb, clever, inventive, cruel, and dopey, sleepy, plus grumpy with no doctors present. Wait and rent it.

ANT-MAN. Another Marvel Comic Book hero movie and just as idiotic as all the rest. But try to remember that we’re talking comic books here not great literature. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas give half-hearted attempts at playing cartoon characters. The film is full of age-old tricks, way over used plots and about zero imagination involved in any 5 seconds of this bore.

JURASSIC WORLD. Speaking of “Dumbing Down”, Jurassic World became the world’s biggest box office opener. I’d never seen such lines on Friday mornings (when I usually go) at the Regal Cinema 9. It has nowhere near the class, dignity, fun or terror that the original had about 14 years ago. Remember Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum??? Well you won’t remember anybody in Jurassic World 5 minutes after you leave the theatre.

TRAINWRECK. This entire film (if you can call it a film) hangs on Amy Schumer. I had and have no idea who she is and care less. The film being a Judd Apatow production is gross, vulgar, mean-spirited, and full of “miss-directed” sex. Liking this film is probably a generational thing, for which I’m grateful.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE RADIO PROGRAM
KZSC 88.1 FM or live online at
www.KZSC.ORG TUESDAYS 7-8 P.M.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE. Each and every Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. I host Universal Grapevine on KZSC 88.1 fm. or on your computer, (live only or sometimes old programs are archived… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. Patrice Vecchione talks about her new book, “Step Into Nature” on August 11th followed by Food Not Bombs member Abbi Samuels talking about their Sleep-in happening that same night. Mireya Gomez-Contreras program director of The Day Worker Center on 7th Avenue tells about the newest accomplishments at the Center, then Willy Elliott McCrea discusses The Second Harvest Food Bank. August 25 has the Highway 6 and a fund raiser as hot topic. After that Sharon D. Payne and Kosher Assault tell us inside secrets about the Santa Cruz Derby Girls. September 1st has Tom Karwin talking about The UCSC Friends of the Arboretum after which environmentalist Grey Hayes discusses new nature issues that need attention. Joseph Sekon guests on September 15 to talk about an upcoming concert. Jewel Theatre’s Julie James returns after Sekon to reveal their 2015-16 season. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

NEW UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVE FEATURE. Stuff changes at KZSC a lot. Right now you can listen to the last two weeks of Grapevines if you missed either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go herehttp://www.radiofreeamerica.com/dj/bruce-bratton You have to listen to about 4 minutes of last week’s KPFA news first, then Grapevine happens.

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 9 years here’s a chronological list of some past broadcasts. Such a wide range of folks such as Nikki Silva, Michael Warren, Tom Noddy, Anita Monga, Mark Wainer, Judy Johnson-Darrow, Wendy Mayer-Lochtefeld, Rachel Goodman, George Newell, Tubten Pende, Gina Marie Hayes, Rebecca Ronay-Hazleton, Miriam Ellis, Deb Mc Arthur, The Great Morgani on Street performing, and Paul Whitworth on Krapps Last Tape. Jodi McGraw on Sandhills, Bruce Daniels on area water problems. Mike Pappas on the Olive Connection, Sandy Lydon on County History. Paul Johnston on political organizing, Rick Longinotti on De-Sal. Dan Haifley on Monterey Bay Sanctuary, Dan Harder on Santa Cruz City Museum. Sara Wilbourne on Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre. Brian Spencer on SEE Theatre Co. Paula Kenyon and Karen Massaro on MAH and Big Creek Pottery. Carolyn Burke on Edith Piaf. Peggy Dolgenos on Cruzio. Julie James on Jewel Theatre Company. Then there’s Pat Matejcek on environment, Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack on the Universe plus Nina Simon from MAH, Rob Slawinski, Gary Bascou, Judge Paul Burdick, John Brown Childs, Ellen Kimmel, Don Williams, Kinan Valdez, Ellen Murtha, John Leopold, Karen Kefauver, Chip Lord, Judy Bouley, Rob Sean Wilson, Ann Simonton, Lori Rivera, Sayaka Yabuki, Chris Kinney, Celia and Peter Scott, Chris Krohn, David Swanger, Chelsea Juarez…and that’s just since January 2011.

QUOTES. “Divorce is the sacrament of adultery”, Jean Guichard. “Niagara Falls is the bride’s second great disappointment”, Oscar Wilde. “My love life is terrible. The last time I was inside a woman was when I visited the Statue of Liberty”, Woody Allen.

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