April 8 – 14, 2013

RORY CALHOUN AND WIFE LITA BARON IN SANTA CRUZ. This was probably taken upstairs in the Palomar Hotel or maybe the Del Mar mezzanine sometime in the 1950’s. That’s Eunice and Leonard Sanchez and Mary and “Hi” W. Eisile with Rory and Lita. Rory lived here between 1927 and 1936, then went to Santa Cruz High but got in some near serious trouble and left for Hollywood. He was the only actor to star in 3 films with Marilyn Monroe. We brought him back for a special home town welcome warming in 1991.

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Rory Calhoun publicity shots. Watch about 4:32-4:41 and see Rory and wife Lita Baron. Their divorce was one of Hollywood’s biggest and nastiest battles.

LES BLANK DIED LAST SUNDAY MORNING (4/7). Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records announced on FB that “Les Blank died last Sunday morning – he passed on to the big feast, dance, film fun, etc up yonder! I went over today along with other friends and said a post mortem good bye. He apparently had a very peaceful going home number. I was glad to have visited him last Friday – he was comfortable and peaceful without pain listening to us chatting and telling stories – attended to by the loyal Chris Simon, Susan Kell, along with his sons, Harrod and Bo and frequent visitors including Suzy and Eric Thompson who serenaded him as I hear with his eyes blinking for more! Les’ ex taught at Santa Cruz High for decades and his sons were really involved with our local Art Cars exhibits. Les was of course one of the best independent film makers around. Click here for his very long filmography

W.C.FIELDS AND ONE OF HIS FINEST ON-SCREEN JUGGLING SHOWS.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary Patton talks about Monster Houses, hoop houses becoming greenhouses and new breaks being sought by developers. Be sure to read all of his 5 daily radio scripts…por ejemplo..

Gary’s script for Wednesday 4/10 reads…Land use policies enacted by elected officials are implemented by planning staff. People who want to develop their property show up at the planning department counter and talk to a planner. They appear to be a kind of “customer” seeking services, and they often find that doing what they want to do is going to take more time than they thought, and will cost more money than they thought. Geologic reviews or traffic studies may be required. Water availability may be an issue, or road access. All of these requirements are spelled out in the planning regulations.

Elected officials and planning staff are naturally distressed when people wanting to do reasonable things find that the planning rules make it difficult. Thus, there are efforts to “streamline” the rules. That’s great, but there is an important point to remember. The “customer” to be served by the planning department and the intended beneficiary of the planning rules isn’t actually the person who comes to the counter with a development proposal. The “customer” is the public at large.

Streamlining away opportunities for public participation, or eliminating reviews intended to protect the public health, safety, and welfare does make applicants happy, but applicants are not the “customer.” Good planning policies should do whatever they reasonably can to help the planning applicant, but they should always reflect a commitment to the “customer first.” And the customer is the public, not the developer.

Read all of above at Gary’s KUSP Land Use scripts http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse (Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365″www.gapatton.net)

HOW JUGGLING HAS DETERIORATED. Glitz, Las Vegas, and all show biz

VINTAGE DE CINZO. Steven had The Supreme Court figured out…long ago!! Scroll below…

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Tim takes an other-worldly view of our “progress” to date. See below about three pages, or so.

LANDAU’S PROGRES. Saul writes with Nelson P. Valdes an article titled “Isn’t 54 years of Failure enough”? In it they state… For over five decades, U.S. policy makers have attempted to overthrow the government in Cuba. Their arguments for doing so have changed over time, as have their methods. But the objective has remained: to deny Cuba’s right of self-determination and to impose from the outside the economic, social and economic arrangement that the U.S. government decides. They conclude with… “Without using facts or history to sustain its policy, Washington has produced 54 years of consecutive failures. In their efforts to destroy the independence of the Cuban government, it has weakened international law and isolated the United States by violating fundamental principles of human decency. To establish a new policy toward Cuba, which the international community and the American public demand, the Oval Office and the State Department have to change the previous notions that are not based in reality. Read the rest of it here… Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from roundworldproductions@gmail.com

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Surf on over to Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com) for random notes on arts and entertainment in Santa Cruz County, film reviews, art events, impromptu essays, and twisted tales from the writing life.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

FILMS SCREENING NOW AND WORTH SEEING. Ginger & Rosa, Quartet, Side Effects, Upside Down, and No. (scroll down to past column for critiques).

SILENCE.It has the same kind of intelligent tension and drama that the original “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” films had. An excellent murder mystery that will keep you spellbound every minute. By the way the murderer looks like John Laird with a beard. In German with subtitles. See it asap.

BEYOND THE HILLS.A tender, sensitive perfectly directed film. It’s about two young women friends who push, rip and tear apart their relationship to each other. Much takes place in a monastery in Romania’s Moldova region. A long film but well worth seeing.

UP ON POPPY HILL.It’s another charming, seemingly light, almost incestful, story from Japan’s Ghibli Studios. Miyazaki drew this drama of teenage life in post war taking place in 1963 Yokohama. All cartoon, but too talky for the children in your life, and Miyazaki still can’t draw Asian eyes properly.

ROOM 423. ( repeated warning from last week)This is truly a conspiracy theory collector’s dream film. It’s a documentary featuring some real life jerks taking apart Stanley Kubrick’ s classic film from Stephen King’s classic book “The Shining” and saying Kubrick hid messages all through the film. Messages such as “truths” about the holocaust, about the USA Apollo never going to the moon, American Indian blood battles, and you name it. These conspirators are either so clever at creating a parody of paranoiacs or they are nuts. Don’t go anyways.

GIMME THE LOOT.This mess won’t get here for a few weeks yet but I wanted to warn you that I’ve been going to the Nickelodeon and the Del Mar since 1970. Gimme The loot is without any doubt the worst film I’ve ever seen at either theatre. I’ll repeat this next week, just in case!!!

EVIL DEAD.I’ve seen dozens of terrible films at Cinema 9. Usually I walk out when it reaches my tolerance level. I stayed to see if this bloody, violent, senseless flick had anything at all going for it…it doesn’t. What’s even worse is that all of the previews (trailers) were just as violent, dumb, bloodfull, money-grabbing as the studios could imagine. Freedom of speech and all that, but warnings like “EXCESSIVE VIOLENCE” should be posted on-line and over the box office window on film products like these.

THE REAL PHIL SPECTOR!!! If you watched the HBO film with Al Pacino as Spector you should watch at least five minutes of this 44 minute TV show featuring Spector himself…amazing !!!

SUSIE BRIGHT RETURNS. Engaging Bodies; Art, Politics and Eros. An evening at UCSC , this Thursday, April 11, 2013 – 6:00pm.

The talk will feature a conversation about visual culture, history, and sexuality studies between an eminent film studies scholar, Linda Williams, and a pioneering community activist and writer (and UCSC alum), Susie Bright. Between them, Williams and Bright represent a generation of thought and activism in the popular and scholarly study of sexuality, obscenity in art, and feminism. In January 2013, Bright gave a “Sexual State of the Union” lecture at Cornell University on the occasion of the donation of her personal archives to Cornell’s special collections. Williams, Professor of Film & Media and Rhetoric at University of California, Berkeley, has spent much of her career thinking about the place of pornography and erotic visual culture in academic film study and mass culture. This dialogue takes this year’s Arts Division Lecture Series’ theme, “Engaging the Mind,” as an invitation to consider the place of sexuality and sexuality studies in the arts, and to explore the relationship between art-making, art-viewing, and identity.

Media Theater (M110), Theater Arts Center (UCSC) Presented by: the Arts Division.

SANTA CRUZ BAROQUE FESTIVAL. Concert IV: “Hasten to the Sea” In an exciting collaboration, multi-instrumentalist Tim Rayborn and vocalist Rita Lilly present medieval instrumentals, secular cantigas, songs of troubadors and trobairitzof 12th to 13th-century Portugal, Spain, and France. Forming this program’s highlight is the magnificent Cantigas de Amigo song cycle, a seven-part collection that was miraculously rediscovered in the 20th century inside the binding of a later book. Acclaimed specialist of medieval music Saturday, April 13, 7:30pm ~ UCSC Music Center Recital Hall. Tickets at the door…or go to their website.

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 following paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG.

April 9 has Dr. Paul Ware talking about the field of Physiatry, after which Michael Tierra talks about The Contemporary Chamber Music concert happening 4/14. April 16 Sarah Albertson talks about the Cabrilho Theatre Festival 2013, followed by Cecile Andrews author of “Living Room Revolution“(secrets of local organizing). Jennifer Colby talks about The Reel Work Film Festival on April 23. Julie James talks about Harold Pinter One Act plays at The Jewel Theatre on April 30.Do remember, any and all suggestions and requests for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always at bratton@cruzio.com

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES.In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 5 years here’s a chronological list of just this year’s podcasts. Click herehttp://kzsc.org/blog/tag/universal-grapevine then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The update includes 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, 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 Conpany. 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. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES. “America… just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable”, Hunter S. Thompson

“The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure”, Lyndon B. Johnson

“I’d love to play a character with a wife, a nice little house, a couple of kids, a dog, maybe a bit of singing, and no guns and no killing, but nobody offers me those kind of parts”, Christopher Walken.

“America is a country founded on guns. It’s in our DNA. It’s very strange but I feel better having a gun. I really do. I don’t feel safe, I don’t feel the house is completely safe, if I don’t have one hidden somewhere. That’s my thinking, right or wrong”, Brad Pitt

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April 3 – 9, 2013

FISHING ON THE SAN LORENZO. December 8, 1940. This was on the opening of Steelhead Season (remember steelhead?). It’s at Murray Street on East Cliff Drive

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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MARK STONE & MY 3 MINUTE INTERVIEW.Almost everybody walks pastor steps into Lulu Carpenter’s at the Octagon at Front and Cooper Streets. That’s why I like to sit there. Last Tuesday (3/26) our happy looking Assemblyman Mark Stone stopped by just long enough for him to tell us…

a. He likes his new Assembly job.

b. He was able to find, and hire, a top notch staff to show him where the ropes are.

c. He misses the one to one contact he had with his constituents here on the County level.

It was good seeing him back downtown and assuring to hear him talk about his work in Sacramento, except that our Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors went straight to hell without him there (here)

LA BAHIA…SETTING IT STRAIGHT. Speaking of which, too many half-read Sentinel letter writers either forget, or never knew that the real reason we don’t have a fine new hotel La Bahia Conference Center instead of Charlie Canfield’s purposely neglected and deteriorating historical hovel is because…Barry Swenson wouldn’t adhere to The Coastal Commission’s regulations. (Like one floor too high) those are the same regulations that have preserved the coast of California for decades….and hopefully will continue to do so.

Guantanamo prison

THE SIZE OF GUANTANAMO & NYC continued. I’m still amazed at the size of Guantamo…here’s this.. Manhattan Island is 23 Square miles, making Guantanamo twice the size of New York City. (Repeating)…JUST LEARNING. According to Jill Lepore’s excellent torture article “The Dark Ages” in the March 18 New Yorker.. Guantanamo occupies forty-five square miles on the Southeastern end of Cuba. She says it isn’t part of Cuba, and it isn’t part of the United States”. I’ll just add, in comparison, San Quentin Prison is 427 acres and Guantanamo is one tenth the size of all of Santa Cruz County!!!.

DRONES NO MORE.On Friday April 5th, from 5-6PM join Women In Black of Santa Cruz and other peace groups, to say to the President of the United States and our government: Drones NO More! – Ground the Drones! STOP KILLING CHILDREN and OTHER INNOCENT PEOPLE!! Under President Obama’s watch, and implemented by the CIA, hundreds of innocent children and other adults have been killed and maimed by the use of drones (robotic planes) in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. JOIN US TO SAY Stop the Drone Program Now!

Help us hold over 150 individual placards with the names of just some of the children killed, or make a ‘no-drones’ sign to bring along, and please wear BLACK if you can.

In Downtown Santa Cruz, at the corner of Cooper St. and Pacific Ave., the large corner in front of O’Neil’s Surf Shop. Friday April 5th is also “First Friday” downtown, the night when many stores host art shows by local artists and the Museum of Art and History is open to the public for free. Let us bring our message to all the folks who will be out and about downtown! (*cosponsored by: CodePink Santa Cruz, People United for Peace of SC, Peace and Freedom Party SC, Resource Center for Nonviolence.

Avner the Eccentric

HISTORICAL QUESTION. Mike Hess asks, At Melrose and Morrissey there are matching concrete posts on each corner that look as though they had some sort of light on top at one time. There are also some further down Morrissey (I think at the very end). I was told by the couple who live on the SE corner that they were once the entrance to a grand estate that included horse track. Any historical info on these???….thanks. He’s got me, any info out there???

ATHEISTS HAPPY HOUR. Atheist Happy Hours are every second Friday of the month from 5 pm to 7 pm. Join them April 12th at Scott Hall in the Garfield Park Senior Village at 721 Bay Street. Scott Hall is the U-shaped building in the middle of the grounds farthest from Bay Street and is accessible from the patio and rear-facing sides. There is a bus stop: Route 19 buses from downtown or UCSC stop. Bring snacks and drinks, but most important, yourself. For more info, http://www.meetup.com/Santa-Cruz-Atheists/ (editors note… their website is way out of date, but it does have some data)

ELERICK’S INPUT.

“An excellent piece of writing”

Here’s a message sent by my friend Bruce Van Allen to the GLBT Alliance and the Equality Action Project members, and others. It has such a strong and timely message, I asked Bruce V.A. if I could share it with readers of Bratton Online, and he said yes. Here it is:

Hi All,

Just wanted to speak up for the love and admiration I have for all the dedicated activists, for all who’ve endured pain and sacrifice, and for all the just plain folks whose hearts want to connect in freedom with society’s care. Of course we remind ourselves this morning: when you live through Big Moments in History close up, “history’s arc” seems more like the path of Zeno’s arrow, so close to the target, but still half-way to go, and then half of the rest of the way, and then half of the rest, and then …Despite the accelerating change, especially through the near-decade since Mayor Newsom’s marriages, actual steps forward have been accompanied by setbacks and disappointments. Seeming resolutions have just revealed deeper obstacles. So let’s not forget the huge momentum of change surging through the thoughts and hearts of our fellow citizens and people around the world.

Can there be an American patriotism without jingoism, without we’re-better-than-the-world exceptionalism, without basis in hatred and intolerance, indeed without one person’s American Dream imposing a nightmare on another?

Perhaps we can have that; perhaps that’s why I’m crying as I try to squeeze out this thought: the people of our country are making the best kind of history, establishing justice and freedom for those to whom it is denied.

No matter what happens this week, we are stronger, we have more allies, we are opening more doors; perhaps most significantly, we have brought love to the center stage.

It’s an honor to be here with everyone! Best Regards, – Bruce Van Allen (Paul Elerick is co-chair, along with Peter Scott, of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org, and is a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about LAFCO’s meeting…LAFCO Applications #928 and #929 ask the Santa Cruz County Local Agency Formation Commission to permit the City of Santa Cruz to extend water service to the UCSC North Campus, which is outside the City’s current water service boundary. Approval would put increased demands on the City’s limited water supplies, and would facilitate the construction of over 3,000,000 square feet of new buildings. As I think listeners know, I practice environmental law with the law firm of Wittwer & Parkin. My interest in these LAFCO applications is directly related to my employment by the Community Water Coalition, or CWC. The CWC has been urging, as a general principle, that when water supplies are limited, it would be good policy to reserve that limited water for existing customers, before extending service to those not even within the water service area.

LAFCO meets Wednesday morning, at 9:00 o’clock, and the City and UCSC applications are not on the agenda. LAFCO Application #946, however, is on the agenda. This application is also requesting the Commission to allow the City of Santa Cruz to provide water service outside the current boundary of the City’s water service area. In this case, that would facilitate the development of a new commercial use at 3939 Soquel Drive. There are links in today’s transcript”. Read all of above at Gary’s KUSP Land Use scripts (Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365″www.gapatton.net)

ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT SILENT PHYSICAL COMEDY. This is just about pure Beckett and reminds me of Waiting For Godot. It’s an hour long but, take a trip and check it out.

VINTAGE DE CINZO. Mr. Twister lives on…and comes back once in a while..see below..

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Tim addresses GUN ENVY scroll down just a bit.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “I’d love to give an extra star to the sci-fi romance Upside Down for sheer audacity and good intentions, but I just can’t. Find out why this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). Also, tag along as I share my favorite children’s book of all time, and join me in the countdown to publication of my new novel on May 1.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE. A very tender, sensitive carefully made masterpiece by Iranian film maker Abbas Kiarostami. It’s filmed entirely in Japan and is not at all like the trailers. It’s about the relationship between a young student and an elderly author, professor. Subtitled, intelligent, non Hollywood, don’t go if you don’t like subtle films. Otherwise, be sure to take in this new classic.

UPSIDE DOWN. Kirsten Dunst is in some other space again in this sci-fi fantasy. Earth has a neighbor planet …this planet is so close they almost share gravity, but not quite. One half of the screen is upside down throughout almost all the film. It’s great fun and a little tense because storm troopers shoot and kill anyone who tries to jump on to the other upside down planet. The film has some plot problems, but it’s one of my favorite films to think about and what it would really be like, and watch it unfold. The effects are perfect.

THE HOST.I couldn’t take the boredom, lousy plot, poor acting, and walked out of this aliens taking over the earth stupefier. Geez, maybe if aliens took over we’d have better movies than this one!!!

ROOM 423.This is truly a conspiracy theory collector’s dream film. It’s a documentary featuring some real life jerks taking apart Stanley Kubrick’s classic film from Stephen King’s book “The Shining” and saying Kubrick hid messages all through the film. Messages such as “truths” about the holocaust, about the USA Apollo never going to the moon, American Indian blood battles, and you name it. These conspirators are either so clever at creating a parody of paranoiacs or they are nuts. Don’t go anyways.

MORE HOT CINEMA ROLES. “Jolene” is a new DVD release of a hardly ever (2008) seen film debut of Jessica Chastain. It’s from E.L. Doctorow’s short story, and has a really creative, inventive plot. Not a great film, but Chastain plays a naked pole stripper, a bar maid, and remains a pawn in many men’s hands as she tries to survive. Chazz Palmentiri, Dermot Mulroney, and Denise Richards are in it too. Rent it locally at Cedar Street Video Chastain is excellent.

APRIL IN S.C FEST OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC @UCSC. The UCSC Music Department presents the critically acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet, one of America’s leading string quartets, and star performers of traditional Korean instruments will perform a program featuring Andrew Imbrie’s Clarinet Quintet, Hi Kyung Kim’s Thousand Gates with images by Korea’s renowned photographer Bohnchang Koo, and Kim’s new work for string quartet, Han San.It’s the opening concert of UCSC’s “April in Santa Cruz” festival of contemporary music. Tickets will go on sale on Feb 27 at santacruztickets.com. In person or by phone at the UCSC Ticket Office (459-2159) and the Santa Cruz Civic (831-420-5260).

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. Alexandra Kennedy discussesissues attached to grief followed by Sarah Leonard from the Mental Health Client Action Network on April 2nd. April 9 has Dr. Paul Ware talking about the field of Physiatry., after which Michael Tierra talks about The Contemporary Chamber Music concert happening 4/14. April 16 Sarah Albertson talks about the Cabrilho Theatre Festival 2013, followed by Cecile Andrews author of “Living Room Revolution“(secrets of local organizing). The Reel Work Film Festival folk appear on April 23. Julie James talks about Harold Pinter One Act plays at The Jewel Theatre on April 30.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

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

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES.In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 5 years here’s a chronological list of just this year’s podcasts. Click here then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The update includes 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, 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 Conpany. 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. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES.

“April is the cruellest month”, T. S. Eliot “Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever”, Charles Lamb. “Oh, to be in England now that April’s there”, Robert Browning. “Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives”,William Shakespeare.

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March 27 – April 2, 2013

COOPER AND FRONT STREETS.This was taken after 1866 when the Hall of Records went down. It was also before 1882 when the Octagon was built and became our Hall of Records. Note the City Jail, now MAH, isn’t up yet and of course Lulu’s Espresso Octagon Place and the Red Ball haven’t arrived. Watch this space.

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RIGHT WING SWING.Continuing our county government’s Right Wing Republican swing, we saw on page A7 of Sunday’s Sentinel (3/24) more than 1200 sensible signers of the “Together for a Safe Santa Cruz County”. That ad and petition are almost a total push back and a response to the Take Back Santa Cruz, plus The Santa Cruz Neighbors movements and the growing vigilante attitude like that newer group Clean Team Santa Cruz that Lynn Robinson and Debbie Elston have fostered..Look at that list of “Together For A Safe Santa Cruz County” people, how many Bruce McPherson supporters can you find? About zero!!Speaking of which, I lost track of the praise-worthy print writer last week who called Hilary Bryant our first high- heeled mayor.

One of the Nuttiest skits I’ve ever seen…presenting the Bexen Dancers. Rich Siebert sent this one, and deserves high praise.

SHAKESPEARE SANTA CRUZ UPGRADES. We’ve heard by now that all three Shakespeare Santa Cruz plays will be done in the Sinsheimer- Stanley Festival Glen and none inside on the Mainstage. Little note has been made of the improvements to the audience seating, the working actors spaces beneath the stage, and the increased audience picnic space in front of the stage itself. It’s all about the budget and cutting back, but with Taming Of The Shrew, Henry V and a new version of Tom Jones they’ll probably do better this year than the last one. Go here if you want to see their official statement.

LEON PANETTA’S SON MIGHT RUN FOR CONGRESS…WHEN? & ETC. The Monterey County Weekly said this week, “Jimmy Panetta, a prosecutor for the Monterey County District Attorney, says he may run for Congress when Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, eventually retires. “Based on who I am and where I am from, and my devotion to public service, it’s clear that’s something I would seriously consider,” the younger Panetta says. “But only when the time is right.”People have approached him to ask him to consider a run for Congress, Panetta says, and he’ll weigh the possibility based on watching his father’s 50-year career: “I’ve seen what it takes to be a good politician and it’s not easy. It takes a lot of sacrifices on your part and your family’s part.”

TIGER WOODS AND LINDSEY VONN.Don’t you secretly think that they would make a very happy couple and wish them the very best? check this Huff Post piece…

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MUSIC DAVID MAYERS AND I HAVE EVER HEARD

GOODBYE PHYLLIS LEVINE AND CHARLES MARSHALL. Both of these long time, and good friends, were happy contributors to making Santa Cruz what it once was. Both were born in New York and spent their best and last year’s right here. We’ll all miss them in very many ways.

JUST LEARNING.According to Jill Lepore’s excellent torture article “The Dark Ages” in the March 18 New Yorker.. Guantanamo occupies forty-five square miles on the Southeastern end of Cuba. She says it isn’t part of Cuba, and it isn’t part of the United States”. I’ll just add, in comparison, San Quentin Prison is 427 acres and Guantanamo is one tenth the size of all of Santa Cruz County!!!.

SPIVEY’S ADDITIONAL INFO. Bruce Holloway replied, “It was Stickney’s in Palo Alto, not Spivey’s. It closed in 1999″. Eric Fingal Honcho of Historical Photos at Covello & Covello since I began printing historical photos in this space and also in my hard copy columns in all the local papers years wrote to say, “I guess I should put my 2 cents in. I remember Spivey’s on Ocean Street as my family went in there all the time when I was a small child in the ’50s. They also opened a location on Portola where Polivio’s was. Their famous menu item, as I remember was ” Broasted Chicken “. My recollection is that it was kind of a classic diner”.

ELERICK’S INPUT.

COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE AT THE DREAM INN

This year’s Democratic Party fundraiser was the best ever! They sold out the dining room at the Dream Inn, a union hotel, which fell in line with the evening’s stated goal; reuniting Labor and Democrats in Santa Cruz. I wasn’t aware they weren’t united, but apparently some were not. Management and staff at the Dream Inn were awesome, reminding us that we have a great hotel in Santa Cruz.

Other than the sell-out crowd, the makeup of those present included many younger Democrats than usually attend such a dinner. This extended to featured speaker Christine Pelosi, daughter of Nancy, who was introduced by James Panetta, son of Leon. People’s Democratic Club President Brian Murtha was honored as “Democrat of the Year”, presented by Senator Bill Monning, John Laird did his usual great job M.C.’ing the event. Space here limits listing the other well-known Democrats who attended, but they were all there. I’ll not embarrass those few who didn’t show or send a representative by listing their names. There were several standing ovations during the evening, but the largest and longest was for Leslie Steiner, the DCC’s Ways and Means Chair, for organizing the event. It was a great evening!

(Paul Elerick is co-chair, along with Peter Scott, of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org , and is a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about Measures T, U, J, and E. As usual his perspective hits those nails head on. Here’s what he says about Watsonville’s chance of losing a lot of their prime agricultural land in June… “Measure T will be on the ballot in Watsonville this June. An approval of Measure T would take a step towards opening up agricultural lands along Highway One for new development. A new big box store could be built. Or maybe some car dealerships. That is the latest rumor. Currently, this is prime agricultural land. Instead of strawberry fields, the idea would be to put in a Walmart, or Costco, or perhaps those car lots. The argument in favor of Measure T is that it would provide “economic opportunities.” “Economic opportunities for whom?” is really the question. The new jobs provided at a car dealership are few and far between, and the jobs provided at Walmart, as many now realize, are for very low wage jobs without great benefits; plus, when a new big box store opens up, existing small and local retail stores tend to be shut down. Meantime, the land is part of the economic foundation that currently supports the City; namely, commercial agriculture. The best thing about Measure T, from my perspective, is that it will give the voters of Watsonville an opportunity to choose a direction for their City. I don’t think that it is a foregone conclusion that Watsonville voters will want to turn away from agriculture to place their economic bets on car lots or big box stores. If you live in Watsonville, why not get involved?”. Read all of above at Gary’s KUSP Land Use scripts http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse (Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365″www.gapatton.net)

HANK WILLIAMS SINGING “Cold, Cold Heart”.Merely a classic and always worth listening to.

VINTAGE DE CINZO.Check out all 13 of The Sentinel’s NEW Steven DeCinzo editorial cartoons at. I started with the Tom Scribner homage to the Police Officers tragedy and you can open the rest from there. Scroll you know where for another DeCinzo collectible.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. “M. C”. Eagan takes us on a journey we’ve been on before. See below a few pages.

LANDAU’S PROGRES. Saul Landau writes about Yoani Sanchez and how we miss her message. He writes, “Liberal and conservative Americans alike have celebrated Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez. She’s become the new “resistance to communism” heroine, a world-renowned troublemaker inside Cuba. Yoani also acquired semi-princess status in Western Europe thanks to the wide Internet circulation of her weekly Generation Y blog. (Cubans of a certain era got names beginning with Y.) She spins her columns, descriptions of daily life in Cuba, supported by unverified rumors, to badmouth the Cuban government. They appear in the Huffington Post, El País, Die Zeit and other prestigious journals. Inside Cuba, few do not read her blog; nor would most Cubans have heard her name. Very few would recognize her face if they saw her”. He closes with, “The U.S. media has positioned her the dissident representative of technology’s age of communication. She sends her weekly Internet column from Cuban hotels, or by flash drive from the U.S. Interests Section and other embassies. She spins each column as an attack on the Cuban government. The princess of digital communication made her triumphant debut. But apparently no one in power or in mainstream media cared about what she said. The Cuban government should, nevertheless, be proud of her. She used different language to state their case, to Congress, the White House and the public. Alas, eyes saw, but ears closed. Did anyone hear that besides the critiques of the Cuban government she asked Washington to change its Cuba policy?” Read more here

Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from roundworldproductions@gmail.com

ERNEST TUBB SINGING “WALKIN’THE FLOOR OVER YOU”.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. “This week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), get ready for the first all-outdoor Shakespeare Santa Cruz season in the renovated Festival Glen, listen to some authentic young female voices in Sally Potter’s involving Ginger & Rosa, and as Women’s History Month winds down, consider some facts about Women’s Here and Now.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

HELEN MIRREN AND AL PACINO IN HBO’S “PHIL SPECTOR“. I was originally going to poke fun at this Hollywood piece of fluff. Then I watched it on HBO Sunday night….don’t miss it. Helen Mirren with no accent and Pacino, nuttier than ever as Spector are great fun…and who can remember how his murder trial ended anyways??

GINGER & ROSA. Elle Fanning proves she’s going to be another Streep or Bette Davis in this story of two London teenage girls coming of age in several dimensions. It opens Friday at The Nick. I’m already putting Fanning’s name on my 2013 Oscar list…she’s that good. So’s everybody else in this sensitive splitting-apart-family drama. Don’t miss it.

WAR WITCH.The official press release says,Writer/director Kim Nguyen highlights the tragic plight of child soldiers in sub-Saharan Africa with this tale of a pregnant 14 year old girl recalling the time she was forced to kill her own parents and join the rebel army. Go see it, it’ll tear you apart with it’s reality, and it’s worth it.

A PLACE AT THE TABLE. This excellent, must-see documentary will probably be gone by the time you read this, because every Santa Cruzan believes they know all about Food in America. This isn’t really about food it’s about how many Americans are starving here today, and how we have this century old image of our selves as being nearly perfect. We go on helping poor folks in countries all over the world and won’t acknowledge the starvation and Federal cutbacks that are making it worse. It is an eye-opener and you’ll learn a lot. Plus my old friend Marion Nestle has a lot to say and advise in this important film. My former boss and her former teacher Don Glaser, Nobel Prize Winner and Microbiologist died last week. He was a fine fellow, and gave us a lot.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS. Dickens’s masterpiece has been staged very few times. . London’s West End Theatre is doing it right now, and there’ll be only one screening of a live performance. That’s this Thursday 3/28 at 7:30 p.m. at The Del Mar Theatre. Tickets online and at the door, probably.

ROSSELINI’S “INDIA”.By sheer luck I caught the very rare screening of Roberto Rosselini’s India on Turner Classic Movies last week. It had been considered lost for many decades. It’s one of his personal favorites, a documentary filmed in 1959. See if you can’t watch it somehow. It’ll change your idea of documentaries.

HOT CINEMA ROLES. Probably never released nationally here, Sleep Tight is one hell of a very scary brilliant thriller. Filmed in Barcelona, directed by Jaume Balaguero

And it stars Luis Tosar, you foreign film nuts will recognize him immediately. He’s a concierge at a hotel, and a born-depressed, suicidal sneak who seeks to make everybody he knows depressed, or kill them. A fabulous film, beautifully photographed, great acting. Rent it locally at Cedar Street Video, or use your out of town supplier. It’s new and was just released last year.

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.

March 26 has UCSC’s assoc. Prof. Ben Leeds Carson talking about the annual April in Santa Cruz Festival followed by Cabrilho College’s John Orlando and the concerts in the Distinguished Artists Series. Alexandra Kennedy discussesissues attached to grief followed by Sarah Leonard from the Mental Health Client Action Network on April 2nd. The Reel Work Film Festival appears on April 23. 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

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES.In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 5 years here’s a chronological list of just this year’s podcasts. Click herehttp://kzsc.org/blog/tag/universal-grapevine then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The update includes 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, 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 Conpany. 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. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES. “I had a perfect cure for a sore throat—cut it“,. Alfred Hitchcock. “The womb then is a tomb. To be born is to die, and life is really death-in-life“, Norman O. Brwon. “There can be no twisted thought without a twisted molecule“, R. W. Gerard.

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DOWNTOWN SOQUEL circa 1900. Carolyn swift in her book “Soquel Landing to Capitola~ by~the~Sea” says that’s the Congregational Church in the foreground, and Daubenbiss house on the hill in distance, center of photograph.

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Reverse psychology at its finest. Maybe we could do this with the city council on the de-sal issue?

THE ON-GOING DE SAL ISSUE, BILL KOCHER AND CAL-DESAL.. I was present at a recent presentation by Rick Longinotti of the reasons de-sal hasn’t worked and won’t work in Santa Cruz. I was surprised at the end of Rick’s excellent presentation that nearly no-one in the room knew was that Bill Kocher, Santa Cruz’s Water Department Director was a founding member and now sits on the executive board of CalDesal. Their own online definition is, “CalDesal is the only advocacy group in California solely dedicated to advancing the use of desalination. Other organizations choose not to engage, or address desalination as part of broader policy platforms. CalDesal’s narrow focus allows for the most targeted, credible and persistent support for this important technology”. Check their website at http://www.caldesal.org . Since that and other well done Good Times de-sal articles, many questions have been asked. John Aird asked a few …”If this organization is exactly as reported here, it seems unbelievable that the City of Santa Cruz would have its Water Director participating in such an obviously single-industry advocacy group. This raises many questions, a few of which to start with might be:

1. Who paid the $5000 membership fee?
2. If funded by The City, what’s the public interest that’s being served and warrants it?
3. How objective could the SC Water Department be relative to the water issues Santa Cruz has with membership in such an organization?

More than that, how can our City Council even pretend to be objective on our water issue and still pay Bill Kocher’s expenses? That’s like the City paying Charlie Canfield to advise the city on which car dealer to buy their police cars from when he owns the Toyota dealership.

SANTA CRUZ WEEKLY ON CITY COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS. In a much needed report on just how far removed our current city council is the Santa Cruz Weekly’s Georgia Peery wrote, “Controversial shake ups on Locals Boards”. Of course she talks about Supervisor Neal Coonerty booting John Leopold off the LAFCO board so Coonerty could continue his unrelenting drive to kiss ass with UCSC’s expansion. She also wrote about how the city council led by Mayor Hilary Bryant (read Cynthia Mathews) gave significant appointments to Pamela Comstock and next to nothing to the bigger vote getter Micah Posner. Read all her details here…

Wasn’t there an idea once that our elected officials are supposed to represent us…and not use the power and authority we give them to sell us De-Sal and not listen to who and what we support?

JACK KEROUAC ON THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW (1959).Just a few memories.

POLICE CEREMONY IN SAN JOSE. I keep getting reports that the crowd size was embarrassingly small in the HP San Jose for our fallen police. Word has it that the decision to have it over there was a police idea that was forced on the family. Terrible if true.

SPIVEY’S RESTAURANT, THE BACK STORIES. Please scroll down to last week’s column and see the historical photo of Spivey’s Restaurant that stood on the corner of Ocean and Water Streets. I asked for any information folks might have on Spiveys. I was amazed, surprised, grateful, and humbled by the number of responses. Nancy Sharmer, Steve Homan, Page Brownton, David Yule, Alyce Vestal Caudill, Frank Perry, Bruce Holloway, Mike Hess, Bruce Gabriel (call him Bettie), Katherine Evatt and Cap Pennell all sent in pages of info and color all about Spiveys. I’ve edited their contributions, and hope you enjoy the people’s history as much as I do.

Page Brownton emailed, “I attended Willow Glen High School in San Jose from 1955 to 1958, and Spivey’s was one of the favorite hangouts for kids from all over the
town: a place to see and be seen, hot rods and hair cuts, cherry cokes and the Everly Brothers on the radio. Truly iconic and archetypal, that way. I think it was on the Alameda about a block from the SP Depot, and it must have been a small family chain. There was a girl named Glenda Spivey who attended my school, if I remember correctly.

David Yule adds…” There was another Spivey’s in Mountain View on corner of El Camino and Grant Road. It had a similar design, and the interior was very 60’s/space age. The restaurants were owned by a Mr. Spivey, and I don’t know if there were more than two locations”.

Alyce Vestal Caudill says, “Spivey’s was bought out by the Bosley Family in the very early 50’s. It became “Bosley’s” for a few years, and then it became “The Five Spot“. It was the only drive-in in town at that time, and EVERYBODY hung out there! Santa Cruz was still a small retirement town with one High School, and everyone knew everyone. Every Saturday night we all would go to the Del Mar, and then cruise the drag, and end up at the Five Spot. And then go neck on the cliffs”.

Frank Perry contributes, “When I was a kid we used to eat at the Spivey’s off of Portola Drive near 17th Avenue. The thing I remember was that the cake they served for dessert was almost a quarter of a cake! It was a local chain, I think started in San Jose. A neighbor once said that the children of the founders got into drugs and bankrupted the family. Don’t know if that is really true”.

Steve Homan adds, “After it was no longer Spivey’s, it was Jay’s Restaurant, before it was purchased for a bank site. I forget Jay’s last name, but he was a Santa Cruz City Police Officer, perhaps even a motorcycle officer. He hired his family and locals to work there. Just down the street on Ocean, closer to the Jury Room, was Perry Boys’ Smorgy, which was also demolished, and is now the site of some sort of office building.

Nancy Sharmer says, “I’m not sure when Spivey’s started, but my first, and now deceased husband, Jay Sharmer bought it in 1970, and the name was changed to Jay’s Restaurant. In 1973 he sold it to the people who wanted to build a bank there – I believe it was Home Savings – and in the meantime, another restaurant opened there called The Amalgamation. Jay went on to work for the Santa Cruz Police Department and worked there until he retired from on the job injuries in 1985 or 1986″. Nancy Sharmer

Bruce R. Holloway adds, “As I recall, there was also a Spivey’s in the shopping mall across Embarcadero Road from Palo Alto High School. My memory might be faulty, and I also don’t know if it might still be there”. Holloway sent a link to a photo of a Spivey’s in Mountain View…take a look..

Bruce Gabriel relates, “I remember Spivey’s! in the early 70’s when I went to SCHS it was a cop coffee shop. Many of my high school friends who wanted to be cops (and later became one, like Lee Sepulvida) used to hang-out and have coffee with their heroes”, from the other Bruce(now also known as Bettie).

Cap Pennell also sent a link to the legal history (see next paragraph) and excerpts and closes with, “.. Frank Spivey Jr. remembers his uncle boasting that “he had a restaurant on a road to just about everywhere” (Spivey 2000). By 1960, the operation consisted of seven restaurants carrying the Spivey name, including ones located in Mountain View, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Campbell and Cupertino. The first Spivey-owned restaurant, the 5 Spot at 869 South First Street, never had its name changed. Just as the Spivey’s expansion was on the fast track, Thomas Spivey died of a heart attack at age 55 (San José Mercury
10/3/1962). The surviving members of the family carried on the restaurant business, and by 1965, his son Richard was the president of the Spivey chain. ..”

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THE HISTORICAL & LEGAL SPIVEY RESTAURANT HISTORY. Mike Hess sent a link and stated, “Found this article regarding Spivey’s (which was indeed a small local chain of 6 restaurants). Drop down to the middle of page 6″. http://archivesandarchitecture.com/ProjectRepository/5SpotDriveIn020800.pdf
This legal document dated 2000 has the origins and Spivey Family history…it completes the picture.

IF ANIMALS COULD TALK.One of the funniest You Tube’s I’ve ever seen. It’s been around a while…but enjoy it again…

MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS CHEATING ON TAXES. Pat Matecjek sent this Truthdig piece. It tells of Microsoft, Oracle, Johnson & Johnson and General Electric all cheating our government byworking overseas.

(SIDE NOTE…the article is written by Robert Scheer who along with Saul Landau, and Ronnie Davis and me too, were members of the San Francisco Mime Troupe (circa 1964).

ELERICK’S INPUT. Paul elerick states,

IT’S TIME TO TAKE ON THE NRA!

What if every municipality in Santa Cruz County passed a law that prohibited “gun shows”, stopped large capacity ammunition clips, and required background checks on gun buyers? And after that, other counties followed suit throughout California? Right now, many municipalities have stayed away from these issues for fear the NRA will sue them.

The Santa Cruz County Board of Education, as well as school districts have already started in this direction of speaking out against the gun lobby, and I’m sure other agencies in the County have either done the same or are considering it. What if hundreds of others throughout the state followed their lead? Consider the possibility of bankrupting the NRA who would be challenging each of these with lawsuits!

However, I read with dismay that the Capitola City Council couldn’t muster a majority to do the same, taking out provisions in a gun ordinance that would have banned gun shows and limiting gun dealers to the two they already have. Not exactly what you’d call a courageous stand, citing the possibility of being sued by the NRA among other reasons. This is the time to put the heat on the NRA, not back down. (Paul Elerick is co-chair, along with Peter Scott, of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org , and is a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).

WILLIAM BUCKLEY, JACK KEROUAC AND WILLIAM BURROUGHS

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about “TACS” and what’s happening in Monterey and Cal-Am & water details. He gives heads up on our Board of Supes setting policies for you next door neighbor when they build a new garage. More rules and regs on Fort Ord Land plans. New policies dealing with the loss of prime farmland and using AMBAG. Org to learn about our water sharing future. Read all of above at Gary’s KUSP Land Use scripts http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse (Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365″www.gapatton.net)

VINTAGE DE CINZO. DeCinzo points out some of the catholic churches unholy affairs….scroll down a ways.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Mr. Eagan addresses one of the many hazards facing the new Pope Frank. See below….

LANDAU’S PROGRES. Saul talks about Hugo Chavez and how he changed history. He writes, I met Chavez in Caracas in 2010 with other Latin American and U.S. activists and intellectuals in an exchange of ideas. His lack of dogma, his enthusiasm about a new kind of socialism, charmed and stimulated the group. He did not show disrespect toward those who disagreed with him or criticized certain of his programs. He also explicitly espoused Christianity as his religion and then invited everyone to visit his new projects in and near Caracas. We saw the public’s approval of Chavez. His charismatic behavior never denied the worth of the person with whom he was conversing. He impressed the entire group.

He insisted that Venezuela had become the Bolivarian Republic, keeping the tradition of the man who first began the liberation of the continent and drove the march for independence from Spain, a march that evolved in Chavez’ mind to independence from the United States in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Chavez changed history for the better. He enriched his people and helped millions of others. The White House’s sour note contradicts the support Chavez had from millions around the world who adored his courage and will, qualities Obama could use. Hugo Chavez stood proud and left no stench of sulfur when he spoke in public. Viva Hugo Chavez! Read all of his article here…

Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from roundworldproductions@gmail.com

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “Is the new film of the classic beat odyssey On the Road headed in the right direction? Find out this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), and learn how you can meet members of the family of beat icon Neal Cassady right here in Santa Cruz.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

TOOTHPASTE COLLECTION. My ever growing toothpaste collection is back on my shelves having appeared at MAH recently. It grew in the last few weeks by colorful additions from Skip Walton who collected two from his trip to Bhutan and India. Legal Document Services (para-legal) expert Tamara Parker brought me a very rare tube from Cuba a while ago and just last week contributed my first tube from Burma.. I never properly thanked Christina Waters for her tube from Italy, or Sheila Malone when she brought back a tube from Saudi Arabia. Thanks to all…it’s great fun and as I always like to say, almost 100% of the nearly 100 tubes all have fluoride in them, That’s because those countries are civilized.

STOKER. Park Chan-wook has directed some absolutely excellentfilms in his home country of Korea such as Sympathy For Mr.Vengeance and Old Boy but with an “American” cast and an American background in Stoker, he lost all his charm and uniqueness. Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Delmont Mulroney act nicely, but the plot, the surprises, the scares, the sex sickness, just don’t work for either Korean or American audiences.

NO. Gael Garcia Bernal always is good in every film he’s in and NO is no exception.

It’s about Pinochet and his dictatorship in ruling Chile and the people overthrow his government by 15 minute television ads. Well, that’s a simplified plot, but see it and think of every protest you’ve been in…and WON! It’s how to reach the people, how to get them to move and act and think. It won’t be on the big screens for long, so hurry.

ON THE ROAD.Just because of the San Francisco-Monterey Bay area connections I was eager to see this film. Kerouac was one hell of a writer, and we envied his writing and his life. Neither of these ingredients are in the film. And there’s only about 5 minutes of San Francisco in it. Go see it especially if you’ve never read Kerouac, but be sure to read his stuff as soon after as possible.

THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE.Because I’ve loved and performed magic tricks just about all my life I couldn’t wait to see this Steve Carrell comedy. It’s an awful movie and even Jim Carrey as a David Blaine-street magician is gross, sadistic and sick. Alan Arkin isn’t any better as a retired Illusionist. There’s nothing clever or laughable in this film factory product, and don’t rent it either.

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. Joop Rubens is first on March 19th talking about the work that the local Firelight Foundation does. After Joop, Neal Swanson and Tom Jacobs, photographers from the Six Views Show at the Leeds Gallery (2/15-3/25) talk about photography. March 26 has UCSC’s assoc. Prof. Ben Leeds Carson talking about the annual April in Santa Cruz Festival followed by Cabrilho College’s John Orlando and the concerts in the Distinguished Artists Series. Alexandra Kennedy discussesissues attached to grief followed by Sarah Leonard from the Mental Health Client Action Network on April 2nd. 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

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES.In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 5 years here’s a chronological list of just this year’s podcasts. Click herehttp://kzsc.org/blog/tag/universal-grapevine then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The update includes 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, 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 Conpany. 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. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES.
This week’s quotes are all from Jack Kerouac:
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”

“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.”

“I realized these were all the snapshots which our children would look at someday with wonder, thinking their parents had lived smooth, well-ordered lives and got up in the morning to walk proudly on the sidewalks of life, never dreaming the raggedy madness and riot of our actual lives, our actual night, the hell of it, the senseless emptiness.”

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March 13 – 19, 2013

THE BEAUTIFUL SPIVEY’S RESTAURANT. This was taken November 13, 1964. This gorgeous structure was on the corner of Ocean and Water Streets where Chase Bank sits. (formerly Home Savings & Washington Mutual). Spivey’s was always open 24 hours and I have no idea who owned it, or if it was part of a chain…any info out there??

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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PTSD AND SHOCK AFTER NATURAL DISASTER. Read this article, then ask yourself why Santa Cruz has never experienced such reactions after our earthquake…or did we??

WOMAN STUNT PILOT CHANGES PLANE TIRE MID-AIR. 1925. Peggy Snider found this awe inspiring clip. Not for viewing by the faint at heart…I mean really, really scary.

JIMMY CARTER WRITES ABOUT HUGO CHAVEZ. Jimmy Carter wrote about Hugo Chavez in Progreso Weekly. He writes, “President Chávez will be remembered for his bold assertion of autonomy and independence for Latin American governments and for his formidable communication skills and personal connection with supporters in his country and abroad to whom he gave hope and empowerment. During his 14-year tenure, Chávez joined other leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean to create new forms of integration. Venezuelan poverty rates were cut in half, and millions received identification documents for the first time allowing them to participate more effectively in their country’s economic and political life”. Read the rest of his statement here.

FIRE SHUTS DOWN STEINBECK LIBRARY. I didn’t read or hear about this anyplace except the Monterey County Weekly. Check it out…

DAVENPORT GALLERY CLOSING & BONNY DOON WINERY OPENING.. Unless they have unusual funding sources art galleries don’t do very well in this County. Last week the Davenport Gallery sent out this email, (abridged) “Friends, Our time at Davenport Gallery is coming to an end. For the last 3 years we have done our best to be the best gallery in Santa Cruz County. We exhibited hundreds of local artists and sold over 150 thousand dollars in local art. We hung over 30 different shows on a wide range of topics. We met thousands of locals and visitors and shown them some of the talents of many artists on the Central Coast. And we have had a good time doing it. Alas, the time has come to make way for a new venture in Davenport, the venerable Bonny Doon Winery. The month of March appears to be our last and we want to gather one more time to thank you all”.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Sentinel’s most memorable pictures

The pictures and articles that our daily newspaper The Santa Cruz Sentinel publishes are the reason I’ve been a subscriber since 1970. Along with many others, stuck forever in my mind is a picture of the wrecking ball taking its first swipe at the Cooper House, starting its demolition, changing the downtown’s character forever. However the events surrounding the recent murders of Officers Baker and Butler, the DeCinzo portrayal of a grieving statue of Tom Scribner, and the picture of Officer Butler’s partner Peter Wu, holding their little boy wearing his mom’s police hat will never be forgotten. Our daily printed newspaper, the Santa Cruz Sentinel, should be commended for their editors, reporters and photographers giving us such a quality newspaper. An on-line newspaper will never replace a printed one; thanks Sentinel, for being there every morning.

(Paul Elerick is co-chair, along with Peter Scott, of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org , and is a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).

JAPAN BEFORE AND TWO YEARS AFTER…IN PHOTOS. Gary Patton sent this Photo collection…
click on each photo to see the “before and now” pictures.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary states, “If you are a Santa Cruz County resident, there is a great opportunity to get started on that educational process Thursday night March 14, at the Nickelodeon Theatre in downtown Santa Cruz. At 7:00 p.m., the film, “Over Troubled Waters” will be playing at the Nickelodeon, sponsored by the group Restore The Delta. There will be a panel discussion after the film, which I will be moderating. I encourage you to come to the screening on Thursday”. He also talks about Cal Am and a Dam, The Strategic Growth Council and a webinar happening. . He tells about a possibility of permanent conservation of State Agricultural Lands. Read all of above at Gary’s KUSP Land Use scripts http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse / (Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365″www.gapatton.net)

VINTAGE DE CINZO.A look at apathy, and YOUR kind of people…scroll downwards…

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Eagan exposes the GOP’s take on the machine age…see below.

IMPOSSIBLE QUICK CHANGE ARTISTS.

LANDAU’S PROGRES. Saul asks, « When Will The Siege End ? “In it he states, “Now, the Socialist government of Cuba has converted the swampy area into a resort, with a hotel and restaurants for curious tourists and Cuban vacationers. A museum offers remnants and keys to understanding that historic encounter that left President Kennedy with much diplomatic egg on his young face. Save for a few short periods, U.S. hostility has remained unrelenting toward its small defiant neighbor. But Cuba built a formidable health-care system, a prodigious educational machine that begins in infancy and continues through the PhD, for those qualified”.

He ends with, “I get nostalgic for old times and youth. But when I see the old U.S. Embassy, not the US Interest Section, I recall the nasty old days of violent counter revolution coming from Florida, the heroic deeds of Cuban guerrillas who had fought for the revolution and the good times of the old days. Maybe, before I make another trip to the island, Secretary of State John Kerry will open discussions with Raul Castro for the purpose of restoring diplomatic and even commercial relations. What a change that will bring… I can imagine the Havana streets full of U.S. tourists and students. Read all of the article here.. .

Saul Landau is filming with Jon Alpert a documentary on Cuba’s campaign against homophobia. His FIDEL and WILL THE REAL TERRORIST PLEASE STAND UP are available on DVD through cinema librestudio.com.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “How well does James Franco fill out Judy Garland’s ruby slippers (well, not literally…) in the new Oz movie? This and other burning issues discussed this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

FLASHMOB PRESENTS CARMINA BURINA. Ralph Davila found this gem of one of the great flashmob performances being staged around the world. Let’s hope they don’t try anything like that in downtown Santa Cruz, it would take all day to arrest that many talented citizens.

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL.This new version lacks much of the magic and depth of the 1939 original, and its well worth watching. But it should be viewed in 3D and on the biggest screen possible because it’s a visual marvel. James Franco is no young version of Frank Morgan (the Wizard) and Michelle Williams as Glinda (the witch) is no Billie Burke, etc. This new version makes dozens of references to the original and since the original is my favorite film, I was completely taken in by all those touches. The 3D effects are beautiful and very Oz like. There are a few Munchkins in it but no music.

LORE. Lore is the nick name for Hannelore, a Hitler Youth andthe teenage daughter of one of Hitler’s SS troops. Both Dad and Mom are jailed by the Allied troops who have occupied Germany. Lore takes her three younger brothers and baby sister on a 500 mile journey across Germany. Taught to hate Jews, she is helped along the way by a handsome young Jew and the trek is one you’ll never forget. This film was Australia’s foreign film entry for this years Oscars. Don’t miss it.

GATEKEEPERS.The Shin Bet is Israel’s secret service. This Israeli documentary interviews six former directors of the Shin Bet as they tell horrifying stories of their “justifiable” killing and torture of Palestinian “terrorists”. Each of these men feel bad and almost repent for their roles in the Israeli Palestinian wars. You’ll be forced to re-think any and all wars on terrorism, and what it means to humanity. It’s an important film. Don’t miss it.

SANTA CRUZ BAROQUE FESTIVAL. The Santa Cruz Baroque Festival presents:

Music of Scotland – Featuring the Baltimore Consort.The Baltimore Consort presents a magical journey through Scotland, including popular Native Aires, songs by A Courtly Poet, plenty of The Scotch Humour, culminating in a Crossing to the New World. Performing are Mary Anne Ballard (viols and rebec), Mark Cudek (cittern, viols and Renaissance guitar), Larry Lipkis (viols, recorder), Ronn McFarlane (lute), Mindy Rosenfeld (historic flutes), along with vocals (guest artist).This happens Saturday March 16, 7:30pm at the UCSC Music Center Recital Hall.

Tickets can be purchased through the UCSC Ticket Office (www.santacruztickets.com, 831-459-2159) and the Civic Center Box Office. For more information please visit www.scbaroque.org

CELLO CONCERT. Distinguished Artists Series presents renowned Israeli cellist Amit Peled playing Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin on Pablo Casals’ famous GoffrillerCello on Sunday, March 17, 3 pm at Resurrection Church 7600 Soquel Drive, Aptos. tickets:at brownpapertickets.com – for more information go to http://www.distinguishedartists.org

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. Teacher, fiddler Annie Steinhart talks about her new book “Pele Voodoo Live” on March 12. She’s followed by Linda Burman Hall unfolding the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival’s new season. Joop Rubens is first on March 19th talking about the work that the local Firelight Foundation does. After Joop, Neal Swanson and Tom Jacobs photographers from the Six Views Show at the Leeds Gallery (2/15-3/25) talk about photography. UCSC’s assoc. Prof. Ben Leeds Carson talks about the annual April in Santa Cruz Festival followed by Cabrilho College’s John Orlando and the concerts in the Distinguished Artists Series. Alexandra Kennedy discussesissues attached to grief followed by Sarah Leonard from the Mental Health Client Action Network on April 2nd. 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

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES.In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 5 years here’s a chronological list of just this year’s podcasts. Click herehttp://kzsc.org/blog/tag/universal-grapevine then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The update includes 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, 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 Conpany. 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. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES. “The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun“, R. Buckminster Fuller. “I have given my life to the struggle. My life belongs to the struggle. If I have to lose my life in the struggle, well, then, that’s the way it will have to be”, Angela Davis. “Our political power is our ability to destroy”, Huey P. Newton.

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March 5 – 11, 2013

CHUCK AND ESTHER ABBOTT AT THE NEW LIGHTHOUSE. Taken on 10/27/1967. The Lighthouse was dedicated November 22, 1967. The Abbott’s moved here in 1960. The lighthouse was built as a monument to their son who died surfing.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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OUR TOWN. I can’t link on to one of DeCinzo’s greatest statements that The Sentinel printed last week. DeCinzo has Tom Scribner sitting on the statue base, head bowed down in sadness, and shame over our recent group of tragedies. I imagine that almost every one of us in Santa Cruz has lost a significant love to violence. I’ve lost both a fiancé and a best friend to murderers using legally purchased handguns. The pain never goes away completely. And Santa Cruz will never “get over” this latest demoralizing group of events. I’d support removing every gun and rifle in the world completely by tomorrow, but I don’t think it would do much good. The temper and underlying fears, anger and hatred in our Country today would just cause future killers to use spears, chains, axes, and anything at all to relieve their pressures. I have no answers; the pain and sorrow eventually almost go away. And the odds of that many terrible events happening in that short of a time frame in this small a community is about like lightening striking 5 or 6 times in the same place.

WE DO FORGET! Sandy Lydon reminded me of the earlier Santa Cruz County tragedy when Sheriff Howard V. Trafton and his under sheriff Richard Rountree on September 5, 1925 went to the Seacliff shack of Paul Woodside. Woodside, according to one report had been interfering with highway crews. Woodside pulls a gun, shoots both Rountree and Trafton, then Sheriff Trafton pulls his gun and shoots Rountree dead. All three died. Here’s one link to that forgotten tragedy. Marybeth Varcados, Carolyn Swift, Betty Lewis and Santa Cruz Patch have mentioned it, but we should all place these events in their deserved places.

JACKIE DeSHANNON SINGING “WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE SWEET LOVE”. This would work very well right now.

GUNS, VIOLENCE AND SANTA CRUZ TODAY: A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION HOSTED BY LOCAL CLERGY AND CONCERNED FRIENDS. Event organizers sent this….”You’re invited to a safe space, an open circle, an opportunity for conversation and sharing around the concerns that we share: violence in our community, guns and their devastating impact, the future of our neighborhoods and schools. As we reflect on a week of terrible violence, we come together to express ourselves and seek hope in relationships. Our evening will begin with a facilitated conversation with Dave Grishaw-Jones, hosting .Stoney Brook, retired SC homicide detective. Peter Tarantino, graduating senior, Harbor High School and Regina Henderson, community leader, “Ocean’s 11/Neighborhood Watch”. Then we’ll turn to one another in small circles of conversation, offering our thoughts and ideas in a setting of deep compassion and respect. COMMUNITY GROUPS working on issues around GUN VIOLENCE and safety are invited to bring sign-up forms and posters inviting participation. The planners for 3/6 have in mind a conversation rather than a strategy event: but community groups are encouraged to be present with information about coming events and initiatives. That’s WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 @ 7 PM:

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 900 HIGH STREET, SANTA CRUZ (WESTSIDE) call (831)-426-2010 + www.fccsantacruz.org

DE SAL PLANTS.The world is waking up to the many problems with De salination plants. Pat Matecjek sent this article from the New York Times that exposes Carlsbad’s bad planning. We need to keep asking why our Santa City Council seems forced to keep selling us the very same disaster. I hope we can all link to it.

OUR HISTORY IN TWO MINUTES. Peggy Snider, sculptor and juggler has a show at Felix Kulpa Gallery right now. And she sent this nearly profound statement on history.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks about Water policy issues being developed and changed in the Monterey County Area. He suggests that we visit the County Building, and get used to it!!!…LAFCO and firearms will be worked over by our Supes this week…Watsonville could change drastically on June 4th. Regarding prime farm land being re-designed by developers. He closes by discussing and defining the LGC. Read all of above at Gary’s KUSP Land Use scripts

(Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365″www.gapatton.net)

VINTAGE DE CINZO. Professor DeCinzo deals with the largest problem in the world…scroll below..

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Eagan deals with the GOP’s most ardent supporter…look downwards a few pages…

FUNNY MAGICIANS.

LANDAU’S PROGRES. Saul’s ever provocative weekly article is titled, “Israel Gives Jews A Bad Name“. In it he says, “Israel has become an aggressive settler state and as such worries ever more about state security than kit does about Jewish morality and ethics. Having taken land from others and settled on it, Jewish settlers appeal to history claiming God intended Jews to possess the area they now occupy. They do not refer to ethical and moral commandments in the religious books. Righteousness has gone back to sleep in Israel. And Israelis, by their daily persecution of Palestinians and by turning them into very second-class residents, have given Jews around the world – because Israel is a Jewish state – a bad name” .Be sure to read the opening and the rest of the article here. http://progreso-weekly.com/ini/index.php/home/ourworld/3789-israel-gives-jews-a-bad-name Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from roundworldproductions@gmail.com

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa emails to say, “This week on Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), check out some of my favorite movies about the writing life, celebrate 15 years of Polynesian dance in Santa Cruz, and take a gamble on the new Jewel Theatre Company production of a vintage Sam Shepard play.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

RING MAN IN TAIWAN

WEST OF MEMPHIS.An amazing and somber and shocking documentary about the jailing of the three wrong men in the killing of three young boys. It details the judicial system in all its evils (at least in this case). Not fun, but well worth seeing.

Watch the trailer here.

BARBARA. It’s about a young woman doctor in East Germany in the 1980’s. Her principles, her devotion, her politics and how she grapples with them. It’s a wonderful film, and torturous too in exposing what and how the STASI operated during that time. It’s about love, loyalty and those human qualities seldom portrayed in dramas. Go see it. 7 other films open this weekend at the Del Mar and the Nick, probably mostly good ones. We’ll see.

JACK THE GIANT SLAYER. Just consider or remember such children – oriented cinema “masterpieces” as Treasure island, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Snow White, Rip Van Winkle, Robinson Crusoe and Robin Hood. Now try to compare them to the junk in the last few years like, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretel, Rapunzel, and Jack the Giant Slayer, they too become indicators of our changing tastes. All of them are violent, bloody, tasteless, non-traditional, expensive wastes of money and “film”. P.S. the giants in the film have no wives, women or children, which poses a problem right there

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.

Historian, author Sandy Lydon guests on March 5th for the pledge drive night. Teacher, fiddler Annie Steinhart talks about her new book “Pele Voodoo Live” on March 12. She’s followed by Linda Burman Hall unfolding the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival’s new season. Joop Rubens is first on March 19th talking about the work that the local Firelight Foundation does. After Joop, Neal Swanson and Tom Jacobs photographers from the Six Views Show at the Leeds Gallery (2/15-3/25) talk about photography. UCSC’s assoc. Prof. Ben Leeds Carson talks about the annual April in Santa Cruz Festival followed by Cabrilho College’s John Orlando and the concerts in the Distinguished Artists Series. Alexandra Kennedy discusses issues attached to grief followed by Sarah Leonard from the Mental Health Client Action Network on April 2nd. 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

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES.In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 5 years here’s a chronological list of just this year’s podcasts. Click here then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The update includes 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, 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 Conpany. 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. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES. “What they say about football players being ignorant is rubbish. I spoke to a couple yesterday and they were quite intelligent“, Raquel Welch. “What is Uncle Vanya about? I would say it’s about as much as I can take”, Roger Garland. “The sets and scenery were beautiful—but the actors got in front of it”, Alexander Wolcott

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February 27 – March 5, 2013

PACIFIC AVENUE AND CATHCART STREETS, JAN.29,1963. You can barely make out the J.C. Penny Store on the close right which is now Taqueria Vallarta and Johnny’s Bike and Sport Shop is now Old School Shoes. That big Santa Cruz Bowling Pin advertises the bowling alley which became the new Catalyst in April of 1975, if I remember correctly.

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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TIGHT ROPE WALKER OVER YOSEMITE FALLS. Don’t watch if you’re faint of heart…it’s scary.

OSCARS AND MOVIE THOUGHTS. Just like everyone I know who likes films we all wonder why Argo won the best film Oscar. How’s this for a solution to the problem of minor/lesser films winning…no one in the Academy can vote for any film that they have a financial or personal relationship with? Another idea, since we’ll never get any genuine gun control laws passed, why not severely restrict the making of films for public release that contain the “improper”, negative, life threatening, use of guns?

SENSIBLE TRANSPORTATION NEWS PLUS WEBSITE. Peter Scott emailed to say, “We need to bring back the summer weekend bus service to Big Basin State Park”. There’s a petition on our website. It now includes a page of comments by petition signers. We need to gather a few more signatures. There is a reasonable chance that this much-desired service could be restored.

There is also a new page on how to get to Monterey by bus. Turns out that Monterey-Salinas Transit has just started new bus service that connects Monterey with Santa Cruz (not just Watsonville). It’s Route #78. Only $1.75 for us ancients. Here’s the link: http://sensibletransportation.org/monterey

ELERICK’S INPUT.

WASTING WATER.

While walking from our parking space near Louden (London) Nelson to the Warrior’s game on Saturday, we noticed sprinklers watering a small lawn at an apartment house near Cedar and Laurel. This was at 6:30 P.M. Sprinkler water was freely running down Laurel Street, and the sprinklers were still on at 9:30 P.M. (3 hours later) when we walked back to our car. What’s wrong with this picture? Why water grass in the middle of the winter? Who’s responsible for turning it off? Does anybody care? I found an email address and phone number on the City’s Water Department website to report water wasting and did so. The phone number is 420-WASTE (5325), email aemartin@cityofsantacruz.com .

(FLASH!!!) This worked! I got a rapid response from Aerin Martin at Santa Cruz Water Department: “Thank you very much for the report Paul. We will contact the account holder and/or property manager and landscaper to resolve this water waste issue.” This is one example of things we all can do something about, not just in the City. We have mid-county neighbors who are just as clueless about leaving water running down street gutters year round. Soquel Creek Water District also has a contact phone and email address, (831) 475-8500 x148 or leighanng@soquelcreekwater.org to contact for SCWD customers to call to report water wasting. When about half of our water used is for lawn irrigation, it’s time to fix problems like these before going straight to desalination. I’m one who can live with brown lawns in the summer.

(Paul Elerick is co-chair, along with Peter Scott, of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org , and is a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary has a lot to say, such as “On Wednesday, March 6th, the Santa Cruz County LAFCO will be meeting at 9:30 in the morning, in the Chambers of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. The big item confronting the Santa Cruz County LAFCO is a proposal to allow the City of Santa Cruz to extend water service beyond its current boundaries, to facilitate over 3,000,000 square feet of new development on the UCSC North Campus. My law firm is opposing that proposal. A court decision (not handled by my firm, by the way) has put immediate action on hold, since the court found that the City’s Environmental Impact Report was inadequate

If you want to get a free online tutorial on our public participation laws, the League of Women Voters of the Monterey Peninsula has an online video of my own hour-long presentation on “Keeping Government Honest.” If you would like to listen to that presentation, and I actually think I do a pretty good job outlining the issues, here’s the link

Read all of above at Gary’s KUSP Land Use scripts http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse /

(Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365″www.gapatton.net)

BASKETBALL CHEERLEADER DOES IMPOSSIBLE SINK SHOT. She’s what the Warriors need!!!

FOUR LEGGED STILT COSTUME. Plenty of time before Halloween.

VINTAGE DE CINZO.From the never dusty files comes DeCinzo and “editorializing” on cartoons. See below

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Scroll below to see Tim Eagan’s version of our Framers Intent. Or “Gun With The Wind?”

GREAT CENTAUR DEVICE-COSTUME

LANDAU’S PROGRES. Saul asks, “Did Obama Forget About His fresh Start?”

In this week’s article he asks in detail, “Obama could easily get Gross released by pardoning the Cuban 5, intelligence agents who infiltrated violent Miami-based exile groups who had begun bombing targets in Havana, and were arrested by the FBI and found guilty of conspiring to commit espionage. Such an act would also open the door to larger negotiations and a restoration of relations. So when will Obama hear the news? When will he bring “fresh” realism to U.S.-Cuba policy, abandon the half-century U.S. quest to oust Cuba’s government, and restore diplomatic and trade relations with the island? The rest of the world has let go of the Cold War. But it wasn’t really the Cold War or Soviet involvement on the island that first hit Washington’s gut. Cuba’s disobedience, its lack of reverence for U.S. supremacy in the region, its dismissal of the Monroe Doctrine and the Roosevelt Corollary, and Castro’s expropriation of U.S. corporate property made Havana a target, whose insolence continues to bother the Washington elite. But they’ve co-existed with inconveniences before. Read it here

Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from roundworldproductions@gmail.com

LISA JENSEN LINKS. “The Oscars are finally over, but you can still view my notorious Oscar Barbie’s this week on Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com). Also, come celebrate MUSE, Santa Cruz’s new arts/entertainment website at a launch party at the Tannery this First Friday night.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA. This is Werner Herzog’s latest documentary, and it’s wonderful and even inspiring and thought provoking. The Taiga is in Siberia and this is one year in the lives of a few residents of the tiny (300) village of Bakhita. Completely isolated most of the year, these folks exist by trapping and selling sables. Herzog didn’t film it but he edited a much longer film to fit his tastes and if you like Herzog (I do) this is every bit as good as any of his other films. It’s man versus nature, or co-existing with nature, which is a more profound way of putting it. See it then think about your daily life, when you have time.

DARK SKIES. A genuine mess of a film. It’s not a good space alien flick, but it tries. It’s a lousy Paranormal Activity scare film, but it tries. It’s not a good “don’t go down the cellar stairs” film but it tries. All in all, it’s a very trying film. It’s not boring, because you keep hoping that it’s developing something tangible but it never does. It’s a flop and don’t think about seeing it, everybody else is sorry they went and you will be too.

CALL AND RESPONSE AT VINOCRUZ.

“Call and Response” is a collection of “Mixed Media Drawings” by Carol Jeneid, Maggie Kitamura and Susan Lysik whichwill open on first Friday (3/1) at Vinocruz and run through March. Vinocruz is that wine shop in Abbott Square by the MAH Museum, The legal address is 725 Front Street but everybody goes there through Cooper Street, next to Lulu’s Octagonal Espresso place.

PARSIFAL WITH BLOOD. The live telecast of The Metropolitan Opera’s current production of Wagner’s Parsifal starts at 9 a.m. Saturday March 2nd. At Cinema 9. Like almost any production of a Wagner Opera, reviews on this one run the gamut. Jonas Kaufmann is Parsifal and Rene Pape sings Gurnemanz. I watched and heard RenePape bring the house down several times singing Wagner in Berlin at the 2002 Wagner Fest when they performed all 10 of his greatest operas! Great voices, good casting, lots of blood, and it’s 5 hours and 45 minutes long. I’ll save you a seat.

SANTA CRUZ CHAMBER PLAYERS. Their next Concert is called The Orient Express. It features music by Pierné, Waldteufel, Mahler, Schubert, Doppler, and Enescu. The musicians are Lars Johannesson, artistic director and flute, Alissa Roedig, flute, Amy Brodo, cello, Sheila Willey, soprano and Susan Bruckner at the piano. It happens Saturday, March 2, 8 pm and Sunday, March 3 at 3 pm at Christ Lutheran Church 10707 Soquel Drive, Aptos (Off Highway 1 at Freedom Blvd.) Tickets at the door.

GEOGRAPHY OF A HORSE DREAMER. Nigel Sanders-Self isdirecting this 1974 play by Sam Shepard. Its two acts center on a guy who can dream winners of horse races and on the thugs who kidnap him to bet on those dreams. Erik Gandolfi, Chad Davies and Aaron Walker star in this black comedy. Produced by the Jewel Theatre Company, it’s at the Center Stage at 1001 Center Street, Santa Cruz. Go to www.JewelTheatre.net or call 425-7506 for tickets, and don’t wait too long, or it’ll sell out.

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.

On Feb. 26 Julie James talks about the Sam Shepard play “Geography of A Horse Dreamer” coming to the Jewel Theatre (2/28-3/17)and Kathy Bisbee and Lynn Miller talk about Community Television’s future. Historian, author Sandy Lydon guests on March 5th for the pledge drive night. Teacher, fiddler Annie Steinhart talks about her new book “Pele Voodoo Live” on March 12. She’s followed by Linda Burman Hall unfolding the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival’s new season. Joop Rubens is first on March 19th talking about the work that the local Firelight Foundation does. After Joop 2 photographers from the Six Views Show at the Leeds Gallery (2/15-3/25) talk about their show. UCSC’s assoc. prof. Ben Leeds Carson talks about the annual April in Santa Cruz Festival followed by Cabrilho College’s John Orlando and the concerts in the Distinguished Artists Series. Alexandra Kennedy discussesissues attached to grief on April 2nd. 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

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES.In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 5 years here’s a chronological list of just this year’s podcasts. Click here then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The update includes 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, 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 Conpany. 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. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES. “Basically my wife was immature. I’d be at home in my bath and she’d come in and sink my boats”. Woody Allen. “Here’s to Woman! Would that we could fall into their arms without falling into her hands”, Ambrose Bierce. “She said he proposed something to her on their wedding night that even her own brother wouldn’t have suggested”, James Thurber

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Feb 20 – 26, 2013

OUR HISTORIC SEA BEACH HOTEL circa 1890. Back in the day we’d build well designed significant structures like this Sea Beach Hotel to compete for tourists with the classy and distinguished Monterey/Carmel attractions. Today we’ve built a monstrous plastic tent for a “D” league basketball team….go figure. The hotel burned up (or down) on June 12, 1912.

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WARRIOR TENT ACCOUNTING??? Now that there have been 10 Santa Cruz Warriors home games isn’t it about time that the City provide us with an update on just how our huge investment in the Warriors D team and the Kaiser Permanente Arena is working out? If nobody else, than we should hope that Don Lane would have enough integrity to make a public report on income and profits on concessions, how much from parking lot game fees, how is the attendance so far? Does it meet expectations? Just how much do we get from Kaiser Permanente for displaying their name (remember we don’t allow billboards here!) If it’s working…fine, if not let’s hear about it….why the secrets??? And why don’t they turn down the amplified drum sounds…that reverb around the entire neighborhood?? They apparently don’t turn that amplified sound on during the High School games that have been held there.

LATTÉ BREAKING NEWS. Rachel Goodman says she didn’t meet the Tannery’s fund drive goals, that’s why she’s not there anymore. But she has big ongoing plans involving photographing seniors and their life stories. Lyle Troxell says he’s not leaving the County just UCSC after 10 years. He’ll still keep doing his KUSP radio show Geek Speak, and his new geek job thing is at 4D who’s home office is in Paris. Lyle will work out of their San Jose office however. . Tough times at Good Times…furloughs, cutbacks, cost cutting everywhere. First, they dumped Ron Slack and some other folks but it’s still tough going. Then again even new media like Santa Cruz Patch is “dealing with issues” and so is all of the Patch USA network….watch this one closely. Patch.com is owned by the AOL (America On Line) Corporation. AOL also bought Huffington Post awhile back. Lastly but not leastly, rumors have it that Nautical Treasures, the tshatshke shop over by The Crow’s Nest is moving into the old Gravago Shoppe on Cooper Street.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Paul emails to say…
The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission moves ahead, in spite of creeping Republicanism from three of its members.

In response to letters from community members opposed to passenger rail, the Commission kept the railroad tracks in place. But most of the meeting was spent debating the adoption of the 2013 Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP). They finally approved the programming of approximately $5.3M of RSTP funds, on a vote of 9-3, as recommended by RTC staff, with only one small change. However, it was agonizing to the public to listen to Commissioner Randy Johnson repeatedly berate RTC staff for their recommendations of actually funding people to work on their recommended bike projects and he voted no. Johnson reminded me of a 7th grade teacher I once had who enjoyed tormenting students publicly. Also voting against the RTC staff were Commissioners Lynn Robinson and Ron Graves, but for reasons that were harder to comprehend. Watch for a rerun of this meeting on Community TV and check the RTC’s website for minutes from this meeting when they are available.

Aptos Safeway Update

Safeway and their consultants are doing another dog-and-pony show for community members later this month to convince us that we need what they’re up to, according to an ad in the Sentinel. Maybe at this meeting they can also explain the blight of the newest “yard signs” posted throughout their parking lots advertising for Safeway. But there is organized opposition forming to Safeway’s plans to tear out local businesses. Stay tuned. (Paul Elerick is co-chair, along with Peter Scott, of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org , and is a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary talks and writes about a job at the Coastal Watershed Council or CWC. (not to be confused with the Community Water Coalition!) He announces that there’s a meeting on the future of water in the Pajaro Valley. Will there be a new marijuana dispensary at 1321 Water Street. Patton also breaks down what “affordable housing” means in Monterey County. Read it all here XXXX Read all of above at Gary’s KUSP Land Use scripts http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse (Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365″www.gapatton.net)

VINTAGE DE CINZO.Like herpes, flu, and the NRA, CAL-AM will always be with us.(Cal-Am’s headquarters is in Voorhees , New Jersey).Mr. DeCinzo gives us a repeat of another of his classics. Page below a little.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Tim addresses the “right to arm bears” and other members of the community… scroll below…

MASTER PICKPOCKET MAKES IT LOOK EASY. Don’ttry this at home or on Pacific Avenue. Another visual treat frommaster juggler and sculptor Peggy Snider.

LANDAU’S PROGRES. Saul writes about Celia Sanchez in this week’s edition of Progreso weekly. He says, “Fidel, without Celia at his side, and still missing his friend and doctor Rene Vallejo, understood the depths of his personal loss. He made Celia into a national hero, which she richly deserved. Thanks to this biography, not heavy on critical characteristics, readers can understand some of the elements and people in the underground and the mountains, that put the Cuban revolution together, and how the word “commitment” resonated through the life of Celia Sanchez Manduley. This heroic woman’s body and brain throbbed with vital energy that she transmitted to her revolutionary work and to her comrades”. Read all of it here…http://progreso-weekly.com/ini/index.php/cuba/3685-celia-sanchez

Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from roundworldproductions@gmail.com

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes…”Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night at the Oscars on Sunday. This week on Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), I make my usual reckless attempt to predict the winners.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES. Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson are in this and it’s gotta be for the money. It’s sort of the Addams Family meets Dogpatch’s Lil Abner gang in thiswaste of time teeny- tiny movie.

ELENA, THE OFFICIAL SITE. Watch this trailer, just to get a feel of this award winner.

ELENA, A Russian version of Amour (2012). A winner at the 2012 Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals.The problem (and solution) is that the theme is too close to the Amour “taking care of a senior partner” with love. Moving, touching, lots of downtown Moscow, and an ending that is definitely non-Hollywood. Available at Cedar Street Video. An absolutely excellent film.

OSCARS, AND SOME REALLY GOOD FILMS. Usually just about 5 minutes before the Academy Awards show starts, I’ll make guesses on their choices for Oscars…there isn’t much point to it. But I do work hard to choose at least 10 films I liked each year. Not having the Nick’s Critic Session to have fun with, Lisa Jensen, Christina Waters and I each picked our personal favorites on my Universal Grapevine Program last Tuesday. My 2012 favorites were The Horse Of Turin, Once Upon a Time In Anatolia, Holy Motors, The Loneliest Planet, A late Quartet, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lincoln, Amour, The Forgiveness of Blood and The Master. Since Tuesday I added Elena. As usual I found each of these films on DVD’s at Cedar Street Video.

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.

Feb. 19th has Kimberly Jannarone and Nancy Carlin discussing the huge Peer Gynt Project about to happen at UCSC. They’re followed by Sandra Nicols and her new role on the Santa Cruz’s Board of Education. On Feb. 26 Julie James talks about the Sam Shepard play at coming to the Jewel Theatre and Kathy Bisbee and Lynn Miller talk about Community Television’s future. Historian, author Sandy Lydon guests on March 5th for the pledge drive night. Teacher, fiddler Annie Steinhart talks about her new book “Pele Voodoo Live” on March 12. She’s followed by Linda Burman Hall unfolding the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival’s new season. Joop Rubens is first on March 19th talking about the work that the local Firelight Foundation does. After Joop 2 photographers from the Six Views Show at the Leeds Gallery (2/15-3/25) talk about their show. UCSC’s assoc. prof. Ben Leeds Carson talks about the annual April in Santa Cruz Festival followed by Cabrilho College’s John Orlando and the concerts in the Distinguished Artists Series. 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

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES.In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 5 years here’s a chronological list of just this year’s podcasts. Click here, then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The update includes 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, 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 Conpany. 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. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES.

When I lost my possessions I found my creativity. I felt I was being born for the first time”, Yip Harburg (Yip wrote all the songs in The Wizard of Oz, Only a Paper Moon, April in Paris) etc. “The whole universe resounds with the verb, I am.”, Alexander Scriabin. “Truth is error burned up“, Norman O. Brown.

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February 14 – 20, 2013

BOARDWALK TRAIN AND BUS ACCIDENT. August 16, 1954. No explanations for this one. Either the bus driver parked wrong or took off at exactly the wrong moment. Do note how neat and clean the lawn at the Cocoanut Grove was “back in the day”.

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BLUES BELTER IN A GUITAR SHOP. Another Kit Birskovich discovery (Note from Gunilla: this link didn’t work when I got it, so I’m guessing wildly that this is the video in question. It’s a good one either way!)

THE RETURN OF BEN TREVOR. Former Santa Cruz stage director Ben Trevor (1970-1980) returned for a visit here last weekend. So Katie Heth, , Billie Harris, Larry Jones, Sue Clow, Abby Goss, Rod Wilkinson, John Tuck, Armon Stover, Dennis Carlile and I talked about The Staircase Theatre, Storefront Theatre, Duck Island Stage, The Scotts Valley Cavalcade, Shakespeare, Virginia Wolff, Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and things nobody would believe. Ben is living in Augusta, Georgia with his wife Lee who used to work at the Boardwalk. He says Augusta is full of racial hatred, homophobia forever, and guns and rednecks. He added that we should really appreciate Santa Cruz’s openness and that things are different when you go past the County line.

LATTÉ BREAKING NEWS. I couldn’t get the entire story but rumors have it that Rachel Goodman is no longer the executive director at the Tannery Arts Center. When you go to their website it says that George Newell is the exec.dir. Updates, whispers, even facts would be appreciated. That Rachel sure does move around a lot. But more than a rumor…Lyle Troxell is leaving the County!!! Lyle, son of Peter and Diana Troxell and “tech-coordinator” (major honcho) of UCSC’s Digital Arts and New Media (DANM), plus the brains and voice behind “Geek Speak” on KUSP got some knd of job out of state. Geeks and normal people will miss him severely.

ELERICK’S INPUT

Tired of the gun lobby? Santa Cruz County residents will have a chance to speak out against the NRA and those opposing common sense controls on guns in our County at an upcoming public meeting on February 21st . If you’ve watched the Board of Supes recently, every time an issue that addresses gun control comes up, the audience is packed to oppose it. Even having a control process in place to monitor new gun stores gets them out to fight it.

On January 16, 2013 the Santa Cruz City School Board unanimously passed a resolution regarding their concerns about gun violence and how it related to school safety. Not one person addressed the board opposing the resolution. County Board of Education Trustee Sandra Nichols has formally requested a similar resolution to be placed on the February 21st agenda of the County Board of Education agenda. If you think this is going to be a shoo-in, don’t. At least one member of the Board is on record as being “comforted” by the presence of an armed guard at his own student’s elementary school during the week of Sandy Hook. The NRA will be present on the 21st. Trustee Nichols hopes there is at least “one peacenik present for every gun advocate in the room when my item is heard”.

The Santa Cruz County Board of Education meets on February 21, 2013, at 2:00 P.M. at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education – in the Board Room. 400 Encinal Street in Santa Cruz. Let’s make sure that the NRA voice is not the only voice heard from the public at this meeting”. (Paul Elerick is co-chair, along with Peter Scott, of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, http://sensibletransportation.org , and is a member of Nisene 2 Sea, a group of open space advocates).

BIRD CATCHING FISH WITH BREAD. As K. Birskovich notes…who knew about birds and using tools??? Watch this one..

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary’s daily KUSP bdcsts include…Our Monterey Shale oil deposits looking more juicy to fracking. What will our Board of Supes do about that?? Will Watsonville sell off their prime agricultural land for Wal-Mart’s & franchises?? The Strategic Growth Council meets in SCTO and we should attend…He talks about Wildland and wildfires and how the state wants to spray and destroy our chaparral. He closes with news of a conference at UC Davis and CalCAN the California Climate and Agricultural Network. Read all of above at Gary’s KUSP Land Use scripts http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse (Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365″ – Gary Patton’s Two Worlds Blog

VINTAGE DE CINZO. This week’s historic deCinzo proves Watsonville’s river problems never change. Scroll down.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Tim Eagan « drones » on about terrorism and targets….see down below a few pages.

ELVIS MEETS LIBERACE

LANDAU’S PROGRES.Saul’s pronouncement is titled, “Guns In The US- A Cultural Cancer”. He states, “My country, a unique example, is the only nation to experience periodic massacres of people by killers armed with automatic weapons. When relatives of massacre victims gather to plead with legislatures to prohibit sales of such weapons, other citizens irately rise up to defend “our second Amendment rights.” The Amendment states: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” He closes with, “The President has proposed background checks on all gun sales, and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines? Read the entire article here

Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from roundworldproductions@gmail.com

LISA JENSEN LINKS. “This week on Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), a smart and twisty new thriller from Steven Soderbergh, some writing advice from an adverbial abuser, and, hmmm, maybe it’s time to rethink those earlier Oscar predictions…” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

OSCAR NOMINATED ANIMATED SHORTS I’ve never seen as poor a collection of animation shorts in my life. Trite, boring, (probably rejects) including a Simpsons Cartoon, Adam and Dog, Paperman, Head over Heels, really sucked. Fresh Guacamole was only clever, not worthy. Just shameful, and save your money. Look at a sample of the nominated shorts here.

OSCAR NOMINATED LIVE ACTION SHORTS. This is damned near the finest collection of Live Action shorts since the Academy has been handing out awards. Henry, Asad, The Buzkashi Boys, Curfew, and Shadow of Death are all brilliant and well worth seeing…and they are worth Academy Awards.

SIDE EFFECTS. Steven Soderbergh’s films are all over the place. Silly, bombs, classics, and Side Effects is one wonderful film. Starring Rooney Mara without all that makeup from Dragon Tattoo she steals the entire film. Jude Law is now older and does better acting than we’ve seen in years, and Catherine Zeta Jones is absolutely perfect for her part. It’s a tricky, intelligent plot. Not easy to follow, you have to think a few times unlike most Hollywood films. When Soderbergh does it right, he tops the list of active American directors, go see it ASAP.

SANTA CRUZ BAROQUE FESTIVAL’S 40TH SEASON. The opening night of the Baroque Festival last Saturday featured a Baroque Lute duet, a genuine rarity in today’s concert world. John Schneiderman and Hideki Yamaya played six compositions by some very obscure composers dating 1670-1758, and completely captivated the audience. Hideki also played the mandolino and the mandora. Don’t miss their next concert Bach For Strings Saturday, February 23 at the Holy Cross Church @ 7:30p.m. The Galax Quartet will perform “on a balanced ensemble of period instruments. Go to www.scbaroque.org for info.

LIBERACE FINALE. You probably heard that Steven Soderbergh is also making an HBO film of Liberace’s life. It stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, it’ll be released “in the spring”. Major Studios wouldn’t touch this Soderbergh film because it was too gay!!! See the real guy at

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.

Laura Marcus from Dientes Community Dental Services is on the first half hour of the 2/12 program then Lisa Jensen, Christina Waters, and I talk about the Oscars and who needs them takes the second half on Feb. 12. Feb. 19th has Kimberly Jannarone and Nancy Carlin discussing the huge Peer Gynt Project about to happen at UCSC. They’re followed by Sandra Nicols and her topic of Santa Cruz’s Board of Education. On Feb. 26 Julie James talks about the Sam Shepard play at coming to the Jewel Theatre and Kathy Bisbee and Lynn Miller talk about Community Television’s future. Historian and author Sandy Lydon guests on March 5th for the pledge drive night. Teacher, fiddler Annie Steinhart talks about her new book “Pele Voodoo Live” on March 12. 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

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES. In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 5 years here’s a chronological list of just this year’s podcasts. Click here http://kzsc.org/blog/tag/universal-grapevine then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The update includes 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, 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 Conpany. 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. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES. “No one ever lacks a good reason for committing suicide”, Cesare Pavese. “We belong Dead!”, Frankenstein Monster in The Bride of Frankenstein. “The laying bare of oneself is obscene”, Ad Reinhardt.

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February 4 – 10, 2013

PACIFIC AVENUE circa 1910. Look how wide Pacific was back in the day. Two way railcars room to park cars on both sides…where did it all go?? This is Lincoln Street on the left and Soquel going off to the right. The Unique Theatre (see marquee) was once named after Charlie Chaplin’s friend and co-star Mack Swain. It closed in 1936 when the Del Mar opened.

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THE 2013 SANTA CRUZ COUNTY WAR. Never in the 43 years that I’ve been following, and been involved with local politics, have I seen such out and out nasty political power plays. Neal Coonerty throwing John Leopold off the LAFCO commission. Hillary Bryant and Cynthia Mathews, along with Martin Bernal, John Barisone and Bill Kocherdumping Ron Pomerantz from the Transportation and Public Works Commission.. You think this is the end of such strong arm tactics? Watch the City Council and how they get it all set up to push giving water to UCSC by way of De-Sal way around anything the citizens can do. Neal Coonerty’s control of the Board of Supervisors will show us just how aligned he is with McPherson and Zach Friend. I predict those three guys will vote identically on 99% of every issue they face. Meet me here in a year, and we’ll see.

OUR ENTERTAINING SUPERVISORS.As you can see from the attached clips, both John Leopold and Zach Friend have show biz in their blood. Now let’s hear from you…the question is what kind of act do we see Neal Coonerty, Bruce Mc Pherson, and Greg Kaput doing at Kuumbwa? No worries, I won’t print your name, if you wish.

JOHN LEOPOLD AND DYLAN TRIBUTE.
ZACH FRIEND @ KUUMBWA TELLING JOKES

THE RETURN OF BEN TREVOR. Ben Trevor was a huge part of live theatre in our county years ago. He’s mostly remembered for creating, staging and directing The Scotts Valley Cavalcade. The Cavalcade was a Cecil B. DeMille annual production featuring space aliens, Ohlone Indians, General George Patton (with tank), stage coaches and the ever-blonde Dorothy McPherson singing atop a white stallion. We’re putting together a lunch this Saturday at noon. If you were/are on old friend of Ben’s, or know someone who should be there call us at 426-7471, and we’ll see you there. Ben Trevor lives in Texas now, but he’s ok anyway.

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING VIDEO CLIP. Only watch full-screen, I can’t remember who or where I found this…I’m still stunned!!!

SANDY LYDON’S PLOTS, PARADES, AND PERAMBULATIONS.As usual author, lecturer, historian without peer, Sandy Lydon has dozens of events all focused on local history scheduled. Starting this very weekend and going to December, he’s got big plans ranging from Castroville to China. Check out his walks, tours, talks, hikes, and resources here… http://www.sandylydon.com

KARUNA CAYTON TO GIVE BUDDHIST CLASSES. Karuna Cayton, author of “The Misleading Mind” will be giving a series of three lectures/classes on “The Myths We Live By” starting this Wednesday 2/6 and 2/13, 2/20. They’ll be at The Land Of The Medicine Buddha in Soquel. The LOMB website says that,” Buddhist Psychology argues that our difficulties in life arise from a misunderstanding and, thus, a misapprehension of reality. This misperception of reality causes us to see all kinds of things – beliefs, opinions, feelings and thoughts – in an inaccurate manner. These misbeliefs, which seem real to us, then are the direct causes of sadness, worry, anxiety, disappointment, frustration, fear and all the disturbing emotions that sabotage our happiness and well-being. We see things as permanent when they are not. We see things as happiness when they are, in fact, in the nature of disappointment. We take our life for granted when it is a precious and rare event. We act as if we’ll live forever when our very existence hangs on a single breath. This class will attempt to look at the myths we live by and their underlying cause in misapprehension of the world around us and our own”. I’ve taken two classes from Karuna Cayton, and recommend him and the classes very much. Go here for details.

JAZZ BABIES, LAUREL & HARDY PLUS MORE!!! Ralph Davila found this gem. You need to see it. Especially FULL SCREEN

PATTON’S PROGRAM. Gary says on his almost daily KUSP program That the Fort Ord Re-use plan got unanimous votes except for Supervisor Jane Parkers!!! California America’s plan for De-Sal in Monterey drew an even bigger sized De-Sal plant proposal. Read about “Water Plus” !!Our County Transportation Commission has a list of possible projects coming up IF they get all the funding they ask for. Check it out. Read all of above at Gary’s KUSP Land Use scripts http://blogs.kusp.org/landuse

(Gary Patton is “Of Counsel” to the Santa Cruz law firm of Wittwer & Parkin, which specializes in land use and environmental law. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, “Two Worlds / 365″www.gapatton.net)

JAPAN’S TSUNAMI OF 2011.This clip is over an hour. The message is especially important, especially since we too live so close to the ocean. Remember our earthquakes and realize just how few emergency plans our Santa Cruz officials have ever created.

VINTAGE DE CINZO. DeCinzo gives an example of just one of Neal Coonerty’s contributions to the community…scroll below.

EAGANS DEEP COVER. Tim teaches us a lesson on messaging…see below, way below.

LANDAU’S PROGRES. Saul’s article is titled “Information To Help Follow The Syrian Debacle”. He writes… “In 2013, peace lovers pray that U.S. and Russian diplomats sit together to create a peace plan for Syria, one that stops the flow of weapons to both sides and puts heavy pressure on rebels and government leaders to sit and formulate a plan to stop the bloodshed and destruction. The bookies have not yet taken odds on such an outcome”. Saul Landau’s SYRIA: BETWEEN IRAQ AND A HARD PLACE was filmed in 2004 and is available from roundworldproductions.com. Read the rest of Landau on Syria here Saul Landau is an Institute for Policy Studies fellow whose films are on DVD from roundworldproductions@gmail.com

CAB CALLOWAY AND BETTY BOOP. Cab only made three cartoons with Betty, then the censors stopped them. Too racist, too sexy. But The Old Man and The Mountain remains their classic from 1933.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. “This week on Lisa Jensen Online Express (http://ljo-express.blogspot.com), read all about the return of the Hearts for the Arts art auction, the further adventures of my forthcoming novel, Alias Hook, and why teach an old dog new tricks when the old tricks work as well as they do for the veteran stars of Stand Up Guys? And speaking of old pros, listen to Bruce Bratton, Christina Waters and moi dish this year’s Oscar race February 12 7-8 p.m. on Bruce’s Universal Grapevine radio show KZSC 88.1 fm.” Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.

AMOUR.This masterpiece is so well done it’s almost impossible to review it. I told friends it wasn’t a film it was an experience. Emannuelle Riva the lead, now in her 80’s starred in Hiroshima Mon Amour (if you remember back that far!). Jean-Louis Trintigant and Isabelle Huppert playtheir roles to perfection. It’s another old person film about devotion, acceptance, and deep love. You won’t leave the theatre singing, but you’ll never forget this classic.

STAND UP GUYS. Box office demographics must be changing…there are more and more geezer films being filmed and being successful. Three old guys Al Pacino, Christopher and Alan Arkin make this film great fun…and they shoot a lot of people too!!! Gangs, doing time in stir, revenge, it’s all here. And there’s excellent pathos, empathy, sympathy, and old timers jokes that had the Del Mar laughing and contemplating all the way through this alternative to the old folks home films like Quartet, Exotic M. Hotel, etc.

WARM BODIES. For some reason people are linking this piece of junk more than was expected. This box office hit brought in mostly teen age girls…you figure!! It’s about zombies who are coming back to human life. The citizen army, led by John Malkovich of all people, fight these half zombies, who can take bullets with no problems. But they also have to defend themselves against skeletons or “bonies” who can be shot and stopped, with just one shot. It probably came to some Hollywood predictable ending, but I left about 10 minutes early to go see Stand Up Guys.

LOS CENZONTLES TO PLAY WATSONVILLE. My trio “The Goodtime Washboard 3″ played with this beautiful and talented group Los Cenzontles at Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary show at Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage. They were big hits. They’re coming to Watsonville. Here’s what their news says…Los Cenzontles, the San Pablo-based band in the San Francisco Bay area brings its roots music to the Henry J Mello Center for the Performing Arts, 250 East Beach Street, Watsonville on Saturday, February 9 for a 7:00 PM show. The concert is a benefit for Sueños Aztecas and Esperanza del Valle. Sueños Aztecas, is a ballet folklórico troupe composed of students at PájaroValley High School who will also perform. Watsonville’s premiere Mexican dance company, Esperanza del Valle, celebrates more than 30 years of dance, culture and education in the Monterey Bay area. Tickets for the event are available at Jansen Music, 1931 Main Street in Watsonville and by contacting Snazzy Productions at (831) 479-9421, or online at http://www.snazzyproductions.com/concert_tickets.html

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.

Ecologist and Doctor Kerry Kriger opens with “Save the Frogs” on Feb. 5th. Land Use Attorney Gary Patton follows with updates on LAFCO and other problems. Laura Marcus from Dientes Community Dental Services is on the first half hour. Lisa Jensen, Christina Waters, and I talk about the Oscars and who needs them covers the second half on Feb. 12. Feb. 19th has Kimberly Jannarone and Nancy Carlin discussing the huge Peer Gynt Project about to happen at UCSC. They’re followed by Sandra Nicols and her topic of Santa Cruz’s Board of Education. On Feb. 26 Julie James talks about the Sam Shepard play at coming to the Jewel Theatre 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

UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVES.In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 5 years here’s a chronological list of just this year’s podcasts. Click herehttp://kzsc.org/blog/tag/universal-grapevine then tap on “listen here” to hear any or all of them… all over again. The update includes 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, 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 Conpany. 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. Hear them all!!!

QUOTES.”I think any man in business would be foolish to fool around with his secretary.. If it’s someone else’s secretary, fine”. Senator Barry Goldwater. “The bones, sinews and nerves of modern civilization are coal, steel, cotton and wheat. He who controls these is mightier than the lord”, B. Traven. “The nation that controls magnetism controls the universe”, Chester Gould (Dick Tracy)

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