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August 2-8, 2016

OUR COUNTY BUILDING CONSTRUCTION March 18, 1966. Not just the County Building but a great view of El Rio Mobile Home Park just behind Lenz Arts. There’s the Outdoor World building, The Taqueria place at River and Water Streets, and Vapor Cleaners on Water Street!!!                                                   

photo credit: Covello & Covello Historical photo collection.

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DATELINE August 1. 2016

A MYSTERIOUS HAMLET. I’ve never missed a one of Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s (or Shakespeare Santa Cruz) plays in their entire history and I was even in their very first play, King Lear. I attended opening night of Hamlet last Friday 7/29. Changing Hamlet’s sex to female wasn’t anywhere near as interesting as I imagined it would be. What was “interesting”, surprising, and totally mystifying is how the audience laughed so much and so often. Right from the very first scene with Hamlet’s ghost, the place burst into fits of howls, guffaws, and continuing snickers. Those laughs continued right into what is traditionally the most serious and heartfelt confrontations in all of theatre history. I don’t mean the intentionally funny Mrs. Polonius dialogue or the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern stuff.  I’m talking about heavy scenes between Ms. Hamlet and her Mom or Hamlet and Ophelia getting solid laughter!!! Why?? I could only come up with these possibilities….

  1. The actors are playing it for laughs on purpose.
  2. The actors have little or no idea what is funny in Hamlet.
  3. It’s bad acting because it’s very rushed, and shouted due to inability to project.
  4. Three quarters of the audience has never seen Hamlet and thinks it’s a comedy.

Go see it, maybe it’s just a new way of playing Shakespeare. Their production of Macbeth last year got a bunch of laughs too…go figure.

ELERICK’S INPUT. Mr. Paul Elerick wrote that he has a one way ticket back to Michigan. He’s going to stay there at least through August. So we’ll just wait here!!!

(Paul Elerick is a member of, and former co-chair of the Campaign for Sensible Transportation, . He’s a current member of Nisene to Sea, a group of mid-county citizens committed to maintaining an open hiking trail from Cabrillo College to Nisene Marks State Park

Gillian brings us….

In case you missed the earlier lengthy article on the topic, the Sentinel positioned a new one right on the front page of Sunday’s edition with the headline: “Why not build more granny units?” The article was a sales pitch for accessory dwelling units, (ADU’s), second homes on single family lots, with promotional quotes from planners, designers, contractors, housing specialists, housing activists and legislators. Not a sole voice from dissenting residents whom the planners dismiss as out of date, out of touch “Leave it to Beaver” caricatures. To maximize readers’ endorsement at an emotional level, the article opened with the story of a couple trying desperately to find housing for their grown daughter with disabilities, scanning the housing scene with tape measure in hand due to the supposedly draconian, complex housing codes across Bay Area communities. Since the city and county of Santa Cruz have recently completed lengthy updates to their ADU ordinances, including public meetings, commission recommendations and Council/Board of Supervisors’ votes to relax the codes to encourage more ADU’s in single family neighborhoods, one wonders why the Sentinel chose to feature and promote this issue at this time? Given the housing feeding frenzy going on at the planning department and developer levels, with ever-increasing heights and density re-defined as essential, modern and desirable, and neighborhood alarm at the impact of such density brushed off as NIMBY’ism, the Sentinel’s promotion of ADU’s suggests they have an insider’s knowledge of what may be coming our way in the near future. If so, the assumptions and statements of “fact” on which such development is based require closer examination.

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


Genuine Santa Cruz crowd pleasers!!!

Chris brings BrattonOnline an exclusive report

“DNC Snapshots”

Republicans Seem to Implode, Democrats Like to Explode

Sunday 2016 Philadelphia—pre-convention political protestation

CAFÉ SOCIETY TRAILER. Just to give you an idea of Woody’s latest effort.

So much happening…the morning begins by finding out the Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was forced to resign her position over a WikiLeaks email cache that had the DNC staffers favoring Hillary Clinton’s campaign over Bernie Sanders…it’s an accusation Sanders people have been levelling for months and now a new energy and confidence seems to have been unleashed as Sanders supporters are out in force and feeling a justified “Bern” now. Wasserman-Schultz resigning really casts a pall over the the big party…how will Dems recover?

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~ Chris Krohn is a former Santa Cruz Mayor.

PATTON’S PROGRAM. From Gary’s Two Worlds website…Gary was an Alternative delegate for Bernie Sanders to the Democratic National Convention. He wrote the most revealing daily coverage on what really was going on between the Clinton and Sanders delegates that I could find in all of media.

Read all of his Two Worlds column for Friday July 29 which is linked here…. (link expands, click again to collapse)

~ Gary is a former Santa Cruz County Supervisor (20 years) and an attorney who represents indivuduals and community groups on land use and environmental issues. The opinions expressed are Mr. Patton’s. Gary has his own website, Two Worlds at

CLASSICAL DeCINZO. DeCinzo gives us a plane’s eye view of Santa Cruz, scroll down.

EAGAN’S DEEP COVER. Eagan’s Little Miss Putin makes a move…see below.

LISA JENSEN LINKS. Lisa writes: “It’s not like a woman has never played Hamlet before. Discover some vintage examples of actresses in the role, and find out what’s special about Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s powerful new production, this week at Lisa Jensen Online Express ( Also, visit a dreamy, glittering 1930s as they never were — except in the movies — in Woody Allen’s Cafe Society. “Lisa has been writing film reviews and columns for Good Times since 1975.



JASON BOURNE. The minute you leave the theatre this movie will seem like a dream you had. It’s fuzzy, unclear, random scenes in random order, no real meaning…just like a dream. The director tried to make some new kind of spy killing, car chase, fie, explosion movie. Edits, cuts, dialogue are all mixed up and mixed together…it makes little or no sense at all. Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassell, Alicia Vikander, and Riz Ahmed from “The Night Of” all do their best, but it’s all the director’s fault. Well, Matt Damon just phoned in his part and he’s terrible.

CAFÉ SOCIETY. Woody Allen’s newest starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Parker Posey and Steve Carell. Woody narrates the film and he’s older and his voice has lost that whiney, confused, contradictory warble that we’ve grown to love so much. This film doesn’t rank in his top 4 or 5 films. The story is original, the acting is perfunctory, Kristen Stewart is above reproach, but it’s no Midnight in Paris, Annie Hall, Blue Jasmine, Hannah and Her Sisters or Purple Rose of Cairo.


CAPTAIN FANTASTIC. Viggo Mortensen, the lead in this family saga, has never been better, and he’s almost always excellent. The older you are the more you’ll appreciate this extension of our 1950s & 60s belief system. A film that has Noam Chomsky’s philosophy as a driver, Jesse Jackson, Joy of Sex book, Lolita, Glen Gould’s Bach Variations and some non-christian beliefs added,  has to take you back just a bit. And in a good way. Viggo raises his family in the total wilds and later they have to face modern life and society. It’s as much fun as it is moving, sensitive, and well made. Frank Langella and Steve Zahn add to this hit film. Go for/to it!!  

HUNT FOR WILDERPEOPLE. An excellent movie that has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. I had a problem with the New Zealand or “Kiwi” accents, and missed a few poignant scenes. See the video on the right for a quick tutorial. Also note it’s “WILDERpeople” as in WILDERNESS not WILDER as in State Park. It’s a scenic, sensitive, comedy about the adventures of a 13 year old misplaced orphan who meets up with grizzly, solitary Sam Neill. They escape authorities by existing in the wilderness of the New Zealand Bush Country. It’s also exciting, tight, creative, perfectly acted, and most importantly…ORIGINAL!! (In all fairness, it’s also cute, feel – good and improbable!)

OUR KIND OF TRAITOR. Ewan McGregor and Stellan Skarsgård take the leads in this John Le Carré international money scheme thriller. It’ll remind you of James Bond and Alfred Hitchcock type chase films. Evil Russian Mafia spies, innocent British tourists, messy internal proble ms with British Government…all stuff that you’ve seen before. And it’s pretty good too.Paris, Bern, Marrakech, French Alps, and of course London  are feature attractions. If you like espionage, foreign intrigue, not much blood, and good acting– go for it.

YO-YO MA’s WONDERFUL EGO or THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS-YO YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE. A mess of a documentary. Not one complete piece of music in it. It rambles all over the world showing how musicians  continue selling their souls by selling out their true folk music to make a buck. Ther’s a lot of good music being written nowadays both serious and popular…this doesn’t give proper credit to either. Stay home and listen to some music you really like, you’ll be better off.  

STAR TREK BEYOND. The third in the new Trek movie series this is a waste of eveyone’s time and money. They cop out and show a photo of Leonard Nimoy about half way through and show a snapshot of the entire Enterprise original 1966 crew. Mostly it’s just another throw bombs and shoot around corners (or curves on spaceships). Nothing near the humanity, intelligence, or real wit the original had, which made all of us such lifelong fans. The acting is terrible, the plot is meaningless. Go only if you need your periodic Star Trek Fix, and don’t care how “authentic” it is. (I didn’t know Capt. James Kirk’s middle name was Tiberius and that Shatner is 85 years old and was born in Montreal).

GHOSTBUSTERS 3. Remember that there was a sequel also with the original cast in 1989. As most movie fans know, they have  replaced the original male Ghostbusters….Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Sigourney Weaver , Eddie Hudson, Rick Moranis and Harold Ramis with an almost all woman cast, i.e. Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Plus adding Charles Dance and Chris Hemsworth. The sex change isn’t the important change, even though that’s what everyone focuses on. The big difference is iin the amount of intelligence, cleverness, and sold humor in the script. These new jokes are dumber, clumsy, obvious, shallow and just not funny. The ghosts aren’t as clever either. Only go if you need to complete your ghostly experiences. Watch for cameos by most of the originals.

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. I hear that this is a very funny TV show made into a movie. I read in various places that it’s funny…I didn’t laugh once. Two loud British “babes” go to the French Riviera and race through a lot of muck and fuss. Kate Moss (I just learned) is a beautiful and famous model and the two bimbo stars get involved with her. Just to be fair and add perspective…the young girls/women in the movie audience did laugh a lot. So if you’ve watched and liked the TV series, you’ll probably like this heavy accented film too.

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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 archived for two weeks… (See next paragraph) and go to WWW.KZSC.ORG. On August 2 Dr.Neil Sawhney (cardiologist) from PAMF talks about heart health. Then Kathy McClure discusses the secrets of self-publishing. Rick Gladstone opens on August 9th discussing Santa Cruz political history in the 1960’s. He’s followed by Debbie Hencke discussing undesirable Branciforte & Eastside growth. The new book “Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast” co-author Christian Schwarz guests on August 18th. Carol Panofsky talks about Munching with Mozart and other music on August 23. Then on August 30 Artist and Doctor Mark Wainer talks about his forthcoming exhibit. Do remember, any and all suggestions for future programs are more than welcome so tune in, and keep listening. Email me always and only at

This is funny in the interesting sense of the word.

NEW UNIVERSAL GRAPEVINE ARCHIVE FEATURE. Stuff changes at KZSC a lot. If you missed either of the last two weeks of Universal Grapevine broadcasts go here You have to listen to about 4 minutes of that week’s KPFA news first, then Grapevine happens.

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


“Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgundy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

“One might fancy that day, the London day, was just beginning. Like a woman who had slipped off her print dress and white apron to array herself in blue and pearls, the day changed, put off stuff, took gauze, changed to evening, and with the same sigh of exhilaration that a woman breathes, tumbling petticoats on the floor, it too shed dust, heat, colour; the traffic thinned; motor cars, tinkling, darting, succeeded the lumber of vans; and here and there among the thick foliage of the squares an intense light hung. I resign, the evening seemed to say, as it paled and faded above the battlements and prominences, moulded, pointed, of hotel, flat, and block of shops, I fade, she was beginning. I disappear, but London would have none of it, and rushed her bayonets into the sky, pinioned her, constrained her to partnership in her revelry.” Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

“A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its going. And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east.” John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

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