Sebastian Kennerknecht’s camera equipment—a Canon EOS 40D with a 500mm f/4 supertelephoto lens and effortless action—is the kind that makes photographers weep. But when Kennerknecht goes on a wildlife shoot, the costly contraption doesn’t even come out of its oversized padded backpack until he’s finished something else first.
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Santa Cruz Guide: Famous People
Some big stars have walked the streets of our fair town. Here are some worth bragging about.
Santa Cruz Guide: Meet The Townies
Town-gown friction is so last century. The locals love the students and the students love the locals, even if everybody doesn’t know it yet. Here are some cheap ways to get out and make friends with the natives.
Tandy Beal’s Suite HereAfter
As opening night for HereAfterHere approached last September, choreographer Tandy Beal and her husband, composer Jon Scoville, were prepared for the worst. “We thought we’d have 25 people in the audience!” Beal says, laughing.
Keeping It Beal
Combining dance, humor, music by composer Jon Scoville and video from an on-site mobile studio recording audience members’ musings about what happens after we kick le bucket, HereAfterHere sold out in three days last year.
Cinema Paradiso at the Pacific Rim Festival
Notable not just for its affordability—the only admission price all week is for the benefit on the final night, and that’s but a modest fee—but for the care with which it’s juried and presented, the Pac Rim Film Fest offers a superb sampling of cinema from what is arguably, at this moment, the world’s most culturally dynamic region.
PLATED: Santa Cruz Mountains of Wine
Last Saturday saw the grand re-opening of Vinocruz, now the baby of Steve Principe and Jennifer Walker of Network Mortgage. Over the course of the afternoon some 150 guests streamed in and out of the cozy space next to the Museum of Art and History and lounged around tables on the petite outdoor patio, sipping the wines of Alfaro Family Vineyards courtesy the always-charming Richard Alfaro.
Red-Legged Frogs Get Their Closeup
“Smiley said all a frog wanted was education,” the long-winded raconteur says in Mark Twain’s “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” and sure enough, Dan’l Webster, the athletic amphibian of the title, just needs a little coaching to bring out his greatness. But biologists studying the threatened red-legged frog—long assumed to be Daniel Webster’s breed—would add one or two things to the list of the frogs’ needs. Like habitat, for starters, preferably without bullfrogs.
CORRECTED: Monning, Stone, Robinson Announce Campaigns
The election season game of musical chairs has begun. The announcement Monday by Carmel Democrat Bill Monning that he will challenge incumbent Republican Sam Blakeslee for the Central Coast’s Senate seat touched off a minor flurry of activity early this week among Santa Cruz Democrats. First, just hours after Monning’s announcement, County Supervisor Mark Stone declared his candidacy for Monning’s Assembly seat, which is considered safe for Democrats. On Tuesday, Santa Cruz Councilmember Lynn Robinson threw her hat in the ring for the Assembly seat as well.
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