Cover: East Side, West Side, All Around The Town
East meets West. The Donner Party meets Chinatown. Novelist James D. Houston examines the moment when two immigrant cultures came together on East Cliff Drive.
Book of Dreams: How photographer George Lee's new book saves a piece of Santa Cruz history.
Seacliff State Beach is a great place for walking along the sand and taking in the waves--unless you are a cat.
Bruce Bratton: The independent merchants downtown need support this holiday season; Peace Park is still a good idea.
Logo a Go-Go: For a uniquely local last-minute gift strategy, it's time to brand your friends and loved ones Santa Cruz .
Life Is Sour: 'All or Nothing' is one of Mike Leigh's most downbeat films.
Jazz Nation: Guitarist Charlie Hunter targets alt-rock fans.
Bird of Paradise: Aptos treasure Cafe Sparrow remains loyal to its reputation while basting its menu with a treasury of comfort.
'Suit' and Timing: After 25 years, Luis Valdez brings his acclaimed 'Zoot Suit' home for a hit run at El Teatro Campesino.
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