MORNING LOOKOUT: The Nick in limbo, poetry honors Aschbacher, plus dumplings and ramen
Good morning! It’s Monday, Nov. 15, and the forecast calls for mostly sunny skies around Santa Cruz County, with highs in the low to mid-70s — and, for better or for worse, not much rain in sight in the immediate future.
And you might have noticed a new byline here: I’m Will McCahill, an editor at Lookout Santa Cruz who’s stepping into the big Morning Lookout shoes left by Tulsi Kamath. I’ve lived in Santa Cruz County for a dozen years, first downtown and now in Soquel; I’m a husband, dad and pet parent, thrilled to be helping deliver local news to a community I love dearly.
Being prepared is always key when you’re heading into a new week, so in that spirit, let’s get you caught up on what went down over the weekend. Lookout’s Wallace Baine checked in on the Nickelodeon, a key touchstone in Santa Cruz culture that remains in limbo as the pandemic drags on.
Wallace also caught up with local poet and teacher Trish Black Melehan and her new poetry collection. It’s inspired by the artwork of the late James Carl Aschbacher, whose murals are plenty familiar to anyone who’s spent time downtown.
Lookout’s Lily Belli gave us a taste of Full Steam Dumpling, which is taking the art of puffy, spicy Szechuan delights, plus ramen, to new levels.
In Washington, meanwhile, President Joe Biden is slated to sign the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill today, and we’ve got a look at just what’s in it for California.
So let’s get to those headlines, shall we?
Nickelodeon in limbo
Wallace Baine says he hopes he’s not writing the obituary of the beloved Nickelodeon, but it’s clear the movie house isn’t going to reopen anytime soon. Read more on the Santa Cruz landmark.
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James in verse
“Journey Fantastique” by local poet and teacher Trish Black Melehan is a collection of poems inspired by (and featuring plenty of) the work of the late, great James Carl Aschbacher. Wallace maps out the collaboration here.
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Owner and chef Andy Huynh’s new venture, Full Steam Dumpling, is causing a stir at Santa Cruz’s Food Lounge. Lookout’s Lily Belli has a review here.
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Infrastructure week is finally here
From wildfire help to transportation dollars, there’s plenty in the bill President Joe Biden is slated to sign today for the Golden State. Our partners at the Los Angeles Times scope it out.
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Best Bets has a cure for the Mondays
Just because the weekend is gone doesn’t mean there’s nothing on the calendar — the Jewel Theatre, for instance, opens its latest production this week. Get that and all the Best Bets from Wallace Baine and Lookout’s Team BOLO.
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Around the county ...
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