Fare Thee Well Caffe Pergolesi

Here’s what I’m bringing to Perg’s tonight, as it’s supposed to close this weekend.

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Not that I ever really liked Santa Cruz that much. And I don’t know much about Caffe Pergolesi besides what’s available in the paper and the fact that it’s in a historic house owned by one Dr Miller. But of course I was in the scene for ever, a scene that didn’t so much as end as never really begin and then slowly fade with the comings and goings of those involved. And more importantly, I along with a lot of people are devastated that Logo’s and now Perg’s are closing at the same time. They’ve been stable while so many other promising spaces have come and gone.

The message from landlords, the Canfields, and the owner class in general is clear: come to Santa Cruz, consume, throw trash, give money to private property, and leave; this is no longer a place to start communities. A place to raise kids, but no place to be a kid, or have the values of free expression, inquiry and fun associated with kids.

The do-gooder rich can have their museums of culture: organic food, special-decial schools for their kids, et cetera. Ironically, it was the openness, free inquiry and will to be wacky that produced such as the organic movement, the Santa Cruz skate thing, and many other parts of Santa Cruz now condemned to be “artifacts” or worse “properties.” I knew about 2001 that it was going this way, but hoped never to see the logical conclusion.

Perg’s was the rarest thing in public-space-hating Santa Cruz: a private space that still believed more or less in free-for-alls, a place for kids to post up their art, a place to hear real music made by real people. I never tried their coffee once, since I was usually there at beer time. And only rarely had I the money to hang out there regularly, but I’ll never forget the shows, and the good times.

Is there a hopeful future? How do we get past the issue of merciless foreign rents and pig NIMBY ordinances? Someone can comment below to give this post some sunshine.

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2 thoughts on “Fare Thee Well Caffe Pergolesi”

  1. Santa Cruz is the prize earned by the ex-hippies for choosing to have upper middle class white parents. They “won” santa cruz. For the rest of us, we’re indeed to bring money, leave w/o said money, all to line the pockets of the old hippies. Trust me there’s no such thing as a poor hippy, never was. Becoming a hippy was the way to dodge the draft, while the working class kids just went over there and got shot etc. That’s why Vietnam vets were treated so shoddily for so long; they were working-class. Yep even a good deal of the officers who depended on ROTC to go to college at all.

    Simply, fuck. santa. cruz.

    1. Hate to agree since I grew up with Beat consciousness but yer right man, the difference between punks and hippies is that punks give and give and hippies take and take. I’m devastated and never want to go to SC again. Anyhow the bodysurfing is better in Wats!

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