“It’s a requirement that all members of the crew learn to defend themselves because, even these days, piracy can be a little rough,” said Michael Whitney aka Captain Crowe (far left) about his stunt performance team, the Corvus Skull Pirates. The pirates perform at parties and events, as well as attend festivals together. “Although our costumes are as close to authentic as possible, our emphasis is on performance,” said Sam Tanksley (far right) after he posed with his wife, Sheila Fox Tanksley, and Cole McCabe (second from left) on Stearns Wharf.
Playing music helps give me confidence and discipline. I can get through the confusion of writing a song because I play it over and over,” said Connor Nakao as he strolled Cabrillo Boulevard with his guitar. Nakao is a solar installer and musician who takes a walk with his guitar every other day or so. “I like to get out of the house; I can focus on finishing the song and it fights the cabin fever,” he said.