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THIS MODERN WORLD

I SAW YOU

By TOM TOMORROW

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The Drive-Thru Ah, the Drive-Thru—that fabulous 20th-century invention whereby we don’t get out of our cars to buy our Big Macs, obtain money from an ATM or drop our outgoing mail into a mailbox at the post office. What part of this concept is foreign to you? Advice to the old lady in the big black Cadillac: If you can’t get closer to the mailbox than five feet and have to get out of your car to drop the mail in the mailbox, DON’T USE THE DRIVE-THRU. It just pisses off the people behind you in line, including me, the other old lady.

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Toothless The investigations unit has been devastated by budget cuts—that is the brutal honestly of the situation (“Without Teeth,” SVNEWS, Feb. 15). You have investigators with case loads that are double or triple

what they should be. The best investigators can do is triage cases, much as a MASH doctor would do in a war-front surgery tent. It is insane to think they can continue to keep putting more and more time into cases with less and less resources, despite the outcries of out-of-touch politicians and the IPA. The City Council, mayor and city manager need to look in the mirror at who is to blame for devastating this police department. We have 400 less officers now than a few years ago—did they really think we could keep doing more with less? No wonder officers are fleeing this department in droves and as fast as they can. LESS WITH LESS

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Have you ever taken a moment to stop and (really) think about what is going on around you? It seems like the weeds are alive with people who are out totally for themselves and our nation be damned! And if those gasbags in politics are supposed to be leading by example, then “We the People” are in deep trouble! Also, have you ever noticed the similarities between many a failed world power of the past, and the moves that are now being put on by those whom we entrust to guide our destiny and our futures? Scary, isn’t it? Or do you even care?

Unplanned pregnancies result from unplanned sex. When will we change the conversation to include our men? Instead of arguing about restricting women’s reproductive health, why not have a discussion about regulating men’s sexual behaviors and our failure to punish crimes against women and children? Abuses ignored do not fade, they flourish. We are all witness to this tendency with regard to rape in the military and child abuse in the Catholic Church. It’s time to try a different approach.

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THE FLY

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Wild in Milpitas Two of San Jose City Hall’s most prominent political figures are causing quite a dustup in Milpitas. The mayor’s budget director, ARMANDO GOMEZ, also a Milpitas councilmember, has been battling behind the scenes with Chuck Reed’s longtime political consultant, VIC AJLOUNY. Almost four years ago, the two men sat in on Reed’s senior staff meetings. While maintaining decorum in Silicon Valley’s capital, the political paintball has busted loose a couple exits up the freeway. Milpitas Councilmember DEBBIE GIORDANO enlisted Ajlouny to help her oust Mayor JOSE ESTEVES. Giordano made Don’t an unprecedented forget request last year for to tip! video and key card records at Milpitas’ FLY@ City Hall. She thought METRONEWS. COM Esteves and Gomez were double dipping by staying on the clock at their day jobs while also carrying out Milpitas duties. (Fly detailed Esteves’ activities last fall, and word is the story resulted in his earlier-than-planned retirement from the Santa Clara Superior Court.) Judge PETER KIRWAN sided with Giordano earlier this month. In a possible countermove, Gomez and three Milpitas council colleagues set a new policy on disclosing meetings with political consultants. The new rules basically target Ajlouny. Mayor Reed has little control over the situation, but as one observer said, Gomez and Ajlouny have made Milpitas “like the Wild West of politics.” Ajlouny believes the conflict stems back to Mayor Reed’s selection of PETE FURMAN over Gomez as chief of staff. Gomez denies he was slighted. Either way, things are getting uglier the closer we get to Election Day in November. But it is Milpitas. As one wag put it, the situation is like a tree falling in the woods. “If there’s a huge political battle going on and nobody pays attention, does it even matter?”

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cut essential services, the promise of a technology with the ability to improve the efficiency of public safety without threatening jobs is so attractive it almost borders on intoxicating. It’s a sexy concept. Last summer, the Santa Cruz Police Department embarked on its own six-month experiment to see if it could reduce crime by proactively deploying officers to patrol areas deemed by a statistical algorithm to be the most likely spots for a crime to occur. It was the first department in the country to put this theory into practice, and the move attracted national attention. The story landed in The New York Times and on the cover of Popular Science. Time named it one of the 50 best innovations of 2011—all before the program had any real results to provide. Could technology improve public safety and cost nothing while maximizing resources left intact after severe budget cuts? The methodology

can’t be accused of unfairly profiling by race or socioeconomic standing, because the only things the computer cares about are the crime’s location, time and type. Oddly enough, Santa Cruz’s more heralded program didn’t come close to matching the dent in crime percentagewise that Damon’s predictive policing model—funded by the U.S. Department of Justice— showed in its first full year. “The most common time [vehicle and residential] crimes were occurring were Tuesdays and Thursdays between 5pm and 8pm,” says Damon, who works out of a sheriff ’s office substation in Cupertino. “We put together hot spots and victim profiles to give officers an idea what to look for. In May of 2010, we started seeing a significant decrease. It was pretty immediate once we got our patrol units in the right place at the right time.” As a result, from 2010 to 2011, property crimes in the West Valley patrol area for the sheriff ’s office— Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Altos and unincorporated zones that include parts of Los Gatos—dropped 23 percent, according to Damon. Meanwhile, during the first half of

Imagined Control The model being tested in Santa Cruz is an outgrowth of a research project by George Mohler, now an assistant math professor at Santa Clara University. “Self-Exciting Point Processes Explain Spatial-Temporal Patterns in Crime” was the name of his paper, published last March in the Journal of the American Statistical Association. Mohler conducted the project at UCLA, where he was working as a postdoctoral researcher. The Mathematical and Simulation Modeling of Crime research project at UCLA is funded by federal money from the National Science Foundation and headed by anthropologist Jeff Brantingham. Last spring Mohler was working on the project, which uses math to model crime statistics in space and time. Time-lapse versions of these maps show crime moving across a map like weather patterns across a blue screen. “We all believe that we have lots of deterministic control over what we do and where we do it and how

we do it and why,” Brantingham says. “But at the same time there are also a lot of aspects of human behavior that are actually very general and can be described very effectively in simple ways.” That could explain why Damon’s model is having such success. “You can do it with an algorithm or you can use pen and paper and be just as successful,” says Damon, whose position, along with two other crime analysts for the county, was federally funded to run through June 2013 at a cost of almost $800,000. “It’s probably not as efficient as what Santa Cruz is doing, but what I’ve been doing is temporal and spatial patterns. It’s not so much stopping people. Mostly, it’s just being a presence in the area where we get these types of crimes.” But when a string of auto theft burglaries hit the Foothill area last summer, Damon says she prepared a report on July 23 that documented times and places for patrol units to focus more efforts. Within a week, a patrol check of the neighborhood put the sheriff ’s office in contact with a parolee strolling the block late one night. Days later, a search warrant was conducted at the parolee’s house and items from at least four burglarized cars were located. When observed from a distance, Brantingham says, there is not much difference between the ways people behave and the ways fluids or gas molecules behave. With enough data, he says, it is possible to create models that will predict criminal behavior with a fair degree of accuracy. The basic idea is that criminals are predictable creatures. If there is an opportunity—a streetlight out on a certain corner, say—a criminal will exploit that opportunity as long as it exists. A burglar sees a dark street corner as an opportunity to break into a house, and when that crime is reported, the relevant information (where, what time, what kind of crime) feeds into the predictive policing algorithm. Maybe that burglar decides to make another trip to the same house, or perhaps a second burglar sees the same streetlight as an opportunity to burglarize the house next door—these are the ways that one crime can foreshadow another. “We’re not nearly as complex as we think we are,” Brantingham says.

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2011, Zach Friend, a spokesman for the Santa Cruz Police Department, says that after using its predictive policing algorithm, the department reported a drop in property crimes ranging somewhere between 4 and 11 percent. Breaking down Santa Clara County’s stats, Lt. Don Morrissey says West Valley cities that contract with the sheriff ’s office for law enforcement services saw declines in property crimes: 16 percent in Los Altos, 18 percent in Saratoga and 34 percent in Cupertino. Morrissey largely credits Damon’s spreadsheets, which are updated and disseminated to patrol sergeants once a week. “I can’t say enough about the work she does,” he says. “Having that resource here, and allowing us to sit back and take a closer look at the time these crimes are happening and disseminate that amongst the deputies, whether they’re working here all that time or just for that day, everybody is working off of the same information.” “It’s funny, I like to say I was always a product manager,” says Damon, who handled product launches for companies that contracted with Cisco before joining the sheriff ’s office as a communications dispatcher in 2004. “It’s just my product is crime now instead of technology.”

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TECHNOLOGY & CULTURE IN SILICON VALLEY

BY BRENDAN NYSTEDT

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Intel Debuts and Delays Latest Chips

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Apple Previews Its Next Computer OS Proving it still has the power to surprise even the rumor mill, Apple has let the cat out of the bag—literally. The next big release of OS X, Mountain Lion, is now available for download for members of Apple’s developer community. To satiate the appetites of Apple cult members, there’s a preview page giving a brief video tour and a feature set rundown of the new operating system. Following in the footsteps of Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (Apple’s officially dropped the “Mac” from the name) borrows even more features from iOS, including Reminders, Messages, Notification Center, Twitter integration and notes among others. This means that the Mac experience syncs better with the iPad experience because of the analogous apps on both platforms. iCloud is the linchpin, bringing users’ data from their iPad or iPhone to their iMac or MacBook. Also included in the OS X release are extra features for the Chinese market. Apple’s adoption in China is exploding, so the company is including sync with popular Chinese services like QQ, 126 and 163. Apple has also added search with Baidu, the top Chinese search engine and social networking with Sina weibo, a Twitterlike service for citizens of the People’s Republic. Mountain Lion is due to be released this summer, putting OS X on a once-a-year release cycle just like iOS.

Intel has reportedly been forced to delay the introduction of its next-generation laptop CPUs. The Ivy Bridge–based processors will be available in limited quantities starting in April (the original launch date) but won’t be available in mass quantities until June. DigiTimes pins the setback on current availability of Sandy Bridge–based CPUs that are still in most computer companies’ pipelines, stating that “most firsttier notebook vendors are having trouble digesting their Sandy Bridge notebook inventories due to the weak global economy.” Meanwhile, Intel has taken miniaturization to a new level. Their Atom processor, usually targeted at netbooks, is set to evolve to include a WiFi transceiver built in. The tiny chips (the largest Atom processors are a mere 22mm tall) will be able to send and receive 2.4 GHz band signals without any interference with the processor’s other functions. Rosepoint, as the chip is called, is just an experiment for the time being, but Intel is betting that future CPUs for devices will add wireless functionality. Intel is also working on getting cellular radios onto the same processor too. What’s next, an Intel processor that also doubles as a salad spinner?

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Tesla Motors Loses $81.5M in Q4 2011 A mounting net loss has put a damper on Tesla’s recent

announcements. Even with the Model S sedan coming soon, and the newly announced Model X still ringing in the ears of electric-car fans, Tesla posted a huge loss for the fourth quarter. Last year, Tesla ceased production of its Roadster in preparation for the rollout of the Model S and future vehicles. It’s awfully hard being a car company that’s not making cars. Without really having anything to sell, it’s obvious that the company went into the red in 2011. This year, they’re hoping to move as many as 5,000 Model S sedans, gaining the company an expected income of around $600M. Because the Model S isn’t being produced in quantities yet, Tesla is only making income off of its supplier contracts with Daimler and Toyota for battery packs and electric motors. Toyota and Tesla’s collaboration, the RAV4-EV, will be on sale later this year.

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Lytro, Nest Both 2012 Finalists for Edison Awards The Edison Awards are coming up soon. Named after iconic American inventor Thomas Alva Edison, the Edison is awarded to the most innovative new American companies. Among the nominees this year are Silicon Valley newbies Lytro and Nest. Both companies aim to shake up their respective industries. Lytro’s unique sensor IP and interactive “living picture” technology is giving photography a brand-new spin. Nest is taking on an entirely different industry: HVAC. Nest’s intelligent thermostat applies new technology to something that hasn’t changed in decades. Details at edisonawards.com.

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Googorola Marriage Blessed By Justice Dept. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Department of Justice has ruled in favor of a merger between Google and Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. Motorola, a major licenser of Google’s Android OS, was acquired in order to give Google patents with which to protect all Android phone makers. Apple has been going after Samsung extensively for violating Apple’s protected ideas from the iPhone and iPad. The Justice Department ruled that the Motorola purchase didn’t constitute a monopoly and wouldn’t hurt the mobile device market. However, an issue remains: How will this change Google’s relationship with other Android device producers? Google, in the past, has worked closely

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Photoshop CS6 to Feature Paranormal Editing Tools Industry standard Photoshop CS6 is coming out soon, and Adobe is previewing some of the amazing new features. Although there were great advances in the last version of Photoshop, CS6 blows CS5 and CS5.5 out of the water. If you have doubts, the Content-Aware fill tool will make you a believer. This new feature manipulates images in such a way that it’s possible to move objects within a photo seamlessly. Photoshop figures out how the image should look after a selected item has been placed in a different part of the shot and moved and compensates, changing everything around where the object used to be. It just seems like black magic.

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with Samsung in order to design pure devices under the Nexus banner. We will see if this special relationship will end soon. It makes sense for Google to give special treatment to Motorola. Google has also received approval in the EU but still awaits approval in China and Israel. That’s a lot of waiting for a portfolio of 17,000 patents.

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SanJoseInside.com An inside look at San Jose politics

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Rich Robinson: Some Free Advice For Mayor Reed IT HAS BEEN a tough couple of weeks for Mayor Chuck Reed. An enterprising investigative reporter, Jenna Susko, from KNTV News challenged the mayor’s veracity of the “fiscal crisis” and exposed his administration’s exaggeration of the amount of unfunded liability facing San Jose The mayor’s opponents were quick to jump on the news and filed an ethics complaint—a complaint which, ironically, is justified under Reed’s own ethic reforms, which state that public officials shouldn’t lie. But the regulation—like many Reed Reforms—is unenforceable. A lawyer for the ethics commission advised the body not to investigate, as they have no jurisdiction over the matter. That is lawyer-speak for you can’t do anything even if he did lie. (Editor’s note: The matter could go in front of the City Council at a councilmember’s request.) If the people could have passed a law that made it illegal for public officials to lie, we wouldn’t need the current drug laws to fill our prisons. But whoever advised the mayor to continue to use the number $650 million should be fired, especially after it was revealed to be a “madeup” number. Politically, whether the number is $650 million or $300 million is irrelevant to the public. He didn’t have to overreach.

But by using the larger number, the administration could justify asking for larger concessions from unions. It was a negotiating tactic, but it backfired on a mayor who is lauded for his honesty— and whoever advised him in the matter should be publicly fired to help restore that image. Moreover, the mayor should be outraged by this predicament. Except for one unexplainable lapse of judgment exposed during his campaign, where he reimbursed himself for charitable donations, Reed has been careful to cultivate his honest mayor image and polling suggests he has been successful—until now. That said, if he will take a little unsolicited political advice, he can reverse this blemish on his integrity and

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help bring about a solution for a major problem facing his city. Having recently worked with the mayor to end the marijuana wars, I know Reed has the skills to bring diverse interests together, understand difficult issues and make a reasonable deal that is in the best interests of the city. Make no mistake, Reed is a formidable negotiator, but he is also reasonable. As a lawyer, he has tremendous skills at identifying problems and offering solutions. It is that combination of skills that can lead to a real solution on pension reform. If Reed were to use his significant personal skills to negotiate a real pension deal, he would establish himself as a mayor who brought San Jose together at a critical time in its history. —Rich Robinson

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Lin’s Legacy PENINSULA ENINSULA PRIDE Jeremy Lin, a graduate of Palo Alto High School, is giving South Bay hoops some credibility.

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MINOR SUBPLOT lost in the hoopla since Jeremy Lin saved the New York Knicks’ season and became the biggest story in sports—even bigger than when Jesus came down from the right hand of Heaven and led the Denver Broncos to an unlikely playoff berth—has to do with his roots. Yes, Jeremy Lin is a TaiwaneseAmerican, a fact that has been lost on only those who are blind, deaf and deliriously drunk—all at the same time. No other player can lay claim to this ethnicity in the NBA, and Lin’s background in this respect has received plenty of play because he doesn’t fit the league’s stereotype. The NBA is full of physical specimens (a.k.a. freaks) who are tall and long enough to scratch their knees standing up straight, while Lin looks, stature-wise, like every other guy who pounds the rock a little too much in a rec league. Yao Ming may have been the biggest thing (literally and figuratively) in the NBA for a time, but Lin is relatable in the way someone who is 7-foot-6 is anything but. Lin’s also a Harvard graduate, another unique aspect to his résumé; one that only he enjoys in a profession where many of the workers leave college early or came straight from high school. He’s also a devout Christian. It’s the year of the Christian athlete, says the person who’s forgotten every victory speech since the beginning of sports. But the item of note that has flown mostly under the radar is that the Bay Area finally has an NBA product

that didn’t come from the East Bay. Jason Kidd, Gary Payton, J.R. Rider, Drew Gooden, Leon Powe—the list continues whether the alma mater is Skyline, El Cerrito or St. Joseph in Alameda. But Lin, a Palo Alto High School grad, is the outlier. The South Bay and the peninsula rarely send top talent to premiere Division I programs, let alone to the NBA. Aside from a Rex Walters (Piedmont Hills) here or a Reggie Smith (Leland) there, the league has been absent of South Bay contributors for some time. And for the most part, college scouts view the Central Coast Section like jet-setting aristocrats who hardly notice the flyover states. Lin is the best example of ballplayers overlooked in the South Bay. Leading his high school team to back-to-back state title appearances, and winning it all in his senior year (he might have won it his junior year if he hadn’t gotten hurt the day before the game), should have been proof enough. But maybe this is the watershed moment that leads to the levee’s break. It’s possible Lin could soon be joined in the NBA by a pair of brothers from San Jose: Drew Gordon, who plays for the University of New Mexico after transferring from UCLA, and his younger sibling, Aaron, a junior at Archbishop Mitty who is ranked as the third best prospect in his class, according to ESPN. Years from now, Lin’s rise to stardom—assuming he doesn’t flame out by the time this article goes to print—might be remembered for two things: making the New York Knicks relevant again, while also putting (South) Bay Area hoops back on the map.—Josh Koehn

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To have the beautiful game, the pro sport that first put San Jose on the map nearly 40 years ago, to have this game within a 20-second Tommie Smith and John Carlos run away from my property, would dramatically increase the quality of my life. But I guess I am one meaningless malcontent whose voice is never heard. In any event, on Feb. 22, the city of

San Jose Planning Commission is set to decide on whether or not to deny an appeal by one person against a Planned Development Permit allowing the San Jose Earthquakes to build an 18,000-capacity soccer stadium on Coleman Avenue. Filed on the very last day it was possible to do so, the appeal claims that the impact from noise and light trespass coming from a “large openair gap between the top of the stands and the roof structure” has not been adequately modeled. This is after the team already altered stadium plans to accommodate concerns from this person, and a few others like her, who live 1000 feet away, on the other side of a major railway corridor that separates them from the stadium area. The way I see it, the team has

already produced more-thanadequate noise and lighting studies, based on a similar open stadium, the Home Depot Center, one that even holds 9,000 more people. And in a compromise, the team even agreed to refrain from hosting concerts at the new stadium, an outright appeasement, if I should say so myself. Since the person who filed the appeal doesn’t seem remotely interested in how supporters actually feel about the situation, I would now like to turn to them, the fans. Why? Because they are everything. Without them, none of this would be happening in the first place. And also, because they have plans to fill the City Council Chambers for the hearing. The team’s front office encouraged every available fan to attend and show their support. A large crowd sporting the team colors—black, white and blue will attend. Many will speak on behalf of the team, its stadium and the benefits for San Jose.

Allow me to continue: It was the fans who originally rallied in Plaza de Cesar Chavez to save the team for one more season in 2004, when the previous ownership group, AEG, was trying to relocate the squad to Houston—a travesty they eventually perpetrated anyway. It was the fans, many of whom are left over from the original NASL days in the ’70s, who lobbied the league to make sure the Earthquakes’ name, colors, logo, wordmark, history and competitive records stayed here after the team moved. For example, the two championships remained in San Jose, so when the team later returned as an expansion franchise, it continued with all the previous records intact. If you’re an NFL fan, this is similar to what the Cleveland Browns did. Again, the San Jose fans are the ones who made that happen. The league originally wanted a different scenario, but the fans fought to keep the history and tradition here in San Jose. So, shouldn’t the fans’ opinions be taken into account here? What about their quality of life? The individuals on the other side of the railway corridor will not have to endure anything remotely as inhumane as thousands of die-hards who’ve tolerated a rinky-dink, ramshackle third-rate, embarrassing high-school dump of a stadium for the last four seasons. I mean, the prudes who run Santa Clara University wouldn’t even let people drink beer in the stands during the first two seasons the team played there. The fans had to fight for that, too. Back in the NASL days in the ’70s, the fans had a phrase, “Pack the Pit,” to describe how they jammed themselves together in the tight confines of Spartan Stadium to cheer for the original San Jose Earthquakes. I believe they will do the same in the City Council Chambers. If the appeal is rejected, look for flags of celebration. San Jose will be a better place as a result.

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Phantom Galleries 95 So. Market Street San Jose Jazz at Eulipia 374 So. First Street Caffé Frascati 315 So. First Street Downtown Yoga Shala 450 So. First Street Good Karma Vegan Café 37 So. First Street Metro Photo Exhibit 550 So. First Street Pho69 Restaurant 321 So. First Street Psycho Donuts 288 So. Second Street South First Billiards 420 So. First Street TechShop San Jose 300 So. Second Street

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CINEQUEST 22 ARRIVES Running Feb. 28 to March 11, Cinequest brings to San Jose a cavalcade of old masters and young strivers. This year’s edition of the long-running festival includes guest appearances by Terence Davies (The House of Mirth, Distant Voices, Still Lives), Phil Kaufman (The Right Stuff, The Unbearable Lightness of Being) and Elliott Gould (who appears in the local feature Dorfman). From around the world, short, feature and documentary filmmakers will be competing for honors at the festival. Meanwhile, there will be parties, seminars and some surprises. The movies screens at Camera 12, the San Jose Rep and the California Theatre; an exhaustive schedule appears in this week’s special program insert. Our coverage this week includes profiles of local filmmakers Sean McCarthy and Brad Leong, as well as a critics’ selection of the festival’s highlights and a guide to the best of the rest. This year’s crew of reviewers: Richard von Busack, Michael S. Gant, Steve Palopoli, Don Hines and Misa Shikuma. Look for more Cinequest insights in our next issue and follow us on Facebook (Metrof b.com) and Twitter (@metronewspaper) for continuing updates. (Full disclosure: Metro is a sponsor of Cinequest.)

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These trailers will be shown before every movie at the festival, meaning that more people at Cinequest will be seeing McCarthy’s work than the work of any other filmmaker. Such is the triumph of the short-film maker. Like the short films in the numerous shorts programs on view, this snippet will help a hard-working local filmmaker catch the attention of the industry luminaries who will be attending. McCarthy’s short film “Raging Cyclist” drew a sold-out crowd at Cinequest in 2005, so naturally he’s a Cinequest fan. He used to cut school and ride up on the light rail to attend the festival. “I got to speak directly to Philip Kaufman, John Schlesinger, Kurt Kuenne and many others,” he recalls. “Being able to ask them questions and receive advice was amazing for a teenage filmmaker.” Over the course of 15 years, McCarthy has made a number of enjoyable and technically adept short films. His works have been finalists in festivals from Utah to Michigan to the Eerie Horror Film Festival, which is, indeed, in Erie, Pa. The New York–shot short “Officer Down,” which he coproduced for director Richard Recco, won the 2008 Babelgum Award at the Cannes Film Festival Court Metrange. Spike Lee himself presented the award. “Boxed Up” is an actioner, something like a cross between Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Silence of the Lambs. It stars McCarthy’s fierce ’n’ pierced sister, Syra, as an fishnetand hoodie-clad avenger chosen to go after a serial killer. The opening sequence, shot inside the Oakridge Mall, shows the result of the time McCarthy and his camera crew ran through the shopping center. “Raging Cyclist,” which drew a sold-out crowd at Cinequest in 2005, is a bike-themed comedic actioner, about a demon loose on Almaden Valley bike paths. More of the filmmaker’s solid technique and weird sense of humor can be seen in “Superhero,” an adult mockumentary about a delusional suburbanite. The short film falls somewhere in the orbit of Kevin Smith, Fight Club

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slasher filmmaker,” McCarthy tells me. “But I do think I’d be good at making something psychologically horrifying, with subjective camera like Polanski.”

Clerks The Almaden Roasting Company used to be ABC Video and Laser, where McCarthy worked and soaked up cinema. He points: “We’re actually sitting where the Academy Award section was, and over there”—indicating the storage room—“was the porn section.” McCarthy is 30ish, slightly pale and lightly bearded. He’s dressed unobtrusively, but he sports a pinky ring with the ancient “sator square” design engraved on it. As the latte steamer hisses, McCarthy tells me that he been hot for film ever since he was a 3-year-old. “It was the only thing I wanted to do, literally from the moment I watched Ghostbusters with my dad. For two years, I had dreams about Sigourney Weaver in that red dress. I used to wake up and see her.” McCarthy’s father would pick him up at the gates of Castillero Middle School and take him

straight to the movies: Fresh, The Silence of the Lambs or whatever else was playing at the Century 16. “When I was 12, my dad took me to see Pulp Fiction. He leaned over when Tarantino was onscreen and said, ‘That’s Quentin Tarantino; he’s the writer/director.’” McCarthy continues, “It was a surprise for me. There is this moment when you come to understand that there are people who work at making the films ... and you could be one of them.” Since McCarthy was familiar with cameras at an early age, he rebelled at the film classes taught at Leland High. “I didn’t want to learn how to do the medium shot and close-ups, that kind of thing.” The class worked on 3/4-inch videotape decks, with in-camera editing. “We were supposed to do something that looked like a 5 o’clock news broadcast. So I did an exposé of the school. I claimed that the principal was running a drug smuggling/prostitution cartel. I got marked down in the class for that.” But that was just the beginning of a rebellious approach to movies. “The one I got the most trouble for,” McCarthy says, “was the trailer for the imaginary porn

21 The cops “got on the loudspeakers and told us to stop and get out of the car. I had the camera in my hand. I put the camera down, held my hands up and angled the camera with my knee. I framed the shot. “Here comes the helicopter and more cop cars. They all blocked Almaden Expressway. They aimed their guns at us, and we had us get on our knees and crawl to the police car to get cuffed.” After it was all over, McCarthy tells me, “I talked to someone on the force, because they took my camera as evidence. Supposedly, everyone at the station watched the footage, because it showed how well the cops had followed procedure. They told me they were really proud of it. I said I was proud of it, too!” Another time, the SWAT team showed up when McCarthy was directing a scene of battling skinheads. “After that, I’d just call the nonemergency number at the police station and say, ‘Hi, this is Sean, and we’re filming and I’m going to be shooting this scene, containing this kind of violence. “Typically, they’d send out a unit to double check. The unit would talk to me, watch me for a little bit and drive off.” In the interests of keeping the peace, McCarthy has dealt with the “kind of weird” San Jose office that hands out film permits. “When I was shooting on the bike trails for ‘Raging Cyclist,’ they shut me down. The kind of stuff I like to shoot tends to have darker elements. They’re not as willing to give you the permits for that kind of thing. I told them, ‘We’re just shooting a guy riding a bike.’ I didn’t tell them that the guy riding the bike is wearing a dark robe and waving a blade. “Some people around here don’t like the fact that there are kids running around with cameras. People try to call the cops on us, not just when we’re making violent scenes, but just because their Sunday was being thrown off some way.”

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film Dangerous Behinds: ‘From the makers of Passenger 69 and Feeling Miss Minnesota ... ’ I have a good relationship with my former teacher now. But whenever they were showing one of my films in class, she used to sit next to the VCR and have her finger on the stop button anytime something got too racy.” When he graduated from videotape to film, McCarthy used editing rooms at San Jose State University, UC–Santa Cruz and De Anza College. He was, at least, attending classes at the last of the three. “I just put my name on the door and reserved some time,” he recalls. “I’d talk film with the students while I was there. I got special thanks credits on a lot of senior theses videos at UCSC.” As a young filmmaker, McCarthy reached out to Tim Sica and Larry Jacubecz of the long-running Celluloid Dreams show on KSJS-FM. He was a production assistant on a movie by former area filmmaker Ken Karnes, and he has also run with local filmmaker Shawn Flanagan, whose feature The Friggin’ Mafia Movie is available now on Netflix. Sometimes, McCarthy’s guerrilla methods attracted negative attention. “Superhero” includes a smoke-bombing sequence staged right outside the very cafe where our interview is taking place—the cloud of smoke startling passersby. McCarthy remembers a similar incident. “One of the times we were shooting here in Almaden, we had a scene with a guy with a cowboy hat holding a rifle. We’d just wrapped and were putting away the guns. That’s when six cop cars came flying in, parking in front of the Lucky or Alpha Beta or whatever it was at the time. I saw them and thought, ‘I have a feeling that’s for us. Let’s see what happens.’” What happened was that McCarthy got off with a warning. Some time later, he was on the expressway, filming a scene of the shooting of a pimp called Big Willie. “I wanted to do this crazy Touch of Evil opening shot,” McCarthy explains. “We’re driving down the expressway, and all of a sudden we’ve got two security guards driving behind us. The cops were behind them. I was still filming.”

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in your basement.” That’s what McCarthy’s companion and producer Elizabeth Mitchell told him when they met. Sean had asked her to audition for a film he was making. “Some casting couch!” McCarthy said. “We didn’t date until two years later.” The petite Mitchell had been looking for work as an actress via MySpace. When she got the invite to audition from McCarthy, she noted his love of demon-fighting movie star Bruce Campbell of Evil Dead fame. It was a love she shared. “I figured he’s either legit, or he’s going to a lot of trouble to get me into his lair,” Mitchell says. She auditioned but didn’t get the part. At the cafe table, Mitchell prompts McCarthy whenever his memory fails him. The two “have been together every second” since they got together, says McCarthy. But there’s some slight discord. Mitchell complains, “We can’t even go to a restaurant, and Sean notices something—he just talks—he’s a filmmaker, he wants to hear people’s stories. He’s Mr. Social all the time. I’m not social, so sometimes it’s a little frustrating.” “In junior high, I had a lot of friends who ended up in jail,” McCarthy adds. “Gangbangers and whatnot. In high school, I partied a little. Mostly, what I’d do is walk home and study movies. For a long time, I was very introverted. My dad was a salesman, and he had to talk to people, so I knew how it was done. Since my projects were kind of ambitious, I had to find people to help.” About a quarter of Sean’s high school turned up to be in an homage to the GoodFellas Copacabana scene. “It made me have to come out of my shell, to talk to someone about being in a movie or asking them to be a part of it.”

Maverick Method A few years ago I called McCarthy the most broadly talented local filmmaker I’d seen since I started writing for Metro. I didn’t make that judgment because he works in more than a few genres nor because of his technical finesse. McCarthy is exceptionally dedicated on

that level; the work he did on a piece called “The Mudvayne Trilogy” featured 600 special effects shots, as many as in The Fellowship of the Ring. The scares in “Cutting Seams” are due to McCarthy’s mastery of bizarre effects in a film that’s one long baddream sequence. McCarthy works in the commercial realm that he loves— tales of serial killers, or nutzoid Raimi/Rodriguez action anti-heroes, or tough-mouthed killers straight out of Tarantino. He makes fine use of local locations and local actors: He’s a filmmaker sizzling with passion for all the tools of the trade. “It strengthened my character, making ‘Raging Cyclist,’” McCarthy says. “Making sure your short films are really good is the best way to get people to entrust you with a feature film. It got me work directing and producing music videos and commercials. I was offered a few projects, including a Skinemax feature, but I turned that down because I didn’t want to be a hired gun or a ‘shooter.’ I want to focus on writing and developing projects I’m passionate about.” According to McCarthy, “With the democratization of the tools and YouTube, anyone can call themselves a ‘filmmaker,’ so the market has become crowded with a lot of pretenders and hobbyists. I think the biggest thing is to honestly communicate your excitement for the work to others. You have to be supercreative, develop strong technical and business skills.” Although he has made many shorts, McCarthy still hasn’t decided on a subject for a feature film. “I’ve seen a lot of people kick out a feature film without much preparation, and I’d hate to waste everybody’s time,” he admits. “I’ve watched lots of films at film festivals. Sometimes I could tell if they’ve let something gestate, if it touched my soul. Sometimes, you could tell in 10 seconds that the person hadn’t put in the time and the effort.” He continues in a reflective vein, “A film doesn’t have to be the work of an aesthetician like David Fincher, but when you watch it you want to know that everything’s been worked out. You’ve only got so much time on earth to do good work.”

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on the basis of his 2007 debut movie Palo Alto, the film that brought him to the Tribeca Film Festival. It’s visible now on Netflix, retitled as Palo Alto, CA. This coming-of-age film takes place during a Thanksgiving weekend all-nighter. Some friends return from their first year of college to reconnect with old party-pals. Leong and co-writer/associate producer Tony Vallone include an unusual homage to American Graffiti in the driving scenes with the late Eve Brent, a hard-working actress of the 1950s. She at one point describes a white T-Bird she once had back when she was young. The allusion to the Candy Clark character in George Lucas’ movie is clear. Leong shot some 90 percent of Palo Alto in and around his home town. The scenes with the big-name guest star Tom Arnold were shot on the USC campus at night. Leong

that she wanted to try working in longer-form writing, after her long career in TV. “Then began decades of development hell. That’s when I ran into Len Hill.” Kout encountered producer Leonard Hill when both were dining at a downtown L.A. restaurant. “What are you doing down here?,” Kout remembers asking Hill. “He told me, ‘Well, I kind of own the block.’ After dinner, he showed me this world, this beautiful block and this building and the rooftop—that skyline that’s in Dorfman. “I said, ‘Len, this is a really wonderful arena for a film’—and that’s when we had this concept of placing the story in the midst of the urban center. We needed someone who could execute our vision, and that’s when we were introduced to Brad through his first feature. Fifteen minutes into watching Palo Alto, we said, ‘We have to meet this person.’” Getting Elliot Gould aboard was Hill’s doing. “He and Elliott go way back,” Kout says. “Getting him was essential to the movie—you know how one miscast actor can throw a movie off.” Movies like In Search of a Midnight Kiss, (500) Days of Summer, and In Time have sought the romance in L.A.’s 1920s-era downtown, semiabandoned for years, now being preserved and refurbished. But Dorfman’s use of the L.A. subway system gives the film its own particular look. “It was not cheap,” Kout says about the location work. “It was hard for a low-budget indie, but we felt we had to have as much authenticity as possible. The Metro was very important—it’s Alice’s rabbit hole, a tunnel to an exotic place. I’m a big proponent of public transit. I’m a bit like Deb. I didn’t use the Metro before. But now, who needs a car?” Kout calls Dorfman “quite a collaboration. In addition to being a filmmaker, Brad is also a brilliant engineer. And Len has the same quality, working on film but also developing and repurposing real estate. We’re hoping to use those downtown backdrops as a creative pallet for new ideas.”

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and his stars caravanned to South California to film these scenes. Leong explains, “One of the reasons we wanted to do Palo Alto locally is that we thought the film should be told right where it originated. They’re super nice here, too. Everything costs money in L.A. One thing that happens down there is that if yard workers see a camera crew, they’ll turn on their leaf blowers whether they’re working or not. It’s because they’re hoping someone will pay them to turn the blowers off.” Leong does now what he’s been doing for years, commuting between the Bay Area and L.A. When he was attending Palo Alto High, Leong used to go to L.A. to work on films. After graduation from high school, he went to USC Film School, scheming with old friends to make a feature film. “We didn’t know anything really about what to make and what was right. Being 21, we made the kind of movie that we wanted to watch. We got into some good festivals, and Palo Alto is one of those few indie films that ended up getting a distributor.” At first, Dorfman seems like autobiographical work, too. Since Leong was spending more time in L.A., one supposed there’d be personal elements in this story. Dorfman is a kind of lifestyle comedy, the discovery by a suburbanite of downtown L.A. “I really do like the female perspective in Dorfman,” Leong says. “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore is one of my favorite Scorsese films. And I did similarly fall in love with downtown L.A. In most cities, the most concentrated part is downtown, but that’s not what L.A. is like. As everyone knows, USC is in a shithole neighborhood, and I spent most of my time in the West Side when I was going there. When I started working on Dorfman, I got introduced to downtown L.A. I’d never seen what was going on down there, and I was absolutely surprised.” Leong was actually brought aboard as director by the team of writer Kout and Leonard Hill. Hill, the former VP of Movies for ABC in the late 1970s, is a producer credited with dozens of made-for-TV films. Phoning in from Los Angeles, screenwriter Wendy Kout said

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FESTIVAL TOP PICKS Bel Borba Aqui (Brazil; 90 min.)

Salvador da Bahia in Brazil is decorated by the animals, chimeras and human figures of the hardworking Bel Borba, creator of numerous mosaics, murals and junk sculptures. This artist (a jovial party with a waxed mustache, a number of dogs and his own swimming pool) is profiled in this occasionally wandering documentary by Burt Sun and Andre Constantini. Sometimes Borba quotes Brazil’s artistic pasts in blue and white tiles, sometimes he works from a cherrypickers’ crane while slapping designs of tile on a huge cement retaining wall. And time-lapse photography (as in Clouzot’s The Mystery of Picasso) show us the sureness of an artist at work (although a survey of

a couple of other artists working this way, such as the staircase-decorating, one-named Chilean artist Selaron) might have given this film an even broader scope on Brazil. Still: Bel Borba makes an interesting subject, you get an eyeful of that nation and this is a pleasing picture of a wellspent life. (RvB) March 4, 6:3opm; March 6, 9:15pm; March 8, 1:30pm; all at Camera 12.

Best Intentions (Hungary/Romania; 105 min.)

Art imitates life in Romanian New Wave writer/director Adrian Sitaru’s second feature film, in which a medical scare tests the relationship between a mother and her thirtysomething son. In a matter of days following a panicked phone call from his father saying that his

mother has just suffered a stroke, the neurotic Alex (Bogdan Dumitrache) finds his life turned upside down. Despite his best intentions, his increasingly overbearing and protective behavior leads to clashes with his mother, her friends and even her doctors. And if he isn’t careful, he might just lose himself within the walls of the hospital. The semiautobiographical story is alternately poignant and funny. The chemistry between Dumitrache and Natasa Raab, who plays the mother, is touchingly sincere, sure to resonate with anyone who has ever suddenly been thrust into the role of parent on behalf of a loved one. (MS) March 2, 5pm; March 7, 4pm; March 10, 11:15am; all at Camera 12.

Close to Heaven (Germany/Romania; 93 min.)

Like Sweetgrass if it had been filmed by Bela Tarr. Director Titus Faschina ascends the Carpathians to watch a year in the life of the Stancius, a

family of Romanian sheep ranchers (50ish Dumitru, his wife, Maria, and coming-of-age son, Radu). They’re the last holdouts on the mountain, since their neighbors have sold out or given up. This ravishing black-andwhite film, shot by photographer Bernd Fischer, shows not just the austerity but the celebrations, including church dinners and the nearby town’s New Year’s Eve in the rain. Some concessions to modern life, such as a propane torch to scald a pig’s hide, contrast with mostly pre-modern equipment. They cut the alfalfa with Grim Reaper scythes; the men wear the massive Igor-style sheepskin coats that make them look like ambulatory haystacks. Close to Heaven is a constant revelation of hidden resourcefulness. As the seasons change, we see Dumitru’s tricks for getting a sickly lamb to nurse, his blacksmithing and his cheese making. He shows a deft hand on the Romanian shepherd’s flute—the music calling a response from the wolves in the distance. Son Radu becomes an enigma: no words

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about him or from him, for most of the film. Eventually, we see how he straddles the old world as well as his plans to continue this way of life. The Balanescu Quartet’s music tends to overplay the mournfulness, even for the sadness of a sheep being slaughtered (be warned). (RvB) Mar 1, 4:30pm; March 3, noon; March 8, 4pm. All at Camera 12.

Dave (U.S.; 94 min.) Writer/director Eric A. Geadelmann knows about the power of a coach. He produced The Dance, a documentary about Billy Roth, the former prizefighting champion who volunteered as a boxing coach in Louisiana’s roughest prisons. His follow-up as producer and now director doesn’t stray far in either geography or subject matter. It’s a powerful documentary about a real-life basketball coach and his mentoring of a special-needs student (the Dave of the title) in

small-town Missouri. In that way, it should really be called Adam & Dave, because the coach’s story is every bit as important here—without it, one can’t understand why he would take such an interest and why he feels every victory and setback in Dave’s life so deeply. The version I screened was only a rough cut, and in some ways, it is truly a diamond in the rough. It’s too long and unwieldy at the beginning—we don’t see Dave and Adam meet for an entire half hour. That’s too bad, because the film’s emotional power comes from the interactions we witness between the two of them, and the second half of the movie is a riveting emotional rollercoaster. A lot of the talking heads are extraneous—what we really need to get to is the heart of the matter, as Adam basically devotes his life to seeing that Dave gets even the slimmest chance of a future that seems available to him. How the two of them take that thin slice of opportunity and blow it up beyond

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anyone’s wildest imagination is an unforgettable story. (SP) March 2, 7pm; March 4, 11am; March 9, 3:45pm; all at Camera 12.

Forgetting the Girl (U.S.; 85 min.) Director Nate Taylor got his training as an editor on the romantic comedy Kissing Jessica Stein a decade ago. Who could have known he’d take what he learned there and turn it into something as twisted and brilliant as his debut feature, Forgetting the Girl? What he’s done is subvert all of the romanticmisfit clichés that Hollywood films have been piling on the fire of pop-culture emptiness for years, with this story of Kevin Wolfe, a photographer obsessed with dating his models and then trying to forget them, usually after they break up with him. Christopher Denham is fantastic in the enigmatic lead role, alternating between a painful awkwardness and a certain boyish charm, as writer Peter Moore Smith refuses to let us make up our minds about whether Kevin is a true ladies’ man or a total buffoon. The thriller elements come in with the creepy note of menace introduced in the secondary character of Kevin’s friend Tanner (Paul Sparks of Boardwalk Empire), and a subplot involving one of Kevin’s models (Anna Camp from The Good Wife). Lindsay Beamish is also excellent as Kevin’s longsuffering assistant Jamie. Don’t let anyone tell you anything else. The ending is one of the most disturbing of any film in recent memory. (SP) March 2, 7:15pm; March 4, 9pm, March 6, 2:30pm; all at Camera 12.

The Harsh Light of Day (U.K.; 90 min.) In an intriguing twist on the vampire genre, Daniel (Dan Richardson), the victim of a horrific home invasion, is left widowed and confined to a wheelchair. A sinister stranger (Giles Alderson) shows up offering the distraught Daniel a chance at some quality

payback—sort of Straw Dogs with fangs. The moral choice to accept the gift/curse of eternal life, leaves Daniel genuinely tortured, especially when he realizes the cost of his new powers—collateral damage is a very real possibility once he starts down a path from which there is no retreat. The storytelling is crisp and jangly in director/writer Oliver S. Milburn’s feature-film debut, with some intense encounters between all-too-earthly thugs and their newfound otherwordly foe. (MSG) March 3, 6:45pm; March 6, 9:45pm; March 9, 3pm; all at Camera 12.

How to Cheat (U.S.; 87 min.) If her film is finally overresolved, director/actress Amber Sealey (A Plus D) brings an alternative perspective to alternative film. As a black-suited chauffeur named Mark, squidgy titan of mumblecore Kent Osborne (Hannah Takes the Stairs, Uncle Kent) frolics naked in his Eagle Rock backyard. This conniption fit is caused by the aggravations of Mark’s sex life, which is strictly for procreation with his baby-craving partner, Beth (Sealey). Their reason for sticking it out, according to him: “There are so many pictures of us together.” Mark decides to look for some on the side via websites and encounters the hard-drinking Louise (Amanda Street), who may be willing to sleep with a married man, although her idea of foreplay involves a lot of acting out; she’s nuttier than Kristin Schaal (The Flight of the Conchords), frankly. The petite, brown-eyed Street has serious charisma, and Mark’s arguably low-life behavior is sold by his resemblance to Charles Grodin’s furtive, easily moraled character parts in 1970s films. My problem, as with all mumblecore, and postmumblecore and its derivatives and variations, is the Cassavetes strain: the sense of actors horsing around, playing tactility/identity games becoming as little children as they evolve scenes and characters: fun for them, exasperating for us. (RvB) Feb. 29, 6:45pm; March 5, 2:45pm; March 7, 9:45pm; all at Camera 12.

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Love, Wrinkle-Free (India; 106 min.) A ribald family farce, at least by Indian standards, in which 40something Savio (Ash Chandler) hopes to provide for his family by designing a line of edible underwear. Noel Coward it ain’t, but writer/ director Sandeep Mohan gently mocks much of midlife in general and Goa in particular, from hippie stoner jokes to Hindi/Catholicism, a residue from Portuguese colonization. Most of the broad humor concerns the vanity of Savio, his wife and a local businessman with a hair fetish. Director Mohan attempts to juggle one subplot too many, and some gags fall flat. The film is silly but good-natured. (DH) March 4, 7pm, California Theatre; March 7, 7:15pm, Camera 12; March 9, 9:15pm, Camera 12.

Mixed Kebab (Belgium; 98 min.) In the opening shot, Ibriham (Cern Akkanat) faces the camera and blithely introduces himself as Turkish, Belgian, Muslim and gay— as well as betrothed to his pretty and materialistic cousin in Turkey. His indifference allows the gravity of his family situation to emerge slowly. If he doesn’t care, why should I? But director Guy Lee Thuys masterfully steers Bram (his Belgian nickname) his family and his paramour’s family into the deep waters of race, religion, sexuality and identity. Enumerating these “big themes” doesn’t do justice to the excellent cast and script, which leaven the tragedies of everyday life. Here in Silicon Valley, I too often think that a tolerant multiculture is the norm. Mixed Kebab harrowingly and humorously reminds me that Muslim gays and women might think otherwise. (DH) March 4, 4:30pm; March 7, 5pm; March 9, 9:15pm; all at San Jose Rep.

Portrait of a Zombie (Ireland; 85 min.) It not easy having fun with zombies—relentless, mindless appetite just isn’t that amusing.

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Writer/director Bing Bailey’s feature, however, stands comparison to Shaun of the Dead itself. In a workingclass part of Dublin, a low-budget film crew (perhaps hoping to get into Cinequest?) is tracking the sad story of Billy (Patrick Murphy), a young man inflicted with a zombie virus. His harried but supremely loving parents (perfectly pitched performances by Geraldine McAlinden and Rory Mullen) talk with touching sincerity about their son’s plight. The empathy quotient runs high until we actually meet Billy, who needs a Hannibal Lecter mask and grappling hooks to keep him from devouring the cameraman. As the local hooligans organize anti-zombie protests and the director romances Billy’s sister, Billy’s girlfriend reveals that she is pregnant—an announcement that leads to a supreme gross-out scene that should leave Rick Santorum with even more nightmares about

prenatal care than he already suffers from. (MSG) March 3, midnight; March 5, 9:30pm; March 10, 4:30pm; all at Camera 12.

Unfinished Spaces (U.S.; 86 min.) Not just one of the highlights of this year’s festival, but one of the best documentaries on Cuba ever made. Directors Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray chronicle how, in a burst of revolutionary enthusiasm, Fidel Castro’s government commissioned a series of art schools on the grounds of a seized country club. The first was completed speedily by architect Ricardo Porro and a group of less-famous associates working with volunteer student labor. The builders overcame the U.S. embargo on building materials by creating a school of breezeways and soaring brick vaults, based on Catalonian models. But

pressure from without and within Cuba kept this dream from being completed. First, the project was denounced as too “Pharaonic” for an underdeveloped country. Later, the sexually liberated conduct of the art students aroused the prissy wrath of Che himself, since he and Fidel had embraced the hard-core Philistinism of the U.S.S.R. Gay students were purged, and the architects either were blacklisted or fled Cuba. Abandoned and overgrown, the school was at one point the backdrop for an outer space Planet of the Barbarians–type TV series. The redemption of this “maldita” (cursed) school is the happy part of the story; it has special relevance to Americans who are watching the U.S. underfund its own arts. (RvB) March 2, 1:45pm; March 7, 6:30pm; March 10, 4:15pm; all at Camera 12.

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FESTIVAL FEATURES Almost in Love (U.S.; 83 min.)

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Two nights, separated apparently by a couple of years, shot in a matching pair of approximately 45-minute unbroken takes. On the balcony of his Staten Island dwelling —Sasha (Alex Karpovsky) is enjoying a sunset barbecue. The meal is ruined by the arrival of Kyle (Gary Wilmes), the ornery old friend who had a short-turn affair with Sasha’s former lover Mia (Marjan Neshat). In the second half, we meet the three again, surrounded by a different crowd (among them is Alan Cummings, playing a celebrity of some sort); this time the party is still going late at night at a beachside mansion at the height of summer. Does director Sam Neave show signs of leaving the gravity of the film-festival circuit in this, his third feature film? Yes and no. Neave’s undeniable skill as a editor patches the conversations together (quite acute: an offscreen pair telling a story of a man blinded

by a stroke, matched with the sight of an ex-couple feeling their way blindly through a sticky social situation). If Neave has a fine ear for New York chat, his sense of humor isn’t electric. Ultimately, the lack of observation of people outside this luxurious world with their hill-ofbeans romantic problems eventually makes one think, By God, what we have here before us is the new Henry Jaglom. (RvB) March 3, 9:15pm; March 6, 6:45pm; March 0, 12:30pm; all at Camera 12.

Come As You Are (Belgium; 108 min.)

Based on the life of special-needs pro-sex activist Asta Philpot, Come As You Are follows a trio of horny and physically disabled young men from their parents’ homes in Belgium to Spain: near-blind Jozef (Tom Audenaert), quadriplegic Philip (Robrecht Vanden Thoren), brain-tumor-burdened Lars (Gilles De Schryver) and their sullen driver,

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Delusions of Grandeur (U.S.; 95 min.) Bay Area filmmaker Iris Almaraz’s debut feature is a quirky, kitschy coming-of-age story whose heartfelt earnestness never quite manages to balance out the meandering narrative and uneven acting. Set in mid-’90s San Francisco, Delusions of Grandeur follows Lucy (Leana Chavez), a grungy young woman grappling with psychological issues and sexual frustration. Chavez’s occasionally grating performance as the petulant Lucy often makes the supporting characters seem more engaging than the protagonist. These peripheral figures include the transgendered Illusion (Salvador Benavides) and endearingly awkward barista Mario (Ronnie Alvarez). Awash in dreamy indie-rock anthems, Lucy’s emotional yearning for her estranged mother coupled with the film’s off-kilter aesthetic brings to mind Juno and All About My Mother. Despite the parallels, Almaraz still emerges as a promising new storyteller. (MS) March 3, 9:45pm; March 8, 4pm; March 9, 9:45pm; March 10, 4pm; all at Camera 12.

Hours South is based on a mostly true story. The title refers to the travel time between cosmopolitan Rome, where Luca is recruited for a dance troupe, and his place on the beach. The beauty of Luca’s backwater hometown undercuts the central conflict between conventional and artistic life. Who wouldn’t want to live on the coast of Italy? Yet director Mark Bacci’s attractive cast and Flashdance-fast choreography ably spin around any plot holes. (DH) March 4, 8:30pm; March 6, 7:30pm; March 9, 5pm; all at Camera 12.

George the Hedgehog (Poland; 80 min.) Based on the comic books about “Jez Jerzy,” a rutting hedgehog who shows signs of emulating The Simpsons’ “Poochie” with his backward baseball hat and skateboard. But this critter (a smiling, bristly scrotum on two legs) is apparently the idol of Polish youth. So a plot is hatched by a scientist to clone him. The little Jez Jerzy is foaming and flatulent and more badly behaved than the original. The cartoon plays out in wavery computer animation of paper cutouts. But the rare Polish gift for caricature shines in this shitelife look at Warsaw, in the meaty, drunk faces of the rabble; in the way a discarded condom flutters like a banner around the neck of a beer bottle stuck in the mud; or in the strangely soaring moment when a fleet of inflatable love dolls profane the Catholic skies over Poland’s capital. The sexual politics may be questionable, but both horrible sexes eventually get what’s coming to them. (RvB) March 2, 4pm; March 9, midnight; March 10, 9:45pm; all at Camera 12.

The Good Son

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A delicious blend of black comedy and dysfunctional family drama, coupled with the occasional hint of psychological thriller, the titular character of The Good Son is anything but. Centered on a single movie-star

Like William Holden in Golden Boy choosing between boxing and violin playing, Luca (Andres Londono) must decide between break dancing and policing his native Pulian coast of Italy. Sounds farfetched, but Five

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Claude (Isabelle de Hertogh). Their destination is a Spanish brothel catering to their needs. Director Geoffrey Enthoven avoids both mawkishness and pity, partly by keeping the sarcastic Philip far from likeable. The performances by Schryver and Hertogh are especially affecting. Come As You Are is in the same school if not the same class as Y Tu Mamá También. (DH) March 1, 7pm, California Theatre; March 6, 9:45pm, California Theatre; March 9, 7pm (SJ Rep)

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P.O.V.: A Cursed Film (Japan; 92 min.)

NXii`fiNfdXe mother who embarks on a weekend getaway with her two sons following a media scandal, the sleepy beachtown setting becomes fraught with tension thanks to the intimate cinematography. From the tightly framed close-ups emerge standout performances from Elina Knihtilä as the outwardly caring mother gradually reduced to insecure narcissist, and Samuli Niittymäki as her elder son who exhibits increasingly violent behavior directed at his mother’s new lover. Yet for all director and co-writer Zaida Bergroth attempts to build toward the family’s dark, downward spiral, the film’s effectiveness is often sabotaged by scenes that go on for too long and dissonant elements that seem silly rather than bleakly ironic. (MS) Feb. 29, 9:30pm; March 1, 4:45pm; March 4, 11am; all at SJ Rep.

toward a woman’s severed arm—a perversion of the lady in the lake. Although this Turkish policier doesn’t maintain the dark lyricism of its opening scene, a trio of homicide detectives doggedly engage in the title “hunt” for the girl’s killer. The chief inspector (Sener Sen) is bespectacled and persistent, like George Smiley. The grizzled veteran cop (Cem Yilmaz) succumbs to his temper. The rookie (Okan Yalabik) has difficulty washing away the stench of corpses. Strong performances and high production values overcome a script that needs trimming and an overworked title metaphor. Police procedurals seem more sinister when a possible murder motive is “honor killing.” (DH) March 2, 2pm; March 8, 9:30pm; March 9, 6pm; all at Camera 12.

The Hunting Season

(Mexico; 135 min.)

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What does a no-kids gay male couple in Mexico City have to do with a crack-whore single mother? People who saw Amores Perros know

Over the opening credits, the camera tracks across a garbage-strewn swamp

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Mirai and Haruna host a giggly TV talk show for teens that includes creepy videos submitted by fans. One of the videos, however, keeps runninng even when the plugs have been pulled. It depicts a ghastly incident from the girls’ high school past. At the school, a film crew and a very practical exorcist try to defuse the apparitional possession. After a way-too-long setup, the meat of the film takes place at the school, depicted with hand-held nightvision footage and much running about and stumbling in the half-light. The film is scary in parts, but traverses some too-well-worn territory to be ground-breaking in either technique or impact. (MSG) March 2, midnight; March 4, 10pm; March 9, 10:15pm; all at Camera 12.

A Trip (Slovenia; 85 min.) Slovenia is prosperous enough to produce disaffected middle-class teens. During a drive across country, three former high school friends smash an abandoned car while complaining about their lot. Their aggression and defiance seems a bit forced. Gregor is on his way back to the army in Afghanistan. Ziva (Nina Rakovec) brags that she will

try anything. Andrej is a foil, teased about his homosexuality. A Trip goes far on a tiny budget. Director Nejc Gazvoda reveals much in a character’s glance or a cutaway shot. (DH) Feb. 29, 7pm; March 3, 4:45pm; March 6, 2:15pm; all at Camera 12.

Warrior Woman (U.S.; 97 min.) Alice (Karen Young, resembling Annette Bening) is haunted by her mastectomy, juggles her rent and medical bills, and supports her intermittently employed husband on the blue-collar margins of Albuquerque. She spirits one of her ESL students away from an abusive husband into the desert, where they land in a hardscrabble women’s community. The symbol-laden dream sequences (snakes!) hew a bit too faithfully to the film’s title and to the notion of rough magic, but Young’s performance, and the actors around her, are at once tough and inspiring. (DH) March 3, 2:30pm; March 4, 1:45pm; March 6, 11:30am; all at Camera 12.

Worth the Weight (U.S.; 93 min.) It isn’t. The fat in this movie isn’t all on obese star Robbie Kaller; it’s on the lardy script too, as the movie stretches out a simple big-boy-meetsgirl tale till it snaps. In the San Fernando Valley, the 412-pound-plus ex-football player Sam (Kaller) could go for “normal”-size Cassie (Jillian Leigh), but Cassie has a previous commitment with a pretentious fake poet. That’s your entire movie, not counting the subplot about Sam’s sidekick Miles (Tommy Snider), whose girlfriend (the scene-stealing Constance Reese) is expecting. Firsttime feature director Ryan Sage spins off the Apatowian slobs ’n’ honeys comedy to its logical dead-end. We’re prepped for such a tale by the ukulele on the soundtrack. (A, remember good old half-ton ukeist “Iz”? Girls probably went for him, even though he was a dirigible.) (RvB) March 2, 9:30pm, San Jose Rep; March 4, 4pm, Camera 12; March 7, 11:45pm, Camera 12.

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Fusion Feel REGAL GAL FOWL Arka’s menu includes the royally named ‘his majesty’s chili chicken.’

Chef Sachin Chopra expands his Indian culinary cuisine with Arka in Sunnyvale By

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HANCES ARE that fans of Indian food in Silicon Valley have eaten Sachin Chopra’s food. He’s had a hand in several of the South Bay’s most successful modern South Asian restaurants. He was the opening executive sous chef at Amber in Santana Row. He was executive chef at Mantra in Palo Alto and, later, opening chef at the high-style Sakoon in Mountain View, one of my favorite new-school Indian restaurants. He currently presides over All Spice, an acclaimed contemporary restaurant in San Mateo. Esquire magazine named Chopra one of four “chefs to watch” in 2011 for his cooking at All Spice. His most recent project is Arka, a fusiony Indian restaurant in Sunnyvale. But for such a prolific

and talented chef, the restaurant was a letdown. He’s not the restaurant’s executive chef, that would be Surbeer Rawat. Sachin was, rather, the consulting executive chef, which means he helped create the menu and the concept. Neither does much for the cause of modern Indian food. The 200-seat restaurant aspires to be lively and hip with its thumping sound system, lime- and lavender-colored walls and glittering bar illuminated by multi-colored pendant lamps. But the food doesn’t live up to the flashy vibe and décor. All the dishes I tried were wellexecuted, but the results were mediocre. Most of the menu is straightup Indian food, the likes of which you can get at number of South Bay restaurants. Some dishes are sprinkled with nontraditional ingredients like Brussels sprouts, mozzarella cheese and pesto, but the results are mixed. The menu comes off as Sakoon-lite. Mountain View’s Sakoon successfully marries traditional and Western ingredients to

create a compelling, new new-style cuisine. The ffood at Arka is standard Indian d with a few nontraditional ingredients tossed in. Chicken 65 is a classic Indian food snack, juicy nuggets of spiced chicken either deep-fried or sautéed. Arka’s version ($7.95) is unremarkable and dry. The advertised spiciness and flavors of curry leaves and fennel were too muted to make a difference. Butter chicken has become a Silicon Valley favorite for good reason. Silken and creamy, the dish owes its buttery richness not to just butter but to yogurt and/or cream. Arka’s version ($13.95) is more restrained and leans more on tomatoes for body than dairy products. I like my butter chicken buttery. Lal mirch ($11.95) was billed as a spicier version of butter chicken. Studded with rotund dried chiles it is a bit hotter than the butter chicken but it, too, was more tomato than creamy. And the addition of green bell peppers isn’t doing anyone any favors. The rosemary lamb chops ($19.95) came highly recommended from my waiter. While wonderfully tender, I expected more of a tangy glaze from all the time spent in the tandoor oven. What I got was fine but not great. For a hearty meat dish, I liked the nizami goat curry ($15.95) better. I am fond of goat to begin with (if you like

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lamb, you’ll like goat), and enrobed in a sweetish curry built around slowroasted onions, it is very good. On the vegetarian side, the mirch baigan aur ananas ($12.95) offers a taste of southern India with flavors of slowcooked eggplant, pineapple, coconut milk and peanut sauce. Less successful was the nontraditional masala bundh gobhi ($11.95), with Brussels sprouts in what was described as a garlic and onion sauce but instead was really an onion- and garlic-spiked tomato sauce. It would have been better to leave the tomatoes out. The combination of the sprouts and tomatoes created a clash of flavors. Arka makes a wide range of breads, naan, parantha and kulcha. It’s here where the fusion concept runs wildest, with ingredients like pesto and Parmesan, smoked paprika and thyme, and green chile jack cheese (MexIndian?). No matter the cultural mishmash, Indian bread right out of the tandoor is pretty hard to beat, no matter what’s on it. My favorite was the garlic and serrano chile naan ($2.45). On the plus side, Arka offers a good selection of beer that goes beyond the standards (Taj, Kingfisher) and dives into Belgian ales. The floral and complex ales are a great match for the spicy and sometimes sweet flavors of Indian food. There’s also a decent wine list and a full bar. The lineup for cocktails leans toward the fruity side, as in sweet and made with fruit. Arka deserves points for its responsibly sourced ingredients. Seafood gets the stamp of approval from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. The chicken and some vegetables are organically raised. Few Indian restaurants in Silicon Valley make this kind of effort. Service is prompt and professional. General manager Michael Christian Agnel, a vet of Amber and Sakoon, runs a smooth operation on the front of the house. While chef Chopra has arguably done more than any chef to advance Indian food in Silicon Valley, his efforts at Arka come up short.

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Our selective list of area restaurants includes those that have been favorably reviewed in print by Metro food critics and others that have been sampled but not reviewed in print. All visits by our writers are made anonymously, and all expenses are paid by Metro. Updates from vigilant readers and listed restaurateurs are heartily encouraged; please submit via email to sholbrook@metronews.com.

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CAPERS Well-heeled sports bar and restaurant. $$$. Capers is a sophisticated restaurant that uses sports as its theme. Well-devised menu full of inventive recipes and delicious finger foods. 11am10:30pm Mon-Thu, 11ammidnight Fri-Sat, 9:30am10:30pm Sun. 1710 W. Campbell Ave. 408.374.5777.

LA PIZZERIA Italian. $$. La Pizzeria specializes in simple pizzas that stand on the strength of a few highquality ingredients, expertly prepared. Open for lunch and dinner daily. 11am-10pm Sun-Tue, 11am-11pm Wed, 11am-midnight Thu-Sat. 373 E. Campbell Ave. 408.370.0826. MICHI Japanese. $$. Sushi standards are transformed into palate-awakening presentations; culinary boundaries are stretched. 11am-10pm daily. 2220 S. Winchester Blvd. 408.378.8000 or 378.0838.

NEGEEN Persian. $$. Mira ghasemi, grilled and puréed eggplant in a tomato sauce with scrambled eggs, and kashk-e-bademjan, puréed eggplant topped with mint and a creamy yogurt sauce, are great, as are the kebabs. Don’t miss the excellent Persian ice cream. 11:30am-10pm MonThu, 11:30am-midnight Fri-Sat, 11:30am-9pm Sun. 801 W. Hamilton Ave. 408.866.6400.

PSYCHO DONUTS Donuts. $. Psycho Donuts has taken rings of fried dough into new territory with flavors like apricot, the Cookie Monster (topped with Oreos) and Do-Nilla (sprinkled with bits of vanilla wafers) and the intimidating Psycho Donut,

a maelstrom of marshmallow, pretzel and chile powder. 6am5pm Mon-Thu, 6am-11pm Fri, 7am-11pm Sat, 7am-5pm Sun. 2006 S. Winchester Blvd #C. 408.378.4540.

RUSSIAN CAFÉ AND DELI Russian. $$. This is a small Russian grocery store with a good little restaurant tucked in the corner. Borscht soup, pelmeni and solyankya sbornaya, a thick soup studded with chunks of mild pork sausage, black olives, pickles and barley all satisfy. 11am8pm daily. 1712 S. Winchester Blvd. 408.379.6680.

SUSHI ZONE Japanese. $$. Fun sushi meets fun surroundings in this zone. 11:30am-2:30pm, 5-9:30pm Sun-Thu, 11:30am-2:30pm, 510pm Fri-Sat. 75 S. San Tomas Aquino Rd #1. 408.866.1323. TIGELLERIA Italian. $$. Tigelleria’s menu centers on fine cheeses and Italian salumi paired with tigelle, freeflowing, piping-hot flatbreads the size of mini pitas. The bread forms the addictive heart of the meal. 11:30am2pm, 5-10pm daily. 76 E. Campbell Ave. 408.884.3808.

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ALEXANDER’S STEAKHOUSE American-Asian steakhouse. $$$$. Alexander’s is much more than a steakhouse. Add a 500-bottle wine list, multiple dining rooms and Asianaccented ambience and you’ve got a standout South Bay restaurant. Full bar. 5:30-10pm Mon-Thu, 5:30-11pm Fri-Sat, 5-9pm Sun. 10330 N. Wolfe Rd. 408.446.2222.

CAFE TORRE New Italian. $$$. A gem tucked away in

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an unassuming little mall, with a sophisticated interior and congenial hosts. Even better is the great pasta and seafood. Beer, wine. 11:30am2pm, 5-9:30pm Mon-Thu, 5-10:30pm Fri-Sat. Closed Sun. 20343 Stevens Creek Blvd. 408.257.2383.

CUPERTINO BAKERY Indian and bakery. $. Don’t be fooled by the name. Cupertino Bakery is a really great South Indian restaurant. Unlike many South Indian restaurants, Cupertino Bakery isn’t vegetarian. Good lunch buffet for $7.99. Don’t miss the dosa and utthappam. 11:30am-9:30pm daily, but weekdays kitchen closes 2:305:30pm. 102521 S. De Anza Blvd. 408.517.9000. DYNASTY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Hong Kongstyle Chinese. $$$. Dynasty specializes in Hong Kong-style seafood. The seafood is very fresh, especially the creatures swimming minutes before they arrive on your plate. Good dim sum, too. Full bar. 11am2:30pm, 5-9:30pm Mon-Thu, 10am-3pm, 5-9:30pm Fri-Sat. 10123 N. Wolfe Rd (in Cupertino Square). 408.996.1680.

FLORENTINE RESTAURANT Italian. $. Bold flavors, fresh ingredients and lavish portions. Beer, wine. 10257 S. De Anza Blvd. (plus six other locations, some with full bars). 11:30am9pm Mon-Thu, 11:30am10pm Fri-Sat, 4-9pm Sun. 408.253.6532.

FONTANA’S California/Italian. $$$. A steady performer, Fontana’s rarely disappoints pasta lovers. Beer, wine. 11:30am-9pm Mon-Thu, 11:30am-10pm Fri, 5-10pm Sat,

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DOUBLING UP Chef Nick Difu is opening a new restaurant across the street from his present place.

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ICK DIFU, chef and owner of Los Gatos’ popular Nick’s on Main, is opening a second restaurant across the street in the space formerly occupied by Tapestry restaurant. The restaurant, called Nick’s Next Door, will offer the same kind of food as the original Nick’s but will also have a full bar.

“We are adding it because we want everyone to enjoy what we’ve started here,” Difu says. “We’re just expanding off what we have.” Because the new Nick’s will be a bigger space and have an outdoor patio, Difu is still working on the particulars of the menu and what equipment he will use. He’s hoping to open in April or May. Nick’s on Main became an instant hit when it opened in 2008. The restaurant serves a menu of boldly flavored, Mediterraneanmeets-American upscale comfort food. Meanwhile, Cupertino’s ARYA GLOBAL CUISINE is set to open a second location in downtown Redwood City next month. The restaurant will showcase its unique blend of Persian, Italian and American cuisine. The menu will include dishes like pistachio/pomegranate meatballs, lamb shank and chicken kebabs with shirin polo (basmati rice with almonds, pistachios, orange peel and saffron). Arya will also serve pasta, steaks and seafood.—Stett Holbrook

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4:30-9pm Sun. 20840 Stevens Creek Blvd. 408.725.0188.

GOCHI Japanese. $$$. Gochi is a globally inspired izakaya (small plates) restaurant. Most of the food is straight-up Japanese fare, but there are a few American, French and Korean twists. Highly recommended. 19980 Homestead Rd. 408.725.0542. LOON WAH Chinese. $. The

kitchen produces good wokcentric dishes, but its main draw is fresh, hand-pulled noodles. Casual. Beer, wine. 11am-9:30pm Mon-Thu, 11am-10pm Fri-Sun. 1146 De Anza Blvd. 408.257.8877.

TATAMI Japanese. $$. Billed as a Japanese seafood buffet, Tatami doesn’t limit itself to Japanese dishes. Pan-Asian and just plain odd specialties rotate. 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-9pm Mon-Fri, 11:30am-

3pm, 5:30-9:30pm Sat-Sun. Cupertino Square mall (near Sears), 10123 N. Wolfe Rd #2001. 408.996.3444.

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AKANE Japanese/sushi bar. $$. Nigiri and maki treasures

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ALDO LOS ALTOS Italian. $$. Downtown Los Altos is ghostly quiet after dark but Aldo has injected some life into this corner of town with its lively wine bar, friendly service and welcoming atmosphere. 11am2pm, Mon-Fri; 5pm-close daily. 388 Main St. 650.949.2300.

BEAUSÉJOUR Continental. $$$. Elegant seafood, meat and game dishes lean toward reducing fat without compromising taste. Call for reservations. Full bar. Lunch 11:30am-2pm Mon-Fri; 5-9pm daily. 170 State St. 650.948.1382.

CHEF CHU’S Chinese. $$. Speedy service, superb preparation and the ability to cater to varied tastes keep this landmark in business. Full bar. 11:30am-9:30pm Mon-Thu, 11:30-10pm Fri, noon-10pm Sat, noon-9:30pm Sun. 1067 N. San Antonio Rd. 650.948.2696.

ESTRELLITA RESTAURANT Mexican. $$. Estrellita’s reverence for regional Mexican cooking distinguishes it from the enchilada-and-taco masses. The menu is full of Mexican-American standards, but the changing selection of specials make this restaurant a star. Full bar. 11am-2pm, 5-9pm Mon-Thu, 11am-2pm, 5-9:30pm Fri-Sat, 5-9pm Sun. 971 N. San Antonio Rd. 650.948.9865.

LOS ALTOS GRILL American. $$. The handsome Los Altos Grill celebrates big plates of grilled meat and fish with plenty of fixings on the side. Try the spit-roasted chicken, fresh fish and big burgers. The long, horseshoe-shaped bar is a big draw, too. Full bar. 4:30-9:30pm Sun-Mon, 4:3010pm Tue-Sat. 233 Third St. 650.948.3524.

SATURA CAKES FrenchJapanese bakery. $. Satura Cakes offers sweet treats for adult tastes. A Japanese take on a French patisserie, these confections are prepared fresh daily and meticulously

crafted using the finest organic ingredients. 8am-8pm daily. 200 Main St. 650.948.3300. (Also 320 University Ave, Palo Alto. 650.326.3393.)

SUMIKA Japanese. $$. Sumika is a Japanese pub, but that doesn’t do it justice. It’s elegant, yet still a great place to drink beer and sake. The specialty is kushiyaki, small bites of grilled chicken, beef and vegetables cooked on bamboo skewers over charcoal. 11:30am-2pm, 6-10pm Tue-Fri, 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-11pm Sat, 5-9pm Sun. 236 Central Plaza. 650.917.1822.

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ALDO’S Italian. $$$. A warm and engaging atmosphere sets the scene for fullbodied flavors and healthy ingredients. 11:30am-2:30pm Mon-Fri, 5-9pm Thu, 5-10pm Fri-Sat. 14109 Winchester Blvd. 408.374.1808.

CALIFORNIA CAFE New American. $$$. An innovative approach to Pacific Rim staples makes for some lovely surprises. The ace service matches the smart setting. Full bar. 11:30am-10pm MonFri, 10:30am-10:30pm Sat, 10:30am-9:30pm Sun. 50 University Ave. 408.354.8118.

CIN-CIN Eclectic wine bar. $$$. The heart of Cin-Cin’s menu is an eclectic mix of small plates, tapas-size dishes that partner well with a great wine list. 4-10pm Mon-Sat. 368 Village Way. 408.354.8006.

DIO DEKA Greek. $$$. Dio Deka is doing its part to elevate Greek food in Silicon Valley. There’s much to recommend at this handsome restaurant. Most starters are large so they’re best shared. 5:30-10pm Mon-Thu, 5-10pm Fri-Sat, 5-9pm Sun. 210 E. Main St. 408.354.7700. FLEUR DE COCOA French bakery. $$. Almond croissant. Almond croissant. Almond croissant. Los Gatos’ Fleur de Cocoa is rightly known for its chocolate confections and pastries, but I can’t stop thinking about the little pastry

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shop’s spectacular almond croissants. There’s plenty of other good stuff and not all of it sweet, like the croque monsieur and the quiche. 7:30am-6pm Tue-Sat, 8am4pm Sun. 39 N. Santa Cruz Ave. 408.354.3574.

FORBES MILL STEAKHOUSE Steakhouse. $$$$. When Metro first checked in with Forbes Mill in 2003, it was called “a big, burly brasserie equipped with style as well as substance.” It’s holding up well and still does things in a big way. 5-9pm Sun-Thu, 5-10pm Fri-Sat. 206 N. Santa Cruz Ave. 408.395.6434.

GREEN PAPAYA Vietnamese. $$. California cuisine meets Southeast Asia by way of Paris, with inventive updates of clay pot and five-spice authentica. Beer, wine. 11am-3pm, 59:30pm Tue-Sun. 137 N. Santa Cruz Ave. 408.395.9115.

I GATTI New Italian. $$$. I Gatti fits like a glove along peaceful Main Street. The chef understands the basics but isn’t afraid to create refreshing twists on traditional recipes. 11:30am-2pm, 5-9:30pm MonSat, 5-9pm Sun 25 E. Main St. 408.399.5180.

KAMAKURA SUSHI AND SAKE HOUSE Sushi bar classics. $$. In a smart setting, Kamakura showcases a procession of impeccable sushi and sashimi platters. 10:30am2pm, 5:30-10pm daily. 135 N. Santa Cruz Ave. 408.395.6650.

LOS GATOS BREWING CO. Brewpub. $$$. Most brewpubs seem to be cooking from the same menu, but executive chef Jim Stump has created a diverse menu of upscale comfort food that goes well beyond burgers and grilledchicken sandwiches. The handsome wood-accented interior and open kitchen with its wood-fired pizza oven and rotisserie grill add to the restaurant’s appeal. Breakfast 10am-2pm Sat-Sun; lunch 11:30am-3pm; dinner 5-9pm daily. 130 N. Santa Cruz Ave. 408.395.9929.

MANRESA High concept. $$$$. Drawing from produce grown at his own farm, superstar chef David Kinch is

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NICK’S ON MAIN American. $$$. Nick’s on Main is a relaxed but elegant bistro full of neighborly charm and is a showcase for owner Nick Difu’s decadent and deeply satisfying style of cooking. 11:30am-3pm, 5-9:30pm Tue-Sat. 35 E. Main St. 408.399.6457.

PASTARIA & MARKET Italian. $$. Pastaria offers reasonably priced comfort food in an unpretentious but lively atmosphere. 5-9:30pm Mon-Thu, 5-10pm Fri-Sun. 49 E. Main St. 408.399.3477.

RESTAURANT JAMES RANDALL Californian. $$$. Chef and co-owner Ross Hanson takes his cues from the seasons and favors a simple, ingredient-driven approach that places it squarely in the California school of cooking. He favors big, robust flavors and large serving sizes to create a kind of California comfort food. 5:30-11pm Tue-Sat. 303 N. Santa Cruz Ave. 408.395.4441.

STEAMER’S New American. $$$. Styling itself as a grill house, Steamer’s includes rotisserie meats and fragrant grilled chops in addition to fresh fish. Quality control and service are excellent. Full bar. 11:30am-2:30pm, 5-9:30pm daily. 31 University Ave. 408.395.2722.

TANDOORI OVEN Indian. $. Tandoori Oven has quickly found its niche in Los Gatos among the burrito joints, sushi spots and upscale restaurants with its made-to-order curry dishes and spicy north Indian fare at good prices. 11:30am9:30pm daily. 133 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, 408.395.1784; 1875 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell, 408.559.3885; and 109 S. First St., San Jose, 408.292.7222.

TAPESTRY Contemporary haute. $$$. Right on the main street, this cottagelike spot blends traditional French cooking with contemporary fusion: filet mignon with Mongolian-style brown sauce; crayfish chow mein. Elegant

and friendly. 11:30am-2pm, 5-10pm Tue-Sat, 5-9pm Sun. 11 College Ave. 408.395.2808.

THREE DEGREES Eclectic, California. $$$. Set inside the beautifully remodeled Toll House Hotel, Three Degrees delivers a mixed bag of big and small plates from an eclectic menu. Some dishes, like the New York steak, are great, but others fall flat. Full bar. Breakfast 6:30-11am Mon-Fri; dinner 3-10pm daily. 140 S. Santa Cruz Blvd. 408.884.1054.

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ANGELO MIO Italian. $$. A small space with a large menu, sporting the traditionals that have been mainstays at local eateries. Appetizers and salads are the best bets. 11:30am-2:30pm, 4:30-10pm Mon-Sat, noon-2:30pm, 4:309pm Sun. 820 Santa Cruz Ave. 650.323.3665.

BACK A YARD CARIBBEAN AMERICAN GRILL Jamaican.

Contemporary Italian. $$$. While the kitchen exudes earthy aromas, the dining room’s soft terra-cotta walls glow with a sense of Mediterranean mission. Hands-on management makes each patron feel pampered. Full bar. 5pm-close daily. 160 W. Main St. 408.354.8108.

$. “Back a yard” is Jamaican slang for “the way things are done back home” and this is one of the few Jamaican restaurants around. Jerk pork and chicken shine. 11am-3pm, 5-8pm Mon-Thu, 11am3pm, 5-9pm Fri, noon-3pm, 5-8pm Sat. 1189 Willow Rd. 650.323.4244.

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California. $$$. This popular Los Gatos restaurant mixes it up with Italian-leaning Mediterranean food, fresh fish, grilled steaks and several Asian-inspired dishes. 11am-9:30pm Mon-Fri, 8am10:30pm Sat, 8am-9:30pm Sun. 15970 Los Gatos Blvd. 408.356.4902.

WILLOW STREET WOODFIRED PIZZA Pizza. $$. Silicon Valley’s three Willow Street pizza locations prepare the definitive upwardly mobile California pizza. Crispy, thin crusts breathe with accents of almond from the Italian wood-fired oven. Check out the new Neapolitan-style pizzas—delicate, light and satisfying. Hearty pastas, salads and sandwiches, too. 11:30am-10pm Sun-Thu, 11:30am-9:30pm Fri-Sat. 20 S. Santa Cruz Ave. 408.354.5566. For other locations see www. willowstreet.com.

WINE CELLAR New California. $$. This cozy dining spot offers an education in Old World charm and New World cuisine, from smoked salmon pizza to grilled ahi tuna to desserts as fresh as spring break. 11:30am9pm Mon-Thu, 11:30am-10pm Fri-Sat, 10:30am-9pm Sun. 50 University Ave. 408.354.4808.

Impeccably authentic bistro dishes and welcoming prices are spun through Bay Area culinary consciousness to create regional homey French cuisine. Brunch 11:30am2:30pm Mon-Fri, 9am-2:30pm Sat-Sun; dinner 5-9:30pm Mon-Thu, 5-10pm Fri-Sat, 59pm Sun. 641 Santa Cruz Ave. 650.462.1686.

FLEA STREET CAFE New American. $$$$. Carefully crafted, impeccably chosen food featuring seasonal local produce and Niman Ranch meats. Atmosphere is casual and eclectic. Full bar. 5:309:30pm daily. 3607 Alameda de las Pulgas. 650.854.1226. IBERIA. Spanish. $$. Iberia’s cheap tapas menu is available at the bar anytime or in the dining room at lunch, but these nibbles alone are worth the trip. Lunch noon-2pm MonSat; dinner 5:30-10pm daily. 1026 Alma St. 650.325.8981.

KAYGETSU Japanese. $$$. Kaiseki is a rarefied Japanese cuisine born in Kyoto with impeccably seasonal ingredients and poetic presentations. Kaygetsu bills itself as “classic Japanese cuisine” but its kaiseki menu is like discovering a new galaxy of food. Closed Mon. 325 Sharon Park Dr. 650.234.1084.

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Thanks to iMovie and other software like it, when some bands reveal how little they spent on their great-looking, slickly edited videos these days, I can’t believe it. Not so with Hella Jalapenos. However little they tell me they spent on the clip for “Stood Up,” I’ll believe them (to be fair, they play it pretty tonguein-cheek). But while it might not have a great video, “Stood Up” is a great song. Vocalist Monica Smith, keyboardist Ruben Bravo and drummer AJ Montoya are all from the San Jose ska band Trouble in

Paradise, which broke up in 2010, and they’ve turned down the punk part of TiP’s sound and turned up the piano-driven pop. The result is a hip, catchy sound with deep grooves that’s often (as on the disco-ready “Burning Up the Keys) hella danceable. (SP)

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UNTIL WE SLEEP South First Billiards, San Jose Thu – 8pm; free After nearly four years of honing their moody, metallic alt-rock and elegantly etched guitar lines, San Jose’s Until We Sleep finally released their debut, self-titled album at the end of last month. Lead singer

Brendan Meier has one of those grungy voices that seem to have reappeared out of thin air now that ’90s-type guitar rock is making a comeback, and lead guitarist Will Sharman is fascinating to watch—he doesn’t stop moving as he massages the notes out of his instrument. This is a good chance to catch them at home before they start touring to support the record. (SP)

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between ska-punk and skabilly? The latter has more swing, swagger and hair, which makes the Skabilly Rebels fortunate to have Roddy Radiation as their leader. He’s best known as the lead guitarist of the Specials who penned such classics as “Concrete Jungle,” “Rat Race” and “Hey, Little Rich Girl.” But on the rockabilly side, he’s played in such finger-snapping bands as the Bonediggers and the Tearjerkers. Plus he has a tight pompadour. (AC)

RESISTANT ME Johnny V’s, San Jose Fri – 9pm; $5 With a certain edgy affinity for ’80s power pop bolstered by amazing vocal work by Cyn Acevedo, Resistant Me rips out high-energy songs with intense musicianship and classic rock smarts. Lead singer/songwriter

Acevedo and the other members had been laying down tracks separately for some years, before pooling their talent. It’s often difficult to find a band that has presence, skills and chemistry that can also up the ante and rip out simply killer tracks, but Resistant Me has all that in spades, latching onto a throwback sound full of irresistible hooks led by a legit bad girl rocker with chops to spare. Blackwood Royalty and 12-Gauge Promise also perform. (RO)

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TRASH POP ICONS Britannia Arms Cupertino Sat – 9pm; $5 Trash-pop is, apparently, ’80s-style

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MEGADETH Feb 23 at 6:30pm, SJSU Event Center

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I.N.N. MAGAZINE A launch party, Feb 24 at Studio 8, San Jose

ST. MICHAEL TRIO Feb. 26 at 3pm, Montalvo Arts Center

TOTEM, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Opens Mar 2, downtown San Jose

LIONHEART Mar 4 at 2:30pm, Dinkelspiel, Stanford

SAN JOSE JAZZ WINTER FEST Mar 9–11, San Pedro Square area, San Jose

DRAKE Mar 10 at 8pm, SJSU Event Center

RICARDO ARJONA Mar 14 at 8pm, HP Pavilion

BLAKE SHELTON Mar 16 at HP Pavilion

LADY ANTEBELLUM Mar 23 at 7pm, HP Pavilion

KELLY CLARKSON Mar 27 at 8pm, SJSU Event Center

LUCHA LIBRE Mar 30 at 8pm, HP Pavilion

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anthem rock, but played acoustically, and with ample vocal harmonies. That’s how the Trash Pop Icons make it sound, anyway. The Icons, sisters Naomi & Nadia Zep, first made a name for themselves sharing lead-vocal roles in the acclaimed San Francisco alternative-pop-rock band, Letters Make Words. (Live 105’s Soundcheck loved them.) Now they’re a duo, with a casual, funny attitude (very evident on stage) that belies the seriousness of the songs. (AC)

TALKY TINA Caravan, San Jose Sat – 9pm; free Local good-time rock & rollers Talky Tina are back and armed with some brand-new tunes. “Horses” is a fun, punk number with a bit more testosterone than your typical Talky Tina song, though its mod-

punk-style is a favorite of frontman (and Metro guy) Dave Miller’s (and stretches back at least to the Odd Numbers). “Occupation” is a rowdy, bluesy, rock anthem with attitude (and just a dash of ’70s power-pop, a la Cheap Trick). Now there’s the matter of that full-length ... (AC)

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Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga Sun – 7:30pm; $42 When was the last time a classical artist was a DIY sensation? And yet, Simone Dinnerstein is most famous for 1) self-financing and producing her debut album; 2) blowing minds

with her interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations; and 3) outselling the White Stripes on Amazon when their records went head to head. The Brooklyn-based Juilliard graduate’s unexpected approach to the material started a chain reaction that took her from obscurity to the 2007 best-of lists of critics from The New York Times to the L.A. Times to iTunes, and a major-label deal. Her album Bach: A Strange Beauty, debuted at the top of the classical charts last year. (SP)

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STARLIGHT GIRLS Streetlight Records, San Jose Tue – 6pm; free Since the turn of the century,

groups like the Raveonettes have been combining the old girlgroup sound with modern rock. Starlight Girls put an original spin on the concept, their Andy Warhol obsession in constant conflict with their genuinely soulful side. In the video for their new single “Gossip,” the lead off from their debut EP, they play up the plasticfantastic visuals, attempting to make everything look as bright, sleek and mechanical as Warhol’s Factory would have required. But like the Black Keys, they are far too complex and interesting to be pigeonholed into a “retro” label. Vintage pop, alt-rock, bossa nova, surf music and a dozen other styles weave through their sound. Dirty Pillows also perform. (SP)

PHILIP GLASS Apr 7 at 8pm, Montalvo Arts Center

RADIOHEAD Apr 11 at 7:30pm, HP Pavilion

RISE AGAINST Apr 17 at 7pm, SJSU Event Center

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Apr 24 at 8pm, HP Pavilion

COLDPLAY Apr 27-28 at 7pm, HP Pavilion

VAN HALEN Jun 5 at HP Pavilion

MAYHEM FESTIVAL Jul 1, Shoreline

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What’s happening in Santa Cruz County this week FRIDAY 2/24

TREVOR HALL Bringing a message of universal love, light and peace, Trevor Hall is an extraordinary young artist with the ability to move listeners on many levels. A talented songwriter capable of combining catchy hooks with engaging, thoughtful lyrics, Hall is also an energetic performer who stirs up a sea of grooveability. His greatest strength, however, lies in his openhearted focus on the spiritual realm. Without sounding preachy, Hall returns over and over to themes of personal evolution, global responsibility and heightened consciousness. Fusing elements of rock, reggae, hip-hop and world music, Hall is a unique voice in a pop landscape cluttered with pre-fab artists and canned hits. Catalyst; $11 adv/$15 door; 9pm.

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KEN ARCONTI BAND

Tess Dunn is playing Friday 2/24 at Kuumbwa; Student $10.50 adv/$14.50 door; general: $16 adv/$20 door; 7:30pm.

Longtime Santa Cruzan Ken Arconti has been a fixture on the local music scene for 35-plus years. A celebrated guitarist, songwriter, singer and teacher, Arconti traverses genres with ease, putting his unique touch on country, jazz, rock and R&B tunes. He’s performed at the Monterey Jazz and Blues festivals, collaborated with the Santa Cruz Symphony and proven himself a capable solo artist and bandleader alike. Saturday sees him fronting his band of ace musicians who have worked with Coco Montoya, Dan Hicks and others. Kuumbwa; $15 adv/$18 door; 8pm.

TUESDAY 2/28

LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO One of the most prolific and well-known groups to rise out of the 1970s Afropop scene, Ladysmith Black Mambazo first gained notoriety after appearing on Paul Simon’s album Graceland. Founder and musical director Joseph Shabalala formed the group in 1974 after the choral singing he heard in church inspired him to create a new hybrid of gospel music and traditional Zulu harmony. The result has been an unmitigated success: big label deals with Warner Brothers, worldwide acclaim and three Grammy awards. Rio Theatre; $30 general/$45 gold; 7:30pm.

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ALKALINE TRIO Illinois punk band Alkaline Trio formed in 1996 in frontman Matt Skiba’s hometown of McHenry. Their particular brand of angst-ridden cathartic punk made them innovators of the emo genre and gained them a large underground following across the Midwest. As the ’90s progressed into the naughts, the band saw its fortunes rise, and 2010 release Agony & Irony peaked at number 13 on the Billboard charts. Since then, the band has gone on to form the Heart & Skull record label and record an acoustic compilation of some of its most beloved tracks. The Catalyst; $18 adv/$22 door; 8pm.

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Rachel Maddow Saturday at 7:30pm; Morris Dailey Auditorium, SJSU; $25

CHRIS CAIN

Political analyst Rachel Maddow serves as a much-needed corrective to the hysteria that Fox News traffics in. Her tart rejoinders to right-wing propaganda would surely have pleased John Steinbeck, which is why she makes a perfect recipient of the award named after the author of The Grapes of Wrath. The awards presentation includes an onstage conversation with Pat Thurston.

Wayne Wallace and Nineteen

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Saturday at 8pm; Theatre on San Pedro Square; $20/$25

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The new series of jazz shows mounted by Tabard Theatre presents a performance by noted trombonist player and Grammy nominee Wayne Wallace. He will be accompanied by Nineteen, which will be more familiar to jazz fans under its previous name, the San Jose Jazz Orchestra.

San Pedro Square, Downtown San Jose

AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE & GERALD CLAYTON

Smuin Ballet Wednesday–Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2 and 8pm, Sunday at 2pm; Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts; $49–$62 For its winter program, Smuin Ballet do si dos into the songbook of country great Patsy Cline for choreographer-in-residence Amy Seiwert’s Dear Miss Cline. The evening also includes founder Michael Smuin’s Tango Place and The Eternal Idol, as well as Stabat Mater, Smuin’s take on the Sept. 11 attacks.

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ABHINAYA DANCE COMPANY The Indian dance troupe from San Jose performs over the hill. Sat, 8pm. $13-$18. Cabrillo Theater, Aptos.

SMUIN BALLET The winter program features a world premiere by choreographer Amy Selvert set to Patsy Cline songs. Wed-Fri, 8pm, Sat, 2 and 8pm, Sun, 2pm. $23-$65. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

Opera DON GIOVANNI David Cox directs Mozart for West Bay Opera. Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. $52 and up. Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto.

LA TRAVIATA Verdi’s famous work interpreted by Opera San Jose. Fri, 8pm, Sun, 3pm. $51-$101. California Theatre, San Jose.

Theater ALL SHOOK UP A rock & roll musical comedy with Elvis songs, presented by Foothill

JAMIE DAVIS QUINTET

Music Theatre. Runs Feb 23-Mar 11. Preview Thu, 7pm. Opens Fri, 8pm. Regular shows: Thu, 7pm. Fri-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. $10-$28. Lohman Theatre, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills.

ART Two friends get into an argument over a piece of art that turns into something deeper. A Northside Theatre Company presentation. Runs thru Mar 4. Thu-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 3pm. $15/$20. Northside Theatre, San Jose.

BECOMING BRITNEY A musical (of course) about the ups and downs of the pop star’s career. Runs thru Mar 11. Fri-Sat,

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BURIED CHILD The Stage tackles Sam Shepard’s play about a farming family coming apart at the seams. Runs thru Mar 11. Wed-Thu, 7:30pm, Fri-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. $15-$40. The Stage, San Jose.

GREEN WHALES A middle-aged woman with a disease that makes her look like a 13-year-old navigates life and romance. A Renegade Theatre Experiment production. Runs thru Feb 25. Thu-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 7pm. $12.50-$27.50. Historic Hoover Theatre, San Jose.

TAMING OF THE SHREW Presented by the Stanford Shakespeare Company. Wed-Thu, 7pm, Fri, 7 and 10pm, Sat, 7pm. Free. Toyon Hall, Stanford.

Classical Concerts ARNEIS STRING QUARTET The group appears with the St. Lawrence String Quartet for a program of Beethoven, Golijov and Britten. Sat, 8pm. $44-$50. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford.

CALEFAX REED QUINTET An ensemble from the Netherlands performs Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” and pieces by Shostakovich and Rossi for the San Jose Chamber Music Society. Sun, 7pm. $27-$42. Le Petit Trianon, San Jose.

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HEARTSONGS A night of romantic songs from Menharmonics. Sat, 8pm. $15$25. Le Petit Trianon, San Jose.

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Exhibition organized in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Presentation at the Asian Art Museum is made possible by support from Rajnikant and Helen Desai, the Society for Asian Art, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Draper III, MetLife Foundation, The Bernard Osher Foundation, Credit Suisse, the Koret Foundation, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Franklin Templeton Investments, United, AT&T, the Mary Van Voorhees Fund of the San Francisco Foundation, Richard and Kim Beleson, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, and Incredible !ndia. Media sponsors: San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle, SFGate.com, ABC7, KQED, San Jose Mercury News, and India West. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.

Electronic music from students and guests. Fri, 8pm. Free. CCRMA Stage, the Knoll, Stanford.

Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art & Culture 200 Larkin Street San Francisco, CA 94102 www.asianart.org 415.581.3500

A piano recital with an international theme. Sun, 8pm. $12-$18. Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto.

THOMAS SCHULTZ A solo piano recital featuring Beethoven’s Six Bagatelles and Schumann’s “Forest Scenes.” Sun, 2:30pm. $5/$10. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford.

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The orchestra, conducted by Jindong Cai, is joined by the Stanford Symphonic Chorus for a performance of Bruckner’s Mass no. 3. Fri-Sat, 8pm. $5/$10. Memorial Church, Stanford.

recent acquisitions. Feb 25-May 2. Reception Fri, 7pm. Tue-Wed and Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm, Thu, 11am-9pm. Santa Clara.

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ART MUSEUM OF LOS GATOS

A program called “Music of War and Peace” features the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale with soprano Megan Olsen and baritone Michael Axtell performing “Dona Nobis Pacem” and “Five Mystical Songs” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Sat, 8pm. $24. First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto.

“Source Material: Works by Darla McKenna, Jeanne Tillman and Josette Urso.” Assemblage pieces. Thru Mar 9. Wed-Sun, 11am-5pm. Los Gatos.

Comedy ANGELICA’S BISTRO Wed, 8pm: Comedy night hosted by Dan St. Paul. No cover. Redwood City.

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CONTINUING

CANTOR ARTS CENTER “Walker Evans.” A celebration of the image of the great American photographer. Thru Apr 8. “The Legend of Rex Slinkard.” Oils and works on paper by the influential California artist of the early 1900s. Thru Feb 26. Wed-Sun, 11am-5pm, Thu, 11am-8pm. Stanford.

CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY MUSEUM

Fri, 9pm and Sat, 7 and 9pm: Live improv comedy. Fri, 11pm: The Midnight Show. Inside the Camera 3 building, San Jose.

“Mammoth Discovery!” Plus activities and hands-on fun for kids. Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun, noon-5pm. Discovery Meadow, San Jose.

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DE SAISSET MUSEUM

Wed, 8pm: New Talent Showcase. $10. Thu, 8pm: Outsourced Comedy Tour. $15. Fri, 9pm, Sat, 8 and 10:30pm, Sun, 8pm: Bobcat Goldthwait. $22 ($15 Sun). Tue, 8pm: New Talent Comedy Competition. $10. Sunnyvale.

“Andy Warhol: Polaroids and Portraits.”Thru Jul 1. “Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited.” A documentary photo exhibit by Rick Nahmias about marginalized communities and spirituality. Thru Mar 28. Tue-Sun, 11am-4pm. Santa Clara University.

SAN JOSE IMPROV Wed, 7pm: United Nations Comedy. $12. Thu, 8pm: Dustin Ybarra. $12. Fri, 8 and 10pm: Kabir Singh. $15. Sat, 7pm: The Hollywood Underground. $12. Sun, 7pm: Big Bad and Sexy Comedy Tour. $12. San Jose.

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Museums OPENING DE SAISSET MUSEUM “Indelibly Yours: Smith Andersen Editions and the Tattoo Project.” A show of works inspired by tattoos. Feb 24-Jul 1. Tue-Sun, 11am-4pm. Santa Clara University.

TRITON MUSEUM OF ART “Rosa Louca dos Ventos.” Mixedmedia works by Brazilian-born artist Silvia Poloto. Feb 25-May 2. Reception Fri, 7pm. “Collecting Large.” A show of the museums

EUPHRAT MUSEUM “Invoking Peace.” A group show features varying approaches to a call for peace. Runs thru Mar 17. Mon-Thu, 10am-3pm. De Anza College, Cupertino.

HISTORY PARK SAN JOSE “Pioneering the Valley: The Chinese-American Legacy in Santa Clara Valley.” Pacific Hotel Gallery, San Jose.

SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF ART “To Hell and Back.” A selection from the museum’s collection of illustrations for Dante in a contemporary vein by Sandow Birk. Thru Sep 16. “Renegade Humor.” A show about the uses of humor in art, with pieces by Roy De Forest, John Bankston, M. Louise Stanley and more. Thru Jul 8. “This Kind of Bird Flies Backward.” A retrospective of paintings by Bay Area figurative artist Joan Brown. Thru Mar 11.

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Spears for Fears BRITNEY SPEARS has made her way from pop princess to rehab starlet to comeback queen so many times that you would think all the one-liners would have be taken, but co-author and star Molly Bell proves everyone wrong with the musical Becoming Britney at the Retro Dome, highlighting some of the pop star’s biggest snafus, while bringing plenty of laughs. Like her, hate her or afraid to admit that’s she’s a guilty pleasure, the play proves just how engaging Spears really is. Bell shines as the down-and-out starlet with her high-energy song-and-dance routines. Co-authored with Daya Curley, Becoming Britney made its debut in 2008 at the New York International Fringe Festival, where Bell won an award for outstanding actor.

Becoming Britney The story is set in rehab, where Bell’s Britney is trapped inside her own pink-adorned mind, where Runs Through March 11; she receives musical theater therapy. That’s not the $33–$44 strongest plot line ever, but Bell carries the show The Retro Dome, from start to finish. The supporting cast members— San Jose the voices in Britney’s head—have their fair share of shining moments. Keith Pinto, who doubles as Britney’s love interests Justin Timberlake and K-Fed, brings hip-hop moves and snide remarks. Danelle Medeiros plays the sassy wannabe pop star, hair extensions and all, of Britney’s persona, while Lizzy O’Hara shines as the people pleaser. Medeiros also evinces some sweetness as Britney’s little sister, Jamie Lynn. As Britney’s overbearing mother, Leanne Borghesi is driven and unsympathetic about her daughter having it all, despite Britney wanting nothing more than to perform in musicals. Borghesi is upbeat in her role as the moderator for the rehab program. Adam Barry delivers soulful dance moves and a cutthroat attitude as Britney’s manager, who will do anything to keep her in the spotlight, because to him, if you are in the news, you are everything. With 11 original songs that pay homage to a variety of musical genres, Becoming Britney offers something for everyone, blending a bit of fact with fantasy. The catchy tune “Out of Control” has Britney hitting the club scene with Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, proving that she is the ultimate party animal. The evening also features a birth scene to the tune of “Push It Out,” highlighting Britney’s all-too-famous nude bodysuit. The musical argues that superstardom was never on Britney’s initial radar—life just happens to her. It’s not her fault the whole world is there to see her every move, and if not wearing shoes in a gas station restroom is what she chooses, then let her be.—Jennifer Newell

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SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF QUILTS & TEXTILES “Quilt National.” A juried show of contemporary quilt and fiber art. Thru Apr 29. Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm. San Jose.

TECH MUSEUM “Islamic Science Rediscovered.” A show about technological advances in the Islamic world before the Renaissance period in the West. Mon-Wed, 10am-5pm, Thu-Sun, 10am-8pm. San Jose.

TRITON MUSEUM OF ART “Statewide Photography Competition and Exhibit.”Thru Apr 22. Reception Fri, 7pm. TueWed and Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm, Thu, 11am-9pm. Santa Clara.

Galleries OPENING SJSU GALLERIES Works by student artists. Feb 27Mar 2. Reception Tue, 6pm. Inside the Art Building and Industrial Studies Building, SJSU.

CONTINUING ANNO DOMINI “Cakewalk Championship.” A group show of hallucinations by members of N/TENCE. Thru Mar 17. San Jose.

CAFFE FRASCATI Henna-inspired paintings by Lisa Mejia and portraits by David Mejia. Thru Feb 28. San Jose.

DOWNTOWN YOGA SHALA “Simply Seen.” Photos taken with toy and plastic cameras by Marco Zecchin. Thru Feb 24. San Jose.

GOOD KARMA CAFE “Blessed Are the Beasts, for They Shall Inherit the Earth.” Works by Katrina Marie Loera. Thru Feb 25. San Jose.

KALEID GALLERY “Lunar Phases.” New digital photos by Centa Schumacher. “Brutal/Tender.” Sculptures, paintings and more by Al Preciado. Thru Feb 24. San Jose.

KRAUSE CENTER “The Courage to Remember.” A traveling exhibit from the

Museum of Tolerance about the Holocaust. Thru Mar 2. Mon-Fri, 7:30am-8:30pm, Sat, 9am-5pm. Foothill College, Los Altos Hills.

MACLA “Chicana/o Biennial.” A group show featuring new works by Chicano artists. Thru Mar 10. Wed-Thu, noon-7pm, Fri-Sat, noon-5pm. San Jose.

MAIN GALLERY “Mainly Clay.” A group show in various styles and materials. Thru Mar 18. Wed-Sun, 10am-3pm. Redwood City.

METRO LOBBY “Live. Local. Loud.” Photographs by Claire Young and Jessica ShirleyDonnelly.Thru Feb 29. San Jose.

MONTALVO ARTS CENTER “O’ Great Reverie: Montalvo 1912-2012.” An exhibit about the history of the estate built by James Phelan 100 years ago. Thru May 13. Reception Fri, 7pm. Thu-Sun, 11am-3pm. Saratoga.

MOHR GALLERY Photographs by Tony Grant. Thru Apr 1. Reception Fri, 6-8pm. Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm, Sat, 9am3pm. Community School of Music and Art, Mountain View.

OLIVE HYDE ART GALLERY “Hidden Treasures/Local Talent.” A salon show by local artists. Thru Mar 17. Thu-Sun, noon-5pm. Fremont.

PHANTOM GALLERIES “Kanji Garden.” Window installation by Shannon Amidon at 95 S. Market St, San Jose.

SAN JOSE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART “One Thing Leads to Another.” Thru Feb 25. “Dos Mundos.”TueFri, 10am-5pm, Sat, noon-5pm. San Jose.

SJSU GALLERIES Works by Adrian Lopez, Patrick Kingshill, Ismael Villanueva, Elizabeth Medina, Steven Haman and Eliana Cetto. Thru Feb 24. Inside the Art Building and Industrial Studies Building, SJSU.

STANFORD ART SPACES Mixed media by Kathryn Dunlevie, paintings by Brian Huber and Leo Posillico. Thru Feb 25. Weekdays, 8:30am-5pm. Allen Art Spaces Gallery, Stanford.

THOMPSON GALLERY Recent works by faculty in Spatial

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WELTON GALLERY “Self-Help Book Club.” Works by first-year MFA students. Thru Feb 26. Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun, 1-5pm. Stanford.

WORKS/SAN JOSE “Femme Fatale.” A group show about the complexities of the feminine. Thru Mar 17. San Jose.

*books STEPHEN BEACHY

Author Beachy signs copies of his book “Boneyard” along with Josh Mohr, author of “Damascus.”Thu, 7pm. Books Inc. Palo Alto.

JOAN VERNIKOS The former director of life sciences at Ames Research center talks about health and the power of gravity. Wed, 7pm. Books Inc., Mountain View.

*kids DISNEY ON ICE

The skating show celebrates “Toy Story 3.” Wed-Thu, 7:30pm, Fri, 10:30am and 7:30pm, Sat-Sun, 11am, 3 and 7pm. $16 and up. HP Pavilion, San Jose.

DR. DOLITTLE A family show by the Rising Stars program of Children’s Musical Theater San Jose. Thu-Sun. Montgomery Theater, San Jose.

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A talk about Ball-Nogues Studio and its new digital techniques. Tue, 5pm. Art 133, SJSU.

SPAY NEUTER MONTH Humane Society Silicon Valley offers discounts on surgeries. See hssv.convio.net for details.

WINE AND DINE A benefit for the American Heart Association. Sat, 2-5pm. $30. Santana Row, San Jose.

WOMEN OF FAITH With speaker Sheila Walsh, ventriloquist David Pendleton and singer Scott MacIntyre. Sat, 10am-5pm. $59 and up. San Jose Civic Auditorium.

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Digging Deep A SURLY OLD MAN wastes away on the couch. His brain-damaged son wanders in and out of the house carrying mysterious bundles of produce. Another son, a scary, one-legged creep, hobbles around menacingly. The mother bemoans her family’s moral backsliding while primping for an illicit rendezvous with the local minister. This is the clan of degenerates featured in Sam Shepard’s dark, surreal and often hilarious Buried Child. The play, which won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, comes from an era that saw the emergence of the “Rust Belt” and the decline of family farming, Buried Child though as an allegory for American decay, it could have been written yesterday. Runs through March 11; $20–$45 We’re told that the recent economic crisis is over, The Stage, but the nation is still plagued by unemployment, not 490 S. First St., San Jose to mention epidemics of obesity and meth. In this 408.283.7142 climate, San Jose Stage Company’s revival of Buried Child seems rather timely. The sense of decay that figures so prominently in Shepard’s drama is heightened by the Stage’s imaginative design for the rural farmhouse where the action takes place. The home is a mere shell of its former self, as becomes clear when long-lost relative Vince (Harold Pierce) and his girlfriend Shelly (Lyndsy Kail) stop by. Expecting to walk into a Norman Rockwell painting, the two instead find something slightly more akin to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. The encounter, partly based on a visit Shepard paid to his family with then-girlfriend Patti Smith, leads to a series of bizarre and maddening exchanges and finally, to the truth behind the family’s metamorphosis from All-American folks to backwoods barbarians. Randall King is fantastic as Dodge, the cynical, decrepit patriarch who spends his time berating other characters in between bouts of hacking and wheezing— amazingly vivid for someone who hardly budges from his spot in front of the TV. Judith Miller provides a sort of inverse mirror image as Dodge’s more mobile and pretentious wife. Michael Navarra is sadly pathetic as Dodge’s son, Tilden, while Stephen F. Massott is frightening as the sinister Bradley. Placing Shepard’s excellent material in such capable hands results in a production that is both captivating and chilling. It also deftly mixes the horror with humor, mostly derived from the sheer strangeness of the situations. There are times when you might not be sure if you’re supposed to laugh, but it’s all right—go ahead and laugh.—Sean Conwell

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HOME INVASION A visit by Shelly (Lyndsy Kail) sets off the ravings of patriarch Dodge (Randall King) in San Jose Stage Company’s production of ‘Buried Child.’

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New ACT OF VALOR (R; 111 min.) Navy SEALS seek to rescue a CIA agent in an action recruitment feature. (Opens Fri.)

DOG SWEAT See story at left. (Plays Feb 23 at 7pm at Camera 3 in San Jose.)

GONE (PG-13; 95 min.) Amanda Seyfried stares down a serial killer. Two things to note: Nobody, but nobody, wins a stare-down with Amanda Seyfried. And, at last, the PG-13-rated serialkiller movie the world has craving. (Opens Fri.)

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(PG-13; 11 min.) A comedy about a business man who meets a cleaning woman. Stars Tyler Perry, Gabrielle Union and Thandie Newton. (Opens Fri.)

RAMPART on his hard drive; since then the ďŹ lm has been shown at more than 30 ďŹ lm festivals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interesting to see the ďŹ lm in places where you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think there were Iranians, places like Sweden, Bulgaria or Japan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I go to Teheran,â&#x20AC;? Keshavarz says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have funâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I always feel New ;f^Jn\Xk York is quiet compared Thursday, 7:30pm to it. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always wanted Camera 3 to make a ďŹ lm thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s San Jose an alternative to the way the Western media shows Iran as a threat. I also wanted to make it as an alternative to Iranian ďŹ lms. Because of censorship, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really show the way people live. They make idealized ďŹ lms about the family, traditional lives in villages or stories about children.â&#x20AC;? Still, that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop most Iranian ďŹ lmsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;take A Separationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from tackling complex narratives with sophistication and subtlety. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All I can add to that is that Iran is very focused on poetry,â&#x20AC;? Keshavarz says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our national heroes are poets. One of them, Rumi, is known around the world. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a similarity between poetry and ďŹ lm: A poem doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try to tell everything, but it does try to create understanding.â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Richard von Busack

(R; 108 min.) A baroque L.A.P.D. policier directed by Oren Moverman, the longtime scripter who did 2009â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Messenger. The ďŹ lm is co-written by James Ellroy in the sense that the term here means â&#x20AC;&#x153;Something That Looks Like a Knock-off.â&#x20AC;? Woody Harrelson plays Dave Brown, 24 years on the job and still in uniform. This bad cop has been judge, jury and executioner ever since he was old enough to plead Vietnam as the reason for it all. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surrounded by a wreath-shaped family tree of exes and daughters. Protecting these ladies is his psychological excuse for having once killed a suspected serial date rapistâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;hence his nickname. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a dirty cop with a dirty mind,â&#x20AC;?

says his disapproving daughter, Helen (Brie Larson); this comes later after a scene in which Helen reads him the riot act: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a dinosaur, Date Rape, a sexist, a racist.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;How long have you rehearsed this?â&#x20AC;? her father replies. I was thinking â&#x20AC;&#x153;not long enough.â&#x20AC;? At times, watching Harrelson walk at night down a bad street makes you agree with Robin Wright (as a lawyer he sleeps with): â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a John Wayne thing.â&#x20AC;? If you love squandered acting, this movie is for you. (Opens Fri at Camera 7 in Campbell.) (RvB)

WANDERLUST (R; 98 min.) Two New Yorkers ditch the big city for life in the country. With Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, so it must be funny, right? (Opens Fri.)

Revivals 100 MEN AND A GIRL/ PRELUDE TO FAME (1937/1950) Deanna Durbin was Universal Studiosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mortgage lifter, its answer to Shirley Temple. Here, the classically trained soprano plays a faithful daughter who gets work for her father (Adolphe Menjou) and 99 other unemployed musicians, including orchestra conductor Leopold Stokowski. BILLED WITH Prelude to Fame. A drama of a gifted child, and his possessive music teacher (Kathleen Byron, the most unhinged of the nuns in Black Narcissus). Based on an Aldous Huxley short story. (Plays Feb 25-17 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)

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THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (2002) The knock-out second part of Peter Jackson’s trilogy. As Gollum, Andy Serkis showed the full potential of what can be done in the realm of synthespianing. Here are echoes of Peter Lorre at his best. (Plays Feb 24-26 in San Jose at the Retro Dome.) (RvB)

NILES FILM MUSEUM Scaramouche (1923), remembered mostly by fans of Queen’s tune “Bohemian Rhapsody,” has Ramon Novarro as the French blademaster. Plus four shorts by George Méliès, and “Twin Peaks Tunnel”(1917), a 35mm print of the construction of the N-Judah’s sheath. (Plays Feb 25 at 7:30 at the Edison Theatre in Fremont.) (RvB)

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) With Barely Legal. (Plays Feb 25 at 11:55pm at Camera 3 in San Jose.) (RvB)

TARZAN AND HIS MATE/THE JUNGLE PRINCESS (1934/1936) “Modern marriages could learn plenty from this drama of primitive jungle mating!” claimed the ads. The pre-code second MGM Tarzan film has Jane (Maureen O’Sullivan) being lured out of the bushes and back into society. BILLED WITH The Jungle Princess. Dorothy Lamour as Ulah, as in ulah-la, a sarong-wearing “savage untamed she-devil” of Indonesia with a literal tiger-mom. (Plays Feb 28-Mar 1 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)

Reviews ALBERT NOBBS (R; 113 min.) Based on a George Moore novella, Albert Nobbs has some plusses. It’s a plausible story, and a well-staged and beautifully costumed re-creation of 1898 Dublin for Ulysses-philes to daydream over.

What Albert Nobbs doesn’t have is a director who can harmonize the various acting styles. Rodrigo Garcia helms with the same fits and starts of his connect-the-dots dramas, most notably Nine Lives. Glenn Close is the frozen-in-fear title character, a waiter at a pretentious hotel. She hides her sex in male clothes and also conceals

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WINGS (1927) Clara Bow plays a nurse who can’t decide between Buddy Rogers and Richard Arlen, as the Great War unfolds in the skies. It’s not the “will she or won’t she” that makes this film memorable but rather the stunning, very dangerous flying scenes. Dennis James at the Stanford’s Wurlitzer. (Plays Feb 24 at 7:30 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)

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who conquers France and wins a princess to boot. Director/star Laurence Olivier’s adaptation begins in a re-creation of the Globe Theater in May Day 1600 where a rowdy crowd is watching the play unfold. The groundlings rebel and talk back to the actors when they hear of the impending death of Falstaff. They’re quieted when the film leaves for France, on the road to the victory at Agincourt. (Plays Feb 22-23 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)

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a trove of hard-earned money hidden in the floorboards of her dingy room. Close’s portrait of a bound-in woman is the kind one can admire rather than feel. (RvB)

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CHICO AND RITA

IN THE 1970s, French director Jean Rollin (1938–2010) created a unique niche for himself with a series of vampire films that yoke genre exploitation to art-house techniques. Redemption Films and Kino Lorber’s new release of five Rollin films should lift the director out of his narrow cult following. At his best—The Nude Vampire (1970), The Shiver of the Vampires (1971) and Lips of Blood (1975)—Rollin combined the visual flourishes of Cocteau and the intellectualizing dialogue of Godard with scenes of nude lesbian vamps. Rollin’s languorous immortals aren’t interested so much in wreaking jugular havoc as they are in waiting patiently for subconsciously willing victims to wander into their attractive webs. His vampires exist among us almost like a secret alien race, rather than as unfortunate bite victims. The Nude Vampire opens with a bravura wordless sequence, set to a dissonant, modernist soundtrack, of a woman running down darkened streets pursued by men in totemistic animal masks. She seeks safety in the arms of a young passerby but is finally captured and returned to a mansion/hospital for experiments in eternal life. The scene has all the dreamlike qualities of Cocteau’s Orpheus following Eurydice into the underground. In The Shiver of the Vampires, a honeymooning couple stops by the overgrown chateau of some distant relatives who turn out to be highly philosophical vampires more interested in discussing Masonic history than in feasting on their guests—they remind one very much of Jean-Pierre Léaud dressed up as Saint-Just spouting revolutionary rhetoric in Week End. Lips of Blood (1975) uses vampires as sirens of nostalgia, drawing a man back to a long-lost childhood by the seaside where he once encountered an unsettingly beautiful young woman. His reverie is triggered, a la Proust, by a scent of

perfume, and the whole story could have come straight out of Poe. In a different mood, The Iron Rose (1973) takes place almost entirely at night in an extremely spooky, decaying cemetery (in Amiens). A young couple (Hugues Quester and Francoise Pascal) visit the cemetery on a lark, only to find themselves trapped among the dead—and, at least in the girl’s part, loving it. This disc includes a very amusing interview with Pascal, who did not turn out at all the way one might have expected. The last film in the set, Fascination (1979) K_\=`cdjf] loses the fine balance A\XeIfcc`e of Rollin’s earlier $19.95 per disc works, descending into Redemption/ extended nude scenes Kino Lorber designed for the softcore market without the redeeming intellectual bric-a-brac of his earlier works. Rollin’s films exhibit many of the echoing obsessions of a good auteur—performers reappear (matching vampirettes played with gusto by real-life twins Catherine and Marie-Pierre Castel), and his films often finish with poetic intensity on a bleak, gray stretch of deserted beach, with shattered pilings jutting from the sand, as his ecstatic vampires shed their clothes and contemplate mythic journeys to sea with coffins for ships. The wackiness of these moments (along with the sense that the actresses were really going the extra mile for Rollin) is redeemed by a powerful poetic sense of tragic destiny. —Michael S. Gant

(Unrated; 93 min.) The star-crossed animated romance about a pair of Cuban musicians of the mid-20thcentury, in New York and Havana is very pretty, but make sure you have a couple of mojitos first. The design is splendid—vintage street scenes that seem to go on forever, and Rita herself can be described as a more chemical version of the singer Sade: the demure, green-eyed leopard-woman type. Made for adults, Chico and Rita plays up the erotic side of the affair. The limits of its stylized animation show in the most intimate moments. Depicting lovemaking is the most difficult task an animator can take on; no wonder these scenes are usually euphemized. Like some of the musicals of the era, the music is terrific but the plot is moldy, and the end of the story is a bit of a slap to the face to the heroine. (RvB)

CHRONICLE (PG-13; 84 min.) Captured entirely on home video, three high school

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students discover a weird starshaped crystal buried deep in the Earth, just outside of Seattle. They develop superhuman powers: invulnerability and telekinesis that, when manipulated, allows them to fly. Director Josh Trank doesn’t stick with the Blair Witch/Cloverfield idea that only the hero’s cameras can pick up the story; by the end, when there’s a war of two supermen in the air around the Space Needle, we’re seeing the POV from everyone’s camera, from the police helicopters to cell phones). The acting is quite worthwhile; The Wire’s Michael B. Jordan is a sort of Young Obama (he’s likable class-presidential timber); Dane DeHaan is the dad-bashed underdog; and Alex Russell is Matt, a philosophy-crazed student who can’t go into a cave without talking about Plato. The movie never really figures out a way to integrate women into the plot. The most uninteresting camera angle in the film is the girlcam; was Ashley Hinshaw’s Casey a Lois Lane character at some draft of the script? She’s barely developed enough to be even an accidental hostage by the end of the film. In Cheap-Camera Vision, the special effects at the end are actually a

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GHOST RIDER 2: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE (PG-13; 95 min.) Longtime fans of Nicolas Cage knew that someday heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d act so hard heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d burst into ďŹ&#x201A;ames. Thus, the ďŹ rst Ghost Rider, an agreeable supernatural-wheeler shot in Melbourne. It was plagued by undervillaining (Peter Fonda as Satan?!) but sweetened with the Raquel Welchâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;stylings of Eve Mendez. In this unpreviewed ďŹ&#x201A;amethrower, the ADD-addled team of Neveldine and Taylor (Crank) bring us the chariots of ďŹ re. In search of Satan, GR heads to Romania to deal with CiarĂĄn â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Balefulâ&#x20AC;? Hinds and the towering Idris Elba. (RvB)

HUGO (PG-126 min.) An orphan boy (Asa ButterďŹ eld) lives in an attic of a Parisian train station, some time during the 20th century. He discovers clues to a prized possession of his late fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. He also meets an intrepid girl (the ever-rising ChloĂŤ Grace Moretz) and a man who turns out to be a pioneer of the art of cinema, now in shabby retirement. Director Martin Scorsese is working with Tim Burton regulars: scriptwriter John Logan and Sweeney Todd production designer Dante Ferretti. The too-simple lockand-key-style childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s-book writing is overcome by Scorseseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delight in machinery of cinema. The stars here include Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen (never better), and Richard GrifďŹ ths and Frances de la Tour as a pair of dog-crossed lovers. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best seen in 3-D. (RvB)

transferring him (Ryan Reynolds) after their safe house comes under attack by neighboring rebel soldiers. The ďŹ lm, which will surely feature top-notch eyebrow acting by Reynolds and a lot of â&#x20AC;&#x153;rationalâ&#x20AC;? yelling by Washington, is director Daniel Espinosaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst American feature. And heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clearly studied up on what makes a good American thriller starring Washington work: Stand back and let his overgrown pupils do the rest.

THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY (G; 94 min.) Studio Ghibliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Japanese animated version of the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tale The Borrowers. Though Hiromasa Yonebayashi is credited as director, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an elder manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movie for children, and this may be the touch of 70+ co-writer Hayao Miyazaki. The ďŹ lm is slow, contemplative and ringed with loss. The main male character is a young convalescent, bedridden as he waits for a dangerous operation. This illness adds to the seeming hopelessness of the friendship between the fullsize boy and a tiny girl. The ďŹ lm excels at the charm of the miniature and counters the world of Disney

princesses, with a brave, bold girl who ties her hair back, carries a straight-pin sword at her side and scales the clifďŹ&#x201A;ike walls of kitchen cabinets. (RvB)

THIS MEANS WAR (PG-13; 98 min.) In this â&#x20AC;&#x153;notan-adaptation-but-totally-anadaptationâ&#x20AC;? of the Spy vs. Spy comic, two CIA agents (who also happen to be attractive best friends) discover through the magic of contrived cinema that they are dating the same woman (Reese Witherspoon, who is attempting to answer questions of whether or not she can play a sultry and mysterious dream girl by proving that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re right, she canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t). The two engage in a series of action-packed shenanigans, all in an attempt to one-up the other and woo the gal. Star Trekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chris Pine and Inceptionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tom Hardy star as the dueling friends in a script co-written by Mr. & Mrs. Smith scribe, Simon Kinberg, which ought to give viewers an idea of just what to expect both thematically and visually: hyped-up action as a standin for sex, and maybe the other way around as well.

THE VOW (PG-13; 104 min.) The Vow is the book Nicholas Sparks forgot to write. It tells the tale of Paige and Leo (Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, respectively), a couple torn apart by a car accident that leaves Paige with no memory, and Leo with the pieces of a shattered love, trying his hardest to put them back together again. The

sappy tale of memory and love lost hinges on whether She will get her memory back, or if He can convince her that memories are secondary to loveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or that love is secondary to memories, or something like that, or nothing like that. The message of the ďŹ lm is surely on a key chain somewhere. Until then, come for the sap and bring your own tissues.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;A TERRIFIC FILM: TENSE, SHOCKING, COMPLEX.â&#x20AC;? Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

THE IRON LADY (PG-13, 101 min.) It transcends political naivetĂŠ by trying to sleaze its way into former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal life. The Iron Lady presents Thatcher (Meryl Streep) in her senility as being haunted by the prankish specter of her late husband Denis (Jim Broadbent). Great: a Tory version of Topper. The way that director Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!) presents the doddering old lady, you feel some slight sympathy. But too much of the ďŹ lm a grateful celebration of a politician who really knew how to spread misery around. And the ďŹ lm reverses the angle on the way Thatcher worked, making her a besieged woman encircled by furious crowds and mad bombers. (RvB)

SAFE HOUSE (R; 115 min.) Denzel Washington plays a fugitive who ends up on the run with the CIA operative tasked with

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Scott Hamilton brings his sax back to Stanford for first visit in years By ANDREW GILBERT

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HE BAY AREA used to be a second home for Scott Hamilton. In the mid-’70s, the brawny-toned tenor saxophonist signed to Concord Records and helped revitalize acoustic jazz at a time when young lions like Wynton Marsalis and Terence Blanchard were still unknown cubs.

But he’s been a scarce presence in Northern California for more than a decade. In the late 1990s, Hamilton bid the United States goodbye and settled in London, where he had built up a dedicated following. About four years ago, with visa rules changing and the cost of living rising, he decamped to Tuscany, taking up residence in a village outside Florence.

“I’d been working in Europe since the late 1970s, and I was making about 20 trips a year in the 1990s,” says Hamilton, 57. “It just seemed kind of ridiculous, and I figured it’s easier to get on a plane and come back to United States for a few gigs.” He plays Thursday at Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz with a quintet featuring veteran pianist Larry Vuckovich, ace bassist Jeff Chambers, artful drummer Vince Lateano and savvy trumpeter Erik Jekabson. Friday’s gig at Stanford’s Dinkelspiel Auditorium features an expanded ensemble, adding percussion master John Santos and soul-drenched vocalist Kenny Washington (with Chuck McPherson replacing Lateano on drums). Possessing a buttery sound that harks back to Ben Webster, Don Byas and Zoot Sims, Hamilton was at the forefront of a neo-swing cadre associated with Concord Jazz. Recording prolifically for the label as both a leader and featured sideman on classic sessions by singers Rosemary Clooney, Maxine Sullivan and

Susannah McCorkle, he was a regular Bay Area presence, playing the major jazz clubs and the Concord Jazz Festival. It’s hard to overstate just how anomalous he seemed at the release of his 1977 Concord debut Scott Hamilton Is a Good Wind Blowing Us No Ill. At a time when jazz/rock fusion dominated the market, Hamilton and collaborators like trumpeter Warren Vache, trombonist Dan Barrett and guitarist Howard Alden helped revive acoustic, pre-bop mainstream jazz. “There wasn’t a Lester Young record in print in America when I was 14,” Hamilton says. “At that time, there were very few jazz artists who could make a record if they weren’t playing electric instruments. I just happened to come at the right time. I got a lot of attention as a young musician. It didn’t hurt that I was also cheap. I was unknown so for $50 a night I got a lot of work.” Rather than learning small group swing from vintage recordings, Hamilton forged ties with players two and three times his age, musicians who had made their mark in the 1930s and ’40s. Growing up in Providence, R.I., he befriended Arnett Cobb, the powerful Houston-raised tenor saxophonist who replaced Illinois Jacquet in Lionel

Scott Hamilton Friday, 8pm; $32 Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford

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Hampton’s rocking big band in 1942. Trumpet legend Roy Eldridge, a player who didn’t hand out compliments easily, encouraged Hamilton to make the move to New York City, where Benny Goodman hired him for his orchestra. Once ensconced at Concord, Hamilton thrived with a wide array of collaborators, including pianists Gene Harris, Hank Jones, Dave McKenna and Gerald Wiggins. He was particularly well-matched with the criminally underappreciated Ruby Braff, a trumpeter and cornetist who combined Bix Beiderbecke’s puckish, singing lyricism with Louis Armstrong’s bravura, big-hearted melodic invention. “Most of the big names who played the kind of jazz I play are gone says. “You have to now,” Hamilton say keep going. As far as the music goes, honesty above all else. people want honest what I know is me, I try to stick by wha there’s some growth. and hopefully there involved in major I hesitate to get invo overhauls.” making radical Rather than mak Hamilton evolved through departures, Hamilto incremental shifts, modifying a series of incremen his early reliance on Zoot Sims for a broader sonic palette. His personal approach to phrasing and building long melodic lines resulted in memorable recordings like 1993’s Scott Hamilton With Strings, a ravishing album with a 20-piece string orchestra conducted by Alan Broadbent, and 1994’s Organic Duke, an Ellingtonian session with Mike LeDonne’s organ combo. For his Bay Area gigs, Hamilton is reuniting with the great bebop pianist Larry Vuckovich and veteran drummer Vince Lateano, with whom he first performed in 1978 at the old Keystone Korner as the ringer in a Texas tenor showcase with Arnett Cobb and Buddy Tate. “The beauty of Scott’s playing is his God-given gift for lyricism,” says Vuckovich, 75. “He’s a soulful, authentic talent who carries the lineage of past tenor masters, while … his fresh and sophisticated linear invention carries him to the present.”

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SUN, MAR 11, 7:30PM “…every performance is the essence of aloha”

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Grammy Award winner, master slack key guitarist George Kahumoku Jr., known as “Hawaii’s Renaissance Man” is joined with Dennis Kamakahi, award-winning slack key guitarist and prolific songwriter of many famous Hawaiian standards; Uncle Richard Ho’opi’l, ukulele and vocals; and Bobby Ingano, renowned lap steel guitarist. This will be an unforgettable evening in celebration of the true essence of aloha. The music of George Kahumoku Jr. also appears in the award-winning 2011 film “The Descendants.”

There is hope for music lovers in the form of a show called “The Modern Things,” broadcast Fridays by KSCU 103.3 and hosted by K-Von.

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND

IRON MAIDEN ANNOUNCES WORLD TOUR

FRI, APR 6, 8:00PM “Very sharp work. Kyle has imagination and skill” - The Observer, UK

Iron Maiden’s just-announced 2012 world tour, which arrives at Shoreline Amphitheatre on Aug. 3, brings something unusual, maybe even unprecedented, to reward its fans for their loyalty.

Son of actor Clint Eastwood, Paris-based jazz musician Kyle Eastwood has become a star in the jazz world. An accomplished and multi-talented musician and composer, his second album, Paris Blue, rose to number one on the French jazz charts. About his work he says, “My roots remain in jazz but I like adding all kinds of different flavors.” Eastwood composed pieces of music for several of Clint Eastwood’s films, including “Mystic River” and “Million Dollar Baby.”

‘EVERYTHING IS PURPLE’ WITH ASAP ROCKY

TAJ MAHAL & THE TRIO FRI, APR 13, 6:30PM & 9PM “No artist has stretched the definition of blues like Taj Mahal” - Christian Science Monitor A two-time Grammy Award winner, Taj Mahal is one of the most influential American blues and roots artists of the last 50 years. A self-taught composer and multi-instrumentalist, Taj Mahal has done much to reshape the definition and scope of blues music over the course of his long career by gathering and distilling countless musical traditions from a wide range of geographical and cultural sources.

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ANGELICA’S BISTRO Fri, 8:30pm: Top Shelf. $20/$25. Redwood City.

ART BOUTIKI Fri, 7pm: PK, Twin Atlantic. All ages. $10. Sat, 7pm: Bell Thieves, Coast Jumper, Rat Trap, Analyzer Generator. All ages. San Jose.

AVALON Wed, 7pm: Michael Schenker. $25. Fri, 6pm: Requiem for the Dead, Kill the Messenger, Ignite the Raid, Look a Flying Pig, State Line Empire, Doomsday Machines. All ages. No cover. Sat, 9pm: Andy & Shani. $35. Santa Clara.

THE BLANK CLUB Wed, 9pm: Hella Jalapenos. No cover. Fri, 9pm: Roddy Radiation (of the Specials), the USA Skabilly Rebels. $13. San Jose.

BOSWELL’S Wed, 9:30pm: Jack Rip-Off. Thu, 10pm: Sexy Back. Fri, 9:45pm: Metal Shop. Sat, 9:45pm: Joe Bazooka. Sun, 8:45pm: The Gents. Mon, 9pm: Chili Sauce. Campbell.

BRITANNIA ARMS ALMADEN Fri, 10pm: Spazmatics. Sat, 10pm: Superbad. San Jose.

BRITANNIA ARMS CUPERTINO Sat, 9pm: Chromata, The Trash*Pop Icons. 21+. $5. Cupertino.

CAPERS Fri, 8:30pm: Live music. Campbell.

THE CARAVAN

7pm: Kim Baker & Heather Combs with Garrin Benfield. $15/$20. Redwood City.

THE GRAPEVINE Sat, 7pm: Daemon City Lights, Peter Chung. Willow Glen.

HERITAGE THEATRE Fri, 8pm: Los Lonely Boys. $41$51. Campbell.

JOHNNY V’S Fri: Blackwood Royalty, Resistant Me, 12 Gauge Promise. Mon: Metal Mondays. San Jose.

LILLY MAC’S Fri, 9:30pm: Dark Wave. Sunnyvale.

LOS GATOS LODGE Fri-Sat: Live rock bands. Los Gatos.

Fri, 9:30pm: Anti-Social, SA90, War of Aggression. 21+. Sat, 9:30pm: MyParade, The Rinds!, Talky Tina. 21+. San Jose.

MOJO LOUNGE

CLUB FOX

NETO’S GRILL

Fri, 7pm: Journey Unauthorized. $15/$18. Sat,

Fri, 8:30pm: Rhythm District. $5. Santa Clara.

Fri, 9:30pm: Ron Hacker & the Hacksaws. $5. Sat, 9:30pm: Liquid Sky. $5. Fremont.

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Clifford Coulter Benefit SOUL-JAZZ innovator and multi-instrumentalist Clifford Coulter was there for San Jose back when mainstream pop culture was still asking for directions. Coulter’s 1970 debut album was the polar opposite of “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?”—funky, rootsy and ahead of its time—and was firmly grounded in the South Bay with tracks like “Alum Rock Park” and “East Side San Jose” (also the name of Fairmont Hotel the album, and surely the first time the East Side was Lobby, San Jose repped on a major-label release). Four decades later, San Jose is there for him, too, with Sun., Feb. 26 this benefit show in the lobby at the Fairmont Hotel. Coulter is currently in intensive care in Thailand, 7pm; donations where he suffered a heart attack, and was diagnosed expected with heart failure, two blocked arteries and kidney failure. He is recovering from angioplasty and requires dialysis treatment every other day. The benefit will raise money for his treatment in Thailand, along with the cost of getting him back to the States and setting up his necessary medical care here. The long list of musicians who will appear Sunday would make a fascinating “Six Degrees of Clifford Coulter” flow chart, as befits a man whose career stretches back to John Lee Hooker’s 1959 Folk Blues album. Drummer Ron E. Beck, for instance, produced Coulter’s third album, and has played with both Tower of Power and Carlos Santana. Tony Lindsay, Santana’s vocalist for 20 years, will also perform, as will sax player Danny Hull, who plays with Lindsay in Spang-a-lang. And on and on—from Chester Thompson to Tom E. Politzer to Chris Cain to Margo LeDuc and more—in a forcible show of how respected and beloved is Coulter, and how much of a mark he’s made with his music. (Donations can be made directly to Clifford Coulter, 32401 Sheffield Lane, Union City, CA 94587.)—Steve Palopoli

NICKEL CITY

NINE LIVES

NUMBER ONE BROADWAY

Fri, 6pm: The Spliffs, Crowd Killer, ATFL, 1989, NOVA, Annabelle + Mandible. All ages. Sat, 6pm: Our Hearts Alive (CD release), Rise Over Me, Scarlet Spoke, Strawberry Girls, the Firewall, Hero Shot. All ages. San Jose.

Thu, 8pm: Battle of the Bands with MeatmalleT, A.T.F.L, Out for Blood, Scarlet Spoke. $10. Fri, 8pm: Rock Solid. $10. Sat, 8pm: Evolution (Journey tribute), Red Glare. $10/$15. Gilroy.

Thu, 9:30pm: Blind Pilots. No cover. Fri, 9:30pm: Clean Slate. $10. Sat, 9:30pm: Touch of Class. $10. Los Gatos.

THE QUARTER NOTE Wed: Pro Jam hosted by Mental

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RED ROCK COFFEE Fri, 8pm: Sahab. Sat, 8pm: Anadel, Brandon Zahursky. Mountain View.

THE REFUGE Sat, 6pm: In Autumn, Time Spills, Southerland Nights, Silly Creature, Only for Tomorrow, Viscerally Scarred. All ages. $10. Cupertino.

SJSU EVENT CENTER Thu, 6:30pm: Gigantour 2012 featuring Megadeth, Motorhead, Volbeat, Lacuna Coil. $39.50. San Jose State University, San Jose.

SOUTH FIRST BILLIARDS Thu, 9pm: Until We Sleep, Vanishing Affair. No cover. San Jose.

ARYA GLOBAL CUISINE Fri-Sat, 8pm: Live music and belly dancing. Tue: Dinner and performance by Italian tenor Pasquale Espositio. Cupertino.

AZÚCAR Thu, 9pm: DJ Che live video mixing. Fri, 9pm: Latin rock en espanol. Sat, 9pm: Salsa, merengue, cumbia, urban & Latin fusions. Tue, 9pm: Dinner, live music with Angel Zelada and more for Valentine’s. San Jose.

TRES GRINGOS CABO CANTINA Thu, 9pm: Rebelskamp. San Jose.

WOODHAM’S LOUNGE Fri: Pro Jam with local rock musicians. Santa Clara.

X-BAR Sat, 8pm: Gals Rock featuring the Like Me’s, the Cleveland Browns (members of Hot Toddies), Dog Party. All ages. $8. Homestead Lanes, Cupertino.

World AGENDA LOUNGE Wed, 8pm: Salsa. $5. Thu, 8pm: Banda nights. Fri, 8pm: Rock en Español. San Jose.

ALBERTO’S Wed: Bachata. Thu: Salsa with Pantea. Fri: Salsa. Sat: Latin night. Mon: Argentine Tango. Tue: Salsa with Pantea. Mountain View.

HEDLEY CLUB

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HUKILAU Fri: Aldon Sanders. Sat: Garden Island Blend. San Jose.

LILLY MAC’S Tue: Irish dancing. Sunnyvale.

LIQUID Tue: Rock en espanol. San Jose.

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MOROCCO’S SJ

Sat, 8pm: Live music. San Jose.

Thu, 8pm: Blues Jam with Aki, featuring Andy Santana. Fri, 8pm: Bornia Boys. Sat, 8pm: Tip of the Top. Campbell.

Fri, 9:30pm & Sat, 9pm: Live music. Mountain View.

Tue, 6pm: Dirty Pillows, Starlight Girls. No cover. San Jose.

TEMPLE BAR & LOUNGE

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STREETLIGHT RECORDS

Fri-Sat, 9pm-1am: Live music. Gilroy.

Law Band. Sat: Dave Abbott Band. No cover. Santa Clara.

Every first and third Wed, 7:30pm: Hedley Club Jazz Jam. Thu, 8pm: Russo-Alberts Trio. Fri, 8:30pm: Anton Schwartz. Sat, 8:30pm: Primary Colors. Hotel De Anza, San Jose.

Wed, 6pm: Middle Eastern music. Thu, 6pm: Jack Sutter. Fri, 6pm: World music. Sat, 6pm: Belly dancing. Sun, 6pm: World music. Mon, 6pm: Moroccan music. Tue, 6pm: Johnny Williams. Mountain View.

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Sat, 6pm: San Jose Jazz 25th Anniversary Fundraiser. $150. San Jose.

J.J.’S BLUES CAFE Wed, 9pm: Suska. Thu, 9pm: Jimmy Dewrance. Fri, 9pm: Liars Club. Sat, 9pm: Mike Osborn. $10. Sun, 9pm: Stevie B, Gene Washington. Mon, 9pm: Waynes Way. Plus Pro Jam. Tue, 7pm: Blue J, Dennis and Stuart. San Jose.

LIQUID Wed: JC Smith Band. San Jose.

LOFT BAR AND BISTRO Thu, 7-10pm: Live jazz. San Jose.

LOS GATOS BREWING CO.

Wed, 6pm: Mark Van Ness. Thu, 6pm: Johnny Williams. Fri, 6pm: World music. Sat, 6pm: The Dan Goghs. Sun, 6pm: Moroccan music. Mon, noon on: French music. San Jose.

Fri: Dueling pianos. Los Gatos.

PARRANDA NIGHTCLUB STEPHENS GREEN

Thu: The Honey Wilders. Fri: Isis and the Cold Truth. Sat: Dennis Dove Band. Mon: Pro blues jam. Sunnyvale.

Tue, 7:30pm. Irish music. Mountain View.

PAGODA LOUNGE

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A PERFECT FINISH

Thu-Sat: Live music. Sunnyvale.

ANGELICA’S BISTRO Sat, 6pm: Susan Rancourt. $15/$20. Sat, 8:30pm: The Tribal Blues Band. $12/$16. Mon, 7pm: A Swingin’ Affair and Jazz Jam. No cover. Redwood City.

ART BOUTIKI Every second Thu, 7pm: Jazz jam. $5. San Jose.

BBC GASTROPUB

LOS GATOS BREWING CO. SJ Thu & Sat: Dueling pianos. San Jose.

MURPHY’S LAW

Wed, 7:30pm: Avery Stafford. The Fairmont Hotel, San Jose. Fri, 9pm: Steven Gary. Sat, 9pm: Kirk Tamura Jazz Trio. San Jose.

POOR HOUSE BISTRO Wed, 6-9pm: Ron Thompson. Thu, 6-9pm: San Jose Jazz Blues Thursday with Two-Tone Steiny, Kid Anderson. Fri, 610pm: Con Brio. Sat, 6-10pm: Beaufunk. Sun, noon-4pm: School of the Blues student jam. Tue, 5-9pm: PHB open mic. San Jose.

Fri, 6pm: Live jazz. Menlo Park.

TESSORA’S

BLUZ BY-YOU

Fri, 8:30pm: Rich Kubec. Sat, 8:30pm: Lyndie Way Jazz. Campbell.

Thu: Maria Goody. Fri: Marshall

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THE CINEBAR is fairly easy to miss. Located on 69 E. San Fernando, the Cinebar’s entrance is a bland, nondescript wooden door, the kind one passes on the street without giving any thought. Sandwiched against the flashier Azucar—with its bright lights, blaring music and floor-to-ceiling windows—this door looks like the staff exit of the adjacent restaurant, rather than the main portal to a pub. Hidden behind this ordinary door, though, is an extraordinary bar—one so stereotypically dive, that any person who has never seen a dive bar can walk in and recognize it as such. The joint has a run-down sort of feel to it (essential to any dive bar), with the wood fixtures worn from years of use. The floor is scuffed, the corners of individual floorboards chipped, while the wood-panel walls are scratched and gouged, the white paint flaked from the walls. The bar is fully stocked with popular brands of alcohol, shelves of rums and vodkas and whiskeys running ceiling to floor the length of the counter. Flanking the bar is a row of leather chairs and wood tables. Affixed to the wall is a line of lanterns, the soft red light easy on the eyes. In the back, sits a jukebox, blaring rock tunes, and propped too close to the wall is the ubiquitous pool table, the felt stained with spilt beer. Rounding out the dive-y feel is a lone disco ball, hanging from the ceiling. It could be a movie set on some Hollywood studio’s back lot, were it not for the artwork adorning the walls: stencils of Hollywood heavyweights like Marilyn Monroe, Herman Munster and the Three Stooges—the “Cine” in Cinebar. With its gimmicky artwork, the Cinebar could easily be a bar in Hollywood, a watering hole across the street from Paramount, where extras and crew mingle after a day’s shoot, were it not for the fact that the bar is located in San Jose. The bar is often standing-room only. Patrons are typically of the alternative crowd, so after the workday ends, tattooed forearms, pierced noses and flannel shirts fill the stools. Many customers hail from the alt. crowd, but they do not have a monopoly on the bar. Anyone is welcome. Frequently, men in dress slacks and women in little black dresses sit alongside the band shirts and the blue-streaked hair. All are united in their common desire for a stiff drink and their belief that a night of drinking shouldn’t eat up a week’s paycheck. The bar offers $2 pints of PBR—all the time—and $5 shots, so it’s the place to drink on a budget—a welcome location for those in today’s economy.—The Barfly

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THE BEARS Fri, 9pm: Ryan. San Jose.

THEATRE ON SAN PEDRO SQUARE

BLACK CARD LOUNGE

Sat, 8pm: Wayne Wallace. $20/$25. San Jose.

UNWINED

ARNEIS STRING QUARTET with ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET SAT / FEB 25 / 8 PM Bostonian quartet Arneis join mentors the SLSQ for Beethoven, Britten, Golijov, and Kurtåg.

Tue, 7pm: Open mic. Free. San Jose.

WINE AFFAIRS

CITY ESPRESSO

WED / FEB 29 / 8 PM Master percussionist Currie in solo works plus a commissioned concerto by Sally Beamish with Stanford Philharmonia.

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Fri, 7pm: Open mic. San Jose.

C&W/Folk

Tue, 6:30-9:30pm: Open mic. Music, poetry, etc. Sunnyvale.

Fri, 9pm-1am: Danielle. Sat, 9pm-1am: Karaoke. Santa Clara.

HOT JAVA COFFEE ROASTING

BLUE BONNET BAR

ALICEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Thu, 7pm: Live acoustic music. Woodside.

Tue, 6:30pm: Hot Acoustic Tuesdays. Open mic for instrumentalists, vocalists, poets and more. Morgan Hill.

BLUE MAX

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ATOMIC ACES/ SWAMP ANGEL

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ANGĂ&#x2030;LIQUE KIDJO SAT / MAR 3 / 8 PM â&#x20AC;&#x153;Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier divaâ&#x20AC;? (Time), Beninâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kidjo combines unbridled joy with irresistible grooves. Limited availabilityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;act now!

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&EBAlkaline Trio (Ages 16+) Mar 1 Eligh & Amp Live Atrium (Ages 16+) Mar 2 Lagwagon (Ages 16+) Mar 3 Gappy Ranks Atrium (Ages 16+) Mar 7 Sleepy Sun Atrium (Ages 21+) Mar 8 SOJA (Ages 16+) Mar 8 Eliquate Atrium (Ages 16+) -ARRed Light District Atrium (Ages 21+) Mar 10 Hellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Belles (Ages 21+) Mar 10 Sin Sisters Burlesque Atrium (Ages 21+) Mar 11 Caught in Motion Atrium (Ages 21+) Mar 17 Iration (Ages 16+) Mar 23 Pennywise (Ages 21+) Mar 24 Tyga (Ages 16+) Apr 4 UKF Tour (Ages 18+) Apr 10 Dark Star Orchestra (Ages 21+) Apr 18 Zeds Dead (Ages 18+) Apr 20 The Holdup (Ages 16+) Apr 22 Tech N9ne (Ages 16+) Jun 13 Thrice (Ages 16+) Unless otherwise noted, all shows are dance shows with limited seating. Tickets subject to city tax & service charge by phone 866-384-3060 & online

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Wed-Thu and Mon, 8pm: Karaoke. No cover. Sunnyvale. Fri-Sat, 7pm: Karaoke. Sunnyvale.

Fri, 7:30pm: Scott Huckabay. Sat, 8pm: VNote Ensemble. Santa Clara.

Wed: The Cypher. Hip-hop open mic. San Jose.

ORCHARD VALLEY COFFEE

Wed, 8-11pm: Live music, comedy and poetry. Los Gatos.

BOGARTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S LOUNGE

NINE LIVES

Wed, Fri and Sun, 8pm-2am: KJ Dennis. Sunnyvale.

Fri, 8pm: Open mic. No cover. Gilroy.

BOULEVARD TAVERN

Wed, 9pm: California Cowboys. Thu-Fri, 9pm & Sat, 10:15pm: Rodeo House. Sat, 7:15pm: Saddleback Ridge. Fremont.

SAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BBQ Wed, 6pm: Country Classics. Tue, 6pm: Windy Hill. San Jose.

also Fallujah and Cerebral

Friday, February 24Â&#x2039;In the AtriumÂ&#x2039;AGES 16+

Thu, 8pm: KJ Bob and Starmaker Karaoke. San Jose (upstairs at El Palenque Restaurant).

Wed, 7:30pm: Kirk Abe Trio. Thu, 7:30pm: Chris Trujillo. San Jose.

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Thu & Sat, 7pm: Live jazz. San Jose.

Fri: Tom Daggett. Sat: Deborah Crooks. Campbell.

COLIN CURRIE, PERCUSSION with STANFORD PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA

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THREE FLAMES RESTAURANT Thu, 9pm: Bit & Spur Band. Sun, 8pm: Rebecca West. San Jose.

Open Mic ANGELICAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BISTRO Tue, 7pm: Open mic. Redwood City.

MOUNTAIN CHARLEYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S

Thu: Karaoke. Los Gatos.

RED ROCK COFFEE CO. Mon, 7pm: Cavin and Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Open Mic. Mountain View.

SUNNYVALE ART GALLERY First and third Thursday of every month, 7pm: The Canvas. Open to all performers. Sunnyvale.

THREE FLAMES RESTAURANT Wed, 8pm: Open-mic night with Anita. Willow Glen.

Karaoke 7 BAMBOO Wed-Sat, 9pm: Karaoke. Tue,

Mon, 7pm: Musical open mic for singer-songwriters. Sign up at 7pm. Free. San Jose.

Thu, 7:30pm: Open mic. Saratoga.

BRITANNIA ARMS CUPERTINO Wed, 9:30pm: Open mic. Cupertino.

BRITANNIA ARMS CUPERTINO Sun-Tue, 10pm: Karaoke. Cupertino.

BRITANNIA ARMS DOWNTOWN We,: August. Mon: Comedy with Mr. Walker. San Jose.

C&Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SPORTS BAR Thu, 10pm: Melissa and Heather. Santa Clara.

CREEKSIDE LOUNGE

DASILVAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BRONCOS Wed: Karaoke. Thu, 9pm-1am: Karaoke. Santa Clara.

BAREFOOT COFFEE ROASTERS

BLUE ROCK SHOOT

Wed & Sun, 10pm: DJ UncleHank. San Jose.

Wed, 8pm, and Sat, 8:30pm: KJ Bob and Starmaker Karaoke. San Jose.

BAMBOO LOUNGE

Wed, 7pm: Musical open mic. Sign up by 5pm. Santa Clara.

BRITANNIA ARMS ALMADEN

ALEXâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S 49ER INN Nightly, 9pm-2am: Karaoke. San Jose.

AZĂ&#x161;CAR Wed, 9pm: English and Spanish karaoke and dancing. San Jose.

BBC GASTROPUB Mon, 9:30pm: Karaoke. Menlo Park.

DIVE BAR Wed, 9:30pm: Karaoke. San Jose.

EFFIEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S RESTAURANT Wed-Sat and Tue, 9pm-2am, & last Sun of every month, 2-7pm: B&S Karaoke. Campbell.

EL RANCHO SPORTS BAR Thu, 8pm: Karaoke. San Jose.

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Motörhead BY ALL ACCOUNTS, Lemmy Kilmister should be dead. He drinks a fifth of Jack Daniel’s a day, been smoking since he was 11 and eats only meat and cheese. Anthrax’s Scott Ian put it best when he said Motörhead is one of those metal bands that’s cool for the punks to like. They’re fast, dirty, and louder than a 747. If they moved next door to you, your front lawn would die. Lemmy, however, San Jose State has always said Motörhead is not metal band, they’re Event Center a rock & roll band. Thu, Feb. 23 With more than 30 years under their belt and over 20 albums, they show no signs of slowing down. After 6:30pm; $39.50 being fired from Hawkwind in 1975, for “doing the wrong drugs,” Lemmy formed Motörhead, a name derived from a slang term for speed freaks and a song he had written. Throughout their career, they’ve spawned numerous iconic songs, including “Bomber,” “Killed by Death,” “Overkill” and, of course, their signature “Ace of Spades.” Also performing at this “Gigantour” show is Megadeth, a band Dave Mustaine formed out of spite after being fired from Metallica. He wanted to be faster, heavier, and was out for their blood. Their second album, 1986’s Peace Sells ... but Who’s Buying? is an essential thrash metal assault, and 1990’s Rust in Peace is the highlight of their career. Danish rockers Volbeat and Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil start things off.—Beau Dowling

FLAMES COFFEE SHOP

LILLY MAC’S

Wed-Sat and Tue: Uncle Dougie Show. No cover. San Jose.

Thu: Karaoke. Sunnyvale.

JERSEYS

Mon: Karaoke. San Jose.

Sat: Karaoke. Campbell.

THE GOOSETOWN LOUNGE Fri-Sun, 9:30pm-1:30am: Karaoke. Willow Glen.

FAHRENHEIT ULTRA LOUNGE Tue, 9pm: Partyoke. Beer pong and karaoke. San Jose.

KHARTOUM

LIQUID NETO’S MARKET & GRILL

Thu, 9pm: DJ Davey K. Campbell.

Fri, 6:30-10:30pm: Bands with live karaoke. Santa Clara.

KING OF CLUBS

OFF THE HOOK

Thu & Sun-Mon, 8:30pm: Bruce of KOR Karaoke. Mountain View.

Thu, 8pm: Karaoke. Campbell.

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REELING IN THE EARS Cult icon and head of the world’s loudest band, Lemmy brings Motörhead to the San Jose State Event Center Thursday.

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Benofficial. Fri, 10pm: DJ Christiano Intrigue. Sat, 10pm: DJ Aaron-E. San Jose.

Heit. Fri, 9pm: Fashion Fridays. $10. Sat, 9pm: Elite. $10. Mon, 9pm: Industry. Tue: College Night. San Jose.

JOHNNY V’S Wed: The Cypher. Hip-hop open mic. Thu: Thumpin’ Thursdays. Sat: Dance party with DJ Creeper. San Jose.

PIONEER SALOON Tue, 8:30pm: Acoustic karaoke with Sam Marshall. Woodside.

RED STAG LOUNGE Nightly karaoke, 9pm-1:30am. San Jose.

LIQUID Thu: DJ Tesfa and rotating DJs, reggae, hip-hop. FriSat: Rotating DJs, including Remedy, Goldenchyld and others. Sun: Live music. San Jose.

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REDI ROOM

Thu, 10pm: DJ Aaron E. San Jose.

Thu-Sat, 9pm: DJ Curtis. San Jose.

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ROSIE MCCANN’S

Thu: Therapy. Fri: Flirty Fridays. Mon: Power Hour. San Jose.

Tue, 8:30pm: Karaoke. No cover. Santana Row.

C&J’S SPORTS BAR

LOFT BAR AND BISTRO Fri-Sat, 10pm: Live DJ. San Jose.

Wed, 10pm: Purple. Palo Alto.

Wed & Sat, 10pm: DJ. Fri, 8:30pm: Sizzling. Salsa night. Santa Clara.

SOUTH FIRST BILLIARDS

CARDIFF LOUNGE

Fri-Sat: DJs & dancing. San Jose.

Sun: Karaoke. San Jose.

Sun, 10pm: The 45 Sessions. Campbell.

MYTH TAVERNA LOUNGE

THREE FLAMES RESTAURANT

CLUBHOUSE

RUDY’S PUB

Mon, 8pm: Chris. Tue, 9pm: Randy. San Jose.

Sat: DJs and dancing. San Jose.

WOODHAM’S LOUNGE

Thu-Sat, 9:30pm: DJs. San Jose.

MOTIF

Thu: Therapy. Fri: Soul Therapy. San Jose.

PARRANDA NIGHTCLUB

THE ELEGANT PUB

Thu, 8pm: DJ Akustik. No cover. Fri, 8pm: DJ Mayo. Sat, 8pm: DJ Mayo and DJ Akustik. Sun, 7pm: Latin Beat. Sun, 9pm: Sonidero Night. Sunnyvale.

Dance Clubs

Fri-Sat, 9pm: DJ Checo. Evergreen Inn, San Jose.

PEACOCK LOUNGE

FAHRENHEIT ULTRA LOUNGE

AGENDA

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Fri, 8pm: DJ dancing featuring R&B, Top 40. Sat, 9pm: DJ dancing featuring chill, R&B,

Thu & Sat, 9:30pm: Wild Side. Santa Clara.

DIVE BAR

Wed, 8pm: Salsa Wednesdays. Thu: Antromix. Banda nights. Fri: Rock en Español. San Jose.

AZÚCAR Thu, 9pm: DJ Che live video mixing. Fri, 9pm: Latin rock en espanol. Sat, 9pm: Salsa, merengue, cumbia, urban & Latin fusions. Tue, 9pm: Salsa. San Jose.

BAMBOO LOUNGE Sat, 9pm: Thick & Sexy Saturdays. $10. San Jose.

THE BLANK CLUB Thu, 9pm: Atomic with DJ Basura. $10. Sat, 9pm: Adult Dance Party. $5. San Jose.

BLUE PHEASANT Wed-Sun, Tue, 7pm: DJ and dancing. Cupertino.

BRITANNIA ARMS CUPERTINO Thu, 10pm: Live DJ. Cupertino.

BRITANNIA ARMS DOWNTOWN Thu: VJ mixing with DJ

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SLEIGH BELLS Brooklyn buzz duo with a new, more aurally palatable album, ‘Reign of Terror.’ Feb 23 at the Regency Ballroom.

MAC MCCAUGHAN Co-founder of Merge Records and Superchunk frontman plays sharp solo set. Feb 23 at Swedish American Hall.

DAVE HOLLAND QUARTET Master bassist plays with Jason Moran, Eric Harland and Chris Potter. Feb 24 at Palace of Fine Arts.

DJ KRUSH Japanese hip-hop producer and creator of textural universes plays 20th Anniversary show. Feb 25 at Mezzanine.

THE DODOS Hometown heroes fronted by Meric Long strum and hum up a melodic storm. Feb 26 at the Great American Music Hall. More San Francisco events at www.sfstation.com.

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the very idea of 15 minutes of fame.

Kreayshawn IS THE Oakland-based rapper Kreayshawn (pronounced “cray-shawn”) an Internet conspiracy or an absurdist comment on the state of popular culture? With a penchant for warped Studio 8, San Jose beats, chirpy hooks and colorful baubles that combine Harajuku with the ’hood, the 22-year-old born Natassia Sat., Feb 25; 9pm Zolot has confounded the same Internet that gave birth to her. The surrealist asexual swagger that she traffics in has drawn lame comparisons to Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and even Lady Gaga. She also shares the criticism that she’s being “weird for weirdness’s sake,” and if that’s not enough—alert the authorities—she’s white. And she makes a sudden appearance on Saturday for Studio 8’s anniversary party. In the video for “Gucci Gucci,” a wonky, fiendish rebuttal to exhausted brand names and simple minds, Kreayshawn and her crew of delinquent white girls strut through West Hollywood, pointing accusingly and mouthing cuss words. Adorned in what can only be called “cartoon couture,” Kreayshawn dazzles in a Minnie Mouse headband and a blinged-out Indian head hanging from a waist-length chain. Her waif in crime, “Lil Debbie,” bops in the foreground wearing a jean jacket and thick, square glasses—prescription unlikely. It’s as if someone had animated the entire line of Polly Pocket and fed them a steady diet of hallucinogens and rap music. But it’s not her fashion sense, or senselessness, that’s got the world in a fix. Her rap sheet reads thusly: An accomplice, Vanessa “V-Nasty” Reece, liberally peppers sentences with “the n-word.” Nude photos of a supposedly underage Kreayshawn were leaked on the web, right after a very public and very comic spat with heavyset rap don Rick Ross. Also did we mention she’s white? The thing is: Kreayshawn isn’t embarking on a quest to “save hip-hop”—it’s not clear if that’s even her genre. She’s hyper-referential, flippant and a little darling, and it’s a bit ridiculous to watch as hip-hop purists launch a series of missives against what’s really just hyphy junior—unthinking sure, but fun, dammit, fun. Cyndi Lauper fun.—Shona Sanzgiri

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TEMPLE BAR & LOUNGE Wed: RedRun with D. Luzion

Bi andd andd Illt Illtraxx. Th Thu: JJazBiz Dave Dynamix. Fri: Video Mixing, then DJ Radio Raheem and DJ Ready Rock. San Jose.

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Saama Technologies, Inc. in Campbell, CA seeking Associate Principals, Project Managers, Software Engineers, Systems Analysts, Programmers & Programmer Analysts at all levels for Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing. Some positions require employer paid travel. Send resumes to jobs@saama.com

Netflix, Inc. has the following job opportunity available in Los Gatos, CA: Senior Software Engineer (LG06RDO) - Define, design, develop, test, debug, and modify software enhancements, maintenance, and/or new software products. Submit resume by mail to: Netflix Inc., Attn: HR Staffing Operations, 100 Winchester Circle, Los Gatos, CA 95032. Must reference job title and job code LG06RDO.

equipment provider for the semiconductor industry, has employment opportunities in San Jose, CA for Process Dev Engr (12506), dev new or modified process formulations, define processing or handling equip reqs and specifications, and review processing techniques and methods applied in the manufacture, fabrication, and evaluation of semiconductors; Technologist (11829), work on process and tech dev activities with assigned customer accounts, may req. travel up to 25%; SW Engr (12720), plan, design, dev. and test SW programs or apps for equipment control and automation; and Process Dev Engr (12485), dev. thin film dielectric processes and materials/ device characterization. If interested, must reference job title with code and send resume to Novellus Systems, Inc. Attn: J. Reicks. 4000 N. First Street, M/S 60C, San Jose, CA 95134.

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ABENDLAND

The dispassionate eye peers out of the dark and into the dark because “sometimes things can be seen more clearly in the night.” THUR 3/1; 4:45PM (C12), SAT 3/3; 11:45AM (C12), WED 3/7; 5:00PM (C12)

In a series of stunning visual and sonic compositions, Nikolaus Geyrhalter (Our Daily Bread, 2005) trains his eye on Europe by night. It is a night land of refugees, care-givers, workers, worshippers, lovers, protesters, and partiers; a latticework of brightly lit borders, surveillance control centers, conference rooms, and transport. And everywhere there are cameras watching. From its enigmatic opening image of a whirring surveillance camera in a black field peering into the night, Geyrhalter›s instantly recognizable style, with its measured pace, almost glacial camera›s eye, and use of natural sound, creates a provocative work of cinematic poetry that is simultaneously a sharply critical look at our modern world. – Charlie Cockey Director: Nikolaus Geyrhalter; Producers: Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser, Michael Kitzberge, Wolfgang Widerhofer; Writers: Maria W. Arlamovsky, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Wolfgang Widerhofer; Cinematographer: Nikolaus Geyrhalter; Editor: Wolfgang Widerhofer; Country: Austria; Language: German (w/English subtitles); Length: 90 min.; Genre: Documentary

ALMOST IN LOVE

“A lover can warm your bed, but lonely is the soul without a mate.” SAT 3/3; 9:15PM (C12), MON 3/5; 6:45PM (C12), FRI 3/9; 12:30PM (C12)

For those looking for love, it’s not hard to find—unless you miss your chance. Caught up in a love triangle, the beautiful Mia can’t help but feel heavy-hearted. Whether watching the breathtaking New York skyline at dusk with one lover or the dreamy California coast at dawn with the other, she finds the tightening tensions and surging emotions more than overwhelming. Director Sam Neave (Cry Funny Happy, First Person Singular) continues to bring his naturalism and unique style to the Cinequest Film Festival. A realistic portrayal of the complications relationships may entail, Almost in Love simultaneously elicits commiseration from those who know all too well. – Athena Chow Director: Sam Neave; Producers: Michaela McKee, Douglas Glickman; Writer: Sam Neave; Cinematographer: Daniel McKeown; Editor: Sam Neave; Cast: Marjan Neshat, Alex Karpovsky, Gary Wilmes, Alan Cumming, Darrill Rosen, Katherine Waterston, Adam Rapp; Country: USA; Language: English; Length: 83 min.; Genre: Drama NARRATIVE COMPETITION

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

BATTLE OF THE QUEENS (KAMPF DER KÖNIGINNEN)

BEAT DOWN

SUN 3/4; 9:15PM (REP), MON 3/5; 9:30PM (REP), SAT 3/10; 11:30AM (REP)

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In an isolated valley surrounded by mighty mountains, majestic cows carry on an archaic tradition The Battle of the Queens. All but unknown outside the Valais region of Switzerland, this contest draws as many as 10,000 afficionados annually. But these are mainly battles of bluff and threat between magnificent mammoth muscled cows, not the bloody battles of brood-gathering bulls. When two of these bovine mountains charge each other, more shoulder to shoulder than head to head, the contest is won or lost not by damage or injury but by mere demurral: the instant one combatant turns away the battle is over.

Fran, a spunky tomboy and wrestling prodigy, finds her passion crushed by her father’s demands. After discovering his deceit, she runs away and joins a touring troupe of pile-driving rough necks to fulfill her dream of becoming a famous wrestler. In the ring, she battles for her independence and fights all those keeping her from growing into the woman she wants to be. Success is always around the next corner until her father intervenes with her best interest in mind. Beat Down is a hilarious glimpse into the kitschy world of wrestling entertainment and the struggle to create your identity when others try to create it for you. – Kyle Burt

Shot in stunning widescreen black and white, and leavened with a gentle sense of humor, this is a truly wonderful film, where even the losers are winners. – Charlie Cockey

Director: Deanne Foley; Producer: Paul Pope; Writers: Deanne Foley, Iain MacLeod; Cinematographer: Jason Tan; Editor: Randy Zimmer; Music: Grant King, Jody Richardson; Cast: Marthe Bernard, Robb Wells, Tony Nappo, Andy Jones, Daniel Beirne, Janet Kidder, Mark O’Brien, Laura Dennis; Country: Canada; Language: English; Length: 93 min.; Genre: Drama

It’s not what you’re thinking.

Director: Nicolas Steiner; Producer: Malte Can; Writer: Nicolas Steiner; Cinematographer: Markus Nestroy; Editor: Kaya Inan; Music: John Gürtler, Jan Miserre; Country: Switzerland; Language: German (w/ English subtitles); Length: 70min.; Genre: Documentary DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION Preceded by the short film: It’s Me, Helmut; dir. Nicolas Steiner; Switzerland; 11min; On his 60th birthday (or is it 57th?) a few friends stop by to wish Helmut a happy birthday.

Why wrestle with angst, when a wrestling career waits in the opposite corner?

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Known as “The People’s Picasso” in his hometown of Salvador, Bel Borba eclectically represents a rarely seen side of Brazil. For 35 years, he has spread his recognized artwork throughout the 500-year-old urban landscape.

Alex is “neurotic, childish, and a bit of a control freak.” With his mother diagnosed a stroke victim and hospitalised, he’s thoroughly convinced he has reason for concern, and becomes ever more controlling and paranoid. Though his mother seems to be improving, he›s getting worse. Realism becomes surrealism.

The sunny coastal city feeds Borba’s artistic vein. Combining talent, simplicity, and nature to create original work, he showcases the forgotten beauty of his country and reminds us there is more to Brazil than favelas, soccer, and drug lords in Rio de Janeiro.

Director: Adrian Sitaru; Producers: Monica Lazurean-Gorgan, Ada Solomon; Writer: Adrian Sitaru; Cinematographer: Adrian Silisteanu; Editor: Andrei Gorgan; Cast: Bogdan Dumitrache, Natasa Raab, Alina Grigore, Marian Râlea; Country: Romania; Language: Romanian (w/ English subtitles); Length: 105 min.; Genre: Drama GLOBAL LANDSCAPES COMPETITION

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION Preceded by the short film: L Train; dir. ; United States; 11min; Sunny is an angry teenaged girl making her way through an inner city winter. Until she sees something that forces her to consider replacing her bitterness with compassion.

BLACK TULIP (

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Fear God. Fear death. Fear the Taliban.

THE BULLY PROJECT

More than 18 million young people across the US will be bullied this year.

THUR 3/1, 9:30PM (REP), TUE 3/6; 4:15PM (REP), THUR 3/8; 9:45PM (REP)

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It’s open-mic-night at The Poet’s Corner, Farishta Mansouri’s newly-opened restaurant in Kabul. Artists and poets are welcome to express themselves on a small stage. However, when a poet is found dead, the Mansouri family fears the Taliban is out to silence them. Conceding to the Taliban’s demands goes wholly against their beliefs and for what they’ve fought. Having come a long way from refuge and expatriation overseas, retreating now would be a major step backwards for this Afghan family. Based on a true story and shot in Afghanistan, Black Tulip is a frightening film about the immeasurable value of freedom and the tenacity of culture and tradition, where there is always a price. – Athena Chow

Emmy-award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch creates a powerful and beautiful look at the daily lives of five kids and their families over the course of a school year. Each represents a different facet of America’s bullying crisis and includes two families devastated by suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus.

Director: Sonia Nassery Cole; Producers: Sonia Nassery Cole, Chris A. Cole, Evans Butterworth; Writers: Sonia Nassery Cole, David O’Neill; Cinematographer: David McFarland; Editor: Rebecca Grace; Music: Christopher Young; Cast: Haji Gul Aser, Sonia Nassery Cole, Walid Amini, Somaia Razaye, Hosna Tanha, Karim Jaweed, Sadaf Yarmal, Basir Mujaheed, Shafi Sahel, Jack Scalia; Country: Afghanistan; Language: Dari (w/ English Subtitles), Pashto (w/ English Subtitles), English; Length: 116 min.; Genre: Drama GLOBAL LANDSCAPES COMPETITION

With an intimate glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals’ offices, The Bully Project offers insight into the often cruel world of the lives of bullied children, as teachers, administrators, kids, and parents struggle to find answers. And through the testimony of courageous youth, it may be a catalyst for change in the way we deal with bullying.—Mike Rabehl Director: Lee Hirsch; Executive Producer: Cindy Waitt; Producers: Cynthia Lowen, Lee Hirsch; Cinematographer: Lee Hirsch; Editors: Lindsay Utz, Jenny Golden; Music: Ion Furjanic, Justin Rice, Christian Rudder; Country: USA; Language: English; Length: 90 min.; Genre: Documentary SPOTLIGHT SCREENINGS Sponsored by The Pool on the Hill Gang

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Directors: Burt Sun, André Costantini; Producer: Burt Sun; Writers: Burt Sun, André Costantini; Cinematographer: André Costantini; Editors: Vanessa Reiser Shaw, Daniel Burity, André Costantini; Music: André Costantini, Bel Borba, Eliano Braz; Country: Brazil; Language: English, Portuguese (w/ English subtitles); Length: 90 min.; Genre: Documentary

Featuring another of his now trademark uses of first-person camera and Bogdan Dumitrache’s beautifully naturalistic acting, Adrian Sitaru (Waves, Cinequest 2008; Hooked, 2009), with a sort of reverse Death of Mr Lazarescu (here the system works fine, it’s Alex who is falling apart), turns Romanian New Wave conventions on their head, yielding unique insight into irrational behavior. - Charlie Cockey

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The true, beautiful essence of Brazil poetically expressed with tiles, steel, sand, and mud, Bel Borba proves the ocean is the limit. For a country already full of color, he engraves his devotion to art and passion for his people. No permission asked. – Arianne Tavares

Sometimes the best intentions are not enough.

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He tattoos his art across the city. Now it’s cemented in history.

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CHEAP FUN

CHILDREN OF THE GREEN DRAGON

SAT 3/3; 4:30PM (CAL), WED 3/7; 7:00PM (CAL), SAT 3/10; 11:00AM (CAL)

All is fair in love and war - but what about in friendships?

Smoke, drink, eat, sleep. Repeat. Cheap Fun is a comedic wake-up call, playing off the monotony of a directionless life. Ian’s days are droll and lack ambition; failing in school is a constant reminder. Every night, he plays host to his friends who congregate in his garage to escape the hassles of everyday life. But when Ian breaks from the mundane, all of the unspoken tension in the group is unleashed and disaster strikes. Now that everyone’s feelings are out in the open, will they remain friends by the end of the evening? In the smoky haze of adolescence, sometimes growing up means investing in the future rather than squandering your days with cheap fun.— Athena Chow

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Director: Zack Sutherland; Executive Producers: Barnaby Dallas, Ned Knopp, Nick Martinez, Scott Sublett; Producers: Jeremy Inman, Kate Staben; Writer: Zack Sutherland; Cinematographer: Christopher Robin Faulkner; Editor: Pierce Leggin; Music: Robert Rodriguez; Cast: Jason Moore, Randy Blair, Michelle Foletta, Sean Gilvary, Francesco Irace, Josh Marx, Shane Hennessey, Cory Censoprano, Peter Stoia, Claire Hein; Country: USA; Language: English; Length: 86 min.; Genre: Comedy NEW VISIONS COMPETITION

(A ZÖLD SÁRKÁNY GYERMEKEI)

WED 2/29; 9:30PM (C12), THUR 3/1; 11:45AM (C12), MON 3/5; 5:00PM (C12)

Aiming to sell an abandoned warehouse, real estate agent János finds more than just dusty boxes inside. Wu, the watchman, lives among the Made-in-China goods. Though tense at first, they soon find solace in their shared loneliness and dissatisfaction with their careers. Yet tensions rise again when a jaded delivery girl joins them for coffee. János and Wu aggressively vie for her attention while rousing insightful yet playful comical relief. Money-driven do-or-die ultimatums threaten their newfound companionship and they realize the success of one’s career may come at a cost they’re not willing to pay. – Athena Chow Director: Bence Miklauzic; Producer: József Berger; Writers: Bence Miklauzic, Gábor Németh, Balázs Maruszki; Cinematographer: János Vecsernyés; Editor: Béla Barsi; Music: Zsolt Hammer, Ádám Jávorka; Cast: Zoltán Rátóti, Eszter Bánfalvi, Yu Debin, Ferenc Lengyel, Attila Egyed, Shan Yu Tio; Country: Hungary; Language: Hungarian, Mandarin (w/ English subtitles); Length: 89 min.; Genre: Drama NARRATIVE COMPETITION

CLOSE TO HEAVEN (DEM HIMMEL GANZ NAH)

CODE 2600

THUR 3/1; 4:30PM (C12), SAT 3/3; NOON (C12), THUR 3/8; 4:00PM (C12)

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In a forgotten corner of the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania, Dmitru Stanciu is the last of his kind. A poet of the camera and mountain shepherd living close to heaven, he is as much a part of these mountains as the rivers or the wind, as much a part of their heart as the myths and traditions by which he lives.

It doesn’t matter if you are a skeptic or believe in conspiracies, Code 2600 breaks the myth of online information safety. Code 2600 tells the story of information technology by the people who created it and by the hackers attempting to manipulate and control the system. Whoever succeeds could cause a world changing event.

Every shot is so perfectly composed, every image so “right”; if only they could stay on the screen a little longer, that we might soak in their beauty and the feelings they evoke in us. But time will not stop, for us or for Dmitru, and soon these beautiful images will be all that is left. – Charlie Cockey

Wrapped in mystery, Code 2600 demonstrates how truly naked we are online. Nothing is secret and we are helpless trying to protect ourselves not only from the companies trying to sell us their products, but also from potential government surveillance that would make Big Brother proud. You might think twice before checking in on Facebook again. – Sandy Wolf

Wondrous vestiges of a vanishing way of life.

Director: Titus Faschina; Producers: Heino Deckert; Writer: Titus Faschina; Cinematographer: Bernd Fischer; Editor: Martin Eberle; Music: Alexander Balanescu; Country: Germany, Romania; Language: Romanian (w/ English subtitles); Length: 93 min.; Genre: Documentary DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION Preceded by the short film: 27; dir. Nicolas Daenens; Belgium; 12min; 27 is a dangerous age. And it’s clear this young man doesn’t want to be bothered.

Someone is watching...

Director: Jeremy Zerechak; Executive Producer: Ron Morris; Producer: Jeremy Zerechak; Writer: Jeremy Zerechak; Cinematographer: Jeremy Zerechak; Editors: Tyler H. Walk, Jeremy Zerechak; Music: Joseph Miller; Cast: Bruce Schneier, Jeff Moss, Jennifer Granick, Marcus J. Ranum, Lorrie Cranor, Gideon Lenkey, Mark Tierno, Christopher Downs; Country: USA; Language: English; Length: 82 min.; Genre: Documentary DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION Preceded by the short film: Mutant; dir. Leon Fernandez; Mexico; 8min; A strange humanoid will face the very purpose of its existence and the great mystery that supports its kind.

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Director Geoffrey Enthoven (The Over the Hill Band, Cinequest 2010) returns to the festival in fine form with his brilliant new comedy, which deservedly won the Grand Prize of the Americas and the Audience Award at the Montreal World Film Festival.

Estranged from his father, Adam grittily made himself into a college basketball star. Eschewing a college coaching job for a small town high school, Adam spots Dave, an intellectually handicapped, fatherless giant of a man-child, who has never played a game of basketball in his life.

Suburban friends Jozef, Philip and Lars still require considerable assistance from the parents whom they live with. But when they hear of a Spanish brothel that caters to people “like us,” their families reluctantly agree to let the trio go on vacation. Unfortunately, their driver/caretaker ends up being a gruff, heavyset women who only speaks French, and the mishaps and confrontations only seems to escalate over the course of their journey.—Mike Rabehl

Adam channels his unbridled fortitude into making Dave not only into a player, but also into graduating. And as Adam mentors Dave in basketball and in life, they both strive to achieve the seemingly impossible - reconciliation with the fathers they barely know. Sharing humor and pathos, Dave is a testament to the resiliency and strength of the human spirit. – Sandy Wolf

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Three young special-needs men go on a road trip to lose their virginity.

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DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR

“Where there are dreams, there is always an illusion.” SAT 3/3; 9:45PM (C12), THUR 3/8; 4:00PM (C12), FRI 3/9; 9:45PM (C12), SAT 3/10; 4:00PM (C12)

San Francisco is known as the home of progressive liberals and the free-spirited; so it only makes sense that after quitting her depression medication, Lulu, a voluptuous, rebellious, grungy girl moves there to live with her transgender fairy godmother, Illusion. Bored by her job at a local coffee shop, Lulu leaves no stone unturned when it comes to her sexual lust. Meanwhile, Illusion searches for someone to love and Lulu’s friend Mario turns on her intrigue for a psychedelic trip on peyote. With its avant-garde perspective, Delusions of Grandeur is a bright and colorful presentation of the struggle from adolescence into adulthood. Enjoy this local spin on the coming-of-age tale for a new generation. Directors: Iris Almaraz, Gustavo Ramos; Producer: Joey Mendez; Writers: Iris Almaraz, Gustavo Ramos; Cinematographer: Annmarie Piette; Editor: Iris Almaraz; Cast: Leana Chavez, Dave Vescio, Rina Fernandez, Ronnie Alvarez, Salvador Benavides; Country: USA; Language: English; Length: 95 min.; Genre: Drama NEW VISIONS COMPETITION

Director: Eric Geadelmann; Executive Producers: Randolph M. Paul, A. Craig Eiland, Matt Summers; Producers: Eric Geadelmann, Dan Pitts, Kelly Magelky; Writer: Eric Geadelmann; Cinematographers: Tim Oliphant, Kelly Magelky, Scott Mayo, Sam Ditore, Eric Geadelmann; Editors: Kelly Magelky, Tim Oliphant; Cast: Dave Sterling, Adam Donyes; Country: USA; Language: English; Length: 94 min.; Genre: Documentary Preceded by the short film: Education; dir. Ginger Tandoc, Akshay Vijay Kamar, Ashley Harra, Christopher Sterling, Hema Subramani, Noel Montez, Nick Tozzi, Olivia Silverts; United States; 4min; Students in the United States and India engage in candid conversation about what they really think about education. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

DETACHMENT

Adrien Brody leads an all-star cast which includes Marcia Gay Harden, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, and Lucy Liu. THUR 3/8; 7:00PM (CAL)

Henry Barthes (Brody) finds himself a substitute at an inner-city public school that is clearly falling apart and where students and teachers alike seem to have zero passion for education. The principal (Harden) is also on the brink of dismissal due to abysmal test scores. But Henry refuses to let his work be in vain and sets out to change the lives of his students, a task which proves incredibly demanding in the face of great adversity. Director Tony Kaye (American History X) “injects intense visual stylization into the proceedings to frequently arresting effect.” His nightmarish depiction of the American educational system has a highly effective and arresting resonance.—Mike Rabehl Director: Tony Kaye; Executive Producers: Adrien Brody, Peter Sterling, Andre Laport; Producers: Austin Stark, Benji Kohn, Bingo Gubelmann, Carl Lund, Chris Papavasiliou, Greg Shapiro; Writer: Carl Lund; Cinematographer: Tony Kaye; Editors: Barry Alexander Brown, Geoffrey Richman; Music: The Newton Brothers; Cast: Adrien Brody, Marcia Gay Harden, James Caan, Christina Hendricks, Lucy Liu, Blythe Danner, Tim Blake Nelson, William Petersen, Bryan Cranston, Sami Gayle; Country: USA; Language: English; Length: 100 min.; Genre: Drama SPOTLIGHT SCREENINGS

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Director: Geoffrey Enthoven; Executive Producer: Asta Philpot, Pedro Sanchez de la Nieta; Producers: Mariano Vanhoof; Writer: Pierre De Clercq; Cinematographer: Gerd Schelfhout; Editor: Philippe Ravoet; Music: Meuris & Papermouth; Cast: Robrecht Vanden Thoren, Gilles De Schryver, Tom Audenaert, Isabelle De Hertogh; Country: Belgium; Language: Dutch, French, Spanish (w/ English subtitles); Length: 108 min; Genre: Comedy

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DORFMAN

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Armed with a sharp tongue, Deb Dorfman (Sara Rue, Pearl Harbor) is too comfortable in her beige life. Deb is surrounded by narcissists who genuinely believe the world revolves around them, enabling her subservience. Her father, Burt, (Elliot Gould, Ocean’s 11-13) still wallows in self-pity a year after his wife’s passing. Her brother and boss (Jonathan Chase, Eagle Eye) delivers empty promises to Deb while her crush Jay (Johann Urb, Sasha in 2012) abuses her unrequited love. But when offered to live outside her comfort zone, Deb’s life explodes with color. Dorfman brings to light the outstanding nature of self-respect as the new, radiant Deb realizes she hasn’t given herself the credit she deserves. – Athena Chow

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Director: Bradley Leong; Executive Producer: Philip Waley; Producer: Leonard Hill; Writer: Wendy Kout; Cinematographer: Rachel Morrison; Editor: Daniel Cahn; Music: David Reynolds; Cast: Sara Rue, Elliott Gould, Catherine Hicks, Johann Urb, Kelen Coleman, Jonathan Chase, Keri Lynn Pratt, Sophie Monk, Haaz Sleiman, Scott Wilson; Country: USA; Language: English; Length: 93 min.; Genre: Romantic Comedy NEW VISIONS COMPETITION

FAUST

It has intrigued and challenged great artists and their audiences for centuries. Now a modern master of cinema makes the tale of Faust his own. THUR 3/1; 9:30PM (CAL), SUN 3/4; 1:30PM (REP), THUR 3/8; 4:00PM (REP)

The concluding film in his tetralogy on the nature of power (following Taurus on Lenin, Moloch on Hitler, and The Sun on Hirohito), Alexander Sokurov’s Faust, grand prizewinner at this year’s Venice Film Festival, is simultaneously a radical stylistic departure from the first three and a summation of everything he has learned crafting films, from the early elegies and documentaries, through such abstract masterpieces as Whispering Pages and Mother and Son, to the amazing single-shot Russian Ark. With this imposing but hugely rewarding work, Sokurov joins Marlowe, Goethe, Gounod, Boito and Murnau, bringing his own masterful cinematic interpretation to this enduring masterpiece of European culture. – Charlie Cockey Director: Alexander Sokurov; Producer: Andrey Sigle; Writers: Yuri Arabov, Alexander Sokurov, Marina Koreneva; Cinematographer: Bruno Delbonnel; Editor: Jörg Hauschild; Music: Andrey Sigle; Cast: Johannes Zeiler, Anton Adasinskiy, Isolda Dychauk, Georg Friedrich, Hanna Schygulla, Antje Lewald, Florian Brückner, Sigurdur Skulasson, Maxim Mehmet; Country: Russia; Language: Russian (w/English subtitles); Length: 134 min.; Genre: Narrative NARRATIVE COMPETITION Sponsored by Larry D. Douglas

FIVE HOURS SOUTH

FORGETTING THE GIRL

SUN 3/4; 6:30PM (C12), TUE 3/6; 7:30PM (C12), FRI 3/9; 5:00PM (C12)

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Despite his honorable profession, fierce love for his girlfriend of three years, and an enchanted life on the Italian coast, Luca feels dissatisfied with himself. His secrets begin to haunt him when Nino, an old friend, comes back into town and memories of the past resurface. As Luca recalls his former life and his repressed passion for hip-hop dancing, a seductive American with an eye for talent offers him a chance to play the star role in her dance company. Empowered, Luca fights for redemption while sacrificing the values and traditions of his Italian heritage. Five Hours South draws a line between love for family and restitution as Luca struggles with the guilt he buried away. – Taara Khalilnaji

Kevin Wolfe (Christopher Denham) is obsessed with finding a girl who can help him forget his unpleasant past. However, all his encounters with the opposite sex inevitably go afoul, creating more awkward experiences than he can cope with. As the rejections mount, Kevin’s futile search for happiness and love becomes overwhelmingly turbulent, forcing him to take desperate measures.

Could you keep a secret for seven years? Luca did.

Director: Mark Bacci; Executive Producers: Damon Dash, Veronica Coppola; Producers: Andrew Paolillo, John Credico; Writers: Andrew Paolillo, John Credico, Mark Bacci; Cinematographers: Marcos Durian, Ugo Lopinto; Editor: Martin Desmond Roe; Music: Joel Shearer; Cast: Andres Londono, Kate Nauta, Jordan Bridges, Jeannine Kaspar, Francesco Cippone, Louise Linton, Brooklyn Sudano, Alessio Vitale, Giulia Grandinetti, Djassi Dacosta Johnson; Country: Italy, USA; Language: English; Length: 94 min.; Genre: Drama GLOBAL LANDSCAPES COMPETITION

Kevin remembers every girl he’s ever tried to forget. Except one.

Shot in a variety of NYC locales, from Hell’s Kitchen to Greenpoint, Forgetting the Girl is a gritty vision of the city and its denizens. The tightly-woven drama blends recollections with reality to craft an intense character study of the psychologically-scarred protagonist. As beautiful as it is dark, the tense narrative slowly boils under the surface until it unleashes an unsettling climax that will not be easily forgotten. Director: Nate Taylor; Executive Producer: Dennis A. Wallestad; Producers: Nate Taylor, Brian Gonsar, Victor C. Reyes, Camiren J. Romero; Writer: Peter Moore Smith; Cinematographer: Mark Pugh; Editor: Victoria Lesiw; Music: Robert Miller; Cast: Christopher Denham, Lindsay Beamish, Elizabeth Rice, Paul Sparks, Joel de la Fuente, Phyllis Somerville, Anna Camp; Country: USA; Language: English; Length: 85 min.; Genre: Drama NEW VISIONS COMPETITION Preceded by the short film: Heat Wave; dir. Joey Grossfield; United States; 9min; Three girls sunbathing on a hot rooftop get more than they bargained for when one of them calls an ex-boyfriend.

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A mĂŠnage-a-quatre French escapade which challenges us to believe there is more than the eye, Four Lovers is a treat for all who have, for whatever reason, lost sight in a relationship. Two couples agree to explore the boundaries of their relationships to keep the romance alive. What starts as sleepovers and shared vacations turns into a hotbed of desire, anger, and confusion. Delving into the inner-relationships forming within each individual, between partners, and how it affects their children, the ďŹ lm steers clear from an over-romanticized exhibition and into a respectful, yet provocative and irresistible tale. As feelings overlap, will what binds the couples together prove strong enough? Many will be happily seduced. - Kyle Burt

Based on Jez Jerzy (George the Hedgehog) comic books, this Polish animation surprises and amuses. George, a hedgehog who spends his time chasing women, chugging beer, and skateboarding himself into trouble, has his world turned upside down when a mad scientist and his assistant begin a hunt for his DNA. Desperate to clone George in order to prove to colleagues his genius, the scientist winds up with the help of two neo-Nazis who speak ill of all foreigners and hedgehogs. After the two skin-heads manage to get the scientist what he needs from George, Poland enters a state of chaos when the clone breaks free from the lab. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Taara Khalilnaji

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;While astutely capturing the occasionally bleak and warped world of intern life, director Lance Daly shows how enthusiasm can quickly turn into obsession in this slow-burning psychological thriller. Alongside a sharp supporting cast, Bloom paints a gripping portrait of a man who faces the accelerating depths of infatuation and, above all, ambition.â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Genna Terranova Director: Lance Daly; Executive Producers: Leonid Lebedev, Sharon Miller; Producers: Jonathan King, Dan Etheridge, Orlando Bloom; Writer: John Enbom; Cinematographer: Yaron Orbach; Editor: Emer Reynolds; Music: Brian Byrne; Cast: Orlando Bloom, Riley Keough, Troy Garity, Rob Morrow, Taraji P. Henson, Michael PeĂąa; Country: United States; Language: English; Length: 85 min.; Genre: Thriller SPOTLIGHT SCREENINGS

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Director: Antony Cordier; Producer: Sebastian K. Lemercier; Writers: Antony Cordier, Julie Peyr; Cinematographer: Nicolas Gaurin; Editor: Christel Dewynter; Music: Frederic Verrieres; Cast: Marina FoĂŻs, Ă&#x2030;lodie Bouchez, Roschdy Zem, Nicolas Duvauchelle; Country: France; Language: French (w/English subtitles), English; Length: 103 min.; Genre: Drama

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THE GOOD SON (HYVÄ POIKA) Iimari will do anything to protect his mother.

WED 2/29; 9:30PM (REP), THUR 3/1; 4:45PM (REP), SUN 3/4; 11:00AM (REP)

Celebrity actress Leila seeks repose away from the city, from her work, and from the tabloids. She and her sons, the testy Iimari and the poetic Unto, escape to their vacation house in the countryside. Usually attentive to his dear mother’s needs, Iimari becomes unaccommodating when author Aimo compromises their safe house to court Leila. Out of jealousy and spite, Iimari turns to the town’s strange shop girl for affection. Both she and Aimo push Iimari towards his breaking point. Fiercely entertaining, The Good Son examines an intriguing and peculiar bond between mother and son. – Taara Khalilnaji Director: Zaida Bergroth; Producers: Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoff, Elli Toivoniemi; Writers: Jan Forsström, Zaida Bergroth; Cinematographer: Anu Keränen; Editor: Jan Forsström; Music: Mi and L’Au; Cast: Samuli Niittymäki, Elina Knihtilä, Eetu Julin, Eero Aho, Anna Paavilainen; Country: Finland; Language: Finnish (w/ English subtitles); Length: 87 min., Genre: Drama NARRATIVE COMPETITION

HAPPY NEW YEAR, GRANDMA!

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Gran: little old lady or cold-hearted woman? WED 2/29; 9:00PM (C12), FRI 3/2; 11:30AM (C12), THUR 3/8; 7:15PM (C12)

Complex and jolting, this black comedy defines what it means to be at the end of one’s rope. The devoted and hard-working Maritxu refuses to allow her husband, Jose Maria, to place her mother in a nursing home. Worried about his wife’s health, Jose Maria conspires with his daughter, Miren, and his son-in-law, Kintxo, to take her to the home. Though when the plan backfires and Kintxo realizes that Gran is more evil than she is helpless, the family grows desperate. When they must turn to a more heavy-handed solution, hope takes on dead luck. – Taara Khalilnaji Director: Telmo Esnal; Producer: Xabier Berzosa; Writers: Telmo Esnal, Asier Altuna; Cinematographer: Javier Agirre; Editor: Raúl López; Music: Javi Agirre; Cast: Nagore Aramburu, Joxean Bengoetxea, Montserrat Carulla, Kontxu Odriozola, Pedro Otaegi; Country: Spain; Language: Basque (w/ English subtitles); Length: 107 min.; Genre: Comedy GLOBAL LANDSCAPES COMPETITION

THE HARSH LIGHT OF DAY

HEAVY GIRLS (DICKE MÄDCHEN)

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In the dark of night, three masked men change author Daniel Shergold’s life forever when they break into his home, brutally murder his beloved wife, Maria, and leave him crippled and traumatized. Paralyzed from the waist down, Daniel is haunted by images of the anonymous men lurking in the shadows. Daniel, tormented and disturbed, hungers for vengeance. When he accepts the help of a peculiar stranger, Daniel’s body grows stronger - along with his bloodthirsty appetite. This unpredictable film stuns the nerves as an unlucky victim transforms into a beastly anti-hero. – Taara Khalilnaji

Sven doesn’t ask for much. With a stable home and content with his job, all he wants is to be happy and have someone to whom he can show his affection. He, and his best friend, Daniel, care for his mother who lives with Alzheimer’s. The close relationship he shares with his mom is not affected by his homosexuality. Yet the morning after the best day of his life, when all he has worked for turns upside down, he must be willing to accept what makes him happy. Will Sven have to face another heartbreak to discover the key to his happiness? – Kyle Burt

Director: Oliver S. Milburn; Executive Producer: Richard Johns; Producer: Emma Biggins; Writer: Oliver S. Milburn; Cinematographer: Samuel Stewart; Editor: David Spragg; Music: Jeremy Howard; Cast: Dan Richardson, Giles Alderson, Sophie Linfield, Niki Felstead, Paul Jaques; Country: UK; Language: English; Length: 90 min.; Genre: Horror

Director: Axel Ranisch; Producers: Heiko Pinkowski, Dennis Pauls, Axel Ranisch, Anne Baeker; Writers: Peter Trabner, Heiko Pinkowski, Axel Ranisch; Cinematographer: Axel Ranisch; Editors: Guernica Zimgabel, Milenka Nawka; Cast: Ruth Bickelhaupt, Heiko Pinkowski, Peter Trabner, Paul Pinkowski; Country: Germany; Language: German (w/ English subtitles); Length: 76 min.; Genre: Drama

Daniel writes about monsters until the day he sees them.

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At what point do you start living for yourself?

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Feeling like a prisoner, Mark (Kent Osborne, Monster vs. Aliens) desperately needs a spark to re-kindle his passion for life. He longs for invigoration and appreciation in his marriage to Beth (Amber Sealey, The Good Night), but will a mistress give him the shock therapy he needs? Unable to provide Beth with a child and unsure if a child would even heal their marriage, he, nevertheless, remains steadfast to his vow â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś until death do us part.â&#x20AC;? He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to leave Beth, but the new ties he creates might prove too strong to break. Will Mark get more than he bargained for or will everything work out? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kyle Burt

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Three cops search for the murderer of a teenage girl while battling tense and tragic drawbacks in this Turkish murder mystery. Veteran homicide cop Ferman engrosses himself with the last case of his career, escaping the reality of his wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s failing health. Fermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impulsive and reckless partner, Idris, compromises their discovery of the elusive murderer with his dangerously wild temper. Rookie cop Hasan, haunted by the smell of blood and corpses, cannot come to terms with the cutthroat nature of his new line of work. The thrilling Hunting Season gives the third degree to the question - what deďŹ nes a man?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Taara Khalilnaji

In Russian-occupied 1974 Czechoslovakia, four free-spirited friends turn 15 and receive their ID cards, a landmark in the life of socialist citizens, but in reality a document the police can use to humiliate and manipulate young rebels at their convenience. And make no mistake; these fellows are rebels -- against their parents, their teachers, and the Communist System.

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A senescent Aleks takes a recently abandoned child to an orphanage, but when she plays with his antiquated ďŹ&#x201A;ight cap, he imparts his story of a land far away. How I Was Stolen by the Germans details the memoir of director Milos â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Misaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Radivojevicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (Awakening from the Dead, Cinequest 2005 and The Reject, Cinequest 2008) childhood. The majestic portrayal of Aleksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; story is painted through the telling of his motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. Raised by a German soldier in a Communist household, Aleks learned the importance of satisfying your heartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desires, regardless of the consequences. Sharing his story reminds him of the loneliness of independence and gives way to his rediscovery of loveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s warmth and strength. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kyle Burt

He would rather feel guilt than nothing at all.

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Painfully aware of his vapid life, Robert (Rossif Sutherland, Poor Boy’s Game) meets Daphne (Karine Vanasse, Set Me Free) and eagerly accepts her promising distraction from the pain. After a night of uninhibited fun, he awakes to her driving across the Canadian border, realizing this is only the tip of the iceberg. Daphne blackmails him to fix her past, while he wonders if he should return to his lackluster reality. They both weave an intoxicating tale, falling in love and accepting their truths. Dancing with the idea of believing what you want, I’m Yours asks the question: how many people can be included in a falsified reality? – Kyle Burt

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What if the person you love is also your greatest rival?

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Julia and Agnes Pusker are two young violinists. Both are extremely talented, but it is the younger Julia who has the magic, and Agnes knows it. Watching her beloved sister play, Agnes’ face reveals a crosscurrent of emotions: love, anxiety, jealousy, joy, a wistful sadness. But most of all love. But there was a second sister, also named Julia, who died before this Julia’s birth. And her presence is still very much felt. Bringing this story of sisterly love to life with incredible artistry and empathy for its young protagonists, Agnes Sós’s impeccable direction and fluid camerawork resulted in the film winning the Hungarian Film Critics’ Award for Best Documentary - a prize richly deserved. – Charlie Cockey Director: Ágnes Sós; Executive Producer: Marc B. Lorber; Producers: Dorota Roszkowska, György Czutor; Writer: Ágnes Sós; Cinematographers: Ágnes Sós, András Petróczy, Károly Markert; Editor: Thomas Ernst; Country: Hungary; Language: Hungarian (w/ English Subtitles); Length: 70 min.; Genre: Documentary DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION Preceded by the short film: We Are Still Here; dir. Sterlin Harjo, Matt Leach; United States; 9min; An exploration of the rare language of the Yuchi and the attempts being made to revive the ancient tongue.

THE ISLAND PRESIDENT

JASON BECKER: NOT DEAD YET

MON 3/5; 7:00PM (REP), WED 3/7; 9:00PM (C12), SAT 3/10; 4:15PM (C12)

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Jon Shenk (Cinematographer, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace) documents the fight for the Maldives, the island nation off the coast of India and captures the tranquility of this paradisiacal location while juxtaposing the harsh reality the country faces. We follow President Mohamed Nasheed as he makes strides to repair the damage done by his predecessor’s thirty year reign and prevent the impending destruction of the Maldives. Amongst discussions of global warming and its dire effects, Nasheed knows, without any changes, his nation would vanish under the sea in 30 years. He must convince powerhouse nations (China, United States, Brazil, etc.) and the world to stop talking and start acting. With quality reminiscent of Planet Earth, The Island President delivers the majesty and harmony of this nation and creates a longing for a positive future. – Kyle Burt

If innate talent weren’t enough already, Jason Becker ate, slept, and drove with a guitar in hand. This is how the virtuoso was born. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and Eddie Van Halen, Becker’s obsession with music led to the rise of shred guitar in the late 1980s. Despite being a senior in high school, he impressed iconic musicians with his adept understanding of the foundations and backbone of musical composition. Yet with so much promise and only five years into his career, at age 20, his diagnosis of Lou Gehrig’s disease came as the biggest shock of them all. Genius isn’t handicapped; one just finds another way to express it. Will the man who innovated heavy metal stop when the music ends? – Taara Khalilnaji, Kyle Burt

To save his country, he has to save our planet.

“A new assault on the sound barrier.”

Director: Jon Shenk; Executive Producer: Jon Else; Producers: Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen; Cinematographer: Jon Shenk; Editor: Pedro Kos; Music: Radiohead, Stars of the Lid; Country: USA; Language: English; Length: 101 min.; Genre: Documentary

Director: Jesse Vile; Producer: Jesse Vile; Cinematographer: Carl Burke; Editor: Gideon Gold; Music: Jason Becker, Michael Lee Firkins; Cast: Jason Becker, Gary Becker, Pat Becker, Ehren Becker, Ron Becker, Marty Friedman, Serrana Pilar, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Mike Varney; Countries: USA, UK; Language: English; Length: 88 min.; Genre: Documentary

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In Honor of Jim Boyce

Preceded by the short film: Deaf Not Dumb; dir. Samira Mohammed, Maab Adam, Khayrun Nessa, Halima Begum and Mohammed Ali; United Kingdom; 3min; A group of young, deaf filmmakers rap about their award-winning video…in sign language.

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INVISIBLE STRINGS: THE TALENTED PUSKER SISTERS

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Ready for the next big Olympic event? Neither are these guys. WED 2/29; 7:00PM (CAL), FRI 3/2; 7:15PM (REP), SAT 3/3; 11:30AM (REP)

Shot in wide-screen black and white, featuring a terrific international cast including Zazie de Paris and Saul Rubinek (speaking French AND English), this is the last word in suicidal comedy. Really. – Charlie Cockey

Director Ole Endresen superbly crafts a story of remaining true to oneself, while effortlessly blending humor and physical antics to create the perfect laugh-out-loud experience. —Mike Rabehl

Director: Olias Barco; Producer: Olias Barco; Writers: Olias Barco, Virgile Bramly, Stéphane Malandrin; Cinematographer: Frédéric Noirhomme; Editor: Ewin Ryckaert; Cast: Aurelien Recoing, Virgile Bramly, Daniel Cohen, Virginie Efira, Bouli Lanners, Benoit Poelvoorde, Saul Rubinek; Country: France, Belgium; Language: English, French (w/ English Subtitles); Length: 95 min.; Genre: Comedy GLOBAL LANDSCAPES COMPETITION

THE KING (KO)

A love triangle, bank robbers, and corrupt politicians; Ko has it all. MON 3/5; 9:30PM (CAL), WED 3/7; 4:15PM (C12), SAT 3/10; 9:15PM (C12)

In this Tamil film, you’ll find no song and dance. Still, the action packed, lightly comedic, and delightfully smart political thriller hits all the right notes. Zealous photojournalist Ashwin (Jeeva, Raam) has a knack for risking his life to capture photos. When his crush, Renuka writes a cover story about a big-name politician’s intentions to marry a minor, Ashwin gambles his safety to get photographic evidence. In the meantime, the young Vasanthan makes every effort to enter government. But when his allegiance turns out to be a shock, Ashwin’s involvement in the political spectrum turns out to be more than he bargained for. But once you’ve dug your hole, is there a way to get out? – Taara Khalilnaji Director: KV Anand; Producer: Elred Kumar Santhanam; Writers: K.V. Anand, Subha; Cinematographer: Richard M. Nathan; Music: Harris Jayaraj; Cast: Jeeva, Karthika Nair, Ajmal Armeer, Piaa Bajpai; Country: India; Language: Tamil (w/English subtitles); Length: 166 min.; Genre: Action GLOBAL LANDSCAPES COMPETITION

Director: Ole Endresen; Executive Producer: Lars Andreas Hellebust; Producer: Håkon Øverås; Writers: Ole Endresen, Atle Antonsen; Cinematographer: Askild Edvardsen; Editor: Per-Erik Eriksen; Music: Stein Johan Grieg Halvorsen, Eyvind Andreas Skeie; Cast: Atle Antonsen, Jon Oigarden, Linn Skåber, Jan Saelid, Steinar Sagen; Country: Norway; Language: Norwegian (w/ English subtitles); Length: 90 min.; Genre: Comedy GLOBAL LANDSCAPES COMPETITION

L!FE HAPPENS

Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad), Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns), and Rachel Bilson (Hart of Dixie) shine as best friends in director Kat Coiro’s quick-witted comedy. FRI 3/2; 7:00PM (CAL)

Smart-mouth writer Deena (Bosworth) and her retro-best-friend roommate Kim’s (Ritter) scenester way of life is uprooted when, following a one-night stand, Kim gets pregnant and must accessorize her happygo-lucky lifestyle with a baby. Unprepared in every way, Kim finds herself juggling a nowhere job, dating, and motherhood. And although she has help from Deena and their third roommate Laura (Bilson), it seems Kim’s best is never enough for this modern girl. Co-written by Coiro and Ritter, L!fe Happens refreshingly captures a female-centric world foreign to most films—a world less interested in the romantic foibles of its protagonists and more on their inner lives, their friendships and their real tribulations. Director: Kat Coiro; Executive Producer: Justin L. Levine; Producer: Justin L. Levine; Writers: Kat Coiro, Krysten Ritter; Cinematographer: Doug Chamberlain; Editors: Adam Catino, Eli Nilsen; Music: Mateo Messina; Cast: Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson, Geoff Stults, Justin Kirk, Jason Biggs, Seymour Cassel, Lauren Conrad; Country: United States; Language: English; Length: 101 min.; Genre: Comedy SPOTLIGHT SCREENINGS

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Once a great curling star, Truls Paulsen’s diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder gets him banned from competition. But when he learns that his old friend and coach, Gordon, lies on his deathbed, the heavily-medicated Truls decides to compete again, in the hopes of winning money for Gordon to have an operation. Truls stops taking his meds and tries to convince his old teammates that he’s mentally stable enough to lead them to victory in the Norwegian Curling Championship. But is it a good sign that he obsessively insists his teammates pull their zippers all the way up before they can play?

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Chow Yun Fat, Ge You, and actor-auteur Jiang Wen headline this rollicking Chinese western actioncomedy, directed with cinematic gumption by Wen.

Goa-native Savio Monteiro is in the underwear business. His pregnant wife struggles with her age, while his adopted daughter grapples with a personal secret. When Savio meets the beautiful Natalie, his aspirations to make his family proud are within reach as he enters into a business venture with her boyfriend. But the scheme for profiting from “Eat Me” edible lingerie goes awry, and Savio must turn to a character who ultimately stirs up the family in more ways than one. Love, Wrinkle-Free offers a comedic perspective to widespread delusions concerning youth and beauty. – Taara Khalilnaji

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Director: Jiang Wen; Executive Producers: Albert Yeung, Ma Ke, Han Sanping; Producers: Albert Lee, Barbie Tung, Zhao Haicheng, Jiang Wen, Yin Homber; Writers: Jiang Wen, Shu Ping, Zhu Sujin, Guo Junli, Wei Xiao, Li Bukong; Cinematographer: Zhao Fei; Editor: Jiang Wen; Music: Joe Hisaishi; Cast: Jiang Wen, Chow Yun-Fat, Ge You, Carina Lau, Zhou Yun; Country: China; Languages: Mandarin, Cantonese (w/English subtitles); Length: 132 min.; Genre: Action,Comedy,Western

Director: Sandeep Mohan; Producers: Giju John, Kamal Shah; Writer: Sandeep Mohan; Cinematographer: Binendra Menon; Editor: Shreyas Beltangdy; Music: Benny Johnson, Shibani Kashyap, Saikat Roy, JJI Exile, Belinda Fernandes, Remo Fernandes; Cast: Ash Chandler, Shernaz Patel, Seema Rahmani, Ashwin Mushran, Sohrab Ardeshir, Arika Silaichia; Country: India; Language: English; Length: 106 min.; Genre: Drama GLOBAL LANDSCAPES COMPETITION

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Ed (Shawn Ashmore, Iceman in X-Men) realizes his dream of joining the prestigious ranks of the mariachi could never happen in his small Kansas hometown. After befriending a local mariachi who ignites Ed’s spirit, he packs up his guitar and heads to Mexico. Here, Ed learns it’s easy to run from your past, but building a future is as difficult as memorizing hundreds of mariachi songs. The spunky and beautiful Lilia (Martha Higareda, Street Kings) helps the gringo resettle and adjust, while fueling herself with his passion to make her dreams come true. Mariachi Gringo spotlights classic mariachi songs, transporting you to a villa in the heart of Guadalajara. – Taara Khalilnaji

Winner of the Best Director at the Fantastic Horror & Fantasy Film Festival and featuring veteran actor Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects) and Courtney Gains (Children of the Corn), Mimesis brings to life the bloodcurdling pleasure of horror films through a loving homage to a George Romero classic.

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Director: Tom Gustafson; Executive Producers: Gill Holland, Ambrose Roche, Isabella Smejda; Producers: Rafael Cuervo, Alejandra Cárdenas, Tom Gustafson, Cory James Krueckeberg, Ramiro Ruiz; Writer: Cory James Krueckeberg; Cinematographer: Kira Kelly; Editors: Cory James Krueckeberg, Jennifer Lee; Music: Tim Sandusky; Cast: Shawn Ashmore, Lila Downs, Martha Higareda, Adriana Barraza, Deanna Dunagan, Tom Wopat, Kate Burton; Country: USA; Language: English, Spanish (w/English subtitles); Length: 112 min.; Genre: Drama NARRATIVE COMPETITION

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Seven strangers role play in a real-life, twisted imitation of the original zombie movie, Night of the Living Dead. Drugged at a party after a horror movie convention, they find themselves trapped in a house awaiting the deaths written for them in 1968. Unsure of whom to trust, these victims of a sadistic game must outsmart their undead captors. Yet, the results are far from the expected. – Taara Khalilnaji Director: Douglas Schulze; Producers: Kurt Eli Mayry, Gavin Grazer, Douglas Schulze; Writers: Joshua Wagner, Douglas Schulze; Cinematographer: Lon Stratton; Editor: Rob Frenette; Music: Diego Navarro; Cast: Allen Maldanado, Lauren Shafer, Jana Thompson, Gavin Grazer, Sid Haig, Courtney Gains; Country: USA, Language: English; Length: 97 min.; Genre: Horror NEW VISIONS COMPETITION

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Paying homage to Sergio Leone and Akira Kurosawa, albeit with more grandiose action, Let the Bullets Fly is a stylized ballet of bullets, martial arts, and fantasy.—Mike Rabehl

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With the aim of scamming the townsfolk of Goose Town for a fast buck, notorious bandit Zhang marches into the remote town posing as their newly installed governor (after hijacking the train of the real governor). ? Local mobster and current king of the hill, however, will not let this upset his history of deceit and opposes Zhang’s acquisition of power. Tension between the two camps quickly boils over and when blood is spilled, Goose Town erupts into a full-blown power struggle.

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MONEY AND MEDICINE

Everyone agrees health care costs are out of control - how do we stop it?

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Ibrahim (Bram) is Turkish, Belgian, Muslim and gay with an arranged marriage to his cousin in the works. Bram’s brother, Furkan, can’t seem to stay out of trouble until converting to Islamic Fundamentalism. Bram flies to Turkey for his bride, Elif, with his love interest, Kevin, as his travel companion. Bram tries to keep his secret hidden until electronic evidence is used to blackmail him, and he is cast out by his family. Finding refuge in Kevin and his mother Mariana’s restaurant, all seems to be well until one event causes everyone’s lives to collide.

No matter where you stand on the new health care law, one thing is indisputable - medical costs are soaring out of control. Two time Oscar-nominated director Roger Weisberg illuminates the crisis by focusing on the abuses of the system while also examining promising programs which control the rampant spending plaguing our country.

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An eye-opening account of an unrestrained system feeding on itself, Money and Medicine not only enlightens, but also gives hope that it is not too late for us to afford the quality medical care we deserve — Sandy Wolf Director: Roger Weisberg; Producer: Roger Weisberg; Cinematographer: Sandra Chandler; Editor: Pascal Akesson; Music: Richard Fiocca; Country: USA; Language: English; Length: 85 min.; Genre: Documentary DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION Preceded by the short film: After Shock; dir. Arenessa Gutierrez; United States; 4min; The personal story of the young filmmaker who bravely shares her journey through coming out to her family.

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Meet Holly: a jobless, aimless, twenty-something girl, scarred by a short-lived relationship. Meet Ashley: a man in his late twenties, longing to relive his childhood without the trauma of his parents’ divorce. Both are oddly similar to one another—nostalgia keeps them both from moving on and acting their age.

Emily Tay, the star of Harvard’s women’s basketball team, has a secret.

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Within their own missing parts, they find consolation and comfort in each other’s company. Both have peculiar eccentricities, but their friendship is just what they need to feel at ease. Before they understand their complementary companionship to one another, distance tears them apart. They come so close to happiness. – Athena Chow Director: Kenny Riches; Producers: Kenny Riches, Patrick Fugit, Dominic Fratto; Writer: Kenny Riches; Cinematographer: Bill Otto; Editor: TJ Nelson; Music: Andrew Shaw; Cast: David Fetzer, Ashly Burch, Liberty Cordova, Colin Fugit; Country: USA; Language: English; Length: 85 min.; Genre: Drama NEW VISIONS COMPETITION

A basketball star with a secret must confront her parents

Her parents emigrated from Burma and have sacrificed everything for her success, both on and off the court. But Emily has a dream, and it does not include what her parents have planned for her. After a sensational senior year, Emily goes to Germany to play professionally. During a tumultuous season, she falls in love with a U.S. service woman living under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. As we watch a remarkable young woman struggle and grow, Emily needs to find the courage to tell her parents that she must live her life in the only way she can be true to herself. – Sandy Wolf Director: Melissa Johnson; Executive Producer: Sara Sackner; Producer: Melissa Johnson; Writer: Melissa Johnson; Cinematographer: Stefan Glidden; Editor: Amanda Hughes; Music: Elliott Goldkind; Country: USA; Language: English; Length: 87 min.; Genre: Documentary DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION Preceded by the short film: The Joseph Szabo Project; dir. David Khachatorian, George P. Pozderec; United States; 15 min.; The story of an artist-teacher and a meditation on the power of the photographic image.

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Director: Guy Lee Thys; Producer: Guy Lee Thys; Writer: Guy Lee Thys; Cinematographer: Björn Charpentier; Editor: Marc Wouters; Music: Buscemi, Michelino Bisceglia; Cast: Cem Akkanat, Simon Van Buyten, Karlijn Sileghem, Gamze Tazim; Country: Belgium; Languages: Flemish, Turkish, Dutch, French, Arabic, (w/English subtitles), English; Length: 98 min.; Genre: Drama

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Using heart-wrenching personal dramas, Weisberg insightfully puts a human face on unnecessary procedures that may do more harm than good.

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In a small coastal town, three men in the first throes of retirement comically brood and bond over the ends of their careers. Is it liberating or a new form of confinement? Can they re-invent themselves at this point in their lives or be relegated to memories and inevitable failing health? Bob’s still the lady’s man of his youth and explores that former territory through a memoir he’s writing. Britt inhabits a houseboat he wants to share with the right woman, if he can find her. And Dave drifts along, content to bob and swirl in the current of his two friends. This heartfelt group portrait shimmers with a deft palette of realism, humor, and truth. – Peter Crane

With his surprising and heart-wrenching film, Gustavo Loza calls attention to the devastating backlash of prejudice against homosexuals in Mexico. When cocaine addict Nina abandons her seven year old son, Hendrix, their neighbor Ivana (Ana Serradilla) becomes determined to help. She appeals to her friends, couple Jean Paul (Jorge Salinas) and Chema, to care for Hendrix until she convinces Nina to enter rehab. Despite their initial apprehension, Jean Paul and Chema begin to love Hendrix as if they were his fathers. Though once Nina’s drug-abusing boyfriend sets-out to find Hendrix and sell him to a husband and wife desperate for a child, intolerance separates the boy’s unconventional but loving family.—Taara Khalilnaji

Director: Taylor Guterson; Executive Producers: David Skinner, Tom Gorai; Producers: Johnathan Boyer, Taylor Guterson; Writer: Taylor Guterson; Cinematographer: Taylor Guterson; Editor: Taylor Guterson; Cast: Britton Crosley, Bob Burkholder, David Vanderwal, Gail Shackel, Benita Staadecker, Steve Stolee; Country: USA; Language: English; Length: 94 min.; Genre: Comedy

Director: Gustavo Loza; Executive Producer: Angel Losada; Producers: Matthias Ehrenberg, Ricardo Kleinbaum; Writer: Gustavo Loza; Cinematographer: Carlos Marcovich; Editor: Camilo Abadía; Music: Zbigniew Paleta; Cast: Jorge Salinas, Luis Roberto Guzmán, Ana Serradilla, Bruno Loza, Nailea Norvind, Andrés Almeida, Dominika Paleta, Mario Zaragoza, Silverio Palacios, Alejandro Calva; Country: Mexico; Language: Spanish (w/ English subtitles); Length: 135 min.; Genre: Drama

Family is still family. Conventional or not.

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They’ve retired from work, but will they retire from life?

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One night, one room, two college graduate roommates, two women. Anything can happen. SAT 3/3; 9:15PM (C12), MON 3/5; 7:15PM (C12), FRI 3/9; 1:45PM (C12)

Percival (Tommy Nelms) has a BA, an unsatisfying part time job, and a crush on Chloe (Sarah Wharton). Percy seizes the opportunity to finally talk to Chloe when his sloppy roommate Sal’s (Jarret Kerr) entrepreneurial skills land both women into their New York apartment. Chloe brings her neurotic and paranoid friend, Riku (Angelica Reeve), and all four have candid conversations about life. Uniquely shot completely in one room and with a cast of only four actors, William C. Sullivan captures the reality of a twenty-something living a life with very thin walls. – Terra Wood-Taylor Director: William C. Sullivan; Producer: Caitlyn Coady; Writer: Jarret Kerr; Cinematographer: Brandon Roots; Editor: James Codoyannis; Music: Backwords, The King Khan & BBQ Show; Cast: Tommy Nelms, Jarret Kerr, Angelica Reeve, Sarah Wharton; Country: USA; Language: English; Length: 84 min.; Genre: Comedy NEW VISIONS COMPETITION

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PLAY

A game with no rules and no way to stop playing. THUR 3/1, 7:00PM (REP), MON 3/5; 4:00PM (REP), SAT 3/10; 2:00PM (REP)

Using a series of actual events in Goteborg, Sweden as springboard, Play presents a juvenile microcosm of role-playing, group dynamics and racial stereotyping, as older boys manipulate a younger trio in unnerving fashion. Using a simple almost anti-cinematic device to stunning effect, the film traps us emotionally inside the game, unwilling participants as much as the onscreen boys themselves. This is audacious filmmaking, controversial, deceptively simple without ever being minimalistic, each scene a tour de force. Though there are moments of unexpected humor, the overall effect is harrowing. Questions with answers often too disturbing to consider, chilling in its political ambiguity, this is a film not easily forgotten. – Charlie Cockey Director: Ruben Östlund; Executive Producers: Jessica Ask, Alexander Bohr, Gunnar Carlsson, Peter Possne; Producers: Erik Hemmendorff, Philippe Bober; Writers: Ruben Östlund, Erik Hemmendorff; Cinematographer: Marius Dybwad Brandrud; Editor: Jacob Secher Schulsinger; Cast: Yannick Diakité, Kevin Vaz, Anas Abdirahman; Country: Sweden, Denmark, Finland; Language: Swedish (w/ English Subtitles); Length: 118min.; Genre: Drama NEW VISIONS COMPETITION

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When a narcissistic filmmaker discovers the Murphys, an Irish family with an undead son, he jumps at the opportunity to document their story. With an amateur crew, he travels to Dublin where the word “zombie” is all too common. While filming, the community scorns the decision to allow their son to live, yet the Murphy’s strong morals won’t permit giving up on their once golden child. With the zombie epidemic growing and as riots against the family climax, the echo of lulling moans and the odor of rotting flesh are alive in the city of Dublin. How long can you stick to your morals when everyone questions them? — Dustin Coleman

Ghost stories are just urban myths, or so Mirai and Haruna thought when they hosted a paranormal video event on their pop culture talk show. But when a tragic suicide from decades ago inexplicably appears on their powered-down television, the girls must complete a demonological ritual to bring peace to this mystery. P.O.V: A Cursed Film holds true to Japanese horror form, while Norio Tsuruta (Director: Ring 0, Premonition) activates our fear of the imaginary becoming more real than we can handle. The moment you start to feel safe, you see a visage in the window, a door open on its own, and you realize you are not alone. — Kyle Burt

Director: Bing Bailey; Producers: Bing Bailey, Laura Morand Bailey; Writers: Bing Bailey, Laura Morand Bailey; Cinematographer: Clayton Haskell; Editor: Bing Bailey; Music: Amanda Rose Smith, Slow News Day; Cast: Geraldine Mcalinden, Rory Mullen, Todd Fletcher, Gerry Shanahan, Patrick Murphy, Steven Neeson, Sara Eavans, Sonya o Donoghue, Paul O’Bryan, Ciaran Davies; Country: Ireland; Language: English; Length: 85 min.; Genre: Horror

Director: Norio Tsuruta; Producer: Shinya Furugori; Writer: Norio Tsuruta; Cinematographer: Masashi Sasaki; Editor: Hiroshi Sunaga; Cast: Mirai Shida, Haruna Kawaguchi; Country: Japan; Language: Japanese (w/ English subtitles); Length: 92 min.; Genre: Horror

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Just nine months after the passing of the legendary Richard Leacock, iconic innovator in the film industry, Jane Weiner pays homage and provides her perspective on Leacock’s impact. Four decades in the making and shot using Leacock’s prototype of the Super 8 synch-sound small format camera, she takes the audience on her quest to document Leacock’s reflection on his influence as a filmmaker: to deliver the feeling of being there. With over 55 films in Leacock’s career spanning 60 years, Weiner aides in the completion of his final work: a memoir of his life.—Kyle Burt

Producers tell screenwriter Sergio (Fele Martinez) that his script has no substance and no story. How can a screenwriter describe a place to which he has never been? Determined to have his vision seen, Sergio visits the setting of his script: Chile’s Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world. There, oddly mistaken for a small town hero, Sergio is thrown into a modern western thriller, fighting for a story, while evading an evil foe. Dodging stand-offs and bar brawls, he never forgets to document his misfortunes and hallucinations as substance for his new manuscript. Immersed in his fantastic reality, Sergio plays his own protagonist, embracing a whole range of experiences, breathing life into his film. – Athena Chow

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Sarah is an idiosyncratic tech-geek linked to a world filled with helpful gadgets. When she finds herself pregnant, it’s as if the fatal blue screen popped up on the monitor of her life. She wonders - is there an app for that? Sarah’s talent for dissecting devices doesn’t translate into assembling the essentials of motherhood. Sarah’s parents, too caught up in their own tech toys, offer little help. Abandoned and angry, Sarah journeys off the grid to find her answers. Small, Beautiful Moving Parts is a subtle commentary on those immersed in technology versus those living without. – Athena Chow

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NEW VISIONS COMPETITION Preceded by the short film: Vacant Spaces; dir. Maider Oleaga; Mexico; 10min; Two women handle their husband’s absence across the border in different ways.

Preceded by the short film: Touch; dir. Jane Lanier; United States; 30min; The emotional account of two distressed souls who come together and experience, through human contact, how healing begins.

SOMEWHERE ELSE (NÅGON ANNANSTANS I SVERIGE)

“Just as man is the measure of all things ... each place is the center of the universe. “ Welcome to Borunda, the center of a very strange universe, indeed. SAT 3/3; 7:15PM (C12), SUN 3/4; 9:30PM (C12), TUE 3/6; 9:30PM (C12)

SONS OF NORWAY (SØNNER AV NORGE) The Christmas of Bananas changed everything for Nikolaj.

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Borunda seems like a small town anywhere, absolutely ordinary, a nice place to live. And it is. Or is it? The people here are like people everywhere, and yet something about them is curiously off-kilter. And one fateful night, in a chain of almost unbelievable events, all their lives will intersect, and things will never be the same again.

Christmas, 1978: Nikolaj’s father christens a dinner of banana-infused dishes by quoting Nietzsche’s thoughts on religion. Nicolaj might remember this most about this particular holiday, if it weren’t the very same Christmas his mother is hit by a truck and dies. Innocence lost, Nicolaj sets out to create his identity— which leads to one of rebellion as he takes an interest in guitar and the punk rock of The Sex Pistols. But what will this mean for the broken family, and how will they once again find each other?

Immensely entertaining, deeply heartfelt, yet hilariously absurd, this is every downbeat Swedish film ever made, inhabited by Raymond Carver’s dourest characters, all of them gone quietly Lewis Carroll mad. A true film event, Somewhere Else is like nowhere else you’ve ever been. – Charlie Cockey

Director Jens Lien’s previous films Jonny Vang and The Bothersome Man claimed jury prizes at Cinequest when they screened, and his short film Natural Glasses wowed audiences. Lien returns in fine form with this extraordinary and highly observant coming-of-age story.—Mike Rabehl

Director: Kjell-Åke Andersson; Producers: Peter Kropénin, Anna Björk; Writer: Hans Gunnarsson; Cinematographer: Philip Øgaard; Editor: Kristofer Nordin; Music: Trond Bjerknæs; Cast: Helena Bergström, Magnus Roosmann, Peter Andersson, Sussie Eriksson, Mikael Persbrandt, Sofi Helleday, Marie Richardson, Jacob Nordenson; Country: Sweden; Language: Swedish (w/English subtitles); Length: 101 min.; Genre: Drama

Director: Jens Lien; Producers: Christian Fredrik Martin, Antoine Simkine, Bo Erhardt, Maja Dyekjær, Tomas Eskilsson; Writer: Nikolaj Frobenius; Cinematographer: Morten Søborg; Editor: Vidar Flataukan; Music: Jan Inge (Ginge); Cast: Åsmund Høeg, Sven Nordin, Sonja Richter, Tony Veisle Skarpsmo, John Lydon; Country: Norway; Language: Norwegian (w/English subtitles); Length: 88 min.; Genre: Drama

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Director: Kurt Kuenne; Executive Producers: TJ Thyne, Kurt Kuenne, Douglas J. Abel, Brennan W. Penney, Scarlett Lam, Katie Abel, Launa and Danny Boston, Bryce and Elaine Penney, Kwok and Shirley P. Lam, Clifford Turner, Norma Garcia-Turner; Producers: Dave Kuhr, Chris Stone; Writer: Kurt Kuenne; Cinematographer: Kurt Kuenne; Editor: Kurt Kuenne; Music: Kurt Kuenne; Cast: TJ Thyne, Paula Rhodes, Chris Stone, Meeghan Holaway, Michelle Krusiec, Tamara Taylor, Dylan Sprayberry, Elle Labadie, Patricia Belcher; Country: USA; Language: English; Length: 82 min.; Genre: Drama

Directors: Annie J. Howell, Lisa Robinson; Executive Producer: Yael Melamede; Producers: Annie J. Howell, Lisa Robinson, Jennifer Dougherty; Writers: Annie J. Howell, Lisa Robinson; Cinematographer: Charles E. Swanson; Editor: Jennifer Lee; Music: Xander Duell; Cast: Anna Margaret Hollyman, André Holland, Sarah Rafferty, Mary Beth Peil, Susan Kelechi Watson, Richard Hoag; Country: USA; Language: English; Length: 73 min.; Genre: Drama

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Shuffle captures the spirit of romance, family, and photography. Lovell Milo (T.J. Thyne, Erin Brokovich), an average joe, doesn’t have a relationship with his father, yet inherits something from him: narcolepsy. Each time he awakens, it seems his life has fallen out of chronological order, like the shuffling of a deck of cards. He finds himself bewildered as important people appear as vague memories or ominous premonitions. Are the gods toying with him or is he crazy? Engrossed in a mystery he cannot decipher, Lovell is tortured to the breaking point. Directed by Cinequest veteran Kurt Kuenne (Dear Zachary, Scrapbook), :O\MÅL ups the ante through a philosophical quandary: How and with what will we define ourselves?—Athena Chow

Astrophysics time bomb? Piece of cake. Motherhood? Not so much.

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What if you didn’t know how old you’d be every time you woke up?

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Four social outcasts, Shamus Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Reilly (Ben Cotton, The Chronicles of Riddick), Leslie Handover (Patrick Gilmore, 2012), David Spencer (Amitai Marmorstein, 50/50), and Satanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spawn (Kacey Rohl, Red Riding Hood), are all vying for an open puppeteer position on the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s television show :\UĂ&#x2026;V^LY/V\Y. Their challenges donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end at proving their talent; ďŹ nding the audition location, deciphering the riddled language of their future employer, and dodging the interview crew all stand in the way of their coveted prize. A witty, tongue-in-cheek view of childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s television rarely seen by adults, :\UĂ&#x2026;V^LY/V\Y offers an amusing spin on this industry while dealing with a hand up yourâ&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kyle Burt Director: Aaron Houston; Producers: Aaron Houston, Aisla Webster; Writer: Aaron Houston; Cinematographer: Steven Deneault; Editor: Greg Ng; Cast: Patrick Gilmore, Kacey Rohl, Ben Cotton, Amitai Marmorstein; Country: Canada; Language: English; Length: 85 min.; Genre: Comedy NEW VISIONS COMPETITION

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The problem with runners on a track and with young Thelma (Maja Salvador) is their lack of destination. Thelma knows running is easy because she is good at it, yet after a devastating accident leaves her sister crippled for life, Thelma exhausts all avenues to earn the money for her sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operation. The burden is heavy already, but when her running success gains forceful momentum, she takes on more challenges than she expected. Life makes her decide to sacriďŹ ce all she knows and loves to fulďŹ ll her dream or to give up and return to a familiar life. After promising her sister that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never stop running until she can walk again, can Thelma ďŹ nish strong? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kyle Burt

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Director: Marteinn Thorsson; Producers: Snorri Thrisson; Writer: Marteinn Thorsson; Cinematographer: Phillip Robertson; Editor: ValdĂ­s GunnarsdĂłttir; Music: Sigtryggur Baldursson; Cast: Ă&#x201C;lafur Darri Ă&#x201C;lafsson, Elama Lisa GunnarsĂłttir, StefĂĄn Hallur StefĂĄnsson, LĂĄra JĂłhanna JĂłnsdĂłttir; Country: Iceland; Language: Icelandic (w/ English Subtitles); Length: 98 min.; Genre: Drama

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Brendan is a tall, handsome auto-mechanic who desperately needs his career-driven wife to notice him again. After his wife claims that he has dirty hands, he timidly walks into a Vietnamese-owned nail salon and braves the jeers of women workers. Tam, a newly-hired manicurist, tends to his hands and civilly listens to his confessions. Turns out her healing touch is priceless.

Best friends Ziva, Gregor, and Andrej set out on a road trip through the bewitching Slovenian countryside. Digging into the playful demeanors of their teenage years, the three relive memories of the past, avoiding the truths of their new realities. Andrej, their gay friend, buries his feelings of animosity with wisecracks and mischief. Gregor, a soldier scheduled for deployment to Afghanistan, seems curiously confused about his ideals since joining the army. Ziva, who tells the boys she plans to study abroad next semester, ultimately proves unable to keep up with their facade of ignorance. An enchanting look at the journey of friendship, this film captures the spirit of youth and innocence. – Taara Khalilnaji

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Director: Nejc Gazvoda; Producers: Andrej Štritof, Aleš Pavlin; Writer: Nejc Gazvoda; Cinematographer: Marko Brdar; Editors: Janez Lapajne, Nejc Gazvoda; Music: New Wave Syria; Cast: Jure Henigman, Nina Rakovec, Luka Cimpric; Country: Slovenia; Language: Slovenian (w/English subtitles); Length: 85 min.; Genre: Drama GLOBAL LANDSCAPES COMPETITION

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Why has Twitter become such a sensation? That is the question filmmaker Tan Siok seeks to discover as she sets off on a cross-country quest to talk to all kinds of Tweeters. Along the way we meet a porn star, a homeless woman, a prostitute and lots of everyday folk just having a little fun.

Fidel Castro not only wanted to revolutionize Cuba’s politics, but also its architecture. Taking over a bourgeoisie golf course, Castro and Che Guevara commissioned three visionary architects to build an innovative art school campus.

Shot in a dual screen mode so the audience can actually interact with the cast and crew during the movie, Twittamentary emphasizes the joys of this technological phenomenon. But the film also poses important questions facing our society, such as the danger of overuse and alienation from actual personal contact. The result is a cinematic experience like few others. – Sandy Wolf

As construction commenced, the buildings were admired worldwide for their creativity. But political forces and Castro’s priorities changed. Students were forced to learn in half completed and decaying classrooms. As the decades passed, Castro realized that an architectural wonder was his to showcase, and once again, the three architects began to realize their unfulfilled dreams <UÄUPZOLK:WHJLZ reminds us that no matter how one tries to defeat it, true art will live forever. – Sandy Wolf

Director: Siok Siok Tan; Executive Producers: Geo Geller, Jeff Pulver; Producers: Siok Siok Tan, St. John Deakins; Writer: Siok Siok Tan; Cinematographers: Geo Geller, Tan Siok Siok; Editor: Siok Siok Tan; Music: Geo Geller, Nigel Woodford, Andy Dixon; Country: Singapore; Language: English; Length: 66 min.; Genre: Documentary DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION Preceded by the short film: Zoltan: The Hungarian Gangster of Love; dir. Justin Reardon; United States; 14 min.; A Felliniesque adventure about the Don Juan of a remote village during his daily quest to satisfy his lust for women.

Three brilliant architects reveal a different Cuban revolution.

Directors: Alysa Nahmias, Benjamin Murray; Producers: Alysa Nahmias, Benjamin Murray; Cinematographer: Benjamin Murray; Editors: Kristen Nutile, Alex Minnick; Music: Giancarlo Vulcano; Country: USA; Languages: English, Spanish (w/ English Subtitles); Length: 86 min.; Genre: Documentary DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION Preceded by the short film: Eskimal; dir. Homero Ramirez; Mexico; 9min; Eskimal and Walrus work together to preserve the Great Glacier from an impending catastrophe.

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Director: Minh Duc Nguyen; Producer: Mellissa Tong; Writer: Minh Duc Nguyen; Cinematographer: Morgan Schmidt; Editor: Minh Duc Nguyen; Music: Marcello de Francisci; Cast: Porter Lynn, John Ruby, Melinda Bennett, Long Nguyen, Hiep Thi Le, Tony Lathanh; Country: USA; Languages: English, Vietnamese (w/ English subtitles); Length: 109 min.; Genre: Drama

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Oliver, an air-trafďŹ c controller by day, is emotionally cut off, a man who actively shuns human contact. As a Czech living in Slovakia his isolation is even more complete. Though part of him demands this solitude, another yearns for something more. Now, home alone with his high-powered binoculars and his imagination, he watches a seemingly perfect family in the high-rise apartment building across the street. And watches. And watches.

If surviving cancer wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an ordeal already, Alice is incessantly haunted by the memory of her horriďŹ c surgery. Tired, poor, and habitually frustrated, Alice canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ďŹ nd peace of mind. When Aliceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student, Thuy, pleas for help, both of their lives take an optimistic detour. The two ďŹ nd friendship and acceptance in a car repair shop where a group of atypical women welcome them into their family of social outcasts. Teaching to grow despite the past, Warrior Woman highlights the importance of self-respect, self-conďŹ dence, and accepting yourself, ďŹ&#x201A;aws and all. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Athena Chow Director: Julie Reichert; Producers: Julie Reichert, Chris Ranney, Brent Tiano; Writer: Julie Reichert; Cinematographer: Corey Weintraub; Editor: Sterling Grant III; Music: CK Barlow; Cast: Karen Young, Vic Browder, Lan Tat, Nicolise Dorian Louis, KristĂ­n Hansen, Joanne Camp, Aarti K. Attreya, Etain Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Malley, Chad Brummett, Steven Michael Quezada; Country: USA; Language: English; Length: 97 min.; Genre: Drama NEW VISIONS COMPETITION

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Hasan, is twelve years old, his childhood lost to necessity like a cherished book swept away in a river. Forced by circumstance to help provide for his siblings, he must trudge miles through the mountains to sell the yoghurt drink, ayran, to passing travelers. Told in impressionistic rather than literal fashion and featuring a wonderful cast of secondary characters etched suggestively rather than explained, White as Snow is a mosaic of moments, of beautiful images and sounds, of portents, signs and omens. Each fragment moment speaks, the moments together reveal the tale. A ďŹ lm of beautiful sound design and few words, it will hold you spellbound to its brilliant ending and beyond.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Charlie Cockey Director: Selim Gunes; Executive Producers: Emre Gunes, Bora Tamusta; Producer: Nur Gunes; Writer: Selim Gunes; Cinematographer: Serdar Ă&#x2013;zdemir; Editor: Ahmet Can Cakirca; Cast: Ziver Armagan Acil, Kaya Akkaya, Sinem Islamoglu, Hakan Korkmaz, Ruhan Odabas, GĂźrsan Piri Onurlu; Country: Turkey; Language: Turkish (w/English subtitles); Length: 77 min.; Genre: Drama GLOBAL LANDSCAPES COMPETITION

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One would think at 411 pounds everyone would notice you, but former football player Sam Robertsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (Robbie Kaller, Domino) weight makes him invisible to women. Cassie, Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal trainer, canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live by the words she preaches. While training Sam through his weight loss, she runs away from what truly makes her happy. She teaches Sam healthy lifestyle choices, yet canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t break her chain smoking habit. Making relationship choices based on what should make her happy, she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize his sweat and sufferings are a ďŹ ght for her affection. With the comical backhanded support from his friends and rediscovery of his motivation, you will wish, for his sake, she is worth the wait. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kyle Burt Director: Ryan Sage; Executive Producers: Ryan Sage, Katherine-Marie Sage; Producer: Kristina Denton; Writer: Dale Zawada; Cinematographer: Stephen Sheridan; Editor: Ryan Sage; Music: John DeBorde; Cast: Robbie Kaller, Jillian Leigh, Tommy Snider, Constance Reese, Bryan Bellomo, Jacquelyn Viera, Jess Allen; Country: USA; Language: English; Length: 93 min.; Genre: Romantic Comedy NEW VISIONS COMPETITION

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SHORTS 2: OVER LAND, OVER SEA WED 2/29; 9:30PM (C12), THUR 3/1; 10:00PM (C12), SAT 3/3; 4:00PM (C12)

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Since the development of cinema, we have been taken to new worlds, been transformed into new people, and even been inspired to create our own journeys. Within this series of international short films, one can find the tale of a Miami icon battling an inter-dimensional creature trying to ruin his date; a journey through Cuban history through the eyes of a shark; a search for the meaning of the donkey in religion; an escape from a nursing home to meet an old companion; or a haunting voyage by canoe to a welcoming island. Not all journeys are filled with mysteries, but here, they certainly have the most unexpected endings.— Kyle Burt

How will you make your journey unique?

Our destinations are all the same, but the experiences are different. This program of shorts will challenge you to love someone without knowing if they love you back, mend the bridges you once burned to the ground, and realize some dreams come true and others don’t. Beginning, Middle, End is a reminder that life is beautiful, painful, difficult, but most of all, a blessing. These films are a celebration of the human condition and a reminder to look back on your life, even if someday the memories fade away. – Dustin Coleman The Barefoot Humanity (L’umanità Scalza)

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Count Back from Ten

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Ethan

dir. Tamir Moscovici

Canada

Everything is Incredible

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USA USA

dir. Maria Nicollier

Switzerland USA

God and Vodka

dir. Daniel Stine

USA

In Search of a Donkey (Chasse à l’âne)

Hatch

dir. Christoph Kuschnig

Austria

Otto and the Electric Eel

dir. Duncan Skiles, Andrew Zuchero

Henry

dir. Yan England

Canada

The Padlock (il Lucchetto)

dir. Ettore Nicoletti

Italy

Rhonda’s Party

dir. Ashley McKenzie

Canada

Reinaldo Arenas

dir. Lucas Leyva

USA

Sailcloth

dir. Elfar Adalsteins

United Kingdom

Smorgasbord

dir. Jennifer Glynn

USA

Sterling Hallard Bright Drake

dir. Robert Sickels

USA

Total Run Time: 105 min. SHORT FILM COMPETITION

Total Run Time: 98 min. SHORT FILM COMPETITION

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No matter how it’s defined, most people enjoy success, but what we rarely reflect upon are the losses we suffer. Give-and-Take highlights the good and the bad of our endeavors. This program questions how much effort we are willing to put forth to achieve our desire and to what lengths we are willing to go. But ultimately, these creative and inspiring shorts help us identify what we truly value as individuals and determine for which ambitions we are willing to fight. - Kyle Burt

Animated films offer a new world of possibilities to show us innovative ideas unlike any others. This year’s Animated Worlds program showcases shorts taking us to places we never could have imagined. Ranging from extraterrestrial discovery of Earth’s ancient civilization to minimalistic commentary pieces, this program covers a wide spectrum of themes and animation styles to attract any film lover. With twelve films emoting passion and ambitions, this program takes our imagination and separates it from boundaries of our human reality and launches us into a parallel universe. - Kyle Burt

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The Day Everything Changes Between Us

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Brazil, USA

Raju

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Germany, India

The Recorder Exam

dir. Bora Kim

South Korea, USA

Queen

dir. Adam Rose

USA

Young Souls

dir. Dean Chalkley

United Kingdom

Total Run Time: 111 min. SHORT FILM COMPETITION

Abiogenesis

dir. Richard Mans

New Zealand

Akerbeltz, The Witches and the Inquisitor (Akerbeltz, las brujas y el inquisidor)

dir. César Urbina Vitoria

Spain

Birdboy

dir. Pedro Rivero, Alberto Vázquez

Spain

Cadaver

dir. Jonah D. Ansell

USA

Gus

dir. Andrew Martin

Australia

I am Round (Jag är rund)

dir. Mario Adamson

Sweden

The Observer

dir. Abbey Luck

USA

Shattered Past

dir. Boris Sverlow

Belgium

Telly

dir. Evan Mather

Finland, USA

Triboluminescence

dir. Benjamin Ridgway

USA

Wild Life

dir. Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby

Canada

Worlds Apart

dir. Michael Zachary Huber

USA

Total Run Time: 108 min. SHORT FILM COMPETITION

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SHORTS 6: WHIRLS AND CURRENTS

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The shorts in this program will have you shuddering at the inventive and twisted characters that make Charles Manson look like a saint. Psychopaths and succubi haunt the unforgettable Mindbenders program in a way that will have you clenching the arms of your seat as your only grip on reality. Be sure to sleep with a knife underneath your pillow, keep a charm in your pocket, and if all else fails run and don’t look back … your life depends on it. – Dustin Coleman

Our Whirls and Currents program is a romantic visual representation of ‘shit happens.’ Life always throws us curve balls when we least expect it and regardless of what happens, our resilience shines through. Like traveling on a river, success rarely comes from paddling up stream. This program helps instill the mindset we need to persevere when less than favorable events occur. Whether it is a death in the family or the development of a petrifying fear, we learn the methods we must utilize to rise like a phoenix and become stronger than before. –Kyle Burt

One man’s fun is another’s last chance to live.

It’s not what happens, but how you handle it.

Blood Roulette

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USA

Charles Bukowski’s The Little Tailor

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USA

Curtain

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USA

Cushing’s Syndrome (Le Syndrome de Cushing)

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France

A Function

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South Korea

The Last Guest (Der letzte Gast)

dir. Markus Engel

Austria

Mask (Maska)

dir. Quay Brothers

Poland

And Winter Slow

dir. Brian Lannin

USA

The Child

dir. Amy Neil

United Kingdom

The Debt Collector

dir. Rich Ceraulo

USA

Silent River (Apele Tec)

dir. Anca Miruna Lazarescu

Germany, Romania

Winter Frog (Grenouille d’hiver)

dir. Slony Sow

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Cinequest brings the laughs to you with Comedy Favorites. This year’s batch brings together films in the realm of humor, ranging from the difficulties of teenagers on their first date to vampires on the rise to a heist to make up for a rough past. Looking at all forms of comedy, from sweet dedication to love to hard core dirty talk across a dinner table, Comedy Favorites brings you amazing stories that carry the kind of reactions that only a good comedic dust-up can. All that, plus appearances from Fionnula Flanagan (Lost), Seymour Cassel (Faces), and a film from Roger Nygard (Trekkies) rounding out a program that might just bust your gut… for which Cinequest assumes no responsibility for! – Chris Garcia

Students may be the most passionate of all filmmakers, filled with raw ideas that manifest themselves through intensely personal subjects and unique approaches to filmmaking. The Student Shorts program showcases this passion at its best, with inspired films in familiar genres - from a charming animation (Bloom) to an array of documentaries (Mexican Cuisine, The Other Side, Sick as a Dog); from a hilarious comedy (Elder Anderson) to unsettling dramas (Rest Stop, Say Goodnight, Teardrop); and three wildly different coming-of-age stories (First Match, The Homecoming Queen, Nani) giving us a glimpse at some of the many challenges that young people face today. – Nathan Zanon

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The Atheist

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USA

Nani

AFI

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Death is Certain (Mors Certa)

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Germany

The Other Side

Academy of Art University

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Do Over

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USA

Elder Anderson

San Jose State University

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Belgium

Teardrop

University of Television and Film, Munich

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Mexican Cuisine

Academy of Art University

Fuck Lance Armstrong

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USA

Say Goodnight

UCLA

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Meconium

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United Kingdom

Bloom

San Jose State University

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Overdue

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USA

Sick as a Dog

Stanford University

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Pass the Salt, Please

dir. Tatjana Najdanovic

USA

First Match

Columbia University

dir. Olivia Newman

The Relationship Doctrine of Don Blanquito

dir. Roger Nygard

USA, Brazil

The Homecoming Queen

Columbia University

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Vampire Vampire Vampire Vampire

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USA Total Run Time: 131 min.

Total Run Time: 103 min. SHORT FILM COMPETITION

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The Good Son (p.42)

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Kill Me Please (p.49) 9:30–11:05pm

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The Other Family (p.55) 6:30–8:46pm

A Trip (p.63) 7:00–8:25pm

Children of the Green Dragon (p.38)

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Come As You Are

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White as Snow (p.65) 5:00–6:17pm

Thelma (p.61) 2:15–4:06pm

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Happy New Year, Grandma! (p.42) 9:00–10:47pm

How to Cheat (p.43) 6:45–8:15pm

I’m Yours (p.47) 4:30–5:50pm

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Children of the Green Dragon (p.38)

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Visible World

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Close to Heaven

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Invisible Strings (p.47) 9:30–10:51pm

Identity Card

Abendland

Shuffle

Heavy Girls

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Worth the Weight (p.65)

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L!fe Happens (p.49) 7:00–8:41pm

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White as Snow (p.65)

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Forgetting the Girl (p.40) 7:15–8:48pm Dave (p.39) 7:00–8:38pm

Theatre Svoboda (p.61) 4:30–6:17pm

Hunting Season (p.43) 2:00–4:23pm

Happy New Year, Grandma! (p.42) 11:30am–1:17pm

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Shorts 7 (p.71) 6:45–8:28pm

Best Intentions (p.37) 5:00–6:45pm

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Jason Jason n Be Becker: cker: N ot Dead Dead Yet Yet (p.47) (p.47) Not

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Heavy H eav y Gi Girls rls

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((p.57) p.57)

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Warrior Wa rrior Wo Woman ma n

Sunflower S unflower Hour Hour

Somewhere S omewh here Else Else

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((p.65) p.65 )

((p.61) p.61)

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((p.51) p.51)

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How I was How was Stolen Stolen by Germans p..43 ) b y tthe he G ermans ((p.43) 1:30-3:50pm 1: 3 0 - 3 : 50 p m

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Delusions of Delusions of Grandeur G r deur (p.39) ran (p.39 ) 9:45-11:20pm 9 :45 4 -11: 20pm

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Picture tthe Picture he P Possibilities ossibilities ((p.18) p.18 ) 3:00-5:30pm 3 : 00-5: 30pm

Kill K ill M Me eP Please le a s e ((p.49) p.49 )

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((p.69) p.69 )

((p.65) p.65 )

((p.40) p.40 )

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((p.57) p.57)

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Sunflower S unflower Hour Hour

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((p.63) p.63 )

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4:45-6:37pm 4:45 4 - 6 : 37pm

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((p.47) p.47)

4:00-5:58pm 4 : 00-5: 58pm

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