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luzia: Cirque du soleil in a mexiCan dream

Travel to an imaginary Mexico with cirque du Soleil’s latest production, lUZIA—a poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich, vibrant culture of a country rich in influences and creative collisions; a land of breathtaking landscapes and architectural wonders; a place buoyed by the indomitable spirit of its people. The name lUZIA fuses the sound of “luz” (light in Spanish) and “lluvia” (rain)—two elements used at the core of its creation.

Through its stunning set design, colorful costumes, and hot, lively musical score, lUZIA creates an evocation of Mexico and the complex and diversified themes linked to its culture, history and mythology.

WHen & WHeRe feb 9-Mar 19 in san Jose Taylor Street Bridge

tickets & MoRe info cirquedusoleil.com/luzia

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Featuring a cast of 44 artists from diverse backgrounds, lUZIA astounds with its feats unlike any seen before. See hoop diving combined with giant treadmills designed to generate speed; be amazed by artists performing on cyr wheels under falling water; watch a parachutist “free fall” toward a field of flowers; see stunning trapeze acts amidst agave plants; be impressed by the strength and control of a lifeguard’s hand balanced on a buoy among waves; enjoy the dexterity of a futbol dance; get dizzy following swinging artists dressed as luchadors; be awed by speed juggling with marimbas; and plenty more. A show not to be missed, all this takes place under cirque du Soleil’s traveling Big Top—a grand feat all of its own. viva Mexico!


ShowS, performing artS & Spectator SportS

calendaR of eVents faMilY

feb 11: lunaR neW YeaR. celebrate the year of the rooster with lion Dancers, red Panda acrobats, martial arts, and arts and crafts for kids. 11am-4pm. (Redwood City: Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St.; 650/780-7000) feb 22-26: disneY on ice: WoRlds of encHantMent.

From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, Disney’s favorite moments come to life on ice. Wed-Thurs, 7pm; Fri, 10:30am & 7pm; Sat, 11am. 3 & 7pm; Sun, 11am, 3 & 6:30pm. (San Jose: SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St.; 408/287-9200) feb 25: sPRinG festiVal. This

chinese event celebrates the year of the rooster with colorful dance and music performed by top-notch local artists as well as guest stars from china, Erkin Abdulla and Feng Han. 3 & 7:30pm. (San Jose: Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd.; 408/792-4111)

celebRatinG tHe Music of asia... Now in its 13th year, the stanford Pan-asian Music festival is dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of music in contemporary Asia. Events this year include the chinese new Year concert: Music from shanghai (feb 3; 7:30pm), featuring the Symphony Silicon Valley and soloists from Shanghai Conservatory and Shanghai Peking Opera Company performing music written in the Western classical tradition by composers from Shanghai. • A two-part event celebrating the music from Iran includes a Persian family concert (feb 4; 2:30pm), featuring renowned dancers, drummers and singers such as Sharokh Meshkin Ghalam, Sahar Dehghan, Pezhham Akhavass and more; and singer Mojgan shajarian (feb 4, 7:30pm) is joined by percussionist Pejman Hadadi, setar player Amir Nojan and gheychak player Hamed Afshari for a performance of Persian classical music. (Palo Alto/Stanford: Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St.; 650/725-ARTS)

WineRY & food eVents

J. loHR WineRY hosts a variety of events every month for the oenophile. In February, partake in a Wine & cheese friday Perfect Pairing (feb 3, 10, 17 & 24; 5:30pm) and join for an interactive wine and chocolate pairing at Valentine’s dating Game (feb 11; 7pm). (San Jose: 1000 Lenzen Ave.; 408/918-2176) feb 25: bacon & beeR classic.

Sample 100+ beers from regional breweries, eat bacon-infused dishes from local chefs, play giant

Jenga, battle it out on the bungee run, compete in a bacon eating contest and more. 1-4pm & 710pm. (Santa Clara: Levi’s Stadium; levisstadium.com)

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feb 28-MaR 12: cinequest. Featuring premier films, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough technology, San Jose’s annual film fest presents over 90 film premieres (and more than 200 screenings) from over 50 countries. See website for schedule. (Various venues; 408/295-FEST; cinequest.org)

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feb 11: Valentines suPeR loVe JaM. This special artist lineup

includes Zapp, Blackstreet, The chi-lites, The Persuaders, The Originals, The Temprees, The Mad lads and The Notations. 7:30pm. (San Jose: SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St.; 408/287-9200) feb 12: califoRnia PoPs oRcHestRa. The country’s only all-

sCoTT Bradlee’s PosT-modern JuKeBox (FeB 15)

PeRfoRMinG aRts

musiC: JaZZ & oTHer

feb 3: tHe enGlisH beat. One of the most influential bands of the British Two Tone Ska movement, this band blends soul, reggae, pop and punk. 8pm. (Saratoga: Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Rd.; 408/961-5800) feb 4: caMila. The three-time Grammy-winning duo perform romantic pop songs. 8pm. (San Jose: Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd.; 408/792-4111)

feb 4: JiMMY Webb. He may be best known for the classics he penned for artists such as Glen campbell and The Fifth Dimension, but he is an electrifying singer in his own right. 8pm. (Saratoga: Montalvo Arts Center; 408/961-5800)

feb 7: black aRM band. A musical journey through Australia’s cultural heartland set against a backdrop of imagery and text, the performance features songs in 13 different indigenous languages from some of the most notable performers in the land, backed by an ensemble of Melbourne’s finest jazz musicians. 7:30pm. (Palo Alto/Stanford: Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St.; 650/725-ARTS) feb 10: Pacific MaMbo oRcHestRa. Featuring special

guests, the latin Jazz youth Ensemble of San Francisco, the 204 • DIScOvEr SIlIcON vAllEy

piece orchestra infuses the classic latin Big Band sounds of the 1940s-60s with sizzling arrangements and high-energy, original compositions. 7pm. (Redwood City: Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St.; 650/369-7770) feb 10: los teMeRaRios. This

band combines elements of traditional Mexican music with modern stylings to create a blend of youthful pop and romanticism. 8:30pm. (San Jose: City National Civic, 135 W. San Carlos St.; 800/745-3000)

feb 11: cHicaGo. The legendary rock and roll band performs their greatest hits. 8pm. (San Jose: City National Civic, 135 W. San Carlos St.; 800/745-3000)

feb 11: MicHael GRiffitHs. An award-winning cabaret sensation, Griffiths has wowed critics and delighted audiences across his native Australia and beyond with his revealing glimpse into the life and work of legendary songwriter cole Porter. 8pm. (Saratoga: Montalvo Arts Center; 408/961-5800)

request pops orchestra delivers Tony Award-winning songs and Broadway musical stylings of rodgers & Hammerstein, rodgers & Hart, Jerome Kern, Jerry Herman, lerner & loewe, Meredith Wilson, cole Porter, George Gershwin and more. 3pm. (Cupertino: Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.; 650/856-8432) feb 12: tHe donnY Mccaslin GRouP. Saxophonist Donny Mc-

caslin and his band, featured on David Bowie’s Blackstar, recently released Beyond Now, an album dedicated to Bowie. recorded nearly three months after Bowie’s passing, the project is deeply influenced by their extraordinary experience collaborating with one of the greatest artists of all time on his final album. 4:30pm. (Half Moon Bay: Douglas Beach House, 307 Mirada Rd.; 650/726-4143)

feb 12: tex beneke oRcHestRa.

Featuring special guests, vocalist Peter Marshall and String of Pearls, the 14-piece orchestra pays tribute to the Big Band era—from Glenn Miller classics to timeless swing tunes. 2 & 6pm. (Redwood City: Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St.; 650/369-7770)

THe BroTHers ComaTose (sanTa CruZ musiC FesTiVal, FeB 18-19)


feb 15: scott bRadlee’s PostModeRn Jukebox. This ongoing

musical project is spearheaded by pianist and arranger Scott Bradlee, who takes contemporary pop and rock tunes and fashions new arrangements, casting them in an unpredictable variety of musical styles from the past. 7:30pm. (Palo Alto/Stanford: Bing Concert Hall; 650/725-ARTS) feb 18-19: santa cRuz Music festiVal. This two-day musical

marathon takes over downtown Santa cruz, bringing together over 250 performers at 12 venues, all within walking distance. With genres ranging from rock, metal and electronics to indie, reggae and hip-hop, the lineup of internationally known acts as well as hard-hitting local Santa cruz and Bay Area artists includes headliners such as louis the child, the popular young duo from chicago; troyboi, the multi-talented up-and-coming musician from South East london; G Jones, Santa cruz’s hometown hero, and the brothers comatose, a five-piece string band from San Francisco. venues include The catalyst club, Motiv, rosie Mccann’s, The Blue lagoon and more. Doors open 12pm. (santacruzmusicfestival.com)

feb 19: tHe cookeRs. This allstar septet summons up an aggressive mid-1960’s spirit with a potent collection of post-bop originals. 4:30pm. (Half Moon Bay: Douglas Beach House, 307 Mirada Rd.; 650/726-4143)

feb 23: inteRnational stRinG tRio. Joined by vocalist Emily Day,

Jazz it uP... Whether you’re a die-hard jazz aficionado or just looking for some exciting live music to shake off those winter blues, the sJz WinteR fest (feb 14-MaR 3) is your ticket to a good time. Put together by internationally-renowned Bay Area institution San Jose Jazz, the annual festival showcases dynamic arts programming honoring the jazz tradition and ever-expanding definitions of the genre with singular concerts curated for audiences within the heart of Silicon Valley. The event presents some of today’s most distinguished artists alongside leading-edge emerging musicians with an ambitious lineup of more than 25 concerts. The Jazz Beyond series presents buzzy young stars pushing the boundaries of jazz, soul and hip-hop and the Next Gen performances showcase top regional student jazz ensembles. With new performance venues, bars and restaurants joining many existing cultural institutions, SJZ Winter Fest 2017 showcases San Jose’s vitality as an arts mecca. The fest kicks off with saxophonist donny Mccaslin (san Jose, feb 14) who brings an expansive repertoire that includes Bowie songs; the cookers (san Jose, feb 16) summon up a mid ‘60s spirit with a potent collection of post-bop originals; the Jazz organ fellowship features a collection of great B-3 talent including Wil blades, akiko tsuruga and tony Monaco (san Jose, feb 18); drummer Ron e. beck (san Jose, feb 18) brings his soul revue; jazz guitarist John abercrombie (saratoga, feb 22) delivers modern straight-ahead jazz; a special performance brings together Wallace Roney, Patricia Rushen and lenny White (san Jose, feb 23), three jazz musicians that have influenced both the shape of jazz and modern popular music; jazz vibraphonist Roy ayers (Palo alto, feb 24) delivers his signature neo-soul; the Villalobos brothers (san Jose, feb 25) perform a Veracruz-style celebration; Mexican band troker (san Jose, feb 24) explores jazz, rock, funk, psychedelic, hip hop and cumbia in their vibrant compositions; ben allison and think free (san Jose, Jan 26) draw from the jazz tradition and a range of influences, from rock and folk to 20th century classical and world music; and kim nalley (Palo alto; feb 26) celebrates the Centenary of Ella Fitzgerald as well as Black History Month. Check website for complete schedule. (sanjosejazz.org/winterfest) donnY mCCaslin

Kim nalleY

the group delivers Gypsy jazz, Appalachian folk, acoustic world music, virtuosic classical arrangements and popular songs from movie soundtracks. 7:30pm. (San Jose: Le Petit Trianon, 72 N. 5th St.; 408/995-5400) feb 26: nicHolas PaYton tRio. This multi-instrumentalist,

composer and arranger spans a multitude of musical genres. 4:30pm. (Half Moon Bay: Douglas Beach House, 307 Mirada Rd.; 650/726-4143)

roY aYers

Ben allison

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feb 19: beRlin PHilHaRMonic Wind quintet. This renowned

chamber music quintet performs Mozart’s Fantasy in F Minor for Clockwork Organ; Kalevi Aho’s Quintet no. 2; Barber’s Summer Music; and reicha’s Wind Quintet in D Major, op. 91. 2:30pm. (Palo Alto/Stanford: Bing Concert Hall; 650/725-ARTS) feb 19: tHe neW esteRHàzY quaRtet. The program includes

Philidor’s Le Femmes Vengées and Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. 4pm. (Palo Alto: All Saint’s Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St.; 415/520-0611) alessio Bax (FeB 5)

musiC: ClassiCal

feb 5: alessio bax. Presented by Steinway Society, this pianist has thrilled audiences across the U.S. and partnered with violinist Joshua Bell for over thirty concerts in Europe and North and South America, receiving rave reviews. 7:30pm. (San Jose: Le Petit Trianon, 72 N. 5th St.; 408/995-5400) feb 10: kReMeRata baltica.

This chamber orchestra of 23 string players from latvia, lithuania and Estonia celebrates its 20th anniversary with a program that includes works by Glass, Kancheli; rastakov and Piazzolla. 7:30pm. (Palo Alto/Stanford: Bing Concert Hall; 650/725-ARTS)

feb 12: bRuckneR oRcHestRa of linz. Joined by violinist Robert

Mcduffie, the orchestra celebrates American composers in a program of works by Duke Ellington, Samuel Barber and Philip Glass. 4pm. (Palo Alto/ Stanford: Bing Concert Hall; 650/725-ARTS)

feb 12: HoRszoWski tRio. This highly-praised trio performs Arthur Foote’s Piano Trio No. 2 in B-flat Major; leonard Bernstein’s Piano Trio; and Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat Major. 7pm. (Burlingame: Kohl Mansion, 2750 Adeline Dr.; 650/762-1130)

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feb 12: cHRistian tetzlaff and laRs VoGt. Separately, vio-

linist Tetzlaff and pianist vogt have performed with the world’s greatest orchestras. Together, their eclectic repertoire shines in violin sonatas by Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert and Bartók. 7:30pm. (Palo Alto/Stanford: Bing Concert Hall; 650/725-ARTS) feb 12: Mission cHaMbeR oRcHestRa. Guest pianist sandra

Wright shen joins the orchestra for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 5 in E-flat Major. Also Debussy’s Petite Suite is also on the program. 2:30pm. (San Jose: Le Petit Trianon, 72 N. 5th St.; 408/995-5400) HorsZoWsKi Trio (FeB 12)

feb 24: stanfoRd sYMPHonY oRcHestRa. led by Anna

Wittstruck and Stephen Sanco, the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford chamber chorale perform a program that includes Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite and Orff’s Carmina Burana. 7:30pm. (Palo Alto/Stanford: Bing Concert Hall; 650/725-ARTS) feb 27: PincHas zukeRMan.

chamber Music san francisco presents this multiple Grammywinning violinist, violist, conductor, pedagogue and chamber musician in a program that includes Mozart’s Sonata in G major; Beethoven’s Sonata in E-flat major; and Brahms’ Sonatensatz and Sonata No. 3 in D minor. 7:30pm. (Palo Alto: Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way; 415/392-4400)


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feb 17, 19, 25 & 26: West baY oPeRa presents Il Trittico, two

tragedies and one comedy with a peculiar shared feature: a death concealed. From a love triangle aboard a French freighter, to the fate of a single mother shunned by her wealthy family, to a story of greed and deception in 1300’s Florence, Puccini’s score takes opera lovers on a fantastic voyage. Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. (Palo Alto: Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd.; 650/424-9999) feb 18-19: laMPliGHteRs Music tHeatRe presents Gilbert

& Sullivan’s comic opera, Patience. In this satire of the 19th century “Aesthetic Movement” led most famously by Oscar Wilde, poet reginald Bunthorne pursues the milkmaid Patience while simultaneously enjoying the worshipful adoration of 20 love-sick groupies, until the unexpected appearance of a handsome rival poet throws his game off. Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. (Mountain View: Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.; 650/903-6000)

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feb 10-11: sJdanceco presents

On the Edge, a program of works from emerging company choreog-

an insPiRinG oPeRa... The West Coast premiere of composer Kevin Puts’ and librettist Mark Campbell’s silent night (feb 11, 12, 16, 19, 24 & 26) recounts the miraculous day of peace during WWI when Scottish, French and German soldiers defy their superiors and negotiate a Christmas Eve truce among themselves. The soldiers, bloodied from battle and mourning their dead, soon become brothers as a carol begins, floating softly over no man’s land to celebrate Christmas. Puts and Campbell, both of whom won a Pulitzer Prize for the moving drama, join Opera San José on opening night (Feb 11) to speak about their latest contribution to modern opera. The production is entirely new with sets, props, costumes and projections specially created by the company. The libretto, sung in English, French, German, Italian and Latin, is translated into English supertitles. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. (San Jose: California Theatre, 345 S. 1st St.; 408/437-4450)

raphers and guest company, Diablo Ballet. 2:30 & 7pm. (San Jose: SJSU Dance Theater, One Washington Square (near Fourth St. & San Carlos; 408/520-9854)

feb 11: andalucia. Presented by the flamenco society of san Jose, this performance features a coast with some of the best and most original gypsy flamenco artists in the world. 7:30pm. (Mountain View: Center for the Performing Arts; 650/903-6000)

THeaTer & musiCals tHRu feb 5: tHeatReWoRks

presents Crimes of the Heart. Three hard-luck Mississippi sisters are betrayed by their passions in

this Southern Gothic classic—a zany, warm-hearted and imaginative tale of relationships run amok and dreams gone awry. This classic American comedy is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Ny Drama critics circle Award. Tues-Wed, 7:30pm; Thurs-Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2 and/or 8pm; Sun, 2 and/or 7pm. (Mountain View: Center for the Performing Arts; 650/903-6000; theatreworks.org) tHRu feb 5: tabaRd tHeatRe coMPanY presents 10 in 10:

2017, a collection of ten-minute plays written by emerging local playwrights, as inspired by emerging local artists. Thurs-Fri, 8pm; Sat, 3 & 8pm; Sun, 2pm. (San Jose: Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St.; 408/979-0231)

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tHRu feb 12: tHe PeaR tHeatRe

presents Uncanny Valley. Portraying a synthetic being in the process of becoming a human analogue, the play explores the question of how we are redefining what it means to be human in the 21st century. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. (Mountain View: 1110 La Avenida St.; 650/254-1148) tHRu feb 19: citY liGHts tHeatRe coMPanY presents

Ideation. In this gripping dark comedy and psychological thriller by Aaron loeb, a group of corporate consultants are brought together to work on a mysterious and ethically ambiguous project. They soon find themselves trapped in a world where ethics are an afterthought and the lines between right and wrong have become hopelessly blurred. Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. (San Jose: 529 S. Second St.; 408/295-4200) tHRu feb 19: dRaGon tHeatRe

presents Dead Accounts. When a New york banker suddenly shows up at his parents’ cincinnati home in the middle of the night with a sack full of ice cream and no wife,

his sister wants to know what’s going on. This dark comedy examines the conflict between Main Street and Wall Street, flyover state values versus coastal state values, and the humor within a family in turmoil. Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. (Redwood City: 2120 Broadway St.; 650/493-2006) feb 8: one WoMan sex and tHe citY. This loving tribute and

parody takes audiences through a laughter-infused version of all six seasons of the popular show. TJ Dawe (direr/co-creator of One Man Star Wars Trilogy, One Man Lord of the Rings and PostSecret: The Show) has comedic whirling dervish Kerry Ipema bringing the iconic characters to life as they brunch, banter, argue, support each other and swoon over men and Manolo Blahniks. 8pm. (San Jose: Montgomery Theater, 271 S. Market St.; 408/792-4111) feb 9-12: Men aRe fRoM MaRs—WoMen aRe fRoM Venus…liVe! This off-Broadway

hit comedy is a one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up based on the New York Times #1 best-selling

book by John Gray. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. Thurs-Fri, 8pm; Sat, 4 & 8pm; Sun, 2 & 5:30pm. (San Jose: Montgomery Theater; 408/792-4111)

feb 17-MaR 12: tHe tabaRd tHeatRe coMPanY presents The

Cemetery Club. In this romantic comedy, three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before visiting their husbands’ graves. A chance cemetery meeting with a local widower leads these three friends to question what it means to honor the past while finding the courage to move ahead into the future. Thurs-Fri, 8pm; Sat, 3 and/or 8pm; Sun, 2pm. (San Jose: Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St.; 408/979-0231)

sPectatoR sPoRts

(HoMe GaMes)

BasKeTBall

Golden state WaRRioRs (Oakland Arena; 888/GSW-HOOP) feb 1: Hornets. 7:30pm. feb 8: bulls. 7:30pm. feb 15: kings. 7:30pm. feb 23: clippers. 7:30pm. feb 25: nets. 7:30pm.

HoCKeY a coMbustible dRaMa... Presented by san Jose stage, Ayad Akhtar’s disgraced (feb 1-26) is an explosive examination of cultural identity described by The New York Times as “terrific, turbulent, with fresh currents of dramatic electricity.” Amir Kapoor is living the American Dream and climbing the corporate ladder at his Manhattan law firm. But when he and his wife Emily, an artist inspired by Islamic painting, host a dinner party for friends and colleagues, the pleasant evening quickly erupts into a volatile cultural debate over race, religion, and class in the modern world. Wed-Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. (San Jose: 490 S. 1st St.; 408/283-7142)

Above: Disgraced cast members (L to R): Salim Razawi, Allison F. Rich, Damien Seperi, Kathryn Smith-McGlynn, Jonathan Rhys Williams

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san Jose sHaRks (San Jose: SAP Center; 800/745-3000) feb 4: coyotes. 7:30pm. feb 15: Panthers. 7:30pm. feb 19: bruins. 5:30pm. feb 28: Maple leafs. 7:30pm.

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feb 18: bellatoR MMa. The main event features fedor emelianenko competing in the U.S. for the first time since 2011 against Matt Mitrione. 4:30pm. (San Jose: SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St.; 408/287-9200) v


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andeRson collection at stanfoRd uniVeRsitY This

striking museum was built to showcase the private assembly of modern and contemporary American art gifted by Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson and Mary Patricia Anderson Pence. The collection of 121 paintings and sculpture represent postWorld War II art movements from Bay Area Abstraction to Post-Minimalism. Featured artists include David Park, richard Diebenkorn, Willem de Kooning, and Wayne Thiebaud. Wed-Mon, 11-5pm; Thurs, 11-8pm. (Stanford campus: 314 Lomita Dr.; 650/721-6055) cantoR aRts centeR at stanfoRd uniVeRsitY 20th-century

European and American art is presented in a variety of galleries, along with a diverse permanent collection spanning the history of art and a broad spectrum of cultures. Exhibits this month include: •The Wonder of Everyday Life: Dutch Golden Age Prints (thru Mar 20) features approximately 55 works on view by printmakers rembrandt van rijn and his Dutch peers, which were created during an extraordinary moment in the history of prints. •The Conjured Life: The Legacy of Surrealism (thru Apr 3) See on right. •In Context: Trevor Paglen (thru May 1) positions this contemporary photographer’s 2010 work Time Study (Predator; Indian Springs, NV) alongside the work of seminal 19th-century artist and landscape photographer Eadweard Muybridge, raising and responding to questions about technologically mediated visual perception. WedMon, 11-5pm; Thurs, 11-8pm. (Stanford campus: Palm Dr. at Museum Way; 650/723-4177; museum.stanford.edu) de saisset MuseuM This museum at Santa clara University houses rotating art and historical

a suRRealist exHibit... An extraordinary exhibition presented by cantor arts center at Stanford University, The Conjured Life: The Legacy of Surrealism (thru apr 3) chronicles the mesmerizing and unsettling nature of the Surrealist movement from historic master artists like René Magritte and Marcel Duchamp to today’s artistic superstars, including Cindy Sherman, Jimmie Durham and David Lynch. Having originated at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the show’s cross-historical approach, for which the Cantor is renowned, enables viewers to witness Surrealism’s lasting impact on contemporary artistic practices. Featuring more than 60 works dating from the 1920s to the present day, the exhibition charts the travel of surrealist ideas and imagery as the movement evolved and expanded over the course of the 20th century. Surrealist works like Magritte’s Les merveilles de la nature (1953) and Paul Delvaux’s Penelope (1945) challenge traditional categories of experience, especially the distinction between reality and dream. Enrico Baj’s Le General Mechant et Decore (1961), shadow boxes by Joseph Cornell, and Willie Cole’s Heal and Rest (1992) reveal a surrealist interest in unconventional art-making techniques, including collage, assemblage and photomontage. And works by Jean Arp and Wolfgang Paalen’s Taches Solaire (1938) demonstrate the Surrealists’ ingenious use of automatic processes. (See listing this page for more info and exhibits.) ABOVE: RenéMagritte, Les merveilles de la nature (The Wonders of Nature), from the Conjured Life exhibit at the Cantor Arts Center DIScOvEr SIlIcON vAllEy • 9


exhibits. •Virgin Landscape: Representations of Women and the American West (thru Mar 19) features selected works by wellknown artists that reveal multiple perspectives on women in the West and their connection to the state of the environment, including images of and about women, as well as portraits and landscapes taken by women. Tues-Sun, 11-4. (Santa Clara: 500 El Camino Real; 408/554-4528) san Jose institute of conteMPoRaRY aRt This non-profit

organization features contemporary, cutting-edge art, with an emphasis on emerging artists. On exhibit this month: •Look Back in Time: Russell Crotty and Lick Observatory (thru Feb 19) features a unique body of drawings, sculptures, and artist books that convey the beauty and mystery of the cosmos based on a multi-visit artist residency at the University of california lick Observatory and collaboration with astrophysicists from Theoretical Astrophysics Santa cruz. Tues-Fri, 10-5; Sat, 12-5. (San Jose: 560 S. First St.; 408/283-8155)

san Jose MuseuM of aRt located downtown, this museum showcases works from the 20th and 21st centuries, emphasizing post-1980 Bay Area artists. On exhibit this month: •Beauty— Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial (thru Feb 19). The only West coast venue for the latest global overview of design today, the Smithsonian Design Museum’s popular contemporary design triennial includes projects ranging from experimental prototypes and interactive games to fashion and architectural structures made feasible by material innovations and nanotechnology. •Diana AlHadid: Liquid City (Feb 24-Sept 24) spotlights the artist’s personal emphasis on creative process, including wall works that pertain to architectural themes such as sculptural pieces of polymer gypsum and drawings on mylar from the artist’s personal collection. Tues-Sun, 11-5. (San Jose: 110 S. Market St.; 408/294-2787)

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san Jose MuseuM of quilts & textiles This unique museum

features contemporary and traditional quilts from around the world. On exhibit this month: •American Tapestry Biennial (thru Apr 16) highlights the variety of artistic expression in the medium of hand woven tapestry.•Cerebral Touch: Lia Cook 1980-Now (thru Apr 16) traces cook’s artistic journey from her abstract pieces of the 1980s and weavings inspired by Old Masters drapery from the 1990s, to current works. •Line Dufour: Fate Destiny and Self Determination (thru Apr 16) is a collaborative tapestry project based in weaving and other fiber art methods propelled by social media. Wed-Fri, 11-4pm; Sat-Sun, 11-3. (San Jose: 520 S. First St.; 408/971-0323)

tRiton MuseuM of aRt This community museum features contemporary art from Northern california. On exhibit this month: •Imagery Art for Wine Collection (thru Feb 12) is an exhibition of prestigious california art collections of the past 30 years, used for branding purposes by a who’s who of california and nationally recognized artists, put together by celebrated vintner Joe Benziger and artist Bob Nugent. •Doug Glavaski (Feb 11-May 7) features 30 abstract works on paper by this master printmaker. Tues-Sun, 115; Thurs, ’til 9pm. (Santa Clara: 1505 Warburton Ave.; 408/2473754)

san FranCisCo HigHligHTs

asian aRt MuseuM located at the civic center, this museum holds a comprehensive collection of Asian art. Highlighted in February: Women Worshipping: Power and Devotion in Indian Painting (thru Mar 26) focuses on three aspects of female power: as devout worshipers; as goddesses and consorts to male gods; and as ascetics; and Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries From China’s Han Dynasty (Feb 17-May 28) features 100 rare selections from recent

excavations—including a jade coffin, rare bronze bells, elaborate crafts and more—on view for the first time in the U.S. Tues-Sun, 105; Thurs, 10-9. (asianart.org) califoRnia Palace of tHe leGion of HonoR Housed in a

stunning Neoclassical palace, February exhibits include Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Installation (thru Dec 31, 2017) featuring 50 objects in bronze, marble and plaster—all from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s permanent collection; and Monet: The Early Years (Feb 25-May 29), the first major US exhibition devoted to the initial phase of claude Monet’s career. Through approximately sixty paintings, the exhibition demonstrates the radical invention that marked the artist’s development during the formative years of 1858 to 1872. Tues-Sun, 9:305:15. (legionofhonor.famsf.org)

de YounG MuseuM Focused on American fine art from the colonial era through the 20th century, exhibits this month include On the Grid: Textiles and Minimalism (thru Feb 12), presenting a broad range of textile traditions from around the world; and Frank Stella: A Retrospective (thru Feb 26), the first comprehensive US exhibition of the artist’s abstract works since 1970. Tues-Sun, 9:30-5:15. (deyoung.famsf.org) san fRancisco MuseuM of ModeRn aRt The West coast’s

version of New york’s MOMA recently reopened after extensive renovations. Highlighted exhibits this month include Diane Arbus: In the Beginning (thru Apr 30), a showcase of the first seven years of the artist’s career, from 1956 to 1962, offering fresh insights into the distinctive vision of this iconic American photographer; and Tomás Saraceno: Stillness in Motion—Cloud Cities (thru May 21) offers a model for the utopian cities of the future. visitors wind their way through and below an array of cloud-like, geometrically complex cities, suspended in the air by tethers. Daily, 10-5; Thurs til 9. (sfmoma.org) v


attRactions & MuseuMs TOP PlAcES FOr FUN & ExPlOrATION

in & aRound san Jose

49eRs MuseuM With 11 gallery and exhibit spaces, this museum at levi’s® Stadium is dedicated to the 49ers. The Super Bowl Memories exhibit showcases artifacts and anecdotes from all five of the 49ers Super Bowl victories, including the Super Bowl xvI jersey worn by Earl cooper when he caught Joe Montana’s first-ever Super Bowl touchdown pass, John Taylor’s Super Bowl xxIII practice jersey. Mon-Sat, 10-6; Sun, 10-5. (Santa Clara: 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way; 408/464-9377) califoRnia’s GReat aMeRica

This 100-acre theme park includes tons of heart-pumping rides with intense drops, drastic turns, and pure speed, along with a complete water park. closed for the winter; season reopens in late March. (Santa Clara: Great America Pkwy. between Hwys. 101 & 237; 408/988-1776) cHildRen’s discoVeRY MuseuM Fun and learning go hand

in hand at this museum, one of the largest of its kind in the nation, where you’ll find 150 handson semi-permanent and traveling exhibits, innovative programs and lively performances incorporating science, art, humanities and more. children and adults alike are invited to prod, test and tinker in a special blend of participatory learning and playful discovery. Among the exhibits, Waterways allows young ones to explore the way water gushes, rushes and flows, while Secrets of Circles celebrates the math, science and beauty of wheels, clocks, doorknobs and many other circles

around us. Also on exhibit, Mammoth Discovery! offers a glimpse into the history of this ancient animal. visitors can view actual skull, femur and pelvis fossils found locally, as well as a full-size replica of a mammoth. Tues-Sat, 10-5; Sun, 12-5. (San Jose: 180 Woz Way; 408/298-5437)

Hakone GaRdens These peaceful Japanese-style gardens nestled in the Saratoga hills are replete with waterfalls, ponds, and imported plants and patterned after the Zen gardens of the mid-17th century. Three formal buildings embody the elements of traditional Japanese architecture. Mon-Fri, 10-5; Sat-Sun, 11-5. (Saratoga: 21000 Big Basin Way; 408/741-4994) HaPPY HolloW PaRk & zoo

This family-friendly destination includes both a zoo and an amusement park with popular features such as a carousel, roller coaster, petting zoo, giant play structure, and puppet theatre. Stroll the zoo to see animals such as fossas from Madagascar, lemurs, red pandas,

CHildren’s disCoVerY museum

meerkats, jaguars, and pygmy goats. Weekends, 10-5; weekdays, 10-4. (San Jose: Kelley Park, Keyes & Senter Rds.; 408/794-6400)

HistoRY PaRk This charming 14acre historic park has a small-town atmosphere highlighted by 27 original and replica historic buildings and free rides on a historic trolley. Tues-Fri, 12-5; Sat-Sun, 115. (San Jose: Kelley Park, 1650 Senter Rd.; 408/287-2290) intel MuseuM This museum offers 10,000 square feet of fun, interactive learning for children and adults. Go behind the scenes in the high-tech world of california’s famed Silicon valley. See what it’s like inside an ultra-clean, highly automated silicon chip factory, and connect with technologies that give us new ways to work, learn, play, and communicate. Free, guided tours can be arranged in advance. Souvenirs, toys, gifts and apparel are available at the museum store. Free admission and parking. Mon-Fri, 9-6; Sat, 10-5. (Santa Clara: 2200 Mission College Blvd.; 408/765-5050)

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THe Biodesign sTudio aT THe TeCH museum

JaPanese aMeRican MuseuM

located in San Jose’s Japantown— one of only three such historic neighborhoods remaining in the U.S.—this museum showcases exhibits chronicling more than a century of Japanese American history. visitors will learn about early immigration of Japanese to America, their leadership in the agricultural community, their incarceration during World War II, and the challenges they faced while adapting and contributing to West coast communities. Thurs-Sun, 12-4. (San Jose: 535 N. First St.; 408/294-3138)

k1 sPeed With its professionally designed race tracks, Europeanstyle racing, and emission-free electric karts capable of reaching 40mph, K1 Speed is a revolution in indoor karting. Silicon valley’s first electric indoor kart racing center features 65,000 sq. ft. of space equipped with televisions, a gaming area, and a huge lobby. Mon-Thurs, 12-10; Fri, 11-11; Sat, 1-11; Sun, 10-7. (Santa Clara: 2925 Mead Ave.; 855/517-7333. Also in South San Francisco: 160 S. Beacon St.; 855/517-7333)

old, and descend into a full-scale underground rock tomb, complete with intricate hieroglyphics painted on the walls. Wed-Fri, 9-5; SatSun, 10-6. (San Jose: 1342 Naglee Ave.; 408/947-3636) tHe tecH MuseuM of innoVation This Silicon valley landmark

is the destination for visitors seeking a glimpse of the most innovative place on earth. One of the nation’s premier science and technology museums, this 132,000square-foot museum is dedicated to inspire the innovator in everyone. Through fun hands-on experiences and one-of-a-kind floor programs, many supported by Stanford and NASA, the museum unleashes the creative sparks hidden within. Enjoy the largest IMAx® dome screen in the West with its eight-story-high screen and digital surround-sound system. Build, program, and decorate a “social robot” or explore The Tech

Studio, a unique space that boasts the latest in cutting-edge digital fabrication with 3D printers. Gather information on important metrics within your body—both physical and emotional—using wearable technology at the new permanent exhibit, Body Metrics. learn how to crack codes, spot scams, and prevent crime like a cyber security pro by solving puzzles and completing missions at Cyber Detectives, the nation’s first interactive exhibition about cyber security. The newest exhibit, BioDesign Studio, engages visitors in interactive exhibits that spark imagination and confidence within the fields of synthetic biology, bioengineering, biological design and DIy biology. With so many experiences at your fingertips, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination! Open daily at 10am; closing times vary. (San Jose: 201 S. Market St.; 408/294-8324)

Villa MontalVo This Mediterranean-style villa built in 1912 is now a public park that sits amidst 175 acres of gardens, offering some of the best manicured hiking trails in the Bay Area. Mon-Thurs, 8-5; Fri-Sun, 9-5. (Saratoga: 15400 Montalvo Rd.; 408/961-5800) WincHesteR MYsteRY House

Beautiful but bizarre, this mansion was once owned by Sarah Winchester, the eccentric heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune. Influenced by a fortune-teller who predicted she would live as long as she continued to build her home, she lived in her unfinished man-

RosicRucian eGYPtian MuseuM See the largest collection of

ancient Egyptian artifacts on display in western North America. The only museum in the U.S. of authentic Egyptian design houses a fascinating collection of over 3,000 artifacts, objects, and ritual items. Marvel at the preservation of mummies thousands of years

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WinCHesTer mYsTerY House


sion for 38 years amidst the daily pounding of hammers. The result is a 160-room architectural marvel combining victorian beauty with unexplained features—such as doors opening to walls, skylights in floors and stairs leading nowhere— that make it a mystery. Also on site, the firearms and antique products museums provide historic background on Western heritage, traditions and culture. Mansion tours, garden tours, and “behind the scenes” tours are offered. café and gift shop on site. Open 9am daily; last mansion tour at 5pm. (San Jose: 525 S. Winchester Blvd.; 408/247-2000)

on tHe Peninsula

allied aRts Guild This beautifully renovated historic california property is home to a diverse array of artists’ studios and stores. Browse the quaint shops to find one-of-a-kind apparel, jewelry and ceramics and stroll the 3.5 acres of exquisite gardens and Spanish colonial buildings. Mon-Sat, 10-5. (Menlo Park: 75 Arbor Rd.; 650/322-2405) coMPuteR HistoRY MuseuM

visitors are immersed in the sights, sounds and stories of the computer revolution in the 25,000square-foot exhibit, Revolution: The First 2,000 Years of Computing. More than 1,000 artifacts include rare computers, audio and video, photographs, games, and hands-on displays; 100 media stations and three mini-theaters are also featured. In addition, visitors can see Going Places: A History of Google Maps with Street View; the PDP-1, where they can experience one of the earliest video games, Space Wars; and the Babbage Difference Engine #2, a victorian-era computer with 8,000 parts, weighing five tons and measuring 11 feet in length. Wed-Sun, 10-5. (Mountain View: 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd.; 650/810-1010) cuRiodYsseY Hands-on displays, daily river otter and bobcat feedings, wildlife shows and demon-

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strations, and more than 40 live species of animals provide family fun. Tues-Sat, 10-5; Sun, 12-5. (San Mateo: 1651 Coyote Point Dr.; 650/342-7755)

filoli centeR One of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century, this 654-acre property includes a 36,000square-foot Georgian country mansion, decorated with 17thand 18th-century furnishings, and a spectacular 16-acre English renaissance garden. House and gar-

den tours and docent-led hikes on trails around the area are offered. Season reopens Feb 7. Tues-Sat, 10-3:30; Sun, 11-3:30. (last admission at 2:30pm.) (Woodside: 86 Cañada Rd.; 650/364-8300) HilleR aViation MuseuM Jour-

ney into the past and future of aviation in this museum, which boasts more than 75 replicas and restored aircraft, hands-on displays, models and photographs. Also test your pilot skills in a computerized flight simulator and check out the

restoration Workshop. Daily, 105. (San Carlos: 601 Skyway Rd.; 650/654-0200) Moffett field HistoRical societY & MuseuM This mu-

seum displays memorabilia, artifacts, photos, blimps and dirigibles. Unscheduled tours are available. Photo ID required. Wed-Sat, 10-2. (Mountain View: Moffett Federal Airfield, Building 126, off Hwy. 101; 650/964-4024) nasa aMes exPloRation VisitoR centeR See one of the

original Mercury capsules, touch a space shuttle wind tunnel model, or view the latest planetary images and videos in the immersive theater. Exhibits include the Science of Opportunity Expedition 6, Space Lab J Frog Embryology Unit and International Space Station ISS; the Mars Terrain Globe, a topographical display of the red Planet’s landscape; and a real sample of moon rock, collected by the crew of Apollo 15. Wed-Fri, 10-4; SatSun, 12-4. (Mountain View: Moffett Field/NASA Pkwy. exit off Hwy. 101; 650/604-6274) san Mateo countY HistoRY MuseuM Housed in the 1910

Old courthouse of redwood city, this museum presents permanent displays on the history of the Peninsula. learn how transportation helped shape the area and explore how residents from the Ohlone Indians to post-Gold rush Americans used natural resources to build their towns. rotating exhibits highlight such subjects as sports and art. Tues-Sun, 10-4. (Redwood City: 750 Middlefield Rd.; 650/299-0104)

stanfoRd uniVeRsitY Built in 1891, the distinctive style of california missions influenced the design of this top university. At the Main Quad is the beautiful Spanish-style Memorial church. Head to lomita Dr to view a wide range of art at the cantor center for Visual arts and the outdoor Rodin sculpture Garden. The campus also holds a notable collection of outdoor art. (Palo Alto: off El Camino Real; 650/723-2560) 14 • DIScOvEr SIlIcON vAllEy


soutH of san Jose

GilRoY GaRdens This family park combines amusement rides with unique gardens and trees. closed until spring. (Gilroy: 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy.; 408/840-7100) MonteReY baY aquaRiuM

Nearly 200 fascinating galleries and exhibits include a milliongallon display with tuna, sharks, barracuda, sea turtles and pelagic rays; an exquisite jellyfish gallery; an octopus gallery; a three-story kelp forest; a walk-through wavecrash tunnel; and an otter exhibit. Daily, 10-5. (Monterey: 886 Cannery Row; 831/648-4888) RedWood canoPY touRs

Zipline through the redwood forests in the Santa cruz Mountains. Guided tours last two hours and feature views as visitors brave six zip-lines and two “sky bridges,” as high as 150 feet. Tours by reservation. (Felton: 17 Conference Dr.; 831/430-4357)

RoaRinG caMP RailRoads ride authentic 1800s narrow- and standard-gauge steam trains through the redwoods with conductors narrating the history of the railroad and scenery along the way. Train departures daily at 12:30pm (diesel train on weekdays; steam train on weekends). (Felton: Graham Hill Rd.; 831/335-4484) santa cRuz beacH boaRdWalk 34 full-size and children’s

rides include the historic Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster, a 1911 looff carousel, and the spinning coaster Undertow. February schedule: open weekends only for limited rides, 12-5pm. (Santa Cruz: 400 Beach St.; 831/426-7433)

WinGs of HistoRY aiR MuseuM

A great stop for any aviation enthusiast, this antique aircraft museum has three hangars and is filled with more than 20 aircraft as well as a library, photographs, and exhibits. Tues & Thurs, 10-3; SatSun, 11-4. (San Martin: 12777 Murphy Ave.; 408/683-2290) v

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local Wines

exploring the winerieS of Santa clara valley & the Santa cruz mountainS

From the San Francisco Peninsula to Monterey, winemakers have found grape-growing perfection in the coastal climate of the Santa cruz region and the warm, rolling hills of southern Santa clara county. Defined by the rugged Santa cruz Mountains, these two distinctive landscapes and climates host more than 75 small, family-run wineries. Since the first Spanish settlements 200 years ago, vineyards have flourished in these sunlit canyons and foothills crowned by stands of oak and redwood. In the late 1800s, European entrepreneurs arrived with cuttings of Zinfandel and riesling and began planting vineyards along the east-facing slopes. More recently, growing acclaim for the region’s wines has led to a boom in new plantings. Whether touring the rolling back roads of the southern Santa clara county vineyards or the more precipitous slopes of the Santa cruz Mountains, you’ll encounter unforgettable scenery along with some of the world’s most distinctive wines.

For further information on Santa clara valley wineries, visit santaclarawines.com; for Santa cruz Mountain wineries, visit scmwa.com.

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BYingTon WinerY

tastinG RooMs

biG basin VineYaRds ThursMon, 11-5. (Saratoga: 14598 Big Basin Way; 408/564-7346) bonnY doon VineYaRd

Owner/winemaker randall Grahm is known for pushing the boundaries of california winemaking. His “out-of-the-box” approach has created some of the most interesting beverages around, including the flagship “le cigare volant” wines—california rhône-style blends. Thurs-Mon, 11-5. (Davenport: 450 Hwy 1; 831/819-6789) buRRell scHool VineYaRds

Tasting Thurs-Sun, 11-5. (Los Gatos: 24060 Summit Rd.; 408/353-6290)

bYinGton WineRY Tasting daily, 11-5. (Los Gatos: 21850 Bear Creek Rd.; 408/354-1111)

cinnabaR WineRY Tasting daily, 11-5. (Saratoga: 14612 Big Basin Way; 408/867-1012)

clos lacHance Tasting daily, 11-5. (San Martin: 1 Hummingbird Ln.; 408/686-1050)


cooPeR-GaRRod VineYaRds

Tasting weekdays, 12-5; weekends, 11-5. (Saratoga: 22645 Garrod Rd.; 408/867-7116) daVid bRuce WineRY Tasting Thurs-Fri, 12-5; Sat-Sun, 11-5. (Los Gatos 21439 Bear Creek Rd.; 408/354-4214)

foRtino WineRY Tasting TuesSat, 10-5; Sun, 11-5. (Gilroy: 4525 Hecker Pass Hwy.; 408/842-3305)

GuGlielMo WineRY This third generation, family-owned winery produces a wide variety of awardwinning varietals from more than 100 acres of Santa clara valley estate vineyards, as well as from other premium winegrowing regions within california. Tasting daily, 10-5. (Morgan Hill: 1480 E. Main Ave.; 408/779-2145) HeckeR Pass WineRY Tasting

daily, 10-5. (Gilroy: 4605 Hecker Pass Hwy.; 408/842-8755) J. loHR VineYaRds & Wines

Family owned and founded by Jerry lohr in 1974, J. lohr crafts an array of acclaimed wines from 3,700-acre estate vineyards in Paso robles, Monterey and Napa valley. The J. lohr Wine center offers premium cabernet, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and rhône-style wines. Tasting daily, 10-5. (San Jose: 1000 Lenzen Ave.; 408/918-2160)

Jason-stePHens WineRY Tasting room open daily 12-4:45pm. (Gilroy: 11775 Watsonville Rd.; 408/846-8463) la nebbia WineRY Full-bodied

reds made of grapes sourced from premium california wine-growing regions include Sangiovese, Zinfandel, and a cabernet/ Merlot blend. The pleasant grounds include a picnic area and a bocce ball court. Tasting daily, 10-5. (Half Moon Bay: 12341 San Mateo Rd. (Hwy. 92); 650/726-9463)

MoRGan Hill cellaRs Tasting Tues-Sun, 10-5. (Morgan Hill: 1645 San Pedro Ave.; 408/779-7389)

PiCCHeTTi WinerY

PiccHetti WineRY Tasting daily, 11-5. (Cupertino. 13100 Montebello Rd.; 408/741-1310)

ReGale WineRY Tasting Fri-Sun, 12-5. (Los Gatos: 24040 Summit Rd.; 408/353-2500) RidGe VineYaRds Tasting SatSun, 11-5; weekdays by reservation. (Cupertino: 17100 Monte Bello Rd.; 408/867-3233)

saRaH’s VineYaRd Tasting daily, 11-5. (Gilroy: 4005 Hecker Pass Hwy.; 408/842-4278) saVannaH-cHanelle VineYaRds Tasting daily, 9-5.

(Saratoga: 23600 Congress Springs Rd.; 408/741-2930)

solis WineRY Tasting daily, 11-5. (Gilroy: 3920 Hecker Pass Hwy.; 408/847-6306)

stoRRs WineRY Tasting daily, 12-5. (Santa Cruz: Old Sash Mill; 831/458-5030)

sYcaMoRe cReek VineYaRds

Tasting Thurs, Fri, Mon, 12-5; SatSun, 11-5. (Morgan Hill: 12775 Uvas Rd.; 408/779-4738)

testaRossa WineRY Specializing in chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this winery sources fruit from some of california’s top vineyards from Sonoma county to Santa Barbara county. Sample their acclaimed wines in the tasting room or on the outdoor Wine Bar deck. Daily, 11-5. (Los Gatos: 300-A College Ave.; 408/354-6150) tHoMas foGaRtY WineRY & VineYaRds Tasting Thurs-Sun,

11-5. (Woodside: 19501 Skyline Blvd.; 650/851-6777)

10am - 5pm daily

1000 Lenzen Avenue San Jose, CA 95126 408.918.2160

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Purisima CreeK redWoods PreserVe

HenRY W. coe state PaRk

(Morgan Hill: 9000 E. Dunne Ave.; 408/779-2728) With over 80,000 acres of open space, this is the largest state park in northern california. rugged, varied, and beautiful, the terrain includes lofty ridges and steep canyons, plus over 250 miles of hiking trails that vary in levels of difficulty and 100 miles of rugged roads and trails for experienced mountain bikers. Monte bello oPen sPace PReseRVe (Palo Alto: Page Mill Rd.,

PaRks & PReseRVes

the Silicon Valley region iS an outdoor enthuSiaSt’S paradiSe, with gorgeouS parkS and preSerVeS, a rugged coaSt with Stunning beacheS, and ideal weather moSt of the year. here are Some of our top pickS; for more, ViSit dinesHoPPlaY.coM

aluM Rock PaRk (San Jose: Alum Rock Ave. & Crothers Rd.; 408/259-5477) california’s oldest park features 720 acres of rugged beauty within Alum rock canyon. baYlands natuRe PReseRVe

(Palo Alto: Embarcadero Rd., east of Hwy. 101; 650/329-2506) At this largest area of undisturbed marshland in the San Francisco Bay, catwalks extend out over baylands and trails provide access to tidal and freshwater habitats. The preserve is a well-known bird-watching spot. biG basin RedWoods state PaRk (Boulder Creek: 21600

Big Basin Way; 831/338-8860) california’s oldest state park offers over 18,000 acres of old growth and recovering redwood forests. More than 80 miles of trails travel from sea level to 18 • DIScOvEr SIlIcON vAllEy

2,000 feet past streams, waterfalls, and superb vistas of the ocean and coastal mountains. The 28-mile Skyline-to-the-Sea trail winds its way from castle rock to Waddell Beach. castle Rock state PaRk (Los

Gatos: 15000 Skyline Blvd.; 408/867-2952) Over 30 miles of trails pass through rugged forests and open terrain with majestic views. This park is popular with rock climbers for its steep canyons and rock formations. fReMont oldeR sPace PReseRVe (Saratoga: Prospect

Rd.; 650/691-1200) This gorgeous preserve in the west valley foothills offers hiking purists a treat with forested hillsides, open hayfields, Stevens Springs canyon, and a 900-foot peak offering stunning valley views.

west of Hwy. 280; 650/691-1200) Teeming with diverse wildlife, this preserve offers a self-guided interpretive three-mile loop trail that takes hikers into a forested canyon, along a creek, and back up through grasslands. PescadeRo cReek countY PaRk coMPlex (La Honda: en-

trances at Alpine Rd. and Pescadero Rd.; 650/879-0238 A network of hiking and equestrian trails lead through hills and redwood forests along Pescadero creek. Memorial Park features old-growth redwoods, as well as picnic facilities, a visitor center, a swimming area, and hiking trails. The shady sam Mcdonald Park provides views of rolling grasslands, the Pacific Ocean, and old-growth redwoods. And Heritage Grove is a magnificent old-growth redwood forest on Alpine creek.

PuRisiMa cReek RedWoods PReseRVe (Half Moon Bay: parking

at Skyline Blvd. or Higgins-Purissima Rd.; 650/691-1200) Overlooking Half Moon Bay, this 3,120-acre park, complete with a creek, towering redwoods and coastal shrubs, offers over 20 miles of developed trails and historic logging roads. A 1,600-foot climb opens up to coastal views.

RancHo san antonio oPen sPace PReseRVe (Los Altos: Cristo

Rey Dr. off Foothill Blvd.; 650/6911200) This huge preserve is a local favorite with 23 miles of trails traversing through shaded creeks, open meadows, and oak woodlands, many with great views.


Golf couRses

oVer 70 area optionS range from municipal courSeS to priVate clubS, Some of which are eVen world-renowned. be Sure to book a tee time aS early aS poSSible. here are Some highlightS; for more, ViSit ncga.org

bouldeR cReek Golf club

Surrounded by redwoods and lakes, this 18-hole, par-65 course is both scenic and challenging. (Boulder Creek: 16901 Big Basin Hwy.; 831/338-2111) cinnabaR Hills Golf club

(San Jose: 23600 McKean Rd.; 408/323-7814) Blended with great views are 27 holes of championship-caliber golf offered in three distinct scenic courses: canyon, lake, and mountain. coYote cReek Golf club

(Morgan Hill: 1 Coyote Creek Golf Dr.; 408/463-1400) Two spectacular 18-hole courses feature state-of-the-art GPS systems. cRYstal sPRinGs Golf club

(Burlingame: 6650 Golf Course Dr.; 650/342-0603) This par-72 golf course overlooks open space. delaVeaGa Golf couRse

Perched atop the hills surrounding Santa cruz, this course oers championship-caliber golf amid natural beauty. (Santa Cruz: 401 Upper Park Rd.; 831/423-7214)

eaGle RidGe Golf club (Gilroy: 2951 Club Dr.; 408/846-4531) This upscale club offers an 18hole course scenically nestled in the foothills.

Half Moon baY Golf links

san Juan oaks Golf club

(Half Moon Bay: 2000 Fairway Dr.; 650/726-4438) Ocean views are part of the pleasure at these two challenging, award-winning 18hole courses, and private lessons and group clinics are available.

(Hollister: 3825 Union Rd.; 831/636-6113) Designed by Fred couples, this 18-hole, par-72 course is set against a pastoral background of rolling hills and oak trees.

cadero Rd.; 650/856-0881) Facilities at this par-72 course include a practice range and putting greens.

and Stripes Dr.; 408/980-9515) This 18-hole course offers a lighted practice range and putting greens.

Palo alto MuniciPal Golf couRse (Palo Alto: 1875 Embar-

PasatieMPo Golf club (Santa Cruz: 20 Clubhouse Rd.; 831/4599155) Designed by Alister MacKenzie, this 18-hole, par-70 course is considered one of the top three to play in california.

santa claRa Golf & tennis club (Santa Clara: 5155 Stars

sHoReline Golf links (Mountain View: 2940 N. Shoreline Blvd.; 650/969-2041) This challenging bayside 18-hole course is set within Shoreline Park.

The Best Golf in Silicon Valley

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sHoPPinG sHoPPing CenTers & desTinaTions

caPitola-bY-tHe-sea. With

Monterey Bay as the backdrop, this charming beach town just south of Santa cruz is packed with interesting shops and dining spots, all within just a few blocks. Find everything from handmade gifts, designer apparel and original jewelry to retro surfer threads.

GilRoY PReMiuM outlets

Shop 145 name-brand and designer outlets and enjoy savings every day at brand stores including Ann Taylor, Banana republic, coach, Gap Outlet, J.crew, Nike, Polo ralph lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue off 5th and more. Mon-Sat, 10-9; Sun, 10-7. (Gilroy: Hwy. 101 at Leavesley Rd.; 408/842-3729)

GReat Mall This huge mall fea-

tures more than 200 retailers offering big discounts off designer labels and brand names, along with a range of dining options. MonSat, 10-9; Sun, 11-8. (Milpitas: Great Mall Pkwy.; 408/956-2033)

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Hillsdale sHoPPinG centeR

The Peninsula’s largest enclosed shopping center offers a diverse selection of shopping, from fashion and jewelry to household and luxury items. you’ll find Macy’s, Nordstrom and Sears, plus more than 100 specialty stores including H&M, Ecco, Forever 21, Banana republic, coach, Barnes & Noble, restoration Hardware, and The Apple Store. Mon-Sat, 10-9; Sun, 11-7. (San Mateo: Hillsdale Blvd. at El Camino Real; 650/345-8222)

los Gatos located in the

foothills of the Santa cruz mountains, just minutes from San Jose, downtown los Gatos is a shopper’s paradise in a setting that exudes small-town charm. National-brand emporia are blended with a mix of small, owner-operated boutiques and shops offering everything from the latest in high couture, casuals, sportswear and lingerie to art, jewelry, and eyewear. (At N. Santa Cruz & University Avenues)

tHe PRuneYaRd Flowers, grace-

ful palm trees, al fresco dining patios, Tuscan-inspired architecture

sanTana roW

and oak-shaded parking areas provide the ambiance for a medley of shops, services, restaurants, and a movie theater. (Campbell: 1875 S. Bascom Blvd.; 408/796-3277)

santa cRuz A mix of interesting,

mostly locally-owned shops, galleries and import bazaars are clustered in this lively downtown area on and off Pacific Avenue. Find designer jewelry, unique clothing and footwear, kitchen accessories, local crafts, adventure sports equipment, sustainably produced clothing as well as “only in Santa cruz” skateboard and surf shops.

santana RoW This unique Euro-

pean-inspired urban neighborhood houses a bevy of over 70 shops and boutiques. Well-known chains include Anthropologie, Free People, Kate Spade New york, H&M and Gucci, while locally owned boutiques such as Smith Alder and Annieglass provide a nice homegrown touch. Santana row also offers more than 20 cafes and popular restaurants, as well as nine spas and salons. (San Jose: Stevens Creek & Winchester Blvds.; 408/551-4611)


stanfoRd sHoPPinG centeR

One of the few open-air centers in the nation, this prestigious shopping center is home to more than 140 world class stores, a dozen restaurants, and four department stores: Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Macy’s. Mon-Fri, 10-9; Sat, 10-7; Sun, 116. (Palo Alto: El Camino Real at Sand Hill Rd.; 650/617-8200)

GORGEOUS EUROPEAN LINGERIE AND SWIMWEAR

toWn & countRY VillaGe

clay tile roofs and ivy-covered sheltered walkways made with beams of old rail lumber are hallmarks of this Palo Alto shopping center. A variety of retail establishments, from apparel and jewelry stores to specialty shops, can be found here, as well as delis and restaurants. Open daily. (Palo Alto: Embarcadero Rd. & El Camino Real; 650/325-3266)

• Top designers: Prima Donna, Marie Jo, Lise Charmel, Wolford, Aubade, Cosabella, Cotton Club, Christine, and many more ... • Professional, discreet atmosphere

Westfield ValleY faiR This di-

• Experienced bra fittings– sizes 30A to 48I

verse retail center showcases a collection of 230 shops and restaurants, such as J. crew, Kenneth cole, restoration Hardware and Tiffany & co., as well as Macy’s and Nordstrom. Mon-Fri, 10-9:30; Sat, 10-9; Sun, 11-7. (Santa Clara: 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd.; 408/248-4451)

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aPParel

Fun Fashions, Year-Round

bRick MonkeY squaRed A fun collection includes boutique clothing, jewelry, and gifts. MonThurs, 11-7; Fri-Sat, 11-10; Sun, 12-8. (Redwood City: 816 Middlefield Rd.; 650/367-7043)

Activewear... Swimwear... Anywear!

eli tHoMas MensWeaR Pre-

senting fashion-forward styles for all aspects of lifestyle, this store offers top quality merchandise by designers such as Eton, Agave, robert Graham, corneliani, and more. Mon-Fri. 9-9; Sat, 9-6; Sun, 12-5. (San Jose: 350 S. Winchester Blvd.; 408/247-1024)

saM Malouf recently desig-

Mon-Sat, 10-6; Sun, 11-5. MICHAEL STARS

nated one of Esquire Magazine’s “Top 50 Men’s clothiers in America,” this unique store features the world’s finest global brands in men’s and women’s luxury apparel and accessories. Open Mon-Sat, 10:30-6:30. (Burlingame: 1460 Burlingame Ave.; 650/344-1460)

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aPParel, ConTinued

sMitH aldeR This intimate bou-

tique represents over 30 designers, featuring unique, beautiful and artistic American-made and European womenswear, art jewelry and accessories. Open daily. (San Jose: 377 Santana Row, Suite 1055; 408/260-7555)

tiMe out vacationing, taking a

yoga class, or simply on a casual stroll about town? This store offers styles by leading designers that make you look and feel great. Accessories and jewelry also offered. Mon-Sat, 10-6; Sun, 11-5. (Los Gatos: 108 N. Santa Cruz Blvd.; 408/354-8653)

arT gallerY/ WoodWorKing

GalleRY M This woodworking

gallery showcases museum-quality, handmade furniture and accessories from emerging and established woodworkers. Open daily, except Tues. (Half Moon Bay: 328 Main St.; 650/726-7167)

Bedding

scandia HoMe From down

comforters and pillows to bed linens and blankets, Scandia Home offers the highest quality of bedding, combining American sensibility with European craftsmanship. Mon-Sat, 10-7; Sun, 115. (Palo Alto: Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real; 650/326-8583)

sCandia Home

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Flea marKeT

san Jose flea MaRket visit the

original flea market, the one that started the trend that has spread across the U.S. Serving the Bay Area since 1960, this market is a destination for family fun. looking for an offbeat item? you’ll probably find it here. you’ll even find a ¼ mile-long farmers’ market, dozens of restaurants and snack bars, and live entertainment. Free admission. Open Wed & Fri-Sun. Parking: Fri, $3; Sat, $7; Sun, $10. Free Wed and before 9am. (San Jose: 1590 Berryessa Rd., between Hwys. 101 and 680; 408/453-1110)

JeWelrY

de GalleRie This boutique of-

fers a complete selection of naturally brilliant, impeccably crafted Swarovski crystal jewelry, watches, and fashion accessories as well as decorative art for the home. Swarovski’s eye-catching rings, earrings, necklaces, sculptures and animal figurines are the perfect way to express your personal style, add brilliance to your home, or give a timeless gift to a friend. celebrate special memories or create a look that’s completely your own by stringing sterling silver and 14k gold Pandora charms featuring colorful gemstones, pearls and sparkling pavés, in bracelet and necklace styles. Mon-Fri, 12-8pm; Sat, 11am8pm; Sun, 11am-7pm. (Milpitas: 480 Barber Lane; 408/432-1082)

geHrKens

GeHRkens Proprietor Kenneth Gehrkens crafts elegant jewelry using the finest gems, pearls, diamonds and gold, making this jewelry store a los Gatos favorite. (Los Gatos: 3 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/354-2557)

KiTCHenWare

cHefWoRks With its emphasis

on quality cooking tools, this store offers everything for the home chef—from premium cookware, bakeware and serveware to linens, gourmet foods and cookbooks. Sun-Thurs, 10-6; Fri-Sat, 10-9. (Santa Cruz: 1527 Pacific Ave.; 831/426-1351)

toque blancHe This store of-

fers just the right tools you need for your kitchen, carrying quality brands such as Mauviel, Wusthof and Breville, as well as chamba cookware from colombia, beautiful tableware and gourmet food products. Open daily. (Half Moon Bay: 604 Main St.; 650/726-2898)

lingerie

cHaRMelle 28 This popular Bay

Area shopping destination provides customers with the most exclusive fine lingerie from leading European fashion designers. With two locations, the wide selection at this charming boutique includes beautiful sleepwear, gowns and robes; alluring corsets and hosiery; exquisite bridal lingerie; an array of bras and panties; and gorgeous swimwear. Top designers include lise charmel, Simone Perele, Aubade, Prima Donna, Millesia, cosabella, Aubade, Wolford, christine vancouver, I.D. Sarrieri, Hanky Panky, Marie Jo and more. The pleasantly discreet atmosphere makes everyone—including men— feel comfortable while they shop.


Professional fittings available 7 days a week. Sizes range from 28A-48I. Mon-Sat, 10-6; Sun, 12-5. (Palo Alto: 547 Bryant St.; 650/323-7979. Also Burlingame: 1445 Burlingame Ave.; 650/3475022; www.charmelle28.com)

ela linGeRie This boutique fea-

tures high-quality lingerie from leading European designers in sizes 32A–46H, with well-known brands such as lise charmel, le Mystere, Aubade, Wolford, Prima Donna and Simone Perele, Ela also features exciting new designers such as Marlies Dekkers, Fleur T and I.D. Sarrieri, in styles from everyday to special occasion. Beautiful sleepwear and loungewear includes styles by Italy’s rossella. Expert fittings are offered. Both women and men feel welcome to shop here. (Menlo Park: 1139 Chestnut St.; 650/325-2965)

The Art of Being a Woman Exquisite Lingerie, Sleepwear, and Hosiery from the Finest European Designers ~Beautifully Fitted~

1139 Chestnut Street, Menlo Park • 650.325.2965

TaBleWare

annieGlass Handcrafted glass tableware, gifts for the home and a beautiful selection of jewelry are thoughtfully curated by award-winning artist Annie Morhauser. Mon-Sat, 109; Sun, 11-7. (San Jose: 377 San-

tana Row; 831/761-2041 x 21)

ToYs & giFTs

autoMobuild This friendly

family-run store offers a fun assortment of models, remote control cars, puzzles and buildingtype toys. Mon-Sat, 10–6; Sun, 10-5. (Los Gatos: 21 W. Main St.; 408/402-3818)

oddYssea From mind-engaging

board games to fossils, rocks and terraniums, the collection of curios and products encourages an interactive arts and sciences experience. Open daily, 11-5; closed Wed. (Half Moon Bay: 617 Main St.; 650/440-4555)

sieRRa toY soldieR coMPanY

A selection of high quality collectibles ranges from historical figures to model aircraft. MonSat, 10–6; Sun, 12–5. (Los Gatos: 29 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/395-3000) v

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dininG ameriCan

biRk’s This premiere dining icon

caters to Silicon valley’s movers and shakers, as well as locals seeking an outstanding dining experience. located just off highway 101 and Great America Parkway, near Santa clara’s finest hotels and levis Stadium, this first-rate establishment has a vibrant city ambiance. Offering the finest steaks, chops and the freshest seafood available—cooked over almond wood and imported mesquite charcoal—the menu includes prime, grass-fed and certified Angus Beef, organic poultry, and an impressive starter menu. With its Wine Spectator Awardwinning wine list, craft beers and cocktails, Birk’s atmosphere is one of casual elegance and gracious service, perfect for any occasion. lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:15–2:30. Dinner nightly from 5. Bar menu: 2:30-9:30. Happy Hour: Mon-Fri, 4-6 & Sat, 5-7. (Santa Clara: 3955 Freedom Circle; 408/980-6400) MaRiani’s RestauRant A Santa

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ani’s Inn serves American and Italian cuisine, with menu items such as eggs Benedict getting as much praise as their prime rib and pastas. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Sunday champagne brunch is a particularly big draw for its bounty of tasty choices. (Santa Clara: 2500 El Camino Real; 408/243-1431)

Menlo GRill bistRo & baR

casual yet sophisticated, this classic American grill serves fresh, locally sourced california cuisine. Both bistro style indoor seating or summer outdoor fireside dining in the courtyard are offered. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Menlo Park: Stanford Park Hotel, 100 El Camino Real; 650/330-2790) tHe Mountain House Enjoy generous servings of seafood, steak, veal, venison, pasta and homemade desserts in a rustic, candle-lit dining room in the redwoods. lunch served Sun starting at 2pm. Dinner served Wed-Sun. (Woodside: 13808 Skyline Blvd.; 650/851-8541)

sHadoWbRook A hillside “cable car” and path lead you down lush gardens with waterfalls and rock walls to this world-famous restaurant on the banks of Soquel creek. Enjoy creative specials and traditional offerings in an atmosphere of Old-World charm; wood-oven fired pizzas and casual fare are offered in the rock room lounge. Dinner nightly. (Capitola: Wharf & Capitola Rd.; 831/475-1511)

ameriCan/ ConTemPorarY

JoHn bentleY’s Owner/chef

John Bentley’s menu of delicious, innovative American cuisine features sustainably farmed produce, free-range beef and the freshest of seafood possible. Enjoy all this in an inviting atmosphere with a full bar and an excellent selection of wines. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner: Mon-Sat. (Redwood City: 2915 El Camino Real; 650/365-7777)

PaRcel 104 Using ingredients

from local growers, ranches and dairies, chef Bradley Ogden’s everchanging menu reflects what’s in season, engaging patrons’ palates


with innovative creations cooked in an exhibition kitchen. A custom wine cellar stocks an award-winning selection of 550 wines. Breakfast daily. lunch and dinner, Mon-Fri. (Santa Clara: 2700 Mission College Blvd., at the Santa Clara Marriott; 408/970-6104)

PiaceRe Piacere uses the freshest produce and seafood, as well as the finest grade meats and poultry, to create dazzling takes on contemporary American cuisine. The wine list consistently earns recognition from Wine Spectator. The open-air lounge is ideal for wine tasting or enjoying a cocktail, and is home to live music Thurs-Sat. lunch: Mon-Fri. Brunch: Sat-Sun. Dinner: nightly. (San Carlos: 727 Laurel St.; 650/592-3536)

Vault 164 located in downtown

San Mateo, vault 164’s eclectic, contemporary menu includes such choices as bourbon and maple glazed pork chop and a savory flatbread with caramelized onion, Applewood smoked bacon, and cambozola cheese. Full bar. lunch Mon-Fri; dinner daily. (San Mateo: 164 South B St.; 650/348-8164)

BraZilian

esPetus This warmly lit chur-

Fresh seafood and Prime dry aged steaks with a View of

downtown San Jose

rascaria offers authentic rodiziostyle Brazilian fare. Different cuts of premium-quality meats are spit-roasted and brought to your table by waiters clad gaucho-style. A diverse cocktail and wine menu, and a bar overflowing with side dishes round off your meal. lunch and dinner daily. (San Mateo: 710 S. B St.; 650/342-8700)

PaMPas This swank and luxuri-

ous Brazilian churrascaria offers unlimited portions of meats, spitroasted churrasco-style and brought to your table by circulating waiters. Included in the prix fixe menu is a bountiful side bar of seasonal vegetables, fresh salads and artisan cheese. Full bar. lunch Mon-Fri; dinner nightly. (Palo Alto: 529 Alma St.; 650/327-1323)

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Burmese RanGoon RubY Burmese cuisine—a fusion of Thai, chinese, and Indian—is taken to an elevated height at this group of Peninsula restaurants. The menu pleases the most diverse and sophisticated of palates with options such as Burmese tea leaf salad, handcrafted wok dishes and shareable family-style plates, complemented by an array of exquisite cocktails. lunch, dinner and happy hour daily. (Palo Alto: 445 Emerson St.; 650/323-6543 & 326 University Ave.; 650/2852770. San Carlos: 680 Laurel Ave.; 650/592-1852; Belmont: 1000 6th Ave.; 650/591-4156. Burlingame: 1219 Burlingame Ave.; 650/381-9756)

CaFe

caffe fRascati Find a little

slice of Italy right in the heart of downtown San Jose. Sip one of

rangoon ruBY

their famous cappuccinos, try a tasty panini, experience live music, or just enjoy happy hour with friends. Beer and wine also offered. Mon-Thurs, 7:30am-10pm; Fri, 7:30am-midnight; Sat, 8am-midnight; Sun, 8am-9pm. (San Jose: 315 S. First St.; 408/287-0400)

A Taste of Burma PALO ALTO 445 Emerson St 650.323.6543 PALO ALTO (BURMA RUBY) 326 University Ave. 650.285.2770 SAN CARLOS 680 Laurel Ave. 650.592.1852 BELMONT 1000 6th Ave. 650.591.4156 BURLINGAME 1219 Burlingame Ave. 650.381.9756 SAN FRANCISCO 1608 Polk St. 415.610.4333

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CaliFornia Cuisine

la fontana Sophisticated yet ca-

sual california dining is inspired by the Mediterranean riviera. Tasty choices include pan-roasted Pacific salmon, grilled lamb chops, and steaks and pastas. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. (Santa Clara: Hilton Santa Clara, 4949 Great America Pkwy.; 408/3300001)

CHinese

cHef cHu’s A Peninsula favorite

since 1970, this renowned familyowned restaurant continues to be run by master chef lawrence chu. The menu includes favorites like Hunan chicken; baked miso-glazed sea bass; crispy Sichuan beef; and lovers’ Prawns—an exclusive house special. Take-out available. lunch and dinner daily: Mon-Fri, 11:30-9:30; Sat-Sun, 12-10. (Los Altos: 1067 N. San Antonio Rd.; 650/948-2696)

MaYfloWeR Serving fine can-

tonese cuisine, this restaurant is well loved for its dim sum and fresh seafood. Over 100 varieties of dim sum are served daily at lunchtime, while the menu also offers a wide variety of seafood specialties. Dim sum, lunch and dinner daily. (Milpitas: Milpitas Square, 428 Barber Lane; 408/922-2700)


CHinese/islamiC

daRda Specializing in halal chinese cuisine, Darda uses nine unique cooking techniques to prepare its delicious and wideranging menu. Specialties include mu shu dishes; warm pots of fish or meat stew; chow mein; fried rice; bean curd dishes; and dim sum; in addition to seafood, poultry, beef, lamb and vegetarian entrees. reasonably priced lunch specials are also available. lunch: Mon-Thurs, 11-2:30; Fri-Sun, 113. Dinner: Mon-Thurs, 5-9:30; Fri-Sun, 4:30-9:30. (Milpitas: Milpitas Square, 296 Barber Ct.; 408/433-5199)

CrePerie

WHisPeRs café & cRePeRie

When crêpes are on your mind, whether savory or sweet, this is the place to go. But crepes aren’t all. Whispers also offers full egg breakfasts, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and entrees from New york steak to pan-seared salmon. coffee drinks, smoothies, beer, wine and margaritas are also available. 8am-10pm daily. (San Jose: 150 S. Second St.; 408/297-2850)

FrenCH

cHantillY Zagat-rated as one of

the country’s top French-Northern Italian restaurants, this has been the restaurant of choice for Silicon valley’s elite since 1976. reminiscent of a French chateau, chantilly’s ambiance is sophisticated, yet relaxed. The extensive wine cellar reflects the best of california and French wines, and offers an intimate dining space as well. chef Bernabe’s delicious specialties includes his signature dish Maine lobster ravioli, succulent roasted Mapleleaf Farm duck, braised short ribs, seared ahi tuna, and indulgent soufflés. chantilly also offers an affordable 3 course prix fixe menu. With its impeccable service and private rooms, chantilly offers pure dining pleasure and is perfect for any occasion. Dinner Mon-Sat, 5:30-10. (Redwood City: 3001 El Camino Real; 650/321-4080)

French & Northern Italian Cuisine PRIVATE ROOMS AWARD-WINNING CUISINE DINNER FOR ANY OCCASION

$39 PRIX FIXE MENU MAIN DINING ROOM ONLY

3001 EL CAMINO REAL, REDWOOD CITY (AT SELBY LANE, AT BORDER OF ATHERTON)

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FrenCH, ConTemPorarY

le PaPillon Since 1977, le Pa-

pillon has carried out a tradition of serving the finest cuisine, beautifully presented in an elegant, quiet setting, with service to match. Over the years, accolades have accumulated, including glowing reviews by the San Jose Mercury News and top ratings in Zagat surveys. Much of the restaurant’s success is thanks to executive chef Scott cooper’s amazing culinary talents. With sumptuously prepared epicurean delights made from the freshest seasonal ingredients, his prix fixe and tasting menus reflect his passion and dedication to world-class cuisine. Private rooms available. Dinner daily. (San Jose: 410 Saratoga Ave; 408/296-3730)

island

coconuts listen to a sound-

track of reggae, calypso and rhumba as you dine on caribbean and West Indian classics such as

maggiano’s

braised oxtail, curried goat, codfish fritters, and adobo-crusted New york steak. lunch: Tues-Fri. Dinner: Tues-Sun. (Palo Alto: 642 Ramona St.; 650/329-9533)

iTalian

il Postale This Italian-American bistro is a popular spot in Sunnyvale’s lively compact downtown

area. The menu’s offerings range from appetizers such as carpaccio and bruschetta to a range of tasty entrées, pastas and —plus a great dessert list! vegetarian and vegan options also offered. lunch: MonFri; Dinner, daily. (Sunnyvale: 100 S. Murphy Ave.; 408/733-9600) MaGGiano’s With its laid back atmosphere reminiscent of old-

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time Europe, Maggiano’s is noted for its hearty, robust, and lavishly sized servings of southern Italian cuisine, all made from scratch. Full bar. lunch and dinner daily. (San Jose: Santana Row, 3055 Olin Ave.; 408/423-8973)

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Paesano This cozy eatery in a refurbished early 1900s home at the edge of downtown San Jose offers a mixture of delicious classics along with original dishes with a Sicilian flair. Seating also available at the bar or alfresco on the patio. lunch: Mon-Fri, 11-2. Dinner: Sun-Thurs, 5-9; Fri-Sat, 510. (San Jose: 350 W. Julian St.; 408/217-9327)

quattRo This acclaimed Palo

Alto dining venue showcases chef Marco Fossati’s contemporary menu of Italian heritage cuisine with a californian twist. House made pastas, daily specials and seasonal dishes are accompanied by thoughtfully selected wines from california and throughout the world. Garden terrace seating offered, weather permitting. Breakfast: 6:30-11am. lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30-2:30; Sat-Sun, 11-2:30. Dinner: Daily, 5:30-10. (East Palo Alto: Four Seasons Hotel, 2050 University Ave.; 650/566-1200)

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Award-Winning Wine List Lunch Mon-Fri | Happy Hour Mon-Fri 3:30-6pm Dinner Nightly from 5pm

3955 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara (at 101 & Great America Pkwy) 408.980.6400 www.birksrestaurant.com

RistoRante Rocca Whimsical

murals, a lofty Florentine copper and bronze ceiling and a venetianstyle balcony provide a pleasing ambiance to complement fine Northern Italian cuisine. Full bar. lunch: Mon-Fri. Dinner nightly. (Burlingame: 1205 Broadway Ave.; 650/344-3900)

KYOTO PALACE

JaPanese

House of GenJi Enjoy a meal

that’s as delicious as it is entertaining. House specials, including steak and lobster, are prepared at each table by expert chefs who cook and serve your meal right before your eyes on a Teppan grill. Try the Genji combination featuring steak and jumbo prawns—it’s been a favorite for more than 40 years! Sushi is also available. lunch: MonFri, 11:30-2. Dinner: Mon-Thurs, 5-9:30; Fri, 5-10; Sat, 4-10; Sun, 4-9. (San Jose: 1335 N. First St.; 408/453-8120)

TEPPANYAKI, SUSHI BAR & BANQUET FACILITIES Your Destination for Great Food, Drinks & Entertaining Teppan Grill ...Perfect for Birthdays! Full Lounge | Flat Screen TV for Sports | Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4-7

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teriyaki, or try a special like lobster, scallops or filet mignon. Mon-Fri, 11:30-2 & 5-10; Sat, 410; Sun, 4-9. (Campbell: Pruneyard Shopping Center, 1875 S. Bascom Ave.; 408/377-6456)

sHiki susHi vibrant Japanese cuisine ranges from fresh sushi and appetizers to entrees such as butter salmon and miso sea bass. lunch and dinner daily. (San Mateo: 1332 W Hillsdale Blvd.; 650-341-8988. Half Moon Bay: 20 Stone Pine Rd.; 650-7128886. San Carlos: 825 Laurel St.; 650-593-2275)

JaPanese, ConTinued

kYoto Palace Delicious food

sizzling on a teppan flat-top grill; chefs chopping, flipping and dicing food; patrons laughing and snapping photos—this is a typical scene at this fun dining spot, tucked away on the second floor of

KYoTo PalaCe

Pruneyard Shopping center. Kyoto Palace’s reputation for top-notch Japanese-style steaks, seafood and sushi is only rivaled by its chefs’ renowned showmanship, which has been keeping customers coming back for decades. choose from a variety of fresh sushi, sashimi, tempura and

DARDA SEAFOOD

Korean

RestauRant cHunGdaM This stylish restaurant presents the finest of Korean flavors in a modern ambiance. With ingredients high in quality, nutrition and flavor, the menu ranges from hot pots, stews and seafood to barbecue meats to be grilled tableside. Open for lunch and dinner Mon-Sat: 11am-2:30pm; 59:30pm. (Santa Clara: 3180 El Camino Real; 408/246-1208)

laTin ameriCan/ sPanisH

cascal Old World taste meets

The Best Chinese Islamic Seafood Restaurant in the Bay Area Fresh Seafood/Daily Special •Nine Different Ways of Preparation Lobster •Fish •Shrimp •Geoduck •Clam •Oyster •Scallop •Octopus

Also Specializing in Northern Chinese Food: Sesame Bread •Lamb w/Pickled Cabbage •Sweet & Sour Shrimp •Beef & Broccoli •Kung Pao Chicken •Crab w/Cream Corn Soup

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New World appeal at this vibrant restaurant. Tapas-style plates and a variety of ceviches and paellas are offered in a stylish setting. Bringing together the traditions, bold flavors and warm hospitality of Spain and latin America, the delicious results are matched with sexy cocktails and live music. Open daily from 11:30am for lunch, tapas and dinner. (Mountain View: 400 Castro St.; 650/940-9500)

lV MaR This casually upscale

restaurant brings out the finest in contemporary latin American cuisine with creative choices from pumpkin seed-crusted halibut to rib-eye steak with chorizo in a chimichurri sauce. Full bar; sidewalk seating. Open daily for lunch and dinner. (Redwood City: 2042 Broadway St.; 650/241-3111)


mexiCan

cHeVYs Home of fresh Mex, all

menu items here—from fajitas and ribs to roasted salsa and tortillas—are prepared fresh to order and served in a lively border cantina-style atmosphere. lunch and dinner daily. (San Jose: 5305 Almaden Expwy; 408/266-1815)

SERVING THE BAY AREA FOR OVER 35 YEARS

HOOKAH WITH FU LOUNGE LL BAR!

Mezcal Oaxacan art, brick walls

and a beautiful bar create a distinctive atmosphere in which to dine on authentic Oaxacan food as well as more traditional Mexican cuisine. The full bar includes a wide range of tequilas. Patio seating available. lunch: Mon-Fri; Dinner daily. (San Jose: 25 W. San Fernando St.; 408/283-9595)

HAVE YOUR OWN “CASABLANCA” ADVENTURE...

Delicious Moroccan food... Belly dancing Thurs-Sat... Dinner 7 Days 6–10pm • Banquet Facilities for up to 300 • Cocktail Lounge

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sixto’s cantina At this lively

restaurant with a hacienda-style décor, Mexican cuisine rooted in Jaliscan tradition is made with the freshest of ingredients, as are the artisanal cocktails. lunch and dinner daily. (Burlingame: 1448 Burlingame Ave.; 650/342-7600)

moroCCan

MenaRa MoRoccan With its

exotic architectural details, jewel-toned pillows and plush couches, this casablanca-style restaurant offers nightly belly dancing and Moroccan cuisine, menara moroCCan served finger-food style. Diners are treated to their choice of sixcourse meals, each including a refreshing salade Moroccaines; b’stilla, a sweet and savory chicken pastry; couscous; mint tea; and baklava. located next to light rail, Menara also offers a full bar and banquet facilities for up to 300. Be sure to try the enchanting Moroccan Magic cocktail, made with rum, sweet and sour mix, and orange and pineapple juices. Dinner: nightly 6-10. (San Jose: 41 E. Gish Rd. at N. First St.; 408/453-1983)

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Japanese Teppan-Yaki: The FUN Way to Dine

PeruVian

la costaneRa Experience the

culinary richness of Peruvian cuisine at this modern fusion restaurant with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. From ceviches,

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causas, empanadas, and street-inspired skewers to entrées such as slow-braised pork shoulder and a variety of seafood choices, both contemporary and traditional dishes are outstanding. Full bar. Dinner Tues-Sun. closed Mon. (Montara: 8150 Cabrillo Hwy.; 888/370-6801)

seaFood

cRoW’s nest Wall-to-wall win-

dows offer ocean and harbor views. The friendly, casual atmosphere and exceptional food have made this restaurant a favorite since 1969. The menu features fresh seafood, Midwestern aged beef, shellfish, pasta, and an abundant salad bar. Breads, desserts and pastries are house-baked daily. The upstairs grill serves appetizers and casual meals throughout the day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. (Santa Cruz: At the Harbor; 831/476-4560) scott’s seafood Enjoy views of downtown San Jose from the casually elegant 6th floor dining room or rooftop patio along with the ocean’s bounty at this beautifully appointed restaurant. The menu features the freshest seafood, including salmon, ahi tuna, Dungeness crab and lobster tail, as well as a range of prime dry-aged steaks, salad, chicken,

and pasta. A full bar and extensive wine list complement the sophisticated menu. Scott’s private dining room with fireplace and special menus are available for corporate or social events. lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30-5. Dinner: MonSat, from 5pm; Sun, from 4:30pm. (Downtown San Jose: 185 Park Ave.; 408/971-1700.)

tHe sea bY alexandeR’s This

premier seafood dining destination focuses on rich, sumptuous morsels fresh from the sea. The talented culinary team blends contemporary cuisine with Japanese sensibility and ingredients. Dinner: Tues-Sat, 5:30-9:30pm; Sun-Mon, 5:309pm. (Palo Alto: 4269 El Camino Real; 650/213-1111)

sTeaKHouse

alexandeR’s steakHouse

Melding innovation and tradition, this refined steakhouse features its own dry-aging room and an award-winning wine list. creative preparations of American and imported Japanese Wagyu beef reflect Japanese influences. lunch: Tues-Sat. Dinner nightly. (Cupertino: 19379 Stevens Creek Blvd.; 408/446-2222)

foRbes Mill This sophisticated

restaurant offers Prime certified Angus and all-natural Kobe beef, along with seafood choices such as raw oysters and Furikake ahi

tuna. Dinner daily. (Los Gatos: 206 N. Santa Cruz Ave.; 408/395-6434)

MoRton’s tHe steakHouse

Morton’s prides itself on quality and consistency, featuring USDA prime-aged steak and fresh seafood. Dine in the luxurious dining room, in the bar or outside on the patio. Dinner daily. (San Jose: 177 Park Ave.; 408/947-7000)

sundance tHe steakHouse

This upscale steakhouse, familyowned and operated for more than 40 years, features hand-cut certified Angus beef. Enjoy slowroasted prime rib, specially aged New york strip loin and tender filet mignon in the candlelit, mahogany dining room. In addition to awardwinning beef, Sundance prides itself on serving the freshest seafood and shellfish available. Pair your meal with wine from the nationally recognized list. The cozy fireplace lounge is ideal for sipping martinis and aged single-malt scotch. lunch: Mon-Fri, 11:30-2. Dinner: Mon-Thurs, 5-10; Fri-Sat, 5-10:30; Sun, 5-9. (Palo Alto: 1921 El Camino Real; 650/321-6798)

THai

tHaiPHoon This cozy restaurant

serves up delectable pan-Asian cuisine. The focus is on Thai, but also has room for original dishes drawn from Indian and Southeast Asian cooking. lunch: Mon-Sat. Dinner nightly. (Palo Alto: 543 Emerson St.; 650/323-7700)

Wine Bar

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315 S. FIRST STREET SAN JOSE, CA 95113

wine bistro in downtown San Jose, cozy up to the fireplace in the contemporary lounge, or sit by the floor-to-ceiling windows and watch the world go by. The menu is varied and well balanced, emphasizing freshness and quality. From salads and paninis to seafood and specials, the dishes are perfect for pairing with the varied wine list that is anything but standard. Mon-Sat, 5-11:30pm. Happy Hour: Mon-Fri, 5-7pm. Mon, 7pm til closing: 40% off wine bottle list. (San Jose: 110 Paseo de San Antonio; 408/375-2618) v


Valentine Dining with Your

Wondering WHere To TaKe Your ValenTine For dinner? Here are some oF siliCon ValleY’s mosT romanTiC resTauranTs, WHere sumPTuous meals are made For sHaring. WHeTHer You’re ClinKing glasses BY a FirePlaCe, looKing ouT onTo THe oCean, or saVoring an aPHrodisiaC-insPired FeasT, THese sPoTs Will HaVe You Falling in loVe all oVer again.

Dining with a View

by KArEN GrAFE

la CosTanera

IF SCENERY IS OF PRIMARY IMPORTANCE, choose between ocean

vistas, forest settings, lush gardens, and even city views.

If it is ocean you yearn for, you can’t beat la costanera, dramatically perched over the Pacific and Montara Beach a few miles north of Half Moon Bay via Highway 1. Here you can enjoy Peruvian specialties in an open, contemporary atmosphere with floor to ceiling windows to take in the dramatic views. (Montara; 650/370-6801; lacostanerarestaurant.com) Also oceanside, navio at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay provides a luxurious experience in a lounge-like dining room with full ocean views. (Half Moon Bay; 650-712-7000; ritzcarlton.com/navio)

THe mounTain House

Prefer a greener setting? A warm atmosphere awaits you in the Santa Cruz Mountains at the Mountain House, where you can sit by a warm fire in a candle-lit room or gaze into towering red-

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woods from the forest room while enjoying savory meats, wild game, poultry and pasta. (Woodside; 650/851-8541. themountainhouse.com) • South on the coast, a quaint hillside “cable car” and meandering garden path lead down lushly landscaped gardens to world-famous shadowbrook on the banks of Soquel Creek. The beautiful grounds, along with a warm, comfortable lounge and several intimate dining areas, make this a popular place for celebrating life’s special occasions. (Capitola-by-the-Sea; 831/475-1511. sHadoWBrooK shadowbrook-capitola.com) • One of San Jose’s finest dining establishments, la foret is an exquisite French restaurant named for its lush forest surroundings. Closing in March after 38 successful years, this will be the last chance to experience this sublimely romantic restaurant. (San Jose; 408/997-3458. laforetrestaurant.com) • Sweeping ridgetop vistas surround you at the Grandview, a classic restaurant on Mount Hamilton with stunning views of the Santa Clara Valley. Memories of a great meal coupled with a gorgeous sunset will stay with you long after your table’s been cleared. (San Jose; 408/251-8909. grandviewsanjose.com) For urbanites, scott’s seafood is a Bay Area tradition known for its high-quality seafood, where you can enjoy views of the San Jose skyline and the mountains beyond from the contemporary sixth floor dining room or rooftop patio. (San Jose; 408/971-1700. scottsseafoodsj.com)

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Going for the Ambience

DINING WITH YOUR VALENTINE

IF INTIMACY AND CHARM ARE FOREMOST ON YOUR LIST, then dress up and head to chantilly, a top-rated French-Northern Italian restaurant known for its classic cuisine and impressive wine cellar in an old-world-inspired setting. (Redwood City; 650/321-4080. chantillyrestaurant.com) • At sundance the steakhouse, you’ll enjoy slow-roasted prime rib, specially aged New York striploin and tender filet mignon in the warm and inviting candlelit mahogany dining room. The fireplace lounge is ideal for sipping martinis and aged single malt scotch before or after dinner. (Palo Alto; 650/321-6798. sundancethesteakhouse.com) • Vino locale, Palo Alto’s European-style wine bar and bistro specializing in regional wines and seasonal organic fare, is an intimate spot featuring a charming patio and an art-splashed dining room in a Victorian house. (Palo Alto: 650/328-0450. vinolocale.com) • At Parcel 104, renowned chefs Bradley Ogden and Jonathan Hall serve upscale creative Californian cuisine in an elegant, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired room boasting an exhibition kitchen and a custom wine cellar recognized by Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. (Santa Clara; 408/970-6104. parcel104.com) • forbes Mill purveys Kobe beef and other prime cuts in a stylish yet cozy fireplacebedecked setting where you can savor a bottle of wine from the Wine Spectator award-winning list. (Los Gatos; 408/395-6434. forbesmillsteakhouse.com) • In Saratoga,

la Fondue

sundanCe THe sTeaKHouse

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alexander’s sTeaKHouse

la fondue offers a unique fondue experience set in a glamorously eclectic atmosphere. Choose from 50 different fondues served tableside, then top off your evening with a decadent chocolate fondue dessert. (Saratoga; 408/867-3332. lafondue.com) • Tucked in historic Old Town Center, the Wine cellar Restaurant has been a Los Gatos favorite since 1966. Venture downstairs for an intimate experience with warm, golden walls and candle-lit booths. (Los Gatos; 408/ 354-4808. winecellarlosgatos.com) THe sea BY alexander’s • It may be hard to find laili in downtown Santa Cruz, but after sunset, the glow from the dining room reaches the street, and the open kitchen and marbled bar top give way to the overgrown greenery and white tablecloths at this chic restaurant that offers a richly spiced menu with an Afghani flair. (Santa Cruz; 831/4234545. lailirestaurant.com)

Going for the Food

IF IT IS THROUGH THE STOMACH THAT YOU CAN BEST WARM THE HEART, le Papillon is a sure bet. This exceptional restaurant offers 36 • DIScOvEr SIlIcON vAllEy

California-inspired modern French cuisine in a refined, quiet set-


DINING WITH YOUR VALENTINE

le PaPillon

ting. Incorporating organic and sustainably grown local ingredients, chef Scott Cooper’s innovative creations are simply sublime. (San Jose; 408/296-3730. lepapillon.com) • Melding innovation and tradition, alexander’s steakhouse is a posh spot that offers its own dry-aging room and an award-winning wine selection. In addition to American beef, Alexander’s also serves true Japanese Imported Wagyu beef of the A5 grade, infusing these mainstays with creative Japanese techniques and influences. (Cupertino; 408/446-2222. alexanderssteakhouse.com) • David Kinch’s well-loved Manresa is a Michelin 3-star eatery that offers extravagant farm-to-table tasting menus you won’t soon forget. (Los Gatos; 408/354-4330. manresarestaurant.com) • Saratoga’s tony restaurant, the Plumed Horse, is a special occasion destination, awarded a Michelin star seven years in a row. Chef Peter Armellino’s creative Californian fare is served in an ultra-swank setting. (Saratoga; 408/867-4711. plumedhorse.com) • A premier dining destination, the sea by alexander’s dishes up rich, sumptuous morsels from the sea prepared with modern technique and flair. Chef Yu Min Lin’s menu blends contemporary cuisine with Japanese sensibility and ingredients to deliver a deliciously memorable experience. (Palo Alto; 650/213-1111. theseausa.com) v

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afteR HouRs Bars & lounges

55 soutH This bar/lounge is known for its craft cocktails as well as its wine and whisky selections. Sun-Thurs, 7pm-12am; FriSat, 7pm-1:30am. (San Jose: 55 S. 1st St.; 408/288-6000)

cascal From flamenco to latin jazz, live music Fri-Sat at this restaurant provides a lively night scene. (Mountain View: 400 Castro St.; 650/940-9500)

tHe continental This airy bar with an outdoor patio is decked out with comfortable sofas. Sip on craft beers and cocktails while enjoying sports on Tv as well as both DJ and live music. Open til 2am nightly. (San Jose: 349 S. 1st St., San Jose; 408/982-3461)

HedleY club lounGe This lounge at the Hotel De Anza serves up cocktails and bar bites in a 1930s atmosphere, with live jazz by local artists, Wed-Sat. Mon, til 10pm; Tues-Thurs, til 11pm; Fri-Sat, til 12:30am; Sun, til 9. (San Jose: 233 W. Santa Clara St.; 408/286-1000) tHe lobbY lounGe The Fairmont San Jose’s luxurious lounge

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offers creative cocktails and bar snacks, along with live music nightly. Mon-Sat, til 12am; Sun til 11pm. (San Jose: 170 S. Market St.; 408/998-1900) loft baR and bistRo Fri-Sat after 10:30pm, the dining room turns into an ultra lounge, with DJs spinning house music or top 40 hits. (San Jose: 90 S. 2nd St.; 408/291-0677)

Rail club This modern sports bar and cocktail lounge is the perfect watering hole to watch your favorite sports. Enjoy handcrafted drinks and catch the action on 21 HD Tv big screens. Mon-Thurs, 4pm-12am; Fri-Sat, 4pm-1am. (San Carlos: 612 El Camino Real; 650/622-9708)

Rosie Mccann’s Head to this Irish pub and restaurant for evening fun. Along with their de rigueur Guinness, the full bar also offers a variety of other beers and inventive cocktails. live bands and DJs nightly. Sun-Thurs, til 1am; Fri-Sat, til 2am. (San Jose: 355 Santana Row; 408/247-1706) san PedRo squaRe MaRket

With an open-air plaza and over 20 food vendors, this public market offers a lively atmosphere to

hang out for libations and bites, with occasional live music (see sanpedrosquaremarket.com for schedule). Sun-Wed, 4-10pm; Thurs-Sat, 4pm-12am. (San Jose: 87 N. San Pedro St.)

tanq This chic lounge, located inside the San Jose Marriott, offers a full bar menu. Open daily at 4pm. (San Jose: 301 South Market St., 408/280-1300)

Card rooms

baY 101 This popular casino offers an exciting cardroom environment, 24/7. catch all the action with games such as Texas Hold ’em, 21st century Blackjack, EZ Baccarat, 3-card Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, Pai Gow Poker and more. (San Jose: 1801 Bering Rd.; 408/451-8888)

casino M8tRix Head for table games, cocktails and dining at this entertainment destination, 24/7, 365 days a year. Enjoy card games including Blackjack, Baccarat, Pai Gow, Texas Hold’em, and more. (San Jose: 50 Airport Pkwy.; 408/244-3333)


liVe musiC

anGelica’s Enjoy live enter-

tainment with dining and a full bar. See performance schedule at angelicasllc.com. (Redwood City: 863 Main St.; 650/6798184)

café stRitcH This San Jose hot spot for live music is a destination for jazz and indie performances. Wed-Sat, 4pm-2am; Sun, 4pm til midnight. (San Jose: 374 S. First St.; 408/280-6161)

club fox February shows at this cabaret-style nightclub include: the alistair Greene band (Feb 8); the Red Rocker experience (Feb 10); foreverland (Feb 11); tainted love (Feb 24); and Powerage (Feb 25). 8pm. (Redwood City: 2209 Broadway St.; 877/435-9849) JJ’s blues club The place for

blues for more than 20 years, live music nightly includes both established and up-and-coming acts. (San Jose: 3439 Stevens Creek Blvd.; 408/243-6441)

PooR House bistRo live music at this New Orleans joint this month includes: daniel castro band (Feb 3); John blues boyd band (Feb 4); super bowl Party and the Guilded splinters (Feb 5); alistair Greene band (Feb 10); andy santana & the West coast Playboys (Feb 11); Motor dude zydeco (Feb 12); Maxx cabello Jr. band (Feb 17); alan iglesias & crossfire (Feb 18); Ron e. beck band (Feb 18); noel catura band (Feb 19); and lara Price (Feb 25). (San Jose: 91 S. Autumn St.; 408/292-5837)

tHe saddle Rack For a touch

of country and rock, this nightclub with multiple dance floors offers live music, with everything from local bands to national touring acts. Wed-Sat, 7pm til late. (Fremont: 42011 Boscell Rd.; 510/979-0535) saVanna Jazz This laid-back

club offers cocktails and casual bar fare along with nightly live

jazz nightly til 2am. See calendar at savannajazz.com. (San Carlos: 1189 Laurel St.; 650/453-3683)

danCe CluBs

oPal This upscale nightclub offers weekend DJs & dancing. (Mountain View: 251 Castro St.; 650/318-6732)

PuRe lounGe This vegas-style club offers bottle service, DJs and live music. (Sunnyvale: 146 S. Murphy Ave.; 408/732-2121)

ComedY CluBs

coMedYsPoRtz comedian teams compete for audience laughs while improvising scenes. Fri-Sat. (San Jose: Camera 3, 288 S. 2nd St.; 408/985-LAFF)

tHe iMPRoV February highlights at this comedy club include: bret ernst (Feb 2-4); bobby lee (Feb 10-12); Jessimae Peluso (Feb 1719); the Pump and dump (Feb 22); and Gilbert Gottfried (Feb 24-26). Thurs, 8pm; Fri, 8 & 10pm; Sat, 7 & 9pm; Sun, 7pm. (San Jose: 62 S. 2nd St.; 408/280-7475)

RoosteR t. featHeRs Featuring some of the best comedians around, February performances include: cash levy (Feb 2-5); Matthew broussard (Feb 9-12); andrew schulz (Feb 16-19); and don McMillan (Feb 23-26). (Sunnyvale: 157 W. El Camino; 408/736-0921) v

on tHe coast

tHe catalYst One of the most venerated music venues on the coast, this club highlights underground bands. (Santa Cruz: 1011 Pacific Ave.; 831/423-1338) cRoW’s nest located on the harbor, the upstairs lounge offers live music and dancing to a variety of styles from rock and blues to latin rhythms. (Santa Cruz: Yacht Harbor, 2218 East Cliff Dr.; 831/476-4560)

kuuMbWa Jazz This highly regarded jazz center attracts artists of national and international renown for over 120 concerts a year at its intimate venue. (Santa Cruz: 320-2 Cedar St.; 831/427-2227)

Moe’s alleY This club sizzles as a showcase for live music, with blues and soul as specialties. (Santa Cruz: 1535 Commercial Way; 831/479-1854)

Rio tHeateR This former movie palace has been revived as a venue for famous touring groups, with a focus on indie bands. (Santa Cruz: 1205 Soquel Ave.; 831/423-8209)

Rock RooM lounGe This popular destination at Shadowbrook restaurant offers light fare and mellow live music, with Joe Ferrara performing Fridays, 6:30pm. (Capitola: Wharf & Capitola Rd.; 831-475-1511)

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GettinG aRound aMtRak offers train service from San Jose goes to Oakland, Sacramento, and Monterey. (800/USARAIL; www.amtrak.com) baRt services San Francisco and

the East Bay, with connections from Daly city to Fremont via San Francisco, and over to richmond and concord. A shuttle train runs every 15min from SFO to the Millbrae Station, which connects to the caltrain system. (Bay Area Rapid Transit; 510/465-2278; www.bart.gov) caltRain provides rail service between San Francisco and San Jose with weekday service to Gilroy. Shuttle bus connection to San Jose Airport, and a connection at Millbrae station via BArT to SFO are also offered. (800/660-4287 or 650/5086200; www.caltrain.com)

dasH. This free shuttle connects the San Jose Diridon Transit center with light rail, San Jose McEnery convention center, San Jose State University and more. runs every 8-10 mins. (San Jose’s Downtown Area Shuttle; 408/3212300; www.vta.org) GReYHound bus. Bus service offers connection between cities across the nation. (800/2312222; www.greyhound.com) HiGHWaY 17 exPRess bus.

Buses run daily from San Jose caltrain station to Santa cruz; schedules vary. (831/425-8600; www.scmtd.com)

MonteReY aiRbus offers shuttle service between Monterey and San Jose Airport. (831/373-7777) saMtRans offers bus service from Palo Alto through to San

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Francisco, also connecting with 12 caltrain stations. (800/6604287; www.samtrans.com)

tHe sJc aiRPoRt flYeR bus runs from San Jose Airport to Santa clara caltrain Station, from where connecting trains head to San Jose. (408/ 321-2300; www.vta.org)

santa cRuz aiRPoRt flYeR

offers shuttle service from Santa cruz to San Jose Airport. (831/423-5937)

Vta provides bus, light rail and paratransit services throughout the Santa clara county, including campbell, cupertino, Gilroy, los Altos, los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain view, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa clara, Saratoga and Sunnyvale. vTA also offers 20 free Park & ride lots at various light rail stations and transit centers, which also connect to caltrain. (408/321-2300; www.vta.org) v

Visit 511.org for more info.


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Martin Luther King Jr. Library


A dream house ...or a n ightma re? COME AND VISIT THE BEAUTIFUL BUT BIZARRE WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE, BUILT BY SARAH WINCHESTER, HEIRESS OF THE WINCHESTER RIFLE FORTUNE. TOUR THROUGH THE MAZE OF 160 ROOMS AND UNLOCK THE SECRETS TO SOME OF THE MANY MYSTERIES SHROUDING THIS HISTORIC VICTORIAN MANSION... Why did Sarah build this house around the clock every day for 38 years—until the end of her life? Whom was Sarah speaking to daily at midnight? Why was she obsessed with the number 13? Why is there a window built into the floor? Why is there a door leading to nowhere and a staircase leading to the ceiling? Why did she build a beautifully crafted Grand Ballroom, in which no mortal ever danced?

You decide. Visit! TOURS DAILY 525 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose |  WinchesterMysteryHouse.com | 408.247.2101 BRING THIS COUPON FOR A $3 DISCOUNT ON AN ADULT OR CHILD MANSION TOUR. GOOD FOR UP TO 6 GUESTS. NOT VALID WITH GROUP TOURS, FLASHLIGHT TOURS, SENIOR DISCOUNTS OR ANY OTHER DISCOUNT. WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE PLU 306 DM EXPIRES 3/31/17


Discover Silicon Valley February 2017