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IN TODAYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S venturespeak, Kit Menkin would be called an â&#x20AC;&#x153;angel,â&#x20AC;? the Old Testament term for divine messengers that check-writers who take big pieces of early startups use to describe themselves. Menkin stopped by the rented Monte Sereno basement where Metroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business plan was being written using a Visicalc spreadsheet on an Apple III computer. He dropped a $3,000 check on the kitchen counter. There was no paperwork. He thought starting a weekly newspaper for Silicon Valley was a good idea. Menkin, a leasing agent, also left a case of red table wine that bore the quail emblem of the city of Monte Sereno. He had managed to convince the valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smallest municipality to loan its logo to a boutique bottling. Two of those bottles sat in my basement, labels spotted by moisture. I pulled one out last week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be any good,â&#x20AC;? Menkin assured me. I brought it to Steamerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anyway and paid corkage, about four times the sticker price of the $7 bottle of 1978 merlot. Dennis, a server who has been around the valley forever, ably removed the still-moist cork and poured the wine, which had taken on a lovely tawnyish-burgundy shade. Menkin eyed his glass and suspiciously sipped the aged result of his three-decade old gimmick bottling, expecting vinegar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty good,â&#x20AC;? he said with a laugh. And it was. Amid the backdrop of a friendship that led to whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now a valley ďŹ xture, it tasted as good as a Chateau Margaux. Menkin used to mail out newsletters with a gold-foil sticker on the envelope that boasted of his longevity in businessâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;15 years, 20 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; assuring customers that survival stood for something. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issue of Metro, Volume 25, Number 1, bears a logo that commemorates the beginning of our 25th year (which means weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve completed 24). It will be a transformational and celebratory one, despite the current state of the newspaper publishing industry. Newspapers, particularly dailies, face challenges, not only because of Internet competition and the state of the economy but because of selfinďŹ&#x201A;icted problems resulting from debt-ďŹ nanced purchases, resistance to change, out-of-town ownership, bureaucratic management and product quality cuts. Metro is still locally based and owned and operated by its founders, which today is about as rare as that lone bottle of drinkable wine that survived earthquakes and moves and improved with time. As we reinvent Metro to remain relevant in an age of portable devices and social media, we remain committed to quality local writing and community service. We thank the many people who believed in the idea of a valley-based publisher, who worked with us, stuck with us and supported us. In true valley style, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking forward, not back, and believe the best is yet to come. Dan Pulcrano

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Joint Responsibility I foresee the bubble burst of the market due to enormous amount of debt. I also foresee the bubble

burst of the United States as a great nation due to the loss of morals, irresponsible parents and etc. in this country. Drug use, including marijuana, is on the rise and more acceptable than ever. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d really like to know how many parents who use drugs, whether for medical reasons or not, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t also have their children who use it. How many of these children ever become productive members of society? Or do they lay around doped up all the time, munching and playing video games?

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it. Denise and Gregory Johnson Sr. believe that their son was murdered, in a hate crime, most likely by his fellow fraternity brothers. And they have launched a campaign accusing local officials of a cover-up, contacting NAACPs, Black Student Unions and media around California. “Junior was a good kid from the time he was born until the time they killed him over there at San Jose State,” says Gregory Johnson Sr., who lives with his wife in Clearlake, Calif. “They murdered him down there. They treated my son like an animal.”

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Johnson’s parents have raised questions as to what is written in their son’s autopsy report and how his case is being handled by both the SJSU Police Department and the Santa Clara County coroner’s office. The SJSU Police Department is still working on its official investigation report into Johnson’s case, which is expected to be released within the next month. Pat Lopes Harris, director of media relations at SJSU, says that the UPD has been interviewing multiple persons who knew Johnson and submitting evidence to crime labs. “We have absolutely no evidence to date to suggest this was anything other then a suicide,” Harris says. “Pressure from anyone to suggest otherwise, we feel, is unfairly criticizing the members of Sigma Chi and essentially accusing them of a murder that we have no evidence to suggest took place.” Sigma Chi chapter president Nick Wright declined to comment on this story. Jeff Twibell, the Northern California regional adviser for Sigma Chi, said that the fraternity is taking a no-comment stance on Johnson’s parents’ allegations. “This was horrific and terrible, and [the fraternity members] are going to need time to get through this,” Twibell says. “We need to be cognizant that these are young men going through something very difficult.” Johnson’s death and his parents’ accusation have caused an uproar on the SJSU campus. On Feb. 19, SJSU’s Spartan Daily student newspaper ran a lead story on Johnson, with the headline “Cover-up alleged in student’s death.” Written by senior staff writer David Zugnoni, the article detailed the Johnsons’ contention that the physical injuries that were described in their son’s autopsy report, including the state of his neck and his spinal cord, did not correspond with the actual condition of his body when they saw it. Santa Clara County Medical Examiner Glenn V. Nazareno writes &%

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in the autopsy report that the external examination of Johnson’s body revealed that “a raised nodular skin lesion is noted in the midline of the lower occipital scalp and upper neck measuring approximately 1 to 1-1/2 inch in diameter.” The Johnsons say that their son’s neck didn’t look like that. “He didn’t have any marks on his neck,” Denise Johnson says. “If he had hung himself, he should have had ligature marks. With a ligature hanging, you have marks, that’s why they call it ligature hanging. They’re going to tell me that he hung, without a mark on his neck? It’s a blatant lie, a misconception. It’s a cover-up.” Johnson’s parents also say that the ceiling pipe that the fraternity brother found Johnson hanging from was far too low to have allowed him to hang himself to death. The autopsy report states that “officers measured approximately 70 inches from the floor of the bottom of the water pipe.” Johnson’s driver’s license stated that he was 6-foot-2. According to Nazareno, who supervised Johnson’s autopsy, it is possible for a person to die from asphyxia due to ligature hanging, which does not necessarily leave a prominent mark on the deceased’s neck. “This is seen in cases where the ligature used is made of soft material over a broad surface area of the neck or if the decedent was discovered shortly after death has occurred. In these cases, the abraded furrow will appear as areas of blanched skin. After embalming and preparation for viewing, these marks may become less prominent,” Nazareno wrote in an email responding to Metro’s questions. The autopsy report states that Johnson’s body was found approximately an hour and a half after he hanged and that rigor mortis had not yet set in. The Johnsons’ anger over the handling of their son’s death began two days after he was found. The autopsy report says that “the decedent is positively identified visually by his mother on Nov. 24, 2008.” Denise Johnson says she never actually saw her son’s body in person until he was turned over to the family for burial on Dec. 1. Johnson says that she and her husband traveled the four-hour trip from Clearlake to identify their son’s body in person at the coroner’s office on Nov. 24 but were denied access to see him because, they were told, he had already been identified by his driver’s license and the fraternity brothers. “I thought that according to law, unless you don’t have any family, you’re supposed to be identified by your family,” she says. “He was our child, and they refused to let us identify him.” “When we went to the coroner’s office, we talked to a Patra Albrecht [the medical examiner’s Investigator] . . . we asked to see him, and we were denied. She went in the back and said, ‘Oh, let me go take a picture of him.’ She didn’t even take a picture; she went back and in a few minutes she came out with a black-and-white piece of paper, a printout from the Xerox machine.”

The Brothers The Sigma Chi house where Johnson died, located at 284 N. 10th Street, is a stereotypical frat house on SJSU’s 10th Street Greek strip. Prominent blue-and-gold letters reading “Sigma Chi” hang on the front of the worn-in gray-painted residence. The front crabgrass lawn is patchy, and the occasional red party cup can be seen under bushes or on the sidewalk out in front. In the SJSU fraternity community, Sigma Chi has the reputation as the “nice guy” frat. According to one SJSU sorority member who asked to remain anonymous, Sigma Chi guys like to party but will still “walk girls home at night to make sure they’re safe.” It was in this community that Johnson lived the last two years of his life, with 30some members of the multicultural all-male fraternity. According to the autopsy report, Johnson was a very sociable young man who never showed symptoms of depression or suicidal tendencies to his fraternity brothers. Going by the name “Junior” since he started college at SJSU, he had a large “JR” tattooed on his right bicep. As a kinesiology major who wanted to work in sports medicine, he was in the best shape of his life, fit and built from working as a personal trainer at Bally’s Total Fitness in San Jose. In numerous photos posted by his friends on Facebook, Johnson can be seen living it up in the fraternity lifestyle, with a Bud Lite it one hand, his arm around a pretty girl or two and a wide smile on his face. Other photos show him dancing and making funny faces at the camera with his frat brothers, all clad in their “EX” Sigma Chi shirts. Nothing unusual for his peer group. Denise Johnson sees this as evidence that her son did not commit suicide. “He had everything going for himself,” she says. “Girls weren’t a problem. Even the same frat brothers that claimed that he did this to himself, they said that he wasn’t depressed about anything. It just doesn’t add up. It doesn’t make sense.” Wiggsy Sivertsen, an SJSU personal counselor, spent time with the Sigma Chi members following Johnson’s death, and said that she believes that nobody in the house had any notion at all that Junior was going to kill himself. “They had an idea that Junior had ups and downs, but that’s life, it’s full of ups and downs. He hadn’t threatened suicide, he hadn’t talked about it, which is not uncommon. A lot of times, people never talk about it, never threaten it. They just do it. You can’t tell,” says Sivertsen. The only hints that Johnson may have been struggling can be found on the autopsy report, which details the events surrounding his death. In the hours before he died, the autopsy report states that Johnson had met up with an ex-girlfriend for lunch. “During lunch, the decedent started to tell her about his father’s addiction to drugs,” says the autopsy’s investigation report, conducted


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by Albrecht. “The decedent told her that his father used their family’s money and resources to buy drugs instead of providing for the family. The ‘former girlfriend’ thought that this was an odd and uncomfortable conversation. At no time during the conversation did the decedent say he was suicidal or depressed.” When asked about her husband’s alleged drug use, Denise Johnson did not respond directly. “When he was in high school, his father was not here, just like Obama’s father wasn’t around,” she said. “This had nothing to do with succeeding or failing, because he was going to succeed no matter what. They [the police] used what they thought was true, that wasn’t even true at the time. His father is fine.” When asked again about her husband’s drug use, she said, “Halloween, we were there. We gave him money, and he hugged his father and gave him a hat.” Asked for a third time if her husband had any history of drug use, Johnson said, “His father has never been arrested for drugs, or anything like that. They made up that thing with his ex-girlfriend having lunch with him that day, but he had no food in his stomach.” According to the autopsy report, Johnson in fact had no food in his stomach when he was found, though a toxicology report conducted on his blood shows that he had been drinking. His blood alcohol level postmortem was .07 percent, which means that he most likely had the alcohol content of three to four beers before he died. No other drugs were found in his system. Gregory Johnson Sr. later said that he did have a history of drug use, but that those days were behind him. “I used drugs back before he was born,” he said. “I don’t have a problem with drugs, not for the past 25 years.”

The Race Question The Johnsons have said explicitly that they believe their son’s death was related to his race, and that the UPD and coroner’s office have treated them poorly and lied about their son’s condition because they are African American. “I know for a fact that if it had of been someone of Caucasian race at a black fraternity house, they would have arrested every black child in there until they found out what really happened,” Denise Johnson says. Gregory Johnson Sr. says his son’s frat brothers should have been arrested on the spot when his son’s body was found. “If I were found with a dead body, they would take me to jail because I’m a black man,” he says. “They need to go down there and arrest the white boys who were found up there with my son.” SJSU’s Harris said that the UPD handled the investigation into Johnson’s death according to standard police procedure. “We have no reason to have anything

other then full faith in the work of the police department. The district attorney’s office will review their work when it is completed.” Dr. Steven M. Millner, a SJSU professor of African American studies, says many of his black students have expressed concern and suspicion to him about the way Johnson died. “It’s a tragic circumstance, and enough has occurred in America’s past and recent history that parents may feel that they have credible reason to be fearful of what they think may have occurred to their son. And that’s tragic within itself,” Millner says. Millner continues, “There is skepticism. There is fear, but there is also genuine grief from some of the young white and other fraternity members who lost a brother. This is one of the most tragic circumstances that we’ve seen here.”

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Can Healing Begin? Wiggsy Sivertsen felt compelled to write a letter to the editor of the Spartan Daily after seeing the backlash caused by their Jan. 19 story. “When Gregory hung himself, I spent a lot of time in that fraternity, with the men, dealing with their grief and sorrow,” she says. “When I saw the article, I thought it was really important to say something for the students, the men that were committed to their fraternity, and to Junior. I felt really strongly that the guys needed support.” Sivertsen has worked as a counselor at SJSU for 41 years and has counseled students several times when a suicide has occurred on or near campus. She said that Johnson’s suicide was particularly tragic. “I know about suicide, and the residual effects that suicide has not only on friends but on family members. I feel profoundly sad for Mrs. Johnson, because there’s nothing worse then losing a child. But to lose a child by their own hand, that’s just horrible.” Although she has never personally spoken to the Johnsons, Sivertsen said she believes that Denise and Gregory Johnson Sr. are prolonging their own agony by inciting murder allegations that do not have any merit. “Parents will look for anything they can possibly find that might be what caused their child to lose their life, other than they took it by their own hand. I totally understand what Mrs. Johnson is doing.” Dr. Millner said that he was personally affected by suicide when he was a student at San Jose State in the 1960s, and that he feels for the Sigma Chi members and Johnson’s parents. “I lost a college roommate to suicide, and the long-term damage to everyone involved is so severe,” he says. “People go through stages of denial. That is going to capture the tragedy of this young man’s fate. It’s beyond belief, the grief and the self-doubt, that is going to remain with his parents, with his fraternity brothers, and with all of those who just don’t want to accept that these things can occur.” M

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AYBE FOUR PEOPLE were looking at me. Two of those were friendly faces I knew; about six more stared morosely into their drinks or laughed with friends. After three weeks of watching other people do this, I told myself, I could do it. The cramped, windowless bar with its painted cinderblock walls and neon beer signs could have been any low-rent place in San Jose. The faded, life-size mermaid greeting customers as they walked in let me know I was at the Red Stag on San Carlos Street. I stood peering at my reflection in the huge mirror, a row of whiskey bottles obstructing my view. Danielle, a friendly bartender and a great singer herself, smiled to show her support. Even with nobody paying attention, my palms started sweating and I battled with

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my stomach to keep down the 12 ounces of liquid courage that I desperately needed for the next four minutes and 18 seconds. The music started, I sent out a wordless apology to Pat Benatar, looked up at the flat-screen TV mounted above the bar and tried not to make anyone’s ears bleed. Karaoke, like most things in California, is an import. Brought over from Japan in the early ’80s, it was once a hobby reserved for a small group of the talentless and tone deaf. But karaoke grew in popularity and lost some of its stigma. “Normal” people started to sing in public, and no longer was it just the pastime of societal outcasts. Instead people from all walks of life were singing in front of strangers. There lurks a strange nomadic culture in Silicon Valley of people who travel from bar to bar, like singing Gypsies, entertaining themselves and attempting

to entertain others by imitating pop stars. While plenty of people like me will do it once or twice in a lifetime, maybe at the occasional after-work birthday party, these fanatics do it three and four nights a week. These are the few, the die-hards, the karaoke cultists. They stake out specific bars for certain days of the week. They have their own songs. They carefully craft karaoke personalities. Most are loyal to their chosen karaoke jockeys and venues, and jokingly disparage all others. The one thing they all have in common is a need to sing in front of people. Singing at home, in the shower or in the car just won’t cut it. They need an audience. Is it narcissism? Exhibitionism? Is it an ego trip? This is their moment of stardom, their chance to perform for the crowd—to know that for at least four minutes all eyes


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and ears are focused on them. Dozens of karaoke bars in the South Bay fulfill that need. Some host karaoke sessions once a week; others do it every day—from small, badly lit joints like Alex’s 49er Bar off Bascom in San Jose to sleek ultralounges like Fahrenheit in downtown San Jose to the rowdier Boswell’s in Campbell. Even South First Billiards offers karaoke once a week. What kind of person goes to karaoke more than three times a week? Gwyneth Paltrow’s quirky star turn in Duets aside, karaoke is often considered silly or even lame, and is openly mocked. Most people think of karaokiers as the tone deaf Cameron Diaz in My Best Friend’s Wedding or the Japanese businessmen in Rush Hour 2, singing Michael Jackson off-key and with no rhythm. But that isn’t a good picture of the hard-core karaokier. I needed to

find out who comprised the South Bay’s karaoke elite. So, for about three weeks I stalked a couple of local karaoke singers in San Jose trying to answer these questions—and score some beers.

The Lifer As an almost 10-year veteran of the karaoke circuit, Ken Fitzgerald knows the local scene. Fitzgerald looks younger than his 29 years. He’s got a cute smile and seems almost shy. But that is not the case. A serious karaokier, he has been known to perform 20 days in a row, has his own very impressive karaoke system and holds karaoke parties. Mostly, though, he sings at any one of a dozen bars in and around San Jose. He gave me the names of different bars to check out for each day of the week.

I met him at the Dive Bar on Santa Clara Street on a recent Wednesday. The Dive Bar is dark, but contrary to its name it isn’t the least bit divey. Karaoke is done in the front, near huge windows, so everyone has to walk past a singer to get into the bar. I was sitting at a table when Fitzgerald came up to me and asked what paper I write for. I don’t know how he knew I was a reporter, although the notepad and photographer might have given me away. Often one can tell the regulars because they just seem more comfortable holding the microphone and being in front of people. Fitzgerald is no exception. Though he doesn’t dance around, he reeked of confidence in his rendition of Jimmy Eat World’s “Sweetness.” “I started doing karaoke shortly after my 21st birthday,” Fitzgerald says. “I went out and sang ‘The

Devil Went Down to Georgia’ and just had a blast with it. And I’ve been doing it ever since.” He’s good. While singing one night in 2003, a friend asked him if he was going to the San Francisco auditions for American Idol at what was then called PacBell Park. At the time, he hadn’t heard of American Idol but liked the idea. “I grabbed my tuxedo,” he says, “and just headed on up and slept in my car and slept in line, [then] went into the ballpark—and was selected.” Fitzgerald was one of about 10 people, including William Hung, who were shown on the San Francisco episode. “I enjoyed the hell out of it, and I looked pretty good, too,” he says humbly. “But I didn’t make it to Hollywood.” He would end up auditioning two more times, once in 2004 and again in 2006. 16


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The Reluctant Bar Singer Carol Matsumoto isn’t shy so much as she almost seems like she doesn’t want to be here. She readily admits to me that she doesn’t like bars. But since she is a karaoke addict and needs an audience, she has to put up with the atmosphere. She makes it crystal clear that she is here to perform and that is all; she puts up with no shenanigans from drunken patrons, giving them frosty stares if they start to bother her. At fortysomething and about 5-foot-2, with shoulder-length jet-black hair and a baggy leather jacket, Matsumoto kind of disappears into the background. Before she goes up to sing, she hands the karaoke jockey a CD with the song she wants to sing on it—usually an older soft-rock hit, although she will change her selection to best fit the crowd, not trusting his selection. She does not use the prompter screen; after seven years on the karaoke circuit, she knows her songs by heart.

“Basically I taught myself how to sing,” she says. “I would just sing along with the radio and practice in my room.” Here at the Blue Bonnet in Sunnyvale, she looks a bit out of place. She sits at a table quietly waiting for her next turn, while everyone around her is drinking beers and laughing or yelling over a pool game. As the melody starts, I can see her visibly loosen up and start to enjoy herself. She wanders the floor, lost in her own musical world. “I always wanted to perform and sing in front of people because I like the attention,” she says. Now retired, Carol has recorded three CDs of cover songs, which she sells at her gigs and gives out as gifts. She admits that she would love to make a living in the studio. “What I would really like to do,” she says, “is just make CDs.”

The Headliner They first time I saw Archie Garcia, at Boswell’s in Campbell, he was wearing a three-piece suit, strutting his stuff while singing Mötley Crüe. I thought maybe he had come straight from work to the bar, but no—he wore the suit because it was his birthday. (The following week I would see him with jeans and a Darkness T-shirt; this is generally his uniform though he can still occasionally be found in preppy formal.) With his thick black-rimmed


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glasses, he looked liked like Clark Kent. Onstage, he danced around, pumping his fist into the air, singing “Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love” by Van Halen. The crowd loved it. Software salesman by day, this San Jose native transforms at night into an attention-craving karaoke dynamo. He started singing regularly a little over a year ago. A friend brought him along, and it’s become an addiction. Garcia has a few theories about the people who do karaoke as much as he does. “After doing it for a year, I tried to simplify things by saying that a regular karaokier, and by regular I mean someone who does it at least once a week and sings, is going to be either: One, depressed; two, narcissistic; or three, ugly. And of course you can be more than one of these.” He good-naturedly admits that he falls into more than one of those categories. He concedes that karaoke has a pretty bad reputation as a lifestyle choice, because it is generally practiced in bars, but he says it’s helped him “tone down” his drinking. “Usually, I would go out with friends and drink and dance and go chase after girls. Whereas with karaoke, I limit my drinking because I don’t want to screw up the lyric or my voice. “And it gives me four minutes of all the attention of all the girls at the bar. For someone who needs as much attention as I do, it’s a good trade-off.” For Garcia, it’s not about the singing so much as the performing. “I’m always singing in the wrong key. I don’t think it matters. Seriously, even if you turn in a completely average performance, you’re going to do better than at least 10 people.”

The Rocker Ashton Chevallier got started in karaoke out of sheer boredom. He says he started going consistently about 18 months ago because there was nothing else he liked to do in San Jose. “The couch is not the place to be,” he says. “And I’ve made a bunch of friends. People expect me to show up.” Chevallier sports a heavy-metal look, with long curly hair, faded jeans and a Van Halen T-shirt. Onstage, he rocks all his songs, with kicks, fist pumps and a general hard-core feel. A crowd favorite that he regularly does is “Ballroom Blitz” by the Sweet (made famous on the Wayne’s World soundtrack). He says he also has been playing guitar in a nameless band for the last two years. He goes to karaoke at least twice a week, though if friends want to go on off-days, or other factors arise, he will sing five nights a week. Late last year, he attended the 2008 San Jose Entertainer of the Year Karaoke Competition. The competition started in September and ran through December. Held at two dozen bars in the area, the top three performers from each bar would

go on to the next round. There were six different genres: Top 40, R&B/Jazz, Oldies, Standards/Broadway, Country and Rock, with a finale held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown San Jose. Contest participants did all the judging. Chevallier won first place in the Top 40 genre, sporting tight white pants, a bandana and aviator glasses, singing Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell.” Chevallier and Garcia, who are pals, are both a bit on the exuberant side. They are easily the most entertaining singers I saw during my sojourn. They often back each other up during performances. While one sings, the other plays backup air guitar—or air bass. When I asked them to describe the difference, I got a little lecture. I sat on my stool at the Dive bar sipping a beer while Garcia and Chevallier patiently demonstrated the difference of the two imaginary instruments, all with a rather superior air about them. Apparently, it’s all about the hand placement. I was shamed for not knowing this. On slow nights they will sing songs they normally wouldn’t perform. Both are good at judging a room, and sing songs they are pretty sure that the crowd will enjoy. But on off-nights they try out new songs, ones that might not go over too well with a crowded bar. On one of these nights at the Dive, which contained less than a dozen patrons, Chevallier sang Metallica’s “Master of Puppets,” an 8 1/2-minute-long beast of a song, which contains enough instrumental breaks that he probably could have gone to the bathroom, ordered a beer and talked to a couple of friends before returning to the stage for the final chorus. That night he sang nothing but Metallica songs. With the easily recognizable opening riffs, he got a few raised-devil-horn salutes, but in general patrons focused on their beverages.

The Believer Helen Garcia is also a regular of Wednesdays at the Dive Bar, but she sings under the stage name TK. Talking to her I can tell that music is one of her passions—she lights up and starts to get more animated. “It doesn’t matter where I am, I always sing,” she tells me. She sings at the bus stop, at home—and especially at karaoke. She started seven years ago, when she was 19. “I was actually at De Anza College when we had a karaoke fun day.” Not yet old enough to go to bars, she would head over to Dave and Buster’s to karaoke. When she finally hit 21, she would go more often. “I used to go seven days a week; I had it all planned out I knew where to go and when to go,” Garcia says. 18

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7 Bamboo Karaoke Lounge Wed-Sat, 9pm2am: Karaoke. Tue, 9pm-1am: Karaoke. 162 E. Jackson St, San Jose, 408.279.9937.

The Goosetown Lounge Fri-Sat, 9:30pm: Karaoke. 1072 Lincoln Ave, Willow Glen, 408.292.4835.

Alex’s 49er Inn Wed-Sat, 9pm-1am: Karaoke. 2214 Business Circle, San Jose, 408.279.9737.

Hard Work Cafe Wed, 8pm-midnight: Karaoke. Free. 1620 Almaden Rd, San Jose, 408.289.9675.

B4 Twelve Wed, 9pm-1am: Karaoke Dance Party. With DJ Purple. No cover. 412 Emerson St, Palo Alto, 650.326.7183.

Huddle Wed-Thu and Sun, 9pm: Wild Nights Karaoke. 5152 Mowry Ave, Fremont.

The Bank Thu: Karaoke. 14421 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, 408.867.5155.

Katie Bloom’s Irish Pub & Restaurant Sun, 9:30pm-1:30am: Karaoke. 369 Campbell Ave at Central, Campbell, 408.379.9687.

The Bears Fri-Sat, 9pm: With MC Ruckus Brian. 1872 W. San Carlos, San Jose, 408.998.3425.

Khartoum Thu, 9pm: With Davey K. No cover. 300 Orchard City Dr, Campbell, 408.379.6340.

Blinky’s Can’t Say Fri, 9pm-1am: With Stephanie. 1031 Monroe St, Santa Clara, 408.985.7201.

King of Clubs Sun-Thu, 8:30pm-close: With Bruce of KOR Karaoke. No cover. 893 Leong Dr, Mountain View, 650.968.6366.

Blue Bonnet Bar Mon and Wed-Thu, 8pm: Karaoke. No cover. 208 S. Fair Oaks Ave, Sunnyvale, 408.245.6651.

Las Fuentes Fri-Sat, 8-11pm: Karaoke in Spanish. 163 W. Alma Ave, San Jose, 408.280.5555.

Blue Max Fri-Sat, 9pm-1:30am: Karaoke. 828 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, 408.746.9500. Blue Note Lounge Thu, 9pm: Karaoke. 765 N. Capitol Ave, Milpitas, 408.262.8363. Blue Pheasant Tue, 7pm: With Steve Tiger. 22100 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, 408.255.3300.

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Normandy House Lounge Fri-Sat, 9pm-1am: With Stephanie. 30 Washington St, Santa Clara, 408.244.1937. Oasis Wed, 8:30pm: With MC Ruckus Brian. Fri, 8:30pm: With Dusty or Jen. Sat, 8:30pm: With Doug. 952 E. El Camino, Sunnyvale, 408.738.9957.

Boswell’s Tue: With DJ Davey K. 1875 S. Bascom Ave, Campbell, 408.371.4404.

Office Bar Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, 9pm: Karaoke. 820 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View, 650.969.2098.

Britannia Arms Almaden Wed, 10pm and Sun, 10pm: Karaoke. With DJ Hank. 5027 Almaden Expwy, San Jose, 408.266.0550.

Pacific Palms Grill and Bar Wed-Thu, 9:30pm1:30am: Wild Side Karaoke. 1380 S. Main St, Milpitas, 408.934.4999.

Britannia Arms Cupertino Sun-Tue, 9:30pm: Karaoke. 1087 De Anza Blvd, Cupertino, 408.252.7262.

Peacock Lounge Thu, 9pm-1:30am: With MC Ruckus Brian. Sun: Karaoke Sundays. Tue, 9pm1:30am: With DJ Mickey. DJ, dancing, karaoke. 102 E. Fremont Ave, Sunnyvale, 408.962.6690.

British Bankers Club Thu, Sun, 9:30pm: Karaoke. 1090 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 650.327.8769.

Thing is, many of them don’t have impressive voices. But the quality of singing doesn’t really matter. What counts is the rush from singing in front of a crowd. It took me two weeks to get the nerve to sing in public. I blame it on the fact that when I was in the third grade, I fell off the stage during a school musical and ran crying to my mom. Since that time, I’ve done my best to not make an ass of myself in front of a bunch of strangers. I knew I had to do it. It seemed only fair. But that whole afternoon, I was nervous. When I finally got onstage, anyone could tell I was a newbie. My voice warbled and cracked, and I was incredibly stiff. I couldn’t bring myself to look at anyone in my tiny crowd and kept my eyes glued to the teleprompter. But I had gotten some good pointers from some of the regulars:

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• No matter what, people have heard worse.

Fifth Quarter Mon, Tue, 9pm: Karaoke. 1373-B Kooser Rd, San Jose, 408.265.7033.

In general, the karaokiers seem like a pretty friendly crowd. Always asking newcomers if they are going to sing, and if not, then why, cheering on their peers, and singing along to their favorite songs. And though the crowd ranges in age from early 20s to AARP-card-carrying age, from men in suits and women in dresses to guys in leather chaps and chicks in sweats, there seems to be a lot of camaraderie.

• If the bar is rocking, don’t sing a whiny folk song.

Flames Coffee Shop Thu-Sat, 9pm-midnight: The Uncle Dougie Show. No cover. 1830 Hillsdale Ave, San Jose, 408.723.8393.

I made it through the whole song, only forgetting a line or two. And I didn’t fall down. Afterward I got some applause—probably more from pity than anything else, but claps are claps—and that felt good. M

Mexico Lindo Wed: Country karaoke. Fri: Karaoke. 11 Race St, San Jose, 408.295.7765.

Blush Nightclub Tue, 7:30-11:30pm: Karaoke. 261 California Dr, Burlingame, 415.573.9840.

She admits that karaoke gets her through some of her more difficult times, that it’s a form of therapy and an outlet. There was a time in her life when she was homeless: with nowhere to sleep she would sleep on the 22 bus that ran all night. She called it Hotel 22. But with any extra money, she would go to the bar every night, get a soda and sing karaoke. She says it kept her spirits up. Now that things have settled down, the petite brunette goes “only” about three nights a week, belting out Janis Joplin and Susan Tedeschi’s “Hurt So Bad.” “I just really, really enjoy it, whether it’s just to have fun and hang out with friends. It’s definitely helping me to succeed in my musical career.” Garcia currently works in graphic design and will be singing in a commercial for Ready 2 Model in the coming months.

• Never sing “Nickelback.”

Mariani’s Restaurant Thu, 8-11pm: With Chris. 2500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, 408.243.1431.

Pebble Roppongi Karaoke Lounge Mon-Sat, 8pm-2am: Karaoke. 160 S. Frances St, Sunnyvale, 408.738.0392.

C&J’s Sports Bar Mon, Thu, 9pm: Karaoke. No cover. 1550 Lafayette St, Santa Clara, 408.423.9013.

Quarter Note Tue, Thu, Sun, 9pm: Karaoke. No cover. 1214 Apollo Way, Sunnyvale, 408.732.2110.

Cardinal Lounge Wed, 9pm: Karaoke. With DJ Curtis. No cover. 3197 Meridian Ave, San Jose, 408.269.7891.

Red Stag Lounge Ongoing, 9:30pm-2am: Karaoke. 1711 W. San Carlos St, San Jose, 408.292.6777.

Club Max Ongoing, 8pm: Karaoke. Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, 408.437.2187.

Redi Room Thu, 9pm-1am: Karaoke. With Joseph. 4340 Moorpark Ave, San Jose, 408.257.7770.

Creekside Inn Wed-Sat, 8:30pm: Karaoke. No cover. 544 W. Alma St, San Jose, 408.289.9782. DaSilva’s Broncos Wed-Sat, 8pm: Karaoke. (Formerly the Claran), 1251 Franklin Mall, Santa Clara, 408.248.4682. Dive Bar Wed, 8pm-2am: Karaoke. 78 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose, 408.288.5252. Drying Shed Fri-Sat, 8:30pm: Karaoke and Dancing. 402 Toyon Ave, San Jose, 408.272.1512. Effie’s Restaurant and Lounge Tue-Sat, 9pm-2am and last Sun of every month, 2-7pm: With BNS Karaoke. 331 Hacienda Ave, Campbell, 408.374.3400. Fahrenheit Ultra Lounge Mon, 9pm-close: Karaoke. No cover. 99 E. San Fernando St, San Jose, 408.998.9998.

Galaxy Tue, Thu and Sun, 9pm-2am: Karaoke. $10 cover. 134 S. Main St, Milpitas, 408.262.1123. Ginger Bar and Grill Thu, 9pm: Karaoke. Hilton Hotel, 39900 Balentine Dr, Fremont, 510.490.8390.

Rosie McCann’s Tue, 8:30pm: Karaoke. No cover. 355 Santana Row, San Jose, 408.247.1706. Royal Oak Pub Mon, Wed, 9pm-1am: Karaoke. 1240 Coleman Ave, Santa Clara, 408.588.1111. San Jose Bar & Grill Tue, 10pm: Kamikaze Karaoke. 85 S. Second St, San Jose, 408.286.2397. Scruffy Murphy’s Irish Pub Thu and Sun, 9pm-close: College Karaoke Night. 187 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, 408.735.7394. Sherwood Inn Wed, 8pm and Fri-Sat, 8:30pm: With Vinnie. Sun, 8:30pm: With Chris. 2988 Almaden Expwy, San Jose, 408.266.2480. South First Billiards Club and Lounge Sun, 9:30pm: With Wild Side. 420 S. First St, San Jose, 408.294.7800. Southside Cafe Wed, 8:30pm : Karaoke and DJ dancing. With DJ Armando. 21+. No cover. 7028 Santa Teresa Blvd, San Jose, 408.226.5424. Splash Tue, 10pm: Hosted by Apple and KJ Ken. No cover. 65 Post St, San Jose, 408.993.0861. Straits Wed, 9pm-midnight: Karaoke. 333 Santana Row, Suite 1100, San Jose, 408.246.6320. The Savoy Wed at 8pm. 3546 Flora Vista Ave, Santa Clara, 408.244.6909. A Tinker’s Damn Tue, 9pm: Karaoke. 46 N. Saratoga Ave, Santa Clara, 408.243.4595.


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IN HER hugely influential urban planning book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, the late Jane Jacobs describes the kind of diverse street life that separates dynamic urban areas from sterile, masterplanned ones devoid of life. The cities and neighborhoods that are most successful, she says, are those that cater to pedestrians and attract a variety of businesses, residents and visitors, She compares a lively city to an ecosystem in which this diversity develops organically over time. In San Jose, Willow Glen’s Lincoln Avenue neighborhood comes closest to Jacobs’ ideal of messy vitality. The variety of businesses and pedestrian-friendly sidewalks create a diverse street life that makes it one of the most popular areas in Silicon Valley. Willow Glen has always had a bold independent streak. Built around Lincoln Avenue (called Willow Glen Road until Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865), and incorporating as a town in 1927, its residents continued to stand up for the unique identity of their neighborhood even after it became part of San Jose in 1936. Today, the fruits of that fight can be seen in Willow Glen’s commitment to independent business and the integrity of its downtown culture. From its dining and culture to its bountiful boutiques to its bastion of indie bookstores, Willow Glen remains one of a kind. M

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other specialty items. The ravioli are a local tradition. For dependable Chinese-American food, Edna Ray and Taiwan Restaurant have been the Willow Glen standard for years and are still going strong. Mediterranean food is particularly well represented in Willow Glen. Newcomer Opa! serves affordable and generally delicious Greek-American food in a modern, urbane setting. With stylish décor, a cozy dining room and a friendly neighborhood vibe, the restaurant occupies the sweet spot between fast food and fine dining. If one can look past its spare appearance, Casablanca’s Cafe offers one of Silicon Valley’s best—and biggest—falafel

sandwiches. The gyros and shawerma are good, too. Venerable John’s Xlnt Foods is a diner beloved for its Greek, Italian and American served in big portions. At the upper end of the scale, Siena Bistro and Vin Santo Ristorante are Willow Glen’s two standout fine dining restaurants. Siena is an intimate, 40-seat restaurant with an appealing outdoor patio. At Vin Santo, try the “O” burger made with truffles and Gorgonzola cheese served on focaccia. Willow Glen has a several good Mexican food options, and two of the most popular are Aqui Cal-Mex Grill and Tlaquepaque No. 1. Aqui offers a contemporary take on Mexican food while Tlaquepaque charts a more traditional course. Don’t miss 23


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ILLOW GLEN offers a range of options for those looking for a physical or mental makeover. Besides gyms like Fitness Group of Willow Glen and San Jose Swim & Racket club, several top-notch wellness studios offer less conventional forms of workout. Willow Glen Yoga features a full schedule of classes in vinyasa yoga, hatha yoga and creative hybrid yoga styles. Citrus Pilates and Tru-Balance Pilates are the resident fitness studios offering the strangely addictive form of resistance training. Offering a handful of pilates classes during the week, Citrus has a minimalist, Zen appeal to its sleek wellness-centric environs. TruBalance has a full schedule of Pilates, not to mention trained hypnotherapists on staff and Pilates certification programs. Halanda Studio steps it up by offering not only yoga classes but also eclectic dance, self-defense and other unique fitness classes . Pampering the body is just as important as nurturing it. There are massages at La Concha, facials at Sachs, paraffin hand treatments at Slice of Heaven or Men’s De-Stressing spa packages at Spa R&R. For a more literal Willow Glen makeover, Alchemy Hair Studio & Spa is sponsoring a makeover contest, with community members voting for nominees who are local residents and have a history of bettering their community. Alchemy has been building a mini-empire of hair care and spas in Willow Glen; they can be reached at 408.293.3494 for contest details.

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ILLOW Glen is a community with a pulse. Throughout the year, this upscale district sets the bar for neighborhood entertainment with festivals, street fairs, special events and more. Three big festivals in particular draw out the masses. The party kicks off with Dancin’ in the Avenue, slated to take over downtown on June 20 this year for the TAKING FLIGHTS !Hsbqfwjof!iptut!sfhvmbs! 14th time. The aptly named, xjof!ubtujoht!jo.tupsf/ one-night annual street party encourages locals to bust out their best moves to the live beats provided by one of the four stages of bands. Beer, wine and soda booths line the street, while food booths showcase the creations of local vendors and downtown’s best restaurants. A kids court helps to keep the younger ones entertained. Next on the Willow Glen party circuit is the Italian Family Fiesta, Aug. 29–30 this year. This 27th annual event from the Italian American Heritage Foundation will bring the red, green and white back with a fury. As the oldest and largest event of its kind on the West Coast, the festival dresses up downtown Willow Glen with the charm of an Italian village, celebrating folklore and history, and promoting Italian culture with fine foods, libations, costumes, art exhibits, crafts vendors and live music. Grape-stomping contests, dancing, performances and Tarantella contests are just a few of the unique goings-on at this two-day fete. Founders Day, on Sept. 26, is particularly close to the hearts of Willow Glen residents. It celebrates the independent spirit of the neighborhood, commemorating the past, celebrating the present and looking to the future. The main drag closes for a time for the Founders Day Parade, which welcomes members of nearby communities to join in on the fun. With live music and a tender dash of Americana, this day is all about the small, hometown charm of downtown Willow Glen. This isn’t just a community with big annual festivals, though; smaller events throughout the year keep this district’s close-knit appeal. The Annual Sidewalk Sale (July 25) is a bargain hunter’s paradise. Merchants from all around town line up to bring the finest (and maybe strangest) in affordable finds. Next up is an event just for children ages 12 and under who are desperately in need of cleaning their rooms. The Second Annual Sweet Sunday Kids’ Flea Market (Sept. 6) will invite youngsters—with parental supervision, of course—to grab an umbrella, set up a card table (provided by Powell’s Sweet Shoppe) and vend their formerly loved goodies in downtown. They can bring electronics, sports equipment, used games, clothing, school supplies and more to sell to other kids. The year closes out with the Holiday Merchant Open House, a kick-off to the yuletide festivities, and finally the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Willow Glen Elementary School. As if all these festivals and events weren’t enough, businesses throughout Willow Glen host their own regular happenings and special events. The baby boutique BabyBuzz has a variety of events that include storytimes, baby sign-language classes, infant massage workshops and more. Their Mom’s Nights Out, which includes wine and cheese as well as facials, has become particularly popular. Grapevine Wine Bar & Noshery celebrate every time they get the chance with wine tasting events, live music series, parties with guests from notable wineries and unique events like sake tastings. The Willow Glen Library clears out an unquiet corner for workshops, lectures and open community meetings, and Hicklebee’s Bookstore frequently welcomes renowned artists and illustrators. ArtHouse Kids gives parents a break monthly with Drop-In Saturdays. On the first Saturday of each month, parents can take their 5-and-ups to this kids’ arts space and drop them off for an hour and a half of supervised arts and projects, leaving them free to pursue coffee or grown-up conversations for a relaxing Saturday morning. M 24


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ITH ITS high-quality, unique boutique options, Willow Glen offers some of the best reasons around to shop local for fashion. Drawing its name from the libidinous ’60s space cadet made famous by Jane Fonda, Barbarella Beauty is both a clothing retail store and a full-service salon. The boutique is owned by Rebecca Sell, one of the South Bay’s best-known makeup artists. For over two decades, Sell has been a sought-after makeup expert whose portfolio includes spreads in Allure and Bazaar, as well as television and movie makeup work. With the help of fellow cosmetologists Richard Sell and Alicia Paquette, the makeup counter at Barbarella can make anybody who comes in go out feeling fresh and fabulous. Girls who have hairdos that are drab can consult the salon’s talented hair team. Barbarella’s certified staff of hair stylists approaches every client with an eye for detail and attentiveness. Itching to throw a unique event for friends and family? Then Bella James Women’s Boutique, located inside the Garden Theater at 1165 Lincoln Ave., offers the option of a private party right on the store floor. The boutique’s staff will treat customers and their friends like royalty by closing the store, serving drinks and hors d’œuvres and acting like personal shoppers. Now with two locations, one in Campbell and one in Willow Glen, Bella James is a dream realized for owners and sisters-in-law Vicky Morris-Malvini and Lisa Morris. Both fashionistas with many years in the retail industry under their belts, the pair met when working as buyers for Nordstrom. Combining their love of styling and fashion, the women opened their first Bella James location in 2006, and have never looked back. Bella James sells stylish, casual women’s clothing, stocking brands like Free People, Michael Stars, Hudson and Joe’s Jeans. Mature ladies who are in the market for a look that is sophisticated and classic should seek out Alta Fine Contemporary Clothing. At Alta, women can find casual, comfortable garments in a diverse array of sizes, from designers like French Dressing, Noblu and XCVI. For a place in Willow Glen with a great sales rack, check out Details Clothing Co. In the store, one can discover some great deals and an ever-changing selection. Look for last season finds for half off at the discounted section in back.

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Two great boutiques to find one of a kind clothing in downtown Willow Glen are Orapa Gallery of Wearable Arts and Park Place Vintage. Owned and operated by Cedide Oclay, Orapa Gallery has a selection of avant-garde fashions from all over the world. From extravagantly zippered trench coats from Germany to poofy, geometric skirts from Japan, Oclay supplies her store with a truly edgy range of fashions for women who view their closet like an art collection. Park Place Vintage is all about eclectic vintage finds. This is the place to fill a wardrobe with tight wool pencil skirts, dainty cardigans and cute retro dresses. They even have an extensive costume section for Halloween and theme parties,

as well as tons of mid-20th-century accessories and home décor. Likewise, Our Secret Annex, located just off the downtown strip, is an upscale consignment store that sells gently used designer wear for a fraction of retail price. Adira is all about pieces that’ll make a girl look good while on the move. This dance and costume shop has it all, from Turkish bras and belts to shimmy in while belly dancing, to a big ruffled skirts to dosi-do in at square dancing classes. If keeping the little ones cute is a concern, then BabyBuzz is a wonderful baby and tot boutique. In addition to selling adorable baby gear, apparel and toys, Babybuzz has a large play area where doting mothers and fathers can congregate

and socialize with their kids. Getting ready to pop the question but don’t want to trek over to Kay or Zales for an engagement ring? Then try the Willow Glen Diamond Company or Mann’s Jewelers. Willow Glen Diamond Company sells a big range of top jewelry designers, from Bellarri to Novell to Studio 311. They also have three on-site goldsmiths that can do just about anything with gold and platinum, and even a LaserStar welder for precession jewelry alterations. Mann’s Jewelers offers a full range of services, from quick watch repair to pearl restringing to ring sizing and custom work. They also sell a traditional assortment of diamonds, wedding bands, engagement sets and watches. M


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goes about his work with a quiet solemnity that probably puts some people off. All of which is ďŹ ne with me as long as the food is good. Casablancaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t aspire to ďŹ ne dining, but what it offers instead is some truly great sandwiches, including one of the best falafel sandwiches Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever had. Hamad says he developed his style of falafel as a teenager working in a deli in Jordan. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unlike any other falafel Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had in Silicon Valley. For starters, he grinds garbanzo beans with onions, garlic, pickled chile peppers, fresh cilantro and parsley and various spices, most noticeably cumin. As a result, the fried garbanzo balls are much more moist and ďŹ&#x201A;avorful that your typical falafel. At $5.50, the falafel deluxe is only 50 cents more than the regular falafel sandwich, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the sandwich that you must get because of everything thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s packed into it. In addition to wonderfully creamy hummus, tangy tahini sauce and pickled red cabbage, the falafel deluxe is gilded with strips of baked eggplant, fried cauliďŹ&#x201A;ower and fried potatoes. If you like it spicy, the ribbon of shatta (hot sauce) delivers a blast of chile pepper heat. All the above is wrapped up in

a wide piece of lavash that Hamad toasts on a burly sandwich press that makes the George Foreman grill look like a Barbie toy. The result is a kind of falafel panini thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shaped into a hulking square, bricklike shape instead of the typical cylinder. The sandwich probably weighs in at well over a pound, and in spite of its sauciness and abundance of ingredients it holds together well. I thought there was no way I could eat the whole thing, but I did. Gladly. The gyros sandwich ($5.95) and chicken shawarma ($6.50) sandwiches come in close seconds. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just as big and loaded with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and more of that tangy pickled cabbage. The kofta kebab sandwich ($5.95) was delicious, too. Eventually, that is. When my sandwich ďŹ rst arrived, the ground beef and lamb kebab was stone cold. That means Hamad cooks the kebabs in advance, refrigerates them and then heats them up to order. I sent mine back, and it was returned smoking hot. It was quite good, but would undoubtedly have been better if it had been grilled or baked to order. The hummus is great, but the babaganouj ($6.75 for a plate with

Lebanese bread) is superb. The baked eggplant is purĂŠed as thin and creamy as hummus and has the sharp tang of lemon juice and tahini. The Persian-style rihan salad ($6.50) is another standout, even though it is doused with about a gallon too much balsamic vinaigrette. Fortunately, because of the listing ďŹ&#x201A;oor, the dressing pooled to one side of my plate. The chopped salad combines bits of fried eggplant, green onions, feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers and parsley. Hamad takes cash and debit cards, but on my ďŹ rst visit when I paid with my card he gave me an irritated look and asked if I had cash. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t and almost never do. On my second visit, when I handed him my debit card, he did the same thing. I suggested he go to cash only and stop giving customers a hard time. He replied that he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to make it harder for customers to pay, but it takes a long time for him to receive payment from the card processing company and times are tough. So the next time I came in I paid in cash. A good sandwich is worth a special trip to the bank.


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MARCH 4-10, 2009 M E T R O S I L I C O N VA L L E Y

All You Can Eat

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B.B.Q. & Chinese Buffet Mon-Fri Lunch $7.35 Dinner $9.35 Sat-Sun $9.35 All day Fresh Meats • Vegetables • Seafood President Restaurant 408.978.7188 • 1190 Hillsdale Ave, SJ


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Williams have cleverly milked this premise for all it’s worth, even turning the switching of actors’ double roles into visual gags and poking fun at its own set design in silhouette. Ironically, the smashing success of this production may have been determined by a last-minute twist of fate that must have seemed disastrous at the time. In February, announced lead Andrew Ceglio had to pull out of the production for personal reasons, and Bay Area actor Robert Brewer stepped into the role of Bat Boy. Nothing against Ceglio, but Brewer is simply incredible. As the initially feral but increasingly cultured fanged misfit, he makes this production an absolute must-see. Whether hunched on the ground making animal sounds, or trading musical lines with other characters like “Let me fix your taxes, I am a CPA,” his mixture of wacky, unrestrained joie de vivre and reptilian recoil at the intolerance of others evokes a John Malkovich

quality that is perfect for this role. The story begins in Hope Falls, W.V., when some young spelunkers discover Bat Boy in a cave. The sheriff (Todd Wright) takes him to the home of the local vet, Dr. Parker (Tim Reynolds), where he is adopted by Parker’s wife, Meredith (Lisa-Marie Newton) and their daughter Shelley (Kateri McRae). He quickly goes from hissing in a cage to emotional bonding to BBC language tapes. But meanwhile the townsfolk think Bat Boy is behind the disappearance of their cattle, and they want him taken out for his attack on Ruthie (Monique Hafen). That last part is a clever inside joke in itself, since one of the most famous Weekly World News stories about Bat Boy was his attack on a fifth-grader in Florida. Of course, it all builds to a frenzied chaos, and the musical does have a message, repeated in a recurring song—“Love your Bat Boy,” that is, whatever monstrous part you can’t accept. OK, that’s

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Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Finest HIS MONTHâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S edition of the always provocative South First Fridays gallery walk in San Jose includes an unsettling show at Anno Domini by Mexico City artist Saner, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Confesiones de una Mascara.â&#x20AC;? As is often the case with the artists at Anno Domini, the style takes off from graffiti impulses and heads for stranger points unknown. Saner uses pre-Hispanic graphic forms and lots of ritual animal masks in his works. Down the street, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to see the WORKS/San Jose space in use again, this time for a couple of shows: the paintings of Christian Midjo and Tarmo Pasto and an installation by Brande Barrett titled sub specie aeternitatis. The gallery will host acoustic sounds by Kid Nothing, Manigator, Dan Potthast and Hanalei. Caffe Trieste contributes â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mosaic Vacation,â&#x20AC;? ďŹ&#x201A;oral and geometric patterned works by Mariana Barnes, plus music by some of the stars at Opera San JosĂŠ. MACLA and the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art offer a second chance to catch up with two ďŹ ne shows: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Another Country,â&#x20AC;? featuring the paintings and installations of Eugene RodrĂ­guez, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before After,â&#x20AC;? the Lewis deSoto midcareer retrospective. In between on the same block, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles showcases several score contemporary Chinese ďŹ ber artists. Slave Labor Graphicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Boutiki highlights the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Famous Drunkardsâ&#x20AC;? portraits of Karl Christian Krumpholz; music by Vinnie and the C-List. South First Billiards displays pieces by Michael Foley; there will be live music by Blank Manuscript and Ben Henderson, and some demos of live painting. Space 47 welcomes Owen Schuh and his new exhibit of painting, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Morphogenesis.â&#x20AC;? And on South Fourth Street at Kaleid Gallery, there will be a reception for Eddie Flores and Jeremiah Kille. Check out www.southďŹ rstfridays.com for late-breaking extras.

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ETWEEN TRYING to watch The Watchmen and coming in on the second week of Cinequest, local cinéastes will have their hands full. It’s almost a good thing that Gabriel Byrne canceled to make room for everything else. This weekend, look for second screenings of some of our previously recommended films like Canary (March 7, 4pm, S.J. Rep), Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison (March 6 at 12:15pm, Camera 12) and Witch Hunt (March 7, 6:30pm, S.J. Rep). March 6 also brings “The World of the Writer”—a dark, troubling planet. The 9:30am–3pm seminar includes a menu of two alternatives: De Anza’s own Barak Goldman on “The Writer’s Mindset” or a twopart presentation on film noir by Cinequest Day of the Writer creator Robert G. Phelps. On the panels are some topshelf scriptwriting teachers, most of them veterans of the UCLA film school. Phelps notes, “Lew Hunter, Hal Ackerman and Richard Walter are three of the most famous screenwriting teachers in the world. They’re top-notch educators, passionate about screenwriting and sharing what they know. We’re fortunate to have them coming in.” Both seminars fold into one do the Diablo (Juno) Cody Maverick Spirit event (March 6, 3pm, S.J. Rep). There, Hunter (author of Screenwriting 434) will interview Cody about her métier and her upcoming werewolf movie. The Panasonic-sponsored Film

Innovation Forum on March 7 demonstrates the newest breakthroughs in P2 High Definition, as well as providing a seminar afterward on “The Business of Art.” Now that boutique studios are folding like Chrysler dealerships, learning some guile and distribution techniques is essential. Also worth checking out: Fallen Angel: The Outlaw Larry Norman is David Di Sabatino’s study of the pale, pioneering Christian rocker, who died last year after a multitude of illnesses. Norman has—and had—his fans. And he got his share of ink. In 1971, Billboard deemed Norman “the most important singer/songwriter since Paul Simon,” and the Pixies’ Frank Black claims that Norman’s music was formative for him. Norman was an area man, as they say in The Onion. He attended both Leigh High School and San Jose State University. Norman’s first band, People!, had some success in the 1960s with a cover of the Zombies’ “I Love You.” A parting of the ways from People! came after cloudy circumstances. If you asked Norman, it was because Capitol Records refused to change the name of their first album to We Need a Lot More Jesus Around Here and a Lot Less Rock and Roll. Band mates Geoff Levin and Denny Fridkin recall a different story for Di Sabatino’s camera: they claim Norman had a tantrum after a minor accident onstage and decided to go solo. Soon, Norman was one of the first

to sing Christian rock—not the first, as he often claimed. With lyrics like “No more LSD for me/ I met the man from Galilee,” he addressed a national subculture of Jesus Freaks. These were blissed out, unbelievably pesky proselytizers, embraced with both arms and one leg by a grateful media terrified by atheist dopesmoking bomb-throwing youths. Unfortunately, the preponderance of the evidence is that Norman was no more moral than any other easily tempted, world-famous musician. The charges against him, among others: fathering and abandoning a child in Australia and blaming this child (or a similar happenstance) on seduction by satanic witchcraft. He also reneged on a handshake deal with his dear friend Randy Stonehill over the rights to Stonehill’s music publishing. Finally, Norman nearly ruined the career of the band Daniel Amos by sitting on its first record for three years before releasing it. This is bad news for Di Sabatino to deliver, because he is a fan. Similar fans of Norman (and Stonehill) present a huge selection of Norman’s music in the film, sometimes animated with paper-doll cutouts. But Norman’s post-People! music is representative of its lazy, unedited early-1970s singer/songwriting epoch: sub–Leon Russell in the rockingout mode, banal in sub–Three Dog Night pop mode; and in ballad mode, even more infernally spineless than Dan Fogelberg’s diary entries set to music. Among the universally worshipful evaluations of Norman

by contemporaries, I’d love to hear what, say, Randy Newman thought of Norman’s stuff. (Norman actually covered Newman more than once.) Considering Norman’s often disagreeable character, and his—I thought, anyway—really dreadful post-People! music, the movie may be most interesting as a survey of the roots of Christian rock and as a kind of companion piece to Eileen Luhr’s new book Witnessing Suburbia. The devout Di Sabatino worked very hard on this documentary, just as he did on his fascinating Frisbee: The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher. He must be considered an expert on the Jesus Freak epoch, and this warts-and-all study of Norman must be considered definitive. (Shows March 4, 9:30pm, and March 6, 4:30pm, both at Camera 12.) In the historical perspective, perhaps the biggest event in Cinequest’s last week is the screening of the silent Intolerance (see page 58) on March 6 at 7pm with Dennis James at the California Theatre’s Wurlitzer. Since D.W. Griffith’s masterpiece can be regarded as a full-throated cry of horror against the dawn of Prohibition, it’s good to know that the local alehouses can fortify you beforehand for a cinematic experience you won’t be getting elsewhere. CINEQUEST runs through March 8 in San Jose at Camera 12, the San Jose Repertory Theatre and the California Theatre; see www.cinequest.org for details. *-

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EAVE IT to Orson. The 2002 Kino DVD release of Intolerance has a snippet of 1970s Welles saying that “parts of it were dusty even at the time; parts of it would still be fresh tomorrow.” D.W. Griffith’s 1916 Intolerance is not as dusty as it seems; it’s so much more than a white elephant. True, there are moments of tableaux vivants and processionals with the camera frozen before the proscenium arch. Then, without warning: some heart-stopping moment of acting. Just as the Old Masters were never wrong about suffering, neither were the Victorians wrong about the effects of sudden death on the survivor. Check the De Niro–ish performance by Robert Harron as the Boy who loses his father in the modern sequence of this multistrand epic. Or, when Mae Marsh goes straight from delight in her baby (gnawing ogrishly on its toes) to bereaved mother, the effect is emotional whiplash: it gets sobs out of you before you know what happened. Griffith takes this comparative essay on inhumanity from a religious turf war in ancient Babylon to biblical Judea to 17thcentury France and finally to a modern slum of 1916. The tales are knitted together by Lillian Gish sitting at the Cradle of Man, visually illustrating a quote from Leaves of Grass, as the Three Fates watch in the background. Essential to Griffith’s subject is, strangely, Prohibition. The director’s own intolerance shows up in his caricatured mannish “reformers.” You can’t expect restraint from a Kentuckian describing someone trying to get between him and his bourbon. A great deal of Intolerance’s wrath is at a nation ready to make a stupid mistake. In the modern sequence, the Dear One (Marsh) is separated from her baby because some Temperance Tessies discover her nursing a cold with a half-pint of whiskey. The Hebrew Pharisees (one of them is Erich von Stroheim, whose heavyweight sneer is eclipsed by a stage

beard) are furious at everybody’s favorite Jesus miracle, the winemaking at Cana. And “Griffith asked me for a Babylonian beer hall,” the director’s assistant Joseph Henabery told Kevin Brownlow. This thunderingagainst results in a kind of lunatic cause and effect—reformers drain money, causing red ink, causing pay cuts, causing strikes, causing Gatling gun attacks on strikers. Jesus gets the cross for bootlegging. One surfs through these beautifully wrought stories. The film sank when it first came out—a brilliant folly. The next year, the move toward the 18th Amendment began and America entered one of its most violently intolerant periods: the Palmer Raids, antiGerman hysteria—all a heartbreaker for a man, as Gish put it, who had such faith that cinema was the universal language. So here is cinema at its dawn: rich in spectacle, sex and violence and tenderness. The strike sequences have the punch of Eisenstein. The Babylonian gates still inspire awe, with their live yet mouse-size elephants waiting at its entrance. Here are literal whores of Babylon (“Women corresponding to our street outcasts” notes the title card) dressed more warmly than the vestal virgins of Balthasar. Perhaps most lovable: Constance Talmadge’s sweet hillbilly, the Mountain Girl, who gets emancipated and picks up arms to defend her king in the French section. Critics who accuse Griffith of only allowing waifs in his film need to remember her. Intolerance’s cutting back and forth is what got Crash and its legion of po-mo imitators celebrated. And even in Cinequest there are some examples of how filmmakers have forgotten more than Griffith learned. Richard von Busack INTOLERANCE, presented by Cinequest and the Stanford Theatre Foundation, with live organ accompaniment by Dennis James, shows March 6 at 7pm at the California Theatre; tickets are $12.

Dark Passage Cinequest’s Robert Phelps on the shadow world of film noir

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INEQUEST’S World of the Writer, formerly Day of the Writer, has been the longtime project of Robert G. Phelps, a local public defender and scriptwriter. On his way to the courthouse, Phelps tells me that he has written “a legal dramedy and an arena football sport comedy . . . as well as a pilot for a TV show on criminal defense: sort of a cross between Boston Legal and South Park.” Phelps’ wife is Laura Phelps, who is on the board of directors at Cinequest. Phelps offered to start a program on “the art and craft of screenwriting.” Over the years, he brought in David and Janet Peoples, scriptwriters for Blade Runner and The Unforgiven. Phelps is especially enthusiastic about this year’s guests, including Lew Hunter, professor emeritus at UCLA’s film school. Phelps comments, “We’re going to be talking shop with screenwriters so that a layperson or a film buff can recognize good stories.” Phelps will be lecturing in a two-part session about his favorite kind of film, film noir. He quotes his promise in the Cinequest catalog: “I’ll go under the hood of noir like a paroled boxer moonlighting as a mechanic.” He adds, “My lecture is going to be for everybody. What I’m going to do is try to break down film noir from the storytelling standpoint, not so much from the film critic’s standpoint. I’m going to be trying to locate the elements that make up a film noir, and give a basic history of the genre. Though of course people are still debating whether noir is a genre or a style. Afterward, people will be able to win the argument at a cocktail party about whether a film is noir or not.” Phelps plans to use clips from films ranging from The Maltese Falcon to No Country for Old Men. Phelps runs down the list of usual suspects: Cagney in White Heat,

Sunset Boulevard . . . and there’ll be a few clips of Marie Windsor from The Narrow Margin. Everywhere she turns up, she’s a beautiful, seductive gem.” Phelps sees the problem of understanding noir as realizing how different it is from ordinary films: “The classic Hollywood model has likable protagonists pursuing a worthwhile goal. Noir is more ambivalent—it’s existentialism at every level. It cuts against your natural inclination to have clearly drawn characters.” As a man who works in criminal justice, Phelps feels harmony with the intentions and mood of noir. “I love being a public defender,” Phelps says, “and I’m proud of the work I do. I go into a criminal courtroom, and every day I see under the patina of perfection of American life. I see the casualties. It’s my career training to look beneath the surface and see what’s going on. I don’t believe there are truly evil people. Crime isn’t a mystery to me. There are very typical patterns that create crime. When I say I feel like I’ve seen the dark side of life, I’m not talking about my bad-guy clients. I’m talking about the limitations of civil society. Noir is all about those limitations. See the film Body and Soul. It’s a brilliant social commentary on some of the limitations of American civilization—and I say this as someone who is proud to be American. A healthy reflexive look is healthy for our country. I’m hoping people will come in and sit down and really appreciate this wonderful complex world of film noir.” Richard von Busack

THE DAY OF THE WRITER takes place Friday, March 6, at San Jose Repertory Theatre and Camera 12. The Film Noir forum runs 9:30am– 10:30am and 11am–noon at Camera 12.


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New Cinequest See stories on pages 58 and 60 . Gomorrah (Unrated; 137 min.) See review on page 61. Madama ButterďŹ&#x201A;y A broadcast of the production from the Metropolitan Opera. (Mar 7 at 10am Century 20 Great Mall in Milpitas, Century 12 Downtown San Mateo, Century 16 Mountain View and Century 20 Oakridge in San Jose.) Moscow, Belgium (Unrated; 102 min.) Hard-bitten single mom (Barbara SaraďŹ an) from an unlovely corner of Ghent meets none-too-stable truck driver Johnny (Jurgen Delnaet). But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another party to complicate this affair. Mattyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coworker notes that sexual passion lasts exactly six months. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been ďŹ ve months and a couple of weeks since Mattyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s husband, Werner, left Matty for his little girlfriend, and now heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back trying to chat her up and start things afresh. If a lady in a movie is given a choice between a goodhearted crudester and a sophisticated cheater, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fairly easy to guess how everything will come out. Still, Moscow, Belgium is a ďŹ lm in which only the practical, ďŹ&#x201A;eshy things matter. Director Christophe van Rompaeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lovable working-class romance has the common sense to remind us that the grave is the only certainty. (Opens Mar 6 at Camera 3 in San Jose.) (RvB) Watchmen (R; 163 min.) The esteemed graphic novel comes to the big screen. Read a preview on page 62. Read a review online at www.metro active.com. (Opens Mar 6 valleywide.)

Revivals The Bigamist/Outrage (1953/1950) Born in Brixton to a British theatrical family, Ida Lupino went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. In Hollywood, she evolved from delicate leading lady to hardboiled girl. Lupino became the ďŹ rst major woman director of the post-silent age, working for the big screen and TV. It ďŹ gures that it would take a woman to direct such an essentially sympathetic look at a man with two wives. The

M E T R O S I L I C O N VA L L E Y MARCH 4-10, 2009FILM Raymond Burrâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;like sadsack Edmond Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien plays a traveling salesman with a businesslike marriage in San Francisco, though he spends weeks at a time in L.A. One lonely Sunday, he picks up a tough but forlorn waitress (Lupino), impregnating her and marrying her. His compartmentalized life breaks down when his San Francisco wife, Eve (Joan Fontaine), decides that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to adopt a child. BILLED WITH Outrage, Lupinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not-on-video story of sexual assault and its aftermath, with Malay Powers as the lady whose world collapses. (Plays Mar 8 at 7:30 in Berkeley at PaciďŹ c Film Archives; see www.ďŹ lm onďŹ lm.org for info.) (RvB) Heaven Can Wait/Rings on Her Fingers (1943/1942) Two with the suave Laird Cregar, a character actor who combined the sleek bulk of Victor Buono with the silkiness of Vincent Price. An early casualty of binge dieting, he left behind a few very good ďŹ lms. Ready to go to hell, an 1890s rake (Don Ameche) tells his life story to Satan (His Excellency, played by Cregar), who is strangely interested in this case. Ernst Lubitschâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elegant salute to moral relativism charms just about everyone, and the Technicolor is nigh irresistible. BILLED WITH Rings on her Fingers. Rouben Mamoulianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s version of a Preston Sturgesâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;type comedy, with Henry Fonda as a clerk mistaken for a millionaire, zeroed in on by a pair of con artists (Cregar and Spring Byington). The bait: a shop girl (Gene Tierney). (Plays Mar 5-6 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB) Intolerance (1916) See page 58. (Plays Mar 6 in San Jose at the California Theatre; part of Cinequest 19.) (RvB) Niles Film Museum Regularly scheduled programs of silent ďŹ lm. On Mar 7: Richard Barthlemess in The Drop Kick (1927), a story of a college football player used by an unscrupulous widow (Dorothy Revier); Hedda Hopper and an unbilled John

Wayne co-star. Also: a program of Lumiere shorts (apparently the story of the audience screaming when the train came at them is a myth, which is too bad), and Curses, a.k.a. The Last Serial (1925). Under a postâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Virginia Rappe trial pseudonym, Fatty Arbuckle directed this parody of serials, with Al St. John as the villainous â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buttonshoe Bill.â&#x20AC;? Judy Rosenberg at the piano. (Plays Mar 7 at 7:30pm in Fremont at the Edison Theater, 37417 Niles Blvd.) (RvB) The Scarlet Pimpernel/ Wuthering Heights (1934/1939) In 1792, the French stage a revolution. Across the channel, the Prince of Wales (Nigel Bruce) worries but can do nothing. However, one of the twittering fritillaries in the princeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s circle, Sir Percival Blakeney (Leslie Howard), is in actuality that master of disguises, that lifeline to the noble ĂŠmigrĂŠs, the Scarlet Pimpernel. Meanwhile, the French ambassador, Chauvelin (Raymond Massey, the Canadian Karloff), tries to capture this mysterious counterrevolutionary. Howard appealed to between-the-wars audiences by appearing to be a man who had lost his happiness in the trenches. He had in fact been invalided out of World War I as a shell-shock case and looked quite ghostly onscreen. The part of the witty cavalier is both grave and light enough for his talents. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seriously regretful in the busted marriage scenes with his lady wife, Marguerite (Merle Oberon), and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a stitch posing as a fop teasing the gouty old ruins in his club by reciting his doggerel: â&#x20AC;&#x153;They seek him here, they seek him there/ Those Frenchies seek him everywhere/ Is he in heaven or is he in hell?/ That damned elusive Pimpernel.â&#x20AC;? BILLED WITH Wuthering Heights. Under William Wylerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s direction, Laurence Olivier makes a ďŹ ne, peremptory Heathcliff in this Samuel Goldwyn productionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even if the Southern California locales are more sunny that wuthering. Merle Oberon plays Cathy; David Niven is her milksop mate. (Plays Mar 79 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)

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OME PERFORMERS might romanticize their early years, but Kevin Pollak hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let nostalgia beautify his blighted memories of coming up in the South Bay clubs of the mid-â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s. His ďŹ rst paid standup gig was at the now-defunct Campbell club the Garrett, opening for the impossibly longtime local entertainment ďŹ xture Joe Sharino. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was one of the weirdest audition scenarios,â&#x20AC;? remembers Pollack. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had to perform for him in his living room. That was not easy or enjoyable.â&#x20AC;? And yet the San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;born Pollak, who grew up in San Jose and returns March 4 to the California Theatre to be honored with Cinequestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Maverick Spirit Award, would weather much much worse during his baptism by ďŹ re on the Silicon Valley circuit. At that time, rock clubs were the only real places for comedians to get a gig, sandwiched between loud bands. Audience members generally preferred to use these comedy interludes to get some chatting in with their friends before the bands they paid to see came on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s may be the worst setting possible for standup,â&#x20AC;? says Pollak. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was hell, but it sort of broke me in the sense that if I could survive that, imagine what it was like when I went to San Francisco at age 20, and people were actually paying to see comedy. It was a cakewalk.â&#x20AC;? He had his cakewalk, and made it, too. But by the mid-â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s, his successful standup career had been eclipsed by his acting roles. His three favorite roles have deďŹ ned his ďŹ lm work, in Barry Levinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1990 ďŹ lm Avalon, Rob Reinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1992 blockbuster A Few Good Men and Bryan Singerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1995 cult hit The Usual Suspects. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All three of them were these monumental moments in my career,â&#x20AC;? he says. And they were all of course, decidedly noncomedic roles. After Avalon, no one in Hollywood seemed to remember that he was a comedian. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The irony is that there are more dramatic scripts sent to me than comedy. Overnight, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not kidding, people were asking where I trained in New York. My career took a left-hand turn. I still feel like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to be found out.â&#x20AC;? It got so bad that when his friend Bruce Willis suggested him for a role in The Whole Nine Yards, the director is said to have responded â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, you know, this is a comedy.â&#x20AC;? At least Pollak can count on his pals to set the record straight. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bruce grabbed him by the shoulders and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a comedian, you idiot!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Clearly, that director had never seen Pollakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impressions, perhaps the most famous part of his live act. His William Shatner imitation is so sublimely dead-on that the man himself declared it the best he had ever heard in his Trek-fan book Get a Life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye, I am the shit,â&#x20AC;? says Pollak. How to do Shatner right? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the cadence and the rhythm. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very speciďŹ c rhythm. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very easy to do, very hard to do well.â&#x20AC;? Steve Palopoli KEVIN POLLAK will be honored with Cinequestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Maverick Spirit Award on Wednesday, March 4, at 7pm at the California Theatre in San Jose. Call 408.295.FEST for tickets.


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Cinequest Picks And One Ringer Hdc\;gdbi]ZHdji]ZgcHZVh Somewhere in the far reaches of the steppes in Kazakhstan, a Russian couple lives side by side with an Asiatic family. The child of the Russian couple looks more like the darker-skinned neighbors, and he is a wild thing who takes to horses like a true Mongol. Naturally, the Russian father harbors deep doubts about the boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parentage. After much rustic humor, the downtrodden dad learns some lessons in cross-cultural understanding. The landscape, remote and rarely seen, truly takes the breath away. Unfortunately, the antics of its inhabitants soon grow tiresome, particularly when the Russian husband and wife take turns chasing each other around the barnyard with whatever weapon is handy. (March 7 at 3:45pm at Camera 12.) (MSG)

8dgehZGjc An entertaining coming-of-age movie about some PC gamers. Director and writer John-Michael Thomas creatively uses random inserts of game modes, voice-overs and the Windows blue screen of death to keep the narrative going. The characters arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that deep, but they are fun to watch, especially Brea Grant as Liberty, the ďŹ&#x201A;amboyant fan girl, and Jen Nickolaisen as the quirky love interest. The movie both pays homage to and gently mocks this generation. (March 4 at 5pm at Camera 12.) (CW) GV\^c\<gVcc^Zh/I]Z6Xi^dcAZV\jZDressed as what the English vaudevillians call a charwoman, these various â&#x20AC;&#x153;gagglesâ&#x20AC;? of protesters are a feature at many political demonstrations. One of the original grans says,â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never been happy with the buffoon style.â&#x20AC;? But the South Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;based group followed here enjoys the chance to dress up, show up, sing protest songs and even get arrested at Congressman Mike Hondaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce. The ďŹ lm discusses reports that the California National Guardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Domestic Surveillance Unit kept tabs on the grannies. This example of Your Tax Dollars at Workâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;keeping America safe from Rascal-riding radicalsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;led to protest signs reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ďŹ nd Osama, but we can spy on grandma.â&#x20AC;? Mountain View documentary ďŹ lmmaker Pam Walton emphasizes that many of these antiwar protesters were the wives of veterans. Still, watch special guest star Bill Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Reilly get shocked, shocked!. to hear a granny imply that military recruiters lie to inductees. (March 7 at 2pm and March 8 at noon, both at Camera 12. (RvB)

H]dgihEgd\gVb&/9Vg`=jbdg^ci]Z9Vg` Donald isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t content to simply slit his wrists and die slowly of blood loss like any normal man bent on bathtub-bound suicide. No, Donald must build an elaborate time machine in his shower and travel to the future in order to do the deed. Jarring, trippy cuts, extreme closeups and a breathlessly funny, time-bending plot rule Welgunzer. One-eighth of Cinequestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst shorts program, the 14-minute ďŹ lmette is a farcical black comedy that stars character actor Gary Colon as the snaggle-toothed Donald, times three. The shortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homages to Shel Silverstein, Terry Gilliam and Jean-Pierre Jeunet stand out in both the story line and the antique-futuristic look of the small set. Another highlight of this program is the irreverent Dan and a Van, a perplexing if sporadically brilliant play on the whole â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t judge a book by its coverâ&#x20AC;? moral, or in this case,â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t judge a pedophile by his ride.â&#x20AC;? In it, a sketchy tool sells his used shaggâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n wagon to a greasy, unshaven milquetoast that he immediately suspects to be a kiddy ďŹ ddler. Paranoia and blood splatter ensues. (March 5 at 9:30pm at Camera 12 and March 7 at 11:45pm at Camera 12.) (JF) L]^h`ZnIZVghNot part of Cinequest, but since weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re celebrating indie ďŹ lms, this is deďŹ nitely worth a mention. In-between the cracks of downtown San Joseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bar scene one ďŹ nds a ragtag crew of rockabilly twentysomethings who swill whiskey, cruise around on their vintage bicycles and simply ďŹ nd ways to do absolutely nothing. Whiskey Tears, directed by Frank Door, is a short slice of their life. They drink in the back yard of their Victorian, ride their bikes down San Fernando Street, and then they go to Cinebar, Caravan and Voodoo Lounge. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all they do. Even though this is a ďŹ ctional account, the ďŹ lm is absolutely an authentic dead-on portrayal of many peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s routines in downtown San Jose. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just not the lawyers, power brokers or other corporate types who infest the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;hood in the daytime. These are the kids who make up the live music scene, or at least whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left of it. And speaking of that, two of San Joseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ nest bandsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Shitkickers and the Whiskey Avengersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;make cameo appearances, as do a handful of local scenesters. If your rockabilly girlfriend ever tried to drunkenly bite some foxy Asian girl inside Cinebar (not that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anything wrong with that), then this short ďŹ lm is for you. OfďŹ cially sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon and Rockstar Energy Drink. (March 6 at 8:30pm at the Voodoo Lounge, San Jose; VIP Reception to follow with 15 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage and live performances by the Shitkickers and the Whiskey Avengers.) (GS)

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ANY FILMS are made about slums, but it’s rare to see a film that’s in open crusade against them. Slumming directors (and Slumdog Millionaire falls into this category) often just get a big charge from the squalor. The Italian film Gomorrah chronicles the poisoning of Italy by high-level grafters and small-time criminals alike. As presented by Martin Scorsese, this import seems to have been made by someone who wants to clean up the sewer instead of standing around gaping at it. It took a great deal of bravery to make Gomorrah, and director Matteo Garrone (who co-wrote with reporter Maurizio Braucci and others) is, in a sense, going up against his entire country. In this fictional film, every class of person is implicated in the overload of crime in the Naples region—a nasty slum that’s been a nasty slum for centuries. Most of Gomorrah unfolds in a grandly designed yet utterly shabby housing project, a concrete wedding cake. It looks like an immense Cancun luxury hotel after a dozen hurricanes. Essential to its design are those old Bauhaus “sidewalks in the skies,” raised concrete corridors where the dispossessed mill around like prisoners. The place leaks like a sieve, and constant waterfalls drain everywhere. The film weaves together a quintet of stories out of this battlefront. Young Toto, a delivery boy for his mom’s closet-size convenience store, is tired of running errands for coins. He gets a job with the local drug dealers, first as a lookout, later as a distributor for drugs. In another plot, two young antic idiots, addled by visions of Pacino in Scarface, take up some stolen guns and go on a minor crime spree. They’re the story’s clowns—crying clowns by the end of the film. Don Ciro (Gianfelice Imparato) is in some ways my favorite character, since he has the least appetite for the criminal life. Ciro is a clerk for the local mob. In a dancing anxiety of tension, he brings money to the wives of those who took the rap or the widows of those who took the bullets. Everyone believes that they are being underpaid, and the rival gang is watching Don Ciro. The subplot about the rag trade is underwritten. You have to be on your toes to parse the action. Garrone is outraged, but it hasn’t made him inarticulate. He presumes the viewer is not a thug, and not in the mood to watch torture. When it comes, the violence arrives out of nowhere, and it’s scary and it hurts. The film draws a contrast between Italy as it was and Italy as it is now: a land that once gave a living vs. a land that now gives you tumors. The mozzarella buffalo paddocks and the orchards are still standing, but they are surrounded; the noble marble quarries are being filled up with barrels of unnamable toxic waste. In making that contrast between fruitfulness and desolation, Gomorrah could have been as self-important as the top man in this pyramid, the unsavory waste-removal magnate Franco (Toni Servillo); at the end of the film, the capitalist boasts, “I helped bring this shitty country into Europe!” But there’s a peculiar serenity to Gomorrah. The filmmakers have this faith that exposure of corruption will change things. How very old-fashioned. Richard von Busack GOMORRAH (Unrated; 137 min.), directed by Matteo Garrone, written by Maurizio Braucci and others, photographed by Marco Onorato and starring Gianfelice Imparato, opens March 6 at Camera 7 in Campbell.


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WO COW GARAGE have the perfect name for an alt-country band. The problem is, they don’t think they are one. But most everyone else does. That’s sort of a problem, too, for a band who think they’re pretty much straight-ahead rock & roll. But it should be understandable. And not just because of the name. There’s a gravelly weight to guitaristvocalist Micah Schnabel’s voice, and a rootsiness to the sound that invites the comparison. Like Drag the River, Two Cow Garage walk a line between rock and something more brutally country. Schnabel understands, he’s just glad people see them as something apart from “stuff like Kings of Leon, this fashion-first bullshit.” And he realizes that their songs dig a little deeper than people expect. “That why people want to put the alt-country tag on it,” he says by phone. “It’s hard to pin down.” But for the Columbus, Ohio, band, who play the Caravan

Lounge on Saturday, March 7, that’s too easy. They prefer to align themselves with classic rock, perhaps the least fashionable genre they could have chosen. “That’s not very cool right now,” admits Schnabel. But one listen to the new album, Speaking in Cursive, and the depths of the band’s loyalty become obvious. “Sadie Mae” references Led Zeppelin, while “Swingset Assassin” goes off at length about the significance of hearing the The White Album and Rubber Soul at age 13, and how the age came when a Black Flag rebellion was mandatory. However, Schnabel sings, “in the end punk rock just left me empty and alone.” And in that confession, risky for any indie band, he nails a truth that way too many hipsters can never bring themselves to face: we are all the music we listened to before we were cool. For those of us who grew up when John Cougar Mellencamp was on the radio, for instance, it was embarrassing for at least 10 years

to admit that “Little Pink Houses” is a brilliant song. Schnabel had the same problem with another classic rock icon. “We came up in the days when Born in the USA was Bruce Springsteen, kind of this cheesy stuff,” he remembers. “Then you go back and you end up listening to Nebraska.” But even more important, he admits, is that after that, you go back to Born in the USA and realize it’s a pretty damn good album. Of course, in between he had to listen to basically nothing but punk music for five years. “I think that’s the natural progression for everybody,” he says. “I think all music lovers go through that.” In the end, though, he was able to embrace his roots, even if it means not getting to play with the cool kids in the alt-country class. The music is where he’s from. “Growing up in a small town in the Midwest, you’re surrounded by classic rock,” he says. There’s another interesting

classic rock sighting on the song “Folksinger’s Heart”: “It was arrogant to think from the start/You were the only backyard Dylan with a folksinger’s heart.” Schnabel admits he had a touch of that when he started Two Cow Garage at age 19. “I thought I was going to be the next Kurt Cobain,” he says. He and co-writer, bassist and vocalist Shane Sweeney basically have been able to chart their growth over the last several years through the band’s very different four albums. “We started making records pretty young, so it’s like hearing us grow up,” he says. Now he doesn’t care what people call what he plays, or whether it’s in fashion. “Right now I’ve got a thing for a sugar sweet pop song, but played as hard and loud as possible,” he says. “Just destroy it.” TWO COW GARAGE play Saturday, March 7, at 10pm at Caravan Lounge, 98 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose. (408.995.6220)


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KIM NALLEY THE SONGS OF NINA SIMONE

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RESTAURANT & NIGHTCLUB

Thursday, March 5 ALL AGES â&#x20AC;˘ In the Atrium

ROCK BAND VIDEO GAME CONTEST

1011 PACIFIC AVENUE SANTA CRUZ 831-423-1336

Saturday, March 14 AGES 16+ â&#x20AC;˘ In the Atrium

THE LOVEMAKERS

$100 Grand Prize More prizes courtesy of Game Crazy $10 Adv./ $12 Dr. â&#x20AC;˘ Drs. 8:30 p.m., Show 9 p.m. Open signup from 3PM - 7:30PM or email thomas@catalystclub.com Sunday, March 15 â&#x20AC;˘ AGES 16+ â&#x20AC;˘ In the Atrium $3 Adv./ $5 Dr. â&#x20AC;˘ Drs. 8 p.m., Show 8:30 p.m.

Friday, March 6 â&#x20AC;˘ AGES 21+

LOS LOBOS

GIANT PANDA GUERILLA DUB SQUAD

$10 Adv./ $12 Dr. â&#x20AC;˘ Drs. 8:30 p.m., Show 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 â&#x20AC;˘ ALL AGES â&#x20AC;˘ In the Atrium NUMBSKULLSHOWS.COM presents

plus Dani Paige Band also Backyard Blues Band

$24 Adv./ $27 Dr. â&#x20AC;˘ Drs. 8 p.m., Show 9 p.m.

plus Friday Night in the Atrium FREE SHOW SERIES No Cover â&#x20AC;˘ 9 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ 21+

BUXTER HOOTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;N

March 7 Saturday Night in the Atrium FREE SHOW SERIES No Cover â&#x20AC;˘ 9 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ 21+

MOONSHINE BANDITS â&#x20AC;˘ SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR Wednesday, March 11 â&#x20AC;˘ AGES 16+ Andreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Birthday Bash

ANDRE NICKATINA

TIM BARRY of Avail

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Austin Lucas

also Josh Small

$10 Adv./ $10 Dr. â&#x20AC;˘ Drs. 7:30 p.m., Show 8 p.m. Thu., Mar. 19 â&#x20AC;˘ AGES 16+ â&#x20AC;˘ In the Atrium plus

JOHN WEST

also John Fox $10 Adv./ $12 Dr. â&#x20AC;˘ Drs. 8:30 p.m., Show 9 p.m.

Matt Masih & the Messengers

Saturday, March 21 â&#x20AC;˘ AGES 21+

Jackie Greene Carney plus

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Still Time

$16 Adv./ $19 Dr. Drs. 8 p.m., Show 9 p.m.

Mar 13 Greg Cross Free Show (AGES 21+) Mar 24 OK Go/ Jaguar Love (AGES 16+) $26 Adv./ $29 Dr. Mar 26 Militia of Love (AGES 16+) Drs. 8 p.m., Show 9 p.m. Mar 28 Robert Earl Keen (AGES 21+) Thursday, March 12 â&#x20AC;˘ AGES 21+ Apr 2 Martin Sexton (AGES 16+) Apr 2 Almost Chaos (AGES 16+) Apr 3 Ratatat (AGES 16+) Apr 4 T.S.O.L. (AGES 16+) Apr 7 The Disco Biscuits (AGES 16+) plus Eric Hutchinson Apr 15 Band of Horses (AGES 16+) $25 Adv./ $25 Dr. Drs. 8 p.m., Show 9 p.m. Apr 16 Turbonegro (AGES 16+) Apr 17 Collie Buddz (AGES 16+) Thursday, Mar. 12 â&#x20AC;˘ AGES 16+ â&#x20AC;˘ In the Atrium Apr 19 Atmosphere (AGES 16+) Apr 20 Devin the Dude (AGES 16+) $3 Adv./ $5 Dr. â&#x20AC;˘ Drs. 8:30 p.m., Show 9 p.m. Apr 24 Sashamon (AGES 16+) Saturday, March 14 May13 The Devil Makes Three (AGES 21+) HIGH SCHOOL PARTY May14 The Devil Makes Three (AGES 16+) This Monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theme SAFARI PARTY DJ Spinning: SLIGHTLY STOOPID, PEPPER, May19 Robin Trower (AGES 21+) plus

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THE EXPENDABLES, REBELUTION

Unless otherwise noted, all shows are dance shows with limited seating.

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ROCKERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PIZZA KITCHEN 831-426-PIZZA $1 Pizza Slice ALL DAY TUESDAYS

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Wed. - Mon. $2 CHEESE OR PEPPERONI until 6 p.m.

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www.catalystclub.com

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$2off Premium Cocktails & 6oz Wines by the glass, $4 Beers, $5 Appetizers BILLY BERK’S 99 S First St, San Jose | 3-6pm

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FAHRENHEIT ULTRA LOUNGE 99 E San Fernando, San Jose | 5-7pm

$3 Beers, Wells, House Wine, $4 Specialty Cocktails, Half Price Appetizers FLAMES EATERY & BAR 88 South Fourth Street, Downtown San Jose | 3-6pm

$1 off Beer, $2 off Wine, $5 Margaritas & Mojitos, $4.95 Appetizers

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$4.50 Drafts, House Wines & Wells LOFT BAR & BISTRO 90 S Second St, San Jose | 3-7pm

1/2 off all Appetizers, $2 Tecate, $4 House Margaritas PLAZA GARIBALDI 1170 E Santa Clara St, San Jose | 2-7pm

$2 off Wines by the Glass, $1 off Well Drinks, $3 Domestic Beers, $4 Microbrew SPENCERS 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose | 4-6pm

$3.25 Pints, 1/2 off all Appetizers, $3.25 Select Beer TIED HOUSE 65 N San Pedro Square, San Jose | 4-6pm, Tue all night

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week is “Healthy Obsessions.” Not “Melodramatic Compulsions” or “Exhausting Crazes” or “Manias That Make You Seem Interesting to Casual Bystanders,” but “Healthy Obsessions.” To carry out your assignment in the right way, you will have to take really good care of yourself as you concentrate extravagantly on tasks that fill you with zeal. This may require you to rebel against the influences of role models, both in your actual life and in the movies you’ve seen, who act as if getting sick and imbalanced is an integral part of being true to one’s genius.

<Zb^c^(May 21–June 20): The closest modern relative of the Tyrannosaurus rex may be the chicken, says geneticist John Asara. He came to this conclusion after studying traces of tissue from a 68 million-year-old bone of the king of dinosaurs. I invite you to draw inspiration from this theory, Gemini. Try the following thought experiment. Envision a couple of monstrous influences from your past—big bad meanies who hurt you or scared you. Imagine they were like Tyrannosaurus rexes back then. Close your eyes and see their faces glaring from the beast’s skull. But then imagine that in the intervening months and years they have devolved and shrunk. Picture them now as clucking chickens pecking at seeds in the dirt. Can you see their faces at the top of their bobbing, feathery bodies? 8VcXZg( June 21–July 22): Scientists and fundamentalist Christians don’t share much common ground, but one thing most of them agree on devoutly: There’s no such thing as reincarnation. Now I’m pleased to be able to offer you the chance to rebel against their dogmatic delusion. You see, Cancerian, it’s an excellent time to try out the hypothesis that you have lived many times before and will live many times again. For one week, act as if it were true, and see how it changes the way you feel, think, and act. What if everything you do has repercussions forever? AZd( July 23–Aug. 22): This horoscope presents

three clues for you to work with. Here’s the first: I know a psychotherapist’s son who, while growing up, rarely received the benefits of his father’s psychological expertise. “The shoemaker’s child has no shoes,” my friend says. Here’s your second clue: In the Bible’s book of Mark, Jesus declares, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own relatives, and in his own house.” The third clue: A neurologist of my acquaintance suffers from migraine headaches that he has been unable to cure. Now, Leo, I invite you to meditate on how these alienations may reflect situations that you’re experiencing. If they sound familiar, take action. It’s prime time to heal them.

K^g\d(Aug. 23–Sept. 22): One reason I’ve been put on this earth is to expose you to a kind of astrology that doesn’t crush your free will, but instead clarifies your choices. In this horoscope, for instance, I’ll crisply delineate your options so that you may decide upon a bold course of action that’s most in tune with your highest values. Study the following multiple-choice query, then briskly flex your freedom of choice. Would you rather have love: 1. knock the wind out of one of your illusions, thereby exposing the truth about what you really want; 2. not exactly kick you in the butt, but more like pinch and spank you there, inspiring you to revise your ideas about what it means to be close to someone; 3. spin you around in dizzying yet oddly pleasurable circles, shaking up your notions about how to keep intimacy both interestingly unpredictable and soothingly stable. A^WgV(Sept. 23–Oct. 22): Cartoonist Gary Larson defines luposlipaphobia as the fear of being pursued by timber wolves around a kitchen table

while wearing socks on a newly waxed floor. According to my reading of the astrological omens, there is a real danger you could fall victim to that deluded phobia. And it is definitely a delusion. No timber wolves will be in your immediate future. If you hope to avoid this mistaken anxiety, as well as other equally irrelevant and unproductive superstitions, you should have a nice long talk with yourself as soon as you finish reading this. Be very clear and strict and rational as you explain how important it is to be very clear and strict and rational right now.

HXdge^d(Oct. 23–Nov. 21): Maybe you shouldn’t

mend your supposedly “evil” ways if your “evil” ways are about to mutate into a fascinating new approach to goodness. Maybe the very quality that has threatened to cause your downfall has now become the key to your upgrade. And maybe the thing that has made you most nervous about yourself about yourself will soon start ripening into a beautiful asset that will activate reserves of life energy you didn’t know you could have at your disposal.

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Jakob Dylan has created a solid musical career for himself. He’s a bit defensive, however, about the possibility that the fame of his father, Bob Dylan, has played a role in his success. His contracts specify that he should never be called “Bob Dylan’s son.” I understand his longing to have his work be judged on its own merits, and I sympathize with his urge to be independent of his heritage. But in the coming weeks, Sagittarius, I advise just the opposite approach for you. You will place yourself in alignment with cosmic rhythms by expansively acknowledging all of the influences that have helped you become the person you want to be.

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socks in threes, so if you lose one you have an extra to take its place. Their ingenious marketing plan resembles the approach of some romance-addicts I know, who always date two or three people just in case they get dumped by one of them. No bouts of loneliness to worry about! Which brings us to my main advice for you this week, Capricorn: Have a backup plan. Keep an alternative handy. Make sure you won’t run out of the stuff you really need.

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in San Francisco on a January night some years ago. The thief broke a window and smashed his way into the steering column with a tire iron to get to the ignition wires. Eventually the cops recovered the car and returned it to me. But no repair shop could ever completely fix the transmission, and though the car sort of worked for another 18 months, I was never able to shift it into reverse again. Driving a vehicle that only moved forward presented problems that required creative solutions. It was an apt metaphor for my life at the time, when I found it impossible to go backward in any way. I suspect it will also be one of your operative metaphors in the coming months, Aquarius.

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Imagine a convention hall filled with political groupies, a scary thought all by itself. The hall represents the universe; the groupies represent the Higgs field. Now suppose Barack Obama enters the room. (In Miller’s telling the political heavyweight was Margaret Thatcher, but that was then.) Obama represents a subatomic particle. The political groupies cluster around the president, seeking to bask in his cool and possibly get a job at the State Department. As Obama tries to make his way through the room, he gathers new hangers-on, while others drop off due to embarrassing questions about unpaid taxes. The cluster of groupies hovering around Obama represents the mass the president gains while he’s in the Higgs field. Now let’s take the same roomful of groupies and suppose a rumor passes through the room, such as that the government is going to speed up the economic stimulus program by heaving buckets of money out the window. As the rumor spreads, the groupies cluster together—some in stationary huddles, others in roving bands. Just as the clustered groupies gave mass to Obama when he was on the scene, they also give mass to themselves. Each cluster constitutes a God particle, which can thus be said to arise, if you will, “whenever two or more of you are gathered in His name.” Where does the Large Hadron Collider come into this? Located on the French-Swiss border, the LHC is the newest and largest particle accelerator in the world and will be used in several groundbreaking areas of research, one of which is finding evidence of the Higgs/God particle. Most scientists think the LHC has a decent chance of finding out if the Higgs particle exists and minimal chance of killing us all, and in any case will provide steady employment for physicists, who are feeling the pinch just like everyone else. I figure we’re hosed regardless and could use the entertainment. Let ’er rip.

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