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[06]   LETTERS

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BY TOM TOMORROW

Heartless Thank heaven, I paid no attention to Richard von Busackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s review of Paris 36 (April 8). I found it utterly charming and full of drama. It was a sentimental and nostalgic look back in time. Next time send a reviewer with some heart, not someone who is going to complain about the editing. Unless it really gets in the way of the movie I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care about the editing. This movie deserves to be seen by anyone who loves Paris, and that would be a lot of people. Paula Howells Petaluma

in their space-of-the-month. Then the ďŹ&#x201A;oodgates opened when the Laundry Works started booking live local bands almost every night of the week. Where was the city of San Jose, the SJPD, the ABC, the Downtown Association, the Chamber of Commerce, et al.? Absent. Which is precisely the reason that an organic scene happened in San Jose in the mid-to-late-â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s. I believe if another another scene is going to happen, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be because of a hands-off policy by downtown agencies, not because of their embrace. Nick Krest Cupertino

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administration has ever seen before. Yes, we with our obsession with high-tech, the downtown and high-density housing have brought in the most high-paid, highly educated foreigners, with a corresponding ďŹ&#x201A;ight out of natives, the ones who voted all these council people in office in the ďŹ rst place. The net beneďŹ tâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; make your own call. John W. San Jose

I wish the organizers of Left Coast Live all sorts of luck with their event, but I seriously doubt that a ďŹ ve-day festival is going to address the many roadblocks to a sustained live music scene that have sprung up in the last 15 years or so (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sounds of the City,â&#x20AC;? Cover Story, May 6). The difference between then (First Strike, about 1985) and now is that The Powers That Be have taken an active interventionist role in preventing a serious live music scene from happening now. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been reiterated, ad nauseam, a hundred times in this paper. We all know what they are. Garyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s article addresses them. When First Strike happened, bands like ours were playing house parties in the suburbs or frat parties on 11th Street. Then the WORKS/ San Jose Gallery let us put on shows

Egged On If out-of-state egg producers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want their eggs to rot away in the supermarkets, they should at least give their hens enough space to spread their wings. California voters overwhelmingly supported Proposition 2 because we believe that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unethical to cram birds in tiny, ďŹ lthy cages. For that reason, we should support A.B. 1437â&#x20AC;&#x201D;the bill that will require out-of-state egg companies to comply with our more humane standards. I believe that the best way to help hens is to not buy eggs at all, but if A.B. 1437 passes, it will help lessen the suffering of countless hens around the country, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something everyone, everywhere can get behind. Laura Frisk Encinitas

J!Tbxzpv Squatter One misspelled word in my search, and there I was, stalled at your cybersquatting site. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sitting out there in the Internet, lying in wait for noobs, foreigners and old people. I got out fast. My pop-up ďŹ lter kept me from being deluged by your advertisements for dodgy MLM scams, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;herbalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Viagraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and time-shares in septic parts of the world. I understand, you reptilian scammer, you and your ugly and inbred kids have to eat. But I am curious: What kind of creep thinks theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to start off a business relationship with a customer when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obvious that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lied to them right off the bat, by posing as something theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not? Are we supposed to admire your nerve? SEND US your anonymous rants, raves, gripes and diatribes about your co-workers, bosses, enemies or any badly behaving citizen who rankles your ireâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or about citizens you admire. Send to: I SAW YOU, Metro, 550 S. First St., San Jose, 95113, or via email to isawyou@metronews.com.

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AST FRIDAY, the debut of Left Coast Live brought ample hordes to see music all over downtown San Jose. Two outdoor stages kicked off the event in the SoFA district, with everyone spilling into numerous bars and spaces during and after. Dozens of venues offered their own lineups while a few impromptu acoustic jams took place on various parts of the sidewalks. Many people came for the headlining acts on the main stages, while others targeted specific acts in specific places and made those venues their home bases for the evening. (See Club Gallery on page 63 for photos.) Some highlights: Booker T. occupied the main stage with absolute serenity. The man was smooth as silk, a master of atmospheric noir Hammond B3 soul. Eulipia was jammed. Chris Burkhardt, one of San Jose’s most overlooked guitarists, belted out the delta blues, right where he usually slings plates of salmon. It doesn’t get any more local than that. Over at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, Kenny Schick, who played with the local band Dot 3 back in the ’80s, did an eclectic acoustic set with his wife, Artemesia. Right next door, in the Emile’s parking lot, teen bands rocked out for their friends and parents. San Jose’s 1960s legends Count Five likewise rocked out on the A.P. Stump’s patio with Robert Berry even jumping in for a few numbers. The crowd danced, drank, had a good time and spent money. Hip-hop act Lyrics Born brought the entire ensemble cast and pleased crowds on the main stage, with many fans subsequently heading over to VooDoo Lounge for more. South First Billiards featured bands on two stages and functioned as an effective stopover, since beer wasn’t being sold outside. Having two stages crammed inside that venue was fun, to be honest. The only downside was the Left Coast Live volunteer at the door, clipboard in hand, who irritatingly asked everyone which band they were there to see. Imagine if you went to a restaurant and somebody stood there at the door with a clipboard and got in your face, demanding to know if you were there for the asparagus or the cole slaw. That’s how silly it was. Which primes me to propose that folks who supported the original SoFA Street Fair during its 10-year run from 1992 to 2001 probably found it impossible not to see this event as ultimately a watered-down and sanitized equivalent. Instead of setting up used sofas in the street, they should have had couches covered with plastic so they wouldn’t get dirty, har har. Also, while I understand that certain regulatory officials in this town might have 1930sgospel-tent-era biases against anything alcohol-related, it was pretty damn silly for adults not to be able to drink a beer while watching the mellow grooves of 1960s legends Count Booker T., especially after paying $20 for Five rocked on the A.P. the whole shebang. Another thing: Many local Stump’s patio with underground bands and fans are still Robert Berry jumping lumbering around from those original in for a few numbers SoFA days, consistently packing the Blank Club, the VooDoo Lounge, the Caravan and other venues. Since Left Coast Live wasn’t even marketed until about a month beforehand, throngs of local bands and fans who still consider themselves longtime supporters of the music scene felt dissed for not being more directly involved with the event. They were saying it almost felt like a bunch of newcomers from other circles, who’d never even been part of the scene here, suddenly came out of nowhere and deemed themselves the “rebirthers” of the music scene. Nitpicking or not, I totally understand that point of view. In any case, Left Coast Live was absolutely a success. It brought a variety of people downtown—young and old—who normally would never have been there, with most of them staying around till late. And the police, instead of taking the usual pre-emptive interventionist position from the get-go, actually transformed themselves into community officers and had fun too. There were no packs of troublemakers rolling in from God knows where. Everything was peaceful. Let’s just hope it stays that way. Are we live yet? SiliconAlleys@metronews.com

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portraits so far, all for free, in exchange for permission to use the portraits as he likes. He has painted friends—including fathers from Otto’s local school and one maudlinlooking fellow enveloped in a pair of giant headphones—and strangers, too, like Peter Downes, deputy director at the Brooklyn Museum. In his portrait, he’s grinning in a elaborately decorated shirt. “I make no qualms about doing this for networking,” Held admits. His goal is to finish 200 portraits by 2010. Whatever his practical concerns, Held can wax poetic on his chosen vocation as well. “Throughout history, artists have always, consciously or unconsciously, made statements that are representative of their time,” he wrote on his blog, portraitpainted. blogspot.com, where he and his wife chronicle the project. “The Internet and technology in general have made so many more things accessible to the general public that used to be limited to people who existed in higher economic classes. Considering I bend towards socialism, this project allows me to embrace the idea that everyone should be painted and memorialized.” Painted portraiture, which became popular during the Renaissance, used to be reserved for the elite, Held explains, back in his Brooklyn apartment. “That lasted all the way up to the invention of the camera. Still, it was expensive to get your photo taken, up until the snapshot camera was invented.” Digital media, from iPhone snaps to professional photos taken on fancy digital cameras, not only has made portraiture cheap, it has also revived the art form, he says. And, sure, Facebook has something to do with that, by providing a space for people to play with the whole concept of a portrait. “Everyone and their mother can literally take hundreds of pictures of just a slight turn of your face and you can put it up and people can view it,” Held says. &'

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But modern, online “portraiture” is fluid. Most of us are constantly tweaking our Internet personalities—changing up our favorite bands and books, scripting eloquent “status updates” and switching profile pictures according to our mood. But in every detail, there’s a little more of our selves revealed. Adding or deleting Lolita from a list of favorite books, or becoming a fan of Rahm Emanuel, tells a little bit more of our story. And the various photos posted by us or others—from the awkward karaoke shot to the elementary school yearbook photos, with ’80s laser lights in the background—reveal even more. Held considers all these other online “selves” before he starts painting. He browses his subjects’ Facebook pages—checking out their occupation and where they live, as well as looking through their photo albums, to cobble together, as best he can, a sense of who people really are. He chooses which profile picture he likes best—he favors “quirky” shots, he says. Props, like a giant wine glass or ice cream cone, help, too. In a way, he has the ability to immortalize a person’s personality in a time when it is ever-changing. One of his favorite portraits is of his friend Shawn, who is flashing a crooked-tooth mug, waving a lit cigarette and sporting a trucker hat emblazoned with the slogan “I Love Sluts.” “That is totally him,” Held says. “He is this caustic rockabilly, you know, the most amazing person you’ll ever meet because he’s so much fun to hang out with.” (We’ll take his word on that!) In another portrait, of a stranger, he chose a picture of her making a silly face, with her fingers turned in upsidedown OK symbols. Later, when he met her in person, he found out she was a very serious person.

Online Immortals Held doesn’t plan on just being the “Facebook artist with a gimmick.” “I am a serious painter,” he says. “All I do is sleep and dream art, and I know it drives my wife crazy because it’s all I talk about. So I do

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want to make this last and make sure these are seen.” He studied at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, where he was raised. When his mother was diagnosed with cancer, he dropped out of school and moved to Seattle to take care of her. He tried a quarter at Cornish College of the Arts, but the place wasn’t really his style. “There’s all these thespians in the hall practicing their lines and quacking like ducks,” Held says. “I hated it, just hated it.” He met his wife in Seattle and, in April 2006, they moved to New York, where Held got a job as a handler at an Upper East Side gallery and then, later, at Christie’s. “After her maternity leave, I decided to just stay home and try to be an artist, which was probably the best decision I’ve ever made,” he says. He wakes up every day at 4am to start painting, and works until 6, when he has to get Otto off to school. He picks it up again at 10am, after Astrid goes down for her nap, working on more than one painting at a time. He finishes about two to three portraits a week. He has only sold one, but hopes to sell more so he can buy his own studio. “I could paint these Facebook portraits until I’m 80,” he says. “I’d never have this artists block to deal with because I could just go on to one of my friends’ profiles and find a picture of them.” He hopes to see his portraits in a gallery, where his paintings could become an artistic representation of a web-based community. “I’m offering people a chance at immortality,” Held says. He mentions the famous portrait Madame X, by John Singer Sargent. The 19th-century portrait of Virginie Avegno sits in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “The layman doesn’t know anything about Madame X, but you see this painting of her and it’s just beautiful. So she will always be remembered. We’re still wondering, after all this time, who was she in real life?” Some of us wonder the same thing when we browse pictures on Facebook, aren’t we? M

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San Jose’s sewage plant is a wonder of old-school science and technology. And it’s falling apart. BY ALASTAIR BLAND

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HE COLLECTIVE habits and trends of South Bay society are easily apparent at the San Jose–Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant. For example, employees there have noticed that baby wipes have become popular in recent years. Locals, too, have evidently eased up on dietary corn in the past decade—at least the whole-kernel variety. From May through September, carbon coalesces as oily black grit on the surface of the slow-moving settling ponds. It’s the undigested residue of overcooked meat and summertime barbecues. Longtime plant workers have witnessed changes related to the area’s economy. Before the fruit-canning industry left town in 2000, the sewage plant’s water intake periodically grew syrupy, as tons of peaches, plums, cherries and pears underwent processing just up-current. And trace heavy metals became a substantial problem in the early 1990s as the tech industry grew.

Workers at the plant tell an interesting sports story: As the Super Bowl draws toward the end of the second quarter, plant operators know it’s coming. An hour into the game, the water flow begins to increase. And as the victors take to the press room—and as Santa Clara County unseats itself from couches countywide— the phenomenon arrives in full force. The dark brown current swells perceptibly until the volume has increased by a full 10 million gallons—but it only lasts an hour. And just as suddenly and just as predictably, the waters subside again. It happens every year. They call it “the halftime flush.” 18

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But most of what comes down the pipe at the plant is, frankly, shit. The 53-yearold facility, which occupies 2,600 acres of former marshland on the southern shore of San Francisco Bay, serves eight cities and receives the toilet flushings of some 1.4 million people. An average rate of more than 100 million gallons of water enters every day, guided through a conceptually simple yet technologically advanced system of screens, filters, microbial cleansers and digesters. The water is black as a swamp when it enters, but not 24 hours after each flush arrives, it rushes out again, clear as tap water and just about as clean. The water flows into a large wildlife sanctuary—the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge— and here birds thrive and fish sometimes swarm. Meanwhile, a 600-acre grid of leveelined ponds is reserved for the fecal matter itself, which spends several years drying in the sun. By the time it’s 90 percent dehydrated, it is Class A stuff—the good shit. This means that trace toxins are so scant that it could legally be used as farm fertilizer. But with few growers nearby and Newby Island Landfill just across Los Esteros Road, the crumbly detritus is gifted

to the dump managers, who use it to cover their trash heaps. The entire treatment process, from start to finish, illustrates the leaps and bounds by which society has improved its own hygiene in the past half-century, to say nothing of the past 500 years. But there’s still room to improve, and today the sewage facility is looking at a massive makeover. Billed as the “Plant Master Plan,” the project aims to correct five decades of infrastructural decay as well as advance the system into an ambitious program of 100 percent energy self-sufficiency and zero-waste operations. The project could also prevent an ecological disaster. As inflow volume increases with the South Bay’s growing population, the chances that the facility will someday experience a devastating overflow are growing more likely. The last near-disaster was in February 1998. After several weeks of torrential rains, a surge of rainwater leaked into the sewage lines and flooded down the pipes faster than it could flow through the four entrance screens at the head works, where the county’s wastewater first enters the plant.

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To imagine the excitement of what followed, picture yourself flushing a toilet—a toilet in a public space, like a restaurant. Now, imagine that the toilet water does not drop, and that it appears to be clogged. The dirty water rises, slowly, yet fast enough to incite rapid panic. You whirl about, looking for a plunger. There isn’t one, and you next wonder if you’d dare dunk your hand through the mire to free the clogged sludge, but before you can work up the nerve, the evil water has risen to the rim, where it seems to hang for a terrible moment. Multiply this minor disaster by a million times, and you’ve got the picture of the 1998 event. Fortunately, the levee that surrounds the treatment plant kept the waste from escaping outward into the marshland. But the incident served as a wakeup call and sparked the decision to build a second headworks adjacent to the old. This addition is now fully built and in experimental use, but still other changes must be made as the population grows and as the plant begins to show its age. The electrical system is wearing out, and the concrete walls are wearing thin. A consulting firm hired in 2007 to diagnose the sewage plant’s ailments

came up with a grim figure; no less than $1 billion is needed to put the facility in top-notch working order, and that leaves plant managers face to face with one of the greatest logistical challenges faced by engineers today: to seamlessly swap pipelines and tanks in a massive sewage system that cannot be halted, ever—24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year.

A Sullied Past Prior to 1956, all the vile bodily wastes of roughly a half-million locals flowed directly into the south end of San Francisco Bay. Not so much as a screening system separated the bay’s waters from the community’s garbage and sewage— not to mention occasional doses of typhoid, cholera and hepatitis that surely passed through. The 20-odd fruit canneries that operated locally in the 1940s screened their own outflow to keep organic waste from reaching the bay and sparking the sort of microbial activity that expends all available oxygen in an ecosystem, but during World War II these operations 23

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SEWAGE PLANT 21 removed the barriers to facilitate outflow and allow for a faster rate of production. The accumulation of organic refuse in the South Bay destroyed what had been until the early 1900s a favored marshland for clammers, fishermen, duck hunters and naturalists in general. The horrific odors steered visitors away, while the scum and slime that washed in and out with the tides made life a misery and a hazard for residents of Alviso, who lived in constant risk of contracting mosquito-borne diseases. In San Jose, many residents were blissfully ignorant of the problems downstream, and for several years the populace resisted a proposal to increase utility rates to fund construction of a sewage-treatment program.

As inflow volume increases with the South Bay’s growing population, the chances that the facility will someday experience a devastating overflow are growing more likely But in 1956, the wheels of progress began to roll. The city installed a screen at the sewage outflow. It didn’t change much, though; the problems of microbial pollution and oxygen depletion persisted, and only the big solids, like dead cats, condoms, hair clods, scrap metal, lumber and other refuse, were kept from the bay. The system was essentially still as archaic as anything to be found then or now in the Third World. In 1964, city planners installed the secondary treatment stage, in which the swamp-black water moved slowly through a series of settling ponds as heavier solids dropped out and floating matter was skimmed from the top. The remainder— things both mushy and microscopic—still drained into the bay. Finally, in 1979, the biological treatment stage was implemented. This is where the real magic happens in a process that mimics exactly what happens naturally in any stream or aerated body of water, only in a highly accelerated and intensified way.

A steady stream of screened sewage enters a series of cement basins, each 20 feet deep, about as wide, 100 yards long and churned from below by air jets. Here, microorganisms cultivated precisely for the job latch onto the swirling debris and particulates from humans and from soaps, detergents and various pollutants—and they feast, breaking down the corruptions of our digestive tracts. These bugs and the waste they produce meanwhile clump together into a coagulated gunk of microbes and grit called floc. The water is ushered into circular swimming-pool-like basins, flanked by olive trees, where the heavy floc precipitates out. The material is later dredged from the bottom, most of it sent to the three-story-high anaerobic digesters, and the rest is streamed back into the aerated basins, roiling nonstop with the endless flow of sewage created by 1.5 million residents of a 300-square mile area encompassing San Jose, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Saratoga, and Monte Sereno. The sludge is pumped out of the digesters, which cook methane out of the waste, and the brown mush moves onward to the drying ponds on the property’s east side, just a friendly wave from the residents of Milpitas. Each pond contains sludge in its own respective stage of dehydration; some ponds are still layered with 2 feet of water, fresh from the digesters, while others, three years into the process, are caked with detritus as crumbly as pie crust. Meanwhile, the hazy water enters its last stage of treatment: filtration. It is drizzled through 2 feet of coal and a foot of sand, finishing its 20-hour circuit through the facility as clear as tap water and almost clean enough to drink. The treated water flows northward and by gravity for the last quarter-mile of its journey. Once polluted with industrial toxins and human filth, it now meets the open water of San Francisco Bay as pure as many natural streams that flow to the sea. A footbridge crosses the 30-foot-wide current of water at the property boundary. Just upstream of the bridge, steep banks of earth and vegetation meet the water in a scene resembling that of an Irish trout stream. Just downstream, in a pool of whitewater below a 3-foot drop, sea lions sometimes appear. Gulls stand on the shore. Striped bass occasionally swirl under the surface. A handful of employees once spent their lunch breaks casting plugs for the stripers. The fishing was excellent, remembers Dale Ihrke, the plant’s manager of 19 years, but he had to impose a no-fishingduring-lunch policy about a decade ago when enthusiasm for bass fishing began to distract workers from their duties. 24

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But among this vibrancy of life at the outflow, of human waste in the water there is, miraculously, none.

The Dirty Work Mike Ortega has worked at the plant since 1980. He recalls his shifts at the headworks almost in a reverie. One day, he says, the ditched spoils of a bank robbery came piling up against the five-eighthsinch screens. “It was like, ‘There’s a hundred, and there’s another!’ It wasn’t enough money that we could have run off with sacks of it, but it was still obvious that something had happened.” They reported the incident to the police. Ortega also remembers when Del Monte still fed its fruit trimmings into the sewage stream. The apple cores and such turned up around the property. Sometimes the fruit fermented. “Seagulls ate it,” recounts Ortega. “We’d watch them get drunk off the stuff.” And several decades ago, according to Ortega, patches of feral marijuana appeared on the premises. It was before his

time, and no one employed at the plant today knows for certain the details, but it is believed that the phenomenon came as a result of the once-commonplace trend of smoking seeded marijuana. Presumably, the ash from butts and pipes went down the toilet with the occasional unburned seed. At the plant, these were screened out of the water—meaning the weed must have grown post-1964—and eventually shuttled with the sludge to the drying ponds, where they could only have thrived in the highly fertile conditions. But that’s all water under the bridge. Today, Ortega enjoys the rather plush comforts of employment in the computer control chamber, a quiet room just down the hall from the front desk. Among Ortega’s duties is the task of eyeing 32 screens presenting real-time figures on water inflow and outflow, current stability, digester temperature and other critical parameters. Elsewhere in the sewage plant, sophisticated technology is pitted against the things that could go wrong. In a mazelike series of laboratory chambers, 27


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SEWAGE PLANT 24 men and women in white coats and protective eyewear analyze samples drawn from varying stages of the treatment process. Some look for trace heavy metals. Others, like Kingsley Okeke, a microbiologist of 20 years at the plant, spend a good deal of each day watching microbial activity on a flat-screen magnified thousands of times. Clumps of tiny creatures occupy most of the screen, while scattered debris lies strewn elsewhere. “Free-swimmers”— microbes that have not yet clumped into the mass of critters and feces—twitter about the screen, bouncing soundlessly off of obstacles like a ping-pong ball. Filament arms flail about from the seething mass, like octopi seeking playthings.

The fishing was excellent, remembers Dale Ihrke, the plant’s manager of 19 years, but he had to impose a no-fishing-duringlunch policy about a decade ago when enthusiasm for bass fishing began to distract workers from their duties A graphic chart of illustrations on the wall behind them depicts all the common suspects to be found in such a biological soup, and Okeke and his lab partner, chemist Jon Dixon, regularly try and match onscreen living microbes to their illustrated counterparts on the wall. They must, in fact, identify every microbe that shows up in the samples drawn from the roiling biotreatment tanks, for part of their job is to attain optimal population levels of each microorganism, a fine-tuning task that never ends as they adjust aeration, filtration and anaerobic conditions in the tanks to keep the ecosystem in balance. But there will always be unwanted microbes. Samples collected from the

plant’s outflow stream sit on the desk in sealed Petri dishes. “There’s Enterococci in that one,” says Okeke, pointing. “That one will ruin your day.” He points to another containing Enterobacteriaceae, the microbe that causes such gastrointestinal nuisances as Montezuma’s revenge. E. coli, too, appears occasionally in the outflow. The fact is, even after filtration, chlorination and removal of the chlorine with sulfur dioxide, there is no way to remove from the treated water every trace of organic evils, which the plant can detect at a boggling parts-perquadrillion level. Less dangerous than those microbes and more of a simple hassle is Nocardia— the plant is still recovering from a wintertime infestation. This genus of annoying microbes does everything that a sewage treatment plant could want in a microscopic creature, except one: sink. While the desired bugs gobble up particulates, then coagulate and precipitate to the bottom of the clarifying pools, Nocardia floats. During the height of the infestation in February, a lattelike foam 3 feet thick covered several of the pools. Lab manager Dave Tucker, on the job since 1988, says that Nocardia invades the biological tanks regularly during rainy weather. Nocardia is a soil-based bug, and when storm waters leak into the sewage pipes upstream, there’s only one place it can go: the plant. Today, small patches of the gray-brown foam still collect on top of the roiling biological treatment pools, remnants of the dying Nocardia population, but the plant is in full functioning order again. Another of the everlasting concerns at the plant—and a primary reason for the 24/7 eyeballing of the operation—is that a chemical spill upstream, intentional or otherwise, might inundate the system and, in the worst-case scenario, kill the microbes that the facility cultivates by the trillions in the clarifying tanks for the job of removing particulates and pathogens from the water. In such a situation, the untreated sewage simply flows into the bay. A scare came in 2002 when a surge of red water entered the headworks. “We thought it might have been a diesel spill,” says Ihrke. It turns out that a small box manufacturer in Santa Clara had a messy chemical spill in the basement. The manager of the business panicked and washed the volatile stuff straight down the drain, skipping a routine treatment step—but at the San Jose sewage plant the heroic microorganisms were waiting with their mouths open for the waste, and they dealt with it. But the real deal—what Tucker calls a plant manager’s “worst nightmare”— occurred in September 1979. Operations failed, and between 2 billion and 4 billion gallons of untreated water ran into the bay over a three-week period. 29

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“The valley was different then,” he says. “There were a lot of canneries, and during part of the year they canned a lot of fruits and vegetables. One time, they overloaded the system with their discharge.” The microcritters in their surging, aerated basins were thrilled for a while. They feasted on sugars and protein and other good stuff that the plant had never seen before. But bacteria know no limits on indulgence. Almost limitless organic matter came down the pipe, and the bugs overate. “You feed them too much, and they’ll eat themselves to death,” says Tucker. To be exact, the microorganisms ate so fast that the air jets couldn’t supply enough oxygen to keep pace. The bugs used up all the oxygen, then suffocated. The facility essentially died, and between Sept. 6 and Sept. 28 at least 100 million gallons of waste daily streamed into the bay, as nasty as the hour it was flushed. But worse than simply filling a public waterway with raw sewage, such spills lead to oxygen depletion in the ecosystem, in much the same way that the phenomenon occurred in the sewage plant’s treatment tanks that September. By the 13th of the month, just a week after the spill began, commercial fishermen (yep; they still had jobs back then) were reporting an absence of fish and shellfish in the south end of the bay. Full treatment was resumed on Sept. 28, and by Oct. 18 fish began to reappear in the area. Such events are rare. They are nasty.

They are highly frowned upon by everyone from the most qualified chemist to EPA agents to the most ignorant layperson who has just the faintest idea of what goes on at a sewage plant; for raw sewage entering the water is a fairly simple concept to understand. Such events are illegal, too, and it may seem a bit unfair that the plant receives not only the community’s shit but also the responsibility of dealing with it. Then again, the community funds the plant and pays its workers through utility fees—so they’d darn well better do their job. And the plant has incentives to do so; fines for violating federal and state water pollution regulations can max out at $37,000 per day, and state inspectors regularly visit to see what’s coming into the plant, and what, exactly, is going out. The good news is that the plant’s outflow is some of the very cleanest treated sewage water in the nation and the cleanest entering the bay.

Something Stinks To prevent—or at least keep track of—toxic or otherwise problematic discharges, a team of 45 city inspectors in the pre-treatment sector communicates daily with businesses upstream, of which there are about 350 that contribute to the wastewater stream. The pre-treatment team keeps informed on what each establishment is up to, what they’re releasing into the water and how 31

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SEWAGE PLANT 29 much. Part of acquiring a business license, in fact, includes having a chat with the pre-treatment team and promising to conduct dilution measures before sending volatiles down the drain and to keep some things out entirely. But even the most wellintentioned commercial operations goof up sometimes.

When the afternoon breeze blows, residents of Milpitas occasionally are reminded that they live less than a mile from the Bay Area’s largest sewage treatment plant Several years ago, staff observed the abrupt appearance of thousands of confetti-size plastic shreds entering with the inflow at the headworks. Much of the waste was fine enough that it escaped through the screens. Unpalatable to the microorganisms in the biological stage, unsuitable as fodder for the digesters and illegal for the treatment plant to discharge into the bay, the plastic posed a logistical headache as the pre-treatment department hurried around town to check on the most likely suspects. It turned out to be a nonmalicious case of a local plastics recycler accidentally allowing some of its product into the sewer lines. But two cases of illicit dumping by metal-plating companies are currently in the courts. One is a civil case in which the factory managers decided to bypass the required routine treatment and dilution processes and pour their cyanide and copper waste directly into the sink. The manager did so in the middle of the night, but little did he know that pre-treatment agents had, as part of their surveillance program, recently slipped an automatic sampler into the pipe just down the block. In this process, inspectors dangle a heavy plastic drum into a manhole, often under the cover of night or on weekends. From this apparatus runs a hose that leads into the sewer pipe. Fixed to the drum is an automated pump, which pulls samples from the sewer at intervals—often once per hour. Each sample is deposited into its own receptacle in the belly of the

drum, and subsequent analysis in the sewage plant’s lab reveals to technicians just when certain contaminant levels peaked. “We saw the metal levels shooting up at between 1 and 5 in the morning,” recounts John Mukhar, a senior engineer with the city’s Environmental Services department, which conducts pre-treatment work for the sewage plant. The late-night anomaly was a clear sign that someone was up to no good. So the pre-treatment team considered the arrangement of the pipes and the various businesses upstream of the contaminated samples, and inspectors quickly zeroed in on the suspected offender. Now the little company is looking at a $1.4 million settlement with the city and county of San Jose. The other case is in the criminal courts. Copper, nickel and zinc were knowingly being let into the sewage system. Again, the dumping took place at odd hours of the night. “They just thought that it would be a safe time of day,” says Mukhar. “They just thought, ‘It’s late, no one’s around, no one will notice.’” Wrong. Pre-treatment had recently placed an automatic sampler just down the block. Rapid lab analysis of the samples left little doubt of the culprit’s identity, and inspectors even managed to photograph employees dumping chemicals straight down the drain.

Winds of Change When the afternoon breeze blows, residents of Milpitas occasionally are reminded that they live less than a mile from the Bay Area’s largest sewage treatment plant. Odor complaints arrive at the front desk from time to time, though as often as not the nearby landfills are to blame. But as the Plant Master Plan gains momentum, plant manager Ihrke and a team of technicians and engineers are looking at ways to be a better neighbor. Buffer acreage already separates the plant from nearby residents—from sight, if not from smell. This open land was once farmed, but today it sits fallow. A mower used to come in routinely to cut the grass, but the cost for a mere trim ran to 25 grand. Even before that, a disker did the work, chopping up the soil periodically, until the city of San Jose mandated a stop to all activity that threatened burrowing owls, which thrive on the property and cull the rodents. And so the job of grass trimming is now the responsibility of 2,000 sheep and goats. They live on the premises, a herd lent to the plant by Living Systems Land Management, a San Francisco grazing service. For the animals, there could be no 32

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HEN CAMPBELLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Deeziâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ closed last September, Silicon Valley lost one of its best Persian restaurants. Not only were their koobideh kebabs some of the best Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had, but the deezi, a lamb shank stew from which the restaurant takes its name, was not only distinctive and delicious but also unique among the half-dozen or so Persian restaurants Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve tried in the South Bay, and when the family-run restaurant shut down, it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t available anywhere. Now the restaurant has reopened in a different form in a new location in San Jose. Now called Deeziâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ Persia, the new space is bright, cheery and more casual. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big-screen TV playing games, UFC ďŹ ghts and the occasional nature documentary. Prices have come down a bit, too. The old place was more formal and a bit dowdy. The new restaurant opened about two months ago and occupies a spot in a shopping center that has to be one of Silicon Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best for out-ofthe ordinary dining. In addition to Deeziâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, the shopping centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s culinary riches include Zeni, one of the valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best Ethiopian restaurants; Tanto, a great izakaya restaurant; and Taiwan Bistro, one of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s few Taiwanese restaurants. Part of Deeziâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appeal is the

friendly father-and-son duo of Mike and Fred Dormanesh, who run it. Mike Dormanesh wanted to get out the restaurant business after he sold his share of the Campbell restaurant, but his son, Fred, pulled him back in to help him run the new place. The deezi was the highlight at the old place, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just as good here. The hearty meal is prepared tableside, which is part of the appeal. Fred or Mike will pour the tomatobased broth from a metal bowl into a serving bowl and then pound the mixture of lamb shank, garbanzo beans, tomatoes and herb with a wooden pestle into a rough paste. The mixture is then added back with the tomato broth. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s particularly good with a few spoonfuls of shor torshi ($2.95 half-order, $4.95 full order), wonderfully intense pickled chopped vegetables. You eat the stew with pieces of fresh taftoon (naanlike bread) and bits of mint, basil, feta and onions served along with it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a simple, satisfying dish that comes from Fredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandfather, who used to serve it at a hotel and restaurant he owned in Tehran. As good as the deezi is, the soul of menu is the kebabs, and the koobideh kebab ($5.95 half-order, $8.95 full order) are outstanding. Made from ground beef blended with purĂŠed onions, garlic and

various spices, the skewered and grilled meat stick is beautifully grilled and so tender and juice-ďŹ lled it squirts when you bite down on it. The joojeh kebab ($5.95 half-order, $8.95 full order) scores as well. Made with a chicken breast or thigh meat, the yogurt-and-saffron-marinated meat is juicy and tangy. The same goes for the joojeh hatam ($12.95), perfectly grilled Cornish game hen kebabs. Most Persian restaurants serve kashke bademjan, purĂŠed roasted eggplant, and Deeziâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s makes a faithful version ($3.95 half, $5.95 full) of the classic; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s topped with fried mint, yogurt and fried shallots. Not as common is the mirzagasemi ($3.95 half, $5.95 full), purĂŠed roasted eggplants blended with scrambled eggs, garlic and fresh tomatoes into a dip thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smoky and silky with the acidic bite of the tomatoes. Ghameh sabzi ($8.95) is another classic done well here. The tomatobased stew combines tender chunks of beef with lentils, eggplant and the one-of-a-kind, salty-sour taste of dried limes. My favorite way to get it is on top of tahdig ($3.95 half, $5.75), the crispy, chewy layer of rice from the bottom of the pot thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treated like the delicacy it is in Iran. In addition to the deezi, Deeziâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has a few other dishes Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen on

local Persian restaurant menus, like the kaleh pacheh ($12.95), a simple soup made with lamb tongue, lamb cheek meat and tendon from the lamb head. On my visit, they were out of the cheek meat and tendon, so mine was made with just tongue, three to be exact. The broth itself was quite nice, aromatic and enriched with the gamey tang of lamb, but the tongues were too much for me and the gaminess quotient was turned up too high. I think the addition of the cheek meat would have rounded it out a bit. If I had it again, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d order a side of torshi. The vinegary bite of the relish would have been just the thing to offset the lamby bits. The offal-loaded soup is a traditional breakfast in Iran, but Fred Dormanesh admitted that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little much for him. If Persian breakfasts are your thing, try the halim ($8.95), a traditional morning meal not requiring the same gustatory verve. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s essentially a Persian-style cream of wheat made with tender shredded beef. Served unsweetened, the addition of a little honey and cinnamon makes it easy to like. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good, but I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll stick with my yogurt and granola for breakfast. But for lunch and dinner, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m coming back for more kebabs and deezi.


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ALKING DOWN South First Street in San Jose recently, I was thoroughly unsurprised to see that Asqew Grill called it quits last month. The 200 S. First St. location is something of a doomed corner. Zyng Noodles also occupied that space and failed as well. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know the details of why Asqew left, but I wonder if part of the reason was that the chain restaurant simply didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t resonate with downtown diners. Granted, with only ďŹ ve locations now (Asqew had another location on Coleman Avenue that closed, too) itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a megachain like McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and it is based in the Bay Area, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a chain to meâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;formulaic and uninspired. Just like Zyng and just like the chain restaurant that will probably replace it. Could downtown San Jose be tiring of chain eateries? I know I have. I wonder how a locally owned, independent restaurant would fare there. Casa Castilloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, which held the spot for almost 20 years before the city sold the Twohy building to developers who then booted the business out, did considerably better than the bland chains that followed. One of the worst developments in downtown restaurants was the closure of La Taqueria earlier this year. The locally owned, scrupulously fresh Mexican restaurant was a downtown favorite. But whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really hard to take is the fact that Carlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jr. is taking its place. Talk about adding insult to injury. In my perfect world, there would be no more chain restaurants in downtown San Jose. The ones already here could stay, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it. Restaurants with, say, more than seven locations would be banned. In downtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decades-long quest to develop some kind of critical mass as a vibrant retail/housing/cultural center, restaurants must play a central role. 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Knies says that downtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restaurants are â&#x20AC;&#x153;the one area of retail thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working in downtown San Jose.â&#x20AC;? He says in effect that putting limits on chain restaurants would be killing the goose that lays golden egg, even if those eggs sometimes come from the Golden Arches. Knies believes downtown ultimately beneďŹ ts from a mix of restaurantsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;national and regional chains as well as locally owned businessesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;because it keeps the retail scene alive and possibly opens the door to other business who might not otherwise locate here. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty early in our evolution to be contemplating [a limitation on chains] now,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just beginning our evolution into a retail center.â&#x20AC;? I guess he has a point. Downtown has to walk before it can run. Or, to put it more cynically, beggars canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be choosers. But chain restaurants create a Catch-22. For a city that is often criticized for its soulless corporate blandness, each new chain restaurant perpetuates that image. I suppose a chain restaurant is better than an empty, trash-blown storefront, but only time will tell whether these restaurants one day contribute to a more indigenous food scene. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m encouraged by the plans for the San Jose Public Market around San Pedro Square. Leaving aside questions about private-public funding, the market is just the kind of homegrown spark downtown needs for a more lively restaurant and shopping sceneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; provided local businesses and not soul-sucking chains are given priority. Maybe when downtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retail base matures, attitudes toward chains will change. San Francisco has a policy against chain restaurants. So do cities diverse as Arcata and St. Paul, Minn. I realize a ban on chains wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ďŹ&#x201A;y in San Jose, but how about a quota? Or better yet, what if the city offered incentives for independently owned, unique restaurants? Would the city then be open to criticism that it favors one kind of business over another? Probably. But so what? I think that the city could do a lot to establish the conditions where a more vital and unique food scene could ďŹ&#x201A;ourish by making it clear that it prefers local ďŹ&#x201A;avors instead of a generic corporate food culture. Stett Holbrook (

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of self-preventing prophecy. Other works, and a majority of sci-ďŹ ďŹ lms, base their pulsepounding, heroic action on a single assumption, that civilization is, and will always remain, stupidâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a clichĂŠ that canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be helpful to our can-do, problem solving spirit. But that spirit has a home. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s embodied in Star Trek, an epic storytelling universe that broke with reďŹ&#x201A;ex cynicism, asking instead: â&#x20AC;&#x153;What if children can learn from the mistakes of their parents?â&#x20AC;? Suppose (oh, unique thought!) our heirs begin living up to some of our deepest hopes? Wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t they still have interesting problems? Like what to do when we become mighty star travelers? Humanity has yet to crawl beyond the moon, yet we are already contemplating how to behave, under the light of distant suns. Shall we interfere in the development of younger intelligent species, for example? Could a mix of pragmatism and sincerity prevent us from repeating the

mistakes of the conquistadors? Premature or not, such thought experiments may be a sign of a precocious maturity, a lifting of the eyes. And many of these ruminationsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;engaging millions of fascinated mindsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;have taken place under the banner of Star Trek. Central to Trek is the image of a large, quasi-naval vessel called Enterprise, based on 19th-century sailing ships like the HMS Beagle, dispatched to practice peacemaking and war, diplomacy and science, tutoring and apprenticeship, all in equal measure. How different from the tiny ďŹ ghter planes featured in Star Wars, each piloted by a solitary knight, perhaps accompanied by a loyal squire, or droid, symbols as old as Achilles. In contrast, the federation starship in Trek is a veritable city, cruising toward the unknown. Its captain-hero is a plenipotentiary representative of his civilization and parent ďŹ gure to the crew . . . but any one of those normal men and women may suddenly matter,

during the next adventure, and perhaps become heroes themselves. Moreover, this ship carries something else, the Federationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s culture and laws, industry and science, its consensus valuesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;like the Prime Directiveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all embodied in the dramatic diversity of its crew. Each time, Enterprise passes a test, so does civilization. Perhaps even one worthy of our grandchildren. Compare this to the Old Republic, in the Lucasian universe: a hapless, clueless mĂŠlange of bickering futility whose political tiffs are as petty as they are incomprehensible. Sound familiar? The Republic never perceives, never creates or solves anything. Not once do we see any part of it function well. How can it? The people, the Republic, decent institutions . . . these cannot be heroes or even helpers. There is no room aboard an X-wing ďŹ ghter for civilization to ride along. Only for a knight and squire. Are critics right that Star Trek is naive? For portraying technology *'


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as useful and liberating—if at times also dangerous? Or for calling education a great emancipator (as in Starfleet Academy)? For putting trust in the potential for an honest, decent society? In fact, the films and television episodes often dealt with outbreaks of incompetence, secrecy, corruption and suspicion of authority, only with some faith that these will be exceptions. When authorities are defied, it is in order to overcome their mistakes or to expose particular villainies, not to portray all government as inherently hopeless. Good cops sometimes even come when you call for help! Well, it could happen.

In fact, the films and television episodes often dealt with outbreaks of incompetence, secrecy, corruption and suspicion of authority, only with some faith that these will be exceptions Ironically, this image fosters useful criticism of authority, because it suggests that any of us can gain access to our flawed institutions—if we are determined enough—and perhaps even fix them with fierce tools of citizenship. That has happened, now and then. Imagine it happening more often. Today, for now, cynics rule. But if this hope is futile and naive, then shouldn’t we give up? Suppose—just for a change—it isn’t. What if there truly is a path ahead, through the minefields of our times? One leading to a posterity we might be proud of ? Aren’t we more likely to find that twisty, arduous way—and won’t our descendants feel much better toward their ancestors—if we embrace this challenge in the spirit of Star Trek? DAVID BRIN is the Hugo Award–winning author of the bestselling novels ‘Earth,’ ‘The Postman’ and ‘Kiln People.’ His nonfiction book, ‘The Transparent Society,’ won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association

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San Jose Rep’s ‘Putnam County Spelling Bee’ is the musical at its most escapist

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Love and Anger A tender moment leads to violence in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Stop Kissâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ITY LIGHTS THEATER COMPANYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S new show, Stop Kiss, tells the story of two women who develop a deep friendship that slowly turns into something more, followed by a troubling act of violence. Alicia Davidovich, in her directorial debut, gives her vision to a story of how love and hate can completely change peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives. Short scenes are used to establish the growing relationship between Sara, a teacher who accepts a job in the Bronx, and Callie, a Manhattanite who befriends her. The sight of the two women kissing leads to an attack that hospitalizes Sara and forces Callie to struggle with a prejudiced policeman. Stop Kiss starts off with Callie and Sara meeting for the ďŹ rst time; the next scene takes place is in the hospital after a violent assault on Callie and her friend, and you come to realize itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a few months later. We see both the burgeoning relationship and the aftermath of the violence to Sara leap-frogging each other scene after scene. Michelle Beyda, who plays Callie, is a joy to watch as you see her go through many different emotions, while Veronika Olahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bubbly Sara offers a fun counterpoint to her more serious companion. Michael Riley as the homophobic cop is right out of Law & Order. Every time he came onstage, I expected to hear a dramatic â&#x20AC;&#x153;dun, dunâ&#x20AC;? and then see the time and place ďŹ&#x201A;ash above the scene. Even though the actors are believable, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to see the controversy of two women falling in love in modern-day New York. Yes, hate crimes happen all the time, and there still are quite a few homophobic people around, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not that shocking for two women to share a kiss anymore. But there was a lot of chemistry between the leads, probably fueled by the fact that in real-life they are married. The play runs a bit slow in parts as it tries to establish Callie and Saraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friendship, and the dialogue is rather stilted here and there. The overall heaviness of the plot is punctuated by bits of humor. The set is minimal but efficient. The establishing scene takes place in Callieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedroom, while the scenes after the attack are mostly created with just a table or a wheeled-in bed. Stop Kiss leaves its audience with some knotty questions, but it does a good job of explaining how difficult it is to deďŹ ne some relationships, even when you are in them. Relationships arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just black and white but multifaceted and ever-evolving. Sometimes you have to step outside the moment to see what it is that you are a part of and what you really want.

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STOP KISS, a City Lights Theater Company production, plays Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2 (June 7 and 14) and 7pm (May 24 and 31) through June 14 at City Lights, 529 S. Second St., San Jose. Tickets are $25â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$40. (408.295.4200)


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The Outside Man You’re never a cowboy until John Wayne says you are

By Richard von Busack

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EEN IN sunset and twilight, the long shadow of John Wayne is still impressive. And the Stanford Theatre’s double bill of John Ford’s 1962 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Howard Hawk’s 1959 Rio Bravo revives two essential films. “I was just paint for the palette of Ford and Hawks,” Wayne supposedly said once. Here Wayne stars in two very different Westerns: as the center for a band of misfits in Hawks’ Rio Bravo and as half-offscreen catalyst in Ford’s Liberty Valance. To viewers with selective memories, Wayne is remembered as a dauntless unmoving hero. These two movies have more going on than they appear to at first glance. As critic Andrew Sarris writes, “Wayne’s most enduring image . . . is that of the displaced loner vaguely uncomfortable with the very civilization he is helping to establish and preserve.” Liberty Valance is a Rashomonstyle story—we think we know it all, and then we get the real conclusion. Returning to a small town, circa 1910, Ransom Stoddard (Jimmy Stewart), a renowned politician, tells a newspaper editor about his time as a young country lawyer in Shinbone. The place is terrorized by the bandit Liberty Valance (Lee Marvin), the sadistic regulator for the cattle interests.

Tom Doniphon (Wayne), a horse rancher, is unimpressed by either this outlandish thug or his guns. Stoddard aims to bring in the bastard using the law; the more practical Donovan thinks this is an idiot scheme and says so. “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance clearly stands out as the most important American film of the 1960s,” comments Ford scholar Joseph McBride. But if it’s a great movie, it shows that the great ones aren’t all the way good. Ford made some choices of style that stick in more than a few viewers’ throats. The stagy false fronts and archaic-looking black-and-white film were chosen to detach this film and make it a fable; even the pale makeup looks like the white powder applied to old movie stars. Wayne is so good in this movie because he’s outside the movie. His is the part that doesn’t fit. He’s the one who addresses the calculation of it all: “You talk too much; you think too much” he snarls—a rebuke to actors then and since. If Doniphon is the hero, he’s a strange one. After he makes a selfless yet self-destructive choice, he has an astonishing drunk scene followed by an outburst of fury. Wayne’s greatness also lies in both the beauty of his nervelessness and in the delicate gesture. Ford always liked to give Wayne flowers to hold. And Vera Miles’ Hallie

Stoddard, the woman to whom Doniphon gives a flowering cactus, provides the film’s brilliantly forked ending. Note Miles’ keen disappointment as she watches her husband, Ransom, slap on the mask and become a gabbling politician again, just to impress a flunky on a train! It took me years to understand that “this is the West, Sir …” wasn’t the last scene in the movie. (Liberty Valance deserves the big-screen treatment, but it is also available in a handsome new two-disc DVD set, released this week in Paramount’s Centennial Collection, with commentary by Peter Bogdanovich.) You can get an easy B in filmtheory class for declaring Rio Bravo the first postmodern Western. Rio Bravo is a reaction to High Noon and the first version of 3:10 to Yuma; hating both of those movies, Hawks decided to do without the nerves and fury of the adult Western. He sought efficiency, purpose and lots and lots of humor. In a Texas border country, a barroom killer (Claude Akins) is under the custody of Wayne’s Sheriff John T. Chance. Unfortunately, the accused is the little brother of the local land baron, who proposes to break the man out of jail using his small army of gunmen. To hold the

line, Chance deputizes the locals, including a cracked geezer (Walter Brennan, deliriously good) and Dude (Dean Martin), the town drunk. It’s as much Rat Pack as rural siege—a Western with more juice than dust in it. The questions of the use of force now are debated in superhero movies instead of in Westerns. Critic James Rocchi figured that The Dark Knight’s ending is a nod to Liberty Valance. And there’s an upcoming remake of True Grit scheduled by the Coen brothers. (The 1969 original plays June 5 at the Stanford). Hard to imagine the Coens handling a scene like the one of Wayne’s old one-eyed Rooster Cogburn telling a story over a campfire about his own spell running a restaurant in Cairo, Ill., in those days before his temper drove away his wife and son. This scene exemplifies what Sarris means about “the displaced loner”; it was reputedly the actor’s all-time favorite. Wayne’s leave-taking at the end of True Grit may be his all-time most graceful gesture. Though it’s actually a horseman hopping over a fence around a snow-covered cemetery, it looks very much like a man leaping out of a grave on horseback. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE and RIO BRAVO plays May 22–24 at the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto.

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Robot Hell ‘Terminator: Salvation’: If he tries long enough, maybe John Connor can finally get it right

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N THE LEVEL of sound effects, Terminator: Salvation is impressive. Here’s a preview of the stomach-twisting, skeleton-rattling subsonics that are supposedly going to be used as police and military weaponry. They certainly do a good job of making you sick. The soundscape has far more stretch than the ash- and dung-colored visualscape, in which the robots and the humans mix it up. The inhuman perfection of Schwarzenegger is referenced by computer sampling and manipulation, but nothing here is really as madly iconic as our governor’s cinderblock face. As usual, director McG uses green-screen as prodigiously as a Poverty Row filmmaker used rear projection. Christian Bale’s John Connor stops, drops and rolls in front of flickering images of crashing helicopters and robot-killing machines; it probably looks killer on a Mac monitor or to the one-eyed, but on the big screen it looks ultraflat. McG populates the film with evil ’bots: steel lampreys that patrol the rivers, sentient motorcycles that cruise down the highways and 100-foot-tall man-harvesters that blare their teeth-hurting horns as they scoop up humans and shove them into cattle cars, off to some robot hell. Loved them in Spielberg’s War of the Worlds—I suppose I liked the reprise here. Some of the robots have rotting human tissue still clinging to them; the idea is maybe that killer robot zombies are better than killer robots. Into this post-atomic wasteland comes Mad Max’s American cousin, Marcus (Sam Worthington), who stumbles across “the L.A. Resistance.” It’s a resistance of two: teenage Kyle (Anton Yelchin) and the boy’s mute sidekick, Star (Jadagrace), a girl version of the feral kid from The Road Warrior. Kyle is going to be John “The Messiah” Connor’s future parent. The trio are on the enemies list of the Skynet-operated robot-killing machines. Fortunately, the remnants of humanity have finally, after three movies, developed an offswitch for the killing machines. But this weapon must be tested by the onceand-future messiah Connor. Terminator: Salvation is closer to Transformers than the light-on-their-feet action movies in the early installments of the series. This is a ridiculously serious movie, right on up to the snicker-inducing Seven Pounds–ish finale. Human feelings elude the director so much you wonder if he has a little titanium in his skull. As Connor’s mate, Kate, Bryce Dallas Howard is visibly pregnant. Therefore the film’s one honey is the soldier Blair—Moon Bloodgood, “Rated No. 53 on Maxim’s Hot 100 List!” Connor puzzles over whether he can trust Marcus, the strangely battleready wanderer from the wasteland. The previews for this film blew the surprise, but let’s say Connor’s previous experiences should have made him quicker on the uptake. For that matter, how is it that Connor shows these “prophesized” messiah qualities? Is it just by making the you-are-special tapes he airs on the shortwave? (Good thing the bad machines apparently can’t understand human speech, because Connor announces news and details of a major military offensive where the enemy could hear it.) Maybe they just made Connor messiah because he roars the loudest? Richard von Busack TERMINATOR SALVATION (PG-13; 115 min.), directed by McG, written by John D. Brancato and Michael Ferris, photographed by Shane Hurlbut and starring Christian Bale, Sam Worthington and Moon Bloodgood, opens May 21.

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Angels & Demons Fri-Thu 10:40, 12:15, 1:30, 3:20,

True Blood The HBO vampire series bares its first-season fangs on DVD; and Pansy Division gets profiled in a revelatory documentary. Read DVD reviews www.metroactive.com online.

Dance Flick Fri-Thu 11:15, 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Fri-Thu 5:10, 7:25,

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Dance Flick (PG-13) A comedy about an odd couple entering a dance competition. Stars Shoshana Bush and Damon Wayans Jr. (Opens May 22.)

Niles Film Museum Regularly scheduled programs of silent film. May 23: Regeneration (1915), Raoul Walsh’s drama of the Lower East Side, has been called the first ever gangster movie; it’s about the reform of a tough man by a social worker (Anna Q. Nillson). Billed with Fatty Joins the Force (1913), with Fatty Arbuckle, and Knight of the Trail (1915), with William S. Hart, and directed by Thomas Ince. Bruce Loeb at the piano. (Plays May 23 at 7:30pm in Fremont at the Edison Theater, 37417 Niles Blvd.) (RvB)

The Girlfriend Experience (Unrated; 77 min.) Steven Soderbergh directs a film about a call girl who gives her clients companionship and understanding beyond just physical satisfaction. Stars Sasha Grey, an adult-film star trying to cross over to features. (Opens May 22 at the Aquarius in Palo Alto.) Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (PG; 105 min.) See review on page 58. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival The festival shows Now or Never (2008), Eitan Londner’s docudrama, bolstered with newsreel footage, about the birth of Israel in the months before the expiration of the British mandate. David Ben-Gurion (Yossi Kantz) is depicted as both a forceful intellect, and a duffer whose wife nudges him about his weight. Love interest is provided by his secretary, whose soldier boyfriend is protecting the frontiers. Israel’s first PM is presented with a few warts: an obsession with Winston Churchill is never good for a leader, and then there’s the matter of Ben-Gurion’s unfortunate statement after the massacre at Deir Yassin: “I’m not going to mourn their dead. When you cut down a forest, chips will fly.” Generally the actors mostly don’t have the impact to play historical heavyweights characters such as George Marshall and Golda Meir, but this is faster and more useful than Exodus. It shows as part of the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. (Plays May 20 at 7pm in Palo Alto at the Cubberly Theater, 4000 Middlefield Rd; www.svjff.org) (RvB) Summer Hours (Unrated; 103 min.) American movies are usually about people with one problem; French movies are usually about people with a nexus of problems. In Olivier Assayas’ absorbing and smart new film, the problems of an extended family illuminate the abstract idea of artistic patrimony. (Previously, it was French cinematic patrimony, in Assayas’ best-known film here, Irma Vep). At her 75th birthday party, Hélène (Edith Scob) prepares to divide up her worldly goods among her children. These children are scattered all over the globe and don’t have the wherewithal to keep a luscious summer house going; the place is stuffed with valuable art pieces, too, which will have to be doled out to relatives and museums. Hélène was the longtime companion (perhaps more) of her uncle, a noted post-Impressionist; the slightly awkward legacy is puzzled out during the extended mourning session after Hélène drops dead. It takes a perceptive director to remember the physical similarities between the young girl Scob was (in Eyes Without a Face) and Juliette Binoche, here playing Hélène’s daughter, the one who inherited the family’s artistic gifts. Mulling over the cultural and financial primacy that’s migrated out of France into China and America, Summer Hours makes no recriminations. Assayas is gentle about the harsh edge of time scraping away things that are traditionally French, leaving behind the pop (mono)culture of superheroes, sneakers and drinking beer from the bottle. At a final house party for the family, he dwells on a trio of charming young modern girls dancing to Les Plastiscines’ terrific punk tune “Loser,” as if they were the Three Graces or something. (Opens May 22 at Camera 3 in San Jose and the Guild in Menlo Park.) (RvB) Terminator Salvation (PG-13; 115 min.) See review at left.

Rio Bravo/The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1959/1962) See story on page 55. (Plays May 22-24 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)

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Movie listings are for Friday, May 22 through Thursday, May 28 unless otherwise indicated. Programs and showtimes are subject to change without notice. Updated showtimes are available online at www.movietimes.com.

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1875 S. Bascom Ave. (408.559.6900) Angels & Demons Fri 11, 12:40, 2, 3:40, 5, 6:40, 8,

9:40, 10:55; Sat-Mon 11, 12:40, 2, 3:40, 5, 6:40, 8, 9:40; Tue-Thu 2, 3:40, 5, 6:40, 8, 9:40

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Fri 11:15, 1:40, 4:25, 7, 9:25, 11:50; Sat-

Mon 11:15, 1:40, 4:25, 7, 9:25; Tue-Thu 1:40, 4:25, 7, 9:25 Earth Fri-Mon 11:25, 1:30; Tue-Thu 1:30 Rudo y Cursi Fri 11:05, 2:20, 4:40, 7:05, 9:30, 11:55; Sat-Mon 11:05, 2:20, 4:40, 7:05, 9:30; Tue-Thu 2:20, 4:45, 7:05, 9:30 Star Trek Fri 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:35, midnight; Sat-Thu 1:10, 4, 6:50 (except Tue), 9:35 The Soloist Fri-Thu 3:50, 6:30, 9:05 Terminator Salvation Fri 11:10, 1:50, 4:35, 7:10, 9:45, midnight; Sat-Mon 11:10, 1:50, 4:35, 7:10, 9:45; Tue-Thu 1:50, 4:35, 7:10, 9:45

Cinelux Plaza Theatre 2501 S. Winchester Blvd. (408.378.2425)

Angels & Demons Fri-Thu 12:45, 4:20, 7:10, 10 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Fri-Thu 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 9:45 Star Trek Fri-Thu 11, 1:30, 4, 6:45, 9:20 Terminator Salvation Wed (May 20) midnight;

Thu (May 21) 11:30, 1:55, 4:30, 7:15, 9:45; Fri-Thu 11:30, 1:55, 4:30, 7:20, 9:45 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Fri-Thu 11, 1:20. 3:45, 6:30, 9

Gilroy Platinum Theatres 6851 Monterey St. (408.84.MOVIE)

Angels & Demons Thu 10: 55, 1:30, 4:20, 7, 9:45;

Fri–Mon 10:50, 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 9:45; Tue-Thu 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 9:45 Terminator Salvation Thu 11:20, 1:40, 4:5, 6:55, 9:15; Fri–Thu 11:05, 1:40, 4:05, 6:50, 9:10 Obsessed Thu (May 21 only) 11, 1:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9:10 Star Trek Thu 11:10, 11:25, 1:35, 1:50, 4, 4:15, 6:40, 6:50, 9:25, 9:35; Fri-Thu 11:10, 11:25, 1:35, 1:50, 4, 4:15, 6:55, 7:15, 9:0, 9:40 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Thu 11:05, 11:20, 1:25, 2:15, 3:45, 4:40, 6:10, 7:15, 9, 9:20; Fri–Thu 11:35, 2:30, 4:40, 7:25, 9:30 Dance Flick Fri-Thu 11, 1, 2:45, 4:50, 7:30, 9:15 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Fri-Thu 10:55, 1:10, 4:10, 6:40, 9

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4:40, 6:10, 7:10, 8:45, 9:45 Star Trek Fri-Thu 10:45, 12:20, 1:20, 3:10, 4:10, 6, 7, 8:50, 9:50 Terminator Salvation Fri-Thu 11, 1:45, 4:20, 7:05, 10 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Fri-Thu 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:20, 9:40

Los Gatos Los Gatos CinemaS

41 N. Santa Cruz Ave. (408.395.0203) Angels & Demons Fri 5:15, 8:15; Sat-Mon 2:15, 5:15, 8:15; Tue-Thu 5:15, 8:15 Star Trek Fri 4, 6:45, 9:30; Sat-Sun 1:15, 4, 6:45, 9:30; Mon 1:15, 4, 6:45; Tue-Wed 4, 6:45; Thu 4; Diaper Date Night Thu (May 28) 6:45

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Milpitas Century 20 Great Mall 1010 Great Mall Dr. (408.942.5550)

17 Again Fri-Mon 9:40, 2:40, 7:35; Tue-Thu 2:40, 7:35 Angels & Demons Fri-Sun 9:35, 10:10, 11, 11:50,

12:40, 1:20, 2:10, 3, 3:50, 4:30, 5:20, 6:10, 7, 7:40, 8:30, 9:20, 10:10, 10:50, 11:40, 12:25; Mon 9:35, 10:10, 11, 11:50, 12:40, 1:20, 2:10, 3, 3:50, 4:30, 5:20, 6:10, 7, 7:40, 8:30, 9:20, 10:10; Tue-Thu 11:15, 11:50, 12:40, 1:20, 2:15, 3, 3:50, 4:30, 5:20, 6:10, 7, 7:40, 8:30, 9:20, 10:10 Dance Flick Fri-Sun 9:30, 10:30, 11:35, 12:40, 1:45, 2:50, 3:55, 5, 6:05, 7:10, 8:15, 9:20, 10:25, 11:30, 12:35; Mon 9:30, 10:30, 11:35, 12:40, 1:45, 2:50, 3:55, 5, 6:05, 7:10, 8:15, 9:20, 10:25; Tue-Thu 11:35, 12:40, 1:45, 2:50, 3:55, 5, 6:05, 7:10, 8:15, 9:20, 10:25 Earth Fri-Mon 9:45, 12:05, 2:30, 4:50; Tue-Thu 12:05, 2:30, 4:50 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 12:10, 5:10, 10:05 Monsters vs. Aliens 3-D 12:35 Next Day Air 11:15, 4:25, 9:35 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Thu 12:01am; Fri-Sun 9:30, 10:10,

10:45, 11:25, 12, 12:40, 1:15, 1:55, 2:35, 3:15, 3:50, 4:35, 5:10, 5:50, 6:25, 7:05, 7:45, 8:25, 9, 9:40, 10:20, 11, 11:35, 12:15; Fri-Sun 12:50; Mon 9:30, 10:10, 10:45, 11:25, 12, 12:40, 1:15, 1:55, 2:35, 3:15, 3:50, 4:35, 5:10, 5:50, 6:25, 7:05, 7:45, 8:25, 9, 9:40, 10:20; Tue-Thu 11:25, 12, 12:40, 1:15, 1:55, 2:35, 3:15, 3:50, 4:35, 5:10, 5:50, 6:25, 7:05, 7:45, 8:25, 9, 9:40, 10:20 Obsessed 7:10, 9:50 Star Trek Fri-Mon 10:25, 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:30; Fri-Sun 9:40, 2:55, 5:55, 8:55, 12:01; Mon 9:40, 2:55, 5:55, 8:55; Tue-Thu 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:30; Tue-Thu 2:55, 5:55, 8:55 Terminator Salvation Wed (May 20) 12:01am; Thu 10:45, 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45, 12:30; Fri-Sun 9:30, 10, 10:45, 11:25, 12:05, 12:45, 1:30, 2:10, 2:50, 3:30, 4:15, 4:55, 5:35, 6:15, 7, 7:40, 8:20, 9, 9:45, 10:25, 11:05, 11:45, 12:30, 12:40; Mon 9:30, 10, 10:45, 11:25, 12:05, 12:45, 1:30, 2:10, 2:50, 3:30, 4:15, 4:55, 5:35, 6:15, 7, 7:40, 8:20, 9, 9:45, 10:25; Tue-Thu 11:25, 12:05, 12:45, 1:30, 2:10, 2:50, 3:30, 4:15, 4:55, 5:35, 6:15, 7, 7:40, 8:20, 9, 9:45, 10:25 Up Thu (May 28) 12:01am. X-Men Origins: Wolverine Fri-Sun 9:55, 12:30, 1:50, 3:05, 5:40, 7, 8:15, 10:50, 12:05; Mon 9:55, 12:30, 1:50, 3:05, 5:40, 7, 8:15; Tue-Thu 12:30, 1:50, 3:05, 5:40, 7, 8:15

Morgan Hill Cinelux Tennant Station Stadium Cinemas 750 Tennant Ave. (408.778.650)

Angels & Demons Fri-Thu 11:10, 12:30, 2, 3:40,

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Dance Flick Fri-Thu 11:20, 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:20, 9:15 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Thu (May 21) midnight; Fri-Thu

11:15, 11:55, 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:30, 4:20, 5, 6:15, 7, 7:40, 8:45, 9:20, 10 Star Trek Fri-Thu 11, 12:45, 1:40, 3:45, 4:30, 6:30, 7:15, 9:10, 9:55 Terminator Salvation Fri-Thu 11, 11:45, 1:30, 2:15, 3:55, 4:45, 6:45, 7:30, 9:30, 10:15 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Fri-Thu 11:30, 2, 4:30, 5:20, 7:10 9:45

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Miniatures The displays come to life in the superior sequel

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CLUTTERED, warehouse-sale movie, Shawn Levy’s Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian is an improvement on the first Night at the Museum: it has a great new girl, an enjoyable villain and the same old Ben Stiller. Stiller’s Larry Daley has moved up in the world, selling glow-in-the-dark flashlights on infomercials. As a result of his new success, Daley hasn’t been visiting the Natural History Museum much. His former friends—the museum miniatures and manikins that come to life at night— are about to be shipped off in crates to the archives in Washington, D.C. Heading for the basement of the Smithsonian, Larry finds that his nemesis, the naughty capuchin monkey, has stolen the ancient Egyptian tablet that makes the characters come to life. And the evil pharaoh Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria) is plotting a takeover of our world. Azaria’s talents as a vocal actor come into play here; he does the pharaoh as Karloff’s Im-ho-tep in The Mummy, only with a refined upper-class lisp. The Egyptian recruits a militia of historical villains, including Ivan the Terrible (Christopher Guest) and Al Capone (Jon Bernthal). It’s up to Larry to join forces with his old friends Octavius, the tiny Roman soldier (Steve Coogan), and the cowboy Jedediah (Owen Wilson), along with the help of Gen. Custer (Bill Hader, miscast) and Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams). Levy oversees some very sweet and technically tricky effects—a ride on the Wright brothers’ plane, the colossal statue of Lincoln escaping his monument and a purple-pink giant octopus attack. At the imaginary “National Art Museum” (actually the National Gallery), the paintings and sculptures come to life; a Roy Lichtenstein girl turns her head and frets, a Pollock writhes in its frame. Admittedly the living paintings are stuff we get at Hogwarts, but the more modern art makes the effect new. Unfortunately, the more amazing moments are bogged down by plentiful two-shots of actors misunderstanding each other. A bit about the pharoah’s “dress,” actually a robe, might be funnier if it weren’t coming in from a tunic-clad Ivan the Terrible. Some of the basic storytelling is off, too—the hostage cowboy Jedediah urging Larry to rescue him from the villain instead of defying the villain, as heroic hostages have been doing in adventure movies ever since they began: “Don’t worry about me! Save the world!” or words to that effect. Mostly what the film seems like is a series of very witty TV commercials interrupted by failed Saturday Night Live sketches. And South Park’s Imaginationland DVD movie went so much further and wilder with the idea of a land of living symbols. Adams, though, keeps this movie awake; she does Amelia as a fasttalking screwball-comedy adventurer, modeled on Katharine Hepburn. As for the matter of Adams’ splendidly tight khaki aviatrix britches, this space is far too refined to join in on the national moans of lechery. It’s very much the “something for Dad” section of this kid fodder. One recalls the villainous Nicolas Cage’s line to the departing Joan Allen in Face/Off: “I hate to see you go, but I love to watch you leave.” Richard von Busack

5:20, 6:15, 7, 7:55, 8:45, 9:30, 10:25 The Soloist 9:40 Star Trek Fri-Wed 7:20, 10:15. Digital Projection; 11, 12:30, 1:55, 3:25, 4:50, 6:25, 8, 9:20; Thu 7:20 Digital Projection Terminator Salvation Wed 12:01am; Thu-Thu 11:50, 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:40, 5:10, 6:20, 7:05, 7:50, 9:10, 10:30 Up Thu (May 28) 12:01am X-Men Origins: Wolverine 11:15, 1:50, 4:20, 7:25, 10

Palo Alto Aquarius 430 Emerson St. (650.266.9260) The Girlfriend Experience Fri-Mon 1, 3, 5, 7,

9:15; Tue-Thu 5, 7, 9:15

Every Little Step Fri-Mon 1:30, 4, 6:30, 8:45;

Tue-Thu 4, 6:30, 8:45

CineArts @ Palo Alto Square 3000 El Camino Real & Page Mill Road Bldg #6, (800.FAN.DANG 914#)

Rudo y Cursi Fri-Sat 2:10, 4:40, 7:15, 9:40; Sun-

Thu 2:10, 4:40, 7:15

Sunshine Cleaning Fri-Thu 2:15, 7:20 The Merry Gentleman Fri-Sat 4:45, 9:45;

Sun-Thu 4:45

Stanford Theatre

221 University Ave. (650.324.3700) The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Fri-

Sun 5:15, 10:05 Rio Bravo Fri 7:30; Sat-Sun 2:40, 7:30

San Jose AMC Eastridge 15

2190 Eastridge Loop (888.AMC.4FUN) Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Fri-Sun 10:20, 1, 3:40, 6:20, 9,

11:40; Mon 11:40, 2:20, 5, 7:40, 10:20; Tue-Thu 2:20, 5, 7:40, 10:20 Terminator Salvation Thu (May 21) 12:01am; Fri-Sun 9:15, 12, 2:40, 5:30, 8:30, 11:20; Mon 11:20, 2, 4:50, 7:50, 10:40; Tue-Thu 2, 4:50, 7:50, 10:40 Up Thu (May 28) 12:01am Complete info not available at deadline; call for other shows and times.

Cinelux Almaden Cinema 2306 Almaden Road (408.265.7373)

Angels & Demons 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:45 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Thu (May 21) midnight; Fri-Thu

11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30

Terminator Salvation Call for shows and

times.

Star Trek 11, 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:45 X-Men Origins: Wolverine 11:30, 1:55, 4:40,

7:10, 9:30

The Tech Museum IMAX Dome Theatre

201 S. Market St at Park Ave (408.294.8324) Destiny in Space Fri 12, 2, 4, 5; Sat-Thu 12, 2, 4 Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk

Fri 3; Sat 3, 5; Mon-Thu 3

Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs Fri 1;

Sat-Sun 11, 1; Mon-Thu 1

Camera 3

288 S. Second St. (408.294.3334)

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN (PG; 105 min.), directed by Shawn Levy, written by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, photographed by John Schwartzman and starring Ben Stiller, opens May 22.

Is Anybody There? Fri 7:10; Sat-Mon 4:20,

7:10; Tue-Thu 7:10

Lemon Tree Fri 9:20; Sat-Mon 4:50, 9:20; Tue-

Thu 9:20

4:30, 6:50, 9:10; Tue-Thu 6:50, 9:10

201 S. Second St. (408.998.3300) Angels & Demons Fri-Sat 12:40, 1:40, 4:50,

6:40, 7:45, 9:40, 10:40; Sun-Thu 2:40, 1:40, 3:40, 4:50, 6:40, 7:45, 9:40 Dance Flick Fri-Thu 12, 2;30, 5:10, 7:30, 10:05 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Fri-Thu 1:20, 6:30 Management Fri 5:20, 7:35, 9:55; Sat-Sun 12:30, 2:50; Mon-Thu 5:20, 7:35, 9:55 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Fri-Sat 12:15, 1:50, 2:50, 4:30, 5:30,

7, 8, 9:25, 10:30, 11:50; Sun-Thu 12:15, 1:50, 2:50, 4:30, 5:30, 7, 8, 9:25 Rudo y Cursi Fri-Thu 12:05, 2:40, 5, 7:20, 9:55 The Soloist Fri-Thu 3:50, 8:50 Star Trek Fri-Sat 1:10, 2:20, 4, 5:20, 6:50, 8:25, 9:35, 11:10, midnight; Sun-Thu 1:10, 2:20, 4, 5:20, 6:50, 8:25, 9:35 Terminator Salvation Fri-Sat 12:25, 1:30, 3, 4:20, 5:40, 7:10, 8:15, 9:45, 10:50, midnight; Sun-Thu 12:25, 1:30, 3, 4:20, 5:40, 7:10, 8:15, 9:45 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Fri-Thu 2:10, 4:40, 7:25, 10

Century Berryessa 10

Berryessa Road & Capitol Ave (800.FAN.DANG 929#) Angels & Demons 11:05, 12:40, 2:15, 3:50, 5:25,

7:05, 8:35, 10:10

Dance Flick 10:45, 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:55, 10:15 Monsters vs. Aliens 10:50, 1:25, 3:55 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 10:55, 11:55, 1:35, 2:35, 4:15, 5:15, 7,

8, 9:35, 10:35 Star Trek 10:25, 1:30, 4:30, 6:15, 7:25, 9:15, 10:20 Terminator Salvation 10:30, 11:30, 1:15, 2:15, 4, 5, 6:45, 7:45, 9:30, 10:30 X-Men Origins: Wolverine 11:50, 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:25 Angels & Demons 12:40, 3:50, 7, 10:10 Complete info not available at deadline; call for other shows and times.

Century Capitol 16 San Jose Capitol Expressway & Snell Avenue (408.972.9276)

Angels & Demons 11, 12, 1, 1:55, 3, 4, 4:55, 6, 7,

8, 8:55, 10

Battle for Terra 11:20, 1:25, 3:40, 5:45, 7:55 Dance Flick 11:15, 1:30, 3:40, 5:55, 8, 10:05 Monsters vs. Aliens 11:25 Next Day Air 10:15 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 11, 11:55, 12:50, 1:45, 2:40, 3:35,

4:30, 5:25, 6:20, 7:15, 8:10, 9:05, 10 Rudo y Cursi 12:30, 2:50, 5:05, 7:20, 9:30 The Soloist 1:50, 4:25, 7:10, 9:55 Star Trek 11:10, 12:35, 2, 3:20, 4:50, 6:15, 7:40, 9, 10:25 Terminator Salvation 11:30, 12:20, 1:10, 2:15, 3:05, 3:55, 5, 5:50, 6:40, 7:45, 8:35, 9:25, 10:30 X-Men Origins: Wolverine 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:50, 10:10

Century 20 Oakridge

925 Blossom Hill Road (408.225.2200) 17 Again 11:50, 5, 10:15 Angels & Demons Fri-Mon 10:45, 11:30, 12:15,

1, 1:50, 2:40, 3:25, 4:10, 4:55, 5:45, 6:35, 7:20, 8:10, 8:55, 9:45, 10:30, 11:15; Tue-Thu 10:45, 11:30, 12:15, 1, 1:50, 2:40, 3:25, 4:10, 4:55, 5:45, 6:35, 7:20, 8:10, 8:55, 9:45, 10:30 Dance Flick Fri 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:25, 10; Sat-Mon 10:30, 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:25, 10; Tue-Thu 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:25, 10 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 12:10, 2:40, 5:15, 7:40, 10:10 Hannah Montana: The Movie 11:20, 1:55, 4:40 Monsters vs. Aliens 3-D 12:15, 2:35, 5:05 Next Day Air Fri-Mon 7:05, 9:15, 11:30; Tue-Thu 7:05, 9:15 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Fri 11, 11:50, 12:30, 1:10, 1:40, 2:30,

3:05, 3:45, 4:20, 5:05, 5:45, 6:20, 7, 7:40, 8:20, 8:55, 9:40, 10:15, 10:55, 11:30; Sat-Mon 9:55, 10:35, 11, 11:50, 12:30, 1:10, 1:40, 2:30, 3:05, 3:45, 4:20, 5:05, 5:45, 6:20, 7, 7:40, 8:20, 8:55, 9:40, 10:15, 10:55, 11:30; Tue-Thu 11, 11:50, 12:30, 1:10, 1:40, 2:30, 3:05, 3:45, 4:20, 5:05, 5:45, 6:20, 7, 7:40, 8:20, 8:55, 9:40, 10:15 Obsessed 2:25, 7:35 Star Trek 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30; Fri-Mon 11:30, 2:30, 5:30, 7:30, 8:30, 10:30, 11:25 Digital Projection; Tue 11:30, 2:30, 7:30, 9:45, 10:30 Digital Projection; Wed-Thu 11:30, 2:30, 5:30, 7:30, 8:30, 10:30

Terminator Salvation Thu (May 21) 12:01am; Fri 11, 11:35, 12:20, 1, 1:45, 2:20, 3:05, 3:45, 4:30, 5:10, 5:50, 6:30, 7:15, 7:55, 8:35, 9:20, 10, 10:40, 11:20; Sat-Sun 10:15, 11:15, 11:35, 12:20, 1, 2, 2:20, 3:05, 3:45, 4:45, 5:10, 5:50, 6:30, 7:30, 7:55, 8:35, 9:20, 10:15, 10:40, 11:20; Mon 10:15, 11, 11:35, 12:20, 1, 1:45, 2:20, 3:05, 3:45, 4:30, 5:10, 5:50, 6:30, 7:15, 7:55, 8:35, 9:20, 10, 10:40, 11:20; Tue-Thu 11, 11:35, 12:20, 1, 1:45, 2:20, 3:05, 3:45, 4:30, 5:10, 5:50, 6:30, 7:15, 7:55, 8:35, 9:20, 10, 10:40 Up Thu 12:01am X-Men Origins: Wolverine 11:45, 2:25, 5:10, 7:45, 10:25

Winchester 21

3161 Olsen Dr (408.984.5610)

Info not available at deadline; call for shows & times.

Winchester 22

3162 Olin Ave (408.984.5610)

Info not available at deadline; call for shows & times.

Winchester 23

3164 Olsen Dr (408.984.5610)

Info not available at deadline; call for shows & times.

Century San Jose 24 2

741 S. Winchester Blvd (800.FAN.DANG 927#) Angels & Demons Fri-Sat 12:15, 1:45, 3:15, 4:45,

6:15, 7:45, 9:15, 10:45; Sun-Mon 12:15, 1:45, 3:15, 4:45, 6:15, 7:45, 9:15; Tue-Thu 1:45, 3:15, 4:45, 6:15, 7:45

Century San Jose 25 2 Westgate Mall and Campbell/Saratoga (800.FAN.DANG 928#)

Info not available at deadline; call for shows & times.

CineArts@Santana Row 3088 Olsen Dr. (408.554.7000)

Angels & Demons 11:30, 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 7,

8:30, 10

Every Little Step 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:45 Management Fri-Wed 2:55, 7:50 The Merry Gentleman 12:20, 5:20, 10:05 Rudo y Cursi 12, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10 The Soloist 11:20, 1:55, 7:30 State of Play 4:35, 10:15

San Mateo Century San Mateo 12

320 E. Second Ave. (800.FAN.DANG 968#) Angels & Demons Fri-Mon 10:20, 11:20, 12,

1:40, 2:50, 3:30, 5:10, 6:30, 7:20, 8:30, 10:05

Dance Flick Fri-Mon 10:15, 12:30, 2:40, 4:50,

7:30, 10:15

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Fri-Mon 10:25,

4:30, 10:40

Monsters vs. Aliens 3-D Fri-Mon 10:40, 1:30,

4:05. RealD 3-D

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Fri-Mon 10:10, 11:10, 12:50, 1:50,

3:40, 4:40, 7, 7:40, 9:40, 10:30 Obsessed Fri-Mon 10:35 The Soloist Fri-Mon 1:15, 7:25 Star Trek Fri-Mon 7, 10. Digital Projection; FriMon 10, 1:10, 4:10, 7:50, 10:50 Terminator Salvation Fri-Mon 10, 11, 1, 2, 4, 5, 7:10, 8, 10:10, 10:50 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Fri-Mon 10:30, 1:20, 4:20, 7:35, 10:25

Santa Clara AMC Mercado 20

101 Fwy and Great American Pkwy (888.AMC.4FUN) Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Fri-Sun 10:20, 1, 3:40, 6:20, 9,

11:40; Mon 10:20, 1, 3:40, 6:20, 9; Tue-Thu 1, 3:40, 6:20, 9 Terminator Salvation Fri-Sun 10:40, 1:20, 4:10, 7:10, 10, 12:40; Mon 10:40, 1:20, 4:10, 7:10, 10; Tue-Thu 1:20, 4:10, 7:10, 10 Up Thu (May 28) 12:01am

Saratoga AMC Saratoga 14

Saratoga Avenue and Campbell Avenue (888.AMC.4FUN) Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Fri-Mon 9:45, 12:25, 3:10, 5:50,

8:30, 11:15; Tue-Thu 12:30, 3:10, 5:50, 8:30 Terminator Salvation Fri-Mon 10:20, 1:15, 4:05, 7:15, 10:05; Tue-Thu 1:15, 4:05, 7:15, 10:05


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RESTAURANT & NIGHTCLUB

1011 PACIFIC AVENUE SANTA CRUZ 831-423-1336

Tuesday, June 2 AGES 16+ • In the Atrium

Thursday, May 21 AGES 16+ THE

SUPERVILLAINS

plus

Mike Pinto

$10 Adv./ $12 Dr. • Drs. 7:30 p.m., Show 8 p.m. plus

Torche

also

Judgement Day

$16 Adv./ $20 Dr. • Drs. 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. Beats by the Pound has been canceled due to remodel. Return tickets to place of purchase for a refund.

Thursday, June 4 • AGES 16+ • In the Atrium Record Release Party plus

STILL TIME

Matt Masih & the Messengers

$8 Adv./ $10 Dr. • Drs. 8:30 p.m., Show 9 p.m.

Friday & Saturday May 22 & 23 • AGES 16+

Friday, June 5 AGES 21+

The

Mother Hips

plus

DJ Dubta

$25 Adv./$28 Dr. • Drs. 8 p.m. • Show 9 p.m.

Hot Buttered Rum $18 Adv./$23 Dr. • Drs. 8 p.m. • Show 9 p.m.

May 22 Friday Night in the Atrium FREE SHOW SERIES No Cover • 9 p.m. • 16+

Saturday, June 6 • AGES 16+

DEVASTATING KARATE • INDOUT INDOUT May 23 Saturday Night in the Atrium FREE SHOW SERIES No Cover • 9 p.m. • 16+

THE CHINA CATS

formerly Dough Knees

May 24 Sunday Night in the Atrium

Memorial Weekend Party FREE SHOW SERIES No Cover • 9 p.m. • 21+

plus

Mike Relm

also

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

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Systems Analyst Lapha & Company, Inc. seeks Computer Systems Analyst in various unidentified job sites in the U.S. Send Resume to 111 W. St. John Street, Suite 1270, San Jose, CA 95113.

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Arm, Inc. has a Partner Sales Manager job opportunity available in San Jose, CA. Mail resumes to Arm, Inc., Attn: Denise Vasquez, 150 Rose Orchard Way, San Jose, CA 95134. Must reference job title and job code (PSM1) to be considered.

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6g^Zh(March 21–April 19): The fleas infesting dogs’ skin have greater leaping power than the fleas on cats. Why do you think that is, Aries? Maybe you should use your waxing brainpower to get to the bottom of this great mystery. Just kidding! While it is true that in the coming weeks you will have unusual skill in deciphering enigmas and clarifying ambiguities, I think you should direct that skill to really important matters that will improve your life for months to come—not to trivial questions like fleas’ jumping abilities.

IVjgjh(April 20–May 20): Studies show that when most people take a shower, they lather the upper part of their bodies first and make their way down. I recommend that you take the opposite approach this week, Taurus. In fact, I think a similar strategy would be wise in just about everything you do. Start at the bottom and work your way up. Establish yourself at the ground level and then take care of the higher stuff. Pay respect to the roots and then tend to the branches. <Zb^c^(May 21–June 20): A couple I know planned to have their second baby delivered at home with a midwife’s help. The father is a physician who assisted with childbirths during his residency, so he and his partner felt confident about conducting their rite of passage outside of the hospital. But once the mom’s water broke and labor began, everything happened faster than expected. The dad gave the midwife an urgent phone call, but the kid was already crowning. “Don’t cut the umbilical cord right away,” the midwife advised. “It will minimize the shock of transition if the baby can get the hang of breathing while still being nurtured as she has for the last nine months.” That’s exactly what they did. And I hope you will do the metaphorical equivalent, Gemini. Keep getting fed the old way for a while as you learn how to be fed in the new way. 8VcXZg( June 21–July 22): I swerve to avoid running over spiders that cross my path when I’m riding my bicycle. While at home, I prefer to shepherd flies out through an open door or window rather than swat them. I’m still not sufficiently enlightened that I’ve stopped trying to squash mosquitoes that dive-bomb me while I’m falling asleep, however. I’m working on it, but may need a few more years of meditation before I bring my reverence for all insect life up to the highest level. The way I see it, my fellow Cancerian, you’d benefit from working on a similar project in the coming weeks: improving your relationships with influences you don’t have a natural affinity for. AZd( July 23–Aug. 22): “Never doubt that a small

group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world,” wrote anthropologist Margaret Meade. “Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” An excellent example of that occurred during America’s Revolutionary War against England from 1775 to 1783. Of all the men in the 13 colonies who could have fought for freedom, only 16 percent did. I hope that gives you encouragement as you seek to fix a glitch in the status quo. You and your band of allies have more power than you know.

K^g\d(Aug. 23–Sept. 22): Up to one-tenth of the population is left-handed. Yet for centuries, even as late as the 1950s, there were social stigmas against left-handers—similar in some ways to the perverse prejudice that has been directed toward homosexuals. So strong was the taboo that many parents tried to convert their naturally left-handed children into righties. Thankfully, this absurd form of repression is now defunct. (Five of the last seven American presidents have been left-handed.) But it’s a good reminder that there are countless other ways in which our culture still attempts to coax us or force us into not being who we really are. But here’s the good news: It’s an excellent time for you Virgos to reject the pressure to be someone else and get back to where you once belonged. Reunite with the person you were destined to be! A^WgV(Sept. 23–Oct. 22): The Tower of Terror is a thrill ride at Disney World. Riders are yanked up and down as they travel along a 199-foot pillar. A Florida woman named Denise Mooty believes this form of amusement is essential to her health. She says the extreme G-forces she’s exposed to on the ride help dissipate the fibrous adhesions in her belly. I recommend a similar kind of therapy

for you, Libra. Not to break up fibrous adhesions, since you probably don’t have any, but rather to jostle your mental blocks, repetitive fantasies, and obsessive habits. They might just break into pieces and dissipate if you shake them in the right way.

HXdge^d(Oct. 23–Nov. 21): It’s your choice,

Scorpio. You could be a creative dynamo who changes the course of local history—or you could be a plain old boring sex maniac. What’ll it be? We here at the Free Will Astrology Libido Management Center encourage you to at least partially sublimate your unruly mojo into beautiful works of art, innovative business solutions, and brilliant strokes of collaboration. You don’t have to stop boinking altogether; just make it the second most important thing you rather than your raison d’être.

HV\^iiVg^jh(Nov. 22–Dec. 21): The planets are

conspiring to unleash energies that will touch you in ways you didn’t realize you needed to be touched. Any minute now you may begin to feel a pleasurable burning sensation in your soft underbelly, or a prickly wake-up call in your willpower, or a ticklish electricity running through your funny bone. What does it all mean? Maybe nothing. Or maybe it means so much that you can’t possibly analyze its meaning. What a valuable gift that would be! When is the last time you felt free of the need to have to understand everything?

8Veg^Xdgc(Dec. 22–Jan. 19): A long-time

Capricorn reader named Allison wrote me an apologetic email. She said that she has always loved my horoscopes, and still loves them, but for the foreseeable future she’s got to stop reading them. “Please don’t take it as an insult, because it’s not,” she wrote. “I just need to be less subject to outside influences for a while. Maybe that will help me get better at paying attention to my own intuition.” I understood exactly what she means. According to my analysis, this is one time when you may have to shield yourself from the noise around you—even the good and interesting noise—in order to hear your own inner voice better.

6fjVg^jh( Jan. 20–Feb. 18): Rolling Stone magazine has said that ’60s folk singer Tom Rush (born Feb. 8) was a major force in launching the era of the singer/songwriter. He’s been lying low for a while, though. Recently he came out with his first new studio album in 35 years. I’m guessing that, like him, quite a lot of other Aquarians will also be climaxing new creations as 2009 unfolds—perhaps even works that are long overdue or that have been extraordinarily slow in the making. And what happens in the next few weeks will be crucial in that process. E^hXZh(Feb. 19–March 20): “All the problems we

face in the United States today,” said comedian and presidential candidate Pat Paulsen, “can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian.” With that as your inspiration, Pisces, I urge you to take inventory of your own “immigration policy.” It’s an excellent time to do so, astrologically speaking. Here are some questions to guide you. What influences do you allow to pour into your sphere? Are they beneficial for your long-term mental health? What people do you invite to share your resources? Do they bring out the best in you? Do you have smart boundaries that keep out the bad stuff and welcome in the good?

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The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Liquid Therapy Entertainment, 30 Boston Avenue, Unit A, San Jose, CA, 95128, Can Rustu Bright, Raj Vij, 999 Commercial Street, Unit 108, Palo Alto, CA, 94303. This business is conducted by a general partnership. The state of Corporation: Delaware. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on. /s/Can Rustu Bright This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 5/14/2009. (pub Metro 5/20, 5/27, 6/03, 6/10/2009)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #524223 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Forever Medical Center, 1630 Old Oakland Rd., #A202, San Joe, Ca, 95131, Li Qung Tu, 1792 Donna Ln., #1, San Jose, CA, 95124. This business is conducted by a individual Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 5/01/09. /s/Li Qung Tu This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 5/13/2009. (pub Metro 5/20, 5/27, 6/03, 6/10/2009)


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Legal The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: New Age Property Management, 3549 Agate Dr., Santa Clara, 95051, Edwin Hein, 183 Noyo Dr., San Jose, CA, 95123. This business is conducted by a individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 3/12/03. /s/Edwin Hein This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 4/20/20. (pub Metro 5/20, 5/27, 6/03, 6/10/2009)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #524088 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: VietnameseAmerican Academy, 1850 S. 10th Street, San Jose, CA, 95112, Daniel Thang Van Hoang, 2063 Teola Way, San Jose, CA, 95121. This business is conducted by a individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on. /s/Daniel Thang Van Hoang This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 5/11/2009. (pub Metro 5/20, 5/27, 6/03, 6/10/2009)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #523435

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: A.C House Cleaning, 4573 Bolero Dr., San Jose, CA, 95111, Adela Cisneros. This business is conducted by a individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on. /s/Adela Cisneros This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 4/24/2009. (pub Metro 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/03/09)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #523954 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Always Smog Test Only, 1611 Monterey Road, #B, San Jose, CA, 95112, Hiep Le, 1167 Formosa Ridge Rd., San Jose, CA, 95127. This business is conducted by a individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on. /s/Hiep Le This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 5/06/2009. (pub Metro 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/03/2009)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #523530 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Emerald May Flowers, 2645 S. King Rd., San Jose, CA, 95122, Joyce Bobinson. This business is conducted by a individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on May 2, 2009. /s/Joyce Robinson This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 4/27/2009. (pub Metro 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/03/2009)

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Alladdin Bail Bonds, Andy’s Bail Bonds, 900 N. First Street, Suite A, San Jose, CA, 95112, Two Jinn Inc., 1959 Palomar Oaks Way, Suite 200, Carlsbad, CA, 92011. This business is conducted by a Corporation. The state of Corporation: California. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 6/01/2004. /s/Robert H. Hayes CEO #A0611012 This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 5/04/2009. (pub Metro 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/03/2009)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #523138 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Lu Bistro, 1460 Oakland Rd., Ste #D, San Jose, CA, 95112, Lu Be, 1145 Rosebriar Wy., San Jose, CA, 95131. This business is conducted by a individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 4/2/09. /s/Be Lu This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 4/17/2009. (pub Metro 5/06, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27/2009)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #523509 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Donna Beauty Salon, 3208 Lyter Way, San Jose, CA, 95135, Don Hue Do. This business is conducted by a individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 5/15/2009. /s/Don Hue Do This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 4/27/2009. (pub Metro 5/06, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27/2009.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT NAME STATEMENT #522771 #523206 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: ABC Window and Carpet Cleaning., 15935 Polona Dr., Sehi, CA, 95313, Massoud Ghassemi. This business is conducted by a individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Massoud Ghassemi This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 4/13/2009. (pub Metro 5/06, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27/2009)

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Synergy Auto Works, 145 Keyes St., San Jose, CA, 95112, Phan, Thong, 1200 E. San Fernando, CA, 95116. This business is conducted by a individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Phan, Thong This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 4/20/2009. (pub Metro 4/29, 5/06, 5/13, 5/20/2009)

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Upper Room, 444 E. Williams St, 208, San Jose, CA, 95112, Salvador Hernandez, 631 S. 10th Street, San Joe, CA, 95112. This business is conducted by a individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 3/29/09. /s/Salvador Hernandez This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 3/30/2009. (pub Metro 4/29, 5/06, 5/13, 5/20/2009)

Jose, CA, 95121, Robert E. Weisse. This business is conducted by a individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 3/31/2009. /s/Robert E. Weisse This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 4/17/2009. (pub Metro 4/29, 5/06, 5/13, 5/20/2009)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS #523175 The following person(s) is (are) NAME STATEMENT doing business as: RF Power Services, 1341 Eldamar Ct., San #522051

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS #522805 NAME STATEMENT The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: #523276 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Sam’s Chowder House, 4210 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, CA, 94019, San Mateo, Paul Shenkman, 273 Eagle Trace, Half Moon Bay, CA, 94019. This business is conducted by a limited partnership. The above entity was formed in the state of California Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 10/06/2009. /s/Paul Shenkman General/Managing Partner #200517500014 This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 4/21/2009. (pub Metro 5/06, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27/2009.

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Cedar Mortgage Company, Inc., 3190 S. Bascom Avenue, #100, San Jose, CA, 95124, Cedar Financial Network, Inc. This business is conducted by a Corporation. The state of Corporation: California. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/John A. Nogosek President #C3096566 This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 4/13/2009. (pub Metro 4/29, 5/06, 5/13, 5/20/2009)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #524286 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: M&M Fencing, 55 S. 21st Street, San Jose, CA, 95116, Manny Freitas. This business is conducted by a individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 5/14/09. /s/Manny Freitas This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 5/14/2009. (pub Metro 5/20, 5/27, 6/03, 6/10/2009)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #524147 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Alviso Towing, 1315 Moffat, Alviso, CA, 95002, John Temores. This business is conducted by a individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 10/20/1999. /s/John Temores This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 5/12/2009. (pub Metro 5/20, 5/27, 6/03, 6/10/2009)

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Oh, bras probably do something. It’s just that nobody can agree on what it is. I won’t pretend to have the definitive answer, but here’s what we’ve established so far: (1) The medical term for breast sagging is breast ptosis. One often hears that “the French have a word for it,” “it” being any inscrutable aspect of daily life. However, if the French ever get stumped, ask a doctor. (2) There is, so far as your columnist can discover, zero evidence that bras prevent saggy breasts. My assistant Gfactor—Una is still recovering from crème brûlée duty—scoured the medical journals and turned up nothing. Admittedly this wouldn’t be an easy thing to study: though yes, I’m sure you could find 10 or 20 million guys who’d be happy to help, ho ho ho, my guess is if you actually had to stare at (palpate, whatever) human flesh day after day and rate its sagginess, the novelty would eventually wear off. (3) Bras originated in 1863 as an alternative to corsets. The purpose of corsets, we can agree, was to squeeze a woman’s body into something more closely resembling the 19th-century ideal of beauty, which had the unfortunate side effect of making it impossible to breathe. One may argue that bras are likewise intended to enhance the female figure but in a less drastic manner. (4) Be that as it may, bras have always been touted for their health benefits, and given that they chased out corsets, who can argue? The original patent application for a bra, submitted by Luman Chapman, asserts that his breast supporter helps avoid “injuries to the breasts and abdomen.” By 1927 bra makers were claiming their products supported “drooping busts” and strengthened “weakened tissues.” A 1952 article in Parents magazine, which offers the bizarre suggestion that one should periodically trace the silhouette of one’s daughter’s breasts (presumably unclothed) to gauge their development, also exhorts parents to get their girls training bras at the first sign of puberty lest the poor kids’ breasts drop. (5) Bra manufacturers don’t necessarily believe their products prevent sagging. In a 2000 article in the Independent we find John Dixey, chief executive of Playtex, agreeing with surgery professor Robert Mansell on this point. Mansell: Sagging is “a function of the weight,

often of heavy breasts, and these women are wearing bras and it doesn’t prevent it.” Dixey: “We have no medical evidence that wearing a bra could prevent sagging, because the breast itself is not muscle so keeping it toned up is an impossibility.” Others have greater faith. In a 1990 Runner’s World article, exercise physiologist and biomechanics researcher LaJean Lawson compares the bouncing of breasts during running to the stretching that occurs when a woman “wears heavy earrings all the time” and recommends sports bras during exercise. (6) In contrast to pretty much everything else you hear on this subject, we do have some scientific evidence that sports bras are a good idea, though for reasons having little to do with sagging. For a 1999 article in Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Mason et al. had women exercise at varying degrees of strenuousness while wearing different types of bra or no top at all; the subjects reported much less breast pain when clad in a sports bra. (7) I don’t dispute that many if not most women need breast support while exercising and that large-breasted and lactating women need support just for walking around. The question is whether a nonpregnant, nonlactating woman of average endowment needs to wear a bra routinely. Women’s breasts, even small ones, clearly sag over time, and it’s not hard to believe the steady tug of gravity on minimally supported tissue partly explains why. Conceivably a bra could delay the process. However, not to harp on this, we don’t know it for a fact. (8) Then again, maybe it doesn’t matter. I’d suggest bras are primarily a tool of fashion: they give women an approximation of the idealized female shape plus some control over jiggle, cleavage and nipple protrusion—the undeniable fact being that most people look better, and feel more comfortable, with clothes on than with them off.

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