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Stooge,â&#x20AC;? MetroMusic, Sept. 2) article. Although your article on James was tremendous, I am rather perplexed as to why he was not the main story of your magazine or on the cover. His return to music after a 30-year absence has made national and international attention in nearly every major music magazine. Not to mention that his music has inďŹ&#x201A;uenced countless rock/punk artists (Sex Pistols, the Damned, Chili peppers, Nirvana, just to name a few). His return to the stage truly was the show to see this year. People who came to see it came from as far as Europe, and the fact that the show was in San Jose should have been splashed across the magazine. You completely missed the mark by featuring Stardust Cowboy that week instead. Angeline King Mountain View

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Plastic Surgery Coastal cleanup moves upstream in an effort to keep trash out of the bay By Jessica Lussenhop S California’s Coastal Cleanup Day gears up for its 25th anniversary of beachcombing for cigarette butts and bottles, Save the Bay restoration coordinator Natalie LaVan says there’s good news and there’s bad news. “In this day and age people are becoming more aware,” she says. “Folks are going out and cleaning up the beach on their own. They don’t need a special day for it.” And though LaVan says our coasts are cleaner now that

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people are picking up after themselves, that’s no reason to declare “Mission accomplished”— there’s still lots of work to do further upstream. She connects this weekend’s efforts to the recently discovered continent-size patch of plastic garbage in the North Pacific Gyre. “We’re finding that a lot of the trash is coming in from the hills and winding its way through these little creeks,” she says. “If we can get the trash at that point,

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before it actually hits the ocean, we can actually minimize that giant gyre.” Creek Connections Action Group, Save the Bay’s partnership with the Santa Clara Water District and city of San Jose, has data from last year’s cleanup showing huge amounts of trash being collected in local riverbeds. Los Alamitos Creek coughed up 54,000 pounds, while 16,611 pounds were hoisted out of various locations along Coyote Creek, and Palo Alto’s San

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September 16-22, 2009 Francisquito Creek gave up 5,000 pounds. Coyote Creek earned the distinction of being named one of Save the Bay’s “Bay Trash Hot Spots,” after 1,100 plastic bags were fished out of the area. “Almost everything in our county flows to the bay,” says Santa Clara Valley Water District volunteer coordinator Kate Slama. “There’s a lot of people out there who still don’t understand the connection between throwing something on the sidewalk and it ending up in the creek.” But focusing more on riverbeds has its own set of complications. “Homeless camps are inevitable,” Slama says. “A lot of the sites where we know they’re there, we have a police liaison.” Slama says some camps are notified the day before about the cleanup, not only to keep them in the loop, but to provide campers with bags and an opportunity to join in the cleanup. “The volunteers should give them a wide berth,” Slama says. Ultimately, however, “they are creators of trash. We would like to get it cleaned up.” Cleaning up a creek or slough doesn’t have the same charm of a day at the beach, and it also brings up some sticky social issues outside the purview of an environmental day of action. “Rivers do present different challenges in terms of human waste and drug paraphernalia. There’s a lot of yucky stuff going on along the riverways,” says Kaitilin Gaffney, the Ocean Conservancy’s director of Pacific Ecosystems Protection. Though she estimates only about 10 percent of the overall garbage is a direct result of homelessness on the rivers, Gaffney knows firsthand that it is a delicate issue, since her husband has been the site coordinator for &'

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For local fashionistas, indie rockers and alternative athletes, THRx  NOT SO SECRET parties are turning THESU  EROFpINTO ANUNFORGE…  ABLE HA‚  ENING

N THE 1985 cult classic T.A.Z.: The Temporary Autonomous Zone; Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism, theorist Hakim Bey writes about “spaces that elude formal structures of control.” The TAZ, as Bey defines it, is a place that has somehow slipped between the cracks of law and order and been taken over by the fun-loving, freedom-craving crowd. “Humans seem to need the peak experience of autonomy,” he writes, “‘free freedom,’ as Rimbaud says, not just in imagination, but in space/time.” Such places have popped up throughout modern history, from the Left Bank to Greenwich Village to Burning Man. In San Jose this summer, three such scenes have emerged, from who knows where: the Workout, a downtown fashion disco; the Gingerbread House, a backyard freak-folk show; and San Jose Bike Party, which is exactly what the name says.

Metro’s reporters and photographers located these halfway-hidden fun zones and brought back three reports.


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0RE…  YHOT The Workout was designed around the motto ‘Dance Until You Sweat.’ Photos by Felipe Buitrago (left) and Eric Belladonna (far left and below).

S THE BASS thrums toward climax, around midnight on a recent Friday, the heads of three glamorous hotties appear above the swirling vortex of damp, gyrating bodies on the Cellar’s dance floor. The three women hoist themselves up on a sweat-splattered subwoofer next to the DJ booth and begin moving their hips to the thumping electro beat. One girl wears a gigantic hot-pink hair bow and pearls; another a bejeweled cat mask and lace stockings; the third is clad in a sparkling striped tunic. The trio gets down to the music with hair flailing, eyeliner running and booties bumping as the pulsating mob cheers them on. Condensation seems to gleam and drip from the Cellar’s walls and low ceiling,

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illuminated by a single, intense black light. Beads of perspiration glow like comic-book kryptonite on the foreheads and torsos of the swarm, the air perfumed with sweaty bodies, beer and remnants of this morning’s Right Guard. By this time, the concrete floor is slippery with the exertion of the flashy, glittery mass. This is the Workout, the newest underground indiedance party in the South Bay. For the past year, an alliance between five DJs and one host/photographer has brought the freshest electro beats, most stylish dressers and hippest vibes to downtown San Jose’s nightlife. With the motto “Dance Until You Sweat,” the Workout party has been packing 200-some people into the Cellar, in the basement of the Agenda on South First Street, every first Friday of the month since last September. For the party’s founding host/ 16

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photographer Eric Belladonna, this is all a dream come true. “The fact that we’ve had such successful parties blows our minds,” Belladonna says. “Every time we have a party we just look at each other like we can’t believe it’s happening. It’s strange that it’s becoming this really popular, kind of the cool scene, because we never imagined that anyone would think that.”

-ISFIT0ARTY'URU Belladonna, along with his friends and fellow promoters Michael Basura (DJ Basura), Brandon Slater (DJ Rokwel), Craig Salazar (DJ Art Thief), Perry Roush (DJ KidLove) and John Sagouspe (DJ Johnatron), started the Workout after getting sick and tired of driving to San Francisco to party. “Growing up in San Jose, it’s really not hard to notice that there isn’t much to do here,” Belladonna says. “We all just wanted to make our hometown fun, so we wouldn’t have to run away every weekend and go up to San Francisco. We were frustrated with the boredom of not having a place that we belonged. So we finally just stopped waiting for someone to throw it, and decided to throw it ourselves.” Flying by the seat of their tight, tight pants, the group’s first attempt at party promoting ended in disaster, with a broken sound system at Johnny V’s, tons of people spilling out on the street, and the cops showing up.

%9%37)$%/0%. Eric Belladonna, the young impresario who conceived and runs the Workout, spends many evenings photographing his guests.

“We were like, ‘Oh, my God, we’re in so much trouble,” Belladonna says of that first party. “Johnny V was yelling at us, because one of the DJs was playing the music so loud that his system actually exploded.” Amped up on adrenaline at the end of that catastrophic night, the group made a pact to throw a bigger, better dance party that would blow everybody away. Three days later, they had booked the Cellar, and after some furious texting they had settled on the name. “We were like, ‘Let’s call it the Workout, because we want people to dance so hard that they are going to sweat and loose so many pounds that they can just go to Burger King in the middle of the night,” Belladonna recalls, laughing. As they launched into promoting the next party, he says, San Jose seemed unreceptive to their music and style. On one occasion, Belladonna remembers getting told off by people at Music in the Park while he was handing out fliers. “People were making fun of me for my jeans, because I’m really tall and skinny, and I wear really tight jeans. I was like, ‘Aw, man, if they are making fun of me, they’re not going to want to come to any party I’m throwing,’” he says. “We just wanted all the misfits to come


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to our party. Just because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a misďŹ t doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not cool. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re like this big, ew, like, freak. It just means that most people in San Jose donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand how cool you are.â&#x20AC;? When the kick-off party ďŹ nally rolled around in September 2008, the group was shocked to see that more than 200 beautiful people had turned out, with the Cellar reaching maximum capacity by just 11:30pm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The night was insanity,â&#x20AC;? Belladonna remembers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had lines out the door. I almost went and cried in the bathroom. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe it, because this was such a huge dream of mine.â&#x20AC;?

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'OLDEN"OY IN"LACK Open and friendly, with a graceful walk and impeccable sense of dress, Eric Belladonna moved to the South Bay from Mexico when the was a young child. With his artistic personality, he says, he was made fun of a lot growing up. Now 22 years old, he just got his U.S. citizenship last year. After pursuing a degree in English (on and off), Belladonna is currently taking a break from school for that all-encompassing early-20s activity of ďŹ nding himself. His Myspace page lists his occupation as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maharaja of disco dance ďŹ&#x201A;oors.â&#x20AC;? Thin, clean-shaven, boyishly handsome, with his hair oiled into a precise retro

ďŹ&#x201A;ip, Belladonna reeks of style. But for a guy so passionate about aesthetics and glam, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost surprising how genuine, personable and down to earth he is. This, combined with persistence and a certain sort of polished social grace, makes him an excellent party promoter and host. At every Workout, Belladonna ďŹ&#x201A;its around the bar from group to group shaking his guestsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hands, introducing himself, asking: â&#x20AC;&#x153;How you are doing?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are you having fun?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love those shoes!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;How is your night going?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do you need another drink?â&#x20AC;? Occasionally, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll join the fury on the dance ďŹ&#x201A;oor for a little bump and grind and snap a few shots on his camera. But he always emerges to make sure everybody at the party is comfortable and having fun.

4HE, K As the parties got rolling, Belladonna and his fellow, broke, twentysomething promoters knew they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay to bring any big name DJs to play. Their solution: Make the partygoers themselves the attraction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For me, dressing up is a creative outletâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I see it as an artform in itself,â&#x20AC;? says Belladonna, who at the August Workout made a statement in skintight plaid skinny jeans and black-and-white wingtips, his neck dripping with chains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, when people come dressed up I just want to take their pictures and show them off to everybody.â&#x20AC;? Belladonna plays the paparazzi at every party, documenting every Workout by photographing the most fashionable attendees, drinks in hand and getting their groove on. He posts all of his photos on the Workoutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cobra Snake-esque Myspace page (www.myspace.com/ theworkoutparty). To say that people get dressed up to dance at the Workout is an understatement. At the Workout, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see everything from guys in stilettos to hipster chicks in veils and face paint. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a relaxed atmosphere where anything and everything goes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really proud of our eclectic crowd,â&#x20AC;? Belladonna says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It amazes me the way they dress. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not your regular crowd, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more of an artsy crowd.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no surprise that many of the Workout regulars are in the beauty industry themselves. At the Aug. 7 party, the entire staff of 5 Color Cowboy Salon showed up sporting the best bangs and color jobs in the room, while representatives of San Joseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crossroads Trading Company, the Workoutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official sponsor, strutted on the dance ďŹ&#x201A;oor in their vintage best. Sporting black leggings, Edie Sedgwick eye makeup, mounds of jewelry and a 18

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Though getting dressed to the nines is half the fun, the other reason they pack ’em in at the Workout is the music. “When everyone comes, as soon as they get their picture taken, they go to the

bar and start drinking and just destroy themselves on the dance floor,” Belladonna says. “I see people get dressed up so well, and by the end of the night their faces are melted-off disasters. They want to look cute when they walk in—then they just want to have fun.” The tunes being spun by the five DJs range from obscure electro mixes to Top 40, all served up from a fleet of stickeradorned Apple laptops. “The same sort of people who would go to places like the Cinebar are coming to our party, but we also have people 20


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trickling in from Wet across the street, and it still works,” says Craig Salazar, a.k.a. DJ Art Thief. “I don’t know what it is about the space or the music or the people, but it all seems to really work together.” The music everybody is dancing to fits with the Workout’s anything-goes attitude. There’s a lot of electro, with its staccato drum machines and percussive dance rhythms with a disco edge. The DJs often take these beats and mash them up on top of other tracks—putting, say, the Doors on top of a Black Eyed Peas melody, layering in a “donk,” and creating a bass driven concoction that is a sure-fire booty shaker. Salazar says one of the reasons the Workout has been blowing up this year is that electro music itself has been growing in mainstream popularity lately. “There has defiantly been a shift in open-

mindedness when it comes to electronic music. Especially with our crowd, the lines between independent music and electronic music have been really blurred,” Salazar says. “It used to be such a separate genre, but now you have Lady Gaga using all these electronic mainstays in her music and production, but she still does it in a popular fashion.” Belladonna says that he finds it funny that many San Jose venues are playing electro now, because in the past they were totally turned off to the genre. “When we got together, the overall thing we said was that San Jose was ready for this, this something different,” Belladonna says. “Finally, here is something we really like, and other people really like it too. That is such a great feeling.”


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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closing in on 2am on Saturday morning, and only about 30 or so die-hard dancers are still working it on the soaked Workout dance ďŹ&#x201A;oor. At this point, all pretense of glamour is gone. Makeup that had been applied with precision hours before has been sweated off. Faces are ruby red with exertion, and long hair has come undone and sticks to the back of sweaty necks as these men and women continue to bust moves to the beats. Since the Cellar has pretty much cleared out by this point, Belladonna is back on the dance ďŹ&#x201A;oor. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swaying ďŹ lthily with his boyfriend, who wears a pointy-shouldered blazer over a bare chest and jeans so tight you can tell his religion. The two grind on each other to the music, and then Belladonna leans over and kisses him deeply. Across the room in a dark corner, a young woman in a green jumper moves to straddle her nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conquest as they make out on a soiled couch. As the ďŹ nal DJ closes in on the end of his set, the lights come on, and the barman yells last call. Belladonna darts out from the dance ďŹ&#x201A;oor as the music fades, rounds the corner and runs up to the Cellarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exit. As the remnants of destroyed partygoers teeter and climb the grimy, red-carpeted Cellar stairs to leave, Belladonna stands stationed by the door. Always the dedicated host, he shakes each and everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hand as they cross the threshold, hoping that they had a fun time, telling them to drive safe and wishing everyone good night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, every time,â&#x20AC;? he says. M

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"5…  /54 The San Jose Bike Party generally employs a theme to get riders in the mood. This month’s was ‘No Pants.’


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OW FAR can word of mouth actually go? In the case of Amber Lamason it can go pretty far. I met Lamason outside of the Cinebar in downtown San Jose, talking shop about bikes and bike groups a few years back. The little shindig of bike posse that I rode with was starting to fade out, and she brought up the idea of creating a giant bike community for everyone to ride along. Seeing that our group rolled out 10 or 15 deep at most on a good day meant anything bigger than 20 cyclists would be very unlikely. Nonetheless, I got her contact info to be sure I would hear about this new bike group. A few months went by, and of course I heard nothing, until a former member of our crew tells me there’s a legion of cyclists that meet at the Campbell water tower every third Friday

of the month for something called Bike Party. The monthly event that Lamason had devised took shape with roughly 50 people on bikes. But something happened. As it turns out, if 50 people on all kinds of bikes, with all the bells and whistles imaginable, and sometimes in costume, cruise through neighborhoods screaming “Bike Party!” every 30 seconds while waving at the ordinary people looking out through the windows of their homes, word of mouth can go very far. So far in fact that what was once a little rolling party has now become the San Jose Bike Party, with more than 2,500 participants. The event promoters now disclose the location of the meeting point 24 hours before the start so as to keep the number of riders from exploding. Bike Party is all about community and fun. Forget the protest politics that define Critical Mass, the big confrontational bike ride up north. No one cares what you’re riding, but monthly themes promote ways to dress up for the ride or to dress up your steel steed

‘These “nocry” rides have several PROGRA  ED stops to rest and replenish— or to set up an impromptu disco party in the MIw  LEOFALOCAL supermarket parking lot.’

(whether it’s “light up your bike” or “no pants”). It’s the fun that takes the cyclists for a ride, but it’s a ride that’s nothing to sneeze at. Bike Party riders travel an average of 20 miles per Friday, and there is always a different route. These “no-cry” rides have several programmed stops to rest and replenish— or to set up an impromptu disco party in the middle of a local supermarket parking lot. Music is provided by anything from a handlebar sound system built around an MP3 player with tiny portable speakers to a couch with a subwoofer in tow behind a tandem. Think the disco ball is missing these days? Think again. M

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)-"9The roommates who live in the Gingerbread House credit tolerant neighbors and a nice landlord for their parties’ success.

N A WARM summer evening, a flock of youngish music fans wander around a backyard campfire, guys in beards sipping PBRs, gals with tats in retro boots smoking American Spirits. Inside, Unit Breed, a band visiting from Portland, plays to a small crowd packed into the living room. This is the Gingerbread House, which has become the center of a unique music scene. On a select few Friday and Saturday nights, this quaint old San Jose home in a quiet residential neighborhood—notable only because its A-frame roof line is decorated with Christmas lights yearround—is transformed into a rock venue. In theory, anyone is welcome to attend the Gingerbread House’s legendary underground parties—but invites are strictly word of mouth. Todd, one of the four roommates who live at the "Y!NDREA&RAINIERGingerbread House, declines to even share his last name. “I try not to advertise the shows here too much, because if there were any more people, it would probably start to get chaotic,” Todd says. He says he was turned on to the idea of hosting shows in his home when a nextdoor neighbor who hosted underground

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parties moved out of town about five years ago. A musician himself, Todd wanted to offer a venue for out-of-town bands to play when they came to the South Bay. And while hosting 100-plus people can present some serious problems (such as annoyed neighbors, a visit from the cops, drunken fights, stolen property, an aggravated landlord, etc.), Todd says he ’s lucked out when hosting house shows. “It’s actually kind of a rare thing, because I expect chaos to happen, but everyone seems to behave themselves,” he says. “Since it is in my house, I think people tend to behave themselves a little better than if it was at a venue.” Todd attributes the success of the Gingerbread House over the last five years to his tolerant neighbors and a hands-off landlord. Bands perform in a soundproofed back room. Todd never charges a cover to attend his house shows—all donations go straight to the band. And while not many local residents may know about the Gingerbread House, there are plenty of bands from across the country that have heard of its legendary house shows. Past shows have included Up the Empire (from Brooklyn), Boy Skout (from San Francisco), Zettaimu

(from Japan), Triumph of Lathargy (from Seattle), Mannville (from Boise), Seamonster (from Virginia) and Captain #1 (from Georgia). Todd says the word has gotten around that there’s some kind of scene in San Jose. “I get tons of requests all the time from people I don’t know, and I have to tell them, sorry, we’re not doing anything right now,” Todd says. “It’s kind of overwhelming. “I would like to do this somewhere that is not my house, but I don’t know how much of a demand there is for this in San Jose,” he says. While Todd doesn’t see himself retiring from the world of house shows just yet, he does keep the future of the Gingerbread House in mind. “If I do move out, I would like to have younger kids here who get stoked on shows take over the lease. It would be a shame for it to end—this is such a rare thing.” Although it’s usually a mellow scene, things do get out of hand on occasion. “Fourth of July was close. That was the most people we had here. The house was full, the back yard was full, the front lawn was full. I thought the cops were going to come for sure—especially when we started lighting off fireworks at the end of the night.” M


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menu treat may come your way. In Western dining, the customer is always right. In the better sushi bars, the customer is respected, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the itamae who really knows best. For me, part of the sushi bar experience is trying to curry favor with the sushi chef. This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t groveling or pandering but rather an effort to show appreciation for the sushi chef â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s craft and ingredients. You could order California rolls (a ďŹ&#x201A;are gunâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;like signal that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not particularly interested in some of the more nontraditional items), rub your chopsticks together (a pointless maneuver) and dunk your nigiri into the soy sauce ďŹ rst (a quick way to oversaturate the rice with soy sauce and negate the effort the itamae put into preparing your food) and have a perfectly enjoyable time. But I believe your experience can be even better if you refrain from doing those things and instead play by the rules and defer to the chef. This strategy paid rewards to me at Kitsho, one of Silicon Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

premier sushi bars. Eleven-year-old Kitsho is on the corner of Wolfe Road and Stevens Creek Boulevard. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hidden and not visible from either street but is deďŹ nitely worth seeking out. The restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menu extends beyond sushi with noodles, grilled ďŹ sh and some great tofu dishes, but I came for the sushi. The 10-seat bar is the domain of owner Howard Arita. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually another chef behind the bar, but Howard is your man. After being seated and handed a scalding hot oshiburi to clean my hands (and refolding it and placing it in the little wooden try provided), I waited for Arita to engage me and take my order. His assistant set a geta before me, the little wooden plank dolloped with pickled ginger and a little pile of wasabi. I waited a little more as Arita continued to trim squid. Finally, he washed his hands and turned to me. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank you for waiting.â&#x20AC;? There was a place mat/menu of standard sushi items set before me, but instead of going that route, I asked what he suggested.

He turned around and handed me a thin paper menu with printed and handwritten special ďŹ sh selections. Some items were translated into English, but others were just written in Japanese. The list changes regularly depending on availability and the seasons. I knew what some of them were, but others were a mystery. After I asked for a few translations, Arita ďŹ nally handed me a laminated glossary of terms. (I quickly snapped a cell phone photo of this useful document for future reference.) Pricing is a bit of a guessing game, since thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no sushi menu with prices. During my visits, ďŹ ve or so items that included nigiri, a bowl of the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excellent miso soup and a few prepared items like live uni and squid salad came to about $45. When ordering, you can also tell Arita what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to spend; that way there will be no surprises when you get the bill. (%


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METRO: Why did you decide to pursue a career in wine? RANDY ROBINSON: I love wine. It started when I was very young. My parents would let us taste wine, mixed with water, when I was a toddler, always with food. Later, I picked grapes for Almaden Winery when I was old enough to be able to stand up and have a job. I was hooked. It’s in my blood. Later I worked for several different wineries, picking grapes, giving winery tours, bottling wine, disgorging sparkling wine, etc. It got into my skin. I decided to open a wine bar in Palo Alto, featuring local wines after traveling to Italy in visiting enotecas where the wines and food are typically from local wineries and serving local food.

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What makes the wine list at Vino Locale special? We specialize in local wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Clara County and San Benito County. These are small, family owned wineries that are unfortunately not well known to people that live here. Our goal is to change that. What is special about us is that a person can get a taste, glass, bottle or a flight of up to 30 different wines every day. Always with good local food. What wine or wines are you passionate about right now? I’m passionate about all the wines that we carry. It depends upon how you are pairing the wine with food. However, if I have to pick one, [it would be] Martella 2008 Sauvignon Blanc—crisp flavors of grapefruit, peach and honeysuckle. A perfect wine to drink on its own or with a nice artisanal cheese plate. Right now, I am a big fan what I call “patio whites”—sit on the patio, with family, friends or by yourself and have a nice glass of cold dry and crisp white wine—that will work well on their own or with food. Look for a viognier, riesling, malvasia bianca, and gewürztraminer or sauvignon blanc. What are some of the best wine values now? Wine values are subjective. It depends upon what you like and what you can afford. Taste the wine. See if you like it. The great thing about having a wine bar is the people can taste before they buy. What is your go-to wine for every day, casual drinking? It depends. What time of the year is it? I tend to favor cold white wines in the summer and big bold reds in the winter. Most important is: What am I having for dinner?

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TEVEN SODERBERGH is a chameleonlike director whose effects depend on visible changes of emphasis—the ambient glow in the background, the blur in the foreground, the slight sway of an unmoored camera. When I was a kid in Glendale, they used to illuminate the stucco apartment buildings with colored floodlights to add drama and the allure of the exotic to these two-up, two-down people hutches. Soderbergh does this also. Taking a foursquare man, a single-wide trailer or a patch of prairie, he lights up his subject and gives a twist of the rheostat, so we no longer feel we know what we’re seeing. His new film, The Informant!—an uproarious, sinister comedy of self-delusion—reminds me of Hitchcock. It’s Hitchcock with no blatant eroticism; Melanie Lynskey’s bare and soft-looking arms are the height of sensuality in the film. This is more like the Hitchcock who was fascinated with treacherous men who weave their own doom out of their desire to be nice guys. And moreover it’s the kind of Hitchcock you don’t want to write too much about for fear of giving away the store. The stucco building under Soderbergh’s colored floodlights this time is Matt Damon, and he’s never been so much fun. Damon

is frumped to the max, with a tire around his gut and a ratty, chewedlooking blond mustache. He plays Mark Whitacre, a dweeby denizen of the Illinois Corn Belt with a lovely wife, Ginger (Lynskey, better served by this movie than any other she’s been in since Heavenly Creatures), and an indeterminate amount of kids: three, maybe two. The time is the early 1990s, with colossal computer monitors overwhelming desks and bricksize cell phones. The clothes and furnishings are vintage Sears catalog. And the white men we see all have necks like steers. Whitacre is a vice president at Archer Daniels Midland Company, in charge of cooking up lysine out of corn for the food-additives company. He has discovered a problem: sabotage by Japanese interlopers and a payoff to make it go away. Against Whitacre’s wishes, his superiors whistle up the FBI. Enter a pair of local agents. One is Special Agent Brian Shepard; as the agent, Scott Bakula’s solemn Lincolnesque profile rhymes with the busts of the Great Emancipator seen all over the Illinois locations. Mark, urged by Ginger, confesses to Shepard that he knows a secret: ADM and its overseas rivals have been conspiring to fix prices. The FBI urges Mark to wear a wire to try to nail down the schemers. On his many trips overseas for

his company, Mark clumsily gathers evidence. Scott Z. Burns’ script doesn’t downgrade the importance of the investigation. As Whitaker puts it later, it’s as if ADM were robbing every grocery store in the nation. But when Whitacre claims that the management has been “scared straight” and is no longer price-fixing, Shepard has to force Whitacre into working for the law. Whitacre is a kind of genius in his field—a Ph.D. in biochemistry who moved to the executive side, the youngest VP in the company’s history. But he’s also a free-associater: Leopold Bloom selfintoxicated by interior monologues about everything from pellagra to frequent flyer miles (but without Bloom’s serious interest in sex). Being a stranger everywhere, Mark has a tendency to blab to whoever will listen. Inevitably, the executive’s own foot gets tangled in the trap he’s weaving, and Whitacre must recruit his own lawyers. Soderbergh’s comic thriller, with its Quinn Martin Production exclamation point, shows what was missing from Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can and Michael Mann’s The Insider. This film is not weirdly ungrounded in any kind of point of view like the Spielberg, and it’s more of a retort than a reply to the humorless, overwrought Mann. Soderbergh drapes The Informant! in what might be seen as an

overeditorializing soundtrack. One doesn’t hire Marvin Hamlisch to go small—picking him was likely an act of nostalgia, like the slightly psychedelic 1970s typeface of the film’s titles. The effervescent music recalls Hamlisch’s Bond score and the warped Dixieland he composed for Woody Allen’s Bananas. The big soundtrack chases out any unwanted memories of Fargo—a movie that rhymes with The Informant! but doesn’t overlap. It’s actually a smart move to use music to heighten the comedy of this bestiary of liars. There are career-smart liars—the beefy execs, fretting over the thought that ADM will drop from No. 44 to No. 45 on the Fortune 500. There are the law enforcers, lying by omission. Lastly, there is the out-past-Saturn truth stretcher, Whitacre. One key to screwball comedy is that everyone in the picture must be either deluded or a fraud. That’s certainly the case in this small masterpiece of slyness—a lambent, seemingly effortless entertainment, a slice of cake that has a tarantula on it. THE INFORMANT! (R; 108 min.), directed by Steven Soderbergh, written by Scott Z. Burns, photographed by Soderbergh and starring Matt Damon and Melanie Lynskey, opens Sept. 18.

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Party in Aztlan Five Events Not to Miss at the Mariachi and Mexican Heritage Festival By Steve Palopoli

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OST EVERYONE calls it the Mariachi Festival, but that isn’t actually its name. And with every passing year, it’s becoming less of an accurate description. That’s no accident. It’s by design. “This started out as a mariachi festival,” says artistic director Linda Ronstadt. “But I want it to be a Mexican heritage festival.” This year, Ronstadt has taken her vision for a multifaceted celebration of Latino culture to another level. Running Sept. 20–27 at locations around San Jose, the T-Mobile San Jose Mariachi and Mexican Heritage Festival, to use its proper name, has one foot planted in tradition, one in contemporary culture. It celebrates a musical style that originated in the 18th century but is moving toward Ronstadt’s goal of a high-tech, fully multimedia event. Looking at the lineup, it’s clear that even the “Mexican” description is starting to seem unfairly limiting. Ronstadt sees it more as a celebration of Aztlan, which she sees

as a “virtual third country” formed from the interaction of Mexican and American cultures. With so much on the schedule, here are five events not to miss: 1. An Evening With Joan Baez

Sept. 25, 8pm, Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose For Ronstadt, Joan Baez represents exactly the kind of cultural intersection she wants the festival to emphasize. In fact, she pioneered it, on her 1974 album Gracias a la Vida (also known as Here’s to Life: Joan Baez Sings in Spanish). At that time, there wasn’t the notion we have today of a pop crossover hit. “That was a real leap off a cliff,” says Ronstadt. “People weren’t expecting that.” Ronstadt even remembers driving to see Baez perform when she was a senior in high school. It turns out they have quite a bit in common in regard to their Mexican heritage. Baez, who is of Mexican and Scottish descent, learned songs in Spanish despite the fact that as a child she

was encouraged to speak English. “In the house, we didn’t speak Spanish,” says Baez. Ronstadt, too, grew up with some mixed messages about her heritage. “I thought people sang in Spanish and spoke in English,” she remembers. On the positive side, what this did for both of them was establish a strong connection to the music of Mexico, something that would lead to huge success in both of their careers. For Baez, her performance at this year’s festival, subtitled “Our Tribute to the Heroes of Our Heritage,” is a continuation of her social-justice activism, as well. Always a political performer, Baez was an early and extremely vocal supporter of Cesar Chavez, and was famously filmed singing “We Shall Overcome” during Chavez’s 1972 fast, in the film Si Se Puede. In May of 2006, she performed songs from her original 1974 Spanish-language album at the South Central Community Garden in Los Angeles to protest the eviction of farmers, many of whom were Central American immigrants,

and the closing of the site. (The farm was bulldozed in July of that year, as documented in the acclaimed 2008 film, The Garden.) 2. A Concert Tribute to Cesar Chavez

Sept. 27, 8pm, HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose. Also embodying Ronstadt’s concept of the Aztlan nation are Carlos Santana and Los Lobos. Though both have woven elements of Latin music into their work throughout their careers, they have found much wider success as rock stars. “They’re not purely Mexican anymore,” says Ronstadt, and though some La Raza hardliners might say such a thing as a dis, she holds it up as an example of what can be accomplished by melding the authentic elements of a complicated cultural background. Appropriately, their performance at the festival will salute one of the most important Mexican-American crossover forces to ever live, Cesar Chavez. This finale at HP Pavilion will feature Los Lobos and Little Joe y La


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Sept. 26, 8pm, Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose None of this progressive booking is to say that Ronstadt, or the festival, has lost any respect for mariachi music. Quite the contrary—there are several events that celebrate, analyze and teach mariachi music, and this event is the most ambitious of them. “If you have good mariachi training, you can step into a symphony orchestra and blow their heads off,” says Ronstadt. It’s an analogy that works particularly well for movie music, and on Sept. 26, the “Mariachi Goes to the Movies” concert will salute mariachi’s role in Mexico’s Golden Age of Film, a period from the 1930s to the 1950s that made international superstars out of leads of the era, like Jorge Negrete, Pedro Infante and Maria Felix, and led to an explosion in the popularity of mariachi music around the world. The event features a literal cast of hundreds, headlined by two big names in mariachi, Aida Cuevas and Mariachi Combre, led by Randy Carrillo. Clips from films like 1949’s Alla en el Rancho Grande will not only be shown but actually incorporated into the performance, with singers appearing to come out of the screen. “It’s probably the most ambitious thing the festival has done,” says Marcela Davison Aviles, executive producer of the festival.

second was added. Written and directed by his brother, Peter Bratt, the film is a fairly intense look at Chicano culture and also the shifting identity of San Francisco’s Mission district. La Mission follows Che Rivera (played by Bratt), a longtime resident of the neighborhood, who resents the “slumming hipsters and new money types” who have moved in around him. A widowed ex-con and recovering alcoholic, he’s surrounded by supportive family and friends, and is a fixture in the local lowrider culture that he loves. But he’s also shadowed by his own history of violence, which threatens to destroy his relationships and his chance at love. A question and answer session with cast and crew will follow each screening. 5. Feria del Mariachi

4. La Mission

Sept. 27, 10am–6:30pm, free, Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San Jose “Music and dancing should never be separated,” says Ronstadt. “It gets real stiff.” With that in mind, this sprawling event on the last day of the festival will feature three stages of Mexican music downtown, along with folk dancing, food, arts and crafts, and more. In keeping with the valley’s high-tech cred, the day features several installations by ZERO1: The Art and Technology Network, among them a cyberlounge by Mexican Internet artist Arcángel Constantini and Gustavo Romano’s performance project “Last Time Refund Office.” Thanks to corporate sponsorship, this is the first year that the “feast day of Mariachi” is free. There will be a mariachi mass at 10am at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph.

Sept. 21, 7 and 9:45pm, Camera 12, 201 S. Second St., San Jose When the Sept. 21 screening of this new Benjamin Bratt film was announced by festival organizers, it sold out quickly, so a

THE MARIACHI AND MEXICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL runs Sept. 20–27 in San Jose. See www.sanjosemariachifestival.com or call 800.745.3000.

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A Life in Verse

Pear Avenueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tell It Slantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; conjures up the early years of Emily Dickinson

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RECLUSE WHO spent most of her life holed up in her fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mansion in Amherst, Mass., Emily Dickinson was an enigma both in life and in death. Considered one of the TRIANGULATION!!Bvtujo!)Ckpso!Hftlf*-!Tvtbo! major American poets of the 19th century, )Tjpcibo!Epifsuz-!dfoufs*!boe!Fnjmz!)Dbjumzo! Dickinson wrote more than 1,800 poems, Mpvdibse*!cfdpnf!effqmz!jowpmwfe!jo!Ă&#x2022;Ufmm!Ju!Tmbou/Ă&#x2013; only a handful of which were published during her lifetime. Her blank canvas of a life serves as the backdrop of Tell It Slant, the opening play of Pear Avenue Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eighth season. Concentrating on her coming of age, this drama with music is more of an allegorical than a literal interpretation of Dickinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s formative years. Based on her extensive correspondence and the few known facts of her early life, the production presents poetry as the coping mechanism that the young writer used to cope with the heartbreaks and cruel realities of her sheltered existence. Written by Palo Alto playwright Sharmon J. HilďŹ nger, the action and swift scene changes of the production are initiated by a quirky demiurge spirit, played by Paz Pardo. At the start of the play, the demiurge pulls each character to their feet and tells them where they ďŹ t in the story that is about to be told. Tell It Slant really hits its stride at the end of the ďŹ rst act, when the strange love triangle between Dickinson (a dynamic Caitlyn Louchard), her brother, Austin (Bjorn Geske), and their family friend Susan Gilbert (Siobhan Doherty) comes to a head. Both Dickinson and her brother Austin project their emotions onto Gilbert, who is torn between her feelings for Austin, and her loyalty to her childhood friend. Dickinson is in giddy love with Gilbertâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and is crushed to pieces when she hears of Gilbertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s engagement to her brother, plunging into a deep depression from which she never fully emerges. After spending months in an unresponsive stupor contemplating death, she eventually pulls herself out with the help of her new idiosyncratic poetic voice. But the breakdown will forever cause her to choose a life of imagination over worldliness. Each actor plays multiple parts, and Bear Capron is particularly hilarious in his bonnet-clad turn as the prim mother superior of Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, the school Dickinson attended for a short time as a teenager. The stage space itself is decorated sparely, with black walls scrawled with white select blow-ups of Dickinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s writing and the ďŹ&#x201A;oor painted royal blue and sprinkled with a wide circle of baby-blue petals. The most imaginative of the props used was a single long white rope, which was mimed into many purposes, including a jump rope, a kitchen table, a heart shape curled on the ďŹ&#x201A;oor, a woven crown and even serving as a long â&#x20AC;&#x153;poemâ&#x20AC;? that the actors hold up and read. Playing a grand piano live onstage, composer Joan McMillen scored all the original songs for the play, with lyrics based on Dickinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poems. Though the second act was maudlin and certainly the weaker of the two, kudos must be given to director Rachel Anderson and the entire cast of this production for their sheer vigor and enthusiasm. Not much can be hidden inside Pear Avenue Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minute stage space. With most of the audience just feet away from the actors, there was little leeway for hiccups in this production, and the eight-person cast remained constantly strong in their various energetic incarnations. Every scene remained expertly choreographed and timed to showcase different aspects of the actors, the drama or the songs. Jessica Fromm

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SEPTEMBER 16-22, 2009 M E T R O S I L I C O N VA L L E Y

OPERA REVIEW

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THE COMEDYSPORTZ anniversary shows take place Friday (Sept. 18) at 9 and 11pm, and Saturday (Sept. 19) at 7 and 9pm. Tickets are $10â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$15. (408.985. LAFF)

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Los Gatos’ Dredg explores Salman Rushdie’s writing on new album By Garrett Wheeler

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N THE ’60s, rock & roll experienced a kind of transcendental shift in subject matter, turning what was once a placid ocean of relative calm into a stormy sea of outspoken expression. Dylan, Hendrix, Lennon—these artists and others helped transform the capabilities of not only what music could do and sound like but, more importantly, what it could say. Suddenly, protest music was popular music. But forget the past—this is 2009. The mighty rebellion that rock & roll once represented has been deliberately and ceaselessly recommoditized, repackaged and ultimately undermined in order to be sold at the nearest Wal-Mart. But fear not: there’s at least one rock band that still strives to produce music ripe with intellectual substance and philosophical prose, despite it all. And no, I’m not talking about Green Day. Dredg started the same way most bands do, forming at Los Gatos High, playing on campus, at parties, at the local teen center and then, eventually, at local clubs. “I can remember our first real gig, at the Cactus Club in San Jose,” recalls guitarist Mark Engles. “I think it was like a Tuesday night or something, and it was such a big deal for us to be up onstage with

lights and monitors.” As it began to attract a passionate following, Dredg made a leap that most bands only dream of, attracting major-label attention and eventually singing with Interscope Records in 2001. Upon the release of the first band’s full-length album, El Cielo, in 2001, it was clear that Dredg was no ordinary rock outfit. The album brazenly defied all notions of genre-typifying, merging an eclectic assortment of styles ranging from modern progrock to pop and alternative, all the while retaining an undeniably distinct underlying sound. Influences ranged from U2 to Pink Floyd, and singer Gavin Hayes established himself as one of the most gifted vocalists to reside behind the microphone in years. The band’s second album, Catch Without Arms, could have represented Dredg’s crowning achievement, with its beautifully constructed songs and slick production, but its newest effort, The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion, is without doubt the group’s finest hour. “We’ve always tried to do something different,” says Engles. “I think we’d be bored if we didn’t mix things up. Even within a single record, we like to explore and move around the style consistently.” The most apparent divergence

Dredg has made with The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion is one of substance more than style. Though the record does achieve new ground musically, the album’s content draws largely from, among other things, Salman Rushdie’s essay “Imagine There’s No Heaven: A Letter to the 6 Billionth Citizen.” The piece is a clever—and poignant—decrial of the dogmatic principles of religion and the pitfalls inherent in its histories. “I’d been reading a lot of agnostic and atheist literature, and when I read [Rushdie’s] essay, I thought it seemed to tie together a lot of the things we were thinking about,” Engles says. “We had already written about half the material by the time I read it, but it was so thoughtful and focused on certain ways of looking at the world— like how people use faith as an excuse for poor logic—it provided us a loose mold of inspiration.” The inspiration felt by the band seems to have filtered to other sources as well, evidenced in part by an upcoming charity event in New York sponsored by Spin magazine and its Spin.com Book Club. The club, of which Dredg bassist Drew Roulette is a member, is a community of literary enthusiasts who happen to be rock stars, allowing the musicians an open forum for discussing their

literary influences. The Book Club has partnered with the nonprofit Housing Works Bookstore Café to create the Liner Notes series, which pairs writers and musicians together for an evening in order to promote literacy and raise money for nonprofit organizations. The third event of its kind will feature a live performance by Dredg as well as a reading by Rushdie himself. Though Dredg relinquished their relationship with Interscope after the release of Catch Without Arms, Engles says the newly acquired freedom has given the band a fresh impetus toward creating new music. The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion represents the first step down new roads. “After we left Interscope, we thought it would be a great alternative to do it ourselves, so we got some help financially and started our own label, Ohlone Records,” Engles says. “Back in the studio, it felt like 12 years ago, with just us and a producer. We never had any problems with Interscope, and we never felt like anybody was telling us what to do, but it’s nice to not have to feel like you need to impress anyone—we’re just trying to impress ourselves.” DREDG plays Friday (Sept. 18) at 9pm at the Blank Club, 44 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose. Tickets are $10.49. (408.292.5265)


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IVjgjh(April 20–May 20): The old saying “You can’t have your cake and eat it too” suggests that maybe it’s not a good idea to go out on dates with a variety of lovers while you’re engaged to be married. Nostradamus scholar John Hogue has taken the spirit of this idea and created a variation that I think applies to you right now, Taurus. “You can’t have your past and your future, too,” he says. In other words, you cannot fully embrace the exciting and daunting possibilities that loom ahead of you if you also insist on immersing yourself in the pleasures of the past. You can either have the old ways or the new ways, but not both. <Zb^c^(May 21–June 20): According to my astrological analysis, you currently have a certain resemblance to a vacuum cleaner or a hungry baby or a min-black hole. Every time I’ve turned my meditations to the Gemini tribe, I’ve been hearing a psychic version of a giant sucking sound. What does it all mean? I sense that you’re especially voracious right now, almost insatiable—as if you’re inclined to engorge and absorb any old thing that you happen to find in front of you. Are my speculations true? If so, I hope and pray that all the things you’re finding in front of you are healthy for you. But just in case some of them are not: Would you consider exercising some discrimination about what you allow to enter into the sacred temple of your body and mind? 8VcXZg( June 21–July 22): These days, your gods can kick the butts of everyone else’s gods. Likewise, your lawyers and agents and sidekicks can most likely outwit, outdo and out-wrestle everyone else’s. But it’s crucial to note that if you try to work alone, you will not be able to kick other people’s butts, let alone the butts of their gods, lawyers, agents and sidekicks. The skills of your allies will be indispensable. The way I see it, your test in the coming days will be to overcome any tendency you might have to indulge in pathological levels of selfsufficiency as you cultivate a greater capacity to ask for and receive help. AZd( July 23–Aug. 22): “We’re all mutants,” read

the headline of a report on the latest genetic research. It turns out that like everyone else, you have between 100 and 200 mutations in your DNA—absolutely new characteristics that were not passed down to you by your parents. To gather the evidence for this revelation, scientists had to sort through huge amounts of data; there are thousands of genes but only a few mutations. A Chinese scientist who was a member of the research team said that “finding this tiny number of mutations was more difficult than finding an ant’s egg in an emperor’s rice store.” I predict that you will soon have a comparable experience, Leo: From an overwhelming array of choices, you’ll be able to locate the rare catalysts you need.

K^g\d(Aug. 23–Sept. 22): There’s a device on the market that claims to age wine very quickly. The makers of “Clef du Vin” say that by using their simple technology, you can “accelerate the aromatic development of the wine’s flavor and soften its structure.” So dramatic is the supposed effect that “one second of the device in the wine is equal to one year’s age.” I believe that you now have the metaphorical equivalent of this marvel, Virgo. This temporary talent won’t work on wine, but it could perform wonders with other processes that would benefit from having their evolution expedited. A^WgV(Sept. 23–Oct. 22): “The soft-minded person always fears change,” said one of my favorite transformers, Martin Luther King Jr. “For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea.” The corollary to King’s pronouncement is that changes

are less likely to be painful if you’re not afraid of them. According to my astrological analysis, Libra, none of that stuff will be an issue for you in the coming weeks. As you slip into a phase of riotous growth, I expect you will have abundant access to previously dormant reserves of courage and toughmindedness.

HXdge^d(Oct. 23–Nov. 21): Studies show that

many people believe their attendance at a sports event impacts the outcome of the game. They are obviously suffering from a ridiculous delusion, right? They’re enthralled by the kind of magical thinking that our primitive ancestors engaged in, right? Normally I’d say yes, but not right now, not for you Scorpios. For a limited time only, your presence at events where people congregate may exert an uncanny influence far beyond the power of logic to explain. Your opinions will carry more weight than usual, and your power to shape group dynamics will be at a peak.

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astrological omens correctly, you’re now ensconced in a smooth groove and not even close to being stuck in a cluttered rut. You’re making the right moves for the best reasons, and never trying to get ahead at the expense of others. During a grace period like this, I think you’d be wise to convene what I call a problem team. A problem team is a posse of smart allies whose task it is to dream up every possible glitch that could threaten to undermine your efforts in the coming weeks. They lead you through dry runs that test your reflexes and prime your resourcefulness, thereby making those glitches unlikely to occur.

8Veg^Xdgc(Dec. 22–Jan. 19): While I’m pretty

much a genius when it comes to the meaning of Kurt Cobain’s lyrics, the art of cooking perfect scrambled eggs and the secrets of being a good listener, I’m an absolute idiot about how a car engine works, how to make money on eBay and how to craft a foreign policy that would deal effectively with Pakistan. What about you, Capricorn? What are dumb about? This is an excellent time to cure your ignorance about any subject that will be important for you to be smarter about in the future.

6fjVg^jh( Jan. 20–Feb. 18): The following

projects would be excellent ways for you to spend your time in the coming weeks: 1. Attend a fantasy camp where you learn rodeo tricks. (They might come in handy during committee meetings and collaborative efforts in the next six months.) 2. Teach a worthy candidate the intricacies of licking your nuzzle spots. (It no longer makes sense to expect people to read your mind). 3. Scratch an itch that has been subliminally bugging you. (Unless of course you find some value in being subliminally bugged.) 4. Solicit lively information from a devil’s advocate, a sexy mother, and a world traveler. (You need exposure to people whose perspectives will pry open a couple of the closed areas of your mind).

E^hXZh(Feb. 19–March 20): Your quest has come

to a fork, Pisces. Down one path lies a tumultuous obsession—a compulsive, tormented hunt like Captain Ahab’s pursuit of Moby Dick. In the other direction, a graceful chase beckons, more in the manner of Sir Galahad’s pure-hearted search for the Holy Grail. Choose one fork and your quarry will be beastly, impossible and frustrating. If you choose the other fork, your quarry will be magical, earthy, and transformative.

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