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Political Party The patio of San Jose’s Mezcal restaurant was chock-full of local public officials and other political celebs last Friday evening for SAM LICCARDO’s 40th birthday bash/campaign kick-off party. US Rep. ZOE LOFGREN, recently named as a possible candidate to replace Supreme Court Justice JOHN PAUL STEVENS, made a surprise appearance—no word as to whether she ate any of the restaurant’s famous fried grasshoppers. The shindig attracted many candidates: supes candidate TERESA ALVARADO, a Liccardo ally, was in attendance, as was Sam’s controversial new pal, DA contender JEFF ROSEN. Of note was Liccardo’s cake, which featured an image of the downtown councilman dressed up as a bright-pink whoopee cushion—a costume he wore for the 2009 Silicon Valley Turkey Trot. He won that race. Of course, he was younger then.

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8D<JI<9<IdXb\j g_`cXek_ifgpjfle[ c`b\\m\ip[XpYcl\$ ZfccXinfib%Ç@]\\cc`b\ @Êdnfib`e^feXefc[ZXi#È_\ jXpj%Ç@^fkk_\ZXi(/dfek_j X^f2@nXjXYc\kfZiXebk_\ \e^`e\XZflgc\f]k`d\j`e J\gk\dY\i#FZkfY\i2@^fkdp ^Xjdfe\pcXjkn\\b%È The “old car” is in fact the shiny new San Jose Parks Foundation, which became officially operational on April 1. And whether the endeavor is in truth more black-tie than bluecollar, he at least makes it look easy. The founding director of San Jose Rep, Reber has raised $25 million in his nonprofit career. Following that success, he has reason to expect big things from the nascent nonprofit, which has an initial budget of $350,000. “I expect within three years to be over $1 million,” he says. “I’m designing this like all my other nonprofits, so

that it outlives me by a long shot.” The Parks Foundation is joining the ranks of a handful of Silicon Valley 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundations— along with a steadily lengthening list throughout the country—that support public services with private donor dollars. As tax bases continue to shrink, private foundations are stepping up to fill the void. “It’s something that’s starting to gain hold within police departments as a way to bridge the gap,” says Lt. Ruben Chavez, the SJPD liaison for the San Jose Police Foundation. “It comes up a lot—if we’re going to get a safety item, why doesn’t the city pay for it? There’s just not enough funding for it.” Since its inception in 2006, the Police Foundation has picked up the tab on a number of useful items including Segways, canine bulletproof vests and something called the Eye Ball R1, a softball-size camera that can be thrown, for example, through a window to see where a suspect may be hiding. On the low-tech side, all 350 u 10 squad cars now have a pair of

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bolt cutters thanks to the foundation. “Normally, we had to call the fire department,” Chavez says. The San Jose Public Library Foundation, which was established in 1987, has been raising money to stock the library branches paid for by a 2000 bond measure. “Our primary focus these days is raising money for everything inside the branch that’s not nailed down,” says executive director Mary McLane. The means books, DVDs, technology, furnishings—everything except staff. Similarly, the San Jose Parks Foundation hopes to fund programs, community centers and capital improvements—and may even tackle park maintenance.

Dire Necessity With a $116 million hole yawning open in the upcoming budget, Reber sees his foundation coming online not a moment too soon. “I will provide support so we do not backslide in terms of the quality of the parks,” he says. The foundations use a variety of fundraising tools. The Police Foundation’s signature event, Bowling for Badges, last year raised about $70,000. The Library Foundation runs capital campaigns for individual branches, and receives grants—most recently $200,000 from AT&T and $246,000 from the Knight Foundation. Parks plans on a combination of grassroots fundraising, grants, corporate sponsorship and fancy fundraisers. The multimillion-dollar

Silicon Valley Education Foundation has big-name corporate sponsors like Cisco and Google. As more and more of these foundations shoulder the increasing burden of keeping up city services, some eyebrows have been raised about foundations crossing the line that separates the public and private spheres. Metro’s Dan Pulcrano, who serves as founding president of the Parks Foundation and board member to the police foundation, says keeping the private entities transparent will be a key. “There’s a risk that rich neighborhoods will get better parks and the donor shopping centers, developers and businesses will get extra police attention. Broad public participation in these bodies reduces the opportunity for elite clubs to get favored access to tax-funded services.” Dr. Lucy Bernholz, a visiting scholar at Stanford University, says there is academic literature on education foundations that shows some inequities in the spending of foundation funds. It depends on how they’re set up, Bernholz says. If money is raised on a school-by-school basis, then, yes, “they exacerbate revenue discrepancy”— that is, wealthier neighborhoods can help their own schools, while schools in less-wealthy areas go begging. Police Foundation founder and nowretired Lt. Scott Cornfield says items are usually chosen before fundraising starts and before anyone could be swayed by who the donors are. Jane Light, library director for the city of San Jose and an

ex-officio member of the foundation board, says that while some branches bring in more donations than others, the money goes into the same pot. “If one branch raises more, they don’t get gold-plated furniture,” she says. Reber says he plans to direct funds based on the answers his donors give on questionnaires asking for their top park priorities, but that he’s “not interested in setting up a competition between parks to see who can raise the most money.” Professor Rob Reich of the Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford, raises philosophical questions on the foundation model. “It’s a noble and understandable enterprise,” he says. “[But] there’s a dynamic that people overlook here. You want to apply relevant pressure to either Sacramento or the city or wherever the relevant jurisdiction is to make sure something you regard as a vital public service is funded.” With foundations, he says, “If people aren’t satisfied with the level of services, there’s no one to un-elect, no democratic accountability.” Transparency is particularly newsworthy as of late, after California State University’s Stanislaus Foundation refused to disclose how much it paid Sarah Palin for a speaking engagement, saying it’s exempt from the California Public Records Act. “They should step up and let the people see what they’re doing,” says McLane. “I don’t know what my minimum requirement is [for transparency] because I’ve always done the maximum.”





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• Bray rides the Google Bus, enjoying Google WiFi on his way to work, at Google. • Breakfast is at a Google cafe: “I lean to the Google bacon, fresh fruit, a little wee scoop of hash browns, and Google coffee, which is perfectly OK.” • A buddy shows Bray an “out of the way” sushi joint . . . at Google. Sigh. At least it’s “across a couple of Google parking lots which I’ll never find again. It was good. They’re all good.” • 6:30 rolls around, so it’s time for dinner, taken with some office-mates on a picnic table outside a Google cafe. Bray breathes life into his surrounding by carefully taking note of the “slanting California sun” and “knifing California breezes.” Ya, that’ll get old. — RYAN TATE, VALLEYWAG.GAWKER .COM

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MyNameIsChris: The worst part is being awoke at 6AM by the Google bugle call.

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South Park Character a Hit On Facebook Remember Kip Drordy—the sad, sad little boy from last week’s episode of “South Park,” “You Have 0 Friends”? Well, screw friends—a Facebook Fan page set up to look like Drordy’s profile has attracted more than 100,000 fans.

You are looking at Apple’s next iPhone. It was found lost in a bar in Redwood City, camouflaged to look like an iPhone 3GS. We got it. We disassembled it. It’s the real thing. While Apple may tinker with the final packaging and design of the final phone, it’s clear that the features in this lost-andfound next-generation iPhone are drastically new and drastically different from what came before. What’s new: Front-facing video chat camera,; Improved regular backcamera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS); Camera flash; Improved display.

“You Have 0 Friends” got scads of media attention last week, as the “South Park” kids took Facebook to task over social media obsession and the troubles that it can breed. Drordy served as the episode’s sad catalyst: a boring, friendless boy whose status updates are basically akin to the most mundane of ruminations: “There was a bee in my room.” The page is replete with fan photos and comments, all showing support and devotion to the previously bereft fictional boy. This little cartoon dude is basically the new Norwegian Olympic Curling Team’s Pants. Enjoy it while it lasts, bro. One is indeed living the sweet life when a status update reading, “Drank a glass of water” yields more than 4,000 “likes.” — BRENNA EHRLICH, MASHABLE.COM

What’s changed: The back is entirely flat, made of either glass (more likely) or ceramic or shiny plastic in order for the cell signal to poke through; an aluminum border going completely around the outside; everything is more squared off. Why we think it’s definitely real: We’re as skeptical—if not more— than all of you. We get false tips all the time. But after playing with it for about a week—the overall quality feels exactly like a finished final Apple phone—and disassembling this unit, there is so much evidence that there’s very little possibility that it’s a fake. Imagine someone having to use Apple components to design a functioning phone, from scratch. Pretty much impossible. — JASON CHEN, GIZMODO.COM

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Panel P anel sessions sessions took took p place lacce in in tthe he Marriott, Marrriott, while while rreceptions eceptions aand nd p erforman nces went went d own att performances down vvenues enues throughout throughout S an n Jo Jo aand nd at at San tthe he Mexican Mexican nH eritage P laza. F ive Heritage Plaza. Five h eroic o rganizations comprised comprised the the heroic organizations h ost ccommittee: ommittee: MACLA, MACLA, Teatro Teatro host V isión, the the H ispan nic Foundation Foundation of of Visión, Hispanic S ilicon Valley, Val alley, the the Castellano Castellano Family Family Silicon F oundation and and 1stACT. 1stACT. Foundation T hursday’s ceremonies ceremonies k icked Thursday’s kicked tthings hings off off w ith a bang. bang. Vendors Vendors with h awked T -shirts, jewelry, jewelry, F rida Kahlo Kahlo hawked T-shirts, Frida cclutch lutch wallets wallets and and more. more. Playwright Playwright O ctavio S olis delivered delivered tthe he k eynote Octavio Solis keynote sspeech, peech, ttalking alking aabout bout his his work, work, his his ffailures, ailures, h ai is ccreative reative p rocess aand nd his process h ow h e’s ssick ick aand nd ttired ired o eing ttold old how he’s off b being h e’s tthe he ““first first L atino playwright playwright he’s Latino

performed” p erformed” aatt an any ny given given iinstitution. nstitution. T hat sstatement tatement received received a round round o That off aapplause. pplause. A nother h ighlight w ass Malissa Malissa Another highlight was F eruzzi S hriver, cchair hair o he C allifornia Feruzzi Shriver, off tthe California A rts C ouncil, whose whose animated animated Arts Council, sspeech peech rrallied allied tthe he ttroops roops o n a ffew ew on ffronts: ronts: ggetting etting the the arts arts back back into into all all C alifornia K–12 K–12 public public school school systems, systems, California aand nd campaigning cam mpaigning for for the the Arts Arts License License P late P roject. T he A rts L icense P late Plate Project. The Arts License Plate iiss the the C alifornia plate plate that that says says A RT California ART L VR in in front front o now-famous Wayne Wayne LVR off a now-famous T hiebaud picture picture o alm trees al trees o n the the Thiebaud off p palm on lleft eft an nd a sun sun on on the the right. right. Amazingly, Amazingly, and 6 0p ercent o he ccouncil’s ouncil’s ccurrent urrent 60 percent off tthe b udget comes comes from from the the ssales alles and and budget rrenewals enewals of of tthese hese p lates. Currently, Currently, plates. S hriver iiss sspearheading pearheading a campaign cam mpaign Shriver

to get get 1 million million more more folks folks to to sspring pring to for plates plates aatt $ 40 a p op. A fter h er ttalk, alk, for $40 pop. After her Shriver h ad tto o ssplit plit ffor or B everly H ills Shriver had Beverly Hills where sshe he h ad a 33pm pm m eeting w ith where had meeting with Barack O bama’s C ouncil o n tthe he A rts Barack Obama’s Council on Arts and H umanities. and Humanities. At the the cconference, onference, a vvariety ariety o At off panel ssessions essions w ere sscheduled. cheduled. O ne panel were One exam mple: a d iscussion ttitled itled ““Beyond Beyond example: discussion the T ipping P oint: L attinos, P opular the Tipping Point: Latinos, Popular Culture an nd S ocial M edia”” w ass sset et tto o Culture and Social Media” was explore how how the the n ext ggeneration eneration o explore next off Latino aar rtists iiss p roducing w ork tthat hat Latino artists producing work is rreshaping eshap ping tthe he U .S. ccultural ultural m ilieu is U.S. milieu and h ow p op -culture iiss iinterpreting nterpreting and how pop-culture that w ork. O n tthe he d innertime ffront, ront, that work. On dinnertime one eevening vening rreception eception fi lled aan n one filled upstaiirs llevel evel o he T ech M useum. upstairs off tthe Tech Museum. The P lazza G ariballdi rrestaurant estauran nt o n The Plaza Garibaldi on Santa C lara S treet p rovided tthe he ffood, ood, Santa Clara Street provided including an an eexplosively xplosively sspicy picy cceviche. eviche. including The aauthor uthor w ent b acck ffor or m ore. The went back more. Other highlights—and h this is Other importantt—included included performances perfo ormances important—included by T eeatro V isión, i L os L upeños de San by Teatro Visión, Los Lupeños Jose and lo ocal mariachi ensembles Jose local ensembles.. tend Delegates also got a chanc chancee to at attend receptionss at neighb orhood joints receptions neighborhood like Me zcal a Oaxac an rrestaurant estaurant like Mezcal Oaxacan o’s Bar & Bistr o on San and Diablo Diablo’s Bistro Fernando Str eet. Ther as a lo cal Fernando Street. Theree w was local hip -hop gi ig b urboMex at MA CLA, hip-hop gig byy T TurboMex MACLA, public-arrt tour of downtown San a public-art Jose, plus a visit to “Xic ana: Spiritual Jose, “Xicana: Reflection e s/R Refle e xíones Espiritúales ,” Reflections/Reflexíones Espiritúales,” group sh how of Ba ay Ar ea Chic ana a group show Bay Area Chicana artists at th he Triton Museum. In artists the ommitttee t made that sense sense,, the host ccommittee sure to k eeep things in the ’ho od, sure keep ’hood, showc asing San Jose Jose at tractions showcasing attractions n ccattle-car attle- car eeveryone veryone rather than to San Fra ancisco, Sant Francisco, Santaa Cruz or Monterey, as other cconferences onffeerences most Monterey, often do o ou got the ffeeling eeling e the do.. Y You organizerss actually w anted to show organizers wanted ose rather off the ar artt and soul of San JJose gging their shoulders and than shrug shrugging pointing eeveryone veryone to Sant ana R o ow pointing Santana Row e Mall. eat or the Gr Great ““There’s There’s a llot ot o off key key d decision ecision makers makers here, here,” said said MACLA’s MACLA’s Anjee Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez, Helstrup-Alvarez, “which “which means means a lot. lot. It It shows shows off off San San Jose Jose as as an an arts arts and and culture culture destination. destination. We We connected connected the the conference conference to to things things here here in in San San Jose Jose for for them them to to see. see.”

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or even some momentary bout of depression, not in any poor man’s version of self-condemnation, neither contentment nor elation nor anything within that emotional range, but in a strange kind of nothingness that sat somewhere between my head and my heart and had bothered me for much of the day, like a facial tick you’re conscious of but that won’t go away. I sit down on the curb and try to chill a bit; no melodrama in this empty hollow of the city. The rain morphs into silver glitter. It looks like the mist of a late-night horror flic on the tube, the haze of a northernmost California lumberjack town. The sheen on the street is oily smooth, black like the shine of leather, slick like a duck’s wet back on the pond. I can see the streetlights flickering past Lawrence Expressway and through the little borough of Cupertino and shrinking into dots at De Anza College. I’m big and brown enough not to have problems on the streets that I don’t create myself. I could be Mexican or Brazilian or Creole or Persian or mulatto or Afghan, or of darker Mediterranean blood, like Sicilian, Moroccan, Greek, or maybe Serb, and I’m tough to peg with this black and logoless beanie on my head pulled down to the brow, the stalker’s kneelength jacket, blue jeans, and slippers. People can’t figure me out on sight and I’m not sure I could either in a first-ever mirror shot. What I am, by blood anyway, is half Samoan—I’m certain of that—and half American white, which means

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(if it means anything) that my mother is of your typically mixed brew of Euro descent: English, Irish, Pennsylvania Dutch, Italian, and a smattering of French. My father used to take my sister and me to the Samoan churches up at Hunter’s Point, a fifty-minute drive from our house in San Jo. This was just before he left for the islands, when my folks were staking cultural claims on their children, like Soviets and Americans planting flags on the moon. I remember one funeral, a big gala affair. Five days long with hordes of big silent men in black polyester ie lavalavas standing stoic and strong, their mitts crossed just under their bellies. I remember the acreage of carnations and roses in the aisles, right out of a Godfather movie. Whenever someone with your own last name would die, you had the responsibility to prepare your cousin or uncle or sister-in-law for the outer realm with the Good Lord. I remember wondering who would send me or my sister off sixty years in the future, if the event would die out first. If Samoans would even be around. I always felt alone in those churches. I knew that the kids my age and the parents who paid me any attention thought I was diluted, watered down by my mother, too much white blood, an afakasi, a half one. Certain things you can’t reverse, and genetic inheritance is one of them. I couldn’t do much anyway, except be a follower, which I wasn’t

about to do, even then. I only knew rudimentary greetings like Talofa, fa’a fe mai oi? and bad words like ufa kefe, and any time I’d hear some elocutory wisdom kicked off in formal Samoan by a visiting high-talking chief matai, his deep, husky, oracular Polynesian voice somehow gentle in its tone, the pews full of three-hundredpound ladies cooling themselves with woven palm fans, bone-thick youngsters leaning against the walls in red sweaters with red hoods and red picks and red bandannas stuck to their wild black wiry ’fros, my mind would go to my mother, the one person who was more outside this scene than me. The pure foreigner, slight 140-pound white woman from the Northern California suburb of Campbell, California, lost in the unknowable zone of natives. But she was already long gone by then, had bugged out. My sister, a year older, looked Samoan as a girl, still does now as a woman. She even got a Samoan name, Tali. I remember her making fun of me: “Paul! Paul! What a white name!” She used to blend right into those occasions. I remember thinking the obvious back then: They like her because she looks like them. Deep down, and maybe not that deep, we’re all phrenologists who fear the albino chimp. How much of Tali’s simple and predictable personality developed in response to their acceptance? Because she had a group to claim in her formative years, and vice versa? At twelve she was wearing T-shirts that read PROUD TO BE SAMOAN, and I always felt embarrassed at her obviousness. How she could wear something like that around our mother, who had entered those churches with the restless yet timid face of a dog seeing the doors of the vet. Being a half-breed must be part of my problem. When I applied to college out of high school, I didn’t know what to fill in under the category of race. Long distance from American Samoa, my father said over the phone, “Mark Polynesian,” but I couldn’t. Neither could I mark white. I just left the damned thing blank. And that’s exactly how I felt about


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É@ÊdY`^ Xe[Yifne \efl^_ efkkf_Xm\ gifYc\djfe k_\jki\\kj k_Xk@[feÊk Zi\Xk\ dpj\c]Ê I quit the daydreaming. I see him spot me from a bus stop across the street, posted up like a light pole. His hightops are out of the 1980s, Velcro straps around the ankle, big Nike swoosh on the tongue. He’s got a hood pulled up over his head, and I can’t find his eyes until he pulls it back and shakes his pointy head in the sprinkling rain. The red and green hair stands out on the ends like a dandelion. From the shoulders up, he looks like a miniature Christmas tree. He looks off and then back at me. He’s on his way over and I don’t move. The distance doesn’t matter; I know what I see way before he reaches me: another suburban zombie on crystal meth. He’s violently itching one hand and then violently switching to the other. He’s gonna rip through his own damned hand, insane. Sort of sad. Not even within five yards he says, “Wassup, brother? Wassup, brother? Wassup?” I say, still not moving, “Wassup, man.” He looks around again. I shake my head. I’ve never used the shit, but I’ve known more than my share of cranksters. Suburb, city, high hills, country, plains, it’s just standard American protocol to see, know, love

but never trust your average tweeker. These cats’ll steal from their own mothers, and even if you know one who won’t, he’s still looking over his shoulder like he already did. Always peeking out blinds, hiding behind dumpsters, hanging up the phone in the middle of a conversation. Hooked on an injection of paranoia. He can’t even lie down in the familiarity of his own bed, close himself off from the world, and trust the blackness behind his eyelids. I say, “You want something, dog?” He hunches his shoulders, plays the mendicant. “Can you help me with some cash? I’m dying over here, brother, I’m dying.” He’s husky-necked, sufficiently fat in the cheeks. Early into his journey to the pit. He smiles humbly and has all his teeth. Cauliflower ears, former high school wrestler. A car drives by and he whips around and then back again. In the glare of a struggling moon, his eyes are spinning like a top, but he’s focusing the best he can to press the sincerity of the issue. “Come on, bro,” I say. “You ain’t dying.” “I’m dying, brother.” “Yeah, dying for a fuckin’ fix.” “No no no no.” He grabs his balls, as if he’s forgotten they were there. He thinks I said fixed. “No, no, brother. It’s okay. I’m all there, man. Right there, that’s right, all there. Everything’s cool, brother.” “Then you don’t need me.” “Trust me, brother, I’m dying. I hear the tinny chimes. Help me! I see the reaper, brother.” “It’s in your head, dog.” “No, no, no, brother. I’m dying!” I sniff in some air, indicating a step back from the conversation. Somehow he reads the insinuation and does just that: one step back, though he doesn’t leave. He’s balancing on the curb, heel to toe, and I’m waiting for him to spill over, then jump up and go sprinting down the street. This is the point where anyone else would leave. Not him. Me. “What the hell,” I say. “I’ll get you some food, man. Come on.” He thinks it over, as if he has a better offer. Then he says, “Okay, brother. Okay. Where do you live?” I laugh out loud, it feels good. The rain comes again, in one big


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it: blank. Still do, actually, don’t care either way. By now I know that every culture in the world is equally beautiful, equally ugly. The few years of college I could stand convinced me of that. The few years of prison, too. In either place I was an English major with lots of reading time, lots of watching time.

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Paul is half-Samoan, a former highschool debate champion, an ex-convict and a poet, but in all of these labels he can’t find an identity. His ethnicity is complicated by his light skin, his white mother and his United Nations of stepfathers and father figures. He’s too much of a brawler to fit in as an intellectual, and he’s too much of an intellectual to be mistaken for a thug. Over the course of the novel, he struggles to find his place in the kaleidoscope of cultures, beliefs and wants that is the Silicon Valley. In his search, he winds up in a fight during an immigrants-rights rally in Guadalupe Park, in a foot chase through the Pruneyard, at business meetings in the Fairmont, at lunch in Santana Row

with his estranged sister. He tries to be a man of principles, he tries to stay out of jail, he tries to make a success of himself (first in art, then in real estate), but too often he is unable to manage his disappointment with the world and he cannot hold back his criticism and his venom. Malae grew up in Santa Clara, went to Bellarmine, played football at Santa Clara University and studied literature at San Jose State University. What would appear to be a smooth academic tragedy was punctuated by demons and struggles that have found their way into his fictional characters. In 2007 he published a well-received book of short stories called Teach the Free Man.


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ÉK_`j k_`e^nXj g\i]\ZkcpZlk ]fik_`jb`e[ f]efm\c# RXkXc\f] 8d\i`ZXe [\ZXp#X jpdYfc k_ifnedp nXpn`k_flk _Xm`e^kf Zi\Xk\`k%@ aljk_X[kf ni`k\`k%Ê culturally, as being on the fore of the new American folklore, d.o.a.” N_XkdXb\jJ`c`ZfemXcc\pjf [`]]\i\ek6 The valley ain’t like New York City, where the 19th/early-20th-century immigrants showed up at [Ellis] and went and built their own communities to keep the integrity of the place they’d just fled . . . hostile to the death toward other cultures. [P]eople came to this valley . . . to get a buck, and what that meant was that because the buck rules, you

will, in fact, sit in the same cubicle 40 hours a week with the very enemy your ma and pa hated and feared. . . . [Y]ou worked a crew with him, you went to Sharks games with him. This is intriguing as a concept because you’re open to the stories of others. It’s empathy. No one in the valley is allowed to not have empathy. But it also has its problems: principally, when your empathy meter is high, your identity meter is low. [Paul’s] crisis, based on the preceding formula, is that by living here in the bay, where it’s a Serengeti of stories, he doesn’t know who the fuck he is. That’s the new American, spinning on his heels, saddled by stories . . . But the idea of place was more than that, too, man, and it goes back to the thematic crisis of the book. He had to be endowed with so much information that for the first time in lit history, you had a protag whose fundamental problem is, “I know too much.” Although the Silicon Valley doesn’t have a monopoly on data anymore, this is the place where data started. I needed a place which dually fed the idea of the big American novel (2006, we’re on our way down: the United States leading the world for the last time, Cali leading the United States for the last time, Silicon Valley leading Cali for the last time) and a haven for the techie stuff that opened up the Brave New World, technologically and economically, that we’re in now. And there was one last thing, and it’s very personal. There is one independent bookstore in San Jo, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale. Excluding Books Inc. in Mountain View and Paly, Kepler’s in Menlo Park, you don’t have bookstores down here which are down for the lit writer, particularly the lit novelist. These people don’t just [not] read because they’re busy playing video games; they also don’t read because there hasn’t been a major novelist writing about it since Stegner’s Angle of Repose. . . . So I wrote the book a little bit to show that you’ve got some legit stories out here that no one else out there can capture, probably some permanent ones, who knows?


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I asked him how the valley became such a large subject in the book, and he told me that he had read an article asking, “‘Who will be the next Great American Novelist?’” He went on to explain that America is now so diverse that the task is not just to capture the spirit of one culture but the mixing of hundreds. “So I knew I had to get a guy who held a gang of the world’s stories in his system, contradictory stories that seemingly rubbed each other out, which in turn sorta rubbed him out, and that he had to come from the South Bay, which I viewed,

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PETER MALAE 29 @kj\\djc`b\XY`^gXikf]n_Xk dXb\j`jjl\jf]`e]fidXk`feXe[ `[\ek`kpjf[`]ÓZlck]fiGXlc`j_`j Zi`k`ZXc`kp%=fi_`d#Xcc`e]fidXk`fe _XjkfY\le[\ijkff[#Xe[aljk Xj`dgfikXekcp#al[^\[%?\Êjjfik f]k_`j`[\Xc`jkn_f`jeÊki\Xccp jli\n_Xk_`j`[\XcjXi\#Ylk_\Êj gX`e]lccpXnXi\f]_fn]\nk_`e^j c`m\lgkfk_\d% That’s completely right. . . . He’s got a major problem: he can deconstruct the ideal/movement/belief/alliance before he’s even set foot in it, before he’s even looked around the room. That’s the curse, as he views it, of being a highly charged, critical American of this century. . . . You just smash every structure out there: religion, vocation, culture, romance, family, education, etc., until you’re left there standing with nothing to show for except destruction at your heel. That’s a genuine literary crisis—and worth a book. It’s also relatively new. It’s new because this is exactly where we are intellectually now. Intelligence is most often demonstrated in nonbelief, in pointing out the sham (this is also, by the way, a sham because no sufficient replacement is offered). The identity that people choose to have comes by whichever shams they decide to finger. . . . Even though [Paul’s] big-minded, or so he thinks, he’s short on solutions, the shit’s too big to take on and too far in motion, and all these other beings who think they’ve conquered it have just signed on to a kind of self-delusion, really, the kind that makes for easy novels. What I realized writing this novel is that it would be false, and thus unacceptable, to make Paul “likable” or have him concede, as other characters in plenty of other novels do, to some easy sentiment. Although he comes off crass, he’s carrying a lot, man. There’s gotta be a lot of friction in having the kind of head and heart he’s got. He’s good at talking, but he’s bad at doing, really bad, because he’s charged with the manic, immediate, crossed-up energy of the age. Fe\f]dp]Xmfi`k\gXikjf]k_\ YffbnXjn_\eGXlc\e[jlgXk C\cXe[?`^_JZ_ffc[li`e^k_\ Z\i\dfepn_\i\k_\pÊi\i\eXd`e^ k_\]ffkYXccÓ\c[X]k\iGXkK`ccdXe%

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CCASABLANCA’S ASABLANCA’S CAFÉ CAFÉ M Middle iddle Eastern. Eastern. $$. $$. Casablanca’s Casablanca’s Cafe Cafe is is not not going going to to win win any any awards awards for for atmosphere atmosphere or or restaurant restaurant design. design. But But it it should should win win awards awards for for its its falafel. falafel. In In addition addition to to wonderfully wonderfully creamy creamy hummus, hummus, tangy tangy tahini tahini sauce sauce and and pickled pickled red red cabbage, cabbage, the the falafel falafel deluxe deluxe is is gilded gilded with with strips strips of of baked baked eggplant, eggplant, fried fried cauliflower cauliflower and and fried fried potatoes. potatoes. IfIf you you like like it it spicy, spicy, the the ribbon ribbon of of shatta shatta (hot (hot sauce) sauce) delivers delivers a blast blast of of chile chile pepper pepper heat. heat. 10am-9:30pm 10am-9:30pm daily. daily. 1185 1185 Lincoln Lincoln Ave. Ave. 408.993.8636. 408.993.8636. CCITRUS ITRUS N New ew American. American. $$$. $$$. In In Santana Santana Row’s Row’s chic chic Hotel Hotel Valencia, Valencia, Citrus Citrus peels peels back back the the hotel hotel dining dining myth. myth. Here, Here, diners diners match match their their own own main main dishes dishes with with their their choice choice of of rub, rub, sauce sauce and and side side dish. dish. Fun Fun continues continues in in skilled skilled desserts. desserts. 5:30-9:30pm 5:30-9:30pm Mon-Sat. Mon-Sat. 355 355 Santana Santana Row. Row. 408.423.5400. 408.423.5400. CCOCOLA OCOLA French French bakery. bakery. $ $.. Cocola Cocola is is a fine fine place place to to while while away away an an afternoon afternoon sipping sipping tea tea and and sampling sampling a pear pear tart tart with with vanilla vanilla custard custard and and slivered slivered almonds. almonds. For For heartier heartier fare, fare, try try the the gourmet gourmet sandwiches. sandwiches. 8am8am11pm 11pm Sun-Tue, Sun-Tue, 8am-noon 8am-noon WedWedSat. Sat. 333 333 Santana Santana Row Row #1045. #1045. 408.551.0018. 408.551.0018. CCONSUELO ONSUELO Mexican. Mexican. $$. $$. Good Good regional regional Mexican Mexican food food made made with with lesser-known lesser-known ingredients ingredients in in an an attractive, attractive, upscale upscale atmosphere. atmosphere. The The food food is is served served tapas tapas style style and and meant meant to to be be shared. shared. Fantastic Fantastic tequila tequila list. list. 11:30am-10pm 11:30am-10pm Mon-Fri, Mon-Fri, 11am-11pm 11am-11pm Sat, Sat, Sun Sun 11am11am11pm. 11pm. 377 377 Santana Santana Row Row #1125. #1125. 408.260.7082. 408.260.7082. THE T HE CCOUNTER OUNTER Hambur Hamburgers. gers. $. The Counter takes the quintessential American burger burger and turns up the


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EL HABANERO Cuban and Mexican. $$. The Cuban food is the star here. The food is made from family recipes and has a hearty, homespun appeal. Ropa vieja is a classic of Cuban cooking and the stewed beef dish is a solid choice here as is the oily but delicious vaca frita is another winner. Appetizers are strong, too, but skip the disappointing Cuban sandwich. 11am-9pm daily. Closed Monday. 3132 Williams Rd. 408.557.8914.

EL TULE Mexican. $$. Most of the menu is devoted to Mexican-American standards, but the separate menu of Oaxacan specialties is where El Tule really shines. The black mole is uncommonly delicious while lesser-known dishes like tlayudas and molotes are also good. 10am9pm daily. 5440 Thornwood Dr. 408.227.1752.

FISH MARKET Seafood. $$$. This latest terrific-looking member of the dynasty attracts lines of customers to its bars— wine, sushi, oyster—with an extensive menu of fresh seafood. Luscious desserts too. Full bar. 11am-9:30pm M-Thu, 11am-10pm Fri-Sat, noon9:30pm Sun. 1007 Blossom Hill Rd. 408.269.3474.

FLOWER FLOUR French bakery. $. Mimi Brown’s flower shop/bakery charms visitors with freshly made to-droolfor pastries, ready-to-go sandwiches and service with a smile. 8am-6pm Mon-Sat, 8am-4pm Sun. 896 Willow St. 408.279.0843. FOOD TOPIA Chinese and Taiwanese. $. Food Topia serves a great, low priced menu of Taiwanese and Chinese food in atmosphere welcoming to nonChinese. Go for the beef noodle soup, pickle and fish fillet soup and the fried chicken roll. No alcohol served. 1600 S. De Anza Blvd. 408.873.7628.

FRANKIE, JOHNNIE, & LUIGI TOO! Family Style Italian. $$. Traditional Italian-American favorites—spaghetti and

pizza—served with plenty of elbow room. Big portions and wholesome family-style service. 11am-9:30pm SunThu, 11am-9:30pm Fri-Sat. 5245 Prospect Rd, San Jose. Full Bar. 408.446.9644.

FRATELLO Italian. $$. Bursting with simple flavors, Fratello boasts native Italian dining without affectation. 5-9:30pm Tue-Sun, Fri-Sat 5-10pm, 59pm Sun. 1712 Meridian Ave. 408.269.3801.

FUEL RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE Contemporary Vietnamese. $$. Fuel’s menu is more traditional than other modern Vietnamese restaurants but still mixes things up with nonregulation ingredients. Lunch 11am2:30pm Mon-Fri and Sat-Sun. Dinner 5-10pm Mon-Wed, 5-11pm Thu-Sat and 5-9pm Sun. 385 S. Winchester Blvd. 408.248.0018.

GIORGIO’S Family-style Italian. $. Simple Italian cooking—the rugged kind with Southern Italian leanings, full of robust flavors and tangy tomato sauces. 11:30am-9:30pm MonThu, 11:30am-10:30pm Fri-Sat, 11:30am-10pm Sun. 1445 Foxworthy Ave. 408.264.5781.

GOVEA’S Mexican. $. A community hub that serves up wonderfully fresh, oldfashioned Mexican food with no trendy gimmicks. Both the restaurant and the food are wholesome and filling. 10am9pm Mon-Thu, 10am-10pm Sat-Fri, 9am-9pm Sun. 1996 Tully Rd. 408.270.0973.

GREAT WALL Chinese. $$. This strip mall hideaway serves skillfully prepared Chinese dishes in an atmosphere where sandals and T-shirts are the perfect fashion. Beef and black mushrooms, salt and pepper spareribs and cashew chicken earn high marks. 11am-2:30pm, 4:30-9pm Mon-Fri, noon-9pm Sat. 1409 Bird Ave. Take out available. 408.287.1688 or 287.1689.

HABANA CUBA Cuban and Brazilian. $$. A culinary oasis full of good flavors, Habana Cuba exudes cultural delights. Sensuous foods of the Caribbean and Cuba, long on tomato and peppers, slowroasted meats and earthy black beans. Beer and wine. 11am-2pm, 5pm-9pm Tue-Thu,

4-10pm Fro-Sat, 4-9pm Sun. 238 Race St. 408.998.2822.

THE HAPPY BAMBOO Vegetarian. $. The menu at the Happy Bamboo is almost all vegan and most of it Vietnamese or Asian-inspired. There’s also a vegetarian tuna salad and, out of nowhere, Hungarian goulash and spaghetti. 11:30-9pm Tue-Sun. Closed Monday. 1711 Branham Lane. 408.694.0740.

HOSHI Japanese. $$. Hoshi is one Silicon Valley’s standouts for sushi and small plates. Great sake selection, too. Lunch 11:30am-2pm Mon-Fri and dinner 5-9pm Mon-Sat. 246 Saratoga Ave. 408.554.7100. HUKILAU Hawaiian. $$. Simple, slightly salty, stomachfilling foods with an Asian Pacific attitude. All daily specials come with a scoop of macaroni salad and steamed rice. Skip the quesadilla and nachos and head straight for the ahi poke. With tropical drinks to match. 11am-1:45pm Tue-Fri, 5-9:30pm Tue-Wed, 510:30pm Thu-Sat, 11am-2:30pm Sat-Sun, 5-9pm. 230 Jackson St. 408.279.4888.

HUNAN TASTE. $$. Chinese. The restaurant continues to pack them in because the food is so good. As the name implies, the restaurant specializes in the fiery, hearty food of China’s Hunan province, making it one of the few restaurants in the Bay Area to do so. 11am2:30pm, 4:30-8:30pm Mon-Sat. 998 N. Fourth St. 408.295.1186.

ISABELLA’S Peruvian. $$. One of the South Bay’s few outposts of Peruvian food, Isabella’s has much to recommend. Tacu-tacu, a starchy, beany blob enlivened with onions, garlic, oregano and other spices served with a thin steak, is great. Seafood dishes like the ceviche and cau-cau mariscos are also good. Don’t miss the delicious chicha morada, a Peruvian punch made with purple corn, pineapple and apple juice that’s boldly seasoned with cinnamon. 11am-10pm Mon-Thu, 11am11pm Fri-Sat and 2-8pm Sun. 700 S. Winchester Blvd. 408.248.PERU. KRUNGTHAI. Thai. $$. Perennial Metro “Best Of” winner, Krungthai has been


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KUBOTA Japanese. $$. A beautiful dining room that serves exquisite rice, luscious ribs and decent sushi. Full bar. 5:30-10pm Mon-Sat, 59:30pm Sun. 593 N. Fifth St. 408.279.8440. KUMAKO Ramen. $. Japantown now has its missing ingredient—good ramen. Kumako’s menu is simple, ramen, curry rice and a few appetizers. 11:30am-2:30pm and 5:30-9:30pm Mon-Sat. 211 E. Jackson St. 408.286.2111. LAYANG LAYANG Malaysian. $$. Layang Layang shines with clean, fresh flavors and ingredients and offers a great entry into Malaysian food. Service is fast and friendly, a feat given how harried the waitstaff can be. Wine and beer. Closed Mon. 1480 S. De Anza Blvd. 408.777.8897. LE PAPILLON Contemporary French. $$$$. From start to finish, a meal at Le Papillon casts a spell on everyone who enters. The feeling is only broken when you walk out the door and abruptly step back into the real world outside. Full bar. Lunch Thu and Fri, dinner nightly. 410 Saratoga Ave. 408.296.3730.

MAGGIANO’S LITTLE Italy Italian. $$. Like a warm Italian embrace, this Santana Row superstar proves a welcome haven for company lunches and congenial dinner parties. The food is a cut above standard, with roast chicken and veal marsala standing out. 11am10pm Mon-Thu, 11am-11pm FriSat, noon-10pm Sun. 3055 Olin Ave. #1000. 408.423.8973.

MENARA Moroccan. $$$. Since 1977, Menara’s been throwing back the pillows and bellying up to mint tea rituals, b’stilla (pigeon pie) and rabbit tagine. Full dinners menus include vegetarian option; solid wine list. 6-10pm daily. 41 E. Gish Rd. 408.453.1983. MT. HAMILTON GRANDVIEW Cowboy Continental. $$$. The Grandview is an old-school

roadhouse with a warm atmosphere. Add dishes like surf and turf, rack of lamb chasseur and chicken Cordon Bleu and you’ve got yourself a destination. 5-10:30pm Wed-Sun. 94 Mt. Hamilton Rd. 408.251.8909.

MY KHE QUAN HUE $. Vietnamese. Food from central Vietnam is underrepresented in San Jose and that’s part of what makes this small restaurant such a find. The things to get here are the excellent noodle soups. 9am-9pm every day except Wed. Cash only. 960 Story Rd. 408.920.9603.

THE MYNT Indian. $. The Mynt’s lunch buffet is a Silicon Valley standout, while the sit-down dinner menu has plenty to offer as well. Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm Mon-Sun, dinner 5:30-9:30pm Mon-Thu and 5:30-10pm Fri-Sat. 5210 Prospect Rd. 408.973.9673.

OMOGARI Korean. $. Omogari makes getting to know Korean food easy. The menu includes pictures of many dishes, the service is friendly and the food is consistently good. Try the dae gee bul go gi, spicy marinated pork. Open 11:30am-9:30pm Mon-Sat. 154 E. Jackson St. 408.280.6588.

PRESIDENT RESTAURANT Mongolian barbecue. $. This mom-and-pop eatery gears itself toward the common man with the uncommonly large appetite. Thrown into the bargain is a Chinese steam-table buffet. 11am3pm, 4:30-9pm daily. 1190 Hillsdale Ave. 408.978.7188.

RAMEN HALU Japanese noodles. $$. Surfer-themed, casual-but-comfy, chef Kumao Arai’s noodle house imports traditional techniques to produce hearty, aromatic bowls stocked with pork-, seasalt- or soy-sauce-flavored broth. Cash only. Call ahead; hours are irregular. 375-M S. Saratoga Ave. 408.246.3933. RANGOLI Indian. $. Rangoli spices up the Cambrian area with excellent Indian food. The restaurant is beautiful and its food and service largely match its décor. Lunch buffet 11:30am-2:30pm Mon-Fri, dinner 5-9:30pm Sun-Thu, 5-10pm Fri-Sat, brunch noon-


3pm Sun. 3695 Union Ave. 408.377.2222.

SINO RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE Modern Chinese. $$$. Sino is owned by Christopher Yeo, the restaurateur behind Straits. The restaurant offers both traditional Chinese cooking and a few modern riffs. Good dim sum, too. 11am10pm Sun-Tue, 11am-midnight Wed-Sat. 377 Santana Row. 408.247.8880.

STRAITS RESTAURANT Asian Fusion. $$$. By night it’s a jam-packed hipster clubhouse; by day it’s Singaporean chef Chris Yeo’s latest chic fusion venue. Small plates share the menu with entrees such as the lobster and shrimp pad thai. Outdoor seating is available. 11am-10pm Sun-Wed, 11am-midnight ThuSat. 333 Santana Row #1100. 408.246.6320.

SUSHI FACTORY Sushi bar/ Japanese. $$. It’s all here: sushi, bento box meals and teriyaki and at great prices. 11:30am9:15pm daily. 4632 Meridian Ave. 408.723.2598.

TAIWAN RESTAURANT Chinese. $. For nearly 25 years this Willow Glen landmark has served a nonstop stream of Szechuan, Cantonese and Taiwanese specialties. Casual. Beer, wine. 1306 Lincoln Ave. 11am-3pm, 5-9pm Mon-Sun. 408.289.8800.

VIN SANTO Italian $$. A beautifully simple and low-lit dining room sets the stage for offerings of earthy aromas, bold sauces and well-seasoned market-fresh meats and produce. Extensive wine list plays host nearly as well as the informative servers. 5-10pm Tue-Sat, 5-8pm Sun. 1346 Lincoln Ave. 408.920.2508. YAS Persian. $$. In keeping with this ancient cuisine’s traditions, entrees are dressed up with the clean, fresh tastes of lemon and saffron, and desserts wear a distinctive hint of rose water. Beer, wine. 11am9pm daily. 1138 Saratoga Ave. 408.241.5115.

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Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga Fri – 8pm; $30 The Harlem Quartet are Ilmar Gavilan and Melissa White (violinists), Juan-Miguel Hernandez (viola) and Desmond Naysmith (cello). All are laureates of the SPHINX COMPETITION. If the Sphinx Competition sounds mysterious, its mission is laudable: it’s a nonprofit group trying to reach out to fill the gap left behind by the closing of school music programs in disadvantaged neighborhoods. These Naxos

recording artists have performed at the White House and Carnegie Hall, and now arrive at Montalvo to select from an eclectic repertoire. The show include everything from Brahms, Haydn and Schumann to Billy Stayhorn and Duke Ellington’s “Take the A Train.” Cuba’s Guido Gavilan, father of Ilmar, composed “Mi Menor Conga”: as assayed by the Harlem Quartet, it’s a real surprise to classical fans who don’t expect to be urged into a conga line by a string quartet drumming polyrhythms on their instruments. (RvB)

FOR THE WIN Nickel City, San Jose Fri – 7pm; $10

There was a time when punk music was more than overpriced concerts and cute guys with jumps that are timed just right. For the Win hearkens back to that time—

they’re loud, brash and pissed. The band’s sound pays homage to the east Coast bands of the late ‘80s, and mixes in mid-’90s SoCal punk. Think Sick of It All meets Bad Religion, hardcore and melodic at the same time. At this release party for their new CD, they play with CLASSICS OF LOVE, the ATOM AGE and GNARBOOTS. (BD)

MAURICIO DIAZ Caffe Trieste, San Jose Fri – 8pm; free

Mauricio Diaz is a Mexican singer/songwriter acclaimed for fusing together styles as varied as rock, Cuban son (which blends Spanish and African styles), the Son Jarocho (a Mexican version of same that came out of Veracruz), rap, bossa, blues, Brazilian and classical guitar. Right, so what does it actually sound like? Duh,

it sounds like folk music. Diaz’s poetic, free-flowing brand of it has inspired a following around the world, and in fact a group of his fans here in the Bay Area are responsible for flying him up here just for this show. (SP)



JJ’s Blues, San Jose Sat – 9pm; $10 Out of all the awards JC Smith has won, there’s one I think he should be most proud of: At the 2003 BAY AREA BLUES HALL OF FAME induction, he was named the Best Dressed Male Artist. And rightfully so. Smith’s father was

a blues guitarist who switched to gospel after stories about how blues was the devil’s music filled his head. But Smith has brought it back around with his ability to play virtually every type of blues imaginable. When not onstage, you can hear him on KKUP as Johnnie Cozmik. (BD)

OPERA SAN JOSÉ California Theatre, San Jose Apr 24-May 7; $51-$91

Puccini’s LA RONDINE tells the story of a Parisian coutesan who escapes her stifling affair with a banker to run off with a handsome young man; then the reality of their past catches up with them. The opera delivers romantic regret and sorrow but without the mortal consequences of tragic dramas. Opera San José winds up its season with this rarely performed



Apr 23, 9am-5pm, West Valley College, Saratoga


PETE ESCOVEDO AND SHEILA E. Apr 24 at Avalon, Santa Clara

BROOKS AND DUNN Apr 24 at Shoreline

MISSION CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Apr 24 Le Petit Trianon, San Jose

CYPRESS STRING QUARTET Apr 25 at 3pm at Montalvo Arts Center

LOWRIDER CAR SHOW BENEFIT Apr 25, 10am-4pm, at San Jose City College


THE EAGLES Apr 30-May 1 at HP Pavilion

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The Refuge, Cupertino Sat – 6pm; $10 It ain’t Dean Martin, half drunk and crooning about whatever will be, will be. No, it’s rock music with a sense of the dramatic, like every song could be their last. K Sera have been pegged by the next-big-thingers to blow up, and they deserve to, with intense, fine musicianship and a kiss-ass piano player. They’re comparable to Panic! at the Disco or You, Me, and Everyone We Know, but better. Keep it up, K Sera. The future’s not ours to see. (BD)

Streetlight Records, San Jose Sat – 4pm; free

THE SLACKERS Blank Club, San Jose Sat – 9pm; $12/$14 This Brooklyn array of skanksters have been hanging together since the 1990s, touring the West as

they pump for their latest album, titled The Great Rocksteady Swindle. “Ever felt cheated” goes one lyric, celebrating John Lydon’s last proclamation from the stage at the end of the Sex Pistols first—and we were promised, last—rock & roll swindling tour. Despite the laziness implied in the name, the Slackers are hard-working world-beaters pushing their world-beat in tours all around the world. A great introduction spot: their hit “Married Girl,” with its solemn keyboards beginning a slow orbit around doo-wop. THE PHENOMENAUTS open. (RvB)

*mon CIVIL TWILIGHT VooDoo Lounge, San Jose Mon – 7:30pm; $1.05 This three-piece started out in Cape Town, South Africa, and somehow wound up in Nashville. Brothers Steven and Andrew McKellar hooked up with Richard Wouters while the trio was in high school, emulating their heroes in U2 and Radiohead. Now they rock the power-pop and sensitive ballads underneath Steven’s emotive voice, and it’s not just that they seem poised for a big break—it’s more like they were custom-engineered by scientists to blow up in 2010. (SP)


CONAN O’BRIEN May 5 at SJSU Events Center

DAUGHTRY May 6 at HP Pavilion


RICHIE HAVENS May 13 at Montalvo Arts

WILD JAM 2010 May 13 at HP Pavilion

CHAYANNE May 15 at HP Pavilion

BIG SANDY AND HIS FLY-RITE BOYS May 28 at Landmark Ballroom, San Jose

ROBERTO CARLOS May 28 at HP Pavilion

THE GOO GOO DOLLS Jun 1 at the Mountain Winery, Saratoga

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TO T OK KILL ILL A MOCKING MOCKINGBIRD BIRD A yyoung oung ttomboy omboy llearns earns the the hard hard truths truths of of prejudice prejudice and and privilege privilege in in Depression-era Depression-era Alabama Alabama in in a TheatreWorks TheatreWorks production. production. Tue-Wed, Tue-Wed, 7:30pm, 7:30pm, Thu-Fri, Thu-Fri, 8pm, 8pm, Sat Sat 2 and/or and/or 8pm, 8pm, Sun Sun 2 and/or and/or 7pm. 7pm. Thru Thru May May 9. 9. $24-$62. $24-$62. Center Center for for the the Performing Performing Arts, Arts, Mountain Mountain View. View.

ccomedians omedians Nicole Nicole P Parker arker and and Peele. Apr 8pm. JJordan ordan P eele. TThu, hu, A pr 222, 2, 8 pm. $10. $ 10. CComedian/singerJohn omedian/singerJohn Apr LLajole ajole pperforms. erforms. FFri, ri, A pr 223, 3, Apr 8 aand nd 110pm, 0pm, SSat, at, A pr 224, 4, 7 9pm aand nd 9 pm aand nd Sun, Sun, Apr Apr 25, 25, $20. Beans, Rice 77pm. pm. $ 20. TThe he B eans, R ice Watermelon with aand nd W atermelon ttour our w ith ccomedians omedians Ricky Ricky ddel el Rosario, Rosario, David David Lew Lew and and Kabeezy. Kabeezy. Tue, Tue, Apr Apr 27, 27, 8pm. 8pm. $12. $12. Improv Improv Comedy Comedy Club Club and and Restaurant, Restaurant, San San Jose. Jose.

ROOSTER R OOSSTER T T.. FEA FEATHERS AT THERS The New The New Talent Talent Comedy Comedy Competion. Competion. Comedians Comedians include include Jake Brenner, Jake B renner, Candy Candy Churilla, Churilla, Dan Hinz. D an EEdwards dwards aand nd TTyler yler H inz. Wed, Wed, Apr Apr 21, 21, 8pm. 8pm. $12. $12. Will Will Durst, with Andy Woodhull D urst, w ith A ndy W oodhull aand nd Robbie Pickard. Apr R obbie P ickard. TThu, hu, A pr 222, 2, 8pm, 8pm, Fri, Fri, Apr Apr 23, 23, 9pm, 9pm, Sat, Sat, Apr Apr Apr 224, 4, 8 aand nd 110:30pm 0:30pm aand nd SSun, un, A pr 8pm. $12 Rooster 225, 5, 8 pm. $ 12 aand nd uup. p. R ooster TT.. FFeathers, eathers, SSunnyvale. unnyvale.


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IMPROV IM PROV Alex R Alex Retodo etodo ppresents resents comedy comedy with Moyd. Apr with SStroy troy M oyd. Wed, Wed, A pr 21, 21, 8pm. $12. with 8 pm. $ 12. SStandup tandup w ith â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;MADtvâ&#x20AC;? MADtvâ&#x20AC;?

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LLOS O GATOS OS GATOS MUSEU MUSEUM M Open Juried Show. Open Show. Thru Apr 23. 23 3. Wed-Sun, Wed-Sun, noon-4pm. Free. Free. LLos o Gatos. os

MOAH M OAH MUSEUM MUSEUM O OFF AMERICAN AM MERICAN HERITAGE HERIT TAGE The museum The museum features features exhibits exhibits celebrating celebrating the the history history of of technology, technology, including including a vintage vintage kitchen, kitchen, a print print shop shop and and a radio-repair radio-repair shop. shop. Ongoing. Ongoing. FriFriSun, Palo Alto. Sun, 111am-4pm. 1am-4pm. P alo A lto.

ROSICRUCIAN R OSICRUCIAN MUSEU MUSEUM M Egyptian historical Egyptian historical artifacts artifacts Ongoing. Mon-Fri, aand nd ddisplays. isplays. O ngoing. M on-Fri, 110am-5pm 0am-5pm aand nd SSat-Sun, at-Sun, 111am1am6pm. 6 pm. SSan an JJose. ose.

SSAN A JOSE MUSEU AN MUSEUM MO OFF ART ART â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;New New SStories tories From From the the Edge Edge of Plastic works of Asia: Asia: P lastic LLife.â&#x20AC;? ife.â&#x20AC;? w orks by by PaciďŹ c PaciďŹ c Rim Rim artists. artists. Thru Thru Sep Sep 19. 19. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wayne Wayne Thiebaud: Thiebaud: Seventy Seventy Years Years of of Paint.â&#x20AC;? Paint.â&#x20AC;?Thru Thru Jul Jul 4. 4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Real â&#x20AC;&#x153;Real & Hyperreal.â&#x20AC;? Hyperreal.â&#x20AC;? A look look at at illusionism illusionism and and hhyperrealism yperrealism in in a group group show. show. Thru Thru Aug Aug 1. 1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Juicy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Juicy Paint.â&#x20AC;? Paint.â&#x20AC;? TThe he ssensuous ensuous sside ide ooff ppigments. igments. 6.. TTue-Sun, TThru hru JJun un 6 ue-Sun, 111am-5pm, 1am-5pm, closed Mon. closed M on. San San Jose. Jose.

SSAN A JOSE MUSEU AN MUSEUM MO OFF QUILTS AND QUILLTS AN D TEXTILES TEXTILES â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poetic Poetic License: License: The The Art Art of of Joan Joan Schulze.â&#x20AC;?. Schulze.â&#x20AC;?. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Navajo Navajo Weaving Weaving in in the the Present Present Tense: Tense: The The Art Art of of Lucy Lucy and and Ellen Ellen Begay.â&#x20AC;? Begay.â&#x20AC;? Both Both shows shows rrun un thru thru May May 4. 4. Daily, Daily, 110am-5pm. 0am-5pm. San San Jose. Jose.

TECH T ECH MUSEU MUSEUM M â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;?Technology Technology B BeneďŹ ting eneďŹ ting Humanity.â&#x20AC;? Ongoing. Mon-Wed, H umanity.â&#x20AC;? O ngoing. M on-Wed, 9am-5pm 9am9 am-5pm aand nd TThu-Sun, hu-Sun, 9 am8pm. 8 pm. SSan an JJose. ose.

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Comedy Adds Up DURING economic downturns, arts budgets tend to be the first thing slashed in schools and communities. People need to spend their money on food, not theater. However, Northside Theatre Company’s production of AND BABY MAKES SEVEN is an excellent example of how pertinent live theater—artistic expression, imagination and play—is to our lives. Thu–Sat 8pm and Sun 3pm The best thing a struggling theater company can do for through May 9 itself is to pick good plays to perform. And Baby Makes Seven is a hilariously bizarre story by Pulitzer Prize– Olinder Theatre, winning playwright Paula Vogel. It focuses on an intimate San Jose cast of three: Anna, a pregnant lesbian, her lover, Ruth, and their gay friend and roommate (who impregnated Anna), Tickets Peter. If that trio isn’t enough of a story already, cue in $15–$20 Henri, a little French boy who bounces around in immature glee, Orphan, a feral infant raised by dogs, and an austere and brilliant 9-year-old British boy named Cecil. These three boys, however, come from the lively imaginations and actual actions of the aforementioned adult trio. Peter becomes “Uncle Pee-tah” to Ana’s Cecil and Ruth’s Henri and Orphan. The play’s conflict becomes evident when the three decide they need to rid their lives of their imagined children in order to create a stable living environment for their soon-to-be real baby. The story explores the meaning of family and the boundaries between reality and illusion. Vogel arms the actors with a brilliantly clever and giggle-inducing script. She alludes to children’s classics like The Red Balloon and Peter Pan while throwing in lines from Othello, Macbeth and Julius Caesar. Northside’s cast of three worked fantastically with Vogel’s treasure and created some real magic in the humble black-box space. Highlights include Rebecca Wallace’s (Ruth) one-woman, schizophrenic, Jim Carrey/ Gollumesque fight over a PB&J sandwich, and Lorie Goulart’s (Anna) hormonally charged second-act meltdown worthy of a Helen Bonham Carter performance. Amid the laughter, the play and actors bring incredible heart to the story. As Cecil tells Peter, “Don’t be afraid to play with your child.” And Northside Theater Company leaves you with the message “Don’t be afraid to play with us at the theater.” ÆA\jj`ZXJXcXej

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GGalleries alleries OPENING O PENING SSTANFORD TANFORD A ART RT SPACES SPACES Paintings aand Paintings nd ssculpture culpture bbyy Prakash P rakash Chandrea, Chandrea, ppaintings aintings Mark bbyy LLea ea FFeinstein einstein aand nd M ark LLightfoot. ightfoot. Apr Apr 23-Jun 23-Jun 224. 4. Reception Apr 6pm. R eception A pr 223, 3, 6 pm. FFree. ree. Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm. M on-Fri, 8 :30am-5pm. SStanford. tanford.

CCONTINUING ONTINUING ANITA ANIT TA SEIPP GALLERY GALLER RY New w New works orks bbyy KKaren aren H Haaz. aaz. Thru Thru May M ay 7. 7. Mon-Fri, Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm. 10am-3pm. Palo Alto. P alo A lto.

ANNO A NNO DO DOMINI MINI ““Cloud Cloud Empire,” Empire,” a ssolo olo sshow how bbyy Dimitri Dimitri Drjuchin Drjuchin of of New New York. York. Thru Thru May May 22. 22. San San Jose. Jose.

ART A RT OB OBJECT JECT GGALLERY ALLER RY Paintings by Paintings by Sara Sara Cole Cole and and Rachel R achel Lazo Lazo aand nd ccollage ollage bbyy LLuis uis Gutierrez. Gutierrez. Thru Thru May May 15. 15. San San Jose. Jose.

AXIS A XIS A ART RT GGALLERY ALLER RY ““On On tthe he EEdge,” dge,” new new ppieces ieces bbyy Richard Richard Gullion, Gullion, Chris Chris Elliman Elliman Nozero. Wed-Sat, aand nd TTony ony N ozero. W ed-Sat, nnoon-6pm. oon-6pm. SSan an JJose. ose.

BLACK BLACK B BEAN EAN CCERAMIC ERAMIC “Figuratively Speaking.” A “Figuratively group show.. San Jose. gr oup show

CCAFFÉ AFFÉ T TRIESTE RIESTE ““Venice Venice SSquare, quare, a P Photographic hotographic Venice, CComparison omparison ooff V enice, IItaly taly aand nd Venice, V enice, CCalifornia,” alifornia,” bbyy JJohn ohn EEric ric Paulson. Paulson. Thru Thru Apr. Apr. San San Jose. Jose.

CCITY ITY W WINDOWS INDOWS GGALLERY ALLER RY A rround-the-clock ound-the-clock eexhibit xhibit ooff works w orks bbyy cclay lay ssculptors culptors ffrom rom this this region. region. Fourth Fourth and and Santa Santa Clara, Clara, San San Jose. Jose.

DOWNTOWN DO WNTOWN Y YOGA OGA SSHALA HALA Sculpture aand Sculpture nd ppottery ottery bbyy P Paul aul Rubio. Rubio. Thru Thru Apr Apr 30. 30. San San Jose. Jose.

GGOOD OOD K KARMA ARMA CCAFE AFE ““Biomechanical Biomechanical W Works,” orks,” ppaintings, aintings, ssculptures culptures aand nd pprints rints Ron bbyy R on EEarhart arhart ((Analog Analog TTattoo). attoo). Apr TThru hru A pr 330. 0. SSan an JJose. ose.

KALEID K ALEID GGALLERY ALLERY Works by Works by Kurtis Kurtis Rykovich Rykovich aand nd Apr KKate ate SSaturday. aturday. TThru hru A pr 330. 0. SSan an JJose. ose.

KING K ING JR. LLIBRARY IBRAR RY ““Jazz Jazz P Photo hoto EExhibition.” xhibition.” Presented Presented by by San San Jose Jose Jazz. Jazz. Thru Thru Apr Apr 30. 30. llll for for info. info. Second Second floor, floor, San San Jose. Jose.

MACLA M ACLA Latino Art Latino Art Auction. Auction. Works Works show show thru thru May May 15. 15. Wed-Thu, Wed-Thu, noonnoon7pm 7pm and and Fri-Sat, Fri-Sat, noon-5pm. noon-5pm. San San Jose. Jose.

METRO METRO LOBBY LOBBY ““oooohhh oooohhh Dios Dios mio.” mio.” A First First St. St. PhotoCollective PhotoCollective exhibit. exhibit. Thru Thru Apr Apr 30. 30. San San Jose. Jose.

MEXICAN H HERITAGE ERIT TAGE P PLAZA LAZA GALLERIA GALLERIA ““Bittersweet Bittersweet Harvest: Harvest: TThe he Bracero Bracero Program, Program, 1942-1964.” 1942-1964.” An An exhibit exhibit about about the the guest guest workers workers in in the the valley, valley, with with photos photos and and documents. documents. Thru Thru May May 2. 2. San San Jose. Jose.

MONTALVO MONT ALVO A ARTS RTS ““Seeing Seeing LLight.” ight.” Paintings Paintings bbyy Nicole Nicole Schmoelzer Schmoelzer based based with oon n hher er iinteractions nteractions w ith tthe he Montalvo Montalvo grounds. grounds. Thru Thru Jun Jun 6. 6. Thu-Sun, Thu-Sun, 11am-3pm. 11am-3pm. Saratoga. Saratoga.

MOHR GGALLERY ALLER RY ““Urban Urban Animals,” Animals,” ppaintings aintings bbyy Elizabeth Elizabeth Gomez. Gomez. Thru Thru May May 30. 30. 6-8pm. 6-8pm. CSMA, CSMA, Mountain Mountain View. View.

OLIVE O LIVE HYDE HYDE A ART RT Annual textile Annual textile show. show. Thru Thru May May 15. 15. Fremont. Fremont.

PACIFIC P ACIFIC A ART RT LLEAGUE EAGUE ““In In the the G Garden,” arden,” juried juried Apr ccompetition. ompetition. TThru hru A pr 229. 9. ““Off Off CCenter,” enter,” ppaintings aintings bbyy SSteve teve Norton Gallery. CCurtiss urtiss iin n tthe he N orton G allery. Apr Palo Alto. TThru hru A pr 228. 8. P alo A lto.

SAN JOSE IINSTITUTE SAN NSTITUTE O OFF ART CCONTEMPORARY ONTEMPORAR RY A RT ““Work Work Out.” Out.” A life-size life-size ppaper aper replica replica of of a gym; gym; an an installation installation by by Libby Libby Black. Black. Thru Thru Jun Jun 19. 19. ““Modesto Modesto Covarrubias: Covarrubias: Liminal,” Liminal,” aan n iinstallation nstallation bbyy SSan an JJose ose nnative ative CCovarrubias. ovarrubias. TThru hru JJul ul 33.. ““By By a Thread,” Thread,” contemporary contemporary aart rt May uusing sing tthreat. hreat. TThru hru M ay 115. 5. ““Cat Cat Mazza: Mill Night M azza: TThe he M ill SSeries.” eries.” A N ight Moves M oves iinstallation nstallation iin n ffront ront window. w indow. SSan an JJose. ose.

SLGG A SL ART RT BOUTIKI Artwork ffrom Artwork rom graphic graphic novel novel “Doris “Doris Danger” Danger” by by Chris Chris Wisnia. Wisnia. Apr TThru hru A pr 330. 0. SSan an JJose. ose.

SSOUTH OUTH FIR FIRST ST BILLIAR BILLIARDS DS ““Bringing Bringing Back Back the the Color!” Color!” with with works Mike w orks bbyy JJohn ohn CCloud, loud, M ike Nicolas KKjolhaug, jolhaug, N icolas CCaesar aesar aand nd Ruelas. May LLina ina R uelas. TThru hru M ay 331. 1. SSan an JJose. ose.

SSUNNYVALE UNNYV VA ALE A ART RT GGALLERY ALLER RY ““Spring Spring Awakenings” Awakenings” by by Los Los Altos A ltos Art Art Club. Club. Thru Thru Apr Apr 30. 30. Daily D aily 110am-8pm. 0am-8pm. SSunnyvale. unnyvale.

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METROACTIVE.COM M ETROACTIVE.COM VIEWPOINTS V IEWPOINTS GGALLERY ALLER RY ““Alternate Alternate Views.” Views.” Watercolors Watercolors by by Nancy Nancy Calhoun Calhoun and and Jane Jane Ferguson. Ferguson. Thru Thru May May 1. 1. Mon-Sat, Mon-Sat, 8pm, 111am-5pm, 1am-5pm, FFri, ri, ttill ill 8 pm, SSun, un, Altos. 111am-3pm. 1am-3pm. LLos os A ltos.

Art A rt EEvents vents DANIEL D ANIEL P POLIKOFF OLIKOFF Polikoff discusses Polikoff discusses tthe he iinfluence nfluence ooff Rodin’s Rodin’s ssculpture culpture on on Rilke’s Rilke’s Presented Art Object ppoetry. oetry. P resented bbyy A rt O bject Poetry aand nd tthe he P oetry CCenter enter ooff SSan an Apr $55 JJose. ose. SSat, at, A pr 224, 4, 77pm. pm. $ Art Object Gallery, ddonation. onation. A rt O bject G allery, SSan an JJose. ose.

DR. D R. SKETCHY SKETCHY The ““anti-art The anti-art school” school” event event with model rreturns eturns w ith llive ive m odel ““The The Woman Woman Who Who Fell Fell From From Space.” Space.” Bring B ring ssketchbooks ketchbooks aand nd ccharcoal. harcoal. Apr Apr 22, 22, 7pm. 7pm. $10. $10. Anno Anno Domini, Domini, San San Jose. Jose.

SSJJ MUSEU MUSEUM M OF OF ART ART BENEFIT SSPRING PRING BENE FIT Am major ajor ffundraiser undraiser for for the the museum with m useum w ith a ssilent ilent aauction. uction. Sat, Sat, Apr Apr 24, 24, 11am-5pm. 11am-5pm. Free. Free. San San Jose. Jose.

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BOCCE B BOC CE T TOURNAMENT OURNAMENT The eevent The vent includes includes a tournament, tournament, lessons, lessons, wine wine tasting, tasting, dinner dinner and and entertainment. entertainment. Proceeds Proceeds go go to to Ronald Ronald McDonald McDonald House. House. Sat, Sat, Apr Apr 24, 24, 2:30pm. 2:30pm. Campo Campo di di Bocce, Bocce, Los Los Gatos. Gatos.

B BOOK SSALE ALE With W ith bargains. bargains. Sat, Sat, Apr Apr 24, 24, 10am-5pm 10am-5pm and and Sun, Sun, Apr Apr 25, 25, 1155pm. pm. KKing ing LLibrary, ibrary, SSan an JJose. ose.

CARDINAL CCLASSIC CARDINAL LASSIC DANCESPORT D ANCESPORT The SStanford The tanford Ballroom Ballroom Dance Dance TTeam eam presents presents its its annual annual dance dance competition. competition. A fivefivedance dance showcase showcase by by two-time two-time World World Professional Professional Tea Tea Dance Dance CChampions hampions & America’s America’s Ballroom B allroom CChallenge hallenge SStars tars Gherman IIveta veta LLukosiute ukosiute aand nd G herman Mustuc. Apr M ustuc. FFri, ri, A pr 223, 3, 77-10pm. -10pm. Auditorium, FFree. ree. KKissick issick A uditorium, SStanford. tanford.

DOOMSDAY D DOO MSDAY 2 2012 012 Astronomer D Astronomer David avid M Morrison orrison will w ill ddiscuss iscuss tthe he cclaims laims tthat hat the the world will w orld w ill eend nd in in 2012. 2012. Wed, Wed,


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Includes a tour Includes tour of of 6 pprivate rivate Palo Alto P alo A lto gardens, gardens, plant plant sale, sale, ssilent ilent aauction, uction, rraffle, affle, bboutique, outique, Apr lluncheon uncheon and and more. more. FFri, ri, A pr 23, 23, 10am-4pm 10am-4pm and and Sat, Sat, Apr Apr 24, 24, $30-$40 Palo Alto. 110am-4pm. 0am-4pm. $ 30-$40 P alo A lto.

HARLEM H ARLEM GGLOBETROTTERS LOBETR E OTTERS Basketball eentertainment. Basketball ntertainment. Apr $22-$157. HP SSat, at, A pr 224, 4, 11pm. pm. $ 22-$157. H P Pavilion, P avilion, SSan an JJose. ose.

LLOWRIDER OWRIDER SSHOW HO OW M.E.Ch.A. hhosts M.E.Ch.A. osts sshow how aand nd With sscholarship cholarship ffundraiser. undraiser. W ith music more. ffood, ood, llive ive m usic aand nd m ore. SSun, un, Apr A pr 225, 5, 110am-4pm. 0am-4pm. SSan an JJose ose CCity ity CCollege. ollege.

MUSIC IINDUSTRY NDUSTR RY EEXPO XPO The Commercial The Commercial M Music usic P Program rogram at at the the college college sponsors sponsors an an expo expo with with professions professions from from the the industry, industry, including including Randy Randy Spendlove, Spendlove, president president of of Motion Motion Picture Picture Music Music at at Paramount. Paramount. Fri, Fri, Apr Apr 23, 23, 9am-5pm. 9am-5pm. $10/$15. $10/$15. West West Valley Valley College College Music Music Department, Department, Saratoga. Saratoga.

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PENINSULA P ENINSULA FR FRENCH ENCH FFAIR AIR French cculture, French ulture, music music and and Apr ttraditions. raditions. SSat, at, A pr 224, 4, 110am0am6pm. 6pm. Free. Free. Joan Joan Pisani Pisani Community Community Center, Center, Saratoga. Saratoga.

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SSTYLE TYLE 2 2010: 010: W WEARABLE EARABLE ART AND ART SHOW SHOW AN D SALE SALE Artisanal clothing Artisanal clothing aand nd jjewelry ewelry on on display display and and for for sale sale by by local local artists. artists. A fundraiser fundraiser for for the the Palo Palo Alto A lto Art Art Center Center Foundation. Foundation. Sat, Sat, Apr $10. Palo A pr 24, 24, 110am-5pm. 0am-5pm. $ 10. P alo Alto A lto Art Art Center. Center.

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SSUSAN USAN AB ABULHAWA ULHA AWA Author ooff ““Mornings Author Mornings in in Jenin,” Jenin,” about about a Palestinian Palestinian family, family, speaks. speaks. Presented Presented by by Arab Arab American A merican CCultural ultural Center Center and and CCulture ulture and and Conflict Conflict Forum. Forum. Apr ((Also Also SSat, at, A pr 224, 4, 77:30pm, :30pm, aatt Arab American A rab A merican CCultural ultural Center, Center, San San Jose.) Jose.) Thu, Thu, Apr Apr 22, 22, 7pm. 7pm. SJSU SJSU Engineering Engineering Auditorium, Auditorium, San San Jose. Jose.

ANDRE A NDRE A ACIMAN CIMAN Aciman A ciman reads reads from from his his novel novel “Eight “Eight White White Nights.” Nights.” Mon, Mon, Apr Apr 26, 26, 7:30pm. 7:30pm. Free. Free. Kepler’s Kepler’s Books, Books, Menlo Menlo Park. Park.

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LLISA ISA SSHANNON HANNON ““A A TThousand housand Sisters: Sisters: My My Journey Journey Into Into the the Worst Worst Place Place on on Earth Earth to memoir to Be Be a Woman” Woman” iiss a m emoir by by a woman woman who who began began Run Run for for Congo Congo Women. Women. Tue, Tue, Apr Apr 27, 27, 7:30pm. 7:30pm. Free. Free. Kepler’s Kepler’s Books, Books, Menlo Menlo Park. Park.

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FFor or K Kids ids CCHILDREN HILDREN O OFF THE DRAGON DRAGON G Vietnamese cculture Vietnamese ulture ffor or family family and and kids, kids, including including performances performances of of Vietnamese Vietnamese music music and and dance. dance. Sat-Sun Sat-Sun (Apr (Apr 24-25), 24-25), noon-5pm. noon-5pm. $9/$10. $9/$10. Children’s Discovery Museum, Children’s D iscovery M useum, San San Jose. Jose.

FLUTE FL UTE SSWEET WEET AND AND TICKLETOON TICKLETOON Presenting P resenting ssongs ongs for for young young (2-8) (2-8) kids. kids. Sat, Sat, Apr Apr 24, 24, 11am. 11am. Vineland Branch FFree. ree. V ineland B ranch Library, Library, Also Apr SSan an JJose. ose. A lso TTue, ue, A pr 227, 7, 111am. 1am. Public CCupertino upertino P ublic LLibrary. ibrary.

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Bonding Agents FAMILY BONDS are put to the test in PERLA, a surreal, magical two-act play by Leonard Madrid, presented by Teatro Visión. Set in a small town in New Mexico, the play gives us a glimpse into the life of a “Hispano” family and a culture that seems to thrive only in that state. Most of the dialogue is in English; luckily, for gringos like myself, there are projected subtitles for Spanish parts. The basic question raised is how far would you go and how much would you do for a family member? Tia Cruz is the queen bee of her family. She has cared for her two nieces, Mariposa and Perla, since they were little girls. The eldest, Mariposa, is a young woman with both feet planted firmly on the ground. Perla is engaged to Calletano. All is fine and well until Perla starts having strange dreams about her missing father, Oro. Oro was a famous singer and notorious womanizer. He was always on the road, and the girls grew up never really knowing their father.

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Tickets In these dreams, Perla encounters Estrella, a young girl who $10–$24 acts like a guide to help find Oro. Estrella shows Perla her father as a broken-down drunk. In these dreams, Perla also encounters her sister. In the waking world, Perla announces she must find her father. Mariposa is livid, and Tia Cruz just wants Oro to stay away. Perla puts off her engagement and eventually encounters her father, a mere shell of a man who seems to be in some sort of coma. She brings him home, but for two years, nothing changes. Mariposa can’t stand Oro, but Tia Cruz at least tolerates his presence. Finally, in Perla’s dream, Oro comes to life. She is then faced with a harrowing decision. The believability of the culture presented is one of the strong points of this play. Rosa Maria Escalante is captivating as Tia Cruz. Mauricio Mendoza is perfectly cast as the self-centered Oro. The chemistry between Jay Vera’s Calletano and Anees Guillen’s Perla is so strong it seems to transcend acting. Sara Luna as Mariposa refines the role of the big sister. The young and talented Aviana Reyes plays the mysterious Estrella with ease. This play had me questioning what to make out of life and how to make that a reality. Because sometimes it seems the line between fantasy and reality becomes blurred, and it becomes like that old saying: You can’t see the forest for the  trees. Æ9\Xl;fnc`e^

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THE BACK-UP PLAN (PG-13; 106 min.) See review on page 50.

I’M NOT LIKE THAT NO MORE (R; 90 min.) A comedy about a wastrel grown son still living at home who decides to change his act when he meets a girl he knew in high school. Stars Felipe Esparza, Paul Rodriguez and Deborah Baker Jr. (Opens Apr 23 at Camera 12 in San Jose.)

Hawaiian shirts. As for the central love story, time cannot stale it. The tall, dark leading man is a 9-foot-tall cephalopod with molecular-acid blood and titanium teeth. The creature’s partner is Sigourney Weaver, whose structural perfection is matched only by her hostility. But she’s not the emotionless action-man-in-drag heroine.

Weaver is essential to the success of the sequel Aliens, the biggest and most enjoyable of Reagan-era military fantasias. The morals of the story—both useful—are “Don’t trust corporations” and “Don’t let the cat out!” (Plays Apr 23 in San Jose at the Retro-Dome.) (RvB)




THE LOSERS (PG-13; 98 min.) An action comedy about a team of supersecret agents who suddenly are targeted by the government they used to serve. The trailers make it look like a Guy Ritchie movie, which should be warning enough. Stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana and Chris Evans. (Opens Apr 23.)

NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS (Unrated; 101 min.) See review on page 51.

OCEANS (G; 84 min.) A documentary about the perilous state of the underwater world. (Opens Apr 22)

THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES (R; 127 min.) See review on page 48. (Opens Apr 23 at Camera 7 in Campbell and the Aquarius in Palo Alto.)

THE SQUARE (R; 105 min.) See review at far right. (Opens Apr 23 at Camera 12 in San Jose, CinéArts Santana Row and the Palo Alto Square.)

Revivals ALIEN/ALIENS (1979/1986) The muchimitated “haunted house in space” movie shows its age in places, yet Ridley Scott’s film is justly remembered for its art direction, an amalgam of H.R. Giger, Ron Cobb and Moebius, as well as for the then-innovative way the ship is warmed by the hominess of cigarettes and beer, wind chimes and


‘The Square’ A TRIBUTE to the days when Australia was making unusually tough movies, The Square, by the pair of director Nash Edgerton and his brother screenwriter Joel, has the ingenuity and simplicity of classic film noir. The backwater scene and the ambience of corrupt real estate development remind one a little of John D. MacDonald’s Florida. But the opening (a pair of dogs leering at an adulterous couple getting it on in a midsized sedan) could be nowhere but Oz. Construction supervisor Ray Yale (David Roberts, excellent at portraying moral corrosion) is putting up a small honeymoon resort. He is distracted by an illicit romance with a married lady Carla (Claire van der Boom), whose husband is a surly mullethead (Anthony Hayes). Carla discovers that her mullethead is concealing a duffle bag full of illicit loot. Carla gets a James M. Cain–worthy idea: this money, if stolen, would finance a new life for her and Ray. The robbery spirals out into blackmail and murder.

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The Square matches gritty 1970s visuals with some new cinematic styles: a computerized dream-sequence plummet from the stratosphere, a David Lynch–like scene of a motorcyclist, foaming with rage, as he chases a pickup truck, his words smothered into unintelligiblity by his helmet. There’s dimension enough in this dark tale: in some respects, it’s a trad Australian lament for the spoiling of the land. The cries of cockatoos and the juicy warble of currawongs are backdrop for murderous behavior. Opening is Nash Edgerton’s short film “Spider,” set in a car on Sydney’s Parramatta Road. A young male idiot tries to sweeten up his sulky foreign girl: first with dainties purchased from a gas station, later with a practical joke, in a land where spiders are no joking matter. —Richard von Busack

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‘The Back-up Plan’ A CRAFTY editor could take The Back-up Plan and turn it into a horror story: too-trusting J-Lo is lured to a rural goat farm and forced to foal the anti-Christ by cultists. A natural childbirth scene has a tattooed weirdette ululating like Yma Sumac, so there would be room for the appropriately hellish wails on the soundtrack. Until that’s done, you must watch what’s onscreen—or listlessly text messages to friends as the Cosmos K_\9XZb$lg slowly wear off. The Back-up Plan is GcXe padded with dog-reaction shots; Nutsy the Crippled Boston Terrier gets more arf (PG-13; 106 min.), than larf. He has the final bark: “So long, directed by suckers!” is what it sounded like to me. Alan Poul, opens Apr 23. Lopez plays Zoe, a Manhattan boutique pet-store owner who has given up hope for Mr. Right and has decided to go for a turkey-baster babe. Shortly after impregnation, she fights over a cab with Stan (Alex O’Loughlin, combining the least-interesting elements of Dermot Mulroney and Keanu Reeves). This is what passes for a meet-cute. She falls in love, but has trouble telling him that she’s got a stranger’s seed in her womb. Your typical romcom hunk has been greenwashed here; Stan runs a goat-cheese stall at the Tribeca farmers market, and he has a herd of goats upstate. He apparently milks them through osmosis, because the farm goes on the backburner. Making Stan a cheesemonger gives critics a free one. But artisan cheese makers work hard for a living, and this movie isn’t even as earthy as Kraft. Ultralong snits follow every fake-ass argument. Speaking of ass, Lopez memorializes her salient feature: “I miss my old butt.” Let’s say that Lopez’s appeal was due to face matching ass, a pertness and insouciance at both ends. Whatever she had, has fled. One has to agree with what Stan says to Zoe after one of their pointless fights: “When you do the autopsy on this, you’ll find there’s no one to blame but yourself.” —Richard von Busack

49 THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY SOXER/EVERY GIRL SHOULD BE MARRIED (1947/1948) A “bobby soxer” was a 1940s teenager who wore short white socks with her shoes instead of stockings. Shirley Temple, all grown up, plays a 17-year-old enamored of an older man. The man in question (Cary Grant) has been sentenced by a judge (Myrna Loy)—People’s Court-wise—to escort the teenager around. A hit, though it certainly sounds deadly, what with Grant forced to act like a rah-rah teen by court order. Another contraindication is the scriptwriter, who won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay that year: Sidney Sheldon, later known for such bonbons as The Other Side of Midnight, Rage of Angels, Bloodlines, etc. BILLED WITH Every Girl Should Be Married. Grant plays a pediatrician under siege by a persistent salesgirl (Betsy Drake) who is out husband-hunting. (In real life, Drake married Grant.) (Plays Apr 21-23 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)

CINE+MAS Bay Area Latino Arts presents a series of screenings of classic Mexican movies. This week: Flor Silvestre. (Apr 26 at 6pm at La Biblioteca Latinoamericana, San Jose.) This 1943 drama by the great team of director Emilio Fernádez and cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa stars Pedro Armendáriz and Dolores Del Rio in a tale about a rich scion who throws in his lot

FLYING DOWN TO RIO/LADY FOR A DAY (Both 1933) Playboy song-anddance man Gene Raymond loves big-eyed Dolores Del Rio, who is unhappily affianced to a Brazilian tycoon. It all gets sorted out during the flight to Brazil, which took longer in the 1930s than it does today; fortunately, Raymond’s plane is equipped with a grand piano so he can work on some songs (including “Orchids in the Moonlight”). As his accordion-playing “assistant loafer,” Fred Astaire learns of a dance trend called “The Carioca,” which he’s taught by his partner Ginger Rogers. It was their first dance together onscreen. The famous finale—a dance review carried out on the wings of low-flying planes—suits Del Rio’s wish for “crazy beautiful happiness.” BILLED WITH Lady for a Day. An early Frank Capra hit about an elderly apple seller (May Robson) who puts on a charade to convince her daughter she’s actually a millionairess; a typical crowd of Damon Runyon gangsters (including Warren Williams) lend their talents to help. (Plays Apr 29-30 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)

IT’S A GIFT/SHE DONE HIM WRONG (1934/1933) Mr. Muckle, the blind man, goes shopping, as a fellow consumer howls for kumquats and a lost passer-by searches for Carl La Fong, capital L, small a, capital F, small O. Mr. Harold Bissonette, the shopkeeper, later tries to take a nap, but finds his slumber disturbed when the merits of two different kinds of emetics are debated at length by a pair of female pinheads. Inheriting his Uncle Bean’s property,

Bissonette and family immigrate to California where—as all us lifelong Californians know—you can just stretch your arm out the window and pick an orange. The old vaudevillian W.C. Fields based this series of sketches on his own act, as well as some material written by a since-forgotten humor writer named J.P. McEvoy. Endorsing as he does the merits of the quiet, contemplative life over the botheration of noisy, demanding fools, Mr. Fields has

since been hailed as a saint in all world religions. BILLED WITH She Done Him Wrong. “This 1933 ‘Don’t Care’ gal has personality-swinging hips, bedroom eyes and the throaty growl of an amorous cat— she just doesn’t give a damn!”— the well-upholstered Mae West, as summed up in an advertisement. This is her first important role. She plays a saloon owner with a thing for the Salvation Army minister




‘No One Knows About Persian Cats’ THIS MUSICAL docu-drama follows the trail of a pair of indie rockers who want to get a band together so they can play Europe. The duo of Ashkan Koshanejad and Negar Shaghaghi from the real-life act Take It Easy Hospital play “Ashkan” and EfFe\Befnj 8YflkG\ij`Xe “Negar,” a couple trying to pick up :Xkj a band to awake some interest in Europe. The duo encounters a likable (Unrated; 101 min.), but slippery promoter named Nader directed by and meet other musicians, whose music Bahman Ghobadi, plays against a standard MTV montage opens Apr 23 of cityscapes. We see the range of illegal at Camera 3, San Jose. and semilegal rock music going on, despite the morality police. post long version You learn a lot about the Iranian music scene and how it exists in cracks. A Metallica-like outfit practices in a cowshed in the country, where they get infections from the cows. Rock bands have to worry about sound leakage and tattletales calling the police. We get only one view of a solo female vocalist: an unidentified singer with a throb in her voice singing a love song with lyrics rich with Sufi-style symbolism. This music haunted me more than anything else in the film, but I doubt if we’ll ever find out who she is: the camera keeps her face, as well as the in-legal-peril audience, in a halo of out-of-focus haze. Recent news had it that Ashkan and Negar have applied for legal asylum in England after a member of their band was swallowed up by the police. Director Bahman Ghobadi has made a sometimes awkward film, full of stops and starts. That’s immaterial. Making this film, let alone appearing in it, is an act of bravery against a repressive regime. —Richard von Busack

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next door (Cary Grant) while avoiding a mysterious police detective known only as “The Hawk.” (Plays Apr 24-27 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)


‘The Italian Straw Hat’ AT THE END of the silent era, in 1927, French director René Clair adapted a familiar stage farce into The Italian Straw Hat. Swamped by the arrival of sound, it foundered at the box office and was never seen in the United States in its proper form. Clair went on to establish himself as a masterful creator of talking comedies (most notably À nous la liberté). Now, thanks to the silent-era flame-keepers K_\@kXc`Xe at Flicker Alley, The Italian Straw Hat has JkiXn?Xk been properly restored and remastered. by René Clair We are so far now from the late ’20s Flicker Alley that Clair’s sophisticated bit of homage $29.95 to the earliest days of French filmmaking is hard to discern. Clair shot the story— about a man whose wedding day goes very wrong when his horse munches on a lady’s hat—in the costumes and style of the turn of the century, when Méliès and Lumière were inventing cinema. The acting is just broad enough but not histrionic, with Albert Préjean as the haggard groom and Vital Geymond as the hotblooded lieutenant who demands the return of his married mistresses’s half-digested chapeau. One of the background characters sports a cowlick that rivals Martin Short’s Ed Grimley. At 115 minutes, the story flags a bit, but Clair’s touch is assured—and a bit of his celebrated surrealism (Entr’acte) pops up in a stop-action montage of furniture moving itself out of an apartment onto the street. The DVD comes Clair’s 1928 short The Eiffel Tower, which salutes the famed landmark in a series of vertiginous traveling shots along the graceful struts and girders ending in a sweeping view of the city. Another short, by Ferdinand Zecca, from 1907, gives an idea of the early films that Clair was mining for The Italian Straw Hat. —Michael S. Gant

April 23: UC-Berkeley’s Dr. Russell Merritt commemorates the first public screening of the Vitascope in New York City, April 23, 1896, with perhaps the oldest animated film ever made: 1892’s 500-frame “Pauvre Pierrot” by CharlesEmile Reynaud, a hand-painted-on-glass harlequinade that anticipates the real strength of animation: the wordless kind, the kind that expresses what it has to say through movement. “How a Mosquito Operates” (1912) and “The Sinking of the Lusitania” (1918) are two of Winsor McCay’s gifts to animation: first the antics of a greedy top-hatted bloodsucker, then a very well-drawn re-enactment of the naval tragedy. The early Laugh-O-Gram by Disney, Alice’s Wonderland (1923), combines live-action and animation: two by Mickey Mouse’s sometimes smarter rival the alwayspsychedelic Felix the Cat in “Sure-Locked Homes” and the “Felix Woos Whoopee” (both 1928). And: one of the earliest and best disaster movies Koko’s Earth Control (1928) in which the clown and the cartoon dog finish off the planet once and for all. Frederick Hodges at the piano. Apr 28: Corked! (2009) Ross Cleneden and Paul Hawley’s independent mockumentary satire of the world of Sonoma Valley wines and winetasting. (Plays Apr 23 and April 28 in Fremont at the Edison Theatre.) (RvB)



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SJCC Fundraiser Sundayy, 10am–4pm, Sunday, 10am–44pm, at San City $5 S an Jose Jose C ity College; College; $ 5 It used to be that te teenagers eenagers had to choose between grades their more, their gr ades and the eir cars. But no mor e, since San Jose City College began beegan hosting a car-show fundraiser. fundraiser. longtime services Conceived byy longti g me SSJCC JCC dean of student ser vices Garcia, 2007, it’s lifee of Zeke Gar cia, who rretired e ed in 2007 etir 7, it ’s taken on a lif year’s from its own. This year ’s show ffeatures eatures music fr om San Jose Manuscript. rrockers ockers Blank Manu uscript.

Mammoth EExploration Mammoth xploration SSociety ociety Wednesday W ednesday at the th he Blank Club, Club, S San an Jose; free free San Jose’s Jose’s Mammo Mammoth th Explor Exploration ation takes the dark, rraw aw Manchester glitter of Mancheste er bands like Joy Division and pulls riffed it out into a thickly riff ed psychedelic swirl that would brothers have the Jesus and Mary Chain’s Chain’s Reid br others begging to be in the band if they didn’t didn’t have something better to do. Oh wait, they don’t. don’t. LLock ock your doors, Mammoth Exploration Society!! Explor ation Society

The Record Recor o d Winter Winter Saturday at 4pm Saturday m at S Streetlight treetlight Records, Records, San S an Jose; free free Dominic Miranda Miranda br brings rings his moody moody, y, lyrically and project Recordd Winter musically evocative rrock ock pr oject the Recor BFF to Streetlight Streetlight g Records, Records,, teamingg upp with stylistic y Angeles. Record A ngeles l Newest N tR Re ecord Winter Wi t addition dditi Josh J h Sh Shute t has just turned the quartet into a quintet, providing a second guitar and keyboards.

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Sat, 9 Sat, 9pm: pm: TTaller, aller, CCalifornia alifornia IIss Burning B urning aand nd My My Monster. Monster. CCupertino. upertino.

Fri, 9 Fri, 9pm: pm: H Hayride ayride to to H Hell, ell, Jonny Jonny M anak aand nd tthe he D epressives and and Manak Depressives M otel Drive. Drive. $ 10. SSat, at, 9 pm: The The Motel $10. 9pm: SSlackers, lackers, Phenomenauts Phenomenauts and and LLos os H ot Boxers. Boxers. $ 12/$14. 44. 44. Hot $12/$14. SSan an JJose. ose.

BLINKY’S B LINKY’S CCAN’T AN’T SAY SAY Thu & SSat: Thu at: 9pm: 9pm: Live Live music. music. SSanta anta CClara. lara.

BOSWELL’S B OSWELL’S Wed: JJack Wed: ack R Ripoff. ipoff. TThu: hu: Chill Chill SSauce. auce. FFri: ri: Honey Honey Circuit. Circuit. Sat: Sat: SSuga uga D addy. M on: EElement. lement. Daddy. Mon: CCampbell. ampbell.

BRITANNIA B RITANNIA A ARMS RMS A ALMADEN LMADEN Fri: SSpazmatics. Fri: pazmatics. SSat: at: Bitchen Bitchen CCamaros. amaros. SSan an JJose. ose.

CCAPERS APERS FFri, ri, 9 9pm: pm: LLive ive m music. usic. CCampbell. ampbell.

FFIREHOUSE IREHOUSE GGRILL RILL FFri: ri: The The Mo-Fo’s. Mo-Fo’s. SSunnyvale. unnyvale.

NETO’S N ETO’S M MARKET ARKET & GRILL GRILL Sat: TThe Sat: he M Megatones. egatones. SSanta anta CClara. lara.

NUMBER N UMBER O ONE NE B BROADWAY ROADWAY Wed: JC Wed: JC Smith Smith Band. Band. Thu, Thu, Mixer. 77:30pm: :30pm: CCougar ougar M ixer. With With live live music Generation m usic bbyy G eneration Wrecks Wrecks $10. 9:30pm: aand nd ggames. ames. $ 10. FFri, ri, 9 :30pm: $10. 9:30pm: TTouch ouch ooff CClass. lass. $ 10. SSat, at, 9 :30pm: $10. Gatos. JJam am FFunkshuls. unkshuls. $ 10. LLos os G atos.

RED R ED R ROCK OCK CCOFFEE OFFEE CCO. O. FFri, ri, 8 8pm: pm: CCoby oby JJoseph. oseph. W With ith

Mike V Mike Vitale. itale. SSat, at, 8 8pm: pm: TThe he SSea ea People. Mon, Open mic. P eople. M on, 77pm: pm: O pen m ic. With W ith CCavin avin aand nd KKing. ing. Mountain Mountain View. V iew.

THE T HE R REFUGE EFUGE SSat, at, 6 6pm: pm: K SSera. era. $ $10. 10. CCupertino. upertino.

VOODOO V OODOO LOUNGE LOUNGE Mon, 7:30pm: Mon, 7:30pm: B Buck-O-Five uck-O-Five With SShow. how. W ith CCivil ivil TTwilight wilight aand nd Northern N orthern Son. Son. $1.05. $1.05. TTue, ue, 9pm: 9 pm: Two-Tone Two-Tone TTuesdays. uesdays. with Richie SSka ka nnight ight w ith R ichie FFlame, lame, Meissner SStefan tefan M eissner aand nd Memphis Memphis Henessey. H enessey. San San JJose. ose.

World/ W orld/ Reggae ALBERTO’S A L B E RT O ’ S Thu, 9pm: Hot Salsa. Classes

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Fahrenheit Five-Year Anniversary LASTING one year on the ever-embattled downtown San Jose club scene is hard enough. Surviving five years practically makes you a historic landmark. So Fahrenheit has good reason to celebrate. Not to say we told you so, but back in our 2005 Best of Silicon Valley issue (in which it won Best Ultralounge and Best Happy Hour), we called it Fri and Sat, VIP “4000 square feet of cool” and said it “upped the concept” celebration Sat of ultralounge. 7–9pm Clearly we didn’t need a hot tub time machine to tell us Fahrenheit was going to be around in five years. (Besides, Fahrenheit, that damn thing is always at the shop.) But the folks San Jose behind Fahrenheit are pretty happy about it, So they’re doubling up on celebrating this weekend, with a pre-party on Friday night and a party proper on Saturday. DJ Melvis $5 drink specials provides the musical accompaniment on Friday, with and free hors d’oeuvres $5 drink specials and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. On Saturday, the club’s stable of favorite DJs will tag-team it, with DJ Jeanine Da Feen, DJ Jsanty and DJ Benofficial in the mix, while DJ Wicked will spin at the VIP celebration from 7 to 9pm. ÆJk\m\GXcfgfc`

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1 • Goo Goo Dolls with special guest Vedera

7 • Crosby, Stills & Nash 12 • Diana Ross 13 • Chick Corea Freedom Band with Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, Roy Haynes

Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer 16 • Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson 18 • Imogen Heap 19 • Erykah Badu 22-23 • Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers 26 • Brandi Carlile 30 • The Black Crowes with special guest Truth and Salvage Company


1 • The Avett Brothers 9 • Court Yard Hounds featuring Martie Maguire and Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks

10 • An Evening with Gipsy Kings 11 • Yes / Peter Frampton 6:30pm show

20 • Hippiefest 26 • Martina McBride 27 • Pat Benatar / REO Speedwagon with special guest Edwin McCain 6:30pm show

29 • Kenny Loggins 30 • Squeeze / The English Beat 31 • Michael McDonald with special guest Chaka Khan


1 • John Legend 3 • Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band 8pm show

5 • Mary Chapin Carpenter and band / Shawn Colvin performing solo

6 • Los Lonely Boys with special guest The Fabulous Thunderbirds

featuring Jack Bruce of Cream, War, Rare Earth, Mitch Ryder, Badfi nger featuring Joey Molland 6:30pm show

21 • B.B. King / Buddy Guy 22 • Los Lobos / John Hiatt & The Combo 23 • Rufus Wainwright with special guest Martha Wainwright

24 • Crowded House 7pm show

26 • Melissa Etheridge 25 • Garrison Keillor A Prairie Home Companion 27-28 • Chris Isaak 29 • An Intimate Evening with Celtic Woman 31 • Earth, Wind & Fire


7 • Chelsea Handler

10 • Craig Ferguson

8pm show • mature content

8pm show

8 • Styx 9 • Natalie Merchant 10 • Blondie / The B52s 11 • Huey Lewis & The News 14 • Ron White

11 • The Doobie Brothers 14-15 • Sheryl Crow 18 • Harry Connick Jr. & Orchestra

8pm show • mature content

15 • Ziggy Marley 16 • Smokey Robinson 18 • An Evening with The Beach Boys 19 • Barenaked Ladies 20 • Jamie Cullum 22 • Lyle Lovett and His Large Band 23 • Aziz Ansari

15 • Rob Thomas: A Special Intimate Performance benefitting Sidewalk Angels Foundation 16 • Billy Idol 17 • Cyndi Lauper 18 • Lucinda Williams

8pm show • mature content

19 • The Swell Season

with special guest Robert Earl Keen

Your Songs in Concert

22 • Willie Nelson and Family with special guest Ryan Bingham 23 • Foreigner 25 • Margaret Cho 8pm show • mature content

27 • Daryl Hall and John Oates

OCTOBER 2 • Wanda Sykes 8 • Cheap Trick

TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY, APRIL 26 AT 10AM! Follow us on Facebook: Charge by phone (800) 745-3000, and at participating Ticketmaster outlets including select Macy’s and FYE stores. For Parking and dinner reservations, please visit mountain All Acts, Dates, Times, and Prices are subject to change. Additional shows may be added at a later date.

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MUSIC USIC metroactive metr oactive M at 8 and 9pm. With P Pantea. antea. Fri 8pm: Salsa Fridays. View.. Mountain View

AVALON A VALON Sat: P Pete ete Escovedo, Sheila Sheila E., Peter P eter Michael, Juan Escovedo Escovedo Clara. and Blanca. Santa Clar a.

BRITANNIA B RITANNIA A ARMS RMS CCUPERTINO U P E RT I N O Fri, 9pm: Aivar. Aivar. Cupertino. Cupertino.

PARRANDA P A R R A N DA N NIGHTCLUB I G H TC LU B Thu, 9pm-2am: 9pm-2am: Banda 300. Plus DJ Akustik Akustik and a bullb cover. riding contest. No cove er. Fri, 8pm-2am: 8pm-2am: Norteñoo and Sunnyvale. Bandas Live. Sunnyvale e.

Jazz/Blues Jazz/Blue es CCASCAL AS C A L Sat, 8:30-11:30pm: 8:30-11:30pm: Jam James mes Robinson. Flamenco jazz jaazz View. guitarist. Mountain Vie ew.

GGRAND RAND D DELL ELL SSALOON A LO O N Thu: Blues Jam. with AKI AKI 1040 Dell Ave, Ave, Campbell, Campbeell, 408.378.3970. 408.37 8.3970.

JJ.J.’S .J.’S BLUES BLUES CCAFE AFE Wed: Suzie Q. Wed: Q. Thu: Dave Dave Abbot. A bbot Fri, bbot. Fri 9pm: John Garcia G cia Gar Blues. Preceded Preceded at 7pm m by Barefoot Bar efoot Blues. $10. Sun: Suun: Mon: Gene Washington. Washington. Mon n: Oliver Dennis and Friends. TTue: ue: u Denn is and Stuart. Stuart. Tue, Tue, u 7pm: Blue B J. J. Followed at 9pm by Dennis Deennis and Stuart. Stuart. San Jose.

JJZCOOL ZCOOL EEATERY ATERY Thu, 6-9pm: 6-9pm: Eck Eckstein stein Quartet. Q Fri, 6:30-9:30pm: 6:30-9:30pm: Judicious Judiccious 6:30pm: Jazz Quartet. Sat, 6:30 pm: Guest bands. bands Menlo Park. Park. aark

POOR P OOR H HOUSE OUSE B BISTRO I ST R O Wed, 6Wed, 6-9pm: 9pm: Ron Thomson n 6-9pm: and Friends. Thu, 69pm: Laraa Price. With YYesterdays. Lar eesterdayss. 6-10pm: Anthony Paul Fri, 610pm: A nthony P aul 6-10pm: Blues Band. Sat, 610pm: 6-9pm: 9ppm: Kicking the Mule. TTue, uue, 6Acoustic A coustic Jam. San Jose.

Karaoke K araoke 7B BAMBOO AMBOO Wed-Sat, 9pmWed-Sat, 9pm-2am: 2am: KKaraoke. araoke. 9pm-1am: TTue, uue, 9pm1am: KKaraoke. araoke. San Jose.

SSENZALA ENZALA R RESTAURANT ESTAURANT Wed, 7:30pm: Wed, p San Jose Orchestra. Jazz Or chestra. Big band conducted by Gus KKambeitz. ambeittz. TTue, uue, 7:30pm: Jazz Jam. Worley With John W orley and Pangilinan Oscar P angilinan Quintet. Sunnyvale.

ALEX’S A L E X’ S 4 49ER 9ER INN INN Mon-Sat, 9pm9pm-2am: 2am: KKaraoke. araoke. San Jose.



Fourth Thu of every month month, h, 77-Balistreri. jazz 9pm: Don Balistr eri. Solo ja azz guitar.. Fr Free. guitar ee. Sat, 7pm: Jack Conway TTrio. rio. r San Jose.


WINE W INE A AFFAIRS FFAIRS Thu, 7:307:30-10:30pm: 10:30pm: Dawann Allen Muhammad, Spencer A llen n and TTerrell eerrell Otis. San Jose.

Country/ Country/ Western W eestern THE T HE SSADDLE ADDLE R RACK AC K Wed, 9pm: CCalifornia Wed, alifornia Cowboys. Sat, 7:15pm: The Brothers, Bell Br others, with Diablo Fremont. Road at 10:45pm. Fr emontt.

THREE T HREE FFLAMES L A M ES Thu, 9pm-closing: Live country music with Doug Band. Rose and the Bit & Spur Ba and. Willow Glen.


Fri, 9pm9pm-1am: 1am: With Danielle. Clara. Santa Clar a. Mon & W Wed-Thu, ed--Thu, T 8pm: cover.. Sunnyvale. KKaraoke. araoke. aoke No cover Sunnyvale

BLUE B LU E M MAX AX Fri-Sat, 9pm-1:30am: 9pm-1:30am: KKaraoke. araoke. Sunnyvale.

BOGART’S B OGART’S LLOUNGE OUNGE Wed, Fri, Wed, Fri, Sun, Sun, 8pm-2am: 8pm-2am: KKaraoke. araoke. SSunnyvale. unnyvale.

BOSWELL’S B OSWELL’S TTue: ue: W With ith D DJJ D Davey avey KK.. CCampbell. ampbell.

BRITANNIA ARMS BRITANNIA ARMS ALMADEN A LMADEN Sun, 110pm Sun, 0pm and and We Wed, d, 10pm: 10pm: With DJJ H Hank. Mon, KKaraoke. araoke. W ith D ank. M on, 9pm-midnight: Beerpong 9 pm-midnight: B eerpong Night. N ight. TTue, ue, 77:30pm: :30pm: Pub Pub SStumpers. tumpers. San San JJose. ose.


Sun: Mike Leatherman. CCampbell. ampbell.


Thu, 7-11pm: 7-11pm: 6:50 Rock, Rockk, jazz and R&B. San Jose.


Sun-Tue, 9 Sun-Tue, 9:30pm: :30pm: Karaoke. Karaoke. CCupertino. upertino.

MARQS M ARQS IN IN M MENLO E N LO Wed, 8pm: Joey Fabiann Trio. Wed, Trrio. Thu, 8pm: Kelly Kelly Park. Park. Fri, Fri, 8pm: Macy Blackman. LLouisiana ouisiiana blues. Sat, 8pm: Marty Williams. Mon: Menlo Idol. Idol. TTue, uue, 8pm and Tue, Tuue, 8pm: 8pm m: Lavay Smith. Menlo Park. Park.

MURPHY’S M URPHY’S LAW LAW Mon: Pro Pro Blues Jam and annd barbecue with Mike “Pops” “P Pops” Phillips. Sunnyvale.

NETO’S N E TO ’ S M MARKET ARKET & GRILL GRILL TTue, uue, 6pm: Bluesday Pr Proo Blues Clara. Jam. Santa Clar a.

Sat, 8pm: KKavanaugh avanaugh Brothers Celtic Br others Cel tic Experience. Experience. San Jose.

MISSION M ISSION CCITY ITY R ROASTING OA ST I N G Sat, 8pm: Montana Skies. $15/$17. Cello-guitar fusion. $15/$1 177. Clara. Santa Clar a.

SSTEPHEN’S TEPHEN’S GGREEN REEN TTue, uue, 7:30pm: Irish Music. View.. Mountain View

VINELAND V INELAND LLIBRARY IBRARY Fourth TTue uue of every month month,, 77-9pm: -9pm: South Bay Guitar Society Open Mic. Sign up by 6:45pm. San Jose.

CC&J’S &J’S SPORTS SPORTS B BAR AR Thu: KKaraoke. Thu: araoke. W With ith M Melissa elissa Heather. aand nd H eather. SSanta anta CClara. lara.

CCARDINAL ARDINAL LOUNGE LO U N G E Mon, Wed, Mon, Wed, 9pm-1am: 9pm-1am: With DJJ CCurtis. Noo KKaraoke. araoke. W ith D urtis. N 9pm: ccover. over. Tue, Tue, 9 pm: Western Western kkaraoke. araoke. No No cover. cover. San San Jose. Jose.

DIVE D IVE B BAR AR Wed, 8pm-2am: Wed, 8pm-2am: Karaoke. Karaoke. SSan an JJose. ose.


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GGOOSE OOSE LOONEY’S LO O N EY ’ S Wed, 9pm: KKaraoke Wed, araoke Night. Milpitas.

QUARTER Q UA RT E R N NOTE OT E TTue, uue, 9pm: Karaoke. Karaoke. With Sherrie Sher rie and Sue. Sunnyvale.

RUDY’S R UDY’S P PUB UB Wed, 10pm-1:30am: Wed, 10pm-1:30am: With DJ Palo Alto. Purple. P alo A lto.

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BRANHAM B RANHAM LOUNGE LO U N G E Wed: Humpday Wednesdays. Wed: Wednesdays. Industry night. Thu: DJ and KKaraoke. araoke. Sat: DJ Jazzy and DJ Chaos. Hip-hop and Top Toop 40. Mon: DJ and Karaoke. Karaoke. Tue: Tue: u $2 TTuesdays. uuesdays. San Jose.


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KATIE K ATIE B BLOOM’S LO O M ’ S Sun, 9:30pm-1:30am: 9:30pm-1:30am: KKaraoke. araoke. Campbell. Campbell.

KHARTOUM K H A RT O U M Thu, 9pm: With Davey K. Noo cover.. Campbell. cover Campbell.

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Wed, 8pm: Salsa Wednesdays. Wed, Wednesdays. Fourth Fri of month: DJ Rich spins. Fourth Sat of month: DJs spin ‘80s old school. Sun: Planet Reggae. San Jose.

ALBERTO’S A L B E RT O ’ S Wed, 7:30pm: Latin. Bachata Wed, lessons at 7:30pm; social dance at 9:30pm. Tue Tuue and Pantea. Thu: Salsa With P antea. Sat: D i att 9:30pm. Dancing 9 30 S t Latin L ti Night. Reggaeton, cumbia, merengue mer engue and more. more. SunArgentine Mon, 5pm: Tango. Tango. a Argentine style. Mountain View. View.

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BRIX B RIX Wed, 9pmWed, 9pm-2am: 2am: Whip It I Out Wednesdays. W ednesdays. Thu: Huntress Huntress VJJ Sue. Fri: Inferno Thursdays. V Inferno VJJ Joel. Sat: Sinful Fridays. V Sinnful Saturdays. VJJ Sue. No cover. Satur days. V c cover . 9pm-2am: Sun, 9pm2am: Chill Sundays. Suundays. VJJ Sue. Mon: Mar Marathon V athonn Mondays. TTue: uue: Take Take a it Off O TTuesdays. uuesdays. San Jose.

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GGOOSE OOSE LLOONEY’S O O N EY ’ S Fri, Sat: Old School. Mil Milpitas. pitas.

KHARTOUM K H A RT O U M Wed: W ed: DJ Davey K. CCampbell. amppbell.

MOTIF M OT I F Thu, 10pm-2am: 10pm-2am: Get Blasted Blasted Panic. with Richie P anic. Sat: Fetish. San Jose.

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SSTEPHEN’S TEPHEN’S GGREEN REEN Fri, 110pm: Fri, 0pm: D DJJ CCesar. esar. SSpinning pinning Mountain View. tthe he hhits. its. M ountain V iew.

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TOON’S TO ON’S Wed: D Wed: DJJ TThumper. humper. TThu: hu: D DJJ Andre Nikatina. DJJ TTito, ito, A ndre N ikatina. FFri: ri: D DJJ TTito. CClassics. lassics. SSat: at: D ito. SSun: un: Hip-hop. Mon: DJJ A Arm. H ip-hop. M on: D rm. TTue: ue: Star. DJJ LLadies, adies, YYou’re ou’re tthe he St ar. D TTito. ito. SSan an JJose. ose.

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Daniel Glover Daniel Glover aand nd the the Piedmont Hills P iedmont H ills High High School School Strings. St rings. SSat, at, 77:30pm. :30pm. $7-$22. $7-$22. Petit LLee P etit TTrianon, rianon, SSan an Jose. Jose.

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REDWOOD R EDWOOD SYMPHONY SYMPHONY Eric Ku Eric Kujawsky jawsky conducts conducts SShostakovich’s hostakovich’s TTenth enth SSymphony ymphony and and Bartok’s Bartok’s SSecond econd Piano Piano CConcerto oncerto ((Thomas Thomas Hansen, Hansen, piano). piano). SSat at 77pm. pm. $10-$25 $10-$25 Cañada Cañada Main CCollege ollege M ain Theatre, Theatre, Redwood R edwood City. City.

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CConcerts Co ncerts BROOKS B ROOKS A AND ND D DUNN UNN Plus JJason Plus ason Aldean. Aldean. Sat, Sat, $28-$74. 77:30pm. :30pm. $ 28-$74. Shoreline, Shoreline, Mountain M ountain View. View.

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MAURICIO M AURICIO DIAZ DIAZ Singer/songwriter ooff Singer/songwriter ccontemporary ontemporary Mexican Mexican and and Alejandro LLatin atin music. music. With With A lejandro 8pm. CChavez. havez. Fri, Fri, 8 pm. Caffe Caffe TTrieste, rieste, SSan an Jose. Jose.

SSPARK PARK O OFF BEING BEING Multimedia collaboration Multimedia collaboration Dave bbetween etween composer composer D ave Douglas D ouglas and and filmmaker filmmaker Bill Bill Morrison. M orrison. Sat, Sat, 8pm. 8pm. $10$10$56. Memorial $ 56. M emorial Auditorium, Auditorium, Stanford. St anfo f rdd.

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with the team up the rroad. oad. Starting Starting pitchers T Tim im Alderson n and Sc Scott ott Barnes left in trades trades.. In n a gruesome twist, Villalona twist, first baseman Angel A V illalona i had his visa rrevoked being evoked after a b eing charged charged with murder murder in his nativ nativee country, country, the Dominican Dominican a R Republic. eepublic. But But BRIAN BRIAN HARPER, HARPER, the the Giants’ Gian nts’ new new manager, m an nagger, ssays ays h hee has has high high hopes hopes tthat hat tthis his ssquad quad ccan an duplicate duplicate tthe he ssuccess uccess off last o last yyear. ear. H Harper arrper ssays ays tthe he tteam eam m has h ass a bunch bunch of of talented tallented players—all players—alll vvery ery yyoung—including oung—including ccenter enter fi elder fielder FFRANCISCO RANCISCO PEGUERO, PEGUERO, sshortstop hortstop EEHIRE HIRE ADRIANZA ADRIANZA an and nd fi first rst b baseman aseman n BRANDON BRANDON BELT. B ELT. “Coming “Coming into into a sseason, easson, you you don’t know how d on’t k now h ow young young players players are are ggoing oing tto o rreact eact tto o the the change, chan nge,” Harper Harrper ssays. ays. ““So So it’s it’s ggoing oing tto o bee real reall ssimilar imilarr where tto o llast ast yyear earr w here certain certain gguys uys sstep tep up u p aand nd rrise ise tto o the the occasion. occasion.” Peguero Peguero and an nd A Adrianza drianza aare re bo both th iin nB Baseball aseballl America’s A merica’s llist ist o off T Top op 10 10 p prospects rospects ffor or tthe he San San Francisco Francisco Giants Gian nts organization. organization. Harper H arper says says the the team team is is shaping shap ping u up p tto ob bee a w well ell rrounded ounded o outfit, utfit, with with power hitting deep ggood ood sspeed, peed, p ower h itting and an nd a d eep

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CCAPRICORN APRICORN ((Dec. Dec. 222–Jan. 2–Jan. 119): 9): The The W Weekly eekly W World orld News News rreported eported tthat hat a blues blues singer singer sued sued his his psychiatrist psychiatrist ffor or tturning urning him him into into a more more cheerful cheerful person. person. Gloomy Gloomy Gus G us JJohnson ohnson claimed claimed he he was was so so thoroughly thoroughly cured cured of of hhis is depression depression that that he he could could no no longer longer perform perform his his ddismal ismal tales tales with with mournful mournful sincerity. sincerity. His His popularity popularity ddeclined eclined as as he he lost lost fans fans who who had had become become attached attached to to hhis is despondent despondent persona. persona. I suspect suspect you you may may soon soon be be aarriving rriving at at a similar similar crossroads, crossroads, Capricorn. Capricorn. Through Through tthe he iintervention ntervention ooff uuplifting plifting iinfluences nfluences aand nd ooutbreaks utbreaks will find ooff bbenevolence, enevolence, yyou ou w ill fi nd iitt hharder arder ttoo ccultivate ultivate Are a ccynical ynical aattitude. ttitude. A re yyou ou pprepared repared ttoo aaccept ccept tthe he may cconsequences onsequences tthat hat m ay ccome ome ffrom rom bbeing eing ddeprived eprived ooff ssome ome of of your your reasons reasons to to moan moan and and groan? groan? AQUARIUS A QUARIUS ((Jan. Jan. 220–Feb. 0–Feb. 118): 8): EEducational ducational Dr.r. H Howard Gardner sspecialist pecialist D oward G ardner bbelieves elieves II.Q. .Q. ttests ests Hee eevaluate valuate oonly nly a ffraction raction ooff hhuman uman iintelligence. ntelligence. H ddescribes escribes eeight ight ddifferent ifferent kkinds inds ooff aastuteness. stuteness. TThey hey measures—being math iinclude nclude tthe he ttraditional raditional m easures—being ggood ood aatt m ath well aand nd llanguage—as anguage—as w ell aass ssix ix oothers: thers: bbeing eing ssmart mart music, aabout bout m usic, the the bbody, ody, oother ther ppeople, eople, oone’s ne’s oown wn iinner nner sstate, tate, nature, nature, and and spatiality. spatiality. (More (More here: here: Aquarius, I bbring ring tthis his ttoo yyour our aattention, ttention, A quarius, bbecause ecause when yyou’re ou’re eentering ntering a pphase hase w hen yyou ou ccould ould ddramatically ramatically eenhance nhance yyour our iintelligence ntelligence aabout bout yyour our oown wn iinner nner sstate. tate. TTake ake aadvantage dvantage ooff tthis his ffantastic antastic oopportunity pportunity ttoo kknow now much, much yyourself ourself m uch, m uch bbetter. etter. PISCES P ISCESS ((Feb. Feb. 119–March 9–March 220): 0): SSouth outh CCarolina arolina nnow ow with rrequires equires ssubversive ubversive ppeople eople ttoo rregister egister w ith tthe he sstate tate iiff tthey hey hhave ave tthe he sstated tated iintention ntention ooff ooverthrowing verthrowing United tthe he ggovernment overnment ooff tthe he U nited SStates. tates. I hhave ave nnoo ssuch uch ggoal, oal, ssoo I rremain emain ffree ree ttoo ooperate perate uunlicensed nlicensed iin n SSouth outh movement CCarolina. arolina. I aam, m, hhowever, owever, pparticipating articipating iin nam ovement ttoo ooverthrow verthrow rreality—or eality—or rrather, ather tthe he ssour our aand nd ccrippled rippled mass mistakenly m a hhallucination a u na on that ha is m a en called a ed “reality.” ea TThis h crusade u ade requires equ e nnoo gguns un oor ppolitical o a aagitation, g a on waged bbut u is instead n ead w aged bby the he forces o e oof the he liberated be a ed imagination words, music, mag na on uusing ng w od m u aand nd images mage too counteract who oun e a those ho e w ho pparalyze a a e aand nd ddeaden eaden the he imagination. mag na on I invite n e you ou too join o n uus. YYou’re ou e eentering n e ng a when may pphase ha e w hen you ou m a feel ee aan n aalmost mo eecstatic a longing ong ng too free ee yourself ou e from om the he ddelusions e u on that ha constitute on u e the he fake a e “reality.” ea Homew Homework: wo k LListen s en to o a we welcoming com ng message from Beautyy and Truth http:/ / om the he Beau T u h Lab: Lab h p // /b y/ TruthLab. what you wan want more T u hLaab Then tell e us wha mo e h anything h else: T h @ than Go to REALASTROLOGY.COM to check out Rob Brezsny’s Expanded Weekly Audio Horoscopes and Daily Text Message Horoscopes. Audio horoscopes are also available by phone at 1-877-873-4888 or 1-900-950-7700

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main main reason reasson people people avoid avoid installing installing solar solarr panels pan nels on on their their homes homes is is that that they they think think they they are are too too expensive. expensive. They’d They’d be be right, right, especially especially if if they they are are living living on on a limited limited budget, budget, but but there there are are some some ways ways around around it. it. One One option option is is not not buying buying the the solar solarr installation installation outright, outright, but but renting renting it it instead. instead. Companies Compan nies such such as as the the locally locally based based Solar Solarr City City are are popping popping up up across across the the state, state, providing providing homeowners homeowners with with a chance chance to to go go solar solarr without without any any upupfront front cost, cost, saving saving money money from from the the get-go. get-go. All All you you pay pay is is the the installation installlation cost—your cost—your eelectricity lectricity costs costs remain remain the the same same throughout throughout the the life life of of the the lease. lease. When Earth Earth Day Daay began began 40 years years ago, ago, no one had h d heard h d off hear climate change, change, global warming warrming or greenhouse greenhouse gases, gases, but as a result result of that first effort eff ffo ort the Clean n Air Act Act was was passed into law, laaw, and nd the an Environmental Environmental Protection Protection n Agency Agency was was created. created. Back then, thee problem problem was was pollution. pollution. Almost half a century century later later the problem problem is much more more dire. dire. It’s It’s not just about about Keeping Keeping America Am merica Beautiful; it’s it’s about about Keeping Keepin ng America America Safe Saffe and Keeping Keeping the World Wo orld Habitable Habitable for fo or us and for fo or future fu uture generations. we generations. The kinds of homes h live live in have haave a lot to do with h it. The good good news news is that the solutions soluttions are are so much easier to come come by by today—if todaay— —if only everyone effort. everyone makes makes a little litttl tle eff ffo ort.

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