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I’m so tired of the mediagenerated vilification of the working class, especially those who have organized into bargaining groups to guard their

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Unions are making an honest effort now to be part of the solution. It’s worth having some extra meetings to take this chance at a collaborative rather than authoritarian solution. The full-time council has benefited the city over the years with more vocal local representation. It has also turned into a problem with the mini-mayor practice of deferring to individual members on development in their district. We could revisit the system. What about the unions without expired contracts? I don’t think

it’s fair for four or five bargaining units to make major concessions and let other units slide through with no take-backs or concessions. HR metrics should be undertaken to re-evaluate positions and compensation in terms of local labor market. Defined-benefit pensions are also too expensive to fully subsidize, so we either need a new system for new hires or an increase in employee contributions. A charter amendment is required for this. BLAIR WHITNEY

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No Respect There were cheers and hugs in the District Attorney’s office on the Friday that JEFF ROSEN’s victory over DOLORES CARR was announced. Rosen spent Monday and Tuesday walking from desk to desk shaking hands with everyone in the office, and leaving handwritten notes for those who were out. Since he’d been on leave for the campaign, Rosen wasn’t carrying his entry badge, so the DA-elect had to go to the office’s information desk and be issued a visitor’s badge. When he returned on Tuesday, he didn’t have a county-issued parking spot, so he went in to get a placard and returned to a ticket on the dash. Rosen says he wants to talk to the officer who issued the ticket, not to ask for a break but because the timekeeper wasted no time in writing the summons. “That kind of efficiency is one thing my office needs,” Rosen deadpans. He doesn’t seem to be getting much support either from DA Carr, who hasn’t called to congratulate, concede or offer support during the transition, Don’t which will last more forget than six months. Carr’s to tip! concession statement touted her own role as FLY@ the county’s first female METRONEWS. DA and called the voters COM “deeply divided” while neglecting to mention Rosen. At a subsequent event of the law enforcement association PORAC, Carr sat near Rosen without saying hello or mentioning her successor in her remarks. Rosen, who will be prosecuting the MARK ACHILLI murder case before assuming the top slot, may have to rely on Chief Assistant District Attorney MARK BULLER, who was on hand on Rosen’s first day back to congratulate him. Still, Rosen cracks, “he’s three levels above me,” echoing a reported comment before the Bench Bar Media group by Dolores Carr, who hasn’t been returning media phone calls, that challenger Rosen was “four levels below me.”

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Last October, the number of local pot clubs could be counted on one hand. Now, medical marijuana collectives have sprung up in every part of the city—some more legit than others. One web directorycurrently lists almost 70 San Jose–based medical marijuana dispensaries. With the San Jose City council finally taking a serious look at regulating medical marijuana this week, the District 6 councilmember

could not be blamed for saying, “I told you so.” “I hate to keep going back, but if we would have done this a little earlier, everything would have been fine,” Oliverio says. “I think avoiding lawsuits where we don’t need them would be a good thing right now.I would not want to see the council pass a regulatory schema that has the same issues that L.A. has now, which is 15 different lawsuits.” Instead of jumping on the issue as Oliverio suggested in March—looking to other cities’ medi-pot regulations for guidelines and nipping the issue in the bud (so to speak), San Jose has taken months to draw up a medical marijuana ordinance from the ground up. It’s an ordinance that no one is happy with. The number of local

collectives continues to grow, and several are threatening litigation. Oliverio says the snail’s pace the city attorney has taken on this fast-moving issue is frustrating. “On March 30, we [the City Council] said, ‘Hey, let’s go do something,’” Oliverio says. “But even then, city staff and the city attorney wanted to reinvent the wheel. We’ve got an ordinance now that’s 60-some pages, and it’s problematic.” Problematic is an understatement. In fact, the local medical marijuana collectives that originally pushed for an ordinance are livid with the pile of papers City Attorney Rick Doyle is recommending the council adopt. Around 500 people showed up for protests in front of City Hall on Tuesday, and hundreds of local medical marijuana patients attended the June 22 city council meeting. Dave Hodges, founder of the San Jose Cannabis Buyers Collective, says the city is viewing medicinal cannabis as an illegal drug, not as a 10 prescription medication.


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Monday Night Lives—Barely By the end of Monday Night Live—the yearly fundraiser for the San Jose Stage Company featuring local politicos in self-effacing skits—it seemed that a case of cold feet may have sabotaged the show. “A lot of people dropped out,” actress/writer LISA RECKER told the audience, channeling a much angrier TINA FEY and turning the once-popular “Weeknight Update” routine into an interminably long, rambling trainwreck. “It kind of messed us up.” The most notable absence was the scheduled host, District 2 Supervisor GEORGE SHIRAKAWA JR. District 3 Supervisor DAVE CORTESE did a valiant cover job, pretend-arguing with Shirakawa by cell phone. The Pulp Fiction-inspired skit also starred mustachioed District 1 Supervisor candidate FORREST WILLIAMS as Jules. The two men carried the skit through a hilarious Yellow Cab Confessions video, wherein RDA executive director HARRY MAVROGENES and Planning Director JOE HORWEDEL offered parking money and trashed county ballots in exchange for their lives. But the show’s best line, “Does George Shirakawa look like a BITCH?” was a reminder of the big man’s conspicuous absence. But the show did go on. Assembly candidate NORA CAMPOS got her brains seriously scrambled by some gyrating pectorals during “Dancing With the Politicians;” PETE CONSTANT swapped the ball-gag he sported a couple years back for a clerical collar in Councilmember ROSE HERRERA’s Molly Shannon–inspired “Stadium Superstar,” and PIERLUIGI OLIVERIO sparked up a “doobie” (which from the smell of it was tobacco) that toasted the councilmember’s vocal chords as he struggled through a couple bars of Tom Petty’s “Last Dance With Mary Jane.” And although he appeared to be pulling a Palin, reading his lines off his hand, there were some good ones, like Councilmember NANCY PYLE’s: “We could fund the arts with P-O-T instead

of T-O-T!” Councilmember MADISON NGUYEN was also a no-show in the skit, and Fly can only speculate—perhaps her people didn’t think being photographed with the day-glo bong Constant was packing from the wrong end would be good for her run-off campaign.

Jails Go to Sheriff One of the shockers to come out of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors’ budget hearings last week was the decision to return control of the county jails to the Sheriff’s Department. The two were separated like bad children back in 1987, after then-Sheriff ROBERT E. WINTER was brought to court by inmates and accused of overcrowding in the jails while the jails hemorrhaged money. In a deal orchestrated by the then-Supes’ chairwoman, now-Congresswoman ZOE LOFGREN, the county wrested control from the sheriff and created the Department of Corrections. The highly controversial decision was supposed to save $2 million in its first year, but also created a slew of managerial, logistical and legal troubles that have plagued both departments for decades. Lawsuits over carrying firearms gave some control back to the sheriff, but corrections officers have been clamoring for the right to carry firearms, for sheriff’s ID badges and for some goddamn respect around here ever since. Because Lofgren was on board one of those direct flights to D.C. that you can’t get out of Mineta anymore and unable to talk at presstime, Fly can only speculate how Lofgren must feel about the two departments shacking up again. Sheriff LAURIE SMITH will absorb the DOC’s budget and direct control over all 796 officers, while DOC chief EDWARD FLORES has had his job description severely pared down to a handful of humble duties, like laundry, food and administrative booking. Smith, of course, was only too pleased to take on the

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“They’re really treating us like we’re criminals,” Hodges says. “They’re assuming everybody is some kind of horrible drug dealer. But that’s not the facts.” One passage in the ordinance says the collectives may only use barter and trade, with no cash sales. Another part states that all collectives must cultivate their cannabis on-site. Putting aside the fact that many collectives maintain a doctor’s-office-like atmosphere, which doesn’t lend itself to large scale plant cultivation, The ordinance also states that collectives may only locate in commercial zones—areas where, Hodges says, setting up large indoor grow rooms would be unrealistic. James K. Roberts, a San Jose attorney who is representing several collectives, says the ordinance was drawn up with the assumption that there is something wrong with medical marijuana. “We know that these locations generate very little complaints,” Roberts says. “If they would go and talk to the neighbors, overwhelmingly they are saying things like, ‘Well, gee whiz, we have a little increase in [business] in our sandwich shops.’” Oliverio says that a big part of this chasm between the city attorney and the collectives results from a failure to communicate on the part of the city. “At the outreach meeting that was held [at the beginning of June], the city attorney’s office didn’t even attend” Oliverio says. “There were a ton of attorneys, and when they raised legal questions, no one could even offer an opinion. So, I think that the city attorney’s office really needs to be more into the process.” Still, Oliverio acknowledges that much has changed with this issue since he first brought it to the council last fall. “I do think the city attorney has a narrow interpretation of the law,” he says, “but you know, that’s sort of what we pay him for. We pay them to manage risk. They see S.B. 420 and the attorney general’s recommendations from Jerry Brown, and Prop. 215. And then they see the federal side [in a booming voice], ‘This is a narcotic!’ So, we are breaking new ground.” Oliverio hopes an agreement can be reached soon so the city can start looking toward one of the benefits of pot clubs: namely, tax revenues to help San Jose’s foundering budget.


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Is the Singularity a Geek’s Version of the Rapture? The Singularity is a belief that our technology will inevitably collide with our biology, and that this will give us mastery over our mortality.

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We will be able to create a reality that is indistinguishable from our “natural” reality. We will be able to choose the “matrix” as Hollywood knows it (Singularitans hate that term.) Ashlee Vance in The New York Times wrote an interesting report [last week]. The article points to how much support there is from Google founders and others, such as top investor Peter Thiel. “Some of Silicon Valley’s smartest and wealthiest people have embraced the Singularity. They believe that technology may be the only way to solve the world’s ills, while also allowing people to seize control of the evolutionary process. “For those who haven’t noticed, the Valley’s most-celebrated company—Google—works daily on building a giant brain that harnesses the thinking power of humans in order to surpass the thinking power of humans.”

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As in the Christian Rapture, only a few will get there: “Andrew Orlowski, a British journalist who has written extensively on techno-utopianism: ‘It is rich people building a lifeboat and getting off the ship.’” —TOM FOREMSKI, SILICONVALLEYWATCHER .COM

Matt Contrary to what Kurzweil and Page and others seem to have redefined it as, the “singularity” as originally (?) described by Vernor Vinge is not necessarily a breakthrough to immortality or paradise. It’s merely the point at which all those upward tracking curves mean we in the present have no context to understand the future. Matches Malone If you’re going to talk about the Rapture, as opposed to the movie with the same name, a little more research is needed on your part, as it’s all those that have accepted Jesus Christ that will be lifted up, not a select few thousand, as your article states. Hector Cuevas Since prosperity and long-life are usually at the top of human desires, I don’t think either Singularity nor Rapture are that original.

Facebook’s Terrifying Nerd The attached poster for Facebook film “The Social Network” neatly illustrates how Hollywood will try and turn an awkward young computer nerd into an exciting character worthy of a big-budget Hollywood drama: light him like a serial killer. Of course, with star writer Aaron Sorkin and his all-star team involved, there’s not much point in painting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as he was: a pasty,

reclusive fellow coding PHP all day, first in his Harvard dorm room, then out in a rented home in Silicon Valley. Better to make him out as a sex fiend indulging in his many groupies or, as in this case, a scary man-boy conniver who lives in the shadow. Proposed accurate copy: “YOU DON’T GET TO/500 THOUSAND/LINES OF CODE/WITHOUT SKIPPING/A FEW SHOWERS.” Or maybe: “MARK ZUCKERBERG/WILL EAT/YOUR FAMILY/FOR BREAKFAST.”

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Kindle’s Newest Feature: A $189 Price [On Monday], Barnes & Noble announced a new WiFi-only Nook eReader at $149, and that it was slashing the price of its 3G version to $199. Amazon had to answer. And it just did. The new price of the Kindle is a svelte $189—down from $259. Yes, it just happens to be $10 cheaper than the 3G version of the Nook (all Kindles come with 3G connectivity built-in). It’s also now more than $300 cheaper than the cheapest iPad. In the release, Amazon plays up the

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So is this enough to keep the Kindle humming along? Perhaps. The $189 is attractive. When I bought the Kindle last year, it was nearly $200 more ($359), which was way too expensive for the average consumer, but I still enjoyed the device. The price cut to $299 made it a little better. And the cut to $259, better still. But was the pre-iPad world. Thinking about the Kindle at $359 now compared to the iPad at $499 is laughable. Yes, the Kindle is easier on the eyes thanks to e-ink, but the iPad can do about a thousand more things (and that might be an understatement) on top of its role as an eReader. If Amazon really wanted to go for the kill, they’d make the thing $99—something which I bet they do sometime in the next year. —MG Siegler, TECHCRUNCH.COM


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smaller scale than the more heavily trafficked German cities. In just 15 minutes, an easy public transportation system takes people from the airport to the city center. The historical Old Town area (Altstadt) features at least 100 bars, restaurants, shops and outdoor cafes of seemingly every nationality. Strangely, the city’s most upscale hotel, the Breidenbacher Hof, is the only one in Germany with a plastic-surgery clinic attached to it. The accommodation is frequented by travelers from the Middle East, usually primed for shopping outside on Königsallee, or “the Kö” for short. The city also boasts a mile of beer gardens along the Rhine River, an annual outdoor book fair, a definitive cream of mustard soup and even a Neanderthal Museum. I couldn’t go wrong. And as one would expect, soccer is an integral part of the social fabric. Each and every place with outdoor seating offered televisions for the World Cup. The German black, red and gold colors were ubiquitous, which was fun to witness, because it

didn’t use to be that way. Germany hosted the last World Cup, in 2006, and during that tournament, an unprecedented cultural shift took place across the entire country. A fun and peaceful new brand of German flag-toting patriotism enveloped the nation. During previous decades, the German people usually felt discouraged to display national flags for any reason whatsoever. They felt conditioned not to openly show pride in their own country, or not to behave in any sort of fashion that could be interpreted as nationalistic, due to the country’s sinister past. As simplistic as this sounds, the 2006 World Cup changed all of that. Gone was the stereotypical wooden, humorless German. Flags, colors and paraphernalia exploded everywhere. People painted their faces, and the nation appeared to be in a much better mood. This is a perfect example of why the World Cup is the greatest show on earth. According to the Germans who spoke to me, no other event would possibly have caused that to happen. In Düsseldorf, when this year’s World Cup began, there were Irish, Brits, Germans, Italians, Africans, Middle-Easterners and many others milling about all over Altstadt. A Brazilian samba procession snaked its way down the cobblestone path—the same people waving both Brazilian and German flags. An oompah band pounded out tunes around the corner. I saw national team shirts from at least a dozen countries. When England played the United States, I slithered into a local pub to watch the game and cheer on the United States. The Germans I met were also rooting for America in that game. That U.S. game put everything into perspective. I grew up in San Jose watching Soccer Made in Germany. Now I was in Germany watching soccer made in America. The cycle was complete. And Düsseldorf is still a fun word to say.

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have a scuba mask. So I sang from within that, and the other guys put on their water helmets and played.”

Their Year In 2004, I heard OK Go’s cover of the Zombies’ song “This Will Be Our Year” on the Future Soundtrack for America compilation put together— like a lot of records that year—in the hope of aiding the ultimately unsuccessful effort to unseat George W. Bush. I was doing an all-covers radio show at the time on the Santa Cruz public radio station KUSP, and I soon found myself putting their song into heavy rotation. There was something about how they had taken a good, fairly obscure song by a criminally underrated band and made it even crisper and catchier behind the warmth of Kulash’s vocals. OK Go themselves seemed like a 21st-century version of the Zombies, poppy but quirky, or perhaps the Zombies crossed with Kulash’s hero band the Pixies, as they walk a fine like between personal songwriting and alt anthems. (“There’s no band in the last 20 years that didn’t want to be the Pixies,” said Kulash later during the webcast, before launching into a cover of “Wave of Mutilation” that featured band co-founder Tim Nordwind playing a xylophone.) With one album under their belt and another one on the way, I thought for sure OK Go, at that time based in Chicago, would be a breakout success. And then, nothing. I barely noticed when their second album, Oh No, came out in 2005, and hardly anyone else did, either. Then suddenly came the runaway success of what is referred to even by band members not as “the ‘Here It Goes Again’ video,” but as “the treadmill video.” For OK Go, it was like starting over as a brand new band. “It was sort of like our album had finally been released,” Kulash remembers. “We had put out a record a year before that, and been touring on it for 18 months at that point. The label didn’t have very much success promoting it. The videos we had made by ourselves without the label’s knowledge or permission were doing pretty well. Then the treadmill video exploded.


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A similar thing happened with the Rube Goldberg machine and the video for “This Too Shall Pass,” though the timing was better, since their third album, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, had come out just a month before they released the video. All over viral-video land, jaws dropped and links were forwarded. Immediately, Internet geeks began theorizing as to why the machine couldn’t really have worked. “There are two edits in it,” Kulash says. “We got to the end of the machine three times, and only in one of them did the cameraman actually see the water section of the video. So it’s edited at the top and bottom of that, because the rest of that take wasn’t all that great.” But other than that, it’s all, improbably, real, and he has the post-traumatic stress disorder to prove it. “It took us 89 takes to get it,” he says. “The first few times I watched the video I still had that crazy feeling like ‘Oh my God, it’s not gonna go! It’s not gonna go!’ In fact, I had a lot of anxiety dreams for weeks after that that something completely unrelated was going to stop the machine. Like, if I didn’t answer my mom’s phone call in time, the machine would stop. Or I’d be on an airplane in my dream, and the stewardesses were walking by, and if I couldn’t get their attention, the machine would stop. Completely ridiculous things, but we were so immersed in it that the global terror in my life for a while was that the machine would stop.” It’s a visual tour-de-force, and having required the four band members plus 60 other engineers, it wouldn’t have been possible if OK Go hadn’t already established

themselves as “the band from the treadmill video.” “We couldn’t have done the Rube Goldberg machine if it hadn’t been for the success of the treadmills,” Kulash admits. “What, are you going to walk into a roomful of engineers and be like ‘Guys, we’ve got the greatest idea! Work with us for six months for almost no money! We’ll make a great video!’” There’s a long tradition of rock musicians being heavily influenced by the full spectrum of artistic disciplines, and vice versa. Andy Warhol used the music of the Velvet Underground for his Exploding Plastic Inevitable happenings, Patti Smith hung with William Burroughs and Robert Mapplethorpe, the Clash’s early outfits were inspired by Jackson Pollack, the Dead Kennedys were busted for obscenity for having included an H.R. Giger illustration in the sleeve of their Frankenchrist album. Tellingly, an early supporter of OK Go was John Flansburg of They Might Be Giants, who offered to manage them (instead, they now share a manager with TMBG). “Early on, I remember people asking us, ‘Do you guys want to be like They Might Be Giants?’” Kulash says. “Musically, we share very little, but what I love about them as humans and their career is how broadly creative and excited they are, and how what they’re doing in their career changes every year or two and is always interesting. They’re people who’ve been on tour for 30 years basically, but it’s never the same old, same old.” They also share a flare for the artistically weird, a rock experience that is far beyond the beginning and end of the songs. “Rock & roll and pop music have always been way more than just beats and quirky lyrics. There’s always been a visual element, and there’s always been a cultural element of what a band means,” Kulash says. “All of the elements that go into that that are not just purely melody or harmony or tambor or lyrics, they’re just as fun to play with, in a lot of ways.”

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Tengo have the potential to bring in audiences that might not be drawn in by local bands, but may discover them once they’re at the festival. Esparza explains that this wasn’t a shift in philosophy, but a little more economic opportunity after the success of last year. Still, there are so many Bay Area summer festivals locking up bands into noncompete clauses (which sometimes prohibit them from playing here for as long as nine months before a festival like Outside Lands) that getting the right national acts wasn’t easy—more like pulling teeth, according to Esparza. Luckily, Channel 92.3 program director Michael Solari was there to help out, with Channel becoming another important LCL partner. “Michael’s a music brain,” says Esparza. “He made OK Go work. He listened to what we were saying [we wanted] and turned around and picked them.” Having big names to bank on also helped promote the festival outside of Silicon Valley. Initially, organizers thought they needed to include the name of every one of the dozens of bands participating, just in case one name might bring a few extra people out. “Last year, posters were being printed the very last day, because I was waiting for 80 names to be put on,” says Dowd. This year, they emphasized the headliners and a few of the biggest local bands. “Leveraging those bigger names was huge, because it got us national and international press,” she says. Esparza also sees LCL getting a big boost in the last year from events like the SubZero Festival that have continued to build interest in downtown art and music. “There’s kind of a movement happening,” he says. “You see the spirit in the air.” And he admits there is one big similarity between the ambitious scope of last year’s festival and the even bigger festival this year: “We’re absolutely crazy.” But wiser, too. “My goal this year,” says Brilliot, “is to walk.”

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Before main stage headliners OK GO (Main Stage, 9:15pm) see story, page 16), the New Wave revivalists (from Utah!) NEON TREES will warm up the crowd (Main Stage, 8pm). They’re best known for their radio hit “Animal” and for touring with the Killers a couple of years ago. The “Elemental Wellness Stage” (really the Ramada Inn on Second Street done up artsy, but hey, whatever) has a great lineup, starting with garage duo DIRTY PILLOWS (5:15pm) and local favorites WHISKEY AVENGERS (6:30pm). San Jose punks JONNY MANAK & THE DEPRESSIVES play twice (Milano, 6:30pm and Silicon Valley Roller Girls Stage, 8:20pm), recently reformulated mods TALKY TINA are at Miami Beach Club (7:45pm), and INSOLENCE, one of the South Bay’s classic bands, plays Milano at 9:30 pm. Monstery hip-hoppers KUNG FU VAMPIRE play right after them at 11pm, making for a meeting of scene kings old and new. Speaking of current favorites, CARELESS HEARTS play the Invisalign Mini-Main Stage at 7:30pm. For nextbig-things, there’s rockers NORTHERN SON (South First Billiards, 10:45pm) and poppy SJSU Battle of the Bands winners APRIL CHASE (MACLA, 10:15pm). Sheer weirdness vote goes to sheerly weird metal band TOLTECA EXTRA (Miami Beach Club, 5:45pm).

Headliners YO LA TENGO (Main Stage, 9:15pm) have come a long way since The Onion tweaked them with the headline “37 Record-Store Clerks Feared Dead in Record Store Concert Disaster.” They’ve had a string of great albums in the last few years, possibly hitting their high point on 2006’s I Am Not Afraid of You And I Will Kick Your Ass. Their live sets are completely unpredictable: at the Fillmore recently, they played most of their newest, Popular Songs, but at Treasure Island Music Festival last year their short set ended with a 25-minute jam. Soul weirdos the MUMLERS (and I say that in the most affectionate way) play before them (Main Stage, 8pm), while the Bring It Back stage has an impressive lineup of DJs, including ICHY THE KILLER (9:20pm). Indie-folk locals the EMERALD HILL (Works, 8:30pm), along with rockers the ODD NUMBERS (Wellness, 9:30pm) and WORKER BEE (South First Billiards, 10:45pm) are the other local highlights. The can’tmiss one-two punch for cult rock is later at South First Billiards, with surf lunatics BEACHKRIEG (11:45pm) and the one and only rock madman the LEGENDARY STARDUST COWBOY (11:59pm). See www.leftcoastlive.com for schedule details and venue info.


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“Yes,” I said. “Again.” For quality and quantity, I say Silicon Valley’s ramen restaurants reign supreme throughout the Bay Area, and it is my life’s work to sample as much of it as I can and report my findings back to you. The latest entry in the South Bay’s highly competitive ramen scene is Orenchi, a new restaurant in Santa Clara opened by the same people who own Los Altos’ excellent Sumika, a

yakitori (grilled chicken) restaurant. Orenchi’s ramen, particularly the porcine tonkotsu ramen, is superb. The restaurant occupies a comatose mall at the corner of Homestead Road and El Camino Real, the same mall that’s home to the Avalon nightclub. Empty stores in the mall make it feel a bit dismal, but at lunchtime and dinnertime, a corner of the mall comes to life as a mainly Japanese clientele crowds into Orenchi for bowl after bowl of ramen. Inside, the place is done up with black tables and Japanese beer-babe posters hung askew over brown walls. The black-T-shirt-wearing waitstaff seem to compete with each other over who can yell out the obligatory Japanese restaurant greeting first and loudest. “Irasshaimase!” It’s a rowdy,

good-natured place that was packed on both my visits. Orenchi’s flagship bowl of ramen is called, appropriately enough, Orenchi ramen ($9). It’s made with a tonkotsu, or pork bone broth, and that accounts for the milky-white color and wonderfully rich, pork-fatdotted richness. The bowl is loaded with all kinds of ramen goodies—a soft-boiled egg that oozes into the broth, pickled bamboo shoots, sliced green onions, wood-ear fungus, seaweed, sliced pork, a little slick of black oil and a huge kick of flavor that’s made with garlic, sesame seeds and other seasonings. The broth is already deeply flavorful, but the little dab of oil adds another layer of deliciousness. The flour noodles are cooked just right—springy and chewy. The two other varieties of ramen ($8.80) available are the shoyu (soy-sauce-flavored broth) and shio (salt-flavored broth). Both are good but not at the same level as the Orenchi ramen. Comparatively, I found the broths one-dimensional. But I still drank them all up. All the ramen

is rather salty, so plan on drinking plenty of water. As good as the ramen is, there are several other dishes worth trying that go beyond the standard gyoza. My favorite was the chilled tomato in dashi broth. A single, peeled tomato sits in a light but flavorful broth. Dashi, a quick broth made with dried bonito flakes, shiitake mushrooms and kombu seaweed, is the foundation of many Japanese dishes and loaded with savory, umami flavors, the so-called fifth taste.

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RUSSIAN CAFÉ AND DELI Russian. $$. This is a small Russian grocery store with a good little restaurant tucked in the corner. Borscht soup, pelmeni and solyankya sbornaya, a thick soup studded with chunks of mild pork sausage, black olives, pickles and barley all satisfy. 11am-8pm daily. 1712 S. Winchester Blvd. 408.379.6680.

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BODRUM CAFE Turkish. $$. The menu at Bodrum Cafe is extensive and covers a lot of ground, but it’s the lamb dishes that stand out. A good place to start is with the

lahmacun (Turkey’s take on pizza) and the kebabs. 10am10pm daily. 383 Castro St. 650.396.7010.

CHAAT PARADISE Vegetarian Indian. $. Golden spices predominate at this popular spot for inexpensive, fun-to-eat traditional Indian fare. Casual shopping-center surroundings. 11:30-10pm Mon-Sun. 165 E. Camino Real. 650.965.1111.

NAMI NAMI Japanese. $$$. Nami Nami specializes in kappo-style Japanese food, food prepared in the artful, labor-intensive, seasonally driven style associated with the city of Kyoto. For diners willing to open their minds and mouths, it offers one of the most exciting restaurant experiences in the Bay Area. 11:30am-2pm Tue-Sun, 7-10pm Tue-Thu and 6-11pm Fri-Sat. 240 Castro St. 650.964.6990.

WING’S Chinese. $. The food is complemented by an exotic dining room with sequestered seating equipped with hanging beads and doorbells, and other miscellaneous peculiarities of a bygone era. Always a fun place to visit. 11:30am9:30pm daily. 131 E. Jackson St. 408.294.3303 or 998.9427.

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AMBER INDIA Northern Indian, tandoori. $$. The sister to the popular Mountain View restaurant, Amber India’s Santana Row location continues to offer elegantly prepared Indian cuisine in a stylish setting. 11:30am-2:30pm, 5-10pm, Mon-Thu. noon-3pm, 510:30pm Fri-Sat, noon-3pm,

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BANGKOK TASTE Thai. $$. Humble strip mall gem with a loyal following. Beef Pi-Roj is a house favorite. Veggies love the Rama tofu. 11am3pm Mon-Fri, 5-9:30pm daily. 1769 Blossom Hill Rd. 408.358.2525.

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.

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.

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Advances in high-yield, industrial agriculture have prevented massive amounts of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere—the equivalent of 590 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide, the report says. The researchers estimate that if not for increased yields, additional greenhousegas emissions from clearing land for farming would have been equal to as much as a third of the world’s total output of greenhouse gases since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. “Our results dispel the notion that modern intensive agriculture is inherently worse for the environment than a more ‘old-fashioned’ way of doing things,” said Jennifer Burney, lead author of a paper describing the study that will be published online by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Oh, really? While reducing greenhouse gasses is great, reliance on the “green revolution” and technological solutions is inherently unsustainable because it is based on massive inputs of fertilizers and pesticides, GMO technology, corporate ownership of seeds, global transportation and the destruction of biodiversity. In Oakland, the Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First has some very different ideas about agriculture and global warming. In a comprehensive report titled “Smallholder Solutions to Hunger, Poverty and Climate Change” (www.foodfirst.org/en/node/2665), the organization lays out an alternative to the destructive methods of the green revolution that has the potential to feed people and greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “Although conventional wisdom assumes small family farms are backward and unproductive, agroecological research has shown that given a chance, small farms are much more productive than large farms,” the report says. “Small, ecological farms help cool the planet and provide many important ecosystem services; they are a reservoir for biodiversity, and are less vulnerable to pests, disease and environmental shock.” The report cites research by the University of Michigan that examined 293 examples comparing alternative and conventional agriculture from 91 studies and concluded that ecological agriculture could increase global food production by as much as 50 percent. To be fair, the researchers say intensive, large-scale agriculture should be prominent among several strategies to reduce global greenhouse gases emissions. But since there’s plenty of research showing that small-scale, ecological agriculture is as productive or more so than destructive, petroleum-dependent industrial agriculture, I say it’s time to dump the green revolution in favor of a truly revolutionary approach. When it comes to food production, to a large extent it’s technology that created many of the problems we’re facing, and more of the same isn’t likely to make things any better. Technology is not synonymous with progress. With proper public and private support, the old ways may be the best hope we have for a livable planet and food for all.ÆJk\kk ?fcYiffb


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HUKILAU Hawaiian. $$. Simple, slightly salty, stomach-filling 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, 5-10:30pm Thu-Sat, 11am2:30pm Sat-Sun, 5-9pm. 230 Jackson St. 408.279.4888.

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 MonThu, 11am-11pm Fri-Sat and 2-8pm Sun. 700 S. Winchester Blvd. 408.248.PERU.

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 MonFri, dinner 5-9:30pm SunThu, 5-10pm Fri-Sat, brunch noon-3pm Sun. 3695 Union Ave. 408.377.2222.

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ANDY’S BAR-B-QUE Barbecue. $$. Andy’s Bar-BQue is the reincarnation of one of the South Bay’s best barbecue joints. Originally located in Campbell, Andy’s is still serving great oaksmoked meats to a dedicated following. 11am-3pm Mon-

Fri and 3-9pm Mon-Thu, Fri-Sat 3-10pm and 3-9pm Sun. 2367 El Camino Real. 408.249.8158.

ATHENA GRILL Greek. $$. The Santa Clara restaurant serves the standards you’d expect, but the menu goes deeper and offers authentic Greek dishes you’re not likely to find elsewhere at bargain prices. 10:30am-9pm Mon-Fri. 1505 Space Park Dr. 408.567.9144. BEQUE Korean. $$. Beque stands out on El Camino Real’s Korean restaurant row for its high style and modern design, but it’s the Korean barbecue, soups and noodles dishes that are the main attraction. 11am-10pm daily. 3060 El Camino Real. 408.260.2727. BIRK’S American grill. $$$. What makes Birk’s stand out from the rest is a commitment to quality, freshness and hygiene. Concentrate on the specials, or enjoy creative selections from the appetizer menu. Full bar. 11:15am2:30pm, 5-9:30pm Mon-Fri, 59pm Sat-Sun. 3955 Freedom Circle. 408.980.6400. CHALATECO Mexican and Salvadoran. $. Chalateco, a San Jose-based sixrestaurant chain, serves Mexico City-style Mexican food and a few Salvadoran dishes. That makes the food unlike the Mexican food typically served in Silicon Valley, but it’s definitely typical Mexican food. 10am-11pm daily. 2323 The Alameda. 408.243.1357.

DONG TOFU CABIN Korean. $. This is the real deal, priced to keep patrons coming back for bowls of spicy beef, seafood, pickled vegetables, chili soup and, yes, bean curd in its many permutations. 1484 Halford Ave. 408.246.1484.

HATCHO Japanese. $$. Santa Clara’s Hatcho restaurant offers a little bit of everything. Restaurants that strive to be jacks-of-alltrades often end up being masters of none, but Hatcho displays a wide range of talent. 11:30am-2pm and 5:30-10pm Mon-Fri and

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5-9:30pm Sat-Sun. 1271 Franklin Mall. 408.248.8500.

KABAB AND CURRY’S Indian-Pakistani. $, Because it’s tucked into a quiet, semiresidential side street, Kabab and Curry’s feels like a neighborhood secret. The Indian and Pakistani restaurant serves a good lunch buffet, and at dinner try the butter chicken, choley and tandoori chicken. 10:30am-2:30pm and 5:3010:30pm Tue-Sun. 1498 Isabella St. 408.247.0745.

KABAB HOUSE HALAL Middle Eastern. $. Santa Clara’s Kabab House Halal, a spare, eight-table restaurant, serves a pan-Middle Eastern menu that leans toward Iran. As the name implies, Kabab House is basically a kebab house. 11am-9pm Mon-Sat. 2521 Newhall St. 408.984.2204.

99 CHICKEN Korean-style fried chicken. $. The simple restaurant specializes in Korean-style fried chicken. Korean chicken is rendered of its fat and produces smooth pieces of meat with a taut, shatteringly crisp epidermis. Noon-midnight daily. 2781 El Camino Real. 408.244.5599.

PARCEL 104 New American. $$$$. Parcel 104 casts a spell with its stridently seasonal, ingredient-driven menu of new American food. The restaurant is one of the South Bay’s must-eats. Breakfast 6:30-11am Mon-Fri and 710am Sat-Sun, lunch 11:30am2pm Mon-Fri and dinner 5:309pm Mon-Fri. 2700 Mission College Blvd. 408.970.6104.

PHO #1 Noodle House Asian noodle house. $. A good and friendly destination when one’s stomach screams for a three-course meal but one’s wallet has but $10, Pho boasts an ambitious menu of nearly 100 Vietnamese and Chinese items. 10am-9pm daily. 5025 Stevens Creek Blvd. 408.249.1111. PHO THANH LONG Vietnamese noodle house. $. This diner’s pho rates among the Top 3 in the South Bay. Casual. Beer. 9am-9pm daily. 2450 El Camino Real. 408.983.0888.

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Blank Club, San Jose Wed – 9pm; free

Japan’s Noise Clinic knows that the purpose of feedback should not be solely to evoke headaches but to add texture and create dynamics. There’s nothing quite like swaying your hips to primal drum beats while your subconscious attempts to digest the dissonant guitar riffs and the squealing violins. The band

Georgia produces fantastic bands. There’s R.E.M, the B52’s and Neutral Milk Hotel. Red Letter Agent’s sophomore EP, Burn the Good Ones Down, shows a band with potential for living up to Georgia’s impressive roster. The EP has catchy hooks and lush guitar work. (AC)

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Music in the Park Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San Jose Thu – 5:30pm; free The gently pleading love song “Stay” is the air that stands out from the BoDeans’ 15 tunes on their newest, Mr. Sad Clown. Interesting that the BoDeans started out a mere 25 years ago as label mates of the Gun Club and X, considering the calm Fab Fourish stylings today. Bet they can still rev up a San Jose parkload of nostalgic fans with their Clintonera raveup “Feed the Fire.” (RvB)

THE HEAVY Blank Club, San Jose Thu - 8pm; $10 If only I could get the Heavy’s “How You Like Me Now?” song out of my head. But it’s worse than that, isn’t it? Oh yes, because not only does the song stick in your head, but it’s in that pretty awesome commercial where a bunch of kids’ dolls go bowling, hang out in a hot tub with bikini blondes, get tattoo patches sewn on and in general act out. Like any person with half a brain and a functioning nervous system, I usually really hate good songs used in commercials, but that one’s pretty good. Like the similarly minded Dirtbombs, the Heavy take the best tricks from vintage R&B and graft them onto great post-grunge rock songs. (SP)

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ANTHONY PATERAS Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga Fri – 6pm; free Formerly with the band Pateras/ Baxter/Brown, Pateras is now recording on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. Pateras brings John Cage’s experiments in piano-mangling to the next generation as he stuffs the strings with bric-abrac. Pateras told Australian journo Bob Baker Fish of Cyclic Defrost, “I’ve found using certain redundant European currencies gets great sounds.” The results: a surprisingly formalist array of ear-


* concerts Jun 23 at VooDoo Lounge, San Jose

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CONCERTS IN THE PARK, MIXED NITS Jun 23 at 6:30pm in Central Park Pavilion, Santa Clara

HARMONICS STEEL BAND Jun 23 at 6pm at Stafford Park, Redwood City

KUROSAWA PIANO MUSIC FESTIVAL Jun 23 at 7:30pm at West Valley College Theater, Saratoga

JAZZ ON THE PLAZZ, KATHLEEN GRACE Jun 23 at 6:30pm at Los Gatos Town Plaza

DAVE ROCHA JAZZ BAND Jun 24 at 6pm at Marlin Park, Redwood City

MUSIC IN THE PARK, BODEANS Jun 24 at Plaza de Cesar Chavez

FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC SERIES, FRED MACCARTY Jun 25 at 7pm at Community Amphitheatre, Morgan Hill

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ENDINGS OF ANASTASIA Nickel City, San Jose Fri – 5pm; $10 If you haven’t had your fix of double bass drum rolls lately, you’re in luck. Endings for Anastasia promise a night of crunching power chords, and screaming vocals. Their music is technical, but without losing the raw intensity of hardcore metal and screamo. While you’re at the show, don’t forget to bug them to play “Heartless,” their irresistible rendition of the popular Kanye West song. (AC)

*sat *sun *tue SHITKICKERS Blank Club, San Jose Sat – 9pm; $10 Raw, powerful and vulgar, the rip-roaring extravaganza that is the Shitkickers spawned out of a three-piece sideshow act built for entertaining the crowd between sets by more, well, credible bands. But it wasn’t long before the ’Kickers fiery brand of cow-punk bluegrass earned the group a reputation as one of the South Bay’s finest entertainers. How to describe the sound? Imagine a drunken banjo player jamming with a hopped-up punk band, then throw in a viola and you’ve got the basic ingredients for a Shitkickers gig. (GW)

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Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park Sun – 2pm; free

Theatre on San Pedro Square, San Jose Tue – 7:30pm; $20/$25

Is there an antonym for the word “contrarian” beside “conformist”? What Christopher Hitchens is not may show the value of what he is. Like Orwell, Hitchens was English public school educated without being of the hereditary English public school class. This verbal jouster, this wit and this serious drinker is now on the memoirist’s path with Hitch-22, his accounts of great friends and lovers along the path upward. (RvB)

Feel like there’s nothing you can do about the mess in the Gulf? Sure, you can point your finger at BP, but now you also have the chance to really make a difference. Stop the Gush is a benefit concert to raise money for the families affected by the oil spill and for advocacy in support of renewable energy. Two of San Jose’s finest bands, alt-country act Careless Hearts and indie folk trio Tin Cat, will provide the music. (BD)

MUSIC ON THE SQUARE, NOTORIOUS Jun 25 at 6pm at Courthouse Square in Redwood City

STANFORD JAZZ FESTIVAL, NIGHT OF BRAZILIAN JAZZ Jun 25 at 8pm at Dinkelspiel Auditorium

JEFFREY HALFORD AND THE HEALERS Jun 26 at Poor House Bistro

STANFORD JAZZ FESTIVAL, RANDY WESTON Jun 26 at 8pm at Dinkelspiel

VANS WARPED TOUR Jun 26 at Shoreline

NOVA VISTA SYMPHONY, BRASSED OFF Jun 27 at 3pm at Theatre on San Pedro Square

JAZZ ON MAIN, THE VW BROTHERS Jun 28 at 6pm downtown Redwood City

WEST BAY COMMUNITY BAND Jun 26 at 6pm in downtown Redwood City

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“The coffee shop culture downtown has changed from five years ago,” says Chris Gaoiran, manager of the Red Berry Coffee Bar across from San Jose City Hall. “Five years ago, a coffee shop meant a place that had a couch where you could chill out, plug in your WiFi

on your laptop and be there all day. We have a more informed customer base now, where people go ‘Oh, it’s specialty coffee.’ Where people make handtamped drinks and latte art, who know where the coffee comes from. That’s what’s par for the course now.” Gaoiran says that at Red Berry, which carries several artisan-roasted blends, they see costumers who enjoy java the way other people savor fine wines. “It’s almost like a wine bar where they serve flights, but with coffee in different servings,” he says. “They want to know what to expect. It’s almost like a treasure hunt, where they are like, ‘I can taste the chocolate,’ or ‘I can taste the mild lemons in the drink.’” Philz Coffee on Paseo de San Antonio in San Jose takes this coffee-

bar approach seriously. Philz’s baristas are akin to bartenders—one must jostle to catch their eye. However, once customers have their attention, the coffeemakers are masters at matching people with their preferred brew. Philz can also be found in Palo Alto on Middlefield Road. Broken Door Espresso, down the street from Philz, may essentially be a kiosk in the alley between Zanotto’s Downtown Market and Smoke Eaters, but that doesn’t mean it takes its roasts lightly. Broken Door makes a highquality brew by using special siphoning pots. Essentially the opposite of a French press, the siphoning pots use vapor pressure and vacuum to produce a cleaner, richer brew. The same attention to detail can be found at Bellano Coffee on Stevens Creek Boulevard in Santa Clara, where the shots are pulled “double ristretto” for greater intensity of flavor; at the Barefoot Cafe, also on Stevens Creek;

and at Roy’s Station, located in a restored gas station in Japantown. This more personal, locally focused view of coffee culture is also going beyond just what’s in the cups. It’s spilling over into a local coffeehouse scene, where fostering art and live music and creating a community have become just as important a focus as the coffee. Places like Roy’s Station Coffee and Teas in Japantown, Mission City Coffee Roasting Co. and Barefoot Coffee Roasters, both in Santa Clara, have created their own art scenes by operating as local galleries and occasional music and events venues. Roy’s Station, for instance, has handblown glass, ceramics and 2-D art mounted on the walls. Kyle Patrick, event coordinator, art curator and barista for Philz in San Jose, says that he personally started out just as a regular customer before he was put in charge of booking and organizing the Monday open-mic nights series. “During our Monday night open mic,” he says, “we have about 20 artists who sign up. It builds a great community; the whole room is filled with people who appreciate music and create art.” Caffe Trieste on First Street has perhaps become almost as well known for its art displays and music as for its artisanal cappuccinos. “I set out to create a cafe in the European sense, not just a latte and paper cups on an assembly line sort of thing,” owner Roger Springall says. “We wanted to be in the community and have a space where local artists could display their work and also a place where local musicians could come and perform. It really took on a life of its own, it’s incredible. We have people calling all the time now asking if they can play.” The cafe has also become a kind of World Cup Fever Central for downtown—it opens for live broadcasts of the games on its bigscreen TV—a time when caffeine is of the essence.

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William Trost Richards June 23–Sept. 26; Cantor Arts Center, Stanford; free A new exhibit called “True to Nature” surveys the drawings, watercolors and sketches of William Trost Richards, one of the leading landscape artists of the 19th century. Dedicated to the varities of nature, Richards painted both mountain- and seascapes in a style at once realist and romantic. Pictured his late (1902) watercolor Swolvalo.

Medmar Healing Center Saturday, 11am–6pm; 170 S. Autumn St., San Jose; free Maxx Cabello Jr. (pictured) is just one of several musical guests, celebrities and medical experts who will be on hand for the grand opening of MedMar Healing Center. The community healing center focuses on medical cannabis and various alternative health services. The event includes food and drinks and appearances by MMA stars Frank Shamrock and Mauro Renallo.

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO Neil Sedaka hits fuel the musical. West Valley Light Opera. Champagne opening, Sat, 8pm. Also this week, Sun, 2:30pm. Runs thru Jul 24. $18$30. Saratoga Civic Theater.

FALSETTOLAND A one-act musical about a family celebration. Presented by Stirfry Theatre. Fri, 8pm. $10-$15. Bella Mia, San Jose.

JEWTOPIA A comedy about an IrishCatholic guy who aims to marry a Jewish girl, and his Jewish pal who wants to marry a Jewish girl, too. Presented by Palo Alto Players. Thu-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2:30pm. Thru Jun 27. $20-$30. Lucie Stern Theater, Palo Alto.

THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES A musical revue about four

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM The California Theater Center summer rep’s third production is Shakespeare’s beloved fantasy. This week: Thu-Fri, 7:30pm. Sat, 3 and 7pm. Sun, 3pm. Thru Jul 25. $12-$20. Sunnyvale Community Theatre.

THE MIKADO The Gilbert & Sullivan favorite by Lyric Theatre. This week: ThuSat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. $10-$35. Montgomery Theater, San Jose.

OPUS Michael Hollinger’s regional premiere, presented by TheatreWorks, focuses on a string quartet. Wed, 7:30pm, Thu-Fri, 8pm, Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. Thru Jun 27. $24–$62. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

RED, WHITE AND TUNA The South Bay premiere of

THE SHAKER CHAIR Pear Avenue presents the story of woman who has retreated from life becomes passionately engaged in the animal-rights cause. Preview, Thu, 8pm. Opens Fri, 8pm. Also Sat, 8pm, Sun 2pm. Thru Jul 11. $15-$30. Pear Avenue Theatre, Mountain View.

VANITIES A Northside production of a comedy about three Texas girls in the early 1960s. ThuSat, 8pm, Sun, 3pm. $15/$20. Thru Jul 11. Northside Theatre Company, San Jose.

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the newest installment in the comedy trilogy about life in a small, eccentric Texas town. Presented by San Jose Stage Company. Wed-Thu, 7:30pm. Fri–Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. Thru Jul 4. $15-$45. San Jose Stage.

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singing sensations of the 1950s and ’60s. Wed-Fri, 8pm, Sat, 3 and 8pm, Sunday 2 and 7pm. Thru Jun 27. $29-$67. The Rep, San Jose.

Learn to Speak Japanese for $15 per class ! Traditional Karate, Kendo, Judo, Kyudo, Aikido and other martial art & fine art classes also available.

Japanese Art & Cultural Center Learning Place for Traditional Martial Arts and Fine Arts 4334 Moorpark Ave. (@ Saratoga Ave.) San Jose, CA 95129 (408)505-4672 www.jpnarts.org

Comedy IMPROV Wed, 8pm: Jason Downs. $14. Thu, 8pm, Fri, 8 and 10pm,

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‘Black Comedy/The White Liars’ THE SECOND offering in California Theatre Center’s tripartite Summer Rep program is the double bill of Black Comedy and The White Liars. The two one-act comedies are early works by Peter Shaffer (of Equus and Amadeus fame) and are directed by Will Huddleston. The White Liars takes place in the parlor of one Sophie Lemberg, who lives in a decaying seaside resort on the south coast of England. Sophie (Maegan McNerney Azar) is a disillusioned fortune teller who imagines herself to be a baroness of the Holy Roman Empire. No one has walked into her shop in six days. For company, California Theatre she carries on conversations with a photo of her Center deceased father. Summer Rep Then two young men—Tom (Justin Karr), the lead singer of a band called the White Liars, and Frank Sunnyvale (Thomas Azar), his manager—stop in for a consultation. Community Frank schemes with Sophie to keep Tom away from his Theater girlfriend, but it soon becomes clear that Frank knows very little of Tom’s history, leading to an every larger and Thursday– more entangled web of lies. The actors do an excellent Sunday job of keeping the audience guessing and entertained. The White Liars manages to be hilarious despite its convoluted plot line. Maegan Azar, in particular, delivers her one-liners with exquisite timing. Black Comedy is set in the London apartment of Brindsley Miller, an opportunistic young artist planning to impress his fiancee’s father and a millionaire art enthusiast, who are arriving soon. To that end, Brindsley (Thomas Azar) and his fiancee, Carol (Sarah Thermond), “borrow” their tightly wound neighbor’s prized belongings to furnish their place in grand style. Everything goes wrong, however, when the fuses blow, the neighbor returns from his trip early, and Brindley’s guests and his ex girlfriend show up. What follows is a series of farcical mishaps as people run into walls and fall down and Brindsley tries to switch back the furniture before his neighbor notices. The play’s humor is contingent on a highly theatrical gimmick: when the play starts, the actors are in the dark, even though in their “world” it is light; when the lights go out, the actors are brightly illuminated. The over-the-top characters are equally matched by the actors’ evident zeal in the comedy. Black Comedy and The White Liars run in repertory with Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap and A Midsummer Night’s Dream through July 25.—Jen Nowell


Sat, 7 and 9pm, Sun, 7pm: Sebastian Maniscalco. $15. San Jose.

about the technological, martial and social advances of the Mongol warrior. Mon-Wed, 9am-5pm, and Thu-Sun, 9am8pm. San Jose.

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Wed, 8pm: New Talent Showcase. $10. Thu, 8pm, FriSat, 9pm, Sun, 8pm: Eddie Ifft from “Last Comic Standing.” $12. Sunnyvale.

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“A Child’s World.” Works by Squeak Carnwath and others. “Erin Goodwin-Guerrero: Caught Between Heaven and Earth.” “Flights of Fancy: New works by Livia Stein.” Thru Sep 19. Tue-Wed and Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm. Thu, 11am-9pm. Santa Clara.

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“True to Nature.” Works b by 19th-century American landscape artist William Trost Richards. Jun 23-Sep 26. Curator Carol M. Osborne will speak about Richards’ life on Jun 24 at 6pm. Stanford.

The gallery hosts a release party for “PRISM index,” a new limited-edition mixed-media art compilation. Thu, 8pm. $5. San Jose.

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“Restrospectives and Revelations—A Decade of Design.” A look back at the work of Sonya Paz. Opening reception Jun 26, 6-9pm. Campbell.

CANTOR ARTS CENTER “Collection Highlights From Europe 1500-1800, Ancient Greece and Rome. A new look at the museum’s permanent holdings. Ongoing. “Tracing the Past, Drawing the Future: Master Ink Painters in 20th-Century China.”Thru Jul 4. The video “Odile and Odette” screens as part of “Longing for SeaChange” series. Wed-Sun, 11am5pm, Thu, 11am-8pm. Stanford.

SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF ART “Vital Signs: New Media From the Permanent Collection.” Thru Feb 6. “New Stories From the Edge of Asia: Plastic Life.” Thru Sep 19. “Wayne Thiebaud: Seventy Years of Paint.” Thru Jul 4. “Real & Hyperreal.” Thru Aug 1. Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm, closed Mon. San Jose.

SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF QUILTS AND TEXTILES “Hawaii’s Alfred Shaheen: Fabric to Fashion.” Textiles and aloha wear from an Oahu manufacturer. “Grand Appliqué: Hawaiian Quilts.” Works by Carol Kamaile. “Wendeanne Ke’aka Stitt: Contemporary Kapa.” All end Aug 8. Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm. San Jose.

TECH MUSEUM ”Genghis Khan.” A new show

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CONTINUING ANNO DOMINI “My Only Desire.” A one-third scale sculpture version of the Lady and the Unicorn tapestry by Joey Syta using Lite-Brite pegs. Thru Jun 26. San Jose.

School of Music and Art, Mountain View.

PALO ALTO ART CENTER “Secret Drawings.” A show based on the Surrealist idea of the exquisite corpse. “Dream Sequences.” Ceramic figures by Michael Lucero, Beverly Mayeri and others. “Surreal Reinventions.” Thru Sep 4. TueSat, 10am-5pm, Thu, 7-9pm, Sun, 1-5pm. Palo Alto.

SAN JOSE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART “Modesto Covarrubias: Liminal,” Thru Jul 3. “Cat Mazza: The Mill Series.” A Night Moves installation. Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm, Sat, noon-5pm. San Jose.

Books ANDREW BEAHRS A booksigning event with the author of “Twain’s Feast: Searching for America’s Lost Foods.” Mon, 7:30pm. Free. Kepler’s Menlo Park.

DAVID BICKEL Some things are just too weird says the author of “Creepiosity: A Hilarious Guide to the Unintentionally Creepy.” Tue, 7pm. Free. Books Inc., Palo Alto.

BARRY EISLER a chance to met the author of the new thriller “Inside Out.” Tue, 7:30pm. Free. Kepler’s Menlo Park.

Sukerti Berg shows watercolors of Bali-inspired flowers. Thru Jul. San Jose.

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“See Here,” mixed-media paintings by Murphy Adams, and paintings by Charis DeRemer. Thru Jul 9. San Jose.

MACLA “The Art of Politics: Three Generations of Political Printmaking in the Bay Area.” Thru Aug 7. Wed-Thu, noon7pm, Fri-Sat, noon-5pm. San Jose.

MOHR GALLERY Paintings and prints by Andy Muonio, who uses color to create emotions in extralarge portraits. Thru Aug 1. Reception Jun 25, 6-8pm. Community

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Dance the evening away at this annual community event featuring live music from local bands. Sat, 4–9pm; free. Lincoln Avenue and Willow Street, Willow Glen.

FESTIVAL IN THE PARK A wellness fair with exhibits, food, petting zoo and more. Sat, 11am-4pm. Free. Hellyer County Park.

PARTY ON THE PASEO A summer series with live music. Sat, 5:30pm. Free. Paseo de San Antonio from Cesar de Chavez Park to First Street, San Jose.

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unrelated Coco Before Chanel. Chanel here is Anna Mouglalis, a knifelike, severe creature, with a wide scarlet mouth. The ChanelStravinsky love affair begins before World War I in Paris. Chanel goes to the ballet to see the debut of The Rite of Spring. The audience starts to riot. We see Stravinsky (Mads

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Mikkelsen) blaming the dancers for not being able to dance to the music. Sympathizing, Chanel invites Stravinsky and his equally poor family into her silk-lined chateau. Director Jan Kounen waltzes the camera around a plush house, as Stravinsky pounds the keyboard and Chanel draws the composer closer to her. Love isn’t her sole occupation; she’s also supervising the creation of her namesake perfume. This olfactory task is hampered by the smell of burning emanating from Stravinsky’s wife (Yelena Morozova). From the art nouveau kaleidoscope titles to the nostril-aring ďŹ nish, Kounen presents a standard love triangle—rich-looking, spotless. It’s engrossing until it suddenly isn’t. (Opens Jun 25 at the Guild in Menlo Park.) (RvB)

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(PG-13; 102 min.) Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and pals try to age gracefully. Make it stop. (Opens Jun 25.)

WE EXPECT to see comedians unveiled as monsters in closeup, but it’s strange that the ďŹ rst-rate documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work shows a subject who is in some ways free of ego, even from the beginning of the ďŹ lm where she’s seen having the makeup sponged on her face. Access is the essence of a good proďŹ le piece; Rivers gave it, and directors Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg took advantage of it—yet they kept the right amount of distance. (Since Rivers is a self-declared “plastic-surgery freak,â€? a bit of distance helps her, too. Her face has been prepared for an audience, so to speak; from the seats, it looks great.)

JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK (R; 84 min.) See review at left. (Opens Jun 25 at Camera 7 in Campbell, the Aquarius in Palo Alto and CinĂŠArts Santana Row.)

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CASABLANCA/SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1942/1952) You must remember this. In a remarkable studio re-creation of North Africa, an elaborate story of wartime loss and love is played out. Club owner Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) is confronted by his old lover (Ingrid Bergman) and her husband (Paul Henreid), who try to shake the isolationist Rick into action against the Nazis. Not a movie, but the movies, as Umberto Eco argued; in Casablanca, every ďŹ lm genre is sampled and merged, played by a cast that included 34 nationalities. BILLED WITH Singin’ in the Rain. See below. (Plays Jun 26-27 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)

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saving the careers of Lockwood and his chum Cosmo (Donald O’Connor). All three run afoul of grasping leading lady Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen). The film has its cream-puff fantasy moments, like the ballet when 50 feet of floating gauze are tossed about by the gusts of offscreen airplane motors, all for the purpose of unwrapping Cyd Charisse and her nine miles of legs. It earns its Technicolor raptures with a hardheaded Brooklyn script by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. (Plays Jun 25-26 at 7pm and Jun 27 at 1pm in San Jose at the Retro Dome.) (RvB)

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implodes during the course of a terminal American rock tour, as chronicled by a worshipful but imbecilic documentary director (Rob Reiner). A flop in its day, marketed as a new Airplane!, This Is Spinal Tap now shines as the funniest and most knowing satire of the wretched excesses of rock, with an ensemble cast that rivals the best of Preston Sturges. Featuring the power chords of Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer ), David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) and the slow-on-the-uptake Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest ). Pre-show: YouTube “Battle of the Bands” finalists play Spinal Tap tunes live. (Plays in San

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THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) This film has become life itself for so many people on the outskirts of life. It’s famous for the unquenchable yearning in Judy Garland’s voice and the witty Tin Pan Alley songs that never could have been written with such easy panache if the composers had known what the film was going to mean 50 years later. (Plays Jun 24 at sundown in Redwood City at Old Courthouse Square; free; bring blankets and lawn chairs.) (RvB)

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the glue of the club.” This time around, Van Wyk will have to find new ways to make his night spot stick. Van Wyk has long had a reputation as a champion of live music, and his club was a successful underground favorite before his lease ended and new landlords basically doubled his rent last year. “It buried me,” he remembers. Even back then, as he gave up Johnny V’s for a short stint bringing live music into Mission Ale House, he predicted the rent increase would be a disaster and he would somehow, someway eventually get his club back. He was right. “Basically, they foreclosed on the building, and it went back to my original landlord,” says Van Wyk. “He called me up and offered me my original deal.” So he signed a six-year lease, and got right to work. Van Wyk had been so confident that something would eventually happen that he’d

held onto his liquor license for the year that he was out of Johnny V’s. Unfortunately, he didn’t hold on to some other things. “I didn’t have anything,” he says. “I had zero sound equipment. I sold it all when the bar closed.” Starting from scratch, though, has been a great thing for Johnny V’s. It looks better inside than it ever has, starting with a paint job that lightened it up immensely. Some of the cosmetic changes actually date back to right before the bar closed, when he did a remodeling job that opened up the space. But for the reopening he’s put posters up from the hundreds of shows he’s booked, and for the first time ever, Johnny V’s now has real bar stools. He calls the reopening touches “simple stuff that works.” And he brought back a musical philosophy that worked, as well, with local and touring bands, along with the occasional DJ, playing Thursday through Sunday nights. The popular freestyle open night the Cypher hosted by Andrew Moyco (better known as Audio Dru) is back on Wednesday nights. And he’s adding some rotating regulars, like DJ Jagged Jeff one Saturday a month. “It’s 80 to 90 percent bands on weekends,” he says. “If I’m going to have a DJ, I like to have somebody like Jeff where it’s not run-of-themill stuff.” As far as musicians go, he tends to book an eclectic mix that runs from rock to hip-hop to death metal: “I’m down for all styles, as long as it’s organic and real.” Van Wyk will soon be unveiling some menu options at Johnny V’s, and is already looking to expand. “There really is a lot of potential,” he says. “We’ll see what happens.” Meanwhile, there’s the limo to deal with, and he admits he doesn’t have nearly as many ideas for that. “I don’t know what I’m going to do with it.”

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Saturday, 7:30pm, Mountain Winery, Saratoga; $37-$61 It can’t be easy to get people to take you seriously when you spell your name “Brandi,” but it helps when you get T-Bone Burnett and Rick Rubin to produce your records. Seattle singer/songwriter Carlile has done exactly that, with a string of increasingly Americana-ish (and increasingly popular) albums anchored by somber vocals that recall Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, with whom Carlile has often collaborated. (SP)

Bamboo Park

Sunday, noon–6pm, Arena Green (next to HP Pavilion), San Jose; free Fresh off their stunning performance headlining the SubZero Festival, the Bangerz head up the Bamboo Park celebration at Guadalupe River Park across from HP Pavilion. Several local organizations have joined up to celebrate Pilipino Independence Day with the festival; the lineup also includes Krystal Cruz, Michelle Martinez, Jule Plug, Philtered Soul, Tracy Cruz, Ver5e and De La Femme. (SP)

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weeks reading The Psychoanalysis of Fire and The Poetics of Reverie, two books by French philosopher Gaston Bachelard. His teachings were so evocative that I filled up two 120-page journals with my notes. To this day, I still refer to them, continuing to draw fresh inspiration from ideas I wasn’t ripe enough to fully understand when I first encountered them. You’re entering a phase of your astrological cycle when a similar event could happen for you, Taurus: a supercharged educational opportunity that will fuel you for a long time.

GEMINI (May 21–June 20): Congrats, Gemini!

You have not only weathered your recent phase of relentless novelty; you’ve thrived on the adjustments it demanded of you. I am hereby awarding you with the rare and prestigious title of Change-Lover, which I only bestow upon one of the signs of the zodiac every four years or so. So what’s next on the schedule? The shock of the new will soon subside, giving you a chance to more fully integrate the fresh approaches you’ve been adopting. I suggest you relax your hyper-vigilance and slip into a slower, smoother, more reflective groove.

CANCER (June 21–July 22): Here are the lowpaying jobs I’ve done that I wasn’t very good at: tapping sap from maple trees in Vermont; driving a taxi in North Carolina; toiling as an amusement park ride operator in New Jersey; being a guinea pig for medical experiments in California; digging ditches in South Carolina; and picking olives from trees in the south of France. Do I feel like a failure for being such a mediocre worker and making so little money? No, because although it took me a while, I finally found jobs I was good at, and have been thriving ever since. Why would I judge myself harshly for having trouble doing things that weren’t in sync with my soul’s code? Please apply this line of thinking to yourself.

LEO (July 23–Aug. 22): Each year, Playboy magazine publishes a list of the best colleges to go to if you prefer partying to studying. In its recent rankings, a top spot went to the University of Wisconsin, which was dubbed “the best beer-drinking school in the country.” As a counterpoint to this helpful information, HuffingtonPost.com offered a compendium of the best anti-party schools. Brigham Young got favorable mention since it has a policy forbidding students from drinking, smoking, and having sex. The University of Chicago was also highly regarded, being “the place where fun goes to die.” For the next three weeks, Leo, I recommend that you opt for environments that resemble the latter more than the former. It’s time for you to get way down to business, cull the activities that distract you from your main purpose, and cultivate a hell of a lot of gravitas.

VIRGO (Aug. 23–Sept. 22): You’re entering a phase of your long-term cycle when cultivating abundance is an especially smart thing to do. To take maximum advantage, I suggest that you be both extra generous and extra receptive to generosity. Bestow more blessings than usual and put yourself in prime positions to gather in more blessings than usual. I realize that the second half of this assignment might be a challenge. You Virgos often feel more comfortable giving than receiving. But in this case, I must insist that you attend to both equally. The giving part won’t work quite right unless the receiving part is in full bloom. LIBRA (Sept. 23–Oct. 22): What have you lost in recent months, Libra? This week begins a phase when will you have the potential to not exactly recover it, but rather to re-create it on a higher

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23–Nov. 21): I’m guessing that you’ve been ushered into a frontier that affords you no recognizable power spot. It probably feels uncomfortable, like you’ve lost the inside track. And now along comes some wise guy—me—who advises you in his little horoscope column that you are exactly where you need to be. He says that this wandering outside the magic circle is pregnant with possibilities that could help you make better use of the magic circle when you get back inside at a later date. I hope you will heed this wise guy and, at least for the moment, resist the temptation to force yourself back into the heart of the action. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22–Dec. 21): There used to

be a tradition in Sweden that young women could dream of the person they would ultimately wed if they put seven kinds of flowers beneath their pillows on Midsummer’s Eve. That’s crazy nonsense, of course. Right? Probably. Although I must note that two nights ago I placed a gladiolus, hydrangea, lilac, orchid, snapdragon, tulip, and rose under my pillow, and subsequently dreamed of being visited by the lily-crowned Goddess of Intimacy, who asked me to convey a message to you Sagittarians. She said that if you even just imagine slipping seven flowers under your pillow, you will have a dream about what you should do in order to help your love life evolve to the next stage of its highest potential.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22–Jan. 19): Have you ripened into such a knowledgeable, sophisticated person that you’re hard to surprise? Do you draw conclusions about each new experience by comparing it to what has happened to you in the past? I hope not. I hope you’re ready to be a wideeyed, open-armed, wild-hearted explorer. I hope you will invite life to blow your mind. In the days to come, your strongest stance will be that of an innocent virgin who anticipates an interesting future. Blessings you can’t imagine will visit you if you’ll excuse yourself from outdated expectations and irrelevant complications. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20–Feb. 18): The notorious

Wicked Bible was published in 1631. That wasn’t its original name. It was supposed to be as holy as every Bible. But it contained an error that slipped by the proofreaders’ notice: In the book of Exodus, where the Ten Commandments were listed, the word “not” was excluded from one commandment. What remained, an insult to pious eyes, was “Thou shall commit adultery.” Most of these books were later burned, and the publisher was punished. Be on the lookout for a comparable flap, Aquarius: a small omission that could change the meaning of everything. Ideally, you’ll spot the error and fix it before it spawns a brouhaha.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #538198 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Kids Shop and Accessories, 5750 Santa Teresa Blvd., Suite E, San Jose, CA, 95123, Jose E. Sorto, 302 Los Gatos Almaden Rd, Los Gatos, CA, 95032. This business is conducted by a individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Jose E. Sorto This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 5/20/2010. (pub Metro 6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/07/2010)

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #538761 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Boulevards Properties, BNMI Real Estate Services, 550 S. First Street, San Jose, CA, 95113, Boulevards New Media Inc, 550 South First St., San Jose, CA, 95113. This business is conducted by a Corporation. The state of Corporation: California. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Dan Pulcrano CEO #C1960417 This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 6/07/2010. (pub Metro 6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/07/2010)

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Hamm, the all-time leader, scored 158 goals in 275 games. Last year the Pride finished last, but they are now in first place. “I hate losing,” Marta says. “When I don’t play well, I want to come back in the next game and play better.” In the inaugural Women’s Professional Soccer season last year, Marta was awarded the MVP trophy while playing for the Los Angeles Sol. This year Marta continues to accumulate awards, twice being named Player of the Week. She did not get off to a blazing start, only finding the net once in the first five games. In the last four games she has five goals. Marta says she is scoring more goals now because she and her teammates are all starting to get familiar with each other. It took six years for the Women’s Professional Soccer league to arrive after the WUSA folded, but the league is growing from the ground up. Marta will be key to the league’s success.

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and finding garb that can be altered with a little “five second femininity.” “Raid his closet and create what’s you” is the site’s manifesto. In one post, My Boyfriend’s Closet demonstrates how to turn a pair of men’s briefs into a sports bra with a single pair of scissors. Another post, titled “10 Ways to Wear His Shirt,” takes a single maroon men’s button-up and transforms it into a range of different shirt cuts, from a single-shoulder tie-up to a drapy, complex-looking tube top. During a time of economic recovery, innovation is prized, and sometimes, necessary. Having another closet from which to choose can do wonders, especially if one has the patience to be crafty. Even the world of high-end women’s fashion has greeted boyish charm with accolade. The boyfriend jean, paraded around by Sarah Jessica Parker, and the boyfriend blazer trend are just two examples the website gives on how masculinity has sneaked into mainstream women’s style. Kyna Phan thinks it’s important to celebrate the do-it-yourself movement. “I didn’t come from the wealthiest family. When I was little I always tried to fix up my old clothes to make them look different,” Kyna Phan says. “We want to inspire creativity, try to let girls do more hands-on work, instead of always buying,” Fernandez says. “We want to show how you can use the resources that you have.” The site is also topical, citing pop-culture references and fashion shows that are laden with “boyfriend clothed” swagger. From the newest Janet Jackson music video to how short hair gives a woman credibility, Kyna Phan and Fernandez say their site operates to bolster the female’s fashion psyche while injecting it with a little dose of masculinity. The website evolved in a time when men’s fashion is softening, alluding to the possibility that gendered style is becoming increasingly more fluid with the passage of time. Mybfcloset.com is proving that wearing men’s clothing is no longer the “walk of shame” garb that it used to be.

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yards and up—the current world record for a confirmed kill in combat is 2,430 meters, or roughly 1.5 miles. 2. At 1,000 yards the Coriolis deflection is small but not necessarily trivial. Una computed that at the latitude of Sacramento, a bullet traveling 1,000 yards would be deflected about three inches to the right. In addition, because gravity pulls the bullet down as it flies, you’d have to aim higher or lower depending on the degree to which you were facing east or west. If you were firing due east, you’d have to aim six inches lower, since the earth is rotating toward you, meaning your target would be slightly closer by the time the bullet arrived. If you were firing due west, you’d have to aim six inches higher. 3. Amateur long-range shooters can improve their aim using laser rangefinders and scopes with bullet-drop compensators; they’ll also consult “cheat sheets” of bullet and rifle performance and their own log of prior results. 4. Horizontal deflection caused by the Coriolis effect is more esoteric but in theory easy to adjust for, since it’s a function of your distance from the equator. When possible, any shooter makes a few test shots at a new location and tweaks his or her sights accordingly. Mostly this is to correct for maladjustments due to jostling in transit and such, but it also compensates for the Coriolis effect. 5. As we’ve seen, vertical deflection depends on what direction you’re shooting. None of the amateur shooters we heard from worried much about it. More important things can go wrong, and besides, assuming your target is standing, what’s a couple inches up or down? Turning now to your wimpy civilian concerns, don’t sweat the Coriolis effect on your gas mileage. In Sacramento, the rotation of the earth causes your car to drift about 16 feet to the right per mile. That may be an issue if you’re barreling down a narrow two-lane, but correcting for it costs you less than a hundredth of a mile per gallon.

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