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Cisco: Potterville? This past summer, Cisco Systems, the biggest employer in Silicon Valley, announced plans to build 2.5 million square feet of office space on 140 acres near its Tasman Avenue campus over the next 20 years. To help grease the skids :FDG8EP with the city, the San D8EGfkk\i Jose–based network giant has hired longtime political aide MIKE POTTER. The local government affairs position is clearly a step up for Potter, who has pretty much had the same job for 15 years or so: He cut his political teeth working in the district office of the much-loved state Sen. BYRON SHER back in the mid-’90s, and has essentially the same gig now, working for Assemblymember JOE COTO. (Potter’s better known as the husband of CINDY CHAVEZ—the South Bay Labor Council chief and cheerfulyet-combative former vice mayor.) While there’s no mystery as to why Potter would take Don’t the job, it’s seems forget like a curious choice to tip! for Cisco. Corporate types do not generally FLY@ have much tolerance METRONEWS. for unnecessary COM political controversy or feather-ruffling. And at this moment in San Jose history, the labor camp, under Chavez and political director BOB BROWNSTEIN, has forcefully driven a wedge into City Hall. Also, according to a number of sources, Potter has not quite forgiven Mayor CHUCK REED for handily beating his wife at the polls four years ago. Fly has a difficult time imagining Potter being very effective in getting anything from the mayor or his allies on the council. But JIM CUNNEEN, the former assemblymember who later went to work for Cisco, says Potter’s the perfect man for the job. “He’s a policy creature, not a political creature,” Cunneen says. Perhaps proving the adage that opposites attract.

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Except, of course, when Congresspeople grab funds for the voters’ own districts. That’s not pork—that’s bringing home the bacon. The wasteful funds funneling into those other 434 districts? Unnecessary and unjustifiable. Criminal, in fact. The brand-new congressional Tea Party Caucus condemned them as brazenly unconstitutional. Its members then promptly requested $1 billion in earmarks for their districts. So since Santa may never again scoot down local incinerator chutes to deliver Regional Waste Improvement Initiative grants to mistletoe-sporting workers—Metro presents a look at what may be the last-ever earmarks. Specifically, the earmarks requested by our local congresspeople, the honorables Zoe Lofgren, Anna Eshoo

and Mike Honda. Of which there are 34, 59 and 65, respectively. Not surprisingly, our Silicon Valley reps’ list is uniformly high-techoriented. You’ll find no set asides for an Ethnic Knitting Festival or Museum of Early Computing. This is strictly future-oriented stuff. Even the $10 million earmarked for re-skinning Hangar One at Moffett Field, which appears in all three reps’ requests, touts the proposal’s economic benefits. While many might appreciate the historic value of the plan, the language in the bill points out that the funding “would allow the Navy to coordinate the deskinning process with NASA to meet the government’s commitment to . . . uses consistent with NASA’s new mission of public-private partnerships to improve research focused on space.” (Mr. Branson and Mr. Musk, you are cleared for take-off.) Then there’s the reps’ City of San Jose Clean Tech Innovation Center, a 40,000-square-foot, $500,000 business incubator designed to serve the needs of “emerging technology companies that still lack a place to


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fingerprints between the field and headquarters.” (They’re already doing it on The Mentalist.) Eshoo supports many of the same and parallel projects, but also drills down frequently, in her funding requests, to direct retrofits. She’s gotten $850,000 to replace Sunnyvale’s older sodium vapor streetlights with ultra-efficient LED lights, and another $750,000 in energy-efficient streetlights for East Palo Alto. She’s asking for $750,000 to cover a former Ben Lomond landfill with solar panels to provide energy to Santa Cruz County’s public buildings. She’s asking for a $900,000 solar system for the Belmont library; and $1 million for solar power installations on Sunnyvale’s city-owned buildings. And Eshoo also wants to allocate $250,000 to get the lights rotating again in Pescadero’s historic Pigeon Point Lighthouse, whose upper floors are now closed due to structural damage. And there are many more juicy chunks of pork where those came from, involving waterrecycling programs, neighborhood revitalizations, veterans’ transitional housing and child abuse training for judicial personnel. There’s also $38.6 million for a new federal courthouse. The current one is too small for current caseloads, hobbled by a physical inability to expand and locked into archaic security apparatus. Congress allocated $10.8 million back in 1998 to purchase a site for a new one, but the rest of the approximately $100 million to get it done never materialized. This earmark may get the project started. One that is getting some negative attention is a Quagga and Zebra Mussel Eradication Program, designed to address the migration of the striped creatures from the Ukraine to coastal California. While it sounds arcane to the point of silliness, it is actually dead serious: Just as they did back in the Great Lakes, these invasive barnacles are climbing all over water pipes, screens and conduits, to the point that water flow may, if they’re not stopped, shut down over the entire region. So which of these will actually pass? Impossible to say. As of this writing, GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell has just announced that he’ll rally his troops to vote down the 2011 federal budget proposal because some 1 percent of it is made up of earmarks—including $85 million of his own.

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manufacture the initial prototype product or tests on a commercial level,” especially those involved with solar energy. That’s matched with a $400,000 Cluster Clean Tech Workforce Development Initiative, to train workers in new energy technologies, and a $371,060 Solar Panel Installation and Energy Saving Retrofitting Training Project for At-Risk Youth, designed to serve “unemployed at-risk youth ages 18-24, including those who are low-income, high school dropouts, in the juvenile justice system, and aging-out of the foster care system.” That’s a lot of needy kids.


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JibJab’s 2010 Recap JibJab went for a bit of a narrower focus on American politics in its annual original music video recap of the year, constructing a regretful duet between U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Unlike in past years, the closest thing we get to a send-up of the year in pop culture is a reference to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in reference to California voters’ failed efforts to legalize marijuana. In the video, Obama and Biden bemoan, “We arrived in ’09 on a rainbow of hope, but 2010 blew it all up in smoke” and “Oh 2010, we can’t wait for you to jet like that guy from JetBlue.” The video is also a departure from JibJab’s trademark dancing cutout faces style, dating back to its first hit “This Land.” —LIZ GANNES, NETWORKEFFECT. ALLTHINGSD.COM

On Monday, CEO Reed Hastings defended Netflix’s prospects in a very public, very detailed and very unusual blog post on Seeking Alpha. The post was in response to a specific short seller, Whitney Tilson, who last week laid out his case against Netflix in another Seeking Alpha blog post. By addressing this one short seller, of course, Hastings is trying to address the market’s jitters as a whole, and he does a pretty convincing job of it. Tilson raised a number of concerns, ranging from the recent resignation of Netflix’s CFO to pressures on Netflix’s margins to market saturation and increasing competition in streaming video. Hastings acknowledges that Tilson “only has to be right on one or two of these issues in 2011 for him to make money on his short of Netflix. . . . Odds are he is wrong on all of them, in my view.” Hastings then goes on to rebut the short seller’s argument (short sellers are investors who bet against a stock): • The CFO left because he wasn’t going to become CEO anytime soon. • The First Sale Doctrine (which allows Netflix to rent DVDs after purchasing them) may be under attack, but it won’t change in 2011. And Netflix’s video streaming business is growing so fast that by the time it does have

• Internet bandwidth costs should continue to decline, and while ISPs might like to charge content providers for data, that won’t happen in 2011. • Market saturation in streaming video over the Internet is not yet an issue. Market demand is still accelerating. The key question is whether some combination of Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Google TV and other Internet video services will some day effectively replace the cable TV experience. And if it can, whether that combination will cost more or less than the $80 or more people pay for cable today. But remember, people are already paying for Netflix, which helps Hastings’ case. — ERICK SCHONFELD, TECHCRUNCH.COM

Steve B Live sports are the only reason to still have cable or satellite. Sadly, it’s an expensive addiction for many (myself included). tonystubblebine I was just looking at the NBA streaming package and balked because it’s $99. But when you actually do the math, Netflix, plus streaming of two or three sports, is a much better deal. Kenan Banks Do I wish I bought NFLX two years ago at $18? Yes. But now: It’s trading at a very high P/E; their ENTIRE biz model rests on them signing good deals with media conglomerates; all the media conglomerates appear to fucking hate them; they have absolutely no defense against GOOG, AMZN, AAPL, etc. I just can’t see them winning the streaming media industry. Student_20 Television and Cable are, IMHO, dying because the ads are now a significant portion of the time you spend watching it. Half-hour sitcoms, for instance, now have a run time of 19 to 20 minutes. Hackcess Provider We currently have the movie network and we easily wait 6-plus months for movie releases to appear, and we pay $15 extra/month for this service).


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The Early Days of Wikipedia When Wikipedia launched in 2001, its handful of volunteers faced the daunting task of creating an opensource repository of the world’s knowledge from scratch. Where did they start? Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” of course. Joseph Reagle, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, recreated the 10,000-or-so contributions made to Wikipedia during its first six weeks of existence. According to his blog: “Popular topics seemingly include philosophy, geography, the Dewey Decimal System, Ernest Hemingway, the United States (and its Constitution), Isaac Asimov, the Japan Constitution, Metallica, statistics, and—my goodness, true to the Objectvist conspiracy theories—a huge collection of articles on Atlas Shrugged.” In fact,, a full 15 percent of the earliest Wikipedia articles dealt with “Atlas Shrugged.” And here’s the first entry for “Star Wars:” An epic story about the fight between the Rebels and the Empire to dominate the Galaxy. The Internet was so quaint in 2001! —ADRIAN CHEN, VALLEYWAG. GAWKER.COM

muppet_baby The Dewey Decimal System? Really? That’s like posting a review of Yellowpages on Yelp. Number 6 So basically all the favorite topics of nerds and basement conspiracy theorists. What a shock!

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What distinguishes this ban, however, is that the paper alternative is also severely restricted. Only bags made of a minimum of 40 percent recyclable paper will be permitted, and even then, bags will come with a cost. Shopkeepers will be required to charge 10 cents per bag, with the price climbing to 25 cents after the first year. The new ordinance passed with a vote of 10-1. The lone dissenter was City Councilmember Pete Constant, who argued that the ban “increased the burden and cost for people in the midst of one of the deepest recessions

we’ve experienced in our lifetime.” The bill was a triumph for Save the Bay, the largest regional nonprofit group working to protect and restore San Francisco Bay. David Lewis, the group’s executive director, says that 3.8 billion plastic bags are used in the Bay Area every year, and over a million of these end up in the Bay. While this is a very small percentage—0.025 percent—they cause considerable harm to local birds and fish. Lewis went so far as to call plastic bags “the most visible and unsightly forms of pollution in the Bay.” —Silicon Valley Newsroom

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No, people. This is the blues. “We didn’t really like each other,” Meduri remembers about that first conversation on the telephone in 2006. “All my buddies were like, ‘You have to come play the Poor House,’” says Price. “I was like, ‘Where is it? Downtown?’ ’Cause I used to play at Toons back when it was happening down there. But I drove by, and this is when he had the tent, and I was thinking, ‘It looks a little ghetto.’ It was a lot smaller then, too. I was like, ‘I don’t know about this place. Playing during dinner?’” “I knew of her,” says Meduri. “At that point, I’d been in business about a year. We were getting

different musicians coming in and playing, but I’d never met her, or heard her. I checked it out online. I was looking for bands that could draw, obviously, and she was pretty persistent. She made that call. . . .We talked for a while. She was trying to get X amount of dollars, and I said, ‘Well, this is what we pay.’ She said, ‘Well, we’ll pack your place.’ And I said ‘Well, we pack it regardless.’ We were going back and forth.” “It wasn’t the best start,” Price says. “I hung up the phone and I was like, ‘I’m going to play this place once, and then never again.” But Meduri did come to the show the night she played, and

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However, in the small world of Bay Area blues, where everybody knows everybody else, such a high-profile match-up was bound to be fraught with complications. At first they tried to avoid them entirely by keeping their romance as much of a secret as possible, but that only worked for so long. Sometimes it’s still hard to balance their professional lives and their relationship. “We’ve had a lot of talks about that,” says Price. “‘OK, in this situation, maybe don’t say that I play here. We’ll just be us, the Meduris.’ I’m still Lara Price, and I have yet to really introduce myself as Lara


says. “I wish I could play it as well as I know it, but sometimes my brain doesn’t tell my fingers what to do. So that’s my hobby, playing music, hence Jay and the Po Boys, where I hire all these ringers to help me sound better.” So does he live vicariously through Price, who tours regularly and just released her fifth album, Everything? “Pretty much,” he admits. On New Year’s Eve, he won’t have to, as Jay and the Po Boys will share the bill with the headlining Price at the Bistro’s second annual New Year’s Eve soiree—all the tables and chairs are removed and the place turns into what Price describes as a “house party” with music, dancing, drinks and food. Tickets are limited for the event, which will see the newlywed couple singing a song together. But don’t expect to see them starting a family band. I’m sure people had their own beliefs or ideas about why we were together. I’m sure there were a lot of rumors flying. But there’s nothing you can really do about that. “There’s too many cooks in the kitchen when we’re on stage together. I knew that right away,” says Price. “There’s no way we would ever be able to play in a band together. We’re both leaders.”

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Other New Year’s Eve Highlights HIGH ON FIRE play VooDoo Lounge on the heels of sold-out Fillmore shows earlier this year that saw the return of Sleep, a San Jose doom metal band that could barely draw a crowd in local clubs in the early ’90s but 15 years after their demise are considered the godfathers of stoner rock. When Sleep split after a disastrous experience trying to get their label to release their third full-length, Dopesmoker (essentially one hour-long song), guitarist Matt Pike formed High on Fire, a far hookier, but still plenty stone-y metal band. Y&T have been through the area quite a bit in the last couple of years, but nothing quite like this New Year’s show at Avalon. It’s a benefit for the band’s founding bassist Phil

Kennemore, who’s been playing next to frontman Dave Meniketti for over 35 years. Unfortunately, Kennemore isn’t currently in the lineup, where he belongs—he’s been taking treatments at home for metastatic cancer since he was diagnosed this summer. For this benefit, Y&T have really pulled out all the stops, calling in fellow metal vets like Don Dokken, Geoff Tate from QUEENSRYCHE, and many more. Two heavyweight cover bands, the

SUN KINGS AND UNAUTHORIZED ROLLING STONES, re-create the cultural and musical battle between the Beatles and the Stones at the newly reopened Fox Theatre in Redwood City. At the adjoining Club Fox, another cover band the MEGATONES, will headline.

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Meduri. It hasn’t happened yet. I changed my Social Security card, though.” If people gossiped a little about them at the time, Meduri doesn’t mind. “I’m sure people had their own beliefs or ideas about why we were together. I’m sure there were a lot of rumors fling. But there’s nothing you can really do about that,” he says. He has taken pains, however, not to let their relationship get in the way of her budding career. “It’s the Lara Price Band. That’s Lara’s business. This is my business,” Meduri says of the Bistro. “We help each other out, but you’ve gotta keep the lines clear. I’m not going to tell her what she should play or how she should play. She’s a pro.” But Meduri has a background in music, too. Raised in the South Bay, he played in the Redevelopment Blues Band here in the late ’80s and early ’90s. They won a South Bay Blues Award for Best New Blues Band, but Meduri quickly figured out that he preferred the lifestyle of a restaurateur to that of a touring musician. He graduated from San Jose State’s Restaurant Management program, and worked all over the area before opening PHB in 2005. “I know blues music very well,” he

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offer party packages ranging from basic party admission to hotel stay and a three-course dinner. All include party favors, champagne toast and complimentary breakfast buffet at 1am. In the club, DJs spin hip-hop and R&B. Fri, Dec 31. $25 admission; packages $109 and up. 399 S. First St, San Jose. 408.287.3991.

AVALON Y&T headlines a benefit for musician Phil Kennemore, who was recently diagnosed with metastatic cancer. Guest performances include Geoff Tate (Queensryche), Don Dokken, Bobby Blotzer (RATT), Vinny Appice (DIO, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell), Sean McNabb (Dokken, Montrose), Loren Gold (Roger Daltrey) and Paul Bostaph (Testament). Fri, Dec 31, 8pm2am. $75. 777 Lawrence Expwy, Santa Clara. 408.241.0777.

AZÚCAR LATIN BISTRO The evening comes complete with live video mixing and entertainment, a champagne toast and a balloon drop. Dressy attire. Fri, Dec 31. $15/$30. 71 & 81 E. San Fernando St, San Jose. 408.293.8482.

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casino night at B4Twelve with a “Roaring ’20s Countdown” New Year’s Eve party and casino night. Features complimentary hors d’oeuvres, midnight champagne toast, balloon drops and live video mixing. With DJs Howhigh, Junbug and Droc. $35 and up. Fri, Dec 31, 9pm-2am. 412 Emerson St, Palo Alto. 650.326.7183.

THE BLANK CLUB DJ Basura hots an Alternative New Wave Disco Electro Dance Party with a champagne toast at midnight. Fri, Dec 31, 9pm. $10. 44 S. Almaden Ave, San Jose, 408.292.5265. BLINKY’S CAN’T SAY Michael Osbourn plays, and champagne glasses will be hosted at midnight. Fri, Dec 31. 1031 Monroe St, Santa Clara. 408.985.7201.

BLOWFISH SUSHI A Black & White New Year’s Eve Party with DJ Jeff Morena, the dancers of GoGoPro and a midnight toast. Fri, Dec 31, 10pm. 355 Santana Row, Ste. 1010, San Jose. 408.345.3848.

BOGART’S Karaoke and KJ Dennis. Fri, Dec 31. No cover. 1209 Wildwood Ave, Sunnyvale. 408.245.2800.

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BOULEVARD TAVERN Live entertainment with Billy James Blues Band; free champagne toast at midnight. No cover. Fri, Dec 31. 15043 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos, 408.358.0774. BOWLMOR LANES “Rock the Ball Drop New Year’s Eve.” The bowling alley (previously known as Strike Cupertino) hosts a family-friendly party, 4-7pm, including three hours of unlimited bowling and endless soda; $29.95. For those 21 and older, experience four hours of unlimited bowling, a premium open bar and a buffet. Fri, Dec 31, 9pm-1am. $85. Cupertino Square, 10123 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino. 408.252.BOWL.

BRITANNIA ARMS ALMADEN Party with live music from Cool Under Pressure. Dinner available with reservation. Fri, Dec 31. 5027 Almaden Expwy, San Jose. 408.266.0550.

BRITANNIA ARMS DOWNTOWN Featuring live music by 10 til 2. Fri, Dec 31. 173 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose, 408.278.1400. BRITISH BANKER’S CLUB A Russian celebration with four-course dinner, unlimited champagne and traditional toasts and music. Fri, Dec 31. 1090 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 650.327.8769.

BRIX NIGHTCLUB The night features a balloon drop, the Brix dancers and a champagne toast. Fri, Dec 31. $10 before 10pm; $20 after. 349 S. First St, San Jose. 408.947.1975. BROOKDALE INN AND SPA Live music from Gator Alley, Izzy Ozborne and others. Overnight packages available. Fri, Dec 31, 8pm. $15. Brookdale Inn and Spa, 11570 Hwy 9, Brookdale, 831.338.1300.

CAPERS A live band plus party favors

and balloon drop. Fri, Dec 31, 8pm. 1710 W. Campbell Ave, Campbell. 408.374.5777.

CARDIFF LOUNGE Open at 6am on the first day of the new year for an all-day party. Fri, Jan 1, 6am. No cover. 260 E. Campbell Ave, Campbell. 408.374.7477. CATALYST An evening with SamBaDa, Flor de Cana, Yabas Dance Co., Raizes do Brasil Capoeira and Marcio Peeter and Banda Abaluar. Fri, Dec 31, 8pm. $15/$19. 1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz. 831.423.1336.

CLUB FOX Ring in the New Year with Megatones and Special Guests the Cover Grrlz. $30. Fri, Dec 31. 8:30pm. 2209 Broadway, Redwood City. 650.369.7770.

COCOANUT GROVE Joe Sharino Band celebrates 26th annual New Year’s Eve Eve Party. The event includes dancing, a balloon drop, party favors and a countdown to midnight. Thu, Dec. 30, 8pm-12:30am. $40/$45. Then celebrate on Dec. 31 with music from California Beach Party and DJ Robin Cortez, plus a dinner buffet, balloon drop and midnight toast. Fri, Dec 31, 7pm-1am. $35-$79. 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz.

CREEKSIDE BAR & GRILL Dinner and dancing with the Bravo Band. First seating 5-7pm; second seating: 7pm-1:45am. $60 per person/$100 per couple. 544 Alma Ave, San Jose. 408.289.9781.

CROW’S NEST Extra Large kicks off the dance party at 9:30pm. The party also includes balloons, noisemakers and favors. Fri, Dec 31, 9:30pm. $15. 2218 E. Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz. 831.476.4560.

DIVE BAR Drink specials, party favors, champagne, dancing and more. Fri, Dec 31. No cover before 9pm; $10 after. 78 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose. 408.288.5252.

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FAHRENHEIT LOUNGE Admission includes a hosted open bar, hors d’oeuvres, midnight balloon drop and champagne toast and a live countdown to 2011. DJs Benofficial, Guinness, Crown D and Melvis spin hip-hop, Top 40, R&B and club hits. VIP tables available. Fri, Dec 31, 8pm-2am. $75-$100/$100-$125. 99 E. San Fernando St, San Jose. 408.998.9998.

FIREHOUSE GRILL AND BREWERY Classic American rock & roll from Saints and Sinners. Plus a four-course dinner, champagne toast and party favors. Fri, Dec 31. Dinner reservations 5-10pm. $10 cover; $39.95 dinner package. 111 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale. 408.773.9500. FOX THEATRE Celebrate the coming of a new year with live music from the Sun Kings and the Unauthorized Rolling Stones, five bars and a midnight champagne extravaganza. Fri, Dec 31, 8pm. $75/$85; $50 sober ticket for designated drivers and nondrinkers. VIP options available. 2215 Broadway St, Redwood City. 650.FOX.7770.

FRIENDSHIP HALL: A MOMENTOUS NY EVE SPECTACULAR Featuring music from Tortilla Soup, the Mike Torres Band, Showtyme and the Niteliters, as well as guest Pete Escovedo. Plus Mexican cuisine, a balloon drop, a champagne toast and party favors. VIP pricing available. Semi-formal attire requested. Fri, Dec 31, 5pm. $80-$95; $150 couple rate. Friendship Hall, 1121 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose. 408.828.3229.

GOOSETOWN LOUNGE A karoake celebration with party favors. Fri, Dec 31. Goosetown, 1172 Lincoln Ave, San Jose. 408.292.4835. GRAND DELL SALOON The party includes food and dessert buffet, champagne toast, party favors and live music. Ask about complimentary limo service. Fri, Dec 31, 7pm. $40; advance tickets only. 1040 Dell Ave, Campbell. 408.378.3970.

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KAAMA LOUNGE “A Timeless Affair.” Admission includes appetizers, two drink tickets, a champagne toast and party favors, plus music from DJ Asf, go-go dancers and belly dancers. Fri, Dec 31, 7pm. $50/$75. 385 S. Winchester Blvd, San Jose. 408.243.4200.

KHARTOUM With DJ Davey K, drink specials, party favors and champagne toast. Fri, Dec 31. 300 Orchard City Dr, Campbell, 408.379.6340.

LOFT BAR AND GRILL Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a DJ, party favors and a balloon drop at midnight. Fri, Dec 31, 7pm. No cover. 90 S. Second St, San Jose. 408.291.0677.

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DJ, good food and midnight balloon drop. Fri, Dec 31. No cover. 130G N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos. 408.395.9929; and 163 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose. 408.292.9928.

MANTRA New Year’s Eve features a special menu and live jazz with Nora Maki and Band. Fri, Dec 31. $39/$59. 632 Emerson St, Palo Alto, 650.322.3500.

MOE’S ALLEY A “Woo Years Eve” with band Wooster. Plus the Taxi Project. Fri, Dec 31, 8pm. $12/$15. 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. 831.479.1854.

MOTIF “All That Glitters Is Gold” at Motif’s end-of-the-year blow-out celebration. DJs Dubb A, Jay Reese, CLo and ReSpin man the decks to rock the dance floor. The night begins at 7:30pm with a dinner buffet before the festivities. $25/$30; additional $30 for dinner. Fri, Dec 31, 9:30pm-1:30am. 389 S. First St, San Jose. 408.279.1888.

MOUNTAIN CHARLEY’S A dance party with DJ Roots plus a balloon drop and champagne toast. Fri, Dec 31, 8pm. 15 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos. 408.295.8880.

MURPHY’S LAW An evening with Isis and the Cold Truth, party favors and a champagne toast. Fri, Dec 31. 135 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale. 408.736.3822. NETO’S MARKET & GRILL Live music

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NUMBER ONE BROADWAY Music from the Joint Chiefs, plus a balloon drop and party favors. Fri, Dec 31, 8pm. $20. 102B S. Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos. 408.354.4303.

7pm-12:30am. $50 (includes appetizers, dinner, dessert and two drink tickets). 91 S. Autumn St, San Jose. 408.292.5837.

QUARTER NOTE A party with Scary Larry. Fri, Dec 31, 8pm-1am. $15/$20. 1214 Apollo Way, Sunnyvale. 408.732.2110. ROSIE MCCANN’S A live DJ, special dinner and champagne toast. Fri, Dec 31. 355 Santana Row #1060, San Jose. 408.247.1706. RUBY SKYE Markus Schulz takes over the decks. Plus aerial acrobatics, a balloon drop, a midnight countdown and food into the earlymorning hours. Fri, Dec 31, 7pm. $30-$100. 420 Mason St, San Francisco. 415.693.0777.

O’FLAHERTY’S IRISH PUB Taking two time zones into account, the pub celebrates Irish New Year at 4pm and West Coast New Year at midnight; champagne toast and party favors. Fri, Dec 31. No cover. 25 N. San Pedro St, San Jose. 408.947.8007.

THE SADDLE RACK Celebrate the coming of 2011 in Hollywood style with the Saddle Rack’s “New Year’s Eve Party at the Oscars.” Fri, Dec 31, 7pm. $30/$45. 42011 Boscell Road, Fremont. 510.979.0477.

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forget,” Pearl rings in 2011 with Evolution, featuring party favors, a midnight toast and more. VIP packages include private seating and bottle service. Fri, Dec 31, 9pm-2am. 8 S. First St, San Jose. 408.279.4444.

PEDRIZZETTI WINERY Pedrizzetti Winery hosts its fifth annual Black & White New Year’s Eve Bash. The party features music from White Pegasus, a buffet dinner and of course wine tasting. All-black, all-white or blackand-white attire required. Fri, Dec 31, 8pm12:30am. $65. 1645 San Pedro Ave, Morgan Hill. 408.779.7389.

A PERFECT FINISH Ring in the new year with music by Blue House. Fri, Dec 31. 55 S. First St, San Jose, 408.288.6000. POOR HOUSE BISTRO Drinks, dinner and dancing with live music from Jay & the Po Boys on the patio and Lara Price with Velvet Plum inside. Reservations required. Fri, Dec 31,

with the big-band sounds of A Touch of Brass plus Bossa Nova Trio and Samba Mundial. Packages are $70 and include dinner. 250 E. Java Dr, Sunnyvale. 408.734.1656.

SOUTH FIRST BILLIARDS A New Year’s Eve bash with DJs. Fri, Dec 31. 420 S. First St, San Jose. 408.294.7800.

STEPHENS GREEN DJ Cesar spins top hits. Fri, Dec 31, 10pm-2am. 223 Castro St, Mountain View. 650.964.9151. STRIKING 12 In this alternative holiday show, a hybrid of musical theater and concert featuring the music of indie-pop trio GrooveLily, an overworked New Yorker resolves to spend New Year’s Eve alone but receives an unexpected visitor. Presented by TheatreWorks. Wed, Dec. 29, 7:30pm, Thu, Dec 30, 8pm and Fri, Dec 31, 6 and 10pm. $56 Wed-

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300 SAN JOSE Packages run $30 and up, with unlimited bowling, pizza buffet and party favors 4-7pm. For those 21 and up, packages start at $40 and include bowling, party favors, a balloon drop and a champagne toast. Fri, Dec 31, 9pm-1am. 5420 Thornwood Dr, San Jose. 408.578.2940.

TEMPLE BAR AND LOUNGE Featuring live music from So Timeless, plus live video mixing by DJ Ready Rock, food from MoGo BBQ, an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a midnight toast and balloon drop. Fri, Dec 31, 8pm. $40/$60. 52 S. First St, San Jose. 408.288.8518.

TESSORA’S BARRA DI VINO Featuring balloons, beignets, bubbles and dancing with Chrome Deluxe to celebrate the new year and Tessora’s second birthday party. Fri, Dec 31, 8:30pm. $15/$20. 1875 S. Bascom Ave, Ste. 560, Campbell. 408.626.7711.

TOON’S The party features favors, champagne toast and more. Arrive before 10:30pm for a split of champagne. Fri, Dec 31. 52 E. Santa Clara St, San Jose, 408.292.7464.

WOODHAM’S LOUNGE Live rock with Larry Valdez and a champagne toast. Fri, Dec 31. $5. 4475 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara. 408.247.6856.

ZEN LOUNGE A New Year’s Eve bash with hip-hop, R&B, house and mash-ups from DJ Dynamic D. Plus GoGo’s BadAby and guests and complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 8-10pm and a midnight toast. Fri, Dec 31, 7pm. $35. 251 Castro St, Mountain View. 650.969.4847.

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DOUBLETREE HOTEL A party at Club Max with music by Entourage. An overnight-stay package includes two tickets to the party and a glass of champagne in the 2050 Lounge & Bar. Call for prices and details. Also, a four-course meal at Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops. 5-10pm. $58-$70. Fri, Dec 31, 8pm-2am. 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose. 408.453.4000.

VOODOO LOUNGE High on Fire, recent opening act for Metallica, headlines the festivities. Beerijuana opens. Fri, Dec 31, 8pm1am. 14 S. Second St, San Jose. 408.286.VODO.

FAIRMONT HOTEL At Club Regent, reception, dinner and music with Little Sister. 8:30pm. $150. At Pagoda Lounge, two seatings. The second seating (8:30pm) is $125 and features music by Wally’s Swing World and a bottle of champagne. 170 S. Market St, San Jose, 408.998.3960.

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WINE AFFAIRS Special three-course meals and wine or beer pairings, plus live music. Fri, Dec 31, 6 and 8pm dinner seatings with music from 9pm-midnight. $45-$65. 1435 The Alameda, San Jose. 408.977.0111.

Club welcomes the Jack Conway Trio with vocalist Juanita Harris for New Year’s Eve. Overnight packages are available. Fri, Dec 31, 8:30pm-12:30am. Hotel De Anza, 233 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose, 408.286.1000.

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HOLIDAY INN SILICON VALLEY A night of dancing to dance hits from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, plus a midnight champagne toast and balloon drop. Fri, Dec 31, 6:30pm-1am. $39; $79-$210 for dinner and overnight packages. 399 Silicon Valley Blvd, San Jose. 408.841.4408.

HOTEL LOS GATOS A high-end New Year’s

a champagne toast, an international DJ, belly dancing, a four-course dinner and a balloon drop. Fri, Dec 31, 8pm-1am. $69. 19930 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino. 408.996.9606.

BLUE PHEASANT DJ music, New York steak and scampi dinner, party favors and a champagne toast. Fri, Dec 31. $83. 22100 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino. 408.255.3300.

BUCA DI BEPPO A five-course menu, party favors and a champagne toast. Fri, Dec 31. $20 kids 10 and under, $45 general. 1875 S. Bascom Ave, Campbell. 408.377.7722. 643 Emerson St, Palo Alto. 650.329.0665. 925 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose. 408.226.1444.

Eve dinner at Dio Deka, plus music from DJs Donovan and Hector Garza and a midnight champagne toast. Overnight packages also available. Fri, Dec 31, 8pm-2am. $100-$200. 210 E. Main St, Los Gatos. 408.335.1700.

FRATELLO Chef Salvatore Calisi presents a four-course prix-fixe menu, plus live entertainment and toasting with champagne. Fri, Dec 31. $60-$85. 1712 Meridian Ave, San Jose. 408.209.3801.

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PALO ALTO SHERIDAN The Society of Single Professionals hosts this annual New Year’s Eve event with dancing in ballrooms for young professionals. Dressy attire recommended. Dinner available at 7:30pm at additional cost. Fri, Dec 31, 9pm-1am. $30 includes party hats and favors. Palo Alto Sheraton, 625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. 415.507.9962.

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ARYA GLOBAL CUISINE The night includes

experience to say goodbye to 2010. Fri, Dec 31. 172 S. Market St, San Jose. 408.294.2244.

KYOTO PALACE A special New Year’s Eve menu featuring steak, seafood and lobster, plus champagne or sparkling cider and party favors. Fri, Dec 31. $34-$49. 1875 S. Bascom Ave, Ste. 2500, Campbell. 408.377.6456. LB STEAK A four-course meal, plus party favors and a midnight toast. Fri, Dec 31. $69. 334 Santana Row #1000, San Jose. 408.244.1180.

LEFT BANK A four-course menu, with an a la carte option, as well as a champagne toast at midnight. Fri, Dec 31. $62. 377 Santana Row, Ste. 1100, San Jose. 408.984.3500. MARIANI’S INN A gala meal plus entertainment by Steve Edwards and Brock.

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Fri, Dec 31. Dinner $75; party packages $135 and up. 2500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. 408.243.1431.

Bubbles, Baubles and New Year’s Eve Menus LB STEAK in Santana Row is offering a four-course $69 prix fixe menu in addition to a limited version of the regular a la carte menu. The prix fixe includes venison with sweet potato spaetzle, chestnut velouté and shaved truffle and Juniper Port jus. Complimentary party favors and a midnight glass of sparkling wine are included. 334 Santana Row. San Jose. 408.244.1180.

“cannelloni,” Berkshire pork loin “pot au feu” with cabbage and Perigord truffles, Liberty Farms duck breast with chestnuts and beets, raclette Cromesquis with lardo, “caponata,” “Not Your Everyday Lemon Bar,” and finally beignets and coffee. This sample menu is subject to change based upon the availability of ingredients. 938 Villa St, Mountain View, 650.964.7466.

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a $62 four-course prix fixe menu with entree choices of butter-poached Maine lobster risotto with exotic mushrooms and truffle beurre blanc or beef tenderloin with marrow custard and Madeira truffle sauce. At Left Bank in Santana Row the menu is different. The choice of entrees is pan-roasted venison medallions with red currant cream sauce, filet mignon with truffle foie gras sauce with a butter poached lobster tail, or pan-seared day boat scallops with vanilla saffron beurre blanc. Complimentary party favors and a sparkling wine toast are included. 635 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, 650.473.6543, and 377 Santana Row, San Jose, 408.984.3500.

SHOKOLAAT in Palo Alto is serving a very reasonable $55 four-course prix fixe tasting menu with entree choices of fennel risotto with white truffle oil and Parmigiano-Reggiano, California black cod with eggplant puree, roasted chicken with sage, seasonal vegetables and creamy herb polenta, or lamb shank shepherd’s pie. A sparkling wine toast is included in the price. Flights of paired wines with the meal are available for an additional $15. 516 University Ave, Palo Alto, 650.289.0719.

MANRESA’s chef David Kinch is offering a six-course dinner with the menu to be announced. Wine pairings selected by sommelier Jeff Bareilles will be available. The first seating will be at 5:30pm, and the final seating at 9:30pm. The special New Year’s Eve Dinner is $195 per person, exclusive of wine, tax and gratuity. 320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, 408.354.4330.

CHEZ T.J. serves up an eight-course menu for $120. Included are Alaskan king crab, Moulard duck foie gras, sweetbread

delectable Greek menu at $95 during the first seating and $125 during the second seating. Diners get their choice of one of the following four appetizers: spinachand-cheese-filled phyllo pastry, beef short ribs in grape leaves, tiny lamb meatballs or crab and lobster Thermidor. Also included is a choice of soup or salad, and an entree choice of either Mediterranean dorade fish, chicken breast, Maine lobster pasta, lamb chops, filet mignon, New York strip steak or a filet mignon and prawn combo. This is followed by a choice of dessert. 210 E. Main St, Los Gatos, 408.354.7700.

MARCHÉ is offering a seven-course menu for $135 or four-course for $85. The seven courses include California hackleback caviar with pommes Dauphines, Dungeness crab with golden beets, breakfast radishes, avocado and Meyer lemon, onion and levain bread soup with comté cheese, grilled mero bass with pearled barley, leeks, sea urchin and red wine butter, rack of California lamb, keffir lime semi-freddo and cocoa milk. The four courses include the crab, onion soup, rack of lamb and keffir lime semifreddo. The last seating for this menu is 7:30pm. 898 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, 650.324.9092.

LE PAPILLON’s Scott Cooper is serving a four-course prix fixe menu at $95 per person. The menu includes a choice of appetizer, soup or salad, an entree and a dessert. Diners can choose between: Burgundy snails, lobster, chestnut agnolotti, hamachi tartare, scallops or Dungeness crab soufflé for appetizer. The soup and salad choices include snap pea soup, lobster bisque, chanterelle veloute with pheasant, baby greens salad, roasted root vegetable salad and duck and persimmon salad. Main course choices are pan-roasted beef tenderloin, ricotta tortellini with roasted porcini mushrooms,

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lamb done two ways, pan-seared striped bass with scallops, Berkshire pork tenderloin, braised duck breast, Cascade steelhead, or red deer noisettes. Dessert choices include a soufflé, vanilla custard crepe, poached pear tart, white chocolatepassionfruit mousse, roasted banana torte, fresh berries or a bittersweet chocolate and coconut terrine. 410 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, 408.296.3730.

The first dinner seating at QUATTRO includes a four-course menu for $75. The second seating features a seven-course menu, a champagne toast and dancefloor access until midnight. The first seating is $75 at 5:30pm and the second $135 at 8:30pm. Menu to be announced. 2050 University Ave, Four Seasons Hotel E. Palo Alto, 650.566.1200.

ALEXANDER’S STEAKHOUSE is serving a six-course prix fixe menu, which is $200 or $300 with wine pairings. Dinner includes pumpkin seed soup, lamb’s tongue terrine, roasted yellowtail, tempura shortribs, steak and lobster and a spiced chocolate cake namelaka for dessert. The evening will include live jazz music. 10330 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, 408.446.2222.

LAVANDA RESTAURANT & WINE BAR will be serving a slightly limited version of their regular menu accompanied by a complimentary glass of champagne. Specials for the evening will be a shellfish platter, Maine lobster and dry aged prime rib. Your dinner will be accompanied by Mike Bastian’s Pentimento jazz group. 185 University Ave, Palo Alto, 650.321.3514.

ARCADIA restaurant is serving a $95 per person four-course prix fixe. Dinner will begin with an amuse bouche of warm burrata cheese on beets and will be followed by a choice of smoked salmon salad, diver scallop or sunchoke velouté. The second course will consist of a choice of blue nose seabass, San Francisco cioppino or Maine lobster pot pie. The third will be duck a l’orange done two ways, beef filet or Colorado lamb chops. For dessert there will be a tasting trio. DJ Wunder will be providing music and dancing 9:301:30pm. 100 W. San Carlos St, San Jose, 408.278.4555.

QUATTRO The first dinner seating includes a four-course menu for $75. The second seating features a seven-course menu, a champagne toast and dance floor access until midnight. Fri, Dec 31, 5:30 and 8:30pm. $75 (first seating) and $135 (second seating). Four Seasons Silicon Valley, 2050 University Ave, East Palo Alto. 650.470.2889. ROUX Celebrate 2011 in New Orleans style with a $50 prix fixe menu, champagne bottle service, a DJ and a champagne toast. Fri, Dec 31, 7pm-12:30am. 3055 Olin Ave, San Jose. 408.249.8000. SENT SOVI Featuring a $100 chef’s tasting menu. Fri, 5-10:30pm. 14583 Big Basin Way, Saratoga. 408.867.3110. SINO The restaurant hosts a red-and-goldthemed Red Carpet New Year’s Eve Party. Bottle service and VIP packages available, plus a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Fri, Dec 31. $10 cover; packages from $275-$675. 377 Santana Row #1000, San Jose. 408.247.8880. TARRAGON Celebrate with a threecourse dinner, live music, party favors and a champagne toast. Fri, Dec 31. Seatings available at 5 and 5:15pm ($42), 7 and 7:15pm ($64), and 9 and 9:15pm ($70). 140 S. Murphy St, Sunnyvale. 408. 737.8003.

Funny Stuff COMEDYSPORTZ Laugh straight into 2011 with the ComedySportz crew, who host an early celebration at the Retro Dome and a midnight countdown, complete with a plus a treat from Psycho Donuts and a nonalcoholic beverage. Fri, Dec 31, 7 and 10pm. $20. The Retro Dome, 1694 Saratoga Ave, San Jose. Camera 3, 288 S. Second St, San Jose. 408.985.LAFF. IMPROV COMEDY CLUB Bobby Lee, a former cast member on Madtv, headlines two New Year’s Eve countdown shows (East coast and West coast). A dinner package with a champagne toast is also available. Fri, Dec 31, 7 and 10pm. $20-$65. 62 S. Second St, San Jose. 408.280.7475. ROOSTER T. FEATHERS Steve White, Andy Woodhull and Sammy Obeid perform; shows include party favors and champagne toast. Fri, Dec 31, 7:30 and 10:30pm. $35 for 7:30pm show, $50 for 10:30pm show. Must prepay online for tickets. 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale. 408.736.0921. WILL DURST’S BIG FAT YEAR END KISS OFF COMEDY SHOW XVIII An satirical round-up of politics in the last year, led by Will Durst and guests, including comedy sketches and improvisations. Wed, Dec 29, 8pm. $25. San Jose Stage Company, 490 S. First St, San Jose. 408.283.7142.


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AKANE Japanese/sushi bar. $$. Nigiri and maki treasures are gracefully presented at this attractive restaurant. 11:30am-2pm Tue-Fri, 5-9pm Tue-Sat. Beer, wine. 250 Third St. 650.941.8150.

$$. The handsome Los Altos Grill celebrates big plates of grilled meat and fish with plenty of fixings on the side. Try the spit-roasted chicken, fresh fish and big burgers. The long, horseshoe-shaped bar is a big draw, too. Full bar. 4:30-9:30pm Sun-Mon and 4:30-10pm Tue-Sat. 233 Third St. 650.948.3524.

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Downtown Los Altos is ghostly quiet after dark but Aldo has injected some life into this corner of town with its lively wine bar, friendly service and welcoming atmosphere. 11:30am-5pm, Mon-Fri. 5pmclose Sat-Sun. 388 Main St. 650.949.2300.

BEAUSÉJOUR Continental. $$$. Elegant seafood, meat and game dishes lean toward reducing fat without compromising taste. Call for reservations. Full bar. Lunch 11:30am-2pm Mon-Fri; 5-9pm daily. 170 State St. 650.948.1382.

CHEF CHU’S Chinese. $$. Speedy service, superb preparation and the ability to cater to varied tastes keep this landmark in business. Casual. Full bar. 11:30am-9:30pm Mon-Thu and 11:30-10pm Fri, noon-10pm Sat, noon-9:30pm Sun. 1067 N. San Antonio Rd. 650.948.2696. ESTRELLITA RESTAURANT Mexican. $$. Estrellita’s reverence for regional Mexican cooking distinguishes it from the enchilada-and-taco masses. The menu is full of Mexican-American standards, but the changing selection of specials make this restaurant a star. Full bar. 11am-2pm, 5-9pm Mon-Thu, 11am-2pm, 5-9:30pm Fri-Sat and 5-9pm Sun. 971 N. San Antonio Rd. 650.948.9865.

Moroccan. $$$. Morocco was colonized by the French and has strong Mediterranean influences, so Moroccan food is familiar, but ingredients like preserved lemon, harissa and argan oil cast an exotic glow. Zitune takes the cuisine to new heights. Lunch 11:30am-2pm Mon-Fri; 5:30-10pm Tue-Sun. 325 Main St. 650.947.0247.

SATURA CAKES FrenchJapanese bakery. $. Satura Cakes offers sweet treats for adult tastes. A Japanese take on a French patisserie, these confections are prepared fresh daily and meticulously crafted using the finest organic ingredients. 8am8pm Mon-Sun. 200 Main St. 650.948.3300. (Also 320 University Ave, Palo Alto. 650.326.3393) SUMIKA. Japanese. $$. Sumika is a Japanese pub, but that doesn’t do it justice. It’s elegant, yet still a great place to drink beer and sake. The specialty is kushiyaki, small bites of grilled chicken, beef and vegetables cooked on bamboo skewers over charcoal. 11:30am-2pm, 6-10pm Tue-Fri, 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-11pm Sat and 5-9pm Sun. 236 Central Plaza. 650.917.1822.

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and engaging atmosphere sets the scene for full-bodied flavors and healthy ingredients. 11:30am-2:30pm Mon-Fri, 59pm Thu, 5-10pm Fri-Sat. 14109 Winchester Blvd. 408.374.1808.

CALIFORNIA CAFE New American. $$$. An innovative approach to Pacific Rim staples makes for some lovely surprises. The ace service matches the smart setting. Full bar. 11:30am-10pm MonFri, 10:30am-10:30pm Sat, 10:30am-9:30pm Sun. 50 University Ave. 408.354.8118. CIN-CIN Eclectic wine bar. $$$. The heart of Cin Cin’s menu is an eclectic mix of small plates, tapas-size dishes that partner well with a great wine list. 4-10pm Mon-Sat. 368 Village Way. 408.354.8006.

CRIMSON Rustic bistro. $$$. Large portions of upscale rustic fare sate the diner at this newstyle Old World bistro, but don’t forget to save room for Fondue for Two. 11:30am-2pm Mon-Fri, 5pm-close Mon-Sun. 15466 Los Gatos Blvd. 408.358.0175. DIO DEKA Greek. $$$. Dio Deka is doing its part to elevate Greek food in Silicon Valley. There’s much to recommend at this handsome restaurant. Most starters are large so they’re best shared. 5:30-10pm Mon-Thu, 5-10pm Fri-Sat, 5-9pm Sun. 210 E. Main St. 408.354.7700. FLEUR DE COCOA French bakery. $$. Almond croissant. Almond croissant. Almond croissant. Los Gatos’ Fleur de Cocoa is rightly known for its chocolate confections and pastries, but I can’t stop

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FORBES MILL STEAKHOUSE Steakhouse. $$$$. When Metro first checked in with Forbes Mill in 2003, it was called “a big, burly brasserie equipped with style as well as substance.” It’s holding up well and still does things in a big way. Dinner 5-9pm Sun-Thu, 5-10pm FriSat. 206 N. Santa Cruz Ave. 408.395.6434.

GREEN PAPAYA Vietnamese. $$. California cuisine meets Southeast Asia by way of Paris, with inventive updates of clay pot and five-spice authentica. 11am- 3pm, 5-9:30pm Tue-Sun.. Beer, wine. 137 N. Santa Cruz Ave. 408.395.9115. I GATTI New Italian. $$$. I Gatti fits like a glove along peaceful Main Street. The chef understands the basics but isn’t afraid to create refreshing twists on traditional recipes. 11:30am-2pm. 5-9:30pm MonSat, 5-9pm Sun 25 E. Main St. 408.399.5180.

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offers fast food convenience, affordable prices and food made with ingredients that are higher quality and more healthful than what you’d find at the golden arches. 11am8:30pm Mon-Thu, 9am-9pm Fri-Sat, 9am-8:30pm Sun. 20 S. Santa Cruz Ave. 408.354.1881.

MANRESA High concept. $$$$. Drawing from produce grown at his own farm, superstar chef David Kinch is blazing a trail of high caliber cuisine that’s as daring as it is delicious. Expensive but worth it. 320 Village Lane. 408.354.4330.

NICK’S ON MAIN American. $$$. Nick’s on Main is a relaxed but elegant bistro full of neighborly charm and is a showcase for owner Nick Difu’s decadent and deeply satisfying style of cooking. 11:30am-3pm and 5-9:30pm Tue-Sat. 35 E. Main St. 408.399.6457. PASTARIA & MARKET Italian. $$. Pastaria offers reasonably priced comfort food in an unpretentious but lively atmosphere. 5-9:30pm Mon-Thu, 5-10pm Fri-Sat and 5-10pm Sun. 49 E. Main St. 408.399.3477.

RESTAURANT JAMES RANDALL Californian. $$$.

In a smart setting, Kamakura showcases a procession of impeccable sushi and sashimi platters. 10:30am-2pm, 5:3010pm daily. 135 N. Santa Cruz Ave. 408.395.6650.

Chef and co-owner Ross Hanson takes his cues from the seasons and favors a simple, ingredient-driven approach that places it squarely in the California school of cooking. He favors big, robust flavors and large serving sizes to create a kind of California comfort food. Dinner 5:30-11pm Tue-Sat. 303 N. Santa Cruz Ave. 408.395.4441.

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Brewpub. $$$. Most brewpubs seem to be cooking from the same menu, but executive chef Jim Stump has created a diverse menu of upscale comfort food that goes well beyond burgers and grilledchicken sandwiches. The handsome wood-accented interior and open kitchen with its wood-fired pizza oven and rotisserie grill add to the restaurant’s appeal. Breakfast 10am-2pm Sat-Sun, lunch 11:30am-3pm and dinner 5pm to 9pm daily. 130 N. Santa Cruz Ave. 408.395.9929.

$$$. Styling itself as a grill house, Steamer’s includes rotisserie meats and fragrant grilled chops in addition to fresh fish. Quality control and service are excellent. Full bar. 11:30am2:30pm, 5-9:30pm daily. 31 University Ave. 408.395.2722.

KAMAKURA SUSHI AND SAKE HOUSE Sushi bar classics. $$.

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TANDOORI OVEN Indian. $. Tandoori Oven has quickly found its niche in Los Gatos among the burrito joints, sushi spots and upscale restaurants with its made-to-order curry dishes and spicy north Indian fare at good prices. 11:30am9:30pm daily. 133 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, 408.395.1784; 1875 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell,

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TAPESTRY Contemporary haute. $$$. Right on the main street, this cottagelike spot blends traditional French cooking with contemporary fusion: filet mignon with Mongolian-style brown sauce; crayfish chow mein. Elegant and friendly. 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-9pm Sun-Thu, 5-10pm Fri-Sat. 11 College Ave. 408.395.2808. THREE DEGREES Eclectic, California. $$$. Set inside the beautifully remodeled Toll House hotel, Three Degrees delivers a mixed bag of big and small plates from an eclectic menu. Some dishes, like the New York steak, are great, but others fall flat. Service is friendly but still a little green. Full bar. Breakfast 6:30-11am Mon-Fri, 3-10pm daily. 140 S. Santa Cruz Blvd. 408.884.1054. VALERIANO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT AND BAR Contemporary Italian. $$$. While the kitchen exudes earthy aromas, the dining room’s soft terra-cotta walls glow with a sense of Mediterranean mission. Hands-on management makes each patron feel pampered. Full bar. 5pmclose daily. 160 W. Main St. 408.354.8108.

VIVA LOS GATOS NEIGHBORHOOD EATERY California. $$$. This popular Los Gatos restaurant mixes it up with Italian-leaning Mediterranean food, fresh fish, grilled steaks and several Asian-inspired dishes as well. 11am-9:30pm Mon-Fri 8am10:30pm Sat, 8am-9:30pm Sat. 15970 Los Gatos Blvd. 408.356.4902.

WILLOW STREET WOODFIRED PIZZA Pizza. $$. Silicon Valley’s three Willow Street pizza locations prepare the definitive upwardly mobile California pizza. Crispy, thin crusts breathe with accents of almond from the Italian wood-fired oven. Check out the new Neapolitan-style pizzas—delicate, light and satisfying. Hearty pastas, salads and sandwiches, too. 11:30am-10pm Sun-Thu; 11:30am-9:30pm Fri-Sat. 20 S.


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ANGELO MIO Italian. $$. A small space with a large menu, sporting the traditionals that have been mainstays at local eateries. Appetizers and salads are the best bets. 11:30am-2:30pm, 4:30-10pm Mon-Sat; noon-2:30pm, 4:309pm Sun. 820 Santa Cruz Ave. 650.323.3665.

BACK A YARD CARIBBEAN AMERICAN GRILL Jamaican. $. “Back a yard” is Jamaican slang for “the way things are done back home” and one of the few Jamaican restaurants around. Jerk pork and chicken shine. 11am-3pm, 5-8pm MonThu, 11am-3pm, 5-9pm Fri and noon-3pm, 5-8pm Sat. 1189 Willow Rd. 650.323.4244.

BISTRO VIDA French $$. Impeccably authentic bistro dishes and welcoming prices are spun through Bay Area culinary consciousness to create regional homey French cuisine. Brunch 11:30am2:30pm Mon-Fri, 9am-2:30pm Sat-Sun. Dinner 5-9:30pm Mon-Thu, 5-10pm Fri-Sat, 59pm Sun. 641 Santa Cruz Ave. 650.462.1686. FLEA STREET CAFE New American. $$$$. Carefully crafted, impeccably chosen food featuring seasonal local produce and Niman Ranch meats. Atmosphere is casual and eclectic. Full bar. 5:309:30pm daily. 3607 Alameda de las Pulgas. 650.854.1226. IBERIA. $$. Spanish. Iberia’s cheap tapas menu is available at the bar anytime or in the dining room at lunch, but these nibbles alone are worth the trip. Lunch noon-2pm Mon-Sat and dinner nightly 5:30-10pm. 1026 Alma St. 650.325.8981.

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KAYGETSU Japanese. $$$. Kaiseki is a rarefied Japanese cuisine born in Kyoto with impeccably seasonal ingredients and poetic presentations. Kaygetsu bills itself as “classic Japanese cuisine” but its kaiseki menu is like discovering a new galaxy of food. Closed Mon. 325 Sharon Park Dr. 650.234.1084.

LEFT BANK Grandma’s French. $$$. Wise country fare combined with metropolitan savoir faire and a dash of Gallic attitude. Full bar. 11:30am10pm Sun-Mon, 11:30am-11pm Tue-Sat. 635 Santa Cruz Ave. 650.473.6543. MARCHÉ Modern French. $$$$. Under new executive chef Guillaume Bienaimé, Marché offers some of the most inspired, impeccably sourced and thoroughly delicious food in Silicon Valley. Bienaimé’s cooking is based in French technique, and he flirts with modern methods and elements of trendy molecular gastronomy like flavor-infused foams and dehydrated and crushed sauerkraut, but at its core his approach is rooted in superb, often locally sourced ingredients simply and expertly prepared. 5:30-10pm Mon-Sat. 898 Santa Cruz Ave. 650.324.9092. SULTANA Turkish. $$$. If you’ve eaten Greek, Iranian or Middle Eastern food, you’ll find much that’s familiar here. Sultana makes your introduction to Turkish food easy with its warm service, well-executed dishes and soothing ambience 11am2:30pm, 5-10pm Mon-Fri; 11am10pm Sat-Sun. 1149 El Camino Real. 650.322.4343.

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BELLA LUNA RISTORANTE ITALIANO Italian. $$$. Sunny Tuscan hues saturate the interior, and the dishes of this

downtown Palo Alto restaurant create a delicious illusion of dining in Italy on food prepared by Italian chefs. Beer and wine served. 11am-3pm, 5-10pm Mon-Sun, 5-11pm Fri-Sat. 233 University Ave. 650.322.1846.

BISTRO ELAN California French. $$$. The only problem with the menu is that it’s all tempting. Using seasonal produce, the chef allows flavors to speak for themselves. Wine, beer. 11:30am-1:30pm TueFri. 5:30-9:30 Tue-Sat. 448 California Ave. 650.327.0284.

BISTRO MAXINE Cafe. $$. Bistro Maxine is a bright, friendly little spot, a coffee shop and creperie rolled into one. If you’re lucky, you’ll snag one of the five indoor or two outdoor tables while perusing the long but straightforward menu. 8am-2pm 6-10pm Tue-Fri, 9am-4pm Sun. 548 Ramona St. 650.323.1815. BUCA DI BEPPO Nondesigner Italian-American. $$. Like a Sicilian Christmas carnival in the ’50s, this party spot blends clutter, joy, high spirits and, oh yes, huge portions. 11am-10pm Sun-Thu, 11am-11pm Fri-Sat. 643 Emerson St. 650.329.0665.

CAFE BRIOCHE Southern French. $$. Mediterranean magic: exceptional cuisine on oversize plates is whisked to tables as soon as it’s created. Breakfast 9-11pm, Lunch 11am3pm, Dinner 5:30-9:30 Mon-Fri, Brunch 9am-3pm Dinner 5:3010pm Sat-Sun. 445 California Ave. 650.326.8640.

CAFE RIACE Trattoria. $$. An absolute joy. Every dish is made with honest expertise—no tricky trendiness here. The homey offerings are based on wholesome Italian staples. Beer, wine. 11:30am-2:30pm Mon-Fri, 5-10pm Mon-Sun. 200 Sheridan Ave. 650.328.0407.

CALAFIA CAFE AND MARKET A GO-GO Eclectic. $$. Calafia Cafe and Market A Go-Go combines elements of the fast-food world and the laborintensive slow cooking of more-high-end restaurants. Chef and owner Charlie Ayers (who was Google’s first chef) calls his concept “slow food fast”—good-to-eat and goodfor-you food that he hopes will appeal to Silicon Valley’s frenetic, too-busy-to-eat pace of life. Look for good burgers, pizza, salads, and fresh fish.

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WINE CELLAR New California $$. Tucked under Borders Books, this cozy dining spot offers an education in Old World charm and New World cuisine, from smoked salmon pizza to grilled ahi tuna to desserts as fresh as spring break. 11:30am9pm Mon-Thu, 11:30am-10pm Fri-Sat, 10:30am-9pm Sun. 50 University Ave. 408.354.4808.

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COUPA CAFE Venezuelan. $$. Venezuela is best known for its oil production and resilient populist president; Coupa shines attention on the country’s premium coffee and chocolate. The beautiful storefront also serves excellent arepas, white corn griddle cakes stuffed with various fillings. 7am-11pm daily. 538 Ramona St. 650.322.6872. EMPIRE GRILL & TAP ROOM California grill. $$. Waiters with charm to spare, an energetic clientele and a menu packed with grilled, roasted and smoked intensity make Empire Grill much more than simply a smart place to sip a cosmopolitan. Full bar. Tue-Sun 11:30am-10pm. 651 Emerson St. 650.321.3030.

EVVIA Contemporary Aegean. $$$. Forward flavors and plenty of laughter—that’s Dionysian dining. Evvia feels like a little taverna on Paros, only with an unmistakable Bay Area sophistication. Full bar. 420 Emerson St. 650.326.0983.

FUKI SUSHI Japanese. $$$. For over two decades this superb Japanese restaurant has served sushi to Nobel laureates and other grateful foodies. Open daily. 4119 El Camino Real. 11:30am-10pm Tue-Sun. 650.494.9383. www.fukisushi. com. GORDON BIERSCH New American. $$$. Food takes equal billing with ambience and fine handmade beers at the first in this group of successful brewpubs. The menu is so fine-tuned, though, it could thrive even without a brewery attached. Beer, wine. 11:30am-10pm daily. 640 Emerson St. 650.323.7723. Also 33 E. San Fernando St, San Jose, 408.294.6785.

GREEN ELEPHANT GOURMET $$. Burmese. Burmese food draws influences from its three largest neighbors: China, India and Thailand. Standouts here include the coconut chicken soup, tangy tea leaf salad and refreshing glass noodle salad. Lunch 11am-2:30pm, dinner 4:30-9pm daily. 3950

Middlefield Rd (Charleston Shopping Center). 650.494.7391.

GYROS GYROS Mediterranean. $. The lunch crowd turns out in force to grapple with the oversize, and messy, lamb and beef gyros, chicken gyros and other treats. That’s especially true on sunny afternoons, when the sidewalk tables fill with folks downing the juicy sandwiches. 11am-11pm daily. 498 University Ave. 650.327.0107.

JUNNOON Contemporary Indian. $$$. This attractive Palo Alto restaurant serves eclectic modern Indian food, the kind you might get at an upscale restaurant in Bangalore or Mumbai. You could easily make a meal from the great selection of appetizers. 11:30am-2:30pm and 5:30-10pm Mon-Fri, 5:3010:30pm Sat. 150 University Ave. 650.329.9644. KAN ZEMAN Middle Eastern/ Mediterranean. $$. A lively blend of Lebanese, Greek and Turkish cuisine fuels this festive social spot. A sampler plate offers garlicky hummus, earthy falafel, dolmas drenched in lemon, a minty tabouli salad and splendid marinated tomatoes. 11am-9pm MonThu 11am-close Fri-Sat. 274 University Ave. 650.328.5245.

LA BODEGUITA DEL MEDIO Cuban/California. $$$. Themed after a vintage Havana haunt of Ernest Hemingway’s, this zesty restaurant serves lively Cuban influenced cuisine along with liquid staples like rum and mojitos in a handsome, casual atmosphere. Full bar. 11:30am2pm, Mon-Thu 5:30-9:30pm, 5-10pm Fri-Sat. 463 S.California Ave. 650.326.7762.

LAVANDA MEDITERRANEAN Grill $$$. This urban grill at the top of University Avenue offers eclectic small tasting plates, along with heartier fare such as roasted sea bass with chanterelle mushrooms and guinea fowl with sautéed chard. 11:30am-2:30pm Mon-Sun, 510pm Mon-Thu, 5-11pm Fri-Sat, 5-9pm Sun. 185 University (at Emerson). 650.321.3514.

MANTRA French, American and Indian. $$$. Mantra serves inventive French and American food that speaks with an Indian accent. It isn’t

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fusion, but a more subtle blend of surprisingly compatible flavors and techniques. Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm Tue-Fri, dinner 5-10pm Sun-Thu and 5:30-10:30pm Fri-Sat. 632-636 Emerson St. 650.322.3500.

MAYFIELD BAKERY AND CAFÉ American. $$$. With its simple but handsome décor, open kitchen fronted by a long counter and tidy stacks of split almond logs tucked against the wall for the great smelling wood-burning oven, Mayfield Bakery and Café presents updated versions of seasonally driven Mediterranean and American classics—big, bold, rustic flavors and simple preparations that aim to let locally grown ingredients speak for themselves without any undue manipulation or pretence. You know the stuff: Niman Ranch burgers, spitroasted meats, frisée salads with crumbled bacon and a poached egg on top, pizzas, grilled fish, crusty, fresh bread and hearty, satisfying desserts. 8am-4pm and 5-9pm MonFri; 9am-4pm and 5-9pm Sat-Sun. 855 El Camino Real. 650.853.9200.

OSTERIA Italian. $$. Authentic Italian cooking done by skilled chefs from Italy. Be sure to make a reservation, or you’ll be lucky to put a single foot through the door. Beer, wine. 11:30am-2pm Mon-Fri, 5-10pm Mon-Sat. 247 Hamilton St. 650.328.5700. PAMPAS Brazilian steakhouse. $$$. Pampas is a meat lover’s haven. The $44 rodizio service gets you unlimited spitroasted meat. The sprawling side bar offers one of the most extensive selections of vegetarian options you’ll find in a nonvegetarian restaurant. Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm Mon-Fri, dinner 5:30-9:30pm Mon-Thu, 5-10:30pm Fri-Sat and 5-9pm Sun. 529 Alma St. 650.327.1323. QUATTRO RESTAURANT AND BAR Italian. $$$$. Quattro Restaurant and Bar brings high-style, impeccably sourced Italian cuisine to the South Bay, an area that has about as many great Italian restaurants as it does snow days. Breakfast 6:30-11am Mon-Sun, lunch

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REPOSADO Mexican. $$$. Reposado offers modern, refined Mexican food served in a lively setting. The restaurant is easily one of Palo Alto’s most striking. The soaring, exposed beam ceilings make the dining room feel at once industrial and inviting because of the warm colors, wood accents and dramatic light fixtures. There’s a beautiful bar and cozy booth seating on one side and spacious table and banquette seating on the other. Great selection of tequila. 11:30am10pm Mon-Thu, 11:30am-11pm Fri-Sat and 11:30am-9pm Sun. 236 Hamilton Ave. 650.833.3151. RESTAURANT SOLEIL New American. $$$$. A mouthwatering menu and an elegant, golden-hued room shine together at Soleil, upstairs in the Westin Palo Alto. Local ingredients and provocative sauces create dishes worthy of the wine list. Breakfast 6am11am, Dinner 5-10:30pm. 675 El Camino Real. 650.321.4422.

ST. MICHAEL’S ALLEY New California. $$$. Reservations are a must at this smart bistro, whose menu includes inventive potato, meat and seafood dishes that tilt toward New American cookery. Beer, wine. 11:30am-2pm Tue-Fri, 5:309:30pm Tue-Sat, Brunch 10am2pm Sat-Sun. 806 Emerson St. 650.326.2530.

SHOKOLAAT. Modern European. $$. Shokolaat’s open kitchen and pastry display counter are as gleaming and clean as a laboratory, a fitting setting for the restaurant’s technically precise, modern European cooking. Counter open 8am-9pm (to-go only 49pm), lunch 11:30am-2pm TueSun and dinner 5:30-10:30pm Tue-Sun. 516 University Ave. 650.289.0719.

SPALTI RISTORANTE Italian. $$. Along with a handsome interior, Spalti offers good wine and sparkling flavors. Casual. Beer, wine. 11am-2pm MonFri, 5-9:30pm Mon-Sun. 417 California Ave. 650.327.9390.

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exotica. $$. Blending culinary motifs from India, China and Thailand, the food of Singapore is anything but timid. The menu at Straits is lavish and diverse. Full bar. 11:30-2pm Mon-Fri, 5:30-9:30pm Sun-Thu, 5-10pm Fri-Sat. 3295 El Camino Real. 650.494.7168.

Putting a hip spin on an ancient culinary art form, this contempo noodle palace purveys many forms of the deliciously messy primal food. Casual. Beer, wine, sake. 11am10pm Sun-Thu, 11am-11pm Fri-Sat. 261 University Ave. 650.328.1988.

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$$$. A mesmerizing back bar of natural bamboo and glass sleekly adjoins a wall showcasing original artwork. Even the waitstaff is sleek, clad in Prada black. Entrees are gorgeous, and deeply aromatic. 546 University Ave. 650.325.8500.

This eye-popping remodel by the chef-partners of Restaurant LuLu in S.F. offers wood-fired favorites, pastas, risotto and more. Full bar. 11:30am-10pm Mon-Fri, noon-10pm Sat, daily happy hour 4-6pm. 430 Kipling St. 650.328.6722.

THREE SEASONS Modern Vietnamese. $$$. Much of the menu is familiar, but the food at Three Seasons scores because of its superior execution and light touch. A cool, two-level dining room dominated by a striking circular stained glass ceiling and an ornate wooden bar that serves great cocktails help set Three Seasons apart, too. 11:30am-2pm Mon-Fri and dinner 5:30-10pm Sun-Thu and 5:30-11pm Fri-Sat. 518 Bryant St. 650.838.0353.

TRADER VIC’S PolynesianAmerican. $$$. A jungle gym of tiki gods—but a classy jungle. Sip a high-class mai tai in the lounge before embarking on a dinner trip from pork spareribs to boat-fresh seared suki tuna to a Calcutta curry. 4-6pm daily happy hour. Dinner at 5pm Mon-Sat and 4:30 Sun. 4261 El Camino Real. 650.849.9800.

VERO Italian. $$. Vero aims to offer truly authentic Italian food. The Palo Alto restaurant has had to make a few nods to American tastes but it mainly succeeds with its simple but satisfying food that’s a refreshing break from the same old pasta and pizza. 11:30am-2pm Tue-Fri, 5:3010pm Mon-Sat. 530 Bryant St. 650.325.8376. VINO LOCALE Italian bistro. $$. This restaurant focuses on locally produced Santa Cruz Mountain wines and small plates of food sourced from local purveyors and growers. On Thursdays, if you can guess all the varietals in your flight of wine, it’s free. 11am-9pm daily. 431 Kipling St. 650.328.0450.

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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 oak-smoked 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. 11am10pm 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, 5-9pm Sat-Sun. 3955 Freedom Circle. 408.980.6400.

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SVDINING 42 BY-TH-BUCKET American. $$. All walks of humanity rub shoulders here, enjoying just about everything that can be baked, fried, broiled or steamed. Full bar. 4565 Stevens Creek Blvd. 11:30am-9pm Sun-Thu, 10pm Fri-Sat. 408.248.6244.

CHALATECO Mexican and Salvadoran. $. Chalateco, a San Jose-based six-restaurant chain, serves Mexico Citystyle 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-all-trades often end up being masters of none, but Hatcho displays a wide range of talent. 11:30am-2pm and 5:3010pm Mon-Fri and 5-9:30pm Sat-Sun. 1271 Franklin Mall. 408.248.8500.

KABAB AND CURRY’S IndianPakistani. $, 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. 10:30am2:30pm and 5:30-10:30pm 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. 11am9pm Mon-Sat. 2521 Newhall St. 408.984.2204. 99 CHICKEN Korean-style fried chicken. $. The simple restaurant specializes in Korean-style fried chicken.

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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 musteats. Breakfast 6:30-11am Mon-Fri and 7-10am Sat-Sun, lunch 11:30am-2pm Mon-Fri and dinner 5:30-9pm 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 threecourse 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.

SABOR SALVADOREÑO Salvadoran. $. One of the few outposts for Salvadoran food in the South Bay, Sabor Salvadoreño serves excellent pupusas, soups, tamales and other standards from the tiny Central American nation. 9am9pm daily. 2045 White Oak Lane. 408.985.6464.

SHAN Pakistani and Indian. $. Shan serves a mix of northern Indian and Pakistani food. Unlike India, most of which is Hindu, Pakistan is Muslim, and that means that meat—chicken, beef, lamb, and goat—plays a starring role. Kebabs. Tandoori and curries all shine here. 11:30am-3pm and 5:30-10pm daily. 5251 Stevens Creek Blvd. 408.260.9200. TOFU HOUSE Korean. $. Soup stars at this casual, popular stop. To tofu soups, add mushrooms, beef, pork or seafood—plus scores of condiments like daikon, cucumber, radish. Hot stuff! 11am-9pm Mon-Thu, 11am10pm Fri, 11am-9pm Sat. Closed Sun. 3450 E. El Camino Real #105. 408.261.3030.

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YAN CAN FRESH ASIAN COOKING Chinese and panAsian. $$. At Yan Can you can have chicken satay, wonton soup, chicken teriyaki and Korean barbecue beef all in one sitting. This outpost of celebrity TV chef Martin Yan’s growing empire does a reasonably good job with all those cuisines. 11am-9pm daily. 3927 Rivermark Plaza. 408.748.3355.

YOYO SUSHI BAR & GRILLE Japanese fusion. $$. The fusion-friendly menu features such expertly realized creations as the deep-fried California Roll and the Fisherman Roll, crab and avocado wrapped in rice, topped with salmon and rich masago sauce and then baked. Weekday happy hour. 11am10pm daily. 3958 Rivermark Plaza. 408.213.9696.

YUKI SUSHI Japanese $$. A family-friendly ambience prevails here, full of community hubbub, good food, generous portions and super chefs. Yuki keeps it simple, but always interesting with dishes that are well thought out and presented. 11:30am-2pm, 5-9:30 Tue-Fri, 5-9:30 Sat, 5-9pm Sun. Closed Mon. 1827 Pruneridge Ave. 408.248.9144. ZAFRAN Northern Indian and Pakistani. $. Zafran serves northern Indian and Pakistani food, a muscular, hearty cuisine that revolves around meat: chicken and beef but also lamb and goat, lamb brains and other organ meats. 11am-11pm daily. 1855 El Camino Real. 408.247.9998.

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THE BASIN New American. $$$. The Basin has some refreshingly high standards. Produce is organic, seafoods are fresh and the menu accentuates American ideas, enhanced by Spanish and Italian spin. 5pm-close seven days a week. 14572 Big Basin Way. 408.867.1906.

LA MERE MICHELLE FrenchEuropean. $$$. After three decades, La Mere is a tradition. Old World standards such as pâté, escargots, wiener schnitzel and veal scaloppini


PLUMED HORSE Contemporary French. $$$$. After undergoing a $9 million remodel and expansion of its wine list, the Saratoga restaurant has been reborn as Silicon Valley’s premier luxury restaurant. How does the food taste at a $9 million restaurant? Mostly, like a million bucks. 5:30-10pm nightly. 14555 Big Basin Way. 408.867.4711. RISTORANTE DA MARIO Italian. $$. Ristorante Da Mario serves the greatest hits of Italian-American food but prepares them with a freshness and integrity that elevates them above your typical redand-white checkered tablecloth Italian-American restaurant. Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm MonFri, dinner 5-9:30pm daily. 14441 Big Basin Way. 408.741.1518.

SENT SOVI New American. $$$$. A pretty dining room hosts an inspired, always fresh and seasonally driven menu of contemporary American and French food, complete with seductive desserts. 14583 Big Basin Way. 408.867.3110.

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BAY LEAF Indonesian and Thai. $$. Bay Leaf’s menu is divided into Thai and Indonesian food and it’s the latter that stands out. While Thai food is characterized by bright, high notes, Indonesian food strikes a lower bass note. 11am-3pm and 5-9:30pm Mon-Thu, 11am10pm Fri-Sat and 11am-9pm Sun. 122 S. Sunnyvale Ave. 408.481.9983.

CHELOKEBABI. Persian. $$. Go straight for the baghali ghatogh, a fantastic appetizer made from delicate but rich baby lima beans, scrambled eggs and lots of garlic. Just as good is ghaymeh, a daily special made from tender chunks of beef, split peas, eggplant and tomato sauce. 11am-10pm daily. 1236 Wolfe Rd. 408.737.1222. DISHDASH Middle Eastern. $$. Dishdash celebrates the culinary glories of the Middle East beyond falafels and

hummus. The menu is made from traditional recipes and ingredients but presented with a contemporary flourish. There’s also a small but well-chosen wine list to match. 11am2:30pm, 5-9:30pm Mon-Fri. 10pm Sat-Sun.190 S. Murphy Ave. 408.774.1889.

IL POSTALE ITALIAN American. $$$. Its previous incarnation as a post office lends this space eccentric charm, and the food delivers full-bodied taste in generous portions. Veal marsala, thin-crust pizza and New York steak are featured. 11am-1:30pm, 4-9:30pm TueSun. 127 W. Washington St. 408.733.9600. LUCKY DHABA Indian. $. A dhaba is a roadside fast food joint in northern India. We’ve got our own version here at Sunnyvale’s Lucky Dhaba. Located off busy El Camino Real, Lucky Dhaba offers a wide variety of good Indian food. 11am-10pm Sun-Thu and 11am-10:30pm Fri-Sat. 1036 El Camino Real. 408.617.0660.

PEZELLAS Family Italian. $$. Serves popular Italian dinners with rich sauces and generous portions. East Coast seafood dishes like linguini and clams and calamari sautéed in tomato, garlic, and basil stand out. Pizza and pasta abound. Full Bar. 11am-2:30pm Tue-Fri, 5-10:30pm Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. 1025 W. El Camino Real. 408.738.2400. P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO Chinese. $$. With atmosphere to spare, Chang’s doesn’t neglect taste. Vibrant Szechuan flavors mix surprisingly well with rich Western-style desserts. Full bar. 11am-10pm Mon-Sun, 11am-11pm FriSat. 390 W. El Camino Real. 408.991.9078.

SAIZO Japanese. $$. Part bar, part eatery, Saizo served small plates of grilled and fried dishes made to go with sake and beer. It’s all good. Open daily for lunch and dinner Mon-Sat. 592 E. El Camino Real. 408.733.7423. SENZALA Brazilian. $$. Senzala restaurant is like a Brazilian cultural center that also serves food. Brazilian art and photographs cover the walls. Go for the feijoada, a hearty, smoky black bean stew made with chunks of beef and pork. 11am10pm Mon-Sat. 250 E. Java Dr. 408.734.1656.

SETO DELI Japanese. $. Folksy country deli that offers hot and cold, takeout, eat-in and made to order food in a vibrant array of familiar and not-so-familiar Japanese dishes at prices that beat just about any restaurant’s. Closed Sun. 155 E. Maude Ave. 408.735.7777. SHALIMAR Indian-Pakistani. $. Walk up to the counter, grab a menu and place your order. One of the best dishes is the plain-looking haleem, a lentil and barley stew available with chicken or beef. Nihari, a rich beef shank stew, is also great. 11:30am-2:30pm and 5:30-10:30pm Sun-Thu and noon-3:30pm and 5:30-11pm Sat-Fri. 1146 W. El Camino Real. 408.530.0300. SUGAR BUTTER FLOUR Bakery. $. Sugar Butter Flour’s desserts and pastries go well beyond the humdrum sweets found at most restaurants and bakeries. The bakery’s chocolate skills are particularly strong. 7am-7:30pm Mon-Thu, 7am-8:30pm Sat, 8am-5pm Sun. 669 S. Bernardo Ave. 408.732.8597.

TAVERNA GYROS Old Mediterranean/Turkish. $$. Mustard and ruddy pomegranate hues warm the restaurant’s interior; zesty Arabic infusions warm the food. Choose from mezes such as hummus or tabouli. Entrees include lamb, beef or chicken gyros or lamb kebab. 11am10pm daily. 133 S. Murphy Ave. 408.735.9971.

UDUPI PALACE Indian. $$. Udupi Palace, a South Indian vegetarian restaurant, specializes in dishes—dosas and uthappams. Dosas are long, thin crepes made with rice flour. Uthappams are pancakes made with rice and lentil flour. 11:30am-10pm Mon-Thu, 11:30am-11pm Fri-Sat, 11:30am-10:30pm Sun. 976 E. El Camino Real. 408.830.9600.

YUME-YA Japanese. $$. Don’t come here looking for sake bombs and macadamia nutencrusted gimmicky sushi rolls. What sets this restaurant apart is its selection of izakaya-style dishes, little plates of food designed to go with beer and sake. Open 611pm Mon-Sat. 150 El Camino Real. 408.530.8156.

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Northside Theatre, San Jose Wed-Thu, 8pm, Fri-1pm; $15/$20

Blank Club, San Jose Wed – 9pm; free

Charles Dickens’ tale of a corporate curmudgeon who exacerbates the wealth gap in Victorian London before learning some valuable lessons about caring and sharing has become an indelible part of our holiday seasons. A Christmas Carol neatly mixes some horror-story elements (those ghosts with rattling chains) with a moral that today’s hedge-fund managers could take to heart (but probably won’t). The story is so solid even Jim Carrey couldn’t ruin it. Every year in this area, Northside Theatre Company does justice to Dickens with a traditional production that preserves all the vital elements of Dickens’ creation. (MSG)

For a while there, it looked like Campbell’s Mary Axe had dropped off the face of the Earth, but last summer the band posted a new song, “718.” Working a path of gentle notes up to Mary Axe’s trademark layers of melodic distortion, the it sounds almost . . . mystical. No kidding, that is some rockin’ transcendental shit for your ass. Then they posted a short video in March that promised they were hitting the studio in spring. Did they ever finish the Straight Outta Campbell album? This may be the show at which all in revealed. (SP)

ART ’N’ SOUL VooDoo Lounge, San Jose Wed-9pm; $5 Music and words come together at the latest Art ’n’ Soul event. Blogger, ethical shopper and DIY champ Billee Sharp will read a chapter from her book Fix It, Make It, Grow It, Bake It. The visual will be provided by Noggin, Luis, Jeremy Willett and a host of other on-site imagemakers. For music, there’s Dirtbag Dan, the Stowaways and Jonny Manak and the Depressives. On the action front, the Nogs Dogs Skate Crew will be working out on the quarterpipe. (MSG)

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The Catalyst, Santa Cruz Thu – 9pm; $6/$8 The righteous shadow o f the late Joe Strummer looms imposingly over contemporary punk rock, but few do right by his considerable legacy. San Francisco’s multilingual fivepiece La Plebe is the exception, turning out anthemic punk that is instantly classic yet very much of our time. The band has plenty of political and social grist to work with, focusing on working-class concerns and the debate over immigration in songs that are as rousing as they are thoughtful. La Plebe’s latest release, Brazo En Brazo, finds the band honing

its already realized sound into an incredibly potent weapon in the culture wars. (PD)

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It’s not easy to find something to do Christmas night, which is ironic since there’s nothing that makes one need to cut loose quite like an extended visit with the fam. Thankfully, Wet offers an escape this year, late enough that all through the house, not a creature over 40 is likely to be stirring. Josh Hyland—who thanks to his position as Wet’s house DJ of choice has had the opportunity


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Dec 25, Wet Nightclub, San Jose

JAY CHOU Dec 31 at 9pm, HP Pavilion

JAY AND THE PO BOYS Dec 331 at 7pm, Poor House Bistro, San Jose

SUN KINGS Dec 31 at 8pm, Fox Theatre, Redwood City

Y&T Dec 31 at 8pm, Avalon Nightclub, Santa Clara

LITTLE DRAGON Jan 6 at 9pm, the Pagoda Lounge at the Fairmont, San Jose

WINGROVE DANCE CO. JJan 6–9, the Stage, San Jose

BAREFOOT NELLIES Jan 8 at 8pm, Sunnyvale Theatre

CREATV AWARDS Jan 8 at 6pm, San Jose Repertory Theatre

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*sun TOWER OF POWER Yoshi’s, Oakland Sun – 7 and 9pm; $35

Though the Bay Area’s premier funk ensemble usually take their talents to the South Bay around this time of year, this time you’ll have to travel north to see them. Still riding a high from their 40th anniversary, not to mention getting some respect from the jazz

world at the San Jose Jazz Festival last summer, ToP are supporting their most recent album, Great American Soulbook. It includes guest vocals from the likes of Tom Jones, Joss Stone and the band’s longtime friend Huey Lewis, who featured Tower of Power instrumentation on many of his hits. On Soulbook, Tower of Power covers its biggest soul and funk influences, including four James Brown songs and one from Sly Stone. Hey kids, it’s not just a class at Berklee School of Music (which really does offer a course on ToP)—this band still swings. They play multiple shows at Yoshi’s through Dec. 29. (SP)

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Johnny V’s, San Jose Mon – 9pm; free

Lucie Stern Theater, Palo Alto Opens Tue – 7:30pm, runs thru Dec. 31; $56

Last week saw the debut of this weekly event at Johnny V’s, and it seemed to be a hit. A loose configuration of scenesters and their friends make up the house band Rebalskamp and provide the backline for guitarists and other rockers. The man behind it, Dave Gary (formerly the drummer for the band Security) was also the mastermind behind the free Monday-night live-music series Rock Stars and Bitches a few years ago, and this is an extension of that concept. In a nutshell: rock stars bad, community good. (SP)

“The Little Girl With the Matchsticks” isn’t the lost Stieg Larssen novel, it’s a story by Hans Christian Andersen. Better known as “The Little Match Girl,” it tells of a poor girl trying to sell matches on New Year’s Eve who has visions. In this musical adaptation, GrooveLily sticks to the story but manages to make it funny and touching and a lot less depressing. Having started as a trio blending orchestral and pop music, GrooveLily is starting to be better known for their musical theater, and Striking 12 has become something of a holiday hit. (SP)

OLIVE KITTERIDGE Jan 9 at 2:30pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford

EMANUEL AX Jan 12 at 8pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford

SYMPHONY SILICON VALLEY Jan 15 at 8pm and Jan 16 at 2:30pm, California Theatre, San Jose

MAKAHA SONS Jan 16 at 7:30pm, Carriage House, Montalvo Arts Center

JOSHUA REDMAN SOLO Jan 19 at 7:30pm, Carriage House, Montalvo Arts Center

LANG LANG Jan 23 at 7:30pm, California Theatre, San Jose

BERRY SAKHAROF Jan 29 at 8pm, Memorial Auditorium, Stanford

LUIS MIGUEL Jan 30 at 8pm, HP Pavilion

JEFF DUNHAM Feb 2 at 7:30pm, HP Pavilion

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The Nutcracker Wednesday–Thursday, 1:30 and 7:30pm, Fri, 1:30pm, Sun, 1:30pm; San Jose Center for the Performing Arts; $20–$100 Ballet San Jose’s annual production of the Tchaikovsky classic, choreographed by Dennis Nahat, keeps the beauty of the Nutcracker tradition while adding some magical dream-world touches to create an original vision of the story. The Sunday performance is a special family matinee, with prices ranging from $16 to $60.

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Wednesday, 7:30pm, Thursday, 2 and 8pm, Friday, 2 and 7pm, Sunday, 2 and 7pm; Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto; $19–$67 TheatreWorks has taken Truman Capote’s familiar tale of a boy’s Depression-era friendship with an eccentric cousin and turned it into a worldpremiere musical with elegantly crafted songs. The original story has been expanded somewhat to include a grown-up version of the boy and a young version of Harper Lee. The aura of holiday nostalgia is irresistible.

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BALLET SAN JOSE NUTCRACKER A seasonal favorite choreographed by Dennis Nahat. This week: Wed-Thu, 1:30 and 7:30pm, Fri, 1:30pm, Sun, 1:30pm (family matinee, $16-$60). Runs thru Dec. 26. $30-$100. San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.

Theater A CHRISTMAS CAROL The Dickens tale about a man who gets a second chance, as told by Northside Theatre Company. Wed-Thu, 8pm, Fri, 1pm. Runs thru Dec 24. $15-$20. Northside Theatre, San Jose.

A CHRISTMAS MEMORY A musical about family and giving at the holidays by TheatreWorks. Wed, 7:30pm, Thu, 2 and 8pm, Fri, 2 and 7pm, Sun, 2 and 7pm. Runs thru Dec

STRIKING 12 A holiday musical based on “The Little Match Girl” as reimagined by indie band GrooveLily and presented by TheatreWorks. Runs Dec 28-31. Tue-Wed, 7:30pm, Thu, 8pm, Fri, 6 and 10pm. $56-$75. Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto.

Comedy COMEDYSPORTZ An interactive improvised comedy show. Fri, 9 and 11pm and Sat, 7 and 9pm. $12/$15. ComedySportz, San Jose.

ROOSTER T. FEATHERS Wed, 8pm: New Talent Showcase. $10. Thu, 8pm: Home for the Holidays Showcase with Beth Shuman, Daymon Ferguson and others. $12. Sun, 8pm: Home for the Holidays Showcase with Jeremy Beth Michaels, Dave Reintz and Tony Camin. $12. Sunnyvale.

SAN JOSE IMPROV Wed, 8pm: Jacob Sirof. $14. Thu, 8pm: Ali Wong. $14. Sun, 7pm: KO Comedy presents

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Museums CANTOR ARTS CENTER “Vodoun/Vodounon: Portraits of Initiates.” Portraits of Vodoun followers and their shrines in Benin by Jean-Dominque Burton. Thru Mar 20. “Go Figure!” Figurative paintings and sculptures by contemporary artists. Ongoing. “Collection Highlights From Europe 15001800, Ancient Greece and Rome.” Thru Dec 30. “Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diasporas.”Thru Jan 2. “Chiaroscuro Woodcuts From 16th-Century Italy.”Thru Feb 27. Wed-Sun, 11am-5pm, Thu, 11am8pm. Stanford.

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Appropriately for its Silicon Valley location, San Jose Museum of Art has presented some stunning exhibitions of technology-enabled art, notably the “Jennifer Steinkamp” exhibition of 2006, in which that artist’s installations of animated light consumed the viewer in total environments of undulating color and form, harking back to the 20thcentury video art of Bill Viola and others. Another exhibit of that same year, “Edge Conditions,” featured cutting-edge digital art. The current “Leo Villareal” exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art reveals, more than any exhibit I’ve seen, an evolutionary moment in technology-enabled art. The “objects” of transmission are themselves elegant: the 10-by-15-foot wall of mirror-finished stainless C\fM`ccXi\Xc steel with hundreds of recessed LED lights of Diamond Sea; a dozen naked horizontal LED Through Jan. 9 tubes in Chasing Rainbows with just enough San Jose Museum of Art space between them to act as a pinstripe shadow in the colorful streams of light, while the black curving wires and plugs at the end of each 8-foot tube frame the motion of light that goes through them. The light sequences appear to be completely random. Villareal’s sequences are set in motion by sometimes complex rules—the exhibition provides an opportunity for the viewer to understand the process by playing the Game of Life, in which the participant creates an initial configuration of LED-lit cells, then sees how the rules—such as “any live cell with fewer than two live neighbors dies”—play out to the end. The for-all-intents-random sequence of, say, tiny colored LED lights on or off behind a screen of Plexiglass, as in Primordial, compels the viewer to “make sense” of the pattern, to attribute values to the coalescing and separating and apparently directional movement of light, even to see a narrative unfold. In these works, Leo Villareal plays the Zen Frankenstein mimicking the primordial organization of life. Perhaps the magic is only the echo of our cells responding.—Maureen Davidson


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JAPANESE AMERICAN MUSEUM “Camp Days: 1942-1945.” Works about the internment camps by Chizuko Judy Sugita de Queiroz. Thru Apr 30. Also exhibits about the history of Japantown and the lives and contributions of Japanese immigrants in the valley. Thu-Sun, noon-4pm. San Jose.

LOS GATOS HISTORY MUSEUM “Bear in Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly.” Thru Feb 27. Wed-Sun, noon-4pm. Los Gatos.

SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF ART “Scaffolding + Sky.” A new installation by Denicia Gantner in skybridge. Ongoing. “The Modern Photographer: Observation and Intention.” A show of works from the first half of the 20th century drawn from the museum’s permanent collection. Thru Jul 3. “Leo Villareal.” Thru Jan 9. “RetroTech.” Thru Feb 6. “Vital Signs: New Media From the Permanent Collection.” Thru Feb 6. “Degrees of Separation: Contemporary Photography From the Permanent Collection.” Thru Mar 14. Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm, closed Mon. San Jose.

SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF QUILTS AND TEXTILES “Cream of the Cloth: Quilts From the Marbaum Collection.” A rich sampling of contemporary quilts and fiber art. “Yvonne Porcella: Bold Strokes.” A 25-year survey. Both shows run thru Jan 30. Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm. San Jose.

TECH MUSEUM OF INNOVATION “Body Worlds Vital.” A detailed anatomical look at bodies in health and disease, based on the work of Gunther von Hagens. Mon-Wed, 10am-5pm, Thu-Sun, 10am-8pm. San Jose.

TRITON MUSEUM OF ART “Heidi Brueckner.” Works featuring figure-based symbolism. Thru Feb 20. “2010 Statewide Watercolor

Competition/Exhibition.” Thru Feb 27. “Sweet Obsession.” A survey of mixed-media works by Lynn Powers. Thru Feb 27. TueWed and Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm. Thu, 11am-9pm. Santa Clara.

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CAFFE TRIESTE “Robot Girl.” Works by Christine Benjamin. Thru Jan 28. San Jose.

DIRIDON STATION “The Way to San Jose.” An overview of transportation history in the valley, sponsored by Rotary Club of San Jose and History San Jose. Ongoing. San Jose.

DOWNTOWN YOGA SHALA Works in clay by Paul Rubio. Thru Jan 28. San Jose.

GALLERY HOUSE Holiday show by gallery artists. Thru Dec 24. Extended hours thru Dec 24: Sat, 11am-8pm, Sun, 11am-3pm. Enter through Printer’s Ink Palo Alto.

GALLERY SARATOGA “Farms, Vineyards and the Fruit of the Land.” Pastoral landscapes by Charlene Celio. Thru Jan 2. Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm. Big Basin Way, Saratoga.

GOOD KARMA VEGAN CAFE “SJSU Color 112: Exploring the Hyperreal.” An exhibit by photography students. Thru Jan 28. San Jose.

HIGHER FIRE CLAYSPACE & GALLERY “Geo Geometry.” Works by Doris Fischer-Colbre and Linda Mau. Thru Jan 1. San Jose.

KALEID GALLERY “The Rockin’ Stockings Holiday Show and Sale.” Works by many artists priced for gift-giving. Thru Dec 30. San Jose.

KAVLI INSTITUTE FOR PARTICLE ASTROPHYSICS A display of 19 works, including the “Galactic Mysteries” series, by Leah Lubin. SLAC National Accelerator Lab, Stanford.

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“Edge of Nowhere.” A show by First St. Photo Collective. Thru Jan 28. San Jose.

MONTALVO ARTS CENTER “From Within, So Without” by Ali Maschke-Messing. Thru Jun 1. “Sculpture on the Grounds: David Middlebrook.” Thru Jun 1. “The Oldest Living Things in the World.” Photographs by Rachel Sussman. Thru Jan 16. Saratoga.

NORTH FIRST ARTSPACE An exhibit of works by artists from the Triangle Gallery in San Jose. Thru Dec 31. Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm. San Jose.

PHANTOM GALLERIES Works in storefronts by Sean Sczepanik and Steven Sczepanik. Along South First Street, San Jose.

PSYCHO DONUTS “Creatures, Donuts and Such.” Local artists show pieces. San Jose.

SAN JOSE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART “Old Technology.” A retrospective of painting, sculpture and installations by the SJSU artist Tony May. Thru Feb 26. Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm, Sat, noon-5pm. San Jose.

STANFORD ART SPACES Textile work by Alice Beasley, paintings by James Su and John Sundstrom. Thru Jan 20. Weekdays, 8:30am-5pm. Stanford.

WORKS/SAN JOSE “Ring in the New.” A member exhibit. Thru Jan 7. San Jose.

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Vintage displays create a North Pole atmosphere in the South Bay. Runs thru Jan 1, 9am-midnight. Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San Jose.

Bottom’s Up IT WAS Marlene Dietrich who defined the trouble with the overly fussy cocktail: “Bad for you, and trouble for the bartender.” Bernard DeVoto, author The Hour: A Cocktail Manifesto, would have agreed. He was a noted figure in 20th-century letters; he edited Lewis and Clark’s journals and oversaw the release of that masterpiece of posthumous atheism, Mark Twain’s Letters From the Earth. This knowledge of American history gives some weight to the prediction DeVoto made when this compact volume was first published in 1948: “If the Republic ever comes crashing down, the ruin will have been wrought by this lust for sweet drinks.” K_\?fli1 What DeVoto ultimately pulls for is either a well-made martini shaken with lots of ice or, simply, “a slug of whiskey.” It’s bourbon that DeVoto praises the most highly: bourbon and its lighter cousin rye, as American as the Washington Monument and far more useful.

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One feels that it is a patriotic duty to purchase some Maker’s Mark or Bulliet to consume while imbibing DeVoto’s prose about the power of positive drinking: “In England, they call for a division, and the ministry falls; in Russia, they shoot a thousand commissars, but in freedom’s land, they recess, speak the hallowed words of Daniel Webster and Henry Clay, and send out for a statesman’s standby and some soda. Strife ceases, the middle way is found, the bill gets passed, and none shall break our union.” If that passage doesn’t drive you to drink, perhaps you share the spirit of the Lemonade Lucys who infest D.C. now: far less bibulous than the old days, but far more fractious.—Richard von Busack

CHRISTMAS SERVICE With music, candlelight and a message from Pastor Chip Ingram. Fri, 2pm. Venture Christian Church, Los Gatos.

wonderland with thousands of colorful displays along a 1.5-mile driving route. Runs thru Dec 31, 6-10pm. $10/$15 per vehicle. Vasona Lake County Park, Los Gatos.

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Free concerts. Wed, 7:30pm: Lincoln High School group. Thu, 7:30pm: San Jose Symphonic Choir. Cathedral Basilica of St Joseph, San Jose.

Amusement rides and other holiday events in connection with Christmas in the Park. Runs thru Jan 2. Paseo de San Antonio and Park Avenue, San Jose.

DOWNTOWN ICE The holiday season gets into full swing with an ice-skating rink downtown. Runs thru Jan 17. Downtown San Jose on Market at San Fernando.

FANTASY OF LIGHTS Vasona Park is transformed into an illuminated

A toy drive sponsored by Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park. Runs thru Dec 24. Lake Cunningham, near Raging Waters Park.


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The killer, Tom Cheney (Josh Brolin), “lit out for the territory,” says the sheriff, as if describing Huck Finn. The sheriff lists some U.S. marshals who could track Cheney. Mattie chooses Reuben “Rooster” Cogburn (Jeff Bridges): ruthless and dead to fear, though often dead to the world. “He likes to pull a cork,” says the sheriff. First seen in the courtroom, Cogburn is a greasy-haired, one-eyed man

pushing 60. There’s winter light from the windows behind him, and a 3-gallon cuspidor at his feet. Bridges lulls us with his take on the part—a bass-voiced good old boy, who sounds like Arkansas’ Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade. Note the eccentric pronunciation: “Snike” for the reptile, “dronk” describing the state Cogburn is often in. The early scenes of Mattie and Rooster together play out like a Duel of the Orsons. Steinfeld has the smooth-faced, sotto voce way of the young Welles, the actor who made every comment sound like an aside to the audience. Grumbling Rooster resembles Old Welles, especially Hank Quinlan in Touch of Evil. Mattie offers the marshal a $50 reward to cross into the Choctaw lands to retrieve Cheney. While waiting for his decision, Mattie encounters LeBoeuf (Matt Damon), a fancy, buckskincovered ranger who is seeking Cheney for a previous murder down in Texas.

The three, reluctantly matched, discover that Cheney has thrown in with the gang of Lucky Ned Pepper (Barry Pepper, displaying almost courtly lucklessness). The pursuers draw closer to Cheney but feud along the way—about the Civil War, about Texas metaphysics, about Cogburn’s drinking. Mattie’s unpolished honesty brings out the best in both, the part that is larger than life. True Grit is laden with bizarre comedy, with scenes like the arrival of a strange bear-man (Ed Corbin), in a passage about the worth of a dead body. Then there’s the moment of Mattie taking in the sight of railway timbers stacked where the rails end in Fort Smith—a signal that we’re at the end of the road. Scenes like this make True Grit a version of Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man that works, a comic frontier tale free of the hipster burlesque and mixed metaphors. True Grit is the first really satisfactory Western in many years. The film takes the only approach that can be taken to a Western in 2010: a postmodern awareness of the decades of Westerns before it. And yet the film preserves the simple, satisfying pleasures of that make the Western live. Cinema has been keeping the Western going in disguise—

for instance, the epic of Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy (Aragorn is called “a ranger”). The Coens’ prestige hit No Country for Old Men had some of the elements of a Western, but the genuflecting approach to the mirthless, reactionary Cormac McCarthy book makes it a hard film to rewatch. The 1968 Charles Portis novel that is the source for True Grit is a kind of classic. In Ed Park’s 2003 article on Portis in the magazine The Believer, Park quotes Roy Blount Jr. as saying, “Portis could have been Cormac McCarthy, M but he’d rather be funny.” Blount’s B assessment is supposed to be b a compliment, but the judgment depresses d me, as if someone said, “Mark Twain T could have been Faulkner, but he h decided to go for the laughs.” The lack of humor in McCarthy is o one reason he’s dreadfully oversold only a a writer. Portis has more common as se sense, more of a clear handle on how v violence rises up fast and is quelled. He is less bloody-minded, less dazzled by W Western lore than McCarthy. Portis’ “ “hippophilia, ” to use a term in B.R. Meyers critique of McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses, comes across as much more attuned to the real animal. Bridges has been on horseback as far back as Bad Company (1972), but what followed wasn’t a career like John Wayne’s. Bridges has delivered a string of ’60s fogbound malcontents and Southern California slouches, surfers and stoners gone to seed—gentle men who often weren’t gentlemen. Rooster Cogburn is as delicious a part as Long John Silver. Just because it was done indelibly 40 years ago is no reason to bar actors forever from it. True Grit was John Wayne’s finest work, and Wayne knew it. He never did anything better than the campfire scene in the 1969 film, when Rooster is talking about his wife and kid back in Cairo, Ill. Bridges does the same monologue conversationally as he rides, since his Cogburn likes to fill the frontier void with talk; this is not a movie about strong silent men. And Bridges does things that Wayne wasn’t capable of as an actor—he expresses the desperate underside of a bluff, a rowdier level of buffoonery and a quitter’s despair. Even if Wayne was short of breath and stout in 1969, he was indomitable. The last mounted leap over a graveyard fence showed us the actor’s bid for immortality. In this True Grit, Bridges shows us something truer: mortality, the gravity of killing and being killed.


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THE KINGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SPEECH (R; 118 min.) See review on page 54. (Opens Sat at Camera 7 in Campbell and the Palo Alto Square.)

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ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) The Stanford Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual screening of the holiday favorite; it sells out, so advance tickets are advised. By its popularity, this ďŹ lm reveals what people truly think of Christmas: in brief, that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a guilt-haunted festival honoring the longest night of the year, in which anxieties about money and worries about the future prey upon the mind. Frank Capraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fable is animated by James Stewartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kindliness as self-sacriďŹ cing George Bailey, who decides to take his own life when heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ruined by a chortling banker (Lionel Barrymore). Bailey is saved by a silly apprentice angel (Henry Travers) who decides to show him what the world would be like without him. If the ďŹ lm alternates moments of ďŹ lm-noir clarity with more typical Capra clowning, remember that Dorothy Parker, Clifford Odets and Dalton Trumbo were among the hands that sanded up the screenplay. (Plays Dec 24 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)

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(PG-13; 98 min.) The long-awaited sequel, with Robert De Niro, Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman, Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller. (Opens Wed.)

MADE IN DAGENHAM (R; 113 min.) Sometimes boneless but basically rousing and evocative story of the spring 1968 strike that helped inaugurate the movement for equal pay for women; Sally Hawkins (Happy Go Lucky) soulfully underplays the role of the ringleader of a small group of seamstresses working at the massive Ford plant at Dagenham in England; their grievances lead to the stoppage of the entire factory and bring in intervention from the prime minister. Bob Hoskins is unexpectedly gentle as a bespectacled union leader. If you like passing on the received idea that Daniel Mays is the next Michael Caine, observe how uncommonly well he handles scenes youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll groan to see (the neglected husband of the female crusader, burning dinner and going without ironed shirts). (Opens Fri at the Guild in Menlo Park.) (RvB)

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NILES FILM MUSEUM Dec 25: Ella Cinders (1925). Based on a popular comic strip, this comedy stars Colleen Moore in a Jazz Age updating of Cinderella. The Clownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Little Brother (1920) with Koko bedeviled by a pesky sibling; The Bangville Police (1913) with the Keystone Kops, and Boobs in the Woods (1925) with Harry Langdon. Bruce Loeb at the piano. (Plays

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Dec 25 in Fremont at the Edison Theater.) (RvB)

THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER/ THE WIZARD OF OZ (1940/1939) A comedy without Budapest location photography, yet Ernst Lubitschâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s direction makes Magyars out of Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan. Stewart plays Alfred

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My Fair Lord PLAYING King George VI, Colin Firth gives us a shame-wracked, deeply affecting portrayal of a man born and bred to be a spokesman, yet who is handicapped with a crippling stammer. Set in the 1930s, The Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Speech, directed by Tom Hooper, contrasts a pair of royals. The Duke of York, known to his family as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bertie,â&#x20AC;? is the official spare to the heir, next in line to the Prince of Wales. A superlatively cast Guy Pearce embodies this Edwardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upper-class shadiness and sense of monstrous entitlement. The prince is the love slave of a twice-married American named Simpson; his affair, and his indifference to world troubles (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hitler will sort them out,â&#x20AC;? he offers) are pushing events to a constitutional crisis.

Helena Bonham Carterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s portrayal of a lady we all remember as the doddering queen mother is a pleasure, too. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a blessedly light role for someone getting typecast as an expressionist. The source book for this film claims that Logue personally saved the monarchy by helping the new king to raise his voice against Hitler. This typical bit of biopic inf lation may be why the primarily K_\B`e^Ă&#x160;j comedic actor Timothy Jg\\Z_ Spall is cast as Winston Churchill. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a spot R; 118 min. of comic relief by Opens Saturday caricature, a delightful bit of hamming. But it diminishes the speaker who actually rallied the world against Hitler.

In short, a mess. And the man tapped to solve it is Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), a down-at-the-heels Australian speech therapist on Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hartley Street. The duke is a prickly, shy patient. It takes much coaxing to get him to practice odd exercises to firm up his larynxâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and to expose the Freudian traumas that are tying his tongue. Most of the film unfolds as an inspired actorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s duel about the conf lict between pride and need. Rushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wit and nimbleness counterpoint this story of majesty. Logue is as altruistic as a good healer ought to be, but believably, he does look out for himself.

Otherwise, The Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Speech is a natural hit: a bromance version of My Fair Lady with the upper and lower classes reversed. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost exactly as tragic as it is comic. When we see Firthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bertie, figged up in braid and medals, in a green tunic and stiff collar that looks about as comfortable as an Iron Maiden, oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart goes out to him. The wrongness of doing this to a personâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;of making a king out of some unwilling soulâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; strikes one harder than the usual Masterpiece Theater assurances that there will always be an England.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Richard von Busack

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55 news. 127 Hours records an ordeal so singular, Poe couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t improve on it. Unfortunately, Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) tries to blow up the storyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elemental horror through pyrotechnics. He starts with a burst of relentless motion, as in his Trainspotting. Unfortunately, this ADD style has been thoroughly appropriated for sports-drink commercials. James Francoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visceral acting in the service of this horror story probably should be praised, even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a pleasure to watch. One would have to be fairly simple-minded to think of this ghastly story as some kind of triumph of the human spirit. (RvB)

ALL GOOD THINGS (R; 101 min.) Andrew Jarecki (of Capturing the Friedmans) directs this ďŹ ctionalized account of the Robert Durst case. A miscast Ryan Gosling plays David Marks, the tight-nerved scion of a New York real estate fortune; alienated by the dirty side of his job , haunted by the terrible death of his mother and treated with scorn by his father (Frank Langella) David tries to ďŹ nd some happiness in his marriage with Katie (Kirsten Dunst). But her desire to have a family shakes him up; he starts to go more erratic, ever more violent. Dunst canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do much

with this lamb to slaughter role. The ďŹ lm sprawls. Worse, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s told in a patchwork of cinematic styles, none of which seem right. Likely the best way to proceed would have been fast, dark and cynical, but All Good Things is soggy with pity. (RvB)

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Kralik, the best salesclerk at a small notions store. A woman he thought was a customer, Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan), turns out to be just another job seeker. Both Klara and Alfred are conducting romances through letters with strangers; each never realizes that his/her soul mate is actually the colleague he/she has been spatting with all the livelong day. There arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t many movies that work when they try to show how antagonism is overcome with gathering love, but this is one of them. BILLED WITH The Wizard of Oz. Famous for the unquenchable yearning in Judy Garlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voice, for the witty Tin Pan Alley songs that never could have been written with such enviously easy panache if the composers had known what the ďŹ lm was going to mean to the world 50 years later. One of those small categories of ďŹ lms where whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s onscreen is immaterial to the reactions it rouses in those watching it: the hopes of escape, the misďŹ tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aching memories of persecution and solitude. (Plays Dec 22-23 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)


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a new dancer (Mila Kunis) arrives to inspire sexual panic and precipitate disaster. In the rehearsal scenes, the camera spins around with the dancers, and we hear the scufďŹ ng of their feet and their harsh panting, or we watch in closeup as a slipper is stabbed, sliced and stitched into shape. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ballet as murderous ordeal. Only when the music starts

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does Black Swan starts to feel like a great movie, simply because the Tchaikovsky would make us believe anything. Director Darren Aronofsky takes this 1940ish plot about a frigid woman going nuts so very seriously that he probably should have done without the borrowings from Cronenberg and DePalma. TerriďŹ c color, anyway. (RvB)

  

  

   

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Aura Town THE GAME of climbing artists and credulous fansâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;foxes and geeseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; provides some of the satire in the severely attenuated Tiny Furniture, a New York indie phenom thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll seem like a diďŹ&#x20AC;erent ďŹ lm than the one youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hearing praised so much. As is said of a talentless YouTube artist Jed (Alex Karpovsky), Tiny Furniture â&#x20AC;&#x153;is a little bit famous in the Internet way.â&#x20AC;? Director/star/writer Lena Dunham ďŹ lmed Tiny Furniture mostly in her family home, a Tribeca loft where her mother, the noted artist Laurie Simmons, plays the mom role, Siri. Dunham herself acts the role of the semiautobiographical 22-year-old Aura. Just out of college, Aura has no prospects. Her boyfriend dumped her and her hamster died. Aura ďŹ&#x201A;aunts what it is diplomatic to call an untraditionally beautiful body. Aura or Dunham (where the dividing line between the two lies is a matter of opinion) does â&#x20AC;&#x153;fat is a feminist issueâ&#x20AC;? videos of herself, bikini-clad, primping in the fountain of her college quad. And she endures the predictable â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thar she blows!â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201C;style witticisms from YouTubeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everenlightened vox populi. Going pantsless and dressing in front of the camera, Dunham exposes a lot of herself as a girl who is in so many ways a self-involved whiner. Certainly thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some courage here. But behind it is what, exactly? While embodying a social problem of the momentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;ďŹ&#x201A;ights of boomerang children

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coming back home from collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Aura mopes over two diďŹ&#x20AC;erent men. One is the aforementioned Jed, who ďŹ lms himself for YouTube sitting on a rocking horse and quoting Nietzsche. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a devious deadbeat who mooches his way into free shelter and drains Siriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wine stash. Aura gets a sort-of job at a restaurant and ďŹ xates on a sous-chef, Keith (David Call), with a nasty tongue, an even nastier mustache K`ep=lie`kli\ and a girlfriend. Unrated; 98 min. Dunham mopes well, Opens Friday and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s believeable as Camera 3, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have to go home San Jose girl,â&#x20AC;? as she calls herself. Emoting the heartbreak sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supposed to be suďŹ&#x20AC;ering is beyond Dunham as an actress, though. For more involved acting of this kind of role, one has to see Tiny Furnitureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strikingly similar antecedents: this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Exploding Girl, or 2005â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funny Ha Ha. If anything, Tiny Furniture has earned its cachet back East for using words not commonly heard in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movies: â&#x20AC;&#x153;klonopin,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;gluten,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;DUMBO,â&#x20AC;? as in the name of a neighborhood not an elephant. Or maybe critics have praised Tiny Furniture because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the work of a young ďŹ lmmaker who no one feels like crushing. Explaining her woes to her mom, Aura says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a young, young person, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying really hard.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s practically a plea to the audience.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Richard von Busack

 

 

  


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LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS (R; 113 min.) Pseudo-sophisticated romance by Edward Zwick, loosely adapted from Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jamie Reidy.

as they pass: the antique charm of 3D Viewmaster fairy-tale slides, Romanian villages, Utahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Canyonlands, the ďŹ&#x201A;oating lanterns of the Japanese Obon festival; the block-headed yobs at the Snuggly Ducky tavern look as if they modeled for Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spitting Image. As for actual hero Maximus the horse, there hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been such a hilarious steed since Chuck Jones died. (RvB)

is a curvy villainess feeding on the youth and hopes of the girl whom she imprisons. Remodeled as a Disney princess (voiced by Mandy Moore), this Rapunzel is freed by a rakish young thief. Third-act developments take the plot into a different resolution than the Brothers Grimm charted, adding to the surprise of the cartoon. You can see the inďŹ&#x201A;uences and salute them



  

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In the 1990s, a breezy Pittsburgh-based pharma-salesman (Jake Gyllenhaal) and a free-spirited lady (Anne Hathaway) meet in a doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce. A hot yet hostile relationship breaks out. But Jamie quickly diagnoses whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eating Maggie: she has stage one Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and is determined to have a reckless good time while her body holds out. Hathaway could have carried this as light comedy, but she comes on furious and knocks this unsteady movie ďŹ&#x201A;at. And sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a sweeping force meeting an equal, opposite reaction in Gyllenhaal, who is about as deep as Jason Biggs from the American Pie movies. The ofďŹ cial use of the PďŹ zer name here tells us the ďŹ lmmakers are not going to be all that harsh on Big Pharma. Under the direction of the nice guy who created Thirtysomething, it carries the kind of happy ending youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d need a happiness drug to accept. (RvB)

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(R; 112 min.) Jim Carrey in the story of Steven Russell, a cop turned con-man whose downfall (or whose stairway to heaven) was his love affair with a fellow prisoner, Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). Even when the movie takes swipes at Texas justice and evangelicals, director/writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa pussyfoot around the truth: their subject is a kind of sociopath. Despite Stevenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s narration (untrustworthy, naturally) the ďŹ lm never gets bigger than a sum of its sometimes amusing incidents. Call it a het-up, sweet, essentially unsophisticated date movie. Carrey shticks like crazy; McGregor is blond and lamblike; the love scenes have no heat, no musk, no offhanded tenderness. Obviously, the directors were scared straight. And the two leads dive into the trysts like swimmers leaping into a chilly water, shouting to mask the discomfort. (RvB)

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(PG-13; 115 min.) Shaped like the end of a trilogy (despite a proposed sequel), the new Narnia heads to its appointed port, loaded to the gunwales with a cargo of moral lessons. The elder Pevensies, Peter and Susan, are in America. Left behind are two younger children, Lucy (Georgie Henley) and Edmund (Skandar Keynes), who are billeted with their hateful cousin Eustace (Will Poulter). Inundated by an enchanted painting, Lucy, Edmund and Eustace end up bobbing in the sea right next to the Narnian navy vessel containing Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes). Eventually, seven golden swords have to be rescued and placed on the altar of Aslan. The shipmates encounter onelegged giants, a green mist that envelops sacriďŹ cial humans and a dragonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treasure hoard, which curses those who steal it. There are times when the Narnia movies are as good as CGI gets. The animators challenge themselves to pose their legions of creatures under high-noon lighting, instead of disguising the ďŹ&#x201A;aws with half-shadows or twilight. (Read a full-length review at www. metroactive.com). (RvB)

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THE FIGHTER (R; 115 min.) Load-crew laborer and striving boxer Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) of Lowell, Mass., has been training all his life with his elder halfsibling, Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale). One little problem with the elder halfbrotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work: heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hopeless crack addict. One evening, Micky meets a weary bartender, Charlene (Amy Adams), Charlene is tough enough to ďŹ ght off Wardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overprotective family: a gaggle of seven high-haired, sharp-nailed sisters, mothered by Alice (Melissa Leo). Wahlberg, a child of a family of nine, couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have been better cast. Bale has to jump around a bit more; this is not his milieu or his accent, and his acting gets a bit more ďŹ&#x201A;amboyant. As the generic title indicates, this is a boxing ďŹ lm and, director David O. Russell has to depend on some necessities of the genre, including the slo-mo, sweat-splashing punch to the jaw. (RvB)

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Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show XVIII Monday, 8pm, Club Fox, Redwood City; $18 Will Durst heads up this comedy show intended to give 2010 a swift parting kick. Also performing are the Bay Area’s Johnny Steele and Mari Magaloni, she of the impressive Sarah Palin impersonation.

The Legendary Ron Thompson & Friends Wednesday, 6pm, Poor House Bistro, San Jose; free In case you were wondering if guitarist and keyboardist Ron Thompson is actually legendary, uh, there’s a day named after this guy in San Francisco. Starting out in the East Bay, he was John Lee Hooker’s band leader for several years, and Hooker was known to refer to him as “my main man.” (SP)

DJ Lucidal Thursday and Friday, 9pm, Johnny V’s, San Jose; free KSJS’ DJ Lucidal pulls a crazy two-night shift on Christmas Eve and Christmas proper with some help from fellow turntablists Audio Dru and Bennofficial. This guy is a cool cat on the radio and mixes a mean mixtape; he always seems to be up on the latest and best in hip-hop. (SP)

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Thu, 10pm: After Party. San Jose.

Wed, 9pm: Mary Axe, the High Sea. No cover. San Jose.

CAPERS Fri-Sat, 8:30pm: Live music. Campbell.

CARAVAN Thu-Sat: Live music. San Jose.

THE GRAPEVINE Thu, 7pm: Mike Medina. Willow Glen.

JOHNNY V’S Wed: The Cypher. Live hip-hop open mic. Mon: Rock Stars and Bitches Presents open jam night with Rebalskamp. Tue: Calm n Punk with DJ RS2 and Coco. San Jose.

NUMBER ONE BROADWAY BLINKY’S CAN’T SAY No music this Sat. Santa Clara.

BOSWELL’S Wed: Jack Rip Off. Thu: Bitch’n Camaros. Sat: Element. Mon: Drive! Campbell.

FIREHOUSE BREWERY Closed Fri-Sat for holiday. Sunnyvale.

FIREHOUSE GRILL & BREWERY Sun, 7pm-close: The Uncle Dougie Show. East Palo Alto.

Wed, 9:30pm: JC Smith Jam Band. Thu, 9:30pm: Joint Chiefs. Los Gatos.

QUARTER NOTE Wed-Thu, 8:30pm: Pro jam. Sun, 8:30pm: Pro jam. Sunnyvale.


metroactive MUSIC Wed, 9pm: Art n’ Soul. $5. San Jose.

WILLOW DEN Fri, 6:30-9:30pm: Friday Night Live. Willow Glen.

World AGENDA Wed: Salsa night, free lessons with Edmundo and Ruby. San Jose.

ALBERTO’S Wed: Bachata. Thu: Salsa with Pantea. Fri: Salsa. Sat: Sabados Latinoamericanos. Sun-Mon: Argentine Tango. Tue: Salsa with Pantea. Mountain View.

ARYA GLOBAL CUISINE Fri-Sat, 8pm: Live music and belly dancing. Cupertino.

BRITANNIA ARMS CUPERTINO Sun, 5:30pm: Jazz Jam. Cupertino.

CAFFE TRIESTE Fri, closes early. Sat, closed for holiday. San Jose.

CLUB FOX Wed, 7pm: Anthony Paule. $5. Redwood City.

D’VINE JAZZ AND WINE Sun, 1:30pm: Open jam. Morgan Hill.

FAIRMONT HOTEL LOBBY LOUNGE Wed, 8:30pm: The Girlz Band. Thu, 8:30pm: Contemporary or Latin jazz. Fri-Sat, 9pm: Jazz and pop dance bands. MonTue: Piano music. Fairmont Hotel, San Jose.

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Thu, 8pm: Blues jam with Aki. Campbell.

Wed: Rock music. Thu: Latin fusion. Fri, 9pm: Bachata and rock en espanol. Sat, 9pm: Salsa, merengue, cumbia, urban and latin fusions. Tue: Salsa. San Jose.

J.J.’S BLUES CAFE

LILLY MAC’S Sun, 6pm: Traditional Irish music. Tue: Irish dancing. Sunnyvale.

MOROCCO’S RESTAURANT Wed, 6pm-midnight: Flamenco. Fri, 6pm-midnight: Ambient lounge music and belly dancing. Sat, 6pm-midnight: World music. Sun, 6pm: Moroccan music and belly dancing. Mon: French Music Night. San Jose.

PARRANDA NIGHTCLUB Thu-Sat: Live music. Sunnyvale.

RISTORANTE FRATELLO Fri, 7pm: Claudio. Italian classic guitar and vocals. San Jose.

SENZALA Fri, 7:30pm: Capoeira show. Sunnyvale.

STEPHENS GREEN Tue, 7:30pm. Irish music. Mountain View.

Jazz/Blues ANGELICA’S BISTRO Mon, 7:30pm: Lisa Schultz, Mason Razavi and friends. $10. Redwood City.

Wed, 7pm: Michael Osborn. Sun, 7pm: Alvin Draper. Mon, 7pm: Dennis Dove. Tue, 7pm: Liar’s Club, Blue J. San Jose.

WOODHAM’S LOUNGE Fri and Sun: Pro Jam with rock and blues local musicians. Santa Clara.

C&W/Folk ANGELICA’S BISTRO Wed, 7pm: Winter Solstice concert with Four Shillings Short. $10. Redwood City.

BOSWELL’S Sun: Mike Leatherman. Campbell.

MISSION CITY COFFEE ROASTING Thu, 7pm: South Bay Folks open mic. Santa Clara.

THE SADDLE RACK Wed, 9pm: California Cowboys, DJ Tony. Thu, 9pm: DJ Mark. Fremont.

SAM’S BBQ Wed, 6pm: Country classics. Tue, 6pm: Windy Hill. San Jose.

THREE FLAMES RESTAURANT

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Thu, 9pm: Live country music with Cowboy Larry. Willow Glen.

Thu, 7-10pm: Live jazz. San Jose.

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MURPHY’S LAW Mon: Pro blues jam. Sunnyvale.

POOR HOUSE BISTRO Wed, 6-9pm: Ron Thompson and friends. Thu, 6-9pm: Lara Price & Yesterdays Band. Sun, noon-3pm: Holiday New Orleans boogie woogie piano brunch with Sid Morris. San Jose.

ANGELICA’S BISTRO Wed, 6:30pm: Open Mic. Tue, 7-11pm: Pro Jazz Jam. Redwood City.

BAREFOOT COFFEE ROASTERS Wed, 7pm: Musical open mic. Sign up by 5pm. Santa Clara.

BRITANNIA ARMS CUPERTINO

RED ROCK COFFEE ROASTING

Wed, 9:30pm: Open Mic Night. Cupertino.

Sun, 2-4pm: Hot Club of Palo Alto. No cover. Mountain View.

CAFFE TRIESTE

SAN JOSE ATHLETIC CLUB

Tue, 7pm: Open Mic. Thu, 7pm: Spoken-word event with SJSU grad students. San Jose.

Wed, 6pm: Candice and Company. San Jose.

MISSION CITY ROASTING CO.

THREE FLAMES RESTAURANT

Thu, 7pm: South Bay Folks Open Mic. Santa Clara.

Tue, 6pm: Modesto Briseno Septet. Willow Glen.

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UNWINED

Wed, 8-11pm: Live music, comedy and poetry. Los Gatos.

Thu & Sat, 7pm: Live jazz. San Jose.

POOR HOUSE BISTRO

WINE AFFAIRS

Tue, 6pm: Open Mic Night. San Jose.

Wed: Dave Powell. Thu: DS4. San Jose.

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GEMINI ((May May 221–June 1–June 220): 0): FFreud reud ssaid aid tthat hat aamong mong all were all hhuman uman eendeavors, ndeavors, tthere here w ere tthree hree ““impossible impossible professions” yielded professions” that inevitably yield ed unsatisfying rresults. esults. They wer weree child-r child-rearing, governing earing, the gove erning of nations and psychoanalysis. My own experien experiences don’t entirely nces don ’t entir ely confirm Myy pparents mee ppretty well confirm tthis. his. M arents rraised aised m retty w ell aand nd II’ve ’ve given myy ddaughter Off tthe given m aughter a ddecent ecent uupbringing. pbringing. O he nnine ine psychotherapists myy llife, were psychotherapists II’ve ’ve cconsulted onsulted iin nm ife, ttwo wo w ere excellent were But excellent hhealers ealers aand nd nnone one w ere ddamaging. amaging. B ut eeven ven those rrelatively projects weree sometimes elatively winning pr ojects wer fraught frustrations fraught with unsolvable riddles, chr cchronic onic frustr ations and maddening uncertainties. I bring b this up, Gemini, because will when will because I tthink hink 22011 011 w ill bbee a ttime ime w hen yyou ou w ill generate moree gr gratification generate ffar ar mor atification aand nd success than usual in your own versions of “impossi “impossible professions.” ble pr ofessions.” Unsolvable maddening Unsolvable rriddles, iddles, cchronic hronic ffrustrations, rustrations, aand nd m addening uncertainties won’t uncertainties w on’t bbee ccompletely ompletely aabsent, bsent, bbut ut tthey hey could very well be at an all-time low low..

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the Netherlands in 1942 and 1,800 extra boys in France in 1943. 5. At this moment of ennui, we happened on a 2009 paper by geneticist William James, who was more our kind of guy. He pointed out that sex ratios trend slowly but significantly up and down over extended periods of time for reasons nobody really understands. So if you look mainly at the long sweep of history, short-term fluctuations get lost in the weeds. Better to compare wartime and postwar periods with the immediately adjacent years. 6. With that in mind, James proceeded to review numerous conflicts. You’re wondering about the effects of the Russo-Swedish war of 1789–90? Birth ratiowise, it didn’t do squat. Likewise for the Napoleonic wars, the FrancoPrussian war, etc. In fact, just about the only conflicts clearly marked by fluctuations were (a) the first and second world wars, where the male birth ratio went way up in some countries, and (b) the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s, where in Iran it went way down—in fact more girls were born than boys. 7. An ordinary person might think: this is a fatal flaw in my hypothesis. Not James. He reasoned that when the sex ratio jumps either way, that’s something we need to explain. Dismissing poor nutrition, birth order, maternal age and other dull factors, James propounded an explanation with more entertainment value: coital rate. Briefly put, if couples have frequent sex when the male is home on leave, or during the giddy celebration at war’s end, the result is more baby boys. Meanwhile, he blamed the low male birth ratio in Iran on maternal stress, which apparently leads to more miscarriages of boys. A supporting data point: the male birth rate in New York City dropped in the wake of 9/11. Interesting, but the impartial observer is obliged to say that if wartime birth ratios sometimes go up, sometimes go down, but mostly stay the same, the obvious explanation is that this so-called phenomenon doesn’t really exist. But how much fun is that? Cecil sympathizes with James’s approach: when faced with uncooperative data, get out there and dance.

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