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tacckle the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perpetual perpetual to help tackle deďŹ citâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;estimatted at at a conservative conservative deďŹ citâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;estimated $ 05 million millio illion for fo or the th coming coming i ďŹ scal ďŹ all ďŹ sc $105 year. The proposal p oposal to cap pr cap the number number year. of collectives collectives within within the the city city at at 10 10 of was put put fforward orward earlier earlier this this month month was by C ouncilmembers P ete Constant Constant by Councilmembers Pete and Sam Sam m Liccardo Liccarrdo and and Vice Vice Mayor Mayor and N yen. Nguy e Madison Nguyen. Chloupek e has been been pushing for fo or the Chloupek citty to take tak ke a more more nuanced nuanced approach, approach, city which would would systematically systematicallly eliminate eliminate which undesirable collectives collectivvees and limit or undesirable avo oid id lawsuits. law la wsu uits i . avoid By requiring requiring timely timely tax tax payments payments By back kgr ground checks ffor o or past felony feelon ny and background con nvictions v s, the city citty would cut out a convictions, signiďŹ cant chunk of the troublemakers, troublemakers, signiďŹ cant Chloupek says. says. The The number number of of clubs clubs Chloupek would be further further reduced reduced if if the the would city citty passed an ordinance, ordinance, which has d since since 1997, 19977, mandating that languished collectives to to be located located in in speciďŹ c speciďŹ c collectives areaas and away away from from schools, schools, zoning areas churches and an nd parks. parks. churches Councilmember Councilm member Pierluigi Oliverio Oliverio was the ďŹ rst ďŹ rsst public official to tackle tackle was the issue issue of of medical medical marijuana marijuan na the regulation in in 2009, 2009, but but inaction inaction on on regulation the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part part aallowed llowed the the number number of of the collectives collectives to explode. explode. A According ccording to city memos, memos, there there were were 102 102 medical medical city

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year—might prefer someone less politically polarizing than Constant. Some will recall the battle that erupted when the ChamberPAC tried to endorse LARRY PEGRAM— another right-wing Republican and former San Jose cop. If he doesn’t get the Chamber job, formerly “Big” Pete will still have some options: stay in City Hall and make a run for mayor in 2014, or take on Campbell Councilmember EVAN LOW in a 2012 race for the 24th District State Assembly seat. Meanwhile, Dando has moved to The Villages, in the eastern hills of San Jose. That could very well make the lawmakers who represent that adults’ ccmmunity—US Rep. ZOE LOFGREN, County Supervisor MIKE WASSERMAN, and (especially) Assemblymember NORA CAMPOS— keep close tabs on her next moves.

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CAPERS Well-heeled sports bar and restaurant. $$$. Capers is a sophisticated restaurant that uses sports as its theme. Welldevised menu full of inventive recipes and delicious finger foods. 11am-10:30pm Mon-Thu, 11am-midnight Fri-Sat and 9:30am-10:30pm Sun. 1710 W. Campbell Ave. 408.374.5777.

LA PIZZERIA Italian. $$. La Pizzeria specializes in simple pizzas that stand on the strength of a few high-quality ingredients, expertly prepared. Open for lunch and dinner daily. 11am-10pm Sun-Tue, 11am11pm Wed, 11am-midnight Thu-Sat. 373 E. Campbell Ave. 408.370.0826. MICHI Japanese. $$. Sushi standards are transformed into palate-awakening presentations; culinary boundaries are stretched. 11am-10pm daily. 2220 S. Winchester Blvd. 408.378.8000 or 378.0838.

PSYCHO DONUTS Donuts. $. Psycho Donuts has taken rings of fried dough into new territory with flavors like apricot, the Cookie Monster (topped with Oreos) and Do-Nilla (sprinkled with bits of vanilla wafers) and the intimidating Psycho Donut, a maelstrom of marshmallow, pretzel and chile powder. 6am5pm Mon-Thu, 6am-11pm Fri, 7am-11pm Sat, 7am-5pm Sun. 2006 S. Winchester Blvd #C. 408.378.4540. RUSSIAN CAFÉ AND DELI Russian. $$. This is a small Russian grocery store with a good little restaurant tucked in the corner. Borscht soup, pelmeni and solyankya sbornaya, a thick soup studded with chunks of mild pork sausage, black olives, pickles and barley all satisfy. 11am8pm daily. 1712 S. Winchester Blvd. 408.379.6680.

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NEGEEN Persian. $$. Mira

$$. Fun sushi meets fun surroundings in this zone. 11:30am-2:30pm and 59:30pm Sun-Thu and 11:30am2:30pm and 5-10pm Fri-Sat. 75 S. San Tomas Aquino Rd #1. 408.866.1323.

ghasemi, grilled and puréed eggplant in a tomato sauce with scrambled eggs, and kashk-e-bademjan, puréed eggplant topped with mint and a creamy yogurt sauce, are great, as are the kebabs. Don’t miss the excellent Persian ice cream. 11:30am-10pm MonThu, 11:30am-midnight Fri-Sat and 11:30am-9pm Sun. 801 W. Hamilton Ave. 408.866.6400.

TIGELLERIA. Italian. $$. Tigelleria’s menu centers on fine cheeses and Italian salumi paired with tigelle, free-flowing, piping-hot flatbreads the size of mini pitas. The bread forms the addictive heart of the meal. Lunch 11:30am-2pm and dinner 510pm daily. 76 E. Campbell Ave. 408.884.3808.

OLIO Mediterranean. $$$. Olio serves simple but expertly prepared Mediterranean food that dips into the underexplored cuisines of North Africa. Small but smart wine list. Dinner 5-9pm Sun-Thu and 510pm Fri-Sat. 384 E. Campbell Ave. 408.378.0335.

TWIST CAFE AND BISTRO French and American. $$$. Twist describes itself as “American food with a French twist,” but the menu includes Middle Eastern, Asian and Italian influences, too. Cafe 9am-3pm Tue-Sat, 9am-2:30pm Sun; Bistro 5-


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ALEXANDER’S STEAKHOUSE American-Asian steakhouse. $$$$. Alexander’s is much more than a steakhouse. Add a 500-bottle wine list, multiple dining rooms and Asianaccented ambience and you’ve got a standout South Bay restaurant. 5:30-10pm MonThu, 5:30-11pm Fri-Sat and 5-9pm Sun. 10330 N. Wolfe Rd. 408.446.2222.

CAFE TORRE New Italian. $$$. A gem tucked away in an unassuming little mall, with a sophisticated interior and congenial hosts. Even better is the great pasta and seafood. Beer, wine. 11:30am-2pm and 5-9:30pm Mon-Thu and 5-10:30pm Fri-Sat. Closed Sun. 20343 Stevens Creek Blvd. 408.257.2383.

CUPERTINO BAKERY Indian and bakery. $. Don’t be fooled by the name. Cupertino Bakery is really a great South Indian restaurant. Unlike many South Indian restaurants, Cupertino Bakery isn’t vegetarian. Good lunch buffet for $7.99. Don’t miss the dosa and utthappam. 11:30am-9:30pm daily, but weekdays kitchen closes 2:305:30pm. 102521 S. De Anza Blvd. 408.517.9000.

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“We want to touch the wires to see if we can do weekly food-truck events,” says RYAN SEBASTIAN, co-owner of the TREATBOT dessert/karaoke truck and organizer of the event. “We’re trying to push it forward.” SJ Eats will the largest food-truck market ever. The event will be held in the parking lot of the Fallon House at the corner of North Almaden Avenue and West St. John Street from noon to 8pm. In addition to Treatbot, look for KARA’S CUPCAKES, the WOW TRUCK and CHAIRMAN BAO. What’s so cool about food trucks? As Sebastian explains it, part of the appeal is finding good food in an unlikely package—a roach coach. Treatbot is a case in point. Dessert and dance music out of a catering truck? Yep. “We’ve kind of turned up the absurdity quotient,” he says. Plus: “There’s something cool about a food truck that’s supposed to serve low-rent food and getting something amazing,” he says. Taco trucks have long been fighting the good fight and serving Mexican food on wheels, but in the past few years, the cool kids have discovered food trucks. Now you’ll find Korean food, barbecue, grilled-cheese sandwiches, Vietnamese food, roast chicken and Filipino food on wheels. Because the trucks generally have no fixed address, Twitter has become the default mode of communication, letting followers know where the trucks are and adding to the urban buzz that surrounds the mobile restaurants. Adding to the appeal of SJ Eats will be SJ MADE, a pop-up market to be held the same day in the nearby (and empty) Tied House restaurant. Actually, SJ Eats grew out of SJ Made, a market that will draw as many as 60 local vendors selling locally made jewelry, clothes and crafts. SJ Made is the brainchild of the good folks at the USUALS, a boutique on The Alameda featuring locally made apparel. The store was named best clothing shop in Metro’s Best of Silicon Valley issue earlier this month. Good food. Cool handmade stuff. See you there. Check out for details.—Stett Holbrook Late breaking news: The owners of Double D’s sports bar in Los Gatos, Dean and Darin Devincenzi, will be opening a Mexican restaurant in the historic Victorian mansion occupied for many years by the Chart House and for a short while, Michelin star recipient Trevese.

swimming i i minutes i t bbefore f they arrive on your plate. Good dim sum, too. Full bar. 11am-2:30pm and 5-9:30pm Mon-Thu and 10am-3pm and 5-9:30pm Fri-Sat. 10123 N. Wolfe Rd (in Cupertino Square). 408.996.1680.

FLORENTINE RESTAURANT Italian. $. Bold flavors, fresh ingredients and lavish portions. Casual to dressy. Beer, wine. 10257 S. De Anza Blvd. (plus six other locations, some

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FONTANA’S California/Italian. $$$. A steady performer, Fontana’s rarely disappoints pasta lovers. Beer, wine. 11:30am-9pm Mon-Thu, 11:30am-10pm Fri, 5-10pm Sat and 4:30-9pm Sun. 20840 Steven Creek Blvd. 408.725.0188.

GOCHI JJapanese. $$$ $$$. G Gochi hi is a globally inspired izakaya (small plates) restaurant. Most of the food is straightup Japanese fare, but there are a few American, French and Korean twists. Highly recommended. 19980 Homestead Rd. 408.725.0542. LOON WAH Chinese. $. The kitchen produces good wokcentric dishes, but its main


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TODAI Japanese. $$. Billed as a Japanese seafood buffet, Todai doesn’t limit itself to Japanese dishes. Pan-Asian and just plain odd specialties rotate. 11:30am-2:30pm and 5:30-9pm Mon-Fri and 11:30am-3pm and 5:309:30pm Sat-Sun. Cupertino Square mall (near Sears), 10123 N. Wolfe Rd #2001. 408.996.3444.

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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 Tue-Fri. 5:309:30 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, 11am11pm Fri-Sat. 643 Emerson St. 650.329.0665.

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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 MonFri, Brunch 9am-3pm Dinner 5:30-10pm 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. 11:30am2:30pm 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 good-for-you food that he hopes will appeal to Silicon Valley’s frenetic, too-busyto-eat pace of life. Look for good burgers, pizza, salads, and fresh fish. 11am-9pm weekdays; 9am-9pm SatSun. 858 El Camino Real. 650.322.9200.


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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.

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 11am2:30pm, dinner 4:30-9pm daily. 3950 Middlefield Rd (Charleston Shopping Center). 650.494.7391.

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.



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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.

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.

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.

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. 11am11pm daily. 498 University Ave. 650.327.0107.

KAN ZEMAN Middle Eastern/ Mediterranean. $$. A lively blend of Lebanese, Greek and Turkish cuisine fuels this


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28 festive social spot. A sampler plate offers garlicky hummus, earthy falafel, dolmas drenched in lemon, a minty tabouli salad and splendid marinated tomatoes. 11am9pm Mon-Thu 11am-close Fri-Sat. 274 University Ave. 650.328.5245.

LA BODEGUITA DEL MEDIO Cuban/California. $$$. Themed after a vintage Havana haunt of Ernest Hemingwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, this zesty restaurant serves lively Cuban inďŹ&#x201A;uenced cuisine along with liquid staples like rum and mojitos in a handsome, casual atmosphere. Full bar. 11:30am-2pm, Mon-Thu 5:309:30pm, 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 sautĂŠed chard. 11:30am-2:30pm Mon-Sun, 5-10pm 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 isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fusion, but a more subtle blend of surprisingly compatible ďŹ&#x201A;avors 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 CAFĂ&#x2030; American. $$$. With its simple but handsome dĂŠcor, 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, MayďŹ eld Bakery and CafĂŠ presents updated versions of seasonally driven Mediterranean and American classicsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;big, bold, rustic ďŹ&#x201A;avors 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, frisĂŠe salads with crumbled bacon and a poached egg on top, pizzas, grilled ďŹ sh, 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 youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be lucky to put a single foot through the door. Beer, wine.


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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 11:30am2:30pm Mon-Sat and dinner 5:30-10pm Mon-Sun. 2050 University Ave. 650.470.2889.

REPOSADO Mexican. $$$. Reposado offers modern, refined Mexican food served in a lively setting. The restaurant is easily one of Palo Alto’s most striking. The soaring, exposed beam ceilings make the dining room feel at once industrial and inviting because of the warm colors, wood accents and dramatic light fixtures. There’s a beautiful bar and cozy booth seating on one side and spacious table and banquette seating on the other. Great selection of tequila. 11:30am-10pm MonThu, 11:30am-11pm Fri-Sat and 11:30am-9pm Sun. 236 Hamilton Ave. 650.833.3151. RESTAURANT SOLEIL New American. $$$$. 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 6am-11am, Dinner 510:30pm. 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

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seafood dishes that tilt toward New American cookery. Beer, wine. 11:30am-2pm Tue-Fri, 5:30-9:30pm Tue-Sat, Brunch 10am-2pm Sat-Sun. 806 Emerson St. 650.326.2530.

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.

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.

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.


$$. 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.

$$. 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.

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

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Redwood City OLD PORT LOBSTER SHACK New England. $$. Made with lobster flown in from Maine, the lobster roll is simple but good: a toasted, buttery hot dog-style bun cradles fresh, juicy lobster meat. The Gruyère-laced lobster mac ’n’ cheese and lobster bisque are good, too. 11am-8pm MonFri, 11am-9pm Sat-Sun. 851 Veterans Blvd. 650.366.2400.

PAMPLEMOUSSE Cafe. $. Aside from owner Kelli Manukyan’s pastry skills, the cafe offers a number of tasty sandwiches, soups and quiches. 7am-7pm Mon-Thu, 7am-9pm Fri, 8am-7pm Sat, 8am-5pm Sun. 2401 Broadway St. 650.599.9714.

RED LANTERN Southeast Asian. $$. Scattershot pan-Asian restaurants often falter because their menus offer tepid examples of each cuisine, but Red Lantern shows confidence and mastery of a variety of cooking styles. Lunch 11am-2pm Mon-Fri, dinner 5-10pm Sun-Wed, 5-11pm Thu-Sat. 808 Winslow St. 650.369.5483.

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THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES The Avalon, Santa Clara Wed – 8pm; $10 When the Soundtrack of Our Lives first emerged from the ashes of their Stooges-inspired punk band Union Carbide Productions in the mid-’90s, they seemed to be Sweden’s answer to Oasis. No longer a punk outfit, TSOOL wrote ’60s psychedelic rock songs that were totally modern, not retro. It took them a while to hit their stride, but they recorded their best album, Behind the Music, in 2002. Two years later came their biggest single, “Bigtime,” thanks to, of all things, Wrestlemania 21, for which it was the official theme song. (AC)

YOUNG DIGERATI Blank Club, San Jose Wed – 9pm; free Disco’s second coming was never supposed to be like this—and if the Scissor Sisters had had their way, it wouldn’t be. But post–Passion Pit “dreamwave” quartet Young Digerati bring introspective lyrics and a strong rock propulsion system to the dance floor. Their remixes (for Panda People and Futurecop, among others) may be getting more attention than their own songs right now, but with its powerful percussion and clever internalizing of the NorCal/SoCal standoff, “The Dauphin” shows off their potential: “Why do the girls I like move to the south to start a brand new life?” and later, “I know this Valley sucks, but Southern California’s not for me.” (SP)



Caravan Lounge, San Jose Thu – 10pm; free Going back to the basics of thrash and death metal is what Cremation Chamber is all about. Lead singer/ guitarist Frank busts out his best Trey Azathoth–influenced vocals while the double-bass ferocity thunders behind him. You know that scene at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, where Major Arnold Toht’s face melts after they open the ark? It’s kinda like that. Nothing But Losers and California Medication open the show. (BD)

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LOS LONELY BOYS Morris Daily Auditorium, SJSU Thu – 7pm; free I doubt these guys were ever lonely, but since their 2004 hit, “Heaven,” they’ve been spending most of their nights with thousands of fans. What these Texans did was find a way to bring Tex-Mex to the mainstream, a feat that no one has really ever been able to pull off, though a few have come close. They’ll be performing material from their upcoming release, Rockpango, as well as fan favorites. This benefit show is free, but tickets are required. They can be picked up the day of the show starting at 4pm, with a two-per-person limit. Donations will also be accepted, with proceeds going to the Mexican Heritage Corporation. (SP)

SYMPHONY SILICON VALLEY California Theatre, San Jose Thu – 7:30pm, Sat – 8pm, Sun – 2:30pm; $39-$75 Symphony Silicon Valley muscles up to one of the grandest and most imposing of orchestral works: Brahms’ German Requiem, a masterpiece that is a program unto itself. The piece, written in the 1860s, was designed by Brahms for the concert hall rather than the church. It encompasses seven movements and a large chorus. Gregory Vajda will conduct for the symphony; the soloists are Lisa Vroman and Matthew Curran; and the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, led by Elena Sharkova, is 80 strong. (MSG)



Celebration of art, music and skateboarding scene with DJ Ray Stevens, Mar 25 at wi Zions Restaurant, San Jose

EARLY MUSIC SOCIETY Mar 25 at 8pm, First Lutheran Church, Palo Alto Firs

MISSION PEAK BRASS BAND MI Mar 25 at 7:30pm, Smith Center, Ohlone College, Fremont

NEW CENTURY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Mar 25 at 8pm, First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto M

CHORAL FESTIVAL Ma 26 at 8pm, Mar 27 at 4pm, Mar Mission Santa Clara de Asis.

EL CA CAMINO YOUTH SYMPHONY Bene concert with guest artist Benefit David Kim, Mar 26 at 7:30pm, D Flint Center, Cupertino.

VIVACE YOUTH CHORUS With Bach Bac Children’s Choir, Mar 26 at 7pm, SStone Church of Willow Glen.


MCBANE & BUILD Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga Thu – 7pm; $20 Essential simplicity of folk melody is blended with the intricacy of trained musicians. Listening to violinist Matt McBane’s quintet, one recalls Eno repetitions and stark Cubist rhythms. Sample tunes: “In the Backyard,” where, one suspects, things aren’t going well; if there’s a family gathering here, it’s a Cheever-ish tangle of murmuring pride and tensions. “Magnet” has trafficky chugging and an urban simmer. McBane and Build have done nine film scores; one day they will make someone’s indie film sound too good to be true. (RvB)


EXIT WONDERLAND Mountain Charley’s, Los Gatos Fri – 8pm; $5 I once watched a band devote five minutes of their set to explaining how music is like a stew, since each member contributes a unique spice that adds to the overall flavor. Clearly they were talking about Exit Wonderland, whose ingredients are so varied that they are almost conflicting. But a good stew has a lot of unique flavors, and Exit Wonderland’s has funky, swinging drum beats, atmospheric ’80s guitars and keyboards, and a punk-poet female vocalist with partspoken-word lyrics. They describe




themselves as “straightforward rock with a funky beat,” but there’s nothing straightforward about Exit Wonderland. (AC)

TAYLOR EIGSTI TRIO Nichols Auditorium, Harker School, San Jose Fri – 8pm; $35 Pianist and Menlo Park native Taylor Eigsti got some lucky breaks at an early age, playing with David Benoit when he was 8 years old. By 12, he was practically a vet, opening up for the likes of Diana Krall and Al Jarreau. He parlayed those early opportunities into jazz fame with the incredible energy of his playing and the sheer unpredictability of his improvisation. He brings his trio—including bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Colin McDaniel—to Nichols Auditorium at Harker School. (SP)



Streetlight Records, San Jose Sat – 5pm; free For San Jose rapper Dem One, a.k.a. Demone Carter, kicking it old school isn’t just a point of pride—it’s his whole reason for rapping. He believes we’re in an era of corporate rap, and longs for the days of Rakim and KRSOne. It’s hard to argue (although all it takes is a listen to last year’s “Lost in the World,” Kanye’s collaboration with Bon Iver, to remember that hip-hop can still blow minds). What’s important is that Dem One walks the walk while he talks the talk on the mic. He doesn’t preach about it; what he took from his heroes is the importance of making a statement through one’s own story, and he has a gift for it. (SP)

Ben Benefit for Music in the Schools aand 45th anniversary concert, Mar 27 at 3pm, Costano Elementary School, East Palo Alto

RAGAZZI BOYS CHORUS Mar 26 at 5pm, First Congregational Church, Palo Alto; also Mar 27 at 5pm, Transfiguration Episcopal Church, San Mateo

SAN JOSE WIND SYMPHONY ‘Animals,’ co-sponsored by Humane Society, Mar 27 at 3pm, McAfee Center, Saratoga

CALDER QUARTET Mar 30 at 8pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford

HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR Mar 31 at 7:30pm, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga

MINGUS BIG BAND Apr 13 at 8pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford

RICKY MARTIN May 4 at 8pm, HP Pavilion

USHER May 29 at 7pm, HP Pavilion

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balan ncingg, and she draws draaw ws her hand balancing, inspiration ffor or h er aact ct ffrom rom tthe he ccreative reative inspiration her minds around arround her: her: “I “I listen listen tto o the the minds music, tr yin ng to cr eate a mo od. I think, music, trying create mood. th he mood mood here, here, what do I ‘What is the waant the audience a audienc e to ffeel?’” eeel?’” want From h ere, tthe he choreography choreography is is From here, born, so so each each d ancer brings brings ssomething omething born, dancer unique to to the the stage stage eeven ven if if iitt is is the the unique charaacter in the same show w. same character show. Drawn ffrom rom tthe he Latin Latin w ord meaning mean ning Drawn word “somethin ng or someone “something someone,,” Quidam is identical to o the original Big T op show o identical Top eaal. “Everything “Evveerything about about the in Montr Montreal. production iiss tthe he ssame, am me,” Cirque’s Cirque’s Reggie Reggie production Lyo ons said,, “but this show is different diff ffeerent Lyons Cirque shows. shows. It came came right than otherr Cirque ia, a light,, elegant,, bar oque after Alegri Alegria, baroque d with cool cool blues and silvers, silvveers, show filled m has an urban,, almost grit tty and Quidam gritty feel tto o iit. t. I h esitate to to say say it, it, but but it’s it’s a feel hesitate go od ttype yp y e of darkness. darkness.” good he eextravagance, xxtraavvagance, mindWhile th the m oveements and o veerr-the -the-top top blowing mo movements over-the-top arre ther e, Quidam is also theatrics are there, unlik ke an ny other Cirque Cirque du Soleil show unlike any in tthat hat it it d eals w ith rreal eal issues issues and and takes tak kes in deals with placce iin no ur w orld n ot jjust ust iin n a ffantasy aan ntasy place our world not realm. Even Even n so, so, Quidam d oesn’t ffollow ollow realm. doesn’t narrativve, and the singers use a made a narrative, made-up llanguage anguage to to aavoid void fforcing orcing sspecific pecific up ideass or or themes themes on on the the audience, au udience, plus plus it it ideas mak kes it it eeasier asier to to ttake ak ke the the show show around around makes the world. Pikhienk ko rrecently ecently left Quidam to Pikhienko help ccreate reate and an nd perform perform in in a new new show show help called Iris s, which w op ens in L os Angeles called Iris, opens Los Septemb ber. Anna Ost apenko now in September. Ostapenko perfo orms the th hand-balancing stunts. stunts. performs “The foundation foundation of of tthe he aact ct doesn’t doesn’t “The change,” Pikhienko Pikhienko explained. explained. “[Anna] “[Anna] change, began n by by wanting wanting to to do do everything everything the the began same eographer, Debra same,, but tthe chor choreographer, Brown,, told tolld her to ‘Leave ‘Leaave that alone Brown, alone.. Let the mo oveements come come from from you. yo ou.’” Let movements As Ost ap penko puts her own touch As Ostapenko characcter from from Zoé’s Zoé’s imagination, on a character Pikhienko plays plays o ut tthe he wishes wishes o he Pikhienko out off tthe o oung girl from from Quidam. In isolated,, yyoung Iriss, for for the the first first time time ssince ince she she left left Iris, Russia at at the the age agge o 15, a daughter dau ughter will will Russia off 15, once aagain gain p erform o nstage with with her her once perform onstage fatherr. father.

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Tony Quartuccio, Music Director Competition Winner: Will Chow, cello

Treasure Market

Sat , Mar 26, 8PM

March 25–27; Arrillage Center for Sports and Recreation, Stanford; $75/$100 opening night, $5 weekend

DeAnza Visual & Performing Arts Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino $20/15/10

The Cantor Arts Center raises some money for new acquisitions with its biennial resale benefit known as Treasure Market. The theme this year is Vintage in Vogue, and there will be all sorts of intriguing items for sale, ranging from antiques, posters (like Crema Medicata by E. Funati, pictured) and books to fine linens and jewelry, all donated by art dealers and private collectors. The weekend starts off on Friday at 6:30pm with a party featuring hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a show of vintage goods from the 1920 to the 1970s. The weekend sale hours are 10am to 2pm.

San Jose Wind Symphony

“Applause for Paws!” Dr. Edward C. Harris, conductor George Sampson, narrator

a program of pet inspired works

Sun, Mar 27, 3PM

McAfee Center 20300 Herriman Ave, Saratoga $20/15/5

Ragazzi Boys Chorus Saturday, 5pm, First Congregational Church, Palo Alto; also Sun, 5pm, Transfiguration Episcopal Church, San Mateo; $10–$25 The popular boys chorus appears in a concert dedicated to familiar songs called “Made in America.” The program includes a wide variety of American selections—African-American work songs and spirituals, Civil War ballads, jazz and R&B.

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*stage Dance JUERGA With Koko de la Isla and Company. Flamenco Society of San Jose. Sat, 7pm. $10/$13. Historic Hoover Theatre, San Jose.


EQUUS Peter Shaffer’s intense drama presented by City Lights Theater Company. Thu-Sat, 8pm, Sun 7pm (Mar 27) or 2pm (Apr 3, 10 and 17). Runs thru Apr 17. $25-$35. City Lights, San Jose.

FOLLIES CONCERT VERSION A musical salute to great Broadway songs by Tabard Theatre. Fri, 8pm, Sat, 3 and 8pm, Sun, 2pm. Runs thru Mar 27. $27-$35. Theatre on San Pedro Square, San Jose.

BLESS ME, ULTIMA The West Coast premiere by Teatro Visíon. Thu-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. Runs thru Apr 3. $8-$20. Mexican Heritage Plaza Theater, San Jose.


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Liszt: Les Preludes Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Marshall Pierce


Lyric Theatre presents the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Runs Mar 26-Apr 3. This week: Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. Other shows Thu (Mar 31), 8pm, Fri (Apr 1), 8pm. $26-$36. Montgomery Theater, San Jose.

LEGACY OF LIGHT San Jose Rep puts on the West Coast premiere of a new comedy about two women and their ideas about the importance of childbirth. Runs Mar 24-Apr 17. Previews ThuFri, 8pm, Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2 and 7pm, Tue, 7:30pm. Opens Wed, Mar 30. $25 and up. San Jose Repertory Theatre.

THE NORTH POOL TheatreWorks presents Rajiv Joseph’s thriller. Tue-Wed,

7:30pm, Thu-Fri, 8pm, Sat, 2 and 8pm, Sun, 2 and 7pm (no matinees Apr 2-3). Runs thru Apr 3. $27-$42. Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto.

TWENTY-FIFTH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Presented by West Valley Light Opera. This week: Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2:30pm. Runs thru Apr 9. $18$30. Saratoga Civic Theater.

XANADU The musical about roller disco. Fri-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. Runs thru May 8. $24-$44. Retro Dome, San Jose.

Comedy ROOSTER T. FEATHERS Wed and Tue, 8pm: New Talent Comedy Competition. $10. Thu, 8pm, Fri, 9pm, Sat, 8 and 10:30pm, Sun, 8pm: Laurie Kilmartin with Larry Brown and Grant Lyon. $12-$18. Sunnyvale.

SAN JOSE IMPROV Wed, 8pm: Unfiltered. $12. Thu,

8pm: Carlos Mencia. $30. Fri, 8 and 10pm, Sat, 7 and 9pm: Cedric the Entertainer. $45. Sun, 7pm: Thai Rivera, $14. San Jose.

Museums OPENING ART MUSEUM OF LOS GATOS “Classical Portraiture.” Works by John Robert Peck, Andrew Ameral and Aaron Pavelis from the Florence Academy of Art. Mar 24-Apr 22. Los Gatos.

CANTOR ARTS CENTER Treasure Market 2011: Vintage in Vogue. Opens on Fri with a party, 6:30-9:30pm. Also Sat-Sun, 10am-2pm. Party $75/$100. Weekend $5. Arrillage Center, Stanford.

SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF ART Kaleidoscope, featuring Indian food, dance and fashion in a benefit for educational programs. Fri, 7-10pm. $30/$40. “Laboratory.” Installations by Kevin Appel and Ruben Ochoa. Mar 26-Aug. 14. Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm. San Jose.


“All Thought and Pleasure.” Works by Squeak Carnwath. Thru May 8. “The Everyday.” Works by Stanley Goldstein. Thru May 15. Tue-Wed and Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm, Thu, 11am-9pm. Santa Clara.



NYT author and novelist. Sat, noon. Free. Barnes and Noble Westgate, San Jose.

“Clayful Shapes and Bodies of Art.” Works by Michael Ruiz and Catherine Merrill. Reception Sat, 4-7pm. Show runs thru Apr 24. Wed-Sun, 10am-3pm. Redwood City.

STANFORD ART SPACES Paintings by Rajiv Khilnani, quilts by Yvonne Porcella, mixed media by Stell Zhang. Mar 25-May 19. Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm. Allen Art Spaces, Stanford campus.


CANTOR ARTS CENTER “True Colors: Rediscovering Pigments of Greco-Roman Marble Sculpture.”Thru Aug 7. Wed-Sun, 11am-5pm,Thu, 11am-8pm. Stanford.

Paintings and mixed-media by Brian Caraway. Thru Mar 27. Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm, Sat, 9am3pm. Mohr Gallery, Finn Center, Mountain View.



SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF QUILTS AND TEXTILES “Earthly Paradise: Memory, Myth, Metaphor.” Textiles by Carrie Houseman and Darbury Novoselic. “Eden Re-imagined.” Embroideries by Leo Chiachio and Daniel Giannone.” “Boy Code.” A group show. “Modern Maya.” Thru May 1. Tue-Sun, 10am5pm. 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.




“Roots in the Air, Branches Below: Modern and Contemporary Art From India.” Thru Sep 4. Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm, closed Mon. San Jose.

Friends of the Library. Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun, 1-5pm. King Main Library, San Jose.



“Size Matters.” A group show about concepts of scale. Thru Jun 18. “Urgency.” Installation by Mike Rathbun. Thru Jun 4. Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm, Sat, noon-5pm. San Jose.

SUNNYVALE LIBRARY Works by typographer and graphics designer Ralph E. Munoz. Thru May 31. Sunnyvale.

THOMPSON GALLERY “Dubberly Design Office: Imagining Software.”Thru Apr 8. Tue, 11am-4pm, 6-7:30pm, Mon, Wed-Fri, 11am-4pm. Art Building, SJSU.

*books TED ATLAS

A booksigning for the author



The author discusses how he became a memory whiz. Mon, 7pm. Kepler’s, Menlo Park.

“Of Light and Land.” Photos by Jennifer Fraser, Robert Adler and Dan McLean. Mar 29-Apr 23. Wed-Sat, 11am8pm, Sun 11am-3pm. Enter through Printer’s Ink, Palo Alto.

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of “Candlestick Park.” Thu, 7pm. Free. Books Inc, Palo Alto.


CHARLOTTE’S WEB E.B. White’s story. Mar 30-Apr 9. (Children’s Theatre of Palo Alto; 650.463.4970.)

DOCTOR NOIZE Children’s interactive concerts. Wed, 10am and 2pm, plus Apr 3, 3pm. Children’s Theatre of Palo Alto. (Call 650.463.4970.)

KING OF GOLDEN RIVER California Theatre Center. Sat, 11am, plus Apr 2, 7pm. Runs thru Apr 2. $11/$12. Sunnyvale Theatre.

RIKKI TIKKI TAVI Peninsula Youth Theatre Stories on Stage. Fri, 9:30 and 11am, Sat, 11:30am and 1:30pm. $8/$10. Mountain View Center.

SEUSSICAL JR. Los Altos Youth Theatre. Fri, 7:30pm, Sat, 2 and 7:30pm. $10/$15. Bus Barn Theatre, Los Altos.


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Small-Town Wisdom TEATRO VISIÓN takes its audience on a magical adventure in the new production Bless Me, Ultima (based on the novel by Rudolfo Anaya), as its protagonist, the young boy Tony, faces the confusing and often overwhelming journey of growing up in small-town New Mexico in the 1940s. Tony struggles to make sense of his religious heritage, going to catechism every afternoon and helping Ultima—the wise woman and midwife who delivered Tony—to work her herbal and spiritual magic in the evening. Entwined throughout the conflicting doctrines is the violence that rends the small community, violence that takes the forms of ritual murder in the town and the war that’s pulled both of Tony’s brothers away 9c\jjD\#Lck`dX from home to fight, then pushed them home again forever changed by their experiences. A Teatro Visión production Thursday–Saturday, 8pm, The brightest light in this show is the Sunday, 2pm, through April 3 beautiful nuanced performance by Lalo Mexican Heritage Plaza Lopez as young Tony. Lopez brings freshness Theater, San Jose and intensity to a role that would challenge a $8–$20 much older actor. Other standout performances include David Reyes Martinez as family patriarch Prudencio and Anees Guillen as Florence. Mike Walsh’s minimalist sets bring order to this complex play, while providing a sense of simplicity and poverty. A good choice by director Elisa Marina Alvarado brings the silent but active characters of Death (La Muerte) and the Owl vibrantly to life (in vivid costumes by designer Deborah Rosas). The live musical performance blended almost seamlessly with the recorded pieces, adding to the ambiance of the show.


Glass creations by Bay Area artists. Includes dinner and is sponsored by Bay Area Glass Institute. Sat, 5:30-9:30pm. $150 and up. Cultural Hall, Palo Alto JCC.

MARDI PAWS A benefit luncheon for ACGS Rescue. Sat, 11:30am-2:30pm. $26 (call 831.636.7559). Ridgemark Club, Hollister.

SILICON VALLEY SPARKPLUS Premiere of CreaTV San Jose video on local activists. Thu, 5:30pm. Camera 3, San Jose.

Bless Me, Ultima falters in several spots, however. The dialogue switches from English to Spanish have neither rhyme nor reason, and the supertitles fail to translate key words, so important parts of the plot are easy to miss for some audience members. The supertitles also fell prey to technical problems on opening night. The first act is front-loaded with dream sequences and tiny scenes of Tony’s early childhood that create confusion and add nothing to the plot. Another problem is the intrusive presence of the narrator, an older Tony who’s typing his life story and telling the audience what’s just happened in the previous scene or what’s about to happen in the next one. The confusion and heavy exposition lighten up in the second act. Scenes get longer, allowing the actors to generate energy and move the story forward. They also get the chance to play up the show’s humor, including a fall-on-theground-rolling funny Nativity show.—Liz Hamill

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Mane Event IT IS HARD to imagine a more hideous crime than the one that inaugurates Peter Shaffer’s controversial play Equus—the blinding of several horses by a young stable hand. The apparent senselessness of the act, as much as its violence, is what makes it disturbing. Why would anyone, even a mentally deranged person, do such a thing? Equus caused quite a stir when it premiered in 1973 and again in 2007 with a revival featuring Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame in the role of the culprit, Alan Strang. The current production at City Lights Theater Company in San Jose, directed by Kit Wilder, is also a highly provocative one. The play is something of a highbrow detective story, with psychiatrist Martin Dysart (Steve Lambert) trying to uncover the motive behind the crime. Dysart draws out bits of information from his evasive patient (Sean Gilvary) and interviews Strang’s oppressive parents (Beverly Griffith and Michael J. West). Gradually, he uncovers the boy’s complicated relationship with horses, which involves religious worship and sexual obsession.

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Though he wants to help Strang, Dysart has reservations about his own methods. As he reflects on his own dull existence, he begins to envy Strang’s painful and dangerous yet incredibly passionate life. Dysart equates psychiatry with human sacrifice: his patients are offerings to “the indispensable, murderous god of health,” a deity no more valid than the “Equus” worshiped by Strang. One needn’t subscribe to this postmodern nonsense to appreciate the pure human (and equine) drama of Shaffer’s play or the artistry of City Lights’ production, which is emotionally intense and visually striking. As Alan Strang, Sean Gilvary inspires a range of emotions, from disgust to pity. He also beautifully accomplishes Strang’s harsh, piercing stare. The look is interpreted differently by each character: Dysart sees it as accusatory and Strang’s human love interest Jill (Beth Boulay) finds it sexy, while the sympathetic judge Salomon (Monica Cappuccini) sees it as a cry for help. Which, if any, of these interpretations is correct is for the audience to decide. One of the most impressive parts of the show is the chorus of rhythmically dancing horses, which often serve as a sort of silent chorus, observing what happens onstage and commenting by stamping their feet. The actors portraying the animals wear skeletal masks that leave their human faces exposed—a particularly haunting effect.—Sean Conwell

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version ever. It is directed by former Santa Cruzan Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre). Fukunaga says he hasn’t been to Santa Cruz in the 11 years since he graduated from UC–Santa Cruz, “but I could probably drive Highway 17 with my eyes closed.” I had interviewed Fukunaga right before the release of Sin Nombre. He had then had the air of someone cornered by both fame and the press. For our Jane Eyre interview, he was engaging and well dressed, with a tweed cap and with a small gold Hand of Fatima dangling at his throat; accompanying him on interviews was Wasikowska. Seeing her recalled the feeling I had when learning that she had been cast as Jane Eyre and worrying that she was too beautiful for the role. On camera, she turns out to be the perfect Jane: pale, her hair tightly braided and dyed a dull brick red, embodying the fine bones and honesty of the bravest Gothic heroine. Fukunaga said that he was a fan of

just one movie version of the tale. He meant the 1943 version starring Los Gatos’ own Joan Fontaine. Fontaine is described as “a strange wild elfin creature” despite being palpably frail, meek and in her mid-20s. However, the 1943 Jane Eyre is two-thirds film noir. And as the haunted Rochester, Orson Welles delivers his lines with a voice that indeed sounded as if it had rumbled out of a rocky chest. Fukunaga has for his Rochester Michael Fassbender. This compact, glowering actor reminded me of something David Thomson had suggested: was it at all possible that Peter O’Toole had been Welles’ illegitimate son? Fassbender is midway between the two actors, more harrowed and more hurt than either. Moira Buffini’s script makes the smart and unusual choice to circumvent Jane’s horrifying school years (the 1943 version adapted this section impeccably). Jane is first seen in transit between Thornfield Hall and what is usually the slowest part of the tale: her time with the churchly St. John Rivers and his good sisters. It’s been said that some of the hardest kind of acting is acting in the rain. In the first scenes here, Jane is homeless, soaked and in anguish. “Yes, that’s pretty much where we started filming,” said Wasikowska. “I remember precisely


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because I got hypothermia. I thought that was something that was really great about the script, that it started with an instant mystery.” Fukunaga added, “I really like that the first few scenes are at the Rivers house. You don’t know if you can trust Jane, but you connect with her on an organic level.” Fukunaga establishes the loneliness of the moors immediately with lens flare and the live sound of the winds slamming the microphones. “The wind wasn’t deliberate,” Fukunaga said. “I don’t like rerecorded studio sound generally. I prefer to go with dirtier sound. It’s always a battle with everyone in the room: I’m saying, ‘I get it, I can hear what everyone’s saying,’ and they say they can’t hear. We have to balance it out between us.” These first scenes, shot in the Peak District of Derbyshire, aren’t too far from the novel’s locations. According to Fukunaga, “I wanted to make this Jane Eyre authentic, couched in reality. A lot of versions of Jane Eyre use voice-over. But there’s only one scene in our film where we actually hear Jane’s narration.” Fukunaga wasn’t opposed to using narration—“I do like films with a lot of voice-over,” he says, as a fan of Terence Malick’s cinema. “In Malick films, the narration isn’t just there to deliver info,” he said. “It’s part of the music and the poetry of the film. It’s much more lyrical. It meanders.” Jane’s voice is unmistakable: the book is about a solitary girl watching the people around her, guarding her feelings from those who have the power to hurt her. Mia Wasikowska joked that Jane would be a blogger today. Wasikowska explained that “it’s very easy for period films to get melodramatic. There’s so much info about what’s happening in Jane’s head. That was the biggest challenge from start to finish. You’re hearing every thought in her head—how do you transfer all that info?” Jane Eyre is a story of cruelty, mostly. Sin Nombre was hard stuff to take, with extreme gangster violence. But this Gothic tale is in its way just as horrifying: a story of imprisonment, possession and young girls done to death in a wretched school for the poor. I told Fukunaga a story of Martin Scorsese selling his version of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence to the press: “This is the most violent movie I’ve made.”

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New BATTLE: LOS ANGELES (PG-13; 116 min.) Like alcohol, the movie is taken as a stimulant, but the depressive qualities overwhelm that buzz, pronto. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a major sedative to yet another cheated audience, dull despite the (at least) 1,500 edits and furious yet substandard pixel wrangling against clam chowderâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;colored cityscapes. The troops battling the alien invaders are led by a sternly jawed Aaron Eckhart. What is the movieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s saddest moment? It could be Michelle Rodriguez as an Air Force pilot, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get here because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a pretty faceâ&#x20AC;? (obviously not, when she falls 60 feet and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get anything more than a scratch). Worse, perhaps, is a reference to Eckhart â&#x20AC;&#x153;doing some real John Wayne shitâ&#x20AC;? followed by younger Marine asking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s John Wayne?â&#x20AC;? Cinematically speaking, the ground Wayne cared for is being ploughed with salt here. But in mentioning Wayne, the ďŹ lmmakers are superstitious enough to throw a little of that salt over their shoulders. Incidentally, the production company name is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Original Film.â&#x20AC;? It is to laugh. (Plays valleywide.) (RvB)

sedate but intriguing study of an afternoonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s encounter. The two who meet for conversation: a French lady (Juliette Binoche) who works in an expensive Tuscany antique shop and an art historian, little read in his native England but visiting Italy to give a lecture. The topic is his book, also titled CertiďŹ ed Copy: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an attempt (countering Walter Benjamin) to argue for the preciousness of the copy of a work of art. But his argument in print masks his own inner lack of persuasion. The lead, William Shimell, is a real discovery; an ironical natural actor better known as an operatic baritone. (Plays at the Aquarius in Palo Alto.)

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES (PG) A second installment in a series based on the popular kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; books. (Opens Fri.)

HEARTBEATS (Unrated; 95 min.) See review on page 43. (Opens Fri at Camera 12 in San Jose.)

I AM (Unrated; 76 min.) See review on page 44. (Opens Fri at Camera 12 in San Jose.)



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THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED (PG) A father hopes to connect with his brain-damaged son. Stars Julia Ormond, Lou Taylor Pucci and J.K. Simmons. (Continues at the

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OF GODS AND MEN (R; 122 min.) A drama about Trappist monks in Algeria. Stars Michael Lonsdale and Lambert Wilson. (Plays at the Guild in Menlo Park and opens Fri at Camera 3 in San Jose.)

SUCKER PUNCH QUEEN OF THE SUN (Unrated: 83 min.) See review on page 44. (Plays Sunday at 7pm in Cupertino at BlueLight Cinemas.)

RED RIDING HOOD (PG-13; 100 min.) A disaster. And one hopes for the sake of fantasy movies that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not as expensive a disaster as it looks. The main problem is the wretched David Leslie Johnson script, Johnson being the hand behind the risible Orphan. Despite some hints of the taleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menstrual imagery divined by Freudians (with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;blood moonâ&#x20AC;? and whatnot), Johnson ends up making the people of a fairyland village sound like modern-day Ohioans. Then he patches the storyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s multiple leaks with tarlike gobs of narration. The red-caped heroine (Amanda Seyfried) is here caught in a gossipy town struck by a witchhunt and repeated wolf attacks. As the witch-ďŹ nder general: Gary Oldman, who always seems on the border of a Transylvanian accent as he fulminates away, stuck in this Thomas Kincaidâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;lit hamlet. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s frustrating to see Seyfried, who could be a major erotic icon,

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(PG-13) A tale of alternative reality in which a girl (Emily Browning), stuck in an institution, imagines revenge on her evil stepfather. Also stars Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Garla Gugino and Jon Hamm. (Opens Fri.)

TO CATCH A DOLLAR: MOHAMMED YUNUS BANKS (Unrated; 74 min.) One-night-only presentation of a documentary on microďŹ nancing, with the Nobel Peace Prize winner Yunus viewed as he demonstrates the radical new method of small-loan distribution that bypasses the predatory, high-interest loans that keep Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poor enslaved. Suze Orman is the guest star. (Plays Mar 31 at 7:30pm in Palo Alto at the Aquarius Theater; Tocatchadollar. com) (RvB)

WINTER IN WARTIME (Unrated; 100 min.) A French ďŹ lm about a menage a trois. (Opens Fri.)

Revivals HARRY POTTER AND ORDER OF THE PHOENIX/PRINCE (2007/2009) Loads of chiaroscuro in these wintery installments by David Yates: lowering skies and lightless groves, hiding herds of centaurs. Harry is expelled from Hogwarts; the school is purged by a dithering, vindictive Ministry of Magic bureaucrat: the Margaret Thatcherâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;like Dolores Umbridge

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Hazel-eyed Marie (Monia Chokri) is a slave to the retro, even if it means she gets accused of dressing like a 1950s housewife. She and her homosexual friend Francis (star and director Xavier Dolan) encounter a devastating love object: a trust-funded Adonis of indeterminate sexuality, Nicolas (Niels Schneider). He is just about too beautiful and too cool to live. He becomes a wedge between the two friends, who used to get along cozily, scathing the fools and bad dressers in their vicinity. They both go crazy trying to court this golden-haired love object, following him up to his motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s place in the country. Dolan makes a perhaps dubious decision to intercut the action with excessively zoom-lensed confessional testimonials from other victims of love. This seems discursive even by Francophonic

cinematic traditions, distracting from the matter at hand. Dolan has an auteurist bent, since he designed the costumes and the dĂŠcor as well as directed. We see here what seems like an entire community trying to raid the French New Wave. He has transform Montreal into a â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s Paris without cutenessâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a state of ?\XikY\Xkj mind, of deďŹ nition and Unrated; 95 min. intellectual rigor, rather Opens Friday, than of borrowed visuals. Camera 12, The soundscape includes San Jose the one-named Italian/ Egyptian singer Dalidaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s version of Sonny and Cherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bang Bangâ&#x20AC;? coming up repeatedly like the Mamas and the Papas on a Wong Kar-wai soundtrack. Sometimes, the groan of a Bach cello signals stuďŹ&#x192;er overtones, as in a tinted love scene where a single breast is oďŹ&#x20AC;ered up like a plate of nouvelle cuisine. Dolan is happier with the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s method of idealization: the slo-mo sway of Marieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rather nice behind or the studies of her cowled like Audrey Hepburn and delivering cafe observations like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smoking a cigarette is like forgetting.â&#x20AC;? Heartbeatsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tone may be serious, but the ďŹ lm is refreshingly never self-serious. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Richard von Busack

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view of Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the row houses and twisted Whitechapel-like brick alleysâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is comfortingly like ďŹ lm noir. In the dark, the wand-carrying wizards are on patrol, like gunmen waiting for an intruder. (Plays in San Jose March 26-27 at the Retro Dome.) (RvB)

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New Agers COMPARE and contrast two New Age documentaries: straight out of Cinequest is I Am by Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura, etc.). Shadyac tells of how a bad fall from a bicycle left him with broken bones and post-concussion syndrome. When he recovered, he decided to make a ďŹ lm about the essential problems of the world. The title is not a reference to Jehovah but to a G.K. Chesterton quote. Shadyac put a microphone in front of some renowned people: Rumi scholar Coleman Barks, Desmond Tutu and populist radio host Thom Hartmann among them. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m certain Shadyac is sincere, but there are two problems to a ďŹ lm that will surely make What the Bleep. . . fans sit up and applaud. The ďŹ rst is the way Shadyac calls attention not just to his message but also to his pedestal. I mean the background of fame and wealth that makes Shadyac worthy of the company of these sages, even if they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard of Shadyacâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hugely grossing comedies. The second problem is, in a word, ďŹ&#x201A;apdoodle: a twirl through the kind of Northern California cryptophysics that supposedly proves that loving attitudes in our hearts can magnetically eďŹ&#x20AC;ect change. Maybe so, but a lot more gets accomplished by justly angry people. By contrast, there is the one-night stand of Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees

Telling Us? on March 27 at the BlueLight Cinemas in Cupertino; it is a bigger favor to pagans. San Francisco director Taggart Siegel (The Real Dirt on Farmer John) makes a plausible case for bee worship in an era of Colony Collapse Disorder. Ceaselessly pollinating our plants, slaving in darkness @8d to give us honey and candlesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and Unrated; 76 min. what do they get in Opens Friday, Camera 12, San Jose return? Exploitation, unfortunately. For example: the Hl\\ef] almond crop in k_\Jle California requires Unrated; 83 min. a huge shipment of Sunday, 7pm, pollinating bees in BlueLight Cinemas, plastic-wrapped hives, Cupertino dosed with corn syrup and antibiotics. On the job, bees mix with alien specimens, carrying diseases to which they have no defense. The lyricism here in the service of our sting-y but never stingy pals is everything Taggart intended. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll make a bee hugger out of you. Pesticides, mites, habitat loss and corporate farming are doing their dread work. But this engaging and surprising documentary suggests the disaster may be avoided. This movie deserves its buzz. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Richard von Busack


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(1938/1936) Bette Davis stars as a scarlet(-clad) woman who scandalizes New Orleans, until redemption beckons. Henry Fonda co-stars as her ďŹ ance; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aptly remembered as a study for Gone With the Wind. BILLED WITH The PetriďŹ ed Forest. Primordial version of the avant-garde bit about the home invader who strips bourgeois softies and tough-talkers alike of their illusions. In a gas station in the howling Arizona desert, a mixed group of travelers sort out their fates. Depression extremism meets haute-poetic Jazz Era difďŹ dence: burgers vs. Bourges (France). Lumpen dirt miners and caravaning plutocrats are the groundlings at this epic battle. Debuting, in a sense, is Humphrey Bogart, as John Dillinger surrogate Duke Mantee. Bogart steals the show at gunpoint from the ostensible star: Leslie Howardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s half-smiling aristo, doomed to walk the burning sands as penance for adultery. Perhaps overdressed as a frontier waitress, Bette Davis is theatrically ardent, gleaming. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s turn to the presence of Porter Hall as her dad, gas stations owner/paramiliatary boob. Hall sits in for the one party missing at this feast: the threat of insurgent fascism. (Plays Mar 26-28 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)

Regularly scheduled programs of silent films. Mar 26: The Hottentot (1922). Mistaken-identity comedy about a meek character mistaken for a famous jockey; the title refers to the bad-tempered thoroughbred heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forced to ride. BILLED WITH A Safe Investment (1915), starring Drew Barrymoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great-grand uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew. And Bad Boy (1925) with Charley Chase. Jon Mirsalis at the Kurtzwiel. (Plays Mar 26 at 7:30pm in Fremont at the Edison Theater.)

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) Barely Legal stars. (Plays Mar 26 at 11:59pm in San Jose at Camera 3.) (RvB)

SATAN MET A LADY/ THE GOLDEN ARROW (Both 1936) The Maltese Falcon by another name, with the Horn of Roland as the dingus, and the slick-as-a-ball-bearing Warren Williams as detective â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ted Shane.â&#x20AC;? Bette Davis is his loyal but shrewd secretary. BILLED WITH The Golden Arrow. Davis plays a cafeteria cashier mistaken for an heiress; George Brent is the newspaper writer who makes the mistake. (Plays Mar 24-25 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)

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Joaquin Phoenix, added to the vibe (the other video, for “These Things,” had Shirley Manson of Garbage cleaning blood off a bathroom floor). But what fans heard on that album and the 2007 follow-up, This Is Forever, is only one side of the band, Bravin insists. “The second record was really kind of an extension of the first record. We sometimes say the first record can be considered the night before, the second record can be considered the morning after. They’re definitely companion pieces, they go together,” he says. Some indication of that can be heard on the two EPs that She Wants Revenge have released since then, especially the funk-driven Up and Down. “The truth is, we’re hip-hop heads,” says Bravin. “We grew up listening to everything from Prince to Public Enemy and A Tribe Called Quest, Run-D.M.C., Funkadelic and Parliament, all that stuff.”

But when they started work on their soon-to-be-released third album, Valley Heart, they wanted to defy expectations even more. “What we decided to do on this record was to make a real serious point about not repeating anything that we’ve done musically. We’d be in there playing something and be like ‘No, man, that sounds like this song or that idea we already did. Let’s scrap it and start over.’ We really tried our best to shed all the influences.” Those influences, Bravin admits, were worn on their sleeves for several years. Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, they heard bands like Depeche Mode, New Order and the Cure on KROQ, and channeled them directly into their early songs. “The first two records, we were never shy talking about our influences,” he says. “There were a lot of influences on the first record. Some people got ’em right, a lot of people got ’em wrong, but they’re there.” The most ironic part is that She Wants Revenge is compared to Joy Division more than any other band, but that apparently has more to do with Warfield’s deep voice, since Bravin says Ian Curtis was never really an influence.

“We make music based on the music that we grew up listening to. When we were listening to KROQ as kids, no one was playing Joy Division,” he says. “You might catch ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ on a weekend on some specialty show. But we were New Order fans, we listened to ‘Blue Monday’ and ‘Perfect Kiss.’” Bravin hasn’t yet come up with a way to describe how their music has changed on Valley Heart. But the two singles already released offer some clues. “Take the World” is more atmospheric than previous She Wants Revenge songs, evidence that the duo have indulged their love of soundtracks for ’80s films like Blade Runner. (The video, directed by Bravin, even opens with a quote from Ridley Scott’s 1982 cult favorite). While still dark and danceable, the song borrows more from the Smiths (including a near-quote of “How Soon Is Now?”) than anything that could be classified as goth. Likely to be more controversial with fans is the most recent single, “Must Be the One,” an upbeat, almost U2-like anthem. Bravin has heard a lot of different reactions from fans to the song on this tour, including disbelief that She Wants Revenge could write a “real” love song. “Justin chose to write about a different side of love,” he acknowledges. “But that’s not to say the whole album is that way.” Indeed, he’s already preparing himself for the next box people will try to put them in: “People, I think, are quick to assume just because they hear one song that’s not so dark, suddenly we’re these two guys who are going to start wearing fluorescent colors. That’s not going to happen.” Still, Bravin and Warfield are both happy to let fans see a new side of the band. “I think a lot of people will be surprised by the single, but I think when the album finally comes out and they hear it in its entirety, they’ll realize that it’s always us,” he says. “We’ve made a lot of music together, we’ve made a lot of music separately, and I think we can both agree on the fact that this is the best music we’ve ever made.”

SHE WANTS REVENGE Sunday, 9pm; $20 The Blank Club, San Jose

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Buried At Birth Thursday at Johnny V’s, San Jose, 9pm; $5 Combining grindcore, thrash and powerviolence, Buried At Birth has already gotten the attention of Corruption Recordings, after being together less than a year. They say the musical experience they’re going for is: “smashed in the face with a fistful of bricks.” Murderess, Boar Hunter and Silent Sinner start things off. (BD)

Brian Ho Wednesday at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose, 7:30pm; free Sunnyvale’s Brian Ho is an SJSU alum who’s become known for his prowess on the Hammond organ, which he plays in the bass-kicking style of the essential Smiths—Lonnie and Jimmy. He performs as part of San Jose Jazz’s Wednesday series. (SP)

Smoking Popes Saturday at Crepe Place, Santa Cruz, 8pm; $14 Chicago’s Smoking Popes hit it big in the ’90s alternative breakthrough; after a tour with Green Day, their “Need You Around” was a major hit. They broke up after their label dropped them and vocalist Josh Caterer (who started the band with his brothers Matt and Eli) found religion and quit the band. Now, they’re back and signed to the South Bay’s Asian Man Records, with a new CD out this month. (SP)


Rock/Pop ANGELICA’SBISTRO Fri, 8:30pm: Ruth Gerson. $12/$16. Sat, 5pm: BomChul. $7/$10. Sat, 8:30pm: The Jimmy Legs Band. $8/$12. Redwood City.

THEBLANKCLUB Wed, 9pm: Young Digerati, Slapbracelet, Trevor Childs & the Beholders. No cover. Fri, 9pm: Cash’d Out, the Pendletons. $10. Sat, 9pm: The Mumlers, Worker Bee, Pancho San. $10. Sun, 8pm: She Wants Revenge, the Californian. $20. San Jose.


Wed, 7pm: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Northern Son, Eyes Like Mine, Brendan Hoye (of Finish Ticket). $10. All ages. Sat: TKA, K7. Santa Clara.

BLINKY’SCAN’TSAY Sat, 9:30pm-1:30am: Len Callo. Rock & blues. Free. Santa Clara.

BOGART’SLOUNGE& TECHPUB Sat, 9pm: Live music. Sunnyvale.

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THEBANK Fri, 9pm: George Heagerty and Never the Same. Free. Saratoga.

BOULEVARDTAVERN Fri: Live music. No cover. Los Gatos.

BRITANNIAARMS ALMADEN Fri, 10pm: Spazmatics. Sat, 10pm: Groovenugget. San Jose.


Sat, 7pm: Monstrauss. All ages. San Jose.


Camaros. Fri: The Peelers. Sat: 10 Til 2. Mon: Drive! Campbell.

BOSWELL’S Wed: Jack Rip Off. Thu: Bitchin’

Sat, 3:30pm: Next-11, Dreamstream and Holly Heaven with Tyler Page. $8/$12. All ages. Cupertino.

CARAVAN Thu: Cremation. San Jose.

CLUBFOX Fri, 7pm: Tiger Club, Pacific Standard Time. $13/$15. Redwood City.


JOHNNY V’S Fri-Sun, 9pm: Live music. San Jose.

World AGENDALOUNGE Wed: Salsa night. San Jose.


Fri, 9pm: Vegas Nights. Sunnyvale.

Wed: Bachata. Thu: Salsa with Pantea. Fri: Salsa. Sat: Latin night. Mon: Argentine Tango. Tue: Salsa with Pantea. Mountain View.



Fri, 8pm: Exit Wonderland, Shake. 21+. $5. Los Gatos.

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




Wed: Live music. Fri: Dos Guys. Sat, 7pm: Mystic Pilots. Santa Clara.

NICKEL CITY Fri, 6:30pm: Point of View, Four O’clock Heroes, the King’s Kids, the Druids. All ages. San Jose.

NINE LIVES Fri, 8pm: Corduroy Jim, Powder Train. 21+. $10/$12. Sat, 8pm: Those Charming Crooks, SoMoS. 21+. $8/$10. Gilroy.

NUMBER ONE BROADWAY Wed, 9pm: JC Smith Jam Band. Free. Thu, 9:30pm: After Sunset Band. Free. Fri, 9:30pm: The Groove Kings. $10. Sat, 9:30pm: Six String. $10. Los Gatos.

THE QUARTER NOTE Fri: Humdaddyz. $5. Sunnyvale.

RASPUTIN RECORDS Thu, 6pm: The Doormice. All ages. Free. Campbell.

RED ROCK COFFEE ROASTING Fri, 8pm: Odd Owl. All ages. Free. Mountain View.


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

CAFFETRIESTE Thu, 7:30pm: Mijo de la Palma. All ages. Free. San Jose.

CASCAL Sat, 9pm: James Robinson flamenco guitar. Mountain View.

CLUBFOX Thu, 7pm: Orquesta Pacheco. $12/$14. Redwood City.

LILLYMAC’S Sun, 6pm: Traditional Irish music. Sunnyvale.

MOROCCO’SRESTAURANT Wed, 5pm: Rasa Vitalia & Shirzad Sharif. Thu, 5pm: Blues night. Fri, 5pm: World music and belly dancer Adriana. Sat, 5pm: Jason Bellenkes Duo. Jazz. Sun, 5pm: Moroccan music. Mon, 5pm: French music. Tue, 5pm: Celtic Rose. San Jose.

Fri: Apakolypse. Sat: The Swillerz, Faithless Saints. Sun: Metal Strikes Down III with Abaddon and Montra. San Jose.



Thu, 8pm: Chasing Truth. Fri: Bossa nova at noon, and Capoeira show at 7:30pm. Sunnyvale.

Sun: Dance Party Band. San Jose.


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


Fri, 6pm: Arsonists Get All the Girls, Antagonist, Aethere, Picture It in Ruins, Helms Deep, the Soothing Sound of Flight, Start the Fire Up. All ages. Sat, 6pm: Lionheart, Legend, Monsters, the Great Commission, the Greenery, Dennis Is Dead, Ecophagy. All ages. Los Gatos.




Fri, 7:30-10pm: After Shock. Willow Glen.

Wed, 7-11pm: Blues jam. $5. Redwood City.



Sat, 9pm: Relapse, Forrest Day, FTB, Almost Honest. All ages. $5. Homestead Lanes, Cupertino.

Wed, 7:30pm: San Jose Jazz Wednesdays. With the Brian Ho Trio. San Jose.

Sat, 8pm: Naser Musa Ensemble. $22-$28. Sunnyvale.

GRANDDELLSALOON Thu, 8pm: Blues jam with Aki. Fri: Rhythm District. Sat: Tip of the Top. Campbell.

HEDLEYCLUB Every first and third Wed, 7:30pm: Hedley Club Jazz Jam. Thu, 8pm: Russo Alberts Trio. Fri, 8:30pm: Anton Schwartz Quartet. Sat, 8:30pm: John Worley and Worl View 4.0. Hotel de Anza, San Jose.

J.J.’SBLUESCAFE Wed, 9pm: Suska. Thu, 9pm: Jimmy Dewrance. Fri, 7pm: Nuthin’ but Trouble. Sat, 7pm: Rough House, Marvin Banks, Catman. $10. Sun, 9pm: Larry Valdez. Mon, 9pm: Wayne’s Way Band. Tue, 7pm: Blue J, Liar’s Club. San Jose.

MURPHY’SLAW Thu, 8pm: Maneck. Fri: Bone Drivers. Sat: Dan Gogh’s. Mon: Pro blues jam. Sunnyvale.

NETO’SGRILL Tue: Blues jam with Dennis Dove. Santa Clara.

NICHOLSAUDITORIUM Fri, 8pm: Taylor Eigsti Trio. $35. Harker School, San Jose.

APERFECTFINISH Fri, 9pm: Steven Gary. Sat, 9pm: Live jazz. San Jose.

POORHOUSEBISTRO Wed, 6-9pm: Ron Thompson and friends. Thu, 6-9pm: Lara Price and Yesterdays Band. Fri, 6-10pm: Kaye Bohler Band. Sat, 7-10pm: Candye Cane Band with Laura Chavez. Sun, noon-4pm: School of Blues student jam. San Jose.

SUNNYVALEARTGALLERY Every fourth Fri, 7pm: Gianfranco and Friends. Accordion and more. Sunnyvale.

TESSORA’S Fri, 8:30pm: South City Blues Band. Sat, 8pm: Dennis Wozniak Trio. Campbell.

WINEAFFAIRS Wed, 7:30pm: Larry Chinn. Thu, 811pm: Jason Lewis Trio. Sat, 9pm: Blue House. San Jose.





Sun, 5:30pm: Jazz Jam. Cupertino.

Fri and Sun: Pro Jam with rock and blues local musicians. Santa Clara.

CAFFETRIESTE Sat, 7pm: Kavanaugh Brothers Celtic Experience. All ages. Free. Sun, 7pm: Crook’s Army. All ages. Free. San Jose.


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Mon, 9pm: Karaoke. San Jose.

MISSIONCITYCOFFEE Sat, 7:30pm: Rebecca and Gary. Santa Clara.

ORCHARD VALLEY COFFEE Fri, 6pm: Mark Adams. Sat, 6pm: One New Message. Campbell.

PEACOCKLOUNGE Wed, Fri and Sun, 8pm-2am: KJ Dennis. Sunnyvale.

Thu, 9pm: Brian. Sun, 9pm: DJ and karaoke. Tue, 9pm: Ryan. Sunnyvale.





Thu: Karaoke. Los Gatos.

Sun, noon: Margaret & Victor. Bluegrass. Free. Mountain View.


THE SADDLE RACK Wed, 9pm: California Cowboys. Thu, 7pm: Troy Olsen & Katie Amiger. Fri, 9pm & Sat, 10:15pm: Diablo Road. Fremont.

SAM’S BBQ Wed, 6pm: Country Classics. Tue, 6pm: Leftover Crow. San Jose.

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

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BRITANNIAARMSCUPERTINO Sun-Tue, 10pm: Karaoke. Cupertino.



Friday, March 25‹In the Atrium‹AGES 21+ FRIDAY NIGHT FUNCTION: DJ Aspect DJ Tone Sol, Nima Fadavi NO COVER • 9 p.m./ 9 p.m. Saturday, March 26‹In the Atrium‹AGES 21+ VICTIMS FAMILY plus Noise Clinic also Catacomb Creeps $5 Adv./ $7 Dr. • 8:30/ 9 p.m. Sunday, March 27‹In the Atrium‹AGES 21+ QUADRON plus Panthelion & friends

$12 Advance/ $16 at the Door • Drs. 8:30 p.m./ Show 9 p.m.

Tuesday, March 29‹In the Atrium‹AGES 21+

Mar 31 The B Foundation Atrium (Ages 16+) Apr 1 J-Stalin/ Mistah Fab Kreayshawn (Ages 16+) Apr 2 Vernian Process Atrium (Ages 21+) Apr 3 John Brown’s Body Atrium (Ages 16+) Apr 6 Dark Star Orchestra (Ages 21+) Apr 15 G. Love & Special Sauce Belle Brigade (Ages 21+) Apr 16 Yonder Mtn. String Band (Ages 21+) Apr 22 Husalah/ Bobby Brackins Balance DJ Quest (Ages 16+) Apr 27 Afroman Atrium (Ages 16+) Apr 29 The Devil Makes Three (Ages 21+) Apr 30 The Holdup/ Wallpaper Young Science (Ages 16+) Jun 18 Tech N9ne/ Mayday (Ages 16+) Unless otherwise noted, all shows are dance shows with limited seating. Tickets subject to city tax & service charge by phone 866-384-3060 & online


Mon, 9:30pm: Karaoke. Menlo Park.



Wed, 8pm: Salsa Wednesdays. Thu-Fri: DJs. San Jose.

Tue: Karaoke. San Jose. Wed: Karaoke. Thu, 9pm-1am: Karaoke. Santa Clara.


Wed, 9:30pm: Karaoke. San Jose.

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



Tue, 9pm: Partyoke. Beer pong and karaoke. San Jose.

Wed-Thu and Sat: DJs and dancing. Santana Row.



Tue: Open mic. Free. San Jose.


JOHNNY V’S Mon: Rebels Camp open jam night. San Jose.

Wed-Sat and Tue, 9pm: Uncle Dougie Show. No cover. San Jose.



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

Thu, 9pm-2am: August. Milpitas.


Thu-Sat, 9:30pm: Karaoke. Gilroy.

GILROY BOWL BRITANNIAARMSALMADEN Wed & Sun: DJ Hank. Thu: VJ DRoc. Mon, 9pm: Beer Pong. Tue: Pub-stumpers Trivia. San Jose.

RASTA CRUZ REGGAE TUESDAYZ with DJs Don-ette G & Lion-S + weekly guests DJs Models/Dancers No Cover • Show 9 p.m.

Wed-Thu, Sat-Sun, Tue: 9:30pm: Vinnie. Santa Clara.


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

$10 Advance/ $15 at the Door • Drs. 8:30 p.m./ Show 9 p.m.


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


Wednesday, March 23‹In the Atrium‹AGES 16+ ROACH GIGZ plus Equipto

Wed, 9:30pm: DJ JR. Thu, 9:30pm: DJ Uncle Hank. San Jose

Wed and Sun, 10pm: DJ Hank. San Jose.


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Sat, 7pm-midnight: KJ Bob and Starmaker Karaoke. Santa Clara.

Thu: DJ Tosh. Cupertino.

THE GOOSETOWN LOUNGE Fri-Sun, 9:30pm-1:30am: Karaoke. Willow Glen.

Nightly except Sun, 9pm-2am: Karaoke. San Jose.

BLUE PHEASANT Tue, 7pm: Steve Tiger. Cupertino.


Thu & Sun-Mon, 8:30pm: Bruce of KOR Karaoke. Mountain View.

Wed: Raygay. Thu: Latin. Fri: ’70s, ’80s. Sat: House. Sun & Tue: Lounge. Menlo Park.



Thu, 8pm: Chris. Santa Clara.

Fri, 7pm: Groupo Niche. Sat, 9pm: DJs. Palo Alto.


Thu: DJ David Q. Fri, 10pm: DJ Benofficial. Sat, 10pm: DJ Aspect. San Jose.

NORMANDY HOUSE LOUNGE Fri-Sat: Karaoke. Santa Clara.



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The Mumlers TO WIND up their month-long tour, San Jose’s Mumlers bring their ramshackle mixture of sweet soul and oddball indie folk to the Blank Club. After opening for ’90s beat trippers Morcheeba at several large venues like the Warfield in San Francisco and the Roseland Theater in Portland, the Mumlers made their first trek to the Saturday, 9pm madness that is SxSW in Austin. Sources confirm that The Blank Club, multi-instrumentalist Muller played bass for one song San Jose while sitting on a mechanical bull. The next morning, he ate $10. a Texas-size breakfast taco. Armed now with percussionist/ bassist Elias Reitz from amazing instrumentalists Gojogo, there’s a new and exciting element to the Mumlers’ already eclectic live sound. New tunes have seeped their way into the set, revealing songwriter Will Sprott is still turning out intricate yet hooky material. As this is the last show on the tour, they’ll either be playing like a well-oiled machine or like dance marathon contestants on their last legs. Either way, it’s always a blast to watch.—Jeff Brummett




Thu: Live DJ and karaoke. Fri: DJ party. Sunnyvale.

Thu-Sat: DJs and dancing. Sun: Reggae. San Jose.

Thu-Sat, 9:30pm: DJs. San Jose.



Sat: Suck It Saturday. San Jose.

Thu: Thursday Night Live. Fri: Video Killed the DJ with VJ Vinyl. Sat: Sultry Saturdays. Sun: Sinful Sundays. San Jose.


FAHRENHEIT ULTRA LOUNGE Wed, 9pm: Wine Wednesday. Thu, 9pm: The Heit Thursdays. Fri, 9pm: Fourth Fridays. Sat, 9pm: Elite. Mon, 9pm: Industry. Tue: Partyoke. Beer pong and karaoke. San Jose.

MOUNTAIN CHARLEY’S Wed: House Party. Thu: Throwback Thursdays. Los Gatos.


Thu: Ladies’ Night. Fri-Sat: Old School. Milpitas.

Thu, 8pm: DJ Akustik. Fri, 8pm: DJ Mayo. Sat, 8pm: DJ Mayo and DJ Akustik. Sun, 7pm: Latin Beat. Sun, 9pm: Sonidero Night. Sunnyvale.



Wed: The Cypher. Thu: Hip hop. Fri: Dub Massive. Tue: Punk night with local DJs. San Jose.

Fri, 8pm: DJ dancing featuring R&B,Top 40. Sat, 9pm: DJ dancing featuring chill, R&B,Top 40. Sun & Tue, 9pm: DJ dancing. Sunnyvale.


STUDIO8 Thu: DJs. Fri, 9pm-2am: Hall Pass. Hosted by Carly. Sat, 9pm2am: DJ Cobra. San Jose.

TEMPLE BAR & LOUNGE Wed: Red Run Wednesday. . Thu: Dig. Fri: DJ Ready Rock. Sat: Temple All-Star DJs. San Jose.

WILLOW DEN Fri, 10pm: DJ Uncle Hank. Sat, 9:30pm: DJ Noble. Willow Glen.

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