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Hair-Poof Goof I’m sorry, I lack the courage to tell you that your “Bumpit” or whatever device you’re using to get that “poof” on the back of your head is, um, not working as you probably intend. You see (well, you don’t), it is so high that the hair you’re brushing over it does not cover it but sticks out in the back. It looks so ridiculous that people are snickering at you behind your back. You seem like a nice person, so this makes me feel bad. So gals, if you’re sporting the “poof do” that’s been popular for a few years, get yourself a second mirror and check out the view from all angles before going out in public.

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Key Column I really enjoyed your latest column, “Keys to Success” (Silicon Alleys, Aug. 31). Christine Eunmi Shin’s description of herself as an “accidental entrepreneur” is, as you

wrote, inspiring. It is wonderful to see someone figure out how to follow their passion, especially when it involves helping the community. I have a suggestion for another artist to check—Rodolphe Cassand and his Mountain View–based Cassand Ballet. The studio teaches ballet “from the French tradition” to community members of all ages. My wife and I attended a performance and found it entertaining. It was obvious that the company was bringing the passion, discipline and energy of dance to community members. We enjoy your articles and look forward to more in the future. TOM MORMAN | SAN JOSE

Return to Senna I’m sorry, but I have no clue what Mr. von Busack is writing about in his article about the movie Senna (Aug. 24). Yes, he made it clear he knows nothing about the sport, but his jumbled article comparing a country’s sports hero to a laxative and rattling of portions of scenes with no reference or meaning is just mind-boggling. Reading his article felt like being left in a locked car with hyperactive child whose only source of nourishment was a Costco-size container of Pixy Stix. I left his article having no clue if he liked or despised the movie. Luckily, I had seen the documentary before reading his article and felt it is the greatest sports documentary of its kind. The movie transcends the genre,

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Blunted Edge Re: “New Cult Classics”: (Cover story, Aug. 24): There are a few in there that shouldn’t be included. Specifically, Mulholland Drive and Black Dynamite should be allowed to fade into obscurity. Later-day Lynch films are like later-day Cronenberg, just more of the same with their edginess blunted. Even though I enjoyed Black Dynamite, I feel that other self-aware genre films such as Planet Terror would have deserved the slot more. JUSTIN BROWN | MOVIETIMES.COM


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Here We Go Again It looks like Palo Alto is about to follow in San Jose’s footsteps and is gearing up for a battle that could generate the same kind of acrimony seen last year during the Measures V and W election. The Palo Alto City Council approved a proposal this summer to put a measure on the November ballot that would repeal binding arbitration between the city and its public-safety unions. Currently, when labor negotiations break down between Palo Alto and its fire and police, a third-party panel is brought in to make a final decision. City officials complain this process often burdens the city with future pension debt in return for lower public-safety salaries, while the unions argue arbitration is the only way to force the city to negotiate in good faith. Led by president TONY SPITALERI, the firefighters union Don’t responded in August forget by filing an injunction to tip! against the ballot measure with the Public FLY@ Employee Relations METRONEWS. Board (PERB). But the COM union withdrew its unfair-labor-practices claim after Spitaleri met with City Attorney MOLLY STUMP. Thinking better of it, Spitaleri returned last week with allegations that the city is attempting to hold an “illegal election,” and the union filed a new injunction. The PERB is set to hear both sides in hearings later this month. Palo Alto Mayor SID ESPINOSA was the swing vote in the council’s 5-4 majority decision, just a year after he bowed down to union pressure and voted against repealing arbitration from the city’s charter. Call it the difference between being mayor and vice mayor? Depending on how many enemies Espinosa wants to make, though, he might want to take some notes on how San Jose Mayor CHUCK REED managed to get V and W passed. After all, it worked so well in bringing civil discourse to San Jose.

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Control (DTSC) had mailed her a work notice. Preciado’s property borders the Willow Glen spur of the Union Pacific Railroad. Spur cleanup began in July as part of San Jose’s ambitious trails program, which will build and connect 100 miles of trails in San Jose by 2022. The multimillion dollar expansion began in Willow Glen a few months ago. Crews started ripping up vegetation, hauling out dirt and grading ground to create the Three Creeks Trail. Concerned about the dust, Preciado called the DTSC phone number. She didn’t realize the agency supervised the removal of toxic substances like arsenic, lead and cadmium. Preciado’s concerns increased when an agency representative left a voice-

mail message assuring her that she need not worry because “the arsenic would dissolve in the water.” “I thought, ‘Well, gee, we had our kids playing in there’,” Preciado says. “We didn’t know that.” She continues, “The only reason we complained about it was because it was very evident. It was like a film on the patio, and our pool was dirty for a couple of weeks, and we couldn’t get it clean. Finally, we realized it was coming from the grading, and they weren’t wetting the ground the way they were supposed to.” DTSC says in a statement that it “believes there were not any significant releases of contaminants into the air to pose any risk. Excavation of the contaminated soil has been finished and clean soil is being placed to backfill the excavations.” Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio, whose district includes Willow Glen, says his office received just one complaint from a mother who was also concerned about the dust kicked


Costs of Connecting Trails Program manager Yves Zsutty says it has taken eight years to gather the $6 million for the Three Creeks Trail, which will occupy land between Lonus Street and Minnesota Avenue. A land purchase, funded from several city, county and state sources, should go through in November. The trail, aligned west to east in a wide U-shape from Lonus Avenue to Interstate 280, will eventually connect the Los Gatos Creek, Guadalupe River and Coyote Creek trails. “The most important thing is it’s the only east-west connector in all of San Jose,” explains Taisia McMahon, president of Save Our Trails, a grassroots trail advocacy group. “All the trails run north and south, but you can’t get east to west, which is not very useful.” The cleanup project runs along approximately 4,235 feet of land that cuts past back yards and business

property lines in Willow Glen. Work will continue through October. While Preciado and business owners like Durham have called the dust a disturbance, it hasn’t been the only source of commotion caused by the Three Creeks Trail cleanup.

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up by the work. The problems, he says, ceased once workers started watering the ground properly. But he points out that the state cleans up the project, not the city. “Otherwise, this project’s nearly done and everyone is going to get this nice, long 10-acre green trail,” Oliverio promises. The Willow Glen spur, part of a rail line until the 1970s, needs cleaning before the city of San Jose can purchase the land and convert it into trail space. The way in which the toxic substance removal was announced unsettled some Willow Glen home and owners. While almost no one opposed expanding San Jose’s trails, which are city-funded sometimes until reimbursements come through, a handful of residents and homeowners say no one informed them about the cleanup. An employee at a nearby insurance agency says she didn’t know about the trails project until a neighbor brought in a copy of the work notice. “It’s been a real nuisance,” said David Durham, president and CEO of Applied Engineering, which sits on Lonus Avenue on the very north end of the cleanup. “It’s been going on for two or three weeks. We got no notice, no real warning.”


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sv 411.com Los Angeles Has an Architecture Critic? I don’t think architects and urban planners have a lot of conventions in Los Angeles. But they do have a lot of people and a higher-thanaverage concentration of posers, so it’s not surprising that they have an architecture critic. I guess. Also not surprising: a critic warping something Apple does into a cheer cone for their inane opinions. Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne is the latest to yield to the harpy’s call that the company seems to broadcast like some sort of asshole beacon in targeting its proposed Cupertino building.

Lady Gaga Manager Joins New Menlo Tech Fund Lady Gaga manager Troy Carter and Keith Rabois, chief operating officer of payments service Square, will be part of the“Jedi council” of a new $20 million early stage investment fund started by Menlo Ventures. The Jedis “will give advice to companies in the Menlo Talent Fund’s investment portfolio,” according to a Sept. 13 post by Matthew Lynley on Venture Beat. The “Menlo Talent Fund,” will be headed by Menlo Ventures’ managing director Shervin Pishevar “The turnaround time for a decision on an investment is between 24 hours and 72 hours,” Pishevar said at the TechCrunch Disrupt 2011 conference on Tuesday.

Hawthorne takes the usual vectors you’d expect someone who wants to disparage the project would take, and some that are puzzling because, well, they’re stupid. Knock on Cupertino City Council for eating out of Jobs’ hand and tying it to Apple’s product announcements? Check. Disparaging comparison to other non-quadralateral structures and gratuitous reference to Cold War architecture? Check. Then things get interesting – and by “interesting” I mean “not very compelling for a critical piece from a publication ending in ‘Times’” (even one based in L.A.). “It is a measure of Jobs’ tight grip on Apple’s reputation for in-house design innovation that even after hiring a celebrity architect like Foster he would keep that architect’s name under wraps; even now, three months after Jobs took the plans public in that council meeting, the Apple press office refuses to confirm that Foster + Partners indeed designed the project.” I guess I’m struggling to see the point of this. Is it that Hawthorne’s peers aren’t getting their just desserts; that Jobs is diminishing the expertise of the firm by not leading with Foster + Partners in every piece of PR?

Now on to the main event, wherein the urban-saavy architect(ure critic) gets to deride development in the ‘burbs: “When the designs first surfaced online, and a few critics noted their strikingly detached and anti-urban character, defenders of Apple responded by saying that those comments suggested a misreading of Silicon Valley’s history.” The is the entry point of Hawthorne’s long and heavilyborrowed screed against the kind of suburban development that is de rigueur to criticize. The borrowing comes from Louise A. Mozingo, and accounts for a third of the article. The premise: non-urban buildings suck. Put another way: “Even more than low-density tract housing, Mozingo argues, the pastoral corporate campus “precludes the concentration of population that makes public transportation feasible for governments and users.” And even if suburbs like Cupertino decide to make tentative moves in the direction of greater density and better transit, the architecture of the corporate estate —” Zzzzzzzz…sorry. So cities are the only places where good things happen and if you don’t take on the public-transit leveraging, super expensive urban development, you’re eating up precious resources and hate the earth. This is strange coming from the Los Angeles Times, since L.A. isn’t a city so much as it is a few zip codes connected by smog. But think of how bad it would be if they didn’t have an architecture critic. — THEMACADVOCATE.COM

Board of Doofuses “The board was so spooked by being cast as the worst board in the country,” dumped Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz told Fortune’s Patricia


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Sellers last week. “Now they’re trying to show that they’re not the doofuses that they are.” The use of the @jPX_ff:_X`idXe term that Ifp9fjkfZbi\Xccp Merriam X[ff]lj6 Webster defines as “a stupid, incom-petent or foolish person” and that Urban Dictionary more bluntly lists as “a total fucking idiot” could cost Bartz up to $10 million if Yahoo’s Board of Doofuses chooses to enforce the “non-disparagement” clause in her employment contract. Which would make Bartz a doofus, or doofusette, as well. The clause in her contract, which we found on the SEC’s website, reads, in full: “Non-Disparagement. You agree, other than with regard to employees in the good faith performance of your duties with the Company while employed by the Company, both during and for five (5) years after your employment with the Company terminates, not to knowingly disparage the Company or its officers, directors, employees or agents in any manner likely to be harmful to it or them or its or their business, business reputation or personal reputation. ” In short, do not publicly call your boss “a total fucking idiot,” even if they were stupid enough to fire an Einstein like you.

Buying Zagat answers one charge and invites another Google has taken one of its clearest

steps yet into the content business by snagging the popular restaurant rating service Zagat. The move boosts the company’s efforts to grab a larger share of the fragmented but enormous local advertising space, and ratchets up the fierce battle over that turf with Yelp, Groupon and others. It’s not a new area for Google, but it’s a new approach that raises yet another question about the Mountain View Internet giant’s ability to act as an objective search engine. The company launched its own local business review service more than a year ago, offering information and ratings for restaurants, salons and other shops. Google Places originally operated by grabbing snippets of reviews from sites like Yelp, Citysearch and Zagat. The tactic spawned considerable criticism from some of those companies, who argued Google was repurposing so much of their content that users had little reason to click through to the original source. The company ceased the practice in July, shortly after the Federal Trade Commission launched a wideranging antitrust investigation that included looking into that issue. But owning the review content through the purchase of Zagat raises a different concern about Google, which has also been roundly criticized for favoring its own services in search rankings. The company regularly features its YouTube videos, Google Maps and shopping links prominently on the search results page. Critics say the practice allows the dominant search company to elbow out competitors in those fields, allegations that are also being explored in the FTC probe and other antitrust reviews. Now that Google owns Zagat, the obvious question becomes: will it favor those reviews over those created by competitors? — JAMES TEMPLE, SFGATE TECH CHRONICLES

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Spartan Days LONG TIME COMING Brandon Rutley and the San Jose State Spartans hope to run to victory for the first time in almost a year Saturday when they take on Nevada.

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AN JOSE STATE football had about as awful a season opener as it gets, taking a 57-3 shellacking at Stanford. Adding injury to insult, the Spartans’ quarterback, Matt Faulkner, was battered to the point that he missed the following game last Saturday—a 27-17 loss at UCLA—due to concussionlike symptoms. (Don’t you just love that? Faulkner had “concussionlike symptoms.” Because coming out and saying he had a concussion would require, what, a trained medical professional who isn’t scared to hedge their bets?) Anyway, SJSU is hoping Faulkner makes a speedy recovery in time for the Spartans’ home opener at 1pm Saturday against winless Nevada, a program that is known as the Wolf Pack—minus one Zach Galifianakis. Looking at the improvement in their margins of defeat, let’s give the Spartans the benefit of the doubt and assume they’re improving each week under second-year coach Mike MacIntyre. If that’s the case, SJSU could be poised to earn its first victory since topping Southern Utah 364 days ago. That’s not a typo. The Spartans won one game last year, and it happened almost exactly a year to the day of Saturday’s game. With that in mind, we raise our glass and wish the valiant Spartans luck in their quest for victory. This is college, after all. No one should have to go through a full year of Sunday morning hangovers without getting lucky one Saturday.

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second time and had to get a real job or join the military, I chose a real job and started working for a ceramics company just outside of Sacramento. (My hands were never meant for war; they’re better suited for writing and nursing baby chicks back to health.) Almost every weeknight, after the company’s 86-year-old owner spent eight straight hours telling me my generation wasn’t worth a damn, I would get home to find my roommate sitting on the couch, watching sports. His particular game of choice featured a dozen women, whose height suggested they were of Amazonian descent, wearing lovely short shorts and taking turns viciously smacking a white orb over a net. “Pac-10 women’s volleyball, bro,” he’d say, smiling before taking a rip off a bong. While times have changed—my former roommate is off the couch, off the pot and on his way to becoming a lawyer—the world of collegiate volleyball on the West Coast continues to be strong talentwise, on and off the court. The Stanford Cardinal women’s team is ranked No. 3 in the country and is undefeated (6-0) entering Tuesday’s contest with Cal. The team will be back home this weekend to take on Utah and Colorado at 7pm on Friday and Saturday, respectively. In addition to checking out one of the best teams in the nation, taking in a Stanford game gives fans a chance to see one of the nation’s best young players and a Silicon Valley native— sophomore outside hitter Rachel Williams. The Archbishop Mitty grad won two state championships in high school and is quickly earning a reputation as one of the best players in the nation.—Josh Koehn


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Exchange Rate THE BIG TENT Part of the exchange project is a large (40-by-48-inch) photograph by Robin Lasser and Adrienne Pao titled ‘Ms. Yekaterinburg: Camera Obscura Dress Tent @ the Church-on-the-Blood, Yekaterinburg, Russia.’

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AST JUNE, I found myself at the corner of First Street and San Fernando in downtown San Jose observing two folks as they took photos of the entire intersection. They seemed to be shooting the Knight-Ridder building, a few restaurants and the potted plants. Later that evening, while attending an artists’ reception in the San Jose city manager’s conference room on the 17th floor of City Hall, I found out they were two Russians—Denis Tarasov and Sophia Nasyrova—participating in an unprecedented sister-city

photography project between San Jose and Yekaterinburg, Russia. Three American photographers, Robin Lasser, Adrienne Pao and Brian Taylor, spent seven days in Yekaterinburg in May. In return, Tarasov and Nasyrova spent a week in San Jose in June. Both Lasser and Taylor are faculty members at SJSU, while Pao is an SJSU graduate from the photo department. Results of the project, “Yekaterinburg and San Jose Through the Eyes of One Another,” are now displayed both in the City Windows Gallery along Fourth Street at City Hall as well as at the Metenkhov House Photo Museum in Yekaterinburg. What’s more, the U.S. State Department and the Bilateral Presidential Commission have commissioned a book and film to highlight this project. If everything went as planned at

presstime, a reception went down last Tuesday at City Hall, replete with Russian TV crews. Lasser says she originally received an email last October from the U.S. Consulate’s office in Yekaterinburg, inviting her to participate in the project. Since her grandparents on both sides were from Russia, she jumped at the opportunity. She and Pao had previously collaborated on “dress tent” projects, unique fusions of wearable architecture and performance art, where human subjects sport gigantic tentlike dresses that relate to the specific landscape, so she enlisted Pao, along with SJSU photographer and historian Brian Taylor, to join her in Russia. “It’s been an amazing journey,” Lasser said. “We must have sent thousands of emails back and forth. … But the Russians were incredible in how much energy and research and what they put into this project.” The Americans went to Russia for one week and stepped into a media circus. They received extraordinary press coverage. Everyone in Yekaterinburg knew of the artists’

presence. Ms. Yekaterinburg, the equivalent of our Miss California or something similar, showed up and performed with the dress tent. The U.S. Consulate General’s office staged a contest on Facebook where people locally could vote for the Russian photographers who would get the chance to visit San Jose. The Consulate General himself sat on the committee to choose the winners. When Tarasov and Nasyrova showed up in San Jose, graduate photography students at SJSU became their guides 24/7, taking them out and about. They went to places like Mare Island and Hangar One at Moffett Field. “We tried to take them to places we thought there would be some shared history,” Lasser said. “We took them to places where Russians, in the past, would never have had access.” As a result, several proofs, artist statements and even a video are all on display in the City Hall Windows Gallery. Tarasov, in particular, framed his project around the romanticism of espionage through his experiences at Mare Island and Moffett Field: “I am endlessly fascinated with peeking through a hole in the wall, peering around a corner or looking over the fence to steal a glimpse of secret objects.” Due to the success of this project, other exchanges have emerged: A poetry exchange is scheduled to take place this fall. IT workers from each city are making visits. The consulate general’s office also brought on three “e-interns” from SJSU as the newest members of its team in Yekaterinburg. ZERO1, the architects of the 01SJ Digital Art Biennial, are currently engaging with the Ural Industrial Biennial to figure out how the two might potentially collaborate. And why not? This is precisely what should be taking place in 2011. Exactly 100 years ago, the Russian Modernist painter Wassily Kandinsky developed a well-documented correspondence with the composer Arnold Schoenberg that is still discussed today. I feel like we have entered a new era.

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to rise through the ranks at One Market, but in 2003 he was ready for a change and moved to Silicon Valley. Here he took a job at Brigit’s, a now-closed French restaurant in Santa Clara. When the chef at Brigit’s moved back to France, Martinez took the reins. “I pretty much ran the place for a year and a half,” Martinez says. Ever on the move, Martinez took a job as sous chef at the Left Bank in Santana Row; later, he was made executive chef at the Left Bank in Menlo Park. But then he got an opportunity to work as chef de cuisine at Reposado, an upscale but traditional Mexican restaurant in Palo Alto. After years cooking Italian, American and


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Beyond Burritos Palacio is located in downtown’s historic Coggeshall mansion and replaces the late Trevese. The mansion was once home to the Chart House. Devincenzi owns Double D’s and Forbes Mill with his brother Darin Devincenzi. Garald is also an owner of Forbes Mill. Together, they oversaw an extensive remodel of the restaurant, going so far as to built a new kitchen for Palacio. Inside, Palacio is comfortable and plush, with dim lighting, subdued colors and wallto-wall carpet. If it weren’t for the food you’d be hard pressed to know you were at a Mexican restaurant. Out front on the newly constructed deck is the place to be. Mexican food just tastes better in the sun with a margarita in hand. As far as the food goes, Palacio is a modern Mexican restaurant. The flavors and ingredients are classically Mexican, but the combinations and techniques are a reflection of Martinez’s diverse culinary background. There are traditional dishes, like the excellent tortilla soup, chicken enchiladas, cochinita pibil and chicken mole, but the menu ranges beyond the classics of Mexican cuisine to express Martinez’s creativity and his wide-ranging culinary experience with dishes like roasted duck over a duck confit enchilada with a tamarind glaze and pumpkin seedcrusted halibut with huitalcocheflavored mashed potatoes. The heat is toned down for most dishes to appeal to a broader

Martinez will be among the chefs showcasing a special menu this week aspart of the Metro-sponsored third annual Silicon Valley Restaurant Week.

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segment of the population, but it’s still identifiably Mexican. I’d call it Mexican resort cuisine: tony, visually appealing and easy to like. In spite of Silicon Valley’s large Mexican-American population, Mexican food in the South Bay is sometimes one-dimensional. There are taquerias that specialize in Americanized versions of northern Mexican food, and then there is the slushy-margarita school of sit-down Mexican food, where the food is even cheesier and saucier and the plates hotter. But along with standout restaurants like Reposado and Mezcal in San Jose, Palacio represents something different: traditional and traditionally inspired Mexican food served in a fine-dining setting. “It’s not the Mexican-American food that we’re all used to,” said Garald. “No burritos with a ton of fat and lard with all this other stuff. We did not want to go down the same path as those places that serve these gigantic plates with a half a can of refried beans.” In spite of a dicey economy, they thought the time was right to open a new kind of Mexican restaurant different from the chain eateries that seem to dominate the South Bay. Starting a new restaurant is a gamble that Devincenzi likens to investing. If you know what you’re doing, you can still succeed and make money, he says. “It’s kind of like the bad investor didn’t do so well, but the good investor did well. The ones that did it right are going to do well. People are still going to go out to eat and if it’s good they’re still going to come.” And so far the people are coming. “We opened very strong,” Garald says. For Martinez, the cosmopolitan chef welcomes the creative freedom and the rediscovery of the food that he loves best. “At Palacio, I’m free to create new dishes,” he said. “It allows me to go beyond the traditional limits.”

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Our selective list of area restaurants includes those that have been favorably reviewed in print by Metro food critics and others that have been sampled but not reviewed in print. All visits by our writers are made anonymously, and all expenses are paid by Metro. Updates from vigilant readers and listed restaurateurs are heartily encouraged; please submit via email to sholbrook@metronews.com.

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CAPERS Well-heeled sports bar and restaurant. $$$. Capers is a sophisticated restaurant that uses sports as its theme. Well-devised menu full of inventive recipes and delicious finger foods. 11am-10:30pm Mon-Thu, 11am-midnight FriSat, 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. NEGEEN Persian. $$. Mira 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, 11:30am-9pm Sun. 801 W. Hamilton Ave. 408.866.6400.

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.

SUSHI ZONE Japanese. $$. Fun sushi meets fun surroundings in this zone. 11:30am-2:30pm, 5-9:30pm Sun-Thu, 11:30am-2:30pm, 510pm Fri-Sat. 75 S. San Tomas Aquino Rd #1. 408.866.1323.

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

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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. Full bar. 5:30-10pm Mon-Thu, 5:30-11pm Fri-Sat, 5-9pm Sun. 10330 N. Wolfe Rd. 408.446.2222.

CAFE TORRE New Italian. $$$. A gem tucked away in

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CUPERTINO BAKERY Indian and bakery. $. Don’t be fooled by the name. Cupertino Bakery is a really 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.

DYNASTY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Hong Kongstyle Chinese. $$$. Dynasty specializes in Hong Kong-style seafood. The seafood is very fresh, especially the creatures swimming minutes before they arrive on your plate. Good dim sum, too. Full bar. 11am2:30pm, 5-9:30pm Mon-Thu, 10am-3pm, 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. Beer, wine. 10257 S. De Anza Blvd. (plus six other locations, some with full bars). 11:30am9pm Mon-Thu, 11:30am10pm Fri-Sat, 4-9pm Sun. 408.253.6532.

FONTANA’S California/Italian. $$$. A steady performer, Fontana’s rarely disappoints pasta lovers. Beer, wine. 11:30am-9pm Mon-Thu,

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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, 5:30-9pm Mon-Fri, 11:30am3pm, 5:30-9:30pm Sat-Sun. Cupertino Square mall (near Sears), 10123 N. Wolfe Rd #2001. 408.996.3444.

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MAURIZIO’S AUTHENTIC ITALIAN RISTORANTE Italian. $$. You don’t dine here for a quick upscale fix, you dine here for down-home atmosphere. Tender vitello saltimbocca tops the menu. 11:30am-2pm, 59pm Mon-Thu, 11:30am-2pm, 5-10pm Fri, 5-10pm Sat. Closed Sun. 25 E. First St, Morgan Hill. 408.782.7550.

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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.

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BACK A YARD CARIBBEAN AMERICAN GRILL Jamaican. $. “Back a yard” is Jamaican slang for “the way things are done back home” and this is one of the few Jamaican restaurants around. Jerk pork and chicken shine. 11am-3pm, 5-8pm MonThu, 11am-3pm, 5-9pm Fri, 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. $$. Iberia’s cheap tapas menu is available at the bar anytime or in the dining room at lunch, but these nibbles alone are worth the trip. Lunch noon-2pm Mon-Sat; dinner 5:30-10pm daily. 1026 Alma St. 650.325.8981. KAYGETSU Japanese. $$$. 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. $$$. Wise country fare combined with metropolitan savoir faire and a dash of Gallic attitude. Full bar. 11:30am10pm Sun-Mon, 11:30am-11pm Tue-Sat. 635 Santa Cruz Ave. 650.473.6543. SULTANA Turkish. $$$. 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

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AMBER INDIA Northern Indian, tandoori. $$. Meals unfold like a bolt of rare silk, served with care and efficiency in a rich, luminous interior. Dishes are complex and varied. 11:30am2:30pm, 5-9:45pm daily. 2290 El Camino Real. 650.968.7511.

AMICI’S EAST COAST PIZZERIA Pizza/Italian. $$. When it’s done right, East Coast pizza can be a glorious thing. Dough is rolled ultrathin and served noticeably charred on the sides and bottom, the ideal combination for a “foldable” slice on the go. It’s done right here. 11am-10pm Mon-Thu, 11am-11pm Fri, 11:30am-11pm Sat, 11:30am10pm Sun. 790 Castro St. 650.961.6666.

BODRUM CAFE Turkish. $$. The menu at Bodrum Cafe is extensive and covers a lot of ground, but it’s the lamb dishes that stand out. A good place to start is with the lahmacun (Turkey’s take on pizza) and the kebabs. 10am-10pm daily. 383 Castro St. 650.396.7010.

CASCAL Spanish tapas. $$$. The tapas menu yields big tastes in small portions at this pan-Latin charmer. Calamari, roasted quail and minted lamb meatballs are among the delicacies. Full bar. 11:30am10pm Mon-Sun. 400 Castro St. 650.940.9500.

CHAAT PARADISE Vegetarian Indian. $. Golden spices predominate at this popular spot for inexpensive, fun-toeat traditional Indian fare. Casual shopping-center surroundings. 11:30-10pm Mon-Sun. 165 E. Camino Real. 650.965.1111. CHINA CAFE Mandarin, Szechuan. $$. A little surprise in the Blossom Valley Center promises uptown ambience, spotless

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EMEMBER the mad scene that surrounded the SJ Eats food-truck rally in downtown San Jose this past spring? Dozens of food trucks. Hundreds of people. Not enough space. It didn’t take a marketing genius to see that people are hungry for news tastes and the cool urban flavors of street food. Anyone looking to revitalize downtown’s food scene and economy at large would do well to consider how to channel such demand into a business. Whether they know it or not, that appears to be what FOOD SOCIAL (www.food-social.org) is up to. The Alameda-based startup is hosting an event at MOTIF LOUNGE in downtown San Jose from 5 to 9pm this Friday (Sept. 16). The event costs $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Once inside, visitors can sample locally cooked foods for $4–$8 a plate and see what’s cooking in the backyards and kitchens of Silicon Valley. This is Food Social’s second event at Motif, and they plan to focus all their events in San Jose because of the potential they see here. “I think it’s big,” says co-founder Robert Feng. “It’s huge.” In advance of the event, Food Social pitched would-be vendors in a blog post about the potential they see in San Jose. With a population of nearly 1 million, the area, this believe, is “uncharted territory” for street food vendors. Food Social’s selection of a club venue like Motif is intentional. According to a Food Social blog post: “The crowd that once visited San Jose for clubs like Vault, Deep and Wet are now a bit older and have turned their eyes on food to socialize. The street-food industry is just what San Jose needed to pick up popularity amongst young professionals.” Food Social’s business model is similar to what FORAGE SF pioneered in San Francisco with its “underground markets.” It’s basically a private farmers’ market for fledgling cooks and bakers that gives them a chance to peddle their wares to a receptive audience. The hope is the culinary incubator encourages them to start a business and go mainstream. Most of the cooks aren’t making their food in commercial kitchens and attendees must waive any claims against Food Social or Motif for undercooked chicken or half-baked cookies. But it’s really no more risky than going to a potluck dinner. The difference is these vendors are would-be street food vendors looking to break out of their kitchens and circle of friends and family and serve a wider audience. Some of the vendors signed up for the San Jose event are WILLET’S CREATIONS, OMI NINJA, HALAL HALAL, WON OF A KIND and SIMPLY MOCHI.—Stett Holbrook

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DON GIOVANNI Italian. $$$. This pumpkin-hued eatery faces the bustling downtown with a handsome demeanor of mahogany and candlelight. Full bar. 11am-2pm, 5-9pm Mon-Fri, 11am-9pm Sat-Sun. 235 Castro St. 650.961.9749.

LE PETIT BISTRO Classic French. $$. There’s a lot to like about this pinch of a place with its simple, practiced French cuisine and quiet dining. Casual. Beer, wine. 5:30-9:30pm Tue-Sat. 1405 W. El Camino Real. 650.964.3321.

MARU ICHI Japanese noodles. $. Maru Ichi is a true noodle shop. While there are a few appetizers on the menu, the slurpable house-made noodles—ramen, soba and udon—are what you want. Go for the house specialty kuro ramen or the soy sauce ramen. Beer and wine. Cash only. 11:30am-2:30pm, 510pm Mon-Fri, 11:30am-10pm Sat, 11:30am-9pm Sun. 368 Castro St. 650.564.9931. NAMI NAMI Japanese. $$$. Nami Nami specializes in kappo-style Japanese food, prepared in the artful, labor-intensive, seasonally driven style associated with the city of Kyoto. For diners willing to open their minds and mouths, it offers one of the most exciting restaurant experiences in the Bay Area. 11:30am-2pm Tue-Sun, 7-10pm Tue-Thu and 6-11pm Fri-Sat. 240 Castro St. 650.964.6990.

NETO CAFFE AND BAKERY Cafe. $$. Neto Caffe and Bakery is a busy, good-looking space that has a happy buzz about it. There’s a little bit of everything including a number of Middle Eastern specialties. 7am-10pm daily. 135 Castro St. 650.625.9888.

PHO TO CHAU Vietnamese noodle house. $. The pho here is an honest noodle soup. First-timers might want to stick with the basic pho chin, topped with slices of beef brisket. 11am-10pm daily. 853 Villa St. 650.961.8069.

THE SPICE ISLANDS CAFE Singaporean, Malaysian, Indonesian. $$. This restaurant will send your taste buds to the tropics. Talented chefs put out dishes full of spice and passion, like jumbo chile prawns, papaya salad and Malaysian spareribs. The menu is expansive. Prices are reasonable. 210 Hope St. 650.960.1888.

SUSHI TOMI Japanese. $$. Sushi Tomi serves Japanese food with an elegant simplicity. Sushi and sashimi are ocean fresh. For a real treat, ask for an omakase dinner and let the chef put together a tasting menu for you. Lunch 11:30am2pm daily; dinner 5:30-9:30pm Mon-Fri, 5-9:30pm Sat, 5-9pm Sun. 635 W. Dana St. 650.968.3227. TAQUERÍA LOS CHARROS Mexican. $. This clean and fetching diner is the place for authentic fare. Generous portions. 6:30am-10pm Mon-Fri, 6:30am-11pm Sat, 8am-10pm Sun. 854 W. Dana St. 650.969.1464.

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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, 5:30-9:30pm 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.

Italian. $$$. Entrees are attractively presented, and the waiters will make you feel as though you were the most important guests in the place. Dessert lives up to the rest of the meal. Beer, wine. 11:30am2pm Mon-Fri, 5-9pm Mon-Thu, 5-10pm Fri-Sat, 5-9:30pm Sun. 108 Castro St. 650.940.1717.

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Modern Vietnamese. $$. Xanh (pronounced “zahn”) epitomizes the new breed of upscale, contemporary Vietnamese restaurant. The appealing menu ranges from the traditional to the unconventional and includes rolls, salads, noodles, small plates and full-size entrees. 11:30am-2pm, 4:30pmclose Mon-Fri. 110 Castro St. 650.964.1888

YAKKO Japanese, sushi bar. $$. A pairing of swift service with an exotic range of sushi and udon makes this a favorite among sushi lovers. Beer, wine. 11:30am-2pm Mon-Sun, 5:30-9:30pm Sun-Thu, 5:3010:30pm Fri-Sat. 975 W. Dana St. 650.960.0626.

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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,

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SHING LIGHTS Guests at the ceremony included Xavier Campos (left), Rose Herrera and Sam Liccardo.

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Located at the end of San Pedro Square next to the historic Peralta Adobe, San Pedro Square Market will feature about 20 different vendors ranging from a wine bar, wood oven pizza from Naples and a local and fresh produce market. The project is a partnership between former San Jose Mayor TOM MCENERY, his nephew JOHN MCENERY and developer MARTIN MENNE. Their goal is to bring the culture and excitement to San Jose found in other markets such as Seattle’s Pike Place. “The food culture is a hot thing right now,” said Tom McEnery. “We’re trying to change the perception of downtown San Jose. With this great historic place next to the Adobe and the outdoor plaza connecting everything, it really adds to the authenticity. I can’t wait to taste all the food.” The lighting ceremony gave the public a chance to walk around the market, much of which is still under construction. Pat Plant has been following the market’s progress and came to check out the lighting ceremony. “Me and my secretary just drool staring in the window,” said Plant. “It will be very cool to sip coffee in the patio on my breaks.” David Violett drove from Gilroy to catch a peek of the new market. “I come here as a regular at the San Pedro bars, but having this food culture drop onto San Jose is awesome,” he said. The San Pedro Square Market Bar was open Friday, serving cool cocktails to guests milling around their new surroundings. In addition to the Market Bar, new wine bar VINO VINO was offering wine and appetizers such as smoked salmon and fromage blanc crostini. Several councilmembers joined Liccardo in the lighting ceremony as well as Mayor CHUCK REED who said he had never witnessed a food market until he visited Pike Place during the market’s planning. “I’m really excited for the market,” Reed said. “We’ve seen how well they have done in other cities. It’s a perfect addition for our downtown culture.” At a little after 8pm the lights came on over San Pedro Square Market, illuminating the neon sign in a soft red glow. As the crowd clapped in approval, Liccardo declared, “I think we’re going to look back on this day and say, ‘This was the day that marked downtown’s second renaissance.’”—Jeff Cinanci

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COUPACAFE 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.

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

GORDONBIERSCH New American. $$$. Food takes equal billing with ambience and fine handmade beers at the first in this group of successful brewpubs. The menu is so fine-tuned, though, it could thrive even without a brewery attached. Beer, wine. 11:30am-10pm daily. 640 Emerson St. 650.323.7723. Also 33 E. San Fernando St, San Jose. 408.294.6785. GREENELEPHANTGOURMET Burmese. $$. 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

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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. $$$. This attractive Palo Alto restaurant serves eclectic modern Indian food, the kind you might get at an upscale restaurant in Bangalore or Mumbai. You could easily make a meal from the great selection of appetizers. 11:30am-2:30pm and 5:30-10pm Mon-Fri, 5:3010:30pm Sat. 150 University Ave. 650.329.9644. LA BODEGUITA DEL MEDIO Cuban/California. $$$. 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. Lunch 11:30am-2pm Mon-Fri; dinner 5:30-9:30pm Mon-Thu, 5:30-10pm FriSat. 463 S.California Ave. 650.326.7762.

LAVANDA Mediterranean. $$$. This urban grill at the top of University Avenue offers eclectic, small tasting plates, along with heartier fare such as roasted sea bass with chanterelle mushrooms and guinea fowl with sautéed chard. 11:30am-2:30pm Mon-Sun, 5-10pm Mon-Thu, 5-11pm Fri-Sat, 5-9pm Sun. 185 University (at Emerson). 650.321.3514. MANTRA French, American and Indian. $$$. Mantra serves inventive French and American food that speaks with an Indian accent. It isn’t 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.

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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 Cafe 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 11:30am-2:30pm Mon-Sat and dinner 5:30-10pm MonSun. 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


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. Lunch 11:30am-2pm MonFri; dinner 5:30-10pm Sun-Thu and 5:30-11pm Fri-Sat. 518 Bryant St. 650.838.0353.

RESTAURANT SOLEIL

American. $$$. A jungle gym of tiki gods—but a classy jungle. Sip a 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.

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 4-9pm); lunch 11:30am-2pm Tue-Sun, dinner 5:30-10:30pm Tue-Sun. 516 University Ave. 650.289.0719. 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 Sun-Thu, 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

TRADER VIC’S Polynesian-

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 dogstyle bun cradles fresh, juicy lobster meat. The Gruyère-laced lobster mac ’n’ cheese and lobster bisque are good, too. 11am-8pm Mon-Fri, 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 panAsian 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 11am2pm Mon-Fri; dinner 5-10pm Sun-Wed, 5-11pm Thu-Sat. 808 Winslow St. 650.369.5483.

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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. Lunch 11am-3pm Mon-Fri; dinner 3-9pm Mon-Thu, 310pm Fri-Sat, 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. 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. 11:30am9pm Sun-Thu, 11:30am-10pm Fri-Sat. 4565 Stevens Creek Blvd. 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.

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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.


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KABAB AND CURRY’S Indian-Pakistani. $. Because it’s tucked into a quiet, semiresidential side street, Kabab and Curry’s feels like a neighborhood secret. The Indian and Pakistani restaurant serves a good lunch buffet, and at dinner try the butter chicken, choley and tandoori chicken. 10:30am-2:30pm, 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. Korean chicken is rendered of its fat and produces smooth pieces of meat with a taut, shatteringly crisp epidermis. Noon-midnight daily. 2781 El Camino Real. 408.244.5599.

PARCEL 104 New American. $$$$. Parcel 104 casts a spell with its stridently seasonal, ingredient-driven menu of new American food. The restaurant is one of the South Bay’s must-eats. Breakfast 6:3011am Mon-Fri, 7-10am Sat-Sun; lunch 11:30am-2pm Mon-Fri; dinner 5:30-9pm Mon-Fri. 2700 Mission College Blvd. 408.970.6104.

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PHO THANH LONG Vietnamese noodle house. $. This diner’s pho rates among

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, 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. 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. 11am-10pm 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, 59:30pm Tue-Fri, 5-9:30pm 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 daily. 14572 Big Basin Way. 408.867.1906.

LA MERE MICHELLE FrenchEuropean. $$$. After three decades, La Mere is a tradition. Old World standards such as pâté, escargots, wiener schnitzel and veal scallopini find a distinguished setting in the crystal-dotted dining room. 11:30am-2pm Wed-Sun, 5:30-9pm Tue-Sun. Closed Mon. 14467 Big Basin Way. 408.867.5272. PLUMED HORSE Contemporary French. $$$$. 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 daily. 14555 Big Basin Way. 408.867.4711.

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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 red-and-whitecheckered tablecloth ItalianAmerican restaurant. Lunch

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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.

the Top 3 in the South Bay. Beer. 9am-9pm daily. 2450 El Camino Real. 408.983.0888.

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SVDINING 31 11:30am-2:30pm Mon-Fri; 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, 5-9:30pm Mon-Thu, 11am-10pm FriSat, 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 wellchosen wine list to match. 11am-2:30pm, 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 Tue-Sun. 127 W. Washington St. 408.733.9600.

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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. 11am-10pm Mon-Sat. 250 E. Java Dr. 408.734.1656.

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, 5:30-10:30pm Sun-Thu, noon-3:30pm, 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

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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 BISTRO 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. 6-11pm Mon-Sat. 150 El Camino Real. 408.530.8156.

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THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE Continental. $$$. A menu strewn with rare game and hearty selections seems fitting for this forest find. Worth the trip. Bar 2pm; dinner 5pm, Wed-Sun. 13808 Skyline Blvd. 650.851.8541.

VILLAGE PUB New American. $$$. Chef Mark Sullivan’s unpretentious but refined French-influenced American food continues to make this a destination restaurant. Brunch 10am-2pm Sun; lunch 11:30am-2:30pm Mon-Fri; dinner 5-10pm daily. 2967 Woodside Rd. 650.851.9888.


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IYAZ

GOAPELE Oakland soul u sta arlet GOAPEL LE crashes the DJ party at Myth on Frid ay.

day udi 8 on Friday. ‘Pretty Girls’’ to Studio for ‘Pre h fo i search his kes h ak AZ ttakes IYAZ

*wed *thu *fri HAWK JONES Blank Club, San Jose Wed – 9pm; free It’s hard to decide what I like best about San Jose’s Hawk Jones. At first listen, I really liked the unusual, hyper-finger-tapping guitar parts and sporadic burst of keyboards. They both seemed like such atypical approaches to playing rock & roll. Add in the fast tempos and intensely energetic drumming, and there’s no doubt this band rocks. Then there are the occasional moments of atmospheric noise that contrast so well with the otherwise relentless energy. These guys have a good thing going. (AC)

THEM SLACK JAWED SONS OF BITCHES Caravan Lounge, San Jose Thu – 10pm; free

Them Slack Jawed Sons of Bitches are more than just a name that looks great on a black T-shirt (though it really, really does), they also play a mean brand of punkabilly. Right at home in a South Bay scene with a completely inexplicable flair for alt-country, the Slack-Jawed ones have been locking themselves away in some basement writing new songs for the gotta-be-coming-soon followup to their debut Whiskey and Waffles. (SP)

KITTIE

Avalon, Santa Clara Fri – 8pm; $15 Metal has always been a boy’s club. However, there’s also a history of talented women knocking on the door, demanding to be heard, and when Kittie blasted onto the scene in the mid’90s with a mix of metal, thrash and groove, they did the same. The all-female quartet has gone through a few lineup changes, but the Lander sisters (drummer Mercedes and lead vocalist/ guitarist Morgan) have always been mainstays. They are touring in support of their latest album, I’ve Failed You, which sees them continuing to kick gender-neutral

ass. Dirge Within, Stepchild, Diamond Plate and Angerhead start things off. (BD)

IYAZ Studio 8, San Jose Fri – 9pm; $20 after 11pm Because there’s a certain laid-back island vibe that runs through his hip hop hits, Iyaz is often lumped into the reggaefusion crowd. But while it’s true he counts Bob Marley as an influence, there’s a certain extra kick he puts into songs like “Replay”—the smash that made him one of the biggest breakout artists of last year—and his newer “Pretty Girls.” It may come from the fact that he was raised in the British Virgin Islands, where the local music is called fungi (named after a popular local

dish—not the mushroom). It’s not completely unlike reggae, but the emphasis is on the groove rather than the riffs, and one listen to Iyaz makes it clear he soaked up plenty in the groove department. (SP)

GOAPELE Myth Lounge, San Jose Fri – 10pm; free Oakland neo-soul queen Goapele is known not just for songs like “Closer” and “First Love,” but also for her collaborations with Cali MCs like E40 and Aceyalone. This week, she’ll hook up with a South Bay crew when she guests at “Soul Therapy,” the R&B/ hip-hop night already packed with local DJ talent like Nappy, Goldenchyld, Rated R, Remedy and Wen Davis. The DJs say Myth


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DIRTY BEATS, MARK WANG DI Sep 16 at Motif, San Jose

ALMOST HONEST

IYAZ Sep 16 at Studio 8, San Jose

BARENAKED LADIES Sep 19 at 7:30pm, Mountain Winery

UNDEROATH Sep 23 at Avalon, Santa Clara

SALSA FESTIVAL SSep 24, noon–8pm, downtown Redwood City

SANTANA Sep 24 at 7pm, Shoreline

DURAN DURAN Sep 26 at 7:30pm, Mountain Winery

PORTUGAL, THE MAN SSep 28 at Avalon, Santa Clara

KEITH URBAN Oct 1 at 8pm, HP Pavilion

BLINK 182 Oct 5 7pm, Shoreline

CALICOVE LIVE Oct 7 at Studio 8, San Jose

ENRIQUE IGLESIAS Oct 7 at 7pm, HP Pavilion

INCUBUS ir ALMOST HONEST bring the

has given them room to try some daring stuff with the new weekly R&B/hip-hop night, where they spin everything from Jay-Z to soul of all stripes (See story, page 47). (SP)

ALMOST HONEST Mountain Charley’s, Los Gatos Fri – 8pm; $5 Take an acoustic guitar and add R&B vocals, and the result is Almost Honest. This is coffeehouse music, with influences from Sam Cooke to Radiohead; kick back and relax (and nurse that hangover) music. The local duo of Drew Orepeza and Justin Florence (who was playing San Jose clubs in his teens in the band My Former Self) moved to Hollywood to seek fame and fortune. They hooked up with

producer James Saez—who’s worked with everyone from Prince to the Chili Peppers to Green Day—and will be releasing their debut album this year. (BD)

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VINYL TREES Streetlight Records Sat – 4pm; free Former San Jose Shark Mark Smith has been playing the guitar since he was 16, but didn’t pursue music too much thanks to a nice career in hockey. During the 2004–2005 National Hockey League lockout though, Smith decided he wanted to start a record label (called Lunar

mix of R&B and

on Friday. alt to Mountain Charley’s

Records). Although the label didn’t pan out, Smith met some like-minded musicians and started the group Vinyl Trees in 2006, even after going back to work as a professional hockey player. Through the years, the group has managed to combine a wide variety of lot of diverse influences and styles seamlessly. It is at times a roots-rock band with a big dose of ’90s alt-rock tossed in (Dave Matthews, Soul Coughing), but at other times, the band plays quieter and almost earthy, acoustic ballads. Smith spices up his songs by throwing in instruments like vibraphones and didgeridoos from time to time, but it’s his sweet, soulful voice that is the best attribute of Vinyl Trees. (AC)

Oct 9 at 7:30pm, Shoreline

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Oct 16 at 7:30pm, Montalvo Arts Center

Mountain Winery, Saratoga Tue – 7:30pm; $35-$69.50

Oct 20 at 7:30pm, Montalvo Arts Center

ZIGGY MARLEY In this tough economic climate, it pays to have a good name. And if your name is Ziggy Marley, chances are you’ll have no trouble finding work. As his younger brothers Damien, Julian and Stephen threatened to overshadow Bob and Rita’s eldest son, he’s back with his most political album, Wild and Free. (SP)

Oct 15 at 7pm, Shoreline

ACOUSTIC ALCHEMY SPHINX VIRTUOSI Oct 19 at 8pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford

MELISSA MANCHESTER BRIDGE SCHOOL BENEFIT With Neil Young, Dave Mathews, Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, Beck and Tony Bennett, Oct 22-23, Shoreline

RICKIE LEE JONES Nov 4 at 8pm, Montalvo Arts Center Join Metro on Facebook at Metrofb.com for a chance to win concert tickets.

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FASHIONPROVOKED A look at four facets of fashion concepts by designer Fred Alim, with choreography by Cassie Begley. Presented by Bliss Dance Company. Fri-Sat, 8pm. $12/$15. Smith Center, Ohlone College, Fremont.

Supporting and protecting San Jose’s Parks, Trails and Recreation Programs www.sanjoseparks.org

Missouri look to the future on the occasion of the American bicentennial in Lanford Wilson’s play, presented by Pear Avenue Theatre. Preview Thu, 8pm. Opens Fri, 8pm. Regular shows: Thu-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. Runs thru Oct 5. $15-$30. Pear Avenue, Mountain View.

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Opera

A musical about Broadway babies and their hopes and dreams. A South Bay Musical Theatre presentation. Opens Sat, 8pm. Regular shows Thu (Oct 6), 8pm, Fri-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2:30pm. Runs thru Oct 8. $15-$28. Saratoga Civic Theatre.

IDOMENEO

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A Mozart opera set in the ancient world at the end of the Trojan War. Sat (Sep 17), 8pm, Sun (Sep 18 and 25), Thu-Fri (Sep 22-23), 8pm. (See operasj. org for ticket info.) California Theatre, San Jose.

Palo Alto Players presents its own take on the popular comedy. Opens Fri, 8pm. Regular shows: Thu-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2:30pm. Runs thru Oct 2. $16 and up. Lucie Stern Theater, Palo Alto.

Theater BANDSTANDBEAT Tabard Theatre Company opens its season with the premiere of a revue about TV dance shows of the 1950s and early ’60s. Opens Fri, 8pm. Regular shows: Thu (Oct 6), 8pm, Fri, 8pm, Sat, 3 and 8pm, Sun, 2pm. Runs through Oct 9. $10-$35. Theatre on San Pedro Square, San Jose.

OLIVER! A musical ripped from the pages of Dickens and brought to the stage by the Sunnyvale Community Players. Opens Fri, 8pm. Regular shows: Thu, 7:30pm, Fri-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2:30pm. Runs through Oct 9. $10.50-$23.50. Sunnyvale Community Theatre.

Classical Concerts SOUTHBAYGUITARSOCIETY The society’s season begins with a performance by classical guitarist Gohar Vardanyan. Sat, 8pm. $10/$15. West Valley College, Saratoga.

STEINWAYSOCIETY A recital by pianist John Perry. Sun, 2pm. $35-$55. Le Petit Trianon, San Jose.

Comedy Wed, 8pm: New Talent Showcase. $10. Thu, 8pm, Fri, 9pm, Sat, 8 and 10:30pm, Sun, 8pm: Glenn Wool. $12-$18. Sunnyvale.

The Jane Austen tale of two sisters brought to the stage by TheatreWorks. Tue-Wed, 7:30pm, Thu-Fri, 8pm, Sat, 2 and 8pm, Sun 2 and/or 7pm. Runs thru Sep 25. $29-$49. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

An applicant for a grant-writing position must impress a series of eccentric interviewers. The audiences casts the show. A Renegade Theatre Experiment show. Thu-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 7pm. Runs thru Oct 1. Opening $28.50 and up; regular shows $12$28.50. Historic Hoover Theatre, San Jose.

The Wedekind play has been updated and turned into a musical. Rick Lombardo directs this San Jose Rep production. Wed, 7:30pm (plus 11am, Sep 14), Thu-Fri, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. Runs thru Sep 25. $12.50-$67. The Rep, San Jose.

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Satirical show “2012—The Musical.” Wed, 7pm. Courthouse Square, Redwood City.

A dinner mystery by Festival Theatre Ensemble to fundraise for Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival. Sat, 6:30pm. $125. Toll House Hotel, Los Gatos. Shakespeare Santa Cruz brings the comedy over the hill. Thu (Sep 15 only), 7:30pm, Fri, 7:30pm, Sun, 2pm. Runs thru Sep 18. $40 and up. Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga.

animated hit presented by Broadway San Jose. Opens Tue (Sep 20), 7:30pm.Tue-Thu, 7:30pm. Fri, 8pm, Sat, 2 and 8pm, Sun, 1 and 6pm. Runs thru Sep 25. $20 and up. San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose.

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Wed, 8pm: Unfiltered Underground. $12.Thu, 8pm: Kevin Camia. $12. Fri, 8 and 10pm, Sat, 7 and 9pm: Craig Shoemaker. $22. Sun, 7pm: Chicano Kings of Comedy. $12. Mon, 8pm: Battle of the Bay 2011. $10. San Jose.

The popular salute to ’60s nostalgia returns, featuring five female vocalists. Fri-Sat, 8pm, Sat-Sun, 2pm. Runs thru Sep 18. (See www.theretrodome. com for ticket info.) Retro Dome, San Jose.

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SHOUT! THE MOD MUSICAL The popular revue gets a workout from Bus Barn Stage Company. Wed, 7:30pm, ThuSat, 8pm, Sun, 3 or 7pm. Runs through Oct 1. $25-$32. Bus Barn Stage, Los Altos.

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YOU CALL THAT A RÉSUMÉ? A job interview goes over the top in ‘Eat the Runt.’

On the Job THE Renegade Theatre Experiment opens its 10th year with Avery Crozier’s 2001 play Eat the Runt. Under the direction of Sean Murphy, a founding member of the Experiment, the comedy is quite entertaining. The eccentric work leaves it to the audience to choose who plays each character, and the cast of eight must learn all eight roles, resulting in more than 40,000 different casting possibilities. The actors are undoubtedly devoted to the task at hand. Each night, the audience is given the name of each character with a short synopsis of who they are as a person. Then as Murphy points to a cast member, audience members applaud for whom they want to cast in each role. Whoever gets the loudest applause wins the role.

Eat the Runt Runs through Oct. 1 Historic Hoover Theatre, San Jose

Cleverly void of the use of any pronouns, the play promises to be a mix of gender-bending, colorblindness and the audience’s expectations for each role. Based on who is cast in each night’s rendition, Crozier’s writing leaves the opportunity for unexpected humor and role reversals. Last Saturday, the actors ready to take on the challenge included Mandy Armes, Robert Campbell, Sara Luna, Keith Marshall, Alexander Prather, Vera Sloan, David Scott and Valerie Valenzuela. They showed no lack of preparation as they immediately and enthusiastically jumped into the roles the audience awarded them with. The comedic timing was spot on—remarkable, given the seemingly short timing of their being cast for the role. At some points, the actors seemed to be having even more fun than the audience.

SEX, eroticism, religion, incest, suicide, homosexuality and sadomasochism. In 1892, Frank Wedekind left few taboos untouched in Spring Awakening: A Children’s Tragedy, which branded him an immoral enemy of bourgeois society. A little more tthan a century later, writer/librettist Steven Sater and composer/orchestrator Duncan Sheik adapted Wedekind’s thorny play into a rock musical that swept the 2007 Tony Awards. Ah, how the times have changed. San Jose Rep opens its 31st season with Spring Awakening, the musical, featuring new choreography. T The story takes place in a German town around the late 1800s and follows a group of teenagers grappling Spring w with all of the dilemmas of adolescence. Though the Awakening play has traveled on national tours, San Jose Rep’s production is one of the first original stagings by an Runs through Sept. 25; A American regional theatre and it finds its own voice $27.50–$55 under the artistic direction of Rick Lombardo. It’s a fresh San Jose Repertory and energetic take on the hit musical, synthesized by Theatre ffearless choreography, inspired lighting and media design, a tight band and a talented cast. JJason Hite plays a likable and rakish Melchior, who encourages his friends to rebel against societal norms. Eryn Murman plays a sweet and buoyant Wendla coming tto terms with her budding sexuality. Zarah Mahler brings raw emotions to Ilse, an abused girl who turns to Bohemianism, and Miguel Cervantes fills out the comic but sad role of Moritz, an underachiever who struggles to meet his father’s expectations. The supporting characters are equally strong. Joshua James as the sly homosexual and Lowell Abellon as the student infatuated with his piano teacher both exhibit natural comedic timing. At times, the cast produces caricatures instead of characters, understandable given the source material, but they ultimately strike a balance with the right amount of honest emotions.

The story introduces us to the unconventional and high-strung employees of the Chicago Museum of Art, each of whom takes part in interviewing a prospective candidate for a grant-writer position. Merritt the interviewee (Campbell on opening night) was hilariously cunning as he seduces and terrorizes each of his interviewers.

T Through bold gestures and staccato movements, Sonya Tayeh’s choreography exposes the inner turmoil and angst of the teenagers as they fumble through adolescence under the heavy weight of Lutheran repression. Framing the stage, David Lee Cuthbert’s lighting and media design includes large digital video screens high above the backdrop that alternate between literal landscapes and abstract portrayals, just as the transitions between the spoken word and song move from tthe trappings of 19th-century Germany into the emotional world of contemporary rock & roll.

Among the highlights of the evening was Campbell’s honesty about his sexual escapades, Prather’s portrayal of an utterly bizarre religious epiphany atop a desk and Marshall’s reaction to learning the source of the cheese he had just devoured was not from the milk of a cow. The ending is full of twists and turns that are perfectly executed.—Jen Nowell

Like all great musicals, Spring Awakening offers the standard fare of joy and sadness, but it’s also an experiment designed to test the comfort limits of the audience, providing moments of disturbing uneasiness and voyeuristic embarrassment, heightened by the silent and attentive cast members seated in the shadows around tthe edge of the stage for most of the salient action.—Tony Smith

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CONTINUING CANTORARTSCENTER “Illustrated Title Pages: 15001900.” A show of 80 illustrated book pages from the museum’s collection. Thru Oct 16. Wed-Sun, 11am-5pm, Thu, 11am-8pm. Stanford.

DESAISSETMUSEUM “Hobos to Street People: Artists’ Responses to Homelessness From the New Deal to the Present.” “The Changing Face of Homelessness: Portraits by SCU Photography Students.” “Between Struggle and Hope: Envisioning a Democratic Art in the 1930s.” “This Camera Fights Fascism: The Photographs of David Bacon and Francisco Dominguez.”Thru Feb 5. Santa Clara University.

SANJOSEMUSEUMOFART “Bill Owens: Ordinary Folks.” A selection of photographs taken by Owens in the 1970s. Thru Feb 5. “The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis.”Thru Sep 25. Thru Feb 26. Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm, closed Mon. San Jose.

SANJOSEMUSEUMOFQUILTS &TEXTILES “Scrap ART.” Historical quilts and “scrappy contemporary works.” Thru Oct 16. Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm. San Jose.

TECHMUSEUM “Islamic Science Rediscovered.” A show about technological advances in the Islamic world before the Renaissance period in the West. Mon-Wed, 10am-5pm, Thu-Sun, 10am-8pm. San Jose.

Galleries ANNODOMINI “White Light.” A solo show by of paintings by Brett Amory. Thru Oct 14. San Jose.

Slonaker. Sep 14-Oct 16. Reception Sat, 6-9pom. Redwood City. “Seek Party Destroy.” Photos by Albert Bracamonte III. Thru Sep 30. San Jose.

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“The Art of the Zombie Apocalypse.”Thru Sep. San Jose.

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The mystery author reveals some of the secrets of her latest work, “Naughty in Nice.” Wed, 7pm. M Is for Mystery, San Mateo.

ANDREWSEANGREER The Center for Literary Arts season begins with a reading by the author of “The Story of a Marriage” and the “Confession of Max Tivoli.” Wed, 7pm. Engineering Building 189, SJSU.

POETRYREADING A reading by Erica Goss, a SJSU grad. Thu, 7pm. Willow Glen Library.

ERICSCHMITT A talk by the author of “Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda.” Sun, 2pm. Kepler’s, Menlo Park.

MACLA “A Body Parted: Shrapnel of Present Time.” Thru Oct 16. San Jose.

MAINGALLERY “Altered, a Matter of Perspective.” Works by Belinda Chlouber, Katinka Hartmetz and Ginger

A fundraiser with entertainment and more for Dragon Productions. Sat, 7-11pm. $50. All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Palo Alto.

FIESTASPATRIAS A Latin celebration with music by Grupo Mojado, Mariachi San Jose and Ronadalla Zap y Roma, along with food and kids’ events. Satm 4-8pm. Courthouse Square, Redwood City.

GETOUTMORETOUR Randy and Sheri Propster visit San Jose as part of a tour through the United States presented by “Backpacker” magazine. Wed, 7pm. Free. Mel Cotton’s, San Jose.

BILLOWENS The famed photographer of “Suburbia,” speaks about his show of pictures at the museum, “Ordinary Folks.”Thu, 6pm. $10. San Jose Museum of Art.

NORTHERNCALIFORNIA RENAISSANCEFAIRE Every weekend through Oct 16. Sat-Sun, 10am-6pm. $25. Casa de Fruta, Hollister.

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YOU’REAGOODMAN,CHARLIE BROWN Encore performances of the family show. Wed-Sun, 6:30pm. (Also Sep 23-24, 6:30pm). $10/$12. Palo Alto Children’s Theatre.

TARGETFAMILYDAYS The event includes live music, face painting, bounce houses and more. Sun, 11am–3pm. Courthouse Square, Redwood City.

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A wide array of home and kitchen displays, with guest chef Tyler Stone. Fri, noon-7pm, Sat, 11am7pm, Sun, 11am-5pm. Free. San Mateo County Fairgrounds.

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CINNABARWINERYHARVEST Live music by emith, barbecue from Noon’s and wine tasting. Sat, noon-4pm. (See www. cinnabarwine.com for ticket prices.) Sunny Slope Vineyard Estate, Saratoga.

GOODKARMACAFE “Peculiar Pageant.” Paintings by Lacey Bryant. Thru Sep. San Jose.

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A promotional event by Baylands Quarter Midget Racing Assoc. to introduce kids to the sport. Sat, 10am-3pm. $15. Santa Clara County Motorcycle Park.

SANTACLARAARTANDWINE FESTIVAL With arts and crafts booths, live music and kids’ events. Sat-Sun. Central Park, Santa Clara.

SJMADEANDSJEATS Show for local vendors and artists, with live music. Sat-Sun. San Pedro Square Market.

VIVAFEST The San Jose Mexican Heritage and Mariachi Festival gets started. Sun: Kids Mariachi Day at the Children’s Discovery Museum. Mon, 7pm: A screening of the Imax film “Mexico” at the Tech Museum. Tue, 7pm: Screening of documentary “When Worlds Collide—The Untold Story of Our Culture” at the Tech Museum. Downtown San Jose.

RUEFUL RULER Alexander Boyer’s Idomeneo faces some hard choices in Opera San José’s current production.

Royal Sacrifice MOZARTS’s Idomeneo, ré di Creta, as witnessed in Opera San José’s opulent new production last Sunday, sheds far more light on the 24-year-old composer’s progress than this stage work might suggest at first glance. But as sheer operatic spectacle, this OSJ triumph should keep audiences buzzing for weeks. The hapless king of Crete makes the same blunder as the biblical Jephtha—promising the gods to sacrifice the first seen following deliverance from doom. Both are so delivered; both first see their own offspring. In Idomeneo’s case, the ensuing tale further involves his son Idamante’s love for Ilia, the captured Trojan princess (daughter of Priam) and her rival for the prince’s attention, Electra, daughter of Agamemnon.

Idomeneo Opera San José Runs through Sept. 25 California Theatre, San Jose

Written in 1781 for the Munich Opera, Idomeneo is modeled on the operatic successes of Christoph Gluck, not least for a story line similarly drawn from Greek legend. What that means in practice is an ongoing musical stream that underscores dramatic development as opposed to a sequence of disconnected scenes and freestanding arias. Most revealing of all, however, is the steady growth of Mozart’s own style traceable over the course of this three-hour piece. Gluck’s example is prominent in Acts 1 and 2—notably the “gentle breezes” arias. But by Act 3, Mozart has transcended his mentors and created his own searing heat (Electra’s “mad” scene), grand utterance (Idomeneo’s final aria) and the extravagant ballet music just before the close. Sets, scenery (Steven C. Kemp) and costumes (Johann Stegmeir) were persuasively inspired by Minoan art, including palace rooms, projections of ships at sea with dolphins, and in Act 3, a stunning three-story facade and a final drop showing young athletes vaulting over charging bulls. Brad Dalton’s stage direction energized the proceedings,. The biggest voice was Jasmina Halimic (Electra), who stopped the show with her last act display of self-destructive revenge and despair. Her negotiation through the few coloratura bits earlier on got a bit dicey, but the voice and personality are commandingly dramatic. Lyric tenor Alexander Boyer made the title role consistently expressive and dramatic where it mattered. Happily, soprano Sandra Bengochea was cast as Ilia, sympathetic and lovely in voice and presence. As Prince Idamante, Betany Coffland created an adolescent impetuosity (Cherubino five years early?) but drove her mezzo-soprano to a harder edge than sounded either natural or comfortable. Dennis Nahat’s choreography played to the strengths of his ballet dancers, and the orchestra snapped to under George Cleve’s authoritative baton. Long sections of connective recitative depended on Veronika Agranov-Dafoe at the fortepiano and, briefly in Act 3, organist Jerry Nagano. Kudos for lighting to Christopher Ostrom, who makes a fearsome storm.—Scott MacClelland


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If you visit Café Renzo in Palo Alto, ask for the man behind the vision, and find him absent—don’t worry, he’ll be back. What’s more is that he’ll be back with fresh veggies from one of the local markets in the area. Chef Renzo doesn’t mince words when it comes to freshness (although, he does mince some of those fresh veggies). If you’re looking for authentic, Sicilian flavor, you need a man who can talk shop about how the mineral content in the soil affects the flavor of vegetables and chef Renzo knows a thing or two about that. Experts like him make produce sellers sweat. Cool, calm and collected, Chef Renzo only finds joy and relaxation while in the kitchen—two ingredients always prominent at Café Renzo.

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Before chef Luigi Mavica steps into the kitchen at Il Fornaio in Palo Alto, he walks into his back yard and procures some fresh eggs from his hens for breakfast. His home garden grows vegetables that sprouted from seeds from his father’s garden. That’s how committed chef Luigi is to local and sustainable ingredients. His professional experience goes back to the late ’70s, and while he’s rolled up his expert sleeves in many restaurants, Italian is his passion. His commitment to the culinary arts is best summed up in a quote: “That is what I know and love.” As inviting and interesting as his dishes, chef Luigi is usually behind the scenes, but he might be willing to chat over a bottle of Amarone Il Bosco.


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MOUNTAIN VIEW 420 Castro St., Mountain View; 650.966.8124 The people behind Scott’s Seafood Restaurant opened Mountain View’s Cantankerous Fish in 2003, and the restaurant has become renowned for expertly prepared seafood served in a casual and welcoming atmosphere. Look for popular dishes like grilled mahi mahi with coconut peanut curry, tuna two ways—seared and in a spicy tempura roll—and jambalaya made with fresh scallops, prawns, chicken, andouille sausage and dirty rice. These choices are supplemented by steaks and salads.

Tapestry 11 College Ave., Los Gatos; 408.395.2808 Set inside a Los Gatos Craftsman building, Tapestry serves a refined version of California-Asian bistro fare. The specials on tap include a salad of heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers and feta cheese. For entrees: oven-roasted salmon or grilled skirt steak. The dessert choice is between lemon-ginger panna cotta and bananas Foster.

Three Degrees at Toll House Hotel 140 S. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos; 408.884.1054 Located in one of the most pleasing hotels in Silicon Valley, Three Degrees restaurant specializes in simple sophistication. For SVRW, Three Degrees offers such choices as butter-lettuce salad or tuna tartar; horseradish-crusted salmon or boneless short ribs; New York-style cheesecake or chocolate decadence.

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Bona Restaurant 651-H Maloney, Menlo Park; 650. 328.2778 Menlo Park’s Bona Restaurant shores up the gap in Silicon Valley’s offering of Eastern European food. Its prix fixe menu allows dinners to sample such dishes as red borscht, sourdough soup, cabbage rolls, vegetarian pierogi, poppy seed cake and cheese crepes.

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Odeum 17500 Depot Street, Suite 180, Morgan Hill; 408.782.5151 Michelin-star chef Salvatore Calisi has created his new restaurant to serve the best the world has to offer, Mediterranean style. The primi course for SVRW ranges from dolmades to pepperoncini. Secondi: pappardelle vitello, moussaka or sesamecrusted salmon. The dolci choices are cheesecake and bread pudding.

Scratch 401 Castro St., Mountain View; 650.237.3121 Scratch features American cookery in an elegant setting. The cuisine is based on the premise of “simple food done well” and draws from American classics reflecting today’s influences and bounty of ingredients. Menu items for SVRW encompass Scratch Caesar salad, ahi tuna tartare, pan-roasted diver scallops, heirloom-tomato-ketchup glazed meat loaf, Meyer lemon squash blossoms and key lime ice-box bar and more.

Tied House Brewery and Café 954 Villa St., Mountain View; 650.965.2739 The Tied House in Mountain View crafts awardwinning ales and outstanding food, thanks to an on-site smoker. Diners can look forward to a first-course beer sampler, a second course (Caesar salad, pesto garlic fries and more) and entrees such as smoked salmon fish and chips and beer-mustard chicken.

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Café Renzo 473 University Ave., Palo Alto; 650.329.8300 Renzo Azzarello has been welcoming the lucky diners who’ve come across his path for almost two decades, and he continues to do so at his new place, Café Renzo. For this special dining event, he has assembled a menu that begins with Italian appetizers, then segues into entrees such as salmon piccata, homemade gnocchi in pesto sauce and pan-fried chicken. For dessert: tiramisu.

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115 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos; 408.402.3811 Located in the historic Coggeshall Victorian Mansion in downtown Los Gatos, Palacio offers a variety of tapas for SVRW, along with such main dishes as grilled mahi mahi with plantain rice, asparagus and Achiote orange sauce; carne asada with ancho demiglaze and Yucatan-style braised natural pork. The desserts are coconut cheesecake and churros.

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SENT SOVI Chef/owner Josiah Slone is a real character, and that is naturally infused into his masterful creations at Sent Sovi in Saratoga. While he prefers to zip around town in an AMG-refined Mercedes rather than a Citroen DS, his palette is decidedly French. Using traditional techniques, chef Josiah likes to slow cook his creations to bring out all the flavors. His attention to detail goes as far as inviting his favorite duck farmer, Jim Reichert, over every year for an “all-duck” tasting menu. Behind the scenes, Sent Sovi seems like your average fun-loving American family that happens to serve outrageously delicious French cuisine. Chef Josiah and sous chef Michael strive to get everyone’s attention by raising the bar every day, while manager/owner Khin Khin Slone makes sure they don’t get too rowdy. You can count on having a great meal by chef Josiah, but don’t try to race him in his Mercedes.


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California Cafe

The Fish Market 3150 El Camino Real, Palo Alto; 650.493.8862 As the straightforward name implies, Silicon Valley’s Fish Market restaurants focus on highquality, fresh fish. During restaurant week, fish lovers can try warm crab and artichoke dip, Mesquite-grilled miso-glazed salmon, Dijon-crusted Tilapia and an East Coast clam bake. The dessert choices are key lime pie and chocolate mousse cake.

Gravity Bistro & Wine Bar 544 Emerson St., Palo Alto; 650.327.3161 Gravity Bistro and Wine Bar combines boutique wine, handcrafted beers and delicious food. The small plates on the prix fixe menu vary from heirloom tomato salad to roasted oysters. The entrees beckon with Alaskan halibut, saffron risotto and petite filet mignon. The dessert menu tempts with apple tart tatin and vanilla gelato, chocolate pot de crème and a chef’s selection of truffles.

Il Fornaio 520 Cowper St., # 101, Palo Alto; 650.853.3888 Palo Alto’s Il Fornaio celebrates the diverse food of Italy with an ever-changing menu of regional cuisine. The appetizers for SVRW are vegan bruschivia, arancini al sugo and pumaroru cu Pecorino pepato. Pastas: pennoni pasta with cauliflower and ribbon pasta with veal meatballs: Entrees: grilled swordfish, wild sea bass or sliced veal. Cannoli or tiramisu for dessert.

Junnoon 150 University Ave., Palo Alto; 650.329.9644 Junnoon is not an Indian fusion restaurant; rather, the menu boasts eclectic modern Indian food. Consulting chef Floyd Cardoz, best known for his high-concept Indian restaurant Tabla in New York, has teamed up with other chefs at Junnoon who have

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700 Welch Road, Palo Alto; 650.325.2233 Located in the historic Stanford Barn, Palo Alto’s California Cafe provides an escape from the outside world. This week’s specially priced offerings begin with a choice of squash soup, gnocchi or caramelized pear and blue cheese salad. The second course offerings are braised beef brisket, panseared salmon or garlic-roasted chicken.

Reposado 236 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto; 650.833.3151 Reposado serves traditional and inspired menus of regional Mexican cuisine in a beautiful setting. Chef Arnulfo “Arnie” Hernandez was born in the coastal Mexican state of Nayarit, but the food at his Palo Alto restaurant Reposado explores a REPOS AD O range of cuisines from Mexico. For SVRW, consider possibilities like goat cheese and beet raviolis, braised pork and chicken tamal with Achiote and vanilla panna cotta.

Siam Orchid Organic Fine Dining 496 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto; 650.325.1994 Siam Orchid is an organic fine-dining Thai restaurant offering modern Thai fusion. The prix fixe organic vegetarian menu includes Thai samosa, coconut milk soup, yellow curry and more. There is also a menu featuring organic meat appetizers and entrees.

SARATOGA

Bella Saratoga 14503 Big Basin Way, Saratoga; 408.741.5115 Saratoga’s Big Basin Way has long been the road responsible for memorable weekends with friends and family. One of the brightest stars of hospitality that calls this road home is Bella Saratoga. Its Victorian architecture may inspire memories of the Gold Rush, but its cuisine will take diners to the Mediterranean.

Restaurant Sent Sovi 14583 Big Basin Way, Saratoga; 408.867.3110 Restaurant Sent Sovi is a beloved Silicon Valley favorite for intimate dining presided over by chefowner Josiah Slone. This week, choose from scallop ceviche, chilled carrot soup, North African spiced chicken, Parisian-style gnocchi, dark-chocolate beggars purse and other unusual dishes.

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Affinity A ffinity

300 Almaden Alm maden Blvd., San Jose; 408.947.4444 408.9477.4444 LLocated ocated in the Hilton Hilton S San an Jose, A Affinity ffinity provides provides patrons with a ssophisticated, ophisticated, yyet et rrelaxed elaxed dining eexperience. xperience. The menu ffor or SVR SVRW W star starts ts with a selection of Dungeness Dungeness crab crab cak cakes, es, M Mozzarella ozzarella bruschetta crost crostini tini or chick chicken en satay T Teriyaki eriyaki sk skewers. ewers. Also on n the menu: A Affinity ffinity cr crepe epe (sautéed (sautéeed ttomato omato and bac bacon o with Pro on Provolone volone in a light cr cream eam m sauc sauce), e), pasta rravioli avvioli ve veal al osso busso and panse seared ared basa fish on a risotto risotto cak cake. e.

Fahrenheit F ahrenheitt Res Restaurant taurant

99 9 9 E. San F Fernando ernando St.. S San Jose; 408.998.9998 408.998.9998 Fahrenheit F ahrenheit serves serves an inventivee menu of contemporary Asian influences contemporary cuisine with Asi ian influenc es in ultralounge setting Patrons can choose from an ultralounge setting.. Patrons comfortable booths, low table es, bar st ools or comfortable tables, stools seating. The specials this t week range range outdoor seating. Manchego cheese platee to to grass-fed grass-fed New from a Manchego York ste ak frites with truffle fr ries, fir e-grilled York steak fries, fire-grilled s. Finish with the eggplant and roasted se seaa bass bass. likes of Monterey Monterey strawberry strawberry shortcake, s tcake, warm shor warm likes chocolate brownie a la mode or o se asonal sorbett os chocolate seasonal sorbettos gelatos. and gelatos.

Arcadia Ar caadia

100 W. W. San Carlos Carlos St., San Jose; 408.278.4555 408.278. 8 4555 Bon Appetit Che Chef ef of the Y Year ear in 2005, Michael Min Mina na has done it again again. n Ar n. Arcadia cadia is known for for ser serving ving ccontemporary ontemporary A American merican ste steakhouse akhouse cuisine alongside Mina classics c lik likee an ahi tuna tar tartare tare with sesame oil and hot peppers. An eexhibitionxhibitionst style yle kitchen allows allo ows patrons to to watch watch as the chef chefss pr prepare epare favorites favoritess lik likee filet mignon and bone bone-in -in specialties, and the t eextensive xtensive boutique wine list pr presents esents inspired inspired d pairing options.

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7711 E. San Saan Fernando Fernando St., San Jose; 408.293.8482 408.293.8482 Winner of Metro’s Metro o’s Best of Silicon Silicon Valley Valley aaward ward ffor or Best Latin Latin & American R estaurant, A zúcar Restaurant, Azúcar ser serves ves food food from m Central Central and South America, Cuba, Cubaa, Puer to Ric o, the C aribbean and the United S tates.. Puerto Rico, Caribbean States. Experience E xperience a taste taste of Latin Latin America with such choices black-bean Cubanchoic es as black - an soup, chimichangas, C -be ubanst style yle shredded shredded beef, beef b , vegetarian fajitas, fajitas, traditional traditionall M Mexican exican flan and d orange orange mango sorbet.

302 30 2 S. S M Market arket St St., Sa San an Jose; 4 408.271.3366 08 271.3366 08.27 1 3366 Il Fornaio Fornaio ser serves ves authentic Ital Italian lian cuisine. The offerings offerings for for Silicon Silicon Valley Valley R Restaurant esstaurant W Week eek begin with such appetizers as brusch bruschivia hivia and ar arancini ancini al sugo. sugo. The pastas can be eith either her pennoni a cavarushuri cavarushuri or pasta with small small veal veal meatballs. meatballs. Among the entr entrees ees are are swordfish swordfi fish steak, steak, wild seabass seabass and sliced sliced ve veal. al.

1177 N. San Pedro St. (San (San S Pedro Square). Square). San Jose; 408.280.1250 408 8.280..11250 Att La A La Piñata, the special prix fixe fi menu can be had with a flight of Tequila. Tequila. The menu menu provides provides lots of choices, choices, from mole enchiladass and whole rock fish in special batter tto cheesecake o flan and chee esecake chimichanga. Appetizers include spring-mix salad, ttortilla ortilla soup and sopitos. sopitos.

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99 9 9 S. Fi First rst St., San Jose; 408.292.4300 408.292.4300 Set S et in a hist historic, oric, downt downtown own S San an Jose brick and timber building with w a large island bar bar,, Billy Berk Berk’s ’s is a popular dining dinin ng spot before before concerts, concerts, sports sports games and night nights ts on the ttown. own. This week, look ffor or fried zucchin zucchini,i, tri-mushroom ffettucini, ettucini, bayou ttop op sirloin, stuff stuffed ed jumbo prawns, prawns, choc chocolate-chip olate-chip ccookie ookie pie and G Gerardo’s erardo’s br bread ead pudding among thee many prix i fixe fi po possibilities. ossibilities. ibiliti

90 S. Second Second St., San n Jose; 4 408.291.0677 08.291.0677 The LLoft oft Bistro offers offers simple but b satisf satisfying ying dishes. The appetizers ffor or SVRW SVRW include inclu ude blue cheese and pear pear salad soup of the day day. y. Entrees: Entrees: linguine Santa Santa M Maria, aria, grilled marinated d flank ste steak, ak, chick chicken en and prawn prawn picatta and Cajun Cajun spice s e Ahi tuna. For spic For dessert: dessert: tiramisu, tiramisu, white white-chocolate -chocolate o cr creme eme brûlée and chocolate chocolate mousse.

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Since 1958, family-owned Paolo’s has steadfastly remained one of downtown San Jose’s most enduring and beloved Italian restaurants. Chef and second-generation owner Carolyn (Aiello) AllenSamavarchain maintains her family’s commitment to their Italian heritage through the unique art and traditions of regional Italian cuisine. The menu offerings are diverse and interesting with California and East coast influences incorporating the finest local and imported ingredients. Maitre d’/sommelier Jalil Samavarchian maintains an exceptional wine list and directs a knowledgeable and professional staff in this dramatic setting overlooking beautiful Guadalupe River Park. Their commitment to excellence and warm hospitality makes Paolo’s as inviting and contemporary today as it was more than 50 years ago. Carolyn AllenSamavarchian is the daughter of Paolo’s founders, Jack and Geri Allen. Besides her work at Paolo’s, Allen-Samavarchian teaches cooking classes and has served on the board of directors for the California Culinary Academy Educational Foundation.

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Z U P PA E A N T I PA S T I (Choose one) Bruschivia (vegan) Fava, garbanzo and pinto bean soup with lentils, peas and farro Pumaroru cu Pecorino Pepato Organic heirloom tomatoes, Pecorino Pepato cheese, onions, caperberries, black olives and Sicilian extra-virgin olive oil Arancini al Sugo Fried rice balls filled with meat ragu, peas, hard boiled egg and caciocavallo cheese; served with tomato coulis PA S TA (Choose one) Pennoni a Cavarushuri Pennoni pasta tossed with cauliflower, anchovies, garlic, pine nuts, raisins, pecorino cheese and tomato sauce Pasta chi Purpetti Long ribbon pasta with small veal meatballs, peas, pecorino, parmesan and aged ricotta; red wine-pancetta sauce SECONDI (Choose one) Pisci Spada cu Salmoriglio Grilled swordfish steak topped with chopped tomato, cucumber, lemon and herb salmoriglio; served with grilled eggplant and couscous Branzino alla Trapanese Wild seabass baked with fresh tomato sauce, green olives, pine nuts and golden raisins; served with mashed potatoes Scaloppine Conca d’Oro Sautéed thinly sliced veal topped with mozzarella, eggplant and tomato sauce; served with sautéed organic spinach and roasted Yukon Gold potatoes DOLCI (Choose one) Cosi Duci Cannoli and profiterole with hazelnut gelato, whipped cream and chocolate sauce; served with Vincenza’s almond cookies Tiramisù Lady fingers, rum, mascarpone cheese, espresso, cocoa powder

SAN JOSE

302 South Market 408.271.3350

PALO ALTO

www.ilfornaio.com

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Chef Melendez of P.F. Chang’s San Jose is the hardestworking person in his kitchen, and everyone knows it. Always looking for a new horizon, this master of world cuisine chose P.F. Chang’s because they are the best at what they do. His culinary passport has enough stamps to make most presidents blush. With a love for spice, chef Melendez prefers the Sichuan beef, but there are plenty of things on his menu that would satisfy any palette. There is a reason why world travelers decide to drop anchor at certain ports, and chef Melendez is more than ready to show you why you should pull up a seat at one of his tables.


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98 S. S. Second Second S St., t., S San an Jose; 408.961.5250 408 8.961.5250 With food food so good that even even the Terra Terra C Cotta otta Warriors W arrio ors can’t can’t stay away, away, P.F. P.F. Chang’s Chang ’s has haas become become a legendary legend dary place place tto o taste the delights of China. The SVRW SVR W menu is extensive, extensive, from lettuce lettuce wraps w aps to wr to spicyy chicken, spic c chick en, Mongolian Mongolian beef and Kung Kungg Pao Pao shrimp. desserts Great The de esserts include the Gr eat Wall Wall of Chocolate Choc C olate carrot cake. and ca rrot cak e.

Mezcal M ezcal 25 W. W. San San Fernando Fernan ndo St., St., San San Jose; 408.283.9595 408.283.9595 Mezcal M ezcal ser serves ves authentic O Oaxacan axacan cuisine in a ccontemporary ontemporary setting in downtown do owntown San San Jose. For For star starters, ters, sample the potat potato o cak cake, e, then pick from ensalada tricolor, tricolor, tortilla tortilla soup so oup or sea sea bass ceviche. ceviche. Among the entr entrees, ees, consider consid der grilled salmon and enchiladas suizas. suizas.

Morton’s, M orton’s, T The he S Steakhouse teakhouse 7777 Park Park Ave., Ave., San San Jose; 408.947.7000 408.9477.7000 Downtown Downt own San San Jose Jose’s ’s M Morton’s, orton’s, The S Steakhouse teakhouse dr aws upon mor years of tradition. tradition. draws moree than 30 years Silic Silicon on V Valley alley R Restaurant estaurant W Week eek choic choices es rrange ange from filet mignon and broiled sa almon fillet tto o chick en salmon chicken Christ Christopher—bracketed opher—bracketed by M Morton’s orton’s salad and kkey ey lime pie.

Pagoda P agoda R Restaurant estaurant 1170 70 S. S. Market Market S St., t.,, San San Jose; 408.998.3937 408.998.3937 You Y ou might not think “F “Fairmont airm mont Hotel” when a hank hankering ering ffor or potstick potstickers ers and a black pepper beef bec becomes omes o overwhelming, verwhelming, bu but ut the simple and welleexecuted xecuted dishes at the Pagoda Paggoda Restaurant Restaurant mak makee o the hotel lobbyy well wor the trip p tto worth th it. Amongg the many dishes set for for SVRW SV VRW are are honey honey walnut walnut pr prawns, awns, mango chick chicken en br breast east with mint and gr greeneente teaa ic icee cr cream. eam.

Paolo’s P aolo’s 333 W San San Carlos Carloss S St., t., # 150, S San an Jose; 408.294.2558 408.294.25558 A San San Jose institution for for decades, d Paolo’s Paolo’s rrestaurant estaurant ser serves ves a vvariety ariety of Italian classics in an elegant g setting. settingg. First-course First-course o choices choices for for SVRW SVRW ar aree insalatina di pomodoro o con con burrata, burrata, seasonal seasonal soup or fritto fritto misto. misto. The second-course seecond-course selections ar aree grilled steak steak with forager foragger mushrooms, grilled halibut and scallop spiedin spiedini ni and “half “half-moon” -moon” pasta with sheep milk ricotta ricotta and d herb filling filling..

SAN JOSE—R JOSE—ROSE O OSE G GARDEN ARDEN

Antonella’s A ntonella’s R Ristorante istorante t 11701 701 Park Park A Ave., ve., San San Jose; 408.279.4922 408.2 279.4922 Chef/proprietor Chef /propriet p or LLyle yle K Koch och has been satis satisfying sfying R Rose ose Garden n residents residents for for years. years. Near Near downt downtown, o own, yyet et situated situate ed in a charming neighborhood, A Antonella’s ntonella’s provides pro videes a much-e much-earned arned rrespite espite from a busy b work week. This week, Ant Antonella’s onella’s delivers pr prix rix fixe items like like its famous famous mista salad, chicken chicken e Marsala, Marsala, classicc spaghetti with house house-made -made meatballs meatballs and chocolate choc olate ffallen allen cak cake. e.

Bluefin B luefin JJapanese apanese R Restaurant estaurant 7754 54 T The he A Alameda, lameda, Suite Suite 10, San San Jose; 408.931.6875 408.931.6875 High cceilings, e eilings, geometric brick brickwork, work, hanging hangging lights and a gracefully g acefully cur gr ved dining room cr eate a a sleekly curved create intimate intima ate atmospher atmospheree at this Japanese rrestaurant e estaur ant and lounge. lou unge. The SVRW SVRW menu gets underway underway with a choice choicce of tuna sashimi salad or Albac Albacore o e tuna or salad with w Ponzu sauc e; the appetizers ar sauce; aree Japanese potstickers potstic ckers or chicken chicken skewers. skewers. For For the main m ccourse, ourse, choosee among sushi, sashimi, salmon T eriyaki or Teriyaki short beef sh hort ribs.

Habana C Cuba uba R Restaurant e taurant es 238 Race Race S St., t., S San an Jose; 408.998.2822 408.998.2822 Cuban C uban ffood ood is somewhat of a rrarity arity in th the he Bay Ar Area, ea, but S San an Jose Jose’s ’s Habana C Cuba uba rremains emains a per p perennial ennial ffavorite avoritte ffor or ffamily-style amily-style Cuban Cuban dining. dining. This T week, the off offerings fferings include gr green een fried plantai plantains, ns, chick chicken en soup, pork p stew stew,, carne asada al estilo C Cubano u ubano and flan, aamong mong many other dishes.

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163 W. W. Santa Santa Clara Clarra St., St., San San Jose; 408.292.9928 408.292.9928 Designed tto o quench the gr growing owing thirst ffor or fine beers, the LLos os Gat Gatos os Br Brewing ewiing Company Company isn’t isn’t just a “br “brew ew pub” but also a restaurant resstaurant serving serving the freshest fr eshest in California California cuisine. cuisin ne. This week, look ffor or offerings such off erings as shrimp aand nd baby-spinach salad, steak, oven-roasted chicken ccoulotte oulotte ste ak, o ven-roastted chick en and German chocolate cake. choc olate cak e.

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The Fish Market

355 Santana Row, Suite 1010, San Jose; 408.345.3848 Blowfish Sushi is part restaurant, part cool place to hang out. The ambiance is sleek and modern, with beats resonating through a state of the art sound system or being spun by a live DJ, and Japanese anime streaking across the screens. Some choices for SVRW: Ritsu roll, Yuann chicken, seaweed salad and bon bon beignet.

1007 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose; 408.269.3474 As the straightforward name implies, Silicon Valley’s Fish Market restaurants focus on doing one thing: serving fresh fish. The results can be sampled at restaurant week with warm crab and artichoke dip, miso-glazed salmon, Dijon-crusted Tilapia, East Coast clam bake and a choice of key lime pie or chocolate mousse cake.

Citrus Restaurant 355 Santana Row, San Jose; 408.423.5400 Citrus restaurant combines a sophisticated setting with a steakhouse menu. Entrees are complemented with an array of gourmet takes on classic side dishes, including a featured mashed potato of the day and French fries with white truffle essence and fine herbs. This week, look for the Valencia Caesar salad, papardelle pasta, free-range bone-in chicken and chocolate mudslide.

Village California Bistro & Wine Bar 378 Santana Row, #1035, San Jose; 408.248.9091 A chic bistro and wine bar at Santana Row, the Village’s clientele spans mid-shopping lunchers to dinner dates. The menu highlights Californiainspired cuisine crafted from seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, such as Dungeness crab stuffed squash blossoms, roasted 38 North chicken breast, twice-cooked Cubano pork, bistro seafood risotto and organic peach Melba.

SAN JOSE—WEST

Blue Mango Fine Thai Cuisine 4996 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose; 408.248.7191 The cuisine and ambience of Blue Mango are a blend of tradition and trend. For SVRW, the appetizers are chicken sate, garlic edamame, veggie roll and cream cheese wonton. The entrees: basil and chili chicken, eggplant tofu, mango scallop and prawn curry and many others.

SAN JOSE—WILLOW GLEN

Vin Santo 1346 Lincoln Ave., San Jose; 408.920.2508 This popular bistro in the Old Masonic building offers northern Italian cuisine. This is the week to try insalata Napa Valley, braised California wild boar, ravioli made with grilled pears and mascarpone, and chocolate fondue.

Yankee Pier 378 Santana Row, # 1100, San Jose; 408.244.1244 Bradley Ogden’s Yankee Pier at Santana Row is a New England–style seafood house that serves ocean-fresh selectios, along with produce from local California farms. Chef Gary Rust also prepares homemade desserts. The restaurant celebrates SVRW with New England clam chowder, Yankee salad, New England clam boil, a Captain’s Platter with beer-battered shrimp, cod and calamari, and Lark Creek butterscotch pudding—and more.

SAN MATEO

The Fish Market 1855 S. Norfolk, San Mateo; 650.349.3474 As the name asserts, Silicon Valley’s Fish Market restaurants focus on doing one thing: serving fresh fish. The results are on display during SVRW with California roll, warm crab and artichoke dip on bruschetta, miso-glazed salmon, Dijon-crusted Tilapia, East Coast clam bake and a choice of key lime pie or chocolate mousse cake.

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Tuyen Chung came to the United States from Vietnam as a teenager, by way of mainland China and Hong Kong. He started cooking in his mother’s restaurant more than 25 years ago, honing his technique until he was ready to open his own restaurant, Fu Kee, a small self-service Asian Pacific Rim spot, in 1997, soon after getting married. He then opened the first Ginger Cafe in Gilroy in 2004, seeking to push his food and creativity to another level. He followed on the success of the first Ginger Cafe, which still thrives today, with a second outpost in Sunnyvale in February 2007. Chung’s complex style stems from history, where migration brought Chinese food into new places and mingled with local ingredients resulting in new twists on traditional dishes. While Ginger Cafe’s menu is rooted in Chinese cuisine, it is broadened, flavored and inspired by Chung’s travels through Asia. The food at Ginger Cafe is a reflection of Chung’s creativity and attention to local palates.

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Born and raised in Bergamo, Italy, in the Lombardy region, Umberto brings extensive culinary training and experience to Vin Santo. As a young boy, he loved spending time in the kitchen and began working in restaurants at age 14. As soon as he was of age, he began studies at the San Pellegrino Hotel School, where he completed the three-year culinary arts program. Cooking has become a lifelong occupation and passion. Umberto has held executive chef duties in several leading California restaurants. His training, experience and expertise bring a unique style to the authentic Italian plates served at Vin Santo.

SANTA CLARA

The Fish Market

3775 El Camino Real, Santa Clara; 408.246.3474 As the straightforward name implies, Silicon Valley’s Fish Market restaurants focus on doing one thing: serving superior quality, fresh fish. During SVRW, the Fish Market is offering such choices as warm crab and artichoke dip on grilled sourdough, miso-glazed salmon, East Coast clam bake and house-made key lime pie.

Piatti Ristorante & Bar

3905 Rivermark Plaza, Santa Clara; 408.330.9212 Santa Clara’s Piatti offers a refined approach to Italian food. The restaurant has chosen to showcase some of the following dishes for SVRW: bruschetta Toscana, calamari with zucchini and carrots in Mediterranean sauce, house-made basil tortelli filled with Swiss chard, saffron-marinated organic chicken, seared yellowtail tuna steak and house-made semifreddo with nut brittle.

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IL FORNAIO SAN JOSE Ochetti, a native of northern Italy, is originally from Intra, a city near Verbania in the Lago Maggiore region of Piemonte. After studying Italian and French cuisine at Stresa Scula Alberghiera in Verbania, he moved to the United States to put his culinary talents to use at a privately owned Italian restaurant in San Luis Obispo. He then opened Luciano Ristorante in Seattle with the same owner. Yearning to return to California, Ochetti became the chef partner at Il Fornaio San Francisco, where he worked for the duration of 2011. Now, as the new chef partner at Il Fornaio San Jose, Ochetti invites guests to Il Fornaio as he acquaints himself with the San Jose community.

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On the Road ROAD WORRIER Ryan Gosling plays a for-hire accomplice in ‘Drive.’

Ryan Gosling’s taciturn getaway driver tries to make left turns cool in Drive By RICHARD VON BUSACK

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EVERAL different kinds of cool, Drive is. But like much cool, it is mannered. The film is based on a sliver of small-press, second-wave pulp by James Sallis. Nicolas Winding Refn, a New York/Danish director with a trail of gory actioners (Bronson, Valhalla Rising), works from a tone-raising script by Hossein Amini (Wings of the Dove). Refn sources the complete works of Michael Mann(ered), even unto the hot-pink New Wave font of the titles and the buzzing of postMoroder pop on the soundtrack.

The paint jobs on the getaway cars have more layers than the script. Mannered, too, is the style of Driver (Ryan Gosling) with the leather gloves he sports, the toothpick he masticates, the jacket he wears with the emblematic scorpion on the back, which ought to make him easy to identify by the cops. Driver delivers a little monologue about what he’ll do for you and what he won’t. As your getaway driver, he will give you exactly five minutes, and he won’t carry a gun, and he won’t talk to you before or after. The second time you hear this litany, you supply the rest: “And if it takes more than five minutes, the pizza is free.” Pauline Kael once called Mann’s Thief and Walter Hill’s The Driver “forays into anonymity.” Drive is just such a trip. Driver’s apartment

is bare. By day, he is an occasional stunt driver for the movies. By night, he outruns or outwits the LAPD. Five years before, he turned up at the mechanic business of Shannon (Bryan Cranston, with a limp); he works there legitimately and uses the cars on getaway jobs. Shannon’s intimidating business associates are two aging thugs played by Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman. One day, Driver notices his neighbor, the small-boned Irene (Carey Mulligan), a hard-luck waitress married to a felon (Oscar Isaac) with bad debts. Taking on her problems gets Driver into a lethal mess. Gosling displays microscopic subtleties and cold-blooded wrath. In a movie about driving around with criminals or cops behind you, that might be enough. The film justifies its conceits with repeated sequences of taut action. The pretitle drive goes nigh-POV through the windshield as Driver hides from the police. A game of tension is played out against negative space in the parking lot of

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a San Fernando Valley pawnshop. And we also get an elegant threeway tango in an elevator with Driver, Irene (let’s call her Girl) and Gunman, in which Refn has Driver push Girl gently into a sweet, fulsome patch of golden light. As Bad Girl—she’s called Blanche—Christina Hendricks makes an unfulfilled promise of fleshy appeal. One doesn’t get the sense that Refn is anymore of a sensualist than Mann himself, particularly when the director stages a beating in front of a line of topless dancers, every bit as expressionless as Driver himself. Yet Drive is as sentimental as it is brutal. After refusing to stick his neck out for anyone, Driver turns into a complete giraffe. All it took was the sight of Girl’s Little Boy. And common-senselessness is common here. Among its characters are a very experienced middle-aged wiseguy who puts a murder weapon in a place of honored display in his living room. Maybe readers of Elmore Leonard will know what I mean when I say Drive is a movie where people do what they do in the movies. Coincidence is rife. (Sallis set the original book in Phoenix, which likely has a more small-scale underworld.) Perlman makes a fine modern Neanderthal—the kind of oaf who brings about a half-dozen welldressed whores to a greasy pizza parlor. Even better is Albert Brooks. His career-long personal of comedic self-absorption makes him well suited for the bloody role. The shot of him sinking into his sofa after one hard but almost elegantly executed job is one of the high points of the movie year, let alone of Drive. This moment with Brooks has something Drive doesn’t quite establish convincingly elsewhere—both the necessity of crime, and the stink that comes off of that necessity.


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MOZART’S SISTER (Unrated; 120 min.) It’s not easy being the sibling of a musical genius. Directed by René Féret and starring Marie Féret. (Opens Fri at Camera 3 in San Jose.)

STRAW DOGS (R; 100 min.) James Marsden, Kate

AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER/ BRINGING UP BABY (1957/1938) The film’s powers as a weeper are joked about in the dumb Sleepless in Seattle. Director/writer Nora Ephron may propose that films are either guy-flicks or chick-flicks. However, note that Delmer Daves,

who composed many a bullet-filled Western, co-wrote the film. The emotional wallop is not in the sex of the viewer but in the presence, poise and splendid underplaying of Cary Grant. He’s a career bachelor tamed by a shy woman (Deborah Kerr) with whom he connects on an emotional wavelength during a sea voyage. And then the two are separated by the most manipulative writing Hollywood could wreak. The exquisite use of CinemaScope, color and composition create a mood that’s hard to shake off. BILLED WITH Bringing Up Baby. Grant in

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clinging to her husband (Greg Kinnear). The dialogue contains chunks of 1965-era feminism, which are overwhelmed by the breed-now propaganda (“Trying to be a man is a waste of a woman.”) (Opens Fri.) (RvB)

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an opposite but irresistible role: a harried paleontologist fleeing from the sweet but desperately addled heiress (Katharine Hepburn) who has a bone to pick with him. (Plays Sep 17-23 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)

THE DARK CRYSTAL/LABYRINTH (1983/1986) Two fantasies by

Deep Welles SO MANY scenes stand out in Orson Welles’ masterpiece, Citizen Kane, that I have a hard time settling on a single example to explain the power the film continues to wield 70 years after its contentious premiere in 1941. In what is literally a throwaway moment, the young newspaper empire builder Charles Foster Kane (Welles) stands in the middle of a raucous party, chorus girls behind him, his loyal friends in front of him. Invited to do a dance step, Kane takes off his coat and tosses it forward; the exceptional sense of space created by the deep-focus camerawork (thanks to cinematographer Gregg Toland) makes the coat zoom at the viewer in something very close to 3-D —no clunky glasses required. Later, Kane’s closest associate, Jed Leland (Joseph Cotton), confronts his boss in a scene shot literally from floor level (Welles got Toland to dig up the floor boards of the set). The two men, engaged in a quiet, tense argument about purpose and morals, loom over the viewer. It is a clash of titans, and marks a tipping point in the story, as Kane’s ideals finally succumb to his ego. But the moment that always lingers the most is the scene in which a reporter quizzes Kane’s business manager, Mr. Bernstein (Everett Sloane), about the great man. Rather than answer directly, Bernstein muses on a time half a century ago when he glimpsed a young woman in a white dress on a ferry: “I only saw her for one second. She didn’t see me at all, but I’ll bet a month hasn’t gone by since that I haven’t thought of that girl.” This nugget of nostalgia sums up the whole air of melancholy and loss of innocence that permeates the story of the fictional media giant who is as much Welles himself as he is, putatively, the real-life publisher William Randolph Hearst (and, presciently, a bit of Rupert Murdoch, too).

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Muppet maestro Jim Henson. The first is a quest to recover the missing shard of a powerful crystal, the possession of which will determine whether good or evil will rule the world. BILLED WITH Labyrinth, a George Lucas– produced fairy tale starring a 16year-old Jennifer Connelly as the sister of a boy imprisoned by Jareth

Hearst, of course, unleashed Louella Parsons on Citizen Kane and nearly succeeded in squelching it. Luckily for film fans, Welles’ reputation has survived the last 70 years in much better shape than Hearst’s, although both might ruefully appreciate the irony of one of Citizen Kane’s most famous lines: “I think it would :`k`q\eBXe\1 be fun to run a Lck`dXk\ newspaper.”

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;A MASTERPIECE!â&#x20AC;? DATE NIGHT (2010) Steve Carell and Tina Fey are a married couple whose attempt to have a night on the town ends up dangerous. (Plays Sep 15 at sundown in Redwood City in Old Courthouse Square.) (RvB)

NILES FILM MUSEUM Regularly scheduled programs of silent movies. Sep 17: Comedy shorts: Chaplin in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Adventurerâ&#x20AC;? (1917), Buster Keaton becomes

the prey of the Blinking Buzzards in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The High Signâ&#x20AC;? (1921). Mr. Chase meets Mr. Hardy in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Life Terribleâ&#x20AC;? (1925) and Mr. Hardy remeets Mr. Laurel in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bacon Grabbersâ&#x20AC;? (1929) (it means â&#x20AC;&#x153;repo menâ&#x20AC;?). Bruce Loeb at the piano. (Plays Sep 17 at 7:30pm in Fremont at the Edison Theater.) (RvB)

REBECCA/SUSPICION (1940/1941) Joan Fontaine plays the new wife of a British nobleman Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier), who ďŹ nds a chilly welcome at his manor. Her husband seems distracted, bitter; her housekeeper

(Judith Anderson), is in open revolt against her. Gradually, she begins to fear that the ďŹ rst Mrs. de Winter, Rebecca, was such a paragon that she will never be able to match her. BILLED WITH Suspicion. More on the same theme. A shy, welloff girl (Fontaine) marries a man with a reputation (Cary Grant). Gradually, she begins to believe that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a murderer. Grantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Got milk?â&#x20AC;? moment on the staircaseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; achieved with a hidden light bulbâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;carries plenty of menace even after all these years. (Plays 14-16 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)

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Santana Scene STYLE SIGHTINGS Santana Row welcomed designers Seth Aaron and Peggy Tanous (bottom right) and Donald J. Pliner (above right) to Fashion Week.

Last weekend’s runway show at Santana Row featured TV celebs, flirty models and lots of pageantry By JODY AMABLE

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ASHION WEEK is a global celebration of couture that’s been a part of the cultural landscape for several decades, but it’s never really had a presence in San Jose—until now. Having participated in the popular Fashion’s Night Out events earlier in the week, Santana Row hosted a fall fashion runway show on Saturday that showcased items from boutiques in the shopping center, keeping pace with

fashion week’s label-oriented reputation by focusing on higher-end designers. Before the presentation, there was mingling in the roped-off VIP area surrounding the runway. Guests made small talk over wine and appetizers from Straits and Sino. Things got started around 6:30pm, opening with a few words from some celebrity guests: Project Runway Season 7 winner Seth Aaron and renowned shoe designer Donald J. Pliner. Seth Aaron took a few minutes to plug his upcoming line, which will be available at Target and made from sustainable and recycled materials—something that is, he says, very difficult to do at the mass-market level. Pliner arrived after, accompanied

to the runway by two models in LBDs. He accepted some applause and thanks from the audience, and ushered in the festivities. The show kicked off, so to speak, with imaginative products from Pliner’s store—tall-shafted, colorful boots were the focal point—and then transitioned into selections from The Blues Jean Bar, which employed several male models, much to the delight of the overwhelmingly female audience. As things got rolling, renters in the nearby apartments began gathering on their balconies to see what was happening on the street below them, and it didn’t take long before crowds had gathered on both sides of the street to watch. The show managed to strike a bal-

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ance between keeping it tasteful and traditional, while also indulging in some of the spectacle and stunt that modern runway shows have become known for—some of the models were clad in outfits that would never be practical to wear in public but showed off the designers’ skill, and the models for St. Croix’s collection were accompanied by a pair of well-behaved Corgis on leashes. The show still featured several fresh-off-the-rack pieces that highlighted the best in fashion for fall: lots of leather, saturated colors and jewel tones, and touches of lace, a trend that style writers have been forecasting will be big this season. However, it wasn’t all fashionindustry pageantry. Santana Row’s show seemed to make an effort not to take itself as seriously as its New York or Milan counterparts. At some intervals, models did a few fist pumps or busted out silly dance moves to elicit responses from the crowd, and one of the boys made a surprise shirtless appearance, momentarily peeking around the corner of wings and provoking a raucous response from the women in the audience. Models even occasionally chatted to each other as they passed on the runway—something that would never fly in New York. But in all other respects, they stayed classy. The transitions were smooth, the music coordinated, and some of the women on the catwalk had a pitch-perfect “model walk”—a feat that many America’s Next Top Model contenders can’t master. Though the actual runway show was invite-only, shoppers could still get in on the not-so-exclusive afterparties at the various stores on the row. Newbie boutique San Francisco Shirt Company was the place to be when the show wrapped around 7:30pm, with models dancing in the windows, and women in elaborate gowns on the street outside for hours afterward, provoking passersby to pose for photos with them as if they were Disney park princesses. Other shops like Ted Baker and Cole Haan offered cocktails, appetizers and meet-and-greets with Seth Aaron to entice shoppers. All in all, Santana Row’s fashion week function had an appropriate hautecouture influence, but still remained distinctly Silicon Valley.


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DJ Therapy TURNTABLE THERAPIST Raul Montes, a.k.a. DJ Rated R, is part of the collective of rotating DJs who spin at Myth’s Soul Therapy.

Friday nights at a new San Jose lounge bring together a tight-knit group of the South Bay’s best By STEVE PALOPOLI

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T WASN’T TOO long ago that the South Bay had a serious shortage of DJs. Or, at least, of DJs that Raul Montes, a.k.a. DJ Rated R, would trust with his reputation.

“There’s so many DJs now. Everybody wants to be a DJ,” he says. “But I remember about six years ago, I was DJing Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There were only a handful of DJs I could trust to say to ‘Hey man, I want a night off, can you cover for me?’ And they couldn’t, because they were playing somewhere else. Sometimes you couldn’t take a night off.” Now, Friday nights at Myth Taverna and Lounge are bringing together several DJs from that select

group for Soul Therapy, one of the most eclectic night of hip-hop, R&B and soul in the local scene. It’s a new event in the sense that Myth has been open only a couple of months, but Soul Therapy was originally started by DJ Nappy for Roux on Santana Row. Besides himself, he brought in a rotating collective that included Montes as well as Goldenchyld, DJ Remedy and Wen Davis. As its reputation grew, it simply got too big for the place. It’s found a new home at Myth, where at least three members of the core group can usually be found spinning at every Soul Therapy event. They also sometimes welcome guests, like Oakland soul singer Goapele this week (see Metroactive, page 34). “We already had a good following, and now every single Friday is packed. Last week they had to turn people away,” says Montes. A longtime DJ on the scene

himself, he goes way back with the other Soul Therapy DJs. He met Remedy while working in a record store fresh out of high school. Montes and Nappy were the longest-running DJs at Agenda, originally playing house music between jazz bands on Sundays. And Goldenchyld’s crew the Bangerz have been around for over a decade now. “We all grew up in the same circle of DJs,” says Montes. The trust he puts in the other DJs comes not only that bond, but also his confidence that he’s working with some of the South Bay’s best. “Soul Therapy, you gotta know the music,” he says. “We know it, because we grew up on it, or somebody else showed us those tracks. I could give somebody the same records, but they’re probably not going to play them the same way, or play them at the right time.” Soul Therapy’s popularity, Montes believes, comes from the eclectic cuts and quirky flow of the music every night. “On Friday nights, there’s really no other place to go downtown for good hip-hop, R&B, soul. In the front room, we’ll even throw in a little bit of soulful house and some of the flashback

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stuff. We really don’t get a chance to play stuff like that anywhere else,” he says. “They’re giving us freedom to go to more places than we maybe could at a regular club in San Jose,” agrees Dominic Cueto, better known as Goldenchyld. “And it seems to be working like crazy. It’s been packed every time.” “We know how to work the crowd. And the crowd loves it, because they don’t get to hear this anywhere else,” says Montes. He also appreciates the mix of styles within the Soul Therapy crew. “Goldenchyld and Remedy, they’re awesome when it comes to scratching and things like that. I never got into that, I was just more worried about making sure my mixes are clean,” he admits. “I don’t really get all fancy.” Montes still DJs at clubs all around the South Bay, as well as at events like the Detox pool parties and a monthly night he started at Club Milano that has blown up far beyond his expectations. “We’ve been doing that once a month for two years, almost three. We get 600-plus people every single month,” he says. “I can pretty much play everything, but for hiphop I prefer what we play at Soul Therapy. For house, I like what I play at Cardiff, the deep, soulful stuff.” What he never learned to like, ironically enough, is his own DJ name. Back when techno and house were huge around here, he and some friends threw a warehouse party off of San Pedro. He didn’t know what to call himself, so they came up with DJ Rated R as a temporary fix. “I DJed that party, and that night people were saying ‘Hey, we’re having another warehouse party next week, you want to play?’ They ended up using that name on the fliers every time. They never asked me what do you want to put on there. I don’t even really like it. It just stuck.”


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Shitkickers Friday at Blank Club, San Jose, 9pm; $7 San Jose’s favorite cowpunks sing their moonshinesoaked odes to all the bottles they’ve loved before. There are drinkin’ bands, and then there are bands who have songs called “Bartles & Jaymes,” “Bloody Mary,” “Whiskey Haze” and “I Need A Bottle”—all on one album. Language Arts Crew offshoot Trashkannon celebrates Nick Ugly’s birthday with their opening set. (SP)

Our Living Memory Saturday at the Refuge, Cupertino, 6pm; $8 The South Bay’s metalcore explosion continues with San Jose’s Our Living Memory, who join up at this show with Dressed In White, Amalgrama, Victory Is Imminent, A Breed Extinct, Drop Thyne Anchor and In Search of Oblivion. (SP)

Gohar Vardanyan Saturday at West Valley College, 8pm; $15-$20 The South Bay Guitar Society presents the Armenian classical guitarist, who’s been heralded as one of the most talented up-and-comers in the guitar world. She’ll also give a pre-concert demo at Sunnyvale library at 1pm Saturday, and lead a master class Sunday at the SJSU music building, both open to the public. (SP)

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Rock/Pop

BRITANNIA ARMS ALMADEN

of Bitches. Sun: Planet Plow. San Jose.

ANGELICA’S BISTRO

Fri, 10pm: TBA. Sat, 10pm: Groovenuggets. San Jose.

CLUB FOX

Fri, 8:30pm: Soul Providers. $15/$19. Sat, 8:30pm: Dutch Uncle. $4/$7. Redwood City.

AVALON

BRITANNIA ARMS CUPERTINO Fri, 8pm: Elements of Truth. Cupertino.

Fri: Kittie. Sat: UFO, Mindflow, Luvplanet. Santa Clara.

BRITANNIA ARMS DOWNTOWN

THE BLANK CLUB

Call for info. San Jose.

Wed, 9pm: Hawk Jones. No cover. Fri, 9pm: Shitkickers, Trashkannon. $7. San Jose.

CAFFE FRASCATI

BOSWELL’S Wed: Jack Rip Off. Thu: Sexy Back. Fri: The Peelers. Sat: Joe Bazooka. Sun: The Gents. Mon: Matt Bolton. Campbell.

Fri, 8pm: Chris Landon. Sat, 8pm: Kenny Thomas and the Southern Baptists. San Jose.

Fri, 9:30pm: Johnny Neri. Los Gatos.

HP PAVILION Sat, 8pm: Marco Antonio Solis and Ana Gabriel Haciendo Historia. $49.50 and up. San Jose.

LILLY MAC’S Fri, 9:30pm: Cocktail Monkeys. Sat, 9:30pm: Fog City Swampers. Sunnyvale.

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

CARAVAN BOULEVARD TAVERN

Fri, 9pm: Pop Fiction. $13. Sun, 7:30pm: Shana Morrison and Salamandere. $10. Redwood City.

Thu: Them Slack-Jawed Sons of Bitches. Fri: Melted Horses. Sat: Them Slack-Jawed Sons

LOS GATOS LODGE Fri-Sat: Live rock bands. Los Gatos.

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metroactive MUSIC 49 MOJO LOUNGE Thu: Live music. Fri: Johnny Cat Blues Band. Sat: The Russell Barber Band. Fremont.

MOUNTAIN WINERY Wed, 7:30pm: Psychedelic Furs, Tom Tom Club. $25 and up. Thu, 7:30pm: Kenny Loggins. $39.50 and up. Fri-Sat, 7:30pm: Chicago. $45 and up. Sun, 7:30pm: Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Shawn Colvin. $35 and up. Mon, 7:30pm: Barenaked Ladies. $39.50. Tue, 7:30pm: Ziggy Marley, Natty. $25 and up. Saratoga.

NAGLEE PARK GARAGE Wed, 7pm: Bird Dogs. Free. San Jose.

NETO’S GRILL Every first & third Thu: Junction Duo. Every second & fourth Thu: Ruckus. Fri, 7pm: Vegas Nights. Sat, 7:30pm: Champagne City. $10. Santa Clara.

NICKEL CITY Sat, 6pm: A Shipwreck Metaphor. San Jose.

NINE LIVES Fri, 8pm: Red Glare. $10. Sat, 8pm: Battle of the Bands Finals, with Just Chill, Cadent and the Epidemik. $10. Gilroy.

NUMBER ONE BROADWAY Wed, 9:30pm: Jam Night with Backfire & Diva Stativa. No cover. Thu, 9:30pm: The Kind. No cover. Fri, 7:30pm: Deeva Stativa and the Blazers. $5. Sat, 8pm: Dennis Dove band. $$10. Los Gatos.

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Fri-Sat, 9pm-1am: Live music. Gilroy.

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

STREETLIGHT RECORDS

Jazz/Blues

Fri, 4pm: Rippin, Vinyl Trees. All shows are all ages & free. San Jose.

TEMPLE BAR & LOUNGE Sat, 8pm: Live music. San Jose.

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

World AGENDA LOUNGE

Fri, 7pm: Rascal Flatts. Mountain View.

SOUTH FIRST BILLIARDS Fri: Official SJ Made Preparty, Beat Showcase, hip-hop artists. Fri: Sean Blake’s Birthday Bash. Hip-hop. Sat: Leukemia & Lymphoma Benefit with Dino Planet, Rebelskamp, Anya & the Getdown, My Peoples. San Jose.

CLUB FOX

GRAND DELL SALOON Wed, 8pm: Bill Sims, Jr. and Mark La Voie. Thu, 8pm: Blues Jam with Aki. Fri, 8pm: Guitar Slim. Sat, 8pm: Jump Kings. Campbell.

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HEDLEY CLUB

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

Every first & third Wed, 7:30pm: Hedley Jazz Jam. Thu, 8pm: Russo Alberts Trio. Fri, 8:30pm: Fast Lane Band. Sat, 8:30pm: Sandra Aran. San Jose.

AZÚCAR Thu, 9pm: DJ Che live video mixing. Fri, 9pm: Latin rock en espanol. Sat, 9pm: Salsa, merengue, cumbia, urban & Latin fusions. Tue, 9pm: Salsa. San Jose.

CASCAL Thu: Live music. Fri, 9:30pm & Sat, 9pm: Live music. Mountain View.

HUKILAU Fri: Shaka. Sat: Aki Matsuri Festival. San Jose.

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Sun, 6pm:Joe Major Jazz. Cupertino.

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

Fri-Sat, 8:30pm: Live music. Sunnyvale.

Fri, 6pm: Battle of the Bands, with Our Living Memory, Dressed in White and more. Cupertino.

BRITANNIA ARMS CUPERTINO

ALBERTO’S

Tue: Irish dancing. Sunnyvale.

THE REFUGE

Thu, 7-10pm: Blues jam. Fri, 6pm: Peter Daldry. $7-$10. Sat, 6pm: Susan Rancourt. $15/$20. Redwood City.

Wed, 7pm: Kenny Blue Ray blues jam. $5. San Jose.

LILLY MAC’S

Fri, 6pm: Joel: The Band. Courthouse Sq, Redwood City.

ANGELICA’S BISTRO

Wed, 8pm: Salsa. $5. San Jose.

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J.J.’S BLUES CAFE Wed: Goodlife. Thu: Dan Goughs. Fri: Vicious Groove, $10. Sat: The Hum. $10. Sun: Ruckus (early show at 4pm), Voodoo Zydeco. Mon: Desiree and Diamond 99. Tue: Liar’s Club jam. San Jose.

LOFT BAR AND BISTRO Thu, 7-10pm: Live jazz. San Jose.

MOJO LOUNGE Thu: Live music. Fri: Johnny Cat Blues Band. Sat: The Russell Barber Band. Fremont.

Wed, 5pm: Hot Moroccan Night. Thu, 5pm: Flamenco Fri, 5pm: Jack Prudhomme. Sat: Belly dancing and world music. Sun, 5pm: World music. Mon, 5pm: Moroccan Music Night. Tue, 5pm: Guitar Night with Albert Rivera. Mountain View.

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MURPHY’S LAW

Wed, 5pm: Flamenco. Fri, 5pm: World music and belly dancing with Adriana. Sat, 5pm: Jack Prudhomme. Sun, 5pm: Moroccan music and belly dancing. Mon, 5pm: Vic Moraga. San Jose.

Thu: Maneck. Fri: Den Dove Band. Sat: Smokin’ King Snakes. Sunnyvale.

PARRANDA NIGHTCLUB

Fri, 6pm: Kirk Abe Trio. Campbell.

Thu-Sat: Live music. Sunnyvale.

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

Mon: Jazz & blues night. Mountain View.

MOROCCO’S RESTAURANT SJ Thu, 5pm: Jason VBellenkes Duo. Mountain View

OLD WAGON SALOON & GRILL Sun: Live blues. San Jose.

ORCHARD VALLEY COFFEE A PERFECT FINISH Fri, 9pm: Steven Gary. Sat, 9pm: Chris Burkhardt. San Jose.


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Anya Kvitka BORN IN Russia and now operating out of San Jose, Anya Kvitka is best known as part of the Soapbox Melodics crew, who created their own uniquely elegant style mixing hip-hop, down-tempo and soul with vintage jazz and an South First Billiards experimental edge. Now she’s working on a solo album, going more in a dubstep and electronic Friday, Sept. 16 direction, and backed by a band. But it seems like Kvitka can sing anything, including an acoustic 9pm; free. version of Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good” that’s as haunting and brutal as the original. She’s joined at this South First Billiards pre-party for San Jose Made’s big weekend by Opski Chan and Vida Killz; she also performs Sat. 4-6pm at the main event at San Pedro Square. —Steve Palopoli

POOR HOUSE BISTRO Wed, 6-9pm: Ron Thompson & Friends. Thu, 6-9pm: George Schroeter and Marc Breifelder. Fri, 6-10pm: Gina Sicilia Band. Sat, 6-10pm: Terry Hanck Band. Sun, 3pm: Bill Sims and Mark La Voie. San Jose.

TESSORA’S

C&W/Folk DANA STREET COFFEE ROASTING

THE GRAPEVINE

Open Mic

UNWINED

MISSION CITY COFFEE ROASTING

Wed-Thu, 7:30pm: Live music. San Jose.

SAM’S BBQ Wed, 6pm: Dark Hollow. Tue, 6pm: Cabin Fever. San Jose.

Thu, 7pm: Veronica Malki and Diego Picetti. Willow Glen.

WINE AFFAIRS

Wed, 9pm: California Cowboys. Thu-Fri, 9pm, Sat, 10:15pm: Diablo Road. Fremont.

Every second Mon: Ukulele jam. Mountain View.

Fri-Sat, 8:30pm: Live music. Campbell. Thu & Sat, 7pm: Live jazz. San Jose.

THE SADDLE RACK

BAMBOO LOUNGE

Sat, 7:30pm: Low-Income SelfHelp Fundraiser. Santa Clara.

Mon, 7pm: Musical open mic for singer-songwriters. Sign up at 7pm. Free. San Jose.

RODEO CLUB

BAREFOOT COFFEE ROASTERS

Wed: Frankie Ballard. $5. San Jose.

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

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JOHNNY V’S

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

Sun: Karaoke. San Jose.

BRIX Tue: Karaoke. San Jose.

Sun, 9:30pm-1:30am: Karaoke. Campbell.

Tue, 6:30-9:30pm: Open mic. Music, poetry, etc. Sunnyvale.

C&J’S SPORTS BAR

KC BAR AND RESTAURANT

QUARTER NOTE

Thu, 10pm: Melissa and Heather. Santa Clara.

Wed, 8pm: DJ Desmond. San Jose.

Sun & Wed-Thu: Pro jam. Sunnyvale.

THE COURTS LOUNGE

KHARTOUM

Mon, 9pm: Joe. San Jose.

Thu, 9pm: DJ Davey K. Campbell.

CREEKSIDE LOUNGE

KING OF CLUBS

Wed and Mon-Tue: Stephanie. Thu and Sat: Randy. Fri: Jerry Sauceda. San Jose.

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

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DA KINE CAFE

Karaoke 7 BAMBOO Wed-Sat, 9pm: Karaoke. Tue, 9pm: Karaoke. San Jose.

KATIE BLOOM’S

KYOTO PLACE

DASILVA’S BRONCOS Wed: Karaoke. Thu, 9pm-1am: Karaoke. Santa Clara.

Wed, 7pm: Karaoke. Sunnyvale

DIVE BAR

Thu: Karaoke. Sunnyvale.

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

LILLY MAC’S NETO’S MARKET & GRILL

ALEX’S 49ER INN

EL RANCHO SPORTS BAR

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

Thu, 8pm: Karaoke. San Jose.

Fri, 6:30-10:30pm: Bands with live karaoke. Santa Clara.

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AZÚCAR

Mon, 8:30pm-1:30am: DJ Curtis. San Jose.

Wed and Fri-Sat, 8:30pm: Doug. Sunnyvale.

FAHRENHEIT ULTRA LOUNGE

OFF THE HOOK

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

Sun, 8pm: DJ Joe. Campbell.

FIREHOUSE GRILL & BREWERY

Fri-Sat, 9pm, and Sun, 7pm: Karaoke. Mountain View.

Sun, 7pm-close: Uncle Dougie Show. Palo Alto.

O’FLAHERTY’S IRISH PUB

Wed, 9pm: English and Spanish karaoke and dancing. San Jose.

BLINKY’S CAN’T SAY Fri, 9pm-1am: Danielle. Sat, 9pm-1am: Karaoke. Santa Clara.

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

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

BOGART’S LOUNGE

GILROY BOWL

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

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

BOSWELL’S

OFFICE BAR

Mon, 9pm: Matt. San Jose.

A PERFECT FINISH Thu, 8:30pm-midnight: Karaoke with Jordan River Productions. San Jose.

PIONEER SALOON Tue, 8:30pm: Acoustic karaoke with Sam Marshall. Woodside.

QUARTER NOTE Mon-Tue, 9pm: Karaoke. No cover. Sunnyvale.

Tue: DJ Davey K. Campbell.

BOULEVARD TAVERN Thu: Karaoke. Los Gatos.

RED STAG LOUNGE

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

BRITANNIA ARMS CUPERTINO Sun-Tue, 10pm: Karaoke. Cupertino.

BRITANNIA ARMS DOWNTOWN Wed, 9pm: August. Mon, 9pm: Comedy with Mr. Walker. San Jose.

Nightly karaoke, 9pm-1:30am. San Jose.

THE GOOSETOWN LOUNGE

ROSIE MCCANN’S

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

Tue,: Karaoke. Santana Row.

HOMESTEAD LANES Fri, 9:30pm: Vinnie. Mon, 9pm: Vinnie. Tue, 9pm: August. Cupertino.

HUDDLE Wed-Thu and Sun, 9pm: Wild Nights Karaoke. Fremont.

SAN JOSE BAR & GRILL Tue, 10pm-close: Kamikaze Karaoke. San Jose.

SHERWOOD INN Wed-Sun, 8:30pm: Thomas. San Jose.

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PARRANDA NIGHTCLUB

Wed-Sat: DJs. Menlo Park. Thu: Therapy. Fri: Flirty Fridays. Mon: Power Hour. San Jose.

Thu, 8pm: DJ Akustik. No cover. Fri, 8pm: DJ Mayo. Sat, 8pm: DJ Mayo and DJ Akustik. Sun, 7pm: Latin Beat. Sun, 9pm: Sonidero Night. Sunnyvale.

CLUB ILLUSIONS

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

THREE FLAMES

Wed, 6pm: 106 Miles Mixer. Every second and fourth Sat, 8:30pm2am: Hot Live Salsa Night. 21+. Sat, 9pm: Bobby Brackins & Mike Stud Ages 14-18 only. Palo Alto.

Mon, 8pm-midnight: DJ Curtis. Willow Glen.

THE ELEGANT PUB

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THE ESCAPE Mon, 8:30pm-1:30am: DJ Curtis. San Jose.

WILLOW DEN Wed, 9:30pm: DJ JR. San Jose

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SAN JOSE BAR & GRILL Wed: Wingy Tango night. Thu: SoFA King Thursdays. Fri: Video Killed the DJ. Sat: Sapphire Saturdays. Sun: Sinful Sundays. Mon: Manic Mondaze. Tue: Buck Wild Tuesdays. San Jose.

Thu, 9pm: DJ Checo. Fri: Larry Memphis as Elvis (6pm); DJ Checo (9pm). Sat, 9pm: DJ Lady Diesel. Evergreen Inn, San Jose.

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Thu: The Treatment. Fri: DJ night. Sat: Liquid. San Jose.

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Dance Clubs

Fri: Friday Excess, Dirty Beats, Mark Wang. Also, 5-9pm, Food Social, street-food marketplace. Sat: DJs. San Jose.

Thu-Fri, 10pm: DJ Uncle Hank. Sat, 10pm: DJ Itchy. Willow Glen.

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MYTH TAVERNA

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

Wed; Live muisc. Thu: Therapy. Fri: Soul Therapy. San Jose.

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

X-BAR Fri, 9pm: DJ Vinnie. Homestead Lanes, Cupertino.

2011/2012 Carriage House Theatre Concert Series

TEMPLE BAR & LOUNGE Wed: RedRun with D. Luzion and Illtraxx. Thu: JazBiz and Dave Dynamix. Fri: Video Mixing, then DJ Radio Raheem and DJ Ready Rock. Sat: Live bands. San Jose.

WOODHAM’S LOUNGE

Montalvo Arts Center presents

Thu: Ignight EDM. Fri: Live show by Iyaz. Sat: Bikini Bash. San Jose.

Thu, 9pm: The Heit Thursdays. Sat, 9:30pm: Legacy, Adam Cova. Mon, 9pm: Industry. Tue: Partyoke. Beer pong and karaoke. San Jose.

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ZEN LOUNGE Thu: 24 Thursdays. Fri: Fabulous Fridays. Sat: Celebrity Saturdays with DJ D-Roc. Mountain View.

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Acoustic Alchemy

For the past two decades Acoustic Alchemy has dominated the contemporary smooth jazz scene earning three Grammy nominations and thousands of fans worldwide.

Thu, 9pm: DJ Che live video mixing. Fri, 9pm: Latin rock en espanol. Sat, 9pm: Salsa, merengue, cumbia, urban & Latin fusions.Tue, 9pm: Salsa. San Jose.

“Redefining the rules is what Acoustic Alchemy does best.” – All About Jazz

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Sat, 9pm: Club Satori with DJs Vitus and Kevin. $5. San Jose.

Thu, October 20, 7:30pm

RORSCHACH

Best known for her hits, “Midnight Blue”, “Through the Eyes of Love” & “Don’t Cry Out Loud”, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and actress Melissa Manchester is an all around superstar entertainer.

Seminal New Jersey hardcore group on short West Coast reunion tour; expect mayhem. Sep 16 at 924 Gilman.

“One of the greatest singer/songwriters of our time” – Grigwaretalkstheatre.com

BRITANNIA ARMS ALMADEN Thu, October 27, 7:30pm This all-American band has become a premier acoustic ensemble while remaining true to its bluegrass and country roots. Their 2011 record Rare Bird Alert, in collaboration with Steve Martin on banjo, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart.

“One of the most engaging string bands around” - Washington Post

Tickets On Sale Now! Free on-site parking! Box Office, 408.961.5858, M-F, 10am-4pm ticketmaster.com or montalvoarts.org

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LITTLE JOE Y LA FAMILIA Tex-Mex legend and farmworker advocate brings trademark norteño sound. Sep 15 at Yoshi’s SF.

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Steep Canyon Rangers

San Francisco’s City Guide

Wed & Sun, 10pm: DJ Hank. Thu: Kid Dynamite. Mon, 9pm: Beer Pong. Tue: Pub-stumpers Trivia. San Jose.

BRITANNIA ARMS CUPERTINO

THIEVERY CORPORATION Washington, D.C.’s enduring electronic-based act plays two nights of chilled beats. Sep 16-17 at the Fox Theater.

TWILIGHT SINGERS Greg Dulli & Co. perform ‘Blackberry Belle’ in its entirety with Mark Lanegan. Sep 17 at the Great American Music Hall.

Thu, 10pm: DJ Tosh. Cupertino.

SHEPARD FAIREY

BRITANNIA ARMS DOWNTOWN

Noted iconographer of both Andre the Giant and President Obama DJs with Bob Mould. Sep 20 at Rickshaw Stop.

Thu: DJ David Q. Fri, 10pm: DJ Check-O. Sat, 10pm: DJ David Q. San Jose.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;April 19): â&#x20AC;&#x153;An awakened Aries would rather err on the side of making a daring, improvisational mistake than cuddle up with passionless peace,â&#x20AC;? writes astrologer Hunter Reynolds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He or she knows that creative conďŹ&#x201A;ict can be a greater unifying force than superďŹ cial harmony.â&#x20AC;? This is an excellent keynote for you to keep in mind during the coming days. But make sure your motivations are pure and humble, please. If the daring improvisation you launch is fueled by arrogance or the urge to dominate, your efforts to shake things up for the greater good will fail. Fight against what Reynolds calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;terriďŹ ed nicenessâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;but do it with ďŹ erce compassion, not sneering rage. TAURUS (April 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 20): Back in 2009, John Allwood, an Australian melon picker, used his head to smash 47 watermelons in 60 seconds. That broke the previous world record of 40 in a minute, also set by him a couple of years earlier. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve chosen him to be your role model for the coming week, Taurusâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for two reasons. First, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re primed to outstrip a personal best you achieved some time back. So do it! Second, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a perfect time to use your head in fun and creative ways.

GEMINI (May 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;June 20): According to April Winchellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book Regretsy: Where DIY Meets WTF, here are some of the treasures you can ďŹ nd for sale at Etsy. com: a toy pig made from a root beer can; a â&#x20AC;&#x153;juicy enchanted pouchâ&#x20AC;? for holding runes; a handmade hornetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nest; a stuffed feral goat fashioned to resemble a unicorn; fake tapeworms that are actually spraypainted fettucine; and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;haunted Ouija board Las Vegas casinoâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;style blackjack roulette poker chip.â&#x20AC;? I would absolutely love it if you designed something like this and hawked it on Etsy, Gemini. Your skill as an idiosyncratic creator will soon be peaking, as will your capacity for marketing the most unique aspects of your shtick and style.

CANCER (June 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 22): â&#x20AC;&#x153;Specialization is for insects,â&#x20AC;? said science-ďŹ ction writer Robert Heinlein. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, pitch manure, cook a tasty meal, ďŹ ght efďŹ ciently.â&#x20AC;? I bring this thought to your attention, Cancerian, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an excellent time for you to broaden your understanding and expand your repertoire. How many of the things that Heinlein names can you do? Make a list of your talents and try to add some new ones to that list in the coming weeks.

LEO (July 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Aug. 22): A veterinarian in Nashville was asked to do something he had never doneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;diagnose and treat a wounded whooping crane. Experts devoted to safeguarding the endangered species advised him to wear a billowy white suit. That way the wild bird would be more likely to accept his attention. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You learn very quickly how to communicate dressed as a marshmallow,â&#x20AC;? the vet said after completing his work. Be prepared for a metaphorically similar encounter, Leo. You, too, may face a prospect that resembles interspecies conversation. I hope youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be as adaptable as the vet.

VIRGO (Aug. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sept. 22): â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything is unique,â&#x20AC;? said the 19th-century authors known as the Goncourt brothers, who wrote all their books together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing happens more than once in a lifetime. The physical pleasure that a certain woman gave you at a certain moment, the exquisite dish that you ate on a certain dayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you will never meet either again. Nothing is repeated, and everything is unparalleled.â&#x20AC;? Of course, this is always true. But I suspect you will be more intensely aware of it in the coming days than you have in a long time. In part thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because the sensations and experiences headed your way will be so piquantly unique, so exquisitely fresh. And in part itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be wide-awake to the novel pleasures that are possible when you appreciate the fact that everything changes all the time.

LIBRA (Sept. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Oct. 22): â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul,â&#x20AC;? said environmentalist Edward Abbey. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;ruinâ&#x20AC;? doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen all of a sudden, because of a single small failure to translate sincere intentions into good works. Rather, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the result of long-running laziness or passivityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a consistent inability to do what oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passions demand. If there is even a shred of this tendency in your make-up, Libra,

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Dec. 21): Every one of us is born with up to 150 new mutations that make us different from both of our parents. Most of those genetic alterations are neutral in their effects. Some are negative, and a few may be beneďŹ cial. I bring this to your attention, Sagittarius, because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re entering a phase when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible to take more advantage of your positive mutations than you ever have before. Can you guess what they are? Try to, because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re primed to tap in to their fuller potential.

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Feb. 18): The Jerusalem Syndrome is a temporary psychological phenomenon that on rare occasions overtakes travelers who visit Jerusalem. Under the inďŹ&#x201A;uence of ancient holy sites, these people may become obsessed with religious themes or experience delusions that they are characters from stories in the Bible or Koran. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect you to fall under the sway of such an outbreak, Aquarius, but I do suspect that you will soon have some intense spiritual stirrings. To ensure that they will enlighten you, not dishevel you, stay well-grounded. Have regular meals, please. Sleep well and exercise now and then.

PISCES (Feb. 19â&#x20AC;&#x201C;March 20): My Pisces friend Rana Satori Stewart coined some new words that happen to be perfect for you to begin using and embodying. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blissipline,â&#x20AC;? she says, is â&#x20AC;&#x153;the commitment to experiencing a little or a lot of bliss every day; the practice of expanding oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capacity for bliss and being open to receive it in any moment.â&#x20AC;? A â&#x20AC;&#x153;blissiplinarianâ&#x20AC;? is â&#x20AC;&#x153;someone who enforces pleasure and invites opportunities for more pleasure,â&#x20AC;? while a â&#x20AC;&#x153;blisscipleâ&#x20AC;? is a person who aspires to master the art of blissipline. I encourage you to be a blissciple, Pisces, because it will put you in sync with the effervescent invitations the cosmos has scheduled for you.

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