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Who Pays? People and institutions don’t have to pay for it (“Contra Intuitive,” SVNews, Feb. 29). The people working at the institution pay for the insurance as part of their compensation package. No one who doesn’t want contraception has to get it. What [some] want is

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Bio-Tech I am excited about a new initiative here in California, The California Right to Know, Genetically Engineered Food

Act ( If passed, this ballot initiative will make it mandatory to label most food sold in California that is produced using Genetically Modified ingredients. This measure would ensure consumers have the right to know what is in their food supply, without any worry about the possible dangers associated with the consumption of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism) ingredients. This issue is a win-win irrespective of your viewpoint on GMO ingredients. If they are labeled, those who oppose them can avoid them, and those who favor them can eat more modified food. Fifty nations already require labeling; it is past time for California to join them in this basic human right, the right to know what we are eating! JERE GETTLE | PETALUMA

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Market Shift Just when the SAN PEDRO MARKET in San Jose looks poised to take off and become a credible attraction downtown, the market’s manager has called it quits. STEVE BORKENHAGEN left his role as the head of the wine bar/barber shop/ restaurant complex last week to go back and run his family’s restaurant, Eulipia, on South First Street. Borkenhagen says the split wasn’t caused by any bad blood between him and the owners: former San Jose Mayor TOM MCENERY, nephew JOHN MCENERY and MARTIN MENNE. Borkenhagen insists he left because he Don’t completed his duties, forget which consisted of to tip! leasing out open spaces for vendors. FLY@ METRONEWS. After holding the COM reins for nearly two and a half years, Borkenhagen says his former assistant, NATE LEBLANC, will likely assume the new role as chief of the market.

Sole Food A campaign fundraiser flyer for San Jose’s District 10 City Council candidate EDESA BITBADAL made its way on to The Daily Fetch website this week, and an unexpected name was at the top of the guest list: Gonzo! That’s right, former San Jose Mayor RON GONZALES, who has layed low since leaving office amidst public corruption charges that were subsequently dropped, appears to be inching back into the political spotlight. Alongside Gonzo will be his wife, GUISSELLE NUNEZ, and Councilmember DON ROCHA. In recruiting the endorsements, former KANSEN CHU staffer Bitbadal may be looking for something more than the “open” endorsement she received from the city’s unions, which meant labor likes her but not as much as BRIAN O’NEILL, who got a “sole” endorsement. Someone get labor a “sole” dictionary.

Building Tall UP IN THE AIR San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is pushing for development sooner rather than later in the downtown core, but some business leaders feel it would be wise to wait for large-scale projects.

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ANDWICHED between The 88 residential tower where Safeway’s “The Market” sells packages of triple-washed salad greens and San Jose Repertory Theatre’s blue box, a parcel of prime real estate known simply as “Block 3” awaits its destiny.

Within walking distance of pretty much everything the city’s core has to offer, it will be the site of San Jose’s next grand highrise, as originally planned. Or it will just rise to a fraction of its potential. After shelving highrise plans four years ago when the economy tanked, just how interested is the current

owner, The Sobrato Organization, in building high, now that the real estate market is showing signs of revival? “It’s too early to tell,” says Tim Steele, Sobrato’s senior director of Real Estate. “Depending on the market, depending on the incentives that the city is willing to consider, and how they play and make any of those uses feasible, we have to wait and see.” In addition to Block 3, Sobrato owns two other prime downtown properties: Block 2, just west of The 88 on San Fernando Street between First Street and Second streets, and Block 8, at the corner of East San Carlos and Market streets. Downtown’s council representative, Sam Liccardo, says the city is negotiating with developers to encourage them to go higher. “The general position of the developers is that they want to build to seven or eight stories, but not much higher. They don’t want to go to steel,”

Liccardo says. Steel framed highrises are generally more expensive to engineer and build than low-rise or mid-rise structures that don’t require thick steel structures for support. Liccardo, like other proponents of urbanism, fears that without residential density, “retail will continue to struggle.” With two years remaining on his term, Mayor Chuck Reed wants to see shovels in the ground for dense, high-rise residential buildings. But a lot is pushing those plans back down to earth. Airplanes flying overhead keep buildings shorter than in other cities. Lenders and investors are more risk-adverse than in the past. Gov. Jerry Brown’s war against redevelopment has removed a source of public funding. For these reasons, a new, tall downtown high-rise might be years away, dimming Reed’s opportunity to create a legacy as a downtown builder before he’s out of office. For years, San Jose has been limited to 17-22 story buildings by FAA flight path requirements, which is why most of the buildings are flat topped and built out to maximum footprint, without the spires or articulation you find in other cities’ architecture. FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says

a hopeful downtown BART extension and the potential Oakland A’s stadium still not done deals—questions about his lasting legacy spring up. “The problem that the mayor has is that he’s had very little chance, given the time he’s been in office with the budget woes, to create anything lasting in terms of legacy,” says political consultant Rich Robinson. “And everything he has tried to create has been delayed or denied.” Robinson said Reed, who declined to comment for this story, has been a “steward mayor” in a time of fiscal downturn, and that “sometimes just being a good steward is not a bad legacy.” One high-rise project in development is The Carlyle, a 21-story, 327-unit apartment tower that is adjacent to the Axis building and the Hotel De Anza. “We’ve had our site development permit since the end of 2007,” says Aaron Barger, the Carlyle’s project manager at Barry Swenson Builder. “We’re working with an investor group now and moving towards submitting a building permit. So we’re a few months out from doing that.” Barger says the company should break ground sometime this year. The firm has built a few apartment projects over the last few years, including City Heights on West St. James Street near Highway 87, but construction costs and a tepid housing market keeps investors wary. “It is difficult to get financing for these projects. You’re starting off with the parking garage requirement, [which] is the first component that has to get built, and that’s very expensive,” says Barger. “The construction costs to build these concrete towers is much higher than a wood frame, four-story project. So it’s a long search to find the right financing group to move forward with these.” To prod developers skyward, Reed and Liccardo directed city staff to develop incentives for developers, who are expected bring something before the City Council this month. Barger says that incentives can lower the cost on a project by just over a percent, which on a $60 million project is no small chunk of change. But those incentives might not be enough. “The city’s got a limited amount of influence, if you will, on the economics,” says Sobrato’s Steele. “It’s hard right now to say right now what’s good and viable in downtown.”



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that the FAA can review and make recommendations on any structure over 200 feet tall and some structures under 200 feet tall if they are close to airports. Buildings can get taller the further they are from the flight path, but anything built north or south of the San Jose airport -- including a thick slice of downtown land -- can only be so high. The city’s hopes for more high-rises was also hobbled last year, when the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of Brown’s property tax grab from 400 redevelopment agencies, including San Jose’s, making it tougher for the city to influence what gets built where. A handful of developers have approached the mayor and Liccardo or have walked into the Planning Department with construction ideas. City staff members have held internal meetings with the mayor and the Office of Economic Development to try to standardize the development process, with discussions taking place on a parcel-by-parcel basis. The big questions are: Which parcels should be preserved for high-rise? And how does the city prod developers to build higher? Liccardo identified Santa Clara Street, South First Street and South Market Street as key corridors where the city would expect buildings to fill out the city’s skyline. “We want high-rise to create this sufficient density to generate foot traffic that will sustain what we all envision to be a bustling downtown with retail and all the amenities that people expect in a big city downtown,” Liccardo says. “But in order to get that foot traffic, you need to have a lot of people, and to have a lot of people you’ve got to build tall.” The city has extended a hand to property owners and developers. On Jan. 27, the mayor hosted a brainstorming meeting with about 15 downtown office and retail property owners. At the very least, the meeting was a sign of a recovering economy— developers and property owners dusting off old plans. “It seems to me we’re starting to see the light at the end of this tunnel,” says Liccardo, “and we need to strike quickly in an uncertain economy. And we need to do everything we can to take advantage of what we see now as an increasingly promising market for development.” As the clock ticks down on Reed’s mayorship—and with pension reform,



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If you’re into the funny papers more than superheroes, there’s also a selection of newspaper comics for sale. “Dilbert,” “Garfield,” “Sherman’s Lagoon” and “Bloom County” are all available for your perusal. To get comics fans hooked, Apple will have to beat out the likes of Comicology, which has been selling digital graphic novels to enthusiasts on iOS devices since 2008. Its catalogue of content has far more titles available including those from Marvel’s big competitor, DC Comics. So, until Apple cuts a deal with DC, you won’t be able to get Batman, Wonder Woman or Superman stories through iBooks.

Google’s New Privacy Policy May Break EU Law Although Google’s controversial changes to their privacy policy have been turned on, there’s a chance that the European Union may want to have a word with Sergey Brin.

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Billionaires and Nonprofits WHY ARE there so few John Sobratos? In one of the richest areas of the world, there is a dearth of giving among the wealthiest in our midst. Many of the social problems we currently suffer from could be alleviated by smart programs and a relatively small commitment from the people who have benefited the most from American opportunity. To be clear, if a person has 1 million dollars, they are doing well. If they have $10 million, they are rich. If they have $30 million or more—it’s a number. The absurdity of having $1 billion and not using it for something that would benefit entire communities is beyond me. When Warren Buffett announced he was giving away the bulk of his money to the Gates Foundation, he noted that his children would only receive $1 billion each as their inheritance. A reporter questioned whether Buffett’s children were happy with his decision. Really? Like the kids were going to go hungry with “only” $1 billion. John Sobrato, in my opinion, is our most successful local philanthropist. He has several models for giving, but each one supports the concept that people must take responsibility and be accountable. Sobrato doesn’t just enable nonprofits. Sometimes he loans charities money that they can then leverage but must pay back. He provides office space through three nonprofit centers he created. But the nonprofit must come up with overhead, operating funds and a sustainable revenue model. Nobody simply wants to give money and watch other people mishandle, misuse, abuse or simply spend it without discernable results. Sadly, some charities and nonprofits still fundraise as if it is the 19th century: hitting old Scrooge up every Christmas to operate their charities and sustain their payrolls.

A better alternative is for charitable entities to set up endowments that provide income for operations. Properly funded, this model allows charities to use capital profits to fund operating expenses and eliminates the need to go hat-in-hand every year to sustain an organization. In addition, fundraising efforts are targeted to increase principle in the endowment fund, thus operating budgets increase as the endowment increases. Sadly, too many nonprofits utilize the old method of fundraising that is unsustainable, as contributors eventually get tired of shelling out on a yearly basis. It is simpler for the John Sobratos, Bill Gateses, Warren Buffetts, et al. to write one big check than to be nickeled and dimed on an annual basis—in this case a nickel being $100,000, and a dime reaching up to a $1 million. That said, the San Jose Family Shelter, a new home for at-risk families with children is due to open on time and on budget in March. However, the project still needs a paltry $1 million to complete its reserve. It is the type of project that any billionaire would be proud to be associated with. Operated by Family Supportive Housing, San Jose Family Shelter produces clients whose lives are


changed for the better because of a helping hand. And though John Sobrato would probably have no trouble stepping to the plate; it is time to let other wealthy people stake their claim to helping our community. With 42 billionaires in our local region, including Larry Ellison, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Mark Zuckerberg, Doris Fischer, George Roberts, Ray Dolby and Rupert Johnson, and many more $100 millionaires around here, certainly someone local can write a check to the shelter without their palm perspiring.

Stacey Hendler Ross Thank you for calling attention to the “elephant in the room.” If institutions of higher learning, which already have billiondollar endowments, can benefit from huge donations from generous philanthropists, think of what a determined and creative organization like Family Supportive Housing can do for hardworking families with a fraction of that. John Galt The left gave Bill Gates no credit for building a company that created thousands of jobs and distributed wealth throughout the country. He was openly despised and ridiculed. But when CEO Gates became philanthropist Gates, suddenly he became their darling. Just goes to show how these progressives think people should have everything given to them rather than work for them.

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HE INAUGURAL “408K Race to the Row” takes place this Sunday. The 8K race begins in downtown San Jose, snakes through the Rose Garden and finishes up at Santana Row. JT Service and his first mate, Scott McConville, created the event to fill a void. Once upon a time, South Bay runners could participate in the Mercury News 10K and the Fujitsu 8K; but those events have disappeared. The loss of those races may be a stroke of luck for runners; the 408K website provides a glimpse into the personalities of the organizers—and if the race is anything like their upbeat and often humorous writing, this event will be a blast. JT says, “I love to run and party.” While those may seem mutually exclusive to some, JT is pretty convincing. He even goes as far as to say, “Just come out and have a good time and then get a Bloody Mary after the race. (Bloody Marys not included.)” It’s not all fun and games, though. The event will benefit the Pat Tillman Foundation, and in that sense it balances revelry, fitness, and community outreach. The whole event feels very organic and free spirited. There is no hidden agenda. As JT explains about choosing the Pat Tillman Foundation, “The guy was from San Jose, an incredible athlete, an even more amazing person who chose his own path, and I like the work his foundation does in his honor.” That matter-of-fact explanation hints at a personality that can’t be

bothered with protracted back-room deals. In a city that’s had its share of convoluted sporting events (do you remember our Grand Prix?), it’s a relief JT and his crew are here to help. There’s also a great sense of community and support around the event. Participants post their progress on the 408K website. It’s very heartening to see the replies from the race organizers. For example, one post by a participant talked about their preparatory training, and the fact they had finished a 5-mile run. The 408K crew responded with, “You got this.” In fact, everyone’s getting a personalized word of encouragement. That seems like a rare thing these days; hopefully, other organizers will recognize the attention to detail and follow suit. Obviously, participants of the 408K Race to the Row are in good hands. Runners will speed through some of the most charming and interesting parts of San Jose. The Counter will be handing out bowls of chili at the finish. Also, the winner will receive a giant medal, a la Flavor Flav’s clock necklace. If that doesn’t sound exciting to you, you might want to check your pulse. There’s something about running in short-shorts, down the Alameda, with Bloody Marys and bowls of chili on your mind, which seems so absolutely “San Jose” that every citizen should embrace its essence. All levels of runners will participate in the fun. As JT puts it, “In the end we just encourage our staff, our volunteers and especially our participants to enjoy themselves—our run on this earth is too short.”—Tomek Mackowiak

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Noir Affair

BARDO DO INTERZONE Nothing is as it seems in Antero Alli’s new film, ‘Flamingos.’

Antero Alli’s latest feature, Flamingos, circles in tight on the seedy fallout from a bank heist By GARY SINGH


FTER Cinequest winds down this weekend, there will still be a chance for film buffs to experience an outlaw noir romance screened inside an art gallery.

Berkeley paratheatrical researcher and author Antero Alli returns to San Jose on March 16 to present his 10th feature film, Flamingos, at Anno Domini. Last year, Alli crystallized in San Jose to screen his last film, To Dream of Falling Upwards, a rip-roaringhysterical and esoteric ridicule of occultists, a complex spider web of magick, ritual, sacrifice, murder, S&M and clowns.

This time, Alli decided to go the simple route. He even crewed a few of the scenes by himself, working with nothing but a Canon XL2 and some lighting. “With every movie I set a new challenge,” he told me. “To Dream of Falling Upwards was probably my most complex and ambitious piece to date, and I really felt like I needed to return to a more intimate setting and a more personal story. I wanted to explore a romance. I also wanted to mingle crime and romance together. I had never done that before, so that was the challenge.” Much of Flamingos takes place in a seedy hotel room, but one that actually has a microwave. The quintessential suburban drug addict and bank robber Ray (Joe Estlack) and his lover, Zoe (Madeline H.D. Brown), hide out in the room

after Ray knocks off a bank by hypnotizing the employees. Together, they sift through the money and argue about where to retire. He wants to go native in the Himalayas while she desires a hippie jungle utopia in Brazil. Only two other milieus exist in the movie. Turns out Ray is actually married to Zoe’s sister, Beatrice (also played by Brown), who is currently suing for divorce. She solicits the help of an attorney to bring proceedings. Thus we witness her interaction with the attorney, intertwined with the scenes in the seedy hotel room, presenting a troubled triangle of affairs. Ray and Zoe’s relationship seems destined for a cataclysmic rupture of some sort. The third setting, perhaps the most mystical and unknown component of this very simple, yet emotional story, involves what Alli refers to as the bardo interzone. We experience dreamlike sequences, interactions from another realm of consciousness, where psychic entities unravel Ray and Zoe’s thoughts.

Are they counselors? Muses? Advice goddesses? We don’t really know, but at the least, Alli sees them as entities playing off the emotions of the material characters in the dive motel room. As Ray and Zoe’s relationship continues to go nowhere, the interactions with the entities in the bardo interzone begin to intensify. The actions of Ray and Zoe begin to affect the entities as well, not just the other way around. “Just out of my own experience with different types of catastrophic romances and doomed love and so forth, there’s kind of a spooky echo I’ve experienced every time I’ve been in those situations,” Alli explained. “Almost like I’m alerting spirits from a different dimension to come in and feed off of some of the wild and often times negative energy generated by these out-of-control passions.” pas Local band Artemesia Black L provided a tune for the soundtrack, pro a Goth conjuring called “Oysters,” G based bas on a cabaret performer named Irma Irm Fox. Using the character of Fox as a muse when performing, the band ban channels her and explores her dark dar story. “Irma Fox was actually killed by “ one of her lover’s wives,” explained Artemesia Black’s Sabine Heusler. “She fell dead onstage. So the whole thing about the song was Irma Fox, and I tell the story about how she wants to relive her glory days. So she’ll just pretty much latch onto anyone who’s doing anything onstage.” Now Irma’s story is magickally part of the film. When the flamingos arrive, Alli says the inspiration emerged from Ancient Egypt, a society that worshipped the sun god in its many manifestations, one of which was a flamingo. A symbol of rebirth, a recurring theme in the film on many levels, the bird is related to the mythical phoenix, also a symbol of transformation.

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THE WRITERS’ STUFF Philip Kaufman (center) directs Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen in ‘Hemingway & Gellhorn.’

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KAUFMAN A director explores the fluid nexus between history and myth BY RICHARD VON BUSACK


AN FRANCISCO–based film director Philip Kaufman comes to Cinequest on March 9 to receive the Maverick Spirit award. Kaufman previously attended Cinequest for a panel with the former Baltimore Sun critic Michael Sragow, and directors Walter Hill and Ron Shelton.

It’s tempting to think of Kaufman first when naming Northern California directors—mostly because he has stayed here so long. He settled in San Francisco, where he lived with his wife of more than 50 years, screenwriter Rose Kaufman; she died in 2009. His parents lived in Palo Alto.

There have been other famous local directors: Clint Eastwood (who once fired Kaufman from The Outlaw Josey Wales), Francis Coppola and George Lucas. But it’s clear that Kaufman is different, largely because he celebrates what Pauline Kael described, in regard to Kaufman’s

brilliant 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, as “the right of freaks to be freaks.” That right seems something essential to our local landscape. Kaufman’s Maverick Spirit Award will put him in the company of such directors as Spike Lee, Gus Van Sant, Robert Wise and JJ Abrams. Says Cinequest co-founder Halfdan Hussey, “Philip Kaufman’s brilliant direction and writing has brought to the screen literary powerhouses including The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Henry & June and The Right Stuff. It’s a great honor to hear him discuss the world of film writing and directing.” Kaufman was from Chicago


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FOOTLOOSE IN PARIS Fred Ward and Uma Thurman play the title roles in Kaufman’s ‘Henry & June.’ originally. After some time in Europe, he returned to Illinois to make an independent film, something like the John Cassavetes pictures he watched in Paris’ small neighborhood theaters. Kaufman’s Goldstein (1964) won an award at Cannes. There, it was described by Jean Renoir as the best American film he’d seen in 20 years. The film tells the story of a young beat’s search for a mysterious old man. One of the stars is writer Nelson Algren, seen in his apartment, telling a story about a thief he knew who grew up to be a cop. Any study of meta-superhero movies (The Incredibles, Watchmen, Megamind and so forth) needs to start with Kaufman’s 1967 pop-art superhero tale Fearless Frank. A long streak of intelligent and sensual work followed. There was the anti-Western The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972); The Wanderers (1979) gives us the best part of the Eisenhower-area nostalgia of the 1970s, even if it is set in 1963. The Wanderers featured Karen Allen three years before she appeared in

Raiders of the Lost Ark; Kaufman has the story credit on that particular film, and character credits ever since, including the recent Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues. In the 1980s, Kaufman released two European-made movies: The Unbearable Lightness of Being.and Henry & June. An adaptation of Milan Kundera’s novel, The Unbearable Lightness of Being tells of the end of the Prague Spring in 1968, a tragedy reflected in the contrast of a faithful woman ( Juliette Binoche) and a surgeon fundamentally uninterested in monogamy (Daniel Day-Lewis). Compare the tame rebels namechecked in Midnight in Paris to Henry & June (1990), about the sexually tangled affairs of writer Henry Miller (Fred Ward), Anaïs Nin (Maria de Medeiros) and Miller’s wife, June (Uma Thurman). The MPAA created a fresh new kiss of death rating for Kaufman’s film: the NC-17. One reason for the verdict was a quick glimpse of Hokusai’s famous 1814 woodcut Tako to ama, an image of a nude woman

being sampled by a live octopus. With commendable élan, Kaufman told the L.A. Times, “That drawing is a hundred years old and in all the art books. I can’t imagine who it’s going to excite unless there’s a 17-year-old octopus in the audience.” Since 1990, Kaufman has made only four films: two thrillers (Rising Sun and Twisted); Quills, his story of the Marquis de Sade in prison; and finally, being readied for release, the HBO presentation Hemingway & Gellhorn.

Shoot the Myth It’s amusing to think that Steven Spielberg’s serious Lincoln biographical film, due next winter, may have its thunder stolen by Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which arrives in June. We are seeing the transformation of history to myth right before our eyes. This process is a recurring theme in Kaufman’s films. The reverse can be true as well—Kaufman worked on the script for Raiders of the Lost

Ark, in which Indiana Jones keeps getting dropped into actual history. To measure Kaufman’s scope as a director, think of the range of his historical characters: Jesse James in The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid, the incorruptible John Glenn in The Right Stuff (1983) and Geoffrey Rush’s savory, wicked-uncle version of de Sade. Kaufman found the Walt Whitman within Henry Miller in Henry & June, yet he wasn’t as rapt by Miller’s self-mythologizing as, say, Johnny Depp is of Hunter S. Thompson’s taletelling. The Unbearable Lightness of Being evokes the full and terrible spectacle of a city under Soviet siege, but it introduces the attack with the lightest gesture: the quivering of a glass of water that heralds the weight of the tanks rolling on the streets. It’s an idea later pilfered to announce the tread of a Tyrannosaurus rex in Jurassic Park. The Right Stuff is “the last film of the heroic 1970s,” as critic David Thomson calls it. This exhilarating work ranks with the best of Howard Hawks. Kaufman’s epic is rounded with myth and begins by telling of the space race in fairy-tale terms. It claims that there is a demon that lives in the skies, a demon who must be fought and bested. On the more banal level there’s the myth-making practiced by a hoard of newspaper and magazine men; the relentless clicking of their camera shutters sounds like a cloud of locusts. They try to take these “demon-fighters,” the Mercury 7 astronauts, and turn them into what they certainly aren’t: model citizens and average Joes. (Ed Harris, who sums up the foursquare decency of John Glenn, is the exception that proves the rule.) The movie came out during Glenn’s unsuccessful attempt to run for president, and Newsweek magazine fretted over whether a movie would be enough to make a man president. Humorous people always fly solo. The Right Stuff features an actor sadly never used for comedy, Scott Glenn. We see his Alan Shepard bring in a jet on the deck of an


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aircraft carrier. Rather than tensely studying dials or velocities, Shepard is dreamily obsessed with the gags of the semiforgotten dialect comedian, Bill “Jose Jimenez” Dana. As he lands, seemingly without effort, Shepard is rolling Dana’s Mexican-peon shtick in his mind as if it were poetry. There’s the harsher kind of humor in the film as well. Dennis Quaid’s hot-dog pilot, Gordon Cooper, makes, seemingly by accident, an unspeakable jest when offering a too-burnt wiener on a fork to his wife (Pamela Reed). He doesn’t realize her nerves are already snapping over the possibility of her test-pilot husband’s flaming death. Hemingway & Gellhorn, Kaufman’s first film in eight years, is a biography of Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen) and his one-time wife, the war correspondent Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman). We began our conversation with this project.

METRO: Since this week was the 50th anniversary of the John Glenn flight, I have a question or two about “The Right Stuff.” The film is really enormously good. On the one hand, it touches on some ideas from Howard Hawks and John Ford while bringing in that sense of 1970s satire—with Harry Shearer and the I Fratelli Bologna involved. The result is something like Thomas Pynchon: satirical but acknowledging that larger-than-life men exist.

METRO: How is Hemingway & Gellhorn coming along?

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KAUFMAN: It’s all done. We’re airing

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it on HBO Memorial day weekend. It’ll be released everywhere else in the world as a feature film. METRO: Can you describe Martha Gellhorn? KAUFMAN: Funny you should ask, since today (Feb. 22), we’ve been reading the obituaries for Marie Colvin. She was killed in Syria. [The fearless correspondent Colvin, who wore a patch over the eye she lost covering the fighting in Sri Lanka, was killed in the city of Homs.] These correspondents rarely get the public light shed on them that they deserve. There’s an article in the Telegraph from London calling Colvin the greatest war correspondent of her time. Colvin hosted a BBC documentary about Martha Gellhorn, which we looked at often when we were making this film. And the risks Marie Colvin took are like the risks Martha Gellhorn took. But Martha was obscured to some degree by the fact that she was married to Hemingway, the most famous American writer. METRO: I’ve read that in later life, Gellhorn would terminate interviews if Hemingway’s name were mentioned.

used that line of Hemingway that’s in [Tom] Wolfe, about how “courage is grace under pressure.” These pilots and astronauts become the torchbearer of the Hemingway code, that element of the right stuff. Gellhorn came to embody that, too. What’s exciting is that a woman falling into the shadows of history can now be given her due place. She was braver than anyone.

KAUFMAN: Yeah—that’s not what our story is about. He and Gellhorn were a great match. It was a great love affair with a tragic ending. In the end, Gellhorn was a better war correspondent but not as good a novelist. Their years together were incredibly passionate; it was an amazing relationship created during the Spanish Civil War. They went to China together. After the relationship was over she wrote a book titled Travels With Myself and Another. She refers to Hemingway as “the Unwilling Companion” or “UC” for short. In that journal, there are some incidents that are in our film. I was reading yesterday that Chiang Kai-shek’s house in Chongqing has just been demolished. The article mentioned that this was the house where Chiang had met famous people like Hemingway and Gellhorn. We actually just filmed the scene of their meeting: Joan Chen plays Madame Chiang. Right next to her at the table is a friend of mine for 20 years, Larry Tse, the chef who runs The House restaurant in North Beach. I always told him he looked like Chiang Kai-shek.

METRO: Have your feelings about Hemingway changed much since you were a young writer in Paris? KAUFMAN: Hemingway’s a great writer, really the most influential writer in American history. He was an influence on Norman Mailer and J.D. Salinger alike. I even have some correspondence from Nelson Algren, who was a good friend, about how much Hemingway meant to him. He’s gone through a period of some re-evaluation and revival academically. Witness the fact that there have been four or five books about Hemingway this year, as well as his appearance in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. And people who felt he didn’t like women or treated them badly no longer dismiss him as totally macho. There’s been a mellowing of those feelings. Hemingway was the man who could thrill either as a writer or as a man of action. He was a spiritual descendant of Teddy Roosevelt, who believed in that life of vigor. He wasn’t an academic, not at all an academic ... but somewhat of an autodidact, and a sportsman. When we were making The Right Stuff, we

KAUFMAN: We tried to get Wolfe’s boisterous humor on film, the way it bubbled up in the writing, by using characters like Shearer and Jeff Goldblum. Weird coincidence: The Director’s Guild magazine wanted me to do an article on an excerpt of 14–15 frames about the scenes of the Glenn launch. And I was doing this right on the anniversary of the Friendship 7 flight, so I found myself talking to Ed Harris, a.k.a. John Glenn, on that day. METRO: Do you like flying? KAUFMAN: I don’t fly really, and I haven’t gone anywhere lately. I don’t have a pilot’s license. When we were making The Right Stuff, Chuck Yeager took me up in a Beechcraft, and my son was in the back seat. He gave me the controls and turned off the motor. I think he wanted to see if I’d be a Hollywood guy, and freak out and start crying. But I was with Chuck Yeager, so I felt like I was safe. I tried to show him a film director’s version of “the right stuff.” That was an amazing experience. METRO: Can you describe some of the technical innovations that made the film possible? KAUFMAN: Well, in Hemingway & Gellhorn we’re using technological breakthroughs that enable us to make a big sprawling epic on an


METRO: I still think your version of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” is about the most frightening film I’ve seen. It came out the year of Jonestown and the Harvey Milk assassination. The human-potential movement was carving a bloody swath through Northern California. Lunacy was common. Was it indeed meant as a commentary on the way people in Northern California were behaving in the 1970s? KAUFMAN: What makes it scary is that these people in the film are supernormal. They’re nice, understanding, bright people. They’re foodies. They live a very normal life when they get confronted by this metaphor for conformity. These characters were opposed to the usual stick figures in science fiction, who get hysterical in the face of menace. Leonard Nimoy’s character is a kind of then-current guy: a therapist trying to cure people; he was a person who gave you a comfortable access to pod-dom. I’m not saying everyone who wears Birkenstocks are pod people, but we had fun with that idea of those forms of political or social correctness. People lulled themselves to sleep with the lullaby of Northern California perfection, and they woke up as pods.

I love this area, and I love all of those kinds of perfectionism, and of course you can still see that kind of thing all the time. METRO: Do you feel any of your films are particularly neglected? KAUFMAN: I try not to think about that—I don’t know. I’d love to see The Wanderers or White Dawn shown more. It’s not that I don’t feel that all of them aren’t that accessible, like Henry & June and Unbearable Lightness of Being. It’s just that they’re not for everybody. I don’t really watch my old movies. In 2003 on the 20th anniversary of The Right Stuff, they had a redcarpet thing at the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood: There were about 20 people up on stage, Barbara Hershey and Ed Harris, Harry Shearer and Chuck Yeager. I was thinking of that Vonnegut line: “nice nice, very nice/ so many people in the same device.” It was packed with people; they all seemed to be on to all of the humor. The film was very well received when it came out, with great reviews—that blend of humor and seriousness. It went over well: I was comfortable that, as they say, the audience went along for the ride. METRO: I don’t think critics ought push one director to attack another director’s work, but did you ever see ‘Top Gun’? KAUFMAN: No, never. I did want The Right Stuff to be much more about Yeager and less about the astronauts. I was attracted by the wild test pilot phase of the story. I saw Sam Shepard, and I thought there was something in him that was in Gary Cooper or James Dean. When The Right Stuff played in France, the kind of leather jacket Shepard was wearing sold out. There was a theater in Paris that showed The Right Stuff for five years in a row. METRO: They love movies in Paris… KAUFMAN: (Correcting) They love


Philip Kaufman appears at Cinequest on March 9 at 3pm at the San Jose Repertory Theatre. Tickets are $15.

Kaufmanography GOLDSTEIN (1964) In 1965, Kaufman won the Prix de la Nouvelle Critique at Cannes for this experimental film made with his friend Benjamin Manaster in 1962 and 1963, filmed under the influence of Shirley Clarke and John Cassavetes. When a stranger wanders out of Lake Michigan, he affects the lives of three men.

FEARLESS FRANK (1967) Kaufman’s most obscure work is a pop-art comicbook movie from the age of TV’s Batman. Jon Voight plays an innocent yokel brought back from the dead to become a superhero—but with great power comes an even greater attraction to evil. With Nelson Algren as Needles and word-jazz pioneer Ken Nordine as the Stranger. THE GREAT NORTHFIELD MINNESOTA RAID (1972) Jesse James (Robert Duvall) and Cole Younger (Cliff Robertson) make one last try at a final score. As Kaufman told interviewer Alex Simon, “I thought it was important to do a more realistic portrait of Jesse James as a really scary, murderous guy. ... It was the antithesis of the 1939 Tyrone Power version, which was very romanticized.”

THE WHITE DAWN (1974) Canada’s James Houston based his novel on the true story of three whalers of 1896 (Warren Oates, Timothy Bottoms and Louis Gossett, Jr.). Stranded, the whalers seek refuge with the Inuits, who speak their own language in subtitles.

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978) Alien spores replicate human beings, and no one’s the wiser: that’s because it’s San Francisco in the 1970s, and the human potential movement is in full swing, with a Werner Erhard–like psychiatrist (Leonard Nimoy) helping the transition. The finale, at dawn in Civic Center plaza, among the bulbous, dormant sycamores, is like the morning after a bad LSD trip.

THE RIGHT STUFF (1983) A seriocomic version of Tom Wolfe’s account of the space race both celebrates the bravery of the test pilots and the astronauts, and debunks the NASAfed media process that made their dangerous accomplishments look dull. THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING (1988) While Czech author Milan Kundera had misgivings about the results, this is still a highlight of 1980s cinema: an erotic and tragic story of the end of the Prague Spring, with a triangle of Daniel Day-Lewis, Lena Olin and Juliette Binoche.

HENRY & JUNE (1990) Maria de Medeiros stars as Anaïs Nin, in a memoir of her affair in Paris with the author Henry Miller (Fred Ward; the best performance by this underrated actor) and his unstable but fascinating second wife June (Uma Thurman). RISING SUN (1993) An adaptation of Michael Crichton’s novel, about worrisome Japanese industrialists involved with the murder of an L.A. hooker. It starred Sean Connery as a detective who acts as senpai (mentor) to Wesley Snipes’ rookie. Connery insisted in interviews that the film was not a Japan-basher, but the controversy was unignorable. QUILLS (2000) Geoffrey Rush stars as the Marquis de Sade, an endearingly wicked prisoner doing his best to tempt a virtuous man of the cloth (Joaquin Phoenix) and a washerwoman (Kate Winslet). When I interviewed Kaufman in 2000, he described it thus: “Quills is not a history of the marquis but a fairy tale … the most famous children’s story of all is: Once there was an asylum, a beautiful place, with a man called Adam and a woman called Eve. In Quills, Adam was a chaste abbé, and the woman was a virginal woman, and there was a serpent there, a serpent called the Marquis de Sade.”

THE WANDERERS (1979) Richard Price’s ribald novel about life among the Bronx gangs of 1963 still reads well; Kaufman’s film has loads of affection for the tribal life. The film is remembered fondly for the strip-poker game Karen Allen plays as well as for Erland van Lidth, the 6-foot-6-inch Olympic wrestling hopeful, opera singer and English teacher who played the scariest thug in town, Terror.

TWISTED (2004) A bread-and-butter thriller with fine San Francisco locations. Kaufman’s sensual, sinister style is lavished on one of those movies about the cop (Ashley Judd) who doesn’t know if she’s a serial killer or not.

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HBO budget. We’re nesting our actors right into archival footage. People have done that in various ways. It’s the first time, in my knowledge, that it’s been done in a dramatic emotional film. That’s also what we did in The Right Stuff, where we accumulated 300,000 feet of stock footage. People don’t realize how much we blended our actors with actual NASA footage. We had Scott Glenn as Alan Shepard shaking hands with JFK in the White House; they did that later for $1 million in Forrest Gump, but we did it in one afternoon in Marin County. We also did the same kind of thing in The Unbearable Lightness of Being, getting Daniel Day-Lewis and Juliette Binoche into that footage. We had to create a way to match the Russian tanks, and the hundreds of extras. We degraded the film stock to make it all match seamlessly, and made it look like the actors were participants in the events. metr | sa | metr | M MARCH A R C H 7-13, 7-13 2012

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This Bay Area jam band, comprised of seasoned musicians with roots in the Other Brothers, Jefferson Starship, Phil Lesh and Friends and more, mixes roots, rock and improvisation and has had over 1 million downloads of its hit song, “It’s 4:20 Somewhere.� It’s also a band that leverages technology to create community and takes the “we’re not doing it for the money� approach. Oh yeah, and the band is bankrolled by successful businessman and bandleader Roger McNamee, so that pesky money thing isn’t an issue anyway. Don Quixote’s; $10; 8:30pm. (CJ)


Inciters Local purveyors of Northern Soul—think Manchester and Liverpool, not Detroit and New York—the Inciters have

been taking the Bay Area by storm with their highenergy musical heroics. With basslines thick enough to eat, super-contagious little guitar riffs, lock-it in-thepocket drumwork and horns so punchy it hurts, one would be wise to put this 11-piece on a bands-to-watch list. They are talented, tight and on the rise. Rio Theatre; $12 adv/$15 door; 8pm. (CJ)


Tim & Nicki Bluhm Tim Bluhm is a founding member of the longrunning San Francisco rock band the Mother Hips and Nicki is a breakout Bay Area artist. Together they play West Coast folk and California country music that gives a nod to the era of macrame and lovebird duets while managing to sound authentic, heartfelt and fresh. Kuumbwa; $15 adv/$17 door; 7pm. (CJ)

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SQUINTED at the caramel and white chocolate chips dotting the mixed greens. Candy in a pomegranate, strawberry and grilled-chicken salad? From a food truck?

This type of creative concoction is typical at Chutney Mary’s—the latest food truck to hit the Silicon Valley area with a crunchy and colorful menu that can always be found parked somewhere in Santa Clara and San Jose. Unusual, invigorating flavors are just the beginning of what chef Nerissa Ward has in store. (Yes, that salad was phenomenal.) A Chutney Mary is a British term that refers to a flashy, colorfully dressed woman, Ward explains, and the menu and

truck give life to the name. But what distinguishes Chutney Mary’s from other food trucks is not the hot-pink color of the truck or necessarily the fusion cuisine, but the creativity found in each recipe and the story and hospitable atmosphere that accompany every bite. “I would say it’s adventurous, very adventurous … because that’s me,” Ward says. “I like taking textures, flavors and different types of spices from different cultures. … It’s exciting.” Her bhel papri chaat is the perfect example. This vegetarian dish is composed of crunchy puffed-rice cakes piled high with boiled potatoes, garbanzo beans, homemade yogurt, tamarind and cilantro sauce with grilled onions, fresh jalapenos and bits of fried chickpea batter sprinkled on top. It is the perfect combination of sweet and tangy, soft and crunchy, mild

and spicy. For five bucks, one gets enough for lunch and dinner. Though born and raised in Calcutta, India, Ward combines her knowledge of cuisines from across the globe to create truly original items. Her experience comes from a long line of cooks and restaurant owners in her family, traveling to places like Japan and Thailand and working with Chinese chefs in college. The Hispanic influence was found here in California, with her work as a chef in international food cafes in valley giants like Google and Apple. That’s why the menu includes items like Indian or Chinese-style tacos ($5), Armenian wraps ($5), Hawaiian breakfast pitas ($5), Armenian-style loco moco ($5) and, of course, my pomegranate chicken salad with candy chips sprinkled on top ($8). One morning, I had what I’ve dubbed the “pita sunrise,” a pita stuffed with fresh spinach, savory meatloaf with bacon bits cooked in, fried eggs on top and Ward’s housemade spicy ketchup and bloody-hot special sauce ($7). I’ve also sampled her chile chicken wrap with crispy, Asian-style chicken

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($5), tender mutton biryani ($8–$10) and vanilla-infused chai tea ($3). She offers a base menu complemented by at least three daily specials that she has concocted using her expansive repertoire and even bigger imagination. Ward’s commitment to sustainability is also of note. Apart from using compostable takeout boxes, she buys local produce and ingredients and limits food preparation. She would rather run out of something than waste it. Ward gets most of her ingredients in Santa Clara at Farm Fresh Produce—a local market on the corner of Scott and Homestead where the truck sometimes parks. You can also find her near San Jose City Hall, the San Jose Police Department, and the Santa Clara Caltrain station. Ward opened Chutney Mary’s this year after a lifetime of cooking and growing up surrounded by food. She laughs, a flower pin regularly tucked into her hair, remembering the days in Calcutta when her mom yelled at her to get out of the kitchen. “It never worked,” she says. Her grandfather was more forgiving, allowing her to turn kebabs on his terrace. “Thus, I have kebabs,” she says, explaining the story behind the dish. Most items have a story, a memory or an influence. Whether something stems from her mother’s Shepard’s pie and biryani or her dad’s chile chicken, her market visits in Thailand or her work at Google, she takes what she’s learned and makes it her own. “Our house is like an open house,” Christine Ward, her mother, explained. “When [you] come to my home, you can’t go back hungry. You have to eat.” Chutney Mary’s drives and parks by the same philosophy, reminding us that good food doesn’t have to be expensive, harmful to the environment or devoid of imagination or flavor and, most importantly, that everyone and everything has a story. | | | MARCH 7-13, 2012



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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

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ABC SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Chinese. $$. ABC is a Hong Kong-style restaurant, and that means dim sum and lots of fresh, fancifully prepared seafood. At lunch the place is a traffic jam of dim sum carts proffering an assortment of little snacks. 11am-2:30pm, 5-9:30pm daily. 768 Barber Lane. 408.435.8888.

BANANA LEAF Southeast Asian/Malaysian. $$$. A charming, exotic gem of a place with some of the best Southeast Asian food in the county. Sauces are masterfully crafted and reduced to glossy consistencies. 11am-3pm, 59:45pm Mon-Thu, 5-10:30pm Fri-Sat. 182 Ranch Dr. 408.719.9811. CHILI GARDEN Szechuan. $$. There’s a lot to recommend at this Szechuan standout. Mapo tofu is a classic that rules here. For sheer fireworks, go for the Chongqing spicy chicken, a fearsome-looking dish of chicken lightly battered and crisp. 10:30am2:30pm and 4:30-10pm MonThu, 10:30am-2:30pm, 4:3010:30pm Fri-Sun. 210 Barber Lane. 408.526.9888.

DARDA SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Islamic Chinese. $. Darda serves halal meat and draws parts of its menu from western China, a region that borders the Muslim countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Seafood and noodle dishes are particularly good. No alcohol served. 11am2:30pm, 5-9:30pm Mon-Fri, 10:30am-3pm, 4:30-9:30pm Sat-Sun. 296 Barber Court. 408.433.5199.

DING SHENG Chinese. $$. Bustling Ding Sheng restaurant specializes in Shanghai-style Chinese food but features a wide variety of regional dishes. Shanghai dishes include cold weather fare like dumplings, braised meats and sweet and savory meats. 11am-2:30pm, 5pmmidnight daily. 686 Barber Lane. 408.943.8786.

LIOU’S HOUSE Chinese. $$. A shopping center next to a miniature golf course is an unlikely place to find a classically trained Chinese chef, but Silicon Valley offers good food in unexpected places. Check out the Hunan tofu, kung pao chicken and stir-fried pea greens. 11am-2:30pm, 4:30-9:30pm Tue-Sun. 1245 Jacklin Rd. 408.263.9888.

SAVORY CHICKEN Filipino. $. Savory Chicken offers a Filipino take on fried poultry. The chicken is tossed in a proprietary blend of herbs and spices and fried in soybean oil. No flour or bread crumbs are used. The result is an almost translucent skin that is so crisp it shatters on contact. 11am-8pm Tue-Sun. 1557 Landess Ave. 408.945.8616.

SOUTH LEGEND SICHUAN RESTAURANT Szechuan Chinese. $. The menu of this Milpitas standout reads like an encyclopedia of Szechuan food. The kung pao chicken and Chen ma pa tofu are great. 11am-2:30pm, 5-9:30pm Mon-Fri, 11am9:30pm Sat-Sun. 1720 N. Milpitas Blvd. 408.934.3970.

SWAGAT Indian. $. Swagat explores both southern and northern Indian cuisine in its traditional and extensive menu. Beer, wine. Buffet daily 11am-3pm, 5:30-10pm. 68 S. Abel St. 408.262.1128.


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TIRUPATHI BHIMAS TIRUPATHIBHIMAS Indian. $$. Tirupathi Bhimas specializes in vegetarian food from south India, particularly that of Andra Pradesh, a spicy and aromatic cuisine, as well as a few north Indian dishes and “Indo-Chinese.” 11:30am2pm, 6-9:30pm Sun and Tue-Thu, 11:30am-2:30pm, 69:30pm Fri-Sat. 1208 S. Abel St. 408.945.1010.

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ANDY’S BAR-B-QUE Barbecue. $$. Andy’s Bar-BQue is the reincarnation of one of the South Bay’s best barbecue joints. Originally located in Campbell, Andy’s is still serving great oaksmoked meats to a dedicated following. Lunch 11am-3pm Mon-Fri; dinner 3-9pm MonThu, 3-10pm 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. 11am-10pm daily. 3060 El Camino Real. 408.260.2727.


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Cooking to Save


AST MONTH, my grocery bill was nearly $2,000. I don’t know if that sounds like a lot to you, but for a family of four with two young kids that seemed like a fortune. Something had to change.

The problem as I saw it was I was shopping for each meal, running to the store several times a week. I knew this was neither efficient nor fiscally wise, so I decided to plan out a week’s worth of menus at once. But then I realized how much time that would take, and I lost interest. That’s when I found eMeals (, an online menu-planning site. The way it works is you choose a grocery store and a preferred diet (vegetarian, organic, low-carb, etc.), and each week you get a week’s worth of dinner entrees with recipes and shopping list included. So easy. It seemed like the perfect solution, especially since each week added up to about $140 in groceries. Throw in breakfast and lunch for $50 a week, and I figured I would spend $200 a week on groceries. Trouble was the recipes weren’t very good. They were meant to be quick and easy, but they relied on lots of packaged and frozen items. I don’t cook rack of lamb and lobster for midweek meals, but I do like something more interesting than sausage and beans. And speaking of sausage, there was too much meat. Eating meat seven nights a week is too much for me. So I switched to vegetarian plan, but eMeal’s vegetarian menus were even worse. Last week’s menu included potato and bean salad with chips, pasta salad and pancakes. That’s right—pancakes for dinner. The menus appeared to be written by someone who thought of nonmeat eaters as sensorychallenged. I cancelled my subscription. Cooking takes time. Working full time and eating well are often at odds, and the food industry preys on us with promises of convenience in the form of frozen dinners, drive-thru takeout and pre-planned menus. And that’s where our good intentions break down. Convenience is the enemy of the good. In Silicon Valley, access to good, fresh ingredients isn’t a problem. Buying real food is ultimately cheaper than junk food (check out this column by Mark Bittman for a thoughtful analysis). Lack of time is the challenge. Bittman writes: “Real cultural changes are needed to turn this around. Somehow, no-nonsense cooking and eating—roasting a chicken, making a grilled cheese sandwich, scrambling an egg, tossing a salad—must become popular again, and valued not just by hipsters in Brooklyn or locavores in Berkeley. The smart campaign is not to get McDonald’s to serve better food but to get people to see cooking as a joy rather than a burden, or at least as part of a normal life.” Cooking can be a challenge, but I haven’t given up and called out for pizza. I now spend one night a week going through cookbooks and preparing a week’s worth of menus that keep me within my budget of time and money. I’ll share some of the best recipes in the months to come.—Stett Holbrook

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SVDINING 28 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. 11:15am-2:30pm, 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 sixrestaurant chain, serves Mexico City-style Mexican food and a few Salvadoran dishes. That makes the food unlike the Mexican food typically served in Silicon Valley, but it’s definitely typical Mexican food. 10am11pm daily. 2323 The Alameda. 408.243.1357.

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

HATCHO Japanese. $$. Santa Clara’s Hatcho restaurant offers a little bit of everything. Restaurants that strive to be jacks-of-all-trades often end up being masters of none, but Hatcho displays a wide range of talent. 11:30am-2pm, 5:3010pm Mon-Fri, 5-9:30pm Sat-Sun. 1271 Franklin Mall. 408.248.8500.

KABAB AND CURRY’S Indian-Pakistani. $. Because it’s tucked into a quiet, semiresidential side street, Kabab and Curry’s feels like a neighborhood secret. The Indian and Pakistani restaurant serves a good lunch buffet, and at dinner try the butter chicken, choley and tandoori chicken. 10:30am2:30pm, 5:30-10:30pm Tue-Sun. 1498 Isabella St. 408.247.0745.

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

99 CHICKEN Korean-style fried chicken. $. The simple restaurant specializes in Korean-style fried chicken. Korean chicken is rendered of its fat and produces smooth pieces of meat with a taut, shatteringly crisp epidermis. Noon-midnight daily. 2781 El Camino Real. 408.244.5599. PARCEL 104 New American. $$$$. Parcel 104 casts a spell with its stridently seasonal, ingredient-driven menu of new American food. The restaurant is one of the South Bay’s must-eats. Breakfast 6:30-11am Mon-Fri, 7-10am Sat-Sun; lunch 11:30am-2pm Mon-Fri; dinner 5:30-9pm Mon-Fri. 2700 Mission College Blvd. 408.970.6104.


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.


Asian noodle house. $. A good and friendly destination when one’s stomach screams for a three-course meal but one’s wallet has but $10, Pho boasts an ambitious menu of nearly 100 Vietnamese and Chinese items. 10am-9pm daily. 5025 Stevens Creek Blvd. 408.249.1111.

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 $$.


Vietnamese noodle house. $. This diner’s pho rates among the Top 3 in the South Bay. Beer. 9am-9pm daily. 2450 El Camino Real. 408.983.0888.

SABOR SALVADOREÑO Salvadoran. $. One of the few outposts for Salvadoran food in the South Bay, Sabor Salvadoreño serves excellent pupusas, soups, tamales and other standards from the tiny Central American nation. 9am-9pm 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

A family-friendly ambience prevails here, full of community hubbub, good food, generous portions and super chefs. Yuki keeps it simple but always interesting with dishes that are well thought out and presented. 11:30am-2pm, 5-9:30pm 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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Motif Lounge, San Jose Fri–10pm; Headlining Motif’s Homebass this month is German techno/hyphy producer DJ Wool. His bass-pumping dance-blasters have been filling clubs all over the world, not to mention the soundtracks for such shows as Gossip Girl, The Hills and Lie to Me. Down on the first floor, expect nothing less than pure uncut underground, bass-heavy hip-hop from local DJ Luicidal, who spins some of the best emerging rap tracks on his show on 90.5 and is a ixture at the Cypher. (AC)

FROM INDIAN LAKES The Refuge, Cupertino Fri – 6pm; $8 What kind of music would five men make if they grew up in the natural beauty of Yosemite Valley? Well, judging by buzzy band From Indian Lakes, they would create a seamless hybrid of alternative rock (packed with thick guitar chops) and mellow indie rock (layered with gleaming guitars and pianos). But From Indian Lakes has an organic quality most new heavy alt/indie bands lack. Their music evokes a sensation of nature, while their lyrics express love, doubt and faith. Apparently, one can do worse than a childhood spent with Half Dome. A Lot Like Birds and I the Mighty open. (AC)



Studio 8, San Jose Sat – 10pm; $20 after 11pm Ronnie Bryant started his hip-pop career in Vallejo, but there wasn’t a trace of Mac Dre grit in his sound by the time he broke with the Top 10 hit “Suga Suga.” His early VTown group Potna Deuce (whose stuff actually holds up pretty well) fooled with some R&B influences; back then, he was R-Beesh or Baby Beesh. By the time he went solo as Baby Bash, he was laying down a smoother, party-friendly sound. He moved to Houston and signed with a major label, working with Akon, T-Pain and fellow Vallejo native E40 and became a star on the Latin scene. His songs that aren’t about


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girls are about weed (I think “Suga Suga” might be about both girls and weed, at the same time), so it wasn’t a big shocker when he got busted for pot last September in El Paso. Undaunted, he titled his forthcoming album Weedsmoke. (SP)

chicks—’cause you know there’s a certain kind of teenage girl that totally digs it. They wear band Tees with terry cloth wristbands and low-top Chuck Taylors, and they drive red Jettas. I think these guys are onto something. This is their CD-release show. (JA)



X Bar, Cupertino Sat – 8:30pm; $5 San Jose seems to have a surplus of broken-hearted boys ready to channel their angst into poppunk. They were around when I was a high school kid making the all-ages scene, and they’re still cropping up with bands like A Four Star Affair. I’m pretty sure the South Bay’s emo boom is just a well-plotted scheme to get

Streetlight Records, San Jose Sat–4pm; free Wordsmith is the best thing to come out of Baltimore since The Wire. He thinks faster than a dozen Moet-popping party rappers, and he takes hip-hop back to a time when writers ruled. On “Music for the Masses,” he calls himself “the one with the classical flow” and a “brand-new composer,” and it’s a true; he’s a genuine hip-hop classicist. (His album Vintage Experience even has honest-to-

* concerts




BLAKE SHELTON Mar 16 at HP Pavilion

LEO KOTTKE Mar 18 at 7pm, Mtn View Center for the Performing Arts

LADY ANTEBELLUM Mar 23 at 7pm, HP Pavilion

KELLY CLARKSON Mar 27 at 8pm, SJSU Event Center

LUCHA LIBRE Mar 30 at 8pm, HP Pavilion

ETIENNE CHARLES QUINTET Apr 4 at 8pm, Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford

KYLE EASTWOOD BAND Apr 6 at 8pm, Montalvo Arts Center

PHILIP GLASS Apr 7 at 8pm, Montalvo Arts Center

RADIOHEAD Apr 11 at 7:30pm, HP Pavilion

TAJ MAHAL & THE TRIO Apr 13 at 6:30pm, Montalvo Arts Center

RISE AGAINST Apr 17 at 7pm, SJSU Event Center

DRAKE performs Saturday

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WOMEN FULLY CLOTHED Apri 19 at 7:30pm, Montalvo Arts Center

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Apr 24 at 8pm, HP Pavilion

god interludes.) Yet his excitable, relentless delivery wouldn’t be out of place on an Xzibit album. The difference of course being that Wordsmith actually has something to say. Yo dawg, he heard you like ideas, so he put ideas in his raps so you can hear ideas while you listen to his raps! (SP)

DRAKE San Jose Event Center, San Jose Sat–8pm, $75 Most people first became acquainted with Aubrey Drake Graham when he starred in Degrassi: The Next Generation. Let’s face it, it’s not easy to be a hard R&B-rap star when your training ground was a Canadian high school TV drama. Good thing being hardcore isn’t Drake’s only goal. Lyrics like “I better find your loving. I better find your heart.

Nothing’s going to tear us apart” show some romantic depth. Still, he is on Lil Wayne’s label, and he does go into a lot of detail about the sexing. But compared to this new wave of raunchy rappers— Tyga (“Rack City”), Big Sean (“A$$”) and Webbie (“Bounce That Ass”), he’s a sweetheart. (AC)

who take their place in a long line of Northwest freaks, from the Sonics to the Melvins. They go to 11 in just about every category, and for music this oppressively loud and heavy, they’re actually kind of fun, if plenty repetitive. They can play a single riff endlessly, but I bet they can’t find their car keys. Dark Ear and Stone Leaf open. (SP)

*sun * tue SERIAL HAWK Johnny V’s, San Jose Sun – 6pm; free

Anyone who still has intact eardrums after the Motörhead show last month might want to get that remedied courtesy of Serial Hawk, a Seattle stoner band


Dosa N Biryani, Sunnyvale Tue – 8pm; $12 Dosa N Biryani is a new Sunnyvale restaurant (used to be Senzala) that’s hosting live music, which is great news for a city whose

underground scene once produced the Sunnyvale Music Club (which gave the world the Thermals). This Shai-Hulud show should make an impression, since the New York band (which came up in Florida) has indie cred to burn and, along with bands like Earth Crisis, pioneered metalcore back when the term actually meant a combination of metal and hardcore. Weirdly, they may be more famous now for being Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory’s first band. But in any case, they never fail to make an impression, with songs like “My Heart Bleeds the Darkest Blood,” “Misanthropy Pure” and “A Profound Hatred of Man” alternating metal rage and punk resistance. A Plea for Purging, Counterparts and Dead Icons open. (SP)

COLDPLAY Apr 27-28 at 7pm, HP Pavilion

BASSNECTAR May 5 at San Jose Event Center

VAN HALEN Jun 5 at HP Pavilion

MAYHEM FESTIVAL Jul 1 at Shoreline

AZIZ ANSARI Jul 19 at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

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MENLOWE BALLET A program featuring Michael Lowe’s “Double Happiness” and “Cirque,” plus pieces from Savage Jazz Dance Company of Berkeley. Fri, 8pm, Sat, 2 and 8pm. $46/$55.

Theater ALL SHOOK UP A rock & roll musical comedy with Elvis songs, presented by Foothill Music Theatre. Runs thru Mar 11. Thu, 7pm. Fri-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. $10$28. Lohman Theatre, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills.

BECOMING BRITNEY A musical (of course) about the ups and downs of the pop star’s career. Runs thru Mar 11. Fri-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm, $33-$44. Retro Dome, San Jose.

BURIED CHILD The Stage tackles Sam Shepard’s play about a farming family coming apart at the seams. Runs thru Mar 11. Wed-Thu, 7:30pm, Fri-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. $15-$40. The Stage, San Jose.

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE A musical contained in a comedy, presented by West Valley Light Opera. Runs thru Mar 31. Fri-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2:30pm. $18-$33. Saratoga Civic Theatre.

FAMILIAR STRANGERS A drama about an Iranian family living in L.A. facing issues of generational and politicocultural struggles. Presented by Pear Avenue. Runs thru Mar 18. Thu-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. $15-$30. Pear Avenue Theatre, Mountain View.

NOW CIRCA THEN The West Coast premiere of a comedy about two historical re-enactors at a New York Tenement Museum; presented by TheatreWorks. Runs Mar 7-Apr 1. Previews We-Fri, 8pm. Opens Sat, 8pm. Regular shows Tue-Wed, 7:30pm, Thu-Fri, 8pm, Sat, 2 and 8pm (no 2pm show Mar 31), Sun 2 and 7pm (no 7pm show Apr 1). $19-$69. Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto.

TOTEM A new show from Cirque du Soleil. Under the Big Top at the Taylor Street Bridge. Runs thru Apr 15. Tue-Wed, 8pm, ThuSat, 4pm, Sun, 1 and 5pm. (See for schedule and ticket info.)

Classical Concerts CAMERA MORESCA Foothill Music Series present an ensemble specializing in early Baroque music. Sat, 3pm. $10. Foothill Presbyterian Church, San Jose.

CCRMA Jaap Blonk presents a cabaret concert featuring his own “Polyphtong” for voice and electronics and Kurt Schwitter’s “Ursonate.” Thu, 8pm. Free. CCRMA Stage, the Knoll, Stanford.

GUITAR FESTIVAL A weekend of performances, both solo and ensemble, presented by South Bay Guitar Society. Fri, 8pm: Susan McDonald, $15-$30. Sat, 8pm: Matt Palmer. $15-$30. Evergreen Valley High School, San Jose.

MISSION PEAK BRASS BAND The program ranges from Strauss to Gershwin and the Beatles. Fri, 8pm. $8-$15. Smith Center, Ohlone College, Fremont.

MUSIC AT THE MISSION A benefit concert for the children of Tohoku, Japan, with the Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble, artist Kathy FujiiOkda and the Music at the Mission Chamber Palyers. Sat, 6pm. $5-$35. Old Mission San Jose, Fremont.

MUSIC SOURCES The group presents a concert called “The Blood Countess: Music From the Time of Elizabeth Bathory,” with music from the Hapsburg court and Balkan folk and Roma songs. Sat, 7:30pm. $25/$30. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Los Gatos.

NORTH VALLEY SYMPHONY A concert conducted by Anthony Quartuccio called “Music for the Young and Young at Heart.” Sat, 4pm. $20. Gavilan College Theater, Gilroy.

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PALO ALTO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA An evening of Baroque and modern works by Handel, Lou Harrison and Hubert Parry. Sat, 8pm. Free. Cubberley Theatre, Palo Alto.

PALO ALTO PHILHARMONIC The orchestra performs selections by Debussy, Mozart, Corelli and LeBlanc. Sat, 8pm. $10-$20. First Baptist Church, Palo Alto.

PENINSULA SYMPHONY Irish pianist John O’Conor joins the orchestra for a performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto; the program also features Copland Suite from “Billy the Kid.” $20-$39. Fri, 8pm, Fox Theatre, Redwood City. Also Sat, 8pm, Flint Center, Cupertino.

PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE With guest artist Steven Isserlis, cellist. Works by Brahms and Mendelssohn featured. Tue, 8pm. $25-$95. First United Mehodist Church, Palo Alto.

ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET An all-Beethoven program. Sun, 2:30pm. $44-$50. Dinkelpiel Auditorium, Stanford.

STANFORD WIND ENSEMBLE The winter program features trumpet soloist Clarence Chrio. Sat, 8pm. $5/$10. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford.

Comedy ANGELICA’S BISTRO Wed, 8pm: Comedy night hosted by Dan St. Paul. No cover. Redwood City.

COMEDYSPORTZ Fri, 9pm and Sat, 7 and 9pm: Live improv comedy. Fri, 11pm: The Midnight Show. Inside the Camera 3 building, San Jose.

ROOSTER T. FEATHERS Wed, 8pm: New Talent Showcase. $10. Thu, 8pm, Fri, 9pm, Sat, 8 and 10:30pm, Sun, 8pm: Danny Bevins and Dave Burleigh. $19. Tue, 8pm: New Talent Comedy Competition. $10. Sunnyvale.

SAN JOSE IMPROV Wed, 8pm: American Me. $12. Thu, 8pm: Rich Aronovitch. $12. Fri, 8 and 10pm, Sat, 7 and 9pm, Sun, 7pm: John Heffron. $20. San Jose.


A WORLD OF INSPIRATION The latest Cirque du Soleil show starts with an alien visitor and gets wilder.

Tent City CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S new show, Totem, is filled with mind-blowing acrobatics. That alone is not surprising. The quality of performances that Cirque du Soleil brings to the stage is expected. The surprising and stimulating aspect of the show is the theme of human evolution and inspiration. The main characters are a Crystal Man that falls from the sky, a Native American who dances the story of our origins, a tracker with the face of a devil and an elderly scientist on a quest for knowledge. Various amphibian and alien troops perform acrobatics that seem to reach the highest peaks of the tent, with acrobats perched on impossibly tall unicycles flinging objects onto each other’s heads.

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The story begins when the Crystal Man falls to Earth into a giant turtle shell, where he awakens the Runs through April 15 amphibians. He leaves behind a glowing gem, which The big tent at the Taylor is found by cave men. Eventually, the scientist gets Street Bridge, San Jose ahold of the artifact and multiplies the luminescent talisman into many glowing orbs. When he enters a transparent cylinder, rolling the orbs around him as if he was a personified atomic nucleus, controlling the flow and direction of electrons around him, smoke fills the chamber, and he emerges with surprising results. Imbedded into the storyline are some charming subplots. One is of the bumbling fisherman who is not quite successful in reaching his goal. He rows on to the stage in a small wooden dinghy, named The Beagle 3 (The Beagle 2 was an unsuccessful Mars lander launched in 2003). It’s a hilarious reference to our most famous explorer of origins, Charles Darwin. Another comic character is the Italian man who occasionally blurts out English phrases in hopes of wooing the women in the audience. Although his scrawny physique is laughable when compared with the chiseled bodies of acrobats vying for the attention of a beach beauty, eventually his unshakable confidence gets him the girl. The male/female theme is prevalent in the show. The acts that showcase that relationship are moving and intense. One performance is full of passion played out on top of a ceremonial drum, in roller skates. Another encounter of the sexes happens high on the trapeze. Even though some viewers may not share the ideas in Totem, the performances and the stellar music will amaze even the most hardened creationist. The show explores the possibilities of where we came from and what we can achieve with our knowledge. Totem is not afraid to challenge the minds of audiences; luckily, it provides a good dose of outrageous humor in the mix.—Tomek Mackowiak

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VISIONARY This week, the San Jose Museum of Art opens a retrospective called ‘Wonderland’ devoted to one of the most challenging of the Bay Area abstract painters, Frank Lobdell. The show will track Lobdell’s long career over the course of several decades. (Pictured is a work simply titled ‘2-25-83.’)



Museums OPENING SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF ART “Frank Lobdell: Wonderland.” A retrospective exhibit of works by the major Bay Area abstract painter. Mar 10-Aug 5. Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm, closed Mon. San Jose.

CONTINUING ART MUSEUM OF LOS GATOS “Source Material: Works by Darla McKenna, Jeanne Tillman and Josette Urso.” Assemblage pieces. Thru Mar 9. Wed-Sun, 11am-5pm. Los Gatos.

CANTOR ARTS CENTER “Wood, Metal, Paint: Sculpture From the Fisher Collection.” Thru Oct 13. “Walker Evans.” A celebration of the images of the great American photographer. Thru Apr 8. “Memory and Markets: Pueblo Painting in the Early 20th Century.” Thru May 27. Wed-Sun, 11am-5pm, Thu, 11am8pm. Stanford.


activities and hands-on fun for kids. Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun, noon-5pm. Discovery Meadow, San Jose.

DE SAISSET MUSEUM “Indelibly Yours: Smith Andersen Editions and the Tattoo Project.” A show of works inspired by tattoos. Thru Jul 1. “Andy Warhol: Polaroids and Portraits.” Thru Jul 1. “Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited.” A documentary photo exhibit by Rick Nahmias about marginalized communities and spirituality. Thru Mar 28. Tue-Sun, 11am-4pm. Santa Clara University.

contemporary vein by Sandow Birk. Thru Sep 16. “Renegade Humor.” A show about the uses of humor in art, with pieces by Roy De Forest, John Bankston, M. Louise Stanley and more. Thru Jul 8. “This Kind of Bird Flies Backward.” A retrospective of paintings by Bay Area figurative artist Joan Brown. Thru Mar 11. Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm, closed Mon. San Jose.

SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF QUILTS & TEXTILES “Quilt National.” A juried show of contemporary quilt and fiber art. Thru Apr 29. Tue-Sun, 10am5pm. San Jose.



“Invoking Peace.” A group show features varying approaches to a call for peace. Runs thru Mar 17. Mon-Thu, 10am-3pm. De Anza College, Cupertino.

Exhibits about science and technology. The newest multimedia exhibit features the International Space Station. Mon-Wed, 10am-5pm, Thu-Sun, 10am-8pm. San Jose.

HISTORY PARK SAN JOSE “Pioneering the Valley: The Chinese-American Legacy in Santa Clara Valley.” Pacific Hotel Gallery, San Jose.

MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HERITAGE “A Child’s World: Antique Toys, 1870-1930.” Thru Apr 29. FriSun, 11am-4pm. Palo Alto.

SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF ART “To Hell and Back.” A selection from the museum’s collection of illustrations for Dante in a

TRITON MUSEUM OF ART “Rosa Louca dos Ventos.” Mixed-media works by Brazilian-born artist Silvia Poloto. Thru May 2. “Collecting Large.” A show of the museum’s recent acquisitions. Thru May 2. Statewide Photography Competition and Exhibit. Thru Apr 22. Tue-Wed and Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm, Thu, 11am-9pm. Santa Clara.


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did anyone else. They’re all going to thrift store Black & Brown’s seventh anniversary in-store fashion show instead. The show, called ‘Seven’s Bloom,’ will feature ‘high-end runway’ as well as ‘local and street’ fashions. If you don’t know what that means, you’ll get a sense the second you enter B&B’s spacious emporium. Reflecting San Jose’s ‘eclectic mix of styles and inspirations,’ models will be dressed in items culled from the store’s racks of vintage, modern and designer pieces. The soiree takes place Saturday at 9pm; the $7 cover includes one drink and musical entertainment by DJ Cutso and cellist Natasha Littlewood.




“I Can’t Go On; I’ll Go on.” New works by Jehoiakim Santos. Thru Apr 27. San Jose.




“Uninhibited.” Raku wall pieces by Elaine Pinkernell. Thru Mar. San Jose.

“The Office.” A group show looking at the oddities and absurdities of life in the modern office. Mar 10-Jun 2. Reception Fri, 6-8pm. Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm, Sat, noon-5pm. San Jose.

CONTINUING ANNO DOMINI “Cakewalk Championship.” A group show of hallucinations by members of N/TENCE. Thru Mar 17. “Ordinary People.” A solo show by Danie Jesse Lewis. Thru Apr 2. San Jose.

BRUNI GALLERY “The Jazz Masters Series” by BRUNI. San Jose.

DOWNTOWN YOGA SHALA “The Practice in Ink.” New drawings and paintings by Leslie Lambert. Thru Mar. San Jose.

GALLERY AT FIBRE ARTS DESIGN “Anima: The Self Within.” An exhibit by 11 artists about the concept of anima/animus. Thru Mar 22. Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm. Fibre Arts Design, Palo Alto.


various styles and materials. Thru Mar 18. Wed-Sun, 10am3pm. Redwood City.

METRO LOBBY “SnapShots of a Housewife.” Photographs by Annalisa Hackleman. Thru Mar. San Jose.


“Portraits of the Innerself.” Works by Valerie Runningwolf. “Steam Punk Explorations.” Pieces by Dorothy Whitman. Thru Mar 30. San Jose.

“O’ Great Reverie: Montalvo 1912-2012.” An exhibit about the history of the estate built by James Phelan 100 years ago. Thru May 13. Reception Fri, 7pm. Thu-Sun, 11am-3pm. Saratoga.



An exhibit celebrating SJSU’s role as the original “California State” institution of higher learning, with historical artifacts. Thru Jul 31. Special Collections. Also “Recollections: Art & the Archive of an IranianAmerican Journey.” Works by Taraneh Hemami. Thru Mar 30. Second Floor Gallery. Reception with artist’s talk Thur, 7pm. King Main Library, San Jose.

Photographs by Tony Grant. Thru Apr 1. Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm, Sat, 9am-3pm. Community School of Music and Art, Mountain View.

MACLA “Chicana/o Biennial.” A group show featuring new works by Chicano artists. Thru Mar 10. Wed-Thu, noon-7pm, Fri-Sat, noon-5pm. San Jose.

MAIN GALLERY “Mainly Clay.” A group show in

OLIVE HYDE ART GALLERY “Hidden Treasures/Local Talent.” A salon show by local artists. Thru Mar 17. Thu-Sun, noon5pm. Fremont.

PHANTOM GALLERIES “Soliloquies From the Silent Country.” Window-front installations by Lacey Bryant. Thru Mar 30. 95 S. Market St, San Jose.

PHO69 “Catchwork in Rhythm.” Paintings by Ricky Gumbrechi. Thru Mar 24. San Jose.


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HANDS ACROSS THE ARMS Jen Lee’s ‘True Love’ print evokes familiar tattoo tropes.

REESE TO THE TOP Children’s Musical Theater San Jose’s Mainstage Productions continues its version of the musical ‘Legally Blonde’ through this weekend at the Montgomery Theater in San Jose.

39 PARC GALLERY A show about information culture by L.A. artist Katie Herzog. Thru Mar 30. Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. Xerox, Palo Alto.

PSYCHO DONUTS Group show by local artists. San Jose.

SAN JOSE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART “Younhee Paik: Ascending River.” Large-scale gallery installation. Thru May 12. “4x4.” Videos in the Cardinale Project Room. Thru Jun 14. Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm, Sat, noon-5pm. San Jose.

SJSU GALLERIES Works by student artists. Thru Mar 9. Inside the Art Building and Industrial Studies Building, SJSU.

SLG BOUTIKI Group show about cult films and midnight movies. Thru Mar. San Jose.

SUNNYVALE ART GALLERY “Miniature Art Show.” Thru Mar 30. Reception Sat, 5-8pm. MonSat, 9am-7pm. Sunnyvale.

WORKS/SAN JOSE “Femme Fatale.” A group show about the complexities of the feminine. Thru Mar 17. San Jose.


The author talks about “Real

Parents, Real Kids, Real Talk.” Sat, 1pm. Books Inc., Palo Alto.

GEORGE DYSON The author of the new book “Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe” appears in a conversation with John C. Hollar. Wed, 7pm. Computer History Museum, Mountain View.

JACK KORNFIELD A booksigning event for the author of “Bring Home the Dharma.” Wed, 7pm. Kepler’s, Menlo Park.

YIYUN LI The novelist presents the James D. Houston Memorial Lecture for SJSU’s Center for Literary Arts. Wed, 7pm. Engineering 189, SJSU.


A presentation by Peninsula Youth Theatre. Mar 3-11. This week Thu, 9:30am, Fri, 9:30am and 7:30pm, Saturday, 2 and 7:30pm, Sun, 1. $7-$22. Also “To PYT With Love,” a celebration of two decades of children’s production. Thu, 7pm. $18/$22. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

LEGALLY BLONDE The popular musical presented by CMT Mainstage. Runs thru Mar 11, Montgomery Theatre, San Jose. (See for full sked and ticket info.)


BILINGUAL TAX ASSISTANCE This tax-prep event for lower-income families is also designed to help people find out if they qualify for state and local benefits. Thu, 2-7pm. Mountain View Public Library.

DANTE LECTURE Dr. Cory Wade of SCU talks about “The Divine Comedy.” Wed, noon-1pm. San Jose Museum of Art.

IRISH PUB PARTY A traditional Irish dinner followed by traditional tunes by the O’Daveys. Tue, 6-9pm. $20. San Jose Woman’s Club.

LUNAFEST FILM FESTIVAL Hosted by Zonta Club of Silicon Valley with screenings of nine short films for International Women’s Day. Thu, 6pm. $15. Kepler’s, Menlo Park.

SUPER TOY & COMIC SHOW With special appearance by Billy Dee Williams and Yvonne Craig. Sat, 11am-4:30pm. $2.50-$5. Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose.

TECH MUSEUM AFTERHOURS A monthly event mixing science, tech and entertainment with music by Curtis and the CD Boys; 21 and up. Wed, 6-11pm. $8/$10. Tech Museum, San Jose.

Skin in the Game A TATTOO can be described as a work of art that speaks to you so completely that you feel it must become a part of you. As the new show “Indelibly Yours: Smith Andersen Editions and the Tattoo Project” demonstrates, the nature of that art is as different as its wearers. On display until July 1 at the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University, the show ranges from specific tattoo designs displayed in dazzling colors to prints depicting people posing with or receiving tattoos. The inventive prints bring into splendid life the everlasting ink that normally resides only on the skin and beautifully displays the connection that exists between marking the skin with ink and drawing Indelibly Yours on a printing plate. The show features the prints of 10 different artists Runs through June; who were approached by Smith Andersen Editions Tuesday–Sunday, to work specifically on this unique project. Smith 11am–4pm; free Andersen Editions has served as an artistic venue De Saisset Museum, for printmakers and artists for the past 40 years. Santa Clara The press, located in Palo Alto and run by Paula Kirkeby, operates as an imaginative sanctuary where experimentation with monotype and monoprint is avidly supported. The 10 artists In “Indelibly Yours,” five of whom are known for their work with tattoos and five for their printmaking, were all invited to spend time at the press working on prints that highlight the savage beauty of tattoos. Tattoo artists Ross K. Jones, Mary Joy, Jen Lee, Jeff Rassier and Kahlil Rintye found a certain freedom in the project that is generally not afforded to those working with tattoos. Similarly, the project allowed printmakers Enrique Chagoya, George Herms, Kathryn Kain, Kara Maria and Richard Shaw to experiment with and investigate new symbols and artistic fashions. The show provides a visual procession through the act of combining two seemingly very different art forms. In actuality, at times it is difficult to distinguish between the art of the printmakers and that of the tattooists. Many of the artists submitted three prints of the same tattoo in shockingly different color combinations and patterns, such as Kathryn Kain’s Tattoed Mermaid, which revolves around a Don Ed Hardy mermaid design that is shown in three prints, each with a unique and shimmering selection of colors. There are also paintings depicting figures with tattoos, such as Kenjilo Nanao’s Great Tattoo, which displays two figures in each print, all of which have interconnected sections of a large serpent tattooed across their backs. All of the pieces capture the imaginative and edgy spirit that pervades the tattooed image.—Eliza Lamson


Festival Finale

TEMPTATION MPTATION TRAGEDY Alexander Sokurov’s version of ‘Faust’ is part of a quartet of films about power.

Two versions of ‘Faust’ highlight Cinequest’s final weekend— plus more feature picks By RICHARD VON BUSACK


ADE IN 1926, Faust was F.W. Murnau’s last film before leaving Germany. As he was about to sign up with Hollywood, one can wonder about his choice of subject matter.

The medieval doctor (Gosta Ekman) is, in this version, kin to the Bible’s Job. He is the subject of a bet between Emil Jannings’ Mephisto and a good angel. Old, weary from profitless study, Faust is tempted

into conjuring up Satan in exchange for knowledge and youth. After stealing the bride of a duke and satiating himself on earthly pleasures, Faust longs for a home. In particular, he longs for a slim village girl, Gretchen (Camilla Horn), whom the devil may not deliver without some trickery. Silent-film neophytes, tempted by The Artist, will get an eyeful in this presentation on the big screen. The special effects still impress. Smoke and fire are used as much as light. (Need further temptation? The musical score is being played by a master of the Wurlitzer, Dennis James, along with Mark Goldstein—

jointly known as the Filmharmonia Duo.) Faust is sometimes quaint and sometimes haunting, with its royal wedding attended by a brace of fullsize pantomime elephants, with its flight above the Alps, past pagodas and strange waterfalls, over which storks as big as pterodactyls fly. Jannings’ master of ceremonies is a cat-eyed devil sporting a Vpointed cowl and a pheasant-tail feather in his cap. A long sword tents the back of his cape like a tail. Like Beetlejuice (has it been clear so far that Tim Burton fans need to see this?), Mephisto changes size. He swells up in fireplaces, as if nourishing himself on the flames. Outside, he towers a mile high over the steeples, stirring up a lethal plague. Faust is a grand, irresolute film, done in five separate versions. And it slows over the passages with Gretchen, until her hothead

Murnau’s ‘Faust’ is sometimes quaint and sometimes haunting, with its royal wedding attended by a brace of full-size pantomime elephants, with its flight above the Alps Faust plays March 9 at Cinequest, two days before the anniversary of Murnau’s 1931 death in a car accident. It was the day silent cinema died, if you like. Murnau was 43, and he had already made three of the greatest films ever, Nosferatu, The Last Laugh and Sunrise. It’s enough to make you call up Mephisto just to ask what Murnau would have accomplished if he had lived. As a warm-up to Murnau, the festival is also showing a new Russian version of the story by director Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark); the film is the fourth in a series that includes films on Lenin, Hitler and Hirohito. Silent Faust March 9, 7pm, California Theatre. Russian Faust by Alexander Sokurov March 8, 4pm, San Jose Rep

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Bratton (formerly of the band the Grass Roots) as an Elvis-like musical recluse who has a past with Johnny X. Kate Maberly, as a former cheerleader who wants to go bad, steals the picture completely. Johnny X is meant as a trifle, and you wish it had more of the perversity and skin of the RHPS. The showtunes aren’t as deft as soundtrack composer Ego Plum’s well-done homages to the Albert Glasser–era spaceman music. (RvB) March 10, 4:45pm, SJ Rep.

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BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG SATIRE ’The Ghastly Love of Johnny X’ parodies low-budget sci-fi epics of the ’50s.

Cheap Fun

(U.S.; 86 min.) Zack Sutherland of SJSU (Garth Gator in Super Hero Party Clown) makes a sturdy and ambitiously designed directorial debut about a group of college friends enduring an all-nighter: “We need to synchronize our minds” is the motto, as suave math tutor/drug dealer Conrad ( Joshua Marx) opens a briefcase full of designer marijuana. Before the end of the evening, the gang has poured orange cough syrup and loads of beer on top of that smoke. The space-monkey Gary (Shane Hennessy) loses his clothes. And there’s an uncomfortable encounter with the apparently brain-damaged, Zack Galifianakis–like character named Penguin (Peter Stoia), whose justfinished “novel” (four pages long) reveals some of the stuff all these synchronized minds would like to forget. First-timer Michelle Foletta is touching as Bailey, a girl on the verge of moving on from this scene; so is Jason Moore as the quieter, watchful student who is the still center of all the craziness. (Richard von Busack) March 7, 7pm; March 10, 11am; both at the California Theatre.

The Deep Blue Sea

(U.K.; 98 min.) The closing night feature at Cinequest. In the grim and shortageprone England of 1950, a judge’s wife (Rachel Weisz, never better) is on the verge of suicide because of her hopeless love for an aimless former RAF pilot (Tom Hiddleston). Playing the judge, who is forced to ask his beloved, “How could you throw away so much for so little?” is the gentle, hedgehoggish Simon Russell Beale. Terence Davies’ moody and powerful film is an adaptation of a Terence Rattigan’s 1952 play. It was first filmed with all the expurgations the era demanded by Anatole Litvak, with Vivien Leigh and Kenneth More as the lovers. After having seen the 1994 film of The Browning Version, I’d have thought there wasn’t a place for Rattigan’s brand of repressed drama in 2012. I hadn’t reckoned on Davies’ matchless ability to dive for the past, as he did in Distant Voices, Still Lives, or to achieve visual density in the semishadows of night and fog and recording the golden flare of a woman’s wedding ring in a flat about to be filled with coal gas. Rather than overartificializing the story, the

remarkable street-scene set recalls the trauma of being trapped by ruinous love. (RvB) March 10, 7pm, California Theatre.

The Ghastly Love of Johnny X

(U.S.; 106 min.) Teenager from outer space Jonathan Xavier (Will Keenan) is exiled by his home planet’s Grand Inquisitor (Kevin McCarthy, of the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers). Sent to our Earth, he forms a gang of other interstellar misfits called the Ghastly Ones. But then there’s rebellion: Johnny’s bad-girl girlfriend Bliss (De Anna Joy Brooks) steals his powerful “Resurrection Suit” and flees with innocent soda jerk Chip (Les Williams). What transpires is a Rocky Horror Picture Show–like pastiche of science fiction’s black-and-white, Theremins-and-Bronson-Canyon era. In other words, an hour and a half–plus satire of films that used to take 70 minutes to get told. The lack of forward motion ultimately undoes good work by Reggie Bannister as an unscrupulous night club manager; Paul Williams as a late-night UHF TV host named Cousin Quilty; and Creed

(U.S.; 87 min.) Girl jocks and woman’s basketball fans won’t want to miss Melissa Johnson’s documentary about Emily “Etay” Tay. She’s called by her coach at Harvard, Kathy Delaney-Smith, “one of the top 25 in the country for assists.” From a poor but prep-schooled L.A. background, this children of Burmese backgr immig immigrants is an odd woman at a mostly white school. An example of the k kind of things her fellow Ivy League students say: Even if she doesn’t know who they are, Emily ought to know all about the Beatles. After aall, a yellow woman married one of the band. She cleans bathrooms at the college to make money, and she’s also fighting pressure from her traditional mom to have an arranged marriage. But the secret of Emily’s sexuality is one more thing we learn about her. Question, though: Driven and honest and open as she is, is Emily’s young life enough to fill up an entire documentary? A compare and contrast with a few other team players might have made this more watchable, particularly in the draggy second half, which switches to Emily’s post-college career playing hoops in Germany. If you’re not ape about sports, Emily’s unsurprising reactions to a new life has to stretch out the fish out of water material with loads of tourist views of Europe. (RVB) March 8, 11am, Camera 12.


(Sweden; 118 min.) Perplexing but immaculately composed, Play is derived from the news story of a crime wave in Sweden’s Gothenburg in which African immigrant teenagers committed 70 separate hold-ups. In this fictionalized version, director Ruben Östlund watches the social


gaming between a pack of five rowdy black kids, all younger than about 15. They encounter two white boys at the mall. The larger gang tracks the smaller one through the shopping mall and out into the street. Ultimately, they persuade the white children, along with an Asian friend carrying a clarinet worth $2,000, to accompany them deep into the woods. If there’s such a thing as strong-arm robbery, this is a softarm robbery. Östlund observes this pursuit/persuasion from a distance of several yards. One dolly shot, one slow zoom and a few slight readjustments of angle are all Play really offers in the way of camera motion. Östlund used to make skiing movies, and you can’t say he’s given up slippery slopes when you see this. Perhaps it isn’t racist per se, but tell me that Play isn’t a comfort to the rising force of Swedish nativists. They’ll watch the immigrant kids tearing into their ill-gotten pizzas, feasting like wolves, taunting the mother of a victim via his stolen cell phone. They’ll see their worst fears realized, and Östlund won’t be able to tell them they don’t have a point. (RvB) March 10, 2pm, SJ Rep.

Visible World

(Turkey; 77 min.) The unhealthy union of Tom Ripley and Alfred Hitchcock would have produced Visible World, a Slovakian thriller with genre-specific intentions that go wasted due to a poor execution. The film follows Czech ex-patriot Oliver (a vulnerable but menacing Ivan Trojan), who lives alone in a creepily sterile apartment overlooking the suburban landscape of the Slovak capital. In his apartment,

adorned with only windows, walls and a TV that plays everything from The Lord of the Rings to The Simpsons—the only indication of time and place—Oliver watches over his neighbors like a predator with unknown motives. A pair of oversized binoculars plays a supporting role, and we see in Oliver a variant of the soon-to-be-unhinged Jimmy Stewart character in Rear Window. Oliver becomes an active participant in the lives of others, and the film’s tension kicks into hyperdrive. But a messy sense of scope drags the film’s otherwise clever use of editing and pacing to keep us both invested and at a distance. Director Peter Kristufek litters the film’s second act with forced flashbacks that begin to shed light on Oliver’s mysterious past. But the flashbacks are not revealing enough to be mandatory, nor constructed well enough to be engaging. Trojan’s Oliver is better when he is a silhouette of a person—the shades of gray with which he’s presented in the film’s first half helps define him better than any bit of exposition regarding his past does. It’s as if Kristufek forgot that the best way to present Oliver’s disconnect from himself is to highlight our own disconnect with him. Soon enough, we’re asked to at least partially sympathize with him, which, while pleasing in the most minor way, proves to be a cop-out for a film that seemed at first so willing to play hooky from the school of traditional protagonists. Instead of feeling something natural, we’re told how to leave the theater. And by the film’s end, we become Oliver—simply observers, never participants. (Rod Bastanmehr) March 8, 3:30pm, Camera 12.

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Underground TOO OFTEN, feature films about the Holocaust insist that in the long run, the ordeal made people better. At least two-thirds of Agnieszka Holland’s true-story-based In Darkness avoids that trap. In some moments, In Darkness is even the kind of earthy peasant comedy Central Europe banked on during the 1960s. The opening is an example of this gutsiness. After having rushed past the site of a Nazi atrocity in progress, a Polish husband gets home at dawn. He gets into his sagging bed, and he and his plump wife (Kinga Preis, very good) try to have a quick one without waking their child in the next room. The beefy Leopold Socha (Robert Wieckiewicz) works in the Lvov sewers, making some money on the side through casual burglary. During one break-in, he surprises a group of Jews tunneling into the sewers. Leopold offers to hide them in the sewers’ remoter passageways. Little does he realize how long their ordeal will be, or what a strain his double-life will put on his family. Hiding the refugees also causes friction with Leopold’s bosom buddy and fellow sewer worker Szczepek (Krzysztof Skonieczny), who is such a dunce that he never heard

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that Jesus was a Jew. Eventually, an old Ukrainian friend from prison shows up, clad in a Nazi uniform; he urges Leopold to help him hunt Jews for profit.


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Down in the sewer, the group are assorted in range of education, age and moral fiber; they @e;Xibe\jj  squabble and betray each other. They’re not R; 145 min. the holy victims we Opens Friday usually see in these films. But Jan Hrebejk’s Divided We Fall, released here in 2001, took on similar material with more salt and comedy. And what’s particularly different between the two films is the long time passed in hiding. If Holland’s aim is to make you feel what it would be like to be trapped there, it works. But unfair as it is in the movies, the proactive wins over the inactive. The unlikely Polish hero eclipses the refugees, who, thanks to lighting and staging, are hard to tell apart. By the time of the finale—a filthier version of the end of The Third Man, complete with a blockbuster flood sequence—you’ve gotten the picture, 20 or 30 minutes before it actually ends. —Richard von Busack IMAX® 3D is a registered trademark of IMAX Corporation. JOHN CARTER™ ERB, INC.

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45 effective, primitive terror, and it ignores the gore. The horror is Lynchian, just as the timely politics are days-of-rage feminist. (Opens Fri at Camera 12 in San Jose.)

A THOUSAND WORDS (PG-13) Can Eddie Murphy really limit himself to the stricture of the title? Seems like a lot compared to tweeting. (Opens Fri.) C 12

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show the treasures of the Hermitage in Russian Ark. We use the technology for a spook house. Nevertheless, the ďŹ lm does work. Elizabeth Olsen plays Sarah, a fascinatingly blank and unignorably nubile girl with a spot of memory troubles She joins her father (Adam Trese) and uncle (Eric Sheffer Stevens) at their family home deep in the countryside. Some trouble with â&#x20AC;&#x153;squattersâ&#x20AC;? has made the family nail pressed-wood slabs over the windows. Since rats took out the wiring, the place is lit with a gas generator and battery-powered lanterns. When Sarah is supposedly alone in the house, the noises begin: ďŹ rst in the attic, then in the basement. Ultimately, this is m etroactive. e com | | m | M MARCH A R C H 7-13, 7-1 3 2012

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Angry Red Planet THE OBVIOUS tactic is to compare the recent Star Wars movies to the new John Carter. Just as obvious is the observation that John Carter is the better movie by a few light years: It’s rip-snorting stuff. John Carter is based on A Princess of Mars (1912), the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ 11 blood and thunder novels about the planet we call Mars, known to its indigenous creatures as Barsoom. The Martian Tharks are warriors with battered tusks, not overimpressed by strangers, even the Earthman they discover and capture. John Carter (Taylor Kitsch, physically fit but a clunky actor) evinces great strength and the ability to leap tall pinnacles in a single bound, so the Tharks make Carter one of their own, as part of a group initiation. Later, while a guest of the Tharks, Carter rescues a princess in peril: the humanoid Dejah Thoris. Shakespearean actress Lynn Collins, who was Juliet under Peter Hall’s direction, plays this Martian honey. In Burroughs’ text, and in Frank Frazetta’s illustrations, Dejah was a perennial hostage sculpted from pure cheesecake. Here, she’s not just a princess but also a professor, investigating the “Ninth Ray,” a power source that may be able to renew a dying planet. Unfortunately, her work

is being sabotaged, and Dejah is forced into a marriage with an air-pirate thug (Dominic West). And bald alien shapeshifters, led by a priestly Mark Strong, lurk, watch, wait and interfere. John Carter is visually lucid, and the 3-D is satisfying, thanks to the vast desert spaces of the red planet. The Af_e:Xik\i  warp of Burroughs’ pulp lies so deep in PG-13; 132 min. science-fiction films Opens Friday already that it would be impossible to dig it out—expect the nation’s movie-writing hacks to joke about “Dejah Vu.” John Carter, though, is diverting in a way space operas usually aren’t. The film benefits from Burroughs’ idea of populating a planet with contending forces; here we enjoy all the plot-thickener that Avatar decided to do without. The characters show us more than one side; the Tharks can be superstitious but are uniformly brave and shrewd. You don’t get weary from looking at them, when the first sight of Jar Jar Binks was enough to give you permanent moviephobia. And, as in the best computer animation, you start to forget they’re not real.—Richard von Busack

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BLOWING IN Oakland trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire collaborates with New York pianist Gerald Clayton at Winter Fest 2012 on Sunday at Theatre on San Pedro Square.

This weekend’s offbeat Winter Fest, and the real reason for the unorthodox changes at San Jose Jazz By STEVE PALOPOLI


AST WEEK’S announcement that Michael Miller would be stepping down as executive director of San Jose Jazz shocked a lot of people. Neither the group itself nor the local reporting on the story gave any clear reason for Miller’s jump to the smaller Children’s Musical Theater San Jose—other than the vague notion that it was related to San Jose Jazz’s collaboration with 1stACT Silicon Valley—leading to speculation about what was going on behind the scenes. The timing seemed troublesome,

too, with 1stACT director of cultural participation (and Left Coast Live co-organizer) Brendan Rawson taking over as head of the group almost immediately, just as the group’s fledgling Winter Fest expands at San Pedro Square this weekend. “For the public, it’s like ‘Oh, my God, what did they just do?’” admits Miller. “But this has really been a long, thought-out strategic process for three different organizations.” “We’ve been planning for at least seven months,” says Rawson. “It’s come to a head real fast here the past several weeks, as we’ve involved the board of directors of 1stACT and San Jose Jazz and CMT, and the staffs. But it’s been something that Michael originated in his head quite a while ago.” The question, of course, is still why? Miller wasn’t secretly pushed out, and he didn’t flee the scene after leading San Jose Jazz for just a year. The real

Show Goes On reason is a far more interesting one, and may point a way for other arts organizations. Perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that at its core, the move is about money. But in a larger sense, it’s also about trying to find new operational models to help organizations like San Jose Jazz thrive—and even expand their programming—in a postrecession world. Three years ago, San Jose Jazz lost Comcast as a sponsor, a huge blow that the group is still rebuilding from. 1stACT is a group funded by arts foundations (as well as Adobe, Applied Materials and Cisco) to provide support services for arts organizations. What this move is really about is allowing San Jose Jazz to save a lot of money by having 1stACT funding pay for certain positions in the organization—including Rawson’s. “Purely on a financial level, the deal with 1stACT brings Brendan in as a loaned executive for 18 months. So my salary goes out of the budget for 18 months. It allows us to do some really smart things. It frees up some finances. It just makes sense,” Miller explains. The Jedi-mind-trick part of this move is that Miller is in actuality staying on with San Jose Jazz in a lot

Rawson sees the current shake-up as the natural result of the search for new arts-organization models, especially in the last four, recession-torn years. “We might be on the bleeding edge of some of that, but it’s also a story you’re seeing nationally around non-profits arts. There is some needed consolidation, and I think 2008 just made it clear for a lot of folks,” he says. Coming from Left Coast Live and other live-music ventures, he’s aware of the need for San Jose Jazz to become known for something more than just the once-a-year summer festival, and believes the winter festival—along with other series, like the successful free Wednesday jazz shows at the Hedley Club—will go a long way toward establishing that. “We’re a festival-driven town,” he says. “People don’t necessarily think of San Jose Jazz throughout the year. But that’s been changing a lot this past year under Michael’s direction, [with] all the things they’ve been doing on Wednesday night and other pieces.” There is undeniably some crossover between Left Coast Live’s no-wave eclecticism and San Jose Jazz’s rapidly expanding definition of what fits into their programming. Over the


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of ways. He’ll be on the board of San Jose Jazz and will still be helping out with the group’s financial planning. But Miller, who worked closely with Rawson beginning in 2009 when Miller came on as a consultant for 1stACT for about a year, saw that stepping aside could benefit both organizations, if planned right, and put those considerations before his personal desire to keep doing what he was doing at San Jose Jazz. “Shuffling me over to another organization wasn’t any part of my plan. It just happened to be that it made the most sense,” he says. “As it turned out, the planets aligned. CMT approached me, [1stACT CEO] Connie Martinez and I started talking about Brendan moving over here, Jazz was in a position where things are pretty solid and well-organized now. It can be a very smooth hand-off. Brendan has already been involved with us for months, being here at our regular staff meetings and working on our strategic plan with us.” | | | MARCH 7-13, 2012


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metroactive MUSIC 47 last couple of years, San Jose Jazz has become more and more focused on putting hip, emerging artists into the mix at their festivals, and the Winter Fest allows even more room to do that. “Part of it is how do you carve some space for experimentation to occur, and for the organization to be excited about that?” says Rawson of his goals. “I think that one of the nice parts about doing arts work here in San Jose is that there is music crossing over lots of different areas.” The Winter Fest lineup this weekend at San Pedro Square offers a wild mix of artists, made even starker by the fact that unlike the summer festival, the acts are divided into structured stages that highlight particular genres. Friday night has jazz vocalist Jamie Davis and blues band Legally Blue (which features Aart de Geus, CEO of Synopsys, on guitar, and Chris Wilder, CEO of Valley Medical Foundation, on bass). Saturday features saxophonist Grace Kelly, JC Smith’s Blues All Stars and more. Sunday sees a collaboration by Oakland trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and New York pianist

METROACTIVE.COM Gerald Clayton and will be headlined by San Francisco’s Rupa and the Fishes, the multicultural, multilingual, multigenre project of Rupa Marya. Marya’s band, driven by a boho Gypsy-jazz sound, is in many ways the essence of the underground, musically explosive vibe with which San Jose Jazz is trying to define its newest festival. “Labels are tricky. I’m not a fan of them,” says Marya. “I understand that people want to know what they’re getting into. What I have found is if you put our band in front of an audience, we tend to find our way.” Miller says what San Jose Jazz is going for and will build on every year with the Winter Fest is something “very cool, very cutting edge.” “It might not be a lot of artists you’ve heard of,” he says, “but I guarantee it be will artists you’ll have heard of down the line.”

Winter Fest March 9–11, San Pedro Square, San Jose

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’VE HEARD the future of jazz, and it is Grace Kelly,” NPR’s David Was proclaimed following the release of the artist’s fourth studio album, Gracefullee, in 2008. Kelly was then all of 16. Four years, two more albums and a diploma from one of the nation’s premiere music colleges later, she continues to take the jazz world by storm. On March 10th, the saxophonist, vocalist and composer will take the stage at the Theatre on San Pedro Square as part of the San Jose Jazz Winter Fest.

Kelly picked up music at a young age, beginning with the piano at age 6, shortly followed by the clarinet and months later, her true calling, the saxophone. But while her passion and

talent were readily apparent, she did not immediately envision the great impact that music would have on her life. “I did not think I was going to become a professional musician,” Kelly says. “It was after around age 12 when things kind of took off, and people started mentoring me, and I guess things just snowballed into recording my first album, which led to another.” Since then, Kelly has gone on to work with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and Dave Brubeck, all of who have nothing but praise for the rising star. Yet looking back on her career thus far, one of Kelly’s fondest memories comes from a performance with the Boston Pops Orchestra when she was 14. “It was a very surreal moment, being up there with a whole orchestra and being a soloist, and very exciting—I felt like I had the best seat in the house,”


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Son of actor Clint Eastwood, Paris-based jazz musician Kyle Eastwood has become a star in the jazz world. An accomplished and multi-talented musician and composer, his second album, “Paris Blue,” rose to number one on the French jazz charts. About his work he says, “My roots remain in jazz but I like adding all kinds of different flavors.” Eastwood composed music for several of Clint Eastwood’s films, including “Mystic River” and “Million Dollar Baby.”

TAJ MAHAL & THE TRIO FRI, APR 13, 6:30PM & 9PM “No artist has stretched the definition of blues like Taj Mahal” - Christian Science Monitor A two-time Grammy Award winner, Taj Mahal is one of the most influential American blues and roots artists of the last 50 years. A self-taught composer and multi-instrumentalist, Taj Mahal has done much to reshape the definition and scope of blues music by gathering and distilling countless musical traditions from a wide range of geographical and cultural sources. Not-to-be-missed!

MULTI-FACETED Grace Kelly has been called the future of jazz for her playing, singing and composing.


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she says. “We actually debuted one of my original pieces that I wrote for the orchestra.” As further testament to her formidable creative capacity, she concedes that at the time she had no experience composing for orchestra. “I literally locked myself in a room and learned about all these string instruments,” she says. “Keith Lockhart [Boston Pops’ conductor] told me I should just give it a try. I showed him a 40-page score the day before the performance, and he really loved it, so we went ahead and did it.” After earning her GED at age 16, Kelly went on to study at the renowned Berklee College of Music on full scholarship, graduating just last month. But even between touring, composing and recording, she still managed to make the Dean’s List each semester. “I was very lucky that Berklee is a very flexible school and wants their students to be out there doing the real deal,” says Kelly. “[It was] a luxury to have teachers who could help me out.” These days, she is giving back to her alma mater through an Artist in Residence series fittingly titled “The Multi-Faceted Band Leader,” which, so far, has been receiving positive feedback from her peers. “We’re touching on topics about being a bandleader—everything from putting together a band, rehearsing a band, improvisation, communicating with your audience, music business, getting your music out there.” Or in

short, she admits, “Things that I’ve learned from being on the road, and things I wish I had [been] taught at Berklee.” Looking ahead, Kelly, who has always had eclectic taste in music, anticipates continuing to push the boundaries of her own style. She is working on some singer/songwriter pieces, as well as jazz songs fused with other genres. Through keeping her sound fresh, she hopes to better connect with listeners. “I’m trying to also bridge the gap that jazz is just for older people,” she says. “And to have younger people my age start to really enjoy the music, whether it means that they’re listening to stuff that’s all mixed up like [what] I’ve been doing, or just maybe even a pop group that uses jazz chords.” Speaking of youth, one has to wonder just how the artist has managed to balance her career, academics and success so well. For her, the key has been staying close to home in Boston and maintaining tight relationships with friends and family. And while Kelly has had to make some sacrifices, such as leaving high school early to be home schooled, so far it has all been worth it. “To me being onstage and performing is when everything else just goes away,” she says. “So I don’t really feel like I missed out on prom or walking for graduation.” It is precisely this maturity that transcends into her music, winning over traditional jazz musicians, critics and fans alike.—Misa Shikuma

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Beerijuana’s music is a breed all its own. Sure, death metal, crust punk and thrash come to mind; but as with most original bands, it’s tough to pin down the sound of Beerijuana.


Rupa Marya’s San Francisco–based band Rupa and the April Fishes brings a punky, border-crashing joy ride that sprawls across multiple styles to the Winter Jazz Festival.


If art is a mirror to society, it’s no wonder why San Jose– based artist Jason Adams’ work is so popular.

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Metro’s music calendar runs Wednesday–Tuesday.

Rock/Pop ANGELICA’S BISTRO Fri, 8:30pm: The Bobs. $20/$24. Sat, 8:30pm: J Ace C Allstars with Jesus and the Rabbis. $10/$14. Redwood City.

ART BOUTIKI Fri, 6pm: Hotel Island Breakdown, the Arcade Rebellion and more. San Jose.

AVALON Sat: Russian Gameshow and Party. Santa Clara.

THE BLANK CLUB Wed, 9pm: The Twilight Sad, Micah P. Hinson and San Francesa. $12/$14. Fri, 9pm: Los Hot Boxers, Good Hustle, Yeshua and the Hi Tones. $7. Sat, 9pm: Deke Dickerson, Badenov. $10. San Jose.

Sat, 9:30pm: Joe Bazooka. Sun, 8:45pm: The Gents. Mon, 9:30pm: Matt Bolton. Campbell.



Fri, 9pm: Midlife Vices. $10. Sat, 8:30pm: The Cruzers. $10. Tue, 7pm: Jam with Dennis Dove. Santa Clara.

Fri: Groove Nugget. Sat: Bitch ’N Camaros. San Jose.



Sat, 6pm: Trophy Kids, DanDan the Dino, Home Front and more. All ages. San Jose.

Fri, 8:30pm: The Elven and Chum: Grateful Dead and Phish Tributes. $12. Redwood City.

DOSA BIRYANI Tue, 6pm: Shai Hulud, A Plea for Purging and Counterparts. Sunnyvale.

JOHNNY V’S Fri: Can’t Fina a Villain, Tantrum, Cyphy, Influenza, Universal and more. $5. Sun, 5pm: Serial Hawk, Dark Ear, Stone Leaf. No Cover. San Jose.

LILLY MAC’S Fri: Mo-Fos. Sunnyvale.



Wed, 9:30pm: Jack Rip-Off. Thu, 10pm: Sexy Back. Fri, 9:30pm: Rock on Broadway.

Fri, 9:30pm: Big Cat Tolefree. $5. Sat, 9:30pm: Whogas. $5. Fremont.


NINE LIVES Fri, 8pm: Jake Nielsen’s Triple Threat. Sat, 8pm: String Theory, Whiskey Back, Tuco Ramirez, Clack Mast. $10. Gilroy.

NUMBER ONE BROADWAY Wed: Jam night. Thu: Blind Pilots. Fri, 9:30pm: Touch N Go. $10. Sat, 9:30pm: Joint Chiefs. $10. Los Gatos.

THE QUARTER NOTE Wed: Pro Jam hosted by Mental Notes. No cover. Thu: Pro Jam hosted by Vicious Groove. No cover. Fri-Sat: Live music. Sun, 9pm: Pro Jam. No cover. Sunnyvale.



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51 RED ROCK COFFEE Fri, 8pm: My Empty Phantom. Sat, 8pm: Max and Marionette Band. Mountain View.

THE REFUGE Fri, 6pm: A Lot Like Birds, I the Mighty, From Indian Lakes, the Trims and more. Sat, 6pm: Molotov Solution, the Art of War and more. Cupertino.



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Mar 15 Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gravy Atrium (Ages 21+) Mar 17 Iration/ Thrive/ Top Shelf (Ages 16+) Mar 17 The Wild Rovers Atrium (Ages 21+) Mar 18 Rehab Atrium (Ages 21+) Mar 23 Pennywise/ Guttermouth (Ages 21+) Mar 24 Tyga (Ages 16+) Apr 4 UKF Tour (Ages 18+) Apr 10 Dark Star Orchestra (Ages 21+) Apr 18 Zeds Dead/ Araabmuzik (Ages 18+) Unless otherwise noted, all shows are dance shows with limited seating. Tickets subject to city tax & service charge by phone 866-384-3060 & online


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




Sat, doors at 7pm: Drake. San Jose State University, San Jose.

Thu-Sat: Live jazz. No cover. Santa Clara.



Thu, 9pm: Absent Society, Mary Axe, Open Curtain Clinic. No cover. San Jose.

Thu, 8pm: Terry Hanck. Fri, 8pm: Dennis Dove. Sat, 8pm: South City Blues. Campbell.



Sat, 8:30pm: A Four Star Affair CD Release show with Stoic Nai and more. $5. Homestead Lanes, Cupertino.

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Wed, 7:30pm: John Stowell/ Mike Zilber Quartet. No cover. Hilton Hotel, San Jose.


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Jack. Thu, 6pm: Jazz with Jerry J. Fri-Sat, 6pm: World music. Sun, 6pm: Moroccan music. San Jose.

We, 5-7pm: Solas. Edenvale Branch, San Jose.

Sat, 4pm: Wordsmith, Lucid Optics. San Jose.

World AGENDA LOUNGE Wed, 8pm: Salsa. $5. Thu, 8pm: Banda nights. Fri, 8pm: Rock en EspaĂąol. San Jose.

AZĂ&#x161;CAR Thu, 9pm: DJ Che live video mixing. Fri, 9pm: Julius Melendez, Conjunto Seis de Montuno. Sat, 9pm: Salsa and Latin fusions. San Jose.

HUKILAU Fri-Sat: Live music. Sat: Live music. San Jose.

LIQUID Tue: Rock en espanol. San Jose.

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Every ďŹ rst and third Wed, 7:30pm: Hedley Club Jazz Jam.Thu, 8pm: Russo-Alberts Trio. Fri, 8:30pm: Kurt Ribak Trio. Sat, 8:30pm:Tiger Club. Hotel De Anza, San Jose.

Wed, 9pm: California Cowboys. Thu-Fri, 9pm & Sat, 10:15pm: Diablo Road. Fremont. Wed, 6pm: Dark Hollow. Tue, 6pm: Carolina Special. San Jose.

THREE FLAMES RESTAURANT Thu, 9pm: Bit & Spur Band. Sun, 8pm: Rebecca West. San Jose.

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

BRITANNIA ARMS CUPERTINO Wed, 9:30pm: Open mic. Cupertino.

J.J.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BLUES CAFE Wed; One Night Stand. Thu: The Dan Goughs. Fri. Liars Club jam. Sat: The City with Paula Sorce. $10. Sun: Zydeco at 5pm; Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic in the evening. Tue: Wayneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Way Band. Tue: Blue J, Dennis and Stuart. San Jose.

A PERFECT FINISH Fri, 9pm: Mike Ehlers Trio. Sat, 9pm: Blue House. San Jose.

POOR HOUSE BISTRO Wed, 6pm: Ron Thompson. Thu, 6pm: The Nightcat. Fri, 6pm: Tip of the Top, third anniversary party. Sat, 4-10pm: School of the Blues Festival. Sun, 2pm: John Nemeth Band. Tue, 59pm: PHB open mic. San Jose.


Wed, 6pm: Middle Eastern music. Thu, 6pm: Live acoustic guitar with Bobby Love and Sugar Sweet. Fri, 6pm: World music and magic with Mr. Cerne. Sat, 6pm: Belly dancing. Sun, 6pm: World music. Mon, 6pm: Moroccan music. Tue, 6pm: Johnny Williams. Mountain View.


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Sun, noon: Margaret and Victor. Mountain View.

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Thu, 7pm: Hootenanny with Mike Murdock and Sean McGuire. Sat, 7pm: Dianna Gatto. San Jose.

CAFFE FRASCATI Tue, 7pm: Open mic. Free. San Jose.

JOHNNY Vâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Wed: The Cypher. Hip-hop open mic. San Jose.

MISSION CITY ROASTING CO. Thu, 7pm: South Bay Folks Open Mic. Santa Clara.

RED ROCK COFFEE CO. Mon, 7pm: Cavin and Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Open Mic. Mountain View.

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



FOR THOSE looking for a true dive drinking experience, the selflabeled Dive Bar on Santa Clara Street, San Jose, is a flagrant case of false advertising. Absent are the shady atmosphere, run-down appearance and rough crowd that connote a dive bar. Instead drinkers are treated to a hip, stylish place, one flashier and more mainstream than any dive. Not that anyone really complains, because Dive Bar is a good place to sit and have a drink. Even the drunkest wanderer can’t miss Dive Bar. A large, red and yellow neon sign hangs over the entrance—a diver, in a one piece bathing suit and cap, face-planting onto the words “Dive Bar.” Just inside the front door is an expansive lobby: Dive Bar two wall-hugging rows of red leather booths border a large center aisle, each row flanked by a 78 E. Santa Clara St., line of round knee-high tables and soft-as-pillows San Jose wraparound lounge chairs. Just past the lounge is the bar—a heavy wood fixture of counter top and glass cabinets. On the center of the bar sits an eyecatching display of commonly ordered hard liquor, bottles stacked side by side under an arch of yellow flourescents. Directly opposite the counter are chairs and round particle-board Ikea tables lined against a red wooden wall. The back of Dive Bar accommodates a separate spacious room. Accessible through a doorway in a brick wall, it presents a striking contrast to the rest of the joint. Instead of the “red” that characterizes the lounge and bar area, the back is a blue concrete room. On one side is a pay-to-play pool table (75 cents per game), while against the opposite wall is a row of tables and chairs—the perfect place to watch the felted action. A DJ booth sits in the corner by a blue neon martini glass on the wall, where DJs spin Thursday through Saturday. Dive Bar attracts an eclectic crowd of SJSU students, young urban professionals and middle-aged patrons. Hipsters probably come as well, lured by the ironic use of the name, but hipsters have become so mainstream, they are difficult to distinguish nowadays. Dive Bar has a number of specials to attract customers—usually discounted well and draft drinks, and no cover charges on DJ nights—and as a result, Dive Bar is a fairly popular establishment. Groups of friends cluster around tables while couples occupy the stools. Those who plan to attend might want to arrive early. Those wraparound lounge chairs are perfect to sink into after a day’s work.—The Barfly

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Sun-Tue, 10pm: Karaoke. Cupertino.

Thu, 8pm: KJ Bob and Starmaker Karaoke. San Jose (upstairs at El Palenque Restaurant).

BRITANNIAARMS DOWNTOWN Wed, 9pm: August. Mon, 9pm: Comedy w/ Mr. Walker. San Jose.


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

BLUE MAX Fri-Sat, 7pm: Karaoke. Sunnyvale.

Tue: Karaoke. San Jose.

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



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

Thu, 9pm: DJ Davey K. Campbell.



Thu, 9pm: Vinnie. Sat, 9pm & Mon, 9:30pm: Joe. San Jose.

Mon: Karaoke. San Jose.


Wed, 9pm: Vic. Fremont.

Wed, 8pm, and Sat, 8:30pm: KJ Bob and Starmaker Karaoke. San Jose.

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

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




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

O’FLAHERTY’S IRISH PUB Sun-Mon, 8pm: Matt. San Jose.


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


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


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


Thu, 8pm: Karaoke. San Jose.

Tue: DJ Davey K. Campbell.



Sat: Karaoke. Campbell.


Wed & Sun, 10pm: DJ UncleHank. San Jose.

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

Mon: Ed. Tue: Sue and Sherrie. No cover. Sunnyvale.

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

REDI ROOM T Thu-Sat, 9pm: DJ Curtis. San JJose.

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PATRICIA BARBER Jazz pianist from the windy city brings Nat ‘King’ Cole tribute show to East Bay. Mar 8 and 9 at Yoshi’s Oakland.

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RAILROAD EARTH Two nights of New Jersey newgrass with band who lifted their name from a Kerouac story. Mar 9-10 at the Fillmore.

FLOGGING MOLLY Raucous punk band led by Dave King, a former metalhead in love with the Pogues. Mar 10 at the Fox Theater.

SAUL WILLIAMS Terrifyingly creative hip-hop poet and artist, star of ‘Slam’ and the original omni-American. Mar 10 at Slim’s.


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70 year-old guitarist with roots in both organ trios and free jazz embraces blues, plays solo show. Mar 11 at Yerba Buena Center.

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TOUCHDOWN TOMMY’S T S 8pm-midnight: Karaoke. Sat, SSan Jose.

WOODHAM’S LOUNGE W T & Sat, 9:30pm: Wild Side. Thu SSanta Clara.

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on Friday and opens for Drake on Saturday.

ASAP Rocky TWENTY-THREE-YEAR-old ASAP Rocky (“Acronym Symbolizing Any Purpose”) is fast becoming the most interesting and relevant rapper to come out of New York in over a decade. Of course, there aren’t really any serious claimants to the throne of New York rap, so being considered the most interesting and relevant isn’t what Avalon, Santa Clara it used to be. In the last few years, the charts and blogs have been dominated by Southern hip-hop—T.I., Gucci Fri., March 9 Mane and Waka Flocka are quite removed from the “trap” these days. ASAP Rocky doesn’t pick up where 8pm; $17 they left off; he skips this part of the canon, looking more toward UGK or Cash Money, and places far beyond Atlanta. “Trilla,” a laid-back, “drive slow” number off his 2011 mixtape LiveLoveA$AP, sees the rapper merging the warring planets of DJ Screw’s syrupy and slumbering Houston with the lightning fast dexterity of Cleveland’s Bone Thugs-nHarmony. On “Purple Swag,” he name-checks a host of Texas staples—candy paint, yellow bones, cough syrup and Styrofoam cups—and a vocal sample from the once notorious Mike Jones is just the cherry on top. None of this is to say he’s bound by any one influence. Most of LLA’s druggy atmospherics were conjured up by producer Clams Casino, a hip-hop romantic, if such a term can be permitted. Sweeping pads, delayed whispers and strings that run dangerously close to Ibiza chill-out territory provide the backing for the usual subject matter—money, clothes and you know what else. The recent RCA signee proves compelling mostly because of the clarity of his vision. Instead of predictably dispensing with the boom bap, ASAP Rocky is bringing New York back with the ghosts of the south by his side. Besides his Avalon show this week, he also opens Saturday for Drake at the San Jose State Event Center.—Shona Sanzgiri



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

Thu, 9pm: Atomic with DJ Basura. $10. San Jose.


Thu: VJ mixing with DJ Benofficial. Fri, 10pm: DJ Radio Raheem. Sat, 10pm: DJ David Q. San Jose.

Sat, 9pm: Thick & Sexy Saturdays. $10. San Jose.



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The Twilight Sad AT A TIME when one of the big knocks on current indie rock bands is that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take risks, Scotlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Blank Club the Twilight Sad took plenty on their new record, No One Can Ever Know. Known not only for being as bleak Wed., March 7 as their name implies but also for somewhat stately (though plenty noisy) indie rock, absolutely no one 9pm; $12/$14 expected this band to suddenly break out darkwave beats, electro rhythms and crunchy industrial effects. But it works, adding immediacy and power to a bleak lyrical landscape that is still every bit the Twilight Sad. Now, after some ridiculous visa problems, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re touring the United States again and ďŹ nding not only that old fans have embraced their New Wave left turn, but that new fans are discovering the band. Maybe this infusion of pulsing, cascading sound is what was missing from the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s repertoire all along; the Depeche Modeâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;esque â&#x20AC;&#x153;Another Bedâ&#x20AC;? and darkly glittering â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sickâ&#x20AC;? are just two of several songs here that rank as their best. (Read an interview with the band atâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Steve Palopoli

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BRIX Thu: Therapy. Fri: Flirty Fridays. Mon: Power Hour. San Jose.

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

THE ELEGANT PUB Fri-Sat, 9pm: DJ Checo. Evergreen Inn, San Jose.

FAHRENHEIT ULTRA LOUNGE Wed, 9pm: Wine Wednesdays. Thu, 9pm: The Heit. Fri, 9pm: Seductive. $10. Sat, 9pm: Fame. $10. Mon, 9pm: Industry. Tue: College Night. San Jose.

JOHNNY Vâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Wed: The Cypher. Hip-hop open mic. Thu: Thumpinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Thursdays. Sat: DV Flavatone. San Jose.

Latin Beat. Sun, 9pm: Sonidero Night. Sunnyvale.


Thu: DJ Tesfa. Fri-Sat: Rotating DJs.. Sun: Live music. San Jose.

Fri: Pure Fridays Birthday Madness. Sat, 9:30pm: Pure Saturdays with DJ Cams. Sunnyvale.




Thu: DJ Scotty Boy. Fri: BeatzBoutique. Sat: Video Killed the DJ. Los Gatos.

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

MYTH TAVERNA LOUNGE Thu: Therapy. Fri: Soul Therapy. San Jose.

Fri: Love and Hip-Hop with Erica Mena. Sat: Baby Bash. San Jose.



Thu, 8pm: DJ Akustik. No cover. Fri, 8pm: DJ Mayo. Sat, 8pm: DJ Mayo and DJ Akustik. Sun, 7pm:


Wed: RedRun. Thu: JazBiz and Dave Dynamix. Fri: Video Mixing. San Jose.

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RESTRICTIVE BILL Assemblymember Nora Campos has proposed a medical marijuana bill that requires a state-issued ID card.


ARIJUANA’S status as a Schedule I narcotic by the federal government, with “no accepted medical use in treatment,” makes any policy to regulate medical cannabis a Gordian knot—nearly impossible to solve, especially when more people get involved.

But that’s exactly what’s happening, as a number of politicians at the state and federal levels enter the fray while the Obama administration flip-flops on its stance regarding enforcement. State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) recently unveiled a bill seeking legalization of marijuana within California for adults, putting him at odds with his colleague Nora Campos (D-San Jose). Campos has proposed a bill to increase restrictions on the sale and use of medical marijuana by adults as well as require a state-issued ID card, something that is voluntary now. There are also several proposed pot initiatives seeking to improve on past legislation and build on the momentum gained from Prop. 19, which was narrowly defeated in 2010. If one or several of those initiatives receive enough signatures to find their way on November’s ballot, they

could be at odds with what California’s legislators have in mind “Until the law is changed—local, state, federal, whatever—we are going to continue to raise money, circulate petitions and register voters in order to get our message heard,” says James Anthony, Oakland-based attorney and chairman of the Citizens Coalition for Patient Care (CCPC). According to Darryl Lucien, political director for Campos, the goal of his boss’ bill is to “provide law enforcement with the ability to obtain the information they need to fight criminal syndicates that are using medical marijuana establishments as a facade for illegal drug sales.” It remains to be seen how any knowledge of where legal patients live and grow their medicinal cannabis will give law enforcement additional insight to combat crime syndicates. But a divide between the public’s and the politicians’ viewpoints on pot is nothing new. Marijuana in both its hemp and medicinal form have been a topic of debate since our country’s founding. Hemp for cloth, paper, animal bedding and feed was produced in the original 13 colonies. Medicines and tonics have also been produced from the plant throughout the world since ancient times. It wasn’t until the early part of the 20th century that laws began to surface restricting the use of marijuana.

There is a widely acknowledged theory that racism contributed to the politicization of marijuana. In the early 1900s, an increase in marijuana regulation started at the same time Mexican immigrants, known to relax with cannabis after long days in the fields, began assimilating into rural-American society. Around 1925, laws became even stricter as African Americans and Latinos in the jazz music scene were viewed both as users of “reefer” and threats to Norman Rockwell’s picture-perfect way of American life. After a brief period of tolerance— due to the need for hemp during World War II—the 1960s featured another association between marijuana and “undesira a group of “undesirable” Americans: hippies and pacifists. This led to Nixon’s launch of the war on drugs in 1970. Jerome Handley, a longtime activist cann and attorney to cannabis-related Sou Bay, has been businesses in the South cann working on the cannabis issue since he stud was a sociology student at UC–Santa Cruz. His start came in the early 1990s, when he worked as an organizer on the Prop. 215 campaign. Handley says the new wave of bills and political mobilization are examples of a societal inflection point. “Previous generations had an enormous amount of trust in their government—and very little experience with marijuana,” Handley says. “So, back then, if the government said it was bad, it must’ve been bad. But from the ’60s on, people used [marijuana] themselves or knew people that did: their parents, relatives, friends. They didn’t see the ruination of youth and society that authorities predicted, and they don’t believe that people in Congress know more about marijuana than they do.” Recent polling lends support to Handley’s assertion that Congress and state legislatures are out of step with the public on this issue. A Gallup poll released last October indicated that more than 50 percent of Americans favor legalization. Congress has had a chance to act on the issue with H.R. 1983, the bill introduced in May of last year to turn over regulation of marijuana to the states. That bill received very little support outside of the bill’s author, Rep. Barney Frank (D-NY), and his 21 bipartisan cosponsors, one of whom is Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-TX). —Simon Seidler

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