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English Minor You approached my buddy and I on the sidewalk in downtown San Jose last Saturday night. You could’ve passed for Matt Damon’s pink-cheeked little brother, in your button-down shortsleeved shirt and neatly groomed hair. You asked us “Where da bitches at?” We were too taken aback to speak, so you repeated it. I looked back at you in shock and could only echo your incredible bastardization of the English language; “Where ... da ... bitches ... at?” You left us with many questions: Did you cut English class EVERY DAY OF YOUR ENTIRE LIFE? Should we warn any near-by “bitches” that a Neanderthal is on the prowl?

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Sam’s Sam’ ’s Side S I appr eciate the t Met ro’s ccorrections orrections appreciate Metro’s that appear appear in n the online version version of the Mar ch h 14 ar ticle (“The Sam March article & Dave Daave Show,” Show w,” C over Stor y), but Cover Story), I’d I’ d lik likee to offer off ffeer one additional ff ccorrection, orrection, rregarding e ding m egar ws of myy vie views

Beellarmine C Bellarmine College ollege Pr Prep. ep. Dec Decades adess ago, ag go, Bellarmine ccommitted ommitted that it would not rrefuse efuse admission to ccapable a apable students whose families lack l the th he means to aff afford ffo ord the tuition. A Ass a rresult, esult, a quar quarter ter of Bellarmine Bellarmine’s ’s students benefit from st tudents b enefit fr om financial aid, ai id, and the scho school ol activ actively ely solicit solicits ts (and (a and ac accepts) cepts) applic applicants ants fr from om manyy downtown and East Side m man neighborhoods ne eighborhoods that I rrepresent. epresent. Bellarmine’s Bellarmine ’s ccommitment ommitment to social so ocial justic justicee cconcretely oncretely manif manifests feestss itself its self in the ubiquitous ccommunity ommuniity service se ervice of its students and in the their ccountless o ountless alumni who ccommit ommit th heir ccareers a eers to running the scho ar schools, ols, clinics organizations cl linics and other or ganizations serving se erving the neediest memb members ers of our tongue-in-cheek ccommunity. o ommunit ty. My tongue -in- cheek mafia” rreference efeerence to the “Bellarmine mafi ef fia”” was w as cited out of its ccontext—in ontext—in

loyalty which I acknowledged d the lo yalty shared byy man many alumni have shar ed b ny alum mni who ha ave prominent positions risen to pr ominent p o ositions in the ccommunity—but ommunit i y—but —b I di did d not back b k myy asser assertion off m tion that Bellarmine byy those who is unfairly branded b the fail to acknowledge th he Bellarmine ccommunity’s ommunity’s palpablee and cconcrete oncrete social justicee in ccommitment ommitment to so ciall justic our world. SAM LICCARDO SAM LIC CARDO | SAN SANN JOSE JOSE Editor: Editorr: Our Mar March ch 14 ccover over st story toorry (“The Sam S & Dave D e Show”) Dav Sh ”) implied implied im pli d that th t Horace Horace Mann Elementary Elementtaarry School School in downtown downttoown San Jose Joose opened opened e around around the time of World Woorld War Waar II. A school school has bbeen een located locatteed on the site sitte since since 1864 but has had multiple mak makeovers eoverrs sinc sincee that time time, e, the most recent reecent coming coming with the San Jose Agency’s Jose o Redevelopment Rede e velopment A ggenc ge c y’s assistance assistance

in 2003. The Thhe article also st stated ated that Sam Liccardo raised unopposed Lic cardo ra aised $62 unopp osed in San Jose’s J oose’s 2010 Dist District rict 3 Cit City ty C Council ouncil o rac race. e. Li Lic cardo d ra aised i d $62,000 $62 000 in i his hi rac Liccardo raised racee against T Tim iim m Hennesse Hennessey. ey. Met Metro ro rregrets egrets the err errors. orrs.

Doo th D thee Math When I started When star a ted driving, driving, gas was was 49.9 ccents ents a gallon, and loading hour.. N Now ow trucks paid d 10 bucks an hour gas is pushing push hing 5 bucks a gallon, and loading loadin ng a truck is still paying paaying y 10 bucks an a hour. hour. At At that rate we ought to be be making $100 $100 to $180 $180 an hour loading loadiing trucks these days. days. How about wage about a minimum m wage of $50,000 $50,000 a year, year, and d a maximum of $250,000 $250,000 a year? year? JJ.T. .T. YOUNGER YOU UNGER | SANTA SANTA CRUZ CRUZ

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Showiing Showing SStrength trenggth San Jose CCouncilmember ouncilmember PIERLUIGI P IERLUIGI O OLIVERIO LIVERIO says he didn’t didn’t rraise aise campaign money at the end of December out of rrespect espect ffor or the Pierluigi P ierluigi Oliv Oliverio verio holidays. At At this point, he’ll he’ll also be able to solemn solemnly ly rrespect espect Easter Easter,, P Passover assover and CCinco inco de M Mayo. ayo. CCampaign ampaign discl disclosure losure Don’t fforms orms go publicc forget later this week week,, but to tip! Oliverio pr oudlyy leaked proudly that he rraised aised the FLY@ maximum amo ount of amount METRONEWS. money allowedd ffor or the COM District 6 prima ary— primary— j the $121,000—in just last two and a half months.. In addition to tapping contac cts he made while working contacts in the high-tec g ch industry y, Oliverio says y high-tech industry, the financial su upport he ’s rreceived eceived mainly support he’s comes fr om hiss push ffor or pension rreform eform from along with M ayyor CCHUCK HUCK R EED and others Mayor REED on the council. That clearly got him the endorsement ffrom rom the San Jose/Silicon V alley Chamber Chamber of Commerce, Commerce, which Valley TEVE K KLINE LINE says rrefused efused to challenger SSTEVE ant him m an inter view. Kline has his even gr grant interview. own base, thou though, ugh, earning endorsements from the South h Bay Labor CCouncil, ouncil ouncil, from firefighters andd police, and the gay firefighters community. community. Bu Butt Kline,, a private-pr private-practice actice attorney, attorneyy, rreports eportts his fundr fundraising aising total is only a fr fraction Oliverio’s. Hee estimates action of Oliverio ’s. H he’s he’s rraised aised justt under $26,000 total, including two lloans oans he made to himself for for $15,500. Ol Oliverio’s iverio’s ability to rreach each the fundraising fundraisingg ceiling in such a short amount of timee is even mor moree impressive impressive considering he is doing it all by himself himself,, without consultants consultants or aides. His His current current DENELLE ENELLE FFEDOR EDOR, District 6 chief of staff staff,f, D has her own rrace a in District 10,, and while ace the two tr traded aded endorsements ffor or each other s that ’s all the help they other,, Oliverio says that’s plan on giving each other other..

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Plug It Now JJUICED U CED The CO UI CODA DA dealership in i Santa Clara offers a new new, w, lo local cal option for green drivers wh who ho want to hurdle the in intermediary ntermediary step hybrids offerr without waiting for T Tesla esla to get g its act together together. r.

CO CODA, DA , a new electric e car dea dealership alership iin n Santa Clara, zips z in front of T Tesla esla e share to snag a sh hare of the market marrket B BRENDAN By BRENDAN N NYSTEDT YSTEDT


put the hammer down at the CODA CODA representative’s representativ ve’s cue. The car responds quickly y, doling out a quickly, near-excessive n near-ex cessive amount of sp peed. It’s It’s a neighborhood,, speed. so o I ease off the pedal. The re egenerative brakes brakes kick in n regenerative and and start to slow the car a bit. I don’t don’t really care how bit. fast fa ast we’re going—I’m focused focussed on on the chassis and the ride— ride e— but but as we continue the drive, drive, I find myself drawn drawn back to o the th he accelerator: accelerator: I’m startled d how fast 134 electricallyh charged ch harged horses can push. push CODA C OD DA is an o oddball ddball brand with a product that’s many pr roduct that ’s an assemblage of man ny different di iff ffeerrent e par parts ts and piec pieces. ces e . The 134horsepower ho orsepower electric motor is made b byy Colorado, Chinese-based U UQM in C olorado, while Chinese -baased Tianjin T i ianjin Lishen Bat Battery tttery C Co. o. (OEM to Apple,, Motor A Apple Motorola ola and Samsung) pr produce oduc d e

the h bat b batteries. tteries t . The h b body ody d st sstampings ampings ar aree similarly made in Chinaa at Haf Hafei’s feei’s factories.. Bor factories Borg-Warner’s g--W Warner’s transmission from Porsche ccomes omes fr om Michigan. P orsche assisted CODA the C OD DA with design of th he ccar’s ar’s steering Continental ssystem. ystem. y C ontinental is rresponsible e onsible ffor esp o or the brakes. brak kees. F Final inal assembly happ h happens ens in the East Ba Bay, ay, in Benicia. brought into What br ought me int to the electric down Stevens ccar’s ar’ a s ccockpit, ockpit, cruising dow wn Ste evens e Creek Cr eek Boule Boulevard, evvarrd d,, is the ne n new ew C CODA OD DA dealership—the one dealership —the only on ne of its kind in Northern N orthern C California. aliffo ornia. Sha Shaun aun Del Grande Grande,, president Group pr esident of Del Grande Dealer Gr ro oup (DGDG) (D GDG) in Sant Santa ta Clara, decided a yyear eear ago he w wanted aanted to includee sales of an electric vvehicle ehicle e brand in his h family’ family’ss eeverveerrgrowing gr owing fleet of auto dea dealerships. alerships. The Del have been running Grandes ha ave b een runn ning dealerships in the South Ba Bay ay ffor or ffour o ourr dec o decades, cades a , st starting taarting with Shaun Shaun’s n’s father father, r, K Kevan. evvaan. Targeting T ar a geting the usual susp suspects—Tesla ects—Tesla ects— e Motors,, F Motors Fisker—it isker—it w wasn’t assn’t until Shaun Del Grande stu stumbled umbled up upon on Sant a-headqu uartered C ODA Santaa Monic Monica-headquartered CODA Automotive A utomotive that he had h his ans answer. wer. With CODA’s opening March W iith C ODA’s op eningg on Mar ch 16, DGDG makes D GDG now sells 11 ccar arr mak es in the Bay Area. Ba ay Ar ea.

“We have been Leafs “W We ha ave b een selling Nissan L eafs Chevrolet Volts and Che vrolet o V olts ffor o or some time o now, noticing now w, notici ing the huge demand,” Del says. “So,, we made it a priorit priority Grande sa ays y . “So ty theree in to rresearch esearch h what else is out ther 100 percent terms of 10 00 p ercent electric vvehicles ehicles e CODA was answer. and C OD DA w as a our ans sw werr.” Yet another player California Y et e anoth her pla ayeer in the C aliffo ornia (EV) game,, C Coda electric vvehicle ehi e icle (EV V) game oda is the not currently sitting only one no ot curr ently sit ttting on the sidelines.. Itss most not notable sidelines table a EV ccompetitor, o ompetitorr, Bruno-based Tesla Motors,, isn isn’t San Bruno -based T eesla Motors n’’t any Fremont sending an ny ccars ars a out of its Fr reemont factoryy do doors. factor o . The ccompany ors ompan o ny rremains emains busy ramping production highlybus sy rampin ng up pr roduction of its highly yModel anticipated Mo del S sedan after shelving six-figure sticker pricee R Roadsters. its six-figur re stick keer pric o oadsters. Tesla slated Model deliveries start T eesla slat ted Mo del S deliv eries to st art earlier this yyear, eear, but the rrelease elease date ffor or o sedans slipp sslipped ed to “mid-2012” after many man ny custo customers omers p ponied onied up $5,0 $5,000 00 ffor or o preorder. Meanwhile, CODAs—priced a pr eorderr. Mean nw while, C ODAs—pric s ed standard model, about del, ab out at $38K ffor or or a st andard mo $20K less th than han the Mo Model del S—ar S—aree b being eing factoryy flo floor assembled on the factor or and the racee simply b byy ha having winning th he sales rac avving product drive now. a pr oduct aavailable vailable v to driv ve now w. want “If cconsumers onsu umers w aant an electric ccar, aar, one they’re then the on ne the eyy’re going to get is a CODA—if theyy ccan C ODA— —iff the an go out and buy theree and says Blake Rong, one ther a then,” sa ayys Blak ke Z. R ong o , associate online Automobile. associate on nline editor ffor or o A utomobile. “It’s kind first-come, firstccom. om. “It ’s ki ind of a first t-come, first tserved thing. want Tesla, ser veed thin ng. If yyou ou o w aant a T esla, e yyou’re ou’re o have wait going to ha ave to w ait a ffor or o it.” The ttwo wo w ccompanies ompanies ttarget arget ttwo wo w

New Ne ew wLLLeaf eeaf In 20 2006, 06, Chris P Paine aine rreleased eleeased the first of ttwo wo do w documentaries cumentaries lo looking ooking at the electric automotiv automotive ve indu industry. ustry. His films Who Killed The Electricc C ar? and Car? Revenge Car R eveenge of the Electric C ar challenged big oil, the automotiv automotive ve in industry ndustry and viewers was being eeven veen vie wers on what w a b as eing done to wean driv drivers veers off their insatiable appetite guzzlers. app etite ffor o or gas guz zlers. On the horizon of ha having avving se several veral options—CODA, Tesla, Nissan’s options— CODA, T eesla,, Nissan ’s Leaf—Paine says moree ccompanies L eaff— —Paine sa ayys the mor m ompanies choose moree cconsumers onsumers ccan an cho h ose fr ffrom, om, the th mor likely lik ely habits will chang change. e. “Electric ccars ars ha have ave got to mo move ve fr from om the early adopter, says. adopter to the eevery very ad dopter,” he sa ayys. The ccar ar that ccomes omes cl closest losest to the CODA C ODA in pric pricee and sizee is the L Leaf. eaff. Nissan ’s EV ffeels eeels b ettter t r built and has Nissan’s better an interior ccertainly ertainly nic cer to sit in, but nicer it lacks the zip of the C O A. Instead, OD CODA. the L eaf ffocuses ocuses on k eeping the driv er Leaf keeping driver in tune with the efficien efficiency ncy of the ccar. ar. A ssuming i yyou o ou ccan an find fi d one and d the h Assuming lo cal dealer hasn ’t mark ked up the local hasn’t marked pric e, the L eaf st arts at $35K. price, Leaf starts R eegardless of pric e, th hough, P aine Regardless price, though, Paine onsumeers get a chanc says sa ayys that onc oncee cconsumers chancee to tr ars, ther e’s nothing tryy electric ccars, there’s to ccompare. ompare. “The “They’re y’re lik like ke what the was phones, says. iPhone w as to ccell ell phon nes,” he sa ayys. “I don’t don ’t know an anybody nyybody th that’s hat’s gone back. You Y ou get sp o spoiled oiled quickly quickly. y. That That’s ’s wh why hy Tesla T esla e and C CODA ODA didn didn’t ’tt go ffor or o a plughybrid. in h yybrid.” Ass surprisingly solid as it ma may A ay be, CODA from om a b e, the C ODA sedan is far f fr perfect p erfect e ccar. ar. The interiorr is dark, ffeels eeels little cramped a lit tle cramp ed and, att least in the preproduction drove, chintzy. pr eproduction unit I dr rove, chint zy. chrome door aree thin, The chr ome do or pulls ar flimsy, chromed plastic.. A piec piecee of flims y, chr omed plastic brakee leather stitched to the parking p brak was ill-fitting. The brakee p pedal handle w aas ill-fit tting t . Th he brak edal lacked was informed lack ed ffeeling, eeeling, but I w aass inf formed o that it’s software patch it ’s due to a softw are pa atch missing in this vversion ersion of the ccar. ar. The T driver’s driver’s side door armrest was too low do or armr est w aas to o lo ow ffor o or me to myy arm on which w was irksome.. rrest est m as irksome benefits are numerous: But the b enefits ar re nu umerous: 1255 miles p per charge driving 12 er char rge ccan an cconvert on nveert stations stands; gas st ations into cconcession oncessio on st tands; a EV spaces premium spots, parking spac es rresided esided in pr reemium sp ots,

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that Daisey’s story just didn’t check out. Parts of it were true, but other parts, pivotal pieces of the story, were patently false. “This American Life” has an hour-long show all about the inconsistencies in Daisey’s story, including an uncomfortable interview with the fabricator himself, who said that he knew his work didn’t live up to journalistic standards, and that he was a bit “sick” over the whole thing. Still, he explained to host Ira Glass that:

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Daiseygate Hits ‘This American Life’ and NYT Writer and performer Mike Daisey got a ton of buzz last month when his one-man show, “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” was in part retransmitted on Public Radio International’s “This American Life.” Daisey was also given a guest column in the New York Times on the treatment of the workers in Apple’s factories. The problem is that both PRI and the NYT took Daisey at his word: Daisey said he went to China, and dramatically spelled out events that happened to him and his translator, Cathy. He detailed his meeting with secret union leaders, as well as the crippled, blacklisted, underage and poisoned Foxconn workers responsible for assembling the shiny products. The story started to unravel when Rob Schmitz, a reporter for Marketplace in China, tracked down Cathy, Daisey’s Chinese translator. Last month, Daisey had told fact checkers at “This American Life” that he was unable to contact Cathy, giving them a cell number that he said no longer worked, and that Cathy’s real name was Anna. Schmitz thought the story sounded fishy, having had much experience with Chinese factories. Once Schmitz met with Cathy he began to realize

“Well, I don’t know that I would say in a theatrical context that it isn’t true. I believe that when I perform it in a theatrical context in the theater that when people hear the story in those terms that we have different languages for what the truth means.” Which might be true from his point of view but nevertheless reveals the problem with his story. On the one hand, it’s a piece he researched and wrote intending to raise awareness of the plight of factory workers in Shenzhen. It cajoles the audience into considering where these magical pieces of technology that we use come from. That’s a good thing. However, it’s bad that it’s a quasi-fictitious dramatization of true events, injected with falsehoods to make it more shocking to viewers and listeners. Because of “This American Life’s” retraction, the NYT has been forced to edit an op-ed piece by Daisey published a few weeks ago. They removed a paragraph in reaction to the admission by Daisey himself that some things he reported in his story didn’t happen to him or the way he details them.

Instagram Coming Soon to Android At SXSW, the founder of Instagram made an informal announcement: at long last, the too-cool-for-school photo filtering and sharing service

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will be coming to millions of Android phones. Since launching in 2010, the app has become an iOS essential, with Apple dubbing it 2011’s App of the Year. The photo app features a variety of image filters that have become a phenomenon with its ever-growing user base, currently clocking in at around 27M. Even with its tremendous popularity, the San Francisco-based company is still extremely small. It’s a mystery how the company plans to make money going ahead, but for now, as long as they keep it small and agile, they’re in a good position. The upcoming Instagram on Android is so good that cofounder Kevin Cistrom has reportedly said that “in some ways, it’s better than our iPhone app.”

SJ’s World-Beating WiFi System Coming Soon Downtown San Jose is about to get a cutting-edge municipal WiFi network. The city is hoping that it’ll lure startups to downtown, following in the footsteps of the Irish Innovation Center and TechShop. Vijay Sammeta, the young CIO of San Jose, is behind


the agreements with Sunnyvalebased Ruckus Wireless and SmartWAVE. Ruckus has previously set up the WiFi network that powers Seoul, South Korea, but they were searching for a showcase of their technology closer to home. Other than the Seoul network, this network is the fastest in the world and the fastest in the United States. The city of San Jose is paying a reported $94,000 for the equipment while Ruckus and SmartWAVE are taking care of the setup and optimization of the network. The city’s press release details that the access points will be: …deployed on light poles and other locations throughout downtown San Jose. The majority of these wireless devices will be connected to an ultra high-speed gigabit fiber network that terminates at an Internet peering point called MAE West in Downtown San Jose. Management of the wireless network will be centralized at City Hall, allowing a single point of visibility, control and tuning of the Wi-Fi network. Part of the agreement will allow Ruckus to test firmware updates and new access points on a special, hidden network in downtown. The network is set to be installed “soon,” and the practical applications of the network apply to the city’s parking monitoring system and smart parking meters.

Tim Cook Confronted Path Over App Privacy Path, the social journaling service, recently was found to have kept its users’ address book info without permission. The company said it was an innocent mistake, violating their users’ privacy in such a way, and corrected the oversight. However, this threw doubt into how Apple’s stringent App Store selection process could have missed a glaring invasion of privacy. Apple’s socalled “walled garden” approach is supposed to protect users from things like this. Path CEO and co-founder Dave Morin soon found himself in the office of Apple CEO Tim Cook, and, if what Bloomberg Businessweek writes is accurate, Morin received a stern talking-to. “As the Path controversy unfolded, it became clear that several other popular apps uploaded contacts as well,” Bloomberg Businessweek continues. The App Store is supposed to be a relatively fair process, but some are finding ways of undermining the protective bubble Apple places around the process. They’ve learned how to play the game, and Apple’s having to think different to combat those trying to get an unfair advantage.

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FFew Complain TToo City About B Ban Bag IN N THE FIRS FIRST T ttwo wo months of implementation, im mplementation, the cit city’s y’s plastic plastic-bag -bag ban ba an yielded p positive ositive en environmental vironmenttal and few rresults e esults few complaints, complaints, according according d to o a memo sent out last week by by Kerrie K eerrie R Romanow, omanow o w, acting director director Environmental Services off the En nvvironmental Ser vices Department. D Depar tment. “GreenWaste Recovery, “Gr eenWaste R eecovery, a rresidential esiden ntial solid waste so olid w aaste and rrecycling ecyycling c ccollection ollection hauler city, ha auler ffor or the cit o ty, has already already rreported epor o ted percent a 10 p ercent rreduction eduction in film plastic plasttic being processed b e eing processed at their Materials Recovery Facility, wrote R eecoveery Facilit ty,” Romanow Ro omanow wr otee memo.. “This amounts to an in n a memo immediate im mmediate rreduction eduction of approximately approximaately 1,380 pounds per day plastics 1, 380 p ounds p er da ay of film plastic cs since city’s ordinance. si nce the start start of the cit ty’ y s or dinancce.” City have City officials eexpect xpect to ha ave another progress an nother snapshot of pr ogress this Great American m month duringg the Gr eat Americ a an Litter Pick-up occurs Li ittter t Pick k-up - eevent, vent, which o ccurss annually an nnually eevery very spring and fall. far,, the ESD has rreceived 255 ccalls So far eceived 2 alls from fr rom the public expressing expressing concerns concerrns unfavorable orr “an unfa avorable comment” comment” about about o the ordinance between October th he or dinance b etween Octob er 2011 2 and February wrote. an nd F ebruary 2012, Romanow Romanow o wrrote. Meanwhile, have been 277 Mean nwhile w , there there ha ave b een 2 fformal o ormal complaints complaints with businesses businessees through th hrough the first ttwo wo months of the t yyear. e .F ear For or now now, w, the cit city ty is working w these businesses rather than with levying le evying fines fines.—Josh .—Joosh K Koehn oehn

Greg G reg Howe Not a problem for me. While W I detest plastic bags, I do find th thee idea iddea of government dictating policy on paper paaper bags quite ridiculous. Consequen Consequently, ntly, I do d damn near all of my shopping in adjacent addjacent municipalities—Santa Clara and a Morgan M Hill. To paraphrase Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi, Nazi “No N No sales tax for you, you San Jose! Jose!” Kristen Great news for the environment! ennvironment! It’s also awesome that th there here are arre alternatives to plastic shopping bag bags gs and Plastic annd big kudos to project green bag. Pla astic trash bagless trrash liners are next in line, and a bagl less trash trrash can with an embedded cleaning system syystem is the way to go.


Libraries, P Libraries, Police: olice: TTwo wo Gr w eat Things Great That Go TTogether ogether A CITIZENS’ signature signaturre drive drive is underway under d way to secure secure a ccertain ertain i percentage budget p ercentage of the bud dget ffor or o our libraries.. This would replace libraries replace the libraryy parcel librar parcel ttax ax set to to expire expire in 2014. If enough signatures signattures are are measuree ccould bee ccollected, ollected, the measur ould b placed plac ed on the ballot in n November. November. Single-issue advocacy may Single i l -issue i adv d ocaccy ma ay come come at else.. Howe However, the ccost ost of something else ver, setting setting aside a specific specific percentage percentage of the budget ffor specific purpose or a sp o e ecific purp ose way guarantee is the only w ay to gua arantee it is done.. Elected officials often fund done services their scope ser vices not within the eir sc ope of rresponsibility. esponsibilitty. Last L ast month, I proposed proposed o eexamining xamining dataa for a and collecting collecting dat fo orr setting settting t percentage budget— ccertain ertain p ercentage g of the t budget g — higher than today’s todaayy’s percentage—for per e centage—ffor o police department. the p olice depar tmentt. My proposal proposal will come come back for fo or discussion disscussion during the budget pr process. ocess. You argue Y ou ccan o an ar gue the merit m perspective both libraries p erspective on b oth li ibraries and


public safety. saffeety. On one hand, public are equalizer,, which libraries ar re an equalizer allow yyouth outth the opportunity opportunitty and access information both ac cess to in nfformation o both paper paper and electronic. electr onic. Libraries are are considered considered a special special place place in the heart heart of many man ny academics ac ademics that p populate opulate our valley. valley. On the other hand, police police are are the only enf eenforcement for o cement of the So Social cial Contract allows us to walk C ontract that t walk back and forth for o th from from the library library being without b eing assaulted. We We ccan an alw always ayyss hop hopee for for o the b best est in prevention, pr evention n, but there there are are those in society so ciety who wh ho are are deviant. deviant. Perhaps P erhaps we ccould ould ccombine ombine the ideas and set s ap percentage ercentage of the budget ffor o orr police police and libraries. libraries. It would brin bring ng to together gether the two two most popular p opular city citty services. services. I believe believe most would sa say ay that a city citty is doing good good job when it i has an eexcellent xcellent police police fforce o orce and library l librar y branches that ar aree open. op en. Otherwise, Otheerwise, the risk is that tax tax rrevenue evenue ccould o ould bee sp b spent ent on items not in the City City Charter. Charter.

Sergeant Ser rg geeant X What we need is priority-bas priority-based sed budgeting. When my pay was cut by 15 1 percent, I didn’t just begin paying 85 ppercent ercent of my mortgage, 85 percent of my m PG&E bill, etc. I prioritized. I pay 100 perc percent rcent of what’s essential and cut back on wha what’s at’s not.

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UPWARD BOUND The new climbing wall at Touchstone takes advantage of the old movie theater’s high ceiling.


HE NEW Touchstone Climbing gym in San Jose opened its doors last Friday. The gym boasts 40-foot-high rope-climbing walls, an area for bouldering, a yoga studio, a sauna and a cardio room.

Touchstone has taken up residence in the old Studio Theatre building on the corner of South First and San Salvador. The spot, once plagued by outbreaks of violence and bad dance moves, has been completely transformed. The old art-deco movie house, with its high ceiling and sturdy construction, is a good fit for Touchstone. Some downtown residents may remember Touchstone’s previous location next door to Camera 12. Unfortunately, that location was abandoned due to size. As general manager Diane Ortega explains, “Ultimately, there was no room for growth.” Luckily, the large space inside the Studio Theatre can accommodate the climbing walls. Many South Bay residents are probably familiar with rock climbing and bouldering. Castle Rock Park, located off of Highway 9, has long been a staple for rock climbers and visitors seeking to connect with nature. Touchstone makes it possible to challenge gravity indoors. The 40-foot walls provide a range of climbing options, from novice to expert. The name of the game isn’t necessarily extreme fitness; it’s mostly technique. Climbers will have to buddy-up to take advantage of the

walls, and basic belaying techniques are a must when attempting the ascent to the roof. Touchstone will schedule a partner day one day a week when visitors can team up to tackle the climb. Beginner climbers will have to complete a safety inspection, but once that’s done, they should have no problem navigating the walls. While the tallest walls require a belaying partner, members can navigate the bouldering area solo. This part of the gym offers the same challenges, but it doesn’t reach extreme heights. Bouldering has been growing as a sport in the past decade, partly because it offers a bit more independence while stressing proper technique, and partly because it’s much easier to find an interesting rock to climb than it is to find a mountain wall. Here, balance and horizontal maneuvers come into play, which to many is just as satisfying as vertical climbing. The place doesn’t feel like a traditional gym. It’s more of a playground for adults. Ortega says, “We’re a non–gym person’s gym.” Even the membership options don’t feel traditional. Touchstone offers one-day, 10-day, monthly and annual memberships. If your year is interrupted halfway, you can put your membership on hold. Touchstone will host a ropeclimbing competition this Friday; so, potential members can see what the space has to offer. The initiation fee will be waived for the first 300 members who sign up. —Tomek Mackowiak

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SHELF HELF LIFE An innovative new program aims to keep bookstores like Menlo Park’s Kepler’s aloft.

Kepler’s looks to open-source tech model to launch a new initiative to help independent booksellers By GARY SINGH


ALL IT serendipity, but I slithered into Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park on the very day the store announced its new venture to create the independent bookstore of the future. In fact, it was within a few hours. Get ready, as this idea could only have happened in Silicon Valley. As most have figured out by now, the traditional economic model of an independent retail bookstore is essentially obsolete, thanks to the ease with which one can buy exactly what he or she wants much cheaper from online retailers. And Amazon has proven that after people buy e-readers,

they end up purchasing way more e-books then print books. Enter a brand-new idea: Kepler’s 2020, the official transition phase into the community bookstore of the future. This will be a hybrid model, consisting of a community-owned bookstore that focuses on curating and retailing books and a nonprofit that focuses on events. As the blog says: “When you know exactly what you want, an online retailer is a very efficient way to get it. What they aren’t as good at is serendipity. Anyone who loves books can tell you about the gem they picked up while they were browsing at a bookstore—a staff pick, a personal recommendation or just a happy find. Bookstores also continue to excel at providing a community around writing and reading—author events, book clubs and literary gatherings.” Clark Kepler, whose dad opened the

store 56 years ago, is not going away. He is retiring but will still function as chairman of the board. The store will still be called Kepler’s, but leading the transition team is Praveen Madan, the “literary entrepreneur” who owns Booksmith on Haight Street in San Francisco. Over the phone, Madan said that, unlike when Borders was going broke, with Kepler’s, we are not witnessing the publishing industry pushing a business into bankruptcy. We are not seeing bookstore executives asking for bonuses as the company goes under. At Kepler’s, says Madan, the opposite is happening. An expression of grassroots love has emerged to innovate the next independent bookseller model. People are volunteering hours and hours of their own time. “You just don’t see that with any other commercial institution in this country,” Madan says. The particulars of the new model are still being hashed out, but the basic idea is to split off the community events and the author series into a dedicated nonprofit, which allows

tax-deductible funding from corporate and individual donors. Without the need to subsidize those events, the for-profit retail portion should be able to run more effectively and grow stronger. The point is not just to save Kepler’s; rather, this could be a revolution, an idea that should spread beyond Menlo Park to other independent booksellers. There is a future for this business, Madan believes. “I do think there is a goal here, long-term,” he tells me. “A lot of the ideas we’ve been talking about on the bookselling model, they are applicable to other independent bookstores in the rest of the country. “As we’ve started to go public with the story and shared this with other people, we are already seeing interest from other independent bookstores. [They’re] calling me, emailing me, and saying, ‘Hey, how do we do this nonprofit thing? We’ve been thinking about this for years, but we just don’t know how to do it, because it’s so complex.’” Madan himself comes from a tech background; he’s a former software engineer and management consultant. The most interesting aspect of the plan is that he views the process as one of open-source innovation. Whatever the team learns from this endeavor will be given away in the hopes that it can help other independent bookstores. It’s like a Wiki concept, allowing other bookstores to customize and adapt the plan to suit their own particular scenario. Anyone can port the idea to their own platform. “It’s like software,” Madan explains. “And the people who get that immediately are the VCs. In fundraising rounds and meeting with entrepreneurs, the venture capitalists get that in the first five minutes of the conversation. They get it. There’s like a multiplier effect here. You can totally scale this, but you don’t scale it with a chain or by franchising it. Those are the old models. You do it by Wiki style or Mozilla style or Linux style. You give it away.” And we shall hope that serendipity still plays a role.

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The implications of this technology are profound. Sidestepping the channels of mass production, 3-D printing affords individuals unprecedented power of creation. In the creative community that has embraced it, people speak about its potential to transform our global culture. It is, they say, the democratization of fabrication. Suppose a shop owner needs a bracket with particular dimensions for a custom shelving unit. Instead of buying one, or asking someone to craft one, she can now make it herself. If a designer has an idea for an iPhone accessory but needs a prototype to check the specs, he can print one out and test it. “Before, a lot of these fabrication tools existed but were only found in a handful of large corporations,� says Michael Catterlin, general manager of the TechShop in San Jose. “Now there’s this technology that’s potentially going to change the world, and it’s not just for people with advanced degrees. Anyone with an imagination can bring their product to life.�


Printing Parts While 3-D printing is now making a grand entrance into public consciousness, the technology has been in development since the mid1980s. Early 3-D printers, however, were cost-prohibitive for the general public and remained in the sole possession of companies that could afford the ďŹ ve- and six-ďŹ gure price tags, and which used them primarily for rapid prototyping. Due to dropping costs and increasing interest, 3-D printing has trickled down to the level of small businesses and hobbyists and is headed for consumers. While still a technology in relative infancy, 3-D printing’s potential impact is being compared to the Industrial Revolution. But where the 18th century saw the creation of millions of production jobs in factories owned by big companies, 3-D printing and the fabrication revolution are headed to our homes. In the not-too-distant future, when we buy products, they may arrive not in boxes but as 3-D ďŹ les in


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our email. Objects will be designed or downloaded by individuals and printed out on 3-D printers at home, in 3-D print shops or in community spaces. There’s already a push among some library advocates to bring 3-D printers into libraries, in large part because of the technology’s democratizing potential. This is a very different business model from the current manufacturing/shipping/retail model, which relies on factories to build products and shipping companies to deliver them to consumers. Whether stores and warehouses will become things of the past remains to be seen, but being able to fabricate objects in our homes definitely presents interesting possibilities. Already, remarkable things are

being done with 3-D printing. NASA has tested a 3-D printer on the International Space Station, where printing tools and parts makes a lot more sense than waiting for the next delivery. An 83-year-old Belgian woman with a degenerative bone disease was recently outfitted with a custom, 3-D-printed jawbone. And the Smithsonian is printing museumquality replicas of statues for traveling exhibits. Among those already printed: a life-size version of the Thomas Jefferson statue that resides permanently in Monticello, Va. An even more mind-boggling application of the technology is “bioprinting,” which really is the printing of live tissues and organs. Some in the medical-technology field believe that the idea of people dying while on an organ wait-list

could one day be a thing of the past. While years away from clinical trials, organs have been “printed,” and the technology shows great promise. At some point, we may even have collection bins for waste products that separate materials into chemical elements and store them for future use. In the same way that an inkjet printer stores colors for printing, a 3D printer (theoretically) could store elements and combine them to print objects on demand. The Star Trek replicator seems to be getting much, much closer.

Trillion-Dollar Industry Michael Weinberg of the

Washington, D.C.–based public interest group Public Knowledge recently wrote a white paper on fabrication and its legal and social implications titled It Will Be Awesome if They Don’t Screw It Up. He says, “3-D printing technology is poised to have a huge impact on how people create and consume and think about objects. It has the potential to be a very disruptive technology.” That’s a good thing, but also contains big risks, legal and otherwise. Part of Weinberg’s job with Public Knowledge is to get out ahead of the curve and make sure laws aren’t enacted in a knee-jerk reaction to this new new thing. “The last big disruptive technology was the Internet,” Weinberg says. “With it, some industries embraced


In the same way that an inkjet printer stores colors for printing, a 3-D printer could one day store elements and combine them to print objects on demand. Weinberg gives as an example the fact that you can’t copyright an object such as a desk. Anyone can measure a desk and then build or modify one to fit their own needs. Perhaps the most significant economic implication of 3-D printing is that it is catalyzing a merging of industries. Dave Britton, co-founder of the MakersFactory, an educational and fabrication workshop, or “maker space,” in Santa Cruz, points out that 3-D printing is bringing together industries in previously unimaginable ways. “People talk about this being a trillion-dollar industry some day,”

he says. “I talk more about the convergence of industries: Media, medicine and manufacturing are all in the same plane and imploding at the same rate. Technology is driving them to come together. You can’t talk to someone in medicine or optics without talking in the same way we talk about what we’re doing here.” Manufacturers, surgeons, teachers, builders, scientists and designers are all looking at ways to use the ease of customization and quick turnaround inherent in 3-D printing to their benefit. While people already in the workforce will have some re-skilling to do to familiarize themselves with computer-aided design software and 3-D printers, TechShop’s Catterlin says, young people will have the technology integrated into their lives as yet another tool on an everexpanding digital continuum. He shares a story about his boss’s 7-yearold son, who designed and printed custom clips for a bandolier to hold his Nerf darts. The MakersFactory has kids who attend the adult classes and do quite well. As MakersFactory co-founder Chris Yonge says, “They don’t know they can’t do it.” When the methods of fabrication become available to everyone, this new brand of “makers” say, the potential for human creativity and innovation expands exponentially. “We can say that in the future we’ll all be able to print a new phone or kidney or something,” says Weinberg, “but that’s really just an extension of what we have today. We’ve learned with the Internet that if you give people tools, they do weird and unexpected things with them. 3-D printing is just starting to break through to people who are not engineers or designers, and they’re starting to use it in really unforeseen ways, making all kinds of interesting developments.” “Once people realize that the barriers are no longer there, they will start to become more adventurous,” Yonge says. “People will realize you don’t have to rely on a big store or paying a ridiculous price for something that doesn’t really fit your needs. You can make it yourself.”


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it and engaged with it and some saw it as a threat and tried to get laws passed and make it harder to do innovative things with it.” He says tools that replicate objects, such as DVD burners, photocopiers and manufacturing tools, already exist, and there are already laws that work to prevent their misuse. “3-D printing is interesting to me because it’s dealing with physical objects and you don’t have this thing where everything connected with it is protected by copyright,” he says. “We’re now in a world that is not wrapped up in intellectual copyrights; we’re free to create and build upon other ideas.”


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A HEAD OF ITS TIME There’s little that a PP3DP plastic extruder can’t do in the right hands.

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HEN describing the actual 3-D printing process, a good analogy to use is that of an inkjet printer, which takes information and prints it onto paper, in two dimensions, line by line, from the top down. In a similar fashion, 3-D printers take information and print it, in three dimensions, layer by layer, from the bottom up. In the past, manufacturing has largely employed a subtractive

process, meaning that you start with something and cut away at it—with tools such as lathes—to get an end product. 3-D printing is an additive process, meaning that you start with nothing and build something. The limitations of subtractive machining, including the need for a trained machinist, fall away with 3-D printing. Things that are difficult or impossible to machine in one piece using a subtractive process, such as complex geometric shapes, cylinders within cylinders or curved holes in a metal block, can all be done with 3-D printing. For hobbyists, 3-D printers

including the MakerBot Thing-OMatic and the UP! printer work by heating and printing inexpensive materials such as plastics (including bioplastics) and chocolate (yes, friends, we are printing chocolate). Printers in this range can be picked up for under $2,000. But the price is dropping fast. Recent Kickstarter campaigns have booted the Printrbot and MakiBot printers from prototype to market, and they both come in under $500. Like inkjet printers, the price on 3-D printers will presumably drop until they hit a point that makes them standard computer peripherals.

“These technologies are like the early days of computers or laser printers,” says The MakersFactory’s Chris Yonge. “At the generally affordable level, they’re still rather crude but at the same time they’re very flexible, and they offer a huge amount of promise for the next generation.” In addition to MakerBots, the MakersFactory has powder printers, which are the next step up the 3-D printing ladder. They print using a variety of powdered materials including gypsum, nylon, clay—even glass, steel and titanium. Using this technique, the object is printed within densely-packed layers of powder. Wherever the design designates the object, the printer puts the powdered material and a binding agent; where the design designates empty space, the printer prints non-binding, space-holding powder that is later blown away. With this self-supporting method, designs can have a level of fragility and detail that plastic printers such as the Thing-O-Matic can’t support. On the industrial level, 3-D printers can build remarkably complex things using the same additive, layer-bylayer process. Last year the Airbike, a customizable bicycle printed out of a powdered nylon that rivals steel or aluminum in strength, was unveiled by the European Aerospace and Defence group (EADS), and this year GE is rolling out a jet engine built with some 3-D printed parts, including the fuel injector. In addition to being an exciting technological advance, 3-D printing is potentially less expensive than traditional manufacturing (the price of 3-D printed objects ranges from a few dollars on up), it is a low- or nowaste process, it allows for unlimited customization and it will soon be widely available. “What I find the most exciting is just the potential, the unknown,” says Mike Catterlin of TechShop San Jose. “It really does seem to have limitless possibilities. “The technology is exciting and it’s fun to see it print stuff, but just thinking about the bigger picture of what it means and how far it can go—that’s what’s the most exciting to me.” —Cat Johnson

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SIZZLE STICKS Grilled skewers of meat make up the heart of Gaku’s menu.

San Jose’s Gaku restaurant specializes in tasty skewered meat dishes known as yakitori By STETT HOLBROOK


DON’T SPEAK Japanese, but I bet there’s a saying that equates to “jack of all trades master of none.” One of the things I love about Japanese culture is the reverence for singular pursuits, be it calligraphy, martial arts, sword making or cooking.

The new documentary Jiro Dream of Sushi profiles 86-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, owner of Tokyo’s three Michelin–star sushi restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro. Ono

has been perfecting his sushi skills for 75 years, and he still sees room for improvement. There’s a Japanese word for someone with that kind of zeal and dedication. It’s “shokunin,” and it means an artisan or craftsman. The concept speaks to Japan’s culture of self-mastery and specialization. While there are plenty of Japanese restaurants in Silicon Valley with encyclopedic, noodle-to-sushi menus, my favorite are the ones that specialize in one thing and do it very well. Sumiya was one such restaurant. The shoebox of a restaurant specialized in yakitori, charcoalgrilled skewers of meat, fish and vegetables. But in 2008, a fire in

a Chinese restaurant next door damaged Sumiya, and the restaurant closed. Sumiya has since reopened on Homestead Road in Santa Clara, while Gaku opened on the site of the old Sumiya. For me, the new Gaku is better than the old Sumiya, because there are even more yakitori items. While the yakitori chefs here have not put in the years that sushi master Ono has, the bandannawearing chefs are dedicated to their craft: the grilling of little skewers of food. Think of Gaku as a Japanese tapas restaurant. The mini-kebabs and side dishes are meant to be paired with beer, sake and shochu. Most of the food is salty and fatty (in a good way), a perfect match for alcoholic refreshment. (The restaurant offers private taxi service for those who’ve had too many.) The skewers are cooked on a skinny, rectangular grill box over binchotan, a premium grade of slow-

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burning hardwood charcoal from Japan. There’s a big window in the dining room so diners can watch the cooks at work. Gaku offers more than 20 kinds of yakitori plus regular specials. Chicken is a good place to begin. There is grilled chicken thigh and breast (both $3), but go for something more interesting like the tsukune (chicken meatball, $2.50), nankotsu (knee cartilage, $3) or the excellent kawa (grilled chicken skin, $3). Speaking of chicken skin, you have to order the chicken “chip,” a flatted and fried section of chicken skin that comes out like a big tortilla chip ($6). It’s served with a creamy, thousand island–like dip and is just great. Trust me. Tsukimi tsukune (two skewers for $6) takes its name from the Japanese word for moon. It’s a stumpy, sausage-shaped chicken and pork meatball, with a raw egg (the moon) in a side dish for a dipping sauce. The blistered meat and creamy richness of the egg yolk make it really good. On my visit, the grilled pork belly wrapped around bamboo shoots and red bell pepper was listed as a special ($4), and indeed it was. Pork belly has a way of making things special. While the menu is very meatcentric, my favorite item was the marinated and seared celery ($5). Yes, celery. Celery never plays a starring role, but this might be the best celery dish I’ve ever had. The celery is marinated in a light soy and sesame sauce, grilled and served cold. For drinks, Sapporo and Asahi are available on tap as well as the excellent Yebitsu beer ($6) in a bottle. The real star of the drink menu is the shochu, a distilled beverage made from rice, barley, sweet potatoes, brown sugar and buckwheat. Gaku offers lots of sake, too, but the extensive list of shochu invites exploration. Pair a glass with a few salty skewers off the grill and savor the fruits of Gaku’s shokunin. | | | MARCH 21-27, 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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AFFINITY Classic American. $$$. Big-shouldered food in handsome surroundings is the rule. The steaks are big and juicy, the pot pies better than Grandma used to make. Full bar. 300 Almaden Blvd, inside the Hilton. 408.947.4444.

AMICI’S EAST COAST PIZZERIA Pizza. $. Amici’s specializes in thin-crust, New York-style pizza. With its upscale atmosphere and friendly service you’ve got one of downtown San Jose’s best pizza shops. 11am-10pm Mon-Thu, 11am-11pm Fri, 11:30am-11pm Sat, 11:30am10pm Sun. 225 W. Santa Clara St. 408.289.9000.

ANTONELLA’S Classic Italian standards in a relaxed, family-friendly Rose Garden neighborhood setting. 11am9pm Mon-Fri, 8am-3pm and 4-9 pm Sat-Sun. 1701 Park Ave., 408.279.4922

ARCADIA Steakhouse. $$$. Celebrity chef Michael Mina reworked the menu at Arcadia in the summer of 2006 to create a modern steakhouse, a change that has made it the destination restaurant it was originally supposed to be. Lunch 11:30am-2pm Mon-Fri; dinner 5:30-10pm Sun-Thu, 5:30-11pm Fri-Sat. 301 S. Market St. 408.278.4555. BELLA MIA Italian-American. $$$. One of downtown San Jose’s most attractive eateries, Bella Mia serves regional dishes with flair. Full bar. 11:30am-9pm Mon-Thu, 11:30am-10pm Fri, 4:30-10pm Sat, 4:30-8pm Sun. 58 S. First St. 408.280.1993.

BILLY BERK’S Eclectic. $$. Billy Berk’s restaurant looks and tastes like the offspring of the Hard Rock Cafe and Chili’s. The downtown San Jose restaurant offers a populist mix of American, Mexican and Asian food. Most dishes are designed for sharing— appetizer-size portions, nibbles and finger foods that pair well with the prodigious drink list. 11:30am-10pm Mon-Wed, 11:30am-10pm Thu, 11:30am-11pm Fri, 5-11pm Sat. Bar open till midnight. 99 S. First St. 408.292.4300. DALAT Vietnamese. $$. San Jose’s second-oldest Vietnamese restaurant continues to draw those in search of delicious traditional fare. Surroundings are clean and friendly. Lunch and dinner daily. 408 E. William St. 408.294.6989.

EULIPIA New American. $$$. The revamped menu emphasizes robust flavors and beautiful presentations. Several standouts have been retained from the previous menu, as have the sexy Eulipia cocktails. Full bar. 5:30-10pm Tue-Sat, 4:30-9:30pm Sun. 374 S. First St. 408.280.6161. FLAMES EATERY AND BAR American. $$. In Silicon Valley, the home-grown Flames restaurant chain is the area’s definitive coffee shop. And now they’ve opened in downtown San Jose to great acclaim. 7am-midnight daily. 88 S. Fourth St. 408.971.1960.

4TH STREET PIZZA CO. Pizza. $. 4th Street Pizza Co. occupies a prime corner spot on East Santa Clara and Fourth with big windows to watch the comings and goings at City Hall across the street. The thin-crust margherita fell short but the thicker-crust pies are better. 11am-9pm


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HOUSE OF SIAM Thai. $. This popular establishment runs the gamut of Thai treasures. Beer, wine. 11:30am-2:30pm Mon-Fri, 5-10pm daily. 151 S. Second St. 408.295.3397.

IL FORNAIO Regional Italian. $$. Embraced by the graceful Sainte Claire Hotel, this location (there are several up and down the coast) transports the diner. The menu showcases a different region of Italy monthly. 7am-10pm Mon-Thu, 7am-11pm Fri, 8am-11pm Sat, 8am-10pm Sun. Full bar. 302 S. Market St. 408.271.3366. KOJI SAKE LOUNGE $$. Japanese. In spite of Koji’s well-tuned atmosphere, it’s the sakes that really set the tone. Koji’s sake list includes tasting notes that help you find one that suits you. Happy hour 6-9pm Wed-Fri with $3 beers and $5 small plates. 6pm-close Wed-Fri, 8pm-close Sat. 48 S. First St. 408.287.7199. LA PASTAIA Italian. $$. La Pastaia remains a stalwart of downtown San Jose’s dining scene. Set inside the Hotel De Anza, the rustic Italian restaurant has big-city style to spare. Lunch 11am-3pm MonFri, noon-2pm Sat-Sun; dinner 5-9pm Mon-Thu, 5-10pm FriSat, 5-9pm Sun. 233 W. Santa Clara St. 408.286.8686.

LA VICTORIA TAQUERIA Mexican. $. La Vic’s famously addictive orange hot sauce merely tops off its tasty


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LOW MILEAGE, HIGH IDEALS Edith Floyd, founder of ‘Growing Joy’ gardens in Detroit, drives her shiny new bright orange Kubota tractor down her street where she is reclaiming the empty lots and growing food.

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EMEMBER the road trip I took this past summer? My family and I drove a 1966 Airstream across the state to research and promote a documentary TV show I was producing for PBS called Food Forward, and I wrote about my adventures in this column. The road trip and the literal and figurative potholes we hit along the way are fading into memory, but Food Forward lives on.

Next month, on April 9 at 7:30pm, KQED will air our first episode: “Urban Agriculture in America.” The show will play on PBS stations across the country for most of the month of April. The 30-minute program explores the growing urban agriculture movement and travels to New York City where city farmers are growing food on the only real estate available—rooftops; to the industrial blight of West Oakland and Milwaukee, where urban pioneers are creating jobs and fresh sources of food; and to the up-from-the-ashes city of Detroit, where inspirational urban farmers are creating a greener future for their city Of all the places I visited to shoot this episode, Detroit was the most mindblowing by far. The city looks like it has been hit a bomb, with countless buildings and homes caving in on themselves or burned the ground. White flight and the relocation of auto-industry jobs have devastated the city. All those vacant houses and the basic need for fresh food, however, have given way to a thriving urban-agriculture movement unlike anything else in America. I think the footage we shot brings it to life. We even have a dope hip-hop song. It’s performed on the streets of Detroit by rapper Money Wellz, who wrote it just for the show. It’s a heavy but uplifting song. Food Forward began more than three years ago. I was sitting in Metro’s office when I got a call from an old friend who said he and a producer wanted to create a food show. He wanted to know if I was interested and if I had any ideas. I had been reading Derrick Jensen’s powerful critique of industrial society in A Language Older Than Words. I was wondering how I could use my position as a food writer at Metro to showcase solutions to a food system rotten to the core. How about a food show not about celebrity chefs or cooking competitions but about regular people creating a healthier food system? Thus Food Forward was born. If I had known then what it would take to get the show produced and funded, I’m not sure I would have signed on. Given the financial, organizational and personal pressures required to make a television show, it’s a wonder TV—at least good TV—gets made at all. We’ve still got a ways to go. We have a contract with KQED to produce 12 more episodes, and the fundraising challenges are huge. But for now I’m looking forward to April 9. Tune in and check out for more info.—Stett Holbrook

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LOS CUBANOS Cuban. $$. Cuban food exudes an earthy, slow-cooked seduction and Los Cubanos has it in spades. Lunch 11am-2:30pm MonFri; dinner 5-9pm Mon-Thu, 5-10pm Fri, 1-10pm Sat and 4-8:30pm Sun. 22 N. Almaden Ave. 408.279.0134.

MCCORMICK AND SCHMICK’S Seafood. $$$. Harks back to big-city fish houses with stately, masculine interiors. Menu follows the freshest fruits of the sea, grilled, panseared, steamed. Desserts will hook you. 11:30am-10pm daily; 11pm happy hour Fri-Sat. 170 S. Market St. 408.283.7200. MEZCAL Regional Mexican. $$. Mezcal specializes in delicious regional cuisine from the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. People who need nachos and sour-creamtopped burritos on the menu will probably be miffed, but for those willing to venture beyond the same old MexicanAmerican standards, Mezcal offers an excellent point of departure. 11:30am-11pm SunFri and 5-11pm Sat. 25 W. San Fernando St. 408.283.9595.

MOROCCO’S Moroccan. $$. Morocco’s is the kind of restaurant downtown San Jose needs more of: distinctive food cooked and served by people with a personal investment in customer happiness. Morocco’s personal touch is all over the restaurant. Lunch 11am-3pm Mon-Fri; dinner 511pm Mon-Sat, Sun 5-9pm. 86 N. Market St. 408.998.1509.

MORTON’S STEAKHOUSE Steakhouse. $$$$. Morton’s, a Chicago-based chain of restaurants with more than 80 locations across the U.S. and abroad, offers delicious, premium-priced steaks. The rest of the menu is a mixed bag. 5:30-11pm Mon-Sat, 5-10pm Sun. 177 Park Ave. 408.947.7000.

MUCHOS Mexican. $. A small player with a big rotisserie,

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this taqueria cultivates a devout lunch following. All standards get billing, but the mesquite-roasted chicken is the star. Beer. 11am-10pm daily. 72 E. Santa Clara St. 408.277.0333.

NAGLEE PARK GARAGE New American. $$. Lots of restaurants would like to think of themselves as friendly neighborhood joints but few deliver. The Garage does. Small but satisfying menu of well-executed comfort food classics. 5-9:30pm Tue-Thu, 5-10pm Fri, 9am-1pm, 5-10pm Sat, 9am-1pm Sun. 505 E. San Carlos St. 408.286.1100.

NHA TOI Vietnamese. $$$. Nha Toi is the place for northern-style Vietnamese food—less sweet than southern Vietnamese food and less spicy than the food of central Vietnam, yet it makes wider uses of aromatic ingredients 9am10pm daily. 460 E. William St. 408.294.2733.

PAGODA RESTAURANT Chinese. $$$. The cuisines of China share top billing with the opulence of the décor. Pagoda offers the gamut of regional all-stars. Full bar. 610pm Tue-Sat. Fairmont Hotel, 170 S. Market St. 408.998.3937.

PAOLO’S New Italian. $$$$. Filled with artistic spins on California-meets-Italy, the kitchen turns out elegant entrees spearheaded by seasonal vegetables. The impeccable service compensates for the modest portions. Full bar. 11:30am2:30pm Mon-Fri, 5:30-10pm Mon-Sat. 323 W. San Carlos St. 408.294.2558. P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO Chinese. $$. With atmosphere to spare, Chang’s doesn’t neglect taste. Vibrant Szechuan flavors mix surprisingly well with rich Western-style desserts. Takeout. Full bar. 11am-10pm SunThu, 11am-11pm Fri-Sat. 98 S. Second St. 408.961.5250.

POOR HOUSE BISTRO New Orleans. $$. Poor House Bistro offers a low-priced menu of Crescent City classics like po’ boys, barbecued shrimp, gumbo and muffaletta. Live music on Fridays and


Saturdays. 11am-9pm MonThu, 11am-10pm Fri-Sat, 10am-8pm Sun; brunch 10am2pm Sun. 91 S. Autumn St. 408.292.5837.

SCOTT’S SEAFOOD Seafood. $$$. Culture lovers and power brokers alike find impeccable sourdough, a sea of marine treats and other entrees and a panoramic view (there’s a sister eatery in Palo Alto). For maximum pleasure, get there at sunset. Full bar. 11:30am5pm Mon-Fri, 5pm-close Sat, 4:30pm-close Sun. 185 Park Ave. 408.971.1700.

71 SAINT PETER New American. $$$. This romantic eatery offers upscale Mediterranean food in an intimate setting. Beer, wine. Closed Sun. 11:30am-1pm, 59pm Mon-Sat. 71 N. San Pedro St. 408.971.8523.

SONOMA CHICKEN Mixed. $. If you don’t mind carrying your own tray and fighting for a table you’ll be rewarded with hearty spit-roasted chicken that requires at least six napkins. 11am-9pm SunThu, 11am-10pm Fri-Sat. 31 N. Market St. at San Pedro Square. 408.287.4098. VEGETARIAN HOUSE Vegetarian. $. This meat-free stalwart offers vegetarian dishes from around the world with a side serving of religious reading material from spiritual leader Ching Hai. 11am-2pm, 5-9pm Mon-Fri, 11am-9pm Sat-Sun. 520 E. Santa Clara St. 408.292.3798.

VUNG TAU Vietnamese. $$. Traditionalists might gripe that they can get authentic Vietnamese food for less elsewhere, but it’s hard to top Vung Tau for its fresh, quality ingredients and sleek yet comfortable décor. Encyclopedic menu. 10am3pm, 5-9pm daily. 535 E. Santa Clara St. 408.288.9055.

WING’S Chinese. $. The food is complemented by an exotic dining room with sequestered seating equipped with hanging beads and doorbells, and other miscellaneous peculiarities of a bygone era. Always a fun place to visit. 11:30am-9:30pm daily. 131 E. Jackson St. 408.294.3303 or 998.9427.

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South First Billiards, San Jose Thu – 9pm; free

Britannia Arms Cupertino Fri – 9pm; $5

San Jose’s Till I Fall started in 2010 with a fascination for rock bands from Florida, covering not only the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus’ “Face Down” but also Mayday Parade’s “Jamie All Over” and Anberlin. Their alt-pop sound has evolved, and they’ve changed up members as well, with guitarist Brandon Leland on lead vocals, Jason Perry on guitar, Kevin Ristow on bass and Payam Barghi on drums. The results of all this growth can be heard in the driving, upbeat songs on their new EP, Solutions, Not Answers. Rise Over Me and Animal Super Species open. (BD)

Skyway View would have fit quite well into the ’90s music scene. Not the grunge ’90s, or even the altrock ’90s. I’m talking about a lessremembered slice of the decade. Imagine the moody band you’d see playing in the background on Buffy the Vampire Slayer—the kind of group that specialized in dissonant power ballads and amphitheaterstyle drumming. It was where coffee-shop folk singers met Bon Jovi, where thick, slow-building power chords blended naturally with Tori Amos songs. Cholo Barmitzvah, Scarlet Spoke and Crimes of Passion open. (AC)

Suppose someone said there was a band that could combine the sound of the Pixies, X, Tom Waits and Johnny Cash. Would anyone believe it? Probably not, until they heard the Famous. This San Francisco band is regularly saddled with the Americana label, which I guess is technically accurate, but fails to explain that this band’s heart is in indie rock. Like Alejandro Escovedo and many an indescribable band out of Austin, the rootsy facet of their music (while sincere) is just part of a heady rock & roll cocktail spiked with whatever it takes to get

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SPIRAL ARMS Blank Club, San Jose Fri–9pm; $10 Hard rock had a moment in the Bay Area in the early 2000s, and two of the most popular bands at the time were Oakland’s Systematic and San Francisco’s Manmade God. Systematic got signed by Lars Ulrich, but within three years of their debut album broke up. Manmade God was handpicked by Rick Rubin for his American label, but the experience was such an unrelenting headache the band imploded. Systematic frontman Tim Narducci and Manmade God guitarist Craig Locicero formed Spiralarms, and then proceeded to ... do very little. Their gestation period was long

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and strange. They had more lineup changes than albums until 2010’s Highest Society, which seemed to give them a new resolve. Their reemergence make them practically elder statesmen for the new crop of blazing bands. Zed and Swerver also play. (SP)


Streetlight Records, San Jose Sat– 4pm; free Mary Axe has been around since 2002, but had fans of their live shows banging their heads in frustration at the repeated postponement of their debut record. Finally, the South Bay

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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

RADIOHEAD Apr 11 at 7:30pm, HP Pavilion

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

ZAC BROWN BAND Apr 14 at 7pm, Shoreline

JOYCE YANG Apr 15 at 7:30pm, Montalvo Arts Center

RISE AGAINST Apr 17 at 7pm, SJSU Event Center

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

AMSTEL QUARTET Apr 22 at 3pm, Montalvo Arts Center

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Apr 24 at 8pm, HP Pavilion

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WILL SPROTT San Pedro Market, San Jose Sat–9pm; free When Will Sprott did a show in New York last year, he was approached by some people who explained to him how they’d started the literary journal Coffin Factory, named after one of the songs he wrote for the Mumlers’

last album, Don’t Throw Me Away. Unfortunately, the journal itself doesn’t seem to credit the source of the name, but I like the idea of a lit journal as companion piece for Sprott’s work, especially the character-driven, symbol-laden “Coffin Factory.” It’s been a while since that came out, but he says he’s got a whole new batch of songs. Meanwhile, after six tours last year with various members of the Mumlers (some from his original South Bay crew, others from the East Bay where he lives now), he would seem to be at a crossroads—does he continue the Mumlers as a loose collective, start something new, or simply strike out under his own name? Whatever he goes with, this show will give South Bay fans a chance to hear what’s up with one of their most talented exports. (SP)



Johnny V’s; San Jose Saturday – 9pm; $5

Catalyst, Santa Cruz

When I picture keytar-driven bands, it’s usually those larger than life, cocaine-fueled ’80s amphitheater rock bands, not some crazy eclectic punk band with elements of ska, metal, rap, cumbia and R&B. This is the conundrum of Molkahete. Yes, they are an interesting band that mixes up a million different genres and gives them a nutty, irreverent energy and even weaves in a bit of funny, intelligent lyrics, but do they understand the power of this instrument they’re wielding? A keytar is not a joke. It is the ultimate symbol of rock & roll. So unless Molkahete plans on reimagining Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer” and means it, I suggest they leave the humor to knock-knock jokes. (AC)

Like rap’s most famous fivesome, Tyga came straight outta Compton, but the similarities with Eazy, Ren, Dre, Cube and Yella end there. Tyga prefers “Coconut Juice” and is the first hip-hop star to turn his aversion to alcohol into a pop hit. Tyga has quickly moved away from early songs like “I’m a Gangsta,” instead twisting old-school rap up with humor and big-bottom beats for party-ready anthems. But his epic new album, Careless World: Rise of the King, is yet another chapter for the halfJamaican and half-Vietnamese 22-year-old. He’s still ready to party, but across the album’s almost two dozen tracks he also shows a serious and introspective side. This time, it’s personal. (SP)

Sat–9pm; $28/$30

Apr 27 at 6:30pm, Shoreline

COLDPLAY Apr 27-28 at 7pm, HP Pavilion

BASSNECTAR May 5 at San Jose Event Center

KEOLA BEAMER May 6 at 2:30pm, Dinkelspiel Auditorium

VAN HALEN Jun 5 at HP Pavilion

SCORPIONS Jun 9 at 7pm, Shoreline

MAYHEM FESTIVAL Jul 1 at Shoreline

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

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RUCE SPRINGSTEEN, Jay Z and 50 Cent grabbed headlines at SXSW this year, but at its core, the festival is still a great place for music discovery. This year, the festival seemed particularly active as it peaked into a full-blown Mardi Gras–style street party with thousands of St. Patrick’s Day revelers merging with the SXSW crowd at Sixth Street on Saturday. We spent last week in Austin avoiding most of the high-profile performances and wandering among the hundreds of bars, warehouses and other venues hosting music.

Delivering by far the most energetic and chaotic set we caught at SXSW, Off ! is bringing California ’80s hardcore back with some of the genre’s originators. The band was created at the end of 2009 by vocalist Keith Morris (a founding member of Black Flag and Circle Jerks), guitarist Damitri Coats (Burning Bridges), bassist Steven McDonald (Redd Kross) and Mario Rubalcaba (Earthless, Hot Snakes, Rocket From the Crypt). What emerged is a frantic collection of songs released as four EPs in 2010. The band’s first fulllength release—16 songs, clocking in at 16 minutes and recorded over just a few days—is due May 8 on Vice records. Bodies were flying through the pit and over it throughout the

band’s set at Thrasher’s Texas Style Death Match Party. For fans of: Black Flag, Circle Jerks


Vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig could easily be mistaken as sisters. In addition to having a similar look, their voices complement each other perfectly. They stand face to face as they sing, each with a synth, and harmonize over a rich sonic bed of drums, percussion, bass and guitar. With the February release of their debut EP, they’ve already caught the attention of some national media outlets. Next year, we expect them to be on to much bigger gigs than the mid-day dive bar show that we caught them at. For fans of: Band of Horses, Feist

Reggie Watts

Reggie Watts seemed to be everywhere in Austin; we first caught him at a free Under the Radar showcase on Sixth Street and later entertaining the crowd between sets at a warehouse party headlined by Diplo, Questlove and A-Trak. He’s well known for comedy—and his

Delivering by far the most energetic and chaotic set we caught at SXSW, Off! is bringing California ’80s hardcore back Bass Drum of Death

Bass Drum of Death has neither an increased presence of said instrument nor any signs of deadly misadventure. The Mississippi duo’s stripped-down rock has just the right mix of distorted guitar, reverb-drenched vocals and surfer-slack attitude. The added bass guitar at the band’s SXSW show filled out the band’s sound nicely. For fans of: The White Stripes, Jay Reatard

Cairo Knife Fight

Another explosive duo, this time via New Zealand, Cairo Knife Fight builds on the Black Keys’ model of pounding drums and riff-heavy guitar work and kicks it into overdrive with more distortion, live bass and drum loops, and references to ’70s rock, instead of the Keys’ blues roots influences. The group is known as a top Kiwi rock band—the duo was recently recruited to open for the Foo Fighters in front of 50,000 people there—but 2012 could be the year we see them break out in the U.S. and beyond. For fans of: Queens of the Stone Age, Black Keys

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PACIFIC BALLET ACADEMY A Spring Showcase performance by the students, including Fokine’s “Les Sylphides.” Sat-Sun, noon and 5pm. $20. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

Opera THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE A light-opera classic presented by Lyric Theatre. Runs Mar 24-Apr 11. This week: Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. $11-$36. Montgomery Theater, San Jose.

Theater CAT’S-PAW A drama about a journalist and an eco-activist who turns to violence. Runs Mar 23-Apr 15. Preview Thu, 8pm. Regular shows Thu-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. $20$30. Dragon Theatre, Palo Alto.

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.


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TheatreWorks. Runs thru Apr 1. 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.

(Mar 28), 7:30pm. $15/$20. Le Petit Trianon, San Jose.


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

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 MISSION CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Roger Wright, pianist, joins MCO for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concert no. 1. The program also features works by Dvorak and Ravel. Sat, 7:30pm. $10-$30. California Theatre, San Jose.

MUSIC@MENLO A benefit concert with violinists Hye-Jin Kim, violist Matthew Lipman, cellist Mihai Marcia and pianist Michael Brown; the program features selections by Debussy, Boccherini and Dvorak. Fri, 7:30pm. $50. Martin Family Hall, Menlo School, Atherton.


Jane Austen’s famous story is brought to the stage by the theater department at SJSU. Runs thru Mar 22. Wed-Thu, 7pm. $10/$20. University Theatre, SJSU.

A benefit concert for Music in the Schools Foundation features the orchestra and the chorus, violin ensemble and ukulele ensemble of Music in the Schools. Sun, 3pm. $15/$25. Costaño Elementary School, East Palo Alto.




CLUB FOX Thu, 8pm: Everybody Loves Comedy Tour hosted by Jay Real. $10/$20. Redwood City. Fri, 9pm and Sat, 7 and 9pm: Live improv comedy. Fri, 11pm: The Midnight Show. Inside the Camera 3 building, San Jose.

FLINT CENTER Sat, 8pm: Kevin James and Ray Romano. $49.50 and up. Cupertino.

ROOSTER T. FEATHERS Wed, 8pm: New Talent Showcase. $10. Thu, 8pm, Fri, 9pm, Sat, 8 and 10:30pm, Sun, 8pm: Greg Warren. $13/$19. Tue, 8pm: New Talent Comedy Competition. $10. Sunnyvale.

SAN JOSE IMPROV Wed, 8pm: Big Al’s Big Ass Comedy. $12. Thu, 8pm, Fri, 8 and 10pm, Sat, 7 and 9pm: Darren Carter. $15/$17. Sun, 7pm: Big, Bad & Sexy. $12.San Jose.



A program about artistic and vocal interpretation called “The Poetry of Music.” Sat, 5pm. $10$25. First Congregational Church, Palo Alto.


Eric Kujawasky conducts the orchestra in works by Beethoven, Copland and Daugherty, with clarinetist Michael Corner as guest soloist. Sun, 7pm. $35-$60. Le Petit Trianon, San Jose.



“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

A modern-day version of the classic drama, presented by City Lights. Runs thru Apr 15. Thu-Sat, 8pm, Sun 7pm (Mar 25) or 2pm (Apr 1 and 15, no show Apr 8). $25-$35. City Lights, San Jose.

NOW CIRCA THEN The West Coast premiere of a comedy about two historical re-enactors at a New York Tenement Museum; presented by

A concert called “Musical Adventures” as part of a collaboration between local composers and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. Next Wed

PRINCE OF FOOLS Hamlet (Thomas Gorrebeeck, center) toys with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (Adam Magill, right, and Martin Gutfeldt).


Yasmina Reza’s comedy about warring parents is presented by San Jose Rep. Runs Mar 22-Apr 15. Preview Thu-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2 and 7pm, Tue, 7:30pm. Opens Mar 28, 7:30pm. $10-$74. San Rose Repertory Theatre.



“Light Works.”Two minimalist installations by Dan Flavin and Robert Irwin. Mar 21-Jul 8. WedSun, 11am-5pm, Thu, 11am-8pm. Stanford.

CONTINUING “Two Apart.” Paintings by Cuong Nguyen. Thru Apr 27. Wed-Sun, 11am-5pm. Los Gatos.



Great Dane MODERN DRESS seems almost de rigueur for Shakespeare productions these days—and understandably so. More than just a way of keeping wardrobe costs down, modern dress provides accessibility for audiences who may feel alienated by the archaic language. Modern dress also lends some authenticity, considering that in Shakespeare’s time, plays were performed in contemporary costume, regardless of historical setting. When viewing such a “modernized” version of Shakespeare, it’s hard not to be struck with an initial sense of incongruity. Can we really accept an actor in 21stcentury street clothes speaking in early-modern English? If the play is done well, as the powerful new City Lights production of Hamlet is, then we can accept it just as readily as we can accept actors talking to themselves in soliloquy.


Director Kit Wilder’s “updating” of Hamlet does more than stick the players in jeans and hoodies. $15–$30 The characters are all vaguely recognizable as City Lights Theater modern archetypes. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Company, 529 S. played by Adam Magill and Martin Gutfeldt, Second St., San Jose resemble two yuppies on the make. Male authority figures like Polonius (Jeff Kramer) are austere businessmen in suits and ties. However, in a postmodern nod to the productions of yesteryear, the play-within-a-play sequence uses faux-Elizabethan costumes and Renaissance music piped from a laptop computer. What about the complex, ambiguous Prince of Denmark himself ? Thomas Gorrebeeck eschews subtlety and emphasizes the crazier side of the character. Clearly unstable, with normal inhibitions slowly melting away, this Hamlet tends to gyrate suggestively against others, though during his scenes with Queen Gertrude (Kristin Brownstone), we are spared the strong Oedipal connotations that are sometimes interpolated into the play.

As Gorrebeeck veers between calm self-reflection and foam-spattered tirades, he leaves the viewer in a state of unease, with the sense that Hamlet could go completely off the rails at any moment. The stark lighting and eerie sound effects used to set the mood of Kronborg Castle add to this unsettling effect, and the atmosphere, more than a backdrop for the action, is a window into the mind of the disturbed prince. It also engulfs the victims of Hamlet’s vengeance. The hero’s madness seems to infect Sarah Moser’s anguished Ophelia like a disease, while Tom Gough’s strangely sympathetic Claudius grows increasingly desperate and violent. All in all: a fresh and provocative take on Shakespeare’s brooding tragedy. —Sean Conwell


CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY MUSEUM “Mammoth Discovery!” Plus 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.

HISTORY MUSEUM OF LOS GATOS “Radiant Light: Memories From the Ming Quong Home in Los Gatos.”Thru Jul 15. Wed-Sun, 11am-5pm. Los Gatos.

SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF ART “Frank Lobdell: Wonderland.” A retrospective exhibit of works by the major Bay Area abstract painter. Thru Aug 5. “To Hell and Back.” A selection from the museum’s collection of illustrations for Dante by Sandow Birk. Thru Sep 16. “Renegade Humor.” Pieces by Roy De Forest, John Bankston, M. Louise Stanley and more. Thru Jul 8. 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, 10am-5pm. San Jose.

TRITON MUSEUM OF ART “Rosa Louca dos Ventos.” Mixedmedia 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, 11am9pm. Santa Clara.

Galleries ANNO DOMINI “Ordinary People.” A solo show by Daniel 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.

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

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

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

KING MAIN LIBRARY An exhibit celebrating SJSU’s role as the original “California State” institution of higher learning. Thru Jul 31. Special Collections. Also “Recollections: Art & the Archive of an Iranian-American Journey.” Works by Taraneh Hemami. Thru Mar 30. Second Floor Gallery. King Main Library, San Jose.

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

MONTALVO ARTS CENTER “O’ Great Reverie: Montalvo 19122012.” An exhibit about the history of the estate built by James Phelan 100 years ago. Thru May 13. Thu-Sun, 11am-3pm. Saratoga.

SAN JOSE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART “The Office.” A group show looking at the absurdities of life in the modern office. Thru Jun 2. “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, noon5pm. San Jose.

SJSU GALLERIES Works by student artists. 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. Mon-Sat, 9am-7pm. Sunnyvale.

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Markets: Pueblo Painting in the Early 20th Century.”Thru May 27. Wed-Sun, 11am-5pm, Thu, 11am8pm. Stanford.

THOMPSON GALLERY “Dread Scott: Revolutionary Archive.” A series of paintings using old photos from various revolutions. Runs thru Apr 6. Art Building, SJSU.


A chance to talk with the author of “Too Much Magic: Pulling the Plug on the Cult of Tech.”Thu, 7pm. Kepler’s, Menlo Park.

ALLY CARTER A booksigning event with the author of the young-adult book “Out of Sight, Out of Time” about teenage spy Cameron Morgan. Thu, 3pm. Hicklebee’s, San Jose.

AKASH KAPUR An appearance and signing event with the author of “India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India.” Mon, 7pm. Kepler’s, Menlo Park.

JULIA SCHEERES The Lurie Distinguished Visiting Writer at SJSU and author of a new book about Jonestown gives a reading sponsored by the Center for Literary Arts. Wed, 7pm. King Main Library, San Jose.


Presented by Peninsula Youth Theatre. Fri, 9:30 and 11am, Sat, 11:30am and 1:30pm. $8/$10. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

SNOW WHITE A family show from Palo Alto Children’s Theatre group. This week: Wed, 7:30pm, Thu, 7pm, Fri, 7pm, Sat, 2 and 7pm, Sun, 2pm Runs thru Mar 31. Children’s Theatre Palo Alto.

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A screening of the documentary about the decline in honey bee populations, plus a talk with beekeeper Skye Talow. Fri, 7pm. $10. Hidden Villa, Los Altos Hills.

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STRING PALS Brittany Haas (left) and Lauren Rioux return to the duo format for their Mountain View show.


Win an Evening Under the Big Top! One lucky reader will win a spectacular evening courtesy of Metro. Grand prize includes dinner at Eulipia and a pair of tickets to see TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil in the Big Top at the Taylor Street Bridge. Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential. See the show that has been dazzling audiences with its colorful costumes, upbeat music and amazing acts of contortion, high flying stunts, juggling, balance and much more.


AFTER FOUR YEARS touring with the celebrated alt-bluegrass band Crooked Still, fiddler Brittany Haas is cutting back to essentials in order to discover her own musical identity. The Menlo Park native set down deep roots in Boston’s burgeoning acoustic music scene, working with a wide array of innovative string players since graduating from Princeton in 2009. But last year, she relocated to Nashville, determined to focus on writing and performing her own music. “Crooked Still was such a huge part of my life, I miss it a lot,” says Haas, who returns to the Bay Area Saturday for a Redwood Bluegrass Association performance at the First Haas and Rioux Presbyterian Church of Mountain View with fellow five-string fiddler and vocalist Lauren Saturday; 8pm; $18/$20 Rioux. “Now I’m not sure what to say when people ask me what I do musically,” Haas continues. First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View, 1667 “But I feel like I’m developing as a person, just Miramonte Ave. being in a new city and having more freedom. When you’re in a band you do what’s best for the band. There’s less decision-making on a day-to-day basis. Nashville has so many amazing musicians, it’s really exciting.” Haas and Rioux bonded further while attending Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddle School in the Santa Cruz Mountains. When Rioux decided it was time to record her first album, she asked Haas to produce it. Recorded at Rioux’s home and released last September, All the Brighter is a gorgeous session exploring American songbook standards, reels, lyrically charged originals and vintage pop, with a cast of luminaries including fiddle renegade Darol Anger, cellist Mike Block and Crow Molly mandolinist Joe Walsh. “That sparked our idea to do this project as a duo,” Haas says. “We decided, we’re best friends, we may as well go out on the road.” Like Haas, Rioux has imbibed traditional Celtic styles and old-time Appalachian music, jazz and bluegrass. A dedicated educator, she spends a good deal of her time teaching. For the duo tour, the women are focusing on material from All the Brighter while adding some new songs to the set. Still in the repertoire-gathering stage, the project allows them to fully spread their wings, with harmony vocals and even a little banjo by Haas. “A duo is such a small group,” Haas says. “You’re way more exposed than any musical situation I’ve been in before, strangely much more so than in a trio. ... The thing about a duo is that you have so much freedom rhythmically and harmonically.”—Andrew Gilbert

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EUROZONE UROZONE ENCOUNTER French Nathalie (Audrey Tautou) falls forr Swedish Markus (François Damiens) in ‘Delicacy.’

The new French romance Delicacy reveals the tartness behind Audrey Tautou’s sweet smile By RICHARD VON BUSACK


OME CRITICS have been working this point very hard, so note that Audrey Tautou’s pixieishness isn’t all there is to Delicacy. The film does come out of the gate very badly, when it seems as if all it’s going to be about is the bland happiness of a Parisian couple.

The man and woman play that game of not knowing each other at a bar, before sauntering off together. Later, the camera whirs around them as they stand in a public square to reveal them in the ritual clothing of a bride and a groom. There’s no strife with their in-laws, and they chat about

that, too; when they end up in bed, they do so under a poster of John and Yoko. Soon, however, Nathalie (Tautou) is widowed under circumstances that are more of a shock to her than they will be to the audience. Let’s just say we’re well prepared for it. Some time passes, and Nathalie works her way up at a Swedish-owned firm; what the company does is vague, but it may be cultural, since there are posters for Bergman films on the walls. Charles (Bruno Todeschini), the director general, offers in the nicest way possible to get closer. Nathalie rejects the proposal deftly, and not just on the grounds that Charles is married. Seemingly having locked up her emotions, Nathalie surprises us when she kisses the most unlikely man in the office. She makes the kiss while distracted—it’s Delicacy’s key moment

of resistible cuteness. We haven’t really d Markus k (F i Damiens) i ) noted (François before; it’s as if Nathalie had passed down the pass her boss made at her to the first underling she encountered. That’s when Delicacy changes into something interesting and touching. Damiens’ Markus is notably homely, and his hair won’t be around for much longer. He wears earth-toned rugby sweaters with vertical stripes. His wincing wide-toothed smile resembles Wallace in the claymation cartoons. Markus slouches apologetically because he’s so much bigger than the French people around him. The strangeness sticks to him; a shot of him visiting his relatives is like spying on a cave of shaved bears. Some people haven’t figured how to talk to him. A female co-worker, who doesn’t know Marcus, tries to make conversation by saying it’s a tragedy Stieg Larsson died before he could enjoy his success. Markus’ lack of artifice attracts Nathalie. Charles the boss takes her to a crimson-tinged crypt of a restaurant that looks like the Masque of the Red Death; there in the gloom you can see older executives squiring their younger mistresses. Markus takes her

Delicacy PG-13; 108 min. Opens Friday, Camera 3, San Jose

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to a Chinese restaurant with plastic tablecloths and dead ducks hanging in the window. Damien takes the too-chicness away from Tautou—he finds an edge on her and strikes up displays of that wounding sharpness that wit tries to conceal. People call Tautou a pixie. But she’s also monkeyish, in the way Humbert Humbert meant when he called Lolita that—she’s small, nimble and dark, and a little surly. It’s fair to suggest a woman who had grieved heavily would need to get back in touch with her girlishness. The script notes Nathalie’s childhood love of Pez candy. We note that Nathalie lives on a street named after little birds. First-time directors David and Stéphane Foenkinos are dealing with an older Tautou than the one from Amélie, the one who was heralded as the second coming of Audrey Hepburn. Tautou never seemed physically ripe before; for that matter, she never really seemed to have a body before. The directors have a feeling for physiques: Charles’ secretary Ingrid (Audrey Fleurot), who dresses in skintight, lipstick colors, is always surprised in some weird yoga contortion reaching for a file or frozen in an odd position waiting for orders from her boss. Delicacy is a pluralistic film, or it’s meant that way. Obama himself encourages Markus to pursue Nathalie, if not in so many words. We see him on television, telling a North Carolina crowd, “This is your time!” and Markus gets the message. American presidents are usually not encouraging figures in French films. Maybe this is why the finale left me slightly cold. After suggesting and applauding the novelty of a transEuropean courtship, Delicacy heads back solidly into the traditional. The countryside, a walled garden and a black-clad granny are brought in, as if the surroundings will make an outlandish Swede an honorary Frenchman. | | | MARCH 21-27, 2012

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(PG-13; 108 min.) See review on page 37. (Opens Fri at Camera 3 in San Jose.)

(1941) A 70th-anniversary screening hosted by TCM. (Plays Mar 21 in San Jose at Santana Row, Century 20 Great Mall and other local theaters.) (RvB)

FOOTNOTE (PG; 103 min.) The story of a family conflict in the world of Talmud studies. Directed by Joseph Cedar. (Opens Fri at Camera 3 in San Jose and the Aquarius in Palo Alto.)

THE HUNGER GAMES (PG-13; 142 min.) See review on page 40.


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Survivor ANDREW ERWIN and his brother, Jon, who photographed, co-wrote and produced October Baby, were inspired to make the film by the activism of Gianna Jessen. Jessen claims that she was aborted at seven months via saline injection and survived. After this, Jessen naturally had terrific health issues, redefined for the purposes of this fictional film as some unexplained “hip surgery” Hannah (Rachel Hendrix) once endured. Hannah, a 19-year-old college student, collapses with asthma during a student play. The event triggers questions about her background; she learns from her physician father (John Schneider, who played Pa Kent in Smallville) that she was adopted. Thus, Hannah and Jason (Jason Burkey) head to Mobile, Ala., to find out why her birth-mother decided not to have her. The script’s attempts to give Hannah some personality fail. She says she shows her crazy side when she plays Scrabble, and we don’t even see her play Scrabble. Any sympathy we might have for this ultimate case of maternal rejection subsides when we see how Hannah is pushed into everything. She’s a passive character, who does things by other people’s fiat. There’s Jason, who talks her into the road trip; there’s a Catholic priest who advises forgiveness (Hannah takes the priestly

advice even though she’s a Baptist). Ultimately, Hannah is forced to go home and then hits the road a second time, because of her father’s intervention. It says 2012 on the calendar, but Schneider’s Dr. Jacob is the kind of man who believes that he has the right to ask his daughter’s potential boyfriend what his FZkfY\i9XYp intentions are. PG-13 While specific about Opens Friday at Alabama backgrounds, selected theaters in Mobile and the Gulf Coast, October Baby has a polished, impersonal, interstate-hotel style, devoid of regional color. October Baby isn’t about the wrongness of one specific kind of abortion, like the late-term abortion Jessen says she lived through. It’s about the wrongness of all abortions, even for fetuses with birth defects. There’s a story in this film about a would-be aborted baby who also lived: “The doctor says that there wasn’t much brain activity ... but we saw him smile.” Shades of Terri Schiavo. October Baby means, ultimately, to provide the anti-choice movement with a horror story of an aborted baby living to confront its mother and to make her weep with guilt.—Richard von Busack

(R; 83 min.) Jeff (Jason Segel), a hulking Baton Rouge child-man, is aptly described by his brother, Pat (Ed Helms), as a “Sasquatch.” He’s entombed with his bong in his mom’s laminated-wood-paneled den. Pat needs help himself; he’s at a crisis point in his marriage with Linda (Judy Greer). This rising, literal bromance is countered with the story of Jeff and Pat’s mom, Sharon (Susan Sarandon, the prize in this package), who is getting paper airplanes over the top of her cubicle and playful but anonymous emails. Like a few filmmakers who started off with small cameras, the Duplass brothers don’t seem to be composing for the large screen. The film has twin payoffs—an act of heroism and a really good kiss. Sarandon is hitting the age where foxy rebellious grandma parts are all that’s waiting for her, so the role gives her a chance to be a lover once more. And the film is a ringing endorsement of the drifty life—in harsh times like these, our cinema needs more bums. Segel is inarguably cuddly, and he brings in the low notes to this underwritten part of a simple, good person, but the dead spaces and air of underachievement go beyond the subject matter. (Plays at selected theaters.) (RvB)

THE KID WITH A BIKE (Unrated; 87 min.) The new Dardennes brothers film tells the story of a an orphaned boy and the woman who agrees to take care of him. (Opens Fri at Century 16 Mountain View.)

OCTOBER BABY (PG-13; 107 min.) See review at left. (Opens Friday at Cinema 20 Oakridge.)

A DOUBLE LIFE/KISMET (1947/1944) Ronald Colman in a fileunder-noir drama about an actor who has played Othello (see below) one too many times. BILLED WITH Kismet, Colman’s dashing beggar who would be a prince, as long as he can get his hands on the princess (Marlene Dietrich with painted curls). (Plays Mar 27-29 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)

LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (2003). Majestic. At Minas Tirith, “the white city”: Gandalf (Ian McKellen) tries to rouse the steward Denethor (John Noble) to action. Like all misrulers, Denethor decides to strike out when he’s at his weakest. Good enough, even without the more quiet drama of the ascent of Mt. Doom by Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin), past a radium-green fortress in Mordor. (Plays Mar 23-25 in San Jose at the Retro Dome.) (RvB)

NILES FILM MUSEUM Regularly scheduled programs of silent films. Mar 24: Chaplin in “The Vagabond” (1916), Harold Lloyd in “Bumping into Broadway,” Buster Keaton in “The Paleface” (1921) and Laurel and Hardy in “Why Girls Love Sailors” (1927). Frederick Hodges at the piano. (Plays Mar 24 at 7:30pm at the Edison Theater in Fremont.) (RvB)

OTHELLO/THE STRANGER (1952/1946) Sixty years later, Orson Welles’ Othello is still the finest film version of the tragedy, despite the financial chaos under which it was made and the controversy it stirred. And there was controversy: Andre Bazin’s throat-clearing first paragraph in Cahiers du Cinema: “If one must be for or against Othello, I am for it”; let alone American distributors leery about exhibiting interracial romance. As the starless and Bibleblack warrior, Welles holds his own against Michael MacLiammoir’s Iago. BILLED WITH The Stranger. Welles plays a sinister prep-school teacher with a past; Loretta Young stars as his newlywed bride; and Edward G. Robinson shows up as the U.S. government Nazi hunter. Very good on the late-show level, with a muchimitated finale atop a clock tower.


RICHARD III (1955) Laurence Olivierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s version of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tragicomedy of â&#x20AC;&#x153;hellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dark intelligencerâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;the hunchbacked medieval king who climbs to the top. Olivierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s king is a kind of monument: a tremendously virile and funny performance, based on the then-risky idea of a serial killer taking the audience into his conďŹ dence. (Plays Mar 21-22 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) Barely Legal explains it all. (Plays Mar 24 at 11:55pm in San Jose at Camera 3.) (RvB)

Reviews THE ARTIST (PG-13; 100 min.) Michel Hazanaviciusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; black and white and silent salute to the pre-talkies features his regular star. In the lead is the amazing Jean Dujardin, better known as the idiot secret agent of Hazanaviciusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; two OSS parodies. Here Dujardin plays a silent star named Valentin whose luck runs out when sound comes in at the end of the 1920s. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the other ďŹ lm this season besides Hugo that recalls the vividness and universality of the silent age. Recommended. (RvB)

IN DARKNESS (R; 145 min.) Too often, feature ďŹ lms about the Holocaust insist that in the long run, the ordeal made people better. At least two-thirds of Agnieszka Hollandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true-story-based ďŹ lm avoids that trap. After having rushed past the site of a Nazi atrocity in progress, a Polish husband gets home at dawn. 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 sewersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; remoter passageways. Little does he realize how long their ordeal will be, or what a strain his double-life will put on his family. (RvB)

JOHN CARTER (R; 132 min.) Slightly confusing and ripsnorting. Andrew Stanton (Wall-E) adapts â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Princess of Marsâ&#x20AC;? (1912), the ďŹ rst of Edgar Rice Burroughsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 11 blood and thunder novels about the planet the indigenous Martians refer to as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barsoom.â&#x20AC;? Transported there, former Confederate ofďŹ cer John Carter (Taylor Kitsch, physically ďŹ t but a clunky actor) has great strength and the ability to leap tall

pinnacles in a single bound. While a prisoner of the savage tusked Tharks, Carter rescues princess Dejah Thoris (Shakesperean actress Lynn Collins) not just a princess but a professor, investigating the mysterious â&#x20AC;&#x153;9th Ray.â&#x20AC;? And bald alien shapeshiftersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;led by a priestly Mark Strongâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;lurk, watch, wait and interfere. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all diverting in a way space operas on this scale usually arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all the plot-thickener that Avatar decided to do without. Also better than Avatar: the visual emphasis on the real over the synthetic. This Mars is in the fantastical coiled and looped sandstone canyons of southern Utah, augmented with some digital ruined castles and city walls. This desolation contrasts nicely with the barbaric bronze splendor of the City of Helium. (RvB)



(R; 107 min.) Jennifer Westfeldt and Adam Scott are, well, â&#x20AC;&#x153;friends with kids.â&#x20AC;? Then they start seeing other people, and their friends (Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Chris Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Dowd) make jocular relationship comments from the sidelines. What could be funnier than that?

(R; 115 min.) Denzel Washington plays a fugitive who ends up on the run with the CIA operative tasked with


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GHOST RIDER 2: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE (PG-13; 95 min.) Longtime fans of Nicolas Cage knew that someday heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d act so hard heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d burst into ďŹ&#x201A;ames. Thus, the ďŹ rst Ghost Rider, an agreeable supernatural-wheeler shot in Melbourne. It was plagued by undervillaining (Peter Fonda as Satan?!) but sweetened with the Raquel Welchâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;stylings of Eve Mendez. In this unpreviewed ďŹ&#x201A;amethrower, the ADD-addled team of Neveldine and Taylor (Crank) bring us the chariots of ďŹ re. In search of Satan, GR heads to Romania to deal with CiarĂĄn â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Balefulâ&#x20AC;? Hinds and the towering Idris Elba. (RvB)


(R; 88 min.) Beating any lingering bit of air out of the found footage subgenre, Project X is produced by The Hangoverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Todd Phillips, and is touted by made-up critics as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Superbad on crack,â&#x20AC;? ofďŹ cially making it the Frankenstein of frat ďŹ lms. Project X follows three high school seniors as they throw a massive birthday party in an attempt to rise up the social ladder

(R; 84 min.) A comedy spooďŹ ng Mexican Westerns starring Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal and Will Ferrell.

into the theatre. Though, be warned: One should fear the inevitable surplus of quotes the ďŹ lm will surely produce. No T-shirt will be safe.



that is high school, all of which is captured on a handy portable camera. What this aesthetic adds to the ďŹ lm, I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say, but expect the typical array of beer, breasts and, if the trailer is any indication, big explosions. The ďŹ lm is sure to lure in the most coveted of demographics, and its hybridizing of other zeitgeist-claiming ďŹ lms will surely bring even the most doubtful


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metroactive FILM transferring him (Ryan Reynolds) after their safe house comes under attack by neighboring rebel soldiers. The film, which will surely feature top-notch eyebrow acting by Reynolds and a lot of “rational” yelling by Washington, is director Daniel Espinosa’s first American feature. And he’s clearly studied up on what makes a good American thriller starring Washington work: Stand back and let his overgrown pupils do the rest.

SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN (PG-13; 111.) Lasse Hallström helms a comedy with dramatic undertones about a man who tries to introduce fly-fishing to an unlikely place. Stars Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor.


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The Arena IN THE much-anticipated The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss, a coal miner’s daughter in a future Appalachia, located in the cryptically labeled District 12. As mandated by the Treaty of the Treason, it’s time for the 74th Annual Hunger Games. Two dozen 12–17-year-olds are made to hunt and kill each other in a camera-laden bio-dome, complete with poisonous plants and genetically engineered animals. A Frank Gehry–like metal cornucopia supplies the gladiators with the weapons they need, but even that lifeline is not a guarantee of safety. The effete watch and titter; the dictator of this futuristic city-state is Donald Sutherland’s President Coriolanus Snow, snipping roses in his garden, just as his fellow Canadian Christopher Plummer did in Syriana. On one level, The Hunger Games is TV satire blown up to vast-screen size. Stanley Tucci is succulently smarmy as a lavenderperuke-wearing interviewer, whose oily overfamiliarity and fake compassion are turned up to the point of what looks, in this context, like revolutionary art. (If you really hate American Idol, The Hunger Games seem especially pungent.) Populism is a tragically blobby thing, though. Working in his garden, the president talks of the dangers of hope. You can count some Tea Party types to read this parable as a take-down of Obama.

Ultimately, the film revolves around the ordeal, shot in North Carolina forests. This is prime, exciting visual storytelling by director Gary Ross. He wields a deft, intimate camera, with spots of indie-film blur when exhaustion gets to Katniss—the camera zeroes in on her for ultra-close-ups when she’s cradled in tree limbs or aiming a shot. I once thought what people like best in a movie was a girl with a sword. It may actually be a bow and K_\?le^\i arrow; archery teachers >Xd\j are going to be swamped after this becomes a PG-13; 142 min. deserved hit. Opens Friday The popularity of the material has drawn a strong supporting cast: Woody Harrelson is marvelously larger-than-life as a sardonic, hard-drinking former winner; Amandla Stenberg is subtle and intense as Rue, the smallest warrior; Elizabeth Banks is hissable as the hateful spokeswoman Effie Trinket, tarted up with what they used to call “bee-stung lips” and dressed like an Aubrey Beardsley concubine. Even if you know your science fiction, The Hunger Games is easier to take seriously than it may sound. The main reason is Lawrence herself. It’s a star-making performance, and she’s created a powerful yet humane heroine, in a cinema that needs such a figure desperately.—Richard von Busack

(R; 85 min.) Elizabeth Olsen goes for what she thinks is a restful interlude in a secluded cabin in a wood. Then, of course, really weird stuff starts to happen. Chris Kentis and Laura Lau direct this Americanized version of a Uruguayan film by Gustavo Hernández.

THIS MEANS WAR (PG-13; 98 min.) In this “notan-adaptation-but-totally-an-


adaptation” of the Spy vs. Spy comic, two CIA agents (who also happen to be attractive best friends) discover through the magic of contrived cinema that they are dating the same woman (Reese Witherspoon, who is attempting to answer questions of whether or not she can play a sultry and mysterious dream girl by proving that we’re right, she can’t). The two engage in a series of action-packed shenanigans, all in an attempt to one-up the other and woo the gal. Star Trek’s Chris Pine and Inception’s Tom Hardy star as the dueling friends in a script co-written by Mr. & Mrs. Smith scribe, Simon Kinberg, which ought to give viewers an idea of just what to expect both thematically and visually: hyped-up action as a standin for sex, and maybe the other way around as well.

21 JUMP STREET (R; 110 min.) They said it couldn’t be done. They said it shouldn’t be done. But directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller ignored the haters and went ahead and remade the silly ’80s TV show into an even sillier movie with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. They even talked Johnny Depp into showing up.



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Justin Comes Alive

LAPTOP LIVE It took Justin Morales years to get comfortable performing his solo music live, LAPTO LAPT but he’s how to make his laptop-and-guitar sound work in concert. h learned ea

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OR A YEAR and a half after he started his one-man electronic band Seabright, San Jose’s Justin Morales was writing and recording in his bedroom, turning down every live gig offered to him. Finally, in 2007, he took the leap and played his first show at On the Corner Music in Campbell. “It wasn’t a great show, but it was a start. I figured out what

was possible,” Morales says. More specifically, he figured out what wasn’t possible. He’d overwhelmed himself during that first show trying to do live looping and re-creating his songs just as they were recorded. He decided he needed to scale back when playing live. But still, it wasn’t until last year that he started to feel like his live shows were any good. The turning point was when he sat down and watched footage from his shows. “I saw that my guitar playing was tame and a bit boring. I realized I could be more exciting. I was just trying to get through the shows and not make mistakes,” Morales says. “It’s

such a weird thing to do a show with a laptop and a guitar and that’s it.” He began to look for more creative ways to show off his skills. Since Morales is a proficient guitar player, unlike most laptop artists, he incorporated a lot more guitar solos in his songs. He also started utilizing more live filters and started live-mixing his music with different knobs and pedals. The audience began to respond to how he was transforming the music in real time, performing distinctly different renditions of his songs at each show, sort of like a rock band, and not simply pressing a button on the computer. “That’s what you have to do as one person, put on a show and show something spectacular, show something that people have never seen before,” Morales says. He’s still recording in his bedroom, though, at a remarkable pace. His goal has been to put out two albums every year, a feat he’s

succeeded at since he released his first record in 2010. The records have been praised by electronic and indie music blogs all over the world. What separates Seabright from a lot of the other mellow-electronic and chillwave artists out there is his eclectic musical background. Before Morales ever dabbled in electronic music, he played guitar in a trio in the ’90s called Bubble Jacket. They were an instrumental indie group that had elements of jazz, surf and space-rock. The laid-back tone of the band was very similar to Seabright, only with a bass, guitar and drums. A lot of laptop artists only use digital software to make music. Morales uses a little bit of everything—software, guitars, analog synthesizers, handheld percussion, samples and of course his popcentric vocals on top of it all. He captures the dreamy sounds of early California surf music, but remixed through a modern digital lens. “I’m interested in i early technology. I like the t early moments for a genre,” Morales says. gen Some of Morales favorite music in fact is early surf and rockabilly because he loves the th guitar tones and early uses of reverb. He also re is a huge fan of early ear electronic music from the ’60s and ’70s, which explains the organic underlining of his computer-based music. But Morales’s first love has always been hip-hop. While playing in Bubble Jacket, he produced countless hip-hop beats in his bedroom. This was the old-school, ’90s way—using samples. With each successive Seabright album, Morales has managed to broaden his music by incorporating more samples into his songs. Just about every song on his fourth album is built around a different sample, yet it’s been layered with so much digital software, keys and guitar work it’s not immediately apparent. It’s just a surreal wash of relaxing, electronic music that is all subtly complex. “There was some beautiful music made in the ’90s made by people that were taking loops of forgotten records and reinvigorating them. That’s kind of dead now,” he says. “You don’t hear samples anymore. Rap is just synths and drums machines.”

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Q&A: CLASSICS OF LOVE’S MIKE HUGUENOR Mike Huguenor is the former frontman of Shinobu, the now defunct San Jose indie rock band with a range selfdescribed as “simplistic to annoying.” Within the scene however, they’re considered “unsung punk rock heroes.”


Jai Tanju is waging a war against any faction set on destroying his favorite form of expression: film-based photography. He’s dug himself in, armed with only his wits, various analog cameras and worldwide support from enthusiasts ready to prove digital is not always best.

BASSNECTAR TO HEADLINE SOCAL’S LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE Somewhere in between Coachella and Burning Man, there’s Lightning in a Bottle. Over Memorial Day weekend—from May 24 to 28—the hills of Southern California will host an eclectic gathering of electronic musicians, performance artists and a whole caravan of the wonderfully weird.

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Rock/Pop ANGELICA’S BISTRO Thu, 8:30pm: Top Shelf, Motown and more. $20/$25. Fri, 8:30pm: Let the Good Times Roll show with hit tunes of the past. $15/$20. Redwood City.

ART BOUTIKI Fri, 7pm: eMerging Arts, pin-up fashion show with music by Stories in Braille, Curious Quail and Brooke D. $10. San Jose.

AVALON Wed: Onslaught. Thu: Dredg. Fri: Aloha Friday with Nesian 9, So Timeless and Zhen with DJ Enit. Santa Clara.



Wed, 9pm: Oddly Even, Orangutang, Mike Huguenor. Free. Fri, 9pm: Spiral Arms, Zed, Swerver. $10. San Jose.

Fri, 8:30pm: Live music. Campbell.

BOSWELL’S Wed, 9:30pm: Jack Rip-Off. Thu, 10pm: Sexy Back. Fri, 9:30pm: Degenerates. Sat, 9:30pm: Sugadady. Sun, 8:45pm: The Gents. Mon, 9:30pm: Matt Bolton. Campbell.

BRITANNIA ARMS ALMADEN Fri, 10pm: Spazmatics. Sat, 10pm: Double Funk Crunch. San Jose.

BRITANNIA ARMS CUPERTINO Fri, 9pm: Kiwi Time, Battlehooch, SJ Sindicate. Cupertino.

THE CARAVAN Thu, 9pm: The Nielsen Raiding, Songs for Snakes, 2 Hot 3 Fast. San Jose.

CLUB FOX Fri, 8pm: Pop Fiction. $13/$15. Sat, 8pm: Uncle Buffett, a tribute to Jimmy Buffett. $12/$15. Redwood City.

THE GRAPEVINE Thu, 7pm: Mike Murdock and Sean McGuire. Fri, 7pm: Iwalani. Willow Glen.

HERITAGE THEATRE Sat, 8pm: Richard Marx. $36/$46. Campbell.


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FRI, APR 6, 8:00PM “Very sharp work. Kyle has imagination and skill” - The Observer, UK

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.”

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!

CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO & MONTREAL GUITAR TRIO SUN, APR 22, 7:30PM “Winning, energetic and highly accessible…” - L.A. Times The California Guitar Trio’s technical wizardry is breathtaking, as is the wide range of instrumental music the group renders….everything from unique originals to dazzling, cleverly-arranged interpretations of jazz, classical, and even surf rock. The Montreal Guitar Trio has quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with by bridging diverse genres of music including Argentinean tango, Brazilian samba, Nordic mixes, progressive rock and sounds of the orient, among others.

“The hottest guitar ensemble in Canada” – CBC (Montreal Guitar Trio)

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HP PAVILION Fri, 7:30pm: Lady Antebellum. $39.50 and up. San Jose.

JOHNNY V’S Fri: Lucky Loosh presents Urban Art War. $5. Sat: Molkahete, Thirsty Three, Dirty Duo. San Jose.



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Sat: Retro Pop with the Inciters, the Champions Inc. and DJ Derek See. San Jose.

LILLY MAC’S Fri, 9pm: Hella Good Band. Sunnyvale.


Do Not Fight, April Chase. Free. San Jose.

SJSU EVENT CENTER Tue, 8pm: Kelly Clarkson. $39.50 and up. San Jose State University, San Jose.

SOUTH FIRST BILLIARDS Wed, 9pm: Skyway View, Cholo Barmitzvah, Scarlet Spoke and more. Fri: Sonic Addiction. Free. San Jose.

STATION 55 Fri-Sat, 9pm-1am: Live music. Gilroy.

STREETLIGHT RECORDS Sat, 7pm: Mary Axe. San Jose.


Fri-Sat: Live rock bands. Los Gatos.

Sat, 8pm: Live music. San Jose.


Fri: Pro Jam with local rock musicians. Santa Clara.

Thu: Ruckus. Fri, 8:30pm: Funkranomicon. $10. Sat, 8:30pm: Hatrick. Tue, 7pm: Jam with Dennis Dove. Thu (first and third of month), 7pm: Junction Duo. Santa Clara.

NICKEL CITY Fri, 6pm: Judges and Kings, Multiple Organisms and more. Sat, 6pm: Cartoon Bar Fight, Social Stereo and more. San Jose.

NINE LIVES Fri, 8pm: Battle of the Bands with Cerebellion, ILLFUSIoN and Granted Earth. $10. Sat, 8pm: Maxx Cabello Jr. and the Breakdown, RubberSideDown. $12. Gilroy.

NUMBER ONE BROADWAY Wed: JC Smith Band jam. Thu: Joint Chiefs. Fri, 9:30pm: Pacific Standard Time. $10. Sat, 9:30pm: Touch of Class. $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: Horizon of Fire. $5. Sat: Just Cream. $5. Sun, 9pm: Pro Jam. No cover. Sunnyvale.



Wed, 5pm: Guitar music with Paul. Thu, 5pm: Jass with Johnny Williams. Fri, 5pm: World music. Sat, 5pm: Flamenco guitar. Sun, 5pm: World music San Jose.

PARRANDA NIGHTCLUB Thu-Sat: Live music. Sunnyvale.

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

Jazz/Blues ANGELICA’S BISTRO Sat, 8:30pm: John DeMers as Frank Sinatra. $25/$30. Mon, 7pm: A Swingin’ Affair and Jazz Jam. No cover. Redwood City.

ART BOUTIKI Every second Thu, 7pm: Jazz jam. $5. San Jose.



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

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

AZÚCAR Thu-Sun, 9pm: Live music. Mon, 8pm: Salsa lessons. San Jose.

CAFE SAN JOSE Sat, 1-3pm: Mandolin music with Satooshi. San Jose.

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

HUKILAU Fri: Aldon Sanders. Sat: Derrick. San Jose.

LILLY MAC’S Tue: Irish dancing. Sunnyvale.


Tue: Rock en espanol. San Jose.

Sat, 9pm: Will Sprott, Please



Fri, 8pm: Javier Dunn with KaChi. Mountain View.


Sun, 5pm: World music. Mon, 5pm: Moroccan music. Tue: live jazz. Mountain View.

Wed, 8pm: Salsa. $5. Thu, 8pm: Banda nights. Fri, 8pm: Rock en español. San Jose.


Sat, 6pm: Lionheart CD release, Volumes, No Bragging Rights. $12. Cupertino.

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LIQUID MOROCCO’S MV Wed, 5pm: Middle Eastern music. Thu, 5pm: Guitar with Jack Sutter. Fri, 5pm: Flamenco guitar. Sat, 5pm: Belly dancing.

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

Sun, 6pm: Carolyn Tutko Jazz Trio. Cupertino.

GRAND DELL SALOON Thu, 8pm: Charles Wheal. Fri, 8pm: Duke Mantee. Sat, 8pm: John Garcia. Campbell.

HEDLEY CLUB Every first and third Wed, 7:30pm: Hedley Club Jazz Jam. Thu, 8pm: Russo-Alberts Trio. Fri, 8:30pm: John Worley. Sat, 8:30pm: The Pimpsticks. Hotel De Anza, San Jose.

J.J.’S BLUES CAFE Wed: Miss Aeriol Ascher and the Blues Angel Band. Thu: Jimmy Dewrance. Fri. Liar’s Club jam. Sat: JoAnne LeBlanc and the Fugitives, followed by JC Smith. $10. Sun: Gene Washington, Stevie B. Mon: Waynes Way. Tue: Blue J. San Jose.

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

LOS GATOS BREWING CO. Fri: Dueling pianos. Los Gatos.

LOS GATOS BREWING CO. SJ Thu & Sat: Dueling pianos. San Jose.


themselves in the club’s aquatic lighting scheme.

Watership Up THE NEW Liquid Restaurant and Lounge sits between an apartment building and a parking lot near SJSU, occupying an ordinary orange and yellow building. The exterior looks nothing like the typical nightclub: no flashy neon signs, crystal-clear bay windows and glitzy entryways. Liquid looks more like a Bohemian art Liquid Restaurant gallery than a new nightclub and restaurant. and Lounge At 9pm on a recent visit, the club was still relatively empty, allowing for a good look at the interior—a 32 S. Third St., stark contrast from nondescript facade outside. Liquid San Jose has an expansive and seamless interior. A black tile dance floor stretches unobstructed to the rear of the restaurant; flanking the floor is a seating area, one long row of dining booths and white upholstered couches. Glowing, cube-shaped plastic footrests float on the floor like ice in a drink. The bar glows with same iceblue tint as the footrests. The bottles at the bar are arranged in two columns and lined neatly on rows of blue, LED-lit shelves. Liquid-filled pillars rise up from the center of the display while blue-and-white-striped lantern covers hang over the bar counter. Uniting the whole “liquid” theme is the mesmerizing light show; the walls shimmering and rippling like the surface of the sea. An hour later, the party begins. Old-school dance music, hip-hop and R&B thunder over the sound system. A DJ works the decks. Twenty-something year old men and women stand around the bar, fueling up for a night of dancing. The real show is the group of women that control the floor. Tipsy and a bit rowdy, they grind against each another. Even so, the atmosphere remains relaxed and festive. A good-natured security guard even gives some women piggy-back rides. Liquid’s abundance of blue is soothing and works its magic on me, too. The apprehensions I usually have about dancing are gone. As I dance, I realize what is so special about this club. I come up with a word, Liquidity: the qualities, character and connotations of liquid. By deviating from the standard model in décor, atmosphere and music, Liquid changes form, becoming a new kind of club.—The Barfly

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Mar 28 Open Mic Atrium (Ages 21+) -ARDigging For China Atrium (Ages 21+) Mar 30 DJ Koko Loko Atrium (Ages 21+) Mar 31 Mac Jar & Monikape Atrium (Ages 21+) Apr 1 Sun Araw Atrium (Ages 16+) Apr 4 UKF Tour (Ages 18+) Apr 6 Iamsu!/ HBK & 2 Coast Atrium (Ages 16+) Apr 10 Dark Star Orchestra (Ages 21+) Apr 18 Zeds Dead/ Araabmuzik (Ages 18+) Apr 20 The Holdup/ Afroman (Ages 16+) Apr 22 Tech N9ne (Ages 16+) May 5 Curren$y (Ages 16+) May 13 Andre Nickatina (Ages 16+) Jun 13 Thrice (Ages 16+) Jul 12 Rev. Horton Heat (Ages 21+) Unless otherwise noted, all shows are dance shows with limited seating. Tickets subject to city tax & service charge by phone 866-384-3060 & online

SWERVE DRIVER Swerver lead singer Jimmy Arceneaux believes in heavy music, and that it can thrive in the South Bay. With that in mind, he put together the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rock and Roll Revivalutionâ&#x20AC;? at the Blank Club on Friday, featuring not only his own band, but Bay Area hard-rock supergroup Spiral Arms and Zed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to remind the South Bay that there is a very healthy heavy music scene still here, and we feel like the three bands reďŹ&#x201A;ect the best part of that scene,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not meant to be an ego rant. There are plenty of good heavy bands in San Jose.â&#x20AC;? His own band is back together after a hiatus of nearly 10 years, and is getting ready to record a new album. Fri, Blank Club, 9pm; $10.

44 MURPHYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;SLAW Thu-Sat: Live blues. Mon: Pro blues jam. Sunnyvale.

PAGODALOUNGE Fro. 9pm: Electric Wire Hustle, DJ That Girl. $7-$15. The Fairmont Hotel, San Jose.


release. Sat, 8pm: Evie Laden Band. Santa Clara.

THE SADDLE RACK Wed, 9pm: Wild at Heart. ThuFri, 9pm & Sat, 10:15pm: Diablo Road. Fremont.

SAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BBQ Wed, 6pm: Sidesaddle and Co. Tue, 6pm: Windy Hill. San Jose.

Fri, 9pm: Steven Gary. Sat, 9pm: Kirk Tamura Trio. San Jose.



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

Wed, 6-9pm: Ron Thompson. Thu, 6pm: Lady Diance. Fri, 6pm: Earl Thomas, Blues Ambassadors, Eddie Angel. Sat, 6pm: Annie Sampson. Sun, noon: School of the Blues Jam. Tue, 59pm: PHB open mic. San Jose.

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Tue, 7pm: Open mic. Redwood City.

Sat, 8pm: Estherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Muse. Mountain View.


Fri-Sat, 8:30pm: Jazz. Campbell.

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




Thu & Sat, 7pm: Jazz. San Jose.

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

C&W/Folk MISSION CITY COFFEE Fri, 7:30pm: Lo Lu Stew CD

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.

SONOMA CHICKEN COOP Wed, 8:30pm: Open mic. Campbell.

SUNNYVALE ART GALLERY First and third Thursday of every month, 7pm: The Canvas. Open to all performers. Sunnyvale.

Thu, 7:30pm: Open mic. Saratoga.



Wed, 8pm: Open-mic night with Anita. Willow Glen.

Wed, 9:30pm: Open mic. Cupertino.

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

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



Retro Pop MUSIC and fashion have always been closely linked, especially when looking back at an era. Local promoter Chris Esparza and Studio Glam hair stylist Liz Damron wanted to emphasize this connection at this weekend’s “Retro Pop” show. Landmark Ballroom “I’m always interested in how music sets the stage and sets the atmosphere for things,” says Esparza.

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Though this is the first year Esparza and Damron have 8pm; $8/$10 organized Retro Pop, they hope to make it an annual event. Every year, they will explore the music, fashion and pop culture of a different decade. This year’s theme is the 1960s, featuring everything from go-go-dancer outfits, to hippie clothes to the sleek Mad Men–era high fashion of New York. Every detail of the event will be about the ’60s, down to the appetizers and old-school cocktails. Esparza is hoping that people won’t just attend the event, but really be a part of the fun. “San Jose doesn’t always have a lot of opportunities to show off its style, so we’re hoping people will get into the look and dress up in their best ’60s outfits,” he says. The main event for the night is a 30-minute, 1960s fashion show. But live bands include the Inciters (Otis Redding–era soul music) and the Champions Inc (traditional Jamaican ska and reggae) Also Derek See (known for his ’60s girl-group, the Bang, and a large collection of ’60s tunes) will be spinning tunes between acts.—Aaron Carnes

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

ALEX’S 49ER INN Nightly, 9pm-2am: Karaoke. San Jose.

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

Karaoke. San Jose (upstairs at El Palenque Restaurant).

THE BEARS Fri, 9pm: Ryan. San Jose.

BENNIGAN’S GRILL Sat, 9pm: August. Santa Clara.



Fri, 9pm-1am: Danielle. Sat, 9pm1am: Karaoke. Santa Clara.

Thu, 8pm: KJ Bob and Starmaker


MARCH 21-27, 2012 | | |

HISTORICAL INCITE The Inciters headline this weekend’s inaugural Retro Pop at Landmark Ballroom.

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PASS GO, DO NOT FULL STOP Artist Thomas Webb finds fascination in unfinished works.

World Wide Webb BEGINNING Friday, the Usuals in San Jose will host “Howl,” a show of art pieces by London artist Thomas Webb. His work is intricately detailed and sparse. It approaches a metaphorical state of particle physics, where dark matter constitutes the majority of the universe. Webb seems to The Usuals do most of the heavy lifting in the vacuum of negative space that fills the majority of his Opening reception; art. His pieces are intentionally unfinished. To Friday; 7–10pm Webb, “If you give something a full stop ... that’s 1020 The Alameda, boring.” San Jose Webb is the anti-artist, a man focused on quiet contemplation of the blank areas that hover around recognizable images. In a world obsessed with completing tasks, Webb says, “I love the idea of not finishing something.” The opening reception will feature music by James Fenwicke and Dinners. The show runs through April 23.—Tomek Mackowiak

BLUE BONNET BAR BLUEBONNETBAR Wed-Thu and Mon, 8pm: Karaoke. No cover. Sunnyvale.

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

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

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

BRIX Tue: Karaoke. San Jose.

THE COURT’S LOUNGE Thu, Sat, Mon, 9pm: Karaoke. Campbell.


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

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


BOULEVARD TAVERN Thu: Karaoke. Los Gatos.

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

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

FAHRENHEIT ULTRA LOUNGE FAHRENHEITULTRALOUNGE Tue, 9pm: Partyoke. Beer pong and karaoke. San Jose.

FLAMES COFFEE SHOP Wed-Sat and Tue, 9pm: Uncle Dougie Show. San Jose.

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

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

Wed: Karaoke. San Jose.

EFFIE’S RESTAURANT Wed-Sat and Tue, 9pm-2am, & last Sun of every month, 2-7pm: B&S Karaoke. Campbell.

EL TORITO RESTAURANT Fri: KJ Bob and Starmaker Karaoke at 7pm, followed by DJ at 10pm. Santa Clara.

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

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



‘Catch Without Arms’ in its entirety at their Avalon show.

dredg IT’S BEEN seven years now since dredg released their breakout third album, Catch Without Arms. Considering the impact the record had on the Los Gatos artists’ career—both because it was their first album to chart, and their last album for Interscope—it’s Avalon ironic that one of the best-remembered shows from the supporting tours at the time was when they played their Thu., Mar. 22 other two albums in their entirety. But in retrospect, dredg was handling what could have been a difficult 8pm; $20 transition for fans perfectly. Though Catch Without Arms doesn’t sound as different from their previous albums now as it was made out to be at the time, it was undeniably a simpler, more accessible set of songs. Gone were the “brushstroke” interludes of El Cielo, and the winding, impressionistic touches of their concept albums. Though there was (I guess) a central concept at the heart of Catch Without Arms, it was a leaner, more powerful brand of the band’s angular art-rock. Fans could have taken it hard, worried that dredg was losing its edge, and maybe some did, but in their live shows dredg staked out a solid link between the new songs and their previous albums. Ultimately, it worked—the album pleased early devotees while also expanding their following dramatically. But if the qualities that made Catch Without Arms unique got a bit of a raw deal at the time, the band will be correcting that at this Avalon show by playing the album in its entirety.—Steve Palopoli




Sat: Karaoke. Campbell.

Thu: Karaoke. Sunnyvale.

Thu, 8pm: Karaoke. Campbell.




Sun: Sunday Funday. Karaoke. No cover. San Jose.

Mon: Karaoke. San Jose.


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

Thu, 8pm: Chris. Santa Clara.

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


MARIANI’S MOJO LOUNGE Wed, 9pm: Vic. Fremont.

Thu, 9pm: DJ Davey K. Campbell.



Fri-Sat, 9:30pm: Karaoke. Santa Clara.

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



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

Wed, 7pm: Karaoke. Sunnyvale.

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

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

REDI ROOM Thu-Sat: DJ Curtis. San Jose.


MARCH 21-27, 2012 | | |

FAREWELL TO ARMS Los Gatos’ dredg will play their album


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

Thu: DJ Benofficial. Fri, 10pm: DJ QZR. Sat, 10pm: DJ Benofficial. San Jose.

Thu, 9:30pm: Karaoke. Sunnyvale.

CARDIFF LOUNGE Sun: The 45 Sessions. Campbell.




Sat, 9:30pm: DJ Big B and Devious Dave. Sunnyvale.

Sun: Karaoke. San Jose.

THREE FLAMES RESTAURANT Mon, 8pm: Chris. Tue, 9pm: Randy. San Jose.

WOODHAM’S LOUNGE Thu & Sat, 9:30pm: Wild Side. Santa Clara.

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

Dance Clubs AGENDA Wed, 8pm: Salsa Wednesdays. Thu: Antromix. Banda nights. Fri: Rock en Español. San Jose.

AVALON Sat: Mumbai Salsa. Desi Latino Bollywood party. Santa Clara.

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

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



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

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



Thu, 11pm: DJ Ulises. Fri-Sat, 10pm: DJ Cesar. Mountain View.

Thu, 9pm: The Heit Thursdays. Fri, 9pm: Seductive. $10. Sat, 9pm: Fame. $10. Mon, 9pm: Industry. San Jose.

STUDIO8 Thu: Shake Down with DJ Sane, the Boy Saints and more. Fri: Spring Break Bikini Pary with XXX Divas and Arash Dibazar. Sat: Pornstar featuring London Keyes. San Jose.

JOHNNY V’S Wed: The Cypher. Hip-hop open mic. Thu: Thumpin’ . San Jose.

LOFT BAR AND BISTRO Fri-Sat, 10pm: Live DJ. San Jose.


MIAMI BEACH CLUB Thu and Sat: Top 40, club hits, hip-hop, Latin. Fri: ArcAngel live raggeatons. San Jose.

Wed: RedRun with D. Luzion and Illtraxx. Thu: JazBiz and Dave Dynamix. Fri: Video Mixing, then DJ Radio Raheem and DJ Ready Rock. San Jose.



Fri-Sat: DJs & dancing. San Jose.

Wed-Sat, 10pm: DJs. Willow Glen.



Thu: Therapy. Fri: Soul Therapy. San Jose.

Wed: Lil Saturday. Thu: 24 Thursdays. Fri: Fabulous Fridays. Mountain View.

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

THE BLANK CLUB Thu, 9pm: Atomic with DJ Basura. $10. Sat, 9pm: Adult Dance Party with Eric Belladonna and DJ Basura. $5. San Jose.

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SHARON VON ETTEN Indie-crooning ‘It Girl’ from Brooklyn drives a tumbling emotional thread on latest, ‘Tramp.’ Mar 21 at the Independent.

OF MONTREAL Kevin Barnes’ ongoing glam-disco-goth experiment involves unpredictable theatrics. Mar 22 at the Fillmore.

CASUAL Hieroglyphics rapper and Bay Area rep behind ‘Fear Itself’ plays the jazz club. Mar 22 at Yoshi’s SF.

CLASSICS OF LOVE In the wake of their strongest album yet, featuring Jesse Michaels from Operation Ivy. Mar 24 at Bottom of the Hill.

BRITANNIA ARMS ALMADEN Thu, 10pm: DJ Dinero. San Jose.

BRITANNIA ARMS CUPERTINO Thu, 10pm: Live DJ. Cupertino.

QUANTIC WITH ALICE RUSSELL Genre-trotting producer is at his funkiest and most soulful with powerhouse female vocalist. Mar 24 at Mezzanine.

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The announcement seems to signal that institutional money managers are ready to take a serious look at the possibilities of a new “green” economy. The medicinal cannabis industry’s estimated worth in 2011 was $1.7 billion, according to a report by independent financial analysis firm See Change Strategy. The report goes on to estimate growth will reach $8.9 billion by 2016. Shuman, the face of this new canna-conomy, is a longtime Hollywood insider and former executive director of the Beverly

Hills branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). After battling cancer, her career focus turned to activism. While others in the public sphere were uncomfortable being out in front of the public, Shuman became Kush Magazine’s executive director of celebrity, media and public relations. (It’s a fitting title for a woman who trademarked her own name.) Shuman says she has long had the ear of people in and around Hollywood—her PR photos include hugs with Steven Tyler, Danny Glover, Kelly Rowland, Jay Leno and others—and she hopes to mesh cannabis with pop culture in her latest venture. Instead of leaning on old stonercentric stereotypes, Shuman and GAI intend to start a rebranding campaign to get the message out that cannabis users don’t have to be the hapless stoner or the critically ill—or men, for that matter. “Men have been dominating the cannabis debate, and now I think women can really make a difference in taking the conversation to the next level,” she says.

While unwilling to disclose investors, Shuman says GAI has several ties to the Bay Area, including some well-known collective operators and Silicon Valley corporate executives. She calls them closet investors. “There’s still too much of a public stigma, but the tide is changing,” Shuman says. GAI’s acquisition strategy revolves around social media and outreach. “We are planning a series of symposia to get an information exchange going between likeminded people,” sshe says. “At the will be executing same time, we wil elements of our strategy on other element to bring the right people, products and technologies ttogether—like ‘Facebook’ around building the ‘Face cannabis. of growth in “We see signs o cannabis-related ssocial-media, traditional and online advertising, ancillary business services that serve this niche—there is really a lot out there to keep us busy while the legal barriers fall.” Although not specifically mentioned as an acquisition target, one company that may be in the crosshairs of GAI is SearchCore (formerly General Cannabis), parent of Weedmaps. com. The OTCQX-traded stock has a $62.5M market cap and a growing appetite for its cannabis club search directory. With Weedmaps. com’s introduction of videos and Groupon-like “Daily Deals” feature, the company is quickly becoming the portal of choice for cannabis patients and collectives alike. Another market opportunity for GAI may lie in aggregating and consolidating the numerous “Strain Guides” that have been organically developed on the Internet. Sites such as,, and all attempt to categorize and review the increasing number of strains that have become available as the result of cultivator breeding. The value of such information is dampened by the nonstandard presentation and variety of evaluation methods, something that could be overcome with the centralized strategy and direction that a strong parent organization like GAI could provide. —Simon Seidler

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