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Naming Wrongs Why hasn’t the mayor grown a set and demanded that the airport be renamed “Silicon Valley International Airport” yet! Every other week, I see another national news story naming San Francisco as Silicon Valley and no

mention of San Jose. As Silicon Valley companies continue to move up the peninsula, It adds weight to the falsehood that San Francisco is Silicon Valley’s Namesake City. And why not: San Jose remains an enigma to most of the nation, thanks to city officials’ inability to tie city landmarks to the Silicon Valley handle. Where is the “Silicon Valley Convention Center” and the Silicon Valley Rail Hub and, most importantly, “Silicon Valley International Airport” They don’t exist, But we do have McHenry Convention Center, Diridon Station and Mineta International. Stop the madness. Ignorant politicians: your personal gain is San Jose’s and the whole area’s loss. PHILLIP, A SAN JOSE NATIVE | DISCOVERY BAY

Work for Hire The members of the U.S. House of Representatives have been working in Washington on 41 of the first 127 days of this year. They are planning to be in session half of the remaining weeks. How long would you keep your job if you worked like that? Even when they show up they fail to address the biggest problems facing the country. It would take a 50 percent tax increase in order to balance the so-called budget, yet they are avoiding the problem while the debt grows by $1,200 billion per year. The real problem is you and I let them get away with it. They work for us, and we pay them $174,000 per year to do it. Make a commitment to write or call your representative once

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CCall all It a Wash Waash Election season Election n brings about some odd transfers tr ansfers of mo money oney when it comes to political contrib contributions, butions, and maybe no stranger str anger tr transaction ansaaction took place last year $4,000 than the $4,00 00 the SSan an Jose/Silicon Jose/Silicon Valley Political V alley CChamber hamber of CCommerce ommerce P olitical Action A ction CCommittee ommittee ((ChamberPAC) ChamberP PAC) rreturned eturned to the SSanta anta CClara lara V Valley alley W Water ater District in A August. ugust. A According ccoording to standar standards ds set by California’s California’s Fair P Political olitical Pr Practices actices CCommission, ommission, a public entity is fforbidden orbidden from fr om contributing contributiing to any PAC, PAC, while the IRS says sc schools chools and charities risk losing their taxx exemptions if they give money to P ACs that PACs support politica al political Don’t candidates—w which the candidates—which forget CChamberPAC hamberP PAC ce ertainly certainly to tip! does. RICK RICK CCALLENDAR, ALLLENDAR, who handles ggovt. ovt. FLY@ rrelations elations ffor or th ater thee W Water METRONEWS. District,, says a mistake COM was made whe en the when CChamber hamber tr ansferred transferred $4K of the W atter District ’s membership Water District’s dues—$17 7,500 , 0 annually—over y to dues—$17,500 its P AC. CCallendar allenddar says the CChamber’s hamber ’s PAC. attorneys notic ced the indiscr etion and noticed indiscretion the money wass rreturned, eturned, which CChamber hamber VP P AT SAUSEDO SAUSED DO noted in an email was PAT ““cleaner” cleaner ” than having the Water Water District check difference write a new ch heck to cover the diff erence in dues. O ther public p entities listed on Other the P AC’s semi -annual disclosur orm PAC’s semi-annual disclosuree fform probably that pr obably shouldn sshouldn’t ’t have had money dir ected to the CChamber hamber P AC include: directed PAC SSanta anta CClara lara CCounty ouunty O ffice of EEducation, ducation, Office SSchool chool Heal th Clinics Clinics of Santa Santa Clara Clara Health CCounty, ountyy, SSanta anta CClara lara CCounty ounty (twice), San San JJose ose Unified SSchool c chool District, and San San JJose/Evergreen ose/Evergreen n CCommunity ommunity College. College. A gannizations had modest Allll these or organizations contributions— —usually $35—but only contributions—usually SSan an JJose ose Unifie ed and SSan an Jose/Evergreen Jose/Evergreen Unified had their mone ey rreturned. eturned. TThat hat could be money because the ac ctual CChamber hamber acted as an actual intermediary inn the other contributions to the P AC. O c , this doesn ’t,, under PAC. Off course, doesn’t, the law sarily clear the taxpayerlaw,, necess necessarily funded benef acctors fr om the campaign benefactors from law violations.

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Picking Rose Our thoughts on some June e5 races and and ballot measures measures SSAN AN JOSE DISTRICT DISTRICT 8

Rose R ose Herr Herrera erra

Rose R ose Herr o Herrera era w was aas elected in 20 2008 08 w endorsements fr with om the San JJose osse from Chamber Ch hamber of C Commerce ommerce as well as th the he Santa Sa anta Clara C County ountty C Central entral L Labor abor C o ouncil and the San JJose ose P olice O ffi er’s ffic Council Police Officer’s A ssociation. ciation Somehow lab or though ht Association. labor thought their th heir endorsement would seal her loyalty. lo oyyaltty. When she sided with the ma mayor ayo or on np pension ension rreform, efform, o Big L Labor abor decide decided ed it w aas time to teach her a lesson. was The surprise hit w as launched was rrecently, e entlyy, with mailers at ec attacking tacking Herrera’s H Herr eraa’s ethics ethics,, character and integrity. in ntegrity. Pr Problem oblem is is,, the ac accusations cusatio ons al ll rrelate elate to ttwo-decade-old wo- decade-old p erson nal all personal an nd business mat ters that ha ave and matters have nothing no othing to do with her rrecord ecord and d performance p e formanc er o e as a public offic officeholder. ehold der. Voters V oters elected Herr o Herrera era with knowledge kn nowledge of her failed and ttangled angleed business bu usiness affairs affairs,, so that that’s ’s w water ater a und under der th the bridge.. he bridge Other charges, cutting fire O ther char ges, such as cut ttting fir re protection water rates,, pr rotection or raising w ater rates

wer en’t eeven ven true weren’t true.. But with an estimated $50,0 00 b ent so far $50,000 being spent eiing sp her,, vvoters may bee thinking to smear her oters m ay b ‘where ther e’s smok e, ther tthere’s e’s fir e.’ Ev en ‘where there’s smoke, fire. Even if that ’s the ccase, ase, her op pponents don ’t that’s opponents don’t offer better alternative. off ffeer a b etter alternativ ve. East Side scho ol b oaard memb er school board member P atricia Mar tinez-R Ro oacch and at torney Patricia Martinez-Roach attorney JJimmy imm my Nguy een ((whose osee website ebs te o ddlyy dd Nguyen oddly mak es pr ominent and rrepeated epeated makes prominent ommu service mention of his ccommunity unity ser vice as a blo od donor) seem unpr u epared to blood unprepared b wards of the cit y’’s futur e. bee ste stewards city’s future. support from Cortese Despite supp ort fr om m the C ortese family and a p opular ssheriff heriff who popular doesn’t livee in the distr district, Martinezdo esn’t liv rict, Mar tinezR oach o failed to dra aw th he Demo cratic Roach draw the Democratic C entral C ommittttee’s endorsement e Central Committee’s because party members b ecause enough par ty memb ers had serious i rreservations eservations i ab bout her h Sh about her.. She serves Union ser ves on the East Sidee U nion High School wheree a lot of w wacky Scho ol District, wher aack ky people She’s p eople get elected. She e’s run and lost state Assembly Cityy ffor or o st ate A ssembly ttwice wicce and Cit C ouncil in 20 00. Oh, and a she ran ffor o or Council 2000. mayor incumbent San JJose ose ma ayor againstt incumb ent Ron Gonzales,, ccoming third placee R on o Gonzales omingg in thir d plac

b ehind JJ.. V aanLandingham (we know w, behind VanLandingham know, who?) and d3p oints ahead of JJose ose points P osadas. Th he lack of practic alitty she ’s Posadas. The practicality she’s shown h i her in h cconstant onsttantt runs ffor o or offic ffi e office don ’t seem m to mak don’t makee her a sound choic o or a p osition that rrequires equires choicee ffor position go od judgm ment, lik good judgment, likee this one one.. The union-fund ded at ttacks on Herr era, union-funded attacks Herrera, howe ver, ccould ould giv tinez-R Ro oach however, givee Mar Martinez-Roach her b est sh hot yyet et at a cit ty offic e. best shot city office. Nguy en n, mean while, ccouldn’t ouldn’t eeven ven Nguyen, meanwhile, get a work king website up until last working month and d seems to b bee using this school eexperience xperience as a launchpad to a scho ol b oard p ostt. board post.


Pierluigi Pierlu uigi O Oliverio liverio San JJose-bred ose-bred e Pierluigi Oliv Oliverio veerio works tir elessly ffor or or his cconstituents onstituents and is fully tirelessly immersed in i his district ’s business district’s business.. While sometimes to o idealistic ffor o or his own too go od, his in ndependence and intelligenc ce good, independence intelligence mak ke him a str ong asset on the dais make strong dais.. W iilling to sp sspeak eak his mind eeven ven e when it Willing has a p political oliticcal ccost ost is rar raree in lo local caal p politics, olitics, wher o om mprro omise and backscratching wheree ccompromise ccan an sometim mes lead to lowest ccommon ommon sometimes denominator denominat tor p policy olicy making making.. He ’s paid d ffor or himself man o He’s manyy times o ver e b evenues and over byy driving rrevenues


reducing ccosts. reducing osts. Oliv Oliverio’s erio o’s push to outsource outsour ce park mainten maintenance nance has saved sa aved the cit cityy millions millions,, and his abilit abilityy to get Measur Measuree W passe passed ed in 2010 was w as a victor victoryy ffor or o the cit city’s ty’s fisc fiscal al future—even futur e—even if that me measure’s easure’s goals have ha ave yyet et to rreach each fruitio fruition. on. Oliv Oliverio’s erio’s ideas on op opening ening lab labor or negotiations to the public as well as off offering ffeering a 401k-style 401k -sttyyle benefits benefits package pack kage for for o new new employees don’t sound crazyy emplo oyees also don ’t so ound that craz anyone to an yone who works outside o of the city’s employ. best however, cit y’s emplo y. His b est iidea, dea, howe ver, was w as ttaxing axing and rregulating egulatiing ccannabis annabis sales.. Oliv Oliverio was sales erio w as the first fi to see this brought juggernaut ccoming oming and d br ought the cityy a ne new, unforeseen source. cit w, unf fo oreseen rrevenue evenue sour ce. Steve Kline Challenger Ste ve Klin ne has made racee ab about this rac out the ccommunity, om mmunitty, but he’s don’t inspiree the issues he ’s raised do on’t inspir or sound terribly inno innovative. he’s v vativ e. If he ’s service, ccommitted ommitted to ccommunity ommun nity ser vice, 2016 bee a honing his chops ffor or 20 o 016 might b better b etttter ccourse. ourse.


Ash Kalr Kalraa Despite a DUI cconviction on nvviction that ma ay ha ave may have damaged his chanc es chances of running ffor or ma o ayor mayor in 2014, A sh Ash Kalra quickly b ounced bounced back and will ccoast oast to an a eas easyy rreeelection victor victoryy ne next xt month. m The fformer ormer public def o defender, feenderr, a cconsistently onsistently lab labor-aligned or-aligned ccouncilmember, ouncilm member, has sto stood od up to Ma Mayor ayor Chuck R Reed’s eeed’s less-than-ar less-than-artful tfful appr aapproach oach to p pension ension rreform effo orm while cconsistently onsistently noting that Measur Measuree B rrelies elies on no legal pr precedent. ecedent. He also o pr provided ovided thought thoughtful ful appr approaches oaches to rregulating egulating medic medical al marijuana as well w as limiting

Joe Si Simitian mitian

If Kris Wang or Barr Barryy Chang wer weren’t en n’t ’ ompletely ccompletely overmatched, o veermatched, urge we might ur ge against sending JJoe oe Simitian back to his old jo job ob as ccounty ountty sup supervisor. ervisor. After lea avvin ng District 5 ffor or o the St ate leaving State Assembly A ssembly in n 20 2001 01 and then mo moving ving o ver to the St ate Senate over State Senate,, Simitian risks b becoming ecom ming a cliché of a ccareer areer politician. p olitician. Itt do doesn’t esn’t seem to b bee glor glory, y, insecurit ty or o p erks that motivate him, insecurity perks though. Hee happ happens ens to b bee a damn go od legisla atorr— —a p olicy wonk in its good legislator—a policy pur est fform. orm o m. His work on highspeed purest high-speed rail and ban ns on distracted driving bans should b bee applauded, a and he ser served ved rresidents esidents we well ell during his time at the ccounty ounty le vel. eel level.

Measure Measu ure A U.S. R U.S. Rep. ep e .Z Zoe oe L Lofgren offggren led the eff effort ffo ort to cr eate the Depar D tment of C orrections create Department Corrections when she w was aas a ccounty ountty sup supervisor ervisor in 1988. 19 88. The mo m move ove to took ok the jails aaway way from fr om a sheri sheriff iff who didn didn’t n’’t manage his budget well w and sa aveed the ccounty ountty saved millions b byy rreplacing eplacing eexpensive xpensivve ssworn worn w sheriff h iff ’s ’s dep d deputies puties i with i h ccorrectional orrectional i l officers. Two ago,, the C County officers. T wo w o yyears eears ago ountty Board Supervisors Boar d of Su upervisors vvoted oted o 4-1 to to transf feer ccontrol ontrol of the jails transfer Laurie She’s better to Sheriff L a aurie Smith. She ’s b etttter move at managingg a budget and the mo ove eliminated rredundant edundant management overhead. o verhead. e A influx in inmates An cr created eated gr greater eaater securit security ty thr threats eats as well, rrequiring equiring sh sheriff’s heriff ’s offic officers ers who ha have ave the ability abilit ty to ccarry arrry fir firearms.Unfortunately, earms.Unffor o tunatelyy, the ccost-saving ostt-saavviing measure—estimated measure—estimated at byy C County Executive $5 million alr aalready eady b ountty Executiv ve JJeff eff Smith— —might not ha ave b een legal, Smith—might have been according ac cording to o a la lawsuit aw wsuit filed b byy San attorney McManis.. A “y “yes” JJose ose at tttorneey JJames ames McManis yes” e vvote ote on Mea Measure asure A is the equivalent of appr ovving ssomething omething eeveryone veeryo one alr eady approving already agr eed is a go ggood od idea. agreed

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predatory pa predatory p payday aydaay lending offic offices. es. He He’s ’s smart, articulate legislatively smar t,, ar ticculate and legislativ g elyy sa avvvyy. N her T im Murph hy nor savvy. Neither eith Tim Murphy Rafael Sabi Sabicc measur measuree up to A Ash sh Kalra race. in this rac e.  s s s   MAY 16-22, 2012


TECHNOLOGY & CULTURE IN SILICON VALLEY BY BRENDAN NYSTEDT, DAN HOLDEN & ROD BASTANMEHR updated daily on the web: twitter: 5sv411 facebook: siliconvalley411 twitter. Saverin will still have to pay a U.S. exit tax, but considering the theorized billions he’s set to make, Zuckerberg’s lawyer said it best some years ago: “In the scheme of things, it’s a speeding ticket.”—ROD BASTANMEHR

Offshore Startup Islands: the Next Big Thing?

Saverin’s earnings after Facebook goes public will surely guarantee him a relatively chic suite in hell. (Free WiFi will obviously still not be included.)

Saverin Renounces Citizenship in Light of Facebook IPO In what is a sneaky twist that will surely serve as the narrative glue for “The Social Network II,” Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin renounced his U.S. citizenship last week in an effort to avoid paying the hefty taxes he will owe once the company’s highly anticipated IPO drops in the coming weeks. Saverin, as was notoriously reported, was awarded the co-foundership title after a messy court case with CEO and former friend Mark Zuckerberg. That the U.S. court system was largely responsible for his upcoming status as young billionaire seems to have no effect on Saverin, who, at the age of 13, fled to the United States from Brazil after his name turned up on a list of potential kidnap victims, and now has no intention of giving back to the country that gave him everything. Once stateside, he attended a U.S. university and was afforded the safety and luxuries of American life, all of which helped him create a business that will now make him a multi-billionaire. Even notorious bad-boy Mark Cuban showed his disdain on

The hottest place for startups in the Silicon Valley has been, for a while, downtown Palo Alto. Outside of the City, Palo Alto is the place to be seen with a company in tow. It’s not uncommon to hear talk of venture capital and bootstrapping in the streets or over lunch. A new idea, however, just might cause property values along University Avenue to plummet. BlueSeed is planning to make offshore island communities the next place to develop an idea into a company. BlueSeed’s business plan includes a converted cruise ship anchored about 12 miles off the coast, or about a half-hour’s ferry ride. The main selling point, besides bragging rights, is that foreigners wouldn’t be required to get work visas. The proximity to the valley’s VC community would mean that startups could still function in the same way that landlubbers do. It’s all in an environment Blueseed is designing to promote creativity, making it the ultimate startup paradise. The company is planning a launch (literally) for the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014, with office and living space starting at an estimated $1,200/month.—BN

Yahoo CEO is Out The Associated Press (AP) reports that CEO Scott Thompson has left the company, as expected. The company is appointing Ross Levinsohn as interim CEO and Fred Amoroso as chairman of its board, effective immediately.

I guess that makes Yahoo’s 2012 firing stat 2,001 now.

Thompson has come under fire in the last week over mentions in his résumé and company filings of a computer-science degree he did not earn. In a memo he sent to employees earlier in the week, Thompson apologized for the developments:

“The board is reviewing the issue and I will provide whatever they need from me,” Thompson wrote. “In the meantime, I want you to know how deeply I regret how this issue has affected the company and all of you.” Thompson had reportedly attempted to shift blame for the résumé fib to an error by a headhunting firm, a story that unraveled when Heidrick & Struggles CEO Kevin Kelly felt pressed to defend his company’s integrity. Third Point LLC, the hedge fund that owns a 6 percent stake in Yahoo and has been pushing for a board seat for some time, will apparently get its wish. Third Point CEO Dan Loeb and two of his nominees will join Yahoo’s board. Four directors who had planned to retire at the annual meeting will also step down immediately, including Patti Hart, a board member who had been responsible for Thompson’s hiring.—DH

Apple Software Future: Maps, More Syncing Never one to rest on its laurels, Apple has undoubtedly been busy

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working on new software. The evidence comes from mistakes, acquisitions and rumors. A developer has stumbled upon a new, unreleased version of iCloud. This beta version appears to have Notes and Reminders syncing—something that Apple’s previewed with its upcoming OS X, Mountain Lion. It makes sense that these features would include iCloud functionality in order to shuttle data to and fro between desktops and mobile devices. Earlier, it was found that iCloud was also prepping an in-browser version of iOS’s notification banners. Furthermore, if rumors are to be believed, the upcoming version of iOS will also include some updated and overhauled features. One of these could be an entirely new Maps app. The difference could lay at the heart of the software, allowing Apple to cut ties with Google’s Maps service and using a blend of technologies acquired by Apple over the last few years. All these things could likely come to pass this summer when Tim Cook hits the stage at Moscone for WWDC.—BN

Will Zuckerberg Jump Ship After IPO? Just days away from what could be the most substantial public offering in history, one would expect the stock market and all its watchers to be abuzz about how great this will be for the market and investors. But although the IPO is expected to pull in nearly $100 billion, the talk on the Street isn’t all roses. Instead, insiders are talking about the seeming lack of potential upside, the boyish attitude of CEO Mark Zuckerberg on his roadshow and the clever dodge of U.S. tax laws by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. It appears that a great many things hinge on the IPO, and not just the fortunes of investors. As The New York Times aptly put it:

“Mind-boggling figures aside, the

question on many minds is this: Is Mr. Zuckerberg really ready for this? Is he—there’s no sugarcoating it— grown up enough to lead a public corporation that is more valuable than McDonald’s or Goldman Sachs? The answer to those questions will determine the future of Facebook, as well as the fortunes of its new, public shareholders.” While some in the startup and banking communities dismissed the hoodie stunt as “a natural part of who Mark Zuckerberg is,” others felt he was making a clear statement that he “doesn’t give a damn” about potential investors. Indeed, Zuckerberg is likely to walk away from the opening day of trades with more than $18 billion in his pocket. So the natural question is, what’s to stop him from walking right out the door? Some point out Zuckerberg’s long history of working to stay in control, and friends say he is in it for the long haul. Still, his sister Randi’s easy exit from her position as director of marketing may server as a constant reminder that an easy out is always possible. So the question remains, will Zuckerberg, the brilliant, controlling, investor-savvy startup founder stick with his ship and answer to the whims and desires of powerful but less wealthy investors, or will he move on and attempt to do it all again?—DH





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Companies That Support Measure B INTERNAL polling numbers show Measure B passing in next month’s election with more than 60 percent of the vote, according to sources at San Jose City Hall. That could be why the committee San Jose Can Do Better—No on Measure B Sponsored by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO and AFSCME Local 101 has yet to submit any fundraising filings. It seems that unions and labor-oriented Political Action Committees (PAC) plan to fight the “pension modification” measure after it passes in court. But on the flip side, the committee San Jose Fiscal Reforms, Mayor Reed, Chamber PAC and IMPAC Proponents shot out of the fundraising gates in the first three months of the year, hauling in more than $200,000 in contributions— $202,275 to be exact. For your viewing pleasure, we’ve compiled the list of top contributors. You might notice an industry trend. Anything in the thousands is accompanied with a “K” for brevity. 6cYeV`>cX#Å*@ <VgYZc8^in8dchigjXi^dcÅ*@ 6gXVY^V9ZkZadebZci8d#Å'*@ I]ZgbV>cX#Å&*@ OVc`ZgGdVYGZhdjgXZBVcV\ZbZciÅ*@ DgX]VgY8dbbZgX^VaÅ&@ GdWZgi67di]bVc!>cX#Å'%@ <gZZclVhiZGZXdkZgnÅ*@ HVc?dhZ$H^a^XdcKVaaZn8]VbWZgE68Å&*@ OVc`ZgGdVYGZhdjgXZBVcV\ZbZci!AI9Å*@ <VgYZc8^inHVc^iVi^dc^cHVciV8aVgVÅ&%@ I]ZHdWgVidDg\Vc^oVi^dcÅ&%@ <Vgn;^a^oZii^!EgZh^YZcid[9ZkXdcÅ'*@ 9Vk^YCZVaZ!dlcZgd[I]Z8dgZ8dbeVc^ZhÅ'@ CdgbVX@^iX]ZchÅ&@ H^akZga^cZ8dchigjXi^dch<VgYZcVÅ&@ LZhi8dVhiEgZX^h^dc9gnlVaa7di]Zaa!L6Å&@ 7VggnHlZchdc7j^aYZg<gZZcKVaaZn8dge#Å&%@ <Zd"Ad\^X6hhdX^ViZh8aVgZbdciÅ*@ <j^cc8dchigjXi^dc7V`ZghÒZaYÅ*@ =jciZg$HidgbAA88jeZgi^cdÅ&%@ HLI:c\^cZZg^c\DciVg^dÅ&@ —Josh Koehn

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Surplus, Cushion or Neither SOME PEOPLE have called the fact that San Jose will have $9 million more than anticipated a “surplus.” Having this money will allow the city to avoid layoffs and add funding for libraries, as well as anti-gang programs this coming fiscal year. The mayor has called it a 1-percent cushion, because this money came about from last year’s budget action of layoffs and across-the-board pay cuts. Having enough money to provide some services does not equate to a “surplus” or a “cushion,” in my opinion. For an analogy, I picture a family with a limited amount


money and needing to make certain choices in order to save their house. The family might start off with no longer going out to eat, conserving water and electricity, trimming and avoiding discretionary purchases. But still their situation gets worse, so maybe they choose to refinance the mortgage and stretch out the term of the loan to lower monthly payments. The family may pray for better days ahead to make up for the more money they must allocate to interest over the life of the new loan. But alas the situation worsens again and leads to the sale of major household appliances. Some time later, cash flow improves for the family—but not enough to buy back the appliances. However, there is some extra money that they may choose to either save toward repurchasing the appliances, or they can spend the money on dining out— it is immediate gratification and less expensive than the appliances. This is similar to San Jose, in that our surplus/cushion amount of money cannot buy back all the positions that have been laid off. Therefore, the city simply has less options with less resources, much like our family hanging onto the house while their lifestyle has drastically changed due to the loss of the household appliances.



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mind, an idea and a constantly shifting network of innovation rather than a specific geographical place, the biennial has expanded its tentacles from previous iterations. The hub of the biennial, its think tank, so to speak, will be the new ZER01 Garage on South First Street in downtown San Jose, where one can view the core exhibition. From there, the network of exhibits and events will extend from the immediate vicinity to the partnering establishments throughout the region. Every participant will somehow demonstrate in some way that contemporary art can re-imagine the idea and the network that is Silicon Valley. This all may sound confusing, but the only aspect radically different is

the element of process. Meaning, in most cases, the collaborative process is just as much a part of the “art” as the final result. Especially for this theme, “Seeking Silicon Valley,” it makes sense. Silicon Valley has always been a place where restless university students and garage inventors play just as much a role as do the professionals. Designers pool resources with outlaw electronics hackers. Game programmers swap ideas with management consultants. Collaboration across disciplinary boundaries is intrinsic. Here’s another example: The next evolutionary phase in Silicon Valley’s business world incorporates much more creativity than before. Traditional top-down management strategies don’t always work anymore; rather, a more fluid, creative approach is necessary to solve business problems and grow your company in a more volatile, constantly changing landscape. Since artists are innate risktakers, many business strategists are coming to understand that the risk

involved with artmaking mirrors the risky nature of the entrepreneurial endeavor. And they are collaborating. The right brain is finally meeting the left brain. The muse is meeting the business plan. The ZER01 Biennial attempts to explore exactly these types of dynamics. Keep that in mind when you interpret the exhibits or the events or the food. Everything is a network. Inhabiting the subnetwork, the subnet, if you will, are the nodes, the exhibits, the events and the tangible museums and galleries where they are presented. Then, on a larger level, the network that connects the events and the curatorial process and the entire conversation is the art. In a John Cagean pseudo-Eastern sense, the art emerges from the process more than the final result. Just as Silicon Valley is a networked min rather than one specific state of mind geographica place, the ZER01 Biennial geographical operates on a plane of correspondence, ever-evol an ever-evolving dialogue beyond the ex particular exhibits in each partnering institution. spea And speaking of those partnering institutions with 42 of them and institutions, 1 participating artists more than 100 S all seeking Silicon Valley in various creative ways, there should be more than enough to experience at the ZER01 Biennial. No matter where you are. In San Jose, the ZER01 Garage, from which all the appendages emanate, will be situated in downtown’s SoFA district from now on. Architect Christopher Haas is currently at work designing the inside of the 10,000square-foot building. The Garage will house the main exhibit, plus lectures and collaborative schemes of the most innovative sort. As it has been from day one, Silicon Valley is where garage tinkerers cross paths with academics, where radical creative thinkers meet new business innovators, and I can’t think of any better manifestation of contemporary art than what is now unfolding. Silicon Valley is leading the world. Again.

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SHOCK S HOCK JJOCKS O CK S N New ew Age philosophy and Old O Age conspiracies come to an embarrassing crescendo irony in ‘Thrive,’ a film that acively requires iro ony for viewing.


How the cult film ‘Thrive’ recycles some off the worst conservative canards BY ERIC JOHNSON NSO ON


hrive, a two-hour documentary that has gone viral since its release on the web in November, sells itself as an optimistic vision of a utopian future marked by “free energy,” freedom from oppression and spiritual awakening. But on its way to depicting a dream-world utopia, Thrive delivers a dark and dishonest version of the real world and espouses a blend of paranoid conspiracy theories and right-libertarian propaganda.

The Santa Cruz couple who made the film, Foster and Kimberly Carter Gamble, build their tale around an undeniably poetic idea: that there is a secret pattern to be found in nature, and that we can learn from it. Filled with beautifully shot vistas and psychedelic graphics, the film begins b egins with what seemss to b bee a scientific and historic historical al examination examination

of this pattern, with intriguing images from religious art and ancient architecture found in various cultures around the world. Much of the first section focuses on the various meanings of this shape or pattern, which mathematicians call a “torus,” and which Foster Gamble believes holds vast significance and power. Very soon, however, the film jumps the tracks, ostensibly proving that a) the torus can be used to create a kind of perpetual motion machine and deliver “free energy”; b) the torus is a code delivered to humanity by aliens via UFO; and c) the government, backed by a cabal of powerful families, is violently suppressing this secret energy source. We live in a time, sadly, where this kind of post-rational mumbo jumbo can find an audience—and Thrive has become something of a cult phenomenon since its release. Nevertheless, if Thrive stopped with the free energy and UFOs, it would be nutty, not dangerous. film’s second In the film m s sec ond section, Gamble setss out to show eexactly xactly how

and why the governmentt and itss sponsors are duping us. This his section secttion probably accounts for its bur burgeoning geo oning online popularity with the Occupy he Oc cu upy movement and its supporters. rters. (For (F For the record, I count myselff amongg that audience segment.) Bringing in progressivee heroes heroess such as Vandana Shiva and Paul nd P aul Hawken to recount the mor moree or less well-known crimes against humanity st huma anity perpetrated by the likes of Mons Monsanto santo and Exxon-Mobil, Thrive mak makes es the t familiar, and justifiable, case ase thatt huge corporations have too oo much mucch power, are largely corruptt and p pose ose a threat to society. But then, once again, the he filmmakers jump the tracks cks of rationality. This is where the film m should go political, but instead nstead it plays the conspiracy card. rd. And d not just any conspiracy, but ut the granddaddy of them all: that a handful of families control ol the world w and plan to enslave humanity. anity. In his soft voice, the gray-haired, ay-haired, e blue-eyed Foster Gamble sa says, ays y, was ssadly:: “As sadly As difficult as it w as for for o me, m , me


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I ha have ave ccome ome to an ine inescapable scapable and profoundly pr offo oundly disturbingg cconclusion. onclusion. I believe b elieve that an elite gr group oup of p people eople orporations the ave and the ccorporations theyy run ha have gained ccontrol ontrol o ver n ot just our over not ener gy, food food supply y, eeducation ducation and energy, supply, health ccare, are, but o ver vir vvirtually tually eevery very over asp ect of our liv es. aspect lives. “When I ffollowed o ollowed the t mone y, money, I ffound o ound it going up th he le vels of the levels ap yramid. id ” (As (As the th to ttorus orus ssymbol ymb boll pyramid.” dominates Thriv e’s fir st section,, the Thrive’s first p yramid dominates the th he sec ond.) And pyramid second.) at the top of this alleg ged p yramid of alleged pyramid eevil: vil: the R o othschilds. Rothschilds. N ot eeveryone veeryo one w aatch hing this film Not watching will know that this ar g gument has argument b een around, around,, and b een n discr edited,, for for o been been discredited, dec ades. Appar entlyy, th he desir decades. Apparently, the desiree to find o or all the world’ someone to blame ffor world’ss pr oblems spans genera ations. And the problems generations. R othschilds o h hild mak ke a pr etty go et od ttarget. arget. Rothschilds make pretty good Ar o othschildss vvery, ery, vvery ery Aree the R Rothschilds rich? U ndoubtedlyy. Ar re the memb ers Undoubtedly. Are members of this family doing th he work of the ama? Mother T eeresa or the Dalai L Teresa Lama? Mostly not. Are Are they they all-powerful a owerful all-p pupp et-masters who secr ssecretly etly rule puppet-masters the world? Ar they descended d ended fr desc om Aree they from a rac e-peoplee? Do the racee of snak snake-people? theyy eat childr en? U m .... . . no n and no children? Um no,, no no.. Ar they JJewish? ewish? W eell,, yyes. es. And it Aree they Well, must b id The h ar gu ument made d iin bee said: argument Thriv ecisely mirr o an argument ors argument Thrivee pr precisely mirrors Joseph Go ebbels made in his that Joseph Goebbels infamous Nazi pr opagganda film propaganda The Et ernal J ew: that a handful of Eternal Jew: banking families man ny of them families,, many JJewish, ewish,, ar he world and aree running th the seeking global domina ation. domination. F oster Gamble inoculates inoculates c himself Foster against char ges of anti-Semitism, antti-Semitism, charges st ating flatly n a JJewish ewish stating flatly:: “This is not agenda. L et me b ar.” But while Let bee cle clear.” he scrubs out the openly openly antiSemitic asp ects of thee disgrac eful aspects disgraceful idea, the rrest est of it hau unts the film. haunts And, onc m b oncee again it must bee said,, when describing ssymbolism ymbolism used by by his imagined Dark L ords Lords of the U niverse, Gamb ble do es Universe, Gamble does not hesitate hesitate to note th hat the Sign that app ears on the buildin ng that houses appears building the Israeli Supr eme C ourt,, which Supreme Court, he erroneously erroneously claimss “is funded entir ely b o othscchilds.” entirely byy the R Rothschilds.” T o prove prove his economic econom mic theor y, To theory, Gamble in nvvites G ward Griffin, invites G.. Edw Edward author of The Cr eature fr om J eck e kyyll Creature from Jeckyll Island ecountss the cr eation of Island,, which rrecounts creation the Federal Federal Reserve Reeserve Bank, Bank,, a historical historical moment which Griffi n claims w as Griffin was

orchestrated orchestratted b byy the “global elite who want want to ccontrol o ol the world and create ontr create a New New World World o Order.” Order.” eteran sseveral veral vveteran One of se conspiracyymongers who app ear conspiracymongers appear onscreen in i P art Two Two w of Thriv e, onscreen Part Thrive, time leading Griffin is a long longtime ohn member of o the ultra-right wing JJohn member Birch So ciiety, a fact not mentioned Birch Society, film m. For For those who may maay in the film. have forgotten—the ha for o go ottten—the t th JJohn ohn h Bir Bi chers h have Birchers practicallyy in nvented the mo dern practically invented modern conspiracyy theor y. conspiracy theory. Founded in 1958 to ccarry arry on Founded o the antiCommunist the work of anti-Communist S Joe McCarthy, McCarth hy, crusader Sen. Joe ciety went on to bat ttle t the So Society battle onspiracy we omm munist cconspiracy the C Communist wn as the Civil Rights know now known movemen nt, and its leader, leader, whom movement, many of th hem rreferred effeerred to as “Martin “Martin many them Lucif iffeer Ki Kin ng.” Lucifer King.” he Bir chers ffocused ocused their Then th the Birchers energies o n rrevealing evealing the eexistence xistence of energies on Satanic (literally) ( gr oup the called a Satanic group theyy called Illumiinati—a ccadre adre of powerful powerful the Illuminati—a th hat secr etly rule the world. families that secretly

Enterr the Enter Reptilians! R eptilians! While Gri Griffin G iffi iffin i ma may ay be be the most o t far farf right pund pundit dit to app appear ear in Thriv Thrive, e, he is not the most far far-out. - out. That would bee Da b David avvid Ick Icke, I e, although it would b bee impossible imp ossiblee to know that fr from om the interviews inter viewss that app appear ear in Thriv Thrive. e. Icke’s Ick ke’s rrole olle in the film is to eexplain xplain the economic econom mic theor theoryy behind behind a ccommon ommon banking b practic practicee known as fractional rreserve eserve lending. lending. He do does es this in less than ttwo wo minutes, minutes, with the h l off Sou help SSouth uth th Park Park–style P k–sttyyle l animations, animations i i , as though eexplaining xplaining the theor theoryy of rrelativity elativitty to o an at attention-challenged ttentiont challenged second-grader. sec ond-graader. And of ccourse, ourse, he makes mak kes e the practic practicee app appear ear sinister. sinister. For F or a mor m moree ssympathetic ympathetic p portrayal ortraayal y of the prac practice, ctice, see Geor George ge Baile Bailey’s y’s bank-run bank k-run sp sspeech eech in It It’s ’s a W Wonderful onder o rfful Life: Lif fe: “You’re “Y You o ’rre thinking of this plac placee all wrong, wr ong, as if I had the money money back in a saf safe. fe. Thee mone money’s y’s not her here. e. Y Your our o money’s mone y’’s in in JJoe’s oe’s house h house,, that that’s h ’s right i h ne next xt to yyours. ours. And in the K Kennedy ennedy house,, and house d Mrs Mrs.. Makelin’s Makelin’s house, house, and a hundr hundred ed d others. others. You’re Yo ou’re lending them the mone m moneyy to build, and then they’re the y’re goi going ing to pa pay ay it back to you you as best best the they ey can.” can.” That’s That’s fractional rreserve eserve len lending. nding.

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reveals thatt this is not his primar reveals primaryy area of inqu uiry. Icke, Icke, it seems, seems, is area inquiry. he work of the JJohn ohn Bir ch bringing th the Birch Society into o the N ew Age, Age, furthering furthering Society New in nto the Illuminati. Like Like the its study into Birchers, hee sswears wears he is not an antiBirchers, Semite, yet yett his site is rife riffe with attacks attacks Semite, “R Ro othschild-Zionists” against thee “Rothschild-Zionists” haave, among a things, who have, other things, surrounded d Pr surrounded President esident Obama. Icke’s Icke’s innovation inn novation is that he tells the ancientt cconspiracy onspiracy lie in the language o off a self self-help f--help guru. “The Illuminati ar aree not in m myy universe, universe, unless I allow allo ow them in,”” he says. saayys. “And “A And power. then, I give give them p ower. They’re They’re frightened,, frightened entities.” entities.” It’s telling Ickee uses the wor word It’s tellin ng that Ick d “entities,” “entities,” because because Icke Icke believes believes the Illuminati, the p people eople running the world, are people are not n p eople at all. David Daavvid Icke, Ick ke, the man championed in Thrive Thrive for for o his insight to economics, economics, spends spends most of his intellectuall ener energies gies showing that the world’s world’s leaders, leaders, from from Queen Elizabeth Hillaryy Clinton Elizabeth to t Bill and Hillar to Barack Obama, are O are not human, but are are members meembers of “bloodlines” “bloodlines” descended descended from from an interplanetary interplanetary



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cadre of eevil, cadre vil, go godlike dlike human h human/snake /snake hybrids h yybrids he ccalls alls “R “Reptilians.” Reeptiilians.” Two T wo minutes into a video on w his site titled “Demonic “Demon nic P Possessed ossessed Reptilian R eeptilian R Rulers,” u ulers,” Ick Ickee eexplains xplains how these cr creatures eatures do the their eir black magic magic.. Over Ov er images of Geor George g Bush, Bill ge Clinton and Barack Obama O mo moving ving in sup super-spooky er-spooky slo-mo, slo -m mo, Ick Ickee sa says: ayys: “What [the R Reptilians] eeptilianss] ar aree doing in effect, eff ffeect, thr through ough the sec secret cret so societies cieties the they’ve y’ve set up up,, is mani manipulating ipulating these bodies b odies into p power. ower. Bu But ut in doing so so,, the theyy put themselv themselves es into in nto p power, ower, because b ecause the they’re y’re ccontrolling ontrolling o the mental ment al and emotiona emotional al pr processes ocesses of these vvehicles.” ehicles.” To T o put it another w way: ay: He isn isn’t ’t one of those right right-wing -wing “Birthers” “B Birthers”” who believe b elieve Obama Obama’s a’s an ali alien. ien. He b believes elieves Obama’s Obama a’s an alien alien.. In another video video,, “The “T The Arrival of

the R Reptilian eeptiliian Empir Empire,” e,” Icke Icke explains explains that “outsi “outside ide of visible light,, [the Reptilians] R eptilians e ] ffeed eed e off human ener energy, gy, off human n emotions emotions.” .” And in the three-dimensional thr ee- dimeensional world, they they ffeed eeed off p people. e eople . Literally Literally. y. The video ffeatures eeatures an n inter interview view with a ccohort ohort named Ale Alex ex C Collier, ollier, who, who, in high dudgeon,, sa ssays: ayys: “There “There wer weree 31,712 children childr en d disappeared isappeared in the last 2 255 yyears ears in th the he U United nited States. States. These children childr en wer weree ffood.” w ood.”

Progressives P rogrressives Betrayed Betr rayed In the fina final al section of Thriv Thrive, e, the tone of thee mo movie vie shifts dramatic dramatically, allyy, oncee again onc n rreturning eturning to the lush landscapes landsc apess and beautiful beautiful music of P Part art On One. ne. This section, ccalled alled


To T o put p it another h way: IIcke cke k iisn’t isn’’t one off those th hose right-wing ight ing right-win ‘Birthers’ ‘Bi th ’ believe who beli eve Obama Obama’s ’s an alien. He He believes Obama ’s Obama’s an ‘alien.’ ‘alien a n.’ Amyy Goodman, biologist/ jjournalist li Am Goodm dman,, biolo bi l gist i / Elisabet philosopher Elisab et Sahtouris Sahtouris and Zen Kyodo Williams, Z en priest Angel K yodo d W iilliams, to name a ffew. ew. solutions Thrivee puts Most of the solution ns Thriv fforward o orward will rresonate esonate with w its ttarget arget audiencee of spiritually inclined audienc progressives: pr ogressives: stay stay informed, inffo orrmed, shop local, organic, lo cal,, eat or ganic, avoid avoid d GMOs, GMOs, etc. etc. troubling oubling But not all. Given Given the tr ccomplexities omplexities of par partt two, two w , I was was only slightly surprised to fin find nd that one of the values of the fut future ture Thrive Thrive depicts is “little “littttle or no ttaxes.” axes.” No N o ttaxes. axes. Sounds go good—but ood—but does do es that mean no pub public blic libraries? N No o st state ate park parks? ks? N No o public transp transportation? ortation?? How ab about out rroads? oads? So Social cial Securit Security? y?? Ha Haven’t aven’t the Gambles seen wha what at this kind of anti-t anti-tax ax rhetoric hass got gotten ttten us? Doubled tuitions at th the he U University niversity of C California, aliffo ornia, huge R Reagan-era-style eeaagan- era-style cuts in so social cial ser services, vices, decaying d ayying dec infrastructure. infrastructur e. Near N ear the film’s film’s conclusion, concllusion, Gamble rreveals eveals the sou source urce of his antittax ax p position, osition, rreverently everentlyy intr introducing oducing a man he cr credits edits with pr providing oviding him with his C Core ore Na Navigational avigati v ional Insight

ffor o or the future: futu ure: Ludwig Ludwig vvon on Mises Mises.. He does do es not mention m that vvon on Mises is touchstone tone of right right-libertarians, -libertarians, the touchst so-called so - called anarcho-capitalists an narcho - capitalists and radical radic al Republicans Reep publicans such as Michele Bachmann, quipped ear Bachmann n, who quipp ed last yyear that she rreads eaads vvon on Mises on the beach. b each. does es lay laay out the ccore ore Gamble do of vvon on Mises’ Misees’’ philosophy philosophy of “nonviolation, i l ti , in in which hi h “nobody “ body “nob d gets t to violate yyou ou or” (ahem) “your “your property.” philosophy pr operty.” That T philosoph hy translates three involuntary into thr ee rules: r no in nvoluntary involuntary governance; ttaxation; axation; no n in voluntary go vernance; monopoly and no mo onopoly of fforce. o orce. In ccase ase anyone an nyone misses the point—that state p oint—thaat the st ate must wither so that man n ccan an be be free—Gamble free— Gamble shares shar es vvon on Mises’ opinion that like like Communism, socialism, C ommunissm, fascism and so cialism, “democracy wrongly “d “demo cracy wr ongly l assumes the h the group, rights of th he ccollective, ollective, or the gr oup, over rights individual.”” o ver the rig ghts of the individual. wait minute.. Wasn’t But w aitt a minute Wasn’t that Paul little P aul Hawken Haaw wk ken on the screen screen a lit tle from while ago? How did we get fr om Paul P aul Hawken Haaw wk ken to a thinly veiled veiled antidemocracy Ludwig demo cracyy rant and L udwig von von Mises? Paul happens bee one P aul Hawken Haaw wken happ ens to b heroes. of my my personal perso onal her oes. A vveteran eteran of rights movement, the h civil i il rig ights h mo vement, Hawken Haaw wk ken ffounded o ounded a ccouple ouple of successful successful 1970s,, and then ccompanies ompanies in the 1970s became world’ss went on to ob ecame the world’ environmentalist/economist leading en v onmentalistt/ec vir / onomist publication Ecology with the pu ublication of The Ec ology of Commerce 1993. C oommerce in i 19 93. Thrive, delivers In Thriv e, he deliv ers a passionate speech drawn sp eech dra aw wn from from ideas in his latest book, marvelous b ook, the mar m velous Blessed Unrest: Unrest: How the LLargest arrggest Movement Movement in the World W oorld C Came aamee int intoo Being and Why No One Saw It C Coming. ooming. “If yyou ou lo look ook at the p people eople who aree in ar involved nvolved e with rrestoring estoring the earth ear th and stopping s the damage damage,, and rreversing eversiing the depr depredation, edation, and nurturing nur turing change cchange,, and rreimagining eimagining what it me means eans to he human, and yyou ou don don’t ’t feel feeel optimistic, optimistic, then maybe ma ayybe yyou ou u need to ha have ave yyour our hear heartt eexamined,” xamined,”” he says saayys in the film. “Because “Bec ause there th here is an eextraordinary, xtraordinary, gorgeous, gor geous, beautiful, beautiful, fier fierce ce gr group oup of people p eople in tthis his world who ar aree ttaking aking this on. on.”” In additi addition ion to b being eing an admir admired ed economic ec onomic think tthinker, er, Paul Paul Ha Hawken aw wken


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and is nowher nowheree near a so socialist. cialist. Furthermore, Hawken was as among F urthermore, Ha aw wken nw the man many ny sane p people eoplee who U.N. championed the U .N. Climate Change C Conference onffeerence in nC Copenhagen openhagen 2009, Foster osterr Gamble in 20 09, which F claims w was as an Illumin Illuminati/New nati/New World World o Order effort Or der eff ffo ort to create create a global currency destroy curr ency and destr oy America’s A Americ a’s sovereignty. so vereignty. So—what’s Paul Hawken S So —what h t’s P aull Ha H aw wk ken doing d i movie? emailed in this mo vie? I email led him to find was out. He rreplied eplied he w ass just surprised was he’s as I w as to find out he e’s in the film. interview “I did that inter view many many years years

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pretenses,” prior under false pr eteenses,” Hawken Haaw wken was being rreplied. eplied. “I had no ideaa I w as b eing interviewed movie. inter viewed ffor o or such a mo vie. Having have Ha avving said that,, I ha ave only seen the trailer [and] don don’t ’tt really really w want ant to see the film, ha having avving rread e ab ead about out it. I do not agr agree ee with the scienc sciencee or the philosophy. philosoph y. “I do ffeel eeel used, no question, q as do others others.. It It’s ’s a lesson n in signing rreleases.” eleases.” Similarly, Similarly y, Elisab Elisabet et Sahtouris S told me that when she w was ass interviewed interviewed ffor or o the film, she under understood rstood it w was as to b bee a vvery ery diff different ffeerent kind k of mo movie, vie, and is “disma “dismayed” ayed”” at so some ome of what she sa saw aw in the final cu cut. ut. “I loved loved the ffootage ootage shot of mee and m myy ccolleagues; olleagues; I deplor deploree the t ccontext ontext in which it w was as used. “To “T To put the individu individual ual ab above ove ccommunity ommunity is simply misguided; without ccommunity ommunity we w do not eexist, xist, and ccommunity ommunity is ab about o cr out creating eating

relationshiips of mutual b relationships benefit; enefit; it does just happen do es not ju ust happ en with flowers rainbows and rainb o .... ows . . and no ttaxes.” axes.” month shoee A mont h ago the other sho dropped, dr opped,, as a virtually virtually eevery very highprofile progressive pr ofile pr ogressive leader in the film, including the t Gambles’’ fellowfeellowSantaa Cru Sant Cruzan zan and long longtime time friend Robbins, JJohn ohn R o obb bins, issued a statement statement denouncing denouncin ng Thrive. Thrive. [See Sidebar.] Sidebar.]

Truth T ruth r Matters Matters Early in th the he film, Foster Foster Gamble says saays y that,, at a the beginning beginning of his quasi-jjourn nalistic in vestigation, he quasi-journalistic investigation, decided to o ffollow o ollow the numb number er one Follow money. rule: F ollo ow the mone y. Having Haavving been been a journalis journalist st ffor o or a lot of yyears, ears, that’s that’s a phrase I’v p heard frequently; frequently q y; man I’vee heard manyy civilians th think hink it it’s ’s our number number one rule.. It rule It’s ’s not. no ot. The num mber one rule is get b oth number both sides of thee stor story. y. The numb number er one rule is don’t don n’t cherry-pick cherry-pick facts to suit yyour our pr p preconceived econceived notions notions.. ber one rule is b The numb number bee fair fair.. The number numb er one on ne rule is tell the truth. The numb number ber one rule is k keep eep an op en mind d, but not so open open that open mind, yyour our brain brains ns fall out. F Follow ollow the mone moneyy is is,, like, l e, rule number lik number 2 27. 7. Likee F Lik Foster osster Gamble Gamble,, I believe believe theree is a secr ther ssecret et pat pattern tern at work in the univ universe. verse. Most p people eople do do.. Buddhists all it the Dharma, The Buddh hists ccall some Nati Native ive Americans Americans ccall all it the Great Gr eat Spir Spirit rit or Gr Great eat Myster Mystery, y, and it’s some it ’s what so ome Christians and JJews ews when theyy say mean whe en the saay God, God, or what some Muslims Musslims mean when the saay theyy say Allah If Foster Allah. Foster o Gamble w wants ants to ccome ome up with w his own wor d for fo or it, word no pr oblem m. problem. My big pr p oblem with this film problem isn ’t its zany zan ny metaphysics metaph hyysics or its isn’t Neanderthal N eanderth hal politics politics or the fact seems tryy and hide its that it seem ms to tr p olitical ag genda. My pr oblem is that political agenda. problem Thriv o omotes an irrational w ay Thrivee pr promotes way of thinkin gical thinkingg that undermines lo logical p olitical di iscourse. I hate to see political discourse. m ommunity b eing trick ed into myy ccommunity being tricked buying thi is nonsense this nonsense.. In m h opinion, one of the myy humble magnificent most magn nificent eexpressions xpressions in all of cr eation n is the human mind, and creation our abilit eciate beauty beauty and abilityy to appr appreciate underst an nd truth. Thriv affront understand Thrivee is an affront to b oth. both.

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GRAVE G R AV E D DISAGREEMENTS IS AGR EEMEN TS Deepak Chopra is one of o several ‘Thrive ‘Thrive’’ having interview subjects ha aving second thoughts about the t film.

Progressive Icons Progressive Iccons Denounce D enouunce ‘Thrive’ ‘Thriv ‘Thr i e’’ John R Robbins, obb binss, Deepak Chopra Ch hopra and others calll the film in which wh hich they appear ‘dangerously ‘d da angerously misguided’ missguided’ BY B Y ERIC ERIC JOHN JOHNSON NSON


AST FALL, FALL, the th he acclaimed environmentalist environmen ntalist and nutrition guru gu uru John John Robbins was was invited invitted to the home of his friends friend ds Foster Foster and Kimberly Carter Cartter Gamble, near Santa Cruz, to to view the Gambles’ just-completed just-com mpleted film, Thrive.. Robbins, Thrive Robbins, who w makes a brief appearance appearance in i the film, says he was was “overwhelmed” “overw whelmed” by what he saw. saw.

“Theree were “Ther w e parts wer parts I liked, liked, but there were there were other parts parts that I just detested,”” he h recalls. recalls. “I didn’t didn’t w want ant to b bee rude—we rude—we — were were ther theree with our familie families—so es—so I just didn didn’t ’t sa say ay anything.” an ything.” Thrive, Thriv e, which w was w as released released online in N November, ovemb ber, had its theater debut in Mar March, ch, and a is now touring the ccountry, ountry, is an a uncanny uncanny hodgepodge hodgepodge of pseudo -scienc s e, Utopian Utopian fant asy pseudo-science, fantasy and vveiled eiled right rright-wing -wing cconspiracy onspiracy theor y. Strangely, Straangelyy, it also includes theory.


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NOT N OT ON ON MY MY WATCH WATCH Author John R Robbins obbins is dista distancing ncing himself from ‘Thrive,’ the film mad made de by his friend F Foster oster Gamble Gamble. e.

onscreen inter onscreen interviews views with w a number numb er of b bona ona fide pr p progressives, ogressives, environmentalists en nvvironmentalists and d spiritual leaders.. leaders In addition to R Robbins, obb o bins, author of the gr groundbreaking oundbreaking Diet D ffor oor a Ne New w 1987, film America in 19 877, the fil lm ffeatures eatur e es Deepak cconversations onversations ti with ith De D eepak k Chopra, Ch the sup superstar erstar self self-help f--help p author; P Paul aul Ha aw wken,, the gr een en ntrepreneur Hawken, green entrepreneur and en environmental vironmental ec economist; conomist; Elisabet Sahtouris,, thee eevolutionary Elisab et Sahtouris volutionary biologist gist and philosop philosopher; biolo pher; Duane Elgin,, the futurist and d author of Voluntary V ooluntarry Simplicit Simplicity; t y; Va Vandana V andana Shiva, physicist advocate the ph hyysicist and adv ocate ffor o or sustainable sust ainable agricultur agriculture; e; and fformer o ormer astronaut Mitchell. astr onaut Edgar Mitch hell. In the h months h sinc i e the h film fil ’s since film’s rrelease, elease, R Robbins o obbins sa says, ayys, he h has b been een in ccommunication ommunication wi th all of these with ffolks. olks o . He w wasn’t asn’t surpri surprised ised to find manyy of them ag agreed that man greed with his assessment of the film m. film. While the h ave hop ed the theyy might ha have hoped film would just disapp pear, Thriv disappear, Thrivee has b ecome somethin ng of a web cult become something phenomenon—byy some phenomenon—b some estimates it ’s b een seen b it’s been byy mor moree than a million p eople. And now the ave decided people. theyy ha have to sp speak eak out. R Robbins, obbins, Chopra,, Ha o H Hawken, aw wken, Sahtouris Sahtouris,, Elgin, Shivaa and Mitchell statement saying rrecently ecently issued a st atement sa ayying that the theyy ha have ave “gra “grave ave disagr disagreements eements with some of the film film’s ’s content.” content.” “W “We We ar aree disma dismayed ayed that t our

participatiion is b participation being givee eing used to giv credibility cr edibility to ideas and agendas that we see as danger d dangerously ously misguided. Wee st W stand and b byy what each of us said weree interviewed. when we wer w interviewed. But we have ha ave gra grave ave disagr disagreements eements with some film’s of the film m’s content content and ffeel eeel the make statement need d to t mak m ke this thi public bli st tatement t t to aavoid void th the he app appearance earance that our presence pr esence in n the film cconstitutes onstitutes an anyy kind of en endorsement.” ndorsement.” Talking about Thrivee a ffew T aalking ab out Thriv ew weeks ago,, Robbins ago Robbi o ins enumerated a long list of ccomplaints. omplaiints. Much of his critique is film’s ccentered entered on o the film ’s politics. politics. “Foster says he’s “F oster sa ayys he ’s not advancing a political p olitical ag agenda,” genda,”” R Robbins o obbins says, saayys, “but sources are.” his sour cess certainly certainly ar e.” Robbins particularly byy R obbins o bbi s is i par ticularly i l l galled ll d b the pr presence esen nce of G G.. Edw Edward ard Griffin and Da David avvid d Icke—both Icke—both of whom aree ffeatured ar eatur e e pr ed prominently ominently in the film and on o the Gambles’ website ( (thriv Both Griffin and d Ick haave long defended deffended e Ickee have themselv es against char ges of antithemselves charges Semitism with w needle -threading needle-threading arguments pointing ar gumentss p ointing out that while the nation n fac faces es an enem enemyy that is dec idedly Zionist, it is only decidedly ccoincidentally oincidenttally JJewish. ewish. But R o ob bbins isn ’t buying that. He Robbins isn’t says sa ays y that in n private ccorrespondence, orrespondence, he learned that his friend w was as a b being eing influenced influenc ed b byy the ideas of Eust Eustace ace Mullins,, whom Mullins wh hom he ccalls alls “the “the most antiSemitic pu public ublic figur figuree in U U.S. .S. history. history.”


Privilege P rivilege l andd Responsibili ity Responsibility In issuing their st statement ment dist distancing ancing atem themselves from themselv es fr om Thrive, Thriv ve, Robbins Ro obbins and his ccolleagues olleagues p point oint ou out ut that the theyy are are “dismayed” “disma ayed” that the Ga Gambles ambles rrefused efused to let them know wha what at the film w was as about ab out until the time of o its public rrelease. elease. In inter interviews views in n Mar March, ch,, Paul Paul Hawken H Ha aw wk ken and d Elisab Eli Elisabet bet Sahtouris S h i b both oth h said F Foster oster Gamble mi misrepresented isrepresented the film when he ask asked ed d them to participate. par ticipate. R obbins says o saayys it’s it’s clear cleaar that Gamble Robbins used him and the othe others ers to dra draw aw people p eople to Thrive. Thrive. He is distr distressed essed that the film wea weaves aves progressive progressiv e e ideas into its paranoid,, radic radical cal libertarian libertarian narrative. narrativ e. But he stopss shor shortt of accusing deliberately ac cusing Gamble of de eliberately deceiving audience. dec eiving his audienc e. “F oster is eextremely xtremely naïve naïve about about “Foster the p olitical cconsequences onsequen nces of his political Robbins film,”” R o obbins cconcludes. onclud des. But how ccould ould some eone b someone bee naïve? Robbins says so naïv e? R o obbins sa ayys he is in a unique p position bee able to osition to b answer bubble ans wer that question: “The “

of entitlement entitlem ment that he has liv lived ed in is almost imp impossible possible to underst understand and if it.”” yyou ou haven’t haaven’t lived lived in it. Ass it happens, Robbins A happens, JJohn ohn R o obbins and Foster have lived uncannily F oster Gamble Gam mble ha ave liv ed unc annily lives. was born parallel liv e . Robbins es Ro obbins w aas b orn heir to Baskin-Robbins icee cr cream the Baskin-R Ro obbins ic eam ffortune, o ortune, Gamble was born orn heir to the and Gambl le w aas b Procter Pr octer & Gamble G ccosmetics osmetics ffortune. or o tune. Both men rrejected ejected the destinies their families had d chosen ffor or o them,, and both moved Santaa Cruz. b oth mo veed d to Sant Although h the men would later become friends, b ecome frie ends, a couple couple of crucial set decisions se et them on vvery ery different diff ffeerent paths.. In the 1980s, Robbins paths th he early 19 80s, R o obbins decided to disinherit himself from from family’ss wealth. After his Diet his family’ New America,, which wedded ffor oor a Ne w America A personal and environmental p ersonal an nd en vironmental health, was nominated Pulitzer Prize,, w as nomin nated ffor or o a Pulit zer Prize livee a very he went on n to liv very public life, books lif fe, writingg b ooks and heading organizations advocating or ganizatio ons adv ocating ffor o or the environment plant-based en vironmeent and a plant -based diet. walked from Gamble also w alked aaway way fr om family’ss business, his family’ business, but chose to accept ac cept his inherit iinheritance, ance, and use it to personal go on the p ersonal quest which led him to the series of eextraordinary xtraordinary documented Thrive. cconclusions onclusions do cumented in Thriv e. Robbins points Ro obbins p oints what he sees as a crucial error Thrive, errror in Thriv e, which he believe the b elieve is th he rresult esult of a blind spot spot byy Gamble’s “bubble.” ccaused aused b G Gamble ’s “bubble .” “Foster wants “F oster w ants us to ffollow o ollow the money, group mone y, and d leads us to a gr oup of obscenely wealthyy families using obsc enely wealth w their eextravagant xtraavvagant wealth ffor or o ill,”” he says. nowheree in his film do does sa ays y . “But nowher n es Koch brothers.” he mention n the K och br others.” Robbins points David R obbins p o oints out that Da avvid and Koch, multi-billionairee Charles K och, the multi-billionair second-largest heirs of thee sec ond-largest privately held ccompany ompaany in the nation, who are are bankroll using theirr vast wealth to bankr oll the radic radical al right, espouse espouse the same libertarian promoted byy lib ertarian agenda pr omoted b Thrive. points Thriv e. (Hee also p oints out that their father, fatherr, Fred Fred C. C. Koch, Koch, was was one members of the ffounding o oun nding memb ers of the Society.) JJohn ohn Birch Birch So ciety..) Like progressives, Robbins Lik ike many man ny pr ogressives, R o obbins bbi Koch sees the K och brothers brothers as two two of the dangerous American most dange erous men in Americ an politics. p olitics. want money, “If you you w ant to ffollow o ollow the mone y, Koch brothers,” it leads to the t K och br others,” he says, Foster sa ays y , “If F osster had gone after them, I’d theree with him. him.”” I’ d be be rightt ther

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Foster F oster Gamble did not n rrespond espond to interview, an email rrequest equest ffor o or an n inter view, theree is ccertainly but ther ertainly eevidence vidence in Thrivee that Mullins’ views Thriv vieews influenced influenced him. One of the ccentral entraal ffeatures eeatures of the film is the supp evelation supposed oseed rrevelation Federal Reserve that the F ederal R eeserve Bank is a criminal enterprise; Mullins M is the gave birth theory, man who ga ave bir th to o that theor y, book, in his 1952 b ook, ok The Secr SSecret et of the Federal Reserve. F eederal R eeserve. The ffollowing ollowing o yyear, ear, Mullins M published his most not torious tract, notorious ““Adolf Adolf Hitler: An Appreciation,” Apprreciation,”” führer which praises the führ er ffor o or his crusade against thee “Jewish “Jewish bankers” International bank ers”” who were were attempting at tempting to ttake ake over over e the world. books, argued In subsequent b ooks, Mullins M ar gued Holocaust never that the Holo caust ne ver happened happened race and that the JJewish ewish rac ce is inherently inherently “parasitic.” Incredibly, “parasitic .” Incr ediblyy, Mullins M also was insisted until his death h that he w as anti-Semite. not an antiSemite. Robbins anyy way R obbins does o does not in n an way accuse ac cuse Gamble of bigotry—but bigo otry— —but dangerous naiveté. isn’t of danger ous naiv eté. “Foster “ oster isn “F ’t anti-Semitic,” Robbins says, antiSemitic,” R o obbins sa ayys, “but he is promulgating listening deeply to and d pr omulgating the ideas of Eustace Eustace Mullins.” Mullins.” metr | | metr | M MAY AY 16-22, 16-22 2012


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brings the integration of authentic Vietnamese and colorful presentation to San Jose, distinguishing itself from the typical pho places that have sprouted in the area. To start a meal, opt for a dumpling or savory crepe instead of the typical spring rolls. I tried the Royal Patty ($2–$3), which was a crispy cakelike patty with shrimp, mushrooms, chives and sausage. Order the Hue ho combo special for $7, and you’ll get a bit of everything: rice dumplings, pot stickers and shrimp or pork patties. For a traditional meal, go for a specialty like the Asian-style soy sauce quail ($10) or the fine vermicelli with grilled prawns, pork and onion beef rolls ($9). The quail was crispy on the outside, chewy and tender on the inside—and comes paired with sticky rice deep fried in the shape of two hearts. You can’t help but smile when you see them. The vermicelli dish is a meat lover’s

dream—two pieces of lean pork, grilled prawns and thin beef rolled around grilled onion and lemongrass all on a bed of vermicelli with chives and crispy fried onions. As a Southern girl, this had to be my favorite. The central region’s spice comes alive in the hot spicy beef noodle soup ($8), which is a specialty of the region. Thin pieces of beef, chicken and pork swam in the spicy broth with lemongrass, dried chilies, mint leaves, bean sprouts, jalapenos and fresh lime wedges. I tried the regular soup and found the spice to be more than hot enough but still delicious. Those daring enough can increase the spice to their desired level. “It’s spicy because [the central Vietnamese are] very poor, so we took a lot of preparation to make [the plates] beautiful,” owner Tam Nguyen explained. “We didn’t have too much meat so we had to be very careful—that’s why the spice is more important.” His hair tucked back into a net bun, Nguyen also explains the sea of color that washes over the restaurant—it is meant to re-create the small town in central Vietnam known today not only as a former port city but also as a current UNESCO World Heritage Site with a growing tourist industry.

The covered Japanese bridge built between the 16th and 17th centuries in one of the pictures that characterizes the town and reminds Vietnamese locals here in San Jose of a place they once knew. Nguyen remembers one woman admiring the cement steps in the picture of the bridge, which brought her back to adolescent days 30 or 40 years ago spent skipping class with girlfriends. Historically, central Vietnam was the seed of the Nguyen Dynasty—the last royal line of kings in Vietnam. In order to please the king and the royal family, the area created elaborate and eyecatching plates even if food was scarce. “The central [region] focuses more on taste and presentation,” Nguyen told me. This tradition continues today at Hoi An Bistro with steaming plates adorned with mint, basil, lemongrass and lime to accompany good food at reasonable prices.

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

CALIFORNIA CAFE New American. $$$. An innovative approach to Pacific Rim staples makes for some lovely surprises. The ace service matches the smart setting. Full bar. 11:30am-10pm MonFri, 10:30am-10:30pm Sat, 10:30am-9:30pm Sun. 50 University Ave. 408.354.8118.

CIN-CIN Eclectic wine bar. $$$. The heart of Cin-Cin’s menu is an eclectic mix of small plates, tapas-size dishes that partner well with a great wine list. 4-10pm Mon-Sat. 368 Village Way. 408.354.8006. DIO DEKA Greek. $$$. Dio Deka is doing its part to elevate Greek food in Silicon Valley. There’s much to recommend at this handsome restaurant. Most starters are large so they’re best shared. 5:30-10pm Mon-Thu, 5-10pm Fri-Sat, 5-9pm Sun. 210 E. Main St. 408.354.7700.

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FLEUR DE COCOA French bakery. $$. Almond croissant. Almond croissant. Almond croissant. Los Gatos’ Fleur de Cocoa is rightly known for its chocolate confections and pastries, but I can’t stop thinking about the little pastry shop’s spectacular almond croissants. There’s plenty of other good stuff and not all of it sweet, like the croque monsieur and the quiche. 7:30am-6pm Tue-Sat, 8am4pm Sun. 39 N. Santa Cruz Ave. 408.354.3574.

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

GREEN PAPAYA Vietnamese. $$. California cuisine meets Southeast Asia by way of Paris, with inventive updates of clay pot and five-spice authentica. Beer, wine. 11am-3pm, 59:30pm Tue-Sun. 137 N. Santa Cruz Ave. 408.395.9115.

I GATTI New Italian. $$$. I Gatti fits like a glove along peaceful Main Street. The chef understands the basics but isn’t afraid to create refreshing twists on traditional recipes. 11:30am-2pm, 5-9:30pm MonSat, 5-9pm Sun 25 E. Main St. 408.399.5180. KAMAKURA SUSHI AND SAKE HOUSE Sushi bar classics. $$. In a smart setting, Kamakura showcases a procession of impeccable sushi and sashimi platters. 10:30am-2pm, 5:3010pm daily. 135 N. Santa Cruz Ave. 408.395.6650.

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


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

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

NICK’S ON MAIN American. $$$. Nick’s on Main is a relaxed but elegant bistro full of neighborly charm and is a showcase for owner Nick Difu’s decadent and deeply satisfying style of cooking. 11:30am-3pm, 5-9:30pm Tue-Sat. 35 E. Main St. 408.399.6457.

PASTARIA & MARKET Italian. $$. Pastaria offers reasonably priced comfort food in an unpretentious but lively atmosphere. 5-9:30pm Mon-Thu, 5-10pm Fri-Sun. 49 E. Main St. 408.399.3477.

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

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69DINING 28 house, Steamer’s includes rotisserie meats and fragrant grilled chops in addition to fresh fish. Quality control and service are excellent. Full bar. 11:30am-2:30pm, 5-9:30pm daily. 31 University Ave. 408.395.2722.

TANDOORI OVEN Indian. $. Tandoori Oven has quickly found its niche in Los Gatos among the burrito joints, sushi spots and upscale restaurants with its made-to-order curry dishes and spicy north Indian fare at good prices. 11:30am9:30pm daily. 133 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, 408.395.1784; 1875 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell, 408.559.3885; and 109 S. First St., San Jose, 408.292.7222. TAPESTRY Contemporary haute. $$$. Right on the main street, this cottagelike spot blends traditional French cooking with contemporary fusion: filet mignon with Mongolian-style brown sauce; crayfish chow mein. Elegant and friendly. 11:30am-2pm, 5-10pm Tue-Sat, 5-9pm Sun. 11 College Ave. 408.395.2808.

THREE DEGREES Eclectic, California. $$$. Set inside the beautifully remodeled Toll House Hotel, Three Degrees delivers a mixed bag of big and small plates from an eclectic menu. Some dishes, like the New York steak, are great, but others fall flat. Full bar. Breakfast 6:30-11am Mon-Fri; dinner 3-10pm daily. 140 S. Santa Cruz Blvd. 408.884.1054.

VALERIANO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT AND BAR Contemporary Italian. $$$. While the kitchen exudes earthy aromas, the dining room’s soft terra-cotta walls glow with a sense of Mediterranean mission. Hands-on management makes each patron feel pampered. Full bar. 5pm-close daily. 160 W. Main St. 408.354.8108.

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

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WILLOW STREET WOODFIRED PIZZA Pizza. $$. Silicon Valley’s three Willow Street pizza locations prepare the definitive upwardly mobile California pizza. Crispy, thin crusts breathe with accents of almond from the Italian wood-fired oven. Check out the new Neapolitan-style pizzas—delicate, light and satisfying. Hearty pastas, salads and sandwiches, too. 11:30am10pm Sun-Thu, 11:30am-9:30pm Fri-Sat. 20 S. Santa Cruz Ave. 408.354.5566. For other locations see

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

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BAY LEAF Indonesian and Thai. $$. Bay Leaf’s menu is divided into Thai and Indonesian food and it’s the latter that stands out. While Thai food is characterized by bright, high notes, Indonesian food strikes a lower bass note. 11am-3pm, 59:30pm Mon-Thu, 11am-10pm Fri-Sat, 11am-9pm Sun. 122 S. Sunnyvale Ave. 408.481.9983.

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

DISHDASH Middle Eastern. $$. Dishdash celebrates the culinary glories of the Middle East beyond falafels and hummus. The menu is made from traditional recipes and ingredients but presented with a contemporary flourish. There’s also a small but wellchosen wine list to match. 11am-2:30pm, 5-9:30pm Mon-Fri, 10pm Sat-Sun. 190 S. Murphy Ave. 408.774.1889.


IL POSTALE Italian American. $$$. Its previous incarnation as a post office lends this space eccentric charm, and the food delivers full-bodied taste in generous portions. Veal marsala, thin-crust pizza and New York steak are featured. 11am-1:30pm, 4-9:30pm TueSun. 127 W. Washington St. 408.733.9600. LUCKY DHABA Indian. $. A dhaba is a roadside fast-food joint in northern India. We’ve got our own version here at Sunnyvale’s Lucky Dhaba. Located off busy El Camino Real, Lucky Dhaba offers a wide variety of good Indian food. 11am-10pm Sun-Thu and 11am-10:30pm Fri-Sat. 1036 El Camino Real. 408.617.0660. PEZELLAS Family Italian. $$. Serves popular Italian dinners with rich sauces and generous portions. East Coast seafood dishes like linguini and clams and calamari sautéed in tomato, garlic and basil stand out. Pizza and pasta abound. Full bar. 11am-2:30pm Tue-Fri, 5-10:30pm Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. 1025 W. El Camino Real. 408.738.2400.

SAIZO Japanese. $$. Part bar, part eatery, Saizo served small plates of grilled and fried dishes made to go with sake and beer. It’s all good. Open daily for lunch and dinner Mon-Sat. 592 E. El Camino Real. 408.733.7423. SENZALA Brazilian. $$. Senzala restaurant is like a Brazilian cultural center that also serves food. Brazilian art and photographs cover the walls. Go for the feijoada, a hearty, smoky black bean stew made with chunks of beef and pork. 11am-10pm Mon-Sat. 250 E. Java Dr. 408.734.1656. SHALIMAR Indian-Pakistani. $. Walk up to the counter, grab a menu and place your order. One of the best dishes is the plain-looking haleem, a lentil and barley stew available with chicken or beef. Nihari, a rich beef shank stew, is also great. 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-10:30pm Sun-Thu, noon-3:30pm, 5:3011pm Sat-Fri. 1146 W. El Camino Real. 408.530.0300. SUGAR BUTTER FLOUR Bakery. $. Sugar Butter Flour’s desserts and pastries go well



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beyond the humdrum sweets found at most restaurants and bakeries. The bakery’s chocolate skills are particularly strong. 7am-7:30pm Mon-Thu, 7am8:30pm Sat, 8am-5pm Sun. 669 S. Bernardo Ave. 408.732.8597.

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hues warm the restaurant’s interior; zesty Arabic infusions warm the food. Choose from mezes such as hummus or tabouli. Entrees include lamb, beef or chicken gyros or lamb kebab. 11am-10pm daily. 133 S. Murphy Ave. 408.735.9971.

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vegetarian restaurant, specializes in dishes—dosas and uthappams. Dosas are long, thin crepes made with rice flour. Uthappams are pancakes made with rice and lentil flour. 11:30am-10pm Mon-Thu, 11:30am-11pm Fri-Sat, 11:30am10:30pm Sun. 976 E. El Camino Real. 408.830.9600.

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Johnny V’s, San Jose Wed – 9pm; $3 after 10:30pm Audio Dru’s long-running open-mic night has become a popular spot for underground hip-hop artists up and down the West Coast. This week, from Vallejo (by way of Fremont) comes Gee Soul of the Soul Roc duo, along with fellow Bay Area underground rapper Baron Meddlesome. They’ve been collaborating quite a bit, including on Gee Soul’s album from last year with the PM Dawn– flashback title Affliction Evolved With the Tide of Elation. Gee and B. make an interesting pair, since Soul’s a high-production-value, heart-onhis-sleeve type, and Meddlesome is a complete goofball who writes songs

like “The Bay Bridge Is Falling Down” (“and I’m a scared baby”). It can be hilarious to watch them together— sometimes the Baron has Gee Soul looking like he’s about to crack up, but when he gets too Meddlesome, I swear I can see Gee’s pimp hand twitching. There’s no doubt they’re good for each other. (SP)

*thu ALOHA HAWAII LIVE Flint Center, Cupertino Thu – 7:30pm; $29-$59

If you can’t go to the Islands, the Islands can come to you. The Aloha Hawaii tour features a long roster of performers from Hawaii and

Polynesia. Among the headliners is Willie K., a guitarist and singer who has shared stages with B.B. King, Prince and Willie Nelson. From Kauai comes ukulele master Larry Rivera. Also toting a ukulele to the show is Brian Pi’ikea. The bill also boasts fire dancing by Lafo Brown. (Deadline update: Show canceled.)

MUSIC AFTER DARK Studio 8, San Jose Thu – 9pm; $12 Everything was so much simpler in the ’80s—hair metal, thrash, punk and rap, that was about it. And by rap, I mean there was one kind of rap, no subgenres yet. Rodney-O and Joe Cooley, who’ll guest at this show, were part of that first wave. They never had the star power of Run-D.M.C. or LL Cool

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SILENT SINNER Caravan, San Jose Friday – 9:30pm; free Silent Sinner explains their purpose as a band—“to represent the struggle that everyone has, examining the farthest depths of darkness, seeing the light, and going for the light.” They also say,

“There is a silent sinner in all of us.” Is that like when Devo used to say, “We are all Devo”? All I know is that the guys are some straight, no-frills metal, the kind they used to make before the age of irony (i.e., the ’90s). They have long hair, flying V guitars and they bang their heads when they play. It’s powerful thrash with lots of growling and screaming and guitar-shredding and not an ounce of that nu-metal stuff. (AC)


THE AVENGERS Crepe Place, Santa Cruz Sat – 8pm; $12 The Avengers were the biggest

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W/ Hazy Loper, May 17 at 8pm, Anno Domini, San Jose

CARINA ROUND May 18 at 8pm, Anno Domini, San Jose

MODEST MOUSE May 19 at 3pm, Frost Amphitheater, Stanford

NILES TOWN PLAZA CONCERT W/ Adler & Hearne, and more, May 20, 11am–4pm, Niles

ALISON KRAUSS May 25 at 7:30pm, Mountain Winery

SUGARLAND Jun 1 at 7:30pm, Shoreline

VAN HALEN Jun 5 at HP Pavilion

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVISITED Jun 8 at 7:30pm, Mountain Winery

SCORPIONS Jun 9 at 7pm, Shoreline

ROBERTO CARLOS Jun 15 at 8pm, HP Pavilion

IRA GLASS Jun 16 at 7:30pm, Mountain Winery




seller on the legendary punk label Dangerhouse Records when they put out their We Are the One EP in 1977. Based on the popularity of the title song, and probably the fact that they lived in San Francisco, the Avengers opened for the Sex Pistols at Winterland Ballroom—the Pistols’ notorious last show. The Avengers didn’t last much longer, either, breaking up in 1979. Lead singer Penelope Houston went on to play folk music, but the anthemic power of “We Are the One” wouldn’t go away. A few years ago, Houston and original guitarist Greg Ingraham put together a new version of the Avengers and are still playing occasional shows for the leaders of tomorrow. Pansy Division, the queercore band known for funny and raunchy stuff like “Ring of Joy” and “Fuck Like Bunnies,” as well as some

of the best cover songs in all of punkdom, opens. (SP)

wanting to rock out, without ever going there. (AC)



Streetlight Records, San Jose Sat – 4pm, free

X Bar, Cupertino Sat – 9pm; $9

What exactly is William’s secret? Is it anything like Victoria’s secret? I don’t even know what Victoria’s secret is. She’s kept it for so long. But the secret to William is that he’s in a rock band, a three-piece blues-inflected group that grew up on copious amounts of Pavement, with an affinity for their parents’ classic-rock collection? The drumming is loose and mellow. The guitar work is sparse and gentle. They seem to know how to rock, but they choose to create a lazy swagger instead with hints of

Sick of waiting for Jack White to be done with that Dead Weather nonsense and get back to making cool music (OK, OK, I like the solo album), give Dylan Fox and the Wave a try. Heavily influenced by both the White Stripes and Black Keys, the Oakland group is a duo made up of brothers Dylan Fox (singer-guitarist) and Sean Fox (drummer). They have a talent for dark, distorted garage rock, which sounds exponentially bigger on their new EP, Tunnel Vision. Curious Quail and the Ghost of Wrights open. (SP)


BLACKFEST 2012 Frost Amphitheater, Stanford Sun – 2pm; $20 Stanford’s annual festival from the Black Family Gathering Committee and Black Community Services Center moves from Robie Field to the newly rejuvenated Frost Amphitheater for what might be its biggest concert yet. Headlining is Bay Area rap’s favorite son E-40, who fans were disappointed to miss when this year’s Wild Jam was cancelled. Also performing is Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, whose debut album last year was one of the most popular hip-hop records of 2011 online, and who’s been working with everyone from Snoop and Wiz Khalifia to Dr. Dre. (SP)

KENNY LOGGINS Jun 17 at Mountain Winery

NICKELBACK Jun 18 at 6pm, HP Pavilion

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON Jun 22 at 8pm, San Jose Civic

K.D. LANG Jun 27 at 7pm, Montalvo Arts Center

DUKES OF SEPTEMBER Jun 30 at 7:30pm, San Jose Civic

MAYHEM FESTIVAL Jul 1 at Shoreline

AL GREEN Jul 13 at 7:30pm, Montalvo Arts Center

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

YES/PROCOL HARUM Aug 14 at San Jose Civic For music updates and contest giveaways, like us on Facebook at

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Irene Dalis Vocal Competition

Saturday at 3pm; California Theatre, San Jose; $50 and up Ten up-and-coming classical vocalists compete for a bundle of cash (up to $15,000 for first prize) in the annual event. Past winners have already shown their promise, capturing good notice and attention at opera companies across the country. The competition is named after Opera San Jose’s general director, Irene Dalis.

The Understudy

Opens Wednesday, Runs thru June 3; San Jose Rep, San Jose; $29–$74 It’s not easy being the backup when the star is an action-movie hero who gets all the ego strokes. Such is the premise of Theresa Rebeck’s new comedy, The Understudy. The understudy’s dilemma is compounded by the fact that the stage manager is his ex. Amy Glazer, who teaches at SJSU, directs the show for San Jose Rep.




San Jose Rep presents Theresa Rebeck’s comedy about the competitive world of acting. May 16-Jun 3. Wed, 7:30pm, Thu-Fri, 8pm, Sat, 3 and 8pm, Sun 2pm, Tue, 7:30pm. $29-$74. San Jose Repertory Theatre.

Henry Mollicone leads the orchestra in works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Schubert, with help from the West Valley Masterworks Chorale.

“Chain Reaction: Artists Consider the Bicycle.” “Clunkers to MTBs: The Evolution of the Mountain Bike.”Thru Jul 1. “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. TueSun, 11am-4pm. Santa Clara University.



May 17–June 17; City Lights, San Jose; $20–$35 Was there ever a time when we didn’t have vibrators? Well, yes. The Victorians found an urge and invented a gadget to take care of it. So goes the plot of Sarah Ruhl’s ingenious and stimulating new comedy, In the Next Room (Or the Vibrator Play), beginning its run this week.

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IRENE DALIS VOCAL COMPETITION Opera San Jose hosts a competition for upcoming classical vocalists. Ten finalists will perform. Sat, 3pm. $50 and up. California Theatre, San Jose.

Theater GUYS AND DOLLS A classic musical about colorful gamblers, crap games and the Save-A-Soul Mission. May 19Jun 19. This week Sat, 8pm, Sun,

IN THE NEXT ROOM A City Lights production of Sarah Ruhl’s comedy about the early days of the vibrator in the Victorian era. May 17-Jun 17. Thu-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 7pm (May 27) or 2pm. $25-$35. City Lights, San Jose.

THE NERD Larry Shue’s comedy mounted by Santa Clara Players. May 18Jun 3. This week Fri, 8pm, Sun, 2:30pm. $16-$18. Triton Museum, Hall Pavilion, Santa Clara.

NEW WORKS/SJREAL SJ Rep and the Emerging Artist Lab offer some short experimental shows after the

Friday performances of “The Understudy.”This Fri, 10pm: “Star Gazing” by Heather Robinson and “An Understudy Play” by Scott Munsion. Pay what you will; ticket holders from main show get in free. Curtain Call Patron Lounge, SJ Rep.

PEAR SLICES Annual program of original short plays by the Pear Playwrights Guild. Thu-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. Runs thru Jun 3. $15-$30. Pear Avenue Theatre, Mountain View.

THANKS FOR PLAYING THE THE GAME SHOW SHOW! A new musical comedy about the golden era of TV game shows. Runs thru Jun 3. Fri-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2pm. $24-$44. The Retro Dome, San Jose.

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

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



A family concert based on the score from “Fantasia.” Sun, 3pm. $5/$10. Cubberley Theatre, Palo Alto.

Wed, 8pm: New Talent Showcase. $10. Thu, 8pm, Fri, 9pm, Sat, 8 and 10:30pm, Sun, 8pm: Eddie Pepitone. $13/$19. Sunnyvale.



A Young Artists Concert with Kenneth Renshaw, violin, and Annie Wu, flute, plus the SJCO Senior Youth Orchestra. Sun, 7pm. $10-$25. Le Petit Trianon, San Jose. Featuring violinist Stephen Waarts. $15/$20. Sat, 7:30pm, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Menlo Park. Also Sun, 4pm, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Palo Alto.

STANFORD JAZZ ORCHESTRA The orchestra, directed by Fredrick Berry, performs with guest trumpeter Jon Faddis. Wed, 8pm. $5-$10. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford.

STANFORD WIND ENSEMBLE 2:30pm. Regular shows Thu-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 2:30pm. $20-$38. Saratoga Civic Theater.


The evening features Stephan Rudenko and Weonsun Joo. Fri, 7:30pm. Free. First Presbyterian Church of San Jose.


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The group premieres Bert Appermont’s Concert for Oboe and Wind Ensemble with soloist Franceso De Rose, plus work by Rossini and others. Fri, 8pm. $5/$10. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford.

STEINWAY SOCIETY The piano group presents a solo recital by Stephen Prutsman. Sun, 2:30pm. $25 and up. Le Petit Trianon, San Jose.

TALEA ENSEMBLE The New York group performs new works by graduate composers. Fri-Sat, 8pm. Free. Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford.

Wed-Fri, 8pm, Sat, 7pm: Special Jeff Dunham event. $45. San Jose.


Museums OPENING CANTOR ARTS CENTER “Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley.” May 16-Sep 2. Wed-Sun, 11am-5pm, Thu, 11am-8pm. Stanford.

TRITON MUSEUM OF ART “SJSU Graduate Exhibition.” Thru Jul 15. Reception Fri, 7-9pm. “California Society of Printmakers.” May 19-Jul 15. A show of works in honor of the society’s 100th anniversary. Reception Fri, 7-9pm. Tue-Wed and Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm, Thu, 11am-9pm. Santa Clara.

CONTINUING CANTOR ARTS CENTER “Light Works.”Two minimalist installations by Dan Flavin and Robert Irwin. Thru Jul 8. “Wood, Metal, Paint: Sculpture from the Fisher Collection.”Thru Oct 13. “Memory and Markets: Pueblo Painting in the Early 20th Century.”Thru May 27. Wed-Sun, 11am-5pm, Thu, 11am-8pm. Stanford.



A performance of Bach’s Mass in B minor directed by Robert Huw Morgan. Sat, 8pm. $5-$10. Memorial Church, Stanford.

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

EUPHRAT MUSEUM “De Anza Student Art Show.” Thru Jun 14. Mon-Thu, 10am3pm. De Anza College, Cupertino.

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 “Mexicanisimo through Artists’ Eyes.”Thru Sep 23. “Frank Lobdell: Wonderland.” Works by the major Bay Area abstract painter. Thru Aug 5. “To Hell and Back.” Illustrations for Dante by Sandow Birk. Thru Sep 16. “Renegade Humor.” With 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 “Mark Adams.” A show of works by the contemporary Bay Area textile artist. May 15-Jul 29. Reception May 20, 2-4pm. TueSun, 10am-5pm. San Jose.

TECH MUSEUM Exhibits about science and technology. New exhibit about International Space Station. Mon-Wed, 10am-5pm, Thu-Sun, 10am-8pm. San Jose.

TRITON MUSEUM OF ART “Roberta Loach.” A selection of pieces by the painter, printmaker and writer. Thru Jul 8. Reception Fri, 7pm. Tue-Wed and Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm, Thu, 11am-9pm. Santa Clara.

Galleries OPENING MACLA The annual “Latino Art Now” culminates in an art auction. Sat, 7:30pm. $30/$40. San Jose.

MONTALVO ARTS CENTER The Marianas (a.k.a. Michael Arcega and Stephanie Syjuco) presents a souvenir pop-up show related to centenary of Montalvo.

May 20-Jul 20. Thu-Sun, 11am3pm. Saratoga.

SILICON VALLEY OPENS STUDIOS An annual multiweekend event allows people to visit the studios of artists working throughout Silicon Valley. Weekend Three covers Atherton, Belmont, Menlo Park, San Mateo and Redwood City. See for details.

EMPIRE SEVEN STUDIOS “Wrath of Andromeda.” Works by Tyson Johnston. Japantown, San Jose.


“Latino Art Now,” an exhibit of current works leading to the annual art auction on May 19. Wed-Thu, noon-7pm, Fri-Sat, noon-5pm. San Jose.





“More Force Than Judgement.” Solo exhibit by POESIA, with paintings inspired by Old Master works. Thru Jun 16. “The California State Institution,” a solo show by English artist Vermin. Thru May 19. San Jose.

Works by Martine Jardel and Thierry Rosset. Thru Jun 10. Fibre Arts Design Studio, Palo Alto.

GALLERY SARATOGA Watercolors by Norm Cater with an emphasis on abstraction. TueSun, 11am-6pm. Saratoga.

“People-Powered Art Exhibition.” The show features humanpowered transportation. Thru May 26. San Jose.




“3 Painters.” Works by Sukey Bryan, Mila Libman and Tim Ryan. Thru Jun 20. San Jose.

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

DOWNTOWN YOGA SHALA “Made in Nature.” Photographs by Nadia Nasiri. Thru May 26. San Jose.


Large-scale digital art pieces by illustrator, artist and filmmaker Katie Bush. Runs thru fall. Campbell. Annual show of botanical art. Thru Jun 24. Woodside.


institution of higher learning. Thru Jul 31. Special Collections. King Main Library, San Jose.

“I Can’t Go On; I’ll Go On.” New works by Jehoiakim Santos. Thru May 26. San Jose. “For the Table.” An exhibit of tableware by members of Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild. Thru May 29. San Jose.

KALEID GALLERY “RoboShop.” Works by artists interested in robots. Thru May 25. San Jose.

KING MAIN LIBRARY An exhibit celebrating SJSU’s role as the original “California State”

Works by Thoughtlesshero with street pictures using film and digital media. Thru May. San Jose.

MOHR GALLERY “Power,” drawings and prints by Fanny Retsek. Thru Jun 10. Community School of Music and Art, Mountain View.

PHANTOM GALLERIES Digitally themed works in window fronts along the street. Continuing. 95 S. Market St, San Jose.

PHO69 “A World of Colors and Whim,” by Florence de Bretagne. Thru May 25. San Jose.

PSYCHO DONUTS Group show by local artists. San Jose.

SAN JOSE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART “The Office.” A group show looking at the oddities and absurdities of life in the modern office. Thru Jun 2. Videos in the


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Group show by students at Notre Dame High School. Thru May 26. San Jose.

STANFORD ART SPACES Paintings by Jose Allen and Wayne Jiang, and photographs by Terry Thompson. Thru Jun 21. Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm. Paul G. Allen Art Spaces Gallery, Stanford.



“Polka Dot Plateau.” Sculptures made from ceramic coils by Dean Finneran. Runs thru May 18. Art Building, SJSU.


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“Diversity in Art.” Works from artists around the bay. Thru May 26. San Jose.

WORKS SAN JOSE “Outlast.” A group show exploring positive identities through change. Thru end of May. San Jose.

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Meet the author of “No Longer Strangers.” Wed, 7pm. Books Inc., Palo Alto.


Kids 7-18 are sought for a production of “Annie Jr.” to be presented by Tabard Theatre Co.’s Summer Youth Program. Wed, 4-7pm. Theatre on San Pedro Square, San Jose.

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT A presentation of Peninsula Youth Theatre. Runs thru May 20. Fri, 7:30pm, Sat, 2 and 7:30pm, Sun, 1pm. $18/$22. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

PINKALICIOUS A family production. Fri-Sat, 7pm. Palo Alto Children’s Theater.


A chance to learn about the art of digging and interpreting. This event also celebrates Asian American Heritage Month, and

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Americans during WWII, sponsored by Saratoga Historical Foundation. Mon, 7:30pm. Free. Immanuel Lutheran Church, Saratoga.

An annual festival featuring live music, food, arts and crafts—plus Cajun cuisine. Sat, 10am-6pm, Sun, 10am-5pm. Free. Downtown Campbell.




Because no one can have too many books. A large patio sale with $5/bag of books. Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun, 1-5pm. King Main Library, San Jose.

Sat-Sun, 10am-5:30pm. Free. Downtown Los Altos.

ENRIQUE CHAGOYA The artist will appear in a conversation with Stanford professor Barbaro MartinezRuiz to discuss the show “Mexicanisimo.”Thu, 7pm. $10. San Jose Museum of Art.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 9066 A lecture and slide presentation by Joe Tasutake and Art and Aki Okuno about the aftermath of the internment of Japanese-

The NYT art critic talks about “Critical Consciousness: Art and the World.”Thu, 6pm. Free. Annenberg Auditorium, Stanford.

MAKER FAIRE Tinkerers and inventors show off their projects. Sat, 10am-8pm, Sun, 10am-6pm. $16.50 and up. San Mateo Convention Center.

NILES FESTIVAL Wildflower and art show also features a concert with Adler & Hearne and more. Sun, 11am4pm. Free. Niles Town Plaza.

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collaborator Larry Charles, Cohen uses actors instead of candid-camera victims. (There may be no place left, even Kazakhstan, where they don’t recognize Sacha Baron Cohen.) As with the trans-Danubian weirdo Borat and the German fritillary Brüno, Cohen’s Admiral-General Aladeen is a character he’s been soaking in for years. A bullying, dialect bit like this should be wearying, but Cohen’s plasticity and strikingly able physical comedy keep The Dictator rich. Aladeen is the second-generation ruler of the oil-rich North African nation of Wadiya. His uniform jacket is heavy with self-awarded chest-candy. But he loses power because of his scheming advisor (Ben Kingsley), who plans to use a goat-herding simpleton look-alike to

replace Aladeen at a U.N. speech. In New York, a right-livelihood girl named Zoey rescues the shaved and unrecognizable Aladeen. A Vespa rider with a strictly functional short haircut, Zoey operators a Brooklyn health-food store called the “Free Earth Collective.” Of all the decisions Charles and Cohen made, the smartest was hiring Anna Faris, the succulent, shocked, put-upon doll—so tiny and yet such a rare stooge. Faris rose to stardom being clobbered with things in the Scary Movie series, and she stands up bravely to all the insults Aladeen hurls at her, such as when he describes Zoey as “a little boy in a chemo wig” or “a lesbian hobbit.” Much of the comedy is straightout appalling, always low, sometimes hilarious. Particularly terrific is one scene of an unbilled Kathryn Hahn being aided in childbirth by the dictator. Aladeen’s temporary distraction with his cell phone interferes with the delivery. The gag ends with the problem of exhibiting a baby, Lion King–wise, when it’s still

umbilical-corded to its mom. Past Cohen films were about rubes being embarrassed. The laughter is easier with professional foils. Bobby Lee plays a disgusting Chinese oil minister. Jason Mantzoukas is Nadal, the nuclear scientist Aladeen had ordered killed, now working as an Apple-store Genius: “That means I clean semen out of laptops.” Nadal is the only one allowed to match Aladeen in an argument, and he shares The Dictator’s best scenes: the two in a tourist helicopter being mistaken for terrorists. If The Dictator seems episodic, that’s just because of the way comedy films are made in this decade. Improv-and-cut is for comedy what slash-and-burn is for agriculture. The method has been around for a while; the five-hour rough cut of This Is Spinal Tap shows how much got left on the floor in what turned out to be a comedy classic. A film like The Dictator, however, which consists of nothing but funny (or at least outrageous) bits, is also a film in which the characters aren’t really connected to each other. They seem to be bumping into each other by chance. The relationships start from scratch a lot, which may be why Zoey never really tells off this war criminal and means it. We are actually meant to envy the outlandishly vulgar playboy, who can order an execution just by touching a finger to his own throat. In the finish of The Great Dictator, Chaplin appealed “in the name of democracy” to a world at war. Cohen’s final speech is an inversion: a parody, calling out democracy for its multiple failures during the War on Terror. The crowd laughs, but it’s not that Cohen expects them to do anything. We’re meant to admire the bastard. Cohen’s found the sympathy for a fascist in the viewers—far more so here than you’ll see in any of the superhero movies this summer.

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Exactly what it sounds like. Go support your local ďŹ lmmakers, short or tall. (Thu at Camera 3.)

OTTER 501 (G; 85 min.) When a storm separates a baby sea otter from her mother, a young woman takes the chance experience as a call to action, giving the otter a second chance at life and shining a light on the entire speciesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; survival in the process. The documentary is framed against the Monterey Bay coastline, giving the ďŹ lm a unique local ďŹ&#x201A;avor, and a call to arms to the surrounding community. (Plays Sat-Sun at Camera 3.)

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Directionally Challenged NADINE LABAKIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S follow-up to her soft-focus Franco-Lebanese ďŹ lm Caramel, asks the question Where Do We Go Now? The story begins and ends with a walk to the cemetery of a small Lebanese mountain hamlet. The women have come to tend the graves and to ornament the tombs with jars of weedy wildďŹ&#x201A;owers. One side of the dirt path is Christian, and the other, Moslem. Both sides are ďŹ lled with men too young to die but who got caught up in the sectarian ďŹ ghting of a few years back. The jewel of the town is the cafe owner Amale (Labaki), a heavy-lidded Catholic beauty. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being ďŹ&#x201A;irted with heavily with the studly Moslem workman painting the place. The other trade in town comes from the commerce of a couple of enterprising young boys, who dare the mine-laden road to take goods to market in a town we never see. A series of misunderstandings develops into suspicions and quarreling. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worsened by what looks like mutual vandalism on the two houses of worship, the mosque and the small Maronite church.







The matrons of the town decide to keep the peace by distracting the menfolk. They put their money together to haul

in some Ukrainian dancers from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paradise Palaceâ&#x20AC;? go-go bar in town. These dancers pretend to be stranded, but their stay lengthens when they all become immobilized with bad sunburn. As the ďŹ lm gets more crowded, even these ďŹ&#x201A;ashy girls get neglected. Amale N_\i\;fN\ herself gets edged out >fEfn6 of the ďŹ lm after she picks a pointless ďŹ ght PG-13; 110 min. with her man. Verging Opens Friday, on the incoherent and Camera 3, San Jose touching upon the silly, Where Do We Go Now? successfully avoids becoming yet another version of Lysistrata, thanks in part to Labakiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smart surprise ending. The village is a picturesque stone pile, a composite of three Lebanese towns Labaki found. And the director takes some due pleasure in the comfortably hammy performances, such as Yvonne Maalouf as the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shrewd wife, who looks like Madeleine Albright. As if they were watching sincere but slightly inept political theater, audiences will really try to meet Where Do We Go Now? halfway, wishing that it was as good as its humanist intentions. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Richard von Busack

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have to have been stranded on the roadside many times by those lousy Detroit clunkers of the 1970s to truly appreciate the spectacle of their punishment: watching them get blown up, smashed and dropped. (Plays May 18-20 in San Jose at the Retro Dome.) (RvB)




Bathed in Buttermilk BERNIE (Jack Black) is a plump and dainty mortician of the piney-woods town of Carthage, Texas. There is no slobbiness in Black this time, in the natty Wayne Newton mustache or the well-fed body that recalls the spruceness of the proverbial bathedin-buttermilk pig. At the beginning, he demonstrates the morticianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art at a class. He shows the importance of gluing shut a rebellious eyelid: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as if they want a last look at this miraculous world.â&#x20AC;? He begins a relationship of sorts with the richest and most vicious widow in town, Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine). Whether Bernie is her friend or her kept man is still a matter of lively discussion in Carthage. As in Slacker and Waking Life, director Richard Linklater makes rounds of interviewing the locals, a group of semi-pro actors, most of whom are killingly funny. If it sounds like a put-down to describe acting as pulling faces, MacLaine pulls the best faces seen this year or in many years. Her eyes may hide a bit in crinkled f lesh, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still capable of a Medusa glare. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s uproarious, filching scenes with reliable old comedy tricks like

The pianist performs an original score to three great silent ďŹ lms: the amazing Clara Bow in It (1927), the earliest, quickest and most uproarious version of the story of the shop girl who hooks her boss. Murnauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Faust (1926) on May 18 is a popular story, probably because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a true story; sooner or later, everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s door gets knocked on by Mephistopheles, here played by a catlike Emil Jannings. On May 19, shorts by Buster Keaton. Admission $15 each, or $38 for all three. (Plays May 17-19 in San Jose at Trinity Cathedral, 81 N. Second St.) (RvB)

noticing that the huge diamond on her finger has a smudge, breathing on it to give it a little polish, or by snapping a pair of opera glasses at a consoling hand.

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Bernie is based on a true-life murder case, originally reported in the 9\ie`\ Texas Monthly by the co-scriptwriter, PG-13; 104 min. Skip Hollandsworth. Opens Friday, Camera 7, Campbell, Linklater keeps in Guild, Menlo Park almost all the details. But this version goes more meta, as per Linklaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career skill in hunting down a vibe. Bernie celebrates the contradictory charm and awfulness of such a small townâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a place where they think the best of you and the worst of you, says one citizen. One of Linklaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s subjects is a sweet old lady saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all capable of that dark moment if we get pushed hard enough.â&#x20AC;? Linklater leaves us half a moment to take that in. He wards too-cuteness away by recognizing the seriousness of that sentiment, dwelling in the hearts of the seemingly nicest people. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Richard von Busack

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drugs, the journalist â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raoul Dukeâ&#x20AC;? (Johnny Depp) has two stories to cover: an off-road motorcycle race and a convention of drugenforcement agents. From episode to episode, the day-late, dollar-short movie is all atmosphere and no plot. (Plays May 17 at 9:30pm and May 19 at midnight in San Jose at Camera 3.) (RvB)

TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT/ SERGEANT YORK (1944/1941) Humphrey Bogart stars as an individualist made to see the big wartime picture, with the help of Lauren Bacall to stiffen his backbone. The noted critic David Thomson introduces the 7:30pm show May 19. BILLED WITH Sergeant York. Hawksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; great hit was the biopic of World War I hero Alvin C. York, a pious Tennessean who killed more than two dozen enemy soldiers. (Plays May 18-20 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)

LAND OF THE PHARAOHS/ VIVA VILLA (1955/1934) The engineering problem of how the pyramids were built contrasts with the romance of a scheming princess (Joan Collins) and the 4th Dynasty Pharaoh Cheops II (Jack Hawkins). BILLED WITH Viva Villa! Howard Hawks fretted that the studio had turned Pancho Villa (Wallace Beery) into â&#x20AC;&#x153;Santa Claus.â&#x20AC;? (Plays May 23-24 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)

STEVE JOBS: THE LOST INTERVIEW At age 40, Steve Jobs unfolded on his career to journalist Robert X. Cringely; a small portion of this interview was used for the 1995 TV documentary Triumph of the Nerds. (Plays May 18-19 at 9:30pm in San Jose at Camera 3.) (RvB)

THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD/THE ROAD TO GLORY (1951/1936) Howard Hawksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; adaptation of John W. Campbellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who Goes There?â&#x20AC;? kicked off the 1950s monster wave. BILLED WITH The Road to Glory. Faulkner co-wrote this anti-war ďŹ lm, based on the French movie Wooden Crosses about the trenches in 1916. (Plays May 16-17 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)

Surreal McKenzies

SCOTCH OTCH GUARD The Real McKenzies bring their Celtic punk to the Blank Club Tuesday.

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And then there’s Paul McKenzie of the Scot-inspired Real McKenzies. He knows when people are looking at him onstage, they’re only thinking one thing: What’s under the kilt? All too often, they’re not shy about finding out for themselves. “I’ve had many hands up the kilt

while doing shows,” he admits. “If I were to do that to someone, I’d be in jail. But we prefer not to press charges.” Those who choose to slide up his cultural pride will quickly discover the answer to the age-old question is what they suspected all along: nothing. As he likes to tell them, “That’s not a microphone, you know, but speak into it if you like.” The Real McKenzies have one of the strangest stories in punk rock. A Canadian band blending traditional Scottish music and hardcore, they put out their first record in 1995 and found a bigger audience for 1998’s Clash of the Tartans, thanks to its single “Mainland.” They were then signed to Honest Don’s, the subsidiary that popular punk label Fat Wreck Chords reserved for bands that didn’t fit into their trademark sound. When Honest Don’s folded, they were one of the only bands moved to Fat, for 2005’s 10,000 Shots. Their new record, Westwinds, is their eighth.

It’s unbelievable how far the band has come in two decades. Keep in mind, McKenzie’s original idea was to dress a cute punk girl in a kilt and have her sing Suzi Quatro covers for a band called Tart ’n’ Haggis. But he couldn’t find the right girl, and everyone wanted to spell it “Tartan Haggis,” ruining the criminal joy that can only come with a truly bad pun. Then one day, while listening to early20th-century Scottish entertainer Harry Lauder, it all came together. “I was playing Sir Harry Lauder, and a roommate was playing Sex Pistols, and another roommate was playing Public Enemy,” he remembers. “For a brief moment, it all melded, and I had an epiphany. And here we are today.” Not that he had any idea he would be. “When we first started the band, we didn’t really take it seriously. We did one record at IFA in Seattle, just to document it, because we knew that no one would believe we had actually existed. That record took off, and that was the beginning of it. And it just never stopped,” he says. Their new record is far from “Mainland,” the song that won them many fans but represented a band in flux, with a revolving-door membership. Westwinds is their biggest and best-

The Real McKenzies Tuesday, 8pm; $13/$15 The Blank Club

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sounding record, right from the opener “The Tempest,” with its striking bagpipe and drum. Their command of traditional Scottish music has never been more confident, and the album’s power no doubt comes to some extent from the fact that for the first time, they hid themselves away in a small town while making it. With no distractions, the band members worked closely together on the sessions. There’s even a hidden track at the end, “Secret Song for Mike,” that parodies the recognizable Fat Wreck Chords sound, giving an alternateuniverse perspective on what the band would sound like if they didn’t stick to their roots. One of the ironies of the band is that McKenzie does do his Celtic roots proud—especially since he kind of started the band to get back at them. “I was rebelling as a teenager,” he says. “Because as a kid they made me do all this stuff I just hated. ‘Now put this kilt on, Paulie, and you’re going to sing this Robert Burns song for your auntie and uncle!’ This went on quite regularly in my family.” Now there’s a Robert Burns poem adapted on every Real McKenzies album, including “Halloween” on the new one. Though most of their songs are originals, the band still does some punked-up traditional numbers. They have many fans now who like them for that very reason, although their punk humor doesn’t always go over with the old guard. McKenzie remembers one Scottish cultural festival where they did their infamous “Fuzzy Bum Contest,” much to the outrage of organizers. “They were aghast that we would do that. ‘You’re making a mockery of this’ and ‘You’re ruining our music.’ I said, ‘Hey, look around you, these kids are into old songs, and they’re the future. So stick it up your keyster where the sun don’t shine.’ Along comes two ancient grannies. You could tell they were really hot chicks in their day, right? They come up and say, ‘Excuse me, Mr. McKenzie, we missed the Fuzzy Bum Competition, we couldn’t get our asses out in time. Could you do it again?’ I said ‘By all means, ladies. By all means.’”


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Rock/Pop ANNO DOMINI Thu, 8pm: Ryder Cooley & Hazel and Hazy Loper. All Ages. $5. Fri, 8pm: Carina Round, the Soonest. All Ages. $8. San Jose.

ART BOUTIKI Sat, 7pm: The Spliffs, Animal Lore, Moonlight Orchestra, Walking Spanish. San Jose.

AVALON Fri, 8pm: English Beat. $20. Santa Clara.

THE BLANK CLUB Fri, 9pm: Vacant Churches, Joe Q Citizen, Lights Become Stars. $8. Mon, 8pm: Dum Dum Girls, Young Prisms, Sisu. $12/$14. Tue, 8pm: The Real McKenzies, Civet. $13/$15. San Jose.

BOSWELLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S Wed, 9:30pm: Jack Rip-Off. Thu, 10pm: Kid Dynamite. Fri, 9:30pm: The Dejenerates. Sat, 9:30pm: Vent. Sun, 8:30pm: The Gents. Mon, 9:30pm: Matt Bolton. Campbell.

BRITANNIA ARMS ALMADEN Fri, 10pm: 10 Til 2. Sat, 10pm: Superbad. San Jose.

BRITANNIA ARMS CUPERTINO Fri, 9pm: Chromata, the Trash*Pop Icons. No cover. Sat, 6:15pm: Afton Presents. Cupertino.

CAFFE FRASCATI Sat, 8pm: The Dead Sea Fish. Free. San Jose.

THE CARAVAN Fri, 9:30pm: Silent Sinner. San Jose.




Modest Mouse WHEN MODEST MOUSE plays Stanford’s historic Frost Amphitheater this week, it could represent the beginning of a comeback for the 75-yearold venue, which once hosted music greats like Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. The last Frost Amphitheater major artist to perform there was Mos Def in 2004. The Washington band returns to the South Bay as Sat, May 19 they prepare their first studio album in five years. They toured for more than two years in support 3pm; $40 of 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, and since then have replaced the Smiths’ Johnny Marr—who played with the band for only one album—with Jim Fairchild. (Fairchild’s old band Grandaddy announced that it’s reuniting for a number of gigs, including this summer’s Outside Lands, but it remains to be seen if that will affect his role in Modest Mouse.) The Frost Amphitheater is somewhat hidden away among the trees on the Stanford campus, but very close to the huge Bing Concert Hall project. Blankets and picnics have been standard-issue at Frost shows in the past, and will be welcomed once again, though chairs and large coolers won’t be allowed. Eyes Lips Eyes and Benjamin Francis Leftwich open.—Steve Palopoli

THE GRAPEVINE THEGRAPEVINE Thu, 7pm: Frank Sorci. Sat, 7pm: Iwalani. Willow Glen.

JOHNNY V’S THE CATS Wed, 7pm: Johnny Fabulous. Fri, 9pm: The Joint Chiefs. Sun, 6pm: Joe Ferrera. Los Gatos.

CITY LIGHTS THEATER Sun, 4pm: Jackie Gage and the JurassiC. $12. San Jose.

FLINT CENTER Thu, 7:30pm: Aloha Live. Cupertino.

FROST AMPHITHEATER Sun, 1:30pm: BlackFest w/E4o and Kendrick Lamar. $20. Stanford.

Thu, 9pm: Sad Boy Sinister, Get Dead. No cover. Fri, 9pm: Kenny Thomas & the Southern Baptists, the Designated Drivers, NME. No cover. Sat, 9pm: Johnny5, Audio-Troma, Totem, Scarebear. $5 after 10pm. Tue, 9pm: Terrible Tuesdays with live art and music from Pyrotonic, Death on Command. No cover. San Jose.

Andersen. $5. Sat, 9:30pm: Shitouttaluck. $10. Fremont.

NETO’S GRILL Thu, 7pm: Live blues-rock. Fri, 8:30pm: The Bay Area Heat. $10. Sat, 8:30pm: The James Counts Band. $10. Tue, 7pm: Jam with Dennis Dove or Ray Ray. Santa Clara.



Fri, 6pm: The Lonely Revolts, One Season, Don’t Be the Hero, Sweet Teeth, XCD. All ages. Sat, 6pm: Ben House, Continuum, Sombero Sombrero, Southerland Nights, Annabelle Lee. All ages. San Jose.

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NUMBER ONE BROADWAY Wed: Jam night with Stan Erhardt or JC Smith Band. Thu: Blind Pilots. No cover. Fri, 9:30pm: Spang-a-Lang. $10. Sat, 9:30pm: Sage. $10. Los Gatos.

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

RED ROCK COFFEE Fri, 8pm: Jenny Kerr Band. Sat, 8pm: Brandon Walker. Mountain View.

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


Latin night. Mon: Argentine Tango. Tue: Salsa with Pantea. Mountain View.

ARYA GLOBAL CUISINE Fri, 8pm: Live jazz or Italian music and belly dancing. Sat, 8pm: Rushid. Cupertino.

AZÚCAR Thu, 9pm: DJ Che. Thu-Sat, 9pm: Live Latin music. Last Fri of every month: Arleen and Caramelo’s GLBT party. Sun, 6pm: Live music. Mon: Salsa lessons. San Jose.

CLUB FOX Thu, 7pm: Led Kaapana and Mike Kaawa, Fran Guidry. $18/$22. Fri, 9pm: Hard Salsa. $10. Redwood City.

HUKILAU Fri-Sat: Live music. San Jose.

LIQUID Tue: Rock en espanol. San Jose.

MOROCCO’S MV Wed, 5pm: Middle Eastern music. Thu, 5pm: Live acoustic music. Fri, 5pm: World music. Sat, 5pm: Belly dancing. Sun, 5pm: World music. Mon, 5pm: Moroccan music. Mountain View.

O’FLAHERTY’S PUB Sun & Tue, 6pm: Live Irish music. San Jose.

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METROACTIVE.COM CLUB FOX Wed, 7pm: Blues jam. Sat, 7pm: The Miles Schon Band, Mad Jack, Crimes of Passion. $12/$15. Sun, 3pm: Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic. $15. Redwood City.

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J.J.’S BLUES CAFE Wed: Miss Aeriol Ascher and the Blue Angel Band. Thu: Madylan Rose. Fri: Dog House Riley. Sat: Dennis Jones. $10. Sun: Ruckus, Stevie B. Mon: Waynes Way. Tue: Dennis and Stuart, Blue J. San Jose.

MISSION CITY COFFEE ROASTING Sun, 4pm: Jazz jam. Santa Clara.

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World AGENDA LOUNGE Wed, 8pm: Salsa. $5. Thu, 9pm: Banda. No cover. Fri, 8pm: Rock en Español. San Jose.

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Thu, 8pm: The Lady & Her Music: Dee CoCo Johnson & Mix Company. $10/$14. Fri, 8:30pm: Ricardo Scales. $12/$16. Sat, 8pm: Soulful Obsession. $6/$10. Redwood City.

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

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CAMPBELL HERITAGE THEATRE Sat, 8pm: Dave Koz. $51-$61. Campbell.

Wed, 6pm: Ron Thompson. Thu, 6pm: Karen Lovely Band. Fri, 6pm: Terry Hanck Band. Sat, 6pm: Gary Smith Blues Band. Sun, noon: School of the Blues student jam. Tue, 6pm: PHB open mic. San Jose.

PURE LOUNGE Thu, 7:30pm: Suska Varda and Sugar Sweet Blues Band. Sunnyvale.

SAN PEDRO SQUARE MARKET Fri, 7pm: Blind Willies. San Jose.

WINE AFFAIRS Wed, 7:30pm: Russell Barber Band. Blues. San Jose.



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BILLY O’BRIEN’S first Daydream Nation show at San Pedro Square Market was a huge success. Good turnout, good ambience, good beer. And, of course, good music. Headliners Dogcatcher and supporting act Ben Henderson brought a nice blend of indie rock, soul and folk music to San Pedro. Plus, it was free. How can you beat that? For O’Brien’s second show, he’s booked some great indie-rock bands—this time, more in the realm of intense, goosebumpSan Pedro producing groups. Headliner Record Winter has been Market Square around for nearly a decade. They were one of the first bands to buck the metal-screamo trend in San Jose in the Sat, May 19 early 2000s. Times have changed since, and it’s no longer strange to say “San Jose” and “indie rock” in the same 8pm; free sentence. But back then, their atmospheric, moody, guitardriven indie rock was unlike anything else happening around here. They are influenced by bands like Radiohead and Sunny Day Real Estate, with a dash of Neil Young’s tender countrysoul for good measure. Main support Soft Knife is actually the solo/side project of Takashi Makino, lead singer and songwriter for Sonic Youth–loving, San Jose art-rock band, Ugly Winner. Makino plays some Soft Knife sets totally solo, and others with a backing group. Regardless, Soft Knife is a much mellower version of Ugly Winner. The drifting, abstract songwriting style is similar, but has an entirely different effect when it’s not amped up with distortion and backed by punk rock drumming. The sense of unresolved drama and false peaks are more in the forefront. His songs are dreamy, surreal and gorgeous. In this fueleddown context, his singing and guitar work is clearer, making his stream of consciousness more vivid.—Aaron Carnes


MISSION CITY COFFEE ROASTING Sat, 8pm: Vickie Blythe Trio. Santa Clara.

Thu, 7pm: Live acoustic music. Woodside.



Sat: Tom Daggett. Campbell.

Sun, 7:30pm: Tribute to Etta James and Women of Soul. $20. Mountain View.

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


SAM’S BBQ Wed, 6pm: Sidesaddle & Co. Tue, 6pm: Windy Hill. San Jose.

THREE FLAMES Thu, 9pm: Bit & Spur Band. San Jose.

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My Grandmother, a 1929 silent film by Soviet Georgian director Kote Mikaberidze, was banned by the Soviet regime for 40 years. Beth Custer has coupled this compelling film with her own score, a quick-paced pastiche of American jazz and blues, contemporary classical, and world folk music. Forgotten for a half-century, Mikaberidze’s film is a delightful example of the Soviet Eccentric Cinema movement as it irreverently satires the Soviet State system. Anarchic in style, the film unspools the foibles and follies that abound when a Georgian paper pusher, modeled after American silent comic Harold Lloyd, loses his job. The Beth Custer Ensemble features David James (The Coup, Spearhead), Jan Jackson, Will Bernard (Motherbug), Mark Calderon (The Meters), with special guests Chris Grady (Tom Waits), Jessica Ivry (Real Vocal String Quartet) and Dina Maccabee (Vienna Teng). Nils Frykdahl (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum) narrates the film.

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



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



Tue, 7pm: Open mic. San Jose.

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

Fri, 7pm: Open mic. San Jose.

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



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Thu: Karaoke. Los Gatos.

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

Thu and Mon: Karaoke. San Jose.

Mon, 7pm: Cavin and King’s Open Mic. Mountain View.

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

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

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

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

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


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

JERSEYS Sat: Karaoke. Campbell.

JOHNNY V’S Sun: Sunday Funday karaoke. No cover. San Jose. Wed & Sun, 9:30pm-1:30am: Karaoke. Campbell.

Thu, Sat, Mon, 9pm: Karaoke. Campbell.



Wed, 8pm: DJ Desmond. San Jose.

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

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




Fri, 9pm: Ryan. San Jose.


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

Thu, 9pm: DJ Davey K. Campbell.



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

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

KYOTO PLACE Wed, 7pm: Karaoke. Sunnyvale.

Sat, 9pm: August. Santa Clara.



Wed-Sat and Tue, 9pm-2am, & last Sun of every month, 27pm: B&S Karaoke. Campbell.



Mon: Karaoke. San Jose.

Wed-Thu and Mon, 8pm: Karaoke. No cover. Sunnyvale.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



Tue: DJ Davey K. Campbell.

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

Thu: Karaoke. Sunnyvale.

LIQUID MARIANI’S Thu, 8pm: Chris. Santa Clara.

MOJO LOUNGE Wed, 9pm: Vic. Fremont.

MOUNTAIN CHARLIES Wed, 9pm: Joe. Los Gatos.

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

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

OFF THE HOOK Thu, 8pm: Karaoke. Campbell.

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

O’FLAHERTY’S IRISH PUB Mon, 9pm: Ryan. San Jose.

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

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

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




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Thu & Sat, 9:30pm: Wild Side. Santa Clara.



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Mon, 9pm: Vinnie. Cupertino.


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

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


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Wed, 9:30pm: Wildside. No cover. Sun, 9pm: Joe. Santa Clara.




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

Sun: Karaoke. San Jose. Wed, 9pm: Darryl. Thu-Sun, 9pm: August. Milpitas.

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Thu, 9pm: DJ Che. Tue, 9pm: Salsa. San Jose.

Thu: DJ Tesfa and rotating DJs, reggae, hip-hop. Fri: DJs. Sat: Rotating DJs. Sun: Live music. San Jose.





Wed: Locals night. Fri: BeatzBoutique, DJ Schoeny. Los Gatos.

Wed: Wingy Tango night. Thu: Paradisco Nights with Chordella. Fri: Video Junkie Fridays. Sat: Sapphire Saturdays. Sun: Sinful Sundays. Mon: Manic Mondaze. Tue: Buck Wild Tuesdays. San Jose.

Thu, 9pm: Atomic. $5. Sat, 9pm: Club Satori. $5. San Jose.





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


Wed-Sun, Tue, 7pm: DJ and dancing. Cupertino.

BRANHAM LOUNGE Thu, DJ Rated R. Fri: DJ Jason Dee. Fri: DJ Wreak-a-Noise. Sun: Turbo. Tue: Irie Nights w/ DJ Hi-Grade. 1116 Branham Ln, San Jose.

Thu: DJ Mist. Fremont.

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

Sat: Goddess w/ Tina Lee and Angie Leah. Sat: DJs & dancing. San Jose.

STUDIO8 Thu: DJs and MCs. Fri: 9pm: Miss Tapout Magazine Girl Jennifer Swift. Sat: After Fight Party hosted by Josh Barnett. San Jose.

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

PAGODA LOUNGE Thu: Kenny Dope. Fri: D1ME. Fairmont Hotel, San Jose.



Wed: D. Luzion and Illtraxx. Thu: JazBiz and Dave Dynamix. Fri: DJ Ready Rock. San Jose.

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

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


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PURE LOUNGE 408 Sat, 9:30pm: MMA After Party with DJs Adam Cova and Sequence. Sunnyvale.

Thu, 10pm: Live DJ. Cupertino.



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

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

Thu: VJ mixing. Fri, 10pm: DJs Check-O and K Rich. Sat, 10pm: DJ David Q. San Jose.

EL RANCHO SPORTS BAR Fri-Sat, 8pm: Old School Dance Party. San Jose.

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

FAHRENHEIT Wed, 9pm: Wine Wednesdays. Thu, 9pm: The Heit Thursdays. Fri, 9pm: Good Friday. $10. Sat, 9pm: The Good Life. $10. Mon, 9pm: Industry. Tue: College Night. San Jose.

JOHNNY V’S Mon, 9pm: Retoxx with DJ Casp3r. No cover. Wed, 9pm: The Cypher. Hip-hop open mic. No cover before 10:30pm, $3 after. San Jose.

KATIE BLOOM’S Thu-Sat, 9:30pm: DJs and dancing. Campbell.

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CREED Performing ‘Human Clay’ in its entirety and what do you know, good seats are still available. May 16 at the Warfield.

SOULIVE Extended-jam-loving organ trio returns to the city that incubated their best live album. May 18-19 at the Fillmore.

BEST COAST Bethany Cosentino takes time away from her Urban Outfitters clothing line to play May 19 at the Fox Theater.

REMEDY REUNION PARTY Bring that beat back with Mark Farina, Miguel Migs, Doc Martin and Julius Pappi. May 19 at Mezzanine.

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most likely be arrested and prosecuted. But the threshold for pot-related DUI, or DUID (Driving Under the Influence of Drugs), has become more precise in Santa Clara County since the beginning of 2011, when the DA’s crime lab gained the ability to test THC more precisely and determine if someone was driving under the influence of marijuana. “Lab tests make a distinction for active THC—from marijuana—in the bloodstream from the last three hours and other THC from a longer period of time,” Gibbons-Shapiro says. While every case is different, the Santa Clara County DA’s office takes a more lenient approach to medical marijuana than some in the state. Assuming a driver doesn’t cause an accident and is pulled over for a minor traffic violation, like not using a turn signal, Gibbons-Shapiro says it would be unlikely that person would be prosecuted if a blood test shows they haven’t smoked in the last three hours. “If there’s no active THC in a person’s blood, and they fail to use a blinker, that is likely not to be pursued,” he says. But Jose Garcia, a public information officer with the San Jose

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