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Plastic Fantastic Faantastic Fly isn’t isn’t the on only nly one captivated by the professional diaries pr ofessional di iaries of M Mercury ercury N News ews opinion editor B BARBARA ARBARA M MARSHMAN. ARSHMAN. weekss aft after TTwo wo week er M Metro etro rrevealed evealed that Marshman made proo quo off offer M arshman ma de a quid pr er of “lavish praise” praisse” to W ater District Water candidate B AR RBARA KEE GAN in exchange BARBARA KEEGAN ffor or her departu ure from from the rrace, ace, a departure shadow gr oup called P olitical Recor group Political Recordd SStrategies trategies (PR S) made a rrequest equest ffor or all (PRS) electr com mmunications between city electronic onic communications of San San Jose offi officials ficials and Marshman, Marshman, as well as the rrest esst of the paper ’s editorial paper’s boar d: MAC MAC TULLY, TULLLLY, publisher; editorial board: writers EED D CCLANDANIEL LAN NDANIEL and R ACHEL RACHEL W ILNER; D AV VE BUTLER B chain’s WILNER; DAVE BUTLER,, the media chain’s VP of news; and annd M ichele Lew CEO of Michele Lew,, CEO the Asian Asian Americans ffor or Community CI). Involvement (AA (AACI). SSurprisingly, urprisingly, this has nothing to do with M arshman’s emails Marshman’s rregarding egarding KKeegan eegan or a libr ary ballot measur e, library measure, Marshman M arshman which included M arshman’s pl ledge to Marshman’s pledge ““pile pile on” on” fformer ormeer elected Don’t “jerk s” in San San Jose. J “jerks” forget ((Side Side note: Marshman’s Marshman’s to tip! emails have no ow gone now vir al, inspiring a ““San San viral, FLY@ Jose Needs Needs Leaders Leaders METRONEWS. Hammer” Like SSusan usan H am mmer ” COM page on Faceb book.) Facebook.) PR S, which is based b PRS, out of Washington, Washington, D.C., has made similar rrecords ecords requests requessts rregarding egarding the city’s city s ban proposed on plastic bagss and pr oposed abolition If something of EPS EPS to-go containers. c funny,, tthat’s smells funny hat’s probably probably because the American Chemistry C Council (A CC) is (ACC) involved. Just a couple weeks weeks ago, the advocacy gr group oup ffor or profit profit via pollutants sent A LEX O NT TIVEROS and “volunteers ALEX ONTIVEROS “volunteers”” fr om the San San Jose J Clean Community from Coalition to Cit ty Hall Hall to speak against City an EEPS PS ban. ban Why? W Because ther theree was no EPS EPS to be ffound ound in their cleanups. And considerin ng that Ontiveros Ontiveros and considering the cleanup cr ew ’s efforts efforts were were funded crew’s entir ely by the ACC, ACC, why would there there entirely be? Connectingg a ffew ew more more dots, in

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Co County ounty Assessor L Larry arry Stone (rig (right) ght) said Supervisor George Sh Shirakawa’s hirakawa’s misuse of taxpayerr money is un nacceptable and the superviso or (middle), as well as County Executive E Jeff Smith, should b e held responsible. unacceptable supervisor be

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EA EAVE AV VE IT to Larry Stone, e, Stone the county assessor, assessorr, to call it like he sees itt when the vast w vast majority majority of his h fellow elected officials have danced around the h issue isssue of Supervisor George Shirakawa’s Shirakawa’s flagrant flagrant misuse misusse of of taxpayer money. money.

Stone sp spoke oke during the public portion week’ss ccomments o omments p ortion of last week’ Santa Sa anta Clara C County ounty Boar Board d of Supervisors Su upervisors meeting meeting,, la laying aying y into ccounty o ount y administrators’ lack of oversight o versight when monitoring elected d offi fficials’ use of ccounty ountty cr edit ccards, ards, officials’ credit also al lso known as P P-Cards. -Cards. In an in nterview with San JJose ose Inside one interview Inside,, Sto Stone eexpanded x xpanded on his ccomments. omments. “It ’s tot ally a pr oblem with “It’s totally problem oversight enforcement, o versight and enf fo orcement,” Stonee said, County Executivee sa aid, rreferencing effeerencing C ounty Executiv JJeff e Smith eff S Smith’s t ’s and a d others’ ot e s suggestions suggest o s

P-Card policies were that P -Card p olicies we ere unclear or cconfusing. onfusing. “The p oliicies and policies pr ocedures ar procedures aree fine fine..” Noting the policy N oting changes in th he p olicy that occurred 2003—the P-Card o ccurred in 20 03—thee P -Card pilot pr ogram b egan in 20 0 Stone said 01— program began 2001—Stone the pr ogram “w as not dec program “was decentralized entralized never been. anything, and ne ver has b een.” Iff an nyything, Stone said, the change changess “added a fr front ont line of o oversight. versight.” The P P-Card -Card p policy, olicyy, prohibits personal which strictly pr ohibitts p ersonal eexpenses xpenses with the ccard, ard, d pur chases purchases of alc ohol and sets lim its on meal alcohol limits per-diems, was rreimbursements eimbursements and p er-diems, w as up dated as rrecently ecently as 2011. updated A ccounty ountty audit this week w instructed Shirakawa Shi Shirak kawa to rreimburse eimburs i b se $12,772 in i P-Card purchases, addition P -Card pur chases, in ad ddition to the mor 7,0 , 00 he has h alr eady paid moree than $7 $7,000 already have argued back. While some ha ave ar gued that Shirakawa treated moneyy as a Shirak awa tr eated the mone m loan, Stone disagr eed, sa ssaying ayying the moral disagreed, equivalent would b obber bee a bank rrobber money being rreturning eu eturning g mone o ey after a e b e g ccaught. eing aug aught.

“I would d ttake ake eexception xception to the term ‘a loan,’” St tone said. ““A A loan is when Stone ther e’s an agr aagreement eement b etween the there’s between lender and d the b orrower. It ’s not go od borrower. It’s good enough g to sa ay, ‘I rreimbursed eimbursed it.’” say, Mor han half of the mone Moree th than moneyy Shirak awa has alr eady rrepaid epaid the Shirakawa already ccounty ountty ccame am me after Metro’s Metro’s Public R ec e ords A c rrequests ct equests into his P - Card. Records Act P-Card. W eeeks late er, a Metro Metro rreport eport detailed detailed Weeks later, ervisor’ v s fr ee sp ending on the sup supervisor’s free spending p ersonal va acations, golf trips asinos personal vacations, trips,, ccasinos and fr equeent lunches and dinners ffor o or frequent friends and dp olitical allies political allies.. In additi ion to Stone ervisor addition Stone,, Sup Supervisor K en Y eeagerr, who will inherit the title Ken Yeager, of b oard pr resident fr om Shirak awa board president from Shirakawa ne xt mont th, has pursued mor next month, moree transpar en ncy in P -Card audits transparency P-Card audits.. A Ass the story ccontinues ontiinues to b ocus of lo cal story bee a ffocus local media outl lets, and the trust in ccounty ounty outlets, financial ccontrols o ols diminishes ontr diminishes,, it seems that Y eage e r and his ffellow ellow e sup ervisors Yeager supervisors ar owin ng impatient ffor or ans o wers. aree gr growing answers. “What mak m es me agit ated is that makes agitated this rreflects eflectts on all of us us,, all of us who ar d officials It aree elected officials,,” Stone said. “It cr eates thiss p erception wher creates perception wheree the public sa ayyss, ‘Ther says, ‘Theree the theyy go again.’ The o verwhelm ming majorit ty of p eople overwhelming majority people who work ffor o or the ccounty ounty abide b byy the rules and p olicies.” policies. On T uessdaay, during the discussion Tuesday, of P -Card p olicies, Smith said that the P-Card policies,


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know know, w,” Ston Stone ne said. ““And And A the fact that he did not know k is a serious pr problem. oblem. If somethin something ng of this magnitude w was as going on in nm myy offic officee and I didn didn’t ’t know ab about ou ut it, ther there’d e’d b bee hell to pa pay. ay. There’d Ther e’d b bee heads h rrolling. olling. “That That do doesn’t oesn’tt rrelieve elieve the ccounty ountty eexecutive xecutive of o rresponsibility. esponsibilitty.”

Aware A ware D5 BBravo ravo Mr. Mr. Stone! Stone! Finally, Finallyy, a county couunty official with some aree 100% CORREC CORRECTT when cajones. YYou oouu ar you say Gluttonous Glutttonous George’s George’s conduct reflects reflects on all a county workers. He makes everyone loo look ok bad because the rrest est aren’t speaking moree pointedly pointedly. aren’t speak king out mor y.

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should b bee used u only as a last rresort, esort, t and that p perhaps e erhaps do dogs gs ccould ould instead bee deplo b deployed yeed d to sc scare are aaway way the bir birds. ds. The suggest suggestion tion of do dogs gs b being eing used in this ccapacity apacit p y raised a whole ne new w set of cconcerns oncerns ffor o or me me,, due to the p potential otential

This is go good od ne news, ws, b because eccause the new create positive ne w cconnection onnection will cr eaate a p ositivve economic ec onomic ripple eff effect ffeect ffor o San JJose or ose and large. the rregion egion at lar ge. While at attending tttending the eevent, veent, I lo looked ok ked e at the lar large rgge ANA mo model dell of the 20 2000seat Bo Boeing eing 787 787, 7, and I th thought ought ab about out the ccouncil ouncil meeting fr from om m the pr previous evious day. da ay. The rresult esult of the disc discussion cussion w was aas to allow airp airport ort st staff aff to sho shoot oot bir birds ds if the they ey interfere inter feere with air aircraft. craft. When W the time ccame ame to vvote ote o on this mat matter, tter t , one of m myy ccouncil ouncil ccolleagues olleagues eexpressed xpressed genuine cconcern oncern and ccontinued ontinued to t question the best b est ccourse ourse of action. It is vvery ery danger dangerous ous ffor or bir o birds ds to get ccaught aught in an airplane en engine. ngine. N Not ot only would such a sc scenario en nario b bee fat fatal al to the bir bird, d, but it ccould ould d also ccause ause the airplane to malfunc malfunction ction and potentially p otentially lead to a de deadly adly crash. During ccouncil ouncil discussi discussion, ion, cconcerns oncerns weree shar wer shared ed ab about out the sho shooting oting of birds bir ds in vain and the ne net et impact of such action as par partt o off the grand bargain bar gain ffor or airp o airport ort saf safety. fety. It w was as a also suggested that guns

I am hopeful h that the t council coun cil will invest inves st more time on the debt issue and less l time discussing discu ussing the fate of o a flock birds of bir rds lack practicality associated ccost ost and lac ck of practic alitty asso ciated implementing program. with implem menting such a pr ogram. self-professed lover, I am a sel lff--proffeessed animal lo ver, still was odd and yyet et I sti ill thought it w as o dd that lengthy a rrelatively elatively leng th hy ccouncil ouncil discussion life would ccontemplate onttemplate the lif fe value of a bird over the potential 200 bir do ver th he p otential death of 20 0

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The city of San Jose has h billions of dollars in debt, but b at a recent Cit Council City C il meeting ti g the th hot h t topic t i was shooting h ti bi i d that irds th t obstruct b t t birds flight patterns patterns.. passengers on a plane plane.. Human H saf safety feetty ccomes omes first in m myy b book, ook k, plain and simple,, end of discussio simple discussion. on. In the same meeting meeting, g, the ccouncil ouncil rreviewed eviewed the C Comprehensive ompreh hensive Annual Debt R Report, ep e ort, which do documents ocuments the total tot al debt ffor o or the cit city ty of o San JJose, ose, curr currently entlyy a whopping pp g $5.2 $ billion. This figur figuree do does es not inc include clude unfunded liabilities ffor o or p pension ension and a health ccare, are, which would add an ad additional dditional $3.6 billion to the tot total. al. A Att the t ffederal eederal level, le vel, the national debtt do does es not

THE FLY addition to bending ears on behalf of ACC, local lobbyist ED MCGOVERN also represents San Jose casino Bay 101, which has a contentious history with the AACI, and by extension Merc edboard contributor Lew. As part of the city’s gaming ordinance, Bay 101 must contribute $500,000 annually to the nonprofit to help offset gambling problems that especially affect the Asian community. After all this, we almost forgot about the juicy details in Marshman’s emails to city staff. Almost. To be continued.

include un nfunded liabilities lik unfunded likee So cial Secu urity or Medic are. When Social Security Medicare. unfunded liabilities ar aree included, the nation nal debt ccatapults atapults fr om $16 national from $ trillion. trillion to $70 Onc oncluded, what Oncee thee meeting cconcluded, struck me most m w as a that the ccouncil ouncil was discussion on o the $5.2 billion debt w aas was 15 minutes long long,, while the discussion on bir ds at thee airp ort w aas 12 minutes in birds airport was duration. Going G fforward, o orwar a d, I am hop eful hopeful that the ccouncil ou uncil will in nveest mor invest moree time on the debtt issue and, dar ay, less daree I sa say, time discus ssing the fate of a flo ck of discussing flock bir ds. T oo bad b we ccan’t an n’t ’ sho ot the debt. birds. Too shoot Theree ar Ther are re man many ny diff different ffeerent fforms orms o of debt, bu but ut suffic sufficee it to sa say, ay, we ar aree ttapped apped out out. t. Oner Onerous ous debt pa payments ayments y and ser servicing viciing obligations ttake ake mone moneyy aaway way from from m the general fund, and therefore ther effo ore lleave eaave us with less mone moneyy to pay pa ay ffor or cit o cityy ser services vices to today. daay. Whether we ar aree lo looking ok king into training a special-service sp ecial-servic v e canine canine unit for fo or avian avvian abatement abatement, t, or we ar aree pa paying aying y inter interest est on our mu municipal unicipal debt, the mone moneyy has to ccome ome fr from o some om somewhere. where. Pierluigi Ol Oliverio liverio is a ccouncilmember ouncilmember ffor oor San J Jose’s ose o ’s Dist D District trict r 6.

frustrated frustr rated finf finfan fan a PPerhaps eerhaps the best way to convince bir birdbrain dbrraain politicians of the neces necessity ssity to shoot the bir birds ds would be to point out o that, in a worst case scenario, thee crashing crashing of a lar large ge airliner in or about the t airport could result result in the death of hundreds hunndreds of birds birds on the ground. ground.


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As the nation looks tow As toward ward an increasingly cliff, incr easingly imminent fiscal fi clifff, top senior executives in thee Silicon Valley Vaalley traveled Washington ashington tr aveled to W n to give their input on how to soften the country’s hundred financial hardships. hardships.. Onee hundr ed companies nationwide participated in this week’s meetings in n order order to help spur economic growth. growth. The Silicon Valley–based companies V aalley–based compani es present present Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, included Or acle, Cisco,, Hewlett Hewlett-P H Packard, Seagate Technology, Teechnologyy, Juniper Juniper Networks, McAfee, Systems, Brocade McAf ee,, Adobe S ystemss, Br ocade Communications and SolarCity. S SolarCity y.

Internet se search earch giant Google avo oided some avoided $2 billion in worldwide income tax xes in 2011 by taxes shifting $9 $9.8 9.8 billion in rrevenues evenues into i a Bermuda shell comp company, panyy, according according to a Bloom mberg report. report. Bloomberg By legally funneling fun nneling profits profits fr from om overseas subsidiaries subsidiaries into Bermuda, which doesn’ doesn’t ’t have a corpor corporate ate overall income tax, Google G cut its over all tax rrate ate by well w over half to just billion w worldwide $1 5 billi $1.5 orldwide ld id iin 2011 2011. The Th Mountain View Vieew company’s overall overall effective dropped eff ective tax rate rate dr opped to 21 percent from per cent last year y from about 28 percent per cent in 2008—and 20 008—and well below U.S.. and state the average average combined c statutory rate ratee of about 39 percent. percent. U.S. tax officials officials aren’t aren’t the only ones miffed Nov. miff ed by thee disclosure disclosure in a Nov v. 21 filing by a Google subsidiary in the Netherlands. Netherlan nds.. Governments in France, Kingdom, Italy Fr ance, the United U Australia already and Austr aliaa are are alr eady probing probing Google’s tax-avoidance tax--avoidance strategies, strategies, groups and citizen watchdog w groups in are the United States States t are likely to increase incr ease their their activity in response response to what they see see as an blatant act of corporate corpor ate profiteering. profiteering. o the European Last week, th he Eur opean member Commission advised a states to create creaate blacklists of tax anti-abuse havens and adopt a rules. Tax Tax a evasion evaasion and avoidance, which cost the th he European European Union 1 euros trillion eur os ($1.3 trillion) a year, year, aree “scandalous” ar “scandalo ous” and “an “an attack on the fundamental fundamental principle of ffairness,” airness,”” said d Algirdas Algirdas Semeta, the EC’s commissioner commisssioner for for taxation, at a

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press conference Google pr ress conf erence in Brussels. Goo ogle claims cl aims that it complies with all tax taax rules ru ules and that its investments in various va arious European European countries help their th heir economies. Google Go oogle avoids billions of dollars in n income taxes around around the world d using tax-shelter us sing a pair of tax-shel ter strategies strategies common multinationals— co ommon to mul tinationals— including in ncluding Apple and others—that others—that shifts sh hifts rroyalty oyalty payments from from subsidiaries su ubsidiaries in Ireland Ireland and the Netherlands location. N etherlands to a Bermuda locatio on. The Th he strategies strategies allowed Google to rreport e eport a tax rate rate of just 3.2 percent perceent on n the th profit profit fit it said id was earned d overseas, ov verseas, even though most of these th hese countries co ountries have corporate corporate income tax percent ta ax rrates ates rranging anging from from 26 per cent to 344 percent. percent. In the United Kingdom, Kingdom, Google’s Go oogle’s second-biggest market, the th he company paid just $9.6 million millio on moree than $4. $4.1 in n taxes on mor .1 billion n in n sales. Google paid $1.5 billion in in income in ncome taxes worldwide in 2011. The shelters Th he use of these shel ters and avoidance av voidance schemes has prompted prompted d calls States ca alls ffor or rreform eform in the United S tates Treasury ass well. The T reasury Departmentt has ha as repeatedly repeatedly proposed proposed since 2009, 20 009, w little success, to make it harder with harrder multinationals ffor o mul or tinationals to bypass taxes taxees havens.. byy shifting profit profit into tax havens — —Dan Holden

Oracle Like many companies, Or acle hoped ensuree its investor investor’s to ensur ’ss trust by paying early dividends in hopes of in 2013. skirting potential tax hikes h The dividend idea hit a snag, however, howeverr, tax-reform when one liberal-leaning liberal-leaniing tax-r eform group company gr oup blasted the com mpany for for pouncing on financial loopholes. loopholes and “Uncertainty makes people p nervous,” Guardino, businesses ner vous,” said Guar dino, president pr esident and CEO of the Silicon Valley “Therefore, V alley Leadership Group. Group. o . “Ther efore, some might act now … rrather ather than uncertainty wait upon the uncerta ainty of 2013.” Still, Valley S till, it seems Silicon V alley plays by the rules when it ccomes to most Valley loopholes.. In ffact, act, mos st Silicon V alley companies do not payy dividends extraa because they’d rather ratherr use that extr grow money to gr ow their companies. c which While most of these meetings, m take place every year around a ound this time, ar have achieved little regional reg gional progress progress over the years for for Silicon Siliccon Valley, Valley a y, there there have been vast strides in securing ffederal ederal funding for for a BART B T extension BAR in the Bay Area. Area. —Nick ck Trenchard Trenchar e rd

EE TTimes imes Bids Farewell Far ew well to Print EE TIMES, the seminal publication of semiconductor semicon nductor and electronics electronics industry engineers, engineers, has published its last paper edition. Alexander Wolfe, Wolfe, an editor at a the publication, was conflicted in his assessment of the milestone.. supposed “I’m I m suppo osed to tell you that this wrote is a good thing,” t wrote Wolfe Wolfe in an online eeditorial.. “Forty years of history is a heavy load to summarize, summarize e, and say sayonara sayonara to, in a 500-word 500-wor d essay.” essayy..” Fortunately, Fortunatel lyy, the publication isn’t disappearing altogether. disappeari ing al together. EE Times Times i has been available a online for for several several years. The publication also sponsors two majorr electronics electronics industry shows DesignCon shows, DesignCon and Design West. West. est Industry watchers w say the demise of the print prin nt edition was probably probably long overdue. overdue. d “I was surprised they didn’t shut shut it down sooner,” sooner,”” said P aula Jones, Jonees, director director of corporate corporate Paula communic cations at Tensilica. Teensilica.. “Print communications became irrelevant, irrelevant, at least for for highly technical products p oducts like ours. There pr There was very little little editorial coverage. coverage.. As As the advert tising dollars for for EDA EDA and advertising IP dried up p so did the cover p, age ” age. up, coverage.” Concur rent with the decline in Concurrent advertising g was the rise of social media, and d EE T Times iimes did make faith eff ort to get in the a good faith effort game—albeit, game—albeit, somewhat behind th he more more consumermany of the oriented tech teech pubs. —Dan Holden


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N TRUE Silicon Valley fashion, various entities are collaborating to transform a hideous concrete underpass along Santa Clara Street into a colorful interactive zone. Just about anyone who’s walked under Highway 87, going between downtown and the Shark Tank, has experienced the cold, ugly, uninviting and just plain bleak underpass— yet another textbook San Jose result of decades of political vanity, botched

urban planning and a City Hall filled with people who know nothing about art. Now, things are different. After a limited competition to design an interactive zone, artist Dan Corson’s conceptual proposal for the underpass includes “halos” of LED lights that change color in response to the passage of people on the sidewalks. Within seconds of the mock-up image appearing on Facebook, hundreds of folks shared it every which direction throughout the cyberuniverse. The project is part of “Illuminating Downtown,” a pilot program that will, through the use of various technologies, illuminate specific nodal points of the neighborhood, including public spaces, underpasses, tops of buildings and more. When the arena was built, nobody

designed anything with pedestrians in mind, so they didn’t pay any attention to what the streetscape actually looked like. Enter the San Jose Downtown Association and especially the PropertyBased Improvement District (PBID), whose job it is, partly, to brainstorm ways of dealing with the unsightly landscape they’ve been given. They deserve credit for initially conspiring to beautify the underpass and illuminate the zone as folks walk to and from the arena. Enter another component of the scenario: Barbara Goldstein, director of the city’s public art program. She has already been instrumental in so many different areas, especially all the art projects that have transformed the new airport. As she presented the whole package last week at the San Jose Museum of Art’s regular noontime lecture series, it was refreshing to hear someone from City Hall actually talk about the importance of art and its role in urban planning, pedestrian friendliness, way-finding and creative place-making. Goldstein clearly understands that if

an urban environment is to succeed, if people will want to live there, it has to prioritize pedestrian friendliness and feature a wide variety of streetscapes, public spaces and passageways for people to move from area to area—and not uglify itself with surface parking lots and blank facades. Art, of course, is a major part of all this, whether it’s interactive street-level projects or lighting the top of a new high-rise that would otherwise look boring. During the lecture, Goldstein mentioned that a $600,000 grant from ArtPlace America partly helped make the pilot program happen. Philips Lumileds donated all the LEDs required to make the program work. This is important—the project is not entirely dependent on public money. A lot of folks are collaborating to find alternative ways to help fund these things. In addition to the Santa Clara Street corridor between the Shark Tank and downtown, anot another corridor, San Fernando Street, as it travels underneath its stretch of High Highway 87, is also targeted for illumination. A previous art initiative, Robin L Lasser’s Floating World project c , incorpora project, incorporated clusters of colored minitents along tthe handrails and served as a test ca case for that area. Now Corson, aalong with the city’s public art progra program and the downtown PBID, are schemi scheming for new ways to activate and illuminate that space, which would include the Guadalupe Riverbed area, usually a spooky and forbidding place at night. Carson is proposing a wealth of possibilities, one of which might be interactive LED programming on the underpass, triggered by the bridge vibration, as well as pedestrian and car movement. Another option might be embedding LED solar flashers into various light poles along the riverbed trail, in order to activate the trail with multicolored displays, similarly triggered by motion sensing. All of this is pure Silicon Valley and a great example of what can happen when neighborhood stakeholders, urban designers, architects, arts professionals, lighting designers and an LED manufacturer can all bring their respective skill sets to the table in order to make something interesting from the hideous urban mess they’ve all been given. I feel illuminated already.

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haave had a har der time games have harder being rrecognized ecognized ffor o or their ar tistic being artistic merits. Video-game Viid deo -game cconcerts oncerts aim to merits. at subtle fform o orm of cultural change tha that discriminaation. discrimination. eg egend of Z elda: Symphon y p y “The L Legend Zelda: Symphony Goddesses” d is par of the Goddesses” partt of this movemen nt to dra aw in audiences audiences movement draw that may have maay ha h ave previously previously dismissed video gam games appreciate mes and appr eciate them as a legitim legitimate artt form. mate ar fo orm. Set to ttake ake place Dec.. 14 at the San JJose place on Dec D ose Civic, Goddesses” Civic, “Symphony “Sym mphony of the Go ddesses” is an or orchestral oncert based on cheestral cconcert the music to the video game; it is modeled successful modeled after a the wildly suc cessful Japanese productions began Japanese pr p oductions that b egan touring in ’90s. n the early ’9 0s. The sho show’s ow’s producer, producer, San Francisco nativee and fformer Tokyo Francisc o nativ ormer T o o okyo resident Paul, resident JJason a ason Michael P aul, originally br brought pop-culture/ ought the p op - culture/ classical-music classical-m music fusion shows to the United Final United States States a with the F inal Fantasy Fantasy ode, Friends,” ode, “Dearr Friends ,” which debuted in Las 2004. Las Vegas Veeggas in 20 04. People People snatched up tickets matter u tick ets in a mat ter of days, prompted daayys, which whicch pr ompted him to turn the show into series.. i a series Paul Paul hass straddled video games and classical classiccal music his whole ccareer, areer, having done electronichaavving don ne a stint in the electr onicgame industry indu ustry and worked worked with Luciano Pavarotti Three Luciano P avvarotti and the Thr ee Tenors. Tenors e . “I just j had this wild idea to


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We have haave some so ome neat asp ects that We aspects make it un nique.” make unique.” “W We created creaated the show so that “We anyone with witth a health hy love love of anyone healthy orchestral cconcerts oncerts would enjo orchestral enjoyy it,”” adds. “Originally, “Originallyy, we wanted wanted Seiter adds. ething gr eat ffor o or the to do some something great fans, [we] broadened fans, but [w we] br oadened it so that standard standard ticket ticket holders and legacy ticket say, ticket holders holders would sa ay, ‘Wow.’” ‘W Wo ow.’” The Th trio t i to ttook ok k suggestions ti fr ffrom om audiences audiences and a ttweaked weaked subsequent shows, shows, fashioning fash hioning the full ssymphonic ymphonic program bee on display program that th hat will b displaay in San JJose. ose.

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For a good chunk of the 1940s, ingénue Deanna Durbin was a bigger star than Judy Garland. Used primarily as a wholesome, perky teenager who could sing arias as well as pop standards, she abruptly stopped acting in 1949 and stepped far away from the limelight. The Stanford Theatre is in the midst of a welcome retrospective of Durbin’s films, which are seldom revived. This week’s selections include several early and typical musicals—It’s a Date and Spring Parade, both from 1940—as well

as one of her few dramatic roles, in The Amazing Mrs. Hollidayy, an odd collaboration with the great French director Jean Renoir (Grand Illusion, The Rules of the Game). The plot concerns a missionary trying to smuggle war orphans into the country, which might explain why Renoir left the set halfway through the shoot. (AR)

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R&B and heads directly into pop territory Oddly, Oddly most of the music territory. artists are not American. Canadian Carly Rae Jepsen’s song “Call Me Maybe” has caught on like wildfire. If you haven’t heard it on the radio, you’ve certainly seen one of the brilliant parody videos. Speaking of which, Psy’s “Gangnam Style” has to be the most parodied song ever. (My personal favorite is “Romney Style.”) None of them, however, can hold a candle to the hilarious original, which is creeping up on 900 million YouTube views. Brits Cher Lloyd and Conor Maynard both bring dance beats, humor and infectious pop hooks. Owl City, the sole American group, is actually an electronic-pop band. (AC)


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is a journey that can feel like floating in one surreal spot and seeing everything. thi (AC)

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FAKING IT: MANIPULATED PHOTOGRAPHY BEFORE PHOTOSHOP Perhaps stung by the idea that a bit of software trickery can seamlessly alter visual reality, Adobe, maker of Photoshop, sponsored the touring

show detailed in this marvelous coffeetable catalog. NYMOMA assistant curator Mia Fineman provides copious examples of how photographs— supposedly the perfect mirrors of nature—have been altered from the time of Daguerre and Talbot down to the present. Some of the manipulations cited are harmless improvements: an awkward figure painted out of an 1846 paper negative and dramatic clouds added to landscape shots. Others are aesthetic choices, such as double exposures and retouching to make people’s portraits a bit more flattering. Other examples are more troubling: the fraudulent “spirit photographs” that were a craze in the late 19th century and the deliberate falsification of history by excising disgraced officials from Soviet and Nazi photographs. (Metropolitan Museum of Art/Yale University Press; $60) JOSEPH CORNELL’S MANUAL OF MARVELS Artist Joseph Cornell’s boxes—

mysterious collections of ephemera brought together with an exquisite eye for juxtaposition—are justifiably famous. Less well known, because so hard to display, is his Untitled Book Object. An inveterate collector and “upcycler” before the term became commonplace, Cornell made use of his extensive horde of found images from magazines, playbills and advertisements by carefully collaging them onto the pages of a 1911 French agricultural journal. Playing against the stately printed columns of dry text, Cornell added pictures and words of his own—overwriting in ink, tipping in reproductions of famous paintings, cutting away sections so that one page acts like a peephole into another. The result is a pageant of surrealistic visual puns and a precursor to an entire movement of altered artists’ books. Manual of Marvels comes, appropriately, in a display box with a book of essays, a book of sample pages and a CD containing a scanned image of every page of the project, which until now has been seen only by a handful of lucky scholars. (Edited by Dickran

Tashjian and Analisa Leppanen-Guerra; Thames & Hudson; $80) HALLUCINATIONS Not only is Oliver Sacks a distinguished neurologist and prolific author, he also dabbled in drugs with the best of them in the 1960s. In his new book, Sacks recalls some heady times as a young doctor in California (naturally) when he experimented with marijuana, LSD, morning glory seeds and morphine, carefully noting their effects on his consciousness and the conjuring up of supremely convincing illusions, including the witnessing of a “huge, trembling, pearshaped blob of the purest indigo” that filled him with rapture. This insightful, elegantly written study of how the mind can trick the body describes fascinating cases in which a lost sense (sight, hearing, etc.) gets replaced by a hallucination that the person can see or hear again. The effect is noticeably present in amputees, when so-called “phantom limbs” still appear to exist and function. Particularly intriguing, because it has happened to most people, is sleep paralysis: that terrifying sense of a malignant presence hovering over one’s helpless body, perhaps pressing on the chest, which seems to happen in an uncanny zone between nightmare and wakefulness. (Knopf; $26.95) ZOMBIE MOVIES: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE The second edition of Glenn Kay’s compendious exploration of the typologies of the undead is crammed with detailed blurbs on more than 80 years of zombie movies, TV shows and even music videos (Michael Jackson’s Thriller most notably). The book serves primarily as a hunting guide for dedicated fans—who wouldn’t want to see 1971’s Psychomania, a “bizarrely entertaining ... cross between Night of the Living Dead and A Clockwork Orange or 1981’s Zombie Lake about Nazi soldiers rising from a “lake of the damned” in a French village. The book also contains behindthe-scenes interviews with zombie filmmakers, lots of great stills and posters, and plenty of lists to argue over. There is even a helpful rundown of zombie movies that have no actual zombies in them. A film critic by trade, Kay once shuffled and moaned as a zombie extra for Land of the Dead, which solidifies his brain-eating bona fides. (Chicago Review Press; $24.95)


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*stage BALLET B ALLETSSAN ANJO JOSE SE A new version of “The “ Nutcr acker.”” Runss thru Dec Nutcracker.” 23. This week Fri,, 7pm, 7 , Sat, 1:30, 7pm, Sun, 1:3 30pm.. $301:30pm. $105.. San Jose Ce enter ffor or the Center P erforming Arts. Performing

BAYER B AYER Y B BALLET ALLET A ACADEMY CCADEMY dancers rs pr present esent a The young dancer “Winter Fairy TTale.”. aale.”.. Fri,, 7pm,, Sat, 5:30pm, Sun, 2:30 2:30pm. 0pm. $25-$30. Mountain View Ce Center enter ffor or the Performing P erforming Arts.

BIG R RIVER IVER A musical version of Huckleberry Huckleber rrry Finnn fr from om Theatr eWorks. Ru uns thru Dec TheatreWorks. Runs 30. W Wed, ed,, 7:30pm, Thu-Fri, T , 8pm, Sat 2 and 8pm, Sat, 8pm Su Sun, un 2 and 7pm un, 7pm, TTue, uue,, 7:30pm.. $31$51.. LLucie ucie $31-$51. SStern tern Theater aloo Al to. Theater,, P Palo Alto.

A CCHRISTMAS HRISTMA T AS CAROL CAR A OL Scrooge,, TTiny Scrooge, iny TTim im and the ghosts rreturn eturn in Rick LLombardo’s ombardo’s adap adaptation tation ffor or San Jose Repertory Th Theatre. heatre. Runs thru Dec 23. W Wed, ed,, 7:30pm (plus 11am Dec 12), Thu -Fri,, 8pm, Thu-Fri, Sat, 3 and 8pm,, Su Sun, un,, 2pm, TTue, uue, 7:30pm.. $20 and up. San Jose Rep, San Jose. Rep, Jose

A CCHRISTMAS HRISTMA T AS CAROL CAR A OL A tr traditional aditional Dickens Dickeens by thru Northside.. Runs th hru Dec 23. Wed-Sat, Sun, W ed-Sat,, 8pm,, Su un,, 3pm.. $15$20.. Northside Th Theatre, heatre, 848 E. Jose. William SSt,t,, San Jo se.

CCHRISTMAS HRIST TMA AS SHORTS SHO OR RTS Five short plays inn a satirical vein about the ho olidays holidays presented pr esented by City Lights.. Runs thru Dec 23. 23 Thu Thu-S Sat Sat, S 8pm, 8pm Sun, Sun Thu-Sat, 2pm. $24.95-$39.95. $24.95-$39..95.. City Lights, San Jose.

IIT’S T’S AW A WONDERFUL ONDERFFUL LLIFE IFE A stage version off the Fr Frank ank CCapra apra movie.. Runss thru Dec 22. Wed, W ed,, 7:30pm, Thu Thu-Sat, u-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 3pm.. $18 andd up.. Bus Barn SStage, tage,, LLos os Al Altos. tos.

MESHUGANUTCRACKER! M ESHUGANUTCR RACKER! A musical that cov covers vers all bases. Sat-Sun, Sat-Sun Sat Sun, 7pm. 7pm $22 $22–$44. 22–$44 $44.. Retr Retroo Dome,, San Jose.

RECKLESS R ECKLESS San Jose SStage tage Co Company ompany buck buckss the holiday ffare are with w a black comedy by Cr Craig aig LLucas. ucas.. Runs thru Dec. 16. W Wed-Thu, ed--TThu, 7:30pm, Fri-Sat,, 8pm, Sun,, 2pm. $14 $14-$45. The SStage, tage, Sa San an Jose.

SSANTASTIC! ANT TAST TIC! A holiday show ffor or families. fam milies. Runs thru Dec 22.. Sat,, 11am and Retroo Dome Dome,, San Jose. 2pm. $18.. Retr

*classical *classic a al CCHRISTMAS HRIST TMAS A AT T TTHE THE M MISSION ISSION With the Ohlone Cham Chamber mber Sun,, 4pm. Singers.. Sat,, 8pm,, Sun $10-$15.. Old Mission San S Jose, Fremont. Fr emont.

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MACLA M ACCLA “Power in Numbers.”” A sho “Power show ow immigration about immigr ation and politics. pollitics. Thru Jan 5. Wed-Thu, Wed--TThu,, noon-7pm, noonn--7pm, 7 Fri-Sat,, noon-5pm.. San Jose. Josse.

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With The Chor Choral al Pr Project ojecct and San Orchestra. Jose Chamber Or chesttra.. Sun, 7 . $20-$35. 7pm. $20 $35. Mission Mi i n Santa S t Clara. Clar a.

“Rashomon.”” A 15-piece installation by sculptor Cha arles Charles Ginnever Tuue-Fri, Ginnever.. Thru Feb 16.. Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm,, Sat, noon-5pm m. noon-5pm. San Jose.

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Axel SStrauss trauss leads the or orchestra chestra in an evening of Moza Mozart rt compositions. Sat,, 8pm m. Fr ee. 8pm. Free. CCubberley ubberley Theatr e, P alo Al to. Theatre, Palo Alto.

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SSLG LG B BOUTIKI OUTIKI Third Anniversary Gr Third Group oup Show. Shhow. Thru Dec 31.. San Jose.

SSTANFORD TA ANFORD A ART RT TSSSPACES PACCES “Cuba 2012.”” Images by “Cuba American photogr aphers inn photographers Havana. Thru Jan 17. 177. Weekdays, Weekddays, 8:30am-5pm. 420 Via P Palou aloou at CCampus ampus Drive and Via Ortega, Orteega, SStanford. tanford.

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Seasonal Swing JAZZ LOVERS will find no better event to ring in this holiday season than Big Band Christmas Surprise!. The show, mounted by Tabard Theatre Company, features the local jazz group Nineteen grooving its way through some of the most beloved holiday classics. As Gus Kambeitz puts it, “Nineteen, with the help of the Tabard Theatre, provides a familyfriendly foray into the music of the big band.” Nineteen includes brass, woodwind and rhythm instruments and is most closely associated with the jazz and swing eras. Kambeitz and the rest of the ensemble hope Big Band to get people excited about the big-band sound Christmas Surprise! while also entertaining them with wild jazz renditions of familiar seasonal numbers like “Winter Runs through Dec. 16 Wonderland” and “The First Noel.” The group is Thursday–Friday, joined by an array of singers, who spice up the revue 8pm, Saturday 3 and 8pm, Sunday, 2pm; with an animated version of “Jingle Bells” and other $10–$35 favorites. Each performance also features a surprise guest celebrity, many of whom do readings or share a holiday moment. The show, which runs roughly two hours plus an intermission period, is put on in the Theatre on San Pedro Square. The red bricks and exposed beams decorated with wreaths and lights give the performance a cozy feeling perfect for December. There are also crafts by local artists on display. A portion of each night’s proceeds is donated to St. Paul’s Food Closet. Guests are also encouraged to bring in nonperishable food and clothing in support of this effort.—Eliza Lamson graduating BFA graduating BFA students. Thruu Dec 31.. San Jose.

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New THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (PG-13; 169 min.) See review on page 34.

JASON BECKER: NOT DEAD YET (NR; 90 min.) Special one-night showing of a documentary about the guitar player who is persevering in the face of ALS. Becker will appear at the showing. (Plays Dec 13 at Camera 3 in San Jose.)

THE MATCHMAKER (R; 112 min.) A drama set in 1968 about a teenager who goes to work for an elderly matchmaker. In Hebrew with English subtitles. (Opens Fri at Camera 3 in San Jose.)

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Pale Prequel PETER JACKSON’s Lord of the Rings trilogy was much more than a wowmachine. The tenderer lines can still be rolled over in the mind: Aragorn murmuring, “I have seen the White City, long ago… .” One hoped for similar transcendence in the series’ prequel, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but it’s a moshpit of monsters, with simpler, even childish aims, befitting the kid’s book it sources. (And yet the battlefield action is too much for young children.)

goblin king with a crown with bones, bibbed with a wobbling goiter the size of a minivan. A trio of gross, ravenous trolls argue over the proper way to prepare hobbit for dinner. Finest of all the illusions: stone giants in a boulderhurling battle on a stormy mountain peak. The Hobbit: An

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Richard Armitage, stalwart but dull, plays the landless king Thorin Oakenshield. Under the advice of the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), he is taking along the fussy and hardly battle-hardened Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) on a quest. Thorin and a dozen-plus cartoonish dwarves journey to their ancient mountain kingdom, which is currently occupied by Smaug, a dragon seen only in glimpses.

This is a well-stocked PG-13; 169 min. menagerie, but is Opens Friday it anything more? The creatures are bad villains or good heroes here, and the most serious personal conflict is confined to one mere character: the oily, murderous Gollum. In the scenes of the finding of the Ring, the digital animation astounds; Gollum (voiced by Andy Sirkis, returning) shows a startling range of emotions and doubts in his rolling, softball-size eyes.

Except for Cate Blanchett, sauntering in satin as Galadriel, the Lady of Lorien, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a female-free zone. How one misses the girl-power moments from the original trilogy, such as the instance in which Liv Tyler’s Arwen gave the Ringwraiths a much-needed bath. Instead of romance, we get creatures: leprous orcs mounted on wolflike “wargs” and a

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey mentions the evil of a necromancer, a minor character whose worst misdeeds are being saved for the sequel. Yet this movie’s biggest achievement is necromancy: burglarizing the tomb of Peter Lorre, the model for Gollum in the uneven teeth, the wateriness of gaze, the ingratiating yet grating hiss.—Richard von Busack

(R; 123 min.) The plot, with its final contest, recalls an old Hollywood story about the trouble screenwriters had coming up with a happy ending for a Nijinsky biopic, since the dancer died in the madhouse believing himself to be a horse. (Solution: “He wins the Kentucky Derby.”) The bipolar Pat (a monotonous Bradley Cooper) returns home to the Philly suburbs after a stint in a mental hospital for threatening his wife. He’s lured back to coping with the help of his pal’s widowed sisterin-law, Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), who’s just as full of meds and emotional troubles as he is. Director David O. Russell veers all over the map charting these two troubled love birds, considered them as everything from quirky truth tellers to screaming troublemakers. If you think there’s something adorably romantic about a restraining order, this is for you. Meanwhile, the nonmedicatable problems of other people, such as Pat’s sports-fiend/ bookmaker dad, played by Robert De Niro, are contrasted with Pat’s own mad tirades—hey, we’re all basically crazy. Lawrence’s talent shows in how well she makes this stuff function. (Plays valleywide.) (RvB)

SJSU STUDENT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL A look at the talents of the future. (Plays Dec 13 at Camera 3 in San Jose.)

Revivals THE AMAZING MRS. HOLLIDAY/HERS TO HOLD* (Both 1943) How Deanna Durbin won the war. In Mrs. Holliday she smuggles orphans out of China, and in Hers to Hold, she’s a Rosie the Riveter romancing a pilot (one of the most underrated of screen performers, Joseph Cotten). Durbin sings “Begin the Beguine.” (Plays Dec 18-20 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)

CHRISTMAS IN ACIDLAND A two-part tribute to the most surrealistic, mind-roasting holiday film, animation and TV snippets ever; hosted by Johnny Legend. (Screens Dec 12 at Camera 3 in San Jose.)

THE CHRISTMAS STOP-MOTION ANIMATED FESTIVAL Titles TBA. (Plays Dec 16 in San Jose at the Retro Dome.) (RvB)

IT STARTED WITH EVE/NICE GIRL? (Both 1941) Charles Laughton plays a dying millionaire who longs to see his son (Robert Cummings) marry, so the son rounds up a promising girl (Deanna Durbin). Reputedly one of the best Durbins. BILLED WITH Nice Girl? Robert Benchley adds drollitude as Deanna’s father, while the all-grown-up Durbin is torn between an older man (Franchot Tone) and a younger squeeze (Robert Stack.) (Plays Dec 15-17 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989) Chevy Chase stars in another mix of heavy, artless slapstick and sitcomish beats written by John Hughes. Talented cast: Mae Questel, Randy Quaid (at his best as the hick cousin in the beat-up RV), Julia Louis-Dreyfus, William Hickey in another of his beloved “I’m too old to live” roles and the way-too-good-for-this-kind-of-thing Beverly D’Angelo as the luckless Mrs. Griswold. (Plays Dec 14-15 in San Jose at the Retro Dome.) (RvB)

PSYCHOTRONIC FILM FESTIVAL Celebrating 20 years of the proud, the profane, the jejune and the arcane. Baffling cinematic, commercial and TV oddities forbidden in most civilized nations of the world. A benefit for KFJC-FM (89.7). (Plays Dec 15 at 7pm in Los Altos Hills at Room 5015, Foothill College; bring $3 in quarters for parking lot.) (RvB)

MAD ABOUT MUSIC/THAT CERTAIN AGE (Both 1938) Deanna Durbin stars as an inmate at a Swiss boarding school whose tales of her long-lost father force her to find a stand-in (Herbert Marshall) for the man. Durbin sings “Ave Maria” with the Vienna Boy’s Choir. BILLED WITH That Certain Age. Deanna gets a crush on Melvyn Douglas and sings her hit “My Own.” (Plays thru Dec 7 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)

Reviews ANNA KARENINA (R; 129 min.) Adapter Tom Stoppard does a superior job of whipping the story into just over two hours, keeping as many aphorisms as possible and not neglecting Tolstoy’s compassion for the minor characters. But director Joe Wright (Atonement) stages the tale of ruinous adultery as a postmodern


CHASING ICE (NR; 75 min.) A documentary about photographer James Balog and his work with the Extreme Ice Survey doing timelapse images of disappearing glaciers.

HITCHCOCK (PG-13; 98 min.) The film’s main pleasure lies in watching Anthony Hopkins inhabit the famous silhouette. The actor is entombed in fat makeup, and only Hopkins’ eyes have much range; he must express stirring fear, vanity and jealousy inside the outward tranquility. He fears losing his wife, Alma (Helen Mirren), to a young upstart (Danny Huston). (RvB)

KILLING THEM SOFTLY (R; 97 min.) Brad Pitt and Ray Liotta star in a crime thriller about a gun-toting enforcer resolving some issues between mobsters and crooks. Directed by Andrew Dominik.

LAY THE FAVORITE (R; 94 min.) Stephen Frears’ version of Beth Raymer’s memoir about switching careers from burlesque dancing to sport betting. Stars Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

LIFE OF PI (PG; 127 min.) Pi (Irrfan Khan), a friendly professor in modern Montreal, is lunching with an avid American (Rafe Spall). Pi unfolds the tale of his singular voyage to the Newer World from his home in the French colony of Pondicherry—a Tintin-esque locale. The son of a man who believes only in logic, Pi becomes pious in all the religions, in passages that director Ang Lee envisions as a handsome pastiche of Satyajit Ray. Dad runs a zoo. When the money runs short, the family must sell the critters to overseas collectors. The animal freighter sinks, and young Pi (Suraj Sharma) is stranded in a lifeboat with a wounded zebra, an orangutan and a hyena. Then, out of the waves, comes the zoo’s tiger, Richard Parker. The tiger has never seen a Disney movie; he has a vicious temper and refuses to be gentled. Worn down by weeks of certain doom, Pi puts his trust in providence. Whatever Life of Pi is trying to say about the Hindu/Buddhist

Wheel of Suffering, it says much more interestingly than did Cloud Atlas did. (Read a full-length review online at metroactive.com.) (RvB)

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LINCOLN (PG-13; 120 min.) Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is by far the most intelligent of the director/impresario’s history films. He gives us the reliable pleasure of watching a charismatic, covert man who won’t tell us what is dearest to him. The movie portrays Lincoln as an outwardly serene manipulator. You can see the Bismarck in him behind the mask of the weary saint—herding lame-duck congressmen and using his agents to cajole, bribe and threaten. Daniel DayLewis plays Lincoln with sterling wit and nobility. Visible right from the beginning is not just an uncommon man but a very strange one—and certainly an unhappy one. (RvB)

A ROYAL AFFAIR (R; 129 minutes) It’s not that the king’s insane, really—he just utters slimy snickers like Dan Duryea in a film noir. Christian VII (Mikkel Folsgaard) quips, “I like to drink, I like hookers with big breasts and I like to fight.” This fascinating take on the rottenness in Denmark during the mid-1700s makes it rival Farewell, My Queen as a top-drawer historical romance. We watch an enlightened doctor (played by Mads Mikkelsen) soothe the royal inbred’s temper, even as he gets to know the unfortunate queen (Alicia Vikander) better than the court would like. Freshly presented in pastel colors, with lots of looseness, lambency and melancholy Danish gloaming. Mikkelsen is a phrenologist’s dream—there hasn’t been a skull that interesting since Jack Palance was alive. (RvB)

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34 on, since he’s busy being the absolute underdog in his school. Too bad, because the night is arriving when the dead will walk, under the command of a curse that dates back to the colonial days. What follows isn’t a battle of right and wrong but Norman’s ParaNorman chance to use his ability to right a Focus Features; $29.95 DVD wrong. ParaNorman is, on one level, a fine fairy tale of a child whose fond wish for horror gets realized. Not since Beetlejuice has a movie has so comically contrasted the peace of the land of the dead to the harshness of being alive. There’s more of the Tim Burton everyone cherishes in ParaNorman than there was in the real Burton’s two last movies. The pathos and tragic beauty that turn up are kind of a shock. This is the stuff of top-drawer horror films: Norman meets an inconsolable (and dangerous) spirit, and it’s as if an episode of The Simpsons successfully morphed into The Turn of the Screw. Here’s a parable of the kind of smalltown intolerance that’s plagued America for centuries. With zombies, yet.—Richard von Busack

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entertainment. This Karenina is ultimately a case of a film that thinks it’s a play. The anti-heroine, Anna, a Russian aristocrat destroyed by adultery, is played by Keira Knightley. Her glacial face—her skin is almost ceramic in its whiteness—is key to the same po-mo approach that stalls the audience identification with her suffering. Knightley can’t break through the thickness of the frame. Jude Law makes a dutiful, sympathetic Karenin; he is a dull, understanding saint dressed in clerical robes like a priest. Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s vain Vronsky wears some gleaming uniforms but bears an unignorable resemblance to Gene Wilder. (RvB)


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PHOTOS: NOT SO SILENT NIGHT AT ORACLE ARENA Not So Silent Night, a holiday tradition from modern-rock station Live 105, returned bigger and better than ever this year with two days of music at Oracle Arena.

FLEETWOOD MAC ANNOUNCES SAN JOSE TOUR STOP Legendary folk-rock outfit Fleetwood Mac has just announced a 34-date tour in 2013, beginning in April, that includes a stop at the HP Pavilion in San Jose on May 22.

PHOTOS: KRAFTBREW WINTER BALL 2012 Fans of craft brews and the retro sounds of the Bang gathered at San Jose’s Landmark Ballroom over the weekend for the KraftBrew Winter Ball. Metro photographer Geoffrey Smith II was on hand to catch the action.

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MONTALVO ARTS CENTER Sun, 7:30pm: Fred Hersch. $60 and up. Saratoga.

ANGELICA’S BISTRO Fri, 8:30pm: Brass and Bravura. $15-$20. Sun, 7pm & Mon, 8pm: Holiday on the Rocks. Christmas cabaret. $14.50$26.50. Redwood City.

THE BLANK CLUB Wed, 9pm: The Whammy, the Thirsty Three. $13/$15. Fri, 9pm: Supersuckers, Bibles & Handgrenades, Talky Tina. $12/$15. San Jose.

NETO’S GRILL THE CATS Wed, 8:30pm: Out of the Blue. Thu, 9pm: Ruckus. Fri, 9pm: Pilgrim. Sat, 9pm: Metal Shop. Sun, 6pm: Joe Ferrara. Tue, 8pm: Johnny Fabulous. Los Gatos.

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Thu, 9pm: Pete & Repete, Ceasium, Vie Victus. Fri, 9pm: The Casual Rapists, Sad Boy Sinister, Resistant Me. Sat, 9pm: Facho Christmas Party. Sun, 9pm: The Backstabbers, the Blood, Utter Failure. San Jose.

Wed: Pro Jam. No cover. Thu: Pro Jam hosted by Vicious Groove. No cover. Sun: Pro Jam. Sunnyvale.

BRIT ARMS ALMADEN Fri, 10pm: Groove Nugget. Sat, 10pm: The Dejenerates. San Jose.

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It’s been almost 10 years since the Supersuckers released a proper studio album, but they have issued their fair share of compilations and live recordings on their own label. They are working on a new album, which is projected to come out in 2013. The only question is, will it be country, rock & roll or something entirely different? Talky Tina and Bibles & Handgrenades fill out the bill.—Aaron Carnes

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WOODHAM’S LOUNGE First three Fri of month: Live music. Santa Clara.

Wed, 6pm: Maneck. San Jose.

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Wed, 6pm: Ron Thompson. Thu, 6pm: LenCat. Fri, 6pm: Ron E Beck Soul Review. Sat, 6pm: Annie Sampson Blues Band. Sun, noon: School of Blues Student Jam. Mon, 6pm: Ukulele night. San Jose.

Wed, 7:30pm: Charged Particles. No cover. Hilton Hotel, San Jose.

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Fri, 7pm: Chris Dingman. No cover. San Jose.

Jazz/Blues/ World

Wed, 8pm: Salsa, with free lessons at 8pm. Thu, 9pm: Banda, two parties on two levels. Sun: Reggae and hip-hop. San Jose.

ANGELICA’S BISTRO Fri, 6:30pm: Gary Johnson. Holiday show. No cover. Mon, 7pm: Weekly jazz jam. No cover. Redwood City.

ART BOUTIKI Every second Wed, 7pm: Jazz warehouse jam. Tue: West Valley College jazz combos. San Jose

BRIT ARMS CUPERTINO Sun, 6pm: Park Avenue Jazz Concert. Cupertino.

CAFFE FRASCATI Fri, 8pm: Bossa Blue. San Jose.

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THE SADDLE RACK Wed, 7pm: Aaron Watson, Wild at Heart. Thu-Fri, 9pm & Sat, 10:15pm: Diablo Road. Sat, 7:15pm: Rodeo House. Fremont.

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

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

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TESSORA’S Fri, 8:30pm: Johnny Neri Trio. Sat, 8pm: Charles Whyte. Every first Sun, 3:30pm: Jazz jam. Campbell.

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

TRAIL DUST BBQ Thu-Fri, 6-9pm: Live blues, roots and Americana. Morgan Hill.

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

AZÚCAR LATIN BAR Wed: Rock band. Thu: Latin fusion. Fri, 9pm: Bachata and rock en espanol. Sat, 9pm: Salsa, merengue, Latin fusion. San Jose.

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JOHNNY V’S UPSTAIRS JAZZ CAFE Wed: Jazz jam. Thu: Piano bar. Fri-Sat: Jazz bands. Tue: Blues. Morgan Hill.

C&W/Folk ANGELICA’S BISTRO

Wed: The Cypher. Hip-hop open mic. San Jose.

LIQUID Wed: Poetic Justice. Open to all forms of expression. Free. San Jose.

RED ROCK COFFEE CO. Mon, 7pm: Cavin and King’s Open Mic. Mountain View.

Wed, 7pm: Blues jam with Tip of the Top. $5. Sun, 6pm: Willie K. $19/$25. Redwood City.

Sat, 8pm: A Salute to the Kingston Trio, performed by the County Line Trio. $20/$26. Redwood City.

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Thu, 8pm: Blues jam with John Nemeth. Fri, 8pm: Gary Smith Blues Band. Sat, 8pm: Chrome Deluxe. Campbell.

Sun, 7:30pm: Charlie Hunter and Scot Amendola. All ages. $20. Mountain View.

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

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Every first and third Wed, 7:30pm: Jazz jam. Fri, 8:30pm: BASSment. Sat, 8:30pm: The Pimpsticks. Mon, 6pm: Gus Kambeitz Duo. Hotel De Anza, San Jose.

J.J.’S BLUES CAFE Wed: Waynes Way. Thu: Ron Tomasello. Fri: Liars Club. Sat: Sammy Varela. Mon: Noel Catura. Tue: Dennis and Stuart. San Jose.

MURPHY’S LAW Thu: Marvin Banks. Fri: The MoFos. Sat: Maneck. Mon: Pro blues jam. Sunnyvale.

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

MOUNTAIN CHARLEY’S Wed: Live country band. Los Gatos.

ORCHARD VALLEY COFFEE Thu-Sat: Acoustic bands. Campbell.

RED ROCK COFFEE Wed, 7pm: Michael Griego. Fri, 8pm: Tom Rhodes. Sat, 8pm: Coast Jumper. Sun, noon: Margaret and Victor. Mountain View.

RODEO CLUB Fri, 7pm: Uncle Kracker. $10/$15.

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

APPARITION Even second Thu: Gothic, industrial karaoke. Club Lido, San Jose.

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

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #572457 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: JR Computer Services, 118 S. Claremont Ave., San Jose, CA, 95122, Blanca R. Montes, Jose Juan Ibarra. This business is conducted by a husband and wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 7/2/2012. /s/Blanca Rocio Montes This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 12/07/2012. (pub Metro 12/12, 12/19, 12/26, 1/03/2013)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #571415 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Miss Starla’s Galaxy Girl Shop, 925 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose, CA, 95123, Starla Adams, 16566 Kennedy Rd., Los Gatos, CA, 95032, Matthew Adams, 43 Chester St., Los Gatos, CA, 95032, Renee Rettick. This business is conducted by a individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on . /s/Renee Rettick This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/05/2012. (pub Metro 12/05, 12/12, 12/19, 12/26/2012)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #572055 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: ClaimsDirect Billing, 3072 Scott Blvd., Santa Clara, CA, 95054. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Above entity was formed in the state of California Registrant has not yet begun transacting FICTITIOUS BUSINESS business under the NAME STATEMENT fictitious business name #572403 or names listed herein. The following person(s) is /s/Saad Siddiqui (are) doing business as: President Para Ela Jewelry Designs, #3509714 1323 Scossa Ave., Unit This statement was filed #1, San Jose, CA, 95118, with the County Clerk of Fernanda Eaton. Santa Clara County on This business is 11/26/2012. conducted by a (pub Metro 12/12, 12/19, individual. 12/26, 1/02/2013) Registrant began transacting business FICTITIOUS BUSINESS under the fictitious NAME STATEMENT business name or names #572221 listed herein on Dec 1, The following person(s) is 2012. (are) doing business as: /s/Fernanda Eaton Morgan Adventure Travel This statement was filed & Tours, 2589 Sugarplum with the County Clerk of Drive, San Jose, CA, Santa Clara County on 95148, Cheryl D. Morgan. 12/06/2012. This business is (pub Metro 12/12, 12/19, conducted by a 12/26, 1/02/2013) individual. Registrant has not FICTITIOUS BUSINESS yet begun transacting NAME STATEMENT business under the #572320 fictitious business name The following person(s) or names listed herein. is (are) doing business /s/Cheryl D. Morgan as: Consultant By Design, This statement was filed 4812 Nicole Ct., San Jose, with the County Clerk of CA, 95111, Tai Nguyen. Santa Clara County on

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individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious FICTITIOUS BUSINESS business name or NAME STATEMENT names listed herein on 10/26/2012. #571370 /s/Meir Tako The following person(s) This statement was filed is (are) doing business with the County Clerk of as: Nectar Coffee, 7000 Agnew Road, #424, Santa Santa Clara County on 11/01/2012. Clara, CA, 95054, Young (pub Metro 11/28, 12/05, Joo Seung. 12/12, 12/19/2012) This business is conducted by a FICTITIOUS BUSINESS individual. NAME STATEMENT Registrant began transacting business #572043 under the fictitious The following person(s) business name or is (are) doing business names listed herein on as: Magic Key Locksmith, 11/02/2012. 5255 Stevens Creek /s/Young Joo Seung Boulevard, Suite 258, This statement was filed Santa Clara, CA, 95051, with the County Clerk of Eli & K Inc. Santa Clara County on This business is 11/02/2012. conducted by a (pub Metro 11/28, 12/05, Corporation. 12/12, 12/19/2012) Above entity was formed in the state of California Registrant has not FICTITIOUS BUSINESS yet begun transacting NAME STATEMENT business under the #572148 fictitious business name The following person(s) or names listed herein. is (are) doing business /s/E. Kurzan as: Home Run Limo, 5230 President Tomahawk Drive, San #3517766 Jose, CA, 95136, Bruce This statement was filed Aaron Carlson. with the County Clerk of This business is Santa Clara County on conducted by a 11/26/2012. individual. (pub Metro 12/05, 12/12, Registrant has not 12/19, 12/26/2012) yet begun transacting business under the Victims of Police Corruption fictitious business name Seeking reputable civil or names listed herein. suit attorney /s/Bruce Carlson E-mail This statement was filed vopc2012@gmail.com with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on FICTITIOUS BUSINESS 11/28/2012. (pub Metro 12/05, 12/12, NAME STATEMENT #571936 12/19, 12/26/2012) The following person(s) is (are) doing business FICTITIOUS BUSINESS as: Referral Realty NAME STATEMENT Mainstream, 14607 #571365 The following person(s) is Nelson Ct., San Jose, CA, 95124, Mainstream Real (are) doing business as: Estate Group Inc. Peter & Paul’s Jissenteki This business is Karate, 4606 Cosmo conducted by a Place, San Jose, CA, Corporation. 95118, Peter Mouttapa. Above entity was formed This business is in the state of California conducted by a Registrant has not individual. yet begun transacting Registrant began business under the transacting business fictitious business name under the fictitious or names listed herein. business name or /s/Chris Zanger names listed herein on Co Founder/ Owner 11/07/2012. #3515400 /s/Peter Mouttapa This statement was filed This statement was filed with the County Clerk of with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on Santa Clara County on 11/20/2012. 11/02/2012. (pub Metro 11/28, 12/05, (pub Metro 11/28, 12/05, 12/12, 12/19/2012) 12/12, 12/19/2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #571321 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. The Chiropractic Way, 2. Chiropractic Way, 1633 Hollenbeck Ave., Sunnyvale, CA, 94087, Meir Tako, 161 Evandale Ave., Mountain View, CA, 94043. This business is conducted by a

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #571665 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Seeing Things Gallery, 30 North Third St., San Jose, CA, 95112, Jai Tanju. This business is conducted by a individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious

business name or names listed herein on 11/10/12. /s/Jai Tanju This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/13/2012. (pub Metro 11/28, 12/05, 12/12, 12/19/2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #571985 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Conforcare Senior Services-San Jose, 1650 Zanker Road, Ste 135, San Jose, CA, 95112, TLC For You, LLC., 5088 Fell Avenue, San Jose, CA, 95136. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Above entity was formed in the state of California Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Dale Taketa President #3507109 This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/21/2012. (pub Metro 11/28, 12/05, 12/12, 12/19/2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #571310 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Fluffy Puppy, 656 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, CA, 95030, Carnival Arts. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Above entity was formed in the state of California Refile of previous file #569792, due to

publication requirment nor met on previous filing. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 11/1/12. /s/Dan Augustine Vice President #3163826 This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/01/2012. (pub Metro 11/28, 12/05, 12/12, 12/19/2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #571761 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: O’Sullivan Vending Service, 1525 Atteberry Lane, San Jose, CA, 95131, Jacob O’Sullivan. This business is conducted by a individual. Refile of previous file #497243 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 7/23/2007. /s/Jacob O’Sullivan This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/15/2012. (pub Metro 11/28, 12/05, 12/12, 12/19/2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #571874 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Amber Glass Water Pipes, 280 San Anotnio Ct., San Jose, CA, 95116, Luis Chavez. This business is conducted by a

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individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Luis Chavez This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/19/2012. (pub Metro 11/28, 12/05, 12/12, 12/19/2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #571337 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Style Scrubs, 2697 Casey Way., San Jose, CA, 95121, Chris Sanchez. This business is conducted by a individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Chris Sanchez This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/02/2012. (pub Metro 11/21, 11/28, 12/05, 12/12//2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #570752 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: The Design Collective, 150 Kingsley Ave., Palo Alto, CA, 94301, Adam Selzer, Lena Wolfe 3220 Sunset Beach Dr., NW, Olympia, WA, 98502. This business is conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 10/01/2012.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #571605 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Konjoe Burger Bar, 100 North Almaden Blvd., #180, San Jose, CA, 95110, Konjoe Restaurant LLC. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Above entity was formed in the state of California. Registrant has not yet began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Joseph Camacho Managing Member #201223810281 This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/08/2012. (pub Metro 12/05, 12/12, 12/19, 12/26/2012)

This business is conducted by a individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 12/4/12. /s/Tai Nguyen This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 12/04/2012. (pub Metro 12/12, 12/19, 12/26, 1/02/2012)


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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;April 19): Can you manage to be both highly alert and deeply relaxed? Could you be wildly curious and yet also serenely reďŹ&#x201A;ective? Can you imagine yourself being extra hungry to crack lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secrets but also at peace with your destiny exactly the way it is? If you can honestly answer yes to those questions, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get a lot of help in the coming week. The universe may even seem to be conspiring to educate you and heal you. You will receive a steady ďŹ&#x201A;ow of clues about how to get closer to living your dreams. TAURUS (April 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 20): In the coming week,

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CANCER (June 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 22): The ďŹ re ants that invaded the southern United States back in the 1930s are an annoyance. They swarm and bite and sting. The venom they inject makes their victims feel like theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been burned. Two communities have decided to make the best of the situation. Auburn, Ga., and Marshall, Texas, both stage annual Fire Ant Festivals, with events like the Fire Ant Call, the Fire Ant Round-Up, and the Fire Ant Chili Cook-Off. (To win the latter, your dish must contain at least one ďŹ re ant.) Maybe their example could inspire you, Cancerian. Is there any pest you could develop a more playful and festive relationship with? Could you possibly turn into the equivalent of a Fire Ant Whisperer? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): While reading William Kittredgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book The Nature of Generosity, I learned about the oldest known sentence written in ancient Greek. It was inscribed on a wine jug that dates back to 740 B.C.E. Translated into English, it says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who now of all dancers sports most playfully?â&#x20AC;? Another possible translation is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Which of these dancers plays most delicately?â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to make something like that be your mantra in the coming week, Leo. The time is right for you to do more dancing and playing and sporting than usualâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and to seek out companions whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to help you achieve record-breaking levels of those recreational activities. VIRGO (Aug. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sept. 22): In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray plays a man who gets trapped in a time loop. Over and over again, he experiences the same 24 hours. When he wakes up each morning, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still Feb. 2. At ďŹ rst, it drives him crazy, pushing him to the verge of suicide. Eventually, however, he decides to use his time wisely. He becomes a skilled pianist and a ďŹ&#x201A;uent French speaker. He does good deeds and saves peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives. He even learns what he needs to do to win the heart of the woman he desires. This transformation turns out to be the key to gaining his freedom. Near the end of the ďŹ lm, he escapes to Feb. 3. A comparable opportunity is looming for you, Virgo. You have a chance to break a spell youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been under or slip away from a rut youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in. Generosity may play a major role. LIBRA (Sept. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Oct. 22): Events in the immediate

future may have resemblances to reading a boring book thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s packed with highly useful information. You might feel that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a disjunction between the critical clues you need to gather and the ho-hum style in which they are offered. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OK to be a bit disgruntled by this problem as long as you promise to remain alert for the partially disguised goodies. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fall asleep in the middle of the unspectacular lesson.

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Nov. 21): â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instinct tells us that

sharks are more deadly than delicious fatty foods,â&#x20AC;? writes Jason Daley in Discover magazine. But â&#x20AC;&#x153;instinct is wrong,â&#x20AC;? he adds. In fact, eating food that tastes good but is actually bad for us is a far greater threat than shark bites. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just one example of how our uneducated urges can sometimes lead us astray. I invite you to keep this possibility in mind during the coming week, Scorpio. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by no means certain that you will be misled by your natural inclinations, but it is crucial that you monitor them with acute discernment.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Dec. 21): For the last six decades of his life, Pablo Picasso created art that was adventurous and experimental. He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t invent abstract painting, but he was instrumental in popularizing it. And yet in his early years, he was a master of realism and had an impressive ability to capture the nuances of human anatomy. Commenting on Picassoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evolution, travel writer Rick Steves says that when he was young, â&#x20AC;&#x153;he learned the rules he would later so skillfully break.â&#x20AC;? I suspect youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a phase of your own development when you could proďŹ t from doing the same thing. So I ask you, Sagittarius: What are the rules that are so ripe for you to bend and twist as you graduate to a more mature level of self-expression? CAPRICORN (Dec. 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Jan. 19): Through some

cosmic intervention, a sad or bad or mad story will get tweaked prior to the ďŹ nal turn of the plot. Just as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting ready to nurse your regrets, an X-factor or wild card will appear, transforming the meaning of a series of puzzling events. This may not generate a perfectly happy ending, but it will at least result in an interesting and redemptive climax. What is the precise nature of that X-factor or wild card? Perhaps a big secret will be revealed or some missing evidence will arrive or a mental block will crumble. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likely that you will have an epiphany abut how valuable your problem has actually been.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Feb. 18): Be honest. Have you

had any of the following symptoms? 1. Lack of interest in trivial matters and a yearning for big, holy mysteries. 2. Unfamiliar but interesting impulses rising up in you and demanding consideration. 3. Fresh insights into people and situations youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve known a long time. 4. An altered sense of the ďŹ&#x201A;ow of time. 5. Out-of-the-blue recall of long-forgotten memories. If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t experienced any of the above, Aquarius, I must be totally off in my analysis and this horoscope isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for you. But if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had even two of these symptoms, you are on schedule to get what those of us in the consciousness industry call a â&#x20AC;&#x153;religious experience.â&#x20AC;?

PISCES (Feb. 19â&#x20AC;&#x201C;March 20): You just might be able to teach a statue to talk this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or at least coax a useful message out of a stonelike person. You could also probably extract a delicious clue from out of the darkness or wrangle a tricky blessing from an adversary or ďŹ nd a small treasure hidden in a big mess. In short, Pisces, you now have a knack for accessing beauty and truth in unexpected sources. You can see what everyone else is blind to and love what everyone else has given up on. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re practically a superhero. Use your powers wisely, my friend. Be benevolently unpredictable. Homework: In the astrological worldview, this week is the last gasp of the yearly cycle. A good way to celebrate is to bid farewell to outworn approaches and lost causes. Tell me if you do. Freewillastrology.com

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