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Off O ff the Books? B Since his unsucc unsuccessful cessful bid ffor or a seat on the Santa Clara Clara City City Council Council last year year,, MLNARIK attorney JOHN M LNARIK has been on the legal warpath. TToo date, M Mlnarik lnarik has sued: a couple whose diminutive dog allegedly nipped him on the t hand while he was operative campaigning;; blogger bloogger and political oper ative ROWEN defamation; JJAMES AMES R OWEN ffor or def amation;; and a fformer ormer employe employee, e,, attorney ELENA ELENA R RIVKIN IVKIN FFRANZ, RANZ, who sup supposedly pposedly misused company rresources esources to sta start rt her own firm and steal targets aree clients. The last two tar gets on that list ar fighting back,, however, hooweverr, and the Fair Political Political Practices (FPPC)—the Pr actices Commission Comm mission (FPP C)—the state political watchdog—could watchdoog—could have an inter interest est in their allegatio ons.. In a cross-complaint cross-complaint allegations. going bef before ore thee court Thursday, Thursdayy, Franz Franz claims that Mlnarik Mlnaarik not only engaged in gender discrimin nation but that he also fforced orced discrimination staff at his firm, Mlnarik Mlnarik Law Gr oup,, to walk Group, pr ecincts.. Franz Franz says Mlnarik’s Mlnarik’s firm even precincts. cr eated a separ a billing code ffor ate or campaign created separate work. When she voiced ethical concerns, Fr anz claims,, he er pay was docked and she Franz her was told to workk fr om home to be closer from to her yyoungg ch ildren. children. They Shortly ther eafteerr, she thereafter, Did rresigned. esigned. But But this this isn’t isn’t the What? only allegation of o M lnarik Mlnarik paying campaig n staff campaign SEND TIPS TIPS TTO O off the book s. Rowen Rowen o books. FLY@ FL LY Y@ told Fly that the attorney METRONEWS. METR ONEWS. COM CO M gave him envelo opes of envelopes cash to do his bbidding—a idding—a violation of cam paign law w. The eccentric campaign law. author of Mission Missioon City City Lantern of adds that prove he would take a lie detector test to pr ove it. Mlnarik Mlnarik did not noot rrespond espond ffor or comment. M ultiple sources sourcess in Santa Clara Clara politics tell Multiple Fly that labor-al igned political consul tant labor-aligned consultant EED DM CGOVERN worked on Mlnarik Mlnarik and MCGOVERN CCouncilmember ouncilmember D EBI DAVIS’ DAVIS’ campaigns,, but DEBI disclosuree forms McGovern disclosur formss ffor or both show M cGovern was never officia ally paid a dime.. Santa officially CClara’s lara’s campaignn expenditur expendituree limit caps at $36,800,, leaving leavving little rroom oom ffor or paid advisors—at least leaast officially. officiallyy. As As pr eviously previously noted, McGovern McGovern n has worked fr ee of char ge free charge under questiona able cir cumstances—such as questionable circumstances—such when he pro-bono’d pro-boono’d San Jose CCouncilman ouncilman XA AVIER CCAMPOS’ AMPOSS’ camp in 2010 while billing XAVIER A ssemblysister N ORA CCAMPOS. AMPOS. Assemblysister NORA

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HARD H ARD CHARGING CHARGING Sven Thesen, Thessen, a Nobel Nobel P Prize rize winning scie scientist, entist, helped push the city off Palo Palo Alto to require electric vehicle v charging stations in alll new buildings buildings..

Scientist turns Palo S Palo Alto on to to electric vehicles, hicless, but not veh a experts see a panacea all BY B Y CCAITLIN AITLIN Y YOSHIKO OSHIKO KANDIL KAND DIL

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VEN Thesen wants wants me m to drive his car. car. The eccentric fair-haired d chemical engineer— — one one of the 2,000 climate sccientists who won the Nobel Nobel o scientists Peace Peace Prize in 2007 along with former Vice w Vice Presidentt Al Gore—has Gore—has invited me to his hiis Palo Alto home to experience experien nce Palo his h nirvana. nirvana. Ass I pull his Nissan L A Leaf eaf out of the t drriveway, which is dec driveway, decorated orated with a no novelty veltty “EV P Parking arking Only” sign, Thesen Th hesen shouts shouts,, “Flo “Floor or it it!” !” I stomp the t pedal p e and we jet fforward. edal or o waard. “That “That’s ’s the t joy jo oy of an electric electric,,” he sa says. ays y . “Ev “Everybody erybody wants w ants to driv drivee them, b because ecause the they’re y’’re so o much mor moree fun.”

Thesen is on a missio mission on to mak makee ars the norm. In I addition to electric ccars ors—and offering off ffeering test test-drives t-drives to neighb n neighbors—and journalists—he ’s inst allled the nation ’s journalists—he’s installed nation’s first rresidential esidential curbsidee char ger in charger fr ont of his house ny electric vvehicle eehicle front house.. An Any (EV V) ccan an fuel up ffor or fr o eee, he sa ayys. (EV) free, says. “Someone needed to st tand up and sa ay, stand say, ‘Electricit ty is so cheap —come her ‘Electricity cheap—come heree and ha ave fr ee juic e!’” have free juice!’” His ccar ar char ger sits en nclosed in a charger enclosed oden ffence enc e e ma atching the small wo wooden matching one surr ounding his ho ouse. While the surrounding house. char ger is now a p opulaar destination charger popular p oint ffor o or neighb ors and d eeven veen strangers point neighbors strangers,, Thesen disc oveered alon ng the w ay that discovered along way inst alling one is no eas ask k—fr — om cit ty installing easyy ttask—from city p ermits and insuranc t cconstruction onstruction permits insurancee to ccosts. osts. “We’re “W We’re like lik ke bicyclists—an bicyycli c ists—an underser veed, underloved, underloveed, underknown underserved, gr oup of people, people,” he says. saays y. group W iith few few options, options, Thesen Th hesen lobbied With the Palo Palo Alto City Citty Council Coun ncil to support support

the growing growin ng number number of EV owners in the h area. area. In n the h fall, f ll the h council council il adopted d d several se veral e of his h recommendations— recommendations— including streamlining s eamlining the permit str permit process pr ocess and d requiring requiring all new new singlesinglefamily homes hom mes and multiplex-housing multiplex-housing units to be be pre-wired pre-wired for fo or EV chargers— chargers— to make make P a Alto the first city alo citty in Palo the nation to adopt such a policy. policyy. Environmental En nvvironmeental cheerleaders went wild. JJim iim Motavalli, Motavvalli, author of High Voltage: Voolttage: a Track Auto Industry, The Fast T rraack ttoo Plug In the A utto Indust try, initiative “very ccalls alls the ini itiativve “v veery fforward or o waard thinking..” Pr Pre-wiring thinking P e-wiring homes at the time cheap— of cconstruction onstrucction is rrelatively elativveely cheap — Mayor Greg Scharff Ma ayo or Gr e Schar eg ff said it would only about $200—while installing ccost ost ab out $20 0—while inst alling it afterwards bee ccost-prohibitive. after war a ds ccan an b ostt--prohibitivve. Tom Saxton, sciencee offic officer T om Sax o xton, chief scienc er of advocacy group America, the adv ocacy a gr oup Plug In Americ a, says “hundreds sa ayys it ccan an ccost ost up to “hundr eds of thousands of dollars” to rretrofit etrofit wiring finished apartment in a finishe ed home or apar tment ccomplex—depending omplex— —depending on whether it drilling through rrequires equires dr rilling thr ough cconcrete oncrete or structures. theree w was other struc ctures. “I wish ther as a nationwide law homes,, apar apartment nation nw widee la aw that homes tment wiring,, buildings and a ccondos ondos had the wiring it’s easyy to install so it ’s eas t inst all electric vvehicle ehicle e charging stations, says. charging st tations,” he sa ayys. many Palo While man m ny cconsider onsider P alo Alto


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Off the Books? B Since his unsucc unsuccessful cessful bid ffor or a seat on the Santa Clar Claraa City Council last year year,, attorney JOHN MLNARIK M has been on the legal warpath. TToo date,, Mlnarik has sued: a couple whose diminutive dog allegedly t hand while he was nipped him on the campaigning; i i ; blogger blogger andd political blo liti l oper ative ti operative JJAMES AMES R OWEN ffor or def amation;; and a ROWEN defamation; fformer ormer employe e,, attorney ELENA RIVKIN employee, FRANZ pposedly misused company FRANZ,, who sup supposedly rresources esources to sta rt her own firm and steal start clients. The last two tar gets on that list ar targets aree fighting back,, however, hooweverr, and the Fair Political Political Pr actices Comm mission (FPPC)—the state Practices Commission political watchdog—could watchdoog—could have an inter est interest in their allegatio ons.. In a cross-complaint cross-complaint allegations. going bef ore thee court Thursday, Thursdayy, Franz Franz before claims that Mlna arik not only engaged in Mlnarik gender discrimin nation but that he also fforced orced discrimination staff at his firm,, Mlnarik Law Group, Group,, to walk pr ecincts.. Franz Franz says Mlnarik’s firm even precincts. cr eated a separ a billing code ffor ate or campaign created separate work. When she voiced ethical concerns, Fr anz claims,, he er pay was docked and she Franz her was told to workk fr om home from to be closer to her h young They childr en.. Shortly ther eafterr, children. thereafter, Did she rresigned. esigned.. But Buut this What? isn egation of isn’t’t the only alle allegation Mlnarik paying campaign c SEND TIPS TIPS TTO O staff off the boo oks.. Rowen books. FLY@ FL LY Y@ METRONEWS. METRONEWS. told Fly that the attorney COM COM gave him envelo opes of envelopes cash to do his bbidding—a idding—a violation of cam paign law w. The eccentric campaign law. author of Missio on City Lantern of adds that Mission he would take a lie detector test to pr ove prove it.. Mlnarik did not noot rrespond espond ffor or comment. Mul tiple sources sourcess in Santa Clara Clara politics tell Multiple Fly that labor-al igned political consul tant labor-aligned consultant ED MC GOVERN worked w MCGOVERN on Mlnarik and Councilmember DEBI D AV VIS’ campaigns,, but DAVIS’ disclosur formss ffor or both show McGovern disclosuree forms was never officia ally paid a dime.. Santa officially Clar a’s campaignn expenditur Clara’s expendituree limit caps at $36,800,, leaving leavving little rroom oom ffor or paid advisors—at least leaast officially. officiallyy. As As pr eviously previously noted,, McGovernn has worked fr ee of char ge free charge under questiona able cir cumstances—such as questionable circumstances—such when he pro-bono’d pro-boono’d San Jose Councilman XA AV VIER CAMPOS S’ camp in 2010 while billing XAVIER CAMPOS’ A ssemblysister NORA N CAMPOS. Assemblysister

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HARD H ARD CHARGING CHARGING Sven Thesen, Thessen, a Nobel Nobel P Prize rize winning scie scientist, entist, helped push the city Palo buildings.. off P alo Alto to require electric vehicle v charging stations in alll new buildings

Scientist turns P S Palo alo Alto on to to electric vehicles, veh hicless,, but not all a experts see a panacea BY B Y CAITLIN Y YOSHIKO OSHIKO KAND KANDIL DIL

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VEN Thesen wants wants me m to drive his car. car. The eccentric fair-haired d chemical engineer— — one one of the 2,000 climate scientists sccientists who won the Nobel Nobel o Peace Peace Prize in 2007 along with former Vice Presidentt Al w Gore—has Gore—has invited me to his hiis Palo Palo Alto home to experience experien nce his h nirvana. nirvana. Ass I pull his Nissan L A Leaf eaf out of the t drriveway, which is dec driveway, decorated orated with a no novelty veltty “EV P Parking arking Only” sign, Thesen Th hesen shouts shouts,, “Flo “Floor or it it!” !” I stomp the t pedal p e and we jet fforward. edal or o waard. “That “That’s ’s the t joy jo oy of an electric electric,,” he sa says. ays y . “Ev “Everybody erybody wants w ants to driv drivee them, b because ecause the they’re y’’re so o much mor moree fun.”

Thesen is on a missio mission on to mak makee ars the norm. In I addition to electric ccars offering off ffeering test test-drives t-drives to neighb n neighbors—and ors—and journalists—he ’s inst allled the nation ’s journalists—he’s installed nation’s first rresidential esidential curbsidee char ger in charger fr ont of his house ny electric vvehicle eehicle front house.. An Any (EV V) ccan an fuel up ffor or fr o eee, he sa ayys. (EV) free, says. “Someone needed to st tand up and sa ay, stand say, ‘Electricit ty is so cheap —come her ‘Electricity cheap—come heree and ha ave fr ee juic e!’” have free juice!’” His ccar ar char ger sits en nclosed in a charger enclosed oden ffence enc e e ma atching the small wo wooden matching one surr ounding his ho ouse. While the surrounding house. char ger is now a p opulaar destination charger popular p oint ffor o or neighb ors and d eeven veen strangers point neighbors strangers,, Thesen disc oveered alon ng the w ay that discovered along way inst alling one is no eas ask k—fr — om cit ty installing easyy ttask—from city p ermits and insuranc t cconstruction onstruction permits insurancee to ccosts. osts. “We’re “W We’re like lik ke bicyclists—an bicyycli c ists—an underser veed, underloved, underloveed, underknown underserved, gr oup of people, people,” he says. saays y. group W iith few few options, options, Thesen Th hesen lobbied With the Palo Palo Alto City Citty Council Coun ncil to support support

the growing growin ng number number of EV owners in the h area. area. In n the h fall, f ll the h council council il adopted d d several se veral e of his h recommendations— recommendations— including streamlining s eamlining the permit str permit process pr ocess and d requiring requiring all new new singlesinglefamily homes hom mes and multiplex-housing multiplex-housing units to be be pre-wired pre-wired for fo or EV chargers— chargers— Palo to make make P a Alto the first city alo citty in the nation to adopt such a policy. policyy. Environmental En nvvironmeental cheerleaders went wild. Voltage: JJim iim Motavalli, Motavvalli, author of High V oolttage: a Track Auto Industry, The Fast T rraack ttoo Plug In the A utto Indust try, initiative “very ccalls alls the ini itiativve “v veery fforward or o waard thinking..” Pr Pre-wiring thinking P e-wiring homes at the time cheap— of cconstruction onstrucction is rrelatively elativveely cheap — Mayor Greg Scharff Ma ayo or Gr e Schar eg ff said it would only about $200—while installing ccost ost ab out $20 0—while inst alling it afterwards bee ccost-prohibitive. after war a ds ccan an b ostt--prohibitivve. Tom Saxton, sciencee offic officer T om Sax o xton, chief scienc er of advocacy group America, the adv ocacy a gr oup Plug In Americ a, says “hundreds sa ayys it ccan an ccost ost up to “hundr eds of thousands of dollars” to rretrofit etrofit wiring finished apartment in a finishe ed home or apar tment omplex— ccomplex—depending —depending on whether it drilling through rrequires equires dr rilling thr ough cconcrete oncrete or structures. theree w was other struc ctures. “I wish ther as a nationwide law homes,, apar apartment nation nw widee la aw that homes tment wiring,, buildings and a ccondos ondos had the wiring it’s easyy to install so it ’s eas t inst all electric vvehicle ehicle e charging stations, says. charging st tations,” he sa ayys. many Palo While man m ny cconsider onsider P alo Alto


Autoo Immun A Aut IImmunee Ozzie Z Ozzie Zehner, ehner, a visiting scholar s at U.C. U .C. Berk Berkeley eley and the au author uthor of Green Grreeen Illusions: The Dirt Dirty Secrets Energy ty Secr rets e s of Clean Ener rgy Future Environmentalism, and the F utur u re of Envir ronm o menttaalism, Thesen’s is the ccounter-balance ounter-balance to o Thesen n’s Zehner enthusiasm. Earlier this yyear, earr, Z ehner wrote article “Unclean Any wr ote an ar ticle titled “U Unclean at An ny Speed” Spectrum, Sp eed” ffor or IEEE Sp o ecttrum r m, a magazine byy the Institute Electrical Institu published b ute of Electric al Electronics Engineers. piece, and Electr onics Enginee ers. In the piec e, argued “unpopular stance” opullar st he ar gued the “unp ance” aren’t green that electric ccars ars ar en’t as a gr een as advertised. adv ertised. “When we step back and look a lo ok at the entiree lif lifecycle entir feecyyccle of electricc ccars ars and their infrastructure, moree so sobering picturee infrastructur e, a mor obering pictur starts emerge, me.. “One with st arts to emer ge,” he tellss me

energy-intensive materials,, mining mining,, energy--inten nsive materials pollution, rare earth pollution,, ra are ear th materials and an incredible fuels..” incredible amount a of ffossil o ossil fuels Zehner’s article sparked firestorm estorm Zehner’s ar ticle spark keed a fir of criticism— criticism—for instance, Anair,, —ffo or inst ance, Don Anair deputy Vehicles deputty director direcctor of the Clean V eehicles Program Union Concerned Program off the U nion of C oncerned Scientists in Berkeley, says Zehner’s n Berk keeleey, sa ayys Z ehner’s “attempt create “attttempt to o cr eate a ccontroversy ontrovers e y around environmental benefits around the en nvvironmental b enefits of electric vvehicles ignores majority eehiicles ignor es the majorit ty of scientific analyses. nalyses.” an But ffor Zehner—who oncee owned or o Z ehnerr— —who who onc a plug-in h hybrid—the yybrid—the big question isn’t whether isn n’’t whethe er we should own electric cars why we’re cars or gas vvehicles, eehicles, but wh hy we ’re so dependent place. dependent on o ccars ars in the first plac e. This reliance automobiles,, he reliaance on automobiles says, shapes way saayys, shap ess the w ay scientists think about about the en eenvironmental nvir v onmental crisis and develop Ass he p points develop solutions utions ffor or it. A o oints solu out in “U “Unclean Any Speed, ncclean at An ny Sp eed,” the auto industry industtry is eager to fund EV research. UC-Davis research. ch UC C-Daavvis has a “Plug-in Plug-in Hybrid and Vehicle Research d Electric V eehicle R eesearch Center” the scho school Center” in which w ol has partnered BMW, Chrysler-Fiat partnered with w BMW W, Chr ysler-Fiat Stanford’s and Nissan. Nissan. St anffo ord’s Global Climate and Energy Project Energy Pr oject has rreceived eceived millions of dollars fr from om ExxonMobil, General Electric Toyota. Eleectric and T oyota. “Car aree not going to “Car ccompanies om mpanies ar bring about green aboutt the gr een rrevolution, evolution,” Zehner Zehner says. saayyss. “Mandating have “Mandatting that homes ha ave expensive infrastructuree is a expensivve vvehicle e ehicle infrastructur perverse subsidy automotive perveerse sub bsidy to the automotiv ve industry from policies industry and and a distraction fr om p olicies that ar aree dem demonstrably moree monstrably far mor promising, adds.. “If p policymakers promising,” he adds olicymak keers are addressing are serious ab aabout out addr essing our environmental theyy might en nvvironmen ntal challenges the stand thirsty stand up to thirst ty ccar-culture arr-culture lobbies and, ffor instance, support low-cost or inst o tance, supp ort lowcost bicycle pedestrian improvements bicyycle c and p edestrian impr ovements that h will ill rremain em main i rrelevant ele l vant into i a futur ffuturee of ffossil o ossil fuell vvolatility. olatilitty.” Still, adv advocates likee Mot Motavalli ocates lik avvalli and Thesen believe EVs way believe EV Vs are are the w ay of the future—and future—and d that, eeventually, veentuallyy, eeveryone veeryo one will switch electric.. The main switch to t electric obstacles, Motavalli says, obstacles, Mot M avvalli sa ayys, are are the high cost says cost of vvehicles, ehic e cles, which he sa ayys will ccome ome battery technology improves down as bat tttery technolo gy impr oves and Americans become moree rreceptive Americcans b ecome mor eceptivve to the rreality change.. ealitty of climate change “To me,, global warming drives “T To me g w aarming driv ves e this moree than an else,,” Mot Motavalli mor aanything nyything else avvalli says. right now, it’s totally saayys. “And “And A ri ight now w, it ’s tot ally stalemated Congress. They’re stalemated in i C ongress. The eyy’re not even even considering consid dering climate change legislation. But B I eexpect xpect that to change—although make change—altthough I ccan’t an n’’t mak ke a prediction pr ediction as a to when.”

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PHOTO P HO T O F FRAMING R A MING Bob R Ray ay began offerin offering ng one-night-only ‘flash galleri galleries’ es’ of his photography after fin finding nding that most exhibitions few display. exhibitions typically offer visitors fe ew chances to meet the artistss who made the work on displa ay y.

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O FAR, FAR, Bob Ray has had a good good run. He He worked as a producer on The Dating Datiing Game at age 16. In the 1970s, 1 1970s , he was was the morning drive drrive guy on KLIV and also the th he PA PA announcer for the NASL NASL incarnation in ncarnation of the San Jose Jose Earthquakes, Ea arthquakes, back when some e of the world's greatest-ever greatest-ev ver soccer players came to Spartan Sp partan Stadium. Oh, and he ran ran n an advertising agency for 36 years. years.

Now, N ow, as a photo photographer, h grapher h , he's h ' ab about b out to cconquer onquer L Los os Altos Altos.. Whi Which ich m means eeverything verything is ab about out to ccome om me full fu ull cir circle. cle. In rrecent ecent yyears, ears, Ray Ray, y, a Saratoga native, toured U.S. Sa aratoga nativ e, has tour ed the U .S. and an nd Eur Europe, ope, teaching photo photography graphy w workshops and eexhibiting xhibiting his ow own wn shots sh hots in various “flash galleries,” galleries,” a cconcept oncept he and his par partner tner JJill ill D Denton say sa ay they they de devised. vised. These are ar re one one-night-only -night- only eevents vents to see and new imageryy whi while an nd eexperience xp erience ne w imager ile artists person. m meeting the ar tists in p erson. Ray R Ra ay and Denton hand-pick thesee affairs, staging storefronts, aff ffairs, st aging them in stor efron nts, wineries,, private est estates other w wineries ates and othe er similar across United si milar vvenues enues acr oss the U nited States Europe, St tates and Eur op e, not only as a scheme showcase sc cheme to showc ase their own

work, but to giv givee the venues venues a shout - out as well. shout-out Thursday, On Thursda ay, Dec. Dec. 12, their work arriv es at 164 Main St t., the L os Altos arrives St., Los addr ower, fr om ess of Slingshot P address Power, from 6 9pm Ray 6-9pm. Raay says saayys the flash fl galleries were b orn of frustrat ion with were born frustration rregular egular galler galleryy showss at which the ar tist is ne ver aavailable. vvailable. He w ants artist never wants to b present and interact inteeract with the bee present vie wers of his work, and a hop es to viewers hopes inspir ut and sho ot inspiree them to go ou out shoot their own images Th hat's the whole images.. That's fr eakin' p oint. freakin' point. ““At At this st age of m areer, I'm stage myy ccareer, giving back with m p photo graphy,” myy photography,” Rayy says, saays y , adding that his job job,, as he sees it, is to shar o or the sharee his passion ffor still image could d be b e teaching image.. That could workshops an ywhere from from Fr emont anywhere Fremont to Flor ence, thr ough b ooks or eeven ven Florence, through books pr ob ono p ortraits off the sp ecial pro bono portraits special kids and families at The T R o onald Ronald McDonald House in P or tland. Portland.

ash galleries saayys, are are But the fla flash galleries,, he says, ppor tunities. unique op opportunities. flaash galleries ar really “The flash aree really t inspir eople to ttake ake designed to inspiree p people pictures,” he h eexplains. xplains. “Because “Because of pictures,” hat I firmly b elieve—the the fact th that believe—the fo oundation of eeverything verything I do —is foundation do—is ameras don't ttake ake pictur es. that ccameras pictures. People do ter of just People do.. It's a mat matter being ablee to see and think lik being likee a camera, and an nd the whole world op ens camera, opens up. So wh en you you see the work I do, do, up. when h galleries in the flash galleries,, it's not out eacch of eeverybody. ver ybodyy. ... [[T]he T]he of the rreach encourageement is to get p eople to encouragement people ok, and see, see, and always always y carry carry just lo look, your ccamera.” ameera.” your ab ove all else Raay says saays y he But above else,, Ray Dento on ccame ame up with the and Denton concept b e ause, normally ec y, the concept because, normally, photograp pher just isn't pr esent photographer present throughou ut the leng th of his or throughout length sh how. Ray Raay and Denton her own show. d id d tto o or ganize i one - off ff eevents vents t decided organize one-off hat way, way, the ttwo wo of them instead. Th That can ans weer questions, questions, philosophize, philosophize, can answer s, narrate sc enes or simply tell stories stories, scenes pr ovide in nspiration ffor o or any any aspiring provide inspiration “artist with witth a ccamera.” amera.” It's just “artist ab out putting puttting a ccamera amera in yyour our about eating ar t. Anyone Anyone ccan an hand and cr creating art. do it. no ormal show you have havve an “In a normal show,, you artist rreception, eception, and the guy, guyy, or the artist i l or the he mak ker, or the h cr eator, girl, maker, creator, they're never never ar ound to ttalk alk to,” to,” they're around Raay says. saayys. “You “You “Y o have haave the pieces pieces and Ray you lo ok at a them, but rreally eally it's you look interaction. The opp ortunity the interaction. opportunity onlly see the work, but ttalk alk to not only eo ople who cr eated it, get to the p people created inspired, and a then go out and cr eate inspired, create your o own. That's rreally eally work of your ant to do with these flash what we w want galleries.” galleries.” at nom de plume Ar A tist And tha that plume,, ““Artist Wiith a C a amera,” ” is a phrase Ray Raay With Camera,” oined. After all, claims he actually ccoined. people jjust ust learn to op en their if people open eyes and lo ook b eneath the sur face eyes look beneath surface obvioussness, esp ecially when the of obviousness, especially theyy traavel, there's theere's a whole other world travel, lurking. Anyone A yone ccan An an be be an artist, artist, lurking. is said and done when all is done.. This is Raayy's approach apprroach when he teaches the Ray's workshops. workshops. edible ar tist's “It's nott some incr incredible artist's eye that o nly a ffew ew people p eople in the eye only haave,” he says. saayys. “We're “W Wee're all world have,” artists. It'ss just a mat ter of bringing artists. matter d enc ouraging it and it out and encouraging eople how to see the showing p people d ffeerent way way than light in a diff different they're used useed to .” they're to.”


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in mid-2012 2 ccatapulted atapulted to fame after his ow owner wner st started arted p posting osting pictur pictures es of his handsome mug on Instagram. Inst agram. The rresponse esponse w was as electric electric.. In the span n of a yyear, ear, he he’s ’s ccollected ollected moree than 350,0 mor 350,000 00 ffollowers ollowers on o the photo photo-sharing -sharing s platform, platfo orm, plus thousands mor moree on other so social cial media chan channels. nnels. P People eople send in fan art—skillfully ar t—skillfu ully crafted oil paintings paintings,, sketches sk etches an and nd digit digital al illustrations illustrations.. Things to took ook off ffor o or Hamilton thi summe this summer er when h SF SFgate SFgate.com t .com ran a blo blogg I wr wrote ote ab about out his unc uncanny anny facial fur fur.. Then T Buz Buzzfeed zffeeed pick picked ed it up,, followed up fo olloweed b byy major ne newspapers wspapers around ar ound thee world. Inter Interview view rrequests equests began b egan flo flooding oding d in. In the past several se veral mon months, nths, he he’s ’s b been een ffeatured eeatured on Ellen, Go Good ood Morning America, The Today T oday Show Show, w, ABC7 Ba Bay ay Ar Area ea and in a sle slew w off other TV shows and public ation ns. His owner is in touch publications. with i h a pub bli blisher b h ab bout a b ook k publisher about book deal. He lan nded a T -shirt deal with landed T-shirt U rban Out tfitters and Hot T o opic. He ’s Urban Outfitters Topic. He’s st arred in Friskies’ F ads as sp okescat starred ads,, w was spokescat ffor or Sc o ope during d last yyear’s ear’s facialScope hair -growin ng and men ’s healthhair-growing men’s pr omotingg “Mo vember” ccampaign ampaign promoting “Movember” and landed d his own Animal Planet Planet-back ed web b series aptly dubb ed backed dubbed Bef foore It W aas C ool. The show is slated Before Was Cool. to debut la ater this month. later “It ’s been been n a whirlwind,”” sa ayys Stowe “It’s says Stowe,, a 31-year-old 31-year- olld C ampbell rresident esident and Campbell st andup ccomedian. o omedian. He ’s determined standup He’s to ha ave p eo ople know that he ’s not a have people he’s st age mom m. “I didn ’t go out lo oking stage mom. didn’t looking ffor or this o .” this.” Hamilto n’s viral fame plac es Hamilton’s places him firmly in the upp er echelon upper

Quirkyy feli Q ffelines lines rule th the he Interwebs— I Interwebs andd rake r e it Interwebs—and b —and in in thee process pro process BY B Y JENNI JENNIFER F ER W WADSWORTH A DSWORTTH of the ccelebucat elebucat industr industry, y, par partt of o the “C “Cat at P Pack,” ack ” whose memb ack, members erss peddle p eddle pr product oduct lines and emplo employ oy professional pr offeessional agents agents.. Grump Grumpyy C Cat a at (real (r eal name: T Tardar aardar Sauc Sauce) e) with her perpetual p erpetual grimac grimace, e, dr drew ew long li lines ines of adoring fans at the South b byy Southwest South hw west music ffestival eestival in A Austin u ustin this yyear, ear, while clothing at maj major or rretail etail chains b bears ears her lik likeness. eness. The estimated value of the Grumpyy C Grump Cat at empir empiree is some somewhere wh here i th in the millionmillion-dollar illi dollar d ll range range.. Lil’ Bub,, whose half Bub half-formed f--ffo ormed ja jaw aw fforces o orrces her tongue to stick out,, landed an Animal Planet TV show show, w, Lil’’ Bub’s Bub ’s Space Space Time Tiime Slumber Slumber Part Party, t y, and released released Lil’’ Bub’s Bub’s Lil’’ Book: Book: The Extraordinary Extraordinarry Life Liffe of the Most Am Amazing mazing Cat Caat on the Planet. Planet. The first episode episo ode of her web series, series, Lil’’ Bub Bub’s ’s Big Show SShow,, included a guest app appearance earance fr from o om Whoopi Goldberg. Goldberg. When Guin nness Whoopi Guinness world-r ld ecord holder h ld ffor o or the h llon ngestworld-record longestfurred cat cat on the planet, Colonel Colon nel furred Meow w, fell fell e sick last month with h Meow, heart complications, complications, his fans ra aised heart raised $15,000 for fo or vet vet bills in the first six $15,000 announcement. hours after the announcement. Perhaps more more than any an ny other Perhaps weird-wild course course of time in the weird-wild people are are psychologically psyccholo ogically humankind,, people in nveested in other people’s people’s pets. pets. And A invested obsesseed, with their engaged,, often obsessed, communities, these cats cats have have ha online communities, become a vehicle vehicle for fo or communication. communication. a become We have haave Facebooks, Facebooks, Tumblrs, Tumblrs, Twitters Tw witttters We Instagrams; feline feeline faces faces adorn adorrn and Instagrams; shirts, totes, totes, iPhone cases, cases, coffee coff ffeee mugs m shirts, cake pops. pops. At At the American American and cake Awards last week,, Miley Miley Music Awards belted out her whiny, whin ny, woeful woeful e Cyrus belted

ballad “Wrecking “W Wrecking Ba Ball” all”” in fr front ont of an enormous lip lip-synching -syynchiing virtual virtual kitten. kitttten. ten It was was weird weird and unf unforgettable—the fo orgettable—the first thing an anyone nyone mentioned m ab about out the aawards waards show show. w. It w was as a so 2013,, the yyear ear of the Internet ccat. at. “Cats “C ats ha have ave p permeated ermeeated p pop op culture,” cultur e,” sa says ays y Mik Mikee Brida B Bridavsky, avsk v ky, Lil’ Bub’s Bub’s softsoft-spoken, spoken, tatted-up tat a ted-up owner owner,, a musician fr from om Blo Bloomington, oomington, Ind., who mak makes es a ser serviceable viceable e salar salaryy as a full-time ccat at manag manager. ger. Now, Now, with ith Hamilton Hamil H illton lt the th Hipster Hi t Cat, Cat,, the South Bay Baay has h its own stake stake in the international internaational cult of cat. cat. A Advertisers dvertisers ha h have ave ttaken aken note.. Samsung sentt Stowe note Stowe—well, —well, Hamilton, really—a reallyy— —aa Galax Galaxyy N Note ote and smar smartwatch. twatch. U Unsolicited, n nsolicited, Fr Fresh esh Step shipp shipped ed o over ver a 2 25-pound 5-pound b box ox of kitty kitty litter litter imprinte imprinted ed with a pictur picturee of Hamilton sc scooping ooping lit litter. ter. Stowe Stowe’s ’s apar tment has b ecome o a tin y, apartment become tiny, clut l tered dw arehouse h e off ccat at mer ch h to cluttered warehouse merch eeb bies ccome ome in fr om ship out, while fr freebies from corporate sp onsors. corporate sponsors. “I know, know w, it it’s ’s weird,” weird,” d ” sa says ayys Stowe Stowe,, whose one one-bedroom -bedroom m apar apartment tment is cluttered cluttered with b boxes oxees of Hamilton T-shirts, T-shirts, ccat at to toys ys and d a tin tinyy armchair for fo or his much-publicized much-publiccized w ward. ard. “This is my my life liffe now now.” .”

A Vir Virtual rttual C Cat at P Park ark Since the adv Since advent ent of online o photo photo-- and video-sharing, video -sharing, cats cats have haave become become an indelible fixtur fixturee on the t Internet. Cats Cats p populated opulated cyb cyberspace erspacce earlier than do dogs, gs, via 4chan and later l Chee Cheezburger. zburger.

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15 prompting promptingg people people to shar sharee and reshare reshare as it i goes goes viral. “The more mo ore emotionally cconnected onnected we feel feeel about about o something, something, whether it’s it’s humor or aawe, w we, the more more we w want ant to pass thatt on to someone else who can can experience experieence that, to too,” o,” he sa says. ayys. That adoration ado oration eexpressed xpressed so feverishly online o is st arting to spill feverishly starting over over to rreal eall lif life, fe, to too, o, spa spawning awning w the I t tC at V at id F iideo estival ti l in i major j Internet Cat Video Festival cities across acrosss the U United nited St States. ates. In Minneapollis, the ffestival eestival dr ew Minneapolis, drew about about 15,000 15,000 p people. eople. Hamilton w was as invited, butt declined the off ffeer sinc invited, offer sincee fear feear of flying flyin ng is one of his m myriad yriad phobias. phobias. out “There’s “Ther e’s also something ab about ccats ats that ’s esp eespecially ecially app ealing,” adds that’s appealing,” Vance. V aance. “You “Y Yo ou u can can so easily pull them out of ccontext. onttext. The They’re y’re so pr proud, oud, they the h y appear appeaar to b bee so intelligent i lli and d aloof alo of and it it’s t’s hilarious to us if we ccan an knock kno ck a ccat att down a ffew ew p pegs, egs, to ttake ake a jab at the their eir sup superiority eriority o over ver us us.” .” Feline F eline ph physiognomies hysio y gnomies rremind emind us of our o own, wn,, to too, o, so it it’s ’s eas easyy to project pr oject ourr emotions onto the poor p oor thing things, gs, sa says ayys Ben Huh,, the man behind b ehind LO LOLcats, Lcats, Fail Blo Blogg and the Cheezburger Chee zburger g N Network. etwork. “Cats “C ats ar aree mor moree ccomplex omplex and eexpressive xpressiv i e than th do d dogs, gs, which hi h is i wh why hy theyy are the are th thee rulers of the Internet,”” he sa says. ayys. “When “W When p people eople see ccats ats doing humanlikee things humanlik things,, the theyy get eexcited xcited because, b ecause, ffor o orr the most par part, t, yyou ou ccan’t an’t teach a ccat at to do a trick. And that will alw always ayys giv givee them mor moree of an alluree over allur over other ccommon ommon p pets.” ets.” Stowe to took ok a tone of anthropomorphic anthr opom morphic cconceit onceit when he st arted posting postting pictur es of Hamilton started pictures on Inst agraam. Hamilton the Hipster Instagram. C at would p ose with a ccan an of PBR, Cat pose a pack of Am merican Spirits or a slic American slicee za,, which wh hich he ate “b effo ore it w aas of piz pizza, “before was ccool. ool.” But o veer time ’s over time,, Hamilton Hamilton’s at tttitude ligh htened up arted attitude lightened up.. Stowe st started p osting a pi icture a da ay, rresponding esponding posting picture day, to fans to eexpress x ess appr xpr eciation ffor or o all appreciation the supp ort. t Lik est of the C at support. Likee the rrest Cat P ack,, who ar aaree all rrescues, escues, he st arted Pack, started pr omoting shelter adoptions promoting adoptions.. “Pr etty quickly, q quickly y, it turned fr om a “Pretty from jok eallizing that I sor jokee to rrealizing sortt of had a rresponsibility esponsibillity to pr omote a p ositive promote positive message ,” Stowe S sa ayys. message,” says.

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com. Though Y com. YouTube ouT o ube gets more more searches is much sear ches ffor or o dogs, dogs, cat cat content content o moree likely mor likely to go viral,, says says sa y BuzzFeed’s BuzzFeed’s Shepherd, self“Beastmaster”” JJack ack Shep pherd,, a self fprofessed pr offeessed ccat at p person. erson. emptyy Maru, a ccat at obsessed d with empt boxes, b oxes, clo clocked cked upw upward ard of 40 406,000 6,000 subscribers YouTube subscrib ers to her Y o ouT Tube channel. Mishka, Siberian husky Mishk a, a Sib erian hus sk ky who bleats “I love love you” you” and “hamburger,” “hamb burger,” among announcements, th random d announ ncements t, other popular pet YouTube has the most p opular p et Y o ouTube moree tha than 516,000 channel with mor an 516,0 00 subscribers views. subscrib ers but ffewer ewer video v vie ws. dogs perform better So do gs actually p erfo orrm b etter in quantityy onlin online—they’re terms of quantit ne—they’re just not blowing up as much as Shepherd individual ccat at ccontent. ontent.. Shepher d chalks it up to a p personality nality thing thing.. erson Dogs grovel, that’s Do gs gr ovel, and that ’s just not ccool. ool. personal theoryy ab about why “My p ersonal theor out wh hy have moree ‘viral potential’ ccats ats h haave mor ‘ i lp otential’ i l’ than their ccanine anine ccompatriots omp patriots is aree b better that ccats ats ar etter at making m viral because dogs aree tr trying too videos b ecause do gs ar ying to o hard,” Shepherd BuzzFeed. har d,”” Shepher d writess on Buz zFeed. “Dogs aree the equivale equivalent “Do gs ar ent of a ‘Viral Marketing Strategist’ ‘V Viiral Mark eting Strate egist’ at an agency—sure, they’ll have ad agency —sure, the y’ll ha ave a hit unless it’s now and again, but un nless it ’s rreally eally ignoree eexceptional xceptional work, yyou’ll ou’ll ’ just ignor because it, b ecause yyou ou know the tthey’re y’re doing it attention.” to get yyour our at tention. i ” dogg jumps into box, he’s When a do i ab ox, he ’s trying impress does tr ying to impr ess yyou. ou. A ccat at do es it because wants just b ecause he w ants to tto.. “Because they’re “Bec ause the eyy’re so ccool, ool,, ccalm alm and like up,,” ccollected, ollected,, we lik ke to see them t mess up says sa ayys Ryan Ryyan V Vance, anc a e, head off de development evelopment for fo or Discovery Discoveery Digital Digital Networks, Net etw works, which encompasses encompasses Ani Animal imal Planet and produces produces Hamilton’s Hamilton n’s web series an nother theor on Animalist. He has another theoryy about why wh hy cats cats go viral. about “Y Yo ou’ll find the majo or “You’ll major I ar underpinnings of the Internet aree tubes and ccat at videos ,” he h jok es. “Do tubes videos,” jokes. “Dogg owners, they they ha ave all tthese hese public owners, have spaces, they they ha ave do p Dogg spaces, have dogg parks parks.. Do people p eople can can find other do d dogg p people eople walking walking down the street. street. But if you’re you’re a cat cat person, person, yyou ou didn didn’t ’t rreally eally have haave that.” that.” Cyberspace Cyberspace filled tha that at vvoid. oid. It became became a virtual virtual ccat at pa park. ark. Jonah Jonah Berger, Berger, a marketing mark keting professor proffeessor at Wharton Wharton U University niversitty of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania and author au uthor of Contagious: Coonttaagious: Why Thingss C Catch aattcch On On,, says saayys cat cat media strik strikee a chor chord d in our collective collective consciousness consciousnesss that inspir inspires es heightened emotional inter interest, est,


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WIDE-EYED W IDE-EY ED W WONDER ONDER Lil’ Bub Bub’s ’s perpetually surp surprised prised expression has earned her a substan ntial following on social media a—including more than substantial media—including half a million F acebo ook followers—as well as her own o book, web series and Facebook a forthcoming Anima al Planet TV show w. Animal show.

Hard Ha rd to A Adopt dopt p Att the Humane So A Society cietty Silic Silicon on V Valley, aalley, no one w wanted aanted Hamilto Hamilton. on. Too Too skit skittish. tttish. The baseballbaseball-sized sized bundle bund dle of fur was waas ffound ound o in San JJose ose b byy a shelter s work worker, ker e, ttaken ak keen off the str street eet and d plac placed ed in a warm w arm a kennel. kennel. Stowe, Stowe, kitten-shopping kiitttten-shopping after a br breakup, eakup, enc encountered oun ntered yyoung o oung Hamilton a yyear eear and a half h ago at the Milpitas Milpit as shelter shelter.. All the other ccats aats wer weree dancing ar around, ound,, playfully plaayyfu ully batting battting t their paws pa aws w at visitors visitors,, practically practiccally a b begging egging to bee adopted. Whene b Whenever veer someone went to grab Hamilton,, he’d he’d tuck his head into his b belly. ellyy. “I w was as afraid that no o one else would end up ttaking aking him,” h ” Stowe says. sa ayys. “Ther “Theree w was as a ton n of p people eople looking lo oking at kit kittens, tttens, and d no one ccould ould get near him. him.”” Maybe Ma ayybe his aaversion version to eeye ye ccontact ontact prevented pr evented an anyone yone fr from om m noticing his debonair deb onair must mustache. ache. “I w was as the only one he would

let pick him m up up,” ,” Stowe sa says. ayys. “He d kit tenhood and just had a har hard kittenhood needed to b bee in a lo loving, ving, trusting en vironmeent.” environment.” When Stowe S pick picked ed him up up,, Hamilton curled up into his neck, started st arted purring purring and ffell eell asleep asleep.. No N o one else sinc sincee has b been een able to earn Hami Hamilton’s ilton’s trust lik likee that. When ABC sent ccameras ameras to Stowe Stowe’s ’s plac placee a ffew ew mon months nths ago ago,, the cat cat retreated retreated to the bath bathroom, hroom,, hiding behind behind the toilet. For For the t first ccouple ouple months after Hami Hamilton ilton mo moved oved in,, he lived livveed in that bathr bathroom, oom,, rrefusing efusing to vventure eenture into the op open pen if anyone an nyo one w was as a ar around. ound. ““At At first first,, I w wasn’t asn’t sur suree if he ccould ould eeven ven w walk,” alk,,”” Stowe sa says. ayys. But he sa ssaw aw pr proof oof in the lit litter ter b box. ox. And the em empty mpty ccat at ffood ood b bowl. owl. One day, da ay, at 3 in n the morning morning,, Hamilton started st arted crying crying y and p popped opped up in bedroom momentarily before the b edroom o moment arily b effo ore lived rretreating etreating to the closet. He liv ed theree ffor ther or o another a month. was predict “It w as a imp iimpossible ossible to pr edict that


19 Facebook Facebook page p and rre-shares e-shares pictur pictures es of cats cats up ffor o or adoption. “They “They don’t do on’t all ha have ave to b bee other mustache says. “We mustache ccats,” ats,” Stowe sa ays y . “W We just want theree want to gett the message out ther that the b best way e w est ay to adopt a ccat at is from from a shelter.” shellter.”

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this lit little tttle guy would go o on to b become ecome a scion of Internet ccat at fame ffame,,” says saays y L Lori ori Calvery, C alvery, director director of mar marketing rketing ffor or the o Silicon Valley Society, Silic on V alle a y Humanee So cietty, which sells Hamilton tees and d ttank ank tops at shop.. its gift shop Likee a lot of famous ccats, Lik ats, was was Hamilton w as a rreject. eject. Lil’ Bub w as Bridavsky because handed off to Brida avvsk ky b ecause was too she w as to o much to handle h with bone deformities, dwarfism h b her one def d fo ormities iti , dw d arfism fi and d ailments.. Princ Princess other ailments esss Monster midnight-black Truck, a midnight -blacck longhair underbite, with a vicious underbi ite, rroamed oamed the streets Brooklyn before str eets of Br ooklyn b effo ore stumbling artist into the ar tist ccouple ouple that t adopted her.. Grumpy Cat’s curmudgeonly her Grumpy C at’s curm mudgeonly look dwarfism, lo ok owes itself to ffeline eelin ne dw arfism, her facee and er flat fac which scrunches up he gives giv es her that off-putting off ff--puttiing and oftmeme-ified perma-frown. meme -ified p erma-frow wn. “There’s about “Th “Ther e’s something hi ab bout these h being freaks nature ccats ats b eing fr eaks of nat ture that appeals nurturing,” app eals to our sense off nur turing,” says Timmons, Princess sa ayys Tracy T immons, Princ P ess Truck’ss huma human. Monster Truck’ an. That’s That ’s clearly true ffor o orr Bridavsky. Bridaavvsk ky. Lil’’ Bub rrequires equires eextensive xxtensiive vveterinary eterinary attention. proceeds at tttention. Some of the pr p oceeds from store fr om the ccat’s at’s online sto ore and other projects pay pr ojects pa ay her medical medical a bills. bills. Her buglolling-out eeyed yeed visage and lollingo tongue, out tongue, medical the h rresult esult l off medic di all ailments, ail illments l , make mak ke look adorable.. To her lo ok ccartoonish artoonish and d adorable To Bridavsky, thousands Brida avsk v ky, and thousand ds of others— moree than 520, 520,000 Facebook she has mor 000 Fac ebook ffollowers—she’s ollowers—she’s one of the cutest cats o cats in the world. “The ccats ats that seem to rreach each status aree one ones don’t ccelebrity elebrity st atus ar es that don ’t tryy to b bee an anything theyy ar aree not,”” Huh tr ything the says. “People like Grumpyy sa ayys. “P eople tend to li ike Grump Cat, Hamilton because C at, Lil’’ Bub and Ham ilton b ecause aree just b being theyy these ccats ats ar ein ng who the are, have fun story.” ar e, and they they ha ave a fu un stor y.” People identify that’s P eople identif fy with h a ccat at that ’s through challenge gone thr ough a challen nge or disability. struggles with a disabil lity. makes “It mak es us cconnect onnecct with them moree b because wheree the theyy mor ecause we know w wher have from theyy ha have ha ave ccome ome fr om and how h the ave become theyy ar are,” says. b ecome who the e,” he sa ayys. That’s why Bridavsky believes That ’s wh hy Brida avvsk ky b elieves Lil’ popular. People Bub is so p opular. P eop ple ffollow o ollow her struggle,, they her story, struggle they know he er stor y, eeven ven if partt of it it—the she-came-from-outerpar —the she - cam me-from- outerspacee par part—is up. spac t—is made up p. Likee Brida Bridavsky Timmons, Lik avsk v ky and T immons, Hamilton Stowe has turned Ham milton into a meowthpiecee (sorr (sorry, meowthpiec y, ccan’t a ’t help it) ffor an o or pet adoptions.. Ev Every p et adoptions ery week, w Hamilton new ffeatures eeatures a ne w shelter on his

La Latter-Day atte t er-Day SSuperstars uperrstars Historicallyy— Historically—as —as in fiv fivee yyears ears ago ago— — enough we got eno ough of a kick out of ccat at videos videos,, shar shared red them with a friend moved or ffew ew and mo ved on with our sad little lit tttle lives. lives. N Now, ow, we ffollow ollow ccelebrity o elebrity ffelines eelines like like Hollywo od st ars, liking Hollywood stars, their st atuss up dates, rresharing esharing their status updates, photos rep purposing memes and photos,, repurposing rreading eading ab o their health sc out ares on about scares Gawk er or the t New New Y oork P ost. Gawker York Post. V aance believes belie e ves this ttype ype of Vance st ardom is her ay, which fforces orces o stardom heree to st stay, us to rre-examine e- exaamine the natur naturee of fame fame.. If p op cultu ure is ab out vic arious pop culture about vicarious living abou ut pr ojecting our dr eams living,, about projecting dreams and desir ess on some dist ant, deified desires distant, p ersonality, what do es it mean when personality, does the ccelebrity elebritty is an animal? “Peoplee ar y, and the “People aree lonely lonely, theyy need warm,, saf fe plac onnect,”” sa ayys a warm, safe placee to cconnect,” says Ho How ard Sapper, Sa Sapper, a ccelebrity eleb ity animal elebrit i l Howard agent. “So the ttheyy sit b ehind their behind ccomputer omputer scr sscreens, eens, scr olling thr ough scrolling through pictur es of ccats ats and kit tens b ecause it pictures kittens because mak es them m ffeel eeel w arm and fuz zy.” makes warm fuzzy.” The diff ffeer e ence, he sa ayys, is that difference, says, animals use ed to b evered ffor o or a skill. used bee rrevered Sapp er rrepresents epresents the Olate Do gs, a Sapper Dogs, cir cus-train ned tr oupe that p erfo orms circus-trained troupe performs rregularly egularly att NB A halftime shows and NBA won $1 mil llion last yyear ear on America’ ’s million America’s G tT Got aalent l t. Talent. “It ’s kind d of sad with this ccat at “It’s thing ,” he says. sayys. “Y Yo ou ccould ould sa ay thing,” “You say enter tainm ment, animal ccelebrity elebrity has entertainment, b een rreduced educced to the lowest ccommon ommon been denominat tor.” denominator.” Hamilto n, lik very other ffeline eeline Hamilton, likee eevery A -lister, rremains em mains oblivious of his A-lister, ne wffo ound fame ’s har d to ccompare ompare newfound fame.. It It’s hard the cult of ccat at to the traditional p et ttalent alent industr iindustry. y. T wo diff w ffeerent pet Two different animals i l. animals. ““A A lot off this is ab out giving the about audienc w the ant,”” Stowe audiencee what theyy w want,” sa ays y . “When n the inter est dies down, says. interest I’ll go back k to business as usual. usual.””

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HE JAPANESE izakaya—a mainstay of Tokyo for decades—has kept more of a low-profile presence in the South Bay. Misaka Grill in San Jose, slated to open THE REAL THING The pizza at Terrone Dec. 13, aims to make the izakaya more prominent in the comes with a seal of Italian approval. local landscape. Metro sat down with Misaka owner James Culpepper to talk about this new neighborhood eatery. METRO: WHAT IS AN IZAKAYA? James Culpepper: It literally translates to

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WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO of REVEAL ABOUT JAPANESE FOOD THATThe HASN’T ALREADY that came out Naples, Italy, in the 1800s. is doing the Verace plating the way Napoletana, we’re doing it. Our BEENorganization, DONE? No one here Associazione Pizza executive chef, Nobu Kagawa, trained in Japan for 20all years. Histhe father was a hands out certifications to restaurants over sushi master. He’s spent a long time learning to plate and properly world that meet their very specific guidelines as tocut the fish. HOWwhat DID THE IDEA FOR MISAKA COME ABOUT? It was a collaborative constitutes a genuine Neapolitan pizza. Hereeffort between Chef Nobu and myself. My background is medicine. in the Bay Area, only a handful of restaurants areThis is different. I’m breaking away from something I’m comfortable so certified. One of them, Terrone Pizzeria, a casualwith. We both had very similar visions of what we wanted to do.

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WHAT CANby CUSTOMERS EXPECT?all We’re going to do a heavy Alto three friends, of really whom were born in dose of kushiyaki [grilledItaly. skewers] and cold plates. We’ll also have 30 kinds of nigiri Southern [sushi]. Twice a week, we’ll be getting fresh fish sent directly from Tsukiji defines truemarket Italian pizza its lightness. MarketGenerally, in Tokyo.what It’s the largesta fish in theisworld. One ofThe these will be a crust is thinner, the toppings are sparser and the ingredients are allThey ship “mystery box,” full of choice cuts. We will have no idea what is inside. very basic. Rather than heavy, concoction it overnight and it only has the a shelf life doughy of two to three days.familiar We’ll betocrafting a Americans, pizza in around Italy is considered a light dish that leave special menu revolving just this. For drinking, we’llwill have 30 kinds of sake. one a little hungry after leaving the dinner table. TELL ME LITTLEthe BITcoveted ABOUT YOUR EXECUTIVE CHEF, NOBU. is a kaisekiToAobtain certification, a restaurant mustHe meet trained chef. This is a very difficult, very formal and very high-end dining many criteria, such as what ingredients are used, how the pizza styleis in Japan. He worked with Morimoto (of Iron Chef fame). prepared, what kind of oven it’s cooked in and more. Terrone He designed built our grill. It gets todough temperatures of 1100 You passedand all the tests. They knead their by hand and let itdegrees. rise get naturally this searing and juices inside that are unmatched. over a 24-hour period before popping it into a brick oven, WHAT’S YOUR DISHinON THE MENU RIGHTThe NOWcrust AND is WHY? the where it isFAVORITE fully cooked about 90 seconds. crispyProbably, and pork cheek stuffed garlic. It’s a pork cheek wrapped with garlic inside, basted and marinated and put on the grill and salted and seasoned.—Kristine Bautista MISAKA 1362 S. Winchester Blvd, San Jose. Hours will be 5-10:30pm Mon-Fri, 11:30am11pm Sat-Sun. 408.866.6668

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A stretch along El Camino Real, from Santa to xxxxxxx xxxxx XXXXXX xxxClara xxx xxxx Sunnyvale in particular, has become one of the South Bay’s best bets for ethnically diverse dining choices, and it now has another option to add to the list: Thali, a Gujarati-style restaurant that opened a few months ago. Gujarat is a state of western India that is predominantly vegetarian due to the influences of Jain vegetarianism and traditional HE BETTER-BEER scene continues its Hinduism. ascent Many dishes are sweet, salty and spicy at the same time. Salt, sugar,&lemon, lime in the South Bay with Steins Beer Garden and tomato are used generously in Gujarati food. Restaurant in downtown Mountain View set to In Indian cuisine, thali refers to the traditional large, steel serving tray open March 28. There will be wine and cocktails, but used to present a number of katori, small cookery bowls. the focus on high-quality beers. Steins Thaliprimary serves a prix fixe will menube ($11.99 weekdays/$14.99 weekends) of will feature 30 taps and a menu of modern American vegetarian items. The meal begins with an empty thali—diners fill their comfort food cratedfrom by executive chef and Area tray by making selections different categories thatBay include appetizers, native Colby Reade. vegetables, dals (lentils), bread, rice and sweets. Meals are served with accompaniments: pickle, salad, and papad (thin, Owner and South Baybuttermilk, native Ted Kim is achutney beer enthusiast; he tells me crackerlike Also available are options Jain (noand onion, garlic or that Steinswafers). is a salute to the traditional Germanfor beer halls gardens, root vegetables) and vegan (nohisdairy or throughout animal products). which he experienced during travels Europe’s premier Thali has been open for just a few months and Steins is already drawing beer cities. Designed by architect Marc Dimalanta, features a 300crowds. Despite longer waits on the weekends, however, service is gracious seat, 8,000-square-foot domed interior room and a 4,000-square-foot and accommodating. outdoor patio.

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Ted, with his contagious positive energy, says that he can’t wait 3064 El Camino Realout in Santa Clara. Hours are Tue-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm for folks to check the “in-your-face, custom-made walk-in cooler” and 5:309:30pm; Sat-Sun, 11:30am-3pm and 6-10pm. thalivegetarian.com next to the main bar. Guests can gaze at the unique direct-draw draft —Kristine system—the tap handles are connected to the kegs, eliminating draft Bautista lines and helping to keep the beer at the highest quality and freshness levels. Having 30 draft beers is a manageable number for staff, Ted says: “I want them to know exactly what we’re serving. I want to be able to give genuine beer recommendations, so ongoing beer education will be important. The Mmoon” also rises. The family-run empanaderia, which had operated food will havesince a local, farm-to-table emphasis according to eatery a SanThe Jose restaurant 2010, decided to close the downtown chef Reade, and willfocusing be madetheir in-house, including breads this summer andeverything consolidate, energy on their Los Gatos and pretzels. Because of the generous kitchen space, there will also location. be pickling want Onin-house a recentcharcuterie, check-in atbutchery the Los and Gatos spot, programs. the place “We was buzzing. The to make as fresh as the beer ” says embraces menu stillfood includes favorites suchis,as beefReade, with who onion, tomatobeer’s and boiled versatility in food pairing. egg; corn and cheese; and roasted vegetables, but it also features some Some examples choices from thefor tidy menu of 25 items include rather unexpected empanada fillings: chickenpork tikkabelly masala, mac ham n’ cheese or pepperoni pizza. All empanadas go for $2.35 apiece. Some minor changes: The Mmoon no longer sells beer and alcohol and has recently added made-to-order, personal pizzas to its offerings. These mini-pizzas are $5 each. The Mmoon was launched by brothers Michael and Alex “Marco” Mendez, who immigrated from Buenos Aires in 1978. Empanadas are served with a churri sauce, a garlicky tomato-based condiment. The basis of the Mmoon’s version is a recipe that has been passed down through four generations.

New Mmoon

81 W. Main St, Los Gatos. Hours are Tue-Sun 11am-7pm. themmoon.com —Kristine Bautista Share tips about the latest in food news with kbautista@metronews.com

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METALACHI MET TALA A CHI Blank Clu Club, ub, San Jose Fri, 9pm, $15 Fact: The old o ’70s and ’80s metal songs still hold up. It doesn’t doesn’t matter they’ree played if they’r p at full volume on distorted distorteed guitars and drums, or rreimagined eimagined on trumpets and guitarróns guitar rróns ó s. Metalachi aims to pr prove ove this point by b taking all the classic (Ozzy, metal tunes tunees (Ozzy y, IrIron on Maiden, transposing Guns N’ Roses) Rooses) and tr ansposing traditional them into tr aditional mariachi songs. songs YYes, ees, it sounds sounnds ridiculous—and it is it’s ridiculous,, but it ’s really really fun,, and metal heardd “Crazy ffanatics anatics who’ve w ’ve hear who “Crazy Train” Train” times pleasuree a million ti imes should find pleasur moree time,, but this in hearing it one mor time with upbeats,, horns and sweet harmonies. harmonies s.. It still rips, no matter what genree it it’s into.. (AC) genr ’s twisted t (AC)

DRUNK DR U INJUNS UNK San Jose Jo ose Rock Shop, San Jose Fri, 8pm, 8p pm, $10 Vocalist V ocalist Mörizen Föche (a.k.a.. MoFo) is said tto have coined the term ““skate skate was used primarily in punk,”which w ’80s the ’80 0s to describe powerful,, heavy perfect punk rrock. o This is a perf ock. ect description local ffor or loca al punk legends Drunk Injuns, who are are coming up on their 30th year.. Do Donning spookyy Indian mask masks, year onning spook s, band creates the ban nd cr eates a moody sludgy atmosphere atmosp phere as MoFo screams screams out agonizing agonizi ing lyrics,, like in “She Gots a Gun”” in shares Gun n which he shar es his eyewitness account murder accoun nt of a mur der in cryptic,, but moree intensee lyrics. They also have a mor energetic, ener geetic,, garage-rock, garage-rock,, rebellious rebellious showing Authority,” side sh owing in “Question Authority y,” , minute-long a minu te-long song displaying the frustrations average frustr attions of an aver age working man suffocating corporate fitting into i a suff ocating corpor ate Fellow job.. Fel low local punk legends LLos os Olvidados play. Olvidad dos also play y. (AD)

FR FREEDY REEDY JOHNSTON JO OHNSTON Blaackbird Annex Blackbird Fri,, 8pm, $6 In 1994, 1994, Rolling SStone ttonee magazine named nam med Freedy Freedy Johnston songwriter of the year. well-deserved yearr. The title was well-deser ved as Johnston J had just rreleased eleased his highly highhly acclaimed album, This Perfect Perffect e World, World, o a thoughtful batch of songs about Att his best, abo out loss and rregret. egret. A Johnston Joh hnston writes nuanced songs thatt have the intimacy and rraw tha aw emotionality em otionality of American songwriting legends lege ends John Hiatt and Marshall Crenshaw, Cr enshaw w, though with more more soft ffolk-pop olkk-pop influences. This P Perfect erffect e World W o d pr orld produced oduced the minor pop-r pop-rock ock hit “Bad “ Reputation,”” but by that point, poinnt,, alt-radio alt-radio stations were were focusing focusing on grunge g and punk bands, not contemplative conntemplative singer-songwriters. Johnston’s hasn’t’t changed a lot Johhnston’s music hasn over oveer the years, and certainly holds up


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GREAT GREA AT T RUSSIAN RUSSIAN NUT NUTCRACKER CRACKER Dec 14 at Flint Center

A CHA CHARLIE ARLIE BR BROWN OWN XMAS XMAS W/DAVID W/DAV VID BENOIT Dec 15 aatt Montalvo Arts Center

MON MONTGOMERY NTGOMER RY GENTRY/ GENTR RY/ CHA CHARLIE ARLIE D DANIELS ANIELS B BAND AND D 15 at San Jose Civic Dec

WILD JJAM AM Dec 15 at SSAP AP Center

JUDY JUD Y CCOLLINS OLLINS Dec 16 aatt Montalvo Arts Center

THE TERRA T TERRACOTTA COTT TA PRINCE Dec De ec 1818-22 22 at Flint Center

TOWER T OWER W OF PO POWER/WAR WER/W WA AR Dec D ec 28 at San Jose Civic

R RICHARD THOMPSON THOMP SON Jan an 1010-12 12 aatt Montalvo Arts Center

THE T HE R ROADSHOW OADSHOW 2 2014 014 Jan 16 at SSAP AP Center

JJUSTIN JUS TIN TIMBERLAKE Jan 19 at SSAP AP Center

DAVID D AV VID GARRETT J 21 at San Jose Civic Jan

GEORGE GE ORGE SSTRAIT TRAIT Jan 30 at SSAP AP Center

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music and rrock, ock, with ffour our shr sshredding edding stage. guitarists sharing the stag ge.. Room Voices spectrum of V oices covers the full sp pectrum genres combination of genr es with a combinat tion of dubstep, psychedelic,, funk and dub step,, not to mention a light g show to ge gget et the dance floor bumping.. (NR)

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Studio 8, San Jose Studio free guestlist Sat, 9pm, fr ee w/ gues stlist

Club Fox brings a trio of local,, Latinrrock ock fusion bands to Redwoodd City ffor or party. Puroo a pre-holiday pre-holiday party y. The bandss Pur Bandido,, Gunn Slingers and Mingo M Lewis' Room of Voices Voices each bring b music. something thi unique i to t Latin L ti m usic. i Puro P o Pur Bandido hails from from San Francisco’s Francisco’s themselves Mission District. They pride th emselves ‘70s-style in making old school ‘70s-sty yle Santana)) with Latin rrock ock & roll roll (à la Santana pervasive searing vocals and a large, large, per rvasive percussion Slingers per cussion section.. Gunn Sling gers country, mix elements of country y, jazz,, Latin

Part style.. DJ Cr Crooked P art of being a DJ is style ooked isn’t skillful isn ’t just known ffor or his sk killful blends cross genree and style style, that cr oss genr e, but as brainchild streetwear the br ainchild of str eetweear clothing Vegas—where shop KNYEW in Las V egass—where currently he cur rently rresides, esides and holds esides, h various mega-nightclub rresidencies. esidencies. through His set lists rifle thr ough dance d songs (electronic, of all shapes and sizes (el lectronic, dance, hip-hop, pop) and touch underground on TTop op o 40 jams and unde rground bangers. Part Part of the reason reasoon he’s he’s scored Vegas scor ed such sought-afterr V egas manner gigs is the seamless man ner he zips

through thr ough songs—and his ability to (AD) look so cool doing it.. (A AD)

REVOLLT REVOLT REVENGE RE VENGE Caravan LLounge, Caravan ounge, Sa San an Jose Free Sat, 9:30pm, Fr ee metal/hardcore/ A kind of San Jose met tal/hardcore/ supergroup punk super group has coalesced c in Revoltt Revenge. With Joey Revol J Ruiz of guitar,r, Alo Alonzo Insolence on guitar onzo Hernandez Pounders of P ounders on bass, TTodd odd o KKubiak ubiak of Motiv on vocals and Christopher Revolt Ortega on drums,, Revo olt Revenge is running, just getting up and run nning, with a V’s last show at Johnny V ’ss las st month, month, and free show now this special fr ee sh how at CCaravan aravan birthday. ffor or Hernandez’s birthd day. While a celebration birthday celebr ation might m not be landmark ark (is deaththe most metal landm moree appr appropriate?), day mor opriate??),, the songs aree hea heavy rrecorded ecorded so ffar ar ar avy and brutal, with KKubiak growling ubiak gr owling oover nimble instrumentation.. (SL)

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WOODEN WOODEN N INDIAN BURIAL GGROUND GROUND Café S Café Stritch, tritch, San Jose Sun, 8pm, from Portland SStraight traight fr om P ortlaand comes a trio psychedelic garagethat delivers rraw aw ps sychedelic gar agerrock ock in the rrealm ealm off the Black Angels Motorcycle and very early Blackk Rebel Motor cycle Club. Sparker Sparkerella reella is a good sampling of the band—aside from from the occasional, long,, instrumental tr tracks, t acks,, it has noisy chord shredding, touches chord shr edding to edding, ouches of electric organs organs and fast, fast,, killer killler drums,, all backed by a chanting crowd chantinng cr owd of vocals. Vocalist Vocalist Justin D.. Fowler Foowler howls away on songs like “White Bats”” and “Plastic “Whitte Bats Man Man” Man” overlaid by the messy sounds of energetic energeticc punk-fueled guitars and drums. (AD)

GEORGE GE O GE KAHUMOKU OR KAHUMOKU JR, LED LEDWARD WA ARD KAAP KAAPANA ANA Jan 30 aatt Montalvo Arts Center

DAN D AN HICK HICKSS AND THE HO HOT T LICK LICKSS Feb 1 at at Montalvo Arts Center

SSTYX TYX Feb 6 at San Jose Civic

DEMI LLOVATO OVATO Feb 11 at SSAP AP Center

SPYRO SP YRO GGYRA YRA Feb 13 aatt Montalvo Arts Center

PAUL P AUL SIMON & SSTING TING Feb 17 at SSAP AP Center

PIXIESS PIXIE FFeb eb 22 at San Jose Civic

THE SE SECOND COND CITY Feb 22 aatt Montalvo Arts Center

NUCLEAR CCOWBOYZ OWBOYZ March Mar c 29ch 29-30 30 at SAP SAP Center

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City Lights Theate Theater er Company presents Margulies’ pr esents Donald Mar M gulies’ play girl about a Jewish gi irl cast as the school’s lead in her school l’s Christmas pageant. Thu-Sat, Thu-Sat, 8pm. Thru Dec 22.. $25-$30.. San Jose.

LITTLEW LITTLE W WOMEN OMEN TheatreWorks pr TheatreWorks presents e esents a musical rretelling etelling of o LLouisa ouisa May Alcott’s Alcott ’s classic novel. noovel.. Dec 4-Jan 4-Jan Wed, 4. W ed,, 7:30pm, TThu-Fri, hu-Fri, 8pm, Sat, 2 and 8pm,, Sun, Sun, 2 and 7pm, $28-$55. TTue, uue, 7:30pm. $28-$55. Lucie Lucie Theatre, Palo Alto. SStern tern Theatr e,, P allo Al to.

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CAFFE FRASCATI CAFFEFRA ASSCA AT TI Opera Night w/the Firs Opera First st SStreet treet Singers.. Dec 6.. Part Part of South S First Fridays.. San Jose.

*art MUSEUMS ART AR RTMUSEUMOFL T MUSEUM OF LOS OS GATOS GA ATOS "Backward is For "Backward Forward: ward:: Layer and Impact in Printmaking.”” Ends Wed-Sun, 11am-5pm. Jan 12. W ed-Sun,, 11am-5pm.. LLos os Gatos.

David Mamet exp explores plores politics, the state of the Union Thanksgiving and Thank sgivingg in this presented Dragon play pr esented byy Dr agon Productions. Thu-Sat, Pr oductions. Thu-Sat, 8pm, Dec Sun, 2pm. Thru De ec 15. $25opening/$15-$30 $35 opening/$15 5-$30 rregular egular performances. Redwood City. perf ormances.. Re edwood City y.

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Renegade Theatr Theatree Experiment presents pr esents a story about a a learns woman who learn ns about the herr late sister hidden side of he discovers sister’s when she discove ers her sister ’s Dragons Dungeons & Dr aggons notebook. Sun,, 7pm. Fri-Sat,, 8pm, p , Sun p Thru Dec Jose. 77.. $10-$25. San Jo ose.

THE SNOW THESNO W QUEE QUEEN EN San Jose Reperto Repertory ry Theatr Theatree presents premiere pr esents a world pr emiere rretelling etelling of a ffairy airyy tale with a steampunk twist. Wed, Wed, 7:30pm, Sat,, 3 and 8pm, Thu-Fri, 8pm, Sat 7:30pm.. Sun, 2pm, TTue, uue,, 7:3 0pm.. $10-$69. Theatre, Montgomery Thea atre,, San Jose.

THE SUNSHINE BO B BOYS OYS The LLos os Al Altos tos Stage Stage Company presents Simon pr esents a Neil Si mon comedy about the rreunion eunionn of two nowrretired etired members of a Vaudeville Vaaudeville 8pm, act. Thu-Sat, 8pm m,, Sun, 3pm. $18-$32. Altos. Thru Dec 15. $18-$32. LLos os Al tos.

*concerts *c oncerrts LLUNCHTIME@TRIANON UNCHTIME@TR RIANON The Chor Choral al Pr Project ojecct perf performs orms free monthly at this fr ee month hly concert/ performance series. perf ormance serie es. Dec 6, 12:10-12:50pm. 12:10 12:1012:50pm. Lee Petit 12:50pm. Petit Trianon, Trianon, rianon r San Jose.

CCSMA SMA HOLID HOLIDAY AY CCONCERT ONCER RT Holiday classics in tr traditional aditional and jazz styles pperformed erformed by quintet a saxophone qui ntet led by CSMA ffaculty aculty member meember Mark 7pm. Russo. Dec 5, 7pm m. Community

“Carrie Mae W “Carrie Weems: eems:: Th Three hree Photography Decades of Photogr aphhy and Video.” Video ”Thru Jan 5. Video. 5 Saintss “Faith Embodied:: Saint From Fr om the Renaissance to the Enlightenment.”” Wed-Sun, Wed-SSun, 11am5pm, Thu, 11am-8pm. SStanford. tanford. “Reduce,, Reuse, Re-ima Re-imagine,” agine,” workss cr created from objects work eated fr om obj jects rrescued escued from from the wastee stream—items disposed str eam—items dispos ed of as trash tr ash rrather ather than rrecyclables ecyclables by businesses. local rresidents esidents and bus sinesses. Ends Feb. Feb 2. 2 TTue-Sun, uue ue-Sun Sun,, 11am-4pm. 111am 1am-4pm 4pm. Clara. Santa Clar a.

DISCOVER DISC OVERSSAN ANJOSE JOSE TTea eea light art and ornam ornaments ments by KKathryn athryn Hedges. San Jose. Joose.

DOWNTOWN DO WNTOWNCAMPBE CAMPBELL ELL Third Friday Artwalk. Visit Third Visit with exploree bou boutiques tiques and artists and explor galleries.. Every third third Frii of the 6-9pm. Ave. amppbell A month,, 69pm.. E. CCampbell ve. v

EUPHRAT EUPHRA AT TMUSEUM MUSEUM “Making Space,” a gr group ouup show cultural, exploring physical,, cul tuural, and Dec. historic space. Thru Dec c.. 5. Mon10am-3pm. Anza za College, Thu, 10am3pm. De An CCupertino. upertino.

HISSTOR HISTORY RY MUSEUM OFF GATOS LLOS OSGA ATOS “Evolution of Gr Green: een: Environmental Activism Envir onmental A ctivism m in the Claraa V Valley.” Santa Clar aalleyy..”” Ends Endds Sep 30. LLos os Gatos.

HISTORY HIS STOR RYP Y PARK PA ARKSSAN ANJJOSE “Shaped by Water: Water:: Past, Pastt,, Pr Present esent Future,” & Futur e,”” the story of water w in this rregion, egion, from from the indigenous inddigenous present day. Ohlone people to pr eseent day y. “Bear in Mind: The Story Storyy of the Grizzly.” show CCalifornia alifornia Grizzly y..”” A sho ow of historical materials rrelated elaated to the the ursine symbol of th he state.

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““Around Ar A ound the TTable aable SStage tage One One— e— Jitish KKallat: allat: Epilogue.”” Ends April 20,, 2014.. ““Around A Around the Ta TTable: able: a Creativity, Community,” Food,, Cr eativityy, Community y,” an how exhibition that delves into ho ow culture. ffood ood has shaped local cul turre. 27. Thru April 27 7. TTue-Sun, uue-Sun,, 11am-5pm,, closed Mon.. San Jose.

SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF QUI SAN QUILTS ILLTS & TEXTILESS &TEXTILE “Fiberart International.”” W “Fiberart West esst Coast premiere premiere exhibition, workss by 37 nation national ffeaturing eaturing work nal and international artists, both botth emerging, established and emer ging,, and a exploring a wide spectrum of o practices. "Translucence: textile pr actices.. "T Translucennce: Breslaw, workss cr created CCathy athy Br eslaw w," work eateed in a unique industrial mesh. Shows Sh hows run thru Jan 19. Wed-Sun, Wed-Sun,, 10am10 0am5pm.. San Jose.

TRITON TRIT ON MUSEUM OF AR ART RT San Jose SState tate University Anniversary Exhibition. Thru Jan Russell: ay Russe 26. Opening Dec 7:: KKay ell: 2013 Recollections. Thru Feb 9.. 20 013 Painting Competition/ SStatewide tatewide P ainting Competi tion/ Opening Exhibition. Thru Feb 2.. Openi ing three exhibitions rreception eception ffor or all thr ee exhibi tions Dec 13,, 6-8pm. TTue-Wed uue-Wed andd FriSun, 11am-5pm, Thu, 11am-9pm. 11am-9pm. 9 Clara. Santa Clar a.

DEEP FREEZE The Snow Queen (Jane Pfitsch) has cast a spell on Kai (Tim Homsley), but his friend Gerda (Eryn Murman) has come to rescue him.

Punk Rock Girl WHAT WOULD Star Wars have been without the right music? (Okay, maybe still kind of awesome.) But the fact remains, music can be a powerful storytelling tool that gives a story emotional momentum. When director/writer Rick Lombardo, writer Kristen Brandt and composer Haddon Kime began work on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, The Snow Queen, they knew they wanted to use music to tell the tale, they just didn’t realize it would be such a major part of their adaptation.

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“Music is the most powerful way to lift a scene from anything that is remotely like reality into this wonderful, almost surrealistic world of Andersen’s fairy tale,” says Lombardo. The Snow Queen The story, published in 1845, is a classic tale about the struggle Thru Dec 22 of good and evil in which a little girl, Gerda, sets out on a San Jose Rep journey to find and rescue her best friend, Kai, and along the $10-$69 way encounters many interesting characters. Lombardo and his collaborators retained the essence of the story but used 408.367.7255 music to make it more magical and dramatic. The characters or sjrep.com Gerda meets—everything from crows to a river—all sing.

“Suicide,”” mixed-media by Barron Whips Bar ron Storey. Storeyy. “The Wind Wh hips Palm workss by the P alm Fronds,” Fronds,”” new work noonMegan Diddie. Thu-Fri, noon nJose. 7pm, Sat,, noon-5pm. San Jos se.

Lombardo, Brandt and Kime chose to adapt The Snow Queen because, unlike many stories, it stars a girl as its hero. All three of the show’s creators have daughters and they wanted to create a holiday production that would give their children a positive role model.

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ART AR RT ARK GALLER GALLERY RY The Mor Moree the Mer Merrier rier IV IV:: Salo SalononSStyle tyle Art Exhibition & Sale Area ffeaturing eaturing pieces by 51 Bay Ar A ea artists working in variety of Jose. mediums and styles. San Jos se.

BRUNI BR UNI GALLER GALLERY RY Jazz-related art by Bruni Sab Jazz-related Sablan. blan. Mon-Sat,, 1-6pm.. San Jose.

CAFE SSTRITCH CAFES T TRITCH “No W Walls alls Between Us,”” port portraits traits of jazz musicians by KKathy athy Sloane.. San Jose.

CUKUI CUK UI “Face Value,” Value,” a work workss by KKamea ameea Hadar.. San Jose. Hadar

DOWNTOWN DO WNTOWN Y YOGA O OGA SHALA A ““Abstract Abstr A act Or Organics,” ganics,” work workss bbyy Sarah Sar ah Reynolds. Thru Feb 7. 7. San Jose.

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“One of the great things about fairy tales is the archetypes you’re working with: heroes and villains, hope and despair, all these wonderful things that the human condition has. And they’re personified in very different characters. We decided early on that the music needed to come from the characters, which meant that I had to compose in a number of different styles,” says Kime. There are songs that are standard musical theater pieces, but there are also country songs, bluegrass, even a punk rock number. One of Kime’s favorite songs is the one he wrote for the Snow Queen. While she might seem cold and uncaring, her job is to create balance. In order to showcase that job, Kime wrote a song that’s off-balance, in a 7/4 time signature. Many instruments are playing counterpoint to each other to illustrate how difficult it is to keep balance. Other songs, like the punk song, which is sung by a little robber girl that Gerda meets, immediately develop her character for the audience. “It’s a subliminal way to convey a lot of information without anybody feeling like they’re being told something. So when the robber girl enters, screams, pulls out a microphone and bursts into a punk rock song, it kind of tells us everything about her in two bars,” says Lombardo. —Aaron Carnes


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30 GOOD ODKARMACA KARMA CAFE AFE “The LLucidity ucidity of TTravel,” ravel,” photography photogr aphy by Gary G Singh. Thru Jan 25.. San Jose.

HIGHER FIRE Holiday Gift Galler Gallery. ryy. Thru Dec 224. 4. San Jose.

KALEID GALLER GALLERY RY HARK! 12th Annu Annual al Holiday Show Party. & Sale + Artists' Holiday H P artyy. wear Dec 6,, 77-11pm, -11pm, we ear your ugly holiday sweater ffor or photo ops and a chance at prizes. p Show runs thru Dec. San n Jose.

DOCK HOLIDAY Gary Singh shows his travel photographs in ‘The Lucidity of Travel,’ opening at Good Karma.

MA MACLA CLA “MAIZE Y MÁ MÁS: S:: From From Mother Works to Monster?” W orrks by YYvonne vvonne Guerra, Escalante, YYolanda oolandaa Guer ra, Mastrangelo, Fernando Mastr angelo,, Viva Paredes, Jorge P aredes,, and Jor g Rojas. ge 2014. Thru Feb.. 15, 2014 4. CCapoeira apoeira of performance, San Jose perf orm mance, Dec 6, 8-9:30pm. Jose. 89:30pm.. San Jo ose.

METRO METR OLLOBBY OBB BY "Nature Unr "Nature Unraveled, aveled," photogr photography aphy Desai. by Dharmesh Des sai. San Jose.

MEZCAL MEZ CAL Art by JJ.. Danniel.. Mezcal M Restaurant, Restaur ant,, San JJose. ose.

MONTALVO MONT TAL A VO AR ARTS RTS CENTER “Mountains Mountains in Myy Spoon, Spoon Spoon,”” celebrating celebr ating the LLucas u Artists ucas Program Residency Pr ogram (LAP) exploration alumni’s explor ation of ffood. ood. Thru Healing.” Feb 9.. “Come Hea aling.”” Six artists exploree healing an and explor nd wholeness. Thu-Sun, 11am-3pm. Ongoing.. Thu-Sun n, 11am3pm. Saratoga. atoga. Sar

PACIFIC P ACCIFICAR ART RT TLEA LEAGUE AGUE G Art Under $200 & Contempor Contemporary ary Opening Mixed Media.. Ope ening reception reception Dec 6,, 5:30-8pm. Thru Dec 26. Palo Alto. P alo Al to to.

PHANTOM PHANT OMGALL GALLERIES LERIES DOTMOV, a digitall film ffestival DOTMOV, estival organized Japan's or ganized by Japa an's online "SHIFT.” magazine "SHIF T..”Thru Jan 25. T. San 95 S.. Market SSt,t, Sa an Jose.. Also presented Phantom pr esented by Pha antom Galleries: ““Astra Astra Inclinant, non non Necessitant,” exploration an explor ation of the vastness of 374 space by Jesse CCupp. u 37 upp. 74 S.. First SSt,t, San Jose.

PHO69 PHO6 9 “Rocks, W “Rocks, Waves aves & Clouds CClouds”” by Matthew Seigel.. San S Jose.

PSYCHO P SYCCHO DONUT DONUTSS Works by John Re Works Renzel, enzel,, Lacey Bryant,, Nicolas CCaesar, a r, Murphy aesar Adams,, Christine Benjamin, Foley, Michael Michael Foley y, Mic chael Borja, Valery V alery Milovic,, CCarlos arrlos Villez,, Eric

Winter Walk STORIED ST ORIED TELLER TELLE ER Documentary me filmmaker K Ken en e n the Burns receives th he John Steinbeck e Award Dec Morris 6, 8pm at M orris Daliey D Auditorium d at San Jose University. Michael State University y. Burns will l sit down with Micha ael discussion evening Krasny for a disc cussion of his h work, and the even ning will also include a sneak peek pe at Burns’ latest documentary, ‘The Roosevelts: History.’ documentary y, ‘Th he R oosevelts: ve An Intimate Histo ory y..’ Joyner, Bennett, Joyner, Laura Laura Callin Callin Ben nnett,, John Hageman and Robert McColley. M McColley y. San Jose.

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“Patent “P atent P Pending ending,” a gr group oupp exhibition that uses paten patents nts as a starting point to investig investigate gate the relationship relationship between artists, ownership, and invention. San Jose.

“Erased LLoop “Erased oop Random m Walk,” Walk,” sculptures kinetic sculptur es by TTerry eerry Berlier.. Thru Feb 15. ““Around Berlier Around Works the TTable: aable: W orks by Robin R Christopher Lasser and Christoph her Reynolds.” Thru Dec 21. 2 TTue-Fri, ue-Fri, u noon-5pm. 10am-5pm, Sat, noon n-5pm. San Jose.

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“Lay Lay LLow,” ow w,” new work workss by Frances Fr ances Marin. Thru Dec D 29. 11am-7pm, Sat, TTue-Fri, ue-Fri, u 11am-7pm, 7 Sa at, noonThirdd SSt, 6pm. 30 N. Thir t, San S Jose. Billiards South First Billiar ds UP,” group show.. Dec “On the UP P,” , a gr oup show live 6 opening includes liv ve music guests by Chris Reed and gu uests Aivar and DJ 7e!shak. San Jose. J

Handmade gifts fr from om local artists a jewelry, items, that include jewelry y, spa item ms, ffabric abric gifts and ceramics.Live ceramics.Livve performances from arts perf ormances fr om local art ts groups, and gr oups, hot cider ffor or sale,, an nd free children. fr ee art activities ffor or childr en.. Dec 77-8. -8. TTriton rriton Museum, Santa Clar CClara. a.

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WORKS W ORKS SSAN AN JOSE “Eat, Drink, Be Mer Merry!,” ry!,” annual exhibition membership exhibitio on workss that tie in with ffeaturing eaturing work the ongoing “Around “Around the Table” Table a ”

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SST. T. JOHN VIANNE VIANNEY Y HOLIDAY HOLID AY YFFFAIR A AIR Boutique style shopping,, cr crafts, a afts, silent entertainment,, ffood ood and sile ent Pictures auction.. Pictur es with Santaa or breakfast join us ffor or a special br eakfasst 1-9 with Santa on Sat.. Dec 6,, 19 pm; 8am-7pm; 8amDec 77,, 8am-7pm; 7 ; Dec 8,, 8am m3pm.San Jose.

The weather outside may be somewhat frightful—at least by Bay Area standards—but the December edition of South First Fridays offers some holiday cheer, and even some chances to get some holiday shopping done. Galleries, shops and restaurants host art shows, receptions and art activities throughout the SoFA district and other downtown neighborhoods. Here’s a small sampling of shows and activities going on around downtown. The full list of participating spots is available at southfirstfridays.com. GOOD KARMA, 37 S. FIRST ST.

Warmer climes beckon from photographs taken by Metro’s own Gary Singh. Though his regular travels around the valley form the basis for his Silicon Alleys column, Singh is also a travel writer and photographer. His diverse work is featured in “The Lucidity of Travel,” a show of photographs from journeys through North America, Asia, Europe and Central America. Singh also holds a music degree from SJSU and is a Pushcart Prize–nominated poet. SEEING THINGS, 30 N. THIRD ST

Seeing Things gallery, which recently celebrated its first anniversary, gets a whimsical start on year two with “Lay Low,” a solo exhibition by artist and illustrator Frances Marin. She dreams up scenes both realistic and fanciful in her paintings and drawings. KALEID, 88 S. FOURTH ST.

More than 60 local artists share their works as part of “Hark,” KALEID’s 12th-annual holiday show and sale. The exhibition brings together resident KALEID artists as well as regional artists invited to take part in the show. “Hark” kicks off with a holiday party, and guests are invited to celebrate by wearing their ugliest holiday sweaters. PHANTOM GALLERIES, 95 S. MARKET ST.

Screenings of selections from DOTMOV, a digital film festival presented by SHIFT, an online magazine from Japan. The festival drew entries from 18 different countries this year. Twenty short films from the festival are touring the world—San Jose is one of only three such stops in the United States. WORKS/SAN JOSE, 365 S. MARKET ST.

“Eat, Drink, Be Merry!” is WORKS’ annual membership show, with works in a variety of media from both established and emerging artists. The show coincides with the “Around the Table” Bay Area–wide collaborative exhibition that explores themes of food and community. —Heather ZImmerman


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Will Springhorn, Jr., and Halsey Varady play actors who voice characters from a radio play version of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’

Radio Days HARD TO BELIEVE, but Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life wasn't always revered as a classic. Upon its initial release, critics called it “mincing” and “a figment of Pollyanna platitudes.” The film was, however, popular enough to give rise to a series of radio adaptations, some with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed reprising their now-beloved roles as George and Mary Bailey. This is the tradition to which Joe Landry’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play harkens back. It’s a Wonderful Life: While annual television screenings of the 1946 film A Live Radio Play evoke nostalgia for the golden age of Hollywood, Landry's play does the same for the golden age of Thru Dec. 22 radio. The Stage, San Jose $25-$50 The production at San Jose Stage Company, directed by Randall King, both looks and sounds like a 1940s 408.283.7142 or radio broadcast. The set of “WBFR” comes complete thestage.org. with microphones, light-up applause signals and Kevin Blackton, who certainly has a voice for radio, playing host Freddie Filmore. There are even commercial breaks with jingles for hair tonic and toilet cakes. More than old-timey window dressing, the “radio” format proves interesting from a dramatic standpoint. The actors, all regulars at The Stage, must convey their roles predominantly through emotive voicing while balancing their lines with just enough physical action to keep the play from becoming a matter of talking heads. The result is more colorful and entertaining than a straightforward theatrical translation of the movie could ever be. In what is essentially a play within a play, the actors portray 1940s voice talent, who in turn become the people of Bedford Falls. As actor Freddie Filmore, Blackton’s many roles include Uncle Billy and God. Will Springhorn Jr. appears as George Bailey, and Halsey Varady plays Mary, while Martin Rojas Dietrich, as voice actor Harry “Jazzbo” Heywood, takes on two polar-opposite characters: the snarling plutocrat Mr. Potter and George’s kindly guardian angel Clarence. Another wild juxtaposition comes from Allison F. Rich playing both George's mother and Violet, the town siren. No radio play would be complete without sound effects, and Judith Miller provides them with an onstage kit of noise-making devices, including slamming doors, chimes and many others. These effects are both aurally and visually delightful, much like the play as a whole.—Sean Conwell

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Für Elise SINGING S INGING THE THE B BLUES(GRASS) LUES(GR A SS) Elise ((V (Veerle Ve eerrle Baetens)) and Didier (J (Johan H Heldenbergh) eldenbergh) g ) try y to stage g a co comeback. omeback.

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HE BELGIAN B GIAN IMPORT BEL IMPORT The Broken Circle Breakdown, Brea akdown, originally titled Monroe, title ed Alabama M onroe, has death as a its subject subject matter, matterr, and the soundtrack sou undtrack is full of songs in the th he key of (the end of) life. It earns earns its title reference to the Carter Carte er Family’s Family amily’s tune, tune about the contraction c contr action of the family circle. circlle. The mo movie vie tries to b bee euphemismfree—it fr ee—it often n shows Flemish skill warts-and-all in w arts-and-aall depiction: the scenes aree cconnected onnected disjointed sc e enes ar with liv lively bluegrass, ely blu uegrass, while showing

seex as a pale, sex pale, ttwo-backed wo -backed b beast east w elb with ows, but elbows, buttt and the soles off in ndiff ffeerently w ashed ffeet. eeet. ((The The film m’s indifferently washed film’s p o oster misleads a bit, emphasizingg poster th he nubile skin of the lead actr esss the actress V e eerle Baetens Veerle Baetens,, instead of her ch haracter’s sorr ows.) character’s sorrows.) Dir ector F elix V aan Gr oeningen n Director Felix Van Groeningen ga ave his plain ttale ale a temp oral gave temporal sc cramble. U nstuck in time scramble. Unstuck time,, D Didier ((Johan Johan Heldenb ergh) and Heldenbergh) El lise (Baetens) shut tle thr ough Elise shuttle through th heir liv es, and the crisis of their their lives, da aughter Ma ayybelle’s leuk emia. V a an daughter Maybelle’s leukemia. Van G Gr oeningen matches shots of the Groeningen 6-year- old girl: she ’s first in a ccowgirl owggirl 6-year-old she’s ha at, then in a ccancer ancer turban. W hat, Wee d se ee the hospit alization of the chil see hospitalization child b efo ef ore we see the ccourtship ourtship of herr before pa arents, when the o or the first fi parents, theyy meet ffor tim me at Elise ’s ttattoo attoo shop time Elise’s shop..

In one sc ene, Elise iss a fr ee spirit, scene, free h a tough ja aw slight, blonde but with jaw lik ayylor, spangl led with old likee Lily T Taylor, spangled scho ol Americ ana ttattoos. atto t os. Blink, and school Americana she ’s a mother turningg in ward into she’s inward sorr ow w. Heldenb ergh, who lo oks lik sorrow. Heldenbergh, looks likee a hair y, rrough ough mashup p of T o om Waits hairy, Tom and Warr en Oates ays y Didier as a Warren Oates,, pla plays ccourtly, ourtlyy, ccarefree arefree banjo o pick er with picker a farmhouse he ’s slow wly rrenovating. enovating. he’s slowly L oss turns him into a bit ter crank Loss bitter and haranguer haranguer.. The dec ay of Didier ’s decay Didier’s Americ aphilia is the under u tone Americaphilia undertone to the story story of loss. loss. On n the day daay he meets Elise ays y , “I’v een Elise,, Didier sa says, “I’vee b been craz out Americ a m fe. crazyy ab about Americaa all myy lif life. eam It ’s a ccountry ountry of dr mers.” But It’s dreamers. after their family crisis s, and after crisis, eight yyears ears of w atching Geor ge W watching George W.. Bush—par ticularly Bu ush’s save-thesaave-theBush—particularly Bush’s stemcells veto—Didier veto —Didieer isn’t isn’t quite so stem-cells sur out the US A. Didier D blames suree ab about USA. the obstruction to stem-cell stem m- cell research research on the doctors’ doctors’’ failures failures e to rescue rescue his daughter rrupts a big daughter,, and he inter interrupts show at an opera opera house housse to rave raave about about or ganized rreligion eligion and d the P ope. organized Pope.

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NEBRASKA NEBRA SKA (R; 115 min.) Bruce Dern play plays ys W Woody oody Grant Gr ant of Billings, Montana, a halfthat senile mechanic, so gaga tha at his front rrelatives elatives talk in fr ont of him about sending him to what my dadd always called “the Home ffor or the Feebs.” Feeebs.” Publisher’s The old man rreceives eceives a Publ isher ’s solicitation Clearing House-like solicitat tion and million, decides that he’s he’s won a milli ion, and sets out ffor or Lincoln, Nebraska, Nebraskka, on several ffoot oot to claim the prize. Afterr sever al Woody’s sad-sack of these escapes, W oody’s sa ad-sack unmarried Forte unmar ried son David (Will Fo orte of SNL) decides to drive his ffather ather on the thousand-mile trip ac across cross the west. They see the rrawboned awbooned landscapes, experience the rreliable eliable disappointment of Mt. Rushm Rushmore more and note the touches of fr frontier ontier left— the monosyllabic uncles, andd a pubcrawl Woody’s oody’s two-tavernn home crawl in W town. They rrevisit evisit the abandoned abandoned homestead. Dern's moment of dimly recalling punishment recalling death and punishm ment in this trashed, trashed, vacant ffarmhouse armhou use is his single finest scene as an actor, acttor, and he’s time. he’s been acting a long time e. But this fforlorn black orlorn voyage in bla ack and white is, primarily primarily, Woody’s oody’s y, funny; as W

OUT OF THE FURNA FURNACE CE (R; 116 min.) The script sh should hould have been tossed into a furnace. f Actor-turned-director Scott A ctor-turned-director Sc cott Cooper’s overwrought Cooper ’s over wrought ffollow ollow up to Cr Crazy azy Heart is similarlyy big on locations, and short on ooriginality. riginality. It’s It’s your standard standard two-brothers two-brrothers melodrama melodrama with more more steam steeam than just the billowing smokestacks smokesstacks of beleaguered Braddock, PA—by beleaguered Br addock, P A—by steam, I mean the fulmination fulminnation of the impressive impressive cast goingg nose to nose and repeating repeating each others' questions. (I don’t don’t mean rromantic omantic steam, though—Zoe Saldana, Saldana, the film’s speak of,, is film’s only ffemale emale to spea ak of

there as a schoolmarm there m and baby incubator.).) Christian Bale, with incubator Braddock the Br addock zip codee tattooed on his neck, is one of thee last of the steel workers in that tough t town. brother His troubled troubled br other CCasey asey “The Wheedler”” Affleck is an Iraq Wheedler a Ir aq vet (scarred, (scar red, saw babies die, d government gets does nothing) who ge ets involved with loan shark Willem m Dafoe’s Dafoe’s bare-knuckle bar e-knuckle boxing ring. r When semi-human hillbilly gangster g Woody Harrelson wants W oody Har relson wan nts the battling broo to take a dive, there br theere isn’t isn’t a movie watcher alive who w won’t won’t unto know the drill even un nto the point wheree lawman Forest wher Forestt Whitaker tells hands aree tied. the ensemble his han ds ar LLocations, ocations, locations, llocations— ocations— anyone who loves to gawk g at the beltt industrial debris of a fforlorn orlorn rust bel stare. Nothing is invited to star e. Not thing in the fforeground oreground earns the authenticity of those solemn silent bblast last furnaces: low water mark is a ppreposterous reposterous peeled deer hunt with the pe eeled stag photographed weree the aphed as if it wer photogr Francis centerpiece p of a Fr anccis Bacon painting. (Opens Fri.) (RvB)

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exasperated wife, Squibb exasperated wif e, June Sq quibb takes the rrole salty-tongued ole of the sal ty-tonggued elder and travels ordinarytravels way out of or dinarymovie bounds with it; herr dr dressing essing down of an entire cemetery entire cemete ery full of dead inlaws is capped wi with th a little indecent exposure. exposure. There’s There’s no shtick in Squibb's comic depiction depictiion of the amazing lif lifespan grudge; espan of a gru udge; she's a little scary, scaryy, the way moms moms often are. are. (Plays valleywide.) (RvB)


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Lee Ranaldo’s ‘Last Night’ DUST D UST S STORM T OR M L Lee ee R Ranaldo analdo and The Dust wrote many of the songs on their new Hurricane Sandy. w album in the aftermath of Hu urricane Sandy y.

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Renaldo’s new R eenaldo’s ne w band still has an eexperimental xp p erimen ntal and ccerebral erebral side pop gives that ttwists wistss p op clichés and giv es an agreeable bite.. agr eeable bite what it’s likee to b bee the I ask wh hat it ’s lik frontman now,, and Ranaldo giv gives es fr ontman now modest a mo dest ans aanswer. wer. “I have haave a strong strong songs,, and all the cconfidence onfidence in the songs falls place.” rrest est just fa alls into plac e.” about How ab b out ccarrying arr ying the leads? “[At first] was little weird, “[ At firs st] it w as a lit tle weir d, singing eevery ver y song in the set…. But over quickly. I got o ver that quickly y. I definitely likee to sing, lik singg, and it’s it’s been been rreally eally fun. singing partt of it has b been The singin ng par een one more enjoyable aspects of the mor re enjo yable asp ects ffor o or me.” m e.” Ass the cconversation A onversation winds down, Lou Reed’s With I bring up pL ou R eeed’s death. W iith now CBGBs no ow housing an eexpensive xpensive men’s boutique men ’s b ou utique and SoHo and the Lower East playground L ower Eas st Side a play yground ffor o or wealthy, pop the ultra wealth w hy, a chapter in p op historyy see seems definitively over. histor ems definitiv ely o ver. Am I ccorrect orrect in seeing LLast ast Night on Earth perhaps elegyy for gritty as p erhapss an eleg for o the grit ty bohemia ’70s–’80s New b ohemia of o ’70s–’8 0s N ew York? York? o “Well, Polite. “W Weell, I don’t don’t know…” know…” P olite. He means,, “No.” means “N No.” Ranaldo's Ranaldo o's rresponse esponse demonstrates drivee that has the same fforward or o ward driv characterized music.. characteri zed his 30 yyears ears in music “That’s way moves. “That ’s thee w ay history history mo ves. You know, have people from Y ou know o w, yyou ou ha ave p eople fr om anyy par particular period an ticcular p erio d carrying carrying period elements of o that p eriod fforward, or o ward, hopefully and hop effully ssynthesizing ynthesizing it with new stuff, ne w stuff ff,, and passing some of that information It’s inf fo ormatio on on. It ’s kind of the natural ccourse o ourse of eevents, vents, I guess. guess. Youth] “[Sonic Y o outh] were were lucky lucky bee living in N New York enough to ob ew Y ork o at a time of gr ggreat eat eexperimentation xperimentation … view so we had a firsthand vie w of that. pretty special have been It ffeels eeels pr e ty sp et ecial to ha ave b een around during time.. And we we’ve ar ound du uring that time ’vve aspects ccarried arried asp p ects of that fforward o orward with us.. … It al all along.” us ll gets passed along .” For Lee Ranaldo,, every F or L ee Ranaldo every night Earth. is the last on Ear th. The past is subject nostalgia not a subj ect ffor o or nost algia or sentimentality, source sentiment tality, only a sour ce tools of to ols ffor o or ccarving ar ving something new from future. ne w fr om an unknown futur e. moree to pass along. Somethingg mor along.

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ANGELICA’S ANGELICA A’’SBIS BISTRO STR T O Wed,, 7:45pm:: Pog Wed, Pog Mo Thoin Show. Show w. $13-$26. $13-$26. Thu, 8pm: Molly’s Revenge Winter Dancee Co. $16-$38. Fri,, 8:30pm: Farzad Far zad Arjmand Persian Persian Music. Musicc. $16-$29. $16-$29 $16 $29. Sat, Sat, 8:30pm:: Claes Cem.. $16-$29.. Sun, 7pm: The Pole. Artistic Side of the P ole. $16City. $21.. Redwood City y.

ART AR RT TBOUTIKI BOUTIKI Thu, 7:30pm:: Jazz W Warehouse arehouse Drawing Society. Jazz Jam and Dr awing Society y. San Jose.

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Wed, 7pm:: KKaren Wed, aren LLovely ovely Orq. Pa'l Band. $5 Fri, 8pm:: Or q. P a'l Bailador.. Sat,, 7pm:: Latin Rock Bailador Inc. Holiday Party. Partyy. $13-$15. $13-$15. City. Redwood City y.

Every second Thu, 7:30pm: Jazz Warehouse Free; W arehouse Jazz Jam. Fr ee; donations rrequested. equested.. San Jose.

FLAVORS FLA AVO ORSOFJ OF JAZZ: AZZ: TTue, uue,, 7pm:: Music on Restaur Restaurant ant Patios P atios at Santana Row. Row w. San Jose.

Thu: Speaking in Rounds,, At At We’re Dreaming. Least W e’re Dr eaming. Fri: TTurn urn u Me on Dead,, Crooked Crooked Hats,, SSweet weet Bones.. Dec 31: Beerijuana,, New YYear’s eear’s Eve. San Jose.

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THE HUDDLE Wed--TThu, Sun, Evening: Wed-Thu, KKaraoke. araoke.. Free. Free. 21 and over. over. Fri-Sat, 9:30pm-1:30am: 9:30pm--1:30am: Free. over.. Live bands.. Fr ee. 21 and over Fremont. Fr emont. Thur:: DJ Mist. Mist Fri:: Amy LLou ou and Multiple the Wild Ones.. Sat:: Mul tiple Organism. Or ganism. All shows 9:30pm, Fremont. $5. Fr emont.

NUMBER ONE BROADWAY NUMBERONEBR OADWAY Wed, 9pm:: JJ.C Wed, .C Smith Jam. Thu,, 9:30pm: Bone Drivers. Fri, 9:30pm: TTouch ouch o n Go.. Sat, 9:30pm: Dutch Uncle.. LLos os

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PEACOCK PEA COCKLLOUNGE OUNGE

Wed,, 9pm: The Sonic Heavy Wed, Heavy. y. Fri, Frri, 9pm:: Metalachi. Metalachi. $15. $15 Sat, Sat, 9pm:: Killer Queens. $10. San Jose.

Thur, 9pm: Thursday night live Thur, bands. $5.. Sunnyvale.

BOSWELL’S BOS WELL’S Wed:: Jack Ripoff Wed: Ripoff.. Thu:: Sexy Scratch. Back. Fri:: Scr atch. Sat and Sun:: Kid Dynamite.. Campbell. Campbell.

BRIT ARMS ALMADEN BRITARMSALMADEN Sun: Sunday Funday Football, day. All day y. 10pm: KKaraoke. araoke. San Jose.

CAFE SSTRITCH TRIT T CH Thu, h 8pm: 8 : Shay Sh Salhov. Salhov S lh v. Fri,i, 8pm: 8pm 8 m: Good Hustle,, Brook Brook D and the SStray tray Limbs,, Seabright. Sat, Sun, 8pm:: Micael O’Neill Sextet. Sun n, Wooden 9pm: W ooden Indian Burial Ground. Gr ound.. San Jose.

CAFFE FRASCATI CAFFEFRA SCA AT TI Sat, 8pm:: KKavanaugh avanaugh Br Brothers otherss Celtic Cel tic Experience.. San Jose.

Thu, 9pm:: Jackie Gage. Fri, Freddy 6:30pm:: Fr eddy Johnson.. Sat, Worley 9pm:: John W orley Jazz TTrio. rrio. San Jose Fri-Sat 8pm: Thriving Artists Artists’’ Showcase. Sun, 4pm:: Blues jam. Saratoga. Sar atoga.

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CAFE SSTRITCH T TRITCH Thu, 8pm:: Shay Salhov Salhov. v. Fri, 8pm: Brook Good Hustle, Br ook D and the SStray tray Limbs,, Seabright. Sat, 8pm:: Micael O’Neill Sextet.. Sun, Wooden 9pm: W ooden Indian Burial Ground. Gr ound.. San Jose.

CAFFE FRA FRASCATI ASSCA AT TI Sat,, 8pm:: KKavanaugh avanaugh Br Brothers others Celtic Cel tic Experience. San Jose.

CLUB CL UB FFOX OX Wed,, 7pm: KKaren Wed, aren LLovely ovely Orq. Pa'l Band. $5 Fri, 8pm:: Or q.. P a'l Bailador.. Sat, 7pm:: Latin Rock Bailador Inc.. Holiday Party. Partyy. $13-$15. $13-$15. City. Redwood City y.

DANA D ANASSSTREET T TREETCCOFFEE OFFEE Second Mon of every month, 7pm:: Ukulele jam. Mountain View.. View

FFAIRMONT AIRMONT HO HOTEL TEL THREE DE DEGREES GREES Every Thu 6:306:30-9:30pm 9:30pm & Fri, 7:30-10:30pm: 7:30-110:30pm:: Live music. All Free. Ages. Fr ee. LLos os Gatos

THE X BAR THEXB AR Sat,, 8pm: NVS,, Dr Drop op TTank, aank, The Crooked Coree ee Hogan. Cr ooked Hats and Cor g Homestead Bowl, CCupertino. upertino.

Jazz/Blues/ World W oorld AGENDA A GENDA LLOUNGE OUNGE Wed, 8pm:: Salsa. Thu,, 9pm: Wed, Vybez. Banda.. Sun:: Reggae V ybez. Sun: Reggae Night San Jose.

Thu, 8:30pm:: Dueling Gr Grand and Pianos. Fri and Sat,, 9pm: cover.. Rotating local bands. No cover San Jose

HEDLEY HEDLE Y CL CLUB UB Wed,, 7:30pm:Jazz Jam.Thu, Wed, 8pm:: Gus KKamboitz amboitz Duo.. Fri, 8pm:: Peppe Peppe Merolla. Merolla.. Sat,, 8:30pm: CCarranza’s arranza’ss Latin Jazz. Jazz. San Jose. Jose

JJ.J.’S .J.’S BL BLUES UES CAFE Blues and Jazz every night, call info. ffor or inf o.. San Jose.

LITTLE LOU’S LITTLEL OU’S BBQ Thu,, 7:30:: Aki Blues Jam.. Fri, 8pm:: Beach Cowboys.. Sat,, 8pm: Whiskey Pass. Pass.. Sun,, 7pm:: Scarlett ampbell. La Rue’s Rue’s Banjo.. CCampbell.

ANGELICA’S ANGELICA A’’SBIS BISTRO ST TRO

THE CATS THECA ATS Wed,, 7pm:: Johnny Neri. Thu, Wed, 8:30pm:: Out of the Blue.. Fri: Severee Pleasur Pleasuree Sun, 8:30pm: Sever Bornia Boys.. Sun,, 6pm:: Joe Ferrara. Fer rara.. LLos os Gatos

Wed, 7:45pm:: P Wed, Pog og Mo Thoin Show.. $13-$26. Show $13-$26. Thu,, 8pm: Molly’s Revenge Winter Dance Co.. $16-$38.. Fri,, 8:30pm: Farzad Far zad Arjmand Persian Persian Music. $16-$29. Sat, 8:30pm:: Claes Cem. $16-$29.. Sun,, 7pm: The Pole. Artistic Side of the P ole. $16City. $21. Redwood City y.

LLOFT OFTB BAR ARANDBIS AND BISTRO ST TRO Every Thu:: Live jazz in the evening. San Jose.

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$16-$38.. Fri,, 8:30pm: Far Farzad zad Persian Arjmand P ersian Music.. $16-$29. Sat, 8:30pm:: Claes Cem. $16-$29. Sun,, 7pm: The Artistic Side of the Pole. City. P ole. $16-$21. Redwood City y.

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PHILZ COFFEE PHILZC OFFEE Mon,, 7pm: Open mic.. Free. Free. Downtown San Jose.

POOR HOUSE BISTRO POORHOUSEBIS ST TRO

Live music.. San Jose.

Wed:: Jack Ripoff Wed: Ripoff.. Thu:: Sexy Back. Scratch. Fri:: Scr atch.. Sat and Sun:: Kid Dynamite. Campbell. Campbell.

MOSAIC MOS AIC

DANA D ANASSSTREET T TREETCCOFFEE OFFEE

LLOU’S OU’SVILLA VILLAGE AGGE

TTue, uue,, 6pm:: Open mic. San Jose.

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Fri-Sat, 66-9pm: 9pm: Jazz ffor or dinne dinner. er. San Jose.

CCall all ffor or inf info. o.. Mountain View. View w.

Mon:: Comedy Comedy. y. No cover cover.. Sunnyvale.

CAFFE FRA FRASCATI SCA AT TI

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NUMBER ONE BROADWAY NUMBERONEBR OADWAY

Sat, 8pm:: KKavanaugh avanaugh Brothers Brothers Celtic Cel tic Experience.. San Jose.

Wed, 9pm:: JJ.C Wed, .C Smith Jam. Thu Thu, u, 9:30pm:: Bone Drivers.. Fri, 9:30pm: 9:30pm: TTouch oouch n Go. Sat, 9:30 0pm: Dutch Uncle.. LLos os Gatos.

O’FLAHERTY’S O’FLAHER RT TY’S Thu,, 9pm: Live Music.. Sun, 5p 5pm: m: Reggae music. TTue, uue,, 6:30pm:: Live L Irish Music.. San Jose.

CLUB CL UBFFOX OX Wed, 7pm:: KKaren Wed, aren Lovely Lovely Band. Orq. $5 Fri,, 8pm:: Or q. Pa'l Pa'l Bailador. Bailador. Sat, 7pm:: Latin Rock Inc. Holiday Party. City. P artyy. $13-$15. $13-$15.. Redwood City y.

ROOSTER R OOSSTER T T T.. FEA FEATHERS ATHER T S

RED ROCK REDR OCKCCOFFEE OFFEE

Wed, 8pm:: Open-mic night with Wed, A it . Willow Anita. Will Glen. Gl

PEACOCK PEA ACOCK LLOUNGE OUNGE

Sat, 8:30pm:: Nightingale Trio. Trrio. View.. Mountain View

Wed:: Jam Session. Thu:: Live Wed: info. Band.. CCall all ffor or inf o.. Sunnyvale.

THE SADDLE THES ADDLERA RACK ACCK

POOR HOUSE BISTRO POORHOUSEBIS ST TRO Wed, 6Wed, 6-9pm: 9pm:: Ron Thompson. 6-9pm: Dewrance Thu,, 69pm:: Jimmy Dewr ancee 6-10pm: Lavay Blues Band. Fri, 610pm:: Lava ay Smith and her Red Hot Skillett 6-10pm: Greg Nagy Lickers. Sat,, 6-110pm:: Gr eg Na gy Amps Band.. Mon, 5pm-8pm:King Am mps Jose. Beginners Blues Jam.. San Jos se.

SSAN ANPEDR PEDRO O SQU SQUARE AREMARK MARKET KET Fri,, 7pm:: Octobop.. San Jose

SSTEPHENS TEPHENSGREEN T GREEN Thu,, 10:30pm:: Reggae Thursdays. TTue, uue, 7:30pm:: Irish View.. music. Mountain View

TRAIL DUS DUST ST BBQ Fri,, 66-9pm: 9pm:: Live blues, rroots oots and a Morgan Americana. Mor gan Hill.

UNWINED Every second and ffourth ourth Thu, Balistreri. 77-9pm: -9pm:: Don Balistr eri. Every Sat, S 77-9:30pm: -9:30pm:: Live jazz. San Jose.

THE W WOODSHED OODSHED Every first and thir thirdd W Wed, ed, 7pm 7pm: m: Johnny-Cat. Blues jam with Johnny-C at. Sat, S Chris 7:30pm:: Nina Gerber and Chri is Webster. W ebster. Los Los Gatos.

ZZONE ONE 8 Sat, 8pm:Live Jazz. CCasino asino M8trix, San Jose.

C&W/Folk C&W W//FFoolk ANGELICA'S ANGELICA A''SBIS BISTRO ST TRO Wed, 7:45pm:: P Wed, Pog og Mo Thoin Show.. $13-$26. Molly’s Show $13-$26. Thu, 8pm:: Mo olly’s Revenge Winter Dance Co.

Fri,, 7pm:: My TTeen eeen Open Mic. Mon, avin and King’s Open Mic. 7pm:: CCavin Mountain View. View.

Wed, 9pm:: CCalifornia Wed, alifornia Cowboys. Thu,, 9pm:: LLyratones. yratones. Fri,, 9pm, Sat, 10:15pm:: Diablo Road. Sat, Paige. 7:15pm:: Joshua P aige.. Fremont. Fremont.

THE WOODSHED THEW OODSHED Every first and third third Wed, Wed,, 7pm: Johnny-Cat. Blues jam with Johnny-C at.. Sat, 7:30pm:: Nina Gerber and Chris Webster. W ebster. LLos os Gatos Gatos.

Open p Mic/ CComedy omedy o d AGAVE A GA GAV VE Wed, 7pm:: SStand-up Wed, tand-up comedy comedy. y. $10-$20.. San Jose.

BAMBOO B AMBOOLLOUNGE OUNGE Mon, 7pm: Musical open mic ffor or singer/songwriters Sign up at singer/songwriters. Free. 7pm.. Fr ee.. San Jose.

Wed:: New TTalent Wed: alent a Showcase. FriBargatze. Sun:: Nate Bar gatze. Sunnyvale.

THREE FLAMESSRE THREEFLAME RESTAURANT STAURANT

WOODHAMS W OODHAMSLLOUNGE OUNGE Mon:: Comedy open mic with Pete Clara. P ete Munoz. Santa Clar a.

Karaoke Kar raaokke 7 BAMBOO 7B AMBOO Wed-Sat,, 9pm: KKaraoke. Wed-Sat, araoke. TTue, ue, u 9pm:: KKaraoke. araoke. San Jose.

ALEX’S ALEX X’S ’ 4 49ER 9ER INN Nightlyy, 9pm-2am: Nightly, 9pm-2am:: KKaraoke. araoke. San Jose.

APPARITION APP PARITION A Even second Thu: Gothic, karaoke. industrial kar aoke. Club Lido, San Jose.

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Wed:: 8pm-midnight: KKaraoke Wed: araoke plus DJ party (English and Spanish). San Jose.

Fri,, 9pm,, Sat, 7pm:: Comedy Sportz. Sport z.. San Jose.

THE BEARSS THEBEAR

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

Wed:: Renegades of Comedy w/ Wed: Garrett Gar rett Gonzales.. Thu:: The Future Future Comedy, of Comedy y, w/mystery headliner. headliner. Fri-Sun: Arnez JJ.. San Jose.

LIQUID

BLINKY’S BLINK Y’SCAN’TS CAN’T SAY AY

Wed:: P Wed: Poetic oetic Justice.. Fr Free. ee. San Jose.

Fri,, 9pm Fri 9pm9pm-1am: -11am:: Danielle. Danielle 9pm-1am: Sat, 9pm1am:: KKaraoke. araoke. Santa Clara. Clara.

MARMIST MARMIS ST TCCOCKTAIL OCKTA AILLLOUNGE OUNGE

BOGART’S BOGAR RT T’S LLOUNGE OUNGE

Sun,, 9:30pm:: Comedy Comedy. y. San Jose.

Wed, Fri & Sun,, 9pmWed, 9pm-1am: -11am: KKaraoke. araoke.. Sunnyvale.

NINE LIVESS NINELIVE Wed: W ed:: Downtown Comedy Night

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TTue, uue,, 7pm:: KKaraoke araoke Night. San Jose.

BRIT ARMS ALMADEN BRITARMSALMADEN

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WOODHAMS W OODHAMSLLOUNGE OUNGE

Thu,, 9pm:: DJ Davey K. Campbell. Campbell.

TTue-Thu uue--TThu & Sat: Karaoke. Karaoke. Santa Clara. Clara.

Wed & Sun,, 10pm:: DJ Hank. Th Wed Thu, hu, Dinero. 10pm:: DJ Diner o. San Jose.

BRIT ARMS CUPER CUPERTINO RTINO T Sun--Tuue,, 10pm: KKaraoke. Sun-Tue, araoke. CCupertino. upertino.

BRIT ARMS DO DOWNTOWN WNTOWN Wed, W ed, 9pm:: August. San Jose.

THE COURT’S THEC OUR RT T’SLLOUNGE OUNGE Thu & Mon, 9pm:: KKaraoke. araoke.. Sat Sat,t, Darryl. ampbbell. 8:30pm:: Joe or Dar ryl. CCampbell.

DASILVA’S D ASILVA’’S BR BRONCOS ONCOS Wed:: KKaraoke. Wed: araoke. Thu,, 9pm9pm-1am: 1am:: Clara. KKaraoke. araoke. aoke. Santa Clar a a.

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LILLY LILL LYMA Y MAC’S C’S Thu:: KKaraoke. araoke. Sunnyvale.

LIQUID TTue: uue:: Karaoke. Karaoke.. San Jose.

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

NORMANDY NORMAND DY YHOUSEL HOUSE LOUNGE OUNGE Fri-Sat, 9:30pm:: Karaoke. Fri-Sat Karaoke. aoke Santa Clara. Clar a.

EFFIE’S RE RESTAURANT STAURANT

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

Wed-Sat & TTue, Wed-Sat uue, 9pm9pm-2am, 2am,, & llast ast Sun of every month,, 22-7pm: -77pm:: B&S B KKaraoke. araoke.. CCampbell. ampbell.

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O’FLAHERTY’S O’FLAHER RT TY’SIRISHPUB IRISH PUB

Wed, W ed, 9pm:: Karaoke. Karaoke.. Campbell. Campbell.

Thu,, 8pm: KKaraoke. araoke. San Jose.

Sun-Mon, 9pm:: Ryan. San Jose.

EL T TORITO ORITO RE RESTAURANT STAURANT

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Fri,, 6pm:: KJ Bob and SStarmaker, tarmakerr, ffollowed ollowed by DJ at 9pm.. Santa Clara. Cllara.

Wed W edd & Sun, S , 7pm-close: 7 l Karaoke. Karaoke. k San Jose.

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PIONEER SALOON PIONEERS ALOON TTue, uue,, 8:30pm: Acoustic Acoustic kar karaoke aoke with Sam Marshall. Woodside. Woodside.

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

PSYCHO P SYCCHO DONUT DONUTSS Sun,, 10am: Psycho Karaoke. Karaoke. CCampbell. ampbell ampbell.

THE QU QUARTER AR RT TER NOTE NO OT TE TTue: uue:: Karaoke. Karaoke.. Sunnyvale.

TOWER OF POWER WAR Saturday, Dec 28

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

OASIS O ASIS

Thu,, 9pm: KKaraoke. Thu araoke. aoke View. Mountain View w.

Saturday, Feb 22

KING OF CL CLUBS UBS

Wed, W ed, 10pm:: KKaraoke. araoke. San Jose Jose. e.

FRANCESA’S FRANCE SA’’S

PIXIES

Mon & W Wed, ed, 9pm: Dar Darryl. ryl. Milpitas.

TREATBOT TREA AT TBO OT

Wed-Sat & TTue, Wed-Sat uue, 9pm:: Uncle Show. cover.. San Jo Jose. Dougie Show w. No cover ose.

Plus special guest Best Coast

TEQUILA SHO TEQUILA SHOT’S OT T’S BAR & GRILL B AR&GRILL

Wed, 8pm:: DJ Desmond. Wed, San Jose.

FLAMESS CCOFFEE FLAME OFFEE SHOP

STYX Feb 6

Wed & Sun,, 9:30pm-1:30am: Wed 9:30pm-1:30am: KKaraoke. araoke.. Campbell. Campbell.

KCCB K BAR ARANDRE AND RESTAURANT STAU URANT

BRANHAM LLOUNGE OUNGE

Sun, 7pm-close:: Uncle Dougiee Show.. P Palo Alto. Show alo Al to.

DAVID GARRETT Jan 21

KATIE KA ATIE T BLOOM’S BLOOM’S

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RED SSTAG TAG LOUNGE LOUNGE Nightly karaoke, karaoke,, 9pm-1:30am. 9pm--11:30am. San Jose.

THE GOOSET GOOSETOWN OWN LLOUNGE OUNGE Fri-Sun, 9:30pm9:30pm-1:30am: -1:30am: 1 KKaraoke. araoke.. Willow Glen.

THE HUDDLE THEHUDDLE

REDI R ROOM OOM Thu-Sat, 9pm:: DJ CCurtis. urtis. San Jose.

RUDY’S R UD DY Y’S PUB Wed, W ed 10pm:: Purple. ed, Purple P Palo alo Al Alto. to to.

Wed--TThu and Sun, 9pm: Wild Wed-Thu Fremont. Nights KKaraoke. araoke.. Fr emont.

SHERWOOD SHER WOOD INN

ISLAND CAFE & BAR ISLANDCAFE&B AR Fri-Sat, 9pm:: KKaraoke. araoke.. Sunnyv Sunnyvale. vale.

Wed, 8:30pm: Vinnie.. Thu-Sat, Wed, 8:30pm: Thomas.. Sun,, 8:30pm: Dan.. San Jose.

JOHNNY V’S

SSTATION TATION55 T 55

Sun: Sunday Funday kar karaoke. aoke. No cover.. San Jose. cover

Thu:: JR.. Sun:: JR Diaz Family KKaraoke. araoke. Tue: Tuue:: James. Gilroy. Gilroyy.

THE X BAR THEXB AR TTue uue & Fri,, 9pm:: KKaraoke araoke with KJ Vinnie. Cupertino. Cupertino.

Dancee Clubs Danc Clubs AGENDA A GGENDA Wed: Salsa Wednesdays. Wed: Wednesdays. Thu: Noche De Bandas. Sun:: Reggae Vybez. V ybez.. San Jose.

AJ’S BAR AJ’SB AR DJs and dancing every night. 6pm-1am; Mon-Sat, 6pm-1am; 1 Sun,, 8pm12:30am. San Jose

APPARITION APP PARITION A Thu,, 9pm:: $5.. Club Lido,, San Jose.

AXIS NIGHT NIGHTCLUB CLUB CCall all ffor or info. info.. Santa Clara. Clara.

AZĂšCAR LA LATIN AT TIN B BAR AR Thu,, 9pm:: DJ party. partyy. Fri-Sat,, 9pm2am:: Live music & DJs,, salsa, more. house, hip-hop & mor e.. Mon: Salsa.. San Jose.

BAMBOO B AMBOO LLOUNGE OUNGE Fri-Sat: DJ or Live Entertainment. CCall all ffor or info. info.. San Jose.

THE BLANK CL CLUB UB Thu 9pm:: A Atomic tomic with Basuraa & DJ TTraci. DJ Basur raci. aci $5. $5 San Jose.

BLUE BL UEPHEA PHEASANT SANT Wed-Sun & TTue, Wed-Sun uue,, 7pm: DJ and dancing.. Cupertino. Cupertino.

BRANHAM LOUNGE BRANHAML OUNGE Wed: W ed:: Almaden Valley Valley Beer

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Why do “helpless” women have men constantly doting on them, while women like me are deemed “too strong”? I was raised by a 1970s feminist and single mother. (“A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle!”) At 21, I became a widowed single mother. I put myself through school and own a home and a business. I now have a boyfriend who feels I don’t “need” him enough. He says I need to drop some of the balls I’m juggling so he can pick them up. “Just take them!” I say. We recently had a yard sale, and I did everything and was resentful and exhausted. I threw a little fit and walked away. My man then put forth a superhuman effort and cleaned everything up. But, as usual, he didn’t handle things until I was unable to. —Superwoman The modern damsel doesn’t have to be in distress, but it helps if she at least has a few items not yet crossed off her to-do list. Otherwise, what is there for Superman to do but smoke a bowl and make YouTube videos of the cat riding the Roomba? No sooner did you find a man who says he wants to help than you immediately raised the bar. It isn’t enough that he’s willing to take out the trash from under the sink. You expect him to sense that you want him to and then wrestle you for the bag. What’s with this? Did you get comfy with the belief that women don’t need men and are you now intent on confirming that? Could it be that having him help conflicts with your self-image as the suburban Joan of Arc—if not burning at the stake, cooking up the steak while burning with rage about how you have to do it all?

You can have the martyrdom merit badge or a relationship; pick any one. Consider that maybe being a strong woman means being strong enough to admit that you need a man for something besides yelling at when he gives the wrong answer to “Do I look fat in this?” You will have to ask for help, which may be easier if you think of this as sending your boyfriend on little “quests” to make him feel needed. Though you probably don’t need a Holy Grail, you could ask him to wield power tools or run up to Rite Aid to get your kid some cold meds. While he’s gone, here’s a suggestion: Write out that dumb fish/bicycle quote. Burn it. Scatter the ashes. And replace it in your head with an update on a classic: “It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease—that is, if it doesn’t run off and grease itself before anybody else can get up out of his chair to go look for the can.”

Although I regularly tell my boyfriend how much I appreciate him, he repeatedly reminds me of how well he treats me, often saying “You sure have a great boyfriend” or “Your boyfriend’s so good to you”—even when I’ve just done something super-nice for him! I’m not sure why he does this, but he often tells me he’s “very confident,” which screams insecurity to me. He also loves telling stories about people complimenting him and every day tells me about someone’s seeing him and saying, “Hi, Chris.” —Annoyed Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish for compliments and you annoy the crap out of everyone who knows or encounters him. Of course, if your boyfriend didn’t feel like a skin tag among men, he wouldn’t be marching around putting out mini-manifestos on his greatness. You can probably get him to cut back on the incessant self-congratulation simply by telling him it grates on you and makes you feel unappreciated. (A woman likes a man who's quick with a compliment, but especially when at least a few of the compliments are for her.) The question is, do you even know the man you’re with? Chances are, he hides

his real feelings out of fear that you’ll leave him if you get a glimpse of what he probably sees as his shamefully loserish true self. Unfortunately, somebody chasing inner security all around town is never going to find it, and if your boyfriend’s happy in your relationship, he’s unlikely to feel motivated to get into the grubby business of digging inward. Relationships involve tradeoffs, and maybe being with him is worth it to you. But you may ultimately find it too hard to respect a guy who does stuff like bragging when people say, “Hi, Chris.” Yes, it’s the highest achievement of the human spirit: “Wow, people know me, and they don’t shun me!”

©2011, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 550 S. First St., San Jose, CA 95113, or email adviceamy@aol.com.


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The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Out of Room, 1025 Granada Way, San Jose, CA, 95122, Out of Room Inc. 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/Huy D. Mac CEO #3605937 This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/08/2013. (pub Metro 12/04, 12/11, 12/18, 12/25/2013)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #585493

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Chungdam, 3180 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA, 95051, MHS Supply Corp.. 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/Won Chul Kim Secretary #3443524 This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/27/2013. (pub Metro 12/04, 12/11, 12/18, 12/25/2013)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #584657

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Ephsori, 169 N. Jackson St., Unit G, San Jose, CA, 95112, Frank Soriano. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Frank Soriano This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/06/2013. (pub Metro 12/04, 12/11, 12/18, 12/25/2013)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #585344

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Sun Lite Limo, 1979 Harris Ave., #2, San Jose, CA, 95124, Mohammad Qursehi. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #585324

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Ransom Press, 6369 Didion Court, San Jose, CA, 95123, MaryLu Tyndall. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 10/30/2013. /s/MaryLu Tyndall This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/21/2013. (pub Metro 11/27, 12/04, 12/11, 12/18/2013)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #585323

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: The Gold And Silver Exchange, 14961 Joanne Avenue, San Jose, CA, 95127, Steven Bumb. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Steven Bumb This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/21/2013. (pub Metro 11/27, 12/04, 12/11, 12/18/2013)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #584557

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. Inner Poise Studio, 2. Dolce Bodywear, 3. Dolce B, 4. DolceB, 5. Dolce Body, 1629 Foxworthy Avenue, Angela L. Han Lai. This business is conducted by an Individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. Refile of previous file #578682, with changes /s/Angela L Han Lai This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/01/2013. (pub Metro 11/27, 12/04, 12/11, 12/18/2013)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #584914 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Studio Glam, 311 Stockton Ave., San Jose, CA, 95126,

Elizabeth Damron, 307 Stockton Ave., San Jose, CA, 95126. This business is conducted by a individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 2009. Refile of previous file #518055 with changes. /s/Elizabeth Damron This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/13/13. (pub Metro 11/27, 12/04, 12/11, 12/18/2013)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #585278

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Kidport, 19121 Portos Drive, Saratoga, CA, 95070, Bryan Knysh. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 12/1998. Refile of previous file #517156 /s/Bryan Knysh This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/20/2013. (pub Metro 11/27, 12/04, 12/11, 12/18/2013)

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #584748

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Trendy Hair And Nail, 575 West Alma Ave., San Jose, CA, 95125, Jenny Lu, 1058 N. Capitol Ave., San Jose, CA, 95133. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on Nov 2, 2013. /s/Jenny Lu This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/08/2013. (pub Metro 11/20, 11/27, 12/04, 12/11/2013)

STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME #584658

The following person(s) / entity (ies) has / have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name(s): Underground Smoke, 120 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA, 95112, Ara Deyland, 452 Safari Dr., San Jose, CA, 95123, Saam Shahidi, 21220 McKean Rd., San Jose, CA, 95120. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS This business was NAME STATEMENT conducted by an general partnership. #585018 Filed in Santa Clara county The following person(s) is on 3/09/2011. (are) doing business as: Brigadeiros Margarida, 3190 Under file no. 548796. Golf Dr., San Jose, CA, 95127, /s/Ara Deyland This statement was filed Maria Margarida Moniz. with the County Clerk of This business is conducted Santa Clara County on by a individual. 11/06/2013. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business (pub Metro 11/20, 11/27, under the fictitious business 12/04, 12/11/2013) name or names listed FICTITIOUS BUSINESS herein. NAME STATEMENT /s/Maria Margarida Moniz This statement was filed #584782 with the County Clerk of The following person(s) is Santa Clara County on (are) doing business as: TLT 11/15/2013. Construction, 3120 White (pub Metro 11/27, 12/04, Ct., San Jose, CA, 95127, 12/11, 12/18/2013) Frank Kha. This business is conducted FICTITIOUS BUSINESS by a individual. NAME STATEMENT Registrant began begun transacting business under #585256 the fictitious business name The following person(s) or names listed herein on is (are) doing business 11/11/2013. as: 1. Movie Times, 2. /s/Frank Kha MovieTimes, Boulevards This statement was filed New Media Inc, 550 South with the County Clerk of First Street, San Jose, CA, Santa Clara County on 95113. 11/08/2013. This business is conducted (pub Metro 11/20, 11/27, by a Corporation. Above entity was formed in 12/04, 12/11/2013) the state of California FICTITIOUS BUSINESS Registrant began transacting business under NAME STATEMENT the fictitious business name #584594 or names listed herein on The following person(s) is 04/16/2004. (are) doing business as: /s/Dan Pulcrano Open Circle Closed Loop CEO OCCL, 510 S. 6th St., #C, San #C1960417 Jose, CA, 95112, Anthony This statement was filed Martinez. with the County Clerk of This business is conducted Santa Clara County on by a individual. 11/19/2013.

Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Anthony Martinez This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/04/2013. (pub Metro 11/20, 11/27, 12/04, 12/11/2013)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #584862

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Medi Script, 165 Blossom Hill Rd., SPC 30, San Jose, CA, 95123, Osborne Gumbs, Cydney Aperto. This business is conducted by a married couple. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 12/01/1994. Refile of previous file #516513 with changes /s/Cydney E. Aperto This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/12/2013. (pub Metro 11/20, 11/27, 12/04, 12/11/2013)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #584764

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Cinee Productions, 1220 N. Bascom, San Jose, CA, 95128, Renee BartlettWebber. This business is conducted by a individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Renee Bartlett-Webber This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on

11/08/2013. (pub Metro 11/20, 11/27, 12/04, 12/11/2013)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #584814

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: The Bob Moreno Group, 841 Blossom Hill Road, #112, San Jose, CA, 95123, Robert W. Sears Corporation. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Above entity was formed in the state of California Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 6/19/2013. Refile of previous file #580044 with changes /s/Linda Jane Sears Vice President #C1527081 This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/12/2013. (pub Metro 11/20, 11/27, 12/04, 12/11/2013)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #584813

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: The Frangos Team, 841 Blossom Hill Road, #112, San Jose, CA, 95123, Robert W. Sears Corporation. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Above entity was formed in the state of California Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 6/14/2013. Refile of previous file #580004 with changes /s/Linda Jane Sears Vice President #C1527081 This statement was filed with the County Clerk of

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #584745

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Yummy Tummy Farms, 5611 Doorrn Lane, San Jose, CA, 95118, Yummy Tummy Farms LLC. This business is conducted by a limited liability company. Above entity was formed in the state of California Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 01/01/2013. /s/Donald W. Sturman CEO #201312210221 This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/07/2013. (pub Metro 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/04/2013)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #584664

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Synapse Rehab Services, 20982 Alves Drive, Cupertino, CA, 95014, Judy Aslor. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Judy Aslor This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/06/2013. (pub Metro 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/04/2013)

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The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Dong Em, 2645 Senter Rd., San Jose, CA, 95111, Ha Nguyen 458 Archcove, San Jose, CA, 95111, Huyen Tran, 2510 Toy Lane, San Jose, CA, 95121. This business is conducted by a Copartners. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 10/11/13. /s/Ha Nguyen/ Huyen Tran This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 10/15/2013. (pub Metro 11/13, 11/20, 1/27, 12/04/2013)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #584661

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: CTS International, Inc., CTS Inc., 2432 Lacey Drive, Milpitas, CA, 95035, Contract Technical Services International. 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/Rathin Neogy President #2001259 This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 11/06/2013. (pub Metro 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/04/2013)


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Kevin Drum at Mother Jones is convinced the reduction in violent crime in the U.S. over the last few decades can be attributed to the absence of lead in things like gasoline and paint. No one else out there has much to say on the subject, at least that I’ve seen, and the research seems to be scanty or well hidden. What’s the straight dope? —Dean Lawler, Phoenix I dunno, Dean. When a show is consistent across jurisdictions at like Duck Dynasty is gaining viewers all levels, including cities, counties, and sponsors, you can’t tell me brain states, and nations. One of Drum’s damage in this country is on the decline. primary sources, economist Rick Political blogger Kevin Drum made Nevin, collected data from the U.S. the bold claim you cite in an article and eight other countries and says in titled “America’s Real Criminal Element: every case, allowing for the time lag, Lead” in the January/February 2013 environmental lead and violent crime issue of Mother Jones. The gist is that rose and fell at similar rates. Likewise, violent crime in the U.S., which rose a study of air lead levels in 2,772 U.S. sharply after 1960 and plummeted after counties found a strong link between 1990, tracked closely with per capita use lead exposure and both violent and of lead in gasoline, offset by 23 years. property crime. Nevin thinks exposure In other words, kids whose heads were to lead paint in old, dilapidated urban messed up by high exposure to lead housing has played a greater role in the in infancy went on to become violent baseline crime rate (which continues to criminals as adults. decline), whereas lead in gasoline was As Drum notes, a slew of theories largely responsible for the mid-to-late20th-century spike in crime. have been advanced to explain the Lead exposure is a better explanation unexpected drop in crime over the for the drop in crime than competing past 20 years, ranging from better theories. For example, Drum notes police work and more imprisonment that though New York mayor Rudy to legalized abortion. Being a great Giuliani and his police commissioner believer in proof-by-graph myself, I’ll say Bill Bratton were happy to take credit this—Drum makes a good case that the for the reduction in crime in their city link between lead and crime warrants during the 1990s, the drop had begun further study. To get the ball rolling, before they took office, and crime rates here’s what I could dig up on Drum’s were falling similarly in many other key points: cities too. However, other explanations Childhood lead exposure significantly aren’t so easy to poke holes in, and lowers IQ. The harmful neurological as far as we could tell no one has yet impact of lead is well established. systematically attempted to determine Studies have found IQ reductions of which theory best fits the data. nearly five points by age 12 due to lead And of course it may be that multiple exposure. factors contributed. In a 2003 analysis, Elevated lead levels have been freakonomist Steven Levitt ruled out disproportionately found in criminals, everything except more cops and especially juvenile offenders. There’s imprisonment, the fading of the crack abundant evidence supporting this epidemic, and legalized abortion. The claim: (1) A study of 250 Cincinnati role of lead at the time was conjectural, children found those with higher but he thought it bore looking into. average blood lead levels throughout Levitt—or somebody—should get early childhood had a 30 percent back on the case, for two reasons. First, greater chance of being charged with although lead has long since been violent crime as adults; those with outlawed, Drum points out that many higher lead levels at age six had an poor families still live in old homes almost 50 percent greater chance. (2) with lead paint, and argues that a A study of 340 Pittsburgh kids found nationwide lead-abatement drive would those with excessive lead in their bones pay off big. Second, lead paint and were 90 percent more likely to have leaded gasoline were banned by the wound up in juvenile court. (3) A Consumer Product Safety Commission meta-analysis of 19 studies of 8,600 kids and the Environmental Protection and teens showed a strong association Agency respectively, and it’d be nice between lead levels and reported to have a definitive demonstration problem conduct. that meddlesome federal bureaucrats The correlation between childhood occasionally do some good. lead exposure and adult violent crime

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): Sometimes I think too

fast and too much. My logic gets sterile. My ideas become jagged and tangled. When this happens, I head off to Turtle Back Hill for a hike through the saltwater marsh. The trail loops around on itself, and I arrive back where I started in about 15 minutes. Sometimes I keep walking, circumambulating four or five times. Going in circles like this seems to help me knit together my fragmented thoughts. Often, by the time I’m finished, my mind feels unified. I recommend you find your own version of this ritual, Aries. From what I can tell, you need to get rounder and softer.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In the mid-

19th century, French art was dominated by the government-sponsored Salon, whose conservative policies thwarted upcoming new trends like Impressionism. One anti-authoritarian painter who rebelled was Camille Pissarro. “What is the best way to further the evolution of French art?" he was asked. "Burn down the Louvre,” he replied. The Louvre, as you may know, was and still is a major art museum in Paris. Judging from your current astrological omens, I surmise that you might want to make a symbolic statement equivalent to Pissarro’s. It’s time for you to graduate from traditions that no longer feed you so you can freely seek out new teachers and influences.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Lead us not into

temptation, and deliver us from evil,” is a request that Christians make of God when they say the Lord’s Prayer. If we define “temptation” as an attraction to things that feel good even though they’re bad for you, this part of the prayer is perfectly reasonable. But what if “temptation” is given a different interpretation? What if it means an attraction to something that feels pleasurable and will ultimately be healthy for you even though it initially causes disruptions? I suggest you consider experimenting with this alternative definition, Gemini. For now, whatever leads you into temptation could possibly deliver you from evil.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): “You get tragedy

where the tree, instead of bending, breaks,” said the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. But you don’t have to worry about that outcome, Cancerian. The storm might howl and surge, but it will ultimately pass. And although your tree may bend pretty far, it will not break. Two weeks from now, you won’t be mourning your losses, but rather celebrating your flexibility and resilience. Congratulations in advance!

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): It’s a perfect time to start reclaiming some of the superpowers you had when you were a child. What’s that you say? You didn’t have any superpowers? That’s not true. Before you entered adolescence, you could see things and know things and feel things that were off-limits, even unknown, to most adults. You possessed a capacity to love the world with wild purity. Your innocence allowed you to be in close touch with the intelligence of animals and the spirits of the ancestors. Nature was so vividly alive to you that you could hear its songs. Smells were more intense. The dreams you had at night were exciting and consoling. Your ability to read people’s real energy—and not be fooled by their social masks—was strong. Remember? VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Not all darkness is bad.

You know that. Sometimes you need to escape from the bright lights. It can be restorative to sit quietly in the pitch blackness and drink in the mystery of the Great Unknown. The same is true for silence and stillness and aloneness. Now and then you’ve got to retreat into their protective sanctuary. Dreaming big empty thoughts in the tranquil depths can heal you and recharge you. The magic moment has arrived for this kind of rejuvenation, Virgo.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the movie Clueless,

the character played by Alicia Silverstone describes someone as a “full-on Monet.” What she means is that the person in question is like a painting by the French Impressionist artist Claude Monet. “From far away, it’s OK,” says Silverstone. “But up close, it’s a big old mess.” You may still be at the far-away point in your evaluation of a certain situation in your own life, Libra. It appears interesting, even attractive, from a distance. When you draw nearer, though, you may

By ROB BREZSNY week of December 4

find problems. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should abandon it altogether. Maybe you can fix the mess so it’s as engaging up-close as it is from far away.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Your power animal

for the coming months is the Bateleur eagle of Africa. In the course of searching for its meals, it covers about 250 square miles every day. It thinks big. It has a spacious scope. I hope you get inspired by its example, Scorpio. In 2014, I’d love to see you enlarge the territory where you go hunting for what you want. Fate will respond favorably if you expand your ideas about how to gather the best allies and resources. As for this week, I suggest you get very specific as you identify the goals you will pursue in the coming months by exploring farther and wider.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The standard dictionary says that “righteous” is a word that means virtuous and highly moral. The slang dictionary says that “righteous” describes someone or something that’s absolutely genuine and wonderful. Urbandictionary.com suggests that “righteous” refers to the ultimate version of any type of experience, especially “sins of pleasure” like lust and greed. According to my analysis, the coming week will be jampacked with righteousness for you. Which of the three definitions will predominate? It’s possible you will embody and attract all three types. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In the dreams

you’re having at night, Capricorn, I bet you’re traveling through remote landscapes in all kinds of weather. Maybe you’re re-creating the voyage of the Polynesian sailors who crossed hundreds of miles of Pacific Ocean to find Hawaii 1,500 years ago. Or maybe you’re hiking through the Darkhad Valley, where the Mongolian steppe meets Siberia’s vast forests. It’s possible you’re visiting places where your ancestors lived or you’re migrating to the first human settlement on Mars in the 22nd century. What do dreams like this mean? I think you’re trying to blow your own mind. Your deep self and your higher wisdom are conspiring to flood you with new ways of seeing reality.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It wouldn’t be too extreme for you to kiss the ground that has been walked on by people you care about deeply. And it wouldn’t be too crazy to give your special allies the best gifts ever, or compose love letters to them, or demonstrate in dramatic fashion how amazed you are by the beautiful truths about who they really are. This is a unique moment in your cycle, Aquarius—a time when it is crucial for you to express gratitude, devotion, and even reverence for those who have helped you see what it means to be fully alive. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway described his vision of paradise. It would have a trout stream that no one but him was permitted to fish in. He’d own two houses, one for his wife and children and one for his nine beautiful mistresses. There’d be a church where he could regularly confess his sins, and he’d have great seats at an arena where bullfights took place. From my perspective, this is a pretty vulgar version of paradise, but who am I to judge? I suggest you draw inspiration from Hemingway as you come up with your own earthy, gritty, funky fantasy of paradise. It’s an excellent time for you to get down to earth about your high ideals and dreamy hopes. Homework: Everyone fudges the truth and hides the whole story now and then. What are your top three deceptions? Confess at Freewillastrology.com

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