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Loud and Clara Former Santa Clara Councilman KEVIN MOORE loves to tell stories, and his upcoming book focuses on two of his favorite subjects: Levi’s Stadium and Kevin Moore. Best known as the first and loudest person to champion the San Francisco 49ers building a new stadium in Santa Clara, Moore decided to pen a tell-all about the Field of Jeans and how it came to fruition with MICHAEL FALLON, one of Moore’s high school teachers and the author of The Definitive St. Patrick’s Day Festivity Book. The new book’s title is a mouthful—Kevin Moore’s Hail Mary Pass: Into the End Zone with the 49ers in Levi’s Stadium—and apparently so are some of the chapters Moore’s been showing and telling. While he set out to give kudos to people “who deserve credit but didn’t get it,” Moore admits with a chuckle, “everybody won’t be happy.” That could be why the book’s release won’t come until next month. Apparently a few folks involved in getting a deal done weren’t portrayed in the most flattering of They lights, including Santa Did Clara Mayor JAMIE What? MATTHEWS and 49ers CEO and owner JED SEND TIPS TO O YORK. Interesting to FLY@ METRONEWS. WS. WS S. note, a jacket blurb from COM York comes after two sports reporters, women’s World Cup legend BRANDI CHASTAIN and her husband, who coaches Santa Clara University soccer. York also received just four out of five stars for his quote, while everyone else got five. Burn? In an excerpt on the website for the book, Moore gives a gloriously detailed account of the morning before the 49ers announced they would turn their attention to building new digs in Santa Clara. “Despite the uncertainty, I want to believe that the decision will work in our favor,” Moore writes. “Then again, maybe the cynics at City Hall are right—I must be smoking the crack pipe—thinking that the San Francisco 49ers would come to Santa Clara….”

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Rent Row NOWHERE TO GO Alejandra Hernandez and her husband Benjamin Garfias are suing their landlord over slum-like conditions at their 12-unit San Jose apartment.

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NIT 9 FELT like an oven. The heat would rise through the second-story 500-square-foot flat, as if standing over a lake of fire, Robert and his wife Kathleen Radivojec would bitterly quip.

“That was the least of our problems,” Kathleen reminds her husband, a burly, Balkans-born U.S. Army veteran. “The heat was awful, but the whole place was a death trap.” “True,” Robert replies in a thick Croatian accent. “If we stayed there

longer, it could have killed us. Now look, we’re alive but homeless.” On July 6, a San Jose Code Enforcement officer condemned the dilapidated apartment unit, forcing the couple into a local shelter. The Radivojecs gathered their photos and other belongings of sentimental value but had to leave the furniture—including an antique cabinet, dresser and sewing machine—because they were too heavy to carry across a rot-weakened floor. Kathleen shakes her head. “Nobody would listen to us,” she says during an iced-coffee break from apartment hunting on a particularly hot afternoon last week. “That place should never have passed inspections in the first place. This is how people become homeless.”

The couple has joined a few of their former neighbors in a public interest lawsuit against their old landlord. Filed last month by the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, the case accuses property owner Michael Lucich of violating federal federal housing law and letting the apartment lapse into dangerous slumlike disrepair. While the Law Foundation calls this an especially egregious example of weak government oversight, its lawyers say it also reflects a growing power imbalance between landlords and renters. In a competitive housing market that gives property owners the upper hand, tenants are often too afraid to speak up about substandard living conditions. Meanwhile, with no local policy to prevent landlords from discriminating based on income source, renters with subsidized housing vouchers increasingly end up in the worst living conditions in the most impoverished areas. “It wasn’t supposed to be that way,” says Kara Brodfuehrer, a senior


Lucich is a problem, but nobody made him stop.” After repeatedly warning Lucich to repair the place, the housing authority stopped paying rent. Lucich tried to evict the Radivojecs—even though federal law prohibits landlords from kicking out a tenant for a housing agency’s failure to pay. Finally, Robert called San Jose’s Code Enforcement, which had already cited Lucich scores of times at several properties. Issues ranged from vermin infestation to raw bubbling sewage and dangerous structural problems. A few weeks later, this past July, the city locked up Unit 9 and taped up a notice on the door designating the flat legally uninhabitable, structurally unsound. Local housing law requires Lucich to foot the bill for his displaced tenants’ relocation, but he has yet to pay. Lucich—who lives in a fivebedroom home with his wife, Sladana, in a gated community in Los Gatos— did not respond to calls, texts and emails for comment by press time. Records show that he and his wife own several properties and businesses in the Bay Area, many of which have racked up code enforcement violations. In 2007, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued him for allegedly firing several people at an auto body shop for complaining about sexual harassment. A few years ago, a tenant won a $15,000 judgment against him for failing to keep up a property at Shortridge Avenue, another derelict apartment in San Jose. Beverly Taylor, also a Section 8 renter, has permanent scars from a bed bug infestation Lucich failed to eradicate. He only paid a few hundred dollars of that judgment, despite repeated attempts to collect. “In person he’s unassuming,” Brodfuehrer says of Lucich. “He seems like this meek old man, but he’s not. He just talks himself out of things, apparently thinking he could keep getting away with it.” A few doors down from the Radivojecs’ shuttered and red-taped Rexford Way unit, another family continues to live in similar squalor. Benjamin Garfias, his wife Alejandra Hernandez, both 44 years old, and their disabled 14-year-old son signed

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attorney for the Law Foundation. “Section 8 was supposed to lift people out of poverty, but what happens is they get isolated in lower-income neighborhoods. It’s segregating people even further.” Robert and Kathleen, both on disability and a year shy of 50, moved into the cramped, crumbling apartment on Rexford Way near San Jose City College in spring 2014. With a Section 8 voucher about to expire, even after an extension, and no luck finding a landlord willing to rent to a pair on public assistance, they settled for Unit 9. “It was because of me,” Robert says. “She didn’t want to move in there, but we ran out of time. We already asked for an extension on the voucher. This was the only place that accepted us.” Immediately, they noticed the vermin. Skittering in and out of the fridge, over their food and toes and through the wind-whistling gaps in the chipped green door. The cockroaches seemed impervious to bug bombs. The brown tile floor began to sag, having been patched over waterlogged beams. One day, Kathleen’s foot sunk right through. Even more frightening: the balcony walkway right outside the unit caved entirely, leaving a hole clear through the rot-soft wood. The stove, broken. Refrigerator, warm. Toilet, loose at the base. Shower drain, clogged. Missing boards. Bed bugs. No fire extinguisher. No smoke alarm. Mold, black and blossoming. Debris in the parking stall. Trash strewn around the entire 12-unit complex—old saw blades, used condoms, candy wrappers, construction waste, heaps of old clothes and fast food containers. When Lucich, a septuagenarian Bosnian emigre, collected rent each month, the Radivojecs would tell him about the problems. But, as evidenced by city records, he never fixed them, flouting his end of the Section 8 agreement to keep the place legally habitable. Robert alerted the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara about the dangerous conditions in April 2014, shortly after moving into the place. But the agency waited a full year to inspect the site. “That was one of the biggest issues in all this,” Robert says, “that the county let this go on for so long.

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on to the same lawsuit that paints Lucich as an unrepentant slumlord. “When we moved in, [Lucich] said he would fix everything—the shower, the hole in the floor, cucarachas,” says Garfias, whose family primarily speaks Spanish. “We said, ‘OK, we need our own place,’ so we moved in.” Since moving into Unit 8 in January, Garfias says Lucich raised his rent in the middle of a yearlong lease, from $1,500 to $1,600 months later. Still, the shower pipes shake, the cockroaches scurry all over their food and floors and no matter how much Hernandez scrubs and scours, she can’t make her home feel clean. The oven kept turning on and off, heating the entire unit in the thick of a summer swelter. A PG&E inspector told her she was lucky to have kept the windows open or the fumes would have been fatal. When Hernandez brought the issues to Lucich, she says, he would tell her to fix them herself or “go back to Mexico.” He tried to evict her, but a judge dismissed the case. In nearby Unit 6, Benjamin Rapier, another plaintiff and Section 8 tenant, spent seven years battling Lucich over simple repairs. One summer a few years ago, his bathroom ceiling collapsed. Lucich fixed it a year later, but only after the city code enforcement ordered him to do so. Rapier has come up dry in his search for a new place because few landlords are willing to rent to someone on public assistance. Brodfuehrer says she hopes the tenants’ case can inform policymakers as they consider enacting stronger rental protections. San Jose’s City Council plans to lower the allowable annual rent increase by next year and outlaw “no cause” evictions. But city leaders tabled a discussion about income discrimination pending a lawsuit filed against the city of Santa Monica over a similar ordinance. One policy change enacted earlier this year, however, could prevent landlords like Lucich from getting away with so many violations for so many years. Prompted by a 2013 audit, code enforcement launched a proactive inspection model in January. Instead of just waiting for the public to file complaints, the city created a three-tier system where top tier properties would be inspected on

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a six-year cycle and poorly maintained third-tier properties would undergo more frequent inspections at a higher cost to landlords. “The city should have been more aggressive before, then we wouldn’t have gotten where we are with this case,” Brodfuehrer says. “If you go back, it was pretty obvious that [tenants] would file a complaint, then all of a sudden drop it because they were scared of retaliation.” Now, the onus lies with the city to follow up, says Mollie McLeod,

They don’t want to rock the boat because look at what happens: I’m homeless, my wife is homeless a Planning, Building and Code Enforcement division manager who oversees the new apartment inspection program. Notably, the number of service requests—many of them complaints about substandard housing—has declined as the market has heated up. McLeod says she fielded 390 service requests in 2014-15, down from 547 in 2013-14 and about a hundred more the year prior. Tenant advocates say the drop in complaints could be cases where renters feel intimidated by their landlord. With no “just cause” protections, a property owner can file a no-cause eviction and find another tenant who won’t complain. “I watched people get evicted who would complain,” Robert Radivojec says. “I even had tenants turn on me because I complained. They don’t want to rock the boat because look at what happens: I’m homeless, my wife is homeless.” Now, marked as a tenant who raises hell when he’s burned, he expects that finding a willing landlord will be that much harder.

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BY THE NUMBERS Conservation efforts have allowed the dirt-dwelling birds to flourish.

Burrowing Owl Population Rallies It’s been a banner year for burrowing owls, which have been boinking their way to a better future. Thanks to a habitat conservation plan at the San Jose-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility, the local population of this particularly adorable bird breed shot up by 54 percent in the past year. Avian experts counted 20 adults and 46 chicks since breeding began this past spring. That’s up from 13 adults and 27 chicks in 2014 and 13 adults, 12 chicks the year prior. Though not endangered, the western burrowing owl is listed as a “species of special concern” after decades of population declines. The dirt dwellers used to rear their mottled brown heads all over the place. Cowboys called them “howdy birds” because of the way they seemed to nod in greeting from their little cubbyholes. But by 2012, they had become a rare sight. A few years ago, San Jose teamed up with the Audobon Society and San Jose State University to make a 180-acre wastewater plant buffer as hospitable to the birds as possible. Because burrowing owls are squatters who would rather nest in a ready-made hole than build one of their own, that meant making the land appealing to ground squirrels, too. —Jennifer Wadsworth

SJ’s Affordable Housing Law Heads to Highest Court California’s building industry has taken its legal challenge over San Jose’s affordable housing fee to the nation’s highest court. Earlier this year, the state Supreme Court upheld the city’s inclusionary housing fee, which requires developers to set aside 15 percent of new apartment units below market rate or opt out with a payment. Now, the Pacific Legal Foundation, the group representing builders, has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said he’s hopeful the ruling in favor of the city will be upheld. "We're confident that the U.S. Supreme Court will agree with hundreds of cities like San Jose,” Liccardo said. “[Cities] that have crafted inclusionary ordinances as a lawful and effective means to create affordable housing at a time when thousands of hard-working San Jose families face a crisis of spiraling rents.” —Jennifer Wadsworth


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Kepler’s Books, the store that shaped the world, celebrates its 60th year BY GARY SINGH

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SAT right next to Joan Baez when Kepler’s Books and Magazines in Menlo Park turned 50. It was a helluva show. That was 10 years ago, and now the legendary independent bookstore will celebrate its 60th year on Saturday with a free block party. Baez, of course, was a fixture at the store during its heyday in the 1960s, just after Roy Kepler, along with Cody’s in Berkeley and City Lights in San Francisco, helped usher in a brand new concept: paperback books.

Roy Kepler first opened his bookstore in 1955. A World War II conscientious objector, Kepler spearheaded the American peace movement for decades and also helped launch the nation’s first public radio station. He spent his entire adult life promoting peace, challenging warmongers, opposing nuclear proliferation and even going to jail for it all. As a result, his bookstore became a central vortex for ’60s counter-culturists. Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Pigpen of the Grateful Dead first met each other while loitering around Kepler’s and making a racket. When Ken Kesey needed someone to drive the Merry Prankster bus, he dispatched Neal Cassady straight from Kepler’s to plan the cross-country spectacle. Hitchhikers would often stop by Kepler’s on their way up and down

the coast. It was a focal point for bohemians who weren’t welcome anywhere else. Baez and her guru Ira Sandperl became regulars, with Sandperl appearing behind the register for decades. As the legend goes, Kepler’s was the first place to stock both Playboy and the Paris Review, right next to each other. Whole Earth Catalog founder Stewart Brand, as well as Steve Wozniak, have both cited Kepler’s as a place they frequented in their youth. In John Markoff ’s book, What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry, he writes of Kepler’s Books as the a central meeting vortex for the birth of the PC revolution: “If you put a stake in the ground at Kepler’s ... and drew a five-mile circle around it, you would have captured Engelbart’s Augment research group at SRI, McCarthy’s Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, as well as the hobbyists who made up the People’s Computer Company and the Homebrew Computer Club.” That

group of institutions is basically what started all things computer, in the modern era, as we now know it. Controversy arrived at Kepler’s in all shapes and forms. During the Vietnam era, when a second store opened in Los Altos, right-wingers tossed a bomb through the window, in protest of the store’s constant supply of anti-war material. By the time 1989 came around, after Roy’s son Clark had taken up the reins, Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa on author Salman Rushdie, prompting bookstores everywhere to remove The Satanic Verses from their shelves. Kepler’s did no such thing. Instead, the store organized a public reading from the book by Ira Sandperl. At the Kepler’s 50th anniversary hoedown, a star-studded lineup of folks attended the party, in addition to Baez. Jamis MacNiven, owner of Buck’s in Woodside, showed up and doled out copies of his own book of memories, Breakfast at Buck’s. Another publication floated around the party, a small historical pamphlet by journalist Michael Doyle, titled, Kepler’s: 50 Years of Independent Bookselling. Much of that original pamphlet wound up in Doyle’s 2012 tome, Radical Chapters: Pacifist Bookseller Roy Kepler and the Paperback Revolution. It’s an amazing piece of work. I’m sure copies will fly off the shelf during the 60th anniversary party. After near-permanent closures and financial wreckage three years ago, the current incarnation of Kepler’s, owned by Praveen Madan, operates in a unique split model of nonprofit and for-profit. The retail bookstore business is the for-profit half, while a seemingly nonstop schedule of author events and community outreach endeavors constitutes the nonprofit arm of the enterprise. For the 60th anniversary spectacular, expect a free block party with activities for all ages, plus limited edition Kepler’s swag. Historical imagery will be on display, including some newly discovered correspondence between Roy Kepler and Albert Einstein.

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I SCREAM SOCIAL Online personality algorithms have all but replaced astrological profiles to shame, but local psychologists and researchers are raising ethical questions about how personal data is shared BY MADELEINE TURNER

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OU CAN be perceived as compulsive,” it began. Not flattering, I thought, but it’s possible. “You are consistent; you enjoy familiar routines. You are motivated to seek out experiences that provide a strong feeling of selfexpression.”

Typical observations for an astrologer, but these didn’t come from a person. I was reading my “hyper-personal” profile, a description of my personality traits and values created solely from what I post online. Imagine collecting your tweets and Facebook posts and reading them like a stranger would for the first time. What do our online words reveal? A

few years ago, not much. But now, researchers and marketers have tailored algorithms to decipher users’ personalities from even the most mundane like, comment or share. These tools are a lot like classic personality tests. But instead of drawing conclusions from a questionnaire, the computer churns out profiles based on what users have written for the cybersphere to

see. How we choose words reflects our thoughts, feelings, motivations and behaviors—even categories of words reveal a lot about personality. The algorithms sift through a user’s online activity and place words in different bins. They infer how extroverted or neurotic the user might be. They deduce whether excitement or obedience motivates

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but many shared their profiles anyway. In general, people have given up on the idea they can control their own data.

New Data A quarter of the world’s citizens use social media. In early 2015, Twitter had 236 million active users. Facebook had 1.44 billion. The world generated 98,000 tweets and 695,000 Facebook posts every minute in 2012, and the numbers keep rising. Social media is like a “firehose” spewing an unfathomable amount of data, says Warshaw. This torrent is so relentless that social media has become a key source of “big data”—large, complex and continuous sets of information, like the DNA sequence of a species or every purchase ever made at Wal-Mart. Until recently, computers lacked the processing capabilities to analyze anything at the scale of social media. They were overwhelmed by the firehose of tweets and posts, like an ant trying to make sense of a skyscraper. But with faster processing speeds and specialized algorithms, our understanding of the world has transcended such barriers of scale. Some of the insights from social


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media are not what we might have guessed. For instance, one study examined what people “like” on Facebook and their IQs. The strongest social media indicator of a person’s intelligence, the results showed, is whether he or she likes curly fries. (Hint: Only an idiot doesn’t like curly fries.) The algorithm in Warshaw’s study drew from two well-known models in psychology, called “Big-5 Personality” and “Schwartz’s Basic Human Values.” The Big-5 traits are openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. Schwartz’s Values “describe the beliefs and motivations that guide a person throughout their life,” the team’s paper explains. Five values make up this model: selftranscendence, openness to change, conservation, hedonism and selfenhancement. The algorithm links specific categories of words to different dimensions of personality and values, based on findings from previous research. The system scores each person for each trait, compares their score to the rest of the population, and assigns a percentile rank between 0 and 100. The language used in these two models is clear to psychologists, but ambiguous to the rest of us. To make profiles easier to interpret, the UCSC team presented a summary of each participant’s most defining traits. Information like this equals dollars for many companies. It’s no secret that they track consumer behavior. Amazon recommends products based on previous online purchases—and not just from itself, but many other retailers. Until recently, researchers and companies focused on user behavior. Now they want to track us and understand us more deeply by probing our personalities. “It might affect the ways things are sold to you, not just what’s sold to you,” says UCSC psychologist Steve Whittaker, co-author of the study. Employers are also intrigued by this technology, which led many to begin asking for access to online profiles as they attempt to glean information beyond basic interviews. Legal protections have since been


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and privacy unnerved the group, especially companies that already take our data without asking. “This technology is out there, and some versions aren’t requiring user consent,” Warshaw says. A study by High-Tech Bridge, an information security company, revealed that both Facebook and Google+ “click” on links found in users’ private messages. Soon after, two Facebook users filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook.

Until now, researchers and companies have focused on user behavior. Now they want to understand us more deeply by probing our personalities. Campbell et. al v. Facebook alleged that the company was reading private messages, not to search for scams or spam, but to collect valuable data about users. Any link found in a private message would be counted as a “like,” information useful for developing better advertisements. The case is ongoing.

Privacy Demands Perhaps unsurprising, one of the key takeaways from the report was just how much people like reading about themselves. Participants in the study felt like they were learning about themselves—or at least how they appear to others. And yet, although participants recognized the technology’s benefits,

almost half still felt uncomfortable about sharing it. Whittaker notes the paradox: “One sad thing about the study is that it shows people don’t seem to believe they have a lot of control.” Participants feared that in real life, their information would be used regardless of their consent. In their minds, there was no use in trying to keep it private. Aside from privacy, people also worried about not sharing. “Nonsharing is interpreted as hiding terrible information, pressuring nonsharers to share against their wishes,” the team writes. This phenomenon is known as the “unraveling effect.” “If they know you decline, that’s more of a red flag to them,” said one participant. Despite these attitudes, Warshaw and Whittaker have hope for social media. Users may eventually feel empowered enough to demand privacy and consent. “I think these systems will continue to be deployed, but if papers like ours have an impact on people’s consciousness, it will lead them to be more careful,” Whittaker says. This trend already is taking root. In 2007, just 20 percent of Facebook profiles were private. That number is now up to 70 percent. “I think companies see a role for these kinds of analytics in employment situations and market research,” says Warshaw. “Right now, companies assume they can get data without consent. But now that people are going more private, eventually that won’t be viable.” The irony, of course, is not lost on the researches, who appreciate the strangeness of using computers to condense our characters into neat packages of words. “Granting the algorithm this level of ‘humanity’ simultaneously reduces our humanity by supplanting people as the sole judges of character,” the team writes. “This result raises the ethical question: Should an algorithm judge character?” “People aren’t perfect, and systems aren’t perfect,” Warshaw says. “We’re still at the point where it might be better for a person to be wrong than for an algorithm to be wrong.” Regardless, someone or something will be watching.


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front were somehow intimidating. My experiences here have been quite the opposite. Yeganeh touts itself as the “first and only all natural whole wheat sangak bakery in Northern California Since 2009,” so when offered the option to have my sandwiches in a roll or in sangak bread, I chose sangak. The Sossis Bandari sandwich ($7.95)—beef sausage, potato, caramelized onion and chili that coated every ingredient in a reddish color—was fantastic. This sandwich itself makes the café worth a visit. The line isn’t long and the food is ready quickly once the order is placed and paid for at the register.

Hot toasted sangak bread envelopes the sandwich ingredients such as the tender beef tongue in the Zaban ($8.25). The bread adds a sweet nutty flavor thanks to the embedded, unprocessed sesame seeds. It is flat and long like Indian naan bread but fluffy like a pita. Other customers came to buy bags of sangak to take home, which sounds like a great idea. It’s the kind of bread that could go well with many fillings or be paired with a dip. The alternative carb option to sangak is a regular baguette roll, which is also a fresh-toasted delight. It went well with cold cuts like the Zaban’s beef tongue and the chicken jambon sandwich ($7.50), consisting of sliced ham and chicken with mozzarella and a mayonnaise with a less unctuous texture. In this late summer heatwave, refreshing cold juices hit the spot. Along with breakfast and lunch

food, Yeganeh Bakery’s other half is Kafe Unik, offering a variety of juices and beverages. The carrot juice with ice cream float ($4.20) is a popular item and also comes in a cantaloupe version. It is exactly as described with fresh cold carrot juice and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. If all the juices are as refreshing as the carrot juice, then the pomegranate juice is a seasonal drink worth returning for in the fall. For a more complex option, I tried the Majoon ($5.99), a smoothie made from ice cream, banana, nuts and milk. There were also sprinkles of shredded coconut in the drink and drizzles of chocolate, making it very

The bread adds a sweet nutty flavor thanks to the embedded, unprocessed sesame seeds. thick and heavy. The iced latte fared much better as it was not too sweet with just the right amount of coffee. The huge black sign and bright orange umbrella are no longer intimidating, now that I have experienced the great customer service and even better food at Yeganeh Bakery and Kafe Unik. It bustles with large groups of diners and sometimes the tables will have plates leftover from the previous meal. Orders are placed at the register and servers bring food to the table, so a little patience may be required with the bussing. But good food in a nice portion size and reasonable price can overcome these minor inconveniences. As an added bonus, if the rest of the food doesn’t sound enticing enough, pickle fans will rejoice over the crunchy salty and sour pickle slices that come with every sandwich.

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Tucked inside a tent behind the Bistro, guests will step into a twoday bender of nonstop music, Po’ Boys, boundless beers and Hurricane cocktails. Meduri calls the bash this Saturday and Sunday a “very intimate party,” despite a crowd expected to number around 200. No doubt that’s because the event is held in honor of Meduri’s late mother, Sally, who passed away in 2012 from a stroke. The backyard gathering serves as a celebration of her life. Profits from food and drink orders and a silent auction will help support the Stroke Awareness Foundation; tickets range from $40 to $100. Thirteen artists will play live over the weekend, including Grammy-winning R&B soloist Raphael Saadiq and his mentor, gospel singer Roy Tyler, on Saturday. On Sunday, the lineup includes Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, Soul of John Black and Kim Wilson’s Blues All-Stars. Meduri says the selection hits all types of New Orleans music, from harmonica blues and soul to boogie-woogie piano. “Music is like food,” he says. “So, you don’t have to eat the same food all day. You want to switch your palate up.” The presence of star players won’t detract from the warm, house party atmosphere, though. “It’s one of my favorite venues in the South Bay,” says pianist Mitch Woods, who will be performing on Saturday. “We always have a fun crowd in San Jose. They’re real lively and like to dance and party with us.” Many of the artists have their own family members who have suffered strokes, making the lineup a close-knit bunch beyond their passion for music. “The event for stroke awareness is near and dear to me and my brother’s heart,” says Tommy Marsh, singer and guitarist of the band Crooked Eye Tommy, which also performs Saturday. “Our grandfather and aunt both died of strokes. We hope to raise a lot of money for something that’s very personal.” Despite some somberness in the cause, Meduri says he’s sure his mother would enjoy such an event. “She’d smile,” he says. “This was her house, too, so to have an event where a lot of family members live makes it special. I feel her presence.” — By Alice Yin

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Club Rodeo Rio, San Jose Wed, 8pm, $25 Cousins Erik Garcia and Oscar Mayorga comprise the Mexico Citybased aggrotech duo, Hocico—a staple of goth and industrial club dance floors since the mid-’90s. Hocico’s music has an intentionally artificial and dystopian feel, with big, heavy beats, and processed, distorted Spanish and English vocals that cover sinister subject matter. Clad in attire blurring the line between bondage gear and Mad Max, with a dash of skull face paint and an evil attitude, Hocico have an aggressive, energetic and dark sound that will get the spooky kids dancing. Rounding out the bill are two of the biggest Industrial acts in the SF Bay Area: Cynical_Mass and Suicide Queen. (GS)

DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE City Lights Theater Company, San Jose Thu, 8pm, $17-$32

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde— the story of a scientist whose experiments lead to the discovery of an evil alter ego—is a classic of Victorian goth-lit. There have been many adaptations of the novella on stage and screen over the years, but City Lights is offering a fairly new adaptation by Jeremy Hacker, which features four actors— including a woman—playing that dastardly Mr. Hyde. Mark Anderson Phillips, who starred as a Hyde in the original production, directs. The play runs through Oct. 18. (KK)

DE SAISSET de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara Fri, 9am, Free In 1950, Isabel de Saisset left a bequest to Santa Clara University to found a museum in her brother’s name. Ernest de Saisset was an acclaimed portraitist who died in 1899 at the age of 35. It is a testament to the strength of her sororal devotion that, half a century after his death, Isabel bequeathed 100 of her brother’s paintings and personal effects to establish a museum meant to ensure her brother’s artistic legacy. Celebrate the de Saisset Museum’s 60th anniversary by exploring the history and archival documents on display at the museum’s latest exhibit, “De Saisset: From Family Name to Artistic Legacy.” (JE)

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This year marks the 182nd annual Oktoberfest München. But for those unable to make the trip across the pond, there will be plenty of opportunities to fill up on bier und bratwurst closer to home. For its second year, Oktoberfest Redwood City will deck out an enormous tent on Courthouse Square with over 1,100 feet of “family style” bench seating. AlpinersUSAwill perform traditional Bavarian and Austrian folk songs. Attendees can dance with the Golden Gate Bavarian Club; nosh on pretzels, sausage and German potato salad; and, of course, fill a stein with one of the many cold brews on tap. Bis bald! (JE)

Exhibiting and ... Exhibiting and ... Exhibiting and ... smoking the reefer. This traveling showcase of pot, wax and paraphernalia is the preeminent event for this equally beloved and reviled medical substance. If you’re scripted, you’ll find every possible medium of the ganj grown by experts with names like Puff Loud LLC, Purple Frost, and Ambrosia Creamery. If you’re considering getting your card, there will doctors standing by, ready and willing to diagnose. But the event is not only designed to display, they’re also judging the finest bud, concentrate, and smoking utensil using 40 wellregarded connoisseurs. This year, the Hempcon Cup supreme sativa was cultivated by Purple Frost and named Jack Sparrow. (JF)

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RODRIGO Y GABRIELA Sep 17 at Mountain Winery

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STRATA Sep 25 at The Ritz

SAN QUINN Sep 25 at BackBar SoFa

THE BEACH BOYS Sep 26 at Mountain Winery

BEYOND WONDERLAND Sep 26-27 at Shoreline Amphitheatre

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS Oct 1 at Mountain Winery

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SONIDO CLASH BackBar SoFa, San Jose Sat, 9:30pm, $6-$12 Sonido Clash, the San Jose eventproduction crew specializing in cutting-edge, Latin-flavored electronic and punk music, is celebrating its sixth anniversary this weekend, con una fiesta muy grande at BackBar SoFa. The event will be headlined by the Chicago-based party-starting trio, CumbiaSazo!—known for their infectious “tropical bass” sound. Plus, guest and resident DJs, a live art show, a mechanical bull, and food by Sushilango and Happy Jackal Salsa. For those who just can’t get enough Latin future disco, there is a limited capacity pre-party starting at 8pm. (NV)

*sun *tue WRESTLING JERUSALEM

Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, Palo Alto Sun, 8pm, $25-$30 This one-man show, set in America, Israel and Palestine, explores the multifaceted and seemingly perpetual Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Wrestling Jerusalem is written and performed by Aaron Davidman, former artistic director of San Francisco’s Travelling Jewish Theater. In the play, the playwright, director, actor and producer inhabits the minds and bodies of doves, hawks and ambivalents on both sides of the divide—giving voice to more than a dozen characters in an effort to uncover some kind of truth. But, as the very first words of his performance concede: “It’s complicated.” (NV)

SHAKESBEERIENCE: YOUR WAY Cafe Stritch, San Jose Tue, 6:30pm, $85

"A quart of ale is a dish for a king," Shakespeare wrote in A Winter's Tale. Locals who agree can combine their love of beer and The Bard at ShakesBEERience: Your Way. Included in admission is a themed threecourse meal, Shakespeare Bingo and performances of select Shakespearean scenes. Plus, a comedic highlight promises to be "Much Improv About Nothing," where audience members help to create an original, improvised play in Shakespearean style. Proceeds support ShakesBEERience's upcoming season of free performances. (KK)

JUDAS PRIEST & MASTODON Oct 21 at City National Civic

SIR MIX-A-LOT Oct 22 at The Ritz

SAFE IN SOUND Oct 23 at City National Civic

MUDHONEY Oct 25 at RockBar Theater

BRIDGE SCHOOL BENEFIT Oct 24-25 at Shoreline Amphitheatre

DANZIG Oct 29 at City National Civic

MISFITS Nov 21 at RockBar Theater

NASHVILLE PUSSY Dec 1 at RockBar Theater

THE LIMOUSINES Dec 18 at The Ritz

MACHINE HEAD Dec 19 at RockBar Theater For music updates and contest giveaways, like us on Facebook at metrofb.com

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Dirty Dancing BANG BANG Velma Kelly (Janelle LaSalle), left, and Roxie Hart (Elizabeth Santana), right, play murderous dames in the Palo Alto Players production of ‘Chicago.’

The Palo Alto Players’ production of ‘Chicago’ is racy, rowdy fun BY KARLA KANE

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EX! MURDER! SCANDAL! And all that jazz. Chicago is a one of the very best musical comedies ever to hit the Great White Way, and Palo Alto Players delivers a nearly flawless version of the razzledazzle-filled spectacular. Based on the true stories of several Windy City women who literally got away with murder during the Roaring ’20s, Chicago (by John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse) debuted on Broadway in 1975. It's a mix of Jazz Age music styles and modern black

humor that’s held up well. The production remains fresh and funny to this day, and loses none of its luster at the Lucie Stern Theater, where it is currently playing through Sept. 27. Roxie Hart (Elizabeth Santana) is a cold-hearted, philandering wife, who shoots her lover (Mohammed Ismail, also in the role of emcee) when he tries to walk out on her. After trying and failing to pin the blame on her sweet-but-hapless hubby, Amos (Joey McDaniel), Roxie finds herself in the slammer, ruled over by the corrupt Matron "Mama" Morton (Jennifer Taylor Daniels), amongst a bevy of merry murderesses—mostly not-atall remorseful about slaying the men who done them wrong. Also incarcerated is Velma Kelly (Janelle LaSalle), a former

vaudeville star that Roxie, a wouldbe showgirl, has long idolized. The two begrudgingly share a hotshot lawyer—the slicker-than-slime Billy Flynn (Michael Monagle), famous for sweet-talking juries and reporters alike. “I don't mean to toot my own horn,” Flynn boasts, “but if Jesus Christ lived in Chicago today, and he had come to me and he had five thousand dollars, let's just say things would have turned out differently.” Roxie is thrilled to find herself a tabloid darling and surprise celebrity. As her trial date approaches, the fame-addicted vamp needs to find new ways to stay in the spotlight. It's a smart, darkly funny skewering of the American media and its fascination with celebrity culture. And thanks to its shrewd, zingy script and swinging soundtrack, it’s also a fan favorite. Most famous is the opening number, “All That Jazz,” sung by Velma. Indeed, it is a great tune. However, the show is

chock-full of gems—all similarly sexy, sassy and exhilarating. To name just a few: Daniels brings the house down with her ode to reciprocity, “When You're Good to Mama” (sample line: “If you want my gravy, pepper my ragu. Spice it up for Mama, she’ll get hot for you”); McDaniel wins hearts and “awws” in his tragic clown number, “Mr. Cellophane”; “Cell Block Tango” is dazzling; and “We Both Reached for the Gun” is a brilliant lampoon of a skillfully manipulated press conference. In their starring roles in this production, LaSalle and Santana (who works as Palo Alto Players’ development director by day) do not disappoint, and the ensemble players are equally strong in their many supporting roles, from inmates to journalists. It’s very difficult to live up to Bob Fosse’s legendary choreography, and I fully expected the dancing to be PA Players’ weakest link, but I'll admit to being impressed with how well the cast could move. Costume design by Jeff Hamby is a pleasing mix of flapper gowns, jailbird uniforms and retro underwear. Also, the production even offers a much-more-fun-than usual version of the “turn off your cellphones, unwrap your candy” spiel before the show begins. Another highlight was the on-stage, dolled-up presence of the orchestra (really, a jazz band), led by pianist Katie Coleman. It's always fun to watch the musicians at work and it’s appropriate here, given the show's overarching crime-as-show-business metaphor. There were a few opening-night issues with microphone volumes being inconsistent but I really have nothing much to complain about. The racy humor and dark subject matter may not be everyone's cup of tea and this production is definitely in the "for mature audiences" category, but it's been a huge hit (one of the longest-running in Broadway history, as well as an Oscar-winning film) for a reason. It's been awhile since I've seen a show greeted with such overwhelming enthusiasm by a crowd, and in this case deservedly so. Chicago is to die for.

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metroactive ARTS HOMEWARD BOUND At the turn of the 19th century, a quarter of a million orphans were sent from New York to new homes. This production blends art with history in this little-told story. $15-$38. Sep 18-Oct 11. Theatre on San Pedro Square. San Jose.

DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE Jean is writing a thank-you letter in a quiet cafe when a cell phone won’t stop ringing. She looks over to the next table and finds that it belongs to a dead man with a whole bunch of loose ends. Sep 3- 27. $18$28 Bus Barn Theater. Los Altos Stage Company. Los Altos.

SWEET CHARITY In this Bob Fosse comedy dancefest, Sweet Charity is the name of a girl who wants everyone to love her so badly that she forgets who she is. Sep 19-Oct 11. Tickets Online. Sunnyvale Community Players. Sunnyvale Theatre.

THE WALLS OF JERICHO A flip-flop of the classic Cinderella tale (she’s rich and he’s poor) starts on a bus when two strangers banter in the whip-smart fashion of the 1930s, and as they do, the barriers between them crumble. Sep 18-Oct 4. $10-$35. Pear Theatre. Mountain View.

idealism of Robert Kennedy, tracing his struggles and triumphs in his quest to make a government for all people. Sep 30-Oct 26. $55-$65. The San Jose Stage.

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FIORELLO! Former New York mayor Fiorello LaGuardia takes on crooks and corruption while seeking to secure the rights of the common citizen. This musical won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, an award given to Broadway plays only eight times in the past. $33. Sep 19-Oct 10. South Bay Musical Theatre. Saratoga Civic Theatre.

Jan 17. “Artists including Me: William Wegman,” “Diebenkorn in the Bedroom, DeFeo in the Den: Generous Gifts from the Dixon and Barbara Farley Collection,” “Character Studies: Clay from the Collection” Oct 3- Feb 7. Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm, closed Mon. San Jose.

MUSIC AT THE MARKET A hotbed of live jazz talent, organized by San Jose Jazz. Every Fri, 7-9pm. San Pedro Square Market. San Jose.

TOSPS TUESDAYS A weekly showcase of Bay Area’s budding music scene across all genres. Most Tuesdays, 7pm. Thru Dec. Theatre on San Pedro Square. San Jose.

*opera TOSCA Set in June 1800, this is the journey of a superstar singer in a Rome that is soon to be taken over by the French empire of Napoleon. The original debut was a national event and the performance is packed with many ripe opportunities for the robust singers to belt out aweinspiring arias. Sep 12-27. $50$125 Opera San Jose. California Theatre.

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THE LION KING Sprung from the minds of Elton John and Tim Rice, this Tony award winner features some of the most jaw-dropping staging and recognizable songs in Broadway history. Sep 9-24. $43-$178. Center for the Performing Arts. San Jose.

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MUSEUMS CANTOR ARTS CENTER “Piranesi’s Paestum: Master Drawings Uncovered” thru Jan 4. “Pop Art from the SFMOMA Anderson Collection” featuring works by Warhol, Johns, Lichtenstein, and others. Thru Oct 26. “Modern Times” works by O’Keefe, Stieglitz, Toomer. Thru Sep 21. Stanford.

HISTORY PARK SAN JOSE “Slugs, Dingbats, and Tramp Printing” The printing press is one of the most important inventions in human history. See the machine that printed the first newspaper in California. Thru Dec 12. San Jose.

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“Beta Space” A massive study of the dung beetle’s place in the Galaxy. “Maker Space” thru

GALLERIES COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND ARTS “Metaphors and Memories” Collage and Sculpture by Marianne Lettieri and Lisa Ramirez. Aug 14-Sep 27. Mountain View.

EMPIRE SEVEN STUDIOS Colin Frangicetto and Drew Roulette. Thru Sep. San Jose.

GALLERY HOUSE “Dichotomy” Abstracted Science Lyrical Landscapes— Nance Wheeler, Patricia Nojima. Thru Sep 19. Palo Alto.

HIGHER FIRE CLAYSPACE First Fridays feature new artwork, demonstrations, and conversations with artists. San Jose.

MONTALVO ARTS CENTER “Metaphoric States” Five bronze works by Stephen de Staebler. Thru Oct 1. Saratoga.

SAN JOSE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART “A Fragile Narrative” sculptures address domestic and industrial labor by Cassandra Straubing. Thru Sep 12. “Age of Entanglement” Vivid abstract paintings by Naomie Kremer. Thru Sep 19. “Passage” Used coffee filters repurposed into natural forms by Sophia Allison and Leanne Lee. Thru Oct 31. San Jose.

SEEING THINGS GALLERY “Print Show” by Matt O’Brien Starts October 1. San Jose.

*events DRINK AND DRAW Drawer’s block is very real. Sometimes you can’t just put pen to paper as you did during your infinitely dull 6th grade Social Studies class. Get the juices flowing with a few pints of craft brew. Thu, Sep 17, 6:30pm. Free. Art Boutiki. San Jose.

BENEVOLENT ROBOT OVERLORDS As in the Richard Brautigan poem from which his book takes its name, author John Markoff looks to a future where humanity and computers coexist in harmony.

Man and Machine FROM THE PERSPECTIVE of John Markoff, much of today’s debate on the future of technology can be traced to one fundamental question: Should machines replace humans or should they work with humans? According to Markoff, this dichotomy originally underlined two opposing methodologies in the field of artificial intelligence. Today, this question drives all major technological advances in, and philosophical inquiries into, AI. John Markoff In Markoff’s new book, Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots, he grapples with the ways in which researchers, engineers and designers Sep 17, 7:30pm, $10-$40 deal with this dichotomy. In trying to propose a middle path, Kepler’s Books, Markoff goes all the way back to the beginning, before delving Menlo Park into specific examples of where he says the debate still requires further consideration. Ultimately, Markoff argues, the answers lie with the designers—that is, the human beings behind the selfdriving cars, automated assembly lines, and the robotic legal assistants. Questions still need to be asked, writes Markoff. Markoff began sowing the mental seeds that became Machines of Loving Grace while researching his previous book, What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry. In the ’60s, two opposing research methodologies were articulated in the realm of artificial intelligence. John McCarthy’s goal was to replace human intelligence with machine intelligence, while Doug Engelbart believed computers should augment or enhance human capability. As it happens, both of their research facilities were located just minutes from Kepler’s Books, where Markoff will speak about his new book this Thursday. In Machines of Loving Grace, Markoff traces hidden threads of the complex embroidery that is Silicon Valley—illuminating unsung pioneers whose research anticipated the future of human-computer interaction long before it was everyday conversation. William Shockley, for example, wrote a memo in 1951, philosophizing about how robots could replace humans. In another scene, we experience post-Singularity, utopian futurist, Hans Moravec. Now a hermit living outside Pittsburgh, Moravec predicted a day when the machine intelligence would outpace human knowledge. Over in Portola Valley, we learn about Sheldon Breiner’s work with magnetometers, which led to modern-day metal detector technology. Even Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg shows up to speak at a normally bone-dry academic conference in a Lake Tahoe hotel. In the end, Markoff doesn’t take sides. Instead, he sets off passive alarms that the two camps need to stop arguing and work together, because, after all, it’s all about us—the humans.—Gary Singh

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Rolling With It RAW TALENT Anthony Lucero’s film, ‘East Side Sushi,’ is a simple crowd-pleaser about an aspiring sushi chef who refuses to give up on her dreams.

‘East Side Sushi’ tells the inspirational tale of an unbowed Oakland woman BY RICHARD VON BUSACK

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HE LOCALLY MADE comedy, East Side Sushi by Anthony Lucero, a hit at this year’s Cinequest, isn’t just a fish out of water story—it’s a fish out of water, chopped into pieces and rolled into sticky rice story. The film follows Juana (Diana Elizabeth Torres), a single mother living with her kindly dad (Rodrigo Duarte Clark) and daughter Lydia, as she runs through a number of laborer jobs. She scrubs the floors at a gym, scrubs luxury

automobiles at a car wash and tends a fruit cart. She’s robbed at that fruit cart job, and it’s a very authoritativelooking jacking, complete with pistol whipping—crime scenes don’t always work in indie films, but this one does, as it serves to demonstrate Juana’s resilience. Eventually, she finds herself working in the prep kitchen at Osaka Sushi in the Grand Lake district of Oakland. She throws herself wholeheartedly into the position, learning everything she can about the new craft, while charming the young chef (Yutaka Takeuchi). Her natural ability to make sushi brings her into conflict with the management, who

bristle at the thought of a nonJapanese woman preparing sushi for customers. Simply made, East Side Sushi is a crowd-pleaser, in the same way Ratatouille and Chef are. Lucero brings polish and skill to this workingclass drama, as well as some discreet food porn. We learn a bit about the industry: Sushi chefs are solemnly quiet so there’s no chance of saliva flying into the food; and women aspiring to be sushi preparers often face prejudice (allegedly, womens’ hands are too warm for the work). East Side Sushi is set in a city Lucero obviously loves. He allows the camera to linger on appealing vistas of Oakland, conga drummers performing at Lake Merritt, a lively fiesta in a Fruitvale plaza and a funky mural at a neighborhood vegetable market. Certainly there’s elote (corn) in the script: take the dad’s stout (and repeated) insistence that tacos are what a Mexican ought to cook and eat. Hearing that the restaurant’s name

is Osaka he asks, “Horchata?” But whenever Lucero lays it on too thick— one too many frowning Japanese restaurateurs standing in Juana’s way—Torres’ seriousness and matterof-fact underplaying draw you back in. I’ve noted previously that I am a fan of actresses who hold back on smiling; I’ve figured out the reason for that prejudice. A yearning actress can make a slow bloom before the camera as she gets what she wants. When Juana arrives as a contestant on the fictional Champions of Sushi reality show, Lucero cooks up some relaxed satire—playing on the selfimportance and overinflated suspense that permeates the genre. Juana, ready to win, is made up for the cameras, her face embellished with eyeshadow and lipstick. Her jaw is firm, her gaze is intrepid, and she has the game face of Speed Racer himself. CAAM, formerly the AsianAmerican Film Festival, helped East Side Sushi get some well-earned exposure last year. This weekend it opens a special, multimedia fest in San Jose at Camera 12. Guests include Melvin Mar, executive producer of ABC’s sitcom, Fresh Off the Boat, and Greg Pak, a talented writer who went from Yale to Marvel Comics. Pak’s specialty is the adventures of The Hulk, from his older series Planet Hulk to his new endeavor, the Totally Awesome Hulk. Feature films include new works by Barney Chan (Baby Steps) and Felicia Lowe (Chinese Couplet.) The documentary In Football We Trust deals with the problems of new Polynesian football players for the University of Utah enduring the culture shock of life in Salt Lake City. Particularly promising is Ham Tran’s (How to Fight in Six Inch Heels) tantalizing Hollow—the tale of a child’s angry ghost bedeviling her surviving family. When it comes to Vietnamese-themed horror flicks, you could do worse than to go in the direction of Beloved by Toni Morrison, with its idea of a shallowlyburied history waiting for its chance to rise.

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DYING TO KNOW: RAM DAS AND TIMOTHY LEARY Gay Dillingham’s sentimental but detail-loaded account of the lifelong friendship between Dr. Richard Alpert, later known as Ram Das, and Timothy Leary, the puckish but brilliant psychotherapist who became a worldwide advocate for psychedelics. It transcends frequent moments of grey-ponytail documentary miasma: including the seemingly mandatory excerpt from “White Rabbit,” a song that needs a good long stretch in movie jail, and narration by Robert Redford: “Meanwhile, on the West Coast, the ’60s were heating up.” Relevance, it’s got. Visuals from Das’ book Be Here Now were seen in the recent Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs documentary, since Das was an influence on Jobs. A Das phrase: “You have to be somebody before you’re nobody.” Alpert certainly was somebody: an heir to the New York, New Haven and Hartford railroad—a private pilot, a bicoastal academic superstar in his late 20s, and a closeted homosexual, who turned eastward to India for answers. Leary was a roguish West Point dropout whose disenchantment with clinical psychology (and his personal failure: his depressed wife’s suicide on his 35th birthday) led him to try magic mushrooms in Cuernavaca. Dying to Know is studded with nuggets you wouldn’t get from a more sobersided documentary—the note that Leary loved John Wayne all the way to the end, or the tidbit that the holistic physician Dr. Andrew Weil was the student newspaperman who got Alpert fired from Harvard. The documentary has further relevance in the continuing inquiry into managed psychedelics as a hospice drug. Who knows, I may realize my teenage ambition to die on LSD, after all. (RvB)

THE VISIT M. Night Shyamalan’s best movie since The Sixth Sense, and a reward for those who thought he still had potential—I certainly wasn’t one of them at this point, but I’m happy to be proved wrong. A precocious and very cinematically literate young girl Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and her rap-crazed little brother Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) go for a visit at their grandparents’ house in rural Pennsylvania. The two work on Becca’s home-made documentary about the grandparents they didn’t know—partially out of wanting to

STEVE JOBS Steve Jobs is still casting a shadow, four years after his death on Oct. 5, 2011. Upcoming is Aaron Sorkin’s biopic, Steve Jobs, featuring Michael Fassbinder as a prototypical, Sorkin-ian, magnificent-bastard type. Cooler and more urgent is the stirring documentary, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine. Alex Gibney (of the Scientology exposé, Going Clear) celebrates the Apple co-founder’s accomplishments, while demagnetizing Jobs’ cult of personality. In voiceover, Gibney confesses his own love for Apple products and Pixar’s Wall-E. He sets up the dichotomy and then proves it true: the lovable machines versus the “ruthless, deceitful and cruel” man who sired them. Thought-provoking interviews flow down a stream of music from one of Jobs’ favorites, Bob Dylan. Chrisann Brennan, the mother of Jobs’ child, describes his callousness here as she did in her memoir. In her book, she wrote, “Steve’s lack of fair play seems shameless to me.” If Jobs dealt harshly with the paternity of his daughter, Lisa, he had the excuse of being an adopted child … in the same sense that a parricidal killer has the excuse of being an orphan. (Camera 7). (RvB)

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BAD, BAD BULGER Johnny Depp plays notorious Boston gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger in the new film, ‘Black Mass.’

Improper Bostonian BLUE, OPAQUE, SLIGHTLY oversized and bulging contact lenses—the grade of eyewear you use when you want to make an actor a vampire. A nose sharpened with putty into a shark’s fin. Head shaved past the point of male pattern baldness, making Johnny Depp in Black Mass look like a Kabuki performer. Top it off with fishbelly-white powder, black shading to hollow the cheeks, and a dead front tooth. Ultimately, Depp as Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger resembles Lon Chaney’s Erik in The Phantom of the Opera. Comparing this makeup (not meant for a brightly lit or realistic film) to photos of the real Bulger, one feels a strange moment of sympathy for the killer. He was a bad bastard, but he wasn’t a horror clown. I’m in favor of Wellesian, over-thetop theatricalism in movies, but Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace) goes overrealistic, despite the title. He makes the deeds of Bulger and his Winter-Hill gang a depressing roster of slightly escalating crimes—not only does crime not pay, it’s not very much fun. When the boys go wenching in Miami, it’s a rare moment of sensuality that allows us to see a dancer’s bare back. From dialogue, we hear that Bulger is more than just hustling the cigarette machine racket and killing off squealers in his seriously porous

organization—“Every one of those WinterHill punks is a double-crossing obscenity” says an FBI agent. Black Mass, starting to drift, gets a new jolt every time Bulger has to shoot a new leaker. The punchline was that Bulger, too, was singing like John McCormack. In its most Black Mass valuable moments, director Cooper explains R; 122 Mins. the scandalous way FBI Valleywide agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton)—Bulger’s boyhood chum from the Old Harbor Housing Project—used Bulger as a protected source. The agent got tips from Bulger that helped the gangster clear his path of enemies and expand his criminal empire from the south side to the entire city. Cooper’s cast almost redeems this limping, formless movie: Julianne Nicholson as Connolly’s deluded wife, Ant-Man villain Corey Stoll as an unamused federal prosecutor, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Bulger’s brother, a silky state senator trying to keep his hands clean. Jesse Plemons, as Bulger’s muscular assistant—whose beaten-flat face fills the screen in the opening shot—is a vision of Irish wrath that can’t be matched elsewhere in the movie. —Richard von Busack

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reconnect the sundered family, and partially out of just plain careerism. Under scrutiny, the increasingly odd behavior of the elders turns malign. Chicago stage legend Deanna Dunagan, who resembles Lillian Gish as she was in Night of The Hunter, is superb as the afflicted grandma—an old woman she embodies with pathos and a gathering fury. (Plus Dunagan knows how to make a pop-up really pop.) It’s a conservative critique of broken families and the intrusiveness of cameras, and their ability to probe and wound. But Shyamalan doesn’t stay on message, and takes off in a direction that gives this horror movie both space and satire. (“No one gives a crap about film standards, it’s not the 1800s,” says the wiseass Tyler.) The explanation for this gingerbread house comes along, and it is of course unsatisfying; what makes David Lynch the living master of the American horror film is that he leaves you with the uncanny and the inexplicable. Shyamalan goes for the happy ending that negates this world of horror he only drops in and visits. To be fair, that sense of closure makes The Visit quite a family-friendly horror movie for over five-year-olds; that, and the nigh-total lack of gore, and the fine rapport between the two lead children, a pair of witty and fresh young actors. (RvB).


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Telling Tales OPEN MIC MUSIC Cortnee Langlie and Stephen Duchardt of the local alt-folk duo Narrators met on the local open mic circuit.

San Jose duo Narrators are preparing to release their self-titled EP BY JODY AMABLE

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S SINGERSONGWRITERS, Cortnee Langlie and Stephen Duchardt are big fans of one another.

“There’s stuff Cortnee will come up with that I’ll be like, ‘Where is that in your brain?’” Duchardt says, pausing momentarily to enthusiastically slap the table in front of him for emphasis. He is sitting next to Langlie—his musical partner and the other half of the San Jose-based alt-folk duo, Narrators— praising her abilities, both as a guitarist and singer. “That’s amazing.’” The pair got their start playing at open mic nights around the South

Bay. At first they performed on their own, before crossing paths and joining forces. “Blue Rock Shoot was the primary one,” says Langlie, referring to the Saratoga cafe where she cut her teeth as a musical performer, working through the stage fright that often paralyzed her. Although Langlie was no stranger to the stage—she has experience with theater, where she sang in choirs and performed chamber music—she had to learn to overcome the anxiety she felt while performing her own tunes. “I grew up doing lots and lots of theater, performing other people’s stuff,” she says. “I felt like I wanted to have ownership over my own material and my own way of being onstage.” Offstage, Duchardt works as a professional recording engineer. He

was making the open mic rounds as a solo performer—hoping to become “the next Jackson Browne.” However, after catching a number of Langlie’s sets, “that completely changed.” After seeing Langlie around at the same open mics he frequented, Duchardt started to entertain the notion of asking her to sing with him. “I’m gonna have to ask her to sing with me, because she’s amazing,” Duchardt recalls thinking. But he wasn’t the only one paying attention. Langlie had taken notice of his work as well, and one night, Langlie performed one of his songs, “March Against My Walls,” while Duchardt was in the audience. “That was a very powerful thing,” he says. The two began collaborating and soon discovered that their individual styles, while unique, worked well together—especially when they were crafting folk songs. At first Duchardt took the lead on songwriting duties. However, as Langlie became more comfortable with her abilities, she

brought more to the table and the process became more cooperative. “Pretty much everything we do is a negotiation,” says Duchardt. “I’m trying to get my stuff in as much as I can, and you’re getting your stuff in, and nobody gets their way, ever. But then, in the end, I think it really helps everything sound even better.” All of that teamwork and compromise is culminating in their debut EP, due out Sept. 19. The self-titled release will express the full range of their influences, they say. “The songs that we have written together—or have attempted to write together—they have more of a Celtic or old-timey feel,” Langlie says. The EP, which they are celebrating with a performance at Art Boutiki on Saturday, will also feature broader, more playful interpretations of their previously sparse, soulful work. “There’s everything from two voices and two guitars all the way up to drum set, bass, keyboards, cello—like a full rock band,” Duchardt says. Narrators took nearly a year to complete; it was recorded all in Langlie’s garage. “Every day, (we) lugged all the gear in and set it up, turned on the computers, and then fucked around til we got something,” he says. Not bad for two folks who happened to pass through San Jose almost by chance—Langlie was managing a restaurant in Palo Alto and needed a cheap place to live, and Duchardt followed his wife to the valley when she got a job here. “It was cheaper then. And it’s changed so much in the past five years,” says Langlie. The tech hub that is San Jose offers a deep well of influence for an admittedly old-timey, DIY duo, even though one might not think that it would. “Nothing against San Jose,” says Duchardt, “But this is not a cultural mecca. If you want to do something here, you basically gotta do it yourself. The takeaway from our work together (is that) San Jose is a city that tests your resolve. I think, if you’re really doing something you believe in, if you can do it here, you can do it anywhere.”

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Sat, Sep 19, 7:30pm: Oddly Even, Narrators, Steady 45s. Fest. San Jose.

THE BACK BAR SOFA Every Wed, 9pm: The Cypher, feat. Hip-hop, Jungle, Soul, Reggae, Dubstep, Trap, BreakBeat, House and more. San Jose.

BRIT ARMS ALMADEN Every Wed and Sun, 10pm: Karaoke with DJ Hank. Every Mon: In House Darts/Foosball. Every Tue: Pubstumpers Trivia.

BRITANNIA ARMS DOWNTOWN Every Wed: DJ 512. Every Thu: DJ Nico & Neeber. Every Fri: DJ Benofficial & Clay. Every Sat: DJ Ready Rock. San Jose.

Every Thu, 9:30pm: DJ night w/ DJ BenOfficial & DJ Vex. Every Fri and Sun, 9:30pm: Karaoke w/ DJ NoWrath. Santa Clara.

NUMBER ONE BROADWAY Every Tue: Jack Ripoff. Every Wed: J.C. Smith Jam Band. Thu, Sep 17, 8pm: Rock the Heat. Fri, Sep 18, 8pm: Joint Chiefs. Sat, Sep 19, 8pm: Megatones. Los Gatos.

RED ROCK COFFEE Thu, Sep 17, 8pm: Thomas Pagan Motta. Fri, Sep 18, 8pm: Hardly Strictly Trad. Sat, Sep 19, 8pm: Dan Walsh. Mountain View.

SAN PEDRO SQUARE MARKET Thu, Sep 17, 7pm: The Fabulous Cruisetones. Fri, Sep 18, 7pm: CR Burgen Shades and Hues. Sat, Sep 19, 7pm: The Big Dreamers. Sun, Sep 20, 1pm: Wil Roberts Duo. San Jose.

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CAFE STRITCH Wed, Sep 16, 8:30pm: Aaron Goldberg Trio. Thu, Sep 17, 8:30pm: Aaron Germaine Quartet. Fri, Sep 18, 8:30pm: Gail Dobson Septet. Sat, Sep 19, 8:30pm: Bob Shepherd Quartet. Every Sun: The Eulipions Jazz Jam. San Jose.

CLUB FOX Every Wed: Club Fox Blues Jam. Fri, Sep 18, 7pm: Orq Saboricua. Sat, Sep 19, 8pm: House of Floyd (Pink Floyd tribute). Redwood City.

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MOROCCO’S Every Wed, Fri, and Sat, 5pm: Belly dancing. Every Tue, 4pm: Live Jazz Music w/ Johnny Williams. Every Thu: Live Acoustic Guitar Music. Mountain View.

POOR HOUSE BISTRO Every Wed: Blues & Brews w/ Sid Morris & Kyle Jester. Thu, Sep 17, 6pm: Steve Willis and the Willing. Fri, Sep 18, 6pm: Kyle Rowland Blues Band. Sat, Sep 19, 6pm: Big John Atkinson All-Star Jam Band. San Jose.

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Wed, Sep 16, 6pm: Sidesaddle & Co. Tue, Sep 22, 6pm: Slide Road. San Jose.

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Fri, Sep 18, 9:30pm: Ron Thompson. Sat, Sep 19, 9:30pm: Red Soil. Every Sun, 8pm: Acoustic Jam. Every Tue, 8pm: Aki Kumar’s Band. Every Thurs: DJ Mist. Fremont.

Every Tue: Jazz Tuesdays. Wed, Sep 16, 7:30pm: Enrico Barretta. Thu, Sep 17, 7:30pm: John Lester & Paul Tiernan. Sat, Sep 19, 6pm: Bill Kwan. Sun, Sep 20, 7:30pm: Rebecca Du Maine & the Dave Miller Trio. Redwood City.

Fri, Sep 18, 9pm: Patron Latin Rhythms. Sat, Sep 19, 9pm: Aki Kumar Band ft. Carl Sonny Leyland. Fremont.

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Pong with DJ ONEmanARMY. Thu: Vintage (80s, 90s, Pop, Rock, Hip Hop) with DJ David Q. Fri: Quality Control with DJ DLuzion. Sat: Lounge Life with DJ Krucial and DJ NESSrock. San Jose.

Mon, 10pm: Mandatory Monday Karaoke. San Jose.

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Every 1st and 3rd Sat, 9pm: Randy Whiting and “@Jazz.” San Jose.

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Wed: EDM Music. Fri-Sat, 10pm: DJ (follows live music). Los Gatos.

JOHNNY V’S Mon: ReToxx. Tue: Trap Shop. Wed: Hip-Hop/ Top 40. Thu/ Fri/Sat: 70s, 80s, 90s Funk, House. Sun: Slow Jams, Karoake Dance Party. San Jose.

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Wed: Salsa Wednesdays. Thu: Shakalosos Banda Nights. Sun: Reggae Vybez. San Jose.

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Fri: Loft Fridays w/ DJ Exrated, J-Quest. Sat: The Upstairs Party w/ DJ Howhigh, DJ RQ, DJ Sequence, DJ Christylz. San Jose.

AJ’S BAR DJs and dancing every night. Mon-Sat, 6pm-1am; Sun, 8pm-12:30am. San Jose.

Mon, 8:30pm: Vocal DUO. Tue, 9pm: Dueling Grand Pianos. Wed, 9pm: DUO. Thu, Fri & Sat, 9pm: weekly Jazz and Pop Dance bands. Sun, 7pm: Solo Guitarist with Light Vocals. Fairmont Hotel, San Jose.

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BAMBOO LOUNGE Fri-Sat: DJ or Live Entertainment. San Jose.

BLINKY’S CAN’T SAY Fri, 9pm: Karaoke Friday

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WILLOW DEN Every Wed: Karaoke at 9:30 p.m.; Every Thu: $2 Drink Night; Every Fri/Sat: DJs featuring a variety of Top 40, Hip Hop, EDM; Every Sun: Service Industry Night (1/2 off drinks w/industry card). Willow Glen.

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So what did he do before you moved in, just chain her to the radiator while he took a snooze? When I was growing up, I’d have to play with toys by myself or go out and poke a worm with a stick. These days, parents go way over the top in how involved they think they should be in playtime, and kids exploit this, extorting constant adult attention. Developmental psychologist Peter Gray explains that play evolved to be the “primary means” for children to learn to solve their own problems, overcome their fears, and take control of their lives, and this parents-as-playmates thing may stunt kids’ self-reliance. Gray, like anthropologist David Lancy, points out that parents being all up in kids’ playtime business is a very recent development. Throughout human history, parents have been too busy doing the little things—you know, like trying to keep the family from starving to death—to read the hieroglyphic version of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” to their kid 500 times. It isn’t fair for your fiance to clock out and make you Youth Activities Director. (I’m guessing your Match. com profile didn’t have you listed as BirthdayClown777.) It’s also important that you develop a nice warm relationship with this little girl before you start going all Department of Corrections on her. Connection first, discipline second is the order in which the most successful stepparent-stepchild relationships are formed, explains stepfamily researcher Kay Pasley. Of course, it is essential to set boundaries with willful, ill-behaved brats, including those who are, oh, 45. (Fatherhood is a journey, but not just from the living room to the bed.) As for how much of a role you’ll take in stepmommying, deciding that is part of deciding how your marriage will play out day to day, and that takes discussion: what you’re each comfortable with, what you need, and what seems fair. Once you and

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Human Resources Beepi, Inc. is accepting resumes for the position of People Operations Manager in Los Altos, CA. Responsible for growth of business by matching company’s human resource demand with supply built through a network of suitable candidates, and by providing system tools for the team to fulfill that function. Create and implement people strategy. Mail resume to Beepi, Inc., Staffing Department, 240 Third Street, Los Altos, California 94022. Must reference Ref. POM-FF.

Staff Accountant: Doling Chang Ashmore, CPA, Inc. in Palo Alto, CA. Perform tax and accounting services. MA/MS required. Mail resume to 430 Sherman Ave, Suite 314. Palo Alto, CA 94306 or email tax@doling.com.

TECHNOLOGY Apigee Corporation has the following job opportunity available in San Jose, CA: Support Engineer (AG77CA) – Monitor company’s Cloud Infrastructure. Diagnose and resolve critical customer technical issues. Submit resume by mail to: Attn: People Operations, 10 S. Almaden Blvd. 16th Floor, San Jose, CA 95113. Must reference job title and job code AG77-CA.

Pacific Hand Car Wash Must have high energy, enthusiasm, team leadership and with sales experience. Apply in person! 1667 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell, 95008

ENGINEERING. Various levels of experience. Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, leading provider of high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions, has openings in San Jose, CA for Applications Engineer Staff (AE14): Develop solutions (firmware, algorithm, test, system, etc.) for Cypress’ industryleading USB connectivity solutions and applications (requires 10% domestic and/or international travel); and Design Engineering Director (DIR02): Design a flash macro at 28nm technology node. Mail resume (must reference job code) to: Cypress Semiconductor Corp., Attn: AMMO, 198 Champion Court, M.S. 6.1, San Jose, CA 95134.

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CECIL@METRONEWS.COM Lockheed Martin's claim of fusion power “in a decade” has my Spidey-sense tingling. Is there any merit to their claim? It seems like fusion power is always just a decade away—is there reason to hope anyone is going to create workable fusion power in our lifetimes?—Kevin Miller Depends on how long you plan on living. At the rate things were going, the timeline for commercial fusion power was up there with the half-life of radium. Sure, Lockheed Martin’s bid could crash and burn, but current efforts don’t seem noticeably more promising and it’s not my money. So why not? Lockheed engineers raised eyebrows worldwide when they announced last October that they were pursuing a new type of compact fusion reactor. They planned on testing their design in a year, they said, with a working prototype in five years. The skepticism stemmed from the lack of technical detail provided, and the feeling we’d heard this before. However, enthusiasm in some quarters was also high—the reactor is being developed by Lockheed’s Skunk Works research and development team, responsible for, among other things, the SR-71 Blackbird (the fastest non-rocket plane ever built), the F-117 stealth bomber, and the F-22 that replaced it. Lockheed Martin is a public company with an image and stock price to protect, and you’d think they wouldn’t be foolhardy enough to promise a breakthrough without something to back it up. Then again, Microsoft seemed pretty confident about Windows 8. The details released by Lockheed are sketchy, but apparently the company has decided to go with a smaller-is-better approach to containment design. In a hot-fusion reactor, a mixture of deuterium and tritium, two heavy forms of hydrogen, are injected into an evacuated chamber and heated to millions of degrees to form a plasma in which atoms fuse together, releasing energy. This insanely hot plasma must be contained in a small space not only to keep the reaction going but also to allow safe extraction of the heat needed for power production. To date most fusion reactor designs have been of a type called a tokamak (a Russian coinage), which suspends the plasma in a superconducting magnetic field shaped like a giant donut. The drawback of a tokamak is that it’s huge and complicated but can contain only a small amount of plasma. The Lockheed people claim that by shrinking the reactor they can hold more plasma relative to the energy required to maintain the

magnetic field, resulting in ten times the power production. Furthermore, they say their system is safer and more stable than a tokamak—as the plasma pressure increases, so does the strength of the field, containing the plasma even more securely. Beyond these efficiency advantages, there’s obvious benefit to having something powerful enough to run 100,000 homes but small enough to fit in a semitrailer. On paper at least, the compact and safe design could make it suitable for powering ships, airplanes, and even spacecraft. Lockheed isn’t alone in breaking away from the tokamak herd. General Fusion, for example, uses a sphere filled with liquid lead and lithium to contain the fusion reaction. Others have redesigned the tokamak to look more like a cored apple than a donut. It’s hoped that, within a decade (a familiar-sounding timeframe, admittedly), these so-called spherical tokamaks will achieve the critical “net power production” point— that is, where they’re producing more power than they consume. We’re not there yet. In 1997, the Joint European Torus set a record for producing 16 megawatts of power for a few seconds— an impressive number, but only 65 percent of the power that went into running it. In 2014 a laser fusion experiment at the Lawrence Livermore National Ignition Facility managed to generate “fuel gain greater than unity.” Is that good? Absolutely. Does it mean we’ve crossed the net power production threshold? Alas, no. Still, it’s more progress than some fusion efforts have made. The current leader in money spent vs. watts produced—and that’s not a title you want to hold—is the International Thermonuclear Experimenta Reactor, or ITER. A monster of a project at ten stories tall and costing more than $18 billion, ITER utilizes a traditional tokamak design and hopes to produce fusion energy sometime after 2027. The one fusion reactor of demonstrated practicality is the sun, one of your more plus-size phenomena, suggesting Lockheed’s small-is-beautiful approach is no sure route to success. On the other hand, you have to like the idea of a test design in a year. The tech world has taught us you learn from your wrong turns. Therefore, fail fast.

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Applied Materials, Inc. is accepting resumes for the following positions in Santa Clara/Sunnyvale, CA: MTS Engineer Director (SCTYO): Initiates the design, development, execution and implementation of technology research projects. Investigates the feasibility of applying scientific principles and concepts to potential inventions and products. Position may require travel to various, unanticipated locations. Please mail resumes with reference number to Applied Materials, Inc., 3225 Oakmead Village Drive, M/S 1212, Santa Clara, CA 95054. No phone calls please. Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship. EOE. www. appliedmaterials.com


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52 LEGAL & PUBLIC NOTICES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #608978 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Quynh Beauty Salon, 1692 Tully Rd., #2, San Jose, CA, 95122, Hoa Vuu, 824 Sylvandale, San Jose, CA, 95111. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Hoa Vuu This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 9/08/2015. (pub Metro 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/07/2015)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #608977 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1203 Lincoln Ave., San Jose, CA, 95125, Luyen Bui, 1243 Panoche Ave., San Jose, CA, 95122. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Luyen Bui. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 9/08/2015. (pub Metro 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/07/2015)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #608806 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Kimo’s Kart, 1721 Rogers Ave., Suite S, San Jose, CA, 95112, R. Kimo Isa, 635 Millich Dr., Campbell, CA, 95005. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein./s/R. Kimo Isa This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 9/03/2015. (pub Metro 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/07/2015)

STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME #608614 The following person(s) / entity (ies) has / have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name(s):1. #1 Nails and Spa, 2. #1 Nails & Spa, 101-B W. Hamilton Ave., Campbell, CA, 95008, Hong Tran, 1139 Oakview Rd., San Jose, CA, 95121. Filed in Santa Clara County on 2/11/2015 under file #601305 This business was conducted by an individual /s/Hong Tran. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 8/31/2015. (pub Metro 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/07/2015)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #608605 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Silicon Valley Home Care Agency, 1885 Junesong Way, San Jose, CA, 95133, Susan Pilapil Almario. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 8/1/2015. /s/Susan Pilapil Almario This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 8/28/2015. (pub Metro 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/07/2015)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #607507 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Call My Ride Morgan Hill, LLC, 16915 Del Monte Ave., #156, Morgan Hill, CA, 95037, . This business is conducted by a limited liability company.

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/Elizabeth J. Rummens President 201425310299. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 7/29/2015. (pub Metro 8/05, 8/12, 8/19, 8/26/2015)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #606786 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: TrailersPlus, 6380 Automall Parkway, Gilroy, CA, 95020, Interstate Group, LLC, 3800 Airport Road, Nampa, ID, 83687. This business is conducted by a limited liability company. Above entity was formed in the state California Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 10/1/09. Refile of previous file #597908 with changes. /s/Michael Snow. CEO and Manager #201431810210. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 7/08/2015. (pub Metro 7/22, 7/29, 8/05, 8/12/2015)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #608943 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Snaughty, 3034 Florence Ave., San Jose, CA, 95127, Everardo Moran Casas. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Everardo Moran Casas. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 9/08/2015. (pub Metro 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/07/2015)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #608165 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Nutrishop SJ, 117 Bernal Rd., #10, San Jose, CA, 95119, Nutri Fit, Inc. 604 Curie Dr., San Jose, CA, 95123. 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 8/18/2015. /s/Pal Khangaldy President #C3805674 This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 8/18/2015. (pub Metro 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/07/2015)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #608212 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Cuu Lung Spa, 1310 Tully Rd., #105, San Jose, CA, 95122, Huyen Tran, 2600 Senter Rd., #142, San Jose, CA, 95111, Tang Hsiu Piazza, 304 W. Abbey, Mountain View, CA, 95391. This business is conducted by an general partnership. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on. /s/Hyen Tran/Tang Hsiu Piazza This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 8/18/2015. (pub Metro 9/09, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30/2015)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #608433 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Relax B & C Spa, 1692 Tully Rd., #3, San Jose, CA, 95122, Hoang Tran, 1381 Lassen Ave, Milpitas, CA, 95035. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on. /s/Hoang Tran. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 8/25/2015. (pub Metro 9/09, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30/2015)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #608083 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Magnolia Spa, 1692 Berryessa Road, San Jose, CA, 95133, Cuong Phung, 2558 S. King Rd., Suite 255, San Jose, CA, 95122. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on . /s/Cuong Phung This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 8/14/2015. (pub Metro 9/09, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30/2015)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #608762 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Laughing Giraffe Therapy, 100 Oconnor Drive, #14, San Jose, CA, 95128, Laughing Giraffe Therapy Inc. This business is conducted by a corporation. Above entity was formed in the state of California Registrant begann transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on July 23, 2015. /s/Aaron Raymond DeNardo Director #3801770. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 9/02/2015. (pub Metro 9/09, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30/2015)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #608565 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Q Autospa Auto Detail, 235 Phelan Ave., San Jose, CA, 95113, John Q Le, 1063 Kitchener Cir., San Jose, CA, 95121. This business is conducted by an Individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/John Le This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 8/28/2015. (pub Metro 9/09, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30/2015)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #608579 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Vivid Hair Studio, 14070 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos, CA, 95032, Carrie Tran, 1925 Pear Drive, Morgan Hill, CA, 95037. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Carrie Tran. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 8/28/2015. (pub Metro 9/09, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30/2015)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #608587 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Eclipse Systemes Inc., 943 Hanson Court, Milpitas, CA, 95035, Ideal Solutions, Inc., 6667 Cielito Way, San Jose, CA, 95119. 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/Robert J. Dette Jr. President #C3582030 This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 8/28/2015. (pub Metro 9/02, 9/09, 9/16, 9/23/2015)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #608522 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as:

Smoke Shop Blvd., 1180 Tully Road #A, San Jose, CA, 95122, Yaser Alnajjar, 723 Dalewood Ct., San Jose, CA, 95120. This business is conducted by a individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 8/27/15. Refile of previous file #607837 with changes /s/Yaser Alnajjar This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 8/27/2015. (pub Metro 9/02, 9/09, 9/16, 9/23/2015)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #608210 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Dino Motors, 478 E. Santa Clara St, #225, San Jose, CA, 95112, Dino Rovcanin, 149 N. Cypress Ave., Santa Clara, CA, 95050. 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 #606868 due to publication requirement not met on previous filing. /s/Dino Rovcanin This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 8/18/2015 (pub Metro 8/26, 9/02, 9/09, 9/16/2015)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #608246 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Today’s Metrowide Insurance Services, 1630 Oakland Rd., Ste A102, San Jose, CA, 95131, Thuan D. Pham, Tam M. Pham, 1350 Oakland Rd, Spc 151, San Jose, CA, 95112. This business is conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 10/06/2010. Refile of previous file #543294 with changes. /s/ Thuan D. Pham This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 8/19/2015. (pub Metro 8/26, 9/02, 9/05, 9/16/2015)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #607307 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: VeryWell, 1975 Hamilton Ave., Suite 7, San Jose, CA, 95125, Dina Zuccaro, 535 Coe Ave., San Jose, CA, 95125. This business is conducted by a individual. Refile of previous file #605967 due to publication requirement not met on previous filing. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Dina Zuccaro This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 7/23/2015. (pub Metro 8/19, 8/26, 9/02, 9/09/2015)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #607873 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. Adaptive Insight LLC 2. Cerulean Monkey Studio, 3. Cerulean Monkey Design, 14 W. Central Ave., Los Gatos, CA, 95030. This business is conducted by a limited liability company. 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/Tatjana Stojanovic Managing Director #201329710239 This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 8/10/2015. (pub Metro 8/26, 9/02, 9/09, 9/16/2015)


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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Many of the heroes in fairy tales survive and thrive because of the magical gifts they are given. Benefactors show up, often unexpectedly, to provide them with marvels—a spinning wheel that can weave a cloak of invisibility, perhaps, or winged shoes that give them the power of flight, or a charmed cauldron that brews a healing potion. But there is an important caveat. The heroes rarely receive their boons out of sheer luck. They have previously performed kind deeds or unselfish acts in order to earn the right to be blessed. According to my analysis, Taurus, the coming weeks will be prime time for you to make yourself worthy of gifts you will need later on.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): We humans need nourishing stories almost as much as we require healthy food, clean air, pure water, and authentic love. And yet many of us get far less than our minimum daily requirement of nourishing stories. Instead, we are barraged with nihilistic narratives that wallow in misery and woe. If we want a break from that onslaught, our main other choices are sentimental fantasies and empty-hearted trivia. That's the bad news. But here's the good news: Now is a favorable time for you to seek remedies for this problem. That's why I'm urging you to hunt down redemptive chronicles that furnish your soul with gritty delight. Find parables and sagas and tales that fire up your creative imagination and embolden your lust for life.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Now is an excellent time to close the gap between the Real You and the image of yourself that you display to the world. I know of two ways to accomplish this. You can tinker with the Real You so that it's more like the image you display. Or else you can change the image you display so that it is a more accurate rendition of the Real You. Both strategies may be effective. However you go about it, Cancerian, I suggest you make it your goal to shrink the amount of pretending you do. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Born under the sign of Leo, Marcel Duchamp was an influential artist whose early work prefigured surrealism. In 1917, he submitted an unusual piece to a group exhibition in New York. It was a plain old porcelain urinal, but he titled it Fountain, and insisted it was a genuine work of art. In that spirit, I am putting my seal of approval on the messy melodrama you are in the process of managing. Henceforth, this melodrama shall also be known as a work of art, and its title will be "Purification." (Or would you prefer "Expurgation" or "Redemption"?) If you finish the job with the panache you have at your disposal, it will forevermore qualify as a soul-jiggling masterpiece. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Some people express pride in gross ways. When you hear their overbearing brags, you know it's a sign that they are not really confident in themselves. They overdo the vanity because they're trying to compensate for their feelings of inadequacy. In the coming weeks, I expect you to express a more lovable kind of self-glorification. It won't be inflated or arrogant, but will instead be measured and reasonable. If you swagger a bit, you will do it with humor and style, not narcissism and superiority. Thank you in advance for your service to humanity. The world needs more of this benign kind of egotism.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The rooster is your power animal. Be like him. Scrutinize the horizon for the metaphorical dawn that is coming, and be ready to herald its appearance with a triumphant wake-up call. On the other hand, the rooster is also your affliction animal. Don't be like him. I would hate for you to imitate the way he handles himself in a fight, which is

to keep fussing and squabbling far beyond the point when he should let it all go. In conclusion, Libra, act like a rooster but also don't act like a rooster. Give up the protracted struggle so you can devote yourself to the more pertinent task, which is to celebrate the return of the primal heat and light.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Since you seem to enjoy making life so complicated and intense for yourself, you may be glad to learn that the current astrological omens favor that development. My reading of the astrological omens suggests that you're about to dive deep into rich mysteries that could drive you halfcrazy. I suspect that you will be agitated and animated by your encounters with ecstatic torment and difficult bliss. Bon voyage! Have fun! Soon I expect to see miniature violet bonfires gleaming in your bedroom eyes, and unnamable emotions rippling through your unfathomable face, and unprecedented words of wild wisdom spilling from your smart mouth.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The Adamites were devotees of an ancient Christian sect that practiced sacred nudism. One of their central premises: How could anyone possibly know God while wearing clothes? I am not necessarily recommending that you make their practice a permanent part of your spiritual repertoire, but I think you might find value in it during the coming weeks. Your erotic and transcendent yearnings will be rising to a crescendo at the same time. You will have the chance to explore states where horniness and holiness overlap. Lusty prayers? Reverent sex? Ecstatic illumination?

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): One of your key themes in the coming weeks is grace. I suggest that you cultivate it, seek it out, expect it, and treasure it. To prepare for this fun work, study all of the meanings of grace below. At least two of them, and possibly all, should and can be an active part of your life. 1. Elegance or beauty of form, movement, or proportion; seemingly effortless charm or fluidity. 2. Favor or goodwill; a disposition to be generous or helpful. 3. Mercy, forgiveness, charity. 4. A temporary exemption or immunity; a reprieve. 5. A sense of fitness or propriety. 6. A prayer of blessing or thanks said before a meal. 7. An unmerited divine gift offered out of love.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Be good, but not necessarily well-behaved. Be extra exuberant and free, but not irresponsible. Be lavish and ardent and even rowdy, but not decadent. Why? What's the occasion? Well, you have more or less finished paying off one of your karmic debts. You have conquered or at least outwitted a twist from your past that had been sapping your mojo. As a reward for doing your duty with such diligence, you have earned a respite from some of the more boring aspects of reality. And so now you have a mandate to gather up the intelligent pleasure you missed when you were acting like a beast of burden. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): "I am the least difficult of men. All I want is boundless love." That's the mantra that Frank O'Hara intoned in his poem "Meditations in an Emergency," and now I'm inviting you to adopt a modified version of it. Here's how I would change it for your use in the coming months: "I am the least difficult of passion artists. All I want is to give and receive boundless, healthy, interesting love." To be frank, I don't think O'Hara's simple and innocent declaration will work for you. You really do need to add my recommended nuances in order to ripen your soul's code and be aligned with cosmic rhythms.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): I won't go so far as to say that you are surrounded by unhinged maniacs whose incoherence is matched only by their self-delusion. That would probably be too extreme. But I do suspect that at least some of the characters in the game you're playing are not operating at their full potential. For now, it's best not to confront them and demand that they act with more grace. The wiser strategy might be to avoid being swept up in their agitation as you take good care of yourself. If you are patient and stay centered, I bet you will eventually get a chance to work your magic.

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