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Suped Up The role of a Santa Clara County supervisor has gone from one of the cushiest jobs in local politics to one of the most demanding. The five-member board oversees a multibillion-dollar budget, 20,000 employees, two embattled jails and one of the largest public hospital systems in the state. It governs a byzantine network of departments and nonprofit contractors that deliver social services for the homeless, sick, elderly, poor, non-citizen and otherwise most vulnerable among us. Now, more than ever, under a TRUMP administration at odds with progressive state and local governments, the county could be in for a fight to save its federal funding. That hasn’t stopped people from lining up for the job more than 16 months before the June 2018 primary election in the hopes of succeeding Supervisors KEN YEAGER and DAVE CORTESE, who term out at the end of next year. Not a week since he entered the race for Yeager’s District 4 seat, Santa Clara Councilman DOMINIC CASERTA already has his fundraising out of the way with a $250,000 They war chest. After a failed Did run for Santa Clara What? Valley Open Space District, former San Jose SEND TIPS TO FLY@ Councilman PIERLUIGI METRONEWS. OLIVERIO is preparing COM to run against Caserta along with his former council colleague DON ROCHA, Campbell Councilman JASON BAKER and San Jose Unified trustee SUSAN ELLENBERG. Another possible contender for the seat: PATRICIA GARDNER, head of the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits, a coalition that includes a number of organizations funded by the county. Meanwhile, some names being floated for Cortese’s seat include DERRICK SEAVER, who works as executive vice president for the Silicon Valley Organization (formerly the San Jose-Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce) and former North San Jose Councilman MANH NGUYEN, who got ousted from his seat after only a year by Councilman LAN DIEP. Other tentative contenders: former Milpitas Mayor JOSE ESTEVEZ, his successor RICH TRAN, who is still very intent on going viral, and ex-Sunnyvale Councilman OTTO LEE.

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San Jose police deploy ‘overwatch’ snipers to monitor protests BY JENNIFER WADSWORTH

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N THE DAY Donald Trump took the oath of office and lamented in his address the nation’s rusted-out factories and crime-plagued inner cities, protesters took to the streets of San Jose to denounce the 45th president of the United States. About 300 people, led by a grassroots coalition called Rise Up for Justice, marched from Plaza de Cesar Chavez, around the Robert F. Peckham Federal Building and onto City Hall, where the crowd swelled to about 500 as the rain eased to a drizzle.

Activists and officials traded the microphone with orators, poets and singers before clearing the way for Akoma drummers and Aztec dancers. In a semicircle around them, people brandished signs defending the rights of the disabled, queer, foreignborn, working class and otherwise marginalized. As motorcycle cops trailed the march and kept a respectful distance for most of the day, their colleagues—including at least two snipers—kept watch from above. “I saw maybe one or two of them on top of City Hall,” says Tamara Alvarado, head of the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza. “I was like ‘Huh, there’s a dude up there.’ It seemed to me that they were there to protect other officers and everyone else.” Still, Alvarado recalls thinking, better a few San Jose police snipers than the rifle-wielding Homeland Security detail she saw outside the U.S. District Court that morning. “The federal building,

which we circled about three times, was very heavily guarded,” she says. “It was a lot more tense, by far, than City Hall.” A source inside City Hall snapped a cellphone picture of one of the SJPD snipers, which ignited a conversation in activist circles about how San Jose polices public assembly. The grainy visual of a sniper rattled many of the protesters, while organizers were concerned that the Inauguration Day protest appeared more heavily policed than the Women’s March, which drew upward of 30,000 people to those same streets the very next day. “To me, that’s just horrifying that they had that level of readiness when it was a peaceful protest,” says Ruth Silver-Taube, an employment rights attorney who regularly volunteers as a legal observer at political demonstrations. “Then you contrast that with the Women’s March, where I saw barely any police presence.” SJPD Chief Eddie Garcia confirmed with Metro that the snipers—called “overwatch” in police parlance—were assigned to the Jan. 20 event and not the larger event a day later. But he declined to explain why, citing officer safety.


police militarization and surveillance predated Garcia’s tenure as the city’s top cop. Under his predecessor, Larry Esquivel, public backlash forced SJPD to ground a drone until it drafted a robust policy to govern its use. Also under Esquivel’s watch, San Jose returned a mine-resistant, tanklike military truck it quietly acquired from the Pentagon. Garcia says he regrets giving up the MRAP, or Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, which helped law enforcement respond to the San Bernardino terrorist attack in 2015. “I wish we had sat down and talked to the community and handled it the way we did with our drone,” Garcia says, adding that attacks at Pulse nightclub in Orlando and against Dallas police officers underscored the need for such tools. Several local activists say they would like to see SJPD handle overwatch that way, too, with open discussions about policy so that police and the public are on the same page. “Some of us have been marching and dealing with police presence for years,” Alvarado says. “If I was to offer unsolicited advice to Chief Garcia, I would say let’s do parity.” At the annual May 1 demonstrations, which trace the footsteps of Cesar Chavez and Larry Itliong through San Jose’s East Side, the police presence has historically been far more visible than what Alvarado saw at the Women’s March. “I was at the Women’s March, too, with my kids, and we saw so many people helping out with security as volunteers,” she says. “Maybe that’s part of why they didn’t see a need to bring police out in full force. But you know, we have security teams, too, so maybe we can work something out so that San Jose can ease up on the police presence at our march.” Ironically, San Jose came under fire for being too passive during Trump’s campaign stop at the McEnery Convention Center last summer. Trump supporters sued the city, claiming Garcia and Mayor Sam Liccardo allowed the scene to devolve into chaos and violence. “We’ve learned a lot of lessons,” Garcia says. “We’ve gone through a lot of courses and training with regards to how to handle crowd control situations. You have to be temperate with your response, you have to give the opportunity for people to peacefully demonstrate and exercise their rights and you have to keep enough distance between two opposing groups.”

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“We don’t want to give our hand for tactical reasons,” Garcia says.“It is a tool that we use, and that’s not a secret. But we certainly can’t say for which events we have overwatch and which ones we do not, and we’re not going to get into whether we have a specific threat or not.” Broadly speaking, Garcia says, SJPD reserves the right to deploy protective overwatch for any “large group” gathered for a specific reason. Snipers provide an added layer of security and surveillance for visits from high-profile dignitaries, or to law enforcement during an officer’s funeral at the SAP Center, or major events like the Super Bowl at Levi’s Stadium in 2016. “Our No. 1 priority is to stop some sort of active threat that’s occurring in the crowd,” Garcia says. “Ultimately, it adds security and safety for officers, but the primary reason is to try to mitigate any act of violence that’s occurring on the ground.” Alan Schlosser, senior counsel for the Northern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), compared San Jose’s response to the Jan. 20 anti-Trump rally to the militarized response to Black Lives Matter protests in Ferguson, Missouri. “That’s the only other time I’ve heard of overwatch,” Schlosser says, noting that he has witnessed three decades of protests as an ACLU attorney. “And in that case, the Justice Department specifically criticized the use of snipers this way. It’s not justified and not effective in a crowd control situation.” In its scathing Ferguson report, the Justice Department condemned police for deploying overwatch so visibly. While snipers may be appropriate to protect police and civilian lives in certain situations, such as when there’s an active shooter, the report deemed it heavy-handed for peaceful protests. Garcia says San Jose police have taken those findings into consideration. “We are very judicious about when we use overwatch,” he says. “There are a few things they did in Ferguson that we would not have done here.” San Jose’s overwatch team surveys the scene through binoculars, Garcia says, while Ferguson officers, according to the DOJ, peered at protesters through the scopes of rifles trained at civilians. “This is for community safety,” Garcia says. “We need to ensure that we prepare ourselves as best we can for when evil strikes.” Transparency is a work in progress in San Jose, where conversations about

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No Joke Silicon Valley’s standup comedy scene has been building on the back of open mics BY STEPHEN LAYTON

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RANKIE MARCOS’ standup debut was a bomb not of his making. His co-worker, a chef, had told him it was open mic night at a bar in San Francisco. Marcos, like many beginners, decided to give it a shot because he had a rep as the funny guy at work. Why not try standup?

His second time he did better. His third time, better than that. It’s an easy lesson to tell, but hard to learn: Doing anything worthwhile often requires a little embarrassment—only up on stage, it actually feels like dying.

He arrived at the bar anxious and proceeded to get buzzed. Just before his set was scheduled to start, Marcos looked around and realized there wasn’t much of an audience and not a microphone to be seen. He asked his co-worker what was going on. “It’s just you,” the chef replied, turning to the entire bar to

There are a few dozen psychological recipes for creating a standup comic. A fairly common one: a potent mixture of low self-esteem, neurosis and the debilitating need for attention. Call this the “Look at Me! Please God, Just Someone Look at Me” type. Many comedians will be the first to say this.

announce: “All right! It’s time for some comedy!” So, Marcos did what many people do their first time: he kinda sucked. He had seven minutes of material but got so nervous he could only remember four. “It took me three months to recover from the shame,” Marcos says.

Then there’s the misanthropic outsider. Someone who can’t help but look upon others with disdain, yet still desperately needs human connection. Call this the “I’m an Asshole and Now You Have to Deal with Me” special. And then there’s a nicer recipe. The subtle, criminally unrecognized comedian who would normally never set foot on a stage. Call this the “No One Will Ever Understand My Secret” surprise. I say this from a place of understanding. Having performed improv comedy for five years— including the last year at ComedySportz—I understand


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LET’S BE FRANK Frankie Marcos grew up in East San Jose and now runs a semimonthly comedy showcase at MACLA.

getting up on stage with no lines and no jokes requires neuroses, a gruesome masochistic streak and a low bar for what qualifies as “comedy.” If the audience laughs, that’s comedy. It’s not necessarily sophisticated, or much less inherently righteous. Standups may pretend they’re more highbrow than improvisers, but we all do our own silly bits. They just have more time to think about them. Regardless of what side a person falls on in the “Improv vs. Standup: Who’s More Insufferable” debate, there’s a significant difference between “the funny person at work” and an actual comedian. First, there’s the stage.

“Comedy is the only art form where you have to practice it live,” says comedian David Nguyen, who—like Marcos—grew up in East San Jose. A musician can play in her bedroom; a painter can create a masterpiece whether anyone understands it or not. “You don’t need that visceral feedback,” Nguyen continues. “Comedy is the only art form where you require a specific response from the audience. If you don’t get that response, it fails.” For a long time, the South Bay has drawn headliners, wellestablished comics used to having their names on the marquee. But a truly homegrown comedy scene has

been harder to come by. Virtually every comedian starts out as some poor schmuck trying to get a laugh wherever they can. Developing local comedians—and by extension a strong comedy scene—requires patient venues with understanding audiences. And over the past several years, despite some institutional challenges, the South Bay has been building toward just that.

The South Bay has two premier comedy clubs: Rooster T. Feathers in Sunnyvale, which opened in 1984, and San Jose Improv, which

opened in 2002 and is part of 20-club national franchise. The businesses are based around well-known touring comics with bankable names: For example, Bill Burr comes to the Improv in March and all shows are already sold out. Established Bay Area comics can get work as a host or opening act (possibly headlining, if they’re big enough), but there’s only so much stage time to go around, and the clubs’ operators have developed insular reputations. Multiple comics interviewed for this story noted that the Improv and Rooster T. Feathers could do a better

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STRENGTH IN NUMBERS ‘Mighty’ Mike McGee has created a hit with The Go! Go! Gong Show at Cafe Stritch.

SO MUCH NGUYENING David Nguyen has performed stand-up comedy for six years and plans to give it a go in New York. job connecting to the South Bay comedy community. Roosters has a New Talent Night on Wednesdays, which operates essentially like an open mic, and both clubs hold comedy competitions, where amateur comics can compete to win paid

work at the venue. But neither seems particularly interested in fostering the grass-roots scene outside their respective fiefdoms. Repeated attempts to interview Improv and Rooster’s operators about the local comedy scene went ignored.

Neophytes need open mics, where they can work on their bits and stage persona five minutes at a time. The audience—whoever else shows up— gets a free night of jokes in exchange for being patient with clunky jokesin-development. Open mics are the fertilizer of the comedy scene, in every connotation. This isn’t to suggest open mics are necessarily low quality. Some nights are more misses than hits. Other nights, the new material is cracking and the audience is ready for anything. It’s loose, fast and casual. Even a joke that bombs can end in laughter as everyone realizes its imperfection. “Mighty” Mike McGee runs the The Go! Go! Gong Show at Cafe Stritch, which is essentially a mixed open mic (comedy, music, poetry, etc.) with three judges. If, at any point during each performance, a judge decides they don’t like a person’s act, they smash the gong. “It’s ruthless,” Marcos says, smiling. McGee is a local veteran of the national slam poetry scene who’s now focusing on his comedy. He had to move the Gong Show from downtown

San Jose’s Cafe Frascati across the street to Cafe Stritch after the audience grew too large. McGee’s optimistic about the South Bay comedy’s future. “I very well believe that our greatest exports could easily be tech; grafitti, there’s a lot of really good graffiti here; burritos, we nail it on burritos; and comedy,” he says. There are at least five weekly comedyonly mics around San Jose nowadays, not to mention the mixed performance mics such as the Gong Show. Comics usually prefer comedy-only nights, because it’s hard to maintain the energy of a room swinging between heartfelt poetry and dick jokes. After working the open mics circuit, a new comic should be able to build up the material and connections to get featured in a showcase, a more formal show that’s a step up in quality and audience. They might even get paid. But comedy in the South Bay has historically suffered from the same problem as its other scenes,

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like live music: artists migrate to San Francisco and Oakland, and the audiences follow in a vicious cycle. It also doesn’t help that Silicon Valley has a humorless reputation. “When I first started there was hardly nothing here,” Pete Munoz tells me one afternoon in Woodham’s Lounge, where he runs an open mic every Monday night. Back then, more than 10 years ago, there was a Friday night open mic at Ron’s Farmhouse in Mountain View, and little else. Munoz could hit maybe two or three mics a week in South Bay, tops. “Now if I only do two or three mics a week, they think I’m dead,” he says. Munoz got tired of driving all over the region for a measly five minutes, so he started opening his own rooms. The first, Seniore’s Pizza in Santa Clara, paid him in pizza and beer (usually the open mic organizer gets a percentage of the bar sales), but he learned his craft. “I learned all my heckling, all my riffing, all my improv—just how to control a rowdy room,” Munoz says.

It’s difficult for open mics to triangulate a consistent audience, quality comedy and a supportive venue for more than a couple years, if that. A patient venue is the real linchpin, as owners tend to side with customers over comics. Irate Yelp reviews can still be found about the open mic at Ron’s Farmhouse, which closed in 2007. The South Bay’s two most consistent, longest-running open mics are Woodham’s Lounge in Santa Clara, and the Caravan Lounge in downtown San Jose. Woodham’s, which takes place Mondays, has been running for four years this April; the Caravan celebrates its three-year anniversary on Feb. 22. Ato Walker, a longtime San Jose comedian who runs the Caravan, is optimistic about the city’s comedy scene. “It’s bubbling, it’s boiling, and people are waiting for the top to pop off,” he says. “And it’s been that way for the past five, six years.” But still, Walker says, there aren’t


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enough people producing local shows. “There are a lot of lazy-ass people and when they do produce shows, they don’t do enough marketing.” San Jose isn’t San Francisco, where people regularly walk into shows off the street. Walker says South Bay comedians and producers need to leverage their connections and do the legwork. “Why would they care?” he asks. “You have to make ‘em care. Just like if you’re on stage: you have to make the audience give a shit about you.” Walker cites Marcos as an example. Four years after recovering from his first surprise set, Marcos now runs a semi-monthly Saturday showcase at MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana), which he says has sold out three of the last four nights.

The jukebox fires up at Patty’s Inn, so Iris Benson and I retreat to the quieter smoking patio. I’d heard praise for Benson’s dark, deadpan

comedy style from other South Bay comics, and for her mentorship. “It’s not really appealing to gatekeepers as much as people think it is,” she says, when asked her advice for younger comics. The gist: do your own thing; produce your own shows; don’t wait for someone else to validate you. One of the benefits of a small scene is comedians have incentive to cooperate with one another and create more opportunities, rather than compete in a saturated market. In Los Angeles, open mic sets usually run three brief minutes due to the intense competition for stage time. A few comics I interviewed estimate that there’s about 10,000 comedians in LA, compared to the 100150 working consistently in the South Bay. Strength, it seems, can be found in lesser numbers. “[Iris] introduced me to a lot of people when I was still brand new,” says Shannon Murphy, a comic from East San Jose who placed second in last year’s Rooster T. Feathers comedy competition

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15 else got up and did a few minutes of comedy and then a few women of color got up and they were like, ‘I’m just here to make White dudes uncomfortable.’ I was like alright: I get it, I dig it.”

The Caravan Lounge

9pm Wednesdays; 98 S. Almaden Ave.

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wo months into the New Year, negative news has clearly outweighed the positive. Everyone needs a good laugh (or cry?), which is why comedy open mic nights are needed now more than ever. We asked local comedian and slam poetry champion “Mighty” Mike McGee to give us a few of his favorites. Also check out a quick calender of comedy and mixed open mic nights.

—Diana San Juan & Stephen Layton

and is getting closer to booking steady club gigs. “She’s one of the women that took me under her wing.” There’s a definite camaraderie among comedians here, a bunch as motley as the South Bay. When I first called Daymon Ferguson, he was on the road with Benson heading to Humboldt County for a show. He works—reluctantly—as a lawyer, and has been doing comedy for 10 years. “I thought I’d be saving the world and getting rich, but you can’t do both. You can do one or the other,” Ferguson says. “I’m not good enough to save the world and I’m not dedicated enough to get rich. So here I am, talking about my weiner.” Then there’s Mekkin Roff, who got into standup after dropping out of UC Santa Cruz and running away to her birthplace, Reykjavik, Iceland. “I was working at a bar [in Reykjavik] and I knew the guy who was hosting this open mic there,” she tells me before her set at the Art Boutiki open mic. “I

It’s all about booze and blithe here. McGee calls this his favorite spot for comedy, as it allows multiple comedians to take center stage. “Their goal is to just get as many comics in as possible,” he says.

Caffe Frascati

7pm Wednesday; 315 S. First St. Caffe Frascati allows people of all ages every Wednesday night. “All the other comedy open mics in San Jose, which there aren’t a whole lot of are generally in dive bars,” McGee says.

Other places worth checking out: MONDAYS

Woodham’s (comedy) Mi Chalateca (comedy) Red Rock Coffee (mixed) Poor House (mixed) Frascati (mixed)

Iguanas - downtown San Jose (mixed) Art Boutiki (mixed) Willow Glen Pizza Factory (comedy only) Da Kine Island Grill Hella Famous Thursday (mixed)

WEDNESDAYS

FRIDAYS

TUESDAYS

Mi Chalateca

7pm Monday; 515 S. 10th St. This Salvadorian restaurant gives marginalized voices an important platform. “The racism or misogyny kind of takes over so those voices continue to be marginalized,” McGee says. “I got up and did a few minutes of comedy, someone

thought, ‘Oh that’s terrifying. I should probably try that.’” Mekkin went on to perform a ukulele-accompanied comedy song at Art Boutiki, in anticipation of Gong Show at Cafe Stritch, where the judges seem to be more lenient on musicians than comics. Over at the Caravan, I caught five minutes from Oakland comedian Alexandria Love, who cut her teeth in the South Bay and had the entire bar wrapped around her finger. Then came Ben Jaramillo, who killed as well. Earlier, I’d met with comedian Chris Naasko at Cafe Frascati, and he talked about how standup can sensitize you to other people’s boundaries. But it’s the geographical boundaries that still hang up some of the most ambitious local comedians.

Anyone hoping to make it big can’t

THURSDAYS

Frascati (comedy) Caravan (comedy) Cafe Stritch The Go! Go! Gong Show (mixed, every third Wednesday) Rooster T. Feathers New Talent Showcase

stay in San Jose permanently, much less the Bay Area. New York and Los Angeles remain the comedy industry meccas of their respective coasts. David Nguyen, six years into his career, plans to move to New York at the end of the year. He’s looking forward to a more competitive scene. “If you surround yourself with the best,” he says, “it raises your abilities.” But not every comic has aspirations for stardom, or plans to leave. Benson is open to moving, but she likes her job and San Jose. “I definitely enjoy my life doing comedy whether I make it or not,” she says. “And also, I just turned 40 and I’m starting to realize that I have maybe 10 years before I’m gonna be like, ‘Fuck this, I just wanna live in Florida.’” Others, like Munoz and Walker, are committed to cultivating San Jose’s scene. They’ve been kicking around the idea of organizing a San Jose comedy festival within the next few years. “Everyone’s like, ‘When are you gonna move to LA?’” Munoz says. “I

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don’t want to move to LA. You don’t need to move to LA. Have the scene come to you.”

It’s a particularly quiet Monday night at the Woodham’s open mic. It will get lively when more comedians drift in from their other sets, but for now it’s just a handful of comics and the drinkers slouched at the wellworn bar. The dollar bills pinned to the ceiling are barely visible in the dim ambient light, but there’s a bright spotlight on the mic. A few sets into the show and so far it’s going well. The best indication of this is that the drinkers have turned around in their seats to watch the stage. A large man—I didn’t catch his name—steps up to the open microphone. “This joke never works,” he says. “But I’m going to do it anyway.” That’s the spirit.


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COLD AS ICE Media reports suggest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has arrested more than 600 undocumented immigrants in the last week.

SJUSD Signs Tougher Resolution as Raids Sweep Nation BY DIANA SAN JUAN Bowing to pressure from parents, San Jose Unified School District agreed to a resolution last week that ensures anonymity for undocumented students and their families. Under the newly titled “Resolution Supporting Immigrant Students and Families,” the district will not collect information regarding students and their families’ immigration status. The resolution also states that San Jose Unified School District (SJUSD), the largest in the city with roughly 30,900 enrolled students, will also take legal action if it receives requests for information that would threaten an individual’s privacy rights. “It prevents us from having to share information,” SJUSD spokesman Peter Allen said. “We protect the information by just not asking for it.” As first reported by Metro, SJUSD’s board met on Jan. 26 and heard from

nearly two dozen parents who were concerned that President Donald Trump’s executive orders could result in undocumented parents and children being targeted on school grounds. In addition to last week’s resolution, the district's superintendent, Nancy Albarrán, will review any requests for access to a school site from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) before any actions take place. SJUSD has previously said it will not comply with anything less than a warrant. The district also vowed to keep up to date with every student’s emergency contact information and provide support through local government agencies and community groups. ICE began conducting immigration raids across the country last week, in areas as close as Santa Cruz, and some

media reports have put the number of people detained nationwide at 600. San Jose Unified’s initial resolution from January, titled “Inclusive Learning Environments,” ensured the safety of all students regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion and socioeconomic status. Immigration status was also included in that list, but the document did not state specific actions regarding undocumented students and the current community concerns. “At the time, it was a little more of a general support of student safety and well-being of the district as a whole, but, given the uncertain times with the immigration policy, the community wanted to see something more focused on the immigration policy,” Allen said. “We heard loud and clear from the community that it required specific language.”

BY THE NUMBERS

1,200 To kick off the #BeautifySJ campaign highlighted in his State of the City speech, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo kicked off this week picking up trash along a blighted stretch of Bayshore Road. The campaign builds on a yearslong effort to combat illegal dumping, which has been on the rise as the housing crisis displaces families and forces thousands of people to sleep on the streets and riverbanks. According to a new report, San Jose has cleaned up nearly 1,200 mattresses, 620 shopping carts, 320 tons of debris, 422 gallons of motor oil, 148 gallons of paint and 151 gallons of human waste—just since last summer. Since the city began offering free junk hauling for single-family homes in 2014, the number of pickups has grown from 7,050 to 15,240 this past year. The crackdown on litterbuggery has been such a resounding success that the city plans to expand the program in the coming year.

Sexual Assault Reported by San Pedro Square San Jose police are investigating a sexual assault reported last week near one of the busiest intersections of downtown, authorities confirmed Monday. Officers responded to the area of North First and Market streets at about 1:40am on Wednesday, Feb. 9, after a report of a sexual assault, according to San Jose Police Department spokesman Sgt. Enrique Garcia. As of Monday afternoon, no suspect had been identified or arrested. The location of the reported incident is not far from one the busiest nightlife spots in San Jose. San Jose Inside has learned that police were visiting bars and restaurants around San Pedro Square over the weekend to review surveillance footage for clues. —Jennifer Wadsworth


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THE GROWLERS

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FULMINANTE

THE GROWLERS

Thu, 9pm, Free Caravan Lounge, San Jose

Thu-Fri, 9pm, $25 The Catalyst, Santa Cruz

Formed last year, this explosive trio have since ignited the Santa Cruz scene with their intoxicating brew of infectious tunes. Starting with a punk and surf base, drummer Josue Monroy, standup bassist Paul “Wolfman” Grimm, and guitarist Brenda Martinez churn up a piping hot gypsy energy—à la Gogol Bordello— mix in some Latin style by way of Manu Chao, and top it all off with a dash of ska that recalls one of their favorite local bands, La Plebe—bringing the Fulminante (“explosive”) flavor to a head. Key tracks include “Taco Surf Party” and “Mala Suerte.” (MW)

“The labor of our love will reward us soon enough,” Growlers frontman Brooks Nielsen sings on their 2014 full-length Chinese Fountain. Maybe it was a premonition, or maybe Nielsen was just that confident in his band’s work ethic: five LPs and three EPs in seven years ain’t nothin’ to sneeze at. Whatever the case, The Growlers have been rewarded with the attention of Julian Casablancas. The Strokes’ singer saw promise in this Costa Mesa “beach goth” trio—signing them to his own Cult Records and producing their slick, yet slack, new album, City Club. (NV)

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GEE’S BEND

DJ LANIDAD

STREET REQUIEM

Fri, 8pm, $25-$30 Historic Hoover Theatre, San Jose

Fri, 8:30pm, $10-$25 MACLA, San Jose

Fri, 7:30pm, $35-$55 Basilica Cathedral of St. Joseph, San Jose

A story about faith, determination and the resilience of the human spirit, Gee’s Bend focuses on a single family in the community of Gee’s Bend, a small town on the shores of a large bend in the Alabama River. The community became famous for the intricate handmade quilts created by the women who grew up there. With gospel songs woven throughout, the play—presented by the San Jose Multicultural Artists Guild— explores the turbulent history and perseverance of an AfricanAmerican community in the rural South. The play runs through Sunday, Feb. 19. (BS)

For three days, MACLA will transform its Castellano Playhouse into a nightclub to house DJ Lanidad’s Lano Dance Party. Featuring the music of the Boogie Down Bronx to the alternative Latin sounds of Nortec Collective, award-winning director Mark Valdez weaves together music, dance, drama and comedy in a celebration that explores what it means to be Latino. Without traditional theater seating, the audience joins the ensemble of actors in a highly playful, interactive production. Bring your dancing shoes to this immersive dance-theater experience, which runs through Feb. 19. (BS)

Designed to highlight the humanity and dignity of the least fortunate among us, Street Requiem deploys traditional Catholic choral traditions to lift a prayer for those who have died on the streets. Since its debut in 2014, the Street Requiem has delivered performances in Melbourne and San Francisco, sometimes recruiting homeless and formerly homeless to sing. The aim is to give performers and the audience a different outlook on local homeless—encouraging compassion and engagement, instead of willful ignorance. Ten percent of the production’s net proceeds will be donated to the Office of Social Ministry at Basilica Cathedral of St. Joseph. (DSJ)


* concerts CHICANO BATMAN Mar 2 at The Ritz

BILLY CRYSTAL

Mar 2 at SJ Center for the Performing Arts

RICHIE RAMON

Mar 3 at The Ritz

BLAKE SHELTON

Mar 10 at SAP Center

DASH BERLIN

Mar 11 at City National Civic

MALUMA

Mar 25 at City National Civic

IL VOLO

Mar 27 at City National Civic

ARIANA GRANDE

Mar 27 at SAP Center

GAME OF THRONES CONCERT Mar 29 at SAP Center

THE WEEKND

Apr 28 at SAP Center

FULMINANTE

GABRIEL IGLESIAS

May 13 at SAP Center

U2: ‘JOSHUA TREE’ TOUR

CEMETERY CLUB

*sat *sun *tue BEE GEE’S GOLD

DATSIK

Fri, 8pm, $15-$40 Tabard Theatre, San Jose

Sat, Feb 18, 7:30pm, $35+ Heritage Theatre, Campbell

Sun, 8pm, $55+ City National Civic, San Jose

This hysterical play follows Ida, Lucille and Doris—three Jewish widows who meet once a month for tea before visiting their husbands’ graves. A chance cemetery meeting with a widower and local butcher leads these three friends to question what it means to honor the past while finding the courage to move ahead into the future. As Doris remains steadfastly loyal to her dearly departed husband, Ida begins to fall for the widower, Sam, while Lucille is frustrated that she can’t find a new companion. The production runs through Mar. 12. (BS)

Catch that “Night Fever” and relive the incredible harmonies and legendary songs of the Bee Gees with the internationally renowned tribute group, Bee Gees Gold. Based out of Las Vegas— where else?—these three have the leisure-suit look and falsetto sound of Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb down to a science. Band leader John Acosta, who has played in Bee Gees tributes all over the world, even has Barry’s hair and beard on lock. Hear “Stayin’ Alive,” “How Deep Is Your Love” and all the Bee Gees’ biggest hits, as they were meant to be experienced—live. (BS)

The eighth annual Wobbleland electronic dance music festival returns to San Jose for three nights of hard-hitting dubstep, trap and enough bass to keep the local chapter of the United States Geological Survey on high alert. The team over at Vital Events has put together another womp-tastic lineup—from Friday night’s opening sets by Sam F and Yntendo, all the way through Sunday’s headlining performance by Canadian producer and DJ Datsik. With a string of No. 1 Beatport releases, sold-out tours and a well-established fan base, Datsik is no stranger to delivering neck-breaking sets on the world’s biggest stages. (BS)

DAVID BROOKINGS

Tue, 7pm, Free Tabard Theatre, San Jose On the heels of the announcement that a label in Spain will be releasing a vinyl compilation of 12 of his songs, local indie rocker David Brookings and his band, The Average Lookings, are ready to celebrate. Brookings released his self-titled 11th album this past summer— an 11-song set is packed with gleeful melodies, playful lyrics and some quite nimble chord changes. They play the Theatre on San Pedro Square with Rich Ajlouny & The Tractor Beams. It’s part of the Tabard’s regular Tuesday night free concert series. (NV)

May 14 at Levi’s Stadium

PINK FLOYD CONCERT EXPERIENCE

Jun 2 at City National Civic

DEAD & COMPANY

Jun 3-4 at Shoreline Amphitheatre

NKOTB, BOYZ II MEN Jun 4 at SAP Center

ROGER WATERS

Jun 7 at SAP Center

FUTURE & MIGOS

Jun 15 at Shoreline Amphitheatre

QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT Jun 29 at SAP Center

BRUNO MARS

Jul 20 at SAP Center

TIM MCGRAW & FAITH HILL Jul 29 at SAP Center

NEIL DIAMOND

Jul 30 at SAP Center

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Stacked Deck CRYSTAL BALLS Tara Donovan coaxes, interesting shapes and patterns from thousands of cards and plastic rods.

Artist Tara Donovan plays ‘Cards’ right in new Pace show BY JEFFREY EDALATPOUR

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TEPPING INSIDE Tara Donovan’s exhibit at Pace Gallery in downtown Palo Alto, is like entering a minimalist’s idea of heaven. Whiteness makes its presence felt. Or inversely, if you prefer, color is entirely absent. The artwork, separated into three categories, maintains an orderly sense of Nordic design. Large framed pieces reflecting faint patterns and gradients against clean

hardwood floors. The eye, used to overstimulation, will need a minute to settle into this display of starkness. But once it does, the process of engagement is like glimpsing the underbelly of an osprey against a winter sky. What Donovan leaves out of her work is not accidental. When asked via email if she was simply disinterested in color, she replied, “Color is often what I like to refer to as a ‘fugitive’ quality in my work. It is a trait that often only becomes evident with accumulation. With the cards, blues and yellows develop in the shadowy interstices between the cards.” Donovan here is referring to the Composition (Cards), her newest series of stacked styrene cards.

The central gallery contains ten of these cards. They are trompe l'oeils, framed to look like paintings but only mimic their form. Standing up close, I was unable to detect blues and yellows, but could make out the in between spaces. One card in particular seemed to catch the movement of my shadow like a reflection in a dark mirror. Donovan intentionally creates her work with this play of light in mind: “Transparency and reflectivity are important because these traits are responsive in the sense that they can be amplified or subdued according to the light conditions around them.” From the entrance, you can see a sculpture in the back room. At first glance, it bears little relation to the Cards. But after reconsidering the exhibit as a coherent statement, the Cards moved further away from being static in their perfectly square frames. If you approached them

from side angles or even underneath, they began to look like cross sections taken, like specimens on a slide, from a three dimensional sculpture like the one at the back of the gallery. Donovan too considers them to be a type of hybrid: “They have the linearity of drawing, the materiality of painting and the volumetric depth of sculpture.” She has to reconsider the very notion of the frame itself. “When you are dealing with massive volumes of material, it becomes necessary to think about framing in a more conceptual way. I relate very strongly to the modern painting discourse where the canvas is posited as an infinite field only delimited by the frame.” Donovan is known for using vast quantities of everyday materials like plastic cups and straws (see an earlier work entitled Haze from 2003). The Cards series disguises this fact in a way that the sculpture does not. Untitled (2016), according to Pace, is made of “tens of thousands of clear acrylic rods.” Physically, it resembles a giant tidepool creature arisen from Neptune’s distant atmosphere. Donovan explains that her process is “a kind of dialogue with a chosen material. Chance is of primary importance in the beginning as I experiment with a new material. As a project progresses, the dialogue becomes more nuanced.” This dialogue of chance is admittedly less apparent in a third series: Drawing (Pins). In two framed pieces, we see hundreds of nickelplated steel pins painstakingly placed on the canvases. To create them, Donovan “plot[s] out a design for each one beforehand. The production of them requires an incredible amount of repetitive labor that almost becomes meditative. I think of the pin pieces almost like a very manual form of grey-scale printing.” They do have a mandala-like quality, if colder and more restive. Most of all, they represent the artist’s intense sense of rigor and discipline.

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One of the first things you notice is a massive metallic disc hanging at the back of the stage. Throughout the performance it shone red, gold and pale silver—a reminder of the hot sun and cool moon which wheel daily over the arid plains and muggy jungles of our neighbor to the south. In these politically charged times, Luzia also serves as a reminder that we all turn beneath the same star, and that we all yearn for the same basic things: Like a day at the beach—overseen by a strapping, mustachioed lifeguard, who just so happens to use his guard chair like a gymnast would use a pair of rings. Working his way up the perpetually growing structure, our hero in this seaside scene balanced on one hand, did the splits and pulled an iron cross.

Luzia Thru Mar 19 Taylor Street Bridge, San Jose

Then there was the jungle pool, featuring a Tarzan-esque fellow, who twirled his way up and down a vine, as a massive puppet panther looked on. And a spirited game of futbol, which served to highlight the cast’s two best ballhandlers, as they balanced soccer balls on their head, flipped them around with their feet and even incorporated a touch of breakdancing. A massive steely stallion—operated by three puppeteers—appeared in the first and second acts, galloping over a bright, sunlit plain. You could almost see the dust kicking up around the sagebrush. And the skies underneath the big tent frequently opened up, showering the circular stage with sheets of rain. Upon closer examination, it was revealed that the water fell in hundreds of individual streams, each dispensed with precision so that the deluge might cascade in patterns, like hearts and diamonds. As always with a Cirque du Soleil performance, the set design, costuming and music are an integral part of this show. A live band expertly fused Latin rhythms and textures with jazz, electronica and strains of world music. Giant walking cacti and humongous dancing insects—and monarch butterflies, which served as a reminder of the yearly migration these colorful creatures make— float graceful and free across the Rio Grande. —Nick Veronin

Silent Night BY KEVIN PUTS & MARK CAMPBELL

In a miraculous moment of peace during one of the deadliest wars in history, enemy soldiers, bloodied battle and mourning their dead, lay down their arms in the powerful true story of the Christmas truce of World War I. Six performances only at the California Theatre in San José. For tickets visit operasj.org or call 408.437.4450. Purchase your tickets today! Supported, in part, by grants from the San José Office of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Carol Franc Buck Foundation.

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Telling It FIGHTING WORDS ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ uses the words of James Baldwin to demonstrate how far the struggle for civil rights has yet to go.

‘I Am Not Your Negro’ confronts hard truths about race BY RICHARD VON BUSACK

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AOUL PECK’S tremendous documentary I Am Not Your Negro shows great intelligence and relevance. Rather than a rehash of the 1960s struggle, it’s a demonstration that the struggle never ended. The subject is James Baldwin, and an unfinished manuscript. Baldwin never got farther than 30 pages into his study of three lives in the civil rights movement. All three of the leaders were under the age of 40 when they were martyred: Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers and Malcolm X.

What’s more, all three were Baldwin’s friends. Which didn’t mean that he agreed with their methods, any more than the three agreed with each other. In this unfinished study, Baldwin wrestled with the question of how to proceed, and—on the sidelines—how to deal with the weakness of white liberal America. Peck begins with Dick Cavett—TV’s Public Intellectual No. 1 back in the day. The talk show host has Baldwin as guest, along with Yale philosophy professor Paul Weiss. After Caucasiansplaining the somewhat improved situation for black people in the late 1960s, Cavett asks, “Why aren’t the negroes optimistic?” It is the duty of even the smartest journalist to ask stupid questions, in hopes of getting a definitive reply. Baldwin enjoys Cavett’s query just

as the average person would enjoy a faceful of ammonia. Baldwin had wide-set, heavy-lidded, protuberant eyes, and a smile that was more of a wince than anything else. He was a commanding, precise speaker who’d started life as the shoe-shining stepson of a storefront Harlem preacher. His politeness gets the torture test when we see the upshot at the end of Peck’s film: Weiss tut-tuts Baldwin’s belief that race really matters at all, as opposed to the more important brotherhood of intellectuals everywhere. Making sure he has a well-filled screen, Peck sometimes cuts to nocomment landscapes of the South and the iron grids of elevated trains in the cities. We hear a story of how Baldwin observed scraps of a lynched man’s clothes littering tree branches, as we see the Spanish moss dangling in a Southern grove. Numerous film clips illustrate Baldwin’s time, and ours: from Gus Van Sant’s Elephant to the silent version of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. In its bricolage about an important

writer and his times, I Am Not Your Negro is sometimes a movie about movies, about how the glow of softfocus Technicolor helped whites to hide their eyes. Baldwin was enough of a movie fan to condemn the buffoonery of comedic figures like Mantan Moreland and Willie “Sleep ‘n’ Eat” Best. He was also familiar with the 1930s social-justice warrioring in Imitation of Life and They Won’t Forget, as well as Stanley Kramer’s more softboiled attempts to right racial wrongs in The Defiant Ones (1958) and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967). Baldwin’s critique of Gary Cooper and Doris Day as figures of American false innocence is strict but fair. Interestingly enough, the author was well known enough to get some Hollywood money. Baldwin scripted what he hoped would be a Billy Dee Williams-starring version of the life of Malcolm X. Thus, as he writes, Baldwin got the news of the killing of Martin Luther King by telephone at the side of a Palm Springs swimming pool. (Critic Jonathan Rosenbaum provides some extra-credit reading in his book Movies as Politics, about what happened to Baldwin’s script, and how it compared to Spike Lee’s Malcolm X biopic.) Peck’s smooth time shifts contrast 1960s beatings on the protest line to the uprisings in Ferguson, Missouri. Black martyrs are juxtaposed with photos of dead kids killed by incompetent or malicious cops. A few facts turn up missing, probably because of the muscular brevity of Peck’s film. A small excerpt from Baldwin’s 1,800-page FBI file includes rumors of Baldwin’s homosexuality. If you knew nothing about Baldwin, you might assume this was a slur by J. Edgar Hoover’s secret police force, instead of the truth: Baldwin published a gay themed novel very early, in 1956. Still, this movie is an education based on the experiences of a man who learned the hard way. As Baldwin said, speaking to whites on the behalf of black people everywhere: “I know more about you than you know about me.”

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legend. The jazz vibraphonist first broke out in the ’60s with a postbop sound, before going on to help pioneer jazz-funk, acid jazz and neo soul. His music has influenced the likes of Mary J. Blige, Tupac and A Tribe Called Quest. He scored one of his biggest commercial hits with “Hot” in 1986, and has continued to keep his mallets on the pop culture pulse ever since—making cameos on the Grand Theft Auto IV soundtrack and on Tyler The Creator’s 2015 record, Cherry Bomb.

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Huntertones

Fri, Feb 24, 10pm, $20-$25 Cafe Stritch, San Jose Based out of Brooklyn, this outfit of young horn players draw inspiration from jazz, funk, hip-hop, R&B and rock. The Huntertones met at Ohio State University—and in true college marching band fashion, they continue to work up innovatively arranged covers of pop and hip-hop songs. Only now, without a drumline to back them up, they sometimes resort to beatboxing when they are in need of a slapping rhythm.

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FRESH FACES Rising alt-R&B singer Reva DeVito has worked with a number of hot left-field producers, including Kaytranada and Com Truise.

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TARTING THIS WEEK, San Jose Jazz’s Winter Fest returns with three weekends of great jazz, both old and new. With shows scheduled in downtown San Jose and in Palo Alto, the annual celebration has its sights set on bringing all of Silicon Valley into the fold. As is the case with all San Jose Jazz lineups, Winter Fest will feature veteran musicians as well as emerging artists just making a name for themselves. Here are five sets we’re looking forward to.

Mary Stallings Sun, Feb 19 5pm, $30-$35 Cafe Stritch, San Jose A native San Franciscan, Mary Stallings first rode her multidimensional voice to fame in the ’50s. Known for her exceptional long tone vocal control—which she often deploys to great effect in ballads—she often is likened to a sharper, grittier Nancy Williams. Her 2012 album, Don’t Look Back, blends touching lyricism with Stalling’s personal, raspy tone. The record caught the attention of The New York Times— with music critic Ben Ratliff declaring the collection to be “wicked, up and down” and praised the singer’s ability to “laser deep into emotional zones.”

Reva DeVito Thu, Feb 23, $15-$20 The Continental, San Jose While she may wear her heart on her sleeve, Reva DeVito keeps ice in her veins. The alt-R&B singer’s vocals are a swift and chilling—like a sharp inhalation on a cool day. On “Friday Night,” she delivers a breathy, funky vocal over elastic bass and a minimalist beat. Her 2016 EP, The Move, is a six-song set of future disco, featuring production help from Kaytranada, Birthday Boy, Com Truise and B Bravo. It is a paradoxical collection— at once ethereal and foggy, yet simultaneously warm and intimate.

Roy Ayers Fri, Feb 24, 7:30pm, $40-$70 Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto With a generations-spanning career, Roy Ayers is undoubtedly a living

Fri, Feb 24, 8pm, $15-$20 MACLA, San Jose Six talented musicians with diverse backgrounds and tastes come together to form this tripped-out fusion ensemble. Weaving together strains of, hip-hop, funk, electro and cumbia, the Guadalajara-based Troker craft killer tunes at punk rock speed. Thumping bass, screeching guitar, retro keys, explosive horns and electronic flourishes come together in spastic, energetic bursts—calling to mind the kind of music The Mars Volta might have made if they’d been born south of El Paso.

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Rock/Pop/ Hip-Hop THE BACK BAR SOFA Every Wed, 9pm: Open Mic Cypher, feat. Hip-hop, Jungle, Soul, Reggae, Dubstep, Trap, BreakBeat, House and more. Thu, Feb 16: Equipto: Mike Marshall. San Jose.

BRANHAM LOUNGE Fri, 10:30pm: Quality Control (indie, rock and hip hop). Every Thu, 10pm: The Weekend Warmup with DJ Sean Black. Fri, Feb 17, 8:30pm: Live in a Dive With Brian Ward. Sat, Feb 18, 8:30pm: Live in a Dive With Mike Annotti. Sat, Feb 18, 10pm: Relapse With DJ Onemanarmy. San Jose.

NUMBER ONE BROADWAY Every Wed: J.C. Jam. Every Thu: Back to Back. Sat, Feb 17: Konsept Party Band. Sun, Feb 18: Hella Good Party Band. Los Gatos.

THE QUARTER NOTE Every Mon: Live Music Jam with Dana’s Band. Every Tue: Karaoke / Open Mic Every Wed: Live Music Jam Funk with Michael “B” Band. Every Thu: Live Music Jam Funk with Vicious Groove. Every Sun: Live Music Jam with Michael “T”. Sunnyvale.

RED ROCK COFFEE Every Mon: Open Mic Night. Fri, Feb 17, 8pm: Amy Obenski and Henry Holden. Mountain View.

THE RITZ Fri, Feb 17, 8pm: Legendary Shack Shakers, The Brains, Delta Bombers. San Jose.

BRIT ARMS ALMADEN Every Wed: SJ Hank. Every Thu: DJ Maniakal. Fri, Feb 17: Superbad. Sat, Feb 18: No Water After Midnight. San Jose.

BRITANNIA ARMS DOWNTOWN Every Thu: DJ Benofficial. Every Fri: DJ Radio Raheem. Every Sat: DJ Ready Rock. San Jose.

THE CARAVAN Every Mon: Tooth and Nail DJ Night. Every first Tue of the month 9:30 pm: Not So Trivial Tuesday Rock DJ Set. Thu, Feb 16, 10pm: Fulminate, The Rocketz. Fri, Feb 17,8:30pm: Tango Hustle, Worship and Love Moon. Sat, Feb 18, 10pm: Stevie Jick with Nauts, Dichorion and August Sun. San Jose.

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EAST COAST ALICE Live music every Fri and Sat. Saratoga.

FOX THEATRE Sun, Feb 12, 6pm: Tribute to Glenn Miller and Tex Beneke.

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

SAN PEDRO SQUARE MARKET Fri, Feb 17, 7pm: Bi Polar Bears. Sat, Feb 18, 7pm: Otilia Donaire. San Jose.

SHERWOOD INN Every Sun, 4pm: Novak-Nanni Duo. San Jose.

WOODHAMS LOUNGE First and Second Fri, 9:30pm: Live PRO Jam. Third and Fourth Fri: Live bands. Santa Clara.

Jazz/Blues/ World AGAVE Every Thu: Banda La Unica. Every Fri, 6:30pm: Mariachi Mariachismo, 9:30pm: DJ Norman. Every Sat: Las Mejores Bandas De La Bahia. Every Sun: 4pm-8pm: Edith Del Sol. San Jose.

ANGELICA’S BISTRO Every Tue: Jazz Tuesdays and Open Mic Night. Wed, Feb 15, 7pm: Piano Night with Rick Ferguson Guest Vocalist Rachel Ross. Thu, Feb 16, 7:30pm: Emma Callister Walmsley Quartet. Tue, Feb 21, 7:15pm: The Denny Berthiaume Trio with Special Guest Peggy Duquesnel. Redwood City.

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Every Thu: Open Mic. Every Fri: Blue Rock Showcase. Every Sat: Live Featured Show. Every Sun: Jazz & Blues Jam. Saratoga.

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Every Wed: Wax Wednesday: All Vinyl DJ Sets. Every Sunday, 7pm, The Eulipions Jazz Jam Session. Thu, Feb 16, 7:30pm: San Jose Jazz Winterfest: The Cookers. Sat, Feb 18, 2pm: San Jose Jazz Winterfest: Youth Groups, Sat, Feb 18, 8pm: San Jose Jazz Winterfest: Jazz Organ Fellowship’s 2nd Annual Organ Extravaganza. Sun, Feb 19, 1pm: San Jose Jazz Winterfest: Youth Groups. Sun, Feb 19, 5pm: San Jose Jazz Winterfest: Mary Stallings. San Jose.

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Every Tue, 7pm: Open Mic Night. Every Wed, 7:30pm: Commedia Comedy Night. First Saturday of the Month, 8pm: Kavanaugh Brothers Celtic Experience. First Friday of the month, 8pm: Art Walk and Caffe Frascati Opera Night. Fri, Feb 17, 8pm: Bossa Blue. San Jose.

CAFE PINK HOUSE

Every Sat, 2pm-3:30pm: Saturday Live Music Hangout. Fri, Feb 17, 7:30pm: John Stowell and Michael Zilber. Sat, Feb 18, 7:30pm: George Cole Trio. Sun, Feb 19, 6pm: Annie Sellick and Pat Bergeson. Mon, Feb 20, 7:30: Marbin. Saratoga.

CASCAL

Every Fri, 9:30pm & Sat, 9pm: Live Music. Mountain View. Every Sat, 9pm: James Robinson.

THE CATS

Every Sun: Joe Ferrara (jazz). Sat, Feb 18, 8pm: Lencat. Los Gatos.

CHARLEY'S LG

Every Wed: Open Mic. Every Thu: Karaoke Night. Every Fri: Live Music. Every Wed: Open Mic. Los Gatos.

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HUKILAU

Fri-Sat, 8pm: Hawaiian music.

JJ’S BLUES

Every Tue: MikeB Interactive Jam. Wed-Sun: Live Music. Every Fri: Latin Rock Nights. San Jose.

LITTLE LOU’S BBQ

Every Thu, 7:30pm: Aki’s Original Thursday Night Blue Jams. Campbell.

concert with Miki Takano and Gambo Go. San Jose.

CHARLEY'S LG

Every Thu: Live country music and line dancing. Los Gatos.

LITTLE LOU’S BBQ

Every First and Fourth Tue, 7pm: Bi Polar Bears. Every First Wed, 7pm: Dennis Dove. Every Second and Fourth Wed, 7pm: Scott Goldberg. Every Thu, 7:30pm: Aki’s Original Thursday Night Blue Jams. Fri, Feb 17, 8pm: HowellDevine. Campbell.

MISSION PIZZA

BLUE ROCK SHOOT

Thu, 7pm: Thursday night open mic. San Jose.

CAFFE FRASCATI

Every Tue, 7pm: Open mic. Every Wed, 7:30pm: Commedia Comedy Night. San Jose.

CAMERA 3

Fri, 9pm, Sat, 7pm and 9:15pm: Comedy Sportz. San Jose.

CARAVAN

Every Wed: The Caravan Lounge Comedy Show with host Mr. Walker. San Jose.

CHARLEY’S LG

Every Tue, 8pm: Aki Kumar’s Blues Jam. Fremont.

Every Thu from 7-9pm: Mill Creek Ramblers. Every First Fri, 7-10pm: Cimmaron Rose Band. Every Second Fri, 7-10pm: Stampede. Every Last Fri, 7-10pm: Stragglyrs. Every Last Sat, 7-10pm: Beargrass Creek. Fremont

MOROCCO’S

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Thu-Sun, Feb 16-19, Various Times: Greg Behrendt.

LOUISIANA BISTRO

Every Thu, 7pm: Yellow Bulb Sessions. San Jose.

THE MOJO LOUNGE

Every Tue, 4pm: Live Acoustic Music. Every Wed-Fri, and Sat, 5pm: Belly dancing. Every Sunday: Special Dinner Shows. Mountain View.

MURPHY’S LAW

Every Mon: Monday Night Blues Jam. Sunnyvale.

O’FLAHERTY’S

Every Tue, 6:30pm: Irish Seisiún. San Jose.

POOR HOUSE BISTRO

Every Wed: Blues & Brews w/Sid Morris & Ron Thompson. Every Tue, 6pm: PHB Open Mic Night. San Jose.

SAN PEDRO SQUARE MARKET

Every Thu: Acoustic Music Nights. Every Fri & Sat: Acoustic/ Band Music Nights. Campbell.

PIONEER SALOON

Every Tue, 7:30pm: Irish music. Fourth Sat, 10pm: Latin Party Night. Mountain View.

C&W/Folk ANGELICA’S BISTRO

Tue, Feb 14, 7:30pm: Valentines with Rebecca DuMaine and The Dave Miller Trio. Redwood City.

BLUE ROCK SHOOT

Every Thu: Open Mic. Every Fri: Blue Rock Showcase. Every Sat: Live Featured Show. Saratoga.

CAFFE FRASCATI

Mon, Feb 13, 7pm: Valentine’s

Sat, Nov 12, 8pm: Bill Maher. San Jose.

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Mon-Fri, 5:30pm-9pm: Open Mic. San Jose.

POOR HOUSE BISTRO

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Every Thu & Fri, 7:30-9pm: Country Style Dance Lessons. Every Thu, Fri & Sat, 9pm: Diablo Road. Thu, Feb 16, 9pm: Diablo Road. Fri, Feb 17, 9pm: Diablo Road. Sat, Feb 18, 10:15pm: Diablo Road. Sun, Feb 19, 5:30pm: Sling Town and Buck Ford. Fremont.

Tue, 6pm: Open mic. San Jose.

QUARTER NOTE

Every Tue: Open mic. Sunnyvale. Every third Sat, 8pm: Comedians at Red Rock. Mountain View.

ROOSTER T. FEATHERS

Thu-Sun, Feb 16-19, Various Times: Chris Franjola. Sunnyvale.

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Every Sun, 4pm: Music Jam with Terry Hiatt and Brett Brown. Every Wed: Kevy Nova and Friends. Every Thu: Whiskey Hill Billies. Woodside.

Sat, Feb 18, 7pm: Otilia Donaire. Fri, Feb 17, 9pm: John “Blues” Boyd. Sat, Feb 18, 9pm: The Funky Godfather Blues Band. San Jose

Every Wed, 7pm: Open Mic

SAM'S BBQ

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

Every first Tue of the month, 6pm: Bean Creek. Every second Tue of the month, 6pm: Carolina Special. Every second Wed of the month, 6pm: Dark Hollow. Every third Tue of the month, 6pm: Cabin Fever. Every first and third Wed of the month, 6pm: Sidesaddle and Co. Every fourth Wed of the month, 6pm: Loganville. San Jose.

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Fri, 9pm: Karaoke w/DJ Rob. San Jose.

ANGELICA’S BISTRO

Every Tue, 7:30pm Open Mic. Hosted by Pete Sommer. Redwood City.

Fri-Sat, 8pm: Karaoke. San Jose.

AGAVE

Every Sun, 4pm: Spanish Karaoke. San Jose.

ALEX’S 49ER INN

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

THE BEARS

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Fri and Sat, 9pm: Karaoke Friday Nights. Santa Clara.

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

Tue, 8pm: Karaoke. Cupertino.

Sun, Mon, Thu, 8:30pm: KOR Karaoke. Mountain View.

BOGART’S LOUNGE

LILLY MAC’S

DJs and dancing every night. Mon-Sat, 6pm-1am; Sun, 8pm12:30am. San Jose.

Thu, 9:30pm: Karaoke with DJ Izzy. Sunnyvale.

APPARITION

Every Thu, 9pm: Karaoke w/Tony. Los Gatos.

MARIANI’S

BLUE PHEASANT

BRIT ARMS ALMADEN

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BRIT ARMS DOWNTOWN

Wed, 9pm: Karaoke. Sunnyvale.

BOULEVARD TAVERN

Every Wed, 10pm: Karaoke w/DJ Hank. Every Sun, 10pm: Karaoke w/DJ Hank. San Jose.

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

BRIT ARMS DOWNTOWN

Every Wed: Karaoke w/Neebor. San Jose.

THE CARAVAN

Sun: Sunday Fun Day Karaoke with KJ Matt. Mon: Mandatory Monday Karaoke with KJ Nik. San Jose.

CHARLEY'S LG

Thu, 8pm: Karaoke. Santa Clara.

Fri-Sat, 10pm: Karaoke. Santa Clara.

OASIS

Wed-Sun 9pm: Karaoke. Sunnyvale.

OFF THE HOOK

Wed, 9pm: Karaoke. Campbell.

THE OFFICE BAR & GRILL

Tue, 9pm: Karaoke with TJ The DJ. Sunnyvale.

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

Thu, 9pm: Club Lido. San Jose. Nightly, 7pm: DJ and dancing. Cupertino. Thu: DJ Benofficial. Fri: DJ Radio Raheem. Sat: DJ Ready Rock. San Jose.

CARDIFF LOUNGE

Every Thu night, 9pm: Shakin’ Not Stirred with Roger Moorehouse. Campbell.

DIVE BAR

Thu-Sat, 10:30pm: Rotating Guest DJs. San Jose.

KATIE BLOOM’S

Thu-Sat, 9:30pm: DJs and dancing. Campbell.

LIQUID

Thu: 9:30pm: Karaoke with DJ Izzy. Los Gatos.

PIONEER SALOON

Mon, 8pm: Karaoke. Woodside.

Fri: Crave Friday Nights with DJ Ruben R. San Jose.

C&J’S SPORTS BAR

THE QUARTER NOTE

LOFT BAR AND BISTRO

Tue, 9pm: Karaoke with DJ Rob. Santa Clara.

COURT’S LOUNGE

Mon, Thu & Sat, 9:30pm: Karaoke. Campbell.

Every Tue: Karaoke. Sunnyvale.

RED STAG LOUNGE

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

NOMIKAI

DIVE BAR

Tue-Sat, 9pm: Karaoke. Sun, 4pm: Karaoke. Campbell.

GALAXY

Every Tues, Thu, Fri, 9:30pm: Karaoke. Milpitas.

GILROY BOWL

Fri-Sat, 9pm: Karaoke. Gilroy.

Fri: Foundation Fridays. Los Gatos. Every Wed: Wayback Wednesday w/DJ Mist. Fremont.

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LEGALS & PUBLIC NOTICES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #625459

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Haven Capital Partners, 593 Kings Cross Way, San Jose, CA, 95136, Nam H. Nguyen, Sai Nin Lee, Tiffany Nguyen, 584 N. Hill View Drive, Milpitas, CA, 95035, Kevin Nguyen, 2075 Tiny Street, Milpitas, CA, 95035. This business is conducted by a general partnership. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Nam H. Nguyen. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 1/18/2017. (pub Metro 1/25, 2/01, 2/08, 2/15/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #625042

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Unident/Unimed (USA) LTD., DMJ Enterprises, Inc., 1879 Lundy Avenue, Suite #163, San Jose, CA, 95131. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 12/19/11. Refile of previous file #559349 with changes. Above entity was formed in the state of California. /s/David Gordon. Chief Operating Officer. #3429756. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 1/04/2017. (pub Metro 1/25, 2/01, 2/08, 2/15/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #625623

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: The Mobile Screen Guys, 2179 Stone Ave., San Jose, CA, 95125, John Sebastian Lanto, 1702-L Meridian Ave., San Jose, CA, 95125, 2. The Mobile Screen Guys Inc., 3. TheMobileScreenGuys.com, 4. Mobile Screen Guys, 5. The Mobile Screen Guy, 6. Mobile Screen Guy. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 11/23/2013. /s/John S. Lanto. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 1/23/2017. (pub Metro 2/01, 2/08, 2/15, 2/22/2017)

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #626285

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Health 4 U, 1669 Hollenbeck Avenue, Suite 2, Sunnyvale, CA, 94087, Roshan Bedi. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 1/17/2017. /s/Roshan Bedi. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 1/18/2017. (pub Metro 1/25, 2/01, 2/08, 2/15/2017)

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: EZ Park Fly, 1740 N. 4th St., San Jose, CA, 95112, EZ Park Fly Inc. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 03/22/2012. Refile of previous file #562882 with changes. Above entity was formed in the state of California. /s/Erimyas Tiku. CEO. #3731843. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 2/7/2017. (pub Metro 2/15, 2/22, 3/01, 3/08/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #625517 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Star Tea, 8650 San Ysidro Ave., #102, Gilroy, CA, 95020, Anthony Ding, Oanh Hoang Phan, Chau Bao Phan, 3978 Black Butte Cir., Stockton, CA, 95209. This business is conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 1/19/2017. /s/Bijan Zargham. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 1/19/2017. (pub Metro 1/25, 2/01, 2/08, 2/15/2017)

NOTICE OF INTENT TO SELL REAL PROPERTY: CASE NO. 1-16-PR-179601

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on February 21, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., the undersigned, as Administrator of the Estate of RONALD LA CROIX, intends to sell at private sale, to the highest net bidder, all of the estate’s right, title and interest in and to certain real property located at 844 Cypress Avenue, in the City of San Jose, County of Santa Clara, State of California, which property is more particularly described as follows: THE LAND REFERRED TO HEREIN BELOW IS SITUATED INT THE CITY OF SAN JOSE, COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA, STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND IS DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:LOT 1, AS SHOWN ON THAT CERTAIN MAP ENTITLED, “TRACT NO. 1610”, WHICH MAP WAS FILED FOR RECORD IN THE OFFICE OF THE RECORDER OF THE COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA, STATE OF CALIFORNIA ON JANUARY 6, 1956 IN BOOK 66 OF MAPS AT PAGE 20.EXCEPTING THEREFROM THE UNDERGROUND WATER AS GRANTED IN THE DEED FROM S. K. S. DEVELOPMENT CO., INC., TO SAN JOSE WATER WORKS, A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION, DATED FEBRUARY 16, 1956 RECORDED FEBRUARY 27, 1956 IN THE BOOK 3424 OF OFFICIAL RECORDS, PAGE 12. APN: 299-28-024The subject property shall be sold “as is.” Bids for the property are hereby invited. All bids must be on the bid forms provided by the Santa Clara County Public Administrator or Keller Williams and may be mailed or personally delivered to the Office of the Public Administrator, 333 W. Julian Street, 4th Floor, San Jose, California 95110, or to Keller Williams, 180 Great Oaks Blvd., San Jose, California 95119, Attn: Christine LeQuang. All bids must be accompanied by a ten (10) percent deposit, with the balance of the purchase price to be paid in cash upon close of escrow. The full terms of the sale are contained in the bid form. All bids will be opened at the Office of the Public Administrator on February 21, 2017 at 2:00P.M., or thereafter, as allowed by law. The Santa Clara County Public Administrator reserves the right to reject any and all bids prior to entry of a court order confirming a sale. The sale shall be subject to confirmation by the above entitled court. For additional information and bids forms, contact Christine LeQuang, from Keller Williams, (408) 828-1074, or at the Santa Clara County Public Administrator’s Office. /s/Petitioner JAMES R. WILLIAMS, County Counsel, MARK A. GONZALEZ, (SBN 178649) Lead Deputy County Counsel 373 West Julian Street, Suite 300 San Jose, CA 95110 Telephone: (408) 7584200 Fax: (408) 758-4292 Attorneys for James J. Ramoni Public Administrator of the County of Santa Clara (Pub CC 2/01, 2/08, 2/15/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #625969 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Taylor Barlow Design, 20199 Brush Road, Los Gatos, CA, 95033, Nicola Taylor, Linda S. Barlow, 2976 Castle Dr., San Jose, CA, 95125. This business is conducted by a general partnership. Registrant has began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 01/01/2017. /s/Nicola Taylor. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 2/01/2017. (pub Metro 2/08, 2/15, 2/22, 3/01/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #625689 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Nawabi Hyderabadhouse BP, 2092 Concourse Drive, Unit 15-17, San Jose, CA, 95131, Fabulous Cuisine LLC, 37319 Fowler Street, Newark, CA, 94560. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 01/27/2016. Above entity was formed in the state of California. /s/Yogesh Patel. President. #201700410324. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 1/24/2017. (pub Metro 2/01, 2/08, 2/15, 2/22/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #626075

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Pallo Auto Transport, 4122 Horizon Ln., San Jose, CA, 95148, Aguirre Fernando. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Fernando Aguirre. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 2/01/2017. (pub Metro 2/08, 2/15, 2/22, 3/01/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #625991

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Lovely Hair Salon, 3535 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA, 94306, Yen Do, 2150 Monterey Hwy SPC 83, San Jose, Ca, 95112. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 3/05/2012. /s/Yen Do. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 2/01/2017. (pub Metro 2/08, 2/15, 2/22, 3/01/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #626106 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. Dent Discount Mobile, 2. Discount Dent, 3. Dent Discount Mobile & Body Shop, 230 Umbarger Road, San Jose, CA, 95111, Ken Clark. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 2/14/2017. Refile of previous of #574852 with changes. /s/Ken Clark. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 2/02/2017. (pub Metro 2/08, 2/15, 2/22, 3/01/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #626128 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. Career Technical Center, 2. CTC, 1430 Tully Road, Suite 408, San Jose, CA, 95122, Viet-American Voters of Northern California. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 2/01/2017. Above entity was formed in the state of California. /s/John Ngo. President. #3108136. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 2/03/2017. (pub Metro 2/08, 2/15, 2/22, 3/01/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #626179 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: MK Auto Wholesale, 900 sout First St., San Jose, CA, 95110, Michael Kahn, 706 Hollenbeck Ave., #1, Sunnyvale, CA, 94087. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Michael Kahn. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 2/06/2016. (pub Metro 2/15, 2/2, 3/01, 3/08/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #625984

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Consortium Tech, 6195 Rocky Glen Court, San Jose, CA, 95123, Jonathan Sugimoto. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 02/01/2017. /s/Jonathan Sugimoto. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 2/01/2017. (pub Metro 2/15, 2/22, 3/01, 3/08/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #624880

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Lifestyle Service, 150 Dale Dr., San Jose, CA, 95127, Lucero E. Lance. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 11/16/2016. /s/Lance Lucero. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 12/29/2017. (pub Metro 1/25, 2/01, 2/08, 2/15/2017)


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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): By my estimates, 72 percent of you Aries are in unusually good moods. The world seems friendlier, more cooperative. Fiftysix percent of you feel more in love with life than you have in a long time. You may even imagine that the birds and trees and stars are flirting with you. I'm also guessing that 14 percent of you are weaving in and out of being absurdly, deliriously happy, sometimes without any apparent explanation. As a result of your generosity of spirit, you may be the recipient of seemingly impossible rewards like free money or toasted ice cream or unconditional tenderness. And I bet that at least ten percent of you are experiencing all of the above. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I am launching a

campaign to undo obsolete stereotypes about you Bulls. There are still backwards astrologers out there who perpetrate the lie that many of you are stingy, stolid, stubborn slowpokes. As an antidote, I plan to heighten everyone's awareness of your sensual, soulful sweetness, and your tastefully pragmatic sensitivity, and your diligent, dynamic productivity. That should be easy in the coming weeks, since you'll be at the height of your ability to express those superpowers. Luckily, people will also have an enhanced capacity to appreciate you for who you really are. It will be a favorable time to clarify and strengthen your reputation.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Will Giovanni surreptitiously replace Allesandra's birth control pills with placebos? Will Camille take a hidden crowbar to her rendezvous with the blackmailer? Will Josie steal Jose's diary and sell it on eBay? Given the current astrological omens, you may have an unconscious attraction to soap opera-type events like those. The glamour of melodrama is tempting you. But I'm hoping and predicting that you will express the cosmic currents in less toxic ways. Maybe you'll hear a searing but healing confession after midnight in the pouring rain, for instance. Perhaps you'll break an outworn taboo with ingenious grace, or forge a fertile link with a reformed rascal, or recover a lost memory in a dusty basement. CANCER (June 21-July 22): All naturally-occurring matter on earth is composed of 92 basic elements arranged in various combinations. Since some of these appear in trace amounts, they took a long time for humans to discover. In the 18th and 19th centuries, chemists were exuberant when they tracked down seven of the 92 in a single location: an underground mine on the Swedish island of Ytterby. That small place was a mother lode. I'm predicting a metaphorically similar experience for you, Cancerian: new access to a concentrated source that will yield much illumination. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The next four weeks will be

an excellent time to upgrade your understanding of the important characters in your life. In fact, I suspect you will generate good fortune and meaningful synchronicities whenever you seek greater insight into anyone who affects you. Get to know people better, Leo! If there are intriguing acquaintances who pique your curiosity, find out more about them. Study the oddballs you're allergic to with the intention to discern their hidden workings. In general, practice being objective as you improve your skill at reading human nature.

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In 1787, English captain

Arthur Phillip led an eight-month naval expedition to the southeastern part of the continent now known as Australia. Upon arrival, he claimed the land for England, despite the fact that 250,000 Aboriginal people were living there, just as their ancestors had for 2,000 generations. Two hundred years later, an Aboriginal activist named Burnum Burnum planted the Aboriginal flag on the White Cliffs of Dover, claiming England for his people. I encourage you to make a comparably artful or symbolic act like Burnum's sometime soon, Virgo—a ritual or gesture to assert your sovereignty or evoke a well-deserved reversal or express your unconquerable spirit.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The ancient Roman

rhetorician Quintilian authored a twelve-volume textbook on the art of oratory. As ample as it was, it could have been longer. "Erasure is as important as writing," he said. According to my reading of

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the astrological omens, that counsel should be a rewarding and even exciting theme for you in the coming weeks. For the long-term health of your labor of love or your masterpiece, you should focus for a while on what to edit out of it. How could you improve it by making it shorter and more concise?

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Do you know about the long-running kids' show Sesame Street? Are you familiar with Big Bird, the talking eight-feet-tall yellow canary who's one of the main characters? I hope so, because your horoscope is built around them. In the Sesame Street episode called Don't Eat the Pictures, Big Bird solves a riddle that frees a 4,000-year-old Egyptian prince from an ancient curse. I think this vignette can serve as a model for your own liberation. How? You can finally outwit and outmaneuver a very old problem with the help of some playful, even child-like energy. Don't assume that you've got to be relentlessly serious and dour in order to shed the ancient burden. In fact, just the opposite is true. Trust blithe and rowdy spirits. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Your lessons in communication are reaching a climax. Here are five tips to help you do well on your "final exam." 1. Focus more on listening for what you need to know rather than on expressing what you already know. 2. Keep white lies and convenient deceptions to a bare minimum. 3. Tell the truth as strong and free as you dare, but always—if possible—with shrewd kindness. 4. You are more likely to help your cause if you spread bright, shiny gossip instead of the grubby kind. 5. Experiment with being unpredictable; try to infuse your transmissions with unexpected information and turns of phrase. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The meaning

of the Latin phrase crambe repetita is "cabbage reheated, twice-cooked." I urge you to avoid partaking of such a dish in the coming weeks, both literally and figuratively. If you're truly hungry for cooked cabbage, eat it fresh. Likewise, if you have a ravenous appetite for stories, revelations, entertainment, and information—which I suspect you will—don't accept the warmed-over, recycled variety. Insist on the brisk, crisp stuff that excites your curiosity and appeals to your sense of wonder.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Here's your mantra for the next three weeks: "I know what I want, and I know how to glide it into my life." Say this out loud 11 times right after you wake up each morning, and 11 more times before lunch, and 11 more times at bedtime. "I know what I want, and I know how to glide it into my life." Whenever you do this little chant, summon an upflow of smiling confidence—a serene certainty that no matter how long the magic might take, it will ultimately work. "I know what I want, and I know how to glide it into my life." Don't let any little voice in your head undermine your link to this simple truth. Lift your heart to the highest source of vitality you can imagine. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): "We cannot simply sit and stare at our wounds forever," writes Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. "We must stand up and move on to the next action." That's your slightly scolding but ultimately inspirational advice, Pisces. According to my astrological analysis, you have done heroic work to identify and investigate your suffering. You have summoned a tremendous amount of intelligence in order to understand it and further the healing. But right now it's time to turn your focus to other matters. Like what? How about rebirth? Homework: Imagine you have timetraveled to one of your favorite places in the year 2020. What do you see? I'm at Truthrooster@gmail.com Go to REALASTROLOGY.COM to check out Rob Brezsny’s Expanded Weekly Audio Horoscopes and Daily Text Message Horoscopes. Audio horoscopes are also available by phone at 877.873.4888 or 900.950.7700


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Power to the Pupil GOOD GERMINATION An emphasis on arts education means students once again can let their creativity flower.

Artspiration allows teen artists to showcase work at SJ airport BY GARY SINGH

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HIS WEEK I come to you from Terminal B, Gate 18, in the Power Suite. It is here, at Mineta San Jose International Airport, where 26 works of art by local high school students are now on display for those who can make it past security.

The Power Suite is a 2,500-squarefoot hold-room of sorts, seating about 100 passengers, a place where domestic and international

travelers can plug in their devices at numerous spaces. But now, thanks to “Artspiration,” a movement developed by administrators, teachers, parents, artists and community leaders to finally re-introduce the arts into teenagers' educational lives, the Power Suite has come to life via the artwork of 26 high school students from across the valley. The pieces are split between students from the East Side Union High School District and various winners of the 2016 countywide Young Artists Showcase. The project took a long time to get off the ground, making the opening reception a few weeks ago was that much more animated. The affair took over the entire room, with

artists and their families celebrating alongside government employees and school board administrators. Airport honchos and elected officials gave speeches. Reps from Alaska Airlines even showed up with cookies and free T-shirts for all the artists. A few travelers crouching over their laptops, trying to get work done, were simply out of luck. Attendees were constantly looking up at the artwork on the walls and milling about. The artwork will rotate throughout the year, but the pieces currently in the show include archival prints of paintings, photography and even sculpture. Issues tackled by the artists include environmental pollution, child abuse, dysfunctional families, bullying, social isolation, rampant consumerism, wealth disparity, cultural appropriation and xenophobia. “The students are broadening their world and their impact,” says Jeannine Flores, the visual and performing arts

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coordinator for the Santa Clara County Office of Education, which coordinated the project. “Before, they’d just be able to show their parents and their teachers what they can do. And now, people from all around the globe are passing by this power suite in the San Jose airport. [The students] can speak to people and inspire people.” For example, one piece by Palo Alto's Kamala Varadarajanof features two photographs of the same family at a kitchen table. In one shot, each person is looking at his or her electronic device, ignoring everyone else. In the other shot, everyone argues with each other. The piece is called, “At a Loss For Words.” In her artist statement, Varadarajanof says that in today’s world, family members are incommunicado, constantly corresponding with people far away and not spending quality time with the people who are already at their side. “We’re so tied up with our electronics that soon we'll be ‘at a loss for words,’ not because we're surprised—because we'll have forgotten how to talk to someone right next to us,” Kamala says. Photographer Marcus Adrian Laguisma of Monte Vista High School took a photo of a wall covered in black power graffiti, along with the words, “Land of the Free,” which is also the title of the piece—but with a question mark at the end. Even though many of the images are poetic or political, “Green Plant with light held in hands” by B. Carnesecca, of Santa Teresa High School, seemed to encapsulate the most hopeful combo of optimism and environmental stewardship, without even needing words. Other works deal with video games, deforestation or the experience of being ethnically mixed. All 26 pieces, together, should provide invaluable exposure for the artists. Of course, the columnist cannot possibly separate himself from subject matter such as this. The four years of art classes I took in high school were the only part of high school I tolerated. In retrospect, an arts and music education from grade school all the way through age 28 is what saved me. Otherwise, I would have turned into a criminal. And I probably wouldn't be alive today. So when I hear about anyone trying to put the arts back into primary and secondary education, I jump for joy. Three cheers for the Power Suite!


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Pho Tick Tock deconstructs dishes just in time for DIY craze BY NGOC NGO

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NCE IN AWHILE, I come across a restaurant attempting a deconstructed dish. It typically doesn’t fare well in terms of flavor and is inexplicably more expensive than the assembled version. But one dish I never expected to see deconstructed: pho, the beloved Vietnamese rice noodle soup. Pho’s popularity relies heavily on the comfort of being served in a piping hot bowl with the requested

combination of meats layered on top of fresh noodles. The only ingredients served on the side are bean sprouts, basil and a lime wedge. Imagine my skepticism when I learned of Pho Tick Tock in north San Jose, serving deconstructed pho which they call “hot pot style.” I could hear my ancestors rolling over in their graves. But the Do-It-Yourself craze never fails to attract curious eaters, and I’m no exception. Almost 2 years old, Pho Tick Tock has been well received. I figured there must be something to this hot-pot style pho if it warrants a 15 price tag, compared to the average $7-8 for regular size pho at most restaurants. A single combo meant for one person comes with broth served in a stone

bowl, noodles in a separate bowl, and a neatly arranged display of meats and sauces. The idea is to add items to the broth as you eat for maximum freshness with each bite. It was fun to dip everything in the broth, and the stone bowl kept the broth hot for longer, but the broth was on the bland side. Once is probably enough when it comes to deconstructed pho, as the assembled version offered here costs $9.95 and will give the same taste. Pho Tick Tock has a knack for fusion style dishes, and the buttery garlic noodles with grilled pork ($9.95) was excellent. Al dente noodles evenly covered in butter garlic sauce and paired with juicy grilled pork is a sure winner. For small groups, the Tick Tock appetizer platter ($14.95) is good to share. Spring roll halves, battered fried shrimp, chicken wings and triangularshaped egg rolls come in four cuts, each with a viscous fish sauce and

sweet and spicy dipping sauce. These were somewhat generic but tasty, with the flat triangular egg rolls being the best of the bunch. The banana blossom with beef tendon salad ($9.95) was an interesting combination. A traditional dish that is not often served in restaurants, the vinaigrette could have been more acidic, but the textures of crunchy shredded banana blossom and slippery beef tendon were complimentary with the generous helping of mint. The Bun Bo Hue noodle soup ($9.95), which contains a pork-based broth with various cuts of meat, was a strong attempt. I’ve been spoiled by some more authentic versions available in San Jose, but this comes close to being a worthy contender. The soup just missed that little something extra to make it memorable. There’s a strong interest in clocks here, from the name to the large timepiece artwork at the bar (yes, there’s a bar in a pho restaurant). Guests are immediately greeted by the large working clock with exposed gears under clear glass. It’s the perfect focal point for enjoying a Moscow Mule or sipping wine. Blueprints of watches and clocks are drawn on various areas of the restaurant on the chalkboard wall serving as a vertical guestbook where customers also scribbled notes. The wait staff appears to be mostly young students who should be commended for their professional attitude and service. Pho Tick Tock breathes new life into a genre that the Bay Area seems to take for granted despite how much we love the food. It is refreshing to see someone attempt to reinvigorate the classic and elevate it for the trendy younger crowd. The deconstructed pho makes it even easier to spot the quality meats used and the freshness of the ingredients. For those who don’t want to try nouveau pho, the restaurant still offers a regular bowl completely assembled for your enjoyment.

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ATHAN PENDLETON spent 25 years working in the tech industry, until one day he didn’t. Laid him off from his electrical engineering position, the longtime San Jose resident stood at a career crossroads. In the kind of logic that has become typical of Silicon Valley, Pendleton decided to play it safe and launch Nox Cookie Bar, an on-demand, late-night cookie delivery service.

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“I could have easily have gone back and gotten another job at a similar company,” Pendleton says, “but it was one of those moments where I asked myself—is this what I want to do or is there maybe something that might be more interesting and time for a change?” Nox, Latin for “night,” intends to satisfy the sweet tooth cravings of college students and corporate schleps alike by rush-delivering warm, gooey treats between 11:30am and 2:30am. Customers can choose between eight different types of cookies, which presented a challenge when deciding between Snickerdoodle’s and satisfying my chocoholic needs with the Quattro Cioccolato. I ended up buying four types of cookies on the easy-to-use website before quickly receiving a confirmation message that my order would arrive in 30 minutes. To my surprise, a delivery man was knocking on the office door only 16 minutes later, carrying an insulated bag filled with boxes of warm cookies. It requires mentioning: This is an excellent way to make friends in the office. In less than a half hour from the time I ordered, my desk was surrounded by an entire newsroom; everyone had a cookie in hand. “What’s your name again?” they asked the intern. Pendleton took a monstrous leap of faith by entering the cookie biz, but the company is now approaching its one-year anniversary. What began as one-man show, Pendleton now has a staff of 10, serving San Jose and Santa Clara with cookies that range from $1 to $1.50 per cookie, depending on order size, along with a $3 delivery fee (pickup is free). Nox has become a late-night phenomenon thanks to its eight options, none more popular than the Chocolate Chip ‘n Chunk. Another tasty option includes the Cookie con Candy, an M&M-filled delicacy. With a minimum purchase of $7.50 to place a delivery order, Nox is both convenient and affordable. Surging popularity has Pendleton thinking big for the future. “Ideally, in 2017 we’ll have a storefront open in downtown San Jose or nearby,” he says. —Benjamin Siepak NOX COOKIE BAR 326 Commercial St, San Jose. www.noxcookiebar.com


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It reacted violently to the smallest voices in the wind. The compass had no direction. There were illogical holes in every feature we were promised. And the appointed technicians were absolutely useless. We wanted to bail at liftoff, but Bar Fly is in it for the long haul, no matter how deflated our bag of hot air gets. The year has gotten off to a bumpy start and more storms appear on the horizon. In uncertain times, Mr. Harada and I generally set flight plans for familiar places, spots that have stood the test of time on their own terms. On a recent evening, we found refuge at Original Joe’s. Always bustling, waiters are well-dressed men with an attentive demeanor and professional courtesy, underlined by a sense that they’ve been there and done that. Everyone has a good time at OJ’s and no one acts up. OJ’s is a place to remember the past and plan for the future. Opened in 1956, Original Joe’s serves food in the style of one of the most hated immigrant groups to ever step foot on glorious American soil. No, I’m not talking about Finns—not this time. OJ’s is an Italian joint. The raviolis are made in an open kitchen that faces a bar area where patrons can sit, dine and drink. The majority of the space is a large room full of comfortable booth seating. The decor is something you’d see in a Scorsese film. It’s familiar, cinematic and well-maintained. Mr. Harada and I decided to venture back, past the booths, and into the inner sanctum where people talk about important things in semi-privacy: the back bar. We grabbed two stools and Mr. Harada ordered an Italian wine, while I settled on a California Pinot. The weather was stormy, but the warm interior of OJ’s smoothed out conversation. In time we switched from wine to hard-working Irish whiskey. The Jameson humbled our interiors and one of the servers walked over, called us by our names, shook our hands, and for a moment time stopped. All was well. OJ’s can and will do that. It isn’t a place to find new trends. It’s not a place that has “disruptive” tendencies. It’s not a lot of things. But what it is, is timeless. —Tomek Mackowiak ORIGINAL JOE’S 301 S. First St, San Jose. 408.292.7030


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