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I SAW YOU

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It’s Your Life I saw a bunch of you after you left the Bon Jovi concert. You were illegally parked in the Whole Foods lot— drunk and fighting. Men and women were using the parking lot as a bathroom before driving off drunk. I guess this is the country we now live in. Grown-ass white people making America great again.

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Milpitas Mayor RICH TRAN announced on Facebook last week that he intends to call for an independent performance review of City Manager TOM WILLIAMS, whose behavior has been the subject of a string of lawsuits in recent years. “Nearly $1 million settlement involved, way too much money,” Tran wrote on Facebook, linking to a Milpitas Post story about the city settling a lawsuit brought by former City Attorney MIKE OGAZ. “We will seek the truth and go from there.” Residents weighed in, some defending Williams and others applauding the mayor for championing accountability. But CHRIS DIAZ, the outsourced barrister who replaced Ogaz when the city dispensed with its in-house legal team, urged Tran to proceed with caution in commenting about personnel issues. “[T]he recommended forum to raise any issues regarding performance is in the context of a closed session discussion,” Diaz wrote in a March 6 email. “In fact, the Brown Act Don’t specifically authorizes forget a closed session for performance to tip! evaluations.” Putting FLY@ employees on blast METRONEWS. may expose the city COM and council member to personal liability, Diaz thinks, including the risk of a libel suit. The mayor was unapologetic. In an email to Fly, he said that he won't be muzzled. “I'm going to give the people the truth,” Tran said, adding that he’ll “continue to post videos, photos, and comments on Facebook.” Diaz also advised the mayor to reserve judgment on development projects until they have a chance to come before the City Council. Tran said that he understands the concerns and that he will take care to follow the law. “At the end of the day,” he said, “I'm going to rock with the residents, every single person whose door I knocked on. … But like any great organization, there will always be those who are against change.”

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An inside look at San Jose politics

Diana San Juan

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HOW TO GET A REP Several hundred people attended Rep. Zoe Lofgren’s town hall Saturday at Mt. Pleasant High School in San Jose.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren: ‘I’ll Do What I Can to Stop’ Trump BY DIANA SAN JUAN Less than two months into Donald Trump’s presidency, anxiety is running high in San Jose over a number of executive orders coming out of the White House. Immigration, in particular, was a topic on the minds of many who attended Sunday’s town hall hosted by U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren. The House rep for California’s 19th Congressional District, which includes most of San Jose and South County, Lofgren spoke on Trump’s order to deport all undocumented immigrants, as well as health care, the environment and the Electoral College. As a former immigration lawyer and the senior Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, Lofgren noted her opposition to Trump’s second attempt at a travel ban. “The First Amendment says that you may not establish religion as government,” Lofgren said. “It’s clear

from his comments and the comments of his assistants that what Mr. Trump was going to do was to bar Muslims from entering the Unites States, and that is an impermissible motivation that highly violates the establishment clause.” About 450 people showed up at Lofgren’s town hall meeting at Mt. Pleasant High School on San Jose’s East Side, a predominately Latino neighborhood. “I think it’s important for our community to be represented,” said Mt. Pleasant High School Principal Martha Guerrero. “We’re a community of immigrants, and it’s important, especially in the political climate that we’re living in, that our voices are heard.” Lofgren promised fight to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a policy created by the Obama administration that protects qualifying undocumented immigrants from deportation. She also criticized Trump’s

vow to build a wall on the country’s southern border. “I will do what I can to stop it,” Lofgren said. Lofgren also noted that the healthcare plan put forward by House Speaker Paul Ryan would have a “terrible impact on families.” As a senior member on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Lofgren has expressed exasperation with her GOP colleagues and the Trump White House. “People around the world are looking at us like, ‘Are they crazy?’” Lofgren said. One of the last questions presented to Lofgren asked if she could get rid of the Electoral College, which put Trump in the White House despite losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by almost 2.9 million votes. “I got my voice, I got my vote and I’m going to use them both,” Lofgren said. “Never underestimate your power.”


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An inside look at San Jose politics

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ONE DOOR CLOSES, ANOTHER OPENS David Campos started work as deputy Santa Clara County executive this week.

County Adds Ex-San Francisco Supervisor David Campos A progressive who served two terms on the moderate-majority San Francisco Board of Supervisors, David Campos assumed the role of deputy county executive this week. Before his election as a San Francisco supe, Campos spent three years on the San Francisco Police Commission and three years as general counsel for the San Francisco Unified School District. In 2014, during the middle of his final term as supervisor, he ran for state Assembly but lost to his board colleague, David Chiu. As a supervisor, Campos spearheaded landmark legislation on immigration, transportation, housing, healthcare, labor, policing, homelessness and LGBTQ rights. He sought to guarantee due process to undocumented children. He also pushed for citywide universal healthcare, resource centers for the homeless, free transit for the poor and regulations on AirBnb rentals. “David is known as a good government advocate and has a proven track record for requiring transparency and accountability for government agencies,” county Executive Jeff Smith said. “He possesses the right combination of management expertise, knowledge of policy implementation, and a clear understanding of how to meet the needs of a diverse community.”

Because of San Francisco’s revolving door policy, Campos cannot work in the city or county’s government for at least a year. In an interview with SFist, he said that his tenure on the ninecounty Metropolitan Transportation Commission conditioned him to think not only of his city, but the entire region “That role made it easier for me to think about this one,” he said. Many of the causes Campos championed in San Francisco have also been a priority in the South Bay. Santa Clara County boasts one of the highest concentrations of immigrants in the nation and became the first county in the U.S. to establish an office of LGBTQ affairs. Like San Francisco, Santa Clara County has grappled with how to deal with a large homeless population and an intractable jobs-housing imbalance. “Santa Clara County and its Board of Supervisors are national and regional leaders on many critical issues,” Campos said, “and I look forward to serving the diverse communities of this great county.” Campos lives with his partner in San Francisco and was born in Guatemala. He grew up in Central Los Angeles and went on to attend Stanford and Harvard universities. He’s a member of the state Bar Association and has tried cases before state and federal courts. —Jennifer Wadsworth

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Shame Game Residents displaced by last month’s flood disaster in San Jose are still searching for answers while the city and water district assign blame BY JENNIFER WADSWORTH, JOSH KOEHN AND DAN PULCRANO

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ONG-VAN Fousek hobbled into San Jose City Hall with all she has left in the world: a backpack and canvas tote full of clothes, toiletries and a few snacks.

“I can’t leave it at the shelter,” she said, “or someone might take it.” The 71-year-old widow lost everything else in the flood that devastated several neighborhoods along Coyote Creek over two days in late February. But she didn’t come to

complain at Thursday’s public hearing, the first since the disaster. After two weeks of enduring cramped quarters at the Seven Trees Community Center shelter, Fousek said, she simply wants to know when she can go back to her apartment in Rock Springs. “I need the city to help me,” she said, leaning on her walker after publicly addressing her elected officials. “I’m a low-income senior.” Fousek was one of well over 100 people who packed the Council Chamber to plead for help and demand answers about local governments’ fumbled response to the flood. Residents wanted to know why the city failed to notify them in time to evacuate their homes. They

wanted to know why the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) gave flawed projections about how much water the creek could handle before flooding. They wanted to know why Santa Clara County public health officials have yet to address the outbreak of rashes, stomach bugs, coughs and other ailments caused by the filthy floodwater. “I have a really bad cough,” said Rosario Solis, who addressed Mayor Sam Liccardo and his City Council colleagues on behalf of her family of eight. “My chest hurts, my stomach, everything hurts. At the shelter, everybody’s sick there. I just need a home.” She was especially concerned about her daughter, who came down

with pneumonia and went from weighing 124 to 98 pounds, she said. Two days before the hearing, Solis had taken her to the hospital. “They’re asking me to keep her in a clean place,” she told city officials, “but I can’t because I don’t have a home.” She added, “I don’t want to lose my daughter.”

Lesson Learned? Clearly, local authorities were woefully unprepared for the flood that struck creekside communities last month. The post-flood response has been a ludicrous comedy of errors. While there were some high-profile photo ops of Mayor Liccardo and Councilman


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GET OUT, STAY OUT More than 500 households in San Jose remained displaced by the floods in February.

Greg Ramar

Peralez hauling waterlogged mattresses out of soaked apartments, the recovery efforts seem to have been as shambolic as the run-up to the flood. It took until this week for mudcoated streets to be pressure-washed and rid them of their toxic residue. Huge, old-growth oak trees, still alive, lie tipped over in William Park, their roots drying in the sun. Piles of damaged sheet rock, furnishings and sandbags appear daily on streets for collection, weeks after the disaster. Ten days after the flood, residents in non-flooded homes received Red Cross care packages: a quart of bleach, a quart of Pine Sol, a quart of Chlorox cleaner, a mop head, a squeegie, a corn broom head, a stiff

brush and an extendable pole. The aftershock of these failure are not only being felt now but will continue to reverberate into the months and years ahead, as local agencies may not qualify for federal disaster aid. Metro has learned that both San Jose and the water district have lapsed in getting a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) completed and approved, which is required to receive nonemergency disaster assistance from FEMA. The water district has yet to provide information on why its LHMP lapsed, but David Vossbrink, a city spokesman, noted in an email that San Jose has been out of compliance since 2015. Any efforts to prevent future disasters from occurring could

be hampered by both agencies failing in their obligation to have a LHMP approved. This means the financial burden will likely fall to taxpayers. Vossbrink told Metro that the county’s Office of Emergency Services is overseeing the LHMP application for “all the cities and local agencies in the county” and plans to submit it by April 15. The water district is apparentyl not part of this collaborative effort. In a presentation before the public comment portion of last week’s meeting, city officials rattled off a play-by-play of the disaster. They described how the waters poured from the brimming Anderson Reservoir, over the emergency

spillway and down Coyote Creek into neighborhoods and businesses all the way up to North Valley. Using maps provided by the water district, they showed where they were told to expect flooding at certain flow rates—and how those projections were far, far too low. Catherine Sandoval, a Santa Clara University law professor, said in a short speech and more detailed letter that the water district’s predictive models may have been wildly off base but that anyone with a smartphone could have been alerted to the coming disaster. Besides that, she said, public officials should know by now that when the Anderson

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THE AFFECTED Juanita Wilson, left, and Mong-van Fousek both demanded answers from city officials at Thursday’s public hearing. Reservoir spills, a flood is imminent. Even as 5 feet of water seethed through doors and windows of people’s homes on Feb. 21, the city held fast to the water district’s projections of minor flooding. Yet data from river gauges all along Coyote Creek, which was available online for anyone to see, showed the flood stage approaching by Feb. 19— two full days before the flood. “We need to look at height, not just river flow,” Sandoval said. By Feb. 20, Coyote Creek swelled to 10 feet at the Edenvale gauge. By the next day, it topped 14.4 feet—well over the flood threshold—hours before San Jose issued mandatory evacuation orders. The Madrone gauge reached 9 feet on Feb. 20 and crested at 12-plus feet a day later. The William Street gauge marked 22.42 feet early on Feb. 17—the weekend before the flood—and peaked at 33.41 feet when the waters poured over the William Street Park and into homes around Naglee, Olinder, Brookwood Terrace and three mobile home parks along Old Oakland Road. “Better analysis is a predicate for better notice,” Sandoval said.

Seventy-two-year-old Bambi Moise, whose Naglee Park home flooded by where a giant eucalyptus tree toppled into the creek, scolded the city for not using common sense. “When Anderson overflows, there is a flood, and everyone of you should know that,” she said. “You don’t need all these ‘cubic feet per second’ to know. … I’m an old lady, and I could predict this. It seems a lot of you people should’ve been able to predict this as well.” To give people advance notice in the event of a flood or another disaster, the city announced a new three-tiered warning system. Yellow, issued up to 72 hours in advance, warns of possible flooding; orange, issued a day ahead, indicates the likelihood of flooding; and red, issued up to six hours in advance, cautions imminent flooding and orders evacuations. That warning system would also require “boots on the ground” and door knocking, Assistant City Manager Dave Sykes explained. It would also include digital alerts in Spanish and Vietnamese, which

was lacking before this past flood. Another of Sandoval’s criticisms pointed to the city’s failure to account for Silicon Valley’s “digital divide,” the fact that many lowincome and non-English speaking residents don’t have readily available Internet access. City spokesman David Vossbrink said the city also realized when it was too late that it had no way to notify businesses after hours. “There’s a lot of work that we need to do,” he said. The city relied on Santa Clara County’s AlertSCC, an emergency messaging system that sends warnings to emails, landlines and smartphones. But Vossbrink said the city plans to partner with the county to send those messages not only to subscribers, which make up just 3 percent of the total South Bay population, but to anyone in the geographic area. “We didn’t have the tools available to us,” Vossbrink said. It should be noted that the city actually did have the ability to use AlertSCC on its own, but no one was

trained to use it. When the city finally asked the county to send messages on its behalf, the floods had already overwhelmed hundreds of homes and prompted emergency rescues. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) gives local governments a chance to become certified to issue alerts based on geography rather than subscription, but only the county has obtained that authorization. The city can, if it chooses, apply for that same clearance. Until then, however, the city could also rely on other agencies to send out geographically based alerts on its behalf. The National Weather Service offered to do so a number of times in a series of multi-agency conference calls before the flood, according to David Flamm, the deputy director for the county’s Office of Emergency Services. Other recommendations floated by the city Thursday include maintaining the river channels, making sure they’re clear of vegetation, and pressuring the water district to erect floodwalls around Rock Springs. The water district sent only one person to the meeting: spokesman Rick Callender, who presented a letter from district Chairman John Varela. The letter brought up an important issue on which the water district and the city disagree: who is responsible for keeping Coyote Creek clear from downed trees, brush and trash? City Attorney Rick Doyle said San Jose might own property along the creek, but no statute indicates that the city should clean adjacent waterways. “The water district has that ability,” Doyle said. Callender admitted that there’s been a breakdown in communication between the district and the city in the two decades since the last big flood in 1997. He also said the water district was planning to host a community meeting April 28—more than six weeks from now—to hear from the communities that flooded. The district later announced it will hold three community meetings in

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ALL EARS Residents packed City Hall Thursday for the first public hearing about the Coyote Creek flood.

April, but those dates have still not been announced. Councilman Tam Nguyen said he plans to hold a meeting much sooner, March 23 at Tully Library, and water district staff is welcome to attend. Nguyen added that the flood got him thinking about a number of other disasters the city needs to prepare for. “I would hope that we learn from this and that we’re prepared for another disaster that’s more prone to happen, which is an earthquake in this area,” he said. “I hope that this is a warning, that this is a lesson learned.”

Power of the Pen Any lessons learned from the San Jose flood disaster, which has caused at least $100 million in property damage, will require collaboration between the city and water district. A sharply worded letter from Mayor Liccardo on Monday to district Chair Varela, followed by an equally combative retort through local media outlets, suggests the blame game is unlikely to abate any time soon. Liccardo’s letter lamented the district’s decision to not send anyone

with real insight—“engineers, hydrologists or managers with relevant expertise”—to Thursday’s hearing. “We need answers to many important questions to prevent this kind of damage from happening again,” Liccardo wrote, noting that city staff “identified inaccurate water district data regarding channel capacity and the repeatedly flawed estimates of flooding risk as key obstacles to providing timely notice to residents.” The mayor’s letter also said the city has accepted “responsibility for fixing the shortcomings in our emergency preparation and warnings.” The water district has refused to do the same, because—according to the district—it’s blameless. “SCVWD followed the procedures and protocols necessary for a substantial weather event such as this one,” Varela wrote in a response to Liccardo’s letter. “We want to find factual, real, engineering and communication solutions to the issues faced by all. We believe that working together for the benefit of all residents is more important than short-term political theater.”

In a follow-up interview, Marty Grimes, a spokesman for the water district, said he could not identify a single issue the water district could have handled better in the days and hours leading up the flood. “I think our staff made the best analysis with the information they had available,” he said. Varela’s news release included a brief timeline of communications between him and the mayor leading up to the public hearing, and he argued that the city received all the information it needed from the district “hours in advance” of the special meeting. The district chair added that the mayor declined a joint meeting invitation between the council and district board. It’s not clear how this would work, or when it would take place, but the mayor called Varela’s account a mischaracterization of the conversation. “No, I said I would be happy to do it but we have a public hearing that’s scheduled and the next joint meeting between the city and district isn’t for a couple months,” Liccardo told Metro in an interview Tuesday. Varela also defended the district’s decision to send Callender as its lone

representative at the special meeting. “We are interested in facts, not blame, which only serves to dishonor those who have been harmed and displaced by the flood waters,” Varela said.

Pushback Communications between the water district and city of San Jose, obtained through a public records request, reveal that both sides were aware of the flooding danger from an upcoming storm and were exchanging a flurry of information. But that stopped when water district management stepped in before the floodwaters hit and restricted the communication. Nearly two weeks before San Jose neighborhoods flooded, a city engineer asked the water district about rising creek levels. “Good morning,” Casey Hirasaki, an engineer who works for the city of San Jose, wrote on Thursday, Feb. 9. “There was mention around office yesterday that Coyote Creek was running high, near top of bank, and

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that there was also a plan to release from Anderson Dam.” The following Tuesday, a week before the flood, Hirasaki again emailed a counterpart at the district, saying, “We were on a conference call this morning with City departments and SCVWD discussing rain forecast and possible Anderson Dam spill later this week. We have been asked to create a map of City hot-spots as well as the Coyote Creek locations you identified.” On Thursday morning, water district associate civil engineer Jack Xu warned San Jose’s Shelley Guo that “there is a big one coming next week … with the major events occurring Monday/Tuesday. If that hits as predicted we might be in big trouble.” Xu also sent over some maps that correctly predicted the Rock Springs flooding, though they failed to highlight the overflow that besieged the Olinder neighborhood on the East Side and parts of Naglee Park. “Jack: Wow, the map is great, thank you!” Hirasaki emailed back. The lovefest was short-lived. On Friday, Feb 17, Xu wrote an apologetic message saying he had to cut off communication. “So unfortunately we got some pushback from our management about us communicating directly to you guys at our levels and the District having different outlets of information for the forecasts, so I was told to relay information through the appropriate channels (sorry).” The rains hit on Monday and Tuesday and, as predicted, Rock Springs flooded. Both the city and the water district knew that would be the outcome and had been discussing emergency preparations in the week leading up to the $100 million disaster. But nobody told the residents whose homes were in harm’s way until the water approached their doorsteps.

Toxic Stew After battling the city, insurance companies and contractors to repair some $250,000 worth of damage to his William Street home, Garry Johnson said he now has to deal with inexplicable rashes and other maladies. When the flood crept to his door, he said at last week’s hearing, he gathered

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BANK IT Coyote Creek overflowed its banks well before city and district projections. his medications, his passport and his dogs—all he could manage to carry— and waded out into the rank water. “I carried my dogs out through wastewater that was up to my thighs,” said Johnson, a nurse who earns too much to qualify for some of the disaster aid being offered by local nonprofits. “I am still scratching, I am still itching, and a number of my neighbors were affected in the same way.” For weeks now, Johnson said, he’s been asking public health officials to tell people what was in the water and how to treat the symptoms it caused. “We don’t know what’s on the grass, what’s on the rocks in our yards,” he said. “But we know that it’s a toxic stew.” Moms holding babies sobbed at the podium. Elderly Vietnamese women spoke about feeling unsafe and worried about their grandchildren staying at the temporary shelters, where they said people have been sneaking in booze and drugs. They wondered aloud what will happen to them after the shelters close, the motel vouchers run out and the state and federal disaster aid has yet to come. Others asked why recovery efforts seem to gloss over the needs of the homeless, who lost their tents, shanties, blankets, backpacks and clothes in the flood. Jolene Jones—a member of the Winter Faith Collaborative, a network of local religious organizations that offers shelter and other necessities to the homeless—said the flood will create “a new crop” of at least 180 unhoused people.

“We need to do more than just write checks,” she said. “We need case management, too.” The volunteer collaborative not only provides shelter, but it also opens up church parking lots to anyone who needs a safe place to spend the night in their car. Jones said the city should offer that as well, considering that the volunteer group is way over capacity. She also criticized the way nonprofits have been delegating flood recovery money only to victims who were housed at the time of the flood. “Homeless people are not getting services,” she said. “They’re being systematically erased out of this discussion.” Councilman Raul Peralez urged the city to offer counseling services to people dealing with depression and anxiety because of having to start all over after the flood. “The trauma is real, especially for people who have been traumatized before,” Deputy City Manager Kip Harness said. “We’re a little bit later than we should be on this one, but we’re going to make sure that these mental health issues are being addressed.” Juanita Wilson, a 66-year-old instructional aide who’s living indefinitely at the Seven Trees shelter, said she’s spent the past two weeks cycling in and out of depression and anxiety. Her apartment on Nordale Avenue is destroyed, and she worries about where her daughter will stay when she visits from medical school next month. “I’m having trouble putting my life together,” Williams said, trailing

off before letting out a heavy sigh. “I’m having trouble even putting a sentence together.” Three weeks after the flood, more than 500 households remain displaced. To accommodate people who have been unable to return home, the City Council on Tuesday declared a “shelter crisis,” which suspends certain housing regulations and allow flood victims to sleep in community centers and libraries through at least April. Last month’s flooding created a new crop of homeless people, but it also displaced people who were un-housed to begin with. Already, San Jose was grappling with how to accommodate more than 4,000 unsheltered residents. About 2,800 of them are un-housed on a given night. Nearly 800 live in camps and shantytowns along local waterways. Money for HomeFirst, a local housing nonprofit that manages shelters, will come from the general fund, which includes a $5.2 million allotment for housing the homeless. The city’s housing department will petition for reimbursement from FEMA. But there will be limits to assistance provided. City officials have admitted fault for failing to prepare for and respond quickly to the flood, while also blaming a lack of staffing and budget cuts for some of the lapses. They have promised to learn from their mistakes. “There have been many moments of wondering what we could’ve done differently,” City Manager Norberto Dueñas said. “Unfortunately, in life there is no rewind button.” Life also doesn’t have a fast-forward button. With the rainy season still in full swing, Mayor Liccardo admits that the lack of cooperation between the water district and city could be endangering the lives and property of local residents. “The public is demanding answers now, and perhaps more importantly we need answers so we can fix this so it doesn’t happen again,” Liccardo said. “As long as Anderson Reservoir continues to teeter above 95 percent capacity, the danger is very real.” The mayor’s count is a bit high—Anderson Reservoir was at 91.3 percent capacity as of 2:30pm Tuesday—but, like the tempestuous relationship between the two agencies tasked with protecting flood victims, there is no guarantee the storms have come to an end.


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THE EYE IN THE SKY

Wed, 11am, Free Cantor Art Center, Stanford Artist and geographer Trevor Paglen looks to the past in an effort to define what modern abstract art actually is. An illustrator, sculptor and photographer, Paglen is not afraid to stir up the pot. He has photographed Predator drones, a secret CIA prison and has created a sculpture made of irradiated glass from Fukushima and trinitite, a mineral forged during the first U.S. atomic blast in New Mexico. Paglen’s haunting 2010 piece Time Study will be displayed alongside the work of other 19th and 20th century photography pioneers from the Cantor’s collection. (VS)

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RBL POSSE

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FRAGILE WATERS

Thu, 7pm, $5 San Jose Museum of Art

Fri, 9pm, $20 BackBar SoFa, San Jose

Fri, 10pm, $10-$20 Pure Lounge, Sunnyvale

Fri, 11am, $6+ San Jose Museum of Art

San Jose-based singer and songwriter Rich Ajlouny knows a thing or two about psychedelia. The multi-instrumentalist and high school English teacher cut his teeth on the Beatles and the Beach Boys—and once taught a class titled “Bach & Roll,” which focused on the intersection of Johann, John, Paul, George and Ringo. Recording and performing solo and with his band, the Tractor Beams, Ajlouny crafts gauzy, baroque pop tunes, like “Everyone Sends Their Love,” reminiscent of late-’60s Kinks, with its lilting bounce, spaced-out vocal textures and hop-skip-jump drum fills. He joins the Afro-Brazilian percussion and dance group Fogo Na Roupa and folk strummer Courtney Langlie at SJMA’s ArtRage. (NV)

Formed in 1991 in San Francisco’s Hunters Point neighborhood, RBL Posse has been grinding for more than 25 years. Contemporaries of The Luniz, Too $hort and other Bay Area hip-hop legends, RBL scored their biggest hit with the self-released anti-schwag anthem, “Don’t Give Me No Bammer Weed.” The song charted and helped draw attention from Atlantic Records subsidiary Big Beat. Unfortunately, tragedy followed this initial success, when Mr. Cee—one half of RBL—was gunned down in 1996. His partner, Black C, has carried the Posse’s torch ever since, collaborating with the likes of San Quinn and Andre Nickatina. (NV)

There’s something to be said for keeping things simple. Case in point: O.T. Genasis. The Atlantaborn, Long Beach-bred rapper rose to fame with “Coco,” his 2014 ode to slangin ’caine, which peaked at No. 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and took on a life of its own after the internet piled on with riff after comedic riff on the simple, yet infectious chorus. But O.T. isn’t a joke. He scored his second hit with another strippeddown tutorial on pushing work. “Cut It” climbed to No. 35 on the Hot 100 and is still on semiregular rotation on KMEL. (VS)

After almost six years of drought in California, followed by torrential downpours, there is no doubting the power of water. With 117 black and white photographs by three different artists, “Fragile Waters” celebrates the significance of our most precious resource. Featuring work by the legendary landscape photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams, the exhibition will also include Ernest H. Brooks II’s majestic and perplexing underwater photography and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly’s awardwinning marsh photos. All three photographers have dedicated their lives to capturing the majesty of our natural world. SJMA hosts a gallery talk Mar. 23. The show runs through Aug. 6. (VS)


* concerts IL VOLO

Mar 27 at City National Civic

ARIANA GRANDE

Mar 27 at SAP Center

GAME OF THRONES CONCERT Mar 29 at SAP Center

ZEPPELIN LIVE!

Apr 7 at City National Civic

THE WEEKND

Apr 28 at SAP Center

WWE PAYBACK

Apr 30 at SAP Center

ANJUNABEATS PRESENTS

May 12 at City National Civic

GABRIEL IGLESIAS

May 13 at SAP Center

MARIACHI VARGAS

May 13 at City National Civic

U2: ‘JOSHUA TREE’ TOUR May 14 at Levi’s Stadium

THE SHITKICKERS

CHRIS BROWN

May 18 at SAP Center

PINK FLOYD CONCERT EXPERIENCE

*sat *sun THE SHITKICKERS Sat, 8pm, $13+ The Ritz, San Jose No one in San Jose knows more about drowning your sorrows in a can of cheap suds than The Shitkickers. Over the course of two decades, this band of beerswilling rockabilly rabble-rousers have become something of an institution on the local music scene—and the local dive bar scene, for that matter. For proof, look no further than their excellent 2006 album, Noon’s Moonlight. Born out of the whiskey-soaked imaginations of a metalhead and a punk rocker, the Shitkickers blend the sorrow of Hank Williams, the outlaw country of Hank Williams, Jr., and the fuck-off attitude of Hank Williams III into a potent musical moonshine. (NV)

PANHANDLERS UNION Sun, 9pm, Free Caravan Lounge, San Jose

This devilish duo from San Jose are known for their fusion of punk and country tunes into a little something they like to call “murder folk.” Their debut E.P., Covered In Blood, collects seven covers of punk and metal tunes—such as “American Tune” by Andrew Jackson Jihad and “Them” by King Diamond—all charcoal filtered through frontman River Black’s whiskey-and-cigarette croak, which rides uneasy atop the pair’s ramshackle acoustic and banjo arrangements. Appropriately, Panhandlers Union will be celebrating the release of their new collection at the Caravan, where the bourbon and beer flow freely. (VS)

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BLACK GRACE

SEMINAR

Sun, 2:30pm, $15+ Bing Concert Hall, Stanford

Tue, 7pm, $11+ Hammer Theatre, San Jose

At 19 years old, Neil Ieremia, a New Zealand bank clerk at the time, hit upon a winning multicultural combination when he merged modern dance with South Pacific traditions. Twenty years later this animated amalgamation of Polynesian and contemporary Western dance continues to draw crowds with its power and dynamism. The Black Grace dance company highlights the spiritual nature and ancestral traditions of the Maori, Samoan, and New Zealand cultures through movements both athletic and whimsical, as Ieremia incorporates the indigenous storytelling tradition of “slap dancing”—speaking, singing and clapping hands against bodies—into his choreography. (VS)

Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Theresa Rebeck’s 2011 Broadway comedy, Seminar, has starred both Alan Rickman and Jeff Goldblum. Now the production comes to San Jose. Four aspiring novelists hire an experienced author to conduct a 10-week writing seminar. But the endeavor soon runs off the rails as romance bubbles and tensions flare. Crammed into a cramped New York City apartment, the writing workshop soon turns into an all-out war—with words being the weapon of choice. Ultimately, the young writers must confront their future prospects, both professionally and personally. Play runs through Mar 25. (VS)

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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Hot Take WHAT NOW April Culver, Geoff (Jeffrey) Fiorito and Marjorie Hazeltine star in the Pear Theatre’s production of ‘A View from the Bridge.”

‘A View from the Bridge’ suffers from modern political interpretation BY JEFFREY EDALATPOUR

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N THE OPENING weekend of A View from the Bridge, the Pear Theatre suffered from major climate control issues. When an employee was asked why the temperature was as humid as a Louisiana swamp, she replied, “I don’t know.” The lack of oxygen and the rising mercury inspired a claustrophobic response in some theatergoers and led to an exodus at intermission. (Full disclosure: I was one of the half-time departures). The lack of twenty- or even thirty-

somethings there on a Saturday night raised the question that hung in the heavy air: how to make A View from the Bridge relevant to younger audiences? The story of the bluecollar worker Eddie, a precursor to the intolerant bigot Archie Bunker from Norman Lear's sitcom All in the Family, is psychologically dated. But what if parallels could be made to the Trump administration’s recent immigration bans? Was Arthur Miller really that prescient or would that be a stretch? The day before President Trump’s inauguration, Philip Bump’s Washington Post headline read: “Trump reportedly wants to cut cultural programs that make up 0.02 percent of federal spending.” Arts reporters have been feverishly typing in panic mode ever since. After an initial bout

of hand-wringing and teeth-gnashing, a thread of self-justification began to seep into the work. Arts coverage could become as endangered as federal funding for the arts themselves. How then does a dwindling section of the paper (or any media organization) engage readers in this new probusiness and anti-arts era? One method is the facile way: by seeing every current project as a referendum on this administration. Case in point, a recent KQED interview with Ray Renati, the director of A View from the Bridge. Renati is quoted as saying, “Eddie’s a bully. No one dares to go against anything that Eddie says, or he will make sure you pay. Donald Trump does the same thing.” Eddie may be a bully but pairing his psychology with Trump’s limits his character even further than it already is. It’s like watching the play through fogged-up lenses: you’re only left with Eddie’s blurred outline and none of his inner life. As is the case with all interviews, Renati’s response must have been

edited and condensed, but his comment was collected with others and codified under the headline: “Silicon Valley Theatre Scene Bristles with Political Edge in the Age of Trump.” This is the editorial agenda du jour that’s meant to stir up interest in any play, movie, painting or symphony that edges into topical territory. This isn’t to say that #Resistance in the arts shouldn’t be covered. But predetermining it as the blanket motivation for praising artistic value is problematic. Moonlight, this year’s Academy Award winner for best picture, was not a commentary on the Trump administration. Does that make it any less worthwhile to see? At one point in the production, several characters stood on stage openmouthed with disbelief at Eddie’s (Geoff (Jeffrey) Fiorito) behavior. Everyone around him could see that he was motivated by a repressed lust for his wife’s niece Catherine (April Culver). Miller reveals Eddie’s naked psyche to everybody but himself. His journey toward self-destruction is marked by hubris, by an act of betrayal to his own community and by an overestimation of his power in the household he runs. If this were theater as wish fulfillment, watching the totem of a bully fail on stage would ensure that he and his counterparts in elected office would follow suit. Would that it were so easy to engineer a similar downfall for stentorian leaders everywhere. Or is that the only reason the arts are now necessary, why they’re so dangerous as to merit defunding? Can their value only be measured by how high they fan the flames of political dissent? If that's the marker for criticism, then immigrants will surely see themselves in the characters of Marco (Drew Reitz) and Rodolpho (Anthony Stephens), in their struggle to be at home in a suspicious, unwelcoming country. For that point alone, it’s a story worth telling. But A View from the Bridge is unlikely to intimidate wealthy, powerful bullies. They’ll remain as they always have, unmoved by anyone’s interests but their own.

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LOCAL LEAPS Nick Lazzarini went from dancing in Mountain View rec centers to the top of ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’

He Knows He Can Dance THE WAY NICK Lazzarini tells it, his long journey to the the top of So You Think You Can Dance began when he was just 5 years old. On that fateful day, back in 1989, the young Lazzarini was leaving soccer practice at the local rec center in his hometown of Mountain View when his mother noticed him staring in awe at a dance class. When she asked him what he was so interested in, he turned to her and told her: “I want to do that, mom.” That was the end of Lazzarini’s soccer career. “It just wasn’t my thing,” Lazzarini says, referring to his short-lived time in organized sports. “I was the kid that was doing cartwheels on the Shaping Sound soccer field and practicing tumbling during baseball.” From the moment he began pursuing dance, Lazzarini knew it was definitely his thing. Before long his parents enrolled him at Dance Attack, a competitive dance studio originally based out of Mountain View. He worked out there while also taking lessons with a private coach at Studio 10 Dance in San Jose.

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After graduating from high school, Lazzarini decided to take the next big step. At 19, he moved to Los Angeles, with the dream of taking his dance career to the next level. “I found some work teaching (dance classes) to pay my bills,” Lazzarini says. “I went to auditions and put in the grind like any L.A. dancer that’s starting off does until they catch their big break.” Lazzarini’s big break came while dancing at a professional studio in L.A. with his mentor, Mandy Moore—choreographer of La La Land. It was there that he was introduced to and auditioned for an executive producer of American Idol who was looking for talent for a new show: So You Think You Can Dance. “I remember putting my dancing shoes on and killing it that day” he says. Lazzarini would go on to compete in the show’s first season, which he won. Since then, Lazzarini has co-founded his own dance troupe, Shaping Sound—a dynamic group of contemporary dancers, led by choreographer Travis Wall. Shaping Sound’s first U.S. tour was well received and they are embarking on their second national tour this month, After the Curtain. “The everyday person coming to the theater is going to get blown away,” Lazzarini says. “Not only by the dancing, but the show, the storyline and the spectacle of it all.” —Benjamin Siepak

A lively evening of music, cocktails, and creative fun will include a performance by Fogo Na Roupa. This Afro-Brazilian dance and percussion group is a favorite of artist Victor Cartagena, whose work is the subject of the new exhibition Beta Space: Victor Cartagena, which opens this evening.

110 S. Market St.

$5 tickets

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*stage COMEDYSPORTZ IMPROV COMEDY

Laugh until your stomach hurts at this improv battle of wits, all audience-sourced and suitable for the entire family. Ongoing. Camera 4, San Jose. 7pm. Midnight Show Saturdays.

‘FRANKENSTEIN’

The cutting-edge worldpremiere adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic cautionary tale of what happens when science and technology blur the lines between man and God is here. Think you’ve seen Frankenstein? Think again. $21-37. Mar 23 - Apr 23. City Lights Theatre. San Jose.

‘RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN’

Catherine wants what her friend Gwen has. Maybe. Gwen wants to be what Catherine is. Toss in Catherine’s widowed but feisty mother, a young former stripper, Gwen’s flawed husband, feminist theory, Dr. Phil and lots of martinis. $21-37. May 18 - Jun 18. City Lights Theatre. San Jose.

‘THE MEMORY STICK’

Cultures collide when an Irish Chicago girl meets a Native American Jersey boy on an army base in Kandahar, Afghanistan. It isn’t long before they discover they have more in common than expected as secrets are revealed that ultimately turns one of them into a whistleblower suspect. Apr 5-30. The Stage. San Jose.

‘CALLIGRAPHY’

Two continents, two cultures, two estranged sisters, and the two cousins determined to bridge the gap between them — all are boldly calligraphed in this international comic drama set in Los Angeles and Tokyo, past and present. $35-$85. Thru Apr 2. Mountain View.

‘RAGS’

Hope, good will, and fierce determination light the ragtag journey of Jewish immigrant Rebecca and her son from European persecution to new lives in the teeming, turn-of-thecentury tenements of New York. $35-$85. Apr 5-30. Mountain View.

CULTURE CLASH ‘Calligraphy’ tells the story of two sisters separated by an ocean. ‘HERSHEY FELDER, BEETHOVEN’

Hershey Felder brings Ludwig van Beethoven to life through the eyes of a Viennese Doctor who as a boy spent Beethoven’s last years by the Maestro’s side. Featuring some of the composer’s greatest works, from the “Moonlight Sonata” to the “9th Symphony.” $35-$85. Jun 7-18. Mountain View.

‘A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE’

In this timeless classic, a married couple shelter two illegal immigrants from postwar Italy. When the husband discovers a budding relationship between one of the Italians and his wife's young niece Catherine, he becomes disturbed and angry. Tensions mount as accusations of improper love arise, that lead to a hurting immigrant neighborhood. Thru Apr 2. The Pear Theatre. Mountain View.

‘PEAR SLICES 2017’

This evergreen collection of original, short plays—comedic or dramatic, heartfelt or simply absurd--from the members of the Pear Playwrights Guild showcases the wide range of talent. Come see what new talent this spring will bring. May 5-28. The Pear Theatre. Mountain View.

*art MUSEUMS ANDERSON COLLECTION

“Soundsuits” by Nick Cave. Eight Soundsuits along with three video works by Cave, as well as a recently completed documentary on the artist, titled “Here.” “Soundsuits” are full body-size sculptures made of everything from collected and repurposed buttons, to

wooden sticks, beaded baskets, doilies and sequined fabric. Thru Aug 14. Stanford.

NUMU LOS GATOS

“Cement Prairie: The History and Legacy of the 1952 American Indian Urban Relocation Program.” An exhibition that explores the genesis, rollout and impact of the American Indian Relocation Program initiated by the U.S. government in 1952. Thru Jun 25. Los Gatos.

CANTOR ARTS CENTER

“The Wonder of Everyday Life: Dutch Golden Aged Prints.” Depiction of the materialistic and sensual world drawn onto golden plates. Thru Mar 20. Stanford.

DE SAISSET MUSEUM

“Crossing Cultures: Belle Yang, A Story of Immigration.”Thru Dec 4. “Virgin Landscape: Representations of Women and the American West” guestcurated. Thru Mar 19. Santa Clara.

HISTORY PARK SAN JOSE

“Painting the Town: The Work of Rey Giese.” Thru July 30. San Jose.

LOS GATOS COMPANY

“Zulugrass Jewelry Gallery,” featuring the colorful clothing and ornaments adorned by the Maasai tribe of the Great Rift Valley of Kenya and Tanzania. Artist in Residence Gallery. Los Gatos.

SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF ART

“Life & Labor: The Photographs of Milton Rogovin.” This exhibit showcases social issues through photographs. Thru Mar 19. “Koret Family Gathering: Art and Science.” Exhibit showcasing the fluidity of art and science together. Thru May 21. San Jose.


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OUT THERE Things only get more bizarre as Louis Theroux dives deeper into L. Ron Hubbard’s religion in ‘My Scientology Film.’

‘My Scientology Film’ searches for truth amid outrageous absurdity BY RICHARD VON BUSACK

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ERE IS A rollicking movie about the fate of all the planets in the universe. Former Metro writer Louis Theroux’s comic yet frightening My Scientology Film—co-written by Theroux, directed by John Dower and released by the BBC—shows a similar approach to the work of Michael Moore, whom Theroux worked with for a while. Theroux is slightly rumpled, his shirt tails usually out, his hair a little untidy. The British accent sometimes disarms the wrathful Yankee.

Trying to get an interview with the secretive leaders of the Church of Scientology, Theroux starts out in L.A. The church’s strength in Hollywood isn’t happenstance. Under “Project Celebrity,” founder L. Ron Hubbard sought famous disciples such as Greta Garbo and James Stewart. Actors, always seeking reassurance and structure, seem particularly drawn to the faith. We see these actors’ anxieties as Theroux casts docudrama scenes to stage the abuse described by a few high-level exiles from the church. Apostates allege false imprisonment, beatings, and even nonviolent but pervasive intimidation by novelty T-shirt wearing “squirrel busters” going after “squirrels” (defectors). It’s a different world than the one seem in official videos, with awards-show swank, crimson curtains, and thundering

narrators boasting of the universal reach of the church. Worldwide and beyond; the church believes disciples are meant to rescue the entire universe in their future lives. The work is forwarded by the church’s top echelon, the Sea Organization—the Jesuits of this order. The crypto-naval uniforms and secret rituals are something H. L. Mencken would have understood; they reflect our national longing for brass and buttons. So, also, do the boot camplike confrontations, the multilevel marketing structure, and the contracts signed for terms of a billion years. (Talk about a nondisclosure agreement.) As for the legends that hold this church together—a story of alien holocaust in the distant past—are they weirder than the credo ad absurdum tenets in more name-brand religions? My Scientology Film acknowledges the church’s public side, its charitable contributions and freeway cleanups. It’s clear that Theroux doesn’t intend to drag the faith through the mud. Rather, it seems he is seeking simply to land an interview with Scientology’s head honcho, David

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Miscavige, who took over after Hubbard’s ascension into the next world. Miscavige hasn’t gone on-camera for a reporter since Ted Koppel was hosting Nightline. Theroux has a droll, deadpan style, unflinching during a scene of being broken down in a staged, mockScientology cleansing session: “You’re not a very good journalist!” his interrogator screams in his face. It’s an unusual documentary; even the scenes of driving around town, capturing B-roll are telling. Los Angeles vistas are accompanied by Dan Jones’ superb orchestral soundtrack. The music has the subtropical lushness of Henry Mancini, and the spy-movie tension of Lalo Schifrin; Jones uses a sound-alike cue from Mission: Impossible over the reveal of the actor Theroux hired to play the universe’s most famous Scientologist, Tom Cruise. The best time for two men to talk to each other is when they’re driving, because they don’t have to meet each other’s eyes. In these driving scenes, Theroux and former inspector general of the church Marty Rathbun visit the religion’s Riverside-area compound. They’re told by angry security guards that the church owns the very road they’re driving on. More difficulties arise when Theroux tries to get Rathbun to confront his own past in harassing defectors when he was in the Sea Organization. The final blowup by this subject sums up the risky part in any reporter’s career— the worry that, during the task of introducing daylight, you’ve just made someone’s life worse. Theroux faces chilling letters from Scientology lawyers: “You are embarked on a project that is run through with religious bigotry,” one warns. He’s followed by a truck with tinted windows. A mysterious cameraman and an observer stand on watch outside his studio; when questioned, they explain: “We’re making a documentary about people.” Seeking leads about the church online, Theroux gets this response: “Are you sure there’s no skeletons in your closet?” We’re left unsure if that’s a joke or a threat. My Scientology Film’s novelty is it finds a bleak humor in the problems of a reporter trying to crack a stone wall.


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Now Playing GET OUT

Hugely entertaining and absolutely ingenious, even if Jordan Peele of Key and Peele overlaid this stimulating social comedy on a sturdy Old Dark House template. Funny that people have been worrying online about bloggers revealing the surprise twists. I heard a suckling baby in the theater chuckling—was it because even he’d seen this kind of thing before? Photographer Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) goes out to the country with his girlfriend, Rose (the Amanda Peet-like Allison Williams), to meet her parents. When he gets to their secluded estate, something is more than slightly off: the black servants practically genuflect “as if they’d never heard of The Movement.” Chris fails to heed the telephoned-in warnings of his best pal, a TSA agent (Lil Rel Howery) and the film just percolates along from there. Get Out not only amuses, but it makes its important point with deftness: watch it, and see the too-white world as a member of a hunted minority would see it, listening to the idiot clichés flaunted to make you more comfortable. Kaluuya ought to be a star for the tenderness and grit he brings to this part. It’s an unlikely success, and could have gone wrong in a hundred ways. (Valleywide). (RvB)

LION

Saroo Brierley’s true story of a childhood nightmare resolved with the sturdy help of Google Earth. Garth Davis directs this story of a rural Indian boy (played in youth by Sunny Pawar) who fell asleep as a stowaway on a train. The boy ended up a thousand miles away in Kolkata. He was a nonBengali speaker in a city already full of street kids, and the name of the town he lived in drew a blank with the local authorities. Adopted by a couple from coastal Tasmania, Saroo grew up in affluence, but remained plagued by the thought of the family he left behind. Davis, primarily an Australian television director, seems to keep a loose hand on the actors, giving them room. As the adult Saroo, the steadily rising Dev Patel holds the screen with ease. Commonly a pair of icebergs in the movies, Rooney Mara (as Brierley’s girlfriend in Melbourne) and Nicole Kidman (the adoptive mom) are unusually warm and touching. Kidman is at first the perfect kind of mom, who always knows how to say the right thing, but in one scene she reveals her own past and a William Blake-like vision she had when she was a child, and the performance is complete: it’s like a trap door opening to reveal the

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mysteriousness of motherhood. One feels the remarkable story has been tarted up a little—there was enough Dickens in it already, before the scenes of how the boy Saroo narrowly evades being pimped out. Still, it’s an impressive tale that’ll get the mothers in the audience right in the brisket. (Valleywide). (RvB)

Revivals NINOTCHKA/SHOP AROUND THE CORNER

(1939/1940) All about Paris's bad effect on the communist spirit. Under Ernst Lubitsch’s direction, Melvyn Douglas slouches his elegant way through as a persuasive demigigolo, involved with a White Russian grand duchess (Ina Claire) in reduced circumstances. "I suppose one gets the face one deserves," Claire says, surveying herself in the mirror; the quote turns up here several years before its usual attribution to George Orwell. A Soviet commissar named Yakischova turns up with the duchess's jewels, trying to sell them to raise money for the USSR. The gigolo must turn his charms upon her, but she (Greta Garbo) is quite immune. She drinks vodka but winces at champagne. "Don't make an issue of my vomanhood," she frowns, poring over a map of Paris as if it were an overdue bill. Garbo is hilarious here, sending up her usual roles as a weary, mannish man killer. Wearing what look like waterproof stockings and speaking as tonelessly as a Martian, Garbo is the immovable object of totalitarianism, undone by the irresistible force of romance. Unfortunately, Ernst Lubitsch's movie is not as smooth as Douglas. It's sometimes leadfooted in moments of levity. Garbo is made to wear a haute-couture hat that would be hooted out of camp at Burning Man. And when she is made to utter a stage laugh, there's a note of capitulation in it. But the politics are deft—satirizing both the USSR's aims to make "fewer but better Russians" as well as the golden hindsight of the aristocratic class. Douglas comments that "problems are never solved by bowing from a balcony"—a thought to tide one over during the next presidential photo opportunity. BILLED WITH The Shop Around the Corner A Christmas movie, but don’t hold that against it. Ernst Lubitsch’s well-balanced and deeply romantic comedy about the livelong days of the employees at a Budapest stationary store shows why people still burn candles to the director’s memory. (Plays Mar 18-19 in Palo Alto at the Stanford Theatre.) (RvB)

BELLE OF THE BALL Emma Watson’s performance in Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ live action remake is one-dimensional.

Beautifully Banal DURING THE REIGN of Louis XVI or thereabouts, pilfering a rose from a cursed castle’s garden is punishable by life imprisonment. The castle’s owner is an ornery, hairy and horned monster (Dan Stevens). But he’ll accept a substitute prisoner, like loyal daughter Belle (Emma Watson), who arrives to ransom her father (Kevin Kline) and take his place. One of the blandest, most nervous and most cluttered fairy tale movies that Disney has ever released—Bill Condon’s redo is a rococo La La Fantasyland, complete with sort-of dancing and autotuned singing. It’s stagebound, with the 3D providing depth of field at a cost of blurry color; on the bright side it recreates the format’s original appeal by aiming a lot of projectiles at the audience’s eyes. It’s loaded with the stodgy rhyming dictionary-heavy lyrics from Disney’s 1991 animated feature, Beauty and the Beast. It has been a quarter of a century since the cartoon version came out. A remake isn’t unwarranted, even if there are fans who considered the animated version superfluous, on the grounds that Jean Cocteau’s 1946 version is one of the most priceless gems in the trove of cinema. The integrated cast is an admirable touch, though Kenneth Branagh got little attention 20 years ago for doing this in his Hamlet. One is grateful for the harrumphing Ian McKellan as an attendant changed into a clock. Josh Gad’s gay buddy LaFou is a feature, not a bug. The hot topic of his gayness is hotter to those who never attended the careers of Edward Everett Horton and

David Wayne as the best friend types in classic musicals. While LeFou angers all the right people, it doesn’t change the basic uninteresting dynamic of this romance. The movie sprints between the castle and the village, but there’s no way to cut around Emma Watson’s inexperience as a leading lady—this perennial girl next door doesn’t have the incandescence to light up this movie. She’s Beauty and maternal, not ardent, and the Beast she never really wrestles with her feelings. (Stevens’ PG 129 Mins. beast roars and leaps, but Valleywide he’s a big softy; there are teddy bears that have more masculine threat.) Condon sources Busby Berkeley to the “Be Our Guest” number, with plates and napkins whirling in formation; the tune salutes the bending over backwards required in a service economy, honoring the servant who longs to serve. One never feels the sorrow or anger of humans turned into objects just because they were at the wrong place and the wrong time. The ADD franticness of this enchanted supper could be contrasted with the pensiveness of Alison Sudal whipping up the strudel out of the air in Fantastic Beasts. At one point, a magic book in the Beast’s library leads Belle and the Beast to a garret inside a Montmartre windmill, and the exteriors of Paris at night are as foreboding as a Gustave Dore illustration—it’s some of the only original material in this remake, a rare instance of surprise in this movie. —Richard von Busack


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Murderous Pair DEADLY DUO The Kills bring their fifth LP, ‘Ash and Ice,’ to Santa Cruz.

The Kills celebrate 15 years of unlikely success at the Catalyst BY MAT WEIR

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AMIE HINCE IS reminiscing about the early days of the Kills, the popular indie rock duo he formed in 2002 with Alison Mosshart. “We never really expected for it to be any kind of success,” says the guitarist in his thick British accent. “We both thought this was going to be a life of obscurity and poverty.” It turned out to be anything but. As they embark on their 15th anniversary tour, which comes to the Catalyst early next week, the Kills have come a long way from their underground roots— their most recent album, Ice & Ash, broke the U.K. Top 20 and Billboard’s Top 50 in the U.S.

“We didn’t even know what we were going to sound like when we did our first gig,” he says with a chuckle. “But ever since then, people have booked us for more shows, and we haven’t had any time to stop and think about it.” The two originally met in London while Mosshart (who is also currently the frontwoman for the Dead Weather with Jack White) was on tour with her now-defunct Floridian riot grrrl band, Discount. Hince was working on a solo project he grew disillusioned with. She heard Hince playing in a nearby apartment, and the two quickly hit it off. He gave her a tape recorder for the road, and they would spend time sending each other new songs and ideas when the inspiration hit. When Mosshart relocated to London, the two moved down the road from each other so all of their time could be dedicated to their music. “I was living in a squat at the time, with no money, so the band was really

important to getting out of our shitty situation,” he remembers. “We would go from my kitchen to her kitchen and just play on beaten up acoustic guitars.” The band had some early success in the U.K. with singles like “Fried My Little Brains” and “The Good Ones.” In 2008, they landed in the U.S. charts for the first time with their album Midnight Boom, which featured stomping, electro-tinged anthems like “U.R.A. Fever” and “Cheap and Cheerful.” While the Kills’ music is often described as stripped down and minimalist, scratch the surface and one discovers just how multifaceted and versatile it can be. Hince carefully chooses each note, cutting out anything superfluous before delivering them with a ferocious sonic intensity. Mosshart’s sultry, smoky voice floats atop Hince’s arrangements with ease and raw sincerity. And they do all this while maintaining an indie-pop sensibility. “I won’t go into the studio until I’m very clear of what I want it to sound like,” says Hince. “It’s very important that we never make the same music twice.”

The Kills’ live shows are whiskeyfueled and energetic, as Hince dances around with his guitars as Mosshart wildly tosses her hair about. It’s part of the punk rock philosophy they’ve had since the beginning. “We decided we were going to embrace being flamboyant and not care,” he says. “We would dress up crazy for rehearsal. It was a badge of honor to stick out from the scene we were in.” Last year saw the release of their fifth and most ambitious album, Ash & Ice. Named after the nightlife imagery of a drink in one hand and a smoke in the other, the album features many lyrics written by Hince when he traveled the Trans-Siberian Express in an attempt to rediscover his creative voice. Between 2011’s Blood Pressures and Ash & Ice, Hince began to have problems with his hand, then accidentally slammed it in a car door, which led to an infection and six surgeries over two years. “For various reasons, like my hand injury, I didn’t want to limit ourselves to be a live band on record anymore,” he remarks. “I wanted to use technology as a creative instrument, software, keyboards, etc., against this rock & roll guitar.” Recently relocated to Los Angeles, Hince is setting up a studio in his house and has been going through previously unreleased music and fine-tuning songs from Ash & Ice that did not make the cut. He says Mosshart has been writing new material as well; the time gap between their last two albums is something he doesn’t want to repeat. “It crippled us—literally with my hand and metaphorically,” he admits. “Because it’s hard to get the momentum going again when you go back out with another record. It takes a while, and I want to put another one out pretty soon.” Which brings up one final, glaring question. Through hand surgeries, other bands, relationships (Hince separated from model Kate Moss in 2015) and the usual twists and turns of life, just how does a band remain together for 15 years? “We love hanging out, and laugh all day when we do,” he says. “We’re like two halves, but together it’s a whole piece.”

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ANGELICA’S BISTRO

Wed, Mar 15: Mic Logik and Ronesh. Fri, Mar 17: Rbl Posse. Sat, Mar 18: Philthy Rich, Red Store Bums. San Jose.

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Every Tue: Jazz Tuesdays and Open Mic Night. Every Wed: Piano Night with Rick Ferguson. Thu, Mar 16, 7:30pm: The Swingmasons. Fri, Mar 17, 8:30pm: Un Canto a Latinoamerica Featuring: Elizabeth Panchano. Sat, Mar 18, 8:30pm: The Ron Gariffo Orchestra. Redwood City.

Every Wed: SJ Hank. Every Thu: DJ Maniakal. San Jose.

BLUE NOTE LOUNGE

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. San Jose.

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

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.

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.

Every Tue, 8:30pm: Tuesday Night Blues. Every Fri, 8:30pm: Oldies. Every Sun: Jazz or Blues. Milpitas.

CAFE STRITCH Every Wed: Wax Wednesday: All Vinyl DJ Sets. Every Sunday, 7pm, The Eulipions Jazz Jam Session. San Jose.

CAFE PINK HOUSE

Fri, Mar 17, 8pm: Ch3, Shattered Faith, Anti-Social and The Defenders. Sat, Mar 18, 8pm: Shitkickers, Bibles and Hand Grenades and Guests. 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.

MURPHY’S LAW

Every Mon: Monday Night Blues Jam. Sunnyvale.

POOR HOUSE BISTRO

Every Wed: Blues & $2 Brews w/Sid Morris & Ron Thompson. Every Tue, 6pm: PHB Open Mic Night. San Jose.

RED ROCK COFFEE

Every Mon, 7pm: Open Mic Night. Mountain View.

SMOKING PIG BBQ

Fri, Mar 17, 9pm: Tommy Castro and The Painkillers. San Jose.

C&W/Folk BLUE ROCK SHOOT

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

CHARLEY'S LG

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

LITTLE LOU’S BBQ

Every Sat, 2pm-3:30pm: Saturday Live Music Hangout. Wed, Mar 15, 7:30pm: Free Spirit. Fri, Mar 17, 7:30pm: The Akoma Ensemble. Sun, Mar 19, 6pm: Sandy Cressman Group. Mon, Mar 20, 6:30pm: Pat Martino Trio. Saratoga.

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. Campbell.

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

Every Sun: Joe Ferrara (jazz). Wed, Mar 15, 7pm: Isis and the Cold Truth. Thu, Mar 16, 7pm: Private Label. Fri, Mar 17, 8pm: OTR. Sat, Mar 18, 8pm: Cadillac Jack. Los Gatos.

HOTEL DE ANZA Every 1st and 3rd Wed: Jazz Jam. San Jose.

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

MONTALVO ARTS CENTER Fri, Mar 17, 8pm: Keola Beamer and Jeff Peterson. Saratoga.

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

SAM'S BBQ

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:

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NOT QUITE THERE Decentralization hurt Cinequest and the VR wasn’t perfect, but the festival still had plenty to say.

Diamonds in the Rough CINEQUEST CLOSED Sunday with the audience awards, and even the Cinequest OD’d have to feel a bit sad to see the crowds go. The well-deserved winner of the best narrative feature award was Roland Vranik’s Ken Loachlike The Citizen, starring Dr. Cake-Bali Marcelo as Wilson, an African refugee in Budapest. The amateur actor played a security guard pinioned between the requirements of his new government and his duty to a helpless and homeless Iranian mom (Arghavan Shekari). It’s a warm drama, with Agnes Mahr outstanding as Wilson’s native-born Hungarian lover. The parties were certainly lively, but the 27th annual Cinequest suffered from decentralization. Given the absence of that old behemoth, Camera 12, the festival was spread across three locations: downtown San Jose, Santana Row and Redwood City. People come from around the world to participate in Cinequest. They cross oceans, they traverse continents… but just try to get them to journey 25 miles up the Peninsula or the 15-minute drive from the California Theatre to Winchester and Stevens Creek. One only hopes Elon Musk gets that hyperloop up and running soon. I sampled the virtual reality component with “Under the Net” at the Continental Bar; the eight-minute short was about the great need for malaria-fighting mosquito nets in Africa. Viewers bungee in on the red dirt and tents of the Nyarugusu camp in Tanzania. For something important, one copes with the uncanny feeling of being blinkered and headphoned, spinning around in a public place. The double-billed maverick spirit award ceremony, featuring Jane Lynch and Fred Armisen, was one of the liveliest afternoons. Lynch noted that the newest Christopher Guest-gang movie for Netflix, Mascots, may be the last. (Then again, Guest swears off movie making after every film). At last I got to ask Lynch if she was fond of an actress she resembles, Eve Arden: “Oh, my God, yes. The queen of the dry take. She’s in Grease, of course. Her character is named Miss Lynch!” Upcoming for Jane Lynch is Manifesto, the story of the Unabomber, in which she plays the late U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. Exposure to undying Hillary Clinton hatred online made me wonder playing Reno was a risky part. “I don’t worry,” Lynch says. “I admire her.” As always, Cinequest is a real cafeteria fest: you could have cake-eating escapism or social commitment, or a bit of half-and-half. —Richard von Busack


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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): The more unselfish and compassionate you are in the coming weeks, the more likely it is you will get exactly what you need. Here are four ways that can be true: 1. If you're kind to people, they will want to be kind to you in return. 2. Taking good care of others will bolster their ability to take good care of you. 3. If you're less obsessed with I-me-mine, you will magically dissolve psychic blocks that have prevented certain folks from giving you all they are inclined to give you. 4. Attending to others' healing will teach you valuable lessons in how to heal yourself—and how to get the healing you yearn for from others. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I hope you will

consider buying yourself some early birthday presents. The celebration is weeks away, but you need some prodding, instigative energy now. It's crucial that you bring a dose of the starting-fresh spirit into the ripening projects you're working on. Your mood might get overly cautious and serious unless you infuse it with the spunk of an excited beginner. Of course only you know what gifts would provide you with the best impetus, but here are suggestions to stimulate your imagination: a young cactus; a jack-in-the-box; a rock with the word "sprout" written on it; a decorated marble egg; a fox mask; a Photoshopped image of you flying through the air like a superhero.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Many Geminis verbalize

profusely and acrobatically. They enjoy turning their thoughts into speech, and love to keep social situations lively with the power of their agile tongues. Aquarians and Sagittarians may rival your tribe for the title of The Zodiac's Best Bullshitters, but I think you're in the top spot. Having heaped that praise on you, however, I must note that your words don't always have as much influence as they have entertainment value. You sometimes impress people more than you impact them. But here's the good news: In the coming weeks, that could change. I suspect your fluency will carry a lot of clout. Your communication skills could sway the course of local history.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your world is more spacious than it has been in a long time. Congrats! I love the way you have been pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and into the wilder frontier. For your next trick, here's my suggestion: Anticipate the parts of you that may be inclined to close down again when you don't feel as brave and free as you do now. Then gently clamp open those very parts. If you calm your fears before they break out, maybe they won't break out at all. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I like rowdy, extravagant longing as much as anyone. I enjoy being possessed by a heedless greed for too much of everything that feels rapturous: delectable food, mysterious sex, engrossing information, liberating intoxication, and surprising conversations that keep me guessing and improvising for hours. But I am also a devotee of simple, sweet longing . . . pure, watchful, patient longing . . . openhearted longing that brims with innocence and curiosity and is driven as much by the urge to bless as to be blessed. That's the kind I recommend you explore and experiment with in the coming days.

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You know that

forbidden fruit you've had your eyes on? Maybe it isn't so forbidden anymore. It could even be evolving toward a state where it will be both freely available and downright healthy for you to pluck. But there's also a possibility that it's simply a little less risky than it was before. And it may never become a fully viable option. So here's my advice: Don't grab and bite into that forbidden fruit yet. Keep monitoring the situation. Be especially attentive to the following questions: Do you crave the forbidden fruit because it would help you flee a dilemma you haven't mustered the courage to escape from? Or because it would truly be good for you to partake of the forbidden fruit?

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I expect you will get more than your usual share of both sweetness and tartness in the coming days. Sometimes one or the other will be the predominant mode, but on occasion they will converge to deliver a complex brew of WOW!-meets-WTF! Imagine chunks of sour apples in your vanilla fudge ripple ice cream.

By ROB BREZSNY week of March 15

Given this state of affairs, there's no good reason for you to be blandly kind or boringly polite. Use a saucy attitude to convey your thoughtfulness. Be as provocative as you are tender. Don't just be nice— be impishly and subversively nice.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): "I want to gather

your darkness in my hands, to cup it like water and drink." So says Jane Hirshfield in her poem "To Drink." I bet she was addressing a Scorpio. Does any other sign of the zodiac possess a sweet darkness that's as delicious and gratifying as yours? Yes, it's true that you also harbor an unappetizing pocket of darkness, just like everyone else. But that sweet kind—the ambrosial, enigmatic, exhilarating stuff—is not only safe to imbibe, but can also be downright healing. In the coming days, I hope you'll share it generously with worthy recipients.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Saturn has been in your sign steadily since September 2015, and will continue to be there until December 2017. Some traditional astrologers might say you are in a phase of downsizing and self-restraint. They'd encourage you to be extra strict and serious and dutiful. To them, the ringed planet is an exacting task-master. There are some grains of truth in this perspective, but I like to emphasize a different tack. I say that if you cooperate with the rigors of Saturn, you'll be inspired to become more focused and decisive and disciplined as you shed any flighty or reckless tendencies you might have. Yes, Saturn can be adversarial if you ignore its commands to be faithful to your best dreams. But if you respond gamely, it will be your staunch ally. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Born in the

African nation of Burkina Faso, Malidoma Somé is a teacher who writes books and offers workshops to Westerners interested in the spiritual traditions of his tribe. In his native Dagaare language, his first name means "he who befriends the stranger/ enemy." I propose that we make you an honorary "Malidoma" for the next three weeks. It will be a favorable time to forge connections, broker truces, and initiate collaborations with influences you have previous considered foreign or alien.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): EVERY relationship has problems. No exceptions. In the beginning, all may be calm and bright, but eventually cracks will appear. Here's the corollary to that rule: EVERY partner is imperfect. Regardless of how cool, kind, attractive, or smart they may seem in the early stages, they will eventually unveil their unique flaws and troubles. Does this mean that all togetherness is doomed? That it's forever impossible to create satisfying unions? The answer is HELL, NO!—especially if you keep the following principles in mind: Choose a partner whose problems are: 1. interesting; 2. tolerable; 3. useful in prodding you to grow; 4. all of the above. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Would you like some free healing that's in alignment with cosmic rhythms? Try this experiment. Imagine that you're planning to write your autobiography. Create an outline that has six chapters. Each of the first three chapters will be about a past experience that helped make you who you are. In each of the last three chapters, you will describe a desirable event that you want to create in the future. I also encourage you to come up with a boisterous title for your tale. Don't settle for My Life So Far or The Story of My Journey. Make it idiosyncratic and colorful, perhaps even outlandish, like Piscean author Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. What are the main dreams you want to accomplish by 2025? Testify at Freewillastrology.com.

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Spring of Sikhs KISS IT, OR ELSE The seal ring of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, on display at the Asian Art Museum, is said to have ‘sealed many death warrants.’

Sikh culture celebrated in exhibit that coincides with May events BY GARY SINGH

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EADQUARTERED in Palo Alto, the Sikh Foundation International will soon be celebrating its 50th anniversary. A “golden gala” will take place May 5 at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco to coincide with an exhibit, “Saints and Kings: Arts, Culture, and Legacy of the Sikhs,” which just opened last week.

Several distinguished guests will attend, including Navtej Sarna, India’s

current ambassador to the U.S., who just happens to be an author, a traveler, a columnist and a Leonard Cohen fan. What a combination. Following the gala dinner, over the weekend of May 6-7, an elaborate conference will take place at Stanford University. “Advancing Sikhs With Education” will feature numerous speakers, including current and former parliament members of India, Canada and the United Kingdom. The local history is quite fascinating and you don’t need to be a Sikh, or even religious at all. To make a long column short, the Sikhs were among the first Indian immigrants to North America, arriving in the late 19th century, after which they came to the West Coast by the thousands in the early 1900s. Their legacy was inseparable from the growth

of the agriculture industry in California, partly because the Punjab region of India was farming country, and even today the Sikhs are among the most successful farmers in the world. The Sikh Foundation began in 1967 to promote the heritage and future of Sikhism. A nonprofit and nonpolitical charity, it strives to pass on Sikh heritage to the growing diaspora in the West, introducing us to the “ethics, mysticism, arts, literature and heroism of the Sikhs.” Most of this comes through in the “Saints and Kings” exhibit. It’s a small show, tucked away in a few ample spaces on the second floor of the building, but the entirety of it is drawn from the Asian Art Museum’s Sikh art collection—the largest in the U.S., mind you—and some serious gems are included. For example, dated 1812-13, a precious emerald and gold ring once owned by Maharaja Ranjit Singh (no relation) is on display in a small case. A seal ring, it was both an item of adornment and statecraft, used by the maharaja to seal official documents or

A seal ring, it was both an item of adornment and statecraft, used by the maharaja to seal official documents or for other matters of state that required his imprimatur Other items in the “Saints and Kings” exhibit include numerous paintings, lithographs and watercolors of Guru Nanak and other Sikh saints, as well as text panels, documentation, timelines, video and an 11-foot triangular battle flag displayed for the first time in over a decade. Many of the portraits, especially those of Ranjit Singh and his court, were created by British traveler Emily Eden. Now, I am not a Sikh and my dad never claimed to be one either, so I'm not proselytizing here. It’s just that the journey of writing this column spurs memories. I was last in Punjab 29 years ago, in 1988, just four years after the massacre at the Golden Temple. We were unable to visit the facility because tensions were still very high, so much so that as foreigners my mom and I had to acquire special paperwork just to travel into Punjab. That’s how bad it was. I remember a mile of standstill traffic leading up to the temple because every single vehicle had to be searched. People sat in their cars for hours. We couldn’t even get close. In any case, regardless of one's path in life, the Sikhs play an integral role in the history of California. And that's why they are celebrating. It’s as good as gold.

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for other matters of state that required his imprimatur. The velvet case has two brass plaques, one of which says, “This ring has sealed many death warrants.” Known as the Lion of Punjab, Ranjit Singh united previously disparate Sikh kingdoms to create the Sikh Empire in the early half of the 19th century. One of his contributions was the renovation of the holiest place of Sikhism, the Golden Temple in Amritsar. He was the one who covered the structure with gold, giving the temple its English nickname.


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Dessert Terrain LONGBOARD Terrain’s decadent dessert board doesn’t pull any punches.

Stanford mall’s Terrain Cafe excels in the sweets department BY AVI SALEM

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EFORE THE FOOD arrives at the table, the airy, charmingly decorated space inside Terrain Cafe commands attention. The Stanford Shopping Center's newest fine dining addition attracts the eyes of of diners and passers-by alike, with its skyhigh ceilings and vertical garden walls.

The rustic restaurant is the sister store to boho-chic clothier Anthropologie, and Terrain serves up similarly stylish offerings. The Italianinspired menu will especially appeal to omnivores and vegans.

Terrain’s garden theme is ever present in its ever-changing menu, influenced by the seasons and featuring locally-sourced produce, meats and dairy. To start, our server presented us with the most unusual bread basket I’ve ever seen. Neatly baked and served warm, a slightly sweet, airy brioche bun and herbinfused butter were presented tableside in a small terracotta pot. For starters, we began with the Terrain salad ($12), which came topped with pomegranate jewels, juicy cara cara orange slices and tangy pomegranate vinaigrette, all on a bed of chicory lettuce. The vinaigrette balanced out the subtle bitterness of the chicory perfectly but ended up being a little too fresh from the garden for my palate. Many of the lettuce leaves had particles of dirt and soil that had not been

washed off properly. While the restaurant manager was apologetic and accommodating, bringing out a replacement dish within minutes and comping the bill, the second salad also contained a considerable amount of dirty greens. This is an overzealous adherence to the farm-to-table concept that Terrain can easily fix. Moving onto mains, we ordered the stracciatella cheese and chicory lettuce sandwich ($16) and the famous Terrain burger ($19), per our waiter’s recommendation. The sandwich, served on Acme whole wheat bread and slathered in rich and creamy stracciatella mozzarella, hazelnut pesto and chestnut honey, was absurdly tasty and cohesive despite the competing flavors present in each bite. The honey somewhat overpowered the pesto’s flavor, but the crunchiness of the chestnut and hazelnut in combination with the creamy, gooey cheese made it worthwhile. I rarely order burgers outside of diners or fast-food joints, but given that nearly every table surrounding

us was enjoying one, I figured there would be something spectacular about the flavor or accompanying toppings. Served with cheddar, pickles, lettuce and slathered with a balsamic onion jam, the burger was cooked medium-rare and came on a brioche bun alongside a heap of piping hot, house-cut “frites.” The meat was cooked more rare than medium, which I was alright with, but the burger didn’t blow me away. For the price, I was expecting much more in terms of flavor, toppings and presentation. That being said, the onion jam was an unexpected and flavorful twist on the classic grilled onion. For dessert—and to make up for our salad misadventure—we went all out and ordered the dessert board, which was presented on a beautiful redwood tree plank and included full portions of the housemade pear upside down pumpkin cake, tiramisu and a polenta budino ($30). What the starters and mains left wanting, the dessert board made up for tenfold. The pear upside down cake, which came garnished with amaretti whipped cream, was perfectly balanced in flavor, not overly sweet, and baked to exactitude. The tiramisu was equally tasty and was topped with a light dusting of cocoa and marsala, which gave it a uniquely exotic flavoring. Best of all was the polenta budino, a sweet custard served in a mason jar and layered with a generous helping of gianduia mousse (think Nutella, but creamier) and candied hazelnuts. The sweetness of the mousse combined with the crunchiness of the hazelnuts made it my favorite part of the entire meal. I anticipate Terrain will fine-tune its menu over the next few months as it settles into its new West Coast home, working out some of the issues that many new eateries face. At the very least, one hopes the natural terrain will remain a part of the cafe’s decor, ambiance and title, but absent from of its freshest dishes.

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Molly McGees

241 Castro St., Mountain View D-Roc and Dynamic D will host St. Patrick’s Day at this Irish pub starting at noon. Forget the food here, this pub is for authentic Irish beer and spirits. Don’t fret if hunger strikes, though, as Molly’s allows take-out food or delivery from any restaurant.

Paddy Plays LUCKY LASSIES St. Patrick's Day has a way of making everyone proud to be Irish.

A St. Patrick's Day guide to drinking and eating like an Irishman BY DIANA SAN JUAN

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VERYONE IS IRISH on St. Patrick’s Day—even those who refuse to wear green. To celebrate the arrival of Christianity on the Emerald Isle’s shores more than a millennium ago, we Americans dutifully go to the pub and consume an ungodly amount of green beer, Jameson, Guinness, and corned beef and cabbage. Because that’s how ’Mericans pay homage! Below is a guide to some of the best local pubs and restaurants. May the luck of the Irish be with you.

Rosie McCann’s 377 Santana Row, San Jose The Mighty Festival starts Friday and Rosie McCann’s beer guide will have all the usual suspects. The daylong event features live Irish bands. Make make sure to come with an appetite, as their menu features corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie, Guinness and plenty more Irish delights.

The Drying Shed 402 Toyon Ave, San Jose The Drying Shed will be hosting eight-piece band Tortilla Soup as they play ’60s favorites along with DJ Jammin J on the turntables will take you back to Studio 47 days. Mark the calendar for a night of drinks and old school jams.

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418 S Market St, San Jose Sip some green beer and dance the night away with DJ Tanveer and the hottest Bollywood and top-40 jams. Remember to dress in green or gold to get in and claim party hats and favors.

Harry's Hofbrau 390 Saratoga Ave, San Jose

This German beer hall and restaurant goes green as they serve corned beef and green beer all day from 11am to 11pm. They’ll also have a Guinness “keep the glass” special.

O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub

25 N San Pedro St, San Jose They’re not even having a special event and O’Flaherty’s will likely be the most packed pub in the South Bay. Get ready for bagpipes, brews and some serious shoulder-rubbing.

Katie Blooms Irish Pub Restaurant 369 E Campbell Ave, Campbell

This all-day party requires comfortable shoes and a loose belt, as Katie Blooms slings specialty drinks and serves up traditional Irish dishes like corned beef cabbage.

C.B. Hannegan’s 208 Bachman Ave, Los Gatos

Throughout the week, C.B.’s will feature a variety of Irish music including the Silicon Valley American Harp Association, Richard Katz and The Irish All-Stars and Hannegan’s Home-Boy Piper Band. On Friday, musicians will kick the party into another gear for the all-day, all-night celebration.

Fibbar MaGees

156 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale An excellent place for a pint and pub grub, this Irish tavern will have a DJ starting at 8pm. Wear green gear and enjoy beers on tap and specialty drinks all night.

The Oxford

195 S. Murphy Ave. Sunnyvale Double the fun as The Oxford hosts a dual celebration for St. Paddy’s and their one-year anniversary. Specialty bites and cocktails will be provided along with Guinness and Jameson specials.


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The first thing to keep in mind is that nothing on the menu actually reflects British fare. Instead, the dinner menu offers a handful of American dishes with Californian and Italian influences, making it an appealing option for all palates. Start off with a crafty mixed drink like the Initial Public Offering ($15)—vodka, pink grapefruit juice and Fresno chili—or the Random Walk Theory ($16), made with with sloe gin, basil and elderflower. The drinks are pricey but pack a punch, and they’re easily followed up with one of the restaurant’s 55 wines by the glass or one of the 13 varieties of draft and bottled beer. To start, we ordered the warm-roasted forest mushrooms ($15) braised in garlic-thyme oil, topped with crème fraîche and served alongside two hefty slices of toasted cheese bread. The mushrooms were precisely cooked and paired wonderfully with the flakey cheese bread, which was flavorful on its own but tasted even better when dipped in the oil. We also ordered the quinoa and farro salad ($14), one of four enticing options on the menu. With toasted grains as its base, cubes of roasted squash, fennel, red pepper and cucumber were delicately mixed with pickled pears, arugula pesto and a generous handful of crushed hazelnut. The salad was equally filling and flavorful. The Bankers Club’s entree menu is fairly expansive, with a variety of land and sea dishes and one vegetarian option. We decided on the house-made ricotta gnocchi ($16) and the braised Colorado lamb belly ($24). Laden in tasty and buttery sauce, the gnocchi was rich but not overwhelming and paired well with the green onion pesto. The lamb belly was the standout, however, with every bite of the dish being more flavorful than the last. The tomato and vegetable base the lamb sat in was hearty and full of flavor, but light enough to compliment the rich lamb belly. For dessert, try the flourless chocolate torte ($8) with Baileys ganache, hazelnuts and whipped crème fraîche. Decadent but not overly sweet, it was the perfect end to an overall delicious meal. —Avi Salem BRITISH BANKERS CLUB 555 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park. 650.382.3191


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CIRQ-us drag night at Renegades was absolutely fabulous.

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