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Wrath of Khanh School may be out for summer, but Alum Rock Union Elementary School District trustees are in line for detention. A state audit last month walloped the five-member East San Jose school board for failing to oversee millions of dollars in bond money. Recommendations included stripping the district of financial control and asking the district attorney’s office to investigate. Alum Rock awarded Del Terra Group, led by CEO LUIS ROJAS, a contract in 2013 to handle construction and the management of tens of millions of dollars in bonds. But a state audit, sparked by an anonymous tip, identified instances of double billing and invoices for work that had not even started. Even worse, trustees were so oblivious that they let the contract lapse in 2015 and continued to pay for services. When Alum Rock’s interim chief business officer raised issues of fraud in a letter near the end of 2016, trustees ignored the message and instead called a special meeting to draw up a new contract with Del Terra. On Wednesday, county schools chief JON GUNDRY is set to report out the audit and recommend that his office take over the district’s finances. Alum Rock school board President KHANH TRAN, who did not return a call for comment, vehemently opposes such a move, reportedly noting Gundry has his own dirty “laundry.” But to get a clearer sense of the dysfunction in Alum Rock, one need only take a closer look at Tran’s erratic public statements. He often throws out the term “fake They news” and even labeled Did concerned parents a What? “scripted mob.” Tran plans to challenge U.S. SEND TIPS TO Rep. RO KHANNA in FLY@ METRONEWS. next year’s election, COM and Fly turned up a perplexing endorsement from disgraced ex-county supervisor GEORGE SHIRAKAWA JR., who went to jail for misusing taxpayer money. When announcing the endorsement on Facebook, Tran wrote: “Thanks George Shirakawa for your support. I surely cannot win this 2018 Congressional District 17 Race without you.”

Tentative Tenants POINTING FINGERS Ly Huang identifies mold in his friend’s rundown apartment unit on Rexford Way.

Dispute involving notorious landlord tests San Jose’s new renter laws BY JENNIFER WADSWORTH

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LANDLORD NOTORIOUS for letting his rental properties fall into dangerous disrepair is being accused of skirting San Jose’s new tenant protection laws. Michael Lucich has tried to raise rents higher than the city’s 5 percent allowable yearly increase, as well as evict people without just cause, according to tenants at a San Jose apartment complex on Rexford Way. One tenant, Katherine, who asked to withhold her full name, says Lucich has no right to kick her out because he failed to keep the apartment up to code and legally habitable. Lucich repeatedly demanded higher rent payments while forgoing much-needed repairs and an intractable vermin infestation, she says.

San Jose passed a law in April that requires landlords to state one of a dozen approved reasons for terminating a lease. Called the “just cause” ordinance, the law was meant to prevent baseless evictions. Katherine says her eviction notice doesn’t pass legal muster. Lucich denies the allegations. “She’s not a good housekeeper,” he says. “She doesn’t pick her garbage up, you know. But we fixed everything she needed and it’s time for her to relocate.” However, city and court records show that Lucich has a longstanding pattern of keeping tenants in substandard living conditions. Litigation, citations, fines and media reports have done little to change the situation. Metro initially reported on Lucich in 2015, when a lawsuit brought by a number of former tenants accused him of flouting fair housing laws. A secondstory walkway was so rot-weakened that it had to be closed off. Tenants had to relocate during construction, and at least two were made homeless.

Lucich, who lives in a multimilliondollar, six-bedroom home in Los Gatos and runs an eponymous salon in Palo Alto with his wife, Sladana, bought the midcentury, 12-unit Rexford Way apartment complex in 1998, according to property records. Its current value is estimated at $2 million. County records indicate that Lucich has made about $800,000 in improvements. But a quick glance around the courtyard reveals cracked windows, broken downspouts and a slumping walkway. Inside the apartments, units appear to have the same problems that for years have been investigated by the city and the county Housing Authority. In the 19 years since Lucich bought the apartment complex, he has been cited and fined for egregious code enforcement violations—rats, mold, structural failures, leaking sewage, illegal construction and electrical failure, among others. For more than a decade, Lucich has managed to assuage the city and the Housing Authority with perfunctory repairs. In an area that was patched up two years ago for water damage from leaking pipes, water droplets fall from overhead. When Katherine moved into the


replace the bathroom ceiling, which had blackened with a ring of mold. Under the contract, Lucich would start repairs on Feb. 28. According to Huang, he was a no-show. The months passed and the problems with mold, rats, roaches and power outages continued. In April, Huang took photos of the mold proliferation in the bathroom and showed city officials. Lucich hired someone to scrape off the mold and apply fresh paint in the bathroom. On June 1, Huang wrote the final check for $1,550 and delivered it to Lucich’s salon in Palo Alto. The landlord returned the check and had his lawyer issue a three-day, pay-or-quit notice. He reportedly offered to let them stay if they signed a new lease for $1,900 a month. Katherine refused, and Lucich filed an unlawful-detainer claim against her and Huang—even though her friend never lived with her. Lucich tells San Jose Inside that he never once raised the rent on Katherine and that she has only herself to blame for the eviction. “Usually the ones that are on subsidies are the problem,” Lucich says. “They move in extra people inside that don’t belong there. ... Basically, it’s difficult because the tenants could be difficult.” When asked about the missing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, Lucich again blames the tenants. “The problem is this: they take the battery out,” Lucich says. “They cook in kitchens with so much grease, so they take the batteries out.” Katherine says she never cooks in her unit because it’s unsafe. When asked about the structural problems, such as the sagging walkway, shoddy stairs, holes in the walls and floors, Lucich again points to his tenants. Water damage that rotted out the walkway of the apartment, prompting city officials to red-tag one unit, was caused by a renter, he says. Lucich confirmed that he makes roughly $250,000 a year in rent revenue from the Rexford Way property. He says he spends about 15 percent on overhead—insurance, taxes, gardening, maintenance. The constant repairs make it a tough gig, he says. “I’m a businessman,” he says. “I know sometimes you have to deal with these things.” On Thursday, Katherine will appeal her eviction in court. “I don’t want anyone else to live like this,” she says. “I’m hopeful.”

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tiny first-story apartment, it had new carpet and fresh paint. Though cockroaches scuttled over the floors and walls, she says, Lucich promised to take care of the infestation. The exterminator never showed up, she says. “Even on the day I moved in, there were a lot of roaches,” Katherine says with a shudder. “The first week, I couldn’t sleep because I thought if I slept the roaches would crawl all over my body.” Katherine shows a cellphone video of a rodent skittering around her living room, darting into a pile of her son’s toys. But her subsidized housing voucher covered the $1,445 monthly rent, so she kept her complaints to a minimum. Then, almost exactly a year ago, Katherine missed an appointment and lost her housing voucher, also referred to as Section 8. A friend, Ly Huang, began paying her rent until she sorted out the voucher issues. A month later, Lucich raised the rent to $1,550 with no notice, Huang says. “When I was having Section 8, Mike was following the law,” Katherine says. “He didn’t raise the rent. … But as soon as I lost Section 8, he kept raising it, or kept trying to.” In August, Lucich allegedly demanded another rent hike. But Huang, who owns another property and takes care of his aging parents, told the landlord that money was tight. Lucich accepted a check for $1,550, Huang says. Meanwhile, Katherine says, the paint in the bathroom began to crack, peel and sprout with dark mold. The power would often go out. Moisture began to accumulate filth on the carpet, which Katherine says she couldn’t remove despite repeated shampooing. Later that fall, according to Katherine and Huang, Lucich asked for $1,800— five times the legally allowable rent increase. That’s when Huang found out the apartment was subject to rent control. He says he confronted the landlord about his demands. “When he said, ‘I’ll raise the rent,’ and I said no, he said, ‘then I’ll just evict you,’” Huang says. “Right in my face.” Early this year, Lucich slid an undated 60-day eviction notice under Katherine’s door. A week later, Huang helped Katherine appeal to the city of San Jose. Through the city’s Rental Rights and Referral Program, Katherine and Lucich reached an agreement. Katherine would leave by June 10 and Lucich would get rid of the rats, fix the wiring and


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Fictional truth In an age of fake news and ‘alternative’ facts, novels like Nathan Hill’s ‘The Nix’ strike a chord BY STEVE KETTMANN

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T’S BEEN BUILDING a while, the sense that the novel, far from being exiled indefinitely from the hurly-burly of relevance, was tacking back into the mix, recovered from the fashion consciousness of campus influence and other existential threats, ready to stand and be counted. Now, as we peer through the lurid

gloom of life in the Trump era, it’s clear that journalists and nonfiction writers, chained to the ascendancy of “facts” in an era when fewer and fewer of us really believe in them anymore, cannot compete with the power of a go-for-broke novelist with a light touch, an ear for comedy and human foible, and the sheer stamina and grit to cobble together a great yarn over years of effort. This is the era of writers like Nathan Hill, whose hit novel The Nix skewers millennial entitlement,

boomer self-importance and everything in between, but above all retrieves the recent past and in so doing reanimates the present and the future. In other words, the book unlocks a gate through which many others can and should surge forth. If nothing else, the giddy praise Hill has earned—“In my opinion he is the best new writer of fiction in America,” John Irving proclaimed— ought to inspire young writers to ponder his example, and it’s a good one to consider. The best part about

Hill is his insistence that his dazzling literary success owes mostly to his having decided on a philosophy of essentially saying “Fuck it!” He opted out of the all-too-common syndrome of worrying too much about what anyone else thinks of your writing. Instead, he went for it and spent 10 years writing a novel mostly for himself, the way one dives into gardening. The acclaimed novel was one of last year’s most talked-about books, with many critics noting its “Trump-


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like” Republican presidential candidate Governor Packer—a character Hill created years before Trump ran for office. And its splashy debut came at a time when fiction was showing signs of a new resurgence; in its overview of 2016 book trends, the L.A. Times declared “nonfiction long form is in peril.” The sudden rise of George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984 to bestseller lists was widely noted, but the Atlantic and the BBC looked deeper into the trend to discover that the

Trump era seemed to be elevating sales of other fiction, as well. Before that, Hill had been living in Queens, toiling away on short stories to land the usual prestige publication credits, when he decided to move to Florida and start fresh. Writers need other writers, but squeeze too many of them into your consciousness and it’s like packing an elevator with too many overdressed men who have hit the man perfume way too hard. Getting away clearly did wonders for Hill’s talent.

“The stuff I was doing in New York really wasn’t that good,” Hill said in a recent phone conversation, just after he’d returned from a trip to France to promote the roughly 719th foreign edition of his novel. “I was writing for all the wrong reasons. I’d moved to New York with a bunch of people from my MFA program [at UMass Amherst]. I was very careerist, thinking about editors and Paris Review parties and who was getting published where—thinking about everything

but the actual writing. I was trying to be popular in New York. I wasn’t writing any particular truth.” When Hill’s apartment was broken into, his computer was stolen—and along with it, years of writing vanished into thin air, gone as surely as the carbons of early short stories that Ernest Hemingway’s first wife famously lost. With Hill, as with Hemingway and most any other writer, this was surely a good thing. Not until Hill moved to Florida to

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be near the bassoonist who would become his wife did his work on the novel that became The Nix really open up in a new direction. “Even more than getting all the stuff stolen, it was that early failure, kind of a global failure—going to New York City but not becoming the writer I thought I was going to become, or really finding any success at all—that led me in a different direction,” he says. “I started to write The Nix for really different reasons. When that kicked in, the writing just opened up.

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‘There comes a point where you have to do something that’s idiosyncratic, that’s just you. You have to tune out all those voices, no matter how well-meaning and helpful they might be’ “I stopped sending stuff out to agents and editors and magazines,” he says. “I stopped giving my work to writing friends who I went to school with.” Years of feedback from writing classes and groups had been helpful, but for his writing to take off he had to hit the mute button on all that. “There comes a point where you have to do something that’s idiosyncratic, that’s just you,” he says. “You have to tune out all those voices, no matter how well-meaning and helpful they might be.” Not everyone would feel comfortable building a 625-page novel around a main character, Samuel Andreson-Anderson, who is just sort of there. He’s no hero, no anti-hero, and the main things we know about him are that even into adulthood he lives in constant mortified terror of slipping into a

crying jag, which he breaks down into categories like storms; that he teaches, but kind of hates it; and that his mother abandoned him when he was young. Oh, and he’s a writer, or sort of a writer. Samuel feels like the buddy you have at college without ever knowing why, since you don’t really like each other all that much, but his life opens up to us in a way that makes it impossible not to care. We’re particularly pulled in by his account of twins he knew in his youth: violin-playing Bethany, who will define beauty for Samuel his whole life, and her brother Bishop, pulled prematurely into adulthood in a way that touches Samuel as well. As I wrote in my review of The Nix for the San Francisco Chronicle last year: “This is a novel about an understanding taking years to unfold.” “She’d decided that about 80 percent of what you believe about yourself when you’re 20 turns out to be wrong,” a character observes. “The problem is you don’t know what your small true part is until much later.” Much as Northern California writer Emma Cline used her novel The Girls to breathe new life into our understanding of one aspect of the 1960s—the charismatic allure of a Charles Manson-type figure— Hill uses this story about a son in search of a vanished mother to papier-mâché together a shockingly vivid reimagining of the famous clubbing of protesters by overzealous Chicago police that will always be associated with the 1968 Democratic Convention. Hill slows down time in a way that mesmerizes. He takes a reader used to thinking about shorter attention spans and quietly changes the subject. For the right book, page count doesn’t matter, quality does. Hill has a secret, and it’s one worth emulating. He likes his characters. He loves his characters. They are all flawed, they all have their sorrows, but even when they’re being hilariously over-the-top awful, he’s smiling to share with us their over-the-top awfulness. There are important lessons here. When one of the Trump sons, looking like a badhair outcast from a remake of the cheeseball TV show “Dynasty,” went

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on Fox News in early June to share as he slammed protesters in the head the opinion that, to him, Democrats with that baton—well, at least for are “not even a moment or two. people,” the natural The point is simply first reaction to turn back from was to snicker the glibness of hate at the sheltered or bias to what we cluelessness of are born knowing, this son of a that what unites son of privilege, us is stronger and this epic lack of vaster than that understanding of which divides us. anything other Reading Hill, I’m than his deranged thinking that some father’s rants. young novelist out But actually, the there with flash and quote was a rare nerve is going to case of a Trump find a way to build speaking for many a fictional tunnel people, not just from the present the tiny sliver of to 1969 California, the country that when an actor in supports this the Governor’s reckless presidency. BE RIGHT BACK ‘The Nix’ is Mansion in Eric Trump’s words now available on paperback. Sacramento ordered should make us all the National Guard think. Too many people of too many into Berkeley to crack down on viewpoints have been so riled, so protesters who wanted to turn a addled with pent-up frustration and scruffy little vacant lot owned by rage, they too have come to think of the state into a People’s Park. James others as “not even people,” which Rector of San Jose, an innocent is a trend probably as toxic to real bystander, was killed in the melee, democracy as the Supreme Court’s and the silent majority rallied behind Citizen United decision equating Reagan and his show of force. He political contributions to free speech. rode the tough-guy-on-a-horse image It does no good to write off whole all the way to the White House. But swaths of the country as rubes, like Chicago ’68, it’s all become a simple and easy to sway, even if the cartoon. Only a great novelist can Trump wave did pull along all sorts really reclaim that kind of territory of people who ought to have known for us, as Hill has done in The Nix. better. It does no good to assume we The book was published in understand everything about them. hardcover before last November’s Far better to take the crisis afflicting election (it’s newly out in the country and use it as a prod to paperback), which seems oddly try anew to understand people from fitting. Post-Trump-election, like all regions of the country, from all post 9/11, the fiction writer feels a viewpoints, up to and including tidal wave of pressure to try to do hate-mongers. The question is: How something with the flotsam and do we do this? We could use a Studs jetsam of what used to be a culture. Terkel, interviewing everyone and It’s overwhelming, which is why panning for gold. But journalism if you follow writers’ social media can only make so much headway in feeds you read much in November this direction. Fiction holds far more and afterward about people who potential. couldn’t get out of bed for days or This, I think, is the ultimate thrill weeks on end. It was paralyzing. of reading Nathan Hill: having the Hill was in Southern California sense of getting to know people this spring to receive a Los Angeles we’d thought walled off from us. His Times Book Prize, and in accepting baton-swinging cop, for example, is the honor, joked that he was glad to a tour de force, human and sad, so get the award—while California “is much so that I for one almost felt 16 like I was identifying with him even Random House

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CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT Critics have said Governor Packer, the antagonist in Nathan Hill’s book, resembles this guy. still part of the country,” showing he was aware of the fledgling movement to get a secession measure on the California ballot. “If that gets on the ballot, who knows what happens?” Hill told me on the phone. The joke was also a kind of homage to fellow novelist Michelle Richmond—who recently joined Hill for an author talk in the redwoods. Back in 2009, when Richmond was working on the project that would become the novel Golden State, she was going for outlandish but not too outlandish when she sat down to write a scene about Californians going to the polls to vote on seceding from the United States. Talking to Hill on the phone, I read aloud from what Richmond had told me about the novel: “‘In the book it’s moved from fringe to reality because

a new President wants to spend $12 billion of taxpayer money on a border wall with Mexico.’” “My God!” Hill cut in goodnaturedly, loving it. “’He wants a war with Iran, he wants to roll back environmental protections and he’s rolling back reproductive and gay rights,’” I continued, quoting Richmond. “’When I was writing the book, I thought eventually there will be some sort of vote, but that’s far in the future.’” “That’s amazing,” Hill said. “The Trump-like character in my book, Governor Packer, was written similarly a long time ago, eight years ago. I took this kind of baseline Tea Party Republican candidate who seemed to be getting popular, and pushed him to absurdity to see what happens.” It takes years, generally, to create


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with my own political feeling and political thinking,” he told me on the phone. “I don’t want to make snap judgments. For example, as I write my next book, it’s really tempting to try to deal with the age of Trump, but I don’t think that would make a very good book. It’s too new. I don’t have enough distance from it yet. And frankly, I’m not incredibly confident about my own opinions. And I’m shocked at how many are extraordinarily confident in their opinions and extraordinarily sure they are right. I’d rather take my time. I don’t even take to Twitter very often, as you might have seen. I don’t want to become a kind of opinion vending machine. I reserve the right to keep my opinions to myself and think about it for a very, very long time. I’m well aware that at any time I could be wrong.”

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the world-within-a-world of a novel that comes alive enough for characters to talk on their own, leading the writer more than the other way around. As Hill put it to me: “That takes a long time to get to, to feel that the character is speaking to you, not that you’re turning the wrench.” There is something transcendently important about that commitment of time and energy, that investment of caring and doing, and it’s potentially an important antidote to the pop-off-in-four-seconds-flat culture in which we find ourselves, led of course by the Popper-Off-inChief. More even than the beauty, power and importance of his great novel, I’d point a new reader to the following words as an introduction to Hill and what he stands for: “I really want to take the time


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IN DEEP San Joseans displaced by the Coyote Creek flood earlier this year have filed claims against local agencies, setting the stage for litigation.

Flood Victims Strike Back against Public Agencies BY JENNIFER WADSWORTH AnnaLisa Wilson measures her material casualties—furniture, textbooks, clothing, CDs, vinyl—in the thousands. By her last tally, she counts $5,873 worth of belongings wiped out by the February flood that bombarded her childhood home in Rock Springs, a working-class neighborhood in the heart of San Jose. The intangible harm is harder to compute. The med school student lost her awards from the Guinness Book of World Records for being part of a team that in 2003 read Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech aloud for 74 hours, 49 minutes and 37 seconds. She lost her personal library and souvenirs. She lost pictures she drew for her mom, a schoolteacher also displaced by the Feb. 21-22 Coyote Creek flood. Most of all, Wilson said, she lost her sense of safety.

“Everything was ruined,” she wrote to the city of San Jose in a claim for damages. “You successfully erased 33 years of my life. You want me to calculate my losses? You couldn’t even replace what I lost.” Wilson and her mother are among a few dozen flood victims who filed claims against local agencies for failing to protect them from rising waters that displaced hundreds of households and forced thousands of emergency evacuations. Last week they announced their claims against the city, the Santa Clara Valley Water District and Santa Clara County. Each agency failed in some way, according to retired attorney Ted Smith and still-active attorney Amanda Hawes—the husband-and-wife team helping file the claims. “We’re trying to get all of these things filed by mid-August,” Smith said while scanning, copying and stapling

paperwork on the dining room table in his old Naglee Park Victorian. “We’re hoping that once [the agencies] have a chance to see this, they can assess potential liability and agree to a universal settlement. We’re doing the grunt work right now.” “It’s not grunt work,” Hawes chimed in. “It’s going person to person to get the stories out there. It’s assembling the paperwork. It’s getting all of these things out there in time.” Each story is heartbreaking, she added. “The chaos of leaving your home is hard to describe,” Hawes said. “What if you were a heart patient and you had a heart attack? What if you have diabetes? I don’t think these are impacts that are being considered. Ultimately, none of this needed to happen.” Smith says he intends to hold four more community meetings for flood victims.

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Santa Clara County voters turned out in record numbers in last year’s presidential contest, apparently to oppose Donald Trump. The Nov. 8 election set a record for most ballots cast in county history, according to a post-election analysis by the Registrar of Voters (ROV). Out of 875,176 registered voters, nearly 83 percent cast a ballot. The turnout rate was reportedly the highest among the 10 California counties with the most registered voters. Trump could be credited with bringing more people to the polls in Santa Clara County, but that doesn’t mean the president fared well in the liberal South Bay. Hillary Clinton took 72.7 percent of the county’s votes for president, while Trump secured just 20.6 percent. Clinton also dominated the state of California, securing 61.7 percent of all votes, and defeated Trump in the national popular vote with 48 percent to Trump’s 45.9 percent. Trump, of course, won the Electoral College. But there’s a chance the momentum and backlash from 2016 could bring a strong showing to the polls in 2020.

SJPD Cracks Down on Park Feedings San Jose plans to end food giveaways for the homeless in St. James Park. The news drew backlash from activists who hand out meals at the downtown square. “It’s taking away our right to be of service to others,” said Jamie Foberg, of In Their Shoes, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the homeless. As SJPD’s plan to enforce the antifeeding ordinance draws criticism, however the department is being praised for a new initiative that helps the homeless. SJPD teamed up with homeless services nonprofit Abode Services to distribute care packages with socks and T-shirts to the unsheltered. —Jennifer Wadsworth


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Every day is go-skateboardingday according to the Fastplants. The Chicago-area skate punk band has been shredding its way across country in support of its most recent LP, Spread the Stoke. Founded in 2013, the band is made up of four members whose influences include The Spits, skater Jeff Grosso aka the Dude, Thrasher Magazine and of course, the essentials—beer, coffee and cigarettes. The grungy quartet is coming to San Jose and will be performing alongside Talky Tina and The Stabs. (CM)

Half Baked star and SNL alumnus Jim Breuer is returning to San Jose with his Family Warrior tour. He brings his years of standup experience and, of course, dad jokes. In addition to rubber faced impressions, Breuer’s sets often draw upon familial relations— experiences he’s had with his daughters, his parents and the funny situations that invariably arise when trying to raise a family. This performance will mark Breuer’s first time back in San Jose since the joint launch of his new podcast The Metal in Me and his band Jim Breuer and the Loud and Rowdy. (YK)

Los Angeles surf rockers La Luz bring their reverb-drenched sound to San Jose for a night of California worship, as they show off what goes into their self-proclaimed surf noir sound. Their mix of plucky guitarwork, sweeping vocal harmonies and overall fuzziness has been known to inspire both crowd surfing and soul-train style dance contests, so be ready for anything. The group will likely play songs from their Ty Segall-assisted sophomore album, Weirdo Shrine, from 2015. They share the bill with Mumlers frontman Will Sprott and San Francisco art rock outfit Li Xi. (YK)

The Goo Goo Dolls will kick off their Long Way Home summer tour at Shoreline on Friday night. Best remembered for a pair of multiplatinum albums in the mid-’90s, the New York-based band have been making music since the late ’80s and continue penning new songs. Last year saw the release of their 11th full-length and the group—led by vocalist John Rzeznik and guitarist Robby Takac released an EP, You Should Be Happy, in May. American Idol winner Phillip Phillips will join the Dolls on the tour. (PR)

With 7.6 million followers on Instagram, G-Dragon is a global “it boy” of K-pop, fashion and rap. The artist, whose real name is Kwon Ji-yong, was named the Most Influential Person Under 30 in entertainment and sports by Forbes Asia last year. In addition to having a Bieber-grade fanbase for solo tracks like “Crooked,” G-Dragon leads and produces cult songs by Korea’s hottest boy band—BIGBANG. The 30-yearold icon is back with his third solo tour—Act III, M.O.T.T.E—with performances that, according to G-Dragon, will give insight into the hidden truth behind his glamorous life. (CM)


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BRUNO MARS

Jul 20 at SAP Center

COUNTING CROWS

Jul 21 at Shoreline Amphitheatre

TIM MCGRAW & FAITH HILL Jul 29 at SAP Center

NEIL DIAMOND

Jul 30 at SAP Center

VIOLENT FEMMES

Jul 30 at The Mountain Winery

VANS WARPED TOUR

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RODRIGO Y GABRIELA

Aug 4 at The Mountain Winery

ABBA: THE CONCERT

Aug 6 at The Mountain Winery

SANGO

Aug 10 at The Ritz

SAN JOSE JAZZ SUMMER FEST Aug 11-13 in Downtown SJ

KENDRICK LAMAR

Aug 12 at SAP Center

WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY

Aug 15 at The Mountain Winery

SUMMER SPLASH Fri, 5pm, $20+ California’s Great America, Santa Clara California’s Great America is teaming up with 99.7 NOW to continue the park’s legacy of bringing hit music to its sunny outdoor venue. This year's Summer Splash lineup is highlighted by platinum-selling artist Jason Derulo, whose Imogen Heapsampling “Whatcha Say” peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2009—which is not to say he’s old news. His newest single, “Swalla,” featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign, racked up 470 million views on YouTube in four months. Noah Cyrus, Cheat Codes, Madison Bear and Kalin will also perform, along with Bay Area rapper Derek King. (CM)

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AUDIOTISTIC Sat, 3pm, $55+ Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View After a six-year hiatus, Audiotistic Bay Area is back and bringing high-caliber names from EDM and hip-hop to Shoreline. The genrefluid event has featured some of the biggest names on the circuit, like Crystal Castles, Major Lazer and Flux Pavilion, and 2017’s is no less impressive. The festival will be headlined by groove-oriented EDM producer Marshmello, identifiable only by his signature marshmallow-shaped mask, and recent rap phenomenon Lil Uzi Vert, whose charismatic single “XO TOUR Llif3” peaked at No. 7 on Billboard’s Hot 100 this year. Other notable performers include Flosstradamus, NGHTMRE and Ghastly. The event is 18 and over. (CM)

FREESTYLE EXPLOSION Sat, 7:30pm, $33+ SAP Center, San Jose This weekend’s Freestyle Explosion at the Shark Tank should draw plenty of old-school DJs and b-boys. After all, songs like Stevie B’s “Spring Love” and “Party Your Body” were an integral part of breakdancing culture and 1980s house parties. “I grew up with freestyle music,” Cutso of San Jose-based DJ crew The Bangerz recently told Metro. The early subgenre of electronic dance music fused fast-paced 808 beats with overtly synthetic melodies and chord changes for a sound that both robots and humans could get down with. Stevie B will be there, along with Lisa Lisa, Taylor Dayne, Expose, TKA, Brenda K Starr and many more. (NV)

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DEAD HEAVENS Sun, 7pm, $8+ The Ritz

The last time Dead Heavens rolled through The Ritz, it was for a side gig. Back in 2016, they’d only released a total of six songs on three 7-inch singles and were on the road in support of CRX (Nick Valensi of The Strokes’ band). On this headlining West Coast tour, they’re pushing their debut LP, Whatever Witch You Are, released last month. The record was inspired by the film An American Hippie in Israel and features two previously released tracks plus seven new bluesy psychedelic tunes. Salem’s Bend, War Cloud and Kook round out the bill. (NV)

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INCUBUS

Aug 16 at Shoreline Amphitheatre

ONE MORE TIME

Aug 17 at The Ritz

CHICK COREA ELEKTRIC BAND Aug 19 at The Mountain Winery

MELVINS

Aug 20 at The Ritz

DIERKS BENTLEY

Aug 20 at Shoreline Amphitheatre

KINGS OF LEON

Aug 24 at Shoreline Amphitheatre

KAMASI WASHINGTON

Aug 25 at Mountain Winery

COM TRUISE & NOSAJ THING Aug 31 at The Ritz

THE LOVEMAKERS Sep 9 at The Ritz

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House of Freedom FUZZY MEMORIES A man wears a Sons of Champlin T-shirt during an outdoor concert at the Chateau Liberté.

NUMU Los Gatos looks back at the Chateau Liberté in latest exhibit BY NICK VERONIN

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LD JACK DANIEL’S bottles, various rusty motorcycle parts, an abandoned Volkswagen minibus and what appears to be a tiny glass jar full of pills. In and of themselves, these dusty artifacts don’t amount to much. However, when illuminated in context, they are imbued with a sense of history and intrigue. Upon learning that all of these items were recovered

from the Santa Cruz Mountains property known as the Chateau Liberté, myriad questions arise. For example, did any of those bike parts come off of Sonny Barger’s chopper? Did that minibus belong to a Merry Prankster? And those pills—do they contain bathtub speed or are they perhaps tiny mints dosed with LSD? All of this miscellany comprises one of the New Museum Los Gatos’ newest shows, “Chateau Liberté: House of Freedom.” Opening this Friday, the exhibit delves into the history of a centuries-old property, which has reinvented itself many times over. Starting out as a stagecoach stop off

Old Santa Cruz Highway, the Chateau Liberté has also served as a mountain resort where San Jose and Los Gatos businessmen would retreat with their “nieces”; an early example of French farm-to-table cuisine; and more recently, a nexus of the South Bay’s counterculture scene. Purchased in the mid-’60s by a woman named Pearl Regis, the Chateau Liberté was a family-run music venue and bar that threw concerts showcasing local performers. As the ’60s blurred into the ’70s, the Chateau built a name for itself as an out-of-the-way destinations for freaks, outcasts, artists and weirdos of all stripes. What’s more, as time wore on, the Regises stepped up their bookings—bringing in the likes of The Doobie Brothers, Blue Cheer, Hot Tuna, Kingfish and Jerry Garcia.

There’s even a rumor floating around that Janis Joplin wanted to buy the place. Who knows? What we do know is that the cover of the first Doobie Brothers record was photographed on the Chateau grounds and that The Doobies would frequently mention the venue in early interviews. There are also plenty of hand-drawn flyers and tickets that Amy Long, NUMU’s history curator, has dredged up. “It was kind of like this little hideaway where they could do whatever they want,” Long says of the bands and party animals who would convene at the Chateau Liberté. “The police kind of ignored the place—lots of sex, drugs and rock & roll. I’ve heard some crazy stories that probably won’t go into the exhibit.” On a recent afternoon, Long is sifting through the ephemera she’s collected for the show on the lower floor of NUMU. This is where the show will have its run—along with a companion exhibit titled “Faces of Resistance: Through the Lens of Ilka Hartmann,” which collects photographs Hartmann took of social justice crusaders, such as Cesar Chavez, the Black Panthers and the Indians of All Tribes group, who occupied Alcatraz from November 1969 until June 1971. The umbrella title for the floor is called ‘After the Lovin’, Long says, explaining that both exhibits are meant to pay homage to the Summer of Love, 50 years ago. The Chateau Liberté shut down in 1979 and fell into disrepair. It sat vacant for about a decade and was badly hobbled by the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. The property was purchased by a local real estate agent named George Rabe in 1996, and he has since largely restored the grounds—including a painting of the Zig-Zag rolling papers man on the floor of the swimming pool. The exhibition opens July 14, but the official launch party is scheduled for Aug. 3 at 6pm. Long says several former employees and notable patrons are set to show up for the celebration. One former bartender is flying in from Washington state for the gathering.

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Opening Celebration:

Friday, July 21, 6–10pm • Free! Montalvo is opening its brand new outdoor art exhibition, Now Hear This!, with a fabulous, fun, family-friendly festival.

Now Hear This! features five newly commissioned site-specific sound-based artworks by distinguished artists Taraneh Hemami, Walter Kitundu, Hugh Livingston, Shane A. Myrbeck, Emily Shisko, and Stephen Vitiello. Installed across Montalvo’s picturesque grounds, these immersive soundscapes and interactive sound sculptures draw inspiration from the local environment and explore how attentive listening can transform our relationship to the world around us. This opening celebration will be your first chance to engage with the exhibition and participate in three exciting event-based artist projects that explore listening from different perspectives: •

Join composer Luciano Chessa and his collaborators Ashley Bellouin, Stuart Dempster, Elana Mann, Ramón Sender Barayón, and Fernando Vigueras as they celebrate the legacy of Pauline Oliveros—a central figure in the development of experimental music—with a series of sonic performances and fun opportunities for interactive engagement.

Participate in audiovisual/performance artist, film maker, and DJ Arshia Haq’s immersive sound and visual environment that takes inspiration from devotional listening and the Sufi practice of sama.

Enjoy live performance by guitarist/multi-instrumentalist and Lucas Artist Composer Fellow Mike Gamble.

Plus, enjoy gourmet food trucks, additional art making activities, and engage with artist Taro Hattori’s traveling community conversation project Rolling Counterpoint. Free shuttles available from West Valley College, lot 1. Please RSVP at montalvoarts.org/nowhearthis.

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SURVIVAL CENTER The Montalvo Arts Center as it might look during the apocalypse.

Art and the End Times WHILE FINE ARTS typically take center stage at the Montalvo Arts Center, the villa’s newest event in its Summer Nights series is all about getting down and dirty with survival tactics. ARTpocalypse Now follows the narrative of a world where machines have taken over and personal technological devices are no longer functional. That means no phones, no laptops, no tablets and no internet connection to cushion the challenges of everyday life. While such a world may seem barren and even impossible to inhabit for those generations who grew up knowing only the miraculous conveniences of a completely web-connected world, ARTpocalypse is here to remind folks that between a rock and a hard place, good old creative thinking can still yield solutions. ARTpocalypse Now! “We live in the Silicon Valley, the heart of technology in the U.S., so I think that it makes sense Jul 18, 5pm, $45 to theme it off of that,” said Laura Amador, education Montalvo Arts coordinator at Montalvo. “Technology is usually here Center, Saratoga to help us, but what if it went the other way?” montalvoarts.org Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have seriously advocated for taking precautionary measures against a machine uprising. Whether you put any stock in such apocalyptic visions, it’s better—and fun—to be prepared. During ARTpocalypse, participants will split into groups of four or five and hike through the sprawling Montalvo Arts Center grounds, navigating their way sans GPS through a variety of stations that address different survival scenarios. Local artist Marvin Garcia helped design the challenges, wherein creative thinking and artistic skill are intrinsic to survival. “A lot of the time, art comes into our lives and can be useful in more ways than we think,” Amador says. Whether it be weaving a vessel to carry food, camouflaging with bodypaint or sculpting a barrier to hide from spying drones, each activity calls attention to the age-old marriage of art making and practicality. Smartphones will be taken away at the onset, so every task must be achieved without the help of a how-to YouTube video. The hands-on event is the first of its kind at the Montalvo Arts Center. Participants must be at least 18 years old. While flower arrangement and wine tasting are romantic, they won’t save you when the world ends and robots take over. But ARTpocalypse might. —Camille Miller


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MONKEY BUSINESS The latest in the ‘Apes’ franchise delivers top-notch acting and timely allegory.

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ offers action and heart BY RICHARD VON BUSACK

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ODAY’S BLOCKBUSTERS are generally a chunky blend of eight previous movies—Transformers: The Last Knight seemed to be 10 of them. Comparing movies to food is the hack’s crutch, but Matt Reeves’ excellent War for the Planet of the Apes is much more like a parfait made of several delicious levels.

In their redwoods hideout, Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes hold out against an attack by the humans— muddy ’Nam-era style grunts in

a rainforest, with mottos on their helmets such as “Monkey Killer” and “Bedtime for Bonzo.” Gorilla scouts (slurred as “Donkeys” because of Donkey Kong) lead the way for the humans, in a skirmish of spears and arrows versus gunpower. After winning the battle, Caesar gets word of a possible homeland in the desert. What starts as a war movie becomes a Western, complete with Caesar as a grim Chimp Eastwood on horseback. Caesar even acquires a Walter Brennan sidekick in the form of the piebald, cracked Bad Ape (Steve Zahn, demonstrating boggling synthespian skills). As they ride out to find a new homeland, they adopt Nova (Amiah Miller), a helpless mute girl; it’s like the version of The

Searchers that film fans always dream about, told from the Comanches’ point of view. Then to Spartacus as Caesar harrows a slave-labor camp. We see graffiti declaring the camp Ape-pocalypse Now. Woody Harrelson brilliantly apes Brando, as a bald, beyond-the-beyond Colonel in charge. Finally, War resolves itself as a hairier version of The Ten Commandments, complete with a twist on the Red Sea inundation. Also included are multiple borrowings from the original sequence of five Planet of the Apes movies 1968-73, with some particularly fine nods to the most despairing of all the ape movies, the Dr. Strangelove-like Beneath the Planet of the Apes. Rather than looking like a dogeared swipe-file, this terrific apeopera honors the originals. It has the freshness of a story you’re hearing for the first time. Director Reeves’ smooth flow of images is as lucid as George Miller was in the Mad Max

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opuses. Some of the dialogue is in subtitles through sign language. There’s an uncommon amount of face-reading to be done in this movie, which demonstrates why silent film is considered the purest form of cinema. Miller’s pantomime is superb, a reminder of not just how beautiful a child can be, but how unearthly. The apes here have dignity and innocence. The moon-face of the orangutan Maurice (played by Karin Konoval) fills the screen, as he offers Nova a rag doll to play with; it’s more of a punch than anything in The Jungle Book. These apes are the kind of noble savages that few film viewers could possibly enjoy in human form. By this point, Caesar is becoming more comfortable with his gift of language—there are inflections in what he says. His leadership is everything you’d want in a general— magnanimous and intelligent, and plagued at night by conscience. The ghost of the scar-faced Koba from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is his tempter, smiling at him, taunting him with how ready Caesar is to break the law: “Ape not kill ape.” The political satire in this Apes movie is as timely as this film is— and is likely, timeless. (“Why are we building this wall?” asks an enslaved chimp, stacking boulders.) There has never been a cycle of movies as strange or as pessimistic as this half-century long series—where the crossed temporal streams let tomorrow’s sapient ape go to yesterday and change our present, and where the ultimate penalty of human viciousness is for our race to be reduced to the state of Jonathan Swift’s Yahoos. War closes the loop, with the end of the Age of Man in sight. Going forward, it goes backward. It sets the stage for the astronaut Taylor’s arrival from the skies in the 1968 Planet of the Apes, and the shocking news he will bring—news as unbelievable as the theory of evolution is to the religious—of the apes’ long-ago subordination to humanity.


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Vision Quest WALL OF SOUND Despite releasing only two EPs over the last decade, LSD and the Search for God have quite a cult following.

LSD and the Search for God bring shoegaze psych to San Jose BY NICK VERONIN

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NDY LISZT TAKES a winding, loopy path to answering an admittedly abstruse inquiry into the philosophical intent of his music. That’s fine. His rambling approach fits neatly within confines of the not-so-neat piles of feedback and swirls of delay he and his bandmates conjure up as LSD and the Search for God.

Besides, the San Francisco-based psychedelic shoegaze crew has never felt rushed when it comes to putting out music. Their wellreceived debut—a 2007 self-titled EP—was followed by nearly a decade of silence. Liszt attributes the extended intermission to the typical distractions of living life, as well as his work in English space rock outfit The Telescopes, whom he and fellow LSD guitarist Chris Fifield joined shortly after releasing their first five-song set. Nonetheless, the group has an enthusiastic cult following. They’ve earned it through their energetic,

loud and highly trippy live performances. Things have been picking up for LSD and the Search for God lately. The band released its second EP in in January 2016. Titled Heaven is a Place, the follow-up finds Liszt and Co. in top form—pushing washed-out psychedelic swells over the breathy, wistful and barely discernible melodies of Liszt and co-vocalist Sophia Campbell. They are going back into the studio at the beginning of September. According to Liszt, the plan is to put out new music sometime early next year. “We’re not going to dawdle,” says Liszt, who brings his band to The Ritz this weekend for a show with Cola, kindred shoegaze spirits from San Jose. Speaking of spirits, Liszt doesn’t shy away from his band’s lysergic and lofty

name—and all that it might imply. “It is a spiritual thing for us,” he says of the music he and his bandmates make in LSD and the Search for God. “We believe in what we’re doing, and we believe in the music.” Liszt also believes in his adopted home of San Francisco, which is currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. “I love the Bay Area—the land is beautiful and it’s an amazing part of the world,” he says. “I still romanticize the area, in the same way that I did when I moved here.” Looking back at the psychonauts of the ’60s who made San Francisco their home—and to the Beats before them—and on to today, with artists like John Dwyer and his longrunning Oh Sees project, Liszt says he finds a lot to draw on in the city by the bay. “There is so much of the spirit of the psychedelic movement in San Francisco.” When Liszt finally gets around to putting his band’s guiding philosophy into words, he channels a little bit of Timothy Leary’s famous speech—delivered at the Human Be-In, held in Golden Gate Park. There, in January 1967, Leary forecasted the Summer of Love and coined one of the most quotable phrases to come out of the psychedelic movement. “Like every great religion of the past,” Leary proclaimed, “we seek to find the divinity within and to express this revelation in a life of glorification and the worship of God. These ancient goals we define in the metaphor of the present—turn on, tune in, drop out.” Liszt says he hopes his music can help bring the listener into the ephemerality and immediacy of the now so that they “aren’t thinking about the past or future, and are right there in the moment. Ultimately that’s where life exists— in the now. If there is any way our music can offer that, even for a moment, it’s probably a good thing.”

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Rock/Pop/ Hip-Hop ART BOUTIKI Sat, Jul 15, 7:30pm: Rini, The Incident. San Jose.

THE BACK BAR SOFA Wed, Jul 12, Gavlyn, Z-Man. Thurs, Jul 13, 1Lady & Mizere. Sat, Jul 15, 9pm: Kamikaze, Telum, Embodied in Flesh, Way II Stoned. San Jose.

Music Jam Funk with Michael “B” Band. Every Thu: Live Music Jam Funk with Vicious Groove. Every Sun: Live Music Jam with Michael “T.” Sat, Jul 15, 8:30pm: Black Mast & Lipstick. Sunnyvale.

REDWOOD CITY COURTHOUSE SQUARE Fri, Jul 14 6pm: Long Train Runnin. Redwood City.

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

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

THE CARAVAN Every Mon: Tooth and Nail DJ Night. Every first Tue of the month 9:30 pm: Not So Trivial Tuesday Rock DJ Set. Thu, Jul 13: AKA Faceless & 100 Watt Mind. Fri, Jul 14: The Shrews, Quinn & The Mighty Oakland Ronin. San Jose.

MOUNTAIN WINERY Thu, Jul 13, 7:30pm: The Roots. Fri, Jul 14, 7:30pm: The Temptations. Saratoga.

NUMBER ONE BROADWAY Every Wed: J.C. Smith Jam. Every Thu: Blind Pilot. Fri, Jul 14: Isaiah Pickett. Sat, Jul 15: California Groove. Los Gatos.

ORCHARD CITY GREEN Thu, Jul 13, 6pm: Phil ‘n the Blanks. Campbell.

THE QUARTER NOTE Every Mon: Live Music Jam with Dana’s Band. Every Tue: Karaoke / Open Mic Every Wed: Live

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

LOUISIANA BISTRO Every Thu, 7pm: Yellow Bulb Sessions. San Jose. Tue, Jul 18, 7:30pm: Lyle Lovett & His Large Band. Saratoga.

MURPHY’S LAW

SAP CENTER

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

Fri, Jul 14, 6:45pm: G-Dragon. Sat, Jul 15, 7:30pm: Freestyle Explosion. San Jose

SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE Fri, Jul 14, 8pm: The Goo Goo Dolls and Phillip Phillips. Sat, Jul 15, 3pm: Lil Uzi Vert, Marshmello. Mountain View.

Every Mon: Monday Night Blues Jam. Sunnyvale.

NUMBER ONE BROADWAY Every Wed night: J.C. Smith Jam. Los Gatos.

O’FLAHERTY’S

POOR HOUSE BISTRO Every Tue, 8pm: Aki Kumar’s Blues Jam. Every Wed: Blues & Brews w/Sid Morris & Ron Thompson. Every Tue, 6pm: PHB Open Mic Night. San Jose.

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Jazz/Blues/ World C&W/Folk

Wed, Jul 12, 7:30pm: Prince Royce & Luis Coronel. San Jose.

ANGELICA’S BISTRO

BLUE NOTE LOUNGE Fri, Jul 14, 5:30pm: Rusty Rock ‘n Roll. Sat, Jul 15, 5:30pm: RPM. Sun, Jul 16: Sunday Rum Day. Los Gatos.

Fri, Jul 14, 6pm: Ron E. Beck. San Jose

Wed, Jul 12, 8pm: Talky Tina, The Stabs, and The Fastplants. Fri, Jul 14, 8pm: La Luz and Will Sprott. Sat, Jul 15, 8pm: LSD & The Search for God and Cola. Sun, Jul 16, 7pm: Dead Heavens, War Cloud, Salem’s Bend, and Kook. San Jose

Every Tue: Jazz Tuesdays and Open Mic Night. Every Wed: Piano Night with Rick Ferguson. Redwood City.

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Every Tue, 8:30pm: Live Blues Jam. Every Fri, 8:30pm: Oldies. Every 3rd Sat: Old School Night with DJ G. Milpitas.

CAFE STRITCH Every Wed: Wax Wednesday: All Vinyl DJ Sets. Every Sunday, 7pm, The Eulipions Jazz Jam Session. Thu, Jul 13, 8:30pm: Michael O’Neill Quartet. Fri, Jul 14, 8:30pm: Mingus Amongus. Sat, Jul 15, 8:30pm: The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol. San Jose.

CLUB FOX Every Wed: Club Fox Blues Jam. Every Fri: Salsa Spot. Wed, Jul 12, 7pm: Blues Legend Johnny Rawls. Redwood City.

MISSION PIZZA 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 Second Sat 7-10pm: Canyon Johnson. Every Last Sat, 7-10pm: Beargrass Creek. Fremont

THE SADDLE RACK Thu, Jul 13, 7pm: Mark Wills. Fremont

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 Hallow.

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TOUR DE FAT SHWAYZE LIL PUMP DRAKE WHITE & THE BIG FIRE TAKING BACK SUNDAY GOJIRA LUCENT DOSSIER EXPERIENCE THE HOLDUP AMADOU & MARIAM 2 CHAINZ YURIDIA FIDLAR CODY JINKS SAHBABII SHAGGY STIFF LITTLE FINGERS THE MAGPIE SALUTE

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GOOD VIBES San Diego reggae outfit Dubbest skank into town this week with a show at Britannia Arms Almaden.

Dub a Little Reggae IT’S NOT UNCOMMON for aspiring musicians to go through a punk rock phase. And while some go on to take their passion for power chords to the next level, many end up mellowing out. Take the members of easy skanking San Diego-based outfit Dubbest. Now up-and-comers on the SoCal reggae scene, they started out playing loud and fast. “We used to play a lot of hardcore punk stuff in high school,” says guitarist Andrew MacKenzie. “But once we got to college we were like, ‘OK, this isn’t working out. We need a real band.’ And we all loved reggae, so that’s what we gravitated towards.” A couple of years later, a chance meeting heavily influenced what would become Light Flashes, the group’s third and most polished release to date, which they released in 2015. That’s when the band connected with Craig Welsch of New York-based 10 Foot Ganja Plant. MacKenzie explains how Welsch’s production helped shape the album.

Dubbest Jul 13, 10pm, Free Britannia Arms Almaden, San Jose dubbestmusic.com

“Having a producer was really big for us,” MacKenzie says of Welsch, who is known for his dub engineering work with John Brown’s Body and 10 Foot Ganja Plant. “He opened our eyes to keeping one theme on a record and maintaining one formula throughout.” While much of the subject matter on the album is universal, the songwriting truly shines. One highlight comes on “Weeping Heart,” where vocalist Ryan Thaxter muses on the beauty of dying leaves. This isn’t a new observation, but in the hands of Thaxter, it doesn’t come off as an empty platitude. “Well on one hand a leaf is dying, on the other the colors bloom,” Thaxter sings. “But whatever hand you’re looking at, you’ll see the other soon.” The music itself is also easy to listen to. “Iron Paw,” another standout, is a two-minute instrumental track that gets more tropical with each bar. The song is a sketch in the grand scheme of things, but that groove is so undeniable and bouncy that instead of feeling incomplete or underbaked it just leaves a listener wanting more.

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Dubbest are working on a follow-up to Light Flashes, which they hope to have ready by early 2018. Until then, catch them this weekend when they roll through San Jose with fellow reggae band Synrgy on the Searching for Sasquatch tour. —Yousif Kassab


metroactive MUSIC Every third Tue of the month, 6pm: Cabin Fever. Every first and third Wed of the month, 6pm: Sidesaddle and Co. Every fourth Wed of the month, 6pm: Loganville. San Jose.

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

BRIT ARMS DOWNTOWN Every Wed: Karaoke w/Neebor. San Jose.

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Comedy

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

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

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

CAMERA 3 Fri, 8pm, Sat, 7pm and 9:15pm: Comedy Sportz. San Jose.

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

IMPROV Fri-Sat, Jul 14-15, 7pm, 7:30pm, 9:15pm, 9:45pm: Jim Breuer. Sun, Jul 16, 7pm: Sunday Funday Comedy Showcase. San Jose.

COURT’S LOUNGE

SHERWOOD INN Thu-Sun, 8:30pm: Karaoke. San Jose.

THREE FLAMES RESTAURANT Sun-Thur, 8pm: Karaoke. San Jose.

DASILVA’S BRONCOS Thu, 9pm-1am: Karaoke. Santa Clara.

DIVE BAR

WOODHAMS LOUNGE

Wed, 9:30pm: Karaoke with Jade. San Jose.

Tue-Thu & Sat: Karaoke. Santa Clara.

EFFIE’S RESTAURANT

Dance Clubs

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

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

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

BRANHAM LOUNGE

RED ROCK COFFEE CO. Every third Sat, 8pm: Comedians at Red Rock. Mountain View.

Every Fri, 10pm: Quality Control. Rotating DJs. San Jose.

ROOSTER T. FEATHERS

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Every Wed, 8pm: New Talent Showcase. Thu-Sun, Jul 13-16, 8pm, 9pm, 7pm and 9:30pm, 7pm: Arden Myrin. Sunnyvale

Karaoke 7 BAMBOO Sun-Thu, 9pm: Karaoke. Fri-Sat, 7pm: Karaoke. San Jose.

7 STARS BAR & GRILL Fri-Sat, 8pm: Karaoke. San Jose.

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

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

BOGART’S LOUNGE Wed, 9pm: Karaoke. Sunnyvale.

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

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

THE GOOSETOWN LOUNGE Fri-Sat, 9:30pm-1:30am: Karaoke. Willow Glen.

KATIE BLOOM’S Wed & Sun, 9:30pm-1:30am: Karaoke. Campbell.

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

LILLY MAC’S Thu, 9:30pm: Karaoke with DJ Izzy. Sunnyvale.

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

OASIS Wed-Sun 9pm: Karaoke. Sunnyvale.

THE OFFICE BAR & GRILL Tue, 9pm: Karaoke with TJ The DJ. Sunnyvale.

O’FLAHERTY’S IRISH PUB

Thu: DJ Benofficial. Fri: DJ Radio Raheem. Sat: DJ Ready Rock. San Jose.

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

CHARLEY'S LG Every Fri & Sat: Live Music & DJs. Los Gatos.

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

KATIE BLOOM’S Thu-Sat, 9:30pm: DJs and dancing. Campbell.

LOFT BAR AND BISTRO Thu-Sun, 7:30pm: Live Dancing. San Jose.

LOS GATOS BAR AND GRILL Fri: Foundation Fridays. Los Gatos.

Every Mon, 9pm: Karaoke. San Jose.

THE QUARTER NOTE Every Tue: Karaoke. Sunnyvale.

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Every Thu: Trauma Thursdays Every Fri-Sun: DJs. Sun: Service Industry Night (Half off w/ industry card). Willow Glen.

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

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My girlfriend and I broke up recently, so I’m back in the dating pool. Do you think online dating is a good way to meet people? If so, which are the best dating sites?—Diving In Asking “Which dating site is best?” is like asking, “Is pro basketball a viable career?” That question can only be answered by asking other questions, such as: “Aren’t you a 47-year-old, 5’2” Ashkenazi Jewish woman with 20/80 vision and bad knees?” To put this another way, context matters, which isn’t what they tell you in Datingsiteville. Save for specialty sites— like those for farmers, the disabled, and people who relish a good flogging—the advertising for these venues tends to be context-free: “Hey, everybody in the entire galaxy, get your lasting love here!” Annoyingly, though most of us have a sense of what context is, nobody’s done a very good job of defining it. Not in the dictionary or in Researchville, where I found a herd of dueling definitions, all so unhelpfully worded that they seem to be in secret code. So here’s my definition: Context is a combo platter of the particular situation at hand—like pro basketball, online dating, being a bad dancer, or being sexually attracted to woodchucks. Plus, the details relevant to it that affect how you understand or experience the situation. In the context of online dating, the relevant details include age, sex, the quality of the competition, and one’s desired situation, as in: Do you just want casual sex, or are you holding out for something a little more, uh, black tie. There are sex differences in when people

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are at their most appealing, because men and women tend to be at their highest “mate value” at different ages. This comes out of how male sexuality evolved to be visually driven (because the features men find beautiful—youth being the biggie —are associated with fertility). Women, however, evolved to go for “providers”— men with high status and earning power. So, online dating tends to be more fruitful if you’re a hot 23-year-old female espresso jockey or a 43-year-old male VP of a successful startup, but it can have some challenges for the 43-year-old female startup star or the 23-year-old dude who’s the senior vice barista. So the question is not whether dating sites work but whether the qualities you have and the situation you’re seeking add up to more than a few tumbleweeds blowing around in your inbox. Because online dating success is shaped more by personal context (and plain old luck) than by the particular site you’re on, you might experiment with two or three. If things go poorly, use online dating as a supplement to meeting women the retro way, like at cocktail parties, where you won’t be competing with the 362 more genetically blessed males within a 35-mile radius. This vastly increases your chances of dazzling the ladies with your personality—distracting them from how Mother Nature zoned out when she was handing out necks to your family.

This guy asked me out and suggested we meet up after his dentist appointment. He said he’d call around 2 p.m. Well, at 9:30 p.m., I got a “Hey” text from him and didn’t respond. A friend said I shouldn’t write him off so fast. Am I being too harsh?—Dependability Fan Individual bits of behavior are like cockroaches. You might see just one lonely roach twerking atop the toaster oven, but its presence suggests a whole colony of the buggers…gluing sequins to their exoskeletons and practicing their moonwalk behind the baseboard. No, you can’t always judge someone by a single thing they do, but this guy’s one-word text— seven hours after he said he’d call—speaks volumes: “Holy moly, wouldya look at the time. It’s 9:30, and I could use some sex.” How a person behaves is driven by

their personality traits, which social psychologist Brent Roberts describes as habitual patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behavior that are relatively consistent across time and situations. Granted, there are occasions when impulse gets the best of us, and we’ll say something like, “That wasn’t really me.” But, at least in some way, it really was, because even impulsivity is part of personality. A person can resolve to act more conscientiously, but personality has a strong genetic basis, so you were probably wise in nixing this guy.

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Other astrologers

and fortune-tellers may enjoy scaring the hell out of you, but I don’t. My job is to keep you apprised of the ways that life aims to help you, educate you, and lead you out of your suffering. The truth is, Taurus, that if you look hard enough, there are always seemingly legitimate reasons to be afraid of pretty much everything. But that's a stupid way to live, especially since there are also always legitimate reasons to be excited about pretty much everything. The coming weeks will be a favorable time to work on retraining yourself to make the latter approach your default tendency. I have rarely seen a better phase than now to replace chronic anxiety with shrewd hope.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): At least for the short-

range future, benign neglect can be an effective game plan for you. In other words, Gemini, allow inaction to do the job that can't be accomplished through strenuous action. Stay put. Be patient and cagey and observant. Seek strength in silence and restraint. Let problems heal through the passage of time. Give yourself permission to watch and wait, to reserve judgment and withhold criticism. Why do I suggest this approach? Here's a secret: Forces that are currently working in the dark and behind the scenes will generate the best possible outcome.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): "Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions," wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. "All life is an experiment." I'd love to see you make that your operative strategy in the coming weeks, Cancerian. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, now is a favorable time to overthrow your habits, rebel against your certainties, and cruise through a series of freewheeling escapades that will change your mind in a hundred different ways. Do you love life enough to ask more questions than you've ever asked before? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Thank you for contacting the Center for Epicurean Education. If you need advice on how to help your imagination lose its inhibitions, please press 1. If you'd like guidance on how to run wild in the woods or in the streets without losing your friends or your job, press 2. If you want to learn more about spiritual sex or sensual wisdom, press 3. If you'd like assistance in initiating a rowdy yet focused search for fresh inspiration, press 4. For information about dancing lessons or flying lessons or dancingwhile-flying lessons, press 5. For advice on how to stop making so much sense, press 6. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The cereus cactus

grows in the deserts of the Southwestern U.S. Most of the time it's scraggly and brittle-looking. But one night of the year, in June or July, it blooms with a fragrant, trumpet-shaped flower. By dawn the creamy white petals close and start to wither. During that brief celebration, the plant's main pollinator, the sphinx moth, has to discover the marvelous event and come to gather the cactus flower's pollen. I suspect this scenario has metaphorical resemblances to a task you could benefit from carrying out in the days ahead. Be alert for a sudden, spectacular, and rare eruption of beauty that you can feed from and propagate.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): If I had more room here, I would offer an inspirational PowerPoint presentation designed just for you. In the beginning, I would seize your attention with an evocative image that my marketing department had determined would give you a visceral thrill. (Like maybe a photoshopped image of you wearing a crown and holding a scepter.) In the next part, I would describe various wonderful and beautiful things about you. Then I'd tactfully describe an aspect of your life that's underdeveloped and could

use some work. I'd say, "I'd love for you to be more strategic in promoting your good ideas. I'd love for you to have a well-crafted master plan that will attract the contacts and resources necessary to lift your dream to the next level."

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I advise you against

snorting cocaine, MDMA, heroin, or bath salts. But if you do, don't lay out your lines of powder on a kitchen table or a baby's diaper-changing counter in a public restroom. Places like those are not exactly sparkly clean, and you could end up propelling contaminants close to your brain. Please observe similar care with any other activity that involves altering your consciousness or changing the way you see the world. Do it in a nurturing location that ensures healthy results. P.S. The coming weeks will be a great time to expand your mind if you do it in all-natural ways such as through conversations with interesting people, travel to places that excite your awe, and encounters with provocative teachings.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In late 1811 and early 1812, parts of the mighty Mississippi River flowed backwards several times. Earthquakes were the cause. Now, more than two centuries later, you Sagittarians have a chance—maybe even a mandate—to accomplish a more modest rendition of what nature did way back then. Do you dare to shift the course of a great, flowing, vital force? I think you should at least consider it. In my opinion, that great, flowing, vital force could benefit from an adjustment that you have the wisdom and luck to understand and accomplish. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You're entering

into the Uncanny Zone, Capricorn. During your brief journey through this alternate reality, the wind and the dew will be your teachers. Animals will provide special favors. You may experience true fantasies, like being able to sense people's thoughts and hear the sound of leaves converting sunlight into nourishment. It's possible you'll feel the moon tugging at the waters of your body and glimpse visions of the best possible future. Will any of this be of practical use? Yes! More than you can imagine. And not in ways you can imagine yet.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): This is one of those rare grace periods when you can slip into a smooth groove without worrying that it will degenerate into a repetitive rut. You'll feel natural and comfortable as you attend to your duties, not blank or numb. You'll be entertained and educated by exacting details, not bored by them. I conclude, therefore, that this will be an excellent time to lay the gritty foundation for expansive and productive adventures later this year. If you've been hoping to get an advantage over your competitors and diminish the negative influences of people who don't empathize with you, now is the time. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): "There is a direct correlation between playfulness and intelligence, since the most intelligent animals engage in the greatest amount of playful activities." So reports the National Geographic. "The reason is simple: Intelligence is the capacity for learning, and to play is to learn." I suggest you make these thoughts the centerpiece of your life in the coming weeks. You're in a phase when you have an enhanced capacity to master new tricks. That's fortunate, because you're also in a phase when it's especially crucial for you to learn new tricks. The best way to ensure it all unfolds with maximum grace is to play as much as possible. Homework: Do you let your imagination indulge in fantasies that are wasteful, damaging, or dumb? Stop it! Testify at Freewillastrology.com. Go to REALASTROLOGY.COM to check out Rob Brezsny’s Expanded Weekly Audio Horoscopes and Daily Text Message Horoscopes. Audio horoscopes are also available by phone at 1-877-873-4888 or 1-900-950-7700

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): It's not your birthday, but I feel like you need to get presents. The astrological omens agree with me. In fact, they suggest you should show people this horoscope to motivate them to do the right thing and shower you with practical blessings. And why exactly do you need these rewards? Here's one reason: Now is a pivotal moment in the development of your own ability to give the unique gifts you have to give. If you receive tangible demonstrations that your contributions are appreciated, you'll be better able to rise to the next level of your generosity.

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #630968 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Pro Engineering, Inc., 2480 Kruse Drive, San Jose, CA, 95131. This business is being conducted by a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 09/17/2008. Refile of previous file #514266 with changes. Above entity was formed in the state of California. /s/Tomas Janus. Vice President. #C4025613. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 06/14/2017. (pub Metro 6/21, 6/28, 7/05, 7/12/2017)

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #630854 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: California Financial Services, 412 Humboldt Street, Santa Rosa, CA, 95404, C. Financial Investment Inc. This business is being conducted by a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 04/01/1988. Above entity was formed in the state of California. /s/R. Mark Epstein. CFO. #1435282. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 06/12/2017. (pub Metro 6/28, 7/05, 7/12, 7/19/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #631211 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Restoration Realty, 800 W. El Camino Real, Suite 180, Mountain View, CA, 94040, Richard Dwyer, 1299 San Tomas Aquino Road, #104, San Jose, CA, 95117. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 06/20/2017. /s/Richard Dwyer. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 05/02/2017. (pub Metro 6/28, 7/05, 7/12, 7/19/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #631119 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: EP Limo, 4713 Norwalk Dr., San Jose, CA, 95129, Amsalu Abegaz, 2815 Payne Ave., #10632, San Jose, CA, 95159. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 06/01/2017. /s/Amsalu Abegaz. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 06/19/2017. (pub Metro 7/05, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #631340 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Dumpling City, 3487 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA, 94306, Dumpling City, LLC, 2071 Wawona St., San Francisco, CA, 94116. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 06/26/2017. Above entity was formed in the state of California. /s/Kenny Qiu. Owner. #201714410332. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 06/26/2017. (pub Metro 7/05, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26/2017

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To all heirs, beneficiaries creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of: Vincent W. Harju, aka Vincent Walter Harju.A Petition for Probate has been filed by: James J. Ramoni, Public Administrator of the Santa Clara County in the Superior Court of California, County of: SANTA CLARA.The Petition for Probate requests that: James J Ramoni, Public Administrator of Santa Clara County be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent.THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: September 8, 2017, at 9 a.m. in Dept. 12 located at 191 NORTH FIRST STREET, SAN JOSE, CA, 95113.IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney.If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law.You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a formal Request for Special Notice (DE154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk.Attorney of petitioner: Mark A. Gonzalez, Lead Deputy County Counsel, OFFICE OF THE COUNTY COUNSEL, 373 West Julian Street, Suite 300, San Jose, CA, 95110 408-758-4217 (Pub CC 7/05, 7/12, 7/19/2017)

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The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Beauty And The Browz, 143 Deer Ridge Circle, San Jose, CA, 95123, Dulce Meza. This business is conducted by an Individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 06/01/2016. /s/Dulce Meza. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 06/23/2017. (pub Metro 7/05, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26/2017)

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Woodcrest Hotel, 5415 Stevens Creek Blvd. Santa Clara, CA, 95051, Yang’s Brother Int’l Corp. This business is being conducted by a Corporation. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. Refile of previous file #567955 with changes. Above entity was formed in the state of California. /s/Lien Yang. Secretary. #C1846522. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 06/30/2017. (pub Metro 7/05, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26/2017)

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The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: GF Grand Fortune Restaurant, 4100 Monterey Hwy, STE 108, San Jose, CA, 95111, TBIA Inc., 3151 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose, CA, 95127. This business is being conducted by a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 06/16/2017. Above entity was formed in the state of California. /s/Hien Tam Nguyen. CEO. #C4018077. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 06/28/2017. (pub Metro 7/05, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26/2017)

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Komala Vilas, 1020 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA, 94087, Sai Komalas, LLC, 211 Peppermint Tree Terrace Unit 3, Sunnyvale, CA, 94086. This business is being conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 09/03/2015. Above entity was formed in the state of California. /s/Ravichandran Ramanujam. Manager. #201520211035. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 06/30/2017. (pub Metro 7/05, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26/2017)

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The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Jack in the Box #407, 1075 Willow St., San Jose, CA, 95125, Golden State Jacks, Inc., 290 S. Boulder Hwy., Henderson, NV, 89015. This business is being conducted by a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 06/12/2017. Above entity was formed in the state of Nevada. /s/ Ali Navaie. President. #C4033306. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 06/26/2017. (pub Metro 7/05, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26/2017)

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Equus Associates, 2005 De La Cruz Blvd., STE 180, Santa Clara, CA, 95050, Jose Inson Gorme Jr., 100 N. Whisman Rd., #3311, Mountain View, CA, 94043 This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 06/28/2017. /s/Jose Inson Gorme Jr. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 06/30/2017. (pub Metro 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/02/2017)

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The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Golden State Family Dentistry, 3515 Alma Street, Palo Alto, CA, 94306, Fara Shahani, DMD, Inc. This business is being conducted by a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 03/21/2017. Refile of previous file #627883 with changes. Above entity was formed in the state of California. /s/Fara Shahani. President. #3993943. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 05/24/2017. (pub Metro 6/28, 7/05, 7/12, 7/19/2017)

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To all heirs, beneficiaries creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of: Chen-Lin Tseng. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: Joshua Chen in the Superior Court of California, County of: SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: Joshua Chen be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The Petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take-many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: August 7, 2017, at 9 a.m. in Dept. 12 located at 191 NORTH FIRST STREET, SAN JOSE, CA, 95113. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a formal Request for Special Notice (DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in section 1250 of the California Probate Code. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney of petitioner: Joshua Chen, 10420 Miller Ave. Cupertino, CA, 95014 (619) 663-9318(Pub CC 6/28, 7/05, 7/12/2017)

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NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF COTTON LUNDE CASE NO. 1-17-PR-181440 To all heirs, beneficiaries creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of: Cotton Lunde. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: James J. Ramoni, Public Administrator of the Santa Clara County in the Superior Court of California, County of: SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: James J Ramoni, Public Administrator of Santa Clara County be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: September 8, 2017, at 9 a.m. in Dept. 12 located at 191 NORTH FIRST STREET, SAN JOSE, CA, 95113. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney of petitioner: Mark A. Gonzalez, Lead Deputy County Counsel, OFFICE OF THE COUNTY COUNSEL, 373 West Julian Street, Suite 300, San Jose, CA, 95110 408-758-4217 (Pub CC 7/12, 7/19, 7/26/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #631353 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Jack in the Box #423, 911 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA, 95050, Golden State Jacks, Inc., 290 S. Boulder Hwy., Henderson, NV, 89015. This business is being conducted by a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 06/12/2017. Above entity was formed in the state of Nevada. /s/Ali Navaie. President. #C4033306. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 06/26/2017. (pub Metro 7/05, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #631354 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Jack in the Box #3411, 1740 S. Main St., Milpitas, CA, 95035, Golden State Jacks, Inc., 290 S. Boulder Hwy., Henderson, NV, 89015. This business is being conducted by a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business

name or names listed herein on 06/12/2017. Above entity was formed in the state of Nevada. /s/Ali Navaie. President. #C4033306. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 06/26/2017. (pub Metro 7/05, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #631355 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Jack in the Box #3430, 697 Curtner Ave., San Jose, CA, 95125, Golden State Jacks, Inc., 290 S. Boulder Hwy., Henderson, NV, 89015. This business is being conducted by a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 06/12/2017. Above entity was formed in the state of Nevada. /s/Ali Navaie. President. #C4033306. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 06/26/2017. (pub Metro 7/05, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #631356 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Jack in the Box 4408, 1490 Monterey Rd., San Jose, CA, 95110, Golden State Jacks, Inc., 290 S. Boulder Hwy., Henderson, NV, 89015. This business is being conducted by a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 06/12/2017. Above entity was formed in the state of Nevada. /s/Ali Navaie. President. #C4033306. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 06/26/2017. (pub Metro 7/05, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #631357 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Jack in the Box #455, 2280 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA, 94306, Golden State Jacks, Inc., 290 S. Boulder Hwy., Henderson, NV, 89015. This business is being conducted by a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 06/12/2017. Above entity was formed in the state of Nevada. /s/Ali Navaie. President. #C4033306. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 06/26/2017. (pub Metro 7/05, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #631482 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: The Pixelmakers, LLC, 1746 Oswald Place, Santa Clara, CA, 95051. This business is being conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. Above entity was formed in the state of California. /s/Man Chuen Tang. Vice President. #201717010001. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 06/26/2017. (pub Metro 7/05, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #631231 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Itegra Properties, 220806 Poplar Grove Square, Cupertino, CA, 95014, Itegra Properties, LLC. This business is being conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. Above entity was formed in the state of California. /s/Yasuko Krischer. Manager. #201716010423. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 06/22/2017. (pub Metro 7/05, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26/2017)

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #631549 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Vijoat Solutions, 1348 Stockbridge Dr., San Jose, CA, 95130, Juniwati Yong Sanoyca. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Juni Sanoyca. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 07/03/2017. (pub Metro 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/02/2017)

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF RICHARD LANCE SHEARER, ALSO KNOWN AS RICHARD L. SHEARER, RICHARD SHEARER AND LANCE SHEARER CASE NO. 117PR181414 To all heirs, beneficiaries creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both of: Richard Lance Shearer, also known as Richard L. Shearer, Richard Shearer and Lance Shearer. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: Judith Ann Shearer in the Santa Clara County in the Superior Court of California, County of: SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: Judith Ann Shearer be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The Petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicil are available for examination in the file kept by the court.THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: September 6, 2017, at 9 a.m. in Dept. 12 located at 191 NORTH FIRST STREET, SAN JOSE, CA, 95113. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a formal Request for Special Notice (DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney of petitioner: Gina L. Lera, Lera Tiberini PC, 455 Capitol Mall, Suite 350, Sacramento, CA, 95814 (916) 403-5180 (Pub CC 7/12, 7/19, 7/26/2017)

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME, CASE NUMBER:17CV312588 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner (name): Francis Ming Yao for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: Francis Ming Yao. Proposed name: Francis Ming Yang. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: Oct 3, 2017 at 8:45 am, room Probate filed on: July 3, 2017 (pub dates: 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/02/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #631227

The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. Against Arthritis, 2. Plantar Tech, 111 Mosher Way, Palo Alto, CA, 94304, Arthrology Designs, LLC. This business is being conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Registrant has not begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. Above entity was formed in the state of California. /s/ Derek Amanatullah. Managing Member. #201701010054. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 06/22/2017. (pub Metro 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/02/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #628954 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. S.M. Coleman Group, 2. Strings of Glass, 3. Only Good Things, 4. Gifts By Melanie, 5. Beadwork By Melanie, 11091 Santa Teresa Dr., Cupertino, CA, 95014, Susan Melanie Coleman. This business is conducted by a Individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 05/05/2002. Refile of previous file #564057 with changes. /s/Susan M. Coleman. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 04/18/2017. (pub Metro 5/17, 5/24, 5/31, 6/07/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #631220 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. Kuhn Insurance Services, 2. IBP Insurance Services, 6920 Santa Teresa Blvd., #108, San Jose, CA, 95119, Acrisure of California, LLC, 5664 Prairie Creek Dr., Calendonia, MI, 49316. This business is being conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. Above entity was formed in the state of Michigan. /s/Adam C. Reed. Secretary. #201430810008. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 06/22/2017. (pub Metro 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/02/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT # 629910 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Glass Locket Film, 3485 Monroe St., Apt 206, Santa Clara, CA, 95051, Avni Saraswati Nijhawan. This business is conducted by a Individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 11/01/2016. /s/Avni Saraswati Nijhawan. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 05/12/2017. (pub Metro 5/24, 5/31, 6/07, 6/14/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #629848 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. ...Something Alora, 2. ...Something Alora Handcrafted Gifts & Jewelry, 3. Alora MI, 691 Lotus St., San Jose, CA, 95116, Savaughnna McCurtis. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Savaughnna McCurtis. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 05/11/2017. (pub Metro 6/07, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #631564 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: HB Engineering, 4503 Carlye Ct., #2208, Santa Clara, CA, 95054, Hanbin Kim. This business is conducted by an Individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein on 07/03/2016. /s/Hanbin Kim. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 07/03/2017. (pub Metro 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/02/2017)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT #631330 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: Cherry Day Spa, 3076 Driftwood Dr., San Jose, CA, 95128, Huyen Nguyen, 1392 N. Hillview Dr., Milpitas, CA, 95035. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet began transacting business under the fictitious business name or names listed herein. /s/Huyen Nguyen. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Santa Clara County on 6/26/2017. (pub Metro 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/02/2017)


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No to Negativity HAPPY FACE Mayfair residents created art to display as street signs on San Jose’s East Side.

East Side art project celebrates the spirit of Mayfair neighborhood BY GARY SINGH

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N A WARM Thursday evening, kids from the Mayfair neighborhood of San Jose’s East Side congregate at the Mexican Heritage Plaza pond. They’re here to receive certificates from art instructors Roberto Romo and his wife, Elba Raquel Martinez. The students’ original artwork is displayed on tables while street sign prototypes—made from their artwork—hang from a wire encircling the patio.

The kids are coming together out of local pride to make art and beautify the streets. Thanks to the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza and Somos Mayfair, a local community booster organization, the idea began when locals pounded the pavement to identify priorities in their neglected neighborhood. The need for public art, community beautification and the expression of identity became immediate concerns. All three of those key points are now coming to life through Voices of the Mayfair, a project in which the prototype signage might someday appear on the streets. Featuring bright, colorful imagery with personal statements or sayings painted by the artists, the vertical signs function as tools of personal empowerment. Some feature sayings like “Girl Power” and “Yes

we can,” while others offer more introspective reflection or simple imagery with words like, “Evolution” or “Strive for Success.” Collectively, the signs serve as vehicles to beautify the neighborhood and inspire local residents, as well as provide an element of surprise, satirizing the more negative language used in San Jose transportation signage. “You always see those signs, ‘no parking,’ ‘no dumping,’ no this, no that,” says Tamara Alvarado, director of the School of Arts and Culture. “Everything’s a ‘no.’ So what we’re doing, many of these signs have positive imagery, positive messages. Everything is asset-based, powerbased, internal identification in a positive way.” Voices of the Mayfair is part of the larger Celebrate Mayfair Project, a yearlong series of events unfolding at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in order to connect Mayfair residents to each other through arts and cultural experiences. For example, each month, Cafecito, a regular pop-up gathering, takes place in

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the garden area of the plaza. Poets and musicians perform on the platform in the middle of the pond area. Coffee, pan dulce and chocolate are served. Tables devoted to community resources are scattered throughout the property. The most recent Cafecito coincided with the opening reception for Voices of the Mayfair. Tea Lyfe from Vietnam Town brought horchata mixed with Vietnamese coffee, a drink you’d only see on the East Side, at least for now. Taking the microphone, Romo and Martinez rallied the students, articulating the collective identity of the artists and how they can all come together and create a dialog through art and expressing themselves, and make the streets a better-looking environment. Much of the Mayfair neighborhood is covered in graffiti and doesn’t necessarily foster a positive image. But if artists can join together, beautify the area and simultaneously tap into the pride in themselves and their neighborhood, then everyone wins. Community liaison Rosa Angelica Castañeda says such a process is the most empowering aspect of the project. When people in Mayfair come together, learn about each other and share with each other, a normally disregarded San Jose neighborhood comes to life. “It’s a way to really come out and shine and show people who we are,” Castañeda says. “We’re not a negative space. We’re full of life and potential.” The plan is to install the artsigns throughout the Mayfair neighborhood, on utility poles, walls, parking lots and in other public places one would normally see standard signage. However, when it comes to getting final permission, the process might not be a quick so easy, as multiple layers of grim, foreboding bureaucracy exist at City Hall. That won’t stop Alvarado, who says she brings years of experience in navigating the obstacles. “City departments tend to start with a ‘no,’ so our role as an arts organization is to try and work the city to a ‘yes,’” she says. “They’ll have demands like anti-graffiti-proofing, weather-proofing, who’s going to maintain them. But all that stuff can be dealt with. Our job as artists is to give an opportunity for our community to express themselves— positively.”


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O UNDERSTAND THE power of pizza in this country, one need only consider it’s the only specific type of food that has its own Washington, D.C., lobbying group. And for good reason: Americans reportedly eat 41 million slices of pizza on any given day from more than 73,000 pizza joints across the country.

So, with this in mind, a pizza place must offer something truly special to stand out from the pack. This “something” is what separates Pizzetta 408, the newest eatery at downtown San Jose’s SoFA Market. The restaurant serves up truly authentic Neapolitan pizza from a wood-fired brick oven, which was custom built for head chef, owner and San Jose native Dave Perez. His passion for making the perfect pie started as a dream in his backyard, where he made pizzas for friends and relatives. The venture finally came to fruition after Perez attended the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN) school in Naples, Italy. It was here that Perez’ pizzas were judged “best in class,” and he walked away with the revered title of “Maestro.” For those not familiar, AVPN is an international nonprofit that “seeks to cultivate the culinary art of making Neapolitan pizza.” The standards are lofty, and they certify every nuance of making the perfect Neapolitan pizza—from the type of flour (doppio zero) and oven temperature (900°F) to the tomatoes used (San Marzano) and even the size of the pie (no more than 11 inches). The hallmark standard is the margherita, and its beauty is found in the simplicity of toppings: fresh mozzarella, basil, tomato sauce and a dash of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). Pizzetta’s margherita ($14) is absolutely topnotch. The fresh, melted richness of the cheese, well-balanced sauce and the EVOO made for a nice, light finish. The standout feature, however, is the soft, chewy dough that has a nice touch of smoke and char from the red-hot oven. Unwilling to ignore the rest of the menu, we also ordered the Prosciutto e Arugula ($15), which featured smoked provola cheese along with prosciutto and arugula. Despite having no sauce on this pie, it really worked as the smoked provola was simply incredible when combined with the salty prosciutto and bitter, peppery flavor of the arugula. Pizzetta also serves beer on tap from Hermitage Brewery and they’re featuring (what else) a 408 Session IPA ($6.50). Its slightly bitter aftertaste (60 IBU) and golden grassy notes were excellent accompaniments to their stellar pies. All the accolades might look good when displayed on a wall, but in the case of Pizzetta 408 the acclaim actually translates to the plate. —John Dyke PIZZETTA 408 387 S First St #104, San Jose. 408.216.9567


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SIPS

as only Santa Cruz can do it

BRIGHT IDEA Bubble tea is served in light-bulb-shaped bottles at Square Bar Café.

Inside the Insta Bubble

I

T WAS 100 degrees when I pulled up to a plaza of small Vietnamese restaurants and markets at Story Road and McLaughlin Avenue. Barren and aged, this looked to be the last place on earth to host the freshest, most Instaworthy cafe in the South Bay.

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But there it was: Square Bar Café, home of the famous bubble tea in light-bulb bottles. The entrance read “11am-11pm errrday” in the vernacular characteristic of the internet’s favorite boba spot. Last month, San Diego’s popular Square Bar opened up shop in San Jose, unleashing a swarm of social media posts documenting the sweet tea served in curious forms and rainbow concoctions. Ice cream sandwiches were expertly posed between the freshly manicured fingertips of teenagers hoping to rack up some likes. I’m not hating. I don’t blame anyone for seizing a Kodak moment when they see Square Bar’s photogenic menu. Telling a millennial not to pull out their phone upon seeing a mouthwatering fruit slushy served in a light-bulbshaped bottle is like expecting a 5-year-old to willingly walk out of a candy store. The bulbs are so popular that when I arrived around 2pm on the hottest Sunday of the summer, they were sold out. I was told it would be at least two days until the next shipment arrived. When I asked the cashier how often they run out of the light bulbs, she told me that the store orders a case every week, and yet supply still never meets the demand. Luckily, when it comes to Square Bar, there are other fish in the sea. The cafe boasts a broad menu of coffees, teas, smoothies, lattes, seasonal drinks and ice cream starting at $4. The fun part is deciding what vessel will hold the refreshment. Options include a regular plastic cup, a splitcup for the indecisive, a glass bottle (extra $1.75), the beloved light bulb (extra $2) and a camera lens-shaped tumbler (extra $4). I ordered the Fifty/Fifty in a glass bottle ($6.25). The drink was half ice milk and half toppings—egg pudding and honey boba—with a caramel drizzle finish. It wasn’t the quintessential boba experience, more like a milk smoothie with overly sweet garnishes, but the glass bottle aesthetic made the visit feel more interesting than the average cafe stop. Plus, it’s 100 percent reusable. —Camille Miller SQUARE BAR CAFÉ 1154 Story Rd, San Jose. 669.292.5228


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Keeping the sun at bay—Japanese style—at the annual Obon Festival.

PHOTOS BY GREG RAMAR

This young Los Gatos Music in the Park attendee’s future is so bright she’s gotta wear shades.

Date night at Los Gatos Music in the Park.

Good times at the Obon Festival in Japantown.

The keyboardist for Notorious rocks the ebony and ivory during Los Gatos Music in the Park.

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Two big smiles and one big hat at the Obon Festival.


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