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You just don’t quit do you? I wrote in about a dozen I Saw Yous ago—you, the 17-year-old living downstairs who curses, smokes dope and regularly disturbs the peace with your unemployed, tantrumthrowing boyfriend. I had no choice but to move my family elsewhere, but now you and your ilk have graduated to thievery: big mistake. You seemed to take a little too much satisfaction in chasing us out, as you and your mutt friends broke into the upstairs unit—empty and clean—to party, urinate and otherwise vandalize the place. Of course, leaving handprints and other obvious clues was just another example of your infinitesimal IQ. A sliver of evil in me wants you to know that I’m the reason for your eviction notice—and why you and your crew will soon be in jail. Karma just got real, didn’t it?


Where do I start? Poor crowds mainly stem from a terrible on field product. Check out Cleveland’s attendance numbers. Protests are only one matter. Player brain damage and misconduct are also factors as well. But nobody has mentioned the elephant in the phone booth. Bay Area rents are atrocious. On par or worse than Manhattan. When most of the area is struggling to afford rent, they don’t have money for $50 cheap seat tickets and $60 parking. And who wants to pay those prices to see one of the worst teams in the league. The 49ers have been on a downhill sprint since they fired Harbaugh.



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Jennifer Wadsworth



Super Sendoff JON GUNDRY walked away from his post as county schools chief with $151,000 in severance pay and medical benefits through July 2018. Sadly, this actually qualifies as a taxpayer bargain for the organization that oversees 31 public school districts and 265,000 students. In the past decade the county Office of Education (COE) has twice had to eat million-dollar housing loans when a superintendent hit the road, which could be why trustees are giving sunny-side-up quotes to the Mercury News and lamenting Gundry’s exit. Of course, this fails to account for a series of harassment claims against Gundry, leading to two lawsuits from former employees— top counsel MARIBEL MEDINA, who has apparently reached a verbal settlement with the COE, and chief business officer MICAELA OCHOA, who accused Gundry of pressuring her and others to lie to the IRS on Gundry’s behalf. These lawsuits came after Gundry paid the two employees more than $500,000 to leave, but none of that seemed to move the COE board. The ax They came only after Gundry Did struck an independent What? deal on compensation with COE employees. SEND TIPS TO And then there’s also FLY@ LAURIE BOOK, the METRONEWS. director of internal COM business services, who filed a complaint similar to Ochoa’s regarding Gundry’s volatile behavior. This doesn’t even mention all of the contracts Gundry handed out to outside consultants—oftentimes without the board’s knowledge—while requiring little to no documentation for work completed. And there’s still a question of whether Gundry committed perjury in a sworn deposition; if so, his severance agreement says he’d be required to pay back his bronze parachute. The board is expected to install MARY ANN DEWAN as interim superintendent, a role she had before Gundry came aboard, which means she’ll be tasked with controlling the purse strings for the dysfunctional Alum Rock Union School District. The school board is still very much under the microscope of the district attorney’s office after an audit found trustees had improperly awarded millions of dollars to contractor Del Terra Group.

Valley Vulnerables NOWHERE TO GO Dick and Helen Kavanagh are battling an eviction from their home of 50 years, which has taken a toll on their health.

Elderly couple’s eviction the latest example of displacement dangers BY JENNIFER WADSWORTH


ICKENED BY BLOOD cancer, Dick Kavanagh should have done little more than rest and regain strength. Doctor’s orders. But a looming eviction left him no choice but to hustle. In August, Kavanagh’s landlord served him a three-month notice to vacate, which gave him until this week to leave the duplex where he lived for the past five decades. As the deadline neared, the wiry 76-year-old handyman spent up to nine hours a day searching for a new home. A little more than a week ago, Kavanagh was hospitalized for a bowel blockage and has spent the time since in the intensive care unit recovering from surgery. On Monday, he regained consciousness and was still wracked with

anxiety about where he and his wife, 80-year-old Helen Kavanagh, would go. “You know, he worried a lot about it,” says Helen, who suffers from her own ailments, including diabetes, vertigo and gout. “He was out every day from 7[am] to 4[pm] trying to find a place. I think it took a toll on him.” Seated on her couch in the couple’s south San Jose duplex, Helen lets out a heavy sigh. She worries about their dog, Rosie, a yappy Maltese-Shi-tzu that eats only when Dick feeds her. “I don’t want her to die,” she says, choking back a sob. “I don’t know what to do about any of this stuff. He took care of all this.” The Kavanaghs’ eviction is the latest case of displacement in San Jose, where a booming tech economy has spurred among the worst affordability rates in the nation. But the city’s most vulnerable residents—undocumented immigrants, single parents, people of color—bear the brunt of Silicon Valley’s housing shortage. As do a growing

number of seniors on fixed incomes. With the rapid aging of the population, combined with soaring living costs and stagnant incomes, the elderly sit at the nexus of the crisis. Because long-term elderly and disabled tenants tend to pay cheaper rent, the buildings they live in have lower purchase prices and higher potential profit margins for real estate speculators, according to the San Francisco-based Anti-Eviction Mapping Project. Deferred maintenance by the original owner can also make properties cheaper, which makes it more lucrative to evict older tenants from a run-down duplex—like the Kavanaghs’—compared with new tenants in a well-kept building. Though no similar study has been done in the South Bay, the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project found that since 2012, more than 70 percent of evictions from rent-controlled properties in San Francisco displaced people who were elderly, disabled or both. Anne Sherman, whose nonagenarian father, World War II veteran Paul Mayer, was ousted from his apartment earlier this year to clear the way for a higher-paying tenant,

fighting for months to remain in his longtime home. The same city lost another evicted senior when 81-year-old Beatriz Allen died in April. With no comprehensive tally, it’s unclear how many seniors die during or after an eviction. But advocates for the elderly say, based on the volume of cases they’ve been handling, that the number is vast and growing. Thankfully for the Kavanaghs, an attorney from the nonprofit Senior Adults Legal Advocates urged their landlady to extend the move-out deadline. It also helped that Dick’s doctor, Jessica Nimjeh, wrote a letter to Hosseani about the severity of her tenant’s physical frailty. “In light of the fact that he is currently receiving acute medical care, the issue of vacating his residence and relocating within the next few weeks would create undue physical and emotional challenges for him,” Nijmeh wrote. On Monday, Helen got a call from her husband at Kaiser, who was lucid again and eating broth and Jello. She got a second call from her landlady, Hosseani—who incidentally works at the same Blossom Hill-area Kaiser— announcing that she’d push back the eviction date to February. Helen cried in relief. While Dick’s illness bought him more time, it doesn’t prevent him from ultimately being displaced. Sherman suggests enacting a local policy that would curtail evictions for people over a certain age. “These are the people on generally low fixed incomes that cannot readily or easily relocate,” she wrote to the City Council. “It’s horrific and heartless to expect someone over the age of 75 to have to find another home at this stage in their life where they have physical limitations and typically can’t even qualify to rent anywhere else.” The lack of local age-based tenant protections could explain the sharp uptick in the number of homeless people over the age of 51 in San Jose, which grew by 175 percent from 2009 to 2015, according to the city’s biennial census. Meanwhile, the Santa Clara County Medical ExaminerCoroner found that the region’s elderly homeless death toll rose by 320 percent from 2011 to 2016. “Too often, the result of elderly displacement is death,” says Shaunn Cartwright, a housing activist for local grass-roots group Rise Up for Justice. “Are increased profits worth that?”

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calls the eviction of the elderly not only unconscionable, but also a health crisis. “My dad just turned 93 last month and it was a birthday we never expected to see, because since we moved him to his new apartment, his life turned into a downward spiral that he has never recovered from,” Sherman wrote to the San Jose City Council on the eve of Tuesday’s vote to beef up tenant protections. “We don’t expect him to last much longer, and I attribute 100 percent of his decline to his eviction.” Marjaneh Hosseani, a nurse at Kaiser, bought the Carlton Avenue duplex a few years ago with plans to remodel the property. Hosseani told the Kavanaghs that she planned to move in her parents—ostensibly legal ground for eviction. Even if the city expanded its rent control ordinance to include duplexes, it’s unclear whether that will help people in a situation like the Kavanaghs face. If their duplex were under rent control, it would become subject to the Ellis Act, a controversial state law that grants only limited protection and still lets property owners remove longtime tenants from rent-controlled units under certain conditions. For example, seniors, who comprise a protected class under federal housing law, are allowed an additional year's notice to find new housing when being displaced under the Ellis Act. Councilman Don Rocha, whose district encompasses the Kavanaghs’ neighborhood, says he doubts much could be done beyond ad hoc advocacy for the couple. “This seems like one of those cases that’s just extremely unfortunate, but it happens,” Rocha says. “Landlords can move folks out if they’re trying to move in a family member. That is allowed. But it’s true that in this market, it’s extremely precarious for folks to find housing at a cost they had in the past.” Jacklyn Joanino, a policy aide for Rocha who recently transferred to the city’s Housing Department, says she suggested that the Kavanaghs enter into mediation with the property owner. “That’s one of the services that is available to them,” Joanino says. “And my understanding is that their health conditions may merit accommodation.” Tenant advocates who spoke to Metro call it unethical for landlords to evict the sickly and elderly. Indeed, 100-yearold San Francisco tenant Iris Canada died this past March after a prolonged eviction battle. Fellow San Franciscan Carl Jensen died at the age of 93 after


Greg Ramar | | | NOVEMBER 15-21, 2017

A CUT ABOVE The Trims (from left: Mark Sharp, Gabriel Maciel and Billy Brady) have come a long way since their 2011 debut LP.


shaping up with a new album pending, the trims are in fighting form and ready to make the leap BY NICK VERONIN


ABRIEL MACIEL admits that every song on his band’s new album is “a bummer.” The founder and primary songwriter of San Jose new wave-indie trio The Trims lets out a little laugh, a genuine chortle. Maybe it’s a conscious attempt to deflect, or he feels a bit embarrassed about baring his soul on record, or perhaps it’s because he sometimes feels like the depression he’s battled most of his life is silly—something he should be able to just brush off with a disarming grin.

Now well into his 30s, Maciel is quite capable of digging himself out of funks by playing music, writing poetry or just calmly talking himself through his feelings—performing a bit of self-psychoanalysis. But it doesn’t change the fact that there is always another downer lurking. “I can be super happy, but I also have that sadness,” Maciel says over drinks at his longtime haunt, the Hyde Park Lounge. “That little dark cloud is always whispering in your ear.” Themes of death, lost love and despair have always been a part of The Trims—just as they’ve long been a part of Maciel’s personal life. The group’s first full-length album, released in 2011, was titled We Cried For Fun. Still, a superficial scan of The Trims’ newest yet-to-be-titled record—which Maciel wrote and produced with his band mates, drummer Billy Brady and bassist Mark Sharp—doesn’t scream depression. A preview of several unmastered tracks, which Maciel provided Metro, along with the new


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GETTING SERIOUS The Trims’ frontman and primary songwriter Gabriel Maciel says his band is at the top of its game. album’s finished lead single, “The One I Want,” are all tightly wound and propulsive. Many could be called upbeat if it weren’t for the words. “Dying To See Your Face” features a bright, Strokes-ish major chord progression, while the song’s buoyant bass line and disco drum beat keep the track bouncing along. But from the jump, the lyrics paint a more somber picture. “Tell me what went wrong,” Maciel pleads. “I’m dying just to see your face.”

Get Rhythm The way Maciel tells it, he didn’t always have such a bleak outlook on life. Music, however, has been a constant. His mother constantly sang around the house, and as far back as he can remember he’s wanted to play the guitar. He was given his first six-string

when he was just 5 years old and he remembers begging his parents to get him lessons. “So they did, but I got turned away because my hands were too small,” he says, recounting how he had to wait two long years before his tutelage could begin. Maciel has maintained a close relationship with the guitar despite going through a heavy gangster rap phase, descending deep into the realm of house music and playing in sludgy metal bands. These days, when he sits down to compose, Maciel leaves his first love in its case. “I always write on the bass first,” he says. Maciel’s process usually begins with him laying down a basic pre-programmed, four-on-the-floor drumbeat and then coming up with a bass line. “I’ve always felt, if you can lock in a catchy hook on the bass


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BUSINESS & PLEASURE Though the band will indulge in a beer or two before the show, once they hit the stage it’s all about professionalism. ‘I don’t show up to my job drunk,’ says drummer Billy Brady, center. and then the drums match it, the song will just write itself.” For the average listener, The Trims’ dedication to songcraft might go unnoticed—and that’s a good thing. The effortless feel of this collection belies how much work went into creating the album. Tracked by local recording engineer Steven Glaze at his at Tone Freq Studios, just south of downtown San Jose, a great deal of planning preceded the sessions. The Trims recorded demos of every song and obsessed over little details before they ever even connected with Glaze. “What I love most about these songs is that they are deceptively simple,” Maciel says. Just listen to the bridge from “The One I Want.” A rush of soaring, delay-drenched guitars and a frantic disco stomp is glued together by a four-note bass line. That’s all straightforward enough.

But upon repeat listens, the passage is flawless—a collection of exacting performances, all expertly layered for maximum impact. This song is a far cry from anything on We Cried for Fun. The Trims’ first record was a much slower, downcast affair. While their 2011 LP recalls Interpol and Joy Division with its deliberate, plodding basslines and early post-punk rawness—the forthcoming album owes more to the rigorously agitated compositions of Bloc Party and the polished, synthy sheen of New Order. It’s the kind of production that separates a talented local band from a radio-ready pop music machine, and Maciel knows it. “I couldn’t be happier about the new LP. I think our writing is the strongest it's ever been,” he says. “The songwriting is different now. It’s better. It’s a lot tighter.” Brady agrees: “We’re locked in.” The Trims aren’t the only ones


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who believe in their music. In recent years, the band has emerged as one of Silicon Valley’s most promising acts. They’ve caught the attention of Aaron Axelsen, Live 105’s tastemaking music director—who has featured the band on his Sunday evening Soundcheck program, brought them on the radio station’s annual summer music festival, BFD, and has even turned to the band for “bumpers,” 10-second interstitial tracks that run in between songs and to mark the end of commercial breaks. In 2015, The Trims were invited to play BottleRock—the same year Imagine Dragons, No Doubt and Robert Plant headlined the Napa Valley food, wine and music festival. “We’ve been able to be a part of shows that I wouldn’t even have dreamt about being a part of before,” Maciel says. “When I was sitting in my living room on my laptop, writing

dumb little hooks on my guitar, I never thought it would lead to this.”

Growing Pains Fronting a band on the verge of breaking out has its downsides. For example, Maciel recalls being backstage at BottleRock, eating a plate of lasagna and salad, while Portugal. The Man ate their lunch at an adjacent table. This was couple years before the Portland band landed their massive crossover hit “Feel It Still,” but for Maciel, who has followed them for many years, it was a surreal and conflicting experience. He thought about trying to strike up a conversation, “but I was like, ‘Dude, you can’t. You gotta be cool.’” And then Maciel saw Robert Plant. “I wanted to run up there and be like, ‘Um, Sir Robert, could I get a


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Journeymen Maciel can come across as a bit of a cutup—the kind of guy who might have held dual roles in high school as class clown and teacher’s pet. And yet he has a solemn streak that comes through in his poetry and his work ethic. Published in 2016, Truth By Moonlight collects Maciel’s poems, prose and lyrics—of The Trims and his solo side project, Moonlytz. The book features dark passages about heavy drinking, womanizing and wrestling with other demons. It is an undoubtedly sincere work and serves as a time capsule, providing insight into the experiences that have shaped Maciel. There was a time when he never would have considered sharing this poetry with anyone. But as he’s grown older, he says, he finally “found my stride.” He’s dialed back the partying, gained the confidence to share his writing with a larger audience and will soon complete his bachelor’s degree in humanities from San Jose State University. He’s got just a few more night classes to go before graduating in December. Maciel’s confidence and newfound purpose have clearly shaped The

Trims’ evolving sound. Defending his push to get the band playing to a click track, he says the move only served to make The Trims tighter— elevating their level of play. With each Trims album, Maciel says, he has tried to one-up himself. “This is fun for me,” he says. “But the other part of it is business. Let’s either go all the way or not do it at all.” Maciel is certainly the driving force in the band—drummer Brady calls him “the Trim”—but the singer praises the work ethic of Brady and bassist Sharp, the newest member of the band. Maciel says the two often slave over their interplay, taking the time to ensure that the Sharp’s notes hit at the same time Brady is stomping down on his kick or punching his snare. At the moment, Maciel says, The Trims are a well-oiled machine blessedly free from ego. “It’s not about us,” he says. “It’s about the song.” Of course, that’s what all musicians say: It’s about the music, man… But as Maciel looks back on his life, perched on a stool at Hyde Park Lounge, he seems genuinely content—or almost content, as wisps of that little dark cloud swirl faintly in the back of his head. “There’s still a little a part of me that feels like I’m a little kid in my dad’s suit,” he says. Then again, things are good right now. He’s riding high from a recent midweek show at San Francisco’s Elbo Room, where The Trims drew the bulk of the crowd. Maciel recalls how one of his idols, Tom Petty, defined making it: “Do something you really like, and hopefully it pays the rent. As far as I’m concerned, that’s success.” While The Trims may not be paying rent with their guitars just yet, Maciel is happy just to do what he loves, on his terms, finding appreciation. “The fact that I can play a show and a few hundred people show up? I’m fired up about that,” he says. “It’s a victory in itself if anyone shows up.”

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picture?’ In hindsight I’m like, ‘Fuck it. I should have just done it.’” Of course, Maciel also has more practical concerns than keeping his inner fanboy in check—like elevating his band to the next level by incorporating lights, synthesizers and convincing everyone else to play to a click track. Syncing the band to a computerized metronome allows for the incorporation of pre-recorded backing tracks into live performances. This can give a group a more fully fleshed-out sound, but also requires a level of precision that can be intimidating. When Maciel proposed the idea, his band mates initially resisted. “It was a fucking argument and a half,” Maciel remembers, noting that the other members were worried that if they got off beat, the backing track would be off and an entire song could be derailed. “I’m like, ‘Yeah, dude. What if anything? What if a meteor crashes into the club and kills us all. I mean, let’s go for it, man!’ Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”


An inside look at San Jose politics

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PIECES IN PLACE Attorney Bruce Nickerson is suing the San Jose Police Department for a

controversial enforcement practice that allegedly singled out gay men.

Class Action Lawsuit: SJPD Unfairly Targeted Gay Men BY JENNIFER WADSWORTH The San Jose Police Department unfairly targeted gay men when conducting lewd conduct stings, according to a class-action lawsuit filed last week in federal court. Storied civil rights attorney Bruce Nickerson filed the 19-page claim in U.S. District Court on Nov. 8, naming the city, police Chief Eddie Garcia, Capt. Anthony Ciaburro, Sgt. Mario Brasil and the ringleader of the allegedly discriminatory stings, Officer Samuel Marquardt. Last year, a Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Jose S. Franco dismissed charges against six men arrested after undercover cops solicited them for sex outside a public park bathroom. In his 2016 ruling, Franco blasted SJPD for engaging in unconstitutional selective enforcement by singling out gay men, or men perceived to be gay. In the year since, Nickerson—

who’s known as the “toilet lawyer” for his expertise in these kinds of cases—managed to help several of the acquitted men secure findings of factual innocence, which completely clears the arrests from their records. The district attorney could have appealed those motions but never did. One of the men declared factually innocent was Salinas resident Fernando Ruiz, who reached out to Nickerson after reading Metro’s July 28, 2016 cover story about the attorney’s plans to represent the wrongfully arrested men in a class-action lawsuit. Unlike the other defendants, who denied the allegations leveled against them, Ruiz pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge. “His case was adjudicated a year before the other ones,” Nickerson said. “He paid his fine, completed probation and tried to put the whole

thing behind him until he read about me in the paper. He said, ‘Can I be part of this, too?’” Nickerson said that never in his near-four decades of practicing law had he been able to obtain a finding of factual innocence for someone who pleaded out. But on Aug. 20 this year, a judge allowed Ruiz to withdraw his plea and ordered his arrest record expunged. “This is very significant,” Nickerson said. “His case could apply to thousands of people. It could open the door to thousands of persons across the state with cases exactly like this. … That would be the dream.” San Jose City Attorney Rick Doyle offered no comment on the case, which he has yet to review. Though SJPD suspended its “gay cruising” crackdowns last year, agency officials have consistently denied that they were prejudiced in the first place.

Joe Thornton didn’t need to play with his leg hanging by a thread in last year’s playoffs to warm our cold-cold hearts, but the future Hall of Famer’s Joe Thornton status is worth monitoring as the San Jose Sharks surge up the standings. Coach Pete DeBoer acknowledged last week that Thornton isn’t 100 percent healthy since tearing both his right MCL and ACL less than seven months ago (seven months ago?!), which is why the center has seen decreased ice time in the last two games. But thanks to late-game heroics from fourth-line winger Joel Ward against Vancouver in a 2-1 win Sunday, the Sharks have taken six of their last seven and sit a point out of third place in the Western Conference standings. Stay up with the Sharks and other local teams with The Rundown, published online each Monday on San Jose Inside.

Conservationists Try to Preserve Coyote Valley A large contingent of conservationists kicked off a campaign this month to permanently preserve Coyote Valley— which serves as a buffer of open space between Morgan Hill and San Jose— from the threat of future development. Backed by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, a coalition led by the Committee for Green Foothills and Greenbelt Alliance have set out to defend Coyote Valley’s natural resources, including flood control, wildlife habitat and rich farmland. “We are on a mission to save Coyote Valley from sprawling development,” said Megan Medeiros, executive director of CGF. —Scott Forstner

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THE GO! GO! GONE SHOW Wed, 9pm, Free Cafe Stritch, San Jose

The hottest variety talent show in downtown San Jose returns for its monthly installment at Cafe Stritch, and this time around, Metro editorial staff will be in the house—as guest judges Josh Koehn, Nick Veronin and Jennifer Wadsworth will be holding the scorecards and the sacred gong’s hammer. Hosted by Mighty Mike McGee, the Gone Show invites anyone with a special ability to get up on stage and flaunt what they’ve got. Standup comics often comprise the bulk of the evening’s talent, though musicians, slam poets and others with odd skills sometimes take the stage. (NV)

RHINE & RAT KING Thu, 10pm, Free The Caravan, San Jose Taking cues from the likes of San Francisco shoegaze-deathmetal act Deafheaven and noodly-progsters Porcupine Tree, this Seattle-based outfit meld pummelling growls and triumphant major-key sludge with clean vocals and mathy guitar lines on their latest album, An Outsider. Currently on tour behind with Rat King, these fellow Pacific Northwesterners owe a bit more to fuzzy grooves of Black Sabbath. Their new record, Garbage Island, tumbles forward, propelled by loping drums and so much overdrive, you’ll feel compelled to check your record player’s cartridge for lint. Yes: like any good stoner metal album, Garbage Island is available on vinyl. (NV)

MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY Thu, 2pm, $19+ City Lights Theater, San Jose The black sheep sister Mary Bennet in 18th century English author Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice gets to tell her side of the story. Playwright duo Lauren Gunderson and Margot Metcom’s holiday-themed sequel to the classic novel takes place two years after Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy are married and expecting their first child. Mary is sick of being the dutiful middle sister while her sisters bask in romance. At their Christmas gathering she meets a guest and hopes that she has finally found her match. Director Virginia Drake creates a witty atmosphere for her cast. (AJ)




Thu, 8pm, $5 The Ritz, San Jose

Fri, 5pm, $5 Circle of Palms Plaza, San Jose

Toga! Toga! Toga! Toga! It’s more than a line from Animal House. It’s also a new locally produced skateboarding film featuring a group of South Bay cats shredding the gnar at spots all over the 408. Plaza de Cesar Chavez, St. James Park, local schools and a few choice DIY guerrilla spots are shredded. Join the video’s director, Ryan DiBiase, along with Chad Pernicano, Jake Wolter, Max Glanz, Alex Moran, Justin Colvin and James Delreal, as they celebrate the sacred bond between skate homies with beer and the premier of Toga 4.

Twinkling lights, ice skating and palm trees come together once again for a few magical weeks in the heart of Silicon Valley. Bay Area native and 1992 Olympic figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi will usher in the annual Downtown Ice skating rink—presiding over the opening celebration. The fun starts at 5pm this Friday and those eager strap on their blades will be able to get on the ice for just $5. The cost of admission goes up later this season. Bundle up and bring the family. (NV)

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Nov 22, 24, 25 at City National Civic


Nov 25 at The Ritz


Nov 29 at City National Civic


Dec 2 at SAP Center


Dec 5 at The Ritz


Dec 7 at The Fox Theatre

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Fri, 10pm, $30+ Pure Night Club, Sunnyvale

Sat, 7pm, $20+ Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, Palo Alto

DJs Matthew (Van Toth) and Julio Mejia (JWLS) started making music in their dorm at Miami Dade College in Kendall, Florida, as GTA (Good Times Ahead). Their SoundCloud marriage of bedroom production led to run-ins with Afrojack, Diplo and Laidback Luke. They aren’t the Miami bass party monsters one would expect. Instead, they’re more akin to a stay-at-home kind of beatmaker. Their A-list collabs with Skrillex and Rihanna rocketed their status, leading to their last self-titled album, featuring a varied cast of performers, from the heated Vince Staples to the bubbly Tinashe. (AJ)

Few painters could stroke life onto a canvas more viscerally than Dutchman Vincent van Gogh. His madness, his enigmatic persona and even his cut-off ear draw art lovers to explore his life and works year after year. The lonely, often misunderstood artist confided mostly in his brother, Theo, through hundreds of letters, detailing his struggle to gain recognition as an artist. Actor Leonard Nimoy used these heartfelt letters as the basis for his play “Vincent.” The play debuted in March 1981 and has since been a hit. Today, actor Jim Jarrett stars as the slicked-haired van Gogh. (AJ)

98 DEGREES AT CHRISTMAS Sun, 7:30pm, $59+ Flint Center, Cupertino

Before he starred as the hunky foil to his then-wife—the eyerolling and uber-blonde Jessica Simpson—on the fascinating mid-2000s pop-culture artifact known as Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, you may recall that Nick Lachey was the beefiest quarter of 98 Degrees. His quartet of blueeyed soulsters continue to draw crowds with their sticky four-part harmonies and (mostly) chiseled chins, especially when they are singing Christmas tunes. But we’re just deflecting with snark. “The Hardest Thing” was one of the first jams we ever slow-danced to in junior high. That’s gotta be worth something. (NV)


Mon, 7:30pm, $15+ Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park Author and Mountain View denizen Andy Weir burst onto the pop culture scene after his originally self-published sci-fi novel, The Martian, became one of the biggest books of 2014. In 2015, the story was adapted into a movie starring Matt Damon. Now, Weir is back with his second novel, Artemis. This time, Weir sets his sights a little closer to home. Centered around Jasmine Bashara, a “directionless twentysomething” living on the one and only moon colony, Artemis, the novel is billed as a “smart crime caper” rife with excellent world-building and plenty of suspense. A movie is already in the works. (NV)

Dec 16 at Oracle Arena


Dec 17 at Carriage House Theatre


Jan 19 at City National Civic



Dec 31 at The Ritz


Feb 7 at SAP Center


Feb 8 at Carriage House Theatre


Feb 9 at SAP Center


Feb 21 at The Ritz


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Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon directed by Virginia Drake

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SYMPHONY NO. 8 “UNFINISHED” Henry Mollicone, Guest Conductor

GRIEG: LYRIC SUITE BEETHOVEN: CORIOLAN OVERTURE Michael DiGiacinto, Conductor And Music Director


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WILDE TIME The Hammer Theatre presents National Theatre Live’s screening of Yael Farber’s ‘Salomé.’ ‘MISS BENNETT: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY’

This production of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley will mark the South Bay premiere for the holiday-theme show. The play itself is a sequel of sorts to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice as we revisit its characters at a holiday gathering. Nov 16-Dec 17. City Lights Theater Company. San Jose.


The inspiring true story of how Carole King songs became the soundtrack of a generation. Nov 14-19. Broadway San Jose.


Oscar Wilde’s theatrical adaptation returns to the stage, but this time with a revolutionary twist that puts Salomé center stage. Yael Farber recreates the biblical princess as a woman of intelligence and the power to change the course of

the desert nation. Nov 16. Hammer Theatre Center. San Jose.


It’s 1942, and many American men are fighting away in World War II, but WOV New York radio was there to deliver its holiday special. Reminisce to “Strike Up the Band” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” Nov 30-Dec 23. Los Altos Stage Company.


Occupying the slot for this year’s bring-the-kids show at Palo Alto Players is the Broadway classic Peter Pan. Get a chance to meet the lost boys, save Tinker Bell and fly with Peter himself. Thru Nov 19. Lucie Stern Theatre. Palo Alto.


A play about a play, the production stitches together the need to make art that sells. A Northern California theater puts on

the production “A Christmas Carol” to draw in a larger audience. Weeks before Christmas, the production rings in the new year with comedic satire. Dec. 1-17. The Pear Theatre. Mountain View.


Mom has been dead for 11 months, yet her ghost appears at Dad’s birthday. Follow Mom on her quest to earn her wings, but brace for ugly secrets to be revealed. Thru Nov 19. Tabard Theatre Company. San Jose.


A theatrical melting pot of Greek mythology and real stories from the Bay Area, this 75-minute performance features opera star Carla Dirlikov Canales—one of the most in-demand mezzosopranos today, as well as award-winning composer Molly Joyce and acclaimed visual artist Rosemary Feit Covey. Nov 18. MACLA. San Jose.

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GRUMPY OLD VETS Richard Linklater’s newest film, ‘Last Flag Flying,’ brings together an excellent cast.

‘Last Flag Flying’ expertly retools 1973 war-buddy dramady BY RICHARD VON BUSACK


T’S THE UNAUTHORIZED sort-of sequel to cinema’s first great f-bomb: Richard Linklater’s serialnumbers-filed-off follow-up to 1973’s The Last Detail takes the renamed, rejiggered characters up to the early Iraq War, in the winter of 2003. Robert Towne and Hal Ashby’s adaptation of the Darryl Ponicsan novel had two swabbies (Jack Nicholson and Otis Young) escorting a naval prisoner through the crappier parts of the Eastern Seaboard to

the stockade in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Their prisoner is a backward kid (Randy Quaid) who impulsively stole some loose money from a charity dish and learned the lesson that “military justice is to justice what military music is to music”—he got eight years for nicking $40. The two sailors felt for the kid and decided to turn the journey into a moveable feast. Nicholson’s Billy “Badass” Buddusky’s character is here called Sal Nealon, an old Marine (what a horror for Buddusky, so avid to fist-fight jarheads). In Last Flag Flying, he’s out of the service with a steel plate in his head—the sodden, amiable owner and operator of a bar and grill where the grill doesn’t work. Played by Brian

Cranston, Nealon gets an unexpected visit from his old service buddy “Doc,” the ex-prisoner (Steve Carell at his very best, his smallest, his saddest). The man needs some help: his only son, killed in Iraq, is going to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, and he wants a friend by his side. Their fellow hellion from Vietnam Nam days is now standing in a Baptist church pulpit—Mulhall in the earlier film, now called Mueller. He’s resolutely opposed to joining the two friends, particularly the no-good Nealon, but the pastor is shamed into the journey by his wife. Laurence Fishburne is generally a bit too stately, but he’s a delight here, deep in his comfortable years, looking as if a belief in divine providence has gone straight to his belly. He’s acting with a cane, too, and what actor doesn’t love that? Mueller sizes Nealon up: “You were a hazard as a young man. Now you’re an old fool.” The three are escorted by Washington (J. Quinton Johnson), an

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Iraq vet from West Oakland; they have a change of plans and decide to take the deceased son north to the cemetery in Doc’s small town. If there’s a belief that there’s three kinds of women, maid, mother, crone, the three old veterans here are bachelor, widower, married man—bringing a kind of symmetry to their misadventures…as when a nervous counter person at the U-Haul dealership, ever-alert for bad Muslims, mishears Mueller’s name as “Mullah.” This follow-up to one of the most honest movies about the serviceman’s life has all the integrity of its source. And the profanity that once shocked the studio (65 uses of the F-word in The Last Detail—somebody counted them) is now a standard part of cinema. Linklater walks the line here well: honoring an experience that cannot be understood by the civilian, while recognizing the dishonesty that obscures the experience. He notes the pettiness, the unspeakable circumstances, and the harmless lies that are, of course, not at all harmless. Unlike the case of Coppola’s Gardens of Stone (1987), Linklater hasn’t gone around and around the contradiction of an anti-war movie that’s proud of the troops, like a man trying to find a corner in a round room. Nealon sums up: “Men make the wars, and the wars make the men.” Cranston recalls Nicholson with an East Coast drawl and conversational bizarreness; it’s a grand, warm performance. Like Buddusky, Nealon has a fearless physicality, a refusal to be shamed or cowed. (One of many hilarious moments: Nealon trying to pick up a not-completely-uninterested girl with a discourse on how hard for it is for a young man to get a car, and some money for a date…whereas, with an older man…) Last Flag Flying sums up the fragility, the fun and the absolute mess that all who are born male end up in together. Linklater’s taste for eccentricity makes him a natural for road trip movies. It’s sadly comic, with the winter light here during this last of December and the tawdry old Christmas decorations lining the road to the funeral. | | | NOVEMBER 15-21, 2017


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A comedy of outsize figures bashing at one another, punching their frenemies into the next county. The idea in Thor: Ragnarok is that the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) has been leaning too hard on his invincible hammer Mjölnir and his superb head of hair. In this chapter, the former is smashed and the latter cropped. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) spirited away Odin (Anthony Hopkins), king of Asgard, to an old-folks home on Midgard (Earth). A testy Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) intervenes. Odin’s daughter, Hela, the god of death (Cate Blanchett) is unloosed. This sooty-eyed Maleficent clone, helmeted with antlers that look like they were designed by Erté plots to slay the universe. Meanwhile, she oppresses the peasantry of Asgard, which, in previous films, we hadn’t really known existed. Thor: Ragnarok parallels two bad monarchs—the action switches from Hela’s misrule to the planet of the cruel, fey Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum, with a goatee of blue paint). He diverts the subjects of his junkyard planet with fights at a million-seat arena; armored like Mars, The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) has been dispatching all comers as a mixed martial artist. Thor, transported here by a wormhole accident, is caught by a bounty hunter (Tessa Thompson) from his old neighborhood and forced to become a gladiator. As a director, perhaps also as a Maori, Taika Waititi seems allergic to European-style royal pomp. He keenly underscores the way aristocracy legitimizes itself through art and theater. Catch here a hammy performance of “The Tragedy of Loki of Asgard.” Glimpse a statue of Goldblum in a Boris Vallejo pose, brandishing a weapon as a kneeling girl clings apprehensively to his thigh. Thor: Ragnarok has scenes of offbeat wit: Dr. Bruce Banner isn’t just a rager, but an anxiety case. He’s as much a nebbish as Woody Allen. Waititi plays up the disproportion in height between the towering god and the smaller doctor. Banner is worried that he’ll revert: a green vein in his temple throbs at the very thought. Superhero films are best when you have a moment of real fear for the seemingly invincible characters. That doesn’t happen here. Our hero is defiant, even in quiet moments—there’s a fine small scene of the imprisoned Thor chucking pebbles at Loki’s hologram. But Waititi’s determination to keep


it light means that there’s nothing here quite like that moment in The Avengers when it looked as if Tony Stark was about to be marooned in another galaxy. (Valleywide) (RvB)


Anyone who has dug up an old book and wondered who it was that wrote his or her name in it 50 years ago… anyone who loves wandering the catacombs of a museum, standing and giving into the reveries of the people who once passed the same spot…such people might fall in love with Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck. This film version of Brian Selznick’s novel is meeting some critical resistance. A reference to Dickens should ready an audience for a rich tale of coincidences and mysterious parentage. In 1977, young Ben (Oakes Fegley) is orphaned, and then deprived of his hearing by a freak accident. Finding a stash of money left behind by his mother, he decides to search for his father, because of a mysterious message left on a bookmark. His story is contrasted with the tale of Rose (Millicent Simmonds), an affluent shut-in girl of 1927. There are all sorts of reasons why this wondrous Wonderstruck should have failed, and the principle challenge was matching a pair of wildly different eras. Haynes (Carol, Far From Heaven) deftly switches back and forth from a silent era of sharp black and white angles to mellow color; when a taxi drives through the spray of an uncapped fire hydrant we think of Travis’ journeys in Taxi Driver. These ’70s streetscapes are as sterling as the recreations in The Deuce but with a far wider focus. It’s grimy but nostalgic; the solution to the riddle lies in the kind of funky firetrap of a used bookstore that’s going extinct today. Simmonds, who is herself deaf, has tremendous charm as she pursues a silent film star (Julianne Moore); it’s touching to see brave, dark-eyed Rose take in the last performance of a silent film at a theater where the Vitaphone equipment is about to be installed. Were deaf movie fans betrayed by the arrival of the talkies? Playing allies of Rose’s, Cory Michael Smith and James Urbaniak provide support. They really have faces, as Norma Desmond put it. Moore returns to connect the sundered history in pantomime; our finest living screen actress repairs the broken chains of time with the help of lovely toylike miniatures, in a sequence free of the twee-ness of Wes Anderson. This is a film to cherish, and it’s one of the best movies about New York I’ve seen. (The Guild, Menlo Park) (RvB)

PRETTY IN PINK Saoirse Ronan plays an average high schooler with above average aspirations in ‘Lady Bird.’

High School Drama JOAN DIDION’S TITLE quote in Lady Bird— something about how people who think Californians are hedonists should spend a Christmas in Sacramento—says more about Didion’s anhedonia than our state capital. River light, bountiful shade trees, bars galore, warm nights and bike-friendly streets: perhaps they’re having a better time out there than they’re letting on. Native daughter Greta Gerwig’s enchanting debut as director isn’t just a fine comedy about a singular girl’s senior year in 2002. It’s also a good-looking movie about a city that deserves admiration, with the gilded Tower Bridge seen at dawn, green fields, grand houses, and a catalogue of the place’s vintage neon signs displayed to Jon Brion’s score. Catholic-school senior Christine (Saoirse Ronan, with two-toned hair and a little spray of acne) cooked up the name “Lady Bird” for herself. She’s ashamed of her onebathroom home and Sacto in general: “It’s soul-killing. The Midwest of California.” Like any 17-year-old, she can’t figure out what’s infuriating her embittered, overworked mother. Mom (Roseanne’s Laurie Metcalf, excellent) is in that dance of clinging and pushing away that goes on when a kid is about to leave the nest. Lady Bird cherishes romantic dreams of heading back East to school—and her family barely

has the money to send her to UC Davis. Thanks to the scripting and Ronan’s acting, we’re on Lady Bird’s side even as she starts to become a pill, social climbing for friendships with the jaded rich kids around her, including a limpid, too-cool boyfriend (Timothée Chalamet). If this is semi-autobiographical, Lady Bird and if Gerwig’s parents underestimated her, we all did. Gerwig has played 90 min. R numerous characters who The Guild, Menlo Park aren’t as smart as she must be, particularly for her friend and director Noah Baumbach. Gerwig is zany, sure, lovable, absolutely—but the sharp and measured perspective on a girl’s life is a surprise. It’s a good thing when the worst that can be said of a movie is it should have been longer— this one does nine months in 90 minutes, and one of the stubs is the unfinished story of a theater-teaching priest (Stephen Henderson, Fences) who has a breakdown. But Lady Bird is like that—one wants more time with every shrewd, warmheated scene. This generous comedy, with its focus on a girl’s life, is better than the kind of films they don’t make anymore. It’s the low-budget, high-incandescence movie we’re all told it’s impossible to make today. —Richard von Busack

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Man on Fire BURNING UP Alejandro Escovedo continues a marathon series of concert dates showcasing his latest album, ‘Burn Something Beautiful.’

Alejandro Escovedo teams with R.E.M. guitarist on rocking new album BY BILL KOPP


UITARIST, SINGER and songwriter Alejandro Escovedo released his 14th album, Burn Something Beautiful, just over a year ago. Reaction to the album—in many ways a return to the rocking end of Escovedo’s musical spectrum—has been so positive that he’s still on the road in support of it. The album distills his interests and influences into a cohesive whole, and stands up against his best work as a solo artist, with the Nils and even his

acclaimed 1980s roots-rocking band, Rank and File. Escovedo is very much his own man, musically speaking. Still, he’s unabashed when it comes to citing his influences and recognizing the effect those artists have had upon his work. “My record collection is so varied, everything from African music to Sun Ra to Latin music to the Stooges,” he says. “But my heart really belongs to the storytellers.” He names Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed and Ian Hunter as favorites. “And David Bowie,” he quickly adds. “Bowie was a great inspiration for exploration, for seeking other things and never really being satisfied. I think I’ve always wanted more out of the music and out of the different styles that I use.”

Though it’s not intentional, Escovedo’s music—like the work of David Bowie—doesn’t fit neatly into a single genre category. “I’ve never set out to write a blues album or a jazz album or anything like that,” he says. “I’ve always loved different elements in one song.” And while Escovedo’s recent collaborations with Chuck Prophet (and frequent David Bowie producer Tony Visconti) yielded some top-flight albums, for Burn Something Beautiful, Texas-born Escovedo chose to work with a new team. That collective includes Scott McCaughey (Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows) and Peter Buck (R.E.M.); both musicians are firmly rooted in the Pacific Northwest. Escovedo believes he couldn’t have made a record like Burn Something Beautiful anywhere else. He cites a kind of distorted “fuzziness” that’s been a defining characteristic of music from Seattle, Portland and the region long before the grunge scene of the 1980s and ‘90s. “It goes back to the Wailers, the

Sonics and Paul Revere and the Raiders,” Escovedo says. “And all the punk rock bands that came out of there were really great.” All of those elements are in the album’s songs, he says, which were cowritten with Buck and McCaughey. “I feel like we really got a ‘band’ feel and vibe to the whole record,” Escovedo says. “Scott plays a lot of different things, and Pete plays a lot of different types of guitars and mandolins and whatnot. Together, they work very well.” He says that having McCaughey and Buck as producers “took me somewhere I hadn’t been before.” A year after its release, Escovedo says he’s “still in love with the record.” Escovedo’s music has always been about more than the sound; his thoughtful lyrics are a central component to all of his work. And there’s often a socio-political dimension to his writing. He famously stopped performing his song “Castanets” (from 2001’s A Man Under the Influence) when ex-president George W. Bush revealed that he liked the song. He has similar issues with the current occupant of the White House, a man he views as hostile to the immigrant experience and multiculturalism. Escovedo is proud of his heritage; he wrote music for a play called By the Hand of the Father, chronicling the journey of five men across the border and their subsequent efforts to support their families once settled in the United States. Escovedo says he’d like to revive that 2000 play because of its renewed relevance. Escovedo has amassed a formidable body of work, and fought his way back from a serious illness in the early 2000s. Yet despite his successes, he says he’s never felt that he’s “made it” in the conventional sense. Still, he does have some fond memories that come close. He recalls when his early 1980s band True Believers played at L.A.’s Club Lingerie. “Our record had just come out,” he says. “We were playing some Stooges song—maybe ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’— and Iggy was in the audience, dancing to our music! But I’ve never felt like I ‘made it.’ There are still things to do.”



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Fri, Nov 17: The Hummers. Sat, Nov 18: The Fuss. Woodside.

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


ART BOUTIKI Fri, Nov 17, 7:30pm: Ty Maura, taillight, Sam Pasillas. Sat, Nov 18, 7pm: Life SIze Models, North by North, Sailing South, Bo McDowell. San Jose

ANGELICA’S BISTRO Every other Tue, 7:15pm: Jazz on Tuesdays. Every Wed, 7pm: Piano Night. Thu, Nov 16, 7:30pm: Notes from Cheri… Jazzin’ the Spirit! Sat, Nov 18, 8:30pm: The Return of the Scott Dailey Trio. Tue, Nov 21, 7:30pm: Cedar & Friends with Joshua Cedar. Redwood City.

THE BACK BAR SOFA Fri, Nov 17, 9pm: Bollywood Party. Sat, Nov 18, 9pm: Rebelskamp, Doctor Striker.

BRIT ARMS ALMADEN 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.



Every Mon: Tooth and Nail DJ Night. Every first Tue of the month 9:30 pm: Not So Trivial Tuesday Rock DJ Set. Sat, Nov 18, 9pm: The Fourfits, Pete and Repete, Doors to Nowhere. San Jose.

THE CATS Fri, Nov 17, Eddie Toro Band. Sat, Nov 18, Private Label. Los Gatos.

THE RITZ Fri, Nov 17, 7pm: Alejandro Escovedo & The Burn Something Beautiful Band. Sat, Nov 18, 8pm: Kishi Bashi, Tall Tall Trees. San Jose.

Jazz/Blues/ World ANGELICA’S BISTRO Every Tue: Jazz Tuesdays and Open Mic Night. Every Wed: Piano Night with Rick Ferguson. Thu, Nov 16, 7:30pm: Cheri Anderson. Redwood City.

CAFE STRITCH Every Wed: Wax Wednesday: All Vinyl DJ Sets. Every Sunday, 7pm, The Eulipions Jazz Jam Session. Thur, Nov 16, 8:30pm: Andrew Dixon Quartet. Fri, Nov 17, 8:30pm: Tiffany Austin Quintet. Sat, Nov 18, 8:30pm: James Mahone Sextet. San Jose.

CAFFE FRASCATI Fri, Nov 17, 8pm: Bossa Blue. San Jose.

CAFE PINK HOUSE Every Sat, 2pm-3:30pm: Saturday Live Music Hangout. Saratoga.

CITY NATIONAL CIVIC Sat, Nov 18, 8pm: Christian Nodal. San Jose

HEDLEY CLUB Every 1st and 3rd Wed: Jazz Jam. San Jose


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Mon, Nov 20, 7pm: Holiday Cocktail Class. Los Gatos.

NUMBER ONE BROADWAY Fri, Nov 17: Phil in the Blanks. Sat, Nov 18: California Groove. Los Gatos.

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.

SAM'S BBQ Every first Tue of the month, 6pm: Bean Creek. Every second Tue of the month, 6pm: Carolina Special. Every second Wed of the month, 6pm: Dark Hollow. Every third Tue of the month, 6pm: Cabin Fever. Every first and third Wed of the month, 6pm: Sidesaddle and Co. Every fourth Wed of the month, 6pm: Loganville. San Jose. San Jose State Event Center Sat, Nov 18, 8pm: Eason Chan. San Jose

SMOKING PIG BBQ Thu, Nov 16, 6pm: Wine & BBQ Pairing w/ Sommelier. Fri, Nov 17, 9pm: Cisum R&B Sensation. Sat, Nov 18, 9pm: Patron Latin Rhythms. San Jose.

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

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




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


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Fri, 8pm, Sat, 7pm and 9:15pm: Comedy Sportz. San Jose. Every Wed: The Caravan Lounge Comedy Show with host Mr. Walker. San Jose.

Every Tue, 4pm: Live Acoustic Music. Every Wed and Fri, 7pm and Sat, 8:30pm: Belly dancing. Every Sunday: Special Dinner Shows. Mountain View.



Thu-Sun, Nov 16-19, 8pm: Jerry Rocha. Sunnyvale.

Every Mon: Monday Night Blues Jam. Sunnyvale.

Thu-Sun, Nov 16-19, 7pm: Harland Williams. San Jose.



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DJ + OSJ DJ G-Roy will spin up a pair of house music setsat OSJ’s upcoming Opera Haus event.

Opera SJ Drops the Aria FEW COMBINATIONS have proven as popular as free booze and loud music. Opera San Jose is setting out to prove just that with their next show. Titled “Opera Haus,” the event features free food and drink, along with mashups of electronic music and live operatic performance. The aim of the evening is to serve as both a Silicon Valley mixer and an introductory course on opera for those that might not know Bellini from their Verdi. Opera Haus is the culmination of OSJ’s Arias in the Office series, which has been bringing resident singers to tech companies around the Bay Area for in-office performances. “This is the sort of yin to our earlier yang,” says Aaron Nicholson, OSJ’s director of development. “With this show and our Arias series, we were hoping to take down some barriers that would keep people from what we do.” Nicholson explains that just as Arias in the Office was an effort to bring their work directly to local tech campuses like Cisco, Google, Adobe and Applied Materials, with this event they hope to do the opposite: Letting those companies and the surrounding community come see OSJ on their own terms.

Opera Haus Nov 17, 7pm, Free OSJ Practice Hall, San Jose

Nicholson discussed what went into choosing the opera pieces that would be featured. “Part of the process was figuring out which pieces would come off best in that setting,” Nicholson says. “We went with lots of Mozart, a little bit of Bellini and some Donizetti.” For the Opera Haus project, OSJ reached out to DJ G-Roy for help. The San Francisco-based producer will be spinning house tracks for the majority of the first hour, though OSJ has also provided him with a few opera pieces that he’ll be able to splice into the mix throughout. The next hour will feature straight opera. With resident OSJ singers like Trevor Neal, Maya Kherani and Dane Suarez delivering selections from classical and neoclassical compositions. Finally, they’ll wrap up with a final hour of house music to wind everything down. Employees from the various companies that took part in Arias in the Office are invited to attend, but Opera Haus will also be open to anyone who RSVPs before the show. Everything will be free, along with chicken wings from Bay Area food truck West Wing. The show will start at 7pm on Nov. 17, and will take place at OSJ’s rehearsal hall, located at 2149 Paragon Drive in San Jose. —Yousif Kassab

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

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

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

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

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

BLUE MAX Fri: Karaoke Fridays. Sunnyvale.

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.

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

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

C&J’S SPORTS BAR Tue, 9pm: Karaoke with DJ Rob. Santa Clara.

COURT’S LOUNGE Mon, Thu & Sat, 9:30pm: Karaoke. Campbell.

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


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

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

KHARTOUM Every Wed & Thur, 10pm-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.

THE NEW JERSEY’S Once a month. Call bar for details. Campbell.

NORMANDY HOUSE LOUNGE Fri-Sat, 10pm: Karaoke. Santa Clara.

OASIS Wed-Sun 9pm: Karaoke. Sunnyvale.

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

Dance Clubs AURA LOUNGE Wed-Sun: DJs and Dancing. San Jose.

AVERY LOUNGE Fri-Sat, 10pm: DJs and Dancing. 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.

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

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


Wed, 9pm: Karaoke. Campbell.

Thu-Sun, 7:30pm: Live Dancing. San Jose.




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

Fri: Foundation Fridays. Los Gatos.



Every Mon, 9pm: Karaoke. San Jose.

O’MALLEY’S SPORTS PUB Every Thur: Karaoke. Mountain View.

PLAZA GARIBALDI Every Thurs, 7pm-9pm: Karaoke. San Jose.

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




Mon, 8pm: Karaoke. Woodside.

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

Every Tue: Karaoke. Sunnyvale.


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

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


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Thu, 10pm: Dancing w/DJ VexOne & DJ Benofficial. Fri-Sat, 10pm: DJ NoWrath. Santa Clara.

PARRANDA NIGHTCLUB Thu: Banda Music. Fri: Rock en Español & Live Bands. Sat: Regional Mexican & DJ. Sun: Banda Night. Sunnyvale.

SAN JOSE BAR & GRILL Every Tue: DJ Benofficial. Every Thur: DJ Shaffy. Every Fri: Live Video Mixing with VJ One. San Jose.

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









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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Many people go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after," observed Henry David Thoreau. The spirit of Thoreau's observation is true about every one of us to some extent. From time to time, we all try to satisfy our desires in the wrong location, with the wrong tools, and with the wrong people. But I'm happy to announce that his epigram is less true for you now than it has ever been. In the coming months, you will have an unusually good chance to know exactly what you want, be in the right place at the right time to get it, and still want it after you get it. And it all starts now. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I predict that during

the next 10 months, you will generate personal power and good fortune as you ripen your skills at creating interesting forms of intimacy. Get started! Here are some tips to keep in mind. 1. All relationships have problems. Every single one, no exceptions! So you should cultivate relationships that bring you useful and educational problems. 2. Be very clear about the qualities you do and don't want at the core of your most important alliances. 3. Were there past events that still obstruct you from weaving the kind of togetherness that's really good for you? Use your imagination to put those events behind you forever.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You may be entertaining

an internal dialogue that sounds something like this: "I need a clear yes or a definitive no . . . a tender revelation or a radical revolution . . . a lesson in love or a cleansing sex marathon—but I'm not sure which! Should I descend or ascend? Plunge deeper down, all the way to the bottom? Or zip higher up, in a heedless flight into the wide open spaces? Would I be happier in the poignant embrace of an intense commitment or in the wild frontier where none of the old rules can follow me? I can't decide! I don't know which part of my mind I should trust!" If you do hear those thoughts in your brain, Gemini, here's my advice: There's no rush to decide. What's healthiest for your soul is to bask in the uncertainty for a while.


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CANCER (June 21-July 22): According to storyteller Michael Meade, ancient Celtic culture believed that "a person was born through three forces: the coming together of the mother and father, an ancestral spirit's wish to be reborn, and the involvement of a god or goddess." Even if you don't think that's literally true, the coming weeks will be a favorable time to have fun fantasizing it is. That's because you're in a phase when contemplating your origins can invigorate your spiritual health and attract good fortune into your life. So start with the Celtic theory, and go on from there. Which of your ancestors may have sought to live again through you? Which deity might have had a vested interest in you being born? What did you come to this earth to accomplish? Which of your innate potentials have you yet to fully develop, and what can you do to further develop them? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I predict that starting today and during the next 10 months, you will learn more about treating yourself kindly and making yourself happy than you have in years. You will mostly steer clear of the mindset that regards life as a numbing struggle for mere survival. You will regularly dream up creative ideas about how to have more fun while attending to the mundane tasks in your daily rhythm. Here's the question I hope you will ask yourself every morning for the next 299 days: "How can I love myself with devotion and ingenuity?" VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): This may be the most

miscellaneous horoscope I've ever created for you. That's apropos, given the fact that you're a multifaceted quick-change artist these days. Here's your sweet mess of oracles. 1. If the triumph you seek isn't humbling, it's not the right triumph. 2. You may have an odd impulse to reclaim or recoup something that you have not in fact lost. 3. Before transmutation is possible, you must pay a debt. 4. Don't be held captive by your beliefs. 5. If you're given a choice between profane and sacred love, choose sacred.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The next 10 months will be an ideal time to revise and revamp your approach to education. To take maximum advantage of the potentials, create a master plan to get the training and knowledge you'll need to thrive for ADVERTISER: JJP/CUPID’S CORNER PUB DATE:

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years to come. At first, it may be a challenge to acknowledge that you have a lot more to learn. The comfort-loving part of your nature may be resistant to contemplating the hard work it will require to expand your worldview and enhance your skills. But once you get started, you'll quickly find the process becoming easier and more pleasurable.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): "Everything that can

be invented has been invented." - Charles H. Duell, director of the U.S. Patent Office, 1899. "Heavierthan-air flying machines are impossible." - Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895. "All the music that can be written has already been written. We're just repeating the past." - 19th-century composer Tschaikovsky. "Video won't be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a box every night." - filmmaker Darryl F. Zanuck, commenting on television in 1946. I hope I've provided enough evidence to convince you to be faithful to your innovative ideas, Scorpio. Don't let skeptics or conventional thinkers waylay you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Of all the signs in the zodiac, you Sagittarians are most likely to buy a lottery ticket that has the winning numbers. But you're also more likely than everyone else to throw the ticket in a drawer and forget about it, or else leave it in your jeans when you do the laundry, rendering the ticket unreadable. Please don't be like that in the coming weeks. Make sure you do what's necessary to fully cash in on the good fortune that life will be making available. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In the game of

basketball, if a player is fouled by a member of the opposing team, he is given a "free throw." While standing 15 feet away, he takes an open shot at the basket without having to deal with any defenders. Studies show that a player is most likely to succeed at this task if he shoots the ball underhanded. Yet virtually no professionals ever do this. Why? Because it doesn't look cool. Everyone opts to shoot free throws overhand, even though it's not as effective a technique. Weird! Let's invoke this as a metaphor for your life in the coming weeks, Capricorn. In my astrological opinion, you'll be more likely to accomplish good and useful things if you're willing to look uncool.

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Finnegan’s Wake SURF AND TURF William Finnegan, left, has had to balance his surfing passion and aversion to office politics to tell the stories that earned him a Pulitzer.

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ILLIAM FINNEGAN, Pulitzer Prizewinning author of Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, showed up last week at Cafe Stritch to give an articulate, crafted presentation about his life and work, after which he conversed on stage with Steve Kettmann and signed books for quite some time. It was the type of event that yet brought a recurring question to mind:

Why wasn’t San Jose doing this 20 years ago? Presented by the Center for Literary Arts at San Jose State University, the event was the second time this semester, following Viet Thanh Nguyen’s nearsold-out event at the Hammer Theatre Center, that the center took strides in bringing major literary events into the urban fabric of downtown San Jose, rather than confining authors to a library meeting room. The way I see it, this situation deserves contemplation. Ask anyone who was involved with the university 25 years ago, and they will say downtown San Jose offered nothing—certainly not a theater or a jazz club—where one could stage literary events or an after party. Nothing resembled anything “urban.” If

an event kept people on campus until 9pm or 10pm, there was nowhere for peeps to gather afterward, except maybe Original Joe’s or Kukar’s House of Pizza. Even in recent years, the center staged the majority of its events on campus, either in the library or another building, resulting in mostly student audiences and maybe several dozen tuned-in folks on the periphery of academia. While some extraordinary author events have unfolded at SJSU every single semester, for decades, they always felt isolated from the urban fabric at large. Now things are evolving. Plus, literary events just feel more fun when they’re urban. They need to be taking place at jazz clubs with booze and bites. The famous appearance of a wasted Jack Kerouac on the Steve Allen show, with Allen manipulating the ivories, comes to mind. Jazz environs and literature just go together. So the Center for Literary Arts seems to be reaching an inflection point. Last

month, for example, The Sympathizer author Nguyen filled the Hammer Theatre. Those in attendance included the current and a former mayor, both members of the Bellarmine World Order just like Nguyen himself. The politicians might not aspire to Pulitzer Prizes or $650,000 MacArthur “genius” grants like the one Nguyen just received, but with people around here blathering for decades about 24hour downtowns or upmarket student housing, it was great to see literature taking its rightful place in conversations about how the university needs to better connect with the local landscape. I departed the Nguyen gig thinking that SJSU was finally on a path toward becoming an urban university. It won’t be NYU with Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village and the entire row of cheap Indian restaurants nearby on Sixth Street, but progress is clearly happening. Which brings me back to Finnegan. Last week, he filled Cafe Stritch and said on stage that the gig was a “nice change from a classroom lecture hall.” Like Nguyen, his work comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable. The mayors didn’t show, but the place was jammed. Unlike many author events where a writer spends most of his or her allotted time on stage reading from already published books, Finnegan brought several pages of prepared remarks, mostly focusing on his life as a freelance reporter or staffer at The New Yorker and working in dozens of ravaged countries including the worst era of apartheid in South Africa. Finnegan illuminated the outsider life of a surfer, with its intrinsic struggle against responsibility, and how he found it difficult to “come out” as a surfer, fearing he would not be taken seriously as an international political reporter. Also, and I’m paraphrasing here, Finnegan threw light on the dichotomy of how he wants nothing to do with the 9-5 world of hierarchies, bosses, capitalist work weeks, sedentary domestication and predictable routines. He wants to remain an outsider who doesn’t participate in such systems, but at the same time he still wants to tell stories and help people, speak truth to power and comfort the afflicted. It’s a serious dichotomy, to which I can totally relate. I think most journalists can. As with the Nguyen gig, I departed a little more inspired. And a little more urban. Hail Spartans, Hail!

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N THE SOCIOECONOMIC jungle that is the Silicon Valley, a relatively innocuous road in Menlo Park, dotted with inconspicuous buildings, can be credited with giving life to what Silicon Valley is known for worldwide: its startup culture. Sand Hill Road is the boulevard for the who’s who of venture capitalist firms. But also along this same road, past Stanford Mall, is another open secret:

the gorgeous Rosewood Sand Hill hotel, a luxury resort with beautiful views and a landscape hidden from the beaten path. It’s easy to fall in love with Rosewood’s privatized luxury; it’s like an Aspen getaway without any of the cold or altitude. Better still: visiting the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant Madera, which is Spanish for “wood.” Madera has been unintentionally shrouded in the mystery that is Menlo Park, Sand Hill Road and the Rosewood. Having been a past recipient of the coveted Michelin star—and after regaining that star in 2017—not much has been publicized about this highly deserving restaurant. Much of the dining public has been

missing out on thoughtfully executed, yet approachable, seasonal dishes. Luckily in the Bay Area, we still enjoy a brief Indian summer period where the summer’s bounty of tomatoes, corn and grapes is still available. In a recent visit exclusive to media, Madera showcased these ingredients in their appetizers. Heirloom cherry tomatoes were served with aerated burrata ($16) the consistency of whipped cream, bringing a special twist to a summer classic. Sweet-corn-stuffed agnolotti were heavenly pockets topped with wild mushrooms and a treat of shaved burgundy truffles ($20). Slightly tart and creamy fromage blanc was accompanied in each bite by slices of fantasy grapes and golden beets ($15). As a recipient of Wine Spectator’s 2016 Award of Excellence, Madera also offers a meticulously curated selection of wines to pair with their dishes. The above-mentioned

appetizers were paired with Val de Mer rosé ($20 a glass), San Fabiano Calcinaia ($15) and Marco Felluga pinot grigio ($14), respectively. Within the privacy of spaced-out tables and the dining room’s vaulted ceilings, it’s easy to forget the level of ritziness and accolades Madera has received. The staff is friendly and professional, and most diners come dressed casually though neat; trousers for men and at least a nice blouse are recommended for women. The ingredients, of course, are more local than exotic, and the entrees were even more impressive than the appetizers.

Having been a past recipient of the coveted Michelin star—and after regaining that star in 2017— not much has been publicized about this highly deserving restaurant Pillowy Yukon Gold gnocchi ($32) with a striped green citrusy tomato, fennel and pine nuts made an exquisite vegetarian option. This was paired with Ernest Vineyards pinot noir ($24), a subtle, fruitier type of red. A full-bodied syrah from Jean Louis Chave ($24) came with the gamey Liberty Farms duck ($38). The strip of pink peppercorn-crusted duck breast was cooked medium rare, along with a crispy confit leg, and they were accompanied by figs two ways (balsamic and raw), braised Treviso radicchio and crushed hazelnuts. The most memorable dish of the night was olive oil poached halibut ($37), which appeared misleadingly plain and glistening on a plate with shelling beans, charred zucchini and pickled ramps. One bite, however, revealed the silky slivers of pure halibut flavor untouched and yet





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APPLE OF MY EYE Claudia Derp and Tracy Smith have raised the stakes for apple-based bistros with Cider Junction.

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N APPLE A day may keep the doctor away, but why eat it? That was a realization I came to this summer, when Cider Junction, Silicon Valley’s first cider bistro and bottle house, debuted at the July 29 summer Cider Walk along Lincoln Avenue in San Jose. Since then, owners Claudia Derp and Tracy Smith prepped final designs for their brick-and-mortar grand opening, which took place Oct. 7. As soon as I walked into Cider Junction, staff greeted me with a hearty hello. The interior has a rustic vibe with reclaimed wood bench tables, while light fixtures hang overhead and a massive Digital Pour menu board rests above the bar, showing not only the ciders available but also the keg levels. A bright green marker notes a keg is full, while light green suggests half full, yellow denotes less than half and red means “hurry up if you want a glass.” The menu features 32 ciders from California, as well as others from across the United States and even a few from Europe. Seeking variety, I ordered two flights ($12 each) and a cheese platter ($15). Of the eight ciders I tried, my favorites were the 101 Cider House Electric Pineapple; Altamont Berry White, a cream wheat ale with cranberries and raspberries; Aspall Perronelle Blush, a blackberry cider brewed in Suffolk, England; Humboldt Cherry, which comes from the 101 Cider House brewery; and Purple Monkey, which had notes of sour apple, banana and butterfly pea flower. At the end of my visit, I downloaded the Digital Pour app so I could keep track of my favorite ciders. (No judgment!) The cheese board was more than I expected. It came with three cheeses—Humboldt Fog, Fontina and Gruyere—Granny Smith apples, grapes, cornichon pickles, dijon mustard and a bowl of crackers. The Humboldt Fog goat cheese was creamy yet soft, pairing well with the crackers and Altamont Berry White. The Fontina cheese, which comes from Italian cow milk, had a smooth taste and texture, and the flavor intensity was a pleasing partner with the Humboldt cherry cider. All things considered, Willow Glen’s new cider house is an excellent place for San Joseans to unwind with sports, food and drink. And if an apple really is a defense against the common cold, we should all raise a glass to that. —Satvir Saini THE CIDER JUNCTION 820 Willow St, San Jose. 669.234.2751


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