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Block Party Santa Clara Mayor LISA GILLMOR blocked—and later unblocked—Mercury News reporter RAMONA GIWARGIS on Twitter last week over an article that questioned the legality of an expensive PR flack hired by the city. The Merc’s story suggested that Gillmor ran afoul of the city charter by using $450-an-hour Banner Public Affairs consultant PETE HILLAN to help craft her message on issues related to the 49ers, who have been at odds with the mayor and her City Council allies over Levi’s Stadium management. Ninerfriendly councilors DOMINIC CASERTA and PATTY MAHAN applauded the Merc’s reporting, but Gillmor and her supporters called the piece riddled with inaccuracies. “The story was clearly wrong,” Gillmor tells They Fly. During last week’s Did council meeting, Caserta What? cited the Merc article to advance his claim SEND TIPS TO that Gillmor broke the FLY@ law. But City Manager METRONEWS. DEANNA SANTANA and COM interim City Attorney BRIAN DOYLE repeatedly refuted those assertions. After a heated back-and-forth, punctuated by Caserta telling Gillmor she should be ashamed, the council voted 5-1 to approve another deal with Banner. Gillmor tells Fly she hoped Giwargis would follow up on her story by writing about the vote. “The facts speak for themselves,” Gillmor says. “I’m just disappointed that the Mercury News was presented with those facts and all we got was radio silence.” Merc managing editor BERT ROBINSON says the paper stands by its initial online report—even though it was altered several times—and couldn’t help but laugh about the usefulness of blocking a reporter on Twitter. “The signal that it sends is that the journalist has gotten under the politician's skin and the politician is being childish,” he says. Though Gillmor admitted she was wrong to block Giwargis, the mayor sticks to her claim that the article is littered with errors. Robinson says the updates were due to PR consultant Hillan, his former boss at the Merc, successfully pressing editors to revise three times. Those changes, however, were only noted by an updated timestamp. Robinson says the daily paper of record will consider adding endnotes to better explain how stories change—and not just for corrections. “We have not done that with clarifications,” he says. “Maybe we should.”

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Age of Consent TIME TO LISTEN Silicon Valley Rep. Ro Khanna opened up about how the women in his office have shaped his perspective on the epidemic of sexual assault.

Congressman Ro Khanna weighs in on the post-Weinstein reckoning BY JENNIFER WADSWORTH

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HEN HEATHER Purcell urged her boss, U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Fremont, to address an insidious form of sexual assault called stealthing, the term for nonconsensual condom removal had yet to become part of the popular lexicon. Though the congressional aide only learned the word from research published in April by Yale Law grad Alexandra Brodsky, she was already painfully aware of what it meant.

“I read that study and thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this stealthing thing has happened to me,’” Purcell says. “I found out there were other victims, there were other survivors and that I wasn’t completely alone.” The epiphany came months before reporters outed movie mogul Harvey Weinstein as a serial predator and before survivors turned #MeToo into a viral hashtag, galvanizing a movement to expose abusers and give their victims the benefit of the doubt. When Khanna and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, penned a letter in early October calling on Congress to reclassify stealthing as rape, Silicon Valley’s freshman congressman had no idea that the Weinstein story was days away from breaking. Nor did Khanna anticipate that the reckoning

would ripple out from Hollywood to the California Legislature and Capitol Hill—and the halls of power in between. And not until weeks later did he realize that Purcell’s policy idea stemmed from such a personal place. In her early 20s, Purcell says she consented to have sex with a man she was dating—as long as he wore protection. After some initial objection, the man complied. “I saw him put the condom on,” Purcell recounts in a phone call, “but at the end, it wasn’t there anymore.” The sense of violation was immediate. “I felt betrayed, I felt objectified, I felt taken advantage of for someone else’s pleasure,” Purcell says. “I felt scared.” Her partner downplayed the incident. “To him it wasn’t a big deal,” Purcell says. “But I had a lot of anxiety about it. I remember all these racing thoughts, thinking, ‘Am I pregnant? Did I get an STD?’” While instinctively understanding that she’d been victimized, Purcell questioned whether she could have been more assertive, whether she sent


Metro: What was your reaction to Heather sharing her personal story with you?

Ro Khanna: I was very surprised. … I now realize why every week she would ask, “Have you talked to Carolyn Maloney yet? Have you made any progress on this?” I have great admiration for Heather ... as I have for the courage of so many women who have come forward with their stories.

the dignity of an individual and often leaves people with scars for their lifetime. The extraordinary harm that’s done has to be factored into the justice system. That’s why it was so upsetting to people when [Stanford rapist] Brock Turner got three months, because it was a signal. It was basically saying it was like shoplifting candy out of a store. Well, no, it’s not a petty crime. It is an awful crime to forcefully push a woman down and sexually assault her while she has no consciousness. So I do think that the sentence should have been longer, because that is society’s way of saying that this is a grievous offense. How should a perpetrator move forward after they admit guilt?

First, it’s a matter of the degree of the offense. Obviously in a case where there is a crime committed, we need to make it easy for that to be reported. In the case of things coming out about people’s past, we have to judge the gravity of the offense and the sincerity of the person’s remorse. It’s a contextual decision. Rep. Zoe Lofgren recently touted Sen. Al Franken as a possible Democratic presidential nominee. Did you feel that way about him before learning these new allegations?

Al Franken was a terrific voice for progressive values. I was saddened by what came out. But I don’t think he could run for president. I don’t think that would be in the cards at this point.

Why do you think we’re having this moment of reckoning right now?

Would you call for a congressional inquiry into the sexual assaults that Donald Trump has been accused of?

Well, it’s a sea change, and it has to provoke two conversations. One, a clear reckoning of sexual assault. But then there’s a broader conversation about the objectification of women in our culture that most of us grew up with. That conversation goes beyond just the incidents of condemning assaults or sexual harassment. That conversation goes to: How do we build a culture for our kids that will not objectify women in the ways that they have been?

Absolutely.

How do you think we can balance justice for survivors and punishment for offenders?

We need to recognize that sexual assault is a very, very serious crime. It’s not like shoplifting. It is a violation of

What are some ways we could guarantee meaningful change going forward?

We need have to have these conversations from junior high, onto high school and college about what it means to have respect across gender, what implicit biases we have about gender, and how we overcome those perceptions. … The silver lining of this really painful moment for so many is a hope that our society is really going to change. I hope that people who made those mistakes in the past will reflect on what they could do to help empower a better culture going forward.

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some kind of signal that let him think he could get away with it. “For the longest time I blamed myself,” she says. “I had no legal recourse, no friends who had been through something like this, no idea what to even call this type of violation.” Years later, while serving as Khanna’s press secretary, Purcell— who at 28 years old has since been promoted to communications director—came upon that landmark report on stealthing. She asked the congressman to consider tackling the issue, seeing it as a chance to offset the injustice done to her and others. Khanna says the manner in which the stealthing proposal came about speaks to the importance of having a diverse team and promoting and electing women to leadership. “I would never have known about stealthing had it not been for Heather,” he says, sitting in his field office in Santa Clara. “I’m far more aware about issues of women’s rights, and issues of consent and issues of stealthing and campus assault, because of having her as my communications director—someone who understands these issues.”


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HERE ARE NO windows in Kevin Hauge’s office. Instead, brightly colored theatrical posters hang from the walls. The titles are instantly recognizable: Billy Elliot, White Christmas, The Lion King—each bill illuminated by grinning casts who have come and gone. The room reads more like an exhibit of local theater history than a workplace.

“This kid on the end here,” Hauge says, pausing at a poster of West Side Story from 2007. “He’s one of the stars in Hamilton now.” The young greaser in the photo is Ryan Vasquez, a CMT San Jose alum who recently passed through the Bay Area on a national tour of the hip-hop historical Broadway show that claimed almost every Tony Award in 2016. “And there, that’s Carter Skeath,” Hauge says. “He’s [a] vice president of CBS.”

Each face has a name and a story. On his desk are black-and-white headshots of various actors—some teens, some in their 20s—neatly arranged beside a neartoppling tower of miniature set designs. Standing in the midst of it all, Hauge assumes a look of pure contentment. For 21 years, he has manned the creative vision of CMT San Jose, the oldest performing arts organization in the city. As the company embarks on its 50th anniversary season, Hauge maintains the same philosophy that started it all—a fervent belief that the arts can, and will, transform the valley and its youth.

But there’s just one issue: People rarely appreciate what they don’t see.

Growing Pains In many ways, CMT’s journey has trekked a double-edged sword. Its founder, John P. Healy, was 17 years old when he wrote and directed the company’s first production, Robin Hood. Featuring 35 neighborhood kids, including his own siblings, the play marked the beginning


The award-winning theater company CMT San Jose remains young at heart after a half-century of cultivating the next wave of performers

of a company built around youth. Healy envisioned a theater company where every child who auditioned would have a chance onstage. This founding idea continues to be one of CMT’s core principles. But as the theater company has grown in size and stature, the unencumbered, anythinggoes spirit of Healy’s youth-centric vision has given way to a more professional brand—and the kids have ceded more and more control to the grown-ups. Where kids used to do almost everything—from painting signs and

sewing garments to writing and directing shows—the company now has board members, salaried staff and professional set and costume designers. In 1982, Healy left the company after a dozen years at the helm. Other founding members followed suit. “I think that what happened is CMT lost its vision for a bit, and it really did get to be more about churning out stars versus the experience of the kids,” says Dee Dee Healy, John’s wife. “There are plenty of people who want to do it as professionally as possible and have more focus on the productions, but you lose something when you don’t allow the kids to do a lot of the work. That learning goes away.” However, Dee Dee Healy notes that

CMT’s most advanced group rehearses for the upcoming production of ‘Newsies,’ which opens Dec. 1.

the company has come a long way under Hauge’s leadership. “It’s at a much higher level now than it was in the days when John was involved,” she says. “That was important, and it was part of the growing pains that needed to happen for the theater.” In recent years, the organization has been able to regain some of its original intention while still producing high-caliber shows worthy of national recognition. Before opting for the acronym, CMT San Jose was known as the San Jose Children’s Musical Theater. On the main page of the company’s new website, “children” appears just once in the copyright line. The phrase “for all ages” takes center stage. For almost the entirety of its life, the organization has grappled with the implications of its name. People are often quick to associate the term “children” with kiddie theater, succumbing to the knee-jerk reaction that a show featuring

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

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TOUGH ACT Sean Okuniewicz plays Jack Kelly in ‘Newsies’ and sports a shiner courtesy of CMT’s hair and makeup department.

young actors couldn’t possibly be that great—amateur, even. It can be a challenge rallying theater patrons to come see a show. “The downside is getting people into our theater,” Hauge says. “The upside is, I cannot tell you how many times in intermission or after a show, I have people I don’t even know who walk up to me and say, ‘I had no idea.’” Hauge calls it a trade-off he gladly accepts. “We have a responsibility, not only to our theater but theaters everywhere, to represent theater for youth as an art form unto itself,” he says.

As it stands, the “C” in CMT San Jose is here to stay. About five years ago, the company officially adopted the acronymic title—a middle ground in some respects. It allows them to get beyond the word “children” without diminishing the fact that young people are, and have always been, at the heart of the organization. A common expression heard in the rehearsal hall: “We don’t do children’s theater, we do professional theater that happens to have children.” By setting high expectations for performers and

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A Place for Everyone When John Healy founded CMT in 1968, the company was known as the Cabrini Community Theater, named after its headquarters at the St. Francis Cabrini School’s bingo hall. Within a couple of years the company outgrew the space, so Healy moved operations to a now-abandoned, domed church on the north end of St. James Park, formerly known as the First Church of Christ, Scientist. “He had this unbelievable energy. As a young person, I just remember it being really infectious,” says Michael Mulcahy, a former CMT executive director and current board member. Under CMT’s tenure, the church was nicknamed the Palace of Performing Arts (P.O.P.A.) in honor of Mulcahy’s grandfather, widely known papi, who leased the space to Healy for a gracious sum of a dollar a month. After leaving P.O.P.A., the organization struggled to find a permanent home, moving between various schools, churches and warehouse buildings before securing its current location on Parkmoor Avenue. Around that time, Hauge became CMT’s firstever artistic director. Under his leadership, the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) has honored the theater 10 times for its cutting-edge productions and commitment to theater education. A half-century after its formation, the company has grown into a top-rated youth theater organization, drawing nearly 40,000 actors, volunteers and audience members a year. Each summer, CMT unveils a lineup of 10 shows that include Broadway juggernauts and contemporary musicals, enlisting talents of all ages. The productions are broken into three distinct divisions: Rising Stars (ages 10-14); Mainstage (ages 14-20); and Marquee Productions, which feature a cast

of CMT alumni and working actors from the Bay Area to New York and beyond. This milestone season kicked off earlier this month with a Rising Star production of Fiddler on the Roof Jr. Next up in December is the West Coast non-union premiere of Disney’s NEWSIES the Musical, performed by the Marquees. Though much has changed since its shoestring days in a bingo hall, CMT has thrived by remaining true to its original vision. In the midst of arts organizations falling by the wayside in every city in America, the company continues to give every child the opportunity to experience the arts and realize their potential, whether it be in dance, song or any other avenue of theater.

‘It’s important that all kids have an opportunity to know how the arts could change their life like it’s changed mine’ This means casting everyone who auditions, regardless of financial or physical limitations. “I always think when people hear that, they’re going to be like, ‘Well, the shows can’t be very good,’ or they’re expecting dancing daisies or singing bunnies,” Hauge says. “But that certainly doesn’t define who we are.” Part of CMT’s mission is to show people that inclusivity and quality can, in fact, coexist. “It’s our job as artists to sculpt a show that uses everyone to the best of their abilities.” As a result, CMT is home to hundreds of young performers each year, many of whom are experiencing theater for the first time in their lives. Those who started as toddlers have known each other for years. The same goes for their parents, most of whom are devoted

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producing quality shows, CMT believes it has solved the problem of the C-word. Managing Director Dana Zell puts it this way: “Our strongest weapon is: ‘come see a show.’”


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EXTRA! EXTRA! Josh Lau shows off some hops in ‘Newsies.’ volunteers of the organization and former CMT actors themselves. “I’m a believer that organizations really don’t get the benefit of their years until they get to a place where it becomes multigenerational, and we’re at that place now,” says Mulcahy, who first encountered CMT when he was just 4 years old. He grew up watching his older sister perform with local kids until he was old enough to join them onstage. He went on to become the company’s executive director from 1993 to 2001, and in addition to his current role on the board, Mulcahy is an

active Marquee performer. He’ll be playing the role of Joseph Pulitzer in Newsies. His three daughters— Claire, Ella and Camille—have also performed with the company. The intergenerational nature of the organization is the key to CMT’s survival, Mulcahy says, and it will remain a crucial aspect for maintaining stability in the next half-century. Every arts organization needs benefactors, though, and the city of San Jose remains a longtime CMT partner. For the 2017-2018 fiscal year,

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TEACHABLE MOMENT Sean Okuniewicz, a ‘Newsies’ male lead, takes time to mentor Tristan Howard, who plays Les. the city has allocated more than $192,000 to the company. In addition to annual grants, Mayor Sam Liccardo has already vowed to dedicate further funds to the company in support of its milestone season, according to Kerry Adams Hapner, director of the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs. While city officials have applauded the organization’s work, Mulcahy believes that artistic, youth-oriented spaces like CMT continue to be at risk. “There’s a lot of energy around Google coming to San Jose and how we’re the high-tech capital of the world,” Mulcahy says. “But in the midst of all of that, we have a community that has lost arts organizations that were well-funded and well-celebrated by the city of San Jose.” For Mulcahy, it’s a matter of readjusting community values and social priorities in favor of the arts, particularly organizations that serve to educate young people in ways that many public schools can’t afford to. As state funding continues to shrink and schools struggle to make ends meet, music and arts programs are often the first to go.

“When I was a kid, I’d have music class twice a week, and our schools all had musicals that were performed,” Hauge recalls. “It makes me sad to think of all these kids with this seed inside of them that no one is going to water. “It’s important that all kids have an opportunity to know how the arts could change their life like it’s changed mine.” By fostering a community of new artists and patrons, Hauge adds, the organization can help refocus the arts as a touchstone of San Jose culture. “Wouldn’t we love to live in a town where the arts were valued greatly?” Hauge says. “I think a way to make sure that the future is still infused with the arts is exposing as many kids to it as early as possible, so that hopefully they and their families will see the value and will include it in their lives.”

Rise Up Armando Gonzalvez first performed at CMT when he was 6 years old, starring in a Rugrats musical—a fitting


19 first priority at this point, Zell says. “Our goal is to provide kids with a creative environment where they can have access to the performing arts and grow as an individual.” Saying that, several kids have gone on to find success in the performance industry. Notable alumni include Alex Brightman, a Tony-nominated Broadway actor best known for his leading role in School of Rock; Nick Spangler, currently on tour for An American in Paris; and Ryan Vasquez, whose first CMT show was School House Rock at age 8. “They cast everybody who auditions, luckily, or I never would have been cast and never would have done another show there

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genesis for a kindergartner with big dreams. Three years later, in 2013, he landed his first lead role, in Heidi. “I could distinguish my family’s cheers from the audience, and it was really great,” Armando says. “That’s probably the first moment that I realized I really like theater.” Armando played the lead role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof Jr. Set in imperial Russia at the turn of the 20th century, the musical tells the story of a poor milkman who struggles to protect his family’s Jewish traditions in a rapidly changing world. “I’ve grown up at CMT, and I’ve got a huge family now,” Armando says. “When you have something like

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THE DIRECTOR Kevin Hauge, CMT’s artistic director, is in his 21st season with the company. this after school, when you get to enjoy yourself, it just makes being 13 a lot better.” But for every prodigy the company might produce, dozens more kids will gain important life skills that can be applied onstage, at school or in the workplace. “Our goal is not to create the next Broadway star,” says Zell, CMT’s managing director. A CMT alumna who performed as a high schooler in the mid-’80s, her two children, ages 9 and 12, are both Rising Star actors this season. Stardom is far from the

again,” Vasquez told SHN Magazine, a Broadway San Francisco publication. Were it not for CMT, it’s unlikely Vasquez would have embarked this year on Broadway’s national tour of the hit musical Hamilton. He and other alumni are just a few examples of what can be achieved when people are exposed to the arts at a young age. “The kids are never going to fail you,” Mulcahy says. “If you surround them with professional, quality, artistic integrity, they’re going to rise to the occasion. You just have to give them the platform to be able to do that.”


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AUDIOBENDER

Wed, 8pm, $50+ City National Civic

Fri, 8pm, $10+ Art Boutiki, San Jose

It’s set to be a family affair as Jewel Kilcher brings her father, Atz, and two brothers—Atz Lee and Nikos—along for a night of seasonal classics, holiday-themed originals and her own pop hits. Better known as simply, Jewel, the singer and songwriter first rose to prominence in 1995 after her breakout LP, Pieces of You, exploded (softly) on American airwaves with it’s three singles: “Who Will Save Your Soul,” “Foolish Games” and “You Were Meant for Me.” The record topped-out at No. 4 on three Billboard charts and has been certified platinum many times over. (NV)

The band from San Jose was formed back in 2012. The trio of singer and guitarist Jared Richard, Paul Cingolani on bass, and Jeff Lemas on drums creates a power rock sound infused with hard rock, blues and the rawness of garage rock. Audiobender has been putting in the work to build that brand too. The band has been playing as many shows as possible at some of the most prestigious venues in the country. They have built a fiercely devoted fanbase that lives within the party the band has created. Their latest album Pour Me an Encore is an ode to their bar band sensibility. (AJ)

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WORLD OF ITALIAN OPERA Fri, 6pm, $38+ Italian American Heritage Foundation, San Jose Since 1987, the San Jose-based Italian American Heritage Foundation has been hosting an annual event aimed at introducing the community to the power, beauty and history of Italian opera. The World of Italian Opera celebration has long benefitted from its partnership with San Jose Opera—as the company’s world-class performers give audiences a primer on Italian operas by Puccini, Verdi and more. This Friday, the IAHF celebrates the 30th anniversary of World of Italian Opera with cocktails, a holiday buffet, and, of course, opera. (NV)

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Fri, 10pm, $25+ Pure Lounge, San Jose

Sat, 8pm, $10+ The Ritz, San Jose

German-born André Tanneberger is a progressive house and trance DJ and producer. His vocal-driven singles crossover from clubs to mainstream pop made him a mainstay in the late 1990s. “9 PM (‘Till I Come)” was the beginning of a long prolific career that peaked in the UK singles charts at number one. The focal point of most of his tracks are sultry vocals, typically female ones. His euphoric approach to electronic dance music is second to none. His moving melodies stop listeners in their tracks. Witness the man behind the soundboard at San Jose’s premier nightclub. (AJ)

This rumbling trio cue in equal portions of shoegaze sensibilities and stoner rock drones. Their lead vocalist Nicole Estill is soaked in reverb, while she bolts down heavy rock rhythms. Former Slowride guitarist Dan Phillips met Estill in Dallas after taking a break from the gruelling life on tour. Drummer Timothy “Slim” Starks joined the two soon after in 2007, leading to the release of their debut album just one year later on Kemado records, alongside fellow Texan doom rockers The Sword. Their latest release Avvolgere drives in a somber slow-motion. The riff sweep in low and the drums clash then meet and explode. (AJ)


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TUNE-YARDS

PERE UBU

Dec 5 at The Ritz

PIXIES

Dec 7 at Fox Theatre

NOT SO SILENT NIGHT Dec 8-9 at Oracle Arena

LEGEND OF ZELDA

Dec 9 at City National Civic

THOM YORKE

Dec 14 at Fox Theatre

JAY Z

Dec 16 at Oracle Arena

WINDHAM HILL: WINTER SOLSTICE

Dec 17 at Carriage House Theatre

XXXMAS 2017 W/ STRATA Dec 22 at The Ritz

KSHMR

Jan 19 at City National Civic

BILL MAHER

Jan 21 at the Flint Center

‘RENT’

Jan 23-28 at SJ Center for Performing Arts

TUNE-YARDS Sat, 9pm, $18+ The Catalyst, Santa Cruz Merrill Garbus’ music draws from an eclectic variety of sources and utilizes elements such as loop pedals, ukulele, vocals and lo-fi percussion. It’s been four years since she’s released any music. Her 2011 album Whokill was originally titled Women Whokill, and was meant to feature an all-female cast of collaborators. There's definitely a feminist and queer-friendly quality to some of the early figures Garbus found inspiring–Patti Smith, Ani DiFranco and Nina Simone. Her new single, “Look at Your Hands” is an 1980s throwback production coming from wanting the vocals to sound robotic to counter the sincerity of her lyrics. (AJ)

POLAROID JAY: FULL CIRCLE

HOLIDAY BUBBLY WALK

Sat, 6pm, Free Chromatic Coffee, Santa Clara

Sat, 2pm, $40+ Willow Glen, San Jose

Scroll through Polaroid Jay’s Instagram and you’ll find portraits of many of the most influential and active artists working in the 408 and broader Bay Area—no to mention plenty of snaps of many of the cooler performers who have passed through the region over the years. There’s Too $hort, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, DJ Cutso, Ben Henderson, Toro y Moi, Steve Caballero and Giraffage. With more than 5,400 followers, it’s clear that his work resonates. This collection of Polaroids features images shot on The Impossible Project’s roundframed exposures. (NV)

The Beerwalk is great—especially during those hot summer months. But when it comes to celebrating the holidays, it is important to remember that ales, lagers and kolsches aren’t the only fizzy sipping option on the table. Get into the spirit of the season with the Holiday Bubbly Walk, which returns to downtown Willow Glen. Local merchants will have their doors open for cheerful holiday shoppers and tasting stations will be set up along the walking route. The check-in location is Goosetown Lounge, 1072 Lincoln Ave. Admission comes with a complimentary tasting glass. (NV)

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BIRD CARAVAN Sun, 7:30pm, $10 The X-Bar, Cupertino This San Jose trio of post-punk instrumentalists craft angular tangles of guitar, bass and drums. Bird Caravan are reminiscent of Sacramento spazzes like Tera Melos and Hella—though with a slightly milder finish, as the band tempers its spastic, fingertapping leads and bursts of raw noise with a calming cocktail of bluesy noodling and splashy jazz meditations. Fittingly, their most recent studio LP, 2016’s Bird Poop, was recorded in single takes, which gives the record a very live and in-the-moment sound. Sloth & Turtle, Constructs, Drawing Heaven and Israel Sanchez share the bill. (NV)

THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT Jan 25 at The Ritz

PRIMUS

Dec 31 at Fox Theatre

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Dec 31 at The Ritz

SHAKIRA

Feb 7 at SAP Center

CHERRY POPPIN’ DADDIES

Feb 8 at Carriage House Theatre

SUPER LOVE JAM

Feb 9 at SAP Center

JAPANESE BREAKFAST

Feb 21 at The Ritz

DEMI LOVATO & DJ KHALED Feb 28 at SAP Center

ROBERT PLANT

Feb 28 at Fox Theatre

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America Singing JUST CELLEN’ Bill Murray and cellist Jan Vogler have an innovative new revue— ‘New Worlds’—featuring live music, as well as spoken word, poetry and singing from Murray.

Bill Murray sings, recites Whitman, reads Twain in ‘New Worlds’ BY NICK VERONIN

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ILL MURRAY IS a hard man to get on the line. The veteran actor, who has starred in so many iconic films—including Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation and Rushmore— is also known for having no agent, manager or publicist. According to multiple articles on the subject of Murray’s communication habits, those seeking a comment or commitment from Murray must attempt to reach the comedian, golfer

and avid photo-bomber by leaving a voicemail on his secret 800 number. So, imagine my surprise and elation as I receive word that Murray is willing to take the time to connect via phone. Just a few hours before Metro’s deadline, I’m given a number for one of his traveling companions and told he’ll be available in about 15 minutes. After calling the number provided and a bit of chaotic back and forth— What is Metro? Who am I? And just how did I come to be on the other end of the cellphone that was just thrust in front of The Zissou?—we get to talking: “What’s on your mind?” Murray asks. There are so many ways to answer this question. But chiefly, I explain, I’m calling to discuss his forthcoming performance at the Oshman Family

JCC—where he is scheduled to give a performance of his musical and spokenword revue, Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends: New Worlds, on Dec. 2. When asked if he might describe the program in his own words, Murray is curt: “Uh…I don’t know. I think you have to see it. Do you have any other questions?” It’s less than two-and-a-half minutes into the conversation. Bill Murray, it turns out, is also a hard man to keep on the line. Fortunately, there’s a New Worlds news release, which describes the show as a “spirited one-night-only celebration of music and literature,” featuring live music performed by cellist Jan Vogler, pianist Vanessa Perez and violinist Mira Wang. Murray, of course, will be the centerpiece of the night, singing some of his favorite show tunes, like “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” from Porgy and Bess, and reciting poetry and prose from the likes of Hemingway, Twain and Whitman. Murray and Vogler developed the

idea after a fortuitous meeting on an airplane. The two performers ended up seated next to each other on a flight from Berlin to New York. Murray was taking a break from shooting his 2014 movie The Monuments Men and Vogler was returning to his home in New York. Over the next few years, Murray invited Vogler to a number of events, including a poetry reading at the Brooklyn Bridge, where Murray recited Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road.” From there, the idea blossomed and soon the actor and cellist had connected with Perez and Wang and were plotting tour dates. They’ve performed the show in Berlin and New York and now they are taking the program to multiple venues on the West Coast. The show, Vogler says, is meant to explore “the great American values” by bringing together an American actor, a German cellist who grew up in East Berlin, a violinist from Beijing and a pianist from Venezuela. “It’s a lot of different backgrounds coming together,” Vogler says. “I think that has always been a big strength of America.” “We’re having a lot of fun,” Murray adds. “People are enjoying the show.” While fans of Murray’s will certainly be familiar with the actor’s deadpan sense of humor, they may be less acquainted with his singing voice. But to Murray, it’s seems obvious that he would be a singer—and not just because he knows himself. “If you know how to sing, you sing,” he says. “Even if it’s just in the shower, or in the bathtub.” As to why Murray sings, and why he has chosen to sing the songs he does— that’s perhaps a bit more complex, and likely tied to who Murray sees when he looks in the mirror: “Is anybody home here? Am I really here? Or am I just walking around as an accidental or occasional person that comes and goes and is not really bringing much to the party as taking up room and basically decomposing before your eyes? What it’s like to be Bill Murray is to ideally, hopefully, remember that. To think that if I’m going to answer for Bill Murray, I better be here when someone calls.”

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BAD SANTA David Sedaris’ play ‘The Santaland Diaries’ comes to The Lohman Theatre at Foothill College on Dec. 5.

*stage ‘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. Thru Dec 17. City Lights Theater Company. San Jose.

‘THE 1940S RADIO HOUR’

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.

‘THE MILLIONTH PRODUCTION OF A CHRISTMAS CAROL’

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.

‘HOLIDAY AT THE SAVOY’

Its 1945 in New York City, the first holiday after the war, and the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem is ready to boogie. Grab your dancing shoes, and dress appropriately for the time period for this interactive live musical production of Holiday at the Savoy, presented by The Tabard Theatre. Dec 1-17. Theatre on San Pedro Square. San Jose

‘AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS’

Through natural disaster and animal stampedes, one person, told through five characters, must travel the world in 80 days. Phileas Fogg and his valet, Jean Passepartout, set out to win a wager against the Reform Club on a £20,000 budget. Presented by TheatreWorks. Nov 29-Dec 31. Lucie Stern Theatre. Palo Alto.

‘THE SANTALAND DIARIES’

When an unemployed slacker signs on as a Yuletide elf at Macy’s, a village of candy-caned kids and cynical Santas springs to hilarious, if humiliating, life in this play by David Sedaris. This rollicking one-man cure for an overdose of holiday hype will have you ho-ho-hoing till the red-nosed reindeer comes home! For mature audiences. Presented by TheatreWorks. Dec 5-23. The Lohman Theatre. Foothill College.


metroactive FILM CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM

“The Shucker” is the ninth episode of the ninth season of the Adventures of the Bald Asshole, better known as Curb Your Enthusiasm. Larry David is blackmailed by an oyster shucker who works the high-end party circuit—that job description, of course, is worked hard for the funny “K” sound. David runs afoul of everyone from Judge Judy to Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, while trying to foist a sexual nondisclosure form on his newest girlfriend (Lauren Graham of Gilmore Girls, who is maturing like a $500 bottle of Bordeaux). In his 70th year, David has changed little—maybe more gravity to the scowl, more hoarseness in his bark of contempt. This appalling figure is just as he was when the show started in 2000. David plays a bad-mirror version of himself, essentially: the co-creator of Seinfeld hanging out in Brentwood, coasting on residuals, golfing relentlessly, going out to expensive restaurants with cronies and causing no end of trouble to himself and his ex-wife (Cheryl Hines). Hines was surely cast for her resemblance to Mary Tyler Moore, just as the “whoops!” sound cue in CYE’s theme is meant to recall the titles of The Dick Van Dyke Show. The essence of David’s comedy can be seen in a famous Groucho Marx bit in Duck Soup, where President Firefly, trying to stay five steps ahead of the game, pre-emptively slaps an ambassador in the face. Like Groucho, David is all about grievance: standing on principle while having few principles of his own, styling himself as a Last Angry Man in a world gone huggy and hypocritical and mooching. He oversuspects the world of weaselry, nose-blind to the musky scent of weasel emanating from himself. Curb Your Enthusiasm should be old and tired, but the lightness of the episodes is admirable—there’s breathing room in every installment. The dialogue is improvised with the situations, which means the conversations seem spontaneous. Due to multiple takes, the edits aren’t tight and matched; it’s only very occasionally that the show has that curse of sitcoms, the look of contrivance. David’s neutrality, his lack of qualities, is also perfect for sitcoms, where too much personality can wear an audience out. The slight blankness explains why his crimes end up forgotten by the next episode. It’s why Susie Greene (Susie Essman, one of the greatest termagants in moving-image history) hasn’t murdered Larry yet for his dozens of trespasses, which range from his fondling her bra in the laundry room to sexually molesting her dog. It’s a mark of David’s stature that his highly un-PC work survived without a

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ripple during the harassment scandals of this fall. Some people worry that social justice warriors would destroy all comedy and leave us nothing to laugh at. Where’s the serious boycott over David’s use of disability, racism, child abuse or incest as grounds for humor? David and his directors retrieve top-drawer comedic actresses: Jo Anne Worley, Laraine Newman, Catherine O’Hara. The male regulars, quivering with their own grievances, are just as good. They include the pesky Marty Funkhouser (Bob Einstein, the raspyvoiced sibling of Albert Brooks), genial Ed McMahon surrogate Jeff Garlin, and fast-talking and shady long-term houseguest J. B. Smoove. (HBO)

LOGAN LUCKY

This movie needs a bigger audience than it got this summer, when it was run to the side of the road by other releases. The luckless Logan family of West Virginia has endured its share of misfortunes: melancholy brother Clyde (Adam Driver) lost a hand when he was a soldier in Iran. Now he’s the depressed bartender at the Duck Tape Bar and Grill. Brother Jimmy (Channing Tatum, at his best) was an NFL prospect who had a career-ending injury. He had a job driving heavy machinery, up until the day the boss asks him to come into his office and to shut the door after him. Pushed into a ruinous bar fight by some jerk-off wealthy race car promoters (the ringleader is a Jheri-curled Seth MacFarlane), the Logan brothers and sister Mellie (Riley Keough) return to a life of crime. (Keough is interesting even when she’s just resting in the car for a minute and blinking. Like her grandfather, Elvis, Keogh doesn’t have to do much to make a big impression.) For the racetrack heist they plan, the Logans need the help of a convict named Bang (“introducing Daniel Craig”), a muscular louche type, tattooed to the max, who talks like Strother Martin. It’s a clever, sweettempered diversion. Director Steven Soderbergh doesn’t seem to have mixed feelings about the red-blue divide, watching a singer crucifying the national anthem at the race, as military parachutists glide down, carrying an acre-wide American flag to earth. It seems like it would play well in a Southern drive-in: the unshowy camera work is part of this film’s appeal, as are the stars studding the film, with Hilary Swank as a too-dogged FBI agent, holding her jaw frozen, like Dick Tracy; and an unusually merry Katherine Waterston as a lady running a free clinic out of a Winnebago. (Blu-Ray, various streaming services.) (RvB)

SMALL TOWN Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell star in a unique tale of retribution—‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.’

Vengeance Is Hers A PERSON CAN be composed of a set of perfectly good facial features—a strong chin, a proud nose, kind eyes, a generous mouth—and still be basically ugly, and that’s the case with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Short hair tied up with a bandanna, dressed in coveralls as if she worked at a Jiffy Lube instead of an Ozarks gift shop, Mildred (Frances McDormand) has a sudden inspiration to harass the police force in her town. Seven months previously, her daughter was raped and burned to death, and no one has been arrested yet. She decides to tell the police chief off through a set of billboards. This embarrasses the terminally ill Andy Griffith-like chief (Woody Harrelson), revered in the town because (or in spite of ) the local police’s reputation as torturers of black prisoners. Dixon, his assistant—a drunk and sometimes vicious Barney Fife, well-played by Sam Rockwell—is far more angry. Through her bereavement, Mildred—as in Pierce—has a license to spit venom. It’s role that runs a small gamut. There are little nuggets of surprise embedded in the monotony of her forcefulness. It is

a powerful part: kicking kids in the balls, throwing firebombs, maiming a dentist and usually having the last word. But “powerful” is also a term that defines a bully. One moment of tenderness has Mildred addressing a deer, telling it and the audience that she Three Billboards doesn’t believe it’s a Outside Ebbing, reincarnation of her Missouri lost daughter. Yet there is the deer—we’ve seen R; 115 Mins. the symbol of hope, and CineArts & AMC director-writer Martin Century 14 McDonagh (In Bruges) gets it both ways. The surroundings are all rural loveliness, soaked in Carter Burwell’s score— Asheville, North Carolina, doubles for Missouri, setting a stage that’s a lot more affluent than the characters seem to be. At one point, Dixon collects some evidence the hard way: satisfying to watch, even if it wouldn’t stand the light of day in court. Caleb Landry Jones, of Byzantium, is a relief from the ambient overheatedness as a selfamused billboard salesman. Harrelson is at his most benign as the police chief, even if McDonagh is at his roughest when he tries to write tender. —Richard von Busack

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D-Movie Mania LAME LUCHADOR ‘Santo vs. Las Mujeres Vampiro’ is an example of the kind of film the Psychotronix festival specializes in.

Fill up on terrifically terrible cinema at the Psychotronix Film Fest BY RICHARD VON BUSACK

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OME CINEPHILES WANT their movies the way that trophy wives want their men: rich, rotten and a little gaga. The Room’s repeat visitors demanded it— The Disaster Artist opens in early December, with James Franco, fright-wigged and wrapped in the mantle of Tommy Wiseau. There have been worse movies than The Room. 1989’s Listen to Me, starring Kirk Cameron and Jami Gertz, deserves

a bigger reputation for rankness, given its finale of a beachside university debate team beating a bunch of Yale Hitlerjugend in front of the Supreme Court. Gertz’s weeping wins the day for abortion waiting periods, as far as the chief justice is concerned. Also unsung is the mind-roasting Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? (1969). This is available on YouTube, complete with Milton Berle conducting a Black Mass in surprisingly well-pronounced Latin, and seedy song-and-dance man Anthony Newley singing “Sweet Love Child” to an underage girl on a merry-go-round.

But really peculiar cinema has been on the menu at KFJC’s Psychotronix Film Festival for 25 years now. Thousands have been flabbergasted by the fest’s harvest of 16mm film—“the vinyl of visuals,” says Robert Emmett, host of the internationally popular Norman Bates Memorial Soundtrack show on KFJC 89.7 FM. The NYC film critic Michael Weldon published The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film in 1983, a spinoff of his zine of the same name. Weldon appropriated the adjective from 1983’s The Psychotronic Man, a Chicagoland saga of a barber who suddenly has the power to wish people to death. In Weldon’s purview, a psychotronic film is anything strange in the way of a movie: superheroes, the adventures of Elvis, slashers, roughies, nudies, vampires, bikers, or vampire bikers. Emmett narrows the field, a little: “Antiquated commercials, neglected

cartoons, previews from old movies, various short subjects that may have been intentionally educational then, that are now just unintentionally funny.” And at the Psychotronix show, everything is family friendly. In 1992, Emmett collaborated with Bob “Sci-Fi Bob” Ekman and Paul Etcheverry in bringing a cornucopia of odd film to Foothill College in Los Altos Hills—a spinoff of shows they’d done previously in Oakland and San Francisco. It became a regular event, visited by TV horror host John Stanley, Mr. Lobo and Lord Blood-Rah. Early (and) best Star Wars parodist Ernie Fosselius of Hardware Wars performed an impromptu puppet show one night. KFJC DJs Austin Space and Grawer were regular collaborators as was Scott Moon, a collector who introduced Emmett and the festival to Scopitones. These 16mm films played at specially designed jukeboxes, and they had a sort of star: curvy songstress Joi Lansing, whose berserk number “Web of Love” has to be seen to be believed. Over the years, the fest has shifted from feature films—like Ed Wood’s 1959 folk-art masterpiece, Plan 9 from Outer Space, considered, pre-Wiseau, to be the worst movie ever made—to shorts. But if the parking charge has gone up to $3, the admission price of $5 hasn’t changed in a quarter of the century. The fest is a chance for fans to win door prizes, make connections and support college radio. Emmett notes that though much of what they used to show is available online or at archive.com, the 230-seat auditorium at Foothill College still regularly sells out. To Emmett, the event is an extension of what he does every Saturday morning in the control booth: “The festival is sort of the visual equivalent of KFJC, where a bunch of enthusiastic people who love exploring and finding things share what they’ve found with likeminded people. I love the sounds in movies—the music, the voices, the sound effects. I love sharing those sounds on my radio show, and the Psychotronix gives me an opportunity to share the visuals as well.” DEC

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Methodical Chaos PUNK VISIONARY David Thomas founded Pere Ubu in 1975 to become an experimental punk trailblazer.

Cleveland’s pioneering Pere Ubu signaled shape of punk to come BY MIKE HUGUENOR

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ACK IN 1975, before punk was even a fully formed genre, a Cleveland band led by the singer and songwriter David Thomas were fusing garage rock with harsh, glitchy electronics, field recordings, pulsing dance music and avant garde passages of noise. Without Pere Ubu, there would be no Pixies, no Sonic Youth and no Parquet Courts.

Musicians are often painted as rulebreakers—mavericks who live outside of society’s rules, creating liberated works of art that flout all rules and regulations.

Given the radical vision of Thomas and his cohorts, it would seem Pere Ubu fit neatly into this mold. However, Thomas doesn’t view himself this way. “I don’t know if we break rules,” Thomas says from his home in the UK. “I know the rules really well. And if we do indeed break rules, you have to know the rules first. There’s too many people who go, ‘Oh, I’m breaking rules. Oh, it’s a good thing.’ It’s not a good thing. The rules are there for a reason. And you damn well better know what the reason is before you talk about changing them.” Thomas isn’t being facetious. The restless experimentation that has defined Pere Ubu for the last 42 years has in large part been undergirded by many formal structures. A list of “band rules and musical principles” is available on the band’s website, ubuprojex.com, and includes items

such as “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should,” and “avoid irony like the plague.” In a 1989 interview, Thomas described the band’s goal as an effort to “establish a language” of their own. If that’s the case, they are still very much fluent. Earlier this year Pere Ubu released their 16th studio album, 20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo. The album is the result of a new creative method for the group, which Thomas calls “The Dark Room.” “The idea is to eliminate the influence of any one person,” he says. “One of the problems is that people pay attention to what other people are doing, and that’s not necessarily what I want. You know, they’ll think the guitar player or bass or whatever it is wants to do this, and people in a group are naturally accommodating. Others will bend to the will of someone who has expressed an idea. I really don’t want that to happen.” The Dark Room operates by literally keeping the musicians in the dark, each recording their parts with only the barest idea of what the song

itself is. In the end, everyone knows what they played, but has no idea what the others have done until they hear the final result. This process is similar to Ubu’s previous creative principle, which was used on the project’s previous three fulllengths—a period of time Thomas has dubbed their “Orange Period.” During the Orange Period, Ubu’s songwriting worked like a game of telephone: “One person whispers an idea or a sentence or something to one person, and then they pass it on to the next person, and by the time it goes around the circle and back to you, it’s become something different.” That experimental process yielded some great results for a band so deep into their career. Take 2014’s Carnival of Souls, for example. It is essential Ubu, and two of its tracks were even featured in FX’s American Horror Story. The difference between the Orange method and The Dark Room tinkerings largely comes down to control. During their Orange Period, the band members could influence each other. In the new method, Thomas says, “Everybody thinks that it’s going the way that they’re inputting. Well, it may or may not be.” The result is a record just as inspired and bewildering as anything in Ubu’s discography. Opener “Monkey Bizness” kicks out of the gate with a driving riff that could have been played by Bloc Party. Exemplifying his new method, that riff quickly becomes reduced to a layer, as the song becomes increasingly saturated with textural elements from the disconnected musicians. Album highlight “The Healer” revolves around a haunting clarinet passage, played over acoustic guitars, pianos, and Thomas’s eerie refrain of “I see too much.” It clearly shows the fruits of his new process. While many bands settle into a comfortable late period, rehashing classics and trying to recapture lost youth, Pere Ubu is a band that has never stopped moving, restlessly searching out new ground. “I’m moving right now, as we speak,” Thomas says.

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ANGELICA’S BISTRO Every other Tue, 7:15pm: Jazz on Tuesdays. Every Wed, 7pm: Piano Night. Thu, Nov 30, 7:30pm: “Strictly Sinatra” with JetBlacq. Redwood City.

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

BRANHAM LOUNGE Fri, 10:30pm: Quality Control (indie, rock and hip hop). Every Thu, 10pm: The Weekend Warmup with DJ Sean Black. San Jose.

TAY TAY Taylor Swift headlines Poptopia Saturday. Sat, Dec 2, 7:30pm: Poptopia: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers +more. San Jose.

SHERWOOD INN 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.

THE CARAVAN

JACK ROSE LIBATION HOUSE Every Sun: Brunch from 10am2pm. Cocktail Classes: Dec 18 @ 7pm. Los Gatos.

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

Every Mon: Tooth and Nail DJ Night. Every first Tue of the month 9:30 pm: Not So Trivial Tuesday Rock DJ Set. San Jose.

NUMBER ONE BROADWAY

THE CATS

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

Every Sun: Joe Ferrarra. Fri, Dec 1, 8pm: Hootenanny. Sat, Dec 2, 8pm: Ruckus. Los Gatos

CITY NATIONAL CIVIC Wed, Nov 29, 8pm: Jewel’s Handmade Holiday Tour. San Jose.

Every Wed: J.C. Smith Jam. Los Gatos.

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C&J’S SPORTS BAR Every Wed, 10pm: College Night DJ. Every Thurs, 10pm: Karaoke. Every Fri & Sat: Live Music or DJ. Santa Clara.

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

THE X-BAR Thu, Nov 30, 9pm: The Faceless, Behold the Desecration, Enigma, Asterion. Sun, Dec 3, 7:30pm: Bird Caravan, Sloth, Turtle. Cupertino.

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

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

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MOUNTAIN WINERY

Sat, Dec 2, 8pm: True Widow, SRSQ. Tue, Dec 5, 7pm: Pere Ubu. San Jose.

Every Third Thurs: Thursdays On the Mountain. San Jose.

SAP CENTER Thu, Nov 30, 7:30pm: WiLD 94.9’s Jingle Ball: Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Charlie Puth + more.

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

ART BOUTIKI Thur, Nov 30, 7pm: The Jazz Warehouse. San Jose.

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BLUE NOTE LOUNGE 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 Sun, 7pm, The Eulipions Jazz Jam Session. Thur, Nov 30, 8:30pm: Anton Schwartz Quintet. Fri, Dec 1, 8:30pm: Howard Wiley & Extra Nappy. San Jose.

CAFFE FRASCATI Every Tue, 7pm: Open Mic Night. Every Wed, 7:30pm: Commedia Comedy Night. First Sat of the month, 8pm: Kavanaugh Brothers Celtic Experience. First Fri of the month, 8pm: Art Walk and Caffe Frascati Opera Night. San Jose.

CAFE PINK HOUSE Every Sat, 2pm-3:30pm: Saturday Live Music Hangout. Fri, Dec 1, 7:30pm: Kat Parra. Sat, Dec 2, 7:30pm: Joyce McCulloch Quartet. Saratoga.

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

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

THE CATS

MOROCCO’S

Every Sun: Joe Ferrara. Los Gatos.

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

CLUB FOX Every Wed: Club Fox Blues Jam. Every Fri: Salsa Spot. Fri, Dec 1, 8pm: Orquesta Borinquen. Sat, Dec 2, 7pm:Tortilla Soup,Tony Lindsay, Hip Spanic Allstars. Sun, Dec 3, 6pm: Lenny Williams, Caravan of Allstars &The New Razheem Blues Band. Redwood City.

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

HUKILAU Fri-Sat, 8pm: Hawaiian music.

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

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

MURPHY’S LAW Every Mon: Monday Night Blues Jam. Sunnyvale.

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

O’FLAHERTY’S Every Tue, 6:30pm: Irish Seisiún. San Jose.

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. Thu, Nov 30, 6pm: C Myles “Six String Showdown,” Erick Tyler. Fri, Dec 1, 6pm: Jimmy Dewrance. Sat, Dec 2, 6pm: The Funky Godfather with


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SAP CENTER Sun, Dec 3, 7pm: Ozuna, Wisin. San Jose.

SMOKING PIG BBQ Fri, Dec 1, 9pm: Lydia Pense & Cold Blood. Fremont.

ST. STEPHENS GREEN Every Thu, Fri, Sat, 10pm: DJ Dance Nights. Mountain View.

C&W/Folk 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 first and third Wed of the month, 6pm: Sidesaddle and Co. Every fourth Wed of the month, 6pm: Loganville. San Jose.

ORCHARD VALLEY COFFEE

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

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

RODEO CLUB Thurs, Nov 30, 7pm: Eli Young Band, Jackson Michelson. San Jose.

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

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

CARAVAN 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.

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

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

IMPROV Thu-Sun, Nov 30-Dec 3, 7pm: Orny Adams. San Jose.

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POOR HOUSE BISTRO Every Mon, 6pm: Open mic. San Jose.

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

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Every Wed, 8pm: New Talent Showcase. Sunnyvale. Thu-Sun, Nov 30-Dec 3, 8pm: Ahmed Ahmed. Sunnyvale.

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

Every Wed: Karaoke w/Neebor. 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

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

BLUE PHEASANT

DASILVA’S BRONCOS

Tue, 8pm: Karaoke. Cupertino.

BOGART’S LOUNGE

Thu, 9pm-1am: Karaoke. Santa Clara.

Wed, 9pm: Karaoke. Sunnyvale.

DIVE BAR

BOULEVARD TAVERN

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

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

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BRIT ARMS ALMADEN

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

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Fri: Karaoke Fridays. Sunnyvale.

Every Mon, 7pm: Trivia Night. San Jose

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

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

EFFIE’S RESTAURANT Tue-Sat, 9pm: Karaoke. Sun, 4pm: Karaoke. Campbell.

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


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Fri-Sat, 9pm: Karaoke. Gilroy.

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

CHARLEY'S LG SHERWOOD INN 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

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

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

SAN PEDRO SQUARE MARKET Every Thu, 7:30pm-9:30pm: Karaoke Night at Treatbot. San Jose.

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

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WILLOW DEN Every Tue, 10pm: Karaoke. Willow Glen.

Thu, 8pm: Karaoke. Santa Clara.

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Tue-Thu & Sat: Karaoke. Santa Clara.

Once a month. Call bar for details. Campbell.

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

THE X BAR Every Mon, 9pm: Karaoke w/ KJ Vinnie. Cupertino.

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Wed-Sun 9pm: Karaoke. Sunnyvale.

AJ’S BAR

OFF THE HOOK Wed, 9pm: Karaoke. Campbell.

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

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

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

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

PIONEER SALOON

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

APPARITION Thu, 9pm: Club Lido. San Jose.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My boyfriend recently ended things, saying he wasn’t ready to be tied down. His mother adores me and keeps calling and saying he loves me and to just be patient. Should I be talking to her at all? Is this normal behavior for a 32-yearold man’s mom?—Confused Stalkers usually want to date you or chain you to a radiator in their basement, not force you to choose between the calla lilies and the “Winter Blessings” wedding centerpiece. Though his mom’s busybodying is weirding you out, it’s actually an example of a common dynamic that evolutionary psychologists call “parent-offspring conflict.” Not surprisingly, parents and children often have competing interests. In fact, evolutionary biologist David Haig explains that parent-offspring conflict starts in the womb. For instance, momsto-be sometimes get gestational diabetes when their little hog of a fetus puts out a

hormone to mess with the mom’s blood glucose, allowing him to suck up not only his share of nutrients but a bunch of his mother’s share, too. What’s in Mommy Meddlingest’s interest? A nice, emotionally stable woman, just the ticket to her becoming a grandma—sooner rather than later. But what’s in Sonny Boy’s interest? Well, maybe an endless string of sexfriends. If his mom’s calls make you uncomfortable, set boundaries—kindly! Say you appreciate her efforts but prefer that she stop intervening. Ironically, it’s parents keeping lovers apart that tends to bring them together.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): I hope that everything doesn't come too easily for you in the coming weeks. I'm worried you will meet with no obstructions and face no challenges. And that wouldn't be good. It might weaken your willpower and cause your puzzle-solving skills to atrophy. Let me add a small caveat, however. It's also true that right about now you deserve a whoosh of slack. I'd love for you to be able to relax and enjoy your well-deserved rewards. But on the other hand, I know you will soon receive an opportunity to boost yourself up to an even higher level of excellence and accomplishment. I want to be sure that when it comes, you are at peak strength and alertness. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You were born with the potential to give the world specific gifts—benefits and blessings that are unique to you. One of those gifts has been slow in developing. You've never been ready to confidently offer it in its fullness. In fact, if you have tried to bestow it in the past, it may have caused problems. But the good news is that in the coming months, this gift will finally be ripe. You'll know how to deal crisply with the interesting responsibilities it asks you to take on. Here's your homework: Get clear about what this gift is and what you will have to do to offer it in its fullness.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Happy Unbirthday,

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CANCER (June 21-July 22): I suggest that you take

a piece of paper and write down a list of your biggest fears. Then call on the magical force within you that is bigger and smarter than your fears. Ask your deep sources of wisdom for the poised courage you need to keep those scary fantasies in their proper place. And what is their proper place? Not as the masters of your destiny, not as controlling agents that prevent you from living lustily, but rather as helpful guides that keep you from taking foolish risks.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In his book Life: The Odds, Gregory Baer says that the odds you will marry a millionaire are not good: 215-to-1. They're 60,000to-1 that you'll wed royalty and 88,000-to-1 that you'll date a model. After analyzing your astrological omens for the coming months, I suspect your chances of achieving these feats will be even lower than usual. That's because you're far more likely to cultivate synergetic and symbiotic relationships with people who enrich your soul and stimulate your imagination but don't necessarily pump up your ego. Instead of models and millionaires, you're likely to connect with practical idealists, energetic creators, and emotionally intelligent people who've done work to transmute their own darkness. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): What might you do

to take better care of yourself in 2018, Virgo? According to my reading of the astrological omens, this will be a fertile meditation for you to keep revisiting. Here's a good place to start: Consider the possibility that you have a lot to learn about what makes your body operate at peak efficiency and what keeps your soul humming along with the sense that your life is interesting. Here's another crucial task: Intensify your love for yourself. With that as a driving force, you'll be led to discover the actions necessary to supercharge your health. P.S. Now is an ideal time to get this project underway.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Here are themes I suggest you specialize in during the coming weeks. 1. How to gossip in ways that don't diminish and damage your social network, but rather foster and enhance it. 2. How to be in three places at once without committing the mistake of being nowhere at all. 3.

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How to express precisely what you mean without losing your attractive mysteriousness. 4. How to be nosy and brash for fun and profit. 5. How to unite and harmonize the parts of yourself and your life that have been at odds with each other.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I predict that in the

coming months you won't feel compulsions to set your adversaries' hair on fire. You won't fantasize about robbing banks to raise the funds you need, nor will you be tempted to worship the devil. And the news just gets better. I expect that the amount of self-sabotage you commit will be close to zero. The monsters under your bed will go on a long sabbatical. Any lame excuses you have used in the past to justify bad behavior will melt away. And you'll mostly avoid indulging in bouts of irrational and unwarranted anger. In conclusion, Scorpio, your life should be pretty evil-free for quite some time. What will you do with this prolonged outburst of grace? Use it wisely!

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): "What is love?" asks philosopher Richard Smoley. "It's come to have a greeting-card quality," he mourns. "Half the time 'loving' someone is taken to mean nurturing a warmish feeling in the heart for them, which mysteriously evaporates the moment the person has some concrete need or irritates us." One of your key assignments in the 10 ten months will be to purge any aspects of this shrunken and shriveled kind of love that may still be lurking in your beautiful soul. You are primed to cultivate an unprecedented new embodiment of mature, robust love. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You know that

unfinished task you have half-avoided, allowing it to stagnate? Soon you'll be able to summon the gritty determination required to complete it. I suspect you'll also be able to carry out the glorious rebirth you've been shy about climaxing. To gather the energy you need, reframe your perspective so that you can feel gratitude for the failure or demise that has made your glorious rebirth necessary and inevitable.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In an ideal world, your work and your character would speak for themselves. You'd receive exactly the amount of recognition and appreciation you deserve. You wouldn't have to devote as much intelligence to selling yourself as you did to developing your skills in the first place. But now forget everything I just said. During the next 10 months, I predict that packaging and promoting yourself won't be so #$@&%*! important. Your work and character WILL speak for themselves with more vigor and clarity than they have before. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): There used to be a booth at a Santa Cruz flea market called "Joseph Campbell's Love Child." It was named after the mythological scholar who wrote the book The Hero with a Thousand Faces. The booth's proprietor sold items that spurred one's "heroic journey," like talismans made to order and herbs that stimulated courage and mini-books with personalized advice based on one's horoscope. "Chaos-Tamers" were also for sale. They were magic spells designed to help people manage the messes that crop up in one's everyday routine while pursuing a heroic quest. Given the current astrological omens, Pisces, you would benefit from a place that sold items like these. Since none exists, do the next best thing: Aggressively drum up all the help and inspiration you need. You can and should be well-supported as you follow your dreams on your hero's journey. Homework: What change have you prepared yourself to embrace? What lesson are you ripe to master? Write: FreeWillAstrology.com

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Thread of Light FAMILY MATTERS Charles Manson died in prison this month. A recent Facebook thread about his ‘family member’ Susan Atkins (inset) sparked a lively conversation and positive memories.

Story of late Manson Family member reconnects others for good BY GARY SINGH

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IKE A LOTUS blooming from the mud, a seedy piece of Leigh High School history has illuminated the interconnectedness of humanity. Light has emerged from darkness. Via totally unintentional journalistic adventures in Facebook crowdsourcing, several longtime locals were reunited, even if just online. It all began with Charles Manson. Or, to be more precise, it began

with one of his family members, Susan Atkins, who spent much of her childhood in San Jose’s Cambrian Park before attending Leigh High School during the initial stages of that facility’s existence in the early ’60s. I have written about Atkins in this very space more than once, most recently citing passages from her book, Child of Satan, Child of God, in which she recalls growing up in that neighborhood. She was found guilty of seven counts of first-degree murder and died in a Chowchilla prison in 2009. With Manson finally kicking the bucket a couple weeks ago, I felt driven to repost that story on Facebook, not even fathoming the interconnected family of connections it would spawn. Several people only a small Kevin

Bacon-degree of separation from Atkins chimed in with stories—and boy, was everyone blown away. In the thread, Facebook friends of mine claimed they had a sister who knew Atkins or that Atkins was a second cousin. Another friend said her brother used to pick on Atkins’ little brother, back when all of them were kids. Still another person remembered rifling through old yearbooks at Leigh, only to see Atkins’ photo cut out and removed from the book, which doesn’t surprise me at all. Growing up in that neighborhood was so abysmally boring, it probably made sense for someone to become fascinated with serial killers. In any event, the same Facebook friend also recalled seeing Atkins’ photo in a yearbook at Union Junior High. But this was only part of the thread. Another friend, Shannon McKendry, jumped into the conversation to relay that her mom taught Atkins at

Dartmouth Junior High and totally remembers the little Susan. This made sense, as it would follow that Atkins moved from school to school, judging by later autobiographical remarks and news stories. Following McKendry’s comment in the Facebook thread, longtime native David West, after recognizing his former teacher’s surname, chimed in to say he was one Mrs. McKendry’s students. He recalled her teaching him in seventh grade at Dartmouth. West remembered her being very nice and becoming a big influence in his pursuit of writing, helping lead him to a championship spelling bee victory over rival Union Junior High. “I went on to editing literary magazines in high school, published writing in college, teaching voice and diction and work as an actor, stage and film,” West wrote. “Not that she was totally responsible for all that, but she was one of the four or five teachers in my schooling that had the most effect on me.” McKendry, of course, was blown away. Edited for clarity, she wrote this in response: “My Mama was a wonderful teacher to me as well. I was reading at a very young age and was especially verbal because of her. I went on to win my fair share of spelling contests. I’m so very thankful for your fond recollection of her. She has always been a kind, loving, witty and fiercely intelligent lady. It gives me the warm fuzzies to know that she positively impacted your life. I will never forget your words.” The cosmic coincidences did not stop there. In another scenario sandwiched between the Gardner Community Center and the monolithic 280/87 interchange, a resident identified another person in the Susan Atkins comment thread as the guy she’d been receiving postal mail for at her current dwelling. Turns out he once lived in the same house she currently occupies, and he even built the garage she uses as an art studio. She’d already been researching the history of the house, its stories and former tenants. The two of them went on to share a thread of history together and discovered even more while posting comments in the thread that started about Susan Atkins. Just as the old wise guys in the Far East used to say: From the darkest mud a lotus blooms. The dark side of Leigh High School has brought forth a new light.


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VIVE VEGANO Alicia Casas, a San Jose State professor, sells her vegan baked goods at the Japantown Farmers Market.

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LICIA CASAS has a passion for teaching and baking, but they didn’t always go hand in hand. Born and raised in the East Bay, Casas grew up in a MexicanAmerican household, where her life was imbued with every aspect of her culture: she spoke Spanish, watched Spanishlanguage TV, ate Mexican food and learned to cook recipes that had been passed down generations. But in her job as an elementary schoolteacher, Casas rarely had the time or energy to create her delicious desserts and pastries. In a bold move six years ago, she quit her career and adopted a vegan diet, which of course would impact her work in the kitchen. “My style is vegan baking, and it has a cultural aspect,” says Casas, who, in addition to her busy schedule of cooking for clients and farmers market, now teaches as a Mexican-American studies professor at San Jose State University, where she also earned her master’s. “I am bringing in the Mexican pastries that I grew up with and making those accessible to folks.” Casas’ business, Jaguar Bakery, lives by the motto “vive vegano,” or “live vegan,” which debuted in April at the Japantown Farmers Market in San Jose. The goal is to not only promote the healthy lifestyle of veganism, but also prove to people that it can still be delicious. The hardest part of Casas’ journey to becoming fully vegan, she says, was giving up traditional desserts and pastries. But then she started reaching out to vegan bakers, which inspired her to open her own business. As of now, Casas does not have a physical bakery outside of her home, but plans to eventually a brick-and-mortar operation with her sister. Jaguar Bakery is moving toward going 100 percent organic, which has been slowed a bit because Casas lacks access to bulk materials. But most of the fruits and vegetables she uses in her baking come from local farms. Being conscientious with the ingredients, she also uses almond milk, organic margarine and non-hydrogenated shortenings. Bringing these offerings to SJSU’s campus and Japantown has energized Casas to the point that she has plenty of energy in between grading assignments for her four classes and baking. “Japantown is a really great community because there’s so much history, and it’s really modern and art-focused,” Casas said. “It’s the type of place I want to be associated with because our desserts are naturally beautiful and delicious.” —Satvir Saini JAGUAR BAKER 510.396.6590. facebook.com/jaguarbaker27


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Metro: Why Two Doors? Jason Revino: When I was building it, Jia Tella’s was open. I’d be working on building the bar next door, and all my friends would call me [asking], “Are you at the restaurant or are you next door?” I’d go, “I’m next door.” It just kind of stuck. Why the bicycle theme? The whole concept when I built Jia Tella’s—remember Seinfeld, the soup Nazi? It’s like “my way or the highway.” Everything in there is my favorite. Same thing with Two Doors. I had to decorate it. I love mountain biking. I go all over the world mountain biking. If I’m going to decorate it, it might as well be with something I love. I love beers, I love burgers, I love pizza, I love mountain biking. People think, “Oh, you’re sponsored by Fox.” No, my buddy’s head of the marketing department over there and he hooked me up with a bunch of cool decorations. It’s a fun little place to come hang out. It’s kind of a little brewpub house in a way. You can hang out after a bike ride, have a couple of beers. Barking Dog, Star Wars, Sick ’n’ Twisted. Where’d you come up with these sandwich and burger names? They’re named after bikes and trails all around Santa Cruz. It was something kind of fun. I ride a Devinci Spartan bike. My favorite pizza is a Devinci. It’s got black olives and sausage, onions, a little bit of garlic—it’s a thin crust. My favorite salad is a Spartan. I love Caesar salad. Barking Dog is our Italian sausage sandwich. That’s a trail that’s way in the top of the mountain, kind of hidden. You got Sick ’n’ Twisted, Pipeline. Those are all names of trails. It’s fun. We create an environment where you want to hang out with some friends, drink some beers and get some good food. TWO DOORS 5600 Scotts Valley Dr, Scotts Valley. 831.600.7274.


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