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Pizarro: The View in Dublin By SAL PIZARRO | | Bay Area News Group

THE VIEW IN DUBLIN: Photographer Kymberli Brady was awarded a grant to curate a photo exhibit in Dublin, Ireland, this fall, and she realized it would be a great opportunity to showcase visions of San Jose from more lenses than her own. With the San Jose-Dublin Sister City Program, she’s launched the Spirit of San Jose photo contest, which is open to city residents and San Jose State photography students. Three photos, along with at least two honorable mentions, will be selected in six categories: civic, cultural, economic, artistic and educational. Guidelines are available at Photos can be submitted directly to the contest’s Facebook page,, by Wednesday, Aug. 30. The exhibition opens in Dublin on Oct. 17, and Brady says she hopes to structure as a traveling show that can be displayed back in San Jose and its other sister cities in the future. SAN JOSE TO HONOR ARTS LEADERS: Elisa Marina Alvarado, the former artistic director of Teatro Vision, will be honored with San Jose’s Cornerstone of the Arts award in October. The annual award is presented by the city’s arts commission and its office of cultural affairs who has provided leadership for San Jose’s arts community over time. Alvarado will be joined by two other deserving honorees: Applied Materialswill receive the Business Support for the Arts award, and Content Magazine will be honored with the Creative Impact Award, which is presented to a cultural or artistic project that has had a significant impact on the community. The presentation will take place at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Hammer Theatre Center. Tags: Around Town Jazz News Columnists Sal Pizarro has written the Around Town column for The Mercury News since 2005. His column covers the people and events surrounding the cultural scene in Silicon Valley. In addition, he writes Cocktail Chronicles, a feature column on Silicon Valley bars and nightclubs.

Dining with Bella! A Trip to the Basin – Saratoga We were invited to join some dear friends for dinner at the Basin in July. Having never been there, I was eager to try. Entering from a fully lighted early evening in summer, the first thing you notice is that there is mood lighting. It took a bit for our eyes to adjust, but it’s really a quaint interior with a Bar in the back and seating for dining in front. Since it was an evening with a local performance, it was quite busy when we arrived but thinned out as it got closer to performance time and people left. The only negative thing I can really say about the Basin was that the waiter really wanted us to order quickly. Even after we told him we were not part of the performance crowd he still came by every few minutes to see if we were ready. Our host ordered several of the appetizers and they arrived quickly. We tried the following: Forest Pizza – exotic mushrooms, manchego, truffle oil, honey glazed onions, the world’s greatest cured ham – 36 months Pata Negra Bellota $25 – worth every penny Croquetas – Spanish jamon serrano, chicken, onion bechamel, rolled in bread crumbs, lightly fried, served over a tangy tomato sauce, with a hint of garlic, e.v.o.o, arbol chile $11 – so good! Taste of Spain – 18 month jamón, andalucian chorizo, one year aged mahon, olives, almonds $17 – delicious House Marinated Olives – citrus zest, rosemary, love $6 – Olives!! So, now you may be thinking, who has room for dinner? We made the attempt and were more or less successful. The most shocking thing on the menu was the Thick Cut Pork Chop – delicious house honey brined and grilled to perfection with a hard apple “sauce” apple-shallots-cider-thyme with a touch of butter and duck fat roasted potatoes $36. They are not kidding. This thing is absolutely huge and yet, fully cooked and juicy. Both people at our table who ordered it had to take half of it home for later. I was lucky enough to get one of them. I’m not proud. I ate it the next day, cold and it was still delicious. Our host provided bottles of wine for the meal, but I did order a Moscow Mule to begin and it was done perfectly. In closing, the food here is delicious, even if a bit pricey. I highly recommend trying it at least once. I would also recommend you don’t do so on a night when Montalvo is having an event, unless you are going to it.



There is plenty going on in August, and we are sharing some of our top picks. For a complete calendar, see the August issue of Discover Silicon Valley or, for a full guide to the area, visit OLD-FASHIONED FUN Traditional rides, fair food, livestock exhibitions, animal shows and races, live entertainment, and even a demolition derby are all part of the fun at the Santa Clara County Fair at the County Fairgrounds, Aug 3-6.

The world-class San Jose Jazz Summer Fest (Aug 11-13) features more than 120 performances on 10 stages, with stalwarts of funk and R&B bumping shoulders with upand-coming artists on the jazz and contemporary classical scenes, as well as plenty of local talent. More music can be heard at Fest+ events that take place after the main shows each day at local venues. For complete schedule and to purchase tickets, visit VALLEY ACCESS ELECTRONIC MAGAZINE/3

A LOOK AT NEW THEATER WORKS Get an advance look at tomorrow’s hits in TheatreWorks’ New Works Festival (Aug 11-20), which offers audiences a unique opportunity to experience new plays and musicals in their early stages of development, give feedback and participate in a panel discussion with the artists. This year’s festival features three plays and two musicals as well as special events. For complete schedule visit

MATCH POINT 2017 marks the 47th year of competition for the Bank of the West Classic (thru Aug 6), making the event the longest-running women-only tennis tournament in the world and the first women's stop on the road to the US Open. Highlighting this year’s player field are five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova and two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka, along with 2016 French Open champion Garbiñe Muguruza and two of the fastest rising stars in American tennis—Madison Keys and Bay Area native CiCi Bellis. Visit for schedule and ticket info.




Three Epic Picnic Date Spots in the Bay Area By Adrienne ReiterNO COMMENTS Posted on Jul 29, 2017

Going on a day trip picnic date is like killing three birds with one City Carshare. Not that I promote the destruction of any animal, but you get my point. You get to leave the crowded, noise polluted, urban epicenter we call home and get your healthy lustful sense of adventure on, all while pursuing a love (or lust) interest. Picnics are a fantastic way to break away from our ‘eating out’ date nights where decadence is the focus. Moving around, eating healthy, and post picnic mini hikes are more likely to get both your blood pumping. Don’t forget to pack breath mints. ANGEL ISLAND STATE PARK You don’t have to drive, just take the ferry. It’s romantic. Avoid laying out your picnic blanket and parking it by the landing in Ayala Cove with the crowd. Opt for adventure a mile and a half to Camp Reynolds and enjoy a more secluded sandy beach. Need an icebreaker? Angel Island is steeped in history, known as the, “Ellis Island of the West,” Angel Island’s Immigration Station is where millions of immigrants entered the U.S. as is home to military compounds dating back to the Civil War. A fun chat to have as you walk hand in hand through one of the Bay’s most beautiful wildlife preserves.

This little known picnic spot is a must during your break from a wine and oyster binge along Point Reyes. Because sunsets and long walks on the beach is the perfect back-drop for romance. And you know what they say about oysters. The only nearby small store offers a limited variety of overpriced drinks and snacks. Make sure to properly pre-pack your picnic. Watch as surfers ride Drakes, or join them for a pre-picnic surf sesh yourselves. If you opt for the more low-impact paddle boarding go down to Chimney Rock where the surf is usually mellow.

RING MOUNTAIN Take a charming hike up to epic panoramic views nestled between Corte Madera and Tiburon. The higher up you go the better your 360 degree vantage point will be. If you’re lucky, you can enjoy your cozy island spread while watching death defying rock climbers attempt Turtle Rock. Being mindful of poison oak is all you have to worry about. The shriek of a redtailed hawk, gentle wind in your ears, the crunching of ground beneath your feet, and the occasional aircraft overhead is the only noise pollution you’ll experience atop this Tiburon Peninsula. Follow Us!



Find what you need The PACC has a welcoming lobby area where visitors can browse a wall full of brochures on local attractions and services. In addition to browsing and collecting these brochures, visitors can now find all the information on the AreaOwl tablet, or they can go to the mobile-friendly AreaOwl website on their smartphone and have instant information wherever they go. 

High Tech Home Greets All Visitors With Broad Services What is it like to be Chamber of Commerce president and CEO of one of the most unique cities in the United States? Just ask Judy Kleinberg, president of the Palo Alto, CA, Chamber of Commerce, home of Stanford University and birth place of Google, Facebook and scores of other worldly successful technology start-ups. The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce (PACC) opened its doors in 1910 and has grown to serve a membership of hotels, local newspapers, technology companies and local government. Judy is a business law attorney with years of experience in startups, high tech, media, nonprofits and government. She joined the Chamber in 2014 and has seen it grow beyond just a business center to be the primary visitor center in Palo Alto as well, bringing together a family of small and large businesses that serve the considerable number of visitors. The Visitor Center strives to serve all levels of business travelers as well as tourists. Judy said she has developed a unique “Technology Tour” as many visitors want to see the garage where college friends Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard started it all in what was to become Hewlett-Packard and “Silicon Valley.” Tourists and Business Visitors While a large part of the membership is local, the PACC has members from all over the United States such as New York that want to be sure they have a hand in the unique “vibe” that is Palo Alto and the talent pool that is exceptional. Judy says that visitors to Palo Alto are either associated with a business or tourists who want a taste of the start-up technology world. “Visitors want to get a sense of what Silicon Valley is all about,” says Judy. The challenge, she says, is giving them directions and helping them find transportation as the Valley is spread out. “We are suburbs, not just one city.” When it comes to specific requests, PACC will often refer to AreaOwl, the online guest service tool to help visitors look for local restaurants, services, and businesses. The AreaOwl tablet sits “front and center” on the PACC counter. Not only does the AreaOwl tablet provide suggestions on where to eat, but visitors can find a near-by drugstore or supermarket, where and how to use Caltrain to get to San Francisco or San Jose, or information on fun places and activities in the area. Anything a traveler may need to lookup locally is all within a few clicks - “It’s all here!” is not a review site, but an online local directory with a visual click-n-browse interface designed to make it easy and efficient for travelers and hospitality professionals to find what they need in the local area. AreaOwl currently focuses on serving travelers who are visiting San Francisco and Silicon Valley. It reaches this highly targeted audience by working closely with local hotels and visitor centers. This visitor focus makes AreaOwl a great place for local businesses to reach travelers. When a business is listed on AreaOwl, it is naturally easier for hotel staff to suggest such business to their guests, especially when the business listing features nice photos, menus, and other helpful information.

AreaOwl is an engaging and convenient guest service tool for hotel staff to efficiently show (not just explain) local choices to guests, even if the guest has difficulty with English. Contact us to learn more about our “Welcome Card” and other free guest service tools that will help enhance the quality of your guest service while also improving staff efficiency. In collaboration with a local limousine company, PACC is preparing to start offering their Technology Tour to introduce the birth and development of Silicon Valley to visitors. PACC and AreaOwl are now in discussions to jointly promote Palo Alto as a fascinating and enjoyable City Destination for visitors to spend a day exploring the birthplace of Silicon Valley and the endless choice of local shops and restaurants. For more information, contact us at or call 866912-5601. For more information, contact us at


4 Ways to Earn and Maintain Your Staff’s Respect You’ve heard the phrase, “you can’t demand respect, and you have to earn it.” Well, I believe you can demand it, however, it will be short-lived and disingenuous—a recipe for a demoralized staff. “You can’t lead anyone else any further than you have gone yourself.” –Unknown To lead a staff successfully, providing guidelines, policies, and workshops like the ones I offer, is essential. However, the most powerful tool is for management to lead by example.

Here are 4 ways to help you earn or regain your staff’s respect: 1. Remain impartial and respect boundaries. Friendships develop in the workplace. Discretion and adherence to policies is essential.  Don’t hold closed-door meetings/lunches with a particular staff member.  Don’t become romantically involved with a staff member.  Don’t single out one staff member when opportunities arise.  Don’t discuss or share your outside-of-work relationship at work. 2. Arrive on time. And if you are late, apologize to your staff and get right to work.  If you know you’ll be running, let them know. This will allow your staff to tackle other tasks, as well as not look like a fool when someone asks for you.  Keep your appointments. Begin and end on time.  Don’t show up to meetings late. This shows disregard for your staff’s time.

3. Ease up on the extra perks. Being the boss naturally has its extra perks.  Don’t flaunt or boast. If you discuss it, express gratitude.  Don’t take advantage of your perks: often taking longer lunches, leaving early to pick up dog at the groomers, working by the pool because it’s a hot day…especially if your staff is slammed with work.  Don’t share your perks with the staff member who happens to be your “friend.” 4. Behave in a consistent and professional manner. Losing your cool should be rare, and controlled.  Don’t allow anger to control your decisions, words, or actions. You are in a position of leadership, this is when your strength or weakness will be evident.  Moods or moodiness is not a perk of being a leader. Your staff needs to know that they can count on you, at all times.  Do not forget to use your “every day words” like, “Please,” “Thank you,” and “You’re welcome.” Your title may warrant authority, there is no fine print that includes, “You must respect me.” Respect is earned through consistent words and actions that exemplify leadership.

Rosalinda Randall is modern-day business etiquette and civility expert, helping businesses and individuals find success through better communication and social skills. She focuses on communicating and interacting more effectively and with a lot less drama. Website: Book: “Don’t Burp in the Boardroom” Twitter: @rosalindatweets Office: 650.871.6200 Email: © 2017 Rosalinda Oropeza Randall VALLEY ACCESS ELECTRONIC MAGAZINE/7

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September 2017 EVENTS TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Constellations By Nick Payne Directed by Robert Kelley August 23 - September 17 August 23, 24 & 25 previews at 8 pm

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A time-bending romantic drama spun out of string theory, this unconventional Broadway and West End sensation explores the infinite possibilities of “boy meets girl” with intelligence, heart and humor. A charming beekeeper and a Cambridge cosmologist are nerds in love, for better or worse, their relationship an ever-changing mystery of “what ifs.” Who knew that honey and higher physics could be so touching— or so sexy? MainStage | $45-$105 Adults; discounts available TheatreWorks' ticket prices are subject to change and include a $3 Facility Use Fee Tickets & Information: 650-903-6000 or Chhandam and Leelah Das Dance Pragati: Securing the Future for India’s Heritage Sunday, September 17 at 3 pm A benefit concert featuring today’s leading kathak artists: Rachna Nivas, Seibi Lee and Rina Mehta. Experience three dramatic tales of the east: The liberation of fearless Hindu princess Meerabai; the heroism and sacrifice of the famed Chinese archer, Houyi; and the compassion and nonviolence of Jain female saint, Chandanbala. SecondStage | $103 all tickets Tickets & Information: 650-903-6000 or Peninsula Youth Theatre She Kills Monsters Saturday, September 23 at 2 and 7:30 pm A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. SecondStage | $17 all tickets Tickets & Information: 650-903-6000 or Bayer Ballet Company Sleeping Beauty Suite Friday, September 22 at 7 pm Saturday, September 23 at 6 pm Sunday, September 24 at 3:30 pm This enchanting work mesmerizes with beautiful costumes and music by Tchaikovsky. MainStage | $38 Orchestra; $28 balcony Tickets & Information: 650-903-6000 or _______________________________ Susannah Greenwood Marketing Outreach Coordinator Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts 650-903-6558 Partner with MVCPA! Follow us on Facebook _______________________________________

Art Aloft We’re pleased to offer “Artspiration – Take 2,” a new collection of student artworks currently on display in the Power Suite, opposite Gate 18. The Young


Showcase is made possible by student artists representing high school districts in the Silicon Valley community. First, more than 1 million travelers chose to fly through SJC in May 2017, an incredible 17 percent increase over May 2016. This is a significant milestone as the last time SJC reached a sevenfigure monthly passenger count was in 2007. Additionally, this increase in travelers follows SJC’s recent announcement of surpassing 11 million annual passengers on a rolling 12-month basis. From June 2016 through May 2017, the Airport welcomed 11.4 million total passengers – representing a million more customers choosing SJC for their travel plans from the prior year.

Penrose Triangle of Shoes by Katie L.

SJC is partnering with the Santa Clara County Office of Education and University Art to display the collection, with funding provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Look for another artworks collection in the fall.

This growth is expected to continue through 2017 based upon SJC airlines’ published flight schedules.



Tuesday, August 22, 2017 5:00pm –8:00pm WHERE Silicon Valley Capital Club 50 W San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95113

Silicon Valley Business Event Information Celebrate Silicon Valley Business of Pride! Join us as we recognize this year's Top 25 LGBTQ Owned businesses in Silicon Valley. This event is an opportunity to mix and mingle with leaders in the LGBT community, as well as kick off Silicon Valley Pride.

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Tentative Agenda: 5:00 PM - Registration 5:30 PM - Welcome and Keynote 6:00 PM - Awards presentation 6:15 PM - Networking Mixer 8:00 PM - Event concludes Congratulations to our Top 25 LGBTQ list makers for 2017






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