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TEN THINGS EVERY DREAM HOME NEEDS

From futuristic robots and appliances to luxurious beds and exclusive wines, here’s our pick of pie-in-the-sky purchases.

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COWBOY JUNKIES

After nearly two decades, the Junkies rerecord and rerelease their breakout album, with a little help from their friends.

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Veronica Mars and the hipster British comic chat up the highly anticipated Forgetting Sarah Marshall. He’s played a cop before, but this time he ditches the surfboard in the police drama Street Kings.

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LETTERS { you talk }

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SPOTLIGHT { local news }

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HIT LIST { editors’ picks }

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NIGHTLIFE & MUSIC

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MOVIES Reviews: Street Kings, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Forbidden Kingdom… and more.

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ARTS Feature: Stanford’s Tobias Wolff presents his latest collection of short stories.

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FAMILY & COMMUNITY Feature: Leave the urban jungle behind and head to one of these family-friendly campgrounds.

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HOME & DESIGN Feature: Create an alfresco café with dining tables designed for outdoor living spaces.

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SPORTS & ADVENTURE Feature: Major League Soccer returns to San Jose after a three-year hiatus.

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HEALTH & BEAUTY Feature: Electric shavers are sleek, efficient and versatile. They also adhere to the mantra: reduce, reuse and recycle.

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STYLE & SHOPPING Feature: Shoppers will flip over the array of stylish flip-flops in stores this season. 14 DAYS

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DREGULATOR { media watchdog }

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HOT TICKET { art alert }

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50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR SOFA { top events }

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When sending letters, please include your full name, city, state, and daytime telephone number. Letters may be edited for clarity or length and may be used in any medium owned by The Wave Media. Send snail mail to 1735 Technology Dr., Ste. 575, San Jose, CA 95110 and email to writeus@thewavemag.com. Oh, jeez, my kid saw the iPod boombox in your Hit List [Vol. 8, Iss. 6] and now he just has to have it. He insists that he deserves it because he got an A- on his last exam in school. Don’t get me wrong, I think the thing is hilarious, but really… I’m not too excited about being hammered to shell out $220 for an accessory. I never thought I’d say this, but can I just get him a $70 videogame instead? How about a new pair of Vans? His grandma got him the iPod for his last birthday, which I thought was extreme enough. Really, am I so uncool to suggest that my 14-year-old kid get a boombox that plays CDs and cassettes? Karen San Jose I can’t believe you have George Clooney on your cover. I hate him! I can’t stand the sight of him, and I’m so tired of everyone praising his acting ability and, of course, his fabulous looks – his mocha eyes, staggering smile, and his rugged but sensitive demeanor. Then there are the movies he makes, O Brother, Where Art Thou? (well, I guess that was pretty good, as were Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13), and Syriana and Michael Clayton were both fabulous – oh, my God, I’m a huge George Clooney fan! But please don’t tell. Mystery Gal Santa Clara

We knew everyone loved George Clooney – even those who claimed the contrary. Thanks for confirming our suspicions. Re: “Getting Schooled” [Vol. 8, Iss. 7]. I love the idea of homeschooling my kids because, well, I think I’m a lot smarter than some teachers out there. That being said, I do not homeschool my kids. I once worked with a mother who homeschooled her children. Not only was she one of the most annoying people to talk to (she always thought she was right), but she had no idea who Madonna was until I told her who was singing “Holiday” on the radio.

I also met a father who wanted to homeschool his kids, because he said the history books his son was bringing home were wrong. In fact, the history books from his son’s school have been updated multiple times since 1970. The books in 1965 were probably what you’d consider “correct” in 1970, but things change – Christopher Columbus isn’t necessarily a hero anymore. The father did not understand this. In these cases, I really do think that homeschooling hurts kids. At least if they’re in school and are exposed to other kids and multiple teachers through the years, they can get different perspectives and (hopefully) eventually learn to make their own educational decisions. As much as I love my ideas, I’d really hate it if my kids became little arrogant “mes.” Sharon San Jose I was taught to use the en dash (–) between numbers, ages, times, dates, etc. and to use the em dash (—) between thoughts in a sentence. For example, an en dash is used like this: “2001–2003.” And an em dash like this: I like ice cream—it’s good. I checked Wikipedia, and I was taught correctly. So why is it that you guys always use the en dash when you really should be using the em dash? Joanne Saratoga

Just to tick you off, Joanne – just to tick you off. Seriously, we more or less follow the AP Stylebook, which recommends using the dash (em, en or otherwise) to set off thoughts in a sentence or to indicate a pause – and a hyphen to separate numerals in cases such as your own example (2001-2003). Hey, next time you guys interview George Clooney, can you ask him what kind of hair products he uses? Byron Campbell

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Sayeth Gadowski: “Somebody in the Kremlin has decided to wind up a protective umbrella over the most wanted international criminals‌. Bout, used before in many actions, became useless ballast to the new ‘tsarevitch’ – Medvedev‌. Now, when the Presidentelect Dmitry Medvedev is getting ready to do some ‘face-saving’ in Russia, the old ‘kings’ of the criminal underworld, serving the Kremlin as useful agents, are being dumped while new, still unknown replacements will take their place.â€? Begging the question: Who will follow in Bout’s flaming hoof prints, step in and scoop up all the bargain bullets and armaments left in wet little bunkers all over the Eastern Bloc after the fall of the old Soviet Union? Enter precocious young American entrepreneurs. Plucky 22-year-old Efraim Diveroli began a company called AEY Inc. several years ago. Diveroli has recently come to attention for trafficking faulty bullets to military and police forces in Afghanistan – which he was supposed to do, to fulfill his $300 million defense contract with OUR Pentagon. The bigger joke is that Mr. Diveroli, who described himself as the “President and only official employeeâ€? of AEY in 2006, has, according to the New York Times, been supplying “ammunition or equipmentâ€? to the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Transport Security Administration and the State Department since 2004... when he was 19 years old.

The bullets, it seems, have been a source of complaint because they’re considerably decayed and ineffective; many were 42 years old, and from China. The Pentagon, in defending itself, claimed that Diveroli lied to them and said that the decaying Chinese munitions were Hungarian. “No, man, those letters, on the side of the box? Uhhhh‌ those aren’t Chinese characters. I know, it looks Chinese, right? But it is so totally Hungarian! It’s WAY Hungarian. Check it out, you wanna buy a Bulgarian IGLA missile?â€? See how these things go wrong when, in pursuit of the lowest bottom line, hard jobs are left to amateurs? If the Pentagon really wants to traffic in illegal international arms sales, they should at least give the contract to DynCorp‌. Anyway‌ we have bigger problems over here in the States. The Cleveland Leader printed an interview with ex-Black Flag-front-man-cum-raconteur Henry Rollins, who claims he has inside intel that Britney Spears had some help singing on her latest album: “[Britney] gets her phrasing basically from this older R&B woman. I found that out talking to an engineer. Britney apparently isn’t actually the worst singer — she just has no feel. So they bring in this older black woman who sings the song, then Britney sings to it, and they kind of make a mix of the two voices, and that’s what you hear on the records.â€? Insta-soul! Perhaps Hillary should consider doing the same thing – you know, get some earthy, warm-voiced African-American to record her campaign speeches, so she can lip-synch over them. If Obama won’t voice her tracks, she should try to get James Earl Jones. That might at least get the Pentagon behind her, as long as she does the heavy breathing correctly. Caveat emptor, fiends‌ and remember, when buying 90 million Albanian cartridges for your security troops on the border of Pakistan, make sure your arms dealer is old enough to grow his own mustache, and check the expiration dates on the cartons. It’s just common sense. TW


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er animators struggling to find the right expression for characters such as Nemo and his dad – as well as the everyday work environment, where a production meeting is likely to break out into an impromptu battle of Nerf dart guns or an epic paper-airplaneflying competition. It’s an attitude of “work plus play can still equal productivity” that continues to be emulated in offices across the country. Lasseter’s love of animation is evident throughout the documentary, but so is his commitment to creating good stories and strong characters. For all its computer-generated wizardry, Toy Story, the animated feature that put Pixar on the map in 1995 after earning $350 million, never would have succeeded had the characters not resonated with the audience. Woody (the toy cowboy voiced by Tom Hanks in the movie) may be a child’s plaything, but the displacement he feels at the arrival of hip new toy Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen) is something anyone can relate to. That basic formula – giving lifelike attributes to otherwise inanimate objects – also plays a huge part in the Pixar success story. The Pixar Story premieres Tuesday, Apr. 22 at 10pm ET and PT on Starz and repeats throughout April and May. Check your cable or satellite listings or go to www.starz.com for additional airings. Pixar’s latest release, WALL-E, hits theaters this summer.


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Digging a Hole to Chinatown Archaeologists unearth pieces of San Jose’s history.

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dedicated team of archaeologists and historians spent seven days last month in a five-acre San Jose lot built directly over the remnants of what once was the city’s Chinatown. The team was digging for relics that would provide insight into a cultural oasis now long gone. Among the crew’s niftiest finds were the remains of an 1888-built Taoist temple called the Ng Shing Gung (a replica of which can be found at the History Park at San Jose’s Kelley Park), as well as artifacts from the former Chinatown residents’ daily life – a doll’s head, bones from food, ceramics, and glassware, including a small homeopathic medicine vial. From 1887 until 1931, the lot at Fifth and Jackson was the site of Heinlenville, a settlement built by German landowner John Heinlen for the Chinese people displaced after anti-Chinese rioters burned down its predecessor, the Market Street Chinatown. Adrian Praetzellis, an archaeological historian who took part

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in the Heinlenville dig, notes that it was a courageous gesture on Heinlen’s part to help out a group of people that was bitterly hated by many at the time. “When one studies the history of minority groups in California, the story is usually 100 percent negative,” Praetzellis says. “It’s always stories of Chinese getting murdered and getting turned out, abused, and one thing and another. But here, a highly moral person did something about it.” According to Praetzellis, the city of San Jose has followed in Heinlen’s footsteps by doing the right thing with respect to this dig. “It’s not treating the archaeology as another kind of pollution – it’s actually seeing it as an opportunity to get another picture of the history of the place,” he says. “So I think the folks who live in San Jose should be pretty happy with how the city is treating this.”

Given the vast amount of artifacts that may still be scattered across the former Chinatown’s five acres, the week-long excavation barely scratched the surface, so to speak. Expect more Heinlenville digs in the near future.

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Updates on local business openings. CAMPBELL AMERICAN MIRADOR

1550-H Dell Ave. (408) 370-2252 www.americanmirador.com

These closet organizer specialists have been in business for over 30 years, but what’s new is that they’ve just begun selling the innovative closet system, The Rotabob. Which means you, too, can have now a closet just like Tori Spelling’s. Similar to the motorized units you see at the dry cleaner, the Rotabob uses no electricity, only ball bearings, to rotate and store everything from clothing and shoes to food and sports equipment. Check it out at www.rotarycloset.com. BELLA JAMES

350 E. Campbell Ave. (408) 866 9000 www.bellajames.com

The popular Willow Glen boutique has now also opened in Campbell. Expect a similar selection of popular contemporary labels, such as Michael Stars, plus designer jeans from Hudson, Joe’s Jeans, Citizens of Humanity, and some new labels you won’t find at the Lincoln Avenue store.

LOS GATOS MR. PICKLE’S SANDWICH SHOP

151 N. Santa Cruz Ave. (408) 395-8800 www.mrpicklesinc.com

Longtime Wave Magazine staffers were overjoyed with the recent arrival of their beloved Mr. Pickle’s Sandwich Shop in downtown Los Gatos. Favorites amongst the hefty array of sammies include the Slickster (hot turkey, cheese and cranberry sauce on sliced sourdough); the Tony Soprano (a mix of salami, ham, mortadella provolone and Italian dressing); and the eponymous house sandwich, packed with chunks of chicken breast, bacon, avocado and jack cheese.

PALO ALTO PAMPAS

529 Alma St., at Hamilton Ave. www.pampaspaloalto.com

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This restaurant will bring “elegant churasco-style dining to the Peninsula… for the first time.” The Brazilian steakhouse will fuse the rugged appeal of the South Amercian cuisine’s traditions with luxurious modern dining. Think a selection of exquisite meats on skewers, including lamb, duck and filet mignon, plus artisan

Mr. Pickle’s Sandwich Shop, Los Gatos cocktails, a wine list developed by consulting sommelier Mark Bright and desserts from acclaimed San Francisco pastry chef Marisa Churchill.

SAN JOSE BEARD PAPA

116 Paseo de San Antonio www.muginohousa.com

The sweet sensation that is a household name in Japan has arrived in Downtown San Jose. This Japanese chain, which has stores in Redwood City, San Francisco and at the Oakridge Mall, offers its fabled cream puffs – delectable crunchy pastries filled with a combination of all natural custard with whipped cream. Flavors include vanilla, green tea, chocolate and coffee. There’s a reason these Osakaborn sweets became a household name – and trust us, they’re a worthy indulgence.

WILLOW GLEN DOMUS OF WILLOW GLEN

1395 Lincoln Ave., San Jose (408) 279-4787 www.domusonline.com

The long awaited Lincoln Avenue branch of this kitchen and homewares store finally opened its doors last month. Find everything from kitsch ’50s-style aprons to glassware, tea kettles, meat thermometers and everything in between. TW

Takin’ It to the Streets Groundwerx gives Downtown San Jose a makeover.

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he next time you’re in Downtown San Jose and need to know where the nearest bathroom is, ask the nearest guy or gal with the green hat and the friendly smile. This person is one of 10 ambassadors working for Groundwerx, a five-year, $1.6 million program designed to make the Downtown area cleaner and more pleasant. These folks are standing by to give directions, restaurant tips and recreation advice, as well as to lend umbrellas when necessary, escort people to their cars during late hours and report problems such as graffiti, panhandling and loitering. Put into motion on Jan. 28 as part of the Property-Based Improvement District (PBID), Groundwerx also aims to rid the city of trash, dirt and graffiti, and to landscape select portions of Downtown San Jose – beautifying the area with benches, planters and hanging flower baskets. Groundwerx’s 11-member, orange hat-clad Clean Team works in shifts from 6:30am until approximately 8pm, sweeping the streets with the aid of $37,000 Applied Green

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Machines that consume only two gallons of gas per day. The materials used by the Groundwerx crew are proven to be environmentally safe, right down to the biodegradable trash bags. Their Tenant M20 sidewalk scrubbers recycle 70 percent of the water they use, and both the scrubber and the street sweepers are biodiesel-powered. Groundwerx operations manager Eric Hon says feedback from people on the street has been positive so far. “The Groundwerx equipment really brought about everyone’s curiosity initially,” he states. “Now that we’ve been providing services for two full months, everyone is more aware of who we are and what we do. People haven’t been shy about asking questions, making service requests and having brief conversations with the Groundwerx crews.” TW If you see a part of Downtown San Jose that could use some attention, contact Hon at (408) 590-0241 or ehon@sjdowntown.com. For more information about Groundwerx, go to www.sjdowntown.com.


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We can’t keep up with all the iPod docking stations that promise big sound through tiny plastic speakers. We’ve even seen one that doubles as a toilet paper roll. Thankfully, we came across something that’s patently refreshing and simple: portable cardboard speakers. That’s right – lightweight speakers that can be folded up and taken with you on any trip. The 8ohm, 2W speakers can be plugged into any headphone outlet found on portable audio equipment, including your iPod. So who cares what they sound like? At least you’ll be hearing loud praises when you impress your friends by showcasing the dynamic coolness of high- and lowtech fusion. Oh, you! $42

The Motorized Monocycle www.hammacher.com Well-developed monocycles have been around since the mid-19th century, often consisting of twisted metal being ridden by strangely dressed men with ridiculous mustaches. But it was only a matter of time before someone started strapping powerful motors to these one-

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www.hastens.com We reportedly spend around a third of our lives in bed, but would you be willing to pay $50,000 for a good night’s sleep? The Vividus, from the luxury mattress makers at Swedish company Hästens, retails for around $49,500. Truly the Rolls-Royce of beds, the Vividus is built entirely by hand, using techniques that have been perfected over the company’s more-than-150-year history. Each bed is made to order by a master craftsman – a process that takes between 140 and 160 hours – according to the customer’s specifications. The two mattresses that make up the Vividus are a blend of exceptionally high quality ingredients, including hand-tufted horsehair, cotton, and wool. As you’d expect, they are certifiably natural, containing no foam rubber, latex, polyurethane or harmful chemicals. The bed’s flax-lined pine frame is built for strength and stability, which makes for a quiet bed and no partner disturbance, while the patented spring system is said to produce a soft yet supportive sleeping surface. If that’s not enough to justify the five-figure price tag, each bed is adorned (upon completion) with a brass plaque engraved with the owner’s name. The beds have a 25-year warranty against spring and frame breakage, and as the reports from Hästens’ many satisfied customers indicate, you’ll likely use your Vividus well beyond that time. That works out to roughly $5 per night of dreamy, luxurious sleep. If only you could pay in installments.

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www.dwr.com So many iconic items emerged from the midcentury modern era, it’s incredibly difficult to single anything out, but we had to go with Eero Saarinen’s pedestal table and chairs. The renowned round table made its debut over half a century ago, when the Finland-born architect introduced it as a solution for what he called “the slum of legs in the US home.” Saarinen’s design simply removed the four legs from the corners of the traditional table and instead stood the surface upon a central stem. That way, diners no longer had to endure having their legs uncomfortably squished behind a table leg at mealtimes. The accompanying pedestal chair, often dubbed the “Tulip chair,” completed the collection, which has since become a mainstay of the contemporary dining room landscape. The table is now available in a range of sizes, shapes (including oval, for those fond of hosting big feasts), and finishes. Incidentally, Saarinen’s contribution to American life and identity extended well beyond the dining room, despite his untimely death in 1961. Saarinen’s sculptural, unorthodox style was also responsible for iconic structures such as the TWA Terminal at New York’s Kennedy Airport, and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Mo. His various furniture designs are now manufactured under license by Knoll, Inc., and are available locally at Design Within Reach stores.

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Bay Area Gadgets is where technology meets lifestyle. We redefine how discriminating families and individuals create affordable, elegant, easy to use home entertainment systems. We work in-home, taking your ideas, making measurements, and photographing your entertainment areas to present to electronics retailers, furniture showcases, and cabinet makers. We don’t sell equipment. Instead, we provide consultation, design, and installation services that stores and high end-customer installers can’t.

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A PERFECT ESPRESSO MACHINE

www.lamarzocco.com Enjoying the perfect cup of coffee at home, courtesy of the ultimate espresso machine, is the dream of many a connoisseur. So espresso aficionados were eagerly anticipating the first at-home espresso machine from Seattle-based La Marzocco, the company that supplied Starbucks’ espresso makers before the chain went automated. But there was some frothing amongst even the most devoted coffee geeks when the machine’s cost, initially estimated at $4,500, was unveiled as $7,500. What do you get for the price, aside from the perfect double espresso on tap? La Marzocco’s GS/3, which is handmade in Florence, is a commercial quality machine that, according to the company, “dramatically resets standards for performance” in the home and light commercial espresso machine categories. In other words, no flimsy black plastic here. Features include dual boiler technology, stainless steel boilers and brewing systems, “cool touch” steam and hot water wands, and a brew water preheating system. According to industry experts, the machine does live up to its expectations, making it the finest machine on the market for at-home use. Too bad the price doesn’t include a trained barista, or perhaps a year’s supply of coffee beans.

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AN UNDERWATER TREADMILL

www.endlesspools.com Swimming is a great form of cardiovascular exercise, but with all that driving to and from the pool, showering, and so on, it’s a pretty high maintenance activity. And while a home gym can be set up in almost any unused corner of the house, a home swimming pool is not always an option. Enter the Endless Pool: a countercurrent swimming pool that is essentially the swimming enthusiast’s equivalent of an at-home treadmill. The 8-by-15-foot pool, which can be installed outside or indoors, creates a current against which users can swim in place, which means they can swim “laps” to their heart’s desire (and health), no fancy tumble turns required. The current is broad, deep, and adjustable, which means it’s suitable for people of all swimming abilities. The company’s Dual Propulsion pool even allows for two people to swim side by side at different speeds. Unlike a full-sized backyard pool, or even a lap pool, Endless Pools require minimal maintenance – the pools are equipped with copper/silver purifiers that sanitize the pool (they kill bacteria and algae, and should be replaced every three to six months), so the only task for owners is taking a few minutes each week to test the water and add some bleach. Jacuzzis are all well and good, but these pools can also be fitted with optional jets to create a spalike environment, and they keep you in shape to boot. Starting from $20,400 24

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A SUPER HOT, SUPER FAST OVEN

www.turbochef.com As its name suggests – the TurboChef Speedcook 30-inch wall oven cooks your food fast – really fast. Not to mention better. Because this oven can cook at 15 times the speed of a regular oven, it leaves food juicier, crispier, and thus tastier. The high performance gourmet oven works by propelling hot air over your food at speeds of up to a whopping 60 miles per hour, and can do almost anything in no time flat, including perfectly roast a chicken in around 20 minutes – or get this, roast a 12-pound Thanksgiving turkey in just 42 minutes. It’s the ideal appliance for today’s time-poor home chefs… and as they say at TurboChef, “Sometimes, the best things come to those who can’t wait.” $7,895

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A SHOWER FROM SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW

www.jaclo.com While we all dream of a soothing bath after a stressful day, the shower is the chosen ritual of most people’s daily existence. So why not indulge in one that’s truly luxurious? JACLO’s Dream Light Rain Canopy not only showers users in a divine, rainlike canopy of water, its futuristic design also features a rainbow of LED lights that illuminate the droplets, allowing you to drench yourself in calming blue or green, energizing red or amber, or soothing white light. It’s not quite showering under a gentle waterfall in the midst of a rainforest beneath a radiant sunset, but it sure comes close. From $8,500

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A NUVO PERSONAL ROBOT

http://nuvo.jp The world fell in love with Honda’s humanoid robot, ASIMO, when it was first unveiled in 2000. ASIMO has grown up considerably since then, and now has a wide range of helpful household skills, including carrying and delivering a tray of refreshments, pushing a cart, climbing stairs, and even slalom skiing (okay, that last one doesn’t really have a domestic application – but it’s impressive). Sadly, ASIMO is not for sale, but there’s another helpful household robot on the retail market – the Nuvo from Japanese company ZMP Inc. Dubbed “the first humanoid robot for home use,” Nuvo is equal parts computer and companion. It can tell you the time, play music, act as a mobile baby monitor (in Japan it has proved popular among parents, who use it to remotely check up on their kids), take photos, bow, shake hands, and more. Nuvo is operable via voice recognition, remote control, or the internet by way of your cell phone. In Japan it is being marketed as not only a household helpmate, but a companion. Says a ZMP spokesman:“The objective of our company is to change the way humans do things by incorporating robotic technology into daily life.” Model shown: $7,000

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AN ’80s GAMING TABLE

www.thecoolhunter.net Everyone has to mature on a home-and-design level sometime – and that means losing the handme-down dorm room furniture and decorating like a grown-up. But with the Arcade Table, we think ’80s videogame fans can retain a youthful element to their interiors. In addition to being preloaded with Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong and over 40 other classic games, this table can also double as a desk, coffee table, dining table, or even a bar. The Arcade Table can be customized, for a price, with a range of cool colors and finishes, and fitted with heavy duty castors, or those designed specifically for the hardwood floors of your adult digs. For a truly old-school arcade experience, you can even add a fully operational, jam-resistant coin mechanism. Its makers in Australia (fear not – it can be modified to accommodate US currency and voltage) note that it can “complement your home, entertain and stimulate your co-workers, impress your friends, appease your kids and even bring out your own inner child on occasion.” Prices start at approx. $2,800

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Clean Water for Your Home or Business! Water Emporium LLC installs water purification, softening, or purification systems; In addition to our systems, we sell accounts for $35.00 – these include 100 gallons of water to use when you need it. Our water tastes fantastic, and is the prime nutrient in the human diet. Drinking pure water can help with your allergies, arthritis, asthma, fibromyalgia, hangover, or osteoporosis, so contact us today to order.

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The Leather Showroom offers your home a luxurious and sophisticated look while providing durability and quality that cannot be rivaled. The comfortable styles include hardwood frames and spring seating suspension with lifetime warranties. Leather Showroom is well known for having affordable high quality leather and fabric options. With over 100 styles to choose from, including 35 sectionals over 20 reclining models, and 30 sleepers, you will have no problem choosing the right color with over 150 available. Stop by The Leather Showroom today and start saving.

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A HOME IN THE TREETOPS

www.sybarite-uk.com When you’ve got the dream pad complete, it’s time to start making mental plans for your second home – a holiday house in the country, perhaps? And what could be cooler (not to mention more like a childhood fantasy realized) than a tree house? There have been many amazing tree houses designed by cutting-edge architects in recent years, from eco-friendly baubles that dangle in trees like Christmas ornaments to those that seem to hover in the trees, glowing from within like E.T.’s spaceship. But this is the realm of pipe dreams, so we chose the prefab tree house designed by London-based firm Sybarite UK Ltd. Their aptly named Treehouse comprises a modular, prefabricated system, one that allows owners to make the most of their natural setting without having a huge impact upon it. The system enables configurations ranging from one to five bedrooms, and was designed to be a low-maintenance concept, so it’s 70 percent self-sufficient. The Treehouse uses wind and solar power, has tripod legs specifically designed to avoid tree root damage, and is home to a rainwater tank that can provide enough water for its occupants’ bathing, laundry and flushing needs. And, to top it all off, it resembles a futuristic spaceage abode (or possibly the lair of a Bond movie supervillain). The projected cost of Sybarite’s Treehouse? Around a cool million US dollars.

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www.perrierjouet.com Nothing screams dream home more than a nice bottle of bubbly. But why settle for just any old fermented grapes? Instead, stock your wine cellar (or fantasize about doing so) with the most expensive champagne in the world: Perrier-Jouët’s By & For. Just don’t expect to be lining up at Trader Joe’s or BevMo for a bottle of this high-end fizz. The blend is made specifically for each buyer (they’ve capped production at 100 cases), using the prestigious Perrier-Jouët Fleur de Champagne, Blanc de Blancs cuvée as a base. But a case of one of the world’s most exclusive wines isn’t all you’ll get for the reported $78,000 sticker price. In forking over the dough, you will also learn firsthand the “closely guarded production secrets from the Chef De Caves, Hervé Deschamps – one of only seven House Cellar Masters to hold this esteemed position in two centuries.” Buyers also get the opportunity to experience a tasting in Deschamps’ personal workshop to determine their palate preferences. A case of champagne is then crafted specifically to their tastes, blended with the 2000 cuvée and stored for another year. Furthermore, the buyer and four friends are able to visit the bottling estate’s early 19th century guesthouse in Epernay, France, which has never been open to the public, and gaze at 200 original works from the Art Nouveau movement. When the blend is finally ready, buyers just need to find an occasion special enough to open a $78K bottle of champagne. But as the old adage goes, the moment you open a bottle of $78K champagne is when the special occasion occurs. Toast to the dream home, anyone? TW 32

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Michael Ryan & Associates is an experienced Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist that holds the keys to your perfect mortgage! The only Diamond Certified Mortgage Planner in Santa Clara County, our firm’s knowledge and expertise will easily guide you through the extensive maze of loan options for your home or business. Did you know that there are 9 different ways to secure a mortgage? A well-balanced and thoughtful mortgage and loan planning process can help ensure your financial stability now, and well into the future. What is the key to your perfect mortgage? Call Michael Ryan & Associates today to find out. The ideal loan for your home or business may be a phone call away! 408-986-1798

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All American Builders (AAB) has been in business for over 10 years and is maturing into one of the most quality-oriented construction companies in the South Bay Area. William and Lisa Hatfield, the owners and founders, have over 20 years building experience in California. AAB imbues the “get the job done” attitude with conscientious qualities that save money in the long run. Our efficient price structure and mild profit margins allow for absolute quality built in, from the first nail driven to the last. AAB prides itself on teamwork, a network of proven contractors as well as top-notch personnel to get the job done right the first time. A commitment to quality and customer service is top priority for our team of professionals.

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Alfresco Eats Create an extra dining room with these outdoor collections. BY JO ABBIE

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Today’s outdoor dining rooms can easily eclipse the beauty of their interior counterparts, thanks to an ever-increasing array of furniture collections designed specifically for the outdoor lifestyle. From long wooden tables that could accommodate the Thanksgiving family feast (given a freakishly warm November – hey, it could happen!) to small round tables straight out of a Parisian bistro, there’s something for outdoor spaces of all dimensions – expansive backyards, beach cottage patios or small, inner-city apartment balconies. So it’s never been easier to transform your backyard, courtyard or balcony into your own private alfresco café. TW

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WHERE TO BUY Crate & Barrel, 301 Santana Row, San Jose (408) 247-0600; 530 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto (650) 321-7800 www.crateandbarrel.com CB2, www.cb2.com Design Within Reach, Santana Row, 3080 Stevens Creek Blvd., Ste. 1010, San Jose (408) 261-8875; 447 University Ave., Palo Alto (650) 328-2700 www.dwr.com West Elm, www.westelm.com Williams-Sonoma Home, 379-A Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto (650) 473-3700 www.wshome.com

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01 Williams-Sonoma Home Santorini collection in plantation-grown teak: extendable table $1,850; chair $650, umbrella $550 (stand $100). 02 Crate & Barrel Trovata collection in plantation-grown teak: table $1,199 ($1,799 with extension); dining chair $379; dining bench $400; rectangular umbrella in Lockwood stripe $399 (stand $79.95). 03 Design Within Reach Lucca collection: round table $1,500 and dining armchair $600. 04 CB2 Eddy round bistro table $169; and Rex dining chairs $59.95. 05 West Elm Wood Slat collection: table $349; dining chair $149; bench $179; outdoor umbrella $119 (stand $69.95).


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MOUNTAIN VIEW Ethan Allen, 861 E. El Camino Real (650) 967-3059; 5285 Prospect Rd., San Jose (408) 996-9400; 925 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose (408) 227-4900 www.ethanallen.com

PALO ALTO Crate & Barrel, 530 Stanford Shopping Center (650) 321-7800; 301 Santana Row, San Jose (408) 247-0600 www.crateandbarrel.com Design Within Reach, 447 University Ave. (650) 328-5900 www.dwr.com IKEA, 1700 E. Bayshore Rd. (650) 323-4532 www.ikea.com

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Knies, executive director of the San Jose Downtown Association, puts it this way: “The Earthquakes were good for the city before the team left. Now we’re glad to have ‘our team’ back in its hometown.” That previous Earthquakes club was extremely successful on the field, winning a pair of MLS championships in 2001 and 2003. Just five years later, the name remains the same, but almost everything else is completely new. That’s often an exciting proposition in life. In sports, however, it brings the heavy burden of starting over as an expansion team.

“I don’t think people are expecting much,” says Fox Sports senior soccer writer Jamie Trecker. “In MLS, expansion teams – with the notable exception of the Chicago Fire in 1998 – have performed very poorly.” Not surprisngly, some of the Bay Area’s most passionate soccer fans disagree. Don Gagliardi is president of Soccer Silicon Valley, whose mission is to build a permanent home for soccer in the Bay Area. “I predict people will be pleasantly surprised by how the Earthquakes perform on the field this season,” he says. “Already the club has won the 2008 Carolina Challenge Cup trophy. Historically, the team that has done that has gone on to win the MLS Cup or at least the Supporters’ Shield for the league’s best regular season record.” On the sidelines, the Earthquakes will be led by head coach Frank Yallop. Not a bad choice, it seems. Yallop was the guy who coached the club to its aforementioned two MLS championships, so he’s had success. He’s also considered to be “one of the most 44


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thoughtful, decent guys in the sport,” according to Trecker. Plus, Yallop should be free to focus on soccer. You wouldn’t think that would be too hard. He is, after all, a soccer coach. But last season, Yallop was the head man for the LA Galaxy, which became the muchpublicized home of David Beckham. Thanks to injuries, Beckham wasn’t on the field much – even though he’d signed a $250 million, five-year contract (including salary and commercial endorsements).

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Jamie Trecker thinks Yallop will respond well to being out of the fishbowl. “I don’t think anyone associated with the Galaxy was quite prepared for the attention they got with Beckham,” he asserts. “It really hurt the team at the locker room level.” Some Earthquakes backers may invoke the name of Beckham in a completely different context starting on May 3, when the team opens its home schedule on its main field. That’s because, for three years, the Quakes will make Santa Clara University’s Buck Shaw Stadium their primary digs. (As movie buffs may remember, the protagonist of the 2002 indie flick Bend It Like Beckham wanted to play soccer at SCU.) The club will also make Oakland’s McAfee Coliseum 44

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its home away from home for a few select dates, including Apr. 12 against the Chicago Fire, as well as Jun. 14 and Aug. 3 against Beckham and the Galaxy. Goalkeeper Joe Cannon, an Earthquake when the team won its 2001 MLS title, told MLSnet.com that “it’s important that (the fans) come out and are vocal.” Home field advantage is a vital element in every sport. Players excel when the home crowd brings a special, almost tactile energy to a match. On-field success often leads to off-field success, which makes it more likely that this version of the Earthquakes will be in San Jose for the long haul. To that end, the San Jose City Council is considering a plan for an 18,000-20,000 seat soccer stadium on the former FMC site near the Mineta San Jose International Airport. Don Gagliard has his fingers crossed. “We’re very optimistic that the new stadium will be built. All signs are positive,” he says. “And we’re confident that, provided there’s a new stadium, the club is here to stay.” TW Earthquakes home opener, Apr. 12, McAfee Coliseum, Oakland. For all the latest on the team and its schedule, head to sjearthquakes.mlsnet.com.


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02 Philips Norelco Arcitec 1090 Handsomely sleek and chic, the Arcitec boasts the “first-ever 360degree” pivoting system, which helps users get close to difficult shaving areas, such as the neck. It’s also versatile enough to trim beards, mustaches and sideburns with exquisite precision. Its charge reserves more than an hour of shave time, resulting in less energy consumption.

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04 Remington MicroFlex R-650S A rotary shaver perfect for those on a budget. The MicroFlex is an upgrade from an earlier, well-reviewed model, and features a solid money-back guarantee and an extensive warranty. All that, plus you can clean it with water.

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01 Braun Pulsonic 9585CC, $239-$269, at Best Buy, Sears and Circuit City 02 Philips Norelco Arcitec 1090, $169.99-$249.99, at Target, Circuit City, Linens ‘n Things, Wal-Mart and Best Buy 03 Panasonic Pro Curve Wet/Dry ES4026, from $40, at www.panasonic.com 04 Remington MicroFlex R-650S, from $49.95, at Best Buy and Target 05 Remington MS-900S, from $89, at Best Buy and Target


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Services: Massages (Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology), facials (European, deep cleansing, express, fruit enzyme peel, glycolic acid peel, anti-aging vitamin repair), microdermabrasion, back facials, sea salt scrub, hand, nail and feet care, hair salon, waxing, tanning, makeup application and lessons. Special Features: Innovators provides in-salon or on-location styling, makeup application, manicures, pedicures, massages, and facials for special occasions such as a bridal party, prom or romantic date. STAR SALON & SPA $ 2260 S. Bascom Ave. (408) 377-2151 www.starsalonspa.com

Services: Facials (refresher, classic European, ultimate European), massages (back and neck, full body, deep tissue, foot reflexology), tanning, hair removal, nail care and full salon services. Special Features: If a regular facial just doesn’t cut it for you, go for the Ultimate at Star Salon & Spa. It’s 80 minutes of pure facial bliss with an AHA chemical peel that smoothes fine lines, lightens hyper pigmentation and promotes cell growth, followed by hydrating, toning, a facial, and a neck and shoulder massage, and ending with a nourishing masque. Also, check out the massage packages, which are a great bargain at $240 for six half-hour sessions.

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40000 Fremont Blvd., Ste. D (510) 656-2100 www.clarityspa.com

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lifting, aromatherapy, refresher), microdermabrasion, peel (sensi, ultra peel I/II, PCA), body treatments (back, lymphatic drainage cellulite treatment, mind and body rejuvenation, French soft and silk salt glow, perfect legs), waxing, and tinting. Special Features: Extra means better at Clarity Spa with $20-andbelow add-ons that will enhance your spa experience. Get an instant super lift for $20 or the special ampoule containing vitamins A, E, C, collagen, DNA and oxygen for $12.

microdermabrasion), permanent makeup, hair treatments, and waxing. Special Features: Take a dip in their hydrotherapy tub and take home something special from their boutique, which sells designer jewelry, lingerie and health products.

EUROPEAN DAY SPA $

630 Purissima St. (650) 726-1244 www.primrosespa.com

40643 Grimmer Blvd. (510) 770-1237 www.europeandayspa.com

Services: Massages (hot stone, Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology, integrated, aromatherapy, prenatal, spa hand and foot), facials (European deep pore cleansing, Dermalift nonsurgical facial lift, glycolic acid, acne, back, men’s), body treatments (salt glow body polishing with hydrotherapy bath, cellulite, seaweed body wrap, mud body wrap, slimming/detoxification, buff and bronze w/hypnotherapy), makeup, eye treatment, manicures, and pedicures. Special Features: Spa packages are the way to go if you can’t decide how best to pamper yourself. From career women and moms-to-be to teenagers and couples, European Day Spa has you covered. LAVENDER BEAUTY SPA $$$

47854 Warm Springs Blvd. (510) 353-1311 www.lavenderbeautyspa.com

Services: Facials (classic, Repechage four layer, Hungarian organic, hyper hydrating, teen, acne, silkpeel, anti-wrinkle firming and lifting defense, lightening, puffy-eye treatment, oxygen treatment, LumiLift, Lumifacial), body treatments (mud wrap, body contour wrap, lemon sugar body polish, spa paraffin, cellulite treatment), waxing, and eyelash perming. Special Features: Rehydrate with oxygen and choose one of Lavender’s facial treatments like the ECHO2Plus Oxygen Treatment System, which uses pure medical grade oxygen packed with 87 different vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids. VISUAL IMAGE SALON $

5200 Mowry Ave., Ste. C (510) 792-5922 www.visualimagesalon.com

Services: Facials (signature, traditional European, acne, glycolic acid peel, microdermabrasion, back), eye, lip and neck treatments, eyebrow and lash tinting, waxing, hair salon, and makeup. Special Features: Become a model and get your haircut or colored for free. Models are used for training future hair stylists, and qualified educators are on hand to supervise.

GILROY BEAUTY LOUNGE $$$

1275 First St. (408) 846-5172

Services: Massages (reflexology, shiatsu, prenatal, sports, Swedish, aromatherapy, warm stone), tanning, facials (anti-aging, deep pore, acne, glycolic, enzyme peel,

HALF MOON BAY PRIMROSE COUNTRY DAY SPA $

Services: Massages (Swedish, deep tissue, four hands, aromatherapy, warm stone, couples, prenatal), facials (pumpkin, resurfacing, rosacea, Jan Marini C-ESTA, teen, enzyme peel, hyper pigment treatment, acne), body wraps (herbal, mud, seaweed), scrubs, waxing, tinting, hand and feet care, and electrolysis. Special Features: Facials are Primrose’s specialty, with options like Epicurean enzyme and oxygen treatment, salicylic acid, microcurrent eye treatment and frozen live cell therapy. RITZ-CARLTON, HALF MOON BAY SPA $$$$

One Miramontes Point Rd. (650) 712-7040 www. ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/ HalfMoonBay/Spa/Default.htm

Services: Massages and touch therapies (Half Moon Bay signature, couples, sports, reflexology, prenatal, Thai, invigorating scalp, shiatsu, healing stone, deep tissue), facials (calming lavender, the Half Moon Bay, men’s protection, renovateur, deep cleansing, Carita intense hydrating renovateur, Carita extreme softness renovateur, Carita purifying balance renovateur, Carita lift firming renovateur, Prada radiance visage), body treatments (pumpkin body peel, Prada replenishing body facial, fresh lavender wrap, aromatherapy body polish), nailcare, hair salon, hair removal, makeup, fitness center, and wellness services. Special Features: This ritzy spa’s fitness center, steam room, sauna, whirlpool, and coed Roman mineral bath are complimentary for guests purchasing a treatment.

LOS ALTOS CIANA DAY SPA AND SALON $$

111 Main St. (Salon); 107 Main St. (Spa), (650) 941-1285 www.cianasalonspa.com

Services: Facials (essential, ultimate, elemental nature, outer peace acne relief, men’s, LaStone, purifying facial for acneprone skin, 55-minute express, microdermabrasion), waxing, hand and feet therapy, hair salon, and makeup. Special Features: If you want the pampering to continue at home, throw a microdermabrasion party, where a certified esthetician from Ciana visits you.

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YELKA DAY SPA $$$

2049 Grant Rd. (650) 9691117 www.yelkadayspa.com

Services: Facial therapies (Treatment 21TM, pumpkin pie refining peel, hydraplenishing oxygen, MoistureLock collagen, ultimate decadence, mini decadence, regenerating caviar pearl, frosty mint spirulina, intense glycol-firming, microdermabrasion, Lumi, acne), massages (deep tissue, aromatherapy, aqua-thermal trio, personalized plus, mom-to-be, Treatment 21TM deep relaxation), body treatments (Adriatic lavender salt polish, chocolate raspberry buff, cellulite reduction, slimming detox, hand brightening and retexturizing, reflexology, aromatic scalp treatment), waxing, tinting, and spa packages. Special Features: Caviar used to be something you ate, but now it’s something you put on your face – well, almost. The Regenerating Caviar Pearl Facial takes the finest of caviar extracts, which compel skin cells to metabolize, leaving your face radiant.

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Services: Massages (deep tissue, trigger-point, acupressure, Thai, reflexology, Swedish gentle, hot stone, Reiki, lymphatic drainage, prenatal), facials (Cloud 9), body treatments (herbal cellulite wrap with foot reflexology, fabulous bodacial with salt scrub, herbal mask, aroma steam, moisture treatment), hair removal, nail care, naturopathic medicine, chemical and metabolic rebalancing, and chiropractic services. Special Features: Feel weightless in a flotation tank filled with 800 lbs. of Epsom Salt – proven to relieve stress and muscle tension. GABRIELLE SALON $$

540 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Ste. D (408) 395-7260

Services: Massages (aromatherapy, Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, prenatal, sports, chair, focus), facials (Aromessance, men’s, teen, sea, sensitive skin, deep pore cleansing, antioxidant, glycolic peel, back), body treatments (salt glow, moor mud, coffee scrub, airbrush tanning), waxing, nail care, hair salon, and makeup. Special Features: Coffee lovers should try the Café Latte manicure, in which the hands are soaked in coffee beans, and steamed milk before the rest of the treatment. LUSCIOUS SKIN $

401 Alberto Way, Ste. D (408) 370-9121 www.lusciousskin.com

Services: Massages (therapeutic Esalen, Reiki technique), facials (fountain of youth petite, tropical, deep cleansing European, firming, deep pore cleanse, soothing “C,” paprika with AHA, Lisa’s seasonal special), brow/lash tinting, and hair removal. Special Features: Try the Paprika Facial with AHA, the signature treatment which “regenerates, rejuvenates, and detoxifies” the skin.

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THE MOMMY SPA $$

413-A Monterey Ave., (408) 395-2009 www.themommyspa.com

Services: Massages (specializing in pregnancy and postpartum massage, plus Swedish relaxation, deep tissue, and hot stone massage, trigger point therapy, and couples and infant massage classes). Also offers Reiki and guided meditation. Special Features: Founder Lindsay MacInnis has extensive training and experience, studying under such recognized experts as New York’s Elaine Stillerman, and San Diego’s Carol Osborne-Sheets. As a result, she has advanced certification in pregnancy massage, and over 70 hours of specific prenatal training. For new mommies, newborns to three-month-olds are welcome during postpartum therapy sessions, with time for infant care and feeding as needed. RENDEZVOUS SALON & DAY SPA $$

529 N. Santa Cruz Ave. (408) 354-3085

Services: Massages (warm stone, Swedish body, therapeutic, aromatherapy), facials (Rendezvous ultimate, detoxifying, anti-aging rejuvenation, acne controlling), skin resurfacing (microdermabrasion, exfoliation power peels), hair salon, nail care, hair removal, brow design, and makeup. Special Features: Rendezvous offers special add-on services, including detoxifying arm treatment, décolleté microdermabrasion and rejuvenation treatment, balancing back facial, hydrating hand and paraffin treatment, and after facial makeup application. Makeup applications in styles such as film, photography and television are also provided. SHANGRI-LA LOTUS $$

412-A Monterey Ave. (408) 3951139 www.jennysbeauty.com

Services: Eyelash extensions, permanent makeup, hair styling, curling and straightening, facials (Heavenly Indulgence, classic, teen facial, Dermafile, back treatment), microdermabrasion, waxing, spa pedicures, manicures and nail care, makeup for weddings and special occasions. Special Features: Owner Jenny Dinh has been doing eyelash extensions for over 15 years. During the wedding season, she’s given as many as 10 brides a month the long, lush lashes of their dreams. STUDIO JOULE $$

130A N. Santa Cruz Ave. (408) 395-3773 www.studiojoule.com

Services: Massages (30-, 60-, 90minute; sole session foot reflexology treatment; Joule face and body duo, mother-to-be, eucalyptus escape), facials (classic Joule, petite studio, studio teen, microdermabrasion, lightening, Obagi skincare system, Joule facial packages, Jan Marini signature), hair removal, lash and brow tint, and makeup. Special Features: Find out what makeup looks best on you with a complimentary consultation with Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics.

YVETTE’S INSTITUTE DE BEAUTE $$

248 W. Main St. (408) 395-1551

Services: Massages (aromatherapy massage, aromatic sauna wrap, tension relief neck and shoulder, renewing hand treatment), facials (deep pore cleansing, Guinot hydradermie oxygenating, hydradermie plus anti-aging, ultimate hydration, calming sensitive skin, purifying teen, regulating, aromaplasty mineral, luminizing, lift defense – collagen, oxyliance revitalizing, flash beaute vitamin C, evidence antiaging firming, refreshing mini, deep cleansing back, soothing eye contour treatment), body treatments (Swiss herbal wrap, anti-cellulite body mask, toning/ firming sculptural, mother-to-be, firming neck and décolleté mask), makeup, lash and brow tint, hair removal, and nail care. Special Features: For intensive care, go for the Glycolic Acid Peel or the Beta Hydroxy Acid Peel. The Glycolic is designed to make skin healthy and glowing, and with the Beta you can choose a booster to treat a particular problem area.

MENLO PARK INSPIRATION DAY SPA $$

325 Sharon Park Dr. (650) 854-5885 www.inspirationdayspa.com

Services: Massages (signature, deep tissue, heated desert stone, neck, back and shoulders, prenatal, reflexology, shiatsu, Swedish), facials (inspiration, rose quartz, age perfecting, collagen veil mask, microdermabrasion), body treatments (Hamman, green clay mud wrap, champagne, caramel chocolate sundae, journey to serenity, bronzing), waxing, hair salon, makeup, and nail care. Special Features: The DNA CryoStemTM skin therapy system fuses the synergy of DermaNutraceutical technology with cryogenic bio-cell therapy to hydrate your skin. Integrate it into your day at the spa and take some home for later use. PERSONA DAY SPA $

1166 El Camino Real (650) 328-2836 www.personadayspa-mp.com

Services: Facials (European, vitamin C, collagen, teen, men’s, glycolic), body treatments (botanical body buff, parafango firming and anti-cellulite series, back cleansing), massages (Swedish, reflexology, deep tissue), makeup, lash tinting and perming, and waxing. Services: Marriage should not be taken lightly and neither should the wedding day. That’s why Persona Day Spa offers prewedding consultations on makeup application, and, if needed, onlocation assistance on your big day.

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THERMAE DAY SPA $$$

103 Gilbert Ave. (650) 8333131 www.thermaespa.com

Services: Massages (classic relaxing, deep tissue, hydrotherapy, lymphatic, maternity, warm soothing stone specialty, aromatherapy, neck, back and shoulder), facials (purifying/deep hydrating, oxygen, aromatherapy, anti-aging, vitamin C, teen, men’s, microdermabrasion), body treatments (exfoliating salt scrub, hydrating and healing mud wrap, detoxifying herbal wrap, hydrotherapy baths, nail care, waxing, and makeup. Special Features: It’s not enough just to look great on the outside. Therma’s wellness center takes care of your inner being with services such as counseling, a 25-minute meditation session and personalized Ayurveda nutrition sessions (to help you understand what foods are best for you, according to your mind and body type).

MOUNTAIN VIEW AMERICAN MALE SALON $$$

560 Showers Dr. (650) 9419994 www.americanmale.com

Services: Waxing, salon services, paraffin hand dips, foot and hand detailing, skin and back treatments, and massages (Swedish stress relief, deep tissue sports, reflexology). Special Features: American Male Salon offers a host of packages to help men look and feel great, such as the three-and-a-half-hour Ultimate American Male Combo that includes a Swedish massage, facial, hand and foot detailing plus a professional haircut.

PALO ALTO BEAUTY CLINICA $$$

200 S. California Ave. (650) 326-3442 www.beautyclinica.com

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810 San Antonio Rd. (650) 852-0546 www.bodykneads-dayspa.com

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sacral, hot stone, lymphatic drainage, reflexology, hot stone, shiatsu, sports), facials (European, express mini, alpha hydroxy, mini, men’s, teen, crystal peel, back, vitamin C, eye treatment), body treatments (Body Xcell, cellulite, aromatic bath), hair removal, nail care, hand and foot therapy, permanent makeup, and tanning. Special Features: With Body Xcell, the use of gyratory vibration percussion stimulates and nourishes your skin and tissues to help dissolve fat and rid cellulite. DESTINO SPA $$$

4335 El Camino Real (650) 947-0203 www.destinospa.net

Services: Massages (Gardenia aroma Swedish, shiatsu, prenatal, healing warm stone), facials (revitalizing pumpkin, caviar, pomegranate, collagen silk, Mandarin C aromatic, purification, men’s, tropical taste, radiant caviar, deep cleansing back), resurfacing treatments (microdermabrasion, advanced exfoliation, sugar and beta peels, lactic acid and green tea), spa rituals (Bali bliss, Sanur seaweed wrap, minty earth and sea mud wrap, lava purification wrap), feet therapy, body polishes, baths and soaks, waxing, and makeup. Special Features: Feed your skin and senses with one of Destino’s appetizing treats. Try the Caramel Turtle Inspiration, which starts off with a dry brush exfoliation and delicious chocolate dip wrap. For something sweeter, have a go at Chocolate Chip Devotion, which includes a yummy chocolate chip scrub and strawberries-and-cream custom massage. JUUT SALON SPA $$$

240 University Ave. (650) 328-4067 www.juut.com

Services: Salon services, waxing, makeup, facials (basic, replenishing, Juut Spa, eye zone treatment), body treatments (aroma body wrap, salt glow, herbal back treatment), and nail services. Special Features: Get a cut and color at reduced prices from licensed professionals in the process of obtaining advanced training at Juut’s Roseville training location. LA BELLE DAY SPA $$$

www.labelledayspas.com 95 Town & Country Village (650) 327-6964 36 Stanford Shopping Center (650) 326-8522

Services: Massages (therapeutic, hot stone, lymphatic draining, post- and prenatal, Swedish), facials (Back on Top, Bye Bye Spots, custom peels, epicuren enzyme, five carat glow, La Belle royal touch, quick clean, quick exfoliation, sea meets stone, slim and lift), body treatments (Endermologie®, aromatic mud, wine and roses scrub), waxing, laser hair removal, Botox, salon services, nails, regular, and permanent makeup. Special Features: Turn back the clock in just four hours with Timeless Radiance, the anti-aging spa package that combines a Forever Young Facial to minimize wrinkles and brighten and firm skin, and an invigorating full-body glycolic body exfoliation. Also, check out their extensive menu of services for men, which includes grooming and sports manicure and pedicure.

SKINSPIRIT CLINIC AND SPA $$$

701 Emerson St. (650) 3249600 www.skinspirit.com

Services: Botox, chemical peels, dermal fillers (collagen, Hylaform, Radiesse, Restylane), intense pulsed light, laser hair removal, Thermage, vein laser therapy, acupuncture, sclerotherapy, massages (Swedish, deep tissue, lymphatic drainage, La Stone, pre- and postnatal, cellulite therapy), facials (signature, clarifying, teen, vitamin C, oxygen, paprika, microdermabrasion), waxing, lash and brow tinting. Special Features: Treatment21TM is an entirely new way to relax – combine a specially designed skincare treatment with one of five therapeutic guided visualization journeys on a CD and listened to with headphones. WATERCOURSE WAY $$

165 Channing Ave. (650) 462-2000 www.watercourseway.com

Services: Massages (aromatherapy, deep muscle, hot stone), facials (natural scrub, deep cleansing, moor therapy treatment, Hungarian paprika, organic, honey and yogurt, vitamin C, moisturizing, anti-stress, express, royal anti-aging, custom herbal peels), spa treatments (Red Flower Sento ritual, rain dance revitalizing skin treatment, moor therapy, salt glow, thermal seaweed wrap, Essensa’s 3D spa therapy), Ayurvedic rituals, and foot treatment. Special Features: This relaxing retreat boasts nine private hot tub rooms with a range of décor and amenities, including multijetted spas, wood tubs, saunas, and cold plunges with steam rooms.

SAN JOSE SANDRA M. SKINCARE $$

6110 Camino Verde Dr., Ste. 5, San Jose (408) 224-1223 www.sandramskincare.com

Services: Facials (clarifying mask treatment, specialty and therapeutic), corrective skincare (microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, glycolic peels, acne treatment, Sensi peel, power peel, pumpkin peel, oxygenating trio, ultra peel, PCA peel, Esthetique peel, rapid exfoliation), waxing, permanent makeup, sunless body glow treatment. Product lines (Jan Marini Skin Research, Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, Revitalash). Special Features: Owner Sandra M. had 14 years of experience as a medical assistant before undertaking four years of study in the skincare field. 1240 SALON & SPA $$$ 1240 S. Bascom Ave. (408) 295-3886

Services: Waxing, facials (back, pumpkin, red wine, glycolic, enzyme, lymphatic drainage), microdermabrasion, nail services, salon services, and hair extensions. Special Features: 1240’s vascular blemish removal treatment clears skin of broken blood vessels, spider veins and skin tags, leaving it smooth and blemish free.

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THE ALEXANDRIA SALON & SPA $$

1346 The Alameda, Ste. 8 (408) 971-2926 www.thealexandriasalon.com

Services: Massages (aromatherapy, deep tissue, hot stone, Swedish, sports and chair), facials (mini, full, European, thermo-plastic mask, algo mask, sea C spa treatment, botinol, hydro lifting and collagen 90 II), waxing, threading, manicure, pedicure, body treatments (parafango wrap, back parafango for men, body shaping and firming, Dead Sea salt glow and purifying back treatment), and makeup. Special Features: All skin treatments include a complimentary makeup retouch featuring Glominerals cosmetics, also sold at Alexandria’s. ANGEL FACE DAY SPA $$

833 S. Winchester Blvd. (408) 247-3223 www.angelfacedayspa.com

Services: Facials (hydrating, revitalizing, de-stressing, angel face, alpha hydroxy, back, gentlemen’s and teen), body treatments (European herbal wrap, European ocean glow, seaweed wrap, hair and scalp treatment), massages (Swedish, aromatherapy, deep tissue, acupressure), and makeup. Special Features: Angel Face offers specialty treatments like the Epicuren Enzyme Facial Treatment (natural enzymes, proteins and botanicals free of chemical preservatives, fragrances and colors) and the Micro Derma Facial, which uses a specially formulated microcrystal cream (that removes dry or damaged cells) to achieve results similar to that of a microdermabrasion machine. ATELIER AVEDA LIFESTYLE SALON AND SPA $$

378 Santana Row, Ste. 1120 (408) 244-4222 www.atelieraveda.com

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Services: Facials (botanical skin resurfacing, men’s, self renewal), body treatments (Caribbean therapy, back), treatment enhancers, waxing, tinting, hair salon, and makeup. Special Features: All hair services begin with a consultation to determine what procedures are best for you, based on your lifestyle, face shape, hair texture and length. Hair color consultations are based on hair color wheels that are used as calculation tools to find the best shade for your natural color from Aveda’s exclusive products. AYOMA LIFESPA $$$

355 Santana Row, Fifth Floor (408) 423-5424 www.ayomalifespa.com

Services: Massages (traditional Kerala sports massage, four-handed Ayuverdic massage, aromatic herbal oil, traditional Indian), waxing, hand and feet therapy, facials (Soundarya deep cleansing, Mukhralepa Ayurvedic herbal), body treatments, and wellness plans. Special Features: This restful haven in Hotel Valencia is the only Ayurvedic (a 5,000-year-old healing system from India) wellness spa in the Bay Area, and offers consultations and custom spa packages.

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BELLA BELLA SALON $$

2688 Union Ave. (408) 559-4247

Services: Massages (one hour full body, Swedish and deep tissue), nail treatments, permanent makeup, hair treatments, waxing, and facials (European, time saver, paraffin wax and dermalyse). Special Features: This familyowned business boasts its own Vidal Sassoon stylist and beautician who studied in New York and Europe. BURKE WILLIAMS SPA $$$ 355 Santana Row, Ste. 2010 (408) 241-0071 www.burkewilliamsspa.com

Services: Massages (pure relaxation, deep tissue/sports, pregnancy, traditional Japanese shiatsu, Swedish/shiatsu combo, reflexology, Thai, Reiki, lymphatic, cranial sacral), facials (spa-style, nourishing, oxygen, organic enzymes, microdermabrasion, back), signature treatments (Hunter’s retreat, Savannah’s surrender, salt glo, body wash, parafango), waxing, body wraps (thermal seaweed, detox/ calming, Calistoga getaway), handand-foot therapy, and hair salon. Special Features: If you’re looking to host a business meeting or office party with a twist, Burke Williams has conference room and party facilities. After that, wash away work stress in one of their luxurious spa baths (herbal, seaweed, milk, and mud). DOLCE VITA DAY SPA & SALON $$

630 N. First St. (408) 287-0200 www.dolcevitaspa.com

Services: Massages (Swedish, aromatherapy, pre- and postnatal, Shiatsu, deep tissue, reflexology, foot, hot stone), facials (express, deep cleansing, oxy-vital, hydrating, botanical Botox, glycolic acid peel), body treatments (micro-buff body polish, sea salt, aromatherapy, moor mud, detoxifying seaweed, cellulite body wrap), manicures, pedicures, hair salon, makeup, and waxing. Special Features: Detoxify and hydrate their skin with water therapies, like the purifying steam sauna and the balneotherapy aroma bath. FACE FORWARD SKINCARE $$

1610 Blossom Hill Rd., Ste. 3 (408) 206-2426 www.faceforwarskincare.com

Services: Massages (Swedish, structural/deep tissue, sidelying), body treatments (bust and décolleté, salt glow, seaweed body wrap, desert heat body wrap), chemical peels, post-surgical treatments (Silico-Lipid mask, CCH mask), facials (European, deep pore, express, luminous C and sea, plantomer, antifree radical, rosacea), waxing, and microdermabrasion. Special Features: Personalized service, value pricing, flexible hours, and results-oriented products and services, along with the revolutionary illumiMed® LED system that rejuvenates the skin and reduces the appearance of cellulite, make Face Forward a great find. JASKIRAN $

2833 Riedel Rd. (408) 309-1090

Services: Massages (hands and feet, feet only, traditional Indian head), facials (refreshing and hydrating, deep pore cleansing, acne, anti-aging peptide resurfacing peel, enzyme, back), body

wraps (salt glow, enzymatic sea mud), spa packages (Renewal, Restoration, Promenade the Spa, Maternity Spa Day), hair removal, threading, lash and brow tint, and makeup. Special Features: If you’re looking for more pampering to go with a facial, ask for one of these add ons: foot remedy, hand and wrist massage, glycolic hand peel, or paraffin treatment for hands and feet. Jaskiran also offers henna tattoo applications. LA CONCHA SPA $$$

1042 Lincoln Ave. (408) 286-8612 www.laconchaspa.com

Services: Massages (Swedish, shiatsu, deep tissue, carpal tunnel syndrome, foot reflexology, prenatal, sports, chair, Reiki, lymphatic drainage), facials (Fruitopia, hydrating, deep cleansing, regenerating, acne, glycolic, back), mineral and herbal oil baths, body scrubs and wraps, tanning, cellulite treatments, manicures, pedicures, hand and foot therapy, hair salon and makeup. Special Features: Heaven has a name and it’s the Grand Escape Spa Package. For $760, a couple gets seven hours of aromatherapy sauna, body scrub, choice of baths, full facial, one-hour massage, lunch, manicure, pedicure. PERSIMMON SPA & TANNING $$$

1415 The Alameda (408) 298-2900 www.persimmonspa.com

Services: Massages (deep tissue, Swedish, sports, motherhood, local area emphasizing), facial treatments (DNA anti-aging treatment, signature Persimmon, deep pore cleansing, gentlemen’s relaxing facial, teen, back treatment), waxing and tanning. Special Features: Persimmon Spa & Tanning specializes in anti-aging facials that promise immediate results during the first treatment that will last up to three months. LA CHOZA DAY SPA $$$

1451 Foxworthy Ave. (408) 448-0573 www.lachozadayspa.com

Services: Massages (pure relaxation, deep tissue, thermal heated stone, prenatal, reflexology for hand and feet), facials (vitamin C skin brightening, AHA glycolic, hydrating, rejuvenating collagen, pore purifying, men’s, mini), body treatments (La Choza surrender, chocolate delight body treatment, purification body mask, salt glow, deep cleansing back), spa packages (Spa Romance, La Choza, Total Body, Personal Spa Experience), hair removal, manicures and pedicures, and makeup. Special Features: Try out the Revitalizing Eye Care and Revitalizing Lip Care add-on treatments if a facial isn’t enough, and let your feet soak in a tasty treat with the Mocha Lava or Citrus Splash pedicures. NEW IMAGE EUROPEAN SKIN CARE AND DAY SPA $$

14432 Union Ave. (408) 371-5974 www.newimagedayspa.com

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Services: Massages (Swedish, Shiatsu, deep tissue, sports, aromatherapy, reflexology), facials (deep pore cleansing, aromatherapy, microdermabrasion, sea, antioxidant, teen acne), body treatments (detox essential oil wrap for cellulite, bamboo and lemongrass body buff, plum crush body buff), hydrotherapy, hair salon, makeover, permanent cosmetics, waxing, and nail care. Special Features: This urban retreat is one out of 10 spas in the nation to offer the elaborate Jamu Indonesian spa rituals. The Javanese Lulur™ Royal Ritual, which begins with a Balinese massage and culminates in a luxurious petal bath and a slathering of Jasmine Frangipani Lotion, is fit for a queen. This ritual is administered to royal brides 40 days before the wedding as a skin purification and beauty ritual. PURE BLISS DAY SPA $$

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1044 Lincoln Ave. (408) 277-0911 www.salondelavie.com

Services: Hair treatments (cutting, color, thermal straightening, perms and deep conditioning), waxing, facials (hydrating, deep cleansing, acne solution, peel, European, pumpkin, glycolic, vitamin C) Special Features: Special events are their forte. Salon De La Vie offers makeup and hair styling services to help you look your best for your prom, weddings and other special occasions. SERENITY DAY SPA $$$

1123 Luchessi Dr. (408) 4487546 www.serenityds.com

Services: Facials (antioxidant lifting, aroma, alpha vital, oxygen plus, back, teen, mini), peels (benefit, purity, pomegranate, deep sea, timeless), body wraps (aromatherapy mud, seaweed, herbal detox, parafango full body), body scrubs (lavender, sugar bamboo smoothie, bronze & glow), massages (Swedish, sports, pregnancy, LaStone, Shirodhara head and scalp, underwater), waxing, permanent makeup, nail and foot treatments, and makeup. Special Features: Relax under water with Serenity Day Spa’s underwater massage where you’ll sink into a warm hydrotherapy bath complete with 22 pulsating jets and scented with one of their special botanical sachets. The treatment ends with a massage application of a botanical hydrating lotion. SKIN BASICS $$$

1035 S. De Anza Blvd., Ste. 5A (408) 861-0650 www.skin-basics.net

Services: Massages (30-, 60-, 90-minute), facials (benefit, purity, lighten up, rescue, petite), resurfacing treatments (Epicuren enzyme peel, purity peel, benefit peel, timeless peel), hair removal, and lash tint. Special Features: Unwind with one of the four appropriately named spa packages: Pamper, Relax, Heavenly, or Pure Bliss. SONA MEDSPA $$$

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Services: Laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation programs (healthy skin system, skin illuminating system, skin renewal system, sun repair system, acne care system, skin resolution system, and Sona select system). Special Features: Experience the Sona Concept: a personalized treatment program that targets each anatomical area for treatment during the exact window of time most effective for hair removal and anti-aging services.

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200 Edenvale Ave. (408) 227-2227 www.beingspausa.com

Services: Massages (therapeutic, relaxation, deep tissue, sportspecific, couples, prenatal), body therapies (herbal back treatment, body sculpting), facials (Purify/ clarify, anti-aging, rejuvenation), lip contour, distress eye treatment, hair removal, makeup, manicures and pedicures. Special Features: Tea and Tranquility treatment with Mandarin orange lightening and brightening facial masks, exotic Asian aromatherapies, Reiki foot treatments, and herbal teas from the tea bar will ease the most stressed body and soul. TOVA YARON DAY SPA & SALON $$ 1600 Saratoga Ave., Ste. 411 (408) 866-8682 www.tovayaron.com

Services: Massages (Swedish, deep tissue, sports, shiatsu, hot stone, prenatal, aromatherapy, lymphatic, foot reflexology), facials (normalto-dry-skin, oily/combination skin, sensitive skin, aromatherapy, teen, back, vitamin C, oxygen, collagen anti-aging treatment, hydrolifting), body treatments (body salt glow plus sunless tanning, moor mud, sea weed, honey and almond body glow, mineral rich Dead Sea salt glow, purifying and slimming detox, anti-fluid, Dead Sea mud), microdermabrasion, glycolic peels, waxing, electrolysis, hydrotherapy tub, nail services, hair salon services and makeup. Special Features: Experience relaxation at its finest with Tova Yaron’s “Total Escape from Reality” spa package – seven-and-a-half hours of pampering, including an age-defying oxygen facial, a hydrotone body wrap, a calming hydrotherapy bath, a relaxing hour-long massage, hair styling and shampoo, makeup, a manicure and pedicure. Lunch is included.

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First Presbyterian Church of San Jose, 49 N. Fourth St., San Jose (408) 297-7212 www.fpcsj.org

April 12: No one, and we mean NO ONE can rock Christian music harder than Stanford University’s Christian a cappella group, so show up and rock – Jesus style!: 7:30pm 15. CAMBODIAN NEW YEAR FESTIVAL Milpitas Community Center, 457 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas www.caraweb.org/ new_year/2008/

April 12: Come and join the celebrating for the coming Cambodian New Year Festival Year of The Rat, with a daylong festival that will begin with Buddhist monks chanting and performing the New Year’s Blessing Ceremony, along with ballet and folk dance performances, live music, art displays and more!: Noon – 4pm 16. DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!

Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga (408) 961-5858 www.montalvoarts.org

April 12: Adapted from the book, this original musical anchors on comedic performances that often include the audience. Join the ride, but by all means, don’t let the pigeon drive. 17. 38TH ANNUAL BONSAI SHOW

San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 N. Fifth St., San Jose (408) 730-4506

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MACLA, 510 S. First St., San Jose (408) 272-9926 www. teatrovision.org/english/?calendar

Thru April 27: Encompassing current realities in Iraq, this insightful performance by playwright Luis Alfaro details how a Chicano soldier is welcomed upon his return to the States. 3. EDDIE VEDDER

Zellerbach Auditorium, UC Berkeley campus, Bancroft Way & Dana St., Berkeley tickets.berkeley.edu/

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The Pear Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View (650) 254-1148 www.thepear.org

Thru April 27: This is the fifth time writers and directors from the Pear Avenue Theatre have gotten together to create multiple new short plays, which are performed in-house.

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San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St., San Jose (408) 839-9474 www.improv.com

April 10 – 13: Please welcome Pablo Francisco to the San Jose Improv for a weekend of setups, punch lines and all around hilarity. 7. SANTA CLARA COIN, STAMP & COLLECTIBLES EXPO Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great American Pkwy., Santa Clara www.santaclaraexpo.com

April 10 – 13: Are you a numismatist? How about a philatelist? We thought so – that’s why we’re letting you in on a great coin and stamp show, featuring more than 100 dealers buying, selling, and trading their stamps and coins.

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8. POINT BREAK LIVE!

Xenodrome, 1320 Potrero Ave., San Francisco www.myspace.com/pointbreaklive

April 11 – June 21: This is probably one of the GREATEST events we here at the magazine have ever seen. You’ll enjoy Point Break (a brilliant film) performed live on stage and, oh, it gets better. The main characte, Johnny Utah, is chosen from the audience. You think you’ve got the Utah swagger? Only the Applaus-oMeter will tell, good luck: 7:30pm 9. SAN JOSE STEALTH vs. EDMONTON RUSH Shark Tanks, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose www.sjstealth.com

April 11: Show of hands: Who thinks the Stealth will give the Edmonton Rush a good ole butt kickin’? Looks like Edmonton should be bringing some talcum along for this road trip: 7:30pm 10. FAME: THE MUSICAL

Sunnyvale Community Center Theatre, 550 E. Remington Dr., Sunnyvale www.sunnyvaleplayers.org

April 11 – May 4: Based on the award-winning 1980 movie, this musical follows a group of high school students who gain inspiration from their school arts program while facing the struggles of everyday high school drama, including prejudice, self-esteem, substance abuse and sexuality.

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McAfee Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland sjearthquakes.mlsnet.com

April 12: Everyone come out and show your support for the “raised from the dead” San Jose Earthquakes!: 1:30pm 12. FIRST ANNUAL ALAVIE FITNESS DAY

John D. Morgan Park, 540 Rincon Ave., Campbell (415) 567-7411 alaviefitness.com/ fitness_days.php

April 12: Everyone loves a good bonsai show, that’s why we expect to see you all there enjoying demonstrations from Harry Hirao , along with vendors selling plants, tools, pots, soil – you’ll even get a chance to win your very own bonsai!: Noon – 4pm

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18. SECOND ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE SALON

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April 12: It’s all about being fit at this year’s Annual Alavie Fitness Day, where you can take part in free workout sessions for men, women, and kids, along with demos from massage and physical therapists, nutrition experts, running coaches and more!: 9am – Noon 13. SECOND ANNUAL CHILDREN OF THE DRAGON

Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, San Jose (408) 298-5437 www.cdm.org

April 12 – 13: Bring the family for a full day of fun and celebrate the Vietnamese community with live music, exciting dance performances, art , great food and more!: Noon – 5pm

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April 13: Ever see Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory? Well, this is exactly like that, except no one falls into a river of chocolate… or do they?

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WEDNESDAY 19. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS vs. SEATTLE SUPERSONICS Oracle Arena 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland www.warriors.com

April 16: Come out and root for the Warriors in their last regular season game! Then hopefully it’s off to the playoffs: 7:30pm 20. TOUCH(ED)

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View (650) 903-6000 www.theatreworks.org

April 16, 18: After having a breakdown, then giving up her medication, Emma begins the transformation back to a normal life. She discovers that she has an amazing talent for writing, and soon pens a best seller. But sometimes on the road to the top, things aren’t always what they seem.

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THURSDAY 21. WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Northside Theatre Company, 848 E. William St., San Jose (408) 288-7820 www.northsidetheatre.com

April 17 – May 11: You thought your relationship was dysfunctional? Brother, you have no idea. 22. SEA OTTER CLASSIC In and around Laguna Seca Racetrack, Monterey www.seaotterclassic.com

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Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto (650) 463-4930

April 17 – 19: Adapted from the classic 1958 story of a bear that gets picked up at Paddington Station in London. Paddington, as the bear is named, exudes British charm while still being delightfully mischievous.

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24. 26TH ANNUAL PACIFIC FINE ARTS FESTIVAL

Along Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park www.menloparkchamber. com/april.htm

April 18 – 20: Menlo Park invites you to attend their Pacific Fine Arts Festival, where you’ll be treated to sidewalks of fine art, unique gifts and great restaurants: 10am - 5pm 25. RAGTIME

Montgomery Theater, 271 S. Market St., San Jose (408) 7924145 www.sanjose.org

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Memorial Auditorium, Serra St. at Galvez, Stanford University livelyarts.stanford.edu

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Actors Theatre Center, 3501 Thomas Rd., Suite 9, Santa Clara (408) 985-5500

April 19 – May 10: What could be more fun than a live country band providing the score for the South Bay’s return of this Texas-inspired classic? The musical is based on a true story about the 1973 downfall of the Chicken Ranch Brothel in none other than The Lone Star State.

April 18 – 27: This Tony Awardwinning musical features multitudes of original and wide-ranging scores, from Jewish folk to vaudeville, jazz to Joplin. It’s woven throughout with three stories based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel Ragtime, incorporating “history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and love and hate.”

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April 19: Lets all put our hands together and welcome the kings of Spanish pop/rock, the Latin Grammy Award winning La 5A Estacion, to our dear city!: 7:30pm

Le Petit Trianon, 72 N. Fifth St., San Jose (408) 995-5400 www.trianontheatre.com

April 18: Join the Beaux Arts Trio on their final tour, EVER. The program includes Schubert’s Trio in Bb Major, Op. 99 (D.898) & Trio in Eb Major, Op. 100 (D.929) and Gyorgy Kurtag’s Work for Piano Trio.

SATURDAY 27. THE MAGIC FLUTE

California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose (408) 437-4450 www.operasj.org

April 19 – May 4: San Jose Opera presents Mozart’s mystical opera, in which music leads to kidnappings, laughter and lust. 28. SPRING FARM TOURS Deer Hollow Farm, Rancho San Antonio County Park, Los Altos Hills (650) 965-3276 www.fodhg.org

April 19, May 17, June 21: Load up the kids and enjoy an informative and fun tour of Homestead Farm, where you’ll visit animals in pens, centuryold buildings, large organic garden and more!: 10am – 1pm

April 19: “No matter how close to yours another’s steps have grown, in the end there is one dance you’ll do alone.” So true, Jackson, so true. 31. LA 5A ESTACION

San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose

32. BERKELEY EARTH DAY Civic Center Park, Martin Luther King & Allston, Berkeley

April 19: What better way to show your appreciation for Mother Earth than to come out and celebrate with a festival featuring organic foods, alternative energy solutions, craft booths, speakers and great entertainment for the whole family. Live music, dance performances, demonstrations of biodiesel and electric cars, solar power, climbing wall, vegetarian food, farmers market, community booths and more!: Noon – 5pm

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33. FOURTH ANNUAL STANFORD PAN-ASIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

Stanford University, Stanford panasianmusicfestival.stanford.edu

April 20 – May 4: A weeklong celebration of traditional and contemporary Chinese music, dance, and theatre performances.

Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland www.oraclearena.com

April 20: You have the beautiful and soulful voice of Mary J. Blige, along with the sweet rapperitions from Jay-Z. Add it all up and you have a must see show! 35. SIXTH ANNUAL NATIVE GARDEN TOUR

Throughout Santa Clara Valley www.goingnativegardentour.org

April 20: A free, self-guided tour of beautiful gardens in Santa Clara Valley that incorporate California’s low maintenance native plants: 10am – 4pm.

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36. MAMMA MIA!

San Joe Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose (888) 455-7469 www.amtsj.org

April 22 – 27: ABBA’s timeless songs propel this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. If only we all had a little ABBA in us. 37. EARTH DAY AT CITY HALL

San Jose City Hall Plaza, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose www.sanjoseca.gov/esd

April 22: Who loves planet Earth? Great, than we’ll see all of you at this year’s Earth Day in Downtown San Jose that will be featuring a great farmers market, live entertainment, giveaways, and tons of information on recycling, composting, water conservation, green building and much more! 38. TEGAN AND SARA

Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz www.riotheatre.com

April 22: Two sisters who know how to rock the Pat Benatar hairdo – and rock the stage: 8pm 39. NEIL BERG’S 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY

The Flint Center for the Performing Arts, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino www.flintcenter.com

April 22: You’ll enjoy some of the biggest moments from the biggest

April 23: Welcome Jack White and his old buddies from Detroit for a straight-up serving of some good ol’ rock ’n’ roll, along with their special guests for the evening, the Birds of Avalon: 7pm

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April 24: Young performers express the roots of various cultures, heritages and folklore through the interpretation of dance and music.

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43. THE SECRET GARDEN

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View wwwmvcpa.com

April 25 – 26: The Peninsula Youth Theatre performs “Stories on Stage” from the famed children’s book The Secret Garden, about an orphan who finds a neglected garden and begins tending to it. As the garden flourishes, so do the people who visit it. 44. SEVENTH ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO NEW LIVING EXPO

Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 Eighth St., San Francisco (415) 3828300 www.newlivingexpo.com

April 25 – 27: Learn how to change your life for the better, spiritually and physically, with workshops, lectures, products, services, and much more!

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SATURDAY 45. 36TH ANNUAL WILDFLOWER SHOW

42 Mission College – Hospitality Management Building, 3000 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara (650) 941-1068 www.cnps-scv.org

April 26 – 27: Two -day showcase featuring more than 400 species of wildflowers and native plants, along with classes, books, seeds: 10am – 4pm 46. 14TH ANNUAL DUCKS FOR BUCKS BENEFIT RACE Lake Elizabeth, Fremont www.ducks4bucks.org

April 26: Free kids carnival with prizes, safety rodeo, food, community booths and, of course, a zillion rubber ducks that you can adopt and help raise money, along with having a shot at winning a 2008 Chevy Malibu or a trip to Vegas!: 11am – 2pm 47. FOURTH ANNUAL STYLE 2008

Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd., Palo Alto (650) 617-3138 www.paacf.org

April 26: A showcase of distinctive works by 30 contemporary clothing designers and art jewelers. Funds benefit the art education programs at the Palo Alto Art Center: 10am – 5pm 48. SPRING IN GUADALUPE GARDENS

298-7657 www.grpg.org/SGG/ index.html

April 26: A full day of fun for the whole family, with all sorts of activities for the kids, gardening advice, plants and accessories for sale, tours and entertainment. 49. OVERNIGHT BAKPACKING – REI OUTDOOR SCHOOL OUTING

REI Saratoga, (408) 871-8765 www.rei.com/stores/22

April 26 – 27: You’ll learn everything you need to know to enjoy and have a safe overnight backpacking trip – as long as no bears show up. Then you’re on your own. 50. JIN XING DANCE THEATRE

Memorial Auditorium, Serra St. at Galvez, Stanford University livelyarts.stanford.edu

April 26: Don’t miss the American dance debut from the Jin Xing Dance Theatre that will be featuring Red and Black, Half Dream, and a lavish, pageantlike production of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, accompanied by more than 300 artists on stage including Stanford’s Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus: 8pm TW

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unless the butler is reading this for you, you’re probably in the market for the latter. Elite “private” chefs, such as those sourced and placed by Susan Flynn, president and owner of Four Star Private Chefs, are restaurant veterans carefully matched with only one or possibly two wealthy clients. Cuisine is mostly prepared and served within individual employers’ (multimilliondollar) homes and (staggeringly well-equipped) kitchens. These private chefs handle most meals for the household, as well as special events ranging from relaxed family barbecues to luxe dinner parties. Some travel with their clients. “It’s like having a restaurant with one table,” said Flynn, a chef herself, who started the company in 1997.

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According to Flynn, demand and salaries for private chefs have barely budged in 11 years, despite the dotcom boom and bust. Full-time private chefs can make as much as $65,000 to six digits annually – far more than most restaurant salaries, and with far less pressure. Sometimes Flynn will even headhunt a chef from a family’s preferred restaurant for full-time employ in their own kitchen. Now that’s living the dream.

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mongst all the food options available to busy or stovechallenged locals – dining out, takeout, delivery – there’s one alternative that is surprisingly comparable, yet rarely considered by all but a privileged few: hiring a chef.

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Sound dubious? Consider the average cost of restaurant dining in the Bay Area (triple it for a special occasion), and multiply that by the growing expense of store-bought prepared foods. Add the number of meals that inevitably go wrong somehow (either nutritionally, portionwise or flavorwise) and eating conveniently and well when there’s no time to cook can be a large and sometimes disappointing expense. Now imagine eating fresh, complete meals, tailored specifically to your individual tastes, as many nights a week as desired, at the hands of a skilled expert. Or watching and helping while a professional chef flawlessly prepares your husband’s favorite dish on your anniversary. Sound priceless? In some cases, it is. There can be a notable distinction between “private” and “personal” chef – and

Other dreams, however, are more attainable – specifically, Gourmet Dreams in Los Gatos, which offers clients a more economical dose of the private chef experience. According to owner Janice Whiting, chefs at Gourmet Dreams focus on healthful, balanced, organic preparations of a variety of cuisines, and most of the company’s chefs have a range of clients. Cooking can occur in-home or in the company’s commercial kitchens. Tailored meals can also be delivered as part of their more value-based “To Go” service – a fresh, health-conscious alternative to restaurant takeout or delivery.

own kitchen, but every aspect of his cuisine – herbs, spices, dietary goals, special needs, intolerances, food allergies, preferred proteins and, most importantly, flavors – are carefully tailored to each diner. Clients then receive one to two weeks’ worth of prepared meals they can simply heat and eat as needed. Like most personal chefs, Taravella also enjoys working on-site for special occasions, and travels the region to cook at birthdays, anniversaries and cooking-class dinners. (Gourmet Dreams also offers similar services.) The affable chef may have even saved a marriage or two: he recalls giving a daylong private lesson to one new bride whose mother-in-law shared her home and wouldn’t stop complaining about her cooking. Bridging the private/personal divide, chef Robert Morris also enjoys his independence as a chef-for-hire since closing his Santa Cruz restaurant, Blacks Beach Café, in 2004. On retainer with one family for between five and 10 private events a year, Morris’ skills are also in demand from San Francisco to Pebble Beach, for everything from exclusive winemaker dinners to bachelorette parties. “In a restaurant kitchen you’re under assault as a chef,” said Morris. “You dig in your heels and respond quickly for 60, 80 hours a week. Most of us are adrenaline junkies, but it takes its toll. This way, I’m on the offensive. I loved my restaurant, but I’m happy I made the change.” Paid by the hour plus the cost of ingredients, personal chefs are not full-service caterers – expect a focus on food, not the DJ or décor. For weekly services, inquire about delivery fees. And remember… try not to call when you’re hungry. TW WHERE TO FIND

In fact, good health seems to be one of the most popular reasons to hire a chef (along with never having to grocery shop again). Chef Michael Taravella and his company Dinner By Design insist on preparing completely balanced meals for his 14 regular clients, located along the I-280 corridor. He does most of the cooking in his

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Four Star Private Chefs, (650) 508-0322 www.fourstarchefs.com Gourmet Dreams, (408) 866-8888 www.gourmetdreams.com Chef Michael Taravella – Dinner By Design, (408) 806-4488 http://dinnerbydesign.biz Chef Robert Morris, (831) 334-0666 www.privatechefoncall.com At Home Gourmet, Ron Boisseranc (408) 340-0726 www.mychefsite.com/athomegourmet


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Kapp’s Pizza Bar and Grill, Mountain View

CAMPBELL CAPERS EAT & DRINK $$

[American] 1710 W. Campbell Ave. (408) 374-5777 www.caperseatanddrink.com

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Capers – which could mean either the delicious Mediterranean condiment or a playful escapade – seems a particularly appropriate name for this popular spot. You’ll find more than just perfect pasta and juicy steaks here. Fire-roasted marinated artichokes, flash-fried calamari with jalapeños, a killer chicken marsala, and a meatloaf entrée with a wholesome reputation are just some of the enticing menu items. Main-course salads are also popular, particularly for lunching customers – the Chinese Chicken Salad being No. 1 on the lunch charts for some time now. Capers offers a selection of more than 30 wines by the glass from the full bar. LISA’S TEA TREASURES $$ [Tea House] 1875 S. Bascom Ave., Ste. 165 (408) 371-7377 www.lisastea.com

Get whisked away to foreign lands in this tantalizing and opulent tearoom, ensconced in floral prints of soft pinks and greens. Enjoy fragrant blends of tea while indulging in fresh baked scones, tea sandwiches, various savories and mouthwatering sweets. Have a traditional afternoon tea experience, or choose from a 68

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French-, English-, or Italian-themed menu. An online store, as well as an onsite gift shop, offers great teas and other items. TIGELLERIA RISTORANTE $$

[Contemporary Italian] 76 E. Campbell Ave. (408) 884-3808 www.tigelleria.com

This new eatery takes its name from the regional Italian flatbread customarily served with various cheeses, meats, vegetables and relishes. Fare here is traditional Italian with an organic twist. Think dishes such as shaved fennel and parmesan salad with pine nuts and organic Tuscan olive oil, or a cheese plate with some of the nation’s best-loved formaggios, including crescenza, taleggio, gorgonzola, pecorino Romano and, of course, parmesan – served with aged balsamic vinegar, honey, and fruit spread. Gourmands will want to try the Sweet Sweet Salami entrée – chocolate salami sprinkled with drops of balsamic vinegar, garnished with organic cherry preserves and served with a glass of dessert wine.

elegance. The menu here is a unique mix of Persian, Italian and classic American cuisines, with dishes including shish-kebab, cioppino, chicken marsala and flavorful Persian soups, stews and meats. Before your meal, allow time to enjoy a glass of wine from their extensive list in the cozy, fireside lounge.

HALF MOON BAY HALF MOON BAY BREWING COMPANY $

[American] 390 Capistrano Rd. (650) 728-2739 www.hmbbrewingco.com

A tasty array of eight different home-brewed beers takes center stage, but the HMB Brewing Company has definitely raised the bar for “bar food.” Steamed clams, seared ahi tuna, prawn cocktails, and the smoked fish are all top rate… and those are just the appetizers. Be sure to try the Mavericks Amber Ale – it has unseated Corona as the perfect oceanside sunset beer.

CUPERTINO ARYA $$

[Global] 19930 Stevens Creek Blvd. (408) 996 9606 www.aryarestaurant.com

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LOS GATOS CRIMSON $$$

[Modern American] 15466 Los Gatos Blvd. (408) 358-0175 www.crimsonrestaurant.com

Tucked away in the Los Gatos Village Square strip mall, Crimson is small and romantic. Near the entrance, the scent of jasmine mingles with blissful smells from the kitchen. Crimson uses organic produce from local farmers, steroid-free meats, and ocean-fresh Hawaiian fish. Appetizers and small plates are particularly enticing: Try the truffled cheese fondue for two, or the Stilton-and-sage-stuffed Portabella cap with grilled polenta, marsala cream, and pine nuts. Entrées weave together beef, pork, and chicken dishes alongside islandinfluenced seafood. LITTLE LOU’S BBQ $

[Barbecue] 15466 Los Gatos Blvd., Ste. 111 (408) 356-5768 www.littlelousbbq.com

A tiny little place with no more than a dozen tables inside and out, Little Lou’s nevertheless manages to fill the air with the smell of summer barbecue in all its basted glory. House specialties include the Louisiana burger, Texas-style brisket, and the pulled pork meal. Meatballs and buffalo wings, combo dinners, burgers, dogs, and sandwiches round out the menu, with traditional sides of coleslaw, corn bread, corn on the cob, potato salad, and BBQ beans. WILLOW STREET PIZZA $

[Italian, Pizza] 20 S. Santa Cruz Ave. (408) 354-5566 www.willowstreet.com

This family-oriented restaurant rotates around a social dining experience, as tables of locals devour baskets of Willow Street’s

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bread, which is made piping hot inhouse daily. In addition to gourmet wood-fired pizzas like the Thin Crust Mediterranean (tomato sauce, mozzarella, roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, caramelized onions, fresh thyme, and goat cheese), the menu features sandwiches, grilled meats, and a number of savory pasta dishes. The fettuccini chicken tequila pasta is particularly popular.

an inviting, casual environment. Garcia recommends the Escolar, tender white fish topped with a sweet and sour sauce, but don’t miss out on the standout sorbets, which are served creatively in shells of fruit such as oranges and coconuts. With a capacity of 50, the restaurant’s banquet room is perfect for an intimate party.

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3TA RESTAURANT AND BAR $$ 156 Castro St. (650) 988-1382

LISA’S TEA TREASURES $$

This restaurant and bar combines the best of Asian cuisine. Serving everything from Pad Thai to Japanese sushi concoctions, 3ta truly lives up the phrase “Asian fusion.” Their menu features an already popular filet mignon in peppercorn sauce, with lobster, ahi tuna, and other savory specialties. 3ta is a semi-formal restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere, full bar serving up old favorites, and some new dessert-inspired cocktails.

[Tea House] 1175 Merrill St. (650) 322-5544 www.lisastea.com

Decked out in delicate yellows for a French country atmosphere, this quaint tearoom is indeed a treasure. The fresh baked scones, tea sandwiches, various savories and mouthwatering sweets are a perfect complement to the abundant tea blends. Have a traditional afternoon tea experience, or choose from a French-, English-, or Italian-themed menu. Stop by the gift parlor or visit the website to shop for teas and other items.

KAPP’S PIZZA BAR AND GRILL $

[American, Italian] 191 Castro St. (650) 961-1491 www.kappspizza.com

Featuring a “lively sports atmosphere,” Kapp’s offers a fresh and affordable menu of pizzas, calzones, burgers, sandwiches, pasta and finger foods. Pizza combinations such as Kapp’s Special and the Stromboli – handmade with fresh ingredients – keep patrons coming back for more. The black bean or chicken Cobb salads provide light, refreshing alternatives. Build your own pizza, order online or have your meal delivered right to your door. Happy hour is from 4-6pm, featuring $3 beers and new drink specials every day.

MORGAN HILL / GILROY GIANCARLO’S $$

[Italian] 16180 Monterey Rd, Morgan Hill (408) 776-2995 www.bestofmorganhill.com

Under the wing of chef and owner Tony Garcia, this much-loved Italian restaurant continues its fine tradition of providing pocketfriendly meals of sandwiches, salads, pastas, antipasti, as well as seafood, veal and beef entrées, in

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Crimson DINING

15466 Los Gatos Blvd., Los Gatos (408) 358-0175 www.crimsonrestaurant.com Contact: Chef Diane Rose CUBAN

Habana Cuba 238 Race St., San Jose (408) 998-2822 www.998cuba.com Contact: Jennifer Cannella INDIAN/CHINESE

Temptations 288 Castro St., Mountain View (650) 625-1234 www.temptationsca.com Contact: Neela Shukla MALAYSIAN

Spice Islands Cafe 210 Hope St., Mountain View (650) 961-3500 Contact: Elizabeth Chen MEDITERRANEAN

Cafe Baklava 341 Castro St., Mountain View (650) 969-3835 Contact: Illiano Yuksel

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Taqueria La Bamba 2058 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View (650) 965-2755 Contact: Leo Munoz VIETNAMESE

19 Market 19 N. Market St., San Jose (408) 280-6111 www.19market.com Contact: Hanna Pham

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TAQUERIA LA BAMBA $

[Mexican] 2058 Old Middlefield Way (650) 965-2755

Tucked away in this tiny taqueria are some of the biggest burritos this side of Texas. La Bamba’s super burrito comes with all the traditional fixings, such as meat, beans, rice, cheese, sour cream and guacamole, and is big enough to feed two hungry people. La Bamba’s menu also offers a taste of El Salvador with its pupusas (wonderfully crispy tortillas filled with pork, beans, and cheese). These delicacies are not designed to go – gobble them up in-house as they emerge piping hot from the kitchen. TIED HOUSE BREWERY $

[American] 954 Villa St. (650) 965-2739 www.tiedhouse.com

Tied House bustles with patrons as familiar with the microbrewery’s selection of homemade ale and ambers as they are with the menu of oversized burgers, deep-fried appetizers, and hearty salads. Pasta and seafood entrées offer up more refined options than the typical brew pub fare, but at the end of the day, any food you order is really just a side dish to the real main course: beer.

PALO ALTO BLUE CHALK CAFÉ $

630 Ramona St. (650) 3261020 www.bluechalk.com

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Part restaurant, part game room, part music venue, part nightclub, this unique downtown establishment has something for everyone. Private dining areas, billiards, shuffleboards, fireplaces and live music on Thursdays are just some of the amenities. Featuring recipes from the famed Left at Albuquerque restaurant, Blue Chalk’s welcoming atmosphere is supported with Mexican grillinspired dishes and signature margaritas. Indulge in Baby Back ribs, chipotle meatloaf, veggie burritos or the popular Navajo Chicken Stack: cornmeal-dusted chicken breast baked with roasted poblano chilies, pepper jack and cheddar cheeses. Appetizers are all half off during happy hour. FISH MARKET RESTAURANT $$

[Seafood] 3150 El Camino Real (650) 493-9188 www.thefishmarket.com

Every Fish Market location (the first opened in 1976) houses a retail market, oyster bar, and restaurant. The menu changes daily, but no matter what day it is, there’s a dish for nearly every hankering: seafood cocktails, raw oysters and clams, baked shellfish, steamed shellfish, smoked fish, sashimi and sushi, oyster bar specialties, and a deep list of mesquite charbroiled entrées. Ask for the cheesy bread with crabmeat, and always choose the au gratin as one of your sides. Trust us. MANTRA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE $$ [Contemporary Indian, California] 632 Emerson St. (650) 322-3500 www.mantrapaloalto.com

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The gold wallpaper, cherry wood veneers, and occasional live jazz hint that this isn’t your typical Indian restaurant. Executive chef Sachin Chopra has created a winning menu that juxtaposes the Indian and California tastes, ranging from appetizers like golden cumin cauliflower soup to entrées like mustard and roasted Kashmiri cayenne pepper-marinated sea bass filet on a bed of leeks and fresh vegetables. Equally pleasing are the elegant 78-seat dining room and Dual Happy Hour ($3 beer, $5 cocktails and half off bar food) at the sleek Daru Lounge. SHOKOLAAT $$$$

516 University Ave., Palo Alto (650) 289-0719 www.shokolaat.com

Visitors entering Shokolaat are greeted by an array of chocolates, artisan breads and pastries, including French macaroons and bittersweet chocolate cremeux. Past these sweet delights you’ll find the fine restaurant, with food and wine menus highlighting the cuisines and wines of California and France. Try the filet of beef with seared foie gras and black truffle sauce, the gratin of escargot with bone marrow, or the lobster served with lobster ravioli. Pair dishes with wines from the restaurant’s extensive list, put together by consultant sommelier Catherine Fallis.

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GINGER CAFE $

[Chinese, Asian] 398 W. El Camino Real #114 (408) 7362828; 8657 San Ysidro Ave, Gilroy (408) 847-2625 www.gingercafe.net

Named after an ingredient that’s dominant in Asian cuisine, the menu at Ginger Café draws inspiration from the region, blending Thai, Malaysian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Japanese flavors to perfection. Small plates are a great way to go if you can’t decide what to have, but popular picks include the Tamarine Jumbo Prawns, Filet Mignon Luc La (tender cubes of beef and vegetables in a special house sauce), and Signature Seabass (fried with a spicy mandarin sauce or steamed with ginger scallion). To wash down that perfect meal, Ginger Café offers a wide variety of beers, sake, wine, and cocktails. HOUSE OF GENJI $$$

[Japanese, Steakhouse] 1335 N. First St. (408) 453-8120 www.houseofgenji.com

If you’re craving teppanyaki, or even if you just have a knife fetish, House of Genji is the place in the South Bay to watch some tableside juggling and chopping. Start with some salad and soup, sipped Japanese-style, and then watch as your chef plays with your food, threshing your choice of meats and vegetables into bite-sized pieces with circus-worthy flair on his teppan (Japanese for “iron”). ISLAND GRILL $$

[Steakhouse, Seafood, Modern American] 1355 N. Fourth St. (408) 392-2468 www.theislandgrill.com

The Island Grill in the resort-style Clarion Hotel cooks up the food equivalents of sun, sand, and long

walks on the beach: blackened chicken salad with mango citrus vinaigrette; plenty of pasta and seafood dishes, like pineapple and chipotle and fried plantains with chili pepper jelly; and jerk sauce, jerk sauce everywhere. Dig the dish appellations: Jerk Caesar, Volcano Salad, and Da Plane, Da Plane Burger. MENARA MOROCCAN RESTAURANT $$

[Moroccan] 41 E. Gish Rd. (408) 453-1983 www.menara41.com

Recline on a pillowed couch with a Moroccan Magic cocktail in hand. Six different five-course prix fixe dinners include Casablancan delectables like lamb with honey, hare with paprika, and orange roughy with shermoula sauce. Meals are finished with mint tea. Moroccan arches, gilt accents, low-to-the-ground dining tables, and belly dancers might catch you hoping Master won’t rub the lamp just yet. SPENCER’S FOR STEAKS AND CHOPS $$$

[American, Steakhouse] 2050 Gateway Pl. (408) 437-2170 www.spencersforsteaksandchops. com

This is a steakhouse-away-fromhome for grilling fanatics, located in the San Jose DoubleTree Hotel. George Foreman wannabes will appreciate the variety of premium grade cuts on the menu and envy the state-of-the-art infrared broiler that sears each one to an unholy 1,700 degrees. Any of the full-bodied reds on the menu will help wash down those eight-to-12 ounces of grilled-to-order meat, and the 16-to-18-ounce prime rib calls for a shot of serious single malt Scotch.

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[American] 1349 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose (408) 269-8062

Having called Silicon Valley home since 1956, this burger joint has withstood the test of time. Their classic Steerburger remains a strong seller, but they also have chicken, seafood, ribs, and steak plates, including their eight-ounce Rancher’s Choice sirloin that comes with a hearty helping of side dishes. For the weight-conscious, they also have several low calorie plates. Be sure to print out their online coupon, which gets you a half-pound Steerburger and fries for just $4.99. FISH MARKET RESTAURANT $$

[Seafood, American] 1007 Blossom Hill Rd. (408) 2693474 www.thefishmarket.com

Fresh seafood at a fair price – a goal Fish Market is able to meet because they operate their own fishing vessels, fishery, and oyster farm. The dazzling menu includes line-caught Pacific swordfish, Hawaiian hebi, Pacific Miyagi oysters, and live Maine lobster tail, plus a choice of having your fish cooked over a mesquite wood fire, baked, steamed, smoked or fried. Make sure to check out the weekly specialty fish and the sushi bar. 74


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[American] Santa Teresa Square, 6041 Snell Ave. (408) 281-1345 www.mojoburger.com

There are fast food burgers, and then there are Mojo burgers. Here they are char-broiled fresh every day using natural (no hormones), grassfed beef. Their signature burger has all the classics: a six-ounce patty, beefsteak tomato, lettuce, pickle, mayo and American cheese. Or you can upgrade to include bacon, grilled onions, avocado or other cheeses. For those not craving a juicy burger, the menu has many other options, including chicken sandwiches, rice bowls, and from the popular Comfort Food section of the menu, mac-n-cheese or a grilled cheese sandwich.

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[California-Vietnamese] 19 N. Market St. (408) 280-6111 www.19market.com

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Unlike the bare-bones eat-andrun feel of so many Vietnamese restaurants, 19 Market shines with Zen-inspired earth-tone interiors and an equally agreeable menu. This bar and bistro not only dishes out familiar favorites like beef noodle soup (pho) and imperial rolls, but adds a Singaporean, Chinese, and California twist to Vietnamese fare. Try the Shaking Beef, or Chilean sea bass, simmered with caramel sauce in a clay pot, and save room for their $7-a-plate desserts. FAHRENHEIT ULTRA LOUNGE & RESTAURANT $

[Modern American, Asian Fusion] 99 E. San Fernando St. (408) 998-9998 www.fahrenheitultralounge.com

Fahrenheit’s exotic small plates have gotten so much attention, they’ve expanded their menu to include equally exceptional entrées. For starters, try the Mandalay beef with roti bread, or gingerpoached chicken salad, and cruise

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to gratifying large plates such as the grilled cabernet skirt steak or pan seared wild Alaskan salmon. Cocktails get as every bit as much attention here; it’s the only South Bay joint where bottle-flipping bartenders add a shot of energetic flair to their service. KOJI SAKE LOUNGE $$

[Japanese] 48 S. First St. (408) 287-7199 www.kojisakelounge.com

Touted as the South Bay’s only sake lounge, Koji serves simple, traditional Japanese cuisine in a contemporary atmosphere, and fueled by an ever-changing selection of premium sakes. Small, tantalizing dishes include Panko Crusted Calamari, a Teriyaki chicken sandwich on grilled pita bread, and Ahi Tuna Tartar with mango salsa. More than 20 premium sake brands don the shelves of Koji, with new sake featured every Wednesday. Mellifluous music, a Zen garden and ample lounge space equipped with suede booths and candle-lit tables make this a great hangout for any night of the week. LOFT BAR & BISTRO $$

[Modern American] 90 S. Second St. (408) 291-0677 www.loftbarandbistro.com

Capers Eat and Drink impresario Kam Razavi has a Downtown hit with Loft. An historic stone-andmarble exterior belies the airy urban-chic warehouse interior, complete with upstairs loft and a second-story patio. The menu features gourmet turns on classic comfort foods, as exemplified by Razavi’s meatloaf, made with smoked ham and smothered in a wild mushroom sauce that migrates to the garlic mashed potatoes. The full bar on the second floor is a popular gathering spot on weekend nights. PICASSO’S TAPAS RESTAURANT $$

[Spanish, Tapas] 62 W. Santa Clara St. (408) 298-4400 www.picassosrestaurant.com

Picasso’s offers a tapas menu so multifaceted, even a Cubist painter would be impressed. Start

off with the tangy, garlic-spiked specialties, like clams in white wine garlic sauce, then switch it up with the stewed chicken and tortilla Española (a potato and onion frittata). The paella is served for two or more, so bring friends along for a pitcher of sangria. On weekends, there’s often a guitarist to keep guests entertained during the inevitable wait. THE MELTING POT $$$

[Modern American] 72 S. First St. (408) 293-6020 www. meltingpot.com

This popular franchise takes the Swiss-born craze of dipping stuff in hot pots way beyond standardissue “cheese with bread,” and San Jose’s handsome location in a historic building is sophisticated, warm, and simple. The four-course menu features varied entrées cooked in one of four styles, with an assortment of savory breads, vegetables, and choice of salad. The regular menu includes dishes like lobster, chicken, pork tenderloin, shrimp, and Florentine ravioli – and, of course, chocolate fondue dessert. MUSTARD CAFE $$

[American] 975 The Alameda (408) 295-9000 www.mustardcafe.com

Bringing the famous New York deli taste to the West Coast, Mustard Café has an almost endless array of sandwiches on offer, thanks to its create-your-own sandwich menu. Choose from six artisan breads, six gourmet mustards, and pile your creation high with a selection of fine Boar’s Head meats, nine different cheeses and more. If the options are overwhelming, try one of their signature creations, such as the popular Cranturberry sandwich, which boasts turkey, mesclun greens, red onion, mayonnaise and a house-made cranberry sauce, served on whole grain bread. There are many other offerings, such as paninis, soups, salads and breakfast options.

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Blowfish Sushi, Santana Row, San Jose NAZCA PERUVIAN CUISINE $$

[Peruvian, Latin American, Fusion] 167 W. San Fernando St. (408) 295-2828

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According to Nazca owner Jose Bohorquez, Peruvian gastronomy is at its highest level in the nation’s history, with a boom of culinary schools in Lima sending Peruvian chefs to all corners of the world. And it’s no secret why. Traditional Peruvian food, Bohorquez says, is a mixture of several cuisines brought to Peru from Spain, China, Japan, Italy and Africa, which were then blended with Peruvian flavors. Nazca embodies that tradition, serving modern Peruvian and fusion cuisine rich in seafood and meat. Main dishes include Peruvian ceviche, lomo saltado, arroz con mariscos, black ink risotto and Peruvian-style lamb shanks, all served in a modern and casual atmosphere. TIED HOUSE CAFE & BREWERY $$

[American upscale pub food] 65 N. San Pedro St. (408) 2952739 www.tiedhouse.com

Ravenous Sharks fans devour platters of smoked trout, smoked salmon, ribs, and sausages with a pint of Ironwood Dark, an Englishstyle brown ale, while mall-weary shoppers gratefully chow down the blackened Louisiana catfish with Tied’s Cascade Amber. For bar snacks, it’s hard to beat the pesto-parmesan calamari or the Harvest Quesadilla, roasted butternut squash, and red peppers with pepper jack cheese in a flour 76

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BLOWFISH SUSHI $$

[Japanese, Sushi, Asian Fusion] 355 Santana Row, Ste. 1010 (408) 345-3848 www.blowfishsushi.com

If you like your sushi trendysophisticated, with a little DJ music and anime thrown in, you’ll be hooked. A menu of Sakizuke (Japanese fusion appetizers) mixes up sea bass and miso, salmon roe, and quail egg. Try special sushi rolls like the Special Dragon or the Super Dynamite Roll, and fill up on their extensive list of imported, hard-to-find sakes. Try the Peach Nympho, the Mango Mojito or the Kiwi Appletini. ROSIE MCCANN’S IRISH PUB AND RESTAURANT $$ [Irish, American] 355 Santana Row, Ste. 1060 San Jose (408) 247-1706 www.rosiemccanns.com

Rosie McCann’s reinvents traditional pub fare. Quaff a pint or two at the elegant curved bar, and you, too, will be singing praises to Rosie’s Irish Nachos, a mountain of guacamole, salsa, and all the fixings atop (of course) potatoes. The Irish sausage bangers with garlic mashed potatoes and Guinness gravy, and Alaskan-cod fish ‘n’ chips

are delectable. Try the filet mignon medallion appetizer and order a couple of items from the kid’s menu. It’s cheaper, and you still get tons of food. SINO RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE $$$

[Chinese] 377 Santana Row (408) 247-8880 www.sinorestaurant.com

Ultramodern Asian chic ambience sets the stage for this upscale Chinese/dim sum hot spot. Owner Chris Yeo (of Straits fame) packs the menu with everything from General Yeo freerange chicken to char siu smoked sea bass, and packs SINO’s five large rooms full of Santana Row’s stylish diners. Try the Peking barbecued baby back ribs. Delicious. STRAITS RESTAURANT $$

[Asian Fusion] 333 Santana Row, Ste. 1100 (408) 246-6320 www.straitsrestaurants.com

Pan-oceanic Singaporean small plates and noodle dishes are like romance on the high seas: unexpected, spicy, and utterly seductive once you begin to roll with it. A meal at Straits will take your taste buds on a whirlwind tour of Asia, starting with the buttery Indian-style roti prata flatbread and the Fuji apple and prawn salad in a mint vinaigrette, all the way to the Origami sea bass with ginger, shiitake mushrooms, and rice wine baked in parchment.

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MIO VICINO ARISTO $$

[Italian, Pizza] 1140 Lincoln Ave. (408) 286-6027

Mio Vicino proves to be a little more upscale than your typical homespun Italian joint. Entrées like chicken marsala and filet mignon and pasta dishes like fettuccine Alfredo hew closer to tradition, as does the vigorous house red wine. It can get a little noisy inside, but what do you expect from a friendly eatery whose name means “My neighborhood”? MOJO BURGER

[American] 1411 Bird Ave. (408) 924-0595 www.mojoburger.com

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Like its sister store at Santa Teresa Square, this burger joint has found its mojo, and some fresh and tasty burgers and other meals. Like the other location, this Mojo is family friendly, with special kids’ tables and chairs featuring flat screen TVs that play cartoons exclusively. Burger enthusiasts who also enjoy a bit of classic car watching should head to this location on Thursday evenings from 4-8pm. The Graffiti Nights classic car club meets there weekly, so you’ll see everything from ’56 Chevys to a 1932 Model-T Ford in the parking lot. WILLOW STREET PIZZA $

[Italian, Pizza] 1554 Saratoga Ave. (408) 871-0400; 1072 Willow St. (408) 971-7080 www.willowstreet.com

Friendly service, a convivial, neighborhood atmosphere, and fresh ingredients have made Willow Street Pizza a longtime local favorite. Their wonderful, wood-fired pizzas have a crispier edge than

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regular oven-baked pies, and their scrumptious pasta combinations (fettuccini with chicken, red bell peppers, red onions, and cilantro in a tequila-lime cream sauce) are creative palate-pleasers.

SANTA CLARA BIRK’S RESTAURANT $$$

[Modern American, Steak] 3955 Freedom Cir. (408) 9806400 www.birksrestaurant.com

Almond wood and mesquite charcoal fuel the tender flavors emanating from this upscale American grill designed by Pat Kuleto. The open kitchen features superb steaks cut from tender, dry-aged, free-range beef, and organic, local produce, including the popular creamed spinach side. A business-casual hot spot for local white collars who like the kitchen energy at the grill and the succulent seafood at the oyster bar. Couples should request the lighter, Ushaped “Snoopy room” (shaped like Snoopy’s nose) for more intimacy. CAFÉ AMILIA $$

[Italian, Mediterranean, California] 3590 El Camino Real (408) 247-4405 www.cafeamilia.com

This new addition to the Santa Clara dining scene offers ItalianMediterranean style California cuisine, plus some American classics, served within a warm, relaxed atmosphere. This is reflected in appetizers such as beef carpaccio and ahi tuna tartar, and entrées including Moroccan salmon, chicken scallopini and the 10-ounce Amilia burger. There’s also a range of pasta dishes, and a full bar, serving wines and specialty cocktails, including premium mojitos and margaritas.

CHATANOGA $$

[Persian] 2725 El Camino Real (408) 241-1200 www.chatanogaonline.com

Diners not familiar with Persian cuisine are in for a treat at Chatanoga (named after a river in Iran, not Chattanooga, Tenn.). The restaurant’s traditional dishes combine the delectable sauces, meats, kebabs and rice dishes for which the region is renowned with a fine dining atmosphere and live entertainment. Popular appetizers include the eggplant-based dishes, such as Haleem Bademjan – a blend of eggplant, seasonings, crispy fried onions and sautéed mint, served with optional ground beef. Lighter eaters will enjoy the fresh Persian salad of cucumber, tomato, onion, olive oil and mint. The sizeable dining room’s dance floor plays host to belly dancing Thursday thru Saturday, while live music – everything from Middle Eastern music to pop and funk to old school R&B – is also on offer Thursday thru Saturday. FISH MARKET RESTAURANT $$

[Seafood, American] 3775 El Camino Real (408) 246-3474 www.thefishmarket.com

Rarely does a seafood restaurant operate its own certified processing, distribution, and wholesale company, but that’s Fish Market’s commitment to freshness. With 25 fresh fish dishes and a variety of shellfish on a daily changing menu, Fish Market satisfies any oceanic urge. If you can’t eat in, pick up some fish at their adjoining retail market. Catch the action at the oldschool oyster bar – and know that chefs here will cater readily to your 80


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Kobe Sushi, Santa Clara special dietary needs or not-on-themenu cravings. KOBE SUSHI $$

[Japanese, Sushi] 2086 El Camino Real, Santa Clara (408) 984-5623

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Tucked neatly into the Mervyn’s Plaza on El Camino Real, Kobe Sushi offers lovely atmosphere and a quick and inexpensive sushi fix. A Japanese garden and koi pond add a peaceful note to the restaurant, which also includes a banquet hall, dance floor, and karaoke stage. Besides the standard sushi fare, they also have a popular seared ahi tuna, as well as many teriyaki, tempura, and noodle soup dishes. LA PALOMA RESTAURANT $

[Mexican] 2280 El Camino Real (408) 247-0990 http://lapaloma.ypguides.net/

Established in 1977, La Paloma offers heaping portions at affordable prices. For only $8.99, you can indulge in the lunch buffet, which changes daily but usually includes fajitas, enchiladas, flautas, tacos, ribs, burritos, soups, salads, desserts… the list goes on and on. For dinner, enjoy a relaxing evening of full bar service with premium margaritas, perfect additions to the abundant menu of appetizers, shrimp dishes, combination plates, including many more Mexican classics.

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PARCEL 104 $$$$

[Modern American] 2700 Mission College Blvd. (408) 970-6104 www.parcel104.com

Celebrity chef Bradley Ogden and executive chef Robert Sapirman transform farm-fresh, local ingredients into works of seasonal art at this crown jewel of Santa Clara fine dining. The result: An ever-evolving, palate-provoking and inventive menu that pairs well with the extensive list of wines from Parcel 104’s award-winning cellar. The restaurant does not serve weekend lunches or Sunday dinners, but offers a full breakfast menu for an inspiring weekday jump-start.

SARATOGA THE BASIN $$

[American] 14572 Big Basin Way (408) 867-1906 www.thebasin.com

Regulars call The Basin the place “where everybody knows your name” – just with much better grub. The fare is American by way of Spain and Italy, including the wild mushroom rigatoni. With cozy wood tables and red drapes, The Basin caters to large groups and has a private room that can hold 30. Ask the bartender to shake you up a Caipirinha. The unofficial national drink of Brazil, the Caipirinha is distilled from sugar cane rum and is oh-so-good.

SUNNYVALE NICOLINO’S ITALIAN $$$

[Italian] 1228 Reamwood Ave. (408) 734-5323 www.nicolinosgardencafe.com

Arched doorways and old-world light fixtures set the mood at this family-oriented Sunnyvale favorite, where the waiters wear tuxes and the food speaks Italian. Try veal scaloppini, fettuccine carbonara, or the famous “New York Style” sausage burger (the sausage is homemade). Try the extravagant flambé menu (lit up tableside) for a memorable dining experience. OCEAN BLUE RESTAURANT $$

[Japanese, Asian Fusion] 1010 E. El Camino Real (408) 720-8840

The classic elegance of the décor means that Ocean Blue exemplifies the atmosphere a sushi restaurant should have. The restaurant features fresh, top quality sushi and sashimi, a full bar stocked with premium sake and stylish music, ranging from classic Japanese to current hip-hop. Try their signature Kabuki Roll: salmon, yellowtail tuna and radish sprouts wrapped in cucumber; or the more classic Firecracker Roll, topped with sliced jalapeños and hot sauce. TW


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the hype. So you know you’re not going to retain those fans. But what we always appreciated from that hype was that it exposed us to a lot of people early on, and some of those people followed us throughout the rest of our career, thus allowing us to have a career. So, the hit thing was really good for us in the long run, and one of the burdens is that you have a song or two that you have to play every now and then. TW: Well, considering how many people’s jobs are all burden, things could definitely be worse. Now, a lot of those longtime fans think of the original Trinity Session album as the Holy Grail of altcountry. Was there any anxiety that you might be tampering with something sacred by rerecording it? AA: Yeah, there certainly was from the outset, but once we got in there and started playing… we hadn’t been there in 20 years, and we’d forgotten how beautiful the room sounds. It was just a joy to play, and I think it came together in the end. The only thing that didn’t work, in terms of the nostalgic element, was the fact that we had, like, 60 film and production people wandering around in there, so it was not an intimate setup. Once the cameras were rolling and we were playing, we set up in the way that we did back then, which was in a circle around the microphone in the middle. When we were playing, there was really no sense that anybody was in the building with us, which is great, but it’s just that in between shots and stuff, there was a huge crowd of people.

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n the late ’80s, when other musicians were welcoming us to the jungle and bidding us to do the “Locomotion,” a Canadian alt-country outfit called Cowboy Junkies drifted onto the pop charts like a ghost at a county fair. The Junkies’ subdued, melancholy sound didn’t leap out of the radio and grab you by the ears, but instead beckoned you to follow the trail of music into the shadows. Seduced by a wispy cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane,” which in 1994 was eerily woven into the aftermath of murder scene glamour in Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers, America’s record-buying populace fell under the spell of the group’s second album, The Trinity Session – so named because it was recorded at Toronto’s Church of the Holy Trinity. Today, that album stands as a bona fide, platinum-certified classic. Not bad for a disc recorded in just over one day by a bunch of newbie musicians for less than the cost of an iPhone. 82

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Cowboy Junkies recently celebrated Trinity’s 20th anniversary by returning to the church for which it was named, and rerecording the album from start to finish. This time around, they brought a film crew and a small group of guest musicians that included Natalie Merchant, Ryan Adams and Vic Chesnutt. Currently on tour in support of the resulting Trinity Revisited CD/DVD, the group – bassist Alan Anton and siblings Margo, Michael and Peter Timmins (voice, guitar and drums, respectively) – hits local venues at the end of this month. If you haven’t heard the Junkies since their “Sweet Jane” days, you might want to check out the show. Anton tells us that he and his bandmates have come a long way – they can actually play their instruments now. The Wave: Given that Cowboy Junkies have been putting out albums consistently since 1986, does it bother you that “Sweet Jane” is still the song you’re best known for? Alan Anton: No. There’s always gonna be a song you’re most known for, and that’s a good thing, because it means you get known for something – you get exposed to people. That’s how we feel about Trinity Session. We thought, “Wow, this is so weird that it’s doing what it’s doing,” because we never thought of ourselves as a band that had any kind of mainstream appeal at all. When it was happening, we knew that it was fleeting, because when you’re selling that many records, it’s housewives who are buying their 10 records for the year or whatever, because of

TW: Sounds like a much more lavish affair than the first Trinity. I hear the budget for that was a big $250. AA: [Laughs] I think that included the pizzas, too! TW: Well, hopefully that wasn’t mostly pizza. [Laughs] How did you change as a person between the two Trinity sessions? AA: Physically or mentally? [Chuckles] Mentally, I’ve become a better musician. I think we all have, because we couldn’t really play our instruments that well when we first started. Margo had just been singing for probably two years at the most, and Pete had been drumming for that long, at the most. So, yeah, our musical prowess has certainly gotten us to a level, at least, that we have a confidence that we were lacking, I think, for the first few years of the band’s existence. That’s a really nice feeling – you just kind of never worry about it anymore, whereas before, you used to have a little trepidation about playing. And also, just the confidence that you get from being around for a while and having fans that have followed you for a while just makes things easier. When you’re thinking about quality of songwriting or even choosing themes for songs and things like that, it all has a sort of a world that it fits into. That’s a pretty nice thing. TW Cowboy Junkies play Santa Cruz’s Rio Theatre, Apr. 27, and Oakland’s Yoshi’s, Apr. 28. For tickets, go to www. yoshis.com or www.riotheatre.com. For more information on the band go to www.cowboyjunkies.com.


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April 8, HP Pavilion, San Jose www.hppsj.com

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April 8, The Fillmore, San Francisco www.livenation.com

BIG HEAD TODD & THE MONSTERS April 9, The Fillmore, San Francisco www.livenation.com

BOUNCING SOULS

April 9, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco www.gamh.com

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24060 Summit Rd., Los Gatos (408) 353-6290 www.burrellschool.com Burrell School Vineyards & Winery produces “Wines at the Head of Their Class”: wines of unmistakable mountain character. Estate grown Cabernet Franc, chardonnay, merlot, pinot noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. Open Thu-Sun 11am5pm, Fri-Sat 11am-6pm.

Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards 22645 Garrod Rd., Saratoga (408) 867-7116 www.cgv.com Wine Tasting: Mon-Fri Noon-5pm, SatSun 11am-5pm.

Fortino Winery 4525 Hecker Pass Hwy., Gilroy (408) 842-3305 www.fortinowinery.com Wine Tasting: Tue-Sat 10am5pm, Sun 11am-5pm.

Hahn Estates, Smith & Hook Winery 37700 Foothill Rd., Soledad (831) 678-2132 www.hahnestates.com Wine Tasting: Mon-Fri 11am4pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm.

Pedrizzetti Winery 1645 San Pedro Ave., Morgan Hill (408) 779-7389 www.pedrizzettiwinery.com Open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm (closed most holidays).

Rabbit’s Foot Meadery 1246 Birchwood Dr.,Sunnyvale (408) 261-1603 www.rabbitsfootmeadery.com Their famous cider is available at Whole Foods Markets and Oliver’s Markets.

Roudon-Smith Winery 2364 Bean Creek Rd., Scotts Valley (831) 438-1244 www.roudonsmith.com Wine Tasting: Sat Noon-4:30pm.

Thomas Fogarty Vineyards 19501 Skyline Blvd., Woodside (650) 851-6777 www.fogartywinery.com Wine Tasting: Thu-Sun 11am-5pm. WINE SHOPS

Savvy Cellar Wines 2048 Broadway St., Redwood City (650) 363-8737 www.savvycellar.com Experience top quality wines without having to spend an arm and a leg. Savvy Cellar Wine Bar & Wine Shop features wines from all the great wine producing regions of the world – all wines rated 90 points or higher and retail for $39/bottle or less. Check website for details on: wine classes, wine clubs, private events, tasting specials. live jazz and online sales (including gift certificates).

Vino Locale 431 Kipling St., Palo Alto (650) 328-0450 www.vinolocale.com Vino Locale is the perfect place to host a business or social event in an elegant and private setting. Open Tue-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun Noon-5pm.

Vintage Wine Merchants 377 Santana Row #1135, San Jose (408) 260-1115 www.vintagewinemerchants.com Open Mon-Wed 10am-9pm, Thu-Sat 10am-10am, Sun Noon-8pm.

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April 10, The Fillmore, San Francisco www.livenation.com

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April 11, HP Pavilion, San Jose www.hppsj.com

PANIC AT THE DISCO

April 10 – 11, The Warfield, San Francisco www.livenation.com

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April 11, The Fillmore, San Francisco www.livenation.com

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April 15, The Fillmore, San Francisco www.livenation.com

CAT POWER

April 15, The Warfield, San Francisco www.livenation.com

APOCALYPTICA

April 16, Slim’s, San Francisco www.slims-sf.com

SEETHER

April 16, The Warfield, San Francisco www.livenation.com

MUDCRUTCH

April 16 – 17, The Fillmore, San Francisco www.livenation.com

JOHN BUTLER WITH MAMA KIN

KANYE WEST

April 19, HP Pavilion, San Jose www.hppsj.com

April 22, The Fillmore, San Francisco www.livenation.com April 23, The Catalyst Club, Santa Cruz www.catalystclub.com

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TEGAN & SARA

April 19, The Blank Club, San Jose www.theblankclub.com

THE WAIFS

April 19 – 20, The Independent, San Francisco www.theindependentsf.com

CYPRESS HILL

April 20, The Fillmore, San Francisco www.livenation.com

DREDG

April 20, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco www.gamh.com

MARY J. BLIGE / JAY-Z

April 20, Oracle Arena, Oakland www.oraclearena.com

LEON REDBONE

April 21, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco www.gamh.com

AS I LAY DYING

April 21, The Catalyst Club, Santa Cruz www.catalystclub.com

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DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE

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COWBOY JUNKIES

April 27, Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz www.riotheatre.com April 28, Yoshi’s, Oakland, www.yoshis.com

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You have to hand it to Jack White – the guy is a one-man musical juggernaut, totally unstoppable when it comes to creativity, tour stamina, and album output. Fresh off his latest world jaunt with his White Stripes duo, he’s jumped back into a studio in his new hometown of Nashville for a sophomore set with his side project, the Raconteurs featuring proto-popster Brendan Benson. Remarkably, the resulting 14 tracks don’t feel rushed or half-hearted. White has a way of committing 100 percent to whatever he’s doing, and seems to pull everyone else along in his warm, whimsical wake. He’s even trained Benson to sing in the same Robert-Plant-with-hand-on-hot-stove yelp that he’s patented on the chugging kickoff single, “Salute Your Solution.” But mostly, this is the sound of musicians simply having fun: They meld handclap percussion with slide guitar (“Top Yourself”), Marty Robbins lyrics with Ennio Morricone soundscapes (“The Switch And The Spur”), pop-rock schematics with lonely trumpet (“Many Shades Of Black”), and in the process, close in on the sloppy folk brilliance of Robbie Robertson’s Band in its early-’70s heyday. “How you gonna top yourself when there is nobody else?” White rhetorically inquires at one point. A good question, and one he just may have to face in the very near future.

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Dave King’s rock ‘n’ roll story is certainly a strange one. Once a rowdy metalhead in Fastway (Fast Eddie Clarke’s post-Motorhead enterprise), the Dublin-bred front man rediscovered his Celtic roots while living in – of all places – Los Angeles. That’s where he assembled a traditional-minded cadre of whippersnappers for the Irish punk outfit Flogging Molly, whose sophomore ‘02 effort Drunken Lullabies practically defined the now-popular genre. For Float he upped his own ante, returning home to record at Grouse Lodge Studios in County Westmeath, adding adrenalin to the band in the process. Twice as defiant and rollicking as the previous Within A Mile Of Home, the set tosses in a few caressing ballads (“The Story So Far,” and the title track) but generally settles for punching the listener smack-dab in the face with King’s potent punk/ politics. If you’re not dancing a jig by the end of this feverish set, you’re quite possibly dead or dying.

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It’s quite strange to see how many arena faithful tromp diligently out to witness watered-down ‘80s superstars like Journey go through the motions, especially when they’ve got the real deal in groups like Asia, with all its original members still intact and firing on (mostly) all creative six cylinders. Which is not to say that the band’s first new album in 25 years is any kind of stylistic revelation – it’s merely business as crowd-pleasing usual from guitarist Steve Howe, keyboardist Geoff Downes, drummer Carl Palmer and singer John Wetton (who sounds stronger than ever after recent open heart surgery). Asia was suddenly hip again after gaining notoriety as the 40 Year Old Virgin’s fave band, and they’re riding that wave for all it’s worth in thumping rockers like “Alibis,” Bic-flicking power ballads like “Heroine,” and two – count ‘em, two – three-part suites that let Howe’s textures shine. The heat of the moment may have passed, but these embers are still glowing.

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From almost every note on this sophomore disc from Britain’s The Kooks, the truth is obvious: That late, lamented folk-punk combo The Libertines changed everything for a generation of young UK rockers. And having those doors kicked down benefits composer/bandleader Luke Pritchard immensely. Recording at Ray Davies’ legendary Konk studio, he channels not only the Kinks, but Carl Barat and Pete Doherty, via heavily inflected vocals and an edgy guitar jangle. Is Pritchard is his own man yet? He comes comfortably close on the Muswell-Hillbilly-ish “Mr. Maker” and the perambulating “Shine On.” But hearing the kid find himself makes for some charming, chiming listening. TW

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Since the early years of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Nick Drake, there hasn’t been another great young songwriter quite like Fionn Regan. The End of History puts on display an honest approach to folk music. Simple, gentle, thought provoking, and pure – these songs will last. It’s not a surprise that his debut album was released on the same label as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Elvis Costello, and Ryan Adams.

Emmylou Harris, Blue Kentucky Girl, 1979 With a small-town-girl sway, Emmylou Harris sings of love and loss on a collectively heartrending country record. “Beneath Still Waters” and “Hickory Wind” anchor the album down, deep and true, while her soft, soothing, yet strong voice grabs your heart, never letting go.

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The music of Beirut will make you do strange things. It could be the tantalizingly excessive use of accordions, violins, cellos, trumpets and tambourines that does it. But 30 seconds into The Flying Club Cup and you’ll be searching for plane tickets to Belgrade, yearning for cobblestone streets and dreary gray afternoons. The sound is refreshingly eerie, and front man and New Mexico native Zach Condon has come to be known as something of a freak musical prodigy, with critics unable to precisely pin down the gypsylike ambience of his music. Think Eastern European street beggar plays accordion while belting out war-torn heartache.

Eels, Shootenanny!, 2003 Although at times a little too commercial sounding, Mark Oliver Everett has put together a solid album with Shootenanny! The track “Saturday Morning” harks back to raunchy ’60s-era feelgood guitar songs, while “The Good Old Days” channels Beck (albeit Beck on a day when he isn’t in the studio acting like a prima donna). The album is dynamic and exudes cool sophistication. It’s perfect headphone music, the kind that will cause you to walk a little differently, nod a little more casually and sing out in the faces of passersby. 86

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Collection, 1994 Hi, my name is Johnny Brafford and I’m an insomniac. I’ve medicated, meditated, you name it, all in order to get some quality shut-eye. What has been my godsend? This CD. It’s a collection of lullabies from around the world: Japan, Sweden, America, India, Spain and a handful of others. Its soothing sounds will help you relax, unwind and prepare you for an evening of soporific bliss. Just dim the lights, push play and off to never-never land you go.

The Kills, Midnight Boom, 2008 Those familiar with any of the previous work from Allison Mosshart (vocals) and Jamie Hince (guitar, vocals and misc. push-button magic) will know that it’s a stripped-down, dirty affair. Raw guitars and a crappy drum machine – but that’s the beauty of it. With this new release they’ve broken into their piggy bank and purchased some new equipment and extra studio time. Midnight Boom is far more produced (nicer drum machine) than any of their previous work, which is not a bad thing. The Kills’ raunchy power still comes through loud and clear, and I wouldn’t be surprised if tracks on this album actually get some radio play.

JO ABBIE Senior Editor Kylie Minogue, X, 2008 I have to fess up here: Kylie and I both hail from Australia, and I’m a longtime fan. Another confession, though, is that upon first listen to her latest album, I was unimpressed. Then I realized it’s not cheesy pop – it’s electro-fueled Euro pop. Singles “In My Arms” and “Wow” sound purpose-built for the fashion-savvy clubs of Paris and Berlin, so it’s no surprise both have made the Top 10 charts there. Another surefire hit is “Sensitized,” which contains a Serge Gainsbourg sample so subtle that only fans of his duet with Brigitte Bardot would pick it up.

The Delano Orchestra, The Delano Orchestra, 2008 The anthithesis of the frenetic pop of Ms. Minogue is the delicate, exquisite fragility of this French indie folk outfit. With soft, almost whispered vocals, textured instrumentals and scratchy guitar plucking, tracks are warm, innocent and utterly charming. It’s hard to pick standouts from such a well-balanced set, but a few include the endearingly epic-titled “A Little Girl, a Little Boy, and all the Snails They Have Drawn,” “Spread Our Little Wings” and “I Miss A Bird.” TW


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What to expect when Panic at the Disco, Death Cab For Cutie, and Mudcrutch hit local stages this month. BY MITCHELL ALAN PARKER

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Even though they dropped the exclamation point from their name (a la Prince and Diddy), the band can still cause quite a bit of panic. Lead guitarist and chief songwriter Ryan Ross recently discovered The Beatles and The Beach Boys, causing him to trade in his frilly burlesque ensembles for paisley-print shirts and striped, multicolored hippie pants. The result of this personal transformation has been a dynamic sophomore follow-up titled Pretty. Odd. – a finely tuned, orchestrated effort that seamlessly channels Sgt. Pepper and Pet Sounds. Panic is a band known for its overthe-top stage performances, often looking like a rock concert put on by the Ringling Bros. But there’s no telling what sort of tricks they will have up their paisley sleeves this time around. Just what you might expect from a band that hails from Las Vegas.

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be polite and benevolent. The recently released single, I Will Possess Your Heart, is fueling the highly anticipated Narrow Stairs album, to be released on May 13. The single has a four-anda-half minute intro, which has caused some fans to ask why, but it’s worth the wait to hear singer Ben Gibbard chime in with his scintillating yet austere vocals of love-struck catharsis. The Fillmore is sure to promise a mind-blowing performance, as it is, and always has been, a mind-blowing venue.

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The 1970s Florida band that eventually became Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers has reformed a rock alliance. The band, including Petty, will grace California with a small tour to promote a forthcoming album of both old and new tunes. The band will make pit stops in Santa Cruz and San Francisco before making its way back down to Los Angeles. The album is slated for a late April release, so this is your chance to get a live preview of what’s to come. TW

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mean to ruin his street cred right now, but he is really kind and he is much softer. We had a lot of sex scenes together and we didn’t really know each other that well, but he was so comfortable to work with and quite protective, actually. TW: He talks like a total womanizer. KB: Of course, he does. That’s why I’m destroying his street cred, because when we would do [sex scenes], he would always make sure that I was tucked in like a burrito with the sheet when the cameras weren’t rolling. I am by no means an exhibitionist. I’m also not supermodest. I grew up in the theatre. So when I’m on set and it’s a job, if I’m wearing something skimpy, that’s the job. I’ve been lucky enough to work with wonderful crew members that create a very safe environment, and nobody’s there to exploit you. But when you’re in pasties throughout the entire movie, you get comfortable with it. [Russell] would literally cover me up. TW: Russell, aren’t you famous for womanizing in England? RB: Yes. But of course, no enduring fame can be based upon anything other than talent or murder. I don’t have the lust for blood, but certainly I have other lusts. But in the United Kingdom, there are a lot of tabloids that are fueled by lasciviousness and salaciousness.

Brand Recognition British comic Russell Brand and co-star Kristen Bell on what they remember from Forgetting Sarah Marshall. BY FRED TOPEL

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Russell Brand: I can’t ever imagine being so brokenhearted that I would leave my bedroom. I would simply wait for someone else to arrive. It’s like a deli counter at my house – you just take a ticket and wait. I just wait for the next number and pray it’s 69. TW: How do you have such success with women? RB: I just try to see the beauty in things, and people, as often as I can. I know that is a challenging way to live your life sometimes, but mostly the world is beautiful and people are beautiful. I do really like cuddling women. I love women. TW: Kristen, was Russell acting like this on the set? Kristen Bell: There are definitely takes where he’s much more Russell than Aldous, just because when they were first finding Aldous they were trying to figure out what’s the best rock star stereotype to portray: the ultimate destructive fast-talking one, or someone a little bit more aloof. He found that, and brilliantly so, I think. The thing about Russell is when he’s on, he has the vocabulary of an alien and he is hysterical. When he’s off, and more just one on one – I don’t

TW: Kristen, do you think maybe he’s successful with all the women because he makes them feel so comfortable? KB: I guess so. I suppose people are saying, “Oh, well, that’s just going to get him more girls.” But I think it came out of a very sweet, caring part of Russell that not a lot of people see. TW: Did his charm work on you? KB: Oh, I don’t know. I adore Russell, but Russell and I are just friends. TW: What did you guys enjoy about Hawaii? RB: Well, to tell you the truth, outside the coconut bras, I found it very difficult. In a country where you’re not famous, one encounters certain difficulties, not the least dating. I must say that this is a social protocol for which I have little regard, so that was the most important thing. Any environment – no matter how beautiful – becomes, after a while, restricting. Hawaii seems to me a tropical penitentiary. TW: So women didn’t drape your feet? RB: They did nothing of the sort. My feet were unencumbered by draped women. TW: That’s a tragedy. RB: It was for a little while, but I enjoyed it enormously. But I really missed home – I missed my cat, I missed the culture, to be honest. I’ve settled here much better. I really like Los Angeles. I’m really surprised. I heard that it was a superficial and vacuous place and then, astonishingly, I fit right in. TW


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sually when Keanu Reeves plays a cop, there’s surfing, skydiving or speeding buses involved. This time, it’s all serious corruption drama. In Street Kings is Tom Ludlow (Reeves), an alcoholic rule breaker whose conscience finally gets the better of him. Going straight won’t be easy when all his part-

TW: You’ve had blockbusters and little indie films. How do you measure the success of a project? KR: To enter any project, you hope to realize the role, to realize the film. You have your personal journey and you have the work that you were a part of. I’m nervous about the film opening, because you want people to like it, and you want to see what it’s going to be. In terms of measuring success, I don’t know if that’s a real thing, other than I think that we all hope to have a career. So maybe that’s one of the things that you measure success with. It’s just one of those things that I guess you could look at from the money side, too, and the artistic side of it. I think that it’s as complicated as life is. TW


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They remade Halloween, and now here comes the new Prom Night. In this remake of the 1980 schlock teen horror movie of the same name, a killer wants to murder all the teenagers in their fancy suits and gowns when they go back to their rented limos to make out. Actually, the scariest thing about the prom nights of today is teenagers with their daddy’s credit card racking up extravagant nights out. They should make a horror movie about that. In the meantime, this one’s just about dead bodies and things jumping out of the dark.

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Don’t know who Drake Bell is? Turn on Nickelodeon, or ask a tween. This generic teen comedy explores the wild antics of college orientation, as three potential freshmen spend a weekend on campus. Basically, for all of the questions left unanswered by Disney’s College Road Trip, this flick will fill in the gaps. At least this one is rated R, so it may be more of a Revenge of the Nerd-style college comedy, but Lionsgate is the studio behind the Van Wilder movies, so keep expectations low.

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MOVIES APRIL 8 There Will Be Blood – Two-Disc Special Collectors Edition I Am Legend – Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep – Two-Disc Special Edition Lions For Lambs – Widescreen Edition Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story – Widescreen Edition

MOVIES APRIL 15 Juno – Two-Disc Special Edition with Digital Copy Lars and the Real Girl Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem – Unrated Edition

TV APRIL 8 BBC TV Sense & Sensibility Collectors Set – Sense & Sensibility 2008, Miss Austen Regrets, Persuasion 2007 The Cosby Show – Seasons Seven and Eight Hell’s Kitchen – Season One Fortysomething – The Complete Series

TV APRIL 15 American Dad – Volume Three Melrose Place – The Fourth Season The History Channel’s How the Earth Was Made MTV’s A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila – The Complete First Season Uncensored

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An indie comedy starring Ellen Page – there might just be some interest in that! Parker plays Janet Hartigan, a doctor caring for her former professor (Quaid). He makes a play for the doc, while his politically conservative daughter (Page) challenges Hartigan’s beliefs. Smart People has all the makings of a good quirky comedy. The A-list cast members have the chops to deliver pretentious intellectual dialogue, while still making it accessible for the masses. The buzz from Sundance was hot. Smart People could be the Juno of 2008, or at least the Once. A

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Every movie should be titled after its running time. Wouldn’t it be helpful if Kevin Costner just called his movies Three Hours, or There Will Be Blood was just Two and a Half? Pacino plays a professor who moonlights as a forensic psychologist for the FBI. When he receives a death threat giving him 88 minutes to live,

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If the cast boasts the stars of Heroes and Charmed, it must be good, right? Forget about the fact that it was delayed from Halloween and New Year’s release dates. A gang of bored (but fabulously attractive) medical students challenges each other to come up with the perfect murder. Sure enough, somebody takes it too far, and gets the others involved in the game. The premise sounds basic enough to keep a story going, and could offer some twists, if not as profoundly as Saw. The constant tinkering with release dates suggests that even the gore genre’s built-in fan base is having issues with Pathology.

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The long awaited face-off between the two most acclaimed martial artists since Bruce Lee has been spoiled by turning it into a kids movie. A modern-day teen (Angarano) travels back in time, where the legendary Chan and Li teach him to fight so that he can help them defeat a mythical enemy. Well, if it worked for Last Action Hero… oh, wait, it didn’t. It’s hard to imagine spending two hours with both Li and Chan without getting at least a few decent fight scenes in return. But this story sounds like the most hackneyed way possible to squander these two great talents. TW

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Now that he’s a comedy mogul, Judd Apatow is producing all his friends’ unmade scripts. Longtime Apatow alum Jason Segel penned and stars in this one, in which the titular character (Bell) dumps Peter Bretter (Segel). He goes to Hawaii to escape,

only to find she’s there with her new rock-star boyfriend (UK comic Russell Brand in a hilarious, scene-stealing turn). Luckily, the cute front-desk girl (Kunis) has had her own bad breakup, so she and Peter hit it off. Like Apatow’s other movies, Forgetting Sarah Marshall has brilliant fun with a painful real life situation. The lewd comedy is outrageous, but always creative, never gratuitous. This truly heartfelt tale will resonate with anyone who has ever been dumped, while Apatow fans will enjoy supporting turns from regulars Jonah Hill and Paul Rudd, plus cameos from the likes of Jason Bateman.

he must find the potential killer before it’s too late. It’s a rip-off of DOA (limited time until death) and Phone Booth (omniscient stalker manipulating the hero), there’s no publicity for it, and Pacino doesn’t even say, “Hooah.” So, really, what’s the point?


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you’re not going to end up with a very good story.” In addition to workshops with the Stegner Fellows, Wolff teaches a Great Books course for incoming freshmen, delving into work by Tolstoy, Dinesen and Camus, and enjoys seeing students “rising to the bait” of great writing. One of the notable elements in Wolff ’s own work is the steady presence of humor, an element notably absent from many modern literary works. When I ask him if humor is an underrated art in the literary realm, he conducts a bit of a self-debate. “I can think of some writers whose work I love who don’t have a sense of humor at all,” he says. “In fact, sometimes humor can be a distraction. Flannery O’Connor writes with wonderful humor – she sees the absurdity of the world. But even there, it has to be a part of the work.” He finds another helpful comparison in his good friend Carver, who could be very funny, and another short story master, Hemingway, who wasn’t funny at all. A line graph of Wolff ’s career – his achievements and acclaim – would resemble a steadily rising ski slope. Although Wolff says he “could have lived with” a more meteoric, Dave Eggers-type success at certain points (particularly when he was getting by as a waiter and a night watchman), he seems satisfied with the way that things have transpired. “I’ve never had great upsets,” he says. “I’ve never been dissatisfied with the progress of my writing... just always anxious about the latest project.”

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collection, but I began to look into some stories I had written previously and discovered a longer arc there.” He’s hesitant to discuss the themes of the new collection, preferring to wait and see what his readers think. “When I’m writing,” he says, “I’m so deeply embedded in it, in that moment, that I may not be able to see the general tone of it. I hope that I continue to find fresh things to say about our nature.” Wolff describes the writing process as a give-and-take between what the writer wants to do and what the story wants to do, and says that developing writers are often surprised by this more passive aspect of the process. “You like to think you’re in control – in fact, that’s one of the main reasons to become a writer,” he says. “But that doesn’t even turn out to be true. Certain currents come along, and if you fight them

He’s had a hand in cultivating that steadiness. While teaching at New York’s Syracuse University from 1980 to 1997, for instance, he intentionally stayed away from the business end of the publishing industry in New York City. The cultivation continues at Stanford, where his schedule is moderate enough that he can attend to his muse, not to mention his wife and three children. “I try to write when I can,” he says, “but I am subject to the demands of the world. I’m often invited to give talks and things – but I try to keep it to a minimum.” The pitfall of writers who keep to a strict schedule, he says, is that they set themselves up for procrastination. “It’s better to be a little flexible.” TW Tobias Wolff discusses Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories, Apr. 24, 7:30pm at Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (650) 324-4321 www.keplers.com. Admission is free.


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San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose (408) 792-4145

Loaded with ABBA tunes, this musical delves into a “who’s the daddy” love triangle, culminating in an unforgettable wedding: 4/22 – 4/27.

Canada College Flexible Theatre, 4200 Farmhill Blvd., Redwood City (650) 306-3331 www. canadacollege.net/theater/events. html

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS

Adapted from the Alexandre Dumas novel, playwright Anna Budd breathes new life into the classic story with the addition of a 17th century French swordswoman who joins the Musketeers in protecting the Queen’s secret love affair with the Duke of Buckingham. All for one, one for all: Thru 4/13.

The King’s Academy Theatre, 562 N. Britton Ave., Sunnyvale (408) 481-9900 www.tka.org

Judy Garland fans rejoice! Based on the songstress’ 1944 movie of the same name, this dazzling musical features the acting, choreography and music that the King’s Academy has repeatedly been praised for: Thru 4/19.

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View (650) 903-6000

After two movies, three television series, and a Broadway revival, The Odd Couple is back. Watch the comedic domestic duke-out unfold when opposites Felix and Oscar move in together: Thru 4/19.

After having a breakdown, then giving up medication, Emma begins the transformation back to a normal livelihood. She discovers that she has an amazing talent for writing and soon pens a best seller. But sometimes on the road to the top, things aren’t always what they seem: 4/16, 4/18.

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THEATRE THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS

Actors Theatre Center, 3501 Thomas Rd., Ste. 9, Santa Clara (408) 985-5500

What could be more fun than a live country band providing the score for the South Bay’s return of this Texas-inspired classic? The musical is based on a true story about the 1973 downfall of the Chicken Ranch Brothel in none other than The Lone Star State: 4/19 – 5/10. BLADE TO THE HEAT

San Jose Stage Theater, 490 S. First St., San Jose (408) 2837142 www.sjstage.com

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While there won’t be a tutu-wearing Rocky Balboa, Blade to the Heat captures the sensual, choreographed dance of boxing in this musical drama about prejudice, love, and athletic glory set in the late ’50s: Thru 4/27. CAROLINE OR CHANGE

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View (650) 463-1960 www.theatreworks.org

From Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner comes the story of Caroline, an African- American maid in the turbulent 1960s, who befriends her employer’s son, Noah. Taking place in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination and during the inspirational years of Martin Luther King Jr., the shifting times of the American Civil Rights movement are illustrated in this unlikely friendship: Thru 4/27. THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)

Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos (650) 9410551 www.busbarn.org

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she injured herself and wound up in the hospital! You’ve been warned! 4/10 – 5/3. THE COUNTRY CLUB

Dragon Theatre, 535 Alma St., Palo Alto (650) 493-2006 www.dragonproductions.net

A comedy by Douglas Carter Beane, this play has been described as providing “a bitchy foray into the WASP nest of an exclusive Pennsylvania country club.” 4/18 – 5/11. CREATING CLAIRE

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View (650) 903-6000

Feeling despondent because of a “drifting” husband and autistic daughter, Claire searches her faith for a life-changing formula. She soon becomes a controversial celebrity after giving a speech on evolution at a national history museum, catapulting her as one of the leading advocates of intelligent design. The play delves into three of the most incendiary topics of our times: science, faith and politics: 4/13, 4/20. DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!

Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga (408) 961-5858 www.montalvoarts.org

Adapted from the book, this original musical anchors on comedic performances that often include the audience. Join the ride, but by all means, don’t let the pigeon drive: 4/12. FAME

Sunnyvale Community Center Theatre, Sunnyvale (408) 733-6611

Based on the award-winning 1980 movie, this musical follows a group of high school students who gain inspiration from their school arts program while facing the struggles of everyday high school drama, including prejudice, self-esteem, substance abuse and sexuality: 4/11 – 5/4.

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Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View (650) 903-6000

Set against the backdrop of early ‘90s Nebraska, and supported by recording artist Matthew Sweet’s pop songs, this musical follows two teens that harbor an unconventional relationship in a conservative town: 4/19, 4/20. HANSEL AND GRETEL

Sunnyvale Community Center Theatre, Sunnyvale (408) 733-6611

We all know the story of the Grimm Brothers’ Hansel and Gretel. Now see it brought to life on stage by the California Theatre Center: Thru 4/18. HERO

MACLA, 510 S. First St., San Jose (408) 272-9926 www. teatrovision.org/english/?calendar

Encompassing current realities in Iraq, this insightful performance by playwright Luis Alfaro details how a Chicano soldier is welcomed upon his return to the States: Thru 4/27. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N. Delaware San Mateo (650) 579-5565 www.broadwaybythebay.org

You’ll never look at your house plants the same way again. Fun and delightfully campy, this off-Broadway hit is accompanied by a full orchestra performing the beloved Motowninspired musical score: Thru 4/20. LYSISTRATA

City Lights Theater, 529 S. Second St., San Jose (408) 295-4200 www.cltc.org

Commissioned for City Lights Theater group’s 25th anniversary, Lysistrata is the classic comedy by Aristophanes that relates a hilarious and bawdy battle of the sexes: [See Hot Ticket, page 97] Thru 4/20.

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THE ODD COUPLE

Broadway West Theatre, 4000-B Bay St., Fremont (510) 683-9218 www.broadwaywest.org

Mamma Mia, San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

THE THREE MUSKETEERS AND THE FAMOUS FEMALE DUELIST OF FRANCE

The Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View (650) 254-1148 www.thepear.org

This is the fifth time writers and directors from the Pear Avenue Theatre have gotten together to create multiple new short plays, which are performed in-house: Thru 4/27. RAGTIME

Montgomery Theater, 271 S. Market St., San Jose (408) 7924145 www.sanjose.org

This Tony Award-winning musical features multitudes of original and wide-ranging scores, from Jewish folk to Vaudeville, Jazz to Joplin. It’s woven throughout with three stories based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel Ragtime, incorporating “history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and love and hate.” 4/18 – 4/27. THE SECRET GARDEN

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View (650) 903-6000

The Peninsula Youth Theatre performs “Stories on Stage” from the famed children’s book The Secret Garden about an orphan who finds a neglected garden and begins tending to it. As the garden flourishes, so do the people who visit it: 4/25 – 4/26. SOUVENIR

San Jose Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose (408) 367-7255 www.sjrep.com

The beloved Broadway hit based on the true-life experiences of musical sensation Florence Foster Jenkins – a wealthy, tone-deaf socialite known for her hilarious off-key recitals – and pianist Cosme McMoon: Thru 4/20. STEEL MAGNOLIAS

Mel Mello Center for the Arts, 1167 Main St., Half Moon Bay (650) 726-0998 www.coastalrep.com

Before being made into a Hollywood movie, the likeable and quirky characters of Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, La. made their appearance off-Broadway. The production is being billed as the “funniest show to ever make you cry”: Thru 4/19.

URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL

Santa Clara High, 3000 Benton St., Santa Clara (408) 423-2611 www.santaclarahigh.org

The Santa Clara High School drama department performs this musical satire about “what it’s like when you can’t pee for free.” The title alone will make you wet yourself: 4/10 – 4/12. UNLOCK’D

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View (650) 903-6000 www.theatreworks.org

Touted as a “sparkling musical spoof of 18th century romance, based on Alexander Pope’s tempest-in-ateapot tale of squabbling lovers and the mischievous spirits who surround them,” Unlock’d is an increasingly popular musical that won the Richard Rogers Award for New Musicals. Be prepared for a bit of the fantastical as singing tresses, gnomes and even playing cards make appearances throughout this battle of love: 4/12, 4/17, 4/19. WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

Black Box Theatre, 848 E. William St., San Jose (408) 2887820 www.northsidetheatre.com

A tumultuous old couple steeped in alcohol manipulates a young couple, creating an emotional situation that can’t be reversed. The mistakes and chaos of their lives soon bubble to the surface: 4/17 – 5/11.

CLASSICAL MUSIC & OPERA BEAUX ARTS TRIO

Le Petit Trianon, 72 N. Fifth St., San Jose (408) 995-5400 www.trianontheatre.com

More than five decades of experience in chamber music accompany this trio on stage, which will be their last tour before disbanding. The program includes Schubert’s Trio in Bb Major, Op. 99 (D.898) & Trio in Eb Major, Op. 100 (D.929) and Gyorgy Kurtag’s Work for Piano Trio: 4/18.

JON NAKAMATSU — PIANIST

Le Petit Trianon, 72 N. Fifth St., San Jose (408) 995-5400 www.trianontheatre.com

Watch as the critically acclaimed concerto soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and solo recitalist performs for one night only in San Jose: 4/13. JULLIARD STRING QUARTET

Dinkelspiel Auditorium Stanford University, 471 Lagunita Dr., Stanford (650) 725-2787 http://livelyarts.stanford.edu

With six decades of experience behind the program, the ensemble showcases its versatility by plowing through Hayden’s E-flat Major Quartet, a string quartet by Giuseppe Verdi, and String Quartet No. 2 by Elliott Carter: 4/9. THE MAGIC FLUTE

California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose (408) 792-4145 www.sanjose.org

Perhaps the most perennial of Mozart’s operas, this 1791 production encapsulates a fairy tale rife with romance, bravery, war, sorcery and even comedy: 4/19 – 5/4. PASQUALE—THE ITALIAN TENOR

Domenico Winery, 1697 Industrial Rd., San Carlos (650) 593-2335 www.domenicowines.com

Italian music by Pasquale Esposito, wine by Domenico… what more could you ask for? Thru 4/27.

DANCE BALLET FOLKLORICO QUETZALLI

Mexican Heritage Plaza Theater, 1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose (800) MHC-VIVA www.mhcviva.org

Young performers express the roots of various cultures, heritages and folklore through the interpretation of dance and music: 4/24. CANADA COLLEGE DANCE SHOW

Canada College Theatre, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City http://canadacollege.net/ theater/index.html

Enjoy Canada College’s talented dance department for just the right price. Free! 4/19.

MUSEUMS CANTOR ARTS CENTER

Palm Dr. at Museum Way, Stanford University

(650) 723-4177 www.museum.stanford.edu Makishi: Mask Characters of Zambia: An exhibition of 24 masks selected from the Fowler Museum at UCLA is making its way up north. Featured masks originate from the Three Corners region of Zambia, Angola, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and date from the late 19th to the 20th century, providing a glance into the traditional and sociopolitical events important to the people of central Africa: Thru 6/29. Frederic Church, Winslow Homer and Thomas Moran: Tourism and the American Landscape: An exhibition that explores the work of three influential artists in the context of the new and growing tourist industry in the United States: Thru 5/4.


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EVENT A New 19th Century: The reinstalled Mondavi Family Gallery features newly acquisitioned works by Monet, Renoir, Sargent, and more: Ongoing. Auguste Rodin Collection: The largest collection of Rodin bronzes outside of Paris: Ongoing. African Art in Context: Photography, dress, and other artifacts: Ongoing. Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden: Wood and stone carvings of people, animals, and mythical beings: Ongoing. Living Traditions: Arts of the Americas: A collection of work from diverse Native American peoples and times: Ongoing. Explore Outdoor Sculpture: Enjoy beautiful weather and the works of Auguste Rodin, Maya Lin, Beverly Pepper, Richard Serra and Andy Goldsworthy: Third Sunday of each month. CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY MUSEUM

180 Woz Way, San Jose (408) 298-5437 www.cdm.org

Exciting interactive displays, galleries and activities for the whole family to enjoy: Ongoing. DE SAISSET MUSEUM

500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara (408) 554-4528 www.scu.edu/desaisset

Eye on the Sixties: Vision, Body & Soul: Focusing on one of the most vibrant and dynamic decades in modern history, this exhibit includes painting, sculpture, drawings, and prints by artists ranging from Frank Stella to Claes Oldenberg: Ongoing. HAKONE GARDENS

21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga (408) 741-4994 www.hakone.com

Hina Doll and Kimono Exhibition: The Upper House of Hakone Gardens, one of the oldest Japanese estates in the Western Hemisphere, is now showcasing a display of ornamental dolls representing the Emperor and other historical figures in the traditional dress of the Heian period: Ongoing. INTEL MUSEUM

2200 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara www.intel.com/museum

Experiencing a Digital World: Interact with technology at this unique museum, including “binary rain” and a globe that displays realtime weather patterns: Thru 5/3.

Jack Matsuoka’s Cartoons: Making the Best of Poston: Documenting the incarceration of Japanese Americans during the 1940s: Ongoing. MEXICAN HERITAGE PLAZA

1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose (408) 928-5524 www.mhcviva.org

Mi Coche / My Culture – Livin’ the Lowrider Lifestyle: A unique, visual art experience that delves into the art and Chicano subculture of automobiles. Exploring the history of the Lowrider lifestyle, this exhibit pays homage to this cross-cultural movement through a variety of artistic genres: Thru 6/30. PALO ALTO ART CENTER

1313 Newell Rd., Palo Alto (650) 329- 2366 www.paacf.org

From Fire to the Forefront: Selections from the Forrest L. Merrill Collection:

Marvel in the various shapes and forms of ceramic and enamel vessels that date from midcentury to the present. Artists include Toshiko Takaezu, Beatrice Wood, and Richard DeVore: Thru 4/27. Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection: Recognizing the art of contemporary basket making, Intertwined showcases more than 70 works by artists from around the world. Featured artists have manipulated a variety of materials like grasses, postcards, pistachio shells, and porcupine quills to construct unexpected forms: 4/27. ROSICRUCIAN EGYPTIAN MUSEUM

1660 Park Ave., San Jose (408) 947-3636 www.egyptianmuseum.org

History of the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum Exhibit: This exhibit shows the museum’s transformation from one artifact in an office to a museum with more than 4,000 artifacts: Ongoing. SAN JOSE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART

560 S. First St., San Jose (408) 283-8155 www.sjica.org

The Space Between: A collection of optical art and geometric abstract works by various artists: Thru 4/12. This Show Needs You: In this interactive exhibit, featured artists collaborate with the audience through workshops, performances, and even a wedding, to illustrate art’s function as a social exchange: Thru 5/16. SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF ART

110 S. Market St. San Jose (408) 271-6840 www.sjmusart.org

Goya’s Caprichos: Dreams of Reason and Madness: This exhibit features the contemporary social and politically influenced paintings of Francisco de Goya y Lucientes: Thru 4/20. Picasso: Etchings of Love and Desire: Few are able to express human experience like Pablo Picasso has in these works: Thru 4/20. Fred Pratt: Color and Space: often categorized as ‘60s-borne Minimalism, vibrant colors and never-ending spaces encapsulates this exhibit: Thru 7/6. TECH MUSEUM OF INNOVATION

201 S. Market St., San Jose (408) 294-TECH www.thetech.org

IDEA House: An interactive program space encourages you to formulate and synthesize like never before: Ongoing. Green by Design: Designs with a green approach, aiming to prevent environmental problems and improve lives: Ongoing. View from Space: Science made visible in an exhibit that displays weather, aircraft, and daily patterns from space: Ongoing.

GALLERIES ANNO DOMINI

366 S. First St., San Jose (408) 271-5155 www.galleryAD.com

VICTORIA Everlasting by Derek Weisberg: With sculptures inspired by the classics, Weisberg’s exhibit captures the human form in all its varying emotions and shapes: Thru 4/19. Until Now: This solo exhibit

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668 Ramona St., Palo Alto (650) 321-3891 www.pacificartleague.org

Mosaic Movement: After 20 years of experimentation, Marina Barnes presents a collection of mosaic paintings that are unique in both pattern and technique: Thru 4/24. THE GALLERY AT COGSWELL POLYTECHNICAL COLLEGE

Cogswell Polytechnical College, 1175 Bordeaux Dr., Sunnyvale (408) 541-0100 www.cogswell.edu/ TheGalleryAtCogswell

Known for his series The Cartoon History of the Universe, author and illustrator Larry Gonick exhibits original stills and drawings that exemplify the progression of cartoon technology: Thru 4/19. GREGORY KATE GALLERY

925 The Alameda #101 San Jose (408) 271-2661 www.gregorykategallery.com

Theme of Mother: Twenty-five artists merge together in this gallery exhibit exploring the idea of motherhood through artistic expression: Thru 4/27. LOJART ART GALLERY

35 E. First St., Morgan Hill (408) 799-8907 www.lojart.com

Angie Young Painting Exhibition: The world through this award-winning artist is one full of crazy colors and bizarre but insightful scenarios: Thru 4/10. THE MAIN GALLERY

1018 Main St., Redwood City (650) 701- 1018 www.themaingallery.org/ calendar.html

On the Surface: Large abstract paintings with accented depth and texture by Katrinka Hartmetz: Thru 4/20. Outside Inside: Mixed media artist Marianne Lettieri uses what others may define as junk to create cage constructions and three-dimensional collages that tell familiar narratives: Thru 4/20. PORTOLA ART GALLERY

75 Arbor Rd., Menlo Park (650) 322-2405 www.alliedartsguild.org

San Francisco: Watercolors by Katherine McGuire: See the City by the Bay like you’ve never seen it before – in watercolor. In her first solo exhibit, McGuire captures San Francisco’s strong sense of place: Thru 4/30. TRITON MUSEUM OF ART

1505 Warburton Ave. Santa Clara (408) 247-375 www.tritonmuseum.org

Neal Boor Paintings: Eighty-twoyear-old art instructor Neal Boor presents his painting collection of rich abstract landscapes: Thru 5/11. VIEWPOINTS GALLERY

315 State St., Los Altos (650) 941-5789 http://viewpointsgallery.com

Great Hang-Ups: Acrylic and watercolor images of eclectic still life by Sue Lyttle: Thru 5/2. TW

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pening night at a Greek comedy always brings the concern that a director might not appreciate the low-brow, scatological treatment these plays received in their day – that they might treat it as a (yawn) classic. Not so at City Lights, where Shakespearean helmsman Will Huddleston has filled his new adaptation of Lysistrata with enough dirty jokes and double entendres to rival a month of Benny Hill reruns. The primary thrust (tee hee) of Aristophanes’ play is particularly relevant today. The title character attempts to defuse a useless war between the Spartans and Athenians by talking the female population into refusing the sexual advances of their husbands – in much the same way that a Democratic Congress might refuse to fund an idiot president’s unwinnable occupation. In fact, Huddleston draws that precise connection through a song, “It’s All About the Money” (by Reece and Trey Fiebich and Shannon Stowe), and his heroine’s barb, “War is your favorite excuse when you want to loot the treasury.” The cast pulls off the production’s naughty bits with courageous aplomb – notably Thomas Gorrebeeck as an Athenian who spends most of his stage time walking around with an enormous, sex-deprived bulge, and Heidi Kobara as a mostly nude incarnation of Peace. (There are also a couple of “Omigod!” moments that

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Lysistrata, $25-$40, thru Apr. 20, City Lights Theater, 529 S. Second St., San Jose (408) 295-4200 www.cltc.org. I wouldn’t want to spoil for you.) Another treat is the Bollywoodlike dance numbers, choreographed and led by a red-hot Shannon Stowe to music by students from West Valley College. In the title role, Diahanna Davidson provides a divinely stern straightwoman to her increasingly lascivious sorority, especially Beverley Griffith as her ever-horny lieutenant, Kleonike. Ron Talbot is excellent as Socrates, leader of the townsmen, and there is something so funny about Tom Gough’s demeanor as the frustrated magistrate that it’s hard to put into words. Huddleston’s gag-a-second approach has the effect of weakening his audiences through laughter, leaving them open to some surprisingly poignant moments – as when the magistrate and Lysistrata grow suddenly sorrowful at the mention of lost sons, opening up a truckload of subtext. In summary, I’ll let Huddleston’s best lines speak for themselves: “The group hugs and massages are driving everybody mad,” “It’s not the heat, it’s the tumidity,” and “Somebody get that man a wheelbarrow!” Thank you, and good night. TW THEWAVEMAG.COM APRIL 7 - 20, 2008

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535 N. Fifth St., San Jose (408) 294-3138 www.jamsj.org

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BE PREPARED In addition to the absolute necessities – such as a tent or RV, clothing, food, protective gear, sleeping bags, and shoes – there are a few other items that are important to bring along: Waterproof matches. There’s no telling when rain or other liquids might get your supplies wet. You can buy waterproof matches or you can waterproof your own by dipping them in paraffin wax. A survival kit with enough supplies for everyone on the trip, plus a few extra. These should include flashlights, a first aid kit, BandAids, wet wipes, protein/energy bars, bottled water, sunscreen and bug repellent. Citronella candles are great to help keep bugs away at night. A supply of plastic bags is also useful – to put wet things in, protect things from getting wet, or to dispose of things you can’t leave at the campsite. Take along sweatshirts and pants even in the middle of summer. You never know when the weather might turn from warm and balmy to cold and miserable. Bring along cards, other games and reading material in case you encounter some rainy weather. Remember to bring your camera or video camera so that you can preserve these special moments for years to come. For kids: Make sure they bring along a good supply of their own toys, books, crayons, paper, buckets, shovels and other portable activities. Although spending the days hiking and searching for bugs might sound ideal at first, both you and your kids will need some down time during the trip. Give older kids disposable cameras, so they can take their own pictures and make scrapbooks when they get home.

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Perfectly Pitched Camping is a great option for family excursions over the summer.

swim, hike, fish and participate in organized programs. The campground is equipped with more than 60 woodframe canvas tent cabins shaded by pine and oak trees. Each tent cabin can sleep up to six people and has a deck, small table, two small benches, cots with mattresses and a bookcase. No personal tents or RVs are permitted. Meals, which range from hamburgers and hot dogs to barbecued chicken and ribs, are prepared by camp chefs and served cafeteria-style in the dining hall. Vegetarian and children’s meals are available upon request, while sack lunches are also provided for those spending the day outside the campgrounds.

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t’s almost summer – a time when many families are searching for vacation ideas that will be enjoyed by everybody, without digging too deeply into the family coffers. If overseas ventures or trips to Southern California’s amusement parks aren’t in your budget, stay close to home and get back to nature by taking the whole clan on a camping trip.

San Jose Family Camp 11401 Cherry Lake Rd., Groveland (408) 871-38120 www.sanjoseca.gov/prns/familycamp.asp

The San Jose Family Camp is located just off Hwy. 120, near the west gate of Yosemite National Park, in the heart of the Sierras. In addition to giving your family the opportunity to visit one of our country’s great natural treasures, this camp enables guests of all ages to 98

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201 Sunset Beach Rd., Watsonville (831) 763-7063 www.parks.ca.gov or www.santacruzstateparks.org

Situated at the southern end of Santa Cruz County, Sunset State Beach offers wooded campgrounds, picnic areas, larger group campgrounds and 200-foothigh dunes. There are 91 spots available, that can accommodate both RV and tent camping. Not only is the sandy beach a great attraction for the family, there’s an abundance of wildlife, including whales, dolphins (primarily during summer and fall) and many different species of birds. If you like to fish, this is a great spot to catch perch and striper, but if you’re 16 or older you must have a California fishing license. On weekends in the summer, families can participate in campfire activities or junior ranger sessions. Dogs are allowed at the grounds, but they must be on leashes at all times, and are not permitted on the beach.

PRETRIP TIPS Before you go, it’s wise to talk with your kids to see how enthusiastic, and realistic, they are about camping. Include them in the planning process so that they won’t be surprised once they get to the campground. Why not stage a trial run in the backyard if you have room to pitch a tent? Many of these campsites, particularly the smaller and beachside camps, are fully booked as early as six months prior to the summer camping season. Go to www.reserveamerica.com to see when reservations open and what’s available. The California State Parks website also offers a lot of information about each of their state park campsite’s features and amenities. www.parks.ca.gov

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Big Sur Station 1, Big Sur (831) 667-2315 www.parks.ca.gov

Some people like camping in the woods, others prefer to pitch their tent or park their RV beachside. This camp offers the best of both. Located 26 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park boasts 1,006 acres of forest (think redwoods, conifers, oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, alders and willows), plus expanses of open meadows, and is only a short drive to the beach. Scenic trails offer spectacu102


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SAN JOSE GIANTS vs. BAKERSFIELD BLAZE: 4/10

Municipal Stadium, 588 E. Alma Ave., San Jose (408) 297-1435 www.sjgiants.com

Hey, San Jose, let’s not forget our very own Giants as they welcome the Blaze for their opening day battle royale!: 7pm THE YMCA HEALTHY KIDS DAY: 4/12

Buchser Middle School, 1111 Bellomy St., Santa Clara (408) 351-6326

Healthy Kids Day is a fun-filled free day that encourages families and kids to stay active, connected and healthy. There will be activities and entertainment that promote health and wellness in spirit, mind, and body. So, load up the family and take that first step to living a healthy and fruitful life. FIRST ANNUAL ALAVIE FITNESS DAY: 4/12

John D. Morgan Park, 540 Rincon Ave., Campbell (415) 567-7411 alaviefitness. com/fitness_days.php

It’s all about being fit at this year’s Annual Alavie Fitness Day, where you can take part in free workout sessions for men, women, and kids, along with demos from massage and physical therapists, nutrition experts, running coaches and more!: 9am - Noon IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA FOR A LISTING, OR KNOW OF SOMETHING HAPPENING THAT YOU'RE AFRAID WE'LL OVERLOOK, PLEASE EMAIL YOUR COMMUNIT Y EVENT TO EVENTS@THEWAVEMAG.COM.

BOOK READINGS & SIGNINGS STORIES FROM THE PAST: 4/11

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San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City (650) 299-0104 www.historysmc.org

This month’s story is A Lighthouse Saves the Day, describing a shipwreck through the poetry of Robert Lieber. After the reading, you’re invited to build your own lighthouse and boat, followed by exploring the museum’s exhibit, Charles Parsons’ Ships of the World: 11am, 2pm READING AND BOOK SIGNING WITH TOBIAS WOLFF: 4/24

Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (650) 3244321 www.keplers.com

Author and Stanford University professor will discuss his latest work, Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories: 7:30pm

CLUB MEETINGS CURLING OPEN HOUSE: 4/8

Sharks Ice at San Jose, 1500 S. Tenth St., San Jose www.bayareacurling.com

This is your chance to try curling – the cult hit of the Olympics! It’s like Bocce, but with ice, rocks, sweeping and screaming “Hurry hard!”: 7:30 – 9:30pm 100

KNITTING AT THE LIBRARY: 4/12

Redwood City Library, 1044 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City (650) 780-7026 www.rcpl.info

You’ll learn how to get started knitting with lessons for beginners along with help with existing projects: 1pm PENINSULA RUGMAKERS GUILD: THIRD THURSDAY OF THE MONTH

Rose Garden Branch Library, 1580 Naglee Ave., San Jose (831) 438-6628 groups. yahoo.com/group/Peninsula_ RugmakersGuild/

All rugmakers and enthusiasts welcome: 10am – 3pm FUN TIME SINGERS: WEDNESDAYS

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 12770 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga www.funtimesingers.org

DONATIONS RECYCLE YOUR OLD CELL PHONES FOR ORANGUTAN CONSERVANCY: ONGOING

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, 1300 Senter Rd., San Jose (408) 277-3000 www.hhpz.org

Donate your old cell phones and pagers the next time you visit Happy Hollow Zoo, and help support the Orangutan Conservancy, a nonprofit group that is helping preserve our orangutans and their habitat.

STANFORD COOL PRODUCT EXPO 2008: 4/9

Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez St., Stanford University coolproductexpo. stanford.edu

SAN JOSE FLYCASTERS MONTHLY MEETING: SECOND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH

Stanford University’s Cool Product Expo (CPX) is a showcase of radically innovative products from over 35 firms: Noon – 6pm

San Jose Flycasters meet the second Wednesday of the month and have programs on the sport of fly fishing, education on fisheries, habitat preservation and habitat restoration: 7:20pm

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Milpitas Community Center, 457 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas www.caraweb.org/ new_year/2008/

Celebrate for the coming Cambodian New Year Festival Year of The Rat, with a daylong festival that will begin with Buddhist monks chanting and performing the New Year’s Blessing Ceremony, along with ballet and folk dance performances, live music, art displays and more!: Noon – 4pm FOURTH ANNUAL STANFORD PAN-ASIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL: 4/20 – 5/4

Stanford University, Stanford panasianmusicfestival.stanford.edu

SECOND ANNUAL CHILDREN OF THE DRAGON: 4/12 - 13

Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, San Jose (408) 298-5437 www.cdm.org

Bring the family for a full day of fun and celebrate the Vietnamese community with live music, exciting dance performances, art, great food and more!: Noon – 5pm

SANTA CLARA COIN, STAMP & COLLECTIBLES EXPO: 4/10 - 13

Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great American Pkwy., Santa Clara www.santaclaraexpo.com

Enjoy a great coin and stamp show, featuring more than 100 dealers buying, selling, and trading their stamps and coins.

AUDITION FOR KIDS TALENT SHOW: 4/12

Redwood City Library, 1044 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City (650) 780-7016

Kids age 12 and under are invited to tryout for the 17th Annual Kids Talent show. Acts can be solo, duo or a group; each act is limited to three minutes: 7pm SEA OTTER CLASSIC: 4/17 - 20

In and around Laguna Seca Racetrack, Monterey www.seaotterclassic.com

Attention, bicycle enthusiasts: This is a must – and we do mean must – event. Enjoy everything twowheeled, with road races, mountain bike races, bicycle tours, activities for the kids, BMX racing, vendors with the latest gear, entertainment, food and fun! 26TH ANNUAL PACIFIC FINE ARTS FESTIVAL: 4/18 - 20

Along Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park www. menloparkchamber.com/april.htm

Menlo Park invites you to attend their Pacific Fine Arts Festival, where you’ll be treated to sidewalks of fine art, unique gifts and great restaurants: 10am - 5pm SPRING FARM TOURS: 4/19, 5/17

Deer Hollow Farm, Rancho San Antonio County Park, Los Altos Hills, (650) 965-3276 www.fodhg.org

Bring out the whole family and enjoy some great soccer from your very own San Jose Earthquakes!: 1:30pm

SPRING GREEN DAY: 4/19

McAfee Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland sjearthquakes.mlsnet.com

Children’s Discovery Museum, Woz Way & Auzerais St., San Jose www.cdm.org

Discover what you can do to protect our resources and our planet through recycling, reducing waste and more: 11am – 3:30pm

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Campbell: Sunday 9am – 1pm (year round) Campbell Ave. at Central & First Sts. (510) 745-7100 Cupertino: Friday 9am – 1pm (year round) Vallco Fashion Park Parking Lot, 10123 Wolfe Rd. (800) 949-FARM Los Gatos: Sunday 8am – 12:30pm (year round) Montebello Way & Broadway Extension (408) 353-5355 Mountain View: Sunday 9am – 1pm (year round) Hope & Evelyn (800) 806-FARM

All your cowboy needs will be met at the Grand National Rodeo: a horse show, live music, barrel racing, bareback riding, team roping, a Western art sale, bull riding, wine tasting, and more!

Load up the kids and enjoy an informative and fun tour of Homestead Farm, where you’ll visit animals in pens, century-old buildings, large organic garden and more!

A weeklong celebration of traditional and contemporary Chinese music, dance, and theatre performances.

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Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City www.grandnationalrodeo.com

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES vs. CHICAGO FIRE: 4/12

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A lively and diverse community choir invites men and women to join their group: 7:15 – 9:30pm

Community Room, NE corner of Payne Ave. & Saratoga Ave., San Jose www.flycasters.org

CAMBODIAN NEW YEAR FESTIVAL: 4/12

63RD GRAND NATIONAL RODEO, HORSE & STOCK SHOW: THRU 4/12

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Palo Alto: Sunday 9am – 1pm (year round) California Ave. & El Camino Real (800) 806-FARM San Jose: Sunday 10am – 3pm (year round) Stevens Creek & Winchester (800) 949-FARM San Jose: Friday 10am – 2pm (year round) Kaiser Santa Teresa Parking Lot (800) 949-FARM San Jose: Sunday 8:30am – Noon (year round) Japantown, Jackson between Sixth & Seventh Sts. (408) 298-4303 San Jose: Sunday 10am – 2pm (year round) Princeton Plaza, Kooser & Meridian (800) 806-FARM

Santa Clara: Thursday 10am – 2pm (year round) Santa Clara Kaiser Parking Lot (800) 949-FARM Santa Clara: Saturday 9am – 1pm (year round) Jackson St. between Homestead & Benton (510) 745-7100 Saratoga: Saturday 9am – 1pm (year round) Saratoga West Valley College, Fruitvale & Allendale Aves. (800) 806-FARM Sunnyvale: Saturday 9am – 1pm (year round) S. Murphy Ave. at Washington and Evelyn (510) 745-7100


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14TH ANNUAL DUCKS FOR BUCKS BENEFIT RACE: 4/26 Lake Elizabeth, Fremont www.ducks4bucks.org

Free kids carnival with prizes, safety rodeo, food, community booths and, of course, a zillion rubber ducks that you can adopt and help raise money, along with having a shot at winning a 2008 Chevy Malibu or a trip to Vegas!: 11am – 2pm

FOURTH ANNUAL STYLE 2008: 4/26

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A showcase of distinctive works by 30 contemporary clothing designers and art jewelers. Funds benefit the art education programs at the Palo Alto Art Center: 10am – 5pm

Hidden Villa Ranch, 26870 Moody Rd., Los Altos Hills (650) 941-1068 www.cnps-scv.org

Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd., Palo Alto (650) 617-3138 www.paacf.org

SPRING NATIVE PLANT SALE: 4/12

You’ll find scores upon scores of species of native plants, seeds, and bulbs suitable for California gardens, you’ll even have the opportunity to discuss your planting needs with experts: 10am – 3pm

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Hotel Los Gatos & Spa 210 E. Main St., Los Gatos (408) 335-1700 www.hotellosgatos.com Mediterranean-styled villas providing luxurious guest rooms and suites. Nestled at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains and within walking distance of the many shops, restaurants and galleries. Home to Preston Wynne Spa & Dio Deka Restaurant. BACHELORETTE PARTIES

Jewelsexpression 1445 Foxworthy Ave., San Jose www.jewelsexpression.com Jewelsexpression offers exotic dancing classes with a softer touch. Designed for women of all shapes, sizes and ages, you’ll learn the art of the “walk,” floor performing, and faux pole and chair dancing. Great for bridal showers and bachelorette parties. BEAUTY SALON

Shangri-La Lotus Salon & Spa 413A Monterey Ave., San Jose (408) 623-3963 www.jennybeauty.com Look your very best for your day. We provide the perfect makeup for your entire wedding party – bride, attendants and both mothers. Flawless makeup complements your dresses and location, allowing your photographer/videographer to provide you with the best memories. Whether you come to us or we come to you, everything will be done to your satisfaction. ENTERTAINMENT

Thoro-Bread Entertainment

We’ll see all of you at this year’s Earth Day in Downtown San Jose, featuring a great farmers market, live entertainment, giveaways, and tons of information on recycling, composting, water conservation, green building and much more! FAMILY PAST TIMES PROGRAM: A VICTORIAN AFTERNOON: 4/26

History Museum Rotunda, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City (650) 299-0104 www.historysmc.org

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of everything Victorian with tea, craft making, and more!: 1 – 4pm

carnival rides, water rides and the whole gang from Nickelodeon to entertain you!

FUNDRAISERS ARCLIGHT REPERTORY THEATRE FUNDRAISER: 4/11

San Pedro Square, San Pedro St. & Santa Clara St., San Jose (310) 801-6659

The fundraiser includes tasty food, cash bar, entertainment, silent auction, prizes and a sneak preview of Arclight’s next production, The Other Side of Eden: 8pm THIRD ANNUAL RED DRESS GALA: 4/12

GREAT AMERICA THEME PARK IS OPEN!

Villa Ragusa , 35 S. Second St., Campbell www.alphaphireddressgala.com

One hundred acres of family fun with

This year’s fundraiser will include a silent auction, wonderful dinner, live auction, dancing and live music: Funds raised benefit charitable

Great American Pkwy., between Hwys. 101 and 237 in Santa Clara (408) 988-1776 www.cagreatamerica.com

projects of the Alpha Phi Foundation. LOS GATOS LIBRARY BOOK SALE: 4/19

Council Chambers Lobby, 110 E. Main St., Los Gatos

Hardback books from $1 to $3 – how can you beat that? BEATITUDE MASS: 4/19

Mission Church, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara University www.scu.edu/cpa/beatitude.com

Bay Area composer Henry Mollicone wrote this wonderful piece of music solely for raising money for the homeless. So, come and enjoy some fantastic music and help raise needed funds for Casa de Clara, EHC Lifebuilders and Sacred Heart Community Service: 8pm MARCH OF DIMES WALK FOR BABIES: 4/26

Vasona Park, Los Gatos (408) 260-7629 www.marchofdimes. com/california/4947_28460.asp

This event will begin and end at Vasona Park. Funds raised will support lifesaving research,

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Professional Makeup by Tiffany Chiang (408) 242-8154 www.beautyexperttiffany.com Camera-ready bridal and wedding makeup service specializing in customized color matching foundation and mineral powder just for you. I will make sure you have a flawless complexion and the perfect makeup for your special day. RECEPTIONS

Hotel Los Gatos & Spa 210 E. Main St., Los Gatos (408) 335-1700 www.hotellosgatos.com Mediterranean ambience provides luxurious banquet facilities for events to accommodate up to 130 guests at various locations, including our Indoor Monte Sereno Ballroom, Outdoor Courtyard & Pool Terrace. SALON

The Alexandria Salon & Spa

Abercrombie Flowers & Gifts

1346 The Alameda, Ste. 8, San Jose (408) 971-2926 www.thealexandriasalon.com Hair, skincare, massage, makeup and waxing services provided by a friendly and skilled staff in our relaxed spa environment. Come see our newly added clothing boutique.

120 S. Sunnyvale Ave., Sunnyvale (408) 245-0130 Luscious wedding bouquets, distinctive reception and exotic centerpieces for your luxurious and lavish soiree. Corporate gifts, funerals, and events are other areas of our expertise!

Parlour 308 Airbrush Tanning

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Valerie Young Vedda 181 Metro Dr., Suite 290, San Jose (408) 930-1290 Learn about the value of your insurance coverage through a friendly review of your current policies and benefit from our multiline discounts for home, auto, and life insurance. CA License 0F86939

TANNING

308 E. Main St., Los Gatos (408) 354-9308 www.parlour308.com Professional, comfortable and discreet. Your tan is applied by hand, using an airbrush. The solution is customized for every client, to create a natural sun-kissed tan. TRAVEL

Cruise Planners 5669 Snell Ave., Ste. 372, San Jose (408) 715-7196 Our travel agency specializes in designing a vacation that exceeds your expectations. Our passion is to plan a seamless and exciting cruise and travel experience. Call us today to start planning your dream vacation memories.

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EARTH DAY AT CITY HALL: 4/22

San Jose City Hall Plaza, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose www.sanjoseca.gov/esd

(650) 248-3803 We provide DJ services for all occasions, and offer a wide range of music, including today’s greatest hits, hip-hop, reggae, dancehall, soul, oldies, Spanish music and much more. So, next time you’re thinking about having a party, give us a call and leave the music to us!

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“A NEW GLOBAL ECONOMIC PARADIGM”: 4/9

VOLUNTEER FOR OUTDOOR CALIFORNIA: 4/19 - 20

Santa Clara Convention Center – Ballroom J/K, 5001 Great America Pkwy., Santa Clara (408) 280-5842 www.commonwealthclub.org/sv

Jeffery Sachs, special advisor to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, will discuss our global economic system and the need for a new economic paradigm: Noon – 1pm GLOBAL WARMING: 4/20

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose (408) 808-2397

Learn what you can do to prevent global warming. This is an updated slide presentation from Al Gore’s movie An Inconvenient Truth, followed by a Q&A with Jill Jody: 1:30 – 2:30pm

Common Ground Educational Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto (650) 493-6072 www. commongroundinpaloalto.org

Common Ground Educational Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto (650) 493-6072 www. commongroundinpaloalto.org

Join Deva Luna as she discusses how you can build the ultimate yard MINUS the grass!: 10:30am – 12:30pm

You’ll learn all the different varieties of mandarins, oranges, lemons, limes and less common types of citrus fruits that will thrive in our California climate: 10:30am – 12:30pm

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San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 N. Fifth St., San Jose (408) 730-4506

You‘ll enjoy demonstrations from Harry Hirao, along with vendors selling plants, tools, pots, soil – you’ll even get a chance to win your very own bonsai!: Noon – 4pm

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COMPLETE-DIET MINI FARMING: 4/19

Common Ground Educational Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto (650) 493-6072 www. commongroundinpaloalto.org

This class will show you how to plan a garden or mini farm that will produce healthy, nutritious food and be highly productive as well as sustainable in the smallest space possible: 10:30am – 12:30pm SIXTH ANNUAL NATIVE GARDEN TOUR: 4/20

Throughout Santa Clara Valley www.goingnativegardentour.org

A free, self-guided tour of beautiful gardens in Santa Clara Valley that incorporate California’s low maintenance native plants: 10am – 4pm 36TH ANNUAL WILDFLOWER SHOW: 4/26 - 27

Mission College – Hospitality Management Building, 3000 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara (650) 941-1068 www.cnps-scv.org

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SPRING IN GUADALUPE GARDENS: 4/26

438 Coleman Ave., San Jose (408) 298-7657 www.grpg.org/ SGG/index.html

A full day of fun for the whole family, with all sorts of activities for the kids, gardening advice, plants and accessories for sale, tours, and entertainment.

GAY & LESBIAN DEFRANK GAY BINGO: WEDNESDAYS

Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center, 989 The Alameda, San Jose (408) 2932429 www.defrank.org/events/ bingo.html

DeFrank Gay Bingo is a festive bingo game that has the flair of gay culture to boot. All orientations are welcome to join in the fun: 7pm

HEALTH & WELLNESS SAN JOSE FIT MARATHON/HALF MARATHON TRAINING REGISTRATION: 4/12

Los Gatos High School Track Los Gatos www.sanjosefit.com

A 28-week training program for couch potatoes, walkers, joggers and marathon veterans: 7:30 – 9:30am

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Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos (408) 257-7473 www.chacmv.org

Through the practice of integrative movement, you’ll learn how to listen to what’s beneath your skin. No experience necessary: 7pm SPRING WALKING SERIES: THRU 5/17

Guadalupe River Park & Gardens Visitor and Education Center, 438 Coleman Ave. San Jose www.grpg.org

You’ll become healthier through these group walks that will lead you over the paved trails of the beautiful Guadalupe River Park. All walkers are welcome: 8:30 – 9:30am SATURDAY MORNING RUNS

Urban Sports, 1115 Lincoln Ave., San Jose www.urbansports.info

All ages and skill levels welcome, meet in front of the store: 7am SUNDAY BICYCLE RIDES

Urban Sports, 1115 Lincoln Ave., San Jose www.urbansports.info

The ride isn’t too fast, but still fast enough to keep the heart rate up: Meet in front of the store: 7am YOGA FOR ATHLETES: WEDNESDAYS

Urban Sports, 1115 Lincoln Ave., San Jose www.urbansports.info

Be you a walker, runner, cyclists, or swimmer, you can benefit from working on your flexibility and core strength: 7 – 8:30pm

Meet at the amphitheater behind Borders Books, Los Gatos

You and your family are invited to take part in this fun Los Gatos Trail cleanup event. Garbage bags and trail maps marked with areas of interest to clean will be provided. There will be prizes awarded to the participants with the most creative work gloves, hats and boots: 9am – 12:30pm

591 W. Fremont Ave., Rm. 2A, Sunnyvale (408) 522-2700

Learn how our everyday activities impact the Bay and its wetlands: 9am & 1pm RECLAIMING OUR BODIES: A MOVEMENT GROUP FOR WOMEN: 4/22

LOS GATOS TRAIL CLEAN UP: 4/26

SOAP MAKING MADE SIMPLE: 4/12

700 Los Esteros Rd., San Joe (408) 975-2515 www.sanjoseca.gov/esd

BEST CITRUS FOR THE BAY AREA: 4/26

Join REI and Volunteers for Outdoor California on Earth Day Weekend to build and maintain trails in San Jose’s Alum Rock Park: Sat 8am; Sun 2pm

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

WONDERS OF OUR WATER WORKS – FREE TOUR: FIRST & THIRD SATURDAYS OF THE MONTH THRU MAY

ALTERNATIVES TO LAWNS: 4/12

Alum Rock Park, San Jose (650) 298-9774 www.v-o-cal.org

Learn everything you need to know about making soap at this workshop – you even get to take home what you make!: 11am – 2pm

F E AT U R E 101

lar views of the Big Sur Valley and the Big Sur River Gorge. Family-friendly features of the camping areas, which offer more than 200 sites, include an onsite convenience store, laundry facilities, a comfort station and visitor center, and great picnic areas.

Big Basin State Park 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek (831) 338-8860 www.parks.ca.gov and www.bigbasintentcabins.com

This popular family campground is nestled in the beautiful redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains and offers more than 180 campsites for tents and RVs. This is truly civilized camping – the onsite Camp Store and Gift Shop offers easy access to camping supplies, groceries, beer and wine, ice and wood, while its espresso bar and freshly squeezed organic juice bar are open daily. There are also around 40 tent cabins – raised wooden platforms approximately 12 feet by 14 feet, with wooden sides, mesh vent panels on two sides and a canvas roof. They sleep up to eight, and are equipped with two double platform beds with mattress pads, a wood stove for heat, and a bench and table inside, plus a

DISCOVER ADOPTION AND FOSTER CARE: 4/14

Rebekah Children’s Services, 290 IOOF Ave., Gilroy (408) 8462119 www.rcskids.org

Learn how to expand your family by becoming an adoptive or foster parent: 6 – 8pm FIVE BRANCHES UNIVERSITY INFORMATION NIGHT: 4/24

3031 Tisch Way, San Jose (877) 838-6789 www.fivebranches.edu

A free information session that includes a free treatment and an overview on careers in Integrative Chinese Medicine: 6:30pm 2008 NARRATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP: 4/26 San Jose State University, San Jose www.spj.org

The workshop, led by Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Tom Hallman Jr. of the Oregonian, will show journalists how to move beyond the inverted pyramid style of writing to the art of storytelling. OVERNIGHT BACKPACKING – REI OUTDOOR SCHOOL OUTING: 4/26 - 27

REI Saratoga, (408) 871-8765 www.rei.com/stores/22

You’ll learn everything you need to know to enjoy and have a safe overnight backpacking trip – as long as no bears show up. Then you’re on your own. TW

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picnic table and fire ring with a grill for cooking outside. Dogs must be on a leash at all times, and are permitted in the campsites, picnic areas, and on paved roads, but not on the park’s 80 miles of hiking trails.

Jellystone Park Camp Resorts 14117 Bottle Rock Rd., Cobb (707) 928-4322 or (866) 928-4322; 1306 Tabeaud Rd., Pine Grove (209) 296-4650 or (877) IGO-YOGI www.campjellystone.com

Hey, Boo Boo! Grab your “pick-anick” basket and head north to these Yogi Bear-themed camps, for kids of all ages. The camps offer swimming pools, water slides, paddle boats, lakes, beaches, fishing, hiking, miniature golf, game rooms, pedal carts, playgrounds, and, of course, appearances by those loveable characters Yogi Bear, Cindy Bear, and Boo Boo Bear, as well as Ranger Smith. Choose from tent or RV camping, or rent one of their rustic cabins that will satisfy your camping craving while offering the conveniences of home. These camp grounds are three hours from downtown San Jose, making it not too far from home, yet still far enough to make it feel as if you’re going on a real out-of-town adventure. TW


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• To acquire more customers. • To market and promote what they offer. • To join our community of women helping women.

Let’s get connected. I’d love to learn more about you.

Experience High Tech Up Close

Open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., excluding holidays. FREE admission and parking.

Experience the science behind computer chips rst hand, and the evolution of their development.

Reserve guided tours by phone or online: 408.765.0503 • www.intel.com/museum

Kristy Rogers Managing Director kristyrogers@eWomenNetwork.com 408-288-8484

Audio tours in seven languages are available. In Santa Clara, off U.S. 101 at the Montague Expressway and Mission College Boulevard.

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IMPROVEMENT PLANTS (INTERIOR)

Creative Plant Design 1030 Commercial St., Ste. 109, San Jose (408) 4521444 www.creativeplant.com Creative Plant Design, Inc. has been providing and maintaining excellent interior landscape services throughout Northern California for over 20 years. PLUMBING

Smart Choice Plumbing 55 Newell Rd., Ste. 301, Palo Alto (650) 424-1616 Professional plumber 24 Hrs. / seven days a week video Inspection / Pipe locating / Fixture repair.

Staging by Karen Dayton www.staging-pros.com

TO ADVERTISE IN THE HOME IMPROVEMENT SVMARKETPLACE CALL: (408) 467-3201 EQUIPMENT RENTAL

A Tool Shed (Eight South Bay locations) (800)-ATOOLSHED www.atoolshed.com A Tool Shed Rentals should be your first stop for all your rental needs! We have the tools and equipment rentals to make your weekend or major project easier.

Black Sea Gallery 27 South First Street, San Jose (408) 998-8885 www.blackseagallery.com Welcome to Black Sea Gallery, where worldly furniture finds its home. Each piece is inspired by an exotic place, a past era, an antique lost but not forgotten.

HOUSE CLEANING

At Home House Cleaning (408) 401-7755 Your home is our concern! We offer worry free insurance protection, bonded employees, window cleaning, and deep carpet cleaning. Call for a free estimate. KITCHEN AND BATH

FIREPLACE

Arch Design Center (ADC) 1264 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose (408) 278-9056 ADC is a new showroom with an old-fashioned approach. A family oriented business whose main focus is bringing customer service back to the showroom.

Willow Glen Kitchen and Bath Jimyko Peninsula Fireplace

46 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408) 866-9200 www.peninsulafireplace.com Specializing in original designs. Offering screens and accessories, hand forged iron, wood and stone mantels, wood gas and electric fireplaces, glass and mesh doors.

1919 Monterey Road, Suite #10, San Jose (408) 993-0918 www.jimyko.com Provides fresh and unique ideas that attune to today’s casual and contemporary lifestyles. We invite you to explore our retail studio and experience the elements that define your home.

FLOORING AND CARPETS

351 Willow Glen St., San Jose (408) 293-2284 Lighting, rugs and pottery are but a few of the items we feature in our “Complete Home Furnishing” selections; enabling you to experience a “One Stop Shopping” environment.

POOL TABLES

Admiral Pool Tables www.mrpooltable.com Offering quality handcrafted 8-foot pool tables - custom made - factory direct to you. Also offering a wide variety of accessories from lamps to casino tables to spectator chairs. ROOFING AND GUTTERS

Franklin’s Roofing Service 950 S. McGliney Ln., Ste. 505, Campbell (408) 371-9495 Offering emergency leak repair, roof maintenance, annual maintenance, reroofing of all types, and roofing inspections.

HARDWARE

Palo Alto Hardware 875 Alma St., Palo Alto (650) 327-7222 www.paloaltohardware.com At Palo Alto Hardware, “living green” is more than just a catchphrase. We work hard to put into place systems and programs that are environmentally friendly as we run our business. LAWNS AND GARDENS

Grand Flooring

Garden Accents

894 Commercial St., San Jose (408) 441-1021 www.grandflooring.com Beautiful homes deserve beautiful floors. At GrandFlooring.com we let nature customize your floor. Our solid hardwood flooring contains both clear and character planks that reflect all the best attributes of the natural wood.

11155 Lena Ave., Gilroy (408) 846-4555 www.garden-accents.net Our vision is a garden center to inspire the customers, not just to sell product. We provide a place where garden lovers become inspired and where gardening ideas can flourish.

Heavenly Greens GENERAL CONTRACTOR

Can-Do Construction (831) 539-1181 All phases of construction and excavation, residential remodel and additions, structural retaining walls, decks, and hardscapes. Licensed, bonded, and insured. HOME THEATRE

Modern TV FURNITURE

All World Furniture 981 Stockton Ave, San Jose (408)292-6833 www. allworldfurniture.com All World Furniture Inc. was started over sic years ago and now has a one of the largest modern, contemporary furniture showrooms with attached warehouse in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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1228 S. Bascom Ave., Ste. B, San Jose (408) 2931330 www.moderntvonline.com We can provide the home theater system you dream about. Whether it’s a dedicated theater with plush seating and a big screen, or a family room with a slim plasma TV and speakers built into the walls, we have the solution for you.

(866) 724-8873 www.heavenlygreens.com A Heavenly Greens lawn is as close to natural grass as you can get without the need to water, mow or fertilize. Your lawn will look beautiful 365 days a year with little to no maintenance. AS SEEN ON TV! LANDSCAPING AND GARDENS

Zaira’s Gardening and Landscaping (408) 569-3389 Contact Hector for FREE ESTIMATES... Maintenance, Clean-ups, Trimmings, Pressure Wash, New Lawn and more. PATIO FURNITURE

The Complete Backyard 1600 Duane Ave., Santa Clara (408) 748-8100 www.patio101.com Come by and visit our 33,000square-foot showroom featuring all the top names in the patio business. We have over 250 sets on display from various manufacturers.

STORAGE

A-1 Self Storage (Four San Jose Locations) 1415 Old Oakland Rd.; 2900 Monterey Rd.; 131 Baroni Ave.; 3260 S. Bascom Ave. (800) 210-8979 www.a1storage.com Save money with A-1 Self Storage! Affordable pricing for personal and business needs. WOODWORKING CENTER

The Sawdust Shop 452 Oakmead Pkwy., Sunnyvale (408) 992-1004 www.sawdustshop.com The Sawdust Shop is a unique woodworking center located in the heart of Silicon Valley, combining a do-it-yourself woodshop, a woodworking store, and woodworking classes all under one roof.


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300 San Jose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 3Ta Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 5th Quarter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 9 x 9 Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 A-1 Self Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Actor’s Theatre Center . . . . . . . .95 Alex’s 49’er Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 All-American Builders. . . . . . . . .33 Alliance Development Group - Park Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Alliance Development Group - Stone Crest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 All World Furniture . . . . . . . . . . .17 Almaden Tanning Electric Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 American Kickboxing Academy 45 American Mirador, Inc. . . . . . . . .35 Art Beat, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Artsopolis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Arya. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 Australian Tanning Company, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Avalon Art & Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . .45 AVA Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Axis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Basin, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Bay Area Gadgets. . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Baycom LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Bay Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Bella Saratoga. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Bert’s Alibi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Birk’s Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Blacy’s Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Blowfish. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Blue Chalk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Blue Pheasant Lounge . . . . . . . .73 Boulevard Tavern. . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Braces For Pretty Faces. . . . . . . .47 Branham Lounge . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Buddha Lounge . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Burger Pit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Cafe Amilia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Cafe Hair Salon & Spa . . . . . . . . .49 Camera Cinemas. . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Cantor Arts Center, Stanford . . .95 Caper’s Eat & Drink . . . . . . . . . . .79 Century Graphics . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Chardonnay II Santa Cruz. . . . . .45 Chatanoga Persian Cuisine . . . .81 Chatanoga Persian Cuisine . . . .81 Children’s Discovery Museum . .99 Chrysalis Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery . . . . . . .12 Cinelux Theatres. . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Cinnabar Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 City Heights. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Coach’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Core Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Creative Plant Design . . . . . . . . . .8 CTR Bodyease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Designers Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Dr. Hoang K. Do. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Dr. Robert Ferguson . . . . . . . . . .51 Dr. Taylor Tran. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Dr. Tony Pham. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Dr. Youbert Karalian . . . . . . . . . .56 El Amigo Restaurant . . . . . . . . . .76 Elle Kiss. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe . . . . .8 Equity Residential . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Eternal Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Ethans Los Gatos . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 eWomen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Exotica Airbrush Tanning. . . . . .55 Face-It. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55

FaceShop, The. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Fahrenheit UltraLounge. . . . . . .70 Fireplace Elements . . . . . . . . . . .23 Fish Market, The. . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Five Branches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Five Branches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Giancarlo’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Ginger Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 GoKart Racer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 GoodEye Photography . . . . . . . .12 Goosetown Lounge . . . . . . . . . . .86 Grand Century Dental . . . . . . . . . .9 Gulliver USA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .106 Half Moon Bay Brewing Company . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Harrah’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Helm of Sun Valley. . . . . . . . . . . .43 Home Consignment Center . . . .31 Hotel DeAnza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 House of Genji. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 iFlySFBay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 infobayarea.com . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Innovators Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Intel Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Island Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Jam Theatricals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Jane Aesthetic Medicine & Surgery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Japantown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Kawczynski & Associates . . . . .103 Kidz Shoppe, The . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Kim’s Auto Body . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Kobe Sushi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 Koji Sake Lounge . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 L’Bel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 LaBelle Staging. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 La Jolie Nail Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Lamas Western Wear . . . . . . . . .61 La Paloma Restaurant. . . . . . . . .71 Laser Beauty Center . . . . . . . . . .13 Las Madres Neighborhood Playground . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Leather Showroom . . . . . . . . . . .31 Lisa’s Tea Treasures . . . . . . . . . . .77 Little Lou’s BBQ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Loft Bar & Bistro. . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Lonestar Transportation. . . . . . .86 Los Gatos Galleria. . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Lupe’s House Cleaning Service .38 Magic Tan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Mantra Palo Alto . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Maple Tree Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Marbella Hair Salon1/8h. . . . . . . . . Marble Slab Creamery. . . . . . . . .75 Marketplace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Massage Envy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 MaxPro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Melting Pot, The. . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Menara Moroccan . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Michael Ryan & Associates . . . .33 Milpitas Spine Center . . . . . . . . .10 Mio Vicino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Miramar Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Mix 106.5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Moi Day Spa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Mojo Burger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Mustard Cafe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Nazca Peruvian Cuisine. . . . . . . .69 New Image European Skin Care & Day Spa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 New Living Expo. . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Nichols Research, Inc. . . . . . . . . .13 Nicolette Couture Bridal. . . . . . .59 Nicolino’s Italian Restaurant . . .79

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ociology – one of classes that students take because Survey of Cake Eating is too hard – is the study of the behavior of large groups of people… which you’ll find rarely varies from any preconceived notions that common sense gives you. For example, studies may show that female voters tend to respond better to delegates who are snuggly kitty-cats, but who didn’t already know that going in? If you don’t believe me, watch how well extremely stupid people are able to perform on Family Feud. The allure of sociology is that these facts, while duh, are sort of interesting. Plus we all feel really smart when something not only makes sense to our brain but is also, like, a real fact. I personally was sure I was the smartest man alive when I read the book sleeve of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus and found that I’d already known all that crap. Recently, however, I read a survey that made me look at sociology from a new point of view. I went from thinking it was the study of the obvious, to thinking that I was giving it too much credit. The survey, which was taken by 1,500 couples over the course of a month, showed that sex on average lasts between three and 13 minutes. That’s right – a group of people, who probably majored in sociology, had the great idea to time sex. What, are sociological brainstorming meetings taking place during games of Truth or Dare?

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Most of the men involved had to have felt the same way: determined not to let science shame their pelvises. Which means we can’t take this figure of three to 13 minutes seriously. Under practical conditions, we’re probably looking at maybe 10 seconds to minus7 seconds. Which brings me to the third problem I have with sociology: surveys are only taken by the worst society has to offer. Regular people know to avoid the idiots at the mall with sign-up sheets, and a box of condoms and stopwatches. Plus any information you read in a poll was likely gathered from people with so little to do that they answered a phone call from EXCITING OPPORTUNITY and spent 30 minutes giving information to someone in a prison work program. Normal people don’t fill out surveys. They don’t feel that being Uninterested, Interested, or Very Interested in a movie starring Delroy Lindo is something important enough to stop what they’re doing and mark a bubble.

I have a real problem with this study. First, I think it’s creepy to involve science in your intimate life, especially retarded science. It’d be like Buck Rogers boning Twiki – or if you never watched that show, using a vibrator that was actually a Betamax player. Second, and more importantly, I guarantee you that if the woman I’m on is holding a stopwatch with intentions of telling some sex therapist about it, I hope she and that stopwatch brought a book, because I’m going to get a sex doctor to name that poor woman’s limp after me.

But finally, what do we use this for? The knowledge gained from this survey is impossible to apply, except for the amazingly insecure. Maybe you can cite the study when you and your wife’s lovemaking is over before JAG’s commercial break. “How was that for you, honey? Must be nice being with a man who’s nearing the edge of the bell curve for men of my body mass index and hair color.” But that’s like looking up at a roomful of people and telling them that 5-foot-9 is average.

Please, don’t think that I’m making any claims of champion sexual prowess. In fact, 13 minutes!? What is it, her birthday? I’m just saying that of all the times in your life to concentrate, it’s under these very clinical and judgmental circumstances. Singer/songwriter and tantric lovemaker Sting probably had sex through the entire preproduction of Bee Movie, so these 1,500 test subjects should have been able to hold out for more than 13 minutes.

Is anyone going to modify their personal life to accommodate this new sex knowledge? If you get to 14 minutes, does an alarm go off to abandon the birth canal? No, these are things you keep to yourself. It has nothing to do with me or you if every person in the world has sex for exactly four minutes, 12 seconds. It especially has nothing to do with me… because I rented these penguin costumes for the full hour, and I’m not wasting a second. TW


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