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DINING Feature: Stage a memorable rehearsal dinner at one of Silicon Valley’s many fine dining establishments.

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Top 10 Wedding Movies You know you like ’em. So do we.

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edding days are supposed to be special (at least, for the bride and groom), but wedding movies are supposed to entertain. Most of them do, one way or another. Here are a few of our favorites:

Muriel’s Wedding

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Booby-trapped with insidiously catchy ABBA tunes, this Aussie cult classic tells the story of an ugly duckling who dares to follow her dream. Toni Collette famously put on 40 pounds to play the titular role, while Rachel Griffiths (Brothers and Sisters) and Bill Hunter lend strong support.

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Arguably Adam Sandler’s best movie. Here he plays a popular wedding crooner who, after getting stood up at his own nuptials, finds a second chance at love when he falls for a waitress (played by the lovely Drew Barrymore).

The Wedding Planner (2001)

Arguably J-Lo’s best movie (other than Selena and Out of Sight). Here she plays a workaholic wedding planner who has no time for romance in her life, only to find herself falling for a doctor (played by the lovely Matthew McConaughey).

Monsoon Wedding (2001) Interpersonal drama abounds in this New Delhibased box office hit, which hinges on the arranged marriage of Aditi Verma (Vasundhara Das) to a relative stranger (Parveen Dabaas) who lives in the US.

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Vaughan and Owen Wilson, this irreverent buddy flick/love story just might be the Bad Santa of wedding films.

High Society

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In this Cole Porter-powered musical, wealthy divorcée Tracy Samantha Lord (Grace Kelly) is torn between three lovers: her husband-to-be, the drab George Kittredge (John Lund); reporter Mike Connor (Frank Sinatra); and her still-smitten ex-husband, jazzman C.K. Dexter Haven (Bing Crosby). Love, intrigue, and an unforgettable Sinatra/Crosby duet... who could ask for anything more? (And yes, we know that’s Gershwin!)

My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)

Julia Roberts realizes she’s in love with her best friend (Dermot Mulroney) when he proposes to someone else (Cameron Diaz). Unable to express her feelings to him, she decides instead to sabotage his wedding. Ain’t love grand?

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

Nia Vardalos, who also wrote the script, plays a Greek woman who tries to get her family to approve her non-Greek fiancée (John Corbett) in this indie darling that also spawned a short-lived TV series.

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell repeatedly run into each other at weddings, but MacDowell’s engagement to another man makes it impossible for them to pursue a romance. Or does it?

Mamma Mia!

(2008)

My, my, how can we resist this? Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth are among the musically impaired actors who nonetheless dare to croon ABBA songs in this film adaptation of the popular stage musical.


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Memorable Moments of 2008

Swimmer Michael Phelps made sports history at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, winning an unprecedented eight gold medals and setting seven world records during a single Olympic season. Phelps, who has won 14 gold medals overall, is now the all-time top Olympic gold medal winner. Though the 100-meter butterfly swim was the only race Phelps didn’t complete in world record time, it made for a memorable victory indeed: He pulled out from seventh place in the second lap, beating Serbian Milorad Cavic to the finish line and winning the coveted gold medal by 0.01 seconds. In a bizarre moment of confusion, American Idol judge Paula Abdul negatively critiqued a performance by Top 12 finalist Jason Castro (aka The One with the Dreadlocks) before he actually sang the song. While many viewers were merely amused by Abdul’s blunder, the event once again sparked speculation that the show is actually rigged. View the video on YouTube and you be the judge. TW

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Five things by which to remember last year.

One of the most memorable events of 2008 took place in the waning days of the year: At a Dec. 14 news conference in Baghdad, Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zeidi threw a pair of shoes at President Bush (a gesture considered a grave insult in Arab countries) while shouting, “This is a farewell kiss, you dog!” in Arabic. Showing surprisingly quick reflexes, Bush ducked each shoe, later commenting that he didn’t feel the least bit threatened by the attack. This incident has spawned a whole slew of internet games, such as the Bush Shoe Game (www.mind360.

com), Bye Bye Bush (www.readyaimvote.com/ byebyebush) and the challenging Sock and Awe (www.sockandawe.com).

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Morgan Milligan, the only West Coast distributor of the Dirtsurfer, says that he recognizes the rift that the Dirtsurfer is causing, just like skiers viewed snowboarding in the ’80s. “In a niche market abounding with ‘ego,’ the Dirtsurfer has not been received with the desire that one might think it would,” he says. But Milligan is not worried. The trend has been rising steadily for the last decade, and we feel it’s on the cusp of blowing up big. Because two large tires allow for cruising on almost any surface conditions, riders have been known to scream down hills at more than 50mph, descend concrete stairs, and, of course, surf endlessly across dirt. Some even attach kites, parachutes and windsurfing sails for quick propulsion across flat surfaces. It’s extreme, to say the least. And we want one. $650

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ollywood often portrays wedding planning as a madcap adventure, perpetuating the modern phenomenon that is the bridezilla. But you can avoid all of the drama with this handy guide, complete with listings of local wedding vendors and venues, advice on fun favors, how much wine you’ll need, eco-savvy ideas, unique wedding locations, tips on how to choose a diamond and a look at where those well-known wedding traditions came from. For those who don’t think they can handle all of the planning, we’re giving away a complete wedding package this year, in conjunction with Bridal Showcase, Willow Heights Mansion and other local vendors. See page 26 for all the details.

CONTENTS: Alternative Wedding Locations

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If walking down the aisle is not your style, here are a few more adventurous options.

Wedding Customs

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Why we do what we do when we tie the knot.

Nice Day for a Green Wedding

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How to make your wedding a little more eco-friendly.

A Favorable Reception

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Fun favors that the bride and groom can offer guests.

Dynamic Diamond

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Learn the four Cs before shopping for that all-important engagement ring.

One Bottle Equals Four Glasses

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Because nobody likes a wedding without enough wine.

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Alternative Wedding Locations TAKING THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED TO MARITAL BLISS.

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If you think this kind of extreme wedding might be right for you, check out San Jose Skydiving (800791-5867 www.1800skyride.com) or Adventure Center Skydiving, Inc. (211 Skylane Dr., Hollister, 800-386-5867 www.1800funjump.com).

f the idea of a traditional church wedding just doesn’t do it for you, remember… this is your day, and there’s no reason in the world not to do it in your own way. Here are some ideas for off-beat places to tie the knot.

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At the zoo

It’s hard to imagine a more romantic way to express your love than by exchanging vows while literally soaring into the clouds. There are plenty of people who will be happy to make this experience a reality for you, such as the friendly folks at San Jose Wedding Consultants (www.sanjoseweddingconsultants.com). The best conditions for balloon flying in California are available at dawn and dusk, so plan accordingly.

Taking the concept of animal attraction to a whole new level, some lovers choose the zoo as the spot to pledge their undying devotion to one another. Hey, why not? As the late, great Ella Fitzgerald once sang, “The chimpanzees in the zoos do it/Some courageous kangaroos do it/Let’s do it: Let’s fall in love.” If you’re an animal lover, the roaring of lions and the whooping of monkeys can only add to the mighty tides of love already swelling in your heart. Plus, the possibilities for inventive animal-themed wedding favors are endless. The San Francisco Zoo (47th Ave. & Sloat Ave., San Francisco, 415-753-7080, www.sfzoo.org) has been known to serve as the site of off-the-beaten-track weddings – or, if you’re more the aquatic type, try the Aquarium of the Bay (The Embarcadero and Beach St., San Francisco, 888-SEA-DIVE or 415-623-5300 www.aquariumofthebeach.com) or the Monterey Bay Aquarium (886 Cannery Row, Monterey, 831-648-4800 www.mbayaq.org).

Jumping from a plane What better way to take the plunge into a new life together than by plummeting hand-in-hand to earth at more than 120mph? There are a few different ways to get married while skydiving. You can exchange vows before boarding the plane, do the ceremony inside the aircraft just before making the great leap – or, if you’re exceptionally bold, tie the knot in midair with the help of a skydiving minister. Regardless of which option you choose, rest assured that your wedding day will be nothing short of unforgettable.

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Throwing rice We have the ancient Assyrians, Egyptians and Hebrews to thank for this quaint ritual. To them, rice symbolized plentitude and lack of want; thus, to throw rice at a newlywed couple is to shower them with wishes for abundance, prosperity, good fortune, and fertility. Because the fallen grains of rice can be a health hazard to birds, though, many people now opt to throw rose petals or confetti instead.

Breaking the glass There are many layers of symbolism to this Jewish wedding tradition, in which the groom ends the ceremony by crushing a glass with his foot, prompting the guests to yell “Mazel Tov!” or “Siman Tov!” On the happier side, the broken glass represents the hope that the joy of the new-

lyweds (and/or number of children they’ll have) will be as copious as the glass shards. On the not so cheerful side, the shattered glass is thought to represent the destroyed Temples in Jerusalem, the broken nature of the world or the inevitability of sadness accompanying joy. Still, other interpretations hold that the sound of breaking glass wards off evil spirits, or that the glass symbolizes the fragility of human relationships and/or the fact that the married parties’ lives are now forever changed.

“Something old, something new... ... something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe.” This famous rhyme is a remnant of Victorian times, when the “old” item was generally the garter of a happily married woman. The “new” represented good fortune in the new bride’s life, while the “borrowed” item (usually a cherished heirloom from the bride’s family) was thought to bring prosperity in the new marriage, provided that the item was later returned to the family of the bride. The “blue” item dates back to biblical times, when the color blue was thought to represent purity and fidelity, while the “silver sixpence” was a token of prosperity and happiness. Given the rarity of the silver sixpence these days, it’s not too surprising that the final phrase is often changed to “... and a lucky penny in your shoe.”

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s it goes with most any endeavor, it’s always good to know your audience – and when planning a wedding reception, this adage has never been more important. Because, let’s face it, the true measure of a reception’s fun-to-tedium ratio is not just the thoughtfulness of the guest list, but the quality and quantity of the food and drink. After all, no one wants to be remembered as the couple that had the mediocre reception – the one that prompts ungrateful friends and relations to say things like, “Great party, but can you believe they ran out of wine?”

To make sure there is none of that cattiness following your reception, observe this simple equation: One bottle of wine equals four glasses. Armed with this knowledge, you can then gauge the amount of wine you’ll need to purchase/serve. Here’s where knowing your audience comes into play. Let’s say you’re expecting 100 guests. Unless you specifically request that there be no minors at your party, about 10 to 15 of your guests will not be old enough to drink. Another five to 10 may not wish to drink (or, because of mental health issues or past troubles with demon rum, not be allowed to drink). Armed as you are with the 4-to-1 rule, you now know that anywhere from 15 percent to 20 percent of your guests will not be drinking. Bear in mind, though, that there will be variables, such as that zany uncle who has a history of prodding banquet bartenders into the heavy pour. Not to mention the twentysomething crowd who view receptions as happy hours with free hors d’oeuvres, or the one or two groomsmen who feel that everything liquid must be consumed in one swallow. These are the people whose overindulgence will literally drink up the wine your nondrinking guests did not. Then there are the rest of the guests: the ones who are generally sensible, responsible and more interested in visiting with family and friends than drinking for impact. These people are your wine constants. At a non-Irish reception, expect your guests to consume about one drink per hour. In the event that you are serving spirits at your gettogether, always get twice the amount of vodka you would other spirits. Even though it’s bland and flavorless, it is the go-to booze these days. There are around 16 drinks per 750ml bottle, or 22-½ in one liter. (This is making a drink using a measured 1.5ml shot of spirit.) Another good rule is to appoint the bride, groom or a member of the bridal party as keeper of the keys. Worse than being remembered as the couple who ran out of wine at their reception is to be known as the couple whose reception turned into a melee.

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ender and loving as weddings are, they can be far from gentle on the environment, in terms of the resources they require and the waste they often create. Fortunately, there are plenty of options available to eco-conscious brides and grooms, and many steps couples can take to keep their wedding day low impact and environmentally sound. *Between all those wedding invitations, place cards, ceremony programs, etc., the average wedding leaves a huge paper trail. As an alternative, consider printing these kinds of items on tree-free paper (made from materials such as organic cotton, recycled denim, recycled coffee beans or hemp fiber) or post-consumer recycled paper. Two other strategies to consider are handwriting your invitations on handmade paper, or sending electronic messages whenever possible. Some couples even create their own wedding websites through services like greatgreenwedding.weddingwindow.com, while, as a means of offsetting paper use, a growing trend among environmentally minded brides and grooms is to give tree seedlings as wedding favors, to be planted by the wedding guests after the event. (More information about this practice can be found at www.plantamemory.com and www.evergreenmemories.ca.) *Did you know that in the process of making an average pair of wedding bands, enough waste is produced to create a pile 6 feet wide, 6 feet high, and 10 feet long? And let’s not even get into the whole “blood diamond” phenomenon, or the toxic chemicals that are released through the practice of gold mining. For concerned couples, the solution to these problems is to buy rings made from recycled precious metals and stones. If that prospect fills your head with images of B-grade, junk sculpture-style jewelry, just browse the wide array of ring options on sites like www.leberjeweler.com and www.greenkarat.com – you’ll find these rings look anything but secondhand. *Cut flowers might be beautiful, but they’re toxic to the environment, not to mention the workers who grow them. A couple of solutions are to grow your own flowers, use organic flowers, or buy in-season flowers, which will not only cost less, but also spare the environment the emissions that come from international shipping. *With the list of available earth-friendly fabrics expanding all the time, the bride might want to consider wearing a wedding dress made of susPhoto: GoodEye Photography + D tainable materials such as linen, organic cotton, soy, hemp, esig n peace silk and bamboo. Another option is to wear a reused gown, which eradicates the need for new materials and also allows the bride to fulfill the age-old code of wearing “something old” or “something borrowed.” Or, better still, she can design her own dress made using two or three previously worn gowns. Finally, after the wedding, she can donate her dress to a cause like Brides Against Breast Cancer (503-491-8091 w w w. b r i d e s a g a i n s t breastcancer.org) or The I Do Foundation (www. idofoundation.org), the latter of which donates 20 percent of the sale price of each bride’s dress to her charity of choice.


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HOTELS Dolce Hayes Mansion, 200 Edenvale Ave., San Jose (408) 226-3200 www.dolce-hayes-mansion-hotel.com This hundred-year-old Spanish Colonial Revival-style mansion successfully pairs historical ambience with high-tech amenities. The picturesque Dolce Hayes Mansion will leave a lasting impression.

Fairmont Hotel San Jose, 170 S. Market St., San Jose (408) 998-1900 or (800) 540-4493 www.fairmont.com/weddings/

(650) 726-8750 www.millroseinn.com Ritz Carlton – Half Moon Bay, One Miramontes Point Rd., Half Moon Bay (650) 712-7000 www.ritzcarlton.com Seascape Resort, One Seascape Resort Dr., Aptos (800) 929-7727 www.seascaperesort.com Stanford Park Hotel, 100 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (866) 241-2431 www.stanfordparkhotel.com Toll House, 140 S. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos (408) 395-7070 www.tollhousehotel.com

J. Lohr Winery, 1000 Lenzen Ave., San Jose (408) 288-5057 www.jlohr.com

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

Lavánda at Léal Vineyards, 300 Maranatha Dr., Hollister (831) 636-1023 www.lealvineyards.com

Hazlwood (408) 429-4381 www.hazlwood.com

Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd., Saratoga (408) 741-2822 www.mountainwinery.com Pedrizzetti Winery, 1645 San Pedro Ave., Morgan Hill (408) 779-7389 www.pedrizzettiwinery.com Pietra Santa Winery, 10034 Cienega Rd., Hollister (831) 636-1991 www.pietrasantawinery.com

COUNTRY CLUBS AND GOLF CLUBS

Testarossa Vineyards, 300-A College Ave., Los Gatos (408) 354-6150 www.testarossa.com

Cinnabar Hills Golf Club, 23600 McKean Rd., San Jose (408) 323-5200 www.cinnabarhills.com

Villa Emile at Guglielmo Winery, 1480 E. Main St., Morgan Hill (408) 779-2145 www.guglielmowinery.com

Eagle Ridge Golf Course, 2951 Club Dr., Gilroy (408) 846-4531 www.eagleridgegc.com

PARKS, ESTATES, MUSEUMS AND MORE…

Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club, 3000 Alexis Dr., Palo Alto (650) 948-1800 www.pahgcc.com Saratoga Country Club, 21990 Prospect Rd., Saratoga (408) 253-0340 www.saratogacountryclub.com Silicon Valley Capital Club, 50 W. San Fernando, San Jose (408) 971-9300 www.sanjoseclub.com

Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, 2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto (650) 566-1200 www.fourseasons.com

Silver Creek Valley Country Club, 5460 Country Club Pkwy., San Jose (408) 239-5888 www.scvcc.com

Hilton San Jose & Towers, 300 Almaden Blvd., San Jose (408) 287-2100 www.sanjose.hilton.com

Summitpointe Golf Club, 1500 Country Club Dr., Milpitas (408) 262-8813 www.summitpointe.americangolf.com

Thomas Fogarty Winery, 19501 Skyline Blvd., Woodside (650) 851-6777 www.fogartywinery.com

Los Gatos Opera House, 140 W. Main St., Los Gatos (408) 354-1218 www.operahouseeventsite.com Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga (408) 961-5856 www.montalvoarts.org Nestldown, Near Summit Rd. in Los Gatos (408) 353-5311 www.nestldown.com Ralston Hall Mansion, 1500 Ralston Ave., Belmont (650) 508-3501 www.ralstonhall.com Rengstorff House, 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View (650) 903-6088 www.r-house.org Rosewater Hall, 1180 Murphy Ave., San Jose (408) 436-1571 San Jose Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose (408) 928-5517 www.sanjoseca.gov/mexicanheritageplaza San Jose Museum of Art, 110 S. Market St., San Jose (408) 291-5376 www.sjmusart.org

Ainsley House & Gardens, 51 N. Central Ave., Campbell (408) 866-2119 www.cityofcampbell.com/museum

San Jose Scottish Rite Center, 2455 Masonic Dr., San Jose (408) 978-7483 www.sanjosescottishrite.org

The 1925 Tudor Revival building is the centerpiece of Campbell’s famous Ainsley gardens. The spacious outdoors setting provides the perfect backdrop for ceremonies and receptions.

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

Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Rd. at Cambridge Ave., Menlo Park (650) 322-2405 www.alliedartsguild.org

Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara (408) 247-3754 www.tritonmuseum.org Villa Ragusa, 35 S. Second St., Campbell (408) 364-1900 www.villaragusa.com

Hotel Los Gatos, 210 E. Main St., Los Gatos (408) 335-1750 or (866) 335-1700 www.jdvhotels.com/los_gatos

WINERIES

Chaminade at Santa Cruz, One Chaminade Ln., Santa Cruz (800) 283-6569 www.chaminade.com

Los Gatos Lodge, 50 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd., Los Gatos (408) 354-3300 www.losgatoslodge.com

Byington Winery & Vineyard, 21850 Bear Creek Rd., Los Gatos (408) 354-1111 www.byington.com

Ardenwood Affairs, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont (925) 426-3055 www.ardenwoodaffairs.com

Cypress Hotel, 10050 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino (408) 253-8900 www.thecypresshotel.com

Mariani’s Inn, 2500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara (408) 243-1431 www.marianis.com

Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards, 22645 Garrod Rd., Saratoga (408) 867-7116 www.cgv.com

Bella Montagna (408) 267-0773 www.bellamontagna.net

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The Historic Del Monte Building, 100 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale (408) 735-7680 www.thehistoricdelmonte.com

Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S. Market St., San Jose (408) 795-6221 www.thetech.org/about/rentals

Estate at Redwood Ridge (408) 679-0042 www.redwoodridgeestate.com

Mill Rose Inn, 615 Mill St., Half Moon Bay

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edding favors: The right ones can be touching tokens of the bride and groom’s affection, but the wrong ones can come off as overly cutesy knick-knacks, dripping with kitsch. If you’re getting flustered wading through all the less-than-tasteful choices of favors available to you, here are some ideas for cooler-than-average wedding day mementos: *Dipped in chocolate and adorned with sprinkles or single hearts, the custom fortune cookies you’ll find at Beaucoup Favors (201 San Antonio Cir., Ste. 135, Mountain View, 877-988-2328 www.beau-coup.com) come individually wrapped in clear cellophane bags. Best of all, they contain pieces of paper emblazoned with whatever message you choose to convey to your guests, be it heartfelt and sensitive or hilarious and sassy. Also available through Beau-coup are some thoughtful and practical personalized plantable seed cards. These custom-printed cards bear personalized messages for each guest and come with handmade, spe22

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cially shaped paper containing wildflower seeds. Planting instructions are printed on each card to ensure that this gift keeps on giving long after your wedding day. *For a touch of fairy-tale elegance, the online San Jose company Favors N Bridal (408-687-8008 www.favorsnbridal.com) offers white wax-crafted wedding shoe candles, etched with elaborate floral patterns and a heart-shaped buckle, plus a huge range of other unique favors, including wind chimes, playing cards and more. *The king and queen chess piece candles available at RMA Gifts (www.rmagifts.com) poetically illustrate the yin/yang nature of the married couple. The figures depicted in these pairs of candles are a white queen decked out in bridal dress and a black king in tuxedo and bow tie. RMA also carries “Espress Your Love” glass espresso cups filled with coffee-scented candles.

*As symbols of strength, good fortune and all things positive, the wooden elephants offered at Twitterpated Weddings (6980 Santa Teresa Blvd., Ste. 204, San Jose 408-655-9695 www.twitterpatedweddings.com) can lend a touch of Eastern exoticism to most any wedding. Also available through Twitterpated is the equally exotic golden lac box: Decorated with beads and mirrors, this stylish box (which doubles as a card holder) contains an interior painted in shiny gold. *And finally, you just can’t go wrong with candy. In the words of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory author Roald Dahl, “Who could hate or bear a grudge against a luscious bit of fudge?” Treat friends and family to a mouth-watering personalized gift from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (681 Leavesley Rd., Ste. 300, Gilroy (408) 8428666 www.rmcf.com) or a beautifully wrapped confection from My Gift Box Company (805 University Ave., Ste. C, Los Gatos 408-354-3402 mygiftboxcompany.com).


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at work in the kitchen, creating new flavors while adding new twists to old tastes, resulting in entrées such as roasted Muscovy duck with a port cherry sauce or herb crusted lamb medallions with caramelized onions and a mint demi-glace.

David’s Bridal, Winchester Shopping Center, 3111 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose (408) 554-0025; McCarthy Ranch, 217 Ranch Dr., Milpitas (408) 942-8006 www.davidsbridal.com

Restaurant O, 2081 S. Winchester Blvd., Campbell (408) 354-3131 www.restaurant-o.com

Elegant Lace Bridal, 1061 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose (408) 978-2230 www.elegantlacebridal.com

Jewelsexpression, 1445 Foxworthy Ave., San Jose www.jewelsexpression.com Offers exotic dancing classes with a softer touch, to help the bride-to-be and friends unleash the goddess within.

CAKES A Piece of Cake Bakery, 3537 Kifer Rd., Santa Clara (408) 524-8180 www.apieceofcakebakery.com Cake Expressions, 1849 Little Orchard St., San Jose (408) 295-2253 www.cakeexpressions.com Flower Flour, 896 Willow St., San Jose (408) 279-0843 www.flower-flour.com Icing on the Cake, 50 W. Main St., Los Gatos (408) 354-2464 www.icingonthecakebakery.com Satura Cakes, 200 Main St., Los Altos (650) 948-3300; 320 University Ave., Palo Alto (650) 326-3393 www.saturacakes.com Sugar Butter Flour, 669 S. Bernardo Ave., Sunnyvale (408) 732-8597; 1875 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell (408) 371-5485 www.sugarbutterflour.com

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Restaurant O owner and executive chef Justin Perez has dreamt up some amazing dishes that are sure to delight wedding guests. This celebrated Bay Area establishment, noted for its exceptional service and cuisine, is sure to provide a memorable catering experience. Romano’s Macaroni Grill, 110 Ranch Dr., Milpitas, (408) 935-9875; 2226 Eastridge Loop, San Jose (408) 223-1314 www.macaronigrill.com Romano’s Macaroni Grill offers a full service catered buffet for wedding receptions. Food is prepared in the Romano’s restaurants to ensure the highest quality, then their experienced staff will deliver the meal to your reception venue and set up all necessary disposable flatware, plates and napkins (nondisposable flatware can be rented for an additional fee). After setting the buffet table with linens, decorations, table skirting and food warming chafers filled with their classic fresh Italian food, the catering staff will stay and serve your guests for approximately one-and-a-half hours.

A Catered Affair, 1675 Walsh Ave., Santa Clara (408) 727-6480 www.acateredaffair.com

Taste-Full Events, 900 Madonna Way, Los Altos (650) 949-2899 www.tastefullevents.com

Exceeding far beyond catering, the experts at A Catered Affair will organize venue, linens, decorations, entertainment, flowers, and transportation. Choose from a range of tasty hors d’oeuvres and mouthwatering entrées, such as fresh Maine lobster served with homemade gnocchi and summer vegetables.

The talented chefs at Taste-Full have attended some of the world’s most prestigious cooking schools (owner and executive chef Judith Green is certified as a catering professional by the prestigious Cordon Bleu school in Paris; other chefs are trained at the renowned Culinary Institute of America), and have a stellar reputation for creating extraordinary experiences. The team will craft customized menus using the highest level of technique and ingredients, and specialize in artfully presented dishes that feature local, seasonal and organic ingredients.

Caterman Catering, 452 Reynolds Cir., San Jose (408) 441-8719 www.caterman.net With 20 years of experience in the catering business, the talented folks at Caterman definitely know what they’re doing. Along with elegant food and six different customized buffets, they’ll coordinate every important detail of the big day, from invitations to shuttle services. Catered Too!, 12 S. First St., Ste. 229, San Jose (408) 295-1563 www.cateredtoo.com Known for its distinctive and fresh California cuisine, Catered Too! is ideal for discriminating diners, and can present food either in classic style buffet or as an elegant sit-down dinner. They are happy to design a custom menu for weddings. The Loft Catering, 394 Martin Ave., Santa Clara (408) 866-2200 www.theloftcatering.com Since 1972, The Loft Catering has been expertly providing sustenance for both buffet and sit-down receptions. For buffets, they can set up a pasta station, a chef carving station, or a mesquite grill. Sit-down dinners might include breast of chicken Kiev, mesquite grilled New York steak, or filet of salmon. Panetta’s, 1340 White Oaks Rd., Campbell (408) 559-7733 www.panettas-catering.com Not sure what to have on your menu? Panetta’s will gladly provide a complementary taste test of all menu items so that each catering choice can be made with confidence. Panetta’s also offers a deluxe carving station, unlimited beverages for five hours, and customized wedding cakes. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme, 795 S. Second St., San Jose (800) 798-8388 www.psrt.com While they cover all aspects of wedding planning, the essence of PSRT is and always shall remain the food. They are constantly 24

FLORISTS Abercrombie Flowers, 120 S. Sunnyvale Ave., Sunnyvale (408) 245-0130 Asiel Flower Design, 245 McEvoy St., San Jose (408) 280-7078 www.asieldesign.com City of Flowers, 215 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View (650) 965-4055 De Young Flowers, 1616 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408) 378-1580 www.deyoungflowers.com Flower Flour, 896 Willow St., San Jose (408) 279-0843 www.flower-flour.com Flower Divas, 3283 De La Cruz Blvd., Studio F, Santa Clara (408) 727-4416 www.flowerdivas.com Heavenly Blossoms, 14990 Paseo Tranquillo, San Jose (408) 978-7266 www.heavenlyblossoms.com Marlowes Flowers & Gifts, 1235 E. Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas (408) 262-9191 www.marlowesflowers.com Navlet’s Fine Flowers, 82 S. Montgomery St., San Jose (408) 292-8311 www.myfsn.com/navletsfineflowers Rosies and Posies, 1581 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408) 378-4046 www.rosiesandposies.com Stems Floral Boutique, 423 Vineyard Town Center Way, Morgan Hill (408) 776-6811 www.stemsfloralboutique.com The Wild Geranium, 244 Loma Alta Ave., Los Gatos (408) 354-5171 twg.initsoft.com

GOWNS & TUXEDOS After Hours Formal Wear, Multiple Silicon Valley locations www.afterhours.com Bay Area Bridal, 19638 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino

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Bella Mia Bride, Westgate Mall, 1600 Saratoga Ave., Ste. 407, San Jose (408) 374-0400 www.bellamiabride.com

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Eli Thomas for Men, 377 Santana Row, Ste. 1190, San Jose (408) 247-1024 www.elithomas.com Formal Headquarters International, Main St. Shopping Center, 872 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose (408) 561-0658; Eastridge Mall (inside Sears), 2180 Tully Rd., San Jose (408) 561-0658 www.formalheadquarters.com Men’s Wearhouse, Multiple Silicon Valley locations www.menswearhouse.com Nicolette Couture Bridal Boutique, 15 El Toro Ave., Morgan Hill (408) 779-6146 www.nicolettecouture.com

Jewel Box Jewelers, 1640 S. Bascom Ave., Ste. F, Campbell (408) 377-9898 www.jewelboxjewelers.com

Trudy’s Brides, The Pruneyard Shopping Center, 1875 S. Bascom Ave., Ste. 134, Campbell (408) 377-1987 www.trudysbrides.com

Joe Escobar Diamonds, 450 E. Hamilton Ave., Campbell (408) 341-0300 www.escobardiamonds.com

Tuxedo Fashions, 363 Meridian Ave., San Jose (408) 294-3311; 1980 Tully Rd., San Jose (408) 223-8000 www.tuxedofashions.com

Moniques-Exclusive (408) 689-2878 www.moniques-exclusive.com

Tuxedo Junction, Great Mall, 102 Great Mall Dr., Milpitas (408) 946-4684, Westgate Mall, 1600 Saratoga Ave., San Jose (408) 871-8003 www.tuxedojunction.com Tuxedo Wearhouse, 1600 Saratoga Ave., San Jose (408) 871-8003; 102 Great Mall Dr., Milpitas (408) 946-4684 www.tuxedowearhouse.com

HAIR & MAKEUP 1240 Salon & Spa, 1240 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose (408) 295-3886 A Visionary Salon (408) 979-1195 www.sheleen.com Alchemy Hair Studio & Hair Studio II, 1047 Lincoln Ave., San Jose (408) 293-3494; 1335 Lincoln Ave., San Jose (408) 283-9380 www.alchemyhairstudio.com Art Occasions, makeup and hair styling, PO Box 14, Mountain View (408) 306-1631 www.artoccasions.com Bridal Makeup & Hair Pros, (408) 937-4124 www.bridalmakeuppro.com Ciana Salon, 227 Plaza Central, Los Altos (650) 941-1285 www.cianasalonspa.com Faux Salon, 378 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408) 378-3289 www.fauxsalon.com Legar Salon, 334 California Ave., Palo Alto (650) 322-2104 www.legarsalon.com Nirvana Aveda Concept Salon, 224-B N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos (408) 354-7979 www.nirvanasalon.com Permanent Make-Up by Jennifer, 5141 Moorpark Ave., Ste. 201, San Jose (408) 262-5639 Salon De La Vie, 1044 Lincoln Ave., San Jose (408) 277-0911 www.salondelavie.com Scandalous Hair Design, 1324 Lincoln Ave., San Jose (408) 294-2004 www.scandaloussalon.com Shangri-La Lotus Salon & Spa, 413-A Monterey Ave., San Jose (408) 623-3963 www.jennybeauty.com Tiffany Chiang Professional Makeup (408) 242-8154 www.beautyexpertfiffany.com Thi Makeup Studio, 522 Bryant St., Palo Alto (650) 327-8880 www.thicosmetics.com Umbrella Salon, 135 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose (408) 293-4446 www.umbrellasalon.com

JEWELRY Blacy Fine Jewelers, 51 University Ave., Los Gatos (408) 354-9500 www.blacys.com

Kushlani Hall (408) 942-5087 www.kushlanihall.com

One World Designs, 840 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408) 871-7064 www.one-world-designs.com Tiffany & Co., 149 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto (650) 328-2552; Westfield Valley Fair, 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara (408) 243-7771 www.tiffany.com Vardy’s Jewelers, 10227 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino (408) 446-2900 www.vardysjewelers.com The Vault Gallery, 1339 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz (831) 426-3349 www.thevaultgallery.com

LINGERIE Dutchess Intimates Boutique, 346 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408) 866-8006 www.dutchessboutique.com Essential Body Wear, (408) 319-7612 www.myessentialbodywear.com Magical Moments, 136 E. Fremont Ave., Sunnyvale (408) 733-1670 www.magicalmoments.com Pleasures From the Heart, 1565 S. Winchester Blvd., Campbell (408) 871-1826 www.pleasureheart.com Romantiques Lingerie, 51 University Ave., Ste. A, Los Gatos (408) 395-7749 www.romantiqueslingerie.com

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT A-Best DJ Entertainment (408) 295-6456 www.abestdj.com Renowned for imbuing wedding receptions with an atmosphere of love and celebration, A-Best specializes in ’70s and ’80s music. Choice Music, Los Gatos (408) 712-9522 www.choicemusicsanjose.com Choice Music is a company on the preferred vendors list for many event and wedding sites, which reveals their experience and high level of customer service and care. As part of their wedding service packages, they will then prepare customized CDs for your wedding day, and give you the CD afterwards for your personal collection. Elite Entertainment, (408) 733-8833 www.e3music.com Besides providing great music, Elite Entertainment’s DJs can also help with event planning, event coordination and act CONTINUED ON PAGE 26


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FOUR Cs THAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW WHEN PURCHASING THE WORLD’S MOST PRECIOUS GEM.

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This is the starting point when choosing a diamond. And while there are many subcategories to the cut, for simplification, we’ll just go over the basics. You want to look at the shape and proportion of the shape. The most popular shape of diamond is called a round brilliant, which Escobar says has been the most popular cut since its existence. The conelike shape maximizes light return for a particularly brilliant multisparkle effect. The second most popular is a princess cut, which produces a square or rectangle top. Escobar says this is a relatively new style, having only been around for about 20 years. In addition to the cut, you want to look at the proportions, such as the ration of length to width, as well as how the cut has been polished and its symmetry.

The clarity of a diamond can vary from flawless (no inclusions or blemishes) to included (obvious inclusions that threaten the stone’s durability), with variations between the two extremes. Although most imperfections are only visible through a magnifying lens, they greatly reduce the quality and cost of the diamond.

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Carat This refers to how much the stone weighs, and was based on the weight of a carob seed, which Escobar says was used centuries ago for its relatively consistent weight. Diamonds can be mere fractions of a carat, or be as big as The Great Star of Africa, a whopping 530-carat diamond in the British crown jewels. The pear-shaped giant was cut from a staggering 3,106-carat gem, the largest in history – although there is recent talk of a “cosmic diamond” in the Centaurus constellation, a chunk of crystallized carbon believed to be about 10 billion trillion trillion carats (or one earring for J-Lo).

Joe Escobar Diamonds, 450 E. Hamilton Ave., Campbell (408) 341-0300 www.escobardiamonds.com

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as your master of ceremonies. This company has earned the Diamond Certified Award for “Highest in Quality and Customer Satisfaction.” Hey Mr. DJ, San Jose (408) 223-1400 www.heymrdj.com This business is owned and operated by award-winning Pro DJ-MC Rich Amooi, who is renowned not only for his DJing skills, but his warm and fun presentation that has proven to be a hit with people of all ages. The Hitmen (408) 426-0377 www.thehitmen.com This nine-member powerhouse will have the dance floor crowded with its performance of dynamic, high-energy dance tracks, including favorites like “Give UP the Funk,” ”Jungle Boogie” and more. Magnolia Jazz Band (408) 245-9120 www.magnoliajazz.com Whether in the form of an elegant trio or a swinging quintet, this band brings receptions to life with its mix of popular standards, vintage jazz classics and Latin favorites.

www.jbrownphotography.com KI Photography, 4105 Tobin Cir., Santa Clara (408) 420-4088 www.kiphotography.com Precious Moments in Time, (408) 281-3393 www.arstingstall.com Soo Photography (408) 666-8455 www.capturethelove.com Venz Fine Photography, 14567 Big Basin Way, Ste. A-3, Saratoga (408) 872-0358 www.venzfinephoto.com Wink Photography (831) 601-6407 www.winkphotography.net

SPAS The Alexandria Salon & Spa, 1346 The Alameda, Ste. 8, San Jose (408) 971-2926 www.thealexandriasalon.com Every bride is a beauty in the hands of the team at Alexandria. They have done the hair and makeup for many bridal parties, and also offer a great range of services to help soothe a bride-to-be’s frazzled pre-wedding nerves, including luxurious massages, aromatherapy salt scrubs and purifying treatments. Ayoma Lifespa, 355 Santana Row, Fifth Floor (408) 423-5424 www.ayomalifespa.com

Earl Joseph is a DJ who has specialized in weddings for more than 25 years. That experience shows in his organized, dependable performances, which come highly recommended by many local wedding professionals.

This restful haven inside the Hotel Valencia is the only Ayurvedic (a 5,000-year-old healing system from India) wellness spa in the Bay Area. Using this holistic healthcare system, the staff here assesses each client’s mind-body constitution, and treatments are tailored accordingly. The spa’s inviting lounge makes it a great place to visit with a group of friends for a day of pre-wedding rejuvenation.

Sound in Motion DJ & Video, Campbell, Santa Cruz and Monterey (408) 354-4050 www.simdjs.com

Harmonie European Day Spa, 14501 Big Basin Way, Saratoga (408) 741-4997 www.harmoniespa.com

Renowned for providing the tunes that rock local stadiums during sports games, the Sound in Motion team is also known for its personalized wedding music services. Their wedding packages include ceremony music, wireless microphone coverage, separate cocktail hour coverage, then dinner and dancing for a total of up to six hours. They’ll also act as your MC, play a wide variety of music – and are happy to emphasize requests.

Harmonie has become the spa of choice for discerning Silicon Valley spa goers who seek high quality services and products in an elegant and tranquil atmosphere. Services include spa essentials such as massage, deep cleansing facials, advanced skin treatments, microdermabrasion and other specialized treatments, but Harmonie is also renowned for its spa packages. For a soothing pre- or post-wedding treat, there’s the Hawaiian spa day for the bride and groom, which includes a private eucalyptus steam bath, hot Alaea Hawaiian salt scrub, 60-minute deep tissue massage, signature facial, métro manicure and pedicure with paraffin and Swedish hand and foot massage, and an English tea tray.

San Jose DJ Earl Joseph (408) 365-8282 www.sanjosedj.com

Songman Entertainment, San Jose (408) 972-1204 www.songmanentertainment.com Established by two Bay Area entertainers, Jesse Charles and Lindsey Barrow, this outfit provides DJs, live bands and a range of other entertainment to make your wedding truly memorable.

PHOTOGRAPHY GoodEye Wedding Photography (408) 431-4808 www.GoodEyePhotography.com Specializing in a candid style, GoodEye will not only leave you with a wedding album that will be the envy of your friends, but make the whole experience effortless and enjoyable. GoodEye’s photojournalistic approach will connect with you and your guests in a way that makes every shot look natural. What makes GoodEye stand out from the rest? Genuine talent and a passion to perfectly capture your momentous day. Ammie Wang Photography, 3964 Rivermark Pl., Ste. 219, Santa Clara (408) 316-6130 www.ammiewang.com Avila Photography, (408) 971-4640 www.avilaphoto.com Charles Le Photography, 42-A S. First St., San Jose (408) 608-8758 www.photographybycharles.com

Pavia Day Spa, 12840 Saratoga-Sunnyvale Rd., Ste. 300, Saratoga (408) 741-1555 www.paviadayspa.com Pavia boasts a massage room that accommodates two people, so you and your spouse-to-be can enjoy a relaxing treatment together. One of their signature services is aromatherapy. A certified aromatherapist gathers information about your physical, emotional, and mental health, and creates a customized oil blend, which can be used as a facial, massage or bath oil. Preston Wynne Spa at Hotel Los Gatos, 210 E. Main St., Los Gatos (408) 335-1777 www.prestonwynne.com If the wedding planning is making you tense, try Preston Wynne’s comprehensive range of massage treatments, including warm stone, deep tissue, classic massage and much more. Highly stressed brides-to-be, try the warm rose oil massage – the perfect therapy for those in need of some nurturing. The Spa ~ Los Gatos, 100 S. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos (408) 354-5901 www.thespalosgatos.com

Images Photography, 115 Greenfield Pl., Los Gatos (408) 399-9044 www.imagesphotographygallery.com

Packages for the groom as well as the bride make this spa a great choice for couples close to their nuptials. The Just for Her package features a 65-minute signature massage, steam shower, and realm of roses and hydra plus facial. Just for Him boasts an 80-minute deep tissue massage, steam shower and gentleman’s facial, to leave him groomed and ready.

Imaginaré Photo & Video, (877) 554-8223 www.imaginarephotovideo.com

Watercourse Way, 165 Channing Ave., Palo Alto (650) 462-2000 www.watercourseway.com

Jeanine Brown Photography, (408) 264-3112

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Fontejon Photography (510) 673-0896 www.fontejon.com George Booth Photography, 1048 Empey Way, San Jose (408) 297-2841 www.gboothphoto.com

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A GRAND (PRIZE) WEDDING WE TEAM UP WITH BRIDAL SHOWCASE AND WILLOW HEIGHTS MANSION TO OFFER THE ULTIMATE WEDDING CELEBRATION. According to CostofWedding.com, couples living in San Jose spend between $26,514 and $44,190 on their wedding. Factor in elaborate requests to fulfill every little girl’s dream and you could have a figure astronomically larger than that. So it might seem a little insane that The Wave Magazine, Bridal Showcase, Willow Heights Mansion and other Silicon Valley vendors are teaming up to give away a free, all-inclusive wedding for one lucky bride and groom and 50 guests. Or is it? After all, times are tough, and money is tight. But we believe that shouldn’t stop you from having a perfect wedding. The winner will receive an elegant four-hour ceremony and reception on Sunday, Mar. 22 at the beautiful, Italian-style Willow Heights Mansion. Set on a sprawling, picturesque, 27-acre hillside estate in Morgan Hill, the mansion boasts marble and hardwood flooring, crystal chandeliers, antiques, a gazebo and more. Included are all the spot for stressed out brides. The spa offers hot tubs, body wraps, full body scrubs, European and aromatherapy facial treatments, luxurious foot treatments, hot stone massages and more. For groups of four or more, they offer complimentary nonalcoholic drinks and a small spa gift for each party member.

TANNING The Australian Tanning Company, Multiple Silicon Valley locations (888) TAN-8167 www.theaustrailiantanningcompany.com Magic Tan, 5450 Thornwood Dr., Ste. D, San Jose (408) 225-5688 Parlour 308, 308 E. Main St., Los Gatos (408) 354-9308 www.parlour308.com Planet Beach, Multiple Silicon Valley locations www.planetbeach.com Sole di Paradiso, 5205 Prospect Rd., Ste. 145, San Jose (408) 777-8808; 1039-G El Monte Ave., Mountain View (650) 969-1888; 65 Town & Country Village, corner El Camino Real and Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto (650) 325-7653 www.soletan.com

TRANSPORTATION The Ambassador’s Rolls, 674 Picasso Ter., Sunnyvale (888) 989-0185 www.ambassadorsrolls.com With service throughout the Bay Area, the fleet here includes a variety of antique classics, ranging from a 1953 “Gatsby Style” Tuxedo Two Tone Wraith Rolls-Royce with flat floor design doors engineered for graceful entries and exits, to a 14-passenger convertible limousine. Chic Limousine, 3730 Bassett St., Santa Clara (800) 550-5466 www.chiclimo.com The fleet here includes 18-passenger black stretch Hummers, super stretch, eight- and 10-seater limos in a choice of black or white, and more. All cars are luxuriously appointed, including bars, lights, crystal glassware, and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment. Elegant Journey Limousine (408) 249-5838 www.ejlimo.com Make a statement with your wedding ride by pulling up in the rare Excalibur Limousine equipped with cut-crystal decanters, a fullservice bar and power moon roof. Or try the metallic pewter 1927 Stutz Limousine with a hand-rubbed Peruvian walnut bar for the ultimate in sophisticated automobile luxury.

accoutrements: chairs, tables, red or green carpet runway, security, a catered international buffet, beverage service (alcoholic drinks not included), cake cutting and a free overnight stay for the bride and groom. In addition, many local vendors have lined up to take care of all the other stresses. The cake, gown, entertainment, event choreography, photography, videography, dress preservation, even dance instructions will be taken care of by notable Silicon Valley businesses. For your chance to win this once-in-a-lifetime, all-inclusive wedding, simply fill out a raffle form at The Wave Magazine booth during the Bridal Showcase event on Sunday, Jan. 18 at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose. The winner will be chosen that same day. For tickets to the Bridal Showcase, visit www.bridalshowcase-ca.com. El Paseo Limousine (800) 546-6131 www.elpaseolimo.com This Campbell-based company has been serving Silicon Valley for more than 20 years. Their extensive fleet includes Lincoln sedans, stretch limousines, stretch Hummers and more. Ask about their Red Carpet package, which includes a tuxedoed driver and complimentary champagne. Gilroy Carriage Service, 1315 Borges Ct., Gilroy (408) 848-3210 www.gilroycarriage.com Ride off into the sunset with your bride or groom in an unquestionably romantic horsedrawn carriage. Gilroy Carriage Service has a range of carriages available, ranging from the elegant Visa Vis Carriage with buggy lamps and convertible top, to the black lacquer wagonette with cherry paneling – perfect for outdoor weddings. Le Grande Affaire, 2590 Lafayette St., Santa Clara (888) 301-LIMO www.legrandeaffaire.com When else will you be able to ride in a hot pink stretch-limo Hummer fully equipped with pink-and-white-leather interior, full stereo system, and flat screens?

WEDDING PLANNING A Joyous Occasion, 2039 Coastland Ave., San Jose (408) 267-0773 www.ajoyousoccasion.net With more than 20 years experience in event planning, wedding planner extraordinaire Marcia Joyner offers a flexible fee structure, which means that couples can have her handle as much or as little of the planning as their budget allows. Joyner has had some impressively high profile clients over the years, including Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang and San Jose Shark Patrick Marleau. All Occasions by Design (408) 842-4041 www.alloccasionsbydesign.com A Touch of Elegance (408) 726-5883 www.touchofe.com California Special Occasions (408) 998-4435 www.CASpecialOccasions.com Designed with Excellence (408) 859-1594 www.designedwithexcellence.com Nicole D’Ambra Wedding Consultation (408) 348-4956 www.nicoledambra.com San Jose Wedding Consultants (408) 230-0978 www.sanjoseweddingconsultants.com Wedding Bliss Consulting (510) 432-0928 http://weddingblissconsulting.com TW


WEDDING SPOTLIGHT Mimi ChiangBrown, owner of Flower Flour in Willow Glen, San Jose

Flower Flour Power Bakery, flower shop, café: the ultimate triple threat.

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imi Chiang-Brown has a whimsical foothold on the wedding business. Her quaint boutique on an unassuming corner just off Willow Street in San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood begins with a one-acre garden in the East San Jose foothills. The garden provides the flowers for bouquets and floral arrangements, the herbs that go into her café fare and catered food, and the fruit that goes into her wedding cakes and pastries. For a small business owner, it’s a rare yet successful example of vertical integration. Chiang-Brown, along with her husband, Ed, certainly has a hit with her European-style bakery, flower market and café. “It’s all healthy, pretty and fresh,” she says modestly. “Often, other bakeries don’t do flowers, and florists don’t do cakes. We wanted to encompass everything into a common theme.” By using her food, flower and cake arrangements, her events (particularly, weddings) boast results that are nothing short of harmonious perfection. Nearly everything created by ChiangBrown resembles what’s occurring in her seasonal garden. Whatever colors, flowers, fruits and herbs are blossoming and blooming will be represented

in her design of cake creations, bouquet arrangements, table settings and more. Ever the passionate everywoman, her eyes light up just like a pastry display case when discussing her craft. Something cerebral, almost esoteric, happens behind her eyes, which are mirrored by the charming, mosaic café tables and hardwood floors that anchor the elegant décor of her shop. The pastries and cakes are distinctive, with plenty of French inspired charm. “They are definitely not typical of what you’d find in a grocery store,” she says. “They are more stylish, with a European influence.” This is evident with the elaborate use of chocolate work and decadent mousse-filled accents. As for the f lowers, Chiang-Brown tends to shy away from the traditional, favoring English and Ecuadorian roses, French marigolds, gardenias and hyacinths. “The arrangements are very seasonal, timeless and contemporary. I get inspiration from the garden: foxglove, thyme, chamomile, violas, pansies.” Depending on the season, and what’s available in her garden, one can walk into Flower Flour and find menu items boasting all sorts of things, such as golden beets, pomegranates, figs, spinach, passionfruit and molasses. But don’t be fooled by the shop’s diminutive proportions. It’s rare that any request will go unanswered, no matter how elaborate. For her retirement party as managing director of Children’s Musical Theater in San Jose, Rosemary Heath’s dream was to have a towering, larger-than-life cake. Chiang-Brown and Flower Flour answered the call by spending days crafting a 7-foot, multitiered cake that fed nearly 1,000 people. Now that’s some Flower Flour power. Flower Flour, 896 Willow St., San Jose (408) 279-0843 www.flower-flour.com THEWAVEMAG.COM JANUARY 12-25, 2009

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Depending on her neckline or hairstyle, a bride might choose an elegant pendant or drop necklace, dramatic chandelier earrings or perhaps a pair of elegant diamond studs. Many brides also buy jewelry for their bridesmaids to wear on the big day, which can then serve as a cherished memento. (We love the simplicity of the Sentiments bracelets by Carolee, which come with words such as Love, Mother, Daughter and Sister inscribed around each bracelet in many different languages, making them the perfect gift for bridal party members.) Then there’s bridal jewelry to suit a range of budgets. From costume pieces at many bridal and department stores to the real thing from jewelers like Tiffany & Co., all brides can sparkle as they walk down the aisle. TW

Bloomingdale’s, 1 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto (650) 463-2000 www.bloomingdales.com David’s Bridal, Winchester Shopping Center, 3111 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose (408) 554-0025; McCarthy Ranch, 217 Ranch Dr., Milpitas (408) 942-8006 www.davidsbridal.com Tiffany & Co., Westfield Valley Fair, 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Ste. 1247, Santa Clara (408) 243-7771; 149 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto (650) 328-2552 www.tiffany.com

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Alta 1342 Lincoln Ave., San Jose (408) 288-5940; 701 Laurel St., San Carlos (650) 596-9599; 779 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park (650) 326-7390; 130 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos (408) 354-0069 Alta has been carrying original contemporary clothing and accessories for the past 25 years. Visit any of their four locations and experience the excitement.

Amy B. Boutique Corner Stone Shopping Center, 15994 Los Gatos Blvd., Los Gatos (408) 358-8600 Exceptional men’s and women’s contemporary clothing and accessories from Ted Baker, Diane Von Furstenberg, Oliver Peoples, James Perse, Vince and Paige Denim.

Bella James 1165 Lincoln Ave., San Jose (408) 292-0000 350 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408) 866-9000

www.bellajames.com Located in the Garden Theatre in Willow Glen and now in downtown Campbell, Bella James features inspiring and affordable contemporary women’s clothing and accessories, including Michael Stars, Joe’s Jeans, Havaianas, Free People, Hudson, Citizens and more.

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IBI Boutique 1231 Franklin Mall, Santa Clara (408) 261-2050 www.ibiboutique.com IBI Boutique is the modern woman’s dream closet! With a large selection of women’s clothing, accessories, footwear, jewelry and handbags. Located right in Franklin Square across from the Santa Clara Post Office.

Signature Lifestyle 519 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408) 370-3433 www.myspace.com/signaturelifestyle Features casual clothing for young guys and gals, with a large selection of accessories at very affordable prices. Complimentary gift wrapping is also available. LINGERIE

Dutchess Intimates Boutique 346 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408) 866-8006 www.dutchessboutique.com Dutchess is a new boutique specializing in beautiful intimate apparel. We offer lingerie, hosiery, corsets, bras and more, all at reasonable prices. We carry Betsey Johnson, Felina, and Save the Ta-Ta’s apparel. Complimentary gift wrap available. Private party hosting available.

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EXPERT TIPS SHAPE UP Brett Riesenhuber, owner of San Jose Adventure Boot Camp for women (www.sanjosebootcamp.com) and Prime Physique personal training, advises brides to start getting in shape sooner rather than later. “Since we’re paying attention to the wedding season, this is the time to get started for most people, because people are getting married from spring through the end of summer,” he says. “They are going to need to make sure that their body changes are happening soon enough that they’ll be able to select the right dress.”

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Perfect Preparation Say “I do” to looking and feeling amazing on your wedding day. BY SHARON MCKINLEY

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very bride is beautiful. But behind that glossy hair, glowing complexion, bright white smile and slender silhouette is a lot of planning – and when it comes to organizing your wedding beauty regime, timing (or should we say, allowing yourself plenty of time) is everything. Waiting till the last minute could mean walking down the aisle with a ghastly orange fake tan or badly overplucked eyebrows. So amid the mayhem of arranging the venue, dress, flowers, guest list and all those other details, be sure to block out ample time for your grooming program to ensure you’ll look and feel your very best.

Bridal Boot Camp Most brides-to-be aspire to lose a few pounds before their big day, but crash dieting to squeeze into the wrong size dress is never the way to go. Instead, set realistic goals and embark on a sensible fitness routine that will leave you feeling toned, energized and confident. If you lack motivation, hiring a personal trainer can keep you focused and disciplined. Alternatively, if gyms aren’t your thing, check out your local boot camp fitness group. There, you’ll find not only a challenging and varied full body workout, but a more sociable way to shape up.

Tanning A good fake tan can be the difference between looking pale and weary or glowing and radiant. (If you’re wearing white under a flash without a tan, you run the risk of looking washed out in your wedding photos.) Have a trial run of your fake tan about two months before the wedding to help you determine the depth of color that suits you best. Be sure to get all waxing and hair removal treatments out of the way 24 hours 30

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before your final fake tan, so that no irritation occurs. Then book your tan two days before your wedding to allow it to develop, and to make sure there’s minimal rub-off on your dress. Finally, exfoliate before and after your tan, paying close attention to elbows, ankles and knees, and moisturize thoroughly to maintain a flawless, streak-free color.

Hair While it might be tempting to be daring and try out that perm you’ve always wanted or get yourself some new bangs, remember this: It’s your wedding day, and you still want to look like you. Instead of making dramatic changes, make an appointment with your stylist to experiment with some classic wedding styles. If you’re wearing a veil, take it along – and above all else, make sure you settle on something that’s comfortable and will last for the whole day. (You don’t want to be stuck in the bathroom at your own reception with a handful of bobby pins and a can of hairspray.) Book yourself in for a professional conditioning treatment and trim about a week in advance to make sure that your locks are looking the picture of health.

Makeup The same rule for hair also applies for makeup: Go for a look you’re comfortable with and one that people will recognize as you. Also remember that your wedding album will outlast every fashion trend going, so opt for a timeless look that accentuates your best features. If you’re using a professional makeup artist, find out which brands they use and test these well in advance to make sure you don’t have to deal with unsightly allergic reactions close to your big day. And remember, no amount of makeup can compete with a naturally healthy complexion. So drink lots of water, get plenty of sleep and book yourself a facial a week before the wedding to make sure your skin is picture perfect.

Nails On your wedding day, your hands will be on show more than any other day in your life. If your nails are bitten or in bad condition, try to break bad habits well in advance and soak your fingernails in warm olive oil daily to strengthen them. Regular manicures in the weeks leading up to your wedding day will also ensure your nails are in tip-top condition. Like your makeup and hair, think about going for something timeless, like a French manicure or a natural color with a shiny finish.

Patricia Bottero, owner of Harmonie European Day Spa (www. harmoniespa.com), recommends a facial one week before the big day, followed by maintenance at home in the form of a gentle scrub and mask every other night before the wedding. “This will keep the skin exfoliated and hydrated for the wedding, so the benefit of the facial will be extended up to the day of the wedding. “For the body, it’s the same thing,” Bottero continues. “Have a professional body scrub, a salt scrub or sugar scrub one week or 10 days before the wedding, and then use a scrub at home every day in the shower so the skin stays exfoliated.”

MAKEUP Taylor Phan, who recently opened Thi Makeup Studio in Palo Alto (www.thicosmetics.com) with business partner Mimi Tran Rickett, is one of Northern California’s most sought-after bridal makeup artists, and has created an Asian inspired makeup line promoting the beauty of diversity. Taylor has many great tips for helping brides ensure that their flawless makeup stays that way throughout the day. “Apply concealer or foundation to your lips before applying lip color to boost staying power,” she advises. As for that all-important base, “A silicon-based cream foundation covers better than a liquid and lasts eight hours,” Taylor notes. “Take a Kleenex and lightly press it into the foundation before you apply powder – this removes oil from the foundation, leaving pure pigment on the skin, which ensures it will last longer.” And finally, Taylor’s biggest advice is the use of false lashes to define the eyes. Her signature Lush Lashes are one of the most used products by top celebrity artists and beauty experts.

Teeth Whitening You will never smile as much in one day as on your wedding day, so make sure your pearly whites are sparkling for the cameras. A good tan can do wonders for making your teeth appear whiter, but it’s no substitute for a professional teeth-whitening treatment. These can either be professional take-home kits or in-surgery procedures. Teeth whitening procedures can leave teeth and gums sensitive for a few days, so be sure to book any procedures at least a week in advance of your nuptials. Maintain the professional procedure with a take-home kit to ensure your perfect smile lasts way beyond the honeymoon.

Massage No doubt about it – your wedding day may be the best day of your life, but it’s also likely to be the most stressful. Make sure you take time out to unwind before the wedding so that you’ll enjoy the celebration. A pre-wedding day of pampering and massage at a day spa with your bridesmaids can leave you relaxed enough to enjoy a good night’s sleep the night before the madness.

Grooming the Groom Finally, while most men are reluctant to venture beyond a shower and shave for any occasion, encourage your groom to indulge a little before your wedding day. A professional wet shave on the morning of the wedding will leave him smooth-faced all day long, while a salon haircut will ensure that he looks as dazzling as you when it’s time to say “I do.” TW For a full list of local spas, salons and makeup artists, see page 24 and 26 of our Wedding Planner.


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HARMONIE EUROPEAN DAY SPA 14501 Big Basin Way, Saratoga (408) 741-4997 www.harmoniespa.com

Harmonie has become the spa of choice for discerning Silicon Valley spa goers who seek high quality services and products in an elegant and tranquil atmosphere. Services include spa essentials such as massage, deep cleansing facials, advanced skin treatments, microdermabrasion and other specialized treatments, but Harmonie is also renowned for its spa packages, including the Parisian Afternoon package (which includes a facial with back, neck, shoulder massage, a manicure and pedicure, plus a makeup touch-up and a tray of English tea sandwiches).

DR. MICHAEL BOUZID, DDS 10430 S. De Anza Blvd., Ste. 120, Cupertino (408) 253-0153 www.drbouzid.com

Comfort is the main priority at Dr. Bouzid’s office. He specializes in sedation dentistry (in which years of dental treatments can be performed quickly and with little to no discomfort), cosmetic dentistry, gum disease, dental implants, smile design and more. They even speak French!

FERGUSON DENTAL CARE 1198 Meridian Ave., Ste. A, San Jose (408) 266-4242 www.robertfergusondds.com

For 16 years, Dr. Ferguson and his team have been providing quality family dental care. Services include crowns in one visit, periodontal laser therapy, Invisalign braces, bridges, dentures, implants, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening and more.

WEST PARK DENTAL 1315 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose (408) 866-1819 www.westparkdentalcare.com

Providing general and family dentistry services, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, implants, gum surgery and more. Specialties include root canals, veneers, crowns and bridges and surgical wisdom tooth extraction.

THE SPA - LOS GATOS 100 S. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos (408) www.thespalosgatos.com

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Renowned for its extensive menu of soothing, therapeutic massages, this luxurious spa, which won Best Massage in The Wave’s 2008 Readers’ Choice Awards, also prides itself on exceptional service and providing each guest with truly refreshing spa experience. The 8,000-squarefoot facility boasts 15 spacious treatment rooms offering a broad array of facial, massage and body services, in addition to state-of-the-art medi-spa services. The spa also houses a full-service hair salon and a boutique offering an array of wellness, skincare and lifestyle products.

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BAY DENTAL 1180 Blossom Hill Rd., Ste. 4, San Jose (408) 978-2500; 1253 W. El Camino Real, Ste. B, Sunnyvale (408) 732-3000 www.baydental.com

Looking after Bay Area smiles since 1996, Bay Dental offers comprehensive dental care, including cosmetic services (such as Zoom! Advanced Power 2) and general dental care, dental implants, oral surgery, and orthodontics (including traditional and Invisalign braces). Expect state-of-the-art offices, highly trained staff and the latest technologies.

EYE CARE

VISION INNOVATIONS OPTOMETRY 2063 Camden Ave., San Jose (408) 377-1479 www.vio-eyes.com

VIO’s highly trained staff uses state-of-theart technology to provide comprehensive eye exams for contact lens fittings, laser eye surgery evaluations and more. They carry numerous designer lines, including Armani Exchange, Vogue, Gucci, Nike, Ray-Ban, Oakley, and many more.

FITNESS & WEIGHT LOSS

DR. YOUBERT KARALIAN 5710 Cahalan Ave., Ste. 7A, San Jose (408) 281-2222

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SUPER SLOW ZONE 5988 Silver Creek Valley Rd., Ste. 55, San Jose (408) 578-9663 www.sszsilvercreek.com

SuperSlow is a specially designed complete exercise routine that uses a high-intensity, lowforce strengthening method that is beneficial for rehabilitation, bodybuilding, weight loss and general exercise. The brief but highly efficient workouts are perfect for those with busy Silicon Valley work schedules, as total body fitness is achieved in only 20 minutes, twice a week.

HAIR SALONS

A VISIONARY SALON (408) 979-1195 www.sheleen.com

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This appointment only studio in San Jose specializes in Hairlocs brand hair extensions (a celebrity favorite) and the most current color techniques available. Owner Sheleen Williams has more than 18 years of experience in the industry, including training with over 20 of the most prestigious hair care companies, working for three major cosmetic companies, plus working for MTV.

FOXY AVENUE CLIPS 1810 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell (408) 371-CLIPS www.foxyavenueclips.com

Foxy aims to create a masculine salon environment where men can feel comfortable and confident about receiving high quality hair care and other grooming services – hair wash and cut, skincare, anti-aging treatments, hand and foot detailing, shoulder and neck massage and more. Enjoy men’s magazines, complimentary beverages, and TVs showing sports and business programs.

LIMON SALON 3410 Stevens Creek Blvd., Ste. 101, San Jose www.limonsalon.com

This edgy hair salon promises a salon atmosphere like no other – one infused not merely with style, but with cutting-edge art and music. Think creative stylists, exhibitions of local artists’ works, music from local bands, and products from leading hair care brands Bumble and Bumble and Redken.

MANE EVENT SALON 1581 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408) 866-0208 www.maneeventsalon.net

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styling and skin regimens, but shows their clients how to replicate these procedures from their own home. Services include color, cut, hair relaxers, hair extensions, skincare, wedding stylings and more.

PAIZLEYS SALON AND SPA 10475 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino (408) 255-0059 www.paizleys.com

Paizleys’ professional staff is trained to provide the ultimate in customer service for hair, skin, body and nails. Their goal is to create an atmosphere where clients feel pampered and indulged, and leave feeling restored, confident and balanced. Services include hair styling, coloring and texturing, a range of facials and skincare treatments, massage therapy, nail care (manis/pedis and acrylic nails).

SANCTUARY SALON 790 Lincoln St., Santa Clara (408) 247-7785 www.thesanctuarysalon.com

Providing a relaxing refuge from the fast pace of your daily life, Sanctuary offers a wide range of hair, beauty and wellness services, including hair cuts, color, styling and treatments, nail care, massage therapy and spa treatments (facials, skincare treatments such as microdermabrasion, body scrubs and wraps, waxing). Owner Sandra Weber has more than 30 years of experience in the industry, and her salon prides itself on providing superior customer service.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

FIVE BRANCHES INSTITUTE 200 Seventh Ave., Santa Cruz (831) 4769424; 3031 Tisch Way, Ste. 5PW, San Jose (408) 2600208 www.fivebranches.edu

Providing safe and effective medical care for 80 percent of all healthcare issues, including colds and flu, diabetes, fertility, digestion, stress, pediatrics, neurology, endocrinology, cardiology and more. Services include acupuncture, herbal treatments, energetics, diet, massage and more.

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relaxation, posture and circulation improvements, headache relief and more. Styles include trigger point therapy, Swedish, deep tissue, sports, reflexology, cranial sacral and hot stone.

SAN FRANCISCO HERB & NATURAL FOOD COMPANY 47444 Kato Rd., Fremont (510) 770-1215 www.herbspicetea.com

This business boasts one of the largest selections of bulk herbs, teas and spices available in the US today, with more than 1,000 medicinal botanicals, culinary herbs and spices, essential oils, fragrance oils, botanical tinctures and extracts, encapsulated herbs and custom blends, bulk tea bags and a wide variety of other packaged products. Many of the products are grown on a certified organic farm, and gift baskets can be made to order.

SAN VITUM 1373 Alderbrook Ln., San Jose (408) 718-3953 www.sanvitum.com

Certified health and nutrition counselor Sara Stern offers health counseling services that take a unique approach to food and nutrition. While most dieticians dwell on calories, carbs, fats, proteins, restrictions and lists of good and bad foods, Stern works with clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible and fun – guiding clients to find the food and lifestyle choices that best support them, as well as make gradual, lifelong changes that enable them to reach their health goals.

MAKEUP & HAIR

LE’S HAIR AND MAKEUP SERVICES Serving the Bay Area (408) 718-3945 lehairandmakeupservices.com

Quang Le’s offers premier specialty hair styling and makeup artistry for weddings, commercial photography, fashion shoots and runway work, specializing in all phases of makeup. The expert team here will create a hairstyle customized to your face shape, and is also renowned for the latest in hair extensions.

MEDI SPAS

DESIGNER’S LTD. 2523 Winchester Blvd., Campbell (408) 378-7300

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In addition to the full complement of hair salon services (precision cuts, color artistry, dimensional highlights and event up-dos), this salon and med spa also offers a wide range of beautifying treatments. In the laser realm, there’s skin tightening, hair removal, plus treatment of veins, acne scarring, sun/age spots, rosacea, stretch marks and fine lines and wrinkles. Also on the menu here are Botox, Restylane, Juvéderm, Lumi facials and Lumi lifts, plus all the usual spa services, including massage, manicure and pedicures, facials, waxing and even reflexology.

EMERGE MEDI SPA 1639 Meridian Ave., Ste. A, San Jose (408) 445-7546 www.emergemedispa.com

Winner of Best Medi Spa in The Wave’s 2008 Readers’ Choice poll, Emerge offers a comprehensive menu of nonsurgical skin and body rejuvenating treatments, including Velashape cellulite treatment, laser skin rejuvenation, Botox, body contouring, Sapphire skincare, physiciandesigned facials and medical grade peels, as well as many other cutting-edge treatments. The spa also offers a wide array of therapeutic massage and body work, so clients can “emerge” relaxed and beautiful with improved well-being and vitality.

ETERNAL BEAUTY MEDICAL CLINIC 248 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd., Los Gatos (408) 3543587 www.eternalbeautymedicalclinic.com

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Born out of Dr. Forouzan Vaghar’s vision for a clinic that offered medical aesthetic services in a spalike setting, Eternal Beauty allows clients to enjoy the tranquil feel of a spa while experiencing treatments from an expert physician. In addition to the most advanced laser technology, this cutting-edge clinic also offers Botox and Restalyne treatments, plus IPL (Intense Pulse Light) facials, medical-grade microdermabrasion, enzyme facials and much more.

UNIVERSITY MISSION MEDICAL CLINIC 744 San Antonio Rd., Ste. 16, Palo Alto (650) 843-0600

Specializing in Vaser body sculpting with no general anesthesia needed. Services include permanent hair removal, fillers and Botox, medically supervised weight loss, facials, waxing and more.

NAIL SALONS

HEALTHIER SKIN & NAIL 480 W. Hamilton Ave., Campbell (408) 370-3930

This nail salon offers a comprehensive menu of pampering and beautifying services for men and women, including body massage and treatments, complete body waxing, European facials, microdermabrasion, spa manicure and pedicures, eyelash and brow tinting, and more.

PLASTIC SURGERY

CHRYSALIS AESTHETIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY 800 Pollard Rd., Ste. B-203, Los Gatos (408) 370-1110 www.drjonathanle.com

Dr. Jonathan Le’s meticulous technical skill and artistic eye offers patients the finest in plastic surgery procedures to achieve their aesthetic and reconstructive goals, be it a subtle change in appearance or a complete transformation. Dr Le’s practice specializes in all aspects of plastic surgery, including breast augmentation, lifts and reductions, liposuction, body contouring, tummy tucks, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, brow and face lifts and Botox cosmetic.

DR. HOANG DO, MD 555 Knowles Dr., Ste. 210, Los Gatos (408) 866-9991

Dr. Do specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery for face, breast and body, with free consultations provided. Other services include Botox, Obagi, Restylane, Radiesse and Juvéderm.

JANE AESTHETIC MEDICINE AND SURGERY 895 E. Fremont Ave., Ste. 201, Sunnyvale (408) 737-9100 www.janeaesthetics.com

Dr. Jane Chung specializes in liposuction surgery as well as treatments in Botox, Restylane, Obagi, Radiesse, laser hair removal, tattoo removal and Active FX. Free consultations offered.

KAISER PERMANENTE COSMETIC SERVICES 2440 Samaritan Dr., Ste. 2, San Jose (408) 851-8200 www.kpcosmeticservices.com

A chemical peel at a medical center? Absolutely. This Kaiser fee-for-service facility offers a wide range of cosmetic services (including skincare, laser, surgical and nonsurgical procedures) to help patients look and feel their best. Services include Botox, Restylane and Juvéderm and Fraxel laser treatments; a wide range of cosmetic surgery procedures; plus micodermabrasion, chemical peels, mineral makeup color matching, skincare consultations, free skincare classes, physician strength skincare products and more. All services are offered at competitive prices and in a caring environment. TW


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50 Ways Chi Chen will offer ideas for your home, workspace and business that will help get your mojo going for 2009: 6:30pm 8. SANTA CLARA BRONCOS VS. GONZAGA Leavey Center-Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara (408) 554-4660 santaclarabroncos.cstv.com

January 15: Attention, Broncos fans: The women’s basketball team is asking for your assistance in the area of… SCREAMING YOUR HEADS OFF!: 7pm

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9. 14TH ANNUAL EIGHT TENS PLAYS FESTIVAL Actor’s Theatre, 1001 Center St., Santa Cruz (831) 425-PLAY www.actorssc.org

January 16-February 15: A perfect event for theatre lovers with a touch of A.D.D. You’ll be able to enjoy a unique festival in which all the plays are only 10 minutes long. 10. HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose www.hppsj.com

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1. DIVINE PERFORMING ARTS 2009 WORLD TOUR: CHINESE NEW YEAR SPECTACULAR Flint Center for the Performing Arts, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino (408) 998-8497 www.sfshow.net

January 13-15: Kick in the Chinese New Year with an exhilarating dance and music performance based on ancient heroic legends and modern courageous tales. 2. NOT A GENUINE BLACK MAN Campbell Heritage Theatre, One W. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408) 280-5530 www.commonwealthclub.org

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5. PIANIST JON NAKAMATSU

The Grapevine Wine Bar & Noshery, 1389 Lincoln Ave., San Jose (408) 293-7574 www.grapevine-wg.com

California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose (408) 286-2600 www.symphonysilconvalley.org

January 14: “Mmmmmm… grilllled cheeeeese sandwiiiicheeeeesss…. “ – Homer Simpson: 7pm 4. CHICAGO

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

January 14-15: Murder, love, lust, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and Bob Fosse choreography are the key ingredients for this Tony Award-winning musical.

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January 15, 17, 18: An exciting evening of music as Maestro Polivnick premieres the first piano concerto to be commissioned expressly for international star and local favorite Jon Nakamatsu. 6. SAN JOSE SHARKS VS. CALGARY FLAMES Shark Tank, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose www.sjsharks.com

January 15: Okay, Sharks fans, it’s payback time!: 7:30pm 7. FENG SHUI & PROSPERITY FOR THE NEW YEAR Red Moon Gallery, 746 Villa St., Mountain View (650) 691-0191 www.redmoongallery.com

January 15: Ultra feng shui expert

13. 2009 TET FESTIVAL South Hall, 435 S. Market St., San Jose (408) 295-9210

January 17-18: Two full days of family fun, including ceremonies, three stages of musical bands, exhibitions, photographs, bonsais, arts & crafts, volleyball, tae kwon do, ping-pong, bingo and more. 14. 15TH ANNUAL BURNS SUPPER AND CEILIDH DANCE Mountain View Masonic Temple, 890 Church, Mountain View www.southbayscots.org

January 17: The South Bay Scottish Society invites you to come and celebrate Robert Burns’ birthday, with live music, raffle, poetry, storytelling and traditional food such as beef bridie, neeps and everyone’s favorite, haggis.

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Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Pl., San Jose www.bridalshowcase-ca.com

January 16-18: Thinking about remodeling your home? Your yard? Your garage? Whatever you plan to do, all your home questions will be answered at the San Francisco Home Show.

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January 17 - November 21: If you’re a wine connoisseur, then this event was tailored made just for you. Visit local wineries every third Saturday of the month and enjoy fabulous wine tastings and discounts at local restaurants: 11am - 5pm

January 16-17: Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Neal may have retired from the parquet, but their heirs continue to sink perfect swishes from half-court.

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

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PASSPORT PROGRAM Wineries throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains (831) 685-8463 www.scmwa.com

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January 18: So he popped the question. Are you popping with planning stress? Head over to the Bridal Showcase to see the latest formal wear, wedding cakes, gowns and much more. 16. INTERNATIONAL RUBIK’S CUBE COMPETITION The Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St., San Francisco www.exploratorium.com

January 18: Watch the world’s greatest Rubik’s Cube solvers in a number of different events, including the one-handed solve, 3x3x3 solve and the mind-blowing blindfolded solve!

17. WINE & CRAB TASTE-OFF Locations throughout Santa Cruz (831) 685-8463 www.scmwa.com

January 18: If you’re a wine and crab lover, you’ll love participating in this year’s Wine & Crab TasteOff, where four of the finest local restaurants will do battle for the most delicious crab. 18. NATIONAL ACROBATS OF CHINA Heritage Theatre, One W. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408) 866-2700 www.heritagetheatre.org

January 18: Please welcome the National Acrobats of China for an evening... of, what else, unthinkable acrobatics!: 7:30pm 19. IN THE NAME OF LOVE: SEVENTH ANNUAL MUSICAL TRIBUTE HONORING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Dr., Oakland www.mlktribute.com

January 18: Everyone is invited to come and honor the great legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and enjoy some fantastic music along the way, with performances from Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Destiny Arts Youth Performance Co., and Oakland Children’s Community Choir: 7:30pm

1/19 MONDAY

20. SEA LIONS ARRIVAL AT PIER 39 Pier 39, Beach St. & The Embarcadero, San Francisco (415) 705-5500 www.pier39.com

January 19: Bring the family and enjoy the sights and sounds of sea lions flopping around the docks, along with guided tours from The Marine Mammal Center.

1/20 TUESDAY

21. PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION VIEWING Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland (800) 745-3000 www.oraclearena.com

January 20: Don’t want to watch the inauguration on your little TV set at home? Well, you’re in luck! Get over to the Oracle Arena and watch it all on the JUMBOTRON!: Arena opens at 8am 22. YES, WE CAN INAUGURAL BALL Historic Del Monte Building 100 S. Main St., Sunnyvale (408) 523-1222

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January 24: If you plan on taking a trip in the near future, you need to hit up the Bay Area Travel Show, where you’ll find the latest information on resorts, cruise lines and travel destinations, along with a chance to win great prizes and giveaways. 32. FIFTH BIENNIAL INDOOR SCULPTURE EXHIBITION

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THURSDAY 23. TOMMY DAVIDSON Improv San Jose, 62 S. Second St., San Jose (408) 280-7475 www.improv.com

Historic Hoover Theatre, 1635 Park Ave., San Jose www.renegadetheatre.com

January 23-February 7: Hmmmm, how could one best describe this work… How about: ultraviolent, but with a message.

January 22-25: Everyone loves to laugh, right? Well, then, get over to the Improv for four nights of gutbusting hilarity!

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January 23-February 14: A touching story of a man meeting an extraordinary boy who reminds him what it means to be a child.

Mexican Heritage Plaza Theatre, 1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose (408) 272-9926 www.teatrovision.org

January 22-February 8: This alarming tale is based on the true story of Rita Quintero, a Raramuri Indian from northern Mexico who was institutionalized for 12 years in a Kansas hospital for a cultural “misunderstanding” that led her to be misdiagnosed for schizophrenia and prescribed disabling drugs. Wow.

January 24-31: An exhibition featuring nearly 70 pieces of beautiful work from artists throughout the Bay Area.

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25. MEET LEGENDARY STOOGES GUITARIST JAMES WILLIAMSON

29. 41ST ANNUAL COIN, STAMP, AND COLLECTIBLES SHOW Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Rd., San Jose www.sanjosecoinclub.org

January 23-25: 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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On The Corner Music, 530 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408) 871-0305

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January 23: Don’t pass up this chance of a life time of meeting a true rock/punk/guitarist legend who, with Iggy Pop, changed the sound and attitude of music forever. That’s right, forever!: 8pm

San Jose State University Beethoven Center, One Washington Square, San Jose www.kpmff.org

26. THE BEAR

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

January 23-25: A favorite Chekhov comedic sketch involving a wealthy heiress Popova, who recently widowed finds herself first in a fierce argument with a landowner to whom her husband was in debt. The argument escalates to the point of the landowner challenging Popova to a duel. What transpires? We’re not telling!

January 24-25: The Kurosawa Piano Music Foundation presents a showcase featuring internationally known professional piano duo artists performing pieces from Bulgaria, France, Russia and Spain, along with two days of intensive educational workshops, master classes, and performances from aspiring piano artists. 31. SEVENTH ANNUAL BAY AREA TRAVEL SHOW Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy. Santa Clara www.bayareatravelshow.com

January 24-February 22: Follow Pablo Picasso as he plays a dangerous game of cat and mouse in Nazicontrolled France in 1941. 34. CHEESE PLEASE! Hidden Villa Ranch, 26870 Moody Rd., Los Altos Hills (650) 949-8650 www.hiddenvilla.org

January 24: Okay, show of hands, who loves cheese? Thought so. Now the whole family can learn how to make mozzarella and chevre cheeses. But that’s not the best part. You get to EAT cheese, too!: Ages seven and up: 3:30-5pm 35. MEDITATION 1: BREATH Ananda, 2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (650) 323-3363 www.anandapaloalto.org

January 24: You’ll learn all the basics of meditating and the benefits of daily meditation. Ohhhmmm…: 10am 36. FREE THERMOMETER EXCHANGE Vineland Branch Library, 1450 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose www.baywise.org

January 24: Its official: Mercury is for suckers. Luckily, we have found a way for you to jump into the digital age. All you have to do is bring in your tired old mercury-filled thermometer and exchange it for a brand new digital one!: 10am-Noon 37. WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto (650) 329-0891 www.paplayers.org

January 24-February 8: You thought your relationship was dysfunctional? Brother, you have no idea.

1/25 SUNDAY

38. CELEBRATE LUNAR NEW YEAR AT THE SAN FRANCISCO ZOO San Francisco Zoo, One Zoo Rd., San Francisco (415) 753-7080 www.sfzoo.org

January 25: Head over to the San Francisco Zoo for some family fun and to kick in the Lunar New Year. You’ll enjoy great entertainment from Leung’s White Crane Lion Dancers, Red Panda Acrobats, performances from the Chinese

Ballet San Jose, 40 N. First St., San Jose www.balletsanjose.org

January 25: If your child has ambitions of being the next Nureyev, then get them over to Ballet San Jose, where they can audition for the 2009-10 season. For boys and girls, ages eight to 19. 41. STREB vs. GRAVITY

Memorial Auditorium – Stanford University, 551 Serra Mall, livelyarts.stanford.edu

January 25: A mind-blowing evening of dancing that intertwines the disciplines of dance, athletics, extreme sports, and Hollywood stunt work!: 2:30pm & 8pm

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42. WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE Slim’s, 33 Eleventh St., San Francisco www.slims-sf.com

January 27: Join Iowan William Elliott Whitmore for an evening of old timey/folk/soul-filled banjo and guitar music: 8:30pm

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WEDNESDAY 43. MEXICO vs. SWEDEN (SOCCER) Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland (510) 569-2121 www.oraclearena.com

January 28: Welcome to WWIII as MIGHTY Mexico takes on the Swedes in O-Town: 7:30pm

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44. 13 ANNUAL GOLD RUSH SHOWCASE Sharks Ice at San Jose, 1500 S. Tenth St., San Jose www.sjsuhockey.net

January 29-31: A three-day ice hockey tournament, featuring our very own San Jose Spartans, along with San Diego State, Eastern Washington, and University of Connecticut.

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45. SMUCKER’S STARS ON ICE

HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose www.starsonice. com/figure-skating/

January 30: Watch not just “Stars on Ice” but “Super Stars on Ice,” with performances from Sasha Cohen, Todd Eldredge, Michael Weiss, Ilia Kulik, Jennifer Robinson, John Zimmerman and many more. To our great disappointment, no Smucker’s jelly will be used in any of the performances: 7:30pm 46. THE SPIT MUFFINS The Blank Club, 44 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose www.theblankclub.com

January 30-31: The gear has been dusted off, guitars tuned, drum kit assembled and rum bottles filled – please welcome the Spit Muffins back to the stage for two nights of paint-peeling rock ‘n’ roll! 47. GREATER TUNA

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

January 30-March 1: A comedic romp about the crazy goings-on in a small Texas town.

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SATURDAY 48. CITY LIGHTS BALL Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Pl., San Jose citylightsball.com

January 31-February 1: If you’re into the whole ballroom dancing thing, this is a must, and we do mean MUST, event for you, as the top dancers from around the country gather for a full-contact battle-ofthe-ballroom contest! 49. SAN JOSE STEALTH vs. EDMONTON RUSH Stealth Tank, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose www.sjstealth.com

January 31: 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: 12:30pm 50. MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco www.supercrossonline.com

January 31: AT&T Park transforms into a giant dirt bike track, as some of the baddest supercrossers, such as James “Bubba” Stewart, Chad Reed, Ivan Tedesco and many more, battle it out: 12:30pm TW

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Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St., San Jose (408) 679-2330 www.tabardtheatre.org

The Improv, 62 S. Second St., San Jose (408) 288-7557 www.sanjosejazz.org

January 25: How could a Sunday get more relaxing? How about listening to the smooth jazz sounds from the Latin Jazz All Stars: 2-4pm

San Jose Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose www.sjrep.com

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Santa Clara City Hall, 1500 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara (408) 615-2219

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The Last Supper Let someone else host the rehearsal dinner, your final meal as an unmarried couple.

But the dinner doesn’t need to be a stressfully formal affair. Whether it’s a spacious banquet room for all your relatives or a cozy nook for sharing an intimate meal with loved ones, Silicon Valley abounds with plenty of suitable venues for your special occasion.

Aldo’s Ristorante & Bar 14109 Winchester Blvd, Los Gatos (408) 374-1808 www.aldos-ristorante.com

For a warm and intimate experience, the family-owned-and-operated Aldo’s is hard to beat. The large, family-sized portions are matched by stellar quality and service, along with an extensive, drool-worthy dessert menu.

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elax, the planning has been completed: the location secured, the catering arranged, the dress and suit tailored to your specifications. Everyone has practiced their role in preparation for tomorrow’s ceremony. All that’s left now is the rehearsal dinner.

10330 N. Wolfe Rd., Cupertino (408) 446-2222 www.alexanderssteakhouse.com

Rehearsal dinners often serve as an icebreaker for the guests and relatives of both bride and groom, allowing all parties to get to know one another so that everyone is comfortable come the day of the wedding. They also provide the couple of honor an opportunity to say thanks to their families and friends.

58 S. First St., San Jose (408) 280-1993 www.bellamia.com

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Alexander’s Japanese-inspired steak and seafood cuisine are otherworldly – not only in terms of their bright and vivid presentation, but also their exceptional flavor. Private dining options are available for high-class rehearsal dinners.

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Café Artemis 1875 S. Bascom Ave., Ste 300-A, Campbell (408) 626-8100 www.cafeartemis.com

The rustic ambience, Greek and Turkish cuisine and friendly staff at Café Artemis are all tremendous draws by themselves, but the belly dancing performances on Wednesday nights add a unique touch that sets them apart from the rest. Then there’s the chocolate ouzo torte, which has inspired foodie lust among countless diners.

Café Pro Bono 2437 Birch St., Palo Alto (650) 326-1757 www.cafeprobonorestaurant.com

Café Pro Bono offers sophistication and quick service along with its eyeopening fare. The aptly named Susan’s Downfall (a cheese lover’s delight and a cardiac specialist’s nightmare) is included in their banquet menu.

David’s Restaurant 5151 Stars and Stripes Dr., Santa Clara (408) 986-1666 www.davidsbanquetfacility.com

With its open-beam cathedral ceilings, massive stone fireplace and scenic views overlooking a golf course, many people think of David’s for their wedding reception. But the spacious dining area and patio also make it a great option for rehearsal dinners.

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Fu Lam Mum 153 Castro St., Mountain View (650) 967-1689

Whether it is the traditional char-sui pork buns or chicken feet, Fu Lam Mum does dim sum justice. Small, impeccable dishes of authentic Chinese cuisine are served at a fast, regular basis, with hours extending all the way to midnight.

Maggiano’s Little Italy 3055 Olin Ave., San Jose (408) 423-8973 www.maggianos.com

The ever-popular Maggiano’s is almost always packed, so be sure to make reservations a month or so in advance. They offer personalized banquet services (including a full-service bar), and chefprepared buffet or family-style menus in their famously generous portions.

Mandarin Gourmet 10145 N. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino (408) 725-8168 www.themandaringourmet.com

Though the Chinese cuisine at Mandarin Gourmet may not be the most authentic, the quality truly is. Their three-course, multi-option set dinners range from the staple prawns with honeyed walnuts to the phoenix seafood delight (a sculptured nest of sautéed prawns, lobster, scallops and vegetables).

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Manresa Restaurant 320 Village Ln., Los Gatos (408) 354-4330 www.manresarestaurant.com

The fusion of French and Catalan cuisine with seasonal California harvests does strange and delightful things to your senses. Chef David Kinch and Michael Kean work directly with clients to custom-tailor an impeccable menu for rehearsal dinners.

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Palace BBQ Buffet 1092 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale (408) 554-9292

If you’re marrying into a tribe of carnivores, Palace’s Korean barbecue is perfect for your needs. Forget about the soda and rice – they take up space where deliciously marinated meats and succulent kimchi should go. Plus there are few better icebreakers than a set of communal grills.

Pedro’s Restaurant & Cantina 3935 Freedom Cir., Santa Clara (408) 496-6777 www.pedrosrestaurants.com

With banquet rooms for private dining and an intimate, familial ambience, Pedro’s does Mexican food justice. Their buffet-style banquet menus range from the familiar chimichanga and chili verde to succulent filet mignon in red wine sauce and Spanish rice.

Plumed Horse 14555 Big Basin Way, Saratoga (408) 867-4711 www.plumedhorse.com

There is absolutely no way to go wrong with the Michelin-starred Plumed Horse. Their private dining options are perfect for rehearsal dinners, plus the restaurant can cater to any special dietary needs with impeccable quality and can even provide audiovisual equipment.

Taipan 560 Waverley St., Palo Alto (650) 329-9168 www.taipanpaloalto.com

Upscale Chinese cuisine handled with restraint and care. Their banquet menus, scaled for 10 people, include such decadent fare as fresh-sliced abalone with Chinese greens, and venison with vegetables in brown sauce.

Taste of China 1659 Branham Ln., San Jose (408) 448-3748

Fast service, deliciously executed Chinese cuisine, mouthwatering hot and sour soup and spicy kimchi make Taste of China truly stand out. The friendly proprietor is more than willing to accommodate a large rehearsal dinner.

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2500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara (408) 243-1431 www.marianis.com

Rehearsal dinners are sure to be memorable when staged in the stylish grandeur of this half-centuryold Santa Clara landmark. Mariani’s features five spacious banquet rooms ideal for sharing a meal with family and friends, and offers classic Italian American dishes such as fettuccine del mar, tortellini primavera, baked chicken ziti and much more.

Mio Vicino 1290 Benton St., Santa Clara (408) 241-9414 www.mio-vicino.com

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Mio Vicino’s cozy and intimate atmosphere pairs like a good wine with its generous and expertly handled Italian cooking. Their pork chops are mouthwateringly tender, while their pizzas are crisp and intensely flavorful. Book a private room in advance to beat the rush.

Thea Mediterranean 3090 Olsen Dr., San Jose (408) 260-1444 www.thearestaurant.com

Thea offers Greek and Turkish cuisine served up in a warm and modern ambience. Their Saganaki Opa shows a playful, showmanship side to their cuisine: Greek cheese lit up (literally) with brandy, and served with thin pita bread. Their banquet options range from sit-down dinners to cocktail parties.

Trevese Restaurant & Lounge 115 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos (408) 354-5551 www.trevese.com

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With a view of the dock, and massive servings of fresh seafood, Half Moon Bay’s Crab Landing is a ďŹ sh-lover’s heaven, offering world-class seafood in a modernistic beachside ambience. The clam chowder’s clams come fully shelled, imparting the full scope of its avor. The crab-stuffed salmon is a unique and decadent house item, and is not to be missed.

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Sports bar meets ďŹ ne dining at Capers, the perfect place to watch a game without the regretful unhealthy fare. Capers serves up an eclectic and wholesome menu of pastas, salads, sandwiches and steaks. The appetizer menu offers traditional chicken wings in addition to the upscale tastes of carpaccio and tuna sashimi. Head to the full bar for the extensive wine list and assorted martinis.

GRILL ’EM STEAKHOUSE $$ [American] 2509 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell (408) 371-8729 www.ugrillem.com

Grill ’Em is the best way to grill steaks and have fun without the cleanup. Dim lighting, comfy booths and music contribute to the lounge-y atmosphere, while a large communal grill allows patrons to cook rib eye, New York, top sirloin and ďŹ let mignon steaks any way they like. Appetizers, burgers, sandwiches and salads are available if you prefer a hands-off dining experience.

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

Crimson’s take on modern American cuisine is as dynamic as the dining room is charming. Organic ingredients fresh from local farmers and ďŹ sh fresh from the Hawaiian Islands contribute to the scrumptiousness of dishes like the PaciďŹ c basa ďŹ let (butterďŹ sh in coconut milk and Thai curry, bok choy, snap peas and green tea soba noodles).

LITTLE LOU’S BBQ $ [Barbecue] 15466 Los Gatos Blvd., Ste. 111, Los Gatos (408) 356-5768 www.littlelousbbq.com

This tiny place packs a lot of meat and serves a hungry crowd. There are a few items for the light at heart (turkey burger, vegetarian burger, salads), but the majority of the pickins are traditional barbecue choices such as ribs, burgers, pulled pork and combo dinners named “Beef Lovers Feast.� The so-called “HungryMan� lunch (a quarter-chicken, two sides, garlic bread, and soda) is a popular weekday treat.

WAHOO’S FISH TACOS $ [California Cuisine] 19626 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino (408) 446-0638; 2305 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (650) 330-1144; 3055 Olin Ave., Ste. 1030, Santana Row, San Jose (408) 244-3991 www.wahoos.com

Wahoo’s much acclaimed ďŹ sh tacos are more than worth the hype they’ve generated. Their surferdecal ambience and low prices are no deterrent to good, freshly made seafood fare. Most importantly, they give you large portions for small, walletfriendly prices.

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THREE DEGREES $$$ [Modern American, French] 140 S. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos (408) 884-1054 www.threedegreesrestaurant.com

Three Degrees is a universal delight and is praised for breakfast, lunch and dinner alike. Because they use fresh, seasonal ingredients from local farms, the menu changes often. Expect a French twist on Modern American cuisine, and do not miss the champagne Sunday brunch, which features delectable dishes like tortellini in a mascarpone crème sauce. For dinner, rendezvous on the patio for a touch of romance.

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WINE CELLAR $$$ [Modern American] 50 University Ave., Los Gatos (408) 354-4808 www.winecellarlosgatos.com

Whether dining inside among intimate custom ironwork and mica lighted booths, or on the outside patio with scenes of the Santa Cruz Mountains, it’s certain you’ll be romanced at the Wine Cellar. The restaurant is well known for its wine and fondue (traditional Swiss gruyere and cheddar and ale), but be sure to leave room for the succulent starters, pastas, entrées and, of course, chocolate fondue.

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ROMANO’S MACARONI GRILL $$ [Italian, American] 110 Ranch Dr., Milpitas (408) 935-9875; 2226 Eastridge Loop, San Jose (408) 223-1314 www.macaronigrill.com

It would be tempting to go to the Macaroni Grill for their foccacia bread and olive oil dip alone. But try and leave plenty of room for the Mama’s Trio, a triple threat of lasagna, chicken parmesan and cannelloni, or the generously proportioned mushroom ravioli.

ZAHIR’S $$ [California, Continental] 174 Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas (408) 946-4000 www.zahirs.com

The Zahir family is back, sparing little to create an elegant new dining atmosphere in Milpitas after closing their El Camino Real location. Enjoy decadent appetizers such as grilled artichokes in a white wine butter sauce, served with garlic aioli; unique Cajun dishes such as the spicy jambalaya and linguine pasta; and steak done right (try the blackened 12-ounce rib eye steak served with Kentucky bourbon mushroom sauce). Complement these dishes with fresh salads, seafood and exquisitely chosen wines.

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TAQUERIA LA BAMBA $ [Mexican] 2058 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View (650) 965-2755

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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.

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THE COUNTER $$ [American] 369 California Ave., Palo Alto (650) 321-3900; 3055 Olin Ave., Ste. 1035, Santana Row, San Jose (408) 423-9200 www.thecounterburger.com

Burger aficionados need not look farther than The Counter for the ultimate sandwich. The countless options and choices can easily leave even habitual eaters stunned with option paralysis as they struggle to decide whether or not to top their burger with horseradish cheddar or herb goat cheese spread or a ginger soy glaze. Don’t forget to round out the meal with their sinfully delicious onion strings and sweet potato fries.

FISH MARKET RESTAURANT $$ [Seafood] 3150 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (650) 493-8862 www.thefishmarket.com

There’s a dish to satisfy any seafood craving at the Fish Market. Chowders, seafood cocktails, sashimi and sushi, raw shellfish, salads, smoked fish, steamed shellfish, baked shellfish, cioppino and pastas, sandwiches, fish ’n’ chips and mesquite

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grilled entrées are just some of the categories offered at this seafood paradise. The garlic cheesy bread is a must-have with your meal.

FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR $$ [American, Steakhouse] 180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (650) 329-8457 www.flemingssteakhouse.com

Prime beef reigns supreme at Fleming’s – marbled and aged for up to four weeks, then broiled at an unholy 1,600 degrees to seal in its flavors. Other indulgences include succulent seafood and chicken dishes and decadent desserts. More than 100 wines adorn the extensive list, including boutique wines, and all are available by the glass. A friendly, inviting atmosphere highlights this classic steakhouse experience.

MANTRA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE $$$ [Contemporary Indian] 632 Emerson St., Palo Alto (650) 322-3500 www.mantrapaloalto.com

Mantra is seductive in its display of contemporary art, bright Indian colors, fresh food with bold spices, welcoming staff, and the Daru Lounge – a chic retreat in which to enjoy cocktails and small spicy dishes. Appetizers such as the cinnamon shrimp lollipops appear daring, but they’re guaranteed to tickle the taste buds and keep you on the edge of your seat for the main course.

SUNDANCE THE STEAKHOUSE $$$$ [American] 1921 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (650) 321-6798 www.sundancethesteakhouse.com

For more than 30 years, signature steaks and award-winning slow-roasted prime rib has made Sundance the Steakhouse the go-to place for an elegant steak dinner. An array of salads, fresh seafood, shellfish, pasta and poultry also decorate the menu. Linger among the mahogany wood, forest-green booths and antique paraphernalia after dinner, and relax with a vintage martini for the ultimate Sundance experience.

THAIPHOON RESTAURANT $$ [Thai] 543 Emerson St., Palo Alto (650) 323-7700 www.thaiphoonrestaurant.com

Between the delicious brown rice and the consistently demanded shrimp pad thai, Thaiphoon has plenty to go for it. But what really sets it apart from the crowd isn’t just a menu of excellent Thai cuisine, but a range of unique Thai tea options to match.

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SHOUGUN HOUSE $$ [Japanese] 911 Main St., Redwood City (650) 257-7594 www.shougunhouse.com

With inviting, alluring Japanese décor (yes, two flat screen TVs count!) and some of the friendliest service around, Shougun is a hit with Redwood City sushi lovers. Where else can you enjoy live jazz music Thursday and Friday from 7-9:30pm while gorging on freshly prepared sushi? You can’t go wrong with their Dragon Roll: shrimp tempura, crab, cucumber, eel, avocado and flying fish eggs. Or if you’re feeling bold, ask for a Shougun Roll: soft shell crab topped with unagi.

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19 MARKET $ [California-Vietnamese] 19 N. Market St., San Jose (408) 280-6111 www.19market.com

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(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.

FAHRENHEIT ULTRALOUNGE & RESTAURANT $$ [Modern American, Asian Fusion] 99 E. San Fernando St., San Jose (408) 998-9998 www.fahrenheitultralounge.com

Fahrenheit’s seductive ambience gives way to its equally chic menu of modern global cuisine. Share an assortment of small dishes to taste as much as you can. Try the Mandalay wraps with the green papaya and radicchio salad. And if you must have a plate all to yourself, large plates are available. We recommend any dish with the garlic noodles.

HAPPI HOUSE $ [Asian] 5353 Almaden Expwy., San Jose (408) 2658282; 695 N. Fifth St., San Jose (408) 295-5554; 133 Ranch Dr., Milpitas (408) 263-3440; 397 Saratoga Ave., San Jose (408) 984-4806; 3015 McKee Rd., San Jose (408) 923-2120 www.happihouseteriyaki.com

The first Happi House opened its doors in San Jose’s Japantown in 1976. Now there are six restaurants serving original teriyaki infusion cuisine made fresh and delicious by specially marinating “the most wholesome ingredients with top-secret seasonings and exceptional teriyaki sauce” and using distinctive cooking techniques that “infuse our delicious California teriyaki flavors throughout our chicken, pork and beef.” Try their signature teriyaki, tempura, noodle or rice bowls, which are made fresh to order daily.

HOUSE OF GENJI $$$ [Japanese, Steakhouse] 1335 N. First St., San Jose (408) 453-8120 www.houseofgenji.com

Tableside knife juggling is an everyday affair at the House of Genji, where your meal is cooked at the table. Upon choosing the combination of condiments, vegetables and meats (the filet mignon and prawns combination is popular), the adventurous chef will grill while spinning and cutting your meal in the air, followed by a final act of tossing it on your plate in an artistic fashion.

ISLAND GRILL $$ [Hawaiian, Asian Fusion] 1355 N. Fourth St., San Jose (408) 392-2468 www.theislandgrill.com

It’s fitting that this kitschy tiki-adorned restaurant is in the Clarion Hotel – having dinner here is like going on a mini vacation. Entrées include the festive haliakala salmon, mango tango pork chops and frutta del mar. Food is also served in the appropriately named Bamboo Lounge. Share the spicy samosas and ahi maki over tropical mixed drinks and unwind to the luau-esque ambience.

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[Vietnamese] 2471 Berryessa Rd., San Jose (408) 926-9888; 4060 Monterey Rd., San Jose (408) 2819060; 2307 McKee Rd., San Jose (408) 258-1155; 260 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose (408) 286-8808; 20363 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino (408) 446-5030 www.leessandwiches.com

Lee’s Vietnamese -style sandwiches are fast, cheap, and, most importantly, extremely tasty. The freshly baked sandwich loaves are stuffed with a wide assortment of meats, usually pared with tangy, pickled white radishes and searing hot jalapeño slices. They also offer a full range of drinks and alternative menu items.

LOFT BAR & BISTRO $$ [Modern American] 90 S. Second St., San Jose (408) 291-0677 www.loftbarandbistro.com

Vibrant interior colors and a long bar, as well as the cozy patio furniture on the second-story patio, make this very metropolitan Loft an inviting place for dinner, drinks, and dancing. Entrées include a selection of pastas, seafood, poultry, steaks and appetizing low-carb entrées (shaved tri-tip, spicy cajun blackened salmon). The lunch menu features a large assortment of salads, sandwiches and wraps.

MENARA MOROCCAN RESTAURANT $$$ [Moroccan] 41 E. Gish Rd., San Jose (408) 453-1983 www.menara41.com

An exotic Moroccan ambience, belly dancers, pillowed couches, and five-course prix-fixe dinners with names like Le Diner Fantasy and Le Diner Casablanca are sure to enchant any guest of Menara Moroccan Restaurant. The lhram mrhosia (lamb with honey), b’stilla (boneless chicken pastry) and couscous aux legumes (vegetable couscous) are delectable. All dinners conclude with a serving of refreshing mint tea.

SPENCER’S FOR STEAKS AND CHOPS $$$ [American, Steakhouse] 2050 Gateway Pl., San Jose (408) 437-2170 www.spencersforsteaksandchops.com

Why simple, good steaks are so hard to come by, we’ll never know. Veterans of Spencer’s For Steaks and Chops, however, don’t know of that angst. Delivering juicy filet mignons and savory porterhouses is in their blood. The seafood is also to die for, plus all entrées can be accompanied with the likes of fries, green vegetables with hollandaise, and almond rice.

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CHA CHA SUSHI $ [Sushi, Japanese] 547 W. Capitol Expwy., San Jose (408) 265-2416

Cha Cha Sushi is cute, chic and trendy with an extremely friendly wait-staff. You won’t find a sushi boat at this restaurant, but you are guaranteed to find fresh sushi made to order. The beef, salmon and chicken teriyaki plates are especially delicious for those who want a hot plate. Start out with Cha Cha’s signature tempura salad and a perfect, nottoo-salty miso soup.

CITRUS $$$ [American] 355 Santana Row, San Jose (408) 551-0010

Citrus, located in the Hotel Valencia, offers an eclectic mix of classical American cuisine to more modern fares, ranging from rib-eye steak and lobster risotto to Chilean sea bass with shiitake butter sauce.

THE FISH MARKET $$ [Seafood, American] 1007 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose (408) 269-3474 www.thefishmarket.com

Seafood aficionados don’t only flock to The Fish Market for fresh shellfish, crab and lobster – they come to enjoy the full-service oyster bar, sushi bar, retail market, romantic dining areas and cocktail bar and lounge. Have your dish served the way you like it: Shellfish can be ordered raw, steamed or baked; fish is smoked, mesquite grilled, pan-fried or skewered.

ROSIE MCCANN’S IRISH PUB AND RESTAURANT $$ [Irish, American] 355 Santana Row, Ste. 1060, San Jose (408) 247-1706 www.rosiemccanns.com

It doesn’t have to be St. Patrick’s Day at Rosie McCann’s to have corned beef and cabbage. It’s served all year ’round as a pub favorite, in addition to wild salmon fish ’n’ chips and shepherd’s pie. A large variety of pastas, soups and salads are also available, not to mention the revered appetizers. Have the Irish nachos with a pint of Guinness – you won’t regret it.

SIAM THAI CUISINE $ [Thai] 1080 S. De Anza Blvd., Ste. A, San Jose (408) 366-1080 www.siamthaicuisine.com

Lunch combos served with soup, salad, veggie egg roll and choice of pad thai or rice are especially popular at this small Thai house. And the options seem endless with more than two dozen combos to choose from. Can’t decide what to order? The prices are so reasonable, it wouldn’t be insane to 50

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SINO RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE $$$ [Modern Chinese] 377 Santana Row, Ste. 1000, San Jose (408) 247-8880 www.sinorestaurant.com

It’s hard not to order tons of the crab Rangoon (cream cheese, scallions, sweet vinegar reduction) appetizers and dim sum selections like the Maine lobster pot stickers. But leave room for Sino’s entrées, which are stunning, mouthwatering recipes of modern Chinese cuisine. After dining in this chic, contemporary ambience and tasting the ginger beef filet mignon, you’ll never be tempted to order takeout again.

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

Straits personifies Asian Fusion cuisine at its finest by blending culinary secrets from Indian, Chinese, Malay and Thai cuisines and presenting it in a warm, inviting environment. The menu is fresh, exotic and exquisite, featuring entrées to the likes of ayam rendang (chicken simmered in an Indonesian style spice galangal, lemongrass and coconut milk sauce) and green curry (seafood and vegetables in a spicy jalapeño-coconut sauce).

entrée. Starting with a cup of the New England or Manhattan chowder is a must, and don’t forget to ask your server to assist you in ordering the perfect glass of wine to accompany your meal.

MARIANI’S RESTAURANT & INN $$ [Italian] 2500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara (408) 243-1431 www.marianis.com

A classic, half-century old dining establishment, Mariani’s presents gourmet Italian and American dishes in its romantic dining room, along with fine wines, charming ambience and live entertainment. The dinner menu offers such dishes as gnocchi Italiano, chicken marsala and veal rollatini. A karaoke menu is also available, serving crispy prawns and spicy barbecued meatballs to accompany classic cocktails.

MEXICALI GRILL $ [Mexican] 3149 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara (408) 588-9865 www.mexicaligrill.com

Good times are to be had at the festive Mexicali Grill, where margarita choices are plentiful and “especiales” include mole rojo (chicken enchiladas covered with rich mole sauce made with 35 different ingredients) and fajitas (sizzling strips of sirloin or chicken breast marinated in tequila, lime juice and spices). No matter what authentic dish you order, be sure to save room for the Mexican fried ice cream.

SUSHI O SUSHI $$ [Japanese, Sushi] 2789 El Camino Real, Santa Clara (408) 241-1677 www.sushiosushi.com

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BIRK’S RESTAURANT $$$ [Modern American, Steak] 3955 Freedom Cir., Santa Clara (408) 980-6400 www.birksrestaurant.com

You’ll feel like a classic movie star while dining at Birk’s, an upscale eatery decorated with rich textures and brass, glass, marble and oak beams. They’re known for their perfect steaks, chops and seafood, so you really can’t go wrong with anything. Add a salad and the poached jumbo asparagus to your blackened rib eye, grilled Colorado lamb chops or pasta paella, and you’ll be golden.

THE FISH MARKET $$ [Seafood, American] 3775 El Camino Real, Santa Clara (408) 246-3474 www.thefishmarket.com

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Sushi neophytes are always more eager to take the plunge knowing the raw fish that they’re about to eat has been raised naturally without antibiotics or growth hormones. Because they only use fresh and healthy ingredients, Sushi O Sushi’s patrons are hooked on their sashimi, nigiri, maki and temaki. Hot dinner plates of salmon, chicken, beef and tempura are also available, and equally fresh.

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LA FONDUE $$$$ [Fondue, French, Swiss] 14550 Big Basin Way, Saratoga (408) 867-3332 www.lafondue.com

La Fondue is an exquisite place to take a date. Fondue combinations (designed for two persons) include an appetizer, salad, chocolate fondue dessert, and entres dubbed “Wild Thing” (alligator, buffalo, crocodile, ostrich, venison, wild boar) and “Le Freak C’est Chic” (a taste of everything La Fondue has to offer). Any combination of cheese and bourguignonne (meat dipped in hot oil) are offered a la carte.

LA MERE MICHELLE $$$$ [French] 14467 Big Basin Way, Saratoga (408) 867-5272 www.lameremichelle.com

Owned and operated by the Masek family for over three decades, La Mere Michelle forgoes the flashy, chic attitude of newer establishments for a more intimate and homey ambience. Open up a relaxed meal with their escargot bourguignon.

PLUMED HORSE $$$$ [French, American] 14555 Big Basin Way, Saratoga (408) 867-4711 www.plumedhorse.com

Plumed Horse is contemporary yet incredibly romantic, with chic interiors, an eye-catching fireplace and an amazing transparent glass wine cellar. The French/American menu is impressive and luxurious, so much so that we recommend the tasting menu (offering items like caviar and ahi tuna, seared artisan foie gras and wild Columbia river sturgeon) to make sure you have a chance to savor everything. We’re not the only ones who think this place is top notch – the Michelin restaurant guide awarded them a coveted star.

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FAULTLINE BREWING COMPANY $$ [American] 1235 Oakmead Pkwy., Sunnyvale (408) 736-2739 www.faultlinebrewing.com

Faultline Brewing Company, with its warm, fun ambience, spacious architecture and open patio overlooking a lake, is the perfect place to mingle over a wide selection of homemade ales and lagers. Lunch and dinner entrées are just as brilliant as the beer; they include citrus-fired mahi tacos, soy infused prime tri-tip and chicken and prosciutto tortellini.

NICOLINO’S GARDEN CAFÉ $$ [Italian] 1228 Reamwood Ave., Sunnyvale (408) 734-5323 www.nicolinosgardencafe.com

Nicolino’s Italian cuisine is timeless, tasty and massive. Their gigantic cannelloni are stuffed to brimming, and served in three sauces colored like the Italian flag. Their seafood stew, the Cioppino Nicolino, is not to be missed. Start off the meal right by asking for the sausage bread – a favorite amongst regulars and not listed on the menu.

TURMERIC $$ [Indian] 141 S Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale (408) 6179100 www.turmericrestaurant.com

As Indian cuisine, Turmeric’s offerings are already unbelievably good, offering fresh naan and dozens of curries. The fact that this is just the buffet option is jaw dropping. From the a la carte menu, start things right with the Manchurian cauliflower.

OCEAN BLUE SUSHI CLUB $$ [Japanese, Sushi] 1010 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale (408) 720-8840

Sleek, modern Asian décor and trendy music make the Ocean Blue Sushi Club a fun place to bring a date. Start out spicy with a firecracker roll (topped with sliced jalapeños and hot sauce) from the specialty sushi menu and share a sashimi platter. Hot Japanese fare, such as teriyaki chicken, tempura and an assortment of bento boxes is also available. TW

[French] 14583 Big Basin Way, Saratoga (408) 867-3110 www.sentsovi.com

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The food is as tasteful as the charmingly romantic dining room at Sent Sovi, a restaurant whose name means “sweet taste.” The menu changes seasonally and showcases French California cuisine, by way of natural ingredients. Entrées have included smoked paprika dusted scallops (with lemon boy tomato coulis, sunchoke puree, corn relish and brussels sprouts), and desserts such as the nectarine “Inside Out” baked Alaska with dark cherry-chocolate gelato.

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NIGHTLIFE&MUSIC HEADLINERS Willie Nelson

Because humans don’t hibernate, live music gets us through winter. JOHN LEGEND

www.livenation.com

January 12, Paramount Theatre, Oakland www.paramounttheatre.com

JONATHAN COULTON

3 INCHES OF BLOOD

January 17-18, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco www.gamh.com

January 23, The Warfield, San Francisco www.thewarfieldtheatre.com January 24-25, The Catalyst Club, Santa Cruz www.catalystclub.com

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SMOKEY ROBINSON

January 13, Slim’s, San Francisco www.slims-sf.com

RED MEAT January 15, Slim’s, San Francisco www.slims-sf.com

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THE DEVIL MAKES THREE January 16-17, The Independent, San Francisco www.theindependentsf.com

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III January 16, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco www.gamh.com

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TAPES ‘N TAPES January 23, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco www.gamh.com

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January 17, Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco www. bottomofthehill.com January 21, The Warfield, San Francisco www.thewarfieldtheatre.com

January 15, The Catalyst Club, Santa Cruz www.catalystclub.com

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Mariah Carey, The Ballads Pat Benetar, Pat Benatar (Box set) Steve Earle and The Del McCoury Band, The Mountain Thom Yorke, The Eraser Remixes Umphrey’s McGee, Mantis


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Cinnabar Winery Tasting Room

Savvy Cellar Wines

14612 Big Basin Way, Saratoga (408) 867-1010 www.cinnabarwine.com We invite you to visit our beautiful tasting room. Located in the quaint, historical village of Saratoga, flanked by the magnificent Santa Cruz Mountains.

Pedrizzetti Winery

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 NIGH T L IFE & MUSIC

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.

The Wine Room

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

520 Ramona St., Palo Alto (650) 322-1292 www.thepawineroom.com The Wine Room is located in the deLemos art & crafts building in the historic section of beautiful downtown Palo Alto. We serve up an eclectic variety of wines from around the world. Come in and sample a flight, have a glass, or share a bottle and a cheese plate off of our light fare menu with friends, family or clients. Whether before the show, after dinner, or an exciting first date, come and enjoy our comfortable, friendly ambience. Open until midnight or later seven days a week, it’s the perfect late night spot for an evening stroll or sinfully delicious dessert. We also host corporate events and private functions.

Rabbit’s Foot Meadery 1246 Birchwood Dr.,Sunnyvale (408) 261-1603 www.rabbitsfootmeadery.com Our 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.

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January 30, Paramount Theatre, Oakland www.paramounttheatre.com

January 30-31, The Independent, San Francisco www.theindependentsf.com

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AMY RAY (INDIGO GIRLS)

January 30-31, The Blank Club, San Jose www.theblankclub.com

January 31, Slim’s, San Francisco www.slims-sf.com

DEVOTCHKA January 30-31, The Fillmore, San Francisco www.livenation.com

NOFX, The Gourds, AC/DShe, The Murder City Devils, Agent Orange, G. Love & Special Sauce, Eagles of Death Metal, Reverend Horton Heat, Lykke Li, Andrew Bird, Blondie, STS9, Jimmy Eat World, Cut Copy, The Pretenders, Kenny Rogers, The Expendables, Blue Öyster Cult, Millencolin, OK Go, Richie Havens, Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Scott Weiland, Hank Williams III, Los Lobos, Voodoo Glowskulls and many more… TW

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Court’s Lounge 2425 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell (408) 559-9880 www.courtslounge.com Monday-Friday, Sunday: Dart League Monday: Pool League Monday-Sunday: Nightly Drink Specials

Fahrenheit Ultralounge 99 E. Fernando Rd., San Jose (408) 998-9998 www.fahrenheitultralounge.com Monday-Saturday: DJs & Dancing, Karaoke, Live Music Monday-Friday: Happy Hour 5-7pm

Shoreline Billiards 1400 N. Shoreline Blvd., Ste. C1, Mountain View (650) 964-0780 www.shorelinebilliards.com Monday-Thursday, Sunday: Pool League

Zen Lounge 251 Castro St., Mountain View (650) 964-0780 www.vipzen.com Wednesday-Friday: The Ultimate Happy Hour till 10pm – $1 Beer, $2 Champagne, $3 Martinis, $4 Don Julio Shots

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NIGHTLIFE&MUSIC CONCERT PREVIEWS John Legend

Two legends, an indie band and a disturbed foursome walk into the Bay Area. BY MITCHELL ALAN PARKER

JOHN LEGEND J A N U A R Y 1 2 , PA R A M O U N T T H E AT R E , O A K L A N D W W W. PA R A M O U N T T H E AT R E . C O M

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This multiplatinum-selling artist was born to entertain. His soulful lyrics are peppered with his University of Pennsylvania education, where he studied English with an emphasis on African American literature. He has collaborated with all the great names in hip-hop. Yes, Kanye West gave him his start, but Legend doesn’t have all the huffy bravado that you get with West (nor does he need pitch correctors when he sings). Legend is supporting his new album, Evolver, and in addition to his five Grammys and 14 nominations, he recently received three Grammy nominations for collaborations with West, Estelle, Al Green and Andre 3000, so expect him to mix it up. Could there be a special, surprise guest at this performance? We hope so.

WILLIE NELSON J A N U A RY 1 6 - 2 0 , T H E F I L L M O R E , SAN FRANCISCO W W W. L I V E N AT I O N . C O M

Rolling into the Bay Area in what is most likely a biodiesel bus comes perhaps the only living iconic country music singer left: marijuana legalization advocate, avid philanthropist, Texas native and leader of the still-living hippies Willie Nelson. Not surprisingly, he’s playing five shows in free-loving San Francisco before getting back on the road again, so there are plenty of chances to catch the braided troubadour. Nelson will be promoting his 2008 album, Moment of Forever – not that he needs to. His song catalogue is so vast and great, his concerts so entertaining and relaxing, people just can’t get enough of him. He’ll be 76 this year and must be doing something right – he’s won several Grammys, including one in 2008 for Best 58

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Country Collaboration with Vocals. Oh, Willie. You’re always on our minds.

TAPES ’N TAPES J A N U A R Y 2 3 , G R E AT A M E R I C A N MUSIC HALL, SAN FRANCISCO W W W. G A M H . C O M

These unassuming Minnesotans have a hit with their new album, Walk It Off. It’s indie, yes, but so much more. The ting-tinkling of treble-heavy guitar riffs and galloping deep drumbeats make for groovy, uplifting tunes. Imagine listening to Arcade Fire through a bedroom wall and you’re sort of there. Their music is raw, crunchy and bold, with vocals that hint at something great happening that only singer Josh Grier is privy to (though that won’t keep us from trying to figure it out!). The show in San Francisco is the foursome’s sixth show on an extensive US tour, so you can be sure they will still be fresh and riled up.

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The cover of Disturbed’s fourth studio album, Indestructible, is, well, disturbing. It features the band’s mascot: a snarling, engulfed-in-flames superhero creature named The Guy that appears to be walking right off the cover. But fans of Disturbed won’t be surprised. They’re just doing what they do. While it’s been 10 years since the debut of The Sickness, the band has since sold 9 million albums; not bad for a hard rock act. The first single from Indestructible, “Inside the Fire,” is classic Disturbed, with a slight Judas Priest influence. The Event Center venue at SJSU has stellar sound, so expect the roof to be blown off, along with your ears and arses. TW


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Movies&TV pit women against each other, and it’s so easy to get carried away with the cattiness and the pettiness and stereotypes of how women handle a lot of situations. For me, I looked at this as a challenge. I thought, “Wait a minute. This is such a great thing for women to be able to make fun of themselves.” I think that, at least for me, women are great at being self-deprecating and making fun of themselves. We don’t get the opportunities as actors, as a comedienne, to do that often, because there aren’t really that many femaledriven comedies. TW: What kind of guy is husband material for each of you? KH: I don’t know yet. I don’t know what the perfect guy is yet. I do know that I like honest guys. That always gets me going. I like guys who are really up front and just are who they are. They’re hard to find. AH: Yes, they are…

Love Experts Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway have all the answers about life, love and their new movie, Bride Wars. BY FRED TOPEL

MOVIE: Bride Wars DIRECTED BY: Gary Winick STARRING: Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Kirsten Johnston, Candice Bergen

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n Bride Wars, Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway play lifelong friends who get engaged at the same time, with only one date available for their dream wedding. Neither will cave, so they resort to outrageous tactics (from sabotaging spray tans and hair treatments to spreading pregnancy rumors) to ruin the other’s wedding. Off camera, the two leads seemed to enjoy riffing off each other when we chatted with them about men, women, love and marriage. The Wave: Was it fun to work together on this ultimate girlie movie? Anne Hathaway: It was really funny. I’m actually not a girlie girl in the slightest. I found my best girlfriends a little bit later on in life, and my best friends growing up were my brothers. I always had a lot of guy friends. So it was great to realize that I can still be myself, but I can be girlie as well. Kate Hudson: You didn’t learn that in Princess Diaries, the girliest movie of all time? Every little girl wants to

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be a princess because of that movie. AH: I never wanted to be a princess – I was just focused on my character’s psychological torture, the fact that she had to accept an identity that she wasn’t ready for. I kind of missed the point. KH: It was an interesting time for all of us, because especially at the age we’re both in, you’re going through so many transitions and for some reason being around women, which is kind of what the movie is about, having those friendships, you become empowered by your girlfriends and by other women that you learn from. TW: Are you worried this movie will reinforce the bridezilla stereotype? AH: We were supersensitive to that in the beginning. Kate and I are both strong women that want to do everything we can to make sure that every woman feels strong. We would never do anything that would set women back. So to those people that believe we’ve perpetuated the stereotype, I say come see the film. KH: The funny thing was that when it came as a pitch, it was like, “Oh, wow. I can’t believe this movie hasn’t already been made.” The more that I thought about it, I realized why. It’s because it’s so easy to

TW: Do you think there’s too much emphasis on women finding a husband and getting married? KH: I would never be cynical about people wanting that day and getting excited about that day. I think there’s a reason for it. I always say that it’s your day to sort of present yourself to your man, to throw this party that’s about wanting to spend the rest of your life with somebody and bringing everyone together. The idea of the ceremony is great. The reality of the ceremony becomes stressful, but I think the emphasis on marriage will always be important for people, no matter what kind of marriage they chose, whether that’s getting hitched at the top of the Himalayas, just the two of them, or having a 300-person wedding. AH: I don’t personally feel any pressure to get married. I don’t feel it from my family, I don’t feel it from my friends, I don’t feel it from within. But I’m not everyone. I think the important thing to note, though – more so than whether or not women feel pressure to get married – is that we need to work on making it possible for everyone in America to get married. TW: Do you think women are meaner to each other than men? KH: I think that we can be more [mean], because women are a little bit more complicated. Listen, we talk about guys and you guys are complicated, too. I think that women can really hit you where it hurts. Men go right for the shins, whereas I think women can be a little more hurtful, because we’re more emotional. AH: The fact of the matter is that female friends, I do believe, can be worse to each other than male friends, simply because, for whatever reason, women have a stronger emotional language. Even if we don’t have a stronger one, we’re encouraged more to use it. TW Bride Wars opened in theaters on Jan. 9. For tickets, go to www.cameracinemas.com or www.cineluxtheatres.com.


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ARTS EVENT Bus Stop, Bus Barn Theatre, Jan. 29- Feb. 21

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto (650) 329-0891 www.paplayers.org

The Palo Alto Players presents Edward Albee’s scathing, comical and alcoholsoaked examination of relationships and fears, verbal barbs and stalled marriages: 1/24-2/8

CLASSICAL MUSIC & OPERA A NAKAMATSU PREMIERE California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose (408) 286-2600

International star and local favorite Jon Nakamatsu and Maestro Polivnick performs Haydn’s Symphony No. 95, and concludes with a huge orchestral performance of Respighi’s Feste Romane: 1/15-18

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San Jose Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose

It’s Paris in 1941, and the German occupation has established an oppressed, paranoid culture. Pablo Picasso is forced to justify his creativity in an intense and passionate game of cat and mouse: 1/24-2/22 BUS STOP

Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos (650) 941-0551 www.busbarn.org

In the midst of a howling blizzard, a busload of passengers holes up in a roadside diner in Kansas. Love, friendship and life lessons incubate in the diner’s walls in this comedy by one of America’s greatest playwrights, William Inge: 1/29-2/21

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

The Tony Award-winning tale of sin, celebrity and Razzle Dazzle returns to San Jose: 1/14-18 THE CIRCLE BY SOMERSET MAUGHAM The Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View (650) 254-1148 www.thepear.org

A young wife chooses between love and duty, and an older couple tries to teach the hard lessons of their past: Thru 2/1 DEAR MR. HENSHAW

Sunnyvale Community Center, 550 E. Remington Ave., Sunnyvale (408) 245-2978

An author advises a young fan to write a journal and come to terms with the challenges of growing up, divorce and being the new kid at school: 1/17-24. FIRST PERSON SHOOTER

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Triton Museum Hall Pavilion, 1505 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara (408) 248-7993

Putting cooking show stars (and hated rivals for more than 30 years) Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle together under a proverbial single roof is a recipe for hilarious disaster, much to the chagrin of Dolly’s son and TV producer, Stephen: 1/23-2/14 THE LITTLE PRINCE

Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St., Ste. 200, San Jose (408) 679-2330 www.tabardtheatre.org

An adaptation of Antoine de Saint Exupery’s globally recognized children’s book: 1/23-2/14 THE MUSIC MAN

Heritage Theatre, One W. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408) 866-2700 www.ci.campbell. ca.us/heritagetheatre/index.htm

Traveling salesman Harold Hill cons an entire town into buying band instruments and uniforms, but falls in love with Marian, the librarian, before he can make off with the money: Thru 2/8 TWENTIETH CENTURY

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View (650) 903-6000 www.ci.mtnview.ca.us/mvcpa/ mvcpa.html

The legendary locomotive plays host to this classic 1930s screwball comedy: Thru 2/8 THE WOMAN WHO FELL FROM THE SKY

Mexican Heritage Plaza Theater, 1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose (408) 272-9926 www.teatrovision.org

Based on the true story of Rita Quintero, a northern Mexican indigenous native who was incorrectly institutionalized for over 12 years in Kansas: 1/22-2/8

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KPMF SECOND INTERNATIONAL PIANO MUSIC FESTIVAL GALA CONCERT San Jose State University – Concert Hall, 260 S. Seventh St., San Jose (408) 725-7521

Pas de Duo and The Toscheff Piano Duo performs highlights from Bulgaria, France, Russia and Spain: 1/24 PENINSULA TEEN OPERA Canada College – Main Theatre, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City (408) 842-0994 www.teenopera.org

The Peninsula Teen Opera showcases the brilliant talents of local youth, performing pieces from Orpheus in the Underworld, Orpheus and Eurydice, Hansel & Gretel, Don Giovanni, The Pirates of Penzance and many more famous works: 1/17-18 REACTIONS TO THE RECORD II Campbell Recital Hall – Stanford University, 541 Lasuen Mall, Stanford (650) 465-7321

A discussion, exploration and recreation of musical styles that have faded since the Second World War, and their 19th century roots: 1/14-17 RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE MUSIC FOR EPIPHANY St. Ann Chapel, 541 Melville Ave., Palo Alto (650) 838-0508

Performing Gottfried August Homilius’ Magnificat in A, and celebrating the day that God was revealed in human form as Jesus Christ: 1/18 SANDRA WRIGHT SHEN, CLASSICAL PIANIST Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Cir., Mountain View

A free performance of Schumann, Haydn and more by internationally recognized piano star Sandra Wright Shen: 1/29 YUNDI LI PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION SOLO RECITAL Flint Center for the Performing Arts, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino (408) 260-2206

As the youngest winner of the prestigious International Chopin Competition, and the first piano winner in 15 years, Yundi Li’s stellar performance has won the hearts of China and Europe: 1/18

LISTINGS DANCE DIVINE PERFORMING ARTS 2009 WORLD TOUR Flint Center for the Performing Arts, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino (408) 864-8820 www.flintcenter.com

The Divine Performing Arts group, based in New York City, revives the long-lost cultural treasures of China’s 5,000-year history: Thru 1/15 STREB VS. GRAVITY

Memorial Auditorium – Stanford University, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford (650) 725-2787

A thrilling performance of aggressive agility, precision and absolute fearlessness, intertwining sports, dance and stunts: 1/23-24

MUSEUMS CANTOR ARTS CENTER Palm Dr. at Museum Way, Stanford University (650) 7234177 www.museum.stanford.edu

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 the works of Auguste Rodin, Maya Lin, Beverly Pepper, Richard Serra and Andy Goldsworthy: Third Sunday of each month. Dürer to Picasso: Featuring 100 works from the Renaissance to WWII, from such European and American artists as Goya, Max Ernst, Joan Miro, Edvard Munch and more: Thru 2/15. Timbuktu to Capetown: Featuring 50 of the most important African works acquired by the Center over the last decade: Thru 3/22 CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY MUSEUM 180 Woz Way, San Jose (408) 298-5437 www.cdm.org

Children’s Art Gallery: Established between the upstairs elevator and the CDMedia Studio, honoring the work and talent of local children: 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

HISTORY SAN JOSE 1650 Senter Rd., San Jose (408) 287-2290 www.historysanjose.org

Speed City: From Civil Rights to Black Power: An “in-depth examination of American sport in an era that spans the aftermath of World War II through America’s tumultuous involvement in Vietnam”: Thru 3/27. She Made It!: An exhibit celebrating women’s craft making, with displays of artifacts of embroidery, needlework and quilting: Thru 3/1 JAPANESE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF SAN JOSE 535 N. Fifth St., San Jose (408) 294-3138 www.jamsj.org

Jack Matsuoka’s Cartoons: Making the Best of Poston: Documenting the incarceration of Japanese Americans during the 1940s: Ongoing LOS ALTOS HISTORY MUSEUM 51 S. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos (650) 948-9427 www.losaltoshistory.org

Trains Mean Business: The Southern Pacific Railroad put Los Altos on the map in 1908. The exhibit covers the railroad’s impact on the city throughout the early 20th century: Ongoing MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HERITAGE 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto (650) 321-1004 www.moah.org

Music in the Home, Band and Orchestra: Explore the basics of music making, technology, and techniques over the ages. Your time will be a sound investment: Thru 1/18 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 MUSEUM OF ART 110 S. Market St., San Jose (408) 271-6840 www.sjmusart.org

Road Trip: An exhibition examining travel experience through photography, video, sculpture and more: Thru 1/25. Frida Kahlo – Portraits of an Icon: An exhibition of nearly 40 photographic portraits of the legendary Mexican artist: Thru 3/22. The Great This End Up: The Art of Cardboard: A multiartist exhibit of cardboard art, including works by Frank Gehry: Thru 2/15 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 HISTORY PARK 1650 Senter Rd., San Jose (408) 298-8044www.historysanjose.org

African American Heritage House: San Jose’s first museum dedicated to African American history has now

been established at the historic Zanker House in History Park: Ongoing

GALLERIES ART OBJECT GALLERY 592 N. Fifth St., San Jose (408) 288-9305 www.artobjectgallery.com

Four Two-n-Two Four: An exhibit of Mark Bryan’s satirically political yet poignant paintings, sculptures by Mattie Leeds and dazzling stone and glass sculptures by Ken Matsumoto: Thru 1/15 HEART OF CHAOS South First Street Billiards, 420 S. First St., San Jose www.heartofchaos.net

UpRoar 2008: Heart of Chaos and South First Street Billiards presents one of the Bay Area’s largest local artist group exhibits of the year: Thru 1/29 MODERNBOOK GALLERY 494 University Ave., Palo Alto (650) 327-6325 www.modernbook.com

In Flight: Abstract works of landscape from a bird’s-eye view from artist Julianne Kost: Thru 3/1. Urban Constructs: Photography from Richard Stultz, focusing on the urban landscape and architecture that surrounds us: Thru 3/1 PALO ALTO ARTS CENTER 1313 Newell Rd., Palo Alto (650) 329-2366 www.cityofpaloalto. org/artcenter

Joe Brubaker: Somnambulists: The Bay Area artist’s polychromatic sculptures not only evoke memories of Santos, the hand-carved figures of saints and angels of colonial Latin America, but blend in realism and reductive, abstract elements: 1/23-4/26. Tales from an Imaginary Menagerie: Featuring drawings and sculptures from nearly two dozen artists, this exhibit showcases the wild imaginings of anthropomorphic art, and celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin: 1/23-4/26 SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF QUILTS & TEXTILES 520 S. First St., San Jose (408) 971-0323 www.sjquiltmuseum.org

Four Contemporary Fiber Arts Masters: Four solo exhibits by contemporary fiber artists Polly Barton, Eleanor McCain, Mary Anne Jordan and Mary Zicafoose: Thru 1/25 SAN JOSE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART 560 S. First St., San Jose (408) 283-8155 www.sjica.org

Eureka!: Featuring the works of the 2005-07 winners of the prestigious Eureka prize: Ongoing. Manuel Neri: A 25-year retrospective of the Bay Area sculptor’s works, presented in the ICA’s Main Gallery: Thru 1/17. Medusa: Timothy Horn’s ornate chandelier, based on illustrations by Ernest Haecker: Ongoing VIEWPOINTS GALLERY 315 State St., Los Altos (650) 941-5789 www. viewpointsgallery.com

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Sea Lion Arrival, Pier 39, Jan. 19

The South Bay Scottish Society invites you to come and celebrate Robert Burns’ birthday, with live music, raffle, poetry, storytelling and traditional food such as beef bridie, neeps and everyone’s favorite, haggis. BRIDAL SHOWCASE: 1/18 Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Pl., San Jose www.bridalshowcase-ca.com

Head over to the Bridal Showcase to see the latest formal wear, wedding cakes, gowns and your chance to win a wedding [See page 26]. 41ST ANNUAL COIN, STAMP, AND COLLECTIBLES SHOW: 1/23-25 Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Rd., San Jose www.sanjosecoinclub.org

Enjoy a great coin and stamp show, featuring more than 100 dealers buying, selling and trading their stamps and coins! SECOND INTERNATIONAL PIANO MUSIC FESTIVAL: 1/24-25 San Jose State University Beethoven Center, One Washington Square, San Jose www.kpmff.org

The Kurosawa Piano Music Foundation presents a showcase featuring internationally known professional piano duo artists performing pieces from Bulgaria, France, Russia and Spain, along with two days of intensive educational workshops, master classes, and performances from aspiring piano artists. SEVENTH ANNUAL BAY AREA TRAVEL SHOW: 1/24 Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy., Santa Clara www.bayareatravelshow.com 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.

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BUSINESS SECOND ANNUAL BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION: 1/14 Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Rd., Los Altos Hills (650) 949-7577

If you think you have a unique business idea, you could have a chance at winning a $10,000 scholarship fund! For more info, email thomaslori@foothill.edu. ACCELERATED NETWORKING LUNCH: 1/15 Villa Ragusa, 35 S. Second St., Campbell (408) 288-8484 events. ewomennetwork.com

Join fellow San Jose businesswomen for an informative afternoon of networking and a tasty lunch: 10:30am-1:30pm

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A support group for people and their family members suffering from lung diseases: 1:30-3pm FUN TIME SINGERS: WEDNESDAYS Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 12770 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga www.funtimesingers.org

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

FESTIVALS & EXPOS 34TH ANNUAL SANTA CRUZ FUNGUS FAIR: 1/12-13 Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center St., Santa Cruz www.santacruzmuseums.org

Come one and all to the 34rd Annual Fungus Fair, where you’ll leap into the wonderful and exciting world of FUNGUS! SAN FRANCISCO HOME SHOW: 1/16-18 Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City www.sanfranhomeshow.com

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Thinking about remodeling your home? Your yard? Your garage? Whatever you plan to do, all your home questions will be answered at the San Francisco Home Show. 2009 TET FESTIVAL: 1/17-18 South Hall, 435 S. Market St., San Jose (408) 295-9210

Two full days of family fun, including ceremonies, three stages of musical bands, exhibitions, photographs, bonsais, arts & crafts, volleyball, tae kwon do, ping-pong, bingo and more. THE GREAT WINE WEEKEND: 1/17-18 Locations throughout Santa Cruz (831) 685-8463 www.scmwa.com

If you’re a wine and crab lover, you’ll love participating in this year’s Great Wine Weekend featuring the Winter Passport Day, where you get to visit wineries for tastings – and let’s not forget the Wine & Crab TasteOff, where four of the finest local restaurants will do battle for the most delicious crab. TH

15 ANNUAL BURNS SUPPER AND CEILIDH DANCE: 1/17 Mountain View Masonic Temple,

You’ll find the latest information on resorts, cruise lines and travel destinations, along with a chance to win great prizes and giveaways.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES DIVINE PERFORMING ARTS 2009 WORLD TOUR: CHINESE NEW YEAR SPECTACULAR: 1/13-15 Flint Center for the Performing Arts, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino (408) 998-8497 www.sfshow.net

Kick in the Chinese New Year with an exhilarating dance and music performance based on ancient heroic legends and modern courageous tales. HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS: 1/16-17 HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose www.hppsj.com

Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Neal may have retired from the parquet, but their heirs continue to sink perfect swishes from half-court. INTERNATIONAL RUBIK’S CUBE COMPETITION: 1/18 The Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St., San Francisco www.exploratorium.com

Watch the world’s greatest Rubik’s Cube solvers in a number of different events, including the one-handed solve, 3x3x3 solve and the mindblowing blindfolded solve! NATIONAL ACROBATS OF CHINA: 1/18 Heritage Theatre, One W. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408) 866-2700 www.heritagetheatre.org

Please welcome the National Acrobats of China for an evening of unthinkable acrobatics!: 7:30pm SEA LIONS ARRIVAL AT PIER 39: 1/19 Pier 39, Beach St. & The Embarcadero, San Francisco (415) 705-5500 www.pier39.com

Bring the family and enjoy the sights and sounds of sea lions flopping around the docks, along with guided tours from The Marine Mammal Center. THE DREAM OF KING: 1/19 Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, San Jose (408) 298-5437 www.cdm.org

Join Diane Ferlatte for a special program of stories and songs that honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION VIEWING: 1/20 Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland (800) 745-3000 www.oraclearena.com

Don’t want to watch the inauguration on your little TV set at home? Well, you’re in luck! Get over to the Oracle Arena and watch it all on the JUMBOTRON!: Arena opens at 8am CELEBRATE LUNAR NEW YEAR AT THE SAN FRANCISCO ZOO: 1/25 San Francisco Zoo, One Zoo Rd., San Francisco (415) 753-7080 www.sfzoo.org

Head over to the San Francisco Zoo for some family fun and to kick in the Lunar New Year. You’ll enjoy great entertainment from Leung’s White Crane Lion Dancers, Red Panda Acrobats, performances from the Chinese Folk Dance Association and a Tai Chi demonstration by the Taoist Tai Chi Society, and let’s not forget about all the animals!: 10am-4pm SMUCKER’S STARS ON ICE: 1/30

HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose www.starsonice. com/figure-skating

Performances from Sasha Cohen, Todd Eldredge, Michael Weiss, Ilia Kulik, Jennifer Robinson, John Zimmerman and many more: 7:30pm MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS: 1/31 AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco www.supercrossonline.com

AT&T Park transforms into a giant dirt bike track, featuring some of the baddest supercrossers, such as James “Bubba” Stewart, Chad Reed, Ivan Tedesco and many more, battleing it out: 12:30pm RAIN FOREST WEEKNDS: THRU 3/29 Roaring Camp, Graham Hill Rd., Felton (831) 335-4484 www.roaringcamp.com

Take a tour through the beautiful redwoods on an actual steam locomotive: Saturdays & Sundays: 12:30pm

FUNDRAISERS & DONATIONS ONE WARM COAT: THRU 1/31 Drop-off barrels throughout Santana Row, San Jose (408) 551-4611 www.santanarow.com

Attention! If you have any coats that you know you’re not going to wear, visit Santana Row and donate them to One Warm Coat, a national nonprofit that distributes coats to people who need them. Donation bins located throughout the shopping center. BEARDS FOR TEARS: THRU 4/6/09 Visit www.beardsfortears.com for info and donations

Help Greg Miller and Jon Sontag with your weekly pledges and donations and help them raise have enough money to build a water well in Africa. And what part are they playing? They have committed to stop shaving for seven months! Hence, beards. Log on, check out their growth and make a donation.

GARDENING AMERICAN RHODODENDRON SOCIETY MEETING: 1/21 Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Rm. 12, Los Altos www.deanza-ars.com

Photographer Pamela J shares some of her beautiful flower photos that she has taken throughout the world: 7:30pm INTRODUCTION TO GROW BIOINTENSIVE: 1/24 Common Ground Garden Supply & Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto (650) 493-6072 www. commongroundsinpaloalto.org

Learn the principles of double digging, composting, soil building, intensive planting, companion planting, carbon farming, calorie farming and open pollinated seeds: 10:30am -Noon DORMANT FRUIT TREE PRUNING: 1/24 Guadalupe River Park & Gardens Visitor Center, 438 Coleman Ave., San Jose (408) 298-7657 www.grpg.org

A hands-on workshop where you’ll learn how to prune your fruit trees, while pruning the trees of the Guadalupe Gardens!: 9:30-11:30am

HEALTH THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF CHANTING: THRU 1/16 Ananda, 2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (650) 323-3363 www.anandapaloalto.org

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Chinese New Year Spectacular, Flint Center for the Performing Arts, Jan. 13-15

Children and their families will take part in fun interactive activities that encourage healthy eating. MEDITATION 1: BREATH: 1/24 Ananda, 2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (650) 323-3363 www.anandapaloalto.org

You’ll learn all the basics of meditating and the benefits of its daily practice. FREE THERMOMETER EXCHANGE: 1/24 Vineland Branch Library, 1450 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose www.baywise.org

Bring in your tired old mercuryfilled thermometer and exchange it for a brand new digital one!: 10am-Noon FARMERS MARKET KAYAK TRIP: 1/31 Pier 39, San Francisco (415) 357-1010 www.citykayak.com

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Paddle from Pier 39 to the farmers market at the Ferry Building and chow down on some organic delights: 11am-3pm

LECTURES RICK STEVES: A PERSPECTIVE ON IRAN: 1/26 Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto (408) 280-5530 www.commonwealthclub.org

Mr. Steves shares his experiences of Iran’s glorious past and captures the essence of today’s Persian culture and the 70 million people who call Iran home: 6:30pm THE BREAKTHROUGH: POLITICS AND RACE IN THE AGE OF OBAMA: 1/28 National Semiconductor Center, 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara (408) 280-5530 www.commonwealthclub.org

Gwen Ifill discusses the emerging generation of African American politicians changing our political landscape, including President-elect Barack Obama: 11:30am

READINGS & BOOK SIGNINGS READING & BOOK SIGNING WITH ROBERT ROPER: 1/13 Keplers, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (650) 324-4321 www.keplers.com

Mr. Roper signs copies of his work, Now the Drum of War: Walt Whitman and His Brothers in the Civil War: 7:30pm READING & BOOK SIGNING WITH STEVEN B. JOHNSON: 1/16 Keplers, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (650) 324-4321 www.keplers.com

Mr. Johnson discusses his new book, The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America: 7pm PRESENTATION & BOOK SIGNING WITH GEN BAUR: 1/29 Books Inc., Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, Ste. 74, Palo Alto www.booksinc.net 68

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41st Annual Coin, Stamp, and Collectibles Show, Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Jan. 23-25 Join Mr. Baur as he discusses his book, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food: 7pm

THEATRE AUDITIONS WEST VALLEY COLLEGE THEATRE DEPARTMENT: 1/22-2/4 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga (408) 741-2058

All ages, genders, shapes and sizes are needed for upcoming productions of Great Expectations and An Evening of Sam Shepard. BALLET SAN JOSE AUDITIONS FOR 200910 SEASON: 1/25 Ballet San Jose, 40 N. First St., San Jose www.balletsanjose.org

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If your child has ambitions of being the next Nureyev, then get them over to Ballet San Jose, where they can audition for the 2009-10 season. For boys and girls, ages eight to 19.

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Workshops & classes FENG SHUI & PROSPERITY FOR THE NEW YEAR: 1/15 Red Moon Gallery, 746 Villa St., Mountain View (650) 6910191 www.redmoongallery.com

Join feng shui expert Chi Chen, who will offer ideas for your home, workspace and business that will help get your mojo going for 2009: 6:30pm

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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?: 1/16-3/27 Hidden Villa Ranch, 26870 Moody Rd., Los Altos (650) 948-4159 www.hiddenvilla.org

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Enjoy a hike through the wilderness with Wade Leschyn from the Mycological Society and explore different mushroom families, sample edible mushrooms and learn how to spot poisonous varieties: 10am-1pm CHEESE PLEASE!: 1/24 Hidden Villa Ranch, 26870 Moody Rd., Los Altos Hills (650) 949-8650 www.hiddenvilla.org

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Sports&Adventure One style frequently used in backcountry settings is Telemark skiing, or free-heel skiing. This term refers to skiing that makes use of the Telemark turn, in which the skier bends his knees as if doing squats and turns on the ball of one foot. Gan says this turn is difficult to master. “I rarely talk to Telemark skiers who say that they are good,” he states. “Everyone’s always working on their Telemark turn, just as a golfer is working on their stroke.” Babcock describes Telemark turning as a very subtle, Zen-like experience. “People really get into carving these kind of graceful turns, which is why you’re not going to usually see the average 19-year-old get into Telemarking,” he says. Another method common in backcountry skiing is randonnée, a French skiing style that allows skiers to unlock their heels for uphill purposes and lock it back down for downhill purposes. Both Telemark and randonnée require avalanche gear, which can include a shovel, an avalanche probe and/or an avalanche beacon, which emits a radio signal that helps locate a skier buried under snow.

The X Factor Cross-country skiing: the other way to carve up the snow.

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ention skiing to most people, and the first thing that comes to mind is the image of an airborne thrill-seeker kicking up a cloud of snow while bombing down a slope. That’s certainly true in the case of downhill skiing (aka alpine skiing), one of the two general categories of skiing. Not so when it comes to the other kind: Nordic skiing, which refers to all types of skiing in which the heel of the boot is not attached to the ski. One of the most popular forms of Nordic skiing is cross-country (sometimes abbreviated as XC) skiing, which is simply the practice of skiing over the countryside rather than downhill. Now that January is here, what better time to take a look at cross-country skiing and how it differs from its more glamorous counterpart. Scandinavian in origin, cross-country skiing makes for a quieter, more solitary experience than alpine skiing. As opposed to a huge slope populated by 200 skiers, you and your ski buddies might find that you’re the only people out on your chosen cross-country trail. “It’s a lot slower, you can take in the sights, and you get to explore more,” notes Jay Gan, owner of San Jose outdoor retailer Outback Adventures. “You are exploring and moving through environments like you would if you were backpacking or hiking.” 70

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Another obvious difference between cross-country and alpine skiing is the gear involved. Whereas alpine skiing demands the use of heavy clothes, crosscountry calls for lighter gear, similar to what you’d see someone running in during the wintertime. The difference in clothing is largely due to the fact that cross-country skiers burn so much energy that regular ski apparel would prove too warm for them. As one of the most strenuous of endurance sports, cross-country skiing provides a great workout, engaging every major muscle group and burning massive amounts of calories. “If anybody wants to develop glutes, abs and lose some weight, there’s probably no better sport,” claims Carlos Babcock, outreach manager for the Saratoga branch of outdoor gear store REI. What’s more, according to Debbi Waldear, director of the Kirkwood Cross Country resort just south of Lake Tahoe, cross-country skiing encompasses a variety of styles, each of which demands a different level of physical output. “You can choose your speed, and you can go out there and just walk around and enjoy it, or you can get a big workout,” she offers. Waldear divides cross-country skiing into three different categories: classic, skating and backcountry. The first of these, classic, often takes place on prepared trails with grooves that have been cut into the snow. The key characteristic of the classic style is the diagonal stride technique, in which the skier propels their body forward by using an opposite driving leg and forward poling arm. Skate skiing, on the other hand, is the faster-paced, more aerobic style that you see in many Olympic cross-country ski races, involving the technique of sticking one foot outward to drive the inner edge of the ski against the snow. Finally, backcountry skiing is just what it sounds like: skiing done away from developed land or open roads.

Because of its heavy-duty nature, backcountry skiing is not usually the domain of the casual, recreational skier. Skate skiing, too, is probably better suited for more serious skiers due to the high level of endurance it requires. For these reasons, newbies are likely to find the classic cross-country style most amenable. Babcock recommends that beginners invest in a lesson before attempting cross-country skiing. He also suggests starting at a resort, which offers an easy and comfortable environment in which to get acquainted with the activity. Along the trails at most resorts are rest areas where skiers can stop for a snack, as well as warming huts where they can kick back by the heater with some tea or coffee. Even with all the amenities, cross-country skiing can prove a bit overwhelming for the newcomer who doesn’t know his limits. “Just starting out, you don’t want to overdo it, because you can really, really get exhausted pretty quick,” Babcock cautions. “When you first get out there, you go two hours, and you go, ‘Wow, this is great!’ Then you head back, and you go, ‘Oh, my gosh! I’m hungry, I’m thirsty, I’m overheated.’” As a means of preventing burnout, Babcock advises beginners to stay on flatter trails, as well as to avoid overdressing. Wear layered, lightweight clothing with lots of zippers. One final piece of advice, courtesy of Gan: “Start off with a shorter, wider ski for stability and control. And it can be exciting, too! People always [think] going downhill is exciting, but whenever you push yourself beyond your comfort zone or skiing ability, you will find the same sense of excitement and fun that you experience while downhill skiing or snowboarding.” TW

CROSS-COUNTRY RESOURCES Outback Adventures, 1158 Saratoga Ave., San Jose (408) 551-0588 www.outbackadventures.com REI Saratoga, 400 El Paseo de Saratoga, San Jose (408) 871-8765 www.rei.com/stores/saratoga Kirkwood Cross Country, Highway 88, Kirkwood (209) 258-7248 www.kirkwood.com


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14855 Oka Rd., Ste. 201, Los Gatos (408) 356-4973 www.svjcc.org The Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center is open to all faiths and backgrounds. You’ll love our 20,000-square-foot fitness center, heated swimming pool, lighted tennis courts, more than 60 group exercise classes each week, personal training, massage, full gymnasium with indoor basketball, quality childcare and preschool, sports leagues, after-school programs and so much more!

American Kickboxing Academy 1830 Hillsdale Ave., Ste. 2, San Jose (408) 371-4235, 168 E. Fremont Ave., Sunnyvale www.akakickbox. com The American Kickboxing Academy offers top-level public instruction for men, women, and children. In addition, AKA provides private professional training.

AlaVie Fitness 120 W. Campbell Ave., Ste. D, Campbell www.alaviefitness.com Cutting-edge outdoor fitness boot camps for all ages and fitness levels. Ten Bay Area locations. 5K/10K training and other fitness events and services. Women’s, coed and corporate programs.

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3469 E. McKee Rd., San Jose (408) 729-5269 www.laboxing.com/sanjose LA Boxing San Jose offers cardio boxing and kickboxing classes, jiujitsu, and mixed martial arts training for men, women and children.

Silver Creek Sportsplex 800 Embedded Way, San Jose (408) 225-1843 www.silvercreeksportsplex.com The 240,000-sq.ft. facility is the largest under one roof in North America — a truly unique, state of-the-art complex catering to today’s active families and individuals.

South Bay Athletic Club 271 Houret Dr., Milpitas (408) 946-0600 www.southbayathleticclub.net South Bay Athletic Club has always been a leader with innovative fitness programs, and yet we always keep the old favorites around – like racquetball and swimming!

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Bloomingdale’s, 1 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto (650) 463-2000 www.bloomingdales.com Crate & Barrel, 301 Santana Row, San Jose (408) 247-0600; 530 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto (650) 321-7800 www.crateandbarrel.com Sur La Table, 378 Santana Row, Ste. 1030, San Jose (408) 244-4749; 23 University Ave., Los Gatos (408) 395-6946; 855 El Camino Real, Ste. 57, Palo Alto (650) 289-0019 www.surlatable.com Williams-Sonoma, Westfield Valley Fair, 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara (408) 985-1507; 122 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos (408) 354-7302; Stanford Shopping Center, 180 El Camino Real (650) 321-3486 www.williams-sonoma.com 01 Viking Professional four-slot toaster in gray, $149.95 at Sur La Table 02 Breville die-cast four-slice toaster, $179.95 at Sur La Table and Williams-Sonoma 03 Bugatti Volo toaster, $315 at Bloomingdale’s 04 Dualit Vario two-slice toaster, $239.95 at Sur La Table and Williams-Sonoma 05 Krups two-slice digital toaster, $59.95 at Crate & Barrel 06 Bodum Bistro toaster, $69.95 at Crate & Barrel 07 Cuisinart classic two-slice toaster, $69.95 and four-slice toaster, $89.95 at Crate & Barrel


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300 - San Jose. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 AVA Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 A Visionary Salon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Baby Buzz / Cucina Bambini . . . . . . 9 Bank, The. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Bay Area Bridal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Bay Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Bella Saratoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Bert’s Alibi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Birk’s Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Blue Chalk Cafe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Braces for Pretty Faces . . . . . . . . . . 33 Branham Lounge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Bridal Showcase. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Bridal Showcase. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 California Pops Orchestra. . . . . . . . 73 Camera Cinemas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Campbell Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Caper’s Eat & Drink . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Cardiff Lounge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Century Graphics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Cha Cha Sushi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Chicago the Musical . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Children’s Discovery Museum. . . . 67 Chrysalis Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery . . . . . . . . . 37 Cinelux Theatres. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Club One. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Club Savoy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Counter, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Court’s Lounge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Crab Landing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 David’s Restaurant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Designers Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Dive Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Dr. Hoang K. Do . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Dr. Michael Bouzid. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Dr. Robert Ferguson . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Dr. Tony H. Pham, M.D.. . . . . . . . . . 31 Dr. Youbert Karalian . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Emerge MediSpa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Emerge MediSpa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Eternal Beauty Medical Clinic . . . . 15

eWomen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Fahrenheit Ultralounge . . . . . . . . .44 Faultline. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Fish Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Five Branches Institute. . . . . . . . . . 35 Five Branches Institute. . . . . . . . . . 67 Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse. . . . . 43 Foxy Avenue Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Fred Astaire Dance Studio of San Jose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Gavilan College. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Goosetown Lounge . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Gran Torino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Grill ‘ Em Steakhouse . . . . . . . . . . .48 Haniway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Happi House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 House of Gengi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 iFlySFBay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Island Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Jane Aesthetic Medicine & Surgery 4 Kaiser Permanente Cosmetic Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Kushlani . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 La Mere Michelle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Las Madres. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Lee’s Sandwiches. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Le Hair & Make-Up Services . . . . . 21 Limon Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Lisa’s Tea Treasures . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Little Lou’s BBQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 LJM Legal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Loft Bar & Bistro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Maaco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Maceio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Magical Moments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Mantra Palo Alto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Mariani’s Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Marketplace - Wedding Services . 74 Massage Envy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Menara Moroccan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Monique’s Exclusive . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 My Bloody Valentine. . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Nickel City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Nicolino’s Italian Restaurant. . . . . 49

Paizley’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Palo Altos Players. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Pinn Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Pleasures from the Heart. . . . . . . . 31 Quarter Note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Ray’s Ultimate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Rejuve Medical. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Riley’s Ride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Robson Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Romano’s Macaroni Grill . . . . . . . . 18 Rosie McCann’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Sanctuary Salon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 San Francisco Herb & Natural Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 San Jose Repertory Theatre. . . . . . 63 San Jose Sharks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 San Vitum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 SAP Open . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Satura Cakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Scruff y Murphy’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Shoreline Billiards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Shougun House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Silvercreek Sportsplex . . . . . . . . . . 69 Silvercreek Sportsplex . . . . . . . . . . 71 SINO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 South County Housing . . . . . . . . . . 10 South County Housing . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Spencer’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Straits Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Sundance, The Steakhouse . . . . . .48 SuperSlow Zone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Sushi O Sushi. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Tandoori Oven. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Trailsloggers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Treehouse in the Glen. . . . . . . . . . . 69 University Mission Medical Clinic 36 Valley Transportation Authority .68 Wahoo’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Westpark Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Wet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Wine Cellar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Wintersport Wearhouse. . . . . . . . . 10 Zahir’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

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NICOLETTE COUTURE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE 15 El Toro Ave., Morgan Hill (408) 779-6146 www.nicolettecouture.com Nicolette Couture Bridal boutique is located in charming downtown Morgan Hill. It is owned by mother and daughter partners Nicole and Sue Castro. We are currently offering four gorgeous designers, one of which is exclusive to our boutique for all of Northern California. Our philosophy is to offer a wide variety of high quality gowns in a no-pressure environment so that every bride may enjoy her personal experience of finding her dream wedding gown. BELLA MIA BRIDE Westgate Mall, 1600 Saratoga Ave., Ste. 407, San Jose (408) 374-0400 www.bellamiabride.com Bella Mia Bride is truly a full service boutique offering everything a client needs to look perfect for her special event! Our specialty boutique offers on-location hair and makeup services, in addition to wedding, Quinceañera and evening gowns, shoes, veils, tiaras, hair pins, purses, jewelry and more! INSURANCE VALERIE VEDDA 181 Metro Dr., Ste. 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

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B AC H E L O R E T T E PA R T I E S 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.

SHANGRI-LA LOTUS 413-A Monterey Avenue, Los Gatos (408) 354-5901 www.jennysbeauty.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 dress 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. T R A N S P O R TAT I O N

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AMBASSADOR’S ROLLS 674 Picasso Terrace, Sunnyvale (888) 989-0185 www.ambassadorsrolls.com With service throughout the Bay Area, the fleet here includes a variety of antique classics, ranging from a 1953 “Gatsby Style” Tuxedo Two Tone Wraith Rolls-Royce with flat-floor design doors engineered for graceful entries and exits, to a 14-passenger convertible limousine.

E N T E R TA I N M E N T THORO-BREAD ENTERTAINMENT (650) 248-3803 We provide DJ services for all occasions, and offer a wide range of music, including today’s greatest hits, hiphop, 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! FLORIST C AT E R I N G FLOWER DIVAS 3283 De La Cruz Blvd., Studio F, Santa Clara (408) 7274416 www.flowerdivas.com Each wedding is distinctive; we can only provide a general price sheet. Each wedding is designed and orchestrated by your floral artist, no two are ever alike. We can only give you an approximate cost before we meet with you. You can request a price sheet by email or by phone to get you started.

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R E N TA L S LYNN’S WEDDING SERVICES Milpitas (408) 398-2199 www.lynnweddingservices.com Full service chair cover rental and much more! Chair cover and linen rental, wedding flowers, candelabras, party rentals, hall and stage decorations, hair and makeup. S A L O N S , S PA S & M A K E U P

FLOWER FLOUR EUROPEAN FLORAL CAFÉ 896 Willow Street San Jose (408) 279-0843 www.FlowerFlour.com We are an award-winning European floral bakery and café specializing in wedding cakes and flowers. Come in and be enchanted by our French charm! GOWNS & TUXEDOS

AYOMA LIFESPA 355 Santana Row, Fifth Floor, San Jose (408) 423-5424 www.ayomalifespa.com This restful haven inside the Hotel Valencia is the only Ayurvedic (a 5,000-year-old healing system from India) wellness spa in the Bay Area. Using this holistic healthcare system, the staff here assesses each client’s mindbody constitution, and treatments are tailored accordingly. The spa’s inviting lounge makes it a great place to head with a group of friends for a day of prewedding rejuvenation. THEWAVEMAG.COM JANUARY 12-25, 2009

NIRVANA AVEDA CONCEPT SALON 224-B N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos (408) 354-7979 www.nirvanasalon.com Nirvana is an award-winning Aveda Concept Salon located in the heart of beautiful downtown Los Gatos. We specialize in advanced hair cutting and coloring, bridal and event styling, makeup and hair spa services. All services include our signature aromatherapy scalp massage featuring Aveda Singular Note essential oils.

GOODEYE PHOTOGRAPHY + DESIGN Serving the Bay Area and Beyond (408) 431-4808 www.goodeyephotography.com Specializing in a candid style, GoodEye will not only leave you with a wedding album that will be the envy of your friends, but make the whole experience effortless and enjoyable. GoodEye’s photojournalistic approach will connect with you and your guests in a way that makes every shot look natural. What makes GoodEye stand out from the rest? Genuine talent and a passion to perfectly capture your momentous day.

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LE HAIR & MAKE-UP SERVICES Serving the Bay Area (408) 718-3945 www.lehairandmakeupservices.com Quang Le’s Hair and Makeup Services offer premier specialty hair styling and makeup artistry for weddings, commercial photography, fashion shoots, runway and all phases of makeup for stage, motion pictures and television.

PHOTOGRAPHERS

ADD YOUR BUSINESS IN SVMARKETPLACE WEDDING PLANNER: (408) 467-3200

CATERMAN CATERING 452 Reynolds Circle San Jose, CA 95112 (408) 441- 8719 www.catermancatering.com Winner of the “The Best Catering of San Jose for 2008” award by the US Local Business Association. Let Caterman Catering prepare and serve delicious gourmet dinners, fun corporate BBQs, elegant weddings, refreshing company breakfasts and spectacular gala events - just to name a few.

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HOTEL LOS GATOS 210 E. Main St., Los Gatos (866) 335-1700 www.jdvhotels. com/los_gatos A vibrant hybrid of Mediterranean elegance and California flair, Hotel Los Gatos is located at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains and is walking distance from the charming galleries, restaurants, and boutiques of downtown Los Gatos. Take advantage of the 372-square-foot, grandiose Vasona Room with adjoining outdoor balconies, and the on-site Preston Wynne Spa.


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