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									                                                                                      Vol. XXVII, Number 68 • Friday, May 26, 2006   ■   50¢

                  Local & Global
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                                                                                                 Dance to the music
                                                                                                 Page 13
Adam Heyman

                Worth A Look 15        Eating Out 17     Movie Times 22         Goings On 25        Crossword Puzzle Inside
              ■ Upfront City struggles to answer $3 million question Page 3
              ■ Sports Third straight tennis title for Stanford women Page 31
              ■ Home & Real Estate Palo Alto’s beehive of activity Section 2
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Page 2 • Friday, May 26, 2006 • Palo Alto Weekly
Upfront                 Local news, information and analysis

                                                                                “Best Bets” for finding the $3 mil-
                                                                                lion include:
                                                                                                                            The changes would come in the
                                                                                                                          2007-’08 budget, and would not be
                                                                                                                                                                             because the city is running out of
                                                                                                                                                                             money to fund improvements to city
                                                                                     increasing the tax local hotel       approved by the council until June                 roads, buildings and other facilities.
                                                                                guests pay,                               2007. Increasing the hotel tax would               City financial experts predict the
      The $3 million question                                                        encouraging the construction of
                                                                                a new hotel,
                                                                                                                          also require approval from voters,
                                                                                                                          according to city staff.
                                                                                                                                                                             Palo Alto’s infrastructure reserve
                                                                                                                                                                             will run out of money in 2011 at the
          Finance committee criticizes city manager                                   allowing Stanford Shopping            Phil Plymale, the chapter chair                  current rate of spending.
              over revenue ideas, poor process                                  Center to expand to increase sales,       of the city’s largest union, argued                   “We have a big problem,” Coun-
                                                                                      having homeowners share in          the city is in good financial shape                cilman Larry Klein said. “We have
                           by Bill D’Agostino                                   the cost of city-managed sidewalk         — with a proposed $1.7 million sur-                an aging infrastructure and we
                                                                                repairs,                                  plus for 2006-’07 — and didn’t need                don’t have money to pay for it right

     he idea seems simple enough:        But the proposed schemes to meet            reducing health care costs,          any new budget cuts. He wore a but-                now.”
     increase revenues and decrease    that goal, unveiled at a Palo Alto Fi-        privatizing city programs, such      ton with the message, “Don’t cut my                   The four-member committee also
     costs by $3 million a year to     nance Committee meeting Tuesday,         as the Palo Alto Junior Museum and        healthcare!!!”                                     offered new ideas to find the $3 mil-
pay for improvements to the City of    are all bound to produce controversy.    Zoo, and                                    City staff and council mem-                      lion:
Palo Alto’s ailing infrastructure.       City Manager Frank Benest’s                 cutting “lower-priority services.”   bers said the $3 million is crucial                              (continued on page 8)


                                                                                                                                                                                Schools get
                                                                                                                                                                                tougher on
                                                                                                                                                                                steroid use
                                                                                                                                                                               New guidelines focus on
                                                                                                                                                                                   by Alexandria Rocha

                                                                                                                                                                                    esponding to national reports
                                                                                                                                                                                    of widespread steroid abuse
                                                                                                                                                                                    among teenagers, the Palo
                                                                                                                                                                             Alto school district has adopted a
                                                                                                                                                                             policy prohibiting student athletes
                                                                                                                                                                             from using anabolic and androgenic
                                                                                                                                                                             steroids and requiring coaches to
                                                                                                                                                                             educate teens about the dangers of
                                                                                                                                                                             such drugs.
                                                                                                                                                                                The policy, which board mem-
                                                                                                                                                                             bers unanimously approved earlier
                                                                                                                                                                             this week, is a new requirement for
                                                                                                                                                                             schools with California Interscho-
                                                                                                                                                                             lastic Federation memberships. CIF
                                                                                                                                                                             is the governing body for all inter-
                                                                                                                                                                             scholastic sports.
                                                                                                                                                                                In the spring of last year, CIF
                                                                                                                                                                             passed three new bylaws regarding
                                                                                                                                                           Nicholas Wright

                                                                                                                                                                             steroids, and all districts that want
                                                                                                                                                                             to continue their programs must ad-
                                                                                                                                                                             here to them.
                                                                                                                                                                                Under those bylaws, student ath-
                                                                                                                                                                             letes are required to sign agreements
                                                                                                                                                                             — co-signed by their parents — not
   New day awning                                                                                                                                                            to use anabolic and androgenic ste-
   Sed Soberon spiffs up the awning at Barbeques Galore on El Camino Real. Soberon uses a pressure washer and then sprays on a sealant to protect                            roids, and coaches must complete
   from future weather and bird-dropping damage.                                                                                                                             training on the harmful effects of
                                                                                                                                                                             steroids by 2009. The Palo Alto dis-
                                                                                                                                                                             trict has been enforcing the written
                                                                                  The council member has ex-              Benest said. He cited a community                  agreements since last fall.
                              PALO ALTO                                         pressed concern in the past that the      debate last year over allowing auto                   A separate guideline bars districts
                                                                                city isn’t doing enough to ensure         dealers to move to sites near U.S.                 from accepting sponsorships or do-
               Help not wanted?                                                 Fry’s Electronics and other top-sell-
                                                                                ing businesses remain in the city.
                                                                                                                          Highway 101. Auto dealers are a
                                                                                                                          major source of city sales tax.
                                                                                                                                                                             nations from manufacturers of such
       City manager turns down council committee’s                                The four-member panel offered to          The community’s desire to restrict                  Other districts on the Peninsula
                                                                                fund a new position that would sup-       such projects “makes it very diffi-                that have so far adopted policies
        offer for more economic-development staff                               port Manager of Economic Devel-           cult to do economic development,”                  include Campbell, Los Gatos-Sara-
                           by Bill D’Agostino                                   opment and Redevelopment Susan            he added.                                          toga, Mountain View-Los Altos and
                                                                                Arpan, the sole staff member whose          Because of Benest’s insistence                   San Mateo, according to board ma-

        hen it comes to boosting       nance Committee Tuesday night, as        entire job is keeping tabs of and sup-    that extra staff wasn’t required, the              terials.
        Palo Alto’s hamstrung          they discussed whether enough city       porting local businesses.                 Finance Committee decided not to                      Palo Alto’s new policy does not
        economy, does the City         employees are dedicated to helping         But City Manager Frank Benest           recommend a new position.                          include the drug testing of students
of Palo Alto sorely lack the staff     businesses thrive.                       declined the offer for help.                Councilman Larry Klein noted                     suspected of using steroids, mostly
to aid local companies — or is           “I believe they’re not, candidly,”       “The issue is not staffing,” he         Benest was going against the typical               because of the expense. It costs be-
the community’s attitude blocking      Councilman Bern Beecham said,            said. Instead, the issue is getting the   city manager who aims to expand                    tween $100 and $150 for a steroids
progress?                              adding that many initiatives to sup-     community “more committed” to             “his empire.” The council would                    or supplements test. Coaches will
  Those questions were on the minds    port businesses aren’t getting off the   the cause.                                hold Benest responsible for his as-                instead rely on their training to spot
of members of the City Council’s Fi-   ground.                                    “It’s a very difficult environment,”                  (continued on page 8)                              (continued on page 8)
                                                                                                                                                    Palo Alto Weekly • Friday, May 26, 2006 • Page 3
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                                                                                                                                                         Unhealthy editorial        parts of town — are what make the
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                                                Special Discount                                  Keith Peters, Sports Editor
                                                                                                  Rick Eymer, Assistant Sports Editor                    Measure A (Weekly, May 24) seems
                                                                                                  Rebecca Wallace, Arts & Entertainment Editor           to ignore the critical issues of county     life more balanced than in more “for-
    Brigade and we’re here to                   $50 Value e                                       Don Kazak, Senior Staff Writer                                                                     mal neighborhoods.”
                                                                                                  Bill D’Agostino, Lauren McSherry,                      health and human services and the
    help you!                                            0       y
                                                Save $20 off of your first                         Alexandria Rocha, Staff Writers                                                                       Humans and other animals living
                                                                                                  Norbert von der Groeben, Chief Photographer            deficit that threatens our emergency
                                                cleaning, and $1
                                                        g,     $10                                Nicholas Wright, Staff Photographer                    rooms and hospitals.                        together in the neighborhood is a
                                                                                                  Adam Heyman, Photo Intern                                                                          Barron Park tradition. My family
                                                off of the next 3                                 Tyler Hanley, Assistant to the Editor &                   And why is there a deficit? State
                                                                                                  Online Editor                                          and federal governments have cut            has enjoyed our furry and feathered
                                                cleanings when yo you                             Sue Dremann, Staff Writer, Special Sections
                                                                                                  Cammie Farmer, Calendar Editor                         back on aid to the county General           neighbors for 33 years and hope our
                                                            ar serv
                                                book regular service.                             Jeanne Aufmuth, Dale Benson,                                                                       grandkids will as well.
                                                                                                  Lynn Comeskey, Tim Goode, Jill Slater,                 Fund, and even deeper cuts are ex-
                                                (New Clients Only. Expires 5/30/06 XXNP2010D4 )   Susan Tavernetti, Robert Taylor, Contributors          pected in years ahead. The future              I think that the sheep and goats
                                                                                                  Adena DeMonte, Benjamin Lincoln,
                                                                                                  Elizabeth Perry Editorial Interns                      for meeting many of our local needs         should be encouraged to graze Bol
                                                                                                  DESIGN                                                 looks grim.                                 Park and the open space behind
                                                                                                  Carol Hubenthal, Design Director                          Measure A funds are needed               Gunn High School.
                                                                                                  Diane Haas, Lynda Lumish, Sue Peck, Senior                                                            Lorrin Lewis
                                                                                                  Designers;                                             to support affordable housing, to
                                                650-368-2102                                      Royd Hatta, Dana James, Paul Llewellyn,
                                                                                                  Charmaine Mirsky, Scott Peterson, Designers
                                                                                                                                                         provide living space other than the            Paradise Way, Palo Alto
                                                                                                                                                         streets for foster youth “aging out”
    Every Cleaning is Inspected
                                                                                                  Jennifer Lindberg, Production Manager
                                                                                                                                                         of the system, to prepare emergency         Tasty natives
           & Guaranteed                                                                           Dorothy Hassett, Brooke Fox,                           service readiness for a natural disas-         If 500 goats munch vegetation for
                                                                                                  Sales & Production Coordinators                        ter, to improve our transportation          a month for $14,000 because “we’re
    Uniformed Bonded & Insured                                                                    ADVERTISING                                            systems including BART, bus, light          down on chemicals these days,” why
    All Equipment & Supplies Included       http://peninsula.maidbrigade.com                      Michael Howard, Advertising Manager                    rail, county expressways, and an ex-        is no mention made of the roughly
                                                                                                  Cathy Norfleet, Display Advertising Sales Assistant
                                                                                                  Jasbir Gill, Janice Hoogner, Sandra                    panded senior/disabled program, and         500 pounds per day, or seven tons
                                                                                                  Valdiosera, Display Advertising Sales                  even to provide funds to our county         of goat droppings per month, that
                                                                                                  Kathryn Brottem, Real Estate Advertising Sales                                                     will leach into the bay?
                                                                                                  Joan Merritt, Real Estate Advertising Asst.            cities and towns for pothole repairs.
                                                                                                  Linda Franks, Classified Advertising Manager              We cannot rely on state and fed-            Food that is sold as legally or-
                                                                                                  Justin Davisson, Evie Marquez, Irene                   eral government to meet our commu-          ganic may be fertilized with human
                                                                                                  Schwartz, Classified Advertising Sales
                                                                                                  Blanca Yoc, Classified Administrative Assistant        nity’s most basic, consistent needs.        and animal excrement provided
                                                                                                  ONLINE SERVICES                                        Measure A is a 30-year investment           that man-made pesticides are not
                                                                                                  Lisa Van Dusen, Director of Palo Alto Online           in our local community’s collective         used, so I suppose it is acceptable
                                                                                                  Shannon White, Assistant to Webmaster                  well-being.                                 to dump excreta on the “invasive
                                                                                                  BUSINESS                                                  Sally Probst                             species — such as star thistle and
                                                                                                  Iryna Buynytska, Business Manager                                                                  poison oak."
                                                                                                  Miriam Quehl, Manager of Payroll & Benefits               Coastland Drive, Palo Alto
                                                                                                  Paula Mulugeta, Senior Accountant                                                                     You say that non-native plants are
                                                                                                  Valentina Georgieva, Judy Tran, Business                                                           tasty and appeal to grazing animals.
                                                                                                  Associates                                             Tall money tree?
                                                                                                  Tina Karabats, Cathy Stringari, Doris Taylor,            In Spanish, “Palo Alto” roughly           I resent seeing our native poison oak
                                                                                                  Business Associates
                                                                                                                                                         means “tall tree.” It appears that          lumped in with tasty aliens. Our na-
                                                                                                  ADMINISTRATION                                         some local government politicians           tives are as tasty as theirs.
                                                                                                  Amy Renalds, Assistant to the Publisher &                                                             Ron Bracewell
                                                                                                  Promotions Director;                                   and bureaucrats think that big money
                                                                                                  Rachel Palmer, Promotions & Online Assistant           grows on tall trees as they are count-         Santa Fe Avenue, Stanford
                                                                                                  Janice Covolo, Receptionist; Ruben Espinoza,
                                                                                                  Jorge Vera, Couriers                                   ing on Palo Alto voters to automati-
                                                                                                  EMBARCADERO PUBLISHING CO.
                                                                                                                                                         cally and overwhelmingly approve a          Full-court press
                                                                                                  William S. Johnson, President                          30-year increase in the county sales            The Patriot Act was presented
                                                                                                  Michael I. Naar, Vice President & CFO; Robert D.       tax (Measure A) and a new half-billion-     as a justifiable infringement on civil
                                                                                                  Thomas, Vice President, Corporate Development;                                                     liberties during a time of war — to
                                                                                                  Walter Kupiec, Vice President, Sales & Marketing;      dollar bond in the community college
                                                                                                  Frank A. Bravo, Director, Computer Operations          district (Measure C) that would have        protect our national security. Now
                                                                                                  & Webmaster                                            to be repaid, with interest, through        it is being used to protect the presi-
                                                                                                  Connie Jo Cotton, Major Accounts Sales
                                                                                                  Manager; Bob Lampkin, Director, Circulation            high property taxes over more than          dent and vice president from public
                                                                                                  & Mailing Services; Alicia Santillan, Circulation      30 years.                                   scrutiny and embarrassment.
                                                                                                  Assistant; Chris Planessi, Joel Pratt, Chip
                                                                                                  Poedjosoedarmo, Computer System Associates               Local government borrowing is                 The chief investigative correspon-
                                                                                                                                                         nothing new or unique. Public debt is       dent for ABC news was warned by an
                                                                                                  The Palo Alto Weekly (ISSN 0199-1159)
                                                                                                  is published every Wednesday and Friday by             soaring at every level of government.       anonymous government insider that
                                                                                                  Embarcadero Publishing Co., 703 High St., Palo         The good news may be that many of           his telephone records were being
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                                                                                                  offices. Adjudicated a newspaper of general circu-     to help pay off much of the debt. We        the news that the Bush administration
                                                                                                  lation for Santa Clara County. The Palo Alto Weekly                                                was sending Al Quaeda operatives to
                                                                                                  is delivered free to homes in Palo Alto, Menlo Park,   will leave that mostly to future gen-
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Page 4 • Friday, May 26, 2006 • Palo Alto Weekly

 Green light for Charleston-Arastradero plan                                                                                                                    More than an art store
         Traffic program will reduce number of lanes, add responsive traffic signals
                                                 by Lauren McSherry
                                                                                                                                                                   “The frame
    t’s been a long road toward im-          In July, traffic signals will be         work with the Palo Alto Unified
    plementing the redesign of the
    Charleston-Arastradero Corri-
dor, but the plan to reduce speeding
                                          upgraded along the corridor and
                                          Charleston Road will be resurfaced
                                          and restriped. The new striping will
                                                                                      School District.
                                                                                         Much of the plan is intended to
                                                                                      ease school-related traffic conges-
and improve pedestrian and bicycle
safety appears to have won commu-
                                          designate extended bike and turn
                                                                                      tion. Eleven schools are located
                                                                                      along the 2.3-mile corridor.
                                                                                                                                                                         the art.”
nity approval.                               Charleston Road will be reduced             The most-praised improvements
   “I think it’s going to be fabulous,”   to one lane in each direction with          involve Gunn and Hoover Elemen-                   267 Hamilton Avenue, Downtown Palo Alto
Charleston Gardens resident Eileen        left-turn pockets from Fabian Way to        tary School, which will gain right-               650.328.3500 www.universityart.com
Brooks said at an information ses-        Alma Street. A “double-double” yel-         turn lanes to funnel traffic into their
sion Tuesday night. “It will make         low line will indicate the median —         parking lots.                                     Also in San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento
it look like a neighborhood, not a        up to 16 feet wide in places — which           The new lanes will ease traffic
thoroughfare.”                            will be illegal to cross by car.            congestion in the morning, Trans-
   Brooks was one of 25 residents            Charleston will remain four lanes,       portation Project Manager Gayle
who turned out for the second of          with a narrow median, between               Likens said.
two meetings held by the city.            Alma and El Camino Real.                       In addition, the city is working
   The two-year trial, which costs           In the second phase, which begins        with the school district to explore
approximately $1.1 million, involves      in 2007, Arastradero Road will be           such options as staggering school
reducing stretches of Charleston and      resurfaced and restriped, reducing          start times to further reduce morn-
Arastradero roads from four lanes         its four lanes to two from El Camino        ing traffic.
to two, with a turning lane, between      Real to Miranda Avenue.                        “It’s those peak 15 to 20 min-
U.S. Highway 101 and Stanford Re-            If the trial is made permanent,          utes which cause the big backups,”
search Park. A wide median and ex-        concrete medians with landscaping           Kishimoto said.
tended bike lanes are also planned.       and bulb-outs — expanding street               The city is also considering four
   Traffic-adaptive technology will       corners for narrower pedestrian             intersections at Wright Place, Mum-
be installed so that stop signals will    crossings — will be constructed             ford Place, Louis Road and Ruthel-
respond to changing traffic pat-          along the corridor.                         ma Avenue as possible locations for
terns.                                       Funds have not been found to             three lighted crosswalks.
   The city has rolled out the plan in    make the trial permanent.                      Andy Coe, a consultant for the
two phases. The first, which the city        Vice Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto              city’s planning department, empha-
expects to complete by the end of         called the phasing a wise decision          sized the project is experimental.
the summer, began this month with         because it gives the city a chance to       During the course of the trial, the
site preparations for reconfiguring       work out kinks before moving on to          public will have the opportunity to
and upgrading the intersection at         later stages. She said the two phases       weigh in on the changes.
Gunn High School.                         will also give the city more time to                      (continued on page 7)

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                Golf course raises myriad issues
        Options to reconfigure area could conflict with flood control, other projects                                                The West’s Oldest Independent Bookseller
                                                   by Sue Dremann                                                                                        Since 1851

                                                                                                                                AUTHOR EVENTS
      eeling as though the left hand      flooding problem raised thorny is-          sustained four feet of flood water
      doesn’t know what the right         sues regarding the feasibility of re-       in 1998, and also flooded in 1985,
      hand is doing, the Palo Alto
Parks and Recreation Commission
                                          developing the golf course.
                                             “A key question is: Given all the
                                                                                      Paul Dias, the city’s parks and golf
                                                                                      manager said.                                     BOOKS INC. in PALO ALTO
this week opted not to consider op-       implications, is this an approach we           An analysis of the four layouts by     157 STANFORD SHOPPING CENTER 650-321-0600
tions for reconfiguring the munici-       want to continue to pursue? Given           Robert Trent Jones II, golf-course
pal golf course at the Baylands until     the resources to make this happen,          architects hired to comment on                 WEDNESDAY MAY 31 7:30 PM
more information can be gathered.         and the difficulty ... is it really solv-   the plans, advised that carving out       The New York Times bestselling author of Prep,
   Earlier this year, the Palo Alto       ing the field shortage in the best          playing fields from the existing golf     Curtis Sittenfeld, presents her new book, The
City Council asked the Parks and          way? What are the alternatives?”            course might not be wise.                 Man of My Dreams, a disarmingly candid, com-
Recreation Commission for its             he said.                                       “Any encroachment of sports              g-of-age
                                                                                                                                ing-of-age novel .
recommendations regarding four               Commission Chair Jeanette Mar-           fields on the golf course risks jeop-
ways to add much-needed sports            quess called the task “a long-term          ardizing the overall quality of the
playing fields to the municipal golf      project,” and encouraged commis-            golf course and would likely create
course.                                   sioners to keep all alternatives open,      safety conflicts between two incom-        o
   However, the issue is compli-          returning to a view of the site as          patible uses,” the report read.           Wi
cated because the 169.8-acre golf         open space and prioritizing the rec-           Stray golf balls have potential to     m
site is part of the San Francisquito      reational needs of city residents.          inflict injury to players on adjacent      e
Creek flood control basin, which             “This may not be the highest and         fields, the analysis noted.
is itself undergoing a study by the       best use,” she said of the four pro-           Like the golf-course options,
San Francisquito Creek Joint Pow-         posals.                                     those for fixing the creek are many:
ers Authority and U.S. Army Corps            The layouts — which range from           creating a bypass channel through
of Engineers. That flood-control          adding one soccer field and addi-           the golf course; directing creek
study won’t be completed for five to      tional parking to four soccer fields        overflow onto the golf course and
seven years, City Senior Hydrology        and a baseball diamond, plus park-          proposed playing fields; widening
Engineer Joe Teresi told commis-          ing — would reconfigure the course          the creek through the golf course;
sioners, and could affect the golf        and cost between $5.1 million to            and raising the levee or construction
course area.                              $28 million.                                of floodwalls along the golf course.
   Commission members questioned             The golf course and proposed                Additional concerns regarding the
the logic of considering any plan         playing fields would need to be             golf-course reconfiguration include
situating recreational fields in a        dredged of sediment and cleaned             potential costly environmental issues,
flood basin, and also thought such        after flooding, Teresi said.                Commissioner Dave Charleson said.
discussion would be premature until          He didn’t feel the flooding would        The feasibility study notes several
flood-control plans are decided.          threaten recreational use of the site,      sensitive species of animals currently
   Commissioner Paul Losch, who           however, because such incidents oc-         use the golf course for habitat.

described himself as a vocal pro-         cur infrequently. The golf course has          Commissioners also expressed
ponent of playing fields, said the        flooded twice in the last 20 years. It                    (continued on page 7)
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                              Donald A."Dick" Jacobson, a retired American      in 1974. After retirement, he continued to fly his personal airplane
                         Airlines Captain, died on May 11, 2006 at the age      until age 83.
                         of 91 in Los Altos, California after a long illness.
                              He was born and raised in the small town of
                        Montrose, Kansas where his family ran a grain
                        elevator and livestock feed business. Dick learned
                                                                                     He is survived by Margaret Jacobson, his wife of 64 years,
                                                                                their son Stephen E. Jacobson of Ft. Worth, TX, daughter Mary
                                                                                Clare Jacobson and son-in-law Larry Cretan of Woodside, CA.,
                                                                                grandsons Aram Cretan of Palo Alto and Joel Cretan of Stanford;
                                                                                                                                                              News Digest
                        to fly in 1938 and made his first solo flight in        nieces Rosemary Jones Rashleigh of Grand Junction, Co and Martha              Youth club to honor 200 outstanding kids
                        a Piper J-2 at Fort Wayne, Indiana. Prior to            Jones Clyde of Tempe, AZ.; nephews James Jones of Tempe, AZ and
                        joining American Airlines in 1941, he was a
                                                                                                                                                                As part of a program called Achievement Matters!, the Boys and Girls
                                                                                J. Douglas Jones of Sandy, UT. He was predeceased by his sister               Clubs of the Peninsula will honor 200 students at two upcoming cer-
  flight instructor in Arkansas training Army Air Corps cadets. Early
                                                                                Dorothy Jocobson Jones of Tempe, AZ and his parents Arthur Halph              emonies for their academic and leadership accomplishments this school
  in his airline career, he met and married stewardess/nurse Margaret
  Jane Davis.                                                                   Jacobson and Martha Beryl Dyas Jacobson of Montrose KS.                       year.
       He started his career with American Airlines as a first officer on            Interment will be at the family cemetery in Montrose, KS.                  To receive an Achievement Matters! award, students must read outside
  the DC-3 aircraft. Upon being promoted to captain, he volunteered                  In lieu of flowers, Dick requested that his friends consider             of school, perform community service, participate in a wide range of club
  for service in the Air Transport Command and flew military transport          making a contribution to The Grey Eagles Foundation Fund, 14600
                                                                                                                                                              activities and demonstrate a commitment to completing homework.
  missions during World War Two. After this tour of duty, he returned           Trinity Blvd, Suit 500, Fort Worth, TX 76155; or Pathways Hospice
                                                                                Foundation, 585 N. Mary Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94085, (800) 753-
                                                                                                                                                                There are three awards the students will receive: the “Mountain Club”
  to American Airlines and flew numerous airplanes during his 33 year                                                                                         award will go to students who demonstrate academic improvement over
  career. In the Vietnam conflict, Dick voluteered for Military Airlift         3071.
  Command Charters and was on the crew of the first American Airlines                Arrangements under the direction of Alameda Family Funeral               the course of the school year; the “A Team” award for students who main-
  flight to Da Nang, Vietnam. He retired as a Captain on the Boeing 747         & Cremation.                                                                  tain an “A/B” average; and the “Circle of Excellence” award for students
                                                                                                                                                              who earn straight A’s.
                                                                 PA I D    O B I T UA RY                                                                        On June 2, 64 kids will be honored at a ceremony from 5 to 7 p.m. at
                                                                                                                                                              the Menlo Park Clubhouse, 401 Pierce Road. On June 8, 75 more stu-
                                                                                                                                                              dents will take home awards from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the East Palo Alto
                                                                                                                                                              Clubhouse, 2031 Pulgas Ave. A ceremony for 56 kids also took place
                                                                                                                                                              Thursday night. ■

                                           Born May 30, 2001 in Palo Alto,      other states in the U.S. & Canada for visiting other family members           Weekly editor to speak at historical association
                                      CA died peacefully in Palo Alto, CA       and friends.
                                      at the same hospital on November 8,             The very special Stanford Moms Support Group formed unique                Palo Alto Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson will unravel “history’s mys-
                                      2005. Unexpectedly, and suddenly          bonds and friendships for mothers and children - without these                teries” at next month’s Palo Alto Historical Association meeting.
                                      of an unknown, unnamed virus that         incredible friends then and now life would not of been akin. Joey took          Among the topics he’ll discuss: the city’s park-dedication ordinance,
                                      completely overwhelmed his lung           many classes thru the City of Palo Alto Dept. of Community Services           which prohibits development on parkland without voter approval, and the
                                      tissue and took his life.                 starting with Music Together classes from as young as 6 months old
                                           Survived by his parents Kimberly
                                                                                                                                                              all-council recall of 1967.
                                                                                continuing for 6 sessions, then gymnastics, Kidz Love Soccer, Tiny              “If people don’t know this stuff, it’s mysterious,” Thorwaldson said.
                                      and Ken Perlmutter, who miss him          Hawks, and swimming lessons at Ladera Swim Club.
                                      dearly. His loving sisters Becca and                                                                                      It’s the annual dinner meeting for the association. The talk is entitled
                                                                                      He attended preschool at Children’s Creative Learning Center and
                                      Hannah will cherish their memories        Barron Park Children’s Center where he blossomed and learned, thrived
                                                                                                                                                              “Unraveling History’s Mysteries and Building Community Memory.”
                                      forever. Joey also leaves behind          and developed more than knowing how to write his name, count to 100,            The meeting will take place Wednesday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at the Sheraton
                                      his large network of friends from         draw beautiful pictures, climb up structures, slide down fireman pole,        Palo Alto, at 625 El Camino Real. There will be a social hour at 6 p.m.
                                      our Barron Park neighborhood, the         stomp with buckets as shoes, run fast, chase anyone, catch fish, or play        For reservations, visit www.pahistory.org. ■
  very special across the street family, schools, community classes and
                                                                                in the sand box. Recently, Joey taught himself how to ride a two wheeler
  neighbors. Other survivors, include grandmother Rosalie Perlmutter,
  grandparents Mike and Terri Beber, Aunt Stefanie & Uncle Andrew
                                                                                on a borrowed bike from our neighbors garage.                                 Burglary suspect caught copper-handed
                                                                                      He made friends everywhere we went, even wearing his pajamas
  Palmer, cousin Alex, Aunt Debbie & Uncle Michael Granat, cousins
  Jessica and Jeffrey.                                                          into the world beyond home. Not a week went by that he missed                    A 45-year-old Sunnyvale man was arrested in Palo Alto late Wednes-
      Thanks go out for the outpouring of love from the hundreds of             following Kirk Evans our PASCO trashman, Truck #202 - on trike, bike          day morning after he was found hiding in a vacant industrial building
  special friends and family who have supported them thru this ordeal           or scooter down our street to connect, High 5 and share a few minutes         with his pickup truck parked outside, partially loaded with freshly cut
  and who continue to be there for the family.                                  as these unsung heros did their amazing job in lightening speed and           copper tubing.
      So passionate about his days he was often seen with a big smile           still make a little boys heart dance in awe of the huge white truck and          Palo Alto patrol officer Aaron Sunseri noticed the pickup outside a
  on his face as he touched the lives of many during his daily life. An         his memorable conversations with Kirk.                                        building at 2448 Watson Court. at 10:25 a.m. and saw a broken window
  avid reader, budding musician, athlete in the making. Joey loved sports             Joseph was a remarkable 4 year old who will be missed but always
                                                                                                                                                              in the building. Looking inside the window, the officer saw tools and
  from soccer, baseball, basketball, swimming and was already a fan of          remembered for his capacity to love so much, for his happy giggle and
                                                                                incredible spirit. He lived fully in each and every moment, with zest, full
                                                                                                                                                              remnants of cut copper tubing, police reported.
  the GIANTS, A’s, Stanford, Warriors and Sabercats (and any other team
  his daddy was rooting for!)                                                   force and an open heart.                                                         He called in additional officers and a police dog, “Aris,” with his part-
      We celebrated life with Joey every day of his short life. He explored                                                                                   ner, Officer Anthony Becker.
  the city where we lived on foot, stroller and assorted wheels, including      Memorial Gifts can be made to the Joseph’s Journey Fund at Peninsula             Aris led officers to a ladder leading up to a crawl space, but officers
  Mommy's Red Rocket. Many nearby cities for fun adventures and                 Community Foundation 1700 South El Camino Real, Suite 300, San                deemed it unsafe for either the dog or an officer to follow. They instead sur-
  pools, oceans cold and warm, numerous trips to New Jersey and many            Mateo, CA 94402-3049                                                          rounded the building and used a bullhorn to tell the person to come out.
                                                                PA I D    M E M O R I A L                                                                        After about 45 minutes with no response, they fired tear gas into the
                                                                                                                                                              building, and about 30 minutes later a man emerged from the building
                                                                                                                                                              and surrendered, police reported.
                                                                                                                                                                 He was identified as George Manual Mancebo of Sunnyvale. He was
                                                                                                                                                              taken into custody and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail in
                                                                                                                                                              San Jose on charges of burglary, possession of stolen property and delay-
                                                                                                                                                              ing or obstructing officers.
                                                                                                                                                                 Copper pipe is a popular item taken in industrial burglaries because of
                                                                                                                                                              its relatively high resale value, officers reported. ■

                                                                                                                                                              Developer gives $100 million to Stanford
                                                                                                                                                                 Peninsula developer John Arrillaga has given a $100 million gift to
                                                                                                                                                              Stanford University. Arrillaga has been a significant supporter of Stan-
                                                                                                                                                              ford athletic programs in the past, and his name appears on the athletic
                                                                                                                                                              department’s building.
                                                                                                                                                                He also donated to the renovation of Maples Pavilion and the current
                                                                                                                                                              renovation of Stanford Stadium.
                                                                                                                                                                In the past, Arrillaga’s gifts have been to athletic programs but this is a
                                                                                                                                                              gift to the university for more general use. ■
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           —Don Kazak

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                                                                                                                                                                The Weekly’s May 24 article on the Mayfield Development in Moun-
                                                                                                                                                                tain View incorrectly reported concerns voiced by Penny Ellson of the
                                                                                                                                                                Greenmeadow Community Association about traffic impacts from the
                                                                                                                                                                proposed project. Ellson has taken no position on traffic potentially
                                                                                                                                                                generated by retail at the site because no data on which to base an
                                                                                                                                                                opinion was presented in the project’s draft Environmental Impact Re-
                                                                                                                                                                port. To request a clarification or correction, call Marc Burkhardt, man-
                                                                                                                                                                aging editor, at (650) 326-8210 or write to mburkhardt@paweekly.com
                                                                                                                                                                or P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302.

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Charleston                                She became more concerned as
(continued from page 5)                 she noticed that several high-densi-
                                        ty housing projects, such as Classic
  At the end of the two years, the      Communities and the Taube-Koret
city can either “make it permanent,     Campus for Jewish Life, would
modify it or scrap it — or anything     add more people and more cars to
in between,” he said.                   south Palo Alto.
  The City Council will ultimately        “The simple fact is the city is do-
decide whether to keep the im-          ing infill development,” she said.
provements in place.                    “We had to find a way to manage
  Even though the project involves      increased traffic.”
narrowing the street for vehicle          Ellson said the project’s benefits
traffic, it is not expected to cause    are convincing: reduced speeding,
cars to stack up in long lines,         improved traffic flow and a safe
planning officials contend. Driv-       street for kids walking or biking
ers should be able to get one point     to school, the library and Mitchell
to another in the same amount of        Park.
time as before the project was im-        “I hope we’re successful,” she
plemented.                              said. “If we’re not, I don’t know
  Some residents voiced skepti-         what the solution will be. We have
cism about the project’s overall ef-    to try this.”
fectiveness during Tuesday’s meet-        Kishimoto said impact fees
ing. Many, however, endorsed the        charged for developing the new
concept, which the city has been        housing will be put toward creat-
working on for more than three          ing bike lanes and street improve-
years.                                  ments. In addition to tackling a
  Ed Freiberg of Charleston Gar-        potentially serious traffic problem,
dens echoed the sentiment ex-           the city saved money by coordinat-
pressed by most at the meeting.         ing the project to coincide with re-
  “I think it’s very promising,” he     paving the streets, she added.
said.                                     “I think this is a very exciting
  Penny Ellson, a neighborhood          project,” Kishimoto said. “This is
leader for the Greenmeadow Com-         an example I always point to for
munity Association and one of the       turning a potential disaster for the
architects of the plan, first learned   city into a positive asset.”
of the issue when her husband — a         Staff Writer Lauren McSherry
cyclist — was hit by cars two sepa-     can be e-mailed at lmcsherry@
rate times during his commute to        paweekly.com.

                                        pushed for the playing fields at
Golf                                    the golf course, was understand-
(continued from page 5)                 ing of the commission’s decision
                                        to gather more information, saying
the need to know what Palo Alto’s       she doesn’t expect commissioners
demographics will be for the next       to respond to any option that is not
10 to 15 years, which they viewed       fully fleshed-out.
as key to figuring out what recre-         “If they need more time to asses
ational needs will be.                  the various options, or if they have
  Losch and Commissioner Anne           their own ideas, then they’re doing
Cribbs suggested certain areas          a great service for the community
for further study, including which      and I will await their advice,” she
age groups are moving in and out        said in an e-mail.
of the community, school enroll-           “If the commissioners thought
ments, who uses the golf course         more study and information is
and what recreational niches exist      needed to fairly consider this pro-
in the community.                       posal, then I applaud their caution
  To chip away at the task, com-        and their willingness to be fully
missioners plan to ask community        informed before making any rec-
groups for help and will look at a      ommendations. I much prefer that
city study on baby boomers, ex-         they take the time they need to
pected this fall.                       gather all the data and expert ad-
  Between September and No-             vice they need than to respond to
vember, the commission plans to         an imposed timeline.”
go back to the city council with its        Staff Writer Sue Dremann can
recommendations.                        be e-mailed at sdremann@paweek-
  Mayor Judy Kleinberg, who has         ly.com.

  The Public Agenda
 hold a public hearing on five projects: building a 157,387-square-
 foot three-story building, including research-and-development
 space and 84 residential units, at Page Mill Road and Park Bou-
 levard; replacing the current building owned by Gideon Hausner
 Jewish Day School with an 18,438-square-foot educational facil-
 ity on San Antonio Road; replacing a 20,920-square-foot office
 building with an 11,690-square-foot educational building on San
 Antonio Road; developing six condominiums at Curtner Court;
 and implementing parking lot improvements, landscaping modi-
 fications and building repairs at Town & Country Village shop-
 ping center. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, June 1, in
 Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave).

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                                                                            Steroids                                    The new standard will fall under
                                                                                                                     the district’s larger drug and alcohol
                                                                                                                                                                  “Our school districts realize these
                                                                                                                                                               polices were put forth for the best in-
                                            Mountain View, Ca 94043         (continued from page 3)
                                                                                                                     policy, which is being updated.           terests of the kids,” said Emmy Zack,
                                                                            students they suspect might be using        Burton Cohen, director of second-      CIF’s director of communications. “I
                  $400 DISCOUNT COUPON                                      anabolic or androgenic steroids.         ary education for the school district,    think they realize this has become
                                                                               According to the National In-         said the new drug policies will be        a big problem, whether people want
                                                                            stitution of Drug Abuse (NIDA),          included in the high-school student       to admit this is happening on their
                                                                            anabolic and androgenic steroids         handbooks this fall.                      campus or not.
                                                                            are manmade substances related to           The provisions also require schools       “Unfortunately, it is. We’re trying
                                                                            male hormones, specifically tes-         to teach students the effects of ste-     to address this before it gets worse.”
                                                                            tosterone. Anabolic refers to actual     roids sometime between seventh-              A 2004 Monitoring the Future
                                                                            muscle building; androgenic refers       and 12th-grades as part of health,        Survey by the National Institution of
                                                                            to increased masculine characteris-      physical education, or drug educa-        Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that 1.5
                                                                            tics. These types of steroids — which    tion programs.                            percent of students in eighth, 10th
                                                                            include anadrol, oxandrin, dianabol,        “Most likely, they will learn it in    and 12th grades nationwide said they
                                                                            winstrol, deca-durabolin, and equi-      grade seven and then in the (high         had used anabolic steroids in the past
                                                                            poise — are illegal without a pre-       school) living-skills courses,” Cohen     year. That figure is down from peak
                                                                            scription from a doctor.                 said. “It’s what to watch out for, what   use for 10th- and 12th-graders in
                                                                               The side effects are staggering       could happen, how to read a label on      2002, at 2.2 percent and 2.5 percent
                                                                            and include jaundice, depression,        medications.”                             respectively.
                                                                            aggression and infertility, among           The recent steroid scandals that          It is also down from peak use for
                                         Jackie Schoelerman is a Realtor    many others.                             plagued major league baseball and         eighth-graders of 1.7 percent in 2000.
                                     with Alain Pinel Realtors. She has        There is one side effect, however,    other professional sports also high-         For more information about the
                                     degrees in both Architecture and       that is particularly disturbing to       lighted the actions of younger ath-       California Interscholastic Federa-
                                     Business Finance, with extensive       Cohen: Adolescents risk remaining        letes. Parents, teachers and coaches      tion’s new bylaws on steroid use, visit
                                     experience in Real Estate, Architec-   short for the remainder of their lives   worried teenagers would be influ-         www.cifstate.org.
                                     ture, and Construction. Call Jackie    if they take anabolic steroids before    enced by their heroes and pushed to          Staff Writer Alexandria Ro-
                                     for real estate advice.                the typical adolescent growth spurt.     risky behaviors by the increased com-     cha can be e-mailed at arocha@
                                                                               “That is so scary,” he said.          petitiveness of high-school sports.       paweekly.com.

                                                                                                                     are other staff members involved in       open to developments, Beecham ar-
                                                                            Finance page 3)
                                                                            (continued from
                                                                                                                     economic development in addition to       gued. “We can’t say that there’ll be
                                                                                                                     Arpan. A team of top officials, led by    no traffic impact,” he said.
                                                                            surances the city had enough man-        Benest, spends a lot of time on the         Vice Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto,
                                                                            power, Klein added.                      issue, he said.                           however, wasn’t ready to concede
                                                                               Last year, the council — acting          Although committee members be-         that point. Her goal is that there will
                                                                            on Benest’s recommendation — cut         lieved more was needed to change          be no increases in the number of net
                                                                            Arpan’s executive assistant out of the   the community’s mindset, they said        car trips in Palo Alto, despite new
                                                                            budget.                                  residents’ willingness to support         developments.
                                                                               There might still be changes com-     businesses is changing.                     That’ll mean more bicycling and
                                                                            ing to the economic development             “I think the community is recog-       walking, she noted.
                                                                            office. Benest said he is considering    nizing what we have lost,” Beecham          Both Kishimoto and Klein ran on
                                                                            moving Arpan’s position from the         said.                                     a platform of slow growth during the
                                                                            city manager’s office to the planning       Two auto dealers, a hotel and a        last council election, in 2005.
                                                                            department, which could provide her      grocery store have all left Palo Alto       Staff Writer Bill D’Agostino
                                                                            more staff support.                      in recent years.                          can be reached at bdagostino@
                                                                               The city manager also noted there        Palo Altans simply need to be more     paweekly.com.

                                                                                                                     existing businesses earn more rev-        said.
                                                                            Revenuepage 3)
                                                                            (continued from
                                                                                                                     enue and bringing new businesses
                                                                                                                     to Palo Alto.
                                                                                                                                                                 “This is Palo Alto,” Benest re-
                                                                                                                       At the meeting, Benest received           Afterward, Benest said the meet-
                                                                                 Klein wants to consider reduc-      criticism for not adequately inform-      ing was only intended to “begin a
                                                                            ing the grants the city gives to non-    ing council members and the public        conversation.
                                                                            profits for programs, such as senior     about his proposal. The report list-        “I anticipated more meetings,” he
                                                                            and youth services;                      ing Benest’s ideas was not released       said.
                                                                                  Councilwoman Dena Mos-             publicly prior to the meeting.              Even as council members criti-
                                                                            sar wants to use environmentally           “This is hardly a transparent and       cized Benest for not pre-releasing
                                                                            friendly technologies to save money,     public process,” Plymale said.            the report, they also called his list
                                                                            such as changing the light bulbs in        To allow for the community to           “business as usual,” in the words of
                                                                            city buildings;                          have more time to consider the al-        Kishimoto.
                                                                                 Vice Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto         ternatives, the committee decided to        “It’s a start but it seems an aw-
                                                                            wants the city to provide more au-       continue the discussion at a future       ful lot like what we’ve seen before,”
                                                                            tomated services to save money on        meeting, initially scheduled for June     Mossar said.
                                                                            staffing; and                            20.                                         Staff Writer Bill D’Agostino
                                                                                 Councilman Bern Beecham               “We want to make it clear that          can be reached at bdagostino@
                                                                            wants more emphasis on helping           we encourage public input,” Klein         paweekly.com.
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Arts & Entertainment
A weekly guide to music, theater, art, movies and more, edited by Rebecca Wallace

                                                                         LOCAL ORCHESTRAS RESCUE HISTORIC MUSIC FROM
                                                                           DESTRUCTION, BRING IT BACK TO LIFE AT SHOWS

                                      AVIORS OF SONG
                                    by Rebecca Wallace
                                    Photographs by Adam Heyman

                                                                                                               f all the old printed music   couldn’t be less antique or more
                                                                                                               that Kim Venaas and his       alive.
                                                                                                               orchestras have rescued          Venaas’s groups are on a mis-
                                                                                                      from the dustbin of history, a fad-    sion to save printed music dating
                                                                                                      ed clarinet arrangement is one of      back as far as 80, 90, 100 years.
                                                                                                      his favorites.                         They’ve been spurred by cash-
                                                                                                        On the front is “Down by the         strapped school music libraries
                                                                                                      Old Mill Stream.” On the back, a       shrinking, elderly collectors pass-
                                                                                                      long-ago clarinet player scrawled      ing away, and the general passage
                                                                                                      a giant note, presumably to an-        of time.
                                                                                                      other musician: “YOUR FLY IS              This all means the loss of origi-
                                                                                                      OPEN.”                                 nal music that is the bread and but-
                                                                                                        Venaas hoots with laughter. The      ter of the Palo Alto orchestras: the
                                                                                                      next minute he pounces on the 9-       big band music played by Black
                                                                                                      foot grand piano in his Palo Alto      Tie Jazz, and the Gershwin, Ber-
                                                                                                      home to pound out the World War        lin, Porter and other popular tunes
                                                                                                      II tune “He’s Got A WAVE in            on the Pops programs.
                                                                                                      His Hair (And A WAAC on His                “It’s just tragic...much of that
                                                                                                      Hands),” vocals and all.               music cannot be replaced at any
                                                                                                        One expects he’ll next take on       cost,” said Venaas’s wife, Alicia
                                                                                                      the 1940s “God Bless America”          Wilmunder, who is also a Pops
                                                                                                      arrangement — the part marked          cellist and its general manager.
                                                                                                      “Kate Smith solo.”                        So the orchestras have been
                                                                                                        In the hands of Venaas and the       gathering old music from dona-
                                                                                                      Peninsula Pops and Black Tie Jazz
                                                                                                      orchestras he conducts, this music                (continued on next page)

                                                                                                      Venaas estimates that he and his orchestras have some 175,000 pieces
                                                                                                      of old music in storage (including some duplicates).

    Top: Rescuing old music doesn’t mean letting it languish in perfectly preserved storage, says
    Peninsula Pops conductor Kim Venaas, who’s always quick to plunk out an antique tune on
    the piano or bring it to the orchestra stage. Above: A long-ago violinist tore this 1800s piece
    of music — and then repaired it with commemorative stamps from the 1901 Pan-American
    Exposition in New York.

                                                                                                                                  Palo Alto Weekly • Friday, May 26, 2006 • Page 9
                                                                                      Arts & Entertainment

Saviors of song
(continued from previous page)
tions, estates, wherever they can.
Many of the treasures are orchestra
arrangements, while others are piano
sheet music songs with peppy illus-
trated covers.
   Venaas estimates he has 170,000
arrangements for big band and jazz
(including some duplicates) stored at
the Paramount Theatre in Oakland.
As for the popular songs favored by
the Pops, the group has some 5,000 in
25 file cabinets and 113 running feet
of steel shelving in a storage unit near
the Palo Alto Airport.
   While the music is carefully ar-
chived, it’s not meant to languish in
storage. Venaas is also giving the old     On a recent trip to Southern California, orchestra members picked up            Some old radio scripts were mixed in with the Southern California col-
tunes their time in the sun — or stage     thousands of pieces of music that were slated for destruction. Most were        lection of music.
lights — again.                            stacked in boxes, unmarked and unorganized.                                     handle it when they realized this was scripts, and pieces of music that had
   Some of this music gets new life on     specially built to show off the piano. Venaas plays tunes he recognizes.        not Mozart.”                             been gifts from composers.
June 4, when the Peninsula Pops play       (This was once their patio; the ce-      “I’m old enough to remember a lot        Turns out the collection was packed      “They’re precious for the auto-
their “Hollywood or Bust!” show at         ment floor is better equipped than of these,” he admits.                        with popular music, including “Cra- graphs alone,” Wilmunder said.
Spangenberg Theatre in Palo Alto.          wood to hold the instrument’s 1,800-     Befera comes to every Pops con-        zy Rhythm.” So Venaas caravaned            Then there’s the music from the
Besides offering up music from such        pound load.)                           cert and is such a fan that he’s begun   down with Pops concertmaster Alan late 1800s that is ripped, apparently
classic and modern movies as “Sin-           All around are music, movie and volunteering public-relations work            Cooper and other musicians to pore because the violinist tore it while
gin’ In the Rain,” “Laura” and “Ti-        theater memorabilia — from 1950s for the group.                                 over the hundreds of cases of music turning the page. The musician then
tanic,” the orchestra will also dip into   programs from San Francisco’s Cur-       “The idea of saving this music is      set to be destroyed.                     pasted the music back together with
the “rescued” collection.                  ran Theater to a lovingly framed just magnificent. It’s music history             With the help of $4,000 raised commemorative stamps from the
   One number is “Crazy Rhythm,”           photo of Frank Sinatra. The couple’s that they’re saving from extinction,”      by Pops supporters, the group has 1901 Pan-American Exposition in
with vocals by tenor Don Gustafson.        collection also includes four pia- he says.                                     acquired and stored a treasure trove Buffalo, New York.
The tune was originally played by or-      nos, two tubas, two accordions, four     Much of the rescued music comes        of three kinds of orchestra music          For those with a morbid curiosity
chestras in the giant movie “palaces”      marimbas, a reed organ and a xylo- from Venaas’ trip to Southern Cali-          (dance, symphony and theater). The about the past, this little tear adds a
between film features.                     phone. Shelves are packed with old fornia earlier this spring. An elderly       collection also includes historic silent particular flair: U.S. President Wil-
   “This was the number-one song in        player piano rolls the couple rescued conductor had died, and his massive       movie music, some of which the or- liam McKinley was assassinated at
1928,” Venaas notes, plunking it out       from an abandoned house after there music collection overwhelmed the lo-        chestra will also play June 4, while the 1901 expo.
on his piano.                              had been a fire in it.                 cal symphony association.                showing a Charlie Chaplin silent.          But modern damage is more mun-
   As he plays, afternoon light filters      The home and the orchestras are        “He collected faster than he could     (See the story on page 11.)              dane, and so the Pops archivists treat
down from four skylights in the Bar-       a source of constant wonder to Vic figure out what he had collected,” Ve-         Also in the collection were Rudy the old music with meticulous care.
ron Park home, in a high-ceilinged         Befera, who nods here and there as naas said. “They didn’t know how to          Vallee and Morton Downey radio Organized by Wilmunder, several
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                                                                                                                           public hearing
     There is music as specific as          Peninsula resident who has pro-
  “Fire-fighters,” “Sea-storm,” and         vided piano accompaniment for
  even “Orgies.” For the perfect            silent films for three decades.
  emotion, why not try “Purity” or          He estimates that of the approxi-
  “Pulsating”?                              mately 11,000 feature-length si-
     With the help of this book and         lent films released from 1913-14
  other old printed music, Venaas           through 1928-29, there were full                                      title    Flood Control Benefit Assessment Rates for Fiscal Year 2006–2007
  pieced together a score for a Char-       orchestral scores written for fewer                                who         Santa Clara Valley Water District (District)
  lie Chaplin silent, “Shanghaied.”         than 50.
  Under his baton, the Peninsula               Mirsalis, who has played at                                    when         Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at 9:40 a.m.
  Pops Orchestra will perform the           such venues as the Castro Theater                                where         Santa Clara Valley Water District Headquarters Building, Board Room
  music along with the film at the          in San Francisco and is a regular                                              5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose
  orchestra’s show on June 4.               pianist at the Pacific Film Archive
     To create the score, Venaas            in Berkeley, typically improvises                                 what         This public hearing will cover the “Flood Control Benefit Assessments Report, 2006-7
  first watched the film to gauge           his scores.                                                                    through 2029-30, Dated May 2006. The written report incorporates by reference a
  its moods. He then went through              Except for those film scenes                                                description of each parcel and the expected amount of assessment under the approved
  some 300 pieces of music, match-          when a character takes out a re-                                               formula for each parcel within the flood control zones of the District. At the hearing, the
  ing them with scenes and often            cord and plays it — and the title                                              Board of Directors will hear any and all protests. At the conclusion of the hearing, the
  cutting them short.                       is visible. Then Mirsalis often has                                            Board may adopt or revise any assessment and will make its determination upon each
     For example, a piece called            to research the old song.                                                      assessment referred to in the report.
  “Treacherous Knave” made a                   If not, he said with humor, “In-                                            A copy of the report may be inspected at the Office of the Clerk of the Board at the above
  perfect match to a scene in which         variably there’ll be one codger                                                address at any time during business hours. Copies of the report have also been placed
  characters are plotting, he said.         in the audience who’ll say, ‘You                                               and may be viewed at the following locations:
  It was written expressly for si-          didn’t play the right music.’” ■
  lent films, as were all his pieces                                                                                       Hillview Branch Library                        Milpitas City Hall                            San Jose City Hall
                                                                                                                           2255 Ocala Ave.                                455 E. Calaveras Blvd.                        200 E. Santa Clara St.
                                                                                                                           San Jose                                       Milpitas                                      San Jose
Pops members store the pieces in ar-          And in the end, that’s what preserv-
chival envelopes made with acid-free        ing this music is all about: melding it                                        Cupertino City Hall                            Milpitas Community                            Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
paper and catalogue them.                   into the present and the future. The                                           10300 Torre Ave.                               Library                                       Library
                                                                                                                           Cupertino                                      40 N. Milpitas Blvd.                          150 East San Fernando St.
   “Part of the process is documenting      tunes may hit a nostalgic chord from                                                                                          Milpitas                                      San Jose
the identified damaged music and to         the past, but they still move us in the                                        Gilroy Branch Library
find the best method of repair,” Wil-       here and now.                                                                  7387 Rosanna St.                               Morgan Hill City Hall                         Pearl Avenue Library
munder said. Music may be marred              Venaas, ever the ebullient conduc-                                           Gilroy                                         17555 Peak Ave.                               4270 Pearl Ave.
by water, mildew, mice nibbles or           tor, suddenly gets choked up as he                                                                                            Morgan Hill                                   San Jose
                                                                                                                           Gilroy City Hall
sticky insects.                             recalls a Pops show last year, when                                            7351 Rosanna St.                               Mountain View City Hall                       Santa Clara
   Wilmunder plans to seek out spe-         Venaas pulled Wilmunder out of the                                             Gilroy                                         500 Castro St.                                Central Park Library
cialists, such as Stanford University       cello section to dance with her.                                                                                              Mountain View                                 2635 Homestead Rd.
                                                                                                                           Los Altos City Hall                                                                          Santa Clara
library preservation workers, to help         A man and a woman in the audi-                                               1 North San Antonio Rd.                        Mountain View
properly restore the music.                 ence were moved, and when their                                                Los Altos                                      Public Library                                Sunnyvale City Hall
   When the Pops play the old music,        50th anniversary rolled around the                                                                                            585 Franklin St.                              Annex Building
                                                                                                                           Los Gatos Town Hall                            Mountain View                                 603 All America Way South
they use photocopies, Venaas said.          next week they remembered the Pops,                                            110 East Main St.
“I never let the originals out of our       Venaas said, still blinking.                                                                                                                                                Sunnyvale
                                                                                                                           Los Gatos                                      Palo Alto City Hall
hands.” He hopes ultimately to digi-          “The man danced with his wife for                                                                                           250 Hamilton Ave.
tize the music, but is concerned about      the first time in years,” he said ■                                                                                           Palo Alto
the damage a scanner might cause.
   The Pops, of course, are not alone                                                                                      NOTE: To secure information on an individual parcel assessment, you must know
in preserving old music. Duke Uni-             What: The Peninsula Pops                                                    your Assessor Parcel Number (APN number). If you do not know it, call the County
versity is known for its collection of       show “Hollywood or Bust!” in-                                                 Assessor at (408) 299-5570, give them your name and street address and request
sheet music, said to contain some            cluding movie music and older                                                 your APN number. Using that parcel number, you can learn your proposed
20,000 items mostly from 1830 to             tunes rescued from destruction                                                assessment by calling the Santa Clara Valley Water District Tax Assessment Hotline
1930. One can read the music on the          by the orchestra.                                                             at (408) 265-2607, ext. 2810.
library’s Web site at www.lib.duke.            Where: Spangenberg The-                                                     Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate persons with disabilities wishing to attend this public hearing. To RSVP for the meeting, request
                                                                                                                           accommodations for disabilities or for additional information on attending this hearing, please contact the Clerk of the Board Office, Santa Clara
edu/music.                                   atre, 780 Arastradero Road,                                                                                                                                                                       ,
                                                                                                                           Valley Water District, (408) 265-2600. Interpreters for this hearing can be arranged. Please call (408) 265-2607 ext. 2270 at least three days
                                             Palo Alto                                                                     prior to the hearing.
   The Parlor Songs Association, a                                                                                         Este aviso es para informarle sobre una reunión pública del Distrito de Aguas del Valle de Santa Clara (Santa Clara Valley Water District).
nonprofit in Washington, also col-             When: 3 p.m. June 4                                                         Estamos convocando al público a que nos den sus comentarios para ayudarnos a planificar este proyecto. Si necesita servicios especiales para
                                                                                                                           personas con discapacidades, un intérprete en español o más información sobre la reunión, por favor llámenos al menos tres días antes de la
lects sheet music but does something           Cost: Tickets are $10-$18.                                                  reunión al (408) 265-2607, extensión 2297.
a little different with it. Besides keep-      Info: Call (650) 856-8432 or                                                Ito ay isang paunawa tungkol sa pampublikong pagpupulong ng Santa Clara Valley Water District. Kumukuha kami ng kuro-kuro mula sa publiko
                                                                                                                           upang tulungan kami sa pagpaplano ng proyektong ito. Makipag-ugnayan sa amin sa loob ng tatlong araw bago ang araw ng pagpupulong
ing 5,000 pieces of music in acid-free       go to www.peninsulapops.org.                                                  kung kailangan ng akomodasyon para sa may kapansanan, kung kailangan ng tagasalin sa wikang Tagalog o kung kailangan ng karagdagang
                                                                                                                           impormasyon. Mangyaring tumawag sa (408) 265-2607 extension 3714.
poly bags and a temperature-con-                                                                                           Thoâng baùo cuûa Nha Caáp Nöôùc Santa Clara Valley (Santa Clara Valley Water District) veà buoåi hoïp daønh cho coâng chuùng.
trolled storage unit, the Parlor Songs                                                                                     Chuùng toâi ñang thu thaäp yù kieán cuûa coâng chuùng ñeå giuùp chuùng toâi laäp keá hoaïch cho döï aùn naøy.
                                                                                                                           Xin lieân laïc vôùi chuùng toâi ít nhaát ba ngaøy tröôùc buoåi hoïp neáu quyù vò caàn caùc giuùp ñôõ ñaëc bieät
folks also create electronic online          About the cover:                                                              cho ngöôøi khuyeát taät, hay neáu quyù vò caàn thoâng dòch vieân tieáng Vieät, hoaëc neáu quyù vò muoán
                                                                                                                           bieát theâm chi tieát veà buoåi hoïp. Xin goïi cho chuùng toâi ôû soá
versions of the songs that folks can         A wealth of old printed music                                                 (408) 265-2607, soá chuyeån tieáp (ext) 2632.

listen to at www.parlorsongs.net.            is in the Palo Alto home of
   This makes for an interesting jux-        conductor Kim Venaas and
taposition of eras: using a modern           cellist Alicia Wilmunder. Pho-
machine to hear a 1905 rendition of          tograph by Adam Heyman.
“Turkey in the Straw.”
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                                                                                               one of her positions in “The Blue          Location: Milpitas, CA     Monday, July 17th
                                                                                               Angel”: one leg high in the air over
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                                                                                               Smuin in the past 12 years while                                                                Or call Lydia at 408.573.5611
                                                                                               taking care of her two children,
                                                                                               working as the associate director
                                                                                               of the Smuin Ballet, and attending
                                                                                               school part-time, earning credits
                                                                                               towards obtaining her bachelor’s
                                                                                                  “It was definitely a juggling act,”
                                                                                               Fushille-Burke said. “There were
                                                                                               some years where I’d get to the end
                                                                                               of a season and I’d look back at my
                                                                                               agenda and I’d think, ‘How did I
                                                                                               survive another year?’ On top of
                                                                                               my dancing schedule, rehearsing,
                                                                                               performing and traveling, I’d have
                                                                                               to line up the carpools to soccer and
                                                                                               piano and leave meals frozen in the
                                                                                                  Even as she plans to continue
                                                                                   Tom Hauck

                                                                                               on as Smuin’s associate director,
                                                                                               Fushille-Burke says she knows it’s
                                                                                               the right time to conclude her stage
Celia Fushille-Burke, pictured in Smuin Ballet’s “The Blue Angel,” has                         career
performed 113 roles with Smuin in the last 12 years. She’s planning to                            “Our schedule is a very grueling
retire from the stage after the current performances with the company.                         schedule, dancing seven or eight
                                                                                               shows a week, and it just gets harder
       Dance for the ears                                                                      and harder when you get older. I see
                                                                                               why Barry Bonds doesn’t do a day
                                                                                               game after a night game,” she said.
    Smuin Ballet choreographer takes his cues from the                                         “I think in a lot of ways it hasn’t hit
     music, and doesn’t mind if audiences sing along                                           me yet. Intellectually, I feel like it’s
                                                                                               the right time for me to be stop-
                           by Adena      DeMonte                                               ping.”
                                                                                                  During her 12 years with Smuin,

         hether creating a narrative      The score will be a recording of
         dance performed to Willie        London’s Philharmonia Orchestra                      Fushille-Burke said a major chal-
         Nelson or Frank Sinatra          conducted by Robert Craft, with                      lenge was that she never knew what
songs, or a non-linear piece set to       the Simon Joly Chorale singing the                   to expect when approaching a new
a choral Stravinsky work in Latin,        Latin psalms.                                        ballet.
Smuin Ballet choreographer Mi-              Smuin discovered the music in                         “Michael’s work is different from
chael Smuin dives head-first into         1970, when he attended a live per-                   most choreographers because he has
the score.                                formance conducted by Leonard                        such a varied background,” she said.
   He learns every note, every lyric      Bernstein.                                           “When you have a classical chore-
and meaning prior to choreograph-           Meanwhile, “Fly Me to the                          ographer that’s only done that, it’s
ing a new piece. While few of his         Moon,” performed against a glow-                     going to shape the choreography in
works start with a story, the major-      ing backdrop of the night sky, fea-                  a certain direction. But Michael has
ity of his ballets are inspired by a      tures many of Frank Sinatra’s stan-                  such a broad wealth of styles.”
specific tune.                            dard tunes. The work made its world                     As for Smuin, he says he doesn’t
   “Music always takes you in             premiere at the Palace of Fine Arts                  seek a consistent style in his work;
the direction of what you want to         Theatre in San Francisco in October                  nor does he think about an audience
say,” said the Tony Award-winning         2004, and Smuin said it has been                     when creating a new piece.
                                                                                                  “If I can please myself, I think I
Smuin, who has choreographed for          a favorite among audiences. The
both stage and screen. “If you listen     piece has also been performed in                     can please an audience, because I’m
to the music, the composers, it tells     New York and Italy.                                  a very tough audience,” he said. ■                                                May 18-29
you what to do.”                            “I think American music is great.                                                                                                    Taube Tennis Center
   The San Francisco-based Smuin          They’re tiny little masterpieces in                     What: The Smuin Ballet per-
Ballet will travel to Mountain View       themselves,” Smuin said.                              forms three works: “The Blue                                                     Stanford, California
this month, with shows featuring a          “Is Beethoven better than Ger-                      Angel,” “Fly Me to the Moon”                                                     Hosted by Stanford University
diverse grouping of Smuin’s works         shwin?” he asked, then came to an                     and “Symphony of Psalms.”                                                        For tickets call
and one of the final on-stage perfor-     immediate conclusion: “No, but it’s                     Where: Mountain View Cen-                                                      800/STANFORD
mances of longtime company mem-           just as good.”                                        ter for the Performing Arts, 500
ber ballerina Celia Fushille-Burke.         Sometimes the audience begins to                    Castro St.
   From May 31 through June 4,            sing along with Sinatra’s tunes dur-                    When: May 31 through June                                         On May 18-21, fans can capture the thrills,
the 16 dancers will present the           ing the ballet, Smuin said.                           4: Wednesday through Friday                                         excitement, challenges and spirit of NCAA
dances “The Blue Angel,” “Fly Me            “If they get involved and burst                     at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8                                      championships at this free, high-powered
to the Moon,” and “Symphony of            out singing, that’s just fine with me.                p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.                                              interactive event located next to Taube
Psalms.”                                  They don’t have to watch either,”                       Cost: $36-$45, with dis-                                          Tennis Center!
   Each of the three dances is drasti-    Smuin said. “If you don’t like the                    counts available for seniors,
cally different from the others.          ballet just shut your eyes and listen                 students and groups of 10 or                         For more information go to www.gostanford.com
   “Symphony of Psalms,” Smuin’s          to the music.”                                        more
second world premiere of the                In the third piece of the trio, “The                  Info: Call (650) 903-6000 or
season, will be performed to the          Blue Angel,” ballerina Fushille-                      go to www.smuinballet.org.                                                                              www.NCAAsports.com
Stravinsky score of the same name.        Burke stars in her final performanc-
                                                                                                                                                                    Palo Alto Weekly • Friday, May 26, 2006 • Page 13
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    O pera    BAY                                                                                                                                                                                                               to see him here exercise more seri-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ous acting muscle.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I should note that humor
                                                                                            BY IGOR STRAVINSKY                                                                                                                  abounds in the piece, and Curley
                                                                                                              (IN ENGLISH WITH
                                                                                                                 ENGLISH TITLES)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and Stokes have more than enough
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                comic skills to bring it out — but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                by and large the tone is thought-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ful, and Curley delivers honest,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                heartfelt portrayals of two differ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ent characters.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Curley is ably matched by a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                charming Stokes, whose grin and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                demeanor reminded me of a perky
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sally Fields, but whose voice is all
                                                                                                                CONDUCTOR                                                                                                       Broadway belt and then some. She
                                                                                                          Mary Chun                                                                                                             has to sustain a big voice and big
                                                                                                          STAGE DIRECTOR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                emotion to go with it in practically
                                                                                                 Jonathon Field
                                 May 27,
                                 June 2, 3                                                        Lucie Stern Theatre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No earthshaking
                                 8:00 pm                                                                     Palo Alto                                                                                                          here — just a
                                 May 28,                                                          Middlefield at Melville                                                                                                       touching, funny show.
                                 June 4                                                                          Tickets $50
                                 2:00 pm                                                             Youth & Students    $25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the entire show, and yet she does
                              For tickets call the West Bay Opera Box Office                                                                                                                                                    so seemingly effortlessly. She also
   221 Lambert Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306 • 650-424-9999                                                                                                                                                                         knows how to keep the emotion in
                                           Monday- Friday, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.                                                                                                                                                      check, in a show where it could
           Tickets may also be purchased online at www.wbopera.org                                                                                                                                                              otherwise become maudlin.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Stokes and Curley have tremen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                dous chemistry, an easy rapport
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                with each other that makes their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                stage relationships hum with be-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                lievability. And this is not your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                typical love story — you’ll just
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                have to see it to know what I
                                                                                                                                           David Curley and Kristin Stokes take on the title roles in “john & jen.”                Ron Gasparinetti’s abstracted set
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                provides an expansive and simple
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                backdrop for the evolving land-

                                                                                                                                                               A tender tale                                                    scape of the stories, allowing our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                imaginations to take wing. Ben
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hemmen’s evocative lighting de-
                                                                                                                                                       Bus Barn’s “john & jen” muses on family                                  sign helps to define the space, and
                                                                                                                          *                                 as both blessing and challenge                                      creates expressive atmosphere.
                                                                      (one-way based on round trip)
                                                                                                   pp                                                                          by Jeanie Forte
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   My only caveat is that the ampli-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                fied music is sometimes very loud,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                so that any nuance is lost. I would

                                                                                                                                                 different kind of heart is the        relationships as both blessing and

       SUN FUN                                                                                                                                   subject of this surprisingly
                                                                                                                                                 charming piece.
                                                                                                                                              Bus Barn Stage Company brings
                                                                                                                                           to light a little-known work by the
                                                                                                                                           latest Broadway wunderkind, An-
                                                                                                                                                                                         It is, after all, in the crucible of
                                                                                                                                                                                       family where our identities are
                                                                                                                                                                                       forged; we are defined so much by
                                                                                                                                                                                       our interaction with family, our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                have liked the volume scaled back
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                a notch or two, to save eardrums
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and allow for more vocal styling.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   I’ve been looking forward to see-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ing this rarely produced musical
                                                                                                                                           drew Lippa, in the sweet musical            conflicts and resemblances, our          all year, and was not disappointed.
                                                                                                                                           “john & jen.” Lippa has won all             attempts to break away or to re-         The unusual story, fine cast, and
                                                                                                                                           kinds of awards, for his version of         join. Lippa and Greenwald capture        pleasing production values com-
                                                                                                                                           “Wild Party,” and for his epic un-          all of this in the microcosm of two      bine to create an appealing and
                                                                                                                                           dertaking in a musical of “A Lit-           seemingly ordinary relationships,        stimulating evening of theater. ■
                                                                                                                                           tle Princess.” Here he’s partnered          and bring us to a place of maturity
                                                                      STOCKHOLM .                     .   .$475*pp                         with lyricist Tom Greenwald, in             and healing.                                 What: “john & jen,” a musical
                                                                      GLASGOW . . .                   .   .$476*pp                         what was Lippa’s first recognized             It’s really a chamber musical,          with music by Andrew Lippa,
        24 HOURS OF DAYLIGHT                                                                                   *                           work in 1995.                               with only two actors, and re-             lyrics by Tom Greenwald, and
                                                                      LONDON . . . .                  .   . 476 pp
                                                                                                                                              John (David Curley) and Jen              sembles an operetta more than a           book by Lippa and Greenwald,
                                                                      AMSTERDAM .                     .   .$495*pp                         (Kristin Stokes) are siblings               musical, since there’s very little        presented by the Bus Barn
              YOUR WAY                                                                                                                     whom we follow from John’s birth            dialogue. The music is almost             Stage Company
                                                                      COPENHAGEN                      .   . 505 pp
                                                                                                           $   *
                                                                                                                                           through young adulthood. Their              continuous, flowing from song                Where: Bus Barn Theatre,
                                                                      OSLO . . . . . .                .   .$523*pp                         relationship predictably waxes              to song, and has all the delight-         97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos, CA
                                                                      FRANKFURT . .                   .    $   *
                                                                                                          . 555 pp                         and wanes, but also follows a spe-          ful trademarks of Lippa’s musical         94022
                                                                                                                                           cific trajectory as they deal with          lexicon. The effect is luscious and          When: Through June 10, with
                                                                      PARIS . . . . . .               .   .$555*pp
                                                                                                                                           an abusive father and life in the           light, with waves of music rolling        8 p.m. shows Thursday through
                                                                      HELSINKI . . .                  .   . 570 pp
                                                                                                           $   *
                                                                                                                                           turbulent ‘60s.                             out over the audience.                    Saturday, Sunday, May 28, at
                                                                                                                                              There’s a surprise at the end              Ultimately, it’s a bittersweet          7 p.m.; Wednesday, May 31, at
                                                                                                                                           of Act 1, and the show morphs               and tender story. No earthshaking         7 p.m., and Sunday, June 4, at
                                                                                                                                           into a different relationship with          here, no epic wars or causes — just       8 p.m.
                                                                                                                                           the same actors. Without giving             something unpretentious and real,            Cost: Tickets are $20-$28.
                                                                                                                                           away more, suffice it to say that           touching, funny, and warm.                   Info: Call (650) 941-0551 or
                                                                      Contact your travel agent, call                                      the show is a musing on familial              I might not feel that way, howev-       go to www.busbarn.org.
                                                                      (877) 435-7905 or visit                                                                                          er, if it weren’t for the superb duo
                                                                      www.icelandair.com.Ice                                                                                           of performers who carry the entire
                                                                                                                                                                                       show on their shoulders — or per-
                                                                                                                                                                                       haps on their vocal chords. It’s the        There’s a whole lot more about
                                                                                                                                               Stanford Medical School Blood Center    kind of show that might fall flat in      the local arts scene on Weekly
                                                                                                                                                                                       lesser talents.                           arts editor Rebecca Wallace’s
                                                                           www.icelandair.com                                                                                                                                    blog — like the new posting that
                                                                                                                                            Share a part of your life –                  Curley is just right for this role:
                                   * Departing SFO. Airfares valid for new purchases only, are determined by departure date and                                                        his beautiful vocals soar in Lippa’s      gives a sneak preview of Stanford
                                   are one-way based on round-trip purchase per person. No adv. purchase; must be ticketed                         Give blood                                                                    Lively Arts’ 2006-07 season. Go
                                   within 48 hours; requires membership in Icelandair Customer Club – signup possible at airport;                                                      challenging style, and his acting
Saturday night min stay; 3 months max stay; valid for outbound travel 02-31AUG06; last ticket date 31MAY06. Tickets are
                                                                                                                                                    1-888-723-7831                     is spot on. Having last seen him          to www.PaloAltoOnline.com and
nonrefundable; change fee of $150pp within validity of fare.Take-A-Break in Iceland for up to 7 nights in either direction. Personal                                                                                             click on Ad Libs.
travel insurance not included. Other restrictions apply. Seats are limited. Prices quoted are exclusive of applicable taxes and official    http://BloodCenter.Stanford.edu            camping it up in Foothill’s “Uri-
charges by destination of approx. $90-$150, including the September 11th Security Fee.                                                                                                 netown,” I found it a true pleasure
Page 14 • Friday, May 26, 2006 • Palo Alto Weekly
                                                        Arts & Entertainment
                                                                                                                                     News Reporter
            Worth a Look                                                                         All will be revealed in “The Com-
                                                                                              edy of Errors,” now running at the
                                                                                                                                     The Voice, an award-winning community newspaper,
                                                                                                                                     seeks a fulltime reporter to tackle local education
                                                                                                                                     and other community issues, break stories and work
                                                                                                                                     under deadline. Candidates must be self-motivated
                                                                                                                                     and eager to learn, working with experienced editors
                                                                                              performing arts department at
                                                                                                                                     in a creative environment. Experience preferred.
                                                                                              Gunn High School. Hint: expect
                                                                                              frivolity and chaos, and perhaps a
                                                                                              few roles being played by actors of
                                                                                              the opposite gender.
                                                                                                                                     Please e-mail a cover letter, resume and two or
                                                                                                 There are performances tonight      three writing samples to Don Frances at
                                                                                              and tomorrow at 8 p.m. in the cen-
                                                                                              ter quad of the high school, 780
                                                                                                                                     editor@mv-voice.com or fax to 964-0294. The
                                                                                              Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Tick-     mailing address is 655 West Evelyn Ave., Suite 3
                                                                                              ets are $8; call (650) 354-8258.
                                                                                                                                     Mountain View, CA 94041
Otak Jump

            West Bay Opera concludes its 50th season with a production of Stravin-
            sky’s “The Rake’s Progress.” Pictured are, from left: Kirk Eichelberger
            as Nick Shadow, Gerald Seminatore as Tom Rakewell and Rhoslyn
            Jones as Anne Trulove.
                                                     bring a folding chair. Tickets are $15

            ‘The Rake’s Progress’
                                                     at the door.
                                                       Call (650) 325-YOGA or go to
               You might just want to trust your
                                                     Bluegrass day                            The Teen Dance Company brings
            instincts about making a deal with
                                                       It’s all bluegrass, all afternoon      “Tributes,” a program taking a
            the devil. Or maybe you should go
                                                     and evening long, at a house in          look at the human existence, to
            for it — then you might get an op-
                                                     Mountain View that will host blue-       the Mountain View Center for the
            era written about you.
                                                     grass workshops, a concert and           Performing Arts this weekend.
               Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Prog-
            ress,” praised for its poetic English    jamming this Memorial Day.
            libretto, follows a fellow as his for-
            tunes ebb and flow after he opts
            for that fateful handshake. It’s being
            presented by West Bay Opera this
                                                       Workshops on all bluegrass in-
                                                     struments at various levels run from
                                                     1:30 to 3 p.m., and after a break the
                                                     Alaska band Bearfoot Bluegrass
                                                                                                 It’s an ambitious program, to say
                                                     will play a concert from 4 to 6 p.m.     the least. “Tributes,” a program
            weekend and next.                                                                 being presented by the pre-pro-
                The tale of Tom Rakewell is fu-      Open jamming with the band fol-
                                                     lows.                                    fessional Teen Dance Company
            eled by such cast members as ten-                                                 this weekend, “comments on the
            or Gerald Seminatore as Rakewell,          It all happens at the Nagle/
                                                     Zacanti home at 1035 Barbara             human existence,” according to
            soprano Rhoslyn Jones as Anne                                                     organizers.
            Trulove, and baritone Kirk Eichel-       Ave. (off Miramonte Ave. The fee for
                                                     workshops is $30, and workshops             Topics set to be covered include
            berger as Nick Shadow. The music                                                  historical moments, the human
            director/conductor is Mary Chun,         will be organized once all the stu-
                                                     dents have arrived.                      psyche, culture and the environ-
            and the stage director is Jonathon                                                ment. You might want to see it
            Field.                                     Call (650) 965-7936 or email
                                                     azacanti@pacbell.net for more in-        twice.
               Performances are at the Lucie                                                     The dance company, which in-
            Stern Theatre at 1305 Middlefield        formation.
                                                                                              cludes Palo Alto dancers Bret East-
            Road in Palo Alto, taking place at                                                erling and Emily Hedge, takes the
            8 p.m. on May 27 and June 2-3,
            and at 2 p.m. on May 28 and June
            4. Tickets are $50 ($46 on June
            2), with discounts for youth and
                                                     ‘The Comedy of Errors’
                                                                                              stage at the Mountain View Center
                                                                                              for the Performing Arts at 500 Cas-
                                                                                              tro St. this Saturday at 8 p.m. and
                                                                                              Sunday at 1 p.m.
            students.                                  What happens when two sets of
                                                                                                 Tickets are $25 for adults and
               Call (650) 424-9999 or go to          twin brothers get separated as ba-
                                                                                              $20 for students, children and se-
            www.wbopera.org.                         bies by a shipwreck, and the pairs
                                                                                              niors. Call (650) 903-6000 or go to
                                                     end up in rival towns? Now, come
                                                                                              www.teendancecompany.org for
                                                     on, haven’t you read your Shake-

                                                                                              more information.

               If yoga mellows you out and
            Celtic music gives a reassuring
                                                                           A & E digest
            back rub to your soul, you may be
                                                         SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS... Two very artistic Palo Alto students
            the picture of serenity at a concert
                                                      are in the running for $10,000 higher-education scholarships from
            this Saturday night.
                                                      the Steve Silver Foundation/Beach Blanket Babylon.
                Susan Craig Winsberg and her
                                                         Paly senior Bret Easterling is a finalist in the category of dance.
            band, Blackwaterside, are sched-
                                                      His resume already includes performances with TheatreWorks and a
            uled to perform traditional Scottish
                                                      featured-dancer stint in the Fiona Apple video “Paper Bag.”
            and Irish music at 7:30 p.m. at Dar-
                                                         In the voice category, Sophie Delphis of Castilleja School has also
            shana Yoga at 654 High St. in Palo
                                                      been named a finalist. She’s planning to continue her studies in mu-
            Alto. Winsberg plays the flute, while
                                                      sic at the New England Conservatory.
            Christa Burch sings, Sean Clegg
                                                         Other Peninsula finalists are Los Altos resident Haley Selmon and
            does guitar duties, and Tim Blair
                                                      Woodside resident Arielle Rothman, both in the voice category.
            plays percussion and recorders.
                                                         The finalists will compete on June 5 by performing at Club Fugazi
               The audience will mostly recline
                                                      in San Francisco. More information is at www.beachblanketbabylon.
            on yoga mats and blankets on the
            floor, but attendees are welcome to
                                                                                                                                                     Palo Alto Weekly • Friday, May 26, 2006 • Page 15
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                                                                                                                               651 Maloney Lane, Menlo Park

                                                                                                                                Sicilian Menu • Family owned

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                                                                                Hunan Garden 565-8868                         nites to 11pm, Weekends to 12pm
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                                  Armadillo Willy’s 941-2922              Incredible Seafood, Vegetables • 7 days                 Palo Alto Sol 328-8840
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                                      Range: $5.00-13.00                           Ming’s 856-7700                             Huge menu • Homestyle Recipes
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  Eating Out                                                                                                     RESTAURANT REVIEW
                                                                                                               Two recent dinners, when the res-            Pecorino Romano cheese. The                  sweet-sour pomegranate and huck-
                                                                                                               taurant was two-and-a-half and               cheese turned gooey in the soup.             leberry compote.
                                                                                                               two-and-three-quarters months                The menu claimed “tender hearts                 The rest of the appetizers ranged
                                                                                                               old, could hardly have been more             of baby Romaine” for the Caesar              in price from seared foie gras with
                                                                                                               different.                                   salad ($9), but our leaves were soft         black truffle ice cream ($22) to a
                                                                                                                   Maybe Mantra just needed to              and mature. Rolled lengthwise into           bread basket ($7), each excessive
                                                                                                               reach a ripe old three months to             rings of rock-crispy Parmesan bri-           in its own way.
                                                                                                               settle down.                                 oche, the salad rested horizontally             Entrees also had a lot going on,
                                                                                                                 The redo of Stoa restaurant,               on thick, garlicky anchovy dress-            but both pancetta-wrapped sword-
                                                                                                               which redid longtime Peninsula               ing. And there was foam.                     fish with hints of chocolate ($26)
                                                                                                               favorite Higashi West, is quite                 All form, little function were            and honey-glazed breast of duck
                                                                                                               beautiful. Industrial-high ceilings,         these appetizers.                            with pickled rhubarb ice cream
                                                                                                               natural light and wall sconces show             But the two entrées worked                ($26) were impossible to put down.
                                                                                                               off colorful contemporary Indian             nicely. You may well wonder how              Also, they were small.
                                                                                                               art (Picasso plays sitar). Sleek sil-        a tandoori mixed grill, without all             Desserts, as my companion put it,
                                                                                                               verware and crisp white cloths               the dals and whistles that usually           were “all semantics and no syntax.”
                                                                                                               cover tables. Low lounge seating             accompany this Indian entrée, can            Studies of this and that without a
                                                                                                               and a dark granite-topped bar raise          cost $21. It’s because the meats are         unifying plan. The best feature of a
                                                                                                               a third possibility for Mantra’s fu-         high-quality and cooked perfectly.           trio of crèmes brûlées ($8) was the
                                                                                                               ture: watering hole.                         Chicken, lamb sausage, lamb kebab            accompanying Meyer lemon/hazel-
                                                                                                                 In any case, my first dinner at            and a prawn posed handsomely on              nut cookie.
                                                                                                               Mantra was pretty much a disas-              the plate, with mango chutney and               Fruits and nuts ($11) were like
                                                                                                               ter. We could have learned another           garlic naan on the side. Veal ten-           a high-toned Chex Mix that came
                                                                                                               language in the time it took for ap-         derloin ($27) was superb, and more           with strawberry and blueberry jam.
                                                                                                               petizers to arrive, and we weren’t           nourishing than its size would lead          Vanilla ice cream would have been
                                                                                                               alone. At one point, only one table          you to think, on a little round bed of       nice.
                                                                                                               in the main dining room had any              potato gratin. The meat was topped              Overall, Mantra is keeping alive
                                                                                                               food. When we got naan and very              with woodsy chopped cèpe mush-               the East-West tradition of this Em-
                                                                                                               good cilantro-mint chutney, our              rooms and Madeira-truffle jus.               erson Street space, but at its best
                                                                                                               closest neighbors (and they were                By this time we had been sitting          Higashi West bridged the gap much
                                                                                                               very close) noticed and had to ask           too long to think positively about           more gracefully. ■
                                                                                                               the waiter, why not them? But then,          dessert.
                                                                                                               nothing else came for nearly half an            A week later, the staff had gotten
                                                                                                               hour and we ate too much naan.               its shtick together. Just about every
                                                                                                                 Oh wait, there was something.              dish was stunning in some way, and               632 Emerson St., Palo Alto.
                                                                                                               The chef’s amuse bouche, the tiny            the black-shirted, brightly neck-tied          (650) 322-3500
                                                                                                               gift that usually kicks off the meal,        wait staff delivered the goods in a              Hours: Lunch 11 a..m.-2
                                                                                                               that came about 20 minutes into the          timely manner. I brought a knowl-              p.m. Mon.-Sat. Brunch 10
                                                                                               Adam Heyman

                                                                                                               wait. It involved beans and black            edgeable companion, but his Hindi              a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sun. Dinner 5-
                                                                                                               truffle oil on a slip of arugula with        turned out not to be necessary.                10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 5-11 p.m.
                                                                                                               tomato coulis.                                  First up, an amuse bouche featur-           Fri.-Sat.
                                                                                                                 Wines by the glass arrived way             ing smoked salmon and radish pu-                 www.mantrapaloalto.com
                                                                                                               after the food they were supposed            rée. Then, a bottle of crisp, menu-
    Mantra is housed in a sleek redo of the former Stoa restaurant. Inside                                     to accompany.                                friendly Sula Sauvignon blanc                   ✔ Reservations          Catering
    is low lounge seating, along with a dark granite-topped bar.                                                 OK, so it was a bad hair day for           ($22), one of the few wines from                ✔ Credit cards          Outdoor
                                                                                                               Mantra’s service department. For             India, and possibly the cheapest.                                       seating

               What’s your Mantra?                                                                             the kitchen it was more of a mixed
                                                                                                               bag, starting, at long last, with two
                                                                                                                                                               Appetizers were spectacular.
                                                                                                                                                            Glistening slices of raw yellow-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ✔ Lot Parking
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ✔ Full Bar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Noise level:
                                                                                                               weird appetizers. Young garlic               fin tuna ($14) were interwoven
          From foie gras to tandoori chicken, Palo Alto’s                                                      and spring onion soup ($9) was               with soybeans and mini-chunks                   ✔ Takeout               Bathroom
                new restaurant is all over the map                                                             poured from a teapot over a petite           of gelled sour citrus juice (yuzu).             ✔ Highchairs
                                    by Sheila Himmel                                                           smoked tomato custard, with a top            Roasted quail ($13) was tenderly
                                                                                                               hat of grilled asparagus and shaved          chewy, with braised greens and                  ✔ Wheelchair

              antra is either going to be          India in their Frenchy California
              a fun place for well-heeled          cuisine, or just another overpriced                                                                                                                      ✔ Banquet
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              diners to enjoy hints of             restaurant in downtown Palo Alto.

NOW SERVING                                     Chez TJ, 938 Villa St., Mountain View                        p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to     China Cafe, 1760 Miramonte Ave., Moun-        St., Mountain View (650) 941-4373
Following are condensed versions, in alpha-     (650) 964-7466                                               11 p.m. (Reviewed October 7, 2005)            tain View (650) 968-2298                      The menu at China Wok, a family-owned
betical order, of longer restaurant reviews     Chez TJ offers delicious and beautifully                     Chili’s Grill and Bar, 700 El Camino Real,    Cozy and quiet Chinese restaurant with        and operated restaurant, contains a wide
published in the Weekly over the past several   presented contemporary French cuisine                        Menlo Park (650) 321-0330                     attentive service. Sit-down, delivery and     variety of reasonably priced Szechwan
years. This week’s reviews begin where the      in a charming restored Victorian house.                      Chain restaurant serving burgers, sand-       catering menus available. Daily 11:30 a.m.-   dishes. Daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m. $$$
list ended one week ago.                        Four to seven course prix-fixe menus that                    wiches, soups, salads and lots of bar         2:30 p.m., 4:30-9 p.m. $$                     Cho’s Mandarin Dim Sum, 213 California
Price Guide: (Beverages not included in         change every two weeks. Tue.-Thurs.                          snacks. Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Fri.    China Delight, 461 Emerson St., Palo          Ave., Palo Alto (650) 326-4632
average meal prices) $ - Average meal per       5:30-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $$$$                    11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun.   Alto (650) 326-6065                           What it lacks in comfort and beauty Cho’s
person less than $10 $$ - Average meal          (Reviewed July 7, 2000)                                      11 a.m.-10 p.m. $$                            China Delight has been around for about       makes up for potstickers and other pork
$10-$15 $$$ - $15-$20 $$$$ - Above $20          Chicken Ranch, 425 University Ave, Palo                      China Best, 883 Hamilton Ave., Menlo          eight years, a well-known Szechwan-Man-       dumplings. Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.;
                                                Alto (650) 328-1965                                          Park (650) 323-7759                           darin alternative to the food of its more     Sun. 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. $ (Reviewed , )
Chevy’s, 2116 W. El Camino Real, Moun-          This small restaurant offers well-seasoned,                                                                incendiary neighbor, Jing Jing, and a com-    Chris’s Fish & Chips, 209 First St., Los
tain View (650) 691-9955                                                                                     Lots of favorite dishes: pot stickers, mu
                                                smoky, fall-off-the-bone-tender chicken                      shu, chow fun, and a variety of other meat    ponent of a perfect downtown Palo Alto        Altos (650) 948-6155 This is fried fish
Chevys comes through with the best Mexi-        featured in a number of dishes from wraps                                                                  evening of movies at the Aquarius. Lunch:     heaven and the chips (fries to us Yanks) are
can food on the Midpeninsula. Favorites                                                                      and vegetable dishes. The appetizers also
                                                to soup to salads. Good lunch options                        include cheese won tons. Mon.-Fri. 11         Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner: Mon.-     equally wonderful. Beach casual, friendly
include fajitas, tacos, seafood platters.       include a jerk chicken wrap and a rotisserie                                                               Thu. 5-9:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5-10 p.m., Sun.   atmosphere. Daily 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. $$
Huge chain restaurant with a phone-ahead                                                                     a.m.-3 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
                                                chicken sandwich on soft ciabatta bread.                     Dinner served daily from 4 to 9 p.m           5-9 p.m. $ (Reviewed May 29, 1998)            (Reviewed September 6, 2001)
waiting list. Children’s menu. Sun.-Thu. 11     Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10
a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. $$                                                                                                                 China Wok Restaurant, 2633 California                        (continued on next page)

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                                                                                                                                                                           Eating Out
        We use the BEST recipes,                                                                                                   (continued from previous page)                    University, Palo Alto (650) 725-4758
                                                                                                                                                                                     Jesse Cool’s latest organic cafe is at the

        the BEST ingredients,
                                                                                                                                   Cibo, 3400 El Camino Real, Palo Alto              Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.
                                                                                                                                   (650) 493-2411                                    Enjoy market-inspired sandwiches, salads
                                                                                            Lebanese-Mediterranean                 Cibo serves up a fusion of California and         and roasted chicken or king salmon. Finish

        and the BEST service,                                                                   Fusion Cuisine                     Mediterranean cuisine, providing new              off your meal with a glass of port and a rich
                                                                                                                                   twists on such old favorites as fried cala-       dessert. Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m; Thu. 11
                                                                                                                                   mari (using cornmeal batter and a spicy           a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. $ (Reviewed
                                                                                                                                   aioli dipping sauce) and crab louie (with         August 18, 2000)
        to bring you the                                                                                                           steamed broccoli and romaine instead of           Country Gourmet, 2098 W. El Camino
                                                                                                                                   iceberg lettuce). Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m.-2:30
        “BEST PIZZA”
                                                                                                                                                                                     Real, Mountain View (650) 962-1700
                                                                                                                                   p.m., 5-9:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.,        This “California cuisine” staple has been
                                                                                                                                   5-9:30 p.m. $$ (Reviewed August 5, 2005)          dishing up reliable food at fair prices for
                                                                                                                                   Clarke’s Charcoal Broiler, 615 W. El              more than 20 years. A comfortable place
       Thanks Almanac readers for voting us                                                                                        Camino Real, Mountain View (650) 967-             to sit and chat and the best part is that
                                                                                                                                   0851                                              there’s no corkage fee — so bring your

       #1 AGAIN
                                                                                                                                   Burgers are at the top of the bill of fare, but   own wine to dinner and drink it with impu-
                                                                                                                                   chicken Caesar salads, baby back ribs and         nity. Tues.-Fri. 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun.
                                                                                                                                   fresh fish are also on offer. Mon.-Fri. 11        8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. $$ (Reviewed April 18,
                                                                                                                                   a.m.-9 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. $$-$$        2002)
                                                                                                                                   Clock Tower, 205 E. Middlefield Road,             Coupa Cafe, 538 Ramona St., Palo Alto
                                                                                                                                   Mountain View (650) 210-8032                      (650) 322-6872
                                                                                                                                   This coffee roasting company brews up             High-quality Venezuelan coffee and choco-
                                                                                                                                   fresh coffee and has a wide variety of            lates are among the highlights of this Cafe.
                                                     Menlo Park                         260 S. California Ave., Palo Alto          French pastries and quiches to choose             Among the most authentic and interest-
                                                                                                                                   from. Also has coffee makers, grinders,           ing items on the menu are the arepas,
                                            1001 El Camino Real                                                                    and gift baskets available. Mon.-Fri. 5:45
                                                       324-3486                              650-321-6464                          a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 7
                                                                                                                                                                                     cornmeal pancakes stuffed with various
                                                                                                                                                                                     ingredients, from traditional Venezuelan
                                                     Pizzza-2-Go                                                                   a.m.-3 p.m. $$-$$                                 meat stew to smoked salmon to guava
                                                                                       Lunch: Tue-Fri Dinner: Tue-Sun              Cold Stone Creamery, 9 Town & Country             jelly. Mon.-Sun. 7 a.m.-11 p.m. (Reviewed
                                             989 El Camino Real                                                                                                                      June 18, 2004)
                                                                                                                                   Village, Palo Alto; San Antonio Shopping
                                                        328-1556                        www.illusionssuperclub.com                 Center, Mountain View (650) 323-2102;             Crepes Cafe, 1195 Merrill St., Menlo
                                                       Los Altos                                                                   Mountain View: (650) 941-1222                     Park (650) 473-0506
                                                     227 First St.                  Live Entertainment Friday & Saturday Nights    Freshly made ice cream, yogurt and/or Ital-       This tiny cafe offers a taste of Europe,
                                                        941-9222                                                                   ian sorbet mixed with customer’s choice           serving traditional Breton crepes, great
                                                                                    Banquet Facility Available for 20-600 People   of added ingredients; also waffle bowls;          French onion soup, fine cheeses and the
                                                                                             Call for Catering & Take-out          brownies. Winter: Sun.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10            best chocolate mousse in a setting that
                                                                                                                                   p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Summer:           screams French bistrot. Monday -Satur-
                                                                                                                                   Daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m. $ (Reviewed May 30,         day 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
                                                                                                                                   2003)                                             Full service dinner begins at 6 p.m. Mon-
                                                                                                                                   Colonel Lee’s Mongolian Bar-B-Q, 304              day through Saturday. $ (Reviewed April
                                                                                                                                   Castro St., Mountain View (650) 968-              8, 2005)
                                                                                              Two Medium                           0381                                              Crossings Cafe, 2101 Showers Drive,
              Two XL Pizzas                       Two Large Pizzas                               Pizzas                            Pick from a buffet of raw ingredients, and        Mountain View (650) 559-9989
                                                                                                                                   then turn the cooking over to chefs work-         Crossings Cafe offers typical deli sand-
               $33.99 + tax                          $27.99 + tax                              $21.99 + tax                        ing a large grill. Variety of meats and veg-      wiches and salads, as well as a daily
            Any 5 Items or House Specials         Any 5 Items or House Specials         Any 5 Items or House Specials              gies, including broccoli, water chestnuts         special. Often caters as well. Mon.-Fri. 7
                     Exp. 8/31/06                          Exp. 8/31/06                          Exp. 8/31/06                      and squash. Lunch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mon-         a.m.-6 p.m. $
                                                                                                                                   day through Friday; Dinner: 5 p.m. to 9:30        D’Asaro Trattoria, 1041 Middlefield
                  1 coupon per order                    1 coupon per order                       1 coupon per order
                                                                                                                                   p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to           Road, Redwood City (650) 995-9800
                                                                                                                                   10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $$ (Reviewed         Chef Christopher Fernandez directs this
                                                                                                                                   August 19, 2005)

                                                                                                                                                                                     Tuscan-themed restaurant known for its
                                                                                                                                   Como Esta? Taqueria, 2605A Middlefield            antipasti, soups, salads, wood-oven pizzas
                                                                                                                                   Road , Palo Alto (650) 321-1517                   and delightful entrees: An outdoor Cafe

                                                                                             L    Blue Grass Music
                                                                                                                                   Como Esta serves standard Mexican
                                                                                                                                   taqueria fare and unique vegetarian items
                                                                                                                                   for the health-conscious. Dishes are
                                                                                                                                                                                     also serves light breakfasts and lunches,
                                                                                                                                                                                     espresso and sweets. Lunch Mon.-Fri.
                                                                                                                                                                                     11:30 a.m. on; dinner Mon.-Thu. 5:30-10
                                                           HOURS                                                                   uniquely flavored, with an emphasis on            p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5:30-11 p.m., Sun. 5:30-9
                                       SUN-THURS 11 AM - 10 PM • FRI-SAT 11 AM - 10:30 PM          Wednesday Nite                  fresh, well-prepared ingredients. Highlights      p.m. Cafe hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-10 p.m.,
                                                                                                                                   include shrimp quesadilla, the chili relleno      Sat.-Sun. noon-9 p.m. $$$ (Reviewed June
                                                       NEW LOCATION                                                                combination and tofu ranchero super-taco.         14, 2002)
                                              3163 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto                                                       Lunch/dinner: Mon.-Sat. 10:30 a.m. to 8           Da Kitchen, 1477 Plymouth St., Moun-
                                                                                                                                   p.m. Closed Sunday. (Reviewed Decem-              tain View (650) 960-6906
                                                650-494-2928                          WE DELIVER                                   ber 3, 2004)
                                                                                                                                   Compadres Old Adobe, 3877 El Camino
                                                                                                                                                                                     Da Kitchen is the third in a chain of res-
                                                                                                                                                                                     taurants from Maui. It serves a variety of
                                                                                                                                   Real, Palo Alto (650) 858-1141                    Hawaiian classics, such as kalua pork,
                                                                                                                                   Traditional and light Mexican food. Eat in-
                                                        $4.00 OFF                               $4.00 OFF                          doors or out on the heated patio. Sun.-Thu.
                                                                                                                                                                                     chicken katsu (breaded and fried chicken
                                                                                                                                                                                     thighs ) and loco moco (hamburger patty
                                                         ANY XL PIZZA                             ANY XL PIZZA
                                                        1 coupon per order                       1 coupon per order
                                                                                                                                   11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-11       topped with two fried eggs and doused
                                                                                                                                   p.m. $$ (Reviewed April 25, 2003)                 with onion-and-mushroom gravy). Service
                                                                                                                                   Cook’s Seafood, 751 El Camino Real,               is both casual and professional. Open
                                                                                                                                                                                     Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
                                                        $3.00 OFF                               $3.00 OFF                          Menlo Park (650) 325-0604
              Large Double                             ANY LARGE PIZZA                         ANY LARGE PIZZA                     Here you’ll get some of the freshest sea-
                                                                                                                                   food found in the Bay Area. And Cook’s
                                                                                                                                                                                     Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Sunday.
                                                                                                                                                                                     (Reviewed October 29, 2004)
               Pepperoni                                1 coupon per order                       1 coupon per order
                                                                                                                                   serves it up deep-fried or at its fresh fish      Dana Street Coffee Roasting Company,
               $10.99 + tax                                                                                                        market next door. Menu also features
                                                                                                                                   soups and salads. Patio seating. Mon.-
                                                                                                                                                                                     744 W. Dana St., Mountain View (650)
                   Regular Crust
                   Exp. 8/31/06
                                                        $2.00 OFF                               $2.00 OFF                          Thu. and Sat. 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Fri. 11
                                                                                                                                                                                     The comfortable atmosphere provides a
                                                      ANY MEDIUM PIZZA                        ANY MEDIUM PIZZA                     a.m.-9 p.m. $$ (Reviewed January 19,
                  1 coupon per order                    1 coupon per order                       1 coupon per order
                                                                                                                                                                                     place to “hang,” but the real draw is the
                                                                                                                                   2001)                                             coffee, with in-house roasted beans. Early
                                                                                                                                   Cool Cafe, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford             morning, find baskets of muffins, bagels
                                                                                                                                                                                     and pastries, while at noontime choose
                                                                                                                                                                                     from sandwiches and salads. Wireless
                                                                                                                                                                                     Internet access; live jazz on weekends.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Mon.-Thu. 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 6:30 a.m.-
                                                                                                                                                                                     11 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.-6
               1st Pizzeria                                        ITALIAN FOOD                                                                                                      p.m. $ (Reviewed December 28, 2001)
                                                                                                                                                                                     Darbar Indian Cuisine, 129 Lytton Ave.,
          El Camino Real                                             & PIZZERIA                                                                                                      Palo Alto (650) 321-6688
                                                                                                                                                                                     Main dishes change daily, but there are
                                                                                                                                                                                     always vegetarian and meat entrees. Trim-
                                                                                                                                                                                     mings include buttery rice, lentils, soups,
            Established 1947                                                                                                                                                         white nan bread, wafer crisp dosas, three
                                                                   “Now                                                                                                              chutneys, salsa, orange wedges, green
          Family Owned & Operated                                       talkin’                                                                                                      salad, raita and dessert. Lunch buffet.
                                                                 you’re n”                                                                                                           Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Mon.-Wed.
                                                                                            15% Discount with SUID                                                                   5-9:30 p.m.; Thu.-Sun. 5-10 p.m. $$ (Re-
                                                                                                                                                                                     viewed January 12, 1996)
                                                                                                                                                                                     Dashi, 873 Hamilton Ave., Menlo Park
           Voted Stanford University’s                                   ALL FOOD AVAILABLE TO GO!                                                                                   (650) 328-6868
                                                                                                                                                                                     This hip and stylish Japanese restaurant

            GOLD MEDAL WINNER                                                     Open Late 7 Days a Week                                                       15
                                                                                                                                                                                     serves big portions of absolutely fresh
                                                                                                                                                                                     and beautiful sushi and sashimi, as well as
                                                                                                                                                                                     tempura, udon noodle and grilled fish and
                    “BEST PIZZA”                                                        (650)967-5384                                                        MINUTES                 vegetable specialties. Lunch Mon.-Sat.
                                                                                                                                                                                     10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner Mon.-Thu. 5-9
        Mon. - Thur.: 11am - Midnight ◆ Friday: 11am - 1:00am                         939 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View                                                           p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5-10 p.m. $$ (Reviewed June
                                                                                                                                                             CAMPUS!                 8, 2001)
         Saturday: 11:30am - 1:00am ◆ Sunday: 11:30 - 11:00                                     Between Shoreline and Castro                                                         Deedee’s, 2551 W. Middlefield Road,
                                                                                                                                                                                     Mountain View (650) 967-0568

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                                                                  Eating Out
The pure vegetarian homestyle cooking              Park Dr., Menlo Park (650) 854-5501              atmosphere. Fish, poultry, pasta, home-
here means handmade roti breads, made-             This delicatessan features fresh-baked           made bread, biscuits and desserts. One of
from-scratch sauces and chutneys, and              meats, hot entrees and home made soups           the first West Coast purveyors of organic
a wide selection of vegetables. Lunch is a         and salads. Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 9      produce. Reservations recommended.
bountiful buffet; dinner is a thali platter with   a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $$              Dinner Tue.-Sat. 5:30-9 p.m.; Sun. 5:30-8
lots of small bites. Desserts are not to be        Estrellita Express, 4141 El Camino Real,         p.m.; Sun. brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $$$-
missed. Daily 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. $ (Re-          Palo Alto (650) 493-9020                         $$$$ (Reviewed May 31, 2002)
viewed November 10, 2000)                          Located in Dan Brown’s Lounge and                Food Street Chinese Restaurant, 292
Dinah’s Poolside Grill, 4261 El Camino             Sports, this quick-service sister restaurant     Castro St., Mountain View (650) 961-
Real, Palo Alto (650) 493-4542                     to Estrellita Restaurant in Los Altos offers     2638
Run by the Magnuson family for 25 years.           country-style Mexican dishes. Mon.-Wed.,         Food Street Chinese Restaurant is an inti-
Menu includes grilled center-cut pork              11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.,   mate restaurant that has a menu limited to
chops, Southern fried chicken and rack             11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., noon-10 p.m.; Sun.,       noodle soups and a few beverages. Daily
of lamb with caramelized onions. “65,000           noon-8 p.m.                                      11 a.m.-10 p.m. $
possible omelet combinations.” Breakfast           Estrellita Restaurant, 971 N. San Anto-          Frankie, Johnnie and Luigi Too, 939 W.
served all day. Daily 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $$          nio Road, Los Altos (650) 948-9865               El Camino Real, Mountain View (650)
(Reviewed August 29, 2002)                         Southern Mexican cuisine in a no-frills          967-5384
Dittmer’s Gourmet Meats and Wurst                  atmosphere. Regional specialties, tamales,       Excellent New York-style pizza, good
House, 400 San Antonio Road, Mountain              burritos, enchiladas, tacos. Mon.-Thu. 11        pasta, tasty veal and chicken dishes.
View (650) 941-3800                                a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sat. 5-9    Weeknight specials are a particularly good
This small shop is home to almost 50               p.m. $$                                          value. Service is friendly and competent in
types of sausage and more than 30 lunch            Evvia, 420 Emerson St., Palo Alto (650)          this family-oriented restaurant. Avoid the
meats, 40 smoked meats and assorted                326-0983                                         desserts though. Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-mid-
liverwursts, pats, poultry and smoked fish.        Exciting Greek cuisine amid a rustic yet         night; Fri. 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sat. 11:30 a.m.-1
Sandwiches and drinks also available.              stylish Mediterranean decor. The room fea-       a.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. $$ (Reviewed
Seating is only available outside on picnic-       tures large wood tables, wood-fired ovens        July 9, 2004)
style benches. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.;            and colored bottles on the walls. Mezethes       Fresh Taste, 2107 El Camino Real, Palo
Sat.: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $$$ (Reviewed Novem-           (appetizers) are particularly good. Mous-        Alto (650) 324-8749
ber 29, 2002)                                      saka, lamb chops, lamb shank, quail and          This Chinese restaurant features both Hu-
Donut Field, 1910 W. El Camino Real #              seafood excel. Desserts are heaven-sent.         nan and Szechwan cuisines. Major credit
D, Mountain View (650) 967-7752                    Knowledgeable service. Excellent wine list.      cards. Reservations accepted. Mon.-Sat.
If you’re looking for a great donut and            Noisy and busy; reservations recommend-          Lunch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dinner 5-9:30
some coffee at any time of the day, then           ed. Lunch: Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.;          p.m. $$
Donut Field is the place. Also serves other        Dinner Mon.-Thu. 5:30-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.         Fuki Sushi, 4119 El Camino Real, Palo            1100 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View     Tel: 650.964.5532 • Fax: 650.964.1456
snacks and light meals. Daily 4:30 a.m.-10         5-11 p.m.; Sun. 5-9 p.m. $$$ (Reviewed           Alto (650) 494-9383                                    (Between Castro & Shoreline)
p.m. $                                             August 13, 2004)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Open Tues–Sun 11-9PM
                                                                                                    Comprehensive Japanese menu offering
Douce France, 104 Town & Country Vil-              Fambrini’s Terrace Cafe, 2600 El Camino          sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, tempura, shabu                              – ALL VEGETARIAN –
lage, Palo Alto (650) 322-3601                     Real, Palo Alto (650) 858-1268                   shabu and noodles. Recently remodeled
Head to Douce France — “sweet France”              Straightforward sandwiches and salads            interior includes a sushi bar, Western-style
— for fabulous pastries and coffee in the          served in a beautiful terrace setting with a     dining, and private tatami rooms. Reserva-
mornings, salads, authentic panini and             view that just won’t quit. Affordable coffee     tions recommended.
yummy quiche tarts for lunch, and deca-            drinks and good range of cookies as well.         Lunch Mon.-Fri.: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dinner
dent sweets any other time. Mon.-Sat.              Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $ (Reviewed           Mon-Sat. 5-10 p.m.; Sun. 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m.             FRI 11:30AM~2:30PM                     FRI, SAT, & SUN
7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $ (Re-           April 7, 2000)                                   $$$-$$$$ (Reviewed March 7, 2003)                     SAT & SUN 12NOON~3PM                   6:00PM~9:00PM
viewed September 15, 2000)
Driftwood Deli and Market, 3450 El
                                                   Fandango Pizza, 3407 Alma St., Palo
                                                   Alto (650) 494-2928
                                                                                                    Gambardella’s, 1165 Merrill St., Menlo
                                                                                                    Park (650) 323-6730
                                                                                                                                                            Banquet                       Wedding & Birthday Cakes
Camino Real, Palo Alto (650) 493-4162
The popular deli at the Driftwood Market
                                                   Quality pizzas, sandwiches, salads,
                                                   banquet facility and full service catering.
                                                                                                    Gambardella’s offers a richly textured
                                                                                                    menu of antipasti, salads, pizza, meats,
                                                                                                                                                            Facilities                   Eggless & Sugar-Free Cakes & Pastries
has a large selection of different sand-           Dine-in, pick-up or delivery. Daily 11 a.m.-     fish and desserts. Mozzarella Fresca,             Available up to 80 persons.       Mithai, Cookies, Burgars, Pizza, Cutlets,
wiches, as well as many convience store            10 p.m. $$                                       Polenta Fritta, Pollo alla Fiorentino are out-       Contact Sushma at
staples. Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 10                                                           standing. The desserts are heavenly, with              (650) 793-0793             Samosa, Kachories, Sandwiches & Chat Items
                                                   Fanny and Alexander, 412 Emerson St.,
a.m.-5 p.m. $$                                     Palo Alto (650) 326-7183                         the apple pizza (pizza di Mele) worth the
Duck Club Restaurant, 100 El Camino                Variety of burgers, sandwiches, salads,          trip alone. The straightforward wine list is a                               Fine Dining Cuisine
Real in the Stanford Park Hotel, Menlo             seafood and pasta in a modern, stream-           handsome compilation of Italian and Cali-
                                                                                                    fornia wines. Lunch: Mon - Fri : 11:30 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                               1991 W. El Camino Real • Mtn. View
Park (650) 322-1234                                lined atmosphere. On weekend nights, F&A                                                                                  (Between Rengstorff & Escuela)
Specialties at this hotel restaurant include       is more of a bar than a restaurant, with live    -2:30 p.m. Dinner nightly 5:30-10 p.m.; Fri-
Governor Stanford’s favorite duck and              music and a cover charge. Banquet facili-        Sat until 11 p.m. (Reviewed April 9, 2004)            Tel: 650.969.9990 • Fax: 650.969.1101
grilled salmon. Variety of pasta dishes,           ties and outdoor patio dining. Tue-Fri lunch     Gaylord, 1706 El Camino Real, Menlo
sandwiches and breakfast items. Reserva-           11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., happy hour 4-7 p.m.,       Park (650) 326-8761                                  LUNCH                DINNER BUFFET:                VEGETARIAN
tions recommended. Breakfast Mon.-Sat.             appetizers 4-10 p.m. Sat. happy hour and         The venerable Gaylord could use some              BUFFET DAILY            FRI, SAT & SUN            DINNER BUFFET: TUES
6:30-10:30 a.m., Sun. 6:30-10 a.m.; Brunch         appetizers only. $$-$$$                          freshening up, but the menu has some
Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Lunch Mon.-Sat.               Feng Yuan, 3950 Middlefield Road, Palo           savory highlights, including lamp chop
                                                                                                                                                            OUR MENU HAS                                We specialize in
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner daily 5:30-10 p.m.        Alto (650) 494-7391                              masala and tandoori chicken. Fireplace
$$$ (Reviewed March 14, 1995)                                                                       and dark-wood walls add to the men’s                  A WIDE VARIETY OF                        Catering & Private Parties
                                                   This restaurant specializes in walnut
Dutch Goose, 3567 Alameda de las Pul-              prawns and potstickers, among other tra-         club-type atmosphere. Lunch daily: 11:30               VEGETARIAN AND                       Contact Sushma at (650) 793-0793
gas, Menlo Park (650) 854-3245                     ditional chinese dishes. Takeout and free        a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Dinner nightly: 5-10 p.m.           NON-VEGETARIAN DISHES.                     www.PassagetoIndia.net
The menu at this classic sports bar and            delivery. Daily 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Mon.-Fri.        $$$ (Reviewed February 3, 2006)
restaurant specializes in your basic burg-         lunch special 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $$                  Gelato Classico, 435 Emerson St., Palo
ers, fries, pizza and sandwiches. Daily 11         Fiesta del Mar, 1005 N. Shoreline Blvd.,         Alto (650) 327-1317
a.m.-midnight. $$                                  Mountain View (650) 965-9354                     If the line out the door is any indication,
El Calderon, 699 Calderon Ave., Moun-
tain View (650) 940-9533
                                                   Impressive menu that specializes in gour-
                                                   met Mexican cuisine and seafood dishes.
                                                                                                    Gelato Classico is one of the hippest plac-
                                                                                                    es in town. The Emerson Street franchise’s
                                                                                                                                                                    COME & DISCOVER
This family owned and operated restaurant          Bar also features more than 200 different        dressed-down dcor belies its high-end                                                  THE
specializes in Salvadoran dishes but serves        tequilas. Daily lunch 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.          fare, which comes in such sophisticated
traditional Mexican food as well. Lunch 11
a.m.-1:45 p.m., Dinner 5- 8:45 p.m. $$
                                                   Dinner Mon.-Thu. 5-9 p.m.; Fri. 5-10 p.m.;
                                                   Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
                                                                                                    flavors as tiramisu, hazelnut, ginger and
                                                                                                    blackberry cabernet. Sunday through
                                                                                                                                                                          WORLD OF TEA
                                                   $$ (Reviewed August 18, 1995)                    Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Friday
El Cerrito, 325 Sharon Park Drive, Menlo
                                                                                                    and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. $$-$$
Park (650) 854-7300                                Fiesta Del Mar Too, 735 Villa St., Moun-
While not a first date or wow-’em kind of          tain View (650) 967-3525
                                                                                                    (Reviewed July 29, 2005)                                   Tea Time has been completely remodeled
                                                                                                    Gerry’s Cake, 1141 Chestnut St., Menlo
place, El Cerrito is family-friendly and a         Impressive menu that specializes in gour-
                                                                                                    Park (650) 326-6282
                                                                                                                                                                     by new management to create
good value for the money, offering gener-          met Mexican cuisine and seafood dishes.
ous portions of traditional Mexican fare.          Bar also features more than 200 different        While it is famous for its custom design                 • Relaxing ambiance that delights the senses
Great guacamole is served with quesadil-           tequilas. Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-       cakes for all occasions, Gerry’s Cakes also
las and many other dishes. Staff is friendly       Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.        has a wide selection of ready-made cakes              • Perfect setting to sit back and enjoy a cup of tea.
and accommodating. Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-            $$ (Reviewed August 18, 1995)                    to choose from, as well as cookies and
                                                                                                    other pasteries. Tue.-Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.,
9 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.-2          Fish Market, 3150 El Camino Real, Palo
                                                                                                    Sun. 9 a.m.-noon (for cake orders and
                                                                                                                                                            So take a moment with your friends and family
p.m. (Reviewed March 19, 2004)                     Alto (650) 493-9188
Elbe, 117 University Ave., Palo Alto               East Coast-style decor with a nautical
                                                                                                    pick-ups only). $$-$$$                                              to enjoy our offerings:
                                                                                                    Giovanni’s, 2525 El Camino Real, Menlo
(650) 321-3319                                     motif and polished brass. Large fresh fish
                                                                                                    Park (650) 298-8669
                                                                                                                                                                 Tea sandwiches and great desserts
At Elbe you’ll find old world German clas-         selection, grilled items, salads and pasta.
sics updated with a pan-European twist.            Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11      Giovanni’s pizza parlor has a large selec-                            Salads and soups
There’s even live accordion music Friday           a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 12 a.m.-9:30 p.m. $$$         tion of pizzas and toppings for sit-down,
and Saturday nights to go with your sauer-         Flea St. Cafe, 3607 Alameda de las Pul-
                                                                                                    take-out or delivery. Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-9:30                       Crumpets and scones
                                                                                                    p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. $$-$$
braten and strudel. Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2         gas, Menlo Park (650) 854-1226
                                                                                                                   (continued on next page)
                                                                                                                                                                   More than 100 varieties of tea
p.m.; daily 5-9 p.m. $$$ (Reviewed Janu-           Fresh organic cuisine in a country-cozy
ary 12, 2001)
Empire Tap Room, 651 Emerson St., Palo
                                                                                                                                                         LUNCH • TEA SERVICE • TEA PARTY • CATERING
Alto (650) 321-3030
An extensive menu of well-prepared appe-
                                                             Japanese Food to Go. Delivery
tizers, meats, seafood, pastas and pizza.                                         • Lunch Obento &6.25           • Dinner Obento $9.25
The house-smoked ribs and pork chops                                                 Beef Teriyaki
excel, as do the fried calamari, polenta                                             Tempura                     • Vegetable Sushi
cakes and sausages for starters. Large                                               Salmon Teriyaki
bar scene, wonderful outdoor patio. Good                                                                         • Combo Sushi
                                                                                     Rice & Salad
wine list, reasonable prices. Lunch Mon.-                                         • Sushi
Fri.11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Dinner Sun.-Wed. 4-9
p.m.; Dinner Thurs.-Sat. 4-10 p.m.; Brunch
Sat.-Sun. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $$$ (Re-
                                                                                    650-323-9449 MIYAKE                                              542 Ramona Street, Palo Alto | 328-2877 | www.tea-time.com
viewed January 13, 2006)                                                         We accept Visa & Mastercard            www.miyake-usa.com              Mon-Fri 10:30am-7pm • Sat 11am-7pm • Sun 12pm-5pm
Erics Gourmet Delicatessan, 325 Sharon                                           Min. Order $20      140 University Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94301

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                                                                                                                                   Eating Out
                                                                                              (continued from previous page)                 Henry’s Prime Steakhouse, 888 El Cami-
                                                                     retrofit                 Go Banana, 163 Stanford Shopping Cen-
                                                                                                                                             no Real, Menlo Park (650) 323-7600
                                                                                                                                             Outstanding beef is the hallmark of this
                                                                                                                                             traditionally styled steakhouse, although
                                                                                              ter, Palo Alto (650) 322-3050
                                                                                              This smoothie shop features standard           the seafood is equally well-prepared.

             FREE WORKSHOP                                         Strengthen your
                                                                                              choices such as “mango” but also of-
                                                                                              fers “orange white mocha,” “chestnut”
                                                                                                                                             Steaks, prime rib, chops excel. Excellent
                                                                                                                                             appetizers, side dishes large enough to
                  for   Palo Alto Renters                           home against
                                                                                              and other distinctive flavors. Blended
                                                                                              fruit juices, fresh-squeezed juices and
                                                                                                                                             share. Desserts aren’t worth the money or
                                                                                                                                             the calories. Casual, contemporary decor.
                                                                                              fruit salad are also served. Mon.-Sat. 10      Above-average but overpriced wine list. Full

           Avoid Rental Problems!                                    earthquakes              a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $ (Re-        bar. Expensive. Dinner Sunday-Thursday
                                                                                              viewed July 19, 2002)                          5-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 5-10 p.m (Re-
                                                                                              Golden Wok, 451 California Ave., Palo          viewed November 18, 2005)
     Know Your Rights & Responsibilities!!                                                    Alto (650) 327-2222                            Hobee’s, 4224 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
                                                                                              Hunan, Szechwan style. Specials include        (650) 856-6124
                                                                                              General Tao chicken, moo shu pork,             Country-style restaurant with healthy Cali-
       Tuesday June 6, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm                                                     calamari in black bean sauce. Most             fornia influence. Long lines for weekend
                                                                                              people take-out, but the restaurant does       breakfast. Mon. 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Tue.-Fri.
             Palo Alto Art Center Conference Room                                             also have small tables inside. Daily 10        7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 8
                       1313 Newell Road                              General Engineering      a.m.-10 p.m. $$                                a.m.-2:30 p.m. $$-$$
                                                                         Contractors          Gombei Japanese, 1438 El Camino                Hobee’s, 67 Town & Country Village ,
      For More Information Call 650-960-0495                          650-369-9443            Real, Menlo Park (650) 329-1799
                                                                                              Gombei serves family-style Japanese
                                                                                                                                             Palo Alto (650) 327-4111
                                                                                                                                             Country-style restaurant with healthy Cali-
                                                                                              food. Teriyaki and deep-fried meats,           fornia influence. Long lines for weekend
                                                                                              vegetables and seafood dominate the            breakfast. Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat.-
                                                                                              menu. Wide, flat udon noodles, tofu            Sun. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. $$-$$
                                                                                              dinners and donburi (vegetables and            Homma’s Brown Rice Sushi, 2363-B
                                                                                              meat or seafood over rice) are especially      Birch St., Palo Alto (650) 327-6118
                                                                                              good. Aesthetically pleasing and nu-           Natural sushi with brown rice, vegetarian
                                                                                              tritionally balanced dinners. Quiet with       sushi. Homma’s Brown Rice Sushi has
                                                                                              unremarkable decor and quick service.          the feel of a hidden secret that only savvy
                                                                                              Beer, wine and sake. Cash only.                locals know about. No-frills, self-service. A
                                                                                               Lunch Monday through Friday 11 a.m. -         must for the health-conscious. Mon.-Fri.
                                                                                              1:30 p.m.; Dinner Monday through Satur-        11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.; Sat.
                                                                                              day 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.; Sunday 5 - 10 p.m.       noon-2:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. $$ (Reviewed
                                                                                              $$-$$$ (Reviewed August 27, 2004)              June 16, 2000)
                                                                                              Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, 640            Honey Baked, 4113 El Camino Real, Palo
                                                                                              Emerson St., Palo Alto (650) 323-7723          Alto (650) 329-1571
                                                                                              Cavernous, upscale microbrewery fea-           This deli chain specializes in ham, but also
                                                                                              turing German-style beer and an eclectic       sells a selection of other meats, as well as
                                                                                              menu of pasta and sandwiches. Califor-         many vegitables and side dishes. Take-out
                                                                                              nia casual. Full bar in addition to menu       only. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-
                                                                                              of handcrafted beers. Sun.-Thu. 11:30          5 p.m. $$$
                                                                                              a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.      Hong Kong Restaurant Chinese Food,
                                                                                              $$-$$$ (Reviewed February 7, 2003)             2650 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View

                                                                                              Gourmet Franks, 199 Stanford Shop-             (650) 948-7728
                                                                                              ping Center, Palo Alto (650) 327-7246          Hong Kong Restaurant Chinese Food spe-
                                                                                              This tiny restaurant offers the healthiest     cializes in Chinese sea food dishes. Don’t
                                                                                              sausages around. Selections include            forget to try the most popular dish: the soy
                                                                                              Louisiana hot, vegetarian and chicken          pepper crab. Daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. $$-$$$
                                                                                              apple sausages. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9            House of Bagels, 526 University Ave.,
                                                                                              p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $                    Palo Alto (650) 322-5189
                                                                                              Grill at Stanford Golf Club, The, 198          Downtown Palo Alto’s House of Bagels fea-
                                                                                              Junipero Serra Blvd., Palo Alto (650)          tures New York style bagels with a variety

                                  1-866-861-4883 TODAY!
                                                                                              325-4427                                       of cream cheeses to choose from. Also
                                                                                              Dishes are a step-up from standard             serves bagel sandwiches, pizza bagels,
                                                                                              golf club grill fare, running the gamut        salads and other pasteries. Mon.-Fri. 6:30
                                                                                              of breakfast egg and griddle dishes, to        a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 7 a.m.
                                                                                              salads, sandwiches, burgers and shakes         -3 p.m. $$-$$

                  Free next day guaranteed pick-up
                                                                                              for midday repasts. Relaxed atmo-              Hukilau, 642 Ramona St., Palo Alto (650)
                                                                                              sphere. Tue.-Sun. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. $$-$$          329-9533
                                                                                              (Reviewed July 27, 2001)                       Hukilau Palo Alto (its siblings are in San

                of your high-quality, gently-used furniture                                   Gyros Gyros, 498 University Ave., Palo
                                                                                              Alto (650) 327-0107
                                                                                                                                             Francisco and San Jose) succeeds most
                                                                                                                                             as a nightclub. The best eating is found in

                 for resale at our Goodwill Retail Stores.
                                                                                              True to its name, the beef and lamb gy-        the appetizers, including ahi poke (raw tuna
                                                                                              ros are at the top of the list. This is a no   tossed in sesame oil, soy sauce, green
                                                                                              frills takeout place with a few tables in-     onions and crunchy seaweed), edamame
                                                                                              side and another few outside. Sun.-Thu.
          You may not love it anymore, but we’ll find someone who will.
                                                                                                                                             and kalua pork quesadilla. Teriyaki short
                                                                                              11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.     ribs are consistently good. For diners seek-
                                                                                              $ (Reviewed January 7, 2000)                   ing some greenery on their playtes, Hukilau
                         And we’ll pick it up for free!                                       Haagen-Dazs, 203 University Ave.,
                                                                                              Palo Alto (650) 326-3880. 230 Stan-
                                                                                                                                             makes a wonderful seared ahi poke salad.
                                                                                                                                             Portions are massive. Try to save room for

              Now giving to Goodwill is as easy as it is rewarding!                           ford Shopping Center (650) 326-1638
                                                                                              If you’re already a fan, the stores won’t
                                                                                                                                             the Big Island Candies brownie. Mon.-Sat.
                                                                                                                                             11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-midnight (Re-

                                                                                              disappoint. If you’ve never tried Haa-         viewed January 21, 2005)
                                                                                              gen-Dazs before, the ultra-rich dessert,       Hunan Chili, 102 Castro St., Mountain
                                                                                              with such flavors as chocolate raspberry       View (650) 969-8968
                    Available Monday through Saturday 9:30am to 4:30pm only.                  torte and German chocolate cake, will
                                                                                              have you smacking your lips. $ (Re-
                                                                                                                                             The chefs at Hunan Chili don’t hold back
                                                                                                                                             on their restaurant’s namesake spice.
                                                                                              viewed May 30, 2003)                           When they say a dish is hot, they mean it.
                                                                                              Hahn’s Hibachi, 460 Ramona St., Palo           The best — and spiciest — dish is beef and
                                                                                              Alto (650) 323-2555                            soft tofu in hot sauce. Open daily. Lunch:
                                                                                              Many of the supposedly Korean dishes           11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner: Thursday
                                                                                              served here are really American fare.          through Sunday 5 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and
                                                                                              Hahn’s boasts 15 two-seat tables on the        Saturday 5 to 10 p.m. (Reviewed May 13,
                                                                                              inside and three cafe                          2005)
                                                                                              -style tables out front. Simple yet classy     Hunan Garden, 3345 El Camino Real,
                                                                                              atmosphere. Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.;         Palo Alto (650) 565-8868
                                                                                              Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Sun. 5-9:30      Opened in 1998, it may well be the prettiest
                                                                                              p.m. $$ (Reviewed December 6, 2002)            Chinese restaurant on the Peninsula. The
                                                                                              Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134                kicker is: the food is just as delightful. Look
                                                                                              Castro St., Mountain View (650) 964-           for Chinese-American classics and more
                                                                                              8881                                           sophisticated Chinese fare. Daily 11:30
                                                                                              This simple restaurant features some           a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-9:30 p.m. $$ (Re-
                                                                                              of the best Chinese food for the price         viewed October 9, 1998)
                                                                                              in Mountain View. Among the house              Hunan Home’s, 4880 El Camino Real, Los
                                                                                              specialties are General Tso’s Chicken,         Altos (650) 965-8818
                                                                                              kung pao scallops with peanuts in a            Vegetarian specials, Hunan-style dishes,
                                                                                              spicy brown sauce and prawns in walnut         seafood and Peking duck served daily.
                                                                                              cream sauce. Lunch, 11 a.m. to 2:30            Reservations accepted for parties of five or
                                                                                              p.m. daily; Dinner, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.        more. Daily 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5-9:30
                                                                                              daily $$ (Reviewed September 30, 2005)         p.m. $$
                                                                                              Happy Donuts, 3916 El Camino, Palo             Hyderabad House, 448 University Ave.,
                                                                                              Alto (650) 843-0658                            Palo Alto (650) 327-3455
                                                                                              Happy Donuts is your basic donut shop          A mixture of North and Hyderabadi Indian
                                                                                              with a wide selection of individual donuts     cuisine, with plenty of main plates, sides
                                                                                              to take-out or to enjoy in the shop itself.    and specials. Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 am-9:30
                                                                                              Also accepts orders for large quantities.      pm; Fri.-Sat. noon-10 p.m.
                                                                                              Open 24 hours. $

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Movie reviews by Jeanne Aufmuth, Tyler Hanley and Susan Tavernetti

                                                                                                                       NOW PLAYING                                                                                                                                                                             that he is the prime suspect and the de-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ceased was her grandfather, the pair go
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               on the lam. So Dan Brown isn’t Umberto
                                                                                                                       Art School Confidential ✭✭1/2                                                                                                                                                           Eco, and “The Da Vinci Code” can’t hold
                                                                                                                       (Aquarius) Director Terry Zwigoff and                                                                                                                                                   a rosebud to “Citizen Kane.” Howard
                                                                                                                       comic book artist-turned-screenwriter                                                                                                                                                   still plays by the book closely enough to
                                                                                                                       Daniel Clowes follow up their “Ghost                                                                                                                                                    entertain fans and the uninitiated alike.
                                                                                                                       World” success with a less satisfying                                                                                                                                                   Rated: PG-13 for disturbing images,
                                                                                                                       collaboration. Max Minghella (“Syriana”)                                                                                                                                                violence, some nudity, thematic material,
                                                                                                                       infuses Jerome, a gifted and committed                                                                                                                                                  brief drug references and sexual content.
                                                                                                                       young artist, with dreams and sweetness                                                                                                                                                 In English and in snippets of French,
                                                                                                                       and naivete. An outsider at his suburban                                                                                                                                                Italian and Latin with English subtitles. 2
                                                                                                                       high school, he expects to find a com-                                                                                                                                                  hours, 33 minutes. — S.T. (Reviewed May
                                                                                                                       munity of like-minded Picassos at the art                                                                                                                                               19, 2006)
                                                                                                                       institute. But, as Jerome’s new buddy
                                                                                                                       (Joel Moore of “Dodgeball: A True Under-                                                                                                                                                Just My Luck ✭1/2
                                                                                                                       dog Story”) points out, his fellow students                                                                                                                                             (Century 16, Century 12) Lady Luck is on
                                                                                                                       are walking cliches: the vegan holy man,                                                                                                                                                the side of big-wig executive Ashley Al-
                                                                                                                       the boring blowhard, the angry lesbian,                                                                                                                                                 bright (Lindsay Lohan). She has no need
                                                                                                                       the beatnik chick, the drop-out. With the                                                                                                                                               for umbrellas because the sun always
                                                                                                                       exception of Jerome and the model (So-                                                                                                                                                  shines in her presence, and she picks up
                                                                                                                       phia Myles of “Tristan & Isolde”) whom he                                                                                                                                               extra bucks by easily winning scratcher
                                                                                                                       adores, all the characters are stick figures                                                                                                                                            lottery tickets. The opposite can be said
                                                                                                                       with none of the lovable eccentricities                                                                                                                                                 for sincere but clumsy Jake Hardin (Chris
                                                                                                                       that added dimension to those living in                                                                                                                                                 Pine). Rain clouds trail him and female
                                                                                                                       “Ghost World.” If you’re an aspiring artist,                                                                                                                                            joggers mistake his good intentions for
                                                                                                                       prepare to sell out or slit your wrists now.                                                                                                                                            attempted assault. Serendipity intervenes
                                                                                                                       Rated: Rated R for language including                                                                                                                                                   when Ashley organizes a high-profile
                                                                                                                       sexual references, nudity and a scene of                                                                                                                                                masquerade ball for music mogul Damon
                                                                                                                       violence. 1 hour, 42 minutes. — S.T. (Re-                                                                                                                                               Phillips (Faizon Love). Turns out Jake has
                                                                                                                       viewed May 12, 2006)                                                                                                                                                                    been aching to meet Phillips in an effort
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to introduce New York to the edgy British
                                                                                                                       The Da Vinci Code ✭✭✭                                                                                                                                                                   band that performs at the bowling alley
                                                                                                                       (Century 16, Century 12) “The Da Vinci                                                                                                                                                  where Jake works. One mystical moment
                                                                                                                       Code” has already been cracked. Even                                                                                                                                                    on the dance floor has Ashley and Jake
 Architect Frank Gehry is an artist and a risk-                                                                        if you haven’t bought or borrowed one                                                                                                                                                   locking lips — and trading luck. Lohan’s
                                                                                                                       of the 50 million sold copies of Dan                                                                                                                                                    latest teen-queen concoction is a ridicu-
 taker, as shown in the illuminating “Sketches of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              lous twist on the 1983 Eddie Murphy
                                                                                                                       Brown’s theological thriller, chances are
 Frank Gehry.”                                                                                                         you know all about this controversial take                                                                                                                                              comedy “Trading Places,” but Lohan’s
Sketches of Frank Gehry ✭✭✭1/2                                                                                         on the legend of the Holy Grail. The film                                                                                                                                               pop-star diva status has grossly diluted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               her comedic potential. Rated: PG-13 for
                                                             Hugh Jackman broods once more in the third in-            opens on the run with a Louvre curator
   (Cinearts) Sydney Pollack is better known for his                                                                   (Jean-Pierre Marielle) gunned down in                                                                                                                                                   some brief sexual references. 1 hour, 43
fictional work (“Tootsie,” “The Firm,” etc.) than for        stallment of “X-Men,” surrounded with as much             the Grand Gallery by a murderous monk                                                                                                                                                   minutes. — T.H. (Reviewed May 12, 2006)
documentary filmmaking, but he puts on a show in             hype as one would expect.                                 (Paul Bettany), and the action never
this ode to the man who has changed the face of con-                                                                   stops. A French police captain (Jean                                                                                                                                                    The Lost City ✭✭1/2
temporary architecture.
                                                             X-Men: The Last Stand ✭✭1/2                               Reno) escorts renowned Harvard sym-                                                                                                                                                     (Guild) Pre-Communist Cuba circa 1958
                                                               (Century 16, Century 12) “The Da Vinci Code”            bologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks)                                                                                                                                                     positively swoons with romance and
   It’s not merely the content that clicks. We’ve all seen                                                             from his book signing to the museum                                                                                                                                                     color, a hedonistic playground of la dolce
                                                             may be the darling of the intellectual set, but for
countless documentaries chock-full of interviews,                                                                      crime scene, asking for help interpreting                                                                                                                                               vita. For Fico Fellove (Andy Garcia) life
                                                             comic-bookers and action aficionados “X-Men 3” is         the dead man’s bloody trail of mysterious                                                                                                                                               is all about family and the posh Havana
stunning visuals, and entertaining back stories. The
                                                             the place to be this summer. Deserving of the hype?       symbols and clues. When police cryp-                                                                                                                                                    nightclub he operates for well-heeled
success of “Gehry” lies in Pollack’s style, a clever
                                                             Yes and no.                                               tologist Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou)
blend of insider intelligence (the two are friends) and                                                                arrives and secretly informs Langdon                                                                                                                                                                                               (continued on next page)
                                                               Mass mutant war is the crux of the finale in the
the elusive art of crafting dwellings from the seed of
                                                             Marvel-inspired “X-Men” trilogy that kicks off with
imagination to concrete and steel (or in Gehry’s case
                                                             a frenetic simulation exercise at Xavier’s School for
titanium and glass).
   Gehry is more than an architect: he’s an artist and
                                                             Gifted Youngsters and doesn’t let go until the bitter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Invite you and a guest
a risk-taker, endeavoring to find expression in an
aesthetic discipline that makes stringent demands on
                                                               “X-3” is about choice, the choice to retain mutant          “THE BEST ACTION FILM OF THE YEAR.                                                                                  to check out
                                                                                                                          A n e n d l e s s r u n o f r o c k a n d r o l l p a r ko u r a c t i o n . T h e s t u n t s a r e a m a z i n g .
time and neuroses. Gehry himself appears to lack
                                                             individuality or succumb to a “cure” that will sap the         I T L E AV E S YO U B R E AT H L E S S A N D R E A D Y F O R M O R E . ”                                           District B13!
                                                             mutants of their gifts and allow them to fit in at long                                                         - Dave Poland, The Hot Button.com

the pretension one associates with success, shuffling                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       For your chance to receive
                                                             last. The suppressive antibody presents an interesting
around Columbo-style with an aw-shucks demeanor                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         a run-of-engagement pass, good
                                                             conundrum, one with a lasting impact on diversity                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            for two, to see DISTRICT B13
and a childlike way of perceiving the world.
                                                             that speaks to alienation and prejudice.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        during its theatrical run,
   The whimsy is an illusion, of course. Gehry is con-
                                                               Not to mention the perfect excuse for malicious                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                write the answer to the
sidered one of the most ambitious architects of the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         following question on the
                                                             mutant supremacist Magneto (Ian McKellen), who
20th century, with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             back of a self-addressed,
                                                             believes in survival of the fittest at all costs (“we
in Spain, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Ange-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       stamped, unsealed, business
                                                             are the cure!”), to stage war on those who preach                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           sized envelope and drop it off
les and the Vitra Design Museum in Germany among
                                                             tolerance and acceptance. Among those are teleki-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               at the Palo Alto Weekly
others on his resume. With meticulous care, the man
                                                             netic Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (703 High Street, Palo Alto).
injects feeling into three-dimensional objects thanks
                                                             Secretary of Mutant Affairs Dr. Henry McCoy, a.k.a.
to a highly refined relationship with shape and light.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Name the French
                                                             Beast (played with rock-solid warmth and intelligence
   Gehry has his nay-sayers, of course, and they are                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    discipline that is featured
                                                             by Kelsey Grammer).
more than happy to speak out against this genius run                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        in DISTRICT B13?
                                                               The stage is set for a catastrophic showdown be-
amok. Talking heads — critics, collectors, celebrities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           For clues, go to:
                                                             tween man and mutant, ripe with atmosphere and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               http://www.districtb13.com/,
and Gehry’s therapist of 35 years — tap into the soul                                                                                        LUC BESSON
                                                             pregnant with the ramifications of contemporary bias                                    presents
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and click on ENTER THE SITE.
of a creative enigma with wry humor and absorbing
                                                             (think homosexuality, immigration, etc.). Unfortu-
candor.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Deadline for entries is Tuesday,
                                                             nately playboy director Brett Ratner (“Rush Hour,”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                May 30 at 5PM. Limit one entry
   Pollack is a pro, his hand-held camera caressing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              per person/household. No
                                                             “Red Dragon”) sacrifices socio-political relevance for                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 exceptions. Passes are in
brilliant interiors and exteriors set to a background
                                                             flashy pyrotechnics and visceral pleasures galore.                                       WELCOME TO DISTRICT B1 WELCOME TO THE FUTURE.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       limited supply and given
of incongruous, Danny Elfman-esque piano music.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          away by random drawing
                                                               A parallel plot sees Dr. Jean Grey (Famke Jans-                From the producer of TRANSPORTER 1 & 2 and the people who brought you ONG BAK                                                                                                                                                                 of all correct entries
There are dry spots — Gehry free-associating on                                                                             EUROPACORP PRESENTS CYRIL RAFFAELLI DAVID BELLE DISTRICT B13 A FILM BY PIERRE MOREL SCREENPLAY BY LUC BESSON AND BIBI NACERI BASED ON AN ORIGINAL IDEA BY LUC BESSON WITH TONY D’AMARIO BIBI NACERI DANY VERISSIMO                                 received by deadline.
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and delightfully illuminating.
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 “Two Big Thumbs Up.”                        – EBERT & ROEPER
   SCREENPLAY: NICK CAVE MUSIC: NICK CAVE & WARREN ELLIS                                                                                                                                             The Stanford Theatre is at 221
                                                                                                                                                                                                     University Ave. in Palo Alto. Screen-
                                               “More desperate than even Peckinpah’s                                                                                                                 ings are for Friday through Tuesday.
                                                            most colorful desperadoes.                                                                                                               Call (650) 324-3700 or go to www.
                                                         There’s a primal, almost biblical tint.
                                                    The cast is reason enough to see the film.”                                                                                                        Bulldog Drummond Strikes
                                                                  – Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Back (1934) Ronald Colman
                                                                 – Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
                                                                                                                                                                                                     reprises his role as the master
                                                                                                                                                                                                     sleuth, this time in London
                                                                                                                                                                                                     attending the wedding of his
                                                              “A masterpiece of filmmaking.                                                                                                          bumbling friend Algy. Fri. at
                                                            Nick Cave’s exquisite                                                                                                                    7:30 p.m.; Sat. at 9:05 p.m.
                                                              script is mesmerizing.”
                                                                  – Paul Fischer, DARK HORIZONS                                                                                                        Home from the Hill (1960)
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Drama about a Southern
                                                                                                                                                                                                     landowner’s conflicts with his
                                                                                                                                                                                                     wife and sons. Starring Robert
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Mitchum and directed by Vin-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     cente Minnelli. Sun.-Tue. at 4:50
                                                                                                                                                                                                     & 10 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Lady Windermere’s Fan
                                                                                                                                                                                                     (silent, 1925) Director Ernst
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Lubitsch adapts the Oscar
                                                                                                             Audrey Tautou and a possible clue in “The Da Vinci Code.”                               Wilde comedy. Starring Ronald
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Colman. Sat. at 7:30 p.m.; Sun.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     at 2 p.m.

                                                                                                                                          MOVIE TIMES                                                  The Late George Apley
     EXCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENT STARTS FRIDAY, MAY 26                                                                                                                                                      (1947) A comedy starring Ron-
  Cinearts CINEARTS @ CENTURY CINEMAS 16 Mountain View 650/960-0970                                             Note: Screenings are for Friday through Tuesday only.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     ald Colman as George Apley,
               CHECK THEATRE DIRECTORY OR CALL FOR SOUND INFORMATION AND SHOWTIMES                                                                                                                   the ultimate proper Bostonian,
                                                                                                               Art School Confidential    Aquarius: 7:30 & 10 p.m.; Sat.-Tue. also at 4:45           who must learn to compromise.
                                             Area Codes (650)                                                  (R) ✭✭1/2                  p.m.; Sat.-Mon. also at 2:15 p.m.                          Fri. at 5:40 & 9:05 p.m.
                                                                                                               The Da Vinci Code          Century 16: 11 a.m.; 12:30, 1:05, 1:40, 2:15, 3:40,
                                                                                                               (PG-13) ✭✭✭
   “A VERY FINE DOCUMENTARY                                                                                                               4:20, 5, 5:25, 7:10, 7:45, 8:20, 9:10 & 10:20 p.m.
                                                                                                                                          Century 12: Noon, 12:50, 2:30, 3:20, 4:05, 5:50,
                                                                                                                                          6:40, 7:30, 9:05 & 9:55 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Some Came Running (1958)
                                                                                                                                                                                                     A soldier returns to his small
                                                                                                                                                                                                     hometown after World War II.
         ABOUT OUR ERA’S MASTER BUILDER.                                                                       Goal! The Dream Begins     Century 16: 11:45 a.m. & 2:15 p.m. Century 12: 11:35       Starring Frank Sinatra, Dean
                                                                                                               (PG) (Not Reviewed)        a.m. & 9:50 p.m.
      REFRESHING, INSTRUCTIVE AND SATISFYING.”                                                                 Just My Luck (PG-13) ✭1/2 Century 16: 11:20 a.m. Century 12: 12:50 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Martin and Shirley MacLaine.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Sun.-Tue. at 7:30 p.m.
                                    -Richard Schickel, TIME MAGAZINE                                           Keeping Up with the Steins Century 16: 11:05 a.m.; 1:10, 3:20, 5:35, 7:40 & 9:45
                                                                                                               (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)     p.m.
                                                                                                               The Lost City (R) ✭✭1/2
                                          “SUPERB!                                                             Mission: Impossible III
                                                                                                               (PG-13) ✭✭✭
                                                                                                                                          Guild: 5 & 8:15 p.m.; Fri.-Mon. also at 1:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                          Century 16: 1:45, 3:30, 4:30, 6:20, 7:15, 9:15 & 10
                                                                                                                                          p.m. Century 12: 1, 3:55, 7:05 & 10 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    (continued from previous page)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cubans. As history dictates, Fulgencio
   A STIRRING PORTRAIT OF A SINGULAR ARTIST.”                                                                  Over the Hedge             Century 16: 11:10 & 11:55 a.m.; 1:15, 2, 3:25, 4:10,      Batista’s fascist dictatorship segues into
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fidel Castro’s ruthless social justice and
                                 -Joe Morgenstern, WALL STREET JOURNAL                                         (PG) ✭✭✭1/2                5:30, 6:30, 7:35, 8:30, 9:40 & 10:25 p.m.                 the good life goes to pot, caught in a vise
                                                                                                                                          Century 12: 11:30 a.m.; 12:30, 1:10, 1:45, 2:35, 3:30,    of anger, discontent and revolution. Fico’s
                                                                                                                                          4, 4:50, 5:35, 6:15, 7, 7:45, 8:20, 9:10 & 10:30 p.m.;    handsome younger brothers Luis and
                                                                                                                                          Fri.-Mon. also at 11:05 a.m.                              Ricardo (Nestor Carbonell and Enrique
                                                                                                               Poseidon (PG-13) ✭✭1/2     Century 16: 12:25, 2:50, 5:25, 7:50 & 10:10 p.m.          Murciano) embrace the political upheaval
                                                                                                                                                                                                    and can’t or won’t acknowledge that Cuba
                                                                                                                                          Century 12: 12:35, 3, 5:40, 8 & 10:20 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    is destined for ruin. Rather predictably,
                                                                                                               The Proposition (R)        Century 16: 12:15, 2:40, 5:10, 8 & 10:15 p.m.             Fico finds himself mired in tragedy, suffer-
                                                                                                               (Not Reviewed)                                                                       ing Ricardo’s betrayal (as a puppet for Che
                                                                                                               RV (PG) (Not Reviewed)     Century 16: 11:10 a.m. & 1:20 p.m.                        Guevara’s guerilla left) and the death of
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Luis in an urban rebel coup.
                                                                                                               Sketches of Frank Gehry CinéArts at Palo Alto Square: 1:30, 3:40, 5:50, 8 &          Ultimately he falls for Luis’ sultry widow,
                                                                                                               (PG-13) ✭✭✭1/2             10:05 p.m.; Sat.-Mon. also at 11:30 a.m.                  Aurora (InÈs Sastre), who herself becomes

      -A.O. Scott,
                                                                  -Lisa Schwarzbaum,
                                                                                                               Thank You for Smoking
                                                                                                               (R) ✭✭✭1/2
                                                                                                                                          CinéArts at Palo Alto Square: 2:45, 5:10, 7:30 & 9:50
                                                                                                                                          p.m.; Sat.-Mon. also at 12:30 p.m.
                                                                                                               Water (Not Rated) ✭✭✭1/2 Aquarius: 4:15, 7 & 9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Mon. also at 1:45
                                                                                                                                                                                                    a pawn in Castro’s evil game by accepting
                                                                                                                                                                                                    the titular position of Widow of the Revolu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    tion. Handsomely executed but hopelessly
                                                                                                                                                                                                    flawed, “City” is an historical epic sans
          THE NEW YORK TIMES                                      ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY                                                    p.m.                                                      the epic. Rated: R for violence, language
                                                                                                               X-Men: The Last Stand      Century 16: 11:15 a.m.; 12:10, 12:40, 1:15, 1:50,         and mature themes. 2 hours, 33 minutes.
                                                                                                               (PG-13) ✭✭1/2              2:45, 3:15, 3:50, 4:25, 4:55, 5:20, 5:50, 6:25, 7,        — J.A. (Reviewed May 12, 2006)
                                                                                                                                          7:30, 7:55, 8:25, 9, 9:35, 10:05 & 10:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mission: Impossible III ✭✭✭
               TRIBECA                                                        CANNES                                                      Century 12: 11:25 a.m.; 12:05, 1:35, 2, 2:40, 3:25,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    (Century 16, Century 12) Tom Cruise
             FILM FESTIVAL                                                  FILM FESTIVAL                                                 4:10, 4:35, 5:15, 6, 6:45, 7:10, 7:50, 8:35, 9:20, 9:45
                                                                                                                                                                                                    returns to form with this pulse-pound-
                  2006                                                           2006                                                     & 10:25 p.m.; Fri.-Mon. also at 11 a.m.                   ing actioner — the best of the “Mission:
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Impossible” film franchise. The riveting
                                                                                                              ★ Skip it ★★ Some redeeming qualities ★★★ A good bet ★★★★ Outstanding                 intro sees IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    bound and bloody while a sadistic criminal
                                                                                                               Aquarius: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (266-9260)                                      (Philip Seymour Hoffman as Owen Davian)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    points a gun at Hunt’s gagged wife, Julia,
                                                                                                               Century Cinema 16: 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View (960-0970)                 demanding to know the location of the
                                                                                                               Century Park 12: 557 E. Bayshore Blvd., Redwood City (365-9000)                      “rabbit’s foot.” Hunt pleads, threatens
                                                                                                                                                                                                    and despairs while Davian methodically

                                                                                                               Guild: 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (266-9260)                                     counts to 10 — 10 seconds before Julia
                                                                                                                                                                                                    will be killed. Flash back several days.
                                                                                                               CinéArts at Palo Alto Square: 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (493-3456)              Hunt has settled down with Julia (Michelle
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Monaghan of “North Country”), a beautiful
                                    B Y   S Y D N E Y    P O L L A C K                                         Stanford: 221 University Ave., Palo Alto (324-3700)                                  doctor who believes her husband works
                                                                                                               Internet address: For show times, plot synopses, trailers and more information       in transportation. But when Hunt discov-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ers his protegee (Keri Russell) has been
                                                                                                               about films playing, go to Palo Alto Online at http://www.PaloAltoOnline.com/        captured, he leaps out of retirement and
    STARTS FRIDAY,                                       CINÉARTS@PALO ALTO SQUARE
                                                              3000 El Camino Real,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    reunites with Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    to rescue her. Director J.J. Abrams (of
       MAY 26!                                               Palo Alto (650) 493-3456                             ON THE WEB: The most up-to-date movie listings at www.PaloAltoOnline.com          “Lost” and “Alias” fame) makes his big-
                                                                                                                                                                                                    screen debut with aplomb, utilizing fan-
 LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS FILM AND VIEW THE TRAILER AT WWW.SKETCHESOFFRANKGEHRY.COM                                                                                                                    tastic sets, capturing tension and pulling

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                                               who miraculously escape the initial round          chief spokesman for the Academy of To-        picts the plight of widows, from the young
           OPENINGS                            of drownings, flash fires and toppling pil-
                                               lars of steel. Leading our small band of
                                                                                                  bacco Studies who pushes cigarettes to
                                                                                                  a puritanically anti-smoking society. Nick
                                                                                                                                                to the elderly, in 1938 India. The final
                                                                                                                                                installment of her trilogy (“Fire” and “Earth”
                                               merry men (and women) to safety is hero            is the Colonel Sanders of nicotine: a jolly   were the first two films), “Water” takes
    (continued from page 21)                   Dylan Johns (Josh Lucas), a professional           soul who defends the rights of tobacco        a wide-eyed child’s point of view as she
                                               gambler with an intrinsic streak of valor          manufacturers and smokers by twisting         experiences life condemned to the penni-
   ing loner Wolverine (Hugh                   and baby blues to match. Dylan matches             logic with assertive glee while cancer-rid-   less, ostracized existence of females with
   Jackman), tempestuous Storm                 wits and skill with ex-New York City mayor         den addicts sue the industry in droves.       dead husbands. Surrender to the slow
   (Halle Berry), angst-ridden                 and former firefighter Robert Ramsey (Kurt         Undeterred, Nick takes his spin-meister-      rhythms (and melodramatic contrivances)
                                               Russell), whose headstrong daughter                ing to Hollywood, pitching a schmoozy         of Mehta’s “Water.” She deals directly
   Rogue (Anna Paquin), fiery                  Jennifer (Emmy Rossum) is also on board            showbiz bigwig (Rob Lowe) on a product        and lucidly with the oppression of women                                 Inconvenient Truth advance tickets available
   Pyro (Aaron Stanford) and                   with her fiancÈ. Bent on maneuvering their         placement blockbuster sure to sway even       within this particular period of India’s his-                             on Fandango.com & theater box office
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Michael Eisner
   the sinuous Mystique (Rebec-                way through the ubiquitous blocked pas-            the most rabid non-smoker. Smoking is         tory — the remnants of which provoked
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         SKETCHES OF FRANK GEHRY (PG–13)
   ca Romijn). Their vast grasp                sageways and bolted steel doors (as the            no laughing matter but Reitman’s screen-      protests by Hindu fundamentalists and                                       Fri. & Tue. (1:30-3:40-5:50) 8-10:05
                                               ship slowly shifts its way south), our feisty      play (based on Christopher Buckley’s          forced the filmmaker to finish shooting                                  Sat. - Mon. (11:30-1:30) 3:40-5:50-8-10:05
   of power makes for tantaliz-                clan overcomes one impossible hurdle               acclaimed 1994 novel) spoofs its dubious      this feminist work in Sri Lanka. Not rated.                                            Aaron Eckhart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             THANK YOU FOR SMOKING (R)
   ing tangents that hint of deli-             after another while showing off ridiculously       subject matter with no guilty conscience      In Hindi with English subtitles. 1 hour, 54                                   Fri. & Tue. (2:45-5:10) 7:30-9:50
   cious melodrama but rely on                 courageous derring-do. Bottom line: it’s           in sight, relishing the opportunity to mock   minutes. — S.T. (Reviewed May 5, 2006)                                    Sat. - Mon. (12:30) 2:45-5:10-7:30-9:50

   a quip-heavy script to get the              easier to forgive the sodden clichÈs and           the absurd with tongue-in-cheek gravity.                                                                              Times Valid For Friday, 5/26 thru Tuesday,5/30 Only    © 2006
                                               jump on board the nautical roller coaster          Rated: R for language and sexual content.
   message across. New players                 ride that is “Poseidon.” Rated: PG-13 but          1 hour, 32 minutes. — J.A. (Reviewed
   Angel (Ben Foster), Jugger-                 could be R for gruesome images of death            March 24, 2006)
   naut (Vinnie Jones) and Mul-                and violence. 1 hour, 37 minutes. — J.A.
                                               (Reviewed May 12, 2006)                            Water ✭✭✭1/2
                                                                                                                                                      MAX                    SOPHIA                      JOHN                           ANJELICA                       JIM
   tiple Man (Eric Dane) have                                                                                                                      MINGHELLA.                MYLES.                    MALKOVICH.                       HUSTON.                     BROADBENT.
   small but pivotal roles.                                                                       (Aquarius) “Do you remember getting
                                               Thank You for Smoking ✭✭✭1/2                       married? Your husband is dead. You’re a
      The comic-book blueprint                 (CineArts) Jason Reitman’s wickedly droll          widow now.” Chuyia never understood the             “A NICELY BITTER SATIRE
   of petty jealousies, romantic               and irreverent comedy is a politically in-         concept of marriage. She’s only 8 years
   foibles and moral quandaries                correct breath of fresh air. Aaron Eckhart         old. With great sensitivity and lyricism,          THAT HAS SOME REAL STING!
                                               is protagonist Nick Naylor, the resourceful        Canadian writer-director Deepa Mehta de-            TERRY ZWIGOFF CONTINUES HIS CAMPAIGN
   lacks the narrative develop-
                                                                                                                                                       TO EXPOSE THE CULTURAL HYPOCRISY IN
   ment it deserves. But futuris-                                                                                                                      THIS CLEVERLY CONSTRUCTED COMEDY.”
   tic images of Alcatraz and the                                                                                                                           -Michael Koresky, INTERVIEW MAGAZINE
   Golden Gate Bridge sparkle.
      The savvy tone of Bryan                                                                                                                               THUMBS
                                                                                                                                                      “TWO -EBERT & ROEPER UP!”
   Singer’s “X-1” and “X-2” and
   the potentially captivating
                                                                               “a triumph!”
   mutant conflict is lost in a last
   gasp of CGI-infused sleight-                                                                claudia puig,
   of-hand as Ratner gleefully
   manipulates his big-budget                                                      “life-affirming,
   toys and leeches every bit of                                              poignant and captivating.”                                               SCREENPLAY BY DANIEL CLOWES DIRECTED BY TERRY ZWIGOFF
   soul from the action at hand,                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WWW.SONYCLASSICS.COM
   lost in an ostentatious need                                                                                                                                                   READ THE BOOK FROM

   for speed.

     Rated: PG-13 for language                                                                                                                          EXCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENT
   and intense action violence. 1
   hour, 44 minutes.
                                                 a deepa mehta film
                                                                                                                          FOR FIVE YEARS,
                                                                                                    EXTREMIST GROUPS waged a campaign
                                                                                                      of death threats, arson and riots
                                                                                                                                                          NOW PLAYING!
                                                                                                                                                                 VIEW THE TRAILER AT WWW.ARTSCHOOLCONFIDENTIALMOVIE.COM
                                                                                                     to stop the production of “WATER.”
              — Jeanne Aufmuth
                                                                                                                but the filmmakers were
                                                                                                                     not to be silenced.

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                                                    “ The
tremendous performances from his A-list                                                                                                            “TWO
cast. Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences
of frenetic violence and menace, disturb-
                                                            since ‘ The 40-Year-Old Virgin.’”                                                       THUMBS UP.” ®
                                                                                                                                                      EBERT & ROEPER
ing images and some sensuality. 2 hours,                                     MICHAEL PHILLIPS,
6 minutes. — T.H. (Reviewed May 5, 2006)

Over the Hedge ✭✭✭1/2
                                                                     “HILARIOUS .”
(Century 16, Century 12) Dreamworks dips                                     JONATHAN ALTER,
into backyard suburbia for this crowd-
pleasing picture about family, friendship
and the ugliness of gluttony. Conniving
raccoon RJ (voice of Bruce Willis) bites off
more than he can chew when he tries to
steal a wagon full of food from a hibernat-
ing bear (Nick Nolte as Vincent), but loses
the grub instead. And Vincent offers RJ
an ominous ultimatum: Replace the items
by week’s end or it’s raccoon burgers for
breakfast. Segue to a woodsy nook where
one diverse animal “family” is waking for
spring — only to find a massive hedge has
severed its tranquil refuge. The crew in-
cludes a pragmatic turtle (Garry Shandling
as Verne), a manic squirrel (Steve Carell                                        CINÉARTS                                  CALL THEATRE
                                                 EXCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENT                                                      OR CHECK
as Hammy) and other engaging critters.
Soon Verne, RJ and company are having            NOW PLAYING
                                                                                 CINÉARTS@PALO ALTO SQUARE                 DIRECTORY FOR                                                                                       COLUMBIA PICTURES AND IMAGINE ENTERTAINMENT PRESENT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A BRIAN GRAZER/JOHN CALLEY PRODUCTION A RON HOWARD FILM
                                                                                 Palo Alto (650) 493-3456                  SHOWTIMES
misadventures in the human world, where
binge eating and SUVs are commonplace.                                                                                                                                                                             TOM HANKS “THE DA VINCI CODE” AUDREY TAUTOU IAN MCKELLEN
Families should flock over to theaters for                                                                                                                                                                                       ALFRED MOLINA JÜRGEN PROCHNOW WITH PAUL BETTANY
                                                                                                                                                                                                               AND JEAN RENO PRODUCERS KATHLEEN MCGILL LOUISA VELIS MUSIC HANS ZIMMER
“Hedge” — a colorful charmer that proves                                                                                                                                                                                      ASSOCIATE
Disney/Pixar is not the only animation
powerhouse. Rated: PG for some rude                                                                                                                                                                                              TODD HALLOWELL DAN BROWN THEDINOVEL BY DAN BROWN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           BASED UPON

humor and mild comic action. 1 hour, 27
                                                                                                                                                                                                         BY   BRIAN GRAZER JOHN CALLEY BY AKIVA GOLDSMAN DIRECTED RON HOWARD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       SCREENPLAY               RECTED
minutes. — T.H. (Reviewed May 19, 2006)

Poseidon ✭✭1/2                                                Share a part of your life –
(Century 16, Century 12) With nary a warn-
ing of errant tides or gravitational attrac-
                                                                     Give blood                                                                                                           NOW PLAYING
                                                                                                                                                    CENTURY THEATRES              CENTURY THEATRES                     CENTURY THEATRES                        CINEARTS
tion, a 100-foot rogue wave takes down
the luxury liner Poseidon, a swanky float-
                                                                         1-888-723-7831                                                             CENTURY 12 DOWNTOWN 3
                                                                                                                                                    SAN MATEO 650-558-0123
                                                                                                                                                                                  CENTURY PARK 12
                                                                                                                                                                                  REDWOOD CITY 650-365-9000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       CENTURY PLAZA 10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       SO. SAN FRANCISCO 650-742-9200
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               CINEARTS @ HYATT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               BURLINGAME 650-340-1516
ing hotel. Caught up in the soggy mael-                                                                                                                         Sorry, No Passes Accepted For This Engagement. For Additional Information, Call Theaters Or Check Directory.
                                                        h t t p : / / B l o o d C e n t e r. S t a n f o rd . e d u
strom is a handful of lucky passengers
                                                                                                                                                                                         Palo Alto Weekly • Friday, May 26, 2006 • Page 23
                                                                    A Guide to the Spiritual Community
                                                    Ananda                                 Los Altos
                                                                                           Lutheran                                   Stanford Memorial Church
                                             A Place of Awakening                                                                          University Public Worship
                                                Sunday Celebration
                                                                                           ELCA                                                 Christian Ecumenical Service
                                          9-9:45 am    Meditation
                                          10-11:30     Worship and Satsang     Pastor David K. Bonde                                        Sunday, May 28, 10:00 a.m.
                                                                                   Outreach Pastor
                                             2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
      Paramhansa Yogananda for a free brochure, call (650) 323-3363 or visit
                                                                                    Gary Berkland                                           “Who Me? A Witness?
      Author of Autobiography                                                       9:00 am Worship                                        Progressive Evangelism”
      of a Yogi                       www.anandapaloalto.org
                                                                                   10:30 am Education
                                                                                  Nursery Care Provided
                                                                                     Alpha Courses                       All are                 The Rev. Elena Larssen
                                                                                      650-948-3012                    Information:     Music featuring University Organist Robert Huw Morgan
                                                                                  460 S. El Monte Ave., Los Altos    650-723-1762
                                                                                 www.losaltoslutheran.org                                           http://religiouslife.stanford.edu

                             Bahá’í Faith                                                 Grace
         “Let your vision be world-embracing.” – Bahá’u’llah                             Lutheran                                The Thomas Merton Center
        Please join us for an evening of music and devotions                              Church                                        of Palo Alto
                     Saturday, June 3, 2006 7:30-8:30 p.m.                                                               Encouraging spiritual development through education,
                                                                               3149 Waverley St., Palo Alto                      spiritual practice and social action.
             Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road                                                                       Celebrate Catholic liturgy with a progressive, lay-led
          www.paloaltobahai.org          (650) 321-0939                                                                          community every Sunday at 8:45 a.m.
                                                                                8:00 AM - Worship Service
                                                                               10:30 AM - Worship Service                       St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church,
                                                                                                                                  751 Waverley Street (at Homer), Palo Alto
                                                                                     Child Care Available
                                                                                     Pastor John Kerr

                     FIRST CONGREGATIONAL
                          CHURCH UCC                                                     Sunday
                                                                                      Mornings for
              1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto • (650) 856-6662 www.fccpa.org
                     Sunday Worship and Sunday School at 10:00am                     Spiritual Health                             Wesley United Methodist Church
                                                                                   Meditation 9:15-9:45am                   470 Cambridge Avenue, Palo Alto   (Just two blocks South of Escondido Village)
                                                                                     Service       10-11am
                         Our faith is over 2000 years old.                             Non-denominational
                                                                                    and Inclusive Spirituality.
                                                                                                                                               11:00 Sunday AM Worship
                               Our thinking is not.                                   Thursdays 7-8pm                           International/Intergenerational • Activities for all ages
                                                                                          Meditation &
                                                                                        Self-Development                              650-327-2092 • www.wesleychurchpa.org

                                                                                  Pathways to Self Healing
                                         God Is Still Speaking!                     4153A El Camino Way
                                                                                   Palo Alto (650) 424-1118
                                                                                                                                      Celebrate Spiritual Rebirth at
                                                                                                                                     UNITy PALO ALTO
                                                                                          ST. MARK’S
                                                                                       EPISCOPAL CHURCH                  - Realize the abundant potential of your life.
                        AL                                                        A Community of Faith                   - Recognize the divinity in yourself and others.
                     LO                                                               for All Ages                       - Welcome to Life, Love and God. Welcome to Unity.



                                                                                8:00am.... Holy Eucharist                        Services Sunday at 8:45 and 11 am.
                                 U RCH
           ADV E N

                                                                               10:00am.... Holy Eucharist &                    Childcare and youth programs available.
                                                                                           Children's Program               3391 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto; 650-494-7222
                                                                                           (w/childcare & nursery)
                                                                                5:00pm.... Song of Soul Service                            www.UnityPaloAlto.org

                     I S T   C                                                  6:00pm.... Teen Programs
                                                                               600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto
                                                                                     (650) 326-3800
                                                                                                                          First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto
                                                                                   To include                                                        (PCUSA)

                                                                                 your Church in
                                                                                                                       A   re you seeking a spiritual home, a place of welcome
                                                                                                                       and acceptance? Are you wanting theological study where
                                                                                                                       you are free to ask honest questions? Are you looking for

                                                   First Baptist Church
                                                                               Inspirations                            a community of faith where you can be empowered to
                                                                                                                       work for justice, peace and the common good of all?
                                                     Of Menlo Park                      Please call                    Come check us out! Maybe you will find the connections

                 “A small Church with a big HEART”
                                                                                  Blanca Yoc at                        and commitments you believe Christ’s church should
                                                                                                                       embrace and embody.
                  Worship celebration 11:00 Sunday                                   650-326-8210
                                                                                        ext. 239                            8:30 A.M. - Contemplative Service
                 Sunday School and Bible Study 9:30
                                                                                       or e-mail                            9:30 A.M. - Adult Education
           Sound Biblical Teaching, Drama, Music, Retreats
                                                                                                                           11:00 A.M. - Worship Service
       Children’s Ministry, Home of New Beginnings Preschool                   byoc@paweekly.com                           11:15 A.M. - Children’s Educational Program
                            (650) 323 8544                                                                                          Childcare provided at all services
              1100 Middle Ave@Arbor (near Safeway)
                        www.firstbaptist.com                                                                              1140 Cowper Street 650-325-5659 www.fprespa.org

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Goings On     Of Note
Memorial Day No school for the Palo Alto
Unified School District May 29.
                                                                         The best of what’s happening on the Midpeninsula
                                             for crimes against humanity during Sal-
                                             vadoran civil war. Slide show report of
                                             2006 delegation to SBSC partner com-
                                                                                          DJ Spinning Hip-Hop Thursdays, 9:30
                                                                                          p.m.-1:30 a.m. through May. The Pioneer
                                                                                          Saloon, 2925 Woodside Rd., Woodside.
                                                                                                                                                                        CALENDAR LISTINGS
                                             munity in El Salvador. Fair-trade coffee     Call 851-8487. www.pioneer-saloon.             CALENDAR. Information for Weekly and Master Community Calendar
        Special Events                       and handcrafts for sale. Sat., June 3, 4     com.
                                                                                                                                         listings must now be submitted online. Please go to www.PaloAltoOnline.
15th Annual Authors Salon Luncheon           p.m. Salvadoran pupusa dinner. Palo Alto     Jim Morrison Celebration featuring
Honoring Ann Griffiths May 21, 11 a.m.-3     First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper       Wild Child Sat., May 27, 9 p.m. $18 ad-        com, click on “Master Community Calendar,” and then click on “Submit
p.m. Sponsored by Peninsula Volunteers.      St., Palo Alto. Call 494-8340.               vance/$20 at the door. Little Fox, 2209        a listing.” Listings are published in the papers on a space-available
Tickets $75. Crowne Plaza Hotel, Foster      Western Day Riding demonstrations,           Broadway, Redwood City. Call 369-4119.         basis.
City, 1221 Chess Dr., Foster City. Call      sheep/duck herding, dog agility, kids        www.foxdream.com.
326-0665. www.peninsulavolunteers.           activities. BBQ lunch. Benefits B.O.K.       Little Ed and The Blues Imperials plus
org.                                         Ranch’s therapeutic horseback riding         Kenny Blue Ray Band Fri., May 26, 8 p.m.
                                                                                                                                         NEWS. The online form                                        is for Calendar listings only.
1st Annual Children’s Author Tea Spon-       program for children with special needs.     $14 advance/$16 at the door. Little Fox,       To submit information                                        for possible use elsewhere
sored by Peninsula Volunteers. Sat.,         Sun., June 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $45/children    2209 Broadway, Redwood City. Call 369-         in the paper, send it the                                     usual way: e-mail editor@
May 27, noon-4 p.m. $35 tickets. Trin-       under 10 free. B.O.K. Ranch Office, 1815     4119. www.foxdream.com.
                                             Cordilleras Rd., Redwood City. Call 366-                                                    paweekly.com; fax (650)                                      326-3928, Attn: Editor; or
ity School, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo                                                    Sam Marshall’s Acoustic Night Tuesdays,
Park. Call 326-0665.                         2265. www.bokranch.com.                      8:30-11 p.m. through May. The Pioneer          mail to Editor, Palo Alto                                    Weekly, 703 High St., Palo
BBQ with Meet-and-Greet Together-                                                         Saloon, 2925 Woodside Rd., Woodside.           Alto, CA 94301.
ness Walker Memorial Day BBQ with
                                                          Concerts                        Call 851-8487. www.pioneer-saloon.com.
                                             Flute Studio Recital Wed., May 31, 8
guest Jennifer Schumaker, who is doing       p.m. Hannah Yi, Kelly Swaim, and Anne        The Storrow Band plus Atkinson-                QUESTIONS? If you have questions, call the reception desk at the
a 500-mile Walk for Togetherness www.                                                     Kincheloe Band Sun., May 28, 7 p.m. $12
                                             Scofield, all students of Alexandra Haw-                                                    Palo Alto Weekly between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays, (650)
walkfortogetherness.org to unify LGBT        ley, perform Franck’s Sonata, Copland’s      advance/$14 at the door. Little Fox, 2209
and other families. Bring a dish to share,                                                Broadway, Redwood City. Call 369-4119.         326-8210. After hours, you may press zero and leave a message in
                                             Duo, and Gordeli’s Concerto with pianist
and tableware and something to grill for     Steven Lightburn. Free. Campbell Recital     www.foxdream.com.                              the general mailbox.
yourself. $2. Mon., May 29, 6:30 p.m.;       Hall, 541 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. Call 723-
games 7:30 p.m. Unitarian Universalist       2720. music.stanford.edu/events/calen
                                                                                                       On Stage                            For complete Calendar listings, go to www.PaloAltoOnline.com
Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston                                                    2006 Mid-Peninsula Shakespeare Fes-                      and click on “Master Community Calendar.”
                                             dar.html.                                    tival “Comedy of Errors” presented by
Rd., Palo Alto. Call 494-0541. www.uuc
                                             Gate of the Morning: Sacred Music            Menlo Players Guild, directed by Bruce
                                             of Guillaume Dufay The 15th century’s        De les Dernier. June 3-4, June 11, June
Tea Tasting An evening of Chinese culture    pre-eminent composer, Guillaume Dufay
and history explored through tea tasting.                                                 25, 8 p.m. Free to public. Mid-Peninsula
                                             ushered in Renaissance music. Fri., May      High School, 1340 Willow Road, Menlo
Children over 10 years old are welcome.      26, 8 p.m. Suggested donation $12/$10        Park. Call 322-3261. www.menloplayers                                   www.PaloAltoOnline.com
Bento box and desserts included in the       students and seniors. St. Ann Chapel,                                                                               If it’s useful and local, it’s on Palo Alto Online!
price. May 31. $15 preregistered/$20 at                                                   guild.org.
                                             541 Melville Ave., Palo Alto. Call (510)     “Deianeira” Based on Sophocles’ Wom-
door. Neotte Tea Bar, 429 University Ave.,   965-0587. www.vox-pop.org.
Palo Alto. Call (408) 203-6518. www.                                                      en of Trachis, Deianeira distils the dra-     “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor                  wood City Art Center, 2625 Broadway,
                                             Michael Eric Barlaan’s Organ and Piano       matic power of Sophocles’ original into
neotte.com.                                                                                                                             Dreamcoat” PYT invites youths ages 12-               Redwood City. Call 851-7845.
                                             Graduation Recital Performing the works      a beautiful and intense 40-minute piece
The Nuclear Future: A Conversation with                                                                                                 20 and alumni to audition for the musi-              Flowers: The Art of Interpretation The
                                             of Bach and Rachmaninoff. Sat., May 27.      that combines dance, music, song, and
Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei and Prof. Scott                                                                                                   cal May 27, 2 p.m.; May 28, 2 and 6 p.m.             meaning and evolution of various artis-
                                             St Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colo-        speech to bring stories of archetypal
D. Sagan May 31, 4:30 p.m. Free. Tick-                                                                                                  Prepare 1-minute song and 1-minute                   tic styles by exhibiting paintings. Free.
                                             rado Ave., Palo Alto. Call (408) 223-7887.   power to the stage. May 26-27, 8 p.m.
ets required from Stanford Ticket Office,                                                                                               monologue. Bring: sheet music, instru-               Through June 25. Filoli, 86 Canada Rd.,
                                             www.theshoma.com.                            $15 general/$10 students. Memorial Au-
Tresidder Union or Memorial Auditorium,                                                                                                 mental tape or CD. Participation fee $160.           Woodside. www.filoli.org.
                                                                                          ditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford. Call
551 Serra Mall, Stanford. Call 723-8490.                 Live Music                       725-5838. drama.stanford.edu.
                                                                                                                                        Performs: July 29-Aug. 6. Peninsula                  “Four Artists” Pastel drawings by Kelvin
fsi.stanford.edu.                            California Cowboys Performing Wednes-                                                      Youth Theatre, 2500 Old Middlefield Wy.,             Curry; paintings by Daniel Gautier; mixed
                                             days through May, 9:30 p.m. The Pioneer      “For Whom the Bell Rings: A Musical           Mountain View. Call 988-8798. www.                   media by Midori McCabe; paintings and
             Benefits                        Saloon, 2925 Woodside Rd., Woodside.         Review for Kids” With songs about ev-         pytnet.org.                                          drawings by Olga Tsareva. Mon.-Fri.,
El Salvador Fundraiser Dinner and Pro-       Call 851-8487. www.pioneer-saloon.           erything from lunch to lost-and-found, the                                                         8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Through July 13; recep-
gram Featured speaker will talk on legal     com.                                         upbeat music and endearing cast from                        Exhibits                               tion June 16, 5-7 p.m. Paul Allen Center
victory against Colonel Nicolas Carranza                                                  Mt. View, Palo Alto and Los Altos. June 1     2006 MFA Thesis Exhibition Five gradu-
                                                                                                                                                                                             for Integrated Systems, 420 Via Palou,
                                                                                          and 4, 4 p.m.; June 2 and 3, 7 p.m. $7.50.    ating MFA Studio students to present cur-
                                                                                                                                                                                             Stanford. Call 725-3622. cis.stanford.
                                                                                          Bullis Charter School, 102 West Portola       rent work. Artists include Elaine Buck-
                                                                                          Ave., Los Altos. Call 947-4939. www.bul       holtz, Ala Ebtekar, Diane Landry, Brendan
                                                                                                                                                                                             Indonesia Discovered Through June
                                    OF NOTE                                               lischarterschool.com.                         Lott and Kristin Lucas. Artwork includes
                                                                                                                                        drawing, installation, video, painting, and          2. Free and open to the public. McNeil
                                                                                          “Guys and Dolls” Menlo School’s middle                                                             Family Clubhouse, 401 Pierce Rd., Menlo
                                                                                          school students will perform. June 2-3, 7     sculpture. Through June 18; reception
                                                                                                                                        May 25, 6-9 p.m. Thomas Welton Stan-                 Park. Call 322-8065. www.bcgp.org.
                                                                                          p.m.; June 4, 1 p.m. Tickets are $8/per-
                                                                                                                                        ford Art Gallery, 419 Lasuen Mall, Stan-             Menlo Art League Exhibit Artists dis-
                                                                                          son, available at the Bookstore call 330-
                                                                                                                                        ford. Call 725-3404. art.stanford.edu.               playing are Bev Balanis, Diana Beuttler,
                                                                                          2001, ext. 2535 or at the gate. Menlo
                                                                                                                                        Art Exhibition Through May 26. Mixed                 Myrtle Carey, Berni Jahnke, Dorothy Ja-
                                                                                          School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
                                                                                                                                        media paintings, ceramic sculptures by               roch and Leonard Leving. Mon.-Sat., 11
                                                                                          “John and Jen” By Andrew Lippa and                                                                 a.m.-4 p.m. Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor
                                                                                          Tom Greenwald. An original musical that       Don Fritz. Supported by Heritage Bank of
                                                                                                                                        Commerce. Community School of Music                  Rd., Menlo Park.
                                                                                          looks at family relationships set against
                                                                                                                                        and Arts at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio             Oksana V. Johnson: Florals and Land-
                                                                                          a backdrop of changing America from
                                                                                                                                        Circle, Mountain View. Call 917-6800 ext.            scapes in Oils Art Exhibit by Russian-
                                                                                          1950 to 1990. Music by Andrew Lippa,
                                                                                                                                        306. www.arts4all.org.                               American Impressionist Oksana Valenti-
                                                                                          lyrics by Tom Greenwald. Thursdays-Sat-
                                                                                                                                        Desire, Anxiety and Loss: The Prints of              nova Johnson. Through Aug. 31. Atherton
                                                                                          urdays, through June 10, 8 p.m.; Wed.,
                                                                                                                                        Edvard Munch Featuring over 30 prints                Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Ather-
                                                                                          May 31, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., May 28, 7 p.m.;
                                                                                                                                        by Edvard Munch. Expressions of the in-              ton. Call 592-7267. www.oksanajohnson.
                                                                                          Sun., June 4, 3 p.m. $20-$32. Presented
                                                                                                                                        tense transforming emotions and private              com.
                                                                                          by Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave., Los
                                                                                          Altos. Call 941-0551. www.busbarn.org.        pain that Munch experienced in his life.             Photo Exhibit “Floral Fantasy” by local
                                                                                                                                        Through June 25. Cantor Arts Center,                 photographers Bob and Joy Rewick.
                                                                                          “The Rake’s Progress” By Igor Stravinsky
                                                                                                                                        328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Call 723-                An array of over 70 close-up floral im-
                                                                                          presented by West Bay Opera in English
                                                                                                                                        4177. www.stanford.edu/dept/ccva.                    ages transformed into designs. Through
                                                                                          with English titles. Based on the familiar
                                                                                                                                        “Double Take” Work by Bay Area artists               Aug. 27, Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun.,
                                                                                          story of how a fellow’s fortune can rise
                                                                                                                                        Kathryn Dunlevie and Klari Reis. Both                noon-5 p.m. Coyote Point Museum, 1651
                                                                                          and fall when he makes a deal with the
                                                                                                                                        artists explore innovative processes and             Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo. Call 254-
                                                                                          devil. $50/ youth and student discount
                                                                                                                                        new perspectives. Through June 4. Chel-              0110. www.coyoteptmuseum.org.
                                                                                          available. May 27 and June 2-3, 8 p.m.;
                                                                                          May 28 and June 4, 2 p.m. Lucie Stern         sea Art Gallery, 440 Kipling St., Palo Alto.         Stevenson House Fourth Monoprint
                                                                                          Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo          Call 324-4450. www.chelseaartgallery.                Show Vlasta Diamant, a resident artist/
                                                                                          Alto. Call 424-9999. www.wbopera.org.         com.                                                 teacher, presents her students’ mono-
                                                                                                                                        Fantasy Animals for Children Original                prints. Through June 30. Stevenson
   May flowers                                                                                         Auditions                        prints by Bay Area artist, Marianne Sch-             House, 455 East Charleston Road, Palo
                                                                                          Auditions for Summer Conservatory June        lumberger. Exhibit runs through May 31.              Alto. Call 493-1478. www.stevenson
   Apropos for spring, artist Oksana Valentinova Johnson is showing                       3, 10:30 a.m.; June 7, 3:45 p.m.; June 16,                                                         house.org.
                                                                                                                                        Hours Tue.-Wed., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 6-
   her floral and landscape oil paintings in a solo exhibit at the Ather-                 3:45 p.m. Open to ages 10 through High        9 p.m.; Thu.-Sun., 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Bay             The Art and Evolution of Navigation See
   ton Library at 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane through the end of June.                     School. Program runs Tuesdays-Fridays,        Leaf Cafe, 520 Ramona St., Palo Alto. Call           how navigational tools evolved from land-
   Pictured is “Magnolias Blooming,” an 8-by-10-inch painting. The                        June 20-July 28. Participants learn about     321-7466.                                            marks to GPS, computers, and satellites.
   Russian-born artist paints in the Russian Impressionist tradition                      acting, music, dance, costume and set         Fine Art Two Person Exhibit “Windy Hill              Hands-on exhibits to allow guests to try
                                                                                          design, and act in a play. Call for more      Fine Arts” by artists Gloria Strongin and            out instruments. Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
   and often returns to her native country for artistic training. For                     audition dates. Palo Alto Children’s The-                                                          through May 28. Museum of American
   more information, call (650) 328-2422 or go to www.oksanajohn-                                                                       Rich Bielsker. June 1-30; reception Fri.,
                                                                                          atre, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto. Call   June 2, 7-9 p.m. Hours: Tue.-Thu., 6-8               Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call
   son.com.                                                                               463-4930.                                     p.m.; Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; artists             321-1004. www.moah.org.
                                                                                                                                        in gallery Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Red-                                      (continued on page 27)
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                                                              Goings On
                                                                                                                                                                     "I am now participating in my
(continued from page 25)                       Palo Alto Library. College Terrace Library,     non-members. Gamble Garden Carriage                                   63rd consecutive session and I can think
                                               2300 Wellesley St., Palo Alto. Call 329-        House, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Call
The Gallery Shop Continuous exhibits           2134. www.cityofpaloalto.org/library/           329-1356. www.gamblegarden.org.                                       of no better way to start each day. I am
of ceramics, glass, jewelry and fiber by       kids-teens.
American artists. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-
                                                                                               Find Your Way: Learn how to Get Around                                devoted to Community BootCamp and
                                               Star Parties at Foothills Park With the         Using Public Transit Systems Learn how
5p.m.; Tue.-Thu., 7-10 p.m.; Sun., 1-5         Peninsula Astronomical Society. Sat.,           to get to the San Antonio Shopping Cen-                               I am absolutely a Happy Camper!" Jim, Age 58
p.m. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell         June 3, begins at sunset. Telescopes            ter using the #35 VTA bus. Tue., May 30,
Rd., Palo Alto. Call 329-2366. www.
The Perfume of Sadness: Symbolist Art
                                               provided. Free for Palo Alto residents and
                                               their guests, sign up at www.paenjoy.org.
                                               Foothills Park, 3300 Page Mill Rd., Los
                                                                                               9:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. An orientation fol-
                                                                                               lowed by a round-trip on the bus. Cost:
                                                                                               $1.50 bus fare. Group is limited to 10
                                                                                                                                                        COMMUNITY BOOTCAMP
from the Kirk Long Collection The 30           Altos Hills. Call 617-3100 ext. 1697. www.      people. Reservations required. Walking            “The Toughest Workout You’ll Ever Love”
works offer a succinct introduction to         cityofpaloalto.org.                             required. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo               Next session starts on June 5, 2006
Symbolism, a short-lived but immensely         Tantrum Training The course is designed         Alto. Call 289-5425. www.avenidas.org.
influential literary and pictorial movement.   for parents of toddlers, but parents of         Line Dancing With Diana Ward Fridays,          info@timeoutservices.com
Through July 23. Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5           preschool-age children, child care work-        noon-1:30 p.m. $25 members, $30 non-
p.m.; Thu. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; closed Mon-
days and Tuesdays. Cantor Arts Center,
                                               ers, agency professionals and grandpar-
                                               ents will also find it helpful. Thursdays,
                                                                                               members. Little House, 800 Middle Ave.,
                                                                                               Menlo Park. Call 326-2025. www.penin
328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. museum.            June 1-15. Parents Leadership Institute,        sulavolunteers.org.
Three Dimensional Art A group exhibition
                                               555 Waverly St., Palo Alto. Call 322-5323.
                                                                                               Literacy Workshop May 31, 6:30 p.m. To
                                                                                               inspire children to read during the sum-
of 3-D work including ceramics, blown
glass, sculpture and jewelry on display
through June 24; reception for the artists
                                               Toddler Storytime For children ages 18
                                               months-3 years. Fridays, 10 a.m. Mitchell
                                                                                               mer months. Cindy Thomas, a specialist
                                                                                               in reading and writing skills for children,       See web site for special offers
                                               Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd., Palo        will demonstrate techniques for promot-
June 2, 6-8 p.m. Hours: Tue., 11 a.m.-5        Alto. Call 329-2436. www.cityofpaloalto.        ing literacy skills for young children. East
p.m.; Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Gallery        org/library/kids-teens.                         Palo Alto Library, 2415 University Ave., E.
House, 320 California Ave., Palo Alto. Call                                                    Palo Alto. Call 321-7712 ext. 244. www.
                                               Toddler Storytime For children ages 18
326-1668. www.galleryhouse2.com.                                                               smcl.org/libraries/epa/index.html.
                                               months-3 years. Mondays, 10 and 11
Youth Art 2006 and the 3rd Annual Cul-         a.m. Main Library, 1213 Newell Rd., Palo        May Forums Wednesdays, 11 a.m. May
tural Kaleidoscope Kaleidoscope high-          Alto. Call 329-2436. www.cityofpaloalto.        31 “How to Organize Your Life.” Free.
lights the artistic output of students in      org/library/kids-teens.                         Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo
grades K-12 that participate in visual arts                                                    Park. Call 326-2025. www.peninsulavol
education program within the Palo Alto                        Seniors                          unteers.org.
Unified School District. Through June 4.       La Comida Lunch For those 60 and                Self Guided Docent Training Enroll by
Free admission. Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.;     over and their spouses and guests. La           Mon., June 5. Contact Tim Farrell, 941-
Tue.-Thu., 7- 10 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Palo     Comida provides lunchtime meals, in a           2583 or tfarrell@pausd.org. Training in-
Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd., Palo         dining room setting with opportunities for
Alto. Call 329-2366. www.cityofpaloalto.       conversation and friendship. Mondays-
                                                                                               cludes presentations on the Bourn and
                                                                                               Roth families, the furnishings of the house
                                                                                                                                                              The Bowman program builds
org/artcenter.                                 Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Reserva-
                                               tions are not required. Suggested $2
                                                                                               and a tour of the house and gardens.                            confidence, creativity and
         Talks/Authors                         donation. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo
                                                                                               Training Sat., June 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Filo-
“Joan of Arc” Opera Lecture Dr. Richard        Alto. Call 322-3742. avenidas.org/site.
                                                                                               li, 86 Canada Rd., Woodside. Call 364-
                                                                                               8300. www.filoli.org.
                                                                                                                                                                  academic excellence.
Taruskin, speaks about Tchaikovsky’s           php?page=lacomida.
opera May 30, 7:30 p.m. The lecture is                                                         Solar Oven: Cooking, Building and Buy-
                                               Massage and Reflexology A 30 minute
organized by the South Peninsula Chap-
                                               massage or reflexology treatment for
                                                                                               ing With Don Larson. Sat., May 27, 10:30                           Lower School - Grades K - 5
ter of the San Francisco Opera Guild. $8                                                       a.m.-12:30 p.m. $23. Learn to prepare
                                               adults 50 and older. Tuesdays, through          vegetables, grains, beans, meat and
for Guild members/$10 for nonmembers.
Tickets are available at the door. Little
                                               May 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursdays,               bread with the Sun’s energy, and to mod-                           Middle School - Grades 6 - 8
                                               through May 25, 9 a.m.- 4p.m.; Fridays,         ify recipes for solar cooking. Construction
House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call
                                               through May 26, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. $20 for          principles and materials will be covered.
329-1374. www.sfopera.com.
                                               Avenidas members/$25 for non-mem-               Solar ovens and cookbooks available for
                                                                                                                                                                  Individualized, self-directed program
Laurie R. King, “The Art of Detection”         bers. Appointment required, call 289-
A manuscript purportedly written by                                                            purchase. Common Ground, 559 Col-
                                               5400. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo            lege Ave., Palo Alto. Call 493-6072. www.                          Rich international and cultural studies
Sherlock Holmes. Fri., June 2, 7:30 p.m.       Alto. www.avenidas.org.
Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El                                                          commongroundinpaloalto.org.
                                               Reiki Eastern healing therapy adults 50         Toddler Summer Camp 16-24 months
Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 321-2084.                                                                                                                           Proven, Montessori approach
                                               and older. $15. Wednesdays, through             Parent/child class. Art and activities for
                                               May 31, 9 a.m.-noon. Appointments re-           children; discussion of toddler issues
“The Last Assassin” by Barry Eisler            quired, call 289-5400. Avenidas, 450
Book signing Thu., June 1, 7:30 p.m.           Bryant St., Palo Alto. www.avenidas.org.
                                                                                               for parents. Tuesdays, June 6-July 25,                             State-of-the-art facility
Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El                                                          9:30-11 a.m. With Heidi Emberling. Pre-
Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 321-2084.                        Health                          registration required. Parents Place, 200
                                                                                               Channing Ave., Palo Alto. Call 688-3040.                           Low student-teacher ratio
www.keplers.com.                               Breast Cancer Session A physician and
Tuesday Teas 2 p.m. May 30: “Dancing           a therapist address medical questions           www.parentsplaceonline.org.
with the Stars.” Refreshments served.
Free. Little House, 800 Middle Ave.,
                                               and concerns of breast cancer patients,
                                               family, and friends. Free admission.
                                                                                                                 Film                                        www.bowmanschool.org
                                                                                               Stanford Theatre Guide May 26: “Bulldog
Menlo Park. Call 326-2025. www.penin-          Thursdays, through March, 5:30-7 p.m.           Drummond Strikes Back” 7:30 p.m.; “The          4000 Terman Drive          Palo Alto, CA        Tel: 650-813-9131
sulavolunteers.org.                            Community Breast Health Project, 390            Late George Apley “5:40 and 9:05 p.m.;
                                               Cambridge, Palo Alto. Call 326-6686.            May 27: “Lady Windemere’s Fan” 7:30
        Family and Kids                        www.cbhp.org.                                   p.m.; “Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back”
Jose-Luis Orozco Fri., May 26, 3 p.m. A        Nutrition Workshop Sat., June 3, 10
musical program funded by the Peninsula                                                        9:05 p.m.; May 28: “Lady Windemere’s
                                               a.m.-noon. “Mindful Eating,” how we eat         Fan” 2 p.m.; “Some Came Running” 7:30
Community Foundation. Free. East Palo          to nourish the spirit as well the body;
Alto Library, 2415 University Ave., E. Palo                                                    p.m.; “Home from the Hill” 4:50 and 10
                                               noon-1 p.m. nutritious lunch; 1-3 p.m.          p.m.; May 29-30: “Some Came Running”
Alto. Call 321-7712 ext. 222. www.smcl.        “The Whole Diet,” preventative and pro-
org/libraries/epa/index.html.                                                                  7:30 p.m.; “Home from the Hill” 4:50 and
                                               tective aspects of foods against cancer
Parenting in a Liberal Religion Parents        as well as high blood pressure, diabe-
                                                                                               10 p.m.; May 31-June 2: “The Talk of the
                                                                                               Town” 7:30 p.m.; “Lucky Partners” 5:40
                                                                                                                                                 June 10th • 1–2 pm (Ages 4+)
explore the questions children ask and         tes and other chronic diseases. $10 for         and 9:40 p.m. Stanford Theatre, 221
provide support to each other in the spiri-    lunch. Reservations requested. Palo Alto        University Ave., Palo Alto. Call 324-3700.
tual and everyday challenges of parent-        Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Road, Palo          www.stanfordtheatre.org.
ing. Sundays, through June 11, call for        Alto. Call 321-0123. www.pabt.org.                                                                Today we’ll play with the kid-friendly
times. Unitarian Universalist Church of                                                        Wednesday Movies 1 p.m. May 31” “The
                                               Super Foods Joyce Hanna will lead               Umbrellas of Cherbourgh.” $1 mem-                 watercolors and special paper from the
Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Rd., Palo         discussion on foods with health ben-
Alto. Call 494-0541. www.uucpa.org.                                                            bers/$2 non-members. Little House, 800            Chicken Socks book Magic Painting.
                                               efits. Pre-registration requested. June 1,      Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 326-2025.
Peace Picnic Face-painting, crafts, sto-       noon-1:15 p.m. $15. Hoover Pavilion, 211                                                          Just brush the paint on the paper to see
ry-telling, music and food, all about peace    Quarry Rd, Stanford. Call 725-4416. hip.
and justice. Bring food to share. Mon.,                                                        Winter Documentary Film Series On                 hidden designs magically appear. It’s
                                               stanford.edu.                                   Economic Justice and Environmental
May 29, noon-4 p.m. Free. Mitchell Park,                                                                                                         goof-proof art, Chicken Socks style!
3700 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto. Call 494-         Classes/Workshops                           Sustainability. May 26, 7:30 p.m. A dona-
                                                                                               tion of $5 to $10 is suggested, but not
0541. www.multifaithpeace.org.                 Bird Walks June 3 and 17, 9 a.m.-noon.
                                               $10 members/$15 non-members. Limit-             required. Discussions and socializing
Preschool Storytime For children ages
                                               ed to children 14 years and older. Filoli, 86   will take place after the films. Unitarian
3-5. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Main Library, 1213
                                               Canada Rd., Woodside. Call 364-8300.            Universalist Church of Palo Alto , 505 E.
Newell Rd., Palo Alto. Call 329-2436.
                                               www.filoli.org.                                 Charleston Rd., Palo Alto. Call 283-3797.
w w w.cityofpaloalto.org/librar y/kids-
teens.                                         Bobcats and Mountain Lions on the               www.worldcentric.com.                             June 17th • 1–2 pm (All Ages)
Preschool Storytime For children ages          Prowl Kids will learn how to distinguish                        Sports
3-5. Wednesdays, 11 a.m. College Ter-          the differences and similarities between        Girls Soccer Team Stanford Lightning
race Library, 2300 Wellesley St., Palo         these two felines. $15 members/$20              CYSA Girls’ Soccer Team for girls born
Alto. Call 329-2134. www.cityofpaloalto.       non-members. May 27, 9:30 a.m.-noon.            after July 31, 1994. Tryouts through May          This is the day people all over the world get together to
org/library/kids-teens.                        Filoli, 86 Canada Rd., Woodside. www.           31, Mondays, 6:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 4:30-          juggle. What better time to hang out with the folks who
Preschool Storytime Storytime for chil-
                                               Cooking Class, Picnic in the Park The
                                                                                               6 p.m. See website for details, Call 322-         brought you Juggling for the Complete Klutz?
dren ages 3-5. Fridays, 11 a.m. Mitchell                                                       2023. www.stanfordsoccerclub.org/.
Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd., Palo       class will teach ways to spice up pic-                                                            We’ll be teaching the basics from 1:00 to 2:00 and
Alto. Call 329-2134. www.cityofpaloalto.       nics. May 31, 6:30 p.m. $45. JLS Middle                       Outdoors                            afterward you can catch a session with our juggling club.
org/library/kids-teens.                        School, 480 East Meadow Drive, Palo             Free docent-led wildflower walks at
Special Program “Education Through             Alto. Call 329-3752. www.paadultschool.         Edgewood Park Free docent-led wild-
Art” Yolanda Rhodes will share stories         org.                                            flower walks, Saturdays and Sundays,                      572 College Avenue, Palo Alto (650) 493-2481
that enlighten, elevate the spirit and         Education Class “Success with Succu-            through June 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Edge-                 Tues – Fri: 11– 6 • Sat: 10:30 – 5:30 • Sun & Mon: Closed
bridge cultures. May 31, 3:30 p.m. Ages        lents Class” with Robin Stockwell. Sat.,
4 and up. Sponsored by the Friends of          May 27, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. $20 members/$25                         (continued on next page)
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                                                                                                    How Much Is It Worth
                                                                                                                                                          wood Natural Preserve, 10 Old Stage-
                                                                                                     Find out for FREE At:                                coach Rd., Woodside. Call 866-go-Edge-
                                                                                                                                                          wood. www.friendsofedgewood.org.
                                                                                                                                                          Friends of Stevens Creek Trail Yuba to
                                                                                                                                                          Bay Easy paced skate/bike along com-
                                                                                   www.EmailPropertyValue.net                                             plete 4 mile Stevens Creek Trail. Kids and
                                                                                                                                                          joggers welcome. May 29. Stevens Creek
                                                                                                                                                          Trailhead, 750 Yuba Dr., Mountain View.
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                                                                                       ila                                                                20th Annual Hike the Open Spaces
                                                                                             bl      So, What Are You Waiting For?                        Mon., May 29, 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m. With do-
                                                                                     Fu         e
                                                                                          lly 24                                                          cents Greg Azevedo and Bob Segalla.
                                                                                              Au Ho                                                       A 3-mile, leisurely-paced hike that will
                                                                                                  to ur           Sponsored by Elena Talis of             include the history of the preserve and
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                                                                                                                                                          the Open Space District, and information
                                                                                                     at                                                   about area plants, animals, and geology.
                                                                                                        ed Da                                             Reservations are required. Meet at Pic-
                                                                                                              y!                                          chetti Ranch Monte Bello Open Space
                                                                                                                                                          Preserve. Call 691-1200. www.open
                                                                                                                                                          Late Spring Wildflowers Sat., May 27, 1-4
                                                                                                                                                          p.m. With docents Rich and Toni Gooch.
                                                                                                                                                          A leisurely-paced, 3.5-mile walk along the
                                                                                    ADHD: MEDITATION OR MEDICATION?                                       Ancient Oaks and Ridge Trails, and the
                                                                                                                                                          trail up to Borel Hill. Russian Ridge Open
                                                                                             A safe, non-drug treatment for adhd                          Space Preserve. Call 691-1200. www.
                                                                                    The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for                  Lions and Us Sun., May 28, 11 a.m.-2:30
                                                                                   Disease Control have strongly warned about the danger-                 p.m. With docents Keith Johnsgard and
                                                                                                                                                          Doug Schulze. A 3-mile hike to discuss
                                                                                     ous side-effects associated with ADHD medications.                   the mountain lion encounters and how
                                                                                                                                                          to be prepared. Parents may not wish
                                                                                                                                                          to expose children to the details of lion
                                                                                    Everyone is warmly invited to attend a presentation                   attacks, use discretion in bringing them

                       Let the Sunshine in                                           on new ADHD research and programs showing how
                                                                                                Transcendental Meditation®
                                                                                                                                                          on the hike. Bring a lunch. Skyline Ridge
                                                                                                                                                          Open Space Preserve. Call 691-1200.
                       There’s nothing quite                                                                                                              Stop In and Explore Saturdays and Sun-
                       like the well crafted                                          Improves attention              Improves organizational skills      days, through May 28, noon-5 p.m. Visit
                       beauty of an Andersen                                          Improves impulse control        Improves academic performance       the Daniels Nature Center and view dis-
                                                                                      Improves problem solving        Reduces stress, anxiety and anger   plays about natural communities, view
                       window or door. At Bruce Bauer our expert sales staff                                                                              larger-than-life pond strata mobiles, and
                       will help you find the best Andersen solution for your                                                                             take a pond prowl. Park at Russian Ridge
                       home improvement needs. The famous Andersen®                                                                                       and follow signs to the center. Skyline
                                                                                                                                                          Ridge Open Space Preserve. Call 691-
                       Frenchwood® patio doors and the new custom-sized                            Dr. James Grant                                        1200. www.openspace.org.
                       double-hung windows provide exceptional beauty,                             ADHD Researcher, Harvard-trained educator
                       energy efficiency and reliability.                                                                                                     Religion/Spirituality
                                                                                                   Western Director for Consciousness-Based Education     “A Course in Miracles” Discussion study
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                       Bruce Bauer Lumber & Supply                                             Wednesday, May 31st 7:30 pm                                Amy Zucker Morgenstern answers writ-
                                                                                                                                                          ten questions from the audience. Sun.,
                       134 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View, CA 94040                               Maharishi Enlightenment Center                       May 28, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Public wel-
                       (650) 948-1089 www.brucebauer.com                                                                                                  come. Unitarian Universalist Church of
                                                                                                     1101 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto                       Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Rd., Palo
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                                                              Goings On
                                                                                                                                               Do you experience unpleasant pulling, painful,
Breast Cancer Couples Support Group            26, 7 p.m. $5 Stanford ID/$8 general.          Celebrating Tercera’s 10th Anniver-              creeping, crawling, or tingling sensations in
Explores issues that arise for couples
dealing with breast cancer. Spouses/
                                               Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford Univer-
                                               sity, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Call
                                                                                              sary And 10 years of Michael Osborne
                                                                                              printmaking. A one-person show with
                                                                                                                                               your legs that are worse at rest or at bedtime
partners of breast cancer patients are
welcome to come alone. Facilitated by
                                               964-1642.                                      Michael Osborne on display through May
                                                                                              27. Hours Tue.-Sat., 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                               and interfere with your ability to fall asleep?
Deborah Rosenberg. Fee admission.                         Art Galleries                       Tercera Gallery Palo Alto, 534 Ramona            If so, you may have Restless Legs Syndrome, or RLS.
2nd and 4th Tuesdays monthly, 6:30-            Art Exhibition May 27-June 30. Murals,         St., Palo Alto. Call 322-5324 . www.ter-
8:30 p.m. Community Breast Health              portraits, landscape and still life by Caro-   ceragallerypaloalto.com.
Project, 390 Cambridge, Palo Alto. Call        lyn Paterson. Opening Reception June 3,                                                         You may be eligible to participate in a clinical research trial being
                                                                                              “Celebration” An exhibition of recent
326-6686. www.cbhp.org.                        2-6 p.m. Complementary wine and hors           works by Anjolie Ela Menon. Through              conducted at the Stanford University Center for Human Sleep
Breast Cancer DCIS Support Group For           d’oeuvres. Allegro Gallery, 3130 Alpine        June 13. ArtsIndia West Gallery, 535 Bry-
                                               Road, Portola Valley. Call 851-4300.                                                            Research which is studying an investigational medication to treat RLS.
women diagnosed with Ductal Carci-                                                            ant St., Palo Alto. Call 321-4900. www.
noma In Situ. Facilitated by Merry Astor.      Balancing Act An exhibit of multi-posi-        artsindia.com.                                   Six clinic visits are required for this study. There are no costs to you,
Free admission. Every other Thursday,          tion, rotating paintings by Sydell Lewis;      David Levinthal: Thirty Years of Photo-          and you will receive payment for your participation in this study.
noon-1:15 p.m. Merry Astor’s office, Call      ceramic vessels and masks by Pat Oya-          graphs from 1974-2004 A survey of pho-
for Location, Los Altos. Call 326-6686.        ma. Through May 29. Gallery House, 320         tographs from selected series produced           You must be at least 18 years of age, not pregnant and not nursing,
www.cbhp.org.                                  California Ave., Palo Alto. Call 326-1668.     during 1974-2004 by photographer David
                                               www.galleryhouse2.com.                                                                          and in good health.
Metastatic Breast Cancer Support                                                              Levinthal. Through May 27. Hours: Tue.-
Group Therapist-led group addresses            Californian Landscapes by R. Salma             Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Stellar Somerset
the concerns of women dealing with ad-         Through May 31. Hours: Tue.-Sat., 10           Gallery, 539 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Call
                                                                                                                                                     If you are interested in this study, please call
vanced breast cancer, including: treat-        a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Art21                                                                             650-725-8527 ext. 1
ment decisions, side effects of treatment,     Gallery, 539 Alma St., Palo Alto. Call 566-
work-related issues, end-of-life concerns,     1381. www.art21.us.                                          (continued on next page)
changing relationships with children,
spouses/partners, family and friends.
Free admission. Mondays through June,

                                                                                                                               FUN, FUN, FUN
6:30-8:30 p.m. Community Breast Health
Project, 390 Cambridge, Palo Alto. Call
326-6686. www.cbhp.org.
Ongoing Breast Cancer Support Group
For anyone who has completed breast
                                                  Fencing Classes
cancer treatment and is focusing on con-
tinued physical, emotional, and spiritual
well-being. Facilitated by a therapist or a                                                                                                                                                  www.ArgoWin.com
guest speaker to discuss issues. Free ad-               4 to 5 p.m.
mission. 2nd and 4th Mondays monthly,
5-6:30 p.m. CBHP or Stanford Cancer
                                                        Roble Gym
Center, Call for address, Palo Alto. Call
326-6686. www.cbhp.org.
                                                        Ages 8-12                                                                                 CELEBRATING OVER 30 YEARS IN BUSINESS
Young Women’s Breast Cancer Support                   Coach George Pogosov
Group To discuss issues such as: con-               Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist,
necting with other young women, cop-
ing with aggressive treatments, fertility,              Co-head Coach, Stanford
children, dating, and long term health                 Classes • Private Lessons
concerns. Free admission. 1st, 3rd and
5th Tuesdays monthly through June,
6:30-8:30 p.m. Community Breast Health          CARDINAL FENCING CLUB                                 (650) 725-0733 or
Project, 390 Cambridge, Palo Alto. Call                     At Stanford University
326-6686. www.cbhp.org.                                   wwww.cardinalfencingclub.com
                                                                                                        (650) 725-3601
     Community Events
Hanna House Tours Open to the public
for tours by docents. The house was de-
signed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in
1937. First and third Sundays and second
and fourth Thursdays, monthly. Reserva-
tions required; $10 plus parking. Call or e-
mail Alana Doyle, email alana2@stanford.
edu. Hanna House, Frenchman’s Road,
Stanford. Call 725-8352.
Ballroom Dancing Cha Cha and Salsa
Rueda will be taught Fri., May 26, 8 p.m.
Lessons for beginning and intermediate
levels, no experience or partner neces-
sary. General dance party 9 p.m.-mid-
night. Singles and couples welcome.
Free refreshments. Casual attire. $7. Cub-
berley Community Center Pavilion, 4000
Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto. Call 856-9930.                                                                                                                              Milgard Vinyl Windows and Patio Doors
Contra Dance / Live Music Caller: Eric
                                                                                                                                                                        will not only enhance the look of your
Black Band: Harmon’s Peak. $10 gen-                                                                                                                                     home, they will save you money
eral/ members $8/ students $5 and low
income $2 off. Open to all. May 27, be-
ginners class 7:30 p.m.; dance 8-11 p.m.                                                                                                                                Low E-2 Glass will insulate better,
1st United Methodist Church of Palo Alto,                                                                                                                               keeping the warmth inside and the
Hamilton and Byron, Palo Alto. Call 965-
9169. www.bacds.org.                                                                                                                                                    cold outside. That means lower energy
The London Blitz Swing Ball A 1940’s                                                                                                                                    bills. And who wouldn’t love that?
costume ball Sat., June 3, 6:45-midnight.
Sara and Swingtime plays an evening of
swing and vintage ballroom dance mu-
sic. Vintage or modern evening dress
admired, not required. Event includes a
pre-ball dance lesson, period floor show,
and light buffet. Tickets: $15 before May
27/ $20 at the door. San Mateo Masonic
Temple, 100 North Ellsworth Ave., San
Mateo. Call (510) 522-1731. www.peers.
“Tributes” Local pre-professional Teen
Dance Company of the Bay Area pres-
ents an evening of concert dances. Per-
                                                                                                                                                       CALL US FOR A FREE ESTIMATE OR
spectives on moments in history, the en-
vironment, the human psyche, the ages
of man, and culture. May 27, 8 p.m.; May
                                                                                                                                                         VISIT ONE OF OUR SHOWROOMS
28, 1 p.m. $25 adult/ $20 senior/student/
child. 903-6000 or www.mvcpa.com
Mountain View Center for the Performing
Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Call
                                                                                                                                                                  800 . 430 . 7535
283-5678. www.teendancecompany.
Uniendo Culturas Cruzando Fronteras
Ballet Folklorico de Stanford presents its
                                                                                                                                                                  10624 S. De Anza Blvd.
22nd Annual Spring Concert. Fri., May
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                                                                 Goings On
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                                                    328-6688. www.stellarsomersetgallery.
                                                    Dog Etchings: “Party Dogs” A new series
                                                    by local artist, Cherise Seim Thompson,
                                                    of dogs and cats in party scenarios. Some
                                                    of proceeds to benefit Pets In Need. May
                                                    30-June 24; meet the artist Saturdays,
                                                    June 3 and 24, 1-4 p.m. Hours: Tue.-Sat.,
                                                    11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Gallery 9, 143 Main
                                                    St., Los Altos. Call 941-7969.
                                                    “Donna McGinnis: Landscapes and Vis-
                                                    tas” Solo exhibition of landscapes by Bay
                                                    Area artist Donna McGinnis. Paintings
                                                    capture vistas of the Pacific Northwest,
                                                    the Caribbean, and the beauty of Nature.
                                                    On display through June 4. Hours: Wed.-
                                                    Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.;
                                                    and by appointment. Chelsea Art Gallery,
                                                    440 Kipling St., Palo Alto. Call 324-4450.
                                                    “Exposed: Uncovering Beauty, Myths,
                                                    and a Few Lies” Featuring mixed media
                                                    work by Karen Chew and Tess Sinclair.
                                                    Through May 28. Hours: Wed.-Fri., 11
                                                    a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
                                                    The Main Gallery, 1018 Main St., Red-
                                                    wood City. Call 701-1018. www.themain
                                                    Gallery 9 Color photography exhibit by
                                                    Bay Area artist, Charles Halleck. Scenic
                                                    works from CA and abroad on display
                                                    through May 27. Hours: Tue.-Sat., 11:30
                                                    a.m.-5:30 p.m. Gallery 9, 143 Main St.,
                                                    Los Altos. Call 941-7969.
                                                    Gardens for Gourmets By Carolyn Hof-
                                                    stetter. Through June 4. Hours: Mon.-
                                                    Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
                                                    Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los
                                                    Altos. Call 941-5789. www.viewpoints
                                                    “In Search of Light” New Work by Kim
                                                    Lordier The exhibit explores Lordier’s
                                                    interpretation and treatment of light on
                                                    canvas. On display through May 28. Por-
                                                    tola Valley Art Gallery, 765 Portola Rd.,
                                                    Portola Valley. Call 851-1563. www.por
                                                    Jewelry Showcase Palo Alto resident Lois
                                                    Miller will show her handcrafted gem-
                                                    stone jewelry in sterling silver and gold
                                                    Fri., June 2, 6 p.m. Shady Lane Gallery,
                                                    441 University Ave., Palo Alto. Call 321-
                                                    1099. www.paloaltoartwalk.com.
                                                    Modern Edens: Permutations of Para-
                                                    dise Five artists display work which ex-
                                                    plores the ordered chaos of the natural
                                                    world and the permutations that arise
                                                    when nature collides with technology.
                                                    Through June 17; artist reception June
                                                    25, 5:30 p.m. Spur Projects, 888 Portola
                                                    Rd., Portola Valley. Call 529-2040. www.
                                                    “Passing Strange” Through June 11.
                                                    Spring member exhibit. Work by the 27
                                                    member artists. Gallery hours Thu.-Sun.,
                                                    1-5 p.m. Free. 1870 Art Center, 1870
                                                    Ralston Ave., Belmont. Call 261-1086.
                                                    This Luminous World Photographs by
                                                    David Hibbard. Mr. Hibbard’s photo-
                                                    graphs, taken along the beaches and in
                                                    the coastal forests of northern California,
                                                    explore the play of light in the natural
                                                    world. On display through June 1. Mod-
                                                    ernbook Gallery, 494 University Ave., Palo
                                                    Alto. Call 327-6235. www.modernbook.

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Sports                                                                                                                                                                                           WOMEN’S NCAA TENNIS

Shorts                                                                                                                                                                                            Cheers
PREP NOTES . . . The Menlo
School baseball season came to
                                                                                                                                                                                                  for the
an end Tuesday night following a
4-2 loss to top-seeded Carmel in
the Central Coast Section Divi-
sion III semifinals at San Jose
Municipal Stadium. Menlo (15-14)                                                                                                                                                                Stanford keeps streaks
was locked in a 2-2 deadlock                                                                                                                                                                      alive with its third
before Carmel (25-6) scored two
unearned runs in the bottom of                                                                                                                                                                    NCAA team crown
the sixth. Jack Mosbacher had                                                                                                                                                                            by Rick Eymer
two hits for Menlo, which loaded

the bases in the first inning with                                                                                                                                                                  ulie Scott Thu knows a thing or
only one out but scored just one                                                                                                                                                                    two about pressure, nerves and
run . . . Correction: The Sacred                                                                                                                                                                    staying in the moment. After
Heart Prep boys’ tennis team                                                                                                                                                                   all, she ranks third on the Stanford
finished the season with a 24-2                                                                                                                                                                women’s tennis list for career vic-
record, not 24-3 as published in                                                                                                                                                               tories (93) and helped the Cardinal
Wednesday’s paper.                                                                                                                                                                             win the 1997 national title, ending
                                                                                                                                                                                               Stanford’s longest drought (five
CAMPS AND CLINICS . . .                                                                                                                                                                        years) without an NCAA champi-
Gunn varsity basketball coach                                                                                                                                                                  onship.
Chris Redfield will be running the                                                                                                                                                                Thu was on the sidelines again
Titan Basketball Camp at Gunn                                                                                                                                                                  Tuesday in her role as assistant
High the weeks of June 19-22                                                                                                                                                                   coach as junior Theresa Logar was
and June 26-29. Morning and                                                                                                                                                                    looking to clinch Stanford’s third
afternoon sessions are available                                                                                                                                                               straight NCAA title on Court 3 at
for boys and girls entering grades                                                                                                                                                             the Taube Tennis Center.
4-8. Call 917-8754 or email cred-                                                                                                                                                                 “Having her there was very calm-
field@pacbell.net for more info . . .                                                                                                                                                          ing,” Logar said after her 6-0, 6-3
A free introductory lacrosse clinic                                                                                                                                                            victory over Monika Dancevic
will be held Sunday, June 4 at                                                                                                                                                                 sealed the Cardinal’s 4-1 victory
Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton.                                                                                                                                                              over Miami. “I get nervous very
Boys and girls ages 7 and older                                                                                                                                                                easily during big points and when I
are invited. Girls will train from                                                                                                                                                             look at her she’s got this very calm-
2-3:30 p.m. with the boys from                                                                                                                                                                 ing way about her. It’s nice to have
4-5:30 p.m. For more informa-                                                                                                                                                                  her there, keeping me stabilized.”
tion: call 799-3600 or visit www.                                                                                                                                                                 Logar and fellow junior Anne
AthertonLacrosse.com. . . . Palo                                                                                                                                                               Yelsey will return to Stanford next
Alto High swim coach Danny Dye                                                                                                                                                                 year with a chance to go through
will be running the Excel Swim                                                                                                                                                                 their college careers without a loss.
School this summer at Palo Alto                                                                                                                                                                They will be caretakers of the Car-
High. The school is for boys and                                                                                                                                                               dinal’s current 86-match winning
girls ages 4 and older. For more                                                                                                                                                               streak (107 straight home victories)
information, go to www.excels-                                                                                                                                                                 of which they have been an impor-
wimschool.com or contact Dye at                                                                                                                                                                tant part.
danny@excelswimschool.com or                                                                                                                                                                      Yelsey wasn’t able to play singles
861-1093.                                                                                                                                                                                      on Tuesday because of a strained
                                                                                                                                                                                               right quad muscle, which limited
SOCCER NEWS . . . The Alpine                                                                                                                                                                   her movement. After helping Alice
Menlo Soccer Academy will host                                                                                                                                                                 Barnes win an important doubles
a free clinic (10 a.m.) for play-                                                                                                                                                              point, Yelsey was replaced by fresh-
ers ages 6-8 on June 4 at Corte                                                                                                                                                                man Jessica Nguyen in the lineup.
Madera Middle School in Portola                                                                                                                                                                   In fact, neither senior — Barnes
                                                                                                                                                                     Norbert von der Groeben

Valley . . . The Alpine Menlo Soc-                                                                                                                                                             at No. 2 singles or Amber Liu at No.
cer Club is former a boys’ under-9                                                                                                                                                             1 — scored a singles point in their
team for the fall of 2006. Tryouts                                                                                                                                                             final collegiate dual match. Barnes
will be held on June 4 (11 a.m.) at                                                                                                                                                            and Liu were in the middle of what
Corte Madera Middle School in                                                                                                                                                                  turned out to be a critical win in
Portola Valley. Boys born 8-1-96                                                                                                                                                               doubles though, and both have been
or later are eligible. For more in-                                                                                                                                                            a part of three consecutive team
formation contact Cris Gilmore at                                                                                                                                                              titles.
(408) 768-8821 or visit alpinemen-         Stanford junior Theresa Logar enjoys a celebratory hug from teammate Jessica Leck after Logar clinched the Car-
losoccer.com.                              dinal’s 4-1 victory over Miami on Tuesday, which gave the Stanford women their third straight NCAA team title.                                                     (continued on page 34)

          ON THE AIR                         Corkery is lone Stanford man left standing in NCAA tennis
                                                    by Rick Eymer
                Friday                                                              “I was seeded last year and this        won his first match, 7-5, 5-7, 6-1,                                in the first round and then ousted

    College baseball: UC Davis at Stan-          nd they just keep on winning.   is my fourth year as an All-Ameri-         over TCU’s Andrei Mlendea before                                   Anna Lubinsky of Texas A&M on
 ford, 6 p.m., KZSU (90.1 FM)                    All seven Stanford tennis       can,” Corkery said. “I’ve beaten a         losing Thursday to Erling Tveit of                                 Thursday, 6-1, 6-2.
    Prep sports: High School Sports              players who took the court on   lot of the top players in this tourna-     Mississippi, 7-6, 7-5.                                               Liu, the 2003 and 2004 NCAA
 Focus, 11 p.m., KICU (36), rebroadcast
 Sunday at 4 p.m.                          Wednesday for the opening round of    ment. It’s unfortunate I wasn’t seed-        Seventh-seeded Alice Barnes, No.                                 singles champion who missed last
              Saturday                     the NCAA individual singles tour-     ed and I feel I want to come here and      8 Amber Liu plus unseeded Celia                                    year’s individual tournament with a
    College baseball: Stanford at UC Da-
                                           nament advanced into the second       show that . . . I’m glad I had a couple    Durkin and Theresa Logar all won                                   shoulder injury, is hoping to win an
 vis, 2 p.m., KZSU (90.1 FM)               round, and several of them reached    of days off before this tournament         their first two matches to earn a trip                             unprecedented third singles title.
                Sunday                     Friday’s Round of 16.                 started. I had a couple of days to be      into the Round of 16 on Friday.                                      Durkin beat Vanderbilt’s Taka
    Prep sports: Cal-Hi Bay Area, 5:30       Senior KC Corkery won his 30th      upset and disappointed (after the            Barnes opened with a 7-5, 6-2 vic-                               Bertrand, 6-3, 6-3, Thursday after
 p.m., KRON (4) rebroadcast Monday at      match of the season on Thursday,      Stanford men fell to Baylor, 4-3),         tory over South Florida’s Courtney                                 opening with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over
 7 p.m. on Fox Sports Net                  beating Virginia Commonwealth’s       then to get refocused. I still want        Vernon on Wednesday and followed                                   Northwestern’s Alexis Prousis.
                                           15th-ranked Arnaud Lecloerec, 6-1,    to make my mark, more so because           that with an impressive 6-2, 6-2 win                                 Logar rebounded from a first-set
      SPORTS ONLINE                        6-3. The unseeded Corkery opened      it’s here at home. I still feel like I’m   over Northwestern’s Georgia Rose                                   loss to beat TCU’s Helena Besovic,
 For expanded daily coverage of college
                                           the tournament with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5   playing for Stanford and I do better       on Thursday.                                                       2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the second round.
 and prep sports, please see our online    win over Texas A&M’s Raul Morant      when I feel that way.”                       Liu opened with a 6-3, 6-2 win                                   She opened with a 6-0, 7-5 win over
 edition at www.PaloAltoOnline.com         on Wednesday.                            Cardinal freshman Matt Bruch            over VCU’s Marianna Yuferova                                       New Mexico’s Maja Kovacek.■
                                                                                                                                                      Palo Alto Weekly • Friday, May 26, 2006 • Page 31
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       STANFORD ROUNDUP

                                                                                                                                                                                           Baseball honors its seniors
                                                                                                                                                         Is your                            in their final home game
                                                                                                                                                                                          Stanford ends regular season tonight, Saturday against
                                                                                                                                                         dog                                  UC Davis; Cardinal softball takes on Alabama
                                                                                                                                                                                                   by Rick Eymer                            over host Pacific on Wednesday
                                                                                                                                                                                              xpect fireworks tonight when                  gave the Cardinal nine wins in its
                                                                                                                                                                                              the Stanford baseball team                    past 11 games.
                                                                                                                                                         into                                 takes on UC Davis at 6 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                        in the final regular-season home
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Lewis had four hits, including a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            double and home run, and drove in
                                                                                                                                                                                        game with possible NCAA tourna-                     a career-high five runs as Stanford
                                                                                                                                                         danger?                        ment implications at stake.
                                                                                                                                                                                          For many Stanford fans, Friday’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            scored six runs in the sixth to over-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            come an 8-4 deficit.
                                                                                                                                                         We can help.                   game represents the school’s last
                                                                                                                                                                                        chance to salvage some dignity for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Freshman Austin Yount made
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sure the lead stood up, pitching 4 1-
                                                                                                                                                                                        the athletic department.                            3 innings of scoreless relief, striking
                                                                                                                                                       Is your dog running off your       It was UC Davis, after all, which                 out five, to win his third game in as
                                                                                                                                                       property and into traffic?        beat the Cardinal in football and                   many decisions.
                                                                                                                                                       Neighbor’s yards? Wilder-        then again in basketball.                              Minaker added three hits and
                                                                                                                                                       ness areas? Or chasing other       The real fireworks come after the                 drove in three runs while Menlo
                                                                                                                                                       dogs, or even people? Then       game, hosted by Town and Country                    School grad Ryan Seawell and Jason
                                                                                                                                                       let Invisible Fence® Brand       Village as part of Fan Appreciation                 Castro each added three hits. Hester
                                                                                                                                                       show you how your dog can        Day. The senior class of John Hes-                  had two hits and two RBI as Stan-
                                                                                                                                                       stay safe behind a wall that     ter, Chris Lewis, Matt Manship and                  ford posted season highs in runs and
                                                                                                                                                       no one can see - but that        Chris Minaker will also be honored                  hits (19).
                                                                                                                                                                                        in a pre-game ceremony.                                Seawell drove in the first run of
                                                                                                                                                       your dog is guaranteed not         Stanford travels to UC Davis on                   the sixth, and Hester added a two-
                                                                                                                                                       to cross!                        Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest.                      run single. Minaker’s single tied
                                                                                                                                                                                          Stanford (30-23) head into its fi-                the game with a single and Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                        nal two regular-season games on a                   put Stanford ahead with a two-run
                                                                                                                                                                                        roll. A 14-8 come-from-behind win
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (continued on page 36)
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                                                                                                                                                                                        Yount (5) and Hester; Pasma, Stolp (4), Har-               2006 All-Tournament Team†
                                                                                                                                                                                        ris (6), Wild (6), Neimeyer (7) and Eastman,           No. 1 singles -- Audra Cohen (Miami);

        NEED A                                                                                                Give Your                                                                 Oliveira (6). WP -- Yount (3-0). LP -- Harris
                                                                                                                                                                                           HR -- Lewis (S); Baum (P). 2B -- Minaker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No. 2 singles -- Alice Barnes (Stanford); No.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3 singles -- Theresa Logar (Stanford); No.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4 singles -- Boglarka Berecz (Florida); No.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        2, Seawell (S); Ching, Saunders (P). 4 hits
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5 singles -- Patricia Starzyk (Miami); No. 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            singles -- Celia Durkin (Stanford).

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                                                                                                                                                                                        -- Hester (S); Joines (P).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               No. 1 doubles -- Alice Barnes and Anne
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yelsey (Stanford); No. 2 doubles -- Feriel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Esseghir and Georgia Rose (Northwestern);
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  NCAA Team Tournament
                                                                                                                                                                                            At Stanford’s Taube Tennis Stadium
                                                                                                                                                                                                 2006 All-Tournament Team
                                                                                                                                                                                           No. 1 singles -- John Isner (Georgia); No.

                Coming September 13th!                                                                                                                                                  2 singles -- Pedro Rico (Pepperdine); No. 3
                                                                                                                                                                                        singles -- Ivor Lovrak (Pepperdine); No. 4 sin-
                                                                                                                                                                                        gles -- Andre Begemann (Pepperdine); No. 5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               College -- UC Davis at Stanford, 6 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                        singles -- Miguel Reyes Varela (Texas); No. 6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               College men -- NCAA Round of 16 sin-
                                                                                                                                                                                        singles -- Omar Altmann (Pepperdine).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            gles and doubles at Stanford’s Taube Tennis

                                                                                                                                              OUR ANNUAL                                   No. 1 doubles -- Andre Begemann and
                                                                                                                                                                                        Scott Doerner (Pepperdine); No. 2 doubles
                                                                                                                                                                                        -- Ivor Lovrak and Pedro Rico (Pepperdine);
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  NCAA Team Tournament                         College men -- NCAA singles and dou-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bles quarterfinals at Stanford’s Taube Tennis
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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stanford 4, Florida 0
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                                                                                                                                                                                           Singles -- Li (S) vs. Gordon, DNF; Barnes
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                                                                                                                                                                                        (S) d. Srebrovic, 6-2, 6-3; Logar (S) vs. De-                       SUNDAY
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                                                                                                                                                                                           Doubles -- Barnes-Yelsey (S) vs. Benik-
                                                                                                                                                                                        Gordon, DNF; Durkin-Liu (S) d. Frangulyan-          Center, noon
                                                                                                                                                                                        Srebrovic, 8-0; Hodzic-Nguyen (S) d. Rob-               College women -- NCAA singles and

                                                                                                                                             PALO ALTO                                  inson-Suvak, 8-2.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Records: Florida 25-2; Stanford 29-0
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            doubles semifinals at Stanford’s Taube Ten-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            nis Center, noon
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stanford 4, Miami 1                                          Tennis
                                                                                                                                                (650) 326-8210                             Singles -- Cohen (M) d. Liu, 6-3, 6-3;
                                                                                                                                                                                        Barnes (S) led Applebaum, 6-4, 5-4 (DNF);
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               College men -- NCAA singles final at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Stanford’s Taube Tennis Center, noon; dou-
                                                                                                                                                                                        Logar (S) d. Dancevic, 6-0, 6-3; Banada (M)         bles final at 2 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                        led Deason, 6-1, 5-3 (DNF); Durkin (S) d.              College women -- NCAA singles final at
                                                                                                                                                                                        Starzyk, 6-0, 6-2; Nguyen (S) d. Seenauth,          Stanford’s Taube Tennis Center, noon; dou-
                                                                                                                                                                                        6-1, 6-0.                                           bles final at 2 p.m.
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                                                                                                                                                     KID’S SOCCER FALL SESSION
                                 2006 CCS TRACK AND FIELD ENTRIES
                                            Tonight, 4 p.m. at San Jose City College

                               BOYS                                    58.69, Nelson (Los Altos) 58.77, McGhee (M-A) 59.01.
   400 relay -- Bellarmine 43.73, Riordan 43.27, St. Francis              100 -- Carter (VChristian) 11.68, Tarmoh (MPleasant) 11.70,
43.01, Palma 42.67, Monterey 42.74, Scotts Valley 43.25, Serra         Nelson (MVista) 12.40, Reed (LGatos) 12.46, Carrasco (Ever-
43.41, Silver Creek 44.03.                                             green) 12.52, Worthy (Jefferson) 12.60, Biondi (Los Altos) 12.61,
   1,600 -- Sitler (St. Francis) 4:17.29, Lopez (Alisal) 4:20.07,      Archdeacon (Harbor) 12.63.
Petrillo (Los Gatos) 4:22.71, Zepeda (Watsonville) 4:23.47, Ab-           800 -- Lattanzi (Paly) 2:12.44, Lee (Carmel) 2:16.60, Robinson
dalla (Willow Glen) 4:23.61, Alvarado (St. Ignatius) 4:24.58, Kelle-   (Mitty) 2:17.30, Long (SLV) 2:17.33, Fedronic (Carl) 2:18.34, Law-
her (Burlingame) 4:24.62, Gonzalez (Del Mar) 4:26.75, Baum             man (VChristian) 2:18.40, Peppard (LGatos) 2:20.04, Johnson
(Bell) 4:28.52, Vasquez (San Benito) 4:28.55, Nickolls (Los Altos)     (SLV) 2:20.18.
4:28.73, Kali (Mills) 4:29.35.                                            300 hurdles -- Reed (LGatos) 46.20, Batiste (Monterey) 46.40,
   110 HH -- Lumpkin (Palma) 14.59; Ta (Silver Creek) 14.82),          Okuji (RLS) 46.42, Anthony (Castilleja) 46.95, O’Donnell (M-A)
Drbal (Bell) 14.98, Wheeler (Menlo-Atherton) 15.00, Greene (Bell)      47.07, LeFever (Aptos) 47.20, Iosefa (Oak Grove) 47.27, Hernan-
15.13, DiSimone (Seaside) 15.35, Phillips (Bell) 15.37, Block (Sea-    dez (N. Salinas) 47.52.
side) 15.40.                                                              200 -- Tarmoh (MPleasant) 23.78, Carter (VChristian) 24.17,
   400 -- Phillips (Monterey) 48.08, Harvin (Monterey) 48.74,          Nelson (MVista) 25.54, Brown (MPleasant) 25.58, Houp (VChris-
Reyes (Palma) 49.64, Luttrell (SValley) 49.68, Wolfram (PHills)        tian) 25.74, Morgan (SCruz) 25.89, Nguyen (Milpitas) 25.97, Nel-
49.92, Liang (Gunn) 50.18, Bubenheim (Serra) 50.25, Winder             son (Los Altos) 26.14.
(Riordan) 50.68.                                                          3,200 -- Bergman (VChristian) 11:11.18, Barrientos (Harbor)                                     Beginners welcome. No try-outs.
   100 -- Hunsucker (VChristian) 10.89, Barrera (Independence)         11:13.17, VanAusdall (Aptos) 11:16.15, Roake (Carl) 11:18.54,
11.10, Weltz (San Benito) 11.07, Topps (N. Mont. Co) 11.10,            Voigtlander (Burl) 11:19.51, Schoettle (Castilleja) 11:20.26, Feng                                         Boys and Girls
Carcamo (Seaside) 11.12, Hampton (Burl) 11.17, Taylor (Palma)          (MVista) 11:23.65, Barnett (Leland) 11:26.71, Boyd (San Benito)
11.124, Thadani (Lynbrook) 11.34.                                      11:30.63, Mayer (Gunn) 11:38.26, Hoyt (SLV) 11:45.23, Worsham
   800 -- Sam (Oak Grove) 1:56.82, Pompei (St. Francis) 1:56.93,       (MVista) 11:45.67.                                                                                            AYSO SIGN-UP
Reid (Mt. View) 1:57.26, Alvarez-Bautista (Watsonville) 1:58.23,          1,600 relay -- Valley Christian 4:02.39, Carlmont 4:02.40,
Hale (M-A) 1:58.31, Palladino (Carl) 1:58.33, Lopez (Alisal)           Mt. Pleasant 4:02.42, Mitty 4:02.44, Los Altos 4:02.72, Milpitas                 Online at www.ayso26.org any time or by mail
1:58.70, Douglas (Saratoga) 1:58.71.                                   4:04.52, Los Gatos 4:04.86, St. Francis 4:06.01.
   300 IH -- Greene (Bell) 38.98, Ta (SCreek) 39.06, Wheeler              High jump -- Dolbec (Saratoga) 5-4, Lightfoot (SCruz) 5-4,
(M-A) 39.85, Shabram (Carmel) 40.12, Mullen (SValley) 40.63,           Ajoku (STeresa) 5-2, McKenzie (Leland) 5-2, Coulter (Aptos) 5-                                 Mail-in Registration packets are available at
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41.14.                                                                 Montin (MVista) 5-0.                                                                                    on Waverley in Palo Alto
   200 -- Phillips (Monterey) 22.21, Luttrell (SValley) 22.35, Harvin     Pole vault -- Anthony (Castilleja) 12-6, Barthel (St. Francis) 12-
(Monterey) 22.49, Topps (NMC) 22.62, Barrera (Independence)            6, Giordano (SI) 12-0, Franklin (St. Francis) 11-6, Engle (Home-
22.67, Carcamo (Seaside) 22.69, McGraw (Riordan) 22.70, Weltz          stead) 10-6, Hirabayashi (Burl) 10-0, LeFever (Aptos) 10-0, Zhu
(San Benito) 22.70.                                                    (N. Salinas) 9-6.

   3,200 -- Sitler (St. Francis) 9:27.61, Estrada (Alisal) 9:36.25,       Long jump -- Dugall (MPleasant) 17-9, Rimbach (Prospect)
Knorr (VC Dublin) 9:39.63, Alvarado (SI) 9:40.41, Landry (SCruz)       17-8 1/4, Okuji (RLS) 17-7 1/2, Thomas (MPleasant) 17-6 1/4,
9:43.12, Himmelberger (Palo Alto) 9:45.52, Abdalla (WGlen)             Williams (SCruz) 17-6, Co (MVista) 17-5, Thom (Mt. View) 17-0,
9:45.58, Petrillo (LGatos) 9:50.56, Gragert (Evergreen Valley)         Balsham (SI) 16-11 1/4.
9:50.68, Kohnert (TNova) 9:50.90, Johnston (Burl) 9:53.14,                Triple jump -- Dugall (MPleasant) 39-3, Rimbach Prospect)
Mayeda (Aptos) 9:57.01.                                                37-2 1/4, Ring (St. Francis) 36-4, Boyle (Cupertino) 36-1, Thomas
   1,600 relay -- Monterey 3:25.46, Riordan 3:26.56, Serra             (MPleasant) 36-0 1/2, LeFever (Aptos) 35-9, Bui (Wilcox) 35-8
3:28.30, Gunn 3:39.55, Milpitas 3:29.90, Menlo-Atherton                1/2, Okolie (Alvarez) 35-4 1/4.
3:29.93, Palma 3:30.88, N. Monterey Co. 3:32.09.                          Discus -- Paini (St. Francis) 141-10, Onyewuenyi (Oak Grove)
                                                                       123-4, Daniels (Milpitas) 116-9, Hadley (Soquel) 116-1, Oseso                                                Your hot spot for local offers
   High jump -- Mabrey (SHC) 6-2, Hernandez (Del Mar) 6-2,
Haggerty (Serra) 6-2, Bourgoub (St. Francis) 6-2, Carmichael           (SClara) 114-5, Schmitt (Carl) 114-0, Freitas (Independence) 112-
(Oak Grove) 6-2, Rutledge (LGatos) 6-0, De La Cerda (San Beni-
to) 6-0, Wright (Aptos) 6-0.
                                                                       4, Perrien (San Benito) 107-0.
                                                                          Shot put -- Onyewuenyi (Oak Grove) 41-9 1/4, Musika (Milpi-
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   Pole vault -- Roche (St. Francis) 16-0, Merrigan (San Benito)
15-6, Sheehan (St. Francis) 14-6, Maleta (Soquel) 14-6, Schroder
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                                                                       Smith (VChristian) 37-6, Perrien (San Benito) 35-6 1/2, Oseso                                 www.PaloAltoOnline.com
(San Benito) 14-6, Phillips (Westmoor) 14-0, Yip (SI) 14-0, Mont-      (SClara) 35-1, Serna (WGlen) 33-11.
gomery (Serra) 14-0.
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22-5 1/4, Roche (St. Francis) 22-3,
                                                 Event            Time         Name                        Team                      Year
Scibetta (Cupertino) 21-10 1/2, Prom             400 relay 41.54                                           Independence              1988
(YBuena) 21-9, Topps (NMC) 21-8 1/4.             1,600            4:08.7       Mark Stillman               Willow Glen               1977
   Triple jump -- Crawford (Alisal) 46-8         110 HH           13.84        Arend Watkins               Silver Creek              1997
1/2. Scibetta (Cup) 46-0 3/4, Goodrich
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Mar) 44-4, Blakley (Westmont) 43-10,
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Belling (SValley) 43-8, Shabram (Car-
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                                                 800              1:50.7       Rick Brown                  Los Altos                 1970                                          all Alterations
Pope (MV Christian) 43-5 1/2, Miller
                                                 300 IH           36.60        John Montgomery             Independence              1988
(Evergreen) 43-5 1/4, Fontella (SHC)             200              20.9         Millard Hampton             Silver Creek              1974                            See Pizazz online for coupon and details
43-2, Ferrara (SI) 43-1 1/2.                     3,200            9:01.6       Gordon MacMitchell Gunn                               1973
   Discus -- Tsai (Homestead) 175-3,
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   Shot put -- Gordon (Mitty) 57-2 1/2,          Triple jump 50-11 1/2 Harold Rucker                       Silver Creek              1986        Crepes Café                                                Personal Care/ Healing
Wernick (St. Francis) 54-0, Ikeokwu
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   400 relay -- Mt. Pleasant 47.37, Val-                                                                                                         Jing Jing                                                    Marlin’s Car Wash
ley Christian 48.12, Los Gatos 48.99, St.       Event            Time         Name                          Team                     Year        Little India                                               Lodging/Travel
Francis 49.52, Mitty 49.53, Santa Cruz          400 relay        47.43                                      St. Francis              1988
49.64, Milpitas 50.07, Aptos 51.55.                                                                                                              Ming’s                                                       Pacific Hotels
   1,600 -- Johnson (SLV) 5:01.96,
                                                1,600            4:47.56      A. Barrientos                 SL Valley                2000        New Tung Kee Noodle House                                  Other
Lawman (VChristian) 5:03.57, VanA-              100 LH           13.76        Tamara Gulley                 Oak Grove                2000        Papa Murphy’s                                                HealthyPets.com
usdall (Aptos) 5:03.67, Boyd (San               400              53.92        Leslie Maxie                  Mills                    1982        Pizza A-Go-Go                                                Palo Alto Weekly
Benito) 5:05.14, Millett (HMB) 5:05.83,         100              11.57        Khrystal Carter               Valley Christian         2005        Pizza Chicago                                                TheatreWorks
Ivanhoe (Paly) 5:06.49, Anderson                                                                                                                 Round Table Pizza
(Harbor) 5:07.82, Barrientos (Harbor)           800              2:04.0       Kristen Dowell                Santa Teresa             1986      Retail
5:08.66, Feng (MVista) 5:10.51, Berg-           300 LH           41.71        Tisha Ponder                  Del Mar                  1996        Occasions Etc. (formerly Menlo-
man (VChristian) 5:13.40, Hsu (MVista)          200              23.69        Khrystal Carter               Valley Christian         2005          Atherton Trophy)
5:13.99, Fabris (LGatos) 5:14.07.
                                                3,200            10:09.5      Cory Shubert                  Del Mar                  1983
   100 hurdles -- Thomas (MPleasant)
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   400 -- Huxtable (SValley) 57.00,             Triple jump      40-5 3/4     Galina Becker                 Mt. Pleasant             2003
Houp (VChristian) 57.90, Williams (St.          High jump        6-0          Jennifer Grimaldi             St. Ignatius             2001
Francis) 57.96, Moser (LGatos) 57.99,           Pole vault       12-6         Natasha Barthel               St. Francis              2005                                        www.PaloAltoOnline.com
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                                                                                                                                       The champs                                to be undefeated.”
                                                                                                                                       (continued from page 31)                     Stanford finished 30-0, the same
                                                                                                                                          “I couldn’t sleep (Monday) night,”     mark as in Forood’s first season,
                                                                                                                                       Barnes said. “I couldn’t believe I was    again tying the school record for
                                                                                                                                       going to bed for the last time before     victories in a year. Stanford has won
                                                                                                                                       a dual match. The past four years,        30 matches four times now.
                                                                                                                                       tennis has always been on my mind.           Her top assistant is Frankie Bren-
                                                                                                                                       As a team captain I’m always think-       nan, who has been a part of the Stan-
                                                                                                                                       ing what I can do to help the team.       ford program for 11 years and has
                                                                                                                                       Suddenly, in a couple of hours, it’s      turned down head jobs elsewhere to
                                                                                                                                       over. A massive part of our lives are     stay with the Cardinal. He took care
                                                                                                                                       gone. I’m still in denial. I’m just go-   of the far courts, where victories by
                                                                                                                                       ing to enjoy the moment.”                 Celia Durkin and Jessica Nguyen
                                                                                                                                          Liu wasn’t quite expecting her         set the stage for Logar’s celebratory
                                                                                                                                       reaction after Logar’s winning shot       moment on Court 3.
                                                                                                                                       on the line clinched the team’s third        Forood was around at the begin-
                                                                                                                                       straight title.                           ning, playing for Anne Gould and
                                                                                                                                          “Me and some of the other se-          being a part of Stanford’s first-ever
                                                                                                                                       niors, when we won, we started            championship team in 1978. This
                                                                                                                                       crying,” said Liu, who has two in-        was the 16th championship for
                                                                                                                                       dividual titles to go with her three      the Stanford women (15 NCAA

                                                                                                             Norbert von der Groeben
                                                                                                                                       team wins. “That’s the opposite re-       titles), and she has been part of 11
                                                                                                                                       action we expected. But it was an         of them.
                                                                                                                                       emotional day.”                              Her biggest decision on Tuesday
                                                                                                                                          Head coach Lele Forood, who            was deciding to pull Yelsey out of
                                                                                                                                       was an assistant under Frank Bren-        the singles lineup and replace her
                                                                                                                                       nan for 13 years, has established         with Nguyen, a freshman.
                                                                                                                                       herself as one of the top collegiate         “Jess knew there was a possibil-
Stanford sophomore Celia Durkin (right) had plenty to celebrate with partner Amber Liu after they helped                               coaches in her six years at the helm.     ity she might play (Monday) but
clinched the doubles point against Miami on Tuesday in the NCAA team championship finale.                                              Her teams have won five national          Anne felt like she could go,” Forood
                                                                                                                                       titles and finished second in 2003.       said. “She was chomping at the bit
                                                                                                                                       Her NCAA record is 35-1. Her over-        to get in there and she finally got
                                                                                                                                       all record at Stanford is 168-3. She      the chance. She was ready to have a
                                                                                                                                       has coached four unbeaten teams,          dominating performance.
                                                                                                                                       including the past three years.              “We pride ourselves on being a
                                                                                                                                          “It’s hard to put values on teams      very deep team,” Forood added.
                                                                                                                                       at the moment,” said Forood, an All-      “There are a lot of things to manage
                                                                                                                                       American player at Stanford in 1976.      and one challenge is to keep every-
                                                                                                                                       “That’s usually for when you’ve put       body healthy. Usually you have to
                                                                                                                                       some distance. I still have good rela-    be able to play through one signifi-
                                                                                                                                       tionships with teams from the past. I     cant injury. We want to be able to
                                                                                                                                       can say this is one of the best teams     put six players out there who are 100
                                                                                                                                       to meet the challenges we faced and       percent.”
                                                                                                             Norbert von der Groeben

Stanford junior Theresa Logar pouned out a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Monika Dancevic of Miami to provide the
deciding point in the Cardinal’s 4-1 victory that finished off a third straight undefeated season.
                                                                                                             Norbert von der Groeben

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Keith Peters

Cardinal freshman Jessica Nguyen made the most of being inserted into the singles lineup against Miami                                 Stanford’s Theresa Logar (right) is grabbed in a bear hug by Jessica
when injured teammate Anne Yelsey was held out and responded with a straight-set victory at No. 6 singles.                             Leck as Jessica Nguyen (hat) jumps in to celebrate the winning point.
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                                          line and I was thinking about going
                                          to shake hands,” Logar said. “I was
                                          already in my ‘come on’ mode and
                                          didn’t really want for the call.”
                                             As she began jumping up and
                                          down, Logar’s teammates mobbed
                                          her, sending her to the ground.
                                          Senior Jessica Leck arrived first,
                                          wrapping Logar in a bear hug and
                                          knocking her backward as Nguyen
                                          joined in.
                                             “I hit my head but it was cool,”
                                          Logar said. “It knocked some sense
   When everybody is healthy, Fo-         into me.”
rood usually has tough decisions             Stanford now has recorded three
to make; although it’s a problem          straight unbeaten seasons in a row
— having too many good players            for the first time ever, and extended
— any coach would love to have.           its NCAA-record winning streak to
   “We intend to bring in two people      86 matches. The Cardinal also won
who can start for us every year,” Fo-     its 107th straight at home.
rood said. “You want to make sure            Stanford (30-0) also won its 100th

                                                                                     Norbert von der Groeben
the players stay happy and you have       NCAA match and owns a current
to work with them.”                       tournament record of 100-11.
   Liu, who has been at the top of the       “There were a lot of moments
ladder since her arrival at Stanford,     when our record was on the line,”
thinks that philosophy has helped         Forood said. “We were way down
Stanford maintain its lofty heights       in a match against USC. We take
in the collegiate tennis world.           losses personally, so to say it’s just
   “We’ve been getting stronger ev-       one loss in the middle of the season;
ery year,” she said. “The incoming        we don’t think like that.”                                           Stanford freshman Jessica Nguyen roars her approval while celebrating the Cardinal’s third straight NCAA
freshmen have been performing bet-           The doubles point was hotly con-                                  team championship with her teammates following Tuesday’s 4-1 victory over No. 7 seed Miami at Stanford.
ter every year. The lineup seems to       tested, setting the tone for the rest of
get deeper every day.”                    the afternoon.                                                  to feel like we attacked and didn’t                             Tennis Center.                         since the team championship format
   It’s so deep that the player ranked       Liu and Durkin won easily, 8-3, at                           sit back. It worked out for us. Our                               Pepperdine’s Andre Begemann          was established in 1977. California
10th in the nation — a fidgety, su-       No. 2 doubles and then turned their                             attitude going into singles would                               beat Matic Omerzel 2-6, 7-6, 6-4       schools have now won 50 of the 61
perstitious Logar — was playing           attention to the fierce competition                             have been worse if we thought we                                at No. 4 singles to clinch the vic-    men’s NCAA team titles.
third singles as she clinched the         on either side of them.                                         just sat back.”                                                 tory. Top-seeded Georgia fell short      “They could have thrown me in
match.                                       On Court 1, the top-ranked duo                                  Meanwhile, Hodzic and Nguyen’s                               in its bid for an unbeaten season,     the Pacific Ocean and I wouldn’t
   “I’m very superstitious,” Logar        of Yelsey (sporting a thigh brace)                              match was abandoned with the score                              finishing 30-1. The Bulldogs were      have cared,” Pepperdine coach
said. “If I win a point I want the        and Barnes found themselves down                                tied at 6-6.                                                    trying for their fifth NCAA crown.     Adam Steinberg said, after being
same ball. When I don’t win a point,      three breaks and facing a 7-3 deficit                              Stanford lost one doubles point all                          Pepperdine (36-2) was playing in its   drenched with a bucket of water.
I don’t want that ball. I don’t walk on   to the nation’s second-ranked pair                              season — at USC.                                                third final and first since 1986.      “To come here and finally win it for
the lines so sometimes I must look a      of Melissa Applebaum and Audra                                     Cohen thought the doubles point                                Pepperdine’s 36 victories are        a small school like ours means the
little clumsy. We usually sit on the      Cohen.                                                          was a turning point.                                            most ever for an NCAA champion         world to me and our guys.”■
opposite side of the umpire, so sit-         On Court 3, Lejla Hodzic and                                    “It was huge,” she said. “It af-
ting on the same side the past two        Nguyen were involved in a tight                                 fected the whole match. We were
days threw me out of whack. It’s just     match where the momentum swayed                                 playing our game in the beginning
been little things the last two days.”    on every point.                                                 and the tables turned. It affected the
   Like at the end of her match.             Yelsey and Barnes fought all the                             outcome.”
Logar looked around for a moment,         way back to take a 9-7 victory, ener-
at the umpire, at the crowd, at her       gizing the home crowd and sending                               Men
coach, and had to wait until a close      the Cardinal into singles on a high                               Second-seeded Pepperdine upset
call went in her favor before realiz-     note.                                                           top-seeded Georgia, 4-2, Tuesday
ing she had just clinched the win.           “At 7-3 we decided to go for it,”                            night to win its first NCAA men’s
   “I was pretty sure it was on the       Barnes said. “If we lose, we wanted                             tennis championship at the Taube
                                                                                                                                                Norbert von der Groeben

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Keith Peters

Stanford women’s coach Lele Forood couldn’t escape being drenched with a bucket of water following the                                                                    A third straight NCAA team title on Tuesday gave the Stanford women
Cardinal’s NCAA title-clinching victory that gave Stanford a 30-0 record this season.                                                                                     their 100th NCAA victory in school history.
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Stanford roundup                          ment when the 64-team field is an-       overall and travels to Texas this                        ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
(continued from page 32)
                                          nounced Monday morning at 9:30           weekend. California goes to Oregon
single.                                   a.m. on ESPN.                            State, Arizona State hosts Florida
   “This was a nice comeback win,”                                                 State and Arizona hosts LSU.
Stanford coach Mark Marquess said.        Softball                                   Stanford’s first game is today at
“We showed a lot of character in the         The world is back on its axis as      4:30 p.m. The second game is sched-
way we finished the game.”                all seven Pac-10 teams compete in a      uled for Saturday at 11:30 a.m., with
   Lewis became the fifth member          Super Regional this weekend with a       a game to follow if necessary in the
of the .300 club for Stanford follow-     berth in the Women’s College World       best two-of-three series.
ing his performance. At the end of        Series at stake.
March, no one would have given the           Seventh-ranked Stanford (42-16)       Track and field
second baseman much of a chance           travels to No. 4 Alabama (52-9)             Stanford sophomore Erica McLain
to reach that level.                      seeking its third trip to the WCWS       will be the first Cardinal athlete in
   Lewis opened the season in a 4-        and its first since 2004.                action this weekend when long jump
for-32 funk and was at .186 entering         The Cardinal has won seven of         trials and finals begin today at the
April. Since then Lewis has hit at        its last eight games, including a pair   NCAA West Regional at BYU.
a .380 clip to raise his average to a     of wins over then No. 1 UCLA, and           McLain became the first female
season high .304.                         two wins over host Fresno State in                             athlete to win
   “That’s been our mode of opera-        a Regional.                                                    both the Pac-10
tion lately,” explained Lewis. “We           Stanford is the nation’s second                             long jump and
just keep fighting and believe that       best fielding team at .979, behind                             triple jump in
it’s never too late for us, and that we   only Tennessee’s .981. The Cardi-                              the same year.
shouldn’t be counted out.”                nal’s .299 team batting average is                             Her best leap
   Minaker continues to lead the          22nd in the nation and second in                               of 21-5 1/4 in
team with a .355 batting average,         the Pac-10.                                                    the long jump
11 home runs and 64 RBI. Seawell             Senior centerfielder Catalina                               is second best            Kaylyn Reyes                    Tucker Laurence
and Randy Molina are next at .316,                               Morris leads                            in school his-              Gunn High                           Gunn High
followed by Michael Taylor at .315                               Stanford with     Erica McLain          tory. She’s also   The junior gymnast won the         The junior hit a grand slam
and Lewis.                                                       her .370 av-                            currently third    bars (9.925), captured the         in the 7th to lift the Titans to
   Stanford also raised its team aver-                           erage, while      this season in the triple jump with a    beam (9.850), took second          a 7-4 CCS baseball victory
age to a season high .281, and now                               freshman in-      best of 45-11 3/4.                       in the vault, tied for third on    win before pitching a com-
has a higher average than its oppo-                              fielder Maddy        Triple jump competition begins
nent for the first time. A good sign                             Coon has a        Saturday.
                                                                                                                            floor exercise and won the         plete-game 4-hitter with nine
for a team still trying to secure a                              team-high 40         Sprinters Janice Davis and Chaun-     all-around title (39.375) as       strikeouts in a 2-0 win as
spot in the postseason.                                          RBI.              tae Bayne-Hackett and distance run-      the Titans took third at the       Gunn made the semifinals
   The Cardinal is the only Pac-10                                 Stanford was    ner Arianna Lambie also highlight        CCS finals.                        for the first time in 34 years.
                                          Catalina Morris
team which has completed its con-                                the only Pac-10   the women’s team. Lambie has the
ference schedule and will likely
finish no worse than fifth. Fourth-
                                          team to lose a game during regional
                                          play as the conference racked up a
                                                                                   second best time in the 1,500 this
                                                                                                                                                    Honorable mention
place USC has a 1 1-2 game edge           22-1 mark last weekend, outscoring          Freshman Lauren Stewart has an              Tori Anthony*                 Anthony Bouvier
over Stanford and no matter what          their opponents 113-21, including 12     NCAA provisional 5,141 points in                 Castilleja track & field      Menlo baseball
happens this weekend will finish          shutouts.                                the heptathlon.                                Alicia Ivanhoe                Dillon Chambers
with a losing overall record. Stan-          After Michigan won the national          On the men’s side, distance runner            Palo Alto track & field       Sacred Heart Prep tennis
ford could also have a better overall     title last year, many observers were     Neftalem Araia earned an automatic             Mia Lattanzi                  Adam Davison
record than second-place UCLA,            predicting that parity had finally       berth at the NCAA championships,                 Palo Alto track & field       Sacred Heart Prep tennis
which travels to conference leader        reached the sport and that the Pac-      which begin June 7 in Sacramento.              Allie Mayer                   Mirza Klis
Oregon State this weekend.                10 had lost its dominance.               His time in the 10,000 is third best             Gunn track & field            Sacred Heart Prep tennis
   The NCAA selection committee              In addition to the Pac-10’s seven     in the nation this year.                       Ashley Schoettle*             Billy McCall
will have its hands full with the Pac-    teams, only the SEC has more than           Jonathan Pierce, Brett Gotcher                Castilleja track & field      Sacred Heart Prep tennis
10 come Sunday night .                    one team involved and the Big Ten        and Hari Mix have provisionally                Katee Yamamura                Matt Wheeler
   Meanwhile the Cardinal can take        is not represented. The Big East and     qualified for the NCAA finals in                 Gunn gymnastics               Menlo-Atherton track & field
care of business on the field and put     the ACC each have one team.              the 10,000 while Josh Hustedt has
itself in a good position for its 13th       Washington finished seventh in        a provisional point total of 7,070 in                                                            * previous winner
straight trip to the NCAA tourna-         the Pac-10, but was still seeded 14th    the decathlon.■

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