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Celebrating Christmas, in the Spirit of Dickens

Gloria Lau

December 2, 2010


Filed under Arts & Life, Features

The 32nd Annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair offers visitors a chance to celebrate the holidays in a recreation of and the Victorian Era of 1812 to 1860. “Here, it’s a whole different world where there is peace and love,” said Dog Man, 57. “And when you walk outside there is rain, hatred and...

OBAMA’S WARS

Mark Laluan

December 2, 2010


Filed under Arts & Life

The moment Barack Obama decided to run for the presidency was a tacit acceptance that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq would become his to fight and to win. Bob Woodward’s new book, “Obama’s Wars,” gives us a window into how the Obama White House fought those wars over the past two years. ...

BODY WORLDS Brings the Dead to Life

Ashley Matuszak

December 2, 2010


Filed under Arts & Life

The hauntingly fascinating BODY WORLDS Exhibit, a display of authentic human bodies is currently at the San Jose Tech Museum for a limited engagement. Creator, physician and anatomist of BODY WORLDS, Gunther von Hagen, created his own process of preservation called plastination, where sustainable material (such as silicone) is penetrated into the cells, preventing decomposition...

On the Grind: A Look at Professional Poker

Brennan DeFrisco

December 2, 2010


Filed under Arts & Life, Features

Sean C. shuffles a few yellow, five-dollar chips with his left hand and slides $50 across the green felted table with his right. Next to his bet, in the middle of the table, lie the six of hearts, the seven of hearts, the queen of clubs, and the $65 already in the pot. A young Asian player wearing s...

“127 Hours” A Mesmerizing, Claustrophobic Film

Shane Bond

November 18, 2010


Filed under Arts & Life, Layout

“127 Hours” is an unbelievably thrilling adventure through hallucinogenic premonitions and warped realities. It’s the story based on the book written by Aaron Ralston, the man who, in 2003, became famous after he had to cut off his own arm to escape a boulder that trapped him in a canyon. To think a film could be so powerful and mesmerizing while stuck in one location for 90...

By The Sword

Mark Laluan

November 12, 2010


Filed under Arts & Life

A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers and Olympic Champions History ought to provoke controversy. There is nothing more tedious than reading an account of settled facts that have risen to the rank of dogma. Richard Cohen’s “By the Sword” is refreshing in that it tackles a subject of great disagr...

Pixar’s Life and Legacy

Carole Reynolds

November 12, 2010


Filed under Arts & Life, Layout

The destination was the Oakland Museum of California, (OMCA) and of the myriad reasons to visit, “Pixar: 25 Years of Animation” was high on the list. There could be no more fitting a place for this OMCA/Pixar partnership than here. Pixar is headquartered a few miles away, in Emeryville. ...

Politzer’s Got Music On His Mind… All The Time

Maya Agnew

November 12, 2010


Filed under Arts & Life

T.J. Politzer was born on Oct. 9, 1951 in Seattle, Washington. As the third son of an Austrian Holocaust survivor and an opera singer, a love for the arts was instilled early on in his life. His parents met at Columbia University. Both shared a commonality of speaking fluent German, and within three mo...

Rucker Gives a Hoot about Country Music

Richard Duboc

November 12, 2010


Filed under Arts & Life

At the risk of dating myself, I, like many children who came of age in the 1990s, remember when the music world was ruled by a man named Hootie and his band, the Blowfish. All right—there wasn’t actually a man named Hootie, but there was Darius Rucker, who, along with three friends from the Univer...

Garten Cookbook Simplifies Fancy Cookingold

Ashley Matuszak

November 12, 2010


Filed under Arts & Life

“Barefoot Contessa–How Easy is That?” is Ina Garten’s seventh cookbook in 11 years. Her simple, straightforward approaches to cooking elegant food any day of the week make this book a must have for any home cook who could use a few new ideas. Ina Garten is now known for her show, “Baref...

“Carlos the Jackal” Follows Infamous Venezuelan Terrorist Until His Capture

Jonathan Crescenzo

November 12, 2010


Filed under Arts & Life

“Carlos” is a semi-biographical film about the notorious Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, better known by his alias, Carlos the Jackal. Most notorious for his raid of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) headquarters, which led to the death of three people, Carlos...

RockBand3

Ginger Staley

October 28, 2010


Filed under Arts & Life

Revolutionizes Music Games RockBand3 is to the original RockBand like the PlayStation 3 is to the original PlayStation. The game has made huge strides in perfecting game play since the first music and rhythm game was released in 2007, and the game has lived up to all of its hype. RockBand3, which was released on Tuesday, Oct. 26, takes what made its predecessors so hugely popular and then made it better. The graphics,...

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