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‘Rent’ at City Lights

‘Rent’ at City Lights

Despite tackling the AIDS issue, and being populated by responsibility-free boho types who might be seriously irritating to meet in real life, City Light’s production of Rent is not overly self-important or preachy. On the contrary, it’s vibrant, absorbing and entertaining from start to finish. And despite the heaviness of its most dramatic moments, it’s also quite funny, satirizing its dreamy, self-absorbed artists at the same time it celebrates them.

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New Southern Cuisine

New Southern Cuisine

Chef Glenn “Gator” Thompson of Bayonne restaurant in downtown San Jose is on a mission to show the world that it’s possible to make healthy Southern food without sacrificing flavor. He hopes his cooking will serve as an example to his overweight brethren in the South that one of the country’s most distinctive regional cuisine need not be hazardous to your health.  “This is a restaurant to get the word out and give back.”

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Women’s Tennis Classic

Women’s Tennis Classic

The Bank of the West Classic pits some of the world’s best women’s tennis players against one another this week at the Stanford Taube Family Tennis Stadium. The hard court tournament features the No.5 ranked player in the world Samantha Stosur and the No. 6 ranked Elena Dementieva. Former No.1’s Ana Ivanovic and Dinara Safina were also in the tournament but were defeated.

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Prop 19 Gets Prominent Supporter

Prop 19 Gets Prominent Supporter

Former SJPD Chief Joseph McNamara threw his support behind Proposition 19, which would legalize and regulate the sale of marijuana in California. McNamara, who headed the SJPD for 15 years, argues that regulating marijuana like cigarettes and alcohol would make it more difficult for children to obtain the drug, since they would be forced to show ID.

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Keb’ Mo’ s Roots Blues

Keb’ Mo’ s Roots Blues

Keb’ Mo’ is devoted to the works of the mysterious guitarist Robert Johnson, and even played Johnson in a movie once, and he was a major consultant on the recent PBS documentary series on the blues.

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A Short Trip for Some Big Wines

A Short Trip for Some Big Wines

Pessagno , the Monterey County winery, sent me 2006 and 2007 vintages of syrah, pinot noir and zinfandel sourced from two eastern San Benito County vineyards. The wines are poster children for the lavish, concupiscent California style—ripe, fruit-driven and boozy.

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Pessagno’s Big, Fruity Wines

Pessagno’s Big, Fruity Wines

Pessagno Winery, the Monterey County winery, sent me 2006 and 2007 vintages of syrah, pinot noir and zinfandel sourced from two eastern San Benito County vineyards. The wines are poster children for the lavish, concupiscent California style—ripe, fruit-driven and boozy.

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Planet-Friendly Fast Food

Planet-Friendly Fast Food

Sante Grill aims to “revolutionize” fast food with its lighter, nonfried, less calorically dense menu. The restaurant isn’t out to save the world through its food, but it’s just trying to make fast food doesn’t taste like fast food. And on that score that restaurant does pretty well.

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SJ Giants Hang On

SJ Giants Hang On

The San Jose Giants’ record in the second half of single-A baseball’s summer season is the worst in the entire California League—but the team is still in first place.

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Big Dog in Milpitas

Big Dog in Milpitas

Milpitas’ one and only winery, Big Dog Vineyards, opens its doors to the public for wine tasting and a live concert on Saturday, July 24, and a day of more wine tasting on Sunday, July 25.

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