mv-voice.com https://www.mv-voice.com If it is local and useful, it is on mv-voice.com. en-us Copyright 2017 mv-voice.com Mountain View Online https://mv-voice.com/art/top_logo.png https://www.mv-voice.com/news/rss.php <![CDATA[Debate over rent control's start date heading to court]]> Mountain View's new rent-control measure is headed back to the courtroom. Earlier this week, the city's Rental Housing Committee decided to return to civil court for clarity on when the far-reaching law was supposed to take effect. ]]> <![CDATA[Va-va-boom]]> The new action thriller "Atomic Blonde" -- from the co-director of "John Wick" -- indulges a spy fantasy, only one grottier than even the grottiest James Bond. With star Charlize Theron at the helm and Wonder Woman already blazing a path at the box office, a new franchise may well be born.]]> <![CDATA[Mountain View artist's work reflects range of influences, experiences]]> Many artists find creative inspiration when facing adversity. Mountain View resident Pari Ram counted herself among them when she lived in her native Tehran during the Iranian Revolution and the tumultuous years that followed. A retrospective of her work opens in August.
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<![CDATA[Lots of blame over restaurant's closure]]> The owners of Morocco's restaurant are alleging they were forced out after their landlord essentially doubled their monthly rent. But the property owners dispute that claim, saying they they are the ones hurt by the downtown restaurant's abrupt closure this spring. ]]> <![CDATA[El Camino plans to open new clinic in San Jose]]> In an ongoing effort to extend its reach well beyond Mountain View and neighboring cities, El Camino Hospital is aiming to spend $3.6 million on a new primary care clinic in west San Jose.]]> <![CDATA[New Chinese narratives]]> In its fifth exhibition to date, titled "Form Through Narrative: New Chinese Art," Pace Gallery in Palo Alto features the work of six modern Chinese artists.]]> <![CDATA[Rent committee pushes landlord-friendly changes to policy]]> Mountain View's proposed rent control policies would be the most generous for landlords in the state, according to rent control advocates. But on Monday, the city's Rental Housing Committee decided to tilt the balance even more in favor of property owners. ]]> <![CDATA[Police warn of phone scam demanding ransom]]> A virtual kidnapping scam involving a demand for ransom in exchange for a loved one's release reported across the country has reached the Midpeninsula in recent weeks, police said Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA['Not guilty' plea in attempted murder of doctors]]> A Visalia man accused of plotting to kill three Bay Area doctors for treatments he claims harmed him pleaded not guilty to three counts of premeditated attempted murder on Tuesday.
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<![CDATA[Ogres and dragons and donkeys, oh my]]> I didn't catch any references to Perry, the Palo Alto donkey who served as the model for Donkey in the hit 2001 animated film "Shrek," but Foothill Music Theatre's new production of "Shrek The Musical," directed by Milissa Carey, is nevertheless full of goofy, referential fun. ]]> <![CDATA[Man arrested for In-N-Out cheeseburger theft]]> A 24-year-old transient man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly grabbed a bag full of cheeseburgers from an In-N-Out drive-thru as the server was handing the food through the window.]]> <![CDATA[Suspect sought in screwdriver attack]]> Police are looking for a man who allegedly stabbed a person with a screwdriver after he and the victim got into an argument over a song on the radio.]]> <![CDATA[Governor signs CalFresh referral bill by Berman]]> Assembly Bill 323, authored by Assemblyman Marc Berman, was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last Monday, allowing counties to connect CalFresh applicants to emergency food providers through a referral from a 2-1-1 service.]]> <![CDATA[Peninsula economy labor growth stalled]]> A midyear analysis of Silicon Valley and San Francisco Peninsula economic trends shows unemployment at its lowest rate since the dot-com boom, but job growth has slowed and growth in the labor force has stopped, according to a July update by the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies.]]> <![CDATA[Elected leaders celebrate start of Caltrain electrification project]]> Gov. Jerry Brown and other elected leaders were at the Millbrae Caltrain station Friday to celebrate the beginning of a project to electrify a large portion of Caltrain service within the next four years.]]> <![CDATA[Hollywood actor John Heard found dead in Palo Alto]]> Hollywood actor John Heard, 71, best known as the dad from "Home Alone," died in a Palo Alto hotel room on Friday afternoon, according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office. ]]> <![CDATA[Federal judge keeps injunction blocking Trump order on sanctuary cities in place]]> A federal judge in San Francisco Thursday denied a request by President Donald Trump's administration to lift an injunction blocking the president's executive order on sanctuary cities. ]]> <![CDATA[Launching rent control has hefty price tag]]> Rent control is touted as a way to clamp down on housing expenses, but in at least one regard it's fast becoming a money pit for Mountain View. Getting the controversial program off the ground has already been budgeted to cost more than $860,000, and city officials are grudgingly pay that sum in advance. ]]> <![CDATA[Land, sea, air]]> With his WWII drama "Dunkirk," writer-director Christopher Nolan applies his trademark ingenuity and clockwork precision to an otherwise straightforward story. The director of "The Dark Knight" and "Interstellar" has been called a "maximalist" filmmaker, a reputation bolstered by his insistence on using film and practical effects over the prevalent digital technologies.]]> <![CDATA[It's all about the details at Vina Enoteca]]> Rocco Scordella has assembled a first-rate team for his newest restaurant at the barn, Vina Enoteca, which opened last October in the former space of California Cafe next to Tootsie's. ]]> <![CDATA['Musical Manga' is a marvel]]> I've seen many good productions from TheatreWorks over the years but its newest, the world premiere of Min Kahng's "The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga," is surely one of the best. Smart, funny, touching and visually stunning, it's simply wonderful.]]> <![CDATA[Local artist, global impact]]> It's hard to imagine a better ambassador for the local art scene than Drue Kataoka. An alumna of Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton and Stanford University, she utilizes cutting-edge media, speaks passionately about the integral relationship between arts and sciences, and has a strong social-justice conscience, with the high-profile track record to back it all up. ]]> <![CDATA[Ape-ocalypse Now]]> At one point in "War for the Planet of the Apes" -- the third film in Fox's rebooted "Apes" franchise -- the human antagonist stares down ape antihero Caesar and wonders at him. "My God, look at your eyes. Almost human." He's saying what we're all thinking. The advanced state of visual effects here, a combination of motion-capture and computer-generated imagery, dazzles (and winningly) in service of a serious-minded allegory.]]> <![CDATA[Highly anticipated Nobu opens in downtown Palo Alto]]> The first Northern California outpost of acclaimed Japanese restaurant group Nobu officially opened its doors in downtown Palo Alto on Friday, July 7.]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: Web design upgrade]]> We're deep enough into the age of comic-book movies that "Spider-Man: Homecoming" in some ways feels like a throwback. Conspicuously kid friendly, the first Spider-Man movie to be produced by Marvel Studios -- as a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- not only doesn't shy from being goofy, but it cheerfully embraces the cartoony. ]]> <![CDATA[Love 'Sick']]> It's funny because it's true. Comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani ("Silicon Valley") takes this comedy credo to heart with "The Big Sick," a romantic comedy he co-wrote with his wife, Emily V. Gordon.]]> <![CDATA[Home sales]]> A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.]]> <![CDATA[Home front: waste-free party; cool your yard]]> A roundup of tips including how to get free party packs that will benefit the environment and how to create shade in your backyard. ]]> <![CDATA[Local Realtors rank nationally in real estate sales]]> Six teams of local Realtors as well as 17 individual agents ranked among the top 250 sellers nationwide this year, according to Real Trends, a private communications company that publishes "The Thousand" list each year.]]> <![CDATA[Dig in]]> What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? Well, as the old song goes, “We’ll find out as sure as we live ...Something’s gotta give, something’s gotta give, something’s gotta give.” Screenwriter Mike White and director Miguel Arteta -- frequent collaborators, most recently on HBO’s “Enlightened” -- make our nation’s political intractability the stuff of comedy and drama in their provocative new film “Beatriz at Dinner,” which dramatizes the spiritual exhaustion of our time.]]> <![CDATA[Do-it-yourself party favors]]> If you're hosting a little girls' birthday party, a summer fiesta, a tea party or maybe a bridal shower, you could make your own headbands and give them as favors.]]> <![CDATA[Pretty on the outside]]> The recently reopened British Bankers Club in Menlo Park has all the elements of a destination restaurant, except for the food itself.]]> <![CDATA[Home sales]]> A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.]]> <![CDATA[Home front: sewing session; garden of eats]]> A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a sewing session at the Mountain View Public Library, Common Ground Garden's Edible Garden Tour fundraiser and a succulents class in San Carlos.]]> <![CDATA[Home front: nursery consolidating; new rose bouquets]]> A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including SummerWinds Nursery closing two of its stores and a flower arrangement class incorporating roses and foliage.]]> <![CDATA[Back on track]]> Pixar's animated films never fail to be about something -- story and theme integrated to have an emotional effect on viewers young and old in a way that sets the films apart from their many competitors. "Cars 2," released in 2011, was a notable exception, diverging from Pixar's winning formula to turn the burgeoning franchise into a dazzling but dopey spy adventure with next to nothing on its mind. "Cars 3" gets the franchise back on track with a story that U-turns to the heart of the 2006 original.]]> <![CDATA[Cuesta Park]]> Named after the lush park that anchors the neighborhood, Cuesta Park is a mix of single-family homes and apartments facing narrow tree-lined streets along Mountain View's western edge near Los Altos.]]> <![CDATA[Blossom Valley]]> It's been about two decades since Theodore Peng and his cousin Benny Hung first started playing basketball at the neighborhood park next to their grandfather's Blossom Valley home when they were kids. Peng is now a medical student in San Francisco, and Hung lives five hours away in Pasadena, but the two continue to meet up on the court at Varsity Park for a game whenever they're both in the neighborhood visiting their 97-year-old grandfather.]]> <![CDATA['Mummy' mia ... here we go again]]> Universal Pictures' "The Mummy" is the first movie in its "Dark Universe" series that will revive Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, the Wolf Man, et al. The film has a big budget but a hollow script.]]> <![CDATA['Everything' is not all that]]> In Nicola Yoon's YA romance novel "Everything, Everything," heroine Madeline Whittier has SCID (Severe Combined Immuno-Deficiency), effectively making her the Girl in the Plastic Bubble, but when love comes knocking, Maddy answers the call.
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<![CDATA[Lame of thrones]]> That most flexible of ancient legends gets a new workout in Guy Ritchie's "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," the first in what's rumored to be a six-film series -- box-office willing. ]]> <![CDATA['Tower'ing figure]]> Lydia Tenaglia's documentary "Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent" looks at the life of local chef Jeremiah Tower, who is credited with developing the culinary style known as "California Cuisine" and had ties to Palo Alto during the 1990s when he opened a branch of his famed San Francisco Stars restaurant on Lytton Avenue during the height of his career. ]]> <![CDATA[This 'Vol.' goes to 11]]> Don't think too hard about "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," although there's probably little danger of that. It's exactly what you'd expect writer-director James Gunn to deliver as a sequel to the 2014 Marvel space adventure he likewise spearheaded.]]> <![CDATA[Party favors]]> Joseph Cedar's new film, "Norman" imagines an international scandal in the making, stemming from a "chance" encounter between titular Manhattan "fixer" Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere) and low-level Israeli politician Micha Eshel (Lior Ashkenazi). ]]> <![CDATA[Go big and go home]]> Spanish writer-director Nacho Vigalondo's new film "Colossal" uses a deliberately juvenile premise to speak to adults who need to grow up already and address the issues holding them back.]]> <![CDATA[War and pacifier]]> Loosely adapted from Marla Frazee's 2010 children's book, "The Boss Baby" constructs an elaborate fable of hard-fought sibling rivalry overcome. ]]> <![CDATA[Live-fraction]]> Disney's 1991 classic "Beauty and the Beast" -- the first animated film to receive a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars -- now gets the live-action treatment, but where last year's "The Jungle Book" felt fresh and vibrant in live action, "Beauty and the Beast" proves dispiriting.]]> <![CDATA[Gorilla warfare]]> Warner Brothers and Legendary Entertainment are taking the ultimate fighting-esque monster-a-monster showdown to the bank by throwing more "A" money at more"B" material with "Kong: Skull Island," the second installment of a burgeoning "MonsterVerse" initiated in 2014's "Godzilla" reboot.]]> <![CDATA[Oscar-nominated animated shorts 2016]]> The slate of the five animated short films nominated at this year’s Academy Awards unfortunately leaves something to be desired when compared with the live-action collection, but a few rise above the competition.]]> <![CDATA[Meet the scare-ents]]> The new horror picture "Get Out" is advertised as being "From the mind of Jordan Peele," and a beautiful mind it is. Peele made his name as the co-creator and co-star of the racially themed sketch comedy show "Key and Peele," which he and Keegan-Michael Key followed up with last year's feature comedy "Keanu." Now Peele makes a bold turn to horror, writing and directing what he calls a "social thriller" or, to state the obvious, "a horror movie that is from an African American's perspective."]]>