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Calero Reservoir

Calero Reservoir is an artificial lake in the Santa Teresa Hills south of San Jose, United States. A 4,471-acre county park surrounds the reservoir and provides limited fishing, picnicking and horseback riding activities. Although swimming is prohibited, water-skiing and jet-skiing are permitted in the reservoir; the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment released a "Do Not Eat" warning regarding eating any fish caught from this reservoir based on the elevated mercury level. The reservoir was formed by the Calero Dam, built in 1935 across Arroyo Calero, known as Calero Creek, its waters reach the San Francisco Bay by way of the Guadalupe River. It is the fourth largest reservoir owned by the Santa Clara Valley Water District; the reservoir captures and stores winter runoff from the nearby foothills and from Almaden Reservoir. Water recharges groundwater basins and is provided directly to water treatment plants to be treated and distributed to county residents. Calero Dam is an earthen dam 90 feet high and 840 feet long containing 550,000 cubic yards of material.

Its crest is 490 feet above sea level. List of lakes in California List of lakes in the San Francisco Bay Area List of reservoirs and dams in California Official website

The Adventures of Picasso

The Adventures of Picasso is a 1978 Swedish comedy film directed by Tage Danielsson, starring Gösta Ekman, as the famous painter. The film had the tag-line Tusen kärleksfulla lögner av Hans Alfredson och Tage Danielsson. At the 14th Guldbagge Awards the film won the award for Best Film; the film uses ten languages: Spanish, Swedish, Finnish, English, Russian and Latin. Most of these words are simple, sometimes meaning something different from what they seem and other times just being complete nonsense; the film is loosely based on Pablo Picasso's life, narrated by Toivo Pawlo, who introduces himself as Elsa Beskow. It opens with a quote by Picasso himself: "Art is a lie that leads us closer to the truth." The story starts with Picasso's birth in Spain. His father, Don Jose, is an artist and discovers early his son's talent when the young boy makes a sculpture of Don Jose with his food; when Pablo is old enough his father takes him to Madrid. On their way, they encounter two robbers. After a slapstick number in which Picasso defeats the two attackers, she gives him a bottle of paint, containing a djinn.

With the paint from that bottle he signs all his paintings. At the academy of art Pablo's talent is awarded; when he returns home with a portrait of his mother Dona Maria, he is praised there. Their happiness is ruined when Don Jose dies - or so it seems. At the funeral it turns out he's still alive. Despite this, Dona Maria keeps ignoring him with the words: "Idioto, tú es muerta". Pablo has a hard time selling any of his paintings. One day his father comes bringing the sad news that Dona Maria is dead; when Don Jose starts to eat an apple that Pablo used as a reference for his painting, Picasso starts to draw faster, still using the apple as reference. The result is the birth of cubism; this new style, however, is hard to sell - until Pablo's father gets an idea from a fishing rod. He lowers the painting down from a window during a vernissage; the overall reaction is negative, with comments like "Scandal", "Merde", "Oh, mon dieu" and "piss". One of the guests however, finds the picture both charming and marvelous and declares that she wants to buy it.

This lady is none other than the great writer Gertrude Stein, attending the vernissage with her companion Alice B. Toklas. After this, Picasso becomes the center of the artworld of Paris. Along with names like Braque, Fernand Léger, Entrecôte, Carl Larsson, Karl-Alfred, Dodo, Jou-Jou, Clo-Clo, Frou Frou, Jenny Nyström, Hejsan-Tjosan, Corselet and Rembrandt; the Paris artworld included Hemingway, who enjoys knitting, Erik Satie, Guillaume Apollinaire, Henri Rousseau, Vincent van Gogh and no less than two Toulouse-Lautrec. Along with Mimi, a waitress who gave Puccini the inspiration to "Thy tiny hand is frozen", the reason for this being that she is carrying a wine cooler. After this introduction to the artworld of Paris, the narrator tells about a "normal" day in Picassos life, it ends with a visit from Mrs. Guggenheim from New York City. Although the Swedish American multimillionaire Ingrid Svensson-Guggenheim doesn't understand Picasso's art, she knows that it is expensive, therefore immortal.

She becomes a pest and at whatever the cost she is determined to become a part of Picasso's art and world. When Picasso no longer seems to be able to escape the annoying American, his two friends Rousseau and Apollinaire invite him to Rousseau's hidden forest, where Apollinaire reads aloud some of his poems for his friends; this gives Picasso an idea. They will have a masquerade in Rousseaus honor; this masquerade has a lot of most of them dressed as furniture. It all ends with Rousseau, while playing his violin, flying out the window and into the night of Paris. Now it's 1914 and Picasso and all of humanity is looking forward to a bright future full of liberty and fraternity; this is all destroyed however with the coming of World War I and the headlines "KRASH! BOM! BANG!" In 1918, when the war is over, Pablo once again meets his father, who has invented a new shampoo that will regrow hair. It has another effect on Pablo however, who loses all of his hair and gives him his famous bald look. Shortly after this, Pablo gets the job to make the clothes for the russian ballet.

The ballet, premiering in London, is not a success however. Don Jose makes all the performers end up passing gas. Picasso returns to Paris, where he meets Sirkka, a Finnish singer who sings a song that he becomes enchanted by. However, when it turns out that that song is the only one Sirkka’s got on her repertoire, Picasso soon gets sick of it and leaves for New York City with his father. In America there is a prohibition on art. Pablo works underground and one day he is asked to deliver a set of pictures to a Mrs. X, it turns out. She doesn't give up so but Picasso manages to escape her flirting; when delivering a