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Alexander's Steakhouse in Cupertino is hosting a special dinner event on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. that pairs caviar and beef in a seven-course tasting menu format designed and prepared by award-winning Chef…

A home for your poems and stories in downtown San Jose. All ages in all languages. 7:00pm to 9:00pm every Thursday at Caffe Frascati. Hosted by Mighty Mike McGee, Cory Massaro, Jazzabell Thomas, and Michael Kitaigorodsky.

Audiences will find their toes a-tapping when the Oshman Family JCC presents the Grammy award-winning musical duo, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn. A 15-time Grammy award-winning virtuoso, Bela Fleck is widely considered the world's…

Bring your friends or family to this event hosted by the Pac-12 conference. Purchase Pre-sale tickets on October 11-13, 2016.

Big Rock Show magic returns to Art Boutiki featuring three San Jose bands: Doug and the Carnival of Souls Revue, 8:19, taillight. $10 at the door. ALL AGES.

American history collides with the beats, spoken-word poetry and multiple personalities of musician, rapper and performance artist Dahlak. In collaboration with Montalvo Art Center's Educational Department, this one-man show presents…

Like so many guitarists, Freddie Mabunga is an ardent admirer of Jimi Hendrix. However, instead of just aping the late, great Voodoo Child in his bedroom, Mabunga decided to get a band together with the aim of recreating the Jimi…

The ominous, long-held opening chord on All Is Sorrow recalls the opening strains of Bach's famous "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor-minus the rapid-fire finger work. Oakland-based doom band Catapult The Dead prefer to take their time…

Juan Luis Londo Arias, better known as Maluma, is a triple threat. Since his 2013 Latin Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, this singer, songwriter and producer has been taking the Spanish-speaking world by storm. Riding a wave of…

World-renowned artist Deborah Kennedy celebrates the natural world and addresses the current state of climate change in her latest exhibition and book, "Nature Speaks: Art & Poetry for the Earth." In 1989 Kennedy emblazoned the Berlin…

Sheltering two illegal immigrants from postwar Italy comes with unexpected consequences for Eddie and Beatrice Carbone. Set in 1950s America, A View from the Bridge is a story of forbidden love and its endless fallouts, though it has…


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Music & Clubs

Cola Catch Big Psych Wave on New ‘Great Taste’ EP

ENJOY: Cliff Rawson revives Cola with avalanches of resonant sustain on new shoegazing EP. Photo by Greg Ramar.

 For those who only know local indie rock outfit Cola by their initial offering of songs—a small collection of ramshackle, Velvet Underground-tinged numbers released online—the band’s debut EP, Great Taste, is likely to sound like an entirely different project. But then, those who are surprised by Great Taste’s wall of swirling guitars,… » Read More

A Harmonious Marriage: Béla & Abigail

BETTER TOGETHER: Béla Fleck and wife Abigail Washburn. Photo by Jim McGuire.

The banjo is associated with many things: bluegrass, insufferable indie bands, Deliverance. But for Béla Fleck the traditional folk instrument is just as appropriate on rickety Appalachian porches as it is in a concerto with strings and woodwinds. Widely recognized as one of the best and most innovative banjo players in the world,… » Read More

Hit List: Best Music, Art & Culture Mar 22-28

PERDEDOR: Columbian-born Spanish-language pop star Maluma is far from losing.

A new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic gothic novel comes to City Lights Theater.  ‘Frankenstein’  tells the tale of Victor Frankenstein and his monster with a modern-day twist and with the aid of cutting edge technology. Intent on examining what “it truly means to be human, and the plight of the outsider,” City Lights… » Read More


Interview: Daniel Clowes

In the first seven panels of his graphic novel Wilson, Daniel Clowes succinctly establishes the eponymous hero's character. Wilson first exclaims to no one in particular, "I love people!" When a woman walks by, he engages her in conversation. As she begins to complain about her life, he interrupts her: "For the love of Christ, don't you ever shut up?" WIlson's weak-kneed optimism doesn't last an entire page. His misanthropy is barely tempered by the pale yellow and blue backgrounds that highlight his pot belly and receding hairline. Words like "insufferable" and "crank" come to mind after an initial reading. As the drawn landscape changes from cheerful pastels to cheerless monotones, you continue turning the pages to find out what Wilson's » Read More

Review: 'Personal Shopper'

Very sexy and very scary, Personal Shopper is Oliver Assayas' follow-up to Clouds of Sils Maria, the film that proved a sharp and sensitive director could find a virtue in Kristen Stewart's air of neutrality. Assayas makes a display of this actress's humid eyes, firmly set mouth and smooth physique, but the ghost story isn't all about her vulnerability-it follows a few sidebars about the parapsychological activities of Victor Hugo, for instance, to get us ready for the point when Assayas starts playing the xylophone on the viewer's spinal cord. Maureen Cartwright (Stewart) is a personal shopper for a very mean and extremely wealthy Parisienne. She carries on a frayed relationship via Skype with her boyfriend, who is working a long-term » Read More

The Arts

The Freedom of Abstract Art

There's an immediate sense of liberation, from logic and rationality, from meaning itself in a room full of abstract art. You can project nothing, something or everything at the busy, complicated canvases lining the walls. The subject matter of Oliver Lee Jackson's paintings-colorful colliding lines and shapes-appears to be floating and drifting toward the canvas edges as if earth's gravity was about to escape. The exhibit Oliver Lee Jackson: Composed, Works from 1984 to 2016 also contains three sculptures, but their heaviness doesn't hold the same ocular allure as the painted works. As you enter the gallery, Painting (12.19.84), 1984, an oil pastel, dominates the space. » Read More

Little Ms. Firecracker

When Wicked previewed in San Francisco a decade or so ago, Kristin Chenoweth had just created the role of Galinda. Later to become the goody-two-shoes known as Glinda the Good, Galinda was the unconsciously mean sorority-sister type at a lady's school in the turbulent land of Oz. Her showstopper was a reminder about the importance of being popular: "When someone needs a makeover / I simply have to take over." The petite (4-foot 11-inch) Oklahoman counterbalanced Idina Menzel's own theater-filling voice. Generally men prefer the Wicked Witch type to the Glinda type. Chenoweth changed their minds. Last fall, I was at a laundromat waiting forever for a sleeping bag to dry, and thus sort of forced to watch a daytime talk show. The hostess was » Read More

Review: 'A View from the Bridge'

On the opening weekend of A View from the Bridge, the Pear Theatre suffered from major climate control issues. When an employee was asked why the temperature was as humid as a Louisiana swamp, she replied, "I don't know." The lack of oxygen and the rising mercury inspired a claustrophobic response in some theatergoers and led to an exodus at intermission. (Full disclosure: I was one of the half-time departures). The lack of twenty- or even thirty-somethings there on a Saturday night raised the question that hung in the heavy air: how to make A View from the Bridge relevant to younger audiences? The story of the blue-collar worker Eddie, a precursor to the intolerant bigot Archie Bunker from Norman Lear's sitcom All in the Family, is » Read More

Features & Columns

Poet, Translator Sholeh Wolpe Gives Epic Persian Allegory New Life

Sholeh Wolpe uses poetry to unite east and west. A few years ago, the Iranian-American poet and translator came to San Jose State University and gave a talk on Attar, the legendary Sufi mystic writer from whom Rumi acquired his entire shtick. Attar's epic allegorical poem, The Conference of the Birds, had only been translated in a scholarly fashion, so Wolpe decided to translate a few passages into poetic English for her presentation at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Main Library. The experience moved her so much that she later wound up pursuing and getting a contract to translate the entire book, which just came out from W.W. Norton. Wolpe returned to San Jose State last week as part of her book launch enterprise. Once again, San Jose serves » Read More

Still No Answers

Mong-Van Fousek hobbled into San Jose City Hall with all she has left in the world: a backpack and canvas tote full of clothes, toiletries and a few snacks. "I can't leave it at the shelter," she said, "or someone might take it." The 71-year-old widow lost everything else in the flood that devastated several neighborhoods along Coyote Creek over two days in late February. But she didn't come to complain at Thursday's public hearing, the first since the disaster. After two weeks of enduring cramped quarters at the Seven Trees Community Center shelter, Fousek said, she simply wants to know when she can go back to her apartment in Rock Springs. » Read More

Sikh Culture Celebrated in Exhibit Coinciding with Events

Headquartered in Palo Alto, the Sikh Foundation International will soon be celebrating its 50th anniversary. A "golden gala" will take place May 5 at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco to coincide with an exhibit, "Saints and Kings: Arts, Culture, and Legacy of the Sikhs," which just opened last week. Several distinguished guests will attend, including Navtej Sarna, India's current ambassador to the U.S., who just happens to be an author, a traveler, a columnist and a Leonard Cohen fan. What a combination. Following the gala dinner, over the weekend of May 6-7, an elaborate conference will take place at Stanford University. » Read More

The Resistance Is Fertile in Silicon Valley

Benny O'hara flips through a stack of drawings on tracing paper and produces a recent piece: a protest sign on a wooden stake, surrounded by lilies. The time for peace, it seems, has come to an end. An artist at Death Before Dishonor tattoo parlor in downtown San Jose, O'Hara, who uses they/them pronouns, has received numerous requests for political ink in the last few months. Feminist tattoos like clothes hangers and burned bras, anti-fascist tattoos and trans-pride art. "Lots of people are wanting to have that conversation starter readily available and put it all out there," O'Hara says. "If you care about something and you want to be expressing it to as many people as possible, a tattoo is a much bigger commitment than a T-shirt." » Read More

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