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Fri Mar 9

Known for her work as frontwoman of The Corner Laughers, Karla Kane released her solo album, King's Daughters Home for Incurables, late last year. Her calm, soothing melodies support lyrics that focus on everything from feminism, to…

Fri Mar 9

After months of bright, nightly entertainment, the Sonic Runway--those 32 multicolored LED arches stretching out in front of San Jose City Hall--are powering down. Created by Rob Jensen and Warren Trezevant, the temporary art…

Fri Mar 9

Philadelphia natives De Tierra Caliente, will light up the night with hot Latin rhythms as part of their national tour. Formed in 2014, the quintet's members have origins in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Colombia. Over the last four years…

Fri Mar 9

Hip-hop duo Apathy & Celph Titled ride the boom-bap beats and high-brow lyricism to San Jose on their joint Widow's Son tour. Apathy, the self-proclaimed "King of Connecticut," is no stranger to the world of hip-hop, as he has been…

Sat Mar 10

Founded in 1996, Punk Rock Karaoke aims to make you the star of the grimiest dive bar show on earth. Unlike traditional karaoke DJs, these Los Angeles musicians invite aspiring singers to come on stage and perform classic punk songs…

Sat Mar 10

After a spectacular performance last year, renowned classical guitarist Jerome Mouffe returns to the Community School of Music and Arts as part of their Community Concert Series, sponsored by classical radio station KDFC. Mouffe is…

Sat Mar 10

Houston DJ and producer Kayzo launched his career in 2012, after electronic music promoter Insomniac selected him as the winner of their Discovery Project. Since then, he has grown a fan base by remixing songs, linking up with…

Sat Mar 10

Come on down to the first ever comedy show in a wood-shop! Every other Saturday of the month we will be bringing together a stacked lineup of hilarious local comics at the Terra Amico Studio ! This FREE show starts at 6pm, but feel…

Sat Mar 10

Please join us for the 2nd annual Hop 'N Vine Festival & Market in Pavilion Hall at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 2 - 7 pm. This fun event will feature tastings from some of the amazing wineries…

Thru Mar 11

Named Best Film Festival by USAToday readers, Cinequest is the Silicon Valley's globally renowned celebrationof art, technology, and futurists. 28th edition of Cinequest Film& VR Festival occurs February 27 to March 11 in San Jose!…

Thru Mar 30

The San Jose Peace and Justice Center presents a new exhibit focused on the art of social unrest. The event will feature a collection of almost 30 silk-screened posters, some of which date back to the 1960s--including works of art…


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Music & Clubs

Pussy Riot at the Catalyst

SAMIZDAT ROCK: Russian activist punk band Pussy Riot makes a rare visit to the Catalyst in Santa Cruz

Few protest bands have captured the world’s attention like these neon-colored Russkies. After being arrested for staging an unauthorized performance at the Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in 2012, the group has been fighting a worldwide media war with the Putin administration that continues to this day. Just last month, two… » Read More

Prince Paul & Peanut Butter Wolf at The Ritz

ROYAL RHYTHMS: Prince Paul and San Jose native Peanut Butter Wolf celebrate the anniversary of Needle to the Groove Records at the Ritz

It’s been a year since Needle to the Groove hosted Egyptian Lover and Peanut Butter Wolf at The Ritz. This weekend, the local record shop is doing it again. Renowned producer and recording artist Prince Paul will be on stage, spinning complex alternative beats with a traditional hip-hop twist. Known for collaborations… » Read More

Sophie’s World at Discovery Meadow

MEXICANA MAGIC: Young and inspiring, Sophie Cruz is now also a part of San Jose with 'Sophie Holds the World Together'

San Jose is now home to a new mural, Sophie Holding the World Together. The 7-year-old Los Angeles native Sophie Cruz is a daughter of immigrant parents from Oaxaca, Mexico. She made headlines in 2015 after crossing a police barrier during Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, D.C. Last year, she gave a… » Read More


Review: 'The Death of Stalin'

The year 2018 has made us all connoisseurs of misrule. Thus Armando Iannucci's speedy farce, The Death of Stalin, has relevance. Still, at a recent San Francisco appearance, Iannucci stressed that he shot the film in the summer of 2016, lest viewers suspect it was some sort of allusion to the court of Trump. (Putin didn't like it—it was banned in Russia.) The movie finds comedy in the plight of shivering people, fearing the knock on the door in the middle of the night. And it lampoons that infuriating boredom that comes from serving a man who always, always must be right.One evening in 1953, the highest executives of the USSR are socializing with Stalin. » Read More

Review: 'Isle of Dogs'

In Moonrise Kingdom, the runaways Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Karen Hayward) stumble across the corpse of a dog with an arrow in it. Suzy asks, "Was he a good dog?" Sam replies, philosophically, "Who can say?" This New Yorker cartoon caption joke was a highlight of that movie--heartlessly debonair and tonic among the swoonier parts. And yet it was a tonal mistake to overlay this coolness upon the crafty yet off-putting Isle of Dogs. "Dog flu" is a malady of the year 2038 in Japan. Kobayashi, the ominous mayor-for-life of Megashima, takes action before the disease jumps to humans. All dogs are sent to a quarantined island. Kobayashi's ward and "distant nephew" Atari (Koyu Rankin), as intrepid as any 12-year-old boy in any Japanese cartoon » Read More

The Arts

Author Leonard Mlodinow at Kepler's

Call it a coincidence or a marketing masterstroke, but the release of science journalist Leonard Mlodinow's new book arrives just in time to take full advantage of the new era of legal cannabis. Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change, out March 20 on Pantheon, is the latest title on the publishing industry's already crowded brain-science bookshelf. And this one brings scientific findings to bear on a conclusion that every dorm-room toker has come to understand: marijuana turns the brain into an idea machine. According to Mlodinow's account, one scientist came to that conclusion fifty years ago, when smoking grass was still a taboo of the sort that could seriously damage an academic career. » Read More

'Locus of Control' Takes the Long Way Home

Jason Bayani grew up in Fremont in the '80s. The son of immigrant parents, he was raised in the city's Ardenwood neighborhood in a home surrounded by forest and farmland. Things have changed since he was a boy. "Where I grew up, there was all this nature, and now it's a trip to see. [All the places] we used to ride our bikes are either a home or a strip mall," he says, recounting how his hometown--California's 10th largest city by area--has been packed to the gills with business parks, shopping centers and tract housing. Bayani's upcoming solo show, "Locus of Control," captures his discovery of just how much control he has over the external world, and how much it has control over him. Bayani recalls these experiences through music, » Read More

Review: 'Skeleton Crew'

Every morning, Dez (Christian Thompson) changes out of his red and black high-top kicks--replacing them with a pair of work boots at the automobile factory where he works. As he puts them away in his locker, he checks for smudge marks then wipes them off with his thumb. His co-worker Shanita (Tristan Cunningham) brings in a giant bottle of ranch dressing and writes her name on it before she places it on a shelf in the breakroom fridge. She's visibly pregnant, and although she denies it, the dressing must be satisfying one of her hunger cravings. Faye (Margo Hall), who's worked at the factory for almost 30 years, is still sneaking cigarettes despite everyone's urging her to quit. » Read More

Features & Columns

Play Depicts Bloody Legacy of South Asian Partition

India and Pakistan were born from violence. Depicting that violence through the stories of its survivors posed a few obstacles for EnActe Arts, a local theatrical company whose next production, The Parting, comes to the Hammer Theatre this weekend. "Showing graphic violence does not serve the purpose in any way," says Vinita Belani, EnActe's founder and artistic director, when describing her approach. "What we want to show is the idea of violence and the aftermath of violence, and so, because this is a dance-theater-in-equal-parts production, we use dance to stylize the violence. Then we show the actual horror of the violence through the after effects." » Read More

Advice Goddess: Some Closure Would've Been Nice

When a guy just cuts you off like a bad tree limb, it's tempting to come up with ego-cushioning explanations: He's in a coma! He's trapped in a wooded gully in his crashed car! He's being interrogated at a CIA black site! ("Sorry...Mr. Jones is getting a series of painful electric shocks to his nipples right now and cannot come to the phone.") However, the best explanation for this man's disappearance is probably textbook stuff—psych textbook, that is, and specifically a couple of personality traits. One of these is "conscientiousness." And the bad side of the spectrum is being "low in conscientiousness"--psychologists' term for a person who is careless, irresponsible, impulsive, and lacking in self-control and who habitually ducks his » Read More

Free Will Astrology: Week of March 21, 2018

The "School of Hard Knocks" is an old-fashioned idiom referring to the unofficial and accidental course of study available via life's tough experiences. The wisdom one gains through this alternate approach to education may be equal or even superior to the knowledge that comes from a formal university or training program. I mention this, Aries, because in accordance with astrological omens, I want to confer upon you a diploma for your new advanced degree from the School of Hard Knocks. (P.S.: When Ph.D. students get their degrees from Finland's University of Helsinki, they are given top hats and swords as well as diplomas. I suggest you reward yourself with exotic props, too.) » Read More

Building Blocks

Even the most charismatic heros are destined to be supplanted by their more stable, if droll, contemporaries. This seems to be hard-boiled into our human destiny. Agamemnon and Achilles were replaced by their less flamboyant counterpart, Odysseus; the fiery promise of fossil-fuel technologies are now being phased out by the boring, reliable and simple electric motor. It's the same play being performed on different stages with a different cast. In that vein, one of the most recent dramas can be seen in the spectacular rise and fall of Bitcoin. » Read More

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