The Tabard Theatre's 'Violet' is a Rousing Spiritual Journey

There are elements of 'Violet' that could easily slip into cliche. The strong cast and music,
however, elevate the show to the realm of the sublime. Read More

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On April 17th, the AFK Gamer Lounge will have an official "Grand Opening" party to kickoff the future of social gaming, and we invite you to attend.

Is it possible for a band to be legendary and still underground? Sure it is-just ask Agent Orange. The SoCal surf punks can lay claim to one of the strangest careers in punkdom. After pretty much defining the sound of surf-punk with…

This hip-hop walk down memory lane features Ice Cube, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Dispet, E-40, Too Short, Scarface, and Luniz. 25 years ago, the star power in this lineup would match the New York Yankees of the late 1920s.

Recently named as an Artist To Watch by MTV, Dillon Francis currently reigns as #1 provocateur of EDM. Credited with helping to put the dance movement Moombahton on the map with the pioneering track “Masta Blasta"

Big WOW! ComicFest is one of the biggest annual comics and pop culture events in Silicon Valley. The event is filled with artist demonstrations, cosplay instruction and fun, creator interviews and presentations, and much more.

Barry Manilow has been considered the top Adult Contemporary artist of all time and he's bringing his hits to San Jose on his most recent tour. In his career, Manilow has produced 48 top 40 hits. Now, Manilow hits the SAP Center stage…

With a score performed by 250 musicians of the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, along with Cantibile youth singers, The Lord of the Rings will be presented in its entirety on a large high-definition screen at the San Jose Center for…

The Golden Gate Chapter of the Vintage Volkswagen Club of America will be hosting their 31st Annual Spring Meet at History San Jose at Kelley Park. This year's event include an impressive list of car classes, including 50's and 60's…

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Music & Clubs

An Evening At AFK Gamer Lounge

We sent our writer, Stephen Layton to get drunk, eat food and play video games at AFK Gamer Lounge.

Some day, Kevin Wick hopes to play video games in his own video game bar. That day, he tells me on the back patio, will be “The day I can sleep more than five hours a night.” The 24 year-old co-owner of the new AFK Gamer Lounge has lost sleep for months… » Read More

Can The Ritz Bring Rock & Roll Back To SoFA?

The Ritz, which opened this past weekend in the former space of The Usual and F/X The Club, has many locals optimistic about a rock & roll revival in the SoFA district.

Three dangling crimson bulbs trace a straight line through the hall, directing eyes to the stage at the far end of the room, while another set of orbs cast a sanguine glow on the shiny black surface of the bar. There, two men sit, sipping bottled water and surveying their brand new… » Read More

Record Store Day Is Coming

Spin it Loud: Record Store Day is bringing special releases to local record stores, like Campbell’s On The Corner Music. Photo by Jessica Shirley-Donnelly.

On April 18, the music industry rises once again to show support for the greatest of all recording formats: vinyl. Many Silicon Valley small businesses—your local record stores—will be participating:   Streetlight Records—San Jose, 980 S. Bascom Ave.   Rasputin Music—Campbell, 1820 S. Bascom Ave.; Mountain View, 1939 W El Camino Real   Needle… » Read More

Movies

Review: 'True Story'

Simultaneously and promoting exculpatory baloney, True Story contrasts two evildoers. One is Mike Finkel, a New York Times Magazine writer, disgraced after he used composite characters in a cover story about modern day slavery on the African cocoa plantations. The other is Christian Longo (played here by Palo Alto's own James Franco). Longo was merely a multiple murderer. » Read More

Review: 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

Dorothy Parker's comment that "the Alps are beautiful but they're dumb" comes to mind during scenes featuring mountainscapes in Clouds of Sils Maria. Certainly, this import deserves some of the attention given to Birdman, particularly in its examination of actors unable to express their gifts in that plethora of superhero-or vampire-material of which we all presumably can't get enough. » Read More

The Arts

'Alone, Together' Explores Loneliness in the Big City

Photography is more than a way of life for the artists featured in Empire Seven Studios' upcoming exhibition, "Alone, Together." "None of us go out of the house without a camera," says Joe Aguirre, one of the five photographers featured in the exhibit—a graphic study of isolation and separation. "Having our camera with us is like having our wallet or keys." All of the photos on display in the show are the result of a kind of spontaneity that could only be achieved by a team of photographers who are ready to start snapping at any moment. » Read More

Art Imitates Life in City Lights Production of 'M. Butterfly'

In classic Chinese opera, female roles were traditionally played by men because, playwright David Henry Hwang's script sarcastically suggests, "only a man knows how a woman is supposed to act." Deeply rooted concepts of how men and women-as well as Easterners and Westerners-are supposed to act form the nucleus of Hwang's provocative gender-bending play, M. Butterfly, currently showing City Lights Theater. » Read More

Features & Columns

The Plentiful Peach Mashes Ideology and Art in Imaginative Performance

Just like I'd expect from Palo Alto, the historical capital of Silicon Valley, an inspiring half-eastern and half-western collaboration will erupt this weekend. Spacetime-continuum-channeled via Azerbaijan, Iran, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Palo Alto High and the beige corridors of SJSU's School of Music, The Plentiful Peach premieres Sunday at Stanford's Bing Concert Hall thanks to two unique talents: Niloufar Talebi on words and Mark Grey on music. » Read More

How a University Launched the Electronic Music Revolution

It wasn't that long ago when all music was made by acoustic instruments-vibrating strings, oscillating reeds and resonating wood. Our musical devices were powered by wind, friction and other forces. But today, whether you're scanning the radio or browsing a web-based streaming service, chances are high that at least a portion of the music you're encountering was produced through some form of synthesis. The wobbling bass of that dubstep drop, the bowel-rattling kick and the snapping snare on that hip-hop beat, the impossibly rapid, arpeggiated guitar lick-all of them produced by a synthesizer. » Read More

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