Metro's Low Tech, Unplugged, Holiday Gift Guide

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Packed with an impressive repertoire of smash hits spanning his 20-year career, the critically-acclaimed showman will give his fans a unique experience that only the multi-talented Usher can deliver.

Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, Erykah Badu. Some of the best artists in the past fifty years were on Motown Records. Even more important than their roster of artists, was the "Motown Sound" they created, which melded soul…

It's official! After a 16-year absence, Christine McVie will be re-joining Fleetwood Mac band mates Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks as they launch the On With The Show Tour.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2014 holiday season with its newest holiday stage spectacular. It's a cirque show... Broadway musical... holiday spectacular... and family show... all in one.

San Jose Jazz and Fatale partner on the final Fatale concert, nested within the hallowed Pagoda. With a velvety voice that goes down like smooth wine, Bay Area vocalist Jackie Gage beautifully melds aspects of jazz with modern soul.

Join us for EDM Wednesdays at Charley's LG in downtown Los Gatos, the nightclub voted the best place to dance in the Silicon Valley. With some of the hottest local EDM DJ's performing live amidst bubbles, snow and smoke effects,…

The hipster dance party in downtown San Jose is back at its normal time of Thursday nights at the Blank Club. DJ Basura spins new wave, 80's, electro, mod, and indie hits all night long. It's the dance club for people who don't like…

Many a jazz fanatic will argue that Nina Simone was the best female jazz vocalist ever. It's a solid position. She brought a flawed realness and a painful vulnerability to music that hadn't been heard before.

This Black Friday weekend, don't be fooled by empty deals designed to lure you to the Big Box retail stores. Instead, visit the San Jose Harvest Festival, November 28-30 at the San Jose Convention Center, and help support independent,…

University of Southern California senior Tim Lin has started an impressive career thus far. During high school, Lin was a member of the San Jose Jazz High School All Stars and mentored by Bay Area educator Dann Zinn.

Downtown Ice's spectacular circular rink provides a perfect setting for skaters who glide under the stars and twirl around 32 twinkling palm trees. Come feel the aloha spirit shared by partners Hawaiian Airlines and Olympic figure…


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Music & Clubs

PHOTOS: Prayers at Back Bar SoFA


“We came here to do one of two things,” Rafael Reyes, one half of the self-described “cholo goth” duo Prayers, declared, proudly bearing a tattoo-covered torso and neck through the opening of his unzipped leather jacket, Saturday night at Back Bar SoFA: “fuck or fight.” Then Reyes softened his tone, noting the… » Read More

Q&A: Teeko


Local DJ and producer Teeko has been on a hot streak. He was recently featured on A-Trak’s Short Cut series, played a Boiler Room set in San Francisco and his performance on RevoltTV’s 1s and Tuesday is now the show’s second most-viewed episode. Teeko plays keyboard and triggers samples live, whilst flexing… » Read More

Local Producer Giraffage Drops Fool’s Gold Debut

Charlie Yin, a.k.a. Giraffage, getting some quality alone time.

“I fucking hate interviews,” reads one of Charlie Yin’s tweets from a couple weeks back. It’s an understandable that Yin, better known as Giraffage, would be suffering from interview fatigue. The South Bay-bred producer is fresh off a world tour with Skrillex protege Porter Robinson, he released his Fool’s Gold Records debut,… » Read More


'Force Majeure'

The keenly titled Force Majeure is about one of those little instances of cowardice that can end a military career—or a marriage—in a matter of seconds. This Swedish film is slippery and quite unexpectedly ticklish. The blank-faced satire keeps you at arm's length; it breaks up the short-storyish tale (Alice Munro is what it reminded me of most) with long blackouts and whiteouts. A repeated sinister phrase of accordion music introduces every chapter. » Read More


Remember the lady who hijacked the T.A.R.D.I.S. on Doctor Who? "You've got a time machine and I've got a gun," she said. "What the hell, let's kill Hitler." The Doctor (Matt Smith) later derided the idea as "going into the past to kill someone who's already dead," but there's a very small and non-violent indie film variation of the killing-Hitler fantasy. Menno Meyjes' 2002 Max was a prime what-if fantasy: rather than shooting Hitler, it'd be less noisy and more fun to hang around 1920s Viennese coffee shops with Mr. H (Noah Taylor), talking him out of the path he was going to take. » Read More

The Arts

'The Italian Girl in Algiers' at the California Theatre

An Ottoman ruler sits at a banquet table-wild-eyed, bewigged, nearly imbecilic with desire—waving great floppy fistfuls of spaghetti at his escaping slaves. It's hardly the image that comes to mind when you think of classical opera, but it's exactly what you get in Opera San Jose's dizzyingly comic production of Gioachino Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers, now playing at the California Theatre. » Read More

'The Manresa Seasons' at the Art Museum of Los Gatos

The world is an indifferent place governed by the chaotic whims of nature. Humanity's feeble attempts to corral these inexorable forces are futile and ultimately resolve in destruction and decay. And David Kimball Anderson is just fine with that. In fact, the Santa Cruz-based artist finds it all quite beautiful. Anderson is interested in classical beauty-in balance and contemplation. He looks for elegant forms out there in the world, in places overlooked or too familiar to be bothered with. » Read More

Features & Columns

San Jose Japantown's History

After 15 years and nearly 500 pages of resulting material, the definitive history of Japantown has finally emerged. San Jose Japantown: A Journey is a vibrant, gargantuan volume, with myriad threads of history from every nook and cranny between Hedding and Empire, from First Street to Tenth Street. The book covers the time period from the 1890s until just a few years ago. On Saturday, Nov. 29, a book launch party will unfold at 1pm at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin. » Read More

A Defense of Ethical Meat Production

Ask a vegetarian why he or she doesn't eat meat and you'll get a variety of answers: Beef is bad for your health. Cattle are a major contributor to global warming. It's wrong to kill animals. Beef production contributes to world hunger. Cattle ranching leads to a loss of biodiversity. Even those who eat beef sometimes do so with a heavy conscience. For many educated urban dwellers, eating beef is a guilty indulgence at best and a health and environmental scourge at worst. » Read More

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