A Dose of Sunshine

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The world wide phenomenon of the Harlem Globetrotters returns to the Bay Area in 2017 ready to perform amazing basketball feats. The talented group has played 26,000 exhibition games and plays 450 a year.

San Jose 2017 features nine award-winning short films by, for, and about women. (See a full list of the films) And the evening includes delicious food and drink. Standard seating is included with all tickets, but as in past years,…

Ages 21+ | Our first Make + Mingle is generously sponsored by Charley's LG. We will be serving up a specialty cocktail with a complementary arts + craft chaser. Make your own custom felt coaster set. Explore the galleries and check…

Ron Campbell, director of the 1960's Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series and animator of the Beatles film Yellow Submarine will make a rare personal appearance at KALEID Gallery, 88 South Fourth Street, in downtown San Jose, CA,…

Over the past couple years ALTERBEAST have been making a name for themselves on the death metal scene, opening up for major acts like Severed Savior, Exhumed and Decide, and dropping their excellent full--length debut, Immortal, in…

We're back at the Cats! Hear some of the best music ever written from one of the South Bay's best stages!

Like yoga? Love beer? Dig upbeat music? You're in the right place! Get ready for the next awesome Downward Drinking Dog Yoga + Beer event!

Please join local celebrity JOE FERRARA every Sunday at The Cats Restaurant & Bar in Los Gatos, for his acoustic renditions of classic rock, folk, and Broadway tunes. Come for the best BBQ in the Bay Area. Stay for the music. Bring…

In honor of the highly esteemed composer John Adams 70th birthday St. Lawrence String Quartet will perform at Stanford University.

Whether you've attended any Beerwalks previously, the 5th Annual Beerwalk in Japantown is a great way to kick off SF Beer Week.

DENIAL (Daniel Bombardier) is a Canadian artist whose work critiques consumerism and the human condition. Though based in Windsor Ontario, DENIAL spends much of the year traveling and exhibiting throughout Canada and USA, with solo…


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Music & Clubs

Cafe Con Tequila Bring the Latin-ska Party to SJ

DOUBLE SHOT: Latin influences and a DIY approach have helped Cafe Con Tequila find success.

Eleven years ago, the ska scene in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles was nonexistent. And so, when drummer Francisco Rodriguez and guitarist Luis Fematt formed Cafe Con Tequila, they had few expectations. They just wanted to pay homage to the sounds of their youth. “We all grew up listening… » Read More

The Ageless Aggression of No Age

NOISY PUNKS: L.A. band No Age bring their clamorous guitar-and-drums rock to The Catalyst.

Ostensibly a noise rock band, No Age write surprisingly melodic songs that incorporate enough dissonance and non-traditional rock drumming to avoid falling comfortably into any real category. Punk? Not really. Noise? At times. Rock? Sure—there are guitar and drums, after all. But really, No Age is a band mostly defined by what… » Read More

Hit List: Best Music, Art & Culture Jan 17-20

ARTSY BEATS: Rey Resurreccion is just one of many local artists coming together for the SJMA's Third Thursday art and music event.

Join Rey Res, Cutso, Containher and many more great local musical acts at the San Jose Museum of Art for Soundscaping SJMA. The pioneer of the “ratchet” sound and architect of some of the biggest hip-hop hits of the last several years, DJ Mustard comes to Pure Lounge this Friday. And over… » Read More


Review: '20th Century Women'

There is weight in the charming 20th Century Women-seriousness that keeps it from blowing away like a load of Styrofoam peanuts in the wind. That weight comes from the realization of how remote the seemingly near past actually is. Mike Mills' third and best film (after Beginners and Thumbsucker) is also the closest to his models in the French New Wave. This fictionalized memoir recalls Louis Malle, the least radical of that assemblage of 1960s French filmmakers, and the one who turned out to have the warmest and longest view of all of them. Mills' Beginners was a memorial to a father who came out of the closet in his 70s. 20th Century Women honors Mills' mother as a woman whose life was bounded by the last century. The title isn't too » Read More

Review: 'Julieta'

Living a long life means dwelling on a stage with numerous trapdoors. Players vanish or reappear, as part of some grand design that becomes all the more baffling as time passes. Three stories by the Nobel laureate Alice Munro, from her 2004 collection Runaway, were the source for Pedro Almodovar's latest film, the serious but never somber Julieta. Here the Spanish master presents a "tearless melodrama," in which a woman copes with the inexplicable vanishing of her daughter, Antia. Having no explanation for the rift, Julieta corrodes inside, living with the guilt of whatever it was that she did to cause her daughter to leave her. The loss essentially changes her into two separate people. The "before" picture is Julieta as a perky, » Read More

The Arts

Cartoonist Behind 'Yellow Submarine' at KALEID

Kaleid Gallery's newest show will be a unique and inimitable trip down an animated memory lane. With work by legendary animator and artist Ron Campbell, the "Cartoon Pop Art Show" will feature more than fifty original pieces of art inspired by the countless cartoons Campbell had a hand in animating-most notably The Beatles' classic film Yellow Submarine. Born in 1937 in Seymour, Australia, Campbell's love of animation began at an early age. After going to the Saturday afternoon movies as a kid and being awestruck by the children's animated reel between features, Campbell assumed the process was some kind of magic-until he asked his grandmother. » Read More

Review: 'Annie'

One of the most popular musicals in Broadway history, Annie continues to endear itself to new generations as it makes its way around the globe in a touring production from Troika Entertainment, brought to us locally by Broadway San Jose. Originally debuted in 1977, with book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin, the nostalgic show won seven Tony awards and ran for nearly six years. It has been translated into 28 languages and performed in as many countries, from Argentina to Zimbabwe. » Read More

An Orderly Decay

The sinewy, twisting shapes of the natural world collide with the exact geometry of the man-made in Jake Fouts' photography exhibit, "Archetypes," currently showing at The Studio Rock Climbing gym in San Jose's SoFA District. The seemingly random forms of twigs, branches, and bone-hard angles strike a harmonious chord with the hard angles of metal brackets, the perfectly round circles of hydraulic gauges and the glinting glass casing of incandescent bulbs. Rust, decay and their shared status as found objects is what connects this assortment of aesthetically arranged detritus, which Fouts-a longtime San Jose denizen and bartender with a passion for photography-meticulously collects, refines and then stages for his earthy still life » Read More

Features & Columns

A Dose of Sunshine

Cookbooks crowd the lower tier of the bookcase. Above it, colored bowls and greeting cards line the top shelf, along with a solitary, empty Mason jar. There's a handwritten note in black ink taped to the side of the vessel. A small heart punctuates the phrase, "Self-loathing jar." Sitting at a long kitchen table made of blond wood and galvanized steel, author Ayelet Waldman waits for the electric kettle to boil as she completes an online purchase in preparation for the Jan. 21 Women's March on Washington. She makes two cups of tea-one for herself and one for her husband, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, who is sitting in the living room of their Berkeley home, diligently setting up the new flatscreen TV they've just » Read More

Alternative Arts Space WORKS/San Jose Celebrates 40th Anniversary

This year marks the 40th anniversary for WORKS/San Jose gallery, an all-volunteer alternative arts space. Entrenched in the eastern side of the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, the gallery celebrates a long, twisted history of continuous relocation woes after moving through six downtown locations in four decades. A microcosm of San Jose's urban redevelopment saga, the WORKS story is a unique testament to how the alternative arts can survive endless cycles of creation and destruction at the hands of greedy real estate operatives and the city planners that love them. It isn't quite David versus Goliath, but it's close. » Read More

Pulitzer Winner Viet Thanh Nguyen Puts San Jose in Literary Spotlight

Viet Thanh Nguyen is the V.S. Naipaul of San Jose's underbelly. Or maybe the Vietnamese Nelson Algren of Santa Clara Street. His short story "War Years" conjures up exactly the right inner and outer conflicts that characterize the East-West clash of San Jose's most prominent thoroughfare. San Jose is on the literary map once again. But first some background. Twenty-five years ago, when I'd regularly haunt the notorious Charlie's Liquors at Fourth and Santa Clara streets, right where City Hall now sits, I'd gaze in everyday wonderment at the glorious downmarket legends across the street: Lenny's Cocktails, the Quality Cafe, and New Saigon Market. » Read More

Vegan Chef Miyoko Schinner to Cater SJ Woman's Club Meetup

Mt. Vesuvius Black Ash might be coming to 11th and Santa Clara streets in downtown San Jose. On Jan. 26, the San Jose Woman's Club, in partnership with South Bay Vegan Drinks, will stage a rip-roaring fundraiser for the Rancho Compasion animal sanctuary. Unfolding at the club's historic building at 75 S. 11th St., the event will feature a menu of food and drinks prepared by renowned vegan chef Miyoko Schinner, along with a silent auction to bid on food, dinner, local gifts and theater packages. The menu will feature Miyoko's award-winning cheeses (including her Mt. Vesuvius Black Ash) and several other dishes. Everything will be 100 percent vegan. » Read More

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