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Big riffs and even bigger attitude are on the menu this Tuesday at The Ritz, when Zeke and Nashville Pussy swing into town. Power shifting through hardcore straight into muscle car blues metal, Seattle-based Zeke have been kicking out…

Much like The Three Tenors before them, II Volo have found massive commercial success by combining Latin pop sensibility with classical operatic training. Discovered in 2009 on an Italian TV singing competition, this "popera" trio…

Meet with women in technology and Silicon Valley at Airbus's Silicon Valley outpost, A^3 ("A-Cubed"). Meet the company's CEO and female leaders and hear about the company's efforts across aviation, engineering, software and design to…

Watch the San Jose Sharks on 40+ screens in Downtown San Jose! Food & Drink Specials during the games. Shark Bite Shot $5.

County Supervisor Cindy Chavez and SJWC's Women in Technology and Leadership Section invite you to join them at the San Jose Woman's Club at Words from Women of Wisdom, featuring Jena Sorrells, Camp Supervisor at San Jose Family Camp.

SCREEN! is a forum for local filmmakers and film enthusiasts to come together and view local projects, share ideas, critique each other's work, and enjoy the primary reason most of us got into the biz...entertainment!

There is so much to do at Whiskies of the World in San Jose! Meeting whisky distillers, owners, and brand ambassadors as you taste and experience their finest spirits from around the world. Included in the admission is a two hour…

2013 Finnish Jazz Musician of the Year, pianist and composer Kari Ikonen (b.1973) has worked with Louis Sclavis, Bob Moses, Lee Konitz, Ingrid Jensen, Stan Sulzmann, Ron McClure, Magnus Broo, Vincent Courtois, and Dayna Stephens.

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…

Written and directed by Kit Wilder, the co-playwright and director of City Lights Theater's first original play-Truce: A Christmas Wish From the Great War-this new adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic gothic novel will tell the tale…


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Music & Clubs

Super Cassette: Melodies of the Future at Caravan

PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE:  Super Cassette are releasing their triumphant new single on a floppy disc.

The Cassette Vision and Super Cassette Vision—contemporaries of the Atari 2600 and predecessors to the Nintendo Entertainment System—may seem like relics today. But for those born in the late ’70s and early ’80s, these now-obsolete gaming systems may carry a certain nostalgic heft. Case in point: Berkeley indie rockers Super Cassette are now… » Read More

Metal Music: ‘Game of Thrones’ Concert at SAP

DJAWADI IS COMING: The man behind the ‘Game of Thrones’ score, Ramin Djawadi, is bringing his ‘Live Concert Experience’ to San Jose.

Though he’s not a household name like Drake or Rihanna, the music of Ramin Djawadi might be just as ubiquitous. His spare piano renditions of songs like “Paint it Black” and “Black Hole Sun” help to build suspense and guide viewers to moments of revelation in Westworld. But years before he began… » Read More

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


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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