'Kill the Messenger' Reconsiders Gary Webb's Legacy

Investigative journalist Gary Webb broke one of the Mercury News' biggest scoops ever. It cost him his career, and eventually his life. Jeremy Renner's new film reconsiders his epic legacy. Read More

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Dirty Boots is a multi-instrumentalist trio from San Francisco, CA. Members Gyasi Ross (Guitar), James Dumlao (Drums), and Rachel Lastimosa (Bass/Piano) met each other through San Francisco State University's Music Department in 2006.

Techmanity Silicon Valley's biggest tech event of the year is being held in multiple venues in San Jose on October 1st and 2nd. Additional venues include the City National Civic, the San Jose Convention Center and the SJSU Event…

A front runner in the 90's alternative movement Weezer is back in the San Jose Music scene to give their fans a fix of some good old-fashioned alternative rock. This is not you typical sissy rock band that peppers in pop sound, they…

Elton John and his band return to SAP Center at San Jose. The 10-city tour will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his five-decade career.

South First Fridays is an ecletic evening of arts a culture in downtown San Jose's SoFA district every first friday of the month, excluding January and July. The art walk is self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and…

Concert-goers should know what they\re getting into when the two supporting acts on the bill are Behold the Desecration and Decapitated Midget Fetus. Total Badass themselves play '80s thrash metal with skate punk influences.

The largest ramen event is coming to San Jose. Ramen Yokocho festivals by the Ramen Yokocho Association have been hugely popular, attracting over 100,000 ramen lovers throughout the last 5 events in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San…

International DJ/Producer/remixer/model...DJ Megan Daniels considers herself an all-around house music junkie but can can dive into just about any genre and be comfortable with delivering great sounds and keeping crowds on their toes!

Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty is bringing the Heartbreakers through San Jose, touring behind their 13th studio album Hypnotic Eye, their first to top the Billboard charts.

Join us at Cafe Stritch as they present an open jazz session with their house band The Eulipions. Held every Sunday evening, this session is open to intermediate to advanced musicians, as well as to those who just want to kick back…

Complementing their traditional German fare during Oktoberfest at Teske's Germania in downtown San Jose will be a series of weekend performances on select Fridays and Saturday featuring music by The Gruber Family Band and Teske's…


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Music & Clubs

The Voodoo Glow Skulls Keeping Ska Alive

The Voodoo Glow Skulls never asked to be a part of the ska explosion. All they care about is having fun and playing music.

It can be hard to believe now, but two decades ago ska had a pretty big moment. It was a time before Gwen Stefani’s solo debut and Bradley Nowell’s overdose, when alternative radio stations were spinning bands like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger and Less Than Jake with regularity. And… » Read More

Kronos Quartet To Play Bing Concert Hall

Kronos Quartet plays the Bing Concert Hall at Stanford on Oct. 5. Photo by Jay Blakesberg.

Leave it to Kronos Quartet to deliver a program exploring ethnic wars, genocide, bombings, Afro-Cuban percussion, liturgical Jewish prayers, Tibetan mysticism and the Brooklyn Bridge. As they’ve done for 40 years now, Kronos continues to interpret the future of the string quartet, and the program they have planned for this Sunday, at… » Read More

Snoop Dogg Coming To Studio 8

Snoop Dogg will be hosting a party at Studio 8 in San Jose on Oct. 10.

Tha Doggfather, himself, Snoop Dogg, is coming to San Jose next Friday, Oct. 10, to preside over what is sure to be a hazier-than-usual party at downtown night club, Studio 8. Snoop will host the event, which will feature local DJs Big Von and Maniakal as well as a performance from SF-based rapper… » Read More


'Gone Girl'

David Fincher's bitter, would-be decadent mystery, taken from a too-schematic script by author Gillian Flynn, almost seems like it's going to be about the schism in Middle-America between indebted haves and the wraith-like homeless have-nots. It's most interesting when it gets closest to that cliff-steep divide; the poor folk are photographed as if they were zombs, haunting the boarded-up downtown and the busted empty mall in Carthage, Missouri (the film was shot in Cape Girardeau). » Read More

'Last Days of Vietnam'

The saga of ruin and futility is painful enough for Americans to remember. The finale is even more humiliating, and that explains the sometimes tiptoe approach documentary maker Rory Kennedy (RFK's daughter) takes in Last Days in Vietnam. The primarily American interviewees here include the ever-exculpatory Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State during the end of the war in 1975, former CIA agent Frank Snepp (the sharpest character among these analysts) and Juan Valdez and Mike Sullivan, two of the last 11 Marines airlifted off the roof of the American embassy in Saigon. » Read More

The Arts

'Movement: An Experience in the Unexpected'

As the San Jose Museum of Art enters its 45th year, museum staff and curators are taking a step back to reflect on how far they've come and where they're going, and they are asking the public to help them gain some perspective with a new exhibit. "The 45th anniversary is sort of mid-life," muses Robin Treen, special projects coordinator at the museum. "Where do you go from here? What is it that you really want to do?" » Read More

Preview: 'Art' at City Lights Theater Company

The "art" from which Art takes its name is less a painting than a blank canvas. And while the stark white work sits figuratively and literally at the center of Yasmina Reza's 1994 play, the production isn't really so much about the piece, as it is about the way three friends respond to it and to each other over the course of of the play. » Read More

Features & Columns

The Commons at St. James Park Creates an Authentic Main-Square Public Space

I must admit, it has a ring to it: The Commons at St. James Park. In fact, it sounds almost British. Almost, um, cultured. Not what I expected. But wait-when I say "the Commons," I'm not talking about some generic, mid-rise condominium complex. This is no City Heights, no Villa Paseo de Santana Torino Centara, or whatever the real estate creeps came up with. No, this was an event, a happening, a powwow for classical musicians of all sorts to perform and do their thing in a nontraditional, non-elitist, adventure-seeking environment. » Read More

Internal Emails Show Mike Honda Staff, Campaign Broke Laws

As one of this year's fiercest congressional races approaches the finish line, internal emails indicate that staffers for seven-term incumbent Mike Honda (D-San Jose) violated House rules prohibiting mixing campaign activity with official business. They also suggest a pay-to-play ethic-conferring benefits to contributors and prospective donors-has taken hold in the office of a congressman who has cast himself as a leading champion of the poor. » Read More

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