Fall Arts 2016

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Formally known as Breaker Morant, the band is known for its impressive instrumental work which has led to their success in the rock scene.

Spend your Monday nights at Murphy's Law pub and enjoy Blues Jams while drinking a premium draft beer.

Enjoy the end of summer with a locally sourced roasted pig. The event will be open seating, family style, first come first served so get there early.

Enjoy a food and wine pairing prepared by one of San Jose's rising culinary stars at this dinner hosted by Social Policy. Chef Marshall Reid--who has worked at San Jose's Cafe Stritch and Alexander's Steakhouse in Cupertino--captains…

Vocalist/bass guitarist/songwriter Glenn Hughes is known for his legendary vocals. Stevie Wonder referred to him as his favorite "white singer." He has toured Russia, South America, Italy, Norway and Spain, Bulgaria and Greece along…

More important than what songs Gov't Mule perform is how many they are capable of performing. This band has to be strong in order to pull from a repertoire of 300 songs. No two shows are the same, so come see what Gov't Mule is about.

Comedian Nick Hanna and special guest Alby Bustamante will be holding a show that also doubles as a canned food drive to help the less fortunate. Event is 18 and older. Guest list entry is free if participants bring 2 or more items…

Ciderwalk in Santana Row is a fun-filled event where goers can shop around the row while drinking delicious ciders. Event tickets are posted on the Santana Row website.

One of the '80s most iconic rock bands is returning to Saratoga to bring back classics like "I've Seen All Good People" and "Close To The Edge." They will honor the passing of YES bassist Chris Squire.

Steve Byrne's has become of the most respected comedians in the business. He has been featured comedy-central, TBS and Netflix.

Enter into an intergalactic adventure with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. Join the circus fleet as they embark on a heroic quest of good vs. evil with gravity-defying acrobats, orbital aerialists, majestic animals, fearless…

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Music & Clubs

Fall Arts 2016: A Changing of the Guard

ART NOUVEAU: There's a new gang in town. Highly motivated and extremely creative, they are changing the face of the Silicon Valley arts and culture scene. Photo by Paul Tumason.

In decades past, five big arts groups dominated the Silicon Valley culture scene, slurping up the majority of public support and private donations, while dozens of much smaller organizations fought over the table scraps. With annual budgets that in better times passed the $5 million mark, Ballet San Jose, San Jose Rep,… » Read More

‘Altamont': Rock Journalist Pens In-Depth Chronicle of ‘Rock’s Darkest Day’

ROCK WRITER: Joel Selvin's new book dives deep on the Rolling Stones' disastrous free concert held at the East Bay race track.

The following is an excerpt from Joel Selvin’s new book, ‘Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day': Rock Scully had passed through Heathrow Airport in London many times before. Growing up as the stepson of a respected international scholar and journalist, Scully had spent years… » Read More

Zed: SJ Blues Metal Band Drop ‘Trouble in Eden’

ZED'S NOT DEAD: With ‘Trouble In Eden,’ San Jose rockers Zed prove they’ve got what it takes.

Boasting an audio arsenal of thunderous riffs, heavy grooves and powerful vocals, San Jose-based quartet Zed have been making a name for themselves in the Bay Area hard rock scene, and beyond, for nearly a decade now. The band showcased their formidable chops in front of an enthusiastic crowd on Friday at… » Read More

Movies

Review: 'Kubo And The Two Strings'

Fans are startings to look forward to a new Laika film the same way we used to look forward to a new Pixar. Kubo and the Two Strings is the newest 3-D stop-motion animation from the Portland-based studio responsible for Coraline, Paranorman and The Boxtrolls. One scene has a backdrop of what looks like the famed Rashomon gate next to sequoia-sized trees; this ravishing, delicate story nods back to Kurosawa's Rashomon, a film about the untrustworthiness of tale-tellers and what they conceal. Kubo is a story of interlocked fictions, sometimes very sad, sometimes cryptic-not bad qualities in a cartoon. The act of storytelling is the titular character's literal weapon against death, of preservation of lives otherwise forgotten. During a fight » Read More

Review: 'Lo and Behold'

Technologies shape us before we even halfway sense their presence. Werner Herzog examines the internet itself in Lo and Behold: Reveries of a Connected World, a documentary in 10 chapters, with commentary by local engineers such as Elon Musk and Stanford's Sebastian Thrun. The foreboding words, "What hath God wrought?" were the first ever transmitted via telegraph; the first message delivered over the nascent internet was a single word: "Lo." It sounds Biblical. But this message, sent between labs at UCLA and Stanford, was little more than a glitch. The message supposed to read, "Log In." But the system crashed just two characters in. » Read More

The Arts

Man vs. Nature: 'Indestructible Wonder'

At first blush, the thematic connection between two new exhibits at the San Jose Museum of Art seems tenuous at best. But after spending time in both galleries, two sets of entirely different means and media unexpectedly complement each other. In one, we peer into the lives of an often unrepresented and invisible group of Americans: the working class. In the other, the scope expands, often abstractly, as several artists explore humanity's relationship with nature. Walking up the stairs, approaching the entrance to "Indestructible Wonder," animal sounds spill out in all directions from one of the two galleries-the kinds of noises one hears in films about the jungle: the guttural howls of distant, unseen beasts. The distorted calls and muted » Read More

Italian Family Festa Focuses on Heritage

Food has always been a great way to experience a different culture. Behind every native dish there is a story being passed down from generation to generation. Some cultural festivals lose the thread of these stories in a maze of food trucks and activities, but not the Italian Family Festa, which for two full days this weekend celebrates the richness of Italian-American heritage. "You can go to many festivals and order the food, but what I think is missing is the history" says Ken Borelli, chair of the Italian American Heritage Foundation, the organization which runs the annual gathering. » Read More

Features & Columns

Fall Arts 2016

Every year, as the long days of summer slowly fade into cooler autumn evenings, the artists come out. They come with their paint brushes in hand and guitars slung over their shoulders; those wordsmiths and poets preferring the cover of darkness, hover over their writing pads and laptops; gallery curators prepare new exhibitions and stage directors prepare to unveil the first production of the new season. There is so much going on in the Silicon Valley art world this fall-some of it familiar, some of it rather new. Just as the sunny season gives way to shorter days and longer nights, there is a change afoot in the South Bay's art scene. In decades past, five big arts groups dominated the Silicon Valley culture scene. » Read More

Tech Bros Forget Beat Generation's Imprint

Last week, I slithered back into the Beat Museum in San Francisco, arriving by sheer chance. Turns out the museum is currently angling to raise a cool few million so it can buy a new facility up the street. Within minutes, director Jerry Cimino and I found ourselves venting-er, contemplating-the current generations of tech in San Jose, San Francisco and everywhere between, especially how they seem clueless to the counterculture history of these parts. "Silicon Valley, as we know it today, wouldn't exist without The Beat Generation," Cimino said. "In many ways, Beat Generation values became Bay Area values. One of the reasons so many young people want to live here is because the Bay Area is the leading edge and the Beats made it hip." » Read More

Feds Continue Schedule I Absurdity with Pot

Schedule I drugs+ are scary stuff. They're substances the DEA has determined "have no currently accepted medical use and high potential for abuse." Like heroin or Quaaludes or MDMA. Heroin is implicated in thousands of fatal drug overdoses every year. Nobody does 'ludes anymore. MDMA isn't addictive or nearly as deadly as heroin, but a few dozen people die under its influence every year. The DEA just this month reaffirmed its position that another widely used substance is too dangerous to be placed anywhere but Schedule I: marijuana. This is not the place for a comprehensive critique of the DEA's ability to properly schedule-or more properly, deschedule-marijuana, but here we have a story that illustrates the relative dangers of marijuana » Read More

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