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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.

Los Gatos native Ren Geisick, a jazz vocalist herself, is obsessed with Nina Simone, and has a soft, emotive, sultry voice much like the High Priestess of Soul.

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,…

It's been nearly a decade since the Albert Square first started kicking out simple, catchy and energetic '90s-inspired indie-punk tunes.

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.

Every Sunday, the City of Campbell holds one of the most popular Farmers' Markets in the South Bay Area. Everyone is invited to join in on the community atmosphere and enjoy fresh produce grown locally by California farmers.

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.

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…

Every Tuesday night in the intimate Caffe Frascati, local performers are encouraged to participate in Open Mic Night. Musical styles of all kinds are welcome, from soulful blues to high-energy rock to catchy pop.

The fifth rendition of a holiday concert filled with superstars, the Triple Ho Show brings a plethora of pop music to kick off the holiday season. This year's guests include 5 Seconds of Summer, Demi Lovato and Charli XCX.

For a little over a decade now, this weekly party at Cardiff Lounge has been keeping people moving and having fun.

The art walk is self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses featuring exhibitions and special performances.

Featuring more than 200 vendors selling new and vintage items, huge variety of Star Wars, GI Joe's, LEGO, Godzilla, dolls, Transformers, Hot Wheels, Disney, model kits, Star Trek, robots, trading cards, records, posters, Ninja Turtles…

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

New Bar, The Continental, Hosts ‘Sneak Peek’ And F/X The Club’s Annual Black Friday Party Tonight


Nightlife lovers living in downtown San Jose will have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, as the seventh annual Black Friday party, hosted by F/X The Club founder Fil Maresca, will be held at the brand new SoFA venue, The Continental Bar, Lounge & Patio. A venture of Sam Ramirez, owner… » Read More

Whiskey Avengers Bringing New Dub EP To Back Bar SoFA; New Full-Length On The Way

The Whiskey Avengers grew out of a melding of members from local hip-hop group The Language Arts Crew and Insolence.

Cultivating a sound that draws upon a wide range of musical influences, running the gamut from reggae and ska to punk to soul and beyond, the Whiskey Avengers aren’t an easy group to categorize—and that’s just fine with them. The Avengers—who formed in San Jose in 2006 but are now mostly based in… » Read More

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


'The Better Angels'

However Wearyying it got, The Better Angels is unique—an impressionistic movie in black and white and CinemaScope, made about the most fascinating man America ever produced. The Better Angels shows how much Walnut Creek born director/writer A.J. Edwards absorbed the style of his producer, Terrence Malick. Seeing what amounts to Malick by proxy makes one wonder how every important incident in American history would look done with similar diaphanousness. » 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

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

Tech Awards Honor Life-Changing Innovators

Sometimes technology really does work for the common good. Just a few short weeks ago, the annual Tech Awards drew hundreds of black ties and yours truly to the McEnery Convention Center. As was announced, the Mouth of the South himself, Ted Turner, legendary founder of CNN and however many movie channels 30 years ago, received the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award. Turner, of course, is not your usual billionaire. He actually gives back. » Read More

Metro's Low Tech Holiday Gift Guide

Throughout the year, we work at the speed of Silicon Valley. We travel and zip around, we text, we watch our screens and tap on our devices. We embrace the post-millenial digital age. Once a year it all slows down. We take days off work, spend time with one another. We hug, unplug, eat instead of tweet. Cloud storage brings rain to our gardens and snow to the slopes. » Read More

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