Fall Film Preview

Fall brings an array of films based on books-and board games. Read More

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Elvis Costello has aged gracefully over the course of the nearly four decades of his music career. With his "Angry Young Man" personality, punk-rock leanings and Buddy Holly aesthetic, he was a definitive act in British New Wave of…

Toll House and Three Degrees in Bringing Back Shake It Up Wednesdays! Enjoy great food and drinks while you listen to some great music. Wednesdays 4-10pm (music 6-10p)

Party with DJ Snare from 10pm til 2am! Start your weekend early with all your friends at the Britannia Arms Almaden.

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

Known for its "revved-up rockabilly" tunes, the Chop Tops are pleased to announce the revision of its album, "Evil Six," featuring re-recording thumping bass, vocals, guitars and drums for incredible sound.

As the sun sets, things heat up in the park with Fashion on the Rocks. Our runway channels the vibe of a nightclub with a live DJ and a few surprises. Your ticket includes signature cocktail or champagne, a bite box and a passport to…

This hardcore punk band from San Jose centers around a crew of accomplished skateboarders. Every band member since its inception is or has been a pro-skateboarder. One of the more famous members of The Faction is Steve Caballero, the…

Wicked is the musical for people that don't usually like musicals. Wicked is also the musical for people that hate musicals, because, no matter who you are or what you try to do to avoid it, you're going to have to listen to the…


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Music & Clubs

Photos: Electronic Sriracha Festival


Hey, rooster! If you love dancing and Sriracha, this was the weekend for you. On Saturday, Aug. 30, a crowd of hungry, electronic music fans descended on St. James Park in San Jose for the inaugural Electronic Sriracha Festival, hosted by South Bay-based food event organizer, Moveable Feast. Local and national DJs… » Read More

Photos: The Trims, The Lovemakers at The Blank Club

The Trims.

Up and coming San Jose new wave band The Trims celebrated the release of their new self-titled record, playing to a sold-out crowd at The Blank Club on Friday. The local quartet ripped through a high-energy set of angular, post-punky dance-rock tunes, including their new single, “Now You’re Gone.” Watch the video… » Read More

Q&A: San Jose Club Veteran, DJ Remedy

DJ Remedy spins every Friday night at Myth Taverna & Lounge.

With more than two decades of experience, DJ Remedy is one of the most senior selectors on the South Bay nightlife scene. The San Jose native has been spinning since 1993—back when beat matching was done by ear and scratching took serious finesse. His skill and dedication are highly respected in the… » Read More


Fall Film Preview

The noticeable trend this fall seems to be adaptations—sturdy books and page turners alike. Jason Reitman adapts Chad Kultgen's novel Men, Women and Children (October) about the Internet's caustic effect on a family—stars Judy Greer, Ansel Elgort and Adam Sandler in a small character part. Kill the Messenger (October) stars Jeremy Renner as Gary Webb, a San Jose Mercury News reporter chased out of his job by editors and maybe even shadier characters than editors, after having discovered that the CIA was in bed with cocaine sellers. » Read More

'If I Stay'

Gayle Forman's best-sellers are the kind of thing that should make Young Adult authors feel uneasy about their craft; the work reads like someone describing what they've been watching on television. (Forman won an award once for "writing for reluctant readers." It's as if literature contained gluten.) If I Stay preserves the essence rare. The "ex-riot grrl" mommy Kat (Mireille Enos) consoles her child: "Life is this big fat gigantic stinking mess, and that's the beauty of it." Director R. J. Cutler visualizes the azure televisionistic glow of the book as a Thomas Kinkade view of alternative Portland, Oregon. » Read More

The Arts

C2SV Discussions w/ Yasha Levine and Adam Rogers

In Silicon Valley, we exist under the constant gaze of monitoring—voluntary and involuntary, in our personal communications and by privately-owned security cameras. It's enough to drive a person to the bottle. If you're fretting about the surveillance state and enjoy a couple of quiets at the end of the day, then you might want to catch the C2SV tech discussions with writers Adam Rogers and Yasha Levine. » Read More

'Fatal Laughs': The Art of Robert Arneson

Humor has always been a powerful tool for exposing, exploring and deflecting the darkest aspects of the human condition. The recent death of comedian and Bay Area resident Robin Williams-who transformed depression into brilliant comedy-has only served to crystallize this truth. When it comes to tortured souls turning their inner turmoil into vivid and uproarious artistic expression, Williams is not alone. A new exhibit opening today at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, explores the work of another local artist: the late Robert Arneson. » Read More

Features & Columns

Girafa: The South Bay's Banksy

Two years before he was arrested for emblazoning walls, box trucks, train cars and freeway overpasses all over the Bay Area with his signature black and yellow giraffe character, Steven Free-better known by his graffiti moniker, Girafa-found himself staring down the barrel of a gun. It was a cool San Francisco night sometime in 2007, and Free was on the roof of a building in the SOMA district, preparing to paint a large wall overlooking a nearby stretch of freeway. He heard footsteps and turned to find a man training a flashlight on him. » Read More

'Still Krazy After all These Cheers'

The world's only decades-long full-time professional cheerleader, drum-beating lunatic and San Jose State alumnus, Krazy George Henderson, now screams in autobiographical format. His new book, Still Krazy After all These Cheers, explodes with stories and sheer insanity. I would expect no less. You can almost hear his gravelly voice and snare drum pounding from between the pages. » Read More

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