Bootsy Collins to Headline San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

Joining Collins at the festival, August 8-10, is classic Bay Area funk and R&B act Con Funk Shun
and New York Latin Jazz group Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band. Read More

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Bootsy Collins to Headline San Jose Jazz Summer Fest


San Jose Jazz Summer Fest will return this summer with iconic funk bassist Bootsy Collins headlining the festival. Collins, known for rubbery baselines, outlandish style and signature voice (literally and musically) got his start working with James Brown before moving on to the acid funk of Parliament-Funkadelic in the 1970s and a… » Read More

Tyga’s Show in San Jose Highlights the Return of Mainstream West Coast Hip-hop


Finally, the hip-hop pendulum is swinging back to the West Coast. After roughly a decade of Southern rappers dominating the charts, the rise of Kendrick Lamar and a handful of other rappers in LA, and the burgeoning success of the Bay Area’s own Iamsu and Sage the Gemini, are creating momentum that… » Read More

Foster the People, MIA to Headline BFD at Shoreline

MIA at Treasure Island Music Festival in 2007. Photo by Matt Crawford.

With a little more than a month before the June 1 festival at Shoreline Amphiteatre, Live 105 announced today the lineup for its annual BFD Festival with Foster the People and MIA topping the bill. The festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with four stages of music. Other highlights include Phantogram,… » Read More


'Only Lovers Left Alive'

Jim Jarmusch's first film in three years taps a commercial vein-vampires always sell, even given an all-mood, little-plot film, however lambently shot by Yorick Le Saux. Only Lovers Left Alive is an ultimately enrapturing love story, set on the border of gentility and decadence. The lovers are introduced in a matched set of circling shots from the ceiling: one black-clad male Adam (Tom Hiddleston) with black peekaboo hair; the other, Eve, a nigh-albino (Tilda Swinton) laid out pale and fair in a Slavic caftan. » Read More

On My Way

If there's such a thing as a French heimat movie-like the German genre that seeks that nation's heartland—Emmanuelle Bercot's On My Way (Elle S'en va) is it. The star is Catherine Deneuve, but her half-century career in films isn't treated as stuffy material to be honored. It's a playful, loose film with no queening allowed. Deneuve is a prime center for such an examination of France. She once had a government job modeling for the French Republic's Marianne emblem, which is as if the U.S. State Department had hired Bruce Willis to pose as a bald eagle. » Read More

The Arts

Deadbeat Club: Field Trip Opens at Seeing Things Gallery

Weathered billboard proclaiming the Fountain of Youth Spa stands alone in a stark desert landscape. Seen from the outside, a couple dines, framed by the bright-red outlines of a Chinese restaurant's windows. A woman in a bikini smiles and makes "sand angels" on the beach. The translucent iridescence of a massive bubble shines as it's stretched on a wand by a person garbed in gold-lame pants. A girl nearly hiding in her mass of dark locks and wearing a Cannibal Corpse T-shirt stares back, not exactly challenging, perhaps more quizzical. » Read More

The Art/Life Forum Comes to the Mexican Heritage Plaza

When Demone Carter broadened his job description from rapper to rapper/youth arts mentor a decade ago, he was struck by the alarming lack of multicultural leadership in the nonprofit world. A few years later, a study confirmed that observation: fewer than 10 percent of nonprofits are led by people of color. The statistics look worse for boards of directors. » Read More

Features & Columns

Poetic Exchange: Dublin & San Jose

Once a year, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ireland, a UNESCO City of Literature, shows up in downtown San Jose, along with an entourage of colleagues. This time around, he informed yours truly about a Dublin initiative, "One City, One Book," that unfolds every April, when the entire city is encouraged to read the same book over the course of one month. The book is either written by a Dublin author or connected to Dublin in some way. » Read More

Is Social Media Ruining the Lives of Young Women

Every few months or so, I take a moment to pause and reflect on one of the few things in my life that causes me profound and unshakable gratitude. Thank God, or whatever benevolent force there may be in this universe, I think to myself, that Twitter did not exist when I was in high school. Of course, this introspection isn't without cause. Every few months, there seems to arise a new chunk of evidence—or at least a new wave of think pieces—about how the Internet is ruining the lives of young women. » Read More

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