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The Santa Clara County Fair returns for another fantastic event the whole family will enjoy. This four-day celebration features live music, exhibitions, demonstrations, amazing food and much more.

Formed in 2001, The Iron Maidens have quickly established themselves as one of southern California's most popular tribute acts and are rapidly gaining international recognition.

Having emerged from Soho's ultra hip Blitz Club in 1979 during another economic depression, Spandau Ballet formed at school in North London before becoming the hottest unsigned band on the planet and one of the most influential…

An Atlanta native, Arnez began working the comedy circuit in Georgia and quickly became one of "Hotlanta's" funniest newcomers. A finalist in the "Bay Area Black Comedy Competition," Arnez was immediately noticed by the entertainment…

Every year, downtown San Jose becomes the backyard of a fantastical kingdom in honor of the city's Renaissance Faire. Wizards, nobles, jesters and more flood through the land where Shakespeare stole hearts and the best workout was a…

Since their inception in 2010, San Jose's Trims have moved from dark atmospheric guitar-driven post-punk to indie-dance-rock territory.

Participants come and showcase their families favorite tamale recipes in hopes of winning the coveted Best Tamales title. While sampling some the delicious recipes festival attendees will be treated to some outstanding music and…

During the nine days, beer-lovers can experience a variety of activities featuring their favorite craft beers including tap takeovers, food pairings, seminars, demonstrations, brewmaster's dinners, new release nights and other…

Based on the Grammy Award winner for Best Rock Album in 2005, Green Day's American Idiot explores youth, love and loss in an age of media saturation.

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Music & Clubs

Kathy Foster’s Hurry Up Playing Homestead Bowl

Loosen Up: Kathy Foster, of The Thermals, keeps things fast and loose with Hurry Up.

Though Kathy Foster has long been a Portland denizen, she’s originally from Sunnyvale. “Mountain View; Sunnyvale” she clarifies. “I went to De Anza. Sold vintage clothes at the flea market.” That was almost two decades ago. Foster has gone on to reach a certain level of indie stardom since her days slinging old… » Read More

After ‘Icy’ Hiatus, The Lovemakers Patch Things Up

Love Sounds: Lisa Light and Scott Blonde of The Lovemakers get the band back together.

Making music with another person isn’t all that different from making love, according to Lisa Light, half of the Oakland-based dance-punk duo The Lovemakers. “I think in any musical connection, it’s a love connection—no matter whether you are actually consummating that connection,” Light says, reflecting on her musical partnership with Scott Blonde—the other… » Read More

Amanda Palmer Drops Out Of Morrissey Show

From Amanda Palmer's blog. She isn't feeling too good.

Heads up, Amanda Palmer followers: Citing health issues related to a recent tick bite and the contraction of acute Lyme disease the Boston-based musician has canceled her much-anticipated opening slot for Morrissey tomorrow night. On her Patreon page, where she does the bulk of her blogging these days, she cites acute Lyme disease, by… » Read More

Movies

Review: 'The Stanford Prison Experiment'

It has been the source for so many anecdotes that skeptics tend to believe it's an urban legend. But the Stanford Prison Experiment actually occurred, 44 years ago this summer, in the basement of Jordan Hall on the Stanford University campus. Kyle Patrick Alvarez's The Stanford Prison Experiment is the third film in 15 years about Dr. Philip Zimbardo's infamous psychological experiment. I'm not counting 2002's Experiment, when BBC and the University of Exeter tried to reproduce the results of the study. » Read More

Review: 'Irrational Man'

The despair-inducing Irrational Man has some promise to it—things could have been done to make it merely tepid instead of abject, but is Woody Allen capable of doing those things anymore? This crabbed rewrite of Crime and Punishment, with its gimmicky One Step Beyond ending, is the backhanded celebration of a sour man. Abe (a sleepy, ruminative Joaquin Phoenix) is a supposed luminary in the world of philosophy, come to teach at a small Rhode Island college. » Read More

The Arts

'American Idiot' Wows Audience at the Montgomery Theater

While another take on the 2009 Green Day-penned punk-rock musical, American Idiot, may seem like old wine in a new bottle, the latest production by CMT San Jose is definitely a unique vintage. For starters, it's a children's version of the Tony Award-winning musical, and no one in the cast is over 20 years old. » Read More

City Lights Theater's 'West Side Story' is Sharp as a Switchblade

West Side Story is better than Romeo and Juliet. That's right, the midcentury musical masterpiece is greater than Shakespeare's quintessential romance, and San Jose's City Lights Theater Company mostly does it justice with its lively, intimate new production. » Read More

Features & Columns

Former Stones, Dead Tour Manager Discusses Rock Legends

Just a few years ago, Studio Bongiorno opened up in the old California Monument Building in Santa Clara, right across the street from the Mission Cemetery. For an art gallery, performance space and overall gathering spot, the joint is a nucleus of crackpot activity. This week, two living monuments, former Rolling Stones tour manager Sam Cutler and legendary rock journalist Joel Selvin, will provide a rip-roaring conversation for anyone interested in rock history, especially Altamont. » Read More

Silicon Valley Beer Week

California is in the midst of one of the most severe droughts on record. And while weather scientists are forecasting a wet and wild El Nino this winter, we're parched right now. Fortunately, Silicon Valley Beer Week kicks off this weekend, providing the perfect opportunity to unironically follow the directions of pickup truck bumper stickers, novelty T-shirts and country singer Chris Young. » Read More

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