Silicon Valley Author Andy Weir Builds on Success of 'The Martian' with 'Artemis'

Silicon Valley author Andy Weir went from self-published afterthought to literary star with 'The Martian.' His new book takes readers to the dark side of the moon Read More

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Thu Dec 7

We invite all of our four-legged friends to visit us this holiday season, and join us for dedicated events for your furry friends to snap a photo with Santa Clause! Santa Paws will take place at the Santa Set, located on Level 2 near…

Fri Dec 8

Watch this acclaimed 1998 film while a live orchestra plays its Oscar-winning score live. The movie, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Carlo Cecchi and Sylvia Chang, tells the tale of a mysterious--and perhaps supernatural--red violin. From…

Sat Dec 9

The first sights and sounds of a Legend of Zelda game are unforgettable. Horses gallop, wind blows and piano and strings strike a chord--figuratively and literally. The music of the Zelda franchise undoubtedly represents some of the…

Sat Dec 9

After years of pursuing other projects, a band of veteran San Jose musicians have come together to create a smooth and rhythmic sound. Vudaje's debut EP, Mood, is influenced by alternative, indie, R&B and jazz--and is reminiscent of…

Sat Dec 9

Just as the lanky 23-year-old Van Cliburn triumphed during the Cold War--capturing the gold medal over the Soviets in 1958--this 20-year-old pianist from Fremont is earning respect with mounting medals of his own. He's been at it…

Sat Dec 9

Join this all-female tribute band as they strive to capture the essence of the mighty Led Zeppelin. In true Zeppelin style, the group's latest release is a live-album, titled Live at Sweetwater. The record features plenty of heavy…

Sat Dec 9

The Friends of Music at Stanford present their annual holiday showcase in Memorial Church featuring the Stanford Chamber Chorale, members of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, and organist Adrienne Kelly Lim. Featured will be Corelli's…

Sat Dec 9-10

This is the tale of Mrs. Robinson who is determined to win the Gingerbread House contest this year. But, the Christmas mouse, who lives with the Robinsons, needs food for his family and finds her creation. Unfortunately, the mouse has…

Sun Dec 10

Join the Foothill Symphonic Winds for their fall concert, led by Music Director David Bruce Adams. The band will feature flutist Ginger Rombach Adams as soloist in the Carmen Fantasy.

Thru Dec 10

This annual Christmas ballet is bound to get any Scrooge into the holiday spirit. For 24 years, Michael Smuin's company has merged the diverse vocabulary of classical ballet with contemporary American dance. This year, Smuin's…

Thru Dec 23

Radio Station WOV in New York is getting ready for its final holiday broadcast to the troops overseas. The audience takes a trip back through time as a collection of colorful characters bring to life classic American songs such as…

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Music & Clubs

The Warped Tour: Is This the End?

The last best summer ever is nearly here. The 2018 edition of the Vans Warped Tour marks the final round for the longest-running touring music festival in North America. The tour’s founder, Kevin Lyman, has announced that he’s hanging it up—citing, among other things, the increasingly cluttered summer music festival industry, a shrinking… » Read More

The Klezmatics at Bing Concert Hall

HAPPY HANUKKAH: The Klezmatics put a modern twist on klezmer music.

Lorin Sklamberg wasn’t too shocked when pop culture finally caught on to just how explosive Eastern European music could be—especially when combined with contemporary genres, like punk, electronic and hip-hop. The scene Sklamberg has been working in since the mid-’80s long predates bands like Gogol Bordello and Beirut. Sklamberg is a founding… » Read More

Chuck Ragan Plays The Ritz

HOT BOY: Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music plays solo at The Ritz.

Riding a recent hot streak, Chuck Ragan comes to San Jose for a night of smoldering acoustic folk at the Ritz. Inspired equally by perseverance and perdition, the storied singer has managed to establish dual music careers: one in punk with his much beloved band Hot Water Music, and one in folk… » Read More

Movies

Review: 'The Last Jedi'

It's like WWII, only fun! In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the alt-right First Order has the rebels bottled up--"the RESISTANCE," the title crawl says in capital letters, a stealth howdy to anti-Trumpers. On the throne is Supreme Leader Snoke, a granddaddy version of Baby Eraserhead played by Andy Serkis. This moldy dictator faces the same problems Lord Vader had back in the day--sass from a supercilious general (Domhnall Gleeson) and disappointing results from a prize pupil, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), who returned empty-handed from his mission to find Luke Skywalker. » Read More

Review: 'Wonder Wheel'

On the bright side, the new Woody Allen film Wonder Wheel has the finest cinematography, in the form of Vittorio Storaro's gorgeously lurid display of Kate Winslet as a woman on fire. Hair dyed to the scarlet side of strawberry blonde, Winslet's Ginny basks in the mercury-colored neon glow of the Coney Island attractions. She lives there in a wooden shack, spitting distance from the Ferris wheel. In the mid-1950s, the 40-ish Ginny is stuck in a marriage of convenience with her dullard husband Humpty (James Belushi). It's all about seafood around those parts. Ginny waitresses in a clam parlor, and, when Humpty isn't tending the merry-go-round, he's more interested in fishing than spending time with his wife. » Read More

The Arts

Review: 'The Santaland Diaries'

Spike your eggnog, pretend to like your aunts, uncles and cousins, and fight your way through the savages at the mall to get that last, overpriced gift. It's Christmastime and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley keeps these dueling holiday sentiments in mind with their latest production--a stage adaptation of David Sedaris' cautionary holiday tale, "Santaland Diaries." One of Sedaris' first widely recognized works, it is both a meditation on being young and without direction, as well as an incredulous take on the wild, surreal clash of Christmas and capitalism. The essay debuted on NPR's Morning Edition in 1992 and was later published in the collection Barrel Fever in 1994. NPR rebroadcasts the reading every year, making it a public radio holiday » Read More

A 'Nutcracker' For Everyone

It's a tradition as enduring as egg-nog and roast turkey. The Nutcracker, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's century-old ballet about a little girl, an enchanted wooden doll and an anthropomorphic mouse, is a performing arts staple of the holiday season. This year, Silicon Valley has at least three different takes on the Christmas classic. » Read More

Review: 'Holiday at the Savoy'

The Tabard Theatre Company kicks off this holiday season '40s style with a night of big band jazz, soaring vocals and swingin' moves. Holiday at the Savoy: A Tribute pairs period classics with beloved Christmas tunes for an uplifting segue into the new year. The show is set in December 1945 at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. After four years of a global war that spawned nearly half a million casualties, the U.S. welcomed a holiday season filled with hope and newfound peace. The Savoy was one of the first racially integrated jazz clubs in the country and, in the words of writer Barbara Engelbrecht, the "soul of a neighborhood." » Read More

Features & Columns

Silicon Valley Author Andy Weir Builds on Success of 'The Martian' with 'Artemis'

Not every fan of The Martian loves Artemis, which surged to the top of the bestseller lists as soon as it was published in November, reaching No. 6 on the New York Times hardcover fiction list its first eligible week, and it might be a while before any undergraduate seminars focus on Weir's literary merits. He's not a once-in-a-generation literary talent like Jennifer Egan (Manhattan Beach), Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Sympathizer) or Nathan Hill (The Nix). Andy Weir is the One because he's given us a feel-good reminder of the power of the imagination, and he can inspire anyone and everyone to pursue their own writing, maybe even becoming rock-star huge. » Read More

Port of Mokha, Chromatic Partner ahead of Dave Eggers Book Release

In a Santa Clara strip mall, Mokhtar Alkhanshali is reciting mystic Sufi poetry about the virtues of caffeine. A capacity crowd at Chromatic Coffee on Stevens Creek Boulevard listens intently as Mokhtar, the only Yemeni-American coffee magnate ever to be profiled in a Dave Eggers book, talks about his company, Port of Mokha and specifically its new limited edition release of Al-Durrar from Yemen. He delivers a fantastic educational speech about coffee and its roots with the ancient Sufis. Chromatic is jammed to the gills, with many customers shelling out $42 for 6 ounces of roasted Yemeni coffee in custom-packaged units. » Read More

Advice Goddess: Does Love at First Sight Exist?

It's so special when a man tells a woman he's deeply in love with her--except when her response is "Excuse me, but have we met?" Love at first sight sounds so romantic. There are those couples who claim they had it--causing mass nausea at dinner parties when they look into each other's eyes and announce, "From the moment we saw each other, we just KNEW." Uh, did they? A Swiss psychology grad student, Florian Zsok, ran some experiments to see what love at first sight is actually made of. » Read More

Free Will Astrology: Week of December 13, 2017

According to a Sufi aphorism, you can't be sure that you are in possession of the righteous truth unless a thousand people have called you a heretic. If that's accurate, you still have a ways to go before you can be certified. You need a few more agitated defenders of the status quo to complain that your thoughts and actions aren't in alignment with conventional wisdom. Go round them up! Ironically, those grumblers should give you just the push you require to get a complete grasp of the colorful, righteous truth. » Read More

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