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The Working Mom's Circle meets the 1st Wed. of each month and is for all the working mamas who wish to share stories, tricks, tips, secrets, and anything else about life. We will discuss a new topic each visit which may include…

Conflict and comedy, romance and redemption, a baby and - a bear! Join us as we celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare with one of the Bard's most poignant and charming works.

This facial combats dull, sun-damaged skin. The service begins with a vitamin-C skin peel to remove dull tired skin cells. Experience a deep pore cleansing before a luxurious facial massage. Relax as a special professional hydrating…

CMT's Rising Stars invite you down the rabbit hole to the whimsical world of Disney's Alice in Wonderland. Adapted from the classic film and timeless novel, this show is a whirlwind of song, dance and adventure. Featuring updated…

Join MACLA for an amazing evening of art and live performances as part of Downtown San Jose's South First Friday event. Pieces from MACLA's current exhibition, "Even the Smallest Change Can Be Profound", will be on display as well as…

Andre Nickatina will be performing live Downtown San Jose at Agenda Lounge. This exclusive party has limited space available. All tickets must be redeemed by 10:30pm. Born and raised in the Fillmore District of San Francisco, Andre…

Celebrate the lovely ladies in your life with a special wine tasting of all things pink, bubbly and sparkling!

Three hundred community members will converge at the Microsoft Campus with an ambitious mission - to provide greater health, affordability, and opportunity for everyone in Silicon Valley. In a region that faces some of the fastest…

The Saratoga Wine Stroll Experience has established itself as one of Saratoga's memorable events. This annual favorite brings people near and far to historic Saratoga to sip wine, taste scrumptious food samples and enjoy shopping.…

The Wow Cool Alternative Comics store in the Monta Vista neighborhood in Cupertino is having it's third annual Free Comic Book Day event from 10am-7pm on Saturday, May 7th. There will be tons of free comics for kids and adults, arts…

Join us for a full day of fun! The 1st annual Burning Mouth Hot Sauce & Beer Festival will take place on Saturday, May 7 at the newly re-done Twin Creeks Sports Complex. Enjoy a day of sampling craft hot sauces and brews. There will…

We invite you to come and enjoy the work of 13 different artists in a beautiful urban vinyard. We are an international group of women who work in a variety of mediums and will be offering a unique selection of artwork including:…

Pamper that special lady in your life with a lavish Mother's Day brunch at Fairmont San Jose. Two delectable brunch options will be offered Sunday, May 8, 2016. This elegant brunch will feature a carving station showcasing roasted New…

On Mother's Day, Sunday, May 8, LB Steak on Santana Row in San Jose will be open from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM serving a la carte brunch items, the regular a la carte lunch menu (both until 3:00 PM) and the regular a la carte dinner menu…

This Mother's Day treat the woman you love to a wonderful gift package from La Choza Day Spa! La Choza will be open on Mother's Day Sunday, May 8th. Total Relaxation: 50 min Collagen Infused Paraffin Facial, 50 min Pure Relaxation…

The Ancient Greeks sure knew how to ruin a life. Oedipus kills his father, sleeps with his mother then gouges his eyes out in the tragedy that inspired Freud's creepiest psycho-theory. Centuries later, famed American playwright Arthur…


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Music & Clubs

Aesop Rock’s New Album is Lyrical Therapy

OVER THE HILL: Aesop Rock, who recently turned 40, recorded his 
seventh album, ‘The Impossible Kid,’ in a barn in Washington.

Plenty of people dread their 40th birthday, but according to Ian Bavitz—better known by his stage name, Aesop Rock—the idea of being “over the hill” was particularly distressing. “Being an older dude in a younger dude’s game, it just loomed,” the indie emcee and producer says. “I think it caused a lot… » Read More

San Jose Jazz Celebrates International Jazz Day With Concerts

THE JAZZ SINGER: Nicole Henry is just one of many performers taking the stage locally on International Jazz Day.

Even though it has been celebrated officially for more than five years, 2016 marks the first time San Jose will participate in International Jazz Day. The UNESCO-Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz-sponsored event is observed all over the world, but now, thanks to a collaboration between the city, San Jose State University and… » Read More

Emily Kinney of ‘The Walking Dead’ Goes Punk

AS SEEN ON TV: Emily Kinney wasn’t faking her musical chops on AMC’s 
‘The Walking Dead,’ where she played the character of Beth.

Like so many musicians, Emily Kinney began her singing career with an act of rebellion. “We lived in Wayne, Nebraska, at the time, and I think I was 7,” she says. “I saw an ad for a talent show and I told my mom I wanted to sing in it. She didn’t… » Read More


Review: 'Keanu'

In Quentin Tarantino's version of That Darn Cat, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele make a sublime comedy team in their new film, Keanu. The poster doesn't lie: it's centered around a little mewling kitten, a 'gangsta pet' sought by horrible and dangerous men. The two comedians play cousins. Key is Clarence, an anxious suburban family man in a madras shirt. At first glance, he's like Dwayne Johnson's frailer little brother. Upon further examination, he's a beige Chevy Chase. The word protean describes Key; he's facially bland enough that he can pose as hundreds of characters, as he has over the five seasons of the duo's hit Comedy Central show, Key and Peele. » Read More

Preview: 'Olivia de Havilland Festival'

Olivia de Havilland, who will be 100 years old July 1, is being honored at the Stanford Theatre with a 15-film retrospective, celebrating her long acting career. Raised in Saratoga, she showed an unstoppable streak at an early age, moving out of her home even before she graduated from Los Gatos High. Her stepfather-the manager of a since-defunct San Jose department store-had threatened to kick her out if she didn't stop performing. De Havilland was discovered by an agent of the impresario Max Reinhardt while she was playing Shakespeare in a local theater. She was signed to a Warner Brothers contract, and starred as Hermia in the 1935 film of A Midsummer Night's Dream. At 5-foot-3, she embodied the Shakespeare-ism: 'Though she be but » Read More

The Arts

Celebrating Cinco: Chicano Art, Culture, Music

With its large Chicano population and many Latino-oriented community organizations, Silicon Valley always has Cinco de Mayo covered. The holiday commemorates Mexico's victory over French forces on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla, but the day more often focuses on cruising the city streets, blasting loud music and celebrating in style. Here are a few events. U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera (see page 42) has frequently written about the immigrant experience. He appears as part of the Legacy of Poetry Day. » Read More

Stanford's Beautiful Map Collection

The thought of printed maps may bring you back to the tedium of a 5th grade history class, but the new David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University is like no geography lesson you ever had. The collection of more than 150,000 rare maps, globes, atlases and other cartographic paraphernalia was donated in 2009 by longtime map collector David Rumsey a San Francisco real estate developer and chairman of Luna Imaging. With artifacts dating back to the 15th century, the Rumsey Collection is a veritable compendium of cartography. Physically, the Center seems both expansive-almost spare-yet filled to the brim with visual information. While the space is rich with with visual history, context and synthesis comes alive through the Center's two » Read More

Features & Columns

Concert Quarantine

As far as professional musical tours go, it was a quick jaunt. In between main-stage sets at Coachella, M83, the French electronic group responsible for the smash hit 'Midnight City,' trucked up to Oakland to play The Fox Theater, headed back down to the Southern California desert for a second Coachella set the following Friday, and returned north once more for a show at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz. M83's Oakland gig was part of what SFGate dubbed 'San Franchella'-a slate of Bay Area shows by artists also playing the iconic, two-weekend music festival in Indio, Calif. Readers were provided with a Google map of all the shows, the bulk of which could be seen blooming out of the center of San Francisco, with only a smattering in Oakland and a » Read More

Juan Felipe Herrera Leads 'Legacy of Poetry Day' in San Jose

The state's largest group poetry event will unfold Thursday, May 5, both inside and outside of the Hammer Theater Center. U.S. Poet Laureate and San Jose legend Juan Felipe Herrera will preside over the entire gala hoedown spectacular. Even though Legacy of Poetry Day features a few dozen poets unleashing their stuff-students, faculty, staff, plus former and current civic laureates-the party won't be limited to just poetry. To begin with, short readings from San Jose State University (SJSU) peeps and community poets will unfold outside the theater from 5 to 7pm. The next hour will feature a glorious theatrical march of the highest order: Pachanga on the Paseo: A Roving Spectacle of Public Art. It probably won't fit into any singular » Read More

A Battle for the Soul of Silicon Valley's Oldest African-American Church

From the dawn of organized faith, infighting has divided flocks and spawned sectarian spinoffs. These bouts generally remained private, resolved by religious mediation or denominational tribunals. But churchgoers frustrated by regulatory leniency over religious institutions have increasingly turned to the enforcement power of the secular justice system. Now more than ever, clerical disputes over fraud, property and misconduct to play out in American courts. These conflicts have raised recondite questions about church-state separation. To what extent should the First Amendment's religious liberty clause exempt faith-based groups from civil law? How, if at all, are lawsuits involving religious groups constitutionally distinct from their » Read More

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