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Christmas in the Park is an annual holiday tradition that takes place in the heart of Downtown San Jose at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez. For more than 30 years, this whimsical event has brought people from all over the Bay Area together…

For three decades, San Jose harmonica player Gary Smith has been an influential figure in the San Francisco Bay Area Blues scene. His band was the first to grace the stage at the inaugural San Francisco Blues Festival way back in…

An American rock & roll band from Atlanta, Georgia, Nashville Pussy's musical style has been variously described as psychobilly, Southern rock, hard rock and cowpunk, as well as "sleaze rock". The band's lyrical themes mostly…

Be inspired to create your own Holiday Ornamentspainting, a festive holiday themed masterpiece at this wildly fun and creative art and wine event at Tessora's Barra di Vino, based on the popular original style paintings by Sonya…

Big Ideas Fest is a unique three-day immersion into collaboration and design, dedicated to catalyzing innovation in education. Each year, we gather with education mavericks and change-makers from around the world who serve K-12,…

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents a musical romance for the holidays, bringing one of literature's most delightful heroines to sparkling life with the triumphant return of Jane Austen's Emma, with music, lyrics, and book by Paul…

When they first started putting a rock opera twist on holiday tunes in 1996, the music industry definitely didn't "get" Trans-Siberian Orchestra. "I'm pretty sure they don't get it now," says Al Pitrelli, guitarist and musical…

#YOURLOVETOUR, Dec 2015. NYC-based Jackie Gage has captured the heart of the Bay Area. With a 2016 debut on the way that speaks to the modern day siren, she beautifully touches jazz and soul moods in her original music. It's chilling…

Check out Valle Monte League's 48th Annual Christmas Tree Elegance December 3rd and 4th at the San Jose Double Tree Hotel. Kick off the Holidays with beautifully decorated Christmas Trees, lunch, a Silent Auction & Fashion Show at 4…

South First Fridays is an ecletic evening of arts a culture in downtown San Jose's SoFA district every first friday of the month, excluding January and July. The art walk is self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and…

The critically acclaimed Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience-- an unforgettable night of rock n' roll featuring the blues-rock of Led Zeppelin -- is coming here to City National Civic. Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience --…


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Music & Clubs

Jason Bonham Brings Zeppelin Tribute to San Jose

Bonzo’s Boy  Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham, now leads a Zeppelin tribute band.

One might presume that while playing alongside three of the most revered musicians in all of rock & roll history, the biggest concern anyone would have would be staying on beat. But according to Jason Bonham, the most important thing is far more abstract than that. “Sometimes it’s not always about chops,… » Read More

The Phenomenauts Put a Sci-Fi Spin on Psychobilly

In the years following their storming of the Warped Tour, The Phenomenauts have gained a loyal following in the Bay Area and earned fans all over the world.

The Phenomenauts are not unlike The Justice League or The Avengers. This rocket-fueled collective of rockabilly punks have been featured in their own comic books, each member of the group has an alias, and they hold meetings at a home base, known as The Command Center. And just like Batman—the vigilante, dark… » Read More

Kastle Bringing ‘Left-Field’ Sounds to BackBar

Barrett Richards, who records as Kastle, says watching Sesame Street as a kid got him interested in electronic music production.

Musicians draw inspiration from so many different places-other musicians, major events in their personal lives, political movements, drugs and spiritual experiences. Barrett Richards, who makes murky and experimental electronic music under the moniker Kastle, says one of his earliest inspirations came in the form of Herbie Hancock performing “Rockit” on Sesame Street,… » Read More


'The Wonders'

Sometimes, when watching a really first-rate movie, you don't know where everyone stands-after an hour or two, the characters' loyalties and disappointments are still a mystery. How deeply have they hurt each other? How far are they sunk in their own obsessions? That's for them to know and for you to find out. Director Alice Rohrwacher's The Wonders is set during the summer in Italy's Etruscan region. Occupation by humans for 3,000 years can certainly scrape a place bare. » Read More


With tremendous cynicism, the Catholic archdiocese of Boston concealed the actions of dozens of priests who were known to be serial pedophiles-a story exposed by the Boston Globe in a Pulitzer-winning series in 2002. It's hard to imagine a film approaching this subject without fury, but Spotlight is one such movie-and one honors the film's lack of thundering about the horror of it all. This film lets its audience bring their own anger. » Read More

The Arts

'Handle With Care' Is An Alternative To Traditional Holiday Productions

Seen enough scrooges to last a lifetime? All Nutcrackered out? Those looking for something sweet and different from the traditional holiday entertainment options may want to check out Handle with Care, the latest offering from City Lights Theater Company. The bilingual romantic comedy by Jason Odell Williams (with Hebrew portions written by his wife, Charlotte Cohn) is billed as the "perfect Jewish Christmas story," although it's only loosely a holiday tale. » Read More

'Figaro' Is Delightfully Bawdy, Yet Still Refined

When endeavoring to describe opera, some begin combing through a thesaurus in search of highfalutin adjectives and impassioned verbs. But in Opera San Jose's production of Mozart's classic-and bawdy-The Marriage of Figaro, many of the usual operatic tropes are delightfully subverted, satirized and outright mocked. Set in a Spanish castle, the story occurs in a single, emotionally explosive day. » Read More

Features & Columns

Winter Is Coming: Scientists Compare Past El Nino Storms

Hopeful citizens banked on a wet few months of winter and got the opposite-a meager 2.34 inches of rainfall in Santa Clara County between January and March of this year. It was the Great El Niño Fizzle, sparked by the promise of increased ocean temperatures and extinguished by the trade winds which, in an El Niño event, need to slacken so all that warm water will slosh back to our side of the Pacific. Organizers of Santa Cruz’s Titans of Mavericks big-wave surf contest have already been printing T-Shirts that say “EL NINO IS COMING,” and residents from the seaside to the South Bay are rightly excited for larger-than-average swells in the coming months. » Read More

Annual F/X Reunion Party Comes Full Circle This Black Friday

Twenty years ago, the celebrated F/X nightclub in downtown San Jose closed its doors after a gloriously blasphemous six-year run. To bring it all back, starting in 2008 original F/X owner Fil Maresca began staging annual F/X reunions every Black Friday at the Blank Club. After a few more reunions at what's now the Continental, this year's bash shall erupt in mythical fashion. For the first time, the get-together takes place in the original F/X building, now reincarnated as The Ritz. » Read More

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: 50 Gifts Under $50

Well, 2015 is almost over, and the rent is still too damn high. In San Jose—the newly crowned "Richest city in America," and the surrounding Silicon Valley—there's little sign of cost of living shifting to favor the working class (or even the big-paycheck earners stuck with big housing payments) anytime soon. The holiday season isn't helping. This year, the familiar onslaught began even earlier. The major marketing firms didn't even bother with Thanksgiving—skipping straight from hawking Halloween candy to decking the halls. Jack-o-lanterns were still flickering in the early morning dusk when the drivetime news broadcasts were interrupted by commercials trumpeting Black Friday. » Read More

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