'Picturing San Jose' with Shirlie Montgomery

San Jose photographer Shirlie Montgomery shot prolifically throughout a career of more than half a century. Read More

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The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion does not play the blues. Sure, their music is all rooted in the blues, but isn't everything? Spencer does have a larger-than-life theatricality about him that is very old-school blues, but with a…

The San Jose Giants are a professional baseball team in the Class A Advanced California League. The team has been affiliated with the San Francisco Giants since 1988 and has boasted one of the best records in the minor leagues after…

Every Wednesday, Cafe Stritch hosts an all vinyl DJ night for local DJ's to come out and spin. Some of the artists performing include DJ Swellmax, Strictly 7 and Plantain.

Splitting records with some of today's best punk bands (including Joyce Manor, and San Jose's Hard Girls), SoCal's Summer Vacation plays fast, heavily distorted punk songs with goofy, nonsensical titles.

"The Residency | Thursday Music Series" continues with No Water After Midnight, formerly known as So Timeless. Deriving influences from such legendary acts as Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Donny Hathaway, Jay-Z, Tribe Called…

The original Beat movement dates back to the 1950s with writers like Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady leading the way. As a group they vocalized a strong sense of alienation from mainstream America.

The English Beat lasted only five years and recorded three albums, but their legacy is immeasurable. They were 2-tone's best ska band, with songs like "Mirror in the Bathroom," "Save It For Later," "I Confess" and "Hands Off She's…

For twenty-five years the Odd Numbers have been a huge sensation. They rarely play shows but when they do its always a full house of loyal fans. Dave Baisa, Dave Miller, and John Cummings formed Odd Numbers in 1988 and have since…

Original Gravity Public House is throwind a party, Lagunitas Brewing Co style. Come hang on our back patio with buckets of Day Time, their delicious Fractional IPA! Tunes will be spinning and we will also be smoking up a meat special…

DJ Romeo of 50 Cent's elite ShadyVille DJ squad spins at the Engima party at WET this Friday night. He was one of the first 20 DJs to be selected as an "Official MySpace DJ," putting him alongside guys like DJ AM, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and…

Spamalot tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the…

Todd Glass is an American comedian from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, best known for his appearances as a contestant on the second and third seasons of NBC's Last Comic Standing.


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Music & Clubs

Thou Brings Louisiana Sludge Metal to San Jose


With slow, chugging riffs, growling vocals and a penchant for large concept albums, Louisiana sludge metal band Thou have, by their very nature, always discouraged mainstream attention. However, lead singer Bryan Funck thinks Thou’s latest album, Heathen, is their most accessible to date. Granted, the songs are longer, slower and centered on… » Read More

Local Pop Punk Band 5606 Celebrates 15 Years This Weekend

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Fifteen years is a milestone for any band, especially for one that formed while its members were still in high school. Local pop-punkers 5606, now in their late 20s, have accomplished a lot in the past decade and a half, including releasing four albums and going on dozens of tours. They celebrate… » Read More

Monday Funk: Motown On Mondays Brings a New Spin to Classic Soul in San Jose

Hi MOM! The Motown on Mondays crew at 55 South. Photo by Brian Kirksey

A well-dressed yet casual crowd of varied age sips craft cocktails as they’re serenaded by the timeless voice of Marvin Gaye. While the legendary crooner’s delivery remains untouched, he’s supported by a hip-hop backdrop, complete with booming 808 kick. It seemed like the day’s rain may scare some away, but it’s 10:30pm… » Read More



It's easy to note that director Mike Flanagan's frightening Oculus mashes two masterpieces: The Shining and "The Haunted Mirror" from the multi-part, 77-minute long horror classic Dead of Night (1945). But Oculus was already deep into the territory of The Turn of the Screw before I registered that change of direction. Oculus' essence is the problem of whether a brother and a sister can agree on what they're seeing, right when it is key for their sanity and survival. » Read More

The Known Unknown

In head and shoulders closeup Donald Rumsfeld shares some anecdotes of his life as a public servant-first as a Congressperson, later as a special envoy, and finally, and ruinously, as Secretary of Defense in the George W. Bush administration. My fellow critic Jeffrey Anderson was bemused by the MPAA warning against "brief nudity" in The Known Unknown, fearing Rumsfeld went naked. Why worry? » Read More

The Arts

Silicon Valley Contemporary

On a list of places best known for play-Aspen, the Hamptons, Palm Springs-Silicon Valley stands out as a region proud of its renown for work. The Hamptons Expo Group, which holds art fairs in all of the aforementioned spots, as well as in Houston, zeroed in on Silicon Valley as the next logical spot for such an event, because the monetary rewards of all of that work have created an area filled with potential art collectors. » Read More

Spring Literature 2014

Book reviews by Michael S. Gant. Seventy-five years on, John Steinbeck's masterwork, The Grapes of Wrath, remains potent reading. The opening prose poem about the drought that drives the Joad family to the promised land of California-"The sun faced down on the growing corn day after day until a line of brown spread along the edge of each green bayonet. » Read More

Features & Columns

Picturing San Jose with Shirlie Montgomery

I am ashamed and downright embarrassed to admit that I never met Shirlie Montgomery, San Jose's most legendary freelance photographer, who for decades captured celebrities, politicians and wrestlers, all for a timespan of at least 50 years. She passed away in 2012 at the age of 94, and it took this long to sift through all of what she spent the bulk of the 20th century hoarding. » Read More

The Best of Silicon Valley 2014

The mid-20th Century was Santa Clara Valley's defining era. It transformed a charming, blossoming agricultural region into an industrial powerhouse. That critical age's physical remnants, out of short-term financial expediency, are being deleted from the landscape's memory files. IBM's modernist Building 25 burned down a few years ago. The Retro Dome was demolished, and the Century domes on Winchester Boulevard are staring down the barrel of the same cruel fate. » Read More

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