Review: 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

The latest installment in the X-Men franchise is more action than substance. Read More

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The Saratoga Historical Foundation will present a lecture discussing the origins of the mobile computing revolution in terms that anyone in attendance will understand and enjoy. The lecture takes place May 25 at 7:30 PM at the…

Even if you haven't heard of the braggadocious, pint-sized rapper Lil Debbie, you won't forget her. Along with other Bay Area rappers, like Kreayshawn and V-Nasty, Lil Debbie was once part of the controversial rap group The White Girl…

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Happy Hollow is not just a place for kids! Join our early morning Senior Safari Walkabout. Get some exercise while enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds of Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Seniors are invited to challenge their minds, get…

The acclaimed Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble is excited to present its final performance of the academic year! The program will consist of a unique blend of traditional and contemporary songs spanning the entire scope of the…

Yukmouth is an Grammy-nominated American rapper from East Oakland, Oakland, California. He is the founder of The Regime, Smoke-A-Lot Records and Godzilla Entertainment. He is a member of the platinum-selling rap duo Luniz along with…

Although it has seen some backlash over its 16-year history, FanimeCon is now something of a San Jose Institution. The anime and Japanese culture convention features a wide range of activities-from game rooms, Q&As with artists and…

Not to be confused with the dueling guitars and drum machines of Ratatat, the San Francisco jazz group Ratatet is an electro-acoustic sextet led by drummer Alan Hall-drum program advisor at the California Jazz Conservatory. The band…

Although mostly (and justifiably) known for their exquisite collection of coffees, Chromatic Coffee has always been a keen and steady patron of the arts. Whether featuring artwork on their walls by local artists or hosting countless…

Giacomo Puccini took too long to write this opera, giving his company too little time to rehearse and culminating in a disastrous premiere. Puccini pulled it from the theatre, added a third act and reopened three months later to…

Walt Whitman blew up what qualified as poetry. The bearded savant's long loping lines of verse rejected the rigidity of typical constructions and wandered around in the most private, salient parts of the human condition. So when high…


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Music & Clubs

Under-the-Radar Picks for BottleRock 2016

PHAR OUT: The Pharcyde, one of the first hip-hop groups to tap J Dilla for beats, will perform at this year's BottleRock festival.

As the opening bookend to the Bay Area’s summer music festival season, the avid weekend warrior would do well to think of BottleRock as a warm-up. The three-day celebration is packed with some of the biggest names in pop, as well as plenty of amazing, lesser-known acts—not to mention the culinary celebrities,… » Read More

Proto-Doom Veterans, Pentagram, Playing The Ritz

MULTI-GENERATIONAL METAL: Despite the odds, Bobby Liebling, center-left, 
has kept his band, Pentagram, and himself, alive for nearly 50 years.

Though he doesn’t have the energy he had in his 20s, Bobby Liebling, the creator and longtime frontman for pioneering metal band Pentagram, says he still feels like a 25-year-old at heart. “I didn’t grow up,” the singer and songwriter says, speaking over the phone from Mesa, Arizona, where his band is… » Read More

Rey Res Re-introduces Self on New EP

DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK: ‘It’s not a new direction; It’s kind of an evolution,’ Rey Res says of his new EP.

In January of 2014, San Jose emcee Rey Resurreccion told Metro that his then-brand new Heart of the City was the first record he’d made after carefully studying what his fans liked. Considering that, his new EP—Sweet Tooth Tony, released earlier this month—makes total sense. At less than 30 minutes, his latest… » Read More


Review: 'The Lobster'

As a morbid satire of how individuals are pressured to become couples, Yorgos Lanthimos' fable, The Lobster, has merit. The Greek director, previously of Dogtooth, certainly has made an answer film to My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Anyone who comes from a traditional family, who endured ceaseless nagging to get married and produce some kids, would find this savory... for a while. But to use an old word, The Lobster is crabbed. The dialogue is executed in a toneless existential style, like a David Mamet adaptation-complete with foreign language training tape stilted narration. We can utter some hollow laughter watching the slow crushing of the forlorn main character, David (Colin Farrell). » Read More

Review: 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

When the undertone about the struggle for gay rights is taken out of the X-Men franchise, nothing seems to be left but the fight scenes, the makeup and the costumes. With its emphasis on boarding school life, it seems X-Men: Apocalypse is trying to assume the vacuum left by the end of the Harry Potter movies. The nth-excuse me, ninth-film in the series tells of the world's first mutant, the immortal Apocalypse, known as En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac), a hulking blue entity who's been sleeping the eons away in an art-deco, black-and-gold pyramid buried deep below Cairo. Reborn in 1983, Apocalypse seeks four heralds to help him with his mission to purge the world. They will include the embittered Magneto (Michael Fassbender) who has been hiding » Read More

The Arts

Local High Schooler's Mural Contemplates Time

When one of her teachers came around asking if any students wanted to work on a public art project, Jamie Friedman says she was immediately interested. "I was excited about it," the senior at Notre Dame High School says of her involvement in the mural-an initiative of the San Jose Downtown Association and the Property-Based Improvement District. In fact, as she recalls, her excitement was initially unmatched by any of her peers. "I was the only one who took it seriously." The mural, which was completed earlier this month, is elevated by stilts and now overlooks South Second and San Carlos streets. Painted on two large, wooden boards-one facing the Tech Shop, the other facing the U.S. District Court building-the work is meant to symbolize » Read More

Opposites Attract in 'I and You'

City Lights Theater's latest production, I and You, explores death, mortality, poetry and the unlikeliest of adolescent pairings. The story opens abruptly on teenaged Caroline (played by Ivette Deltoro), sitting in a messy room filled with dirty clothes, teddy bears and prescription bottles. As she browses her computer, a strange boy unexpectedly opens the door, sending her into a manic state. After he can explain himself-his name is Anthony and he's there in hopes of getting help on a class project-Caroline relents slightly and lets him in. Anthony explains further that he needs to finish his project on Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass for a class that Caroline once attended. » Read More

Features & Columns

A Visit to Authors' Graves Leads Anti-Man to Next Chapter

On a soul-searching expedition in Switzerland, the anti-man-about-town found himself at the gravesites of two literary giants: James Joyce and Jorge Luis Borges. In Zurich and Geneva, respectively, I made desperate pacts with them, just as I had done with Hermann Hesse on my last trip to Switzerland. This time, Zurich was immersed in the 100th anniversary of Dada, while Geneva unfurled itself as an international nexus of peacemaking. Both environments were fertile ground to make psychic accords with Joyce and Borges. Baptized in Zurich, Dada was a transnational web of radical creative perspectives that forever altered the course of 20th century art and the avant-garde. Back in 1916, as the butchery of World War I and the ensuant zoological » Read More

Religious Dogma Has Obscured the Benefits of Cannabis

Media increasingly report accounts of people using cannabis as medicine for a wide variety of ailments: stress relief, insomnia, PTSD, nausea, appetite and more. But this is nothing new. Humans have a long history of eating, cultivating and ritualistically enjoying this plant. Evidence of medical applications can be traced back 5,000 years to Chinese emperor and herbalist Chen Nung, who bandaged battle wounds with cannabis leaves. In 1977, astronomer Carl Sagan mused in The Dragons of Eden that perhaps cannabis was the world's first agricultural crop: "It would be wryly interesting if in human history the cultivation of marijuana led generally to the invention of agriculture, and thereby to civilization." » Read More

Summer Guide 2016

So many perks to this place we call home. We're just a short drive from beautiful beaches, awe-inspiring hikes and world-class wine producers. The food is stellar and the nightlife is eclectic. The South Bay continues to breed world-class artists and musicians-and the region's cultural venues regularly host thought-provoking speakers, inspiring exhibitions, top-notch theater and rocking live music. As the El Nino winter gives way to sunnier skies, it's time to take advantage of all the amazing diversions at our fingertips. Check out a new band or enjoy one of your all-time favorite performers, explore nearby trails, recline on the sand, saddle up for equestrian excursion, sample locally produced pinot, ponder the human condition at a local » Read More

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