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Thu Feb 22

Struggling to land jokes at one of the many local comedy open mic nights? Instead of drowning your sorrows after the set, consider saving up for an interactive stand-up class. It may help you take your game to the next level. Heather…

Thu Feb 22

Ten poets have been chosen and invited as semi-finalists to a competition that could land them on the Hammer Theatre stage this spring. Semi-finalists have already submitted video and text for their work, but now we'll get to see how…

Thu Feb 22

This week, Olla Cocina kicks off a string of tequila-oriented events in partnership with Espolon Tequila. These award-winning tequilas are crafted in Jalisco, Mexico, so it comes as no surprise that their label plays tribute to…

Fri Feb 23

Words and music can be transformative, as they have the power to shape how people see, and are seen, in society. Two-time Grammy-winning musician and co-founding member of Living Colour Will Calhoun, along with acclaimed poets and…

Fri Feb 23

If you're craving the sweet, electronic sounds of your favorite '90s video game, Vector Hold has your fix. This solo project, fronted by San Jose musician Peter Rice, deals in blippy, 32- and 64-bit synthwave compositions. Much of the…

Sat Feb 24

What's better than hanging with your buds and having a few brews? The answer is obvious: adding bacon. Levi's Stadium is hosting the third annual Bacon and Beer Classic--where two of our favorite things converge for a daylong festival…

Sat Feb 24

Come on down to the only comedy show in a wood-shop! Every other Saturday of the month we will be bringing together a stacked lineup of hilarious local comics at the Terra Amico Studio ! This FREE show starts at 6pm, but feel free to…

Sun Feb 25

Those who remember anything from the bad old Bay Area rave days of the early '90s may recall the work of DJ Spun. The San Jose-bred selector is known as a "DJ's DJ" for weaving together totally bananas sets of disco, breakbeat, rave…

Thru Feb 25

When a widowed British schoolteacher is summoned by the king of Siam to tutor his wives and children, worlds collide, as the two develop a temperamental relationship. He's a staunch traditionalist of an old culture, and she's a…

Thru Feb 25

Vered's works are inspired by the ritual objects she encountered in Nigeria, where she spent her childhood. Her memories inspire her new works which are free from the limits of traditional design and craft.

Thru Mar 30

The San Jose Peace and Justice Center presents a new exhibit focused on the art of social unrest. The event will feature a collection of almost 30 silk-screened posters, some of which date back to the 1960s--including works of art…

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Music & Clubs

Bacon and Beer at Levi’s Stadium

FREE RANGE: The Bacon and Beer Classic takes over Levi's Stadium

What’s better than hanging with your buds and having a few brews? The answer is obvious: adding bacon. Levi’s Stadium is hosting the third annual Bacon and Beer Classic—where two of our favorite things converge for a daylong festival featuring more than 30 bacon dishes and 100 beers from local breweries, including… » Read More

Paid Punchlines at Rooster T. Feathers

LOL LESSONS: Want to break into comedy? This is your crash course

Struggling to land jokes at one of the many local comedy open mic nights? Instead of drowning your sorrows after the set, consider saving up for an interactive stand-up class. It may help you take your game to the next level. Heather Barbieri, owner and booker at Rooster T. Feathers, isn’t afraid… » Read More

Kweku Collins at Bing Concert Hall

YOUNG AND RISING: Chicago's Kweku Collins was spitting bars before he could enter bars

At just 21, Kweku Collins has done a lot more in the world of hip-hop than many do in a lifetime. Just four years ago, he was like any other senior at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois—making any excuse to get out of class. But unlike his peers, who were… » Read More

Movies

Review: 'The 15:17 to Paris'

The miracle of cinema is that very aged directors can be youthful, and young directors can be querulous old fogies. Too bad the 87-year-old Clint Eastwood doesn't prove that equation in The 15:17 to Paris. The gimmick is that Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler star as themselves in the reenactment of their thwarting of a terrorist attack by Ayoub El-Khazzani aboard the high speed Amsterdam-Paris express in 2015. We're already aboard the train, with the bare-chested maniac popping out of the men's bathroom, pistol at the ready...and that's when we flash back to Sacramento. » Read More

Review: 'Black Panther'

We have previously met King T'Challa (the startlingly handsome Chadwick Boseman), whose father was assassinated by a vengeful terrorist in Captain America: Civil Wars. Costumed here in a super-suit made of the amazing material vibranium--the very substance of which Captain America's shield is constructed--T'Challa is not just king, but the hereditary guardian of the African Shangri-La known as Wakanda, a fantastically advanced civilization disguised as one more poor and remote landlocked African nation. He was sucked into the civil war between Earth's mightiest heroes, the Avengers. But this sequel by Oakland-bred Ryan Coogler leaves the matter there and tells of T'Challa's war to retain his crown; he's threatened first by Afrikaner » Read More

The Arts

Raimonds Staprans' Artistic Restraint

Raimonds Staprans' living room window overlooks the growing cluster of skyscrapers in downtown San Francisco. From this vantage, the artist can also see pedestrians ambling about the city streets and cars driving east across the Bay Bridge. He's lived in the house since the 1960s but the busyness of urban life isn't his primary subject. "Paintings by Raimonds Staprans," now at the San Jose Museum of Art (SJMA), is a career retrospective spanning several decades of his work. The exhibit, which originated in Sacramento last year at the Crocker Art Museum, serves as a welcome introduction for a viewing public who may be more familiar with his contemporaries--Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud, Gregory Kondos--than the Latvian-born painter. » Read More

Review: 'The Flying Dutchman'

The penultimate production of Opera San Jose's 2017-18 season--The Flying Dutchman--is a turbulent tour through the calamities and myths of the sea, as well as an examination of what lies beneath the promise of true love. The classic opera was written by an up-and-coming 26-year-old German composer in the 1830s. These days, Richard Wagner is known far and wide for his dramatic and explosive operas that strike at the heart of the German identity (as well as being the favorite composer of the Third Reich). But back then, Wagner was one of many popular composers, who was also running up debts across Europe with his extravagant lifestyle--to the point that he had his passport seized. » Read More

Amine Ragstar Burns Down 'Babylon'

Amine Rastgar isn't heavy into politics. But in some ways, it feels as if current affairs are aligning quite well with the themes, and especially the title, of his upcoming solo art show, "Present Day Babylon." "A lot of the imagery has to do with fire and idolatry and people fighting over nothing, which is kind of what you see happening now," San Jose native Rastgar says. "So I'm telling my own story through that phrase. 'Present Day Babylon' speaks to my past, present and future." Opening on Feb. 17 at Seeing Things Gallery and running through mid-March, Rastgar's collection reflects his unconventional path into the art realm and the experiences that helped bring him there. As the "token kid who was always drawing in class," his interest » Read More

Features & Columns

Cinequest Returns

Last year, in the wake of downtown San Jose losing its first-run movie multiplex, the Camera 12, it looked like the Cinequest was in trouble. In official programs and publicity materials, the shift to screening films at Santana Row and in Redwood City was billed as something akin to an expansion--an opportunity for festivalgoers to experience more of Silicon Valley. If film lovers who had shelled out hundreds of dollars for all-access festival passes viewed all this as marketing spin, they would be forgiven. It's not exactly convenient to schlep from downtown San Jose to Santana Row and then over to the Century 20 in Redwood City--especially when all the movies in the festival used to screen within just a few city blocks of one another. » Read More

The Almaden Brit Celebrates 30 Years

Some of us were hanging out at Britannia Arms on Almaden long before Rod Stewart ever showed up. In my case, as soon as I turned 21, I drove down Blossom Hill at midnight and bought my first legal beer at the Almaden Brit. I think it was a Harp. I was not there at the very beginning in 1988, but since this classic institution is now celebrating its 30th anniversary, the memories are spiraling back to the forefront and I can't hold back my two cents. I have more memories in that pub than at any other place south of Branham that's still left. We'll begin with the 1990 World Cup. There was nothing close to top-flight pro soccer in the U.S. at that time, the rubes on the major networks hated the sport, and there was nowhere else for us to go » Read More

Advice Goddess: I Can't Get My Ex Out of My Head

The widely believed myth that dreams are filled with meaningful symbolism is an unfortunate form of what I call Freud reflux. The assumption that Freud knew what he was talking about comes not from any solid evidence for his claims but, probably in part, because he "accessorized so credibly, with the cigar, the iconic eyewear and the groovy Viennese fainting couch." Psychologist G. William Domhoff, on the other hand, has done decades of research on dreaming. He finds there's really no good scientific evidence that dreams have any importance for guiding our lives. Domhoff explains dreaming as "intensified mind-wandering" that leads to "imaginative but largely realistic simulations of waking life." Brain imaging of people in REM sleep » Read More

Free Will Astrology: Week of February 21, 2018

When you're playing poker, a wild card refers to a card that can be used as any card the cardholder wants it to be. If the two of hearts is deemed wild before the game begins, it can be used as an ace of diamonds, jack of clubs, queen of spades, or anything else. That's always a good thing! In the game of life, a wild card is the arrival of an unforeseen element that affects the flow of events unpredictably. It might derail your plans, or alter them in ways that are at first inconvenient but ultimately beneficial. It may even cause them to succeed in an even more interesting fashion than you imagined they could. I bring this up, Aries, because I suspect that you'll be in the Wild Card Season during the next four weeks. Any and all of the » Read More

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