Halloween Costumes, Parties & Pop Culture for 2014

A last-minute compendium of pop culture-derived costumes for time-pressed Halloween partiers, the best parties and the worst costumes in our guide to Halloween 2014. Read More

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Headliner Steve Aoiki falls into a similar category of big-name big-room EDM star, but main support Diplo is more of an electronic chameleon (check out his electro-dance hall side project Major Lazer, or his work with M.I.A.).

Jorge Aldama, a.k.a. DJ Cooch, is one of the hardest working performers in the entertainment industry. Whether behind the turntables in dance clubs or behind the microphone in comedy clubs, there is no limit to the talent of this…

It's time to clink our drinks for Foxy Thursday's. For a little over a decade now, this weekly party at Cardiff Lounge has been keeping people moving and having fun. This Thursday marks the event's 11th anniversary.

Drummer Leon Joyce Jr. and his trio come to the stage at Cafe Stritch. Born in Meriden, Connecticut, Leon received his musical training through private instruction under John Oblon and Jimmy Rozelle.

JACK YO LANTERN is bringing the world's top DJs to the stage for spine-tingling, bone-rattling performances with plenty of lasers, lights and special effects to back them up.

Fahrenheit 9th Annual Halloween Bash features a contest with more than $1,000 in prizes, DJs, Dancing and lots of Halloween fun.

Those who have followed the group since their founding in 2001 know that there is one must-see Rivals show every year: their Halloween costume party.

For Charley's official Halloween party they've got Long Train Running, a Doobie Brothers tribute band in full costume, scheduled for 7:30pm-10pm, then DJ EZ and open format DJ Big B playing for the rest of the night.

House of Floyd: The Pink Floyd Concert Experience comes to the Montgomery Theater for a once-in-a-lifetime multimedia concert. Hailing from the Bay Area, House of Floyd has built up strong following for their live shows, which…

For the Halloween season, California's Great America is annually transformed into the fright fest Halloween Haunt. Since this is a constant spookapoloosa, Haunt is not recommended for people under 13 as well as the faint of heart.

Every 1st and 3rd Sunday DJ's Cutso, Smoovgroovs, Dstrukt & Shea Butter go "All in" At the Cardiff Lounge "All In" is a dance party where no music goes genre untouched, current top 40, trap, rap, R&B, dancehall - pretty much anything…


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Music & Clubs

The 7 Best Halloween Parties In Silicon Valley

The Purple Ones, a 10-piece Prince cover band, play the Back Bar SoFA this Halloween.

You did it again. You put off getting your Halloween costume together to the last minute and you sure as hell don’t know what you’re going to do come Friday. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for innovative costume ideas or want to make sure you don’t make an ass… » Read More

Synth-pop Duo Pomplamoose Playing Stanford

Nataly Dawn and Jack Conte of Pomplamoose bring their synthy, indie-pop sounds to Stanford this weekend.

Pomplamoose owe a great debt to Nymphomaniac director Lars von Trier, whose revolutionary mid-’90s filmmaking movement, Dogme 95—which called upon filmmakers to adhere to strict rules and limitations—inspired Jack Conte, one half of the indie-pop duo, to make music videos bound by his own rigid dogma. When making his “videosongs,” as Conte… » Read More

Rockbar Theater: ‘Livin’ Like A Rock Star’

Come on baby, light my fire. Bartenders at Rockbar will be trained in more than just mixology.

Walking into Rockbar Theater you get the sense that you are being taken back to a simpler time—when larger-than-life rock stars roamed the earth, jumping from stadium to stadium, slaying entire stadiums full of screaming fans with epic guitar solos and thrashing hotel rooms. That feeling, according to Susan Cramer and Robert… » Read More


'Pelican Dreams'

Judy Irving, the Bay Area-based director of The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, continues her observations of the bird kingdom in Pelican Dreams. She follows the rehabilitation of a 3- to 4-month-old pelican rescued after it wandered into traffic on the Golden Gate bridge. Irving names it "GG," for the bridge. Monte Merrick, the wild animal rescuer who nurses this pelican, doesn't believe in names for wild animals, and calls it "P193." By Merrick's lights, you don't even initiate eye contact with the pelicans, though he talks to the birds in his care: "You should eat!" » Read More


As the old expression goes, "You can sure tell what it's been next to in the refrigerator." That's true about Damien Chazelle's Whiplash, mostly a good-looking reprise of the opening 20 minutes of Full Metal Jacket. The ordeal of the drummer Andrew (Miles Teller) is similar to the anguish of Geoffrey Rush's music student in Shine as he was tortured through Rachmaninoff. In one shot, Martin Scorsese will speculate on the life of inanimate objects, like the full-screen smoldering cigarette butt in New York Stories. » Read More

The Arts

TheatreWorks' adaptation of 'Sweeney Todd' at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

To mark its 45th anniversary, TheatreWorks is opening its fall season with a reinterpretation of the old warhorse, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Though it remains the 1979 Tony-award winning musical by Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim, (famously starring Angela Lansbury on stage and Johnny Depp on film), the Palo Alto-based TheatreWorks has chosen to transport the story to 1940s London during the Blitz. It proves to be a compelling, but sometimes awkward choice. » Read More

Latino Comics Expo makes its first appearance in San Jose

Long before Frank Miller mapped out his first edition of Sin City or R. Crumb put his pen to a pad, Mayan scribes were hard at work compiling some of the first stories ever told using pictures scrawled on paper codices—books, as we call them today. Most people will never get to hold one of those historic artifacts, but you can certainly get your fill of modern Latino graphic art this weekend when the Latino Comics Expo (LCX) makes its first ever stop in San Jose. » Read More

Features & Columns

'Off the Mat' Goes Global Bringing Yoga to Public Places

It's not every day that an SJSU photography major decides to marry her art with yoga and scour the globe to photo-shoot yogis in public places. Apparently taking photos of people doing yoga in the middle of Third Street in downtown San Jose wasn't enough. Apparently recruiting models to sit in the lotus position inside a grocery store wasn't enough. Enter Sarah Wells, who shall receive her BFA in photography from SJSU at the end of this semester. Taking inspiration from the yogic creed that the most challenging part of one's practice actually begins once you get off the mat. » Read More

Is Digital Photgraphy Changing the Restaurant Industry?

A mound of translucent, tangerine orbs of salmon roe and thin, coral-pink salmon slices perch atop pale green avocado and darker green Romaine leaves. Punctuating this sashimi salad, a sprinkle of seaweed-chopped fine into tiny, even blades-tumbles like cut grass over the dish. Fuzzy, cream-colored frost clings to the dual spiral beaters of a churner, fresh from mixing ice cream flash-frozen by liquid nitrogen. » Read More

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