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Fri Jan 12

Tonee Hayes--better known by his regal stage name, Nef the Pharaoh--is making a major mark on the Bay Area's hip-hop scene. The young Vallejo rapper has been melding the hyphy influences of his youth with a decidedly modern sound…

Fri Jan 12

This past summer, an explosive collaboration between rapper Lil Jon and hardstyle trap duo Skellism merged EDM and punk rock. Titled "In the Pit," the track implores partiers to "act a goddamn fool" and erupt into a mosh pit. In a way…

Sat Jan 13

When it comes to what was known in the rock era as "adult" music, there exists a pantheon of vocalists who enjoyed both critical success and staggering commercial achievements. British pop singer Engelbert Humperdinck is among the few…

Sun Jan 14

David Bacon has spent over 30 years documenting the lives of field workers building on his previous work as a union organizer. His photographs, now on display in the exhibition at History San Jose, In the Fields of the North /En los…

Sun Jan 14

The Harlem Globetrotters have been making history for decades. What began as a premier attraction at New York's iconic Savoy Ballroom in the '20s has grown into a nationally recognized entertainment force, whose triad of sport,…

Sun Jan 14

The Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live, interactive murder mystery dinner shows in San Jose and surrounding areas throughout Northern California. Join us for a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food in…

Mon Jan 15

Watch all of the games on 40+ screens! Food & Drink Specials All Day Monday. $2 off any mule, $25 pitchers of Ketel One mule on tap, $16 Stella pitchers, $1 off craft beers, $4 off any large pizza.

Tue Jan 16

Have you seen curling in the Olympics? Does it look like a blast? Have you wanted to try it? If you answer "Yes!" to any of these questions, come to a Learn to Curl session and get swept up in curling!

Thru Jan 19

Viewpoints Gallery presents "Sunflowers" a group exhibition featuring works depicting sunflowers by each of the 14 artists at Viewpoints Gallery. This exhibition highlights the many unique styles of the Viewpoints artists. Each artist…

Thru Jan 21

Every woman knows it's coming. For some, "the change" is a terrifying point of no return; for others, its a welcome trade-off. With a half-dozen parody songs of classic tunes from the '60s to the '80s, Menopause the Musical confronts…

Thru Jan 28

Gallery 9's first Featured Artist of 2018 is Cecilia Mases. A new member at Gallery 9, this is Mases' first solo exhibit in Los Altos. Dancing Clouds features dramatic skies, stormy waters and lots of clouds. No sky, ocean or sunset…


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Music & Clubs

Engelbert Humperdinck at City National Civic

STILL GOT IT: After all these years, pop crooner Engelbert Humperdinck hasn’t lost his looks, charm or voice. Photo by Craig Sotres.

When it comes to what was known in the rock era as “adult” music, there exists a pantheon of vocalists who enjoyed both critical success and staggering commercial achievements. British pop singer Engelbert Humperdinck is among the few to achieve that rarefied degree of notoriety. With a recording career that began with the… » Read More

Nortec Collective: Bositch & Fussible at The Ritz

TIJUANA BASS: The Nortec Collective continues to find success merging 808s and tubas.

Pepe Mogt, founder of the Tijuana-based electronic music collective Nortec, found his way into music like so many do these days—by messing around with found sounds on his computer. However, rather than digging through bargain record crates searching for break beats and horn punches, Mogt pulled many of his earliest samples scouring local… » Read More

Nef the Pharaoh at Pure Lounge

BLING BLAOW: Nef The Pharaoh comes to Pure Lounge in Sunnyvale.

Tonee Hayes—better known by his regal stage name, Nef the Pharaoh—is making a major mark on the Bay Area’s hip-hop scene. The young Vallejo rapper has been melding the hyphy influences of his youth with a decidedly modern sound since his 2015 breakout single, “Big Tymin”—now a well-loved regional anthem. His latest… » Read More


Review: 'Molly's Game'

Recalling the dude's habit of lying on the floor and listening to recordings of bowling tournaments, one wonders if Jeff Lebowski would be a fan of Aaron Sorkin scripts. Debuting as director in Molly's Game, the eminent screenwriter (Moneyball, etc.) uses Oliver Stone-and Martin Scorsese-style visual overload to accompany all the endless proactive talk, talk and more talk. It's reminiscent of the bowling ball's long rumbling prelude and inevitable crash into a pyramid of meticulously arranged pins. Jessica Chastain plays Molly Bloom. It sounds awfully like a pseudonym (who names their daughter after the most famous masturbator in English lit?), yet the movie assures us it's on the level. » Read More

Former Camera 3 Reborn as 3Below

A once-lively downtown theater is back from the dead. Camera 3 has a new name and a new game plan. Rechristened "3Below," in honor of the Manhattan cabaret 54 Below, the 1980s-built three-screen downtown movie theater is being painted, refloored, and walled with acoustic tiles. 3Below will host a variety of entertainment, with revived movies of many kinds--sing-alongs, quote-alongs (in the Rocky Horror Picture Show sense), classics, cartoons and slapstick silent films on weekends. Also promised are family game nights, live theater, chamber opera, a little Broadway karaoke and a large dose of Cinequest every winter. » Read More

The Arts

Silicon Valley's Unique History

Ask Michael Schwarz about the origin of Silicon Valley and he won't point to the microprocessor industry or the hippie movement. Both were essential to shaping the region, to be sure. But if there is one event that marks the beginning of it all, it just might be the advent of the moving picture. It was, after all, Leland Stanford who commissioned Eadweard Muybridge to photograph his horses on the farmland that would ultimately become Stanford University--the valley's de-facto feeder school. At the time, Stanford wasn't in it to kick-start a technological revolution. He just wanted to know if all the hooves of his ponies came off the ground at the same time. » Read More

Artistic Resolutions for 2018

Everyone is an artist--at least according to Joseph Beuys. The influential midcentury German artist and theorist made a name for himself by challenging the very idea of what art could be. While not everyone is cut out to be an internationally recognized firebrand and academic agitator, surely there is some truth in Beuys' assertion. And what better time than now, at the beginning of a new year, to explore new modes of creative expression? Silicon Valley is brimming with learning opportunities for aspiring artists. From downtown San Jose's DIY workspace, the School of Visual Philosophy, to the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, there are many places to hone one's craft. » Read More

CSMA's Finn Center to Expand

Due to a shortage of space, most of CSMA's growth in recent years has been in off-site programs like Art4Schools and Music4Schools, which encompass nearly 18,000 students at over 50 schools throughout the peninsula each year. The construction of a new wing will allow CSMA to increase the number of students it serves on-site, Kenney says. In 2006, CSMA purchased the land west of the Finn Center with the help of longtime supporters Ruth and Roy Rogers. The property was leased to an auto repair shop until last year. When the shop owner retired, CSMA seized the opportunity to launch a much-needed expansion, with construction slated to begin this fall. » Read More

Features & Columns

Trip to Irish Capital Spurs Ideas for San Jose

International travel tends to create a heightened sense of awareness, often leading to a productive reassessment of one's own landscape. In regards to Dublin, Ireland, one of San Jose's sister cities, a recent infiltration around New Year's conjured up cosmic comparisons to San Jose, one after the other. First of all, Dublin is home to the rock band U2, where singer Bono and guitarist The Edge bought The Clarence Hotel about 25 years ago, fully restoring the historic property to iconic status in the Dublin landscape. On New Year's Eve, Bono's son gigged in the bar next door, and afterward, the whole family along with lifelong friends went up to the penthouse and partied until the wee morning hours. I missed the episode by a few hours, but » Read More

Advice Goddess: I Miss Our Crazy Sex Marathons

The good news: You two are still like animals in bed. The bad news: They're roadkill. This is something to try to change, because sex seems to be a kind of gym for a healthy relationship. Clinical psychologist Anik Debrot and her colleagues note that beyond how sex "promotes a stronger and more positive connection" between partners, there's "strong support" in the research literature for a link between "an active and satisfying sexual life and individual well-being." Of course, it's possible that individuals who are happy get it on more often than those who hate their lives and each other. Also, having an orgasm tends to be more day-brightening than, say, having a flat tire. » Read More

Free Will Astrology: Week of January 10, 2018

I'm happy to inform you that life is giving you permission to be extra demanding in the coming weeks--as long as you're not petty, brusque, or unreasonable. Here are a few examples that will pass the test: "I demand that you join me in getting drunk on the truth;" "I demand to receive rewards commensurate with my contributions;" "I demand that we collaborate to outsmart and escape the karmic conundrums we've gotten ourselves mixed up in." On the other hand, Aries, ultimatums like these are not admissible: "I demand treasure and tribute, you fools;" "I demand the right to cheat in order to get my way;" "I demand that the river flow backwards." » Read More

Marijuana Goes Legit in California: Now What?

Tim Blake, founder of the Emerald Cup, was an 18-year-old Soquel High student when he started dealing bud, just as the industry began to bloom in California. During the last bloody years of the Vietnam War, large quantities of hash from Asia, and pot via Oaxaca and South America, started pouring into cities along the West Coast. By the mid-'70s it was an organized marketplace, he says, with 100,000-pound loads arriving 10 to 15 times a year on freighters from as far as Thailand. Then came the '80s, bringing with them Ronald Reagan, cheap cocaine, DEA crackdowns and the war on drugs, creating high mandatory prison minimums for the possession and sale of a plant whose use can be traced back to the early hominids. » Read More

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