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This Central California-born singer, songwriter and producer has been making waves on the country music scene with his fun-loving stomper "Dirt on My Boots"--a tribute to putting in a hard day's work in the field and clocking in some…

Last summer, as the music blogosphere was taking a deep dive into Simpsonswave--spitting out think pieces on the YouTube-spawned micro-genre's visual aesthetics, gauzy sonic textures and potential for conjuring bittersweet, spacey…

Universal Grammar, the San Jose-based party promotion outfit behind The Continental's weekly neo-soul soiree, The Changing Same, have a knack for pulling forward-thinking funk, R&B and electronic music to the South Bay. And this…

Starting in 2011, he took the underground hip-hop world by storm with his trio of mixtapes: "House of Balloons," "Thursday" and "Echoes of Silence." In the process The Weeknd, a.k.a. Abel Tesfaye, helped usher a new, darker sound into…

La boheme is a passionate story of love among young artists in Paris. Mimi spends her days embroidering and her evenings longing for springtime. Literally in search of light, a match for her only candle, she instead finds happiness…

Do you hate cancer? Has cancer affected you or your loved ones? If you answered yes to these questions, join us in the fight against cancer! American Cancer Society: Relay For Life Cambrian, is looking for volunteers and participants…

Internationally recognized for his charisma in relation to canines, dog behavioralist Cesar Millan is the star of the NatGeo Wild TV show "Cesar 911" and the former host of "Dog Whisperer"--a program now broadcast all over the globe…

The times, they are a-changin'. While American folk songs were once considered the fare of coffee houses and open-air festivals, the genre's stars are now performing in the rarefied air of the concert hall. Three virtuoso…

Winner of 5 Tony Awards (including Best Book and Best Original Score), The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another. The show follows Man in Chair, a…

Monty Python's SPAMALOT, the musical comedy sensation lovingly ripped off from the film classic Monty Python and The Holy Grail, arrives this spring to spread laughter and cheer throughout the kingdom. As gleefully silly yet wickedly…

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Music & Clubs

Will Calhoun Plays Jazz Day at Revamped Hammer

WILL I AM: Drummer Will Calhoun performs at the Hammer Theatre Center as part of San Jose Jazz’s celebration of International Jazz Day.

Rhythm is a deceptively complex pursuit. It’s easy enough to clap along to the band, but when it comes to holding down a solid groove, even musicians proficient on stringed instruments, keyboards or horns can find that they are all thumbs. And so, while guitarists and singers claim the spotlight—in music videos and… » Read More

Hit List: Best Music, Art & Culture

FOXY FUNK: Gavin Turek plays The Continental this week.

Universal Grammar, the San Jose-based party promotion outfit behind The Continental’s weekly neo-soul soiree, The Changing Same, have a knack for pulling forward-thinking funk, R&B and electronic music to the South Bay. And this week’s TCS headliner, Gavin Turek, is no exception. For the past two years, Turek has been building a… » Read More

SoFA Street Fair: Second Spring Edition

SOFA RETURNS: The SoFA Street Fair is back. Photo by Brian Kirksey.

The second annual spring edition of the SoFA Street Fair takes over San Jose’s arts district this weekend—bringing deluge of art, music and performance to an already packed weekend. As dedicated cosplayers descend on the final day of Silicon Valley Comic Con at the McEnery Convention Center, local music and art fans… » Read More

Movies

Review: 'The Promise'

The TV reporters attending last Friday's opening of The Promise were claiming that this was the first movie made about the Armenian genocide; the statement was later corrected as the first Hollywood movie about it. It's neither the first good movie nor the first bad movie about it, as one notes below. Watching The Promise-it played at Cinequest-a person who knew nothing about the Armenian holocaust could learn about the murder of anywhere from 1-2 million people under the cover of World War I. These civilians were wiped out by the Turkish soldiers of the Ottoman Empire, in ways which anticipated the grander-scale liquidations to come in Nazi Germany and Stalin's USSR. » Read More

Review: 'Better Call Saul'

In the background, Nancy Sinatra chirps "Sugartown." Seen in black and white, disguised by a fake-looking brown mustache, is Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), once known as Albuquerque's most dubious lawyer. He's the oldest guy working at a Cinnabon in an Omaha mall. Some sugartown! In flashback, we see the rise of Jimmy, and the chicanery that undid him. A main plotline in Better Call Saul's source show, Breaking Bad, had Walter White (Bryan Cranston) almost outwitting his police detective brother in law, Hank (Dean Norris). Saul isn't brother vs. brother-in-law, but brother vs. brother. Chuck (Michael McKean), Jimmy's older sibling, is a respectable lawyer, immobilized in his house with a case of electromagnetic sensitivity. The game » Read More

The Arts

Abstract Memories of Bay Area Art

Is it too soon to feel nostalgic for the 20th century? Abstracts From Life: Bay Area Figurative Past and Present at New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) doesn't think so. The exhibit seamlessly joins the past and the present together. But it's easy to mistake the old for the new, and vice versa. After a couple of turns through the galleries, "Little Edie" Beale's famous Grey Gardens quotation makes perfect sense, "It's very difficult to keep the line between the past and the present." She's referring to nostalgia—the mysterious feeling that floods your mind with memories, the poignant ones thought lost or temporarily missing, that suddenly return to overlap and interfere with your day-to-day emotions. The era of Bay Area figurative art's heyday, » Read More

Review: 'La Boheme'

Oh, to be in love! Opera San Jose's newest production of La Boheme, Giacomo Puccini's classic opera, is a rambling trip through the lives and loves of French bohemians in Paris at the turn of the century. Premiering originally in 1896 at Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy, La Boheme has since its inception induced polarizing opinions in its viewers. While it's always been a crowd favorite, critics have historically been less favorable, often complaining about the simplicity of the libretto's musical accompaniment. Fortunately for Opera San Jose, neither is an obstacle, with its powerful rendition only transmitting the quality of the original. And whereas the original takes place during the 1840s in France, the timeline for Opera San Jose's » Read More

Love the Race, Ditch the Rats

As a female tech industry veteran, Kim Scott has encountered plenty of sexism-and bad bosses-in Silicon Valley. Still, she believes more women should pursue careers at Apple, Google and the like. Scott, a "CEO coach," plots an outline for being a "kick-ass boss" while remaining human in her new book, Radical Candor, excerpted below: Twenty years ago, management skills were neither taught nor rewarded in Silicon Valley, but today its companies are obsessed with it. ... The reason Silicon Valley turned out to be a good place to study the relationships between bosses and the people who report to them is that the war for "talent" here is intense. » Read More

Features & Columns

A Tribute to Chuck Barris and a Band of Merry Pranksters

The former host of The Gong Show, Chuck Barris, passed away last month at the ripe old age of 87. His show pioneered the implementation of bad-on-purpose talent judged by drunk celebrities who gonged contestants they didn't like. In addition to The Gong Show, Barris can also be blamed for The Newlywed Game and The Dating Game, going back to the '60s, helping to invent what's now called reality TV decades before the term surfaced. Barris used game-show entertainment to embarrass his entire industry, illuminating the crass idiocy of American pop culture in the process. In that sense, he was the greatest genius in television history. In the late '80s, Barris sold his empire to Sony, making enough to live happily ever after, so he wrote a » Read More

Silicon Valley Comic Con Beams into Silicon Valley

When Steve Wozniak was working to launch last year's inaugural Silicon Valley Comic Con, the Apple co-founder and his partners considered San Francisco's Moscone Center. Ultimately, they decided against it. "No," Wozniak says, recalling his final answer. "We want to hold it in San Jose, because San Jose is more representative-over the last 50-60 years-of Silicon Valley." Born in San Jose, The Woz' roots run deep in the South Bay. He and his family live in Los Gatos, though he says he might move back to San Jose's Willow Glen someday. His early philanthropy to the city's performing arts groups was acknowledged in naming downtown's Woz Way after him. » Read More

San Jose Signs Project Honors Colorful Contributions of Neon

We've all seen them. The celebrated neon signs of San Jose. We're talking Stephen's Meat Products, Western Appliance, the Sands Motel and the Wing's restaurant sign in Japantown. Signs are essential elements in the collective story of this city. They are part of San Jose's consciousness. Thousands of natives have gushed endless praise for San Jose's old-school neon signage, with many people from out of town also showing up just to photograph the marquees. But with the majority finding solace in bland landscapes, generic signage and village after village of hideously uniform condos that no interesting person would possibly look at, someone is finally taking it upon herself to stop complaining and do something to raise awareness about San » Read More

50 Things You Need to Know about Marijuana in California

Ever since California legalized weed last year, we've smelled something special in the air. People are lighting up anytime, anywhere-at the bus stop and the coffee shop, during late-night shows and early morning walks on the trail. But as marijuana goes mainstream, there are still a number of questions. Like, is it really legal? Turns out that's still a bit of a trick question. We took it upon ourselves to get the skinny on some of the more complex quandries that recreational marijuana raises. We asked around in an effort to figure out everything from the difference between sativa and indica strains to where and when you can smoke pot legally. In the process we questioned a cop, the District Attorney's office, the bassist for a local » Read More

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