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Thu Oct 11

Mike Olmos has become one the most in demand jazz musicians since his arrival to the San Francisco Bay Area. A versatile trumpet player, Mike has been performing with various bands such as the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Lavay Smith…

Thu Oct 11

Stuck in a loveless marriage, bored, pregnant, and facing financial constraints from her new husband Pear Theatre presents Henrik Ibsen's intense Hedda Gabler, with Artistic Director Betsy Kruse Craig in the title role, directed by…

Thu Oct 11-14

Girl, and boy, put your records on at MACLA's Classic Tracks: Migrating Rhythms. Artist Carlos Rolon (whose pseudonym is Dzine) has installed a record player and sound system ready to play your favorite albums. If you happen to be in…

Fri Oct 12

The Satori goth club has been keeping South Bay dance floors weird for 12 years now. The first venue to host the recurring dance night was Club Savoy north of downtown San Jose. From there it moved to the Blank Club and now lives at…

Fri Oct 12

Freshly transplanted to San Francisco Bay Area from Shanghai, China and originally hailing from Virginia and his story is anything but ordinary. Spending the past 6 years based in Shanghai, he is well known as a top call session and…

Sat Oct 13

Whether you're looking for a rare pressing by a favorite artist or just hoping to thumb through crates alongside like-minded vinyl lovers, Streetlight Records' annual Record Swap is the place to be this weekend.

Sat Oct 13

One of the founding fathers of gangsta rap and a West Coast legend, Ice Cube tops the bill of How the West Was Won. Featuring a bevy of '90s hip-hop heavyweights, including Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Too Short and Warren G, it's going to…

Sat Oct 13

Bring your friends & family to this curated marketplace in Santana Row Park (across from Left Bank Brasserie) and shop local artists selling US Handcrafted goods such as jewelry, handbags, ceramics, glassware, soaps, succulents,…

Sat Oct 13-14

The Poetry Center San Jose is taking the weekend to celebrate the city's diverse ethnic and cultural heritage with their fourth annual San Jose Poetry Festival. The two-day event will be split into a day of performances and a day of…

Thru Oct 27

When Charles Dickens gave up the ghost in 1870, he left more than a literary legacy in his wake. He also left an unfinished novel. The Mystery of Edwin Drood tells the story of a suspicious death and the ensuing investigation. But…

Thru Nov 11

Faultline Brewing Company invites you to experience the flavors of Oktoberfest. Featuring our special German-inspired menu available lunch & dinner. And Oktoberfest specialty brews and beer bombs!

Thru Dec 23

New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) is thrilled to announce the September 2018 opening of an expansive exhibition that takes a deep dive into the long history of the town's high school. The exhibition explores the legacy and legends of LGHS…

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Music & Clubs

San Jose Poetry Festival at History Park

HEART SONGS: 'Corazon' author Yesika Salgado is one of many big names at this year's San Jose Poetry Festival.

The Poetry Center San Jose is taking the weekend to celebrate the city’s diverse ethnic and cultural heritage with their fourth annual San Jose Poetry Festival. The two-day event will be split into a day of performances and a day of workshops. Saturday will consist of readings and performances by local talent… » Read More

Treasure Island Music Festival

PUSHING HITS: The man who exposed Drake as a deadbeat dad is one of many big names at this year's Treasure Island Music Festival.

Though its been moved from its original namesake location, the Treasure Island Music Festival is still going strong. This year’s fest boasts a hip-hop and dance-heavy lineup. Performers include A$AP Rocky, Pusha T and AminĂ©—all hot off studio releases this year. Also on the bill are a pair of interesting team-ups: Diplo… » Read More

Silicon Valley Jazz Festival at Burton Park

PURE JAZZ: Dizzy Gillespie protege Jon Faddis performs at this year's Silicon Valley Jazz Festival, along with much of the Bay's young talent.

Featuring a mix of performances by local school groups, Bay Area-based professional musicians and national headliners, the Silicon Valley Jazz Festival returns this weekend. Saturday kicks off with a trio of performances by student musician groups from Tierra Linda Middle School, CSM and Stanford before the U.S. Air Force’s Commanders Jazz Ensemble… » Read More

Movies

Review: 'First Man'

It's tremendously exciting filmmaking. Here Chazelle is more of a disciple of Steven Soderbergh than Ron Howard. Rather than taking in the vastness of space, Chazelle's focus narrows to the view through a space capsule window. He makes it all frightening: the glow of hot metal, the rows of toggle switches, the seams of the capsule that look thin enough to split. Chazelle re-creates the excitement of breaching the atmosphere after a bone-shaking ride and finally emerging into stillness. It's all caught with little gestures: the snatching of a floating pencil in zero gravity, or the slap of a bare hand against the window, as a terrific spin almost whirls the Gemini capsule into oblivion. » Read More

SJ International Short Film Fest

Every filmmaker has to start somewhere, and the 10th annual San Jose International Short Film Festival gives us a chance to spot and celebrate rising talents. Among the 150 films on view: Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontilla's animated "One Small Step" would make a good opener for First Man. Without dialogue, this charmingly animated fantasy tells of the coming of age of Luna Chu, a young San Franciscan who dreams of travel to the moon. Typical sexism that there hasn't been a woman on the lunar surface yet (Wally Funk, a female astronaut, lost her chance when the cost of the Vietnam War curtailed the Apollo program). This is a dream one would love to see come true. » Read More

The Arts

Review: 'Fun Home'

The spotlight shines on a woman standing alone at her desk. Alison (Moira Stone) introduces herself to us from the middle of an empty stage. She's a cartoonist in search of the perfect caption to describe her childhood. One of her panels appears on a projection screen behind her. In it, her father holds her younger self aloft on his knees. She extends her arms out wide to mimic the wings of an airplane. This and other rare moments of father-daughter connection punctuate Fun Home, the musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's graphic novel. » Read More

Review: 'The Lieutenant of Inishmore'

Joshua Marx directs Martin McDonagh's play The Lieutenant of Inishmore with verve and efficiency. In this black comedy about a rogue INLA (Irish National Liberation Army) agent set on a path of revenge and destruction, the production emphasizes comedy even when the comic asides land in Grand Guignol territory. The pacing is light on its feet. Marx wrangles passable Irish accents from almost every member of the cast. And the actors commit to the psychic and physical geography of rural Ireland. As an ensemble, they're all on the same page. The production answers every question McDonagh poses on the page except the most important one: "Why?" » Read More

Agnes Martin's Native Inspiration

As the title of the current Pace Gallery exhibit suggests, "Agnes Martin/Navajo Blankets" pairs Navajo blankets with Martin's spare canvases. The blankets date back to the 19th century and are still intact and vibrant. One example identifies No. 6 as a "First Phase Chief's Blanket" (c. 1800-1830). No. 6 is lined with brown and white (now aged to the color of cream) stripes alternating with occasional thin indigo lines. This first phase of Navajo weaving didn't incorporate patterns. At a glance, it looks like an uncomplicated design. But you could come to the same conclusion about Martin's acrylic and graphite canvas Blessings (2000). Pale blue stripes alternate with white ones until they meet in the middle, where one slim line of reddish » Read More

Features & Columns

Making the Impossible Possible

While at the Paris Climate Accord in December 2015, Patrick Brown noticed something peculiar about the mass of environmentally conscious politicians and ardent activists attending the momentous summit. Despite spending days advocating for more stringent regulations around greenhouse gas emissions, he observed that many of these conservationists would end their day not with a salad, but instead with a juicy steak.
While there's nothing inherently wrong with prime rib, it's a bit of a daring choice for environmental advocates: Livestock alone generate 7.1 gigatons of greenhouse gases each year, about the same amount as the entire global transportation sector, and are also the biggest driving factor of biodiversity loss in the world » Read More

Silicon Alleys: Novelist Finds the Funny in Growing Up Under a Drug Lord's Rule

A dark elegiac story about young girls growing up in the Pablo Escobar era of drug lord violence in Colombia, Fruit of the Drunken Tree, the debut novel by Ingrid Rojas Contreras, grew out of her own life experiences. Next week, on Thursday, Oct. 18, Rojas Contreras will be one of seven authors reading at Story is the Thing, a quarterly series at Kepler's Books. In the book, the lives of two sisters, Chula and Cassandra, ages 7 and 9, along with that of their maid, Petrona, 13, anchor the story. The sisters live in Bogota in a gated two-story house with all the comforts, while Petrona lives in a guerrilla-occupied slum, caught up in whether or not she should work for the guerrillas. One by one, car-bombings, kidnappings and political » Read More

Advice Goddess: I Don't Want My Jealousy to Ruin Another Relationship

Interestingly, it seems that the reassurance doesn't have to come in spoken word form. Psychologist Brooke C. Feeney found that in the context of a close relationship, "affectionate touch...was an effective buffer against jealous feelings" for relationship partners at times when anxious attachment levels were high. Sending the message physically like this takes advantage of how, according to research in "embodied cognition," our body and actions, independent of conscious thought, are surprisingly powerful and efficient tools for changing our habitual emotional reactions. » Read More

Free Will Astrology: Week of October 10, 2018

In his book The Snow Leopard, Peter Matthiessen describes his quest to glimpse the elusive and rarely seen creature in the Himalayas. "Its uncompromising yellow eyes, wired into the depths of its unfathomable spirit," he writes, give it a "terrible beauty" that is "the very stuff of human longing." He loves the snow leopard so much, he says, that it is the animal he "would most like to be eaten by." I bring this up, Aries, because now would be a good time, astrologically speaking, for you to identify what animal you would most like to be eaten by. In other words, what creature would you most like to learn from and be inspired by? What beautiful beast has the most to give you? » Read More

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