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Hone your abilities for performing live and head to Cafe Frascati for open mic night. Known for their espresso and Italian cuisine, Cafe Frascati is Mediterranean style bistro with an elegant ambience.

Learn about the powerful sound of the taiko, the Japanese drum! San Jose Taiko will be sharing the art form of taiko through performance and explanation about the origin and philosophy of the big drum. Fun and educational for all ages.

The gulf between hardware engineers and software developers is disappearing, and an integrated, collaborative design environment is being born. ARM TechCon 2016 is a unique marketplace for you to learn about groundbreaking solutions,…

Stephen Marley, Doug Pohorski, and Terrigal Burn all had full lives before jazz destiny brought them together. Marley on the drums, Pohorski on bass and Burn on piano. Together, the trio combine to lay down creamy grooves that…

Free with admission, $5 materials fee for crafts. Join NUMU and Galeria Arte as we build our own Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead altar. Day of the Dead altars are built during Dia de los Muertos to honor the lives of those who…

3 Rockin' Halloween Parties. You'll ROCK all Halloween weekend at the best night club in town for live music, The Quarter Note, in Sunnyvale, 3 nights of wild costumes, live music, dancing and spooky drink specials. Costume Contest…

Bring your waffles and christmas lights becuase the Stranger Things soundtrack is being released! The hypnotic synth-pop music will be playing all night along with costume contests, dungeons and dragons game and much more that has to…

Halloween fun is available for the whole family at Rengstorff Park! The free event will include a free showing of family-friendly Halloween flick Hotel Transylvania 2, games, music and snacks for everyone! Costumes are not required,…

This event is the craft beer event of your dreams-or nightmares. With over 80 different craft beers on tap, a bunch of Halloween goodies, a costume contest and live music, San Jose's Broofest is just what the doctor ordered for beer…

Punk Rock tells of a story of eight British teenagers who are studying for exams at an elite grammar school. The teens talk about their turmoils, love and losses through angsty music.

Join a cultural and spiritual celebration in remembering deceased ancestors at one of San Jose's premier Day of the Dead events! This event is FREE and open to the public. There will be ritual, music and dance, face painting,…

The Beerwalk in Willow Glen is back and with a spooky twist! The Halloween Beerwalk will feature over 20 different beers from across the Bay Area and encourages participants to come in costume!

Campbell Con comes back this year to reach out to all of the comic book lovers in the area! The event is celebrates everything that has to do with pop culture, comic book art and artists. The first Campbell Con happened last year and…

The Ritz 2nd Annual Halloween Costume Contest is back featuring DJ Bashura spinning 70's, 80's, 90's and hits from today. Get your best costume together for a chance at $1000 in Best Costume prize money.

A San Jose Jazz saxophonist for nearly two decades, Kristen Strom has been a mainstay for Bay Area clubs. With a tone that's lithe and lustrous, Kristen Strom embodies her musical philosophy in every note she plays.

Halloween Haunt is an in-your-face scare experience complete with six spine-tingling haunted mazes, four themed scare zones, four head-turning live stage shows and one gruesome themed attraction, plus the park's collection of…

Jacobs Farm began in 1980 as a small, organic family farm on California's Central Coast. Founders Larry Jacobs and Sandra Belin focused on producing organic, sustainable crops of healthy, flavorful food from the beginning. Today,…

No longer do you stand waiting in line, now you have a whole Midway of Terror to entertain you even before entering the two attractions. This year, the experience will be a whole detailed pre-show that gets the mood or was it blood…


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Hit List: Best Music, Art & Culture Oct 26-31

IT GOES TO ELEVEN: Streetlight Records hosts a 'Stranger Things' soundtrack listening party this week.

With the spookiest of holidays falling on a Monday this year, Silicon Valley Halloween events are ramping up for the weekend prior with a variety of daytime and late-night parties. We’ve collected as many of them as we could. Plan your weekend with our handy Halloween Guide. Also this week: “Oasis: Supersonic”… » Read More

SJ Jazz Fall Concert: Mariachi Flor de Toloache

FEMALE FUSION: Mariachi Flor de Toloache founders Mireya I. Ramos and Shae Fiol say they draw strength from their diversity.

Traditionally speaking, mariachi as a musical form comes from a specific place. It is played on specific instruments, and its practitioners often limit performances to specific spaces within a specific region. However, while the New York-based Mariachi Flor de Toloache certainly respect the traditions of their art, they are far from a traditional… » Read More

Rex Goliath Celebrate New EP, ‘No Body’

YOU DON'T KNOW US: Rex Goliath frontman Dominic Miranda says he is frustrated with a rise in racism and xenophobia in American culture.

As the vocalist in a politically charged rock band, one might assume that Dominic Miranda would be eager to put in his two cents as it relates to candidacy of Donald Trump. But that’s not really the case. “I’ve tried to stay away from criticizing Trump,” Miranda says. “It’s too easy and everybody… » Read More


San Jose International Short Film Festival

Before he rallied Groot, Gamora, Rocket Racoon and Peter Quill, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was an independent filmmaker working at the bare-bones level-as per the streety, funny Super. Gunn, attending this year's San Jose International Short Film Festival, is having an award named after him. Raised in St. Louis, Gunn had his first breakthrough working with the famed low-budget auteur, New Jersey's Lloyd Kaufman. Gunn said he learned about every aspect of filmmaking, from scripting, to choreographing sex scenes, to designing the poster, when working on Tromeo and Juliet (1996) which recently screened at MoMA. » Read More

UNAFF Brings News of the World

Travelling from location to location in the South Bay, this 10-day fest is proudly feminist. Sara Nesson's Poster Girl tells of Robynn Murray, a volunteer who joined the Army and ended up on the cover of the Army Times. Eventual PTSD from her service prompts her to return to Iraq in the hopes of seeking closure. Apache 8 is the story of the Apache fire women who fight the blazes in the Arizona hills. Janine di Giovanni is a war correspondent—profiled in Robert Rippberger's 7 Days in Syria; she practices a dangerous profession that killed a colleague of hers. Feminism Inshallah: A History of Arab Feminism is Feriel Ben Mahmoud's look at the traditions that fundamentalists are trying to suppress. Nefertiti's Daughter by Racha Najdi and » Read More

The Arts

Kyle Pellet's 'Attitude' Adjustment

Dream-like states have long been a theme in Pellet's work. Strange, half-formed and brightly colored characters traverse anonymous mallscapes, parking lots and waiting rooms-roaming like zombies in a suburban, consumerist fugue-always moving but rarely interacting. Many of his paintings recall the work of Keith Haring, if Haring had been from San Jose instead of New York, and had whiled away his days at Oakridge Mall instead of the subway. "I think that's just my past, how I navigate the past maybe," Pellet says contemplating the preponderance of malls in his work. "Somehow I just latched onto that language, or those feelings. Most of what I want to communicate can be communicated through these strange spaces and textures. Suburban San » Read More

A Dangerous Art Show

The Arsenal's newest exhibition, "If Looks Could Kill" is both an innovative take on contemporary portraiture and an homage to an art show out of the 15th century. The first solo show by San Jose-based artist Adam Porwol features a series of seductive female portraits painted with dangerous pigments. Displayed without name or designation-save warnings on the dangerous chemicals used, including arsenic, lead and mercury-the collection of beautiful, scantily clad women has elements of both hyperrealism and expressionism. Textured in an almost pointillist style-except with thin, string-like brush strokes comprising the figures-Porwol creates spellbinding visual effects out of an otherwise forgettable subject matter. » Read More

Sculptor Bruce Beasley Turns to 3D Printers

Schapp says she couldn't pass up the opportunity to show the Oakland-based artist's new work. The 12 ivory-colored pieces in the Coriolis series were fabricated from resinous material known as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, or ABS. Using computer models, these lovely, sensuous sculptures were created using a large-format 3-D printer. According to Schapp, it took four days to print each of the four sections in each sculpture. A close look at the twisting, curving noodle-like shapes reveals the seams where the individual parts of each sculpture were joined. » Read More

Features & Columns

Punk Rock Fanzine 'Eat Poop' Returns to Grimy Downtown Roots

If people in this city can wax nostalgic about canneries and orchards, I have the right to fondly recall the grand old days of a punk rock magazine called Eat Poop. Now, just so you'll read further, let me explain a few things. I'm probably giving way too much credit by calling it a "magazine," when in reality Eat Poop was a fanzine. But it was one that featured artwork, poetry, music reviews and everything that zines tend to do. Back in the early '90s, as the original SoFA District era raged with punk, metal, college-radio rock, cheap beer and way too many stoner bands, a thunderous punk scenester named Nathan Nothin' regularly cranked out issues of Eat Poop from his place near Fifth and St. James. To my knowledge, it was the only San » Read More

No Turning Back from On-Demand Food Delivery Revolution

Chef David Kinch has spearheaded one of the most successful restaurants in the world in his 3 Michelin Star restaurant Manresa in Los Gatos, so the idea of customers walking up to a hostess stand, perusing the menu and ordering takeout would seem more than a bit presumptuous. Once-in-a-lifetime fine dining experiences don't exactly do to-go. But Kinch has an impressive array of less expensive restaurants that cater to a more economically eclectic crowd. His fame-and undeniably inventive, delicious cuisine-has been enough to keep the 60 or so seats of his latest venture, The Bywater, filled during dinner service seven days a week. Despite the apparent rush of customers to the New Orleans-inspired eatery, also located in Los Gatos, The » Read More

San Jose, SJSU Partnership Revives Hammer Theatre

Last week in downtown San Jose, the C2SV conference intertwined with a nexus of activity that blurred the boundaries between arts, design and urban planning, along with the ever-evolving ways in which San Jose State University (SJSU) and the city government are getting back together again. First, the SoFA Design Crawl brought out at least a few hundred SJSU students to South First Street. In addition, regulars and non-regulars got a unique chance to see several design businesses like Whipsaw, Decca Design and Elemental8 all showcase their current projects. Everyone walks by these buildings, yet no one knows about the innovation transpiring inside them, so it was a fantastic idea for everyone involved. Entirely new demographics of people » Read More

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