MLS All-Star Game Shows San Jose the Love

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Home-streaming has trampled the box office monopoly on cinema, as audiences have been seduced by the glut of options accessible in the ever-replenishing rabbit holes of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. To win them back, Camera 12 will be…

"Bottoms Up" singer Brantley Gilbert is accompanied by young artists Justin Moore and Colt Ford, who will surely turn the summer night into one big party with this "Take It Outside" tour.

Back in 1979, a group of fast-rhyming upstarts from New Jersey scored a Top 40 hit with a little number called "Rapper's Delight." The song, which combined funk, soul and disco rhythm with spoken--rather than sung--words is one of the…

Los Gatos indie rockers The Shrews blend overdriven guitars, precise and propulsive rhythms, and catchy vocal melodies with an unmistakable rock & roll swagger. Drawing upon their influences--from the crisp pop of The Beatles to the…

Vital Events, the same music promotion group known for "Wobbleland"and some of the most relentlessly fun dance nights at The Catalyst Club in Santa Cruz, is bringing its trademark energy and musical explosiveness to San Jose's City…

California's Great America keeps the good times rolling with Cajun Style Southern fun! The park will feature Cajun food, live Jazz music, drinks and fireworks.

Ska hails from Jamaica and features breezy rhythms, horn pops and practitioners who coo comforting melodies, wear fedoras and roll around on skateboards. Hardcore exists in stuffy garages and dingy clubs, where riffs rip at the sonic…

Enjoy MLS events all day from coffee in the morning to scavenger hunts and live music from some of San Jose's best musicians.

The well known American singer, songwriter, parodist, record producer, satirist, actor, voice actor, music video director, film producer, and author brings his unique humor to San Jose.

Shawn Peter Raul Mendes is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Since the release of his self-titled The Shawn Mendes EP and his debut single "Life of the Party", he has been gaining mainstream success as a singer-songwriter and touring…

Directed by Alex Johnson, Wallace's Slaughter City tells the story of a US meatpacking plant. Complete with songs, humour, and ensemble creativity, Slaughter City unleashes theatrical magic and meaning. In its West Coast premire SRT's…

Flo Rida is famous for hits like "My House" and "Low." He will perform in San Jose for one free night of music. Belanova will also be performing.

CMT Rising Stars presents Crazy for You - a high energy comedy with exciting plot twists and fabulous dance numbers set to the music of classic Gershwin tunes, including "I Can't Be Bothered Now," "I Got Rhythm" and "Someone To Watch…

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Music & Clubs

City Lights Theatre’s ‘American Idiot’ Wows

NO DUMMIES: The entire cast—from the leads to the ensemble—shines in 'American Idiot.'

Since its release, first as an album and then a musical, Green Day’s Tony- and Grammy-winning American Idiot—a tale of political and adolescent alienation—has become a part of the contemporary canon. City Lights Theater’s new adaptation adeptly packs the sprawling, Broadway-sized rock opera into an intimate black-box theater, without losing any of… » Read More

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine

DEAD MAN ROCKING: Jello Biafra, former frontman of The Dead Kennedys, brings his new band, The Guantanamo School of Medicine, to The Ritz.

In the run up to the 1980s, New York had the Ramones and New York Dolls, Detroit contributed MC5 and The Stooges, London called in with the Clash and the Sex Pistols and Los Angeles blew up with Black Flag and X. Northern California’s contribution to the genre outpunked the bunch with… » Read More

Hit List: Best Music, Arts & Culture July 20-26

GREAT SCOTT: Neo-soul diva Jill Scott comes to the Mountain Winery.

This week, witness the production that pushed pop punk over the top to claim its rightful place in the Western canon. Green Day’s American Idiot comes to City Lights Theater in San Jose’s SoFA District. Jill Scott brings her retro jazz, neo-soul and hip-hop sensibilities to The Mountain Winery. Toxic Summer drops… » Read More

Movies

Review: 'Ghostbusters'

Wielding an electronic ghost detector that resembles a little rotating neon vulva, a triumphant Melissa McCarthy leads this female-powered Ghostbusters reboot. The remake clearly has a chip on its shoulder over fanboi venom. It acknowledges the "raped childhood" posts all splattered over the internet. Learning that the Ghostbusters would feature an all-women cast, thousands of male fans whimpered about PC Hollywood. At the risk of validating the online declarations of fools, director Paul Feig includes scenes of the heroines having their ghost-hunting business dragged through the comments sections of popular websites. One troll's unimaginative jab reads: "ain't no bitch gonna hunt no ghosts". » Read More

Review: 'Captain Fantastic'

Berkeley-raised director Matt Ross stays true to his roots with Captain Fantastic-which will surely seem a deep movie in that city, thanks to its spirit of political grievance, its mottos, and its fantasy of chucking it all to head for the redwoods. (It's firs and pines, actually; set in Washington state, the film is shot in Canada.) In the film's opening scene we see a many-pronged buck peeking through a thicket-so peaceful and serene that you know it's all over for the deer. Hiding, face painted with camouflage, young Bo (short for Bodevan, and played by George MacKay) pops out and stabs it in the throat. Butchering the out of season deer, Bo's father Ben (Viggo Mortensen) solemnly anoints his eldest son's forehead with the blood, giving » Read More

The Arts

'The Art of Water' Examines California's Precious Resource

In the July heat, much of the Stanford University campus is bleached beige or brown. On every horizon, parched hillsides present a similar picture, completely devoid of any lingering spring greens. Across the street from the Cantor Arts Center's entrance, Andy Goldsworthy's Stone River snakes its mud-colored spine up from dusty crumbs of earth. Absent human intervention, this is a dry, waterless place. Inside the Cantor Arts Center, a new exhibit acts as a temporary, air-conditioned corrective. The gallery walls in "California: The Art of Water" borrow a paint scheme from one of David Hockney's stimulating pool blues. The three open rooms of the show are loosely divided into themes: "Water and the wilderness"; "The role of water in » Read More

Ephemeral Sculpture at Montalvo's 'Garden' Party

As captivating as the works may be, those attending this Friday's "pop-up arts festival" at Montalvo Art Center would do well to resist becoming too attached to any of the pieces. After all, at the end of the night, they will all be torn down-faster than they were even created. The theme of this year's "Rock the Garden" festival, "5 Hour Sculpture," is pretty self-explanatory. The Montalvo Arts Center has invited artists from around the world to come to Villa Montalvo, where they will create temporary installments on the 175-acre grounds of the historic Saratoga estate. They will have just five hours to complete and show their works. The idea, according to Montalvo's curator, Donna Conwell, is to highlight how monumental even a short span » Read More

Features & Columns

MLS All-Star Game Shows San Jose the Love

Major league soccer will commandeer downtown San Jose over the next week in preparation for its annual All-Star Game. Concerts, fan gatherings, interactive exhibits, outdoor games and numerous other events will lead up to Thursday's match, which pits the best of MLS against Arsenal FC, one of the most storied clubs of all time and one that counts Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols among its lifelong fans. As the host city, San Jose Earthquakes coach Dominic Kinnear will lead the MLS All-Stars, a team of 20 players he chose from across the league. As of Sunday, the final game day roster will include international stars David Villa, Andrea Pirlo, Kaka and Didier Drogba, as well as Americans Clint Dempsey and Chris Wondolowski, the latter a » Read More

Did Pot Dealers Start Western Civilization?

Ever since Herodotus, we've known that the nomadic pastoralists of Asia Minor, the Scythians, burned marijuana as part of religious rituals and ceremonies. Now comes new evidence that human commerce with pot extends back even further, and could have even helped stimulate the rise of Western civilization. At the end of the last Ice Age, roughly 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, people on both sides of the Eurasian land mass independently discovered and made use of marijuana, according to research published in the academic journal Vegetation History and Archaeobotany. That same research links an upsurge in marijuana use in East Asia with the rise of transcontinental trade at the beginning of the Bronze Age, some 5,000 years ago. » Read More

BYOB: Stanford Professor's New Book Predicts the 'End of Sex'

Unconditional love. A rekindling of purpose. A true understanding of what it means to be patient. These are the kinds of stale and embarrassing tropes trotted out in every self-help book and daytime TV segment ever produced on "The Joys of Parenting." Please. Spare us the cheesy listicles enumerating the priceless lessons kids can teach us. Parents don't get into the game of childrearing to reconnect with a lost sense of child-like wonder-that's what LSD is for. In the real world, mothers and fathers spend thousands of dollars on soon-to-be-outgrown athletic equipment, burning through paychecks and free time to ferry their precious little princes and princesses to expensive rehearsals and far-flung recitals. In this way, parents foist » Read More

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