Buzzworthy Locals Fritz Montana play Blank Club this Weekend

Now based in San Francisco, Fritz Montana got their start in the South Bay
and are quickly becoming one of the bigger names on the local scene. Read More

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A true icon of contemporary jazz with over 20 albums to her credit since the release of "A Drop of Water" in 1986, the versatile performer has sold over 1.2 million units in the U.S. alone and packs concert halls around the world.

It's time to clink our drinks for Foxy Thursday's. For a little over a decade now, this weekly party at Cardiff Lounge has been keeping people moving and having fun. This Thursday marks the event's 11th anniversary.

Makin' waves and takin' names, FRITZ MONTANA exists to disrupt the status quo, challenge authority, and make some damn fine music.

The members of local quintet Belle Noire work tirelessly to build lush, dynamic soundscapes. They even have three electric guitars in the band to do it, and they utilize the power of each guitar to full dramatic effect.

Though a popular actor now, Eddie Griffin comes back for a special, two day appearance in San Jose. Griffin got into his first experience in comedy on a dare, at Sanford and Sons where he was told to do 3 minutes.

Scott Barnhill, a second generation jazz musician, has been in the jazz scene for the last thirty years. He recently moved back to the area and has joined old friends in making fine music.

Surprisingly enough, when Portland pop-punk band Grizzly released the cheekily titled "Christmas Sucks Since I Found Out Santa Wasn't Real," it was actually a serious, well-composed and emotional song.

Complementing their traditional German fare during Oktoberfest at Teske's Germania in downtown San Jose will be a series of weekend performances on select Fridays and Saturday featuring music by The Gruber Family Band and Teske's…

Fans of bass, electronic and anything in between will find that Return of the Boom Zap has them covered. Boom Zap has been a go-to party for "left of center" EDM for three years. Hosted by resident DJs GoldenChyld, AJ Orbit, Rcade,…

For the Halloween season, California's Great America is annually transformed into the fright fest Halloween Haunt. Since this is a constant spookapoloosa, Haunt is not recommended for people under 13 as well as the faint of heart. xx

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Music & Clubs

We Went To ‘The Real Escape Game’ In Japantown

This mysterious room is pretty messy.

“Hey, do you want to get locked in a room with nine strangers and solve puzzles for an hour?” Surprisingly enough, very few of my friends answered “yes” to this question, but such is the fate of those who attend the “Real Escape Game” in San Jose’s Japantown. I finally convinced someone… » Read More

Buzzworthy Locals Fritz Montana Play Blank Club

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Many bands plug away for years, playing house parties, clubs and smaller halls before they ever reach a stage inside an arena, assuming they even reach such a stage at all. But the South Bay-bred indie-blues-rock group Fritz Montana were fortunate enough to play at Oracle Arena in Oakland—on their fourth show. This isn’t… » Read More

Aesop Of Living Legends Playing Back Bar SoFA

Derrick McElroy, who goes by Aesop, Black Aesop and Aesop’s Fables, has a full-length 'opus' on the way.

Much like the Aesop of antiquity, it isn’t particularly easy to get a bead on Aesop, the emcee of the Bay Area and Los Angeles hip-hop crew, Living Legends. A Wikipedia search of the Aesop of Aesop’s Fables will inform you that scholars are undecided as to whether Aesop ever really existed or… » Read More

Movies

'Dear White People'

It's a very good thing Justin Simien's Dear White People was made—it gets in there where the dirt is. Among the talented newcomer cast are three standouts. Tessa Thompson is Samantha, a film studies firebrand with severe internal doubts. Lionel (Tyler James Williams) is a wary underdog with a sky-high afro. Samantha's opposite, Coco (Teyonah Parris), is a vlogger (neologism shudder) who seeks popularity at all costs even if it means acting girly, self-deprecating and YouTube friendly. » Read More

'The Book of Life'

It's as big a disappointment as 2014's cinema can offer, particularly considering the acclaim it's getting. The Guillermo del Toro-produced/Jorge Gutierrez-directed The Book of Life collides a lot of styles. Gutierrez, a Nickelodeon vet, brings in that channel's hectic style of animation, with jumbo funny noses, nostrils that look like the twin bores of the Caldecott tunnel, figures that are bulbous yet flat. The only rest in a restless movie, promising romance, but generating endless tiresome spatting, are the scenes in which the characters stand and deliver their tired gags. » Read More

The Arts

TheatreWorks' adaptation of 'Sweeney Todd' at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

To mark its 45th anniversary, TheatreWorks is opening its fall season with a reinterpretation of the old warhorse, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Though it remains the 1979 Tony-award winning musical by Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim, (famously starring Angela Lansbury on stage and Johnny Depp on film), the Palo Alto-based TheatreWorks has chosen to transport the story to 1940s London during the Blitz. It proves to be a compelling, but sometimes awkward choice. » Read More

Latino Comics Expo makes its first appearance in San Jose

Long before Frank Miller mapped out his first edition of Sin City or R. Crumb put his pen to a pad, Mayan scribes were hard at work compiling some of the first stories ever told using pictures scrawled on paper codices—books, as we call them today. Most people will never get to hold one of those historic artifacts, but you can certainly get your fill of modern Latino graphic art this weekend when the Latino Comics Expo (LCX) makes its first ever stop in San Jose. » Read More

Features & Columns

'Off the Mat' Goes Global Bringing Yoga to Public Places

It's not every day that an SJSU photography major decides to marry her art with yoga and scour the globe to photo-shoot yogis in public places. Apparently taking photos of people doing yoga in the middle of Third Street in downtown San Jose wasn't enough. Apparently recruiting models to sit in the lotus position inside a grocery store wasn't enough. Enter Sarah Wells, who shall receive her BFA in photography from SJSU at the end of this semester. Taking inspiration from the yogic creed that the most challenging part of one's practice actually begins once you get off the mat. » Read More

Is Digital Photgraphy Changing the Restaurant Industry?

A mound of translucent, tangerine orbs of salmon roe and thin, coral-pink salmon slices perch atop pale green avocado and darker green Romaine leaves. Punctuating this sashimi salad, a sprinkle of seaweed-chopped fine into tiny, even blades-tumbles like cut grass over the dish. Fuzzy, cream-colored frost clings to the dual spiral beaters of a churner, fresh from mixing ice cream flash-frozen by liquid nitrogen. » Read More

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