Last Man Standing

Kerouac's 'On the Road' journey finally ends in San Jose, with Al Hinkle's passing Read More

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Wed Jan 23

Join us in celebrating the 60th birthday of one of our favorite speakers in this series "Berkeley's Dr. Alex Filippenko. He will provide a non-technical overview of the main areas of his fascinating research career" black holes,…

Thu Jan 24-Sun Feb 17

A modern day prophet predicts the disappearance of half the world's population, and warns those remaining that they are the next to go as soon as the clock strikes midnight. With twelve hours to live, some spend time with their…

Thu Jan 24-Sun Feb 17

Richard Montoya's fast-paced fantasia flips from farcical to poignant to survey the glories and pratfalls of the American Dream. "American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose" was developed in collaboration with Montoya's sketch comedy…

Thu Jan 24-Sun Feb 17

Twenty years after losing her actor son to AIDS, Katharine unexpectedly shows up on the doorstep of his former partner, Cal. As they delve into the past and navigate the present in a single afternoon, Katharine struggles with a world…

Fri Jan 25

The dynamic Latin pop duo "IndiviDuo" was formed in Buenos Aires in 2010 when Tiffany Joy (Californian Singer / Songwriter) met Maqui Reyes (Colombian Singer / Musician / Composer) and they decided to set their solo careers aside to…

Sat Jan 26

Selected from 100,000+ singers to appear on Season 7 of NBC's The Voice, Roem Baur has toured extensively throughout the US and abroad, including England, Africa, South America and South East Asia with acclaimed appearances at SXSW…

Sat Jan 26

Come and see the magic shows because they're fun entertainment for the whole family. Talented magicians from the Silicon Valley chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians perform family friendly shows every other Saturday.…

Sat Jan 26

America's Largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Hilton San Jose! At The Dinner Detective, you'll tackle a challenging crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Just beware! The criminal is…

Thru Jan 27

The exhibition includes prints and handmade artist's books which contemplate and celebrate various aspects of both the built and the natural world. These narrative works seek to tease out possibilities of interaction including…

Thru Feb 10

Three years after his resignation in 1974, Richard Nixon is looking for a way to rehabilitate his public image and legacy. The former president, who resigned from office to avoid impeachment in the wake of the Watergate scandal,…


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Music & Clubs

Elton John at the SAP Center

LIFT OFF: The rocket man himself takes one more trip around the sun, and waves goodbye to the yellow brick road.

It may be difficult to remember all the details after all these years, but on the occasion of what looks to be his farewell-to-touring tour, it’s worth taking a look back to recognize the cultural phenomenon that is Sir Elton John. Trained from a young age at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of… » Read More

Kat Edmonson at Montalvo Arts Center

VINTAGE POP: Singer Kat Edmonson brings a classic sound into the modern era.

Though a relative youngster at age 35, Kat Edmonson makes music that’s rooted in another era. Her vintage pop approach draws from the style of vocal jazz and the Great American Songbook, but the Houston-born Edmonson’s original music is imbued with a strong modern-day sensibility. Many artists bristle at the prospect of… » Read More

Jackie Gage at City Lights Theater

HOME GROWN: After relocating to New York, San Jose native Jackie Gage comes to the City Lights Theater.

The South Bay’s very own Jackie Gage has been working the live jazz circuit hard for years. A few years back she relocated to New York in order to really be in the thick of things. But Gage has never forgotten where she came from. This weekend, the vocalist plays a special… » Read More


Review: 'Cold War'

Every shot is thrilling in Cold War, Pawel Pawlikowski's follow up to Ida. Like Roma, Cold War is an endorsement of the power of black and white cinema. This lean, fast film concerns the paradox of mid-20th century discontentment. Example: At great cost to yourself, you escape the workers' paradise of the Soviet empire, an Eden where they tie your hands. You then arrive in capitalist heaven to face what Joni Mitchell termed "the crazy you get from too much choice." It's the perplexity summed up by that famous shot of the milelong supermarket aisle in The Hurt Locker. Trauma makes it hard to appreciate bounty. » Read More

Review: 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

It makes sense to think of If Beale Street Could Talk as a Romeo and Juliet story in which white repression is the force keeping true lovers apart. The 22-year-old Fonny, short for Alfonso (Stephan James) is a young man with little money and the desire to be a sculptor. His lover, 19-year-old Tish (Kiki Layne) has just discovered she's pregnant. It all begins with Fonny in jail, wrongly accused of a violent rape. There's little or no money for the defense, the victim has fled to Puerto Rico and the New York politicians want the case prosecuted, no matter how fishy it is. When director and adapter Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) gets the lovers together, everything works. He seeks old-fashioned romantic movie intensity as they make love for the » Read More

The Arts

MACLA's 'Xicanx Biennial' Returns

"Muxeres Rising" is a group show of 13 "self-identified Latinx women," some of whose work "openly critiques the repressive qualities of American politics and Latino culture." Notable examples include an Elizabeth Blancas painting that contains the slogan, "The future is femme trans non binary now." She halves the background at a 90-degree angle, painting half of it yellow, the other half magenta. A figure on the left stares at the viewer with long manes of pink hair. Vanessa "Agana" Espinoza transforms the Statue of Liberty by depicting her in black and white, as an immigrant with an "indigenous connection" to the land. Instead of a torch held high above her head, she wields a stalk of corn. Her patterned dress recalls Incan and Mayan » Read More

In Nature's Shadow at SJICA

The gnarled, ungainly shapes are at odds with the lack of pigment. On real trees, these branches could be claws reaching out to harm strangers lost in an enchanted forest. But here they're bleached out to the pale color of something mild and antiseptic. "In this particular show, I'm working with plaster and gauze bandage, which are the traditional materials for casts for broken bones, for things that need mending," Fredette explains. And while her sculptures may resemble the leafless limbs of deciduous trees or some spare, bare shrubbery that's been whitewashed, the artist discloses what that pregnant, lonely pod actually is. » Read More

Artists Ponder Their Soupy Origins at SJICA

Walk through the black curtain behind the back gallery at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and you'll get a taste of Tracey Adams and Virginia Folkestad's "Primordial Soup." They've created a prehistoric, pantry-sized diorama that depicts the beginning of life on Earth (or, at least, one postulation of it). Tendrils hang down everywhere. Some float from above like chandeliers at an octopus' dinner party. Others jut straight out of the walls. Amoeba-shaped critters are fixed in place but the squiggles on their backs suggest a scurrying motion as if they had unfinished business to carry out. Electronic music, composed by Jennifer Trust Wilkerson, drifts in and pulses out, summoning up an underwater version of a Dead Can Dance » Read More

Features & Columns

Last Man Standing

He was probably the least likely person on Earth to be taken for a seminal figure in the annals of the Beat literary movement, but lanky, easy-going, sweet-smiling Al Hinkle was certainly a critical lynchpin in that history. Raised in pool-hall Denver with his childhood pal, the iconic Beat figure (and writer) Neal Cassady, it was the recently married Hinkle (along with his bride, the former Helen Argee) who jumped into Cassady's brand-new maroon-and-silver Hudson sedan for a crisscross continental journey that eventually included Jack Kerouac (then an unknown writer), Luanne Henderson (one of Cassady's many girlfriends), and an assortment of other hitchhikers and hangers-on who were all immortalized in Kerouac's seminal 1957 Beat novel, » Read More

San Francisco

Silicon Alleys: Homage to SJSU Athletes is More Than Sum of Its Parts

Some serious political tightrope-walking took place, right from the initial idea stage and through the fundraising process, then with the request for proposal, and all the way to the final unveiling in October of 2005. None of it was a piece of cake. Now, thanks to local gadfly and filmmaker Cotton Stevenson, a 20-minute documentary, STAND, includes original rare footage of the statue being created, as well as footage of Tommie Smith, John Carlos and Peter Norman speaking at the unveiling ceremony in 2005, an event this columnist attended. On Friday, Jan. 18, the San Jose Peace and Justice Center at 48 S. Seventh St. will screen the film at 7pm, followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker. » Read More

Advice Goddess: Do I Have a Valid Reason for Feeling Ignored?

If your girlfriend imagined what you'd be doing in her absence, it probably wasn't standing over the phone for 72 hours straight, willing it to ring. Chances are she isn't entirely tuned in to how insecure you are about her commitment to you. Also, wedding weekends these days tend to be packed with activities from breakfast to nightcap. So...there's an initial idea of how much alone time one would have, and then there's the actual free time between sleep, showering, and "Our ride's here! You can take your rollers out on the way to the church!" » Read More

Free Will Astrology: Week of January 16, 2019

In 1917, leaders of the Christian sect Jehovah's Witnesses prophesied that all earthly governments would soon disappear and Christianity would perish. In 1924, they predicted that the ancient Hebrew prophet Moses would be resurrected and speak to people everywhere over the radio. In 1938, they advised their followers not to get married or have children, because the end of civilization was nigh. In 1974, they said there was only a "short time remaining before the wicked world's end." I bring these failed predictions to your attention, Aries, so as to get you in the mood for my prediction, which is that all prophecies that have been made about your life up until now are as wrong as the Jehovah Witnesses' visions. In 2019, your life will be » Read More

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