Silicon Valley Comedy Scene Boosted by Open Mic Nights

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On the heels of the announcement that a label in Spain will be releasing a vinyl compilation of 12 of his songs, local indie rocker David Brookings and his band, The Average Lookings, are ready to celebrate. Brookings released his…

Like yoga? Love beer? Dig upbeat music with a live DJ? You're in the right place! Get ready for the next awesome Downward Drinking Dog Yoga + Beer event! We host 1 hour of all-levels vinyasa yoga right next to the brew tanks. This…

Never been to Happy Hollow Park and Zoo? Well, now is the time! Enjoy a day full of rides, entertainment, animal meet and greets, fun and more during our 1/2 price off admission day.

Can UC Davis do for the coffee industry what it's done for the wine industry? Ristenpart is head of the Coffee Center-the first multidisciplinary university research center in the world devoted to post-harvest studies of coffee and…

Wednesday, February 22nd the Improv in San Jose, CA is proud to present The Pump and Dump "Band of Mothers" national tour. After three sold-out national tours, The Pump and Dump Show is back by popular demand with their notorious…

GA $15 advance, $20 door. Sultry and fun, modern yet timeless, Reva DeVito offers up a diverse array of music with a soulful backbone. This Portland, Oregon songstress pours heart not only into her studio sessions, recording with…

GA $20 advance, $25 door. The San Jose Jazz Summer Fest All Star Big Band is a collaboration between trumpeter Niel Livonius, saxophonist Fil Lorenz and trombonist/local brewer Dan Gordon. Founded eight years ago, it features an…

GA $25 advance, $30 door. True to its name, the International String Trio has honed an expansive repertoire embracing nearly a dozen styles from far-flung lands. Employing their instruments as passports, the adventurous triumvirate…

GA $30 advance, $35 door. Philadelphia-born Wallace Roney began playing the trumpet at age six. As a child prodigy, by the age of 12 Wallace became the youngest member of the Philadelphia brass ensemble, which was comprised of members…

Featuring towering feats of strength, high-flying aerialists, expert jugglers, eye-popping puppets and one truly twisted contortionist, Cirque du Soleil's "Luzia" is an equatorial fever dream--a true testament to the human spirit.

A continuation of Palo Alto Art Center's 45th anniversary celebration, "Spectral Hues" harkens back to one of the center's very first group shows. This exhibition will showcase a diverse selection of work by Bay Area artists who are…


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Music & Clubs

SJZ Winter Fest Returns With Eclectic Lineup

FRESH FACES: Rising alt-R&B singer Reva DeVito has worked with a number of hot left-field producers, including Kaytranada and Com Truise.

Starting this week, San Jose Jazz Winter Fest returns with three weekends of great jazz, both old and new. With shows scheduled in downtown San Jose and in Palo Alto, the annual celebration has its sights set on bringing all of Silicon Valley into the fold. As is the case with all… » Read More

Hit List: Best Music, Art & Culture Feb 15-21

SLICK & DIRTY: The Growlers bring their new Julian Casablancas spit-shined sound to The Catalyst.

Featuring towering feats of strength, high-flying aerialists, expert jugglers, eye-popping puppets and one truly twisted contortionist, Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring production, Luzia, earned riotous applause during its lively preview night in San Jose. In these politically charged times, Luzia┬áserves as a reminder that we all turn beneath the same star, and… » Read More

Review: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Luzia’ in San Jose

FLOATING FREE: Monarch butterflies figure heavily into the plot of 'Luzia' by Cirque du Soleil.

Featuring towering feats of strength, high-flying aerialists, expert jugglers, eye-popping puppets and one truly twisted contortionist, Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring production, Luzia, earned riotous applause during its lively preview night in San Jose. A portmanteau of the Spanish words for sun and rain—“luz” and “lluvia”—Luzia is a colorful homage to Mexico.… » Read More


Review: 'I Am Not Your Negro'

Raoul Peck's tremendous documentary I Am Not Your Negro shows great intelligence and relevance. Rather than a rehash of the 1960s struggle, it's a demonstration that the struggle never ended. The subject is James Baldwin, and an unfinished manuscript. Baldwin never got farther than 30 pages into his study of three lives in the civil rights movement. All three of the leaders were under the age of 40 when they were martyred: Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers and Malcolm X. What's more, all three were Baldwin's friends. Which didn't mean that he agreed with their methods, any more than the three agreed with each other. » Read More

Review: 'Lego Batman Movie'

There's bound to be someone-mom?-who prefers a Batman movie in which our hero learns the importance of family life and sharing. How can such a sharing, caring Dark Knight resonate with the adolescent, who prefers brooding, hiding in solitude and watching everyone from a point of concealment? Fortunately, the makers of The Lego Batman Movie realize they are dealing with a figure who is a kaleidoscope of personas-a Batman for all seasons. This version of the Caped Crusader has had his head turned by success. He does victory laps in the Batmobile, and fires a T-shirt cannon of souvenir Batshirts at the orphanage. During a quick visit there, he acquires an adopted son, Dick Grayson (Michael Cera), in an absence of mind. » Read More

The Arts

Tara Donovan: Playing Her Cards Right

Stepping inside Tara Donovan's exhibit at Pace Gallery in downtown Palo Alto, is like entering a minimalist's idea of heaven. Whiteness makes its presence felt. Or inversely, if you prefer, color is entirely absent. The artwork, separated into three categories, maintains an orderly sense of Nordic design. Large framed pieces reflecting faint patterns and gradients against clean hardwood floors. The eye, used to overstimulation, will need a minute to settle into this display of starkness. But once it does, the process of engagement is like glimpsing the underbelly of an osprey against a winter sky. What Donovan leaves out of her work is not accidental. » Read More

'Chafismo' Show Explores Nature of Art

Crudely simplified, the Chicano Art Movement advanced the aesthetic of rasquachismo, a defiant and inventive use of whatever lowbrow components one has on hand. It isn't just cheap stuff for the sake of cheap stuff. There is a method of communication-something along the lines of: "This is all we got, so we're going to use it." Translation: If one doesn't have $1,000 for a deluxe convertible easel, one can plant cacti on the border between Tijuana and San Ysidro and carve them into Easter Island-style head profiles before transporting them to art-gallery pedestals, just to ridicule the highbrow colonization of the desert. That said, at WORKS/San Jose, two cacti plants emerge from wooden pedestals colored with rainbow graffiti. It's all part » Read More

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

The San Jose Stage Company has truly outdone itself with its latest production, Disgraced. This 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winner is a must see. Prepare to be shaken. Penned by Pakistani-American playwright Ayad Akhtar, Disgraced opens on a expansive, luxurious upper East Side apartment. An Arabic coffee pot sits on the coffee table and a statue of Shiva sits next to the door-offering a slight foreshadowing of things to come. Emily, played by Allison F. Rich, is trying to sketch a portrait of her husband, Amir, played by Damien Seperi. She is white and he is of Pakistani descent, but as their conversation about painting gives way to talk about a racist encounter a few days before, it is hard to tell who is on what side. Emily is genuine and » Read More

Features & Columns

Silicon Valley Comedy Scene Boosted by Open Mic Nights

Frankie Marcos' standup debut was a bomb not of his making. His co-worker, a chef, had told him it was open mic night at a bar in San Francisco. Marcos, like many beginners, decided to give it a shot because he had a rep as the funny guy at work. Why not try standup? He arrived at the bar anxious and proceeded to get buzzed. Just before his set was scheduled to start, Marcos looked around and realized there wasn't much of an audience and not a microphone to be seen. He asked his co-worker what was going on. "It's just you," the chef replied, turning to the entire bar to announce: "All right! It's time for some comedy!" » Read More

Power to the Pupil

This week I come to you from Terminal B, Gate 18, in the Power Suite. It is here, at Mineta San Jose International Airport, where 26 works of art by local high school students are now on display for those who can make it past security. The Power Suite is a 2,500-square-foot hold-room of sorts, seating about 100 passengers, a place where domestic and international travelers can plug in their devices at numerous spaces. But now, thanks to "Artspiration," a movement developed by administrators, teachers, parents, artists and community leaders to finally re-introduce the arts into teenagers' educational lives, the Power Suite has come to life via the artwork of 26 high school students from across the valley. The pieces are split between » Read More

Bay Area Wedding Singers Share Their Secrets

From truck drivers to X-ray diagnosticians, automation threatens millions of American jobs. We have traded face-to-face, human interactions for economic efficiency in almost all fields. But some things must remain sacred-and funky. While DJs and (shudder) playlists further encroach upon the most hallowed day in many romantic relationships-the wedding day-a relic from the past has maintained a unique nuptial niche. We're talking, of course, about wedding singers. Today's incarnations are nothing like Adam Sandler's crass burnout. They vary from traditionalists to award-winning singer-songwriters to gaudy '80s cover bands, but the very best perform a range that rivals any DJ-but with more oomph than could ever be extracted from a canned set. » Read More

San Jose's Little Italy Has Big New Plans

Wine, pizza, soccer and abandoned bakeries just go together in Little Italy. That's why several folks have conspired for years to transform one of San Jose's original 19th century Italian neighborhoods into a miniature Little Italy of the current day. Not much exists yet, but thanks to the efforts of a whole lot of Italian-Americans, some rip-roaring progress is starting to happen. The original Italian neighborhood is now the stretch of St. John Street just west of the hideous Highway 87 overpass, right where Henry's Hi-Life now sits. As recently as 100 years ago this was the intersection of San Augustine and Pleasant streets. » Read More

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