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Fri Jun 23

As the host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah is one of the most recognizable faces on late night television. The South African-born comedian takes a break from the small screen and returns to the big stage in Saratoga this Friday.…

Fri Jun 23

Judging by the heat wave we're currently boiling through, it's clear that summer has arrived--and that's just fine with the guys from Katchafire. Hailing from Hamilton, New Zealand, the band has been pumping out sunny, roots-reggae…

Fri Jun 23-24

Gad Elmaleh is one of the biggest and most recognizable comedic talents in the world. Gad is currently at work on his new English-language comedy special, which he will shoot at Town Hall in New York City in November and will debut on…

Sat Jun 24

While its shiftless younger cousins, rock and hip-hop, rely on the impulsive tendencies of youth, blues is a genre that rewards mastery. From B.B. to John Lee, the best bluesmen only improve with age. Case in point: Rock and Roll Hall…

Sat Jun 24

They say pop music goes through cycles. After the austere and jangly sounds of the early Beatles and Beach Boys gave way to sprawling concept albums and glammed-up prog-rock opuses, punk rock burst onto the scene to bring things back…

Sat Jun 24

Do not miss out on San Jose's first Major League Quidditch match Saturday, June 24. Will San Francisco Argonauts or Phoenix Sol come out on top this season?

Sat Jun 24

The CA Summer Veg Fest is our fresh spin on creating a festival like experience where you can shop, play games, win prizes,and eat amazing food but do it all cruelty free. The focus of our event to craft a memorable experience by…

Sun Jun 25

For 15 years, Michael Light has documented American culture from above, pursuing themes of mapping, vertigo and human intervention from the cockpit of a 600 pound aircraft. When the San Francisco-based photographer is not thousands of…

Sun Jun 25

Wilcoxon's current series of boat paintings portrays a distinctively different mood. There is more darkness, more hurt, and a deep, but quiet kind of sadness. They are devoid of the humor that pervades her previous work. While she has…

Thru Jun 30

Gabriel Ibarra is a native of the bay area, he is presenting his photography of which is Architectural Historical Photograph. He started photographing in Alviso, when it was a quiet peaceful boat town. He proceeded to photograph in…

Thru Jul 16

"Son of a bitch, that hurt!" cries Melvin Ferd the Third, Tromaville's nerd-scientist turned unlikely hero, as he re-emerges from a vat of toxic waste in the most polluted town of New Jersey. Based on Lloyd Kaufman's cult film and…


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Music & Clubs

Andrew Bird Plays The Mountain Winery

STORYTELLER: A student of the Suzuki Method, violinist, singer and songwriter Andrew Bird has always associated music with language.

Although he is classically trained, virtuosic violinist and expert whistler Andrew Bird has never had much use for musical notation. “I just always saw the written note as an unnecessary middleman between me and the song,” says Bird. It makes sense. Bird was raised as a student of the Suzuki Method of musical… » Read More

Roxane Gay Speaks at Kepler’s Books

IDENTITY: Roxane Gay will talk about coming to terms with herself at Kepler's Books.

Feminist, author and college professor Roxane Gay is coming to Kepler’s to discuss her new book, Hunger. Despite a body of work that has set its sights on society as a whole—discussing pop culture, feminism and identity—her new work sees her turning that focus inward. Through her personal story she explores the… » Read More

Photography: ‘Planetary Landscape’

OUT THERE: Michael Light's photographic collection of ethereal black-and-white images blurs the line between Earth and deep space.

For 15 years, Michael Light has documented American culture from above, pursuing themes of mapping, vertigo and human intervention from the cockpit of a 600 pound aircraft. When the San Francisco-based photographer is not thousands of feet in the air, he’s a couple of fathoms below, capturing the aftermath of atomic tests… » Read More


Review: 'Monterey Pop'

Though years before Woodstock, the Monterey Pop Festival was just as important-it's just that the importance of a cultural event mathematically increases with its proximity to New York. Staged 50 years ago, this last weekend at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, the fest was preserved by the innovative documentary maker D.A. Pennebaker (Don't Look Back) and a team including Richard Leacock and Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter.) Back in a 4k restoration, the film now has a preamble. Pennebaker (now age 92) describes how John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas and Phillips' manager Lou Adler created a charitable nonprofit to get everyone working for scale. This, in Pennebaker's view, made Monterey a show among equals. The sound system was » Read More

Review: 'Transformers: The Last Knight'

Like a wealthy scrap merchant seeking a coat of arms, director Michael Bay hired Anthony Hopkins' integrity to fluff up the class of Transformers: The Last Knight. As Sir Edmund Burton, an earl with historical connections to the medieval roots of this Transformers business, Hopkins keeps a level voice with lines like: "Without sacrifice, there can be no victory... without leaders, chaos reigns." The speediest way down the path to madness is to try to synopsize a Michael Bay movie. It begins in King Arthur's day with a drunken Merlin-muttering dialogue that could be improved by any Renaissance Faire busker-unleashing a three-headed mega-Ghidrah to save Arthur's skin. The Arthurian scenes look more lavish and exciting than the recent King » Read More

The Arts

The Bad Grad

Since its release as a novel in 1963, followed shortly after by the classic 1967 film starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, The Graduate has been an important cultural point of reference. Nearly a half century later, it has been baked into the radioactive background of American life. Now it's the Palo Alto Players' turn to take a stab at the eminent coming-of-age comedy. The play opens on Benjamin Braddock sitting awkwardly on his bed. He's wearing a wet suit his father bought him and is dreading facing a sea of people downstairs-all there to celebrate his college graduation. Benjamin almost is prepared to escape his house and avoid the party entirely when a family friend-Mrs. Robinson-finds her way into his room while looking for a » Read More

Andy Woodhull Keeps It Personal

After graduating with a degree in geology and environmental science, comedian Andy Woodhull didn't particularly enjoy working in a lab for a company that sold clay. He wanted to do stand-up, but didn't realize the ladder-climbing that comes through open mics, then second-billed sets at comedy clubs. "I used to think you were just being funny in a restaurant one day and show business would come and say, 'You're the next Jerry Seinfeld,'" he says. In 2005, he discovered the scene in Chicago and eventually worked up the courage to quit his job and start touring in 2008. He basically hasn't stopped doing it since, working about 45 weeks of the year. At first, he focused on writing riffs on topics like frozen pizza, aiming for Seinfeld-esque » Read More

Toxie Gets His Revenge

San Jose Stage Company's newest summer musical is a campy, crude and surreal romance set in the concrete swamps of The Garden State. Written by Joe DiPietro, The Toxic Avenger, is a musical adapted from the 1984 film of the same name. Originally released to a quiet response, the production's clever writing and obsessive fans helped propel this bloody B-movie into cult classic status, spawning a litany of adaptations. Now taken on by San Jose Stage Company, The Toxic Avenger opens to a spare stage, punctuated by barrels overflowing with radioactive green waste behind a large screen filled with a pixelated image of a trash heap-all the comfortable trappings of a toxic dump. The set shares the stage with a live band. The players sit to the » Read More

Features & Columns

Nomadic Recycle Bookstore Reaches Unlikely 50th Anniversary

For the last 19 years, proprietor Eric Johnson has owned and operated the store, but when Joan and Pat Hayes first started the original business in 1967, they probably had no idea it would still exist 50 years later. Initially opening on South First Street, Recycle then moved to a location on San Fernando, where it became known for a distinguished and legendary basement. Old-timers still talk about that basement. Following the San Fernando location, the store eventually settled on Santa Clara Street for about 20 years, in the building now occupied by 2nd Story Bakeshop and Hibiscus Studio. By 1998, the store had begun to stagnate. The stock wasn't rotating like it used to and Joan Hayes began looking for a new buyer. Johnson took over the » Read More

Advice Goddess: Honesty Really the Best Policy?

Though it's hard to deny the existence of a 24-ton object hurtling toward us, seeing things accurately is not always the first order of the human perceptual system. In fact, evolutionary psychologist Martie Haselton explains that we seem to have evolved to make the least costly perceptual error in a situation-a subconscious calculation that sometimes leads to our over-perceiving or under-perceiving risks or opportunities. For example, in the physical risk domain, we are predisposed to over-perceive that stick in the rustling leaves as a snake because it's far more costly to die from a snake bite than to "die" of embarrassment when our peeps mock us for jumping out of our skin at a sinister-looking twig. » Read More

Free Will Astrology: Week of June 21, 2017

There are places in the oceans where the sea floor cracks open and spreads apart from volcanic activity. This allows geothermally heated water to vent out from deep inside the earth. Scientists explored such a place in the otherwise frigid waters around Antarctica. They were elated to find a "riot of life" living there, including previously unknown species of crabs, starfish, sea anemones, and barnacles. Judging from the astrological omens, Aries, I suspect that you will soon enjoy a metaphorically comparable eruption of warm vitality from the unfathomable depths. Will you welcome and make use of these raw blessings even if they are unfamiliar and odd? » Read More

SiliGone Valley Podcast Documents Region's Disappearing History

Christopher Garcia is Silicon Valley's high-tech laureate of loss. Everything from his youth is being destroyed by progress in the valley, so he decided to start talking to other people about their losses as well. To a degree, Garcia is already a rogue historian of Silicon Valley's vanishing past. By day he works as a curator at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. On the side, he podcasts about wrestling history and art history. But like many valley natives of his generation, Garcia began to realize that most of the memorable places and buildings from his youth have disappeared. So it was time for another podcast. One aptly titled SiliGone Valley. For example, Garcia's birthplace, the old Kaiser Hospital in Santa Clara, was » Read More

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