All Ages: No Venues

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Fri Jan 12

Tonee Hayes--better known by his regal stage name, Nef the Pharaoh--is making a major mark on the Bay Area's hip-hop scene. The young Vallejo rapper has been melding the hyphy influences of his youth with a decidedly modern sound…

Fri Jan 12

This past summer, an explosive collaboration between rapper Lil Jon and hardstyle trap duo Skellism merged EDM and punk rock. Titled "In the Pit," the track implores partiers to "act a goddamn fool" and erupt into a mosh pit. In a way…

Sat Jan 13

When it comes to what was known in the rock era as "adult" music, there exists a pantheon of vocalists who enjoyed both critical success and staggering commercial achievements. British pop singer Engelbert Humperdinck is among the few…

Sun Jan 14

David Bacon has spent over 30 years documenting the lives of field workers building on his previous work as a union organizer. His photographs, now on display in the exhibition at History San Jose, In the Fields of the North /En los…

Sun Jan 14

The Harlem Globetrotters have been making history for decades. What began as a premier attraction at New York's iconic Savoy Ballroom in the '20s has grown into a nationally recognized entertainment force, whose triad of sport,…

Sun Jan 14

The Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live, interactive murder mystery dinner shows in San Jose and surrounding areas throughout Northern California. Join us for a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food in…

Mon Jan 15

Watch all of the games on 40+ screens! Food & Drink Specials All Day Monday. $2 off any mule, $25 pitchers of Ketel One mule on tap, $16 Stella pitchers, $1 off craft beers, $4 off any large pizza.

Tue Jan 16

Have you seen curling in the Olympics? Does it look like a blast? Have you wanted to try it? If you answer "Yes!" to any of these questions, come to a Learn to Curl session and get swept up in curling!

Thru Jan 19

Viewpoints Gallery presents "Sunflowers" a group exhibition featuring works depicting sunflowers by each of the 14 artists at Viewpoints Gallery. This exhibition highlights the many unique styles of the Viewpoints artists. Each artist…

Thru Jan 21

Every woman knows it's coming. For some, "the change" is a terrifying point of no return; for others, its a welcome trade-off. With a half-dozen parody songs of classic tunes from the '60s to the '80s, Menopause the Musical confronts…

Thru Jan 28

Gallery 9's first Featured Artist of 2018 is Cecilia Mases. A new member at Gallery 9, this is Mases' first solo exhibit in Los Altos. Dancing Clouds features dramatic skies, stormy waters and lots of clouds. No sky, ocean or sunset…


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Music & Clubs

‘Alabama Story’ at City Lights Theatre

BLACK & WHITE: A librarian attempts to introduce a book promoting racial tolerance in the segregated south in 'Alabama Story.'

On the cusp of the 1960s, America’s civil rights movement had only just begun. While it’s clear—even in 2018—how far we still have to go, Kenneth Jones’ Alabama Story gives us a glimpse of how far we’ve come. The story follows librarian Emily Wheelock Reed as she champions Garth Williams’ controversial children’s… » Read More

We Need More Heroes Like You


I was there when the fellow on the power wheelchair was hit in Japantown. The only skill I had at my disposal was the ability to call 9-1-1. While I answered a seemingly endless string of questions from the dispatcher, you went over to help the man. You calmly persuaded him not… » Read More

Pear Theatre: ‘The Road to Mecca’

SPIRITUAL AWAKENING: A South African widow who finds herself at a crossroads in 'The Road to Mecca.'

Penned by Athol Fugard, The Road To Mecca follows the story of Miss Helen, a South African widow who finds herself at a crossroads. Harboring an unconventional artistic ability, she must choose between the advice of an old friend to conform to society and the urges of a younger one to follow… » Read More


Review: 'The Phantom Thread'

The antagonist, Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis), is a real stick insect, the kind of arrogant, solitary man they used to call "a confirmed bachelor." He's a celebrated designer who lives with his formidable sister Cyril (Lesley Manville); her main attribute is a pair of half-glasses that she stares through at her social inferiors. In Shakespeare's phrase, the springe [trap] to catch this Woodcock is a waitress of mysterious Germanic heritage, whom he encounters one morning at a seaside cafe. Charmingly clumsy and with an uncontrollable blush, Alma (the Luxembourger actress Vicky Krieps) notes down Reynolds' immense breakfast order. Then she gives up her requested phone number, dedicating the note "to my hungry boy." » Read More

Review: 'Molly's Game'

Recalling the dude's habit of lying on the floor and listening to recordings of bowling tournaments, one wonders if Jeff Lebowski would be a fan of Aaron Sorkin scripts. Debuting as director in Molly's Game, the eminent screenwriter (Moneyball, etc.) uses Oliver Stone-and Martin Scorsese-style visual overload to accompany all the endless proactive talk, talk and more talk. It's reminiscent of the bowling ball's long rumbling prelude and inevitable crash into a pyramid of meticulously arranged pins. Jessica Chastain plays Molly Bloom. It sounds awfully like a pseudonym (who names their daughter after the most famous masturbator in English lit?), yet the movie assures us it's on the level. » Read More

The Arts

Review: 'Menopause: The Musical'

It's criminal how well-served the male menopausal audience is. There is not, nor does there need to be, Male Menopause: The Musical; there is no market for nightshirts reading "Keep Calm and Think About Your Hedge Fund." And such an audience would need no $1 souvenir fans to ward off hot flashes. Men over 50 never ever feel that hot, anyway. The Jeanie Linders-written musical debuted in Orlando, Florida, in 2001--about the same time the Backstreet Boys were running amok--and it's survived, complete with merch in the form of CDs, nightshirts riffing on hot flashes and lots of chocolate. It's currently in a perpetual Vegas run, but wherever it plays, moms and daughters meet: the former come to celebrate the power of life apres-estrogen, the » Read More

SJ Quilt Museum Covers the World

Like so many Americans in the '60s, Paul J. Smith yearned to see a world outside of his own. Luckily for him, traveling was a part of his trade. When he became the director of New York's Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in 1963, Smith embarked on a series of journeys around the globe, amassing a range of ethnographic textiles from Asia, Africa and Central and South America. It's all been tucked away in in storage for years--until now. For the first time in his career, Smith will be sharing a portion of his personal collection at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles (SJMQT). » Read More

Silicon Valley's Unique History

Ask Michael Schwarz about the origin of Silicon Valley and he won't point to the microprocessor industry or the hippie movement. Both were essential to shaping the region, to be sure. But if there is one event that marks the beginning of it all, it just might be the advent of the moving picture. It was, after all, Leland Stanford who commissioned Eadweard Muybridge to photograph his horses on the farmland that would ultimately become Stanford University--the valley's de-facto feeder school. At the time, Stanford wasn't in it to kick-start a technological revolution. He just wanted to know if all the hooves of his ponies came off the ground at the same time. » Read More

Features & Columns

Exploring the Cultural Geography of San Jose's East Side

From the King Road side of Mexican Heritage Plaza, I look west down a side street and see the top of the Fairmont Hotel in the distance. I can also see the Marriott. This is how close East San Jose is to downtown. Geographically challenged people often think of the East Side as "out there" when it really isn't. Even worse, those who live throughout the rest of San Jose, many of whom haven't ventured east of 10th Street, mistake East San Jo for some guerrilla warfare barrio riddled with undesirables. "This is not the set of Colors, the movie," says Tamara Alvarado, executive director of the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza, as we walk south down King Road toward San Antonio Street. "If you go up into the hills, it's » Read More

Advice Goddess: I'm Still Not Sure Why He Dumped Me

This psychological spin cycle we go into is called "the Zeigarnik effect," after Russian psychiatrist Bluma Zeigarnik. In the 1920s, Zeigarnik observed that waiters at a busy Vienna restaurant were pretty remarkable at remembering food orders they had taken but had yet to deliver. However, once they'd brought the food to the patrons, they had little memory of what the orders were. Zeigarnik's research suggests that the mind remains in a "state of tension" until we complete whatever we've left incomplete. » Read More

Free Will Astrology: Week of January 17, 2018

Many American women did not have the right to vote until Aug. 18, 1920. On that day, the Tennessee General Assembly became the 36th state legislature to approve the 19th Amendment, thus sealing the legal requirements to change the U.S. Constitution and ensure women's suffrage. The ballot in Tennessee was close. At the last minute, 24-year-old legislator Harry T. Burns changed his mind from no to yes, thanks to a letter from his mother, who asked him to "be a good boy" and vote in favor. I suspect that in the coming weeks, Aries, you will be in a pivotal position not unlike Burns'. Your decision could affect more people than you know. Be a good boy or good girl. » Read More

Trip to Irish Capital Spurs Ideas for San Jose

International travel tends to create a heightened sense of awareness, often leading to a productive reassessment of one's own landscape. In regards to Dublin, Ireland, one of San Jose's sister cities, a recent infiltration around New Year's conjured up cosmic comparisons to San Jose, one after the other. First of all, Dublin is home to the rock band U2, where singer Bono and guitarist The Edge bought The Clarence Hotel about 25 years ago, fully restoring the historic property to iconic status in the Dublin landscape. On New Year's Eve, Bono's son gigged in the bar next door, and afterward, the whole family along with lifelong friends went up to the penthouse and partied until the wee morning hours. I missed the episode by a few hours, but » Read More

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