Review: 'Five Oscar-Nominated Shorts'

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In honor of Earth Day and the paving of the Guadalupe River Trail to Alviso there will be a 1k, 5k and 10k run. After the run there will be a Guadalupe Gardens festival, trail ribbon cutting.People can enjoy bird watching or bring…

As the founding fathers of heavy metal and stoner metal, Black Sabbath bid adieu to a long and intoxicated career, On their forthcoming The End tour, consider it your duty to witness the mold from which the genre was cast. Clean and…

The all-new Dancing With The Stars: Live! tour will feature a cast of the television show's most popular competitors, treating audiences to exciting and romantic performances. Dancing with the Stars dancers will choreograph brand new…

Current and future college students, as well as their parents, are invited to the Foothill College Cash for College workshop Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Building 8100 at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. Admission…

Come explore the art of storytelling. NUMU will host a monthly gathering celebrating the oral tradition of storytelling. Led by experienced members of the Storytelling Association of California (SAC), participants, from novice to…

Come explore the art of storytelling. NUMU will host a monthly gathering celebrating the oral tradition of storytelling. Led by experienced members of the Storytelling Association of California (SAC), participants, from novice to…

Marc D'Estout: Open Investigation aims to explore the artist's process and decipher the enigmas in D'Estout's minimalist sculpture. While engaging subconscious surrealist imagery, his sculptures often reveal humor or uncanny…

End Valentines with nine RnB acts in one concert. Artists Scheduled to appear: Vanilla Ice, Sir Mix-a-lot, Jody Watley, Color Me Badd, The Jets, Tone Loc, Shock G/Digital Underground. Featuring Humpty Hump and DJ Fuze, Rob Base, Young…

The Continental presents a live performance at Spectrum by Tortured Soul (New York City), Spectrum Residents, Julius Papp & Friends. $15 Presale Tickets / $20 Day of Show.

We at Studio Bongiorno push the boundaries and shine light on this dark subject as it is a taboo in society and a delicate area many fear to tread. At its core it has been shown that people that learn to understand death is a random…

Now the largest Interactive Murder Mystery Comedy Dinner Show in the United States, The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show was voted "Best Dinner Show" in Los Angeles and Denver four years running. Having worked in the…

We invite you to experience a unique evening of painting with animal encounters, appetizers, wine and beer and all the supplies you need for a two-hour painting session with our talented artist and host.

City Lights Theater Company presents "Tigers Be Still" by Kim Rosenstock, a writer/producer from TV's New Girl. When you're stuck in a rut, it's time to do something. Anything. In this comedy about depression, Sherry Wickman has…

During the month of February, Hotel Valencia is featuring: Decadent chocolate fondue for two accompanied with sparkling wine, $20 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. * Available at Citrus and Terrace. For more information call…

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Music & Clubs

Inside the Super Bowl 50’s most exclusive party

Comedian Jay Leno and former 49ers quarterback Joe Montana at the Big Game Give fundraiser. Photos:   Drew Altizer.

Saturday night’s Super Bowl 50 parties throughout the Bay Area featured an eclectic mix of celebrities and musicians—Lil’ Wayne appeared at Maxim’s bash at Treasure Island; Cuba Gooding Jr., lead actor in the new television miniseries, The People v. O.J. Simpson,  showed up at Playboy’s party in San Francisco on Friday. But one… » Read More

SoCal’s Rival Sons Craft Rollicking, Bluesy Music

Old & New: SoCal rockers Rivals Sons craft rollicking, 
bluesy stomp by channeling Zeppelin, Jack White.

It’s early afternoon and Rival Sons guitarist Scott Holiday is calling from a hotel room in Winnipeg—or “Winterpeg” as locals call it. “It’s even too cold for Canadians here,” the lifelong Southern Californian jokes. It’s amazing what sun worshippers will put up with if it means their band gets to support Black… » Read More

Kid Koala’s Brings ‘Nufonia Must Fall’ to Stanford

Soft Machine: In ‘Nufonia Must Fall,’ a story by Canadian DJ Kid Koala, a robot faces his 
own obsolescence while attempting to pen a love song for the woman he loves.

When Kid Koala began work on what would ultimately become Nufonia Must Fall—a “silent graphic novel” about a robot attempting to write a love song for the human woman of his dreams—the most advanced hipsters were still wielding flip phones, calling was more common than texting and WiFi wasn’t yet commonplace. Fast-forward to… » Read More

Movies

Review: 'Five Oscar-Nominated Shorts'

Four out of five of the Academy Award nominees for best short documentary have real stature. The fifth is the HBO Films-produced Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah by Adam Benzine. It's a middling account of the prickly director of Shoah—a nearly 10-hour documentary about the Holocaust—which would be better suited as a bonus feature in a Blu-Ray re-release. One always bets on the Holocaust when filling out an Oscar pool; if this wins, it will overshadow four far more worthy choices. Courtney Marsh's Chau: Beyond the Lines is the result of eight years spent with an inmate of a Vietnamese rural hospital full of grievous terata cases, many deformed beyond imagination. The birth defects were caused by America's "Operation Ranch Hand," » Read More

Review: '50 Shades of Black'

It's a movie you wanted attacked, and with a good angle of attack, too—50 Shades of Grey was rather beige. 50 Shades of Black has a white element to its presentation; director Michael Tiddes' film includes a lot more on-screen speculation about what an African American audience might want to see, as opposed to just showing them. As the adventures of Daffy Duck prove, there's nothing like seeing a sitting mallard get blasted with both barrels. Marlon Wayans (ingratiatingly wimpy) and Kali Hawk (with bangs and clumsy sweater) act out the Beauty and the Beast rituals of "Christian Black" and "Hannah Steele." As her roommate is ill, dowdy Hannah has to go interview the Seattle plutocrat. (Sample question: "You have mad stacks of cash. How » Read More

The Arts

Anno Domini's Quartet for the End of Time

Composer Olivier Messiaen wrote and premiered his Quartet for the End of Time as a war prisoner inside Stalag VIII-A, near Gorlitz, Germany, in what's now Poland. Rather than attempting escape, Messiaen devoted all his spare energy to the piece-playing piano and enlisting other POWs to play clarinet, violin and cello. The work debuted in January 1941. Many experts situate the quartet near the top of 20th-century chamber music, not only for the catastrophic circumstances surrounding its inception, but also for Messiaen's reverent Catholic faith, his use of medieval modes and Hindu rhythmic cycles, and his disregard for all sense of linear time. While other musicians in the camp plotted to escape, Messiaen chose to stay and write music in » Read More

'Marc D'Estout: Open Investigation'

Two sculptures by Marc D'Estout, Muse and Abused Muse, appear to complement each other. Both are made from fabricated steel and both are mockeries of Mickey Mouse hats. Together they constitute an unabashed ridicule of every way in which Disney has infected the youth of America. The shiny silver-colored Muse is nickel plated and appears to be upside-down. If one bashed on Muse as a musical instrument, the sculpture might sound like some crazed Tibetan singing bowl turned industrial. In fact, the piece already looks like someone playfully bent Mickey's ears in the wrong direction. Abused Muse, on the other hand, is not shiny. It doesn't have the nickel plating. The ears hang down, as if someone yanked on them. » Read More

Features & Columns

The Dodgy Politics Behind the Stadium Deal

Julio Fuentes lost his cool during the holiday break. While other city officials were off for vacation, and fewer still went through the motions at work in the closing days of 2015, the city manager of Santa Clara threw a tantrum. He cleaned off his desk and stripped his office's walls of photos, according to sources at City Hall, and a paper shredder's gears could be heard in the long corridor that bisects the municipal headquarter’s east wing. These were not the actions of a man getting a jump on his spring cleaning as much as an outburst by the city's highest paid employee. He was letting his colleagues know that he'd had it. In October, the City Council authorized a pay increase for the city attorney, but not for Fuentes, who in the » Read More

San Jose's Irish Assassin Pre-Dates Sister City Connection

San Jose's connection to Dublin is quite a rocking story, going back to the administration of former mayor Tom McEnery during the '80s. Soon after becoming mayor, McEnery lobbied the city of Dublin to become one of San Jose's sister cities, but no one in Ireland had heard of San Jose. The task proved daunting. Eventually, McEnery rang up Tim Pat Coogan, a legendary Irish journalist, historian and author of numerous books. Coogan relayed McEnery's request to Charles Haughey, then the Irish Taoiseach (pronounced tee-shook). From there, the proverbial ball began to roll and in 1986 the sister city relationship went legit. Silicon Valley companies eventually opened up shop in Ireland, exchanges were forged, and to this day the relationship is » Read More

How Satan Became the New Face of Secularism

Sunday evening, the Lord's Day, at Flames: a few lost souls wander around the San Jose diner trying to find a ruck of Satanists. They're late, sidetracked by a bunch of leather-vested bikers who rented the banquet room for a holiday party. After a couple wrong turns and awkward exchanges, the stragglers arrive. One of them, a young man-crimson hoodie, red hair, flushed cheeks-sidles into a seat and lets out a relieved sigh. 'Who else thought those bikers were Satanists?" he asks. "I thought Satanists wore black.' Jedidiah Schadenfreude, a dyed-in-the-wool Satanist whose burly build occasionally gets him mistaken for a Hell's Angel, chuckles. » Read More

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