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Enjoy live music and a truly spectacular performance by the hit group Pink Martini featuring lead singer China Forbes. Forbed brings an impressive vocal history to the group having sung in 12 languages and duets with famous partners…

Silicon Valley's tech industry is known for its world-leading innovation, precision engineering and sleek, streamlined design aesthetic. Similarly, San Jose tech metal quintet Enigma are known for their boundary-pushing brutality,…

Haute couture, Edith Piaf and jett-setting. Three words that describe Pink Martini's sparkling, '60s worldwide orchestral sound. Their latest effort-- Je Dis Qui!, released Nov. 18-- is full of bubbly and cheerful charisma. Cobbling…

Jake Shimabukuro first picked up a ukulele when he was only four years old. Since then the he has toured, this time returning to the Bing with his unique jazzy, funk style.

San Jose Jazz presents a "Holiday Concert Series" which will feature a lineup of internationally renowned and local emerging artists including the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, SJZ High School All Stars Big Band conducted by Grammy…

A gory fun-fest by the creator of "SUPER VILLAIN!!." A radical departure from the standard Christmas fare, "GEEKS VS. ZOMBIES" is the story of four geeks who survive the zombie apocalypse due to their video game skills and…

The age old tale gets a stunning reimagining by Bob Rumsby and the cast over at San Jose Youth Shakespeare. The play is recommended for families with young children who are ready to capture the holiday spirit.

Great America joins the holiday spirit with ice skating and Christmas decorations. Guest will not only be able to enjoy 20 iconic rides but they can visit Santa's workshop and taste delicious holiday treats.

Fantasy of Lights is a 1.5 mile drive through holiday lights and a display entertainment extravaganza for the whole family. Now in its 18th season, Fantasy of Lights continues to be the premier holiday lights spectacular in Northern…

With the holidays quickly approaching, ice skating returns to the heart of downtown and Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Set amid a circle of 32 palm trees and twinkling lights enjoy a festive night with the family and loved ones as you glide…


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Hit List: Best Music, Art & Culture Dec 7-13

HO HO HUNG: Horrorcore pioneer Brotha Lynch Hung is coming to BackBar SoFa.

The sound of hoofbeats on the roof may be a welcome sign of Santa, but you’d better hope that those aren’t the steel toe boots of Brotha Lynch Hung. The legendary horrorcore pioneer brings his grimy rhymes to BackBar SoFa this week. If tales of disembowelment and cannibalism aren’t your thing, perhaps… » Read More

R.I.P. Johnny V’s: Downtown SJ Bar Closes Doors

ADIOS: Johnny V's is closing its doors. Photo by Alex Stover.

Multiple sources are reporting that downtown San Jose dive bar and music venue Johnny V’s is closing its doors permanently.¬†The news came¬†abruptly on Wednesday, Dec. 7. It appears that all live shows scheduled at the venue will not go forward. “Well folks, It’s official. Johnny V’s is closed as of today,” Benjamin… » Read More

Benefit Concert for Oakland Ghost Ship Fire

GHOST ORCHESTRA: A symphony performs inside The Ghost Ship. (Photo:

Roger Springall awoke this past Saturday to a missed call and strange voicemail, logged at 2:49am, from an unknown number. He was alarmed. He’d already learned of the deadly warehouse party fire in Oakland, which killed 36 late Friday night. “I have a 25-year-old son who lives in Oakland,” Springall says. His… » Read More


Review: 'Manchester By The Sea'

Affleck's Lee has sentenced himself to a cell-like basement apartment in Quincy, Massachusetts. He's the handyman at a homely complex of brick apartments. Even a menial job can be lightened by human contact, but Lee resists conversations. A cute tenant (Quincy Tyler Bernstine) confesses her crush on Lee to a friend on the phone, not realizing Lee is in earshot. He doesn't respond. Ultimately this handyman is forced by an unexpected death to return to the small coastal town that he left in disgrace years before. Due to a surprise in his brother's will, Lee has been saddled with the guardianship of the 16-year-old nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges) whom Lee hasn't really seen in a decade or so. » Read More

Review: 'Loving'

After the election, the internet was full of evidence of the contempt liberal city dwellers had for the country. The charges included Southern stereotypes in the popular media: Joe Dirt, Hee Haw, Deliverance, and so forth. A longtime moviegoer might counter with a much longer roster of films about green fields, fat chickens and honest, plain-spoken people... the cherished heartland as we see it in the movies. The remarkable Loving by Arkansas-born, North Carolina-educated Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter, Midnight Special) is an example of the highest and the best stix-flix, as Variety once put it. It's about the Loving v. Virginia, the case that overruled the last state law against interracial marriage. » Read More

The Arts

Review: 'Calendar Girls'

Brassieres fly and guts bust in City Lights Theater Company's hilarious new production of Calendar Girls. Based on the 2003 hit movie by Tim Firth-the play (also written by Firth) has, since its 2008 premier, run continuously on London's West End, spawning clones around the world. Now for its holiday schedule, City Lights has taken up Calendar Girls to hilarious effect. In case you are one of the four people who haven't seen the movie, here's a quick plot synopsis: The play opens in the village of Knapely, Yorkshire, at a Women's Institute meeting in a church hall. A group of ladies are practicing tai chi to another's church hymn accompaniment. The sight is both strange and silly, setting the tone for the rest of the play. » Read More

Good Dogs, Great Art

It's often the smallest acts of kindness that have the greatest impact. Take for example, the Frida & Friends Blanket Drive and Art Auction, hosted by Jai Tanju and his wife, Blanche Gonzalez, of Seeing Things Gallery. What started as a small-basically private-fundraiser for blanket donations to the San Jose Animal Care Center, has grown into a multifaceted art auction and benefit over the last nine years. This year's event will bring together artists and animal lovers from all over the world for a single purpose: to help animals in need. » Read More

Dark Impressions By Dutch Printmakers

At the beginning of the year, the river that runs through the town freezes over. People skate across the ice or push their friends in toboggans. The January sky is dotted with black birds in flight. Barren limbed trees bend in the wind. One woman with a high starched collar warms her hands in a muff. She alone stares directly into the eyes of the artist Jan van de Velde II, the most arresting character in his series of prints The Twelve Months 1616. You'll find her In a small dimly lit upstairs gallery at the Cantor Arts Center. The exhibition The Wonder of Everyday LIfe: Dutch Golden Age Prints is an intimate celebration of 17th century Dutch artistry. Rembrandt van Rijn is the star player here. » Read More

Features & Columns

Irish Revolutionary, Hired Gun Receives 100-Year Memorial

About two dozen people recently gathered at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery to stage a memorial for Irish revolutionary and legend Michael "Mick" McDonnell. Nearly 100 years ago, McDonnell was the first leader of "The Squad," a.k.a. "The Twelve Apostles," the assassination unit employed by Michael Collins during the Irish War of Independence. » Read More

Metro's 2016 Give Guide: Gifts that Pay It Forward

We've all been on the receiving end of a self-serving gift. It could be the husband who gives an iPad when we really wanted a Brazilian blowout. Or it could be the wife who gets a couples vacation to a seaside B&B when all we asked for was a Fitbit (you know, to track all the steps we're not taking). This holiday season we figured it's time to stop worrying just about ourselves and consider not only what we want but what could also benefit others. Our 2016 Gift Guide includes off-the-grid presents that fall into three categories: gifts that makes people healthier, support local ag and the environment, and boost businesses that pay it forward by donating proceeds and time to the community. A few of them even accomplish all three. So, » Read More

Annual Tech Awards inspire Yet Again in Troublesome Times

It's safe to assume that hundreds of people left the 16th annual Tech Awards motivated to use technology for the greater global good. In these dark times, the event was a rock-solid reminder that hope is not an illusion. As such, the Tech Awards gala tends to be one of the more uplifting events of Silicon Valley, highlighting and supporting individuals who work in various international humanitarian projects. People who understand the global picture. People doing their part to fight world poverty, improve the global environment, empower the underprivileged and make the planet healthier. Laureates receive unrestricted prizes-usually $50,000-for their work in health projects, world hunger, sustainable energy, economic development, education » Read More

Getting Blazed: California Wildfires Rage in New Ecosystem

On a late September afternoon, residents as far flung as San Jose, Morgan Hill and Santa Cruz watched in collective horror as a thin smoke plume at the summit of the Santa Cruz Mountains became an ominous mushroom cloud that was visible for miles. For two weeks, the mountain peak looked like an erupting volcano as the Loma fire burned 4,474 acres and destroyed 12 homes and 16 other buildings. Hundreds were evacuated. At its height, more than 2,000 personnel battled the fire day and night, from the air and on land. The Loma fire was contained on Oct. 10, but firefighters remained at the scene for another several days, finishing repairs. Not including damages to property and infrastructure, more than $17.8 million was spent to control it, » Read More

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