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Thu Dec 6

Like any good tribute band, the Led Zeppelin-aping Zoso can be said to have a schtick--that is, if you can rightly call technical mastery a "schtick." Performing almost all of the legendary band's catalogue, from the tightly wound,…

Fri Dec 7

The zany, uptempo style of Louisiana folk music known as Zydeco first emerged from the sweltering swamps of New Orleans--the result of French, German, Spanish, American Indian and Afro-Caribbean co-mingling. The genre has been…

Fri Dec 7-8

In our 41st anniversary Benefit Auction, we present an amazing array of long-standing and emerging area artists. Silent bidding opens on more than 110 artworks at our First Friday opening night reception and continues to the final…

Fri Dec 7-9

No serious examination of the facts will lead a sensible person to conclude that the Trump trolls have a point when they say it's a "scary time" for straight white men in America today. That doesn't mean cis dudes don't face any…

Fri Dec 7-9

Enter a world of magic and join Clara as she celebrates with friends and family. Experience the suspenseful battle with the Mouse King. Travel to the magical realm of the Snow Queen and on to The Palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Let…

Sat Dec 8

What started in 1991 as a small acoustic-only offering by a local radio station has grown over the decades into an alternative rock spectacular. ALT 105's annual one-day winter show Not So Silent Night features the biggest names in…

Thru Dec 16

Stephen Adly Guirgis' Pulitzer Prize-winning comedic drama, Between Riverside & Crazy is first and foremost a story about social injustice. It follows ex-cop and widower Walter "Pops" Washington and his recently paroled son, Junior,…

Thru Sun Dec 23

After last year's successful holiday run, TheatreWorks in partnership with Foothill College is bringing David Sedaris' classic tale of working as a mall Santa's grumpy little helper back for a second offering. Born out the writer's…

Thru Dec 23

New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) is thrilled to announce the September 2018 opening of an expansive exhibition that takes a deep dive into the long history of the town's high school. The exhibition explores the legacy and legends of LGHS…

Thru Jan 1

Help keep the holidays warm! Beginning on Friday, Nov. 23rd to Jan. 1st, Santana Row has partnered with local non-profit One Warm Coat to collect new or gently used coats for those in need. Drop off your coats throughout the season at…

Thru Jan 27

Though it may not feel like it, winter is coming. And in San Jose, that means ice skating under the Circle of Palms, next to the San Jose Museum of Art. The beloved holiday tradition continues into its 23rd year, under the benevolent…


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Music & Clubs

SJZ Collective Plays Monk at Cafe Stritch

MONK APOSTLES: SJZ Collective brings their reimagining of Thelonious Monk to Cafe Stritch.

The South Bay’s jazz scene is one of the best in the Bay Area. That’s thanks in large part to San Jose Jazz. The organization hosts two seasonal soirees—Summer Fest and Winter Fest—and regularly puts on stellar shows at CafĂ© Stritch (another key to our region’s thriving jazz community). Now with the… » Read More

San Holo at City National Civic

SOLO SAN: Inspired by post-rock, San Holo is changing the landscape of EDM.

When it comes to music, the very concept of a genre is polarizing. Some artists will bristle at any attempt to pin a label on their work; some will shrug off the practice of categorization as a meaningless but unavoidable convention of the industry; others still will actively tout their given tag,… » Read More

Willie Nelson & Family at Flint Center

WILL TRAVEL: The man with the braids brings the family to the Flint Center.

In that very tiny village called Celebrities Everybody Loves (Bill Murray, Keanu Reeves, etc.), the immortal Willie Nelson is mayor. After a serious illness that sidelined him for a while, and a little campaigning for Beto O’Rourke in Texas, Willie is on the road again—this time with his family, including his wife,… » Read More


Review: 'Roma'

Cuaron's screen is jam-packed and yet everything within its borders matters. The narrow driveway Cleo swabs is the site for a keen running joke about the too-big status symbol gringo car, with only millimeters of clearance on either side. We glimpse a mystic muscleman on TV, dressed something like Kaliman, El Hombre Increible; the yogi returns in a less benign setting, training a paramilitary gang. Needing a change of scenery, the family heads off to a hacienda in the hills, for scenes that can be compared for merry decadence to Renoir's Rules of the Game. In this fantastic tableau, the partiers go too far with their guns, torches and booze and end up setting the woods on fire. » Read More

Review: 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse'

How it succeeds is as something for everyone. For the old fans, that something will be Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson). He's the same kind of teenage mess Peter Parker always is, no matter who wears the mask, only now he's hitting 40, with a crap apartment, a pizza-nourished belly and sweatpants. Yet of all the spectacle here, one of the most gallant moments was Peter B. doing some quick back-cracking and leg stretches before getting out there into the field. In the movie's most lyrical passage, he teaches young Milo how to swing by webs through a brilliantly orange fall forest, all while the pair are pursued by one of the series' most nightmarish villains. » Read More

The Arts

Wild Western Art

Santa Barbara-based writer William Reynolds has written a biography of one of the unsung creators of the cowboy image in the popular imagination. His name was Joe De Yong, and he was an artist, illustrator, creative consultant and, most importantly, a genuine cowboy. As portrayed in the beautiful new illustrated book, Joe De Yong: A Life in the West (Alamar Media), De Yong represented the direct link between the paintings of famed cowboy artist Charles Russell and the Western films that dominated Hollywood's golden era. » Read More

'Spotlight on Elizabeth Murray' at Stanford

Instead of making a collage to fit inside of a frame, Murray (1940-2007) started each new work by sketching out her ideas. Then her bulbous, gangly forms would come to dictate the organic shapes of her canvases. The massive painting Bop (2002-2003) epitomizes her approach. It's an amalgamation of bold colors that challenges the viewer to come up with a logical response to it. A geometry assignment given at a clown college with a garish palette to match. Ketchup red outlines a distended yellow letter "M," which, in turn, exhales a teal ghost. The ghost is about to collide into a pink worm with holes cut out of its midsection.. » Read More

Tandy Beal's 'Joy!' Comes to San Jose

Few people can cast a spell simply by entering a room. Tandy Beal can. With the carriage of a queen and the grace of a Botticelli sylph, the dancer-turned-impresario personifies joie de vivre. Energizing a stage or critiquing a new work-in-progress, Beal is as fully alive, active andengaged as it is possible to be. Or at least that's what it looks like to her many students, audiences and fellow dancers. And it has for more decades than seems possible. Beal of the dark eyes, long limbs and infamous mane of Pre-Raphaelite hair just can't quit. She's been everywhere, collaborated with everyone from Frank Zappa to Bobby McFerrin, and directed both the Moscow Circus and Pickle Family Circus. Her company, Tandy Beal & Company, has been provoking » Read More

Features & Columns

Boom & Bust

Then, as now, there were struggles for power within the tech industry. Another Valley of the Boom narrative thread follows the so-called "Browser Wars" between Netscape, a Mountain View startup, and Microsoft. The Seattle-based tech titan would go on to use its heft to deliver a number of serious blows to Netscape's market share, drawing an antitrust case in the process. Though a district court ruled that Microsoft had engaged in anti-competitive practices by bundling its own in-house browser along with its operating system, the computing company ultimately came out ahead, as Netscape Navigator evaporated in the pink mist of the internet bubble's bursting. » Read More

Silicon Alleys: Al Preciado Sets Up His Last Solo Show at The Citadel

Al Preciado is a retrospective kind of dude. A decades-long fixture in the San Jose art community and now into his 21st year of teaching at Bellarmine, he often sells his work at South First Fridays or paints canvases in front of Kaleid Gallery during the summer months, usually with his students or proteges. The late Harry Powers showed him the ropes decades ago, and now Preciado passes the baton by teaching younger artists what he knows. This Saturday, Preciado's latest solo show, a retrospective of large landscapes he painted mostly this year, unfolds at the Citadel Gallery, from noon until midnight. » Read More

Advice Goddess: Is It OK to Be Done with Dating?

Interestingly, research increasingly suggests that providing social support may be even better for you than getting it, both psychologically and physically. A study co-authored by psychiatrist Randolph Nesse on elderly people who regularly did generous acts for others is one of a number that find an association between being a "giver" and increased life expectancy. Conversely, Nesse theorizes that the rising tide of depression in our society has roots in how disconnected many of us are, leading to a deficit in the kindness we evolved to give and receive. » Read More

Free Will Astrology: Week of December 12, 2018

In 1930, some British mystery writers formed a club to provide each other with artistic support and conviviality. They swore an oath to write their stories so that solving crimes happened solely through the wits of their fictional detectives, and not through "Divine Revelation, Feminine Intuition, Mumbo Jumbo, Jiggery-Pokery, or Act of God." I understand that principle, but don't endorse it for your use in the coming weeks. On the contrary. I hope you'll be on the alert and receptive to Divine Revelations, Feminine Intuition, Mumbo Jumbo, Jiggery-Pokery, and Acts of God. » Read More

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