Maurice Carrubba Reinvents the Valley's Iconic Eateries

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Fri Oct 13

Stoic and powered by swag, this Harlem rapper's latest effort, Still Striving, offers a peek behind the grill and into the mind of one of A$AP Mob's marquee emcees. As a fashionista, Ferg designs much of A$AP Mob's official gear and…

Fri Oct 13-14

Based on the Robert James Waller novel, The Bridges of Madison County tells the story of Francesca Johnson--a married woman who is swept up in a whirlwind affair while her husband and children are away at the Iowa State Fair. In the…

Sat Oct 14

Join The New Ballet School for a night of tutus and treats at the Dark Beauty Halloween Extravaganza. Patrons are encouraged to dress up for the event, where they'll get the chance to meet characters from the local academy's 2018…

Sat Oct 14

Pumpkins in the Park is a harvest fair for families with a strong environmental education component. It is designed to promote awareness of the Guadalupe River Park and celebrate the fall season. Pumpkins in the Park is held to raise…

Sat Oct 14-15

Many of the best-known oratorios are grounded in the Abrahamic traditions. "Patch The Sky" is different. Based on ancient Chinese mythology, this oratorio tells the story of the goddess Nuwa, who saved the world from the destructive…

Sun Oct 15

Ever wonder what a live heart looks like as it beats, or how muscles contract? Thanks to the ingenuity of German anatomist Gunther von Hagens, we can now see our innermost workings without access to a cadaver lab. His plastination…

Sun Oct 15

The San Jose Wind Symphony kicks off its Diamond Jubilee season that's right, 60 years of making music for the Bay Area! with an upbeat concert of Broadway show tunes, featuring the music of the legendary Leonard Bernstein.

Thru Oct 15

A quiet Houston suburb is disrupted when a demon infiltrates a local church in this irreverent comedy. The Tony Award-nominated play is set in Cypress, Texas, real-life birthplace of Hand to God playwright Robert Askins. Everything…

Thru Oct 15

This is Chekhov--like you've never seen it before. Award-winning playwright Aaron Posner's bold, raucous, contemporary riff on "The Seagull" moves the Chekhov work to a country house where unrequited desire drowns in sarcasm and…

Thru Oct 21

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Music & Clubs

‘An Enemy of the People’ at The Pear

BROTHERS KEEPER: Siblings face off in 'An Enemy of the People,' coming to The Pear Theatre.

This enduring tale of an early whistleblower explores the perennial war between the press and politicians—a theme as pertinent today as it was when Henrik Ibsen finished the play in 1882. The work has since been adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. An Enemy of the People recounts the story of a scientist and… » Read More

OHMME Play Art Boutiki

JAZZY: Chicago indie trio OHMME come to San Jose, courtesy of San Jose Jazz.

Walking a tightrope between chaos and cool, Chicago-based indie trio OHMME is like Kate Bush meets PJ Harvey. The avant-garde trio’s new eponymous EP drives femme rock into the 21st century. They play discordant harmonies and their voices compliment each other very well. Their songs range from serious themes like compassion to… » Read More

Onry Ozzborne at BackBar SoFa’s Cypher

THE ON-MAN COMETH: Onry Ozzborn will be at BackBar SoFa's weekly cypher.

Brooding and rhyming like a hip-hop Leonard Cohen, Onry Ozzborn comes to San Jose for a cypher showdown. He is one of many Rhymesayer label rappers, such as Aesop Rock, Mr. Lif and Busdriver. Ozzborn’s alternative style is also deeply personal and inventive. The rapper has multiple side projects such as, Grayskul,… » Read More


Twin Film Festivals Come to Silicon Valley

This mess is China's problem, not ours, yes? Indeed, it is the problem of China, where a fifth of the arable land has been tainted by the production and demolition of electronics. Sadly, the lead particulates fly into the clouds and come down on our side of the Pacific, like a ghost of that machine you threw away. There is some hope. In one interview, Paul Maher of Ireland's iameco, touts his company's repairable, wooden-framed, and good-looking computer built without carcinogenic PVCs or heavy metals. It is designed to last at least twice as long as the current lifespan of the average computer--which is only three or four years. » Read More

Review: 'The Florida Project'

The Florida Project is bursting with fun, squalor and tragedy, and it justifies its end-title dedication to Hal Roach and the couple of hundred Our Gang shorts he produced. It's shaggy, with what looks like rough-cut editing at times, and it's seemingly been released under its working title. Director Sean Baker's subject is the adventures of a passel of kids in Kissimmee, not so far from the expensive gates of Disney World, a minimum wage, subtropical holiday land. Baker positively blasts the screen with color and Florida sunsets flamboyant enough to dement a parrot. Consultants from Technicolor worked on this, and it shows. Baker's most recent previous full-length film, Tangerine, was shot on a cellphone; the visuals here are more than » Read More

The Arts

Local Gaming Upstarts: Supergiant

In September 2009, Amir Rao found himself packing up his desk at Electronic Arts. He was leaving his prized position as a game designer at one of America's biggest video game developers to move back into the house where he grew up--but he wasn't bummed about it. Rao hadn't been sacked. Rather, he had made the weighty decision to return to the suburbs of South San Jose to create something of his own. With the help of his EA colleague Gavin Simon, he would set up camp in his father's house and get to work building a game called Bastion. » Read More

A Culture Warrior Rides High

One of the artists most prominently featured in (Re)Writing the Narrative is making a valiant attempt to speak up for the disenfranchised. Ana Teresa Fern├índez describes her work as "trying to highlight either some event or a people or a place that has dealt with tension or aggression." In this exhibit, all three of her short video narratives address particular political tensions and aggressive stances toward women and minorities--with Fernandez as the star. What's most astonishing about her work, apart from the ravishing imagery, is her ability to feature herself in a scenario without drawing attention to an invented persona or character. » Read More

Scenes From the Inferno

What better season than autumn to contemplate the meaning of hell. Specifically, Dante Alighieri's Inferno, one third of his 14th-century poem, The Divine Comedy. The artist Michael Mazur created a series of etchings to accompany a translation of the work by Robert Pinsky, a former U.S. Poet Laureate (1997-2000). Mazur's monochromatic response L'Inferno di Dante, on display at the de Saisset Museum, is celebrated for his evocative depiction of Dante's journey and for putting the viewer inside the narrative. We look at the spectral black and white images through Dante's eyes. Just as the author has imagined an entire underworld in verse, Mazur has conjured up its visual equivalent. » Read More

Features & Columns

Maurice Carrubba Reinvents the Valley's Iconic Eateries

Maurice Carrubba checks his fitted black tuxedo one last time before the doors of the GrandView Restaurant swing open. He glides through the dimly lit foyer as a grand piano in the corner plays "Hotel California," and he stops to speak with a hostess in a natty blue dress, before leaning over the polished wooden bar behind her to greet the barkeep with a tap on the shoulder and a few words of encouragement. He continues on his route. Moving through the restaurant, whose walls are lined with portraits of old-time Hollywood stars such as Sofia Loren, Sinatra and The Rat Pack, the affable Carrubba makes sure to greet every employee by name and with a handshake. After a quick check of the kitchen and its staff, he makes his way to the patio » Read More

All Hail King Patrick

King Patrick Eugenio paces in the back of a rented Ryder truck, moving through a clot of other wrestlers. It's a quarter after four on a Sunday afternoon in downtown San Jose, and he's anxious. It's hot, almost unbearably so, but he focuses on what is to come. Most of the other wrestlers sitting in the truck are dressed in spandex leotards. King Patrick wears ripped fishnets and a battered skirt, sports a shock of long blue hair and has Japanese kabuki makeup smeared across his face. The other wrestlers have names like Scorpion, Guido or Bronson. Eugenio goes simply by KP, as if his character is nothing more than a distillation of himself. » Read More

All-Womxn's Showcase Empowers Female Artists in New Spaces

It was an ode to a friend," says Robertino Ragazza, recalling the first All-Womxn's Showcase. "She was an activist and an artist and she wanted to create a space for women. So the first show was actually on her birthday." Even though Ragazza's friend had long since passed away, her memory inspired him to curate an all-ladies performance night in her honor two years ago at Caffe Frascati. A full moon illuminated the evening while nearly a dozen women musicians took over the tiny stage by the front window to share their tunes. A few others hawked their creations outside. » Read More

Could Legalization Spell the End of Cannabis Culture?

A winemaker, sought-after vineyard manager, cannabis aficionado and Deadhead, Phil Coturri has loads of stories to tell about the cannabis industry's current upheaval. The founder and CEO of Sonoma's Enterprise Vineyard Management and the co-owner of Winery Sixteen 600, Coturri views wine and weed as compatible in the field and on the dining room table. He'd like to see more pairings of the two, and with food, as well. But perhaps more importantly, Coturri wants to warn us all of the dangers ahead for cannabis culture--before regulators destroy something that has been shaped by growers, smokers, farmers and aficionados during the past half century. » Read More

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