Supersizing the Moon

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Though they hail from the U.K., indie-soul outfit The Heavy have ties to San Jose. The Blank Club hosted one of the band's very first headlining shows on the West Coast. What's more, the group's drummer, Chris Ellul is married to Jen…

The Eats and Treats event is here to celebrate Silicon Valley's start of affordable housing. The fun event will include food, music and a chance to mingle with local residents.

One of the most influential bands in the Christian rock world, Casting Crowns is a group that was made by youth pastor Mark Hall back in 1999. Since then, the band has gone out and spread the love of Christ through catchy rock songs.

Americans are great at many things, from the delectable art of mixology to the not-so-nice tradition of cultural appropriation. And while it's definitely not cool to wear that feather headdress to Coachella, you still get a pass when…

Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forreste come together for a one night special performance of new south humor.

The Octonauts and the "Deep Sea Volcano Adventure" feature all the popular songs and some new ones from the entire crew of underwater explorers.

Somewhere around 1999, Blink-182 stole the coveted title of Best Band Hipsters Love To Hate But Secretly Listen To from Green Day, who had taken it from NOFX, who had inherited it from Bad Religion years before. Flash forward and they…

Winner of Uncle Clyde's Comedy Competition at the Ice House and winner of L.A's Funniest comic, Tony Baker has been making his presence known in Hollywood. Known for observational and relatable humor grab this opportunity to see this…

Francisco Jimenez has published and edited several books on Mexican and Mexican American literature as wells as being featured in over 100 textbooks and anthologies. Lalo Alcaraz will join him.

Geektoberfest, in partnership with BioCurious, attendees will have the chance to explore the biology of beer, with tastings from local and regional craft breweries in a commemorative glass beaker. There will also be speakers on hand…

Megadeth have taken their place as one of metal's most influential and respected acts as well as its most successful.

Complementing their traditional German fare during Oktoberfest at Teske's Germania in downtown San Jose will be a series of weekend performances on select Fridays and Saturday featuring music by The Gruber Family Band and Teske's…


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Music & Clubs

Animal Collective in Big Sur: Two Days of Magic, Music, Cool Water and Tall Trees

Animal Collective soundchecking at the Fernwood Resort campground in Big Sur. Photo by Nick Veronin.

“Magical realism is defined as what happens when a highly detailed, realistic setting is invaded by something too strange to believe. There is a reason magical realism was born in Colombia.” These are the words that bookend the first two seasons of the hit Netflix show Narcos, a violent, action-packed dramatization of… » Read More

Dolly Parton: Lifelong Entertainer at Shoreline

BLONDE AMBITION: Dolly Parton has been a country music and entertainment icon for more than 50 years.

In the ever expanding pantheon of country music, there are several performers that could genuinely be called living legends. Dolly Parton is one such individual. She has transcended the confines of her genre, making her presence known across the entertainment spectrum. For more than 50 years now, the beloved icon has touched… » Read More

Hit List: Best Music, Art & Culture Sep 21-27

HALIFAX PEERS: Canadian indie band Sloan have been together for 25 years. They play the Ritz in San Jose.

Canadian indie rock veterans Sloan are celebrating 35 years as a band and two decades since their acclaimed album “One Chord Over Another,” which they’ll play in its entirety at The Ritz tonight. Imagine if J. Dilla had been limited to all P. Funk and Earth Wind & Fire samples and you’re… » Read More


Review: 'Snowden'

Oliver Stone's over-emphatic style can be alienating, particularly when he's over-explaining things that don't need explaining, while glossing over the more interesting details. Whether it was fair or not, W. had juice. Snowden is more of a generic hero's struggle that ends upbeat, with the title whistleblower (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) receiving hugs and applause. Edward Snowden was an employee of the CIA and the NSA (one good anti-joke here: it stands for "No Such Agency"). At these organizations, and later as a private contractor serving them, Snowden discovered that the government's data collection program was far more universal than the Obama administration claimed. Snowden finally went public with documents explaining how the massive » Read More

Review: 'Magnificent Seven'

Oversized without being big-hearted, The Magnificent Seven has an acceptably interesting gun battle finale. But it removes the element of desperation from the story of the hired defenders of a small Western frontier town. In the latest iteration of this story, they're reduced to a band of fun-loving, wise-cracking mercenaries, just here to have a good time. The hamlet of Rose Creek is ravaged by the Sacramento land baron Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard, thwarted, glum and just plain weird). Chisholm (Denzel Washington) a warrant officer-read: bounty hunter-is recruited by a frontier lady Emma (Haley Bennett) to round up a gang of gunmen. The warriors include Byung-Hun Lee in the James Coburn part as a knife-man, and the First Nation actor Martin » Read More

The Arts

Broadway San Jose's Fantastic 'Phantom'

Cue the synths, smoke machines and the magic chandelier. Broadway San Jose opens its 2016-17 season with the newest touring production of The Phantom of the Opera. Scaled for the Center for Performing Arts, it still incorporates all the beloved features of the hugely popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. As this Phantom opens, the stage is covered by a giant smoky scrim, behind which an auction of old theater props is taking place. The auctioneer is selling off various items ... when he comes to Lot 666, an old, rusted chandelier. As he explains its connection to the strange events surrounding the phantom of the opera, the chandelier flickers to life, illuminated by the "new" electricity. The hulking candelabra quakes and sparks fly, as the » Read More

Comedian Craig Robinson Gets Serious

The stars! They're just like us. And just as Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally satiate our need to see a fully functional-if mundanely so-Hollywood relationship, Craig Robinson is a lot like most of us in another way: Dude watches a lot of streaming media. "I've been watching a lot of Narcos and House of Cards," says Robinson, who first broke out big on NBC's The Office, and has also starred in films such as Hot Tub Time Machine. "It's hard to believe that's it's not actually happening-that they are just acting," Robinson says of actors Kevin Spacey and Wagner Moura. "That's the level I want to get to." » Read More

Review: Cavalia's 'Odysseo'

For milennia, humans and horses have shared a special bond. A new production from the Quebec-based Cavalia aims to tell story of mankind's long and complex relationship to these majestic creatures. Odysseo, the touring program from the Canadian equestrian and acrobatic performance troupe, premiered in 2011 and this week made its debut in San Jose. The $30 million production is bigger than its previous entertainment, with over 100 tour buses, 65 horses and 48 performers, including riders, acrobats and musicians. Artistic director and creator Normand Latourelle says Odysseo is a show unlike any other. "I think it's the best show that people can witness, ever," Latourelle says. » Read More

Features & Columns

Supersizing the Moon

Amnesia is baked into our economy's dependence on planned obsolescence. Once last year's suite of electronic devices makes one trip around the sun, a new fleet of shinier gizmos is ushered in. As the years go by, information gets trapped by the medium that was previously in vogue. VCRs break down, CD players fade into obscurity, and those little ear buds with the white cord no longer plug into your handset. VHS tapes and compact discs become artifacts housed in the basement archives of museums. This can happen even when the information is of monumental historical significance. The single most titanic deed of the 1960s-the first human landing on the Moon, followed by the safe retrieval of the voyagers-was counterpointed later by » Read More

Electronica Trailblazer Don Buchla Leaves Legacy of Sound

Don Buchla, the legendary modular synthesizer pioneer, passed away last week at the age of 79. Anyone currently playing a synthesizer, tweaking electronics for sound generation or making any sort of modern-day electronic keyboard music has Buchla to thank, at least partly. While Bob Moog was the first one to officially release a modular synthesizer as a commercial product, Buchla was probably the first one to envision modules with the intention of assembling them together into a live performance instrument. As an engineer and a musician, Buchla was a daring, ornery innovator with a keen sense of what avant-garde musicians, composers and performers might want. His modular electronic music systems forever changed the way sound is created and » Read More

Cannabinoids Save the Day

The first time I smoked pot was in Eric Schroeder's garage in Fullerton, 1969. The high was different than now. Much more visceral. Fast forward 10 years. Sonoma State. Consuming the occasional edible. Getting a little uncomfortable. Forgetting I had graduated and attended another two years. I'm free to go? Fast forward 10 or 20 years. Pot definitely changed. Consuming pot had become an ordeal. Who the hell kidnapped the jovial Panama Red? This was knife-wielding-son-of-Chucky-with-spooky-soundtrack pot. Paranoia. So I joined a country club and started drinking beer. In 2008, my breathing faltered, and my words were getting choked off, like in the movies where someone is being strangled. Ak, lek argghh. You're cho-choking me. Fortunately, » Read More

Car and Driverless: Rollout of Autonomous Vehicles Presents Existential Questions

After touring an exhibition put on by Yanfeng, the world's largest auto interior company, I hailed an Uber driver who happened to be on his first day of work. Six fares in and loving it, he sparked up the customary chit-chat, asking what I'd been doing. I stuttered. I didn't want to deflate his excitement. I'd just seen the future, and it didn't include him. Yanfeng's showroom prototype sported a soon-to-be omnipresent feature that will replace virtually any vehicle service that requires an actual driver. But, more cheerily, it'll also reduce traffic, pollution and death, plus save trillions of dollars. The revolutionary feature? A steering wheel that nestles into the dash during autonomous mode. » Read More

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