'The Book of Life' doesn't live up to its hype

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Every Tuesday night in the intimate Caffe Frascati, local performers are encouraged to participate in Open Mic Night. Musical styles of all kinds are welcome, from soulful blues to high-energy rock to catchy pop.

Aron Kader, a founding member of Comedy Central's Axis Of Evil Comedy tour joins forces with his friends Nick Hanna and Noel Elgrably to bring us "Live On Gaza Strip". Live will feature a unique mix of Arab and Jewish comedians from…

Silicon Valley's top restaurants will celebrate the culinary excellence of the region by offering delicious three-course menus at one special fixed price. Reservations highly recommended.

A true icon of contemporary jazz with over 20 albums to her credit since the release of "A Drop of Water" in 1986, the versatile performer has sold over 1.2 million units in the U.S. alone and packs concert halls around the world.

It's time to clink our drinks for Foxy Thursday's. For a little over a decade now, this weekly party at Cardiff Lounge has been keeping people moving and having fun. This Thursday marks the event's 11th anniversary.

Makin' waves and takin' names, FRITZ MONTANA exists to disrupt the status quo, challenge authority, and make some damn fine music.

The members of local quintet Belle Noire work tirelessly to build lush, dynamic soundscapes. They even have three electric guitars in the band to do it, and they utilize the power of each guitar to full dramatic effect.

Though a popular actor now, Eddie Griffin comes back for a special, two day appearance in San Jose. Griffin got into his first experience in comedy on a dare, at Sanford and Sons where he was told to do 3 minutes.

Scott Barnhill, a second generation jazz musician, has been in the jazz scene for the last thirty years. He recently moved back to the area and has joined old friends in making fine music.

Surprisingly enough, when Portland pop-punk band Grizzly released the cheekily titled "Christmas Sucks Since I Found Out Santa Wasn't Real," it was actually a serious, well-composed and emotional song.

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…

For the Halloween season, California's Great America is annually transformed into the fright fest Halloween Haunt. Since this is a constant spookapoloosa, Haunt is not recommended for people under 13 as well as the faint of heart. xx

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Music & Clubs

PHOTOS: 13 Pics From Campbell’s Oktoberfest

A group poses for a portrait at the 2014 Campbell Oktoberfest.

Prost! The sun was shining and the hefeweizen was sweet in downtown Campbell on Saturday for the city’s annual Oktoberfest celebration, and we were there to catch all the fun. Check out these shots from our photographer, Greg Ramar, and see if you can spy yourself or your friends: » Read More

Get Up Early And See These Bands At The Treasure Island Music Festival You Lazy Bum!

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So, you went big last night, and all the biggest acts—Outkast, Massive Attack, TV on the Radio and Janelle Monae—they’re not playing until later. And through your dried, bloodshot eyes you are staring angrily at your alarm clock. There’s no way you’re getting up now to get down to the Treasure Island… » Read More

Turn The Key: San Jose Jazz Speakeasy-Style Gala At SV Capital Club To Benefit Music Education

'Gritty Saloon Jazz' band Tumbledown House will headline the San Jose Jazz gala event.

Like many great artistic movements, jazz was born out of rebellion—growing, in some cases quite literally, from an underground. Speakeasies, those often subterranean and always illicit watering holes, which sprung up all over America during prohibition served as the launch pad for America’s indigenous music. And so it makes sense that San… » Read More

Movies

'The Book of Life'

It's as big a disappointment as 2014's cinema can offer, particularly considering the acclaim it's getting. The Guillermo del Toro-produced/Jorge Gutierrez-directed The Book of Life collides a lot of styles. Gutierrez, a Nickelodeon vet, brings in that channel's hectic style of animation, with jumbo funny noses, nostrils that look like the twin bores of the Caldecott tunnel, figures that are bulbous yet flat. The only rest in a restless movie, promising romance, but generating endless tiresome spatting, are the scenes in which the characters stand and deliver their tired gags. » Read More

'Awake: The Life of Yogananda'

Of the ever-growing subset of indie films that might be described as "woo-woo New Age documentaries," Awake: The Life of Yogananda by Paola di Florio and Lisa Leeman is one of the most valuable. Naturally, there is woo-woo in it—the close-up into the iris of a subject's eye, revealing the galaxies of the universe, Phillip Glass thumping on the soundtrack, and some quotes from (groan) Deepak Chopra. » Read More

The Arts

TheatreWorks' adaptation of 'Sweeney Todd' at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

To mark its 45th anniversary, TheatreWorks is opening its fall season with a reinterpretation of the old warhorse, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Though it remains the 1979 Tony-award winning musical by Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim, (famously starring Angela Lansbury on stage and Johnny Depp on film), the Palo Alto-based TheatreWorks has chosen to transport the story to 1940s London during the Blitz. It proves to be a compelling, but sometimes awkward choice. » Read More

Latino Comics Expo makes its first appearance in San Jose

Long before Frank Miller mapped out his first edition of Sin City or R. Crumb put his pen to a pad, Mayan scribes were hard at work compiling some of the first stories ever told using pictures scrawled on paper codices—books, as we call them today. Most people will never get to hold one of those historic artifacts, but you can certainly get your fill of modern Latino graphic art this weekend when the Latino Comics Expo (LCX) makes its first ever stop in San Jose. » Read More

Features & Columns

Is Digital Photgraphy Changing the Restaurant Industry?

A mound of translucent, tangerine orbs of salmon roe and thin, coral-pink salmon slices perch atop pale green avocado and darker green Romaine leaves. Punctuating this sashimi salad, a sprinkle of seaweed-chopped fine into tiny, even blades-tumbles like cut grass over the dish. Fuzzy, cream-colored frost clings to the dual spiral beaters of a churner, fresh from mixing ice cream flash-frozen by liquid nitrogen. » Read More

'Post-Portrait' on view at the San Jose Museum of Art

Sometimes things get blurry. Especially when the columnist violates his scientist friends by stealing terminology from quantum mechanics. Is the observer really ever separate from that which is observed? For example, what happens when the portrait photographer's voyeurism gets reflected back on him? (And yes, traditionally, more often than not, the one shooting the portrait really was a 'him.') » Read More

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