A Printmaker's Journey

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Fri Nov 8

For a group as ostensibly anarchic as Brockhampton sometimes seems, this LA-based "boy band" has demonstrated some serious discipline. Much like Odd Future did in the early 2010s, this sprawling collective of rappers, singers,…

Fri Nov 8

The Dutch house music duo of Willem van Hanegem and Ward van der Harst, blend uplifting and melodic elements of trance music with the raw intensity of electro and progressive house. Their genre-blurring sound has carried them to the…

Fri Nov 8-10

Lynn Nottage's 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama takes place during the Great Recession of 2008. A group of co-workers, friends and family members struggle to find jobs or cling to the ones they have. When someone is given a chance to…

Fri Nov 8-17

Meet Joy, a young woman who renews her joy for life and regains her sense of self when she suddenly becomes connected to a family she's never met. Based on a true story, this engaging comedic drama explores being given a second chance…

Sat Nov 9

Hip-hop producers Ali Shaheed Muhammed (of A Tribe Called Quest) and Adrian Younge are the dynamic duo behind The Midnight Hour, a retro-futuristic project fusing black music across genres and contexts. Drawing upon jazz, rap, funk…

Sat Nov 9

Philharmonic musicians and their friends in wind, string and brass ensembles Josef Haydn Sonata No. 5 for Violin and Piano Josef Achron Hebrew Melody

Sat Nov 9

New Japan Showdown (NJS) will hit the San Jose Civic on Saturday, November 9. Huge names have just been announced, including Ibushi, White, Naito, and Suzuki who are among the names headed to the West Coast in November.

Sat Nov 9-10

Audiences will experience the next chapter of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series with Symphony Silicon Valley and SSV Chorale performing every note from Harry Potter and the The Half-Blood Prince while the film plays on a high…

Sun Nov 10

Button Making! Pipecleaner sculptures! Felted Sewing Crafts!

Sun Nov 10

For the past month, two floors of the MLK library have been home to overflowing ofrendas complete with candles, sugar skulls and marigold pedal pathways, all assembled as part of the library's "Art of Remembrance" Dia de Muertos…

Sun Nov 10

North of the Rio Grande, even after three decades together, Caifanes is still only well known to a cult-like rock-en-Espanol audience. But in their native Mexico, the band ranks among alt-rock's greatest acts, combining ambitious…


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Music & Clubs

‘SF Wine School’ Comes to Enoteca La Storia

GRAPE EXPECTATIONS: There will be reds, and whites, but no blues allowed at SF Wine School's tasting classes at Enoteca La Storia.

If you love wine and live in the South Bay, 2020 is shaping up to be a very good year. The San Francisco Wine School is bringing its most popular classes to the wine tavern Enoteca La Storia in downtown San Jose. To kick things off, January’s class is titled “Tasting, Chemistry… » Read More

The Wailers at the Ritz

STIR IT UP: If you thought jamming was a thing of the past, think again.

It’s hard to fathom, but the musicians who played alongside the legendary Bob Marley during his creative heyday in the 1970s are still upright and making music. The Wailers, circa 2020, continue to create their rastaman vibrations with bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett, guitarist Junior Marvin and guitarist Donald Kinsey—all of whom… » Read More

In the End at the Ritz

TRIBUTE THEORY: Linkin Park tribute band In the End is one step closer to the Ritz, and they're about to play.

This Los Angeles tribute band—made up of session musicians and veterans of the music industry—draws on its collective experience and deep love of Linkin Park to produce faithful re-creations of the SoCal rap-rock titans’ catalog. Formed in 2017 in the wake of Chester Bennington’s untimely death, In the End takes its responsibility… » Read More


Review: '1917'

Surveillance shows that some 1,600 British troops have advanced to the edge of a German trap, and the unaware English are poised to charge at dawn. Horribly urgent as this is, the warning seemingly can't be delivered by plane, and the telegraph lines have been cut by the Kaiser's soldiers. Delivering the message via a pair of runners is a mad plan, but their commanding officer (Colin Firth) recites Kipling to steady the two corporals' nerves: "Down to Gehenna or up to the Throne ..." George Orwell cited the unspoken other half of that couplet as proof of how important a cliche can be: "Sooner or later you will have occasion to feel that 'he travels the fastest who travels alone,' and there the thought is, readymade and, as it were, waiting » Read More

Review: 'Uncut Gems'

He's Howie, a terminal hustler with colossal gambling debts. He's also an NYC Diamond District salesman, who caters to the kind of thug-life clientele whose quarrel-prone, armed entourages would scare off most dealers. The more top-drawer names in hoops and hip-hop are led to Howie by his pilot fish (Lakeith Stanfield), where they're beguiled by watches that cost 20 grand, and diamond-studded trinkets such as a miniature Furby whose eyes swivel. Through shifty means, Howie acquires the opal we see in the title shot: a million-dollar score, obtained from exploited Ethiopean Jewish miners. In a moment of chatty foolhardiness Howie shows the opal to Boston Celtics star Kevin Garnett (playing himself). Garnett wants it and takes it, no matter » Read More

The Arts

Young Minds

Novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen has already won the Pulitzer Prize for his book, The Sympathizer. East Bay cartoonist Thi Bui has already won the American Book Award for her graphic novel, The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir. Now their sons have collaborated on a new children's book, Chicken of the Sea. The party continues at Kepler's Books this weekend. In the book, a band of intrepid chickens bail from the boredom of farm life to join the crew of the pirate ship Pitiless. After seeking fortune on the high seas, they wind up battling the Dog Knights, learning lessons of mercy and camaraderie in the process. Ellison Nguyen, now age 6, conjured up the narrative arc of the story, while Hien Bui-Stafford, 13, illustrated the images. » Read More

California's Dark Chapter

When he read that phrase, Gonzales-Day came to the conclusion that he didn't have a clear understanding of California history. To make sense of his discovery, he began to work on the series of photographs that's now known as "Erased Lynching" (2006). The Santa Clara University Art Department's exhibit "Ken Gonzales-Day" features several of his photographs from the collection. In "Hanging Trees: The Untold Story of Lynching in California," an episode of the KCET program Lost L.A., the filmmakers interview Gonzales-Day and author Jared Farmer. Farmer's book Trees in Paradise: A California History is a field guide to trees from a historian's point of view. He provides the missing context for the photographer's discovery. » Read More

Photo Shop

The paintbrush has a mind of its own in Clive McCarthy's series of "Electric Paintings." Sitting in the gallery's semi-darkness in front of Painting the Internet (is worse than dial-up), an invisible hand scribbles brush strokes across a digital canvas. The video screen fills up with colors and textures until a scene completes itself. Then the image is erased and a new painting starts to fill up the screen. The experience is as soothing as watching fish swim by in an aquarium. Of course, it's McCarthy's mind that programs the brush to move. It's a bewitching effect that suggests the presence of a ghost hidden in the room as well as in the machine. » Read More

Features & Columns

A Printmaker's Journey

His prints have taken on a revered status, and his colorful works hang in such iconic venues as Bookshop Santa Cruz and David Kinch's Manresa restaurant in Los Gatos. Killion will teach a sold-out class on Japanese woodblock printing at the Palo Alto Art League this week. But for a better look at his methods, Chikaran Motomura's new documentary, Journey to Hokusai, follows Killion as he travels to Japan to hone his skills. Toting four wood panels he made at his California studio, Killion studies with Kyoto's Kenji Takenaka, a fifth-generation artist and one of the few remaining hand printers working in a 1,200 year old craft. » Read More

Silicon Alleys: De Saisset Opens Revamped 'California' Exhibit

On stage at the De Saisset Museum, a Jesuit priest drinks champagne with Ohlone tribal members. In the audience, I hit the caprese skewers. Dozens of others congregate to celebrate a new permanent history exhibition downstairs at the De Saisset, California Stories from Thamien to Santa Clara. Several years in the making, California Stories successfully updates and reimagines the dimly lit frumpy old Cali history exhibit that sat downstairs for a few generations. Now the exhibit dedicates much more space to Ohlone heritage, in addition to Mission period history, Californio lifestyles and events from the very beginning of Santa Clara College, as it was then called. » Read More

Advice Goddess: Am I Unreasonable, or is He Petty?

Yesterday, my roommate picked up some household supplies (toilet paper, sponges, etc.) and asked me to split the cost. I've bought plenty of household supplies in the two years we've lived together without ever asking for any money. It feels weird and cheap that he's suddenly doing this. Am I being unreasonable in feeling this way, or is he being seriously petty? » Read More

Free Will Astrology: Week of January 15, 2019

Comedian John Cleese has an insight I hope you'll consider. He says, "It's easier to do trivial things that are urgent than it is to do important things that are not urgent. It's also easier to do little things we know we can do than to start on big things that we're not so sure about." I hope you'll make this advice a priority in the coming weeks. You'll be wise to prioritize important tasks, even those that aren't urgent, as you de-emphasize trivial matters that tempt you to think they're crucial. Focus on big things that are challenging, rather than on little things that are a snap. » Read More

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