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John Underwood is the definition of a one-man band. The Reno native creates a full folk band sound--all by his lonesome--with an unusual stage setup that includes a banjo, acoustic guitar, accordion, trumpet, trombone, electric bass…

Come watch the best comedians in the Bay Area battle it out for work at one of the most prestigious Comedy Clubs in the Country and fight to be crowned the 2017 San Jose Improv Stand Up Comedy Competition Winner! You can get on a…

Anyone and everyone gets FOUR minutes to compete using whatever entertaining talent or skill they have. The winner takes home $50, bragging rights, and San Jose's undying gratitude!

Enjoy an intimate evening of jazz while enjoying a light dinner and a glass of wine. Kazushige Gorai will perform original pieces as well as some jazz classics. Located in downtown Saratoga, Cafe Pink House is a discreet and intimate…

Cafe Stritch Presents The Mark Lewis Quartet featuring: Mark Lewis on Saxophone and Flute, Eddie Mendenhall on Piano, John Wiitala on Double Bass and Jason Lewis on Drums.

Music by Stanford composer Mark Applebaum, Evan Johnson, the late Pauline Oliveros, Steve Reich, and Salvatore Sciarrino will be performed in this unique collaboration of the Stanford New Ensemble with guests from the International…

Xiaoze Xie received his Master of Fine Art degrees from the Central Academy of Arts & Design in Beijing and the University of North Texas. His work has been internationally exhibited at venues such as Charles Cowles Gallery (New…

The world wide phenomenon of the Harlem Globetrotters returns to the Bay Area in 2017 ready to perform amazing basketball feats. The talented group has played 26,000 exhibition games and plays 450 a year.

San Jose 2017 features nine award-winning short films by, for, and about women. (See a full list of the films) And the evening includes delicious food and drink. Standard seating is included with all tickets, but as in past years,…

Ages 21+ | Our first Make + Mingle is generously sponsored by Charley's LG. We will be serving up a specialty cocktail with a complementary arts + craft chaser. Make your own custom felt coaster set. Explore the galleries and check…

Ron Campbell, director of the 1960's Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series and animator of the Beatles film Yellow Submarine will make a rare personal appearance at KALEID Gallery, 88 South Fourth Street, in downtown San Jose, CA,…

DENIAL (Daniel Bombardier) is a Canadian artist whose work critiques consumerism and the human condition. Though based in Windsor Ontario, DENIAL spends much of the year traveling and exhibiting throughout Canada and USA, with solo…


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Music & Clubs

Mercy High Keep Things Local on New EP

ZAETOWN ROCK: Fusing shoegaze and four-on-the-floor rock, San Jose scene veterans come together to form Mercy High. Photo by Greg Ramar.

For some creatives, San Jose can feel both claustrophobic and incestuous—like some backwater city in the middle of nowhere—and also impossibly sprawling, like any other faceless suburb. Not for Jafar Green. “It’s like a small town disguised as a big city,” the San Jose native says. “That’s what I kinda like about… » Read More

Kitty Castle Shut Down, Other DIY Venues at Risk

DIY DOWNER: In the aftermath of the Ghost Ship fire, DIY venues are being demonized.

On a recent Saturday night during a relatively tame event, one of San Jose’s long-running DIY venues, Kitty Castle, was permanently shut down by the police. “Before this month, I had talked to the cops at least three other times,” says Stephanie Chang, who launched the venue in 2012, and has been… » Read More

San Jose’s Klank Celebrate New LP, ‘Rise’

POSITIVELY METAL: On ‘Rise,’ veteran industrial metalheads Klank embrace the good in life—along with brutal instrumentation.

Judging by the years-long gaps in Klank’s discography, one might presume that the San Jose-based industrial metal band prefers to take its time in the studio. But the truth is, until the tracking of the band’s forthcoming full-length album—Rise, their sixth—the guys from Klank were quite impatient. “This was probably the first… » Read More


Review: 'Julieta'

Living a long life means dwelling on a stage with numerous trapdoors. Players vanish or reappear, as part of some grand design that becomes all the more baffling as time passes. Three stories by the Nobel laureate Alice Munro, from her 2004 collection Runaway, were the source for Pedro Almodovar's latest film, the serious but never somber Julieta. Here the Spanish master presents a "tearless melodrama," in which a woman copes with the inexplicable vanishing of her daughter, Antia. Having no explanation for the rift, Julieta corrodes inside, living with the guilt of whatever it was that she did to cause her daughter to leave her. The loss essentially changes her into two separate people. The "before" picture is Julieta as a perky, » Read More

Review: 'Silence'

Martin Scorese's dream project, Silence, is done at last, and it's one large, dry hunk of crisis of faith. It's a less bloody but still torture-wracked remake of The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), complete with the temptation to a peaceful life. It's seemingly the longest and most pulse-free of Scorsese's primarily religious movies, including Kundun (1997) and Last Temptation (1988); in it we're taken on a tour of Scorsese's recollections of the classic studio era, when religious movie kitsch used to draw so heavily from the contents of European art museums. A pair of suitably dogged Jesuits (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) are sent from Portugal to find out what became of a long-lost priest (Liam Neeson) sent on a mission years before. » Read More

The Arts

Review: 'Annie'

One of the most popular musicals in Broadway history, Annie continues to endear itself to new generations as it makes its way around the globe in a touring production from Troika Entertainment, brought to us locally by Broadway San Jose. Originally debuted in 1977, with book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin, the nostalgic show won seven Tony awards and ran for nearly six years. It has been translated into 28 languages and performed in as many countries, from Argentina to Zimbabwe. » Read More

An Orderly Decay

The sinewy, twisting shapes of the natural world collide with the exact geometry of the man-made in Jake Fouts' photography exhibit, "Archetypes," currently showing at The Studio Rock Climbing gym in San Jose's SoFA District. The seemingly random forms of twigs, branches, and bone-hard angles strike a harmonious chord with the hard angles of metal brackets, the perfectly round circles of hydraulic gauges and the glinting glass casing of incandescent bulbs. Rust, decay and their shared status as found objects is what connects this assortment of aesthetically arranged detritus, which Fouts-a longtime San Jose denizen and bartender with a passion for photography-meticulously collects, refines and then stages for his earthy still life » Read More

Byrne On The Brain

Despite the freshly painted walls, the building looked like it was suffering from suburban abandonment, the parking lot emptied of travelers. But the big white letters along the tar black roofline spelled out exactly what a visitor was looking for-The Institute Presents: NEUROSOCIETY. Just below this signage, a large black circle contained a logo: the reversed out profile of a head, the neck stopping and starting again only to end as a dot. The back of the skull remained undrawn and wide open, the white outline suggesting a question mark-a shadow self also asking a question. This was merely the introduction, though, a subtle nudge to the psyche, suggesting that upon stepping through the front door one would be participating in a series of » Read More

Features & Columns

Pulitzer Winner Viet Thanh Nguyen Puts San Jose in Literary Spotlight

Viet Thanh Nguyen is the V.S. Naipaul of San Jose's underbelly. Or maybe the Vietnamese Nelson Algren of Santa Clara Street. His short story "War Years" conjures up exactly the right inner and outer conflicts that characterize the East-West clash of San Jose's most prominent thoroughfare. San Jose is on the literary map once again. But first some background. Twenty-five years ago, when I'd regularly haunt the notorious Charlie's Liquors at Fourth and Santa Clara streets, right where City Hall now sits, I'd gaze in everyday wonderment at the glorious downmarket legends across the street: Lenny's Cocktails, the Quality Cafe, and New Saigon Market. » Read More

Vegan Chef Miyoko Schinner to Cater SJ Woman's Club Meetup

Mt. Vesuvius Black Ash might be coming to 11th and Santa Clara streets in downtown San Jose. On Jan. 26, the San Jose Woman's Club, in partnership with South Bay Vegan Drinks, will stage a rip-roaring fundraiser for the Rancho Compasion animal sanctuary. Unfolding at the club's historic building at 75 S. 11th St., the event will feature a menu of food and drinks prepared by renowned vegan chef Miyoko Schinner, along with a silent auction to bid on food, dinner, local gifts and theater packages. The menu will feature Miyoko's award-winning cheeses (including her Mt. Vesuvius Black Ash) and several other dishes. Everything will be 100 percent vegan. » Read More

Reminiscences on a Rough 2016 and Good Times to Come

At least in the crowds I infiltrate, 2016 was considered a miserable year. I don't mean politics. I mean in terms of death and destruction. We lost too many heroes-Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen, just to name but a few, and lesser-known heroes seemingly expiring every other day throughout the year. All in all, it makes me realize how lucky I am to still be writing this column, which has now reached approximately 613 installments in a row. Over the past year, yet another zonked bouillabaisse of material spilled into this space. » Read More

A.D.M. Cooper: San Jose's First Bohemian Rock Star

In 1909, East San Jose was a separate town from San Jose proper. What's now the intersection of 21st and San Antonio was the intersection of Jones and Franklin, just a few blocks east of Coyote Creek. At this corner, the Egyptian-style studio of San Jose's most famous painter, Astley D.M. Cooper, came to life. Born in St. Louis in 1856, Cooper arrived in East San Jose in 1886, and then spent the rest of his life here, before dying in 1924 at the age of 68. Throughout nearly four decades in San Jose, Cooper blossomed into the young town's bon vivant and possibly its first-ever bohemian rock-star artist, working with a variety of subjects. His heroic portrayals of indigenous peoples, frontier life and the diminishing buffalo population » Read More

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