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Fri Jan 19

With a career spanning three decades, Arsenio Hall needs no introduction. The comedian is best known for hosting The Arsenio Hall Show, which ran from 1989-1994--and was reprised from 2013-2014. The Cleveland-born comic got his start…

Thru Jan 19

Viewpoints Gallery presents "Sunflowers" a group exhibition featuring works depicting sunflowers by each of the 14 artists at Viewpoints Gallery. This exhibition highlights the many unique styles of the Viewpoints artists. Each artist…

Sat Jan 20

The Soft White Sixties are true rock & roll revivalists--employing snappy drums, slick guitar and bass lines, and melodic vocals delivered with charisma and precision. Formed in San Francisco by vocalist and lyricist Octavio Genera,…

Sat Jan 20

Catch all the fights on our 40+ screens as UFC presents a two title night featuring: Miocic vs Ngannou - Heavyweight Title, Cormier vs Volkan - Light Heavyweight Title.

Sat Jan 20

Our 4th Annual Imagine Talks will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 in Silicon Valley. Meet 13 inspiring speakers, including renowned venture capitalist Ernestine Fu (featured as one of 30 Under 30 in Finance by Forbes Magazine)…

Sun Jan 21

Rising American mezzo-soprano Angela Brower was raised in Arizona. Her career started as a young artist singing at the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Program in 2008. She was then invited to join the Opera Studio at the…

Sun Jan 21

We are open to the public for wine tasting from 12:00pm-5:00pm. Reservations are not necessary, but suggested if you have a large group. A selection of five of our estate-made wines is available for $10, or if you'd like one of our…

Thru Jan 21

Every woman knows it's coming. For some, "the change" is a terrifying point of no return; for others, its a welcome trade-off. With a half-dozen parody songs of classic tunes from the '60s to the '80s, Menopause the Musical confronts…

Thru Jan 28

Gallery 9's first Featured Artist of 2018 is Cecilia Mases. A new member at Gallery 9, this is Mases' first solo exhibit in Los Altos. Dancing Clouds features dramatic skies, stormy waters and lots of clouds. No sky, ocean or sunset…

Thru Feb 18

It's 1959 and the Civil Rights movement is starting to grip America. In Montgomery, Alabama, a fight over a controversial children's book -- one in which a black rabbit marries a white rabbit -- pits librarian Emily Wheelock Reed…


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The Soft White Sixties at The Ritz

ROCK & ROLL: Sex, drugs and all that good stuff. The Soft White Sixties have it.

The Soft White Sixties are true rock & roll revivalists—employing snappy drums, slick guitar and bass lines, and melodic vocals delivered with charisma and precision. Formed in San Francisco by vocalist and lyricist Octavio Genera, the band released their first full-length album, Get Right, in 2014. Since moving to L.A., they have… » Read More

‘Alabama Story’ at City Lights Theatre

BLACK & WHITE: A librarian attempts to introduce a book promoting racial tolerance in the segregated south in 'Alabama Story.'

On the cusp of the 1960s, America’s civil rights movement had only just begun. While it’s clear—even in 2018—how far we still have to go, Kenneth Jones’ Alabama Story gives us a glimpse of how far we’ve come. The story follows librarian Emily Wheelock Reed as she champions Garth Williams’ controversial children’s… » Read More

We Need More Heroes Like You


I was there when the fellow on the power wheelchair was hit in Japantown. The only skill I had at my disposal was the ability to call 9-1-1. While I answered a seemingly endless string of questions from the dispatcher, you went over to help the man. You calmly persuaded him not… » Read More


Review: 'The Phantom Thread'

The antagonist, Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis), is a real stick insect, the kind of arrogant, solitary man they used to call "a confirmed bachelor." He's a celebrated designer who lives with his formidable sister Cyril (Lesley Manville); her main attribute is a pair of half-glasses that she stares through at her social inferiors. In Shakespeare's phrase, the springe [trap] to catch this Woodcock is a waitress of mysterious Germanic heritage, whom he encounters one morning at a seaside cafe. Charmingly clumsy and with an uncontrollable blush, Alma (the Luxembourger actress Vicky Krieps) notes down Reynolds' immense breakfast order. Then she gives up her requested phone number, dedicating the note "to my hungry boy." » Read More

Review: 'Molly's Game'

Recalling the dude's habit of lying on the floor and listening to recordings of bowling tournaments, one wonders if Jeff Lebowski would be a fan of Aaron Sorkin scripts. Debuting as director in Molly's Game, the eminent screenwriter (Moneyball, etc.) uses Oliver Stone-and Martin Scorsese-style visual overload to accompany all the endless proactive talk, talk and more talk. It's reminiscent of the bowling ball's long rumbling prelude and inevitable crash into a pyramid of meticulously arranged pins. Jessica Chastain plays Molly Bloom. It sounds awfully like a pseudonym (who names their daughter after the most famous masturbator in English lit?), yet the movie assures us it's on the level. » Read More

The Arts

Review: 'Menopause: The Musical'

It's criminal how well-served the male menopausal audience is. There is not, nor does there need to be, Male Menopause: The Musical; there is no market for nightshirts reading "Keep Calm and Think About Your Hedge Fund." And such an audience would need no $1 souvenir fans to ward off hot flashes. Men over 50 never ever feel that hot, anyway. The Jeanie Linders-written musical debuted in Orlando, Florida, in 2001--about the same time the Backstreet Boys were running amok--and it's survived, complete with merch in the form of CDs, nightshirts riffing on hot flashes and lots of chocolate. It's currently in a perpetual Vegas run, but wherever it plays, moms and daughters meet: the former come to celebrate the power of life apres-estrogen, the » Read More

SJ Quilt Museum Covers the World

Like so many Americans in the '60s, Paul J. Smith yearned to see a world outside of his own. Luckily for him, traveling was a part of his trade. When he became the director of New York's Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in 1963, Smith embarked on a series of journeys around the globe, amassing a range of ethnographic textiles from Asia, Africa and Central and South America. It's all been tucked away in in storage for years--until now. For the first time in his career, Smith will be sharing a portion of his personal collection at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles (SJMQT). » Read More

Silicon Valley's Unique History

Ask Michael Schwarz about the origin of Silicon Valley and he won't point to the microprocessor industry or the hippie movement. Both were essential to shaping the region, to be sure. But if there is one event that marks the beginning of it all, it just might be the advent of the moving picture. It was, after all, Leland Stanford who commissioned Eadweard Muybridge to photograph his horses on the farmland that would ultimately become Stanford University--the valley's de-facto feeder school. At the time, Stanford wasn't in it to kick-start a technological revolution. He just wanted to know if all the hooves of his ponies came off the ground at the same time. » Read More

Features & Columns


The scenery changes as Market Street heads away from downtown San Jose's breweries, art galleries, luxury apartments and hotels--right before the Interstate 280 underpass. At Reed Street, the new luxury living space, The Pierce, sits on the northeast corner. On the northwest, the former Enterprise Rent-A-Car lot has been razed, and heavy machines shape the foundation of a forthcoming development. Then, the march of gentrification halts. For now. On the south side of West Reed Street, where Market merges with and becomes South First, an old, rundown two-story building is home to La PeĆ³ita Restaurant and the vestiges of a showroom for an artisan tile maker. » Read More

Exploring the Cultural Geography of San Jose's East Side

From the King Road side of Mexican Heritage Plaza, I look west down a side street and see the top of the Fairmont Hotel in the distance. I can also see the Marriott. This is how close East San Jose is to downtown. Geographically challenged people often think of the East Side as "out there" when it really isn't. Even worse, those who live throughout the rest of San Jose, many of whom haven't ventured east of 10th Street, mistake East San Jo for some guerrilla warfare barrio riddled with undesirables. "This is not the set of Colors, the movie," says Tamara Alvarado, executive director of the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza, as we walk south down King Road toward San Antonio Street. "If you go up into the hills, it's » Read More

Advice Goddess: I'm Still Not Sure Why He Dumped Me

This psychological spin cycle we go into is called "the Zeigarnik effect," after Russian psychiatrist Bluma Zeigarnik. In the 1920s, Zeigarnik observed that waiters at a busy Vienna restaurant were pretty remarkable at remembering food orders they had taken but had yet to deliver. However, once they'd brought the food to the patrons, they had little memory of what the orders were. Zeigarnik's research suggests that the mind remains in a "state of tension" until we complete whatever we've left incomplete. » Read More

Free Will Astrology: Week of January 17, 2018

Many American women did not have the right to vote until Aug. 18, 1920. On that day, the Tennessee General Assembly became the 36th state legislature to approve the 19th Amendment, thus sealing the legal requirements to change the U.S. Constitution and ensure women's suffrage. The ballot in Tennessee was close. At the last minute, 24-year-old legislator Harry T. Burns changed his mind from no to yes, thanks to a letter from his mother, who asked him to "be a good boy" and vote in favor. I suspect that in the coming weeks, Aries, you will be in a pivotal position not unlike Burns'. Your decision could affect more people than you know. Be a good boy or good girl. » Read More

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