The Tabard Theatre's 'Violet' is a Rousing Spiritual Journey

There are elements of 'Violet' that could easily slip into cliche. The strong cast and music,
however, elevate the show to the realm of the sublime. Read More

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Former Associate Artistic Director of San Jose Repertory Theatre John McCluggage presents ShakesBEERience in Cafe Stritch. Professional actors put on the classic Shakespeare drama as a staged reading while audience members can enjoy…

55 South introduces Motown on Mondays. Live DJ's present the best of Motown every monday starting at 6pm. 21+

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Once is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor-musicians who play their own instruments onstage, Once tells the enchanting tale of a…

One of country music's youngest and hottest rising stars is coming to the Bay Area. Frankie Ballard has performed six-string duties for countless top acts in and pop country music today, such as Taylor Swift, Bob Seger, and Uncle…

The point is this show's potential is limitless. It could quite possibly be the greatest comedy show of all time and if it's not, it'll at least be funny enough.

Original Voice of Skid Row. Winner: CMT'S 'Gone Country 2".

Local chanteuse Paige Noir plays Red Rock again, and brings a jazzy vocal flair over indie love songs. This stunning singer will lift you out of your chair and into space with her exotic sound.

The Super Soul Bros. are a San Jose-based band with the unique distinction of creating music inspired by video games. Featuring Robbie Benson on keys, Brian Sheu on guitar, Alfredo Vega on drums, and Luke Borello on bass.

This tour is roughly 5 hours long and includes the following: Round-Trip Transportation to and from the San Jose Dirdon CalTrain Station, your Passport to hOppiness, Lunch, Trivia and Prizes on the Bus, all Tastings, and a great…

Music's got a long history of impressive duos, from Simon & Garfunkel to Method Man & Redman. There's just something special about a tag team of two distinct personalities joining forces for a singular musical mission.

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Music & Clubs

Motown On Mondays Moving To Continental

Motown On Mondays is moving from 55 South (pictured) to The Continental. Photo by Brian Kirksey.

Motown On Mondays is moving to The Continental, Bar, Lounge and Patio, with it’s first weekly party scheduled for Monday, May 11. The the future location of the popular Monday-night party had uncertain—or at least officially uncertain—since the local DJ crew behind the local MOM branch, the MOM SJ Players, abruptly announced it would… » Read More

Dave’s Not Here: Our New Pot Club Critic On Purple Lotus Patient Center’s Maui Wowie

Dave's Not Here: This isn't Dave. This is a pot plant. Like we said, Dave isn't here, man...

Among the numerous cannabis dispensaries in the South Bay, Purple Lotus Patient Center possesses a familiar yet individualistic character through its distinct balance of highly diverse and reasonably priced cannabis, coupled with a convincingly unintentional outward ruggedness. With an entrance at the tail end of a narrow and discrete business lot, Purple… » Read More

An Evening At AFK Gamer Lounge

We sent our writer, Stephen Layton to get drunk, eat food and play video games at AFK Gamer Lounge.

Some day, Kevin Wick hopes to play video games in his own video game bar. That day, he tells me on the back patio, will be “The day I can sleep more than five hours a night.” The 24 year-old co-owner of the new AFK Gamer Lounge has lost sleep for months… » Read More

Movies

Review: 'True Story'

Simultaneously and promoting exculpatory baloney, True Story contrasts two evildoers. One is Mike Finkel, a New York Times Magazine writer, disgraced after he used composite characters in a cover story about modern day slavery on the African cocoa plantations. The other is Christian Longo (played here by Palo Alto's own James Franco). Longo was merely a multiple murderer. » Read More

Review: 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

Dorothy Parker's comment that "the Alps are beautiful but they're dumb" comes to mind during scenes featuring mountainscapes in Clouds of Sils Maria. Certainly, this import deserves some of the attention given to Birdman, particularly in its examination of actors unable to express their gifts in that plethora of superhero-or vampire-material of which we all presumably can't get enough. » Read More

The Arts

'Alone, Together' Explores Loneliness in the Big City

Photography is more than a way of life for the artists featured in Empire Seven Studios' upcoming exhibition, "Alone, Together." "None of us go out of the house without a camera," says Joe Aguirre, one of the five photographers featured in the exhibit—a graphic study of isolation and separation. "Having our camera with us is like having our wallet or keys." All of the photos on display in the show are the result of a kind of spontaneity that could only be achieved by a team of photographers who are ready to start snapping at any moment. » Read More

Art Imitates Life in City Lights Production of 'M. Butterfly'

In classic Chinese opera, female roles were traditionally played by men because, playwright David Henry Hwang's script sarcastically suggests, "only a man knows how a woman is supposed to act." Deeply rooted concepts of how men and women-as well as Easterners and Westerners-are supposed to act form the nucleus of Hwang's provocative gender-bending play, M. Butterfly, currently showing City Lights Theater. » Read More

Features & Columns

The Plentiful Peach Mashes Ideology and Art in Imaginative Performance

Just like I'd expect from Palo Alto, the historical capital of Silicon Valley, an inspiring half-eastern and half-western collaboration will erupt this weekend. Spacetime-continuum-channeled via Azerbaijan, Iran, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Palo Alto High and the beige corridors of SJSU's School of Music, The Plentiful Peach premieres Sunday at Stanford's Bing Concert Hall thanks to two unique talents: Niloufar Talebi on words and Mark Grey on music. » Read More

How a University Launched the Electronic Music Revolution

It wasn't that long ago when all music was made by acoustic instruments-vibrating strings, oscillating reeds and resonating wood. Our musical devices were powered by wind, friction and other forces. But today, whether you're scanning the radio or browsing a web-based streaming service, chances are high that at least a portion of the music you're encountering was produced through some form of synthesis. The wobbling bass of that dubstep drop, the bowel-rattling kick and the snapping snare on that hip-hop beat, the impossibly rapid, arpeggiated guitar lick-all of them produced by a synthesizer. » Read More

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