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Comedian and musician Phil Johnson sets out towards Mountain View for his Roadside Attraction piece. Event is 21 and over.

Come and enjoy the contemporary jazz sounds of @Jazz. @Jazz is a 6 piece band performing both original and their own modern arrangements of jazz standards. They have released 2 CDs and have performed at various jazz venues around the…

Amy Dabalos will feature as the entertainment live on the terrace.

Viva Parks is a series of free public events in city parks focused on health and wellness resources, physical activities, and community engagement.

Sal Calanni has been featured on the Funny or Die homepage and performed at the Oddball Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest, and the Bumbershoot Film Festival. Reggie is a Bay Area native who started doing comedy in 2000.

Pat Benatar has made her own name and a name for female rock stars in the '80s when she took the charts by storm with songs like "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and "Battlefield." Later on, she met Neil Giraldo and she became his muse.…

Joan Jett is best known for her work with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts who produced singles "Cherry Bomb" and "I Love Rock and Roll." She is joined by Heart and the American rock band Cheap Trick.

End your summer on a soulful and funky note as San Jose closes its summer concert series with a performance by Tower of Power.

Happy Hollow is not just a place for kids! Join our early morning Senior Safari Walkabout. Get some exercise while enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds of Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Seniors are invited to challenge their minds, get…

San Jose Improv host a special event as they welcome Felipe Esparza luckily there will be multiple chances to catch his hilarious act.

"Baby, I Love Your Way" artist Peter Frampton is touring in 2016 and stopping at Mountain Winery. His opener, Emily Afton, is a little bit of everything: Southern, rock, pop, indie, and electronic. The variety of music from both…


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Music & Clubs

Michael Franti, Touring Behind New Record ‘Soulrocker,’ Plays Mountain Winery

'SOULROCKER' Michael Franti plays Mountain Winery.

For Michael Franti, the word “soulrocker” represents much more than just the title of his ninth studio album. In many ways, it also describes the role he’s played as a creative leader and positive force behind the genre-defying, signature sound of Michael Franti & Spearhead, a group that has promoted social and… » Read More

‘Classical Indie’ Duo Dagmar Play Art Boutiki

DIRTY DUO: The bubbly harmonies of Dagmar are reminiscent of Dirty Projectors and Björk.

Miranda Lee and Gemma Rose first sang together in a fifth grade choir in the tiny Iowa town of Fairfield. They went to different schools, so they didn’t reconnect until a mutual friend’s birthday party during college. There, they became instant, vocal soulmates over their shared passion for obscure harmonies. “I was… » Read More

PHOTOS: Too Short @ BackBar SoFa

BIATCH! Too Short rocks the BackBar SoFa. Photo by Greg Ramar.

In one of the higher profile shows hosted by BackBar SoFa in recent months, veteran Bay Area rapper Too Short performed to a near capacity crowd last night. After a series of opening acts and a crowd-moving set by San Jose’s very own DJ Goldenchyld, the Oakland emcee took to the stage,… » Read More


Review: 'Lo and Behold'

Technologies shape us before we even halfway sense their presence. Werner Herzog examines the internet itself in Lo and Behold: Reveries of a Connected World, a documentary in 10 chapters, with commentary by local engineers such as Elon Musk and Stanford's Sebastian Thrun. The foreboding words, "What hath God wrought?" were the first ever transmitted via telegraph; the first message delivered over the nascent internet was a single word: "Lo." It sounds Biblical. But this message, sent between labs at UCLA and Stanford, was little more than a glitch. The message supposed to read, "Log In." But the system crashed just two characters in. » Read More

Review: 'Hell or High Water'

Toby (Chris Pine) is just a good, desperate man, but his ex-con brother Tanner (Ben Foster) enjoys the thrill, and is growing more vicious with every heist. Meanwhile, aging Texas ranger Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges), in his last month before retirement, picks up the case. In the same way that soundtrack artist Nick Cave strains to be Johnny Cash, scripter Taylor Sheridan (Sicario) strains to get the good ol' boy voice. The characters tend to mythologize themselves, as in a scene where Tanner gets into a stare-down and argument with a massive Native American gambler at an Oklahoma casino. Everyone keeps going on about the banks and the land grabs they've made, so that the movie will stay on message. The racist gibes exchanged between » Read More

The Arts

Review: 'Waiting For Lefty'

Clifford Odets wrote this American classic in 1935, mid-Depression, for the New York-based Group Theatre-an avant-garde troupe known for its timely and relevant productions. In recent years it has seen a revival of interest, first in London in 2013 and now at the Stanford Repertory Theatre. Set loosely against the backdrop of a taxi drivers' strike, the play addresses the woes of workers fighting to navigate a cruel and indifferent capitalist system. It fits well within the theme for SRT's current season: "Theater Takes a Stand." Depression-era audiences are said to have raved over the play, cheering it on and revelling in its message of revolt and activism. But the crowd at a recent showing didn't seem spurred to action. » Read More

Silicon Valley Housing Market Eats Empire Seven

Araujo's studio and gallery space has been on the corner of Empire and 7th Street since 2007. In that time, Araujo and his partner, Jennifer Ahn, have worked with local businesses to beautify the area, painting numerous murals around Japantown and greater San Jose. The canine mural on the side of historic Nichi Bei Bussan was the work of Empire Seven, as were the murals on AEF Grocery on Second Street, Santo Market on Taylor, and the massive work along the railroad tracks just behind the studio near Seventh and Empire streets. Araujo has also worked with local nonprofits to teach art classes at juvenile hall. » Read More

Features & Columns

Exclusive: National Book Award Winner William T. Vollmann Offers Sneak Peak of Upcoming Novel

At this time the young man named Matthew discovered a certain kind of sunshine unlike Sacramento's, which to say fiercer and more withering, one of time's best weapons for degrading newsprint yellowish-orange and wrinkling people before their time; once upon a certain August which measured somewhere below far and gone in his ephemeral existence he had been hitchhiking south from Susanville and was set down in Redding where he waited five midday-girdling hours at an on-ramp whose dusty blackberry brambles were actually dripping with melted black sun-made jellies; but in the strange cool May of this current year as he hitchhiked north toward Redding the sunshine had shifted to an opposite otherness from Sacramento's, being somehow greener in » Read More

2016 San Jose Summer Jazz Fest Covers the Bases-Except One

While musicians, jazz fans, and wristbands of all sorts filled downtown, a grand surprise unfolded inside Camera 12 Cinemas. The 2015 film, Song of Lahore, about a group of traditional Pakistani musicians who travel to New York City to perform with Wynton Marsalis, screened to a crowd of eight people that included the filmmaker. Thousands of festival attendees crawling all over the neighborhood might not have known about the film since it was only mentioned on the jazz festival website and not on the printed schedules. There was no signage for the film anywhere, not even in the theater. » Read More

Obama's Drug War Pardons Running Short on Time

"The power to grant pardons and commutations ... embodies the basic belief in our democracy that people deserve a second chance after having made a mistake in their lives that led to a conviction under our laws," the president said. Those whose sentences were commuted will walk out of prison Dec. 1. Obama has now commuted the sentences of 562 men and women sentenced under harsh federal drug laws, including 197 people doing life for drug offenses. That's more commutations than the last nine presidents combined. But it's not close to the number whose sentences Obama could commute under a program announced in 2014 by then-Attorney General Eric Holder and Deputy Assistant Attorney General James Cole. They called on nonviolent federal drug war » Read More

Annual Rahsaanathon Celebration Leaves Indelible Mark

The fourth annual tribute to the late Rahsaan Roland Kirk ignited and united Cafe Stritch last week. Adepts from across the country flew in for the revelry, and Rahsaan's music once again captured the few hundred combined patrons and freeloading journalists who were lucky enough to witness the masterful repertoire of jazz instrumentation, bluesy overtones and extended techniques for wind and brass. Forget everything you learned about circular breathing and multiphonics. These cats were off the charts. In one sense, though, the ripple effects of Rahsaan's genius flowered before the gigs even started. Adam Kahan's documentary, The Case of the Three Sided Dream, screened at Camera 3 and then spilled kitty-corner across the parking lot to the » Read More

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