The King of Funk: George Clinton Brings His Freaky, Afrofuturistic Vision to San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

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Fri Aug 4-6

Michelle Wolf's off-beat stage presence and humorous observations are coming back to Sunnyvale. As of late, she's been pretty busy writing for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Late Night with Seth Meyers. She'll bring that same…

Fri Aug 4

The longest-running touring music festival in North America, the Vans Warped Tour, is returning to Shoreline with its annual dose of punk, metal, hardcore, screamo and a sprinkling of electronic and hip-hop. American Authors, a four…

Fri Aug 4

It's time to get filthy again with a cadre of artists enlisted by Wobbleland to shake you to your very core. Los Angeles dubstep head 12th Planet will be headlining the first night, where he will most likely play tracks from his most…

Fri Aug 4

Famed guitarists and songwriting duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have been doing this for awhile. Across their 17-year career the rock and new flamenco players have released five studio albums, performed at countless festivals and even played…

Fri Aug 4

Things are still up in the air when it comes to The Echo Mountain Boys, a young bluegrass trio that released their first album in May. All we know for certain is that a banjoist, guitarist and demonologist bassist have vowed to…

Fri Aug 4

n partnership with The MADE and The Vintage Computer Festival, Friday Nights @CHM is hosting a vintage game night! Get the chance to play classic video games on an Amiga 4000, an Apple IIGS and even our PDP-1 and Galaxy Game console.

Fri Aug 4-5

On Friday, August 4th, dance under the stars and lights of History San Jose to the sounds of live big band music. The war is ranging in the Pacific, and WWII re-enactors recreate the mood of a country at war for nearly fours years.…

Sat Aug 5

Generations before the fantastical cast of characters from the Harry Potter series captured the imagination of America, the British were worming their way into our collective consciousness through rock & roll. From The Beatles, The…

Sat Aug 5

Tiny Tots is thrilled to be hosting The Big Latch On for the 3rd time at our Parenting Resource Center. Global Big Latch On events take place at registered locations around the world, where women gather together to breastfeed and…

Sun Aug 6

Latin Grammy-nominated DJ Dusty's trap inventions are a tribute to life on the Southern Texas border where Latin music history and the infinity of MPC sampling collide. The producer's bass-heavy dance music is a tropical soup of…

Sun Aug 6

Enter the 2017 Community Talent Competition held at the Santa Clara County Fair and sponsored by Youth Focus, Inc. Open to young people from 4 to 21 years old who sing or play a musical instrument (except piano). Competition is…

Mon Aug 7

Watch all of the games on 40+ screens! Food & Drink Specials All Day Monday. $2 off any mule, $25 pitchers of Ketel One mule on tap, $16 Stella pitchers, $1 off craft beers, $19.99 any large pizza.

Thru Aug 18

Wag Hotels is hosting its 6th Annual Summer Day Camp for Dogs from July 17th - August 18th. For 5 weeks, dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds will experience the ultimate summer fun. Each week will highlight a unique summertime theme…


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Music & Clubs

‘Nacho Libre’ At St. James Park

NACHO: After the first day of the Silicon Valley Music & Taco Fest, it's Nacho time!

Nothing beats a warm night under the stars with friends, family and one of Jack Black’s all-time best characters—Nacho! The 2006 film by Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess follows Ignacio, a quirky Catholic cook, who spends his days preparing and serving mediocre food at the Oaxacan monastery and orphanage where he was… » Read More

The Spelling Bee(r) Returns To Local Color

WORD UP: 'Mighty' Mike McGee brings his Spelling Bee(r) back to Local Color.

All the world’s information (and plenty of misinformation) is at our fingertips. It’s enough to drive old curmudgeons like us to pine for the good old days. You know, back before squiggly red lines alerted us to our grammatical faux pas and our handsets auto-corrected our text messages—when you either knew how… » Read More

Silicon Valley Music & Taco Fest In St. James Park

TACO TIME: The third annual Silicon Valley Music & Taco Fest returns to St. James Park. Photo by Greg Ramar.

The Silicon Valley Music and Taco Fest is back. What started as a single-day taco celebration has expanded into a full weekend of tortilla-cradled goodness, complete with live musical performances, a silent disco and an eating contest. They are even bringing in a mechanical bull for the would-be cowboys and cowgirls in… » Read More


Review: 'Turn It Around'

It's narrated in a skeptical sort of voice by Iggy Pop. If there are no stars, there are recurring figures. One was Tim Yohannan, publisher of the zine Maximum Rock and Roll. Yohannan was a Berkeley Maoist who felt that punk heralded the revolution to come. This indefatigable organizer was hard-nosed enough to debate Bill Graham on the state of rock music on KPFA radio. Larry Livermore, a writer and a founder of Lookout! Records, captured the sounds of the times. Throughout this film are the still photos of Murray Bowles, who caught hundreds of images of this fleeting underground scene. » Read More

Review: 'The Dark Tower'

There's been much head-scratching lately in the wake of David Weigel's book on the age of prog-rock: is that era better described as a catastrophe, or a calamity? The Dark Tower is a prog-rock movie, with its citations of King Crimson, long gun solos, portentous words and po-mo borrowings from kid's books. As scripted, it looks like something from M.Night Shyamalan-the man who would be [Stephen] King. In fact, it's a condensation of eight King novels, squished into 90 minutes of chalky, metaphysical space Western. In the navel of the universe is an immense tower shooting out good vibes to the denizens therein. Outside the spell it casts are a menagerie of Lovecraft-ian beasts, lurking and waiting. Also keeping them back are the bullets of » Read More

The Arts

Identity Art

A block from the main corridor of the First Friday Walk, a mass of artsy youth congregated at Social Policy for "Our Heaven"-a mixed-media showcase of 19 local artists with a single common thread. Inside SoPo, a half-animated video was playing on the wall. Spicy soup bases, udon noodles and soy sauce bottles lined the brightly lit aisles of a supermarket. It was a familiar sight for those of us who grew up accompanying our parents to the store-if your family was Asian, that is. The video was created by Josiah Columna, a Filipino American artist whose stop-motion animation and found footage mashup was one of many works on display at the cafe-by-day, gallery-by-night venue on Friday. » Read More

Northside Theatre Company Comes Home

If you think you've had a bad year, San Jose's Northside Theatre Company has you beat. When the Anderson Reservoir spilled over this past winter, many San Jose neighborhoods found themselves at the mercy of the elements. After two weeks of heavy rain in late February, waters in Coyote Creek reached a critical level, and entire San Jose neighborhoods were flooded. All told, more than 14,000 residents were forced to evacuate their homes in a disaster that cost nearly $100 million in damage. One of the victims was the Olinder Community Center, home to the Northside Theatre Company since 1980. Like most theater companies, Northside started its year planning a season's worth of performances, capped by its annual holiday production of "A » Read More

Review: 'Lord of the Flies'

Featuring a cast of aspiring young actors from a variety of Bay Area junior high and high schools, the play is presented by the Palo Alto-based youth theater company, A Theatre Near U, in cooperation with the Pear in Mountain View. Just as in the novel, the play follows the plight of a small group of schoolboys marooned on an unpopulated island somewhere in the Pacific. Though the group attempts to work together at first, factions soon form and the children fight among themselves as they struggle to survive and find rescue. An allegorical tale first published in the U.K. in 1954, Lord of the Flies was Golding's response to the rise of Hitler, and feels particularly relevant in today's fractious political climate. "It is easier than we » Read More

Features & Columns

San Jose Jazz Clears Path to Music for City's At-Risk Youth

Every time the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest comes around, not enough emphasis is placed on the educational arm of the San Jose Jazz operation. To focus on just one example, Progressions is an intensive program helping low-income, at-risk youth develop their musical talents, a process inseparable from learning teamwork, social skills and critical thinking. The goal is to keep elementary-age kids out of gangs, in school and locked in a groove toward a creative life, so much so that the program is partly sponsored by the Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force. Progressions started in the spring of 2011 at Santee Elementary, which is part of the Franklin-McKinley School District. During its first year, the program taught kindergarten through third » Read More

Advice Goddess: How Do You Weed Out Criminals When Online Dating?

It's good for a man to have goals, though ideally not one that involves growing a fern out of your comforter. As you appear to understand, the problem isn't ill will; it's "I, Robot." The first time your husband wondered "Where do I put this wet towel?"-perhaps at age 10-his brain said, "Easy peasy...just drop it right there on the bed." Sadly, it seems his superhero bedspread didn't pipe up: "Superman's got a ton to do today, and flying your wet towel over to the hamper is not on his agenda." Our brain is an efficiency expert. Figuring things out the first time around (a la "what should I do with this towel?") takes a bunch of energy. But, as neuroscientist Donald Hebb pointed out (in somewhat more neuroscientific terms), as you do an » Read More

Free Will Astrology: Week of August 9, 2017

In my astrological opinion, your life in the coming days should draw inspiration from the ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia, a six-day bout of revelry that encouraged everyone to indulge in pleasure, speak freely, and give gifts. Your imminent future could (and I believe should) also have resemblances to the yearly Doo Dah Parade in Pasadena, which features a farcical cavalcade of lunatics, like the Shopping Cart Drill Team, The Radioactive Chicken Heads, the Army of Toy Soldiers, and the Men of Leisure Synchronized Nap Team. In other words, Aries, it's an excellent time to set aside your dignity and put an emphasis on having uninhibited fun; to amuse yourself to the max as you experiment on the frontiers of self-expression; to be the » Read More

Cafe Stritch's Rahsaanathon Vibrates with Positivity in Fifth Year

Every year that Cafe Stritch pays tribute to its patron saint, Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1935-1977), bright moments appear on multiple levels. Spacetime continuum-shattering vibes have already surfaced in this, the fifth year of Rahsaanathon, via the presence of Todd Barkan, proprietor of the legendary jazz club Keystone Korner in San Francisco. Barkan toured with Kirk multiple times and showed up a month ago at Stritch, ratcheting up the anticipation for this year's festivities. Kirk's influence is multidimensional. He lost his sight at an early age, but he still played three saxophones at once, including a straight alto that gave Cafe Stritch its name. His music and positive, uplifting attitude left a long-term impact on thousands of » Read More

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