Annual F/X Reunion Party Comes Full Circle This Black Friday

After more reunions at what's now the Continental, this year's bash shall erupt in mythical fashion. Read More

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Come on out to the San Jose Improv Wednesday November 25th for our "Thanksgiving Comedy Extravaganza. We have Bay Area favorite Nick Hanna headlining featuring TJ Kelsall along with Alby Bustamante, Chris Foster and many more!!!!

10th Annual Give Thanks >Wednesday November 25th + Friday November 27th Northern California's Thanksgiving Event Like No Other! Every year #GiveThanks has sold-out ... so join us this year as we are doing a multi-day event! 3LAU +…

Start Thanksgiving Day off on the right foot at the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot. Before the big games, the big meal, the parades and the pies, why not get in a little exercise with a few thousand neighbors? It's an…

Thanksgiving Day Celebration at LB Steak San Jose. On Thanksgiving Day, November 26, LB Steak in San Jose will be open from noon to 8:00 PM serving a reduced regular a la carte menu plus two holiday prix fixe four-course menus, one…

Christmas in the Park is an annual holiday tradition that takes place in the heart of Downtown San Jose at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez. For more than 30 years, this whimsical event has brought people from all over the Bay Area together…

SJSU SPARTANS FOOTBALL VIEWING & AFTERPARTY. Join us for the televised games, and after every home game to enjoy food & drink specials.

Black Friday shoppers looking for those unique gifts, have the chance to forgo the big box stores and support independent artists and craftspeople by visiting the San Jose Harvest Festival, happening November 27 - 29 at the San Jose…

Bottle & Bottega, the iconic art and wine studio in Campbell, has partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank to help those in need this holiday season. Events will be held throughout Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 28-Dec. 1) at Bottle &…

Enjoy a Makers Market on The Row featuring local artisan talent. Event takes place in Park Valencia on Saturday, November 28th from 11am-5pm. Specility Vendors to be announced soon!

It's our fifth year for the SJWC Gingerbread House Decorating Party. This event is a fundraiser for the San Jose Woman's Club and features a fun afternoon of gingerbread house decorating for children and adults, including children who…


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Music & Clubs

Kastle Bringing ‘Left-Field’ Sounds to BackBar

Barrett Richards, who records as Kastle, says watching Sesame Street as a kid got him interested in electronic music production.

Musicians draw inspiration from so many different places-other musicians, major events in their personal lives, political movements, drugs and spiritual experiences. Barrett Richards, who makes murky and experimental electronic music under the moniker Kastle, says one of his earliest inspirations came in the form of Herbie Hancock performing “Rockit” on Sesame Street,… » Read More

Kutt Calhoun Steps Out On His Own

NO MORE: Underappreciated for years at his former label, Strange Music, Kutt Calhoun steps out on his own.

Kutt Calhoun isn’t just going solo. He’s an army of one, and he’s going to war. The no-coast rapper and co-founder of Missouri independent hip-hop label Strange Music, has a new album, a new label and a bone to pick—with his former colleagues and overzealous police. Speaking on his cell phone as… » Read More

Blitzen Trapper Have Done It All

Eric Early, frontman and primary songwriter of the Portland-based Blitzen Trapper, doesn’t shy away from a challenge. In fact, he often goes looking for one. In 2010, he followed up the freak-folky Furr—his band’s pastoral, dreamy and critically acclaimed 2008 Sub Pop debut—with a sweeping, prog-rock throwback. Destroyer of the Void, which… » Read More


'The Wonders'

Sometimes, when watching a really first-rate movie, you don't know where everyone stands-after an hour or two, the characters' loyalties and disappointments are still a mystery. How deeply have they hurt each other? How far are they sunk in their own obsessions? That's for them to know and for you to find out. Director Alice Rohrwacher's The Wonders is set during the summer in Italy's Etruscan region. Occupation by humans for 3,000 years can certainly scrape a place bare. » Read More


One reason to herald Brooklyn as one of the best films of 2015 is that it makes such an eloquent argument in favor of the classic movie studio style, while not being a slavish pastiche of the way movies were once made. In Atonement (2007), Saoirse Ronan was Briony, the child with the piercing eyes, born to stealthily observe and to grow up to be a writer. Ronan is 21 now, in bloom and key to the beauty of director John Crowley's adaptation of Colm Toibin's novel. Her Eilis is a determined, intelligent Irish girl of 1951 who immigrates to New York with the help of a priest named Father Flood (Jim Broadbent). » Read More

The Arts

'Handle With Care' Is An Alternative To Traditional Holiday Productions

Seen enough scrooges to last a lifetime? All Nutcrackered out? Those looking for something sweet and different from the traditional holiday entertainment options may want to check out Handle with Care, the latest offering from City Lights Theater Company. The bilingual romantic comedy by Jason Odell Williams (with Hebrew portions written by his wife, Charlotte Cohn) is billed as the "perfect Jewish Christmas story," although it's only loosely a holiday tale. » Read More

'Figaro' Is Delightfully Bawdy, Yet Still Refined

When endeavoring to describe opera, some begin combing through a thesaurus in search of highfalutin adjectives and impassioned verbs. But in Opera San Jose's production of Mozart's classic-and bawdy-The Marriage of Figaro, many of the usual operatic tropes are delightfully subverted, satirized and outright mocked. Set in a Spanish castle, the story occurs in a single, emotionally explosive day. » Read More

Features & Columns

Annual F/X Reunion Party Comes Full Circle This Black Friday

Twenty years ago, the celebrated F/X nightclub in downtown San Jose closed its doors after a gloriously blasphemous six-year run. To bring it all back, starting in 2008 original F/X owner Fil Maresca began staging annual F/X reunions every Black Friday at the Blank Club. After a few more reunions at what's now the Continental, this year's bash shall erupt in mythical fashion. For the first time, the get-together takes place in the original F/X building, now reincarnated as The Ritz. » Read More

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: 50 Gifts Under $50

Well, 2015 is almost over, and the rent is still too damn high. In San Jose—the newly crowned "Richest city in America," and the surrounding Silicon Valley—there's little sign of cost of living shifting to favor the working class (or even the big-paycheck earners stuck with big housing payments) anytime soon. The holiday season isn't helping. This year, the familiar onslaught began even earlier. The major marketing firms didn't even bother with Thanksgiving—skipping straight from hawking Halloween candy to decking the halls. Jack-o-lanterns were still flickering in the early morning dusk when the drivetime news broadcasts were interrupted by commercials trumpeting Black Friday. » Read More

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