Metro's Guide to Summer 2015

Metro's Summer Guide is overflowing with awesomeness. Beer and food events, hot street fairs, cool concerts, art galleries, plays, movies for date night or the whole family-it's all in here. Read More

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The Mountain Winery opens its Summer Concert Series with an appearance by recording artist Erykah Badu Erykah Badu. Best known for her eccentric style and cerebral music, Erykah Badu is a four-time Grammy Award winning soul singer and…

This young DJ has made a name for herself recently with her hard work and talent. As one of the fastest rising stars, Her turntable skills have been proven over and over again to be real and true to the DJ tradition.

Local funk ensemble Super Soul Bros operate on two different levels. On the one hand they are a retro, video game-loving nerd's dream come true, as they transform old video game tunes into funky, smooth-grooving jams.

With his distinctive vocals and blue-collar songwriting skills, Canadian icon Bryan Adams' take on rock 'n' roll basics found a niche that has lasted for over 20 years.

The Purple Ones hail from Oakland, and is the brainchild of Morty Okin, former co-founder, band leader, trumpeter of the Michael Jackson tribute band Foreverland, and Roger Rocha, the lead guitarist of 4 Non Blondes and The…

Blending composition and improvisation in a fluid continuum that creates a hypnotically insightful atmosphere, Rich's concerts involve live electronics with analog modular synthesis, keyboards and computer, along with his signature…

The largest taco event in Northern California, the San Jose Taco Festival brings a variety of taco recipes from more than 35 of the best regional food trucks. All plates will be $5 or less. Short rib tacos, nacho tacos, Vietnamese…

Unlike other clubs and parties in the South Bay, the Detox Pool Party combines the essences of Miami and Vegas into one long afternoon poolside party. Before the summer finally goes away this might just be the last chance to enjoy…

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

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Music & Clubs

Atlanta Punks, Microwave, Bring The Heat

Switched On: the Atlanta-based Microwave balance pop sensibilities with honesty and pain.

The term “pop punk”¬†used to be thrown around derisively. It was deployed with a sneer, meant to emphasize that the glistening vocal harmonies and sheen of big-budget production found on early aughts albums from the likes of Good Charlotte and the then-peaking Blink-182 made the music somehow less authentic or earnest. The… » Read More

Robert Rich Performing At Mexican Heritage Plaza

Robert Rich is known for creating lush soundscapes. Photo by Brian Tirpack.

In a suburban¬†Silicon Valley garage, piles of digital and analog instruments surround Robert Rich and myself. A decades-long legend in the ambient music world, Rich works out of his studio, and as we’re sitting here, Afghan rugs hang from the wall and ethnic percussion instruments seem asleep in one corner. In another… » Read More

Review: U2 Bring Nostalgia and ‘Innocence’ to SAP Center

Photos by Brian Kirksey

It is only appropriate that U2 kicked off the first U.S. date of its latest North American tour with a sold-out crowd of devotees at SAP Center on Monday, including members of the San Francisco Giants, the Rev. Cecil Williams from Glide Church and big names in tech. No other band is… » Read More

Movies

Review: 'About Elly'

Finally getting a release here, the intriguing 2009 Iranian film About Elly is about what they used to call "a fate worse than death"-concerning a vanished Iranian woman who may be either dead or dishonored. Director Ashgar Farahadi (A Separation) includes the sort of mysterious little details that you can only get by letting incidents breathe, instead of calibrating every moment. » Read More

Review: 'Good Kill'

Big E for Effort for Andrew Niccol's didactic, sometimes wishy-washy liberal movie about the drone strikes. Made with an important purpose, Good Kill is, at worse, just another exhibit in some future film retrospective, regarding how American feature films tried to cope with the War on Terror and ended up with scripts that were figuratively doubled over like a Christian Scientist with appendicitis. » Read More

The Arts

'Cinderscape' at Empire Seven Studios

Thoughtful, surreal and magical, the latest exhibit at Empire Seven Studios-Cinderscape, by Oakland-based artist and designer, Jaime Lakatos-explores the devastating impact humans have had on the natural world. Lakatos' art is both disturbing and familiar-all dusted with a touch of fantasy. Her sculptures of animals are brooding, dark and sometimes ambiguous. Some are spotted with patches of real fur; others support stuffed birds on their backs; all feature a texture reminiscent of charred wood. » Read More

'SPECTRUM' Explores an Underrated Medium

In Anno Domini's stunning new exhibit, SPECTRUM, glass is literally and metaphorically transformed in ways both unorthodox and unconventional, forcing the viewer to radically alter their perception of what can be done with the medium. At first glance, the exhibition seems to have nothing to do with glass. Strictly speaking, almost nothing on display actually looks like the material as we usually encounter it. » Read More

Features & Columns

'Sparks' Exhibit Provides Timeline of Glass Sculpture Movement

Right now, approximately 50 pieces of glass art fill the Carmen Castellano Fine Arts Gallery at San Jose City College. Just one of many glass shows already installed or about to be installed around San Jose, this one comes with a catchy title: Sparks: California Glass Networks 1960s to Present, the Glass Movement Catches Fire in California. » Read More

'The Jinx' Renews Focus on Disappearance of California Girl

Eccentric millionaire and accused murderer Robert Durst awaits extradition from Louisiana to California for the alleged killing of his confidante Susan Berman in December 2000. Meanwhile, sources with knowledge of the case indicate that federal investigators continue to focus on Durst as a "person of interest" in the unsolved disappearance of Northern California teenager Karen Mitchell in 1997. » Read More

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