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Sat Feb 3

Iranian pop star and actor Farzad Farzin has faced many setbacks in his career, but he isn't letting that stop him. After leaving his former band, Corouz Group, to pursue a solo career, he found himself fighting for the rights of his…

Sat Feb 3

Brent Walsh, of the Fremont-born, proggy post-hardcore band I the Mighty is bringing his stripped-down solo material to Mountain View. Walsh--who released his debut solo album, 7, on Equal Vision Records back in 2014--used the record…

Sun Feb 4

Save The Date! #SuperBowl Sunday ....February 4th! Come enjoy the big game on numerous Big Screen TVs, Drinks, Catered Taco Bar, No Cover. Kick-Off at 3:30pm.

Mon Feb 5

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, $4 off any large pizza.

Tue Feb 6

Have you seen curling in the Olympics? Does it look like a blast? Have you wanted to try it? If you answer "Yes!" to any of these questions, come to a Learn to Curl session and get swept up in curling!

Tue Feb 6

Looking to move to the cloud while maintaining the perfect balance of agility and protection? The Epic Cloud Security Event will feature cloud pioneers and global enterprises sharing their real-world experiences in a fast-paced and…

Thru Feb 11

The life and works of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky live on in this dramatization of the famed Russian composer's life. Pianist and actor Hershey Felder has previously channeled Gershwin, Beethoven and Chopin. Now he takes on the man best…

Thru Feb 18

It's 1959 and the Civil Rights movement is starting to grip America. In Montgomery, Alabama, a fight over a controversial children's book -- one in which a black rabbit marries a white rabbit -- pits librarian Emily Wheelock Reed…

Thru Feb 18

Winston Smith lives in a world perpetually at war with unseen forces, where personal electronic devices are used to spy on the populace and facts are manipulated or simply erased. George Orwell created this dystopian future in 1949,…

Thru Feb 25

Vered's works are inspired by the ritual objects she encountered in Nigeria, where she spent her childhood. Her memories inspire her new works which are free from the limits of traditional design and craft.


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Music & Clubs

Air Supply at City National Civic

ONES THAT YOU LOVE: The kings of soft rock, Air Supply, come to City National Civic

Air Supply was one of the biggest-selling acts of the 1980s. With a long string of smash hits—including an impressive string of 10 consecutive Top 40 singles—the Australian band satisfied the listening public’s craving for tuneful, romantic pop. But when the duo of Graham Russell (guitar, vocals and songwriting) and lead singer… » Read More

Fidelio at Lucie Stern Theatre

BEETHOVEN'S FIRST AND ONLY: Lucie Stern Theatre stages Beethoven's lone opera 'Fidelio'

Leonore’s husband, a Spanish nobleman named Florestan, has been sentenced to starve in prison for trying to expose a nefarious warden. And so, the brave and faithful Leonore infiltrates the fortress where her lover is being kept—by impersonating a young man named Fidelio. Now she’s on a mission to save her beloved… » Read More

A Day at the Circus at the SJ Quilt Museum

CARNIVALESQUE: Open house at San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles includes work of Susan Else

After more than five years in the making, Susan Else is ready to show off her work at the Quilts & Textiles Community Open House. Her bright, circus-themed pieces will give viewers a new outlook on this once-popular family pastime. With dark humor and an unexpected, edgy style, Without a Net will… » Read More


Review: 'The 15:17 to Paris'

The miracle of cinema is that very aged directors can be youthful, and young directors can be querulous old fogies. Too bad the 87-year-old Clint Eastwood doesn't prove that equation in The 15:17 to Paris. The gimmick is that Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler star as themselves in the reenactment of their thwarting of a terrorist attack by Ayoub El-Khazzani aboard the high speed Amsterdam-Paris express in 2015. We're already aboard the train, with the bare-chested maniac popping out of the men's bathroom, pistol at the ready...and that's when we flash back to Sacramento. » Read More

Review: 'Black Panther'

We have previously met King T'Challa (the startlingly handsome Chadwick Boseman), whose father was assassinated by a vengeful terrorist in Captain America: Civil Wars. Costumed here in a super-suit made of the amazing material vibranium--the very substance of which Captain America's shield is constructed--T'Challa is not just king, but the hereditary guardian of the African Shangri-La known as Wakanda, a fantastically advanced civilization disguised as one more poor and remote landlocked African nation. He was sucked into the civil war between Earth's mightiest heroes, the Avengers. But this sequel by Oakland-bred Ryan Coogler leaves the matter there and tells of T'Challa's war to retain his crown; he's threatened first by Afrikaner » Read More

The Arts

Review: 'The Flying Dutchman'

The penultimate production of Opera San Jose's 2017-18 season--The Flying Dutchman--is a turbulent tour through the calamities and myths of the sea, as well as an examination of what lies beneath the promise of true love. The classic opera was written by an up-and-coming 26-year-old German composer in the 1830s. These days, Richard Wagner is known far and wide for his dramatic and explosive operas that strike at the heart of the German identity (as well as being the favorite composer of the Third Reich). But back then, Wagner was one of many popular composers, who was also running up debts across Europe with his extravagant lifestyle--to the point that he had his passport seized. » Read More

Amine Ragstar Burns Down 'Babylon'

Amine Rastgar isn't heavy into politics. But in some ways, it feels as if current affairs are aligning quite well with the themes, and especially the title, of his upcoming solo art show, "Present Day Babylon." "A lot of the imagery has to do with fire and idolatry and people fighting over nothing, which is kind of what you see happening now," San Jose native Rastgar says. "So I'm telling my own story through that phrase. 'Present Day Babylon' speaks to my past, present and future." Opening on Feb. 17 at Seeing Things Gallery and running through mid-March, Rastgar's collection reflects his unconventional path into the art realm and the experiences that helped bring him there. As the "token kid who was always drawing in class," his interest » Read More

Review: Bruce Nauman's 'Mirror'

"I just came out of your room, Bruce. And it was one of the most touching experiences, sincerely, that I've ever had of a work of art." That's the late Willoughby Sharp, an avant-gardist, speaking on camera in May 1970, with the artist Bruce Nauman. On a makeshift set inside of San Jose State's art gallery, they're discussing Nauman's "Corridor Installation with Mirror--San Jose Installation (Double Wedge Corridor with Mirror)." This was one of many corridors that Nauman experimented with in the late 1960s and into the '70s--but it was the only one he made on the SJSU campus. Sharp continues the interview with limited help from his subject. He asks hopefully, "What can you say about that room?" The laconic artist replies, "Not very much." » Read More

Features & Columns

Emily Chang's 'Brotopia'

It's the stuff of nerdy programmers' dreams: make enough money in Silicon Valley, and the invites to secret sex parties will roll in. The soirĂ©es are the 21st-century version of dotcom-era trips to Vegas, where you might see a polyamorous venture capitalist dressed like a bunny before he splits off to have druggy sex with a few women at once. The ratio of women to men is 2-to-1, the opposite of a typical tech sausagefest, and the molly takes many forms: mixed into a coconut, pressed into a Snapchat logo-shaped tablet, passed around in big plastic bags. The motto is "no voyeurism," so everyone basically has to participate, and what starts as a "cuddle puddle" often turns into a full-on orgy. » Read More

Backwater Arts Venue Celebrates 10 Years

Backwater Arts is appropriately named. To get there, one must venture down Senter Road, in this case at nighttime, surrounded by noir strip malls of seedy karaoke joints, beauty salons, laundromats, and a VietAir freight shipping facility before turning east down Quinn Avenue. From there, it's only a short stroll past rundown RVs, computer warehouses, trucking yards and a few characters dumping couches on the sidewalk before Quinn dead-ends at a two-story New England-style house built in 1877 and currently home to Backwater Arts. On a chilly night, local musician Ben Henderson and the amazing female folksy trio the Wild Reeds are gigging on a cool makeshift stage out back. I am among the first to show up. » Read More

Advice Goddess: Can Casual Sex be Emotionally Satisfying?

It's possible for a woman to have an orgasm from hookup sex--just as it's possible to spot a white rhino grazing on a roadway median in suburban Detroit. The reality is, hookups tend to work best if you are a man or a trailer. Research by sociologist Elizabeth A. Armstrong and her colleagues finds that for women, hookup sex is particularly problematic in the orgasm-dispensing department. In first-time hookups, women they surveyed reported orgasms only 11 percent of the time--compared with 67 percent of the time from sex in a relationship. However, the more times a woman had slept with her current hookup partner the more likely she was to finish with screams of ecstasy--and not the ones that stand in for "You 'bout done yet?" » Read More

Free Will Astrology: Week of February 14, 2018

At 12,388 feet, Mount Fuji is Japan's highest peak. If you're in good shape, you can reach the top in seven hours. The return trip can be done in half the time--if you're cautious. The loose rocks on the steep trail are more likely to knock you off your feet on the way down than on the way up. I suspect this is an apt metaphor for you in the coming weeks, Aries. Your necessary descent may be deceptively challenging. So make haste slowly! Your power animals are the rabbit and the snail. » Read More

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