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Being a rock star may be great, but becoming a rock star is a slog. You schlep yourself and your bandmates in a dirty van to seedy venues that pay too little in the hope that someone important will notice.

Blackstreet is an American R&B group founded in 1992 by Thomas Taliaferro (producer) Bobby Brown and Teddy Riley, the inventor of New Jack Swing known for his work as a member of Guy.

Don Alberts is more than a pianist, more a piano stylist in the finest and most classical tradition of Jazz. His style is reminiscent of the dignity and panache of Duke Ellington and the eloquence of Bill Evans, yet clearly…

Local Anya Kvitka is hard to pin down. Hip-hop, trip-hop, future garage, jazz, it doesn't matter, whatever genre she alights upon is the better for her killer voice.

Baseball and the 4th of July go hand-in-hand, especially when there's a post game fireworks presnetation. The players will be wearing special Stars & Stripes jerseys and caps for the game followed by a fireworks extravaganza presented…

The weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly delightful life in "The Addams Family." This magnificently macabre new musical comedy is "a visually satisfying, rib-tickling, lunatic musical that will entertain you to death!"

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Music & Clubs

King Diamond Sharing Stage With Slayer

Holding Court: With a piercing falsetto and penchant for brooding theatrics, King Diamond has lorded over metal fans for decades  performs at The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this weekend.

For nearly¬†35 years, Danish heavy metal icon King Diamond has been slaying audiences around the world with punishing riffs, face-melting solos, his trademark banshee wail and brilliant, brooding, bloody theatrics. The legendary singer, whose work with Mercyful Fate and his own eponymous band has influenced several generations of musicians, hits Shoreline Amphitheatre… » Read More

After Long Hiatus, Citabria Return To The Ritz With Silky Smooth New Album, ‘Exit Reality’

After splitting up, reuniting, and spending two years in mixing purgatory Citabria are back.

“For some reason¬†things are always hard for us,” says Keviano Azevedo, drummer for the San Jose-based progressive alternative quartet, Citabria. He’s got a point. Considering the band’s fraught seven-year history, it is a wonder they’ve made it as far as they have. After their initial formation as a trio in 2008, the… » Read More

VIDEO: Warriors Victory Parade

Go Dubs! Photo by Tony Contini.

The Golden State Warriors took to the streets of Oakland this morning to celebrate the franchise’s first NBA Championship in 40 years. Fans from all over the Bay Area flooded downtown Oakland to cheer the team. Warriors fans both young and old sported blue and gold hats, jerseys and T-shirts, waved flags… » Read More

Movies

Review: 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl'

Something innocent and sweet survives in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, to balance out a manipulative, conniving streak so effective that Fox Searchlight paid $12 million for the film at Sundance. » Read More

Review: 'Inside Out'

Pixar, the studio that tries harder than any of them, tries something completely different in Inside Out-a cartoon inner-space voyage through the subconscious, starring a cast of psychological abstractions. Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Diaz) is not yet thirteen when she is uprooted by her parents from her idyllic Minneapolis home to a dingy Victorian in an authentically delineated San Francisco. » Read More

The Arts

'Arcadia' at Pear Avenue Theatre

Arcadia' is not a play to watch passively. It's a dizzying blend of science, math, history, art and literary references, which requires audiences to sit up, don their thinking caps and pay careful attention. » Read More

Santa Clara Players Have Fun with Tom Lehrer's Songs in 'Tomfoolery'

In fourth grade, my school's music class learned a song called "Pollution." A twist on the advice given to American travelers to not drink the water in foreign lands, it had a catchy melody, Latin rhythm and smart, biting lyrics with an environmental theme. It even had a local shout-out: "The breakfast garbage you throw in to the Bay, they drink at lunch in San Jose" (I grew up in the North Bay so this was especially funny). It was the most hilarious thing 8-year-old me had ever heard. » Read More

Features & Columns

Video Game Teaches Online Security

The San Jose Public Library was recently awarded a $35,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to develop an online project to help people understand privacy issues in the digital age. » Read More

Downtown Doors Art Program

Last week, the Downtown Doors student art program added 22 new works to various service doors and utility boxes all over downtown San Jose, bringing the combined number of locations to 100. This year's winners were selected from 133 student submissions from 15 different high schools. Together, they are now plastered throughout the neighborhood. » Read More

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