'Alone, Together' Explores Loneliness in the Big City

Photography is more than a way of life for the artists featured in Empire Seven Studios'
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Adam Hochschild Speaks at Stanford

One hundred years ago, a war of surpassing violence and cruelty ravaged the world. What Winston Churchill imagined as "a glorious delicious war" turned out to be something that beggared adjectives meant for sunsets or chocolates. » Read More

Art Imitates Life in City Lights Production of 'M. Butterfly'

In classic Chinese opera, female roles were traditionally played by men because, playwright David Henry Hwang's script sarcastically suggests, "only a man knows how a woman is supposed to act." Deeply rooted concepts of how men and women—as well as Easterners and Westerners—are supposed to act form the nucleus of Hwang's provocative gender-bending play, M. Butterfly, currently showing City Lights Theater. » Read More

'An Evening with Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman'

The term "literary power couple," as nebulous as it is irrelevant to creating new and challenging prose, is often foisted upon, and uncomfortably assumed, by the husband and wife of 22 years. "The word 'power couple' is just a cliche, right? It doesn't mean anything, and if it ever did it doesn't anymore," Chabon says. "We're not in any position to effect any legislation or crush any labor movements." » Read More

Beta Space: Diana Thater

The lowly Scarabaeus viettei-better known as the dung beetle-doesn't exactly scream high art. It spends its days bumbling about clumsily, pushing around balls of excrement (its food of choice). And while it is capable of flying, and certainly looks like some kind of alien life form, what could it possibly have to do with the outer reaches of our galaxy? » Read More

Review: 'The Lake Effect'

This weekend I was dismayed to learn that my favorite local Indian restaurant had suddenly closed, after decades as a neighborhood staple. Sad news but appropriate timing for me to see The Lake Effect-a cafe-set tale of simmering family grudges and secrets making its West Coast premiere. The fresh and engaging TheatreWorks production is now playing at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto. » Read More

'A Few Little Things' at The Arsenal

As a skateboarder, artist and screenprinter, Sid Enck Jr. finds himself constantly looking to his environment for objects that can be turned into artistic expression. In the same way he sees a cement curb as a generator of endless physical articulations, Enck sees an old fence board as a medium for his artistic gestures. » Read More

Help Save Ballet San Jose

Ballet San Jose, the second largest professional ballet company in California needs your help. The company, which is currently working to regain a solid financial footing, is asking for the community's support in raising $550,000 by March 14. » Read More

The Computer History Museum marks 25 years of Photoshop with 'Adobefest'

Remember how wildly colorful geometric patterns and crazy fonts were all the rage in early '90s graphic design? Well, according to Bert Monroy, you can place the blame for that questionable aesthetic on one, solitary entity: Adobe Systems. With the introduction of its two game-changing programs-Illustrator and Photoshop-the San Jose-based Adobe Systems was responsible, at least in part, for all those wacky jogging pants you thought were so cool back in the day. » Read More

The Works of Bruce Conner at the SJ Institute of Contemporary Art

In Wichita they shut him down. The faculty just couldn't deal with him. The legendary artist Bruce Conner (1933-2008) barely even spent that much time at the University of Wichita (now Wichita State), but he was there during what now looks like an explosive kick off to a lucrative career upsetting the applecarts of authority. It was in Wichita in the early '50s that Conner and his crew organized provocative exhibitions that were stymied by the stuffed-shirt faculty within 48 hours. » Read More

Allan Savory: Livestock is the Only Hope for a Dying Planet

Let's face it: with production costs high and public interest limited, the economics of producing opera in the United States are dicey at best. It's no wonder many opera companies play it safe, packing their seasons with bankable works by big-name composers. » Read More