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'Arcadia' at Pear Avenue Theatre

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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

'Natural Selection' at Empire Seven Studios

Empire Seven Studios' new show, Natural Selection, is an exploration of how human beings and animals live together and the extent of the power humans enjoy over the natural world-in particular, the world of animals. Through a combination of sculpture, unconventional media, like antique gloves, and contrasting styles, Empire Seven Studios has managed to unify the diverse talents of each featured artist into a single complementary theme. » Read More

'The Illusionists' Brings Cutting-Edge Magic to San Jose

Make no mistake. While a rabbit may ultimately be pulled from hat at next week's South Bay debut of The Illusionists, the program is a far cry from any kind of traditional magic show. Mixing Broadway production value with flashy, Las Vegas style, The Illusionists is a non-stop, head-spinning roller coaster, which aims to set a new standard for big-budget stage magic. » Read More

'A Fragile Narrative' at SJICA

Glass art rarely gets its due, in comparison to fiber, ceramics, clay and other sculptural methods. Most of the time, glass is relegated to utilitarian contexts or decorative shlock, which is why several galleries around town have curated glass-themed shows in conjunction with the Glass Art Society Conference hitting town in a few weeks. Everyone involved—both at the conference and gallery levels—is trying to shatter the idea that glass is simply decor. » Read More

'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

Silicon Valley Open Studios

The South Bay and Peninsula are awash in creativity. That's clear from the region's tech prowess. But the leaders of Apple, Google, Facebook and Adobe aren't the only inspired minds in the area. Silicon Valley is home to myriad visionary artists. And for the next two weekends, photographers, painters and sculptors from Campbell to Palo Alto will be showing their works at the 29th annual Silicon Valley Open Studios. » Read More

The New Museum Los Gatos Explores the Intersection of Art and History

Theses days the New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) may look like a warren of empty space and ongoing construction. But it will soon be one of the premiere art and history museums in the Bay Area. The two-storied space is located next to the Los Gatos library in a quiet corner of the Los Gatos Community Center. With the help of first-time contributors, what started as a small oddity collection in the '60s, has turned into a large and multifaceted museum, specializing in exploring the intersections between art and history. » Read More

'Brian Wall: Squaring the Circle,' Features Recent Work from Sculptor

More than any other media, sculpture has undergone a transformation from striving for the most realistic representation (statues and busts) to virtually whatever an artist can put together in three dimensions, using whatever materials he or she chooses. As a result, Jeff Koons can amass a boat load of flowers, Fred Sandback can stretch yarn from ceiling to floor and Felix Gonzalez-Torres can heap a pile of cough drops in the corner and call it a sculpture. » Read More

Review: 'The Magic Flute'

Just as it did at its premiere in Vienna in August 1791, The Magic Flute opened at the California Theatre to a sold-out theater. The classic opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and librettist Emanuel Schikaneder explores themes of love, knowledge, death, and the Enlightenment and has been a mainstay of opera houses throughout the world for centuries. » Read More

Review: 'Once' at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

The bittersweet Irish musical Once has, despite its title, charmed audiences in at least two incarnations so far—as an Oscar-winning film, then as a Tony-winning Broadway production. Local fans will get a chance to see the stage version when the national touring company takes up residence in San Jose next week. » Read More

Review: The Tabard Theatre's 'Violet'

A rousing score, soaring harmonies and an ugly-duckling story of sorts prove a successful combination in Violet, the Tabard Theatre Company's charming new musical production. The name "Tabard" refers to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, a collection of stories narrated by a group of men and women on a religious pilgrimage. » Read More

'Alone, Together' Explores Loneliness in the Big City

Photography is more than a way of life for the artists featured in Empire Seven Studios' upcoming exhibition, "Alone, Together." "None of us go out of the house without a camera," says Joe Aguirre, one of the five photographers featured in the exhibit—a graphic study of isolation and separation. "Having our camera with us is like having our wallet or keys." All of the photos on display in the show are the result of a kind of spontaneity that could only be achieved by a team of photographers who are ready to start snapping at any moment. » Read More