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'The Italian Girl in Algiers' comes to the California Theatre

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'The Manresa Seasons' at the Art Museum of Los Gatos

The world is an indifferent place governed by the chaotic whims of nature. Humanity's feeble attempts to corral these inexorable forces are futile and ultimately resolve in destruction and decay. And David Kimball Anderson is just fine with that. In fact, the Santa Cruz-based artist finds it all quite beautiful. Anderson is interested in classical beauty-in balance and contemplation. He looks for elegant forms out there in the world, in places overlooked or too familiar to be bothered with. » Read More

'Kimberly Akimbo' charms at Pear Avenue Theatre

Being a teenager is never easy, but it is especially tough for Kimberly Levaco. Circa 2001, in blue-collar New Jersey, 16-year-old Kimberly has recently moved to a new town with her family. Though she attends high school like any teen, Kim stands out from her classmates because she has a rare genetic disorder that causes her to age at 4.5 times the normal rate, giving her the appearance and health of a woman in her 70s. » Read More

TheatreWorks' adaptation of 'Sweeney Todd' at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

To mark its 45th anniversary, TheatreWorks is opening its fall season with a reinterpretation of the old warhorse, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Though it remains the 1979 Tony-award winning musical by Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim, (famously starring Angela Lansbury on stage and Johnny Depp on film), the Palo Alto-based TheatreWorks has chosen to transport the story to 1940s London during the Blitz. It proves to be a compelling, but sometimes awkward choice. » Read More

Latino Comics Expo makes its first appearance in San Jose

Long before Frank Miller mapped out his first edition of Sin City or R. Crumb put his pen to a pad, Mayan scribes were hard at work compiling some of the first stories ever told using pictures scrawled on paper codices—books, as we call them today. Most people will never get to hold one of those historic artifacts, but you can certainly get your fill of modern Latino graphic art this weekend when the Latino Comics Expo (LCX) makes its first ever stop in San Jose. » Read More

'Creative in Common' at the de Saisset Museum

Branches of five different family trees spread their limbs across the de Saisset Museum's newest exhibition, which shows works in a context that's rarely explored on gallery walls. Creative in Common delves into artistic connections across generations and along family lines. As the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary next year, a show examining family ties seems especially appropriate." » Read More

'Movement: An Experience in the Unexpected'

As the San Jose Museum of Art enters its 45th year, museum staff and curators are taking a step back to reflect on how far they've come and where they're going, and they are asking the public to help them gain some perspective with a new exhibit. "The 45th anniversary is sort of mid-life," muses Robin Treen, special projects coordinator at the museum. "Where do you go from here? What is it that you really want to do?" » Read More

Anne & Mark's Art Party

Over the past couple of weeks, you may have noticed dirt-caked SUVs plying Bay Area roadways. The matte-brown coating is a clear cultural signifier in Silicon Valley: the Burners are back, returning from their annual sojourn to Nevada's Black Rock Desert. If you weren't able to make it to the party on the playa, your chance for a big art party is just on the horizon and not nearly so far away-or as dusty. » Read More

Preview: 'Art' at City Lights Theater Company

The "art" from which Art takes its name is less a painting than a blank canvas. And while the stark white work sits figuratively and literally at the center of Yasmina Reza's 1994 play, the production isn't really so much about the piece, as it is about the way three friends respond to it and to each other over the course of of the play. » Read More

'The Science of Booze' with Adam Rogers

With C2SV running all weekend and the return of the SoFA Street Fair this Sunday, many a San Jose party animal has likely asked himself: "How the hell am I going to take in all the festivities and show up to work on Monday feeling like a human?" Here at Metro we've certainly been debating the conundrum. Fortunately, even if you do get carried the way on the back of a Moscow Mule during Cafe Stritch's two local music showcases or put away one too many Hennchatas at Chacho's during Ruckatan's set, you'll be able to look people in the eye on Monday, confident in the knowledge that at least you understand the science behind all the preposterous and juvenile behavior you engaged in over the weekend. » Read More

The Arsenal Hosts 'Graphite Show'

It has become an annual tradition at The Arsenal, the San Jose art shop, studio and gallery space. Each year, a mixture of graffiti artists, tattoo artists, fine artists, illustrators and designers come together to showcase their work in a particular medium. This year the artists have been limited to pencil and paper for the "Graphite Show," which opens this weekend. » Read More