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'The Science of Booze' at C2SV with Adam Rogers

WIRED editor Adam Rogers will talk about his new book, 'Proof: The Science of Booze.' at Zero1 Garage. Read More

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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

C2SV Discussions w/ Yasha Levine and Adam Rogers

In Silicon Valley, we exist under the constant gaze of monitoring—voluntary and involuntary, in our personal communications and by privately-owned security cameras. It's enough to drive a person to the bottle. If you're fretting about the surveillance state and enjoy a couple of quiets at the end of the day, then you might want to catch the C2SV tech discussions with writers Adam Rogers and Yasha Levine. » Read More

'Fatal Laughs': The Art of Robert Arneson

Humor has always been a powerful tool for exposing, exploring and deflecting the darkest aspects of the human condition. The recent death of comedian and Bay Area resident Robin Williams-who transformed depression into brilliant comedy-has only served to crystallize this truth. When it comes to tortured souls turning their inner turmoil into vivid and uproarious artistic expression, Williams is not alone. A new exhibit opening today at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, explores the work of another local artist: the late Robert Arneson. » Read More

Silicon Valley Pride 2014

An LGBT Pride event by any other name—still a huge party with plenty to celebrate. And for its 39th year, the South Bay's major Pride event will not only adopt a new name but also streamline the festivities. Taking the new, more geographically inclusive moniker "Silicon Valley Pride," the festival (formerly known as San Jose Pride) takes place on Sunday, Aug. 17, at Discovery Meadow in downtown San Jose. As the festival rebrands, this year's theme, "Honoring Our Past, Securing Our Future," offers a nod to past accomplishments as well as continuing civil rights battles for LGBT equality. » Read More

Remembering Robin Williams and his Lesser-Seen Roles

We in Northern California took the death of Robin Williams personally and keenly. Williams sightings were common, and we felt, however presumptuously, that he was one of us. If, as the Northern Californian critic David Thomson put it, "'The Robin Williams Picture' had become a warning signal" we could make it a north/south thing and chalk it up to the stupidity of The Industry. They thought of Williams as the eternal boy, the alien in rainbow suspenders, all the way to the end; they judged that Mrs. Doubtfire required a sequel every bit as tedious as the first one. » Read More

'Ex Post Facto' at Empire Seven Studios

At the age of 7 Francisco Graciano already knew he wanted to be an artist. The East Side San Jose native figured that out when he handed his second-grade classmate a drawing he'd done-a cartoon character he'd created after carefully studying his uncle's "stash" of comics. "Seeing his reaction is what convinced me," Graciano says. » Read More

Mobile Digital Arts & Creativity Summit comes to Palo Alto

Late last year, Kyle Lambert had a big moment. The British visual artist became famous nearly overnight after uploading a time-lapse video of his frame-by-frame photorealistic recreation of a Morgan Freeman photograph. You may have seen the clip, which has more than 13 million views on YouTube. Seth Schalet, executive director of the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, saw the video, and he was blown away. It would have been one thing if Lambert had made the image using a variety of precision brushes, but the artist had used little more than his finger and an iPad. » Read More

'Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley'

As a photojournalist firmly dedicated to telling stories of global significance, Doug Menuez has borne witness to some incredibly difficult and terrifying things. He's seen people killed, has run toward raging forest fires and spent time in squalid drug dens. He and his fellow "hardcore" news photographers "were all willing to die to make a picture that would make an impact," Menuez says. » Read More

Silicon Valley Roller Girls Search for a New Home

Flashes of green, black and blue whipped around the track as the Silicon Valley Roller Girls B-Team, the Killabytes, took on the Faultline Derby Devilz from Hollister. Skaters slid across the floor, elbow and knee pads scraping on the track as speeding bodies collided in a roller derby bout that would end with a victory for the home team. SVRG's team came out on top, with a score of 249-119. » Read More

'The Great Pretender'

The Great Pretender opens to a television production set fashioned as a child's room. Toys sit on the shelves, polka dots cover an armoire and children's music plays softly in the background. At center stage, Mr. Felt (Steve Brady) a famous children's TV host, is conversing with his equally famous co-hosts, puppets Carol the Horse (Suzanne Grodner) and the androgynous child Francis (an exuberant Sarah Moser). But this scene is merely a memory, as Felt's wife, Marilyn, who once voiced the puppet Francis, is now dead, leaving the show's future up in the air. » Read More