Surreal and Magical: 'Cinderscape' at Empire Seven Studios

The work of of Jaime Lakatos, now on display at Empire Seven Studios, explores nature's
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'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

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