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'The Wireless Age' at History San Jose

The Perham Collection of Early Electronics is one of the hidden treasures of History San Jose's archives. Normally the collection sits in storage, but as of this weekend, several pieces come to light in a new exhibit, The Wireless Age: Electronics Entrepreneurs Before Silicon Valley (1900-1960). Everything, from ancient vacuum tubes to decades-old Ampex tape decks, comes alive—animated by the stories behind them. We see Hewlett-Packard's second-ever oscillator as well as some old-school surveillance equipment that inspired novels and films. » Read More

Piranesi's Paestum: Master Drawings Uncovered

The celebrated 18th-century engraver and illustrator, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, anticipated the tourism industry, urban decay photography, and even image-based 3D modeling for archaeology sites. While Piranesi (1720-1778) was most commonly known for his depictions of imaginary prisons (Carceri d'invenzione), a special new exhibit at the Cantor Arts Center focuses on another project. » Read More

Stanford Rep. Theater Hosts Revue of Noel Coward's Greatest Hits

The British writer, composer and all-around renaissance man, No'l Coward, was a master of witty wordplay, lilting melodies and the perfectly pointed zinger—often directed at his own upper-class English society. Stanford Repertory Theater is celebrating his work this season with its No'l Coward Festival: Art, Style & Decadence. Earlier this summer, the company presented his 1924 comedy-of-manners, Hay Fever, as well as a film series, community symposium and theater course. » Read More

San Jose's Most Notorious Painter Exhibits at Cantor Arts Center

Empire Seven's newest show, "Quest For Pure Land," continues the gallery's current trend of environmentally conscious openings, this time with help from veteran graffiti writer and artist Chip7, and skate and street art legend, Bigfoot. The individual styles of these artists-both of whom prefer to remain anonymous, as they continue to paint illegally-mesh well, perhaps because they both came up together in the New Jersey graffiti scene. » Read More

'Quest For Pure Land' at Empire Seven Studios

Empire Seven's newest show, "Quest For Pure Land," continues the gallery's current trend of environmentally conscious openings, this time with help from veteran graffiti writer and artist Chip7, and skate and street art legend, Bigfoot. The individual styles of these artists-both of whom prefer to remain anonymous, as they continue to paint illegally-mesh well, perhaps because they both came up together in the New Jersey graffiti scene. » Read More

Chromatic Coffee Hosts Art & Music Showcases

Bean Tupou, a barista at Cupertino's trendy third-wave java joint, Chromatic Coffee, leads a double life as a tastemaker in San Jose's DIY art scene. A founding member of the punk collective Think and Die Thinking and guitarist-vocalist in the indie rock band Try the Pie, Tupou is also one of the people responsible for booking Chromatic's music and art showcases. Alongside Chromatic roasters Hiver van Geenhoven, Donald Miguel and manager Otessa Crandell, the artist-activist organizes a monthly series of art receptions, held the first Thursday of every month at the coffee bar. » Read More

'American Idiot' Wows Audience at the Montgomery Theater

While another take on the 2009 Green Day-penned punk-rock musical, American Idiot, may seem like old wine in a new bottle, the latest production by CMT San Jose is definitely a unique vintage. For starters, it's a children's version of the Tony Award-winning musical, and no one in the cast is over 20 years old. » Read More

City Lights Theater's 'West Side Story' is Sharp as a Switchblade

West Side Story is better than Romeo and Juliet. That's right, the midcentury musical masterpiece is greater than Shakespeare's quintessential romance, and San Jose's City Lights Theater Company mostly does it justice with its lively, intimate new production. » Read More