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'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg'

All four of the original Grand Council of Punk Rock Elders, New York City Chapter, A.D. 1974-a.k.a., the Ramones-have shuffled off this mortal coil and moved on to that Rock & Roll High School in the sky. But while Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy are no longer with us, the band's second and longest-continually-operating drummer, Marky Ramone, still walks this earth, a sober man for more than 30 years now. » Read More

'Divided' they stand at the Trianon Theatre

We all know that guy (and yeah, it's usually a guy), who has a surplus of opinions on controversial topics and a God-given right as an American to share these with you in a high volume monologue. Turns out, people actually want to listen to that guy. He just needs a stage, a microphone, oh, and some legitimate comic talent. That last part's usually the stickler. » Read More

Hear This! Explores the Power of Sound

Imagine yourself in a room made of speakers, stacked more than 9 feet high. First you take in the visual. Then you hear and feel the noise, slowly undulating through the space, hissing and vibrating in 12-channel audio-a familiar yet mysterious presence. Welcome to Kate Lee Short's The Oculus, one of several sound explorations included in "Hear This!," a new exhibit at the Palo Alto Art Center. » Read More

'Twice Heroes' honors Nisei Veterans

It's one of the keenest ironies of the Second World War. In the 1940s the American-born sons of Japanese immigrants-the Nisei-were soldiers at some of the worst fighting in Europe. Meanwhile, their families languished in a series of prison camps, all over the wastelands of America. Californians assume that the rest of the nation knows about this, because the story is so well known here. Don't bet on it. » Read More

'The MeshugaNutcracker'

Here's the premise of The MeshugaNutcracker! in a nutshell: It's December, and eight residents of the little Jewish village of Chelm are presenting their annual Chanukah pageant, a collection of songs and vignettes celebrating the Festival of Lights, with tunes lifted from a certain Christmas-themed Tchaikovsky ballet. But their director has disappeared with the props, leaving the actors-each of whom has the IQ of a bagel-to improvise. » Read More

'Stoned Moon' opens at Stanford

The elegant curvature of a great egret, juxtaposed with the rigid and towering white Saturn V rocket. Both share at least one similarity beyond their chalky pallor-the ability to spring from muggy terra firma of Florida's Atlantic coast and soar heavenward. This shared capability is just one way of interpreting the images shown in "Sky Garden," one of the many prints in Robert Rauschenberg's Stoned Moon series, which chronicled the 1969 Apollo 11 mission. » Read More

TheatreWorks Stages Magical Production of 'Peter and the Starcatcher'

In December 1904, at the Duke of York's Theatre in London, the world had its first taste of what is now an iconic tale. It was there, in a play by Scottish author J.M. Barrie, that audiences were introduced to a place called Neverland and to its unusual inhabitants: Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, and of course Peter Pan, "the boy who wouldn't grow up." Barrie's play became the basis for his 1911 novel, Peter and Wendy, and later spawned a string of film and musical adaptations. » Read More

Weird Science: Tim Lee brings his PhD to the San Jose Improv

Those familiar with The March of Progress-that iconic scientific illustration depicting humanity's evolution from hunched apes to upright homo sapiens-will immediately get the joke. A bespectacled man dressed in a white lab coat and clutching a clipboard is shown standing on the left side of the single-panel cartoon. Moving to the right, there is a silhouette of a Cro-Magnon man, clutching a spear. Then there's what appears to be Homo erectus, paranthropus, and finally at the far right, a man crouching, holding a microphone, and looking over his shoulder at everything he has left behind. » Read More

5th Chicana/o Biennial Explores what it means to be a Chicano or Chicana Artist

As the United States and the rest of the world hurdle toward an ever more globalized society, many aspects of cultures once separated by borders and oceans are intermingling in interesting and often unexpected ways. This is certainly the case in the realm of Chicano art. The "5th Chicana/o Biennial" exhibition, opening Dec. 5 at MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana), will explore what it means to be a Chicano or Chicana artist. » Read More

'The Italian Girl in Algiers' at the California Theatre

An Ottoman ruler sits at a banquet table-wild-eyed, bewigged, nearly imbecilic with desire-awaving great floppy fistfuls of spaghetti at his escaping slaves. It's hardly the image that comes to mind when you think of classical opera, but it's exactly what you get in Opera San Jose's dizzyingly comic production of Gioachino Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers, now playing at the California Theatre. » Read More