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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

'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