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'An Evening with Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman'

Husband and wife Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman will discuss their lives and works
in a moderated discussion at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. Read More

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Beta Space: Diana Thater

The lowly Scarabaeus viettei-better known as the dung beetle-doesn't exactly scream high art. It spends its days bumbling about clumsily, pushing around balls of excrement (its food of choice). And while it is capable of flying, and certainly looks like some kind of alien life form, what could it possibly have to do with the outer reaches of our galaxy? » Read More

Review: 'The Lake Effect'

This weekend I was dismayed to learn that my favorite local Indian restaurant had suddenly closed, after decades as a neighborhood staple. Sad news but appropriate timing for me to see The Lake Effect-a cafe-set tale of simmering family grudges and secrets making its West Coast premiere. The fresh and engaging TheatreWorks production is now playing at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto. » Read More

'A Few Little Things' at The Arsenal

As a skateboarder, artist and screenprinter, Sid Enck Jr. finds himself constantly looking to his environment for objects that can be turned into artistic expression. In the same way he sees a cement curb as a generator of endless physical articulations, Enck sees an old fence board as a medium for his artistic gestures. » Read More

Help Save Ballet San Jose

Ballet San Jose, the second largest professional ballet company in California needs your help. The company, which is currently working to regain a solid financial footing, is asking for the community's support in raising $550,000 by March 14. » Read More

The Computer History Museum marks 25 years of Photoshop with 'Adobefest'

Remember how wildly colorful geometric patterns and crazy fonts were all the rage in early '90s graphic design? Well, according to Bert Monroy, you can place the blame for that questionable aesthetic on one, solitary entity: Adobe Systems. With the introduction of its two game-changing programs-Illustrator and Photoshop-the San Jose-based Adobe Systems was responsible, at least in part, for all those wacky jogging pants you thought were so cool back in the day. » Read More

The Works of Bruce Conner at the SJ Institute of Contemporary Art

In Wichita they shut him down. The faculty just couldn't deal with him. The legendary artist Bruce Conner (1933-2008) barely even spent that much time at the University of Wichita (now Wichita State), but he was there during what now looks like an explosive kick off to a lucrative career upsetting the applecarts of authority. It was in Wichita in the early '50s that Conner and his crew organized provocative exhibitions that were stymied by the stuffed-shirt faculty within 48 hours. » Read More

Allan Savory: Livestock is the Only Hope for a Dying Planet

Let's face it: with production costs high and public interest limited, the economics of producing opera in the United States are dicey at best. It's no wonder many opera companies play it safe, packing their seasons with bankable works by big-name composers. » Read More

Opera San Jose Presents 'Where Angels Fear to Tread'

Let's face it: with production costs high and public interest limited, the economics of producing opera in the United States are dicey at best. It's no wonder many opera companies play it safe, packing their seasons with bankable works by big-name composers. » Read More

'Taco De Ojo' at Anno Domini

Last year, Juan Nava-editor of Latin American poetry and art magazine Taco De Ojo and founder of the Latino Toons collective-was in town for a comics expo, when he happened to wander by San Jose art gallery Anno Domini. While there he intrigued co-owner Cherri Lakey with some of his Latino Toons work, sowing the seeds for the collective's first group show. » Read More

'Proof of Experience' at Chromatic Coffee

Still informed by the DIY aesthetic they picked up while skateboarding in high school, photographers Dustin Adams and Shona Sanzgiri have each succeeded in pursuing photography on their own terms.Both were exposed to the craft during those early skater days, when Sanzgiri first took photos of friends on disposable cameras and Adams shot and edited skate movies until he opted to trade in his video rig for a rangefinder camera. » Read More

'Build' is a Must-See for Local Theater Lovers

Some plays dazzle with elaborate costumes, special effects, choreography and lush orchestration, or action-packed plots. Others, including Build, the current production by San Jose's City Lights Theater Company, impress in a different, deeper way. Quite simply, Build is excellent. It shines with a well-written, intriguing script and superb acting, and is a must-see for local theater lovers. » Read More