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Piranesi's Paestum: Master Drawings Uncovered

Giovanni Piranesi created highly precise illustrations of Roman ruins long before computers. Read More

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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

TheatreWorks Stages the World Premiere of 'Triangle'

The incineration of 123 women and 23 men, in what remains to this day-more than 100 years onÑthe deadliest industrial disaster in U.S. history, may not seem like fodder for an inspirational musical. But TheatreWorksÕ newest production, Triangle, defies expectations, turning a terrible tragedy into a funny and heartwarming study of love. » Read More

'The Things We Forget' Explores How Light And Color Affect Perception

Empire Seven Studios' new show, "The Things We Forget," features two well-known artists with strong ties to the Bay Area exploring how light and color affect perception. Artist and illustrator Jason Arnold lives and works in Santa Cruz, and Beau Roulette, artist and photographer, grew up in Los Gatos. The show presents the newest work from each artist in the shape of vibrant paintings that sometimes trick the eye, and bleak, but beautiful, photographs. » Read More

'The Book of Mormon' Makes it's San Jose Debut

The Book of Mormon is a juggernaut among modern Broadway musicals. With nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the production is responsible for shattering 81 house records in 44 venues across the country. And so it should come as little surprise that the musical broke records for ticket sales at San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts last week—grossing $1.85 million for the week ending in July 5, during Mormon's South Bay debut. » Read More

Oshman School Brings Performing Arts to Palo Alto

At a timewhen arts and drama departments are disappearing from public schools all over the country, a new private school is opening in Palo Alto specifically tailored to the performing arts. The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center's School for the Performing Arts aims to provide a diverse and innovative approach to teaching music and art for Silicon Valley residents, both children and teens, according to Ronit Widmann-Levy, the school's director of arts and culture. » Read More