Features & Columns

Sister Cities International Conference comes to San Jose

Early boosters of the Quakes, SJ Sister Cities showed the way to San Jose. Read More


Clandestine Brewing Opens in San Jose

In a maze of near-identical, single-story office complexes and warehouses near the county fairgrounds in San Jose, the light gray building's blocky, utilitarian architecture—so much like that of all the neighbors—claims no decade. An asphalt strip forms a U-shaped driveway around the rectangular building, widening on each long side into a single column of white-lined parking spaces that stretch from the street to the rear of the building. » Read More

The Self Publishing Revolution

In a rundown, chilly Minnesota town, a Somali-born delivery driver makes his way to drop off packages and letters to reluctant and sometimes violent residents. So hostile are some recipients that he's perpetually prepared to run. Ambo knows that because he's mixed-race, his deliveries almost inevitably draw unwelcome attention. Each knock on a stranger's door could be the bell to a fight. » Read More

Bicycling Culture in Silicon Valley

At almost midnight, 5,000 bicyclists of all ages on bikes of all styles are staggered along Brokaw Road. The beats thump from synchronized sound systems and a steady whizz of rubber accompanies. They're headed toward a regroup at Lowe's parking lot on Coleman Avenue. Here they'll find lego-lined food trucks, games for young and old, and lots of socializing. (And that may or may not mean lots of drinking and smoking.) » Read More

Local T-Shirt Companies: Cukui & Breezy Excursion Push the Culture of the T-Shirt

Prints and paintings hang on a stark white wall, each piece carefully illuminated by the bright beams cast from twin rails of track lighting. The spare space is nearly devoid of furniture save for two blond wood benches, which, positioned side by side in the middle of the room, offer a resting spot for anyone wanting to stay for a while and contemplate the pieces on display. » Read More

BlogHer Female Global Network

A decade ago, in the ancient age of stammering dial-up, when the term "blog" was truncated geekspeak for "weblog" and familiar to only a small fraction of Internet users, most bloggers were men. For all its promise of disrupting the status quo, the fledgling World Wide Web already reflected the underrepresentation of female voices in traditional media. » Read More

Silicon Valley Bars & Clubs 2014

Craft Cocktails, the Henchata, Day Parties, where to watch the World Cup & more. Of course the wagon had to roll through the day I called a roundtable discussion among four owners of some of the best craft cocktail bars in the South Bay. But bartenders who take self-imposed, non-Lent-related layoffs from drinking are a susceptible species, and beverages between friends have a way of ruining the best-laid plans of alcohol abstinence. » Read More


Death Cafe at Studio Bongiorno

At Death Cafes people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death." After reading that declaration on the front page of DeathCafe.com, I was hooked. After learning that Santa Clara's second official Death Cafe would unfold this Friday at Studio Bongiorno, I was hooked even more. First things first. A Death Cafe has no agenda. There is neither a theme nor an objective. It is merely a discussion group, not a grief counseling session. The cafes take place on a non-profit basis, usually in very accessible and respectful places, with no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action. » Read More

The Whole Story

This week, two brilliant perspectives on local history will unfold. Right now, a full-blown documentary on San Jose history is in the works. The final gala hoedown fundraising cocktail spectacular transpires Thursday at the home of Norm Kline, one of the folks driving the project. In a time-shattering coincidence, the very next night, Tamiko Rast, of Roy's Station in Japantown fame, will exhibit a handful of gorgeous paintings in the art deco style of old travel posters, with each one addressing historical San Jose atrocities. » Read More

Japantown Art Walk signifies a resurgence on Jackson St.

At last month's Japantown Art Walk, on Friday the 13th, I sat there, practically in the middle of the street, drawing a hideous Giger-inspired monstrosity on a tiny fluorescent piece of Post-it-looking paper while kids scampered about a granite bench on the sidewalk. Thanks to artist Ming Schipper, I had baskets of Prismacolor pens to choose from. » Read More