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NUMU: New Museum Los Gatos breaks ground

Los Gatos art and history museums will combine in repurposed former library. Read More


Is Digital Photgraphy Changing the Restaurant Industry?

A mound of translucent, tangerine orbs of salmon roe and thin, coral-pink salmon slices perch atop pale green avocado and darker green Romaine leaves. Punctuating this sashimi salad, a sprinkle of seaweed-chopped fine into tiny, even blades-tumbles like cut grass over the dish. Fuzzy, cream-colored frost clings to the dual spiral beaters of a churner, fresh from mixing ice cream flash-frozen by liquid nitrogen. » Read More

Payday Lenders face New Regulations

Against the backdrop of an impotent state legislature and a growing awareness of the predatory nature of payday lenders, local governments have had to pick up the slack and adopt laws to stifle the industry. Last week in Morgan Hill, the charge was to take action before bad news comes in the form of three—or more. "We have two (payday lenders)," Morgan Hill Mayor Steve Tate said from the dais, "we don't need any more." » Read More

'Kill the Messenger' Reconsiders Gary Webb's Legacy

This one has all the ingredients of a dreamed-up Hollywood blockbuster: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist uncovers a big story involving drugs, the CIA and a guerrilla army. Despite threats and intimidation, he writes an explosive expose and catches national attention. But the fates shift. Our reporter's story is torn apart by the country's leading media; he is betrayed by his own newspaper. Though the big story turns out to be true, the writer commits suicide and becomes a cautionary tale. » Read More

The Dark Side of Wearable Technology

This Chip has been coming for a long time it will have everything on it about you" "IT WILL ALLOW THE GOVERNMENT TO FIND US FOR WHATEVER REASON. HEALTH CARE IS ONLY A COVER STORY." "How do we know we aren't marked already? we will have to watch EVERY shot we're given in surgery down to a filling!" » Read More

Internal Emails Show Mike Honda Staff, Campaign Broke Laws

As one of this year's fiercest congressional races approaches the finish line, internal emails indicate that staffers for seven-term incumbent Mike Honda (D-San Jose) violated House rules prohibiting mixing campaign activity with official business. They also suggest a pay-to-play ethic-conferring benefits to contributors and prospective donors-has taken hold in the office of a congressman who has cast himself as a leading champion of the poor. » Read More

Women & Innovation

The attention lavished on Meg Whitman, Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer belies the reality that an abysmally small percentage of the valley's top execs are women. Can Silicon Valley be the innovation leader of the future if it clings to male-centric business models of the past? » Read More

Girafa: The South Bay's Banksy

Two years before he was arrested for emblazoning walls, box trucks, train cars and freeway overpasses all over the Bay Area with his signature black and yellow giraffe character, Steven Free-better known by his graffiti moniker, Girafa-found himself staring down the barrel of a gun. It was a cool San Francisco night sometime in 2007, and Free was on the roof of a building in the SOMA district, preparing to paint a large wall overlooking a nearby stretch of freeway. He heard footsteps and turned to find a man training a flashlight on him. » Read More


'Off the Mat' Goes Global Bringing Yoga to Public Places

It's not every day that an SJSU photography major decides to marry her art with yoga and scour the globe to photo-shoot yogis in public places. Apparently taking photos of people doing yoga in the middle of Third Street in downtown San Jose wasn't enough. Apparently recruiting models to sit in the lotus position inside a grocery store wasn't enough. Enter Sarah Wells, who shall receive her BFA in photography from SJSU at the end of this semester. Taking inspiration from the yogic creed that the most challenging part of one's practice actually begins once you get off the mat. » Read More

'Post-Portrait' on view at the San Jose Museum of Art

Sometimes things get blurry. Especially when the columnist violates his scientist friends by stealing terminology from quantum mechanics. Is the observer really ever separate from that which is observed? For example, what happens when the portrait photographer's voyeurism gets reflected back on him? (And yes, traditionally, more often than not, the one shooting the portrait really was a 'him.') » Read More

'Beware! Yokai!' at Empire Seven Studios

Sometimes the word 'monster' is not specific enough. In the case of this week's missive, the Japanese word yokai often translates as monster, spirit, goblin, ghost, demon, spectral phenom, hysterical animated umbrella or just plain old mysterious creature. Wherever mythology and the supernatural start mingling with the collective unconscious in Japanese culture, yokai are usually present. » Read More

The Commons at St. James Park Creates an Authentic Main-Square Public Space

I must admit, it has a ring to it: The Commons at St. James Park. In fact, it sounds almost British. Almost, um, cultured. Not what I expected. But wait-when I say "the Commons," I'm not talking about some generic, mid-rise condominium complex. This is no City Heights, no Villa Paseo de Santana Torino Centara, or whatever the real estate creeps came up with. No, this was an event, a happening, a powwow for classical musicians of all sorts to perform and do their thing in a nontraditional, non-elitist, adventure-seeking environment. » Read More

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