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'Still Krazy After all These Cheers'

Professional cheerleader Krazy George chronicles more than 40 years of crazy stunts in new book. Read More


The End of Burning Man

Powdery, alkaline dust swirls in gusts that buffet tents, shade structures and towering sculptures. Inside one of the camps here, hands and legs grapple with touch screens affixed to a pole. Like an electronic game of Twister, the screens light up with colors, indicating where a person should next place a hand or foot. However, a cardboard-and-plastic spinner doesn't randomly determine these moves; they're modeled on choreography and programmed to display on the screens. » Read More

Controversy Surrounds Transgender Participation in Professional Sports

Chloie Jonsson cycles through her clean complex, perfecting her form. With heels planted firmly to the mat, her hands grip a chalked-up barbell. Mind to muscle, eyes on the mirror, she watches her body in motion. She glides the bar up her shins and with a quick hop, flips her hands back, elbows up, and rests it on her clavicles while sinking into a squat. Rising again, steady, bar still at her neck. Release. The 165-pound weight slams to the rubber mat with a slight bounce. » Read More

Dating, Relationships and Gaming

She was sitting in the foyer of the preschool where she worked, clad in a red cardigan and clutching a paperback copy of For the Love of Evil, the sixth of eight books in a Piers Anthony's fantasy series. Tony Vargas took it as a good omen. Days earlier, his friend beseeched him to invite the pretty blonde bookworm, Michelle, to a Dungeons & Dragons group. Vargas was dungeon master—"DM" in D&D parlance-the one in charge of the game. » Read More

San Jose Jazz marks the 25th Anniversary of its Summer Fest

Twenty-five years: not that big a deal for a person. Turning 25 brings the ability to rent a car—not quite the cause for celebration that the benefits of turning 21 inspire. But for a local arts organization, marking a quarter of a century denotes a rarer occasion, one that defies flagging economies and leadership changes. » Read More

The Lost Tribe: Amah Mutsun Native Americans

The hand-me-down clothes stuffed into a backpack and a black, scratched-up VCR, the only things she owned in the world, became her ticket out of foster care. With no cash, 13-year-old Sonya Pineida traded the video player for cab fare from a cramped Madera County house to a friend's home in Fresno. Away from the foster mom who treated her like a paycheck. Away from a father locked up in prison for life and a mother addicted to drugs. » 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


Lou's Village Closing... Again

For 60 years, Lou's Village occupied a parcel of land at 1465 W. San Carlos Street, just past Meridian, as one ventures outbound from downtown San Jose. When Lou's opened in 1946, that part of town was essentially the western outskirts of San Jose. After decades of banquets, weddings, big band gigs, comedy, doo-wop, celebrities, scallops and tons of 49ers, Earthquakes and Sharks parties, the place closed in 2006. » Read More

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest makes a scene in downtown San Jose

The silver anniversary of the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest unfolded on several stages, streets, sidewalks, bars and restaurants last weekend. When viewed through a yin-yang lens of half-urban and half-suburban, the experience tilts slightly more urban as each year goes by. Cafe Strich threw its second annual celebration of its patron saint, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, leading up to the festival. As with last year, this three-night series of cosmic mind-blowing sets was not technically part of the festival, but one couldn't separate them from the festival experience. » Read More

Second Annual Rahsaanathon Comes to Cafe Stritch

Rahsaan Roland Kirk played three saxophones at once. Without the normal human instrument of eyesight, he may have been "legally" blind, but he could definitely project into and connect with the sonic universe. Before Rahsaan passed away in 1977, he influenced many creative geniuses, everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Thurston Moore. During that same era of space-time, 1977, a diehard Rahsaan devotee, Steve Borkenhagen, opened up a bohemian jazz temple in downtown San Jose, in Rahsaan's honor. » Read More

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