Features & Columns

Death Cafe at Studio Bongiorno

Death Cafe at Studio Bongiorno offers a casual place to discuss matters of shuffling off this mortal coil. 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

Literacy & Light

The three school-age Nunez daughters struggled with studying at home. It wasn't for lack of motivation, nor overbooked after-school schedules—nor any obsessive relationships with the Xbox. The girls' home in the rural community of Colonet, Mexico, had no electricity. After sundown, the sisters squinted at their homework, trying to read and write by the dim light of a few small votive candles. » Read More

Summer Guide 2014

A four-month guide stuffed with concerts, festivals, movies, fairs & plays. Coachella's expansion to two weekends over the past few years doesn't really prove that more listeners than ever crave a weekend in a remote town at the mercy of desert weather, so much as it affirms the dominance of festivals in the summer's musical landscape. The Bay Area and its more temperate climes is a principal stop for many such tours and the hometown, so to speak, of other fests. » 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

Modernist Cuisine: The Exhibition at the Tech Museum

In the Tech Museum, former Microsoft Chief Technology Officer Nathan Myhrvold stands in front of a nine-foot-tall exploding diagram of a mushroom Swiss burger. A gorgeous color photograph, it reminds me of those quirky grade school biology textbooks, but from a more Zen perspective. I see things I don't normally see. The lettuce slice is probably three feet in diameter. » Read More