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‘Secret Sidewalk’ at Cafe Stritch

IN THE KNOW: Electro-acoustic quartet Secret Sidewalk have the insider knowledge on music.

To those who grew up in the know, the so-called “Secret Sidewalk,” running through Niles Canyon in Fremont, was a place to go get weird. Formerly the Spring Valley Aqueduct, this graffiti-covered, rectangular channel once carried water, but eventually became a place for daytrippers to, um… trip. It’s unclear if musicians Alex… » Read More

‘Storm Large’s Holiday Ordeal’ at Hammer Theatre

STORMY WEATHER: No matter what list you're on, Storm Large has the music for your holiday.

With her band Le Bonheur, Storm Large performs holiday shows that are both naughty and nice. The early show, “American Songbook,” is intended for the general public; the late show, “Unbuttoned,” is for adults only. Fans of Pink Martini have likely seen Storm singing with that band; her solo shows cover the… » Read More

Alt 105.3’s ‘Not So Silent Night’ at SAP Center

ROCK AND/OR ROLL: Twenty-One Pilots, Mumford & Sons, and The Raconteurs headline this year's Not So Silent Night.

This year’s Not So Silent Night—Alt 105.3’s long-running winter music festival—is headlined by two of alternative rock’s most reliable draws: Mumford & Sons and Twenty-One Pilots. Direct support comes in the form of Jack White’s other band, The Raconteurs, along with The 1975 and Mumford’s female-fronted mirror image, Of Monsters & Men.… » Read More

John Daversa at CSMA

DAVERSA-FIED: Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter John Daversa comes to the Community School of Music and Arts for a free performance.

The Community School of Music and Arts hosts “An Evening with John Daversa.” The Grammy-winning composer and jazz trumpeter has worked with Fiona Apple, Burt Bacharach, Joe Cocker and Herbie Hancock, among other well-known musical artists. He regularly performs with his groups—the Progressive Big Band and the Small Band—and as a conductor… » Read More

‘West Coast Lowriding’ at MLK

LOW AND SLOW: One of the great cultural heritages of San Jose, lowriding is celebrated at MLK library.

For the better part of two years, the San Jose Public Library has elevated local lowriding culture with a free community exhibit, panel discussions and other events. This Saturday, at California Crusin’: A Photographic Tour of West Coast Lowriding, photographer Jesus Flores comes to the King Library to show the slow and… » Read More

‘World of Italian Opera’ at IAHF Hall

BEL CANTO: Good news from my doctor, the great clown Pagliacci is town.

For more than three decades the Italian American Heritage Foundation of San Jose has thrown this annual party to expose local audiences to classical Italian opera. This collaboration between Opera San Jose and the IAHFSJ opens with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner catered by Elegant Events SJ and a program of… » Read More

‘Hell’s Fury’ at Bing Concert Hall

HELLA FURY: The turbulent life of  composer Hanns Eisler stuns in 'Hell's Fury.'

Baritone Russell Braun and pianist Serouj Kradjian perform a “dramatic recital” about the life of Hanns Eisler, who fled Nazi Germany to score films in Hollywood, winning Oscar nominations before being blacklisted and deported for his communist beliefs. Braun portrays Eisler while performing the composer’s Hollywood Songbook, which the baritone describes as… » Read More