[Best of the Santa Clara Valley 1997]

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Best of Reader's Choice: Arts and Culture

Rosicrucian Museum
Idol Talk: Ancient gods stand guard at the Rosicrucian Museum, voted 'Best Museum.'



Club for Live Music

First: The Cactus Club
417 S. First St., San Jose (408/491-9300)

Second: The Edge
260 California Ave., Palo Alto (650/324-3343)

Third: Agenda Lounge (tie)
399 S. First St., San Jose (408/287-3991; info line 287-4087)

Toon's (tie)
52 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose (408/292-7464)


Club DJ

First: King Raffi
The Usual Nightclub, 400 S. First St., San Jose (408/535-0330)

Second: Jazzy Jim
Wild 94.9 DJ; Fridays at Planet X, First and Santa Clara streets, San Jose (408/294-9968)

Third: Jose Melendez
Wild 94.9 DJ; Thursdays and Saturdays at Vertigo, 175 First St., San Jose (408/298-9283)


Comedy Club

First: Rooster T. Feathers
157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale (408/736-0921)

Second: Comedy Sportz
3428 El Camino Real, Santa Clara (408/985-5233)

Third: San Jose Live
150 S. First St., San Jose (408/294-5483)


Concert Venue

First: Shoreline Amphitheater
1 Amphitheater Pkwy., Mountain View (650/962-1000)

Second: Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts
15400 Montalvo Rd., Saratoga (408/741-3428)

Third: San Jose Arena
W. Santa Clara and Autumn streets, San Jose (408/287-9200)


Country and Western Bar

First: Saddle Rack
1310 Auzurais Ave., San Jose (408/286-3393)

Second: Cheers Bar & Grill
685 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale (408/749-1288)

Third: The Horseshoe Club
2655 El Camino Real, Santa Clara (408/248-4100)


Rhythm and Blues or Blues Club

First: JJ's Lounge
3439 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara (408/243-6441)

Second: #1 Broadway
102 S. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos (408/354-4303)

Third: Vertigo
175 N. San Pedro St., San Jose (408/298-9283)


Jazz Club

First: Garden City
360 S. Saratoga Ave., San Jose (408/244-4443)

Second: JJ's Lounge
3439 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara (408/243-6441)

Third: Agenda Lounge
399 S. First St., San Jose (408/287-3991; info line 287-4087)


Latin Music Club

First: Club Miami
177 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose (408/279-3670)

Second: Alberto's
736 W. Dana St., Mountain View (650/968-3007)

Third: Club Caribe
1001 S. First St., San Jose (408/297-7272)


Dance Club

First: The Usual
400 S. First St., San Jose (408/535-0330)

Second: The Edge
260 California Ave., Palo Alto (650/324-3343)

Third: Cheers Bar & Grill
685 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale (408/749-1288)


Singles Bar

First: Cheers Bar & Grill
685 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale (408/749-1288)

Second: San Jose Live
150 S. First St., San Jose (408/294-5483)

Third: Los Gatos Brewing Company
130 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos (408/395-9929)


Gay Bar

First: Hamburger Mary's
170 W. Saint John St., San Jose (408/947-1667)

Second: A Tinker's Damn
46 Saratoga Ave., Santa Clara (408/243-4595)

Third: Mac's Club
349 S. First St., San Jose (408/998-9535)


Lesbian Bar

First: Hamburger Mary's
170 W. Saint John St., San Jose (408/947-1667)

Second: The Savoy
3546 Flora Vista Way, Santa Clara (408/247-7109)

Third: A Tinker's Damn
46 Saratoga Ave., Santa Clara (408/243-4595)


Local Band

First: Joe Sharino

Second: Smash Mouth

Third: Sage


Radio Station

First: KSJO (92.3 FM)
Phone: 408/453-5400

Second: KOME (98.5 FM)
Phone: 408/985-9800

Third: KEZR (106.5 FM)
Phone: 408/287-5775


Museum

First: Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
Park and Naglee avenues, San Jose (408/947-3636)

Second: San Jose Museum of Art
110 S. Market St., San Jose (408/294-2787)

Third: The Tech Museum of Innovation
145 W. San Carlos St., San Jose (408/279-7150)


Private Art Gallery

First: dp Fong Galleries
383 S. First St., San Jose (408/298-8877)

Second: Kensington Art Center
347 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell (408/376-0231)

Third: Nirvana
224-B N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos (408/354-7979)


Pool Hall

First: South First Billiards
420 S. First St., San Jose (408/294-7800)

Second: Willow Glen Billiards & Brew
1180 Lincoln Ave., San Jose (408/288-9422)

Third: Campbell Pool 'N' Pizza
2097 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell (408/377-3104)


Sports Bar

First: San Jose Live
150 S. First St., San Jose (408/294-5483)

Second: Willow Glen Billiards & Brew
1180 Lincoln Ave., San Jose (408/288-9422)

Third: Double D's
354 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos (408/395-6882)


Free Entertainment for Adults

First: Music in the Park
Plaza de Cesar Chavez; Thursday evenings in summer

Second: Sex

Third: The beach


Music Festival

First: San Jose Jazz Festival

Second: Music in the Park

Third: SoFA Fair (tie)

Mariachi Festival (tie)

Cesar Chavez Park
Water Sports: The fountains at Cesar Chavez Park came in second as the 'Best Free Entertainment for Kids.'

Free Entertainment for Kids

First: The park

Second: Plaza de Cesar Chavez fountain

Third: TV


Movie Theater

First: Century 21
Winchester Blvd./I-280, San Jose (408/984-5610)

Second: Century Cinema 16
Shoreline Drive @ Hwy 101, Mountain View (650-960-0970)

Third: United Artists Pavilion Theatre (tie)
201 S. Second St., San Jose (408/277-0114)

Towne Theater (tie)
1433 The Alameda, San Jose (408/287-1433)


Theater Group

First: San Jose Repertory Theatre
1 N. First St., San Jose (408/291-2255); 101 Paseo de San Antonio (theater)

Second: San Jose Stage Co.
490 S. First St., San Jose (408/283-7142)

Third: American Musical Theatre of San Jose (tie)
1717 Technology Dr., San Jose (ticket services office) (408/ 453-7108); Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden, San Jose

San Jose Children's Musical Theater (tie)
1401 Parkmoor Ave., San Jose (408/288-5437)


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From the Sept. 18-24, 1997 issue of Metro.

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