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Thu Feb 20

At Palermo, our chef brings on the table a selection of authentic Sicilian recipes all made with fresh ingredients imported from the Island of the Sun. Authentic Sicilian food brought to you by authentic Sicilian!

Thu Feb 20

Formed in 2015, the Las Vegas-based hip-hop jazz band The Lique mix rap, jazz, soul, funk and rock into a vibrant musical concoction that is proven to keep you dancing. The group is a self-described "jazz family first and foremost"…

Thu Feb 20

At the same time that other, fussier British rock bands were playing around with classical allusions and 12-minute song suites in the early 1970s, Foghat was keeping it simple with brawny, unpretentious, boogie-based guitar-rock that…

Fri Feb 21

Born in a small seaport town in Connecticut, 28-year-old electronic music producer and DJ Audien has been making music since 2008. He got his first big break 2012 when he was featured on Armin van Buuren's A State of Trance…

Fri Feb 21

2018 Summer Fest artist Aaron Abernathy is a rising pianist/singer with a style rooted in gospel and the organic, acoustic soul of the early '70s. Frequent collaborator of hip-hop artist Black Milk, Abernathy has created a stir with…

Fri Feb 21

Few musicians embody the spontaneous energy of jazz like Matt Wilson. The New York-based drummer combines buoyant zeal, idiosyncratic style, infectious humor, joyous swing, and an indomitable spirit of surprise. Together, with his…

Fri Feb 21-29

Get ready for some fun for the whole family when SCP's junior production of FREAKY FRIDAY hits the Sunnyvale Theatre stage! Based on the beloved 1972 novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, FREAKY FRIDAY is a fantastic new…

Sat Feb 22

For the past 24 years, The Choral Project has wowed audiences with its mix of classical repertoire and boundary-bending modern choral works. This weekend, TCP returns to Santa Clara for a performance of Art of Sound :: Oceans of…

Sat Feb 22

In the annals of San Jose skate-punk history, one band looms larger than all the rest. Featuring South Bay skateboarding legend Steve Caballero on guitar and Gavin O'Brien--brother to Corey O'Brien, another San Jose pro and owner of…

Sun Feb 23

Enjoy a Big Easy brunch and music from The Sons of The Soul Revivers--all while helping support the upcoming Fountain Blues & Brews Festival, scheduled for June 20 at Plaza de Cesar Chavez. The Morgan brothers--the three-part vocal…

Thru Feb 23

With music and lyrics by Tom Jones and a book by Harvey Schmidt, The Fantasticks holds the distinction of being the longest-running Broadway musical. The musical fable puts a quirky twist on the narratives of Romeo & Juliet and West…

Thru Apr 19

"Ten Japanese-American Concentration Camps," featuring photos by photographer, teacher and mixed media artist, Renee Billingslea. The exhibit revisits F.D.R.'s Executive Order 9066, which authorized Japanese Relocation in 1942.…


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Music & Clubs

I Saw You: Paint the Town


I saw you, pedaling through the neighborhood—my neighborhood—in your light blue denim jacket, the basket of your bicycle filled with various colors of Rust-Oleum. You circled back to spray the side of a light pole, which I found strange, but as I continued my walk to the office it all came into… » Read More

Duster at the Catalyst

CULT CLASSIC: Duster come to Santa Cruz behind their new self-titled release.

Back in the late ’90s, a trio of San Jose indie rockers released two full-length records and a handful of EPs, to little attention. Duster played dingy basement shows and never drove their tour van beyond the West Coast. Instead of recruiting a bass player, they dragged an old organ to shows… » Read More

Particle Kid at The Ritz

WINDOW ROCK: Micah Nelson's grungey indie-rock project Particle Kid comes to the Ritz.  (Photo credit: Joey Martinez)

When he’s not with his brother Lukas backing up Neil Young as part of The Promise of the Real, Micah Nelson—son of the inimitable Willie Nelson—spends much of his time composing dusty, lo-fi rock & roll in his own band, Particle Kid. It would seem his father passed on the songwriting bug… » Read More


Review: 'Fantasy Island'

The people who tell you, "There are more tears shed over answered prayers," aren't going to answer your prayers anyway. I was a non-TV-watching snob during Fantasy Island's six-year broadcast run, as it impressed upon its viewers the importance of not asking for trouble by wishing for anything. But who ever really gets away from television? Had I known that Satan (Roddy McDowell) turned up a couple of times during the series, I might have tuned into this long-running annuity for that richly-syllabled Ricardo Montalban. » Read More

Truth, Lies & Samurai

According to the Akira Kurosawa-scholar Donald Richie, when the legendary Japanese director was asked why his 1951 Rashomon was so popular, he'd reply, "Well, you see ... it's about this rape ..." In short, the ticket-selling shock-value qualities of this act of violence are self-explanatory. We hear evidence, presented straight to the camera. The testifiers sit in the lotus position in the sandy courtyard of some royal authority, whom we neither see nor hear. The accused bandit Tajomaru (Toshiro Mifune) has been captured. He's tied up and bored, squinting at the sky, looking for signs of rain. » Read More

The Arts

Big Data

"Biorhythm" displays Rapoport's work from the 1970s and '80s but you can see the through-line connecting her computer paper-printouts to the artificial intelligence indifferently clicking and swaying through the open archway. Rapoport received an MA in painting from UC Berkeley in 1949. Assistant Curator Kathryn Wade, who organized this show, includes one painting from the artist's early forays into abstract expressionism. Pink and Gray (1958) is an almost-sculptural oil-on-canvas, the thick brushstrokes building up a hardened impasto crust. Depending on how you circle the gallery, it's either the first painting you'll engage with or the last. But it stands out as an example of an artist at the beginning of her career, experimenting with » Read More

Tom Papa is Utterly Optimisitic

Over the course of his two decades in stand-up, Papa has never felt comfortable trafficking in the kind of cynicism and negativity that drives so much of today's comedy. But even for this well-known "nice guy" comic, such a message doesn't come naturally. "It really came out of my touring over the last couple of years," Papa says of the inspiration behind You're Doing Great! "I learned that people all over were having this overwhelming feeling that they weren't doing enough, weren't working hard enough, weren't happy enough. It was this weird kind of tension that people couldn't identify." » Read More

Priceless Artifacts

"I've always been interested in the way that the collective memory of a family's history is passed down through generations," says photographer Kija Lucas. She records those memories in the Montalvo Arts Center exhibit, "The Museum of Sentimental Taxonomy." Lucas sends an open call to the public, asking that people bring in objects that are meaningful to them. Then she arranges a temporary space in a community center or library in order to document the objects. "A participant will come in with their object, or multiple objects," Lucas explains. After she photographs it, they'll either write something down or she'll interview them to hear the backstory. » Read More

Features & Columns

Silicon Alleys: 'Noche de Poesia' Aims to Elevate Struggling Communities Through Poetry

As an organization, ConXion operates out of a nondescript building just across Coyote Creek from where The Jungle homeless encampment used to be. The surrounding environs include Happy Hollow and the historic Ashworth-Remillard House, where the roosters meander into the Walmart parking lot. Once inside ConXion, however, a vast array of activities become apparent, all relating to education, workforce, behavioral health and other social services for disconnected youth and adults. Murals adorn the walls. Day laborers arrive to learn computer skills, get food, or just hang out in a safe place while they look for work. Counselors, teachers and social workers tend to the needs of disenfranchised parents or kids embroiled in the child welfare » Read More

Advice Goddess: I Want the Truth So I Could Move On

There comes a time when you wish someone would treat you with a little more kindness, like by screaming out all the reasons you deserve to be left for dead and have your face eaten off by raccoons. Even more painful than being dumped by a friend is being dumped by a friend and having no idea why. Lingering questions we can't answer are mental weevils. Their fave food is our peace of mind, which they gnaw through at random moments. In scientific terms, psychologist Bluma Zeigarnik found that when we have unfinished business, the mind remains in a "state of tension" until we get closure. » Read More

Free Will Astrology: Week of February 19, 2020

Do you feel ready to change your mind about an idea or belief or theory that has been losing its usefulness? Would you consider changing your relationship with a once-powerful influence that is becoming less crucial to your life-long goals? Is it possible you have outgrown one of your heroes or teachers? Do you wonder if maybe it's time for you to put less faith in a certain sacred cow or overvalued idol? According to my analysis of your astrological omens, you'll benefit from meditating on these questions during the coming weeks. » Read More

Silicon Alleys: South First Friday Strolls Showcase San Jose's Ever-Changing SoFA District

Perhaps the most noticeable addition to the environment is the hideous former Valley Title Building, the decades-long eyesore on the corner directly across First Street from Original Joe's. Ghosts of living, breathing people might be stalking the building. In 2006, it was lawyer central, for example. When Sam Liccardo first ran for City Council District 3 that year, he kept a campaign office upstairs. During that same era, Jenny Do ran a Viet-themed space on the second floor called The Green Rice Gallery--a precursor to all the ways in which the Viet arts community is now emerging. The San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce occupied the ground level, back when Pat Dando ran the show. Every day I'd walk by and see a homeless drunk » Read More

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