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Thu Oct 3

Three decades after his death, Stanford Live brings Robert Mapplethorpe's legendary photographs back to life. Created by composer (and guitarist for The National) Bryce Dessner, librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle and director Kaneza…

Thu Oct 3

Form a portmanteau out of the words "punk" and "oldies"--as Shannon Shaw of Shannon & The Clams once did whilst describing her band--and the resulting voiced velar stop ends up sounding more like a hard G than a K. Depending on how it…

Fri Oct 4

When you first hear Goodnight Moonshine it brings a wave of nostalgia, conjuring teenage heartache- then perhaps a similar sensation to falling deeply in love. As the music fades you're left grappling with what it is to stay in love…

Fri Oct 4-5

Eight different mazes bring nightmares to life with a werewolf lair, a zombie-infested high school, the dimly lit manor of a voodoo-practicing heiress, a rogue tooth fairy in the dentist's office from hell, and the brand-new Wax…

Fri Oct 4-6

Join us for the 5th annual patch at Santana Row and experience the MAGIC of glass! Stroll through thousands of hand-blown glass pumpkins crafted by BAGI artists and renowned glass artisans from around the country. They are perfect for…

Fri Oct 4-6

Begin the Halloween Season and step into a real life psychological and paranormal thriller, while exploring the dark hallways of the cursed Winchester Estate.

Sat Oct 5

Art, music, food and more are guaranteed at the celebration of the iconic Frida Kahlo. Attendees are encouraged to wear flowers in their hair and enjoy churros and paletas with the family, or sip on tequila and mezcal in the 21+ VIP…

Thru Oct 20

The Wolves are a team of young soccer warriors in Sarah DeLappe's raw, exciting first play, where all the turmoil of girls growing up explodes on a field of AstroTurf. In a buzz of overlapping and uber-realistic dialogue, this…

Thru Oct 27

If you missed veteran actor Dan Hiatt singing in ACT's recent production of Vanity Fair, he leads the cast of Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman's River of Song. Join Mark Twain and friends on this TheatreWorks Silicon Valley production as…

Thru Nov 3

If you missed veteran actor Dan Hiatt singing in ACT's recent production of Vanity Fair, he leads the cast of Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman's River of Song. Join Mark Twain and friends on this TheatreWorks Silicon Valley production as…


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Music & Clubs

Black Lips at the Ritz

CRAZY, SEXY, COOL The Black Lips have always charted their own strange path. (photo credit: Yana Yatsuk)

It’s lunchtime in Atlanta and Jared Swilley is finally home—but not really, because he’s preparing to head back to the airport right after he hangs up. Also, what even is home when you’re in a band that tours all the time?  “Touring runs in the family: Every male in my family is… » Read More

Bob Dylan at Frost Amphitheater

FREEWHEELIN': The one and only Bob Dylan comes to Stanford's Frost Amphitheater this Monday. (photo credit: John Shearer)

Bob Dylan, arguably the greatest songwriter of all time, is fast approaching the sixth decade of his career. In the ’60s and ’70s he was a folk balladeer, an obnoxious rock & roll revolutionary and everything in between. In the ’80s and ’90s he was hit or miss. But at the end… » Read More

‘Silicon Valley Jazz Festival’ at Fremont Park

FALL JAZZ: Hosting 12 bands in 2 days, the Silicon Valley Jazz Festival keeps Jazz music alive through the Fall.

The Silicon Valley Jazz Festival is a two-day celebration of music, culture and education. The festival unites jazz bands from Bay Area schools with established touring performers in an effort to spread appreciation for the art form and, hopefully, inspire the next generation of improvisational sax masters. The day festival at Fremont… » Read More


Review: 'Joker'

Do the 23andMe on Todd Phillips' Joker, and most of the DNA is from two Martin Scorsese films: Taxi Driver (1976) and King of Comedy (1983). King of Comedy's influence is clear in the story of a failed comedian. On the Taxi Driver side, we find the influence scriptwriter Paul Schrader brought in from Robert Bresson, a master of austerity. What if Joker had been a movie about a man imploding instead of exploding? Instead of an Au Hasard, Balthazar, Au Hasard, Joker about a man with laughing sickness, stuck in the worst city in the world--a million bleak tenements rimming an erupting volcano of garbage. There'd be no "cathartic violence" to allow the wretched Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) pass for anything but a doomed antihero. » Read More

Universal Horror at Stanford Theatre

Universal's monster movies may be slow and theatrical. But just as today's White Claw guzzler is tomorrow's finicky martini sipper, the darkness and stillness of these films will one day lure new fans away from gory pop-ups. On the screen of the nearly century-old Stanford Theater, they still have the power of nightmares. William Henry Pratt was a kindly British gent. The mists of German Expressionism, chased away by the Nazis, coalesced in Hollywood and shrouded Pratt. He took on the stage name Boris Karloff and created some of cinema's most uncanny, undead characters. Mummy (1932), and the Lurch-like butler in 1932's The Old Dark House (the model for the Addams Family) were famous roles. But Karloff's signature piece was Frankenstein » Read More

The Arts

Stanford Gets 'Left of Center'

My heartbeat accelerated when I caught a glimpse of Joan Mitchell's Before, Again IV from the bottom of the wide steps that lead up to the main gallery upstairs. Her periwinkle- and rust-colored scribbles were the welcoming salvo into abstract expressionism that I'd been waiting for. As I approached the second-floor landing, I started to register the presence of dozens of other monumentally sized paintings alongside Mitchell's. I suddenly felt like a hound who'd caught the scent of the hunt, dumbstruck by the thought of what my senses had stumbled upon. » Read More

Nick Offerman: Amiable American

At this point, it's unclear whether anyone will be able to restore a sense of decency to public discourse, inspire a sincere spirit of bipartisanship and ultimately save our republic. However, if that individual exists, I have to believe they would be a lot like Nick Offerman. The actor, comedian, woodworker and all-around straight shooter has a knack for cutting through the bullshit without being condescending. Speaking with Offerman, it's tempting to believe that you are talking with his best-known character, Ron Swanson. A light-hearted libertarian and begrudging bureaucrat, Swanson dutifully served the fictional city of Pawnee, Indiana, on the beloved NBC sitcom Parks & Recreation. » Read More

'Year of the Monkey'

My family and I have a New Year's tradition, born of my daughter's experience living in Korea. We bypass staying up past midnight--a custom too freighted with booze and melancholia anyway. Instead, we rise before dawn and greet the sunrise on the beach, as the Koreans do. In our case, we largely have Seabright Beach in Santa Cruz to ourselves. Then, it's off to the best breakfast we'll have all year, at the Crow's Nest. If Patti Smith's new memoir, Year of the Monkey is to be believed, a few years ago, while we were lingering over our crab omelettes and brioche, Smith herself was about a mile up the coast, stumbling around an unfamiliar waterfront looking for breakfast and, more urgently, coffee. She found the Ideal Bar & Grill which was, » Read More

Features & Columns

Eat My Phone

There is a blender in the corner of the Skovran biology lab on the fifth floor of Duncan Hall at San Jose State University. It's similar to the kind found in kitchens everywhere, only this one's not for making pesto. The brand name is Blendtec, made quasi-famous by a series of cheeky YouTube videos known collectively as "Will It Blend?," in which a white-lab-coated technician tosses golf balls, cigarette lighters and even an Amazon Echo into the appliance. (Spoiler alert: They always blend.) The blender at SJSU operates in that same spirit--except in Elizabeth Skovran's lab, they aren't looking for likes and lulz. Instead, Skovran and her team are chopping up electronics in an effort to help the environment and potentially launch a very » Read More

Silicon Alleys: San Jose Chamber Orchestra's Season Spans Venues

At the piano, Maestra Barbara Day Turner of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra is accompanying violinist Rick Shinozaki inside the Schiro Gallery on the fifth floor of the main library, adjacent to the Beethoven Center at SJSU. Passages of musical consonance seem to bookend "non-note" sections of noise and cacophony. For downtown San Jose's Noon Arts & Lectures series, Turner is previewing the chamber orchestra's 29th season--in particular, a violin and piano reduction of Durwynee Hsieh's "Memoir of an Ordinary Man," which premieres this Sunday. Hsieh is present to help answer audience questions about the piece. I'm in the back row of the classroom seats, just like I often was in college. » Read More

Advice Goddess: I Don't Plan on Doing This Again, But I Really Want to Confess

Next, consider the view from psychiatrist and evolutionary researcher Randolph Nesse that painful emotions are important motivational tools--just like physical pain, when you, say, lean back at a party, all apex of cool, and rest your palm on a hot stove. Just as the searing pain gets you to lift your hand pronto, you can use your guilt-induced discomfort in a positive way: as reinforcement against your stepping out on the guy once you two do have a relationship. Other helpful insight comes from research on attachment. The attachment behavioral system, explain social scientists Mario Mikulencer and Philip Shaver, motivates human beings, from infancy on, "to seek proximity to significant others (attachment figures) in times of need." A » Read More

Free Will Astrology: Week of October 9, 2019

"Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself," wrote poet Andre Breton. I think that's an excellent principle to put at the top of your priority list in the coming weeks, Aries. To be in maximum alignment with cosmic rhythms, you should seek input from allies who'll offer insights about you that are outside your current conceptions of yourself. You might even be daring enough to place yourself in the paths of strangers, acquaintances, animals and teachers who can provide novel reflections. There's just one caveat: Stay away from people who might be inclined to fling negative feedback. » Read More

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