Note to Cell

The inventor of the cell phone, Martin Cooper, talks about his new book and why we've barely begun to harness the power of cellular technology Read More

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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

Pot Shots: Beware Stunt CBD Products With Edgy Marketing and False Claims

OUT LIKE A LIGHT: Canna Bumps, which evoked the image of cocaine, complete with a little spoon and a card for cutting lines, evidently went too far and got bumped from shelves. Photo by THC Living marketing materials

One day in the late ’90s, I stood awestruck inside the El Cerrito Natural Grocery, where I did most of my food shopping. There in the aisle was a display of what was the most ludicrous food product I’d ever seen: potato chips laced with St. John’s wort, an herb that supposedly relieved… » Read More

Pot Shots: A Series Of Studies Are Finally Busting The Tired ‘Lazy Stoner’ Stereotype

TOKE AND TRAIN: Athletes are speaking up about the benefits of pot and CBD, even investing in cannabis companies they say help them compete. Illustration by Kapona via Shutterstock

The “stoner” stereotype might be best represented by a guy sitting in front of a TV, watching Warner Bros. cartoons while surrounded by Yoo-Hoo empties and crumpled Funyuns bags. And being an idle, vacant slob (occasionally) is one perfectly valid mode of being stoned. It’s just another version of vegging out, which we… » Read More

One Skank Beyond: New Book Recalls The Glory Days Of San Jose’s ’90s Ska Scene—And The Backlash That Followed

DILL THRILL: San Jose's 
Skankin' Pickle was one of the most influential bands in ska's third wave.

It was June 28, 1992, and my friends and I were at the nightclub One Step Beyond in Santa Clara, where the foul odor of booze and vomit wafted through the muggy, pressure-cooked air. We’d danced through four bands already, including a young, awkward, and poorly dressed Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. Now it was… » Read More


Show Goes On

By the second week, those fears were confirmed as the organizers of the festival in San Jose and Redwood City pulled the plug, Covid-19 cases increased and public health officials forbade gatherings. A year later, the festival returns, this time fully virtual, from March 20 to 30 with 199 films and shows from 55 countries, most of which will be available to stream throughout the festival. Another 13 "Spotlight" events will punctuate the festival with Zoom Q&As and "red carpet" interviews with filmmakers and actors and peeks at rough cuts. » Read More

Big Shorts

There comes a time in every reporter's career when an actor must be interviewed because they've directed a short film. These moments are fraught with anxiety because the films are often vanity projects created for the sake of showcasing some nascent talent the actor believes has been overlooked, without ever questioning why. I'm happy to report this is decidedly not the case with Zach Woods' debut directorial effort, David, a hilarious, humanistic portrait of psychic healing that should be prescribed viewing for the sake of global mental health. » Read More

The Arts

Pandemic Poetic

Janice Lobo Sapigao didn't expect her first year as the Santa Clara County Poet Laureate would be sucker punched by a global pandemic, but she's determined not to let that stop her from getting South Bay kids to love their own words. The Silicon Valley native took over the two-year poet laureate position in January. The honorary post comes with a mandate to increase poetry awareness and celebration. Sapigao, a Filipina American poet, author, writer, educator and active community member, has plenty of ideas for that. » Read More

Post No Bills

The text on the marquee said it all: "The Ritz Closed Until Further Notice." The news came as a disappointment to fans of Xavier Dprehpaulezz--the imaginative blues singer and songwriter who performs under the moniker Fantastic Negrito--who was scheduled to wow the crowds at The Ritz on March 19. As the county and state ramp up efforts to prevent a spike in novel coronavirus cases, bars, nightclubs and live music venues are shutting down, and it is unclear when they will open again. » Read More

All Talk, No Sense

Talk, talk everywhere but not a drop of trust. "Opinion has become our driving force," says Quinn, who brings his new show, The Wrong Side of History, to Stanford for four performances March 13 and 14. "Free speech, exchange of opinion, open communication: These things are automatically thought of as evolutionary ways to get to enlightenment. But my whole show is, hey, maybe we've gone too far with free speech, once we have electronically made opinion this thing that everyone gives out all day, every day." » Read More

Features & Columns

Note to Cell

The problem is, it's not true. As Martin Cooper reveals in his new memoir Cutting the Cord: The Creator of the Cell Phone Speaks Out, cellular technology was actually being developed in the late '50s and through the '60s. By the time Star Trek debuted in 1966, Cooper and his team at Motorola were practically in the home stretch; in 1973, they debuted the first-ever handheld mobile telephone, the brick-like DynaTAC. Cooper himself made the first cell phone call on October 17, 1973--to his chief competitor at AT&T, with whom he'd been in a bit of a cellular space race, as revealed in the book. » Read More

Silicon Alleys: Almost Famous

Punjab Cafe on Santa Clara Street can take credit for crystallizing the phenomenon of Raj De Niro. When the restaurant first opened, it was a narrow corridor with room for just a few tables. Then it expanded, taking over the space next door, as the owners turned the original corridor into a fledgling ice cream operation that never materialized, so that original space sat empty. I would waltz in for the lunch buffet on a regular basis, sometimes twice a week--so much that if the main floor was filled up, they would let me sit in the old narrow corridor next door, essentially storage space off limits for anyone else. » Read More

Free Will Astrology: Week of May 12, 2021

"I love unmade beds," writes Gemini poet Shane Koyczan. "I love when people are drunk and crying and cannot be anything but honest. I love the look in people's eyes when they realize they're in love. I love the way people look when they first wake up and they've forgotten their surroundings. I love when people close their eyes and drift to somewhere in the clouds." In the coming days, Gemini, I encourage you to specialize in moments like those: when you and the people you're interested in are candid, unguarded, raw, vulnerable and primed to go deeper. In my opinion, your soul needs the surprising healing that will come from these experiences. » Read More

Silicon Alleys: Dark Dispatch

The dark history of Cupertino has resurfaced thanks to author Bob Calhoun, whose new book cooks up a bouillabaisse of carnage. At least a few chapters of The Murders That Made Us: How Vigilantes, Hoodlums, Mob Bosses, Serial Killers, and Cult Leaders Built the San Francisco Bay Area (ECW Press, 2021), are dedicated to the South Bay. In one called "The Technological Divide," Calhoun recounts one of Cupertino's darkest moments, 10 years ago, when Steve Jobs passed away the same day Shareef Allman went on a shooting rampage at the Lehigh Permanente Quarry before taking cops on a manhunt through suburbia, only to off himself in nearby Sunnyvale. » Read More

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