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The Silicon Valley Gift Guide

In Northern California’s most populous county, shopping experiences abound. The entire spectrum of the retail experience can be found here. In addition to Northern California’s larger indoor shopping emporium—the Great Mall in Milpitas—other monuments to consumerism blanket the county: outdoor …


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A Slice of San Jose History on Almaden Road

The ghost of late restaurant critic Joe Izzo walked me from House of Pizza to Sam’s Log Cabin, making Almaden Road a much better place. The history of House of Pizza should be required reading for every politician in this …


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Santa Clara County Educators Fight for Safer Classrooms

As historian Jacques Barzun once wrote, “Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” The underpaid and overworked paraeducators in Santa Clara County might concur. These members of the SEIU 521 union filed …


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MSPAINT Paste Into Playback Studios

Buried deep in the southern tip of Mississippi lies the city of Hattiesburg. With a current population of around 50,000, it’s a city often overlooked by the rest of America. MSPAINT wouldn’t have it any other way. “Trends in music …


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Silicon Valley Organizations Promote Locally Crafted Holiday Gifts

Silicon Valley is home to Y Combinator, the world’s first startup accelerator, and many of its success stories—DoorDash, Dropbox, Quora—are based in the Bay Area. But the soul of Santa Clara County’s entrepreneurial spirit is far from the high-tech world. …


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Tickets to The Original San Jose Nutcracker

Win tickets to The Original San Jose Nutcracker at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Drawing December 5, 2022.


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Adrian Marcel Lands at Liquid Lounge

After spending time with family on Thanksgiving and shopping for Black Friday deals, R&B fans can catch singer Adrian Marcel kick off the weekend at the Liquid Lounge. The Oakland-based R&B star put out his debut mixtape 7 Days of …


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EDM Artist Gareth Emery Plays at San Jose Civic

EDM returns to the San Jose Civic with all the lasers, bass and dancing. Gareth Emery, a British EDM artist who’s performed in front of millions across the world, is traversing across North America on his LSR/CITY 2.0 electric excursion. …


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Free Will Astrology

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Virginia Woolf wrote a passage that I suspect will apply to you in the coming weeks. Woolf said, “There is no denying the wild horse in us. To gallop intemperately; fall on the sand tired out; …


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The World Cup Returns The Earthquakes to San Pedro Square

The San Jose Earthquakes will remain inseparable from San Pedro Square Market. As the 2022 World Cup begins this weekend in Qatar, the Quakes will host several viewing parties at the market complex, further cementing their own storied history in …


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Masako Miki’s Shapeshifting New Facade at ICA San Jose

Like the mythological beings she depicts, Bay Area artist Masako Miki is always changing form. A painter and sculptor who’s worked with bronze, vinyl, wool, washi paper and more, Miki’s upcoming exhibition at Institute of Contemporary Art San Jose, titled …


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Seized Up Open for Fear at the Ritz

Not long before he’d become frontman for the iconic Santa Cruz hardcore band Bl’ast, Clifford Dinsmore saw legendary punkers Fear play in San Francisco.  This was almost a year before Fear and its leader Lee Ving got a huge dose …


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Five Years of Dad Bod Rap Pod

Demone Carter looks into his laptop’s built-in webcam as the conference call begins. It’s difficult to tell where his white shirt ends as it blends into the wall behind him. The feed of David Ma, Carter’s co-host, causes the contrast …


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O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub Celebrates 20 Years in San Pedro Square

Amid the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley, full of Instagram-friendly bars and restaurants with fake greenery and gaudy wallpaper decals, one old-school Irish pub remains as popular with locals today as ever. After 20 years, O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub has …


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Camilo’s De Adentro Pa Afuera Concert Comes to San Jose

De Adentro Pa Afuera (“Inside out”) is the aptly-named tour of vivacious Colombian musician Camilo. Hailing from Medellin, Camilo’s latest work is una obra de arte, a work of art. The album is his third and without a doubt, the …


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The Thanksgiving Play Held at City Lights Theater

The aptly titled comedy The Thanksgiving Play by playwright Larissa FastHorse follows a group of white theatre-makers as they attempt to create a Thanksgiving pageant fit for contemporary discourse—one that aims to respect Native American and other underrepresented perspectives while …


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Candidates Celebrate Successful Campaigns as Votes Trickle In

After a never-ending drought, the skies let loose a torrential downpour in Election Day’s wee hours. Was God crying about this year’s election choices? If the ballot was a dining menu, it would be easy to just walk out, but …


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Celebrate Noirvember With Criterion’s 2022 Fox Noir Lineup

The film production company now called 20th Century Studios, previously known as 21st Century Fox, and before that as 20th Century Fox, had a fascinating history before Rupert Murdoch, then Disney, took over. Founded in 1935 in the era of …


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Novelists Kirstin Chen, Vanessa Hua and C Pam Zhang Speak at Hammer

In Vanessa Hua’s 2022 historical novel, Forbidden City, Mei, a teenage peasant girl in 1960s China, is plucked from her rural village to join Chairman Mao’s ballroom dancing troupe, becoming his protégé, swimming buddy and lover. Though Mei has agency …


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Traveling Through Milpitas’ Macedonia and Kathmandu

From Macedonia, I crossed the railroad tracks to Kathmandu without even leaving Milpitas. Just north of the Great Mall, past the cookie-cutter housing, in a pedestrian-hostile region of vacant lots, railroad tracks, weeds and sprawling auto distribution yards, a dead-end …