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TheatreWorks Postpones World Premiere Originally Set for July


TheatreWorks Silicon Valley announced that it’s postponing the world premiere of the new musical “Alice Bliss,” which had been set to run this summer at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

Lawsuit Doesn’t Stop San Jose Park Concerts


Friends of Levitt Pavilion San Jose hosted its first springtime concert in St. James Park, the latest step in establishing a permanent outdoor performance venue. The shows will take place despite an appeal in a lawsuit to stop the revamp of the park.

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To Live and Die in Silicon Valley

At Santa Clara University, I scan the campus grounds for what a friend describes via text as “a little faux telephone booth.” The wind telephone is a death-themed art installation. Inside the closet-like structure, there’s an antique rotary phone in …

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A rockin’ cause: Day on the Ridge raises $154K-plus for St. Joseph’s Family Center

Day on the Ridge returned to a Gilroy family’s home Sunday, featuring a full day’s lineup of live bands, raising more than $150,000 for a local nonprofit and bringing together hundreds of locals and visitors in the spirit of charity …

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Character Study: The Passions and Fashions of Fanime Return to San Jose

Each year, on the last weekend of May, the streets of downtown San Jose bloom into a rainbow of wigs, petticoats and full-body makeup. FanimeCon has sprung, and everyone’s feeling genki. With photo-ops, pre-games and afterparties, the mood is a …

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Freedom Fest will proceed with extra security, organizers say

While Morgan Hill residents and enthusiasts of public, family-friendly outdoor events may be growing weary of the recent uncertainties surrounding formerly annual gatherings, organizers of one of the city’s most popular celebrations vow to proceed as normal this summer. And …

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Downtown Gilroy alleyway design nears completion

City officials are under a tight deadline to improve the alleyways in a section of downtown to avoid losing a $3.9 million grant Gilroy received from the state in 2022. The Gilroy City Council received an update May 15 on …

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Comics may have been born in New York, but they came of age in California. And there’s more to the story than San Francisco comix.

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SoFA Street Fair Becomes A Multigenerational Celebration

The vibrant multigenerational family event known as the SoFA Street Fair erupted yet again last Sunday, bringing music fans of all ages to downtown San Jose. Since I am a big fan of history, a quote from historian David McCullough …

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Music in the Park Brings the Sounds of Summer to Plaza de Cesar Chavez

What started as lunchtime music concerts in 1989 and shortly thereafter moved to evenings continues this summer in San Jose’s central park, Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Metro has sponsored the series since its inception and, following the San Jose Downtown …

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San Jose Tattoo Legend Pinky Yun Inspires New Book

Vehicles blaze down San Carlos Street in both directions near San Jose’s midtown. The commotion easily overpowers the whisper of footsteps from the occasional pedestrian, only heard during the serene relief of a red light. Just west of Willard Avenue, …

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California Plays Itself

The Golden State has masqueraded as everything from the Sahara Desert to the Swiss Alps. But which films best capture the real California?

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