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Nov 10, 2021

Swift Justice at Tabard Theatre

San Jose’s St. James Park has seen more than its fair share of violence since the city was founded, its gardens and grasses—meant to...
Nov 3, 2021

A Large Gulp to Swallow

Propped up at the wooden bar inside Vahl’s Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge, regulars sometimes wax poetic about Alviso’s historic heyday—when the hustling and bustling...
Sep 29, 2021

Brandi Carlile at Frost Amphitheatre

Fans will have less than 24 hours to soak in the new Brandi Carlile album In These Silent Days before the singer-songwriter takes the...
Sep 22, 2021

‘Til the Wheels Fall Off

Four basketball courts in Campbell Park became hallowed ground for Isaac Farfan during the summer of 2020, as the smooth, blue surface—its basketball hoops...
Sep 8, 2021

KQED Re-airs ’90s Mid-East Peace Documentary

In between sweeping scenes above the rooftops of Jerusalem—beyond the golden Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall’s limestone ashlars—cameras capture images of...
Mar 10, 2021

Show Goes On

The lineup features the festival's traditional dramas, comedies and short films, but also a new class of films focused on the coronavirus and global health crisis that came with it. Halfdan Hussey and Kathleen Powell, the festival founders, tried to strike a balance of fantastic escapism with contemporary reflection of a global crisis.
Feb 3, 2021

Critical Inking

Bryan Ida, a Los Angeles-based artist who grew up Palo Alto and graduated from San Jose State University, will never know the exact emotions his grandfather was feeling in that moment, but he knows where he was headed: nearly 700 miles inland to Topaz Internment Camp in Utah, as one of 112,000 Japanese Americans – both first-generation and American-born – who were relocated from their homes on the West Coast and imprisoned within internment camps for no reason other than their heritage.
Dec 23, 2020

NYE2020: Early Bird

Time is truly an illusion, but somehow it's both finally and already time to ring in the New Year. In a typical year, you'd probably drop by a house party or catch a comedy act with friends, but 2020 has refused to be typical in any way.
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