.Winter Arts 2017

San Jose's next top models, Cirque du Soleil, sentient robots and all that jazz

Intro | Visual Arts | Film | Stage | Dance | Comedy | Literature | Music | SJZ Winter Fest

By some estimates, the recent storms have pushed California out of its years-long drought and into one of the wettest winters on record. But while atmospheric rivers have washed out roads and tested our will to venture outdoors, the weather hasn’t daunted Silicon Valley creators, nor will it prevent visits by some of the hottest tickets of 2017.

Cirque du Soleil is back. The French-Canadian psychedelic circus is throwing up its big tent in San Jose. The current touring show, Luzia, draws inspiration from the scenery, weather and culture of Mexico. A portmanteau of “luz” and “lluvia”—light and rain en español—Luzia features high-flying acrobats, contortionists and a massive “rain curtain.” City Lights Theater takes on the darker side of Silicon Valley with its latest production, Ideation, a play about the insidious power of corporations in the information age. And Twenty One Pilots bring their chart-topping blend of pop, alternative and hip-hop to SAP Center on their “Emotional Roadshow” tour.

All this and amazing dance, side-splitting stand-up, San Jose Jazz Winter Fest and a run of literary events for the bookworms who hate to get wet. And for the truly aquatically averse, there’s a glut of great TV—from Netflix’s take on Lemony Snicket to America’s Next Top Model, featuring this week’s cover models and San Jose natives, Tash and Cody Lee.

So strap on those rubber boots, invest in a decent umbrella and be careful behind the wheel. It’s time to take in some art. —Nick Veronin

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