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Feb. 25 – Mar. 3

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·       Featured events

·       This week’s events Stage and Concerts / Live & Local / Miscellaneous Events / Film / Kids / Sports

·       Classes, conferences, meetings, and workshops

·       Literature / ArtMuseums and galleries

·       Dancing / Dining and Business promotions 

·       Downtown Living

·       Volunteer Opportunities / Coming up / SAP Center of San Jose

·       Parking / Pedicabs / Traffic / SJ Mineta Airport


Traffic warning: With many big-name events this weekend, traffic in the downtown area could be bad. Please consider public transportation,  cycling or walking if possible.

Featured Events 

Through March 8 — Cinequest: 25th anniversary edition —Downtown’s hottest movie festival celebrates 25 years with more than 91 movie premiers drawing 600 artist from around the globe. An estimated 100,000 are expected to attend movies at the California Theatre, Camera Cinemas, parties and talks around downtown.

Highlights include:

  • John Boorman Presents Queen and Country, 7:30pm Thursday, California Theatre.
  • An Afternoon with Lawrence Kasdan 1:30pm Saturday, California Theatre.
  • An Evening With Rosario Dawson 7:30pm Saturday, California Theatre.
  • Writers Celebration with Dennis Lehane 11:00am Saturday, Camera 12 Cinemas.
  • Maverick Spirit Award to Mike Medavoy March 8, 6:00pm, California Theatre.

Friday through March 8 —  San Jose Jazz Winter Fest —San Jose Jazz’s Winter Fest kicks off with a Taylor McFerrin concert at The Continental. The festival includes Mads Tolling Quartet with Tierney Sutton and more at venues throughout downtown. Feb. 27 – March 8. Prices vary.

Friday — Bill O’Reilly & Dennis Miller: No Pinheads Allowed — Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Mills bring their political commentary and comedy to San Jose. 8pm Friday, City National Civic, 135 W. San Carlos St., $75 – $500.

Saturday — La Nueva Gira 2015 —Performances by La Arrolladora Banda El Limon, Banda La Arrolladora, Remmy Valenzuela, Noel Torres, Banda Rancho Viejo, Meño Lugo and Ojos en Blanco are expected to draw a crowd downtown. 7pm Saturday, San Jose Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos St., $30 – $40,

Saturday – Monday — Wobbleland —A weekend-long festival of electronic dance music opens   to a 16 and over crowd with 19 DJs, special sound and lighting. 7pm Saturday, Feb. 28 – midnight Monday, March 2. $55 – $135, City National Civic, 135 W. San Carlos St.,

Sunday — The 408k —The race kicks off at the SAP Center and continues along The Alameda to Santana Row. Rolling road closures start at 4am and continue to 9:30am at the latest. The closures include West Santa Clara between 87 and Stockton Avenue and The Alameda between Stockton Avenue and Randol Street,

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This week’s events        

Stage and Concerts 

Tuesday — Celtic Thunder —Singing group Celtic Thunder will be joined by the Celtic Concert Orchestra in a live show known for dramatic effects, lighting and choreography. Guest artists include former Glee star Damian McGinty, who will join in Colm Keegan, Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly, Emmett O’Hanlon and Neil Byrne. 8pm Tuesday, City National Civic, 135 W. San Carlos St., $49.50 – $69.50,

Through Saturday — VENUS IN FUR by David Ives —A provocative and funny and funny play that turns gender expectations about sex and power on their head. Feb. 4 – March 1. Various times. San Jose Stage, 490 S. 1st St.,

Through March 8 — Northside Theatre Co. presents Fix Me Jesus — Annabell Armstrong, a rising star in the Texas Democratic Party, frantically searches for the perfect dress at Neiman Marcus in Dallas. Trapped in the Reagan-era 1980s, her career, love life, finances and family relations are a train wreck. As people from her past invade the dressing room, Annabell must choose between independence and her lifelong fear of her own power. Thursday – Saturday  8pm and Sunday 3pm, 848 E. William St. (at 18th). $17-$22; 408-288-7820;

Friday – Noon Arts and LecturesBollywood Gharana: Combining Indian Classical and Film Music featuring Teed Rockwell and Touchstyle Venna.  12:10-12:50pm, Cafe Frascati, 315 S. First St. Free or $5 donation.

Friday-Saturday – ComedySportz Competitive improvisational teams perform hilarious skits. 9pm Friday, 7pm Saturday and midnight, Camera 3 Theater, 288 S. Second St.  $12-$15.  408-985-5233 or

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Live & Local ~ Downtown San Jose’s Music Spotlight 

Downtown San Jose features more than 41 venues that offer live music every week ranging from open mic nights at a coffee house to superstar performers at SAP Center or San Jose Civic.Find out more and browse through many different venues at our Live and Local table

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Miscellaneous Events

Wednesday – Game Night hosted by the San Jose Public Library-Teams compete against each other with dares, trivia and timed physical challenges a la Minute To Win It. 7-8:30pm in the San Pedro Square Market Garage. 87 N. San Pedro St.

Monday and Wednesday – Park Pop-Up –Every Monday and Wednesday from 11am-1:30pm, Adobe (McEnery Park on San Fernando) will be activated with food trucks as part of the Moveable Feast. For more info, visit email

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Camera 12, Paseo de San Antonio and Second St.

Movie BUCKBUSTERS: All Movies / Everyday, Camera 12 only. $5.50* until 6pm, $8.50* evenings, $7* student/senior/children/military/SJLibrary, *3D/D-BOX surcharges apply.

Now playing: Focus, The Lazarus Effect, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, McFarland USA, The DUFF

Fifty Shades of Grey, Kingsman: The Secret Service

Starting Tuesday  through March 8 — Cinequest:, The San Jose Film festival

Opening Mar. 6th: Chappie, Unfinished Business

At Camera 3, Second and San Carlos streets

Now showing:  Leviathan, Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem, Whiplash, What We Do In The Shadows

B-Movie Bombs Series: Under Siege, 10pm, Saturday

Opens March 6th: Queen and Country

For info and showtimes, visit

At The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater at The Tech Museum of Innovation: With a 280 seat theater, experience the immersive power of films. This week: Batman Begins and Batman: Dark Knight Rises. The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater, The Tech at 201 S. Market St.  408-795-6321, $8-10.

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Today — WE Day —Kids from around the state who created or worked with volunteer organizations in their community and around the world will attend WE Day. The event, backed by Free the Children, teaches students about creating positive change and inspires them through motivational presentations by celebrities including Kid President, Mia Farrow and Joe Jonas. Wednesday, Feb. 25, invite only, SAP Center,

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Sports and Fitness

Saturdays through April 4 – Spring Walking Series — Guadalupe River Park Conservancy and fitness instructors Kristin Strellis and Janet Schumacher start a 6 week Spring Walking Series. 8:30-9:30am; $30-$40; meet at the center, 438 Coleman Ave.

San Jose Sharks home games –The San Jose Sharks have passed the midway point of the season and are in a tough race for a playoff spot. With the support of their fans, can they win the battle for the Pacific? SAP  Center, right downtown.

  • 7:30pm Thursday — Sharks vs. Red Wings
  • 7pm Saturday — Sharks vs. Senators

Saturday — SJSU vs. Nevada in basketball —The Spartans women’s basketball team takes on the Nevada Wolfpack. 2pm Saturday, San Jose State University Event Center, 1 Washington Square, $9,

Mondays and Wednesdays – Breakthrough Boot Camp –An outdoor workout that utilizes the field, track, bleachers, and other structures.  8:30am.  275 N. 24th

Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Fitness Boot Camp –Get into great shape while working out with a small group of other fitness-minded people. Request a free one-week trial. 6am-6:50am, 7am-7:50am, 120 Stockton Ave.,

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Classes, conferences, meetings and seminars


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Saturday — The GlassHouse Presents: Havana Nights —This exhibition gives viewers a chance to take an artistic look at city much in the news. Charles Anselmo has photographed Cuba’s capital city Havana in more than 50 visits over the past 14 years. A free evening reception includes a no-host bar, free appetizers and music, as well as the opportunity to discover Havana through Anselmo’s work. 7pm Saturday, The GlassHouse, 2 S. Market St., Free but RSVP is required.

Thursday 7-9pm — Talking Art – Collaborating with Bruce Conner – Featuring Donald Farnsworth and Andrew Hoyem.  

Through May 16 — Bruce Conner: Somebody Else’s Prints — Spanning nearly 60 years of work, the show Bruce Conner: Somebody Else’s Printsis the first in-depth examination of his achievements as a printmaker in over a decade. It features rarely seen examples from the Conner Family Trust and private collections.  A fixture in the San Francisco Beat-era art scene in the 1950s and 1960s, Conner was renowned for his groundbreaking work in assemblage, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and experimental film. 10am – 5pm Wednesday – Fridays, noon – 5pm Saturdays and 10am – 5pm Tuesday. San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, 560 S. First St.; free;

Through Sunday  – Antique Ohio Amish Quilts and Two Color Wonders  –San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, 520 S. First St.,

Daily through March 28 — Taco de Ojo —Works from the Latino Toons Collective, a group of Latin American artists from Mexico all the way into South America’s Argentina, highlight vibrant art that borrows elements from comic book art, art nouveau and traditional Latin American art forms. Anno Domini, 366 South 1st St.,

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Museums and galleries

Anno Domini – the second coming of art and design – Open noon-7pm Tuesday-Friday; noon-5pm Saturday. 366 S. First St. Free. 408-271-5155

Art Ark Gallery – 1035 S. Sixth St – Open by appointment only.

Art Object Gallery – Open 1-4pm Thursday-Saturday. 592 N. Fifth St. Free. 408-288-9305

Casa Jalisco – Open 9am-3pm Monday-Friday. 320 S. First St. Free. 408-890-5507,

The Center for Literary Arts (CLA) –Readings, lectures, conversations and seminars that allow the San Jose community to interact with writers of contemporary literature who have demonstrated exceptional voice and vision. San Jose State University, 408-924-4600.

Children’s Discovery Museum –Open 10am to 5pm Tuesday – Saturday and noon-5pm Sunday. $11-$12. 180 Woz Way. 408-298-5437 or

City Hall windows gallery – Fourth St near Santa Clara St

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Library – 150 E. San Fernando St. Free. 408-808-2000 or

Empire Seven Studios – 525 N. 7th St. 408-638-7846,

History San Jose – Silicon Valley Bikes: Passion, Innovation & Politics Since 1880 highlights the region’s love affair with cycling. Runs through May 2015.  History Park, 1650 Senter Road.  408-287-2290

The Japanese American Museum of San Jose – 535 N. 5th St.; 408-294-3138.

KALEID gallery – Open noon-7pm Tuesday – Friday; Noon-5pm Saturday. $2 Tuesdays every third Tuesday of the month. 88 S. Fourth St. Free. 408-271-5151 or

MACLA – Open noon-7pm Wednesday -Thursday; noon-5pm Friday-Saturday. 510 S. First St. Free. 408-998-2783 or

Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery – Open 11am-4pm and 6-7:30pm Tuesday; 11am-4pm Wednesday – Friday. Art Building, San Jose State University, 1 Washington Square. Free. 408-924-4328

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum – Open 10am-5pm Monday – Friday; 11am-6pmSaturday-Sunday. 1342 Naglee Ave. $9, $7 seniors/students, $5 ages 5-10, free for ages 4 and younger. 408-947-3636

San Jose City Hall – Various exhibits. Open 8am-5pm, Monday – Friday. 200 E. Santa Clara St. Free. 408-535-8168

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art – Open 10am-5pm, Tuesday – Friday; Noon-5 pm Saturday. Closed Sunday & Monday. 560 S. First St.  Free Admission. Donations welcomed. 408-283-8155 or

San Jose Museum of Art 11 am-5pm Tuesday – Sunday. 110 S. Market St. $8.  408-271-6840.

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles – Open 10am-5pm Wednesday – Sunday (open for free from 7-11 pm on the first Friday of every month). 520 S. First St. $8 Adults-$6.50 Seniors/Students. 408-971-0323 or

Seeing Things Gallery – Gallery, books and zines. Tuesday – Friday 11am-7pm and Saturday noon-6pm; 30 N. Third St. 891-7553

SPUR San Jose Urban Gallery – 11am-5pm Tuesday-Friday, 76 S. First St.

The Tech Museum of Innovation – Open daily 10am-5pm. 201 S Market St. Pricing: Adult admission for the galleries only $15. Add an educational IMAX film for only $5.  Children (ages 3-17) or $20 for a combo ticket, active students with ID, and seniors will pay only $10 for museum entry and $8 for an educational film in IMAX – or $15 for a combo ticket. 408-294-8324 or

Works/San Jose – Open noon-4pm Tuesday – Saturday (to 7pm Thursday). 365 S. Market St. 408-295-8378.

ZERO1 Garage – Noon-4pm Wednesday-Saturday, 429 S. First St.

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Downtown Dining / Business Promotions

Hawaiian Airlines Downtown Ice airfare discounts – The readers of Travel + Leisure have ranked Hawaiian Airlines as the top domestic carrier serving Hawaii, according to the magazine’s 2013 World’s Best Awards. Go, use promotion code “SJDA” and get year-round discounts on flights to the islands and beyond.  Click here for booking page:

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Dancing Downtown


Agenda Lounge399 S. First St.  408-287-3991 · Azúcar Lounge71 and 81 E. San Fernando St.  408-293-8482,· Beso Club417 S. First St. 818-359-4235 · The Brit173 W. Santa Clara St.  408-278-1400 · The Continental  – 349 S. First St.  · Dive Bar78 E. Santa Clara St. 408-288-5252 · Fahrenheit Ultralounge99 E San Fernando St.  408-998-9998 · Freddie J’s- 97 E. Santa Clara· Habana Club Restaurant238 Race St. 408-998-2822 · Lido Nightclub30 S. First St.· Liquid Lounge32 S. Third St.  Loft Bar and Bistro90 S. Second St.  408-291-0677 · Motif Restaurant and Club389 S. First St.  408-279-1888 · Myth Tavern & Lounge152 Post St.· Studio 88 S. First St.· SP272 N. Almaden Ave.· San Jose Bar and Grill85 S. Second St. 408-286-2397  · South First Billiards  – 420 S. First St.  408-294-7800 · Splash65 Post St., 408-292-2222· Temple Bar and Lounge52 S. First· Tres Gringos83 S. Second St. 408-278-9888

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Downtown Living

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Thursday through Friday — 8th annual Operation PJ at the Fairmont — The Fairmont San Jose, in partnership with the Pajama Program’s Open Your Heart Campaign, will deliver warm sleepwear and nurturing books to children in need. The hotel will collect new pajamas, books and cash donations from locals, guests, employees and community partners 6am-10pm Feb. 26 at the front entrance valet pavilion. Donations will also be accepted during the “Pajama Sorting Party” on Feb. 7:30 am-3 pm in the Club Regent.

Humane Society Silicon Valley free spay and neuter clinic — Free spay/neuter services for Chihuahua and Chihuahua mixes living in the 95111, 95112, 95116, 95122, and 95127 zip codes. By appointment; Humane Society Silicon Valley; 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas,

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Coming Up

March 5 — Opera with the Stars luncheon — Funding the San Jose Woman’s Club vocal scholarship program, this luncheon includes performances from the world-premiere of Where Angels Fear to Tread, a tribute to Irene Dalis and master of ceremonies Frank Fiscalini. 11:30am March 5, Landmark Ballrooom, SJWC Clubhouse, 75 S. 11 St., $15 – $40,

March 21 — Bacon and Beer Classic —
Join some of downtown’s favorite restaurants, local breweries and more at Municipal Stadium for a day of tasting and bacon-inspired food. Saturday, March 21, Municipal Stadium, 588 E.  Alma Ave., $29 – $99,!san-jose-ca/cdol

April 16 – April 19 — Lord of the Rings Trilogy with live orchestra performance —  Two opportunities to catch all three movies or individual favorites with live orchestra accompaniment. April 16 – April 18 and April 18 – April 19. $60 – $120. The San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd.,, www.symphonysiliconvalley.orgor 408.286.2600.

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SAP Center of San Jose   

March 5 – Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

March 6 – Chris Brown and Trey Songz, featuring Tyga

March 20-22 – Marvel Universe Live

March 26 – Ricardo Arjona

March 30 – WWE Monday Night Raw

March 31  – Maroon 5

April 12  – Ariana Grande

April 18  – Barry Manilow and special guest Dave Koz

May 12 – Neil Diamond

May 18-19 – U2 Innocence + Experience Tour

May 26  – Bette Midler

City National Civic

Feb 27. – Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller – Don’t Be a Pinhead Tour

Mar. 3 – Celtic Thunder

April 28 – The Moody Blues, 8pm, $45-$5

May 16  – The Piano Guys, 7:30pm, $42.50-$127.50

SJSU Event Center

Montgomery Theater

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Parking / Pedicabs / Traffic / SJ Mineta Airport


Traffic warning: With many big-name events this weekend, traffic in the downtown area could be bad. Please consider public transportation,  cycling or walking if possible.

DASH shuttleThe DASH shuttle, which connects Diridon station to downtown’s core with free rides, runs 6:30 am to 9:15 pm.  Shuttles are every 10-15 minutes during peak times, and every 30 minutes later.

Pedicabs – Eco City Cycles –Look for Eco City Cycles door-to-door pedicab service.  The service is available Wednesday-Saturday from 7 pm-2 am.  Call ahead for reservations or pick ups 408-771-7723.  Negotiate your price.

Bike sharingModular bike share stations are in 15 locations around downtown.  Also in cities up and down the peninsula.  Coming soon to Oakland and Berkeley.  Memberships now available;

Mineta San Jose International Airport

Visitwww.tsa.govfor the latest information about security procedures.

For more information on Airport changes, maps, and services, go

Email info@sjc.orgif you need a reply.

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Special SJDA Downtown Ice Airfares to Hawaii

Use promotion code: SJDA to get 5% off roundtrip web fares to Hawaii from San Jose. Flight 43 departs San Jose for Honolulu daily at 9:10 a.m., and Flight 44 returns at 9:05 p.m. each night.

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