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Featured Events      

Friday – Farmers’ MarketItem of the Week: Orchid. Orchids are members of the Orchidaceae family of flowering plants that have captured the admiration of horticulturists, perfumists, food producers, and flower-admirers worldwide since the 19th Century. They are not only valued for their beauty but some also produce foods as well such as the beanpod of the genus Vanilla. This week at the market visitors can guess the weight of the huge pumpkin (next to the SJDA info table). The closest guess wins a bag of fall produce. Vote for the best vendor costumes and booths and receive a BONUS stamp for the Frequent Shopper passport book. The Downtown Farmers’ Market is presented by Kaiser Permanente. Free two-hours parking in Market-San Pedro Garage with validation 10am-2pm, each Friday through Nov. 21, San Pedro Square, San Pedro and Santa Clara streets.

Día De Los Muertos San Jose – Día de los Muertos in San Jose is steeped in tradition, culture and a display of city’s long history with its Mexican past. Event days and times include:

  • Saturday – Community Day – The San Jose Museum of Art celebrates El Dia de los Muertos with hands-on art making, live music and more. 11am-5pm, 110 S. Market St.,
  • Sunday – Children’s Discovery Museum – The Children’s Discovery Museum offers storytelling by Olga Loya, an altar exhibit by Lissa Jones, skull making and more. 12-5pm, 180 Woz Way,
  • Sunday – Day of the Dead – Mexican Heritage TheatrehostsDay of the Dead festivities as part of the biennial production of La Llorona. Event includes a costume contest, face painting and vendors. 12:30pm, MHP, 1700 Alum Rock Ave.,

Monday – San Jose Restaurant University – The California Restaurant Association and the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce host a free seminar covering hot topics in the restaurant industry, especially focusing on developments in restaurant technology. 2-5pm, San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber Office, 101 W. Santa Clara St., register at

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This week’s events        

Stage and Concerts    

Wednesday Electronic Bounce House 2 – Some of the biggest names in dance music perform at SAP Center. 99.7 (NOW!) present Steve Aoki, Diplo, Lil Jon, 3lau, Deorro and St. John. $31.50-$68, 7:30pm, 525 W. Santa Clara St.,

Wednesday Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group – Cafe Stritch hosts the Jazz Icon and his young band members as they perform work from their new album Samsara” and more. 8:30pm, $15, 374 S. First St.,

Saturday – Jazz Nights with Nineteen – The premiere ensemble of Bay Area professional musicians take jazz to the Theatre on San Pedro Square. Under the direction of Emmy nominated composer John Lee Sanders. 8pm, $15-$20, 29 N. San Pedro St.,

Sunday – Kristi Yamaguchi and Brian Boitano Golden Moment Olympic Champion and two-time world champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi joins celebrated figure skater Brian Boitano at SAP Center at San Jose as part of Golden Moment. 4pm, $50-$200, 525 W. Santa Clara St.,

TuesdayTedeschi Trucks BandThe newer rock ‘n’ roll group, Tedeschi Trucks Band, already released three critically-acclaimed and commercially successful albums. The 11-member band takes San Jose at City National Civic at 8pm. Tickets $35-$85,

Wednesday-Tuesday – Comedy at the ImprovDJ Cooch, 8pm Wednesday and Thursday ($12), Comedy Central’s Live At Gotham and The Logo Network’s One Night Stand performer, Thai Rivera, 8pm Friday, 7pm and 9:15pm Saturday and 7pm Sunday ($17), San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St, 408-280-7475 or

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

Through Sunday Danny and the Deep Blue SeaJohn Patrick Shanley’s original work involves two of society’s rejects, Danny and Roberta, crossing paths and spending together a night that yields the opportunity of a meaningful relationship. 8pm Thursday – Saturday, 3pm Sunday, $22, Olinder Theatre, 848 E. William St.,

Through Nov. 25 10 in 10 Perspective! Five photographs by local photographers inspired five stories by local playwrights. And five different stories by local playwrights inspired five local photographers. All are brought to life in ten 10-minute plays. Evening performances 8pm, 3pm Saturdays and 2pm Sundays. Tickets $10-$38, Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St.,

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Live & Local ~ Downtown San Jose’s Music Spotlight 

Did you know that Downtown San Jose has more than 41 venues offering live music every week ranging from open mic nights at a coffee house to superstar performers at SAP Center or San Jose Civic? Venue Highlight: Nomikai eatery and drinkery is a place for any occasion whether it be a special celebration, casual night out with friends or a first date. Friends and family can come and be social while enjoying the full bar, great food and live music. Downtown San Jose offers much more entertainment. Check out our Live Music table at


Miscellaneous Events 

Now through Nov. 15 – Call for Entries –CreaTV San Jose is accepting entries for the 2014 CreaTiVe Awards. Videomakers from the Bay Area and Santa Cruz can submit videos and TV shows for competition in one of more than 10 categories atwww.creatvsj.orgthrough Nov. 15,

Knight Cities Challenge – The Knight Foundation launches a broad effort to uncover innovative ideas to make cities more successful. Have an idea? Share it with them at

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Camera 12, Paseo de San Antonio and Second Street

Ouija,” “John Wick (D-BOX seating available)” “Dear White People,” “St. Vincent,” “The Golden Era,” “The Book of Life,” “Fury,” “The Best of Me,” “Dracula Untold,” “Gone Girl,” “Annabelle,” “Breakup Buddies” and “The Judge.”

Opening Friday: “Whiplash,” “Nightcrawler,” “Saw 10th Anniversary,” “Before I Go to Sleep” and “Horns.”

At Camera 3, Second and San Carlos Streets

The Blue Room” and “Awake: The Life of Yogananda.”

Opening Friday: “Pelican Dreams” and “White Bird in a Blizzard.”

For more 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 such as Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” on the big screen. Take a spectacular trip to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar where Lemurs arrived as castaways millions of years ago, evolving into hundreds of diverse species that are now highly endangered. More educational films 1pm and 3pm Wednesday-Thursday, 12pm Wednesday and Friday, 2pm and 4pm Friday, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm Saturday-Tuesday: such as “Mysteries of the Unseen World,” available at The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater, located inside The Tech at 201 S. Market St.  408-795-6321, $8-10.

Opening Tuesday – Interstellar A group of explorers make use of a newly-discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. Experience Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” three days before it hits any other theater in South Bay on Tuesday. Tickets on sale now ($15).

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Tuesday – Kids Music and Movement ClassGeared for young children, move, dance and sing with your child to a variety of music in English and Spanish. Play with bean bags, scarves and rhythm sticks. 10:30am, 87 N San Pedro St.,

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Sports and Fitness            

San Jose Sharks home games – Sharks are on the hunt to become Stanley Cup Champions. The road is long and filled with tough opposition, but with fan support it is achievable. This is Sharks’ Territory.

  • Nov. 1 vs. Islanders, Nov. 6 vs. Panthers, Nov. 22 vs. Coyotes at SAP Center, varying

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

Monday, Wednesday, Friday Co-Ed 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.,

Saturdays through Nov. 15 Fall Walking Series – Guadalupe River Park Conservancy and fitness instructors Kristin Strellis and Janet Schumacher lead the class along the Guadalupe River trails. 8:30-9:30am, $30-$40, Guadalupe River Park Conservancy Visitor & Education Center, 438 Coleman Ave.,

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Classes, conferences, meetings and seminars

Tuesday – Drop-In Business Counseling –The San Jose Public Library partners with the Office of Economic Development in hosting drop-in business counseling every other Tuesday at 5:30pm in Room 455 at MLK Library. Sessions include an OED representative who will answer business questions related to basic real estate, permit, tax requirements and more. 150 E. San Fernando St.,

Classes at the San Jose Entrepreneur Center

100 E. Santa Clara St.

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Daily through Nov. 15 – In the Cave We Dance UK artist Joseph Loughborough emerges from his studio with his latest body of work In the Cave We Dance, his second solo exhibition with Anno Domini Gallery. He draws upon iconography and themes evocative of the decadent period of Berlin as a vehicle to explore Plato’s Allegory of the Cavein which subjective perception of reality is questioned.

Daily through Nov. 30 – Photos by David Leventhal – The San Jose Museum of Art showcases its collection David Levinthal photographs. Make Believe stages intriguing tableaus with toy figures and miniature dioramas to photograph. Leventhal creates miniature environments in which he touches upon various subject matter from the isolation of urban life to the horrors of

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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.

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

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

Casa JaliscoOpen 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, events@litart.org408-924-4600.

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

City Hall windows gallery –Fourth Street near Santa Clara Street

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

Empire Seven Studios525 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 Jose535 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 –Open10am-5pm Monday – Friday; 11am-6pm Saturday-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 InnovationOpen 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 JoseOpen noon-4pm Tuesday – Saturday (to 7pm Thursday). 365 S. Market St. 408-295-8378.

ZERO1 GarageNoon-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 Lounge –399 S. First St.  408-287-3991· Azúcar Lounge –71 and 81 E. San Fernando St.  408-293-8482,; Beso Club – 417 S. First St. 818-359-4235The Blank Club –44 S. Almaden Ave.  408-971-8511· The Brit –173 W. Santa Clara St.  408-278-1400· Club Milano – 394 S. Second St.· Dive Bar –78 E. Santa Clara St. 408-288-5252· South First Billiards: Elixer Lounge –420 S. First St.  408-294-7800· Fahrenheit Ultralounge –99 E San Fernando St.  408-998-9998· Freddie J’s-97 E. Santa Clara· Habana Club Restaurant –238 Race St. 408-998-2822· Lido Nightclub30 S. First St.· Liquid Lounge 32 S. Third St.  Loft Bar and Bistro –90 S. Second St.  408-291-0677· Beso Club –417 S. First St.· Motif Restaurant and Club –389 S. First St.  408-279-1888· Myth Tavern & Lounge –152 Post St.· Studio 8 –8 S. First St.· Sabor Tapas Bar and Lounge –72 N. Almaden Ave. 408-287-1737· San Jose Bar and Grill –85 S. Second St. 408-286-2397  · Splash· Temple Bar and Lounge – 52 S. First· Tres Gringos – 83 S. Second St. 408-278-9888

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Saturday – Historic Orchard Preservation –The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy is looking for volunteers to help maintain the Historic Orchard in the garden area of the Guadalupe River Park. Workdays are 8:30-11:30am on the first Saturday of the month. Email volunteers@grpg.orgor call 408-298-7675 to sign up. Visit www.guadalupeconservancy.orgfor more info.

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Coming Up

Nov. 7 – Councilman Ash Kalra – Green Drinks Silicon Valley presents an intimate evening with District 2 Councilmember, Ash Kalra, as we learn about his dedication to the environment and the protection of local lands. 6pm, Cafe Stritch, 100 W. San Carlos St.,

Nov. 7 South Bay Philharmonic Foothill Community Concert Series presents the South Bay Philharmonic ConclusionS. With instrument performances by Robert Schumann, Shannon Wang, Franz Schubert and more. $10 (kids 12 and under are free), Foothill Presbyterian Church, 5301 McKee Rd.,

Nov. 7 – Green Light Project Rally and Walk –The 2nd Annual Green Light Project Rally & Walk is purposed to raise awareness about the high number of homeless youth in Santa Clara County. A rally will kick things off at the San Jose City Hall Plaza before a festive one-mile walk through downtown San Jose. 5:30pm, 200 E. Santa Clara,

Nov. 8 – PurpleStride Silicon Valley – Raise money and awareness about pancreatic cancer with a 5k run, children’s activities, refreshments and a visit from the San Jose Sharks “Sharkie!” Proceeds benefit the PancreaticCancer Action Network. 9am, $10-$35, Discovery Meadow, 180 Woz Way,

Nov. 9 – 2014 Reebok CrossFit Invitational – CrossFit’s international team competition is making its first trip to U.S. soil after two years abroad. The CrossFit Invitational will feature four, four-person teams of top athletes from the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. Each team will be streamlined to just two men, two women and one coach. $26-$67, 4-6pm, 525 W. Santa Clara St.,

Nov. 11 – 96th Annual Veterans Day Parade Freeway and Street Closures –

  • 7am: Easternmost portion of Park Ave. at S. Market St. closes for reviewing stand setup. Eastbound Park Avenue will remain open at all times from Almaden Blvd. to the break in the median strip and u-turn will continue open westbound for access to Park Center Plaza garage (main driveway). Westbound Park will be closed from Market St. to break in the median.
  • 9am: Parade staging area closes: Autumn St., from Santa Clara to St. John, Santa Clara from 87 to Montgomery, Delmas Ave. from Santa Clara to San Fernando, and Santa Clara, from Montgomery to Cahill.
  • 9am-2:45pm: Santa Clara St. off ramp from northbound Rt. 87 closes.
  • 10:45am: For the Ceremony; southbound lanes of S. Market St. close from San Fernando to San Carlos.
  • 11:20am-2pm: Parade route closes: Santa Clara St. from 87 to First, S. Market St. from St. John to San Carlos, side streets one block to either side of Parade route.

Nov. 14 and 15 – Oprah: The Life You Live Weekend – Oprah reinvents the live experience with an all-new and empowering event. Two days offer to inspire and uplift each person to become the best version of themselves. Times TBA, $99-$500, SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St.,

Nov. 17 – John Cleese – His hit films Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian andA Fish Called Wanda, and his memorable roles in James Bond films and Shrekhave put him in a class of his own. John Cleese discusses his ascent in the entertainment world at the California Theatre. $10-$30, 345 S. 1st St.,

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SAP Center of San Jose   

Nov. 21 – Brantley Gilbert
Nov. 23 – Joan Sebastian and Los Tigres del Norte, Gira La Ultima Maroma
Nov. 24 Usher: The UR Experience
Nov. 25 – Fleetwood Mac
Dec. 3 – Triple Ho Show 5.0
Dec. 6-7 – Intel Extreme Masters
Dec. 25-28 – Walking with Dinosaurs
March 20-22 – Marvel Universe Live

City National Civic

Nov. 15 – California State DanceSport Championships – Nationals Qualifying Event
Nov. 16 – Judas Priest Special Guest Steel Panther
Nov. 21 – Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! – Music is Awesome
Dec. 17 – KFOG Concert for Kids
Dec. 18 – MythBusters Behind the Myths Tour
Dec. 20 – WAR and Tower of Power
Dec. 31 – CAKE + special guest Nellie McKay
Jan. 2-3 – Disney Jr. Live on Tour – Pirate and Princess Adventure
Jan. 28 – Styx
Jan. 29 – So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2014 Season Tour

SJSU Event Center

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Parking / Pedicabs / Traffic / SJ Mineta Airport


Nov. 11 Veterans Day Parade Freeway and Street Closures

  • 7am: Easternmost portion of Park Ave. at South Market Street closes for reviewing stand setup. Eastbound Park Avenue will remain open at all times from Almaden Blvd. to the break in the median strip and u-turn will continue open westbound for access to Park Center Plaza garage (main driveway). Westbound Park will be closed from Market Street to break in the median;
  • 9am: Parade staging area closes: Autumn Street, from Santa Clara to St. John, Santa Clara from 87 to Montgomery, Delmas Ave. from Santa Clara to San Fernando, and Santa Clara, from Montgomery to Cahill.
  • 9am-2:45pm: Santa Clara St. off ramp from northbound Rt. 87 closes.
  • 10:45am: For the Ceremony; southbound lanes of S. Market St. close from San Fernando to San Carlos.
  • 11:20am-2pm: Parade route closes: Santa Clara St. from 87 to First, S. Market St. from St. John to San Carlos, side streets one block to either side of Parade route.

Through Friday – VTA’s Bus Rapid Transit Project – Construction crews will perform sanitary sewer work along the westbound side of Santa Clara Avenue between First and Second Streets. To accommodate construction activities, the shoulder and one travel lane will be closed, sidewalk detours will be provided, and pedestrians redirected around the work zone. Access to businesses will be maintained. This work will run through Friday. The hours of work are from 7am to 3pm. Activities will cease during the lunch hour, 12noon-1pm.

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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