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April 23-29

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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

Featured Events 

Thursday and Saturday – NHL Playoffs: Sharks vs. LA Kings – Come downtown to watch the series and be with friends also wearing those beautiful teal and black jerseys. Let’s hope the series doesn’t return to San Jose, but if necessary, the games will be next Monday and Wednesday at SAP Center. Beat L-A! 

Saturday – March for Babies – March of Dimes’ annual walk for the health of babies. 7am- noon, Plaza de Cesar Chavez 

Saturday – Great American Litter Pickup– To celebrate Earth Day, or Earth Week, as the case may be.St. James Park is part of the program and looking for volunteers. Please sign up at 408-975-7233 and come to the corner of St. James and Second streets from 8-8:30am to pick up your supplies. While there is not requirement to stay until 11:30, please do and join the other volunteers for a celebration lunch at noon.

Saturday – MACLA’s 16th annual Art Auction and Exhibition – Paintings, light installations, sculpture, collage, mixed-media work, photography, reflecting the breadth of visual arts media for which MACLA is well-known.  Collector’s panel, silent, online and live auctions; benefiting MACLA’s programs in the visual arts, performing arts and literary arts.  Doors 6pm, auction 7:30pm.  $25-$50,

Sunday – Nikkei Matsuri FestivalJapanese American Cultural Festival features cultural exhibits, arts and crafts, food court and performing arts. Other events include Yu Ai Kai Nihonmachi Run, Kodomo No Hi Children’s Day, Japantown farmers’ Market; Yu Ai Kai Health Fair. 9:30am- 4:30pm; Fifth and Jackson Streets. 

Sunday – Songkran Thai New Year FestivalThai Association of Northern California (TANC) celebrates the second annual Songkran Thai New Year Festval 2014. Event includes: Thai New Year water blessing rituals and splashing; Muay Thai kick-boxing exhibitions; Miss Songkran Beauty Pageant; Singha beer garden; food trucks and food vendors; Thai crafts and merchandise; traditional and contemporary entertainment; informational and cultural services. 11am- 6-pm. First Street between San Salvador and Reed St, and William St. between Market and Second Street. Free.

Sunday – Spring Style Show – Hear industry icons share their best practices and see firsthand the innovative techniques and products that will keep you on the cutting edge of the industry, at the 2014 Fashion Focus Show. 9am-6pm, San Jose Convention Center, $37-$77, (408)295-9600;

SPECIAL OFFER – Ballet San Jose presents Masterworks of Movement and Theatre – Half-off tickets on orchestra, mid-orchestra, and side-orchestra seats. Ballet San Jose presents Masterworks of Movement and Theatre: Roland Petit’s “Carmen,” featuring artistic director and international dance sensation José Manuel Carreño plus live music by Symphony Silicon Valley conducted by Paul Polivnick, presented with Twyla Tharp’s “In the Upper Room.” Two masterworks — a fiery story ballet and a celebration of pure movement — by two different master dance-makers of our era share a program of extreme contrasts and bravura dancing. Considered one of Twyla Tharp’s most accomplished and striking works, In the Upper Room features a commissioned score by Philip Glass that both propels and liberates the dancers in Tharp’s whirling, pulse-pounding choreography. Since its premiere in 1949, Carmen has remained one of inventive French choreographer Roland Petit’s most popular ballets for its keen character studies, theatrical staging and soaring dances. Performances: Mother’s Day weekend, Friday, May 9, 8pm; Saturday, May 10, 8pm; and Sunday, May 11, 1:30pm at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd. Tickets at; Promo code:  DOWNTOWNER. Offer expires May 1.

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This week’s events        

Stage and Concerts 


Wednesday-Sunday, through May 4, at San Jose Stage – “An Iliad” – Poetry and humor, the ancient tale of the Trojan War and the modern world collide in this captivating theatrical experience. The lone figure onstage is a storyteller, who is fated to tell this story throughout history. Wed-Thur 7:30pm; Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; $16.50-$50; San Jose Stage, 490 S. First St., 408-283-7142,

Wednesday-Sunday and Tuesday – Comedy at the Improv Wed 8pm Shaun Latham ($12). Thur 8pm, Fri 8pm and 10pm, Sat 7pm and 9pm, and Sun 7pm Colin Kane, dubbed “the next big thing in comedy” by Dennis Miller $18. Tue 8pm: Magique Bazaar presents Tricky Tuesday: Illusion, Circus Artistry & Quick-Witted Humor! 62 S. Second St. 408-280-7475 or

Thursday-Sunday, through May 11 – “A Streetcar Named Desire” – By Tennessee Williams, presented by Northside Theatre Co. This play reveals to the very depths the character of Blanche du Bois, a woman whose life has been undermined by her romantic illusions, which lead her to reject—so far as possible—the realities of life with which she is faced and which she consistently ignores. The pressure brought to bear upon her by her sister, with whom she goes to live in New Orleans, intensified by the earthy and extremely “normal” young husband of the latter, leads to a revelation of her tragic self-delusion and, in the end, to madness, 8pm, Northside Theatre Company, 48 E. William St (at 18th), $17-$22, 408-288-7820; 

Thursday-Sunday – World premiere of “Love, Laughter and Linguine” – Share the spice of life through this rousing musical that looks at the twists and turns of life. You’ll be treated to stories and celebrations seasoned with generous portions of songs old and new. A tasty treat for your heart and soul- this show will make you feel glad to be alive! Thur-Sat 8pm, Sat 3pm, Sun 2pm, The Tabard Theatre Co., Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St. $12-$36, 800-838-3006;

Thursday and Saturday-Sunday – Opera San Jose presents “Don Giovanni” – Don Giovanni plays a dangerous game of seduction with every woman he meets until he encounters something he cannot kill, beat up, dodge, or outwit. Mozart’s dramatic genius pervades in Don Giovanni as he weaves humor, melodrama and supernatural elements into a powerful musical masterpiece. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Thur 8pm, Sat 8pm and Sun 27 3pm; California Theatre, 345 S. First St.; $50-$110;

Friday-Saturday – ComedySportz and Much Improv About Nothing – See competitive improvisational teams perform. 9 pm Fri; 7 pm Sat.  Much Improv About Nothing at 9:15 pm Sat. Camera 3 Theater, 288 S. Second St.  $12-$15.  408-985-5233 or

Saturday – Come Together: The Beatles Concert Experience – Never before has there been a tribute to the Fab Four quite like Come Together: The Beatles Concert Experience. In this live performance, Come Together recreates the look, sound and history of the Beatles, taking you back in time to witness the Beatles’ phenomenal rise to pop stardom. 3pm-8pm, Montgomery Theatre, 271 S. Market St., $31-$46, (408)295-9600;

Monday – Unique Lives & Experiences Speaker Series presents Mia Farrow – Mia Farrow, the daughter of film star Maureen O’Sullivan and director John Farrow, discusses her Hollywood lifestyle along with her humanitarian efforts as a Goodwill Ambassador. 7:30pm, California Theatre, 345 S. First St., $180-$340, (408)295-9600;

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Live & Local ~ Downtown San Jose’s Music Spotlight

Did you know that Downtown San Jose has more than 40 venues offering live music any one week, ranging from open mic nights at a coffee house to superstar performers at SAP Center or San Jose Civic?  There’s so much going on, it’s too much for us to list here. Please check out our Live Music listings at

Miscellaneous Events

Wednesdays through May 7 – Mid-Week Meditations – Healing harpist, Reiki master and calmness coach Cymber Lily Quinn brings her one-woman sanctuary of harp music, comfort and inner peace to downtown. The emphasis is on providing “you” with a space for rest, relaxation, reflection and renewal. 12:15 to 1 p.m, Chiropractic from the Heart, 300 S. 11th St., free or donations to $25, 408-600-1188 and

Wednesday – Silicon Valley 2.0 – Silicon Valley 2.0 is a regional effort to understand the potential impacts of climate change on Santa Clara County and to develop adaptation strategies to improve community resiliency. Launched in mid-2013, the project will be completed in June 2014. Come find out more about what the team has learned through its research and community meetings. 12:30pm, SPUR San Jose, 76 S. First St., 408-638-0083; Free to $10, bring your own lunch

Wednesday – Mayor’s Forum: What’s your stance on arts and culture?Sponsored by GenArts Silicon Valley and moderated by columnist Sal Pizarro of the Mercury News. Featuring five mayoral candidates. 7-8:30pm, San Jose Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio. Free.  

Thursday – The Art of Creative Placemaking – ArtPlace America exists to support creative placemakers who are working with the arts to help shape their communities’ social, physical and economic futures. Learn about creative placemaking and what catalytic projects are currently underway in San Jose. 6:30pm, SPUR San Jose, 76 S. First St., 408-638-0083; Free to $10,

Tuesday – Restoring San Francisco Bay – Come hear how an ambitious new effort will offer voters an opportunity to establish steady funding to restore the bay’s health for people and wildlife, while improving its resilience to climate change.12:30pm, SPUR San Jose, 76 S. First St., 408-638-0083; Free to $10, bring your own lunch;

Saturday – Starting From Seed – Learn how to grow your own vegetables and flowers from seeds. Workshop will discuss what seeds need to grow into healthy seedlings: soil, containers, watering, and more. Participants will get hands-on experience sowing seeds and transplanting seedlings, receive valuable advice on caring for them, and take home a flat of seedlings for their summer garden, a value of $75! 10am-noon, Guadalupe Visitor & Education Center, 438 Coleman Ave, $25-$30; 408-298-7657. Register at

Sunday – Blue Box Bash IV – The Moveable Feast to Raise Funds for San Jose Rep’s Outreach and Education Programs that reach more than 40,000 youth, adults, seniors and disenfranchised community members annually. Inspired by San Rep’s upcoming production of The Big Meal, the deliciously entertaining evening will take place on the Rep’s stage, offering guests the opportunity to switch places and take center stage for one night. A catered event with auction. 4-9pm, San Jose Repertory Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio; 

Sunday – Yard Sale in the Park – Hosted by History San Jose. The public sells their wares at tables they set up at History Park in Kelly Park. San Jose’s Collection center will also sell items. 1650 Senter Road. 408 287-2290 or visit 

Tuesday – Let’s Talk About it Series: “Minaret” and Muslim journeys, by Leila Aboulela – Presenttion and discussion led by Zarha Billoo, executive director, Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area Office. 7-8:30pm, Room 255, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, E San Ferndo and Fourth streets, Free, 408-808-2034;

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At Camera 12, Paseo de San Antonio and Second Street

A Haunted House 2,” “Transcendence,” “Under the Skin,” “Rio 2,” “Oculus,” “Draft Day,” “Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Divergent,” “The Quiet Ones,” The Other Woman,” “Brick Mansions” and “Watermark.” Opening May 2: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

At Camera 3, Second and San Carlos Streets

Finding Vivian Maier,” “The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden” and “On My Way”

Opening May 2: “For No Good Reason” 

Admission: $10 general, $7.50 students with current ID, $7 matinees, and $6.75 seniors 63+ and children 12 and under (10 movies for $60 discount card also available). For show times:

At The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater at The Tech Museum of Innovation: Fri-Sun, 5pm and 7:30pm: “Jurassic Park” $12. Plus educational films “Journey to the South Pacific,” “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” and “The Hidden Universe.” The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater is located inside The Tech at 201 S. Market St.  $8-15.

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Saturday, April 26 – 26th Annual San Jose Children’s Faire – San Jose Public Library invites families to celebrate the Month of the Young Child with an outdoor festival expected to draw over 5,000 attendees to Discovery Meadow (in front of the Children’s Discovery Museum).  The Faire’s theme this year is “Spark Your Imagination” and features family-oriented stage entertainment, special attractions, and activity booths offering hands-on activities for children ages 2 -12.  Families can obtain information about education, child care, recreational programs and health and safety resources.  10:30am-3pm; Discovery Meadow, 180 Woz Way.  Free.

Saturday – Healthy Kid’s Day – Kick off summer right by celebrating healthy kids with the Central YMCA. The event from 10am-1pm will focus on healthy eating, improving literacy and proper exercise over the summer months. All activities are focused on making healthy lifestyle choices fun. Free food, free recreational swimming, obstacle courses, crafts tables, and drawings. To register for recreational swimming, please register in person between 10-10:30am. Bring your own swimsuits, towels, and sunscreen! Recreational swimming will take place from noon-2pm. Central YMCA, 1717 The Alameda, Free, 408 351 6360;

Monday – Creative Arts for Youth Dance Drama and Music lessons – St. Paul’s UMC Creative Arts Program for Youth is an arts-based youth (8-14) development program that uses the performing arts as vehicles to help build skills and foster positive attitudes and behavior in low-income young people through leadership and self-esteem building programming. Learn performing arts, music, drama, and dance. 5:30-7:30pm, 405 S. Tenth St., 408-836-6947

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Sports and Fitness            

Wednesday – Free Zumba Class – Fuego Fitness offers a FREE Zumba class to VTA riders and Get Fit with VTA participants, 6 pm at our Downtown Customer Service Center, 55 W Santa Clara St.

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

Tuesdays – Free Zumba Classes at the FairmontFairmont Hotel in collaboration with San Jose Athletic Club offer free Zumba classes to hotel guest and to the San Jose community.  For reservations email  5:30 pm.  170 S. Market St.  Free.

May 17 – Sabercats vs. Portland – The Arena Bowl Champions are back for another season. May 17 vs. Portland Thunder; June 7 vs LA Kiss; June 14 vs. Spokane; June 27 vs. Arizona. $12-$82, SAP Center at San Jose,

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Classes, conferences, meetings and seminars

Wednesday – VMare Users Group VMUG 2014 Silicon Valley – Join fellow VMware users at this full-day event for in-depth technical sessions, demonstrations and exhibits. Discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology. 7:30am-5pm, San Jose Convention Center. (408)295-9600;

Tuesday April 29 – FinnovativeSpring – Financial & Business Technology – The Finovate Group is a boutique research firm focused on innovation in financial and banking technology. FinovateSpring will feature over 70 companies receiving just 7 minutes on stage to demo their latest innovations to the entire audience. 8am-6pm, City National Civic, 135 W San Carlos St., $1495, (408)792-4111;

Classes at the San Jose Entrepreneur Center

100 E. Santa Clara St.

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Thursday – Book Talk and reception for Tom GravesAuthor and Photographer for “Twice Heroes: America’s Nisei Veterans of WWII and Korea,” on view through May 30. Reception 6pm, Room 225 of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St. Exhibit on the library’s fifth floor. Free.

Through May 12 — Local Color – Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, Local Color explores the primacy of color in a range of works, from Alexander Calder’s whimsical mobiles to Elmer Bischoff’s luscious, light-filled canvases to David Levinthal’s slick, color-saturated photographs of Barbie dolls.  Also featured are works by artists who consider the quiet, meditative nuances of black and white.  San Jose Museum of Art; 110 S. Market St.; (408) 271-6840;

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Museums and galleries 

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

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

Art Object Gallery – Open 1-4 pm Thurs-Sat.  592 N. Fifth St.  Free.

Casa Jalisco – Open 9 am-3 pm 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 10 am to 5 pm Tues-Sat and noon-5 Sun.  $11-$12.  180 Woz Way.  408-298-5437 or

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 or

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

History San Jose –Shirlie Montgomery: Picturing San Jose Since 1938 is exhibited at the Leonard & David McKay Gallery in the Pasetta House at History Park and runs through Aug. 10. History Park, 1650 Senter Road.  408-287-2290 or

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

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

LGBTQ Youth Space Gallery  – 452 S. First St.

MACLA – Open noon-7 pm Wed-Thurs; noon-5 pm Fri-Sat.  510 S. First St.  Free.  408-998-2783 or

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

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum – Open 10 am-5 pm Mon-Fri; 11 am-6 pm Sat-Sun. 1342 Naglee Ave. $9, $7 seniors/students, $5 ages 5-10, free for ages 4 and younger.   408-947-3636 or

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

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art –Toriawase on view through May 17. Also Wendy Maruyama’a Executive Order 9066 – The Tag Project (Through May 24). Open 10 am-5 pm, Tues-Fri; Noon-5 pm Sat. Closed Sun & Mon. 560 S. First St.  Free Admission. Donations welcomed. 408-283-8155 or 

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

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles – Open 10 am-5 pm Wed-Sun (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. Tues-Fri 11am-7pm and Sat noon-6pm; 30 N. Third St. 891-7553

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

The Tech Museum of Innovation – Featuring a new exhibit: REBOOT: Music. Open daily 10 am-5 pm.  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-4 pm Tues-Sat (to 7 pm Thurs).  365 S. Market St.  408-295-8378.

ZERO1 Garage –Noon-4 pm Wednesday-Saturday, 429 S. First St. 408-606-6806

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Downtown Dining / Business Promotions 

Saturday – Fahrenheit Restaurant and Lounge 9th year anniversary celebration – Complimentary appetizers and champagne, smooth beats by DJ Melvis from 7-10pm. Stay late with special guest DJ Yo Yolie. Drawings at 10pm, 11pm and midnight. Drink specials 9-10:30pm, 99 E San Fernando St. 408-998-9998.

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 to, 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. 818-359-4235 The 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 St. · Habana Club Restaurant – 238 Race St. 408-998-2822 · Lido Nightclub – 30 S. First St.  408-298-4318 · 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.  408-286-7678 · Studio 8 – 8 S. First St.  408-279-4444 · 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 St. · Tres Gringos – 83 S. Second St. 408-278-9888

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Downtown Living

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Coming Up

Friday, May 2 – Downtown Farmers’ Market Find the season’s freshest fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, and gourmet treats from more than 30 local certified growers and purveyors of fine food, plus unique gifts from local artisans, at the Downtown Farmers’ Market, now in its 22nd season. Great people-watching and lunching at 25 neighboring restaurants, cafes and eateries. 10am-2pm, each Friday, San Pedro Square, San Pedro and Santa Clara Street

Adopt a Rose for Mother’s Day – Guadalupe River Park Conservancy’s Adopt-a-Rose program includes a personalized plaque in the rose garden and a very attractive gift package containing: Potpourri from the Heritage Rose Garden; chocolate from Schurra’s Fine Confections; a bar of scented soap from Renée’s Handmade Soap; a gift card for one free long-stem red rose a month from Citti’s Florist; $50. 408-298-7657;  Pick up gifts at Visitor and Education Center, 438 Coleman Ave.

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SAP Center of San Jose 

May 1 – Armin Van Buuren – Armin only: Intense

May 11 – Stars on Ice 2014 Tour

May 25 – Klose to My Soul

June 3 – Lady Gaga

June 6-8 – Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend

June 28 – Super Freestyle Explosion II

July 1 – Queen + Adam Lambert

July 2 – Cher and special guest Cyndi Lauper

Aug. 11 – Justin Timberlake – 20/20 Experience World Tour

Aug. 15 – Bruno Mars

Sept. 22-23 – Katy Perry, the Prismatic Tour with special guest Tegan and Sara

City National Civic

May 21 – Calle 13 – 8pm, $40

June 6-8 – Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend,” June 6 6:30pm; June 7 10:30am, 2pm and 5:30pm; June 8 3pm, $15-$78

June 27 – The Piano Guys, 7:30pm, $40-$75

June 28 – Mariachi Vargas De Tecalitlan – with special guests Yolanda Del Rio and ballet folklorico group, Los Mesitzos de San Jose, 8pm, $43-$153

July 13 – Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band featuring Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren and Gregg Bissonette, 8pm, $60-$130

July 24 – MOVE featuring Julianne and Derek Hough – 8pm, $35-$55

SJSU Event Center

May 16 – David Guetta, with special guest Nervo – 7pm, $42.50-$50

Aug. 28 – Panic at the Disco – The Gospel Tour. With Walk the Moon and Young Bloodhawke. 7:30pm, $25-$35.

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Parking / Pedicabs / Traffic / SJ Mineta Airport


Saturday – March for BabiesPark Avenue closed between Market Street and Almaden Boulevard, 8:30am-10am

Saturday-Sunday – Thai New Year Festival – South 1st Street closed between Market and San Salvador streets, 5pm Saturday to 11pm Sunday; William Street closed between Market and Second Street, 5pm Saturday to 11pm Sunday

Wednesday, April 30 – Mazda Raceway’s Mini Grand Prix of San Jose – Plaza de Cesar Chavez and will include the following street closures: 7am – 3pm – Tow zone for parking locations on West Market St. (southbound) along Plaza de Cesar Chavez in effect. 9am – Inside lane of West and East Market St. circling Cesar Chavez Park will close to traffic. 10am-Race car transporters arrive and stage at West Market St. (the inside southbound lane next to Plaza de Cesar Chavez, across from the Tech Museum). 10:30am – Race car transporters depart Plaza de Cesar Chavez for off-site parking on Park Avenue Eastbound. 10:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – One lane of Park Avenue Eastbound will be utilized for race car transporter parking. 3pm – All lanes of South Market Street reopen to public 

Downtown Parking – Meters on downtown streets are now a lot smarter. Pay with coins and credit cards now!

Also, has a cool interactive map that makes parking easy.

Get Fit with VTA” campaign – For eight weeks, VTA promotes a healthy lifestyle by encouraging residents to walk and bike to public transportation stops and destinations. The campaign starts Wednesday with a bike clinic, free bike tune-ups, and a free Starter Kit with helpful tools for a fit and healthy lifestyle. 11 am-2pm at VTA’s Downtown Customer Service Center, 55A West Santa Clara St. Check, or

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 minut
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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.

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Mineta San Jose International Airport

Visit for the latest information about security procedures.

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

Email if you need a reply.

Bike sharing – Installation of the modular bike share stations is taking place this week in 20 locations around downtown.  The system won’t launch until the end of August when installation in all cities is complete. Memberships are now available for purchase!  Requests for free passes to try it out can be sent to
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