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·       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 — Film Premiere: “Changing Boundaries: The History of San Jose” — The story of San Jose, it’s people, leaders and others, hits the big screen in this CreaTV San Jose, Norman Kline Productions and History San Jose project. VIP reception starts at 6 p.m., doors open at 6:45. $24 – $50. California Theatre, 345 S. First St.,

Friday – Sunday — Hempcon San Jose — It’s estimated 15,000 people will stop by this annual three-day hemp extravaganza. $25 – $30. San Jose Convention Center’s South Hall, 436 S. Market St.,

Friday – Sunday — The American Masterpiece — Championship competition for dance and cheer squads from schools around the state and beyond take to the floor. $15 – $25 for spectators. San Jose Convention Center, 436 S. Market St.,

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This week’s events        

Stage and Concerts 

Thursday – Feb. 22 — Build — City Lights’ performance of a new high-tech play about two Palo Alto video game developers and one insightful A.I. marks the Northern California premiere of Build. Thursdays – Saturdays through Feb. 22. Times vary. City Lights Theater Company, 529 Second St.,

Wednesday-Sunday – Comedy at the Improv –  8pm Wednesday American Me Comedy presents Brad Williams and Jeff Applebaum, $15 with a two item minimum, various times Thursday – Sunday Mitch Fatel, $20 with a two item minimum.  San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St, 408-280-7475 or

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. Venue Highlight: The Britannia Armsis a British Pub with live music DJs every week, a full bar and features all things sports on their many TVs. Find out more and browse through many different venues at our Live and Local table

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Miscellaneous Events

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:  Cake, Into the Wild, The Boy Next Door, Mortdecai, Strange Magic, Boyhood, American Sniper, The Wedding Ringer, Paddington, Blackhat, Selma, Taken 3 D-BOX, The Imitation Game

Opening Jan. 30th: The Loft, Running Man, Black or White, Project Almanac

At Camera 3, Second and San Carlos streets

Now showing: Two Days, One Night, Human Capital, Birdman, Mr. Turner

B-Movie Bombs Series: Iron Sky, The Nazis set up a secret base on the dark side of the moon in 1945 where they hide out and plan to return to power in 2018, 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24

Opens Jan. 30: 2015 Oscar Nominated Short Films — Animation, Live Action, and Documentary

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, check out Island of Lemurs: Madagascar at The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater, located inside The Tech at 201 S. Market St.  408-795-6321, $8-10. For showtimes and info

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Sports and Fitness

San Jose Sharks home games – Catch San Jose’s hockey team as they hit the ice at the SAP Center, right downtown.

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 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

Saturday — Bird Friendly Gardens –Professional gardener Sheri Bohan lays out tips and tricks to create native gardens that attract birds to visit — and stay. 10 a.m. Saturday, $10 for Guadalupe River Park Conservancy members, $15 for the general public. Pre-registration required. Guadalupe River Park Conservancy Visitor & Education Center, 438 Coleman Ave., San Jose.

Saturdays and Wednesdays through February  – Rose-pruning lessons  –The award-winning Heritage Rose Garden offers rose pruning lessons for those 16 and older.  Participants should bring leather gloves and bypass shears, but can borrow from the garden if needed. 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Class will be cancelled if it rains. Free. San Jose Heritage Rose Garden, 412 Seymour St. All minors (age 16 and 17) need to come prepared with a signed minor release form. 408-298-7657 or for more information.

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Daily through Jan. 31 – Leyla Cárdenas: Scarcity – The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art hosts the first Bay Area exhibition by Colombia-based artist Leyla Cárdenas. Known for creating site-specific work, which also may be considered city-specific, Cárdenas has created an installation at the ICA comprised of fragmented plaster with images of historic San Jose buildings which are located around Market St. The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, 560 S. First St.,

Daily through March 1  – Antique Ohio Amish Quilts and Two Color Wonders  –San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, 520 S. First 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.

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 St near Santa Clara St

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 her

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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 Brit –173 W. Santa Clara St.  408-278-1400· The Continental  – 349 S. First St.  · Dive Bar –78 E. Santa Clara St. 408-288-5252· 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· Motif Restaurant and Club –389 S. First St.  408-279-1888· Myth Tavern & Lounge –152 Post St.· Studio 8 –8 S. First St.· SP2 –72 N. Almaden Ave.· San Jose Bar and Grill –85 S. Second St. 408-286-2397  · South First Billiards  –420 S. First St.  408-294-7800· Splash 65 Post St., 408-292-2222· Temple Bar and Lounge – 52 S. First· Tres Gringos – 83 S. Second St. 408-278-9888

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Downtown Living

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Cinequest Call for Volunteers – Volunteer with the Cinequest Film Festival team and help produce San Jose’s storied movie festival.  The festival runs Feb. 24 to March 8, for more volunteer and Cinequest information,

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Coming Up

Jan. 28 — Styx –With millions of records sold these classic rockers are known for hits, including Come Sail Away, Blue Collar Man and more. 8 p.m. Jan. 28, $45 – $75, City National Civic, 135 W. San Carlos St.,

Jan. 29 — So You Think You Can Dance 2014 Season Tour –Finalists from the hit dancing competition show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ show off their moves in San Jose. 8 p.m. Jan. 29, $39.50 – $69.50, City National Civic, 135 W. San Carlos St.,

Jan. 31 — CMT’s Cabaret Night 2015 –Children’s Musical Theater performs songs where good and evil collides during this year’s gala event, which includes a sit-down catered dinner, a live band, silent auction and of course performances by CMT musicians. 6 p.m. Jan. 31, $150 with group pricing available, City National Civic, 35 W. San Carlos St.,

Feb. 1 — Super Guadalupe River Run — Runners get a chance to earn their Super Bowl guacamole with this pre-game run. Events included a 10k, 5k and a kids’ 1k. 9 a.m. Feb. 1. Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, 438 Coleman Ave.

Feb. 7  – America’s Got Talent auditions  – at Santa Clara Convention Center.  For more information on audition cities and venues, the audition process and tips, or to submit an online video audition for season 10, please visit  

Feb. 14 — Adopt a Rose from the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy Heritage Rose Garden — For $60 the Conservancy helps pick a rose to adopt in the name of a loved one who will receive a small box of Schurra’s chocolates, a large Cafe Too! gourmet cookie and one free red rose each month for a year from Citti’s Florist. Givers can have a personal message placed on a plaque by the rose bush of their choice. $60. Pick up prior to Valentine’s Day. or call 408-298-7657.

Feb. 28 —  San Jose Jazz Winter Fest – Get your tickets now for San Jose Jazz’s Winter Fest featuring Mads Tolling Quartet with Tierney Sutton and more at venues throughout downtown. Feb. 27 – March 8. Prices vary.

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SAP Center of San Jose   

Feb. 5 – Eric Church

Feb. 8  – Aziz Ansari

Feb. 14  – Valentine’s Super Love Jam

Feb. 18-22 – Disney on Ice

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

Jan. 28 – Styx

Jan. 29 – So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2014 Season Tour

Jan. 31 – CMT’s Cabaret Night

Feb. 6 – Excision with Minnesota, Protohype

Feb. 14  – Fresh Beat Band, 2pm, $35-$65

Feb. 22 – LithoVision 2015

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



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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