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November 25 – December 1

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

·       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

Daily, through Feb. 7:  Hawaiian Airlines Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice — Extended hours this long holiday weekend, starting Wonderful Wednesday (5pm-midnight).  On Thanksgiving, the rink will be open 2pm-midnight, then 11 a.m.-midnight on Fun Friday, noon-midnight on Shop Small Saturday and noon-10 p.m. on the-day-before-we-go-back-to-work Sunday.  Bring your own skates on Monday and skate for FREE, 5-9pm. To sweeten the pot, a pass good for five visits between now and Dec. 18 and then Jan. 4-Feb. 7 is only $40.  Get more information about hours, specials and sponsorship opportunities at the new Downtown Ice website  Circle of Palms, between the Fairmont San Jose and San Jose Museum of Art, 120 S. Market St.

Thursday – 11th annual Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot” - Start Thanksgiving Day off on the right foot. Before the big games, the big meal, the parades and the pies, why not get in a little exercise with a few thousand neighbors? It’s an event the whole family will enjoy! Choose from within the 5K and 10K runs and walks, along with a kid’s fun run. You’ll also be giving “thanks” by helping Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County and The Health Trust. Arena Green, Guadalupe River Park and downtown streets;;;

Opens Friday, through Jan. 3 – Christmas in the Park - Celebrating 36 years of a San Jose tradition with more than 40 musical and animated displays, over 500 community decorated Christmas trees, a 60-foot Christmas tree, nightly entertainment, visits with Santa and a lot of new features for 2015.  Kick off the holidays with the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday at 6 p.m.  Catch a movie on Wednesday nights featuring The Santa Clause, elf, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Disney’s A Christmas Carol. Come out on New Year’s Eve for Frozen followed by a live performance by SAGE.  Admission is always free.  Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park; (408) 200-3800;

Friday-Sunday – Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show - Black Friday shoppers looking for those unique gifts, have the chance to forgo the big box stores and support independent artists and craftspeople by visiting the San Jose Harvest Festival.  Adding to the entertainment this year is crowd favorites James Garner’s Cash Tribute and Le Jazz Hot Trio.  There will also be strolling performers like Mama Claus & Eddie the Elf and Fables of the West.  The Sweet Adelines are the highlight Saturday afternoon.  San Jose Convention Center; 50 W San Carlos St., (415) 447-3205;

Shop Small Saturday - Downtown shops open their doors to holiday shoppers for Small Business Saturday. More than a dozen businesses participate in this initial push for downtown retailers this holiday season. The special page on the Downtown Association’s website expands after Saturday to include larger retailers and stores not open for Small Business Saturday. Check it out or

Wednesday and Friday – Give Thanks concert at the Civic - Featuring 3LAU + AUDIEN + BINGO PLAYERS + BORGEOUS + DYRO… The M Machine, Pierce Fulton, Jenaux, K Theory, Prince Fox, Alexx Adam. 8pm; $60 Wed and $65 Fri;

Wednesday, Friday-Sunday, through Dec 20 – The 39 Steps - Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel and a dash of Monty Python and you have a hilarious, high-speed spoof of the silver-screen classic in what the New York Times calls, “Absurdly enjoyable, gleefully theatrical … a perfect soufflé.”  Follow the incredible adventures of our handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho, and pencil moustache as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women.  This wonderfully inventive and gripping comedy thriller features four fearless actors, playing 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action.  Wed 7:30pm, Fri-Sat 8pm and Sun 2pm; $40-$54; San Jose Stage Company, 490 S. First St; (408) 283-7142;

Friday – San Jose State Spartans vs Boise State – Third place in the Mountain West Conference is on the line.  Both teams are tied for third.  The Spartans, 5-6 overall, are coming off a win in Hawaii.  Boise State, 7-4 overall, has lost two in a row.  This is the final game of the regular season for both squads.  12:30pm, Spartan Stadium

Friday – The Commons’ Black Friday performance - Program includes:  “Clara Schumann and the Underworld: A Metal Opera Revue in 3 Parts,” which weaves heavy metal styling with a melodramatic operatic repertoire ranging from Wagner to Schumann to Metallica. Witness resident diva Rachel Larsen belt out the most intense of arias backed by Alan Chen (violin, from Curious Quail), Lewis Patzner (cello, formerly from Judgement Day) and Benjamin Belew (piano). Also performances from First Street Opera (opera), the Silicon Valley Ballet School (dance), Oddly Even (dark folk) and a special solo set by Alan Chen. 7pm, Sperry Station, 30 N. 3rd St. Free. All ages.

Sunday – Gingerbread House Decorating Party - The San Jose Woman’s Club fifth annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party is a fun afternoon of gingerbread house decorating for children and adults, including children who would not be able to attend without a financial sponsor. Also benefits local charities including Next Door Solutions, Opera San Jose, San Jose Day Nursery and Women’s Gathering Place. The fun includes decorations, light refreshments, live music and sing alongs by the Sail Away Ladies; 2-5pm, San Jose Woman’s Club, 75 S 11th St; $25 includes gingerbread house kit and party or $15 bring-your-own-house; an extra $25 sponsors one child.; For info, call 408-294-6919 or email

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This week’s events 

Stage and Concerts

Wednesday, and Friday-­ Sunday – Standup Comedy at the Improv -­ 8 p.m. Wednesday Thanksgiving Comedy Extravaganza(18+) $15;  7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Friday Steve Byrne  (18+) $20; 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Saturday Steve Byrne (18+) $20, and 7 p.m. Sunday Steve Byrne ($20); Cyber Monday Special:  Buy 10 tickets for $19! Keep them all yourself or divvy them up among friends.  San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St.

Wednesday, Friday-Sunday –  Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour - The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland – in rock, music, theatre and film – nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance.  Composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, and comes directly to North America from a sold out run across Europe and Asia. Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd.; Wed, Fri and Sat 2pm and 8pm; Sun 1:30pm and 6:30pm; (408) 792-4111;

Friday-Saturday – The Tabard Theatre Company presents “Death Takes a Holiday”- A beautiful story with an enchanting score that celebrates life and home in the days after World War I.  Bay Area premiere. Fri-Sat 8pm; Theatre on San Pedro Square, 28 N. San Pedro St., $15-$40,

Friday-Sunday, through Dec. 20 – Handle With Care - Magic can happen anywhere—can’t it? In this heartwarming comedy about love, nostalgia, cross-cultural communication, and the importance of GPS tracking devices, a young Israeli woman with little command of English and a young American man with little command of romance are brought together on Christmas Eve under the most bizarre circumstances. Is it chance or destiny? Or the perfect Jewish Christmas story? By Jason Odell Williams. Hebrew written by Charlotte Cohn. City Lights Theater Company, 529 S. Second St.; Thurs-Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm (No shows on Thanksgiving), One Wed show on Dec 16 at 7:30pm; $15-$32; 408-295-4200;

Sunday – The Marriage of Figaro - Opera San Jose performs one of Mozart’s most famous operas. Figaro’s world is going mad. On the morning of his wedding, he discovers that Count Almaviva’s wandering eye has landed on Susanna, the lovely bride-to-be. Servant and master go head to head, and even the Countess herself springs into battle when she learns of her husband’s plans. Through the Countess, Figaro, and Susanna’s feverish manipulations, the Count’s love for his Countess is finally restored.  3pm; $51 to $150. California Theatre. 408-437-4450;

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Live & Local ~ Downtown San Jose’s Music Spotlight 

Downtown San Jose boasts about 40 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.  Seems like a new venue starts each week.  Find out more and browse through many different venues at our Live and Local table

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Miscellaneous Events

Saturday – Tails and Trails - Leisurely nature walks for humans and their doggy friends. Meet new friends and explore the Guadalupe River and its many art pieces and exhibits. Learn about flora and fauna species all along the way. Each walk will focus on a different region of the park and discovering areas such as Arena Green, Discovery Meadow, Confluence Point, Little Italy, and our Historic Orchard and Heritage Rose Garden.  9-11am, Guadalupe River Park Conservancy Visitor & Education Center, 438 Coleman Ave. $10-$15; pre-registration is required ; 408-298-7657

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Camera 12, 201 S. Second St., at Paseo de San Antonio
$5.50 until 5pm, $9 evenings; $7 student/senior/children/military/SJ Library holders
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 2, The Night Before, Secret in Their Eyes, Spectre, The Peanuts Movie, The Martian, Bridge of Spies, The Good Dinosaur, Creed, Victor Frankenstein, By the Sea.
Opening Dec. 4: Krampus, Fall in Love Like a Star, Chi-Raq

Camera 3, Second and San Carlos streets
Heart of a Dog, A Journey Through Time with Anthony, The Wonders
Opening Dec. 4: The Girl King

The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater at The Tech Museum of Innovation: With a 280-seat theater, experience the immersive power of films. Robots is featured. Plus, Humpback Whales, Jerusalem. The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater, The Tech at 201 S. Market St.  408-795-6321, $8-10.

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Thursdays – Outdoor Environmental Science Homeschool Program - Environmental science classes designed specifically for homeschool students. GRPC leads hands-on, outdoor programs that focus on the Guadalupe River watershed and the cultural and natural history of Santa Clara County, integrating scientific learning with an intimate experience of nature and place.  For December:  Science of Composting Series – Explore the incredible world of worms and discover their important role in nature. Students will learn about compost and we’ll play decomposition tag to learn about the cycle of life and role of decomposers in a food web.  Next students will have a hands-on, close-up peek into the worm bin ecosystem when harvesting castings for their very own plant.  These activities will help warm students up to the idea of composting, worm education and teach students basic principles of soil science.  1:30-3pm; ages: 5 to 12; $15 per student per class; Guadalupe Visitor & Education Center, 438 Coleman Ave;

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Sports and Fitness

Dec. 13 – Register for TiVo Santa Run Silicon Valley - Fun 5k with 7500 Santas and/or people in elf costumes.  Dress up the stroller and bring the kids.  Kids will have their own costume contest.

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

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.,

San Jose Sharks  – The San Jose Sharks are back home after winning all of their games on a road trip to six Eastern cities. The guys in teal return to SAP Center Wednesday vs. the Blackhawks, 7pm; Saturday vs. the Flames 7pm and Tuesday vs. the Penguins, 7:30pm.                                                             

San Jose Barracuda ice hockey at SAP Center - The Barracuda return home for games Saturday 1pm and Sunday 3pm vs. Texas Stars at SAP Center. Also this homestand:  Dec 4 7:30 vs. Stockton Heat; Dec. 5 1:30pm vs. Bakersfield Condors; and Dec. 12, 1:20pm vs. San Diego Gulls.

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Classes, conferences, meetings and seminars

Dec. 14 – 2nd Mondays @ CreaTV - CreaTV San Jose invites the public to drop-in on the second Monday of each month from 6:30-7:30pm. Visitors will tour the public television studios, plus have opportunities to talk to crew and volunteers, watch a practice TV show being shot, and more. 255 W. Julian St., Suite 100. Parking is next to the building in spaces marked VISITOR.



Through Dec. 31 – Bert O. Johnson’s Joie de Vivre photography exhibit - Illustrating the joy in everyday experiences. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St.

Through April 2016  “Pearse House: Village in the City” photograph exhibit - By Jeanette Lowe. “Village in the City” is the Dublin, Ireland, part of a multi-exhibit installation in San José City Hall featuring art and cultural objects from three San José Sister Cities:  Dublin, Ireland; Okayama, Japan; and Guadalajara, Mexico. San Jose City Hall, Wing Building, 1st Floor, 200 E. Santa Clara St.  Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, free

Through Jan. 10 – Covert Operations - Investigating the Known Unknowns – Covert Operations is the first survey of a generation of artists who respond to the uncertainties of the post-9/11 world. They unearth, collect and explore previously covert information, using legal procedures as well as resources such as the Freedom of Information Act, government archives, field research and insider connections. In thirty-five powerful works, international artists push the idea of art beyond conventional thinking.This exhibition is made possible by an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. San Jose Museum of Art.

Through Feb. 7 – Artists Including Me: William Wegman - Introduces viewers to lesser known, deeply personal works in which Wegman reflects on his lifetime of engagement with art history, popular culture, humor, and philosophy in art.  San Jose Museum of Art.

Through Feb. 28 – EARTH STORIES - Twenty-four artists celebrate the stories of people and projects that enhance the planet. 1-2pm for members, 2-4pm for general public; San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles;

Daily – Downtown Doors - Downtown Doors program expanded with art work from local high school students now featured on 100 service doors and utility boxes.  The new  2015 images are now up in the downtown core.  Download the map and explore the Doors by visiting

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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,

KALEID gallery - Open noon-7pm Tuesday – Friday; Noon-5pm Saturday. $2 Tuesdays every third Tuesday of the month. 88 S. 4 St. Free. 408-271-5151 or

MACLA - Open noon-7pm Wednesday -Thursday; noon-5pm Friday-Saturday. 510 S. 1St. 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-6pm Saturday-Sunday. 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 8am-5pm, Monday – Friday. 200 E. Santa Clara St. Free. 408-535-8168

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art - Open 10am-5pm, Tuesday – Friday (First Friday 10am-10pm); Noon-5 pm Saturday-Sunday. Closed Monday. 560 S. 1st St.  Free Admission. Donations welcomed. Through Oct. 24:  35th annual silent and live auctions. $50-$100. 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 (free from 7-11pm 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. 11am-7pm Tuesday – Friday and noon-6pm Saturday; 30 N. 3rd St. 891-7553

SPUR San Jose Urban Gallery - 11am-5pm Tuesday-Friday, 76 S. 1st 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.

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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 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 and Nightlife

Agenda Lounge – 399 S. First St.  408-287-3991 · Aura Night Nightclub – 389 S. First St.  408-279-1888 · 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 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 · Myth Tavern & Lounge – 152 Post St.  408-286-7678 · Studio 8 – 8 S. First St.  408-279-4444 · 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 St. · The Ritz – 400 S. First St. · Tres Gringos – 83 S. Second St. 408-278-9888

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Partners in Reading, San Jose Public Library Tutor Orientation - Change a life by becoming a volunteer literacy tutor. Complete 14 hours of tutor training so that you can be matched with an English speaking adult who is building basic reading, writing, and technology skills. The commitment after training is a minimum of six months for 90 minutes twice a week. All tutoring is in a public place. Fingerprinting is required.  Pre-registration is required. 6:30pm, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, free, (408) 808-2361.

GRP&G Donor Walkway - A paver or bench plaque in the Donor Walkway at Arena Green is lasting way to honor or remember someone special. This enduring tribute is also a tax-deductible way to support park development.  Pavers are available in three sizes for a donation of $250, $500, or $1,000 and bench plaques are $2500. The Arena Green area of the Guadalupe River Park is centrally located (right across from the Shark Tank!) and used for events and recreational activities. For more information, visit

The Tech Museum of Innovation - Experience the inner workings of one of the most unique museums in the country at The Tech Museum of Innovation in downtown San Jose.  You don’t have to be an engineer or a teacher to empower our visitors to build a robot or navigate the world of cyber security with fun games and activities. You’ll have a real impact on STEM education and design-challenge learning for kids in the Bay Area. With volunteerism comes:  Free admission to the museum and educational IMAX films; Free downtown parking, popcorn and soda while you volunteer; Discounts in The Tech Store, The Tech Café and IMAX special events; Ongoing training and support. 408-795-6190;;

Trinity Cathedral - The church’s beloved 18 historical bells are due back late this summer with the six new bells to give Trinity its expanded carillon. To help bring back the bells $70,000 must be raised the to cover the cost of the new bells, keyboard, cabling and bell frame as well as extensive strengthening of the historic bell tower.  Opportunities to sponsor the casting of a new bell or the refurbishing/retuning of one of the existing bells in memory or honor of someone run from $5,000 to $11,000;  Contact Paul Archambeault at (408-293-7953)

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Coming Up

Dec. 2 – Lunchtime Lectures:  Animal Impressions - William Wegman is among the most famous of many artists who have incorporated animals into their art. Colleen Terry, assistant curator at the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and author of Artful Animals, will survey some of the myriad depictions of animals by graphic artists of the last five centuries. noon, San Jose Museum of Art; free with admission;

Dec. 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20 – San Jose Holiday Craft Markets - A holiday showcase of the best local crafters and creatives; 10am-5pm, San Pedro Square Market.  Also – Dec. 5, 12 and 19 – San Jose Holiday Epicurean Markets – San Jose Made foods and cooking-related products only;

Dec. 6 – SJSU Orchestra: Made in America - The SJSU Symphony Orchestra presents Made In America, a rousing rendition of Joseph Haydn’s “London” Symphony, No. 104, and Joan Tower’s evocative musical essay based on “America the Beautiful”. School of Music and Dance Director Fred Cohen conducts. 4pm, Music Concert hall, SJSU, $5-$20;

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Montgomery Theater

Dec. 4-13 – The Little Mermaid
Dec. 19 – “Djurologija” featuring Branko Djuric Djuro
Dec. 20 – Charles Dickens’ Scrooge: One Christmas Carol

California Theatre

Sunday – Opera San Jose’s “The Marriage of Figaro, by Mozart,
Dec. 5-6 – Symphony Silicon Valley plays Dvorak
Dec. 6 – Holidays with Cantabile
Dec. 7 – You-Sing_it Messiah with the San Jose Symphonic Choir
Dec. 12 – Carols in the California with Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale
Dec. 13 – Holiday Concert by El Camino Youth Symphony
Dec. 14 – Chris Tomlin Christmas Concert
Dec. 19 – NY Dance Experience

City National Civic

Wednesday and Friday – Give Thanks concert at the Civic – Featuring 3Lau + Audien + Bingo Players + Borgeous + Dyro … Also, The M Machine, Pierce Fulton, Jenaux, K Theory, Prince Fox, Alexx Adam. 8pm; $60 Wed and $65 Fri;

Dec. 4 – Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience - Jason Bonham celebrates the life and music of his father, the legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. The new show will encompass the band’s albums including their 1969 debut Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II  (also released in 1969) and many more Led Zeppelin favorites from the canon including Led Zeppelin IV and Physical Graffiti  as well as hits and deep cuts. 7:30pm

Dec. 5 – Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, 7:30pm
Dec. 10 – Mix 106.5’s Very Merry Mixer, 7pm featuring Michael Franti and A Great Big World,
Dec. 18 – So You Think You Can Dance Tour, 8pm
Dec. 20 – Cheap Trick, 7pm

Center for the Performing Arts

Nov. 25-29 – Riverdance 20th anniversary world tour
Dec. 4-6 – San Jose Dance Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker
Dec. 12-27 – Silicon Valley Ballet:  With re-imagined costumes, Karen Gabay’s stylish, smart staging brings a fresh perspective to this timeless holiday tale.  Brimming with bravura dancing and just the right amount of gingerbread to put even Ebenezer Scrooge in the holiday spirit, this is the traditional Nutcracker to see. $25-$110;

SAP Center of San Jose

Friday – Juan Gabriel
Dec. 13 – Alejandro Fernandez

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Parking / Pedicabs / Traffic / SJ Mineta Airport


Thursday – Silicon Valley Turkey Trot street closures
12am-2pm – Santa Clara Street between San Pedro Street and Market Street;
6:30am-noon –  Santa Clara Street (eastbound) between Delmas Avenue and Highway 87; Santa Clara Street between Almaden Boulevard and 7th Street; 6th Street between West San Fernando and Taylor; Jackson Street between 1st Street and 7th Street; Autumn Street between Cinnabar Street and West San Fernando Street; St John Street between Autumn and Almaden Avenue; The Alameda between Delmas Avenue and Naglee Avenue; Bassett Street between Terraine Street and 2nd Street; San Pedro Street between West St James Street and Bassett Street; West Julian Street between Coleman and Notre Dame Street; West Julian Street (eastbound) between North Montgomery Street and Notre Dame Street; Randol Avenue between Park Avenue and The Alameda; Park Avenue between Naglee Avenue and Meridian Avenue; Mariposa Avenue between Race Street and Park Avenue; Almaden Boulevard between San Fernando Street and St John Street; Notre Dame Avenue between St John Street and Santa Clara Street; Almaden Avenue between St John Street and West San Fernando Street; San Pedro Street between St John Street and San Fernando Street; Market Street between San Fernando and St John; Carlysle Street between Almaden Boulevard and Almaden Avenue; Post Street between Almaden Boulevard and Market Street; Highway 87 Santa Clara Street Off Ramp;  Highway 87 Northbound Julian Street Off Ramp; Highway 87 Southbound Julian Street Off Ramp – Closed to Eastbound traffic (6:30 AM to 12:00 PM)

5am-2pm – West St John Street between North Almaden Avenue and Montgomery Street


DASH shuttle – The DASH shuttle, which connects Diridon station to downtown’s core with free rides, runs 6:30am 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

Bike sharing – Bike share stations can be found at 15 locations around downtown.  Also in cities up and down the peninsula. Memberships now available;

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