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May 20 – 26

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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 – Full STEAM Ahead – Join San Jose Museum of Art to celebrate the national STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) movement. The family friendly evening will include hands-on artmaking projects, a display of art made by kids in SJMA’s school programs, open galleries, and music while San Jose Museum of Art highlights the students of the museum’s integrated visual arts school residency program, Sowing Creativity; $5. 5pm-8pm. San Jose Museum of Art, 110 S. Market St.

Friday – Saturday – Boomeraging: From LSD to OMG – A tribute to the joys, achievements, frustrations, and looming doom of the Baby Boom Generation. Ably assisted by a genially acerbic wit and trusty overhead projector, Will Durst explores the Boomer revolutions, evolutions, and still-vibrant role in today’s youth-obsessed society; $15-$40. Fri, 8pm. Sat, 3pm, 8pm. Theatre at San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St.

Saturday — Rotary PlayGarden opens — Two-acre all-access playground, a $6 million gift to San Jose from the Rotary Club, which celebrates its 100th anniversary. Includes equipment and landscaping that provides a variety of sensory experiences, including merry-go-round, slides, teeter-totter, swings, musical elements, sand-and-water play and climbing structures. 10 am, Guadalupe River Park and Gardens, next to the visitor center on Coleman Avenue and across from San Jose MarketCenter.

Saturday – San Jose State University Commencement with Speaker Nancy Pelosi - San Jose State University announced that House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will serve as its 2015 Commencement speaker. This academic year, more than 8,700 San Jose State students will earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in a wide range of fields, from business, engineering and nursing to humanities and the arts. Approximately 15,000 family members and friends are expected to attend; 9:30am. Spartan Stadium, 1251 S. 10th Street.

Saturday – Sunday – Fanime Con – FanimeCon, Northern California’s largest anime convention, is proud to be “By Fans, For Fans.” Packed with nonstop video programming, extraordinary costumes, music, games, tournaments, panels, and renowned international guests, this annual celebration of Japanese art and popular culture entertains a colorful spectrum of fans and friends; $40-$75. San Jose Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos St.

Saturday – Juerga Flamenca – The Flamenco Society of San Jose will host “Juerga flamenca” (Flamenco Jam Session) with musical arrangements composed of dance, song, guitar, and percussion, highlighting the passion and beauty of flamencos. Showcasing a great cast of flamenco artists; Koko de la Isla, dance – Roberto Zamora, singer – Ricardo Diaz, guitarist. Special guest appearances by various other artist; $12-$19. 7pm-9pm. Historic Hoover Theater, 1635 Park Avenue.

Tuesday – Bette Midler – Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and legendary performer Bette Midler returns to the stage for her first major tour in a decade. $42-$257. 8pm. SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara Street.

Every Friday through Nov. 21 (except July 3) – Downtown San Jose Farmers’ Market
The San Jose Downtown Farmers’ Market is back. Stop by for music, a chef’s table, and your favorite producers returning with fantastic produce, hot foods, flowers, and much more. Come support your farmers during this difficult time of drought. San Pedro Street between Santa Clara and St. John streets. (408) 279-1775;

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This week’s events        

Stage and Concerts 

Wednesday – MDC and More at The Rock Shop – Punk legends MDC (Multi-Death Corporations) headline a punk rock extravaganza at the all ages venue- The Rock Shop. Also appearing are: Disvein, Deathwish, TWAT, Mental Disaster and Skin & Bonez. $8. 6pm. 30 N. Third Street.

Thursday-Sunday, through June 17 – City Lights Theater Company presents “Exit, Pursued by a Bear” — A dark and delightful comedy. Nan wants to teach her abusive husband, Kyle, a lesson and forces him to watch reenactments from their painful past. After a night of emotional trials and ridiculous theatrics, Nan and Kyle are both freed from their past. $17-$35. Thur-Sat, 8pm. Sun 3pm. 529 S. Second St.

Friday – NoonArts and Lectures presents “Flamenco Ol?…” - Music, Song and Dance from Spain presented by Koko de la Isla Dance Studio; $5 donation. 12:10pm. Caffe Frascati, 315 S. First St.

Friday – Saturday – Opus of the Soul - Margaret Wingrove Dance Company (MWDC) highlights guests San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancers Tiit Hilimets and Frances Chung, who perform the Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake as well as the new work “Belle Nuit,” dedicated in memory of Irene Dalis (founder of Opera San Jose); $18-$30. Fri 8pm, Sat 8pm. California Theatre, 345 S. First St.

Wednesday-Sunday – Standup Comedy at the Improv – Wed 8pm: (18+) K-Von; Thur 8pm: (18+) Ryan Hamilton; Fri 7:30pm, 9:45pm: (18+) Ryan Hamilton; Sat 7pm, 9:15pm: (18+) Ryan Hamilton; Sun 7pm, (18+): Ryan Hamilton; $10-$55. 62 S. Second St.

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

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Live & Local ~ Downtown San Jose’s Music Spotlight 

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

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Miscellaneous Events

Wednesday – Escaping the Jungle – When it closed last December, “The Jungle,” San Jose’s largest homeless encampment, brought international media and public attention to the homelessness crisis in Santa Clara County. Hear an update on the recently adopted Community Plan to End Homelessness and how we can work toward ending homelessness in San Jose; $10. 12:30pm. SPUR San Jose, 76 S. First St.

Wednesday – Coffee with the Captain - San Jose Police Captain Anthony Ciaburro hosts a series of get-togethers the third Wednesday of each month to talk informally about safety and quality of life issues in the downtown. The next Coffee with the Captain will be in the Fairmont San Jose Lobby Lounge; Free. 8am-9:30am. 170 S. Market Street.

Wednesday – San Jose Building Permits and Home Safety Event -May is National Building Safety Month, and the city of San Jose wants people starting their remodeling projects to learn how permits and inspections will help protect your family and home. At this special, free event, city experts will take you through the permit and inspection steps for a typical kitchen and bathroom remodeling project. Free. 6pm-8pm. San Jose City Hall Rotunda, 200 E. Santa Clara St.

Thursday – Full STEAM Ahead – Join San Jose Museum of Art to celebrate the national STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) movement. The family-friendly evening will include hands-on artmaking projects, a display of art made by kids in SJMA’s school programs, open galleries, and music while San Jose Museum of Art highlights the students of the museum’s integrated visual arts school residency program, Sowing Creativity; $5. 5pm-8pm. San Jose Museum of Art, 110 S. Market St.

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Camera 12, Paseo de San Antonio and Second St.,

Tomorrowland, Poltergeist, Good Kill, Ride The Thunder, Slow West, Mad Max: Fury Road, Pitch Perfect 2, Hot Pursuit, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ex Machina

Opening May 29th: San Andreas, Aloha

At Camera 3, Second and San Carlos streets

Saint Laurent, About Elly

Opens May 29: Aloft

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: The Dark Knight Rises, Jerusalem, Mysteries of the Unseen World, Humpback Whales, Hubble, and D-Day: Normandy 1944. The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater, The Tech at 201 S. Market St.  408-795-6321, $8-10.

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Tabard Theatre 2015 Summer Youth Camp Programs – The Tabard Theatre Company’s Youth Programs are fun musical theatre adventures for youth of all skill levels. Children are given the opportunity to experience the many facets of musical theatre in a hands on setting, engaging in workshops exploring the many aspects of theatre and rehearsing a mini-musical to be performed at the end of the program. $205-$495. Register now at:

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Sports and Fitness

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

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

Saturday — The Color Run — Take a run through downtown in a most unusual way.

Saturday – Sabercats vs. Cleveland Gladiators – Sabercats are in first place. $12-$82. 7:30pm. SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St. Also, June 5 vs. Spokane Shock; June 3 vs. LA Kiss; July 10 vs. New Orleans Voodoo and July 31 vs. Arizona Rattlers.

Sunday — Earthquakes vs. Orlando City SC — Avaya Stadium, 1123 Coleman Ave., Also, June 7 vs. FC Dallas; June 27 vs LA Galaxy; July 10 vs. Houston Dynamo; Aug. 2 vs Portland Thunder; Aug. 14 vs Colorado Rapids; Aug 28 vs LA Galaxy; Sept. 5 vs. Philadelphia Union; Sept. 12 vs Seattle Sounder; Sept 16 vs Montreal Impact; and Sept. 27 vs Real Salt Lake; Park downtown and take the VTA line 231 shuttle to the game, departing from First and Santa Clara streets. (408) 556-7700;

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Classes, conferences, meetings and seminars

Wednesday – Bluetooth Innovation Training – The Bluetooth Innovation Series provides developers who are new to Bluetooth technology with training on how to implement Bluetooth software utilizing the Bluetooth Developer Studio. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group, along with Platinum sponsor Nordic Semiconductor and Gold sponsor Frontline Test Equipment, Inc., have created this one-day training to get started in the exciting Bluetooth development world. 8:30am, San Jose Marriott, 301 S. Market St. $99;

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Opens Saturday – Cassandra Straubing: A Fragile Narative and Amy M. Ho: Red Rooms — at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, 560 S. First St.,

Through June 7 — “Sparks: California Glass Networks 1960s to present, the glass movement catches fire in California” — This exhibit will highlight the important contributions and networks created between over twenty four California higher education art programs and California glass organizations who have contributed to the development of the art glass movement from the 1960s to the present. Carmen Castellano Fine Arts Gallery @ San Jose City College 2100 Moorpark Ave. (Visitor Parking on Moorpark & Bascom Ave.) Gallery open Wednesday-Friday noon-4 p.n. Extended hours June 5, 10am-9pm and June 6-7 11am-6pm;

Through July 5 – A Common Thread at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles — A Common Thread brings together the artwork of 17 contemporary artists from across the United States who examine and sometimes subvert the centuries-old tradition of needlework. Representing a sampling of a larger wave of stitching fanatics, the artists in A Common Thread find inspiration in the medium’s history, materials, technique and process to create works that are surprising, provocative and, at times, deeply personal. San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, 520 S. 1st St.

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Museums and galleries

Anno Domini – the second coming of art and design – Open noon-7pm Tuesday-Friday; noon-5pm Saturday. 366 S. 1st St. Free.

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

Art Object Gallery – Open 1-4pm Thursday-Saturday. 592 N. 5th St. Free.

Casa Jalisco – Open 9am-3pm Monday-Friday. 320 S. 1st St. Free. 408-890-5507,

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

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

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

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

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

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

MACLA – Open noon-7pm Wednesday -Thursday; noon-5pm Friday-Saturday. 510 S. 1 St. Free. 408-998-2783 or

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

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

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

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art – Open 10am-5pm, Tuesday – Friday; Noon-5 pm Saturday. Closed Sunday & Monday. 560 S. 1st 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. 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.

ZERO1 Garage – Noon-4pm Wednesday-Saturday, 429 S. 1st 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 · 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 Nightclub – 30 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 · The Ritz – 400 S. First St. · Tres Gringos – 83 S. Second St. 408-278-9888

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Downtown Living

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GRP&G Donor Walkway – A paver or bench plaque in the Donor Walkway at Arena Green makes a lasting gift to honor or remember someone special in your family, business, or social circle. This enduring tribute is also a great, 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 very centrally located (right across from the Shark Tank!) and increasingly used for events and recreational activities.  Your paver will be a lasting tribute and will be seen and appreciated by thousands of people for years to come.  More information can be seen at:

The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy is looking for volunteers to remove spent blooms every second Tuesday of the month, June through September (June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8) from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Heritage Rose Garden, on Taylor and Spring streets. Come join an awesome volunteer group, learn about roses, and at the end of the volunteer session enjoy free ice cream at the Gardens. To sign up, email or call 408-298-7657. Additional information on the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy can be found at

The Tech Museum of Innovation — Engineers and non-engineers alike are needed as volunteers at the Tech Museum of Innovation and its programs.

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Coming Up

SAP Center of San Jose   

June 12 – 99.7’s June Boom featuring Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Jason Derub, Meghan Trainor and Shaggy
June 14 – Mana
June 26 – Super Freestyle Explosion
July 16 – Kevin Hart: What Now? Tour
July 23 – Rush

City National Civic

June 11-12 – A.R. Rahman, 7 pm / 7:30pm; $28-$199
July 12 – Pokémon:  Symphonic Evolutions, 8pm
July 17– Alejandra Guzman – Rock Recargado Tour, 7:30pm. $47, $57 and $67
Aug. 22 – Gloria Trevi

SJSU Event Center

Montgomery Theater

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Parking / Pedicabs / Traffic / SJ Mineta Airport

Transportation and Traffic

Color Run 2015 Street Closures, May 23, 2015 — Northbound Highway 87 Santa Clara Street off ramp – 6am-noon; Santa Clara Street – Bbetween Montgomery and Almaden Avenue from 7:30am-10:30am; The Alameda – Between Race Street and Montgomery from 7:30am-10:30am; Almaden Boulevard – Between Saint John Street and Park Avenue from 7:30am-10:30am; Park Avenue – Between Almaden Boulevard and Market Street from 5am-11:30am; San Fernando Street – Closed between North San Pedro and Delmas Street from 5am-11:30am; West Saint John Street – Between Notre Dame Avenue and Montgomery Street from 4am-1pm; North Autumn Street – Between Julian and Santa Clara Street from 5am-3pm; Stockton Avenue – Between West Julian and The Alameda from 5am-11:30am; West Julian Street – Between Montgomery Street and The Alameda from 7:30am-10:30am; North Keeble Avenue – Between Julian Street and The Alameda from 5am-11:30am;

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 price.

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

Mineta San Jose International Airport for the latest information about security procedures.

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

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Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice:


Hawaiian Airlines   

Special SJDA Downtown Ice Airfares to Hawaii

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

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Starlight Cinemas


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