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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      

Wednesday – HER city “Make HER” event –HER city explores the best of downtown San Jose. This week includes TechShop lessons in laser etching onto glass. Cut and weed sensitive vinyl and then attach it to a tote bag. The maximum 30 participants will bring home their customized glass and tote bag.  Appetizers will be from First to Market.  Please purchase by 2:30pm Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Wednesday – Summer in St. James Park activities – Food trucks and games (backyard favorites including corn hole, washers, 5-ft. tall Jenga, huge inflatable bowling, giant checkers, 3-ft tall Connect Four, ladder toss and more!)11am-1:30pm; pick-up soccer from 11:30am-1:30pm; and free drop-in yoga from noon-1pm. Each Wednesday this month.  St. James Park.

Friday – Farmers’ MarketThe annual Melon Eating contest kicks off at 12:30pm. Up for grabs for both a female and a male winner is $10 in carrot cash to be used like cash at the market and melons. As always, the market includes the season’s freshest fruits, vegetables, cut flowers, treats and crafts from local producers. Free two-hours parking in Market-San Pedro Garage with validation 10am-2pm, each Friday, San Pedro Square, San Pedro and Santa Clara streets.

Saturday & Sunday — Electronic Sriracha Festival —The first Electronic Sriracha Festival (ESF) is a daytime celebration of the iconic hot sauce. The fest spreads over two city blocks of park space, featuring more than 40 food trucks and tents. All dishes and drinks are $6 or less. Visit SJ MADE Street Mart on the festival grounds for an array of locally produced goods. Tickets $20 in advance, $30 at the door. For more information, visit

Third Round This Week – The Games at St. James –The San Jose Downtown Association is excited to engage downtown businesses for a series of competitive events named the GAMES at ST. JAMES on Tuesday evenings. GAMES will allow downtown businesses to compete against one another in fun, picnic-game type activities in St. James Park.  Participants will have a chance at ultimate downtown bragging rights, prizes will be awarded and this setting will provide an opportunity to connect with new downtown colleagues. Rally 10 of your co-workers to participate in the GAMES at ST. JAMES. 5:30 – 7:30pm, St. James Park, N 2ndSt., email to indicate your interest to participate to, “Games at St. James: [your company]” in the subject line by Friday.  Please include the name of the lead contact of your company/organization, email address, phone number, and the top two Tuesdays your company would like to compete.

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This week’s events        

Stage and Concerts    

Through Sept. 14 – Broadway San Jose presents “Wicked” – The world-famous music, Grammy and Tony winning musical based on the best-selling book comes to San Jose. 7:30pm Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8pm Fridays and Saturdays; 2pm Saturdays and 1 pm Sundays; Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd., $44-$96,

Friday – Panic at the DiscoThe Gospel Tour. With Walk the Moon and Young Bloodhawke. 7:30pm, $25-$35, SJSU Event Center, 290 S. 7th St.,

Friday – The Trims EP release concert with the Lovermakers and DJ Basura – Cult-classic new band The Lovemakers come down from Oakland to join indie-dance band The Trims for their EP release show. $12 Advance $15 Door, 8pm, The Blank Club, 44 S. Almaden Ave.,

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

Now through August 31 – City Lights Theater Company presents Monty Python’s “Spamalot.” – Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful showgirls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful showgirls? – Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. $17-30. (408)

Saturday – Sunrise 2014 An electronic music festival in its fourth year in San Jose. 7pm, City National Civic, 135 W San Carlos St., $35- $50,  

Wednesday-Sunday – Comedy at the ImprovWed 8pm, Big, Bad & Sexy Comedy Tour ($12), Thurs 8pm, Eric Blake ($10), Fri 8pm and 10:15pm, Sat 7pm and 9:15pm, Sun 7 pm, Ralphie May ($25-$50), San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St, 408-280-7475 or

Monday – Shreya Ghoshal –  Out of Berhampore, West Bengal, India, Ghoshal has entertained audiences around the world. 6pm, $39- $299, City National Civic, 135 W. San Carlos,

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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? Make that, 41. San Jose Rock Shop is in the midst of 90 bands in 90 nights. There’s so much going on, it’s too much for us to list here. Instead, check out our Live Music table at


Miscellaneous Events 

Thursday – SoFA Supper ClubA monthly dinner club at Parque de los Pobladores (Gore Park) including Moveable Feast food trucks, art from MACLA, SJMADE vendors, a beer and wine. 5 – 9pm, Thursday, Aug. 28, Sept. 25 and Oct. 23; SoFA Supper Club, Parque de los Pobladores, admission free, food and drinks extra.

Tuesday – Weekly Best of San Jose Dishcrawl Dishcrawl is partnering with the San Jose Dine Downtown Association to bring you weekly Tuesday Night dishcrawls to 3 popular downtown restaurants featured as part of dine downtown restaurant week! For exclusive sneak peaks, follow us on instagram (@dishcrawlsj), twitter (@dishcrawlsj), and like us on facebook (Dishcrawl San Jose). 7pm, starting at Fahrenheit Restaurant & Lounge, 99 E San Fernando St., then moving on to Mezcal and then Loft Bar & Bistro; $50,

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Daily – MOVIE “Buckbusters” at Camera 12 Cinemas – Movies every day are $5.50 until 6pm and then $8.50 evenings for adults or $7 students, seniors, children, military and SJ Library card holders. Camera 12 Cinemas, 201 S. Second St., 408-998-3300,

Camera 12, Paseo de San Antonio and Second Street

As Above So Below,” “Life of Crime,”  “The One I Love,”  “The November Man,” “Sin City: A Dame To Die For,” “When The Game Stands Tall,”  “If I Stay,” “The Giver,” “Let’s Be Cops,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” D-BOX, “Get On Up,” “Lucy,” “The Expendables”

At Camera 3, Second and San Carlos Streets

A Summer’s Tale,” “Calvary,” “Frank;” Opening Fri, September 5th: “The Notebook.”

Monty Python Live (Mostly)” Thu, Aug. 28th at 7:00pm, Sat, Aug. 30th at 9:00pm

At The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater at The Tech Museum of Innovation: Opening Saturday– Mysteries of the Unseen World.” Journey into the microscopic world once reserved only for scientists to see a whole new universe. Thanks to the film’s innovative use of high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology, audiences will see things not visible to the naked eye. Visually stunning and rooted in cutting-edge research, the setting and story are pure entertainment, but the science is breathtakingly real. Moreeducational films Wed-Thurs, 1pm and 3pm, Wed and Fri 12pm, Fri 2pm and 4pm, Sat-Tues 12pm, 2pm, 4pm: such as “Journey to the South Pacific,” “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” “The Hidden Universe,” and Fri-Sat 5pm and 8pm, Sun 5pm: Harry Potter IV-Goblet The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater is located inside The Tech at 201 S. Market St.  408-795-6321, $8-10. and

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Mondays – Music and Movement Program @ St. James Park – The San Jose Public Library invites parents/caregivers and children ages 1-5 to come sing, dance and play instruments at this FREE interactive music class. Use shakers, beanbags, scarves, shakers and a parachute to move to the music and keep the beat.  Meet us at the playground in St. James Park on Mondays at 11am.

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Sports and Fitness               

Thursday  — San Jose State Spartans Football Season Opener  — The Spartans take on North Dakota at Spartan Stadium. The team offers a special season-ticket package for Downtown Association members. The package includes four reserved sidelines seats and four limited edition SJSU Alum Bill Walsh bobble heads for $299. 7pm Spartan Stadium,

Thursday -Spartan Up The Environment” – Make your SJSU tailgate party zero waste and get $10 off your entrance to the Fan Fiesta tailgate area at Spartan Stadium.

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

Mondays and Wednesday – Fit Camp St. JamesThis workout starts with a warm up, is circuit based and allows attendees to work as a team. Meet near the workout equipment on 3rd Street., 6 to 7:30pm, Free,

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.

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Classes, conferences, meetings and seminars

Classes at the San Jose Entrepreneur Center

100 E. Santa Clara St.

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Now Open – September 1 – The Photography of Modernist Cuisine –The Exhibition, A collection of more than 75 large-format photographs of food taken by Nathan Myhrvold and his team at Modernist Cuisine. Visitors will see the fractal structures and mesmerizing color gradations of vitamin C crystals through research microscopes with filters that polarize light. They’ll learn about the physics that propel and explode a bursting kernel of popcorn through the lens of a high-speed video camera that slows the action by a factor of 200. Now on display at the Tech Museum, 201 S. Market St.,

Now Open – September 6 – Poetic CodingsPoetic Codings, a group exhibition that explores new relationships between art and technology, will be on view at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art through September 6, 2014.  Many contemporary exhibitions have presented code-based works, however, Poetic Codingsis one of the first to juxtapose wall-based works with those made for mobile devices. San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, 560 South First St.,

Daily through Nov. 30 – Photos by David Leventhal – The San Jose Museum of Art will showcase its collection of about 40 photographs by American artist David Leventhal opening Thursday. 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-7 pm Tues-Fri; noon-5 pm Sat.  366 S. First St.  Free.

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

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

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

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

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

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 –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 InnovationOpen 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 JoseOpen noon-4 pm Tues-Sat (to 7 pm Thurs).  365 S. Market St.  408-295-8378.

ZERO1 GarageNoon-4 pm 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 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. 818-359-4235The 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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Downtown Living

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Guadalupe River Park Conservancy’s lunches Trail Ambassador ProgramAct as the eyes, ears and friendly face of the park.  The GRPC seeks additional volunteers who are willing to commit to walking, running or biking the Guadalupe Trails within Guadalupe River Park at least once a week.   Volunteers help report issues along the trails, hand out trail maps to other trail users, and are a friendly presence in the park. The commitment is mostly flexible but would require at least 45 minutes a week. Visitwww.grpg.orgor contact GRPC Volunteer Coordinator, Jessica Gonzales, at 408-298-7657 or

Last one of the season: Rose Deadheading in the SJ Heritage Rose GardenRemove spent blooms Second Tuesday of each month, 5-7:30 pm, Sept. 9, free, Ice cream included, ages: 15 and above, Heritage Rose Garden, on Taylor and Spring streets; Also weekly sessions on Wednesdays and Saturdays 8:30-11:30 am. RSVP at volunteers@grpg.orgor call

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Coming Up 

Sept. 6 – 2nd Annual Lil’ Easy Backyard Party Two stages, six New Orleans-influenced bands.  10am – 8pm, $60 – $40, Poor House Bistro, 91 S. Autumn St., (408) 292-5837 or

Sept. 6 through Sept. 21 Verdi’s Rigoletto – Giuseppe Verdi’s masterwork is a classic story of revenge. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. 8pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 3pm Sundays, Opera San Jose, California Theatre, 345 S. First St., $50 – $120,

Nov. 2 – Kristi Yamaguchi and Brian Boitano’s Golden Moment – This childhood literacy fundraiser includes performances from skating greats including Polina Edmunds, Jeremy Abbott, Nancy Kerrigan, Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, Dorothy Hamill, Ekaterina Gordeeva, Evan Lysacek, and Meryl Davis and Charlie White. 4pm, SAP Center,https://www.alwaysdream.orgDiscounted tickets for SJDA members, $25 off $150 tickets, $20 off $100 tickets and $10 off $50 tickets. Use promotion code SJDA when buying tickets at Sale ends Sept. 14. General public sales begin Sept. 15.

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SAP Center of San Jose  

Sept. 12 – Juan Gabriel

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

Oct. 14 – Enrique Iglesias and Pit Bull

Nov. 14-15 – Oprah: The Life You Live Weekend

Nov. 25 – Fleetwood Mac

Dec. 25-28 – Walking with Dinosaurs

March 20-22 – Marvel Universe Live

City National Civic

Sept. 16 – Rob Zombie, 8pm, $45

Sept. 19 – Crosby Still and Nash – 8pm, $56-$86

Sept. 20 – The Music Of Led Zeppelin with the Silicon Valley Symphony, 8pm, $35-$62

Sept. 25 – Diana Ross, 8pm, $61-$131

Nov. 16 – Judas Priest Special Guest Steel Panther, 8pm, $55-$70

Dec. 18 – MythBusters Behind the Myths Tour, 8pm, $55-$150

Jan. 2-3 Disney Jr. Live on Tour – Pirate and Princess Adventure – 3pm Jan. 2 and 11am. 2pm and 5pm Jan. 3 Starts at $22.

SJSU Event Center

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



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

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