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April 15-21

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Contents

·       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

Friday – The Ritz: New music venue opens in SoFA – Welcome The Ritz, a new nightclub and venue opens in the SoFA district, located at 400 S. First St. The new venue will bring live music to the area, filling in a key space in SoFA District. The Ritz will feature various live acts, including a performance Friday by Agent Orange, the original Southern California punk/surf group 6pm, $10-15; theritzsanjose.com

Thursday – Sunday — Lord of the Rings Trilogy with live orchestra performance —  Lord of the Rings: The Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King) will be performed with The Symphony Silicon Valley’s choruses and soloists. Accompaniment will be on stage beneath and in front of the screen for these historic performances, featuring the numerical themes of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work;The Fellowship of the Ring Thur 7pm and Sat 1pm; The Two Towers Fri 7pm and Sun 1pm, The Return of the King Sat 7pm and Sun 6:30pm; $60 – $120. Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd., www.lotrssv.org, www.symphonysiliconvalley.org or 408.286.2600.

Thursday – HER city “Under the City Lights” –After-work socials that engage, inspire and rejuvenate professional women, set amid downtown San Jose’s hidden gems. This event: “M Butterfly” at City Lights Theatre Company. The evening starts at in the musical 1910-era setting of Orchestria Palm Court Restaurant. Get a quick history of the orchestrias while sampling locally sourced fare and tasting J.Lohr Wines. Then, enjoy a special Q&A with City Lights Theater Company Executive Artistic Director Lisa Mallette prior to the show. M. Butterfly, by David Henry Hwang
, 1988 Tony Award for Best Play. M Butterfly closely parallels the events of Puccini’s famous opera Madame Butterfly and becomes a powerful exploration of East-West relations and the persistent romanticism that continues to cloud and complicate them to this day. $45. Tickets at www.sjdowntown.com/hercity

FridayThe Coyote Creek Howl – A one-day summit focusing on the ecology and human issues related to the Coyote Creek Watershed in Santa Clara County, the largest watershed in the county. The summit will inform and culminate in actions that the community can take to help revive the creek. Years of trash, homelessness issues and resulting pollution has caused Coyote Creek to become a troubled river. 9am-5 pm, San Jose State University, One Washington Square; $10-$20; www.CoyoteHowl.org.

Saturday– Sunday – Big Wow! ComicFest – One of San Jose’s largest annual comic and pop culture events that features art, comic books, sci-fi, fantasy and celebrities. Big Wow! ComicFest is filled with cosplay, artist demonstrations, creator presentations and much more. Celebrity attendees will include; Jim Steranko, Neal Adams, Tom Felton, and many more; $10-$35. Sat, 10am-6pm, Sun, 10am-5pm. San Jose Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos St., Tickets available at www.bigwowcomicfest.com

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This week’s events        

Stage and Concerts 

Wednesday-Sunday, through April 26 – San Jose Stage Company presents “Death of a Salesman” – The Pulitzer Prize and Tony® Award-winning American classic by Arthur Miller. Considered one of the greatest American plays ever written, this powerful and provocative drama is Miller’s scathing indictment of the American Dream and will be directed by Kenneth Kelleher (who recently received Best Director for SJSC’s production of The Threepenny Opera – Theatre Bay Area Awards 2014) and will feature San Jose Stage Artistic Director Randall King as Willy Loman. The long-time collaborators team up to present what the New York Times says is “now and forever a great play.” Wed-Thur 7:30pm, Fri-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm, 490 S. First St., $20-$65, 408-283-7142; www.thestage.org

Wednesday-Sunday – Standup Comedy at the Improv – Wed 8pm: (18+) Spicy Latino with Rick Martinez; Thur – Sun: Ian Bagg (18+); Thur 8pm, Fri 7:30pm, 9:45 pm, Sat 7:30pm and 9:15 pm and Sun 7pm; $17 62 S. Second St. http://sanjose.improv.com

Thursday-Sunday through May 10 – Northside Theatre Company Presents, “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers” – Neil Simon’s mid-life comedy, “The Last of the Red Hot Lover’s” follows middle-aged, married, and overworked Barney Cashman in his attempts to join the sexual revolution before it’s too late. Watch Barney explore his desire to roam through attempted seductions, learning that the art of seduction is more complicated than it seems; $17-$22. Thur-Sat 8pm. Sun, 3pm. Olinder Theatre. 848 East William St. 408-288-7820 and www.northsidetheatre.com

Thursday-Sunday – through April 19 – City Lights Theater Company presents “M. Butterfly” – Drawn from real-life events, this modern classic weaves realism, ritual, and vivid theatricality into an exotic and haunting tale of a French diplomat’s gradual, inevitable submission to the delicate charms of a Chinese opera star who personifies his fantasy vision of submissive oriental sexuality. M Butterfly underscores the irony of that fantasy as it closely parallels the events of Puccini’s famous opera Madame Butterfly and becomes a powerful exploration of East-West relations and the persistent romanticism that continues to cloud and complicate them to this day.– Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. Wed, Apr. 15th, 8pm. $17-32. No matinee Mar 22 or performance April 5; 408-295-4200; www.cltc.org

Friday-Sunday through May 3 – Violet, by the Tabard Theatre Company – Last show of the 2014-15 season by Tabard. The Tony-nominated and Drama Critics’ Circle Award-winning musical based on the short story, “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts, is set in the deep south of 1964.  The musical tells the story of a young disfigured woman who embarks on a journey by bus from her father’s farm in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in search of a televangelist whom she hopes will be able to heal her; Fri 8pm, Sat 3pm and 8pm, Sun 2pm. Also Thur, April 23 and 30 (8pm); Theatre on San Pedro Square; 408-678-2330; $15-38; www.tabardtheatre.org.

Friday-Sunday, through April 26 – CMT Mainstage presents “Ragtime” – Based on E.L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel of the same name, Ragtime is set in New York at the turn of the 20th century and follows three families navigating the demands of a new era. CMT’s Marquee Production of Ragtime is directed by celebrated Artistic Director Kevin Hauge and features CMT alumni and professional adult performers who donate their time and talent to the nonprofit theater. Fri-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 1pm and 6pm. $24-$30. Montgomery Theater, 271 S. Market St., 408-288-5437; www.cmtsj.com

Friday – Krush Groove –A chance for hip-hop fans to catch several leading artists on one stage. Performance’s by Ice Cube, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Dipset, E-40, Too Short, Scarface, Luniz. $32-$125, 6:30pm, SAP Center of San Jose; http://www.sapcenteratsanjose.com/

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 http://comedysportzsanjose.com

Saturday-Sunday, through May 3 – Opera San Jose presents Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” – A young prince’s quest leads to love. With the aid of a magic flute the prince sets out on an adventure filled with danger and surprising twists.The Magic Flute will be sung in German with English supertitles; dialog will be spoken in English. George Cleve will conduct, with stage direction by Brad Dalton. Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm. Also April 23 8pm, April 26 3pm, May 1 8pm and May 3 3pm; California Theater, $50-$120. 345 S. First St., 408-437-4450 and www.operasj.org

Saturday  – Barry Manilow and special guest Dave Koz – For years, Barry Manilow has captivated audiences. The Grammy®, Tony®, and Emmy® Award-winning musician’s tour, “One Last Time!” has been described by Manilow as his “way of thanking everyone for their years of support… one last time!”; $19-$179, 6:30pm. SAP Center of San Jose, http://www.sapcenteratsanjose.com/

Monday – ShakesBEERience San Jose presents Richard IIIDirector and producer John McCluggage presents the next installment of ShakesBEERience San Jose – one of Shakespeare’s best known historical tragedies. Professional actors will unpack the language in a playful, unique, and accessible way in an easy-going and entertaining environment while the audience drinks, eats and has a good time. ShakesBEERience San Jose is a series of staged readings which are free and open to theater lovers, pub lovers, pint lovers and those who are just curious. 6:30pm-8:30pm, Café Stritch, 374 South First St.

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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 http://sjdowntown.com/liveandlocal/

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Miscellaneous Events

Wednesday – Coffee with the Captain – San Jose Police Captain Anthony Ciaburro hosts a series of get-togethers the third Wednesday of each month to facilitate a dialog with the public regarding safety and quality-of-life issues in the downtown; Specialty’s Café and Bakery, 115 S. Market Street, 8-9:30 am.

Wednesday – Japantown Today – Come for a walking tour and see the sights of Japantown, hear its unique history and learn about plans to develop the neighborhood’s corporation yard. Japantown is a community gem and one of only a few remaining Japantowns in the U.S. $10. Japanese-American Museum of San Jose. 535 N. 5th St.,noon. www.jamsj.org

Thursday – Integrating Transit: Learning From National Examples –A new report from the Transportation Research Board provides concrete guidance on integrating and coordinating transit services in areas with multiple providers. Come hear from two of the authors of this innovative manual discuss the benefits of integration and give step-by-step guidance drawing from domestic and international case studies. 12:30pm. SPUR San Jose. 76 S. First St. $10.

Friday – Noon Arts and Lectures SeriesFrom the Studio to the Stage, Cinderella” – lecture demonstration by Ballet San Jose’s Mads Eriksen. The presentation gives a special look at the lives of young ballet dancers who are at the start of their professional careers. It explores the extensive training and challenging schedule of a professional ballet dancer, and introduces Ballet San Jose’s production of Cinderella; 12:10pm, Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St. Free or $5 donation. www.noonartsandlectures.org

Monday and Wednesday – Park Pop-Up – Every Monday and Wednesday from 11am-1:30pm, Adobe (McEnery Park on San Fernando) Moveable Feast food trucks descend on the park. For more info, visit http://mvblfeast.com/ or email info@mvblfeast.com

Monday – Unique Lives: Valerie Harper – Legendary TV, Broadway actress, and Dancing with the Stars contestant Valerie Harper shares her personal battle with lung cancer in efforts to educate and raise public awareness; $45-$155. California Theatre, 345 S. First St., Tickets available at www.uniquelives.com

Tuesday – CONTENT Magazine’s Pick-Up PartyCelebrate the release of CONTENT Magazine’s new issue, 7.1 “Sight and Sound.” Enjoy a fashion show, live music, and a chance to meet the artists, writers, photographers and models that make CONTENT magazine possible; Free. The Glass House, 2 S. Market St. 7pm-10pm. 

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Film

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 showing: Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Monkey Kingdom, Unfriended, Monsters: Dark Continent, Kill Me Three Times, The Longest Ride, Furious 7, Get Hard, Home, It Follows, Insurgent, Cinderella, Kingsman: The Secret Service; Monday 7:30pm: 20th Anniversary Screening of “Friday”; $10
Opening April 24: The Age of Adaline, Ex Machina

At Camera 3, Second and San Carlos streets

The Salt of The Earth, Desert Dancer, Seymour: An Introduction, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Cult Movie Series: Thur 9:30pm and Saturday midnight: The Breakfast Club

Opens April 24: Kung Fu Killer; Lambert & Stamp

For info and showtimes, visit http://www.cameracinemas.com.

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. www.thetech.org/imax/presentations

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Kids

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Sports and Fitness

April 25 – Earthquakes home game – Vs. Montreal, 7:30pm, Avaya Stadium, Coleman Ave. http://www.sjearthquakes.com

Getting to the soccer match – The San Jose Downtown Association recommends that fans park downtown, especially at the Market-San Pedro Garage and hop onto a VTA shuttle bus (Line 231) to Avaya Stadium. Hang out at a sports bar, watch the games, and then catch the bus starting two hours before the game at First and Santa Clara or Market and St. John streets. For an hour afterward, catch the bus along Earthquake Way. Leave the driving to and from. Total cost (park and ride) will be less than $10 – Just a couple of bucks if you validate and get FREE weekend parking. Park at the stadium and the cost will be $25-plus, plus the headache of all that traffic. Let’s stay safe out there. Here are the links: http://www.vta.org/getting-around/event-service/avaya-stadium and http://www.sjearthquakes.com/avayastadium/parking-directions

April 25 National Parkinson Foundation Moving Day @ Silicon Valley Moving Day® is the National Parkinson Foundation’s annual fundraising walk event, created to unite families, friends, and communities in the fight against Parkinson’s Disease. This celebration of movement will feature a family friendly walking course, a kids area, and a special Movement Pavilion featuring yoga, dance, Tai Chi, Pilates, and more, all proven to help manage the symptoms of PD; Donations encouraged. Registration starts at 9am, events begins at 10:30am. Arena Green East, N. Autumn St., (925) 421-6737, www.movingday@SiliconValley.org

April 25 – Sutter Health presents March of Dimes Silicon Valley March for Babies 2015 Each year nearly 4 million babies are born in the United States and March of Dimes touches each one of them. March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Join Chris Boyd, Sr. Vice President and Area Manager for Kaiser Permanente and Silicon Valley March for Babies Chair, at the March of Dimes March for Babies®; Donations encouraged, 8am, Plaza de Cesar Chavez. To sign-up for the walk, visit www.marchforbabies.org

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

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., http://bootcampinsanjose.com/boot-camps/.

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Classes, conferences, meetings and seminars

Saturday – Textile Fusion with Suzann Thompson – Join writer and artist, Suzann Thompson for a discussion of her technique, “TextileFusion.” Thompson will explore her technique through a colorful presentation, followed by workshop participants engaging in the process of TextileFusion themselves, creating a unique piece of art; 11am-2pm, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, 520 S. First St., $40-$60, www.sjquiltmuseum.org

Sunday – Embroidered Drawing with Rebecca Ringquist – Taught by Rebecca Ringquist, owner of Dropcloth Samplers, this workshop explores the process of sketching and embroidery. Participants will begin with simple drawing exercises and will later use their unique artwork to stitch directly onto cloth, creating a personal embroidered piece of art; 2pm-5pm, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, 520 S. First St., $90-$110, www.sjquiltmuseum.org

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Literature/Art

Thursday – ICA Presents “Talking Art: And the Beat Goes on… In conjunction with the current exhibition Bruce Conner: Somebody Else’s Prints, the ICA will host a panel discussion titled “And the beat goes on…” The panel will consist of a conversation among Bay Area artists that are taking a creative approach to print making; 7pm, 560 S. First St., $5-$10. For more info, visit www.sjica.org

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. www.sjquiltmuseum.org

Through May 16 — Bruce Conner: Somebody Else’s Prints — Spanning nearly 60 years of work, the show Bruce Conner: Somebody Else’s Prints is the first in-depth examination of his achievements as a printmaker in over a decade. It features rarely seen examples from the Conner Family Trust and private collections.  A fixture in the San Francisco Beat-era art scene in the 1950s and 1960s, Conner was renowned for his groundbreaking work in assemblage, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and experimental film; Free. 10am – 5pm Wednesday – Fridays, noon – 5pm Saturdays and 10am – 5pm Tuesday. San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, 560 S. 1st St.; www.sjica.org

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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. 408-271-5155 www.galleryAD.com

Art Ark Gallery – 1035 S. Sixth St – Open by appointment only. info@artarkgallery.net

Art Object Gallery – Open 1-4pm Thursday-Saturday. 592 N. 5th St. Free. 408-288-9305 www.artobjectgallery.com

Casa Jalisco – Open 9am-3pm Monday-Friday. 320 S. 1st St. Free. 408-890-5507, https://www.facebook.com/FEDJALNC

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.org 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 or www.cdm.org

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 or www.sjpl.org

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

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 or www.historysanjose.org

The Japanese American Museum of San Jose – 535 N. 5th St. jamsj.org; 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 www.KALEIDgallery.com

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

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 orwww.egyptianmuseum.org

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 http://www.sjica.org

San Jose Museum of Art – 11 am-5pm Tuesday – Sunday. 110 S. Market St. $8.  408-271-6840. http://www.sjmusart.org

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 http://www.sjquiltmuseum.org

Seeing Things Gallery – Gallery, books and zines. 11am-7pm Tuesday – Friday and noon-6pm Saturday; 30 N. 3rd St. 891-7553 http://www.seeingthingsgallery.com

SPUR San Jose Urban Gallery – 11am-5pm Tuesday-Friday, 76 S. 1st St. http://www.spur.org/exhibitions/2013-09-30/grand-reductions

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 http://www.thetech.org

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. 408-606-6806 www.zero1.org/garage

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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 www.hawaiianairlines.com/affiliate, use promotion code “SJDA” and get year-round discounts on flights to the islands and beyond.  Click here for booking page: https://apps.hawaiianairlines.com/Affiliate/Booking.aspx

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Dancing Downtown

Agenda Lounge – 399 S. First St.  408-287-3991 agendalounge.com · Beso Club – 417 S. First St. 818-359-4235 · The Brit – 173 W. Santa Clara St.  408-278-1400 britanniaarmsdowntown.com · The Continental  – 349 S. First St. thecontinentalbar.com  · Dive Bar – 78 E. Santa Clara St. 408-288-5252 sjdivebar.com · Fahrenheit Ultralounge – 99 E San Fernando St.  408-998-9998 fultralounge.com · Freddie J’s – 97 E. Santa Clara St. freddiejs.com · Habana Club Restaurant – 238 Race St. 408-998-2822 998cuba.com · Lido Nightclub – 30 S. First St.  408-298-4318 www.lidonightclub.net · Liquid Lounge – 32 S. Third St.  Loft Bar and Bistro – 90 S. Second St.  408-291-0677 loftbarandbistro.com · Motif Restaurant and Club – 389 S. First St.  408-279-1888 motiflounge.com · Myth Tavern & Lounge – 152 Post St.  408-286-7678 www.mythsj.com · Studio 8 – 8 S. First St.  408-279-4444studio8sj.com · SP2 – 72 N. Almaden Ave. http://www.sp2sanjose.com · San Jose Bar and Grill – 85 S. Second St. 408-286-2397 sanjosebarandgrill.com  · South First Billiards  – 420 S. First St.  408-294-7800 facebook.com/420southfirst · Splash 65 Post St., 408-292-2222  www.splashsj.com · Temple Bar and Lounge – 52 S. First St. templebarlounge.com · Tres Gringos – 83 S. Second St. 408-278-9888 tresgringossj.com

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Downtown Living

Go find out what urban living is about: www.sjdowntown.com/Find_Your_Home.html

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Volunteer/Donation

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: http://www.grpg.org/donorwalkway

The Tech Museum of Innovation — Engineers and non-engineers alike are needed as volunteers at the Tech Museum of Innovation and its programs. http://www.thetech.org/volunteer/adult-volunteer-program

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Coming Up

April 25 Naglee Park Vintage Home and Garden Tour Tour San Jose’s vintage homes with San Jose Woman’s Club and historian April Halberstadt. Visit five vintage home, three enchanting gardens, and a boutique of handmade and antique items. All events occur within a few blocks; 10am-4pm. Naglee Park. $30-$50. Tickets available at http://www.sjwomansclub.org/tour.html

April 25 SJMADE and Hermitage Brewing present CINEBREW Sample local beers by members of the Bay Brewers Guild while nibbling on specially crafted treats by SJMADE artisanal food vendors.11am-11pm. Camera 12 Cinemas http://www.cameracinemas.com/c12.shtml$12-$25

May 10 – Adopt a Rose for Mother’s DayThis Mother’s Day, give the gift that keeps on living. A bouquet of roses will last a week, but a rose bush will bloom throughout the year. Guadalupe River Park Conservancy’s “Adopt a Rose for Mother’s Day” provides donors an opportunity to adopt the rose bush of their choice, accompanied by a personalized plaque and gift basket. Visit http://www.grpg.org/ for adoption information; $50-$60. 

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SAP Center of San Jose

http://www.sapcenteratsanjose.com/   

May 3 and May 8 – New Kids on the Block
May 12 – Neil Diamond
May 18-19 – U2 Innocence + Experience Tour
May 26  – Bette Midler

City National Civic

www.citynationalcivic.com

April 28 The Moody Blues, 8pm, $45-$5
May 8 Franco DeVita, 8pm, $47-$77
May 9 Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, 8pm, $43-$153
May 16  – The Piano Guys, 7:30pm, $42.50-$127.50
June 11-12 A.R. Rahman, 7 pm / 7:30pm; $28-$199
June 13 – Alejandra Guzman – Rock Recargado Tour, 7:30pm. $47, $57 and $67
July 12 – Pokémon:  Symphonic Evolutions, 8pm

SJSU Event Center

www.union.sjsu.edu

Montgomery Theater

http://sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/montgomery-theater/

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Parking / Pedicabs / Traffic / SJ Mineta Airport

Transportation and Traffic

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. http://www.vta.org/schedules/SC_201.html

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.  www.ecocitycycles.com

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

Mineta San Jose International Airport

Terminal A Garage parking $22 ($8 discount) daily through Jan. 2. http://www.flysanjose.com/fl/travelers.php?page=parking/p_overview&exp=2&subtitle=Parking+%7C+Overview

Visit www.tsa.gov for the latest information about security procedures.

For more information on Airport changes, maps, and services, go to www.flysanjose.com Email info@sjc.org if you need a reply.

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Click  on your favorite downtown SJ events to find out more: 

Live & Local:

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Dine Downtown

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Music in the Park

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Downtown Farmers’ Market

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HER city

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Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice:

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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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Downtown for the Holidays:  


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Starlight Cinemas


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