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April 27 – May 3

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·       Featured events

·       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

Saturday – International Jazz Day Celebration - Featuring Nicole Henry, Nicolas Bearde and the SJSU Jazz Orchestra; SJSU Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble; workshop with Mister Latin Jazz in the Hammer Theater Center 4pm-8:30pm.  Plus San Jose Jazz Mobile Boom Box “Pop Up Performances in Public Spaces” in Hammer Theater Plaza, starting at 2 p.m. with SJZ Progressions Kids, SJZ High School All=Stars Combo and Primary Colors with Nate Pruitt on vocals.  All events Free; Made possible through the generosity of The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Saturday – MACLA Family Art Day - A full day of art, music and performances for the whole family. The event includes jazz, traditional music and dance, interactive fun with visual artists. Noon – 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Parque de los Pobladores. Free.

Saturday – SVRG Roller Derby bouts - Silicon Valley Roller Girls host double header of Flat track roller derby versus Peninsula Roller Girls. 6 p.m. Saturday, April 30. San Jose Convention Center – South Hall. $14 – $75.

Saturday – Space Battle - A night-time showdown with weapons very similar those used by the jedi – light up swords called cat blades. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30. St. James Park. $10,

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This week’s events 

Stage and Concerts

Saturday – Trio con Brio Copenhagen - Presented by the San Jose Chamber Music Society, this acclaimed Danish trio will play the works of Beethoven, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30; Trianon Theatre ; $15 – 49;

Saturday – The Wonder of Elvis: The Tribute - A one-man show through which Johnny Baron pays tributes to all three major phases of Elvis’ career – from late  Vegas baby to the early 50s. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30. California Theatre. $34-49.

Through May 1 – CMT: Billy Elliot - Children’s Musical Theatre SJ:  Featuring a memorable score by Elton John, sensational dance numbers and a powerful story that has captivated audiences around the world. Various times Thursdays – Sundays, Montgomery Theater, $24 – $30,

Thursday-Sunday, through May 8 - Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, by Northside Theatre Co. – Longshoreman Eddie makes room for two of his wife’s Italian cousins, but trouble ensues when one falls in love with Eddie’s niece, who also lives with him. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 848 E. William St., $17-$22,

Friday and Sunday – Opera San Jose: A Streetcar Named Desire - The famous story of a masquerade of Southern grace sung in English with supertitles. 6:30 p.m. pre-show talk, 8 p.m. show Saturdays; 1:30 p.m. pre-show talk, 3 p.m. show Sunday; California Theatre; $51-$151;

Through April 30 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream - the San Jose State University Television, Radio, Film and Theater Department sets one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays in the late 1950s as the story would have been seen through the eyes of Belgian artist Rene Magritte. 7 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays, starting Friday, April 22, San Jose State University Theatre, $20,

Friday-Sunday – Crowns - A rousing musical with “hattitude.” This uplifting celebration of life connects the love affair that six African American women have with their hats to tales that recount memorable occasions in their lives.  8 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; also 8 p.m. Thursdays after this week. Theatre on San Pedro Square; $15 – $40,

Wednesday-Sunday – Boeing Boeing - A Tony Award-winning comedy, this story about one man’s attempt to juggle relationships complicated by flight delays and more. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday – Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday – Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; The Stage; $30 – $60;

Wednesday-­ Sunday – Standup Comedy at the Improv - Bad Influence Burlesques, 8 p.m. Tuesday, $10; Jeff Applebaum & Friends, 8 p.m. Wednesday, $15; Carlos Mencia, 8 p.m. Thursday ; 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday, $25-50; “The Great American Debate” A Hello! Show wth Jack Douglass & Vincent Cyr, 3 p.m. Sunday, $35; San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St.

Friday-Saturday – ComedySportz- ComedySportz is the award-winning interactive comedy show where two teams of “act-letes” compete for laughs and points. The audience is always a part of the interactive show, and sometimes even winds up on stage!  It’s the only entertainment that’s funny enough for bachelor parties and clean enough for your church or business group. 9 p.m.  Friday, 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Saturday; Camera 3, $15;

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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

Wednesday – SPUR discussion: Cracking the Code on Walkable Design – Help San Jose create clear standards and remove impediments to high quality, walkable urban development, 12:30p, SPUR San Jose, 76 S. First St.

Friday and Saturday – Celebrate Arbor Day and get a free tree —  Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is teaming with City of San Jose and The Arbor Day Foundation to help San Jose customers Go Green and celebrate Arbor Day with 600 free trees.  How to get your free tree:
1. Logon to
2. Enter your San Jose address and use the online tool to determine the best place for your tree to maximize the shade
3. Pick up your free tree at Emma Prusch Farm Park, 647 S King Rd, San Jose; 8 a.m. to noon

Through June 30 – Spring in Plaza de Cesar Chavez – Games, food, lights, grass and more at Plaza de Cesar Chavez’s outside patio-like setting. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. lunch most Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. dinner most Fridays and Saturdays through June 30. Free.

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Fridays – Sundays, through May 15 – RetroDome Sing-along movie festival - A sing-along movie experience. Coming up:  Frozen (Friday 7pm, Saturday 3pm and 7pm, and Sunday 3pm), Mamma Mia (May 6-8), and the Sound of Music (May 13-15). 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Saturday. Camera 12 Cinemas,

Camera 12, 201 S. Second St., at Paseo de San Antonio
$6 until 5pm, $9.50 evenings; $7 student/senior/children/military/SJ Library holders

Green Room, Keanu, Mother’s Day, Ratchet and Klank, The Huntsman; Winters War, The Jungle Book, Barbershop: The Next Cut ,Hardcore Henry, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zootopia

Opening Fri, May 6: Captain America: Civil War

Camera 3, Second and San Carlos streets

April and the Extraordinary World, The Invitation, Dough, Rio I Love You
Opening May 6: Francofonia, The Family Fang

Through Monday: Batman vs. Superman at The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater - National Parks Adventure, Robots and Living in the Age of Airplanes are also featured at this theater. The Tech Museum of Innovation, The Tech at 201 S. Market St.  408-795-6321, $8-16.

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Friday-Sunday, Through May 7 – Starmites - “Starmites” is the story of Eleanor, a teenage girl who falls into the word of her favorite comic book, and discovers her destiny. Along her journey she is drawn into the conflict between Shak Graa, the “creep of chaos” and the Starmites, a group of wise-cracking superheros, along with their heart throb captain Space Punk. Eleanor (who is really the pre-ordained savior of the Universe) learns that only she can save the Earth from destruction! Together they must fight Shak Graa and the Banshees, strong women who protect the world’s most fearsome weapon,  and their leader the flamboyant Diva. Friday 7pm, Saturday 11am. 3pm and 7pm, Sunday 11am and 3pm; Historic Hoover Theatre, 1635 Park Ave, $6-$12;

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Sports and Fitness

 San Jose Sharks playoffs-  The playoffs come to SAP Center when the Sharks start round two of the Stanley Cup playoff. The opponent will be the victor of Wednesday’s Ducks – Preds game. SAP Center;

Mondays, Wednesday, Friday – Breakthrough Boot Camp - An outdoor workout that utilizes the field, track, bleachers and other structures. 8:30 a.m.  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. 6 a.m.-6:50 a.m., 7 a.m.-7:50 a.m., 748A Coleman Ave.,

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Classes, conferences, meetings and seminars

Monday – Railroad Safety Meeting - Discuss safety along the tracks in your neighborhood with Union Pacific representatives, 6-7pm, Northside Community Center, 466 N. Sixth St.

Tuesday-May 4 – PASS Business Analytics Conference - Whether you’re just starting out in the data analytics field, are a data pro who sees the value in expanding your skillset, or are a seasoned business analytics pro, the PASS Business Analytics Conference is the place to be. 7am-7pm, Fairmont Hotel, 170 S. Market St., $1795;

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Thursday – Gallery Talk: Border Cantos - Join assistant curator Rory Padeken on a tour and talk that re-examines the US-Mexico border through art and sound. 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28. San Jose Museum of Art. Free with admission, $5 – $10 for admission.

Through May 14 – MACLA’s 18th annual Latino Art Auction - MACLA’s premiere celebration “Latino Art Now!” Offers up more than 50 works of art and support arts education. The exhibition ends with an auction on May 14. Noon to  7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m. Fridays and Sundays. MACLA; exhibit is free.

Daily – View The Peep - Temporary public art. Parque de los Pobladores at 1st/William Streets;

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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

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. $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

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 Nightclub – 389 S. First St. · 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 · 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 Taverna & 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 · 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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Downtown Living

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Tree Amigo - Our City Forest’s Tree Amigo class graduates become volunteers promoting a greener and healthier Silicon Valley. A full month of online and hands-on learning with three-to-four-hour sessions on Saturday mornings. Email for more.

Partners in Reading, San Jose Public Library Tutor Orientation - Volunteers complete 14 hours of tutor training and are 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. 6:30 p.m., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, free, (408) 808-2361.

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;;

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Coming Up

May 6 – Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by Kaiser – Every Friday, May 6 – November 18 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  San Pedro Street between Santa Clara St. and St. John Street.

June 24 – Music in the Park - Tickets for the first show in this year’s summer series are available now. Los Lobos. 5:30 p.m. June 24. Plaza de Cesar Chavez.

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Parking / Pedicabs / Traffic / SJ Mineta Airport

Traffic and Construction



DASH shuttle – The DASH shuttle, which connects Diridon station to downtown’s core with free rides, runs 6:30 a.m. to 9:15 p.m.  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;

Mineta San Jose International Airport

Lufthansa is starting non-stops to Frankfurt, Germany, out of SJC. Also, direct flights to London on British Airways begin next spring. For more information on airport changes, maps and services, go to

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