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Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 9.33.22 PMOpen daily Mammoth Discovery!
An exhibition that sparks the scientist within each of us to learn about the creatures that roamed San Jose during the Ice Age. Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way; (408) 298- 5437; www.cdm.org
Park at Woz/Hwy87 lot or Woz/Almaden lot

36123-downsizedNow through Feb. 7 – Artists Including Me: William Wegman
William Wegman is best known for his heartwarming and amusing photographs of his Weimaraner dogs. Artists Including Me: William Wegman introduces another very personal side of this widely loved artist. With his signature quick wit, Wegman reflects on his life as an artist and on his artistic heroes. Here, he re-imagines art historical masterpieces and art-world scenarios. Wegman’s alternative versions are part homage, part visual pun, and part parody. San Jose Museum of Art; 110 S. Market St.; (408) 271-6840; www.sjmusart.org
Park at Market-San Pedro Garage

DIEBENKORNNow through Feb. 7 – Diebenkorn in the Bedroom
Dixon and Barbara Farley shared their Marin home with an impressive, constantly growing collection of modern and contemporary art. Dixon Farley’s dedication (in particular to the work of Bay Area artists) never faltered, and he added new works to his collection up until his death in 2011. He had long wanted this carefully selected group of works to find an appreciative and appropriate public venue and, in 2000, he and Barbara made a promised gift of seventy-three artworks to SJMA—“a terrific home for my collection,” he said. Now, fifteen years later, the San Jose Museum of Art has the honor of exhibiting this intimate collection for the first time. San Jose Museum of Art; 110 S. Market St.; (408) 271-6840; www.sjmusart.org
Park at Market-San Pedro Garage

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 9.36.34 PMNow through Feb. 7 – Character Studies: Clay from the Collection
The ceramic sculptures in this exhibition are wildly inventive expressions of the human figure; they range from earthy abstractions to larger-than-life busts and whimsical characters. The exhibition draws from the Museum’s collection and also includes two loans by Bay Area artists from a new generation who are continuing this region’s legacy of prominence and innovation in the medium. San Jose Museum of Art; 110 S. Market St.; (408) 271-6840; www.sjmusart.org
Park at Market-San Pedro Garage

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 9.36.55 PMNow through Jan. 10 Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns
As we pass the second anniversary of shocking revelations about widespread, international data collection, security and privacy have become everyday concerns. Covert Operations is the first survey of work by artists who are responding to the uncertainties of the post-9/11 world. They employ the tools of democracy to bear witness to attacks on liberty and to the abuse of power: they reveal previously unreported information and government actions that may limit civil rights. San Jose Museum of Art; 110 S. Market St.; (408) 271-6840; www.sjmusart.org
Park at Market-San Pedro Garage

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 9.48.26 PMNow through Jan. 17 – Koret Family Gallery: Maker Space
The act of making (whether it be artistic or scientific) with the goal of producing a more beautiful and better world is part of the human impulse. Makers demonstrate an “I can do it” attitude. They use materials in new ways, upcycle discarded objects, challenge familiar ways of doing things and invent new ones. Sometimes creativity, a force inherent in all of us, just needs a little inspiration. In this spirit, we invite you to the Koret Family Gallery: view artworks made of new materials in new ways, take a maker challenge, and rekindle your creative spark. San Jose Museum of Art; 110 S. Market St.; (408) 271-6840; www.sjmusart.org
Park at Market-San Pedro Garage

exhb_Benson_AlternativeFutureNov. 6 – Feb. 28 – Earth Stories: 25th Anniversary Exhibition from Studio Art Quilt Associates
There are many stories of hope across the globe. Both individuals and small groups are working on projects that, when added together, make a positive impact on improving the quality of life on this planet. Earth Stories celebrates the stories of people and projects that enhance the planet, make a significant difference in restoring and/or protecting the environment, increase sustainability and otherwise enhance the earth we all occupy. Juror Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi chose twenty-four artists from around the world to interpret a “story” of their choice and highlight the positive effects of individual and collective actions. San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (SJMQT), 520 S. First St., (408) 971-0323; www.sjquiltmuseum.org
Park at South First-I280 lot or Second and San Carlos Garage

Peace in the MorningNov. 6 – Jan. 3 – Quilted Conversations: Kerby C. Smith and Lura Schwarz Smith
There are many types of communication between all of us. Some are casual and public, some are intimate and not to be shared. The conversation is not always vocal, with words ringing out. It can be quiet, like black marks on paper.  Or as textile artists Kerby C. Smith and Lura Schwarz Smith have done in this exhibit, it can be an exchange of ideas in fabric. Quilted Conversations is a collaborative exhibit between these two textile artists and a third artist entity: the public.  Visitors who come to the exhibit will have the opportunity to participate in making a large artist designed quilt top during the eight-week exhibition and thus become part of the “quilted conversations.” San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (SJMQT), 520 S. First St., (408) 971-0323; www.sjquiltmuseum.org
Park at South First-I280 lot or Second and San Carlos Garage

Nov. 6  – Jan. 3 – The Russian River Watershed in Fabric
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The Pointless Sisters Art Quilt group celebrates our environment in fiber art, focusing on the beauty of the Russian River watershed in Northern California. Each participating member of the group has created a representational or abstract fiber art piece inspired by the Russian River and its watershed. San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (SJMQT), 520 S. First St., (408) 971-0323; www.sjquiltmuseum.org
Park at South First-I280 lot or Second and San Carlos Garage

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 10.13.13 PMNov. 13 – Feb. 7 Downtown Ice
Skaters never tire of circling, twirling and gliding beneath 32 palms that stand majestic by day and twinkle by night. Basking in the glow of the iconic, only-in-San Jose ice rink are partners Hawaiian Airlines and Olympic figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi, who bring the aloha spirit and a lot of pizzazz to the rink. Open daily; Market Street, across from Plaza de Cesar Chavez; (408) 291-0525; www.downtownicesj.com
Park at Market-San Pedro or Second-San Carlos Garages

Screen Shot 2015-11-29 at 10.30.05 PMNov. 19 – 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.; 408-295-4200; cltc.org

10039_39_Steps_lgNov. 25 – 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. San Jose Stage Company, 490 S. First Street; (408) 283-7142; www.thestage.org

merrygoround2Nov. 25 – Jan. 3 – Winter Wonderland
From the giant gondola towering 10 stories to the classic carousel, families are traditionally attracted to the festive arcade of rides and attractions. Park Avenue and Paseo de San Antonio; (408) 286-1313; www.winterwonderlandsj.com
Park in Second-San Carlos Garages

PrintNov. 27 – Dec. 27 – Free Historic Trolley Rides
Feel it all over again on VTA’s Historic Trolley! Whether your plan is to visit Christmas in the Park, ice skate under the palms at Downtown Ice or dine at one of downtown San Jose’s many restaurants, the Trolley will get you there and…the ride is FREE! The Trolley runs Fridays from 6:30- 10 p.m., weekends from 2:30-10 p.m. and operates between the San Jose Diridon and Civic Center light rail stations. Trolley service runs approximately every hour, weather permitting. The Trolley will not operate on Nov. 29, Dec. 5, 20 and 26 or during Levi’s Stadium events. (408) 321-2300; www.vta.org/trolley

12141633_1035015609884107_2079812718501204309_nNov. 27 – 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 Nov. 27 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; www.christmasinthepark.com
Park in Market-San Pedro or Second-San Carlos Garages

Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 10.41.12 PMDecember 4 – 18 – Miracle on 34th Street, A Live Radio Play (World Premiere)
Adapted by local playwright/performer Hayley Lovgren and based on the story by Valentine Davies, this production of the heartwarming holiday classic will be presented in the tradition of live radio programs from the 1940s, staged with live sound effects and performed with a small cast, each actor playing several characters. The play centers around the hiring of Kris Kringle as Macy’s department store Santa, and the question raised, “Is he really Santa?” The Tabard Theatre Company/Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St.; (408) 679-2330; www.tabardtheatre.org
Park in Market-San Pedro

unnamedThrough December – Christmas at Fairmont San Jose
Just like Santa’s sleigh full of goodies, Fairmont San Jose has something for everyone! Enjoy our annual Nutcracker Tea Service in partnership with Silicon Valley Ballet, a savory brunch in our elegant Imperial Ballroom, Mistletoe Buffet in Fountain Restaurant or enjoy your Holiday Meal at Home. Fairmont San Jose, 170 S. Market St.; 408-998-3960; www.fairmont.com/san-jose/promotions/christmas/

Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 10.41.48 PMDec. 4–Jan. 16 — HARK! 14th Annual Holiday Show and Sale
Over 60 artists from KALEID and the greater South Bay area will be offering original works of art and creative gifts affordably priced for the holidays! Choose unique one of a kind gifts by local artists featuring paintings, photographs, drawings, jewelry and small sculpture all ready to be taken home at the time of purchase. KALEID Gallery, 88 S. Fourth St.; 408-947-1785; www.kaleidgallery.com
Park at Fourth Street Garage

Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 10.42.27 PMDec. 3 – 27 A Christmas Carol
The 33rd annual production of the Dickens’ classic captures all the power, humor and warmth this ageless tale has to offer. A great Christmas present for the entire family! Ebenezer Scrooge, a lonely miser, who, through the help of spirits and visions from his past, present and future, finds a second chance to become a loving, generous, kind human being. Northside Theatre Company, 848 E. William St.; (408) 288-7820; www.northsidetheatre.com

Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 10.43.04 PMDec. 4 – 13 – Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Marquee Productions presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, it includes popular songs from the Disney picture as well as numbers written for the theater production. Join us in a magical kingdom, where the young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above, even as her colorful friends reveal their world under the sea. Staged by Artistic Director Kevin R. Hauge, this production will be a holiday treasure for the entire family to enjoy. Montgomery Theater, 271 S. Market St.; (408) 288-5437; www.cmtsj.org/tickets

Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 10.48.13 PMDec. 2 – Mar. 13 – Custom Lives: Rasquache Renaissance
An exhibition that explores the many ways we customize ourselves, our lives and the environment around us. Artists include DZINE, Marcos Gaitan, Sergio Garcia, Luis Gispert, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Melina Ramirez, Betsabeé Romero and Ana Serrano. Free. MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, 510 S. First St., (408) 998-2783; www.maclaarte.org
Park at South First and I-280 lot or Second and San Carlos Garage

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Local musicians of every genre, full bar service, and free admission. Most Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Tabard Events/Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St.; (408) 679-2330; www.tabardtheatre.org
Park at Market-San Pedro Garage

sjmade_epicmarket2015_squareDec. 12 and 19 – The San Jose Holiday Epicurean Markets
High quality intimate markets filled with locally crafted packaged food goods. Check out the holiday tasting menu provided by Whole Foods and taste beers at the Mission Creek Brewery Taproom. Whole Foods on The Alameda; http://www.sanjosemade.com

sjmade_craftmarket2015_sqDec. 12-13 and 19-20 – The San Jose Holiday Craft Markets
High quality intimate markets filled with locally designed and crafted goods. Find us in the main entry space at San Pedro Square Market; http://www.sanjosemade.com

2014.09.07_defeojay_detailsnakerivercanyon_2Dec. 10 Gallery Talk: Diebenkorn in the Bedroom, Defeo in the Den
Marja van der Loo, curatorial associate, will discuss highlights of the collection generously donated to SJMA by Dixon and Barbara Farley. The Farley’s personal collection, which hung in their home, includes works by Richard Diebenkorn, Jay DeFeo, Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston, and many others. San Jose Museum of Art; 110 S. Market St.; (408) 271-6840; www.sjmusart.org
Park at Market-San Pedro Garage

Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 11.04.10 PMDec. 11 – Winterdance, The Show
Molly’s Revenge will present an evening of music, song and dance associated with the festive season. The performance will include Christmas songs both old and new, all played with a Celtic twist. The Celtic combo Charmas Trio will be opening. Trinity Cathedral, 81 N. 2nd St. More info.

holiday_teaDec. 12 – Heritage Holiday Champagne Tea
Enjoy a traditional tea with scones, finger sandwiches and sweets, featuring exclusive blends by Satori Tea, champagne by Guglielmo Winery, and served by the players of Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company. Later, tour historic houses decorated for the holidays. Seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets required. Renzel Room at the Pacific Hotel at History Park, 1650 Senter Road, (408) 287-2290; www.historysanjose.org

diy-art-festive-family_1Dec. 12 – DIY Art: Festive Family Fun
Explore the craft of foil embossing with SJMA this holiday season. Learn a new skill and design your own metallic patterns to decorate cards and envelopes during this drop-in workshop. San Jose Museum of Art; 110 S. Market St.; (408) 271-6840; www.sjmusart.org
Park at Market-San Pedro Garage

Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 11.02.01 PMDec. 12 – 11th Annual Carols in the California
Join Artistic Director Elena Sharkova and the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, along with members of Symphony Silicon Valley for an exciting and festive program featuring Handel’s Zadok the Priest, and The Many Moods of Christmas, a beautiful arrangement of traditional carols created by legendary choral director Robert Shaw and arranged by Broadway orchestrator Robert Russell Bennett. California Theatre, 345 S. First St.; (408) 286-2600; www.symphonysiliconvalley.org

1781979_1493020847591210_1371181282_nDec. 12 – 23 Season of Hope Cathedral Performance Series
The historic Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph celebrates its 20th year of offering free nightly soul-satisfying multicultural musical concerts during the holidays. 80 S. Market St.; (408) 283-8100; www.stjosephcathedral.org
Park at Market-San Pedro Garage

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 1.33.31 PMDec. 12 – 27 – Silicon Valley Ballet: The Nutcracker
Nearly 100 dancers fill the stage with classic holiday magic and season surprises! With re-imagined sets and costumes, Karen Gabay’s stylish, smart staging brings a fresh perspective to this timeless holiday tale. Ticket prices range from $25 to $110 with discounts available for youth, seniors, and groups of 10 or more. Special family performances with reduced pricing in certain sections on December 12, 23, and 26. Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd.; (408) 288-2800;siliconvalleyballet.org/the-nutcracker
Park at Woz-Almaden lot or Convention Center Garage

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 1.33.58 PMDec. 13 – TiVo “Santa Run Silicon Valley”
Sign up the whole family for this fun and festive 5K run/walk. Try to imagine people dressed as Santa, elves, reindeer and maybe even a Grinch or two running through downtown. It’s all in good humor, spirit and health, benefitting downtown’s favorite holiday traditions; Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice. After the race, stay downtown and enjoy Downtown for the Holidays.  Plaza de Cesar Chavez, Park Avenue, San Fernando Street and downtown streets; www.santarunsv.com

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 1.34.54 PMDec. 17 – Third Thursday: Holiday Music
Sounds of the season fill the galleries at this annual celebration, courtesy of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society. Take advantage of your member’s discount and finish your last-minute holiday shopping, then enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and cookies. San Jose Museum of Art; 110 S. Market St.; (408) 271-6840; www.sjmusart.org
Park at Market-San Pedro Garage

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 1.41.57 PMDec. 23 – X-Mas Comedy Bash 5 Year Anniversary
Back live at the San Jose Improv for it’s 5th year in a row! X-Mas Comedy Bash will feature one monster line-up headlined by Comedy Central’s Kabir Singh. A unique celebration of stand up comedy with a touch of the holiday spirit and some of the best comedians from LA and the Bay Area. The Jose Theatre, 62 S. 2nd St., (408) 280-7475; www.improv.com
Park at Third and Santa Clara (The Globe)

11609_Will_Durst__The_Big_lgDec. 31 – The Big Fat Year-End Kiss Off Comedy Show XXIII
Featuring: Will Durst, Debi Durst, Johnny Steele, Michael Bossier, Mari Magaloni, and Arthur Gaus. 6 and 9 p.m. Tabard Events/Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St.; (408) 679-2330; www.tabardtheatre.org
Park in Market-San Pedro Garage

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 1.44.29 PMDec. 31 Noon Year’s Eve
This night may belong to the adults, but the day belongs to the kids! Celebrate the arrival of 2016 with your whole family. Participate in our “countdown to noon across time zones” with family hugs, a noisy celebration, and the Museum’s version of the famous Ball Drop in Times Square! Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way; (408) 298-5437; www.cdm.org
Park at Woz/Hwy87 lot or Woz/Almaden lot

unnamed (1)Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve at Fairmont San Jose
Welcome the New Year with an over-the-top five course dinner, spectacular live entertainment, champagne, classic cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and more at Fairmont San Jose. Chose from our Pop The Champagne! Celebration or Dance the Night Away in the Lobby Lounge. The choice is yours! Fairmont San Jose, 170 S. Market St.; 408-998-3960; www.fairmont.com/san-jose/promotions/new-year/

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 1.45.54 PMJan. 3 – Feb. 28 – Beyond the Surface
This juried exhibition from the Northern California Surface Design Association (SDA) includes almost thirty artworks that display a wide range of fiber art techniques, in both two and three-dimensions. Artists in this exhibition explore new variations of traditional techniques–felting, weaving, knotting, stitching, dyeing, painting, printing, quilting, and embroidery–using modern materials, often to express contemporary social or political ideas. San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (SJMQT), 520 S. First St., (408) 971-0323; www.sjquiltmuseum.org
Park at South First-I280 lot or Second and San Carlos Garage

Jan. 3 – Feb. 28 – Earth, Water, Air, Fire
Since ancient times, the four classical elements of Earth, Water, Air, and Fire have been used as a way to organize and understand the miraculous mystery of life’s essence–the most basic, unchangeable fabrics of existence. The ARTful Women, Sandra Poteet, Gail Sims, Lin Schiffner and Ann Sanderson, have interpreted the classical elements in fiber art. Utilizing texture, color, cloth and thread each artist explored all four elements as a series, resulting in four distinct, artful interpretations. San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (SJMQT), 520 S. First St., (408) 971-0323; www.sjquiltmuseum.org
Park at South First-I280 lot or Second and San Carlos Garage

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 1.48.25 PMJan. 9-10 Celebration of “El Dia de los Tres Reyes Magos”
Bring the whole family to our Three Kings Day party, a two-day event complete with rosca de reyes bread, papel picado crafts, and community performers. Enjoy appearances by the Three Kings roving through the Museum distributing small goodies. Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way; (408) 298-5437; www.cdm.org
Park at Woz/Hwy87 lot or Woz/Almaden lot

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 1.49.19 PMJan. 15 – 17 – Raiders of the Lost Ark Live in Concert
The film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, is back and better than ever before! Relive the magic on the silver screen with the original great adventure with John Williams’ epic score performed live to picture by a full symphony orchestra! Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd. (408) 286-2600; www.symphonysiliconvalley.org


Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 1.50.46 PMJan. 15 – 24 – Swift Justice (World Premiere)
In 1933, Brooke Hart, heir to the Hart family fortune, was kidnapped after leaving his father’s downtown San Jose department store. What followed thrust the quiet town of San Jose into the national spotlight as the Hart family, local law enforcement, and the FBI scrambled to outpace the kidnappers, whose demands kept them at bay until they – and Brook Hart’s murder – were discovered.Based on the book Swift Justice, Murder and Vengeance in a California Town by veteran San Jose Mercury News reporter Harry Farrell, this dramatic play is written by former San Jose Mayor Tom McEnery. The Tabard Theatre Company/Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St.; (408) 679-2330; www.tabardtheatre.org
Park at Market-San Pedro Garage

More Holiday Fun

Galleries

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.06.40 PMAnno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design
366 S. First St., (408) 271-5155; www.galleryAD.com
Anno Domini has been both representing and promoting urban contemporary culture and its many faces since we opened our doors in 2000. What began as a space where new, emerging and often ignored artforms could flourish and be celebrated has come to be recognized nationally for consistent vision.

Higher Fire

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.07.48 PM499 S. Market St.; (408) 295-5765 www.higherfirestudios.com
Higher Fire is both a teaching studio and contemporary ceramics gallery featuring work made by instructors, members, local clay artists, and nationally recognized potters and sculptors. Stop by during South First Fridays.

Park at South First-I280 lot or Second and San Carlos Garage

KALEID gallery

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.08.08 PM88 S. 4th St., (408) 947-1785; www.kaleidgallery.com
Over 60 fine artists and designers from the San Jose area make use of a 6,000 square foot retail space with individual exhibits that include painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry and textile art. The artists range from young and emerging, to seasoned and well-accomplished. All artwork is for sale and may be taken at the time of purchase.

MACLA / Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.08.26 PM510 S. First St., (408) 998-2783 main; (408) 287-5819 gallery; www.maclaarte.org
MACLA is an inclusive contemporary arts space grounded in the Chicano/Latino experience that incubates new visual, literary, and performance art in order to engage people in civic dialogue and community transformation. Celebrate MACLA’s 25th anniversary season.
Park at South First-I280 lot or Second and San Carlos Garage

The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.09.04 PM560 S. First St., (408) 283-8155; www.sjica.org
The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is an energetic art space dedicated to making contemporary art accessible and exciting to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. ICA presents exhibitions that include visually compelling and conceptually challenging contemporary art, as well as a variety of educational programs intended to help our audiences reflect upon these works.

Park at South First-I280 lot or Second and San Carlos Garage

Works/San Jose

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.10.14 PM451 S. First St., (408) 286-6800; www.workssanjose.org
A community art and performance center dedicated to providing an environment where artists, audience, and ideas interact to expand the scope of cultural and artistic experience.

Museums

Children’s Discovery Museum

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.10.41 PM180 Woz Way, (408) 298-5437; www.cdm.org
With over 150 interactive exhibits and programs the museum serves the needs of children, families and schools as a center for learning and discovery.
Park at Woz/Hwy87 lot or Woz/Almaden lot

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.11.08 PMPeralta Adobe – Fallon House Historic Site
175 W. St. John St., (408) 918-1041 www.historysanjose.org
Uniquely situated across the street from one another, and now the centerpiece of San Pedro Square Market, discover two rich periods of San Jose’s past.

San Jose Museum of Art

110 S. Market St., (408) 271-6840; www.sjmusart.org

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.12.27 PMThe San Jose Museum of Art celebrates new ideas, stimulates creativity, and inspires connection with every visit. Welcoming and thought-provoking, the Museum rejects stuffiness and delights visitors with its surprising and playful perspective on the art and artists of our time.

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 8.17.48 PM520 S. First St., (408) 971-0323; www.sjquiltmuseum.org
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is the nexus for fiber artists, art lovers, quilters, and crafters who share a passion for fiber art and deep commitment to its preservation and evolution. The museum has compelling exhibitions along with a set of classes for all ages. Stop by and check it out.

Park at South First-I280 lot or Second and San Carlos Garage

The Tech Museum of Innovation

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.27.15 PM201 S. Market St., (408) 294-8324; www.thetech.org
The Tech Museum of Innovation is one of the nation’s premier science and technology museums, with hands-on experiences, floor programs, and the largest IMAX® dome screen in the West. Explore the digital you in our new exhibition, Body Metrics, where you can measure your moods and motions with wearable tech that helps you reveal your digital identity, examine human connections, and become a healthier you.

Park at Convention Center Garage or Second San Carlos Garage

Cinemas

Camera 12 Cinemas

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.27.59 PM201 S. 2nd St., (408) 998-3300; www.cameracinemas.com
Downtown’s 12-screen, state-of-the-art movie theater specializes in the latest Hollywood releases and independent film. Features Sony Digital Cinema 4K projection, RealD 3D, and stadium seating in all auditoriums. Open daily. Host of the annual Cinequest San Jose Film Festival.
Park at Second San Carlos Garage

Camera 3 Entertainment

288 S. 2nd St., (408) 998-3300; www.cameracinemas.com
Downtown’s two-screen arthouse theater specializes in exclusive foreign, independent and documentary films, as well as a year-round Cult Movie Series, monthly screenings of “The Room” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (with the Barely Legal cast), and twice-monthly Opera and Ballet in Cinema events. Psycho Donuts runs concessions, and features unique, wacky donuts, espresso drinks, beer and wine. Open daily.

The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater at The Tech Museum of Innovation

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.28.30 PM201 S. Market St., (408) 294-8324; www.thetech.org
Experience adventure, drama and emotion with the largest IMAX dome theater in the West, including 13,000 watts of digital surround sound. Now playing: “ Humpback Whales”, “Jerusalem”, “Robots” and coming in December “Star Wars The Force Awakens”.

Park at Convention Center Garage or Second San Carlos Garage

Comedy Clubs

ComedySportz

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.28.52 PMCamera 3, 288 S. 2nd St., 408-985-LAFF; www.comedysportzsanjose.com

This holiday season, America’s premiere comedy showcase and restaurant hosts Gilbert Gottfried, Steve Bryne, Tommy Davidson, John Heffron, DJ Cooch, and New Year’s Eve with Erik Griffin.
Park at Third and Santa Clara (The Globe)

San Jose Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre 

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.29.42 PMThe Jose Theatre, 62 S. 2nd St., (408) 280-7475; www.improv.com

This holiday season, America’s premiere comedy showcase and restaurant hosts Aries Spears, Rex Navarrete, Bret Ernst, Adam Carolla, Pablo Francisco, Mitch Fatel, Bobby Lee and more.

Sports, Events & Entertainment

sharks

Nov. – Jan.— San Jose Sharks – 7 and 7:30 p.m.

Catch a professional hockey game this season. The Sharks are in town with more than 20 exciting home games. SAP Center at San Jose. (408) 287-9200; www.sjsharks.com

Nov. – Jan.— San Jose Barracuda

The Barracuda are in town with more than 15 home games. SAP Center at San Jose. (408) 287-7070; sjbarracuda.com

SAP Center at San Jose

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525 W. Santa Clara St.; (408) 287-9200; www.sapcenteratsanjose.com

Dec. 13 – Alejandro Fernandez
Jan. 15-24 – Harlem Globetrotters

California Theatre

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345 S. First St.; (408) 792-4111; sanjosetheaters.org

Park at South First-I280 lot or Second and San Carlos Garage

Dec. 12 – Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale: Carols in the California 2015
Dec. 14 – Chris Tomlin Christmas Concert
Jan. 23-24 – Symphony Silicon Valley: Schubert, Bruch & Hindemith

Center for the Performing Arts

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 10.18.49 PM255 Almaden Blvd.; (408) 792-4111; sanjosetheaters.org

Dec. 12-27 – Silicon Valley Ballet: The Nutcracker
Jan. 1-3 – Shen Yun Performing Arts 2016 World Tour
Jan. 5-10 – Pippin
Jan. 29-Feb. 4 – The Wizard of Oz

City National Civic

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 10.11.27 PM135 W. San Carlos St.; (408) 792-4111; sanjosetheaters.org

Dec. 10 – MIX 106.5’s Very Merry Mixxer
Dec. 18 – So You Think You Can Dance
Dec. 20 – Cheap Trick
Jan. 1-2 Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales
Jan. 10 – Jack Hanna’s Into The Wild Live!

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 10.12.33 PMMontgomery Theater

271 S. Market St.; (408) 792-4111; sanjosetheaters.org
Park at Second-San Carlos or Convention Center Garages

Dec. 4-13 – CMT: Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Marquee Production)
Dec. 20 – Charles Dickens’ Scrooge: One Christmas Carol

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 10.13.48 PMThe Event Center at San Jose State University

290 S. Seventh St.; (408) 924-6360; www.union.sjsu.edu/ec/

Dec. 11 – Eason Chan

More to Do 

Districts

san-pedro-squareSan Pedro Square & Vicinity

San Jose’s restaurant row, new urban market and weekly Downtown San Jose Farmers’ Market (Fridays, May to November) fill the district with good cheer and a vibrant street scene. 

Downtown_San_JoseHistoric District & Vicinity

Tucked among downtown’s grandest buildings on the grid bounded by Market, Santa Clara, Fourth and San Fernando streets, find craft beers, wine tasting, diamond jewelry, ice cream sandwiches, dozens of restaurants, bars, comedy and dance clubs.

sofaSoFA (South First Area) & Vicinity

Art galleries, restaurants, nightclubs, cafes, South First Fridays and the California Theatre light up the SoFA District, defining downtown’s entertainment experience. Exercise options such as yoga, martial arts and rock-climbing keep things hopping day and night.

San_Jose_Convention_CenterConvention & Cultural District

Make a day of museum and park exploring, spa pampering, paseo strolling, film screening and performance viewing. Three museums, a cinema multiplex, performing arts theaters and the top hotels in Silicon Valley form a nucleus for fun and relaxation. 

downloadSt. James Park & Vicinity

Hidden treasures reveal historic architecture, new residences and gems such as English pubs, a German beerhouse, breakfast goodies and even a clothing store for the working class. The shaded namesake park is the center of many summertime special events.

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City Hall’s rotunda, fountain and plaza form an architectural gateway to San Jose State University, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, plus a diverse collection of eateries and shops.

marketSan Jose Market Center

The northern gateway to downtown bustles with activity at Target, Trader Joe’s, PetSmart, Michaels, Office Depot, Cost Plus World Market and other smaller stores and dining establishments in this popular shopping center

250px-Diridon_Station_San_JoseArena/Diridon Station & Vicinity

The hustle and bustle of the region’s top entertainment venue, SAP Center, is juxtaposed with the serenity of the Guadalupe River Park, meadows and Creekside trails.

Little-ItalyLittle Italy

The quaint village of Little Italy, a burgeoning district along River and Julian streets from the area’s original Italian neighborhood – plus the adjacent Guadalupe River Park and Gardens – appeals to those needing some peace, pace and pasta.

301857_390472647664184_324949664216483_1155383_112140653_nSan Pedro Square Market

Downtown’s public market features 20+ unique vendors selling everything from farm fresh vegetables to great sandwiches and beautiful imported kitchenware. The aromas of fresh ground coffee and wood-fired pizza fills three market halls. The Market presents weekly entertainment and showcases beautiful art created by first-rate artists and craftsmen. The Peralta Adobe Plaza offers outdoor seating where you can enjoy a morning coffee, a fabulous lunch, or an evening concert with dinner or a cocktail. Live music every Friday and Saturday. Also available to rent for holiday parties. 87 N. San Pedro Street; sanpedrosquaremarket.com

sofa-marketSoFA Market

Raise your spirits, re-energize and enjoy. The spirited vibe is unmistakable as you enter the Market where unique local vendors offer everything from craft beers to organic products to exceptional foods. Raise your spirits at Fountainhead with a hand crafted and architecturally inspired cocktail, a local beer or a glass of wine. Start your morning with San Jose’s best espresso-based drink at Veros Coffee or enjoy a healthy and tasty meal at Falafel Bar, or a hot bowl of authentic Japanese ramen. SoFA District. 387 S. First Street; sofamarketsj.com

Guadalupe_River_ParkGuadalupe River Park & Gardens

Ride, walk run or skate 2.6 miles of trails. Enjoy the public art. Watch the birds or romp in a playground. Stop and smell the roses, there’s 3,700 varieties to choose from in the Heritage Rose Garden. See the fruit trees that put this valley on the map in the Historic Orchard. Explore the latest in drought tolerant landscaping in the Courtyard Garden. Or cultivate your own plot in the Guadalupe Community Garden. Take a rest at one of the seven Sister City seating areas to simply watch the river flow. Don’t forget to stop by the Visitor Center to sign up for a class or pick up a map.438 Coleman Ave., (408) 298-7657; grpg.org

Getting Downtown & Parking

Downtown Parking Made Easy

Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 9.34.03 PMWith more than 24,000 convenient and affordable parking spaces in public and private facilities, it’s easy to find parking in downtown San Jose. Get parking validated at more than 100 downtown restaurants, retail businesses and the Camera Cinemas.

Find $5 flat rate parking after 6 p.m. and on weekends in these city-owned garages:

To find out more about these programs and to get up-to-date parking information, visit sjdowntownparking.com.

Take public Transit

Screen Shot 2015-11-29 at 10.23.14 PMVTA Light Rail and Buses run seven days a week and make several stops in downtown San Jose. The free Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) runs every 5 to 15 minutes from approximately 6:30 a.m. to 9:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on major holidays. For information and schedules, stop by the Downtown Customer Service Center at 55 W. Santa Clara St. weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or visit vta.org.

Bike Share

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 10.43.08 PMMore than 150 Bike Share bikes are parked at 15 auto- mated stations located throughout downtown. The bikes are available 24 hours a day. Simply swipe a credit card to “check out” the bike and return it at one of the stations. Downtown has several major bike lanes now, making it easy to get around. Please ride on the streets and in the bike lanes and not on sidewalks. For bike station maps and information, visit bayareabikeshare.com.

ecc pedicab sharksGrab a pedicab

Door-to-door pedicab service provides an affordable and convenient way to get around downtown. Knowledgeable drivers are happy to provide suggestions on downtown San Jose’s popular destinations. (408) 771-7723; ecocitycycles.com

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Taxi stands are conveniently located throughout the downtown core.