Okay, so this isn't exactly a scientific survey but it's pretty cool nonetheless. According to Shape magazine, San Jose ranked as the #1 most active city in the US and the #3 city for healthy eating. This data is coming from the 15 million foursquare users in the country. For the full article, click here.
Hat tip to Cassie for sending this in.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
The post below is from the San Pedro Square Market blog. This is excellent news for Downtown. In addition to our seasonal Friday Farmer's Market in the summer, we'll have a brand new peak-time Saturday market open all year round. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this develops in conjunction with the San Pedro Square Market. Also, a hat tip to Arlene for sending this news in.
Okay, so we know that we keep advertising for our Farmers' Market and how Spring is around the corner. Well folks, it is finally here! Saturday April 7th , is the opening day of the year-round, rain-or-shine Saturday Farmers' Market. Here is what you need to know:
It will be open 10am-2pm.
Located on W. St. John between N. Almaden and N. San Pedro, directly in front of SPSM.
Around 40-50 vendors, mostly farmers, prepared food, and flowers.
The timing of it is perfect for all you that work during the week! Get your grocery shopping done at the farmers market, then come enjoy the rest of your Saturday at the Market! Enjoy some lunch, drinks and entertainment here at SPSM since there is always something here to entertain you. We’ve even got some special surprises lined up for you during and after the Farmers' Market. We’ve got author signings, live music and so much more to make sure you have the best enjoyable weekend here at San Pedro Square Market.
Please note that this is a separate event from the Downtown Farmers Market that occurs seasonally on Fridays on San Pedro St.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Selcouth new work by Shannon Amidon
I’m a collector of the odd and beautiful, the repulsive, rare and mysterious; objects that occupy the space between familiar and bizarre. Inspired by the seventeenth century age of exploration and cabinets of curiosity, this series comes from place of discovery and wonder where insects, specimens and other objects come together and tell a story.
By interlacing art, science, and culture I explore the connection between man-made and natural objects; evoking a strong sense of nostalgia for the classic age of exploration and discovery.
Of War and Peace, The Truth Just Twists, It's Curfew Gull Just Glides a collection of paintings by André Hart
In the middle of lies and truth, the work embodies a painful awareness of maybe a social and personal outlook. The paintings–or more of a collection of stories–people know or should know around a plain and sometimes encrypted picture of the state of the world. Though I couldn't totally say what these stories are fully about in a more specific term, I like to keep things general but still obvious. I cannot self analyze my work to the fullest degree, but I could give some insight to it. In all, as an artist I could never single myself to one form of work or commit to a label, but I can assure the work is always with the intentions to bring much thought and insight.
Artists' Reception: Friday, April 6th, 7–11pm
featuring ambient and down tempo music provided by Mark Camp
(part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk)
Exhibition Dates: April 6–27, 2012
88 South Fourth Street (@ San Fernando)
San Jose, CA
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, noon -7pm, free admission
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
San Jose Stage Company presents the World Premiere Buffalo’ed, the untold story of Buffalo Soldiers in the Philippines
San Jose, CA --- March 20, 2012 --- San Jose Stage Company will present the World Premiere of Jeannie Barroga’s Buffalo'ed, in collaboration with Choreographer Alleuia Panis, which retells the story of the Buffalo Soldiers, descendants of American slaves who were stationed in the Philippines at the turn of the 20th Century during both the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars. The military presence of the U.S. Army's Buffalo Soldiers during the Philippine occupation is a little-known thread in the fabric of American history. The World Premiere performance of Buffalo’ed, opens April 7 at San Jose Stage Company.
Directed by Anthony J. Haney, Buffalo’ed is an American story told through three points of view (the Insurrectionists, the Buffalo Soldiers and the U.S. Army), Buffalo’ed expands on the Buffalo Soldiers' history with the 1898 U.S.-acquired Philippines. Within a six-month period, Filipino rebels and a select number of African-American soldiers engaged first as allies against Spain, and then, as in similar foreign occupations, against each other. This play highlights their mutual fates.
Buffalo’ed is told through dialogue, projected images and movement, specifically escrima movements, which were celebrated in social settings, without violating the “no assembly” law. During the the changeover from Spanish to U.S. occupation in the Philippines, public gatherings were banned. Social dances were allowed and used by rebels to practice self-defense moves. These activities, shown theatrically, how native rebels inventively responded to martial law, in a manner that was approved and accepted, but ultimately, was revolutionary.
The collaborators’ (Barroga/Playwright) and (Panis/Choreographer) vision for the new work was to investigate and explore this pivotal moment in history and create a compelling work that evokes conversation.
The commissioning and production of this World Premiere is made possible by The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Playwright Collaboration 2009 Initiative. Additional funding was provided by Applied Materials Foundation.
San Jose Stage Company, the Bay Area’s award-winning off-Broadway theatre, holds the opening Gala on Saturday, April 7 at 8 PM with previews beginning Wednesday and Thursday, April 4 and 5 at 7:30 PM and Friday, April 6 at 8 PM. Buffalo’ed runs through April 29, 2012.
The cast includes Amielynn Abellera, David Arrow*, Carmichael ‘CJ’ Blankenship*, Elizabeth Carter*, Clarissa Chun, Clinton Derricks-Carroll*, Alexandria Diaz de Fato, Tim Hart, Nila Le, Gregory Manalo, Jed Parsario, Daniel Redmond, Adrian Roberts* and Rajiv Shah*.
The Stage is located at 490 South First Street at William Street in downtown San Jose’s South First (SoFA) area. Tickets are available through the Box Office by calling 408.283.7142 or online atwww.thestage.org between $20 and $45. Visa and MasterCard are accepted, and discounts are available for groups, students and seniors. The theatre is handicapped accessible.
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*Member of Actors’ Equity Association
Playwright Jeannie Barroga is a member of Dramatists Guild and a nationally-produced playwright, teacher, director and video producer. She has written sixty-two plays, and her work has been published, anthologized and produced nationally and internationally. Today, Barroga plays an active role in many theater groups in Northern California and across the nation.
Alleluia Panis collaborated with Barroga and is a nationally reknowned choreographer who is at home in both Filipino tribal/traditional arts, such as escrima, and American contemporary forms. She has received awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, California Arts Council and Creative Work Fund. She has created fifteen full-length dance theater works since 1985, which have been performed on main stages in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Director Anthony J. Haney is a multiple award-winning actor and director. He directed Intimate Apparel and Crowns for TheatreWorks, as well as a commercial revival of Crowns at San Francisco’s Marines Memorial Theatre. He also directed musical tributes to Ben Vereen, Della Reese and Ruby Dee at The Nate Holden Theater in Los Angeles. He has numerous credits with TheatreWorks as well as a seven-year stint as the company’s Associate Artistic Director. He has also appeared at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Magic Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre and the Edinburgh Festival, as well as with the San Francisco Mime Troupe (National Tour). He has also appeared in episodic television, films and dozens of national commercials.
Assistant Director/Dramaturg Norman Gee returns to The Stage, where he was last seen onstage in MacBeth. He is the Artistic Director of Oakland Public Theater. He began development work with the Bay Area Playwrights Foundation, and has worked on new plays with companies including Word for Word and Thick Description. Gee has collaborated on various solo pieces with the AfroSolo Arts Festival and currently develops historical projects with the Hillside Club in Berkeley.
Production Stage Manager Jaimie L. Johnson* serves as San Jose Stage Company Production Stage Manager. Her stage management credits for The Stage include Buried Child, Cabaret andAvenue Q. Prior to her work for The Stage, she served a Resident Stage Manager for TheatreWorks. She has a Bachelor of Arts from St. Cloud State University and been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association for over 10 years.
Composer Richard Marriott has written five productions for choreographer Della Davidson, collaborated with Yoshiko Chuma in A Page Out of Order and scored Momenta String Quartet’sCity of Paper for choreographer Yin Mei. His operas include Divide Light, Lan Ling and Godmachine. He has also written two operas for Overtone Industries in Los Angeles. He is currently composing The Passion of Miriam with Iranian director Mohammad Ghaffari and librettist Ruth Margraff, which will premiere September 2013.
Set Designer Michael Palumbo designed the sets for San Jose Stage Company’s Cabaret, The Seafarer, and The Turn of the Screw as well as the lighting for Buried Child, On the Waterfront, The Pillowman, and more. He has also designed lighting and scenery for Marin Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, Opera San Jose, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Sacramento Opera, Aurora Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, Diablo Theatre Company, Shotgun Players, Pacific Repertory Theatre, TheatreFirst, Inferno Theatre, Teatro Visión, Palo Alto Players, Solano College Theatre/Harbor Theatre, City Lights Theater Company of San Jose and Bus Barn Stage Company.
Sound Designer Steve Schoenbeck designed the sound for San Jose Stage Company’s Rock N’ Roll. He has designed sound for San Jose Repertory Theatre, TheatreWorks, American Conservatory Theater, SF Playhouse, Marin Theatre Company, Culture Clash and Edinburgh’s Assembly Theatre, among others. He has also designed sound for short films and animation, and mixed numerous musicals. He is currently the Resident Sound Supervisor at the San Jose Rep.
Light Designer Maurice Vercoutere designed the lights for the World Premieres of Lolita Roadtrip and Tenders in the Fog at San Jose Stage Company, for which he received the Dean Goodman Award for Lighting. He was a Resident Lighting Designer at Sacramento Theatre Company and The Western Stage. He has designed for many theatres throughout the Bay Area including TheatreWorks, Marin Theatre Company, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Civic Arts Repertory Company, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa Repertory Theatre, Theatre on the Square and Magic Theatre.
Costume Designer Michele Wynne designed the costumes for San Jose Stage Company’s Buried Child, Cabaret, Lolita Roadtrip, Rock ‘N’ Roll, The Turn of the Screw, The Diary of Anne Frank and more. Her other local designs include performances for The Marin Theatre Company, for The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and the Lamplighters Music Theatre. She served as the associate costume designer on the original Broadway production of Urinetown, The Musical, the national tour of Disney’s Aida and six seasons on Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. Wynne taught costume design at New York University’s Program in Educational Theatre.
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About San Jose Stage Company:
Founded in 1983, San Jose Stage Company is recognized as The Bay Area's Premiere Off-Broadway Theatre, and known for its devotion to new and cutting-edge work and for its commitment to showcasing high-quality local talent. In 1986, San Jose Stage Company set precedence as the first arts organization to negotiate and receive support from the Redevelopment Agency and the City of San Jose when over $500,000 was appropriated in support of the development of a new 200-seat theatre featuring a 3/4-thrust stage, which opened in 1990. Now in its 29th Season, SJSC continues to center its operations in this facility and has successfully produced over 138 productions and premiered 44 new works, including 11 world premieres and is acclaimed for maintaining high artistic standards, investing in local talent and supporting the region’s community of working artists while taking artistic risks. In addition to its core programming, San Jose Stage Company offers five core education and outreach programs and has housed over 200 independent performance groups. San Jose Stage Company is a vital force in the community and has earned a reputation for artistic excellence by providing high-quality, edgy theatrical experiences that engage, educate and provoke audiences. San Jose Stage Company serves an audience base of 30,000 and is recognized as a leader in the arts for a theatre of its size. For more information www.thestage.org
Monday, March 26, 2012
Very interesting read below. This organization looks like it can add tremendous value to San Jose. After reading the article below, if you would like to get involved, just click this link.
Announcing the Launch of SPUR San Jose
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Who: Everyone is invited to sell, shop or barterWhat: paint, paper, studio furniture, frames, tools, fabric, craft supplies, equipment, building materials, film, if an artist can use it then it's fair game.
Why: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Where: KALEID Gallery at 88 South 4th Street, San Jose,
When: Saturday March 31st 1:00pm-6:00pm
Open to the public admission free
It’s time for some Spring cleaning. Clean out your studio and head over to KALEID Gallery for a good old fashioned Art Supply Swap Meet!
Just $10 a space for anyone wishing to sell, and we accept donations of art supplies if you can't make it.
Info for participants:
Space is limited, sign up by March 28th to participate.
You must provide your own table
You are responsible for all sales
Set up is from 12:00-1:00pm
Break Down 6:00-7:00pm
For more information or to participate contact Shannon Amidon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment can be made before the event at KALEID Gallery by stopping in the gallery or callingwith your credit card. All fees must be paid by March 30th.
88 South Fourth Street (@ San Fernando)
San Jose, CA
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, noon -7pm, free admission
Saturday, March 24, 2012
from Veggielution by julia
April 13th, 2012 7pm – 10pm
$10 online, $12 at the doorThe evening will unfold at The Armory 240 N 2nd St San Jose, CA 95112 Click Here to Purchase Tickets!
- a pushing of the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo
- innovative and ahead of the majority
- a group of people who invent or promote new techniques or concepts
Ignite your senses for a night of visualizing food and feasting upon art…Devour a variety of farm fresh treats prepared by talented local chefs, and enjoy a silent art auction featuring farm-inspired art produced by visionary local artists. Avant Garden harnesses San Jose’s creative talent to support Veggielution’s growing Community Farm. We are pushing the boundaries of food justice by redefining our relationship with our land, our food, and each other.
Come experience a new way to think about food in our community, through the taste of our Spring harvest, and captivating visual artistry!
Kids ages 12 and under get in free! If you buy your ticket online we will add 1 free Food Ticket to get you started. Additional Food Tickets can be purchased for $3 each at the event. Event Tickets also available at the door.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Dishcrawl has exploded over the last year and they continue to innovate and add new events to their ever growing lineup for foodies. In May they are going to launch a self-guided crawl featuring over 10 restaurants in the San Pedro Square Area. More details below: