Thursday, November 14, 2019

Steinway Society Announces Performer Change for Nov 17th Concert

SAN JOSE, CA – Korean pianist Changyong Shin will be the featured artist in the third concert of the Steinway Society 25th Anniversary Season on Sunday, November 17. He will replace Heejae Kim, who is unable to perform due to a hand injury. 

The concert will be held November 17, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. at Independence High School in San Jose. A pre-concert talk will start at 1:45 p.m. The artist will meet with audience members following the concert for questions and photos.

“We are thrilled that we are able to secure a pianist of the caliber of Changyong Shin to the South Bay on such short notice,” said Kathy Wilson, Steinway Society president. “We wish Heejae Kim a quick recovery from her recent injury.”

Born in Korea, Changyong Shin was the 2016 First Prize Winner of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and has taken first prize at numerous other global competitions. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in November 2016, receiving a standing ovation, and has performed in prestigious venues throughout Europe and Asia. He is also an accomplished chamber musician and has performed with groups in Korea, Paris, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco and other U.S. cities. 

"He alternates between extreme fire and melting sensitivity, each of which gains by contrast to the other."
New York Concert Review
WHO: Steinway Society presents CHANGYONG SHIN
WHAT: Piano concert  
WHEN: Sunday, November 17, 2019, at 2:30 p.m.  Pre-concert lecture (1:45 p.m.). Meet-the-artist time follows the concert.
WHERE: Independence High School Theater, 617 North Jackson Avenue, San Jose, CA 
TICKETS/INFO: Single Tickets: $40-$60. Senior/Student Discounts Available. Student Rush $10, thirty minutes prior to performance. or 408-300-5635

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109  
Vivace ma non troppo – Adagio espressivo
Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung. Andante molto cantabilie et espressivo

Nocturne in B major, Op. 62, No. 1 
Scherzo No. 4  I E major, Op. 54


Gaspard de la Nuit 
Goyescas No. 1 “Los Requiebros”

PHOTO: Courtesy of Steinway Society.
 Acclaimed Korean performer Changyong Shin will appear in San Jose on November 17th as part of the Steinway Society’s 25th Anniversary Season.
Musical Link:   Chopin Nocturne in B major Op. 62 No. 1

Steinway Society - The Bay Area is a nonprofit organization based in Silicon Valley. Now entering its 25th season, this dedicated group of musicians, pianists, teachers and arts lovers promotes excellence in piano performance and music education. Each season, Steinway Society presents a series of classical piano concerts featuring international award-winning pianists, as well as an active school program. For more information on Season Subscriptions, the artists, and Steinway Society, go to

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

November 2019 Downtown Dimension Highlights

The latest addition of Downtown Dimension is now live. Below is a summary of the content this month:

The NOVEMBER 2019 Downtown Dimension is now available at:
  • Google submitted its application this month to develop the west side of downtown San Jose.  We offered highlights in the last edition, but this time, we have some juicy details of the plans that nobody else reported.
  • Google's not the only business making plans.  Take a look at the latest from Acquity Realty, San Jose Stage, KT Urban, Urban Community/Terrascape Ventures and Boston Properties.
  • SJDA Board President Michael Rewkiewicz has some thoughts on improving the East Santa Clara Street corridor between Market Street and City Hall.
  • Downtown Ice opens Nov. 15 in the Circle of Palms.  Make that Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice, presented by Alaska Airlines in association with Google, First Tech Credit Union and Swenson.
  • Several businesses downtown are taking donations of basic supplies to Welcome Home the first tenants of the Villas on the Park, 83 units for the previously homeless.  SJDA and PATH are partnering on this program - through Nov. 15!
  • SJDA's financial report going into FY 2019-20 looks solid.
  • San Jose Downtown Foundation's signature Downtown Doors has won another award, this one from the Cornerstone of the Arts.
  • MOMENT at San Pedro Squared also won another award, this one from the International Downtown Association.
Please save the date:  Dec. 13, 8 a.m. at the Hammer Theatre -- when SJDA hosts its annual Year-End Meeting.  RSVP to attend at
  • Live and Local SJ live music
  • Traffic alerts lane and road closures.
  • Maps of downtown commercial property availability and development proposals.
  • Boom City: SJDA's continuing summary of new downtown building proposals and west side acquisitions, 
Downtown Dimension is a leading source for information about downtown San Jose news, events and businesses.  Subscribe with a simple email to, subject line:  Subscribe
Copyright © 2019 San Jose Downtown Association, All rights reserved.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice returns for 24th season!

Iconic outdoor ice rink open daily Nov. 15, 2018 - Jan. 12, 2019

SAN JOSE – Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice will be front and center among downtown San Jose holiday attractions from Nov. 15 through Jan. 12.

Kristi Yamaguchi, the 1992 Olympic gold medal winner in women’s figure skating, will celebrate the opening of San Jose’s ice season with sponsors on Nov. 18 at 6 p.m.

Yamaguchi adds her name to support the rink for the ninth time, and her Always Dream Foundation will again be a rink beneficiary.

This will be Downtown Ice’s 16th year in the Circle of Palms and 24th year overall.  More than 50,000 skaters and 120,000 of their friends are expected to visit the ice this season.  The rink generates more than $4 million in economic impact to San Jose.

As usual, the palms of the Circle of Palms will be lit with thousands of color-changing LED lights for skaters who pay one fee for unlimited skating time and skate rental.

Admission costs $18 for adults and $15 for children 10 years and younger.
Downtown Ice is presented by Alaska Airlines in association with Google, First Tech Credit Union and Swenson.

Proceeds from the Dec. 16 Santa Run Silicon Valley help support Downtown Ice.  Sign up at

During November, early December and after the holidays in January, Downtown Ice is open 5-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5 p.m.-midnight on Friday; noon-midnight on Saturday; and noon-9 p.m. on Sunday.  During the winter break, the rink is open 11 a.m.-midnight daily.  Special hours apply to the holidays. 

The rink phone number is (408) 610-4055 Details are at

Parking information is at


Children 10 & younger, Seniors and Military: $15
10 years & older: $18
Bring your own skates: $10
Cash, Paypal, Visa, Mastercard and Discover Card accepted. Admission includes ice time and rental skates (skate sizes range from toddler 8 to men's 15) 
Skate all you want (no in-and-out privileges). First-come, first-serve.

Address (starting November 16):  120 S. Market St., San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: (408) 279-1775 (SJDA); (408) 610-4055 (rink, starting Nov. 15)


The San Jose Downtown Association (SJDA), established 1986, is a non-profit group of business and property owners working to improve the vitality and livability of downtown San Jose. SJDA advocates on issues that affect downtown business and property owners; enhances the image of downtown and attract new visitors through year-round marketing, public relations, and special events; and collaborates with its Property-Based Improvement District (PBID) for ongoing improvements to downtown’s cleanliness, security, aesthetics and delivery of services.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Verizon breaks ground on a new San Jose campus

The Coleman Highline will soon be home to a 640,000 SQFT tech campus for Verizon. The development is right next to Avaya Stadium and is conveniently close to both the airport, Downtown San Jose, and a future BART stop.

They are also in good company as Roku is moving their headquarters to the Coleman Highline project as well. At 730,000 SQFT, Roku made one of the largest investments in San Jose real estate this decade. Of course, these deals will be dwarfed by Google and perhaps others over the coming years.

Construction work on the Verizon buildings began two weeks ago and should be complete by 2021.

Source: San Jose Inside

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Twitter is opening an office at Santana Row

Yet another tech giant is dipping their toes into San Jose. Twitter is leasing around 30,000 SQFT in Santana Row, which is enough for 150 to 200 employees.

This is leading to rumors that they are eyeing the massive 360,000 SQFT Santana West project across the street. That would make quite a nice second headquarters, similar to Splunk--one of their Santana Row neighbors. Eventually Santana West will have a million SQFT of office space which is plenty of room for a tech company to stretch out into.

Source: SVBJ

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Santana Row Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 19th

SAN JOSE, Calif. – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Santana Row! Santa’s little elves are preparing for another bustling holiday season this year and excitement is in the air. First, mark your calendars for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony which will take place on Tuesday, November 19 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.! This celebrated and well-attended event is FREE and open to all.

Gather family and friends for an evening of live music, costumed characters and more.  Festivities include digital photos with The Grinch, a character meet & greet, balloons and face painting, plus a special performance of The Nutcracker!

Experience the magic of the holidays as Santana Row lights up the night, coupled with a snow shower of confetti and more. The tree lighting main stage performance will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Santana Row Park with the lighting of the tree at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Head to Santana Row early on the day of the Tree Lighting Ceremony for a special Elf Scavenger Hunt through participating shops beginning at 3PM!  Pick up your scavenger hunt from the Santana Row Concierge. Visit each location and find the Elf that is hiding. Once you find the Elf, make sure to get a sticker from that shop or restaurant. Find all the Elf’s, return your scavenger hunt to the Santana Row Concierge and receive a special holiday prize! PLUS – one lucky person will win a $250 Santana Row Gift Card! *One winner will be selected and notified by Wednesday, November 20th. 

It’s a good evening to start your holiday shopping too.  Customers who spend $300 or more on Tuesday, November 19th will receive two tickets to San Jose Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker.

The holidays are about so much more than just stockings and gifts, it’s a time of comradery and joy. A time for spreading love and sharing moments with those who mean the most. Come join alongside neighbors in celebrating holiday spirit as the 40-foot Christmas tree illuminates the San Jose sky.

For more information on the Santana Row Tree Lighting Ceremony, visit: (no Tree Lighting event page on SR website to link to!). For additional information, text or call the Santana Row Concierge at (408) 551-4611.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

SJC's second lounge is now open

San Jose International has an amenity it has never had before--a second travel lounge! The Club SJC has been around for several years and has won a handful of international awards. It's located on the 3rd floor across from the international gates (Gate 15) and has a full bar, food, nice restrooms and showers, and even a great view. It just has one issue... it's doing so well that it is often very full.

The solution was to build a second "The Club SJC" in front of Gate A8. Ironically this is the same space as San Jose's only previous airport lounge, the American Airlines Admirals Club, which was only around when American had a hub in San Jose. Unlike the former Admirals Club, the new lounge is open to anyone for a fee ($39 per person I believe) and provides MUCH better amenities.

The food and snacks at The Club SJC are very good by lounge standards and there is an open bar for visitors with cocktails (bourbon and ginger-ale is default drink there). The new lounge has plenty of comfortable seats, an area with desks and power outlets for work, and a quiet/napping zone. I also found the service to be excellent when I used the lounge a couple weeks ago. There is no better place to hang out in SJC while waiting for your flight.

My only request, would be for them to build another lounge on the other side of the airport in the middle of the B gates. It's an especially long walk between the six temporary gates Southwest is using to either of the lounges. Even then, it's worth it for a snack, drink, and some relaxation before your flight.

If you want to get access to these lounges for free, I highly recommend the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card. Every time you fly, you get access for up to three people into either of the San Jose lounge as well as lounges in just about any major airport in the world (SFO and Oakland included). It has a high annual fee, but you get annual perks easily worth double the fee even if you just travel two or three times a year. If you're interested, here is the link.

Source: SVBJ

Monday, November 4, 2019

KT Urban proposes a 1.15 million SQFT tower

A prolific developer is looking to transform a corner at Almaden and Woz way into either an office or residential project, or perhaps even a combination of both. They have a preliminary site development plan with three options for the 2.6-acre parcel:

1.) All-office: 20-story, 1.15 million SQFT office tower with 977,000 SQFT of net office space.
2.) Mixed-use: 27-story office ower with 500,000 SQFT of net office space and a 27-story residential tower with 300 residential units and 300 hotel rooms.
3.) All-residential: A 27-story residential tower with 750 units.

I'm most excited by option 2, but honestly any of these three would be an asset to the Downtown San Jose area. KT Urban is working to secure city approval by the fourth quarter of 2020 and there is no publicized target date for construction.

Source: SVBJ

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween 2019!! + Halloween in the Park (Part XII)

Happy Halloween everyone, hope you have a blast tonight!

Usually in October we have a wish-list post for Halloween in the Park. The idea is to build on the momentum that Christmas in the Park brings to San Jose each year and create something of similar scale for the month of October with Halloween in the Park! A lot of the infrastructure such as wiring, lighting, and booths might even be able to be shared between the events. The goal would be to make Downtown San Jose the epicenter of October Halloween experiences.

Below you will find brainstorming ideas we have collected for this concept so far over the years. Please have a look and provide your feedback and suggestions in the comments. Thanks!

The largest draw to Downtown San Jose for many years now has been Christmas in the Park. It has continued to grow year after year and brings in visitors from all over the Bay Area. It's economic impact is substantial and helps keep many Downtown businesses and restaurants alive.

What would you think about a similar event for Halloween? Picture Downtown lit up in orange and purple with elaborate Halloween displays assembled by local artists. Perhaps infrastructure could even be shared with Christmas in the Park (e.g. retail booths). A strong event in October would help maintain traffic between the summer months and Christmas in the Park. 
Here are the ideas we have so far:
  • Animated Halloween Displays
    • Created by local artists
    • Analogous to the Christmas displays that attract many families during Christmas in the Park (almost half a million visitors)
    • Family friendly so that everyone can enjoy it (PG/PG13, perhaps around the same level as Great America Halloween Haunt)
    • Halloween Lighting
      • Orange, purple, and green LED lighting on trees
      • May be possible to use new programmable LED lighting that can go from Halloween colors to Christmas colors with the push of a button, allowing the lights to stay up for Christmas in the Park as well and reducing setup/take-down costs.
    • Halloween Food
      • Booths with candied apples, chocolates, candy, pumpkin seeds, etc.
      • Food trucks
      • Trick-or-treating station - a free piece of candy to anyone wearing a costume any day in October (could also be used to hand out promotional flyers for Downtown events/businesses/resources)
    • Retail Booths selling Halloween items, for example:
      • Artwork (paintings, glass pumpkins, etc.)
      • Home decor/crafts like candles
      • Light-up hats/necklaces/bracelets
      • Costumes
      • Zombie/Halloween make-up station 
    • Halloween-themed Carnival Games
      • Pirates of Emerson and Candlelighters (Fremont) do a good job of providing family-friendly games themed around Halloween
      • A handful of children's rides could also be added to the Paseo and reused for Christmas in the Park
    • Interactive Art
      • Subzero/ZERO1-style, but with a Halloween spin.
      • Halloween-themed video game kiosks and/or arcades
    • Pumpkins
      • Instead of the sponsored Christmas trees in Christmas in the Park, how about decorated Pumpkins (can even be Styrofoam so there is no mess/decay)?
      • Pumpkin carving station for families. 
      • Pumpkin carving contest.
    • Costumed Entertainers
      • Walking around the area, not necessarily scaring people but adding to the ambiance and providing photo opportunities for families
    • Haunts / Mazes
      • Would be ideal if these were nearby, perhaps in vacant retails spaces, surface parking lots, the San Jose Convention Center tent, or at SJSU.
      • Could partners with one of the established San Jose haunt providers such as Deadtime Dreams or The World's Largest Haunted House.
    • Potential Events
      • Zombie-O-Rama can be used to kick off Halloween in the Park (late Sep. / early Oct. time-frame)
      • Zombie Crawl
      • Dia De Los Muertos Events
      • Halloween/Dia De Los Muertos Bike Party
      • Horror Movie Trivia Contest
      • Weekly horror movie screening (perhaps in the Circle of Palms area?)
      • Costume Ball

      Wednesday, October 30, 2019

      113-room hotel proposed on Winchester Blvd

      A&Z Development LLC submitted a site development permit last month to build a six-story hotel at 1212 S. Winchester Blvd with 113 rooms and 78 parking spaces. This is located about a mile away from Santana Row and a mile from Downtown Campbell.

      We are in desperate need for more hotel rooms in Silicon Valley, so this is coming at the perfect time. The proposed hotel would also feature a ballroom, restaurants, and bar.

      Source: SVBJ

      Tuesday, October 29, 2019

      Holiday entertainment & décor at Santana Row

      Ho! Ho! Holiday! Entertainment & Décor at Santana Row

      Santana Row brings the community together with free events, life-sized holiday decor & entertainment for all to enjoy

      The Ho, Ho, Holidays are right around the corner, and Santana Row’s little elves have been hard at work planning & decorating.  With a season full of unique events and community entertainment, as well as life-size reindeers, camels and giraffes; Santana Row is the place you want to be this season. From the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony featuring a 40-foot tree and confetti snow shower, to Santa Paws benefitting Humane Society Silicon Valley, Santana Row’s calendar of events offers family entertainment that is both fun and philanthropic this holiday season.

      Where: Santana Row – 377 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128. 

      Event Contact: For more information, guests can text or call the Santana Row Concierge at (408) 551-4611.

      Rainy Day Rewards
      November 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020

      Enjoy rainy day rewards for shopping and dining this winter! If the chance of rain is 70% or more, it’s officially a ‘Rainy Day’ and discounts are sprinkled all over The Row. Rewards include:
      • 15% discount at participating shops and restaurants
      • A free signature Santana Row golf umbrella when customers spend $150 anywhere on The Row on a designated rainy day.  Present your same-date Santana Row receipts to the Santana Row Concierge to redeem. 

      MORE RAINY DAY FUN: On all rainy days on The Row, customers can pick up a complimentary umbrella to use while shopping and dining, and then return it before leaving. The bright yellow umbrellas are conveniently located throughout Santana Row – outside the Santana Row Concierge.
      Holiday Makers Market in the Park
      Saturday, November 2; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

      Bring your friends & family to this curated marketplace in Santana Row Park (across from Left Bank Brasserie) and shop local artists selling US Handcrafted goods like jewelry, handbags, ceramics, glassware, soaps, succulents and more! Enjoy the beautiful outdoor park and support local small businesses.

      30+ Local Artists | DIY Workshops | Live Music | Complimentary Wine & Bites inside the Makers Market store on Santana Row.
      Mommy & Me and Daddies too FREE Kids Club: Give Thanks
      Tuesday, November 12; 10 a.m. – noon

      Enjoy live entertainment before you embark on a Wild Turkey Scavenger Hunt throughout participating stores! Enjoy themed arts & crafts, face painting, balloon twisting, a live DJ and more! This month we also invite you to give back to your community by bringing a canned food item to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank!

      The kid’s club ends just in time for lunch. Mendocino Farms is offering Kid’s Eat Free all day on Tuesdays! *Must purchase one regular priced sandwich or salad entrée. Plus, stop in Rosie McCann’s for balloons and kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée.
      Tuesday, November 19; 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

      Enjoy an evening of live music, costumed characters, and FREE family activities at Santana Row’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Festivities include holiday photos with The Grinch, a special character meet & greet, an Elf Scavenger Hunt (begins at 3 p.m.), and guest performances by local theatre groups including a special showing of The Nutcracker by San Jose Dance Theatre!

      It’s a good evening to start your holiday shopping too. Spend $300 or more on Tuesday, November 19 and receive two tickets to San Jose Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker!

      Experience the magic of the holidays with loved ones as you watch Santana Row’s 40-foot Christmas tree light up the night, coupled with a snow confetti shower and more! The Tree Lighting main stage performance will begin at 7 p.m. in Santana Row Park with the lighting of the tree at approximately 7:30 p.m.
      One Warm Coat Drive
      November 29, 2019 – January 1, 2020

      Help keep the holidays warm. Beginning on Black Friday (Friday, November 29) throughout December, Santana Row will be collecting new or gently used coats for those in need this season. Drop off your coats throughout the season in the barrels located outside the Santana Row Concierge, CineArts Theatre & Crate and Barrel. One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that works to provide a free, warm coat to any person in need.
      Black Friday Gift with Purchase: Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil
      Friday, November 29

      Spend $1,000 or more on Black Friday (Friday, November 29) and receive a pair of tickets to AMALUNA by Cirque du Soleil performing in San Francisco in January 2020. Simply present your same-day receipts to the Santana Row Concierge to redeem. Tickets are available only while supplies last.   Plus, enjoy complimentary gift wrapping in the Via of Santana Heights by Cirque de Soleil from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. and holiday entertainment throughout the day.
      Haute Holiday Soiree
      Tuesday, December 5; 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

      It’s going to be a festive evening on The Row with wine tastings, hunky Santa photos, mistletoe making, holiday sweet treats, live music and more. Tickets are $40 and benefit JW House, an organization that keeps families together during medical crises by offering a welcoming home closer to the hospital with a caring, compassionate environment that inspires hope. Tickets available at
      Holiday Makers Market in the Park
      Saturday, December 7; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

      Bring your friends & family to this curated marketplace in Santana Row Park (across from Left Bank Brasserie) and shop local artists selling US Handcrafted goods like jewelry, handbags, ceramics, glassware, soaps, succulents and more! Enjoy the beautiful outdoor park and support local small businesses.

      30+ Local Artists | DIY Workshops | Live Music | Complimentary Wine & Bites in the Makers Market store (located right on the park).
      Santa Paws Benefitting Humane Society Silicon Valley
      Sunday, December 8; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

      Bring your canine and feline friends to Santana Row’s Park Valencia (in front of Maggiano’s) for a keepsake photo with Santa Claus. The proceeds benefit Humane Society Silicon Valley.
      For more information on the Humane Society Silicon Valley, visit:
      Mommy & Me and Daddies too FREE Kids Club: HoliYAY Party
      Tuesday, December 10; 10 a.m. – noon

      Get into the holiday spirit with us at our December Free Kids Club! Meet in Park Valencia (in front of Maggiano’s) for a morning of holiday entertainment with Andy Z & Magical Elves, photos with Santa Claus, holiday planting, special themed arts & crafts and more! Plus, bring a new or gently used coat to donate to One Warm Coat.

      The kid’s club ends just in time for lunch. Mendocino Farms is offering Kid’s Eat Free all day on Tuesdays! *Must purchase one regular priced sandwich or salad entrée. Plus, stop in Rosie McCann’s for balloons and kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée.
      Cars & Croissants
      Sunday, December 22; 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

      Santana Row partners with 100|OCT to present Cars & Croissants on The Row, a bi-monthly gathering for exotic car owners and enthusiasts. On the 4th Sunday of every month now through December, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., exotic car owners are invited to park on Santana Row, display their cars and mingle with other enthusiasts. To display your car, please RSVP with 100|OCT. This event is free and open to the public.