Archive for August, 2009

As You Like It = Pay What You Will Tuesday










The SJ Rep is helping you help the community – AND see a play!

The San Jose Repertory Theatre has always been a leader in bringing the arts to everyone and giving back to the community. This season they are taking even broader steps in this direction.

In order to help community members who cannot afford regular priced tickets to the outstanding productions held at the Rep this year, they are offering Pay What You Will Tuesdays. The first preview Tuesday for each production of San Jose Rep’s 2009-2010 season, starting with the Tuesday, September 1 production of As You Like It, will be open to all members of the community for a suggested ticket price of $10, however any amount will be accepted. In addition, a canned food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank will have food bins in the lobby hoping for your donations. In this way any member of our community can not only see an exciting new production at the SJ Rep, but they can also help Second Harvest help those who are in even greater need.

Tickets go on sale at San Jose Rep’s box office one week prior to the scheduled performance. Seating is general admission and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pay What You Will Tuesday:

Groundswell – Tuesday, Oct. 13

A Christmas Story – Tuesday, Nov. 24

The Weir – Tuesday, Jan. 26

Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Tuesday, March 16

Sonia Flew – Tuesday, May 11.

If you don’t make it to this Tuesday’s preview of As You Like It, you can still see the production of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays at the SJ Rep from August 29 to September 27.

Sibling rivalry, royals in exile, mistaken identities, cross dressing (no kiddin’), and love at first sight, all make an appearance in this bewitching and sophisticated comedy about freeing oneself from the shackles of technology and finding oneself in nature. Really! The actors will be texting onstage, and you can too, during intermission and after the show!

Don’t miss this exciting new production. San Jose Metblogs is excited to attend the September 4 show and we will have our review up by Saturday afternoon. See you at the Rep!

Safeway opens “The Market” in downtown San Jose

Safeways new The Market store opened today.

Safeway's new The Market store opened today.

One of the most anticpated events of this summer has finally come to downtown, as Safeway opened its new “The Market” store downtown. The new store is in The 88 apartment tower, at 2nd and San Fernando.

The store is a little bit of a different concept for Safeway, a smaller store focusing on “grab and go” foods and prepared foods like deli sandwiches. In addition to ready-to-eat food, there was a good selection of produce, including organics, and also packaged and frozen food. Visiting this morning, I didn’t notice that there was any meat counter at all, though I only stopped in quickly on my way to work, and I could have missed it. Prices were similar to other Safeway stores, and a manager from Safeway’s district office told me they intend to keep it that way.

Safeway managers were all over the store and seemed to be enthusiastic about developing a new kind of store for Safeway. I was told if the concept works out they have several other locations picked out where they might put similar stores. I was also told that Safeway is committed to stay in downtown for the long haul, and they have a long lease on the store location.

Bakery counter at the new downtown Safeway.

Bakery counter at the new downtown Safeway.

The new store is clean (naturally) and perhaps “cozy” but not cramped. The fruit and vegetable selection and the competitive prices will be a big gain for people living downtown. Fans of Zanotto’s Market are of course concerned about Safeway stepping in to their “territory” after Zanotto’s took a big risk to bring groceries to downtown when nobody else was willing to do it. I can also imagine the new store threatening Su Vianda, which has done a great job maintaining a clean, spacious store with fresh products in a space that had none of those features under the previous operator (Lucky/Albertson’s). I hope all three of these groceries can find their niches, because competition will keep them all motivated to provide better service and prices.

3rd Annual District 6 (Free) Safety & Movie Event


Pierluigi Oliverio

Tonight is council member Pierluigi Oliverio’s 3rd annual district 6 “Safety Fair & Outdoor Movie Event“.

Featuring – “WALL-E” by Disney/Pixar

When – Friday, August 28th

Time – 7:00 PM

Where – Bramhall/Willow St. Park – Willow Glen

Enter – Willow St. (near Meridian) cross street Glen Eyrie

Bring – a Blanket and Flashlight

Do you know the way to the East San José Carnegie Branch Library?

The original East San José Carnegie Branch Library opened in 1908, as part of the city of East San Jose. When this town was annexed by the City of San José, the branch became one of the San José library system’s branches. It was renovated in 1981 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. It is the only remaining publicly-operating Carnegie library in Santa Clara County.

The latest renovation of this branch, a major undertaking, began on February 14, 2008. Because of its historic status and Carnegie designation, the old building needed to remain, so the architects designed a project that added onto the original building and increased the square footage from 7,281 square feet to 12,000 square feet, dramatically increasing the overall public space. There is now a tech center, teen center, expanded children’s room, community room, and family learning center.

The grand reopening of the newly-expanded branch is happening this Saturday, August 29. The opening ceremonies, followed by ribbon cutting, will start at 11:00 a.m. Afterward, everyone will be able to enjoy cake in the community room and various activities throughout the library.

Want to get involved with this new-old branch? Keep an eye on this page for future volunteer opportunities, or consider joining the Friends of the East San José Carnegie Branch Library.

San José librarians join the textual revolution

sms by scion_cho on flickr
Got a simple question for a librarian? As of this month, you can text your question to a San José Public Library librarian at short code 66746; be sure to start your message with “AskSJ” (without the quotes). You can send your question anytime, but questions are actually answered Monday through Friday between 1 and 6 p.m.

Nielsen Mobile statistics quoted in the library’s press release state that U.S. teens “sent and received an average of 1,742 text messages per month in Q2 2008.” The library has tapped into that trend with this great new service.

This service is absolutely free. Those averse to texting can always access other options for getting answers to questions on the library’s Ask a Librarian page. Options include email, chat, and telephone help, as well as traditional in-person assistance.

San José going green: Will bags be sacked?

plastic bags -- should they be banned?

Plastic bags -- should they be banned?

This week, the City Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee met to discuss a ban on plastic and paper bags. According to a Mercury News article on the issue, the only large city that has implemented a ban like this is San Francisco, as most cities which have implemented bans have banned only the plastic bags. The effort in San Jose is being spearheaded by Vice Mayor Judy Chirco and Councilmembers Sam Liccardo, Kansen Chu, and Nora Campos.

According to a presentation given at the committee meeting, fifteen other Santa Clara County cities are considering banning bags because of encouragement from the County Board of Supervisors and environmental agencies.

The City of San José’s proposed ban also includes paper bags because of the environmental impact involved in manufacturing them. “Green” paper bags, with at least 50% recycled content, would be excluded from the ban.  Restaurants would also not be required to discontinue usage of plastic bags.

Not surprisingly, the plastic industry lobby has already been urging the Council not to be hasty in making their decision. Nevertheless, the matter is heading for vote and discussion by the Council as soon as November, thanks to a unanimous recommendation by the committee.

Zombies To Take Over Downtown Tomorrow!

The walking dead take over downtown tomorrow night for the Zombie-O-Rama and if you’ve ever wanted to zombify yourself and roam the streets – this is your chance to do it!

Here’s the plan, if you’re so inclined, arrive dressed up in your best zombie outfit and makeup (and be sure to bring a canned good(s) as there will be a donation spot for Second Harvest Food Bank.) Here’s the rundown of all the crawl spots of the night:

5pm: The Zombie Art Show! (Doors will be open to early birds at 4pm)
SLG Art Boutiki – 577 S. Market Street – On-site make-up, a drop off for your canned goods, zombie art show, free comic books. Other goodies will be available; representatives from Columbia Pictures will be around to give out free posters for the upcoming movie ZOMBIELAND starring Woody Harrelson. Also be sure to check out the hearse courtesy of California’s Great America (promoting this year’s GA Fright Night.)

6pm: Zombies then make their way to Gore Park (the corner of First and Williams) where maps will be handed out. The map will have a list of the pub-crawl for various places offering happy hour specials or free gifts.

7:45pm: After the zombies make their way through the downtown spots, head back to Gore Park for an outdoor showing of Shaun of the Dead (2004/ Rated R/ 99 minutes) courtesy of Starlight Cinemas.

Pub crawl specials:

South First Billiards – $3.00 Brainstem Blasts & $2.50 Pabst
Caffe Trieste – During Happy Hour (4-7) 2-1 Peroni.
Brix Nightclub – $3.00 Well Drinks, (2-1 drinks AFTER the movie)
The Blue Chip (this is downstairs at 325 S. First Street, so you might miss it) $1 Tecate and $3.00 Well Drinks. Free Fries with cheese steaks.

More details:
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Check out the Event on Facebook

Summer Pops Music Series at SJSU 2009

clefsA free music series at San Jose State University begins this weekend, continues Tuesday, and winds up next weekend, between August 22 and 30.

What kind of music you ask?
John Williams film scores, Lemony Snicket music, a legendary jazz vocalist, Beatles music a brass band, and more performed by Symphony Silicon Valley along with other artist.

The concerts, bottled water, harmonicas for children at the Family Concert and ice cream at the Brass Band Concert, are all free.

Saturday August 22, 7:00 pm
John Williams Film Scores

Maestro Bruce Hangen and the orchestra’s performance may include Jurassic Park, ET, Star Wars, Jaws, Schindler’s List, Indiana Jones, and Harry Potter.

Sunday August 23, 3:00 pm
Family Concert

A family concert, with Lemony Snicket music The Composer Is Dead and harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio playing Gershwin. The first 1,200 kids receive a free harmonica.

Tuesday August 25, 5:30 pm
Cleo Laine & John Dankworth

Jazz songstress Cleo Laine and saxophonist John Dankworth the “king and queen of British jazz.”

Saturday August 29, 7:00 pm
Classical Mystery Tour

A Beatles tribute band from the Broadway show “Beatlemania” joins the orchestra to perform classics from the Lennon-McCartney Songbook, strings and horns! Classical Mystery Tour conductor Martin Herman along with soloists Jim Owen,Tony Kishman, Chris Camilleri, and Tom Teeley.

Sunday August 30, 3:00 pm
Brass Band & Ice Cream Social

The 39-piece band led by Tony Clements, principal tubaist with Symphony Silicon Valley perform Bugler’s Holiday, Thoughts of Love, Holst’s Mars, and selections from Phantom of the Opera. The ice cream is free.

The concerts held on the grassy mall at San Jose State University; enter at 4th Street and West San Carlos. Bring a picnic and your beach chair. Arrive early!

408-286-2600 x 23

Sonny Landreth at Music in the Park

Sonny Landreth

Sonny Landreth

The year’s penultimate Music in the Park Thursday evening concert featured Sonny Landreth, the “King of Slydeco”. Which turns out ot mean ripping Satriani-style slide guitar played to a blues drumbeat. The opening act was San Francisco-based Music for Animals, playing a kind of 80’s-90’s electropop, reminiscent of Pet Shop Boys. A very mellow scene, since the crowds weren’t overflowing the park like they do sometimes, and a lot of fun.

Music for Animals

Music for Animals

Jackie Chan and Bolt

Outdoors showing of two films this Friday and Saturday, free!

Legend of Drunken MasterThis Friday August 21, 2009 is Jackie Chan’s The Legend of Drunken Master. In this sequel to Drunken Master, Wong Fei-Hung (Chan) must do battle with thieves trying to smuggle priceless artifacts out of China. The film includes some of Jackie Chan’s finest choreographed fight scenes along with a knock your socks off final. Anita Mui provides a great comedic performance.

Rated R – For adult content, adult language and violence.

The film will be shown in the parking lot next to Orchard Valley Coffee, Downtown Campbell. The parking lot opens at 6:30 pm, the film begins between 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm; bring a chair and a blanket.

Orchard Valley Coffee Shop
349 E. Campbell Avenue, Campbell

boltThen on Saturday August 22, 2009, it is San Jose Giant’s Movie Nights with the showing of Bolt on the big screen. Bolt is an animated family film about the adventures of a canine actor, who believes that he really possesses superpowers, mistakenly shipped from Hollywood to New York City and now making his way back home. Along the way, Bolt befriends an alley cat and hamster providing insight about being a real dog in the real world. Voices include John Travolta (Bolt), Miley Cyrus (Penny) and Malcolm McDowell (Dr. Calico).

Rated PG – For some mild action and peril.

The film will be shown at Municipal Stadium, San Jose. Gates open at 6:00 pm and the film begins at 7:00 pm (showing on the big screen thus no need to wait for dusk). Check out the Family Fun Zone including speed pitch, bounce house and t-ball. Bring a blanket and watch the movie from the outfield. Admission and parking are free; concessions will be open during the movie.

Municipal Stadium
588 East Alma Avenue, San Jose
408- 297-1435

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