Archive for June, 2010

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iPad Giveaways – Win Tickets to Raging Waters

San Jose Convention Center – Fountain Entrance
June 30, 2010
6:30 – 7:00pm Registration & Cocktails
7:00pm Unveiling
7:15 – 9:00pm Feature Exploration
The Event is Free – Validated Parking

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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – Premieres at The Tech Tonight!

Twilight movie fans won’t want to miss this red-carpet event tonight at The Tech.

The festivities begin at 10 PM when the museum’s doors open to welcome fans to a reception:

Moviegoers, some donning costumes, T-shirts, and fan buttons of their favorite character can sip on “blood red” punch, and sink their teeth into wolf paw and fang-marked cupcakes.

Fans can take photos alongside “standees” of Edward, Jacob, Alice and Bella

Then at Midnight:
See the only Bay Area IMAX dome to screen The Twilight Saga: Eclipse!

Tuesday, June 29
WHAT: Fans of the all-the-rage vampire/werewolf saga take to the red carpet under beaming searchlights en route to a reception, complete with music, themed refreshments, and special contests leading up to the premiere of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”

WHERE: The Tech Museum, 201 S. Market St., San Jose, CA

WHEN: 10 p.m. Reception – Midnight Film Premiere

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If tonight is sold out see below for times:

“Eclipse” premieres at the 295-seat The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater, featuring crystal clear images up to eight stories high and 13,000 watts of wrap-around digital surround sound. June 20 to July 15, 201

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

July 4th Fireworks & Festivities 2010

2011 post here.

America’s birthday, time to celebrate with parades, barbecues, picnics, festivals, and fireworks!

Events are free; however, at some locations there will be food for purchase, some activities may have a fee, and there may be parking fees. Events with an admission fee are not listed.

Here are some places to view fireworks and/or enjoy a day of celebrations:

San Jose

The City of San Jose, History San Jose and Kelley Park will also participate in the new July 4th Fireworks celebration at Municipal Stadium and San Jose State University.

There will be free fireworks viewing in San Jose on the San Jose State University East Field next to Spartan Stadium (10th Street and Alma – opens at 5:00 pm) or at the Soccer Fields (Alma between Senter Road and 10th Street – opens at 5:00 pm). Note that no coolers allowed on University property; in addition, tailgating will be restricted from parking lots and no alcohol allowed. Parking is $8.00 in all lots.
Fireworks at approximately 9:30 pm following the All-American Country Jam (tickets).

The Rose, White and Blue Parade and Festival from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. An old-fashioned family-style parade (Grand Marshal Steve Wozniak) winds through the Rose Garden neighborhood ending on The Alameda (919 The Alameda). The parade features live bands, dance groups, homemade floats, and kids on bikes, antique cars, and more. Following the parade attendees will enjoy an Arts & Music Festival with two stages of live music, inflatable kids park, classic car show, arts and crafts, multicultural food, beer & wine garden and games. 408-795-1859

Santa Clara

Picnic and Fireworks Extravaganza
Central Park, 909 Kiely Boulevard

Pancake Breakfast at 8 am, followed by games and entertainment throughout the day at the Pavilion along with (for a fee) a carnival area, face painting, and swimming at the International Swim Center. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase foods at the event.

Fireworks at 9:30 pm; Pre-fireworks entertainment will be provided from 7:00 pm on the lawn area near Millikin School.

Great America will not have fireworks on July 4.

Los Gatos

4th of July – 10th Anniversary Celebration
Civic Center, 110 E. Main Street

Los Gatos Celebrates July 4 for the entire family, all day 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. Beginning in the morning games and activities at the Civic Center. BBQ, picnic lunches and cold drinks available for purchase at the food court.

The San Jose Wind Symphony performs on the front lawn of Los Gatos High School.

Event Schedule (PDF)


Independence Day Festivities
Milpitas Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Boulevard

Water activities at Milpitas Sports Center Pools during the day; pool party 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Note: Space may be limited at times due to pool capacity.

Hot Dog Lunch at the Pool
Party ($2.00 nominal fee for hot dog, chips & drink.)

Concert & Fireworks at Milpitas Sports Center Football Field; 7:30 pm (gates open at 7:00 pm); bring a picnic dinner (some food will be available for purchase). Note: There are no “in and out” privileges. No alcohol, glass bottles or dogs/animals allowed at the event. No barbecuing/tailgating in the parking lot.

9:30 pm: Fireworks.


Children’s Parade, Patriotic Community Sing-Along, and Fireworks Show

Daytime Program at Quinlan Community Center and Memorial Park

7:00 – 11:00 am: Pancake Breakfast (Quinlan Community Center’s Cupertino Room)

9:30 am: Line-up for the Children’s Parade (Memorial Park ball field)

10:00 – 10:30 am: Children’s Parade starting at the Memorial Park ball field and proceeding to the Memorial Park Amphitheater
10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Concert in the Park by “The Peelers”

Free Fireworks Show – 6:45 pm to 10:00 pm

The fireworks show with music and games at three different viewing locations in the city and fireworks set off from Cupertino High School at 9:30 pm. Bring your picnic to Creekside Park, Hyde Middle School, or Sedgwick Elementary School.

6:45 – 9:15 pm: Music and games at all three locations. 9:30 pm: Fireworks.

Note: space is extremely limited. Streets will be closed from 6:00 pm to midnight and the city will be aggressively towing cars parking on portions of Finch Avenue, Tilson Avenue, and Miller Avenue.


Costumed Old-Fashioned 4th of July from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at Kevin Moran Park


Color Guard presenting the flag

McCartysville Volunteer Band playing patriotic tunes, including Sousa marches

Presentation of the Youth Writing Contest winners (this year’s theme is ‘fortitude’)

Actors in costume as American historical characters

Youth chorus and sing-alongs of patriotic tunes

Children’s/Family parade

Free popsicles for all and flags for children

408-867-4233 or 408-867-4577

Morgan Hill

Parade & Fireworks
Morgan Hill Community Park, 100 Edes Steet

Along the parade route at 10:45 am is Car Cruise featuring vintage and collector cars.

Parade Starts in Downtown Morgan Hill – immediately following Car Cruise at
11:00 am.

In the evening at the Morgan Hill Community Park from 4:30 pm is pre-fireworks entertainment with the fireworks scheduled for approximately 9:30 pm.


Annual 4th of July Fireworks Display at Gilroy High School on Tenth Street at 9:15 pm.


4th of July Parade – Mission San Jose District

The parade in the Mission San Jose District features floats and parade entries along with Grand Marshal Spencer Christian of KGO-TV.

Location: Mission Boulevard to Washington Boulevard, Ellsworth Street and Pine Street. Time: 10:00 am.

East Bay



Berkeley Marina


El Cerrito





Pleasant Hill


San Ramon


Foster City

Half Moon Bay

Palo Alto

Redwood City

Northside neighborhood celebrates restored bocce courts

Bocce court

Two of three bocce courts at Backesto Park have been restored.

The Northside Neighborhood Association celebrated recent improvements to the bocce courts at Backesto Park with a bocce lunch party yesterday. Unfortunately the event was scheduled before the US made it in to the World Cup round of 16, playing at exactly the same time, which might partly explain the modest attendance.

The Luna Park Business District, composed of businesses located along North Thirteenth Street in the Northside, held a mixer event at the bocce courts on Friday. The Luna Park businesses, especially Chiaramonte’s Deli, have made significant contributions to recent work on the courts, and have volunteered to help with future maintenance. Chiaramonte’s also provided lunch for the NNA event yesterday.

After the courts were threatened with removal due to underuse, as we reported in April, a group of volunteers from the Northside got together to restore the courts and make them playable again. Two of the court surfaces were cleaned up with a new layer of crushed oyster shells, and sun shades were erected over the two ends of one of the three courts. All in all, NNA president Chuck Hagenmeier estimates over 100 volunteer hours went into the project.

The results are impressive. Courts that had been weedy, cracked, and flaking are now as smooth as a slate pool table, and eye-searingly white and clean. New users such as a Special Olympics group are coming forward, and the improved court surface should make the courts more appealing to casual pick-up players. The courts are available for use by the public at no charge. The keys to the courts and a set of balls can be borrowed from the nearby Bronco’s Mexican Restaurant or Chiaramonte’s Deli, with the deposit of a drivers license or credit card, during regular business hours.

Saturday at Left Coast Live

Overall, Left Coast Live‘s Saturday schedule featured a lot more “urban” bands and DJ’s than Friday, which aren’t really my thing. I can’t deny those acts do draw a bigger crowd in San Jose than the pop, folk, rock, blues, jazz, and punk bands I’m more interested in. Still, the festival gave me plenty to keep me interested, including a line-up of pop acts on the main stage, and a good variety of styles on the “mini-main” stage. One highlight was the chance for local bands to play on the main stage. The line-up featured Dr. Nurse (below, left), Lisa Dewey & The Lotus Life (right), and The Mumlers.

Dr. Nurse Lisa Dewey


More from Left Coast Live

Free Energy and Crash Kings played the main stage:

Free Energy Crash Kings

Ok Go were the headliners, and they drew the crowds:



Left Coast Live is live

Silicon Valley Roller Girls are demo’ing roller derby to the musical backdrop of Back Pocket Memory:

Roller Derby & Rock and Roll

Whiskey Avengers are heating up the stage at the Ramada with banjo-punk action:

Whiskey Avengers

The music goes on, on 14 stages around the SoFA, ’til after 11 tonight, and tomorrow from about 5 until the wee hours.

Drum Corp


Do you thrill at the sound of a marching band? Wait for half time just to see the drum and bugle corps? Love to watch the gymnasitcs of a truly awesome color guard? If you said yes to any of these questions then you’re going to love what’s happening at Stanford Saturday night (June 26, 2010) at 6:30 PM. Top world, open and all-age drum and bugle corps will gather together for a massive show, the biggest event of this kind in California this year.

Participants include local  corps as well as from Texas, Wyoming and Colorado:

Blue DevilsConcord, CA
Santa Clara VanguardSanta Clara, CA
TroopersCasper, WY
Blue KnightsDenver, CO
MandarinsSacramento, CA
Pacific CrestDiamond Bar, CA
Blue Devils CConcord, CA
Blue Devils BConcord, CA
Santa Clara Vanguard CadetsSanta Clara, CA
RevolutionSan Antonio, TX
San Francisco RenegadesSan Francisco, CA

For more information and tickets, visit the DCI website.

Foresight: A Two-Act Drama for the Information Age – Jul 9th-18th

Have you ever wondered if there would ever be a way that your presence could live on even when you were physically no longer here? What if you could live forever with the help of technology?

Foresight: A Two-Act Drama for the Information Age” Foresight tells the story of fictional Silicon Valley pioneer Victor Martinez and his wife, Lorena. Faced with a terminal illness and the approaching birth of his daughter, Victor migrates his personality into an advanced computer. Victor 2.0, fully equipped to read bedtime stories, vacuum the house, and even make breakfast, is convincing enough to assist Lorena in raising their daughter, Shelley. Shelley loves and accepts her digital daddy, but Victor’s physical absence takes a brutal toll on Lorena. The curtain rises on Shelley’s thirteenth birthday, when Lorena decides it’s time to finally move on.

“Foresight’s” writer and director, Ruben Grijalva, launched his theatre career at San Jose’s Independence High School in 1999, where he wrote and directed stage plays based on two books, “Lord of the Flies” and Elie Wiesel’s “Night.” While a senior at San Francisco State, he wrote and filmed “Shadow Ball,” an award-winning short film where the Negro League ritual of baseball in pantomime comes alive. “Shadow Ball” won the Kodak Silver Award, the Harlem Film Festival’s “Best Short Film” award, as well as awards from the Mendocino Film Festival and Australia’s Heart of Gold International Film Festival.

Grijalva utilizes a hybrid of traditional stage drama and state-of-the-art digital filmmaking for “Foresight” that employs a flexible real-time image-rendering application developed specifically for the play. How does he use it? The main character is a video effect – the actor performs from a backstage green-screen studio and a proprietary software application translates his performance into a stylized digital character. This digital character interacts in real-time with the onstage performers. I think it’s an intriguing mix and would love to see how it works on stage. I’ve never seen a play like this and I hope to make it up to San Francisco to catch a showing.

“Foresight” premieres July 9th at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Theatre and runs through July 18th
Buy Tickets
Tickets are $22 in advance and $27 the day of the performance.
(Plus a processing fee of $1 and the $2 Fort Mason Center Preservation fee)

More info about the play: The Easily Distracted Theatre / Foresight

Content magazine is 2.0

Content Magazine

Be sure to check out San Jose-centric online lifestyle magazine Content. Milestone issue 2.0 just hit the web today. Of course there’s a fashion spread, so you can check out Krystal Avedesian’s great photo work, and Adrea Cabrera’s style picks. But what I really like about this issue is all the interviews and profiles of local people.

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