Archive for the ‘East Side’ Category

Tony Hawk and the Birdhouse Left Coast Tour 2012

Want to see past, present and future skating legends in action? Lake Cunningham Regional Skatepark will be hosting Tony Hawk and members of the Birdhouse team this Sunday, July 15. Demonstration from 2:00pm to 3:30pm. The event is free but the standard Lake Cunningham parking fee of $10 applies.

See skating demonstrations by Tony Hawk, Kevin Staab and Willy Santos, members of the Birdhouse team, including Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, Shawn Hale, Clint Walker, David Loy, Shaun Gregoire, Clive Dixon, Michael Davis and Elliot Sloan.

Also, a halfpipe event will also feature guest appearances by Mitchie Brusco, Neal Hendrix, and Lincoln Ueda.

Lake Cunningham Skatepark
2305 S. White Road
San Jose, California 95148

Sunday, July 15. 2:00pm to 3:30pm.
The event is free but the Lake Cunningham Regional Park parking fee of $10 applies.

Lake Cunningham Skatepark – Top 10 Skateparks in the World!

Wanna know something cool? San Jose is home to one of the largest skateparks in the United States.

Wanna know something else that’s cool? A Red Bull UK blog post identified the Lake Cunningham Regional Skatepark as one of the 10 best in the world.

You should check out the competition. San Jose is in good company.

You can read all about it in a blog entry called  Girls, Girls, Girls: Juliet’s Top 10 Skateparks in the World on the Red Bull UK blog.

For more information about Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park, visit the official website.

Visit the official community activist website supporting the skate park at

Lake Cunningham Regional Skatepark
2305 S. White Road
San Jose, CA 95148

(408) 794-SKATe (7528)

“Idol’s” DeAndre at Eastridge Mall

DeAndre Brackensick will make an appearance at Eastridge Mall on Sunday, April 29th. He will be there from noon to 3pm.

DeAndre will talk with his fans. (Around 1:10 pm) Also, there will be a free raffle for the opportunity to have a photo taken with him.

American Idol Live – the tour will be at the HP Pavilion San Jose on July 22.

Interview with Frank Door, director of FIVE PROOF.

In what may be a record year for local (and repeat!) filmmakers with films at Cinequest, we also have an interview with Frank Door, the director of the short film FIVE PROOF. Not only is Frank a local filmmaker and director of a locally based film production company, but he also enlisted the help of students from the East Side Union High School District to help produce this film. Here is our interview:

FIVE PROOF movie poster

1Q: Tell us a little about the origins of FIVE PROOF (playing at CQ with SUPER HERO PARTY CLOWN), from concept to financing.

The script for FIVE PROOF was brought to me by a good friend and collaborator of Element 151, our production company based here in San Jose, Rory Campbell. At the time Rory had just finished helping us with a motion graphic title sequence for one of our previous short films. I received an email with about half a dozen scripts for shorts from him that said I could take my pick, and FIVE PROOF stood out to me most. The writing is amazing, the ideology behind it was sharp, and the fact that it was the most  technically difficult script to make into a film out of the lot, intrigued me. And to be honest there is a lot of subtext underlining the story in a comic book nature, of which I am a fan.

The financing for the film is a unique situation. My partner and producer at Element 151, Chante Cardoso and I founded a non-profitsummer youth program focused on teaching real-life filmmaking skills to youth in the East Side Union High School District here in San Jose, two summers ago. Our initial summer program worked off a grant from the city. However, last summer that grant was not made available to us. We felt we needed to try and continue the program regardless, and sat down with some of the students from the previous summer and let them know we had no funding for the program but if they wanted to dedicate themselves to working on FIVE PROOF and help us fundraise then we would continue the program and work side by side with them to shoot the film. They jumped on board in a heart beat. Which was amazing. From there we went into pre-production and started fundraising.  A Kickstarter was formed, we held various fundraising events including a concert at the Improv hosted by our good friends at Live 105, and did just about anything we could to make it happen. On top of that our collective filmmaking crew all chipped in by reducing rates and doing what was needed to just see the film finished. We were incredibly lucky to have an amazing group of kids to work with as well as an enormous amount of support from our local community here in San Jose that ended up reaching across the nation.

2Q: You attended Cinequest last year with another short film.  How was your experience with the festival, and were you able to show at any other festivals?

Cinequest 20 was great, we met some amazing people. I have gone to several Cinequests past and always felt it was important for us to be a part of it, being that we are local. The free beer isn’t a bad perk either. Our film from last year, Parallels, did screen at the Carmel Art & Film Festival and was invited to the Toronto Film Market as well.

3Q: What was your best and/or worst experience while making FIVE PROOF?

The best part, was the opportunity to collaborate with some amazing people. I got to work with my good friend Eric Callero (Conan O’Brien, The Runaways, Terminator : The Sarah Conor Chronicles) again, he was in our first short film Whiskey Tears. Eric and I have a great relationship as director / actor, I trust him and that gives him the freedom to take risks. The film also took me to a new venture in filmmaking and that is dealing with visual effects. In turn I was introduced to Mark Christiansen. Mark has worked on titles such as Pirates of The Caribbean, 2012, and The Day After Tomorrow. He is just a mind blowing person to talk to when dealing with the reality of something that is not real or for that fact can’t even be seen when shooting. Our team has also expanded locally working with the likes of Brandon Van Auken from Moving Red and Steve Murr a local music producer with a sharp cinematic sensibility. These new relationships have grown past FIVE PROOF and we are all continuing to create locally together. The worst experience, we had some technical issues with the RED files. Even to the point that RED itself couldn’t lend a helping hand. Some shots in this film were saved frame by frame, which sucked.

4Q: Festival audiences often have to make hard decisions about what to see, and the catalog descriptions sometimes run together. In your own words, why should people see your film?

That is really tough for me. As I’m writing this we are literally wrapping up the final locks on picture and sound, getting ready to print later this week. So I still have an unsettled feeling about the film. It’s great, don’t get me wrong. I’m extremely proud of it. But right now selling it to people is hard for me to process. We will be promoting it like crazy though…and good people like CQCentral are key to us getting the word out. So, thanks.

5Q: Short films often have no means of wide distribution. What are your plans for FIVE PROOF in the future, and what sorts of things can you accomplish by making a short film?

Plans for FIVE PROOF are to just get it out on a wider festival run. I feel strongly that this film is the start of something greater as well. So, Shawn West could potentially be developed into a longer format. The three shorts I have directed over the last two years are all stepping stones towards a feature length production. They are proof that we can accomplish successful work and are key for us to know our strengths and limits when moving into a feature. There is an original idea in development right now for said feature. The plan is to be in production by late summer / early fall of 2011. Unless something epic comes along, FIVE PROOF will be our last short film. I feel that in itself is an accomplishment for my team and collaborators.

San Jose Bike Party is Tonight!

Were you like me this week, too lazy to go to the gym? Or maybe you’re already dreaming of Father’s Day BBQ’s? Well tonight you have the chance to ride with the rest of the city (projected attendance is between 3500 and 5000 cyclists) and get some good exercise.

San Jose Bike Party takes to the streets every third friday of the month, with a different theme every time. This month is all about The World Cup, so come out sportin’ your team spirit, be it in jerseys, face paint or waving your flag on a 26+ mile victory lap around San Jose. SJBP and SJMB likes to remind you to ride safe (helmets, lights, stop at traffic lights) and ride fun (‘bike party!’). You never know who you’ll be riding next to, somebody you’ve never met before or your best friend from high school. Come out with families and get together with friends! And you don’t have to worry about going hungry, there will be vendors at the pit stops and of course, before the ride starts. Just make sure you recycle and throw away your waste!

The excitement started a bit ago at 6pm, downtown at Shorty Fatz for an open house, followed by the first ever Hooligan Havoc Fixed Gear Trick Comp.

You still have time to make it to the ride ’cause the wheels don’t hit the street until 8pm!

San Jose Bike Party – World Cup Ride

The ride starts at 401 E.Taylor Street and ends at the fountain at SJSU, but you can always break off with your own groups. Like it on Facebook and let everybody know what’s up!

Azteca Mexica: New Year Ceremony & Celebration

While standing in line to see “La MISSION” I found out about an event that will be held at The National Hispanic University in San Jose.

Calpulli Tonalehqueh hosts the largest Azteca Mexica New Year Ceremony & Celebration in the nation. Everyone is invited to attend on the weekend of March 13-14, 2010 in San Jose, CA @ the National Hispanic University. Their goal is to make it educational, sustainable and free of waste.

Food, Arts & Crafts Vendors, Community Resources, & Childrens Activities

Saturday, March 13, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010

The National Hispanic University
14271 Story Road – San Jose, CA


The event is FREE to the community.

Sat/Sab Mar. 13
6am-Sunrise Ceremony
10am-Ohlone Nation
10:30 am-Pomo Nation
11am-Zuni Nation
11:30-4pm- Mexica Nation
12pm-Intoca Tocaitl(Naming Ceremony)

Sun/Dom Mar. 14
11am-Pow Wow Dancers
12pm Maestro Ocelocoatl
12:30pm-Xavier Quijas Yxayotl
1pm-Guest Speaker
1:30pm-Guest Speaker
1:30pm-Danza de Oaxaca
2pm-Maestro Kuauhkoatl

Calpulli Tonalehqueh facebook

Carlos Santana YouTube – National Hispanic University

NativeVoiceTV Mexica New Year 2009 San Jose, California YouTube

César Chávez Day: March 31, 2010 – Let The Eagle Fly

S. King Rd. at Alum Rock Ave.

César Chávez was born in Arizona March 31, 1927. In June of 1939 his family moved to San Jose California. They lived at 53 Scharff Ave. in the barrio called Sal Si Puedes “Get Out If You Can.”

César Chávez Day is a state holiday in California. Government offices, educational institutions and many businesses are closed.

Let The Eagle Fly a Musical – Information from the site:

The Story of Cesar Chavez is an inspirational musical which tells the story of Cesar E. Chavez, one of the most influential civil rights leaders of our time and a crusader for non-violent change. It traces Chavez’s life from his childhood, as the son of migrant farm workers in the Great Depression, through his founding of the farm workers union and commitment to the non-violent struggle for social and economic justice. The musical highlights the five-year grape boycott which brought nationwide attention to the farm workers’ plight.

Let The Eagle Fly
Thursday at 8:00pm
March 25

Fridays at 8:00pm
March 12, 19, 26

Saturdays at 8:00pm
March 13, 20,

Sundays at 2:00pm
March 14, 21, 28

Final Performance
Wednesday at 7pm
March 31

Location: San Jose City College Theatre
2100 Moorpark Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128

Chavez Family Vision

The anthem of the United Farm Workers of America (The real player will sing it.)

Let The Eagle Fly facebook
This weekend (13th & 14th) only. $20 for students or seniors at the door! – Mention you saw it on Facebook.

RichardFalcon twitter

Contreras Family Fundraiser

Mi Pueblo Food Center at Capital Square

Mi Pueblo Food Center at Capital Square

The young 12-year-old son of Yesenia and Samuel Contreras was shot in the head Halloween night. It is difficult to imagine the emotional agony his parents have been suffering. Mathson Middle School Principal, Orlando Ramos, agrees with me that it is a miracle that their son is alert and responsive.

Now the residents of San Jose can lend the Contreras family a hand. The Alum Rock School District is inviting the community to the parking lot of the Mi Pueblo Food Center at Capital Square. While enjoying the sounds of a student mariachi band the public can show their support by donating checks.

Mi Pueblo Food Center at Capital Square
320 N. Capitol Ave.
Saturday, December, 19

Checks may also be sent to The San Jose Police Officers Association:

1151 N. Fourth St.
San Jose, CA 95112

Or to: The San Jose POA

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 Jose Celebrates César Chávez

César Chávez was born in Arizona March 31, 1927, however his family later lived at 53 Scharff Ave, here in San Jose.

At 8:30 AM tomorrow  morning, March 28, a celebration of this American hero begins at the Mexican Heritage Plaza. The walk will be followed by a festival at the Plaza de César Chávez.

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