Are you looking for something to do this weekend, perhaps as early as – tonight or tomorrow? Have no fear folks, P.K.’s Weekend Roundup has you covered with events from all over the Bay Area including Examiner reader favorites that let you in on some of the hottest happenings from inland to the coast, from this weekend to the next – and just a few days beyond so you can plan ahead. With the weather cooling down some, fall is upon us and the holidays are fast approaching so get out and enjoy what’s left under the sun, moon and stars and have some fantastic family fun, a little romance with your favorite sweetheart – or, maybe just a little alone time. Whatever you decide to do just be safe and have a great day to remember. Ciao for now.
This weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 26, 27 and 28 2012
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 25, 26 and 27, 2012 (ends October 28)
Don’t miss Broadway San Jose’s season opener, “Memphis,” the 2010 Tony® Award Winner for Best Musical, takes the stage at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts through October 28, 2012, as the opener for the 2012-2013 season to delight theater-goers.
“Memphis” takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50’s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn’t: Rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. “Memphis” is an original story about the Cultural Revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves – filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll.
The San Jose Center for the Performing Arts is located at 255 Almaden Boulevard in San Jose. Season ticket information 1-866-395-2929; individual tickets: 1-408-792-4548; or visit www.broadwaysanjose.com. Tickets can be purchased online at www.broadwaysanjose.com; by phone at 1-408-792-4111; or in person at the SJTIX Box Office in Downtown San Jose. The remaining Broadway San Jose 2012-2013 season performances include “Cathy Rigby as Peter Pan,” November 20 through 25, 2012; “Rock of Ages” January 29 through February 3, 2013; “Blue Man Group” April 2 through April 7, 2013. “Billy Elliot, The Musical” May 7 through May 12, 2013; and “Green Day’s American Idiot” June 4 through June 9, 2013. P.K.’s tip: Parking is only $5 at the Adobe lot across the street.
Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27, 2012
Santa Clara – Beginning October 26, the Santa Clara Players presents, “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” – a comedy now playing at the Triton Museum Hall Pavilion located at 1511 Warburton Avenue in Santa Clara. This is a comedy about adorable Bridget who finds an opportunity to stay with her favorite Nana in New York – only what she finds when she arrives is that her Nana is running an illegal boutique from her apartment, selling handmade naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five borough area. Will Bridget be able to handle all of the knicker-excitement? Or, will her Nana get arrested – or worse – evicted? Now playing through November 17, 2012.
Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27, 2012 (and before October 31 for the best price)
Santa Clara – Although The Historic Tours of Santa Clara are not until December 6 and 7, 2012, the best pricing for this tour is before October 31 so please visit the website or call for additional information. This historic home tour is a long standing tradition for many, many years so don’t miss this amazing opportunity to view some of Santa Clara’s incredible historical homes. This year’s homes on the tour include a California Craftsman bungalow designed by the architectural firm of Wolfe & McKenzie built in approximately 1912; and a circa 1901 Colonial-style home containing a hipped roof. This year’s public building for tour will be the lovely St. Clare Parish Rectory that includes a chapel, reception area and library.
Tickets: $25 if ordered by mail or on the tour’s website by October 31. Beginning November 1, ticket prices are $30 general admission; $25 seniors 60+ or children ages six to 12; $25 at the door of the St. Clare Rectory located at 725 Washington Street in Santa Clara. For additional information, call 1-408-249-7905 or visit the website.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 26, 27 and 28, 2012 (varies by tour, city and state)
Orange to San Francisco to Santa Cruz, CA to Seattle, WA – They say that the ghosts are back (not really) but for sure, the Ghost Tours are. From the Haunted History Ghost Walks in Old Towne of Orange; the City Guides Ghost Walks or the Chinatown Ghost Tour in San Francisco; the Paranormal Investigative Haunt in Santa Cruz; and either the Market Ghost Tour or the Morbid Tour in Seattle – there is sure to be a ghostly tour of some sort near enough to you, but don’t forget to check the “bring” list and find a hand to hold on these fright night tours. Whatever you do, take it all in stride and have a wonderful time! Note: The site is a bit confusing, so be sure to click “find out more” button, and then the “tour website” button on the right, toward the center of the page to get to the actual event website – it will take you to the info you need to know to get to the haunted event you’d like to venture into. Good luck!
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 26, 27 and 28, 2012
Los Gatos – If you haven’t yet chosen that perfect Halloween carving pumpkin, or need some for the holiday table, take the kids on over to Queens Pumpkin Patch on Saratoga Avenue. Hosted by family Cliff Wanda Peel with son, Chaydon, this incredible patch is not only family-friendly with all sorts of activities for the children (and adults), but it’s a great place to hang for a little while – the great pumpkin find an adventure the entire family can enjoy. With a variety of pumpkins whether white or orange, the hay bale maze, free petting zoo and movie night (I saw a fresh-popping popcorn machine, too), with all sorts of holiday fun so this is one of those pumpkin patches that make pumpkin seek-and-find more than just “choosing a pumpkin” for the little ones.
With the cost of pumpkins, adding all of these amazing free events, such family fun in this economy just can’t be beat. Check out Queen’s Pumpkin Patch on Saratoga Avenue between Saratoga Avenue just before Highway 85. Be sure to tell them P.K. said hello! Open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; for additional information call 1-408-252-9520.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 26, 27 and 28, 2012
San Jose and Sunnyvale – Adopt-a-pet and save a furry life, all for just $10 through October 31, 2012 – any animal – and that’s an amazing price that just can’t be beat!
That’s right folks, the Humane Society of Silicon Valley is hosting an adoption special through the end of October for just $10 for all animals, through October 31, 2012 (it’s normally $10 for a mouse!) so it’s a great deal, folks and one you won’t want to miss out on. Benefits of adopting through HSSV include spay/neuter surgery, all vaccines and routine de-worming, FeLV testing, microchips and lifetime registration, vet visits and aftercare discounts through partners, expert tips on care and training, post-adoption advice and examinations and assessments by expert veterinarians – you can’t beat those benefits anywhere else. So check out the adoptions through the HSSV and help find your new pet their “forever” home before Halloween.
Adoptions are actually through the Petco location on Saratoga de Saratoga (although technically a San Jose location) and the Petco Sunnyvale location (available through the HSSV website. Also, for those not ready to make the commitment just yet (although the fees go back up to $150 or more after October 31), people can always volunteer and spend time with animals – that’s a great way to be around animals and learn more about them. So there is always a win-win for everyone if you look in your heart. So what are you waiting for? http://www.petco.com/
Petco San Jose is located at 500 El Paseo de Saratoga Avenue in San Jose; 1-408-370-2732; and Petco Sunnyvale is located at 160 East El Camino Real in Sunnyvale; 1-408-720-1419. Be sure to check out the photo in the slide show of two of the cats, Tipper and Peri, that are still available for adoption at the San Jose Petco. And thanks to everyone out there with big hearts, we are excited to announce that Penny was adopted and is in her new “forever” home.
Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28, 2012
Los Gatos – Are you looking for some of the best BBQ rub on the planet, or maybe you’re just crazy for cats (or cat statuary) – or better yet, you’re looking for a place to kick up your heels and enjoy some live entertainment such as Country & Western along with some dancing? Or heck, maybe you’re just looking for a little quiet family time on Sunday? Whatever it is you’re looking for and whatever your mood, The Cats Restaurant and Tavern is a can’t-be-beat kickin’-it-up-good-time for entertainment or good food.
Catch a free shuttle offered by The Cats from the parking lot across from the Toll House Inn in downtown Los Gatos (free shuttle every 25 minutes, from 5 p.m. until midnight; every Friday and Saturday). Savings Tip for Examiner readers: According to co-owner, Mark Thomas, “Like” The Cats on Facebook and receive a free “Cowboy Chip Platter” appetizer. Enjoy. The Cats is located at 17533 Santa Cruz Highway. in Los Gatos. Call 1-408-354-4020 for additional information.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Santa Clara – Yes, a Saturday’s market and this one is held in Santa Clara: The Santa Clara Farmer’s Market is also a year-round event and it’s a good thing because when was the last time you bought flowers for your sweetheart? They sell beautiful orchids and some of the most gorgeous bouquets of flowers whether for yourself, your sweetheart or the holiday table, so what are you waiting for? Located near the Santa Clara post office at Franklin Mall in Santa Clara (at Jackson Street and Homestead Road), this quaint little farmer’s market is perfect for those Saturday shoppers who like to get it done and out of the way. From fresh veggies to fruit to that sweet kettle corn filled with live entertainment or laughter and good times, this is a quaint little get-what-you-need market for those Saturday morning shoppers. Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Santa Clara – Educate yourself and your children with the latest technology at The Intel Museum, the place where folks can “Journey through decades of Innovation.” The Intel Museum truly is a place of wonder where technology is concerned, so whether a weekend or during the week after picking the kids up from school, or perhaps your school is interested in scheduling a field trip – plan to stop by the Intel Museum and share the world of technology with young ones or fill yourself with a little tech knowledge. Discover the making of silicon chips or cruise the Intel Museum store for some great gifts. The Intel Museum is located at 2200 Mission College Boulevard in Santa Clara. Hours of operation are Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information or museum schedule, call 408-765-5053.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Campbell – Venetian-style mask making with extremely talented Campbell artist, Carla Almanza-deQuant who specializes in Italian, Venetian and 16th Century art making the most exquisite masks that are not only a piece of fine art to wear to your next masquerade ball, but to display and showcase with your finest art collections. This is the last class in October so be sure to inquire about a mask making class for yourself or your group of coworkers for a team building exercise for November or before the Christmas holidays. As always, inquire with the artist, Almanza-deQuant, for customizations to fit your party or style as just as art and creativity have no limitation, classes and ideas are equally limitless.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Los Gatos – Tour Gioia Company Italian Art & Products online store anytime and enjoy the music and slideshows of previous trips to Europe. Find out when the next open house is, schedule a private shopping spree or browse the online store in your PJ’s – whatever it is you need for your holiday party from gift to décor, Gioia has it. This is the perfect time of year for those wine glass and bottle art along with the unique accessories; and all sorts of beautiful Venetian masks, including the miniatures that folks are collecting. Don’t forget to check out the classes, from team building to Limoncello to mask making – find out why the Italians are always so happy and learn their secret so more of us can spread the good cheer!
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Fremont or Sunol – It’s always a good time to ride a Niles Canyon Railway train and explore the foothills of Niles Canyon, and what beautiful sites there are to see. Be sure to check out the limited Pacific Locomotive Association’s “Niles Daylight Limited” dates and departures, with additional information available on their website. The next October ride is on Sunday, October 21, 2012, so check their calendar for other special excursions.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Campbell – Campbell Farmer’s Market – That’s right folks, Campbell’s Farmer’s Market is still one of the best Farmer’s Market’s around; the downtown Campbell Farmer’s Market is attended by thousands so meet your old friends or heck, meet some new ones; purchase some plants or pick out some fresh fruits and veggies and let the kids walk off some useless energy while soaking up some good energy from the sun and enjoy a little family time. Held every Sunday in downtown Campbell between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. From bread and soup to nuts or whatever your needs are for the week ahead, including live entertainment, taste-testing and shops that are open downtown – this is one market that just can’t be beat.
Next week sneak peek: Monday, October 29 through Thursday, November 1, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 – and anytime
Looking for a museum to feed your brain? There are plenty to choose from in the Bay Area, with two off the top of our list this week:
San Jose – San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art is located at 560 South First in downtown San Jose. With a collection of amazing exhibits from very talented artists from all over the Bay Area, this is a great way to spend an afternoon with your sweetheart. Open Saturdays from Noon to 5 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday. Visit their website or call 1-408-283-8155.
Santa Clara – Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara is located at 1505 Warburton Avenue at Don Avenue in Santa Clara. Showcasing all sorts of artwork from artists all over the Bay Area, this is another museum worth spending an afternoon in. Parking is free. Visit their website or call 1-408-247-2136.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 – Happy Halloween!
San Jose – A special Wednesday Farmer’s Market in San Jose to catch up on grocery shopping for the family, and on Halloween day, to boot. Add some ooh-la-la for that special recipe or enjoy a little time to yourself while the kids go off and do some of their own shopping – whatever you do, just enjoy yourself for an afternoon at the Cambrian Park Farmer’s Market San Jose held at the lot at Camden and Union Avenues in San Jose on Wednesday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. This market sponsored by the Cambrian Park Plaza Merchants Association.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
San Jose – Opera San Jose presents a special one-act performance of “Billy Goats Gruff” on November 1, 2012, at 4 p.m. to support anti-bullying and as a special way of showing youth and family how to deal with an ongoing epidemic – “bullying.” This free event is also being presented during a perfect time – “National Opera Week,” from October 26 through November 4, 2012, when the arts are being celebrated and introduced to families everywhere – what better time to also introduce an ongoing problem in schools. The promotion of arts and education, as well as how to deal with the problem of bullying that affects millions of American children in schools, is always a good time. For additional information visit www.operasj.org or just show up (no prior reservations required) at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library located at 150 E. San Fernando (at Fourth) Street, room 225/229, in downtown San Jose. Parents, this is a great time to take off early to spend a few extra hours with your children and open the doors on what can sometimes be a touchy subject to address.
Opera San Jose is currently booking “Billy Goats Gruff” for the 2012-2013 season as well. Schools and organizations can contact Outreach Coordinator, Lettie Smith at 1-408-437-4464 for additional information, or fill out the online form at www.operasj.org.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
San Jose – Ballet San Jose presents an unforgettable celebratory extravaganza gala fundraiser event to be held November 3, 2012, beginning at 5 p.m. to support and keep live music in ballet as well as support the arts and education. This gala extraordinaire will be one event folks will not want to miss – and one folks won’t soon forget.
This event includes performances by the entire Ballet San Jose, BSJ Music Director and Conductor George Daugherty and Symphony Silicon Valley, with special musical guest artists Rachel Lee, Kristin Clayton, and the Golden Gate Boys Choir Master Singers.
Tickets range from $45 to $1,000 for part or all of an entire evening filled with excitement and wonder. $1,000 guests will experience cocktails beginning at 5 p.m., followed by an exquisite dinner presented by Plumed Horse chef, Peter Armellino. Following the superb dining comes superb entertainment at 8 p.m. by the entire company of Ballet San Jose accompanied by Symphony Silicon Valley where guests will be further spoiled – and as if they couldn’t enjoy themselves more, a post-party event will be held following the entertainment with live music, dancing and mingling to keep everyone’s spirits high and enlightened in the valley of the smiles.
Entire celebratory Gala Event: $1,000 through Erica Dessenberger of the Ballet San Jose Development Office; or call 1-408.288.2820 x 213. Folks can also visit http://www.balletsj.org and download an order form. Post-party tickets (limited number available): $125 for Ballet San Jose subscribers and $175 for non-subscribers. Performance only tickets range from $45 to $125. Event will be held at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts located at 255 Almaden Boulevard at the corner of Park Avenue and Almaden Blvd.
What this event supports:
This event raises support and funding for Ballet San Jose’s Live Music Fund and its arts education program, “Music and Motion.” Proceeds of the event directly support the inclusion of live musical accompaniment for Ballet San Jose’s annual performances of The Nutcrackerand repertory season, a critical element in elevating the performance experience for artists and audience members alike. “Music and Motion” brings the joy of music and dance directly to the classroom in underserved elementary schools in Santa Clara County by providing introductory ballet classes to live musical accompaniment, along with supplemental materials designed to encourage continuing exploration of the performing arts.
At-your-leisure kind of fun
Anytime, anywhere, at your leisure – Don’t feel like going out and just want to stay home? Why not check out what’s happening online for some grocery or holiday shopping, catching up on some email with old friends, browse the latest book release or music video or why not check out the Examiner site where you can find just about anything your heart desires that’s good for you. Oh, and just for added fun, a few of P.K.’s favorites are listed below, too.
–San Francisco – For those living in San Francisco, City Opera SF is a great way to bring opera to your door, and as founder and creator Jennifer Muhawi looks at it as an “opera meets casual, or to bring classical to the urban outdoors.” Muhawi also teams up other very talented singers and musicians in the Bay Area; as well as People in the Plaza, who perform in plazas throughout the city; and Opera on Tap, who perform exclusively at Café Royal in San Francisco. These performers bring joy to many hearts so be sure to support their talents and enjoy them when you can. For more on City Opera SF, read P.K.’s article, or check out City Opera SF’s website.
–Jennifer Muhawi also creates beautiful music of her own – and if you’re an opera fan this is music you’ll want to give a listen to. One of my personal favorites is her album, “Ciel de Paris” so be sure to check it out via her website. Muhawi is also working on an EP project, something that has never before been done with pop-opera with a very talented rapper out of San Francisco, Leader 1, produced by Juan Caipo; so stay tuned for more on that on the Examiner or visit Muhawi’s website and Leader 1’s website.
–Art-o-mat – Truly fine art for an affordable price for collectors; smaller versions of the original artwork that artists create available in incredible, old cigarette machines that were renovated into art vending machines that are actually pieces of art as well. Definitely one way to replace greeting cards and they are the same price! For just $5 people can own a piece of fine art and add to their collections; children can learn about fine art – there are simply no limitations when it comes to art and what a wonderful way to be introduced to artists from around the world.
–Ki’i Boards Fine Art – If you are a surfer, know of a surfer who has retired or who has surfboards or boogie board they want to donate, or maybe you just want to bring in a little unique coastal charm – give artist Tara Berger a call. Not only does Berger create unique fine art and save the environment in doing so, she creates custom gifts, art for coastal and inland homes, she also creates exquisite art on anything from surf boards to skateboards to so much more – the ideas are as endless as the world of fine art.
P.K.’s music video fav’s and picks of the week:
–Tumbler seems to be a popular site for teens these days, so if you’re a parent you might want to check out what they have been up to lately.
– Know someone who needs a hug? OK, so it’s not music, but it’s interactive – and it does give a hug when your sweetheart can’t (or when you can’t for your sweetheart). The “Like-a-Hug” vest can be the perfect gift for the person who has everything, and they are on Facebook. Now we’ve seen it all, right? Well, almost. http://mashable.com/category/facebook/
–The Stragglyrs are a “rootsy” group who produce some of the best folk-rock and country rock music in the Bay Area who also write some quality songs that are nothing short of superb. Tom Thomson on lead and rhythm guitar and vocals; Bill Mishler on drums and vocals; Chris Purdum on bass, rhythm guitar and vocals; and the newest member, Hank Van Buren on rhythm and lead guitar and vocals. Check their website for a listen and their calendar for their next gig – you’ll be glad you did.
– Doc Roc and the Disorderlies – That’s right, there is a cure for what ails you with Doc Roc and the Disorderlies who play cover and some of their own amazing hits with good old-fashioned Rock & Roll, jazz and all sorts of mix of music that you can dance to or just listen to while surfing the web. And a hot little piece of trivia for you, the drummer of the band really is a doctor. They also play for private parties and at local clubs so check out their calendar for where they might be playing next.
–Train – in previous weeks I mentioned “Drops of Jupiter” and Save Me San Francisco” but for those who haven’t yet listened to Train’s newest release, “50 Ways to Say Goodbye,” it’s pretty hilarious so check it out.
–Dream Music: Part 2 will always be one of my favorite videos by PermaGrinFilms and SMWFilms – a homemade video out of Los Gatos by four extremely talented young men that was Tweetworthy enough for Ashton Kutcher; it even received over two million views on YouTube with about 250,000 Vimeo views. Who knows how many their first creation received, “Dream Music: Part 1” so check them out either on Vimeo or YouTube.
Now through October28, 2012
Santa Clara – Halloween Haunt at California’s Great America – For those that love scary things, this is for you. Great America is hosting its horrifying Halloween Haunt and it’s supposed to be scary – so scary that no one under the age of 13 years of age is allowed. So, if you haven’t yet gone to this s-c-a-r-y event, you might want to skip the at-home horror flick and give this a try – if you dare, that is. Halloween Haunt is every weekend night when according to the Great America site, “evil takes over the park and Zombies, Psychotic Clowns and other twistedness that will haunt you and your friend’s dreams. This event is too intense for anyone under the age of 13; or anyone for that matter.”
Visit the California’s Great America “Halloween Haunt” soon before the ghosts become scarce; tickets are $25, or free to 2012 Gold Pass holders. For additional ticket and general information visit the California Great America website.
Junior Theatre coming in November
Santa Clara – Junior Theatre at its finest: The Roberta Jones Junior Theatre’s 2012-2013 season is fast approaching with the first production: “Charlotte’s Web,” based on the story by E.B. White; and based on the book by Joseph Robinette. Music and lyrics by Charles Strouse. Folks will not want to miss this incredible production of ‘Charlotte’s Web.”
Also in the coming months for the 2012-2013 season: “The Music Man” in March 2013; “Winnie The Pooh” in June 2013; and “The Little Mermaid” in July 2013. These are some of the most fantastic productions in junior theatre so mark your calendars.
Roberta Jones Junior Theatre’s production will be held at the Community Recreation Center located at 969 Kiely Boulevard in Santa Clara. Production dates are November 9 through 18, 2012, with 7 p.m. performances November 9, 10, 16 and 17; and 2 p.m. performances on November 11 and 18. “Charlotte’s Web” based on the story by E.B. White; and based on the book by Joseph Robinette. Music and lyrics by Charles Strouse. Folks will not want to miss this incredible production of ‘Charlotte’s Web.”
Also in the coming months for the 2012-2013 seasons: “The Music Man” in March 2013; “Winnie The Pooh” in June 2013; and “The Little Mermaid” in July 2013. These are some of the most fantastic productions in junior theatre so mark your calendars.
Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase a season subscription to Roberta Jones Junior Theatre’s 2012-2013 season and receive exclusive early seat selection. Individual seats for musicals do not go on sale until much later, giving season subscriber’s first priority for “the best seat in the house.”
Tickets: $8; children: $5; for additional information visit www.rjjt.org. Roberta Jones Junior Theatre is a program of the Cit of Santa Clara Parks and Recreation Department. For additional information call 408-615-3161.
“If your life were a song, what would it be?” –Anonymous
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Stay tuned for more of the creative and behind-the-scene goodness as P.K. researches and unfolds. And remember, support the arts, music and education as it is what feeds the brain and calms the soul, which is all a part of balancing life – so be sure to stay tuned to the Examiner for more ways to stay healthy and balanced, with much more excitement to come.
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