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Saturday, May 30, 2020

De Anza’s student art show makes its online debut by Anne Gelhaus

By Jon Huang De Anza College’s Student Art Show is online for the first time, thanks to the campus’s closure during the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual showcase is usually exhibited on cam…

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Montalvo’s outdoor art stays on view during pandemic by Anne Gelhaus

While its concert series was silenced by the Coronavirus, Montalvo Arts Center is still open to visitors in need of a visual arts fix. The Saratoga venue finds itself in this enviable positi…

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

CMT holds virtual rehearsals for performers sheltering in place by Anne Gelhaus

In deference to Santa Clara County’s “shelter in place” order, Children’s Musical Theater San Jose postponed its Marquee production of “Kinky Boots,” slated for April 17-26, unti…

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

City Lights’ world premiere blurs line between actual, virtual reality by Anne Gelhaus

“Coded,” a new play by Kirsten Brandt, is a fantasy in more ways than one. Not only is it set in the world of online gaming, but it follows a startup run exclusively by women. Brandt hop…

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Mummenschanz brings its body of work to San Jose shows by Anne Gelhaus

Almost a half-century after she co-founded Mummenschanz, Floriana Frassetto says the mime troupe’s audiences still give her the energy to perform. She and co-founders Bernie Schürch and A…

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

Playwright shoots for the ‘Moon’ with TheatreWorks show by Anne Gelhaus

The headline for Jerrie Cobb’s obituary in the New York Times states that the pilot “found a glass ceiling in space.” Cobb, who died in March 2019 at age 88, was well on her way to bec…

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Cupertino’s new poet laureate embraces bilingualism by Anne Gelhaus

Like many Cupertino residents, Jing Jing Yang came to the city from China. As Cupertino’s new poet laureate, Yang said she wants to inspire other immigrants to create in both their native …

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Discovery Museum exhibit shows kids how they ‘otter’ eat by Anne Gelhaus

He’s an aquatic mammal who models healthy eating habits and lifestyle choices for young children. He’s been the subject of books and plays, and now Potter the Otter has an exhibit named …

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Choreographer covers Cash in ‘Man in Black’ by Anne Gelhaus

James Kudelka was at a disadvantage when BalletMet Columbus asked him to choreograph a piece for a program based on American pop music. Kudelka grew up in Newmarket, Canada, listening to cla…

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Friday, February 21, 2020

‘Edwin Drood’ is a Dickens of a show for Foothill by Anne Gelhaus

Charles Dickens probably didn’t envision his final novel—a bleak, unfinished murder mystery—starting a new life more than 200 years later as a musical comedy. But the stage version of …

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Euphrat exhibit honors ‘Women Pathmakers’ by Anne Gelhaus

The current exhibit at De Anza College’s Euphrat Museum of Art honors women whose courage and creativity helped change the world. “Women Pathmakers” is on view through March 12 in conj…

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Players’ new artistic director is a familiar face by Anne Gelhaus

Kevin Surace is a familiar face in the orchestra pit for the Sunnyvale Community Players, having worked as music director on several shows with the company. As the Players’ new artistic di…

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Intimacy director plays important role in ‘Stage Kiss’ by Anne Gelhaus

When Carla Pontoja first got the script for “Stage Kiss,” running Jan. 16-Feb. 16 at City Lights Theater Company, she flagged every instance of violence or intimacy. “It was a book ful…

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Music links pianist to mother’s story of Holocaust survival by Anne Gelhaus

Music moved pianist Mona Golabek to tell the story of her mother, herself a pianist whose career was cut short when the Nazis occupied Austria.

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

San Jose performer gets lucky break in ‘Waitress’ by Anne Gelhaus

Ryan Ballard will tell you he’s one lucky young man. Just a year out of college, the San Jose native landed a role in the ensemble of the national touring company of “Waitress,” Sara B…

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Playwright takes ‘Pride’ in his world premiere musical at TheatreWorks by Anne Gelhaus

’Tis the season of Jane Austen, at least among local theater companies. “The Wickhams’ Christmas at Pemberley,” Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon’s companion piece to their “Pri…

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Dove Gallery’s juried show attracts wide range of talent by Anne Gelhaus

The entries in Dove Art Gallery’s second annual Juried Art Competition range from a 3-D depiction of Calvary to a box painted in the style of Dutch chests from the 1800s. In addition to Mi…

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

TheatreWorks gala celebrates 50 years, honors founder Kelley by Anne Gelhaus

Since Robert Kelley founded TheatreWorks Silicon Valley 50 years ago, he’s gone from working for groceries while staging his first production to managing an $8.5 million budget that suppor…

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

‘Unhinged’ Halloween at Winchester Mystery House by Anne Gelhaus

From the PG-13 frights of “Unhinged” to the family-friendly fun of the Trick-or-Treat Trail, the Winchester Mystery House is celebrating Halloween in ways befitting a purportedly haunted…

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Euphrat exhibit explores ‘Space and Place’ by Anne Gelhaus

The artists’ reception for “Space and Place,” the new exhibit at the Euphrat Museum of Art, isn’t until Nov. 6, but there are plenty of activities for visitors to the museum at De An…

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Local gallery owner swept up by hurricane relief efforts by Anne Gelhaus

A natural disaster in Puerto Rico inspired a Los Gatos business owner to travel there to offer aid not once but twice. And now she’s planning a public event to tell the community about it.

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

‘River’ creators tap into ‘old-timey’ music for latest show by Anne Gelhaus

After delving into blues and Appalachian music for their first two shows at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, co-creators Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman went to literary and natural sources for th…

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Friday, September 13, 2019

New programs keep Los Lupeños on its toes after 50 years by Anne Gelhaus

Los Lupeños de San José this month is celebrating its 50th year as a Mexican folk dance company while honoring the legacy of its founders. The company is hosting a gala dance showcase on S…

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Fifth annual poetry festival gives South Bay voices a chance to be heard by Anne Gelhaus

Poets from the Bay Area and beyond will be presenting their works next week during Poetry Center San Jose’s fifth annual San Jose Poetry Festival.

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Designers ensure ‘39 Steps’ cast dresses for successful quick changes by Anne Gelhaus

As with any play worthy of being called a farce, “The 39 Steps” relies on quick takes and physical humor for laughs. With a cast of four playing dozens of roles in the show, whose script…

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

‘Wicked’ performers take real-life friendship to the stage by Anne Gelhaus

For Erin Mackey, the role of Glinda in “Wicked” feels as comfortable as sliding into a pair of ruby slippers. After 10 years away from the show, Mackey is reprising the role of the Good …

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Purple museum gets new splash of color with LeRoy Neiman Art Studio by Anne Gelhaus

Staff at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose hope that young artists who visit the museum’s new studio space will be inspired by its namesake, LeRoy Neiman. “His art is very ap…

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

The message is the magic in Foothill’s ‘Cinderella’ by Anne Gelhaus

While there are no magical mice in “Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” performers in Foothill Music Theatre’s production say the show will still appeal to fans of the Disney versi…

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Montalvo’s new exhibit explores fabric of humanity by Anne Gelhaus

It may look as though Montalvo Arts Center has been yarn-bombed, but it’s actually the annual Art on the Grounds Exhibition. “Threads: Weaving Humanity” is a series of four newly commi…

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Local actor goes cross-country with ‘Book of Mormon’ by Anne Gelhaus

Jacob Ben-Shmuel has been touring with “The Book of Mormon” for almost two years, but there’s no guarantee that audiences will see him as Elder Cunningham when Broadway San Jose stages…

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Communication is key for ‘Language Archives’ director by Anne Gelhaus

“The Language Archive” by Julia Cho centers on a linguist fighting to preserve a dying language.

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