Hats Off to Tabard
The Theatre on San Pedro Square hosts a 10th anniversary tribute and benefit for the Tabard Theatre Company on Monday evening. Tim Reynolds, Diane Milo, Norma Hughes, Jerry and Leslie Lloyd, C. Michael Traw, Dean Scott and Lee Garay Toney are just some of the South Bay names who will be singing, dancing and performing. Wear a hat to receive a raffle ticket.
It’s not often that a rock band is started and fronted by a flautist. In the swinging ‘60s of London, Ian Anderson did just that. He and his bandmates also figured out that if they kept changing the name of their band, they were more likely to book gigs. A booking agents’ staff member was a history buff and threw out the name of an 18th-century agriculturalist. After they were booked for a second gig under the name Jethro Tull, the name stuck.
Doug Benson is something of a hero for pot smokers. He was a favorite in NBC’s Last Comic Standing but wasn’t able to make it to the Top 5. According to Benson, NBC couldn’t give him a show because all of his names were already taken. “Doug was a cartoon show, Benson was a sitcom, my middle name is Dynasty and my nickname is How I Met Your Mother.”
Music in the Park: Freddie McGregor
Freddie McGregor, the GRAMMY-nominated reggae singer, songwriter and producer from Jamaica , brings feel-good vibes to San Jose in week three of the Music in the Park free summer concert series at Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Pizza My Heart, Asmara’s Hot Dogs, Angelou’s Taqueria, and the Treatbot provide the eats.
The Imaginary Invalid
The Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company brings Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid to San Jose from June 17 to July 2. “The influence of Molière’s plays can be found even today in TV sitcoms,” notes Larry Barrott, Artistic Director of the Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company. “Invalid is a fun choice in a world filled with reality shows like The Osbournes and Real Housewives. The play echoes the late ’70s and early ’80s obsessions with wealth, excess, and big hair—not to mention musical revolution. It fits perfectly into a world of drugs, sex, and rock ’n’ roll.”