Palabuniyan Kulintang Ensemble
The Music in the Park program in downtown San Jose isn’t the only free outdoor music series in the area. Santa Clara hosts Multicultural Mondays at Central Park featuring diverse styles of music from around the world. On June 27, the Palabuniyan Kulintang Ensemble performs music from the Mindanao Island of the Southern Philippines using traditional instruments such as the kulintang, a set of eight small bossed gongs in graduated sizes, horizontally laid on a rack.
San Jose State University’s Alumni Association is raising money for their scholarship fund by throwing a wild and wooly cabaret extravaganza. The jam-packed show includes hula hoop dancers, contortionists, jugglers, magicians, beatboxers, stilt wakers, accordionists and belly dancers. Come early to hang out with the cast and for the silent auction and wine tasting by Artesa Winery.
Graphic Novelist Jennifer Holm
Born in California and raised in Pennsylvania, Jennifer Holm found herself in New York City producing television commercials and music videos for Nickelodeon and MTV. A family member sent her a photocopy of her great aunt’s diary which inspired Holm to pen her first novel, Our Only May Amelia, garnering her first of three Newberry Honors and paving the way for a career in children’s literature. Holm reads from her new Squish! Super Amoeba! graphic novel series for children at Hicklebee’s on June 29.
Natural Vibrations and The Bangerz
Music in the Park gets amped up and chilled out this week. The Bangerz are the South Bay’s electronic DJ/producer all-star team known for creating the soundtracks for the Jabbawockeez dance crew; Da Vibes are one of the biggest bands in Hawaii, blending reggae, pop and rock into a unique, summertime sound. Mix the two together and strain over ice for a Plaza de Cesar Chavez one-of-a-kind cocktail.
If Dave Chappelle’s new show gets greenlit on Netflix, more of Donnell Rawlings could be popping up on Internet-enabled television screens across the country. Rawlings was a regular on Chappelle’s Show and voiced the tag line that practically became a classic ringtone: “I’m rich, biaaaaach!” His web series, From Ashy to Classy, stars his favorite Chappelle character.