San Jose Giants Home Game
A summer night at the Municipal Stadium cheering on the Giants minor league baseball team is about as down home as it gets in San Jose. Compared to the “other” Giants games, these tickets are cheap, parking’s a cinch and the atmosphere is pleasantly relaxed and family-friendly. Between innings, Gigante—the team’s orange mascot—leads mini-games such as Tire Toss and Tug of War. And then there’s the “beer batter,” a designated player from the opposing team who gives fans the ultimate reason to cheer; if he strikes out within the first six innings, beer is half price for the next 15 minutes.

Amy Dabalos Trio
Classically trained by world-renowned soprano Carol Neblett and a graduate of the Chapman University Conservatory of Music, Amy Dabalos has spent the past several years performing in Southern California. She recently returned to her hometown of San Jose to work on a new recording project. Dabalos puts on an intimate performance Tuesday night at LB Steak in Santana Row.

Toy Story
When Pixar decided to produce the first ever feature film made entirely with CGI, they knew it had to be more than just a technological breakthrough. It needed to have memorable characters, solid voice acting, a superb score and a great story that would stand the test of time. With Toy Story, their first feature film, Pixar hit a home run. Catch a free outdoor screening of the lovable film at San Pedro Square on Wednesday evening. Come early for the Mr. Potato Head contest.

It seems almost obvious that art is better enjoyed with a few drinks and good music and thankfully the museums in San Jose have caught on to this trend. The San Jose Museum of Art hosts an after-hours event on Thursday with specialty cocktails, indie art experiences inspired by underground comic legend R. Crumb and live music by The Good Hustle.

Ernesto Martinez
The Final Fridays free program at the Montalvo Arts Center brings unique performers and artists to the stage during the Friday happy hour. On tap for this month: Ernesto Martinez, a composer, instrument inventor, pianist and piano tuner from Mexico City. He’s the inventor of Micro-Ritmia, a composition and improvisation technique that constructs textures made from 25 chords per second over a period of 10 minutes.