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San Jose Pop Artist Xavier Toscano Connects City Culture to Sound

San Jose Pop Artist Xavier Toscano Connects City Culture to Sound

The next pop artist to takeover the radio’s Top 40 could be a San Jose hopeful. From turning heads at Eastridge Mall to concerts in London, San Jose resident Xavier Toscano dreams of opening for a Top 40 act like Usher and selling out the…

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Manresa Chef Kinch Goes International With Grand Gelinaz! Shuffle

Manresa Chef Kinch Goes International With Grand Gelinaz! Shuffle

Walking into Manresa is always a bit of a surprise. The acclaimed Los Gatos restaurant features a new spread every night—from mouthwatering spring lamb with chickpeas and chamomile; to albacore and crispy cannellini beans and turnips, bean bouillon with lemon verbena; and caramelized white chocolate,…

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‘Exit, Pursued by a Bear’ is Like a Dramatized Country Song

‘Exit, Pursued by a Bear’ is Like a Dramatized Country Song

A troubled marriage. Vengeance in the Deep-South backwoods. Exit, Pursued by a Bear, written by Lauren Gunderson and making its South Bay debut with City Lights Theater Company, is like a dramatized country song. A Dixie Chicks number, perhaps, or an Appalachian murder ballad. In…

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Gordon Biersch Prepares for ‘No Name’ Cider Launch

Gordon Biersch Prepares for ‘No Name’ Cider Launch

Like stars and stripes, pickups, potbellies and bacon-wrapped everything, beer has long been regarded as quintessentially American. But before the guilt-tripping Temperance movement drove the entire alcohol industry underground, hard cider was considered the nation’s drink of choice. “Then, for whatever reason, it dropped off,”…

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Create Your Next LA Story (Sponsored)

Create Your Next LA Story (Sponsored)

No matter the age or the occasion, Los Angeles has something for everyone. The best stories are where the most memorable and amazing things happen. Our lives are best remembered through stories and the journey that creates these experiences. Whether you’re looking for adventure, entertainment, or…

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San Jose Spiders Ultimate Frisbee Club Have Steadily Built a Following

San Jose Spiders Ultimate Frisbee Club Have Steadily Built a Following

Ultimate Frisbee has a lot in common with mainstream sports—it’s been compared to hands-free soccer or football without the impact—but it never quite amassed popular appeal. Andrew Zill, head of Silicon Valley pro Frisbee team, the San Jose Spiders, hopes to change that. “It has…

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Drought Landscaping Tips From Bay Maples

Drought Landscaping Tips From Bay Maples

The historic drought hasn’t stopped San Jose native Alan Hackler and his landscape business, Bay Maples: Wild California Gardens, from thriving. Bay Maples rips out lawns, educates and transforms yards to environmentally appropriate and sustainable gardens and landscapes. Hackler majored in Environmental Studies at San…

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New Taproom in the Works for Santa Clara Valley Brewing

New Taproom in the Works for Santa Clara Valley Brewing

Inside two steel tanks, murky liquid ferments into what will be the first batch of beer produced at Santa Clara Valley Brewing’s new home, an under-construction warehouse on an industrial stretch of Alma Avenue. Head brewer Steve Donohue says the IPA- which he describes as…

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Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day

As the name of the event suggests, Free Comic Book Day—which comes swooping into local comic shops all over Silicon Valley this weekend—is about giving the gift of caped crusaders, mutants and other graphically augmented tales. But it’s about more than that, according to Bruce…

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Cocina Central Boasts a Healthy Farm-to-Table take on Latin Cuisine

Cocina Central Boasts a Healthy Farm-to-Table take on Latin Cuisine

Though the menu at Cocina Central, one of the latest additions to Mountain View’s growing culinary scene, boasts a healthy farm-to-table take on Latin cuisine, it still allows for some decadence. Take the Three Piggies Tacos ($12), a shamelessly indulgent blend of carnitas, bacon and…

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