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‘Killer Joe’ at RTE

‘Killer Joe’ at RTE

White Trash Gothic is perhaps the best label to stick on Killer Joe, a black comedy now being staged by Renegade Theatre Experiment. Written by Tracy Letts about 15 years before he won the Pulitzer Prize for August: Osage County, the play concerns the Smiths, a clan of Texan riffraff who decide to kill their family matriarch for her insurance money.

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Wild Hearts

Wild Hearts

SAVE YOUR MONEY!!!!!!!” Allen Ginsberg told Jack Kerouac in a letter from 1957. Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” was a hit after a high-profile trial over its presumed obscenity, and Kerouac’s second book, On the Road, had transformed the author nearly overnight into the most popular novelist in America. “God knows what oblivion we’ll wind up in.”

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Opera: ‘Anna Karenina’

Opera: ‘Anna Karenina’

EITHER I’M dreaming, or Sunday’s performance of David Carlson’s Anna Karenina was the best thing that ever happened at Opera San José. The West Coast premiere revealed an extraordinary symphonic score that its composer succeeded in subordinating to the great Tolstoy narrative and the richly complex characters destined for both doom and redemption. Moreover, this new production raised company standards across the board.

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Urban Lofts

Urban Lofts

A number of loft-style developments have sprung up in recent years in San Jose’s downtown core and fashionable Santana Row, as well as along the Alameda and in Japantown, offering homebuyers a living experience akin to what one might find in San Francisco or New York City.

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SJ Giants: Michael Sandoval

SJ Giants: Michael Sandoval

Michael Sandoval, the older brother of the San Francisco Giants star third baseman Pablo, racking up hits for the San Jose Giants.Sandoval was 17 when he began his minor league career in 1999 for the Minnesota Twins organization.

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Silicon Valley Stage: ‘The Light in the Piazza’

Silicon Valley Stage: ‘The Light in the Piazza’

In an age of musicals centered on pop groups or based on Disney films, nothing could be more refreshing than a play that aspires to something greater, as Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel’s new play produced by TheatreWorks.

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A Glimpse of the New Stadium

A Glimpse of the New Stadium

It may not exist. It may not even have a team yet. Still, the design team at Threesixty Architecture has put together the first renderings of what San Jose’s proposed MLB stadium may look like one day.  Over on the Baseball San Jose blog, comments are generally positive, with people commenting on the overall architecture, the gentle curve that follows the Guadalupe River, and especially how it will revitalize downtown.

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Valerie Evans of the Grapevine

Valerie Evans of the Grapevine

Valerie Evans, a certified sommelier, owns the Grapevine, a wine and cheese shop in Willow Glen. She first worked at the store as an intern one night a week. The internship eventually led to an account executive position with a local wine distributor. To feed her growing interest in wine, she completed the Professional Culinary Institute’s sommelier course, but she did not stop there. With the knowledge and skills she received from master sommelier David Glancy, she sat for the Court of Masters Sommelier Certification exam. She offers that knowledge to her customers at the Grapevine.

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