Articles by Michael S. Gant

Jon Serl Paintings at SJSU

Jon Serl Paintings at SJSU

Serl’s oil paintings (mostly on board rather than canvas) often depict amorphous figures of both people and animals with free-flowing, almost liquefied outlines. The large Others Someplace Else (late 1980s) conjures up a lost world in which three ochre and yellow imaginary dinosaurs cavort in front of a mountain range beneath of swirling blue and white sky that would do a well-schooled Impressionist proud.

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Snake & Butterfly Pairs Coffee With Artisanal Chocolate

Snake & Butterfly Pairs Coffee With Artisanal Chocolate

Located in what used to be a Gelato Classico, the new Snake & Butterfly cafe—or, to be precise, Factory & Lounge—in downtown Campbell links three hard-to-resist treats: artisanal chocolates, gelato and espresso.

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Kurt Weill at the California Theatre

Kurt Weill at the California Theatre

This weekend, Symphony Silicon Valley presents “Kurt Weill: Berlin,  Paris, New York,” a classical cabaret, with soprano Lisa Vroman performing a spectrum of Kurt Weill compositions, from The Threepenny Opera Suite (including “Mack the Knife”) and the Seven Deadly Sins to a selection of Weill’s later songs, most notably “Lost in the Stars.”

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Lavazza Espression in Santana Row

Lavazza Espression in Santana Row

Shopping can be thirsty work, and any excuse to take a break is appreciated. The newest refreshment stop along Santana Row offers coffee drinks and snacks with an Italian twist.

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Review: The Office at SJ Institute               of Contemporary Art

Review: The Office at SJ Institute                     of Contemporary Art

My cubicle—if one partition wall maketh a true cubicle—can be found in close proximity to a copier that daily exacts terrible tributes from all who dare use it. Curses, deprecations and pleas can be heard as the machine steadfastly refuses to accept its assigned chores, protesting instead that it is missing some vital piece of properly sized paper or needs its fusing oil unit replaced.

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Cinco de Mayo Party Guide

Cinco de Mayo Party Guide

A look at the best parties, concerts and events for Cinco de Mayo fun in Silicon Valley.

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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

A guide to the best parties, concerts and events for Cinco de Mayo in Silicon Valley.

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Acquainted With The Night

Acquainted With The Night

(Canada; 80 min.) Michael McNamara’s globe-trotting documentary hop-scotches about visiting various locales to see how people react to the mysteries of darkness.

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Small Town Murder Songs

Small Town Murder Songs

(Canada; 75 min.) A woman is murdered in a Mennonite community.

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Apollo’s Angels

Apollo’s Angels

Jennifer Homans, a professional dancer and history professor, informs her new book, Apollo’s Angels, with her personal commitment to the discipline of ballet as well as her extensive knowledge of its social and political context over the centuries.

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