Articles by Thyra Phan

SJ Q&A: Lisa Mallette of City Lights Theater

SJ Q&A: Lisa Mallette of City Lights Theater

Lisa Mallette, the executive artistic director at City Lights Theater, says she fell into her role after helping out a colleague in the summer of 2001. Almost 12 years later, she ended up staying and has helped produce many shows, including the popular Jesus Christ Superstar, which sold out every night. We met with Mallette to discuss highlights of her career at the theater, upcoming shows she’s looking forward to and some of her favorite restaurants in downtown San Jose.

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SJ Q&A: Darren Nguyen of Pho 69

SJ Q&A: Darren Nguyen of Pho 69

After business school, culinary school and post-grad work as an executive sous chef in Texas, Darren Nguyen opened Pho 69, popular lunch spot on South First Street in San Jose. With a variety of pho offerings, sandwiches and rice and noodle bowls, the restaurant has emerged as a neighborhood favorite.

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San Pedro Square Market Guide

San Pedro Square Market Guide

San Pedro Square Market is a bustling indoor market filled with more than 20 vendors offering food, drinks and shopping.

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Muji Opens in Downtown San Jose

Muji Opens in Downtown San Jose

Downtown San Jose shoppers have a lot more to look at with the opening of Japanese minimalist shop Muji last week in the plaza next to the Fairmont Hotel. Described by company execs as a lifestyle store, the 4,590-square-foot retail space offers more than 2,000 items, from housewares and clothing to furniture.

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SJ Q&A: Tracy Lee, Founder of Dishcrawl

SJ Q&A: Tracy Lee, Founder of Dishcrawl

When Tracy Lee graduated from San Jose State University, her love for the city and atmosphere kept her rooted in downtown San Jose. Her passion for food and fun led her to create Dishcrawl, a dining concept that consists of “four restaurants, one night.” Nearly two years later, the concept has grown to more than 100 locations across the U.S. and Canada. We met with Lee to discuss the concept of Dishcrawl, her new project with nonprofits and her favorite San Jose restaurants.

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Drummer Wally Schnalle Brings Idiot Fish to City Lights

Drummer Wally Schnalle Brings Idiot Fish to City Lights

Idiot Fish combines live jazz with programmed electronica and synth from Schnalle’s drums.

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Umami Burger Opens in Palo Alto

Umami Burger Opens in Palo Alto

Ever since Umami Burger’s beginnings in Los Angeles in 2009, it has spawned a burger empire. The restaurant just opened a Palo Alto location last Friday.

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SJ Q&A: Jen Kwapinski, Next Great Baker

SJ Q&A: Jen Kwapinski, Next Great Baker

Jen Kwapinski, the owner of Jen’s Cakes, talks about her shop, how she spends her time when she’s not working and her experience on TLC’s Next Great Baker reality show.

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Santa Cruz Police Officers to be Honored at HP Pavilion Memorial

Santa Cruz Police Officers to be Honored at HP Pavilion Memorial

A memorial service honoring two fallen Santa Cruz police officers, Sergeant Loran “Butch” Baker and Officer Elizabeth Butler, will be held at HP Pavilion on Thursday, March 7.

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The Flying Karamazov Brothers Kick Off 40th Anniversary in San Jose

The Flying Karamazov Brothers Kick Off 40th Anniversary in San Jose

Paul Magid, co-founder of the Flying Karamazov Brothers, discusses his experience in theatrical comedy and juggling antics in anticipation of his performance of “40 Years of Wondering, Juggling and Cheap Tricks” at San Jose Rep.

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