Articles by Yasmin Deosaran

San Jose’s Annual Short Film Festival Explores Cinematic Creativity

San Jose’s Annual Short Film Festival Explores Cinematic Creativity

The San Jose International Short Film Festival returns for its eighth year of short film celebration with world-wide submissions covering all genres. “There are other festivals but having a festival dedicated to the short film genre is unique and shows the talent of young filmmakers,”…

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SJ Q&A: Mary Papazian, President of San Jose State University

SJ Q&A: Mary Papazian, President of San Jose State University

Mary Papazian recently took over as San Jose State University’s 29th president, becoming the third female president in university history. Relocating from Connecticut, Papazian says her goal is to transform San Jose State’s campus into a more inclusive and connected environment. How long have you…

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Alien Con Makes Contact in Santa Clara

Alien Con Makes Contact in Santa Clara

The Bay Area has had its fair share of unique festivals. Everything from delicious food and cultural festivals to the popular electronic Sriracha event. New however is a celebration of otherworldly proportions. Alien Con takes over the Santa Clara Convention Center Oct. 28-30, just in time…

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‘Macario’ Brings Death to Life

‘Macario’ Brings Death to Life

Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, in Chicano/Latino culture is a traditional fall celebration of life and ancestry. In alignment of the holiday celebration, the Mexican Heritage Plaza participates in the fourth annual showing of Teatro Vision’s Macario. Production director Rodrigo Garcia describes…

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A Look at ‘Africa through the African Lens’

A Look at ‘Africa through the African Lens’

More than 50 films representing 25 countries in Africa will be featured all in one weekend this month at the Silicon Valley African Film Festival. The festival is presented by the Oriki Theater and Community School of Music and Arts. Based in Mountain View the…

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C2SV: Music and Tech Converge

C2SV: Music and Tech Converge

A new kind of festival takes over Silicon Valley this week. Creative Convergence Silicon Valley, or C2SV for short, is a mix of music, tech and networking. The three-day event taking place Oct. 6-8 will feature a series of lectures, panels, interactive demos, cocktail parties…

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Fairmont Launches ‘Experimental’ Dinners

Fairmont Launches ‘Experimental’ Dinners

Not one, but a collection of the Fairmont Hotel’s talented chefs will host elegant dinners demonstrating their talents with a signature dish. The meals are part of a program the Fairmont calls “experimental” dinners, beginning Oct. 21. This month’s dinner will focus on traditional Italian food and the…

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‘Romeo and Juliet’ With a Twist at Montalvo

‘Romeo and Juliet’ With a Twist at Montalvo

There is no other star-crossed love affair which has been retold and re-interpreted as Romeo and Juliet. Inspiring numerous renditions throughout the years, William Shakespeare’s tragedy tells the tale of two lovers destined for despair. From school plays, Broadway and box-office blockbusters, Romeo and Juliet…

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The Bacon Festival of America is Back

The Bacon Festival of America is Back

After a brief setback earlier this year, the San Jose Bacon Festival of America is set to return Oct 15-16. More than 20 food trucks carrying traditional and international cuisine will converge on Plaza de Cesar Chavez. If plain old bacon isn’t enough to get your mouth…

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Mountain Music Festival: Sounds of the Country in a Big City

Mountain Music Festival: Sounds of the Country in a Big City

It can be hard to get fresh fruits and vegetables living in our grab-and-go culture. The Prusch Farm Mountain Music Festival aims to change that by slowing things down. The Mountain Music Festival combines live music, good food and family fun by bringing “the country…

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