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Tall Orders at La Barrique

Tall Orders at La Barrique

Giraffes will feel at ease walking through the front doors of La Barrique. Standing up straight, they’ll be at eye level with the tops of two white columns flanking the entryway. What they’d order once inside, however, is anyone’s guess—but the long menus, printed on…

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Open Mic Drop

Open Mic Drop

There is a certain revelatory beauty in every open mic, in watching a rookie attempt their first public performance or a musician introducing you to their newest jam. In our area code, there is also a wealth of talent. The 2010s were a golden era…

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The Year in Weed

The Year in Weed

Since 2012, when Washington and Colorado legalized pot for adult use, every year has been eventful for cannabis. But the biggest story of 2021 might be something that didn’t happen: federal legalization. The same thing might happen next year. Still, legalization at the state level…

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Life Is But a Stream

Life Is But a Stream

Things fall apart. Markets fragment. The critic’s traditional “top 10” list means less in this era of diversified audiences. Audiences are multiverses, each with their own canon. The Matrix Resurrections demonstrates how movies cause divisions—where would QAnon have been without that red pill, blue pill…

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Axe This Year

Axe This Year

With all the absurdities unfolding in San Jose this last year, the Alley denizen became ever more determined to transform the madness into poetry. That said, allow me to revisit a few favorite columns from 2021. In most cases, it didn’t take much to reconnect…

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Hot Summer Guide

Hot Summer Guide

Hot Summer Guide WITH BANDS GOING on tour, venues opening up and the return of outdoor festivals, it’s a perfect time to compile a list of events to attend this summer. Just putting it together has been a sweet reminder of how vast and varietous…

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Must-See Events for Silicon Valley: Week of May 19

Must-See Events for Silicon Valley: Week of May 19

Youth Speaks 25th Anniversary The Bay Area’s preeminent cultural hub for all things youth and poetry, Youth Speaks is turning 25 years old. No longer a youth itself, the organization is looking forward to the next 25 years of seeking, uplifting and amplifying the next…

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Must-See Events for Silicon Valley: Week of May 12

Must-See Events for Silicon Valley: Week of May 12

#DTSJ Farmers’ Market If you love farm fresh food and local crafts, the Downtown San Jose Farmers’ Market is back and in a new spot, now located in SoFA District. Every Friday from 10am to 2pm on South First Street between San Salvador Street and…

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Hit The Spot: Asian Street Foods At Home In SoFA

Hit The Spot: Asian Street Foods At Home In SoFA

San Jose’s SoFA District became home this week to a smorgasbord of small plates spotlighting Southeast Asia street food flavors with a contemporary take. Owner Thoi Trinh and managing partners Sammy Sok and Ivy Li say they wanted to add a new, more laid-back choice…

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Must-See Events for Silicon Valley: Week of May 5

Must-See Events for Silicon Valley: Week of May 5

Cuttings of Jade The warmest First Friday of the year so far is approaching at a speed I find a little disconcerting. However, the warm part of it bodes well for my garden and the First and Friday parts bode well for art. Thank to…

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