WARM UP YOUR WINTER WITH HOT TICKETS IN SAN JOSE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SAN JOSE, CA (Oct. 11, 2011) – Sure the days are getting shorter, and the nights colder (well, in other places anyway!), but San Jose’s mild temperatures and hot tickets will keep any culture vulture warm this winter.
From arts and cultural performances and holiday movies to ice skating and concerts, San Jose gives visitors and residents many reasons to stay out of hibernation from late November through late March. Find out more information on the events below and many others at www.sanjose.org.
ARTS & CULTURE EVENTS
|“Islamic Science Rediscovered” California Premiere Exhibit (Now through Feb. 26, 2012) – The Tech Museum, where people learn how technology and science affects our lives in over 100 exhibitions, recently launched the California premiere “Islamic Science Rediscovered”. This limited global touring exhibit, which celebrates the contribution of Muslim scholars to science and technology during the Golden Age of the Islamic World (circa 8th to 18th centuries CE) and the influence of their discoveries and inventions on contemporary society, runs through Feb. 26, 2012. Visitors educated in the Western world will be surprised to learn of discoveries and inventions in the Muslim World which predate by years, sometimes centuries, discoveries thought to be developed in the West. Cost is $18.99 for adults, $13.99 for kids ages 3-17 and $16.99 for students with identification and seniors 65+. Experience exotic lands in The Tech Museum’s newest IMAX film, Arabia, playing now. Also playing in the IMAX theater are: Tornado Alley, playing now through February 15; and opening November 18, Happy Feet 2. www.thetech.org.
San Jose Museum of Art’s This Kind of Bird Flies Backward: Paintings by Joan Brown (Now through March 11, 2012) -- This exhibition explores the work of this beloved and pivotal Bay Area artist in the context of the women’s movement and stakes a claim for her place in American art history. It includes many rarely seen paintings from private collections and the artist’s estate. Cost is $8 ($5 seniors, students, free to children under 6). For more information call 408-271-6840 or www.SanJoseMuseumofArt.org.
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art presents Dos Mundos: Tim Craighead Paintings and Works on Paper (Nov. 5-Feb. 18) --A solo exhibition of works by Santa Cruz-based printmaker and painter, Tim Craighead at ICA. Opening Reception takes place Nov. 11, 2011. Admission is free. For more information call 408-283-8155, email or visit www.sjica.org.
Children’s Musical Theater’s Seussical (Nov. 11-20) -- The Cat in the Hat is back at the Montgomery Theater. Don't miss CMT's version of this recent Broadway hit which brings beloved Dr. Seuss storybook characters like Horton, the Grinch and Yertle the Turtle together in an imaginative story. Whimsical Seuss-inspired sets and costumes will make this a treat for the eyes as well as the ears. www.cmtsj.org
Opera San Jose presents a double-bill: Pagliacci and La voix humaine, California Theatre, Downtown San Jose (Nov. 12-27): Opera San José continues its 28th season with Leoncavallo’s emotionally powerful Pagliacci in a double bill with Poulenc’s French monodrama La voix humaine. Tickets ($51-$101) are on sale at the Opera San José box office, by phone at (408) 437-4450 or online at www.operasj.org.
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art presents One Thing Leads to Another (Nov. 12- Feb. 25) --A group exhibition at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) featuring works on paper by artists who explore Seriality and Repetition in their work. Features an opening reception on Nov. 11, 2011. Admission is free. For more information call 408-283-8155, email or visit www.sjica.org.
Children’s Musical Theater Presents Tarzan (Dec. 2-11, 2011) -- CMT is thrilled to present the West Coast premiere of Disney's Broadway hit, Tarzan. With music by Phil Collins, Tarzan follows the story of a young boy, raised in the jungle by a family of apes. www.cmtsj.com
Broadway San Jose Presents Cats (Dec. 27-Jan. 1) -- The longest running, most popular, North American Touring Production in history comes to San Jose over the holidays. There's no better way to introduce your family to the wonders of live theatre than with the magic, the mystery, the memory of Cats. www.broadwaysanjose.com
Winchester Mystery House's Friday the 13th Flashlight Tours (Jan. 13, 2011): You'll tour the rambling, mysterious mansion at night with only the moonlight, a souvenir flashlight, and your imagination to provide illumination through the bewildering maze of rooms and stairways. But watch your back, Sarah Winchester could be waiting around any turn. This is one open house you’ll never forget. Call us at (408)247-2000 or visit http://winchestermysteryhouse.com/specialevents.cfm for more information.
Broadway San Jose Presents West Side Story (Jan. 17-22, 2012) – The San Jose Center for the Performing Arts brings West Side Story – one of the greatest love stories of all time—to downtown San Jose. Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction is recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway. www.broadwaysanjose.com.
San Jose Museum of Art’s Free Community Day Celebrating the Lunar New Year (Feb. 4, 2012) -- Celebrate the year of the dragon with a day of live entertainment and hands-on art-making for all ages. www.sjmusart.org
Opera San José presents Verdi's "La Traviata" (February 11-26, 2012) -- Verdi's romantic tragedy is the legendary tale of love and sacrifice, overflowing with some of the most unforgettable music in all of opera. Tickets ($51-$101) are available by calling 408-437-4450 or online at www.operasj.org.
Children’s Musical Theater Presents Dr Doolittle (Feb. 23-26, 2012) -- This lovable tale will be brought to life by CMT's imaginative Rising Star performers. www.cmtsj.com
Children’s Musical Theater Presents Legally Blonde (March 2-11, 2012) -- Straight from Broadway, this upbeat, jiving musical features sorority star Elle Woods, who doesn't take "no" for an answer. www.cmtsj.org
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art presents Younhee Paik: Ascending River (March 3-May 26)-- An immersive installation by Korean-born artist Younhee Paik. www.sjica.org
Broadway San Jose Presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (March 6-11) – Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. www.broadwaysanjose.com
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art presents The Office (March 10-June 2, 2012) -- The artists in The Office playfully examine, deconstruct and critique the contemporary business work space in their artworks. From the minutia of office supplies to the sense of alienation in a cube farm, the works capture both the material and emotional strangeness and beauty of this 20th and 21st century constructed environment. www.sjica.org.
SEASONAL SHOWS AND FESTIVALS
Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show (Nov. 25-27) -- One of the largest indoor art & craft shows on the West Coast, this festival features hundreds of artisans exhibiting American handmade items including beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, original art, hand-turned wood, music, ceramics and much more. Cost is $9 per adult, $7 for seniors, $4 for youth (ages 13-17) and children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. www.harvestfestival.com
San Jose Spring Home Show (March 9-11) -- The Home Show is an event designed for homeowners in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes at the San Jose Convention Center. Each event includes hundreds of home improvement and landscaping exhibits with product demonstrations and sample interior and exterior vignettes. www.acshomeshow.com
Nederlander Concerts presents "Yo Gabba Gabba" (Nov. 19, 2011) – This popular kids show, featuring funky characters including DJ Lance Rock, brings music, dancing, and fun to the San Jose Civic. 1p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows www.sanjosecivic.com
Symphony Silicon Valley Presents "Nakamatsu Plays Chopin" (Dec. 3-4, 2011) -- Local legend and van Cliburn award winner Jon Nakamatsu, whose Chopin interpretations were touted by the L.A. Times as “brilliant, poetic, heroic, and spontaneous;” performs at the California Theatre. must-hear concert. Maestro Novo adds treats in his SSV debut that are sure to blow the roof off the California Theatre: Milhaud’s ballet score filled with Brazilian rhythms, Kodaly’s Gypsy-inspired dances, and Marquez’ Danzon No. 2, dubbed ‘the people’s national anthem of Mexico.’ www.symphonysiliconvalley.org
Watch the Throne Tour: Jay-Z and Kanye West (Dec. 10, 2011) -- Music icons and pop culture visionaries JAY-Z and Kanye West have joined their extraordinary talents at HP Pavilion to form the group “The Throne” and confirm the most anticipated album and touring event of the year, “WATCH THE THRONE.” Tickets range from $59.50 to $250 and are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com.
Nederlander Presents Tower of Power and War (Dec. 30, 2011) – The San Jose Civic will sizzle with Soul and R&B powerhouses Tower of Power and WAR. Soul and R&B powerhouses, Tower of Power and WAR will co-headline the intimate San Jose Civic. For over 40 years, Tower of Power has been creating their own kind of soul music. Since 1968, Tower of Power has delivered their unique brand of music to their fans, appearing before sold out crowds as they tour the world each year. Tower’s sound can be hard to categorize, but the band's leader and founding member, Emilio Castillo, has labeled their sound as "Urban Soul Music." An American original; WAR was the first and most successful musical crossover phenomenon that forever fused rock, jazz, Latin, and R&B, while transcending racial and cultural barriers with a multi-ethnic line-up; a musical melting pot and an enduring influence that has sold nearly 25 million records to date. www.sanjosecivic.com
Michael Jackson - The IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil (January 13 – 15, 2012) – HP Pavilion hosts this riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael's creative world and literally turns his signature moves upside down. Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour unfolds Michael Jackson's artistry before the eyes of the audience. Tickets range from $53 to $178 and are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com.
Symphony Silicon Valley presents "Mozart & Tchaikovsky" (Jan. 13-14, 2012) -- Some of SSV’s most exciting concerts feature their own gifted artists as soloists; and for the new year they turn the spotlight on Viola Principal Patricia Whaley. The viola was Mozart’s own favorite instrument, and he probably wrote the demanding part in his Sinfonia concertante for himself. Whaley has invited SSV concertmaster Robin Mayforth to join her in this brilliant double concerto. Maestro Klein will also lead Tchaikovsky’s great Symphony No. 5, reprised from Symphony Silicon Valley’s 2004/05 season. http://www.symphonysiliconvalley.org/
Marquez Brothers Public Dance (March 3-4) -- The San Jose Convention Center rocks with the hottest Mexican bands. www.elmexicanopresenta.com
2012 Silicon Valley International Auto Show (Jan. 3-8, 2012) – The show features hundreds of new cars, crossovers, hybrids and more into the San Jose Convention Center. This automotive extravaganza will feature luxury vehicles, the latest alternative fuel vehicles, ride and drives and more. www.motortrendautoshows.com/sanjose/
Harlem Globetrotters (Jan. 16) -- The Original Harlem Globetrotters return to HP Pavilion at San Jose and are celebrating their 86th consecutive year, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Tickets go on sale October 17 at www.ticketmaster.com.
2012 U.S. Figure Skating Championships (Jan. 22 – 29, 2012) -- The nation's most prestigious figure skating event and takes place this January at HP Pavilion in San Jose, crowning 12 U.S. champions in ladies, men's, pairs and ice dancing on the senior, junior and novice levels. Tickets range from $16 to $177 and are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket packages are also available starting at $130. For event information, visit www.SkateSanJose2012.com.
SAP Open (Feb. 13 - 19, 2012) -- The SAP Open, the Bay Area's premier men's professional tennis tournament, returns to HP Pavilion at San Jose this February, where defending singles champion Milos Raonic will join Andy Roddick, Gael Monfils and a host of other world-class players. Tennis Legend and 14-time SAP Open winner John McEnroe will headline a doubles exhibition on opening night. Ticket packages are on sale now and are available by calling (408) ACE-2121 or visiting www.sapopentennis.com/tickets/TicketPackages.asp.
Dinner on The Row and a Show (Monday evenings, Nov. 7 to Dec. 19) -- Enjoy a three-course dinner on Monday evenings at one of Santana Row's participating acclaimed restaurants (LB Steak, Left Bank Brasserie, Yankee Pier, Village California Bistro, Sino, Consuelo’s and more) for just $30/person. With the purchase of two ‘Dinner on the Row & A Show’ dinners, diners receive two tickets to ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the San Jose Repertory Theatre, playing November 23 to December 24, 2011. For more information call 408-551-4611 or visit www.santanarow.com. ‘A Christmas Carol’ tickets are first come, first served; supplies are limited.
10th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony (Nov. 15) -- Kick-off the holiday season at Light Up The Row, Santana Row’s 10th annual holiday tree lighting ceremony. This festive family event features live music, holiday entertainment, special guests, costumed characters, and the lighting of the 40-foot Christmas tree on the chess board in Santana Row Park. Program includes: photos with Santa Claus in Park Valencia from 3-9 pm; tree Lighting Ceremony in Santana Row Park from 7-8 pm; and live music, choirs, carolers, hot chocolate sampling and activities for children and families throughout The Row from 6-9 pm. Guests will receive an exclusive shopping card good for 20 percent off any one item at select shops and restaurants on The Row. Pick up a card at Vera Bradley or the Concierge Center from 10am to 9pm on Nov. 15; valid through Nov. 18, 2011 while supplies last. Admission cost is free; complimentary parking. For more information: Call 408-551-4611 or visit www.santanarow.com.
Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice (Nov. 19, 2011-Jan. 16, 2012) - Ice skating under the stars and around twinkling palm trees returns to downtown San Jose's Circle of Palms for the holiday season, with Olympic Gold Medalist figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi again serving as host. Cost is $13-$15.www.sjdowntown.com/downtownice.
Winter Wonderland (Nov.23, 2011-Jan. 1, 2012) - To add to the excitement of Downtown Ice and Christmas in the Park, Winter Wonderland offers amusement rides on Park Street between Almaden Boulevard and Market Street, and on the Paseo de San Antonio between Market and First streets. Cost:$15 unlimited rides. www.winterwonderlandsj.com
Christmas in the Park (Nov. 26, 2011 - January 2, 2012) - Anchored by a festive tree lighting and the San Jose Holiday Parade, and displays like the Santa Claus Railroad and the reindeer bar, Christmas in the Park is a fond family tradition in Silicon Valley. This popular event features 60 musical and animated exhibits, glittering lights and the 60-foot Community Giving Tree. www.christmasinthepark.com.
Nederlander Concerts Presents Mannheim Steamroller (Nov. 27, 2011) -- America’s favorite Christmas music artist will wow audiences with their spectacular holiday show at the San Jose Civic, kicking off the opening weekend of San Jose’s annual “Christmas in the Park.” Tickets go on sale Saturday, October 1 at 10:00 AM at all Ticketmaster outlets, including www.sanjosecivic.com or charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.
Ballet San Jose’s Nutcracker (Dec. 10-23, 2011) -- Hailed by The San Francisco Chronicle as “one of the most entertaining versions of Nutcracker anywhere in the country”, Ballet San Jose¹s treasured holiday classic returns for an extended run at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. This triumphant tale of Maria and her beloved nutcracker will delight audiences, young and old alike. The theater itself is a wonderland of surprises, replete with lavish lobby decorations, a boutique of holiday treasures, choirs singing carols, the “Pocket Lady” passing out free toys, and characters from the show posing for photos with patrons. Call 408.288.2800 or visit www.balletSJ.org.
About Team San Jose (TSJ)
Team San Jose, Inc. is an innovative partnership unifying the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau, hotels, arts, labor and venues to deliver an exceptional visitor experience and serve as the gateway to San Jose as a destination. Our company manages the San Jose Convention Center and Arts and Entertainment venues including the California Theatre, the Center for the Performing Arts, Montgomery Theater, Parkside Hall, San Jose Civic and South Hall. For more information about San Jose and Team San Jose, please visit www.sanjose.org.