Are you looking for something to do this weekend, as early as this weekend? No worries folks with P.K.’s Weekend Roundup on rootshed.com, not only will you find activities that include the latest and greatest, but your favorite, too. We’ve compiled some of the hottest happenings from inland to the coast, from the exquisite to the slightly bizarre, from this weekend to the next and just a few days and sometimes a few weeks beyond so you can plan ahead. With the New Year almost upon us there are many traditions of old to combine with new, many things to be grateful for and a new year coming with more than the magic of the season to carry us through a New Year. So let our worries fade, and let us take you to places of fun and excitement whether for some ooh-la-la romance with your sweetheart; quiet time alone or some much needed family time – whatever you decide to do just give it your all, be safe, designate a driver if you plan to drink and make those new memories cherishable, charitable and magnificently unforgettable. Ciao for now.
This weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday December 21, 22 and 23, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012 – (event ends Dec. 23)
Daly City – A Victorian Affair on the streets of London right here in the Bay Area where folks can go back in time for a Happy Christmas at the 34th annual Dickens Fair now through December 23, 2012, at the Cow Palace
This delightful whimsical 120,000 square foot wonderland of playful exploration of dazzling twilight of décor, games, exhibits, stages, theatrical Victorian Christmas events and a palace-filled with excitement, handcrafted gifts and drink, wonder and more – all at the Cow Palace in Daly City. This year’s Dickens Fair is better than ever and folks can experience a Victorian Christmas unlike any other holiday tradition although this one has been around since 1970. The Dickens Fair runs through Dec. 23 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cow Palace is located at 2600 Geneva Avenue in Daly City. Call 1-415-404-4100 for additional information or visit the Cow Palace website.
Friday, December 21, 2012 – (events through Dec. 30 and Jan. 6, 2013)
San Jose – Winchester Mystery House “The Spirit of Christmas” evening and daytime walk-through Mansion Tours. Although the Mansion Tours are available year-round, “The Spirit of Christmas” daytime tours are available through January 6, 2013, with evening tours through December 30, 2012. Other tours also available throughout the year; visit the Winchester Mystery House website for additional information and pricing.
Friday, December 21, 2012 – (through December 23)
San Jose – This is the perfect weekend to let your new Christmas traditions begin – or let traditions of old take you to new memories made with time to reminisce! The eloquent company of Ballet San Jose present one of the principal dancer’s choreographed version of an all new production of “The Nutcracker” on stage now at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts in downtown San Jose. Gabay did an excellent job on this rendition and the detailed story of “the hard nut” – it is a version that will be around for many years to come.
Military discounts now offered for “The Nutcracker” – Discounts offered to active military and their families – visit the website for additional information. Tickets must be purchased during regular business hours Monday through Friday at the Ballet San Jose box office at 40 North First Street, or at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts located at 255 Almaden Blvd., one hour before curtain. Military ID must be shown. No online or phone sales for discounts; discount good for entire family. Military discount applies for the following dates: Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.; Sat. 22 at 1:30 and 7 p.m. and Dec. 22 at 1:30 p.m.
The world premier of the new version of “The Nutcracker” with choreography by Karen Gabay (also a BSJ dancer) and Symphony Silicon Valley performing the score by Tchaikovsky; under the baton of world-renowned and recently appointed Music Director and Conductor for BSJ, George Daugherty. This new version of “The Nutcracker” will be the first new version in 30 years, with sets by Paul Kelly and costumes by the legendary Theoni Aldredge.
“The Nutcracker” will run through December 23, 2012. Tickets: $21 to $105. The San Jose Center for the Performing Arts is located at 255 Almaden Boulevard at the corner of Park Avenue in downtown San Jose. For additional information on “The Nutcracker” visit BSJ’s website or call the Box Office at 1-408-288-2800. Be sure to check out the winners from Ballet San Jose’s Nutcracker-inspired photo contest.
Friday and Saturday, December 21, 22 and 23, 2012 – (ends Dec. 23)
San Francisco – The Rrazz Room “Annual Gospel Christmas” with Kim Nalley. Tammy Hall and other special guests now through December 23, 2012, at the Rrazz Room at Hotel Nikko in San Francisco.
Saturday, December 22, 2012 – (ends January 6, 2013)
Vallejo – Six Flags “Holiday in the Park” at Discovery Kingdom with Santa and all sorts of holiday fun now through January 6, 2013 (with best deals online, some up to 50 percent). Check the online schedule, details and directions. Most days are either 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. with New Year’s Eve until midnight (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).
Saturday, December 22, 2012
San Mateo – Join the cookie fun for a “Holiday Cookie Exchange” to celebrate “National Cookie Day” celebration (that was actually a holiday celebrated by Betty Crocker on December 4) to be held in San Mateo at the Rendezvous Café and Boutique at noon on Saturday, December 22, in downtown San Mateo. 1-650-522-7440 for additional information; event is free.
Saturday, December 22, 2012 – (ends Jan 1, 2013)
Santa Clara – At last, Global Winter Wonderland is sharing all its glory and wonder with everyone in the Santa Clara and Silicon Valley so head on over to see what the fuss is all about. Twinkling lights galore, excitement, recycled bottles and materials like never before – and a new piece of info making this amazing display of holiday lights even more magical – we even wonder if there’s a Guinness World Record to be had here somewhere? What do you think? Visit Global Winter Wonderland at Great America located at 4701 Great America Parkway in Santa Clara through January 1, 2013; take public transportation to this event. Tickets: $18 general; $16 junior and senior; and children age 4 and under free. Parking is $20 preferred; $10 general – cash only; season pass: $29.99. No pets allowed; lockers available; as well as strollers and wheelchair rentals on first-come, first-serve basis behind Guest Services. Call for tickets 1-888-768-7469.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Santa Clara – Yes, a Saturday’s market to offset the usual Sunday affair and this one in Santa Clara: The Santa Clara Farmer’s Market is also a year-round event held in front (or back near the post office) at Franklin Mall in Santa Clara (at Jackson Street and Homestead Road), and happens to be quite the quaint little farmer’s market indeed – perfect for those Saturday shoppers who like to get it done and out of the way. From caramel corn to flowers and vegetables to fresh fruit you’re bound to find what you need (with many growers that are also at the Campbell’s Farmer’s Market); live entertainment, laughter, trades, goods and treats. Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 22 2012 – (lasts through December)
San Francisco – “Victorian Holiday of Lights in the City” – a free event with the “Union Street Fantasy of Lights” lasting through December with the line of Victorian houses along Union Street; an annual tradition now for over 20 years. Santa visits from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 2040 Union Street in San Francisco (folks are encouraged to bring a toy(s) for the San Francisco Firefighter’s Program; and many shops offering specials and extended hours. Public transportation options available at www.511.org; enjoy the holidays a lot more when the communities come together. Some parking validated by many of the Union Street merchants for the 2001 Union Plaza Garage, 1910 Union Street Garage (Wells Fargo) and the Lombard Street Garage (enter on Moulton Alley at Webster).
Saturday, December 22, 2012
San Francisco – Holidays Symphony with ‘Twas The Night” a cozy holiday concert in the Days Before Christmas, Dec. 22 through Dec. 24, with the San Francisco Symphony. Check the website for further details.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Niles – Shopping and Movie Night. Visit the town of Niles for shopping, from antiques to uniques; Niles is always a great place to find that Christmas gift you’ve been looking for. And don’t forget the “Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum” for silent movie night every Saturday night at the Edison theater located at 37417 Niles Blvd. begins at 7:30 p.m. check the website for which silent film will be played.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Fremont or Sunol – The “Train of Lights” tickets are on sale now and run out quickly every holiday so be sure to check the website for availability. This is the perfect time for that romantic holiday excursion through the mountains or to plan a family getaway or to start a tradition of new. The Train of Lights annual fundraiser is one of the most important annual fundraisers of the year so be sure to check out the website for details and get your tickets early so you don’t miss out on this truly amazing event. Frequently asked questions and additional information can be found on the Niles Canyon Railway train website. And while you’re in Niles, why not visit the town of Niles and explore the shops or see a movie – there are cute antique shops and many little handcrafted gifts available for that unique flair for that special person in your life.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Campbell – Campbell Farmer’s Market – That’s right folks, Campbell’s Farmer’s Market is still one of the best Farmer’s Market’s around; attended by thousands so meet your old friends or heck, why not meet some new ones. Purchase some plants or pick out some fresh fruits and veggies and let the kids walk off some useless energy before heading home to do that book report; soak up some sun or a few drops of rain and let that good energy form beneath whatever sun you can find – just enjoy a little family time. Held on Sundays in downtown Campbell from 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.; find everything from bread to soup to nuts-or whatever your needs for the week ahead, including live entertainment, taste-testing and shops open downtown – this is one market that just can’t be beat.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Los Gatos –The Los Gatos 14th Annual Fantasy of Lights is always a great way to end a long week, or start off a wonderful week ahead with the family. Enjoy the beautiful decorations and drive through festival of lights at Vasona Park, a park that is already beautiful and a land now filled with assorted holiday lights and décor made by local businesses and volunteers contributing to what is always an amazing display of holiday traditions to brighten eyes and touch holiday hearts. This Los Gatos Fantasy of Lights runs through December 31, 2012, open every day including holidays. Vasona is located at 333 Blossom Hill Road in Los Gatos. Open daily from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Call 1-408-355-2201 for additional details; be sure to see P.K.’s article on Fantasy of Lights for complete bus schedule and event details.
Sunday, December 23, 2012 – enlighten your soul and brighten your world with art and technology
San Jose – San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art is always a great afternoon visit, or schedule to go with your sweetheart or child on the weekend. Located at 560 South First in downtown San Jose and with a collection of amazing exhibits from very talented artists from all over the Bay Area, this is a great way to spend an afternoon with your sweetheart. Open Saturdays from Noon to 5 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday. Visit their website or call 1-408-283-8155.
Santa Clara – The Triton Museum of Art is also another museum worth the visit and if you’re closer to Santa Clara, then maybe the Triton Museum might be on your list of museums to visit; located at 1505 Warburton Avenue at Don Avenue in Santa Clara. Showcasing all sorts of artwork from artists all over the Bay Area, this is another museum worth spending an afternoon in. Parking is free. Visit their website or call 1-408-247-2136. Currently on exhibit: Karen Frey.
Santa Clara – Educate yourself and your children with the latest technology at The Intel Museum, the place where folks can “Journey through decades of Innovation.” The Intel Museum truly is a place of wonder where technology is concerned, and where kids and adults alike can share the world of technology and a little tech knowledge. Discover the making of silicon chips or cruise the Intel Museum store for holiday gifts. Located at 2200 Mission College Blvd. in Santa Clara. Open Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information or museum schedule, call 1-408-765-5053.
San Carlos – Carlos at the Hiller Aviation Museum located at 601 Skyway Road in San Carlos. This is not only a place where those interested in flight, exploration or flying – but children are always amazed by technology. Explore the wonderful world of aeronautics with your child, or what the heck, go by yourself. Event: Presentation and book signing: “Quest for Flight: John J. Montgomery and the Dawn of Aviation in the West” on December 15, 2012 by author Craig Hardwood at 11 a.m. Call 1-650-654-0200 for additional information.
Anywhere – Art-o-mat – Truly fine art for an affordable price for collectors; smaller versions of the original artwork that artists create available in incredible, old cigarette machines that were renovated into art vending machines that are actually pieces of art as well. Definitely one way to replace greeting cards and they are the same price! For just $5 people can own a piece of fine art and add to their collections; children can learn about fine art – there are simply no limitations when it comes to art and what a wonderful way to be introduced to artists from around the world. If your local gallery or museum doesn’t have a machine, inquire as to why not, or when it will be coming in.
Santa Clara – The de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University is also another great museum to check out; located at 500 El Camino Real in Santa Clara. For additional information visit their website or call 1-408-554-4528.
Oakland – Free first Sunday of the month is “free” admission day at the Oakland Museum of California located at 100 Oak Street in Oakland. Visit the website for additional information on exhibits, new hours of operations and event info.
Los Angeles – Ki’i Boards Fine Art – Have you given up surfing and want to turn your surf board into fine art? Do you love the ocean and the theme and fine art and want to incorporate the two? The ideas are endless and so is the art by this extremely talented young lady – Tara Berger out of southern California
San Francisco – First Tuesday of every month comes the Conservatory of Flowers – a great place with a lot of incredibly beautiful flowers – no doubt as beautiful as you are, ladies. A great place to take a date gentleman, and a great place to take the kids – they have a good time, too. Current exhibits include Boomtown’s Barbary Coast’s Gold Rush Days through April 14, 2013.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Bay Area – Looking for something to do that is not holiday shopping related, or maybe even for post-Christmas? Coffee is awesome and can send you to the moon and back (which would work for holiday preparations) – so how about some wine tasting to go along with that holiday blitz and bling? Wine makes a great addition to any holiday dinner – and a great gift to keep under the tree for that unexpected guest. So grab a wine tasting buddy and head on over to your favorite winery and whether you stop in at Stage Left Cellars in Oakland, Domenico Winery in San Carlos, Creekview in San Jose (or Morgan Hill), Odonata Wines in downtown Santa Cruz, Lightheart Cellars in San Martin (check Lightheart’s wine club holiday discount this weekend that could reach up to 40 percent off!), Guglielmo, one of the oldest family owned wineries in the valley – just please be sure to designate a sober driver. And remember, Gioia Company Italian Art & Gifts has wine accessories, wine bottles and glasses and all sorts of wine accessories for gifts as well (and are also available for sale at various wineries) so visit Gioia’s Los Gatos boutique or Carla Almanza-deQuant’s studio in downtown Campbell for a look-see or to see a list of wineries that also carry their items.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
San Jose and Sunnyvale – Adopt-a-pet, save a furry little life and provide a “forever’ home to that new Christmas or New Year’s gift for your family member with the Humane Society of Silicon Valley’s December special: $12 (normally $175) – that’s a huge savings! Santa’s checklist will be an easy one this year with HSSV as the adoption house, with some of your pet’s favorite toys, food and other pet accessories so stop by the Sunnyvale and San Jose (off Saratoga Avenue near Westgate) to adopt, shop and wrap up your holiday adoption – Petco is your one-stop adopt and shop this holiday season.
The adoption benefits of going through Humane Society of Silicon Valley include everything from spay/neuter surgery to all vaccines and routine de-worming – the benefits are as priceless as the felines or pooches awaiting your smooches – and your time is equally priceless, so don’t forget to tell a friend and remember, if you can’t adopt get those volunteer hours in and check off yet another item off that Santa list.
Petco San Jose is located at 500 El Paseo de Saratoga Avenue in San Jose; 1-408-370-2732; and Petco Sunnyvale is located at 160 East El Camino Real in Sunnyvale; 1-408-720-1419. Tipper and Peri, two adorable, lovable cats are still available for adoption at the San Jose Petco looking for their forever home. Check out the new photos of the available cats for adoption – choose your new pet now!
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Ben Lomond – Towne & Country Antiques and Uniques is a unique antique store and quite frankly one of the best on our list, and one that will absolutely become one of your favorites – especially during the holidays when shopping needs to get done. From the outdoor garden area with iron structures and statues be it mermaids, angels or animals to various iron structures to the indoors where collections of sorts from dolls to houses to furniture and sorts covering every holiday from St. Valentine’s to Christmas with displays that will make you feel right-at-home. The owner, Jan, will also make you feel welcome and is very helpful, and one of the friendliest owners we’ve met in a long time. Be sure to add “Towne & Country Antiques and Uniques” to your list of antique shops and spend an afternoon browsing for that have-to-have treasure find. Towne & County Antique and Uniques is located at 9280 Highway 9 in Ben Lomond. For additional information and hours please call 831-336-5993.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
San Francisco – at Nieto Fine Art in San Francisco, a wine tasting event and Christmas event on December 23 located at the Nieto Art Gallery at 565 Sutter Street in San Francisco. Art and more. 1-415-393-4511.
Wednesday, December 21, 2012
Santa Clara – Ever wonder what to do with those toddlers during the day who have an imagination that needs to run wild? Take them to the library and check out a book – or why not go to story time? Don’t you miss story time? Enjoy it with them, it’s always better when someone else reads. Check out the Santa Clara Library’s calendar of events and story times – and check out your local library for story time or events in your neighborhood. The City of Santa Clara Library is located at 2635 Homestead Road in Santa Clara. The doors close soon after the reading begins with most story times so don’t be late!
Friday and Saturday, December 21 and 22, 2012 (through Dec. 31)
San Francisco – Looking for something “different” but fun?/ How about a chocolate factory tour? Yes folks, a free chocolate factory tour to boot. A new startup chocolate factory in San Francisco is inviting folks to check out their new factory of chocolate making for a limited time, so be sure to follow the rules (such as attendees MUST be at least five minutes early; no children under eight years of age; no cameras, phones, recording devices, backpacks, purses, anything at all allowed on the tour with you; and be prepared to read the “Good Manufacturing Practices” manual provided by TCHO). This is a great way to experience something fun and different and since it is one of the leading addictions in America – why not see how it’s made? TCHO is located on Pier 17 along the Embarcadero. Tours held daily; reserve your tour date now. Visit the TCHO website for more about the startup company as well. Tours through the end of December.
Sunday, December 23, 2012 – or any day of the week
Your home –anytime – Don’t feel like going out and just want to stay home? Why not go online and do a little holiday shopping or check out the latest music video – and hey, have you checked out the Examiner site recently? We have just about everything on every topic so check us out!
P.K.’s music video fav’s and picks of the week:
–The Stragglyrs are a “rootsy” group who produce some of the best folk-rock and country rock music in the Bay Area who also write some quality songs that are nothing short of superb. Tom Thomson on lead and rhythm guitar and vocals; Bill Mishler on drums and vocals; Chris Purdum on bass, rhythm guitar and vocals; and the newest member, Hank Van Buren on rhythm and lead guitar and vocals. Check their website for a listen and their calendar for their next gig – you’ll be glad you did.
– Doc Roc and the Disorderlies – That’s right, there is a cure for what ails you with Doc Roc and the Disorderlies you get the hottest cover music in the nation or, some of their awesome originals. From good old-fashioned Rock & Roll, jazz and all sorts of mix of music that you can dance to or just listen to while surfing the web or sitting in that lovely Bay Area traffic. And a hot little piece of trivia for you, the drummer of the band really is a doctor. From private parties and local clubs to weddings and Bar Mitzvah because these guys are among the best – and their MySpace page is where you can give their new sound a listen.
– MATCHBOX TWENTY “3AM” watch the video, and be sure to watch for their new CD release, “North.”
–Gary Allen “Every Storm Runs Out of Rain” – his website should have the video front and center; if not, search it, it’s well worth it. Word on the music strip is for those who donate to the American Red Cross for the Hurricane Sandy victims, they can receive a free Gary Allen download; check out details here,
–And how about a “one hit wonder” flashback to a song by OMC who came out with “How Bizarre”
–Christina Perry “A Thousand Years” – from the movie, Twilight – their latest, where Edward gets the girl. And, well, where us women realize that the one we love is worth fighting for, (if he fights back). An absolutely great song; among the best –give it a listen.
–Taylor Swift sometimes adds a little humor and this one is for sure a good one for that ex you can’t seem to let go of but know you should: “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and don’t forget her new song, with her new, and pretty cool look “I Knew You Were Trouble.”
–And what about Owl City with “Fireflies” – another favorite. Who can resist that cutie on the keyboard but more importantly it’s a great song with hope.
–Kesha “Die Young” music video – the vote is still out on this one; so what do you think? http://warrior.keshasparty.com/ check out her website to also hear the excited New York “train guy” – it is (ehem) interesting…I can officially say that there is nothing like it when it comes to trains, trust me (the horn gives him the chills). I wonder what Ke$ha does for him?
–That song we all love from Superman, “Kryptonite” by 3Doors Down – the one that is either romantic or reminiscent of a past love (or wannabe love).
–Christina Perri “A Jar of Hearts” – ghosts must leave the building for this song is a definitive way to get over someone they’ve loved for a thousand years or more – once they’ve decided that person can’t hurt them anymore.
–Maroon 5 area always coming out with a hit, their latest:” One More Night” -indeed worth a listen.
–“Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars – a cute song for those who are missing their Bruno fix.
–Music video by the Queen of Country Music, Carrie Underwood, who sung this song, “Blown Away” with her amazing voice at the Billboard Music Awards 2012 – and while you’re there, heck out her new single, “Two Black Cadillacs.”
–P!nk is always in and it’s never complete without that one last kiss so be sure to check out this song, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” by the extremely talented P!nk.
–Radio Disney is the hottest new station for the younger crowd, complete with hits by Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift and even the teen heart throb, Justin Beeber and of course, your teen’s favorite as well so enjoy music, videos and so much more.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Where ever you are – When was the last time you went caroling? Gather a group of friends and go Christmas caroling. Start at an elderly home, convalescent hospital or some place where you know it will be appreciated.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Your home, anytime – When was the last time you watched “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “Christmas Story”? Spend an evening with an old friend, the family or even yourself and watch a good old-fashioned Christmas movie – to some that might be “Sleepless in Seattle” or one of your holiday favorites.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Merry Christmas to all!
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 – Merry day after Christmas!
San Jose – A special Wednesday Farmer’s Market in San Jose to catch up on grocery shopping for the family, and get a head start on the remainder of your holiday shopping. Add some ooh-la-la for that special recipe or enjoy a little time to yourself while the kids go off and do some of their own shopping – let them shop for dinner and cook one night, wouldn’t that be fun?! Whatever you do, just enjoy yourself for an afternoon at the Cambrian Park Farmer’s Market San Jose held at the lot at Camden and Union Avenues in San Jose on Wednesday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. This market sponsored by the Cambrian Park Plaza Merchants Association.
Saturday and Sunday, December 29 and 30, 2012
San Francisco – Treasure Island Flea Boutique Pop-up Show to be held at 1 Avenue of the Palms in San Francisco. Admission varies call 1-415-989-0245 for additional information or visit the website. Enjoy live music while you drink wine and do some after-holiday shopping with hundreds of vendors for vintage, Indie, retro, new and up-cycled goods. This indoor/outdoor event (that will happen rain or shine) runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Santa Clara & Televised – The San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals game televised on yoru local TV; check your local listings or visit the SF 49er website for details and schedule (whether to go to the game or to find out which cable channel). Go SF!
Your city, CA & NV – Free in your city in Bay Area – Free towing for those in need during the holidays on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve – with AAA “Tipsy Tow” for California and Nevada; visit the website for additional information.
Monday, December 31, 2012 – New Year’s Eve events
San Francisco or Berkeley – HornBlower cruises (leaving from Berkeley and San Francisco) on New Year’s Eve; a dining cruise is different and a great way to start off the new year with dinner, dancing and a fireworks show.
San Francisco – Kick off the New Year at Davies Symphony Hall with a New Year’s celebration like no other.
San Francisco – Spend New Year’s in the city of SF with “The SF Pub Crawl” hosted by SF New Years.net – check the website for additional details, pricing and other events throughout the city of San Francisco and Bay Area for a New Year’s gala bash bingo of event listings; most events begin at 5 p.m.
Pebble Beach – Fairytale New Year’s Eve Party – Spend the New Year with a fairytale kind of ringing in, but with the kind of reality you’ll be talking about all year long.
Santa Clara – Single and looking to mingle? Check out the Singles Event of the New Year at the Santa Clara Convention Center located at 5001 Great American Parkway in Santa Clara. This New Year’s Single’s Bash promises to bring singles to mingle and who knows from there, right? 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s music and all sorts of VIP treatment with various packages with complimentary champagne toast included in ticket price (varies). Check website for details; begins at 7 p.m.
A look into a new and wonderful new year:
Tuesday, January 1, 2013 – Happy New Year!
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
San Jose – MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition from January 1 through January 6, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at The Tech Museum in San Jose. Price $12.00 to $22.00; tickets available at www.thetech.org. Visit www.thetech.org for additional information. Immerse yourself in the MythBusters world from the beginning, entering through a giant corrugated shipping container vestibule in the trademark MythBusters colors: yellow and black. Caution tape, blueprints and files – along with real remnants from experiments on the show—accent the exhibition design. Yes, it’s confirmed: The MythBusters have been here.
Friday, January 4, 2013
San Francisco – The San Francisco Falun Buddha Study Association presents “Shen Yun Performing Arts” from January 4 through January 6 at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Shen Yun captures the spirit of a culture long lost; the show moves quickly through regions, dynasties and legends. Ethnic and folk dances fill the stage with color and energy. Tremendous athleticism, thunderous battle drums, and masterful vocalists are all set to animated backdrops that transport you to another world. Tickets available at www.tickets.shenyun.com. Tickets: $60 to $200; show times vary. Visit the webiste for additional information.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
San Jose – The 2012 CreaTiVe Awards Gala on January 5, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at the California Theatre; tickets $100 to $20, available at www.creatvsj.org/cart.aspx. Visit www.creatvsj.org for additional information. The 2012 CreaTiVe Awards Gala, General tickets include Reception at 6:00pm and Awards Show at 7:30pm. VIP ticket includes VIP reception at 5:30pm (with opportunity to hobnob and have photo taken with special guests) and Awards Show. Tickets purchased by 12/28 will be mailed. Tickets purchased after 12/28 will be at Will Call at theatre box office. All proceeds benefit CreaTV San Jose, a non-profit community media center.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
San Jose – 2013 Silicon Valley International Auto Show from January 10 through January 13, 2013 at the San Jose Convention Center. Tickets: $7.00 to $10.00. Visit website for additional information. Hundreds of new cars, trucks, sport/utility vehicles, crossovers and more will roll into the San Jose Convention Center for the 2013 Silicon Valley International Auto Show. Attendees are invited to check out all the latest rides in a non-selling environment, sit behind the wheels, inspect engines, kick tires and even take a spin in several new models. From eye-popping exotics to the newest electrics, the Silicon Valley International Auto Show offers something for everyone.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Santa Clara – Santa Clara Swim Club’s Annual Swim-A-Thon to support the historic club. Support the swimmers, count laps and keep track of time – all at the International Swim Center in Santa Clara located behind the Santa Clara Library on Homestead Road.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
San Jose – Symphony Silicon Valley presents Kurt Weill: Berlin, Paris, New York on January 12 at California Theater at 8:00 p.m. and on January 13 at 2:30 p.m. at the California Theatre. Great numbers of artists left Europe for America in the 1930s and 40s, and the move transformed both them and their new home. Kurt Weill was one of these, and his music mirrored his journey. In this concert-cabaret, you hear first 1920’s Berlin with Three Penny Opera and its immortal “Mack the Knife”; then Paris with Seven Deadly Sins, which is part opera, part theater; and finally New York, where Weill helped shape the music of Broadway. Lisa Vroman joins the orchestra in Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins and in unforgettable Broadway melodies from My Ship to Lost in the Stars. Prices range from $38.00 to $78.00. Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com. Visit livesv.com’s website for additional information.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
San Jose – ”Born This Way Ball Tour: Lady Gaga” at the HP Pavilion in San Jose – if you haven’t yet seen this woman in concert, it is quite a show! At HP Pavilion until then are various shows, such as “How to Train Your Dragon” through Dec. 30, 2012 (with Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream in January 2013). Also, at HP Pavilion in January on the 20th, the legendary “Harlem Globetrotters.”
Coming later in January (Jan. 29)
San Jose – Broadway San Jose, A Nederlander Presentation in association with Team San Jose proudly presents four additional shows in the 2012-2013 season, including the South Bay debuts of “Rock of Ages,” theatrical phenomenon Blue Man Group,” Tony Award-winning Best Musical “Billy Elliot” and “Green Day’s American Idiot.” – Beginning again on January 29, all will be on stage at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Dates, times and prices vary; visit website for details. For season ticket information, call 1-866-395-2929 or visit www.broadwaysanjose.com; for individual tickets call 1-408-792-4111 or visit broadwaysanjose.com.
“Love the giver more than the gift.” –Brigham Young
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