Here’s my list of this week’s fun and free(ish) Events in Silicon Valley / Bay Area. This is not intended to be complete, and reflects my own interests! I hope they are the same as yours. If I’ve missed anything or you would like to see something on this page, please let me know!

Special Note: Don’t forget to check all the details on the link provided. You never know something might have changed at the last minute, and I won’t necessarily know. Although I do try to keep this page as up-to-date as possible.

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January 2020

Stephanie Metz: InTouch

January 10 - June 30
de Saisset Museum, 500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053 United States
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Imagine a museum exhibit where you're invited to touch the art! Here's how the De Saisset Museum at the Santa Clara University describes their new installation: Bay area artist Stephanie Metz is known by many for her wool and felt creations that tantalize our imagination by playing with the anatomies of teddy bears, juxtaposing plush curves with porcupine needles, and abstracting familiar forms into new configurations.  In earlier bodies of work by Metz, our sensory engagement was focused primarily on sight. With this new…

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American Improv Theatre Players

January 17 @ 8:00 pm - February 28 @ 8:00 pm
Black Cat Licorice Theater, 260 McEvoy Street
San Jose, CA 95126
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$7.50

From American Improv Theatre Players: Spontaneous Comedy, Instant Laughs Improv is comedy without a net, where daredevil performers depend not only on the audience for suggestions, but also on their fellow performers for support and Lady Luck for inspiration. Done right, it's not just hilarious -- it's astonishing. The American Improv Theatre (AIT) Players do it right. Come laugh and marvel as the Players spin entire scenes from suggestions. The show begins with some silly, quick-moving improv games (Think "Whose…

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February 2020

San Jose Jazz Winter Fest 2020

February 14 - February 29

Winter Fest presents jazz, blues, Latin jazz, New Orleans and related genres in intimate venues in San Jose and Palo Alto from February 14 to 29, 2020. Lineup includes Miguel Zenón, with his Sonero project; vocalist Stacey Kent and Quincy Jones protégé Sheléa; Georgia on my Mind: The Music of Ray Charles; and so much more. Visit the sanjosejazz.org for a full roster of events and venues.

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Il Trovatore – Opera San José

February 15 @ 8:00 pm - March 1 @ 8:00 pm
California Theatre, 345 S 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95113
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$55 – $195

From Opera San Jose: A personal vendetta…. A doomed love triangle…. One gypsy’s lifelong desire for revenge is the backdrop for Giuseppe Verdi’s dramatic love story. Based on the play El trovador (The Troubadour) by Spanish playwright Antonio García Gutiérrez, this powerful melodrama set in 15th–century Spain has it all: vengeance, war, jealousy and passion. It boasts an emotional, heart-stopping score which includes one of the most famous choral melodies ever written, the “Anvil Chorus”. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Evening…

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Dance Series 01

February 27 @ 7:30 pm - March 1 @ 2:00 pm
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St
Mountain View, CA 94041
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$59 – $79

Dance Series 1, presented by Smuin Contemporary Ballet, explores the legacy of Johnny Cash with 6 Cash songs. There will also be performeces of Michael Smuin’s impassioned Carmina Burana and Rex Wheeler’s witty and inventive Take Five, set to music by jazz legend Dave Brubeck. Five performances: Thu, Feb 27 at 7:30pm, Fri, Feb 28 at 7:30 pm, Sat, Feb 29 at 2 & 7:30 pm, Sun, Mar 1 at 2 pm MainStage | $59-$79 adults, $46-$56 groups of 10 or more**, $25…

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Max’s Leap to Recovery Fundraiser

February 29

Fundraiser for Max Hampton who was paralyzed after a dive at Lake Comanche near Stockton at a friend’s birthday party. His parents are trying to raise $20,000, half of what’s budgeted for the pending procedure and other expenses. Fundraiser is Sat., Feb. 29, St. Patrick/St. Vincent High School, 1500 Benicia Road, Vallejo, $40 donation, silent auction, music, no-host bar. For tickets and info, earlh@ibew595.or or text (707) 731-3560.

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March 2020

Paul Nicklen – San Jose Speaker Series

March 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
San Jose Civic, 135 West San Carlos Street
San Jose, CA 95113
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$499 – $599

The San Jose Speaker Series brings Paul Nicklen, acclaimed Canadian photographer, film-maker and marine biologist, to San Jose for a special speaking event! The format is informal and intimate. He will speak for 45-55 minutes, and then take questions from the audience. Note about the San Jose Speaker Series: It is a subscription-based series of seven fascinating speakers from November 21st, 2019 through April 9th, 2020. That means that you have to buy the entire package. But take a look at…

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Lewis Black: It Gets Better Every Day

March 26 @ 8:00 pm
San Jose Civic, 135 West San Carlos Street
San Jose, CA 95113
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$39.50 – $75

One of my favorite comedians. From the organizers: Lewis Black, Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian, is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. He executes a brilliant trifecta as a stand-up comedian, actor and author. Receiving critical acclaim, he performs more than 200 nights annually, to sold-out audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. His live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. He is a passionate performer who is…

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April 2020

James Comey – San Jose Speaker Series

April 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
San Jose Civic, 135 West San Carlos Street
San Jose, CA 95113
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$499 – $599

The San Jose Speaker Series brings James Comey, former FBI director, to San Jose for a special speaking event! The format is informal and intimate. He will speak for 45-55 minutes, and then take questions from the audience. Note about the San Jose Speaker Series: It is a subscription-based series of seven fascinating speakers from November 21st, 2019 through April 9th, 2020. That means that you have to buy the entire package. But take a look at the line up! Speaker…

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