This celebration calls for a burnt almond cake from Peter’s Bakery. | Photo by SJtoday staff
235 newsletters. 271 Instagram posts. One fantastic year.
Since sending out our first newsletter exactly one year ago, we’ve had so much fun getting to know our city better and sharing the stories of our great 408 with you all. Let’s take a look back at SJtoday’s first trip around the sun. 🎂
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Satchmo at the Waldorf | Thursday, Feb. 2 | Times vary | The Stage, 490 S. First St., San Jose | $38+ | Catch this one-man, three-character play in which the same actor portrays Louis Armstrong, Armstrong’s manager, and Miles Davis.
David Lucas | Thursday, Feb. 2 | 8 p.m. | San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St., San Jose | This comedian has opened for Louis CK, Joe Rogan, Tony Hinchcliffe and Brendan Schaub.
Friday, Feb. 3
Bay Area Legends | Friday, Feb. 3 | Times vary | 1Culture, 136 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose | Free | View live paintings and a gallery by some of the most talented local graffiti artists.
Dungeons and Dragons Campaign Series | Saturday, Feb. 4 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Q Corner Office, 1075 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose | Free | This four-part series brings monsters and magic for all experience levels.
Cats of Ancient Egypt | Saturday, Feb. 4 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, 1660 Park Ave., San Jose | Free with museum admission | Learn the secrets of why the Ancient Egyptians loved the feline form and how cats influenced the Ancient Egyptian spiritual beliefs.
We have a calendar filled with events and activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Stay bundled, San Jose. Frost advisories have been issued for most of the Bay Area, warning of overnight temperatures in the low 30s. Santa Clara County has set up overnight warming centers at several libraries around the South Bay — locate the nearest to stay toasty. ❄️ (NBC Bay Area)
Keystone, a downtown hotel planned near Google’s transit village, has broken ground after securing a $48 million construction loan. The 8-floor, 176-room hotel is expected to have a rooftop lounge and bar — however, a construction timeline has not yet been announced. 💰 (The Mercury News)
Save the dates. Cinequest says its “Cinejoy Virtual Festival” is set for Wednesday, March 1-Sunday, March 12. Meanwhile, its regular “Cinquest Film & Creativity Festival” is Friday, Aug. 11-Sunday, Aug. 20. Tickets for the virtual movie festival will be available on Wednesday, Feb. 8. 🎥
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the Winchester Mystery House will host the second installment of its “Centennial Speaker Series” on Saturday, Feb. 11, featuring historical romance expert Isobel Carr. Learn about everything love in the Victorian-era — get your tickets before they sell out. 💘
The Santa Clara County Office of Education is hosting a 2023 Young Artist Showcase, which invites public school students grades pre-k to 12th to create artwork in line with the theme, “Hope in a New Era.” Art can be submitted online by Monday, April 3. 🖌️
There’s more ice news ahead. “Stars on Ice” is coming to the SAP Center on Sunday, May 21, highlighting figure skating champions from around the world. Expect Olympic Gold Medalist Nathan Chen and US champions Jason Brown, Ilia Malinin, and Isabeau Levito. Tickets are on sale now. ⛸️
SF Beer Week has commenced, and San Jose is joining the party.
The Guildhouse will host a kickoff event on Saturday, Feb. 11, and feature pours from local craft breweries including: Narrative Fermentations, Hapa’s Brewing Co., Strike Brewing Co., Fox Tale Fermentation Project, S27 Alehouse & Brewery, Camino Brewing Co., and more.
This special brew will debut, too — “This Beer Creates Opportunity” — a 8.5% ABV hazy double IPA created by all five chapters (SF, Silicon Valley, North Bay, Coast, and East Bay) of the Bay Area Brewers Guild.
Proceeds from the beer’s sale will go towards creating opportunities + improving diversity within the Bay Area’s craft beer industry.
Grab tickets for the kickoff event on Eventbrite, which start at $55.
But wait, the celebrations don’t stop there. Hapa’s Brewing Co. will host a sixth anniversary party + Clandestine Brewing will celebrate its fifth anniversary. Cheers to that. 🍻
Editor’s pick: Exactly one year ago today, I remember the excitement (and nervousness) I felt to launch SJtoday. Would San Jose welcome us with open arms? Would our readers be interested in what we’d have to say? Fast forward, and I can happily say that my nerves are gone. You all have shown SJtoday so much support, and you continue to motivate us to write with passion about our great city. Don’t be shy — let us know what you’d like to read about as we enter our second year.
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