Melissa Momboisse and Greg Zema play the lead couple in “Once.” | Photo via Tabard Theatre Company, by Christian Pizziarani
We can’t help it — we love drama. 🎭
So, we’ve put together a list of seven upcoming spring productions playing at a theater near you.
“Once,” runs Friday, March 10-Sunday, April 2 Tabard Theatre Company | Tickets Set in a pub in Dublin, this out-of-the-ordinary romantic musical features a gut-wrenching folk-rock score. This will be the Tabard’s last production before closing its doors.
“A Statue For Ballybunion,” runs Thursday, March 16-Sunday, March 26 San Jose Playhouse | Tickets Written by former SJ Mayor Tom McEnery, this comedic true story follows Ballybunion residents on their quest to unveil the world’s first statue to then-US president, Bill Clinton.
“Pretty Woman: The Musical,” runs Tuesday, March 21-Sunday, March 26 Broadway San Jose | Tickets Based on the smash hit film, this romantic comedy is a story of an unlikely relationship between a wealthy businessman and a Hollywood escort.
"Blithe Spirit,” runs Thursday, March 23-Sunday, April 23 City Lights Theater Company | Tickets The 1941 comedy follows a novelist who turns to a medium to help with his writer’s block — and she conjures his late wife.
“Grand Horizons,” runs Wednesday, April 5-Sunday, April 30 San Jose Stage Company | Tickets Two sons face a new reality when their parents file for divorce 50 years into their marriage.
“1776,” runs Tuesday, May 16-Sunday, May 21 Broadway San Jose | Tickets A cast of female, transgender, and nonbinary actors play the founders of the US, and are challenged to settle their differences for the future of the nation.
The Power of Dance: The Viennese Ballroom | Wednesday, Mar. 8 | 12-1 p.m. | Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Library, Room 225, 150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose | Free | Learn about ballroom dance culture that has its origins in the decades around 1800.
Rakugo: Japanese Traditional Storytelling Now | Wednesday, Mar. 8 | 5-6 p.m. | Student Union Theatre, 157 S. Ninth St., San Jose | Free | Learn about the traditional, comical storytelling art of Rakugo and how it has navigated its way into the present-day Japan.
Black Sabbitch | Thursday, Mar. 9 | 8 p.m. | The Ritz, 400 S. First St., San Jose | $17 | Meet the all-female Black Sabbath.
Friday, March 10
Opening Celebration | Friday, Mar. 10 | 6-9 p.m. | San Jose Museum of Art, 110 S. Market St., San Jose | Free | Celebrate the opening of “Sadie Barnette: Family Business,” a collective history of Black repression and resistance in the United States.
Tierra y Raíces/Earth and Roots | Friday, Mar. 10 | 4-9 p.m. | Mexican Heritage Theater, 1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose | Free | Step through La Plaza’s doors to embrace down-to-earth art installations by San José's finest artists — brought to you by Works San José and SOAC.
Melissa Villaseñor | Friday, Mar. 10-Sunday, Mar. 12 | Times vary | San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St., San Jose | $25+ | This comedian broke barriers by becoming the first-ever Latina cast member of Saturday Night Live.
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If your child is intrigued by a certain subject and would like to explore it in-depth before college, here is their chance. | Photo provided by University of Rochester
Calling all parents of high school-age students: Does your child have an academic or career-focused passion they want to explore before college? Here’s their chance to do so — with one of the world’s leading research universities.
Prepare for more wet weather ahead. The National Weather Service released rainfall outlook statistics yesterday, and predicted the heaviest rain to fall tomorrow (Thursday, March 9)and Friday, March 10. The county’s website also has resources for those San Joseans needing shelter. (National Weather Service) 🌧️
As Mayor Matt Mahan promised during his inauguration ceremony, the City of San Jose’s website now has a live Homelessness Program Dashboard. San Joseans can now look into the progress of different city-run programs, where the funding comes from, and how many people have been helped. 📊
The Child, Adolescent, and Adult Behavioral Health Services Center recently celebrated its groundbreaking, and will be the first county-operated inpatient facility for youth. The three-story, 207,000-sqft complex will accommodate 77 beds and is scheduled to accept patients in the fall of 2025. (HCO News)
The San Jose State women’s basketball teambeat No. 7 seed Air Force62-51 on Sunday night, making history as the first No. 10 seed to win a game in the Mountain West Women’s Basketball Tournament. Their season wrapped on Monday night following a loss to the Wyoming Cowgirls. 🏀
San Jo-smile. In a recent study from WalletHub, San Jose ranked No. 2 of 182happiest cities in the US in 2023, right behind Fremont, CA. The great 408 was found to have some of the lowest depression + divorce rates, while also boasting almost ideal weather. ☀️ (WalletHub)
The Bay Area’s largest St. Patrick’s Day running party is coming back to Downtown San Jose this Saturday, March 11. The Shamrock Run is a 5K starting + finishing at San Pedro Square, and includes a kids run, a post-race party at O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub and Five Points, and more. Register now. 👟
Get ready for an explosion of color. The Association of Indo Americans will present “Holi Fest 2023” at Discovery Meadow Park this Saturday, March 11, at 11 a.m. This Hindu tradition celebrates the divine love of gods Radha and Krishna — grab your $5 ticket and receive a free color packet.
Broadway San Jose is hosting a giveaway to promote “Pretty Woman: The Musical,” and the winner will receive two tickets to opening night, a one-night stay at Signia by Hilton, a makeover at Atelier Studio, a $250 Santana Row gift card, and more. Enter to win before Sunday, March 12. 🎭
NorCal’s biggest music festival, Outside Lands, released the lineup for this year’s Friday, Aug. 11-Sunday, Aug. 13, event. Get ready for Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, Lana Del Rey, The 1975, and more. Tickets are on sale as of 10 a.m. today. 🎶
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Get a little taste of everything at Littlest Little Italy. | Photo by SJtoday staff
Littlest Little Italy, a 5-in-1 food hall in Little Italy, is now open. In case you missed it, this new concept took over the former Enoteca La Storia restaurant across the street from Henry’s World Famous Hi-Life.
The historic one-story building first opened in 1925 for Alameda French Bakery, which was in business for 50 years. Now, you can get a taste of:
Ancora Vino — an Italian wine shop featuring international bottled wine.
Bibo’s NY Pizza — a Bay Area pizza chain serving thin crust + truffle pizza.
Birre By Pour Decisions — a craft beer, cider, and kombucha taproom.
Salumi Bar — a charcuterie shop with Italian cured meats + cheeses.
Torino Panino Italian Deli and Sandwich Shop — an Italian deli with subs and salads.
Find it at 320 W. St. John St. in Little Italy — hours vary by business. 🇮🇹
Editor’s pick: If you don’t know, I’m a big basketball fan — and the Golden State Warriors have my heart. I recently saw this tweet from Brodie Brazil, a broadcaster of SJ Sharks Pre/Postgame Live, about where the line is drawn for NorCal team pride. A diagonal line slashes through Vacaville, Fairfield, and Manteca, showing Warriors’ fanbase to the west and the Sacramento Kings’ fanbase to the east. Would you say this is accurate?
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