While many in the Bay Area are heading to SF for Outside Lands this weekend, we’re looking forward to five incredible August events in San Jose that you shouldn’t sleep on. So pull out your planners, because there’s something for everyone here. 👀
Grammy-nominee, Ledisi, is one of 100+ Summer Fest performers. | Photo courtesy of San Jose Jazz
This international film festival returns in-person with 70+ feature, animated, and short films. This year, Jim Gaffigan + Allison Brie are set to receive the festival’s coveted Maverick Spirit Award. Wanna go behind the scenes? Volunteers are still needed.
Locations:California Theatre, Hammer Theatre Center, 3Below, Pruneyard Cinemas
SF may have already celebrated, but now it’s SJ’s time to shine proudly. Expect drag bingo, a dance party, and a flag raising ceremony in the week leading up to a weekend of colorful festivals + a parade.
Cost to attend:Free
Last year’s festival opened with a Hummingbird Circle led by the Confederation of Ohlone People. | Photo by Jon Santos, WeSparq
Celebrate San Jose’s diversity of cultures through performances, art, food, and dance from 50+ community partners. Activities include a dance party, meditation + arts and crafts workshops. All are welcome.
Location:School of Arts & Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza
Crunchyroll Expo 2022 | Fri., Aug. 5-Sun., Aug. 7 | Times vary | McEnery Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos St. + virtual | Prices vary | Going six years strong, this fan festival celebrates all things anime with theater screenings and celebrity meet + greets.
In The End: Linkin Park Experience | Fri., Aug. 5 | 8 p.m. | The Ritz, 400 S. First St. | $15 | Celebrate the legacy of Chester Bennington and this favorite early 2000’s band. 🎶
First Friday Tea | Fri., Aug. 5 | 2-3 p.m. | Santa Teresa Branch Library, 290 International Cir. | Free | Join us for tea + a biscuit in this English-style service. 🫖
San Jose’s Office of Cultural Affairs + the Arts Commission have revealed the 2022 recipients of the Cornerstone of the Arts Awards. Chike Nwoffiah of the Silicon Valley African Film Festival, Mosaic America, and Rotary San Jose will all be recognized for their impact on our community. The award ceremony will be held at the Hammer Theatre Center on Oct. 21, at 6 p.m. 🎨
While a recent fire destroyed local breakfast favorite Holder’s Country Inn on De Anza Blvd., owner Elfren Flores revealed plans to rebuild the location. In the meanwhile, he’ll be relocating nearby + will share updates via the business website. 🥞 (The Mercury News)
Super Mario is sticking around. The San Jose Sharksannounced yesterday that the team had re-signed defenseman Mario Ferraro to a four-year contract. Mario served as an alternative captain last season + has become known for his reliability. 🏒
Just when you thought Drink Up Week was over… Today, Fox Tale Fermentation Project is unveiling a new art display, featuring San Jose artist Brittni Paul. Prints will be for sale between 6-9 p.m. + a new sour saison called “Kind of Blue” — brewed with blueberries, white tea, and elderflowers — will also be available. 🍺
This month, Jessica Castillo Vardaro, an SJSU assistant professor in biology, received a $500,000National Science Foundation grant for her research on the effects of environmental changes on the American pika (a small, rabbit-like mammal found in Western US mountains). Congrats Jessica.👏
A recent study showed that San Jose has the most luxury car purchases in the US, with 39.5% of auto loan inquiries being made for high end makes like Tesla, which was a top-pick. Seems like some of us like to travel in (electric) style. 🚗 (KRON 4)
Sakuu, a local, advanced battery maker, opened the doors on a new engineering hub at 5500 Hellyer Ave. The new facility will focus on 3D printed, solid state batteries that can be used in a variety of green energy applications + tech sectors. 🔋 (The Mercury News)
A 204-room Motel 6 in South San Jose was recently purchased by Texan investors for a cool $29.9 million. This sale joins four other recent Motel 6 sales, which point to increased interest in San Jose’s recovering lodging market. 🛎️ (The Mercury News)
15. That’s the number of renterscompeting for each vacant apartment in Silicon Valley, according to a study conducted by RentCafe. Silicon Valley’s 95.6% occupancy rate + limited housing supply has made the San Jose rental market one of the most expensive and competitive ones in the US. (San José Spotlight)
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An ode to roads
If there’s one unexpected thing that unites us here in San Jose — it’s the fact that we all have *very strong* opinions about our local highways, and the longer you’ve lived here, the more opinions you’re likely to have given how much they’ve changed over the years. 🛣️
Let’s talk highways. | Post by Gary Singh
For example, this post made by Metro Silicon Valley reporter Gary Singh revealed that in the late-1960s, there was a stretch where 17 actually doubled-up with 280 + 680.
To make things more confusing, Old Oakland Road used to be 17 when 17 used to be 238 — our minds are bending trying to keep that one straight.
Today we put it to you — what are your opinions on our local highways system? Do you have a favorite or least favorite highway? What exits do you avoid with a passion? What are your tricks to avoiding traffic? 🚗
Send us your insider San Jose opinion + you could be featured in a future newsletter.
Editor’s pick:I consider myself a proud Trekkie — so when Nichelle Nichols (Uhura from “Star Trek”) attended the first SiliCon back in 2016, I jumped at the chance to meet her. Her work breaking barriers on television + in NASA was a great inspiration to me, so her passing last week hit me hard.
For other pop culture lovers + geeks like me, this year’s SiliCon lineup looks equally impressive. I’m especially excited about the MakerVerse area with free access to maker tools + materials.
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