Pink Martini to perform at Mountain Winery

By Khalida Sarwari Pink Martini fans can thank Thomas Lauderdale’s intuition for the birth of his musical group; it’s what led him to form his wildly successful band 23 years ago when he was faced with a fork-in-the-road moment as a politician-in-training and ultimately decided to use music rather than rhetoric to bring folks of different persuasions together. “I’ve never had a plan to follow; I just sort of follow my gut instinct from moment Read More …

San Jose photographer captures images of all 59 national parks

By Khalida Sarwari If the walls of the Art Ark Gallery on San Jose’s South Sixth Street could talk, they’d probably be speechless. They hold 59 images and each appears to be competing with each other in grandeur, scope and beauty. The contrasts catch the eye immediately. Next to the serene waters and lush greenery of the Oheo Stream at Haleakala National Park is an image of red lava simmering through cracks on the ground Read More …

What’s in a name? Santa Clara County schools attempt to find out

By Khalida Sarwari It’s a moment almost every starstruck tourist who visits Hollywood dreams of; the moment when they spot a star. Not the ones who dot Hollywood Boulevard, but real in-the-flesh celebrities. Feb. 26 proved to be such an auspicious day for a number of people who joined a bus tour of Tinseltown. Thinking they were getting a peek into the Dolby Theatre, they walked instead into the middle of the 89th Academy Awards Read More …

French comedian brings unique brand of funny to San Jose

By Khalida Sarwari Gad Elmaleh is doing things a little unconventionally. Whereas most comedians start by making the rounds of local comedy circuits before they get booked to perform at Madison Square Garden-size venues or get their own Netflix specials, the Moroccan-French stand-up comic is eschewing global fame and the big crowds he’s used to drawing for smaller, more intimate venues. A relative unknown stateside, Elmaleh, 46, is embracing the challenges of his quest for crossover success. Read More …

Let’s talk about sex: school districts attempt to navigate new state law

By Khalida Sarwari and Kristi Myllenbeck In classrooms, district offices and school board rooms around the county, the conversation lately has pivoted to one subject: sex. Everyone from parents to educators seems to be talking about it. More specifically, they’re arguing about how best to present the sensitive topic to impressionable prepubescent youths while complying with a new state law that put extra demands on sexual education courses. For some districts, that has meant completely redoing their curriculum, a Read More …