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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Emmy-winning comedian Louie Anderson brings jokes to Saratoga

By Khalida Sarwari Anyone familiar with Louie Anderson knows that—much like his stand-up shows—his conversations are littered with F-bombs. Just not the kind that make people want to reach for the soap. The veteran comedian eschews profanity—the standard fare of many a modern comic—for material that touches upon other ‘F’ words, such as fat, family and being over 50. Four-letter words just aren’t his thing, he said in an interview on a late afternoon in […]

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Iranian-American community celebrates Persian New Year amid political anxieties

By Khalida Sarwari The outfits were lavish and colorful, the smiles were unwavering, the jokes were flowing and the cake was bountiful and sweet. Beneath the veneer of lighthearted fun that the West Valley College Persian New Year celebration has come to personify over the years, the warm breeze that passed through the Campus Center on Monday afternoon carried a solemness, a palpable uneasiness. The observation didn’t go unnoticed by Renee Paquier, one of two organizers […]

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