Opera San Jose reprises Mozart’s ‘Così fan tutte’ in season debut

By Khalida Sarwari Opera San Jose will open its new season this month with “Così fan tutte,” considered by some to be one of Mozart’s more divisive and controversial works, at the California Theatre Sept. 9-24. “ ‘Così’ revolves around Don Alfonso (Malcolm Mackenzie/Trevor Neal), who in his quest to challenge his young friends’–a pair of soldiers named Ferrando (David Blalock) and Gugliemo (Colin Ramsey)–faith in the steadfast fidelity of their fiancées, bets them that Read More …

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 …

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 …

‘Cabaret’ as relevant today as it was half a century ago

By Khalida Sarwari Behind the glitzy performances and glamorous costumes, “Cabaret” tells a story that is as relevant today as it was 51 years ago, according to the cast of the national tour set to arrive at San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday. Directed by Sam Mendes and co-directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall, the revival of the timeless musical brings together a cast of veteran actors who breathe life into the Read More …

Classical music concerts to bloom this month

By Khalida Sarwari Spring is in the air and all around the chirping sounds of birds can be heard, but they’re not the only ones making noise. This month, the songbirds will have competition in the halls of San Jose’s California and Trianon theaters and Saratoga’s Foothill Club. Classical music fans are in for treat after treat as they’ll have their pick of concerts to attend in the coming days, each priced at less than $100. Read More …