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This Sunday, order from your favorite restaurants while you watch the big game!
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Downtowner Online: Feb 3 - 9
Dear Downtown San Jose Supporters, 

It's almost Super Bowl Sunday and we have some exciting game-day menus from which you can browse and choose. Sushi Confidential's patio will have the game on, limited seating of course. Of course, with takeout or delivery, the "best seat in the house" is the one in your house!

Brady or Mahomes -- or The Weekend?  It should be a great one.

In this newsletter, you'll find:
We're all in this together. 
Get Ready for the Big Game on Sunday!
Celebrate the Championship Game this Sunday with amazing food from your favorite downtown restaurant. Order lots and bring it home to enjoy while you kick back and watch the big screen. 

Urban Momo's Super Bowl menu includes a variety of wings, Nepali specialties and Tandoori meats to keep you happy and full. Order online for 10% off.

Bring home a party tray with all the best, fresh sushi from Hyland's House of Sushi. Fill up with the 49er roll, Highway 1 roll, Chef’s Special Hamachi roll, Philly roll, 2 maki rolls, salmon & tuna sashimi, coconut shrimp and shrimp tempura. 

Back-A-Yard Grill knows you love the big game and big flavor. Pre-order from their Big Game party menu by Thursday at 5 pm. They have a downtown location but order pickups will be at their North San Jose location at 638 N 13th St. on Saturday from 1-3 pm. Call (408) 736-7724 or email cater@backayard.net to order.

Now that outdoor dining is back in session, Sushi Confidential invites you to their patio for good food and drinks with the game on their big screen. Sunday at 2 pm. Email randy@sushiconfidential.com to reserve your VIP booth today. 

Browse our webpage to see which downtown restaurants have special deals this Sunday. It also has the pizza, wings and sandwich places if you want to go "traditional."  
#DTSJ Restaurants - Welcome to SoFA, Natural Sweet!
Natural Sweet, a new coffee and dessert shop, officially opens at SoFA Market this week! They've got coffee, Italian sodas, juices, small bites, cakes and more to satisfy your sweet tooth. If you're already planning for next weekend, a box of treats from here would also make a great Valentine's Day gift. 

When you're downtown, make sure you drop by SoFA Market to say hi and welcome Natural Sweet to the community! 


 
Arts - Celebrating Black History Month
February is Black History Month and The Stage celebrates with the world premiere of "Strange Courtesies," a virtual staged reading in collaboration with African American Shakespeare Company.

Citizens of South Africa confront a painful past of Apartheid through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This piece explores the potential restorative power of truth-telling, the significance of sympathetic witnesses, and the tasks of both perpetrators and bystanders in this process. 

History San Jose will honor Santa Clara's African American history throughout this month, so keep up with their social media to find out what's coming up. 
Outdoor Activities - Calling All Dog Owners!
This is the chance for your furry friend to be a star! The San Jose Downtown Association and Veggielution present the SoFA Pocket Park, a place for dogs and their owners to play, relax and have fun while social distancing. 
We want to invite three lucky dogs and their owners to be first to experience the SoFA Pocket Park's dog area, run around on the turf and take lots of photos at the soft opening in mid-February. You can enter to win through either Facebook or Instagram. Check out our posts and follow the instructions to enter! To be considered a "Best of Show" doggie model, you must first share a photo of your dog at their favorite Downtown San Jose spot (e.g., restaurant, mural, fire hydrant), tag us and use the hashtags: #dtsj and #sofapocketpark.

Winners will also receive a gift card to either Andy’s Pet Shop or Petco so you can spoil your canine companion. We’ll reach out to three lucky winners by Feb. 10 so keep an eye out for a message from us if you enter. We’re excited to see photos of your dogs! Good luck, everyone! 
Other Essentials - Letters to Heal
We could all use community support and strength. The Hammer Theatre invites you to join staff members and volunteers in this virtual gathering to create encouraging cards and letters to share with heroes in healthcare, patients fighting the virus and isolated seniors in our community. You can drop in anytime between 2-4 pm to the zoom meeting. The goal is for these letters to help fight isolation and the struggle to recover from COVID-19.
San Jose Love Stories - SJZ Jazz Aid Fund
San Jose Love Stories highlight acts of kindness by our community for our community, 

We've been highlight acts of kindness done by our restaurants for our community. This week, we want to spotlight an act of kindness from San Jose Jazz for our community's talented artists.

San Jose Jazz (SJZ) created the SJZ Jazz Aid Fund to provide SF Bay Area musicians a grant of $1,000 each for the creation of a new work. This fund allows them to support 33 musicians with a vital infusion of cash to live, work and create new musical works that will be premiered by SJZ.

Artists have been undoubtedly hurt by COVID-19. While this initiative is primarily focused on supporting artists, it is also grounded in the importance of the role of musicians in the community, in these difficult times. According to SJZ Board President Julie Ramirez:  "Music can bring comfort and joy, and a strong sense of community. Musicians and live music events are essential to our recovery not only from the fear, uncertainty and loss brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic, but also from the deep divisions our Country is experiencing." 

Continued fundraising will allow SJZ to support even more artists in 2021. We look forward to the day where we can all gather together for live music events again. 

Learn more about the program and read artist biographies here. To support this initiative, you can donate here
Ashley's Picks
Tonight, the Art Boutiki continues its digital live music series with Shay Salhov and Dahveed Behroozi Duo playing original music and jazz standards. All February, San Jose Made presents “Plants on Plants on Plants,”  a plant-themed pop-up featuring over 400 new, limited edition and popular plant-related items including art prints, DIY kits and a variety of beautiful plants and flowers available to shop online and in person. KALEID Gallery introduces two new exhibits this month. Starting this Friday, Lifecasting Series by Luis Jorge Mieses and Conduits by Steven Borelli will be on display every Friday and Saturday until Feb. 26.
Coming Up - SJDA Public Board Meeting
Join us for the first SJDA Public Meeting of 2021 next Friday, Feb. 12 at 8:15 am.  We will provide an update on the Property Based Improvement District (PBID) renewal process, one of our top priorities for the year.  The main event will be an "exit interview" with Deputy City Manager Kim Walesh who is leaving the city at the end of March after 18 years, serving in key roles in the Office of Economic Development. Register here.
Keep up with Downtown San Jose with our weekly Downtowner Online and monthly Downtown Dimension e-newsletters.  Here's the February edition.
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