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Downtowner Online:  THIS WEEKEND
On stage this weekend we have American history, Brazilian folklore, Russian literature, and favorite fairy tales brought to life through dance.  Not to mention bike parties, lowriders, and concerts in the park. 

Whatever you do downtown, remember to post on social media with the #dtsj hashtag and you might see yourself in an upcoming ad.  As always, check out before heading here in your car.  

Enjoy the weekend!


Midtown Immersive Night Party
Friday 5-9 p.m.  |  James Grain Warehouse, 245 McEvoy

A space for connection, beholding beauty, and building culture. Moveable Feast Food Trucks, live music, DJ's, Beer Garden, artisan merchants and vendors.  Details

San Jose Bike Party
Friday - Meet at 7, Roll @ 8 p.m.  |  City Hall Plaza

The Wizards, Witches and Magic is the theme of the 15-20 mile night ride, and decorated. bikes are strongly encouraged.   Details

Giro d'Italia Wine Tasting
Saturday 1-4 p.m.  |  Ancora Vino, Little Italy

Taste over 50 Italian wines and meet some of our favorite Italian wine makers at this very special event in Little Italy.  Details

Roses to Reels
Saturday @ 1 p.m.  |  Municipal Rose Garden to DTSJ

Celebrate Bike Month by joining this easy ride from the Rose Garden to Open San Jose and the CreaTV studios for a screening of the classic Italian film "Bicycle Thieves!"  Details

Raza Unida Fest 
Sunday @ noon-8 p.m.   |  Parque de Los Pobladores

The United Lowrider Council of San José @lowridercouncil and San José Jazz @sanjosejazz proudly present: Raza Unida Fest, a FREE event featuring lowriders, live music, live performances, and vendors.  Details

Live Theatre and Dance

City Lights presents The River Bride 
Friday-Sunday   |   City Lights Theatre

Fishermen pull a mysterious stranger out of the river – a man with no past who offers two sisters an alluring, possibly dangerous future. Brazilian folklore and lyric storytelling blend into a heartrending tale of true love, regret and trans-formation.  Details

Friday - Sunday   |  Center for Performing Arts

A revolutionary new touring production with a cast that reflects multiple representations of race, gender, and ethnicity. You may never think about our country--who we are and why--the same way again.  Details

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812
Friday - Sunday   |  3Below Theatres & Cafe

An electro-pop score, eclectic choreography, and Tolstoy's passionate love story make this "one of the decade's best musicals." Don't miss this great comet as it soars through 
downtown.  Details

San Jose Dance Theatre presents Cinderella
Friday - Sunday   |  California Theatre

A classical ballet composed by Sergei Prokofiev is renowned for its sweeping melodies and lush orchestration, making it an enduring classic that continues to be performed all over the world. Cinderella remains one of the most beloved ballets of all time.  Details

New Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty!
Saturday & Sunday   |  Hammer Theatre

New Ballet’s lavish production of the classic “Sleeping Beauty” will enchant audiences of all ages. Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, sumptuous costumes, and dynamic dancing make “Sleeping Beauty” a magical theatrical experience.  

On Friday, San Jose’s Relapse celebrates its 20th anniversary at Art Boutiki with support from NVS for the band's album release and a full night of local alternative rock, starting at 8 p.m. Details

Saturday, Tabard Theatre hosts a fundraiser concert from Sweet Hayah and JC Smith, which helps Poor House Bistro reopen with a paved patio in front of its new location in Little Italy. Details

And Sunday, the City of San Jose’s Office of Cultural Affairs Abierto Grant, SJSU Research Foundation and Santa Clara County present an afternoon of cultural expression and heartfelt dialog showcasing the AAPI Perspectives Oral History Project. The free event from noon-2 p.m. at Japanese American Museum in Japantown will feature live music and poetry, food trucks, a panel discussion and free admission to the museum. Details

Concerts & Music Events

IndiviDuo & Razterria Album Release Concert
Friday @ 8 p.m.   |   Tabard Theatre

The evening will celebrate the release of Razteria’s brand new alt-Latin album, Tocar las Estrellas (Touch the Stars), which dips into multiple genres offering a complex look at world music across the decades. Resonating sounds of acid rock, alternative R&B, 90’s Ska, and reggaeton.   Details

Jimmy LaValle: The Album Leaf
Friday @ 8 p.m.   |   The Ritz

The Album Leaf is an American musical project founded in 1998 by Jimmy LaValle in San Diego.  He is known for his use of electronics, synthesizer, and Rhodes piano. His performances often feature projected visual art.  Details

Friday @ 9 p.m.   |   Mama Kin

Collectivity’s original music is a high energy, jazz-funk, psychedelic soul with a rock edge performed by world class musicians. Carefully arranged and uniquely written tunes with a jazz sensibility.  Details

School of Rock Takeover
Saturday @ 6 p.m.   |   Mama Kin

This is School of Rock's end of spring show where the students perform everything they have been working on. Followed by Cold Shiner and The 14th Street Driveway Band.  Details

Super Trouper: The ABBA Concert Experience
Saturday @ 8 p.m.   |   Montgomery Theatre

From the smash pop stage musical Mamma Mia to all the international pop chart faves that made this ensemble famous, you’ll hear (and see) all the costumes and lights of the original ABBA shows, duplicated to near perfection.  

According to Bazooka
Saturday @ 8 p.m.   |   Art Boutiki

Featuring guitar, accordion, violin, upright bass, and drums, A2B’s songwriting is full of melody, engaging musical interplay and home grown observations of everyday humanity.  Details

Nineteen: A Tribute to Al Jarreau
Sunday @ 4 p.m.   |   City Lights Theatre

Join Nineteen, San Jose’s professional big band, as they treat you to the sounds of the late great Al Jarreau, an iconic American R&B, soul and pop singer and musician. This event will feature hits including “Roof Garden,” “We’re In This Love,” “Take 5,” and “Boogie Down.”  Details

Piano Bar Cabaret
Sunday @ 6 p.m.   |  Tabard Theatre

If singing in front of friendly strangers  is not your cup of tea, order some cocktails and enjoy the show. You never know who might stop by and wow us with their next song!

Domingo Sabroso!  
Sunday @ 5 p.m.   |  Mamma Mia

This week's salsa party features Orquesta Borinquen, directed by Bill Ortega, Jr. with free salsa dance lessons from 5 to 6 p.m.  Details

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Friday-Sunday  |  IMAX Dome at the Tech Interactive

Still reeling from the loss of Gamora, Peter Quill rallies his team to defend the universe and one of their own -- a mis-sion that could mean the end if not successful.  Showtimes


Panthers vs. Fighters
Saturday @ 6 p.m.  |  SAP Center

The Bay Area Panthers of the Indoor Football League take on the Frisco Fighters at SAP Center.  Details

Stars on Ice
Sunday @ 4 p.m.  |  SAP Center

Olympic champion Nathan Chen stars in the world's greatest ice skating show, in San Jose for one performance only.  Details

Exhibitions & Happenings

LatinX Art Now!  Auction
Saturday @ 6 p.m.   |  MACLA

Exhibition highlights include Pilar Agüero-EsparzaAaron De La CruzJet MartinezVanessa Wallace-Gonzalez and so many more. Auction proceeds benefit both MACLA and the artists.  Details

Queer Threads
Friday & Saturday   |  SJ Museum of Quilts and Textiles

“Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community” takes you places that you and your sewing never thought to go. The exhibition’s curator posits fiber art as being feminine-masculine, high-low and, at least in the context of this judiciously racy show, naughty-nice.” (NY Times)  Details

Spring Exhibits 
Ongoing  |  San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

Spring exhibits feature the works of Sarah Blaustein, Rhonda Holberton, Rudy Lemcke, and a group show featuring Sarah Hotchkiss, Lordy Rodriguez, and Susie Taylor.  Details

Sonic Runway
Ongoing  |  City Hall Plaza

The Sonic Runway started at Burning Man in 2016 and now lives in the plaza in front of our City Hall.  Music and light activation starts at dusk every night and continues until midnight.  Details

Masako Miki: Night Parade of One Hundred Demons
Ongoing  |  San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

This new Facade Project employs Augmented Reality to allow the artist’s static 2D and 3D characters to become animated, enhancing the potency of time-based storytelling.  Details


Adam Friedland
Friday-Sunday  |  The Improv

Friedland is best known as host of the Adam Friedland Show podcast, and its predecessor, Cum Town.

Comedy Showcase & Open Mic 
Sunday @ 6 p.m. |  Fox Tale Fermentation Project

Fox Tale wraps up the weekend with a Comedy Showcase, featuring four local comics and an open mic, plus four new beers to taste!  Details

Eats of the Week:  Sa By Thai

Now with two locations downtown - San Fernando at 6th and Santa Clara at Lightston Alley - and open for lunch and dinner, Sa By Thai serves up the kind of food you are still thinking about days later.  You're probably still eating it too, as the generous portions almost guarantee you're taking some home!   

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