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February 28, 2024
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Entering the Potatoverse: KCAT film fest brings student creations to life on big screen

in the cinelux lobby at the film fest
Melissa Toren, the executive director of KCAT TV (Comcast), gazed at the red-carpet scene surrounding her, Monday morning, as student actors, directors, writers and cinematographers filed into the Los Gatos Theatre for the big end to summer camp. She lifted her hand to her heart. “I...

Taylor Swift concerts brought cultural earthquake to Silicon Valley

Taylor Swift
Silicon Valley has played host to many tectonic cultural forces over the decades—from the introduction of the personal computer to the way search engines and social media companies altered how humans navigate through the world.  In a way, these technological advances allowed old and young...

Veterans Foundation hosts ‘Mission: Impossible’ premiere in Los Gatos

Kent Hillhouse speaks
On the evening of July 19, local resident Grant Atwell was out taking photos at Jazz on the Plazz, and wasn’t at the “Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning Part 1” premiere at the Los Gatos Theatre, in which his daughter stars alongside Tom Cruise. That’s because...

West Valley Youth Theater’s ‘Rent’ opens with a powerful performance

rent actors
West Valley Youth Theater’s production of "Rent" (school edition) debutedyesterday at Leigh High School. The dramatic acting, captivating singing, and soaring rock score performed by a live band created a powerful performance of this iconic Broadway musical. The audience couldn’t contain their praise, erupting in...

Singing group marks 65 years

Entering Nordahl Hall in Los Gatos on a Tuesday night, you’ll most likely be greeted with the sound of harmonizing voices working together to create beautiful music. Women fill the rafters, possibly waving colorful flags around as a part of their warm up, dancing...

Beggar’s Opera to perform at The Cats on Friday

Beggar's Opera
The Cats is open again and the music is back with Beggar’s Opera performing July 21 from 6:30-9:30pm. And guess what? There's no cover charge. Beggar's Opera consists of Debra and Mark Harville, Tom Siebenthal and Robert Stemplinger performing many tunes from Eric Clapton, Van Morrison,...

West Valley Youth Theater rocking its way through summer season

The Lightning Thief opening night curtain call
As the beaming cast of The Lightning Thief returned to the stage to take a bow on Thursday night after their performance, it was clear West Valley Youth Theater's summer 2023 season was in full swing. The line-up includes four full-scale productions: Disney’s The...

Local student debuts film on dangers of fentanyl

film cover
Los Gatos High School junior Kyle Angelo Santoro will debut his film, “Fentanyl High: The Truth Behind the High School Epidemic,” with a panel discussion and screening on May 16. “Fentanyl High” is a documentary for the high school communities of the Bay Area, researched...

‘Femme Takeover’ mini-festival on tap at Lupin Lodge this weekend

community festival
Jordan Lipaz started out producing events and makeshift gatherings for small crowds alongside a “rotating cast of characters” at homes, open spaces and ranches around the region. The founder of Lit N’ Loud Productions is now working alongside his business partner—operations and logistics wiz Shane...

DJs launch new music series at Charley’s LG

neumonic late night sessions DJ
It was midday on Tuesday and Santa Cruz resident Jordan Lipaz, 27, the co-founder of Lit n’ Loud Productions, was once again scrutinizing the logo to be printed on unique merchandise for an upcoming show he’s organizing in Los Gatos. Lipaz—aka Lapositive—had been going back-and-forth...