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November 27, 2022
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Testarossa internship grad aims to inspire with ‘ah-ha’ moments

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Sip from a single glass and your entire world will be shaken up, ushering you into a life of passionate inspiration. Sounds fantastical, right? Well, that’s what happened to Los Gatos native Shannon Degrange, 23, when she tried a 2018 Hooked Riesling, from Mosel, Germany—a...

Holiday Promenade Date Set; Sonic Addiction to Perform at Number 1 Broadway

The Playthings The Playthings will perform party hits at Number 1 Broadway, 102 South Santa Cruz Ave. #B (Upstairs), on Nov. 26. Doors open at 7pm, with music starting at 9pm. For information, visit number1broadway.com. Saratoga Holiday Wine Stroll The Holiday Wine Stroll, Tree Lighting & Historic...

Music director praises Daves Avenue drama education

Daniel Thomas
The music director of the upcoming 42nd Street Moon presentation of Stephen Sondheim's legendary “A Little Night Music” got his start in Daves Avenue Elementary School productions of “The Pajama Game,” “Guys and Dolls” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” Daniel Thomas, 49, says those early...

Jack Kerouac left his light in Los Gatos

Jack Kerouac and Al Hinkle in 1952
Jack Kerouac would stay at my parent's house whenever he was in town, San Francisco or Los Gatos. He would sit in what we would call “Jack’s chair” in the living room of our home in Monte Sereno. I would sit on the couch...

Frightful film fest fundraiser has early success

A Camping Tale movie still
A ghastly celluloid extravaganza has reaped bloodcurdlingly impressive results, so far. The youth-led Scares For Cares film fest has attracted a long list of frightening contenders, and just days after launching has already brought in about $3,000 for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. “It’s crazy how...

Article inspires generational transfer of musical instrument

Boy must grow into this accordion
When Virginia Primon was a shy teenager in the 1950s, playing accordion was something that got her onto a community float, to serenade people along the streets of San Jose during a community parade. After going to college to become a teacher, she just didn’t...

Wine-focused afternoon declared a big success

Pouring White Wine
As the thermometer inched up toward a pleasant 74 degrees Saturday, about 1,000 people descended on the streets of Los Gatos to taste the wares of local vintners, during the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce’s annual Wine Walk. “It was fabulous,” said Chamber Executive Director...

RIP Bob Long: Celebration-of-Life Rock Show Saturday for Community “Pillar” Killed by Covid-19

Remembering Bob Long
Los Gatos resident Eric Drew is grieving, because one of his best friends just died. When Rotarian Bob Long was claimed by Covid-19 Aug. 27, he said, Los Gatos lost a key resident. “He was a pillar of the community,” he said of Long, who was...

Doobie Brothers put legacy of Los Gatos’ Chateau Liberté in lights on Times Square

Doobie Brothers Billboard on Times SquareDoobie Brothers Billboard on Times Square
The legendary Santa Cruz Mountains music venue Chateau Liberté has been further immortalized with the Oct. 1 release of the Doobie Brothers’ 15th studio album, Liberté. Guitarist and band co-founder Patrick Simmons confirmed the obvious reference to an I Heart Radio audience on the album’s...

IMMERSIVE: The potion we all require (photo gallery)

Swinging Sword Swallower
I sip an amaro and bourbon beverage called Awaken the Spirits out of a clear skull, as a spectre of a woman with a white beehive wig, satin dress and corset gently caresses my left shoulder—then floats on. Short ribs and a parsnip purée...

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