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February 6, 2023
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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...

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...

Testarossa internship grad aims to inspire with ‘ah-ha’ moments

wine lover ma
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...

Was this the last Promenade ever? (photos)

four locals at the Promenade
Raul Caballero, 49, from San Jose was enjoying the Funky Latin Orchestra’s horns, drums and energetic vocal stylings in the early evening, July 28. The last of 2022’s Promenades was underway, after the seventh was canceled because the money to pay for it dried up. “I’ve...

Youth horror film fest raises money for Children’s Hospital

scary movies for a good cause
Local youth are reaching out to aspiring movie-makers across town as they launch the second-annual Scares for Cares Movie Event to raise money for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. The idea is to help those going through a hard time by scaring people’s pants off...

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...

@ LG’s Library: Conversation between Gary Singh (Metro SV’s urban explorer) and author Dr. Rudy Rucker

Gary Singh story
You may have recently devoured his 2022 San Jose Jazz Summerfest round-up, enjoyed learning about the "ambient and dissonant sounds" of the "Industrial Triangle," or the Hidden History of Lincoln Avenue, but now fans of writer Gary Singh—a columnist for sister publication Metro Silicon...

Youth Theatre company brings classics to life

Los Gatos Youth Theatre All Shook Up performance
This July, Los Gatos Youth Theatre (LGYT) is bringing “Sound of Music” and “Freaky Friday” back to life. The 13-year-old non-profit is fast approaching its summer performances with Artistic Director Heather Stokes at the helm.  LGYT’s Encore group started rehearsing for “Freaky Friday,” a Disney...

Los Gatos’ polygonal mountain lion entrance sign inspired by calligraphy

artist point to sculpture
Matt Babcock touches the electrostatically-applied powder coating on the aluminum of the mountain lion, showing off the bends of the sculpture he created for Los Gatos’ newest entrance sign. The Seattle artist drew on cubism and calligraphy, he said, explaining he didn’t want the piece...

Congregations come together for Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

They may not have packed a room the way they did in pre-Covid-19 times—when around 1,000 people turned up for the community’s Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service—but the around 125-strong in-person crowd was augmented by additional attendees participating remotely.  Jeffrey Hall, the senior pastor at Los...

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