Are you looking for something to do this weekend, as early as this weekend? No worries folks with P.K.’s Weekend Roundup on Examiner.com, not only will you find activities that include the latest and greatest, but reader favorites as well. We've compiled some of the hottest happenings from inland to the coast, from the exquisite to the slightly bizarre, from this weekend to the next and just a few days – and occasionally a few weeks beyond – so you can plan ahead. And, with St. Valentine’s Day fast approaching we've included a few extra events to get you ready for some magical heart-kissing moments as sometimes reservations are required. So whatever you decide to do and who ever you decide to invite to join you, just give it your all, be safe (and please, designate a sober driver if you plan to drink). And remember to make your memories count as they should be cherishable, charitable and magnificently unforgettable. Ciao for now.
This weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday January 25, 26 & 27, 2013
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, January 25, 26 & 27, 2013 – (event runs through Feb. 3)
San Jose – The San Jose Rep Theater “Next To Normal” directed by David Ira Goldstein is a unique and very interesting musical about a family who is about to face the music – a musical everyone should see. While struggling to maintain “normal” – or something close enough to it – a mother has to find a way to deal with a growing mental illness. This poignant and powerful rock musical is not only Tony Award-winning but also Pulitzer prize-winning. “Next To Normal” is playing through February 3, 2013. Tickets range from $66 - $20; for ticket info visit their website. Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey; music by Tom Kitt; with co-production by with the Arizona Theatre Company. Cast includes Jose Casside (Dan); Mark Farrell (Doctor Madden/Doctor Fine); A.J. Holmes (Henry); Kendra Kassebaum (Diana); Andrea Ross (Natalie); and Jonathan Shew (Gabe).
Friday & Saturday, January 25 & 26 2013
Oakland or San Francisco – There is usually live music on Friday and Saturday so for those singles out there who don’t want to be single any longer, or, who just want to get out and enjoy some live entertainment without a partner – check out Yoshi’s in either Oakland or San Francisco, all with live entertainment to satisfy those cravings. Check out your nearest Yoshi’s and see what’s happening for live entertainment.
Saturday, January 26, 2013 – (any day of the week)
Anywhere – Give the gift of life, or the gift that keeps on giving this Valentine’s Day by donating your blood to the Red Cross. If you have someone that would rather you donate than give them a gift (such as that person who “has everything”) – give them the gift of life by donating your blood to save a life. The life you save might be your own, or someone you love, and that is priceless.
Saturday & Sunday, January 25 & 26, 2013 – (event date: opens Jan. 29)
San Jose – Broadway San Jose, A Nederlander Presentation in association with Team San Jose presents a five-time 2009 Tony Award® nominee musical, “Rock of Ages” that is not only spectacular but a love story told through rock hits from legends people remember including Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and so many more. Four additional shows in the 2012-2013 season include the South Bay debuts of “Rock of Ages,” theatrical phenomenon Blue Man Group,” Tony Award-winning Best Musical “Billy Elliot” and “Green Day’s American Idiot.” Beginning on January 29, the first of these wonderful four will be “Rock of Ages” on stage at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Dates, times and prices vary (stay tuned to Examiner’s Event section and P.K.’s reviews for additional information); and visit Broadway San Jose's website for details. For season ticket information, call 1-866-395-2929 or 1-408-792-4111.
Friday, January 25, 2013 – (Two events; one Jan. 20; the other Feb. 18)
San Jose – The HP Pavilion in San Jose hosts some pretty good shows with “P!NK” February 18, 2013. Don’t miss this spectacular entertainer who touches hearts all over the globe through her incredible music. On Friday, January 18 it’s time for amazing tricks with “The Harlem Globetrotters” on Sunday, January 20, 2013, for a special basketball fan treat.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Santa Clara – Yes, a Saturday’s market to offset the usual Sunday affair and this one in Santa Clara: The Santa Clara Farmer's Market is also a year-round event held in front (or back near the post office) at Franklin Square Mall in Santa Clara (at Jackson Street and Homestead Road), and happens to be quite the quaint little farmer’s market indeed – perfect for those Saturday shoppers who like to get it done and out of the way. From caramel corn to flowers and vegetables to fresh fruit you’re bound to find what you need (with many growers that are also at the Campbell’s Farmer’s Market); live entertainment, laughter, trades, goods and treats. Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
San Jose – That’s right folks, the San Jose Sharks are back on with the next SJ Sharks game to be against Avalanche (home) on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 1 p.m. – with more home games coming up for the San Jose Sharks: Sunday, January 27, Canucks at 5 p.m.; and Tuesday, January 29 Ducks at 7:30 p.m.; and Thursday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m. check out their website for a complete game schedule – go Sharks!
Sunday, January 27, 2013 – (every first and third Sunday through June 16)
San Jose – A singles country dance? You bet, and right here in San Jose. Or, maybe you’re just a little bit country but like to dance and are looking for something to do on a Sunday – so how about a Community Dance? The Bay Area Country Dance Society is hosting a dance with live music for couples, families and yes, even singles. Every first and third Sunday through June 16 there are quite a bit of happening singles events happening in San Jose. Check out their website; Events held at First Unitarian Church of San Jose located at 160 North Third Street in San Jose. bacds.org/newcomers.
Sunday, January 27, 2013 – (event date: Feb. 9 – at your favorite winery)
San Carlos. – Wine tasting is a great way to spend an afternoon with an old friend – why not spend an afternoon going through a vineyard tour, or maybe tour one of the older wineries in the Bay Area with an old friend? Check out which winery will be hosting a Valentine’s Celebration, such as Domenico’s on February 9, with at least 8 or 9 vineyards pouring – with a chocolate fountain (and each winery will have their own treat to serve with their wine so the pairing will be a surprise treat). Domenico in San Carlos will be the ones hosting with the chocolate fountain and the cost is only $10 for non-club members; and free for two guests for club members. Other wineries may be hosting an event so be sure to check with your favorite winery such as Odonata in Santa Cruz or Lightheart in San Martin (if we know about it we’ll have it posted here).
San Jose – January 28, 2013 – (Event: Monday through Wednesday)
San Jose – Dance the night away in downtown San Jose – and if you don’t know how, learn at one of these spectacular lounges that will teach you – bring a partner or meet one there. Learn at the Fairmont Lounge (located at 170 South Market Street in San Jose) on Fridays; or maybe on Monday’s at the Azucar Latin Bistro Mojito Bar and Lounge (located at 81 E. San Fernando Street in San Jose) on Monday’s – or maybe the Agenda Lounge (located at 399 South First Street in San Jose) or the Beso Club (located at 417 South First Street in San Jose) on Wednesday – downtown San Jose can teach you how to dance so you can hit the clubs in style and look like you know what you’re doing.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Los Gatos – It’s “Girls Night Out” in Los Gatos at the Toll House Inn on Main Street from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28 with wine tasting and shopping, a girls two favorite things – at “Three Degrees Restaurant” inside the Toll House Inn. Join Gioia (who will have a booth of wonderful goodies just in time for Valentine’s Day) as well as other exhibitors with gifts and so much more.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Santa Clara – The Santa Clara Library is located at 2635 Homestead Road in Santa Clara with “Storytime” for toddlers and families on the following dates and at the following times: Family time storytime – Jan 29 and Feb. 5, from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Redwood Room at the Santa Clara City Library on Homestead Road. Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Family Storytime in the evenings, at 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.). Both storytimes to be held in the Redwood Room of the Santa Clara City Library located at 2635 Homestead Road in Santa Clara. Family storytimes, songs, fingerpaints and longer storytimes are geared for children who are accustomed to storytime programs. For additional information, call 408-615-2916. Children of all ages invited for preschool storytime and family storytime; please be courteous and arrive early to find parking; space limited and doors close when room is at capacity or 15 minutes after program begins. Registration not required.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
San Jose – A special Wednesday Farmer's Market in San Jose to catch up on your family shopping needs at the Cambrian Park Farmer’s Market San Jose held at the lot at Camden and Union Avenues in San Jose every Wednesday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Half Moon Bay – When was the last time you took your sweetheart to The Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay for “happy hour” for a “Chip Shot”? Or, maybe just for a hot coffee by the fire outside to listen to the ocean waves, or maybe indoors for some jazz music? Check this out! Whether you cozy up indoors or outdoors with a blanket the benefit is sitting next to your sweetheart and listening to the ocean or live entertainment – as if it matters when you are with the love of your life, right?
Thursday, January 31 and Friday & Saturday, February 1 & 2, 2013
Thursday, January 31 and Friday & Saturday, February 1 & 2, 2013
San Francisco – Zinfandel Advocates and Producers Festival to be held on January 31 through February 2, 2013 so prepare for one of the best in town; this special even will be held at the Fairmont Hotel at 960 Mason Street in San Francisco and also at The Concourse located at 635 8th Street (at Brannan) in San Francisco. Make your reservations early for the best rates and availability.
Friday, February 1, 2013
San Jose – Don’t forget that St. Valentine’s Day is now just a few weeks away! Wow that special someone in your life with P.K.’s list of sweet and unique Valentine’s Day gifts for that special someone. (Last year’s list still exists so check that out, too, as it has some of the greatest “unique” gifts you’ll find for that special someone.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Niles/Sunol – The "Romance on the Rails" on the Niles Railroad is the way to go for Valentine's Day. And before or afterwards, you can shop in Niles at one of the Antique stores for a real treat; maybe check out one of the quaint little handcrafted stores for a treat for your mom or dad, too. Niles Day Valentine’s Day wine tasting train ride “Romance on the Rails” on the most famous train ride in Bay Area. That’s right folks this train ride can’t be beat and you know it. On Feb. 10 experience Niles Canyon, your sweetheart and wine tasting like never before with experienced volunteers who know how romance, wine and train rides ought to be – and it’s romance like no other – this is Valentine’s Day you wont’ soon forget. The Valentine’s Day special with wine tasting and treats is on February 10, 2013, beginning at (departs at the Sunol Depot located at 6 Kilkare Road at noon and 3 p.m. in a luxurious restored Art Deco Lounge Car (it is gorgeous) and if you’d like to be in 1940s attire to be admired, it is encouraged but no required. For additional info and ticket pricing (about $75 per person and due to the vintage car there is no wheelchair access) visit the website. Limited seating so reserve early. And, for other rides that you can purchase to surprise them, there are additional options with Train to Dinner rides, with two different seatings (February 24, 5 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.) and a Winterail Photo Special on March 10. Plus, there is also a Spring Steam Excursion on a steam engine.
Saturday, February 2, 2013 – enlighten your soul and brighten your world with art and technology
San Jose – San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art is always a great afternoon visit, or schedule to go with your sweetheart or child on the weekend. Located at 560 South First in downtown San Jose and with a collection of amazing exhibits from very talented artists from all over the Bay Area, this is more than a gallery. Also, check out the “Make Art Here” area (more on the website). Open Saturdays, from Noon to 5 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday. Visit their website or call 1-408-283-8155.
Santa Clara – The Triton Museum of Art is also another museum worth the visit and if you’re closer to Santa Clara, then maybe the Triton Museum might be on your list of museums to visit; located at 1505 Warburton Avenue at Don Avenue in Santa Clara. Showcasing all sorts of artwork from artists all over the Bay Area, with the recent (through Feb. 3) a statewide watercolor competition on exhibit; this is another museum worth spending an afternoon in. Parking is free. Visit their website or call 1-408-247-2136. Currently on exhibit: Karen Frey.
Santa Clara – Educate yourself and your children with the latest technology at The Intel Museum, the place where folks can "Journey through decades of Innovation." The Intel Museum truly is a place of wonder where technology is concerned, and where kids and adults alike can share the world of technology and a little tech knowledge. Discover the making of silicon chips or cruise the Intel Museum store for holiday gifts. Located at 2200 Mission College Blvd. in Santa Clara. Open Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information or museum schedule, call 1-408-765-5053.
San Carlos – Carlos at the Hiller Aviation Museum located at 601 Skyway Road in San Carlos. This is not only a place where those interested in flight, exploration or flying – but children are always amazed by technology. Explore the wonderful world of aeronautics with your child, or what the heck, go by yourself. Call 1-650-654-0200 for additional information.
Anywhere – Art-o-mat – Truly fine art for an affordable price for collectors; smaller versions of the original artwork that artists create available in incredible, vintage cigarette machines renovated into art vending machines that are also pieces of art. Definitely one way to replace greeting cards and they are the same price! For just $5 people can own a piece of fine art and add to their collections; children can learn about fine art – there are simply no limitations when it comes to art.
San Jose – The San Jose Museum of Art is but another great place to hang and also a great place for the every third Thursday San Jose Made (SJMADE) and GoGo Craft (for just $5 after 5 p.m.) where a platform for local San Jose makers, labels, brands, small businesses and artists can showcase and sell current projects and goods. For one night only, SJMADE will gather a small group of independent makers in SJMA’s lobby for our SJMADE Mini Mart where folks can peruse the wares and then create a unique up-cycled cup cozy or t-shirt bracelet with the help of GoGo Craft, a mobile crafting workshop that provides exciting and accessible make-and-take projects for participants an all skill levels. Admission to SJMADE Mini Mart is free; admission to workshop and galleries is just $5, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Santa Clara – The de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University is also another great museum to check out; located at 500 El Camino Real in Santa Clara. For additional information visit their website or call 1-408-554-4528. The de Saisset Museum exhibiting Ukranian-born and Oakland based artist Valentin Popov with his pop art that speaks to you through his sense of humor. Check out his art now through March 17, 2013 at the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara.
Oakland – Free first Sunday of the month is “free” admission day at the Oakland Museum of California located at 100 Oak Street in Oakland. Visit the website for additional information on exhibits, new hours of operations and event info.
Sacramento – Art by Michelle Cordova – her amazing Apple Hill-themed art greeting cards and Delta Landscapes available on small, easy to hang canvas (such as for Art-o-mat) are now available at Trezhers Gift Shop located at 3214 Riverside Blvd. (across from Vic’s Ice Cream, closed Sun. & Mon.).
Los Angeles – Ki’i Boards Fine Art – Have you given up surfing and want to turn your surf board into fine art? Do you love the ocean and the theme and fine art and want to incorporate the two? The ideas are endless and so is the art by this extremely talented young lady – Tara Berger out of southern California
San Francisco – First Tuesday of every month comes the Conservatory of Flowers – a great place with a lot of incredibly beautiful flowers – no doubt as beautiful as you are, ladies. A great place to take a date gentleman, and a great place to take the kids – they have a good time, too. Current exhibits include Boomtown’s Barbary Coast’s Gold Rush Days through April 14, 2013. Check out the slide show photo of the San Francisco Conservatory, how beautiful just the architecture of the green house.
Saturday, February 2, 2013 – (Check for adoption fee specials)
San Jose and Sunnyvale – Adopt-a-pet, save a furry little life and provide a “forever’ home to that New Year’s gift for your family member with the Humane Society of Silicon Valley’s because everyone knows that HSSV is the best place to get a pet, with some of your pet’s favorite toys, food and other pet accessories available at Petco Sunnyvale and San Jose locations (off Saratoga Avenue near Westgate).
The adoption benefits of going through Humane Society of Silicon Valley include everything from spay/neuter surgery to all vaccines and routine de-worming – the benefits are as priceless as the felines or pooches awaiting your smooches – and your time is equally priceless, so don’t forget to tell a friend and remember, if you can’t adopt get those volunteer hours in to help these little munchkins feel loved. Petco San Jose is located at 500 El Paseo de Saratoga Avenue in San Jose; 1-408-370-2732; and Petco Sunnyvale is located at 160 East El Camino Real in Sunnyvale; 1-408-720-1419. Choose a new pet who is looking for a “forever” home and thank you to everyone who has shown their support and for giving the past almost dozen animals we’ve shown a loving home – your support is much appreciated. These purring and furry animals needed you and you came through! Be sure to check out the photos of “Jacq” and the other adorable cats (Roulette and Brandy) who all need a forever home – are you their new parents?
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Marin – The San Rafael Gem Faire with assorted jewelry, gems, crystals, silver, rocks, minerals and so much more at incredibly low prices. Event will be held at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall located at 10 Avenue of the Flags in San Rafael; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; with free hourly door prizes and drawings throughout the weekend. For additional information call 1-415-499-6800.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Campbell – Campbell Farmer’s Market – That’s right folks, Campbell’s Farmer’s Market is still one of the best Farmer’s Market’s around; attended by thousands so meet your old friends or heck, why not meet some new ones. Purchase some plants or pick out some fresh fruits and veggies and let the kids walk off some useless energy before heading home to do that book report; soak up some sun or a few drops of rain and let that good energy form beneath whatever sun you can find – just enjoy a little family time. Held on Sundays in downtown Campbell from 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.; find everything from bread to soup to nuts-or whatever your needs for the week ahead, including live entertainment, taste-testing and shops open downtown – this is one market that just can’t be beat.
Sunday, February 3, 2013 – or any day of the week
Your home –anytime – Don't feel like going out? How about some tunes to get your heart pumping? Check out these latest releases and some of P.K.’s music video fav’s:
–Soon to be released: Another great song by Justin Timberlake, “Suit & Tie” (set to outsell Sexyback)
–Mathew West and his new song, “Forgiveness” for those who will just make the first move, this is a great song to listen to – and for all to follow and follow-through.
–The Stragglyrs are a “rootsy” group who produce some of the best folk-rock and country rock music in the Bay Area playing somewhere near you with quality songs that are nothing short of superb, some with politically correct (or incorrect) – you choose!
–It’s the new short film, “Desolated” by Sean Michael Williams (yes, one of the four involved with the phenomenal music video, “Dream Music: Part 2”) that is not really a music video but it is something that is moving and should be watched. Check out this site for all of the info behind SMW Films.
–Doc Roc and the Disorderlies – That’s right, there is a cure for what ails you right here in the Bay Area with Doc Roc and the Disorderlies and, you get the hottest cover music in the nation or, maybe even some of their awesome originals. From good old-fashioned Rock & Roll, jazz and all sorts of mix of music and they play at all sorts of nonprofit events such as the upcoming
–Christina Perry “A Thousand Years” – from the movie, Twilight – their latest, where Edward "gets the girl." And, well, where us women realize that the one we love is worth fighting for, (as long as he fights back, that is). An absolutely great song; among the best – so do give it a listen.
–Music video by the Queen of Country Music, Carrie Underwood, who sung this song, “Blown Away” with her amazing voice at the Billboard Music Awards 2012.
–P!nk is always in and it’s never complete without that one last kiss (isn't there a wine by that name in northern California?) …be sure to check out, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” by the extremely talented and beautiful P!nk. (Note: She will be at the HP Pavilion in February.)
Monday, February 4, 2013 – (any day of the week or weekend)
Since “living” and giving is the theme for 2013, how about a “live” moon-rise or glow, with the naming of a star for your sweetheart? (Stay tuned for P.K.’s 2013 Valentine’s Day special for those looking for that “unique” Valentine’s Day gift). But for now, for those who simply can’t take their sweetheart on a coastal drive or who maybe have a sweetheart long-distance, try webcamming together and visit some of the cam sites below for a treat to do together online. Try witnessing a sunrise together – in your pajamas; webcammin’ is the “in” thing whether it be from the tops of Mt. Tam. Whatever your desired view, we have it here for you:
Online – Name-a-Star with “Star-Namer” after your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day or any special occasion – starting at just $19.95 with all sorts of packages available.
Online – Register a star with “Online Star Register” for just $48.95 – either one will be a unique gift you won’t be able to resist for that special someone in your life.
Mount Hamilton – The hamcam at Mt. Hamilton is a great thing to check out anytime, from home or office – just to check out what’s going on in the sky from where you are
Mount Tamalpais – not only is this one place you’ll definitely want to go check out for a morning or afternoon hike if not for the beautiful view, the webcam is a neat thing, too
Mount Umunhum – There is also the famous Mount Umunhum live webcam, at the foothills of the valley (although not many know the name of the mountain – but it’s the one that everyone looks to when they want to see if there is any snow)
Lake Tahoe – The ever beautiful Lake Tahoe webcam is a must when it comes to live cams so naturally we included it; with a special inclusion toward the bottom of the same page of Heavenly and Yosemite, so enjoy!
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Your home, with your sweetheart, televised – Just be a lounge lizard with your sweetheart, watch an old movie like “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “You’ve Got Mail.”
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
San Jose – Twirl beneath the lit palms of Downtown Ice San Jose, bring your own skates and get in for free – that’s right folks, on Tuesdays it’s BYOS “Bring Your Own Skates” night and admission is free night. Wednesday is college night (with college ID) and skate for $10 – and, the first 30 will receive a free coupon for a free donut at Psycho Donuts; now that’s a deal that can’t be beat. Also, Aloha Fridays – dress Hawaiian and skate for $10 (also register to win a Hawaiian getaway courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines and JW Marriotto Ihilani Resort. (See site for details.)
In February 2013 (Happy St. Valentine’s Day on February 14, 2013)
Those looking for a Disneyland adventure, it’s always a grand time for a weekend or week getaway – especially with St. Valentine’s just around the corner (ehem, gents – it’s always a grand time and a great romantic ‘fun’ getaway). Stay tuned for P.K.’s update on which Disneyland hotels, as well as which nearby hotels rate. Whether for the holidays, special occasions or anytime, Disneyland is your kind of place. Disneyland truly is the happiest place on earth with all its new attractions.
Sunday, February 3, 2013 – Superbowl XLVII – Congratulations to the incredible San Francisco 49ers!
New Orleans – With the upcoming Superbowl 47 coming on Sunday, February 3, there is much to prepare for so whether you’re headed to New Orleans to watch the game live, or staying local for the SuperBowl XLVII to watch our local team San Francisco 49ers play against the Baltimore Ravens –There’s always plenty of BBQ wings (well, at least there used to be until this year, so there might be a slight increase in cost – so stay tuned to the Examiner.com for alternative recipes to BBQ chicken wings and some great fooball watchin’ fixin’s); just be sure you are wearing your team’s favorite colors to cheer them on (red and gold, *ehem*) or pick up your favorite SF 49er football jersey from the official NFL store – oh and speaking of jerseys, we heard through the grapevine that there was a mayor in Flowery Branch, Georgia who has to wear a SF 49er football jersey to the next city council meeting for a friendly wager he lost between a bet placed with Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Mathews on the Jan. 20 football game between the Falcons and the SF 49ers? (See P.K.’s article for details on that friendly wager.) And speaking of football jerseys, we also heard a few guys were a little too confident and placed a bet with their girls – who now have to wear a jersey and Stiletto’s to the next game? Or was that for the loss of a SJ Sharks game? Now there’s a photo op! There’s always silly bets between fans somewhere so be sure to send us your fan photos. Whatever you all need to do to “get your game on” just be safe, designate a sober driver if you plan to drink and make it a memorable moment. And remember, with 47 being one of the most popular numbers in the world (more on how all of that comes into play in a future Weekend Roundup).
Friday, February 8, 2013 – (Various Concert Events: Through April)
San Jose – The HP Pavilion concerts with many great singers coming in 2013 with the Valentine’s Day “Super Love Jam” on a pre-Valentine’s Day Feb. 8 jam session at the HP Pavilion, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m.; tickets range from $ 63 to $347. Also, as mentioned previously, the famous “P!NK” due February 18, (tickets range from $174 to $2170); and in March is the incredible “Maroon 5” and “Owl City” coming on March 13, 2013; tickets range from $151 to $5875. And following that incredible show at the HP Pavilion is the beautiful and very talented “Rihanna” coming to the HP Pavilion on April 6, 2013; tickets range from $89 to $5367. The HP Pavilion is located at 525 W. Santa Clara Street in San Jose. Enjoy!
Sunday, February 17, 2013 – (event dates: Feb. 17 through March 16)
Santa Clara – The Santa Clara Players presents “Harvey” February 17 through March 16, 2013 at the Triton Museum Hall Pavilion. The play surrounds wonderful and witty Elwood P. Dowd who has an imaginary friend – a six-foot imaginary “rabbit” who also happens to become the reason David is committed by his sister, although who, come to find out also starts to see for herself this “imaginary friend.” Oh my, only she starts to look like the “loony” tunes one do things start to make sense, or more crazy. And oh my how the story unfolds with all sorts of humor laced with mystery, intrigue and the never ending imaginations that run as wild as Harvey, the rabbit – at least until the truth comes out. This is one play you won’t want to miss – if you can handle it. Shows are March 22 and March 24; March 7 through March 10; and March 14 through March 16. Sunday matinee shows are at 2:30 p.m. The Triton Museum Hall Pavilion located at the Triton Museum (parking around to the side/back) located at 1511 Warburton Avenue in Santa Clara. 1-408-248-7993.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, February 20, 21 & 22, 2013 – (Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream)
San Jose – Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream will be at San Jose’s HP Pavilion with an all new ice skating production of Disney On Ice magic and merriment of three productions in one with “Tangled,” “The Princess and the Frog,” and Cinderella.” A class of world skater spectacular performers combine modern-day princesses and princes with humor, adventure, amazing talents and romance to bring to life more than stories filled with the modern-day fairytale that audiences will expect – from the variety of tales filled with charm and excitement such as Rapunzel, Flynn and Maximus who embark on an hilarious journey going beyond the normal seek-and-find to Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen’s magical and musical adventure leading to a fateful kiss to fanciful dreams of Cinderalla and her prince charming and that all-too-familiar glass slipper that makes an unforgettable fairytale come true with all sorts of beauty, sparkle and spirit on the ice when Disney On Ice presents “Dare to Dream” in February 20, 21 & 22, 2013 at the HP Pavilion. Tickets: FR $80, VIP $50, $27 and $20 with some opening night seats available for $15 (not premium seating). Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000; tickets to be subject to additional fees.
Friday, February 22, 2013 – (various events: February March & April)
Woodside – Filoli opens February 5, 2013, however, the spectacular “Daffodil Day Dreams” begins February 22 through February 24, 2013 – this is one event you won’t want to miss with the beautiful daffodils in bloom – more than a million of them, what a sight to see and can you imagine the photo op? With talks, tours and demonstrations as Filoli members, visitors and staff watch the flowering of the daffodils – an amazing event that many are looking forward to. The perfect post-Valentine’s Day gift (give them a voucher for a visit on Valentine’s Day, and then accompany them on Feb. 22, 23 or 24 for the time of their life). What a treat.
A few other events of interest might be on Wednesday, February 27 “Afternoon Tea” fundraiser event continues every fourth Wednesday of the month – see the site for further details. And also on Saturday, April 6, 2013 is “Spring Fling” with live music – bring the entire family for live entertainment Also, on May 9, 10 through May 12, 2013 is the “Filoli Flower Show” – with so many other events coming so stay tuned for additional events highlighted and more details to follow in P.K.’s articles. Filoli is located just 30 miles south of San Francisco and is one of the most loveliest gardens in the Bay Area, reminiscent of Disneyland for all its glory and splendor – a garden of delight you won’t want to miss; plan for an entire day to ensure a proper visit for a tour of the gardens (in fact, you may want to visit several times to see everything). Filoli is located at 86 Old Canada Road in Woodside.
Thursday, February 7, 2013 – (event time: from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm.)
Mountain View – Big Wig Luncheon State of the City luncheon with Assembly member Rich Gordon, 24th District, for an informative discussion about California. This BigWig Luncheon and YIPEE State of the City/State event with will be held at Michael’s at Shoreline in Mountain View located at 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd. in Mountain View.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Campbell – The 18th Annual VIA Masquerade Ball to be held at Villa Ragusa in Campbell – event begins at 5:30 p.m. Shop for your mask at Gioia Company Italian Art & Products.
Sunday, February 10, 2013 – (please note date change for this event)
Los Gatos – Festa Gioia Open House Valentine Celebration from noon to 8 p.m. located at 16395 Roseleaf Court in Los Gatos. Jewelry, ceramic heart glass plates, inlaid wood boxes, glass hearts, gift boxes and so much more. Enjoy a great light Italian lunch and shop Italian-style. For Limoncello Making or Venetian Mask Making classes, contact Kathy at 1-408-640-6628. A glass of wine, a cup of tea and Gioia Italian Art & Products; a formula for a relaxing evening when you shop online at Gioia.
Thursday, February 14, 2013 – Happy St. Valentine’s Day!
Your City – Happy heart day to all of you; and to those looking for a movie to see, this one is for singles, couples or anyone looking to jumpstart a heart that needs to feel again. From the writers of “The Notebook” another love story from the heart where people just know some things are worth fighting for – “Safe Haven” opens on Valentine’s Day in a theater near you. Opens on Valentine’s Day at a theater near you.
Saturday & Sunday, February 23 & February 24, 2012
Santa Clara – Don’t miss the 72nd Annual Camellia Flower Show at the Community Center located at 969 Kiely Blvd. (between Homestead Road and Benton Street) in Santa Clara. Saturday, Feb. 23, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with over 70 exhibitors and 3000 bloom varieties, including miniature and dinner-plate size varieties. As a special bonus for this event, the Santa Clara Art Association will be participating with a horticultural-inspired Art Show with a variety of art on display at the same time the Camellia Show will be held. Don't miss this spectacular event co-sponsored by the Camellia Society of Santa Clara and Santa Clara Parks & Recreation. Admission is free to both events. Entries are being accepted on the first day of the show (Feb. 23, from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.) from those who wish to submit their fabulous blooms from their garden; (Note: Camellia Society Members will be on hand to help identify and place entries). For detailed information, contact 1-408-615-3080. (P.K.’s Valentine Gift Hint: P.K.’s Valentine’s spectacular unique gift ideas include this spectacular show with one of the gift ideas; be sure to check it out!)
A sneak peek into March:
Friday, March 1, 2013 (Event runs: March 1 through March 3)
Santa Clara – The Santa Clara Women's League present, "Showtime" with this year's event "Doomstown Fractured Fairy tales or Once Upon a Tiime" From March 1 through March 3, 2013 this amazing group of women will put on the show of a lifetime featuring “Showtime” – an annual production featuring “Doomstown Fractured Fairty Tales or Once Upon a Time” with this year’s production better than ever. This year’s melodrama features talents like never before, with curtain for Friday and Saturday’s Showtime beginning at 7 p.m.; with Sunday’s matinee viewing at 2:30 p.m. – this is one annual event folks will not want to miss. Sponsored by the Santa Clara Women’s League this event is a fundraiser for the Senior Center’s Health and Wellness programs – sponsor something worth sponsoring, and see the show of the season, and likely of the year! For additional information call 1-408-390-9544. Thank you for the information!
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Santa Clara – The Santa Clara Chorale present, "The Great American Songbook" – a celebration of American music, including show tunes, jazz, and gospel music. The concerts will be on March 10 at 4 p.m. to be held at the First Baptist Church located at 305 North California Avenue in Palo Alto; and on March 15 at 8 p.m. at Mission Santa Clara, located at 500 El Camino Real in Santa Clara. Additional info will appear as the event date approaches); visit the the Santa Clara Chorale website for additional info on "The Great American Songbook" and other concerts. (Thank you, Glenda, for the note.)
Friday, March 15, 2013 – (event runs March 15 through March 24)
Santa Clara – The Roberta Jones Youth Theatre presents “The Music Man” play from March 15 through March 24, 2013 at the Mission City Center for the Performing Arts located at 3250 Monroe Street in Santa Clara. Tickets: $8 to $5 – this fantastic play is one you won’t want to miss.
The Roberta Jones Junior Theatre will have two other Disney productions later in the season: Winnie the Pooh (June); and The Little Mermaid (July). However, in March, the “The Music Man” (based on the book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey) will be on center stage with their fantastic crew (and this cast is indeed extremely talented) – with this play about an affectionate tribute to “Small town U.S.A.” of a bygone era, Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River city, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for “Marian” the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall (and you know what they say about love – it is the cure for what ails you – just in time for a following of one of the most romantic day’s of the year). Performance dates: March 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7 p.m.; March 17, 24 at 2 p.m.
“The best smell on earth is the smell of the (man/woman) you love.” –Unknown
“The Eskimos had 52 names for the words snow because it was that important to them; there ought to be at least that many for love. (And there no doubt is, if we just translated them correctly.” –Unknown
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Stay tuned for more of the creative and behind-the-scene goodness as P.K. researches, unfolds and shares a little of that sweetness with everyone you know for what will be a spectacular year (and we all know it will be). And remember, support the arts, music and education as it feeds the brain and calms the soul; and as we strive to balance life by opening our hearts to new experiences by staying tuned to the Examiner.com you’ll be able to find even more ways to stay healthy, alternatively-wealthy and wise. Stay tuned for much more excitement to come in 2013.
Answer to last week’s Mystery Photo: The Brookdale Lodge in Brookdale (near Boulder Creek/Felton), CA – a once-but-not-forgotten “haunted” lodge that was once in the “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” has been closed since about April 2012; this is not only a sad thing for many people, it is also a place that holds dear memories for many. Also, rumor has it that a girl in a formal dress runs across the hall with music and secret passages are part of this venue's past. We have several photos of this mysterious place but each time we pass it seems to get more and more ruined; very unfortunate. It is also unfortunate that no one knows the artist of the photo of the “James Dean” lookalike on the side of the wall facing Highway 9 – although this is still as beautiful as the day it was painted – perhaps it is one of the ghosts. This week’s “Mystery Photo” is a southern delight, one that a heart dons a gateway leading to not just seven desires, thousands of desires, but maybe more like a million or more. Can you guess which amusement we are leading to?
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