Funko Pop! Craze

Funko Pop! Craze

  • By Alissa Reyes
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Illusive Comics & Games—located at 1270 Franklin Mall, Santa Clara—got a surprise when twice the expected amount of Funko Pop! collectors showed up to their Saturday Trade Night. The free event invited local Funko Pop! enthusiasts to come and bring their collectables to trade and mingle with others. Pops are small vinyl figures that have exploded in popularity, especially at pop...

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Astronomer Andrew Fraknoi Gives Tips for Viewing the Aug. 21 Eclipse

Astronomer Andrew Fraknoi Gives Tips for Viewing the Aug. 21 Eclipse

  • Story and Photos by Cynthia Cheng
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Once upon a time, people believed a dragon or a monster was gobbling up the sun when the sky darkened during an eclipse. So people would “frighten the monster” by screaming and banging pots and pans together. Although this ritual seemed to end the eclipse, the cause of the eclipse obviously had nothing to do with creatures eating the sun. Astronomer and Foothill College Professor Andrew...

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Books, Inc. Celebrates One Year in Santa Clara

Books, Inc. Celebrates One Year in Santa Clara

  • By Melissa McKenzie
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Santa Clara’s independent bookstore celebrated its first year in the City with a literary scavenger hunt, pajama story time, champagne, snacks and surprises. Santa Clara resident Amy King attended with her husband, Nick and their twin 19-month-old twin daughters Evelyn and Aidan. The foursome arrived with two large birthday cards the girls colored to help celebrate the...

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Summer Yoga Fun in the Sun

Summer Yoga Fun in the Sun

  • By Melissa McKenzie
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Santana Row’s Lululemon Athletica is keeping customers active all summer long with free yoga on Saturday mornings. The classes, held in Santana Row Park across from Left Bank Brasserie, begin at 9 a.m. every Saturday morning throughout the month of August. Participants are asked to bring a mat and water to enjoy the hour-long, outdoor morning workout. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday...

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Roberta Jones Junior Theatre Recognizes the Circle of Life with Disney’s “The Lion King Jr.”

Roberta Jones Junior Theatre Recognizes the Circle of Life with Disney’s “The Lion King Jr.”

  • Story and Photos by Cynthia Cheng
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Since April, Jennifer Kohler, director and costume designer-builder, had been exploring costume ideas on Pinterest for Roberta Jones Junior Theatre’s production of Disney’s “The Lion King Jr.,” playing July 25-27 at the Mission City Center for Performing Arts. Costumes for the rhinos and leopards were constructed from Styrofoam and luan (a thin wood). The hyena costumes came from t-shirts...

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Shakespeare Meets Space Wars

Shakespeare Meets Space Wars

  • Story and Photo by Maria Judnick
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Even though the weather report for July 23 warned of high temperatures, the crowd for Samuel Peaches’s Peripatetic Players’ outdoor performance of “Shakespeare or Space Wars” near the Mission Branch Library didn’t mind. And while the library staff offered free popcorn and lemonade to soothe the warm crowd, the audience was already “cool”–they clamored to participate in the show...

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Enjoying Your City on a Budget

Enjoying Your City on a Budget

  • Story by Alissa Reyes
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The warm weather and sunny skies of summer inspire us to get out there, learn something new, and meet new people. However, enjoying summer and what Santa Clara has to offer can run up a big bill. If you’re looking, there are ways to experience Santa Clara on a budget. Want to expand your palette and try a new restaurant? Yelp has a handy filter where you can narrow down your search to places...

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Vanguard Debuts New Look to Hometown Crowd a Pacific Procession

Vanguard Debuts New Look to Hometown Crowd a Pacific Procession

  • By Melissa McKenzie
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Vanguard Music and Performing Arts has a new look for 2017. Doing away–at least temporarily–with its signature Aussie hat, and exchanging the red “V” on Vanguard’s star badges for a black one, the new look and 2017 show, Ouroboros, was locally debuted at Vanguard’s “family day” Pacific Procession show at Santa Clara High School on June 26. Performing to David Gillingham’s...

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Stories of Manipulation and Angst Unfold at Santa Clara University’s New Playwrights Festival 2017

  • Story and Photos by Cynthia Cheng
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“When adversity strikes you down, you get back up and tell adversity to hit the road,” said a charismatic CEO of a multi-level marketing company who gleefully divulged how the company emerged victorious after countersuing the family of a victim who died using their product. This “conference of champions” where the CEO spoke was the opening scene in the reading of the play “Have I Got a...

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Go Through a Rabbit Hole at Roberta Jones Junior Theatre’s “Alice in Wonderland Jr.”

Go Through a Rabbit Hole at Roberta Jones Junior Theatre’s “Alice in Wonderland Jr.”

  • By Cynthia Cheng
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During the June 6 dress rehearsal of Roberta Jones Junior Theatre’s “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” at the Community Recreation Center, Lewis Carroll’s popular children’s book classic came alive on stage (the show ran June 9-11). The story began with Alice dreaming about wandering down a rabbit hole. Arriving in Wonderland, Alice encountered zany and twisted characters and became...

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