“Falloween” is in the Air at Smitten Ice Cream

“Falloween” is in the Air at Smitten Ice Cream

  • Story and Photos by Cynthia Cheng
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On the morning of Oct. 7, about a dozen ice cream enthusiasts crafted their own customized ice cream at Santana Row’s Smitten Ice Cream (www.smittenicecream.com/locations/santana-row, 3055 Olin Avenue, Suite 1055, San Jose). The workshop, “Churn Your Own Ice Cream: Falloween Flavors,” highlighted the flavors of autumn comfort food, with treats like candy corn and pumpkin butter among the...

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Teacher Jane Gilmore Spreads Joy to the Words

Teacher Jane Gilmore Spreads Joy to the Words

  • Story and Photos by Cynthia Cheng
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At the Sept. 29 after school creative writing class held at Washington Open Elementary School, Jane Gilmore, teacher and founder of Joy to the Words, led families through Rainbow Storytelling Poker. Students and parents drew cards with different colors, each depicting an element of a story, such as character, setting and conflict. Prompted by the cards, the children wrote stories about an array...

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Cinema Savvy “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”

Cinema Savvy “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”

  • By Alissa Reyes & Rhyan Soroten
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Perhaps Hollywood is starting to get this sequel thing right? Though the second Kingsman movie wasn’t as good as its predecessor, that doesn’t mean it was bad by any means. It was thoroughly enjoyable and fun to watch. If you’re considering seeing the movie, you should probably see it. Definitely give it a chance if you enjoyed the first one—it complements it well. It’s a...

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Great America’s Halloween Haunt Creeps into 10th Year

Great America’s Halloween Haunt Creeps into 10th Year

  • Story by Cynthia Cheng and Photos by Larry Sacks
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Demons were on the loose at the Sept. 22 opening night of California’s Great America’s 10th Annual Halloween Haunt. Early in the evening, a red-robed demon greeted the crowds. This creature emerged from the Carousel Columbia and glided across the Reflection Pond where bursts of fire shot up from the water. Also, on the roller coaster Demon: Re-Ignited, theme park guests screamed their lungs...

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Triton Announces New Chief Curator

Triton Announces New Chief Curator

  • By Melissa McKenzie
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There’s a big change at the Triton Museum of Art: Preston Metcalf is no longer head of the museum’s curatorial department. Earlier this month it was announced that Metcalf, the longtime chief curator will be transitioning into the newly created deputy director role—a position focusing on development and partnerships with local businesses in addition to giving the lectures he has been known...

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The Santa Clara Art and Wine festival

Virtuosity and Vino

  • Photos by Larry Sacks
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The Santa Clara Art and Wine festival is a must-have annual event to transition sun-soaked Santa Clarans from the warm summer months to the cooler fall months. The 2017 event was visited by so many festival-goers that they ran out of the 2017 wine glasses by the second day. The friendly wine and beer pourers filled hearty glasses so they could be enjoyed while walking around Central...

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A Musical Gift to Santa Clara

A Musical Gift to Santa Clara

  • By Carolyn Schuk
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You've heard the expression, the gift that keeps on giving. Two years ago friends of Santa Clara resident Jan Lieberman gave her a gift for her 85th birthday that does exactly that. They created a classical music concert series for Lieberman at the Santa Clara City Library that is free to the community. "It was an incredible surprise," says Lieberman, who personally chooses the performers....

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A Daughter’s Perspective on Dorothea Lange

A Daughter’s Perspective on Dorothea Lange

  • By Melissa McKenzie
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Widely touted as one of the most influential photographers in American history, Dorothea Lange documented life through the lens of her camera. While not everyone knows the title of her works, her Great Depression photos are an iconic part of one of the nation’s most trying times. Her works have traveled the country and while many of her famous photos have been on display, her personal...

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Bigger than Their Barriers

Bigger than Their Barriers

  • By Melissa McKenzie
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For some, the idea of creating a piece of art might be intimidating. Artistic aptitude is not an ability everyone has, but the majority of people can piece a painting or drawing together in an abstract or crudely drawn reflection of life. For others, the concept of taking a photograph is less frightening. Even if not fully trained in lighting, aperture and shutter speed, grabbing a digital camera...

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Fleming’s: A Marriage of Steak and Wine

Fleming’s: A Marriage of Steak and Wine

  • By Alissa Reyes
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The Santa Clara Square location of Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar opened its doors on Monday. On a preview night prior to the restaurant’s opening, the executive chief said that it is a constant debate about what is more important when it comes to a meal: the food or the wine? In this battle, there is the wine corner. The Fleming’s 100 is an expertly curated list of 100 wines...

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