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Category: Arts & Culture

The Next Course In School, Hip Hop Based Education

Anthony Pineda is an educator who studied Hip Hop and is applying it in a very specific way. With new ways of studying hip-hop music's connection, by not just listening to songs but how one feels or how ones engaged with music. He learned that this maybe the key to a healing and engagement tool to help students succeed in education.

"Prayers" answered in San José with event produced by Sonido Clash

For the past 6 years In downtown San José a local collective called Sonido Clash has been organizing cultural entertainment events for the community. This July featured Cholo Goth group "PRAYERS" out of San Diego, CA and Xuxa Santa Maria from Oakland, CA.

"Viva La Vida:" Maiz's Annual Frida Kahlo Fundraiser Bringing People Home

Movimiento de Acción, Inspirando Servicio (movement of action, inspiring service) also known as, MAIZ, has been organizing their annual Frida Kahlo fundraiser in honor of the great Mexican artist held in San Jose for years. Community organizer and writer, Cynthia Cruz writes about her first experience at the powerful event and how it brought her "home" as a young, queer Chicana.

The Cannery: A Historical Community of San Jose Arts and Culture Prepares to Say Goodbye

The Cannery is about to shut its doors for good. Known for its historical production of canning fruits and vegetables from the late 1800's well into the late 90's, it has also played a major role in San Jose's most shape shifting facets of arts and culture, from bicycles to rapping to street fashion. Daniel Zapien and Andrew Bigelow interviewed some of the folks saying their last goodbyes.

Langilangi: The Master Seamstress of Little Tonga In East Oakland

Langilangi, is a seamstress from Nukualofa, Tonga and has raised her family in East Oakland's well known neighborhood, "the Shady 80s." She is continuing the long tradition of making traditional dresses and ngatu (bark cloth) in her own backyard, as she dresses almost every Tongan family in the Bay Area.

The 1st Annual San José Japantown Film Fesitval

A committee of community organizations announces a plan for the first San José J-Town Film Fest, scheduled for Friday, May 29, Saturday May 30 and Sunday, May 31.  

DACA: Returning Home To Mexico After More Than 20 Years

After coming to this country as the age of 7, Cesar Juarez finally got a chance to return to his home of Mexico after 20 years of being undocumented once he received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. He tells his story of his experience returning to Mexico his home, and then returning to the place he now knows as home, San Jose.

Andrew Bigs' Dollaz: A San Jose Story

The Dollaz song and music video follows Andrew Bigs' past and present relationship with money in a city where wealth disparity is prevelant. Through the combined story telling of award winning Director Marlo Custodio and the vibrant energy of the song, the video takes you around San Jose in a way that has not been seen.

The Best Hip Hop Show I've Ever Seen: "The Smokers Tour"

Nov 8th at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, I attended my first 'Smokers Club Tour'. A tour that has been around for the past 5 years, where legendary hip hop artists collaborated with the 'New School' artists  blending wavy performances that's a must see for any fan of hip hop. 

Why I’m Not a Goth – and Why You Probably Aren’t Either

Edith Wharton wrote classic Gothic literature like All Souls, but she wasn’t part of an underground subculture. Anne Radcliffe wrote The Mysteries of Udolpho, but she didn’t paint her nails black.
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