Review + Photos: Nice guys finish first at Art Boutiki show

Trip Wire (photo: Patric Carver) Walking into Art Boutiki in San Jose was like stepping into a time machine. The front room, a comic book store, had this mid-'90s feel that I couldn’t shake. Was it the fact that there was more print in the room than screens? That irony took second-place to well-executed puns in the merchandise dotting the shelves? That hoodies still seemed to be the preferred fashion accessory? Then, I spotted it — a customer walked by clutching a copy of Evan Dorkin’s Milk and Cheese: Dairy Products Gone Bad. I don’t know what was on your [...]

Review + Photos: TOSPS Tuesdays showcases San Jose talent

David Brookings and the Average Lookings (photo: Patric Carver) The Theatre on San Pedro Square (TOSPS) is home of the Tabard Theatre Company and host to weekly free Tuesday night live music events known as TOSPS Tuesdays. It is also most definitely not easy to find. Tucked behind Peggy Sue’s Diner, this modest playhouse sits in the corner of an unilluminated brick courtyard. Until you get right up to the entrance, there are no playbills or advertisements. The layout almost seems like something from the back lot of a movie set. A quaint little downtown containing all the pleasantries of [...]

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