Spreading holiday spirit and wishing a very merry SaxMas to all!

By Ande Jacobson

Music is in the air this holiday season. While San Jose’s 24th Annual Saxophone Christmas is over, on 16 December 2017, 217 saxophonists playing everything from sopranino to bass saxes spread the joy of holiday music through the air at both Christmas in the Park and Vallco. To get a sense of what this event was like and raise your holiday spirits, please enjoy the following sampling of several selections from previous San Jose SaxMases. Continue reading

A look inside The Pear’s new digs

By Ande Jacobson

pear-new-frontTo paraphrase Mayor John McAllister, these are exciting times in Mountain View. Mayor McAllister bubbled with pride praising The Pear for its achievements and bright future at the 15 August ribbon cutting ceremony. He was clearly as thrilled as The Pear’s staff and supporters in attendance that the (not-quite-so-tiny) theatre is staying in Mountain View, only moving a few blocks from its previous home. Its new address is 1110 La Avenida St.

Supporters and press snuck into the lobby to get out of the intense heat outside a bit prior to the formal ribbon cutting. Some of the curious peeked around the corners from the lobby at the hallway to the restrooms and into the performance space. While the old facility on Pear Avenue sported a 40-seat black box performance space, no set shop, no rehearsal studio, and only one restroom for everyone, the new space is palatial by comparison. After the kind words from the mayor, several members of The Pear’s board excitedly showed those in attendance all the new features of The Pear Theatre. Continue reading