Looking to fill a couple hours of your day while in the South Bay? With so many offerings in the area, we’ve curated some of the top events this month so you don’t have to. Less researching and more enjoying your time in the area. Enjoy!
Featured Photo: Courtesy of Will Buckner
Home in the World
Nobel Laureate, Economics (1998) and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University, Amartya Sen sits down with George Hammond via livestream to discuss the idea of home from an Oxford University master born in Bangladesh and educated in Calcutta.
More info: commonwealthclub.org
Lunar New Year Celebration
Though the new year technically kicks-off a week of festivities on January 31, the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose honors the new year with a bringing together of Chinese and Vietnamese traditions.
More info: cdm.org
Favorite Disney friends such as Mickey, Minnie, Miguel, Moana, Elsa, Belle, Genie, and others highlight Disney tales told through figure skating as Disney on Ice returns to SAP Center in San Jose.
More info: disneyonice.com
Santa Cruz Symphony: Beethoven & the Hill We Climb
The Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium hosts an avalanche of beautiful music, including Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Symphony No. 6, Chin’s Subito Con Forza, Muhammad’s Butterfly Jig and much more.
More info: santacruzsymphony.org
Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Rio
Rio Theatre welcomes South Africa’s five-time Grammy Award winners, who were made famous by Paul Simon’s 1987 Graceland album and inspired Nelson Mandela to call them “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors to the world.” The latest Grammy came for Shaka Zulu Revisited, which was named Best World Music Album, and gave them more Grammys than any world music group on Earth.
More info: kuumbwajazz.org
San Jose Jazz appears at the San Jose Museum of Art with genre-spanning music from R&B, soul, Latin, New Orleans and other musical traditions to warm up winter and feed your soul.
More info: sjmusart.org
San Jose Sharks
Erik Karlsson’s overtime goal launched the Sharks over their East Coast rivals, the New York Islanders, in December. The teams return from the All-Star break once again matched up and with the Sharks on a hot streak.
More info: nhl.com/sharks
41st Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk hosts a chowder lover’s fever dream with two days of tastings, namely amateur chefs on Saturday, followed by professional chefs on Sunday. Both days feature Boston and Manhattan clam chowder, and attendees help pick a winner each day. Tasting kit proceeds benefit Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation.
More info: beachboardwalk.com
Memphis Jookin’: The Show
Lil Buck’s dance improvisation with Yo-Yo Ma turned him into a YouTube sensation, but he has become a star for his agile, fluid dance moves and impossible-looking footwork, as demonstrated in a show dedicated to a style that emerged in a Southern city in the 1990s.
More info: live.stanford.edu