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West Valley Fashion Design and Apparel Technology 2021
The Fashion Design and Apparel Technology (FDAT) program at West Valley College was established in 1985 by a group of industry professionals for the students who wish to gain knowledge and experience in the field of fashion. At the end of each year, we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating students with a fashion show that represents their individual collection.
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Isaac Lewin
Artist Isaac S. Lewin is a multidisciplinary artist with a studio at the School of Visual Philosophy in San Jose. He creates unique sculptural pieces in two different styles: signs that contain text-like forms with no concrete meaning and large, three-dimensional, welded-metal wireframe structures.
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Photographer Abraham Menor
With Digging Sound Collect, photographer Abraham Menor utilizes his masterful eye for the moment to elevate the seemingly mundane exercise of collecting records into a celebration of culture and heritage.
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Force 129
While spray painting on canvas remains his primary mode of artmaking, the phrase “the world is your canvas” holds literal meaning for Fernando Amaro, Jr.
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Diane Villadsen
There’s a picture book kind of playfulness to Diane Villadsen’s photos. Not only do they practically twirl with sprightly youth and wonder, but they also toy with colors and shapes. They remind the viewer to let out that inner kid for a breath of fresh air.
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Martin Malvar
Finding inspiration in skateboarding and the world around him for his crisp, allusive art.
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#66- Scott Fulton - Special Project Manager San Jose Jazz
Scott played a primary role in the development of the Boom Box, the mobile box truck stage. He has recently led the project to transfer a section of the 310 South First office space (home to SVCreates/Content Magazine and San Jose Jazz) into a performance lounge called the "Break Room."
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Enoteca La Storia
Benvenuti! Welcome to Enoteca La Storia, an Italian wine bar run by Mike Guerra and Joe Cannistraci. The combination of the word “enoteca” (or “wine library” in English) with “la storia” (“story”) is as thoughtfully paired as the pasta is with the pinot noir.
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SP2 Communal Bar and Restaurant
You just know when you meet people and you like them and you get along with them, you’re just going to be surrounded by…
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Nicolas Echeverri von Broen
Art can do a lot of good things for people—it can make them feel like they never have, articulate previously unknown emotions, provide direction and open the heart, and given the right (or wrong) circumstances, art can even save a life.
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Nomikai
In the restaurant business, success is born from something even simpler than good food and drink: people’s propensity to connect with one another. Kathy and Tone Tran know a bit about this social connection, and it’s allowed them to remain successfully in this business for over ten years.
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Episode #65 - SoFA Pocket Park - Veggielution
In this episode, we speak with Rosa Maria Gordilla, the Environment Education manager, and Emily Schwing, the Public Affairs Director, to hear how the SoFA Pocket Park project came about and the plans and programs for space.
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Mezcal
Here it is not just family-owned, it is family-operated, right down to Adolfo Gomez himself greeting you at the door.
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Orchestria Palm Court
What’s old is new again at the Orchestria Palm Court, a gem of a restaurant in San Jose’s theatre district.
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Episode #64 - The Business of Art and Culture
Join our conversation with SVCREATES CEO Connie Martinez on the Content Podcast as we discuss The Business of Arts and Culture.
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Valley Verde
Helping Santa Clara County to become the healthiest region in the country, one home garden at a time. Raul Lozano hopes to have planted 20,000 gardens in Santa Clara County.
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Episode # 63 - Jeffrey Lo - Playwright
Jeffrey Lo received the Arts Council Silicon Valley 2012 Artist Laureate: Emerging Artist Award (the precursor to the SVCreates/Content Magazine Emerging Artist Award). Lo is also the founding artistic director of San Jose’s ‘06 Ensemble where he wrote and directed “A Kind of Sad Love Story,” “Barcelona Love Song” and “The Chase.” He is producer of the New Play Development Factory which highlights and develops the work of local Bay Area playwrights.
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Wall of Rainbows
Marie Cameron is a Los Gatos artist who usually works in oils and mixed media assemblage. However, during the pandemic, she has been embroidering silk rainbows onto vintage photographs.
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Hidden Histories
Japantown Augmented Reality Project Unearths the History of a Unique Neighborhood.
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Episode #62 - Toni Vanwickle - Adobe Sr. Director of Digital Workplace Technology and Services
Toni Vanwinkle is the Senior Director of Digital Workplace Technology and Services, focused on keeping Adobe's diverse and global workforce innovative, collaborative, and productive everywhere.
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Episode # 61 - Danny Sanchez - The City Peace Project
In our conversation, we talk about Danny's transformation to being the founder of the City Peace project as well as discuss his book "Post Traumatic Quest: From pain to purpose, purpose to peace, his memoirs, which is accompanied by three songs he had written and remastered for the May 2021 release.
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Tōno Coffee Project
There’s a reason so many of us have such positive associations with coffee. Sure, it tastes great—but it’s not as if that flavor surpasses everything else you’ve ever passed over your taste buds. So what then? “It’s not so much about the coffee,” Bryan Chiem reveals. “It’s about coffee being the glue that brings people together.” He elaborates: “We can sit in a lab all day and talk about how it tastes or the science behind the coffee, but if we have no one to share it with then it means nothing.”
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Miguel Kultura
Juan Miguel Saucedo’s work as Miguel Kultura may have been birthed out of a time of crisis, but he’s since used his creative message to inspire cultural pride and compassion...
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Clandestine Brewing
Picking the perfect spot to grab a cold beer can be a formidable task. With so many breweries and restaurants with full beer menus in San Jose, the choices are endless. But if you’ve ever felt the options on tap were a bit underwhelming, Clandestine Brewing offers artisanal, small-batch brews to suit even the most adventurous palate. Originally tucked away in the Monterey Avenue manufacturing area—as the secrecy in their name suggests—this co-op of homebrewers is now serving in the SoFA District of San Jose. Rob Conticello, one of the co-owners, shares the brewery’s journey.
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Synchronized Swimming
The Bay Area is the most recognized hub for synchronized swimming in the world. But while synchro remains strong, synchro in the United States as a whole has fallen behind.
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Episode # 60 - Fil Maresca - Filco
Whether they realize it or not, anyone who has been to an outdoor festival in San Jose in the past 20 years has probably encountered Filco Events, the aptly-named production company headed by Fil Maresca, quietly one of the city’s most significant drivers of cultural community events since he moved here in 1989.
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Ruben Escalante
Ruben Escalante suffered a heart attack as a freshman in high school. But this is only surprising until Ruben reveals the trauma he endured as a child: the father who went out at least once a week and came home drunk, angry, and violent; the early death of the grandfather who was the only one that could subdue his dad’s temper; the constant and vicious attacks at school by bullies who could not accept a sensitive, poetry-loving brown boy.
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Doug Hughmanick - ANML Design
As a teenager, Doug Hughmanick’s creative outlet was graffiti: spray paint was his medium of choice, and the South Bay was his canvas. Someone suggested he channel his artistic abilities into art school, an idea he had never thought of before. Hughmanick found out about Academy of Art in San Francisco and was intrigued. Two years into the art school experience, he realized a career in design was his future. 
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Episode #59 - Doug Hughmanick -ANML
Doug Hughmanick is the found and creative director of ANML Design, a digital agency that crafts simple and elegant design solutions, marrying form and function to create valuable connections between businesses and people.
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Erika Gómez Henao
Color is abundant in artist Erika Gómez Henao’s work. Through the use of several artistic mediums, including painting, performance, and ceramics, the vibrancy of Gómez Henao’s work captures audience attention, while her choice in subject matter commands it. Born and raised in Colombia, Gómez Henao credits her love of color to the richness of both her culture and the area where she grew up.
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Episode #58 - Maryela Perez - Visual Artist, DJ, and Curator for MACLA
Maryela originally came to San José after graduating from UC Santa Cruz. She was looking to gain experience and develop a resume to become an urban planner. Through AmeriCorps and a program called Public Allies, she landed an internship with the Park and Recreation Department of San José. Once in the city, Maryela began to connect with the creative community, which led her to become a curator at MACLA.
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Fanny Retsek
Originally from South Pasadena, artist Fanny Retsek attended Loyola Marymount College for a degree in European history before relocating to the Bay Area in her late twenties. Her interest in art grew out of a study of art history, and after moving to the Bay, Retsek earned an MFA at SJSU with a focus on printmaking.
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Martha Sakellariou - Walks of Art
Martha Sakellariou began her journey earning multiple degrees from the Athens School of Fine Arts in Greece. She went on to obtain her MA in printmaking from the Royal College of Art in London. In 2005 she worked as the Creative and Art Program director for a climate change awareness program for Friends of the Earth, London. In 2013, her family moved to the Bay Area where she now holds a studio space as an independent visual artist with the Cubberley Artist Studio Program in Palo Alto.
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Tony May: infinite variability
Tony May’s 1920s downtown home is peaceful, with dried leaves hanging from strings, handcrafted cupboards displaying his and others’ work, and the soft hum of water boiling for a cup of tea. There is the normal collection of items that gather after living in a place for nearly forty years.
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Racial Equity in Philanthropy — A Perspective
After many years in a career dedicated to racial justice, through community activism, arts administration, and nonprofit leadership, I now find myself in the midst of a hot topic of the day — Racial Equity in Philanthropy. And it’s about time!
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Episode #57 - Emily McEwan-Upright - Gallery 1202
In our conversation, Emily shares her mission for Gallery 1202 and her large aspirations to provide the South Valley arts community affordable creative spaces to pursue their dreams through the recently formed non-profit 6th Street Studios and Art Center.
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Episode #56 - Chris Jalufka - Evil Tender
Chris Jalufka is a Bay Area-based artist and writer focused on the world of design, illustration, and limited edition posters. His articles have appeared in Content Magazine, HOW Magazine, Print Magazine, Juxtapoz, and various sites and his venture, Evil Tender.
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Silicon Valley African Film Festival
When Chike Nwoffiah arrived in the Bay Area from Nigeria to pursue a career in biotech, he was shocked to see the way Africa was portrayed. Home to over one billion people, it’s a vibrant land full of both modern cities and rural villages, yet few are exposed to the rich diversity and vitality of the continent and its people.
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Cisco Kid
Joey “Jam” Flores pays tribute to War and to his uncles, Sonny and Rudy Madrid, who paved his way in the culture of music.
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3Below Theater
A renovated theater is easy to miss on the outside, but 3Below promises multifaceted entertainment for those who come in search of adventure.
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Episode #55- 3Below- Shannon Guggenheim
In our conversation, Shannon sure about the journey to opening. The road they have been on through COV-19 and the spark of hope they feel as they can see the light a the end of the tunnel as they slowly to reopen.
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Adobe Founders
I’ve always told our employees who want to rise in management, just go out and hire people who are incredibly smart. Smarter than you…
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Episode #54 - Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo
Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo is a visual artist, poet, teacher, and 2021 Creative Ambassador with the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of San Jose.
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Robert Ragazza
Robert Ragazza finds inspiration on the tough streets of San Jose, and through his photographs, exposes the city’s heart.
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Polaroid Jay
At his show “Almost Famous,” held at Cukui last March, Jay Aguilar completely covered the single wall he was given with his photography. From nearly floor to ceiling, each meticulously placed, independently developed square shot portrayed various local scenesters and musicians. The sheer volume of his work was overwhelming, but what made the evening extra special was how each portrait brought back memories of the many shows he had memorialized on film.
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Episode #53- San Jose Spotlight
For a city that has been fasting in a desert for years, San Jose Spotlight might be just the thing to quench the community’s thirst for news.
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Folk and Traditional Arts — A Perspective
Traditional art draws from ceremony, celebration, and community. These are important for passing on the cultural values in our ethnic communities from generation to generation. The richness of our neighborhoods is the displaying and sharing of the traditional arts in the community.
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Anabella Piñon
Using a variety of mediums, from photography to linoleum cuts, Anabella Piñon finds visual symbolism in the tumbleweed’s transient form.
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Episode #52 - Peter Hsieh - Writer and Director
Peter Hsieh is a writer and director from San Jose, California, who has written over 30 staged-plays. His full-length play "Tangerina" was a finalist for the 2015 Orange County New Play Festival, and the short play "A Room with Modern Furniture" won 3rd place at Playwrights CageMatch 2013 at Douglas Morrisson Theater. His feature film, "Drive All Night," which he wrote and directed, is premiering at Cinequest Film & Creativity 2021 online festival.
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San Jose Spotlight
As the 10th-largest city in the United States, San Jose’s local news offerings are startlingly sparse. The Mercury News has reduced its staff reporters in recent years, even while buying out many of the surrounding community newspapers. Metro fills some of the holes in San Jose coverage, but as a free weekly, its scope is limited. Online publications like Patch have struggled with readership, and TV news outlets spread their resources across the entire Bay Area. All of this leaves Silicon Valley residents with few opportunities to read about local politics, community issues, and other important news affecting their lives.
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Recycle Bookstore
Founded in 1967 by Pat and Joan Hayes, Recycle Bookstore has become a San Jose institution, where visitors can wander through cases of books, from literary classics to special interest texts, in the company of the shop’s well-loved felines. The distinctive character of each cat, detailed on the bookstore website, matches the character of the shop’s offerings—many of the books are rich with the history of previous readers. In 1998, Eric and Cynthia Johnson bought the store, and in 2004, they opened a second location in Campbell.
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BAMN—By Any Media Necessary
Beneath the light-hearted narrative frame, there lies the distinct punk-rock ethos of urging viewers to “do it yourself,” despite what supposed gatekeepers may say. The storyline mirrors the way BAMN’s core unit of creative partners feel about their own road to success. Self-described underdogs of the scene, BAMN strives to share compelling stories that inspire community pride. That inspirational, and at times political, message stretches across several forms of media.
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Jeff Chang
Since leaving his native Hawaii for UC Berkeley in 1985, writer and scholar Jeff Chang has emerged as a potent contemporary cultural critic and one of hip-hop’s leading advocates. Jeff Chang may be one of today’s leading contemporary cultural scholars, but there are plenty of signs that he’s still very much a fan of the culture he writes about so eloquently and thoroughly.
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Gabriel Edwards
Gabriel Edwards, who goes by Gabe, is a full-time artist and dad, living with his wife and daughter in San Jose, and with a son on the way. Over the past six years, Gabe has been working on two large, ongoing projects: drawing collages of objects from horror films using a style called “knolling,” where the artist arranges various objects in parallel with each other on paper, and recording his own audiobooks on cassette.
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#51 - Eric bui - San Jose Artists
Eric Bui looking through his social media feed, you will notice that he enjoy drawing with ink and pen to a digital tool like Procreates.  Recently, Eric has been found himself in the local spotlight because of a piece he had submitted to a group exhibit curated by the City of San Jose called "Holding the Moment," a series of works by 77 artists displayed at the San Jose International Airport.
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Allan Barnes
Allan Barnes creates stunning photographs that look as if they were unearthed from an antique book in an old library, and that’s because the process he uses is more than 150 years old. The technique, called wet plate collodion, results in monochromatic pictures that are haunting, soft, and beautiful, with a grainy depth that can’t be recreated with modern film or filters.
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Dirty Beats: Aaron Schwartz
A love for underground bass music culture has guided Aaron Schwartz’s journey as both a DJ and producer. With a record deal newly inked, he’s set to continue sharing his heavy grooves and whirlwind rhythms.
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#50 - Brendan Rawson - Executive Director, San Jose Jazz
South Bay native Brendan Rawson has worked in the local arts scene for more than twenty years. Since joining San Jose Jazz (SJZ) in 2012, Brendan has worked to increase their education programs' impact and conceived many of their most successful initiatives, including Jazz Beyond programming and the mobile Boombox Truck stage.
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t.w.five
Artist Duo Brightens the World with Colorful Vinyl Art
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Matthew Heimgartner
Although a visual artist now, Matthew Heimgartner was initially drawn to the creative world through storytelling. Writing stories throughout his childhood in San Jose and adding doodles in the margins, it wasn’t until 2017 that he made what he considers the official switch—that is, showing his artwork publicly.
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#49 - Halfdan Hussey - CEO and Founder of Cinequest & Creatics
Cinequest was one of the first California institutions to make tough choices to move the festival after six safe days of in-person events but then had closed the rest of the festival.  Fortunately, Cinequest leadership was already working on a digital media platform called, Creatics that they could alter to include online screenings in the summer of 2020, which has been a great test run for this year's Cinequest Online Festival March 20-30th.
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Ato Walker -Making Truth Funny
If you want to visit a real-life Moe’s Tavern, visit the Caravan Lounge, San Jose’s grand dive bar. You won’t see Homer Simpson or Barney, but Jägermeister is on tap and on Wednesday nights you’ll meet Ato Walker, who hosts its weekly comedy show.
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Stories for Solidarity
Mikomi Yoshikawa-Baker, “Miko,” desperately wanted to protest the murder of George Floyd. But, given the police’s rampant use of tear gas and rubber bullets, she also wanted to keep herself and her young daughter away from the crowds. So she looked around the downtown neighborhoods, noticed all the boarded-up windows, and discovered the best way to join the movement—by calling in an army of creatives, buying up gallons of paint, and depicting powerful antiracist messages on the ubiquitous blank lumber.
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#48 Marianne McGrath - Independant Art Curator and Consultant
Marianne K. McGrath is a Los Gatos, California, local who used her background in art and art history to build her own business, MKM Art Consulting, LLC., to practice curating, art consulting, and art education. Marianne holds a BA in art and 3-D design, as well as an MA in art history from San Jose State University. Her passion for art led her to a career focused on sharing art with the community, especially seen through her work with the New Museum Los Gatos (formerly The Museums of Los Gatos). Art exhibits and projects hosted by MKM Art Consulting include "To Hear and Be Heard" and "31 Women."
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Episode #47 Chad Johnston - CreaTV San Jose
Chad Johnston, CEO of CreaTV San Jose, sees immense opportunity and a chance to reshape what we’ve come to know as Public Access TV, and transform it into a powerful public tool for local storytelling and media activism.
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Chad Johnston - CreaTV
Electronic Greenspace: Chad Johnston and CreaTV Harness the Local Power of Public Access for Digital Activism.
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# 46 - Ato Walker - Humorist, host, and emcee
He calls himself "Mr. Walker." He started out hosting comedy nights at San Jose's Britannia Arms and now performs at the Ice House, San Jose Improv, Laughs Unlimited, Rooster T. Feathers, and the Caravan Lounge. He's also emcee'ed Music in the Park and San Jose Jazz Festival stages.
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#45 Jorge "J.Duh" Camacho - Contemporary Artist
Jorge “J.Duh” Camacho uses the symbiotic duality of his creative process—fine art versus street—to create unique, vibrant, and witty works of art.
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J.Duh
Jorge “J.Duh” Camacho uses the symbiotic duality of his creative process—fine art versus street—to create unique, vibrant, and witty works of art.
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Rachel Spung and the Soul Service
Hailing from Monterey and San Jose, Rachel and the Soul Service deliver sparkling musical freshness—a groovy yet unprocessed blend of soul and R&B. The group’s tight chemistry is the clearest quality of their performance, resulting in a unity of sounds that comes across as fun, entertaining, and constantly innovating.
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School of Visual Philosophy
School of Visual Philosophy: An Arts Revolution. Yori and Danna Seeger, husband and wife, new parents, artists, educators, and revolutionaries.
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#44 Dana Harris Seeger and Yori Seeger - School of Visual Philosophy Cofounders
Their passion for art and community lead them to launch the School of Visual Philosophy in 2013. The vision was to provide a place for artists to learn, create, and develop a new pedagogy for creative craftsmanship and art.
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Content Conversations 2021
Content Conversations 2021: A few Notes for the conversation.
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#43 Sinjin Jones - Transmedia artist and Artistic Director at Pear Theatre
In 2019, Sinjin moved from Colorado to the Bay Area and is currently rounding up his first year as the Artistic Director at Pear Theatre in Mountain View, California. Sinjin has been able to use his skills in multiple medias to innovate creative solutions to keep Pear Theatre running during the global pandemic.
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Guerilla Wanderers
Some storytellers steadfastly hold that plot should sweep a narrative’s characters along on a journey. Others adamantly advocate that characters’ reactions to their surroundings and circumstances should drive the plot. It’s a heated debate among fiction aficionados. Sean McCarthy, founder of video production company Guerilla Wanderers, seasoned director, writer, producer, visual effects supervisor, and actor, lands in the character-driven camp.
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#42 Juan Sanchez - Founder and Creative Director of Baunfire Digital Agency
Juan founded Baunfire in 2003 to provide "great work" for his clients and soon realized that a "great team" is the key to the quality of Baunfire's service. As a digital design agency based in the heart of Silicon Valley, downtown San Jose, they have partnered with leading global brands and forward-thinking startups to design and develop elevated platforms on the web. Baunfire has partnered with a diverse group of high-profile clients including Nike, Netgear, Honda, Cisco, The Walt Disney Company, and more.
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Montalvo Arts Center: Lucas Artists Residency
The Montalvo Arts Center, besides being a beautiful local park, is home to a number of artists from all over the world.
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Baunfire
Juan Sanchez’s journey to founding a digital agency Act I Juan Sanchez loved the city. He would wander the streets, marveling at the cool…
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Asiel Design
Whether it’s styling the latest looks in weddings or pushing modern design to the next level, Jonathan and Linnae of Asiel Design give new meaning to event planning.
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Kristina Micotti
What kinds of people become full-time artists? Sometimes it’s the kind that meticulously plotted their futures, enlisting in daily portfolio camps and yearly summer intensives. Other times, it’s the kind—like Kristina Micotti—who let their careers evolve naturally, flowing with the course of their lives, somehow winding up exactly where they wanted to be. In every way Micotti interacts with her creative practice—whether in choosing it, developing it, or taking it full-time—Micotti proves that you don’t always need to plan. Sometimes it just works out.
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#41 S. Sayre Batton - San Jose Museum of Art
Sayre shares about the adjustments and changes the museum has made during COVID-19 and some of the plans for the museum moving into 2021.
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Lucidbeaming | Tech Art
Joshua Curry’s studio is a tech haven saturated with LEDs and wires, screens flickering abstract visuals, gently humming monitors, a congregation of speakers, and two electric keyboards...
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Conscious San Jose
Of the people, by the people, for the people: such is how the Conscious San Jose Festival came about—how it operates in every moment and how it dreams for the future of our world. It’s a celebration of yoga, wellness, music, art, food, but most of all, community—a rosy bubble of possibility where anyone is accepted, and everyone belongs.
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Knowmadic
Knowmadic is a rare example of the San Jose artist who has found legitimate financial success through music. “The first real royalties check that I got that let me know I could quit my shitty day job and do what I love for a living.” He also pointed out that he found his unique sound four or five years into his career, and that is where he marks the beginning of both his artistic and monetary success.
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S. Sayre Batton
During her career, Susan Sayre Batton has held a number of art museum positions, including deputy director at Honolulu Academy of Arts, collections consultant at Norton Simon Museum, and her current position as Oshman Executive Director at San Jose Museum of Art.
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Gallery 1202
Gallerist Emily McEwan-Upright opens Gallery 1202, offering a home for marginalized and underrepresented voices in the art world.
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#40 Joe Miller - Graphic Designer, Educator, and Arts Administrator
In our conversation, Joe shares about a design lesson "nugget" as well as talk about the roll of graphic design for cultural equity and inclusion. Jos also shares the vision and future of Works San Jose and the change they have had to make during COVID-19.
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April Gee
With the vision of empowering artists through greater exposure in the marketplace, April Gee's Petite Galleria offers carefully curated, individual, handcrafted art. April seeks people whose art embodies that passionate maker spirit, so it is unsurprising that her work at Petite Galleria empowers April to pursue her own passion: making music as Containher.
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Episode #39 Karen Kienzle - Director of the Palo Alto Art Center
Karen Kienzle is Director of the Palo Alto Art Center and oversees this vital community organization's vision, budget, marketing efforts, and staffing. Karen brings more than 15 years of experience in arts administration to the Art Center and a Lecturer San Francisco State University's museum program.
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René Lorraine Schilling-Sears
Her Vision, Her Voice. René Lorraine Schilling-Sears, a graduate of San Jose State with a BFA in Pictorial Arts, has moved from oils to watercolor and pen, giving a voice to what she sees.
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Tyler Gordon
Painting Prodigy and Regular Kid. At age 14, Tyler Gordon and his art are already in the national spotlight.
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Episode #38 Michael Ogilvie - City of San Jose's Director of Public Art
Michael Ogilvie, formerly overseeing public art programs in Las Vegas and Clark County, as San Jose's public art director, seeks to deepen San Jose inhabitants' appreciation of their home and leads the city's public art program by stewarding over 250 works of art, research, and plans and evaluates public art projects.
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Michael Ogilvie
Assisting with this mission is Michael Ogilvie, San Jose’s public art director. Seeking to deepen San Jose inhabitants’ appreciation of their home, Ogilvie leads the city’s public art program by stewarding over 250 works of art and research and also plans and evaluates public art projects.
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Episode #37 Janice Lobo Sapigao - Santa Clara County Poet Laureate
Lately, two topics seem to be on the mind of Santa Clara County's latest poet laureate, Janice Lobo Sapigao: death and childhood. Though "beginning" and "end" might seem polar opposites, they're closer than we often give them credit for.
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Episode #36 Steve Borkenhagen - Urban Confluence Silicon Valley
Steve Borkenhagen has been an entrepreneur and business owner in Silicon Valley since 1975. He opened Camera One Theater, the first repertory cinema in San Jose, and partners in 1975. Since then, Steve had founded and operated multiple bars and restaurants in the South Bay Area, including Eulipia Restaurant from 1977 to 2012 when they transitioned to be Cafe Stritch.
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BraveMaker
Storytellers, for instance, commit feats of valor too. Take the Bay Area film festival, production company, and film collective BraveMaker. “At our heart,” says Founder and Executive Director Tony Gapastione, “we really exist to elevate brave stories for justice, diversity, and inclusion.” He leans forward, elbows on knees, revealing a lens shutter tattooed on one forearm. “[We] talk about things that we know in culture are necessary to talk about… Let’s get better at having hard conversations!”
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Felt Love
How do we care for our loved ones well? This question, simple in theory, isn’t always so straightforward. A group of San Jose State University students explore this concept in their story Felt Love, a 2D and stop motion animated short film. In Felt Love, a mom/seamstress finds her son peeking his head through her sewing room doorway, hopeful of story time, and must figure out how to balance work and family. It’s a straightforward film, but it’s sure to strike a chord — especially considering current events. Moms and dads attempting to work from home during the pandemic will feel a pang of sympathy for this mother and her internal battle as she’s torn between spending quality time with her family and providing for them.
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Chuck Palahniuk
Chuck Palahniuk was an honored guest of Cinequest Film Festival 23 as a Maverick Award recipient, earning the award for his unique outsider voice that continues to have an impact on mainstream culture. In addition to receiving a Maverick Award, Palahniuk attended the festival in support of a screening of the short film “Romance,” written and directed by Andy Mingo and based on Palahniuk’s short story of the same name.
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Black Sheep Made
So much of makers’ making takes place outside of the public eye, the effort is embedded deeply and meaningfully in their products, but is perhaps not readily apparent to the naked eye. There is a particular joy that comes from encountering a maker like Allysarhaye Graciano of BlackSheepMade, who can often be found during events crocheting or hand-knitting something on the spot for a customer, such as one of her incredibly popular pet beds, one-of-a-kind rugs, or elegant plant hangers.
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Art Business and COVID
Design a business plan for a mom and pop shop. Throw in all the extras, goodies, and toppings, like locally sourced content, community building, local economy boosting, and anything else that sounds good. Do not be shy, put it all in there. In fact, build your dream business. Have you got it in your head? OK, now take this business plan and put it in a blender.
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Second Hand Hustle
Seeking ’80s and ’90s swag? Jaypee Inguito’s your man. Through his store, Second Hand Hustle, and its offering of curated vintage men’s clothing, he hooks…
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Navigating Communications & Engagement for the Arts Part #1
In this shelter-in-place season, arts organizations and creatives have faced new hurtles in engaging audiences, donors, and artists. But what better way of overcoming the odds than with a little creative problem solving? Navigating Communications & Engagement for the Arts, a three-week series created by SVCreates, San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, and genArts Silicon Valley, supports the arts community by sharing strategies employed by a variety of sectors. This is the first of three classes held on October 20th.
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Episode #35 Cain Ramirez - Paper Moon Coffee Company
Cain co-founded Cowgirl Bike Courier, a San Jose-based bike messenger service, with Amanda Muehlbauer in 2014. After running the business for a few years in the South Bay, better business opportunities led him to San Francisco; but after an injury and changes in the messenger industry, Cain retired from that business. Soon after, the contacts he had made as a messenger led him to his next gig with Paper Moon Coffee Company.
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Joe Kaplow
Joe Kaplow Keeps the Folk Tradition Alive in Santa Cruz County...
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Episode #34 Omar Rodriguez - Kooltura Marketing and Eastside Magazine
Omar Rodriguez founded Kooltura Marketing to provide creative communications agency that works  through the paradigm of multicultural marketing, a form of marketing that bases its strategy and methods on the people, culture, language, and history of the community it hopes to target. Kooltura has targeted San Jose’s Mayfair community and downtown San Jose. 
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Episode #33 Ren Geisick - Americana Singer-Songwriter
Ren Geisick isn't a typical jazz or country singer. As a matter of fact, she categorizes herself as an Americana singer-songwriter. Growing up with country and jazz icons playing through the stereo in her San Jose home, she is equally influenced by Bob Dylan and Nina Simone; she flows seamlessly, from the soulful delivery of a jazz ballad to the carefree lilt of an American folk song. Ren is a solo artist and co-leads new funk and soul band The Anachronistics with William Bohrer.
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Episode #32 Demone Carter - Rapper, Creative Catalyst, and Nonprofit Professional
Demone Carter's original plan was to be a "famous" rapper but found himself in the arts nonprofit world after starting after school youth hip-hop dance program. He continues to Rap and make music, but that transition led his path to become an influential voice in the South Bay creative scene. From overseeing MALI and the School of Arts and Culture programs to co-hosting a Rap culture podcast with Needle to the Groove team members, Dave Ma and Nate Leblanc, which has recently been pick-up by Stony Island Podcast Network.
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Episode #31 Trami Cron - Chopsticks Alley Art
Trami Nguyen Cron, the founder of Chopsticks Alley Art, and author of her 2016 debut novel, VietnamEazy: A NovelaboutMothers, Daughters, and Food. Having lived in cultural crossroads for most of her life Trami founder Chopsticks Ally Arts in 2018 to bring their people’s artwork outside of their community into the mainstream so that “our narrative, our voices, our version of things is being seen.”
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Episode #30 Karen Gutfreund - Activist + Feminist Curator + Artist
Karen Gutfreund is a curator focusing on feminist and social justice themed art and is also a practicing artist. She has been a contributor to Content Magazine with her piece on "Art as Slow Change" (http://bit.ly/artslowchange104). Karen's current work is a catalog featuring 147 artists with over 350 works titled, "Not Normal: Art in the Age of Trump" as is a visual protest of the Trump administration.
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Natasha Sandworms
Local indie rocker Natasha Sandworms is learning to write from a place of happiness.
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Bellabeat
Urška Sršen, CCO and Founder of Bellabeat, redefines the territory. “That’s an interesting question because I think they are very intertwined… There is a connection between tech and art because tech is, at least in the consumer space, useless without design. Tech is a very creative process.” For her team, being artists and developing new technology are one and the same. Both disciplines are about developing something from scratch, and fighting for the creator’s own ideas, values, and creations.
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Episode #29 Usha Srinivasan, Founder and President of Sangam Arts
Founder, and President of Sangam Arts Usha started reconnecting with native forms of art from her home country, which led her into the local arts and culture scene.
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Model Search
Model search editorial with Scout Model and Talent Agency
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Episode #28  Jonathan Williams - Tabard Theatre
Jonathan Williams took the helm as Executive Artistic Direct in July, amid the COVID pandemic. As a theatre, their performances (and revenue) came to an abrupt halted with the shelter-in-place orders. Immediately, the Tabard team began to think to go way to pivot and produce a live-stream format and presented one-man show performances of "Looking Over the President's Shoulder," featuring James Creer.
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Bare Back
Photographer: Daniel Garcia / Assistant Photographer: Arabela Espinoza / Stylist: Mariana Kishimoto / Producer: Elle Mitchell / Hair Stylists: KC Benson and Helen Yoo for Bedlam Beauty and Barber / Makeup Artist: Zenia Marie / Talent: Ivy for Scout Model Agency / Horse Trainer: Crysta Causin of Morgan Hill Riding Academy / Wardrobe: Christina Morgan Cree, Rachel Riot Designs, CRIV, K. Michael Jewelry, Black Cat Hats / Location: Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch, Spade & Plow
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Episode #27 Jessica Paz-Cedillos - Executive Director School of Arts and Culture
Jessica accepted the School of Arts and Culture's role in March 2019 with years of experience in community service and activation. She brings those skills, knowledge, and passion to her new position, which has been vital. They have had to pivot t they working out the mission to catalyze creativity and empowers the community. 
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The Cruiser Shop
Explore downtown Campbell and you’ll find The Cruiser Shop tucked inside a Valley-of-the-Heart’s-Delight-era courtyard on Campbell Avenue. Walk inside and you’ll meet Dominick Guida….
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DJ ThatGirl
With years on the scene and a wealth of connections, DJ ThatGirl is now harnessing her network to empower female DJs through recently launched DIME Talent Group.
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Jemal Diamond
Starting out as an actor but ending up as a director, Diamond eventually made his way up to Chicago where a vibrant and extensive small-theater scene welcomed him. Soon, he was running a small theater company with his friends, but meeting after meeting led Diamond to experience something of a crisis of faith. “[I] had a major life crisis and pretty much quit theater forever,” Diamond says. “It was then I decided I wanted to make visual art, particularly visual and graphic design.”
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Marissa Ahmadkhani
Born and raised in Gilroy, Ahmadkhani decided to go to college at Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo because of its location. Soon after arriving, she found a group of like-minded creatives in the tightly knit English Department, a refuge in a sense from the polytechnic focus of the university. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in English literature.
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Donnelle McGee - Exit Strategy
A local novelist on the finer points of complete disappearance. A good story is like an addiction. It separates you from yourself, steeps you in a world different from the one buoyed by your immediate surroundings. But, according to McGee, only one brings you back whole.
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Liquid Agency
Over the last half-century, Silicon Valley has become the global center of innovation—the world’s brightest minds flock here in droves.
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Leily Khatibi -Digital Art
How many books and bloggers have warned us of the isolation of our digital screens? Of the threat of social media corroding friendships or of virtual reality overriding real life? But here’s the thing about tools: They can harm or they can help. It’s up to the user to make that choice, and immersive experience designer Leily Khatibi knows this better than most.
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Tshaka Campbell
If you’ve seen slam poetry live in the Bay Area, chances are you’ve seen Tshaka Campbell performing. Campbell has dedicated his artistic life to sharing his world of words and the performance of his own perspective.
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Assembly Bill 5
With the misguided adoption of Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) this past January, Sacramento is undercutting fundamental parts of the ecosystem for the performing arts in California. The law has resulted in a multitude of scenarios in which artists are losing opportunities to create and California audiences are losing the opportunity to benefit immeasurably from experiencing the artists’ work.
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Art as Slow Change
Activist art is on the rise, particularly in the last two years. While it used to be rare to have art institutions hosting activist exhibitions, they are now being shown across the country and in locations that even just a few years ago would have seemed improbable. Imagine a gallery or museum in a conservative southern town having an exhibition on the theme of racism or Black Lives Matter. The whirlwind of rhetoric and hyperbole from the current administration spewing xenophobia, misogyny, and racism has galvanized artists into action, bringing to light injustice and inequalities.
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Crooner Thiccricc
Crooner Thiccricc offers honest music from his bedroom to yours.
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TOToast- Transient Occupancy Tax
It’s an overwhelming understatement to say this has already been a rough year for California’s creative ecosystem. No sooner had we begun to grapple with the unintended yet utterly predictable consequences of Assembly Bill 5 and explore potential solutions with lawmakers, COVID-19 came around and threw the whole world upside down.
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Brittni Paul
A vegan, eco-conscious artist who paints endangered species into reclaimed wood and uses soy-based ink and plant-based packaging might sound intimidating—but Brittni Paul expresses her passion with graciousness: it’s not about being perfect, it’s about being informed.
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Patrick Hofmeister
At 20 years old and homeless, it was the gift of a paint set and easel that presented Patrick Hofmeister with a path to find his inner strength. Through art, the San Jose native discovered a compulsion to create, thus giving himself a sense of purpose and determination. Patrick immersed himself in the many different styles that came his way, first absorbing the likes of painter Mars-1 and pop surrealist Greg Simkins, among many others. Like Simkins, Patrick dabbled in graffiti at an early age. While he didn’t commit to developing his skills in this style, elements of graffiti gradients still influence his work.
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Crystal Mendoza
Glimpse Crystal Mendoza on the glossy pages of a magazine and right away you’ll notice an air of certainty in how she presents herself. Poised in a sleek satin halter top and matching pants, both in a shade of smokey lavender, the Latina model observes the viewer coolly over a martini glass filled to the brim with pearls—as if it’s the most natural thing in the world.
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Academic Coffee Community
Frank Nguyen has been on a journey for several years, moving toward opening his own crafted coffee house. From building out the space on South Second and Williams to running a pop-up from Five Points on West Santa Clara Street, Nguyen is looking to share his special coffee and select pastries with the community—and to help others to brew that perfect cup. [Editor’s Note: Location on South Second Street opened August 2017.]
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Coffee Shift, Inc.
It’s easy to take for granted how effortless it is to get a cup of coffee. Anywhere you travel, you won’t have to search far before smelling the rich aroma coming from somewhere nearby. But finding a brew that not only tastes good, but that has been ethically sourced from the seed to the cup, is harder to do. For Tyler Pinckard, self-proclaimed coffee lover and CEO of Coffee Shift, Inc., his company’s focus is to disrupt the traditional coffee market to give more back to the farmers and provide better-tasting coffee for the consumer.
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Episode #26 ¡Fiesta!
Fiesta Pamplona is a documentary project from local photojournalist and San Jose State alumnus Neal Waters. The beautify shot film records the process and events surrounding the Fiesta de San Fermín in Pamplona, Spain, which include the daily running of the bulls.
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Episode #25 Needle to the Groove (NTTG)  - Michael Boado & David Ma
Michael is one of the co-founders of the Needle to the Groove (NTTG) record store in San José and also know as DJ Basura. David Ma is part of the NTTG label, and is an accomplished writer, contributor, and curator to Content Magazine's Album Pick series. Check out latest selection at https://bit.ly/AlbumPicks123
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Episode #24  Socorra - Musician and Community Organizer
If you have been listening to the Content Podcast, you have heard her song "Muddy Water" behind the intro and the closing credits. Socorra, featured in issue 9.2, has not only been performing and connecting with the local music scene; she has also helped organize events with Filco and raise the next generation of artists as a teacher with the School of Rock. 
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Episode #23 A Conversation about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)
A Conversation about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) with Valéria (“Val”) Miranda and Hannah Garcia. Valéria (“Val”) Miranda is the Executive Director of Santa Cruz Art League and a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant. Hannah Garcia is the Grants Program Manager and the Equity Catalyst for the Arts Council of Santa Cruz.
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Episode #22 Jay Kim -Silicon Valley Pastor and Author
Jay Kim, as Silicon Valley pastor, found himself wondering if the Church's quick implication of new technologies happened without giving thought to want might be lost in its application. That gave way to him penning his first book, Analog Church (InterVarsity Press).
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Episode #21 Rah Riley
In our conversation, Rah discusses how her plans to resign from Eastridge Center on March 13 to work abroad four months in South East Asia with Remote Year changed and delayed because of COVID-19. As a planner, how that has been a learning experience for her. We also discuss her thoughts on social media and what we have grown to discover and love about the uniqueness of the South Bay.
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Episode #20 Cathy Kimball - ICA
Cathy Kimball - Executive Director and Chief Curator San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Cathy Kimball as been with the ICA since 2000 and has planned her retirement as the ICA turns 40, though she will continue to participate in various ways, specifically to assist with the Marcus Lyon project, "De.Coded: A Human Atlas of Silicon Valley" by the Packard Foundation, scheduled for 2022.
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Episode #19 Ellina Yin - Only in San José
In addition to her prior roles as Co-Founder of Local Color and Founding Board Member of Catalyze SV, Ellina Yin is a firm believer that local government is ground zero of systemic change. As a community engagement enthusiast born and raised in Eastside San Jose, she is always on the lookout to raise awareness and encourage civic participation in more meaningful and productive ways.
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Kerriann Otaño
The Life of a Modern-Day Opera Singer
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Episode #18 Sam Shah - Co-founder Voyager Craft Coffee
Sam and his partner Lauren Burns have gone from a pop-up coffee trailing to three cafés. The most recent location (on The Alameda near Santa Clara University) opened right at the beginning of the Shelter-in-Place order for Santa Clara County because fo COVID-19.
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Episode #17 Michelle Runde
In addition to contributing to Content Magazine, Michelle works as a Policy Counselor for one of the large Silicon Valley Social Media companies. In our conversation, Michelle reveals her love for Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and cast her vote for Star Trek over Star War.
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Episode #16 Juan Carlos Araujo - Empire Seven Studios
Co-Founder of Empire Seven Studios (E7S) and POW! WOW! San Jose, along with his partner Jennifer Ahn, Curator and Gallery Manager. ES7 was established in 2008 as an urban contemporary art gallery located in Japantown San Jose at Empire St. and 7th St.
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Episode #15 Grace Talice Lee - Writer
Grace Talice is a writer and contributor writer and editor with Content Magazine.
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Episode #14 Joe Hyrkin - CEO issuu
oe Hyrkin has been the CEO of Issuu, a digital publishing platform, for the last seven and a half years, the longest he has been with any company in his career. Having worked in business development and sales for companies like Yahoo! and Flickr, Joe has spent most of his career working in the intersection of content and technology.
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Episode #13 Ralph Buenconsejo - Graphic Designer and Animator
Ralph Buenconsejo recently launched out on his own as a freelance designer after working several years with the Baunfire Agency.
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Chelsea Stewart
Have you ever noticed how anything of worth—careers, relationships, books, antique vases—gains value not from the finish line, but from the journey? That attentive (sometimes painstaking) development provides rich meaning. It’s the reason why, when Chelsea Stewart paints, she’s much more fascinated with the process than the product.
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Episode #12 Esther Young - Songwriter
In addition to being a contributing writer and editor with Content Magazine since 2018, Esther Young's main creative outline is songwriting. Though, she might not tell you that she can be found at local open mic shows and slowing releasing her songs on Spotify.
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Episode #11 Brad Sanzenbacher - Writer and Folk Musician
Though Brad's day job as a public relations profession for WRIKE involves a lot of writing, he has found that "creativity isn't a finite resource." As he seeks to be inspired in what he does for work, he discovers inspiration in his creative writing and songwriting, and vice-versa.
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Episode #10 Kristen Pfund - Content Magazine
Kristen Pfund has been part of the Content team since 2014, first as a volunteer, and then brought on staff to help oversee the production of our events and assist with our partner relationships. 
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Episode #9 Jimmy Fonseca - Downtown Screen Printers
Jimmy Fonseca is an artist, muralist, and cofounder of Downtown Screen Printers. Join our conversation with Jimmy, who shares how being a resident artist at Local Color organically leads to form Downtown Screen Printers with Aliks Hernandez.
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Episode #8 Genevieve Hastings
Genevieve Hastings is an installation artist and the director of the Art Ark Gallery in San Jose. In this episode, Genevieve shares how her curiosity has led her from studying linguistic and anthropology, to travel, and to directing a local gallery. 
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Episode #7 Avni Levy - Avni Creates
Avni Levy is a contributing Content photographer and, like most of our contributors, has a growing creative content business of her own. In our conversation, Avni shared here daily routine, a few helpful practices for creatives, and three great books, including "The Miracle Morning" by Hal Elrod.
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Episode #6 Massimo Chisessi - San Jose Jazz
Massimo Chisessi is the marketing director for San Jose Jazz (SJZ). In our conversation, Massimo tells about his experience in the arts, and with arts organizations. He explains the transitions the SJZ has taken to help musicians during the shelter in place order. As well as his sharing about his personal experience of the passing of his father during this COVID19 atmosphere.
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Episode #5 Isaiah Wilson - The Come Up
Isaiah Wilson is one of the Cofounders of the Come Up, a collective that showcases local musicians and artists. In our conversation, Isaiah talks about his transition in the way he approaches producing shows and gathering.
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Episode #4 Kerry Adams Hapner, Director of the San Jose Office of Cultural Affair
Kerry Adams Hapner has been the director of the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of San Jose for the last 12 years. She oversees the department and staff that helps shape the City’s artistic and cultural vibrancy, resources, and vision.
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Episode #3 Sean Boyles
Sean Boyles Co-Owner of The Arsenal Art Store Sean Boyles is an artist, teacher, and co-owner of the Arsenal ArtStore in Japantown, with his wife, Roan Victor. We talk about this life as an artist, shelter-in-place, and the expansion plans for The Arsenal Art Store.
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Episode #2 Dalia Rawson
Dalia Rawson, Director of the New Ballet, leads San Jose's school of classical ballet but credits her online gaming experience for their ability to transition to online classes during the shelter-in-place order. If the combination of ballet and gaming appears to be an odd pairing, what about Ballet and Aliens?
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Episode #1 Frank Nguyen - Academic Coffee
Frank Nguyen is the owner of Academic Coffee, which has become a community favorite over the last few years. Recently, Frank demonstrated innovation, foresight, and care for his employees, as he adjusted his menu during the beginning days of the Shelter-in-Place order due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Poet - McTate Stroman II
Hip-hop roots have always been in poetry. The earliest emcees knew that the human voice is the most powerful tool at our disposal, one that not only stirs a crowd but changes hearts and minds at the same time. McTate Stroman II lives and breathes by that tradition. Calling himself “the original breakbeat poet,” Stroman uses his gift of poetry to inspire others to find that tool within themselves and change the world around them. “I’m a poet who documents hip-hop,” Stroman says. “That’s how I understand myself.”
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Rayos Magos
Rayos works full-time for a non-profit community health clinic, but having to work from home during the shelter-in-place (SIP) has blurred the lines between business and a sacred space for pleasure and relaxation. A wrench has been thrown into his normal routine since, like many of us, once he rolls out of bed, he is already in his office. His art has become his saving grace, giving him structure and routine as he enters his studio.
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Mild Monk -Transcend Time and Genre
Henry Stein, a.k.a. Mild Monk, can cover a lot of ground. Lately, he enthuses about Japanese city pop, works of Haruki Murakami, Ella Fitzgerald, Tennis (the band), Studio Ghibli movies, and the composition of skate videos. “I want to be like a YouTube suggestion box,” Stein jokes. He wears his eclectic tastes on his sleeve, and all his projects seem methodically arranged and curated—from his album art to the videos he edits for his songs.
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San Jose Bike Party
Building community through bicycling A cyclist yells the rally cry from within a colorful peloton of bikes. Other riders cheer on and ring their…
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SVLaureates
The SVArts program annually awards prestigious honors to Santa Clara County-based artists in a variety of categories and disciplines...
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Dreamland Boxing Training Center
Search online for a San Jose gym that offers boxing, and you’ll find dozens that advertise this. Few are boxing exclusive. None have the Dreamland Boxing Training Center’s credentials...
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The Role of the Fan: Branding in Sports
Grab a seat behind the goal about halfway up the stands at Avaya Stadium. Take in the game and the air traffic of Mineta Airport in the distance, framed by the boxy downtown San Jose skyline and the peaks that form the Santa Clara Valley...
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Kia Fay
As a stylist and vocalist, Kia Fay utilizes her disparate creative outlets for the same unified purpose: helping others celebrate their authentic selves...
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American Leadership Forum|Urban Innovation Network
“We’re at a critical juncture in our evolution, and the startup buzz of possibilities is palpable. I experienced it when I came here in 2008 to build CreaTV San Jose,” recalls Suzanne St. John-Crane, former CEO of CreaTV and current CEO of American Leadership Forum - Silicon Valley.
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KATRAA | Matthew Molcillo
At 15, Matthew Molcillo was just a kid attending Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose. Always drawn to the macabre, he spent class time drawing the demons that formed in his head—scaring him as much as they evoked his awe...
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Swanton Berry Farm | Field of Dreams
The dog days of summer have surrendered to a season of renewal along California’s central coast, and Pedro Tortoledo is cultivating a field the way he worked his 20-acre farm a quarter century ago...
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Humble Sea Brewery
The team at Humble Sea Brewery, including the co-founders—Nick Pavlina, Taylor West, and Frank Scott Krueger—have brought to life a brewery that is filled with energy, creativity, and, of course, delicious beer...
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Yoseph Gebre
Artist Yoseph Gebre finds the essence of the human spirit in his expressive, vibrant artwork...
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Alan Rath
Alan Rath’s body of work is the journey that results from exploring this and other questions about our relationship to the things we build. For the artist, the journey began as a childhood curiosity with the mystery surrounding machinery.
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Allison Marie Garcia
Although artist and illustrator Allison Marie Garcia is still in school, her artwork shows the technical poise, confidence, and restraint of a veteran artist.
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Black Sand Beach
Name: Michelle Richardson Age: 20 Height: 5’9″ Hometown: Redding, CA Agency: Stars Management Favorite Book: Bone by Jeff Smith Favorite Music: ’90s hip hop…
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Reshape Storytelling
May Yam, founder and CEO of My Studios and the film and VR department manager for Cinequest, is bridging the wonders of storytelling and the experience of living them first-hand. In the months leading up to Cinequest, Yam and her team went through the festival submissions and created a program ready for participants to interact with.   
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TCS Spotlight: B. Lewis
Raised in San Jose’s Evergreen neighborhood, Lewis attended Expression College in Emeryville, where he studied audio engineering. His remixes have flipped songs by artists as disparate as jazz pianist Robert Glasper and Bay Area rapper K. Flay, and he’s collaborated with a number of producers who have been key players in electronic music’s new vanguard, including Sweater Beats, KRNE, and Sango, a heavyweight in the buzzing crew Soulection.
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Seti Institute
In an unassuming office building in Mountain View, a band of astronomers, astrobiologists, and planetary scientists—the new Magellans—are exploring the universe and trying to understand the origin and nature of life in it. Three of these explorers—Drs. Jill Tarter, Nathalie Cabrol, and Lori Fenton—have pushed through the barriers of this generally male-dominated science to become among the most respected in their fields.
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West Valley Fashion 2020
The Fashion Design and Apparel Technology (FDAT) program at West Valley College is a two-year accredited career technical education program, established in 1985 by a group of industry professionals to fill the need for public education in the field of fashion. Recognized as a leader in fashion education, both locally and nationally, the program now offers two associate of science degrees and three certificates in design and production. We are honored to introduce to you the FDAT class of 2020.
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Ludwigs
Big beer, meatballs, mashed potatoes. It’s exactly what I’d love to eat at home.—Ben Bate German-English duo brings a taste of Europe to San…
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Dj John Beaver
John Beaver has three passions: animals, music, and life itself. As a zookeeper at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, Beaver educates the community about…
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Asha
"I am not my hair, but I am proud to say my hair is me,” declares San Jose poet Asha Sudra in the closing line of a defiant, spoken-word poem exploring oppression, the self-hate that comes from it, and the self-love that follows escape from those bounds. That poem, “Baby Hairs,” is a deep reflection on Asha’s own struggles with, and eventual embracing, identity.
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The Mark Arroyo Trio
In 2012 the group began to explore their sound, performing extended re-interpretations of hip, melodically rich tunes like James Blake’s “The Wilhelm Scream” or Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games.” Now their shows involve the three diving into the great creative unknown: completely improvising every number they play. The approach isn’t without precedent—jazz pianist Keith Jarrett has made a career of touring concert halls to improvise an entire evening of music—but it is unique to the San Jose scene.
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Demone Carter
Demone Carter is an emcee with an encyclopedic understanding of hip-hop’s history and cultural influence. His lyrics are punchy, candid bits of verse that…
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Ren Geisick
Ren Geisick isn’t a typical jazz singer. Equally influenced by Bob Dylan and Nina Simone, her music flows seamlessly, from the soulful delivery of…
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Ben Parr
You will always capture more attention and change more minds with a personal story people can relate to. Ben Parr had everyone’s attention in…
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Biocurious: Eri Gentry
Biology isn’t the biggest conversation starter, but if we can get people interested through food and drink, maybe they’ll also chew on how they…
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Adega
In December 2015, Carlos and Fernanda Carreira opened Adega—Portuguese for “wine cellar”—on Alum Rock Avenue in East San Jose’s historic Little Portugal. They inherited and retooled the 33-year old legacy of the former Portuguese restaurant, Sousa’s.
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Chris Reed Music
Chris Reed radiates positivity, and like his music, it’s infectious. He offers up an emotional integrity as he engages listeners with lyrical themes ranging…
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Arlene Biala
On Solace, Inclusion, and Poetry as Story Santa Clara County’s newest Poet Laureate, Arlene Biala, presents a rich Filipina and Pacific Islander heritage in…
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At The Fairmont
Shooting in the International Luxury Suite and Fountain Restaurant at Fairmont San Jose provided the perfect backdrop for the Issue 8.0 Explore editorial. Look…
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Redemption - A Space for Ethical Makers and Buyers
Redemption Boutique owner Tammy Liu has watched the items we buy become increasingly disposable. While a low-priced tee from your local big box might work as a one-off, she believes, a beautiful garment made by hard-working, passionate hands can become a keepsake to treasure forever.
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Amy Dabalos
What if we had a culture of support, rather than a culture of competition? I believe in creating alliances in the music and artistic…
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Vintage Electric Bikes
At first glance, you might mistake a Vintage Electric bicycle for an antique, until you spot the sleek electric engine nestled inside the seemingly historic frame. This fusion of classic and modern is the vision of Andrew Davidge, the Los Gatos native who started Vintage Electric Bikes to market his unique brand.
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SJSFF
Two movie buffs turned their love of short films into the internationally known San Jose Short Film Festival. We want our films to speak…
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Hurricane Roses
Written by Jon Havens Jon Havens plays guitar and occasionally sings for Hurricane Roses. We asked the former Content Magazine contributor to give us…
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Frances Marin - Being in the Moment
Frances Marin is a multifaceted artist who paints, designs, and illustrates original and commissioned artwork. Taking on a variety of projects—from painting people’s dreams to creating large paper installations—keeps her open and always growing and exploring as an artist.
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