Summertime is the right time in the South Bay for getting outdoors, whether your jam is a movie, concert, or strolling after dinner through the art galleries and museums of downtown. People north of the Peninsula may wonder what's worth driving so far south to see, but let them wonder. We're drawing big crowds from the neighborhoods nearby as it is.
Flicks and Grooves
May 10–Oct. 25
History Park, San Jose
History San Jose hosts movies and music under the stars, and this year's outdoor cinema lineup showcases the idiosyncratic genius of director Wes Anderson the second Friday of each month. Even if you've already seen all of Anderson's films, they bear a second viewing, given the rich, detailed universes he creates. Though the series is already underway at press time, still to come are The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Rushmore, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Fantastic Mr. Fox.
May 16–June 16
City Lights Theater Company, San Jose
The 2016 movie Hidden Figures wasn't the first to resurrect the previously underreported stories of lady giants of science. But now we're definitely paying attention to what's proving to be a rich and varied genre of entertainment, especially here in Silicon Valley. San Francisco playwright Lauren Gunderson's Silent Sky focuses on a woman named Henrietta Swan Leavitt, whose scientific breakthroughs at the turn of the 20th century laid the ground for later revelations—like the idea that the universe is much bigger than our little solar system. The play is moving tribute to scientists of every stripe.
SoFA District, San Jose
Produced by Two Fish Design, SubZERO is a "DIY, artistically bent, hi/lo-techno mashup where street meets geek." Got it? Bands, dancers, visual artists and the people who love them will fill the streets of downtown San Jose with sound, as well as craft beer and food trucks. Also, there will be wood carving.