A trio of pink penguin statues chained up to bike posts next to the San Jose Museum of Art have gotten plenty of attention from downtown strollers the past few days. Even Museum of Art Director Susan Krane said she didn't know why the colorful flightless fowl had taken up residence in the Circle of Palms.
The statuettes are part of an art installation called "Migration," by San Jose artist Scotty Gorham and photographer Chrysta Giffen. The pair collaborated on a similar project, "The Pallet of Penguins," last December outside the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Main Library, and this is an extension of that installation.
In this case, the penguins "migrated" from the arty SoFA District and through Paseo de San Antonio until reaching the museum.
DON'T FEED THE ANIMALS: You can get up close and personal with some new beasts visiting Happy Hollow Park and Zoo in San Jose for its summer animal show, running through Aug. 11. The show, taking place three times a day at the amphitheater near the refurbished Crooked House, featured animals from North, Central and South America -- everything from armadillos to bald eagles.
And on Sundays starting July 21 through the run of the show, caterer Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme will be bringing out a food truck for a unique "Brunch with the Beasts" before the 11 a.m. show. Get all the details at www.hhpz.org.
BARKING GOOD TIME: The eighth annual Poodles on Parade is Saturday at Santana Row, right next to LB Steak. Dog owners can bring their pooch of any breed -- it started as a Bastille Day event but isn't restricted to poodles -- to strut down the, ahem, catwalk.
Registration, which starts at 11 a.m., is $10, with proceeds benefiting Hospice of the Valley's Pet Companion Program. Prizes will be given out for best dressed, most talented and crowd favorite, so it should be quite a sight when the show starts at noon.