The SoFA district in San Jose is a thriving arts district, but two decades ago it was the heart of a memorable club scene.
The regulars -- and some irregulars -- who frequented places such as F/X, the Cactus Club and Ajax got together Friday night at Brix on South First Street for a fifth annual reunion of those wild days of the late 1980s and early '90s.
For those who don't remember or weren't there, F/X was the hot concert venue in downtown San Jose's nascent South of First Area. They Might Be Giants played the club's opening in 1989, and No Doubt performed there twice before it closed Halloween night in 1995.
Of course, everyone who went to those clubs is in their 40s and 50s now, so things were a little more respectable. But it was still a great night, with deejays Rick Preston, King Raffi and Harry Who, among others, helping everyone relive their youth.
Former F/X owner Fil Maresca, who has organized the party through Facebook since 2008, remembered those days as a special time. "All the money was getting spent north of San Carlos Street," he said. "We didn't mind that. We were doing our own thing."
FLOCK OF RUNNERS: Everyone who took part in the eighth annual Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot can pat themselves on the back for helping to make it the biggest such race in the country. Race Results Weekly did a survey of Thanksgiving Day races and found that San Jose had the most finishers of any, with 20,159.
Among that group was City Councilman Sam Liccardo, but just barely. He rolled his ankle during the race. But he managed to hobble his way across the finish line and showed up at the Christmas in the Park tree-lighting ceremony Friday on crutches.
SEEKING TALENT: The Palo Alto Philharmonic Association is sponsoring a Concerto Movement Competition open to Bay Area students 18 or younger who are vocalists or instrumentalists. Finalists will perform before judges Feb. 23, and as many as seven winners will be selected to appear in concert with the Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra on May 12 at Cubberley Theatre.
Applications, a demo CD and a nonrefundable fee of $25 must be postmarked by Dec. 31. For more information, call the Palo Alto Philharmonic at 408-395-2911 or go to www.paphil.org.