When taggers defaced some panels of the Japantown Mural Project in the historic San Jose neighborhood, business owner Carole Rast didn't get mad, she got even. Rast posted her own message for the community on the parking lot fence where the art had been on display.
"Taggerz destroyed our murals, not our art," it reads, with a hand-drawn heart as an exclamation point. A picture of the visual protest posted on Facebook has been a big hit with neighborhood fans, who applauded Rast for putting the vandals in their place.
"I was perturbed, and I expressed myself creatively with butcher paper and poster paints," Rast said in a Facebook post. "Biodegradably, affordably, with just a touch of 'tude."
SOLO SHOW: I was gone for much of last week at a wedding in Utah, but I got back in time to catch Tabard Theatre's production of "The World Goes 'Round" on Thursday night at downtown San Jose's Theatre on San Pedro Square. Good thing I was able to make it, too, as it was the show's only performance this weekend. The rest of the weekend, the intimate theater space was being used as the Verizon Swing Stage for the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest.
"You'll have to give an entire weekend's worth of applause," Tabard Executive Director Cathy Cassetta told the crowd.
That wasn't a problem as everyone was delighted with the show, a journey through the songbook of John Kander and Fred Ebb. Those are the guys responsible for the music in shows and movies like "Cabaret," "Chicago," "Funny Lady" and "New York, New York." There are some songs you may not know, but it's all brought to life nicely by vocalists Will Perez, Tim Reynolds, Kereli Sengstack, Molly Thornton and Diane Milo (who did double-duty as director) and musicians Michael Johnson, Bob Sunshine and Joe Reichert.
The show returns with more performances Aug. 15 and runs through Aug. 25. Go to www.tabardtheatre.org for details.
JAZZY SERVICES: The Jazz Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica has been a beloved annual tradition for lots of people during the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest for a decade now. This weekend's Mass celebrations -- there's one Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and another Sunday at 11:30 a.m. -- feature Ian Hinkle on vocals and Walter Bankovich on piano.
The event's popularity also has inspired the First Unitarian Church of San Jose to produced its own "Unitarian Take on Jazz." All are invited to this weekend's 11 a.m. service Sunday at the historic church at 160 N. Third St., where members of the congregation and others in the community will play jazz and tell stories about a brand of American music that's been closely tied to the nation's history and its social justice movements.
NOW, THAT'S A FAN: For some people there are no limits to their fandom, as this tale from Bruce Labadie, the festival and artistic director for San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, illustrates:
A woman was really impressed when she saw teenager Livia Slingerland play on the Blues Stage with J.C. Smith a couple years back and asked Labadie to keep tabs on the singer for her. Well, Slingerland won a competition for high school and college performers held in conjunction with Poor House Bistro, earning her a spot of her own on the Blues Stage at noon Sunday.
Labadie emailed the fan to let her know, and the woman told him she was planning to attend -- by taking a flight to San Jose from her home in Chicago!
BUT DOES HE ICE FISH?: I missed the premiere episode last Sunday, but former San Jose Shark Owen Nolan is exploring his inner outdoorsman on "Sportsman 360 TV," a new show that finds Nolan hunting and fishing his way through North America, including some familiar California spots. I've heard some of his former teammates in teal will be making guest appearances on the show, which airs Sundays on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.