Count San Jose's Fairmont Hotel among the organizations doing its part to raise awareness about breast cancer this month.
The luxury, downtown hotel has been lighting its entry, lobby and lounge with a pink glow, the well-known color of breast cancer awareness. And Sales and Marketing Director Marshall Jones tells me there are plans to selectively light guest rooms in the main tower so the design of the pink ribbon symbol appears on the building's exterior. That sight, on Friday evening, should be quite a treat for anyone downtown.
CROSS-CULTURAL ENTERTAINMENT: Armando Castellano and his group Quinteto Latino are in the midst of their Latin American Chamber Music Festival, which started Tuesday with a performance at San Francisco's Center for New Music.
The group will be at the School of Arts and Culture at San Jose's Mexican Heritage Plaza on Friday. That event includes the Community Music Works Alumni String Quartet performing with students from San Jose High at 5:30 p.m., followed by a reception and then Quinteto Latino's performance at 8 p.m. Get ticket information at www.qlfestival.org.
Italian tenor Pasquale Esposito also has been touring around the Bay Area lately. He was at the Campbell Heritage Theater on Oct. 5 and he'll return to Silicon Valley on Oct. 27 with "In the Spirit of Hope," an evening of opera arias, Neapolitan favorites and original songs at the Nativity Church in Menlo Park. Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. concert are $35 and can be purchased by calling 408-528-6308 or online at www.pasqualeesposito.com.
SUDS FOR A CAUSE: The Willow Glen Lions Club is holding a beer-tasting event Saturday for Parents Helping Parents, a San Jose-based nonprofit that provides an amazing amount of support and resources for families with special-needs kids.
"Brews and Bites" takes place from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the Sobrato Nonprofit building at 1400 Parkmoor Avenue in San Jose. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door. Get more information at www.brewsandbites.org.
ANOTHER ROUND OF OKTOBERFEST: Seems like it's beer season in the valley. San Pedro Square Market hosted its first Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, and it brought out hundreds of people drinking beer out of 1-liter glass steins. They even had Monterey Bay's Miss Oktoberfest, Amber Phillips, there in costume and posing for photos.
But the really big celebration will be this Saturday and Sunday in downtown Campbell. Festivities will include scores of arts and crafts vendors, a play area for kids, plenty of German food and lots of beer. There'll also be two stages of live music, including the classic Alpiners Oktoberfest band both days.
Check out the schedule at www.downtowncampbell.com.