Could the race for San Jose mayor be decided in a Jimmy Fallon-type lip-sync contest? We'll find out next week at San Jose Stage's annual "Monday Night Live" fundraiser, a political satire that picks up some zing when there's a good race.
Back in 2006, mayoral runoff candidates Chuck Reed and Cindy Chavez both took part in the show, and it's fair to say Reed scored points by sending up his straight-laced image in a campaign skit laced with four-letter slogans. Chavez, of course, finished second in that race. But she's back now as a Santa Clara County supervisor and is this year's guest host.
San Jose City Councilman Don Rocha, who already won re-election this month, will be part of a romantic duet, and no doubt there'll be some special goodbyes to a few termed-out lame ducks. As for the lip-sync? I've heard this fall's two runoff candidates, County Supervisor Dave Cortese and San Jose Councilman Sam Liccardo, will see who's the better faux crooner to a playlist that plays off their Italian heritage.
If you want to be part of the "studio audience" at San Jose Stage's downtown theater, tickets are $60 for reserved seats and $100 for preferred seating. And unlike political donations, the proceeds go to San Jose Stage, so they're tax deductible. Go to www.thestage.org or call 408-283-7142.
OUTDOOR ART: It's that time of year again when the summer sun shines down on the painters creating art outdoors in Los Gatos. The artists have been hard at work this week, and you'll get a chance to see their finished pieces at the Los Gatos Plein Air Fine Art exhibit and sale on Saturday at the town plaza.
Admission's free if you just want to check things out, but you can also enjoy wine-tasting from some valley vintners, live music and mini-art sessions for kids. Of course, you can also pick up an oil or watercolor painting that was made this week in the great outdoors. For more details, visit lgpleinair.org.
WINE AT THE ROW: Supporters of the Bill Wilson Center will be enjoying a wine-tasting event at Santana Row on Saturday night, with ticket proceeds benefiting the nonprofit agency that helps at-risk and homeless youth in Santa Clara County. Spencer Christian of KGO-TV will be out there, too, giving a series of wine seminars during the 5 to 7 p.m. Summer Solstice Wine Stroll at the upscale San Jose shopping center. I bet you thought the former "Good Morning America" weatherman only knew about pouring rain.
Tickets are $35 and are available at www.santanarow.com.