San Jose’s Workplace of Cultural Affairs is enjoying Cupid this Valentine’s Day by offering memento photographs in entrance of the “XO” sculpture at San Jose Metropolis Corridor.

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The paintings, made by Laura Kimpton with Jeff Schomberg for Burning Man, has been the topic of numerous selfies because it was put in in October, however you and your sweetie can pose for knowledgeable {photograph} in entrance of the piece on Valentine’s Day. For these of you who might have forgotten, it’s this Thursday. (And for those who don’t care, simply go about your enterprise.)

Photographer Dave Lepori can be arrange from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and once more from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Kerry Adams-Hapner, the town’s director of cultural affairs, says its open to everybody — spouses, sweethearts, besties or households. You possibly can in all probability even get a pic along with your pooch. And every group will get one copy of the photograph printed on the spot.

Your complete piece is “XOXO,” the shorthand for “hugs and kisses” practiced by yearbook signers all through historical past. Nevertheless, San Jose solely obtained its arms on one “XO,” as a result of the opposite set was shipped off to be a part of a Smithsonian exhibition. So even the paintings has its personal long-distance relationship downside.

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It could have been nice to do the identical factor on April Idiot’s Day with “HaHa,” the companion piece to “XO,” which stands in entrance of the Hammer Theatre Middle. However each items are set to depart Feb. 28, so collect ye selfies whereas ye might.

“Nufonia Should Fall” is a multi-disciplinary presentation on the Hammer Theatre Middle on Feb. 13-14 that mixes reside music, puppetry, enhancing and video. (Photograph by Pierre Borasci) 

LOVE AND ROBOTS: If you happen to’re searching for a really totally different sort of efficiency piece, you simply would possibly fall in love with “Nufonia Should Fall,” exhibiting Wednesday and Thursday at San Jose’s Hammer Theatre Middle. The presentation brings to life DJ Child Koala‘s graphic novel of the identical title a few music-loving robotic dealing with each obsolescence and heartache. And it does so by having a crew of puppeteers performing 10-inch figures for 5 cameras, with the pictures edited reside and proven on a display above the stage. The story is accompanied by reside music by the Afiara Quartet, an ensemble of strings, piano and digital devices.

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Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. performances can be found for $29 to $46 at

STIMULATING MENU: Arcadia, the Michael Mina restaurant on the downtown Marriott San Jose, is providing a Valentine’s Day menu that really screams “Get a room!” Government Chef Paul Rohadfox has put collectively a prix fixe dinner wherein each menu merchandise comprises at the very least one ingredient believed to have aphrodisiac qualities. This consists of caviar, oysters and different shellfish, chocolate, arugula (who knew?) and sauces made with wine (who didn’t know?). You may get three programs for $85 or 4 for $95. Reservations had been going quick, however for those who’re within the temper, you possibly can name 408-278-4555 and possibly you’ll get fortunate.

OPERA MAKES A SPLASH: There was a standing ovation from a packed California Theatre viewers Saturday night time as Opera San Jose opened “Moby-Dick,” the operatic adaptation of Herman Melville’s novel by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. At a reception afterward, folks raved about the whole lot from the music to the rotating set and the lighting.

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