From the best in arts and culture to new and established boutiques, this is a town worth exploring this spring.
Soo Sunny Park installing one of her immersive shows
Soo Sunny Park: Viewing Filter (Veil of Vision)
Crafted out of retro-reflective paint and nylon netting, Soo Sunny Park’s new installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art San Jose explores visual perception through reflective surfaces and variable light conditions. Visitors can interact with the expansive, immersive installation by using camera flashes and phone flashlights. Intricate layers of accumulated drawings and netting in a 3D floating space create a sense of amplified depth. Through Aug. 14, 560 S. First St., San Jose
Facing West Shadows: The Endless End
Featuring projected moving images, handmade animation and cast shadows, Bay Area artist collective Facing West Shadows debuts its sculptural installation, The Endless End, at the Institute of Contemporary Art San Jose. The exhibit explores the concepts of extinction and survival by taking viewers through an immersive experience of ecological life cycles of nonhuman species. Through Aug. 14, 560 S. First St., San Jose
Ryan Carrington, “Flag #22” (2021) at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.
45th Anniversary Exhibition: New Directions
Highlighting recent acquisitions at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, special anniversary exhibition New Directions features a series of installations that spans three galleries. Recent works from SJMQT’s Artist in Residence program are displayed alongside works of art donated by the museum’s many donors and patrons. Through July 3, 520 S. First St., San Jose
Coming Together: A Quilt for Healing
In their first collaboration, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles and nonprofit Kids & Art Foundation debut an exhibit inspired by author Tangular A. Irby’s children’s book, Pearl and Her Gee’s Bend Quilts. The exhibit highlights quilt squares craft ed by pediatric cancer patients in an online workshop led by Irby and artist Caroline Robins. Through July 3, 520 S. First St., San Jose
NEW DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
Betabeles asados at Acopio in San Jose.
Inspired by a blend of traditional family recipes and travel, Acopio’s menu features contemporary Mexican fare in a relaxing space with a lively bar atmosphere. The menu offers shareable options reminiscent of Mexican street food, such as costillas de elote (fried corn “ribs” topped with mayo, queso, chile salt and salsa mache), along with decadent main courses including birria de cordero (slow-braised birria marinated lamb shank served in consomme and topped with onions and cilantro). Guests also will love the resto’s housemade cocktails. 399 S. 24th St., San Jose, 408.293.5241
Grandiose chandeliers and red floral carpet make up the elegant dining room at the new Grand Dynasty. The menu and design represent an emphasis on Chinese culture, cuisine and tradition. Featuring dishes like fresh maw and dry scallop with chives bisque and Peking duck with sesame scones, Grand Dynasty’s extensive menu brings Chinese heritage to San Jose. 6164 Bollinger Road, San Jose
Adorned with white tablecloths and lemon motifs, the recently opened Amalfi Coast style restaurant offers antipasti like burrata pulcinella (served with egg plant) and gourmet pizzas and pastas. Exquisitely presented cocktails, such as The Space Between the Clouds, offer the perfect addition to a memorable meal. 76 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell
From the founders of The Table comes a sophisticated next-door neighbor: Lamella Tavern. Featuring exciting cocktails, such as the Lamella Spritz and Mama’s Medicine, and scrumptious shareable plates, oysters and crudo, the swanky lounge offers an elegant, candlelit space to unwind. 1109 Lincoln Ave., San Jose
NEW AT SANTANA ROW
Featuring high-quality denim and chic clothing for men and women, the L.A.- based lifestyle brand has a stylish new storefront in Santana Row. From jeans in every fit imaginable to a variety of gorgeous tops, Paige’s looks are detail-driven and built to last. Customers can mix and match Paige’s collection to find their perfect California style. 333 Santana Row, Ste. 1035, San Jose
Arc’teryx is new to Santana Row.
Durable and innovative—that’s what describes the clothing and equipment made by this Vancouver-based outdoor gear company. At its corner storefront in Santana Row, the brand offers everything from heavy-duty parkas and jackets to harnesses and rope bags. 356 Santana Row, Ste. 100, San Jose, 408.642.1611
Fresh formulas and exquisite craftsmanship define the fine fragrances of the New York-based brand. Handcrafted perfumes, candles, soaps, lotions and more make up the fragrance brand’s collection, which can now be found at its new location. 333 Santana Row, San Jose, 408.495.2681
Franco Uomo showcases the latest in men’s fashion for spring and summer
MEN’S CLASSIC, NEW SPRING LOOKS
Located at Santana Row, this go-to menswear boutique offers signature suits and sport coats crafted by hand—down to the Milanese buttonholes. Look for a new spring and summer collection of designer fabrics from Loro Piana; the boutique’s Sunset collection includes vibrant earth tones of mustard, green and ruby red silk and cashmere blends. 356 Santana Row, Ste. 1020, San Jose, 408.247.2121
The expansive lobby at the new Signia by Hilton San Jose
NEW FOR STAYCATIONS & SPECIAL EVENTS
Signia by Hilton San Jose
Surrounded by the Santa Cruz Mountains, the 805-room Signia by Hilton San Jose brings guests a relaxing, beautifully designed environment to unwind and explore. The interior features an elegant lobby that leads to a sophisticated, comfortable bar and lounge area. Along with luxurious culinary and wellness experiences, the hotel includes an outdoor rooftop pool and robust fitness facilities. 170 S. Market St., San Jose, 408.998.1900
Photography by: FROM TOP: PHOTO BY NASH BAKER; PHOTO QUILTS COURTESY OF THE SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF QUILTS & TEXTILES; PHOTO COURTESY OF ACOPIA; PHOTO COURTESY OF SANTANA ROW; PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS; PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS