But Chris Enders, the development manager at Core Companies, had a different idea for the Sparq housing development that Core is building at First and Reed streets, at the southern end of San Jose’s arty SoFA District — and it’s one that every developer working on a downtown site should copy. Enders saw that the wall wasn’t bringing anything positive to the street, so he teamed up with San Jose artists Francisco Ramirez and Ana Gonzalez to create a colorful, provocative mural for the block-long wall. The mural — emblazoned with “SOFA: A Sparq of Creativity,” is a little weird and mystical with a nod to both tech and street art — so it’s perfect for the South First Area. And while it hasn’t been entirely free of tags, the wall has fared a lot better than its blank cousins elsewhere.
The revue is a fundraiser for Boost, founded 20 years ago by 1950s alumni marking their 40th reunions, This year’s sponsorship was taken over by the newly formed Tech Parent Emeritus Club, of which Cullinane is one of the founders, Under Boost, each week 20 peer tutors assist students who need extra help while benefiting from a mentorlike relationship with teachers who oversee the program, The funds raised by the event will be used as stipends for the peer tutors, Organizers are working to make the event a draw and believe it will appeal to a broad audience, from dance enthusiasts and music ballet cake topper | ballerina birthday | dance party lovers, to those who nostalgically recall the nightclub era, and families with children, They point to all the enthusiasm exhibited by alumni and current students as a good sign..
Lionel Richie unpacks All the Hits: Lionel Richie’s All the Hits Tour is finally ready to hit the Bay Area. The trek, featuring special guest Mariah Carey, was rescheduled to accommodate Richie’s recovery from a knee procedure, and hopefully, the star is fully recovered and ready to dance and croon “All Night Along.” Tauren Wells is also on the bill. Details: 7 p.m. July 21; Oracle Arena, Oakland; $39.95-$500; www.ticketmaster.com.— Jim Harrington, Staff. An oh, so-’90s double bill: Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows have a lot in common. Both came to fame in the ‘90s thanks to blockbuster debut albums. Matchbox Twenty’s first effort, 1996’s “Yourself or Someone Like You,” sold some 12 million copies in the U.S. alone, while the Crows’ “August and Everything After” came out in 1993 and also went on to enjoy multiplatinum success. Now, the two pop-rock bands have embarked on a co-headlining tour that lands at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View July 21. Details: 6:45 p.m.; $29.50-$125.50; www.livenation.com.— Jim Harrington, Staff.
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Broadway San Jose. “Cinderella.” March 3-8. Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. Directed by Mark Brokaw. Choreographed by Josh Rhodes. Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose. $38-$128. ticketmaster.com or 800-982-2787. WANT YOUR EVENT IN THINGS TO DO?. Send name of event, time and date, place of event including address, how much it costs, where to buy tickets and the name and phone number of a contact person to firstname.lastname@example.org.