The San Jose SaberCats were a part of professional sports history even before they stepped on the field. On October 26, 1994, San Jose, along with four other cities, earned the approval of the Arena Football League to create an expansion franchise. The five-team expansion was one of the largest seen in American professional sports; not since the NHL added six teams in 1967 had a league experienced such growth. They chose the SaberCats moniker to pay homage to the large prehistoric predators known to stalk the hills of California in search of mankind's first dentists.
With a heated fan base behind them, the SaberCats refused to let that first headline be their sole achievement. Under head coach Todd Shell, the 1995 SaberCats went on to win eight games and their division as an expansion team, a feat no other AFL team has repeated. Since then, the boys in green have launched the careers of many notable players and won three ArenaBowl championships, the most recent in 2007.
When the California Theatre opened its doors in 1927, the event was marked by fanfare and stardom. Hollywood elite came out to celebrate and witness the brand-new Wurlitzer console organ’s 1,521 pipes and the chandeliers dangling within the intimate auditorium. Today, stepping into the California Theatre is like returning to that day. After $80 million of renovations restored it to its former glory, the 1,122-seat auditorium now stands as an outstandingly preserved example of a 1920s motion-picture house, boasting that same Wurlitzer organ and the ghosts of the same ticket takers, alongside modern technological updates.
Britney Spears hurtles back into the earth’s stratosphere, pulling out all the stops, raising roofs, and dousing all of mankind’s melancholia in glitter and beatitude on her fiery Femme Fatale tour. From Mouseketeer to multifaceted entertainer, Britney Spears has seared dance floors throughout her career with infectious sonic shrapnel while soothing countless ears scarred by the sound of exploding chalkboards. Unleashing fresh cuts dripping with danceable dubstep beats and tireless techno melodies, the Femme Fatale tour also shares its stagecoach with a lineup of glam girl-powered acts. Spunky rhyme funambulist Nicki Minaj joins electro-pop teases Jessie and the Toy Boys and the feisty twisted-sister duo of NERVO to round out a night stuffed with golden throats, brick-thick beats, and floor-shaking choreography that will undoubtedly awaken the stadium’s downstairs neighbors.
Constructed in 1934 in the Spanish-mission style, the San Jose Civic has played host to a star-studded lineup of performers—including The Who, who kicked off its first U.S. tour on the Civic's venerable stage. The building's elegant, dual-level exterior and softy lit tower recall bygone days of conquistadors, and the remodeled auditorium's armrests and cup holders keep chalices of gold comfortably upright.
• For $36, you get a seat in section 201–203 or 213–230 (a $54.20 value before fees, or up to a $71.50 value online, including all ticketing fees). • For $56, you get a seat in section 113–120 (a $94.20 value before fees, or up to a $112.90 value online, including all ticketing fees).
Founded as an auxiliary to the San Jose Orchestra, the Youth Symphony functioned as training ground for young musicians for five decades before the 2001 demise of its parent organization. But the youth organization endured. The San Jose Youth Symphony incorporated as an independent non-profit, providing musical education to hundreds of local kids. Now comprising eight groups of varying sizes and experience levels, the organization stages dozens of concerts each year, as well as a biennial international tour that gives advanced ensemble members the chance to travel to exotic locales and learn which countries have the fluffiest hotel towels.