If you went to last year’s inaugural Little Italy street festival, you probably came away with two thoughts: Boy, that was fun, and there sure were a lot of people there. The Little Italy San Jose Foundation actually estimates that 10,000 people showed up for last fall’s party — which made things a little chummy on Almaden Boulevard.
This year’s festival, which runs Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., should have more breathing room as Little Italy San Jose Foundation President Joshua Melander tells me another street will be closed to traffic and open to the festivities. The historic business district on the edge of downtown San Jose has a few new features to show off, too. The long-awaited Enoteca La Storia wine bar is up and running, and Bel Bacio coffee — opened four years ago by the effervescent Debbie Caminiti — is welcoming new owners Gary and Judy Sunseri.
But the main draws of the festival will be the food, wine and music. Italian tenor Pasquale Esposito will be sharing his talents as the headliner and grand marshal, but there will be lots of other performers, including the Houserockers, the Johnny Neri Band and Italian musicians like the Anthony Nino Lane Band, the North Beach Boys and Maria Signorile.
Admission is free, and you can grab more info at www.littleitalysj.com.
SCARING UP ART: Preston Metcalf, chief curator of the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, will put on his art history hat Monday morning to present an exploration of the symbols and images of the Halloween season. You may learn that some of the All Hallow’s Eve imagery we find benign today has some fairly frightening origins. The 8 a.m. coffee is free for members, $5 for non-members (ghosts included). RSVP by e-mail to email@example.com.
Speaking of the Triton, the museum has extended the deadline for entries for “Salon at the Triton 2017,” this year’s 2D art competition and exhibition to Monday as well. While 2D Art might sound like something unusual it just…