The Mountain View-based Community School of Music and Arts has started a search for a new leader, as Moy Eng will step down as executive director at the end of the month.
An accomplished jazz vocalist who previously worked as a program director for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, she served as CSMA's executive director for two years and will become a senior adviser to its board of directors in April.
The change adds a different aspect to the 45-year-old school's annual gala, on March 16 at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto. The event, which has a Mardi Gras theme, will honor Robert and Sue Larson for their support and leadership in arts education (including Sue Larson's 12-year stint on CSMA's board). It'll no doubt turn into a swan song of sorts for Eng, too.
For details, go to www.arts4all.org/gala.
Muji TIME: Muji, the Japanese clothing and household goods store that has a cultlike following, will open its downtown San Jose store April 16. The store, in the Fairmont hotel annex on South First Street, is the retailer's second West Coast location, following a store in San Francisco.
Kim Walesh, San Jose's director of economic development, said Muji chose the downtown location over other San Jose destinations because of its urban atmosphere.
The store plans to give away a reusable bag with
UNPLANNED INTERMISSION: The world premiere almost wasn't for Troy Daniel Smith and the other producers of "Lonely Boy," one of the movies that screened at the Cinequest Film Festival.
About 15 minutes into the movie's first screening at Camera 12 in downtown San Jose last Saturday, a fire alarm went off, and the theater had to be cleared out. Smoke from burning popcorn turned out to be the culprit, and the audiences were allowed back in after a few minutes.
"We didn't know if anyone would come back," Smith said at a lunch for filmmakers hosted by Willow Street Pizza owner Ed Rathmann at the Willow Glen restaurant this week.
Much to the credit of the Cinequest audiences and the quality of the movie, they did come back -- some to their original seats -- and even stuck around for the 45-minute Q-and-A afterward.