There's great news coming out of the Tech Museum's mango-colored headquarters as it gears up for this fall's Tech Awards, its signature event: Media mogul Ted Turner, who launched the United Nations Foundation with a $1 billion donation, is this year's recipient of the James C. Morgan Humanitarian Award.

The Nov. 13 event will be returning to downtown San Jose for the first time since 2009, moving to the expanded San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Sounds like a great place to honor the 10 laureates who have used technology to make the world a better place and who will share $500,000 in unrestricted cash prizes.

Tickets are on sale now, and you can get all the details at http://thetechawards.thetech.org/tech-awards-2014-gala-invitation.

POLITICAL FUNNIES: San Jose Stage's troupe of actors, along with several elected officials, put on a great "Monday Night Live" fundraiser the other night for a packed crowd at the Stage's downtown home. There were plenty of highlights, among them:

  • Outgoing San Jose councilmen Pete Constant and Xavier Campos in hunting gear and scraggly beards as part of the "Lame Duck Dynasty."

  • County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, the guest host, and San Jose Councilman Don Rocha trying to forge a kinder, gentler city-country relationship with a caustic takeoff of "Love Letters."

  • San Jose's mayoral candidates, clad in tuxedos, had a lip-sync contest: County Supervisor Dave Cortese did a smooth song-and-dance to Frank Sinatra's "High Hopes." Councilman Sam Liccardo rejected Sinatra's "New York, New York" and "My Kind of Town" before settling on Dionne Warwick's "Do You Know the Way to San Jose."

    I'm not sure either candidate picked up any votes, but Cortese might have a second career as a wedding entertainer.

  • The line of the night goes to San Jose Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio, a losing mayoral candidate three weeks ago who took a huge shot at himself: "Pierluigi Oliverio said despite his defeat joining Willow Glen petitioners hoping to secede from San Jose in a desperate attempt to become mayor somewhere."

    FOOD AND GAMES: Foodie Truck Friday's are back this week at the Fry's Electronics store on Arques Avenue in Sunnyvale, with Del Popolo, Tacolicious, Sam's Chowder House, Slider Shack and Twisted Chili and are expected to feed hungry shoppers and nearby tech workers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    That should be good news for the do-it-yourself gamers who'll be at the store for the Republic of Gamers Tour that'll be there Friday and Saturday.

    Contact Sal Pizarro at spizarro@mercurynews.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/spizarro.