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Win a San Jose Sharks jersey signed by the whole team!!!

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We are proud to announce that we are collaborating with Women Rising, Debug, Peace & Justice Center, and Grocery Outlet with a community mural!   We have a San Jose Sharks jersey signed by the whole team up for a raffle to go toward the mural project. If you are interested in supporting, please visit the link below for your chance to win the raffle. Online deadline is Friday Nov. 1st at 8pm.  Winner will be announced Saturday, Nov.2nd at 4pm during Grocery Outlets 1 year anniversary event.  Raffle donation site

Please join us for Grocery Outlets 1 year anniversary event from 11am-4pm at Grocery Outlet. 277 E. Santa Clara St. San Jose, CA 9513. Music, food, chalk art, face painting and mural painting will be presented at the event.  Hope to see you there!

Raffle donation site


Save the date /// next event /// Friday Nov. 22nd /// 7-10pm

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artwork by Deborah Koff-Chapin "Firebird" technique: Art-Touch Drawing.
artwork by Deborah Koff-Chapin “Firebird” technique: Art-Touch Drawing.

More info about Deborah and her touch drawing technique shown above can be found at

Betwixt and Between” presented by Heart of Chaos at The Usuals.

THEME:  Betwixt and Between: The Edge of Chaos

Life is a series of thresholds beginning at Birth when we move from non physical to physical and ending at Death when we move back to non physical. But between these two major transitions we travel through a multitude of thresholds. Liminality is the disorientation that occurs when one is moving across a threshold to another state of being or another way of knowing oneself. In the liminal state, we stand at the threshold between our known understandings and identity and new insights, complexities and comprehensions yet to be discovered.

In chaos theory, “betwixt and between” is a boundary domain separating the stability of the known and the feared chaos of the unknown. It’s called “the edge of chaos.” In this region an open system like a human being loses enough coherency and stability to be open to change, transformation, and reorganization—but not so much as to collapse into confusion and chaos. It is betwixt and between the familiar and the unpredictable where the two come together in a co-creative way. It is also the source of inspiration and the muse that artists pray for.

This exhibit is a visual translation of this journey through a state of liminality where one’s identity is suspended, one’s inner grounds shifts and the mind and heart are open to the outpouring of inspiration and insight from the deep recesses of one’s own psyche.

LOCATION: The Usuals, 1020 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, Nov. 22nd, 7pm – 10pm FREE



“Life & Death” Friday Aug. 23rd at The Usuals. 7-10pm


Heart of Chaos

“Life & Death” presented by Heart of Chaos at The Usuals.
Friday Aug.23rd, 2013 7pm-10pm

THEME: Life and Death: An Exhibit of Contrasts

When the energetic force that animates the physical body manifests for all to see and feel.

When the energetic force that animates the physical body withdraws leaving an empty shell with a marked decrease in resemblance to the living organism.

Life is terminal. Death a mystery. Carlos Castañeda’s spiritual teacher Don Juan advised him to keep death on his left shoulder. He meant let an awareness of death inform your life and teach you how to live fully. This exhibit is an exploration of how those two realities intertwine and play off each other in a net of time and space. Join us for a compelling expression of this dynamic dance of contrasts.

– Beats provided by Joe Kidd throughout the evening

– Poetry  by Ruben Alexander Barron, Alyssa Kimiko and Enoc Lira


– 35 confirmed VISUAL ARTIST:

Michael Denning / Miguel Machuca / Basic Lee / Tulio Flores / Ana Villafañe / Jaclyn Alderete / Michael Foley / Mireya Villanueva / Steven Herman / Tyson Johnston / Urbano Espinosa / Maggie So / Alexandria Perez / Greg Kerekes  / Anthony Barbaria / Erica Atreya / Jarid Duran / Jesse Cupp / Chelsi Whiting / Matthew R. Lopez / Sean Vincent Vallor / Yolanda Guerra / RA Barron / Free Barron / Eric Shaffer / David Canavese / Carolann Espino / Leeonnista / Jesse Huelsenkamp /  Manda Bukes / Eli Lippert / SKOP / Adam Espino / Carlos Rodriguez / John Cloud / Angel Guard Noon / Anabella Pinon / Freddie Vega

The Usuals, 1020 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126


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This is 1 of 4 events during the The Midtown Beat art walk in and around The Alameda.

The Usuals
1020 The Alameda – 7-10pm
“Life & Death” presented by Heart of Chaos

The Arsenal, Art Supply
1202 The Alameda- 7-10 pm
(show info is pending)

The Art Boutiki
Comics & Graphic Novels
44 Race ST – 7-10:30 pm
(show info is pending)

Current Tattooing
48 Race Street – 7-10:30
(show info is pending)

Save the Date: Aug 23rd. 7pm-10pm @ The Usuals.



If you missed our most recent event “Birth”, no worries. We have another uniquely planned event for you at The Usuals on Aug. 23rd.

For updates on our theme and other activities, please join our mailing list and or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.  

Have a blessed day!

Heart of Chaos Presents “BIRTH” @ The Usuals

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Underneath the cacophony of news delivered daily by a tragedy-obsessed media lies a hunger for what is beautiful, creative and celebratory. The Heart of Chaos Artisan Collective invites you to experience “Birth”, an art exhibit that is, at once a tribute to the human spirit and its often arduous passage into the physical world, and the act of giving life to music and art and all manner of things that uplift our experience. Please join us for a memorable evening.

Opening Reception: Friday, May 24th, 7pm – 10pm
On View from May 25-June 24 11am-7pm
Location: The Usuals, 1020 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126

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We’ve hand selected a fine group of talented artists including:Miguel Machuca
Freddie Vega
Michael Denning
Tulio Flores
Michael Foley
Ana Villafane
Carlos Rodriguez
Yolanda Guerrero
Tracey Baca
Steven Haman
Mike Borja
William Bryant
Jarid Duran
Matt Lopez
Chris Moon
Jorge Cruz
Amanda Valenzuela
Alexandria Perez
Ian Young
Steve Cooley

Plus more…

Live music by Chris Reed

SEED: The Origin of Inspiration – March 23, 2013

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What is the origin of inspiration? Some believe that an artist’s inherent nature, like the seed,
carries within it the complete pattern for the development and expression of his or her creativity.

As time and the right conditions ignite one’s artistic fodder, what has been hidden is revealed
just as the seedling finally quickens and breaks through the earth’s crust reaching for the light.

The SEED exhibition explores the origins of inspiration bringing over 80 artists and a variety of
artistic medias including photography, sculpture, drawing, painting and installation to the Citadel
Studios Gallery in San Jose.

One of the most interesting concept exhibitions of 2013, SEED will also feature artist portraits
accompanied by a personal story detailing the critical factors that propelled them to a lifetime of
creative expression.

Opening reception: March 23rd, 7 pm.’til late
Location: The Citadel Gallery, 199 Martha Street (close to Fifth Street), San Jose
Free to the public

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About Heart of Chaos
Heart of Chaos (HOC) was created with the financial & inspirational support of Catalyst for Youth, a 501 (c) 3 California corporation. The core idea was to provide a venue for emerging and under-recognized artists, writers, poets, musicians, performance artists and photographers to showcase and market their work. Mentoring through communication with established artists enriches both parties and fosters new ideas and inspiration. >>Learn More

Heart of Chaos Presents “Intuērī 2012”

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As our world continues toward an unknown future, Heart of Chaos Artisan Collective presents a show that challenges its audience to contemplate its future.

The installation will be a complete living, breathing, fully interactive exhibit that allows you, the audience, to choose your own adventure.

Come navigate through a 6,000+ sq foot art-filled labyrinth, while interacting with live artists and performers, and dialogue about two divergent paths: Annihilation or Evolution? Transformation or Doomsday? Fear or Love?

Event Info:

$10 at the door (cash only)

December 21st, 2012
7:00 pm – 1:00 am
240 N 2nd St, San Jose, CA 95112, USA
18+ venue


Michael Denning
Miguel Machuca
John Cloud
Suzie Zarate
William A. Bryant
Steve Cooley
Basic Lee
Tulio Flores
Serina Serjama
Steven Gomez
Michael Borja
Omar Morineau
Sarah Im
Urbano Espinosa
Ana Villafane
Insane Craft Posse
Sanjay Heera
Alex Olmedo
Jaclyn Alderete
Michael Foley
Jonathan Tran
Mike 3.5
Jesse Villegas
Oni Photos
Al Preciado
John Barrick
Mireya Villanueva
Maia Jacobson
Patty Bottello
Chai H. Ng
Tracey Baca
Goran Konjevod
David Kempken
Jeff Thompson
Kimberlie Garg
Kristine Taormino
Kori Thompson
Drew Clark
Jorge Cruz
Esteban Salazar
Steven Herman
Tyson Johnston
Anabella Pinon
Freddie Vega

plus more…

Dance Performances:
-Movimiento Cosmico , Aztec Dance Group.  Blessing of the heart ceremony.
-The Mitote Circle
-Chris Reed
-Joe Kidd
-God Intoxicated
-Haptic Synapses
-De Nada
-Philty Dronez