Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pizarro: San Jose High alums bringing back 'Color Day' tradition - San Jose Mercury News

To warm up for San Jose High School's 150th anniversary next year, a group of alums are bringing back "Color Day," a festive tradition that dates back to the 1930s.

The celebration, which ended in the early 1960s, featured students dressing up in costumes and having class competitions to mark the start of the school year. The revived Color Day, which will be held Saturday at the Julian Street campus, is aimed at adults as well as students.

From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., there will be music featuring J.C. Smith, Maxx Cabello Jr., Steve Gaeta and others. There's a tamale contest, car show and kids activities, including a kickoff event for the Northside Elementary Youth Flag Football League.

Admission is free, and you can check for schedule updates at www.sjhaa.com.

SIGNING OFF: The South Bay broadcasting community got together Saturday afternoon at the Spot in Campbell to bid farewell to Dennis "Erectus" Netto, the irreverent DJ who shocked and entertained listeners with his radio shows on KOME and KSJO from the late 1970s to the early 1990s.

Netto survived a heart attack in 2006 but suffered brain damage as a result. He passed away June 13. There were too many people there and too many memories to print (and to be honest, some of the memories weren't suitable for a family newspaper). What a great job by Jona Denz-Hamilton, Laurie Roberts,

Janet Herrington and Dana Jang putting it all together.

His radio pals joined Robert Berry with the band Hush and Roger Steen of the Tubes on stage for "How We Say Goodbye," a special serenade to Netto.

"The first time he was on the air," Denz-Hamilton recalled, "everyone knew this was something special."

MUSEUM MURALS: New York artist Mark Dean Veca, who is well-known for his psychedelic murals, will discuss his work at the San Jose Museum of Art's Third Thursday event this week. The 7 p.m. talk will include a behind-the-scenes preview of the upcoming exhibition, "Mark Dean Veca: Raging Opulence."

And Veca will start an interactive project in the museum cafe, where the public can contribute to an ongoing mural inspired by his work. Admission is $10 ($6 for members).

Contact Sal Pizarro at spizarro@mercurynews.com or 408-627-0940. Follow him at Facebook.com/mercurynews.aroundtown and Twitter.com/spizarro.

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