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COSMIC PLAY: ‘Celestial Vistas,’ an exhibit running through the end of the year at NUMU, features the interactive gaming-related work of computer scientist Robert Kooima and the photography—based pieces of multimedia artist Vanessa Marsh (pictured).

COSMIC PLAY: ‘Celestial Vistas,’ an exhibit running through the end of the year at NUMU, features the interactive gaming-related work of computer scientist Robert Kooima and the photography—based pieces of multimedia artist Vanessa Marsh (pictured).


After four years of turmoil in the owner’s office, the beautiful Hotel Los Gatos has joined the Greystone Hotels family of boutique properties. The selling price: $28.75 million.

Expect little to change at the 72-room Mediterranean-inspired Main Street hotel, which houses the Michelin-starred Dio Deka restaurant; the spa will remain, and Dio Deka certainly will. As Greystone president Eric Horodas told the Silicon Valley Business Journal, “It’s in a great location, has fantastic bones, big rooms, a beautiful setting and curb appeal.” One thing that could be updated: the lobby could get a makeover and become more casual.

Horodas told the paper he’ll be focusing on the “bleisure” market—the term for business trips that last into the weekend and morph into leisure stays—and link up with local events to build up weekend business. He also reportedly plans to leverage corporate connections established by other Greystone hotels to build on weekday occupancy.

In 2012, after the hotel’s previous owners filed for bankruptcy, Horodas reportedly tried to buy it, but legal troubles between the owners, plus an environmental issue with a dry cleaner previously located on the site, bogged down the proceedings.

If history is any indication, the Hotel Los Gatos can expect calm waters for a while; Greystone, which owns the Griffon Hotel, the Inn at Union Square and a handful of other upscale properties in the Bay Area and Southern California, has never sold a property.

Atelier at NUMU  Open for Classes
After months of framing, hammering, drilling and painting, the New Museum of Los Gatos (NUMU) has a new studio for classes, workshops and daily drawing sessions.

At press time the Atelier, on the lower level of the NUMU building at 106 E. Main Street, was set to open Nov. 2. The museum’s extensive calendar of guest workshops, morning studio sessions, afternoon classes for kids and night studio sessions for adults and mature teens will shift from the Tait Avenue Studio to the Atelier starting January 2016. Upcoming NUMU workshops include a still life workshop with Irish oil painter Conor Walton (Nov. 14-15), a portrait workshop with Elizabeth Zanzinger (Jan. 23-24) and a pastel portrait workshop with Cuong Nguyen (19-20). In February a fascinating workshop with George and Tatiana O’Hanlon of Natural Pigments/Rublev Colors will go into a topic rarely covered in art school: best practices for using hard-to-find artist’s materials like the minerals, pigments and resins the O’Hanlons source from places like Afghanistan and Malaysia. Visit the website or call (408) 354-2646 for more information.

Deck the Halls
 Who’s got the best holiday window display of all? The fierce contest heats up Nov. 27, the first day of the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce holiday window decorating contest, dubbed Deck the Halls. Vote for your favorites via the Chamber’s social media pages (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) or on ballots available at the Dec. 4 Tree Lighting Ceremony, the Chamber offices and in the Carriage Ride shed. The winner will receive the Holiday Trophy, plus fame and satisfaction. Call (408) 354-9300 for more information.

Charmosa Swimwear Honored
Sometimes, when you really need to look great at the beach, nothing but a hand-painted, hand-embroidered Brazilian bikini will do. That’s where Neide Hall of Charmosa Swimwear comes in. Hall’s bikinis, artfully cut-out monokinis and inventive coverups are getting attention: in October she was named Emerging Lifestyle Designer of 2015 at Phoenix Fashion Week. As part of the prize, Hall will get a television show on the home shopping channel Evine Live. Check her website at for details, or visit the store at 104 University Avenue. Congratulations, Neide!

‘The Nerd’ at LGHS
When an awkward, obnoxious guest shows up at the home of architect Willum Cubbert claiming to be the man who saved his life in Vietnam, Cubbert takes him in—even after his visitor’s antics start to drive him nuts. Meanwhile, behind-the-scenes machinations involving Cubbert’s neighbors Axel and Tansy start to get at Cubbert’s real feelings for the fetching Tansy. This is the funny, touching premise of The Nerd by Larry Shue, which runs at Los Gatos High School’s Prentis Brown Auditorium Nov. 19-21. In the lead roles are Jaydon Barnett, Anna Silva, Sawyer Chadwick and Tyler Mashkoori. Call (408) 475-LGHS for information.

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