Lacking: A 151-year-old, bronze howitzer cannon, full of cement, final seen at St. James Park.
That’s proper, the three-foot lengthy cannon bolted to the granite pedestal of the statue of President William McKinley in downtown San Jose has been purloined. It’s really been gone for somewhat over a yr, although you’ll be forgiven for not noticing, because the previous yr has been a bit distracting.
Daniel Lazo, a spokesperson for San Jose’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Companies division, mentioned the cannon disappeared in late Might or early June 2020 and town filed a police report on the theft.
You’ll do not forget that’s across the similar time protests over the homicide of George Floyd crammed downtown streets. No person is connecting the protests and the theft, however given the widespread anger directed at monuments nationwide that summer season — largely Accomplice statues, but additionally ones honoring Father Junipero Serra and Christopher Columbus, in addition to the Thomas Fallon statue in San Jose — it wouldn’t be a complete shock if anyone broke the cannon free in an tried blow in opposition to the patriarchy.
Or it may have been totally unrelated to the protests, which might really be stranger — as a result of who would need it? And, given the cannon’s weight and measurement, how did they lug it away? It’s not one thing you simply slip right into a backpack. (This isn’t extraordinary in San Jose, after all: The large Orchard Supply Hardware arrow sign was “liberated” from its roost off West San Carlos Avenue in 2018 and recovered a few months later after a police investigation.)
The cannon has a little bit of historical past to it, too. President McKinley spoke at St. James Park in Might 1901, 5 months earlier than his assassination in Buffalo, N.Y. Patriotic San Joseans raised $13,000 to fee the monument, created by San Francisco sculptor Rupert Schmid. It was put in in late 1902, the yr inscribed on the pedestal, and devoted in February 1903. The cannon doesn’t seem in some early images, however seems to have been put in shortly thereafter. Many cities obtained weapons just like the howitzer once they have been retired and put them on show at civic plazas and buildings, so it wouldn’t have been uncommon to put one with this statue.
In keeping with a list within the Smithsonian Institution art inventories catalog, the inscription on the cannon indicated it was a ship howitzer forged on the U.S. Naval Yard in Washington, D.C. in 1870. Generally known as a “12 pounder” due to the load of its projectile, the cannon itself weighs greater than 425 kilos. A metropolis historic report on St. James Park says the gun was initially on the united statesS. Kearsarge, a Civil Warfare-era sloop that hunted Accomplice ships in European waters.
An fascinating footnote to its lore is that on Halloween 1932, a trio of San Jose teens put an explosive charge into the muzzle of the cannon and set it off as a prank, blowing out the home windows of the courthouse throughout the road and toppling the gun off its mounts. To forestall any repeat performances, the barrel was full of concrete.
And whereas that made the cannon safer for show, it in all probability destroyed a lot of its historic worth, which might be unhealthy information for whoever has it. Solely about 180 howitzers of this sort have been made and fewer than two dozen are recognized to nonetheless exist. Two of them, in a lot better situation than the San Jose instance, have been auctioned at Christie’s for $16,250 and $17,500 in 2017.
Yeah, I guess you’ll be on the lookout for it now.
MAKE THIS WOMAN A STAR: San Jose wanted a great snicker, and we acquired a number of them this weekend from comic Anjelah Johnson, who was the headliner for seven sold-out exhibits on the San Jose Improv from Thursday by means of Sunday. We acquired in for the primary of her two exhibits Thursday night time, and the San Jose native actually introduced the home down with a number of new materials that touched on shelter-in-place, Zoom etiquette and her current part-time transfer to Nashville, in addition to some fan favourite bits — all delivered with the signature edge her followers love.
Whereas Johnson appeared on “MADtv” and had a Netflix particular in 2015, you’d assume a movie producer or TV government would have lined her up for a starring position by now.
SAVE THE MUSIC: Individuals are vaccinated and the climate’s good, so you’d assume it’s a good time to restart all of the outside occasions, proper? Effectively, a number of the summer season fare we often take pleasure in tends to get booked months upfront, and no person knew what the summer season can be like a number of months in the past (and with this Delta variant surge, who is aware of what issues shall be like a number of months from now). Jazz on the Plazz, the weekly summer season music collection in Los Gatos, was one of many occasions that couldn’t actually plan for an in-person season and needed to name off exhibits for a second yr in a row.
However Los Gatos Music and Arts has put collectively two Jazz “off” the Plazz occasions that can assist the favored collection survive. The primary is a July 25 live performance that includes Grammy Award winner Tony Lindsay, together with Janice Maxie-Reid and Deszon Claiborne, at Silver Mountain Vineyard in Los Gatos. The $120 ticket contains wine tasting and a tapas buffet earlier than the 6 p.m. present.
And on Sept. 26, Linda L. Lester is co-presenting Los Gatos Music and Arts’ annual fundraising gala that includes vocalist Kim Nalley in a particular tribute to Billie Holliday. The 5 p.m. present and occasion will happen at La Estancia, the Los Gatos residence of Larry Arzie and David Stonesifer. Tickets to each occasions can be found at www.jazzontheplazz.com.
AUDIENCE ENCORE: Like many different venues, the Hammer Theatre Heart in downtown San Jose shall be welcoming again audiences this month — but it surely’s solely the gang within the auditorium that’ll be dwell. That’s as a result of the Hammer’s first occasions are the return of its standard Nationwide Theatre Dwell screenings, kicking off July 22 and 25 with Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies,” adopted by “The Curious Incident of the Canine within the Night time-Time” (July 29 and Aug. 1) and “Cyrano de Bergerac” (Aug. 5 and eight), starring James McAvoy. Get tickets and extra particulars at hammertheatre.com.