The Association for Molecular Pathology 16th Annual Meeting and Exhibits will take place November 17-20 in San Jose, CA, and ADVANCE will be there covering educational sessions and experiencing the latest and greatest technologies on the exhibit hall floor.
In addition to exciting programs like the keynote lecture presented by Patrick O. Brown, MD, PhD, Stanford University, distinguished recipient of the 2010 AMP Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics and plenary sessions geared to molecular pathologists in infectious disease, solid tumors, genetics and hematopathology, the convention center's downtown setting means there's plenty to do in the evening hours, or, if you were able to steal a couple of extra days away from the lab, the days before and after the show.
We've put together just a few points of interest to give you a starting point. Are you familiar with San Jose? Leave your must-see attraction or restaurant in the comments section!
345 South First Street www.sanjose.com/california-theatre
The historic California Theatre reopened in September of 2004 after years of neglect and is now used for live stage performances and motion pictures. It is the new home of Opera San Jose and Symphony Silicon Valley. Check the website for upcoming performances.
288 South Second Street www.comedysportzsanjose.com
Need to unwind with some laughs at the end of the day? This interactive improvisational comedy experience promises to deliver. Billed as "comedy plays as a sport," two teams of "act-letes" compete for audience laughs and points while improvising scenes, games, operas and musicals based on audience suggestions.
525 West Santa Clara Street www.hppsj.com
Are you a hockey fan hoping to check out an arena away from your home ice? The San Jose Sharks play the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, November 20, at the HP Pavilion, just blocks away from the Convention Center. Ready to get into the holiday spirit? The Trans-Siberian Orchestra has two shows on Sunday.
San Jose Museum of Art
110 South Market Street www.sjmusart.org
Current exhibits include "The Modern Photographer: Observation and Intention," Leo Villareal, "Let's Look at Art: Build It," Degrees of Separation, Retro Tech and more.
The Tech Museum
201 South Market Street www.thetech.org
Did you bring the kids along to build a vacation around your time at AMP? The Tech Museum is a dynamic learning center devoted to science and technology. Showcasing "The Spirit of Silicon Valley," the museum includes a Tech Challenge Gallery with 20 hands-on experiments to teach essential science fundamentals. Bonus: The newest Body Worlds exhibit debuts at The Tech just before AMP. Body Worlds VITAL features authentic human bodies in health, distress and disease.
56 West Santa Clara Street (408) 298-3854
For the sushi lover, Fuji Sushi offers an extensive list of designer and specialty rolls and traditional a la carte nigiri and bento boxes.
House of Siam
151 South Second Street www.houseofsiamsanjose.com
San Jose's premier Thai restaurant offers beautiful décor, a relaxing environment and live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Their extensive menu offers something for everyone-try the banana sushi for dessert!
Old Wagon Saloon and Grill
73 North San Pedro Street www.theoldwagonsaloon.com
Looking for a relaxed atmosphere for a beer and western-style pub fare, try the Old Wagon Saloon and Grill. If it's warm enough, enjoy outdoor seating, or stay inside for a game of shuffleboard.
301 South First Street www.originaljoes.com
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Original Joe's Italian Restaurant was established in 1956 and boasts Italian fare with a traditional San Franciscan flair.
185 Park Avenue/29 North San Pedro www.peggysues.com
Step back in time at this '50s style diner with mouth-watering milkshakes, 100% Angus beef burgers, and freshly delivered bread, produce and dairy products.
185 Park Avenue www.scottsseafoodsj.com
Craving fresh seafood or a quality steak? Scott's Seafood offers delightful views of San Jose and the surrounding hills from its sixth-story location. Scott's offers American regional cuisine with fresh seafood, pasta and chicken dishes and USDA prime dry-aged steaks. Experienced wait staff will help you pick the perfect wine to complement your meal.