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“The beauty of this sport is that it’s for all sizes, for all ages,” said Irina Chirashnya, who founded the academy with her husband Igor. The Chirashnyas are a family of fencers: the couple and their two sets of twins have lived in San Jose for more than six years. Before opening the academy, Irina did marketing for small businesses. When Igor, who fenced more than 30 years ago in the Soviet Union, started fencing again, the older twins began taking lessons as well. That’s when Irina began visualizing her ideal fencing school.
This past Monday, the women also turned salon assistant Tiffany Tollick ballet dance wear shop into an enchanted fairy elf during a lengthy session, But the women say they can give anybody a cool look in 30 minutes, if that’s all the time that’s available, As Dalton began crimping Tollick’s really, really long hair with a wave iron, Chand began gluing on a turned-up prosthetic nose and pointy ears, “It’s not super glue; it’s gummy,” Chand said, “The type of makeup we do is meant to last, so you can dance and get sweaty.”..
Bacon and Beer Classic: Feb. 24, Levi’s Stadium, 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara. Enjoy more than 100 local beers and 30+ bacon dishes from local chefs, as well as a blind beer taste-test, the Hormel® bacon-eating contest, lawn games, music and more. $69-$125. http://bit.ly/2shSIiy. This One’s For You: The Songs of Barry Manilow: 2 p.m. Feb. 25, Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. A cabaret tribue to a pop legend. $17-$27. www.firehousearts.org. Cinequest Film and VR Festival: Feb. 27-March 11, San Jose and Redwood City. This festival showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough technology. Screenings $6-$12. www.cinequest.org/.
KATATONIA, CULT OF LUNA, 7 p.m, Oct, 7; Slim’s; $25, STEREOPHONICS, 8 p.m, Oct, 8; Fillmore; $30, FIONA APPLE, BLAKE MILLS, 8 p.m, Oct, 8; Zellerbach Auditorium, UC Berkeley; $45-$55; www.apeconcerts.com, ZEDD, Oliver, Alex Metric, 8 p.m, Oct, 8; Fox ballet dance wear shop Theater; $35, LITTLE GREEN CARS, 8 p.m, Oct, 8; Great American Music Hall; $12, WHITE LIES, 9 p.m, Oct, 9; Great American Music Hall; $21, HOUSE OF BLUES 20TH ANNIVERSARY, featuring Blue October, 8 p.m, Oct, 9; Fillmore; $29.50, (EXPLETIVE) BUTTONS, 9 p.m, Oct, 9; Independent; $18-$20..
Film: “Russian Ark”: Alexander Sokurov’s 2002 film takes viewers on what the late Roger Ebert called a “breathtaking” visual tour of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg — the Czars’ former Winter Palace. Shot in a single 96-minute take, the film travels through 300 years of history. (Available through Netflix DVD). Book: “Dr. Zhivago”: David Lean’s 1965 film version of Boris Pasternak’s novel follows the Bolshevik Revolution from its early stirrings in 1905 through to the post-Revolution Civil War. Russians tend to shrug off the movie, though gorgeous, because it features actors with British accents trying to act like Russians. Experts say if you want to immerse yourself in Pasternak’s vision of individual human struggle against the forces of history, go to the poet’s 1959 novel, which helped him win the Nobel Prize. (Everyman’s Library, reprint edition, 1991).