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“See the beautiful youth, bathed in purple blood!” sang the chorus — and it sounded lush, hauntingly beautiful. A twice-martyred saint, according to legend, Sebastian was a secret Christian in the Roman army, who was cudgeled to death when the arrows didn’t do their job. Yet as it comes down to us here, this gruesome tale — even with its occasional kitsch and undeniable vagaries — is exquisitely beautiful. And very French. The spoken narration by mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade revealed the aesthetic at work: the sound of the French language is irresistibly sensuous.
For years, one of the most fun and well-known of la-di-da gala fundraisers was TheatreWorks’ Anything Goes parties, Wealthy supporters of what is now called TheatreWorks Silicon Valley would cough up the necessary for the pricey tickets, then would be allowed access to the theater company’s huge costumes warehouse, where they would be fitted as anything from Puck and Oberon to 18th-Century swells, They’d wear the costumes to the gala, where they would be given the opportunity to not only play dress-up but also to donate even more money to TheatreWorks via auctions, and be fed a nice dinner, then entertained by some of the nation’s best musical theater performers, followed ballet dancewear bangkok by the opportunity to dance to a live band..
Merrow’s seven “things I believe are true” began with a well-worn phrase: “It. takes a village.”. Teachers, he said, must be honored. “What we do now is hire people, often not well-trained and throw them into the classroom. We need to make it harder to become a teacher, but easier to be one,” he said. “Trust, but verify,” this political sound bite borrowed from Ronald Reagan, who’d learned the Russian-based proverb and used it often during the Cold War, introduced Merrow’s comments about a society he said has flipped. “When I was a kid, the teaching force included hundreds of thousands of immensely talented women,” he recalled. “We trusted them.”.
The 2013 spring ChoreoProject will feature choreography by K.T Nelson, co-artistic director of contemporary dance company ODC/SF, and Robert Dekkers–the recipient of the sjDANCEco award for the 2012 fall ChoreoProject–with dancers from Diablo Ballet, The lineup also features pieces ballet dancewear bangkok by Carol Abohatab, Julia Booker, Lisa Burnett, Natasha Carlitz, Jeannine Charles, Lindsey Renee Derry, Jazon Escultura, Alexandra Kamerling, Daynee Lai-Kruss, Lissa Resnick, Ericka Tingey, Jill Yager, and sjDANCEco’s own choreographers Nhan Ho and Mike Saenz..
Chahar-Shanbeh Souri, Festival of Fire: 6-10 p.m. March 13, 2029 Durant Ave., Berkeley. This family-friendly festival celebrates Persian culture with music, food, craft booths, childrens activities and more. This non-alcoholic, outdoor event will be held rain or shine. Free. www.anotherbullwinkelshow.com/persian-fest/. Symphony Silicon Valley: 8 p.m. March 16-17, 2:30 p.m. March 18, California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose. Pianist Jon Nakamatsu will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The remainder of the program includes works by Debussy, Carreno and Respighi. $45-$90. http://bit.ly/2G82Wny.