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Music@Menlo Fifth Annual Winter Series. 4 p.m. Feb. 22 — Jerusalem Quartet; Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto; $25-$50. 4 p.m. May 17 — David Shifrin, Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinets; Hyeyeon Park, piano; Arnaud Sussmann, violin; The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton; $20-$50. Three-concert package, $50-$140. www.musicatmenlo.org or 650-331-020. Steinway Society The Bay Area. Denis Kozhukhin: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22, McAfee Performing Arts Center, 20300 Herriman Ave., Saratoga. Alexander Korsantia: 7:30 p.m. Feb.7, 2015, Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Alexander Ghindin: 7:30 p.m. March 14, 2015, Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Blvd., Los Altos Hills. Lavrova-Primakov Duo: 7:30 p.m. April 18, 2015, Visual & Performing Arts Center, De Anza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino. Sofya Gulyak: 7 p.m. May 17, 2015, Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Subscriptions: $190-$295 for 7 concerts, $125-$200 for 4 concerts; single tickets: $40-$60; discounts available for students and seniors. 408-990-0872 or www.steinwaysociety.com.
Shively says this is an enormous opportunity for the students, “Michael has done a great job at integrating the students in the program throughout our six-year history, always in a tasteful way, It never feels gratuitous or slapped on, One of the core values of the company is to pass the art form down from generation to generation, The way you do that is to have these kids be exposed to professionals, be in the theater with them, see how they ballet shoes in french behave, the commitment that’s required, It’s a wonderful learning experience for the kids.”..
Paly Theatre. “Pride and Prejudice.” Based on novel by Jane Austen. 7: 30 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1, 6, 7 and 8. Haymarket Theater, Palo Alto High School. 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. $7-$10. www.palytheatre.com. TheatreWorks. “Once On This Island.” March 5-30. By Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. “When Ti Moune, a peasant girl on a tropical island in the French Caribbean, rescues a wealthy young aristocrat from the wreckage of a car accident, a star-crossed love affair begins.” Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. $19 (30 and younger)-$73 (discounts available). theatreworks.org or 650-463-1960.
The set also featured what I can only describe as a perfect rock ‘n’ roll moment, It came during the Beatles’ “Hey Jude,” as the setting and the song achieved an almost unbelievable degree of synergy, The trees were lit in shades of purple, blurred to just the right extent by a heavy haze of moist fog, A sea of arms waved under the bright spotlights from the stage, Smiles were everywhere, Tens of thousands of voices joined in ballet shoes in french song, led by the man who arguably qualifies as rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest living legend..
Survivability: Shirin makes a couple of disturbing confessions in her biography. She loves to eat any kind of food including insects, and thinks she’ll be great at finding protein-rich food for herself and her tribe. She also says she practices “voting people out” in real life. Shirin is one of two Bay Area contestants, but if she invites us to a dinner party, we’re not eating, and we’re leaving our torches at home. Occupation: Retail buyer. Survivor skills: Last year, for her 30th birthday, So had an early midlife crisis, going through a divorce, moving across the country and changing jobs. She said it was both the best and worst year of her life, and she has emerged a stronger person. She lists her hobbies as “laughing, adventuring, traveling, dancing and living,” because, you know, it’s so much better than crying, being boring, staying home, sitting on the couch and not living.