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California Shakespeare Theatre is back! Once again, it’s time to enjoy wonderful theater in the beautiful Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda. The company starts out the season with its new artistic director Eric Ting and a newly-minted adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” The gender-bending adaptation by Kenneth Lin and Jackson Gay (who also directs) features James Carpenter as Beatrice and Stacy Ross as Benedick. The show runs May 25-June 19; call 510-548-9666 or go to www.calshakes.org for tickets.
The City of Light is still shrouded by the bleak shadows of World War II in “An American In Paris.”, Shell shock lingers in Christopher Wheeldon’s s’wonderful adaptation of the classic MGM movie starring Gene Kelley and Leslie Caron, This is Paris as a city besieged by destruction and starvation, where sad women wait in long lines in the hopes of snagging a loaf of bread, While some stage adaptations of Hollywood treasures feel stodgy and formulaic, awkwardly trying to recapture a sense of innocence that’s hard to come by these days, this Tony-winning Broadway hit feels sharper and more wistful than you remember the movie, Shot through with balletic choreography and gorgeous glad rags and lit by a Gershwin score, this is a freshly-re-imagined musical graceful enough to pirouette right into your heart, Who could ask for boys dance too - unisex t-shirts, ballet dance, clothing for dancers, clothing ballet for him, ballet tees, new york ballet, dan anything more?..
Kenison says he wants people to leave the Bankhead knowing “It’s a place for them and not just for other folks.” With dance offerings including Ballet Folklorico Mexicano and Moscow Festival Ballet (to name only two) representing different traditions, music configurations from jazz bands to orchestras to solo artists performing in multiple genres, solo and troupe comedy shows and seven resident companies including the Rae Dorough Speaker Series (mostly authors and scientists), it’s hard to imagine anything or anyone will be left out.
Silicon Valley’s Got Bollywood: Perform your favorite Bollywood songs and dances, First Friday of each month, 7:30-10:30 p.m, Blue Rock Shoot, 14523 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, Check for event updates at facebook.com/SiliconValleyBollywood or siliconvalleybollywood.com, Saratoga’s Got Talent: An opportunity for all Saratogans to share their talent and have a boys dance too - unisex t-shirts, ballet dance, clothing for dancers, clothing ballet for him, ballet tees, new york ballet, dan good time, Live musical performances, dance, karaoke, stand-up comedy and more–just about anything goes, Kids perform the first hour, and adults after, Every month has a different theme, anchored by a Saratoga High School team, Third Friday of each month, 7-10:30 p.m, Blue Rock Shoot, 14523 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, Check for event updates at facebook.com/ValleyTalent or subscribe to the email group, groups.google.com/group/ValleyTalent, saratogatalent.com..
United Nations Association Film Festival. Oct. 18-28. Screenings in Palo Alto, Stanford University, East Palo Alto, San Jose and San Francisco. Opens 7:15 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Aquarius Theatre in Palo Alto Palo Alto with “The Well: Water Voices From Ethiopia” (Ethiopia/Italy) and “The Red Button” (Russia/USA). More information: www.unaff.org or 650-724-5544. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. Oct. 20-Nov. 18. Theaters in Palo Alto, Campbell and San Jose. Opening night screening, at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto is “An Article of Hope,” commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the Columbia Shuttle explosion. Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon was among the seven who perished; his widow, Rona Ramon, will speak after the screening. Additional movies will be shown at Camera 12 in San Jose and Camera 7 in the Pruneyard Shopping Center in Campbell. For a complete listing and to purchase tickets: www.svjff.org or 800-838-3006.