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Gritty images of Los Angeles: San Jose State University will host the only West Coast viewing of “Seymour Rosen: You Haven’t Seen Everything Yet,” which explores the stark documentary work of the acclaimed Los Angeles photographer (1935-2006). The exhibit includes midcentury art from his Ferus Gallery years and later images capturing gritty scenes of the Watts towers, storefront churches and street life. After this, Rosen’s archives will reside in a Midwestern museum. Details: Through May 19, with weekday (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) and Tuesday evening (6-7:30 p.m.) hours. Natalie and James Thompson Gallery, San Jose State; San Jose; free; 408-924-4327, www.sjsu.edu/art/places/thompsongallery.— Linda Zavoral, Staff.
Music in the vineyards? We’re all for it, Festival Napa Valley returns for its 12th season with more than 60 food, wine and music events, This year’s stars include soprano Danielle de Niese, violinist Joshua Bell, pianist Andre Watts and artists of sandals, shoes, ballet shoes, designer shoes,shoe making the San Francisco Ballet, Details: July 14-23, various Napa Valley venues; concert passes $45 and up; 888-337-6272, www.festivalnapavalley.org, The esteemed festival dedicated to the genius of J.S, Bach turns 80 this summer, with artistic director Paul Goodwin leading performances of Bach’s “Ascension” Oratorio and Monteverdi’s “Vespers.” The festival also marks the 80th birthday of Philip Glass with the composer’s “Concerto Grosso.” “A Night in Vienna,” with concertmaster Peter Hanson, and works by Mozart, Mahler, Purcell and Tavener complete the schedule..
Between performances, concertgoers will have ample opportunity to fortify themselves with culinary delights. The main event is “A Taste of Napa” (July 18, 500 First St.), which features top chefs from Napa, San Francisco and Oakland in a juried, course-by-course cook-off, with wine from 40 local vintners, food from more than two dozen restaurants and food artisans and live music. Each day brings a wealth of lunches, dinners, tastings and demonstrations; participating wineries include Bouchaine, Buena Vista, Charles Krug, Far Niente, Provenance, St. Supery, Tamber Bey and V. Sattui.
With many in the arts community still reeling over the loss of San Jose Rep, the fact that the ballet stayed afloat is the source of great relief, It was also seen as a vote of confidence that the valley, often sandals, shoes, ballet shoes, designer shoes,shoe making knocked as an industry town interested only in high tech, also values the arts, The region has lost not only the Rep, which went under last year, but also Shakespeare Santa Cruz, which died in 2013 (before being reincarnated in a smaller form) and American Musical Theatre of San Jose, which perished in 2008..
“We use just a suggestion of a set with our production values in the lighting and costumes,” McMullen said. “I look at the show as a dream with each scene separate onto itself.”. McMullen is hoping to blur the lines between myth and reality for his audience as he includes themes of salvation, the difficulty of change and the need for sacrifice. His story tells of a Romanian nobleman (Robyn Gray) who comes to the sanitarium to be treated by Dr. Seward (Chris Westphal) for a wasting disease. His handsome visage and dexterity in the tango, the latest dance craze, entice the doctor’s young wards: Lucy and Blossom (Dee Wagner and Melody Perrera). The Irish cook (Elena Ruggiero), however, senses a dark side to the doctor’s new patient. Others in the cast include: Geoffrey Colton (Harker); Austin Pierce (Hoskins); John Hale (Helsinger); and John McMullen (Renfield).