If the show’s creators have never quite managed to resolve its flaws — despite rewrites, “Wicked” still feels overstuffed, and the second half fails to fulfill the promise of the first — it remains a fairly engaging theatrical ride, one that a good cast can invest with considerable urgency. Thursday’s cast did just that, with strong performances throughout. The evening’s standout was Chandra Lee Schwartz. As Glinda — the role created in San Francisco by Kristin Chenoweth — Schwartz projects all of the character’s hilariously peppy, self-absorbed mannerisms. She sings with precision (“Popular” was crisply articulated) and spouts Holzman’s funny malapropisms at regular intervals. She’s also a natural comedian — simply watching her toss her hair is funny.
San Jose Holiday Parade: The parade kicks off the holiday season, Dec, 5, 8:30-11 a.m, The parade starts at Santa Clara Street and Delmas Avenue, near the HP Pavilion, heads east on Santa Clara Street, turning on Market Street, marching ballet flats dance shoes past Plaza De Cesar Chavez and ending at San Carlos Street, 408.794.6200, AAUW Teen Holiday Gift Drive: Volunteers are needed to assemble 1500 holiday gift totes and gym bags, full of fun and useful gifts, distributed to impoverished and homeless downtown San Jose teenagers, Bag assembly, Dec.8-10, and Dec.13-16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m, shifts, Volunteers, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 408.578.8315, For donations or information contact email@example.com, 408.268.9654, or visit www.gifts4teens.org..
Cinequest Film and VR Festival: Through 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. She Loves Me: 7:30 p.m. March 9, 10 and 2 p.m. March 11, Cal State University, East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward. A funny and romantic musical from the golden age of musical theater. $10-$20. http://bit.ly/2GeDwF0. OSA Arts Festival “Future Spaces”: Noon-9 p.m. March 4, Oakland School for the Arts, 530 18th St., Oakland. Students from grades 6 to 12 and from all 11 arts will showcase their work, inspired by the concept of “future spaces,” in nine venues in downtown Oakland. $15 per show. www.oakarts.org/osaartsfestival.
Inspired by groups like Aerosmith, ballet flats dance shoes Foo Fighters and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rippin is a hard rock band–heavy on the guitar and powerful vocals–that formed in 1997, The concert is part of a CD release party for the band’s fourth EP, “Jealous.”, Find out more information about the band and tickets at rippinband.com, Partly based on ideas from Eartha Kitt’s sassy “Santa Baby,” Smuin’s December tradition continues with dancers Erica Felsch and Susan Roemer in the lead feather boa-clad role..
Senior Tennis: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-11 a.m. Bramhall Park, 1320 Willow St., San Jose. Contact Barb Jarvis at 408-286-9369. Willows Cafe: Lunch is served Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The menu usually includes entree, vegetables, side dish, salad, fruit and milk for a suggested donation of $3 for adults 60 and older/$6 for guests under 60. Willow Glen Community and Senior Center, 2175 Lincoln Ave., San Jose. Reservations required 48 hours in advance to 408-265-0915. Kirk Café at Camden: Seniors are invited to enjoy lunch and make friends at this program offered every weekday. Enjoy special events, birthday parties and guest speakers. Lunch is served Monday through Friday at noon. Suggested donation is $3 for adults 60 years and older. Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Ave, San Jose. Reservations are required (24 hours in advance). 408-371-2888.