Lunafest: Short Films By, For, About Women. 10 a.m. March 7. 14th annual touring film festival. Hosted by The Zonta Club of Silicon Valley. Guild Theatre, 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. $15-$25. www.lunafest.org. West Bay Opera. Mozart’s “Abduction from the Seraglio.” Feb. 13, 15, 21, 22. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Featuring Kevin Thompson as Osmin, Nikki Einfeld as Konstanze, Chelsea Hollow as Blonde, Tapan Bhat as Pedrillo and Michael Desnoyers as Belmonte. Sung in German with English titles. Eugene Brancoveanu directs. West Bay Opera orchestra and chorus, Bruce Olstad chorus master. José Luis Moscovich, conductor. $40-75. www.wbopera.org or 650-424-9999.
Its popularity is driven by women wanting to achieve a dancer’s physique and strength — with or without tutus and ballet slippers, At Align Pilates in Minneapolis, noses drip with sweat, muscles quiver with exhaustion, and Beyoncé blares from the speakers as class ballet flats fabric - flats rose by winksmile - ballet flat fashion shoe home decor cotton fabric by the yard with spoonflower instructor Adrienne Fitzmaurice affirms what everyone is thinking, “Yes, this is hard!” she hollers, encouraging the women to pulse — or make tiny movements — and hold each pose for just three, five or 10 more seconds, “Especially if this is your first class … you probably think this is crazy!”..
Season 19 of “Dancing With the Stars” is over and IMHO, it was a great ending. Many consider this season as one of the most successful in the show’s history — for the first week in November, the show was ninth in the Top 25!! So it follows that the finals were the closest and most exciting in many years, and it certainly had its surprises. It was down to Alfonzo and Witney, Sadie and Mark, and Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy, three couples within three points of each other on the judges’ leaderboard, even after tonight’s Fusion Challenge. Each couple had 24 hours to make up a dance combining two styles — Alfonzo and Witney had cha cha/Argentine tango, Sadie and Mark had samba/quickstep, and Janel and Val had foxtrot/paso doble. And as predicted, the judges — Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli (who was given a mirror ball birthday cake) and Julianne Hough — gave each couple perfect scores of 40.
Perets discovered Pilates to alleviate her own back pain, She had a 16-year professional career as a ballet, jazz, and modern dancer, and maintains close ties with the dance world today, Pilates has been popular among dancers for years before its popularity with the general public, Perets began taking classes before and after rehearsal to keep her back healthy, One of her instructors encouraged her to begin teaching herself, “This is my passion and family,” she said, “I love working with people, I love that people come in here cranky and leave happy, I love that they come in here sore and leave feeling great, I love when they do ballet flats fabric - flats rose by winksmile - ballet flat fashion shoe home decor cotton fabric by the yard with spoonflower things they thought they would never do again, and leave feeling successful, It’s easier to face the challenges of life when you feel stronger and confident.”..
Nothing so lyrical has been written about work since Marx (in “The German Ideology”) described a communist society that “makes it possible for me to … hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticize after dinner.”. Pelosi’s vision is equally idyllic except for one thing: The taxes of the American factory worker — grinding away dutifully at his repetitive, mind-numbing job — will be subsidizing the voluntary unemployment of the artiste in search of his muse. A rather paradoxical position for the party that poses as tribune of the working man.