“I shouldn’t feel like an outsider in this music. It is my music, too. It is really the best and the worst about America, wrapped up in all of this music. So to ignore the history, you ignore the tough stuff, but you also ignore the beauty of what America is. And that’s not good. Especially not now.”. Giddens glides around stage barefoot, which she did even in her White House performance. At her Stanford show on Wednesday, she’ll be joined by fiddler Dirk Powell. She first jammed with him at the “Another Day, Another Time” concert. They’re producing her next album. She’s co-writing songs with him, as well.
History and Craft of the Cocktail: Craft bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts Cache Bouren and Tomoyo Yoshinaga give a free presentation on the history of the cocktail as well as techniques and styles of mixing that are unique to the current craft cocktail movement, Dec, 15, 7 ballet flats rubbing back of ankle p.m, Saratoga Library, 1 3650 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga, sccl.org, 408-867-6126, Art History Group: Led by Kathy Kelley, author of “Art History Through the Ages.” Meets the second Monday of every month, 3-4:30 p.m, Adult Recreation Center, 208 E, Main St., Los Gatos, Free to 55 Plus Program members; non-members $5 per meeting, Free parking, 408-354-1514, lgsrecreation.org..
For Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess, it was the major experience of the season. Nick decided to honor his wife, Lauren, for a multitude a reasons. Then it was revealed that Lauren was four months pregnant with their first child. He and Sharna performed an exquisite contemporary routine to “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You,” and the judges went nuts over it. Bruno Tonioli called it a “love poem perfectly visualized through dance,” and Carrie Ann Inaba said it took her breath away. The scores? Three perfect 10s for a perfect 30, which in the end, gave Nick and Sharna immunity. After the scores were revealed, co-host Erin Andrews, just back from the World Series, had Nick and Lauren open a big box and blue balloons indicated the gender. “It’s a boy,” cried Erin.
A Carousel of Experience, (Phoenix Decorating Company), The float depicts a whimsical carousel showcasing Farmers’ product offerings, seen along the trim of the canopy and riding atop the platform, The float features a ballet flats rubbing back of ankle few recognizable moments from the company’s most recent advertising campaign, “We Know From Experience,” all representing the unbelievable, yet true claims from customers at all stages of life, Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, Details: A pair of category 5 hurricanes, Irma and then Maria, destroyed the town of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, in 2017 shortly after Banda Escolar was selected to march in the parade, Despite the devastation, the young musicians and their families would not be deterred, hosting fundraisers and partnering with other bands to make the trip possible, “[With] students and their parents trying their best and working non-stop, we are keeping our heads up with high hopes to participate in the Rose Parade,” says the band’s media guide..
Festival del Nopal. Recipe contests, cultural dances, cultural art & crafts vendors, and various different food vendors. Noon-6 p.m. July 27. 176 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz. www.festivaldelnopal.com. Gilroy Garlic Festival. Food, cooking demonstrations, wine, beer, art vendors, music and entertainment. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. July 25-27. Christmas Hill Park, Miller Avenue and Santa Teresa Boulevard. $10-$20. Free for children 5 and younger. 408-842-1625, www.gilroygarlicfestival.com. Great American Blues & Barbeque Festival in San Rafael. Blues performances by local and national blues artists, food and beverages. 11 a.m. 6 p.m. July 20. Fourth Street, downtown San Rafael. 415 383 3470, http://teamproevent.com/events/Blues BBQ.html.