Lots of special events are planned including Tuesday Wine Tastings and an open-captioned performance on Wednesday, Aug. 6. For more information and reservations, call 510-548-9666 or go to www.calshakes.org. Diablo Theatre Company’s Stars 2000 Teen Theatre takes on 1920s New York with its upcoming production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” running July 25-Aug. 3 at Diablo Valley College Performing Arts Center. Who better to portray frisky flappers than a group of equally energetic teens? The story of young Millie Dillmount, who leaves her small town to find a new life in the big city, must resonate with teenagers who are also searching for their identities. Full of lively tap dance numbers and lots of comedy, this show should be good fun for the entire family.
According to Americans for the Arts, the nonprofit arts industry (museums, theater and dance companies, performing arts centers, orchestras, arts councils and others) generates $22.3 billion in federal, state, and local ballet shoes tax revenues annually-a yield well beyond their collective $4 billion in arts allocations, Because the National Endowment for the Arts supports artistic excellence and improves access to the arts by granting funds to nonprofit arts organizations, I call on our federal officials to support an increase in funding for the NEA beyond its 1993 funding level of $174 million, That funding figure equals $277 million in today’s dollars..
Hillsdale Drama. “Book of Days.” By Lanford Wilson. 7 p.m. March 7-9; 2 p.m. March 10. Hillsdale High Little Theater, 3115 Del Monte Ave. (on 31st), San Mateo. $10-$15. At the door one hour before the show or www.hhs.schoolloop.com/drama. Hillbarn Theatre. “john & jen.” By Andrew Lippa. Directed by Jay Manley. A two-person musical. Preview March 14; runs March 15 through April 7. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Hillbarn Theatre, 1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City. $23-38 hillbarntheatre.org or 650-349-6411.
Dressed in brightly colored peasant garb, the singers (seven women, seven men) performed a mock wedding ceremony (known as a svadba) via a series of songs: toasts, laments, dances, It sounded very Eastern, loaded with ballet shoes melisma — the stretching of single syllables across coiling spans of notes — and had a close-to-the-earth festivity about it, Add in its ringing of bells and other hand-held percussion instruments, and some key ingredients now had been established for the masterpiece to follow: “Les Noces” (“The Wedding”), Stravinsky’s choral score based on the theme of a Russian village wedding and drawing on traditional songs..
There was a plug by Tom for the live tour with the pros and celebs who will participate, followed by a review of weeks 5-8. Last week, Len said he would “go home and pickle his walnuts” if Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke did not make the finals. After scoring two perfect 30s, they were eliminated — and Tom referenced Len’s remark in introducing a repeat of their tango. Each of the couples performed a freestyle dance of their creation, and the judges presented each of them with perfect scores of 30. Tonight’s final combined judges’ scores for each finalist pair was Milo and Witney — 60; Evanna and Keo — 60; Alexis and Alan — 57; and Bobby and Sharna — 54.