Three years ago, a friend mentioned the Alzheimer’s Activity Center, the only large-capacity, dementia-specific adult day care program in Santa Clara County. Her prayers were answered. “We are a bit player,” said Marilou Cristina, the center’s interim executive director. “We provide a little help, but they (family members) have most of the responsibility. If we can make their life easier or better in some small way, I think that is huge. Because if they were to go away, then it becomes the community’s and all of our responsibility.”.
There’s also some fun minor star-spotting to be done in the smaller roles, Stellan SkarsgÃ¥rd gets his Paul Scofield on as the Duke of Verona, sternly admonishing the squabbling Capulets and Montagues from under an awesome hat, Damian Lewis glares black ballet slippers for 18 inch dolls - 18 inch doll shoes - dance shoes for dolls - doll accessories - doll clothes - gifts f and growls and all but rubs his hands together with evil glee as Juliet’s martinet of a father (rendered, in this unsubtle version, as a borderline child abuser), Kodi Smit-McPhee, a 17-year-old Australian actor who was memorable as Viggo Mortenson’s son in the phenomenally depressing Cormac McCarthy adaptation The Road, stands out as Romeo’s loyal cousin Benvolio, whose efforts to make peace only tighten the knot of doom, And Lesley Manville, a favorite actress of Mike Leigh’s, shines in the role of Juliet’s chatty, adoring nurse..
“We stand up here representing a diverse group of people, representing generations of families who have sought a better life here from places like Nigeria, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Ireland,” said star Taylor Schilling, while a cast member added “Brooklyn!” ”And we know that it’s going to be up to us and all you, probably, to keep telling stories that show what unites us is stronger than the forces that divide us.”. Lily Tomlin was the lifetime achievement honoree Sunday. The 77-year-old actress gave a warm, rollicking speech that dispensed both drinking advice and regret over wasting “a lot of time being ambitious about the wrong things.”.
Tickets are $35, For information on additional showtimes and dates, call 925-943-7469 or visit www.lesherartscenter.org, Diablo Ballet finale ‘Celebrated Masters’, For the finale of its 21st season, Diablo Ballet is presenting “Celebrated Masters,” at the Del Valle Theatre, 1963 Tice Valley Blvd., in Walnut Creek, Included are the Diablo Ballet premiere of “Just” by black ballet slippers for 18 inch dolls - 18 inch doll shoes - dance shoes for dolls - doll accessories - doll clothes - gifts f renowned choreographer Trey McIntyre; a duet from “Book of Alleged Dances” by Val Caniparoli; the wedding pas de deux and finale from “Coppelia;” and “Do Be: Double Happiness,” a new work by Robert Dekkers, set to an original score by Chris Cerrone, a 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalist in music, and performed live by The Living Earth Show..
Swingin’ time: Want to dance the night away on New Year’s Eve? The USS Hornet will have two big bands pumping out tunes on the World War II vessel that night, including the 17-piece 3 O’Clock Jump. And if you’re a little rusty on your swing or your cha cha, former Fred Astaire dance instructor Jim Truesdale is giving free lessons. With three dance floors, you’ll have plenty of room to rumba. Party tickets start at $45, and you can check out www.uss-hornet.org for more information.