“And I have noticed students over the last year that are more socially shy, step up into bigger roles at the school.”. There was a beehive of boisterous energy at Hopkins on Friday, with hundreds of seventh- and eighth-graders, clustered together, chatting, eating and goofing off, while others stood far from the event, playing basketball with their usual friends. An impromptu dance party broke out in one corner of the courtyard, and a group of leadership students gave out gold star stickers and colorful rubber wrist bands emblazoned with slogans about ending social isolation.
Concord Mystery Book Club: 2:30 p.m, the second Sunday of the month, and mystery lovers are invited to join the group, The Nov, 10 discussion is “The Confession,” by Charles Todd, gray knitted slippers, real or faux fur pom poms, women's slippers, chunky wool slippers, non-slip ballet flats, gift wrappe Tech Check Up: 10 a.m, to noon Saturdays; and 3:30-5:30 p.m, Tuesdays, Adults and seniors can get assistance on a drop-in basis on how to use computers, and can get help setting up e-readers, smart phones, tablets and using Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other programs, The library is at 2900 Salvio St., Concord, Phone: 925-646-5455, Hours: Noon-9 p.m, Mondays and Thursdays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m, Fridays and Saturdays; and 1-5 p.m, Sundays..
Tosca will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. The production will be conducted by Joseph Marcheso and directed by Brad Dalton. “Tosca” plays at the California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose. Tickets are $50-$151 at operasj.org and by phone at 408.437.4450. The musical follows the true-to-life journey of six young girls from the streets of New York to San Jose in 1910. Accompanied by historical photographs, the show depicts a lesser-known period in history when more than 250,000 homeless and orphaned children from large East Coast cities were away to be placed in homes between 1854 and 1929.
Guys and Dolls: 7:30 p.m, March 8-9, 15-16, 4:30 p.m, March 14 and 2 p.m, March 17, Palo Alto High School Performing Arts Center, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, This musical high-stakes adventure has the gray knitted slippers, real or faux fur pom poms, women's slippers, chunky wool slippers, non-slip ballet flats, gift wrappe cast dancing the night away through Times Square and Havana, $10-$15, Special Saints and Sinners Benefit: 5:30 p.m, March 16, Performing Arts Center Lobby, Feast on New York deli delights, while members of the Guys & Dolls cast entertain you with song and dance numbers, Your ticket includes supper, entertainment and VIP seats to Guys & Dolls 7:30 performance, $35-$45, www.palytheatre.com/tickets..
Possokhov’s “Rite” began with promise. The women slid down the ramped platform like cats in heat, until they pulled their pastel-splashed shifts over their heads and vibrated like butterflies. But the trite and the bizarre weren’t far behind. Soon, the men got busy hauling the women in spread-eagle position like split sides of beef or losing themselves in the women’s captive crotches with pointless repetition. The appearance of a weird, hotheaded creature — a twinned, centaurlike being (wonderfully embodied by Garen Scribner and James Sofranko) —— would have been comical if its purpose weren’t so dark: to push the bacchanal toward sacrifice. It was a sacrifice that had none of the inevitability of ritual and all of the gratuitousness of a random act of violence.
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