Winchester Orchestra Concert: For its season finale, the orchestra performs Friedrich von Flotow’s overture to his comic opera “Martha,” Ravel’s “Bolero,” Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 and “Interludes” by Pietro Mascagni and Ruggero Leoncavallo. May 16, 7: 30 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 81 N. Second St., San Jose. May 17, 3 p.m. West Valley College Theater 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga. $10-$20 at the door. 408-866-5302, firstname.lastname@example.org, winchesterorchestra.com.
For much of the past year “Gangnam Style” was inescapable on TV, at weddings, at sporting events, everywhere, That song vaulted Psy — a doughy, good humored outlier in his native country’s carefully moussed, vaguely militaristic music industry — to pop cultural heights no one in Seoul could have ever anticipated, After a decade spent touring almost exclusively for Korean audiences, he was teaching Britney Spears the “horse dance” on “Ellen,” counting down the New Year for us in Times Square, shilling pistachios during the Super Bowl, and, perhaps most impressively, performing for the Obamas at the annual “Christmas in Washington” special, He’d gained entrée to the largest music market in the world, He was a part of pop’s most inner circle, And all of it stemmed from the sometimes maddening appeal of one very viral tumbled stone ballet coasters music video, How could he possibly follow that?..
A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum: Foothill Music Theatre presents the Tony-winning Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove. Through Aug. 9. Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. $10-$32. foothillmusicals.com, 650-949-7360. HMS Pinafore: Lamplighters Music Theatre presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta. Aug. 8, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Aug. 9, 2 p.m. Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. $20-$59. lamplighters.org.
“It’s a really awesome role to play, because I wouldn’t say that I’ve had as intense battle with my dad growing up, but of course there are some times as a teenager when you start to feel a little bit of that struggle where you’re stepping into your own manhood.”, The show’s setting has become quite timely following the recent death of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, whose policies precipitated the 1984 miners’ strike and who is still reviled for her handling of the ensuing riots, tumbled stone ballet coasters Pew recalls that directly after Thatcher’s death, it seemed a bit awkward to be performing a song with the lyric, “Merry Christmas, Maggie Thatcher, we all celebrate today because it’s one day closer to your death,” but he points out the show is “a very honest depiction of what that part of the world was like during 1984.”..
Ohlone student Patrick Praxel will act in two festival plays, portraying the male leads in “Hooking Up” and “Brothers of Emery” on both nights. Praxel said he’s had the acting bug ever since he was an enthralled 5-year-old watching his cousin “die” onstage in a play. “He taught me that theater can kill someone without actually killing them yet bring them to life in so many ways,” said Praxel, 20. “I was hooked right then and there.”.
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