Featuring four works by a quartet of male choreographers, the program underlined the aesthetic variety of today’s genre of contemporary ballet, now a container so broad that almost any work that uses ballet-trained bodies can be included in the category. However, it also revealed how easily a chamber company’s purpose turns muddy. With the troupe short of star power, opaque work is harder to transcend than it is for large ballet companies, where the massive scale of large theaters, expensive sets and live music can make up for humdrum dances.
Preschool Story Time: 10:30-11 a.m, Wednesdays through Jan, 15, It is for children 3½-5 and features stories and songs, Holiday Dance Around the World: 3-4 p.m, Dec, 14, Kids can enjoy festive dances from around the world, LEGO & Listen: 7 p.m, Dec, 9, Kids ages 6-12 can build with Lego blocks while listening to a recorded book, Registration is required by ballet shoes with straps Dec, 8, Space is limited, Movie Night: 7-8 p.m, Dec, 16, Jan, 6, Kids ages 5-11 are invited to watch a PG-rated film with a Christmas theme, Register by 5 p.m, Dec, 14..
Instead, the two friends agree they like the work this program for developmentally disabled adults provides. Jobs such as raking leaves, picking up litter and mopping floors is what the pair says is the best part of coming each day to Las Trampas’ Lafayette center. “Because we make money,” the 38-year-old Morgan said, laughing — money they often happily spend on treats like soda. The two of them, along with others including friend Michael deTrane, 24, recently went to an In-N-Out Burger for lunch. Each got “double-double” hamburgers and Pabst, 65, proudly wore the burger chain’s signature paper hat for the rest of the day. DeTrane didn’t want one, insisting he only wears hats made of cloth.
Happy Dog Duo, 8 p.m, Nov, 2, Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford University, Free, 650-723-3811 or https://arts.stanford.edu/events/2012/2012-11-02-happy-dog-duo, Piano Students of Thomas Schultz, 12:15 p.m, Nov, 7, Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford University, Free, ballet shoes with straps 650-723-3811 or https://arts.stanford.edu/events/2012/2012-11-07-noon-concert-piano-students-thomas-schultz, Stanford Wind Ensemble, 8 p.m, Nov, 9, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University, Free-$10, 650-723-3811 or https://arts.stanford.edu/events/2012/2012-11-09-stanford-wind-ensemble..
SACBC’s 56th annual Japanese Bazaar: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. July 14, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. July 15, Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church, 32975 Alvarado Niles Road, Union city. Food, games and entertainment. http://sacbc.org/. Love, Lust and Laughter: 2 p.m. July 15, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. Featuring Festival Opera of Walnut Creek performing three acts from three famous operas, including the first Act of La Boheme, the second act of Tosca and the party scene from Die Fledermaus. www.lesherartscenter.org.
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