More than 20,000 people from around the Bay Area are expected at the Alameda County Fairgrounds to take part in the festival, which will give attendees a cultural and literal taste of India. There will be a parade with 10 floats featuring various Hindu deities, yoga and meditation workshops, fireworks and performances by local entertainers as well as Bollywood actress Celina Jaiytli and Punjabi singer Harjeet Mehndi. And food. Lots of it. Diwali’s rich history dates back to ancient India and is usually held between the months of October and November based on the lunar calendar. It is a triumph of good over evil, which is celebrated with fireworks, family gatherings, gift-giving and dance by most Hindus.
Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, “Science, Technology & the Future of Art,” juried exhibition featuring new media and digital art, installation, photography and traditional mediums, “Joyful Vision,” solo exhibition by mixed media artist small ballet dancing icon planner stickers - activity - dance - functional stickers - multi color - matte removable [q0083] Rosine Ferber, Through Nov, 28, Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto, Free, 650-321-3891 or www.pacificartleague.org, Peninsula Museum of Art, Sculpture and Drawings by Richard Deutsch, through Jan, 4, Peninsula Museum of Art, 1777 California Drive, Burlingame, 11 a.m, to 5 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays, Free admission, 650-692-2101 or www.peninsulamuseum.org..
Marta Pereira da Costa: 7 p.m. March 7, Five Wounds Portuguese National Church, 1375 E Santa Clara St., San Jose. Featuring the professional Fado guitarist. www.martapereiradacosta.com. Guys and Dolls: 7:30 p.m. March 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 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.
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The enchanting score, clattering castanets and overall atmosphere of whimsy are why “Don Quixote” is second only to “The Nutcracker” as a traditional gateway to a love of ballet. Ballet San Jose is reaching out to young audiences with programming for children before the Saturday matinee, including arts and crafts activities, story time with a ballerina and an introductory ballet class. “Don Quixote” isn’t completely new to BSJ. At the inaugural gala last November, the program included Chapman’s staging of the grand pas de deux from the wedding scene, one of ballet’s most frequently excerpted pieces (Chapman’s future ABT partner Leslie Browne performed it in the 1977 film “The Turning Point,” a role for which she earned a best supporting actress Academy Award nomination).
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