The program will feature varied popular symphonic favorites, including music from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” and the John Williams movie score “Catch Me If You Can.” This high-octane concert will conclude with Ravel’s Bolero, the hypnotic powerhouse that has remained at the top of the classical charts since it was premiered at the height of the Jazz Age. Maestro Eric Kujawsky will give a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. Tickets, from $10-$30, are available at www.RedwoodSymphony.org. Children under 18 are admitted free; parking is free as well.
Other groups taking the stage over the weekend will be the Alameda Island Poets, as well as a Polynesian dance group, ukulele duet, Hawaiian hula troupe and Peruvian dance ensemble, Kids can enjoy rides on a 50-foot Ferris wheel both days, trips down a 100-foot long slide, treks through an inflatable obstacle course and other activities in the area near Webster and Haight Avenue, “We have a larger children’s area than last year, and there will be plenty for adults to do, too,” McDonough said, As many as 20,000 people are expected to visit the event, he said, which includes more than ballet pointe shoes 50 vendors of arts and crafts..
For Franco, it was spending hours on his toes, quite literally, as director Danny Boyle filmed his actor nearly immobilized by a boulder that has the character’s right arm crushed against a canyon wall. The rest of his body was engaged in an exquisite dance of life in such a tight space, the ebb and flow of energy made visible in every limb. Firth was faced with the torturous tongue-twisting of a stutterer and channeling all the physical tics that tie up the body as a result. It required him to overcome all that he does so well. That facility with language totally subverted; the tension of mind at war with body played out in the chords of his neck; hesitation becoming a silent scream.
– Richard Scheinin, “Frog Music”: Man Booker shortlist author Emma Donoghue wowed me almost against my will with her powerful 2010 novel, “Room,” about a kidnapped young woman raising, in excruciatingly confined captivity, the 5-year-old child fathered by her abductor, So I am even more eager to read a new crime thriller based on a historic case she has set in San Francisco in the Gilded Age, “Frog Music” has a pivotal character who earns her living by hunting frogs to sell to local restaurants, The main narrative stars an exotic dancer who is also a mother, investigating the murder of a friend shot through a saloon ballet pointe shoes window in a city beset both by a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic, Details: Due out in late March; Little, Brown and Co., $27, 216 pages..
Clinton delegate Robert Camacho, 44, of Concord, said the nomination “meant everything to me” as well as to his mother, who died two years ago. Camacho carried some of her ashes in his wallet, taped to the back of a Clinton campaign “Woman’s Card” so “she could be with me.”. Sinunu-Towery remembers as a child playing with a toy White House, filled with “little white presidents — all male” she would line up in a row. She said she also had the privilege of attending the 2008 Democratic convention in Denver to witness the nomination of the first black president. She remembers watching African-American men in the delegations break down in tears.
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