Instead, she chose to ride Hines’ swinging exuberance as a wave. Costumed in black moray tops and pants with black or orange side insets, her dancers strutted, marched, wiggled and flew in a zone between jazz, ballet and theater. Voice-over dialogue spoke of catastrophe and faith that Axis’ dancers embodied with a rolling wheelchair and daring physicality. Robert Moses’ “Tip,” which is vernacular for a way of feeling or being, was set to Graham’s soul/funk guitar (think the opening riff on Seinfeld). To begin, the dancers gathered center stage in a pack under shadowy red light and then exploded. What ensued was a series of partnerings and counterpoints that emphasized the sexiness of the heavy bass beat, the flying phrases, and Graham’s capacity to bend the notes as far backward as Moses asked his men to bend the women. “Tip” was at its strongest when Moses created blocks of movement that spoke to the overall shape of the music, but the summery costumes by Christopher Dunn undermined the driving ’70s intensity of the work.
Yiddish Culture Festival, 8-11 p.m, Nov, 1 and 9 a.m.-7 p.m, Nov, 2, Music, dance and more, Featuring clarinetist Joel Rubin and the Veretski Pass trio, Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, $13-$85, www.KlezCalifornia.org or 415-789-7679, 5th Annual Silicon Valley African Film Festival, Oct, 17-19, Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View, $25-$35, www.svaff.org, ballet shoes like tieks 415-774-6787, www.arts4all.org or 650-917-6800, ext, 305, Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, Oct, 18-Nov, 16, Twenty-seven films in 35 screenings at Camera 12 in San Jose, Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto and Camera 7 Theater, Campbell, www.svjff.org or 800-838-3006..
“We seek to get a baseline of data about animal behavior. There are anecdotal reports — but not a lot of study has been done,” said Elise Ricard, Cal Academy’s public program supervisor. Ever notice how AM radio reception changes at night? The eclipse could mimic that, too. That’s because of shifts in the ionosphere, an electrified layer of the earth’s atmosphere 50 miles over our heads, which absorbs low-frequency radio waves and sometimes refracts them back to Earth. Volunteers have built their own radio receivers to participate in EclipseMob, the largest-ever radio wave propagation experiment.
A new romantic offering from “Moonstruck” and “Doubt” creator John Patrick Shanley, a melodious jazz history lesson and a musical about the founding fathers tops our list of cool stuff to do in the Bay Area, 1 “Outside Mullingar”: Playwright John Patrick Shanley might be best known for the gripping Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning ballet shoes like tieks drama “Doubt: A Parable.” But he also wrote the quirky and heartwarming New York romantic comedy “Moonstruck,” and it’s that side of Shanley’s considerable writing talents at play in “Outside Mullingar,” a stage romance set in Ireland between two farmers, It’s getting its regional premiere at TheatreWorks..
Highlights: Acclaimed vocalist Natalie Douglas (June 13); longtime Bay Area favorite Paula West (July 25); Pittsburg’s own Latin jazz legend Pete Escovedo (Aug. 22). When: 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Fridays, June 15-Aug. 31. Where: Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz; www.beachboardwalk.com. Highlights: Popular ’80s New Wave act Berlin featuring Terri Nunn (June 15); Bay Area hard-rockers Y&T (Aug. 3); terrific ska-pop-rock outfit The English Beat (Aug. 17). When: Music, theater and dance performances various dates and times through Oct. 28.
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