On Friday, March 2, the Diablo Ballet will be doing it, too. The Walnut Creek-based dance company, already proficient at pirouettes (turns), petit allegro (fast, little jumps) and tour jetés (big, grand jumps), is showing off a new step — tweets on Twitter while dancers are twirling. Continuing their Inside the Dancer’s Studio initiative, fully costumed and meticulously rehearsed ballets are presented intimately in a studio setting aimed at stripping pretense off the face of sometimes stuffy ballet. This year, the series becomes even more interactive, with a select group of audience members invited to enter the Twitterverse during the show.
Lunafest: Short Films By, For, About Women, 10 a.m, March 7, 14th annual touring film festival, Hosted by The Zonta Club of Silicon Valley, Guild Theatre, 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, $15-$25, www.lunafest.org, “Children of the Camps.” 7 p.m, March 11, With filmmaker Dr, Satsuki Ina, Presented by Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, Free, “Apples from the Desert.” 6 and 8:30 p.m, March 15, Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, 96 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles, Oshman Family ballet shoes toddler 8 JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, $10-$15, www.svjff.org or 650-223-8700..
Peninsula Family Service’s Venezia Romantica, a masked-ball benefit. 6-11 p.m. March 5. Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery St., San Francisco. $250. 650-403-4300 or www.peninsulafamilyservice.org. Mothers Symposium. “Raising Happiness: Joy and the Journey of Motherhood.” Keynote speaker Dr. Christine Carter. 8:30 a.m., registration, book fair; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., program. March 5. Cubberley Auditorium, Stanford University $20-$25. www.motherssymposium.org. Ice skating. Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! Through Sunday. HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose. Wednesday through March 6, Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. $16-$75. Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. www.disneyonice.com.
With her newest dance, “Broken Open,” Choreographer-in-residence Amy Seiwert is ready ballet shoes toddler 8 to break boundaries with very physical moves that she believes advance dance a step further than the norm by using classical techniques in unexpected ways, Set to the cello and “found sound” music of Julia Kent, the piece is a bit out of line with the “dark, gloomy ballet” the choreographer says she is known for, “I used a joyful piece” of music, Seiwert said, “I thought, ‘It’s so damn happy; what do I do with it?’ I had to challenge myself.”..
The concerts are sponsored by the Orinda Parks and Recreation Foundation, supported by the Orinda Community Foundation and the city. Summer movies are also coming to the park, with the June 23 showing of “Minions.” Showtime is at dusk. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/1zvjRZA. ‘Rock the Plaza’ returns for summer concerts. Rock the Plaza continues in Lafayette with concerts from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday in June. Sponsored by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and the city, the 2016 Summer Series at Lafayette Plaza is featuring The Big Jangle on June 17; and the Lamorinda Idol finalists on June 24.
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