Shall We Dance: The California Pops Orchestra celebrates dance music with pianist Frederick Hodges and singer Ann Gibson. Nov. 10, 3 p.m. Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. $15-$47. californiapopsorches tra.com. Palo Alto Philharmonic: The symphony presents a program of chamber music, featuring John Palmer’s “Suite for Brass Quintet,” Brahms String Quartet Op.51, K 361 and Mozart’s “Gran Partita for Winds, K.361.” Nov. 9, 8 p.m., First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto. Tickets $10-$20. paphil.org.
The presenters for the April 2 TED are, Mass, who had helped to host a TED in San Francisco, said he felt there was a need for another event, further south, so the Palo Alto event was developed, with a group of 50 people who helped a.n.a ballet flats curate it, “We have a committee of volunteers who suggest speakers,” he said, “We try and pull from the greater Silicon Valley area, sometimes nationally, trying to find people who have a story to share, Oak (Onadowan) is from Nigeria, has a story about coming to a ghetto in New Jersey, then to a more gentrified area, going to college for theater, struggling at Berkeley Rep, than having the success of ‘Hamilton.'”..
Also hilarious is the vivacious Robin Furseth as Ado Annie, a fickle, flirty girl who can’t choose between the peddler and cowboy Will Parker (Bill Flannery), and sings about her romantic troubles in the delightful “I Can’t Say No.”. Flannery, likewise, is engaging as Will, making it abundantly clear what his rules for marriage are in the song ‘It’s All Er Nothin.” He’s also a delight with “the boys” in “Kansas City” and “The Farmer and the Cowman.”.
The conversation that takes place in “Figures of Speech” hits close to home, Though a.n.a ballet flats the endangered languages include far-flung tongues such as Ladino, Basque and Ainu (from Japan), there’s also Nisenan, a dormant indigenous language of central California, and coastal Ohlone, which is (optimistically) described as “reawakening.”, Holman’s work has long focused on returning poetry to its oral roots, The founder of the Bowery Poetry Club, he got interested in endangered languages while researching the West African roots of hip-hop, In working with King to identify languages that would work for choreography, he thought about the history of California, (“There was no way we couldn’t pay tribute to languages of the San Francisco area,” Holman says.)..
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