“It was shocking to me,” the 16-year-old Harker School senior said about her first visit to Grant Elementary School, a high-poverty campus in one of San Jose’s oldest neighborhoods. “Arts education was not there. I really wanted to do something that also meant something to me and that I could continue into the future.”. Sharanya is already one of North America’s best at Bharatanatyam, an ancient dance style from South India known for its grace, expression, spirituality and sculpturesque poses. Its Western counterpart would be ballet. Competitions are held all over the world and Sharanya has won her share, including a junior division prize from the prestigious Cleveland Aradhana Festival. She has danced professionally since she was 12.
Viola Davis is the winner of the Golden Globe Award for best supporting film actress, Davis won for her role in “Fences.” She stars opposite Denzel ballet - dance - pink ballet slipper shoe - iron on applique patch - set of 2 Washington in the first big-screen adaptation of an August Wilson play, Both won Tony Awards for their 2010 performances in a revival of the show, The Globes have honored diversity throughout Sunday’s ceremony, bestowing awards on actress Tracee Ellis Ross and actor-writer Donald Glover, Davis noted in her acceptance speech this was her fifth Globe nomination and her first win, adding, “it’s right on time.”..
Malene Ostergaard and Armen Way performed a lovely ballroom routine, but of course, the show had to bring up how he dropped a partner on her head at last year’s call-backs in Vegas. But no worries, they both were given tickets. My favorite of the West Coast auditions, as host Cat Deeley called them, was Johnny Waacks of New York, who does a style he calls waacking, which caused the judges to break out in fits of giggles and laughter. After he got a chance to perform, Nigel admitted, “You, sir, are an artist. It was captivating.” Fearing he was a “one-trick pony,” he was sent to choreography.
Pirates and Pinafores: The San Jose Wind ballet - dance - pink ballet slipper shoe - iron on applique patch - set of 2 Symphony, joined by soloists from Lyric Theatre of San Jose, presents an afternoon of Gilbert & Sullivan classics, including highlights from The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and HMS Pinafore, The concert celebrates the season with an audience sing-along, Also featured will be a silent auction that offers opportunities for holiday gift shopping, Dec, 5, 2 p.m, $20 regular admission/$15 seniors/$5 students, McAfee Center, 20300 Herriman Ave., Saratoga, 408.927.SJWS or www.sjws.org..
The Bay Area is home to some sensational gourmet burger spots, where those Angus patties are nestled in brioche buns, topped with applewood-smoked bacon and housemade pickles, and accompanied by craft beers. Here are seven of our favorites, from the one-third pound, grass-fed beauty slathered in soy-spiked shiitake mushrooms at San Jose’s Konjoe Burger Bar to a stellar veggie burger at Oakland’s Drake’s Dealership. If weekends are supposed to be for time off, Oakland Ballet didn’t get the memo. The venerable company will be busy presenting its spring program, featuring five new story-driven dances, plus hosting a mini-festival offering short works from scads of Bay Area companies. Details are here.