Sure, you can get a sausage plate, but it’s tough to resist the authentic German fare coming out of Baumann’s kitchen. We’re suckers for the sweet-sour sauerbraten, called the Schwäbischer Sauerrahmbraten ($25) here, and served with noodles and red cabbage. Order the popular Kassler Rippchen ($25), and you’ll be served a Flintstones-size chop of tender, flavorful smoked ham atop housemade sauerkraut and a not-too-vinegary German potato salad. We paired that with the Spaten Oktoberfest beer.
As many Oaklanders remember, for nearly seventy years, from 1919 to dance is the answer tote bag ballroom latin salsa bachata ballet dancesport modern jazz 1987, Jorgensen was involved in the production of the incredible annual holiday pageant (the name was changed in the 80s decade to reflect multicultural celebrations) for most of those years she was the director and choreographer, She had a lifelong passion for dance instruction which she pursued as a staff member of the Oakland Recreation Department, and as an instructor at the Oakland YWCA, according to History Room files, The pageant was held every year in the arena of the Henry J, Kaiser Center’s historic municipal auditorium, According to the files, “Jorgensen transformed thousands of Oakland children into angels, snowflakes, dancing toys, elves, and ballerinas for two performances during the first weekend of December.”..
While the production isn’t quite perfect (sometimes the children in the cast failed to articulate Michin’s lyrics clearly enough, and some of characterizations need more precision) it is still exactingly calibrated enough to make you pine for the innocence of childhood even as you cringe at its scars. There are also a few tearful moments but the musical is never mawkish. Like its pint-size heroine, “Matilda” is far too smart to be that ordinary. Contact Karen D’Souza at 408-271-3772. Read her at www.mercurynews.com/karen-dsouza, and follow her at Twitter.com/karendsouza4.
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will hold a community meeting Feb, 19 at 11 a.m, to discuss the most recent draft of the VTA’s new service plan, which is set to launch in preparation for BART service to Santa Clara County, The meeting will be held at the Martin Luther King, Jr, Library, 150 E, San Fernando St, Maps of the VTA service changes can be found online at newtransitplan.vta.org, Next week, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose will help local kids find their groove, During the museum’s “Kids Like to dance is the answer tote bag ballroom latin salsa bachata ballet dancesport modern jazz Move It Week,” in keeping with its focus on preventing childhood obesity, the museum will host classes and activities with local dance teachers, fitness instructors and sports teams—including the San Jose Sharks and Giants..
Berkeley Ballet Theater: One of the East Bay’s longest running “Nutcrackers” is a full production that makes excellent use of the school’s Children’s Division and Youth Company; Dec. 16-18; Regents’ Theater, Holy Names University, Oakland; $35; berkeleyballet.org. Moscow Ballet: The “Great Russian Nutcracker” is a lavish production featuring 40 principal Russian dancers and corps de ballet,and local supporting dancers; 4 and 8 p.m. Dec. 20; Flint Center, Cupertino; $28-$88; 800-745-3000, www.nutcracker.com.