And, truth be told, I found the movie mildly disappointing. And not as someone unhappy about the creative license taken with the storyline or who was chosen to portray the real-life characters. That’s Hollywood. But I walked out of the theater feeling like I’d seen an extremely glossy docudrama. That said, the football scenes are realistic and full of adrenaline — the Spartans’ fatigue and heat issues in a pivotal game are captured well by director Thomas Carter (“Coach Carter,” “Save the Last Dance”). Also, it would be difficult to overstate the inherent drama of Terrance Kelly — one of the country’s best high school players and seemingly all around good guy — being killed pretty much randomly the night before he was to escape the nasty streets of Richmond for what many believed would be a slam-dunk successful college career.
Alice in Winterland: Featuring OneRepublic, Train, the nutcracker ballet deluxe charm collection 22 charms antique silver tone - col323 The Last Bandoleros; 7:30 p.m, Dec, 1; The Masonic, San Francisco; $55-$95; www.ticketmaster.com, Wild 94.9’s Jingle Ball: Featuring Shawn Mendes, the Chainsmokers, Charlie Puth, more; 7:30 p.m, Dec, 1; SAP Center, San Jose; $41-$111; www.ticketmaster.com, San Jose Jazz: Holiday concert series in Plaza de Cesar Chavez in San Jose includes a Season of Hope concert with the San Jose Jazz High School All Stars Big Band (Dec, 12) and the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet (Dec, 15); Dec, 1-29; most events free except Marsalis ($35-$38); sanjosejazz.org..
Kepler’s Books. Chinese New Year Story Time with Oliver Chin, “The Year of the Sheep,” 10:30 a.m. Feb. 12. Ann Hamilton, “Expecting,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17. Pamela K. Gullard in conversation with Menlo College President Richard A. Moran, “Through the Gates: Eighty-Five Years of Menlo College and Its Times,” 7 p.m. Feb. 19. T. Geronimo Johnson, “Welcome to Braggsville,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20. Premier event, Issa Rae, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21. Launch: Elizabeth Collison, “Some Other Town,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24. Laurie R. King, “Dreaming Spies: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25. Youth: Pam Muñoz Ryan, “Echo,” 7 p.m. Feb. 26. Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. www.keplers.com or 650-324-4321.
The worst surprises had to do with the double elimination at the end of the show and which dancers were “In Jeopardy.” Of the six competing couples, three were in danger — Joe Amabile and Jenna Johnson, Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten, and Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke (what!), Joe and Jenna were easy to understand as they have gotten some of the lowest scores on the dance the nutcracker ballet deluxe charm collection 22 charms antique silver tone - col323 floor for weeks, But Juan Pablo and Cheryl received a perfect 30 score for their jive two weeks ago, a perfect 30 for last week’s Charleston, and perfect 30s for each of tonight’s dances (an Argentine tango and a salsa)! Believe it or not, Juan Pablo and Cheryl, plus Joe and Jenna, were sent home and Alexis and Alan were safe to dance in the final..
Terraces Flea Market: Women’s clothing, vintage jewelry, décor, housewares, linens and many treasures donated by residents, plus a gift shop and bake sale. Benefits The Terraces Auxiliary projects, such as iPods for memory care residents. Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Terraces of Los Gatos, 800 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos. Saratoga Village Marketplace: The Saratoga Chamber of Commerce and Saratoga-Monte Sereno Community Foundation present the weekly Wednesday certified farmers market in Blaney Plaza. The market features certified local farmers with fresh berries, fruits and produce, as well as fresh fish, other food specialties and handmade crafts from local artisans. Wednesdays, 2:30-6:30 p.m. saratogachamber.org or 408 867-0753.