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He’s one of 13 composers in residence this summer at the festival, where his latest opus — a 35-minute Saxophone Concerto, densely motor-driven and jazz-inspired without posing as “jazzy”– will be performed Aug. 9 by soloist Timothy McAllister and the festival orchestra, led by Alsop. It is Adams’ 18th work to be performed at Cabrillo — where he once was music director, in 1991 — and he recently has shown his gratitude by joining with the festival to commission new works by composers one-third his age. It’s “to keep the energy going,” he explains, and to nurture a new generation of composers who actually believe, as he does, that music can change listeners’ lives.
These weekender students study such things as beginning, intermediate and advance dance, theatre skills, songs of Victorian times, wig making, theatrical makeup, the essentials of the Cockney ballet, oil painting on canvas, ballerina, painting on black background, miniature vernacular or for those non commoners, gentry elocution, and for others, it is extensive cramming on “dressing down for the true scum look.” All this required study enables these thespian scholars, volunteers all, to perform on-the-street/and stage of the immediately upcoming 35th Annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party — which takes place on five weekends beginning on November 23 and ending at 7 p.m., the evening of December 22..
OAKLAND — Longtime Oakland firefighter Darin White was named fire chief Thursday, the city’s second choice after a Los Angeles candidate turned down the job over a contract dispute. White, who has spent 20 of his 30-year career in Oakland, will lead a beleaguered department recovering from the Ghost Ship blaze, the deadliest structure fire in modern California history that uncovered failures to properly inspect commercial and multi-unit residential buildings. The Oakland native most recently served as interim chief, after Teresa Deloach Reed went on leave and later retired in the wake of the Dec. 2 warehouse fire that killed 36 people attending a dance party.
But not all of these flappers were white and wealthy: African-American Josephine Baker grew up dirt poor in St, Louis before her mother arranged her marriage, at age 12, to a man twice her age in order to circumvent her burgeoning sexuality, Baker would flee that husband and marry another at 15, but the men were just a means to an escape, the stage and freedom, Baker, however, was no ordinary showgirl: Even when performing the role of a black stereotype, she inflected it with a complexity that made her, in one producer’s words, “stand out like an exclamation point.” But it wasn’t until she went to France that Baker truly made her name and experienced what it meant to not only be ballet, oil painting on canvas, ballerina, painting on black background, miniature venerated, but (relatively) free from prejudice based on the color of her skin..
and she is unique in that she is the only founding member still teaching with LPIE today. Her experiences with the visual arts at the university level are transferred directly into the elementary classroom setting, offering a rich learning experience for students, according to Carolyn Victoria, managing director of the Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County. Ballots can also be returned that day from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Moraga Library, 1500 St. Marys Road. Election results will be available shortly after 8 p.m. on the elections office website, www.cocovote.us.