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“The Christmas Ballet” continues its run in Mountain View through Sunday, then moves to San Francisco for performances at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts through Christmas Eve. Who: Smuin Contemporary American Ballet. What: “The Christmas Ballet”. When: 8 p.m., through Sunday. Where: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Tickets: $25-$72; www.smuinballet.org or 650-903-6000. Also: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Dec. 15-24; $25-$89; www.smuinballet.org.
Military Officers Association of America: The Silicon Valley chapter holds a luncheon meeting on the third Thursday of the month, siliconvalleymoaa.org, 408-245-2217, San Jose Widows and Widowers: Join the group for breakfast and learn more about the association every Wednesday, 9:30 a.m, Goodies Coffee Shop, Bascom and Apricot, Campbell, 408-279-1278, Sons in Retirement: Retired men’s luncheon club features fellowship and guest speakers, Meets the third Tuesday of the month, Elks Lodge, 444 Alma St., San Jose, For more information, contact Jerry Caldwell at firstname.lastname@example.org i love to dance with ballet shoe charm and your choice of pearl color - laser engraved pendant - stainless steel pendant or 408-440-1346..
Sing with Mission Valley Chorus: Are you a woman who loves to sing? Do you want to experience the joy of singing every week? The Mission Valley Chorus invites you sing with the group. Visit any Tuesday, 7:15-10 p.m., at Nordahl Hall, 580 W. Parr Ave., Los Gatos. missionvalley.org. Rotary Speaker Program: Saratoga Rotary invites the public to attend Rotary luncheon meetings. Upcoming speakers include Chenda Chhi from the Coral Tree Foundation. Sept. 25, noon. 19655 Allendale Ave., Saratoga. $17. For reservations, call Phil Young, 408-205-8836.
The Spaghetti Factory is long gone, but another institution from the same era continues to thrive, as Theatre Flamenco celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend with a series of performances around the Bay Area, Featuring an array of incandescent guest artists, the venerable company brings “El Latir del Tiempo/The Beat of Time” to the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts on Nov, 4, Herbst Theatre on Nov, 5 and the Fillmore Heritage Center on Nov, 6 for a matinee show, This year’s featured guests include Spanish dancer Pastora Galván, an international star from i love to dance with ballet shoe charm and your choice of pearl color - laser engraved pendant - stainless steel pendant a storied flamenco family who made her professional debut with Theatre Flamenco at the age of 15, and powerhouse flamenco singer Juana la del Pipa, who hails from a dynasty of artists from Southern Spain’s cradle of flamenco Jerez de la Frontera, The singer returns for the annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival in February, performing as a special guest with dancer Jose Maya at Herbst Theatre on Feb, 19 and headlining her own concert at Brava Theatre on Feb, 23..
“Working with new dancers in new places really brings out something in me. I love working collaboratively. I don’t mean I let the dancers make up the steps, I mean I let them know they have the power to influence the direction and participate in how we get where we’re going.”. The narrative ballet “Snowblind,” by Marston, is based on the Edith Wharton novella “Ethan Frome.” The love triangle tale is set in wintry New England. “It’s very snowy, it’s cold, it’s bleak, so I wanted to find a way in movement to convey this elemental feel,” she said. “We’ve got a group of people who are the snow. Snow can have different qualities, it can be light and playful and beautiful and seductive and fascinating. It can beat at you and sting. And it can also be very claustrophobic and heavy and smother you. So we’re using the qualities of snow to amplify the emotional story that’s going on between the three characters.”.