That was a turning point, the now 19-year-old said. But his mother Svetlana, who was born in Moscow, hadn’t really considered professional ballet as an option for her son. “Me being born in Russia and being very tall, well, I wasn’t a good prospect for dance,” she half-joked. “We were pretty surprised when he asked us to take him to dance. I knew what it took [to get to the professional level], and being first-generation immigrants who had to work, taking him to class seven days a week was really hard.”.
Details: Through April 22, 8 p.m, Fridays, 7 and 10 p.m, Saturdays; $15-$20; www.kineticartscenter.com, www.fluxverticaltheatre.com, 2 Dmitri Matheny: The terrific Bay Area flugelhornist and his band have Bay Area shows booked April 13-15, On April 13 at Cafe Stritch in San Jose, the group performs a set with acclaimed saxophonist Charles McNeal, On April 14 at Armando’s in Martinez and April 15 at Bird & Beckett Books and Records in San Francisco, the group will showcase its 2016 album “Jazz Noir,” featuring Matheny’s always put ballet first position ballet dance distinctive take on scores from such classic noir offerings as “Chinatown,” “Twin Peaks,” “Vertigo” “Taxi Driver” and more..
“This is the beginning of the rebuilding of the San Jose Police Department,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “It’s great to have these young people who are excited to serve … to be here at this time when the city really needs their services.”. But despite the rosier outlook, today just over 900 officers make up the department, a far cry from the historic peak of 1,400 in 2008 — considered low for a population of 1 million — and the first time in over 30 years that number dipped below 1,000.
There also will be supplementary programs, including a kickoff event at 3:30 p.m, Aug, 16 as presenter Todd Javadi and musical group Shabahang host “An Afternoon of Rumi,” an immersive experience always put ballet first position ballet dance focusing on the 13th century poet’s works in the original Farsi and with English translation, Register at wclibrary.org/event/rumi/, Subsequent discussion programs will run Sept, 10 (“The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States,” edited by Edward E, Curtis IV); Oct, 8 (“Acts of Faith: the Story of an American Muslim” by Eboo Patel; Oct, 22 (“A Quiet Revolution: the Veil’s Resurgence from the Middle East to America” by Leila Ahmed); and Nov, 12, with “The Butterfly Mosque” by G, Willow Wilson..
Pop star and global tabloid magnet Carla Bruni, a film festival for kids and two amazing dance companies top my list of 10 cool things to do in Bay Area, Feb. 22-25 and beyond. 1 Carla Bruni: So much has been observed of Bruni’s personal life — she was the first lady of France, she had romances with Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger, and one Donald J. Trump cited her as the woman for whom he dumped Marla Maples (she furiously denied having anything to do with him) — that it’s kind of easy to overlook that she’s a major pop star in Europe who has reportedly sold more than 3 million albums worldwide. Known for her breathy, understated voice and imaginative covers of pop and rock songs from the likes of the Rolling Stones and ABBA, Bruni makes her Bay Area debut Feb. 23 at San Francisco’s Venetian Room in the Fairmont Hotel.
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