Composing has always been a source of discovery for Parker, whose works include operas, oratorios, ballets, film scores and compositions for solo instruments, as well as bands, large and small. “You have to go beyond the rules. What Duke taught us was, if you want to do it, you can do it. If you hear it, it can be done. You just have to have the willpower and energy to not let anything stop you. If one sound doesn’t work, you try another. If it doesn’t work when you play it loudly, when you turn down the volume and play it softly, it’s a beautiful color. That’s the wonderful thing about music, that there are so many choices. Sound is your palette. And you’re painting against a canvas of silence. It’s all about experimenting. And Ellington did that.
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Auction items include a football camp put together by Zach Ertz, a recent Monte Vista High graduate who played college ball at Stanford and is a tight end on the Philadelphia Eagles. Another unusual auction item is a dinner for five couples at the Haener household, donated by Jones, Steve Kerr (the Golden State Warriors’ general manager) and Tom Tolbert (a retired National Basketball Association player and radio show co-host in San Francisco and NBA commentator for NBC, ESPN and ABC). The dinner will be prepared by Rodney Worth, the award-winning chef and owner of four restaurants in Danville and Blackhawk, including the Peasant & the Pear, the Little Pear, the Prickly Pear Cantina and Ferrari’s Cucina Italiana. He also owns the Peasant Courtyard in Alamo and the Pear Southern Bistro in Napa.
“What would happen if something upset that status quo?” Leondis continues, “Then I thought, ‘Oh, it’s an emoji with every expression.’ And as we know, in the world different is threatening, today’s world, more than ever.”, On his journey to change or not change, Gene is accompanied by new pal Hi-5 (James Corden) and tech-savvy punkette Jailbreak (Anna Faris), and chased by his meh parents (Jennifer Coolidge and a perfectly extreme low-cut taupe leather ballet shoes - adult sizes voice-cast Steven Wright) and Smiler’s fearsome delete-bots, Along the way he encounters trolls, always-happy-to-see-you-again Spam and a very elegant-sounding fellow emoji, Poop (“Star Trek,” “X-Men” and Shakespeare eminence Sir Patrick Stewart)..
— Gieson Cacho. Love, Adams and Frankenstein: Some exciting, big-ticket dance works are on the horizon for 2017, two that plug into key Bay Area milestones and another that promises to be a real monster — literally. Here’s a look. Cal Performances joins the John Adams’ 70th birthday bash next month, presenting a revival of choreographer Lucinda Childs’ acclaimed 1983 work “Available Light,” set to Adams’ “Light Over Water.” The work also features famed designer Frank Gehry’s set. Performances are 8 p.m. Feb. 3-5 at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall; $36-$126; 510-642-9988, calperformances.org.
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