After 20 minutes that seemed like an eternity, he was up. “Hi Santa!” Ethan burst out. Santa Claus, played by well-known community member Jerrold Hatchett, offered a fist bump and a high five, then swept Ethan off the ground and plopped the little boy on his left knee. Similar scenes played out hundreds of times at the Downtown Holiday Festival on Wednesday. The annual event was hosted by the Richmond Main Street Initiative, in partnership with the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, at the historic downtown Winters Building, which now serves as the performing arts center’s headquarters.
From a very young age, the theatrical Felsch was presenting her own Broadway-style shows in her living room, for her parents, Much of the athletic Felsch’s energy went into gymnastics, Reaching a highly competitive level, she began studying ballet to enhance the gymnastics, Eventually she had to flower shoes - white baby girl shoes - preemie shoes - baby ballet shoes - mary janes - newborn shoes - crochet baby shoes - bab choose between the two, At 10, she decided that ballet was her true passion, “At that age, I really knew that was what I wanted, And from that point, it was a runaway train.”, Gymnastics had an effect on her dancing, “It gave me a power, a strength, which gave me an edge up on other dancers, And it gave me a fearless quality, I appreciated having that, because I always threw myself into things, in training, I wasn’t afraid to try stuff.”..
Tosca: Opera San José continues its season with Puccini’s dramatic opera about an opera diva who goes to drastic measures to try to save her lover, a political prisoner. Through Nov. 28. $51-$101. California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose. For more information, call 408.437.4450 or visit www.operasj.org. The Color Purple: Broadway San Jose presents a musical based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. Through Nov. 28. $20-$88. San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose. 866.395.2929 or www.broadwaysanjose.com.
Music on the Square, 6-8 p.m, Fridays, Free, Aug, 22: Boys of Summer, Aug, 29: Pride & Joy, Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, www.redwoodcity.org/events/music.html, Steinway Society The Bay Area, Agustin Anievas: 7:30 p.m, Sept, 20, Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, Ann Schein: 7:30 p.m, Oct, 18, Visual & Performing Arts Center, De Anza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, Denis Kozhukhin: 7:30 p.m, Nov, 22, McAfee Performing Arts Center, 20300 Herriman Ave., Saratoga, Alexander Korsantia: 7:30 p.m, Feb.7, 2015, Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, Alexander Ghindin: 7:30 p.m, March 14, 2015, Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Blvd., Los Altos Hills, Lavrova-Primakov Duo: 7:30 p.m, April 18, 2015, Visual & Performing Arts Center, De Anza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, Sofya Gulyak: 7 p.m, May 17, 2015, Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, Subscriptions: $190-$295 for 7 concerts, $125-$200 for 4 flower shoes - white baby girl shoes - preemie shoes - baby ballet shoes - mary janes - newborn shoes - crochet baby shoes - bab concerts; single tickets: $40-$60; discounts available for students and seniors, 408-990-0872 or www.steinwaysociety.com..
Details: Tickets $25 in advance by mail (send a check and a self-addressed stamped envelope to P.O. Box 308, Palo Alto, CA 94302) or $30 on tour day at 860 University Ave. www.pastheritage.org. What: Victorian-themed open house and docent tours by the Camron-Stanford House Preservation Association. The home: Oakland’s Lake Merritt once was lined with impressive mansions such as this 1876 Italianate Victorian, home to William Walker Camron and later, Josiah Stanford (Leland’s oldest brother). Saved from the wrecking ball in 1971, the restored Camron-Stanford House has been open to the public since 1978.
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