That is the effect Gloria Ruiz and performers from her Pleasanton-based school plan to have Sunday as they present “Hula Lives On” at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater. Also appearing on the program are Bay Area musician Faith Ako and a guest artist from Hawaii, Weldon Kekauoha. Ruiz, born in Panama, says she was drawn to hula as if by a powerful, magical force — just as the approximately 60 students ages 31/2 to 69 have been attracted to her 2-year-old studio. After renting space for classes at various Tri-Valley venues for the past 10 years, Ruiz is enjoying the stability of a more permanent location. Outgrowing the community centers she has been renting for performances — the last show had 450 people attending — Ruiz is making her first move to the Bankhead.
The Altarena Playhouse now brings the ultimate “overcoming tremendous odds” tale to local audiences with its production of “Side Show,” running Jan, 17 pink ballarina, ballet shoes, ribbon paper clips, bookmarks to Feb, 23, With book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger, who also wrote the score for “Dreamgirls,” the Depression-era story follows Violet and Daisy Hilton from England to America and to their big Hollywood break, But, what makes this rags-to-riches story so unique is that the sisters are conjoined twins..
Holland Cotter. Discussing “Critical Consciousness: Art and the World.” 6 p.m. May 17. Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building, Stanford University. Free. events.stanford.edu/events/294/29431. Avenue 25 Gallery. The Peninsula Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art presents a member exhibition, “Size Matters. Through July 6. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Avenue 25 Gallery, 32 W. 25th Ave., second floor, San Mateo. peninsulawca.blogspot.com. Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. Light Works: Dan Flavin and Robert Irwin, through July 8. “Memory and Markets: Pueblo Painting in the Early 20th Century,” through May 27. Sculpture from the Fisher Collection, through Oct. 13, 2013. Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley, through Oct.14. “Not Wanting to Say Anything About Marcel: John Cage Plexigrams,” June 13-Nov. 11. 11 a.m.-5p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays; Thursdays till 8 p.m. Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way. 650-723-4177 or museum.stanford.edu.
Overall, the Boales say it has been a crazy ride since they first saw the flier for the synchronized swim team just 11 months ago, “This has changed our whole lives,” Tina says, “We went from going to work to home to managing her medical care, day in and day out, When our doctor said to get her into a sport, little did we know she would take off so quickly.”, Not only has Raquel become an athlete, but her condition has improved markedly, “We don’t even take her to therapy anymore, She has improved so much just by doing synchronized swimming,” Tina says, “Outside of the water she still doesn’t have full range of motion and can’t touch her stomach, but pink ballarina, ballet shoes, ribbon paper clips, bookmarks under the water she is perfect, Under the water she can do it all.”..
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