The way the auditions work is that every dancer gets to perform for the judges. If the dancer doesn’t do well or needs more work, they are sent home. If the dancer does well but it’s hard to tell if they know any styles other than their own, they are sent to choreography to learn a routine and perform it at the end of the program — good goes to call-backs, not-so-good goes home. And if the dancer is amazing, they receive a ticket to go through to the next round. Along with executive producer/head judge Nigel Lythgoe and ballroom expert Mary Murphy, actress/dancer Christina Applegate was sharing her opinions at the L.A. auditions and helping hand out tickets to the call-backs in, uh, L.A. Hmm, do the ticket winners just camp out and wait for the others to fly in from around the country? Christina told the audience of dancers to reach down into their soul and to bring it out through dance. That should be interesting to see.
A Winter Gift: A night of Celtic harp featuring Patrick Ball and others; 8 p.m, Dec, 19; Freight & Salvage, Berkeley; $22.50-$24.50; www.thefreight.org, A Cash Country Christmas: Starring Johnny Cash tribute performer James Garner; 2 and 8 p.m, Dec, 21; Firehouse Arts Center; $12-$25; www.firehousearts.org, The Vandals: Legendary SoCal punk stages 18th ballet shoes annual Christmas formal; 9 p.m, Dec, 21; Slim’s, San Francisco; $18; www.slimspresents.com, Christmas with the Celts: The Nashville based band performs Scottish-Irish traditional tunes and Celtic pop-rock originals; 2 and 6 p.m, Dec, 22; Yoshi’s, San Francisco; $28-$55; www.yoshis.com..
Members pf Red Bull Flying Bach will bring the breakdancing-meets-baroque skills to the Bay Area in May. (Red Bull Fllying Bach). Good old J.S. Bach, wig doubtless a bit askew, gets dragged, willing or no, into the 21st century when the German dance team the Flying Steps kicks off its Red Bull Flying Bach U.S. tour in San Francisco s Masonic Auditorium for a May 20-22 run. The four-time world champion breakdancers will be doing their pops, spins and freezes to the strict-tempo strains of the Baroque master s The Well-Tempered Clavier. A Swedish ballerina joins seven male dancers in this fusion of urban dance and precision ballet, and there s a storyline to pull you further into the mashup. Tickets, $26-$76, are now on sale through www.redbullflyingbach.com.— Sue Gilmore, Staff.
Problems with ballet shoes sight lines, a rather stingy set and dowdy costumes for the females in the cast also serve to drag down what could be an impressive presentation, At least the show has one exceptional thing going for it: The splendid voices of most of the main characters, The moment the cowboy Curly (a sincere and appealing Sam Faustine) strides down the aisle singing “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” audience members of all ages know they’re in for some fine vocals, The melodic tunes just keep coming: “Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “Kansas City,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” “The Farmer and the Cowman” and the powerfully thematic “Oklahoma!” are the crème de la crème..
“Before my parents met, my dad and Red traveled a lot together,” Jim said. “They would rig up a suitcase with some batteries and a cattle prod inside, put a tiny nail sticking out of the side of the suitcase, and then would walk through the railroad station and purposefully bump into an attractive woman.”. Apparently the electricity would cause the lady’s skirt to fly — à la Marilyn Monroe’s dress in “The Seven Year Itch.” The two pranksters would also rent a hotel room on the first floor and “shoot women walking by in the butt with a bb gun!”.
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