Sadly, the Alfred P. Doolittle role, as imagined by Daniel Dominguez, has all of the swagger and unpleasantness of his character without any of the sweet-talking charm. As a result, his two numbers, “With a Little Bit of Luck” and “Get Me to the Church on Time,” which should be show-stoppers, instead look as if they were taken over by a gang of thugs who shuffle and scuffle around rather than dance. And that’s just … well, depressing. Gary Stanford Jr. is credited with the choreography, and he gets five stars for the ballroom dance sequence as well as the dances in Higgins’ study. But the all-men numbers disappoint.
ComedySportz Christmas Show, Have a merry improvised Christmas at the Retro Dome with ComedySportz! Dec, 25, 8 p.m, A pre-show Chinese buffet is held at 7:30 p.m, The Retro Dome, 1694 Saratoga Ave., San Jose, $15-$25, 408-404-7711, theretrodome.com, Santa Claus Comes to Frost: Santa Claus will be at Frost Cupcake, Campbell Kiwanis will give out free hot apple cider, candy canes and coloring books, Bring a camera, Dec, 15, 4- 8 p.m, Frost Cupcake Factory, 199 E, Campbell Ave., wool felt warm ballet flat slippers flower Campbell, $2 donation to Campbell Kiwanis, 408-866-9866, frostcupcakefactory.com..
This week, the third dance crew performed and Control Freakz are now my favorites. I loved their popping routine that was so in sync and so entertaining. It will be close as to which team is picked as the best — there is one more dance crew to perform. And the winner will dance in the finale Sept. 3. The elimination was strange this week. Instead of Nigel telling the dancers who were safe and who were going home, that duty fell to Cat. I wonder why. Oh well, Casey and Jacque will be dancing next week, while Rudy, who sobbed continually, and Tanisha are going home. Casey will dance with All Star Makenzie and Jacque is paired with All Star Will. This is really getting down to very few dancers and I don’t know who will end up on top. See you next week — keep dancing.
Details: 8 p.m, Jan, 23, 2:30 p.m, Jan, 24; California Theatre, San Jose; $42-$86; 408-286-2600, www.symphonysiliconvalley.org, 4 CALIFORNIA SYMPHONY: Music director Donato Cabrera leads the Walnut Creek wool felt warm ballet flat slippers flower orchestra through an “American Roots” program featuring works by Stravinsky, Bernstein, Kurt Weill and Gershwin, Pianist Charlie Albright is a featured soloist, Details: 4 p.m, Jan, 24; Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; $47-$77; 925-943-7469, www.californiasymphony.org, 5 “THE 1960S REVISITED”: Forget the adage that if you remember the 1960s you weren’t really there, This three-day festival hosted by the California Historical Society in San Francisco starting Thursday brings in people who were there and are willing in able to share some unique views on what it all meant, Discussions, screenings and more will explore the impact and legacy of such touchstones the Grateful Dead and The Trips Festivals, and anchoring it all is a new exhibit running Jan, 21-May 1 exploring Lawrence and Anna Halperin’s landmark workshops that sought to fuse art and environmental awareness..
David Middlebrook is another expert the Art Party co-founders have relied on for guidance almost from the beginning. He taught 36 years at San Jose State University and has received commissions from Milwaukee to Palo Alto to France. The sculptor calls Sconberg and Henderson “philanthropic and selfless. They’re trying to create a beautiful situation [with their parties]. There’s an absence in this area of major museums, galleries; they sense that void,” he continues. “But how much commercial success is there for the artists? I don’t know.”.
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