The other half of the punch comes from Pickett’s flowing interpretation of neoclassical dance language. Having danced for 11 years with German-based American choreographer William Forsythe, the man who fractured the body into myriad parts and made it move faster than any ballet maker before him, Pickett is partial to jutting joints and animalistically arched backs, to tango lunges and daring home run slides by dancers like Aidan DeYoung. But there is a lush joy to her designs that contrasts with Forsythe’s brutalist aesthetic, and it allows the dancers to bask in the heat and brilliance of a style that is quietly emotive, one that dares to engage the drama of bodies on stage in relationship to one another. When two men and a woman dancer take center stage, and she balances between them, a hand on each shoulder, then kicks them behind the knees in alternation, we witness a gesture that is elegant, funny and aggressive — she makes them weak in the knees and almost brings them to their knees.
The Alameda Theatre & Cineplex will host a New Year’s Eve celebration by showing “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” at 10:30 p.m, Monday, For $10, guests can see the movie and enjoy a New Year Eve’s countdown at 11:45 p.m., during an intermission, Event organizers invite community members to come “enjoy an alcohol-free evening for all ages.”, The Alameda Theatre will share the proceeds of half of all tickets sales with local charities, including the Alameda High School Music Boosters, Alameda High School DECA (a marketing and business club), Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter, Encinal High School PTSA, Alameda ballet necklace, personalized with silver initial and add swarovski crystal birthstone of your choice. on stainless steel chain, Civic Ballet, Greater Alameda Business Association, Park Street Business Association and West Alameda Business Association..
Throw in a couple of gun-toting gangsters as comic relief, and some great dance numbers — and “Kate” has all the ingredients for a hit. Unfortunately, it’s the 1940s-era humor and unconvincing romantic entanglements which now seem rather tame at the least — and way too obvious at best. Happily, Dolores Duran-Cefalu’s sharp musical direction of a first-rate orchestra brings nearly every one of Porter’s hits to life. Granted, it will be people over 60 who actually remember most of the songs, but they are timeless classics that deserve to be played (and sung). There’s “So in Love,” “Too Darn Hot,” “Another Op’nin’ Another Show,” “Wunderbar,” “Always True to You (In My Fashion),” “From This Moment On” and more.
“The Other Side of the Wind” gifts us with one of Welles’s lost films — a long-in-the-creative process curiosity about a bitter filmmaker’s final film and his last birthday party, This quasi-autobiographical film is stacked with cameos as Welles tells two tales, shifting between a sexually charged, nearly wordless film being shot by a director (John Huston) and the ego clashes at that ballet necklace, personalized with silver initial and add swarovski crystal birthstone of your choice. on stainless steel chain, director’s out-of-control party, It is self-indulgent at times and skewers Hollywood with spit and venom but it’s also flat-out brilliant in segments (particularly a seven-minute sex scene in a car), Cinema buffs will salivate over this treasure trove of symbols, It drops Nov, 2 and will also be in limited theatrical release..
Elizabeth Lanfranki, who is beginning her fourth year of teaching at Martin Luther King Jr. Junior High in Pittsburg, and Brian Wheeler, who is starting his fifth year of teaching at Alhambra High in Martinez, were selected from among four finalists based on speeches, classroom visits and application packets. “Both Elizabeth and Brian will represent the teachers of Contra Costa County in a stellar fashion,” County Superintendent Joseph Ovick said on Sept. 12. “Both possess all the attributes of an exemplary teacher, and I know they will do well not only in their classrooms, but as ambassadors from Contra Costa County in the state competition.”.
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