The Diablo Theatre Company, which just finished its 54th season, recently announced it cannot afford to stage a 2014-15 season at the Lesher Center, where it has regularly performed shows since the facility opened in 1990. Festival Opera has already decided not to have a season at the Lesher Center, and Company C Contemporary Ballet is cutting back its schedule at the Lesher and elsewhere. Diablo Theatre Company is one of the Lesher Center’s founding arts groups and typically performs three to four shows a year there. The group cited rising costs of productions at the Lesher as the main reason for a shuttered 2014-15 season. Diablo officials hope this is a one-season break, said Sherry Caraballo Dorfman, president of the company.
Suds: ‘60s Musical Soap Opera: Nov, 7-Dec, 2, ballet slippers for adults The Colligan Theater, 1010 River St., Santa Cruz, This high-energy musical tells the story of a down-on-her-luck laundress named Cindy and the colorful guardian angels who come to teach her about finding true love, $27-$50, www.JewelTheatre.net, Saxophonist Boney James: 8 p.m, Nov, 7, Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia St., Vallejo, James is a four-time Grammy nominee and multi-platinum musician, $75-$100, https://empresstheatre.org/, White Elephant Archive: 7:30 p.m, Nov, 8, Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, In this one-man production, Eduard Freudmann uses his family’s archive, which includes poems written by his grandfather while imprisoned in concentration camps, to explore his family’s silence about the Holocaust, and his own attempt to understand the burden of this legacy through art, $15-$20, www.paloaltojcc.org..
The theme of the Palo Alto TED is “identity and connections,” Mass noted. And, Onadowan “played a dead white who founded our country. … inviting him is more about his identity and assuming this new role” as in “Hamilton” which “had a predominately clack cast, done in hip-hop. How do you change your identity? How does your identity change over time?”. Ibtihaj Muhammad is an amazing woman, Mass said. “The first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympics … The reason she became a fencer is because she played volleyball, and was discriminated against because of her hijab. Her father suggested fencing because you stay covered.”.
A highly detailed, lived-in study becomes the main acting area, with the outside of the building visible as well as an upper bedroom, All three pieces move in and out in dance-like movements as actors continue from one scene to the next, An interesting but sometimes difficult to follow conceit has several conversations taking ballet slippers for adults place at once in this fast-paced, intellectually overflowing fountain of ideas and philosophies, But with Tony Taccone’s excellent direction and his talented cast, they pull it off nicely..
Patty Cakes Storytime: 11-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 13-March 3. It is for kids ages 0-3 with a caregiver. Picture Book Time: 11-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 15-March 5, is for kids ages 3-5 who can attend without a caregiver. Book Buddies: 2-3 p.m. Wednesdays. A Book Buddy volunteer is at the library most Wednesdays to read to children 3 and older. Winter Business Series — Growing your Business: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 7. Adults are invited to hear Charlie Michelson’s employer-turned-entrepreneur story. Registration required.