Like pretty much all the grown men in town, Billy’s dad and brother are coal miners. The story’s set during the coal miners’ strike of 1984 and ’85, pitting the mineworkers union directly against the government of Margaret Thatcher. (The coal industry had been nationalized after World War II.) Tensions are running high, and money is even tighter than usual. The combination of stories leads to some memorable moments. The stirring musical number “Solidarity” juxtaposes clashes between striking miners and police with the kids in ballet class until they’re all weirdly dancing together.
Write Page-Turning Suspense! A Clayton Reads Program: 4-6 p.m, Oct, 20, Author Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff will lead a free workshop for students in grades 6-12 to learn how to write a suspenseful page-turner, There will be writing games, brainstorms, conversations and a Q&A, Registration is required, The Tarnished Golden Years: 3-4 p.m, Sept, 17, Wendy Harrison, who has sugar plum fairy ballet hand painted pointe shoes by lauri jon studio city (tm) been helping seniors and their families for 15 years, will talk about her book, a result of her real-world experience, She will touch on health and financial issues, modifications in social welfare benefits, and family dynamics, and offer insights to help participants understand challenges they may face..
Showcasing Charpentier: French Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier, whose works include hymns, motets and oratorios, gets the royal treatment in this weekend’s California Bach Society program. “A Charpentier Showcase” features six of his compositions, including “Litanies de la Vierge,” with the 30-voice chamber choir joined by Baroque flutes and violas da gamba. Paul Flight conducts. Details: 8 p.m. April 21 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco; 8 p.m. April 22 at All Saints Episcopal Church, Palo Alto; 4 p.m. April 23 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Berkeley; $35; 650-485-1097; www.calbach.org.— Georgia Rowe, Correspondent.
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Chicago: Broadway San Jose presents the longest-running American musical in Broadway history. Nov. 15-18. Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd. $33-$48. www.broadwaysanjose.com, 800-982-ARTS (2787). Making God Laugh: Sean Grennan’s comedy follows one family through 30 years of holidays, as Ruthie and Bill try to keep the home fires burning for their three adult children. Nov. 17-Dec. 23. City Lights Theater, 529 S. Second St. $21-$42. cltc.org/making-god-laugh. English Country Dance: Lessons and dance to live music on the second Sunday of the month, 2:15-5 p.m. First Unitarian Church of San Jose, 160 N. Third St. For more information, call Carol at 408-219-1745.