Soon the audience is enthralled by a series of sensational numbers touting the grand old movies — the musicals of the 1930s, in particular. Few of the songs are familiar today (other than “Thanks for the Memory” and some Richard Whiting songs like “On the Good Ship Lollipop”), but this troupe makes sure we’ll love them all. One of the best numbers is “Famous Feet,” which pairs some of the performers downstage with one or two high above on a second level. The conceit, however, is that the audience only sees the legs and dancing feet of the top-level dancers. (They’re imitating dance superstars like Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Judy Garland and others.).
Beau Jest: Through March 10, Tabard Theatre, 29 North San Pedro St., San Jose, To make her parents happy, Sarah Goldman claims to be dating a nice Jewish doctor, When her family insists on meeting him, Sarah hires an actor to ,pretend to be her beau, $33-$45, www.tabardtheatre.org, Violet: Through March 17, Alcazar Theatre, 650 Geary St., San Francisco, The story of a young woman’s bus ride from North Carolina to Oklahoma to ballerina art-girls room art-ballet wall art-dancer-nursery decor-free shipping-ballerina decor-for ballet lovers-ballet fine ar see a televangelist that Violet believes will heal the axe scar which cuts clear across her cheek, $35-$65, www.bamsf.org/violet/..
An artist with pizazz: Eyvind Earle joined Walt Disney Studios as a background painter in the 1950s and quickly made his mark. His lively, evocative style was evident in an early short animation work, “Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom,” which won an Oscar. He went on to design such classic works as “Sleeping Beauty” and “Lady and the Tramp,” before going on to an acclaimed career as a painter and illustrator. Items from throughout his career are on display in the new exhibit “Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earl” at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco’s Presidio. Details: Through Jan. 8; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily except Tuesdays; $15 (separate from museum admission of $15-$25); waltdisney.org.— Randy McMullen, Staff.
Me? I’ve had to settle for watching the hoop star on TV, But something tells me we’ll be exchanging high fives soon, After all, they say winter is the best time for star gazing, Around town: Village people, That’s what you’ll see if you land the job as a part-time attendant at the city-owned Montclair parking garage, Operations manager Ted Williams says she’s looking for just the right person to replace David Peterson, who retired recently after 18 years of working the booth, “We are family here,” Tee says, “We know 95 percent of the customers who drive through, so it’s ballerina art-girls room art-ballet wall art-dancer-nursery decor-free shipping-ballerina decor-for ballet lovers-ballet fine ar important to greet them with a smile.” If you’re interested in applying for the 20-hour-a-week job, stop by the parking garage..
Choral Project: The Choral Project performs “Art of Sound: Seeking a Home.” A portion of the concert proceeds will go to three homeless advocacy groups—the Social Ministry Program at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph in San Jose, Winter Faith Collaborative at San Jose’s Grace Baptist Church and the Homeless Garden Project in Santa Cruz. Feb. 9, 8 p.m. Mission Santa Clara de Asis, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. $10-$25. https://www.brownpapertickets.com. Mass Communication: An exhibit showing how mass communication has developed in Silicon Valley over the years features letters written by Mattie and Molly Taaffe, Elizabeth Yuba Murphy Taaffe’s twin daughters. Learn how postal worker Joe Stanich hung Sunnyvale’s outgoing mail pouch on a tall crane at Murphy’s Station, to be grabbed by someone on the passing train. Refresh your memories of a Walkman, typewriters, handheld calculators and IBM punch cards. Through May 31. Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, 570 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale. 408-749-0220, www.heritageparkmuseum.org.