On the 22-city North American tour Bette Midler has announced to promote her new CD — “It’s The Girls!” — she will try to limit her carbon footprint by minimizing the show’s bells and whistles. “I don’t want to travel with 40 trucks. I don’t want to travel with 90 people,” says the Grammy- and Tony-winner. “Bruno Mars is my hero. Bruno Mars has eight trucks. That’s how I want to tour.”. Midler is hoping the music from the new disc, released Nov. 4, will supply all the necessary special effects to satisfy her audience: On it, she covers 15 famous songs from girl groups spanning seven decades, ranging from the Andrews Sisters to TLC.
The $225 entry fee includes men’s, women’s, and senior flights; a barbecue lunch; and the 19th Hole silent auction, raffle, and reception, Sponsorships are also available and proceeds benefit the school’s tuition assistance program, For $25 per person, nongolfers are invited to attend the 19th Hole, which begins at 4:30 p.m, Register online for the tournament and reception by Sept, 2 at www.saintmaryschs.org, For more details call Joanne Marchetti Howe at 510-559-6227, The event is hosted by The Hub and Lola’s Foundation (www.mylola.org), ballet shoes part 5 which has been gathering school supply wish lists from teachers so that their most urgent needs can be filled by the start of the new school year and students can get off to a good start..
Many East Bay parents think it’s an idea that is long overdue. “I wish I had had something like that when my kids were younger, ” said Walnut Creek mom Denise Crane. “It would have save me a lot of headaches.”. Prospective service providers like the concept, too. “I was excited by Famtivity, because it would help families see how much more we have to offer as a school, ” says Jennifer Perry of The Ballet School for the Performing Arts. With the site’s formal launch this month, Kaplan and his team are canvassing schools across the East Bay to offer help with after-school activities. At some point in the near future, he hopes to have Famtivity.com enroll many of such classes, taking the load off parents and teachers.
Rascal Flatts, With Sheryl Crow and Gloriana, 6 p.m, Aug, 23, Shoreline ballet shoes part 5 Amphitheatre at Mountain View, $28-$76, Ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000, Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden, With Death Grips, 6 p.m, Aug, 24, Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View, $35.50-$105.50, Ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000, Keith Urban, With Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge, 5:30 p.m, Sept, 6, Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View, $29.25-$59.25, Ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, With Jennifer Koh, violin, 7 p.m, Nov, 2, Edvard Grieg: Holberg Suite, Op, 40; J.S, Bach: Violin Concerto No, 1 in A Minor, BWV 1041; Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Prologue and Variations; Mozart: Symphony No, 34 in C Major, Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford, $50-$100, 650-724-2464 or live.stanford.edu..
He touched on 1,000 years of classical music history, always considering his words, speaking in measured phrases. You could almost see him formulating his thoughts, moving from one theme to the next, seeking clarity — the same qualities he strives for in his music making. As he spoke, he gestured fluidly with his hands, much as he does while on the podium at Davies Symphony Hall. Tilson Thomas’s interests are wide: He can move from Wagner to Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys in the space of a sentence. (He’s a particular fan of “Good Vibrations” and “Surf’s Up.”) He wore a sport shirt, jeans and cool blue, owl-ish eyeglasses and, as he spoke, gave affectionate pats to his miniature poodles, Banda and Maydela, who wandered in and out of the room.