There’s nothing like a rash of disaster and disruption to inspire profound appreciation for the welcoming embrace of the familiar. Perhaps by the standards of riotous 1968 or resigned 1974, the nation isn’t exactly coming apart at the seams, but metaphorically and literally, we’re frayed and singed around edges. Holiday rituals can provide comfort and joy in the best of times. These days, the transporting magic of “The Nutcracker” feels more necessary than ever. Fortunately, there are hundreds of opportunities to experience the iconic ballet, with more than a dozen “Nutcrackers” of various sizes and budgets around the region. Here are a few fail-safe productions to smooth the bumpy ride into 2019, plus some other spirit-lifting holiday dance programs.
Sunset Ridge teacher Eileen Crouse helped put the day’s student talent show together, which wove through thanks and praise, literally with a song, Except where noted, charm for bracelet necklace pendant or key ring in sterling silver pink ballet shoes, gift for women and girls, free box all student performers attend Sunset Ridge, Pianist Ethan Perez opened the event with a stirring version of Beethoven’s “Für Elise.” Sydney Tyler-Parker’s kindergarten class formed a bell choir and played “The Cradle Song,” “London Bridge,” and “Old MacDonald.” Cynthia Skinner’s first grade class sang “The Pony Man” and “I Have A Dream.” Singer Belicia Padilla wowed her audience with her fine take on Etta James hit, “At Last,” and the trio of vocalists – Laura Cabeza, Gabby Gonzalez and Sarah Reyes, showed some serious talent with their rendition of “On My Own.”..
Silent film evenings with live piano scores by composer Robert Bruce. 7:30 p.m. May 17: “It” (1927) starring Clara Bow. 7:30 p.m. May 18: F.W. Murnau’s “Faust.” 7:30 p.m. May 19: Silent shorts by Buster Keaton. Trinity Cathedral, 81 N. 2nd St., San Jose. $15 single or $38 for three evenings. 905-777-9196 or www.robertbrucemusic.com. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. 4 p.m. May 20, “Dolphin Boy.” 4 p.m. June 3, “In Darkness.” Camera 12, 201 S. 2nd St., San Jose. $9.50-$20. www.svjff.org or 800-838-3006.
Drive-By Truckers, “English Oceans” (ATO): The artful Southern rock troupe’s latest release is marked by a spate of energized writing by guitarist and co-founder Mike Cooley, who usually plays second fiddle to the more prolific Patterson Hood, Eagulls, “Eagulls” (Partisan): The British quintet’s first album bristles with an anger and aggression that should bring a smile to many a punk rock fan’s face, Robben Ford, “A Day in charm for bracelet necklace pendant or key ring in sterling silver pink ballet shoes, gift for women and girls, free box Nashville” (Mascot/Provogue): The guitar master shows off the results of one session in a Music City studio with a few pals: seven originals and a pair of covers..
“I would never judge you for that,” she tells him, after they spend the day diving for conch, which their guide describes as Bahamian Viagra. Colton gets a rose. The second one-on-one goes to Garrett, with whom Becca also has strong chemistry. “He has such a sexy, playful side to him,” Becca says. “I love the way he makes me feel and I feel pulled toward him.” They ride in a seaplane and at dinner talk a bit more about Garrett’s first marriage, which Garrett said he hung onto too long, but assured Becca that she’d know if something wasn’t right with the two of them. Garrett tells Becca he’s falling in love with her and that he sees in her everything that he’s looking for in a wife. We’re still eagerly awaiting a serious discussion of whether their politics and values align. We’ll have to settle for someone else discussing such things … like the president of the United States.