Dance-Along Nutcracker: You can strut your stuff with the performers in the silly “Nutcrackers of the Caribbean”; Dec. 9-10; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; $18-$30; sflgfb.townalive.com. San Francisco Ballet: Presents Helgi Tomasson’s adaptation is one of the most heralded “Nutcrackers” in the country; Dec. 13-30; War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco; $25-$445; 415-865-2000, www.sfballet.org. “The Hard Nut”: This acclaimed “Nutcracker” parody is presented by Mark Morris Dance Group; presented by Cal Performances; Dec. 15-24; Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley; $40-$135; 510-642-9988, calperformances.org.
Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, “Junie B, Jones — The Musical!” Through Feb, 8, Book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler, music by Zina Goldrich, based on book series by Barbara Park, Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, $12-$14, 650-463-4970, TheatreWorks, “2 Pianos, 4 Hands.” Through Feb, 15, “A comic coming-of-age journey featuring music from Bach and Beethoven to Joplin and thomas sabo black crystal glass with silver key ballet shoe charms 925 Jerry Lee Lewis, two endearing piano students reach the edge of genius only to fall an octave short of stardom.” Directed by Tom Frey, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, $19-$74 (subject to change; discounts available), theatreworks.org or 650-463-1960..
Milpitas resident Christina Truong was crowned Miss Vietnam California 2017 at the annual pageant held at the Santa Clara Convention Center on Jan. 14. Truong, 22, was selected out of a field of 12 pageant contestants to be queen of the court and also crowned the winner of the competition. The contest consisted of a traditional dance, introductions, evening gown and traditional dress competitions and answering questions. As the night went on, the beginning dozen contestants dropped to seven and then to five challengers, until Truong and one other contestant remained in the running. Truong said she was ecstatic and happy to be named Miss Vietnam California 2017.
Verdi was represented by two duets, one with each soprano, Blue joined Domingo in the thomas sabo black crystal glass with silver key ballet shoe charms 925 dramatic “Udiste? … Mira, di acerbe lagrime” from “Il Trovatore,” her strong, soaring voice suggesting a sensational Leonora in the making, Oeste partnered with the tenor in “Pura siccome un angelo” from Verdi’s “La Traviata.” Here, Domingo sang with consummate mastery in the role of the elder Germont — a persuasive demonstration of the baritone repertoire he’s been exploring in recent years..
From an early age, people have been pulling her in all directions. The piano people keep telling her to dump the violin and be a pianist. The violin people tell her to dump the piano and be a violinist. And the theater people tell her to dump them both and be an actor. To her credit, Audrey doesn’t want to be any of those things. She has a loftier ambition: She wants to be Audrey. She doesn’t want to be defined by her talents. That’s why she goes to College Prep in Oakland instead of a music conservatory. As she told me, “I want people to judge me by my personality, not my piano playing.”.