New Production of Beaches Author Iris Rainer Dart’s The People in the Picture—Where Personal and Historical Intersect

  • By Carolyn Schuk
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A few weeks ago a friend asked about a favorite picture of mine. It's of my great-great-grandmother Katharina Frega, a widow who came to New York from Lungro, Calabria in 1887 with her three daughters. That picture is the departure point for many stories for me, both historical and personal. All pictures are such departure points. That's the idea of Iris Rainer Dart's 2011 musical, The...

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Roberta Jones Junior Theatre’s Graduating Seniors Are Headed to Their “Great Wide Somewhere”

  • Story and Photos by Cynthia Cheng
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Tickets are sold out for Roberta Jones Junior Theatre’s (www.RJJT.org) “Beauty and the Beast,” that runs until April 15 at the Mission City Center for Performing Arts. At the April 5 dress rehearsal, about 65 talented young performers from ages 8 to 18 shone brightly in this enchanting musical. “This is the show each year that is our largest scale production,” said Kevin Cornelius,...

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de Saisset Exhibition on “Jazz Greats” Conjures Jazz Club Vibe

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Currently in the lobby of Santa Clara University’s (SCU) de Saisset Museum is a standing microphone with a cherry red curtain in the background to welcome visitors to “Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection.” According to the museum’s website, this exhibition of 34 photographs, on view through June 16, depicts “many well-known performers from the uniquely...

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Great America Improves Park, Continues Expansion Plans

  • By Melissa McKenzie
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Great America continues to get a facelift and it’s all part of the multi-year expansion and renovation plans approved through the City of Santa Clara. Gone are the days of the summer sun beating down on black asphalt throughout the Midway. The park has begun replacing the sun soaking pathways with a much cooler stone pavement, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what’s in...

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Molière’s Satiric Comedy “Tartuffe” Introduces Fake Saint to Jesuit University

  • Story and Photos by Diane Andrews
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Everyone and his uncle knows Shakespeare. Lesser known to those who are not theater aficionados and are without a French connection, is the prolific French dramatist Molière, regarded as the creator of modern French comedy. Santa Clara University’s (SCU) current production of "Tartuffe" is a timely opportunity to enjoy what some regard as Molière's most famous play. It opened at the Luis...

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Santa Clara Chorale’s “We, The People” Honors the Diversity of America

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Santa Clara Chorale Artistic Director Scot Hanna-Weir's selection of music for "We, The People" is a stirring tribute to the diversity of America. The concert, which opened March 2 at Grace Lutheran Church, Palo Alto, will be presented a second and final time on March 10, 7:30 p.m., at Mission Santa Clara. The program includes songs that are both musically and linguistically diverse....

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SC Players Comedy “Helen on Wheels” Targets the Heart

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"Helen on Wheels" really is hell on wheels. Helen Wheeler is the feisty main character of the laugh-out-loud comedy by Cricket Daniel. It is being staged now through March 17 by the Santa Clara Players. Helen, played by Estelle Piper, is 69 and was widowed two years before the comedy opens. She is still grieving the passing of her husband and superstitiously believes that his spirit has taken...

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Santa Clara Showtime 2018 Sets Sail For Doomstown

  • By Carolyn Schuk
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This weekend the curtain will rise on Santa Clara Showtime and it will be time to pay another visit to Doomstown—Santa Clara's parallel universe, a perennial backdrop for the most iniquitous villainy and a place of peril for orphaned ingénues. Since the beginning of January, Showtime's thespians have been hard at work, rehearsing this year's original melodrama, Pirates and the Perils of...

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Annual Camellia Show Always a Stunning Crowd Pleaser

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Almost 1,000 pink and white camellias filled the Santa Clara Community Recreation Center for the 77th Annual Camellia Show on Feb. 24 and 25. "They are so beautiful—all the colors and shades and sizes are amazing," said Citlalli Del Carpio, attending the show on Saturday with Mike Gaunce—an annual tradition for the two since moving to Santa Clara 14 years ago. "We love camellias because...

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San Jose Taiko Drummers Energize SCU Music @ Noon Audience

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San Jose Taiko was an exciting, educational and energizing Valentine's Day gift to the audience gathered for Music @ Noon at Santa Clara University (SCU). Five San Jose Taiko players took the stage of the Music Recital Hall to demonstrate Japanese drumming and share its history, philosophy and techniques interactively. "It was so informative and exciting to hear the drummers. They explained...

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