Behind the Scenes of Santa Clara Ballet’s 44th “Nutcracker”

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There's always room on the stage for one more mouse in the Santa Clara Ballet Association's production of "The Nutcracker," the classical 1892 Russian ballet scored by P.I. Tchaikovsky that has charmed audiences around the world over the years, appearing as if by magic during the Christmas holidays. But it's no magic. Auditions and weekend rehearsals began in September for the 2017 cast of 50...

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Photographer Gabriel Ibarra Mourns “Santa Clara’s Lost Historical Resources” in New Exhibit

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“The El Real Nursery was a family owned nursery,” said photographer Gabriel Ibarra of the now-gone Santa Clara business. “When The Home Depot started selling plants for a lot cheaper, the El Real Nursery couldn’t compete with them.” According to Ibarra’s sign posted at the Santa Clara Senior Center (1303 Fremont Ave.) to accompany his new photography exhibit “Santa Clara’s Lost...

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Fabric Artists Ignite Creative Spark at PenWAG

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At a Peninsula Wearable Arts Guild (PenWAG) meeting, a member's most gratifying moment just may be when she models her latest wearable art creation before her peers and gets ooos, ahhhs, applause and praise. "Show and Tell is the favorite part of the meeting for some of us," said member Judi Seip. "I think of not only 'How did you do that?' but also 'How were you inspired? How did you think of...

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Wonders of Nature Illuminate Vargas Gallery with Marie Cameron’s “Fade”

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Showing a brilliant contrast between darks and lights, the paintings from artist Marie Cameron’s “Fade to White” series were done in oil and encaustic (beeswax) on panel. According to Cameron, all the wildlife she painted for this series—which include a moose, porcupine, rabbit, skunk and prairie dog—were inspired by albino (lacking all pigmentation) and leucistic (lacking some...

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Hell and Sexism Are Spotlighted in New Exhibits at the de Saisset Museum

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The de Saisset Museum opened two new exhibits: “Michael Mazur’s L’Inferno di Dante” (on view through June 16, 2018) and “(Re)Writing the Narrative” (on view through Dec. 1, 2017). Mazur’s exhibit shows his gripping, and at times haunting interpretations of Dante Alighieri’s “The Inferno” (“Hell” in Italian) in mostly black and white etchings. “(Re)Writing the...

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Santa Clara Woman’s Club Christmas Boutique at the Historic Adobe

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The Santa Clara Woman's Club Christmas Boutique on Nov. 3 continued what boutique organizer and club president Lona Ingraham called "a fun fundraiser we do every year." The boutique, which raised about $300 in 2016, is one of a number of enjoyable social events the philanthropic women organize to raise funds for community causes such as scholarships for nurses and nonprofits groups that are...

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“Creative Mission” Showcases Art of Mission College Associates

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Don Houston, Mission College’s Director of Facilities and Maintenance, explained that his art “Maia Mother of Hermes,” came from a comic book project he is putting together. The striking image features Hermes’s mother with a worried expression as she pleads for help. The ink jet print, made from giclee printing, was produced through an elaborate work process ending with the printing of...

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Craft Faire Launches the Holidays at the Senior Center

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The annual Senior Center Craft Faire launches the holiday season (Yes, the season is here already) at the Senior Center, 1303 Fremont Ave., Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local artisans present unique items, available, for the most part, only seasonally at holiday craft shows. It's a free event, open to the community as well as Senior Center members. "I go to craft fairs to find something unique...

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No Tricks, All Treats at the Triton

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The Triton Museum of Art got into the Halloween spirit with its annual Halloween party on Oct. 26. Art projects, face painting and outdoor games—including skee-ball—created by the museum’s staff were on the menu of activities as staff and volunteers donned costumes and doled out candy to happy trick-or-treaters. For a complete listing of upcoming museum events visit...

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SCU Sculpture Garden a Gift to Campus and Community

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The completed sculpture garden outside the Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building on the campus of Santa Clara University (SCU) was dedicated on Oct. 13 with the ceremonial sprinkling of holy water by Father Michael Engh, S.J., 28th President of SCU, a Jesuit Catholic university dating from 1851. The sculpture garden, which has a living wall on one end, is the permanent home of "Zeno," a...

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