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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“9 to 5 The Musical”—True Then, True Now

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Workplace sexism and harassment of women turns comedic in "9 to 5 The Musical," presented by the Foothill College Music Theatre, March 1 through 18. The musical is based on the 1980 film "9 to 5"—a liberating and funny fantasy take on how three female office workers team up to get revenge against their sexist male boss. The film and musical feature the music of multi-Grammy winner Dolly...

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Caution: Disney on Ice Just Might Steal Your Heart

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Selena Van Aert, from the city of Quesnel in British Columbia, Canada, has been ice skating since she was five years old. When she was about 12, she lost her heart to "Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour," which toured the world from 2007 to 2009. "Ever since then, I've wanted to do it, too," said Van Aert. And so she did. She followed her heart, and now she no longer cheers on her...

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Images 2018 Showcases Talents of Santa Clara University Dancers

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The annual Santa Clara University (SCU) Theatre and Dance Department concert Images 2018, directed by lecturer Pauline Locsin-Kanter, showcased the impressive talents of students and faculty, who did the original choreography, lighting and costume design for the diverse dance program. On campus at the Louis B. Mayer Theatre on Feb. 9, 41 very fit and talented students performed nine dances,...

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Changing the World Through Art at Santa Clara University

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"Beyond Borders: Stories of im/Migration," can be viewed through April 6 at Santa Clara University's (SCU) Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building Gallery. The exhibit confronts one immediately with walls to breech, borders to cross at risk of life and miles to go before one sleeps. It "explores the personal and observed narratives surrounding the struggles of flight, the immigration...

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Mission Chamber Orchestra’s Community Roots

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For 22 years the Mission Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of its founder and music director Emily Ray, has been delighting audiences with whimsical and musically diverse concerts that highlight local performers and composers. The orchestra's programs mix old favorites with less familiar works and often premiere contemporary works, frequently by local composers. The orchestra is also...

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Guggenheim Entertainment’s New Venture Hits the Ground Running With “Sondheim on Sondheim”

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Leave it to Guggenheim Entertainment to launch an ambitious new theatrical venture with an equally ambitious live show, Sondheim on Sondheim, James Lapine's 2010 revue of the musical theater giant's six-decade career. But the Guggenheims have a long record of success with ambitious ventures—about 30 years worth. In the 1990s the family-run company brought Schoolhouse Rock Live! To theaters...

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A Chorus Line

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Starting Arts’ production of A Chorus Line ran from Jan. 11 through January 14 at the Performing Arts Center at Santa Clara High School.  The production featured Starting Arts’ Dream Team and, as with past Dream Team performances, it succeeded on all levels as the show was able to make me think I wasn’t just watching a performance by high school students, but that I was watching an...

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Creative Therapy: Senior Center Open Ceramics Studio

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City resident Fred Gong has been creating ceramic art at the Santa Clara Senior Center open ceramics studio for about three years. “It’s kind of therapeutic when you’re making your pieces, when you’re prepping the clay. Then when you’re finished with your outcome, it’s rewarding. But if it doesn’t work, you just smash it up and start all over,” said Gong at last November’s...

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St. Justin Community Ministry Pastoral Associate Joe Bauer Receives 2017 Austen Warburton

St. Justin Community Ministry Pastoral Associate Joe Bauer Receives 2017 Austen Warburton Community Service Award

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“I stand in the parking lot and people hand me money,” said St. Justin Community Ministry Pastoral Associate Joe Bauer this past December. “People are generous, at this time of year especially.” Bauer is the face of St. Justin Community Ministry in Santa Clara. He is the spirit of service and the helping hand that has reached out to feed and clothe the hungry in the community since the...

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