A building boom is transforming Thimphu, Bhutan’s current capital and the best place to buy the country’s famed textiles and wooden bowls. New apartment blocks climb the hillsides. A four-lane expressway leads into town, in this country of few roads and no traffic lights. I saw an “Auto Spa,” or carwash. And yet, high above the city a new monumental Buddha, timeless as the ages, awaits dedication. The Oxford-educated young king lives here in a cottage, and the National Assembly meets here. Bhutan became a democratic monarchy with a constitution only in 2008.
Don Hendleson, a Berkeley ballet company dancewear resident and recent Michigan transplant, shouted “Go Trump,” as a several hundred of the demonstrators from Berkeley made their way down Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, He said the protesters should “quit their crying,” and called former President Obama a “lie.”, “It’s time to have some change in the White House,” he said, “We need better immigration laws, … And if that means people need to learn English, so be it, If that means they have to give up their religion, so be it.”..
But it didn’t take long for her to win over the musicians, with her fine ear and clear tempos, even amid the rhythmic complexities of contemporary works, and her polite but firm manner in rehearsals. “I don’t think people are really missing Kent (Nagano),” Gronningen says. “We all admired and appreciated his conducting and musicianship and programming. But I think there’s a real buzz around Joana’s presence. We’re moving full speed ahead.”. Attending college in that city, she studied conducting, as well as medicine, which fell by the way side. She did graduate work in conducting at Northwestern University and the University of Michigan, where she received her doctorate. Then began the career climb.
The ballet legend stars in “In Paris,” the tale of a circle of Russian expats converging in the city of light in the ’30s, inspired by an Ivan Bunin short story and directed by Russian visionary Dmitry Krymov, Romance meets mime and movement in this international collaboration, presented in French ballet company dancewear and Russian with English supertitles, It runs April 25-May 13, 2012, Berkeley Rep’s new season includes the return of Britain’s renowned Kneehigh Theatre Company to the Bay Area, The company that brought an acclaimed multimedia adaptation of Noel Coward’s “Brief Encounter” to American Conservatory Theater in 2009 will stage the American premiere of “The Wild Bride” at Berkeley Rep (Dec, 2-Jan, 1), The play is described as a devilishly grown-up fairy tale..
Preregistration is strongly recommended at www.d5youthsummit.com. HAPPY No. 10!: Heritage High School hosts a community event in honor of the Brentwood school’s 10th anniversary from 6 to 8 p.m. May 20 at 101 American Way. The event features a showcase of the school’s programs through games, performances, art and demos. For more information, 925-634-0037 ext. 6011. PENNIES FOR THEIR THOUGHTS: The Leadership Academy at Marsh Elementary has gone above and beyond with its Pennies for Patients drive by raising more than $2,125 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.