Speaking of South Bay excitement, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is staging “Frost/Nixon,” a gripping stage drama drawn from the infamous 1977 series of TV interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and Richard Nixon, three years after he had been flushed from the White House by the Watergate scandal. The play seems more timely than ever. Here’s our review and deets on the production. The nimble, bouncy and irresistible guitar licks of Django Reinhardt are still worshipped by musicians and music fans nearly more than 60 years after his passing. This weekend, Berkeley hosts the annual Django Reinhardt Birthday Festival, and it’s chock full of infectious music and joyous talent. We’ve got the details here. If you have a hankering for something more contemporary, how about getting your weekend started early with one of the buzziest indie-rock singer-songwriters going? Go here for details.
In San Jose’s production of Bournonville’s “The Toreador” four ballet flats french years ago, the duo proved themselves brilliant comedians, The fact that here the music-hall inspired physical humor of pratfalls, kicks and stumbles were so much on one note cannot be blamed on them, That’s what Stevenson wants, The single instant of real wit came in their attempting ballet steps for the Prince, The variations for the Seasons were choreographically modest but received fine interpretations, particularly from Amy Marie Briones as the Autumn and Shannon Bynum as the Fairy of Winter, Another scene-stealer came from Akira Takahashi’s high-flying Jester, His splits in the air seemed to get higher and longer as the evening progressed..
Dance-Along Nutcracker, “The Nutcracker of Oz”: Combining E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” with Frank Baum’s world of Oz, the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band’s zany production offers audiences a chance to join the cast; 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 12, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 13; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; $18-$30; 415-978-2787, sflgfb.townalive.com. Mark Foehringer Dance Project’s “Nutcracker Sweets”: A 50-minute, family-friendly adaptation of the classic, with live music; Dec. 12-22; Cowell Theater at Fort Mason complex, San Francisco; $21-$31; www.mfdpsf.org.
Escape from the Cursed Forest: Feb, 22-25, 701 N, First St., San Jose, This escape-game event sends teams of 5-6 people into a cursed forest on a mission to solve ballet flats french puzzles, wake a princess and escape, If you do not have a full team, you will be added to another partial group, $30 per person, http://bit.ly/2HcbAmt, Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival: Feb, 23-25, Chabot Space and Science Center, 1000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, Enjoy award-winning films in a wide range of formats including animation, documentary, shorts and features, $7-$25, http://baicff.com/..
Political and social commentary also plays an important role in The Klezmatics’ music. “Given the opportunity, I think you have to express who you are and what you believe in. Certainly it’s true of what we sing. Ideologically, we stand behind what have written and recorded. “Once we got the basic elements of the musical language and style under our belts, we felt compelled to really approach the music as personal statements, both musical and in terms of world view. We just want to have fun and be true to ourselves as musicians. And so far it’s working.”.