Similarly, Fusco delivers one of the most cutting renditions of Leonato’s denunciation of his daughter Hero in recent memory. The brutality of the scene, the extent to which a father of that day owned his children, is quite chilling. The actor also delights as the befuddled Dogberry, who so desperately wants to be considered an ass. Getting to watch an actor pivot from shtick to substance like that is a joy. Ironically, it is in the all-too-brief Dogberry scenes that the production finally digs into the class issues, because the officer is a put-upon lackey who saves the aristocracy despite himself.
Christmas in July: Dine and dance under the palms to raise funds for Christmas in the Park, Hors d’oeuvres, trip-tip dinner and beer and wine, With music by Sage, and a silent auction, July 17, Prices begin at $65 per ticket, Circle of Palms, Market Street near San Fernando Street, San Jose, For more information, contact 408.281.7333 ballet slippers or email@example.com, www.christmasinthepark.com, Fiesta de Los Californios: Celebrate the history of the Santa Clara Valley and Ballet San Jose at this fundraiser featuring a costumed pageant presented by Portraits of the Past, food, beverages, music, entertainment and a silent auction, July 18, 2:30-5:30 p.m, $45 per person, Betts Mission House; directions to the site will be provided after a reservation is made, RSVP with payment by July 12, For more information, call 408.288.2820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org..
Valley Art’s collection ‘Art Pop’ through May 14. Valley Art Gallery’s spring collection, representing some 300 works by East Bay artists, is open through May 14. The gallery is at 1661 Botelho Drive, Suite 110, in Walnut Creek, and is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. For more information, call 925-935-4311 or visit valleyartgallery.org. Distinguished speaker at Lafayette Library. Joyce Maynard, author of “Under the Influence,” will appear in the Lafayette Library’s Distinguished Speaker series, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 5, the Community Hall, at the library, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Marie and Rosetta: March 6-31, Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, Stirring up churchgoers ballet slippers in the morning and the Cotton Club at night, Sister Rosetta Tharpe became a musical legend, With growing competition on the 1940s gospel circuit, she auditions a new partner with a voice made in heaven, $40-$100, www.theatreworks.org, Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House: 7:30 p.m, March 8, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford Live, 327 Lasuen St, Stanford, Tafelmusik, Canada’s Baroque orchestra, presents a multi-media exploration of the musical traditions and innovations of 18th-century coffee houses in Germany and Syria, $38-$90, https://live.stanford.edu/..
In retrospect, her political trajectory was an obvious path for a bright woman who was a self-admitted public policy addict. Born in Detroit in 1938, Uilkema entered the University of Michigan on a full scholarship at age 16. She came to California in the 1960s and taught typing and shorthand at Oakland Technical High School until her children were born. She and her husband, John, divorced in an ugly split in 1990. “For many people, a situation like hers would have been crippling,” said the late supervisor’s sorority sister Beverly Wyllie, who described her friend as a role model for women. “But not Gayle. She simply picked herself up by her bootstraps. It never defined her.”.