If you enjoy the sparkle, the fragrances, the contours and colors of “the French school,” this program, which repeats through Sunday, is a no-brainer. For the most part, this listener ate it up. The orchestra is conducted by Stéphane Denève, a figure of rising note on the international circuit and a product of the Paris Conservatory — as is Thibaudet, as was Saint-Saëns. It’s so very French, this program, and yet it’s ultimate star — surprise! — is a Russian: Igor Stravinsky, whose “Firebird” captured Parisian audiences a century ago with its dazzle, its colors and magical effects, at once embodying Russian exotica and French chic.
Concord Mystery Book Club: 2:30 p.m, the second Sunday of the month, and mystery lovers are invited to join the group, The Dec, 15 discussion is on “The Chinese Bell Murders,” by Robert van Gulik, Tech Check Up: 10 a.m, to noon Saturdays; and 3:30-5:30 p.m, Tuesdays, Adults and seniors can get assistance on a drop-in basis on how to use computers, and can get help setting up e-readers, smart phones, tablets and using Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other programs, Knitting and crochet group: 1:15-4:45 p.m, Jan, 5, Knitters and crocheters of all levels are welcome, Drop in anytime to black leather ballet slippers -adult/women's sizes - full sole or split sole knit, crochet and network, Free knitting and crocheting instruction, Some practice yarn provided, but bring your own needles..
But thoroughness of the flop of “We Are Your Friends” was unusual. The Warner Bros. release, an electronic dance music drama, wasn’t expected to do especially well and wasn’t much promoted. But the Efron-led film opened with just $1.8 million on 2,333 screens (more than twice the number of “War Room”). That makes it one of the lowest weekend openings ever for a film that played so widely. “August can be a land of opportunity or it can be your worst nightmare,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office firm Rentrak.
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Mountain Holiday Weekend at the Summit Wineries, Los Gatos. The five wineries in the Summit Road area invite you to a festive holiday weekend with live music, gifts for sale, decorations, food and wine. Burrell School Vineyards & Winery, MJA Vineyards, Silver Mountain (open Dec. 6 only), Villa del Monte Winery, Wrights Station plus the Summit Store will each offer a different experience. Also Dec. 7. More information, including hours: thesummitwineries.com. San Jose Symphonic Choir, “The Many Moods of Christmas,” Church of the Ascension, 12033 Miller Ave., Saratoga. Together with the Nova Vista Symphony, selections will include Tchaikovsky’s “Suite from Sleeping Beauty” and Robert Shaw’s “Many Moods of Christmas.” 7:30 p.m. Free. sanjosesymphonicchoir.org.