“We find that it fundamentally changes the inmates that participate. It also helps the prison at large because it can change the culture of the prison,” Robbins said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “They tell us they can talk to their children for the first time when they’re visiting and can express emotion to them.”. His group had been providing services without charge but will now be able to expand into other prisons with the grant money. It is one of one of seven groups that will offer Arts-in-Corrections programs. Besides theater, the programs will include music, dance, creative writing, poetry, storytelling, painting, drawing and sculpture.
Details: Oct, 7-Nov, 5; Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; $51-$60; 925-943-7469, www.ccmt.org, 3 Jazz 100 — The Music of Dizzy, Ella, Mongo & Monk: This concert classical ballet queen of fairies decorated pointe shoe production is built on the fact that four monumental names in jazz — Ella Fitzgerald, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie and Mongo Santamaria — all would have turned 100 in 2017, Paying tribute to these iconic performers/composers is an all-star ensemble including keyboardist Danilo Perez, saxophonist Chris Potter, trumpeter Avishai Cohen, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and singer Lizz Wright, among others..
Details: 7:30 p.m.; $8-$18; 408-924-8501, www.sjsu.edu/hammertheatre. 10 The Slants: The Portland, Oregon, outfit bills itself as the first all-Asian-American dance-rock band. The group has made history of a different sort, engaging in a years-long legal battle to register its name. U.S. patent officials initially rejected the moniker because of its offensive connotation, but the band, which vigorously supports a number of civil rights and Asian-American causes, has brought the matter all the way to the Supreme Court, which has yet to issue a ruling. In the meantime, you can catch the band and its synth-pop, dance-rock sound when it lands at New Parish in Oakland on April 2. The New Up and Goh Nakamura are also on the bill.
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J. M. W. Turner: San Francisco Museums of Art docent Marsha Harden to learn more about the first major survey of the 19th-century painter’s late career, on exhibit through Sept. 20 at the deYoung Museum. July 31, 11 a.m. Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga. 408-867-6126, sccl.org. Yoga for Beginners: Mrs. Dharwadkar leads a weekly free yoga class for beginners. Sundays, 5-6 p.m. Joan Pisani Community Center, 19655 Allendale Ave., Saratoga. Free. RSVP is required to tinyurl.com/saratogaclass.