Walt Aldridge has been an established songwriter for decades, penning hits for artists like Travis Tritt and Tim McGraw, but he still likes to play the Bluebird. He says he’s seen lots of new faces in the audience lately. “It’s really interesting, the proliferation of new people drawn into the Bluebird Cafe because of the show, ‘Nashville,’ ” says Aldridge. “I usually ask for a show of hands about how many people have never been here, and there’s an increasing number of new folks.”.
That’s music to Schade’s ears, “To me, that’s what a recital should be,” says the tenor, “An unashamed program of beautiful music, just pure joy.”, Details: 8 p.m, Feb, 24 at the Herbst Theatre, San Francisco; joules kids velvet ballet slipper with pom pom (toddler/little kid) 2:30 p.m, Feb, 25 at Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; 7:30 p.m, Feb, 26 at Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto; $42-$60; 415-392-4400 for S.F, and Palo Alto, 925-943-7469 for Walnut Creek; www.chambermusicsf.org, A PASSIONATE WEEKEND: J.S, Bach’s “Saint John Passion” remains one of the most moving and monumental oratorios ever created, This weekend, the American Bach Soloists return to the work in Berkeley and San Francisco, Music director Jeffrey Thomas leads the orchestra, chorus and a lineup of vocal soloists that features tenor Aaron Sheehan as the Evangelist, Details: 8 p.m, Feb, 24 at First Congregational Church, Berkeley; 4 p.m, Feb, 25 at St, Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco; $25-$89; 800-595-4849; www.americanbach.org..
Smith attended UC Santa Cruz and UC San Diego and earned her master of arts degree from New York University in 2008. The City Arts Gallery is at Peninsula Ballet Theatre, 1880 S. Grant St., San Mateo. Hours are 2 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Call 650-522-7522, extension 2787, or see www.cityartsofsanmateo.org. The studio is at 1045 Center St., San Carlos. You can see their latest work and enjoy light refreshments. Call 650-596-5163 or go to www.hansonartglass.com.
Rose Garden Farmers Market: Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m, Lincoln High School parking lot, 577 Dana Ave, Farmers Market: Willow Glen’s market operates year-round, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Willow Glen Community Center, 2175 Lincoln Ave., San Jose, Senior Tennis: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-11 a.m. Bramhall Park, 1320 Willow St., San Jose, Contact Barb Jarvis at 408-286-9369, Willows Cafe: Lunch is served Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The menu usually includes entree, vegetables, side dish, salad, fruit and milk for a suggested joules kids velvet ballet slipper with pom pom (toddler/little kid) donation of $3 for adults 60 and older/$6 for guests under 60, Willow Glen Community and Senior Center, 2175 Lincoln Ave., San Jose, Reservations required 48 hours in advance to 408-265-0915..
7. “This Is How It Goes”: Neil LaBute, the bard of the bad boys, goes for the laughs and the jugular in this satire of race, love and gender in small-town America. Piercing performances by Carrie Paff, Gabriel Marin and Aldo Billingslea turned this Aurora production into an evening of gasp-worthy reversals of fortune. As in “Fat Pig” and “reasons to be pretty,” the key to LaBute is making the brutality seem funny as well as true, a trick director Tom Ross has nailed.