SAN JOSE — The familiar sights and sounds drifted through Japantown on Saturday as they do every summer: fresh sushi and teriyaki. Japanese folk music. The rumble of drums and the chatter of curious children. But the centuries-old celebration on North 5th Street was just as much for the dead as it was for the living. The Obon festival — one of Japan’s largest and most significant religious events — is a Buddhist custom honoring the spirits of one’s ancestors. The joyous event is marked by family gatherings, Japanese dishes and a traditional dance known as bon odori.
Another Roll of the Dice: Through Oct, 7, Tabard Theatre, 29 North San Pedro St., San Jose, This new musical is based on the stories of Damon Runyon and the songs of Frank Loesser, $38-$48, www.tabardtheatre.org/tickets, Smuin Ballet – Dance Series 01: 7:30 p.m, Sept, 21 and 2 p.m, Sept, 22, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic baby girl shoes, girl's crochet slippers, kids slippers, toddler ballet flats, blue slippers for girls, girl's gift Drive, Walnut Creek, Sept, 28-Oct, 6, Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco, Program includes: Blue Until June, Merely Players, Echo, Sinfonietta, Schubert Scherzo and Eternal Idol, $25-$81, www.smuinballet.org..
SAVING THE DANCING PIG: The Preservation Action Council has launched an effort to save the Stephen’s Meat “Dancing Pig” sign on Montgomery Street. While the sign isn’t in imminent danger, it’s in the path of whatever potential development Google may have in mind and, in any case, it’s been deteriorating for years and needs help. Bassian Farms, current owner of the Stephen’s Meat Products brand, has donated seed funding to the campaign, and Young Electric Sign Company is working with PACSJ to repair the sign’s neon lights and power supply. The sign, with its neon “dancing” pig, was originally made by Electrical Products Corp. of California in the 1950s.
Jessica, born and raised in Pacifica, also works in Pacifica, She likes to walk around the beaches with her dog at low tide, enjoying the nature, She practices various forms of dance and mixed martial arts, She has her own business as a Mary Kay beauty consultant, She plans on going back to school to get a degree in business, Jenny was born in San Francisco and raised in Pacifica, After graduating Terra Nova High School, she worked in cosmetics sales, receiving certification as a color and fragrance expert, In 2011, Jenny decided to go back to school to study History, She has earned three scholarships before graduating with her AA in May baby girl shoes, girl's crochet slippers, kids slippers, toddler ballet flats, blue slippers for girls, girl's gift of this year, and will be transferring to UC Berkeley in Spring of 2015, Her hope is to earn a master’s degree in history and teach at the college level one day, During the summer, Jenny teaches a program called “Jump Start” at Skyline College which helps high school students who are missing credits with study skills, and support..
“The Bridges of Madison County”: April 4-29, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Musical romance about the roads we travel and the bridges we dare to cross. $45-$105. mvcpa.com. Jumpin’ at the Sun Spring Performance: 7:30 p.m. April 6, 2 p.m. April 7, Dougherty Valley Performing Arts, 10550 Albion Road, San Ramon. A diverse range of choreography paired with an eclectic music mix. $22. 925-973-3343, https://bit.ly/2pJQjJV. Ragged Wing Ensemble Presents: A Different Long Stretch of Earth: April 6-28. The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland. This original play written by Addie Ulrey was inspired by the Old West, as well as her work with nonprofit arts and social justice groups. $25-$45. www.raggedwing.org.
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