Still, we got a glimpse of what might be. The excerpt from Jorma Elo’s “Glow-Stop,” less frenetically paced than some of his other works, showcased a dozen company members — chosen without consideration of rank. The piece started with a series of duets but quickly opened into kaleidoscopic give-and-take relationships. The choreography was attractive and technically demanding; the dancers did well. Fierce Jing Zhang with Maykel Solas, and Amy Marie Briones with hardworking Jeremy Kovitch drew my eye.
ARTICHOKE FESTIVAL: Live music, food and drink, cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities, arts and crafts, 10 a.m.-7 p.m, May 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m, May 31; Monterey County Fair and Event Center, Fairground Road; $5-$10 admission, $15-$25 concerts; 831-633-2465, www.artichokefestival.org, CHOCOLATE & CHALK ART FESTIVAL: Chalk-art contest with prizes, ballet shoe keychain ballet slippers keychain personalized keychain silver keyring custom keychain ballerina keychain ballet gif chocolate tasting, live music, kids’ activities, live music, 10 a.m.-5 p.m, May 31, North Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley; free admission; 510-548-5335, www.anotherbullwinkelshow.com..
Entertainers will include Ballet Folklorico Nacional Mexicano, Golden Lion Martial Arts Academy, Laughter Yoga with Annie Goglia, Peruvian singer and puppeteer Susy Dorn and Zhumba dancing. Exhibitors will include park district firefighters and aquatic services, Save Mt. Diablo, the National Park Service and the Tri-City Health Center, among others. Quarry Lakes is located at 2100 Isherwood Way in Fremont. Many additional sponsors are helping to make the event possible. For more information on the Healthy Parks Healthy People Festival, call 888-327-2757 or visit the park district website at www.ebparks.org.
Pranic Healing: Choa Kok Sui leads the weekly classes, Sundays, 3-4 p.m, Joan Pisani Community Center, 19655 Allendale Ave., Saratoga, RSVP is required to tinyurl.com/saratogaclass, Bollywood Fitness: Family-friendly Bollywood workout classes, open to all, Sundays, ballet shoe keychain ballet slippers keychain personalized keychain silver keyring custom keychain ballerina keychain ballet gif 4-5 p.m, Joan Pisani Community Center, 19655 Allendale Ave., Saratoga, Free, RSVP is required to tinyurl.com/saratogaclass, Newcomers and Friends: A women’s social club with the purpose of developing friendships through monthly social events and activities, Open to women living in Los Gatos, Monte Sereno or Saratoga for two years or less, Club coffees are held the last Thursday of each month at 10 a.m, Email email@example.com for the location, newcomersoflosgatos.com..
Music and dance is what gives “Chicago” its kick, with such knock-out numbers as “All That Jazz,” “Cell Block Tango,” “When You’re Good to Mama,” “All I Care About (is Love),” “Mister Cellophane,” “Class,” “Razzle Dazzle” and many more. This is a socko score, although there are two lesser-known songs that add nothing and could have been dropped. The always-reliable Joey McDaniel gives a low-key, heart-tugging performance as Mr. Cellophane himself, Amos, the cuckolded husband of Roxie Hart (Elizabeth Santana) who is willing to go to jail to keep Roxie happy. Santana’s Roxie is a contradiction. While her singing is excellent, the gangly Santana sometimes seems to slink around the stage unsure whether she’s supposed to be sweet, mean or helpless at that moment. But when she teams up with Monagle to play the limp dummy to his ventriloquist in “We Both Reached for the Gun,” she’s terrific.
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