Everyone’s favorite redhead takes over the SHN Curran Theatre with a nostalgic trip back to early television as “I Love Lucy” takes over the San Francisco stage. Directed by Rick Sparks, the show recreates the live recording of two episodes of the popular television show. The audience becomes the studio audience, clapping when the applause sign lights up and being treated to behind-the-scenes machinations. The cast does a marvelous job channeling its famous characters: Thea Brooks (Lucy), Euriamis Losada (Ricky), Kevin Remington (Fred) and Lori Hammel (Ethel). Additional cast members become various characters in the episodes as well as perform the highly entertaining “live” commercials.
Petty Theft: San ballet shoes 1959 Francisco Tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 8 p.m, Nov, 28, Club Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City, $18, 877-435-9849 or www.clubfoxrwc.com, Sing and Play The Bing, 7:30 p.m, Dec, 6, Featuring Peninsula Women’s Chorus, the Chinese Performing Arts of America and Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance and Drum, Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford, Free, 650-724-2464 or live.stanford.edu, MUSIC Series, California Pops Orchestra, Nov.16: “Great Gatsby”; music of the 1920s, Dec, 21: The Pops Family Holiday Celebration, including music from Disney’s “Frozen.” Feb, 8: On Broadway; including music from “Cabaret” and “Mamma Mia.” March 29: Swing it!; tribute to the Big Bands, with guests Black Tie Jazz, May 17: Spies, Heroes, Comedy and Mayhem; featuring music from “The Untouchables,” “Mission Impossible,” “The Lone Arranger” (with apology to Rossini) and more, Smithwick Theater, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, $15-$42, Free parking in lots 5 and 6, 650 856-8432 or www.calpops.org..
About the unit: Six riders and seven draft horses (two Belgians, two Shires, two Clydesdales and one Percheron) make up this team, trained for crowd control, dealing with civil disturbances and providing a law enforcement presence at the Capitol and other state facilities in Sacramento. Notable appearances: Hollywood Christmas Parade, Los Angeles Kingdom Day Parade. Social media/website: www.chp.ca.gov. Harmony of Hope. (Phoenix Decorating Company). The City of Hope’s 2019 float weaves seemingly disparate departments, academic disciplines, research endeavors and clinicians into a compassionate, healing melody that accompanies patients on their journeys toward recovery. Monarch butterflies on the float symbolize the metamorphosis City of Hope has undergone during its 105 years to become a world-leading comprehensive cancer center and biomedical research institution. An estimated 17,737 flowers adorn the float.
An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, 8 p.m, April 26, Show tunes by Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber and more, Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University, ballet shoes 1959 $100- $250, $35 for current Stanford students, live.stanford.edu or 650-724-2464, Petty Theft: tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 9 p.m, April 26, Club Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City, $15, 877-435-9849 or www.clubfoxrwc.com, Featprints – A Tribute to Lttle Feat (Club Fox Blues Jam), 7 p.m, April 30, Club Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City, $5, 877-435-9849 or www.clubfoxrwc.com..
There are still some unsettling “Pygmalion” overtones, but the chamber musical is brighter and tighter than it was before, with three new songs and a revised book. Paul Gordon (music and lyrics) and John Caird (book), also the creators of the Tony-nominated “Jane Eyre,” certainly have a gift for steeping in the pleasures of the past, the lure of a simple time with quill pens and the delayed gratification of epistolary romance. No one gets to swipe right in this valentine to the turn of the century.
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