A Night in Venice: June 23-July 1, Lyric Theatre, 2100 Moorpark Ave., San Jose. A show full of mistaken identity, sassy sopranos, and an ensemble cast of witty characters. Performed in English, the opera makes a delightful night of entertainment for both new and seasoned opera patrons. $12-$37. www.lyrictheatre.org. Happiness Is … A dance showcase: June 23, Livermore High School Performing Arts Theater, 600 Maple St., Livermore. A presentation of Livermore School of Dance Jazz Division. 11 a.m., junior show; 2:30 and 7 p.m., senior shows. All three shows will include guest performances from the Jazz Company dancers. Featuring a variety of dance styles including, jazz, hip hop, tap, modern, musical theater, contemporary/lyrical, tumbling and student choreography. $13.50-$17.50. Tickets: https://26812.danceticketing.com. www.livermoredance.com.
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Stagecoach’s art is folksy, with oversized rocking chairs and cowboy boots spread throughout the grounds. The popular tractor exhibit is back again, too. Coachella’s towering art changes from year to year and tends to be more colorful. However, one installation from Coachella, the towering “Crown Ether” treehouse, is still in the middle of the grounds. And at both festivals, the art provides perfect backdrops for social media profile photos. 5. The food. Do you like meat? What about more meat? Stagecoach is for the carnivore inside its fans, with the aroma of smoked meats wafting through the air. The annual barbecue competitions have become part of the festival’s culture. (Not to worry, there are still vegetarian and vegan options, too.).
Kepler’s Books, Minal Hajratwala, “Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment,” 7:30 p.m, Nov, 20, Premier Event: Tim Shriver, “Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most,” 7:30 p.m, Dec, 3, Richard Ford, “Let Me Be Frank with You,” 7:30 p.m, Dec, 5, Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, www.keplers.com or 650-324-4321, Peninsula Youth Ballet, 20th anniversary “The Nutcracker.” 2 p.m, Nov, 29 and 30 and Dec, 6, 2 and 7 p.m, Dec, 7, San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N, ballet shoes earrings Delaware, San Mateo, $35 (discounts available), Clara’s Tea Party, $10, www.pyb.org or 800-595-4849..
“Beyond Clueless”: Our endless adoration for the lowly teen flick is thoughtfully analyzed in Charlie Lyne’s crackling-smart documentary. Veering away from standard genre archetypes, Lyne divides his film into intriguing chapters as he deconstructs and analyzes movies ranging from “Bubble Boy” to “Final Destination.” Narrator Fairuza Balk sets the perfect tone for this sociological plunge. Utterly fascinating. Screenings: 5 p.m. Feb. 7 at Humanist Hall; 7:15 p.m. Feb. 14 and 7:15 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Roxie.
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