One intriguing offspring of that relationship is the so-called “made-for-TV” band. Some of those acts have even proven stunningly popular. Take, for example, the Flight of the Conchords, the comedy duo of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement that saw their popularity mushroom when they starred as a fictionalized version of themselves on an HBO show. Years later, the Conchords are still going strong, playing two shows in the Bay Area next week — Monday at the Masonic in San Francisco and Tuesday at (we kid you not) Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View.
ALSO ON OUR RADAR, Company Wayne McGregor: McGregor, the much buzzed-about British choreographer known for his striking multimedia works that blur art, movement, music and technology, returns to San Francisco Performances with an evening-length work, “Atamos.” Details: Jan, 14-16; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; $40-$65; www.sfperformances.org, San Francisco Ballet: The company’s 2016 season includes a revival of artistic director Helgi Tomasson’s sumptuous adaptation of the classic “Swan Lake,” which has not been staged swarovski crystal blue ballerina shoes slippers ballet dance stick earrings jewelry christmas gift new for the nutcracker swan l since 2010, Details: Feb, 19-28; War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco; $25-$345; the eight-program season is Jan, 24-May 8, ticket packages vary; 415-865-2000, www.sfballet.org..
She was, many commentators agreed, his most valuable asset in a race against then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, an agile campaigner who pounded Bush on the economy, and wild card candidate Ross Perot, a Texas billionaire running as an independent. Mrs. Bush generally managed to avoid the sorts of intrigues and uproars that perturbed her predecessor as first lady and her eventual successor, Hillary Clinton, a lawyer and activist, who promised to be a partner in her husband’s public life and memorably defended her career by remarking, “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas.”.
“Christmas in Poland and the Baltics”: Presented by California Bach Society; Dec, 1-3 in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Berkeley; $35; www.calbach.org, Valley Concert Chorale: “Sing-It-Yourself Messiah,” 7:30 p.m, Dec, 1 at Asbury swarovski crystal blue ballerina shoes slippers ballet dance stick earrings jewelry christmas gift new for the nutcracker swan l United Methodist Church, Livermore; $12; “A Midwinter Rose,” a concert of seasonal works; Dec, 8 and 10 in Livermore and Pleasanton; $10-$25; www.valleyconcertchorale.org, Clerestory: Men’s vocal group presents “Night of Snow,” featuring choral traditions from Spain, France, Portugal, and the Basque country; 8 p.m, Dec, 2; St, Mark’s Episcopal Church, Berkeley; $5-$30; www.clerestory.org..
South Valley Leads Club: The club provides a networking method through which professionals can increase their business referrals. Meets Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Marie Callendar’s, 620 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose. For information or reservations, call 408.972.9177. SIR: This successful organization provides social opportunities for men retired from a full-time occupation. It is a nonprofit organization providing a wide variety of activities to branch members. The group offers monthly luncheon meetings with a guest speaker. No dues or assessments charged, just the cost of the lunch. Meets the second Thursday of each month at the Elks Club in Sunnyvale. For more information, call 408.252.9254.
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