— Arielle Jacobs (@ArielleJacobs) August 31, 2017. Before “Aladdin,” Adam Jacobs had performed on Broadway as Marius in “Les Miserables,” Sky in “Mamma Mia!” and Simba in “The Lion King,” in all three cases reprising roles that he’d previously played on tour. Actually originating a character in this show was a special experience, he says. “I kind of got spoiled, because I feel like that’s all I want to do now,” he says. “I kind of want to continue to create and work on new works, because you can craft a role to your strengths and make it your own.”.
The Klezmatics: A concert by the famed Jewish roots band; 8 p.m, Dec, 8; Freight & Salvage, Berkeley; $26.50-$28.50; www.thefreight.org, Home for the Holidays — A World War II Christmas: Concert by Andrea Marcovicci; 7:30 p.m, Dec, 10; Bankhead Theater, 80s white pointed toe slingback flats by mainframe, white strappy cut out flats, vintage ballet flats, new old stock, deadstock, Livermore; $15-$55; www.mylvpac.com, Patrick Lendaza: Award-winning guitarist and singer presents a “Hawaiian Christmas,” with several musical guests; 8 p.m, , Dec, 11; Freight & Salvage, Berkeley; $24.50-$26.50; www.thefreight.org..
And if that fails to do the trick, throw in a few cut-the-cheese jokes. Yeah, groundhogs are flatulent. Veteran animator Peter Lepeniotis, a Pixar vet expanding a short film he made years ago, ensures that the animation is quite good. And there’s an adorable closing credits dance-off that underlines the film’s Korean production lineage. So no, it’s not Pixar or DreamWorks or Disney or Blue Sky. But “The Nut Job” is still better than any animated film released in the doldrums of January has a right to be.
The hottest seat in the Bay Area last Sunday was not a seat, but a podium in the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, Asher Raboy, the guest conductor for the California Symphony, was the guy 80s white pointed toe slingback flats by mainframe, white strappy cut out flats, vintage ballet flats, new old stock, deadstock, likely to take the heat, But it was Michael Soza, the president of the California Symphony’s board of directors, who faced the boos and catcalls that boomed out over the applause as he stepped up to open the Symphony’s 24th season and introduce Raboy, Most recently the conductor of the Napa Valley Symphony, Raboy deftly deflected any continuing ruckus by suggesting the concert begin with a hearty round of applause for the 24 years of excellent work by Maestro Barry Jekowsky, The California Symphony’s founder and music director was ousted late last month after a meeting of a small number of board directors, After leading the vigorous applause himself, Raboy turned to cue the orchestra in the opening strains of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” in what turned out to be a morbidly slow rendition..
Wright goes out of his way throughout “Baby Driver” to prove the title character’s ethical bona fides: He falls in love with a truehearted diner waitress (Lily James), and when he carjacks an elderly woman, he makes sure to return her purse before tearing off. The butt of merciless jokes from his fellow miscreants (played by Jon Hamm, John Bernthal and Eiza González), Baby uses his ill-gotten gains to take care of his deaf, wheelchair-bound godfather (CJ Jones). The virtue signaling is as flamboyant as the production numbers in “Baby Driver,” in which every scene is a set piece of extravagant staging and skintight editing. An otherwise dreary rundown of the next job is given a propulsive, syncopated jolt by Dave Brubeck’s “Unsquare Dance” in the background.