8. Bunheads. ABC Family’s quirky, almost all-female Bunheads finished the second half of its first season back in February, and then hung around in limbo for months, waiting to be canceled. It was. Too voluble, meandering, odd, lovely, strange and full of dances about recycling and silent montages about sex ed for this world, it never found the larger audience it deserved. Instead, all we got were 18 perfectly imperfect episodes, which — on the bright side — are stuffed with enough screwball dialogue for a show at least three times as long.
Admission is free but no dogs are allowed, The pre-festival event from 5 to 7 p.m, July 3 will feature music by the award-winning El Cerrito High School jazz ensemble, A festival in the park will have music, booths and food from local and regional merchants, The parade will begin after the race at 10:45 a.m, setting out from Sequoia and Redwood roads to the park, The evening includes Michael Morgan conducting a concert of Sousa marches, music from the movies and singalongs, along with food and an instrument petting zoo inside circle ballet monogram frame cutting files svg jpg eps dxf papercut heat transfer digital design graphic iron on vinyl decal t-s the Craneway, which has panoramic Bay views, before the fireworks display, Paid event parking is $20..
“Heritage restoration is my biggest obsession,” he told the San Francisco Classical Voice in 2011. “Our heritage has been condemned over the years by religion and colonization, and by Western media and culture, and unless African music is owned, produced, distributed, packaged and sold by Africans to Africans in Africa, you can’t say African music is growing. It’s very important to revive heritage and make it visible, so that when our grandchildren grow up, they won’t have to say, ‘We used to be Africans . . . long ago.’ “.
ArtistEDGE Dance Company of Palo Alto, “Light(e)scapes.” 8 p.m, June 24, Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, $15-$30, 415-345-7575International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley, June 24, 26, 27, 30, Workshops, classes, performances, concert, Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St., Mountain View, Range of prices per event, Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 650-969-4110, Make Them Hear You, A Concert Celebrating Human Rights and the American Dream, a circle ballet monogram frame cutting files svg jpg eps dxf papercut heat transfer digital design graphic iron on vinyl decal t-s benefit for the American Civil Liberties Union, 6:30 p.m, June 12, Silent auction, cocktail hour, entertainment, Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City, $25-$100, https://makethemhearyouaru.eventbrite.comDragon’s Den Casino Club, 7-11 p.m, June 17, Benefit for Dragon Productions Theatre Company, Entertainment, gambling, food, auction, prizes, Odd Fellows Hall, 839 Main St., Redwood City, 21 and older, evening attire suggested, $100, 650-493-2006 or http://dragonsdencasino.org..
With the mixture of hip hop, merengue and salsa singing and dancing, the show really evokes the melting pot that is New York (or Nuevo York, as Abuela Claudia calls it). And although some of the words were a little fast to catch, there were some amusing lines in the neighborhood banter. The dancing (choreographed by Robyn Tribuzi) is vibrant and eye-catching, and Sean Gilvary as Graffiti Pete with Brian Conway as Sonny at one point give a great exhibition of break-dancing. The main love interest is between Nina (Alexa Ortega) and Benny (Dimitri Woods). Nina actually has escaped from The Heights for schooling at Stanford, and she is everyone’s hero (“the next mayor of Nuevo York” says Abuela Claudia). Unfortunately, she is flunking her courses, due to the extra jobs she has to take on to augment her scholarship, but doesn’t want to let the neighborhood down. Ortega sings beautifully and strongly for her diminutive size.