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THEATER & DANCE
City Lights Theater Company
Wills, Gandolfi, Rondeau, Green
Taylor Sanders / City Lights
Avondina Wills as Michael, front left, and Erik Gandolfi as Alan try to save Alan's cellphone as Karyn Rondeau and Veronica, back left, and April Green as Annette exult, in "God of Carnage," September 13 through October 14, 2018, at City Lights in San Jose.
"God of Carnage" is a very funny disection of middle-class ways. It's getting a laugh-heavy production in San Jose. Read John Orr's review.

Palo Alto Players
Mason, LaFever, ensemble
Joyce Goldschmid / Palo Alto Players
Jimmy Mason as Tarzan and Jessica LaFever as Jane, center, with most of the cast in the Palo Alto Players production of “Tarzan,” running September 7 through September 23, 2018, at the Lucie Stern Theatre. Swinging by in the background is George Mauro as Professor Porter.
"Tarzan" is a ton of fun at the Lucie Stern Theatre, with the cast joyously swinging from rope to rope across the stage, flipping somersaults and everybody singing. It closes soon. Get your tickets! John Orr reviews.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Davis, Resnick, Lopez, Martinez
Kevin Berne / TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Of course you know, this means war: A property-line dispute pits otherwise friendly neighbors against each other in "Native Gardens," presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, August 22 through September 16, 2018. On the left are Jackson Davis as Frank, top, and Amy Resnick as Virginia. At right are Michael Evans Lopez as Pablo, left, and Marlene Martinez as Tania.
"Native Gardens" by Karen Zacarias is charming, funny and seductive, befriending the audience even as two couples go to war in a property line dispute. John Orr reviews.

Hillbarn Theatre
Malagon, Adams
Mark and Tracy Photography / Hillbarn Theatre
Ana Paula Malagón as Maria, left, and Jeffrey Brian Adams as Tony in Hillbarn Theatre's production of "West Side Story." The show runs August 30 through September 16, 2018.
"West Side Story" is getting an excellent production at Hillbarn Theatre, with a magnificent Maria and terrific Tony. John Orr reviews.

Noel Anthony Escobar
DiVito, Anthony
Lynda DiVito as Donna, left, and Noel Anthony as Sam in "Mamma Mia!" at Center Rep in Walnut Creek, August 31 through October 7, 2018.
Noel Anthony Escobar is a terrific singer who started to learn his art from his father, crooning Spanish love songs. These days he is a class act of musical theater, ranging from the cutthroat violence of "Sweeny Todd" to the bubble-gum music of "Mamma Mia!" John Orr spoke with him. Read the story.

Broadway By The Bay
Bernardi and cast
Mark Kitaoka and Tracy Martin / Broadway By The Bay
In “Saturday Night Fever” at Broadway By The Bay are, from left, Erin Gentry, Miko Ison, Carlos Guerrero, David Blackburn, Kristina Hudelson, Katie Edralin, Anya Absten, Brigitte Losey, Nick Bernardi as Tony Manero, Sammi Hildebrandt, Jesse Cortez, Javi Harnley, Anastasia Cooper, and Matt Hamons. The show is running at the Fox Theater in Redwood City, August 10 through August 26, 2018.
"Saturday Night Fever" is getting a well acted, well danced revival in Redwood City. The singing takes some getting used to. Tony Lacy-Thompson reviews.

Silicon Valley Shakespeare
Talbot, Hofman, Rowland, Luna, Thermond, Wright
Evelyn Huynh / Silicon Valley Shakespeare
An archery contest in "The Hood of Sherwood," playing July 27 through August 31, 2018, for Silicon Valley Shakespeare in Sanborn Skyline County Park in Saratoga. From left are Ron Talbot as the Sheriff of Nottingham, Filip Hofman as Guy of Gisborne, Myles Rowland as Robin Hood, Sara Luna as Marian, Sarah Thermond as Prioress of Kirklees and Todd Wright as Friar Tuck.
"The Hood of Sherwood" by Doug Brook is a fresh, fun and all new tale of Robin Hood, based mostly on old tales and songs of the 12th Century hero. It opened on July 27, 2018, in Saratoga. Brook talked with John Orr.

MUSIC VIDEOS

For ears and eyes

Judy Garland was an amazing talent, unmatched in many ways. Want the proof? Lend eyes and ears to her singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in a poor quality recording from the ancient days of TV. Fabulous.
Some guys singing "Bad Romance." It's so much fun.
Molly Bell is amazing. We have a profile of her here in Regarding Arts, but here's a favorite video of her performing in Divas for Life.
Lake Street Dive is a band formed by Rachael Price, who is a wonderful vocalist. I love this tune, which I heard on A Prairie Home Companion. Then I found this video.
"Laundry Room." Another from The Avett Brothers. Here is another tune that delves deep into emotion and yearning.
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps." Fabulous band performs in 2004 to honor George Harrison upon his posthumous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jeff Lynne, Steve Ferrone, Dhani Harrison and Prince. Mike Campbell of the Heartbreakers does the early solo stuff. Prince shows up and takes over.
Tim O'Brien: "Hey, Joe," at Celtic Connections 2009, Glasgow Scotland.
Trucks & Tedeschi Band: "Midnight in Harlem," at the 2010 Guitar Festival.
Asylum Street Spankers: "Monkey Rag," and "If You Want Me to Love You."
OK Go: "This Too Shall Pass." Incredible Rube Goldberg machine video.
Willie Dixon: "I'm Nervous." Funny and charming video of the great songwriter, singer and bassist.
John Lee Sanders: Fabulous musician. Give a listen to "Midnight in New Orleans".
"Let's Go Get Stoned" is the first thing the friend of a friend said when he got off the plane from Vietnam in 1967 or so. It's also the title of this fab song by Ray Charles.