Sometimes, local friends and I bike to the tasting rooms, 16 of which are on 8-plus miles of bike lanes and designated paths. McGrail is on a knoll that overlooks a patchwork of vineyards and farms with the Altamont Pass windmills to the east and Murietta’s Peak and Mount Diablo to the west. The light breeze makes outdoor tasting a pleasure, and the bocce ball adds an element of fun. It’s easy to imagine this region in its pioneer days when Robert Livermore planted the first vines in the 1840s. By the start of Prohibition, there were some 50 wineries here, with about the same number today. And many of them are in proximity and gracious with their hospitality. I’ve met a number of winemakers and owners talking tannins and pouring for customers. Some even bring you the tastings as you sit and relax.
Among the posters of historical Americans on the wall were late presidents Abraham Lincoln and George Washington and others, but there were none of women, The epiphany came ballet dancer + perfect shoes +show light, a3, watercolour, contemporary, fine art email@example.com after watching a television segment on a former student, then-U.S, Treasurer Rosa “Rosie” Rios, who had embarked on a mission to redesign the nation’s currency, place abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the face of the $20 bill and pave the way for women to appear on the $5 and $10 bills, After sending Rios an email, Wilder added posters of historical American women to the walls, including Tubman and suffragist Susan B, Anthony..
Anderson was undaunted by the competition and, after a career with the New York City Ballet, put away his ballet slippers and returned home to inject a contemporary slant into the chamber ballet form. Now, after a decade, Company C appears to be holding steady. This weekend, the troupe performs in Castro Valley, then moves on to San Francisco in February, where it celebrates its 10th anniversary. That alone is a triumph. The difficulties of corralling the best repertoire and most versatile dancers — always tough for chamber groups — are amplified in dour economic times. It was a fact made clear in the company’s run this past weekend at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek.
Los Altos Stage Company Follies benefit: “A Salute to Besieged, Bothered and Bamboozled!” 7:30 p.m, Oct, 5, 6, 7, John Sylvester is master of ceremonies, Co-hosts are Los Altos Mayor Mary Prochnow on Oct, 5, Los Altos Hills Councilwoman Courtney Corrigan on Oct, 6, ballet dancer + perfect shoes +show light, a3, watercolour, contemporary, fine art firstname.lastname@example.org and Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian on Oct, 7, Oct, 5 is $70; Oct, 6 and 7, with receptions and silent auctions, $120, www.losaltosstage.org or 650-941-0551, Artful Harvest: 3-7 p.m, Oct, 8, Proceeds support Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Performances by Djerassi alumni Aleta Hayes and Malcolm Margolin, Dinner, silent auction, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, 2325 Bear Gulch Road, Woodside, $350-$750, 650-747-1250..
Alamo Drafthouse’s edgy film fest, country star Jason Aldean, Redwood City’s annual salsa blowout and Shawn Colvin are among the cool things to do in the Bay Area Sept. 28-Oct. 1 (and beyond). Here’s a look. A ‘Fantastic’ film fest (with beer!): The Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco brews up a Bay Area version of an Austin fave — the annual Fantastic Fest. The uber-cool and edgy film fest celebrates trippy genre features, including the lauded art-museum satire “The Square” (Sept. 28). A few other hot tickets in the lineup include the disturbing but well-made “My Friend Dahmer” (Sept. 29) and the psychological thriller “Gemini” (Sept. 30) with Zoe Kravitz and Lola Kirke. Details: Sept. 28-Oct. 1; tickets, schedule and more information at drafthouse.com/sf— Randy Myers, Correspondent.
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