Chicago: It’s the roaring ’20s, and everybody is talking about a string of femme fatales on trial for murder, including Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart, in Palo Alto Players’ production of this popular musical. Sept. 12-27, times vary. Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. $32-$46. paplayers.org, 650-329-0891. Cupertino Morningmasters: Improve your speaking and networking skills at this Toastmasters club. Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. Bethel Lutheran Church, 10181 Finch Ave., Cupertino.
This year, the event has expanded to include performance art — there will be a poetry reading amid all the art given by former Emeryville poet laureate Sarah Kobrinsky and several of her friends from 2 to 4 p.m, Oct, 15 and a multimedia performance by songwriter and music videographer Shadi Shamsavari from 4 to 5:15 p.m, Oct, 22 that will incorporate storytelling, original songs, acting, dance and poetry, And best of all — there is no admission charge for any of it, Details: More information ballet shoes/pointe shoes/planner stickers/removable matte/ recollections/erin condren/happy planner/travelersnotebook/midori is at 510-652-6122 or www.emeryarts.org..
Q Can you give me one piece of tween advice?. A One of my No. 1 pieces of advice is to never grow up too fast. I think young people, in general, will always try to grow up and do what their big sisters are doing or what (people) are doing on television. But I say there is no problem in being 12 or 7 or 10, you know? You are only that age for one year, so you have to really enjoy it and make it count. This is my only time I’ll ever be 17. So, I’m going to not try to be an 18-year-old — I’m only 17.
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In the party scene, Maximo Califano’s handsome and suave Drosselmeyer was nuanced and witty without being domineering. Clearly he still stands somewhat in awe of Nahat’s long-standing interpretation, but he has started to add his own touches. Where Nahat, for instance, returned to the party tipsy, Califano had stuffed his mouth with food. To each his own. The only possibly sour note in the warm and lively Christmas party concerns the Tanenbaum boys, Hans (Francisco Preciado) and Karl (Shuai Chen). Adults portraying rambunctious children just may be an impossible assignment. Nahat turned to slapstick, which is funny — once.
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