The exhibit’s visual storytelling, through four galleries and a central courtyard, is so engrossing that you almost forget it’s art. But McGill explains that the exhibit includes some of the greatest depictions of these characters. Many works tell their own stories. A three-tiered theatrical mask for the character of Ravana (with nine heads that would be stacked above a dancer’s own) is borrowed from Washington, D.C.’s, Smithsonian Institution. It’s among the royal gifts presented in honor of America’s 1876 centennial by the King of Siam, today’s Thailand. (His father was depicted in “The King and I.”).
After her transition from starlet to star, Reynolds became popular with teenage girls and even more so when in 1955 she married Eddie Fisher, the pop singer whose fans were equally devoted, The couple made a movie together, “Bundle of Joy,” which seemed to mirror the 1956 birth of Carrie, The Fishers also had a son, Todd, named for Eddie’s close friend and Taylor’s husband, showman Mike Todd, During this period, Reynolds had a No, 1 hit on the pop charts in 1957 with “Tammy,” the Oscar-nominated song from ballet slippers fit her film “Tammy and the Bachelor.” But the Cinderella story ended after Mike Todd died in a 1958 airplane crash, Fisher consoled the widow and soon announced he was leaving his wife and two children to marry Taylor..
A raffle will be held for several drought-tolerant plants, and complimentary refreshments will also be provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Free wheelchair accessible van service is available for Menlo Park area seniors and people with disabilities. For van reservations, call 650-330-2512. For seminar inquiries, go to www.menlopark.org/library or email John Weaver, Menlo Park Library outreach coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about water-efficient landscaping and other ways to save water, go to www.bawsca.org.
Fish Feeding Time: Get close to crabs and see flounder, perch and pipefish, 3-3:30 p.m, Saturdays and Sundays, Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda, 510-544-3187, www.ebparksonline.org, Pups on the Patio: Sip wine on the patio with your well behaved, leashed dog, during “Yappy Hour” at Cinnabar Winery, 5 to 7 p.m, Thursdays, Sept, 5 and Oct, 3, 14612 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, Dog treats, goody bags and photos too, No cover; one drink minimum, 408-867-1012, www.cinnabarwinery.com, Dog Swim: The swimming lagoon at ballet slippers fit Spring Lake Regional Park turns into an off-leash dog park for two weekends in September, Well-behaved dogs are invited to swim in the lagoon and run on the beach from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m, Sept, 7-8 and from 9:30 a.m, to 5:30 p.m, Sept, 28-29, A requested donation of $3-$5 will benefit the parks, Parking is $7, Free for Regional Park members, 707-565-2041..
For questions, call 650-829-3876. Alane O’Rielly Weber, a Sustainable San Mateo County award winner, a longtime master composter, and owner of Botanical Arts in San Mateo, is the seminar’s presenter. Her early educational focus on biology, botany and horticulture was later supplemented with a focus on permaculture, soil microbiology, and botanical illustration that led to her 40-year career in the professional landscape trades. Weber lectures throughout California on a wide range of topics, including the hands-on arts of sustainable gardening through proper backyard composting.
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