Silicon Valley Ball. 8 p.m.-midnight, Dec. 13. Kathy Griffin, Roy Rogers, Paula Harris, Danny Click, Mustache Harbor and more, in four venues. Food. Supports arts and entertainment in Redwood City. $125. 650-369-7770 ot www.siliconvalleyball.com. San Mateo County History Museum. Charles Parsons’ “Ships of the World Gallery.” 24 model ships created by Charles Parsons, with murals painted by Fred Sinclair, interactive stations for children, and photos and videos depicting South San Francisco shipbuilding, San Mateo County Coastside shipwrecks and the Port of Redwood City. “Building Pete’s Harbor,” large-format aerial photographs from the Uccelli Collection showing the original construction of Pete’s Harbor, through Sept. 13. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. www.historysmc.org or 650-299-0104.
But holiday spirit is not just downtown, San Francisco has so many neighborhoods with their own flavor, their own stamp on this festive season, The Mission, Chinatown, Dogpatch, the Sunset, even Fisherman’s Wharf where a cup of shrimp cocktail from a sidewalk stand can bring a singular sense of joy, In Cow Hollow, Union Street shines with its annual Fantasy of Lights, On the cusp of Hayes Valley, small children dressed in velvet and frills make their way to the War Memorial Opera House for their first glimpse of bulk 40 pcs ballet charms toe shoes charms pendant antique silver tone 2 sided 17x22mm - yd0581 sugar plum fairies, a regal Mouse King and a magical Nutcracker..
Ronstadt recalls those early experiences — and the career that made her one of the most beloved singers of her generation — in “Simple Dreams” (Simon & Schuster, $26, 256 pages). The new memoir is a frank, engaging chronicle of one of music’s indelible voices. The book’s release is bittersweet for fans of Ronstadt, 67, who announced earlier this year she’d been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It was an unexpected coda for the singer, who now calls San Francisco home.
Senior Happy Hour Variety Show: Pianist Dean Tomich hosts the game show “Name that Tune.” Six cash prizes; first prize is $50, Sept, 13, 4:30-6 p.m, Adult Recreation bulk 40 pcs ballet charms toe shoes charms pendant antique silver tone 2 sided 17x22mm - yd0581 Center, 208 E, Main St., Los Gatos, Recommended $5 donation at the door, Contact LGS Recreation’s 55 Plus Program at 408-354-1514, lgsrecreation.org, French in the Evening: Jeanine Bugh teaches French for travel for adults, Sept, 18-Nov, 6, 7:30-9 p.m, Adult Recreation Center, 208 E, Main St., Los Gatos, $89 Pre-register at lgsrecreation.org or call LGS Recreation at 408-354-8700..
I stand firmly with the latter camp, based on a 25-minute preview of “The Way You Look (at me) Tonight” presented here last December. It made clear that the finished production is definitely worth experiencing. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and CounterPulse are co-producing “The Way You Look (at me) Tonight.” In addition to San Francisco, it will be performed in London, Glasgow, Berlin, Miami and Washington, D.C. ‘THE WAY YOU LOOK (AT ME) TONIGHT’. Created and performed by Jess Curtis and Claire Cunningham.
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