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Raised in near destitution after the death of her father, the comely Nesbit (a fresh-faced Rosie Hallett) never turned down a meal ticket. She learned to wield the only power the world afforded her, via her face and figure, becoming a celebutante of the early 1900s. At 14, she started working as an artist’s model. By 16, the world was her oyster. The most photographed woman of her day, she was wooed by John Barrymore as she sashayed her way to Broadway and a career as a chorus girl and actress. Along the way, she also became the first supermodel, single-handedly supporting her mother and brother at a time when New York was overrun with poverty and despair. All of that good fortune turned sour when her sadistic hubby Harry (Keith Pinto) offed her former sugar daddy Stanford White (Steven Hess), the high society architect dubbed the “King of New York.”.

Spring Dog Festival: Fun for dogs and their people, ballet Games, demonstrations, food, adoption showcase and “paw-some” shopping, Benefits dogs in need, 9 a.m.-2 p.m, May 18, Soquel High School, 401 Old San Jose Road, Soquel, $10 per dog, $5 per person, 888-682-6972,, Woof to Woof Dog Extravaganza: This family friendly event offers a day of dog focused fun including parades, contests, dog vendors and dog demonstrations by local canine pros, There will also be a silent auction and a raffle, Dogs must be on leash, Free, 10 a.m.-3 p.m, June 7, Skylark Soccer Field, 361 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley, Free, 831-458-9766,

Sing with Mission Valley Chorus: Are you a woman who loves to sing? The Mission Valley Chorus invites you sing with the choir any Tuesday, 7:15-10 p.m., at Nordahl Hall, 580 W. Parr Ave., Los Gatos. For more information, visit Introduction to Zazen: A workshop to introduce the practice of zazen, or sitting meditation, which is offered at the Upper House of Hakone Gardens on Sunday mornings. Sept. 30, 7-8 p.m. Saratoga Library Community Room, 13650 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga. Free. Register at

What could Trump be talking about? The Eiffel Tower hasn’t changed, Nor have the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre or the lovely Place des Vosges, But a visitor does share the boulevards with more dark-skinned people, mostly the sons and daughters of immigrants from former French colonies, Trump never spells this out, but I’ve only heard him ballet use the line in discussions about immigration, There’s a history to consider, In 1989, Trump took out a full-page ad in four major New York newspapers to demand the return of the death penalty after five young black and Hispanic men were accused of raping and brutalizing a Central Park jogger, The men were convicted and sent to prison — but later exonerated by DNA evidence and released, Trump wrote an op-ed arguing the city should not compensate the men for their years of unjust imprisonment because, even if they did not commit the rape, they “do not exactly have the pasts of angels.”..

The role was tailored for Harper. “Valerie is somebody who would take a challenge like this and turn it into an opportunity to encourage other people,” Williamson notes. “The first thing she and Tony said to me when I told them about the show was we want to use this show as an opportunity to encourage other people.”. Harper also encourages everyone on the set. “Actors are usually terribly neurotic and worried about what people are thinking of them,” says Mabius. “It’s a breath of fresh air to be around Valerie, who wants everyone around her to succeed. She’s constantly pushing people to be better than they think they can be and making sure everyone has fun.”.

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