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Kepler’s Books, Premier Event: Tim Shriver, “Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most,” 7:30 p.m, Dec, 3, Richard Ford, “Let Me Be Frank with You,” 7:30 p.m, Dec, 5, Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, www.keplers.com or 650-324-4321, Peninsula Youth Ballet, 20th anniversary “The Nutcracker.” 2 p.m, Nov, 29 and 30 and Dec, 6, 2 and 7 p.m, Dec, 7, San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N, Delaware, San Mateo, $35 (discounts available), Clara’s Tea Party, ballet jewelry set, ballet necklace set, ballet bracelet set, dance jewelry, recital gift, dance recital, dance bracelet, kids j $10, www.pyb.org or 800-595-4849..
Art classes scheduled for kids and moms. A new set of kids’ art classes, with instructor Nancy Roberts, kicks off mid-August at the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. Tuesday classes will include Exploring Art for ages 6 to 10 and Fantasy Art for ages 8 to 12. Wednesday classes include First Steps in Drawing for ages 5 to 7 and Advanced Drawing for ages 8 to 12. Also on tap is an exciting new Mommy and Me art and play experience on Saturday mornings for children aged 2 to 4 and their parent or grandparent, led by popular preschool teacher Jaime Neal. For information and registration, call Brentwood Parks and Recreation at 925-516-5444 or visit www.brentwoodca.gov/emotion.
Burgess and the Kanes made their remarks during a Planning and Transportation Commission meeting in June, Planning and Transportation commissioners decided at the meeting to uphold Gitelman’s decision that one of First Baptist’s tenants, the New Mozart School of Music, does not qualify for a conditional use permit to continue operating there, Gitelman decided in April that the independent music school is not a “private educational facility,” which are permitted in R-1 districts, and is more “appropriately defined as a ballet jewelry set, ballet necklace set, ballet bracelet set, dance jewelry, recital gift, dance recital, dance bracelet, kids j personal service,” which is not permitted..
The quiet intimacy of co-artistic director Michael Socrates Moran’s staging only draws us further under Charlotte’s spell. Pianist Fallon Blaser accompanies the telling with a variety of period-appropriate music that seems perfectly at home with Charlotte’s rhapsodizing about her old phonograph records, especially when matched with the crackle of Taylor Gonzalez’s sound design. One wonderfully quirky touch is a short tap dance by stage manager Fallon Burner to kick off the show.
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