A friend started a “blue ribbon” fund for Janelle in Pacifica. “Blue” was the six year old’s favorite color. Along with blue-ribboned donation containers, the fence at Oddstad was decorated in ribbons. When Janelle came home on July 24, she helped take the ribbons down. She had relearned how to walk and talk and move her arms. She was able to enter second grade with her classmates. Her mom signed Janelle up for ballet, hip hop and tap, all of which Janelle loved. She had taken dance before the accident. (Dance is considered excellent therapy for brain trauma.) She had short-term memory issues and worked with a tutor. She worked with a tutor all the way through college.
The highlight of John Adams’ 70th year was the world premiere of “Girls of personalised pink ballet shoes/ballerina pe/school/swimming bag the Golden West” at San Francisco Opera; with a libretto by director Peter Sellars, this bold new opera set during the California Gold Rush spoke pointedly to the tumult of our time, The Adams tributes started early in the year with the composer’s score for “Available Light,” a Lucinda Childs dance work presented by Cal Performances in February, Other highlights included outstanding San Francisco Symphony performances of Adams’ evening-length oratorio, “The Gospel According to the Other Mary,” and “Scheherazade.2,” with violinist Leila Josefowicz as soloist..
TheatreWorks. “Water by the Spoonful.” Aug. 20 through Sept. 14. Regional premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Directed by Leslie Martinson. “Follows a community of strangers who seek refuge from their troubles in an online chat room for lives in recovery, and their interactions with the moderator of this safe haven, who turns out to be running from demons of her own. When real and virtual worlds collide, notions of family, forgiveness, community, and courage are challenged as the characters fight to move forward against their crumbling realities.” Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. $19-$74 (discounts available). theatreworks.org or 650-463-1960.
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A hot summer night in Livermore might seem like a counterintuitive setting for a play called “The Winter’s Tale,” but this particular work of William Shakespeare is odd to begin with. The first half is over-the-top tragedy while the second half is breezy pastoral comedy. That curious disconnect between what happens in Sicilia before intermission and in Bohemia afterward is only accentuated in Livermore Shakespeare Festival’s outdoor production on the tasteful grounds of Wente Vineyards. After a somewhat awkward exposition scene, artistic director Lisa A. Tromovitch’s staging starts strongly as the situation in Sicilia very quickly falls apart.
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