Sons In Retirement: The organization holds a buffet luncheon meeting on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Michael’s Shoreline, 2460 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. Contact Foster Kinney at 650-299-9479. Midpeninsula Widow and Widower Association: Meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. Los Altos Lutheran Church, 460 S. El Monte, Los Altos. 408-246-4642. Military Officers Association of America: The Silicon Valley chapter holds a luncheon meeting on the third Thursday of the month. For more information, visit siliconvalleymoaa.org or call 408-245-2217.
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Reining in corruption has been the main focus of China’s new president, Xi Jinping. But such campaigns are barely making a dent, critics say, in a country where children are shown as early as elementary school how to game the system. Almost everything, from admission to grades to teacher recommendations, is negotiable in Chinese schools if you know the right person or have enough cash, parents and teachers say. As a result, many believe, the education system is worsening rather than mending the vast gap between the elite and everyone else in China.
Shakespeare in the Park, San Francisco, This year’s performance is “The Winter’s Tale,” beloved for the stage instruction [exit, pursued 80s leather turquoise ballet flats southwest style slip ons 7.5 b unworn by a bear], Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 2 p.m; Presidio Civil War Parade Ground, Free, www.sfshakes.org/programs/free-shakespeare-in-the-park, Comic Con, San Francisco, It might be a kick to go straight from Shakespeare to this frenzy of comic books, cosplay and celebrity panels, Pursued by a bear indeed, Friday through Sunday, Marriott Marquis, $30 for Friday, $50 for Saturday, $40 for Sunday; 12 and under free, sanfrancomiccon.com..
Spanish vocalist Antonio Lizana draws out the flamenco influences in the great Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona’s “Gitanerias” and Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf brings a doleful beauty to “Venga la Esperenza,” a ballad by the influential Cuban troubadour Silvio Rodriguez. “Cuba will be in my music forever, but the U.S. is very multicultural and I’m collaborating with artists from all over the world,” says Rodriguez, 30, who performs Monday at Kuumbwa. He returns to the Bay Area over the summer for performances at the SFJAZZ Center (Aug. 13), San Jose Jazz’s Summer Fest (Aug. 14), and the Monterey Jazz Festival (Sept. 16).
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