Campbell Adult Center: The city of Campbell’s Recreation and Community Services Department offers services and programs for adults 50 and older, including classes, trips, fitness and wellness courses, a regular lunch program and more. Room C-33, Campbell Community Center, 1 W. Campbell Ave. 408-866-2146. Celtic Nights Spirit of Freedom: Through music, song, dance and storytelling, Celtic Nights shares the tale of Irish independence. Jan. 30, 8 p.m. Heritage Theatre, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell. $44. 408-866-2700.
It’s an epic story, one that spans 5,000 years of Chinese culture, arts and history, Shen Yun has returned to the Bay Area to tell those tales with more than 150 performers. The traveling production encompasses a variety of folk and classical dance and music styles in a lavish production backed by a full orchestra, The troupe’s traditional wintertime swing through Northern California has been expanded to include four venues this year, Performances will run Dec, 28-30 at the Center for the Performing Arts in San Jose; Jan, 1-7 at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco; Jan, 9-10 at the ballet shoes glass - dance with your heart, your feet will follow - engraved hi-ball glass Sacramento Community Center Theater; and Jan, 12-14 at Zellerbach Hall at UC Berkeley, The Shen Yun site suggests evening or business attire, and children under age 4 are not admitted..
Steve Winwood was the evening’s opening act and delivered his own fine one-hour set, which drew upon highlights from his many different bands as well as from his solo career. He performed the Traffic favorites “Dear Mr. Fantasy” and “The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys,” the Spencer Davis Group nugget “Gimme Some Lovin'” and Blind Faith’s revelatory “Can’t Find My Way Home” as well as the solo smash “Higher Love,” which always sounds a bit hollow without the Chaka Khan backing vocals from the studio take.
Details: More than 20 performances July 8-12; ODC Theater, San Francisco; $10-$20, with multi-performance packages available; 415-863-9834, http://safehousearts.org, 5 DAT PHAN: The Southern California comedian emigrated from Vietnam to the U.S, when he was a child, and his cultural background plays a key part of his humor that often targets misconceptions and stereotypes about Asian-Americans, The 2003 winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” is on the road again and comes to San ballet shoes glass - dance with your heart, your feet will follow - engraved hi-ball glass Jose Improv for a weekend set..
Cheza Nami (Swahili for “Come Play with Me”) is now in its fifth year. School assemblies, summer camps and exhibitions are all components. Through grants, she’s been able to offer free summer camps to children from low-income households, and this October, through support from the city of Pleasanton, she’s bringing the Taste of Africa event to the Firehouse Arts Center. For Ndungu-Case, the best reward is when people of different cultures are actively engaged. She’s had Hispanic and Caucasian children volunteer as leaders. Parents, with their children translating from Spanish, have shared their observations on cultural similarities — how they both share food, care for their kids and welcome one another.
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