Starry Starry Night: Gala celebration and fundraiser for Morgan Autism Center. 5-9:30 p.m. May 19. Student and client artwork, wine, raffle, entertainment, dinner, auctions. Crowne Plaza Hotel, Palo Alto. $150. https://morganac.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/StarryStarryNight2018/PurchaseTickets/tabid/937693/Default.aspx. Museum of American Heritage: “Thomas Edison and His Rivals — Bringing Electricity to America.” Through Feb. 18. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. www.moah.org or 650-321-1004.
She smiles proudly while showing a visitor her colorful bedroom filled with books, toys and stuffed animals, But Naima’s infectious smile fades when she points to the empty top mattress of her bunk bed and says, “Malia will take silver ballet slippers necklace pendant - costume jewelry, ballerina charm the top when she comes, It’s for her.”, Malia is Naima’s sister and the two children haven’t seen one another for nine long months, Adopted from the same orphanage in the Democratic Republic of Congo the girls have become unwitting participants in a complicated dance of international passion and politics that has left them legally bound yet worlds apart..
This Halloween extravaganza offers up six haunted houses, including such scary destinations as the Laboragory, the Hackshack and the Dark Gauntlet. Other attractions include Clown Chaos, the Misfortune Teller and Melted Metal. Family-friendly factor: This one’s scary. Very scary. Impressionable youngsters and clown-phobic adults should stay home. The 135-acre Vallejo theme park’s annual Halloween extravaganza includes kid-themed shows, pumpkin patch and, of course, haunted houses and mazes — including Captain Bloat’s Shipwreck of Horror, Nightmare Manor and the new Dark Oaks Asylum.
It’s during this sequence that “Foxtrot” engages in alternately amusing and sobering flights of absurdism, whether in the form of an impromptu pas de deux with a machine gun, the sight of a camel making its languorous way under a bobbing guardrail or the faded painting on the side of the abandoned ice cream truck that serves as the soldiers’ home base, its silver ballet slippers necklace pendant - costume jewelry, ballerina charm decaying mural of a smiling blond woman a frayed index of compromised values on a much larger scale, (Members of the Israeli government have criticized “Foxtrot” for its unfavorable depiction of the Israeli military and its treatment of Arab citizens.) This is a part of the world, Maoz tells us, where a fleeting moment of exquisite connection can, with the wrong timing, give way to similarly brief but far more senseless carnage..
It’s hard to argue those aren’t worthwhile causes, and you can’t shame people or companies into giving to the arts. It won’t work. Connie Martinez, CEO of Silicon Valley Creates, agrees with me on this one. She’s been around the valley’s cultural scene long enough to see what does work, and that’s donor engagement. “People give to things they’re engaged in,” she told me. “And we need a web of supporters of the arts to help our arts and culture ecosystem to thrive. What we need to do is engage with those donors and show them why this is important.”.
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