According to Americans for the Arts, the nonprofit arts industry (museums, theater and dance companies, performing arts centers, orchestras, arts councils and others) generates $22.3 billion in federal, state, and local tax revenues annually-a yield well beyond their collective $4 billion in arts allocations. Because the National Endowment for the Arts supports artistic excellence and improves access to the arts by granting funds to nonprofit arts organizations, I call on our federal officials to support an increase in funding for the NEA beyond its 1993 funding level of $174 million. That funding figure equals $277 million in today’s dollars.
Hillsdale Drama, “Book of Days.” By Lanford Wilson, 7 p.m, March 7-9; 2 p.m, March 10, Hillsdale High Little Theater, 3115 Del Monte Ave, (on 31st), San Mateo, $10-$15, At the ballet flats kings road door one hour before the show or www.hhs.schoolloop.com/drama, Hillbarn Theatre, “john & jen.” By Andrew Lippa, Directed by Jay Manley, A two-person musical, Preview March 14; runs March 15 through April 7, 8 p.m, Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m, Sundays, Hillbarn Theatre, 1285 E, Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, $23-38 hillbarntheatre.org or 650-349-6411..
Dressed in brightly colored peasant garb, the singers (seven women, seven men) performed a mock wedding ceremony (known as a svadba) via a series of songs: toasts, laments, dances. It sounded very Eastern, loaded with melisma — the stretching of single syllables across coiling spans of notes — and had a close-to-the-earth festivity about it. Add in its ringing of bells and other hand-held percussion instruments, and some key ingredients now had been established for the masterpiece to follow: “Les Noces” (“The Wedding”), Stravinsky’s choral score based on the theme of a Russian village wedding and drawing on traditional songs.
There was a plug by Tom for the live tour with the pros and celebs who will participate, followed by a review of weeks 5-8, Last week, Len said he would “go home and pickle his walnuts” if Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke did not make the finals, After scoring two perfect 30s, they were eliminated — and Tom referenced Len’s remark in introducing a repeat of their tango, Each of the couples performed a freestyle dance of their creation, and the judges presented each of them ballet flats kings road with perfect scores of 30, Tonight’s final combined judges’ scores for each finalist pair was Milo and Witney — 60; Evanna and Keo — 60; Alexis and Alan — 57; and Bobby and Sharna — 54..
Girls ranging from ages 7 to 19 were part of a group of players selected to participate in the fast pitch softball tournament. All Milpitas teams at the 53rd annual tournament — 18 and under, 12 and under, 10 and under and 8 and under — finished in the top three in their age divisions. On July 24, players, coaches and their families traveled to “Salad Bowl of the World” for the opening ceremony. All the girls participated together in a group dance and cheer, which they practiced the choreography for three weeks, to represent their city. “Milpitas by far was the group who had the crowd in an uproar and had all the people in Rabobank Stadium erupting in a loud applause for our girls. We had a great time representing Milpitas at opening ceremonies and certainly left a lasting impression and maybe a standard for years to come,” said John Hadden, league president. The 12 and under team, coached by Hadden and Angelo Lamonia, claimed a second place medal. Under coaches Ondrey Betner, Todd Starkey, Poasa Vai and Ruben Vidal, who have for the most part led the same group of girls since the 6 and under division, the 10 and under squad also finished second in its division. Led by coaches Matt Becker, Alex Garcia and William Nielsen, the 18 and under team, mostly 13 to 16 year olds, placed third in their division. The 8 and under team — coached by Michael Arteaga, Rosie Sedillo-Walker, Jerome Toombs and Carlos Quinonez — also finished third in its division. “All the girls amazed their families and friends with the amount of heart, hard work, and effort,” Hadden said. “Their invested time into the game and leaving it all on the field proved that Milpitas has nothing but the finest group of softball players.” Report an errorPolicies and StandardsContact UsSubscribe Today!All Access Digital offer for just 99 cents!blog comments powered by DisqusGet Morning Report and other email newsletters.