Liccardo has also dangled some ideas that may win some support among officers, such as trying to give away bilingual pay increases and letting retirement-age cops work part time while collecting a piece of their pensions. Unland, however, doubted a change in tone would be enough to mollify the rank and file’s concerns. “It’s not to say there weren’t personality issues complicating things, and I’m a dance partner in that,” said Unland, who plans to retire in January. “But taking personality issues out of equation, you still have a policy driving people away and making it difficult to recruit.”.
Primary Colors: The jazz and blues ensemble, featuring vocalist Nate Pruitt and guitarist Rick Vandivier, holds a CD release party, Oct, 7, 7 p.m, City Lights Theater, 529 S, Second St., San Jose, $12 advance/$14 at door, 408-295-4200, www.cltc.org, ICA Art Exhibition and Auction: View and purchase artwork by the Bay Area’s rising stars and celebrated artists in a wide ballet slippers jotun range of media, including paintings, photography, works on paper, mixed media, installation pieces and sculpture, All auction proceeds support the Institute of Contemporary Art, Through Oct 27, Silent auction Oct, 6, 5-7 p.m, Live auction Oct, 27, 7 p.m, Institute of Contemporary Art, 560 S, First St., San Jose, $50-$100, 408.283.8155, www.sjica.org..
Dragon Productions Theatre Company Monday Night Play Space. Workshop production of “Blood and Silk.” 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28. A new musical by Jeffrey L. Love and Jo Kiech based on “Beauty and the Beast.” Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. Pay what you will at the door; $5-$10 suggested. Los Altos Stage Company. “The Crucible.” Sept. 7 through Oct. 1. By Arthur Miller. Directed by Jeffrey Lo. Features Joe Antonicelli, Nicole Apostol Bruno, Michael Champlin, Jeff Clarke, Carolyn Compton, Mat Espinosa, Marjorie Hazeltine, Alexandra Ho, Leslie Ivy, Gary Landis, Maria G. Marquis, Shareen Merriam, Brittany Pisoni, Roneet Aliza Rahamim, Neiry Rojo, Ellie Schwartz, Max Tachis, Damian Vega and Cameron Wells. Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. $18-$38. www.losaltosstage.org or 650-941-0551.
Voices in Harmony: The men’s chorus is seeking new members, Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. Comunidad Cristiana, 1748 Junction Ave., San Jose. vihchorus.org, T.O.P.S, Meeting: Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support group for weight loss, Thursdays. 9:30-11 a.m. The Church of God, 937 Minnesota Ave., San Jose, Contact Daniel Kionka, 408-486-2357, ballet slippers jotun or Katy Haselden, 408-335-3110, Sons in Retirement: Retired men’s luncheon club features fellowship and guest speakers, Meets the third Tuesday of the month, Elks Lodge, 444 Alma St., San Jose, For more information, contact Rich Peterson at Rick69bird@sbcglobal.net..
Molina is a master of minimalism. The slightest shrug or the briefest smile carries a lifetime of observational wisdom with it. In contrast, Lithgow is like a dancer, expressive movements, quieter in his flourishes here. One night, in the moments before sleep settles in, Ben on the bottom bunk, a restless Joey on the top, the scrap of relationship advice passed from the elder to the adolescent is made heartwarming and heartbreaking by Lithgow’s elegant understatement. Ultimately “Love Is Strange” is not a rent riddle to be solved or an emotional and economic ripple to be staunched but a reflection of progress made. The marriage between men is not the chief concern but rather how life should be lived — its joys, pains and all of its orientations equally embraced.