In “The Arc of the Heart,” Lumpkin said: “What if all the extinct animals in the world secretly burned in our memory, calling us to live for them, remember them? For deep in our genetic code they still have a stake in us, and we in them. All that is lost cannot be restored, but in the arc of the heart, lies memory and love.”. Diana Rudge read two of her poems and reminded the audience that Rudge’s children also wrote poetry and enjoyed it. Her poems were dedicated to her mother’s memory and her friend, Vince Villalobos.
Tomfoolery: The Santa Clara Players present “Lots of Silly Words and Far Too Much Music By Tom Lehrer.” June 13-28; times vary, Triton Museum Hall Pavilion, 1505 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara, $16-$20, scplayers.org, 408-248-7993, Chinglish: The Palo Alto Players stage this comedy about an American businessman who wants to expand his family’s sign-making business in China, where public signage is often hilariously mistranslated joules kids velvet ballet slipper with pom pom (toddler/little kid) from Mandarin to English, Through June 28, times vary, Lucie Stern Community Theatre and Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, $34-48, paplayers.org, 650-329-0891..
First openly gay child in a large Catholic family in Huntington Beach. First “out” boy on the American Youth Soccer Organization’s “Purple Octopuses” team. First gay man in the locker rooms of the professional soccer teams for whom the midfielder-turned-defender played: Columbus Crew, the UK’s Leeds United and Los Angeles Galaxy. First U.S. Olympic National Team member and MLS cup winner (2008) to reveal his sexual orientation. These were not titles he craved and so, for 25 years, Rogers kept his secret bottled and bubbling, confounding his self-identity. Until it erupted — in a confession to a stranger in a London pub and his coming out publicly in a 408-word blog post shared with his 80,000 followers on Twitter in 2013.
Graniterock Design Center: Original artwork by watermedia artist Nina Uppaluru, Through Jan, 22, 1505 S, De Anza Blvd., Cupertino, 408.996.4500 or www.graniterock.com/locations/cupertino.html, The Lace Museum: The museum’s annual holiday exhibit this year will showcase dolls wearing lace, as well as lace-trimmed Christmas ornaments, Through Jan, joules kids velvet ballet slipper with pom pom (toddler/little kid) 15, The museum features changing exhibits related to lace and the art of lace making, 552 Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale, 408.730.4695 or www.thelacemuseum.org..
The saga pitted a mid-sized city mayor against the federal government. Hundreds of angry callers phoned her office. One online report said Fox News had mentioned her more than 100 times over a seven-day period, citing a search of a cable-monitoring service. Schaaf, who once worked as an aide to then-Mayor Jerry Brown, served on the Oakland City Council and was elected mayor in 2014. She is no novice when it comes to dealing with public controversy; she had plenty her first two years in office. First, Oakland police officers were implicated for allegedly having sex with an exploited teenager, some while the girl was underage. The scandal cast a black eye on the department, cost the police chief his job and prompted Schaaf to announce that she was not interested in running a “frat house.” Months later, in December 2016, 36 people perished in a fire while attending a dance party at the Ghost Ship warehouse, the deadliest structure blaze in modern state history. The fire uncovered numerous flaws in the city’s procedures for conducting fire and building inspections.