I Only Wanted to Live
January 31 at 6:30 p.m.
In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco is screening I Only Wanted to Live, an emotionally touching documentary film by director Mimmo Calopresti who made this film by viewing and selecting from the hundreds of Italian testimonies collected in the archives of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education as well as archival footage and photographs taken from the personal photo albums of the Holocaust survivors. The documentary depicts the harrowing lives of nine Italian citizens who survived deportation and internment in the Auschwitz death camps following their miraculous liberation with the arrival of the Allied soldiers.
It’s Dog Time in Daly City
January 27 & 28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Are you a Dalmatian devotee? A French Bulldog fanatic? Will your favorite pooch be parading in this year’s dog show? More than 175 breeds will be on display of this paradise for dog-lovers at the Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show. Among the non-award events are a “benched” segment organized by breed show, where you can meet and socialize with dogs, watch a fashion show, and marvel at the amazing skills of fly ball demonstrations. If you love your dog as I love my dog Kona – this is the most fun weekend of the year. Want to learn more about a particular breed? This unique event allows you to see some of the most talented, not to mention the cutest, show dogs from the Bay Area and beyond!
Photo courtesy of Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show
Anatomy of an International Touring Organ
February 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Cameron Carpenter fell in love with the organ at age four and went from playing his tiny instrument in his Pennsylvania hometown to the hundred performances worldwide at places such as the Royal Albert Hall in England and the Berlin Philharmonic in Germany, just to name a few. But it was playing the Marshall & Ogletree organ at New York City’s Trinity Church on Wall Street in 2004 that made him realize the instrument’s potential beyond being merely a “pipe organ.” Designed by Cameron Carpenter and constructed by master organ builders Marshall & Ogletree of Needham, Massachusetts, the International Touring Organ (ITO) is the first digital, full-scale, portable touring organ sonically tailorable to any acoustic environment which has been heard on four continents and is now at Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University. The ITO’s unique pedal keyboard has a range of 42 notes, 10 more than standard. The organ also contains an internal LED lighting system that can be wirelessly controlled by the venue lighting technician. Talk about a pipe dream!
Photo courtesy of Cameron Carpenter
An American in Paris travels to Livermore
January 31 at 7 p.m.
An American in Paris (1952) with Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron inaugurate the Classic Film Musicals Festival in the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. Choosing to stay in Paris after the war to pursue his dreams as a painter, ex-GI Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) falls in love with the lovely Parisian shop girl Lise Bouvier (Leslie Caron), only to discover that both he and she have personal obligations to others that complicate their budding romance. And as they say – the rest is history. The sweeping score by George and Ira Gershwin, including “Embraceable You” and “I’ve Got Rhythm,” as well as the brilliant ballet sequence set to one of Gershwin’s greatest orchestral works, helped earn the film six Academy Awards including Best Picture. This is not to be missed if you are a devoted movie fan of classic films.
Hershey Felder’s “The Great American Songbook Sing-Along”
January 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Feel free to belt out your favorites while one of the masters of musical performance leads you in song. Known for his musical character creations from Gershwin to Bernstein, Tchaikovsky to Beethoven and Irving Berlin, Hershey Felder will present a special one-night only performance, featuring his signature style and lots of audience participation. Hershey will lead you through 100 years of American music from the Gershwins, Berlin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bernstein, Sondheim and many more and you are invited to sing along. Here is your opportunity to become a star for the night.
Lina Broydo immigrated from Russia, then the Soviet Union, to Israel where she was educated and got married. After working at the University in Birmingham, England, she and her husband immigrated to the United States. She lives in Los Altos Hills, CA and writes about travel, art, style, entertainment, and sports. She hardly cooks or bakes, with no borsch or piroshky on her home cooking menu. Therefore, she makes reservations and enjoys dining out, mostly sushi.