San Francisco International Hip-Hop Dance Festival
November 11 – 13
The 18th annual International Hip-Hop Dance Festival brings together eleven of the best hip-hop dance companies in the world. The styles include break-dancing, whacking, popping, locking, top rock, B-boying and many more. This is not only a fest to see some of the amazingly innovative dances, but also to learn the new dance jargon in the English language vocabulary. Who knew? Bay Area dance companies participating in the hip-hop fest include the Embodiment Project, the Tribe, TurfInc, and On Demand. The San Francisco International Hip Hop Dance Festival (SFIHHDF) is the first ever festival of its kind that honors the artistry of hip hop dance in a non-competitive environment while presenting inspiring and electrifying works of art through hip hop dance forms. All ages event. Check on the dates and times when you can try your talent of hip hop dancing with the show’s performers in the theatre’s lobby.
Luis Valdez Debuts “Corridos the Remix: The New American Musical”
Through November 12
The renowned playwright, writer, director, teacher, and actor Luis Valdez comes full circle with “Corridos the Remix: The New American Musical.” The father of Chicano theater and founder and artistic director of El Teatro Campesino, who recently received the National Medal of Honor at a prestigious ceremony at the White House, returns to San Jose State University, where he got his start, with a revue that traces the bond between a grandfather and granddaughter through text, music, and dance. “Corridos” is co-written by Luis Valdez and his son Kinan, who is directing this production. “Corridos the Remix” is a unique fusion of music, theatre, opera, mime, and comedy. While the title is Spanish, the songs and stories come from the Latino, African American, Asian, Portuguese and French cultures, using both traditional and contemporary material and music. This is definitely a musical play not to be missed!
Tickets and Information
Prices $11 to $21
101 Paseo Drive in San Jose
Conversation with Francis Ford Coppola
November 15, 6 p.m. check in and premium reception, 7 p.m. program, 8 p.m. book signing
Fascinating and exciting news from The Commonwealth Club, the nation’s premier public affairs forum, as it presents a program you can’t refuse: guest speaker Francis Ford Coppola, a six-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter, director, and producer with a celebrated career spanning five decades. Widely regarded as one of the best modern American filmmakers, he is most known for directing The Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now. Taking on the job at only thirty-two years old, Coppola underwent an exhaustive creative process to adapt Mario Puzo’s book of the same name. The 1972 epic went on to win best picture and best screenplay Oscars and was subsequently followed by two successful sequels. Coppola will take us behind the scenes of these legendary films, from sets to cinematography. Learn about Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, the casting, and the film making, along with the personal and professional qualities that turned the director into an American icon.
Tickets and Information
Prices: Premium Non-members $85 and Premium Members $75
Premium tickets include seating in the first few rows and a copy of the book)
Event will take place at Castro Theatre,
429 Castro St., San Francisco
Edith Stein in the Heart of Silicon Valley
Through November 20
This inspiring, dramatic, and engaging story is told in flashback scenes that bring to life the challenging choices of a woman of deep compassion and understanding. The story of Edith Stein aka St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942) and Carmelite Martyr speaks of courage of faith in the face of extreme adversity and in personal life choices. The play was inspired by Edith Stein. It is not a documentary depiction of her life but an attempt to dramatize the conflicts she faced. Edith always said she loved theatre. She wrote skits for family celebrations and even performed in them. Even in the convent she continued to write short plays and act in them. This is truly an amazing and mentally stimulating play unraveling on the stage of this intimate theatre in downtown San Jose. An excellent production with an extremely talented cast.
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.