Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz’s
catalogue, this original new musical reimagines
his songs in a touching and authentic
look into how we fall in love and the poignant
power of trusting our hearts and memories.
Tickets $38-$48. Tabard Theatre (formerly
Theatre on San Pedro Square), 29 N. San
Pedro St., San Jose. 408/679-2330.
Frost/Nixon. Jan. 16-Feb. 19, times vary.
Richard Nixon has resigned. David Frost has
been canceled. With America caught in the
riptides of Watergate and Vietnam, the former
leader of the free world and the lightweight
British talk-show host clash in a legendary
series of TV interviews that will determine
the President’s legacy forever. Ticket prices
vary. Presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley,
Mountain View Center for the Performing
Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Mothers and Sons. Jan. 17-Feb. 17, times
vary. Twenty years after losing her actor son to
AIDS, Katharine unexpectedly shows up on
the doorstep of his former partner. Both heartbreaking
and hopeful, this drama pays tribute
to a generation stricken with loss and reflects
on the major changes in America’s gay community
in recent decades. Tickets $21-$42.
City Lights Theater, 529 S. Second St., San
National Theatre Live: The Madness of
George III. Jan. 24, 2 p.m. and Jan. 27, 7
p.m. It is the year 1786, and King George III
is the most powerful man in the world, yet he
succumbs to fits of lunacy. Written by one of
Britain’s best-loved playwrights, Alan Bennett,
the cast of this epic new production includes
Olivier Award winners Mark Gatiss and Adrian
Scarborough. Ticket prices vary. Hammer
Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio,
San Jose, 408/924-8501.
Something Rotten! Jan. 29-Feb. 3, times vary.
Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story
of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who
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are desperate to write a hit play. When a local
soothsayer foretells that the future of theater
involves singing, dancing and acting at the
same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the
world’s first musical. Ticket prices TBA. San
Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S.
Almaden Blvd., San Jose. 408/286-2600.
Iran, Israel and the US in a Changing Middle
East. Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m. David Menashri
explores the relationship between Iran’s regional
policy and its domestic politics, including its
socio-economic challenges and growing popular
dissatisfaction, domestic power struggles
and the tension between revolutionary ideology
and national interest. Free. Bishop Auditorium,
518 Memorial Way, Stanford. 650/723-9407.
Think Like an Activist: Embracing Hopes
and Utopian Visions. Dec. 5, 12 p.m. Sylvanna
M. Falcón, associate professor of Latin
American and Latino Studies and director of
the Research Center for the Americas at UC
Santa Cruz, explores activism while encouraging
hope. Visitors are welcome to bring food
and beverages. Free with museum admission.
San Jose Museum of Art, Charlotte Wendel
Education Center, 110 S. Market St., San Jose.
Pursuing Justice in the Criminal Justice
System. Dec. 6, 7 p.m. Aaron Zisser, former
U.S. Department of Justice civil rights
attorney and former San Jose Independent
police auditor, will speak about criminal justice
reform. Zisser is an alumnus of Yavneh
Day School. Tickets $8-$15. Addison Penzak
Jewish Community Center (APJCC), 14855
Oka Road, Los Gatos. 408/357-7429.
Emily A. Kane, Small Fish, Big Questions.
Dec. 7, 12 p.m. What makes organisms good
at what they do? What helps them survive and
adapt? This lecture examines the research of
feeding, locomotion and links between these
functional systems to understand complexity
and its consequences. Free. Hopkins Marine
Station, Boat Works Lecture Hall, 120 Ocean
View Blvd., Pacific Grove. 831/655-6200.
DIY Art: Festive Fun. Dec. 8, 1 to 3 p.m.
Experiment with collagraph, a fun and simple
printmaking technique, in this drop-in workshop.
Design a striking, mixed-media composition
inspired by the work featured in “Dinh
Q. Lê: True Journey Is Return.” All materials
are provided. All ages welcome. Free with
museum admission. San Jose Museum of Art,
Charlotte Wendel Education Center, 110 S.
Market St., San Jose. 408/271-6840.
Tamale Cooking Demo and Tasting. Dec. 8,
4 p.m. In support of their current exhibition,
“Inspired by Juana: La Doña de la Frontera,”
Los Altos History Museum hosts a Tamale
Cooking Demo and Savory-to-Sweet Tamale
Tasting led by CasaQ Hispanic Lifestyle
Expert, Darlene Tenes, Cost is $35 per person,
which includes the demo, tamale tasting, and
beverages. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S.
San Antonio Road, Los Altos. 650/948-9427.
Shalom Ireland. Dec. 11, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Director Valerie Lapin Ganley will show her
film “Shalom Ireland,” about the history of
Irish Jewry, followed by a Q&A with the audience.
The documentary sheds light on Ireland’s
remarkable, yet little-known Jewish
community and chronicles the history of Irish
Jewry while celebrating the unique culture created
by blending Irish and Jewish traditions.
Tickets $15. Oshman Family JCC-Schultz
Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo
The Guest of the Gold Mountain with
Charlie Chin. Dec. 18, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Charlie
Chin—master storyteller, historian, author
Conan & Friends, Dec. 15, The
Masonic, San Francisco
Bob Poole, National Geographic Filmmaker: Nature Roars Back, Jan. 23,
Hammer Theatre Center, San Jose
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