There are any number of reasons that it’s a fine time for Berkeley Playhouse to revive “West Side Story” at the Julia Morgan Theater. The 1957 musical update of “Romeo and Juliet” set among warring white and Puerto Rican street gangs in New York City is all too relevant right now, as the ramping up of anti-immigrant rhetoric in recent years has spurred harassment of Latinx people in general, citizens or otherwise. It’s also sadly poignant given the U.S. government’s failure to rebuild Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017.
MACLA: The Art of Politics: Three Generations of Political Printmaking 1 ballet shoe charm, pointe shoe pendant, pink enamel ballet shoe, usa charms in the Bay Area, featuring works by Juan Fuentes, Melanie Cervantes, Jesus Barraza, Leslie Lopez & Natalia Garcia Pasmanick, Through Aug, 7, 510 S, First St., San Jose, 408.998.ARTE or www.maclaarte.org, San Jose Museum of Art: Opening July 22: “Retro-Tech,” an exhibition that explores technology and the concept of obsolescence, Organized in conjunction with the 01SJ Biennial art and technology event, Through Feb, 6, “Real and Hyperreal,” an exhibition from the museum’s permanent collection that contrasts academic realism with new approaches the redefine reality, Through Aug, 1, “New Stories From the Edge of Asia: Plastic Life,” through Sept, 19, 110 S, Market St., San Jose, 408.271.6840 or www.sjmusart.org..
Pace Gallery: “Trans-figure,” sculptures and paintings by Kohei Nawa, through Feb. 25. Pace Gallery, 229 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. http://www.pacegallery.com/. Palo Alto Art Center: “Through That Which Is Seen,” various artists, through April 8. “Vibrant Bay Area: An Exhibit of Plein Air Paintings” by Peninsula Outdoor Painters, Feb. 24 through March 19, reception 2-4 p.m. Feb. 24. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. https://www.paacf.org/. Kepler’s Books: Sumbul Ali-Karamali, Vanessa Hua, Ksenia Lakovic, Kate Petersen, Anne Raeff, Kaitlin Solimine and Alia Volz, Story is the Thing, 7:30 p.m., Feb 22, $10. Literary Seminar, Dodie Smith’s “I Capture the Castle,” taught by Kimberly Ford, 1 p.m., Feb. 13, $48 for one session, includes book. Terese Marie Mailhot, “Heart Berries: A Memoir,” 7:30 p.m., Feb. 13, free. Michio Kaku, “The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth,” 7:30 p.m., March 5, $15-$50, San Mateo Performing Arts Center. Leonard Mlodinow, “Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change,” with Michael Shermer, 7:30 p.m., March 22, $15-$50. Michael Gazzaniga, “The Consciousness Instinct: Unraveling the Mystery of How the Brain Makes the Mind,” 7:30 p.m., April 4, $15-50. Leslie Jamison, “The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath,” with Angie Coiro 7:30 p.m., April 11, free. William T. Vollmann, “No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies,” 7:30 p.m., April 16, $15-55. Sally Kohn, “The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity,” 7:30 p.m., April 25, $15-50. Christopher Moore, “Noir,” 7:30 p.m., May 9, $15-50. Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. www.keplers.com.
More significant perhaps than Theatre Flamenco’s golden anniversary is that “El Latir del Tiempo” marks Carola Zertuche’s 10th season as the company’s artistic 1 ballet shoe charm, pointe shoe pendant, pink enamel ballet shoe, usa charms director, A celebrated dancer and choreographer, the Mexican-born Zertuche has revitalized the company, forging powerful ties with the flamenco’s most celebrated artists, “Previous to Carola stepping in Theatre Flamenco was a repertory group that was more old-fashioned and theatrical,” says Nina Menendez, who founded and runs the Bay Area Flamenco Festival, “They were less experimental, They’ve maintained the theatricality with Carola’s choreography, after all theater is part of the name, but she’s elevated the professional level and become much more experimental, When they were founded, it was the heyday of the Spaghetti Factory scene, and some of the same people were still involved when she took over.”..
• Great Russian Nutcracker–Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker has toured America and Canada for the past 19 years, and is the largest Russian ballet tour in North America. The Flint Center presents this high-caliber ballet, which features cutting-edge production values. One performance only, Dec. 22 at 3 p.m., Flint Center for the Performing Arts, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino. Visit flintcenter.com for ticket information. • You-Sing-It-Messiah–Lift up your voice in song … and don’t worry, at this event no one will hear how you sound. On Dec. 3 the San Jose Symphonic Choir presents its annual concert featuring Handel’s “Messiah,” accompanied by the Mission Chamber Orchestra and Vivace Youth Chorus. Maestro Leroy G. Kromm, who has directed the choir since 1985, will wield the baton at 7 p.m. in the California Theater, 345 S. First St., San Jose. General admission is $20; $15 for seniors and students. For more information call 408.286.2600, ext. 23, or visit ticketmaster.com.