The San Mateo County History Museum. “Relocation: A Constitutional Mistake of Historic Proportions,” presentation by Steve Okamoto about the forced removal of Japanese from the Pacific Coast during World War II. 1 p.m. Feb. 15. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. Free with admission to the Museum: $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors. www.historysmc.org or 650-299-0104. Smuin Ballet 2014 XXravaganza Gala. March 1. Black-tie event includes honorary chairs Elaine and Tony La Russa, event co-chairs Patti and Jerry Hume, Athena and John Konstin, and guest auctioneers former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown and “Voice of the Giants” Renel Brooks-Moon. State Sen. Mark Leno to make a presentation from the State Senate in honor of Smuin Ballet. Cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, live auction, performance by Smuin Ballet dancers. The Galleria, 101 Henry Adams St., San Francisco. Tables of 10 are $5,000-$20,000 to $5,000. Individual, $350-$1,000. 415-556-5000, ext.106 or www.smuinballet.org.
Opening the show with a less-than-arresting “Heart Attack,” the smash hit from last year’s “Demi” album, the star was mediocre at nearly every turn, She was marginally convincing with the anthems of empowerment, like “Warriors,” and a little better with such dance-floor numbers as “Unbroken.” She often seemed to be operating on cruise control, failing to accelerate when the moment called for it, The result was some rather tepid numbers — such as “Got Dynamite,” which was possibly the least explosive ballet flats size 11 rocker I’ll hear all year..
It would take some time for Kargman’s project to get off the ground. Convincing the Youth America Grand Prix to allow a film crew (it never had before) was a difficult task for a first-time filmmaker. “We’re approached all the time by producers who want to make documentary or reality, and we always ask what they want to portray,” says Larissa Saveliev, the organization’s founder and artistic director, noting that the competition recently rejected a request from Lifetime’s popular “Dance Moms.” “Usually, they want to see the fights, the teachers, anorexia. And we’re just not interested to have a film about this.”.
Brazilian Vocal Group Ordinarius: 8 p.m, Jan, 17, Oshman Family JCC – Schultz Cultural Arts hall, ballet flats size 11 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, A show that covers both the national and international popular songbooks, as well as classics from pop icons such as Stevie Wonder and The Beatles, $30-$35, paloaltojcc.org/ordinarius, Carriage House Concert Series — Kat Edmonson: 8 p.m, Jan, 19, Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga, Jazz vocalist Kat Edmonson brings the songs and sensibility of the Great American Songbook into the 21st century, $34-$38, http://www.montalvoarts.org/..
The stage musical’s script is by Julian Fellowes, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Gosford Park” and all-around expert in Edwardian manners, now best known as the creator of “Downton Abbey.”. Although they fit in stylistically, the new songs aren’t particularly interesting, and the tweaks to the old songs to reference new plot points sound awkward. Added bits from the books such as a living statue and a magical shop seem hurriedly shoehorned into the story. The chimney sweep Bert (played by Carl Danielson with a toothy grin and the requisite over-the-top Cockney accent) serves as a musical narrator, needlessly foreshadowing scenes with gloomy mini-songs to the tune of “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” so that by the time the actual ditty comes along, you may be tired of it.