If you want to add meat to your buffet, go for something unique, and make it pop with a homemade cranberry or pomegranate relish. “It’s nice to have proteins that are different from what you have the rest of the year, like duck, venison or lamb,” Teskey says. “Something that evokes celebration.”. Add to that a rich cocktail setting, using sterling silver trays dotted with pine cones. Teskey suggests serving cocktails that evoke the season, like her Grand Winter Cocktail, a blend of bourbon, elderflower liqueur and ginger beer, in something regal, like a beaded rope Venetian tumbler (rent online from Wine Country Party & Events).
High School Roadmap: This ballet shoes cross stitch flannel fabric (1 yard 4 inches) seminar aims to demystify the college admissions process for students in grades 6-9 and help prepare them for high school, May 16, 2 p.m, Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga, 408-867-6126, sccl.org, Saratoga Contemporary Artists: A presentation by watercolorist and plein aire artist Karen Olsen, June 6, 10 a.m, Share/Care Center 14376 Saratoga Ave, Cinderella: Los Gatos Ballet stages the classic fairy tale, May 22-24; times vary, West Valley College Theater, Saratoga, $15-$25, losgatosballet.org, 408-399-7577..
Student Art Show: Through June 9, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Reception and awards ceremony May 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Community art station June 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Open mic night June 2, 5-8 p.m. Film night May 19, 5-8 p.m. Euphrat Museum of Art, De Anza College, Cupertino. deanza.edu/euphrat, 408-864-5464. Pear Slices: Pear Theatre’s annual showcase of multiple short plays by local playwrights Through May 29. Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View. $10-$35. thepear.org, 650-254-1148.
Fans looking for their regular music fix at the Hotel De Anza’s Hedley Club Lounge are out of luck, it seems, The popular, long-running Jazz Jam that filled the Hedley in downtown San Jose with smooth sounds on Wednesdays has been canceled — and no other live music appears to be scheduled for the venue in the near future, either, San Jose Jazz Executive Director Brendan Rawson said the Hedley Club had been a beautiful space for jazz for a long time and he ballet shoes cross stitch flannel fabric (1 yard 4 inches) expressed hope that it would be again some time in the future, “However, it was never the room that made it great,” he said, “It was folks like Stephen Marley, Collette Lewis, Matt Beasley, John Worley, Morgan Slade, Oscar Pangilinan and the great staff at the Hedley that made it happen every week.”..
The best dance of the night was a jive by Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff that was filled with personality, musicality and clever steps. Everyone loved it and it showed that Corbin could be a solid contender to win the coveted Mirrorball Trophy. Carrie Ann loved his athleticism and musicality, Len loved the performance and energy, and Bruno said it was a “performance of dazzling brilliance.” Wow. Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus tried their best to perform an intense paso doble, but I think a twisted knee that shortened some rehearsal time may have hurt their efforts. About halfway through, Valerie seemed to forget what to do and although Len complimented her on starting the dance with a short solo, he didn’t think she was 100 percent comfortable. Bruno said she captured the “grandeur of a great lady” and Carrie Ann noted that she seemed to forget about a third of the routine. It’s obviously very difficult for the judges, particularly Carrie Ann, to dismiss that Valerie is bravely dancing despite her cancer diagnosis.