Selena Gomez, “Stars Dance’, (Hollywood Records), HH. Like fellow teen queens Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez is growing up — and wants to tell us all about it. On “Stars Dance’ she’s jettisoned her pop-rock group The Scene and teamed with a combination of contemporary pop producer-writers such as Toby Gad and Freddy Wexler and teams such as Stargate, Dreamlab, Rock Mafia and the Cataracs. The collaborations on this 11-song set certainly put Gomez right in the heart of that scene, from the clubby flavors of “Slow Down,’ “Birthday,’ “Forget Forever’ and “B.E.A.T.’ to the Rihanna-aping bounce of “Come & Get It’ and the Britneyesque swirl of “Undercover’ — all tuneful and appropriate growth in her sound but also somewhat anonymous, making Gomez another indistinct voice in a crowded field without the peppy charm of her previous work. The most interesting material on “Stars Dance’ includes the optimistic “Like a Champion,’ which incorporates a Buju Banton sample for a bit of rhythmic freshness, and the chill love song “Write Your Name,’ which hangs on to the innocence that’s in the rearview mirror on so many other songs. There’s at least more emotional depth to some of these songs, particularly the album-ending “Love Will Remember’ — one of four tracks that Gomez co-wrote and which she’s acknowledged is about her on-again, off-again romance with Justin Bieber (‘Boom, gone/Yeah, we move on/Even if we try to forget’).ROCK.
8 “Vignettes on Love”: This multimedia musical comedy is a co-creation of PlayGround, the Bay Area new play incubator, NoisePop, the music and concert promoter, and a handful of writers, including David Steele, best known as ballet slippers book a developer/founder of lifestyle websites and companies, Mixing video, live theater and tracks from Nick Cave, David Bowie, Devendra Banhart and others, “Vignettes” tackles such themes as love, sex, betrayal and ambition as it follows a half-dozen Bay Area characters, Note: this is for mature audiences only..
“This show really makes sense for our students,” said co-director and theater instructor Becky Potter. “The kids are these characters already. They really are telling their own stories.”. According to Potter, “Fame” was the perfect choice for OSA, a nationally recognized public charter school housed in Oakland’s historic Fox Theater. “We looked at other shows, but this one just made a lot of sense. It really speaks to everyone,” she said. Potter co-directs the immense undertaking with Matthew Travisano, vocal director Branice McKenzie, music director John Kendall Bailey and choreographer Reginald Ray-Savage.
14th annual ZinFest Wine Festival: May 18-20, Lodi, Wine, food and entertainment, Main festival noon to 5 p.m, May 19 at Lodi Lake Park, 1101 W Turner Road, Additional weekend activities include a comparative blind tasting of Lodi wines and their counterparts from around the world, as well as winery tours and open houses, $20-$65, http://www.zinfest.com, Lafayette Juniors 19th annual ballet slippers book Kitchen Tour: 10 a.m.-3 p.m, May 19, Self-guided tour features special kitchens in six Lafayette homes, The Tour benefits No One Left Behind, Girls Inc., City Slicker Farms, White Pony Express and Contra Costa Crisis Center, $50, Box lunch $15, www.lafayettejuniors.org..
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