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- Watsonville objects to holding strawberry festival at fairgrounds
- Flamenco instructors eager to put dance form on display at Dallas …
- Recession dooms Isleton crawdad festival
- Best of Cleveland: Festivals to discover this summer
- San Francisco Symphony kicks off Schubert-Berg festival with a …
- York Middle School undertakes 22nd annual Shakespeare Festival
Watsonville objects to holding strawberry festival at fairgrounds
San Jose Mercury News
The troubles emerged Friday when event promoter Les Peterson sent a message to city officials advising of some final details including a switch of the festival from Ramsay Park to the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. Peterson’s contract was revoked soon after city officials said as it directed the festival to be held at Ramsay Park. And the change was a slyly done contract violation claimed Ana Espinoza director of parks and community services. “We are extremely disappointed in Mr.
Flamenco instructors eager to put dance form on display at Dallas …
Dallas Morning News
“I wish I had known this in the sixth grade. “That personal lesson in discovering an art form’s potential is one reason he and his fiancé Delilah Buitrón pulled together this weekend’s Dallas Flamenco Festival. The two teach flamenco – as well as other arts – to children primarily in low-income areas and the festival is an opportunity to expose their students and their parents to world-class performers. Among those stars will be Jason McGuire a flamenco and Spanish classical guitar player who is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and his wife Yaelisa an Emmy award-winning choreographer and dancer. The festival runs today through Sunday with workshops and performances at The chre House in Exposition Park the African American Museum in Fair Park Project X Theatre in the design district and De Tapas in Addison. Tickets range from $15 to $75 for the general public.
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Recession dooms Isleton crawdad festival
San Jose Mercury News
After more than two decades the delta town of Isleton has canceled its annual Crawdad Festival citing the recession. The crustacean-themed event started in 1986 as a celebration of crawfish and Cajun music in the town of 800 about 40 miles south of Sacramento. It typically draws thousands of visitors but lost money for the first time last year. Isleton City Manager Bruce Pope said business organizers were not willing to take that risk again. Chuck Hasz a volunteer with an Isleton merchants group says local business people are more worried about paying their bills.
Best of Cleveland: Festivals to discover this summer
The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com
Pictured at last year’s event: Cathy Kouri left and Marie Arendell second from leftfrom Morton IL and Lisa Ganz second from right and Debbie Ganz right from New York New York. It’s summer in the city and we know what that means: festival time. Clevelanders will find an event or two to celebrate almost every weekend. You probably know about many of the big fairs and feasts — the County Fair Feast of the Assumption ktoberfest etc.
San Francisco Symphony kicks off Schubert-Berg festival with a …
San Jose Mercury News
Born in 1885 nearly a century after Schubert Berg even among classical music devotees gets tagged with various 20th-century difficulties: too dark too modern not enough melody. That may be why there were more than a few empty seats Wednesday at Davies Symphony Hall as “Dawn to Twilight” a three-week San Francisco Symphony festival of music by Franz Schubert and Berg got under way. Those seats should be filled pronto because this is shaping up as a provocative festival an ear-stretcher that conductor Michael Tilson Thomas is leading. He is using his orchestra as a laboratory for a thesis: that Schubert and Berg titans of Vienna while standing several musical revolutions apart are actually blood relatives. Boiled down the thesis says that Schubert’s great melodies and richly conflicted emotionalism represent the “dawn” of Romanticism while Berg’s wondrous flashes of “aching lyricism” (Tilson Thomas’ words) mark its “twilight. “I have to say that when Wednesday’s program ended — with a wicked performance of Berg’s massive “Three Advertisement yld_mgr. place_ad_here(“adPosBox”); Pieces for rchestra” a blast-furnace of a work much of it composed as the First World War raged — it felt as if a bomb had been dropped on the entire symphonic tradition including on Schubert.
York Middle School undertakes 22nd annual Shakespeare Festival
“The sixth-graders staged festivities indoors on Wednesday and Thursday jousting in the gymnasium performing parts from Shakespeare’s plays dancing around a maypole tumbling juggling singing and playing music. Many dressed in Elizabethan costume; all greeted the arrival of Queen Elizabeth and The Bard himself played by volunteer Gwyneth Wykes and York library director Robert Waldman respectively. Sixth-grade teacher Tony Beaumier initiated and has been a part of the Shakespeare Festival for all of its 22 years at the middle school. The 160 students and teachers prepare for three weeks he said and invite New Hampshire Theatre Project into the school for an 11-day residency. They read Shakespeare’s plays and students playing the parts memorize lines from “Romeo and Juliet” “Hamlet” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Macbeth. “The students go through four stages when introduced to Shakespeare Beaumier said.