Besides Hillbarn Theatre’s production of Social Security (review below) there are three other worthy events we recommend this weekend.
Becoming Britney starts tonight at the Retro Dome, and what could possibly be more fun than “a snarky musical adventure” about Britney Spears?? I’ve been hoping to see one of the Retro Dome’s live shows for awhile now. Metblogs will be there tonight and hopefully have a review up in the morning. You can see pictures from previous shows here.
The Retro Dome
February 10 thru March 11
And for slightly more high-brow entertainment (I’m happy to enjoy the gamut!) Opera San Jose is presenting La Traviata starting Saturday night!
She’s a beauty: A famed courtesan, glamorous, yet fragile. It is 1889 Paris and the celebrated Violetta Valéry has thrown a lavish party where she meets the young admirer Alfredo Germont. He has long loved her, and she is so taken with his sincerity that she abandons her life of luxury and retreats to the country to be with him. But when met with the disapproving eye of Alfredo’s father, Violetta regrettably agrees to end the affair and go back to Paris. A jealous Alfredo denounces her, but when he learns of her sacrifice he returns to beg her forgiveness, only to discover she has but moments to live.
Verdi’s romantic tragedy La traviata is overflowing with some of the most unforgettable music in all of opera. His melodies, rich in passion and drama, made him the master of his time and this legendary tale of love and sacrifice has touched the hearts of both the opera novice and long-time opera lover for generations.
Even for an “opera novice”? Methinks the opera is talking to me, and this Opera Novice cannot wait to dress up and enjoy the show Saturday night. Come along!
Miss Representation, a very important film about how the media portrays women, had its broadcast premiere on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in October of 2011. But if you missed it then, you can see it Saturday night at 7pm at Presentation High School. This event is being sponsored by the American Association of University Women. Suggested donations for tickets is just $20 for adults and $10 for students (you can even write a check payable to AAUW/LAF). Proceeds go to the AAUW Legal Advocacy fund.
Click here for more information about the film and a trailer. One quick look at the trailer immediately shows how important this film is (and how ridiculous our media can be without us even noticing). Take your daughters.
We love events where you can see a great film AND have the price of admission go to a worthy cause.