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Silly and Dramatic; Sister Cities:Theatre at it’s Best

Boy do I love modern plays that incorporate things like Google and iPhones. Add silliness and a character prancing around in men’s underwear and I am all over it.

Dragon Productions’ Sister Cities is a mash of realism, great comedic moments, family coming together and dark subjects.

Carolina (Kim Saunders), Baltimore (Katie Rose Krueger), Dallas (Alexandra Bogorad), and Austin (Darcie Lee Grover) are four sisters from different fathers, different corners of the country, and different perspectives, and they must reunite after their mother’s abrupt death (Shelley Lynn Johnson). What unfolds is a comic but heartfelt look at the ties that really bind.

The playwright, Colette Freedman, has created a masterpiece that appeals to a young, modern audience as well as any age. Director Dale Albright took her story and made it shine onstage with an amazing cast who portray these sisters remarkably.

Grover is outstanding as Austin. She’s comfortable on stage as the chill sister, lounging in her PJs eating Ramen. Austin has many huge emotional transitions, and Grover nails these.

I love Saunders’ portrayal of Carolina. She plays the stuck up lawyer well. Very up tight and from a different world than the others. It’s a relief when she lets her hair down and starts to relax a little. Just like Austin, Carolina has quite a few scenes where she has to go from drinking vodka with her sisters, to extreme emotion. Both of these roles would be difficult for any actor, and you can see that Grover and Saunders have put a lot of work into making these emotions real.

Bogorad is cute as the sister with the “perfect life”. Her character is a little boring, but Bogorad spices it up, especially during the drunken vodka scenes and an outright confession she makes to her sisters, which makes her not seem so perfect afterall.

Krueger is beyond awesome as the free-spirited Baltimore. She is a blast! Funny, outrageous, and huge props for walking around in her underwear for 90% of the play. This actress blew me away!

Johnson takes you into the mind of Mary, the mother, during flashbacks. She does a great job at showing us the sadness and pain of what she was going through before her death and is hilarious at telling the audience of her love for sex. What a vivacious character!

Don’t miss this wonderful multi-layered and side-splittingly funny play.

Darcie Lee Grover (Austin), Kim Saunders (Carolina), Alexandra Bogorad (Dallas), and Katie Rose Krueger (Baltimore).

Sister Cities runs through October 23rd, 2011.

Visit Dragon Productions Theatre Company for details on times and tickets.

 

 

The Vietnamese Spring Festival and Parade 2009

dragonCelebrate the Lunar New Year with the 12th Annual Vietnamese Spring Festival and Parade this Sunday downtown San Jose.

The festival includes arts and crafts, live music, cultural performances, games for the kids, and authentic Asian cuisine.

The parade includes decorated floats, dragon and lion dancers, multiple musical bands, etc.

Be aware that there will be traffic problems due to the large number of people attending and the street closures due to the parade; get there early!

Ride VTA Light Rail or VTA Bus Lines 22, 23, 63, 64, 66, 68, 72, 73, 81, 82, 180, Hwy. 17 Express and MST 55 to the celebration.  VTA Website.

12th Annual Vietnamese Spring Festival and Parade
Sunday, February 8
Festival: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm – Parkside Hall, 180 Park Ave
Parade: 11:00 am – Market Street between St. John & Santa Clara Streets

Admission free

Caltrain Track Maintenance

CaltrainCaltrain will be doing routine maintenance on its train tracks from South San Francisco down through the South Bay this week.

Monday through Friday crews will be doing various tasks along the tracks between Atherton and San Jose. The work will take place from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am when the rains are not running. There may be delays in these areas along with some construction noise.

Friday evening at 8:00 pm the railroad grade crossing at Rengstorff Avenue in Mountain View, between the Central Expressway and California Street, will be closed to allow crews to reconstruct the crossing and adjacent track, as well as resurface the street. The temporary closure will take place until Monday morning (March 31) when the track will be reopened for regular weekday train service. Drivers will have to detour around the construction by using Shoreline Boulevard or the San Antonio Road overpass. A free shuttle will be available for pedestrians on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

For more information check here.

Moffett Field

My parents, my son and myself were at Moffett Field earlier today to accompany my parents while they shopped at the Navy Exchange. Something occurred to me as we walked out of the Navy Exchange…

Moffett Field has changed a lot over the years. When I was a kid, we used to go to the base to shop at the Navy Exchange and get groceries at the commissary. Later in life, I worked at NASA Ames Research Center, as did my mom.

The last remnants of the old Navy base are coming to end. While the Exchange and the commissary are still there, the Exchange will be shutting down in February, and the commissary will be open indefinitely.

Most of the base that I remember has changed… it’s more like a semi ghost-town.

Osias Coching – 1925 to 2007

Osias Baltazar Coching - 1925-2007 Not too long ago I shared a little story about Grandpa. On June 2, 2007, the person responsible for bringing grandpa into our lives died at the age of 82. His name is Osias Baltazar Coching. He leaves behind his wife, 4 adult children and 5 grandchildren, and an enormous extended family scattered around the world. Always a sage of advice and gracious generosity, he also leaves behind several lifetimes of advice and excellent karma with everyone that knew him.

He was put to rest June 8 in Los Gatos Memorial Park, just a few feet away from Grandpa.

We will all miss him dearly.

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Our first MetroBlogging Holiday together-How sweet it is.

KUBO-pick up some Belgian chocolates, a lovely orchid and a candle.
1377 Lincoln Ave., Willow Glen

Schurra’s Candy Factory-Candy & Confectionery
840 The Alameda, San José

Shuei-Do Manju Shop
217 Jackson Street, San José
Manju are a Japanese delicacy. They come in all forms and colors, shapes and sizes. Some are baked, some put on sticks, some are made with sweet rice (mochi) and some made with rice powder. They are often filled with a sweet bean paste called “an”. Shuei-do was honored to have their manju served to the Emperor of Japan on their last visit to the United States.

Chocolate Affaire
603 E Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas

Kendon Candies- the oldest Lollipop Factory in the United States
460 Perrymont Ave, San José

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