Nicole Polizzi and Sasha Farber did a light and summery foxtrot and Nicole really smiled and seemed to be having a good time. Len called it “happy hour — I’m happy, you’re happy, the audience is happy — what’s not to like?” Bruno said she extended her lines well but cautioned her that the extensions need to last throughout the dance. Carrie Ann said, “You have improved the most from everybody, you turned into, like, a ballerina,” and Nicole reacted with delight.
Surely someone sent you a text about that? It was the recent incident in which a stern “glare” at a smartphone user in a yoga class at the company’s Menlo Park headquarters allegedly got the instructor ballet flats ebay fired, The Internet was burning hard with comments about it all week, and an online poll by this newspaper showed a whopping 98 percent of responding readers said it was definitely “not OK” to fiddle with a smartphone during a yoga class, Yet usage in such locales continues, and not everyone agrees that it’s a bad thing, In talking with various people around the Bay Area last week, we found a much wider range of opinions..
Suds: ‘60s Musical Soap Opera: Through Dec. 2, The Colligan Theater, 1010 River St., Santa Cruz. This high-energy musical tells the story of a down-on-her-luck laundress named Cindy and the colorful guardian angels who come to teach her about finding true love. $27-$50. www.JewelTheatre.net. The Empress Theatre: Petty Theft – Tribute to Tom Petty: 8 p.m. Nov. 23. This tribute band brings Petty’s classics to the stage. Sweet Soul Music: 8 p.m. Nov. 24. A tribute to the blues Brothers, BB King and Tina Turner. Both shows: $25-$30. 330 Virginia St., Vallejo.www.empresstheatre.org.
Just as the San Francisco museum’s hands-on experiments connect thousands of mind-bending science-y dots, Oakland author Kara Platoni melds complex concepts of biotech and human sensory enhancement in her new book, “We Have the Technology.” Subtitled “How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians and Scientists are Transforming Human Perception, One Sense at a Time,” it shows us just how far modern technology has come — and how wild and crazy it’s going to get, In more than ballet flats ebay 100 interviews during a year off from teaching at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Platoni hung out in labs where chemists work to discover new tastes, interviewed medical researchers developing mind-controlled robotic limbs, tested virtual reality helmets used for treating post-traumatic stress disorder and tagged along to Radio Shack with basement biohack tinkerers — guys who implant electronic devices in their own bodies for enhanced sensory capabilities, sci-fi/superhero-style..
The bonelessness intermittently present in “Petals” was a constant in Adam Hougland’s world premiere — “Ask Me,” a sassy, sweet hip-hop-meets-“Rent”-meets-Occupy ballet. Decked out in Sandra Woodall’s elegant fashionista post-grunge costumes (including tattoo leggings and sleeves) and set in a shadow world, the pack of 14 dancers popped, locked, dropped and sambaed to the sultry, neo-R&B style of Joan Wasser (aka Joan As Police Woman). Terez Dean’s incisive moves left smoke in her wake, while Hougland’s delicious unisons were cause for everyone to fall in love with dance all over again.