Friday’s opening benefited from expert leadership by McGegan in the pit, and lavish stage direction and choreography by Catherine Turocy, whose New York Baroque Dance Company brought a vivacious corps of artists able to navigate the gigues, gavottes, forlanes and other French dance forms specific to the score. Scott Blake’s set, augmented by Pierre Dupouey’s atmospheric lighting, turned the Zellerbach stage into an 18th century proscenium theater ornately framed in gold leaf. Projected backdrops suggested palace interiors and pastoral scenes, and the special effects were striking — in one scene, a group of muses danced downstage, while their projected images floated overhead.
Christopher and Sandra Bengochea — Tenor and Soprano Duet: 7 p.m, March 16, St, Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1924 Trinity Ave., ballet flats trend 2018 Walnut Creek, Performing their collection “Songs of Love”, including pieces from Puccini’s “La Boheme”, Verdi’s “Rigoletto” and others, $10-$20, http://bit.ly/2A8TLCX, Fool La La: Over the Rainbow: 1 p.m, March 16, 23, 30 and April 6, The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley, Features circus-inspired tricks, percussion and electronic body music in a celebration of individuality, After the show, audiences can join Unique Derique in a free 20-minute juggling and hambone workshop, $15-$35 sliding scale, $55-$100 reserved, www.themarsh.org..
Marie and Rosetta: March 6-31, Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Stirring up churchgoers in the morning and the Cotton Club at night, Sister Rosetta Tharpe became a musical legend. With growing competition on the 1940s gospel circuit, she auditions a new partner with a voice made in heaven. $40-$100. www.theatreworks.org. Clockwork Alchemy 2019: March 22-24, 1333 Bayshore Highway, Burlingame. The Bay Area’s own steampunk convention features a weekend of art, music, literature and fanciful science-fiction revelry. $99. www.clockworkalchemy.com.
Foreverland, 9 p.m, April 20, Club Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City, $18, 877-435-9849 or www.clubfoxrwc.com, HAPA, 7 p.m, April 25, Club Fox, 2209 ballet flats trend 2018 Broadway, Redwood City, $20, 877-435-9849 or www.clubfoxrwc.com, Turn it Up! Night of Classic Rock ‘n’ Roll Tribute, 9 p.m, April 26, Club Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City, $12, 877-435-9849 or www.clubfoxrwc.com, Lady Antebellum, with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer, 7 p.m, April 26, (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.) Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, $29.50- $75.50 plus applicable charges, 800-745-3000..
In addition to working as a freelance writer and web designer, Fortelka finds time to give back to organizations that inspire her and others with disabilities. Just more than two years ago, former staff members from her alma mater, Holy Names University in Oakland, approached Fortelka and invited her to join the board of an Oakland-based organization called AXIS Dance. In January, she took on an additional position as guest editor of the group’s blog, www.axisdance.org/blog, writing articles, sourcing out contacts for donations and in-kind services and assisting with marketing efforts.