What do you want to do when you visit Disneyland or any other theme park? Go on rides? Eat? Meet characters? Whichever of these reasons you think is luring you to the parks, there’s a strong chance that something else is steering you there, instead. Disney invited me to spend some time with its Imagineers and park managers over the weekend, to talk about the new Pixar-themed attractions that the company is debuting this spring and summer at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. I’ve spoken to many theme park designers over the years, and it always fascinates me how much more attention they seem to give to what visitors are feeling or thinking over what they’re actually doing while in the park.
Baby and Toddler Storytime: With “Stay & Play.” Thursdays, 10:30 a.m, Cambrian Library, 1780 Hillsdale Ave., San Jose, sjpl.org/cambrian, Lego Club: Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 4 p.m, Cambrian Library, 1780 Hillsdale Ave., San Jose, sjpl.org/cambrian, Preschool Storytime: With “Stay and Play.” Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m, Cambrian Library, 1780 Hillsdale Ave., San Jose.sjpl.org/cambrian, Nakamatsu Plays Ravel and Gershwin: Van Cliburn Award-winning pianist Jon Nakamatsu joins the Symphony Silicon Valley orchestra to perform both of the great Gershwin concertos and Ravel’s tinker bell inspired ballet flats. fairy shoes. sizes 5.5-11. custom made hand painted. “La Valse.” Jan, 16-17, 8 p.m.; Jan, 18, 2:30 p.m, California Theatre, 345 S, First St., San Jose, $42-$86, 408.286.2600 ext, 2, symphonysilicon valley.org..
“Opus” includes a mix of new works and pieces from the company’s repertoire–all originals–as well as the Black Swan pas de deux from “Swan Lake,” which will be danced by Tiit Helimets and Frances Chung, principal dancers from San Francisco Ballet. Helimets and Chung will also appear in “Belle Nuit,” a new work choreographed by Wingrove in memory of Opera San José founder Irene Dalis, who died in 2014. “Belle Nuit” is set to Offenbach’s “Barcarolle,” which will be performed by the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, led by Barbara Day Turner, and feature performances by Opera San José artists.
5 CYPRESS STRING QUARTET: The acclaimed foursome’s Call & Response program returns April 10 for its tinker bell inspired ballet flats. fairy shoes. sizes 5.5-11. custom made hand painted. 16th year with the world premiere of French composer Philippe Hersant’s String Quartet No, 5, paired on a program with the two works that inspired it, Bartok’s String Quartet No, 4 and Beethoven’s String Quartet Op, 59 No, 2, Details: 8 p.m.; Marines’ Memorial Theatre, San Francisco; $35-$45; www.cypressquartet.com, 6 DON REED: The East Bay comedian and monologuist’s latest work, “Stereotypo,” tackles racial attitudes by depicting nine characters and their ethnic observations at the DMV..
Wells shimmies like you’ve never seen anyone shimmy before in the number “Teach Me How to Shimmy” with great backup from acrobatic, smooth-dancing Chris Aceves as well as Jackson and Mayberry. LaSalle shows her sizzling, sassy side in both “You’re the Boss” (with a hilarious Rollins-Mullens) and “Some Cats Know.”. Wells and LaSalle team up with the two other excellent female singers, Jessica Coker and Majesty Scott to bring the house down with their version of “I’m a Woman,” and Coker does a fine job with her solos, “Saved” and “Fools Fall in Love.”.