“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (PG, 114 minutes, Fox): As the title character, Ben Stiller brings his jut-jawed, laser-blue glare to a character who starts off as something of a passive cipher. As a longtime manager for “negative assets” at Life magazine, Walter processes the magazine’s photographers’ celluloid – in other words, he’s an obsolete guy working in an obsolete media platform within a soon-to-be all-digital art form. The film’s opening scene – wherein Walter hesitantly “winks” at a woman on an online dating forum – makes it clear: This is a man working at Life, rather than living it. The unevenness of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” and Stiller’s recessive characterization of the title character, keep it from being an all-out crowd-pleaser. Still, there’s a winsome, attaboy appeal to “Walter Mitty” that deserves to be honored. It’s a perfectly likable movie, and sometimes that’s good enough. Contains some crude comments, profanity and action violence. Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurettes “The Look of Life,” “The Music of Walter Mitty,” “Skateboarding Through Iceland”; gallery of reference photography. Also, on Blu-ray: deleted scenes; extended and alternate scenes; additional featurettes “The History of Walter Mitty,” “That’s a Shark,” “Icelandic Adventure,” “Nordic Casting,” “Titles of Walter Mitty” and “Ted-Walter Flight”; “Stay Alive” music video by Jose Gonzalez.
6 “Percussion Discussion”: Ken Bergmann’s humor-filled, family-friendly show about playing the drums, Hollywood sound effects and other matters of import has long been a favorite with kids of all ages in the Bay Area, He returns to Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts for a short residency next week, and tickets are going fast, Details: 11 performances March 14-18; $14; 925-943-7469, www.lesherartscenter.org, 7 Smuin’s Choreography Showcase: Fans of the popular contemporary ballet troupe will want to head to San Francisco’s ODC Theater this weekend for this annual event that spotlights new works choreographed by bulk lot 50pcs of 26x13mm dress and ballet shoes charm pendants connector wholesale charms antique bronze jewelry findings pa130 company dancers..
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Tango created an opening for Jewish arrivals as they sought to assimilate into Argentine culture. “They were a minority for whom it wasn’t always easy to integrate,” Epelbaum Weinstein said. “Those from Spain already spoke Spanish, the Italians were Catholic so they fit in easier, but Jews were so different. The music gave Jews the possibility to be part of this movement.”. The arrival of more Jews in the 1920s and 1930s coincided with the rise of radio and the movie industry, the latter of which featured many tango songs. That helped the genre move from the periphery to center stage, where it remains today. Yet by and large, tango lyrics have continued to be written by men.