Not all musically gifted children proceed from their first music lessons to fame and acclaim on the world’s great concert stages. But German-born Anne-Sophie Mutter is a spectacular exception. Her parents started her on piano lessons when she was 5 and shortly afterwards, she switched to the violin. She studied with Erna Honigberger and then with Aida Stucki at the Winterthur Conservatory. When she was just 13, she was discovered by the world-famed Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan. Her public debut in 1977, playing a Mozart Violin Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Lucerne Festival, was followed by recordings with von Karajan and appearances with leading orchestras throughout Europe and the United States. Forty years later, she is still going strong, with an outstanding record of prizes and accomplishments in addition to maintaining her extraordinary beauty and dazzling virtuosity.
Nice Work If You Can Get It: West Valley Light Opera stages George and Ira Gershwin’s musical set in the Roaring ’20s and featuring a parade of Gershwin hits, including “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “S’Wonderful.” Through Dec, 5, Saratoga Civic Center, 13777 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, $20-$34, handpainted pendant, supply for necklace creation, diy supply, ballet shoes, purple and pink, ooak components app.arts-people.com, Los Gatos Ballet’s Nutcracker: The San Jose Youth Symphony will provide live music for this production, in which the youth cast will be joined by principal dancers from the San Francisco Ballet, Dec, 4, 7:30 p.m., Dec, 5, 2 p.m, and 7:30 p.m.; Dec, 6, 2 p.m, Flint Center of the Performing Arts, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, $20-$52, losgatosballet.org..
The library is at 55 West Third Ave., San Mateo. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Go to www.wcapeninsula.org. Studios are at 1220-B Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica. Call 650-355-1894 go to www.sanchezartcenter.org. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 16 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17. The studio is at 1045 Center St., San Carlos. Go to www.hansonartglass.com. To reserve space, call 650-569-1276 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The NewGround Theatre Dance Company will present “Quantum Leap” during the first half of June at the AUM Center, 149 South Blvd., San Mateo. Go to www.artsunitymovement.com.
Like anthropologists studying the cultures of rare civilizations, so, too, did journalists chronicle the trendsetting digital lifestyle of the MacDonalds, PBS Newshour called them “pioneers in online dating.” Kendall, their firstborn child was dubbed the “Internet baby,” and Lia, a former schoolteacher, an “abundantly connected” mom who was one of the first with a computer on her kitchen counter for storing recipes and setting up play dates, Perhaps no family, including teenagers, grandparents and friends abroad, better personifies the power of technology to redefine our relationships — the latest installment in our series on how technology has redefined our lives, The story of the MacDonalds, in all its cultural touchstones and modern mayhem, reads handpainted pendant, supply for necklace creation, diy supply, ballet shoes, purple and pink, ooak components like “The Truman Show” meets “Real Housewives” meets “Dr, Leakey and the Dawn of Man.”..
Deftly delivered by the cast and the orchestra conducted by Robert Billig, Herman’s catchy ditties are pleasantly old-fashioned, making the show feel older than it actually is. Even so, like its heroine, this “Dolly” is still going strong. Contact Sam Hurwitt at email@example.com, and follow him at Twitter.com/shurwitt. By Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart, based on a play by Thornton Wilder, presented by SHN. Through: March 17. Where: SHN Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St., San Francisco.