Proceeds from Smuin’s Class for a Cause next week to benefit Bay Area food bank

As part of its Zoom-based drop-in virtual classes, Smuin Contemporary Ballet has launched Class for a Cause, with all proceeds going toward “positively impacting issues and supporting important organizations in the community,” according to a press release from the dance company.

“We want to use our art to continue to positively impact issues that are important to our community,” Smuin ballet master Amy London said in the release.

The next Class for a Cause, titled “Heels for Meals,” is scheduled 5 p.m. Jan. 22 via Zoom. Cassidy Isaacson will teach students to put on the Ritz at home in a session that combines elements of jazz, ballroom, salsa and contemporary dance.

Like Smuin’s other virtual classes, it is offered on a sliding scale of $8-$20. Proceeds from Isaacson’s class will be donated to the San Francisco/Marin Food Bank.

Students must register 30 minutes in advance to receive a Zoom link to participate in any of Smuin’s virtual classes, which will be offered through February.

To register and for more information, visit

Pear Theatre’s founder, former artistic director steps down as board president

Diane Tasca, founder and former artistic director of Pear Theatre, is stepping down as president of the board of directors and moving with her husband to New York this month, according to a recent press release from the Mountain View-based theater company.

Ragazzi’s SingFest set for Saturday

Younger Boys
David Allen/Special to the Town Crier
Online auditions are open for Ragazzi Boys Chorus, open to boys ages 7-18 who love to sing.

The Ragazzi Boys Chorus encourages young boys who enjoy singing to attend a digital incarnation of its SingFest mini-camp that is set for 10-11 a.m. Saturday.

A ‘Simple’ ending

Simple Gifts
Courtesy of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
David Crane stars in Courtesy of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's “Simple Gifts,” which is available on demand through Friday.

Livestreamed performances of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “Simple Gifts” – a multicultural celebration of beloved holiday songs and traditions from many diverse backgrounds – are over, but on-demand streaming is available through Friday.

Opera San Jose’s ‘Decembers’ extended through January

Khori Dastoor
Chris Hardy/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Khori Dastoor is the new general manager of Opera San Jose.

Opera San Jose’s production of “Three Decembers,” which opened last month in a digital format, has been extended through the end of January.

‘Gifts’ keeps on giving

Simple Gifts
Courtesy of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “Simple Gifts” celebrates holiday traditions from many diverse backgrounds.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “Simple Gifts,” a multicultural celebration of beloved holiday songs and traditions from many diverse backgrounds, has opened virtually.

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