Thursday, November 25, 1999
When Salinas Performing Arts, Inc. presents its Nutcracker ballet this weekend at Sherwood Hall in Salinas, it will be a kind of local-boy-makes-good fairy tale. The role of the Cavalier, more commonly known as the Nutcracker Prince, will be danced by the Boston Ballet''s Patrick Thornberry. Thornbery, 25, is a native Salinas son, who began dancing at the age of ten with Joann Adair, then head of the Joann Adair Dancers of Salinas, before rocketing off to the San Francisco Ballet School, the National Ballet School of Canada, and finally the Boston company.
In fact, Thornbery graced the December 1988 cover of Coasting, just weeks before this paper changed its name to Coast Weekly. The then-15-year-old dancer appeared in full regalia as the Toy Soldier, a role he was dancing in that year''s Joann Adair Dancers'' Nutcracker. He had just received two scholarships to study ballet in San Francisco, and Adair said she saw "a promising future" for him. This is Thornberry''s third season with the Boston Ballet, after a two-year apprenticeship, and he had to be released from the company''s own Nutcracker performances in Boston this weekend in order to dance in Salinas. Accompanying him will be Sarah Lamb, also of the Boston Ballet, who will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. If the love between the two on stage looks real, it is--Thornberry''s mom reports, "They''re an item." (Call 758-7477 for tickets and information.)
Catch the Dec. 29 concert of world-renowned tenors Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti in San Jose, and help the Pacific Grove Youth Center improve its services to disabled teens in one fell swoop. Join 99 fellow opera lovers aboard "The Three Tenors Express," specially outfitted motor coaches that will leave P.G. that day in the late afternoon, and sit in prime seats at the San Jose Arena donated by Lee and Tibor Rudas of The Rudas Theatrical Organization. Tickets cost $500 and $750, and include champagne, caviar and musical entertainment on the way up to the concert, and coffee and liqueurs on the way home. Proceeds will kick off fundraising efforts to expand the Youth Center''s Severely Handicapped After-School Recreation Program, which presently serves elementary students, to enable the city to serve middle school and high school students as well. The program, established in 1996, provides after-school day care and recreation appropriate for special needs children. Tickets may be purchased at Pacific Grove City Hall, 648-3106. (By the way, they''re still looking for corporate or local business sponsors.)
Here''s your chance to make history, to preserve your little corner of Monterey County for all posterity. To celebrate the millennium, which consensus holds begins this Jan. 1 and not a year from now, the Carmel Heritage Society and city of Carmel-by-the-Sea are collecting historical data for a time capsule. If you live within village limits--sorry, you Carmel Woods folks--you may submit documents for inclusion in the capsule, which will be buried on the grounds of the First Murphy House on Dec. 31, with instructions for disinternment on Dec. 31, 2049. Imagine the possibilities: an old waiter''s apron from the Hog''s Breath; Dick Crispo''s paintbrush; a dripping ice cream cone; a spoon from the first order of soup sold at Caffe Cardinale. Call 624-4447 for details on how to get your stuff into the ground.
Art Docents Needed
The Monterey Museum of Art is looking for volunteers to serve as docents. In addition to guiding visitors through the exhibits and dealing with groups of adults and schoolchildren for a few hours a month, docents enjoy the museum''s educational programs and receive free membership. Training classes begin in January. Interested? Call the museum at 372-5477.