By Rebecca Wallace
About this blog: I grew up in Menlo Park and have long been involved with both local journalism and local theater. After starting my career as an editorial intern with The Almanac, I was a staff reporter for the Almanac and the San Mateo County Ti... (More)
About this blog: I grew up in Menlo Park and have long been involved with both local journalism and local theater. After starting my career as an editorial intern with The Almanac, I was a staff reporter for the Almanac and the San Mateo County Times, covering local government, cops, health/science and many other beats. In 2005 I made the move to the arts desk at the Palo Alto Weekly. A&E is close to my heart because of my experience in the performing arts. I've been acting and singing in Bay Area theater productions for years, and have played everything from a sassy French boy to a Texas cheerleader. In Ad Libs, I blog about the exhibitions I see, the artists I meet and the intriguing new projects and trends I see in the arts world. (Hide)
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On this past day of St. Pat, green-wearing, harp-playing musicians suddenly swarmed audience members heading for a show by the California Pops Orchestra at Foothill College's Smithwick Theatre. There's no better hors d'oeuvre for a Big Band show than a surprise helping of "Danny Boy" and other Irish tunes. We hear there was impromptu jigging.
Word is the mobbers came from the Harpers Hall & Culinary Society. Pops conductor Kim Venaas, always ready for anything, cracked a few Irish jokes and the afternoon was off and running.
Pictured: Deb Knodel of San Mateo with a black carbon-fiber Irish harp. Photogs on the scene were Sam Huie & Jeoff Sheau.
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