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FAB Five for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 at 6:26 am in Family Outings.

Flying Karamazov Brothers 1. The California Pops Orchestra meets the Flying Karamazov Brothers in this rollicking, musical and very silly performance May 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Palo Alto’s Spangenberg Theater and May 31 at 3 p.m. at the Venture Christian Church Theater in Los Gatos. ($10-$30)

2. Lawrence Hall of Science presents Animal Grossology, the oozing, squishy, gross-out adventure that brings to life the scientific know-how behind, well, behinds and other animal body parts. Learn about vomit slurpers, dookie lovers and ewww, so much more. Now through Sept. 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in Berkeley. ($6-$11)

3. Cruise the lazy river, slip down water slides and enjoy some splashy fun at Newark’s Silliman Aquatic Center any time, but this Friday is Hawaiian Night. Enjoy tropical activities and Hawaiian music, and a bring a little extra cash for Hawaiian pizza and smoothies at the Otter Alley Cafe. ($4-$7)

4. Get wet this weekend at Gilroy Gardens family theme park. Ride the Artichoke Dip or one of the other 39 coasters, trains and gently spinning adventures, get wet at the Tree Top Sprayground or find your way through the Pinnacles Rock Maze. ($33 and up for a summer pass)

5. Circus Bella brings its signature blend of acrobats, funambulists, clowns and music to San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Saturday, May 30 at noon and 2:15 p.m. (Free)

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One Response to “FAB Five for the Weekend”

  1. alice adventure in wonderland Says:

    On its release last year I couldn’t find much to fault Avatar on. But after watching Alice – the first serious CGI-dominated 3D film since James Cameron’s immersive motion picture – there’s now a glaring issue with it: the bar was set waaay too high. Previously the computer generated effects in Alice would have knocked your socks off, however in a post-Avatar world it significantly underwhelms. Not an overly fair statement for a film which has consistently beautiful and detailed images – take the awe-inspiring climactic clash which is set on a chess board-esquire battlefield for example – but you can thank Cameron for that. Once you get past the fact that Burton’s creation does not aim to achieve realistic environments or creatures and that the actors will never appear to be anywhere other than in front of a green screen, you are in good stead to enjoy the colourful animation for what it was intended for: pure, undemanding, trippy wonderment.

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