The Cantina Cinco de Mayo Beach Party: May 4-6, 651 East Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. The Cantina restaurant will convert their parking lot into a beachfront fiesta. Enjoy music, jumpy houses, a sandbox kids zone and full-service beach bar for grown-ups. $15 all day jumpy wristband ladies standard ballroom dance shoes. thecantina.com/cinco-de-mayo.html. Richmond Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 6, 23rd Street between Clinton and Rheem Avenue, Richmond. Featuring live music on three stages, Native American dancing, Lucha Libre wrestling, local traditional foods, kids activities, pony rides, bouncy houses, community resource groups, games, giveaways and more..
Walnut Creek’s Diablo Ballet concludes its 24th season with a weekend program highlighted by the world premiere by company resident choreographer Robert Dekkers’ work “Red Shoes.” The dance is drawn from the Hans Christian Andersen fable about a spoiled girl doomed to wear a constantly dancing pair of bright red shoes for the rest of her life ladies standard ballroom dance shoes. The work features a score by famed composer Philip Glass and costumes (including red shoes, of course) designed by Oakland native Cassidy Haley, a Los Angeles musician and designer who has created outfits for Pink and Fergie..
By Steve Hendrix | Washington Post. The French, food lovers that they are, have been particularly good at getting free meals in Washington. President Donald Trump’s gala sit-down Tuesday for President Emmanuel Macron was the 14th White House state dinner for a French head of state. But the first visiting foreign leader ever honored by the extravagant black-tie blowout that has become America’s highest diplo-social ceremony was not French or British or Canadian, Russian or Mexican ladies standard ballroom dance shoes. He was David La’amea Kamananakapu Mahinulani Naloiaehuokalani Lumialani Kalākaua, the last king of Hawaii..
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“Brilliant beyond all precedent,” marveled the Washington Evening Star the following day. Kalākaua, known as the Merrie Monarch for his well-documented love of ample food and flowing wine, was delighted. He went on to New York, caught a show (“The Gilded Age” at the Park Theater) with his old friend Mark Twain and sailed home a sated sovereign. And in Washington, a pattern was set that has held true from that fete to this one, which will be the first state soiree hosted by the president and first lady Melania Trump. The details have shifted with times and politics: An alcohol-hating first lady reportedly kept wine off the menu during Rutherford B. Hayes’ tenure in the late 1870s; Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev inflicted a Cold War-snub on the Eisenhowers by refusing to don formal wear in 1959 ladies standard ballroom dance shoes.