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I wore a silk suit and my husband wore a dress jacket and pants. People are dressing rather sloppy for the theater lately. It is a special place and I enjoy seeing the folks dressed up. It makes it seem more special..
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Mitsua Market on Paularino, 1.5 blocks east of Bristol on the South side of the 405 has a great food court with all kinds of Japanese Food available. The market has a great "to-go" sushi fare and in the early evening most of the sushi, made that afternoon, is marked down for a quick sale. I especially like the noodle shop closest to the check out stands of the Market, and their spicy Pork Noodles are terrific. More expensive and the best in the food court is the noodle shop in the middle of the court, about 3 stalls to the right of the first noodle shop, to the right of it, is a stall that has a great tempura, teriyaki combo, that I've enjoyed for years. Mitsua Market has wonderful desserts with shops specializing in frozen mochi and pastries, as well as fare only found in Japan. In fact, going to Mitsua is to be transported to an authentic Japanese SuperMarket and Food Court.
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American Ballet Theatre returns to Segerstrom Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center for its 18th engagement with The Center premiere of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia and a program of mixed repertory, including George Balanchine’s Apollo, the Company Premiere and Center debut of John Cranko’s _Jeu de Cartes _and Mark Morris’ Gong, also a Center debut.

The New York Times called this revival of Sylvia “a ravishingly pretty, fast-paced frolic set to the most hummable of scores with choreography that the Ballet Theatre dancers perform to light, sweet, virtuostic perfection.” Set to a score by Leo Delibes, Sylvia tells the story of a chaste nymph united by the deity Eros with the lovelorn shepherd Aminta.

Please note that the ABT is performing two separate programs, which are separately ticketed.

May 2-4, 2006: Repertory Works (Apollo, Jeu de Cartes & Gong)

George Balanchine’s Apollo, set to music by Igor Stravinsky, was given its world premiere by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in 1928. It was first performed by ABT in 1943 at the Metropolitan Opera House. The ballet, which is a simple program without a plot, includes the birth of Apollo, dances with the Three Muses – Calliope (Muse of Poetry), Polyhymnia (Muse of Mime) and Terpsichore (Muse of Dance and Song) – and the god’s ascent to Mount Olympus. Apollo is staged for ABT by Richard Tanner.

John Cranko’s Jeu de Cartes_, “A Poker Game in Three Deals,”_ was given its world premiere by the Stuttgart Ballet in Stuttgart, Germany on June 22, 1965. Danced to a score by Igor Stravinsky, Jeu de Cartes includes scenery and costumes by Dorothee Zippel. The ballet is considered to be among Cranko’s choreographic jewels. ABT’s performance of _Jeu de Cartes _on May 2 marks the ballet’s company premiere and the Center debut.

A ballet for fifteen dancers, Mark Morris’ Gong was given its world premiere by ABT in 2001. Suffused with orientalism, Gong brilliantly melds light and shadow, gamelan-inspired music, and Isaac Mizrahi’s color-saturated costumes to create a kaleidoscope of innovative movement. Staged by Tina Fehlandt, Gong is performed to “Tabuh Tabuhan” by composer Colin McPhee. Lighting design is by Michael Chybowski. This marks the ballet’s Center debut.

May 5, 2006: SYLVIA

With a score by Léo Delibes, Sylvia was Sir Frederick Ashton’s second full-length work when it was premiered by The Royal Ballet in 1952 with Margot Fonteyn, Michael Somes and Alexander Grant in the leading roles. Set in mythical Greece, Ashton described the plot as “Boy loves girl, girl captured by bad man, girl restored to boy by god.” The ballet tells the story of the nymph Sylvia, who has pledged her allegiance to the chaste goddess Diana. As an acolyte, Sylvia has sworn off love. However, she is pierced by the arrow of Eros and falls in love with the shepherd Aminta, only to be kidnapped by the hunter Orion. In the way of things mythological, the gods intercede.

Performed by ABT in two acts, Ashton’s _Sylvia _is staged by Christopher Newton, former dancer and ballet master for The Royal Ballet. This new production has scenery and costumes by Christopher and Robin Ironside, with additional designs by Peter Farmer. This engagement by ABT will signify the first time Sylvia will be performed at The Center.