El­iz­a­beth Smart de­liv­ers pow­er­ful mes­sage

The Mercury News Weekend - - LOCAL NEWS - YWCA IN­SPIRE LUN­CHEON SalPizarro Colum­nist

El­iz­a­beth Smart, who was kid­napped in 2002 when she was 14, re­counted her har­row­ing nine months of cap­tiv­ity in a pow­er­ful ad­dress Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon at the YWCA’s In­spire Lun­cheon.

She was frank in de­scrib­ing the bru­tal treat­ment she re­ceived at the hands of her cap­tors, and it prob­a­bly was un­com­fort­able for some in the au­di­ence of nearly 1,000 peo­ple at the Santa Clara Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. (If you were a par­ent of young kids as I am, it also made you an­gry and fright­ened).

It also un­der­scored a point made by YWCA of Sil­i­con Val­ley CEO Ta­nis Crosby: It’s time for women to speak up about sex­ual vi­o­lence, ha­rass­ment and racial dis­crim­i­na­tion. “Per­haps years from now we’ll look back at this mo­ment in time and see this was the tip­ping point where small ac­tions com­bined for mas­sive change,” Crosby said.

Be­fore re­ceiv­ing a thun­der­ing stand­ing ova­tion, Smart closed her re­marks by ac­knowl­edg­ing it was the sup­port and love of her fam­ily that helped her re­cover from the or­deal. “I’ve worked with YWCAs in the past, and I know what they do,” Smart said. “I know that they be­come the fam­i­lies to these vic­tims. They be­come that sup­port net­work. They be­come the peo­ple that so many sur­vivors turn to and rely for that hope.” IN­SPI­RA­TIONAL ATANYAGE » Yvonne Hard­man knows some- thing about tal­ent. An ac­tress whose ca­reer was de­railed by po­lio in the 1950s, Hard­man and her hus­band, Paul, pro­duced a celebrity interview show for PBS in the 1980s called “Back­stage Tonight.” So it’s not a huge sur­prise that she has as­sem­bled a unique band for a Vet­er­ans Day cel­e­bra­tion this af­ter­noon at the Sunny View Re­tire­ment Com­mu­nity in Cu­per­tino.

The Sunny View Rag Tag Band is made up of 82- to 92-year- old mu­si­cians, some with chal­leng­ing dis­abil­i­ties and some who have not played their in­stru­ments reg­u­larly since their col­lege days. But the group of men and women — in­clud­ing three World War II vet­er­ans — have been brought to­gether by their love of mu­sic, Hard­man said.

The band in­cludes trum­pet play­ers Bill Aw­brey and Boyd Green, pi­anist Shirley Gross, trom­bone player Jack Birkholz, drum­mer Louis Sch­midt and vo­cal­ist Shirley Gross. They’ll be play­ing for their fel­low res­i­dents at 2:30 p.m., and I bet it’ll be one heck of a show.

SHARKS GETMOBBED » Sharks fans got a taste of the tal­ent go­ing into WVLO Mu­si­cal The­atre’s pro­duc­tion of Woody Allen’s mu­si­cal, “Bul­lets Over Broad­way,” when cast mem­bers sang the na­tional an­them be­fore Wed­nes­day night’s game against Tampa Bay at SAP Cen­ter

he 1920s mobster mu­si­cal, based on Allen’s movie, runs at the Saratoga Civic Cen­ter through Dec. 2. And at least there, the cast doesn’t have to sing on ice. Tick­ets are avail­able at www.wvlo.org.

PRE­MIERE VISIT » Lis­bon, Por­tu­gal-born com­poser An­dreia Pinto Cor­reia will visit San Jose this week­end for the San Jose Cham­ber Mu­sic So­ci­ety’s world pre­miere of “Night Mi­gra­tions,” a pi­ano trio she wrote that is be­ing per­formed by the Hor­zowski Trio from New York City.

Pinto Cor­reia will take part in a 30-minute pre- con­cert talk with mu­si­col­o­gist and cel­list Roger Emanuels, as well as a post- con­cert ques­tion-an­dan­swer ses­sion with San Jose Cham­ber Mu­sic So­ci­ety Artis­tic Direc­tor Ted Lor­raine. The con­cert be­gins at 7 p.m., and tick­ets can be pur­chased at www. sjcham­ber­mu­sic.org or at the door start­ing at 6 p.m.

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