Elizabeth Smart delivers powerful message
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.