Elizabeth Smart delivers powerful message at YWCA luncheon

Aurora Wilkerson, 4 1/2, of Pittsburg, high fives imperial storm troopers at San Jose McEnery Convention Center during Silicon Valley Comic Con in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, April 22, 2017. Last year's successful launch of the science fiction, fantasy and pop culture expo drew 60,000 attendees. The event continues Sunday. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)

Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped in 2002 when she was 14, recounted her harrowing nine months of captivity in a very highly effective deal with Wednesday afternoon at the YWCA’s Encourage Luncheon.

She was frank in describing the brutal therapy she received at the palms of her captors, and it likely was awkward for some within the audience of just about one,000 men and women with the Santa Clara Conference Center. (In case you were a parent of young youngsters as I am, in addition, it made you indignant and frightened).

What’s more, it underscored some extent made by YWCA of Silicon Valley CEO Tanis Crosby: It is time for ladies to talk up about sexual violence, harassment and racial discrimination. “Perhaps years from now we’ll look back again at this second in time and find out this was the tipping point in which small steps combined for massive adjust,” Crosby explained.

Before obtaining a thundering standing ovation, Smart shut her remarks by acknowledging it had been the support and love of her family that served her get better from the ordeal. “I’ve labored with YWCAs before, and i know what they do,” Smart explained. “I know that they become the families to these victims. They become that support network. They become the persons that a great number of survivors convert to and rely for that hope.”

INSPIRATIONAL AT ANY AGE: Yvonne Hardman is aware something about talent. An actress whose career was derailed by polio while in the nineteen fifties, Hardman and her husband, Paul, developed a celebrity job interview demonstrate for PBS inside the 1980s termed “Backstage Tonight.” So it’s not a big shock that she has assembled a unique band for your Veterans Day celebration Friday afternoon for the Sunny Check out Retirement Community in Cupertino.

The Sunny View Rag Tag Band is made up of 82- to 92-year-old musicians, some with demanding disabilities and some who have not played their instruments routinely considering that their college days. Even so the group of people – together with three World War II veterans – have been introduced with each other by their love of songs, Hardman reported.

The band consists of trumpet players Bill Awbrey and Boyd Green, pianist Shirley Gross, trombone participant Jack Birkholz, drummer Louis Schmidt and vocalist Shirley Gross. They’ll be enjoying for their fellow residents at 2:30 p.m., and that i wager it’ll be a single heck of the demonstrate.

SHARKS GET MOBBED: Sharks admirers obtained a style of the expertise going into WVLO Musical Theatre’s production of Woody Allen’s musical, “Bullets Over Broadway,” when solid customers sang the national anthem before Wednesday night’s game against Tampa Bay at SAP Heart.

The 1920s mobster musical, based on Allen’s motion picture, operates at the Saratoga Civic Center through Dec. two. And at least there, the solid doesn’t have to sing on ice.

PREMIERE Check out: Lisbon, Portugal-born composer Andreia Pinto Correia will check out San Jose this weekend for the San Jose Chamber Music Society’s world premiere of “Night Migrations,” a piano trio she wrote which is being carried out through the Horzowski Trio from New York City.

Pinto Correia will choose aspect in the 30-minute pre-concert talk with musicologist and cellist Roger Emanuels, in addition to a post-concert question-and-answer session with San Jose Chamber Music Modern society Inventive Director Ted Lorraine. The live performance by itself begins at seven p.m.