Two juveniles arrested in connection with 12 downtown burglaries

The Los Altos Police Department today announced it has apprehended two suspects in the recent string of downtown Los Altos commercial burglaries.

Authorities are withholding the identities of the juvenile suspects, ages 15 and 17, from Santa Clara a...

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St. Francis students explore world on virtual-reality trips

To introduce the concept of ecosystems, St. Francis High School biology teacher Roberta Chisam “whisked” her classes away to the coast of Tanzania, where she instructed students to scrutinize the wildlife and vegetation they see there.


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Foothill veterans program supports students' college, career goals

Foothill veterans program supports students' college, career goals

Foothill College Veterans Resource Center student Daniel Muse, above, attends classes with his service dog, Princess.

• Mission: The Foothill College Veterans Resource Center seeks to help veterans achieve their educational and career goal...

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St. Francis stifled in CCS finals

St. Francis stifled in CCS finals

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Isabella Mandema looks to shoot in Saturday’s CCS final against Sacred Heart Prep. She scored two goals.

The St. Francis High boys and girls water polo teams have been among the best in the Central ...

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Women warriors: No Shoes, Please

“It’s politically incorrect for a lady to address a gentleman on her knees,” replied Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when asked by a female reporter about Moscow’s controversial airstrikes in Syria that began late last ...

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Staying organized can help for disaster preparation

Staying organized can help for disaster preparation

Courtesy of Amanda Kuzak
Storing nonperishable essentials on a shelf in the garage can help in case of an emergency.

As a professional organizer, I look inside dozens of homes every week, and it always shocks me when I don’t find an emergenc...

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Downtown merchants stock up for holiday season shopping

Downtown merchants stock up for holiday season shopping

Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Ellen Biolsi, left, owns State Street’s Cranberry Scoop, which now features seasonal gifts and twinkling trees with ornaments. Biolsi said events like Small Business Saturday provide opportunities for local residen...

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A true California girl, Marilyn Frances Thompson died in Utah on Thanksgiving after a brief illness.  

Born on May 23, 1927, she grew up in Santa Paula, amid citrus groves and small storefronts. In the 1930s, her mother taught her art, her fa...

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Erin go bragh: Nonstop flights available from SFO to the Emerald Isle

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The Ha’penny Bridge, which spans the River Liffey, is among Dublin’s most popular landmarks.

You don’t have to wait until St. Patrick’s Day to visit to Ireland.

Aer Lingus, the premier Irish airline, flie...

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Stepping Out

Musical 'Man'

Musical 'Man'

Joyce Goldschmid/Special to the Town Crier
Daniel P. Wilson portrays Don Quixote in the Los Altos Stage Company production of “Man of La Mancha.”

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Man of La Mancha” opened last week and is slated to run ...

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Spiritual Life

New book uncovers latest conversion of the Valley of the Heart's Delight

New book uncovers latest conversion of the Valley of the Heart's Delight

In the years since the Valley of the Heart’s Delight evolved from orchards and vineyards to computer chips and code, a plethora of articles, films and books have documented the phenomenal transition. Los Altos resident Skip Vaccarello joined th...

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Inside Mountain View

Dayworker book chronicles 'Voices of the Undocumented'

Dayworker book chronicles 'Voices of the Undocumented'

Megan V. WInslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Val Rosenfeld teaches English as a Second Language at the Day Worker Center of Mountain View. Rosenfeld co-authored a book that shares some of her students’ stories.

Many of the men and women who se...

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Insiders' Guide to Project Los Altos

11.20.2013 ProjectLosAltosGuideCrowds wielding quarter-page red guidebooks meander around downtown streets in search of artistic gems as part of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley.” Although some of the creations unfold on screen or gallery walls, many of the project installations involve visitors in more immersive experiences.

The Town Crier team toured the sites during the inaugural weeks of the project and compiled an insiders’ guide with navigation tips. Readers can clip the guide out, photograph it for cellphone viewing or even memorize it as a tool to impress guests. For a PDF version of our guide, click here.

Whether tackling one or two project installations at a time or all exhibits in one trip, lace up comfortable walking shoes for a modern-art treasure hunt.

“Project Los Altos” runs through March 2. Read the Town Crier for updates on special events scheduled during its stay.

Outdoor installations are open at all times. Indoor installations are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. For additional information visit sfmoma.org/exhib_events/exhibitions/572.

– Text and photos by Ellie Van Houtte


Indoor Installations

Costume Bank, 169 State St.

11.9.2013 SFMOMAProjectLosAltos-8190Mike Mills, “A Mind Forever Voyaging Through Strange Seas of Thought Alone: Silicon Valley Project”

• Enter through the Costume Bank, to its back room.

• Inspired by Silicon Valley’s transition, Mills’ installation includes a video of local youth describing their ideas of the future with short biographies and photos of eight people who work or live in the area.

• A copy of the April 1, 1976, Los Altos Town Crier enables visitors to review news events during the year Steve Jobs incorporated Apple Computer. A copy of Apple’s incorporation papers is in the centerfold.

Tip: Mills collected pieces of clothing from the subjects included in his installation and displays the articles on a rack in the corner of the room. Look closely at the labels.

242 State St.

11.9.2013 SFMOMAProjectLosAltos-8171Jeremy Blake, “Winchester”

• Inspired by San Jose’s Winchester House, built circa the 1880s by Sarah Winchester, who also owned the property that became the city of Los Altos. Blake’s three-screen film seems more psychedelic than spooky.

Tip: Allow at least 10-15 minutes for viewing.

11.9.2013 SFMOMAProjectLosAltos-8178Spencer Finch, “Back to Kansas”

• Configured in the shape of a movie screen, the blocks of this colorful grid are inspired by the colors found in the movie “The Wizard of Oz.”

Tip: View Finch’s piece just before and after sunset. As the sun sets around 5 p.m., relax in one of the comfortable sofas as the squares fade to gray. Cards and pencils are available to allow guests to mark the times when the different colors disappear.

271 State St.

11.6.2013 SFMOMAMediaTour-7122Christian Jankowski, “Silicon Valley Talks”

• Comfortable bright-green furniture invites guests to relax as they enter the dim space of Jankowski’s installation.

• Filmed talks by nine local entrepreneurs – ranging from how to write a poem to falling in love and an introduction to fly fishing and vacation – challenge visitors to get lost in the artistic presentation of the spoken word.

Tip: Jankowski filmed the series earlier this month, and the presentation includes local residents.

359 State St.

COMM SFMOMAProjectLosA fmtCharles Garoian

• A Los Altos High School art teacher for 17 years, Garoian’s slide show highlights nine performance-art pieces created with his students during his tenure.

Background article "Former LAHS teacher Garoian inspired a generation of 'misfits'"

11.6.2013 SFMOMAMediaTour-7106Katerina Šedá, “Everything Is Perfect”

• In Šedá’s vision, every Los Altos or Los Altos Hills resident is someone with “ordinary characteristics and talents.” Her installation involves the community as the primary subject of her artistic experiment.

• Unlike most of the other installations, Sedá’s project is a work in progress. A physical desk with submission forms and a computer allow viewers to submit a record for inclusion in a “Los Altos World Record Book,” scheduled for publication in the spring.

Tip: After visiting the submission desk, visit everythingisperfect.org to see some of the current entries, ranging from the Youngest Mayor to the Longest Knitting Pig Hat.

Background Article: "Project Los Altos artist collecting everyday records from residents"

11.6.2013 SFMOMAMediaTour-7091bAlec Soth

• Enjoy a unique glimpse of Silicon Valley through Soth’s collection of black and white photographs.

• From obscure landscapes of tech headquarters to local residents in venues that defy the perceptions about the area, the collection illuminates iconic and everyday community scenes from a new perspective.

Outdoor Installations

Intersection of State and Fourth streets

10.21.2013 SFMOMA-9933Jessica Stockholder, “Cross Hatch”

• With an October unveiling, this street painting was SFMOMA’s first “Project Los Altos” exhibit to arrive in town.

• The piece incorporates shapes that mimic the triangular shape of downtown Los Altos.

• Sitting in the bleachers adjacent to the installation, visitors can observe pedestrians, cars and other elements as they intersect with the artwork.

Tip: Consider climbing the stairs located on the Plaza Central side of 142 State St. for a unique photo angle.

Background Article: "Bold strokes on State Street draw colorful reaction"

Shasta and First streets

11.9.2013 SFMOMAProjectLosAltos-8204Chris Johanson, “If You Are Open to It, You Can Find a Sign That Can Be a Sign”

• Finding this installation by Johanson can be difficult, but if visitors pay close attention to the intersection, they can spot a green post jutting from a building on the north side of Shasta Street.

Tip: This piece is best examined by viewing from all angles.

Lincoln Park

11.8.2013 SFMOMAProjectLosAltos-7208Chris Johanson, “Door Sculpture to Talk About the Idea of Different Possibilities You May Have to Process Your Life”

• A series of three life-size doors open at different angles represents the opportunities for change that individuals encounter in life and their willingness to embrace them.

• Colorful frames entice visitors of all ages, especially children, who can be spotted wandering through the installation on the way to school in the morning.

Tip: Stop by the installation on a foggy morning to experience a sense of serenity and mystery. The vibrant doors seem particularly prominent to the eye as a blanket of fog fades the traffic of Foothill Expressway and the giant redwood trees of Lincoln Park into the background.

Village Park

11.8.2013 SFMOMAProjectLosAltos-5434Chris Johanson, “I Do Not Know But Am Open to Learning”

• Johanson’s giant, inflated question-mark installation is easy to find.

Tip: Walk through and around the perimeter of the park to see how the landscape changes the way the sculpture is framed.

Civic Center Apricot Orchard

11.6.2013 SFMOMAMediaTour-7137Chris Johanson, “The Field Became an Orchard Became a House and Became an Orchard (in Los Altos)”

• Surrounded by an orchard of trees, it’s easy to miss this installation – a weathered door that rests on the ground. The door mysteriously seems to predate the tree growing through it.

Tip: As leaves change color and small yellow flowers blossom, November is the ideal time to visit the city’s signature orchard to peek at the installation.

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