Fri01302015

Stepping Out

'Betrayal' at Pear


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of Pear Avenue Theatre’s “Betrayal” includes Maryssa Wanlass, from left, Fred Pitts and William J. Brown III.

The Pear Avenue Theatre presents Harold Pinter’s investigation of modern relationships, “Betrayal,” beginning this weekend in Mountain View. The production is scheduled to run through Feb. 22.

Written in 1978, the drama is a portrayal of a marriage in disintegration, but seen in reverse chronology. It chronicles the beginning and end of a seven-year affair.

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'Maple and Vine' opens this week at Bus Barn

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Maple and Vine” is scheduled to preview Thursday, open Friday and run through Feb. 22 at the Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Jordan Harrison’s dark comedy explores society’s adoration of yesteryear and the lengths people will go to escape present-day realities.

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'Starcatcher' fades away in PA


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Slank (Will Springhorn Jr., left) and Black Stache (Patrick Kelly Jones) duel in the TheatreWorks production of “Peter and the Starcatcher.” It closes Saturday at the Lucie Stern Theatre.

This is the last week to catch the TheatreWorks’ production of “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

The music-filled holiday adventure is slated to close Saturday at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

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TheatreWorks puts 'Hands' together for a few more weeks in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks’ production of “2 Pianos 4 Hands” is scheduled to run through Feb. 15 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The semi-autobiographical play, co-written by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt, is a comic coming-of-age journey featuring the music of Bach, Beethoven, Scott Joplin and others.

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Local performs with Kathleen Turner in 'Red Hot Patriot'

Los Altos native Michael Barrett Austin performs alongside two-time Tony and Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner in Berkeley Rep’s production of “Red Hot Patriot,” recently extended to Jan. 11.

“Patriot” is a one-woman show featuring Turner as Molly Ivins, the real-life political journalist from Texas and best-selling author of “Bushwacked.”

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PA Players' 'Eurydice' comes to a close Sunday at Lucie Stern

The Palo Alto Players production of “Eurydice” is scheduled to close Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice” is a modern reinterpretation of a Greek myth about life, loss and difficult choices. After a tragic accident on her wedding day, Eurydice travels to the Underworld and is reunited with her father.

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MOAH hosts LEGO Holiday Extravaganza

The Museum of American Heritage, the Bay Area LEGO User Group and the Bay Area LEGO Train Club are co-hosting the 2014-15 LEGO Holiday Extravaganza at the museum, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.

The annual display is scheduled to run through Jan. 18.

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TheatreWorks launches '2 Pianos' in Mtn. View


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Christopher Tocco stars in TheatreWorks’ “2 Pianos 4 Hands,” which opened last week.

TheatreWorks’ production of “2 Pianos 4 Hands” is scheduled to run through Feb. 15 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

“Hands,” a semiautobiographical play co-written by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt, features two grand pianos, two main actors and a gallery of pushy parents and eccentric teachers. The play centers on piano students Ted and Richard, who reach the edge of genius only to fall an octave short of stardom. The comic coming-of-age journey boasts music from Bach and Beethoven to Scott Joplin and Jerry Lee Lewis.

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'Starcatcher' runs until Jan. 3 in PA


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Adrienne Walters stars as Molly and Tim Homsley portrays Peter in the TheatreWorks production of “Peter and the Starcatcher,” playing through Jan. 3 at Palo Alto’s Lucie Stern Theatre.

TheatreWorks’ production of the music-filled holiday adventure “Peter and the Starcatcher” is slated to run through Jan. 3 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Rick Elice’s Tony Award-winning comedy – based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson – is a prequel to “Peter Pan” that features music by Wayne Barker. Set on the high seas in the days of pirates, the family-friendly “Starcatcher” is about the boy who never grew up and the girl he’ll never forget.

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PA Players' 'Eurydice' enters 2nd week

The Palo Alto Players production of “Eurydice” is slated to run through Feb. 1 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Written by Sarah Ruhl, “Eurydice” is a modern reinterpretation of a Greek myth about life, loss and difficult choices.

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Museum of American Heritage's LEGO Holiday Extravaganza features train layouts & castles

The Museum of American Heritage, the Bay Area LEGO User Group and the Bay Area LEGO Train Club are co-hosting the 2014-15 LEGO Holiday Extravaganza at the museum, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.

The annual display opened Dec. 12 and is scheduled to run through Jan. 18.

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PYT's production of 'Mosquitoes' lands in downtown Mtn. View


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The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears” includes Lauren Ford of Sunnyvale, left, and Michael DeLaurier of Los Altos.

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears” – the latest production in its Stories on Stage series – Friday and Saturday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

A retelling of a West African folk tale about how the insect got its buzz, “Mosquitoes” is adapted from the Caldecott Medal-winning book by Verna Aardema.

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Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday


courtesy of Aurora Singers
The Aurora Singers are scheduled to perform a seasonal concert Friday night in Palo Alto.

The Aurora Singers’ “Winter’s Musical Glow” holiday concert is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road.

Celebrating the spirit of the season, the 70-voice Aurora Singers will perform songs highlighting the joyful sounds of instruments: bells, violins, harps, drums and flutes. Selections include “Carol of the Bells,” “A Peaceful Midnight Clear” and a jazzy version of “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town.” The concert will also feature sing-along selections and a post-concert reception with home-baked treats.

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Tuttles perform Saturday in MV with singer Lee


Courtesy of Lisa Krieger
The Tuttles – siblings Sullivan, left, Molly, second from left, and Michael, right, will perform Saturday night with A.J. Lee, center. Jack Tuttle, second from right, taught his children how to play musical instruments. The family is from Palo Alto.

Bluegrass band The Tuttles is slated to perform with A.J. Lee and guest musician John Mailander 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Mountain View.

The Tuttles comprise siblings Molly (age 21), Sullivan (18) and Michael (16) of Palo Alto. The Northern California Bluegrass Society has twice named the group “Best Bluegrass Band.” Father Jack Tuttle – a longtime guitar teacher at Gryphon Stringed Instruments – taught his children how to play musical instruments.

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'Peter and the Starcatcher' continues at Lucie Stern

TheatreWorks’ production of the music-filled holiday adventure “Peter and the Starcatcher” is slated to run through Jan. 3 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Rick Elice’s Tony Award-winning comedy – based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson – is a prequel to “Peter Pan” that features music by Wayne Barker. Set on the high seas in the days of pirates, the family-friendly “Starcatcher” is about the boy who never grew up.

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MOAH LEGO Holiday Extravaganza closes Sunday

The 2014-15 LEGO Holiday Extravaganza is slated to close Sunday at the Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.

The annual display features LEGO creations such as train layouts, Bay Area landmarks, castles, miniature cities and sculptures.

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Cal Pops' holiday concert set for Sunday at Foothill

The California Pops Orchestra’s annual holiday concert is scheduled 3 p.m. Sunday in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Led by conductor Kim Venaas, the 65-piece orchestra will perform a slew of holiday favorites. The program includes “White Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” “The Toy Trumpet” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” along with music from the soundtracks from “Frozen,” “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Charlie Brown’s Christmas.”

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Levy to lead 'Musical Journey' Sunday at Oshman Family JCC


Pianist Frank Levy is scheduled to perform 3 p.m. Sunday at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

The concert, titled “Musical Journeys with Frank Levy: Animals, Seasons & Other Musical Fantasies,” will feature music inspired by animals, the stars, the moon and other whimsical elements, highlighting the transfiguration of nursery rhymes and lullabies of Ibert, Copland, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Beethoven and Rimsky-Korsakov.

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Bayer Ballet Academy performs 'Snow Queen' in Mountain View

Bayer Ballet Academy presents “The Snow Queen” this weekend in downtown Mountain View.

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, the original youth ballet production takes audiences on a magical journey where true love and enduring friendship overcome evil.

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Local actor shares stage with Kathleen Turner in 'Patriot' at Berkeley Rep

Los Altos native Michael Barrett Austin performs alongside two-time Tony and Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner in Berkeley Rep’s production of “Red Hot Patriot,” slated to close Sunday.

“Patriot” is a one-woman show featuring Turner as Molly Ivins, the real-life political journalist from Texas and best-selling author of “Bushwhacked.”

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Smuin Ballet performs 'Uncorked' today through Sunday at MVCPA

Smuin Ballet this week presents “Uncorked: The Christmas Ballet” at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Choreographed and directed by Michael Smuin, the ballet features guest artists and music by Elvis Presley, Mozart, the Chieftains and Ray Charles.

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