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Aurora Singers to emit 'Musical Glow' Friday


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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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'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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Kentucky bluegrass duo performs Saturday night at Los Altos church

Bluegrass duo Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley are slated to perform 7 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1715 Grant Road, Los Altos. Both sing and play guitar.

The daughter of a coal-mining Baptist minister, Bradley grew up in a tar- and paper-covered shack near Loretta Lynn’s childhood home in eastern Kentucky. She’s been singing professionally since age 14 and has been named International Bluegrass Music Association Vocalist of the Year five times.

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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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Pacific Ballet's 'Nutcracker' opens Friday in downtown Mtn. View

The Pacific Ballet Academy is back with its 24th annual production of “The Nutcracker,” scheduled this weekend in downtown Mountain View.

The story follows young Clara as she falls into a dream where her beloved nutcracker becomes the daring prince and snowflakes dance in a land of snow.

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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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'Fox on the Fairway' swings into Los Altos; Ludwig comedy runs through Dec. 14

The Los Altos Stage Company production of the Ken Ludwig comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is scheduled to run through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” takes audiences on a romp that pulls the rug out from under the stuffy denizens of two competing golf country clubs. The play is filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors and over-the-top romantic shenanigans.

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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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LA Stage Company opens 'Fairway'

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” is a romp that pulls the rug out from under the stuffy denizens of two competing golf country clubs. The fast-paced comedy is filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors and over-the-top romantic shenanigans.

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PYT's 'Latke' opens Friday in Mtn. View


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Megan Foreman, a Los Altos resident, portrays the title character in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s world premiere production of “The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story” is scheduled this weekend in Mountain View.

Based on the book of the same name, the comedic play is the stage adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s spin on the Gingerbread Man. It was written for PYT by Dexter Fidler.

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'Shooter' closes this Sunday in Los Altos Hills


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“First-Person Shooter” is staged in the Lohman Theatre.

The Foothill College Theatre Arts Department presents the ripped-from-the-headlines drama “First-Person Shooter” through Sunday in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Audiences will meet the proprietors of a successful Silicon Valley video-game company who are under siege in the media and court of public opinion after the perpetrator of a racially charged school shooting identifies their game as inspiration for his rampage.

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LA Stage Company's 'Fairway' on the back nine at Bus Barn

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy, “The Fox on the Fairway,” is scheduled to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” takes audiences on a romp that pulls the rug out from under the stuffy denizens of two competing golf country clubs. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, the fast-paced comedy recalls the classic Marx Brothers’ movies.

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Peninsula Symphony performs at Stanford twice this weekend

The Los Altos-based Peninsula Symphony joins forces with the Stanford Symphonic Choir for a pair of holiday concerts this weekend.

Performances are slated 7:30 p.m. Friday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall on the Stanford University campus.

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'Starcatcher' continues run at Lucie Stern Theatre

TheatreWorks’ production of the music-filled holiday adventure “Peter and the Starcatcher” is set to run through Jan. 3 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in 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.”

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'Oklahoma!' opens in downtown MV


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The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Oklahoma!” includes, from left, Matthew Powers (of Los Gatos), Freya Forstall (Los Altos) and Kaizen Betts-La Croix (Belmont).

The Peninsula Youth Theatre production of “Oklahoma!” is scheduled to run Saturday through Nov. 23 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical – featuring dancing and singing cowboys and farmers – is about farm girl Laurey and cowboy Curly, who are on the brink of falling in love. The score features familiar numbers such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin.’”

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Los Altos Stage Company takes a swing at 'Fairway'


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Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Fox on the Fairway” stars Brooke Silva (as Louise) and Michael Weiland (Justin).

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy, “The Fox on the Fairway,” is scheduled to run through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” takes audiences on a romp that pulls the rug out from under the stuffy denizens of two competing golf country clubs. The fast-paced comedy is filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors and over-the-top romantic shenanigans.

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California Pops launches season with 'Gatsby'-era hits

The California Pops Orchestra is slated to kick off its 2014-2015 season with a program of “Music of the Great Gatsby Era” 3 p.m. Sunday at Foothill College’s Smithwick Theatre, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

With conductor Kim Venaas at the helm and two special guests – pianist Frederick Hodges and singer Ann Gibson – the 65-piece orchestra will transport guests to the music of the 1920s and ’30s – from flappers to bootleggers, Art Deco and “The Great Gatsby.” Selections include the music of Cole Porter, “The Charleston,” “Toot Toot Tootsie,” “Doin’ the Uptown Lowdown,” “Blue Skies” and “Boogie Woogie.”

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TheatreWorks opens ‘Starcatcher’

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

Rick Elice’s award-winning comedy – based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson – is a prequel to “Peter Pan” and features music by Wayne Barker.

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Foothill's 'First-Person Shooter' runs through Nov. 23 in Lohman Theatre

The Foothill College Theatre Arts Department presents the ripped-from-the-headlines drama “First-Person Shooter” through Nov. 23 in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

The play centers on the proprietors of a successful Silicon Valley video game company who are under siege in the media and court of public opinion after the perpetrator of a racially charged school shooting identifies their game as inspiration for his rampage.

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'Harps for the Holidays' set for Saturday

Harpeggio Music’s “20 Harps for the Holidays” concert is scheduled 4-6 p.m. Saturday at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The performance will feature harp solos and a studio ensemble of more than 20 harps. The program includes carols, classical music and festive holiday music.

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Palo Alto Players pulls ‘Harvey’ out of its hat


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Evan Michael Schumacher stars as Elwood in “Harvey.”

The Palo Alto Players production of the comedy “Harvey” is slated to preview Friday, open Saturday and run through Nov. 23 at Lucie Stern Theatre.

Mary Chase’s play premiered on Broadway in 1944 and won the Pulitzer Prize a year later.

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