Wed05272015

Stepping Out

'Years at the Museum of American Heritage: A Retrospective' opens Friday

The new exhibition “25 Years at the Museum of American Heritage: A Retrospective” is scheduled to open Friday at the museum, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.

From opening its doors at the original Alma Street location to the museum’s current home on the Williams property on Homer Avenue, “Retrospective” highlights memorable exhibitions from the past 25 years.

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TheatreWork's 'Fire' roars on at MVCPA


Courtesy of Kevin Berne
The cast of “Fire on the Mountain” includes, from left, Tony Marcus, Harvy Blanks, Molly Andrews and Robert Parsons. The musical runs through April 26 in Mountain View.

TheatreWorks presents the regional premiere of the musical “Fire on the Mountain,” slated to run through April 26 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

“Mountain” depicts the Appalachian culture and the spirit of the American work ethic, delving into the hardships of modern coal miners.

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'Lake Effect' continues at Lucie Stern

The TheatreWorks production of “The Lake Effect” – a new drama by Rajiv Joseph – is scheduled to run through March 29 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

Winner of the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Play, the drama is about family secrets, sibling rivalry and a surprising reconciliation. Pungent memories of tandoors and tikka masala linger in a shuttered Indian restaurant, where the owner’s grown-up children ponder the legacy of their family business, their father’s mysterious bookie and their suddenly entangled lives.

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Yes, 'Virginia' opens this week in Los Altos


Chris Peoples/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” stars, from left, Sarah Benjamin (as Honey), Warren Wernick (Nick), Kristin Brownstone (Martha) and Tom Gough (George). The play opens this weekend at Bus Barn Theater.

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” is scheduled to preview Thursday, open Friday and run through May 3 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Edward Albee’s Tony Award-winning play is a dark comedy about a couple embroiled in a marital war of words.

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Smuin's Untamed Dance Series comes to MV

San Francisco-based Smuin Ballet is scheduled to bring its Untamed Dance Series to Mountain View Thursday through Sunday.

The program features “Serenade for Strings” by choreographer Garrett Ammon, set to Tchaikovsky’s score. Dancers include Ben Needham-Wood and Terez Dean.

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'Fire' spreads in MV


Courtesy of Kevin Berne
The cast of “Fire on the Mountain” includes, from left, Tony Marcus, Harvy Blanks, Molly Andrews and Robert Parsons.

TheatreWorks presents the regional premiere of the musical “Fire on the Mountain,” which opened last weekend and is scheduled to run through April 26 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

“Mountain” depicts the Appalachian culture and the spirit of the American work ethic, delving into the hardships of modern coal miners.

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'Eyre' time at Bus Barn


courtesy of Kimberly Kauer/Special to the Town Crier
The Los Altos Youth Theatre production of “Jane Eyre” features Elise Cording as Jane, left, and Alexa Barton as Young Jane.

The Los Altos Youth Theatre production of “Jane Eyre” – in partnership with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival – is slated to run through March 22 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Based on Charlotte Bronte’s book, Willis Hall’s adaptation keeps the major plot points intact, moving through Jane’s childhood as an orphan, her struggles under cruel authority figures and her emergence as an empowered young woman who falls in love with a flawed older man.

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'Fire' ignites in Mtn. View


Courtesy of Kevin Berne
The cast of “Fire on the Mountain,” includes, from left, Tony Marcus, Harvy Blanks, Molly Andrews and Robert Parsons.

TheatreWorks is slated to present the regional premiere of the musical “Fire on the Mountain” this week.

The production is scheduled to preview today through Friday, open Saturday and run through April 26 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

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Russian pianist Ghindin performs Saturday night at Foothill College


Roger Mastroianni/Special to the Town Crier
Pianist Alexander Ghindin, named an “Honored Artist of Russia,” is set to perform Saturday at Smithwick Theatre.

Internationally acclaimed Russian pianist Alexander Ghindin is scheduled to perform Saturday in Los Altos Hills as part of the Steinway Society of the Bay Area’s 20th Anniversary Piano Series.

The concert is slated 7:30 p.m. in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road.

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'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' Not LA Stage Company

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” is scheduled to open next week and run through May 3 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Edward Albee’s Tony Award-winning play is a dark comedy about a couple embroiled in a marital war of words.

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PYT's 'Les Misérables' closes Sunday at MV Center for Performing Arts

Peninsula Youth Theatre continues its 2014-2015 MainStage season with “Les Misérables,” scheduled to run through Sunday in Mountain View.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, “Les Misérables” is the story of heartbreak, passion and the resilience of the human spirit.

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Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill


Courtesy of Cal Pops
The Cal Pops trumpet section includes Dean Boysen, from left, Bob Runnels and Noel Weidkamp.

The California Pops Orchestra is scheduled to perform “Swing Time!” – a musical tour of Big Band hits from the 1930s to today – 3 p.m. Sunday at Foothill College’s Smithwick Theatre.

Conductor Kim Venaas leads the 65-piece orchestra, which will be joined by special guest the Black Tie Jazz Big Band.

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TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Jason Bowen, from left, Adam Poss and Nilanjana Bose star in “The Lake Effect,” opening this weekend at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto and running through March 29.

The TheatreWorks production of “The Lake Effect” – a new drama by Rajiv Joseph – is slated to open this week and run through March 29 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

The drama features family secrets, sibling rivalry and surprising reconciliation.

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TheatreWorks' 'Lake' dries up Sunday at Lucie Stern Theatre

The TheatreWorks production of “The Lake Effect” – a new drama by Rajiv Joseph – is slated to run through Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

Winner of the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Play, the drama offers a spicy menu of family secrets, sibling rivalry and surprising reconciliation. Pungent memories of tandoors and tikka masala linger in a shuttered Indian restaurant, where the owner’s grown children ponder the legacy of their family business, their father’s mysterious bookie and their suddenly entangled lives.

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'Les Misérables' debuts this week in downtown MV


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Caitlin Devenney of Mountain View portrays Little Cosette in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Les Misérables.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre continues its 2014-2015 MainStage season with “Les Misérables,” scheduled this weekend and next in Mountain View.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, “Les Misérables” is a story of heartbreak, passion and the resilience of the human spirit. Featuring music by Alain Boubil and Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, it’s one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history.

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Treble Voices Festival set for Saturday in PA

The eighth annual New Music for Treble Voices Festival is scheduled 4 p.m. Saturday at All Saints Church in Palo Alto.

Produced by the Peninsula Women’s Chorus, the festival brings together a wide range of choirs in the study and performance of new music.

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Foothill's 'Sunday in the Park with George' comes to a close

Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “Sunday in the Park with George” is scheduled to close Sunday in Los Altos Hills.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine.

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'Jane' to remain at LA's Bus Barn through Sunday


Kimberly Kauer/Special to the Town Crier
The Los Altos Youth Theatre production of “Jane Eyre” closes Sunday at Bus Barn.

The Los Altos Youth Theatre production of “Jane Eyre” – in partnership with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival – is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Based on Charlotte Bronte’s book, Willis Hall’s adaptation keeps the major plot points intact, moving through Jane’s childhood as an orphan, her struggles under cruel authority figures and her emergence as an empowered young woman who falls in love with a flawed older man.

Read more...

Foothill Symphonic Winds to perform Sunday in PA

The Foothill Symphonic Winds’ annual winter concert is set for 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cubberley Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Conductor David Bruce Adams will lead the 80-member group in a program featuring music from Broadway and the movies, including “Star Wars.”

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Master Sinfonia performs Sunday afternoon at Los Altos United Methodist Church

Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra is set to perform 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave. The program includes music by Mozart (“Overture to Don Giovanni” and a collection of arias) and Mahler (Symphony No. 4 in G major), featuring soloist Amina Edris.

For tickets ($15-$25) and more information, visit mastersinfonia.org.

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'Park' in the hills


courtesy of Foothill Music Theatre
Dot (Katie Nix) imagines her dream job as a follies dancer in the Foothill Music Theatre production of “Sunday in the Park with George.” The play runs through March 8.

Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “Sunday in the Park with George” is scheduled to run through March 8 in Los Altos Hills.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine.

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