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Stepping Out

No 'Lion' – C.S. Lewis tale opens Friday in Los Altos


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Ellen Schwartz plays Lucy and Nils Forstall is Tumnus in Los Altos Youth Theatre’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

The Los Altos Youth Theatre production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is scheduled to open Friday and run through Nov. 1 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Emily Jordan directs the play, adapted by Joseph Robinette from the fantasy novel by C.S. Lewis.

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Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra performs Sunday afternoon in LA

Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra kicks off its 50th- anniversary season with a concert slated 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The program includes Respighi’s “Trittico Botticelliano,” Glazunov’s Violin Concerto – featuring violinist Emma Steele – and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. David Ramadanoff directs the orchestra, formed in 1965 as a class at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

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'Cell Phone' still in service at Bus Barn


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The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” features, from left, Judith Miller (as Mrs. Gottlieb), Marjorie Hazeltine (Hermia), Adrienne Walters (The Other Woman), David Scott (Dwight) and Kristin Walter (Jean).

Los Altos Stage Company’s opening production of its 20th season, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” is scheduled to run through Sept. 27 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Winner of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, Sarah Ruhl’s dark comedy focuses on society’s obsession with technology, delving into its ability to simultaneously unite and isolate individuals. The plot unfolds when an incessantly ringing cellphone disrupts the peace in a quiet cafe, frustrating a stranger at a nearby table. What’s left is a dead man with loose ends.

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Noted pianist plays Saturday at De Anza


Virtuoso pianist Vassilis Varvaresos is set to perform works of Chopin and Scriabin 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the De Anza College Visual and Performing Arts Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.

A graduate of The Julliard School, Varvaresos has performed throughout Europe, at Carnegie Hall and for President and Mrs. Obama at the White House.

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Pear puts ups 'Walls' this week at new Mountain View location

The world premiere of “The Walls of Jericho” is set to preview Thursday and Friday, open Saturday and run through Oct. 4 at the Pear Theatre’s new location, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View.

Pear Artistic Director Diane Tasca created the stage adaptation of “Night Bus” from a magazine story by Samuel Hopkins Adams. The romantic comedy follows the adventures of rich girl Elspeth (played by Sarah Cook) and poor boy Peter (Drew Reitz), who meet on a bus and travel together, eluding those seeking Elspeth.

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'Proof' is in


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Hal (Lance Gardner) reviews Catherine’s (Michelle Beck, center) mathematical theorems under the watchful eye of her sister Claire (Ashley Bryant) in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s production of “Proof.” The play is scheduled to preview today through Friday, open Saturday and run through Nov. 1 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2015-2016 season with David Auburn’s contemporary drama “Proof.”

It is scheduled to open this week and run through Nov. 1 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

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Cal Pops Orchestra performs Sunday at Foothill

The California Pops Orchestra’s 27th season, “Movie Masterpieces,” is scheduled to premiere 3 p.m. Sunday in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

The performance is a tribute to several well-known scores in cinema history. The program includes John Williams’ “Flight to Neverland” from the movie “Hook” and Elmer Bernstein’s “Ghostbusters.”

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'Wonderful' evening planned for Friday at Los Altos church

A concert titled “S’Wonderful: An evening with Gershwin” is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Friday at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

The one-hour bio-musical about the life and music of George Gershwin will feature local musicians performing Gershwin favorites as the audience learns about the man and his music.

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Playing 'House' TheatreWorks stages comedy in MV


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Jason Kuykendall and Marcia Pizzo star in TheatreWorks’ “The Country House.”

TheaterWorks Silicon Valley’s regional premiere of “The Country House” is scheduled to run through Sept. 20 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Robert Kelley directs “Country House,” a Chekhovian comedy/drama by Donald Margulies, the prize-winning author of “Dinner with Friends.”

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Award-winning jazz musician Lington to perform in PA

An evening of jazz with Aaron Lington and friends titled “Reimagining Standards” is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road.

Lington is a Grammy Award-winning baritone saxophonist and composer who has collaborated with the San Francisco Symphony, Maynard Ferguson, the BBC Radio Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, Bo Diddley, Joe Lovano, Jamie Davis, Tommy Igoe and Pacific Mambo Orchestra.

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LA Stage Company carries 'Cell Phone' through Sept. 27

Los Altos Stage Company opens its 20th season with “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” scheduled to run through Sept. 27 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Winner of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, the dark comedy focuses on society’s obsession with technology, delving into its ability to simultaneously unite and isolate individuals.

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LA Follies musical revue takes on 'Idiocy' this year


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
The 22nd annual Los Altos Follies, titled “A Salute to Ignominious Idolizing of Idiocy!, features a cast of local residents. Proceeds benefit the Los Altos Stage Company.

The 22nd annual Los Altos Follies –“A Salute to Ignominious Idolizing of Idiocy!” – is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The satirical musical revue of modern life and politics is a fundraiser for Los Altos Stage Company. It features original lyrics to well-known tunes.

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Palo Alto Philharmonic performs Saturday night at First Baptist Church

The Palo Alto Philharmonic is scheduled to perform 8 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto.

The concert will feature Scarlatti’s Keyboard Sonatas, influenced by Spanish and Portuguese folk music. Additionally, the program includes pieces by Buoanamente from Sonate et Canzoni, Purcell’s Sonata for trumpet and strings and Corelli’s Concerto Grosso. The brass ensemble will perform Jean-Francois Taillard’s arrangement of Gabrielli’s Canzon Pian’e Forte.

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Pear's 'Walls' comes down Sunday in MV


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
Pear Theatre’s production of “The Walls of Jericho” stars Drew Reitz (as Peter) and Sarah Cook (Elspeth). The production closes with Sunday’s matinee performance.

The world premiere of “The Walls of Jericho” is scheduled to run through Sunday at the Pear Theatre’s new location, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View.

Pear’s artistic director and founder, Diane Tasca, created the stage adaptation of “Night Bus,” a magazine story by Samuel Hopkins Adams.

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'Dead Man' comes alive at Bus Barn


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” includes, from left, Marjorie Hazeltine (as Hermia), Kristin Walter (Jean) and Adrienne Walters (Carlotta).

Los Altos Stage Company opens its 20th season with “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” scheduled to run Thursday through Sept. 27 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Winner of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, the dark comedy focuses on society’s obsession with technology, delving into its ability to simultaneously unite and isolate individuals. The plot unfolds when an incessantly ringing cellphone disrupts the peace in a quiet cafe, frustrating a stranger at a nearby table. What’s left is a dead man with loose ends.

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Pear's 'Walls of Jericho' enters 2nd week in MV


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
Pear Theatre’s production of “The Wall of Jericho” stars Drew Reitz (as Peter) and Sarah Cook (Elspeth). The play runs through Oct. 4 at Pear’s new location in Mountain View.

The world premiere of “The Walls of Jericho” opened last week and is scheduled to run through Oct. 4 at the Pear Theatre’s new location, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View.

Pear’s artistic director and founder, Diane Tasca, created the stage adaptation of “Night Bus,” which is based on a magazine story by the late Samuel Hopkins Adams.

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'Country House' runs through Sept. 27 in MV


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Kimberly King and Jason Kuykendall star in TheatreWorks’ “The Country House.”

TheaterWorks Silicon Valley’s regional premiere of “The Country House” is scheduled to run through Sept. 20 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Robert Kelley directs “Country House,” a Chekhovian comedy and drama by Donald Margulies, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Dinner with Friends.”

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LA Stage Company hangs up 'Cell Phone'


Richard Mayer/ Special to the Town Crier
The cast of the Los Altos Stage Company production of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” includes David Scott (as Dwight) and Kristin Walter (Jean).

The Los Altos Stage Company’ production of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” is scheduled to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave. The play opened the company’s 20th season.

Winner of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, the dark comedy focuses on society’s obsession with technology, delving into its ability to simultaneously unite and isolate individuals. The plot unfolds when an incessantly ringing cellphone disrupts the peace in a quiet cafe, frustrating a stranger at a nearby table. What’s left is a dead man with loose ends.

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MOAH's 'Retrospective' display continues through Jan. 17 in PA

The exhibition “25 Years at the Museum of American Heritage: A Retrospective” recently opened at MOAH, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.

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

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PA Players closes down 'Chicago' Sunday at Lucie Stern Theatre

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

The satirical musical dives into the obsession of scandals and celebrities in American culture.

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Open 'House'


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Anna Patterson (played by Kimberly King) accepts a drink from Michael Astor (Jason Kuykendall) in “The Country House.”

TheaterWorks Silicon Valley’s regional premiere of “The Country House” is scheduled to run today through Sept. 20 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Robert Kelley directs “House,” a Chekhovian comedy/drama by Donald Margulies, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Dinner with Friends.” The play is about a famous movie star who summons her family to her Berkshires home for a summer-stock season soon overstocked with memories. The story deals with fame and art on top of the promise for romance and fading dreams.

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