New leader, new season for Peninsula Symphony


The Los Altos-based Peninsula Symphony recently named Sheri Frumkin, a veteran nonprofit development professional, its new managing director.

“We are extremely happy to have an experienced, well-known, local nonprofit executive join the Symphony family,” said Alan Bien, Peninsula Symphony board chairman.


West Bay Opera's 'Il Trovatore' rises to challenge: Review

Can the magnificence of Giuseppe Verdi’s operatic masterpiece “Il Trovatore” be captured in an intimate hall, with a minimal stage and a reduced orchestra? That answer is a resounding yes, as West Bay Opera proved with the opening of its 59th season last weekend at Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto. You can see and hear the performance for yourself this weekend when West Bay is again scheduled to stage the opera.

All it takes to make it happen is the combined talents of some of the best voices specializing in this brilliantly powerful musical drama. “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubador”), composed in 1853, tells a bizarre story of the terror in 15th-century Spain, intermixed with a passionate love triangle and a half-crazed gypsy woman bent on avenging her mother’s unjust burning at the stake. The warfare pits brother against brother, but one of them doesn’t know of the relationship until after he’s had his sibling and romantic rival decapitated.


LAUMC invites residents to volunteer for Compassion Week

Los Altos United Methodist Church is taking a week off from its regularly scheduled worship services to serve others in a hands-on way Sunday.

The church has dedicated this week through Sunday to Compassion Week, seven days of volunteer service opportunities, and invites local residents to participate.


Community Briefs

Speaker to address housing crisis

Los Altos Forward has scheduled a “Community Conversation” with John Barton on “The Housing Crisis That Could Ruin Our Economy” 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Helix Community Science Center, 316 State St., Los Altos.

Barton, director of Stanford University’s Architectural Design Program, is a former member of the Palo Alto City Council.


Celebrity Forum series begins tonight with Bill Nye at Flint Center

The 47th annual Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series, which opens tonight and runs through May, features a varied lineup of newsmakers who appear for three consecutive nights.

All Celebrity Forum programs are scheduled 8 p.m. at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on the De Anza College campus, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.


Museum exhibition tackles 'The Lure & the Legends' that made Silicon Valley: Ambitious project tells pioneers' stories via range of features

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“The Lure & the Legends” organizers gather in the exhibition’s parametric structure Friday. Pictured are, front row, from left: Donald Sibbett, Julie Rose, Paula Tuerk, Trudi Brossard and Lou Brossard. Back: Jason Reiner, Jennifer Miller, Rosie Birnel, Kathy Lera, Carolyn Snyder, Al Bagley, Nan Geschke, Bob Grimm, Cris Johnson, Judy Dahl and Chuck Geschke.

The story of Silicon Valley is now legendary, with its transition from ranchland and orchards to high-tech mecca told countless times and its innovations well chronicled.

But the stories of the people behind the Apple iPhones, Google searches, Adobe software and other world-changing advances haven’t been told nearly as often.


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