Filmmaker seeks audience feedback on 'Purple Onion'

courtesy of Picture Theory
Edwin Li stars as Johnny Lee in Matt Szymanowski’s new film, “The Purple Onion,” scheduled to play at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose next month.

A rough cut of “The Purple Onion,” Matt Szymanowski’s film about a struggling San Francisco comedian, is playing at San Jose’s Cinequest Film Festival next month. Audience reaction could determine the outcome of the final product.

“We are calling on the audience to provide their responses to our film by filling out questionnaires or by participating in mini video interviews after each screening,” Szymanowski said. “The responses could end up affecting our final film, which will have its official world premiere shortly later.”


Community Briefs

E3 Youth Philanthropy accepts grant requests

E3 Youth Philanthropy, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, is accepting grant applications through May 9 for its 2014 grant-making season. Grants range in amount from $200 to $2,000.

This year’s grants will focus on teen health, the environment and education. The group will prioritize projects that strengthen Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and surrounding areas; benefit many youth rather than a few; inspire youth action; raise awareness; and/or provide a new way to address a real community need.


POPs go the easels: Artists to paint local orchard

Courtesy of Robin Chapman
Artist and Los Altos native Cynthia Henderson Riordan prepares for the upcoming “Paintout.”

Artists from the Peninsula Outdoor Painters (POPs) will be outdoors with their easels this spring in the historical apricot orchard that surrounds the Los Altos Civic Center. The artists have scheduled a “Paintout” 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday and March 11 in and around the orchard, weather permitting.

The painters are creating works for an upcoming exhibition, “POPs in the Orchard,” scheduled for display during the month of July at the Los Altos main library.


Run for Zimbabwe Orphans celebrates 15th event March 23

The 15th annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair is scheduled noon to 4 p.m. March 23 at St. Joseph Catholic School, 1120 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.

“I’m very excited about this year’s race,” said Los Altos resident Ellen Clark, the event’s chief organizer and founder of the nonprofit Sustainable Living Foundation.


Los Altos Hills photo exhibition aids nonprofit Kaleidoscope

Courtesy of Palo Alto Camera Club
The Palo Alto Camera Club’s photos of Cuba, including the shot above, are scheduled for display at Los Altos Hills Town Hall from March 10 through Aug. 28.

Los Altos Hills has scheduled a free public reception for “Capturing Light: The World as We See It,” the Palo Alto Camera Club’s judged photography exhibition and sale, 2-5 p.m. March 30 at town hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

“Capturing Light” is slated for display at town hall March 10 through Aug. 28. The exhibition is divided into two categories: General and Cuba. The Cuba photographs are the product of field workshops held in Havana.


Morning Forum of Los Altos continues 2014 series

The Morning Forum of Los Altos Winter/Spring lecture season is underway. Presentations are scheduled 10:15-11:45 a.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Upcoming speakers and topics:


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