Tue07072015

Stepping Out

Singer Whitfield to perform benefit concert Sunday at Bus Barn Theater

Cabaret singer Wesla Whitfield is scheduled to return to Bus Barn Theater 5 p.m. Sunday to perform a benefit concert for Los Altos Stage Company.

Whitfield’s husband – pianist and arranger Mike Greensill – and bass player Dean Reilly will accompany her. Whitfield’s set list includes numbers from the Great American Songbook.

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Bye bye 'Birds'


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
“Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson and Diane Tasca.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premiere of “Birds of a Feather” is set to run through Sunday in Mountain View.

The play is the third chapter in local playwright Paul Braverman’s trilogy featuring gin-soaked private eye Frankie Payne.

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West Bay Opera's 'Faust' opens Friday night


Otak Jump/Special to the Town Crier
James Callon plays the titular role in West Bay Opera’s “Faust,” opening Friday in Palo Alto.

West Bay Opera’s new production of the French grand opera “Faust” is scheduled to open Friday and run through May 31 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Charles Gounod’s “Faust” – loosely based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s play – premiered in Paris in 1859. When Faust sells his soul to the devil in exchange for the chance to be young again, is he condemned to repeat his youthful mistakes?

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Aurora Singers perform Saturday in PA

The Aurora Singers are slated to perform 7 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road.

The family-friendly spring program – titled “Listen to the Music!” – features a century of pop, gospel, jazz and Broadway tunes, all showcasing instruments. Songs will include “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “I Love a Piano,” “Little David, Play on Your Harp,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and “Seventy-Six Trombones.” The program includes sing-along selections and a post-concert reception featuring home-baked foods.

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Museum of American Heritage launches 'Retrospective' exhibition

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

It highlights memorable exhibits from the past 25 years.

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