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This year's 'Pear Slices' production features 14 one-act plays in Mtn. View

Pear Theatre continues its season with “Pear Slices 2016,” the 13th installment of its celebration of short plays by local playwrights. It is scheduled to run through May 29 in Mountain View.

As befits the Pear’s new and larger space, “Pear Slices” will be nearly twice its usual size – presented as two alternating evenings of seven plays each. Each performance slate is independent, and audiences can choose to see one set of plays (Slate A or Slate B) or all 14. A Saturday matinee has been added this year for patrons who prefer to see all 14 plays within 24 hours.

Singer-songwriter Vega to perform benefit concert Sunday in Palo Alto

Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega is the featured performer at the annual Arts Bravura Benefit Concert, scheduled 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center’s Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Vega’s first album, released in 1985, sold 2 million copies worldwide. Her biggest hits include “Luka” (nominated for a Grammy Award in 1987), “Tom’s Diner” and “Left of Center.”

TheaterGames' 'Belkin Tales' comes to Mtn. View Sunday

The TheaterGames production of “The Belkin Tales” is scheduled to be performed 5 p.m. Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts’ SecondStage, 500 Castro St.

Alexander Pushkin’s novella – in the style of Walter Scott – is a glance into 19th-century Russian life. Written nearly 200 years ago, the story includes plot twists, romance, drama and irony.

PYT's 'Seuss' is on the loose

The Peninsula Youth Theatre production of “Seussical” is set to open Saturday and run through May 22 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The musical pastiche of stories by Theodor Geisel – better known as “Dr. Seuss” – centers on big-hearted Horton, who sticks up for the downtrodden microscopic Whos and a defenseless egg, and dreams of a world where all creatures great and small can live in peace and equality.

Foothill College students to stage spring ballet Saturday & Sunday

Under the direction of Foothill College dance instructor Linda Hurkmans, students enrolled in Foothill ballet courses will team up with dancers from San Jose Dance Theatre for a pair of performances this weekend.

In addition to a guest performance by the Cincinnati Ballet’s Jake Casey, the shows will spotlight Foothill dancers as they perform Hurkmans’ original choreography of “Chopin Etudes,” which recently premiered at the SJ Dance Company Festival, as well as “Paquita Grand Pas Classique,” “Le Corsaire Pas de Duex,” “Joy, Winter” and more.

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