Last updateWed, 27 Jul 2016 10am

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.

Pear dishes out 'Slices' this weekend

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 today 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.

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the Woods” dusted with cookie crumbs and naive confidence.

“The way is clear / The light is good / I have no fear / Nor no one should,” she sings.

Arts Briefs

Pacific Ballet hosts ‘Spring Showcase’ this weekend in MV

Pacific Ballet Academy has scheduled four performances of its “Spring Showcase” this weekend on the MainStage at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The annual event will feature student dancers (advanced through pre-ballet levels) and members of the Pacific Ballet Studio Company.

'Catch' comes to conclusion LA Stage Co. comedy ends run this weekend

Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
Bryan Moriarty, left, stars as Yossarian and John Stephen King plays the Psychiatrist in Los Altos Stage Company’s “Catch-22.”

Los Altos Stage Company’s presentation of “Catch-22” is slated to run through Sunday at Bus Barn Theater.

Written by Joseph Heller in 1961, the comedic “Catch-22” ranks among the most celebrated works of American literature.

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