Tue09012015

Stepping Out

West Bay Opera's 'Faust' opens Friday night


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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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West Bay Opera makes bargain with 'Faust'


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Elizabeth Zharoff debuts as Marguerite in West Bay Opera’s “Faust.”

West Bay Opera’s new production of the French grand opera “Faust” is scheduled to run May 22-31 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. A free preview with piano is slated 8 p.m. Thursday at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., 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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CalPops wraps up season with comedy and mayhem


The California Pops Orchestra concludes its season with “Spies, Heroes, Comedy and Mayhem!,” a concert highlighting musical heroes and villains, gumshoes and gangsters, adventurers and sad sacks from the movies, Broadway, vaudeville, cartoons, radio and TV.

The performance is scheduled 3 p.m. Sunday in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

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