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LASD parents raise concerns about 10th school site

LASD parents raise concerns about 10th school site

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Hidden Villa trail closed due to suspected mountain lion activity

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A toast to independent craft brews like Clandestine

A toast to independent craft brews like Clandestine


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Homestead band blossoms through Rose Parade

Homestead band blossoms through Rose Parade


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Quick breads deliver flavor  for beginners

Quick breads deliver flavor for beginners


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Caffeine-free and curious

Caffeine-free and curious


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News

LASD parents raise concerns about 10th school site

LASD parents raise concerns about 10th school site

Megan V. Winslow / Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s 10th Site Committee recommended a site that includes the Old Mill Office Center, above, on San Antonio Circle in Mountain View, but the owners the building do not want to sell.

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Schools

Homestead band blossoms through Rose Parade

Homestead band blossoms through Rose Parade


Photo by Jim Zumsteg/ Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High’s marching band performs at the Rose Parade Jan. 1.

The 216 members of the Homestead High School Mighty Mustang Marching Band had a 3:30 a.m. wake-up call for the Jan. 1 Rose Parad...

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Community

GreenTown Los Altos presents plastic pollution documentary

GreenTown Los Altos presents plastic pollution documentary

Hoping to highlight the dangers plastics present to the world’s waterways, local grassroots initiative GreenTown Los Altos is scheduled to host a free screening of “STRAWS” Jan. 17 at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

"STRAWS"

The ...

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Sports

Eagles get defensive down the stretch

Eagles get defensive down the stretch


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Jake Shab drives for a layup, pursued by Mountain View’s Ryan Kim in last week’s De Anza Division opener.

Mountain View High’s gym was rocking in anticipation of last week’s boys basketball game betwe...

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Letters to the Editor

LASD should reconsider purchase of 10th campus

I want to thank the Town Crier for continuing to educate the community on the $150 million expenditure of Measure N bond funds.

On multiple occasions, I have proposed less-costly alternatives to what s...

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Special Sections

Quick breads deliver flavor  for beginners

Quick breads deliver flavor for beginners


Rita Held/Special to the Town Crier
Cranberry-Orange Pecan Bread maximizes flavor with minimal effort.

Even if you’re not an avid baker, quick breads are not to be ignored – especially during busy times of year.

They are simple to prep...

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Business

Caffeine-free and curious

Caffeine-free and curious


Photo by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier

Twins Sarah Patterson, above in white, and Grace Patterson, in pink, examine a Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health notice at the Starbucks on Main Street, inset. Bemused caffeine addicts sta...

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People

 Wedding: Kie Hill and Jack Hirsch

Wedding: Kie Hill and Jack Hirsch


Kie Hill and Jack Hirsch

 

Kie Hill and Jack Hirsch were married in San Francisco Nov. 3. They held their reception at the Fort Mason Center.

The bride is the daughter of Aiko and Jim Hill of Los Altos. She graduated from Homestead High S...

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News

LASD parents raise concerns about 10th school site

LASD parents raise concerns about 10th school site
Megan V. Winslow / Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s 10th Site Committee recommended a site that includes the Old Mill Office Center, above, on San Antonio Circle in Mountain View, but the owners the building do not want to sell.

Fifteen residents and an attorney spoke at the Los Alt...

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Business

Caffeine-free and curious

Caffeine-free and curious

Photo by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier

Twins Sarah Patterson, above in white, and Grace Patterson, in pink, examine a Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health notice at the Starbucks on Main Street, inset. Bemused caffeine addicts stalled out in front of the outpost became a common s...

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Sports

Eagles get defensive down the stretch

Eagles get defensive down the stretch

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Jake Shab drives for a layup, pursued by Mountain View’s Ryan Kim in last week’s De Anza Division opener.

Mountain View High’s gym was rocking in anticipation of last week’s boys basketball game between the Spartans and rival Los Altos High – and the...

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Community

GreenTown Los Altos presents plastic pollution documentary

GreenTown Los Altos presents plastic pollution documentary

Hoping to highlight the dangers plastics present to the world’s waterways, local grassroots initiative GreenTown Los Altos is scheduled to host a free screening of “STRAWS” Jan. 17 at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

"STRAWS"

The 2017 award-winning documentary short illustrates t...

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Comment

Letters to the Editor

LASD should reconsider purchase of 10th campus

I want to thank the Town Crier for continuing to educate the community on the $150 million expenditure of Measure N bond funds.

On multiple occasions, I have proposed less-costly alternatives to what seems to be the Los Altos School District’s p...

Readmore

Spiritual Life

Pastor's Perspective: Orchids and dandelions – the differences among us are real:

 

Approximately 10 years ago, a scientific study of genetics and children’s behavior was published. The findings described, with all of the disclaimers you’d expect, two types of temperament in children: orchids and dandelions.

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People

Wedding: Kie Hill and Jack Hirsch

 Wedding: Kie Hill and Jack Hirsch

Kie Hill and Jack Hirsch

 

Kie Hill and Jack Hirsch were married in San Francisco Nov. 3. They held their reception at the Fort Mason Center.

The bride is the daughter of Aiko and Jim Hill of Los Altos. She graduated from Homestead High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy...

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Schools

Homestead band blossoms through Rose Parade

Homestead band blossoms through Rose Parade

Photo by Jim Zumsteg/ Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High’s marching band performs at the Rose Parade Jan. 1.

The 216 members of the Homestead High School Mighty Mustang Marching Band had a 3:30 a.m. wake-up call for the Jan. 1 Rose Parade, but they were up even earlier. They had to evac...

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Special Sections

Quick breads deliver flavor for beginners

Quick breads deliver flavor  for beginners

Rita Held/Special to the Town Crier
Cranberry-Orange Pecan Bread maximizes flavor with minimal effort.

Even if you’re not an avid baker, quick breads are not to be ignored – especially during busy times of year.

They are simple to prepare, yet they usually deliver so much flavor and e...

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Stepping Out

Pear Theatre gets on 'The Road to Mecca'

Pear Theatre’s production of “The Road to Mecca” is scheduled to preview Jan. 18, open Jan. 19 and run through Feb. 11 in Mountain View.

Written by Athol Fugard, “Mecca” is the story of age and youth, passion and propriety.

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Obituaries

Celebration of life honors former LAHS coach

Celebration of life honors former LAHS coach

Mr. Burt

A celebration of life for former Los Altos High School football coach Tom Burt is scheduled 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Mr. Burt, for whom the school’s football field is named, died Oct. 16 at age 94.

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Magazine

Thanksgivings in Storeyland

Thanksgivings in Storeyland
Kimberly Winslow / Special to the Town Crier
Town Crier reporter Megan Winslow, back, third from left, gathers with family and friends in her aunt and uncle's Lake Worth, Fla., kitchen before Thanksgiving dinner.

I often slept through the three-hour drives between our house and Storeyland, but...

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SFMOMA On the Go debuts in Los Altos


Courtesy SFMOMA
Photographer Alec Soth’s “Quick Fix Computer Sales and Services, Mountain View” is scheduled for display this fall as part of “Project Los Altos.”

What would Los Altos’ essence look like, captured on the screen or canvas?

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art aims to find out when seven renowned contemporary artists soon unveil works that capture the Silicon Valley-influenced spirit of the city’s surroundings.

After the museum closed for renovations in June, curators launched the more than two-year expansion project with traveling SFMOMA On the Go displays all over the Bay Area, including Los Altos. With support from Passerelle Investment Co. and the city of Los Altos, the multisite exhibition, "Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley," is scheduled to run Nov. 9 to March 2.

The exhibition will feature new works commissioned to contemporary artists and documentation of past performance-art projects, all of which pay tribute to local residents and the history and culture of the region’s agricultural roots.

Following is a sneak peek at what’s behind the SFMOMA On the Go storefront at 242 State St., two outdoor art installations, a nearby exhibition and complementary educational programs.

State Street exhibition

Two participating artists boast local links.

• The late Jeremy Blake’s "Winchester, 2004" digital video series is slated for screening at the State Street outpost. Sarah Winchester, heir to the Winchester rifle fortune and the violence on which it was built, inspired the animated trilogy. Winchester owned 100 acres at the heart of what became the city of Los Altos.

• Charles Garoian, a performance artist and art instructor at Los Altos High School from 1969 to 1985, taught students about art history and conceptual art, introducing exploratory, experimental and improvisational methods of making art. His video installation for "Project Los Altos" - "Drill Team: Homecoming Parade, 1974" - documents his students’ conceptual art project and their participation in the school’s homecoming parade.

SFMOMA originally showcased the project in a 1974 exhibition, "Performance Art by the Students of Charles Garoian." The museum unearthed additional footage to supplement its resurrection for "Project Los Altos."

Now a professor of art education at Pennsylvania State University, Garoian will likely take part in the Live Projects presentations (see below).

SFMOMA recently released the details on two artists’ projects set for display on State Street.

• Photographer Alec Soth’s work focuses on Silicon Valley’s technical community. His contribution, "Quick Fix Computer Sales and Services, Mountain View," documents a man holding a computer with the circuits showing, the circuit board completely obscuring the man’s head.

SFMOMA curator Jenny Gheith said Soth’s piece is one of several in his "Valley" series - he previously chronicled the San Joaquin and San Fernando valleys. For his Silicon Valley series, he took photos at Hewlett-Packard, Google and Facebook.

His work has been featured at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City and the Sao Paulo Biennial.

Soth, a Minneapolis native, is a member of the prestigious Magnum Photos agency. According to SFMOMA officials, his work is "rooted in the distinctly American tradition of on-the-road photography" developed by Walker Evans and Robert Frank.

• Independent filmmaker and graphic designer Mike Mills plans to interview children from Silicon Valley whose parents work in the tech industry for a video about the future.

Mills’ semiautobiographical movie "Beginners" (2010) - the story of his mother, who died of brain cancer, and father, a museum director and art historian who came out of the closet just a week later - won a Gotham Award for best picture and snagged Christopher Plummer an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Other artists’ newly commissioned contributions to "Project Los Altos" are still works in progress, but an overview of their artistic sensibilities could offer a clue.

• Spencer Finch works with color, light and the elements. In 2011, he created "Lunar," a geodesic dome that glowed white, for display at the Art Institute of Chicago. His art makes reference to literary themes, such as passages from philosopher David Hume or poet Emily Dickinson, using mixed media, fluorescent tubes and glass to record the natural world. "Moonlight" (2003) records the exact luminosity of a full moon over Luna County, New Mexico, using a colorimeter.

Finch is known for playing with concepts of memory and perception through light installations. Gheith noted what she called Finch’s "sustained looking."

• Christian Jankowski is a performance artist who engages audience members to collude in his work, making them collaborators or co-authors, often via video installations. Gheith said his "Project Los Altos" contribution would involve the "language of Silicon Valley."

The German-born Jankowski has displayed his work at the Museo D’Arte Contemporanea in Rome, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., and as part of the "Common Ground" exhibition in New York City.

• Czech artist Katerina Šedá was among the final participating artists to visit Los Altos to gain a sense of the community - she was otherwise engaged this summer showing her work at the Venice Biennial. Her art centers on collaboration affecting the everyday lives of ordinary people. She tries to advance communication through organizing experiences.

Šedá counts several solo exhibitions among her achievements, including the Tate Modern in London, the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago and Kunstmuseum Luzern in Switzerland.

Outdoor installations

• Jessica Stockholder plans to transform State and Fourth streets with colorful material, taking into account public safety and city regulations, according to Gheith.

Stockholder specializes in site-specific installations, playfully incorporating the architecture around the site. She transformed an intersection in downtown Chicago for the Art Loop "Color Jam," observing that "the corner is canvas, stage, pedestal and frame against which the public can view a parade of shifting color."

• SFMOMA commissioned a sculpture by San Jose native Chris Johanson for installation in the orchard adjacent to the Los Altos Civic Center. He will also contribute two other sculptures for placement around town.

Johanson represents San Francisco’s Mission School, a group of artists connected by street and skate culture. His insightful paintings and uneven sculptures seem simple on the surface, but their humor hides deeper personal and social concerns. Johanson has had solo exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum and the Malmö Konsthall Museum in Sweden.

Neighboring exhibition

Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center is scheduled to host "Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th-Century Art" Nov. 13 through March 16. Spanning Surrealism, Dadaism and other movements that found beauty in machines, the exhibition will feature paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, prints and illustrated books by artists such as Constantin Brancusi, Margaret Bourke-White, Salvador Dalí, Fernand Léger and others from the SFMOMA collection.

The Cantor Arts Center is located at 328 Lomita Drive on the Stanford campus.

Live projects

A complementary SFMOMA program, Live Projects, will use films, public events, festivals and artists’ talks to spark discussion of art in the community.

Beginning in January, artists participating in "Project Los Altos" will take part in the programs to "examine how artistic inventions and everyday life can converge and mobilize towns, cities, and mobile spaces," according to museum officials.

Brooke Ray Smith, director of Passerelle and a Mountain View native, noted that it’s an important way to show that modern art "doesn’t have to be a scary thing that has to be on whitewashed walls in echoing hallways."

Los Altos celebrates

Faye Chapman, chairwoman of the Los Altos Public Arts Commission, said the city has discussed the possibility of staging a parade to showcase the city’s selection as an SFMOMA On the Go site.

The Public Arts Commission plans to work in concert with the Los Altos History Museum, issuing a call for local artists who want to display their work at the History Museum during "Project Los Altos." The Los Altos main library will also offer a wall to exhibit various artists, Chapman added.

For more information, visit sfmoma.org/exhib_events/exhibitions/572. n

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