Painting serves as escape for local Iranian-born artist

Iranian-born artist Pari Ram stands beside her painting “Bazaar” in her Mountain View apartment. Painting was one of her only escapes during the 1979 Iranian revolution. Her works are on display in Palo Alto this week. Nate Nickolai/Town Crier

Painting was one of Pari Ram’s only escapes during the 1979 Iranian revolution. Increasing political turmoil had already forced her husband to flee Tehran, where the couple lived, leaving Ram alone to face an overbearing government within an oppressive Iranian society.

Yet despite Iraqi air force bombardments and a stifling cultural atmosphere, the Mountain View resident continued to paint, participating in three art exhibitions before escaping to Germany in 1987 and eventually to the United States in 1989. Ram still paints and exhibits her work, with her next show scheduled to open today in Palo Alto.

Community Briefs

Concerts continue at Hillview, Grant parks

The city of Los Altos’ 15th annual Summer Concert Series continues 6 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 3, with free performances alternating between Grant Park, 1575 Holt Ave., and Hillview Park, 97 Hillview Ave.

The lineup and locations:

Los Altos native goes from PYT to Broadway with 'School of Rock' role

07 26 17 COMM Actor EmilyBorromeoEmily Borromeo began her acting career at 7 years old, portraying a farm animal in “Charlotte’s Web.” Twenty years later, the Los Altos native is wrapping up her Broadway debut as Mrs. Hathaway in the movie-based musical “School of Rock.”

Borromeo’s early roles in Peninsula Youth Theatre productions such as “Charlotte’s Web,” “Peter Pan” and “Les Misérables” laid the foundation for her acting career.

Downtown galleries offer new exhibitions

Left Image courtesy of CSMA; Below image courtesy of Gallery 9
Artwork by Heidi Lubin, left, and Joseph Najera, below, will be on display in August at local galleries.

Gallery 9

Gallery 9 has scheduled the exhibition “A Study in Black and Light” by artist Joseph Najera, who works primarily in wrought iron, Tuesday through Aug. 27. His tools – hammer and heat – transform his iron pieces into wall pieces, among other items.

A reception for Najera is slated 5-8 p.m. Aug. 4 at the gallery.

Save the Date

Aug. 4

First Friday, 6-8 p.m. on Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos. The event will feature live entertainment and special promotions at participating businesses. Information:

Aug. 19

Community Services Agency’s 60th anniversary celebration, 1-4 p.m. at 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View. Information:

Summer 'Reading by Design' program winds down

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One of the more eye-opening events in the Santa Clara County Library District’s “Reading by Design” series was a presentation by the group Northern California Bats.

The Santa Clara County Library District’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge is entering its final chapter, scheduled to wrap up next week in Los Altos.

The annual program – this year known as “Reading by Design” – has been a success, according to Rose Khoury, supervising librarian in children’s services for both the Los Altos main library and the Woodland Branch. She noted that there have been approximately 2,000 signups at the main library and 400 at the Woodland Branch.

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