New 'Normal' comes to town


Altos Stage Company “Next to Normal” opens Friday.

The Los Altos Stage Company production of the musical “Next to Normal” is scheduled to preview Thursday, open Friday and run through June 23 at Bus Barn Theater.

With book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, “Normal” explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. The musical won three Tony Awards in 2009 and the Pulitzer Prize in 2010.

Arts Razzle Dazzle benefits youth programs

The fourth annual Arts Razzle Dazzle Showcase is set for 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Benefiting the Los Altos Stage Company’s youth education programs, the event will feature performers ages 9-80. This year’s Showcase theme, “Make ’Em Laugh,” will spotlight a series of comedic songs from popular musicals past and present.

PA Philharmonic showcases 3 local musicians


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Los Altos resident Cassandra May is set to perform Sunday.

Three students from Los Altos are scheduled to perform at the Palo Alto Philharmonic’s Family Concert 3-5 p.m. Sunday at De Anza College’s Visual and Performing Arts Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino

The three local musicians – Spencer Cha, Cassandra May and Ryan Wang – are among the eight winners of the Palo Alto Philharmonic 2019 Concerto Movement Competition who will be featured at the concert.

PYT's 'Pirates' closes Sunday in Mtn. View

The Peninsula Youth Theatre production of the Gilbert & Sullivan musical “The Pirates of Penzance” is set to close Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Shows are slated 9:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Student-organized jazz combo finds its groove


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The Jazz Factor includes, clockwise from bottom left, Max Lee (piano), Bryan Wang (alto saxophone), Ajay Madala (electric and upright bass), Katelyn Chen (vocals), Brendan Wong (tenor saxophone) and Ethan Fong (drums). Not pictured: Neil Ramaswamy (drums).

Jazz is not often explored in the classroom, nor is it a common genre for young teens to groove to. That’s what makes The Jazz Factor different from many other teen bands.

The group features seven high school students, among them pianist Max Lee of Los Altos. Formed in 2017, the band also includes Bryan Wang (alto saxophonist), Brendan Wong (tenor saxophonist), Ethan Fong (drummer), Katelyn Chen (vocals), Ajay Madala (electric and upright bassist) and Neil Ramaswamy (drummer).

PYT's 'Pirates' opens Saturday in Mtn. View

The Peninsula Youth Theatre production of the Gilbert & Sullivan musical “The Pirates of Penzance” is set to open Saturday and run through May 19 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Performances of the comedic operetta are slated 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and May 18, 1 p.m. Sunday and May 19, and 9:30 a.m. May 16 and 17. Tickets are $12-$20.


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