Jazz vocalist Austin performs free concert Saturday at CSMA


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Jazz vocalist Tiffany Austin is set to perform a free concert Saturday at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View.

The Community School of Music and Arts is slated to host a free concert featuring jazz vocalist Tiffany Austin 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Tateuchi Hall at CSMA, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Austin will perform blues, soul and swing music, in addition to selections from her new album “Unbroken.” It’s the first album Austin has released since her debut, “Nothing But Soul,” which came out after she graduated from the UC Berkeley School of Law.

Pear Theatre's 'Hedda Gabler' enters second week in MV


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Elizabeth Kruse Craig, Pear Theatre’s artistic director, stars as Hedda Gabler, the eponymous character in the theater’s latest production, which runs through Oct. 28 in Mountain View.

Pear Theatre is scheduled to present “Hedda Gabler” through Oct. 28 in Mountain View. The production opened last weekend.

Directed by Dale Albright, Henrik Ibsen’s play tells the story of Hedda, a woman who is financially and emotionally trapped by societal confines in a loveless marriage. In an attempt to better her situation, this anti-heroine begins to manipulate the people around her, raising questions about society, morality and gender roles.

'Home' takes shape in Mtn. View


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The Bechdel children – played by, from left, Jack Barrett, Lila Gold and Billy Hutton – fantasize a commercial for their family-owned funeral home in “Fun Home,” presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley through Oct. 28 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2018-2019 season with the Tony Award-winning musical “Fun Home,” set to run through Oct. 28 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Based on the graphic novel by MacArthur Genius Award winner Alison Bechdel, “Fun Home” explores Alison’s loving yet dysfunctional upbringing, while also grappling with her newfound understanding of her sexuality and old family secrets.

Pear Theatre's 'Hedda Gabler' opens Friday night in Mountain View

Pear Theatre is slated to present “Hedda Gabler” Friday through Oct. 28 in Mountain View, with a preview set for Thursday.

Directed by Dale Albright, Henrik Ibsen’s play tells the story of a woman named Hedda (Elizabeth Kruse Craig) who is financially and emotionally trapped by societal confines in a loveless marriage.

Follies mark silver anniversary with final 3 shows at Bus Barn


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This year’s Follies cast features, from left, Christine Abraham, Nancy Glaze, Vicki Reeder, David Hsiao, Rod Sinks, Charles Morgan, Gordon Abraham and Kathryn Holleb. Performances are scheduled Thursday through Saturday at Bus Barn Theater.

Follies, the satirical musical revue of modern life and politics, is scheduled to celebrate its 25th and final year with three performances, 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Bus Barn Theater in Los Altos.

Follies is a fundraiser for Los Altos Stage Company, which, in conjunction with the anniversary, will honor Penny and Roy Lave for their founding and sustaining leadership of the theater.

TheatreWorks' 'Fun Home' tenderly probes tragedy


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Small Alison (Lila Gold) and her father Bruce (James Lloyd Reynolds) share artistic passion in “Fun Home,” but love and commonality can’t conquer tragic circumstances.

Powerful, energetic staging and a universally excellent cast give TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Fun Home” sizzling excitement that balances the story’s intense sadness. The show opened Saturday and runs through Oct. 28 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Based on the autobiographical graphic novel Alison Bechdel published in 2006, “Fun Home” premiered as a musical in 2013. It follows the cartoonist’s childhood and coming of age in the vibrantly technicolor 1970s or, more accurately, follows her close, troubled relationship with her father, Bruce. She grew up assisting him in the family enterprise, a funeral home abbreviated to the “fun home” of the story’s title.


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