Stepping Out

Local plays, concerts abound in January


While the number of local plays and concerts diminish during the holidays, there are plenty of performances planned for January.

A rundown of what’s being performed when and where follows.

• Pear Flambé Cabaret continues with Diane Milo’s “With a Little Help from My Friends.” Performances are slated 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 and 12 at the Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View. This installment of Pear’s new cabaret series recognizes Milo’s 24 years of theater in the Bay Area and includes more than 12 accompanying local singers and musicians. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For tickets and more information, call 254-1148 or visit thepear.org.

• The 17th annual benefit concerts for Lighthouse for the Blind are set for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 and 13 in the Spieker Ballroom at Menlo School. Titled “The 1950s: When Broadway Ruled,” the concerts will feature selections from “Guys and Dolls,” “The Sound of Music,” “My Fair Lady,” “West Side Story,” “The King and I” and other popular Broadway musicals. The performers include Los Altos residents. Menlo School is located at 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. A $20 donation is requested. For more information, call 948-4648 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s production of “Frost/Nixon” is slated to run Jan. 16 through Feb. 10 in Mountain View. The show centers on former President Richard Nixon and his appearances on David Frost’s talk show. Previews are scheduled 8 p.m. Jan. 16-18; opening night is Jan. 19. Future shows are set for 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. Tickets are $45-$105. For tickets and more information, call 903-6000 or visit mvcpa.com.

• The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center welcomes the Brazilian vocal group Ordinarius for a concert slated 8 p.m. Jan 17. Singing songs from Brazil and hits by Stevie Wonder and the Beatles, the group will perform in the JCC’s Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Tickets are $30-$35. For tickets and more information, call 223-8649 or visit paloaltojcc.org/ordinarius.

• Peninsula Youth Theater’s “The Cat in the Hat” is scheduled Jan. 18 and 19 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, SecondStage, 500 Castro St. The play is a theater adaptation of the classic children’s book by Dr. Seuss. Shows are slated 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Jan. 18, and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Jan. 19. Tickets are $6-$12. For tickets and more information, call 903-6000 or visit mvcpa.com.

• Los Altos Stage Company’s production of “American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose” is slated Jan. 24 through Feb. 17 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave. The story follows Juan Jose as he prepares for his citizenship exam and subsequently ventures through American history. Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. For tickets and more information, call 941-0551 or visit losaltosstage.org.

• Pear Theatre is set to stage “Spending the End of the World on OkCupid” Jan. 25 through Feb. 17 in Mountain View. Created by Bay Area playwright Jeffrey Lo, the play is about a pending apocalyptic event that pushes the characters to spend their last 12 hours alive on the internet. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. The Pear Theatre is located at 1110 La Avenida St. Tickets are $15-$35. For tickets and more information, call 254-1148 or visit thepear.org.

• The Peery Piano Academy will present the annual Peery Piano Academy Formal Recital Jan. 26 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, SecondStage, 500 Castro St. Performances are scheduled 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $7-$10. For tickets and more information, call 903-6000 or visit mvcpa.com.

– Compiled by Samantha Waldbusser

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