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African film fest returns to CSMA next weekend

The Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View is scheduled to host the seventh annual Silicon Valley African Film Festival Oct. 14-16.

The event will showcase more than 50 African films produced by emerging and seasoned filmmakers from nearly 30 African countries, including Madagascar, Ethiopia, Egypt, Tanzania and Nigeria. The movies are a mix of feature films, shorts and documentaries.

Western Ballet's 'Pas de Deux' set for Saturday in Mtn. View


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Western Ballet’s performance Saturday afternoon raises funds to build a new facility for the Mountain View nonprofit.

Western Ballet is scheduled to host a fundraiser featuring Vicente Nebrada’s “The Art of the Pas de Deux” 4 p.m. Saturday at its studio theater, 914 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.

Proceeds will go toward a fund to build a new facility for the nonprofit group, which has served Silicon Valley for more than 40 years.

Fall means Follies at Bus Barn


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The cast of the 2016 Los Altos Follies will perform a musical parody titled “Bloviation, Obfuscation and Trepidation” this week at Bus Barn Theater.

The 23rd annual Los Altos Follies, “A Salute to Bloviation, Obfuscation and Trepidation,” is scheduled Thursday through Saturday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave. The event is a fundraiser for Los Altos Stage Company.

Written, produced and directed by local residents, the Follies is a musical revue of modern life and politics featuring original lyrics to well-known tunes.

PA Players' 'Mermaid' reaches tail end of run


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Special to the Town Crier Cheyenne Wells stars as Ariel in the Palo Alto Players production of “The Little Mermaid.” The musical is slated to close Sunday.

Palo Alto Players recently launched its 86th season with the fairy-tale musical “The Little Mermaid,” based on Disney’s animated film of the same title.

The production is scheduled to run through Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

LA Stage Company snuffs out 'Assassins' Sunday


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The cast of the musical “Assassins” includes, from left, Chase Campbell, Ken Boswell and Andy Cooperfauss.

Los Altos Stage Company is scheduled to present “Assassins” through Sunday at Bus Barn Theater.

Launching the company’s 21st season, the controversial Broadway musical weaves the tale of some of the most infamous characters from American history. It investigates the personalities behind nine individuals who assasinated – or attempted to assassinate – a U.S. president.

Cal Pops moves to Flint for new season

California Pops Orchestra has announced its 28th season – scheduled to kick off Sunday – as well as a move to Cupertino’s Flint Center from Los Altos Hills’ Foothill College. The new season is slated to run through May 21.

“We’re very excited about the move to the Flint Center,” Conductor Kim Venaas said. “It’s a wonderful space – large, modern and the acoustics are marvelous.”


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