PA Festival of Arts starts Saturday

The 37th annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts is slated 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the downtown portion of University Avenue.

Hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, the event brings together 300 artists who will showcase an array of media – from contemporary to traditional, including kinetic artworks, bronze sculptures and conceptual creations.

TheatreWorks goes 'Native' this week in MV


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TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “Native Gardens” stars, from left, Michael Evans Lopez (as Pablo), Marlene Martinez (Tania), Amy Resnick (Virginia) and Jackson Davis (Frank).

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s production of “Native Gardens,” a suburban comedy about an up-and-coming Latino couple’s move to a prominent Washington, D.C., neighborhood, is scheduled to open Friday night at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. Previews are slated to begin today.

The story follows Frank and Virginia Butley, a well-established D.C. couple with a prize-worthy rose garden, and new neighbors Pablo and Tania Del Valle, a young couple with Latin roots.

'Pete the Cat' runs out of lives Sunday afternoon in Sunnyvale


Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s production of “Pete the Cat” opened last week and is scheduled to run through Sunday at the Sunnyvale Community Center.

Inspired by the popular “Pete the Cat” books by James and Kimberly Dean, the musical follows Pete, a groovy, guitar-slinging cat, who runs into trouble when the cat-catcher finds him playing his guitar after bedtime. Pete is forced to move in with the Biddle family and turns their lives into a big adventure.

Desi Comedy Fest comes to MV tonight

The fifth annual Desi Comedy Fest is slated 8 p.m. today on the SecondStage at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Billed as the largest South Asian comedy festival in the U.S., the event is expected to feature comedians of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Afghani and Sri Lankan descent, including performers from the LGBTQ community. Some of the performers have appeared on Comedy Central, Netflix and late-night talk shows.

New Works Festival enters final weekend in Palo Alto


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A reading of the play “They Promised Her the Moon,” by Laurel Ollstein, above, is part of this year’s festival.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s 2018 New Works Festival opened last weekend and is set to run through Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

The festival offers audiences the opportunity to experience new plays and musicals in their early stages of development and learn about the creative process in a “Meet the Artists” panel discussion. With multiple performances of each work, playwrights and composers are able to rewrite scenes, add or delete songs, revise and refine, allowing audiences to return and watch the evolution of new pieces.

New Works Festival kicks off Friday

Fans of new theater will have the opportunity to gather this month in Palo Alto for a preview of productions in the pipeline at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.

TheatreWorks’ 2018 New Works Festival is scheduled Friday through Aug. 19 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road.


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