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.”

Los Altos Stage Company's 'Assassins' hits target with dark humor

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Los Altos Stage Company’s production of “Assassins” stars, from left, Chase Campbell as John Wilkes Booth, Ken Boswell as Charles Guiteau, and Andy Cooperfauss as Leon Czolgosz.

While “Assassins” opens with a number that promises “everybody’s got the right to be happy,” the characters in the Stephen Sondheim musical are anything but.

The Los Altos Stage Company production examines the lives of nine individuals who assassinated – or attempted to assassinate – a president of the United States. Despite the serious subject matter, the humor is dark and delightful. Those interested in politics and history should especially enjoy the show.

'Party' winds down at TheatreWorks

The TheatreWorks Silicon Valley production of the London hit “The Life of the Party,” a celebration of songs by Andrew Lippa, is scheduled to close Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Directed and co-created by David Babani – artistic director at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory – the show features an array of songs by Lippa, including those from the musicals “Big Fish” and “The Wild Party.”

Pear Theatre's 'Guys' and 'Veils' continue in Mountain View

Mountain View’s Pear Theatre kicked off its 15th season by premiering a pair of two-person plays, “The Guys” and “Veils,” scheduled to run through Sept. 18.

“Guys,” set during the aftermath of 9/11 in New York, portrays the relationship between a journalist and the captain of the New York Fire Department as they prepare eulogies for eight firefighters lost in the collapse of the Twin Towers.

Singer who gained fame in Apple ad visits Palo Alto

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Singer-songwriter Yael Naïm is slated to perform Tuesday night at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto.

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center presents internationally acclaimed French-Israeli singer-songwriter Yael Naïm in an intimate performance 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall at the JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Naïm rose to international prominence in 2008 after Steve Jobs handpicked her song “New Soul” to be featured in an Apple MacBook Air commercial. The global visibility of the commercial resulted in the single dominating three Billboard charts, making Naïm the first Israeli solo artist to score a top 10 hit in the United States and establishing her international following.

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