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.

'Cat' comes to Sunnyvale this weekend


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Zachary Hasbany, front, plays the title role in “Pete the Cat.”

Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s production of “Pete the Cat” is slated to open Saturday and run through Aug. 19 at the Sunnyvale Community Center.

Inspired by the popular “Pete the Cat” books, written 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.

TheatreWorks closes 'Truths' this weekend

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s production of “Hold These Truths,” the true story of a Japanese-American fighting internment during World War II, is scheduled to close Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

The story follows Gordon Hirabayashi and his experiences attending college in Seattle, facing the U.S. Supreme Court and receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor.

'Music' stops Sunday at Foothill


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The Mother Abbess (Rachel Michelberg, seated) listens as young novice Maria (Jillian Bader) shares her exuberance for life in Foothill Music Theatre’s “The Sound of Music.”

Los Altos Hills will be alive with “The Sound of Music” through Sunday, when the Foothill Music Theatre production of the musical is set to close.

Set in Austria in 1938, “Music” follows novice Maria, who becomes the governess for the von Trapp family. She soon captures the hearts of the seven children and their father, a widowed naval captain. As the Nazis occupy Austria, the family is forced to make decisions that will forever change their lives.


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