Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley performs Saturday at PA church

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley this weekend opens its 55th season, the final one for Music Director Gregory Wait, with “For the Love of Bach.”

The concert, slated 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, will feature three of the Bach’s festive cantatas, including the familiar “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”

Battle of the Bands arrives in Mtn. View Sunday

Gary Vecchiarelli Productions’ 1940s Battle of the Big Bands comes to Mountain View this weekend.

The show – featuring Big Band music from the ’40s by Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey, and starring vocalists Nancy Osborne and Bill A. Jones – is scheduled 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Foothill creates 'Monsters' at Lohman Theatre

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Sisters Tilly and Agnes (Fatima Mejia, left, and Gwyneth Forrester) dive into an imaginary role-playing world in Foothill Theatre Arts’ production of “She Kills Monsters.” The play opens Friday.

Those who happily spent their youth infatuated with Dungeons & Dragons and other role-playing games may connect with the latest production from Foothill Theatre Arts – “She Kills Monsters.”

Award-winning playwright Qui Nguyen’s homage to D&D, teen alienation, love and loss is set to open Friday and run through Nov. 18 at Foothill College.

LAYT returns to middle school with '13 The Musical' at Bus Barn

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The cast of Los Altos Youth Theatre’s “13 The Musical” includes, clockwise from front, Yuval Amit (as Evan), Audrey Rechenmacher (Lucy), Logan Kim (Brett), Megan Branstad (Patrice) and Ella Rasmussen (Kendra).

Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “13 The Musical” is scheduled to open Friday and run through Nov. 11 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The musical tells the story of Evan Goldman, who is about to turn 13 and can’t wait for his bar mitzvah. Everything in his life is moving along as planned until he discovers that his parents are getting divorced and he’s ripped away from his home in New York City and thrust into rural Appleton, Ind. As he faces a new set of challenges, Evan is forced to navigate the social order at his new school. Through a series of trials, he learns what it means to be a friend and discovers that there’s more to life than establishing his place in the social pecking order.

Schmitt performs Sunday at CSMA

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Axel Schmitt performs in CSMA’s Tateuchi Hall. He is slated to return to the campus Sunday to perform a free concert.

The Community School of Music and Arts presents pianist Axel Schmitt in a concert titled “The Complete Piano Sonatas of Beethoven, Part Three.” The performance is slated 2 p.m. Sunday in Tateuchi Hall at CSMA, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

The concert will include the complete piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven. The program will include Sonata op. 49 No. 1 in G Minor, Sonata op. 49 No. 2 in G Major, Sonata op. 14 No. 1 in E Major, Sonata op. 14 No. 2 in G Major and Sonata op. 22 in B-flat Major.

Teen-driven Upstage Theater unleashes 'Dog' Friday night

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Upstage Theater actor Rachel Small rehearse for “Dog Sees God.”

Student-led Upstage Theater kicks off its 2018-2019 production season with “Dog Sees God,” slated to open Friday night in downtown Mountain View.

Written in 2004 by Bert V. Royal, the play reimagines the characters of the cartoon “Peanuts” as struggling teenagers. They grapple with homophobia, bullying, suicide, eating disorders and other issues in their efforts to find their identities – issues that are “very prevalent in many teenagers’ lives but aren’t talked about very often,” said Olivier Plamondon, a freshman at Foothill College, who plays protagonist CB.

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