'Admissions' opens at Bus Barn Theater


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The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “Admissions” includes, from left, Quincy Shaindlin as Charlie, Kristen Walter as Sherri and Michael Champlin as Bill.

Los Altos Stage Company kicks off its 2019-2020 season with the West Coast premiere of “Admissions,” a new play that explores the ideals and contradictions of liberal white America.

“Admissions” is scheduled to preview Thursday, open Friday and run through Sept. 29 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

TheatreWorks gets its 'Steps' in


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Ron Campbell, left, and Cassidy Brown perform a scene from “The 39 Steps.”

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s production of “The 39 Steps” opened last weekend and is set to run through Sept. 15 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

“Steps” began as an adventure novel published in 1915 by John Buchan. Alfred Hitchcock adapted the novel for film in 1935. TheatreWorks’ spoof of the silver-screen classic hurtles a notorious fugitive and a breathtaking blonde from a London music hall to Scotland’s most remote highlands, crawling with devious spies. With a mysteriously murdered agent, a wicked plot to destroy England and a race against the clock to stop it, the show is a tribute to the master’s most beloved films.

Pear's 'Ideal Husband' enters second week

Pear Theatre’s 2019-2020 season opened last week with Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband,” a comedy of virtue and moral inflexibility scheduled to run through Sept. 15 in Mountain View.

“Anyone coming to see this show can expect an entertaining evening full of gorgeous period costumes and customs and the eloquence and wit for which Oscar Wilde is famous,” director Jenny Hollingworth said. “But underneath this glittering surface is a surprisingly serious – and timeless – plea for tolerance and understanding. The exciting challenge for me as director is to make sure that the message is heard even as audience members leave the theater laughing.”

The National to play Stanford Sunday


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The National comes to Stanford Sunday for a 6:30 p.m. performance at Frost Amphitheater.

The National is scheduled to perform 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Stanford University’s Frost Amphitheater, 351 Lasuen St.

Both individually and collectively, The National’s members have been involved in countless artistic, charitable and sociopolitical pursuits. The band released “A Lot of Sorrow,” documenting its collaboration with installation artist Ragnar Kjartansson that took place at the Museum of Modern Art’s PS1, where the group performed its song “Sorrow” for six hours in front of a live audience.

CSMA unveils fall concert lineup


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German vocalists Karen Buck and Matthias Baumhof are set to open the Community School of Music and Arts’ Community Concert Series 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View is set to kick off its Community Concert Series this week.

The series includes performances by a multiple-Grammy Award winner, six Bay Area musicians, seven music educators – five of them CSMA faculty – a Golden Globe nominee and an international flamenco guitarist. The artists have performed at venues such as Lincoln Center, The Blue Note and the Kennedy Center and appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and NPR.

PA Festival of the Arts begins Saturday morn

The 38th annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts is scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on University Avenue, between High and Webster streets.

The event will showcase the work of 300 artists, including paintings, photographs, jewelry, and sculptures, on University Avenue, alongside 60 street artists who will create chalk artwork on the Tasso Street pavement. In addition, there will be musical entertainment, wines and microbrews, and an art studio for children.


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