Sound comes around

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The band Sound Anatomy – featuring, from left, Ruth Parry, Joe Shotwell and David Pinto – is set to perform a free concert Sunday at CSMA.

The Community School of Music and Arts presents Sound Anatomy in a concert titled “World Fusion” set for 2 p.m. Sunday in Tateuchi Hall at CSMA, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. Admission is free.

Sound Anatomy mixes traditional sounds with modern grooves and fuses musical cultures to celebrate all aspects of the human family.

'Nutcracker' begins Friday in Mtn. View

Pacific Ballet Academy’s 28th annual production of “The Nutcracker” is slated this weekend at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The Mountain View-based dance company offers two versions of the ballet – a children’s performance (one hour) and a full-length show (two hours).

Pear Theatre's 'Girls Kill Nazis' enters second week

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In the imagined future of Pear Theatre’s “Girls Kill Nazis,” the American Nazi Party is in control of the country. Pictured, from left: Keith Larson (as Todd), John Morrison (Buck), James Kopp (Fred) and Miri Costello (Tina).

The Pear Theatre tradition of nontraditional holiday fare continues with the world premiere of “Girls Kill Nazis,” which is scheduled to run through Dec. 2 in Mountain View.

James Kopp’s comedy is set in the not-too-distant future. The American Nazi Party has been elected to the highest office in the United States, and Nazi law is now American law. But the members of the book club of Bisbee, Ariz., aren’t having any of it. From the haven of the Copper Queen Library – and while discussing inspirational works like “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “1984” and “Fahrenheit 451” – four women bond together to fight back against fascism. They kill Nazis who pose a threat to their community, and store their decapitated heads in jars.

LA Stage Company goes 'Into the Woods'

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The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “Into the Woods” includes, clockwise from left, Allie Townsend (as Cinderella), Juliet Green (The Witch) and Brigitte Losey (Little Red Riding Hood).

Los Altos Stage Company welcomes the holiday season with the musical “Into the Woods.” The production is slated to run Nov. 29 through Dec. 23 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

What happens after “happily ever after”? Fractured fairy tales of a darker hue provide the context for “Into the Woods,” which deconstructs stories by the Brothers Grimm via “The Twilight Zone.” The main characters come from the classic fairy tales Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood, and are tied together by a more original story involving a baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family. While everyone is familiar with the traditional fairy tale ending of happily ever after, this musical follows the stories even further to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests.

Broken Box opens comedy Thursday at Eagle Theater at Los Altos High

Los Altos High School’s Broken Box Theatre Company is set to perform its first show of the school year, “Don’t Try to Wake Him, Hand Me the Shovel,” Thursday through Saturday at the school’s Eagle Theater.

In the comedy by Pat Cook, Billingsgate Mansion is rumored to be haunted, and a pair of journalists try to find out if it’s true or not. While looking into the mystery, they meet up with a slew of interesting people that include crazy old ladies, convicts on the run and a squad of bickering cheerleaders.

Classical guitarist Martinez performs free concert Saturday at CSMA

The Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View presents a free concert with classical guitarist Nathan Martinez 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Tateuchi Hall at CSMA, 230 San Antonio Circle.

Martinez plans to perform music from 20th-century France by way of classical guitar. The evening’s program includes works by Claude Debussy, Erik Satie and Maurice Ravel.

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