Pear strikes up 'Conversation'

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Susan Claassen portrays legendary Hollywood costume designer Edith Head.

Pear Theatre presents the Bay Area premiere of “A Conversation with Edith Head,” a production scheduled to run Friday through Dec. 16 in Mountain View.

The play stars Susan Claassen, an LA Stage Alliance-nominated actress and New Times winner for Best Actress. Claassen and Paddy Calistro wrote the play, based on the book “Edith Head’s Hollywood.” Calistro co-authored Head’s authorized posthumous autobiography.

Western Ballet's 'Nutcracker' opens in Mtn. View

Western Ballet is slated to perform “The Nutcracker” this weekend in Mountain View.

The story centers on Clara, whose nutcracker doll comes to life, and the young girl’s visit to the Kingdom of Sweets.

Holiday harp concert set for Saturday at Los Altos United Methodist Church

Harpeggio Music’s “20 Harps for the Holidays Concert” is scheduled 4 p.m. Saturday at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The program features Harpeggio’s studio ensemble of more than 20 harps playing a festive selection of music, including traditional carols and holiday favorites.

Sound comes around

Courtesy of CSMA
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.

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