'Grapes' in season at Bus Barn Theater


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The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Grapes of Wrath” includes, from left, Katie Maupin (as Ruthie Joad), Judith Miller (Ma Joad) and April Culver (Rose).

Los Altos Stage Company presents Frank Galati’s stage adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel “The Grapes of Wrath,” slated to run Thursday through May 5 at Bus Barn Theater.

Steinbeck’s novel was published 80 years ago and is considered a classic piece of Americana. Set in the 1930s, the story follows the Joad family as it travels from Oklahoma to California to escape the ravages of the Dust Bowl. Fiercely proud but reduced to poverty, volatile young Tom Joad grows increasingly impatient with the intolerance and exploitation the family encounters on their journey.

PYT's 'Please' poised to open


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Olivia Colace of Los Altos and Josh Gefkin of Mountain View have been cast in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Check Please!”

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Check Please!” – three one-act comedies by Jonathan Rand showcasing the challenges of dating in 2019 – is scheduled this weekend at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, SecondStage, 500 Castro St.

The first act follows a series of blind dinner dates that could not get any worse – until they do. One person is set up with a raging kleptomaniac, another with his grandmother’s bridge partner and another with a mime.

CSMA screens 'Living on a Dollar a Day' documentary Sunday in MV

The Community School of Music and Arts’ free screening of the documentary “Living on a Dollar a Day” is slated 5 p.m. Sunday on its Mountain View campus.

The film is based on the making of the award-winning book of the same name by professor Thomas Nazario. “Dollar” follows the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Renée C. Byer as she explores the personal experiences of women, children and families in 10 countries who live in extreme poverty.

Hurd performs free concert Saturday at CSMA


The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled a free concert featuring award-winning composer George Hurd 7:30 p.m. Saturday in CSA’s Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Hurd plans to perform pieces from his newest endeavor, “Echolocation.” The project uses Hurd’s location-specific audio recordings to enhance his music about places across Europe, New Zealand, North America and Africa. The recordings are woven together with an array of percussive beats, warped recordings of classical instruments and sounds from street musicians.

Felder's 'Paris' poised to open in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s world premiere of “Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story,” written and performed by piano virtuoso Felder and directed by Trevor Hay, is set to open this week and run through May 5 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

“Paris” explores the life and music of Impressionist composer Claude Debussy. It includes Felder performing “La Mer,” “Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune" and “Clair de Lune,” among other pieces.

'Rosetta' rocks on


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Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Michelle E. Jordan, left) and Marie Knight (Marissa Rudd) perform together in “Marie and Rosetta.”

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents the musical “Marie and Rosetta” through Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Developed at TheatreWorks’ 2015 New Works Festival by Lucille Lortel Award winner George Brant, “Marie and Rosetta” is based on the true story of musician Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who stirred up churchgoers in the morning and rocked the Cotton Club at night. She inspired Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and other famous singers on her way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


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