Palo Alto Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - March 5, 2010

Worth a look

Art

'Winter Blooms and Blossoms'

The weather these days may call for galoshes one minute and a parasol the next, but at least your plants may be enjoying it (they get sunshine and rain all in one half-hour). As a tribute to the flora of winter, Lyons Ltd. Antique Prints in Palo Alto is displaying a variety of antique botanical prints in its gallery.

Recently exhibited at the Filoli mansion in Woodside, the works of art span four centuries, including lithographs, engravings and other prints. The blossoms that are the stars of the show include daffodils, primroses, hyacinths and camellias.

The collection will be on exhibit at Lyons, located at 10 Town & Country Village, through March 31. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, go to http://lyonsltd.com or call 650-325-9010.

Dance

Company C Contemporary Ballet

The program encompasses both the music of Otis Redding and modern minimalist Steve Reich, and tosses in a whimsical piece called "Nine-Person Ball Passing." That's this year's winter program of Contemporary C Contemporary Ballet, the Walnut Creek-based group performing in Mountain View this weekend.

Reich's music is paired with a Lar Lubovitch dance piece called "Cavalcade," billed as an "explosion of movement." The program also includes a new work choreographed by Amy Seiwert, set to the soulful tunes of Redding.

This is the second season for Company C, whose artistic director is Charles Anderson, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. The company performs at the theater at 500 Castro St. this Saturday, March 6, at 8 p.m. and this Sunday, March 7, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $21-$43 for adults and $19-$41 for seniors, students and children ages 12 and under.

Go to http://companycballet.org or call the center at 650-903-6000.

Theater

'Sunsets and Margaritas'

It'll soon be margarita season at Palo Alto's Lucie Stern Theatre, when Jose Cruz Gonzalez's play "Sunsets and Margaritas" has its West Coast premiere next week. Family clashes and crashes (courtesy of a red Cadillac) fuel this tale that centers on faint-hearted Gregorio's relationship with his macho father, Papa Calendario.

Gregorio (Tommy Gomez) has many other issues to deal with in his family, including his lesbian Republican daughter, activist son, and visions of the Virgin. Papa Calendario is played by Daniel Valdez, who began his career as an actor and performer with Cesar Chavez and the University Farmworkers Union.

TheatreWorks presents "Sunsets and Margaritas," with previews March 10-12 and opening night on March 13, all at 8 p.m. The show then runs through April 4, Tuesday through Sunday, with matinee and evening shows on the weekends. Tickets are $27-$39 for previews and $29-$62 for regular performances, with some discounts available. Go to http://theatreworks.org or call 650-463-1960.

Music

'Return of the Prodigy'

Los Altos student Stephen Waarts has racked up a lot of acclaim for a 13-year-old violinist. He's already made his Carnegie Hall debut, of course, and has appeared with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra in Russia. Recently, he took the top prize in the youth division of KDFC radio's Classical Star Search. He's also pretty good at math.

Next Friday, March 12, Stephen may have a home-court advantage when he takes on the difficult Violin Concerto by Brahms. He'll be performing in Menlo Park with the Silicon Valley Symphony, featured as violin soloist. The program also includes Beethoven's "Egmont Overture" and four of Dvorak's "Slavonic Dances."

A few kids will get to emulate their elder when music director Michael Paul Gibson gives a mini-conducting lesson and invites some youngsters up to conduct a little Rossini.

The concert, called "Return of the Prodigy," starts at 7:30 p.m. in Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at 330 Ravenswood Ave.; tickets are $20 general, $15 for seniors and students, and free for kids ages 12 and younger accompanied by an adult.

Go to http://www.siliconvalleysymphony.net or call 408-873-9000.

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