Palo Alto Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - March 19, 2010

Worth a look

Art

Darren Waterston

The dense, intricate 16th-century forest landscapes of the Northern German painter and printmaker Albrecht Altdorfer have offered heady inspiration for Darren Waterston.

In his "Tondo" series of new monotypes, Waterston, a San Francisco artist, offers his own take on landscapes with deep gray-blues and careful lines. He's currently showing the series and other works at Palo Alto's Smith Andersen Editions; a press release from the gallery says his work "isolates and exaggerates qualities of the landscape tradition, compressing the imagery into small, round pictorial spaces."

Waterston recently printed the monotypes at the Smith Andersen press. His paintings and works on paper are in permanent collections including those at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The Palo Alto show closes on March 24, and a closing reception is planned for this Saturday, March 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the gallery at 440 Pepper Ave. For more information, go to http://www.smithandersen.com or call 650-327-7762.

'The Eye of the Beholder'

A new show of 45 works at Stanford's Cantor Arts Center reflects the diverse and discerning taste of Ruth Halperin, a longtime art lover and donor to the museum. A clay-and-cowrie-shell head from Liberia, a textural wood sculpture by German artist Ursula von Rydingsvard, and a photo by British artist Andy Goldsworthy demonstrate the range of media and voices.

Most of the works on display were given to the center by Ruth and Robert Halperin, or bought with funds from their foundation. Ruth Halperin, according to the museum, "was drawn to works of art based on esthetic qualities of line, texture and form rather than subject or source. When seen together, the works reveal common attributes across cultures in the design and creation of pleasing and beautifully made objects."

The exhibition opened this week and runs through May 30 in two galleries in the musem off Palm Drive at Museum Way. Open hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays until 8. Go to http://museum.stanford.edu or call 650-723-4177.

Music and art

PAUSD concert and art show

Scholarships are the aim of the 18th annual chamber-music concert held by the music teachers of the Palo Alto Unified School District. When these teachers, who work with students in grades one through 12, perform on March 27, proceeds will go toward scholarships for district music and art students.

Also taking part are the district's art teachers; they'll display their creations and offer them for sale, with proceeds also contributing to scholarships to be used toward students' music and art.

District students in music ensembles will get to audition later for scholarships (as long as they attended the concert), and art scholarships are meant to benefit a collaborative work of art to be shown at next year's event, organizers said.

The event starts at 3:30 p.m. with an art preview, followed by the 4 p.m. concert. A 5:15 reception ends the event. Admission is $15 general ($12 in advance) and $5 for students and seniors. Call 650-329-3944 or e-mail music@pausd.org.

Music

'A Tribute to Herbie Hancock'

Museums don't curate just exhibitions. The National Jazz Museum in Harlem has curated a concert and tribute, paying homage to the groundbreaking jazz composer and keyboardist Herbie Hancock. On Wednesday, March 31, bassist and museum co-director Christian McBride headlines that concert at Stanford's Dinkelspiel Auditorium.

Hancock's career has included being a pioneer of electric jazz (as well as a Miles Davis sideman in the '60s), and audience members will hear those sounds and many others when McBride and his band take a tour through Hancock's body of work.

The band features saxophonist Bennie Maupin, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, trombonist Michael Dease and keyboardist Geoffrey Keezer.

The 8 p.m. concert will also have a local opening act. Stanford Ph.D. drama student Sebastian Calderon Bentin is organizing a program of short spoken-word pieces written in response to songs by Hancock.

Two other events are also planned in the days preceding the concert. On Monday, March 29, Jazz Museum co-director Loren Schoenberg gives a free jazz/tech talk at 8 p.m. in Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. On March 30, Schoenberg will also give a free short performance at 6 p.m. at the Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

For the main concert on March 31, tickets are $34/$38 for adults and $10 for Stanford students. Other discounts are available for groups, non-Stanford students and youths. Go to http://livelyarts.stanford.edu or call 650-725-ARTS.

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