May Fete Children's Parade
Funny, it doesn't look a day over 87. This Saturday, Palo Alto's annual May Fete Children's Parade marches through downtown for the 88th time.
The May 1 parade starts at 10 a.m. at the corner of Emerson Street and University Avenue. This year's theme is "Free to be ... me!" with Palo Altan Terri Valenti as grand marshal. Valenti is a professional-football official who has worked with the United Football League and officiated at various school levels.
The parade features festive decorated floats, school marching bands and oodles of children high-stepping, skating, tumbling and cycling. Youth groups have already signed up, but parade organizers say that kids who come to the event by 9:30 a.m. can still march in one of three categories: kids with pets, kids in costume and kids on wheels.
After the parade ends at 1 p.m., Partners in Education will host the annual PiE Fair with games, music and refreshments at Addison Elementary School, 650 Addison Ave.
The May Fete Parade is presented by the City of Palo Alto's recreation division, with sponsors including the Weekly and the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation, which will also present the city's annual Black and White Ball on Oct. 2. For details about the parade, go to http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/recreation or call 650-463-4921.
Kathy Kallick Band
San Francisco singer-guitarist Kathy Kallick doesn't exactly present herself as a city slicker. Her favorite flavor of music is bluegrass, and her new CD is called "Between the Hollow & The High Rise."
Kallick says in a press release: "The ideals and sentiments of the music — the keening, modal tones and intervals, the conversation between strings and voices, the plainly told stories — have drawn in a variety of people from many cultures and backgrounds. Those of us in this band are not from shiny glass downtown towers or the piney woods, but from somewhere in between."
This Saturday, May 1, Kallick brings her band to the Peninsula, playing a concert at the First Presbyterian Church at 1667 Miramonte Ave. in Mountain View. Her sound mixes bluegrass classics with her own compositions and lyrics.
The evening starts with jamming at 4 p.m. and a barbecue dinner at 5, with the show at 8. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 the day of the show; they're half-price for those ages 13 to 18, and free for kids 12 and under. For more information, go to http://www.rba.org .
'Where Art Originates'
Creative souls from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program are planning another lecture series in Palo Alto.
Throughout the series, called "Where Art Originates," 15 artists from the rural Woodside residency program give insight into their work through talks, Q&A sessions and performances. This year's series runs May 6 through Nov. 4, Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Next week's initial event is themed "Discovery and Remembrance." Three artists are scheduled to appear: Tokyo poet Mariko Nagai, Vienna video and photography artist Jutta Strohmaier, and Mexico composer Edward Trevino.
Later evenings include "Engaging Perception" on June 10, with Texas playwright Timothy Braun and Rhode Island media artist Bundith Phunsombatlert. On July 15, the theme is "Playing with Time and Memory," with Sao Paulo media artist Felipe Barros, Ireland writer Eilis Ni Dhuibhne and San Jose visual artist Emanuela Harris-Sintamarian.
All programs are held in the Palo Alto Art Center's auditorium at 1313 Newell Road. Events are free, but reservations are required. Call 650-329-2366. For a full schedule, go to http://www.djerassi.org/lectureseries.html .
'Anton in Show Business'
Chekhov is downright great, but will he play in Texas?
Jane Martin's play "Anton in Show Business" depicts a Texas theater company hoping to pack the house with a production of the iconic Russian playwright's "Three Sisters." It's a behind-the-scenes look at theater, auditions and all.
A little theater company portrays the little theater company: Dragon Productions opens its production of "Anton" tonight, April 30, at its small house at 535 Alma St. in downtown Palo Alto. The show runs through May 23, with performances Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2. A "talk-back" with the director and cast is scheduled for after the May 16 show.
Theater veteran Stephen D. Maddox, who most recently directed "Kismet" at Lyric Theatre of San Jose, directs the Dragon production, and the all-female cast includes Dragon executive producer Meredith Hagedorn.
Tickets are $25 general and $20 for seniors and students on opening night, and $20/$16 thereafter. Call 650-493-2006 or go to http://www.dragonproductions.net .