Palo Alto Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - August 13, 2010

Worth a look

Operetta

'The Pirates of Penzance'

Quick! How fast can you sing "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General"?

Even if you stutter, take heart: Chances are this melody will be running through your head for the next 27 weeks. You'll have plenty of time to practice.

The comic operetta that the song comes from, Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance," has plenty of staying power, too. It first opened in 1879. It next opens locally this weekend.

Lamplighters Music Theatre is putting on two local performances of this tale of an orphan boy who mistakenly becomes a pirate. Shows are at 8 p.m. Aug. 14 and 2 p.m. Aug. 15, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. Tickets are $45/$50 for adults, $40/$45 for seniors, and $17/$22 for students and children ages 12 and under.

For more information, go to http://lamplighters.org or call 415-227-4797.

Art

Stanford Art Spaces

The current trio of artists exhibiting work at Stanford Art Spaces makes for a diverse blend of media and approaches.

There are the energetic and sometimes geometric paintings of Eliana Iurato, who grew up in Sicily and absorbed the influences of Greek and African art. Idaho artist Monika finds inspiration in land, sea and sky, and works in oil, pastel, acrylic, encaustic and watercolor. Her subjects include Hawaiian hula dancers, an Indian chieftain, pastures and ponds.

Lastly, Matt Rhoades says he looks at his art in "evolutionary terms," following his thoughts as they progress from one series of ideas to another. His paintings include abstracts, landscapes, still lifes and portraits.

The works in Stanford Art Spaces are displayed throughout the walls and rooms of the Paul G. Allen building (Center for Integrated Systems), at the corner of Campus Drive and Via Ortega at Stanford University. The building is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the current exhibition running through Aug. 26. Go to http://cis.stanford.edu/~marigros or call 650-725-3622.

Music

Fotia

The weather may not be blazing, but the next performance in the city of Palo Alto's Twilight Concert Series might be a tad fiery. The Greek band Fotia (its name means "fire" in Greek) is set to perform from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 14 in Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.

The Bay Area band, composed of musicians Anthony Catchatoorian, Michael Kutulas, George Psarras, Paul Psarras and Olympia, plays traditional folk music from Greece's mainlands and the Greek islands, contemporary popular songs, and the Greek "blues."

Instruments include the the pear-shaped, lute-like bouzouki and the guitar, keyboards and percussion.

All Twilight concerts are free. The series is scheduled to end Aug. 21 with a "battle" of local youth bands performing on California Avenue. Go to http://cityofpaloalto.org/recreation for more information.

Summer Symphony

Chicago comes to the West Coast next week, for the 51st annual Summer Symphony concert at Stanford University.

The American rock band is set to play at the Frost Amphitheatre on Aug. 21, together with the Summer Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Morgan. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the show starts at 6 p.m.

The Summer Symphony tradition started in 1960 with Boston Pops conductor Arthur Fiedler conducting the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Other performers over the years have included Peter, Paul & Mary; Bernadette Peters; Seal; and Burt Bacharach. The concert benefits the Palo Alto-based Children's Health Council, which provides assessment and treatment services for kids and families.

Tickets for this year's concert start at $60 for a general-admission lawn ticket and range up to $1,250 for a reserved seat at a table for six near the stage. For more information, go to http://summersymphony.org .

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