Palo Alto Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - May 20, 2011

Worth a look

Art

Antique prints

Puppets are featured in the current exhibition at Lyons Limited Antique Prints, along with magicians, musicians, dancers and actors. Called "Playwrights, Pirouettes & Pianissimos," the new show looks at the history of the performing arts through lithographs, watercolors, woodcuts, engravings and other period graphics.

Featured prints include a detailed 16th-century woodcut of the Verona amphitheatre in Italy, by Sebastian Munster; and a Robert Cane watercolor of a 19th-century Drury Lane stage set in London.

The display will be up through Aug. 15. Lyons Limited is at 10 Town & Country Village at 855 El Camino Real in Palo Alto.

For more information, go to lyonsltd.com or call 650-325-9010.

Theater

'Tongue of a Bird'

The hunt at the heart of Ellen McLaughlin's play "Tongue of a Bird" is more than just search-and-rescue pilot Maxine's (Kateri Rose) hunt for a kidnapped child. Maxine is also searching for her lost mother, Evie (Kerry Michelle Smith), through memories and nightmares.

It's a dark and verbose story that originally starred Cherry Jones and Sharon Lawrence in an off-Broadway production. The tale comes to Palo Alto next week, presented by Dragon Productions Theatre Company at its downtown theater at 535 Alma St.

Lessa Bouchard directs the production, which has a pay-what-you-can preview on Thursday, May 26, and then opens May 27. The show runs through June 19, with performances at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Opening-night tickets are $30 general, $25 for seniors and $20 for students; on all other days, admission is $25/$18/$16. Go to dragonproductions.net or call 650-493-2006.

Music

QuinTango

A vacation to Buenos Aires could take months to plan and also be quite expensive. But QuinTango, a touring quintet, brings live tango and dance to Stanford's Dinkelspiel Auditorium on May 20.

The touring quintet, composed of two violins and a cello, bass and piano, will be performing tango music accompanied by professional tango dancers from Buenos Aires.

"QuinTango presents a concert of music and dance, full of nostalgia and poignancy ... It takes you right into Buenos Aires," Anne Gazenbeek said in a press release. She's a board member of Friends of Music at Stanford, which is sponsoring the event.

The quintet performs at the annual Spoleto Festival in South Carolina, where it has often been voted an audience favorite, and has also given a concert at the White House.

The Stanford concert will be at 8 p.m. on Friday. General admission is $30 ($50 premium) and $10 for Stanford students. For more information, go to music.stanford.edu or call 650-725-2787.

Quartetto Sugoi

The sounds of Stanford Hospital's music program can be soothing for patients — and also provide a creative outlet for doctors and others. The program has also started up a caregivers' concert series, featuring physicians, therapists and others taking the stage.

On Thursday, May 26, the second free concert in the series is scheduled at the Cantor Arts Center auditorium at 328 Lomita Drive at Stanford University. The Quartetto Sugoi is set to perform music by Mendelssohn and Mozart.

The players in the quartet met a decade ago as music students and came back together this year through their Stanford affiliations, said Greg Kaufman, the hospital's music-program coordinator.

Violinists Charlene Chen and Ian Bledsoe are medical doctors in Stanford's neurology department, while violist Shana Goldin-Perschbacher teaches feminist studies and music. Cellist Edward Wu has two master's degrees from Stanford in engineering and has founded a fund to support the humanities at the university.

For more about the concert, call 650-725-2892, or go to stanfordhospital.org and click on "Services for Guests" and then "Music Program."

Music and dance

'Free the Children' benefit concert

A group of enterprising local students has organized a benefit concert for the international nonprofit organization Free the Children, which seeks to help underprivileged kids through education.

This Saturday, May 21, students from schools including Gunn and Palo Alto high schools; Terman, Jordan and J.L. Stanford middle schools; and the Castilleja and Keys schools will perform at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center at 3921 Fabian Way in Palo Alto.

The event goes from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, and will include a variety of bands, dance groups, singers and classical musicians, said Eleanor Su, a seventh-grader at Terman.

"Our goal is to build a school in Sierra Leone," she said. "We have previously fundraised through several bake sales."

The suggested donation for audience members is $10. For more information about the event, call 650-815-1880. Free the Children's website is freethechildren.com.

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