Palo Alto Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - August 26, 2011

Worth a look

Theater

'Shout! The Mod Musical'

You don't have to say you love them, but the five singers in Bus Barn Stage Company's upcoming production of "Shout! The Mod Musical" are wishin' and hopin' you do, or else these boots just might walk all over ... OK, you get the idea.

Anyway, "Shout!" is a revue of songs from 1960 to 1970: ballads, soul songs, anthems and dance-y numbers. Tunes include "Son of a Preacher Man," "Georgy Girl," "To Sir With Love," "Downtown" and "Alfie." The show was created by Phillip George and David Lowenstein.

"Shout!" previews at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, with opening night at 8 p.m. on Sept. 2. It runs through Oct. 1 with performances Thursday through Sunday and on two Wednesdays, Sept. 14 and 21. Tickets are $24-$32.

For more information, call 650-941-0551 or go to busbarn.org.

Art

Judy Kramer

Palo Alto nature photographer Judy Kramer doesn't have to go far for material. She often goes out with her camera to the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. Her new exhibition — which will be in the Pacific Art League's Norton Gallery in September — is meant to convey her trail-traveling experiences to viewers.

"It's all about what you see on the trail when you slow down, look around and get close to the flowers," Kramer said in a press release. "That's when you come to appreciate the flower markings and delicate individual parts whose design is not for us but to attract the bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators."

Kramer often exhibits and gives presentations on photography. She is a past president of the Palo Alto Camera Club.

An opening reception for her show, titled "A Bee's-Eye View: Wildflower Close-up Photography," is set for Friday, Sept. 9, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The art league is at 668 Ramona St. in downtown Palo Alto; gallery hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 to 4. Go to pacificartleague.org or call 650-321-3891.

Kings Mountain Art Fair

For the 48th year, art will come to the redwoods for Labor Day weekend. The Kings Mountain Fair is once again scheduled to take place at the scenic area around the Kings Mountain Fire Station at 13889 Skyline Boulevard near Woodside.

This year, 135 juried artists and 25 "mountain folk artists" are expected to take part in the volunteer-run event, showing and selling sculptures, paintings, furniture, jewelry, toys and other items. Children's activities include face-painting, art-making and reading. Admission to the fair is free, but there is a charge for some of the activities.

A pancake breakfast with the artists starts at 8 a.m., with lunch available from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Overall, the fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Sept. 3, 4 and 5). Proceeds benefit the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Kings Mountain Elementary School.

Attendees are asked to park (for free) along Skyline Boulevard and take a free shuttle to the fair. Dogs and bicycles are not allowed.

For more information, call 650-851-2710 or go to kingsmountainartfair.org.

Music

Broceliande

The Celtic/medieval trio Broceliande gets an early start on welcoming autumn this Saturday, Aug. 27, with a harvest concert at East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St., Mountain View. The musicians' repertoire focuses on music from the British Isles, with plenty of Irish dances, a cappella madrigals and tunes from medieval and Renaissance courts.

The players are: trio founder Margaret Davis, who sings and plays Celtic harp, flute and recorders; Kristoph Klover on vocals, guitars, octave mandolin and oboe; and cellist Kris Yenney, who also sings and plays viola da gamba, kamanche and percussion. (Yenney also directs some of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra's ensembles.)

Saturday's concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20; call 650-988-9800. For more information, go to eastwest.com.

Film

'Queen of the Sun'

The mystery of the disappearing honeybees is more gripping — and worrisome — to many people than any paperback whodunit. That very real puzzle will be examined this Saturday in the company of many a book.

Kepler's Books is hosting a screening of the documentary film "Queen of the Sun," which explores why and how the honeybees are vanishing, and what effect that is having. Directed by Taggart Siegel, the 2010 film features authors Michael Pollan and Gunther Hauk, and activist Vandana Shiva.

The screening begins at 7 p.m., accompanied by a talk with Catherine Fraley of CoastalBee.com. Roger Reynolds Nursery of Menlo Park will also display "bee-friendly" plants.

Admission to the event at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park is $16 at the door. For more information, call 650-324-4321 or go to keplers.com.

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