Two musical tales are woven together across time in "33 Variations," the 2009 Tony Award-nominated play by Moises Kaufman ("The Laramie Project").
In the present day, New York musicologist Katherine Brandt (played by Rosina Reynolds) struggles to solve a mystery that still swirls around Beethoven. Meanwhile, 200 years ago in Austria, the legendary composer (played by Howard Swain), fighting hearing loss, works to transform a lukewarm melody into a 33-part classic.
Locally, the play with music is being presented by TheatreWorks at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St., directed by the company's founding artistic director, Robert Kelley. Audiences can attend 8 p.m. preview performances Oct. 3 through Oct. 5, and then the show runs through Oct. 28, Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets are $23-$73.
For more information, go to theatreworks.org or call 650-903-6000.
'Harmony for Humanity'
Gone but not forgotten. The late Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was a graduate of Stanford University, is remembered each year at his alma mater with a free tribute concert.
This is the tenth year of "Harmony for Humanity: Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert," which began as a response to the journalist's 2002 kidnapping and killing by extremists in Pakistan. The Stanford performance is part of an international network of thousands of concerts performed under the auspices of the Los Angeles-based Daniel Pearl Foundation.
Locally, the Oct. 3 concert will feature performances by the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Stanford Chamber Strings and other Stanford players and composers. The quartet and chamber group will play Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" with "a non-string interlude separating each movement."
The event begins at 8 p.m. in Memorial Church, presented by Stanford Live and Music at Stanford together with the Office for Religious Life and Hillel at Stanford. For more about the event, go to live.stanford.edu; more about the foundation is at danielpearl.org.
'People in Glass Houses'
Long popular in Palo Alto, Eichler homes get a moment on the local silver screen this Saturday. A free screening of the documentary film "People in Glass Houses: The Legacy of Joseph Eichler" is planned for 11 a.m. in the Menlo Park City Council chambers.
Burlingame real-estate agent Monique Lombardelli made the 40-minute film on her own, utilizing her background in broadcasting and many years of experience selling Eichler homes, Menlo Park outreach librarian Roberta Roth said in a press release. The Modernist flat-roofed homes, typically one-story houses with straight geometric lines, proliferated in the middle decades of the last century. The film includes interviews with residents of the Palo Alto Eichler community in the Greenmeadow neighborhood.
Joseph Eichler, a real-estate developer, was known for his non-discrimination policy. The film includes an interview with an African-American woman in her 60s who has lived in her Castro Valley Eichler since she was a child.
Lombardelli is scheduled to attend the screening at 701 Laurel St. to answer audience questions. For more information, call Roth at 650-330-2512.
Glass Pumpkin Patch sale
You've been able to wander through 8,000 glass pumpkins all week, but you don't get to take any home until this weekend, when the annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch magically turns from a weekday exhibition into a Saturday-Sunday sale.
The hand-blown glass pumpkins of many colors, with their festively curly stems, will be for sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 29 and 30 at Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. (The event has often been held at the Palo Alto Art Center, but the renovated center will not reopen for another week.)
About 30 glass artists make the pumpkins and other glass objects for the events, and proceeds benefit the art center and its foundation, as well as the Bay Area Glass Institute in San Jose. The event is in its 17th year.
For more details, go to greatglasspumpkinpatch.com.