Palo Alto Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - May 17, 2013

Worth a Look

Art

Pacific Art League

Seventeen photographers, many of them local, are part of this month's "Light and Dark" photography exhibit at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto. The 33 images on display include street shots, portraits and sweeping nature images, curated by Elizabeth Bernstein, co-director of the Royal NoneSuch Gallery in Oakland.

Portola Valley photographer Elaine Heron is one of the locals taking part in the show, with her image "Cows Coming Home." Shot in Began, Myanmar, the photo depicts people and their cattle in a mist of afternoon light and dust, distant temples in the background.

Frances Freyberg of Menlo Park contributed "The Hospice Patient," a poignant portrait she took at the VA Palo Alto hospice as part of a community-service project. And Stanford clinical psychologist Robin Apple is showing her black-and-white street scene "Walking the Dog." Other local photographers represented include Cherryl Pape and Luis Hurtado-Sanchez of Palo Alto.

The free show is up through May 30 at 227 Forest Ave. in 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.

New Coast Studios

"Color and Line" is a new exhibit, but the last exhibit for New Coast Studios. The Palo Alto organization, formerly the space of Fibre Arts Design Studio, has announced it will focus on other things after this new show closes at the end of the month.

"We're closing our shop and gallery, in order to focus our efforts on providing artist services, design services and studio/exhibition rental space. ... It just makes sense for our small team to focus on what we do best," the New Coast folk said in a mass email this week. Those services, they said, include helping artists better market themselves through social media and photographing their art. Artists will also be able to rent studio space at New Coast.

Meanwhile, the "Color and Line" show will feature the works of 20 artists in such media as acrylic and oil painting, collage, prints, sculpture and textiles. Local artists include Marianne Lettieri, Sam Smidt and Ellen Brook.

The free show will be up at 935 Industrial Ave. through May 29; the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Go to newcoaststudios.com or call 650-485-2121.

Music

Lera Auerbach

Lera Auerbach was 12 years old when she composed her first opera. Later came ballets and chamber and symphonic music, including 2005's "The Little Mermaid," which had its U.S. premiere with the San Francisco Ballet. The Russian native and Juilliard graduate has also performed widely as a pianist, including appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

This month, Auerbach brings a new work to Palo Alto with the world premiere of her String Symphony "Memoria de la Luz." Scheduled to be performed by the conductor-less, collaborative New Century Chamber Orchestra, the six-movement composition is an abstract look at memory and soul-searching. A press release bills the piece as "connecting the listener with distant memories of the primordial light."

The concert is scheduled for Friday, May 24, at 8 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church at 625 Hamilton Ave. in Palo Alto. The program also features Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll" and Haydn's Symphony No. 45 "Farewell." Tickets are $29 to $59. For more information, go to ncco.org or call 415-392-4400.

Theater

'Hanging Georgia'

Veteran Palo Alto playwright Sharmon J. Hilfinger, profiled by the Weekly in 2009 about her Emily Dickinson play "Tell It Slant," is back with a new piece about Georgia O'Keeffe. It's the latest product of her fruitful collaboration with composer Joan McMillen.

"Hanging Georgia," billed as a play with music, looks at the American painter's relationship with photographer/art dealer Alfred Stieglitz in the early 1900s: a meeting of two powerful artists. It opens at the Pear Avenue Theatre in Mountain View, starring Hilfinger's daughter Paz Pardo as O'Keeffe. Pardo played the Demiurge in "Tell It Slant."

The play, co-produced with the BootStrap Theater Foundation, is a product both of the Hilfinger-McMillen partnership and of developmental workshops with the actors and director Jake Margolin. It's Hilfinger's seventh full-length play. Pardo, a graduate of Stanford University in drama, has also delved into the writing world: In March, she directed a Brooklyn production of her original play "Duct Tape Girl and Fetish Chick Conquer the World."

"Hanging Georgia" previews on May 23 at 8 p.m., opens May 24 at 8, and then runs through June 9, with performances Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 (no show on May 25; one extra show on June 1). Tickets are $10-$30 with discounts for seniors, students and groups. The theater is at 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K. Go to thepear.org or call 650-254-1148.

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