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Palo Alto Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - November 4, 2011

Worth a look

Music

Three Metre Day

The members of the Toronto acoustic indie-roots trio Three Metre Day have a busy Saturday planned this week. In the morning of Nov. 5 they'll be performing on the West Coast Live radio show, live from the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley. Then they head down to Palo Alto to play and lead violin and slide-guitar workshops at Gryphon Stringed Instruments.

Starting at 2 p.m., the three — violinist Hugh Marsh, lap-style slide guitarist Don Rooke, and singer and portable-pump-organist Michelle Willis — will be playing and teaching at the shop at 21l Lambert Ave. It all happens in support of the trio's upcoming debut full-length album, "Coasting Notes."

Tickets to the Gryphon event are $40. Call 650-493-2131 or go to www.gryphonstrings.com for more information.

Stephen and the symphony

Not many 15-year-olds spend their Thanksgiving breaks performing on a 1732 Guarneri del Gesu violin with a symphony. But this is Stephen Waarts' fourth annual appearance with the Silicon Valley Symphony — and he's also played at Carnegie Hall and in Moscow, Pamplona, Weimar and Oslo.

On Nov. 19 and 20, Stephen will solo with the Silicon Valley Symphony in Menlo Park and Palo Alto, playing Saint-Saens' Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 61. Also on the programs are Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture" and Symphony No. 4 in E Minor.

Stephen hails from Los Altos and is currently a student at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (he started studying the violin at 5). He's received much acclaim for his performances in recent years, winning awards and performing with 20 orchestras between April 2008 and September 2011, according to his website, stephenwaarts.com.

The Nov. 19 concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park; the Nov. 20 performance is at 4 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. Tickets are $20 general, $15 for seniors and students, and free for children ages 12 and younger. Go to siliconvalleysymphony.net for more.

Dance and art

Spotlight on Rodin

Choreography and sculpture are spending plenty of time together these days at Stanford's Cantor Arts Center, where a project called "Rodin and the Dancing Body" brings an art installation and series of student performance workshops to the museum.

The French sculptor Auguste Rodin often found inspiration for his powerful figurative works from dance, citing Isadora Duncan as his dance muse. Today, Rodin's inspiration continues to extend into the dance world.

As part of a fall-quarter class at Stanford, students regularly come to the Cantor's auditorium to have open rehearsals with Alonzo King, the choreographer and artistic director of LINES Ballet in San Francisco. The public can watch the dancers work with King to develop new choreography, and to learn parts of his 1990 work "Without Wax," which draws from Rodin's lost-wax casting technique.

The museum is also providing art materials for visitors to sketch the dancers as they work. Upcoming workshops are planned for Nov. 10 and Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m., with a final performance set for Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. in Stanford's Roble Gym.

Meanwhile, the "Dancing Body" installation at the museum features a video montage of Isadora Duncan dancing, and gesture drawings by dancers.

The installation is up through Jan. 1, together with the companion exhibition "Rodin and America." That show features 132 paintings, sculptures, photos and other works of art by U.S. artists who have been influenced by Rodin, including Georgia O'Keefe and Edward Steichen.

Admission to the Cantor programs and exhibitions is free, and the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays until 8, including New Year's Day. Go to museum.stanford.edu or call 650-723-4177.

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