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Publication Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Weekend Preview Weekend Preview (July 21, 2004)

John "Broadway" Tucker will perform on Thursday at the Brown Bag Concert Series.
Thursday

John "Broadway" Tucker
will belt out the blues at the Brown Bag Concert Series today at noon at Cogswell Plaza, located at the corner of Lytton Avenue and Ramona Street. Admission is free. For more information please call (650) 463-4940 or visit www.PaloAltoOnline.com.

The Anton Schwartz Quintet will perform tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Stanford Shopping Center, in the gardens of the Clock Tower Plaza (near Neiman Marcus), as part of Summer Jazz 18. From moody ballads to upbeat versions of the classics, Schwartz and his quintet -- which includes Menlo Park native Taylor Eigsti and Julian Lage -- explore a full range of the jazz lexicon. The concert is co-sponsored by SFJAZZ. Admission is free. For more information please contact (415) 788-7353 or visit www.sfjazz.org.

"Jazz and The Music of Brazil" will take place tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Campbell Recital Hall, as part of the 2004 Stanford Jazz Festival. Guitarist Ray Scott and vocalist Liza Silva will merge the high-octane rhythms of Brazil with the splendors of jazz. Tickets are $16 general; $14 students/seniors/Palo Alto Jazz Alliance members.

"Is This Seat Taken?" will run through Aug. 15 at Stanford University's Eleanor Prosser Theatre. Presented by Stanford's Theatre Q, the play is a comic drama about an upper-class dysfunctional family who reunites one Thanksgiving weekend. Show times are Wednesdays through Sundays at 8 p.m., with additional Friday late shows at 11 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission; $10 for students, seniors and all late shows and matinees. For more information please visit www.stanfordtheater.org.

"Are We Almost There? will run through Aug. 7 at the Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave. in Los Altos. Presented by the Bus Barn Stage Company, the play features book, music and lyrics by Morris Bobrow. Show times are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 25 at 3 p.m. Admission is $18 $25 for performances Thursdays through Saturdays; $20 for Sunday. For tickets please call the box office at (650) 941-0551 or visit www.busbarn.org.

"Red" will be presented by TheatreWorks though Aug. 8 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. Written by Chay Yew, the story follows a celebrated Chinese-American novelist as she absorbs inspiration for her next work in Beijing. Show times are Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. (8 p.m. only Aug. 7); Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m. (2 p.m. only Aug. 8). Tickets are $20-$50; discounts will be available for youth, students, seniors and members. For tickets and information, the public may call (650) 903-6000 or visit theatreworks.org.
Friday

"Ragtime"
will preview tonight at 8 p.m. at Foothill College's Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills. It will officially open on Saturday. The play features a book by Terrence McNally, score by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, in a tapestry of fiction and fact that intertwines the lives of a black family, upper-class Protestants and Jewish immigrants. Show times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. A benefit gala will take place on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. "Ragtime" will run through Aug. 15. Tickets are $24 general; $22 seniors; $18 students; $10 children under 12. Tickets to Saturday's gala are $150 and include dinner, a wine tasting, silent and live auctions and the performance; proceeds will benefit the Foothill Music Theater program. For tickets to the gala, please call (650) 949-6231. For tickets to other shows, please call the box office at (650) 949-7360 (open Mon.-Sat. 5-9 p.m., Sun. 12-4 p.m.), 24-hour charge-by-phone hotline at (650) 949-7414, or visit http://www.foothill.edu/fa/ragtime/index.html.

"This American Life" will be on display through July at the Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St. in Palo Alto. See how artists interpret their thoughts of life in America. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information please call (650) 321-3891 or visit www.pacificartleague.org.

"Noises Off" will be presented tonight and Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road. Additional show times are Friday Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 adults; $3 children and are available through the Children's Theatre box office by calling (650) 463-4970. The box office is open 1:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

"Once Upon A Mattress" will be presented by the Hope Musical Theatre today at 11 a.m. at Walter Hays Elementary School (MP Room), 1525 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. Admission is free. For more information about show times please visit www.HopeMusicalTheatre.com.

Modernbook Gallery will present new works by Austrian photographer Andreas H. Bitesnich through Sept. 1. Modernbook Gallery is located at 494 University Ave. in Palo Alto and is open daily from11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information please call (650) 327-6325.
Saturday

The Heath Brothers
will perform tonight at 8 p.m. at Campbell Recital Hall, as part of the 2004 Stanford Jazz Festival. Saxophonist Jimmy Heath, bassist Percy Heath and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath will be joined by pianist Jeb Patton. Tickets are $38 general; $30 students; $36 seniors and Palo Alto Jazz Alliance members. For tickets call (650) 725-ARTS (2787) or visit www.ticketweb.com. For information, call (650) 736-0324 or visit stanfordjazz.org.

"Question" will be on display through Jan. 2 at the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University. This experimental project is designed to provoke and address questions frequently asked by visitors about art and its presentation in museums. The center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Admission is free. Please call (650) 723-4177 or visit www.stanford.edu/dept/ccva
Sunday

"From Brazil: Palmo Quadrado & Indigenous Arts from the Amazon Basin"
will run through Sept. 5 at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road in Palo Alto. The exhibition includes works on paper and photographs created by 46 contemporary Brazilian artists. Admission is free. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday also from 7 to 9 p.m.; Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information please call (650) 329-2366.

Bennett Paster's "ORGANIC!" will be presented tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Campbell Recital Hall, as part of the 2004 Stanford Jazz Festival. Multi-instrumental keyboardist Paster will be joined by his organ-based quartet, guitarist Chris Rossbach and members of the Stanford Jazz Workshop faculty. Tickets are $16 general; $14 students/seniors/Palo Alto Jazz Alliance members. For tickets call (650) 725-ARTS (2787) or visit www.ticketweb.com. For information, call (650) 736-0324 or visit stanfordjazz.org.

"Gizmos & Gadgets," is currently on display at the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Road. This new exhibition demonstrates how work can be made easier with simple machines such as levers and incline planes. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, please call (650) 329-2111 or visit www.pajmzfriends.org/membership.htm.
Art

A profile of "Question," a new experimental project at the Cantor Arts Center.
Theater

A review of "Red," the latest production by TheatreWorks.
Eating Out

A review of Pasta Pomodoro in Palo Alto.


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