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Publication Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Weekend Preview Weekend Preview (February 23, 2005)

THURSDAY

"Pinkertons" will be presented tonight at 8 p.m. at Stanford's Dinkelspiel Auditorium. This world premiere is a student-written musical. Additional show times are Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 general; $9 for students with a Stanford ID. For more information or to order tickets please e-mail e-mail rliao@stanford.edu or visit www.PinkertonsTheMusical.com.
Smuin Ballet will present "Fly Me to the Moon" tonight at 8 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. The program will showcase nine dances choreographed by Michael Smuin and set to music sung by Frank Sinatra. The evening will also include three new works by Smuin Ballet dancers Shannon Hurlburt, Amy Seiwert and Celia Fushille-Burke. Additional show times are Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18-$50 and can be purchased by calling (650) 903-6000. For more information call (415) 495-2234 or visit www.smuinballet.org.
"Twelfth Night" will be presented by the Stanford Shakespeare Society tonight at 8 p.m. at the Elliott Program Center. Additional show times are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m., with a special 10:30 p.m. staging on Friday. Admission is free. Seats can be reserved at http://shakespeare.stanford.edu although reservations are not necessary. For more information call (915) 256-9852 or e-mail Gabe Bombara at gbombara@stanford.edu or visit http://shakespeare.stanford.edu.
"The Vagina Monolgues" will be presented tonight at 7 p.m. at Palo Alto High School's Haymarket Theatre, 50 Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto. Additional show time on Friday at 6 p.m. The play is presented by the school's Feminist Club. Tickets are $4 general; $3 students. For more information please e-mail paly_feminists@yahoo.com.
"On the Edge: Contemporary Chinese Artists Encounter the West" will run through May 1 at Stanford's Cantor Arts Center. The exhibition explores the artists' position in the art world and China's position in the world. The Cantor Arts Center is located off Palm Drive, at Lomita Drive and Museum Way. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Admission is free. Docents will give free tours of the exhibition on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Wallace Stegner: Throwing a Long Shadow" will run through June 12 at the Los Altos History Museum. The retrospective covers the life and influence of Stegner, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, teacher, environmentalist and Peninsula treasure. Regular viewing hours are Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The museum is located at 51 South San Antonio Road in Los Altos. For more information, please call (650) 948-9427 or visit www.losaltoshistory.org.

FRIDAY

"Lucia di Lammermoor" will be presented by West Bay Opera tonight at 8 p.m. at the Lucie Stern theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. Gaetano Donizetti's classic and tragic bel canto tale of murder, madness and suicide will be presented in Italian with English supertitles. Additional show times are Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $46, ($23 for youth under 17 or student with valid ID). For tickets or more information please call the West Bay Opera box office at (650) 424-9999, Monday-Friday, 1-6 p.m., or visit www.wbopera.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Holt Building, 221 Lambert Ave. in Palo Alto.
"Sweeney Todd" will run through March 13 at Foothill College's Playhouse, 12345 El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills. "Sweeney Todd" is Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's dark comedy about murderous barber-ism and culinary crime. Show times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; also Saturday, March 12 at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $24 general; $22 seniors; $18 students; $10 children under 12 (parental guidance suggested). For tickets, please call the box office at 650-949-7360 (open Thursday-Saturday 5-9 p.m.; Sunday 12-4 p.m.), 24-hour charge-by-phone hotline at 650-949-7414 or visit www.foothill.edu/fa/.
Stanford Art Spaces presents construction/paintings and mixed-media collage by Gerald Huth, photographic art by Dennis Kohn and ethnographic photography by Dennis Lau through April 14. The Center for Integrated Systems Art Spaces is located on the Stanford University campus. Admission is free. The center is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information please call (650) 725-3622 or visit http://cis.stanford.edu/~marigros.
"No Exit" will run through March 6 at the Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K in Mountain View. Jean-Paul Sartre's one-act play explores philosophical concepts of existence and relationships. The play is presented by Dragon Productions and will run through March 6. Show times are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 adults; $15 students and seniors for tonight's opening-night gala; $15 general admission; $10 students and seniors. Group discounts are available. For reservations please call (650) 493-2006 or purchase online at www.dragonproductions.net.
Modernbook Gallery presents the photography of Mary Daniel Hobson through March 3. Modernbook is located at 494 University Ave. in Palo Alto. For more information please call (650) or visit www.modernbook.com.

SATURDAY

Storyteller Yolanda Rhodes will perform tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road in Los Altos Hills. The event will take place at the Visitors Welcome Center. Tickets are $10 adults; $8 children 12 and under; $30 for a family of four. Reservations are recommended. For more information please call (650) 949-8653 or visit www.hiddenvilla.org.
Trio Jubilee will perform tonight at 8 p.m. at the Palo Alto Art Center, 21313 Newell Road. Presented by the Palo Alto Performances Series, the concert will feature violinist Claudia Bloom, cellist Thomas Shoebotham and pianist Sumi Park. The program will consist of music by Beethoven, Dvorak and Piazzolla. Tickets are $14 adults; $12 seniors and students. For more information please call (650) 327-2019.
The Ragazzi Boys Chorus will perform tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. at the University Club of Palo Alto, 3277 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto (off Foothill Expressway at Hillview Avenue). The event will feature vertical and horizontal tastings, selections of rare wines, as well as silent and live auctions of special wines, wine country trips, lavish dinners, plus other innovative vacations, home concerts, restaurant and theatre packages. Tickets are $60 and include admission, all wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres and the concert. Proceeds will benefit the Ragazzi Boys Chorus. Tickets can be purchased by calling (650) 342-8785.
Pianist Jon Nakamatsu will perform tonight at 7 p.m. at Foothill College's Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills. Tickets range from $20 for students to $150, which include a post-concert reception. Proceeds will benefit the health and human service programs of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI). For tickets and information, go to www.ticketweb.com or call AACI at (408) 975-2730.

SUNDAY

The Palo Alto Teachers' Scholarship Concert will take place today at 4 p.m. at Palo Alto High School's Haymarket Theatre, 50 Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto. Tickets are $10 adults; $5 students/seniors and will be available at the door. Proceeds will benefit Palo Alto Unified School District students for summer music camps, workshops and lessons. For more information call 329-3944.
Stanford's dance division will present "Dance by Chance" today at 8 p.m. at Roble Dance Studio. Presented by alumni choreographers , student composers and the Stanford Improvisation Collective, the event will feature chance-based dance and music pieces inspired by Merce Cunningham. Admission is free. For more information please visit http://www.stanford.edu/dept/dance/currentschedule.html.
The Palo Alto Art Center presents three new exhibits: "The Gift: Surimono Prints from Bay Area Collections," "Spring Pool/Floating Sky: In Praise to Indigo" and "Moving Cabinetry: Tansu From the Zentner Collection." The Palo Alto Art Center is located at 1313 Newell Road in Palo Alto. For more information please call (650) 329-2367.
"Gizmos & Gadgets," is currently on display at the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Road. This exhibition demonstrates how work can be made easier with simple machines such as levers and incline planes. For more information, please call (650) 329-2111 or visit www.pajmzfriends.org/membership.htm.

Art
A feature on "The Gift: Surimono Prints from Bay Area Collections," currently on display at the Palo Alto Art Center.

Opera
A review of West Bay Opera's production of "Lucia di Lammermoor."

Eating Out
A review of Thaiphoon in Palo Alto.

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