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Publication Date: Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Weekend Preview Weekend Preview (March 09, 2005)

THURSDAY

"Vincent in Brixton" will preview tonight at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. Written by Nicholas Wright, the play follows a young Vincent Van Gogh , as he arrives in London in 1873 as an art dealer in training. Presented by TheatreWorks, "Vincent in Brixton" will open on Saturday and run through April 3. Show times are Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.(March 15 and 22 only), Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. (additional 2 p.m. performances March 19 and 26 only), Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m. (2 p.m. only April 3). Tickets are $20-$50. For tickets and information please call (650) 903-6000 or visit www.theatreworks.org.

"Pinocchio" will be presented today at 4:30 p.m. at the Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road. This telling of the Collodi classic interweaves the famous street players of the commedia del arte into the well-known story of the puppet who becomes a real boy. Additional show times are Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 adults; $3 children and are available from the Children's Theatre Box office Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1:30 to 6 p.m. For more information please call (650) 463-4970.

"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.

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.

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.

FRIDAY

The Merce Cunningham Dance Company will perform tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. at Stanford's Memorial Auditorium. Presented by Stanford Lively Arts, the program will feature the North American premiere of Cunningham's "Views on Stage," co-commissioned by Stanford Lively Arts. Also on the program is the West Coast premiere of "Split Sides" and the classic "Suite For Five." A post-performance discussion with the company will take place after the Friday show and will be free and open to the public. Tickets are $44/$38/$26 adults. Half-price tickets are available for people age 15 and under and discounts are available for students. For tickets and more information, contact the Stanford Ticket Office, located at Tresidder Memorial Union, at (650) 725-ARTS (2787) or go online to http://livelyarts.stanford.edu.

The Claudia Villela Quartet with Ricardo Peixoto will perform tonight at 8 p.m. at Stanford's Campbell Recital Hall, located in the Braun Music Center. The concert will be presented by the Stanford Jazz Workshop. A pre-concert talk will take place at 7 p.m. Tickets are $26 general and are available at www.ticketweb.com or at the Stanford University box office, (650) 725-2787.

Peninsula Women's Chorus will perform tonight at 8 p.m. at All Saints' Episcopal Church, located at the corner of Waverley and Hamilton in downtown Palo Alto. The concert, entitled "Song of Survival," will feature a film and choral presentation in honor of International Women's Day. Tickets are $20 general admission; $10 students and will be available in advance or at the door. For more information call (650) 324-1895.

Soli Deo Gloria and Camerata Gloria will perform tonight at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave. in Palo Alto. The concert, entitled, "Across the Pond," will feature a cappella treasures by England's finest composers. The program will feature Britten's famous Hymn to St. Cecilia (with text by W.H. Auden) and Vaughan Williams's stunning Mass in G Minor, as well as works by Byrd, Tallis, Morley, Gibbons, Dowland, Weelkes, Tavener and Stanford. Tickets are $20/$15; free for grades K-8, and can be ordered by calling (415) 982-7341 or online at www.sdgloria.org.

"Sweeney Todd" will run through Sunday 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 and Sunday 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/.

"Two x 20," featuring the work of 20 local photographers, will run through March 31 at Modernbook Gallery. The exhibit is a culmination of a Stanford Continuing Studies course taught by photographer Brigitte Carnochan. Modernbook is located at 494 University Ave. in Palo Alto. For more information please call (650) 327-6325 or visit www.modernbook.com.

SATURDAY

Rebeca Mauleon and Latin Fire will perform tonight at 8 p.m. at Stanford's Campbell Recital Hall, located in the Braun Music Center. The concert will be presented by the Stanford Jazz Workshop. Tickets are $28 general and are available at www.ticketweb.com or at the Stanford University box office, (650) 725-2787. For more information please visit www.stanfordjazz.org.

El Camino Youth Symphony will perform tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1835 Valota Road in Redwood City. This benefit concert will also showcase world-renowned pianist Rueibin Chen, who will perform Franz Liszt's "Concerto No. 1." The program will also feature Leonard Bernstein's "Overture to Candide" and Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 4." A second performance will take place on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Civic Auditorium, 135 W. San Carlos St. in San Jose. Tickets are $30/$20. For more information call (650) 327-2611 or visit www.ecys.org.

SUNDAY

Michael Spiro will deliver a lecture entitled "Everything you wanted to know about (Latin) Jazz but were afraid to ask" today at 3 p.m. at Stanford's Campbell Recital Hall, located in the Braun Music Center. The lecture will be presented by the Stanford Jazz Workshop. Tickets are $10 general; $5 students and are available at www.ticketweb.com or at the Stanford University box office, (650) 725-2787. For more information please visit www.stanfordjazz.org.

Fortnightly Music Club will present a free concert tonight at 8 p.m. at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road in Palo Alto. The program will feature works by Karol Szymanowski, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Robert Conrad and Zoltan Kodaly. For more information please visit www.fortnightmusicclub.org.

WomanSong Circle will take place today from 2 to 4 p.m. at Subud House, 330 Melville St. in Palo Alto. A donation of $10 is requested. The event will celebrate Women's History Month and International Women's Day. For more information call Betsy Rose at (510) 525-7082 or Donne Davis at (650) 854-8587.

The Prazak Quartet will perform today at 2:30 p.m. at Stanford's Dinkelspiel Auditorium. The program will celebrate Czech composers. A free pre-performance discussion will take place at 1:15 p.m. Peter Susskind, conductor and music director of the South Bay Youth Orchestra, will lead the discussion. Tickets to the concert are $44/$40 adults. Half-price tickets are available for people age 15 and under and discounts are available for students. For tickets and more information, contact the Stanford Ticket Office, located at Tresidder Memorial Union, at (650) 725-ARTS (2787) or go online to http://livelyarts.stanford.edu.

DANCE
A feature on the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

ART
A feature on "Pacific Riminiscences," a new print by local Sumi-e artist Drue Kataoka. The work will benefit the Pacific Art League.

Eating Out
A review of St. Michael's Alley in Palo Alto.

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