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Ad Libs: 'Let's Build a Squadron of Dirigibles in Lenin's Name'

No, I'm not running for office. (And I'm not sure what kind of office one runs for with dirigibles.) In fact, the above slogan was one of the catchiest ones in an...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Apr. 29, 2010
Last comment by Walter_E_Wallis, on Apr 29, 2010 at 4:26 pm | 1 comment | 3482 Views

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Ad Libs: Have cello, will travel

He bills himself as "the wildest beatboxing cellist in the West." Now Cello Joe (aka Joey Chang) is perhaps aiming for a broader geographic title. He's about to...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on May. 6, 2010
Last comment by Walter_E_Wallis, on May 6, 2010 at 8:07 pm | 1 comment | 3750 Views

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Ad Libs: Brave new work

Yesterday, I caught the last performance of the in-development indie-rock musical "Fly By Night" at TheatreWorks, and you'd have to consult the program to believe...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Aug. 23, 2010
Last comment by Walter_E_Wallis, on Aug 24, 2010 at 11:57 am | 1 comment | 5250 Views

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Ad Libs: Powerful profiles

Doug Fort fell into the gang life at age 13, after, he says, "crack came into our community." Today he works in violence prevention. His is one of five stories...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Oct. 21, 2010
Last comment by Walter_E_Wallis, on Oct 22, 2010 at 4:28 am | 1 comment | 3873 Views

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Ad Libs: Menlo woman opens new art gallery

If I have to write about another art gallery in this area closing, I might dump a bucket of paint on my keyboard. And I wouldn't even get anything artistic out of...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Oct. 28, 2010
Last comment by Walter_E_Wallis, on Nov 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm | 1 comment | 3104 Views

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Ad Libs: Mighty sculptures from little saplings grow

I am already looking forward to an interview that's five weeks away. Wouldn't you, if the artist made giant fanciful sculptures from tree saplings? Environmental...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Dec. 9, 2010
Last comment by Art Lover, on Dec 19, 2010 at 9:17 pm | 1 comment | 4308 Views

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Ad Libs: Back in Bach

Teenage Bach aficionado Hilda Huang is on the scene again, this time soloing with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in a San Francisco concert in January. When...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Dec. 22, 2010
Last comment by Rebecca Wallace, on Sep 23, 2011 at 11:21 am | 1 comment | 3436 Views

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Ad Libs: My top 10 arts events from 2012

Some of my favorite arts moments and events this year came from unexpected places. An impromptu piano concert overheard through a door, for instance. Or a phenomenal...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Jan. 2, 2013
Last comment by LaurieN, on Jan 4, 2013 at 11:14 am | 1 comment | 3210 Views

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Ad Libs: 'Wild Heart of One Bird Singing'

She lived in a fishing village; she created illustrations of amphipods for the National Museum of Natural Sciences of Canada; she's rather fond of birds. That's...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Mar. 6, 2013
Last comment by Hmmm, on Mar 6, 2013 at 4:09 pm | 1 comment | 943 Views

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Ad Libs: The world outside (sort of)

Local art of the day: "Poppies With a View," a bright oil painting by Menlo Park artist Alice Weil. It's the polar opposite of the view I see outside my office window...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Jun. 25, 2013
Last comment by ILUVIT, on Jun 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm | 1 comment | 471 Views

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Ad Libs: Photographer wins global honor

Another well-deserved honor for Menlo Park photographer Mark Tuschman, whose sensitive and beautifully lit photos let us peer into worlds we otherwise might never...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on May. 13, 2009
Last comment by sharon, on May 13, 2009 at 6:03 pm | 1 comment | 18627 Views

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Ad Libs: Au revoir, Arthur

So saddened to hear about the passing of Arthur Krakower, the 88-year-old wunderkind Peninsula artist. A call or email from Arthur was like a small gem, bright in...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Jul. 31, 2009
Last comment by we, on Jul 9, 2016 at 8:49 am | 1 comment | 14195 Views

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Ad Libs: Variety shows

Kudos to producers at our Media Center, who picked up six Western Access Video Excellence (WAVE) Awards last weekend. A good reminder of the zings of variety you...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Oct. 22, 2009
Last comment by 123, on Jul 9, 2016 at 9:18 am | 1 comment | 12117 Views

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Ad Libs: Sing me a cimbalom

It wasn't your everyday orchestra moment at the Palo Alto Philharmonic on Saturday: In the middle of a concert, somebody brings out a cimbalom. But, hey. If you're...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Oct. 27, 2009
Last comment by 1990, on Jul 9, 2016 at 9:15 am | 1 comment | 12158 Views

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Ad Libs: Up there on the air

Hey, the California Pops Orchestra is doing a radio-style show. Perfect for the entire family -- since it's a radio format, you don't have to look up, so the kids...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Jan. 26, 2010
Last comment by 9, on Jul 9, 2016 at 9:57 am | 1 comment | 12826 Views

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Ad Libs: Worth another look

After visiting the Palo Alto Art Center the other week for a story about kids' art education, I went back today. I had been too busy scribbling quotes and keeping...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on May. 27, 2010
Last comment by w, on Jul 9, 2016 at 9:36 am | 1 comment | 11784 Views

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Ad Libs: Pop go the props if the actors don't stop

For my story this week about TheatreWorks' play "Opus," about life in a string quartet, I chatted with writer Michael Hollinger and cellist/advisor Kris Yenney....

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on May. 28, 2010
Last comment by x, on Jul 9, 2016 at 9:32 am | 1 comment | 13921 Views

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Ad Libs: BBB coming to RWC

Funny, I was just making a snarky remark about the Park Theatre still being a yawning hole in downtown Menlo Park. It's lovely to hear that the neighboring theater...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Jul. 22, 2010
Last comment by daisy, on Jul 9, 2016 at 10:10 am | 1 comment | 14903 Views

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Ad Libs: Powerful profiles

Doug Fort fell into the gang life at age 13, after, he says, "crack came into our community." Today he works in violence prevention. His is one of five stories...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Oct. 21, 2010
Last comment by Walter_E_Wallis, on Oct 22, 2010 at 4:28 am | 1 comment | 11821 Views

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Ad Libs: Menlo woman opens new art gallery

If I have to write about another art gallery in this area closing, I might dump a bucket of paint on my keyboard. And I wouldn't even get anything artistic out of...

Original post made by Rebecca Wallace on Oct. 28, 2010
Last comment by Walter_E_Wallis, on Nov 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm | 1 comment | 11272 Views
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