This weekend's events (July 31-Aug. 1)


• Music: Pellejo Seco

Pellejo Seco gives a free concert on Saturday (July 31) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Palo Alto's California Avenue. The Bay Area band draws inspiration from the campesinos, or farmers, of Latin America, and its music is a hybrid of the styles of Afro-Cuban, flamenco, jazz, Latin pop and others. The show is part of the city's annual Twilight Concert Series, which runs through Aug. 21. Go to cityofpaloalto.org.

• Community: Obon Festival

This Saturday (July 31) and Sunday (Aug. 1), the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple hosts its annual Obon Festival with dance and drum performances, Japanese folk music and talks. Food for sale includes sushi, udon, teriyaki chicken and shave ice, while exhibits feature bonsai, ikebana and "Life of Buddha" paintings. Activities run from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 2751 Louis Road in Palo Alto. Admission is free. Go to pabt.org.

• Film: San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Local San Francisco Jewish Film Festival screenings start at noon this Saturday (July 31) at the CineArts theater at Palo Alto Square, 3000 El Camino Real. Feature films, shorts and television episodes from various countries will be shown at the theater on afternoons and evenings through Aug. 3. Tickets are $12 general and $10.50 for students, for each feature film. (Shorts are screened with features, or two shorts are shown together for the feature price.) For a full schedule, go to sfjff.org.

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Short story writers wanted!

The 33rd Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult (15-17) and Teen (12-14) categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 29. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

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