This weekend's events (Sept. 11-12)


■ Community: Art & Wine Festival

On Saturday (Sept. 11) and Sunday (Sept. 12) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., downtown Mountain View hosts an art and wine festival on Castro Street between El Camino Real and Evelyn Avenue. The event features arts and crafts including ceramics, photography, leather items, and wind chimes. There's also live music, food and drink, and children's activities. For details, call 650-968-8378 or go to miramarevents.com.

■ Theater: 'Dead Man's Cell Phone'

Palo Alto Players opens its production of the Sarah Ruhl play "Dead Man's Cell Phone" at 8 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 11) after a Friday-night preview. The story follows Jean (Mary Waterfield), a woman who answers (you guessed it) a dead man's ringing cell phone and then gets entangled with his brother, widow and mistress. Shows are at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, Thursday through Sunday through Sept. 26. (Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m.; other shows are at 8.) Tickets are $21 for the preview, $32 for opening night and $30 on other days, with a $4 discount for seniors and students on Thursdays and Sundays. Call 650-329-0891 or go to paplayers.org.

■ Talk: Joe Marchi

On Sunday (Sept. 12) from 3 to 4 p.m., Canada College teacher Joe Marchi gives a free talk on choreography in American musicals. Film clips will give samples of the work of Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse and others. The event is at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Call 650-223-8618 or go to paloaltojcc.org.

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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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