Worth A Look


Check out this roundup of local arts events worth a look this weekend, from a range of musical performances at the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts to an art, food and music festival in homage to Egyptian and Mediterranean culture.

Music: Palo Alto Festival of the Arts

People don't just come to the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts for the crafts and food. There's always a rockin' good time for music and performing-arts lovers as well. This year's entertainment lineup for the Aug. 23 and 24 festival includes 21 performers on two stages, plus two additional street musicians.

The roster includes rhythm & blues, jazz, country, Americana and pop rock. On Saturday on the Waverley Street stage, check out: Palo Alto Players (theater), 10 a.m.; Patrick McAuley & Friend (pop rock), 11:30 a.m.; Fenny & Rossi (jazz), 2 p.m.; Steve Kritzer & Michael Gaither (singer-songwriters), 4 p.m.

Saturday's Webster Street stage performers start with New Oak Pilgrims (folk, country, pop, jazz), 10:30 a.m.; Ellen Silva & Island Dream (tropical pop), 11:45 a.m.; Dr. Wise's Medicine Show (blues), 1 p.m.; Steve Meckfessel (urban folk), 2:15 p.m.; Janet & The Purple Traders (blues, rock), 3:30 p.m.; Sezu (indie pop), 4:30 p.m.

Sunday's lineup on the Waverley Stage includes Socorra & Friends, 10 a.m.; Joe Ferrara (folk, classic rock), 11 a.m.; Kenya Baker (jazz funk), noon; Blue House (originals and covers), 2 p.m.; The California Sons (Americana), 4 p.m.

Sunday on the Webster stage: Peter Conolly (folk-rock, blues), 10:30 a.m.; Sweetgrass (original music), 11:45 a.m.; Jaeger & Johnson (folk), 1 p.m.; The Keller Sisters (Americana folk), 2:15 p.m.; Jayme Kelly Curtis (folk/jazz), 3:30 p.m.; Melissa Dinwiddie (jazz, ukulele), 4:30 p.m.

Festival veteran Aryeh Frankfurter will perform Celtic harp and nyckelharpa all weekend at the corner of University Avenue and Bryant Street; accordionist The Great Morgani will play at University and Cowper Street from noon to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. both days. All performances are free.

For more information, visit mlaproductions.com/PaloAlto.

Theater: 'Dreamgirls'

Six-time Tony Award-winning musical "Dreamgirls" hits the stage at the historic Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St. in Redwood City through Aug. 31, transporting audiences back to the dreams and aspirations of 1960s and '70s Motown rhythm-and-blues performers such as such as The Supremes and The Shirelles.

Set in the heart of the Civil Rights Movement, when being treated as a fully human being was only a dream for African Americans, it's a coming-of-age story for the Dreamgirls and the nation.

"Ultimately, 'Dreamgirls' is about the magic that the theater has for transformation and possibility across social and political boundaries if we only believe," Broadway By The Bay Director Angela Farr Schiller said.

"Dreamgirls" performances are Aug. 23 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Aug. 24 at 2 p.m.; Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. A special Q&A session with Artistic Director Amanda Folena takes place 45 minutes prior to the Aug. 23 performance. Tickets are $35-$55 and can be purchased by phone at 650-579-5565 or go to broadwaybythebay.org.

Festival: A Taste of Egypt

Baklava, anyone? From kabobs to konafa (an Egyptian dessert made of thin pastry strands, nuts and syrup), this Mediterranean and Egyptian festival offers a variety of food and pastries to tantalize the taste buds.

If a trip to the pyramids is on your bucket list but you can't quite afford it, this local immersion in Egyptian culture could be the next best thing. Egyptian art, a bazaar and Arabic music round out the experience. Kids' fun includes face painting, games and a bounce house. The all-day event takes place Aug. 23 and 24, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. And the best part is that admission is free. "A Taste of Egypt" will take place at Archangel Michael & St. Mercurius Coptic Orthodox Church, 401 Hudson St., Redwood City.

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