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This week, indulge your wanderlust at a Foothill College photography exhibition, soak up the masterful jazz stylings of Arturo Sandoval at the JCC, and catch a mold-breaking puppet show at Stanford Live.


Harlan Crowder's 'Wanderlust'

Silicon Valley photographer Harlan Crowder doesn't like to stay put. Over the past decade, he has traveled across North and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe, taking vivid photographs that capture the cultures and the people he encounters. Next week, Foothill College opens an exhibition of Crowder's work from around the globe.

Titled "Wanderlust," the show gives a sense of the artist's eye for pleasing design and his interest in a range of subjects, from landscapes and seascapes to close-up portraits, street scenes and documentary-style images.

"Travel photography is about capturing images that give a sense of place and the people who live there," Crowder noted, and indeed, most of his images focus on humans or their impact on the landscape. Among the works included in "Wanderlust" is "Blue Dog." Shot in Havana, Cuba, the image captures both the urban blight that pervades the city and the bright, expressive spirit of the Cuban people. Other images come from such disparate locales as Myanmar, the Czech Republic and Ireland, but Crowder also turns his lens on the United States, offering his distinct perspective on scenes closer to home.

"Wanderlust" opens with a reception at Foothill College's Krause Center for Innovation Gallery (12345 El Monte Road, Building 4000, Los Altos Hills) on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m., and runs through Dec. 5. The gallery is open Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, go to harlancrowder.com or call 408-981-8252.


Arturo Sandoval

Palo Alto gets its own taste of Cuba next week when world-renowned trumpet player Arturo Sandoval appears in concert at the JCC. A Grammy, Emmy and Billboard Award-winning musician, Sandoval is considered one of the greatest living jazz trumpeters. He'll play alongside his quintet in a concert that marks the first in the JCC's Jazz Giants Series (stay tuned for the Ron Carter Trio, coming in early December).

Sandoval was born in a small town on the outskirts of Havana, and was a protégé of Dizzy Gillespie, the father of Afro-Cuban jazz. He's also one of only three jazz musicians in the world to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and has performed alongside artists including Frank Sinatra, Bill Conti, Rod Stewart and Alicia Keys. In addition to jazz trumpet, Sandoval is an accomplished classical pianist and composer.

Arturo Sandoval Quintet will perform at the Oshman Family JCC's Schultz Concert Hall (3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30. Single tickets are $45 for the general public, $40 for JCC members and $60 for premium seating. To learn more, go to paloaltojcc.org/sandoval or call 650-223-8664.


Blind Summit Theatre's 'The Table'

A grouchy, 2-foot-tall puppet with a cardboard head has an existential crisis while standing on a table. That's the synopsis of Blind Summit Theatre's "The Table," a mold-breaking performance art event that won top awards and critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011 and has since gone on to tour the world.

"The Table" may be comical, but this is no ordinary puppet show. Based on the life of Moses in the hours before his death, it's an attempt to recreate the art of puppetry. Performed in the style of Japanese Bunraku puppetry, the production relies on the talents of the three puppeteers, who are fully visible to the audience throughout the production. These actors must improvise and interact with each other and the audience while cooperatively manipulating the body of the show's star.

Blind Summit will perform "The Table" at Stanford University's Bing Concert Hall Studio (327 Lasuen St.) Thursday, Oct. 30 and 31, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 for adults and $15 for Stanford students; go to live.stanford.edu or call 650-724-2464.

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