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This week, check out Sing and Play the Bing, Gallery House Palo Alto, and bluegrass performers Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gully.


Sing and Play the Bing

Multicultural appreciation takes center stage at Stanford's Bing Concert Hall Saturday, Dec. 6, in an evening of performances by three Bay Area-based groups: Peninsula Women's Chorus, Chinese Performing Arts of America and Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance and Drum.

Palo Alto-based Peninsula Women's Chorus was founded in 1966 and features both classical and contemporary music. Live performances and recordings have garnered the group international attention, as well as the commissioning of original music.

The Chinese Performing Arts of America is committed to continually introducing Chinese culture to the area and using art as a means of promoting multiculturalism. The group presents professional performing artists and offers education in Shaolin Kung Fu, music, drama, visual art and ballroom and line dancing.

Originally created as a traditional Aztec dance circle, Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance and Drum promotes an appreciation of pre-Columbian art forms through dance and music. The San Jose-based school of dance and drumming works to combine multiple elements of Mesoamerican performance to celebrate movement, art and life.

Tickets for the event are free and will be available on the day of the event at the Bing Concert Hall box office, at 327 Lasuen St. The performances start at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit live.stanford.edu.


40 artists celebrate the holidays

Ring in the winter season cheer with a show of paintings, jewelry, ceramics, fabric and photography by local artists at Gallery House Palo Alto, at 320 California Avenue, behind Printers Cafe.

Original work by Bay Area artists offer visitors one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season. Both year-round and special holiday-themed works are on display and for purchase as well as a selection of handmade ornaments.

Among the 40 artists exhibited is Wendy Fitzgerald, a San Jose State University graduate who focuses on lines and geometric shapes in her compositions. Also displayed is artist Nance Wheeler, who uses collage, acrylic paints and inks to explore pre-computer technical drawings. Present chair of the gallery, Sydell Lewis, has paintings in the show including one inspired by her walks at Shoreline Park in Mountain View.

This month's extended holiday hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The show is open through Dec. 24. For more, information visit www.galleryhouse2.com or call 650-326-1668.


Legends in bluegrass

From the heartland of American bluegrass culture comes two legendary artists for a special performance hosted by the Redwood Bluegrass Association this Saturday, Dec. 6. Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gully have been influential members of the bluegrass community for several decades and have been big contributors to the continuation of bluegrass music.

Bradley, a native of Kentucky, joined her first bluegrass band as a teen and has since recorded numerous albums and played countless shows. She has won the International Bluegrass Music Association Award for Female Vocalist of the Year five times. Fans admire Bradley for the genuine bluegrass quality of her music.

Born in Tennessee, Gully is the son of a founding member of the Pinnacle Boys. He grew up to become the front man for three influential bluegrass bands: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Mountain Heart and Grasstowne. He has been featured on many artists tracks and co-wrote the IBMA's Song of the Year in 2008, titled "Through the Window of a Train."

The pair will perform at Los Altos' Immanuel Lutheran Church (1715 Grant Road). The doors open at 4:30 p.m. for a jam session, and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and half price for teens and students. Admission is free for kids under 13 and music students. For reservations and information, visit www.rba.org.

— Jennah Feeley

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