Worth a Look: rare prints, staged drama and more

This week's A&E highlights

This week, get inspired by passionate female leaders with TheatreWorks, catch a drama about love and lies at the Pear and see rare botanical prints at Filoli.


'Leading Ladies'

Want to be inspired by powerful, dynamic women? This weekend TheatreWorks draws together an all-star cast of female leaders for an afternoon of presentations and performances. Former Silicon Valley tech leader and New York Times bestselling author Lalita Tademy ("Cane River"), award-winning screenwriter Margaret Nagle ("Warm Springs"), singer-songwriter Vienna Teng and U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo are featured in the fundraiser; all four women have strong ties to the Peninsula and exemplify passion and ambition in their careers.

In addition to brief talks, the event includes a luncheon and time to schmooze with other strong, inspiring women (and maybe a few men) from the region.

"Leading Ladies" takes place at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7. Tickets start at $150. Call 650-463-7135 or email jfriedman@theatreworks.org.


'Birds of America'

Nineteenth-century American naturalist John James Audubon was a close observer of wildlife, especially of birds. He was also an ambitious sort: In 1820, at the age of 35, he announced his intention to paint every bird in North America.

In the end, Audubon had to travel halfway around the world to Scotland in order to find patrons willing to finance his costly project. Over the course of 13 years, he created 435 life-size engravings, from which prints were made and then hand-painted.

The results of Audubon's vision and life's work will be on display at the historic Filoli estate and gardens between Tuesday, Feb. 10 and Sunday, March 22. "Birds of America" includes 30 prints from Filoli's permanent collection. They feature both rare and familiar species, including the ubiquitous blue jay and the stately great blue heron.

The prints will be on display at Filoli's Visitor and Education Center, 86 CaƱada Road, Woodside. Filoli is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with the last admission at 2:30 p.m. daily. For more information, go to filoli.org or call 650-364-8300.



How well do we know those we think we know? How well do we know ourselves? These are the questions raised by English playwright Harold Pinter's "Betrayal," running now through Feb. 22 at the Pear Avenue Theatre.

Starting at the end of the story, "Betrayal" unfolds in reverse chronological order, allowing audiences to witness the lies and half-truths that make up a marriage and the ways a couple can wound each other. With spare dialogue and heartbreaking clarity, Pinter exposes the way we all work to hide our faults from those we love and the chaos that ensues when painful truths come to light.

In this production, directed by Ray Renati, married couple Robert and Emma will be played by Fred Pitts and Maryssa Wanlass; William J. Brown III will play Robert's friend Jerry, who becomes entangled with Emma.

The production plays Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Avenue, Unit K, Mountain View. Tickets range from $10-35. Go to thepear.org or call 650-254-1148.

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