Worth a Look
Latin, jazz-funk, alternative, hip-hop ... whatever you call them, Ozomatli doesn't sound quite like anyone else. For 20 years now, the multi-cultural, Grammy Award-winning band has been rocking explosive, high-energy shows that defy categorization and get audiences on their feet dancing. At Redwood City's Fox Theatre next Friday, Feb. 20, Ozomatli will be playing classics from the mid-'90s through to tracks from their newest album, "A Place in the Sun." Opening for the band will be a fellow L.A.-based musician, songstress Irene Diaz, the artist behind the 2012 hit "I Love You Madly." Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Sorry, young 'Matli fans; this show is 21-and-over. For tickets, go to foxrwc.com or call 650-FOX-7770.
Public art tour
This weekend, in celebration of the re-opening of Rinconada Library, the City of Palo Alto's Public Art Program will host a tour of the grounds with an emphasis on public-art installations. Join Staff Liaison Elise deMarzo for a guided tour of works. Among them is "Brilliance," a site-specific art installation by Joe O'Connell and Blessing Hancock. A series of metal sculptures lit from within by LED light, "Brilliance" encourages public interaction. The surfaces of the works feature text drawn from a wide range of languages representing the diversity of the Palo Alto community.
Nearby, standing outside the library's north entrance is Hans Wehrli's "Nude in Steel," the first work of art purchased by the Palo Alto Public Art Commission in 1976. Those still eager for more art can walk over to the Palo Alto Art Center, where there will be a free valentine-making art activity from 1-4 p.m. and live performances inspired by the current exhibition, "Hear This," running from 2-5 p.m.
To join the free public art tour, meet at the library entrance facing the Palo Alto Art Center at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14. For more on the grand opening of Rinconada Library, go to cityofpaloalto.org.
Got plans for Valentine's Day? Consider treating your sweetheart (or yourself) to a wild, romantic concert put on by Redwood Symphony. Known for blending contemporary and classical orchestral works, the symphony draws talented musicians from around the Bay Area. Their Valentine's Day program isn't your ordinary symphonic outing; it features an electric guitar concerto by contemporary composer Michael Daugherty alongside works by Berlioz and Rossini.
Daugherty's "Gee's Bend" for electric guitar and orchestra is inspired by the bright, inventive quilts made by African-American women in an Alabama hamlet of that name. The concerto features California jazz guitar soloist Jon Mulvey. Also on the program is Berlioz's "Fantastic Symphony," intended to conjure the effect of opium hallucinations. The program opens with the Overture to Rossini's "La Scala di Seta" ("The Silken Ladder"), conducted by Kristen Link.
Redwood Symphony's Valentine's Day concert takes place Saturday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m. at the Cañada College Main Theatre, 1400 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City. Tickets range from $10-$30; advance purchase is recommended. Children age 17 and under are free. A pre-concert lecture begins at 7 p.m. For tickets, go to redwoodsymphony.org. For more information, call 650-366-6872.