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Worth a Look: Experimental performance art and more

This week's A&E highlights

This week, catch San Francisco's hottest cross-disciplinary performance art collaborative, hear author Issa Rae discuss her YouTube sensation 'Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl' and check out digital prints at the Pacific Art League.


'Abstractions' and more

Purple palm trees sprout from parking lots, and aquamarine buildings give way to bright green skies. In the digital prints of Palo Alto artist Ron Andrews, California appears in vivid technicolor. Through layering and blending digital photographs using computer software programs like Photoshop, Andrews achieves hallucinatory visions of familiar urban scenes, often using the same image in multiple works to create a dreamlike cityscape.

Now through Feb. 26, Andrews' works are on display at the Pacific Art League (668 Ramona St., Palo Alto) alongside an exhibition of abstract art, juried by Robert Poplack, curator and director of the Wiegard Gallery of Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont. "Abstractions" incorporates paintings, drawing, prints and sculptures as well as photography. Gallery hours at the Pacific Art League are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is free. To learn more, go to pacificartleague.org or call 650-321-3891. To see more of Andrews' work, go to RonsArtGallery.com.


Treat Social Club

Brace yourselves: One of San Francisco's hottest experimental arts groups is coming to Palo Alto. Featuring aerialists and dancers, a live jazz orchestra and video projections, Treat Social Club is designed to tickle all the senses. With collaboratively created shows and an emphasis on technology and game theory, Treat Social Club serves up nights to remember. They'll be bringing their cross-disciplinary performance experience to the Oshman JCC's Schultz Cultural Arts Hall (3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto) on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $35 for JCC members, $40 general admission and $45 at the door. To learn more, go to paloaltojcc.org or call 650-223-8664.


'The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl'

Creator of the YouTube sensation "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl," actor, storyteller and author Issa Rae has built her career as a cyber-pioneering comedian specializing in self-deprecating humor. Her memoir, also titled "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl," is out this month with Simon & Schuster. On Saturday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m., Rae will give a talk at Kepler's Books (1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park).

Like the star of her YouTube series, Rae considers herself an uncool introvert, and she mines her experiences at school and work, on the street and in her social life for their comic potential. Her essays and episodes alike are laugh-out-loud funny and accessible to anyone who's ever felt, well, awkward.

The Stanford grad now has an HBO show in the works, as well as an ABC TV series with Shonda Rhimes. She has also launched ColorCreative.tv: an independent television network that supports the work of minority women and aims to change the landscape of television for the better.

Tickets to Rae's talk at Kepler's are $20 general admission, $10 for students and $40 for priority seating plus a copy of the book. Go to keplers.com or call 650-324-4321. To learn more about Rae and her work, check out awkwardblackgirl.com.

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The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 27, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category. Sponsored by Kepler's Books, Linden Tree Books and Bell's Books.

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