This week, dance your heart out as part of Bay Area Dance Week, check out technological artifacts at Palo Alto's Museum of American Heritage and catch Western Ballet's original production of "Snow White."
Museum of American Heritage
If you've got a nostalgic streak or a fascination with early technology, you won't want to miss the exhibition now on display at Palo Alto's Museum of American Heritage (351 Homer Ave.). "25 Years at the Museum of American Heritage: A Retrospective" gathers together artifacts dating from the late 18th century through the 1950s. Among them are antique telephones, toys, cameras, clocks and bicycles, including an Indian Racer bicycle from 1910. The museum's collection is considered one of the largest of its kind in America.
This exhibition celebrates a quarter century of MOAH's operation, from its early days at its original Alma Street location to its present residence at the historic Williams property, a Tudor Revival house built in 1907. Also worth a visit are the property's gardens: a rare preserved example of early 20th-century residential landscape.
The museum of American Heritage is open Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. The current exhibit runs through Jan. 17, 2016. To learn more, go to moah.org or call 650-321-1004.
Dwarfs and forest animals, a magic mirror and a poison apple. They're all part of the story this weekend, when Western Ballet stages its original production of "Snow White." Though the fairytale is familiar to many, it's rarely performed as a ballet. Choreographed by Artistic Director Alexi Zubiria, this family-friendly show will be held Friday, April 24, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 25, at 1 p.m. at the Menlo-Atherton Center for Performing Arts (555 Middlefield Road, Atherton). Tickets are $25; $20 for children age 12 and under. Group tickets are also available. Go to westernballet.org or call 650-968-4455.
Bay Area Dance Week
Let the dancing begin! From April 24 to May 3, the dance studios and stages of the Midpeninsula will spring into action for Bay Area Dance Week. Now in its 17th year, the festival begins with a huge kick-off event in San Francisco's Union Square on Friday, April 24, and features more than 400 events around the region, including those in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Mountain View. People of all ages and experience levels are invited to take part in these free classes and workshops in everything from classical Indian and Chinese dance to Argentine tango, aerial dance and hula.
On the schedule for this region is a Norwegian folk dance and music party (Wednesday, April 29, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at 880 Church St., Mountain View), an afternoon of mini-dance classes in hip hop, belly dance, yoga and more, followed by a performance (Saturday, April 25, 2-7 p.m., at 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto) and an interactive demonstration of classical Indian dance styles (Sunday, April 26, 4-6 p.m., 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto). There's also international folk dance, ballet for kids and more. All events are free and open to the public.
For further information, including a complete list of events, go to bayareandw.org or call 415-920-9181.