This week, catch Courtney Love and Lana Del Rey on stage together, check out creativity of all kinds at Mid-Peninsula High School, hear a Dave Eggers short story read aloud and more.
'Spirit on Forest'
What's better than a killer cup of coffee or a dazzling display of visual art? A convergence of the two, of course. Tonight, Friday, May 15, from 7:30-9 p.m., head on down to Philz Coffee (101 Forest Ave., Palo Alto) to get your buzz on and enjoy the opening reception for a show of vibrant paintings and prints by Bay Area art collective Animal Spirit Design. Artists Asha Raval and Juliana Stoy have an unmissable signature style: bright colors, bold patterns and a penchant for depicting all kinds of animals. Influenced by both fashion and nature, Raval and Stoy begin with hand-drawn sketches, then layer them with watercolor and digital design elements. The show runs through July 11; works will be for sale. To learn more, go to animalspiritdesign.com.
Lana Del Rey and Courtney Love
The queen of grunge and the self-proclaimed "gangsta Nancy Sinatra" join forces this Wednesday, May 20, at Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheatre (1 Amphitheatre Parkway) for a night of rock spanning the decades from Hole's indie-punk zenith in the early-1990s to Del Rey's latest cinematic dream-pop album, "Ultraviolence." Tickets range from $83-$2,532. Go to theshorelineamphitheatre.com.
Night of the Arts
Who says school's no fun? On Friday, May 15, the rooms and hallways of Mid-Peninsula High School (1340 Willow Road, Menlo Park) will be transformed by students' visual art exhibitions, live musical performances, dramatic scenes and multimedia installations. The free event is open to the public. To learn more, call 650-321-1991, ext. 115.
'Spies, Heroes, Comedy & Mayhem'
Superman, James Bond, the Pink Panther and Indiana Jones: Their theme songs and many others will get musical treatment at California Pops Orchestra's season finale concert this Sunday, May 17, at 3 p.m. at Foothill College's Smithwick Theatre (12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills). Tickets are $15-$42. Go to calpops.org or call 650-856-8432.
Gather 'round for story time! NPR's Selected Shorts program comes to Stanford's Bing Concert Hall on Friday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. for a live recording. The evening features performances of short stories by writers Dave Eggers ("What Is the What?"), Diane Cook ("Man V. Nature") and Daniel Alcarón ("At Night We Walk in Circles"). Tickets range from $30-$45. Go to live.stanford.edu or call 650-724-2464.
For exciting, sensual, streamlined dance, look no further than San Francisco's Smuin Ballet. The contemporary ballet company will perform works by Michael Smuin, Helen Pickett and Adam Hougland at Mountain View's Center for the Performing Arts (500 Castro St.) May 21-24. Tickets are $23-$71.Go to mvcpa.com or call 650-903-6000.