This week, check out the Walter Robinson art exhibit at the Palo Alto Art Center, head down to World Music Day and catch a film about the struggles of war veterans.
Why is Mickey lying on the floor? And are those brightly colored orbs balloons ... or bombs? In the work of nationally acclaimed artist and Palo Alto native Walter Robinson, commercial imagery, children's toys and cartoon characters often take on a distinctly sinister tone. On view at the Palo Alto Art Center, at 1313 Newell Road, through Aug. 30, "Home Grown: Walter Robinson" kicks off Friday, June 19, with an opening reception from 7-10 p.m. featuring live music, food-truck fare, drinks for purchase and even a text-based art activity overseen by the artist himself.
Also on view at the center are life-sized charcoal and graphite portraits of residents of the city's Buena Vista Mobile Home Park. Sketched by artist-in-residence Joel Daniel Phillips, the works will be in progress through Aug. 29. Both shows are free to the public. To learn more, go to cityofpaloalto.org/artcenter or call 650-329-2366.
Jazz at Filoli
Sit beneath the shade of mature oak trees and enjoy a picnic as you listen to live jazz. If that sounds inviting, you'll want to mark your calendar for the 25th annual Jazz at Filoli series: six concerts on Sundays between June 21 and Sept. 13 at the Filoli estate, at 86 Canada Road, Woodside. On the roster this season: the Jeff Hamilton Trio and Grammy Award-winner Arturo Sandoval. Tickets are $60 for members, $70 for non-members. Admission to Filoli, snacks and drinks are included. Go to filoli.org or call 650-364-8300, ext. 508.
'Searching for Home'
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has become a household term, yet relatively few of us have an intimate experience of the condition. On Saturday, June 20, Stanford's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science will screen "Searching for Home: Coming Back From War," a new documentary that illuminates the struggle of veterans. The film shows at 6 p.m. in the Cubberley Auditorium, at 485 Lasuen Mall, followed by a Q&A. The event is free, but reservations are recommended. Go to tinyurl.com/p4eywzw.
World Music Day
Sunday, June 21 is a big day: It's summer solstice, Father's Day and also Palo Alto World Music Day. From 3-7:30 p.m., University Avenue will be closed to traffic, and more than 50 bands will take to the street for an afternoon of tunes from around the globe including klezmer, Greek, Balkan and Indian music and more. The event is free to the public. Go to pamusicday.org.
Soviet-era Jewish dissidents, blackmail, scandal and Israeli political turbulence: Writer and filmmaker David Bezmozgis fits all this and more into his new novel, "The Betrayers." Though the story unfolds over the course of just 24 hours, it's an action-packed, propulsive tale. Bezmozgis will appear at Palo Alto's Oshman Family JCC, at 3921 Fabian Way, on June 24 at 7 p.m. to discuss the book. Go to tinyurl.com/qajmlhb or call 650-223-8664.
This month, Mountain View's Community School of Music and Arts, at 230 San Antonio Circle, hosts "Le festival": French chamber music concerts put on by the Alliance Francaise of Silicon Valley. On Friday, June 19, it's "Three Summits of French Chamber Music": works by Debussy, Ravel and Franck performed by Ensemble San Francisco. On June 27, "Jewels of French Music" will be presented by Bay Area soloists. Both concerts begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-$45. Go to afscv.org/lefestival or call 408-445-2095.