This week, attend the West Coast debut of Argentinian tango ensemble Orquesta Victoria, head to Kepler's Books for Mystery-Thriller Saturday and catch fine art photography at Gallery House.
'Pictures at an Exhibition'
Almost anyone can take a photo, but crafting a photographic work of art takes much much more than the click of a button. On view at Palo Alto's Gallery House, at 320 S. California Ave. from June 30 through July 25 is a collection of fine art photographs that demonstrates the range and power of the medium. Landscape photographer Vidya Narasimhan turns her lens on California beauty spots the grandeur of Yosemite Valley, the rugged coastline of Big Sur as well as vistas further from home. Meanwhile, Bill Shupp captures the magic of light and its absence in glittering nighttime cityscapes and star-studded skies. In the work of Steven Shpall, photography plus digital manipulation allow for stop-action scenes: the artist is particularly enamored with capturing liquids mid-splash. Join the photographers for an opening reception on Friday, July 10, from 6-8 p.m. For more information, go to galleryhouse2.com or call 650-326-1668.
Buenos Aires comes to Palo Alto on Sunday, June 28, when 12-piece Argentinian tango ensemble Orquesta Victoria makes its West Coast debut at the Oshman Family JCC, at 3921 Fabian Way. They'll be celebrating the release of their new album, "La Media Cuadra Inmortal," featuring tangos by San Francisco-based composer Débora Simcovich. A pre-show talk begins at 7 p.m.; the concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $26 in advance, $30 at the door. Go to paloaltojcc.org or call 650-223-8609.
Craving a little chaos, crime and kidnapping? Head to Kepler's Books, at 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, on Saturday, June 27. From 1 to 5 p.m., the bookstore will be hosting Mystery-Thriller Saturday, an afternoon of panel discussions, trivia contests and prize giveaways. Featured writers include Steve Hockensmith, author of the New York Times bestseller, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." Tickets are $10. Go to keplers.com or call 650-324-4321.
'Ballroom for a Cause'
"Many have tried; most have failed; those who are left are called the elite." That's the motto of the Bay Area Elite Dance Company. These seasoned performers will take the stage at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, at 500 Castro St., on Wednesday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m. for Ballroom for a Cause, an evening showcasing many styles of ballroom dance, from waltz to rumba to foxtrot. Tickets are $25. Go to mvcpa.com or call 650-903-6000.
Student art in EPA
All summer long, the East Palo Alto Library, at 2415 University Ave., will host an exhibit of artwork by kindergarten, first- and second-grade students from East Palo Alto Charter and Belle Haven Elementary schools. The student artists were part of a yearlong program designed to teach art history, cultural appreciation and creative expression. The show is open during library hours; admission is free. Go to artinaction.org or call 650-566-8339, ext. 210.
Twilight Concert Series
As the summer sun dips below the horizon and the sky takes on an evening glow, Palo Alto musicians come out to play. On Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. between June 27 and August 22, various regional parks and streets will host the Palo Alto Twilight Concert Series. This week, the free performance by the Youth Orchestra and Chorus takes place at the Mitchell Park Community Center courtyard, at 3700 Middlefield Road. Go to cityofpaloalto.org.