Worth a Look: Music on the plaza, teen ceramics classes and more

This week's A&E highlights

This week, check out an arts festival at Rengstorff House in Mountain View, hear live music outdoors in Palo Alto and catch a free concert of the Peninsula Women's Chorus at Stanford.


Rengstorff House Arts Festival

When you were a child, did anyone ever tell you you were an artist? If you'd taken classes with the Art4Schools program in Mountain View's elementary schools, they would have. On view at the historic Rengstorff House Aug. 2-30 is a juried show of student artwork from the Community School of Music and Arts' popular program, which reaches more than 15,000 students in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

Also on view as part of the Rengstorff House Arts Festival will be watercolors, oil paintings, glass and photographic works by regional artists. The free show will be open to the public Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. On Sunday afternoons, Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 23 at 2 p.m., a free concert will be held in the gardens. Rengstorff House is located at 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. To learn more, go to r-house.org or call 650-868-7708.


Music on the Plaza

For a fun Thursday evening, grab a lawn chair and head on down to Palo Alto's King Plaza in front of City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave., for a free live concert starting at 6 p.m. On Thursday, Aug. 6, it's the Latin rock of SOL. Aug. 13 features tribute band Fleetwood Mask. Go to musicontheplazapa.com or email info@musicontheplazapa.com.


'The Man Who Wasn't There'

If you like Oliver Sacks, you'll love Anil Ananthaswamy. The science journalist will appear at Kepler's Books at 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park on Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss his latest book. "The Man Who Wasn't There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self" explores what the neuroscience of disorders like autism and schizophrenia tells us about the human condition. The event is free. Go to keplers.com or call 650-324-4321.


Teen ceramics classes

Hey high schoolers: No need to pre-register; just drop in to the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, for a free ceramics class 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6. Materials and firing are provided, and an instructor will be on hand to offer tips. Go to cityofpaloalto.org or call 650-329-2366.


Peninsula Women's Chorus

Before the group heads off on a tour of Argentina, the Peninsula Women's Chorus will give a free concert at Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Hear the celebrated group sing works from around the world and bid them farewell -- for now. Go to pwchorus.org or call 650-327-3095.


Astley D. M. Cooper

He threw lavish parties in San Jose and paid off his bar debts by selling paintings. Between Aug. 5 and Nov. 16, Stanford's Cantor Arts Center at 328 Lomita Drive will display works by late 19th- and early-20th-century artist Astley D. M. Cooper, whose trompe l'oeil, landscape and portraiture have been largely forgotten until now. The Cantor Arts Center is open Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. All exhibits are free to the public. Go to museum.stanford.edu or call 650-723-4177.

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