Worth a Look: Climbing films, comedy festival and more

This week's A&E highlights

This week, check out the REEL ROCK climbing film festival in Mountain View, catch comedians Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari and hear novelist Andy Weir discuss his hit sci-fi book, "The Martian."



From Budapest to Birmingham, Santiago to St. Louis, the 2015 REEL ROCK film festival is touching down around the world this month to thrill audiences with a touch of vertical fever. One of the premiere rock climbing film fests, REEL ROCK will bring a curated collection of climbing films to the Mountain View Center of the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., on Monday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. This year's lineup features films of big walls, big boulders and big moves from world-class climbers, including Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson, Alex Honnold and Daniel Woods. But you don't have to know a thing about these guys to get an adrenaline rush off their bodacious high-ball bouldering, free climbing feats and epic journeys up jagged Alpine routes. Plus, it's not just screenings: Come prepared for prize giveaways, athlete and filmmakers appearances and a party-like atmosphere. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the ticket office, over the phone or online. Go to goo.gl/sdvAF2 or call 650-903-6000.


'Esencia Flamenca'

Siblings Rosario, Ricardo and Jose Castro Romero were born and raised in Andalusia, Spain: the heartland of the art of flamenco. Their acclaimed flamenco company, Suite EspaƱola, comes to Redwood City this Sunday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m. They'll perform their latest show, "Esencia Flamenca," at the Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway. Tickets are $49-$95. Go to goo.gl/o1OYIB or call 650-369-7770.


Oddball festival

Comedians Aziz Ansari ("Parks and Recreation") and Amy Schumer ("Inside Amy Schumer," "Trainwreck") headline the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival at Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Ampitheatre Parkway, this Tuesday, Oct. 13. The laughs starts at 5 p.m. Tickets are $31.75-$150.75. Go to oddballfest.com.


'The Martian'

From programmer and software engineer to novelist and author of the sci-fi novel that's been made into a feature film starring Matt Damon, Mountain View's Andy Weir has been on a galactic journey of his own. Weir will appear at Stanford Bookstore on Thursday, Oct. 15, to read from, discuss and sign copies of "The Martian." The event is free. Go to goo.gl/O8w6Oi or call 650-329-1217, ext. 320.


Nancy Cassidy

For a mellow evening of family-friendly folk music, head to a house concert held by singer-songwriter Nancy Cassidy on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m. The show takes place at 2297 Harvard St., Palo Alto. All ages are welcome. A $10 donation is requested. Go to nancycassidymusic.com or call 650-888-8270.


Jewish film fest

From the opening night festivities on Saturday, Oct. 10, featuring Israeli recording artist David Broza to closing night's gala on Sunday, Nov. 8, the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival returns to Palo Alto this month. Many screenings take place at the Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way. For a full festival schedule, go to svjff.org or call 408-498-0904.

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