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Worth a Look: Site-specific performance, a Star Wars farce and more

 

This week, see a site-specific dance performance honoring the opening of Stanford's McMurtry Art and Art History Building, catch a farcical stage production inspired by "The Return of the Jedi" and celebrate the vibrant art of flamenco at a show in Mountain View.

Performance

'Space Launch!'

Stanford has a new space for art, and this weekend, it will be commemorated in an unusual way. The McMurtry Art and Art History Building will be the site of "Space Launch!," a dance performance installation that takes place this Saturday, Nov. 7, and Sunday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m. Presented by the Chocolate Heads Movement Band under the direction of Aleta Hayes, a faculty member of Stanford's Department of Theater & Performance Studies and its Dance Division, "Space Launch!" combines live choreography with vocal music and futuristic costumes in an immersive work that honors the architecture and spirit of the new building. No reservations are necessary to attend these free performances, which will begin at the McMurtry Courtyard, 355 Roth Way, Stanford. To learn more about the Chocolate Heads Movement Band, go to chocolate-heads.squarespace.com or email ahayes@stanford.edu.

Books

'Rad American Women'

A is for Angela Davis, B is for Billie Jean King and C is for Carol Burnett in the 2015 New York Times best-seller for children and middle-grade readers, "Rad American Women A-Z." The book's author and illustrator will hold a discussion at Palo Alto's Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, this Saturday, Nov. 7, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $5-$10. Go to goo.gl/HLQH9B or call 650-223-8649.

Art

'Exposed'

For the month of November, Palo Alto's Pacific Art League at 668 Ramona St. highlights the work of photographers in the main gallery show, "Exposed." And this Friday, Nov. 6, 5:30-8 p.m., the exhibition kicks off with a free First Friday reception featuring food and drinks, a performance installation by Lessa Bouchard and new works by Redwood City students. Go to pacificartleague.org or call 650-321-3891.

Dance

'(R)evolution'

What goes around comes around, so they say, and with "(R)evolution," San Francisco's celebrated Theatre Flamenco returns to the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. This time, they bring with them flamenco legend Carmen Ledesma from Sevilla, Spain, among other artists. "(R)evolution" goes live on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-$45. Go to goo.gl/LfEfNg or call 650-903-6000.

Theater

'The Odyssey'

It ain't your average high school play. Tonight, Friday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m., Palo Alto High School opens an evocative, minimalist new production of a Homerian classic. "The Odyssey" plays at Paly's Haymarket Theatre, 50 Embarcadero Road, through Nov. 13. Tickets are $7-$10. Go to palytheatre.com or email palyboxoffice@gmail.com.

Comedy

'Return of the Deadeye'

May the farce be with you: That's the subtitle of "Return of the Deadeye," Lamplighters' spoof on the 1983 George Lucas film, "The Return of the Jedi." The comedy stage show comes to the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., this Sunday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $64-$83. Go to goo.gl/dn2fnB or call 650-903-6000.

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