This week, take part in the inaugural ArtWorlds cultural event at the Community School of Music and Art, catch a dance performance inspired by computers and walk the festive streets of Los Altos at the 13th annual Holiday Stroll.
Experience lively cultures, spirited music and robust flavors from around the globe without leaving Silicon Valley. With the launch of a new international art and music event series, ArtWorlds, Mountain View's Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) celebrates the African American tradition through the paintings and mixed media work of artist Bryan Keith Thomas. The event also features a conversation with the artist, an African-inspired meal with South African wines, and a live performance by Stanford University student a cappella group Talisman, whose songs tell stories from around the world, particularly Africa and the African diaspora.
The inaugural ArtWorlds will take place Friday, Nov. 13, 6-8:30 p.m., at CSMA's Tateuchi Hall and Mohr Gallery, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. The event is free. To learn more, go to arts4all.org or call 650-917-6800, ext. 305.
How have computers changed the way we see our bodies? San Francisco-based dancer and choreographer Katherine Hawthorne's new work, "Mainframe," addresses this question through the medium of dance. Six performers will interact with six Macintosh monitors in a preview show at Mountain View's Computer History Museum on Friday, Nov. 13, with performances at 6:30, 7:15 and 8 p.m. The performances are free; museum admission is $7.50. Go to khawthorne.net or call 650-810-1010.
'Tis the season for carolers, roasted chestnuts and shimmering lights. Downtown Los Altos will host its 13th annual Holiday Stroll this Friday, Nov. 13, 5-9 p.m. Participants can sample refreshments and find unique gifts at any of downtown's 50-plus shops. Go to downtownlosaltos.org.
Children's music duo Play Date is bringing its Ninja Pajama Party to the Peninsula. Kids are invited to come in their favorite pajamas and dance along to songs at this interactive performance. Free shows will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane (3 p.m.) and at the East Palo Alto Library, 2415 University Ave. (7 p.m.). Go to iloveplaydate.com.
Celebrated clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen comes to Palo Alto's Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, on Saturday, Nov. 14, with her unique style of jazz intertwined with classical music and South American influences. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35-$50. Go to paloaltojcc.org or call 650-223-8649.
In the French comedy-drama "Les Saveurs du Palais" or "Haute Cuisine," a chef faces a test when she is appointed as the personal cook for the president of France. This Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., the Alliance Francaise of Silicon Valley will host a screening of the film along with a wine tasting. The event takes place at The Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. Tickets are $12-$17. Go to mvcpa.com or call 650-903-6000.