Worth a Look: Holiday art shows, teen authors and more

This week's A&E highlights

This week, check out work by more than 40 regional artists at the Artful Holiday Show, hear teen authors discuss their new novels and catch the Bay Choral Guild's rousing rendition of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana."


'Artful Holiday Show'

Sure, you could give him another sweater or get her another gift certificate, but what about an original work of art created locally? Now through Christmas Eve, Palo Alto's Gallery House at 320 California Ave. is displaying works by regional painters, sculptors, ceramicists, jewelers, photographers and more. The Artful Holiday Show features works by 43 Bay Area-based members of the Gallery House cooperative, and their art represents a wide range of artistic styles, from the figurative to the abstract, the formal to the whimsically playful.

The show kicks off with a 20 percent discount on Friday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. That same evening, the gallery hosts a free reception, 6-8 p.m, where members of the public can meet the artists and chat about their work. For more information, go to galleryhouse2.com or call 650-326-1668.


Society of Young Inklings

Move over Stephen King, Yann Martel and Philip Pullman: The next generation has arrived. On Friday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m., Menlo Park's Kepler's Books at 1010 El Camino Real hosts teen authors Jessie Karan, Sean Nesamoney and Megan White for a discussion of their new novels. The event is free. Go to keplers.com or call 650-324-4321.


'Carmina Burana'

Raganellas, glockenspiels, castanets and cymbals: Choral music meets percussion in the Bay Choral Guild's performance of Carl Orff's dramatic "Carmina Burana" at Palo Alto's First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5-$25. Go to baychoralguild.org or email info@baychoralguild.org.


'Engaging Climate Change'

Environmental issues and music serve as the inspirations for Michael Killen's paintings. The artist and former CEO will share his large-scale canvases and discuss his creative process on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 4 p.m. at Menlo Park's Lehman Hall, St. Bede's Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road. The suggested donation is $10-$25. Go to killen.com or email stbedes@harringtondesign.com.



The sun may be setting early these days, but that's not the case at Redwood City's Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway, where Sharr White's political drama, "Sunlight" hits the stage Nov. 20 through Dec. 13. The play shines a light on tensions in post-9/11 America. Tickets are $10-$35. Go to dragonproductions.net or call 650-493-2006.


Doctors Without Borders benefit

Mozart and Beethoven do their part to support the refugee crisis when musicians from the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Ballet and New Century Chamber Orchestra hold a benefit concert on Monday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m., at Palo Alto's Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road. Tickets are free with a donation of any amount; all funds raised will go to Doctors Without Borders. RSVP at goo.gl/ALChyC.

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