Worth a Look


Stand-out soloist

Grammy-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital will perform at the Oshman Family JCC's Schultz Cultural Arts Hall on March 2. Avital, who has graced concert halls from Tel Aviv to New York, is dedicated to bringing a fresh take on the mandolin through virtuosic performances and exciting new repertoire. The JCC is located at 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $30-$40, $25 for members and J-Pass holders and $55 at the door. Go to Palo Alto JCC.

Indian dance

Kuchipudi dancer Rachana Reddy Agumamidi will bring graceful and fluid movements to the stage during a solo dance piece at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St., on Sunday, Feb. 28. Agumamidi's performance will be part of the Choreo-cubator showcase, which is organized by Mountain View's Lively Foundation. Other choreographers will be performing as well. The free show starts at 6 p.m. Go to Rachana Agumamidi.

Pinball playtime

Transport yourself to a bygone era of hulking machines of plastic, plywood and flashing lights at Palo Alto's Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave. The museum's "Pinball! An Exhibition of Vintage Pinball Machines" will showcase the bright and colorful world of pinball. The free exhibit, which will also feature seven playable vintage machines, is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Go to MOAH.

Year of the monkey

Lion dancers, Red Panda acrobats and taiko drummers, oh my! Redwood City is hosting its 6th annual Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event will feature cultural music, dance performances, martial artists, an arts and crafts area and more. Go to Redwood City Events.

Public art

Celebrate the launch of artist Susan Nardul's interactive art installation, "Conversation," during a reception with live jazz music and light refreshments on March 2, 6-7:30 p.m. "Conversation," which is on display in the lobby of Palo Alto City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave., offers visitors a unique artistic experience with its ever-changing visual narrative: Background images of Palo Alto appear and change throughout the day. The art piece also features color-coded Twitter feeds from local, national and global news feeds along with images and comments submitted by the community from the adjacent kiosk or online at conversationpaloalto.org/. Go to Conversation event.

'Daffodil Daydreams'

Tour Filoli's early-spring garden and floral display, including many blooming daffodils, during a two-day opening celebration, Feb. 26 and 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visitors can go on walks, watch demonstrations and take part in hands-on activities. Filoli is located at 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Cost is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors (age 65 and up) and $10 for students (ages 5-18 or with valid student ID). Go to filoli.org Filoli.

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Short story writers wanted!

The 33rd Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult (15-17) and Teen (12-14) categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 29. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

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