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Dance

Foothill College's 'Blessings'

The Repertory Dance Company of Foothill College, led by Bubba Gong, celebrates its 30th season with a show featuring a range of dance techniques (including hip-hop, Bollywood, Hawaiian, contemporary, and Broadway jazz) and performances to music from "A Chorus Line," "The Wiz," "Grease," "Chicago" and more. The company also will perform tributes to the late Prince and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse. The show runs Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4, at 7 p.m. on campus at Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The box office opens one hour prior to showtime. Go to "Blessings."

Live music

Anna Elizabeth Laube

Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Anna Elizabeth Laube will perform her original country/folk/Americana-tinged music at a free show at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View on Friday, June 3, at 8 p.m. The Seattle-based musician (who formerly called San Francisco home) has released three studio albums and has a breezy, warm vocal style with a hint of twang. Go to Anna Elizabeth Laube.

Photography

'Syria Before the War'

Frances Freyberg's photographs of historic monuments and daily life in Syria, taken during her travels in 2008, give a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the country before much of it was destroyed or damaged by war. Her images are on display for the month of June at Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road (Allied Arts Guild), Menlo Park. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm. An artist's reception will be held on Saturday, June 11, 1-4 p.m. Go to Portola Gallery.

Concert

Happy Valley Band

The seven-piece, Santa Cruz-based Happy Valley Band is a cover band with an unusual approach: Pop songs are fed into a computer, then processed into musical notation, then performed live by the group (which includes piano, strings and saxophone). "The result is a hyper-complex and microtonal deconstruction of the song, with the machine-mediated score accompanying the original voices of popular music icons such as Elvis, James Brown, and Patsy Cline," according to the band's website. A natural fit for Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, the computer-led ensemble performs a free show Saturday, June 4, at the CCRMA Stage, The Knoll, 660 Lomita Court, Stanford, at 7:30 p.m. Go to Happy Valley.

Fine Art

'Summer-ized'

June 2-26, The Main Gallery presents its exhibition "Summer-ized," featuring 16 artists in a variety of media showcasing playful works in vibrant colors, including Shawn Coyl's abstract sculptures made from industrial material and Natalie Ciccoricco's "Ice Cream Noir" series of collages, which use old film-star postcards found in Berlin. The Main Gallery is located at 1018 Main St., Redwood City, and is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. An artist's reception will be held Saturday, June 4, 6-9 p.m. Go to The Main Gallery.

On stage

'Oklahoma!'

Oklahoma? OK! Musical theater masters Rodgers and Hammerstein's first collaboration was the pioneer tale "Oklahoma!" Boasting such classic songs as "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" and "I Cain't Say No," the show will be presented by Broadway By the Bay at the Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City, on weekends, June 3-19 (check online for exact schedule and availability). Tickets are $47-$69, depending on seating area. Go to Broadway by the Bay.

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