World Music Day
Fifty musicians and bands will offer free public performances at locations along University Avenue (between Webster and High streets) during the eighth-annual Palo Alto World Music Day on Sunday, June 19, 3-7:30 p.m. Genres represented include African drumming, jazz, blues, classical, pop, rock, klezmer, Greek, Balkan, Indian and more. World Music Day, which is always held near the time of the summer solstice, began as Fete de la Musique in France in 1982 and has since spread to more than 120 countries worldwide. Go to PA Music Day.
"Anna Christie," Eugene O'Neill's 1922 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a woman struggling to reconcile her current love life with her dark past as a prostitute, will be staged at Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City, June 17-July 3. The play is part of the theater company's 2nd Stages series, which funds and helps develop passion projects of artists from the community. Tickets are $30 for general admission/$25 for student/seniors, and show times are Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Go to Dragon Theatre.
Jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves, who won a 2015 Grammy Award for best jazz vocal album, returns to the Stanford Jazz Festival with guitarists Russell Malone and Romero Lubambo to perform an intimate, soulful show on Saturday, June 18, at 8 p.m. at Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Tickets range from $25-$95 depending on seating area. Go to Stanford Jazz.
'Fired Up' opening reception
The opening reception for the Palo Alto Art Center's new exhibit "Fired Up: Monumental Clay" will be held on Friday, June 17, 7-10 p.m. at 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. Attendees to the free event can take a swing-dance lesson, then lindy-hop to the sounds of The Don Neely Jazztet; play giant versions of the games Checkers, Jenga, Connect 4 and Cornhole; create a "monumental hat" or fire a Raku vessel; plus taste specialty cocktails, gourmet hot dogs and hand-crafted popsicles. Go to Fired Up!.
Dan St. Paul and Milt Abel
Looking for some Father's Day laughs? Angelica's presents the comedy stylings of "Two Stand-up Dads," featuring Dan St. Paul and Milt Abel, on Sunday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m., 863 Main St., Redwood City. Both comedians have considerable touring and television experience, and Bob Caplan, billed as "Foster City's funniest accountant," will make a special appearance. Tickets are $22-$28. Go to Angelica's.
Summer concert series
William Russ Jr.
Acclaimed soul singer William Russ Jr., who's performed for the likes of Hillary Clinton and Clint Eastwood and with the likes of Mariah Carey, Ray Charles and Huey Lewis, will bring his smooth vocal stylings to Menlo Park's summer concert series on Wednesday, June 22, 6:30-8 p.m. at Fremont Park, Santa Cruz Avenue at University Drive. The show is free and attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic. Go to Menlo Park.