Tuck & Patti
Beloved Bay Area vocal/guitar duo Tuck & Patti, also known as longtime married couple Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart, will close this year's free Twilight Concert Series with a performance on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Palo Alto's Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero Road. The two have toured the world and released more than a dozen albums in their nearly four decades of musical and personal partnership and their style is a blend of jazz, folk and pop influences. Go to Twilight Concert Series.
'Catch Me if You Can'
Catch it if you can! The musical version of “Catch Me if You Can," based on the hit Leonardo DiCaprio/Tom Hanks film, that is, staged by Redwood City Community Theatre. The show tells the true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr., one of the most famous con artists in American history, as he describes his various adventures, presented in swinging 1960s style by the same Broadway team behind “Hairspray." The show runs on weekends (Friday-Sunday), Aug. 19-28, at 7 p.m. (Friday and Saturday) and 3 p.m. (Sunday), and tickets cost $30 general admission/$25 for seniors, students and kids. Performances are held at Carrington Hall, Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City. Go to RCT.
'The Winter's Tale'
If your tastes are more “Romeo and Juliet" than “Catch Me if You Can" (see previous item), then get thee to the park for a free performance of William Shakespeare's “The Winter's Tale," performing Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. through Aug. 28 on Sequoia High School's grassy fields. San Francisco Shakespeare Festival brings free performances of the Bard's best to parks throughout the Bay Area each summer. “The Winter's Tale" is story of family, magic, love and redemption, and contains the famous stage direction, “Exit, pursued by a bear." Go to SF Shakespeare.
'California: The Art of Water'
More than 50 aquatic-themed works by artists such as Albert Bierstadt, Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams and David Hockney have been gathered by Claire Perry of Woodside for "California: The Art of Water," an exhibit at Stanford's Cantor Center for the Arts, 328 Lomita Drive (look for the gallery with the swimming-pool-turquoise walls). The pieces vary greatly in media and style but all help illustrate the story of water and the Golden State. The free exhibit runs through Nov. 28, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; open Thursday until 8 p.m. Go to Cantor Arts Center and/or read Kate Daly's interview with Perry at Palo Alto Online.
Peninsula Opera Ensemble will present a concert version of Puccini's tragic love story "La Boheme" on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 21, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Palo Alto, 305 N. California Ave. The full-length performance will feature soloists, an orchestra and a chorus, with a focus on music rather than sets, costumes and staging. Admission is free but donations are accepted. Go to event info.
'The Next Generation In a Sarod, Sitar, and Tabla'
Classical music may be rooted in history but it remains vital and alive, thanks partially to the efforts of its young artists. The Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India (SACHI), in collaboration with The Palo Alto Art Center and SOHARA, presents a concert of Indian classical music by well-regarded young musicians from the UK on Sunday, Aug. 21, at 4 p.m. at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road. Arnab Chakrabarty (sarod), Roopa Panesar (sitar) and Sanju Sahai (tabla) will perform. Tickets are $25/$20 for SACHI and Palo Alto Art Center members/50 percent discount for students. Go to event tickets.