ZiRu Dance is celebrating the diversity of artistic viewpoints in the West Coast's contemporary dance scene at its inaugural Silicon Valley Dance Festival: Across the Current Now at Menlo Atherton Performing Arts Center on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25. Audiences will be treated to fresh and innovative dance pieces by a host of professional, acclaimed choreographers -- all of whom will be presenting Silicon Valley premieres. The event starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Menlo Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road., Atherton. General admission is $15. Go to brownpapertickets.com.
Many communities, many voices
"We were the token gay couple." "We moved to Los Altos to be part of a community." These are some of the phrases featured in a new exhibit curated by Kristin Morris at the Los Altos History Museum. The exhibit, which draws on the museum's Oral History Collection, explores the diverse communities -- and the people who created them. The narratives delve into what it means to be part of a community and reflect on the present and future, as well as ask "how can we contribute to the change we want to see in our community," an exhibit description reads. The exhibit is free and runs through Oct. 2, noon-4 p.m., at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road. Go to losaltoshistory.org.
Peace through music
Artists and activists will come together on Sunday, Sept. 25, for the 2016 Concert Across America to End Gun Violence with a nationwide series of live concerts, including a free show at Backyard Coffee Co. in Redwood City, featuring Redwood City-based band The Corner Laughers, Peninsula jamband Greensmyth and San Francisco singer/songwriter Pete Kronowitt. The concert will start at 4 p.m., at Backyard Coffee, 965 Brewster Ave. Go to concertacrossamerica.org.
Bringing the heat
Redwood City's Courthouse Square is going to sizzle on Saturday, Sept. 24, when the 9th annual Salsa Festival returns with live music, dancing, a salsa-making competition, tequila, microbrew tastings and more. Salsa, Latin jazz and reggae music will play at three different stages. Taste some savory salsa from amateur and professional salsa makers, who will compete for prizes and, more importantly, bragging rights. A public tasting will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Don't like salsa? Nosh on delicious fare from local restaurants. The festival is free. Courthouse Square is located at 2200 Broadway St. Go to redwoodcity.org.
Ian Maksin, the Russian cellist/composer known worldwide for his eclectic, one-of-a-kind classical, pop, R&B and rock arrangements that have taken the cello well outside its conventional scope, will be in Mountain View with Serbian guitarist Goran Ivanovic on Friday, Sept. 23. Maksin is scheduled to perform a solo set before Ivanovic joins him to play a blend of Balkan, jazz, Arabic, flamenco and classic music. Maksin first gained international acclaim as a leading classical musician. He has since gone on to perform with a diverse group of artists ranging from P. Diddy and Snoop Dogg to Sting and Andrea Bocelli. Cost is $25. Maksin will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Samovar Hall, 1077 Independence Ave. Go to samovar.ticketleap.com.