'Green Eggs and Hamadeus'
Would you listen in a box? Would you listen with a fox? Stanford University's Bing Nursery School, which hosts an annual performance series for kids and families, presents "Green Eggs and Hamadeus," a kid-friendly opera based on Dr. Seuss's "Green Eggs and Ham," on Sunday, Oct. 22. The show includes references to classical and popular music and features Stanford's resident group St. Lawrence String Quartet (which includes two former Bing parents), soprano Claire Kuttler, Stanford chamber music students and child actor Hayden Wall. Composer and host Robert Kapilow will hold pre-performance interactive sessions with the audience, introducing the instruments and pointing out some of the musical themes in the opera. Performances will be held at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Dinkelspiel Auditorium (471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford) and last for one hour. Tickets are $10. Go to Stanford Tickets.
Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival
The 25th Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Oshman Family JCC (3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto) with a screening of "Celebration: The Story of Israeli Cinema." The film is a documentary about the history of Israeli cinema from the 1960s to the current day, and producer Arik Bernstein and actor Mike Burstyn will be present as special guests. Admission to the opening-night event is $45. The film festival runs through Nov. 20, with films playing at both the Palo Alto venue and in Saratoga. Other standout screenings in Palo Alto include "Potsdam Revisited: Overture to the Cold War," a short documentary about Harry Truman, Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin visiting Berlin and listening to a young violinist in 1945 (Sat., Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m., followed by a live performance by that very violinist, plus a panel discussion) and "The Last Laugh" (Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m.), in which leading Jewish luminaries and comedians consider the question: "Can the Holocaust be funny?" Go to SVJFF.
Peter & Will Anderson Trio
The Community School of Music and Arts (230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View) will host identical-twin jazz saxophonists and clarinetists Peter and Will Anderson, along with fellow Juilliard grad guitarist Alex Wintz, for a free performance on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The Anderson brothers have performed extensively internationally, have released a number of albums, produced two off-Broadway shows and are recognized for their arrangements of jazz classics as well as original compositions. Go to CSMA.
'Cause and Effect: mapping a dialogue'
There are still a few more weeks in which to catch Bryant Street Gallery's October exhibit, Tracey Adams' "Cause and Effect: mapping a dialogue." Adams' abstract work, influenced by her longtime fascination with music and science, represents conversations and dialogues. "Because of my background as a musician, I have a strong feeling for musical metaphors and serial systems. My interest in music is especially present both in terms of the visual intervals and patterns that appear in my work; physical engagement and a sense of performance is always part of my studio practice," Adams wrote in an artist statement. The gallery is located at 532 Bryant St., Palo Alto, and is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Thursday until 7 p.m.). Go to Bryant Street Gallery.