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Public art

Willow 'Whiplash'

By popular demand, artist Patrick Dougherty returned to the Palo Alto Art Center in November to create another outdoor, large-scale, temporary art installation. Like the beloved "Double Take" installation, which stood for several years and was dismantled in June, "Whiplash" has the whimsical look of an enchanted woodland village or giant bird's nest and is made of tens of thousands of willow branches. Dougherty assembled the piece with the help of community volunteers and was commissioned to build anew in Palo Alto after the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation launched a successful crowdfunding campaign to raise $15,000. "Patrick Dougherty's sculptures capture the imaginations of all who experience them," Art Center Director Karen Kienzle said in a press release. "It is art that transforms the landscape, but also respects the environment. Made completely of natural materials, these works are ultimately part of the land. At the end of their life, the works are wood-chipped to return to the earth as landscaping material." The project is a collaboration between the art center and the Palo Alto Public Art Program, which is responsible for placing and maintaining artworks on the art center grounds. "Whiplash" is situated on the Embarcadero lawn of the art center, which is located at 1313 Newell Road. Go to PAACF.


Music and a meal

Paly's 'Madrigal Feaste'

Hear ye, hear ye: Palo Alto High School's Madrigal Singers, celebrating the 30-member group's 50th anniversary, will offer its 14th-annual "Feaste" (ye olde concert and refreshments) on Dec. 3 and 4 at 2 p.m. at the school's performing-arts center (50 Embarcadero Road), which will be transformed into merry olde England's Westminster Hall for the occasion. King Henry VIII and his court, celebrating the construction of his new palace and his engagement to Anne of Cleves, will treat audiences to the group's renowned choral performances, the buffoonery of a jester, and "sumptuous morsels and desserts." All are invited to wear their best Renaissance or medieval-style clothing and costumes. Tickets are $35-$100 (prices vary based on how close to the monarch one wishes to sit). Huzzah! Go to Paly Choirs.



Red Rock rocks

Downtown Mountain View will host an all-ages night of eclectic, original pop music from three bands, ranging from local to international, performing for the coffee-and-tea sippers on Castro Street this Friday, Dec. 2. East Bay-based New Spell's sound is keyboard-centric dark indie pop with female vocals by Oakland's Leanne Kelly, while Redwood City's The Corner Laughers (led by Palo Alto Weekly Arts and Entertainment Editor Karla Kane) has been called by the Guardian "sassy and smart, intelligent and intricate, twee with bite." Both acts have recently released new singles, the proceeds of which are being donated to charity. Joining the bill, all the way from Berlin, Germany, is Sacramento-native and frequent Corner Laughers collaborator Anton Barbeau, whose psych-pop music has been described by PopMatters as intelligent, quirky and "never ever boring." The free performances run 8-10 p.m. at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View. Go to Red Rock.

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