Diane Dunwoodie, a painter of colorful, expressive abstracts, shows her latest body of work, "New Visions," at the ART21 gallery at 539 Alma St. in Palo Alto. The Bay Area native favors acrylic paints because they dry faster -- it's easier to make layers of color and texture, she said. And she often blends colors using her fingers. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 650-566-1381 or go to www.dianedunwoodie.com.
Ceramic artists, painters and other artists who are clients of C.A.R. (Community Association for Rehabilitation, Inc.) in Palo Alto are showing work in the "Discover the art of love" exhibit at Allegro Framing and Fine Art at 3130 Alpine Road in Portola Valley. The artists, of many ages and abilities, include Palo Alto resident Nick Golick, who has seven paintings on display. The exhibit goes through Jan. 30, with a reception planned for this Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. Call 650-851-4300 or go to www.allegroframing.com.
The Gryphon Trio gives a free concert at 6 p.m. at the Community School of Music and Arts at 230 San Antonio Circle in Mountain View. The Canada-based trio, which previously performed at Stanford Lively Arts this week, is made up of violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Boyrs and pianist Jamie Parker. Call 650-917-6800 or go to www.arts4all.org.
"What's love got to do with it" is the theme of the Pacific Art League's latest Main Gallery exhibit, a show of small works by various artists. The show goes through Jan. 25 at 668 Ramona St. in Palo Alto; call 650-321-3891 or go to www.pacificartleague.org.
Photographer David Magnusson uses blur and lens flare to create surreal and dramatic effects in tiled photos of Stockholm buildings, New York scenes, and beaches. He's now exhibiting at Modernbook Gallery at 494 University Ave. in Palo Alto through Feb. 28. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 to 10 on Friday and Saturday. Call 650-327-6325 or go to www.modernbook.com.
Suej McCall is now exhibiting her bold, whimsical watercolor paintings inspired by travels in Spain (think windmills, cabanas and "hanging houses"). The show goes through Jan. 27 at Viewpoints Gallery at 143 Main St. in Los Altos; gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 650-941-7060 or go to www.gallery9losaltos.com.
Anonymous 4, a four-woman a cappella ensemble, will dig into the folk songs, gospel hymns, spirituals and religious ballads of Anglo-American music during an 8 p.m. concert in Dinkelspiel Auditorium at Stanford University. Fiddler Darol Anger and guitarist Scott Nygaard will join them. Tickets are $40/$36 for adults and $20/$18 for Stanford students. Call 650-725-ARTS or go to livelyarts.stanford.edu.
"Humble Boy," a Charlotte Jones play about a stumbling scientist coming to terms with his life and his father's death, opens tonight at Dragon Productions at 535 Alma St. in Palo Alto. Directed by Nichole Y. Hamilton, the show runs Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2, through Feb. 3. Tickets for opening night are $25 general and $20 for seniors and students; subsequent nights have lower prices. Call 650-493-2006 or go to www.dragonproductions.net.
The Fortnightly Music Club celebrates its 99th anniversary with a free 8 p.m. concert at the Palo Alto Art Center auditorium, 1313 Newell Road. Musicians performing include pianist Alexander Driskill-Smith; singers Laura Barton-Holding, Sarah Cane and Janet Campbell; and new Fortnightly member Ti Huang, who plays clarinet. Go to www.fortnightlymusicclub.org.
Michael Honey and Clayborne Carson are scheduled to speak at Kepler's Books beginning at 1 p.m. to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Civil-rights and labor author Honey will speak about his book "Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike and King's Last Campaign. Carson, director and senior editor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University, will speak on "The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.," a record of King's sermons, speeches, correspondence and other papers. The event is free. Kepler's is at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321 or go to www.keplers.com.
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