"Connect Through Art," an exhibit of art by program participants of the Palo Alto-based Abilities United (formerly called C.A.R.), is at the Main Street Cafe at 134 Main St. in Los Altos and Allegro Framing at 3130 Alpine Road in Portola Valley through Aug. 31. A reception and free painting class by Judy Gittelsohn are set for Aug. 24 from noon to 4 p.m. at Allegro. Go to www.abilitiesunited.org or call 650-618-3319.
Stanford Summer Theater wraps up its run of Irish playwright Brian Friel's "Faith Healer" this weekend at the Pigott Theater, 551 Serra Mall on campus. The play centers on Frank Hardy, a man who uses prayer to cure people of illnesses, and his struggles with love, belief and deception. Performances are Thursday through Sunday at 8 p.m. with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday. Evening shows are $20 general, $15 for seniors and Stanford affiliates, and $10 for Stanford students. Go to summertheater.stanford.edu or call 650-725-5838.
"Beauty and the Beast," an exhibition of 31 artists' take on animals and the human form, runs through Aug. 24 at Gallery 9, 143 Main St. in Los Altos. Artists display their visions in paintings, sculptures, ceramics, prints, photographs, collages and jewelry. Go to www.gallery9losaltos.com or call 650-941-7969.
A jazz combo of Stanford Jazz Workshop alumni plays from 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday and from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Mantra restaurant, 632 Emerson St., Palo Alto. On Saturday, flamenco and Bollywood guitarist Rupinder Singh is set to play from 8 to 11 p.m. Go to www.mantrapaloalto.com or call 650-322-3500.
"Abstract," a collection of work by students, instructors and members of the Pacific Art League, continues through Aug. 29 at the League's main gallery, 668 Ramona St. in Palo Alto. The free exhibit features media including acrylic, monograph, encaustic wax and sculpture. Go to www.pacificartleague.org or call 650-321-3891.
Photographer Vlasta Diamant displays her photography at Stevenson House, a senior community at 455 E. Charleston Road in Palo Alto, through Aug. 31. She shot her series, "Right Before Our Eyes," in the Stevenson House garden to remind viewers of the beauty they sometimes forget exists all around them. Go to web.mac.com/ondine8 or call 650-493-1478.
The Joe Sharino Band stops by the Civic Center Plaza in downtown Mountain View as part of the city's 2008 Summer Concert Series. The band covers six decades of hit songs from many genres, including pop, rock, Motown and R&B in a free concert starting at 6 p.m. Call 650-903-6331.
Esther's Muse plays jazz starting at 8 p.m. at Red Rock Coffee at 201 Castro St. in Mountain View. Musicians are: pianist Kirk Tamura, bass player Jim Larios, drummer Michael Medwid and alto saxophonist Esther Hartwell. Go to www.redrockcoffee.org or call 650-967-4473.
The Blue Chalk Cafe at 630 Ramona St. in Palo Alto hosts a party for single professionals in their late 20s to early 40s at 8 p.m. Activities include a mixer game and dancing. Admission is $10 at the door. Go to www.thepartyhotline.com or call 650-327-4645.
East West Bookstore at 324 Castro St. in Mountain View hosts a drum circle led by Dave DiLullo, a member of the San Francisco Renegades Drum & Bugle Corps, at 8 p.m. DiLullo guides participants through a basic lesson, demonstrating the methods that some say can lead to deeper states of awareness. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Go to www.eastwest.com or call 800-909-6161 to reserve tickets.
The Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, which has screenings in Palo Alto for the first time this year, shows the Oded Davidoff feature "Someone to Run With" at 7 p.m. in Cubberley Community Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Based on the David Grossman novel, the Hebrew-language film is about a teenage girl who falls into the clutches of a Fagin-like character. Admission is $8 in advance ($7 for seniors and students) and $10/$9 at the door. Go to www.svjff.org or call 408-833-9226.
The Waybacks, a Bay Area bluegrass band that borrows elements from nearly every American music genre to produce what some call "acoustic mayhem," play at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road in Los Altos Hills, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free but must be ordered in advance. Go to www.hiddenvalley.org or call 650-949-8650.
The Peninsula Symphonic Band gives a summer concert featuring music by Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Wagner and other composers from 3 to 5 p.m. at Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. The concert is free. Call 650-873-0671 or go to www.geocities.com/amiyada.psb.
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