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Arts & Entertainment - May 7, 2010

Worth a look


In creating his sculptural projects, Jeremiah Barber maps his own body and then turns the maps into animal shapes, body armor, even a translucent head 10 times his own. Juan Luna-Avin's multifaceted artwork includes a timeline/genealogy drawing that features 100 Mexican punk bands.

The work of these two artists will soon be on exhibit at the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, together with pieces by fellow graduating artists Jamil Hellu and Armando Miguelez. All four are showing works they created for their final master of fine arts theses; Hellu will exhibit a series of photographic portraits, while Miguelez's work combines cartography, photography, installation and sound sculpture.

The exhibition, called "Square Root," opens next Tuesday, May 11, and runs through June 13, with a reception planned for May 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. The gallery, at 419 Lasuen Mall at Stanford University, is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5. Call 650-723-2842 or go to http://art.stanford.edu .



In 1998, the composer William Bolcom won the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his "12 New Etudes for Piano." He turns to strings in his new work "Romanza," a violin concerto having its world premiere in the Bay Area this month.

Tonight, May 7, the New Century Chamber Orchestra performs the concerto in Palo Alto. The San Francisco orchestra commissioned the work, and its music director and concertmaster, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, is the soloist.

In the program notes, Bolcom describes the work as immersed in a "musical world of grand gestures," with a style that's "joyful and desolate at once, full of emotional extremes." He said it's well suited to Salerno-Sonnenberg, whom he describes as "a bold performer." Bolcom, an American composer, has also received commissions from the Vienna Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and mezzo soprano Marilyn Horne, to name a few.

Tonight's concert is at 8 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church at 625 Hamilton Ave. and also includes Barber's "Adagio for Strings" and Copland's "Appalachian Spring." Tickets are $32-$54, with discounts for people ages 30 and under. The orchestra will also perform the program on Saturday in San Francisco and Sunday in Marin.

For details, go to http://ncco.org or call 415-357-1111.


Russian-American Fair

Russian culture takes center stage at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center this Sunday: The 18th annual Russian-American Fair happens from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mother's Day can include snacking on blini and piroshki, then washing it all down at the vodka tasting. Russian jewelry and art will be for sale, with kids' activities including puppet shows, face painting and a bounce house. Outdoor concerts includes klezmer music, Russian folk songs and a tango showcase.

Admission to the fair is free. To get in to see accompanying performances at the Albert & Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall at the center, adults pay $5 and kids ages 7 to 12 pay $3. Scheduled performers include the Fantasy Dance Studio at 11 a.m. and the Firebird Dance Theater at 4 p.m. Proceeds support Russian cultural and educational programs at the JCC.

The JCC is at 3921 Fabian Way in Palo Alto. For more information, go to http://paloaltojcc.org or call 650-223-8621.


Stanford Powwow

Now in its 39th year, the Stanford Powwow is coming to the Eucalyptus Grove on campus again this weekend, with Native American dance and drum competitions, festive costumes, a fun run and walk, and a basketball tournament.

Dances, which include a Grand Entry and gourd-dancing sessions, are scheduled to run from 7 to 11 p.m. tonight, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The 5K run and walk start at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday at the powwow arena, across Galvez Street from Stanford Stadium. On Sunday, a three-on-three basketball tournament is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Events happen rain or shine.

The event is sponsored by the Stanford American Indian Organization. Admission is free (with donations requested). For more information, go to http://stanfordpowwow.org .


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