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Arts & Entertainment - August 31, 2012

Worth a look


'Gender Specific'

Smith Andersen Editions is saluting local women artists this fall with "Gender Specific: Take It or Leave It," a show of work by 30 creative types, most of them from the Bay Area. "The main purpose ... is to acknowledge the often understated role of women in art," a press release reads.

Smith Andersen is a place for prints, and the exhibition features monoprints, along with paintings and mixed-media works. Photograph mash-ups on vintage album covers? Kathryn Dunlevie is showing those. Edible jewelry? Sure. Abarna Nathan will exhibit her pieces, and talk about them at the reception on Sept. 8, which is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m.

The gallery is also planning other special events with exhibit artists. Inez Storer will lead a mixed-media workshop on Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Kathryn Kain teaches a workshop on Xerox-transfer monotype, on Oct. 20 from 10 to 4.

The show will be up Sept. 8 through Oct. 31 at 440 Pepper Ave. in Palo Alto. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment. Go to smithandersen.com or call 650-327-7762.


Digital Media Festival

Kepler's Books harks back to its counter-culture days this weekend with film screenings and talks about Silicon Valley's history in both technology and music. The Digital Media Festival is planned for this Saturday from noon to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

The schedule includes screenings of Eric Christensen's documentary "Trips Festival," Len Dell'Amico's doc "Welcome to Dopeland," Chris Felver's "Ferlinghetti" and Dudley Murphy's "Saint Louis Blues."

Stanford University professor Fred Turner, the author of "From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network and the Rise of Digital Utopianism," will give the keynote speech at 2 p.m. on Saturday. At 3 p.m., Turner will join Dell'Amico, Christensen, Felver, Grateful Dead archivist Nicholas Meriwether, and music historian Buffalo Benford in a panel discussion about the decades of music and technology in the Valley.

At noon on Sunday, movie writer and producer Julian Phillips will give a talk about adapting books for film, and about how new media have changed the process.

Admission to the festival is $40 in advance and $50 at the door on Saturday and $20/$30 on Sunday. Go to digitalmediafestival.com or call 650-223-0300.


Mountain View Art & Wine Festival

No matter how much you adore your new Prius, don't try to take it for a cruise down Castro Street in Mountain View this weekend. The downtown thoroughfare will be closed to cars for the annual Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, which is now in its 41st year.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, downtown will be filled with artists and craftmakers, home and garden exhibits, performing musicians, food vendors, carnival rides and, of course, visitors milling about drinking mojitos and microbrews. The usual crowd includes hundreds of artists showing and selling their visions in ceramics, glass, wood, jewelry and so on.

For a slight change of pace, visitors can wander over to the community stage, where people will be demonstrating Bikram yoga, hula-hooping, Zumba and Scottish dance.

To read all the details on the event (and to get public-transit info; parking is often tight), go to miramarevents.com/mountainview.


Family concert

Two pianists, two pianos, one married couple and one family concert.

That's the plan for a free Sept. 6 program in Tateuchi Hall at the Community School of Music and Arts. Married couple Klara Frei and Temirzhan Yerzhanov will perform two bright pieces with their roots in dance rhythms: Gavrilin's "Sketches" suite for four hands and Ravel's "La Valse" for two pianos.

To make the concert more educational, the pianists will also describe the pieces and how they call to mind Russian history and Vienna balls, the pair said in a press release. They'll also talk about how a simple piano duo can evoke an entire orchestra.

Yerzhanov comes from Kazakhstan and is a graduate of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where his wife, a native of Kyrgyzstan, also studied. The two live in the Bay Area and frequently perform together.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. at 230 San Antonio Circle in Mountain View. For more information, go to arts4all.org or call 650-917-6800, extension 305.


'The Real James Bond'

Reilly. Sydney Reilly. Doesn't exactly have the same ring, does it?

But the talented Mr. Reilly lived quite an interesting life just the same. He was said to be a notorious spy for more than one country in the teens and '20s, and 60 years after his death (by a Soviet bullet) he was the hero of a fictional TV miniseries, "Reilly, Ace of Spies." Most famously, Reilly is also said to be the inspiration, or at least one of them, for Ian Fleming's James Bond.

On Sept. 6, Edward "Bruce" Held, the director of the Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence at the U.S. Department of Energy, will give a free talk in Menlo Park on Reilly. The lecture is to be called "The Real James Bond: Sydney Reilly and the Origins of Modern Espionage."

An espionage historian, Held is also a former clandestine-operations officer in the Central Intelligence Agency, serving in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

The talk will be at 4:15 p.m. in the Kavli Auditorium at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Go to events.stanford.edu or call 650-926-8537.


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