The Community School of Music & Arts (CSMA) will present the latest in its "ArtWorlds" multimedia series, celebrating the art and culture of Russia, on Friday, March 2, 5-8 p.m. in CSMA"s Tateuchi Hall and Mohr Gallery, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. "ArtWorlds: Russia" will feature a reception with wine and Russian cuisine, music and fine art inspired by Russian fairy tales by Tatiana Lyskova, who works with an etching technique called "a la poupee." After a talk and conversation with the artist, there will be performance from CSMA Merit Scholars celebrating Russian composers including Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff. The event is free. Go to arts4all.org.
"The German Romantics"
The California Bach Society, a 30-voice choir, will present a program of works by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Gustav Jenner, and Josef Rheinberger and some of the best-loved German Romantic composers on Saturday, March 3, at 8 p.m. at All Saints" Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto. According to a press release from Cal Bach, "The Romantic era marked the beginning of a move beyond 18th century rationalism, towards more personal expression. In secular works, the German Romantics especially showed their fascination with heartfelt and personal expressions of love (of course) and their reverence for nature." Tickets are $35 at the door/$30 in advance for general admission, $25/$30 for seniors or $10 for patrons under 30. Go to calbach.org.
"An Afternoon of Jewish Humor"
KQED radio personality Michael Krasny will host "An Afternoon of Jewish Humor: The Jokes, the Comics, the Stories, and Their Interpretations" on Sunday, March 4, at 2 p.m. at CEMEX Auditorium, Knight Management Center, Stanford. Krasny, the host of "Forum," is the author of several books including "Let There Be Laughter" (available for purchase at the event), which explores the historical and cultural role of humor in Jewish life from the shtetl and the diaspora to modern-day America. The event is free. Go to events.stanford.edu/events/741/74139/.
"Beauty and the Beast"
Peninsula Youth Theatre will present the Disney musical version of the "tale as old as time," in which girl meets beast, teapots and candelabras sing and dance and in a wrestling match nobody bites like Gaston. Yes, it's "Beauty and the Beast," this time being performed by a cast of local youth at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts (500 Castro St.), March 3-11 (check online for specific showtimes). Tickets are $16/seniors and children under 12 and $22/adults. The city of Mountain View charges an additional $2 per person facility fee. Go to pytnet.org.
Pastels by Carol Bower
For the month of March, Gallery 9 (142 Main St., Los Altos) will feature works in soft pastel by Carol Bower: "Opening Our Eyes and Hearts: Local Landscape and Seascape Paintings." Her Impressionist-inspired collection of plein air paintings can be seen at the gallery Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon-4 p.m. There will be a public opening reception on Friday, March 2, 5-8 p.m. Go to carolbower.com or gallery9losaltos.com.
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