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April 08, 2005

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Publication Date: Friday, April 08, 2005

Worth A Look Worth A Look (April 08, 2005)

"Crowns" will preview tonight at 8 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Adapted from Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry's book, "Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats," playwright/actress Regina Taylor's "Crowns" is an uplifting celebration of faith and family. The play will open on Saturday at 8 p.m. and run through May 1.

Show times are Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. (no performance April 26); Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. (8 p.m. only April 9, 30); Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m. (2 p.m. only April 17 and May 1). Tickets are $20-$50, with discounts available for youth, students, seniors and members. For tickets and information please call (650) 903-6000 or visit

Student-Directed One-Act Play Festival
Foothill Theater Conservatory's "Annual Student-Directed One-Act Play Festival" will open tonight at 8 p.m. in the Playhouse Theater (Room 1301) at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. The production, entitled "wanna play?," will feature five one-acts exploring the pursuit of happiness. They include "Medea" by Wendy Wasserstein, "The Maker of Dreams" by Oliphant Down, "Flyboy" by Yvonne Adrian, "The Goblins Plot to Murder God" by Mark O'Donnell and "Ravenswood" from Bad Habits by Terrence McNally.

Additional performances are April 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 general; $12 students/seniors; $10 for children under age 12. Purchase tickets at the door or call (650) 949-7360.

Ukulele master
Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro will perform on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Stanford's Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Saturday's 8 p.m. show is sold-out. Presented by Stanford Lively Arts, the concert will also feature slack-key guitarist Steve Sano.

Tickets are $36/$32 adults; $18/$16 Stanford students. Half-price tickets are available for people age 15 and under. For tickets and more information, contact the Stanford Ticket Office, located at Tresidder Memorial Union, at (650) 725-ARTS (2787) or go online to

Mitchell Johnson
Artwork by Mitchell Johnson will be on display April 10 through May 22 at Café Borrone, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. A reception for Johnson will take place April 12 from 5;30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information please call (650) 327-0830 or visit

Palo Alto Philharmonic
The Palo Alto Philharmonic will perform on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. Guest Conductor Henry Rosack will lead the Palo Alto Philharmonic in this season's final symphony concert. The program will feature Antonin Dvorak's "Concerto for Cello," Beethoven's "Leonore Overture No. 3" and Ottorino Respighi's "The Fountains of Rome."

Tickets are $16 general, $14 seniors, $7 students at the door; tickets can also be purchased online at For more information please call (650) 857-0737.

Sondheim's "Company"
Stanford University's Ram's Head Theatrical Society will present its spring musical, "Company," tonight at 8 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium. The Stephen Sondheim musical follows five married couples, as seen through the eyes of Robert, a bachelor torn between his needs for intimacy and independence. The 1970 musical won six Tonys, including Best Musical.

Additional performances will take place April 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 for Stanford faculty and staff, $9 for Stanford students. Tickets will be available at the door, or may be reserved in advance by calling (650) 723-0801 or visiting

Student works at Art21
Art21 will host a student art show on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit is dedicated to world peace. ART21 is located at 539 Alma St. in Palo Alto. Admission is free. For more information please call (650) 566-1381 or visit

Tales of the Ohlone
Malcolm Margolin, author of "The Ohlone Way," will appear on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Foundation for Global Community, 222 High St. in Palo Alto. Margolin will tell stories about how Native Americans lived. Refreshments and book signing will take place following the talk.

Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. For reservations contact Valerie at (650) 328-7756 x614 or visit

Peninsula Pops
The Peninsula Pops will perform on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road in Palo Alto. The program, entitled "The Big Broadcast of 2005," will feature "the best popular music ever written."

Tickets are $15 adults; $12 seniors, $8 students, free for kids 10 and under if accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased online at For more information please call (650) 856-8432 or visit

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