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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Weekend Preview Weekend Preview (August 10, 2005)


The Lara Price Band
sings the midday blues from noon to 1 p.m. in Cogswell Plaza at Lytton Avenue and Ramona Street in Palo Alto. The free concert is the last in the city's Brown Bag Concert series this summer. Call (650) 463-4940 or go to www.PaloAltoOnline for more information.

Mohammed Soumah, the artist who painted a California-inspired mural of poppies on the wall of the Country Sun market on California Avenue, is currently showing some of his new paintings at Palo Alto City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. The exhibit is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Aug. 31. For more information, call (650) 329-2227 or go to

"Food, Frogs and Fido," an exhibit of lithographs, etchings, electric engravings, collage and other works on paper by David Gilhooly, is on display at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University through Nov. 27. Admission is free, and the center is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Gilhooly is best known as a ceramic artist, and there will be a ceramics studio class for children with this exhibit; call (650) 725-3155. For other information, go to

"Free Again! Liberation and Sovereignty: Austria, 1945-1955" shows the historic photos of Erich Lessing and posters from Austria at the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion through Aug. 20. The free exhibit marks the 50th anniversary of the nation's regained sovereignty after World War II. Pavilion hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Go to for more information.

"The Fantasticks" plays tonight and Friday at 7 p.m. at the Dormouse Black Box Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road. The show is being put on by Wingspread 2005, the Palo Alto Children's Theatre's summer stock company of high school and college students. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children. Call (650) 463-4970 Tuesday through Saturday, 1:30 to 6 p.m.

"Brigadoon" runs through Aug. 14 at Foothill College's Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills. Presented by Foothill Music Theatre, the show has music by Frederick Loewe and book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. Show times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $24 general; $18 students; $10 children under 12. Call the box office at (650) 949-7360 (open Thursday-Saturday, 5-9 p.m.; Sunday, 12-4 p.m.), 24-hour charge-by-phone hotline at 650-949-7414, or go to

"Harold and Maude: An Intimate Musical" is being staged through Aug. 21 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. The TheatreWorks production is a musical based on the 1971 cult film. Show times are Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$50, with discounts available for youth, students, seniors and members. For tickets and information, call (650) 903-6000 or go to

The Palo Alto Art Center displays "Cluster: Lukas Felzmann," "Web/Metamorphosis: Yuriko Yamaguchi" and "Trusting Woods to Tempest Sea: Robert McCauley" and "Leaf" through Sept. 4. Docent-led tours are Saturdays at 2 p.m. through Aug. 27. The Palo Alto Art Center is at 1313 Newell Road in Palo Alto, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday evenings 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Call (650) 329-2366.


Western Ballet
students will show off their footwork in modern, contemporary and ballet dances as part of Summer Showcase 2005, held at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. Other dances will conjure up the Civil War era and the Baroque period. Tickets are $10; call (650) 903-6000 or go to

"My Ticket To Hell," a play about angels, dragons, falling in love and time travel, opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Foothill College Playhouse Theater at 12345 El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills. It runs through Aug. 20, with other shows at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 13, 18, 19 and 20 and at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 12. Tickets are $15 and parking is $2. Call (650) 949-7414 or email [email protected]

"Who's Counting?", a film about New Zealand Parliament member Marilyn Waring, will be shown at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 505 E. Charleston Road in Palo Alto. The 94-minute film tells the story of Waring and her views on how the growing global economy is affecting people and the environment. Conversation and snacks will follow the film; suggested donation is $5 to $10. Call the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, one of the event sponsors, at (650) 326-8837, or go to

"Frog Prince," the timeless tale of a hapless amphibian awaiting a kiss from a princess, will be staged at 6:30 p.m. as part of a summer program of free children's theater. Put on by Peninsula Youth Theatre, the 45-minute play will be at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts' outdoor ParkStage (next to Pioneer Park at 1145 Church St.). Theatergoers often bring picnic dinners and blankets. Call (650) 903-6000 or go to for more information.

Binh Danh will talk about his photographic works from 6 to 7 p.m. and meet with people at an opening reception from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. The Vietnam native makes "chlorophyll prints" by using photosynthesis to print documents and photographs onto leaves. His exhibit at the school will run through Sept. 28. For more information, call (650) 917-6800 or go to


Vienna Teng
will perform with fellow singer/songwriter Deborah Levoy and cellist Marika Hughes at a benefit concert for the Support Network for Battered Women tonight from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The outdoor garden concert benefiting the Mountain View nonprofit group will take place at the home of Atherton City Councilman Charles Marsala at 33 Emilie Ave. in Atherton. Tickets are $35 to $65 (premier seating) per person and can be bought in advance at or at the door, as available. For more information, call (650) 856-8041.

Fua Dia Congo, a Congolese performing arts company that started in East Palo Alto, performs at the Stanford Memorial Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. to honor Malonga Casquelourd, the company's founder who was killed by a drunken driver in 2003. Tickets are $20 general and $10 for children, with a discount available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, call (510) 562-0831 or go to


Brazilian Jazz Quintet,
led by John Neves, will perform at 2 p.m. at the 1800s Rengstorff House at 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd. in Mountain View. For more information, call (650) 903-6392 or go to

Performing arts

Fua Dia Congo, a Congolese performing arts company, brings its rhythms to Stanford University this Saturday to honor its late founder.


This summer's Twilight Concert series ends next week, and its organizers are worried about its financial future.


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