When 16th-century Portuguese explorers landed on the shores of the island known today as Taiwan, they declared the land "Ilha Formosa," or "beautiful island." Members of the Bay Area Taiwanese community are bringing some of the beauty of their country and culture to Palo Alto's Mitchell Park, Middlefield Road and East Meadow, this Saturday, July 30. The second annual Taiwanese-American Cultural Festival, featuring folk dancing, arts and crafts, Taiwanese food and various performances, is free and will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 322-4894.
@caption:Marlon Brando as Marc Antony, a role for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.
Take in a double dose of the Bard this weekend and Monday at the last and greatest of the University Avenue movie houses, the Stanford Theatre. First up is the lavish "Julius Caesar" (1953), starring Marlon Brando, John Geilgud, James Mason, Greer Garson and Deborah Kerr. Then, stick around for the 1936 version of "Romeo and Juliet," starring the slightly-too-old Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer (wife of MGM producer Irving Thalberg) as the famous star-crossed "teen-age" lovers. For show times, call the theater at 324-3700 or check our movie listings. The Stanford Theatre is located at 221 University Ave.
If the double feature of "Romeo and Juliet" and "Julius Caesar" at the Stanford Theatre works up your artistic appetite for yet another taste of the English language's greatest playwright, stop by the Red Hoop, between Meyer and Green libraries on the Stanford University campus, for the Outside In Theater's free outdoor production of "The Tempest." Performances are at 6 p.m. July 29-31, as well as Aug. 2-7 and 9-14. Some chairs will be provided, but audience members are encouraged to bring their own seating, i.e. a blanket. Pack a picnic, while you're at it. For more information, call 853-1354.
@caption:Kim Van Kuran and Kieran Chavez star in "Dames at Sea."
Dinner with the 'Dames'
Hungry for good, old-fashioned musical entertainment? The Palo Alto Children's Theatre's Wingspread company opens its annual dinner theater show tonight, July 29. "Dames at Sea" will run Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31, as well as Aug. 4-6. Dinner is served at 6:45 p.m.; the play begins at 7:30 p.m. Theatergoers can choose from three dinners: barbecued beef ribs, chicken or the vegetarian option. All dinners include corn, coleslaw, cake and a beverage. Adult dinner tickets are $8; children are $5. Theater tickets are $4 and $2. Call 329-2216 for more information.
@caption:"Palo Alto Sunday, July 10, 1994," a double exposure by Diane Cassidy
"Made in Palo Alto" is the title of an upcoming group show at Gallery House, 538 Ramona St., Palo Alto, the oldest artists' cooperative on the Peninsula. From Aug. 2-27, Palo Alto artists will display work that depicts our fair city and its inhabitants: Barbara Baxter-Berman will show an installation piece on homelessness, JoAnne Horsfall Beasley will exhibit her diptych of San Francisquito Creek, Joan Hancock will present Palo Alto personages and Pola Harrel will show off her "Palo Alto villages." A reception for the artists will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. next Friday, Aug. 5, at the gallery. For more information, call 326-1668.
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