@caption:The third annual "Spirit of France" exhibition includes works by contemporary French artists such as Edmee
The third annual "Spirit of France" exhibit continues through Aug. 11 at Galerie Internationale, at its new location at 370 California Ave., Palo Alto. The exhibit brings together the works--including a selection of sculptures, oil paintings, acrylics and watercolors--of a number of contemporary French artists, including Antoine Saladino, Edmee and Denis Feraud. Also on view is Galerie's permanent exhibit of antique stone reproductions, and a collection of "Objets d'Art" carved from imported French limestone. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 322-2700.
To most of us, Philadelphia is better known for Rocky than rap. The Roots are working hard to change all that. Proudly representing "City of Brotherly Love," the Roots bring their acclaimed live show to the Shoreline Amphitheatre as part of the popular House of Blues Smokin' Grooves Tour on Saturday, July 26. The soul and hip-hop show, which kicks off at 6 p.m., also includes such heavyweights as George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars, Cypress Hill, Erykah Badu, the Brand New Heavies and Foxy Brown.
It's likely that only the funky jams of old man Clinton will challenge the Roots for best set of the day. While other rap bands rely heavily on the studio to create their perfect mix of danceable grooves and lyrical explosions, the Roots actually play instruments--and play them better than any pre-programmed electronic musical device could. And so what you get, as NY Magazine pointed out, is a rare thing--"a rap group you've got to see live."
Along with culling an impressive stack of road clips, the Roots have also garnered a great deal of acclaim for its most recent record, "Illadelph Halflife." On its way to selling over 300,000 copies, "Illadelph Halflife" was named one of the top albums of last year by such widely-read publications as Spin, The Source, NY Magazine and the Village Voice. Roots rock is definitely on the upswing.
@caption:Billy Ross Saxy
Stanford Shopping Center's "Summer Jazz Eleven" concert series continues at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 24, with a performance by saxophonist Billy Ross and quartet and drummer Al "Tootie" Heath. The concert takes place at the center's Clock Tower Plaza. Admission is free. For more information, call 1-800-772-9332.
@caption:Let's Go Bowling Right up yer alley
With hit bands such as No Doubt, Goldfinger and Reel Big Fish on today's scene, ska music is--once again--a big deal in the United States, enjoying significant radio play and coverage on music television stations. Now that the conditions are right, Let's Go Bowling may be the next ska band to break it big. (It's already got a video in rotation on MTV's "120 Minutes" show.) The band brings its energetic blend of new-school beats and old-school horns to The Edge, 260 California Ave., Palo Alto, on Thursday, July 24. The show starts at 9 p.m. and Soak opens. Tickets are $6 in advance. For more information, call 324-EDGE.
@caption:From left, Aaron O'Neill, J. Brandon Savage and Sam Fink in "Kiss Me Kate"
The Palo Alto Children's Theatre Wingspread Company presents "Kiss Me Kate" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 18, and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Based on Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew," "Kiss Me Kate" is a rollicking play-within-a-play. On and off stage, cast find their lives complicated by a series of on-and-off stage happenings that lead to great fun for all. Musical numbers include "Another Op'nin', Another Show," "Wonderbar," and "So In Love." Tickets are $4 adults; $2 children. For more information, call 329-2651.
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