Publication Date: Friday Nov 14, 1997


DONNAS SIGN ... Palo Alto's the Donnas have recently inked a record deal with the influential independent Lookout! label. The bubblegum-punk band, composed of four 1997 Palo Alto High School graduates, is scheduled to have both a full-length and 7-inch record released this January. The deal is only for the Donnas, not its twin band, the Electrocutes, which includes the same four members but plays harder-edged rock 'n' roll.

KISS SOME MORE ... The success of TheatreWorks' "Kiss of the Spider Woman," currently playing at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, has prompted the company to add two additional showings. The added performances are Sunday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m. The musical, written by Terrance McNally, stars Francis Jue, Jay Montgomery and Elena Ferrante. It opened Nov. 7 and closes Nov. 23. Call 903-6000 for tickets.

HELLO MICK, HELLO BONO ... Gunn High School graduate Stephan Jenkins and his band Third Eye Blind have had a very charmed 1997. After scoring one of the biggest singles of the year, "Semi-Charmed Life," the modern rock band has earned opening slots on two huge concert tours. Jenkins and his buddies will play in front of 50,000-plus crowds for both U2 and the Rolling Stones.

INDESTRUCTIBLE BEAT ... IBOPA (formerly known as the Indestructible Beat of Palo Alto) has just released its second CD, "Ballads for Benpadrone." The funky swing-and-new-rock band recently celebrated the release with a well-attended gig at downtown San Jose's Agenda club. "Ballads for Benpadrone" is the first release from Nubby Records.

SOLID AWARDS ... Sabina Marble and Granite, which has a showroom at 333 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park, recently received two first-place awards from the San Francisco Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), whose annual competition "recognizes companies whose quality, workmanship and professional standards are the best in the industry." The awards were presented last month in San Francisco by Peter O. Whiteley of Menlo Park-based Sunset Magazine. First Place in the Residential Bath Remodel competition was awarded for a Hillsborough project completed by Sabina. The First Place Commercial Remodel prize went to Sabina for the transformation of its' newest showroom, which opened May 29 in the Galleria of the San Francisco Design Center.

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