Worth a Look
Publication Date: Friday May 1, 1998

Worth a Look

@caption:Jessica Dean is one of the dancers who will perform on May 3 at the Jewish Community Center.

For the family

Music and dance

The Adele Saxe Cultural Series presents a dual program at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center, 655 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. In part one of the program, classical accordionist Dimitry Sokolofsky will play a program of classical and folk music that includes works by Mozart, Bach and Scarcatti, as well as American country folk dance music. In part two, the dance and drum beats of Okinawa will be performed by Chikaho Kai, Okinawa classical and folk dance ensemble. Admission to the dual program is free. For more information, call 493-9400.

@caption:Saxophonist Anton Schwartz


Sax and Schwartz

Critically acclaimed saxophonist Anton Schwartz, a local young jazz lion, celebrates the release of his first CD, "When Music Calls," at 8 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Cubberley Community Center Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Aided by pianist Paul Nagel, bassist John Shifflett, drummer Jason Lewis and percussionist Josh Jones on three cuts, Schwartz reveals his formidable composing abilities with eight of his own originals on "When Music Calls." He also revisits the Rodgers and Hart classic "Where or When" and puts his own spin on Sonny Rollins' "Doxy." Tickets for the show are $8.

@caption:Stroke 9 is one of the local "buzz" bands


The next Third Eye Blind?

When music writers, industry folk and scene-makers get together to talk about which unsigned Bay Area bands seem most ripe for stardom, one name that frequently rises to the top is Stroke 9. This San Francisco band has been turning heads in recent months with its popular mixture of ska-influenced, melodic pop rock. The common perception is that this will be the next local outfit to get a major label deal and follow the path to success blazed by other Bay Area bands like Third Eye Blind, Green Day and Counting Crows. On Thursday, May 9, you can see the band before it gets too big. Stroke 9 plays at 9 p.m. at Q Cafe, 529 Alma St., Palo Alto. Cover charge is $5. For more information, call 322-3311.

@caption:The Marginal Prophets will shake Cubberley's foundations on Saturday. The best of the Bay

The best "local-rock-only" show in recent memory comes to The Cub (a k a Cubberley Community Center), 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, on Saturday, May 2. Earthwise Productions has assembled a mighty lineup that consists of three of the best Bay Area bands: Slow Gherkin, IBOPA and Marginal Prophets. Gherkin was recently nominated for a Bammie for best ska band and draws huge crowds in its native Santa Cruz. IBOPA plays what the band calls "cinematic death mambo" (which is really a way to get out of describing their complex mix of pop, Latin and kitchen-sink sounds). The Marginal Prophets kick out amazing rap-and-rock jams that will simply rattle The Cub's foundation. Music starts at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 949-4507.

@caption:The Empire Brass perform at Stanford on May 1.


Visit the Empire

Stanford Lively Arts presents the hot brass quintet, the Empire Brass, in a performance in Stanford University's beautiful Memorial Church at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 1.

While at Stanford, the Empire Brass have the chance to show off its diverse repertoire and talent in a program that includes favorite works by the great composers Ravel, Dvorak, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Holst, Charpentier, Mussorgsky, Schumann, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. Also included in the evening's program are popular selections from Celtic/American folk music, "The Sound of Music," Disney classics and American pop.

Tickets are $28 (students $3; youth 15 and under, half-price). For more information, call 725-ARTS.

@caption:Michael Rosenthal is one of the Cubberley-based artists participating in this weekend's Open Studios event. (Pictured: Rosenthal's "Vacuum One."


Open Studios

Weekend three of Open Studios of South Bay Artists 1998 focuses on Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and Palo Alto. Ninety-eight artists at 51 sites will open their studios and give the public a chance to check out their works from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3. The artists will also discuss their works and offer them for direct sales. A heavy concentration of artists' open studios will be located at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. For more information, call 429-2117.


California exclusive

Sima Gorezkaya and Liya Mogilevskaya, two acclaimed Russian musicians, will make their only Californian appearance at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the Senior Center of Palo Alto, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Gorezkaya and Mogilevskaya will perform Russian classics, Russian and Jewish songs, as well as favorite Broadway selections.

Gorezkaya, a versatile singer and actress, possesses a vast concert repertoire including arias and duets from classical opera and countless songs--classical, folk, modern, Russian and Jewish, French and American, Spanish and Italian--all sung in the original languages. Pianist Mogilevskaya is a distinguished opera coach from the Bolshoi theater.

This program is not sponsored by the Senior Coordinating Council of the Palo Alto-area nor the Senior Center of Palo Alto. Tickets are $15 general admission; $10 seniors and students. For more information, call 856-9448.

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